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Friday, 26 December 2014

Almost White Christmas ............

............... just a day late, but still counts.

This was my back garden at about 4:30 - 5:00 pm today (Boxing Day)


Every so often during the evening we went into the dining room to look at the view & then about 8:00 pm it changed - 



Yes this is the actual colour.  We think a neighbour behind us had some lights on that turned the view this yellow colour - but it was really magical.

Oh, some great photos to add to the memory box.

When we viewed this house 21 months ago, it was just after a great snowfall & the garden was under about 6" of snow.  Great memories.





Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Popping in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas


Have a lovely holiday

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas card

Good evening everyone - I hope you are all well.

Recently I succumbed to an offer of embossing folders on Create & Craft - the ones by Tattered Lace. So I felt I really should start using them.  There are a mixture of designs including two Christmas ones.  So I selected one of those to use - because in fact I did need a couple more cards.  You wouldn't think that I have a very clear list to go by when creating my Christmas cards each year - but I do.  Still I manage to miscount as I make them.

Here is the card I made;


I just love this embossing folder & the impression is so clear & deep.  I was again looking for a clean & simple design & looking at my dies to decide what I would use I spotted the Christmas Tree die & as most of my other cards were Christmas tree based I thought I would use it.  I think the make of the die is Memory Box - it is very thin & as you can see - with very fine detail.  It cut perfectly from silver mirri card.  The Merry Christmas die is from the Christmas cracker set from Tonic.

So, I am looking forward to using the other embossing folders once I start on 2015 birthday cards, wedding cards, thank you cards & so on.

Thank you for stopping by today.



Friday, 12 December 2014

final Christmas design

..actually that isn't true, as I haven't decided yet what design to use for family.

Good evening everyone I hope you are all well.

Here is the "final" design of the Christmas cards that I am sending out;


I wanted something really clean & simple.  The front of the card has been embossed with the "dots" folder, then the topper has been stamped & embossed in silver with a Christmas Tree stamp which was a freebie, & part of a set.

I recently purchased the Tattered Lace essential dies - squares, rectangles, ovals & circles.  Actually the squares were part of their Panorama die set - which I just fell in love with.  It certainly made the layering on this card a lot easier.

I stamped the tree then die cut it with one rectangle die, then I went up one size & cut a plain white layer, then up another size & cut the silver layer.  The silver & white layer are adhered flat on the card, with the tree layer placed on sticky pads.

I am pleased with this design & completed 17 of them today - if I need more cards (hopefully I haven't miscalculated again) - it will be of this design.  Just the inserts to do - then into the post.

That is me for today, it's a weekend again - so please have a great time & thank you for visiting today.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

two more Christmas cards

Good evening everyone.

I can't believe there are now only 2 weeks to go.  This time in 2 weeks we will be sat quietly recovering from a great Christmas meal & all the work that has gone before & finally relaxing & enjoying the company of family.

Today I had a lunch to attend & when I put the cards together to take with me realised I had miscalculated & needed to make 2 more in a little bit of a hurry.  So they needed to be quick, clean & simple.

Every year I have on standby a small pack of cards - you never know if you will need them.  So they came in very handy for this shortfall.  No! I didn't just write in a shop bought card -  I recycled them.



I cut the trees of the front of the cards - found some background paper that went very well with them. I then edged the paper with gold peel-off borders to lift it from the base white card, added a gold star & greeting.

Not sure what I was doing when I photographed the lower one - the bottom edge looks weird - but I can assure you it was straight & evenly placed.  Looking at it now I wish I had had time to add a little glitter.

Hopefully I will have another of my designs to show you tomorrow - then I think that is me done - except for family cards & I can't show you those until after Christmas.

Have a lovely evening & thank you for visiting.



Wednesday, 10 December 2014

more Christmas cards

Good evening everyone - yes, I am still making Christmas cards, but time is running out I know. I mainly have the ones that I will be handing out left to do - & just about finished on those that are to go in the post.



They are both from pre-cut sheet sets.  I must have bought them earlier in the year & had almost forgotten about them.  I still had some of the gold embossed parchment left from an earlier project - so used that for background papers.  The frames have been glued flat & the centre panel is raised on sticky foam pads, for a little more interest.

I have some more to show you tomorrow.  Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Another snowman card

I am sorry if my postings are a little erratic at the moment - but there is so much to do approaching Christmas.  Whilst I still have quite a bit of card making to do - I also have to look at what is needed fort the festivities here at home.

One of the cards I worked on today was another of those snowman cards;


This one I stamped in black ink on a strip of white card, then I stamped another one & coloured it red & green.  This one I cut around the image & adhered it over the outline design with foam pads.  The strip was then adhered to the base card & red border peel-offs adhered down the sides.  I found these lovely broad Happy Christmas peel offs & decided to place them on the card, on the side.  There is glitter on the bobble of the hat & the trim of the hat.

Another card I made today was for a very elderly cousin & I used one of the Pollyanna Pickering sets that I have - but because it was important to get it in the post - I forgot to photograph it.  I have another similar image left - & may be able to reproduce another card in a similar style.

That is me for today - thank you for visitng.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Another Christmas card design

Good afternoon everyone - well it was very wintry looking this morning here in North Wales - lots of frost & it is quite cold too.

Today I have another of my chosen Christmas card designs to show you;


I have used the same  base card as the one I showed yesterday complete with the same embossed front.  This time I have stamped & embossed in gold, a star image with a bow on top.  This bow is looking a bit wonky I think I might have knocked it when I was taking the photograph.  I also stamped & embossed in gold, the word Joy, above & below the star.

I have one more of this style to show you which I will do tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Sorry sorry ........

.... that I have been absent for a while - but I have been under the weather.  I developed a rather nasty cough which eventually deprived me of my voice.  I am just beginning to get my voice back - you know the state - one minute you whisper, then you make a strange loud noise.

I appreciate I don't need my voice to blog - but I was just not feeling up to it.

Anyway I thought now I am feeling brighter I would drop in & show you one of the Christmas cards I made recently.  I say one - I actually made a batch the same.


I embossed the front of a scalloped edge card with a folder that has snowflakes surrounding an open plaque.  For this one I chose a Christmas tree that has a sort of lacy pattern on it - here's a close up.


The tree was put on the card with foam pads & a couple of gems for some sparkle.  Then I stamped & embossed Noel in gold.

I have two other styles to show you, so another one tomorrow.

Thank you for stopping by today I hope you enjoyed your visit.