Friday, 22 March 2013

Friday Smile and card for CHNC 116

Evening folks

I've missed a couple of weeks of Annie's (aka Wipso) Friday Smile - Week 10, not because I don't have anything to smile about, I do, a lot. Trouble is I don't always have my camera handy at the right time. Today, though, I remembered to take a snap of this before it was too late.

A cup of steaming hot tea, a piece the EM's boiled fruit cake and a good book ... what more could anyone want :)

The cake is a recent addition to the EM's baking successes. Once he'd worked out the timings and temperatures for our temperamental oven every cake is a winner :)

The book is a genealogy based mystery ... as an amateur family historian this is just up my street :)

That's the reasons to smile, here's the card - and there will be another smile if I get this submitted to Hazel's CHNC challenge 116 before end of play today. (I so frequently just make it that it is always a reason to celebrate if I have even a couple of hours to spare)

The challenge topic this week is 'Merry and Bright'. I've managed the 'merry' okay and the red/white theme is definitely bright, but just in case that's not bright enough, I've sprinkled some glitter on the topper too.

The topper is made from a piece of marbled card made with shaving foam and shimmer spray - just the one colour used on this one.

The inside has the corner stamped in red with a holly flourish ...

... and the back has been randomly stamped with same.

The card has been made entirely from snippets and leftovers - even the red card had been previously cut in to so I'll be joining the others over at Di's and Pixie's Crafty Snippet Playground - Week 64.

Materials used: smooth white card stock, shaving foam and Cosmic Shimmer Spray, Lava Red; Bazzill Basics textured red cardstock for base, pennant and die-cut topper; Spellbinders Shapeabilities Holly Motifs die set; X-cut nesting Dies Circle; smooth white card and Darice Snowflake Swirl embossing folder; Docrafts Penelope & Percy Christmas Greetings stamp set; Anita's Magical Christmas stamp set; Whispers Cherry Red ink pad: glue pen and iridescent glitter

Must go ... I'm missing Pointless and that will never do.

Take care everyone and have an enjoyable weekend wherever you are.

Edited note: in my haste to see Pointless, and as usual, I neglected to submit this card to Hazel's Extra Challenge for March - Hazel had to remind me, again, as usual!

Happy crafting,


  1. Ooer yum yum. Pull me up a chair and cut me a slice of that cake please....but please make mine a coffee :-)
    Annie x

  2. Hi Elizabeth, Oh your cake looks Yummy and your right a cuppa something to eat and a good book that's me to a t!! gorgeous card lovely Embossed backing and beautifully finish with that gorgeous sentiment with that marble effect so beautiful xx

  3. Cake, tea and a good mysetery type book...what a wonderful set of reasons to smile! I wish I could join you. Thanks for sharing. Caro xx #8

  4. I smiled at the cosy comfort of the tea book and yummy cake but the cards for christmas freakedcme out and then i laughed, love from jo x have a great weekend and keep warm.

  5. I think you should smile at the result of using all odds and ends it...beautiful card.
    Boiled cake that brings back memories mum made one but I never got the recipe. xx

  6. We hear about the electricity cuts and chaos due to the weather over here too! All around is snow and it hasn'stopped falling since I arrived but it gets no worse! We'll still be able to go out shopping and to the market tomorrow! Imagine that in UK?!?
    Jo x

  7. Tea and cake and a good book. Heavenly.
    Though I must admit I have been converted to my Kindle. Was bought 2 books for Christmas and I haven't even cracked the spine on them. It's too easy with the kindle and not so heavy.
    Love the card. The shaving foam worked a treat.

  8. Lovely and merry and bright, Elizabeth - and ahead of time - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 116 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for March - I'd love to see it there too. X

  9. Hi Elizabeth. I'm a coffee drinker, an avid reader and whilst I don't like many cakes, boiled fruit cake is one that I always enjoy - I'm with you on the perfection / heaven level.
    So in awe of you doing your Christmas cards so early - amazing. Love the that you've achieved a lovely bright card but with only two colours. Great idea.
    Hope you are staying safe and warm up there.

  10. Elizabeth - I want to come and live in your house - tea, boiled cake and good books - heaven. Beautiful card - love the shaving foam background on the topper.

  11. I looked up your book, thinking it would be good as I am deeply into family history, but at the moment it is not available on the Kindle. We are trying to gradually replace most of our books with the Kindle version. It saves space, and allows us to take a whole library away on holiday with us. We can read anywhere, at any time, even without the reading glasses (as you can change the font size). By the way, I shall be up there for a piece of that delicious looking cake. You have reminded me that I need to create a new starter for the Herman Friendship cake, as well as making a second batch of yeast Malt Bread. It has just started snowing here again. Bother! Hope yours does not last too long. xx Maggie

  12. Can I try some of your cake then Elizabeth? Just had to go and look up the author of your book to see if your book is available on ebook. No luck so far but I will try one of her other books as they seem to be my kinda book. Thanks for sharing that little pearl of wisdom!
    Great looking card too!

  13. Mmm, that cake looks good! What a great card, I love the red, so bright and celebratory!

    love Mags B x

  14. Oh my, that cake olloks delicious. Have never had boiled fruit cake but i am imagining it must perhaps be steamed. it looks divine!

    Your card is nice and merry and nice and bright...defo a contender for Hazels! Great Christmas card!

  15. LOVE that shaving foam back ground, it's beautiful! That cake looks so yummy, would make me smile for sure!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  16. Oooer, I'd love a slice of that cake if there's any left :)

    Super snippets card Elizabeth, love the shaving foam technique and such a great result. Love the holly and banner behind the topper.

    Hugs, Di xx

  17. The cake looks delicious and the card is lovely and bright. I still have to try out the shaving foam technique but keep forgetting to buy some. Won't be going out for it today though as it's snowing heavily.

  18. Cor - that's an inviting looking picture! I'll be round on the snow plough later xxxx

    Oh, and FAB Merry & Bright card too xxx

  19. Hi Elizabeth

    Mmmmm ... .. could just munch on a bit of that yummy cake. That would certainly make me smile if it was in front of me LOL!!!

    Fabby Christmas card too.

    I hope that you are keeping well. Lots and lots of snow at this end!!! Eeeekkk!!!

    Have a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  20. My idea of heaven - a good book, a slice of cake and a cuppa. Love the card as well. Must say I made good use of all my 'shaving foam marbeled' bits. Great card. Anne x

  21. Thanks for the recipe ...sounds as good as it looks ...just need to make it now xx

  22. A beautiful selection of cards and pages since my last visit, and that cake looks very more-ish :o)
    Jackie xx


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