Our 25th Wedding Anniversary

Monday, 29 November 2010

We've just got back from a fantastic week in France celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We stayed in a fantastic gite, complete with a much appreciated wood burner, just north of Angouleme with fantastic view over the countryside. We weren't expecting a heat wave, but we didn't expect to have everything from rain, sun, frost, sleet to snow. Here are a few photos. We've decided that we don't take a good photo and this is the best we could come up with!!! We had just visited a very soggy and cold Confolens, so weren't at our best!

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Cuttlebug Spot - Thank You Card

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

I picked up this lovely paper pack in TKMax. I love rummaging through their clearance items, as you never know what bargains you might find.

It's so lovely to thank your hostess for a great evening or say thank you for a special gift, so I've chosen to make an everyday thank you card that you could use for any occasion. Check out the great designs the team have come up with at the Cuttlebug Spot. We are taking a break for a couple of weeks as some of us are on holiday and our American teamies are celebrating Thanksgiving.

Thank You card

Materials used - White square card blank, Cuttlebug plus With Love border embossing folder and Flowers#1 die set, Making Memories Chloe's Closet papers, Dimensions Crafts Thanks stamp, White cardstock, Versamagic orange and green chalk inks, Ribbon, Half Pearls and a Button.

Cuttlebug Spot – Hippity Blog Hop

Friday, 12 November 2010

I must read emails properlyThinking smile  I was meant to get this to Nilda earlier this week , so it could be added to the blog, that’s why it’s a bit late. Sorry folks.

Join us at The Cuttlebug Spot for a recipe blog hop. There are 5 blogs to visit – Please start at Sassy Lil Sketches to get the sketch for your project and then hop to get the further elements. Once you have completed your project which can be a card, altered project, layout etc, you can enter your project at any of the blogs to win some fantastic prizes. Have fun.

Here’s my project. It’s our 25th Anniversary in a couple of weeks, so I choose this as the theme for my card.

Blog Hop

Materials used – White square card blank, Cricut plus George, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots and Tim Holtz Notebook embossing folders, Olivia alphabet and heart dies, White card stock, October Afternoon Ducks in a Row papers, Versamagic blue and yellow chalk ink, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Sentiment stamp, Heart punch, Lace, Fibre and Buttons.

Make and Takes

Thursday, 11 November 2010

We are having a Make and Take day in December where I work, and I’ve been asked to create some things to make. I’ve only used items that we sell in the shop and I set myself a challenge only to use one type of patterned paper – Crate Paper North Pole Pine. I made 4 items, 3 are below, including a Christmas card, Hot chocolate pouch, a bow and a card with chocolate figures in a pocket on the front. I made the chocolate figure cards last year and they were really popular and great fun for children. The pouch would be ideal for stocking fillers or for a small gift.

Christmas CardHot Chocolate Pouch 2

Chocolate Card

Materials used – Crate Paper North Pole Pine paper, Woodware Christmas Rounds clear stamps, Versamagic brown, green and red chalk ink, Watermark ink, Clear and white embossing powder, Brown gel pen, Stickles, Ribbon, Buttons, Twine and yummy chocolate.

Cuttlebug Spot – Table Decorations

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

It’s lovely to have a glass of wine at Christmas, so I’ve made a wine cooler to put it in. Just realised I’ve popped in a mulled wine, which is normally served hot, so I’ll need to pop in a Rosé or white once it’s been drunk Smile

Table Decoration 2

Materials used – Kraft, white, black and red cardstock, Cricut plus Doodlecharms, Cuttlebug plus Swiss Dots, Divine Swirls and Candy Cane embossing folders, Quickutz Polka Dots embossing folder, Olivia alphabet dies,Polkadoodles Christmas stamps, Hero Arts Polka Dot background stamp, White embossing powder, Stickles,  Ribbon, Brad, Cotton wool and a bottle of wine.

Cuttlebug Spot – Invites

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

As we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK I’ve made invites for a Christmas party. This week, I’ve used Sizzix texture plates instead of the Cuttlebug embossing folders. I did have problems getting them through my Cuttlebug though. Not enough shims and you can’t see the embossing, to many and it popped the top and side of my Cuttlebug. I really thought I’d broken it, but my darling hubby managed to put it back together. Think I’ve managed to get it right now as the card on the left shows.

Invites 1

Materials used – Kraft, white and red cardstock, Cuttlebug plus Sizzix Texture plate – Stars and Swirls, Sizzix Christmas Tree and Cuttlebug Ice Crystal snowflake, Cosmo Cricket papers, EK Success Notebook border punch, Making Memories Rub-ons, Toga alphabet stickers, Versamagic red, green and brown chalk inks, Glitter, Ribbon, Button, Gems and String.