A bit of this and that:-

Good afternoon from a beautifully sunny Derbyshire.  First of all I wish to thank everyone for the lovely birthday greetings.  We had a lovely week in the Cotswolds, mainly visiting National Trust and walking in some of the lovely gardens.  At Upton Park I took lots of pictures of the deer and was able to get so close to them. They are on my ipad and I haven’t downloaded them yet so will share a few when I do.

I took my holiday stitching but didn’t make much progress as by the time we had dinner and got back to our room at night I was too shattered to anything much.  This was how it looked before we left home.DSCF5190This is the progress made;7 WILDLIFE OF THE HEDGEROW - AUGUST 2017 at least there is a little less green to stitch next time lol.

Amongst the gifts I recieved for my birthday,( I am a lucky bunny as most of it has been craft stuff and I will share soon), was a cd to add to my graphics program.  I have Craft Studio, and this cd contained four digi kits for parchment.  One was all frames, one was butterflies an another was flowers,  the last which I haven’t used yet was lace. Each of the digi kits contains a minimum of 50 designs and the card below contains just two of them, a frame and a butterfly.  I designed two cards and printed them off on parchment paper.  One I have made into a card and when I have completed the other I hope to make that into a card too.  But here is a picture of the first one I madeCHARITY 1My hand was not too steady when embossing the circle but otherwise I am really pleased with it.  I don’t know why the little daisy in the bottom corner closed up – maybe it was feeling shy, but its opened again now lol.

The only other card I have made so far this month is this one, which again uses  another  of my birthday gifts – the Sue Wilson, Hobnail Vase die.CHARITY 2

I am obviously slacking on the card front this month, but after making 98 cards last month I feel I am allowed to have a bit of a breather this month.  Guess I will soon get back into things.

Well that’s all for now, so thank you for taking the time to read.  I am  now going to sit in the garden and read for a bit – we have to make the most of the sunshine we get in the UK.

Hugs to all who need or want them.


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Early Sal Update.

5th August – it is my birthday and hubby is taking me away for a week.  I have no idea where only that we will remain in the uk.  So as I have no idea how to set a timed post I am posting this morning before we leave.

Not had a lot of stitching time this time as those who read here on a regular basis will know I had a marathon card making session and stitching time went out the window.  Having said that I  think think you will see

some progress.  So this was last time

DSCF5310and this timeDSCF5411I shall be taking my holiday stitching “Wildlife of the Hedgerow”, but not knowing where we are going I have no idea if I will have time for stitching or not.  Hoping for a little less rain and a little more sunshine.

I will try and look and comment on everyone else’s SAL but just in case I do not have the time I will do a catch up when I get back.

Please take the time to checkout what everyone else is doing as we are all working on different projects, and as we live all over the world you may need to allow for time differences.   I would also like to take the opportunity to give a big WELCOME to two new members who are joining us, they are Heidi and Connie.  If you would like to join us too please contact Avis (first link below).

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie

Hugs to you all


















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July round up

Hi everyone,  I am going to start today by sharing a couple of pictures of the Wisteria in my garden.  These were taken a couple of weeks back as it had its second flowering of the year – never as good as the first but not bad in my opinion

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Next I want to share just a few cards that were made before I began the marathon (see last post lol).

The first two I was asked to make by a friend.  Instructions were that the first one was for the friend she made on her first day at school – aged 4.  As they are now in their late 50s and still the best of friends so she wanted something special and I could throw as much glitter and bling at it as I liked.Xmade to order 2a

it doesn’t show well but there are little gems in all the flowers along the fence and lots of glitter around.  The second was for her daughter and again was left to me, with the instruction  of no glitter or  bling on this one, and something with an animal on if possible.  So here is what I made.  I did add two small gems to the centre of the flowers, and some Glossy Accents to the fruit round the border.  Other than that I tried to make it special by using decoupage.  I am pleased to say she was thrilled with both cards. Xmade to order 1

This one was done for my cousins daughter AmyXFOR AMY, another one who doesn’t like bling lol .  And a few charity ones I didn’t show earlier in the month.

The last thing I have to share with you today is the card I received from Joanna Sheen which contained the voucher I won, and what I chose to use if for.  This is the sweet little card XGIFT VOUCHER FROM JOANNA SHEENE

and I chose to put the voucher towards thisXone summers day 2

It is a card craft CD.  I love cd’s as it means I can use the images as many times as I want and size them to suit what I want to make.  This one has over 80 individual and completely different images.  I love Joanna Sheens cds because you always get value for money – not half a dozen images placed in different frames or settings to make them look more, or the same images done in a dozen different colourways.  After all their are lots of tools out there, whether you are  printing or cutting, to help you make a plain square picture into lots of shapes and colours.

I hope you have enjoyed what I had to share today.














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The Magpie in me

Chatting with another crafting friend recently she was telling me of her new craft room and the clearing out of her old one.  She remarked that she had found a box full of the most boring decoupage and couldn’t imagine why she had bought it in the first place, then laughing she asked if I wanted it for my charity cards.  Well how could the magpie in me refuse.  So I have cut out and pressed out decoupage and put into little bags for over a week now (alas it was eating into stitching time but it had to be done and I am now stitching again in the evenings).  All this cutting, pressing out etc has led to  a marathon card making stint and e13 I will share some of them with you .  I have done my best to make these look modern and cheerful and I am sure there will be someone who likes them, maybe just because they are different.  I have grouped them together so there is not so much to scroll through.


Well if you have reached this point you deserve a medal and I thank you so much for sticking with it.  Next time I will try to have a post that is a little more interesting (I don’t think that will be too hard.

Hugs to you all










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Oops I did it again…

On the 29th June I posted that I had won a craft die from Sue Wilson, the second thing I had one this year.  Kathy from Sewing etc said that I should buy a lottery ticket.  I kept meaning too but never remembered when I was in town and then I forgot all about it.  On Saturday I checked my emails and there was my monthly newsletter from Joanna Sheen – one of my favourite online craft shops, so after I got a cappuccino I settled down to read, and imagine my surprise when I got to the Readers Card Of the Month and found it was mine.  I sent this card in last year when they were asking readers to make a card using current selling lines, and explain how it was made.  I made a card using the Tom Mielko, Project book, though this is not one of the cards featured in the book, all the elements are from the cd which is included with it (apart from verse).

This is the card, one you have seen before or maybe you have seen something similar as this is my kinda card.Img_0397.202744

and it has won me a £10.00 voucher to use at Joanna Sheen’s online store, so Kathy, thanks – things do come in threes.

Hugs to all



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Sal Sunday – latest progress on Gracious Era.

last time it looked like thisDSCF5247 and now it looks like this


I haven’t stitched on anything else and so seem to have made reasonable progress even though I have only stitched for short periods at a time, as I haven’t been too well recently.  I am not sure I can stick at it but I am going to try as I would love to have it finished.

Please take some time and visit the others in this group.  We are a group  that is scattered all around the world and we work on many varied projects.  For most of us the aim is to decrease out UFO stash.   Some have now managed to do that, but still enjoy being part of this lovely, friendly and very supportive group, and just carry on with new projects.  There is embroidery, cross stitch, patchworks and crotchet projects but it makes for an interesting mix, if you would like to join us please contact Avis (first on the list below)


CindyStephLindaCatherine,  Mary Margaret, Timothy

All for now folks


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Birds and Flowers

I thought it was time I made some more charity cards, and I still have some odds and ends from my old stash pile to use – though I am pleased to report it is diminishing quite noticeably now.  As they are all pretty straight forward I wont bother you with explanations today, so just browse and I hope you enjoy.



I also forgot to share last weeks mojo card so here is the sketch 4 and here is what I made.

CHARITY 1 that’s all for now folks

Many thanks to those who take the time to read and to comment.  I love hearing from you.





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