Posting as I go….

I’ve decided that, unless I’m entering a particular challenge, I’m posting my cards on this ‘ere blog as I make them. Here’s a couple I made last weekend;

Margaret C

Image: Wetlands by Stampin’Up

Margaret C

Pattern; Papertrey Inks Guidelines

Flower: Peaceful Petals by Papertrey Ink

Sentiment: umm….. ?


Is Spring here ?

I made three cards this afternoon, and when I laid them all out, I realised they were all very green….

Now, I like green – probably one of my favourite colours – but its never been a colour I’ve really focussed on crafting with. And I didn’t today. I guess I’m just craving light… and signs of growth… and Spring !!!! We have been lucky not to have had the horrendous weather that other parts of Britian and the world have had, but I’m tired of damp, cold and dark. Bring on Spring.

Anyhow, here are the cards –

Margaret C

Stamps and sentiment – There She Goes (not available anymore)

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Stamps and word ?

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Stamps and sentiment – Wetlands by Stampin’Up




Gotcha, didn’t I ?

Hi mum!!! Yes, I’ve posted something !

Margaret C

* Sentiment: Inkadinkadoo

* Negative Banners: Stampin’ Up Sale-a-bration punch

This card was made because I simply felt like it. This is my new kind of thinking. I came into my 40th year with the usual list of things to achieve, and, pretty quickly in, life threw me a curve ball when my CFS walloped me. I’m still in recovery mode, some days are better than others, but I feel like I’m inching forward. S-L-O-W-L-Y. I’m trying to be in the moment, not constantly chasing the never-ending list. And that’s hard sometimes…

Anyhow, this card was inspired by the new RetroSketches challenge. To be honest, at first look, the sketch was one I didn’t think I’d ever get. You know how some sketches just resonate? Not this one. Nope. But, whilst in my craft room yesterday, I glimpsed a sheet of ‘had-to-have’ DP that ended up a busy nightmare to work with, and I realised that it could totally work with this sketch. And then I was using my new SU banner punch and I thought it would be cute to use the negative spaces, and then I just needed a sentiment ! Love it when it works like that !

I used this sentiment simply because it fit the space, but I’m now thinking it would be a great cheeky card for a friend of mine who is a coeliac ( not that I am making fun of the condition, we were around through the lengthy diagnosis and know how hard it is to live with it. I bake for our bible study group that he attends, and, after promising him the cheese scones he craved, he couldn’t eat them as they had worcestershire sauce in them. Which is not gf….)

Anyhow… I’m making a few more cards tomorrow as it’s half-term. (oops, after I phone my mum….) so perhaps I’ll get another post written too ! But no pressure….

Joy…. joy, joy joy….

Margaret C

hello ?

hello ? *tap tap*

I know, I’m a lousy blogger. I also know I’m not writing this for anyone, as even my mum has said she’s given up on my blog – well, so would I have, by this point ! Life has been challenging and I have very little to show for it except being signed off and a new treatment course of strong drugs, homeopathic remedies and serious thinking about what has to change. It’s all a bit much.

So now I am signed off, I have been dabbling again in my craft room, and came up with this card. I do like it. I like the quietness of it. Anyhow, here are the details:

Main image : free stamp from December 2013 Craft Stamper

Background : Stampin’ Up Lovely as a Tree on DSP

I’m leaving you with a song that is running around my head – Joy by Tracey Thorn.

It’s kinda where I’m at just now – living the awareness of pain and sadness, and trying to accept the limitations of my illness, but also trying to fight through and recognise the quiet moments of grace (‘it’s because of the dark, we see the beauty in the spark’) And by grace, I mean the ‘undeserved blessings and unconditional gifts’ of my faith, something which the song makes no reference to. We are entering the season of true grace, the unconditional gift of a child born to bring the undeserved blessings of light and hope to all who have hands and hearts open to recieve. I am sorry if that sounds preachy to you, but – referring to my comment earlier about not expecting anyone to be reading this ! – the only person I am preaching to is myself. So, girl, get off the computer, go and pray !

Perfect male card!


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Okay, maybe not my version but this one I CASEd certainly hits the button ! Neutral enough to give to any male !

I’ve used it to make 3 cards, 1 birthday and 2 thank-yous. The thank-you cards are going to my Pastor and the chairman of our church as they were both very supportive last week when I got baptised.

Anyhow, trying to fit some inking into pauses of frantic cleaning and organising – back to school on Monday !

Stamps: Tree – Lovely As A Tree, Stampin’Up – birds ?

Sentiments : Thanks  – Hero Arts (retired), Birthday Wishes – Teeny Trees, Waltzing Mouse, Bible Text – SmARTworks ( I think  – company gone now )

First outing !


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I REALLY  like this card.

And all of a few minutes to make – the hardest part was lining up the post-it notes ! I CASEd this from the fabulous Heather, and it was an opportunity to use my longed for Lovely As A Tree set from Stampin’ Up for the first ever time. I swithered about putting a sentiment on it, but I like the sparseness of the card and the wintry feel (I hope) it evokes.

Hmmmm, ‘wintry’ and ‘sparse’… this is my mum’s birthday card !!!! Oh dear, well, hopefully the love with which it is made and sent smothers the negativity of these adjectives ! Happy birthday, mum !

I am going to make this another first – first ever entry into the CASology Challenge. The key word is ‘winter’ – um, yup ! I like the idea of keyword challenges – I suspect this site may become a favourite !