WOYWW354, Merry Monday Christmas challenge, 52 Christmas card March colour challenge, The Glory of Christmas Challenge 80

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Good morning my friends. Here in Britain it seems Spring has begun to arrive – there is something in the air which suggests warmth!! It’s lovely, and even tempted me outside to do some gardening… However – that’s not what you are here for today. Why are you here to look at my messy (very!) workspace? Well Try peeking here, and you, too, can join the crazy world of WOYWW . Just get the health warning – it’s addictive! So, to my desk. The photo was taken late Tuesday afternoon.

You see before you the detritus of a huge card making session – some for challenges (my effort at making me move out of my comfort one with card making!!). Scraps of paper and card, heat gun, embossing powder, specs(!), scrap paper for inking on, little tub of dirty water (just so Shoshi realises she isn’t alone!), tools, etc. As you can see, I’d had fun.

John is feeling a little better at the moment, so last Friday we had a day out. Now, as you know, we live on the North Wales Coast – and we wanted to go to the craft show in York Racecourse…. for the day… Yes, we are officially certifiable. It was 149 miles from door to door. However, it was a great day out – lovely intimate venue, good food, lots of different companies to look at – and….

… yes, there at the show, demo-ing, was our very own Neet. It was such fun to meet her there, see her at work colouring with Distress inks, producing some lovely effects. She gave us this gorgeous little book she had made – women through the ages. We had made that triangular box for her(from last week’s post), and had filled it with some goodies for her to play with. Many thanks for all the fabulous comments last week about that box – and for the requests to see it when finished. It’s in this composite of pictures for you. You all commented on the Ultimate Pro as well – it really is fun to play with and use!!!

Now, having travelled almost 150 miles it would have been rude not to look around at the show – and, erm…, buy a few bits… now wouldn’t it? So, here’s what we managed to find…

I think just about everything was on a real good offer – so much so, that we had money left to treat ourselves to a lovely meal at the racecourse. Yes, they do full meals at reasonable prices!! So, some dies, tattered lace magazines, bling, card packs, die storage (we had been looking for some better way of storing our dies for some time), double sided tape, and those egg shaped sponges which I have yet to try out. A fun day. Of course, we then had to drive the 149 miles back home – and were ready for bed that night… but, hey, it was worth the miles to meet Neet!

Since then I’ve been busy making bits and pieces, and entering some challenges – so here are my entries… The 52 Christmas card Throwdown March Challenge was to use Green and White – so here’s my effort…

A card base with embossed edge, then die cut two images of the Britannia Snowflake Christmas tree, and attached them simply down the centre so they are 3-D, then die cut the words Happy Christmas. CAS card.

The Merry Monday Christmas Challenge 196 this week is to use black, white, and silver or grey. So here is my effort for that…

A silver and white striped paper was attached to the card base, then the Diesire create a card die cut was placed on top. The angel was cut out of silvery white card stock. No words – I felt that it wasn’t necessary, as the image spoke for itself.

The Glory of Christmas Challenge 80 is to re-use an old Christmas card. So….

A die cut skyline was stuck on to a blue card base, then a piece of last year’s Christmas card was stuck on top of that. The shepherds pointing to the town where they would go and find the baby as told them by the angels. The text reads “…And His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…”

So, my friends, that’s us this week. Thank you so much for ALL the comments last week. They were so lovely. I actually managed to visit all the posts, but there were some I couldn’t comment on – they, too were great, and I did enjoy what I saw there! Sorry if you didn’t get a comment from me – especially if you had taken the time and trouble to leave me a comment! I will be round to visit you later – one or two things to do first… help John get up, sort the laundry… you know the sort of thing!
Take care. God bless.



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One Reply to “WOYWW354, Merry Monday Christmas challenge, 52 Christmas card March colour challenge, The Glory of Christmas Challenge 80”


    Love your recycled card – very elegant. Thanks for joining us at the Glory of Christmas Challenge. Helen x
    Fri, 25 Mar 2016 19:28:35

    Great job with our challenge. Thank you for sharing with us at The Glory of Christmas – Myrna DT
    Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:19:03

    Claire Grantham
    Hi Margaret, Belated WOYWW to you, thanks for swinging by my blog. How lovely to run into a fellow WOYWWer! The show sounds like fun and the kind of crazy journey I would do 🙂 Love your haul – made it worth while. I did the same on Friday after class at my fave craft shop. Cx #51
    Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:40:49

    Wonderful set of cards, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.
    Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:36:23

    Yes, I fully agree — in order to get a good return on investment, you were obligated to do some shopping on your jaunt. 🙂 Good for you doing three Christmas card challenges. I’ve been following Merry Monday, but I’m not very excited about using black, so I’ll likely diverge a little. Happy WOYWW and thanks for your visit. ~ Laura #42
    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 17:57:42

    You made some great shopping! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story about the day away to the craftshow. You have been very busy with all the cards as well. Thanks for already visiting my desk. I am very late this time but better late than never. Have a wonderful week! Sussie
    Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:16:57

    Shaz in Oz.x
    Hi Margaret, First of all, before I forget… Not sure if it is my mobile device, but when I clicked on My Web Page, on your blogger profile, it came up as an error message. I had to come to Julia’s to get your link from her page. Well what a week of it you’ve had. I would’ve travelled that far too. Love all that you show, and some treats indeed. Wonderful gifts indeed to give one another. I do pray poor Neet gets over her cold ASAP as she’s still not well. So glad though that John was well enough to travel all those miles there and back again too. Happy WOYWW, thanks for your visit already, Shaz in Oz.x #5
    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:58:20

    How lovely is this post! Joy at your meeting Neet, 150 miles is a long way for a show, I agree that you have then to justify the mileage with some shopping! Lovely haul, and knowing you,the most will be made of every purchase. Will be fascinated to know if the die strange works for you,what had you been doing till you bought the case, I wonder?
    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:15:09

    Anne L
    Good evening and happy WOYWW your desk looks like an explosion of fun you have been having. Great cards and glad you got to go out sounds like a wonderful day you two had. Hugs ~ Anne L #36
    Thu, 17 Mar 2016 01:41:36

    trisha too
    It sounds as if you had a wonderful time, and good gracious, look at those fabulous goodies you brought home! Thank you for your visit earlier–to answer your question, sometimes people have their blog profile set so you can’t find their blog or any way to contact them from their comments. I “know” who you are, from woyww, but the way your blog profile is set up, the link to your web page doesn’t work, so I wouldn’t have been able to find you that way. You should be able to fix that through your setting, but I’m not sure exactly how–I tend to just click around until finding the right thing, or google it! Happy woyww! :)trisha #52 this week
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:12:36

    I´m so glad you had a good day at York Racecourse.It is a long way to drive. Great that you met Neet.Nice stash too. I spied a die that says: Jesus is the reason for the season. Good that. Your Christmas cards are lovely. Well done you. At this rate you will have done all your Christmas cards by the end of the summer. Good for you to do challenges and try new things. Happy WOYWW, Thanks for visiting, Have a good week, Lisca
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 23:02:04

    Well done at finding all those great things to buy at the show, hope I am so lucky tomorrow at the NEC. Thanks for the visit to mine , have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:49:05

    I’m so pleased that you both made it to the craft show. Lovely also that you were able to meet Neet. All those lovely goodies to play with as well – have fun. Love the Nativity cards. Anne x #50
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:14:13

    I’m so pleased that you both made it to the craft show. Lovely also that you were able to meet Neet. All those lovely goodies to play with as well – have fun. Love the Nativity cards. Anne x #50
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:14:12

    Sounds like you had a great day out at the craft show – I was glad to hear how far you travelled – makes me feel better when I fly over to Birmingham to the NEC on Friday!
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:42:44

    Hi Margaret, So glad you had a good time at the show and came away with a few;) goodies. You’ll have fun with them. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy WOYWW Sue #13
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:24:07

    Tilly Tea Dance
    Glad you had a fab time at York Racecourse and treated yourself to some lovely new things! Happy crafting, Max #49 🙂
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:00:59

    A craft show sounds like fun, I haven’t been to one in a very long time. I love your Christmas cards. I’ve just finished sorting and cleaning up my Christmas supplies today. Yes I live in the woods, on five acres. It’s peaceful and private and soon will be glorious shades of green! Thanks for the visit. Angie #48
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:26:52

    Diana Taylor
    Although I’m not in the mindset for Christmas cards at the moment I do love your selection here – the silver and black one is a beautiful image and looks so good against the subtle striped paper. It sounds like you had a fantastic if not exhausting day out, and how lovely that your husband was up to it and how exciting to meet up with Neet. Thank you so much for stopping by my desk, I hope you have a great (but not too exhausting) week, Diana x #26
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:23:48

    Nikki C
    Hi Margaret Looks like you scored at the Craft show and had a wonderful time meeting up with Neet I love your triangle box so unique looking its a OOAK. Pocket letters are made up of 9 ATC cards that are mostly themed together by one way or another held in a baseball card holder the front is all decorated up and behind each ATC is a little something something. One pocket usually holds a note for who your trading with and a little prepackaged tea bag too you can add in bling, Washi tapes brads ,ribbons, Die cuts, Little handmade items the choices are endless as long as they fit inside then you can fold it all and it fits in a standard envelope then pop it into the post to swap with. Heres the link to one i made showing front and back for my sister Here Hugs Nikki 41
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:26:14

    Linda S.
    Beautiful Nativity Scene. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:12:55

    Cara @ crafting bunnies
    So glad that you had a good time at York, it would have been rude to go that far and not buy anything whilst you were there obviously! Wishing you and your husband a healthy and happy week. Cara x
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:20:14

    A long way to go but worth every minute I think. AND lovely when WOYWWers can manage to meet up too. x Jo
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:55:08

    PS Meant to say lol about the dirty paint water! What a reputation for Shoshi to have, eh? My distinguishing mark haha! Also, to say how lovely the cards are that you’ve made. You certainly have been busy lately. Shoshi
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:46:43

    Mararet, I am so glad John is feeling a bit better these days and that you were able to make that trip to the craft show – and to see Neet! What a treat to meet Neet lol! I simply adore the triangular box you have made – so unusual and stylish – I bet she was thrilled with it, and her little book is fabulous too. Nice new stash to play with (like me). If I’d been at the craft show I’d have had a red rose in my mouth so you’d know me hahaha!! Thank you for your lovely visit – my fingertips are doing really well – they just look quite horrendous! Much less sore today. Like you, my top singing notes have gone but with work I think they’d come back – my singing is improving day by day. My hubby said to me the other day that when I first started a couple of weeks ago, it sounded a bit harsh and grating, but now “all its clarity and sweetness has returned” – wasn’t that lovely of him to say that? He’s so pleased I am doing it again. I’m working on my technique and am proving the motto “Use it or lose it” – so you get singing again, my dear!! God bless, Happy WOYWW and love to you both, Shoshi #31
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:43:52

    Shari K
    Wow you have been busy! It sounds like you had a wonderful day out, well worth the drive. You got lots of goodies and a chance to meet Neet! Have a great week Sharon K #45
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:40:04

    What a beautiful spiritual die cut! Very pretty in silver.
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:13:50

    Arnoldo L. Romero
    I love your beautiful work. I am especially mesmerized by that unique triangular treasure box you made for the artist. Happy WOYWW!
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:06:27

    Dawn C
    Glad you had fun at the show…I have no self control when it comes to buying crafty bits lol. Thanks for stopping by. Dawn #25
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:28:49

    Diane F
    Beautiful cards. Your desk is never to messy as long as you can find a place to sit and a small square to work on! Have a great day. Diane – WOYWW #32
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:00:56

    Hi Marg, glad you had a lovely time at York, it would have made a lovely day out for us too, had it not been for a family wedding! Lovely you got to meet our Neet, I shall be looking for where she is demoing during this year.Smashing amount of stash you got, but the best part of your post is that John is clearly doing so much better, if he was up to that trip. Wonderful news. Have a great week, Hugs Shaz #19xxx
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:44:36

    It’s so good to hear john is well enough for a trip out and you are right that Neet is well worth the miles to meet up with her….I’ve met her too 🙂 Glad to see all your new stash and here’s hoping you have lots of fun creating your fab cards with it all. Hugs, Annie x #27
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:16:22

    Just so glad John (and you of course) are not suffering from the effects of my bad cold. I just wanted to get past the three day incubation period and phew! we made it. It was lovely to finally meet up, next time I hope we can share a sticky bun at you know where. Thank you for my lovely box of goodies, as soon as I feel that this cold is on its way out I will rise to the challenge and make something. Lovely purchases lovely cards made for the various challenges – lovely you two! Hugs, Neet xx
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:53:13

    It’s so strange to see Christmas card when the weather is turning into spring here too. But hey great jumpstart. happy WOYWW, Vicky #9
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:46:38

    That’s a wonderful work area you have there. Boy! A mighty haul of stash from the craft fare – you’ll have fun with all that. Beautiful cards too. Happy WOYWW Sharon xx #10
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:16:01

    A long day but an enjoyable one! How fantastic to have an adventure like that with the highlight being meeting Neet! She’s a lady that I very much would like to meet one day as well, she has been very kind to me in the past. I’m so glad you had a good day with some stash buying too…enjoy the crafting! Hugs, LLJ 11 xx
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:08:45

    Hi Margaret, Excellent desk shots, thank you for sharing. I love the cards too, the last one is brilliant. I love how clean it looks. Happy WOYWW Lyns #17 xx
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:59:08

    Morning, All those lovely goodies, I missed the Joy die when I looked through the storage, it is fabulous. Anf I like your Challenge cards, you have been busy. Love to John Chris #15
    Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:39:25

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