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Friday, 22 September 2017

Halloween Countdown #1 of 6 - Graveyard Gate

Love it?  Hate it?  Indifferent?  Well for those of you who do, today is the start of my Countdown to Halloween Series - six episodes with the final one on 27 October.  Enjoy!





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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

12 Weeks Countdown to Christmas Series Week#1 - Every Good Wish

The Countdown to christmas starts today!  A series of weekly Christmas themed projects each Wednesday from 20 September up to 6 December 2017 - that gives you oodles of time to prep and sail through the festive period without those last minute jitters!

We kick off with a simple card and these stunning foil snowflakes.  They are quick and easy to stamp a stack of 24 - as there are 24 of these in a pack, 12 of the silver and 12 of the gold!  Hope you like it!





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Sunday, 17 September 2017

A Lovely Walk

After a mixed bag of weather last week, we thought we'd take advantage of the sunshine and went for a long walk yesterday.   I'm ashamed to admit that we moved to this area 18 years ago, and we're only just discovering the delights of the countryside on our doorstep now. 

It was also a personal challenge - because I'm the most un-athletic, least sporty person you've ever come across!  Now hubby has retired, we've both been on a mission to shed those unwanted pounds and lead a healthier life style - which means having to combine eating less with some form of exercise.  The gentlest introduction was to get off my derriere and use my feet to cover some ground and take in fresh air at the same time!


We started from the Bluebell - a family run pub in Dockerfield and parked the car there. The Bluebell was closed to the public as they had a wedding party of 93 from 1:30 pm, so we couldn't stop for lunch after our walk, but we've made a mental note to go back - this is a photo of their outside seating - isn't it gorgeous?


The public byway took us through this beautiful Mill House.......


...with picturesque lakes and ponds.


Halfway round, we stopped at Frensham Pond Hotel for a comfort stop.  The Hotel has undergone major refurbishment and is now classified as a 4 Star Hotel.  Right opposite is Frensham Ponds and also a sailing club so you can see several dinghies out on the water already.



We were lucky with the weather, and even though there were several muddy tracks along the way, we came across delightful fields of corn.......


...pastures which were home to rare breeds of black sheep being kept as family pets, and the home owner also kept a bee hive to harvest their own honey.


We also espied the house that Susan Hampshire (British actress) once owned in this lovely village of Dockenfield.


Enjoy your Sunday - back next week for Top Tip Tuesday and more inspiration from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue.


Friday, 15 September 2017

Merry Cafe - Halloween Bag in a Box

Today's Fun Friday project is a Halloween bag in a box.  I made my very first way back in August 2009 - you can see it here .  It's still one of my favourite 3D projects, and just by adjusting the size of the box base, length and height of your DSP, you can create very different looks!    If you look at the one I made in 2009 and compare it with today's Halloween one, it proves my point!




I've made two versions.  One on the right with the striped, wired ribbon, is the larger cup, and the one on the left is a smaller cup with the vintage crochet trim.  Which do you prefer?


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