Monday 28 October 2013

Blown away??

Hello friends
Have you battened down the hatches? 
In light of the gusts that are hurtling towards us here in the south east I
have taken a few precautions - removed my garden umbrella from the love seat,
grouped my garden pots in a sheltered place and severely told cats and dog
that we are staying indoors all day!  
There will be no dog walking today .... do not want Bella looking like
this little pooch!
Oh yes, made sure the boys are safe too! 

Perfect excuse to stay indoors and craft or in my case...cook!
I'm having a baking day, firstly the cake for the next add-on kit 
(yes that is being announced soon) - it is a tried and tested recipe but
wanted to take photos.  I am also batch cooking for when we are to and fro the 
hospital every day, as much as Elliott would like I just cannot do McDonald every day!

If you are crafting today - perhaps a day to start Christmas cards?
Here is one that I made a while back, I used this design when I needed to make 
quite a few, I found it easier to pre-die cut all the elements one day and then 
assemble them all later, not quite so daunting then. 
The card base is lightly inked around the edges with Antique Linen distress ink. 
The squares are Graphic 45 paper and the dies are Postage Stamps 
but any square design and festive paper would work.
Layered Poinsettia (of course!) - I used up any spare paper I had and spritzed it
with some red glimmer mist. A stamped Labels Twenty-Two and
clear rhinestones and twine finish off the card.
For those of you who have to venture out - keep safe.
I will be back soon.


AnneRD said...

Good morning Christine. Woke early to find all OK outside in Mid Glamorgan, hope its not the proverbial 'calm before the storm'. Great card today, love the colours and the design. The poinsettia die is a very useful one and looks so effective on this card. Anne x

Chris said...

Morning Christine,
Beautiful card today and what a great way to use us scraps. Still yet to start my Christmas Cards but have been so busy lately. I think my cards are all going to feature the poinsettia. Good luck to Elliott with all his future hospital visits. Hopefully this wind will blow itself out soon.
Chris X

Anonymous said...

Hope all goes well for the next round of hospital visits.
I really need to start on my Christmas cards.
Looking at the travel news, not looking forward to the journey to work today! JuliaTx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, yes the weather is dreadful and I do feel for people in the south as they are going to bear the brunt of the storms.
Simple and pretty Christmas card today.
Take care everyone.
Elizabeth x
P.S. Do you need an excuse to craft???

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Beautiful card Christine. Hope you stay safe from the storms and have a lovely day cooking - I can almost smell it up here! Susan x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Do take care today, your forward-thinking will certainly have helped. Stay warm and stay safe, you all.
Your card is really lovely, loving the Christmas paper postage stamp die-cuts, really lovely, and of course my favourite is the poinsettia die, I love it.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Anne O said...

Hi Christine
Very blowy here in Surrey! Bracing myself to head off to work.
Another pretty card. I love the poinsettia die.
Best wishes
Anne O

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Love your card today.
I hope you have a good day baking,looking forward to your next add on kit.
The weather is not good at the moment,good idea to stay indoors, Take care and stay safe, x.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card, great idea ! Have a nice day indoors - cant wait for the next kit ! To find out out what yummy cake we have next. Stay safe & warm xx

hazel young said...

Hope the weather was not too bad for you ovewrnight and you are all safe and well. Enjoy your bake off and have a lovely day. Lovely card Christine xx hazel

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
I took the hanging baskets down as a precaution, but all seems to be ok at my , just had rain so far .

A lovely little Christmas card ,i just love the poinsettia .
Hope all goes well this week for Elliott i will be thinking about him in my thoughts and prayers.

Have a good baking day
Stay safe everyone

Elaine H X

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine,I do like your card today ~ I've still to make a start on mine so will keep this one in mind! It's certainly not a day for going out so enjoy your baking (and perhaps a little crafting later?!)Thinking of you and Elliott and hoping that his treatment can start soon.Sending positive vibes and big hugs.
Maggie x

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Love the card. It's a great design for allowing you to use up those scraps. Enjoy your cooking, very satisfing at the end of the day when you look at the full freezer and cake tin : ) I hope the weather is kind to you! Take care.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
We have survived with no damage so far, wind is still very strong. Good day to stay in to bake and craft, but I have a pile of ironing to tackle before I craft.
Great idea for batch making cards thanks for the idea will adapt to suit the papers and dies I have.
Take care.

Mary by the Sea said...

Good Morning Christine from the sunny but rather breezy Kent seaside. Garden swing seat has blown over but that's all so far.

Staying in today as well, think its about time I made a start on Christmas cards. But first have to do 4 birthday cards for December birthdays..

Looking forward to the next chapter in the cake saga...

Good luck to Elliott with next round of hospital visits.

Take care, Mary,xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. What a lovely effective card. beautiful flower.

Take care everyone.

Love Val x

Lacelady said...

I hope you survive the storm Christine, you were wise to take precautions. May I have a slice of cake when it comes out of the oven please, I love it warm, LOL.

Janice said...

Morning Christine, it's a blowy one here from across the river! Been out in the garden to move a couple of pots & things that we thought would be ok.
Love your card today, the poinsettia die making a lovely appearance once again!
Have a super day in the kitchen, looking forward to buying the next add on kit 😊
Janice x

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, Weather not to bad in Yorkshire just raining where I am. love the Christmas card love Jean Z xx

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, All is well in the north Cambs Fens. To be honest though we do look a bit like the dog in your photo, and need tidying after blow.
The card is lovely and i agree splitting the task into same one day ect.
Enjoy the tasting session.
X Ros

Carolyn H said...

Hallo Christine, Hope all is well following the storms down your way last night (I'm writting this on Monday) Good wishes to Elliott for all of his hospital visits this week, always thinking of him and how brave he is having to go through all this. Love and best wishes Carolyn H. x

Carolyn H said...

PS. Missed the winds up here in Worcestershire, and I love your card that you have made for the blog today. Carolyn x

Mac Mable said...

Love this card today...very classic and clean with a modern twist. Looking forward to the next charity kit. Loved the lemon cake in one of the kits (it was the first time that I had baked a cake!). All calm up here in Scotland but then its still a very long Winter to come. I am starting my Christmas cards today! Hope the wind blows through soon with no damage for you, your family and Bella x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. Hope all is intact in your garden and far beyond. From TV report it seems the worst part of the storm has passed but not without leaving a lot of damage. Keep safe and well everyone. Good wishes from Dublin - Phil D. the card is lovely

Janice said...

Morning Christine, I've ventured out twice today, once to go into town and pay some bills and secondly to take Rolo out for a walk....he doesn't understand "bad weather". Have to say not too bad outside now. Love the Xmas card. Janice xx

SusanP, Kent said...

This is a very sweet Christmas card and a very useful tip for batch-making cards - much like baking really which I haven't done much of lately. I've only made one Christmas card so far I just can't get enthused :(

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine
A super card layout for batch making.
Have travelled home today from Weymouth very gusty but now safe at home.
Amanda x

Planetsusie said...

Hi Christine - so glad you are prepared for whatever the weather. The pooch pic made me giggle. Love your card, so classy looking with the beautiful poinsettia.

Hugs to you all

Sue Pxxx

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, lovely card - the poinsettia is still my favourite Christmas die! We seem to have missed most of last nights weather, the rain '& wind woke us up, but no damage this morning! Hugs Carole Z xx

Laura O said...

glad you escaped the worst of the weather,and so glad things are improving on the hospital front.Laura O

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