10 May 2021

Our Garden, no cards, I'm very sad, but excited.

Hi Everyone, you know how I love my garden? Well there is news about it which I am really sad about, but in a way excited too.

We are going to destroy my beautiful garden to make it easier! Why? It all started with brambles! We have always had about a 10 foot wall of brambles on the pathway behind our garden, then 2 weeks ago the Council grass cutter man decided to go into it and practically cut it all away. Also our conifer hedge has died a death with almost no growth on them. We only have a small wire fence, so it became a necessity to build a fence for privacy and security. 

Hubby and I had long and realistic discussion about the garden and as hubby is getting older now with more aches and pains than he wants, the 4 foot borders around our 55 feet by 55 foot lawn are requiring him to do too much digging and maintenance, so we decided to add a fence between the neighbours and us to narrow the borders and make the garden more manageable. It has upset me, but change has to happen to make life easier for Hubby. We'll have to arrange something in the garden, so that the 2 men can have a chat, as always, over the fence whilst gardening! 😁

I hope you will put up with my ramblings. I intend to take photos regularly so that I can keep a record, there is a lot of preparation before it goes up in July.  

This is part of the preparation by removing all the stones that had been placed under the wire fence by the previous owner. You can also see how awful the conifers look. Although the honeysuckle and the Pieris are looking good.

This is hubby clearing the stones and ground for  the fence to be erected on our border.
 It also shows, the well past it's sell by date, wire fence, something all the shrubs hid.

This is the garden onto the waste land. He always keeps the way clear of weeds. 
You can also see the stones left for him to remove.

You can't see in this photo how the tree grows over next door's border and 
makes it necessary to remove the tree to erect the fence in the corner. 
All shrubs have been cut back to facilitate the tree surgeons access to cut the beautiful tree down 😞 I have asked the tree surgeon and the fencers, if there is any other way. Yes! they say, don't put a fence up! or leave a gap of 5 feet!😞

On a good note!
The Creeping Phlox is putting on a wonderful show. 

More good news, we have the potatoes growth reaching the top of the large pots. Hopefully we will be picking potatoes in a few weeks. Nothing like new potatoes, other than chocolate that is?

08 May 2021


 Hi Everyone, this card was made because I saw a sketch that I liked and chose this lovely image from my files to make it.  It's been in there for a long time and I don't think I have used it. I was going to add a few things, but after colouring the image 4 times, I gave up and was just glad to get it done, but decided maybe it just wasn't good enough. A day or two after, I thought, she's OK and I can still enter the challenge, it's the taking part isn't it? then I took photos and forgot to add the little extras I was going to. In the end I decided to go as it is!

Here she is, such a lovely image. I did a print and cut on the Cameo, then coloured her with DI's. Before I give it to someone I may add a die cut or 2? We'll see.

image - Happy Birthday, All Dressed Up 
inks Distress inks
papers - Gone Digital Design
balloon 3D'd

the sketch I turned to have a portrait view

05 May 2021

Water/Beach TMR

Hi Everyone, my card today is for 


The Male Room Challenge

I really didn't know what to do, so I looked through my stamps and my cut files and decided to put the ones I found together, so my take on the challenge today is Water!

I cut the background out on the digital cutting machine and added DO's and DI's to the background, pulled out a stencil, that I seem to reaching for all the time, and stenciled the sea and clouds. Stamped the birds and boat, coloured them with DI's added white pen to the waves, then 3d'd the sentiment. Off to find some card to add to the background and found a dark navy that I liked, voila all done! btw, the light blue surround is from my lightbox background.

cut file - Lizzie Mayne Silhouette Design Store 
stencil - Funky fossil
stamps - Nautical by Sara Davies Magazine freebies
sentiment stamp and die - Julie Hickey
inks - Distress Inks & Oxide

I hope everyone in the UK were OK, and no harm to life or property, was had on Monday with the awful wind and rain. Let's hope the cold and frost has finished now too, I think we've had enough of Winter. 

Keep safe and well Everyone.

I hope to see you in the Challenge at TMR, if you have trouble with masculine cards, you'll find lots of inspiration from the Fabulous Team.

The Paper Shelter #46 

Through The Craft Room Door

Cards4Guys #270

01 May 2021

Floating Alligator

 Hi Everyone here I am with my second DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

The sun must have been in my mind when I made this, it had been so lovely here in the UK, chilly but blue skies and sun. I have this fun Alligator and had to use this old joke to make the card. I did a print and cut on the digital cutting machine, then coloured it with Distress inks. 

The background was done with a stencil the clouds and waves are on the one, so that is great. I didn't make the background too distinct as I thought the Alligator should be centre stage. I added a sun ray stencil and a sun, also cut on the Cameo which was coloured with DI's. 

I glued the 3 layers of the Alligator and sun and sentiment (computer generated) to the background, then layered onto gold mirror card and black paper. I then added glaze to his eyes and clear sparkle pen to the sun, rays and dingy. 

 stamp - Floating Gator Digital Stamp QKR Stampede
inks - Distress inks
stencil - waves, clouds - Funky Fossil Stencil
sun stencil - Wendy Bird Designs cut on Cameo
gold mirror card - The Range
black paper - stash

This is the insert preprinted

Critter and Critters!

   I have 2 DT cards today this is the first.

our 50th challenge

Anything Goes but

they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...
We are sponsored this month by TNT Artspirations and they have generously
provided images to our DT to use on their inspiration projects.

My card today is a bit of fun and quite simple, as I thought she needed to be centre stage. I placed the files in my electronic digital cutter and print and cut. I then coloured the turtle with Distress inks. Layered all the papers, attached the 3 layers of turtle and a separate head, which you can't see here as I intended, oh! well. The sentiment I generated on the 'puter. 

Something seems to have gone wrong with my layout today, I've tried everything to get it symmetrical.

image - TNT Artspirational
inks - Distress inks mixture of greens and blues, abandoned coral, worn lipstick
papers - Cathy K Designs

I hope to see you at the Critter ATG Challenge.

I was out walking to the hairdresser this week and came across these bluebells, out with my phone and this is the result. Just gorgeous isn't it. Such a joy to see.

Also I have had this "critter" in my garden enjoying the nuts and
 maybe taking them to her babies?

These 3 tickled me pink, 3 pigeons fighting to have a bath. They did squeeze in.

27 April 2021

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Now my post for today - 

Haven't we been so lucky with the beautiful sunshine in the UK, to make us feel happier. I can live with sunshine everyday, how about you. I don't mind the rain at night though.

It's one of the same stamp I did the other day I stamped and coloured, but didn't know what else I wanted to do with it, after a long while with no mojo and couldn't be bothered, I came up with this. I still have 2 others waiting in the wings with the same stamp. I cut an oval frame and before adding I used the inside of the frame as a mask to ink outwards from the image, I kept the mask in place and used a border die to "sort of" match the music bars, I stamped the birthday wishes the frame was added and also a bow and a button die. I layered onto the same card I cut the frame from and added it to a ready made card base.

Stamp - Flora Musica, Chocolate Baroque
border stamp - Stamp Addicts
sentiment stamps - Magazine Freebies
inks - Distress ink, 
oval die - Tonic
ribbon - Ikea
heart button die - First Edition

25 April 2021

Retired birthday?

 Hi Everyone, I hope you've been enjoying the glorious weather we have been having in the UK. I actually had a couple of hours freedom from things and read in quiet contemplation in the garden, with only the birds to disturb my peace, pure bliss! I can tell you I have needed it. 

Anyhow, another birthday card today I made for hubby from my son, he wanted funny as always, so here it is. You may think that the DAD is not level, it's not supposed to be, my son always says Dad raising the last letter for some reason, so it's done for that.

I saw a card that I cased, more with the words than the card though, but it didn't have any name on it, so I'm sorry I can't give credit to the owner.

I did a print and cut of the stamp, then coloured it, not with great success, but I know hubby won't notice Bless him. Papers were layered onto black paper and I also made a background like a room. I used a stencil for the Dad. The image has 3 layers, when all glued together I added them to the card front, with the sentiments  and the border paper. 

digital stamp - "Retired" Ericraftstamps  
inks - Distress Inks
papers - Digital Scrapbook used to be Pixelscrapper
stencil - Card Making Magic, magazine freebie
sentiments - generated on the 'puter,