Saturday, 30 August 2014

Addicted to CAS - Challenge # 46

Hello everyone - well I'm back in the saddle after having a short holiday to Derbyshire and the North Yorkshire Moors.............and boy was it COLD!!!  Had to make a quick stop halfway to stock up on some warmer clothing!

Seems like ages since I've crafted and I must admit to bringing some goodies back with me as we made a detour to Grimsby to visit The Hobby Horse - a bit out of our way but after Tony got all his wishes with the steam holiday I thought that I should fulfill mine which also included having afternoon tea in Betty's (yummy is the only word to describe that!).

So a new challenge is on the cards at Addicted to CAS but this one only lasts for ONE WEEK due to schedule hiccups.  Anyway I'm sure you'll all make that one week count.  Your hostess for this challenge is the wonderfully talented Sandie of London Days.  Here is her code word:

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:
Inspired by Stamping


Inspired by Stamping is a boutique online craft store based in Australia and was founded by Joanna Munster in July 2011. Our commitment is to bring you the highest quality in paper crafting supplies.
We design & manufacture the highest quality of photopolymer stamps that bring superior stamping to all crafters. Whether you're just starting out in card making or a "seasoned scrapper", you'll find that our stamps and products are a great addition to your collection.

Here is what I came up with:


I stamped my image (Martini Girl by Sassy Studio Designs) and coloured her using my Flexmarkers.  I used my Lil'Inker Pierced Squares dies for the image and the purple mat.  The sentiment is from Not Bossy by Acid Drops & Whatnots and the bow is Sue Wilson's Filigree 3D Itty Bitty Bows.  I added Crystal Lacquer to the martini glasses although I'm not sure you can see that too well.  

So now, what does luxury mean to you?  For me it was a no brainer..........what could be better that sipping a martini whilst sitting in a giant martini glass (presumably I've already drunk the contents of that!!! lol).

Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Don't forget to pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see what the other girls in the DT  have come up with for your delectation.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Surprise party for Nonni - Happy Birthday!

Hello everyone

Today is Nonni's birthday - korttikarkuri - and I'm sure loads of you out in blog land know her gorgeous work.  If not then you're missing a treat - pop on over and have a look at all her inspiration.

The lovely Sandie of London Days has been kind enough to organise this surprise linky Birthday Party for Nonni so when you've finished her pop on over to Sandie's blog to see all the other cards.  The linky will be open from 5 am GMT today until 5 am on 12th if you fancy joining in please post on your blog and then link up via Sandie's blog.

Here's what I made for Nonni - and hopefully she's received it safely over in Finland!!! 

I have cased my friend Anne's card that she made for 
my birthday and another few that I've seen around blog land..........couldn't resist getting this die set as it looks stunning.  It's Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants Fleur De Lis.  The centre panel is made up of 9 separate die cuts on matching cardstock which is layered onto light blue embossed mirri card.  I've used dies from the same set for the corners, the sentiment is computer generated and the flowers are from my stash.  The flourish is Simon Says Stamp! Harrington Vine and I've added some liquid pearls to finish off.

Hope you have a lovely birthday Nonni.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Addicted to CAS - Challenge #45

Well, it's that time again.........another challenge at Addicted to CAS.  This week your hostess is the lovely Harriet from Alley Cat Cards and the word she has chosen is:

Geometry - the branch of mathematics concerned with the properties and relations of points, lines, surfaces, solids, and higher dimensional analogs.

Geometric - 1. of or relating to geometry, or according to its methods. 2. (of a design) characterized by or decorated with regular lines and shapes.

Google search for images click HERE

Our Sponsor is:

Hmm mm, I thought!!!  I was never very good at maths at school and didn't think I had anything to match this challenge, so went ahunting on the web and came up with the following fantastic image......can you guess who it is???? lol

I printed out the image on my laser printer and then gold foiled it.  I then used some hexagon dies to cut it out and layered it up.  The sentiment is computer generated and I used the smaller dies.  I've embossed the square card blank with Craft Concepts Stained Glass e/f and added a ribbon.  I took several photos of this but it seemed whichever way I took it, it either glared with the gold foiling or just looked dull, so I am afraid this was the best one.

Can't wait to see your creations.  Enjoy.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

How did I do????????

Just a quick post from me today to let you know how I got on at the Annual Horticultural Show yesterday............

If you remember I asked everyone to vote on the bee photo and although most people voted on number three which showed the bee at the side of the leek bloom I actually went with number two which showed the back of the bee with the amazing detail of the wings.  Just had a gut feeling and my good pal Darnell (Dippy) of D J Kard Creations agreed with me.

I also entered one of my pyramid boxes and my large velvet creation and a mixed media piece.  I also entered the "potato in a bucket" competition which is where they give you one potato and a bucket earlier in the year and the one to have the most potatoes (by weight) wins.

So here are a few photos - just reminders of the box and velvet etc - and a photo of what I got at the end of the day.



So, three First prizes, one Second prize and one Third prize.  My pyramid box also won a Special Award (best in show).  I also won two silver cups; one for the exhibitor who gained most points in the handicraft section and the other was awarded to the best exhibit.  Can't show you the cups as they had to be handed back to go to the engravers to have my name put on them.  Was I chuffed? You bet!  

Hope you've had a great weekend.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Addicted to CAS - Challenge # 44

Happy Saturday everyone - hope you are all well and looking forward to our latest challenge over at Addicted to CAS.  This week your hostess is the "oh, so creative" Deepti of Dee's Art Utopia.  Here is the code word she has chosen for us.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is:

 StampArt Design
Prize is 5 free digis

We are thrilled to have Lyndal (Ideas and Paper) join us as Guest Designer for August --- welcome Lyndal!

"Hi ATCAS fans, Lyndal here from Melbourne, Australia! So thrilled to have been invited along as a Guest Designer for August. 
Back in 2011 when my daughter and her friend thought they'd like to have a stall at their school fair, and I offered to make a few cards, I had no idea what an amazing on-line community it would lead me to.  I love getting crafty and my style ranges from Clean and Simple to messy and complicated, but I always seem to be drawn back to CAS. 
Hope you have as much fun playing along with Addicted to CAS this month as I have - can't wait to see what you create!"

Well, what are you going to make of this challenge word???  GOLD - this can cover so much.  Anyway, here's my contribution:

I've used my Our Daily Bread Quatrefoil die and backed it with some dull gold cardstock.  The ribbon is from my stash.  The sentiment is from a Waltzingmouse set stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz.  Gold liquid pearls add the finishing touch.

We're really looking forward to seeing your creations and visiting your blogs.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

More wildlife and a vote please.......

Hi everyone

Hope you're all keeping cool!!!  Not often we have to say that eh?  Just wanted to ask your opinion.  Next weekend our local horticultural society have their annual show and one of the sections is photography with the title "Insect".  Soooooo, as I am entering quite a few things I decided to have a go at this one as well. Anyway, I am a bit torn between three photos and thought I'd ask your opinions on which one you think I should choose.  Here they are:

Photo #1

Photo #2

Photo #3
If you're wondering what flower these bees love so much they are leek flowers............I grow them every year just for their flower heads as the bees just adore them.  Strange but true!

What do you think?  Let me know and I'll take the one with the highest number of votes.  I'll let you know how I get on!!!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Nothing crafty...........

Hello everyone - just popping by to show you a couple of photos I took last week.  We have a family of buzzards virtually at the bottom of our garden nesting in the tree.  The pair have had two chicks.........although they are about the same size as Mum & Dad but make an awful lot of noise!!!  lol

Here is Mum (or Dad?)

Here is one of the chicks

Ain't nature wonderful?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New Heartfelt Creations Workshop - Minehead Friday 12th September

Hello Everyone

As those of you in the South West know the Heartfelt Workshop due to be held in Minehead was unfortunately cancelled..........but you've now got a second chance.  Just heard from Martine at Oyster Stamps - they are putting on an afternoon's workshop which includes lunch and afternoon tea in Minehead. Details are as follows:

This is just a quick heads up about a demonstration afternoon we will be doing on Friday 12th September..
Please note you are to book with the Telephone number below..
This is for all the ladies that Couldn't come to the Mine head Heartfelt Creations Workshop or just love Martine and Heartfelt creations.

Laburnum House Lodge Hotel looks forward to Welcoming you all.

Friday September 12th 2014 

Martine From Oyster stamp will be Demonstrating Heartfelt Creations Stamps and Dies and Lots of Flower Techniques. from 2.30

Tickets available in Advance Places will be limited..

From Myra Cox Laburnum House Solway Lane West Huntspill Nr Highbridge Somerset TA9--3RJ 

for more details about Laburnum ring 01278781830 for Craft afternoon details and tickets ring Myra on 01278784110 or e mail

£15 to include Ploughman's served from 1pm. Afternoon tea and Cake served from 4pm.

Martine From Oyster Stamp Demonstration Heartfelt Creations from 2.30pm.  Full Oyster Shop Will be available..

Friday 12th September 2014


Happy crafting.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Golden weddings

Hi everyone - well I have escaped into my craft room for the first time in nearly a week.  We have had visitors here for the last 5 days and they've just gone home, so inbetween all the washing and ironing I thought I'd share a couple of special cards I was asked to make for a Golden Anniversary.

My friend Debbie asked me to make a special card for her Mum & Dad's Golden Wedding Anniversary and also one suitable for her Dad to give her Mum.  Here's what I came up with.

This is for her Mum & Dad:

I've tried making card stands from card before now but find they don't actually hold the card very well unless it is light so I had in my stash some small black plastic stands (originally for paperweights) and got Tony to spray one gold - I was so pleased with it as it matched the card perfectly and was much more sturdy than the card ones.  I feel he may have a few more to do!!! lol

This one is for her Mum from her Dad:

Well, just off to load up the washing machine again!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Happy crafting.


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Addicted to CAS - #43

Hello Everyone - I'm scheduling this card as we have friends visiting and am not sure what I will be up to on Saturday morning but we're hoping the weather is as glorious as forecast!!!

Well, it's time for another challenge and this week it's been set by the lovely Jaydee who has chosen the code word:

Our amazing sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!!!! They are generously offering you a pack of 7 digi's from their store!!!

and we are lucky enough to have Cathy - as our Guest Designer

My card for this challenge is very simple.  I decided to use a Stamping Bella set called "Uptown Couple Brett and Brenda get Married".

I stamped the couple in Versamark and heat embossed using WOW Ultra High Metallic Silver e/p.  I coloured the couple using some metallic watercolour paints and added some Liquid Pearls to the flowers. The sentiment came with the set and again is heat embossed.  I fussy cut the couple and mounted onto a Tattered Lace Westminster die.  I embossed the main card using an Embossalicious embossing folder and basically that is it!!! lol

Can't wait to see what you all come up with for this word - it's so versatile that I'm sure we are going to get some stunners.

Have a great weekend whatever you are doing.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 5 July 2014


Hello everyone - it's a big shout out as it's our esteemed leader Kylie's birthday today - Happy, Happy Birthday Kylie.  Hope you have a wonderful day and that you get a very pleasant surprise with your birthday party which the fabulous Loll has organised for you.

Here is the card that I've made for Kylie (although I might have just sent it to her old home, but as it's only a couple of doors away from where she lives now I am hoping that it gets to her safely.........Kylie - please knock on number 91 and retrieve it in case they haven't already delivered it!!! oops!).

So hope you've got a cuppa as this is a bit picture heavy but I wanted to show you the whole card which is difficult to get in one shot.

I've made a shaped card using my new Tonic Ornate Elegance Header Fold dies.  All the d/p is from my First Edition "New Leaf" pad.  The centre is made up of two ovals from my MFT Stitched Oval Stax.  On the top one I have die cut the Happy Birthday out of the oval and then cut several other layers, glued them together and then re-inserted them back into the oval.  The flower die is MB Glorious Gerber Daisies.  I have die cut Kylie's name using MB Large Classic alphabet dies

This is the card as it would normally stand - a type of zigzag.

This looks quite strange but the left fold goes backwards and the right comes forwards.

This is the card laying flat.

A close up of the die cut sentiment.  The greeting is on the back side of this oval.

Showing the dimension

Hope you have a wonderful day Kylie and that this little birthday party shows how much people think of you.


Addicted to CAS - Challenge # 42

Hello everyone - hope you're having a great start to your weekend.

It's the start of our new challenge at Addicted to CAS and your hostess today is the talented Shana and the theme she has chosen for this challenge is:

Our Sponsor:

Prize is 5 free digis

It's the start of a new month and that means we have a new Guest Designer for July.  Please welcome Cathy (Cathy's Card Spot)!

"Hi everyone, I was thrilled at being asked to be a guest at Addicted to CAS. I've been making cards for many years and am still developing my style, but I do love clean and simple designs. I also LOVE die-cuts and embossing and am enjoying playing with inky techniques too.
There are so many inspirational designers and challenges out there and ATCAS is one of my favourites. I hope you enjoy playing along with this week's code word.
I decided to go with a male themed card for this challenge as I always think blue for sky and blue always seems to equate to men for some reason!!! lol

Anyway here's what I came up with:

I went with a watercoloured background by swiping my inks on a craft mat, spritzing with water and then putting my watercolour cardstock face down on the inks.  The stamp is Sail Away from Stampin Up and I used my Clear Wink of Stella on the sails (although not sure you can see this).  I decided to cut the panel into four sections and matted onto white, dark blue and lighter blue mats.  The sentiment was computer generated and I cut it as a pennant by putting all three layers together and cutting through........then cutting the straight end slightly shorter for each mat (at least you get all your pointy ends matching!).  The addition of a button and some bakers twine - oh, and some liquid pearls finished off the card.

Please pop on over to the Addicted to CAS blog to see what all the other DT girls have come up with and check out what Cathy (our GDT) has designed for you.

Enjoy your weekend and happy crafting.