Monday, 29 April 2013


This final card from my swap parcel with Terri will make a total of 12 Christmas cards made during April from my two parcels.  I am looking forward to the May parcels with a theme of nautical as I need to make some male cards to refill my stock after selling most of them on Sunday.

Back to April.  I made this card from the parcel contents and just added the card candy and the silver layers behind the diecut border at the bottom and behind the square of patterned paper.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

CHNC Extra for April 
Through the Craft Room Door:  Anything goes 
Crimbo Crackers: Anything Goes

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Four Square Again

Another of the four square cards made from my swap parcel with Pat.  This time I added some card candy and a greeting from my stash.  I still have lots of lovely bits left over but must move on and make some birthday cards for men next; I sold 16 at church today and my stock looks very sad!!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

CHNC Extra for April
Crafting for all Seasons:  No stamps allowed

Four Square

I was looking at a few blogs the other day and saw an idea that I thought I could adapt and make a couple more cards from my April swap parcel from Pat.  I made the card using everything from the parcel, which I know will please Pat.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CHNC Ribbons and Bows ( There is a ribbon with a Christmas greeting across the corner)
CHNC Extra April
Crimbo Crackers:  Anything goes
Challenges for everybody:  Anything Goes

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Snow scene

Brrrh ..... the blues and white starry paper really help to set off this recycled Christmas card that I had as part of my swap challenge from Terri.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Christmas Stampin all year Long:  Anything goes
Papertake Weekly:  Weather with you
CHNC Extra- April
Stamping for Pleasure:  Rudolph Day

Friday, 26 April 2013


Sewing and I have a love/hate relationship.  I love when projects are finished and feel quite proud of myself but oh the torment, blood, sweat and tears that going into the making of them.  I am sure sometimes my sewing machine tries to pay me back for leaving it idle in the corner for so long!!  Perhaps it doesn't like the dark although I maintain that it is snuggly warm with its cover on. How considerate am I??

I once made my daughter a little rag doll that had been published in Women's Weekly back in the 1970s.  How she loved it and would carry it round for hours, mothering it.  I decided to make another one for my granddaughter when she was born and then made a second one when a friend overseas had a new granddaughter.  When my second granddaughter was born I made another one.  Oh yes, rag dolls are truly labours of love and I determined I would only make them for my granddaughters.

I am a sucker for punishment, I really am.  Two months ago found me planning on making two more for special presents.  I searched the shops high and low to find the materials I wanted to use and was getting so frustrated when I couldn't find them.  I eventually found some that would do but my heart wasn't in it as they were quite what I wanted.  I had got lilac and lilac stripes but really wanted something brighter.  I also got a greeny aqua colour and matching floral but had really wanted something more sea coloured.  Sighhhhhhhhh!

These dolls lay on the dining table for weeks; I did anything I could to not make them.  Haha, even the housework got done in preference to sewing  lol.  Eventually I reached the point where I could put it off no longer or they wouldn't be done for when I needed them.  Once finished I just loved them, of course.  I really am a silly billy.

I have another one to start making soon, ready for another granddaughter.  Blow me, another friend has asked if I can make one for her granddaughter!!  You can't refuse a friend, now can you?  I need to check what materials I have left over from the various dolls so that I can see what more I need to buy.

I have just one request ........ do you think I could have some grandsons next, please  LOL

Victorian Christmas scene

Yesterday simplicity seemed to be order of the day.  It was another lovely Christmas card front and in the end I settle for a really simple design.  It seems a bit of a cop out really, but I couldn't think what else to do with it.  I mounted it on green card and edged with silver and added a silver greeting to another piece of green card.

I am entering it into the following challenges:

CHNC Extra April
CHNC:  red and green must be seen
Crimbo Crackers:  Anything goes
ABC christmas challenge:  H is for Helpers

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Red and Green

This was the first card I thought of when I opened my swap parcel from Terri.  Yes, very minimalist but oh so me!!!  I think it is the favourite of the 5 I made this morning.

This is another entry for CHNC:  Red and Green to be Seen and for CHNC Extra for April
I am also entering this in Crafting for all Seasons:  No Stamps Allowed


I started my new swap parcel from Terri and found the front of a last year's Christmas card.  A scrap of Christmas ribbon from my ribbon snippets box and a few stars left over on a sheet of peeloffs and voila!!!

I have entered this in

CHNC:  Red and Green must be seen
CHNC Extra for April
Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Snippets Playground
Penny's Paper Crafting Challenge:  Anything Goes

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Monday, 15 April 2013

The train now standing ........

It is rare for us to go away on holiday and not visit a heritage railway.  This card uses a photo I took of one of the steam engines at Swanage railway.

A very simple card, just mat and layered with a peel off greeting.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Love to Create #61:  For the guys
Cards for Men #8:  Anything Goes

Sunday, 14 April 2013


If Pat thought the other card made it look chilly, then I hate to think of what she will say to this one as it has a big silvery snowflake in the corner as well!!!  This is the last of the 5 cards I made from pat's swap parcel and was 100% from her parcel.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CHNC Challenge Extra for April
Challenges 4 Everybody:  Anything Goes
CRAFT Challenge:  Christmas

Saturday, 13 April 2013


I wonder if the robin has aspirations to be the postie?  This was another lovely image from my swap parcel from Pat and I have teamed it up with some silver glitter card, silver ribbon and a red greeting that were also included in the parcel.  I also used some of the enclosed plain white card by running it through the Swiss Dots embossing folder in my Cuttlebug.  Swiss Dots must be one of my favourite folders as it is so adaptable for all sorts of cards.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CHNC #120 Wonderful Wings (sorry it is such a small bird)
CHNC Extra:  April
Card Crafters Circle:  Diecut or dry embossing

Friday, 12 April 2013


This is the third of the five cards I made.  Terri let me share her style to make this card because I really couldn't think of a better way to display this lovely "upcycled" Christmas card image.  I just added a few gold stars but the rest all came from my swap parcel from Pat.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Starry Christmas

Here is another card from my swap parcel with Pat.  Probably my least favourite of the ones I made.  I used a green tree and a greeting from my stash and used the gold mirri card, gold star and the green mirri star and circle shape from the parcel

I am entering this in the following challenges:

CHNC 119 Use the Word Christmas
CHNC April Extra

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Singing their hearts out

We had a Christmas theme for our April monthly swap.  This is the first card that I made from Pat's parcel; I used one of the images and the holographic little trees..  I added some glitter strip and a greeting from my own stash.  A very simple card....just my style.

I am entering this in:

CHNC #119 Use the word christmas
CHNC April challenge extra
Crafting When we Can:  Name that tune  (Sing, Sing a song; The Carpenters) 
Christmas Cards A  Year Round:   April - christmas tree

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Crochet update

I am slowly teaching myself to crochet, along with a bit of help when I get stuck.  Today I went over to Cuckfield to the Knit/Crochet natter afternoon and the owner, Philip, was great in helping me getting started on this crochet flower.

The centre doesn't look quite right as I must have gone through a different part of the stitch as I did the first and second rounds but I can get away with it as a button will be mounted in the middle and will cover it.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013


CHNC Christmas Challenge #118 is based on a Christmas carol or song so I thought this card would be great for "Frosty the Snowman".  I am also going to enter it in CHNC Christmas Extra for April.

I am also going to enter this in:

Creative Craft World: Beat the Christmas Rush
Crafting when we can:  Name that tune      ( Frosty the Snowman)