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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Happy Anniversary Vernon



Hi,
Today is our 15th Wedding Anniversary,  time has just flown by,  cant believe its 15 years.
I made this card using an embossing folder, you may have remembered on the pinterest challenge I did four cards using this versatile folder well here's another one.
I used red miri card to emboss on and the spray is red feathers, white die cut leaves,  white ribbon which hang two die cut heats,  they are not showing up in the picture very well each has a number on them,  and red silk roses.
While I was making this card he walked into the craft room,  a quick cover up was required hopefully he did not see anything before I gave him the card today.  Its great we are retired but there are times when you just need a bit of time to do anything you don't want them to see,  if you know what I mean.
This card has been a very difficult card to photo so I hope its come out OK.
Have a great day,
                                  Hugs
                               Margaret

Sunday, 13 August 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - Past times


Hi,
Another fortnight has gone by and time for another challenge on the CD Sunday Challenge blog,  this time the choice is Jane's and her choice is Past times.
I chose for this challenge Art Deco,  from the CD Art Deco - Timeless keepsakes card creations,  this is one of my favorite CD's.  I used the image and matching backing paper for the card,  matted the images on silver card and used a piece of lace across the card.  I finished off the card with Art Deco peel offs.
I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend
                              Hugs
                           Margaret

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Tenerife - Best Jacaranda Hotel

Hi,
This is pictures of our holiday in Tenerife in June,  Yes a bit late but better late than never,
We stayed at the Best Jacaranda Hotel,   I must say this was a lovely hotel and we are planning to go back again,
At the top is the enterence to the hotel
The following pictures are the swimming pools area on the ground floor,  there are five swimming pools, two for the kids,  the first picture is the pool bar which is under the waterfall.   I took the pictures from the lift which goes up to the 5th level

The waterfall is on the right of the picture,
There are two more swimming pools on the 5th level with more sun beds and a pool bar with a moat around from the moat the water goes down the waterfall.




This is a picture of the waterfall and below the lifts which go up to the 5th level.

The view from our room,  overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

These pictures are my cocktails which I had over the seven nights,
in the piano bar.

This one had a decoration of banana and apple.  Bananas are grown on Tenerife



The decorations are lemon peel twisted in all directions

This one had an apple made into a dice,  with the dots marked on it,  not sure how they did that one,

The rose was given to the ladies as they went into the restaurant on the last night, I brought mine home and put it in water,  it lasted seven days,  and had a lovely perfume.




Well thats the hotel,  watch out for another post about Tenerife to come soon.

                                  Hugs
                              Margaret

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Facebook Tat Along by Alenalea

Hi,
Another day of sunshine and heavy showers,
This is a tat along by Alenalea tatting on Facebook,  it's a lovely pattern to tat and this is round 6, tomorrow Wednesday the final part will be added to her Facebook page.
I am using Lizbeth white and Grape Pizzaz no 20 thread.
I wont be around to get the next part until the weekend, so by then Fox will be finished.
Have a lovely week, me I am having the 2nd injection in my eye.
                             Hugs
                         Margaret

Monday, 31 July 2017

Pinterest challenge by the Pin chicks


 Hi,

Its time for us Pin chicks to show our pinterest items we chose to try.

These four cards were made using the same embossing folder, and I think it shows how versatile the folder can be.   There are a lot of designs of this folder on Pinterest for many different occasions.
I have made two for christmas and two for birthdays.



I used a range of flowers, ribbons and dies with feathers and peel offs dots to enhance the cards,  with peel offs words








 This is my next pin for this month, which I started on holiday,  yes this is the total sum of my tatting in Tenerife.







And this is what it is a Bookmark,  I used Lizbeth thread no 20 in Grape Pizzaz.
The tail is a spiral chain and the flower is the middle ring with the same count around as the bookmark which put together made a flower


This is my final part of the Pin,  it was going to be a pair of earrings, well the red Lizbeth thread is my try of the pattern, only the bead in the middle is too big.  So I started again with the blue Lizbeth thread Niagara Falls in no 20,  white beads and turquoise beads on the outside,  The large bead is still slightly too big but smaller than the red one.  Unfortunately I have only made one,   but I will make another one which I will blog at a later date.
I have put a picture of the pattern as it is on Pinterest.


Yes I seem to have done a lot this time but it was over two months.
I have no idea what the other ladies have done,   if anything but I will give you the links to their blogs for you to pop over and have a look.
Carollyn,     Suzanne,    

We are always looking for bloggers who would like to join us,  if you are interested and are only rule is that you have a blog,  we would be pleased to see you.
                                   Hugs
                               Margaret


Sunday, 30 July 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - Anything goes


Hi,
Time for another challenge at the CD Sunday challenge blog,  this time it is Carols choice for the challenge,  and its anything goes.  Remember it is anything goes but something on the card has to come from a CD.
For this card I used Joanna Sheens CD Jane Netley Mayhew,  we hear an owl every night at the moment so I thought this beautiful image would be nice to use.,  and the backing paper from the image.
I used the free gift from the tatted lace magazine of a  Jigsaw die,  just to make an interesting effect on the image.   I matted the image on bronze glitter card,  and then on gold card and added a brown velvet ribbon bow.
I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend
                                       Hugs
                                    Margaret

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Facebook Tat Along

Hi,

Hope you are keeping well,   this is the next piece to the Facebook Tat Along by Alenalea,  this is round five,  very easy round,  we are now waiting for the next round.
I used Lizbeth thread in Grape Pizzaz no 20 for this round.
Have a lovely day
                                  Hugs
                              Margaret

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Facebook Tat Along

Hi,

On this wet horrible day I thought it was time to put something on the blog,  I have got a bit behind with posting and commenting,  so I hope you will forgive me. I have had a few off days with the Fibromalygia and with the injection in my eye has not helped,  there's another injection at the beginning of August.
This is a tat along by Alenalea tatting on Facebook,  Its a lovely pattern to tat,  this is it so far rounds 1 to 4,  I am at the moment doing round 5.
I am using  Lizbeth White and Grape Pizzaz number 20
Here is a link to her page.
Hope you are having a nice weekend
                            Hugs
                         Margaret

Sunday, 16 July 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - Celebration


Morning,
Its time for another challenge from the CD Sunday Challenge this time Jocelyn has chosen the challenge - Celebration.
For this challenge I chose to do a wedding card from a new CD I brought a few months ago called With This Ring from Papercrafting.  The whole card is printed off as a kit with a separate sheet of the happy couple getting married place at the back of the arch.
I put a white glittery ribbon bow at the top and curled the ribbon down the side of the arch and then cut out heart shape leaves from a free gift from Papercraft Inspirations,  the die is for heart shape flowers but I cut it in green and cut each heart off the strip that you roll to make the flower and then cut some small pink flowers from a flower die which was also free from a magazine a few months ago.  I placed gems inside each flower and finished off with a peel off congratulations word.
I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend
                                   Hugs
                               Margaret

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Happy American Independence Day & my birthday



Hi,
Happy American Independance day to all my American followers,  in honour of your day I made this Ice drop,   I used the Ice drop pattern by Marti Miller,  and as I did not have any suitable blue thread I used blue beads where the picots should be,  I placed a blue matching glass gem in the middle.  My hearts around the side seem to have a mind of their own.   The spiral chain is also white and red and I had a couple of blue beads left on the shuttle which I used in the chain.  The thread was lizbeth thread no 20.



No I did not make this card,   it was sent to me by Charolette Jones a member of the Unbranded Craft Dies and Craft Supplies on Facebook.  She showed this card to which I left a comment and she very kindly sent me one as a birthday card.   I have never had a 4th July card before and this shaker card will be kept,  its very shiny and difficult to photo so I hope you can see the beauty of it Ok.
I hope you have a lovely day where ever you are today
                                 Hugs
                             Margaret

Sunday, 2 July 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - Up the Garden Path


Hi,
This fortnights challenge is mine and for this challenge at the CD Sunday I have chosen Up the Garden Path,
For this card I used the Joanna Sheens CD The Pamela West Collection, for both the backing paper and image.   Its a little more pinky than the picture shows,  I matted the image on pink glitter card, die cut the fence from Polkadoodles,  a die cut butterfly with pink gems on the body,  and roll up flowers with pink gems inside and a die cut green flourish,  finished off with pink and cream ribbon bow.
I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend
                                   Hugs
                               Margaret


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Update on Project


Hi,

Hopefully its a beautiful day where ever you are,   I have scheduled this post as I am hopefully sitting by the pool enjoying some sun,    the weather forecast is hotter than normal yay I could do with my vitamin D topping up.
This is the project I am working on at the moment,   no one guessed what it is last time I showed how far I had got,  but as this has been on craftree I better tell you I am making a collar for one of my winter dresses,  the rhinestones are falling off and I thought I would refresh the dress with a collar.  Its a pattern from JS  book Tatted Treasures Page 78,  I am using Lizbeth thread No 20 in white.
I am working the split rings and the first row of the pattern together so I can get the right size and then there is another row to add to the top,  This is a pattern that split rings are very much in demand on the base row,  lucky I do not mind a split ring, like all JS patterns it has its moments.
                           Hugs
                       Margaret

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cd Sunday Challenge - Sun or, Sea or Sand


Hi,
Another CD Sunday Challenge,  this fortnight its Wynn's turn to pick the challenge and shes picked Sun or Sea or Sand.  For this challenge I went for  the Sea.
I used Something for everyone CD by La Pashe for the image and the backing paper is Joanna Sheens CD The Pamela West collection.  I matted the image onto silver glitter card,  used peel off dolphins and a gingham ribbon.  with a happy birthday in silver peel offs.  Just a simple card for this challenge this time.
I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend
                             Hugs
                         Margaret



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Royal Wave


Hi,

I expect you thought it was something else I was going to write about when you saw the heading,  just my bit of fun.   Above is an Ice Drop Pendant made from the pattern Spring Garden Ice drop by Diana.  link to her blog.   I made a small ring at the top for the ring and chain,  and the thread is called Royal wave by Lizbeth in no 20.

And in the same thread,  this is a spinning wheel mat pattern by Mary Konior,  

I was using up the thread on my shuttles from the earrings I made for the pin chicks challenge,  Well I just got carried away and finished up with a mat as well,  time to change threads into another colour.

Beautiful weather today  long may it last.,

                                 Hugs
                              Margaret

Sunday, 4 June 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - Shabby Chic


 Hi,
Its CD Sunday challenge time again and this fortnight is Meg's turn to choose a challenge which is Shabby Chic
Before I say any more this is totally outside my comfort zone,  so I hope this card is a real shabby chic card.   I must thank Jane for her help and the rest of the team.
I used Debbie Moore's Shabby Chic CD Enchanted Garden for the images and the backing paper,  I did ink around the images and the card which I matted the images on,  there is two strips of ribbon under the bottom lace which unfortunately don't show up much but they are there,  the lace and the flowers in the spray all came from a magazine but I can't remember which one as it was a while ago,  I added pearls and two die cut butterflies.
I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend

                                              Hugs
                                          Margaret

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pinterest Challenge by the Pin Chicks


Hi,
Time for the Pinterest challenge by the Pin Chicks,   this time I went for embroidery, and I found this charming little Japanese  scene,   usually they are embroidered in shade of blue,  but I started off with green and then half way though decided perhaps I should have done it in shades of blue,   But having started I finished it in colour and was going to do another one,   time was not on my side so it never got done.  This pattern is by QisforQuilter.com.  I used two strands of embroidery silk and the stitches are straight stitch, French knots, lazy daisy stitch, stem stitch, and blanket stitch.  The whole picture measures 6 ½  by 5 inches or 16 ½ by 12 ½  cms.


Now for my second part of this challenge,   I found a Japanese earring pattern which I think its Japanese,  which I do like and here are one pair of earrings using Lizbeth thread no 20,   I made a small ring at the top for the ring to connect the earring piece,  I find a small ring better than connection to a picot.
The only thing wrong with this pattern is the the ring in the middle of the chain is floppy there's nothing to hold it and these will have to stiffen to hold it into shape.

Here is the pattern

















Then I had an idea,  I put a larger picot on the center ring and added two beads which I connected to the otter ring,   This holds the pattern together and stops the top ring and chain going out of shape.  Again I added a small ring at the top to hold the ring and earring piece,   I added two beads but three could be added if required.




Well thats my pieces for the challenge,  I have no idea what the other ladies have done.  I hope you will pop over and visit the other pin chicks and see what they have done for this challenge
links to their blogs,  Margaret,    Suzanne    and Carollyn
If you would like to join us,  just let us know we would be delighted to see you join us.

                                    Hugs
                                Margaret


Monday, 29 May 2017

Tatted Ice drop snowflake and Ice drops


 Hi,
Its a bank holiday in the UK this weekend,  and as usual the weather is not playing ball with storms although the sun has been shinning on and off,  just about right after a beautiful week hot week.
Today I have some Ice drops for you  above it a snowflake ice drop I tatted this is Sea Island Citrus and white with a pale blue gem in the middle,  I was using up the thread on the shuttles from the mat I finished.  The pattern is January reflections by Lenore English.   I had to do an extra ring because my gem is slightly bigger but I don't think it makes any difference to the over all snowflake.   The back of the gem is the usual ice drop pattern and then I work the snowflake pattern which fitted in perfectly.




This Ice drop is tatted in Green Coral sea thread, with a green gem, again I had to do an extra ring to fit the gem,  The pattern is Spring Garden  Ice Drop By Diane link to her blog.  









This Ice drop I found I had not posted so here it is,  It was tatted in Carousel thread with a clear gem and very pale green beads,  the pattern is called Root Beer Fudge Ice drop again by Diane.


All the above were tatted in Lizbeth thread no 20.


Hope you are having a lovely weekend

                                Hugs
                            Margaret