Thursday, 14 December 2017

Christmas Table

Hi There
For those celebrating Christmas I hope your preparations are going smoothly. I'm just beginning to enter panic mode, which is normally followed by compromise, acceptance and then relaxation and enjoyment! It's a familiar pattern.

Over at The Craft Barn this week the theme is all about decorating the Christmas table and my Claybord place mat is live today.

For details pop over to the blog. Do check out what the other DT members have been up to, especially Helen's fantastic napkin rings yesterday.

I'm off to tidy the craft room, also known as our guest room, which will need to accommodate my mother-in-law next week. I know there's a bed in there somewhere just got to find it under the craft stash!

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Chill December brings the sleet

...and finally to the last verse of the Twelve Month Poem Challenge at The Craft Barn.

Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire and Christmas treat.

Another year nearly done. I've enjoyed making the mini canvases for the Twelve Month challenge and starting to look forward to what's next. Do have a look at the blog to see what other people have done with the verse.

Last Christmas card made this morning for my husband (can't post it just yet!) Off now to do a bit of carpet cleaning in readiness for visitors over the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by. xx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Perfect Poinsettias

Hello there
The First day of December and decidedly chilly where I am. Today my poinsettia cards are live on The Craft Barn blog. Christmas cards have been made for a few weeks now but none actually written. I'd better get cracking as some have quite a way to go!


Do take a look at the blog for all the details and to see what the others have been up to.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, with a bit of crafting thrown in for relaxation. xx

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Reasons to Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to followers in the US. It's always good to reflect on the many reasons there are to give thanks and research shows that thankful people are usually much happier people. So today I'm making a special effort to count my blessings, of which there are many.

Apologies for the slightly wonky photo. I forgot to take one and had to ask the recipient to email me a photo back!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Snowy Sentiments

It's a grey day in this part of the world and the temperature has definitely dropped.

I like to make my Christmas cards as a little bit of love goes into each one, but being realistic they have to be designs you can mass produce.

Here's the third of my designs for this year...

I'm really impressed with the quality of the Find It dies and the snowman is a cheeky little chap, so I made as many cards as possible of one design before getting bored. I'm sure he'll be out again next year in a different guise!

The project is live on the The Craft Barn blog today so do have a look for all of the details of how to make it.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely day. I'm off for a play in my craft room! xx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Dull November brings the blast

Hello again
The first Sunday of the month means it's time for the next verse of The Craft Barn's Twelve Month Challenge based around Sara Coleridge's poem The Months.

Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.

My mini canvas is live on the blog, hopefully providing some inspiration for those joining in with the challenge.

It's amazing how quickly the year has passed by. Winter always used to be my favourite season but as I get older I enjoy each season in a different way. Important to enjoy the present though and not wish it away thinking about the future too soon.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Hope you are having a lovely day wherever you are. xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Christmas Bauble Card

A quick one today to share the second of my Christmas card designs for this year using the lovely bauble stencil from Giovanna Zara. I bought mine through her Dawanda shop and you can see her ideas and tutorials on her blog.

I can see a lot of uses for the different elements at some point in the future!

As I've said before the secret to Christmas card making is a simple design that can be put together production line style. I stencilled first in vintage photo Distress Ink  around the outer parts of the image and then went over with festive berries. I then very lightly added some Imagination Crafts Starlights in antique gold before stamping a sentiment. To finish off I added a pale shadow in alcohol marker and some metallic nailhead gems.

Unfortunately the flash picks up the gold but flattens some of the colour and shading which make it look more 3D. Quick to do and will be eye catching across a festive room at Christmas.

Thank you for taking time to stop by. xx