My 2017 Christmas Card Tally

31 August 2012

With Love From Me To You!

Afternoon, I'm back with my second post of today.

Card Ingredients:

LOTV Printed Image
Back to Basics Papers
Kanban Cardstock & Swiss Dots Embossed Cardstock
Sizzix Architectural Accent #1 Die
PM Gems
Flower & Ribbon from Stash
Rub-on Greeting
Liquid Pearls

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crazy 4 Challenges 151 Sketch
Alphabet O is for Only One Colour Plus White
Craft Your Passion 125 Emboss It

Thanks for calling in, lovely to have you here and your comments are always very much appreciated.

Claire x

Love Me, Love Me Not

Morning peeps!  

Well it's been a busy week and my last one before I go back to work next Tuesday!  On Wednesday night I completed my first week at Slimming World and I lost 4.5 lbs - I have to say I am over the moon with that result, so here's to another good loss next week - I will keep you posted on how it goes.  I went out last night with the girls from work for our pre catch up and it was Pizza Express - but go me, I was very good and had one of the healthy salads and no alcohol!

So onto today's card and I'm glad to say the picture uploader is back to normal too! Hurrah!

Card Ingredients:

Penny Black Image (freebie)
My Minds Eye Quite Contrary Summer Papers
Pearls - NEC Stash
Ribbon from Stash
Kanban Cardstock

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake 207 Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown 113 Colour Crazy
Shopping Our Stash 66 Use Your Favourite Things
Created With Love 5 Furry Friends
Dutch Dare 180
Natalie & Amy 1 Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in.  Have a lovely day!

Claire x

30 August 2012

MAWTT: 30th August DT Card

Good morning and welcome to a brand new challenge here at Moving Along With The Times and this week it is hosted by me and I have chosen:


This could be planes, kites, balloons, insects, etc - the possibilities are endless.

Here's my card:

Card Ingredients:

Stitchy Bear Vintage Spitfire Digi Stamp
MME Follow Your Heart Papers
Trimcraft Card
Rub-In Greeting
Card Candy

We are sponsored this week by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps

Hop on over to the main challenge blog to take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Pile It On 35 I Spy Something With "P"
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by again today - hope you have a lovely day!

Claire x

29 August 2012

Gone Fishing

Morning - well what a horrible day it is today - I don't know what it's like where you are but it's absolutely pouring down here and looks set to be here all day!

Looks like it might be a good day for the craft room LOL.

So today's card is one I made yesterday:

Card Ingredients:

Digi Stamp Boutique Fishing Stan Digi Image
MME Hattie Papers
Kanban Cardstock & Greeting
Buttons from Stash

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Here Come The Boys 34 Sketch
Hooked On Craft 24 Cards For Men
I Love Promarkers 132 Anything Goes
Divas By Design 50 Let's Celebrate
Digi Stamp Boutique August Competition

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

Can anyone help?


I am having problems uploading pictures onto Blogger - this has been happening since last night.

Can anyone give me any advice?

I have looked at the known issues, nothing - I have looked at the fixes and have done all of them.

I am using Google Chrome and have done for years and I really don't want to have to go back to IE.

It's driving me nuts - a post that should take me 5 minutes to write has now stemmed to over 30 minutes with all the faffing.

The only way I can get pictures into my posts is by copying and pasting which is time consuming.

Anyone's advice would be extremely helpful.

Thank you - off to make a cup of tea!

Claire x

Edited: I have been on the help forum and it appears since yesterday loads of people are experiencing problems - there is no current fix but if you switch to html - you can upload pictures there, although it will only let you do this one at a time!!!!

28 August 2012

Candy At The Craft Barn

WOW The Craft Barn have some amazing candy to give away!

It retails to the value of £150.00

Isn't it just brilliant?

For a chance to win these amazing goodies hop on over to their blog and follow the rules - you have until 9th September.

Claire x 


Morning and what a sunny one it is too - although not that warm, it's certainly nice to have some sunshine!  I'm on a count down now for back to work, this time next week (although only for a couple of hours) I will be back at work!  Proper day Wednesday!

Anyway I am making the most of my time in the craft room trying to use up a load of digis and pre stamped images! I have a whole basket full of them.  You know what it's like you print them off or you stamp them up then change your mind ...... so I have made another Christmas card with one of them:

Card Ingredients:

Bugaboo Snowman Bells Digi Stamp
Fizzy Moon Festive Fun Papers
Crystal Ice Stickles
PM Gems
MS Snowflake Border Punch & Snowflakes
Kanban Mirri Card
Peel off Letters

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Fetch-A-Sketch 31
Make It Monday 104
Creative Card Crew 18 Christmas
Bearly Mine 50 Anything That Glitters
Crafty Sentiments Let's Sparkle

Thank you for popping in, it's always love to have you here. Enjoy your day whatever you are up to!

Claire x

27 August 2012

My Candy Winner - Ready-Teddy-Go

Morning everyone!

Just a quick post from me to announce my candy winner from the Ready-Teddy-Go blog hop.

Chosen from my comments by it's

No. 22 Lorraine

Well done sweetie - please contact me at with your snail mail details so I can get your prize posted off to you.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the hop and left comments.

Please pop over to the main challenge blog here to see the whole list of winners.

Claire x     

26 August 2012

Happy Birthday Mum!

Evening everyone, hope you are well.

It's my Mum's Birthday today and this is the card I made for her:

Card Ingredients:

Winnie Digi from Polkadoodles CD
Dovecraft Sugar & Spice Papers
Kanban Card
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Pearls & Gems from NEC Stash
Lace from Stash
American Crafts Ribbon
Peel Off Greeting
Liquid Pearls

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Seems A Little Sketchy 20 Sketch
Crafty Sentiments Flowers
Delightful Fancy & Frilly
Charisma 33 Lace
Cute Card Thursday 231 Bling It Up!
Dutch Dare 179 Bling It Up!
Totally Papercrafts 131 Zesty Summer Colours
Stamptacular 178 Roses & Ribbons

Thanks for popping in.

Claire x

25 August 2012

Two Little Mice

Afternoon everyone, hope you are well and those of you who are not, I wish you better soon!

My Megs has come back of her holidays with her Dad and I've just collected my Mum and Dad who have come back from the Isle of Wight.  They have all had a fabulous time.

Here's my card for today:

Card Ingredients:

House Mouse Hugs & Kisses Stamp
Papermania Love Papers
MS Heart Border Punch
Kraft & Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Kanban Greeting

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Housemouse Double Trouble
My Mum's Craftshop 71 Weddings/Anniversary
Sunday Sketch & Stamp 120 Sketch

Thanks for stopping by.

Claire x

24 August 2012

More Cute Bears!

Morning everyone, hope you are all well and those who are not I hope you are better soon.

With being off work during the Summer, it has given me plenty of time to craft and here is another item I made last week! Be warned it's picture heavy LOL.

A Pack of 4 Notelets complete with box.


LOTV Stamps
(Blooming Lovely, Sending Love, Fun Birthday, A Little Message)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
(Chipped Sapphire, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint & Scattered Straw)
Black Fine Nib Pen for freehand doodling

I am really pleased how they came out, but would love to have your comments, good or bad.

I am entering these into the following challenges:

Thanks for calling in - have a great day!

Claire x

23 August 2012

Willow Sketchie: 23rd August DT Card

Hello, it's Thursday and welcome to a brand new challenge at Willow Sketchie!

This week it's my turn to host the challenge and today is a very sad day, as after 14 months on the DT I have made the decision to step down from the team.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sharon for having me as one of the first DT members, she has been an absolute pleasure to work with and I will see you again at the NEC later this year!  I would also like to thank Hazel, our DT Co-ordinator for all her support and hard work (but it's not goodbye as I am on another challenge with you!) and to the rest of the lovely ladies - I will still be stopping by and visiting you!

So enough tears and onto my challenge - I have chosen:


This is a great chance to start making those Christmas cards!

Here's my card using the sketch and theme:

Card Ingredients:

Willow Designs Bit Chilly Clear Stamp
Fizzy Moon Festive Fun Papers
Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Kraft Cardstock
Sizzix Dots Embossing Folder
Rub-On Greeting
Cardstock from Stash

Don't forget you can now buy the fabulous new range of Christmas stamps from

One lucky winner will receive a voucher to spend in the on-line store HERE!

We look forward to seeing you join in with us this week and remember you don't have to use a Willow Designs image to enter, although it would be lovely if you did.

 Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

I am entering this card into the following challenge:

Chocolate Coffee & Cards 19 Emboss It

Thanks for stopping by, it's always a pleasure to see you!

Claire x

21 August 2012

Peek-a-boo Bears

Evening and welcome to my third post of today.

A big welcome to my new followers - lovely to have you here and hope you will stay a while.

I have been having a play in the craft room this afternoon and this is one of my makes.  I found these cards in the back of my cupboard when I was having a clear out the other day:

Card Ingredients: LOTV Present Trio & Posy Trio Stamps
Dovecraft Sugar & Spice Papers
Pearlescent Paper
Pink Gem Greeting Stamp
American Ctafts Ribbon
Pearls - NEC Stash
Liquid Pearls

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

It's lovely of you to stop by.  Have a great evening, whatever you are up to.  I'm off out to the pub for something to eat!

Claire x

Creative Craft Challenges: 21st August GDT Card

Morning everyone, I hope you are well and those who are not I wish you well soon.  This is my second post for today.

I was very lucky back in April to win a GDT spot at Creative Craft Challenges

The theme this week is:


Here's my card:

Card Ingredients:

Gorjuss Girls Stamp
Papermania Capsule Collection Heather Papers
Promarkers & Flexmarkers
Pearls - NEC Stash
Card from Stash
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers
Kanban Mirri Card
Kanban Birthday Greeting Stamp
Pearlescent Purple Brilliance Ink
Liquid Pearls

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Wags n Whiskers 86 Favourite Colour Combo
The Crafty Pad 184 To Die For
Stamptacular 176 Let's Hear It For The Girls
Whoopsiedaisy Include A Sentiment
Wild Orchid Crafts 57 Summer Flowers
The Cutie Pie 25 Borders and Frames

Thanks for popping in, as always it's lovely to have you here.

Have a great day!

Claire x

Oldie But A Goodie: 21st August DT Card

Good morning and welcome to a brand new challenge at an Oldie But A Goodie and this week it's the turn of the lovely Janice who has chosen the theme:


This is the first time I have ever tried this technique (yes I know where have I been LOL) and I have to say I really enjoyed it and will definitely be giving it another go.

Here's my card:

Card Ingredients:

Wild Rose Studio Milton & Co Toby With Bottle Stamp
Papermania Hampstead Papers
Buttons from Stash
Trimcraft Cardstock
Kanban Greeting
String (Joanna Sheen)

This week we are sponsored by Squidgy Digi 

And one lucky winner will receive 5 images of their choice.

To take part in the challenge YOU MUST USE SOMETHING ON YOUR CARD WHICH IS AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OLD - this could be flowers, papers, stamps, etc, however you MUST state on your post which item/s you have used.

Hop on over to the challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the DT's fabulous creations.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

A Gem of A Challenge 53 Animals or Teddies
Sweet Stampin' Weddings or Anniversaries
Pile It On 34 Cuddly Critters
Make It Monday 103
Craft Your Passion 124 Power of 3 (3 buttons)
Forever Friends Fortnightly 43 Anything Goes
Lollipop 87 Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss 145 Strings The Thing

Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a lovely day!

Claire x

20 August 2012


Hello - I have been sorting out my craft room this afternoon, especially all my card stock and have found some items I will never use, so have listed the items below.

If you are interested in anything below, please email me and let me know which item numbers, together with your name and snail mail addy and I will get them out to you a s a p.  It's all FREE to a good home or homes!  I would rather someone have it than me throw it away.

Item 1
25m 15mm satin stripe navy ribbon
4 available

Item 2
1 x Pack of 5 sheets navy tissue paper

Item 3
Pack of 20 DL Kanban Christmas Inserts - various greetings

Item 4
Pack of 20 C6 Kanban Christmas Inserts - various greetings

Item 5
Pack of 20 4.5" x 4.5" Square Kanban Christmas Inserts - various greetings

Item 6
Pack of 7 DL Scallop Cards & Envelopes in Cream & Black

Item 7
Pack of 6 DL Hammered Aperture Cards & Envelopes in White

Item 8
Pack of 7 7" x 4" Aperture Cards & Envelopes in Blue & White

Item 9
Pack of 10 C6 Cream Deckled Edge Cards & Envelopes

Item 10
Pack of 11 A5 Cards & Envelopes in Yellow & Cream

Item 11
Pack of 17 Box Cards in White

Item 12
Pack of Simply Creative Blue Glitter Stickers

Item 13
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
5 Clear Stamps

Item 14
You're So Sweet Stamps - 9 in total by Adam Pescott

Thank you for your interest.

Claire x

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