Sunday 21 April 2019

Happy Easter!


We've spent the last week in our caravan in North Devon.  What a change in the weather!  When we arrived week ago it was cold, very windy and raining and thought perhaps we should have packed our thermals!  Yesterday we were at a family barbecue, sitting in the shade to get some relief from the hot and sunny weather.   It's been a welcome change to have a bank holiday weekend with lots of sunshine.

Friends of ours celebrated their wedding anniversary yesterday and this is the card I made for them.
I first saw this MFT 'Cross-Stitch Tag' die used over in the Playground.  After resisting temptation to add it to my die collection, I eventually gave in!  The tag was die cut with a thick snippet of white card stock.  The heart pattern was one I found online here and I used crochet cotton to complete the cross-stitch pattern.  I'd forgotten how relaxing it is to do cross-stitch and this week I've made quite a few different tags - so watch this space as I'll be turning them into cards over the next few weeks.  I used a snippet of pink card which came from an old file divider for the background and embossed it with an Xcut 'Small Polka Hearts' embossing folder.  

TIP: When I made the first tag, I put a needle through each individual hole to push out the tiny circle, which was quite time consuming.  So on the next tag, I used a blunt tapestry needle, put the tip into the first hole and dragged it gently along the line of holes. This took a fraction of the time as all the tiny little circles just popped out as the needle went along the line of holes. (Hope this makes sense.)

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......and if you're still here, a few photos taken at Clovelly this week, one of my favourite places in North Devon.  

There is no vehicle access down the main village street which is narrow, steep and cobbled, so supplies are delivered on a sled.

 It's a long walk down to the harbour!


  1. I can see why you couldn't resist that die and what a great idea to make a selection of tags for various cards - cross stitch is a nice relaxing thing to do. Thanks for the handy tip about popping out the tiny bits in the holes. Clovelly looks wonderful - somewhere I've not been, love their way of delivering goods!

  2. A lovely card en very nice pictures.
    Thank you for sharing it.
    Nicolette DT 2Sistersontheblog

  3. gorgeous tag and card Liz, love the texture on the card

  4. I love your photos of Clovelly Liz, and it has been about five years since we were last there, so probably time to return. The weather has been beautiful this weekend and perfect for a lovely barbecue at your caravan. I love the cross stitched tag for your anniversary card and the little heart EF is one I adore. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

  5. Adorable anniversary card and love so much that cross-stitch tag!!Wow!
    The village in your photos is just adorable, and it's stunning (and so pleasant) seeing that there aren't cars!!
    Happy Easter and congrats for your new win at Pixie's Playground! :D

  6. Wonderful photo`s Liz, beautiful card.
    Pam x

  7. What a pretty card and love the cross stitched tag. What a fabulous and picturesque place to have a week away (sorry about the weather x)...Then to come home and have a bar-b-que...? Happy Easter Liz x

  8. Gorgeous card!! I love the cross stitch tag!! The pictures are so beautiful!! It looks like such an amazing place!! Happy Easter!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. I love the die and the card that you've made with it Liz. Glad you've had some decent weather after a chilly start. Happy Easter.

    Sue xx

  10. I love your card, Liz. I do love cross stitch too. I also own such a die, so thank you for the tip. Great photos you shared with us. Happy Easter, my friend.

  11. It's so nice to know that there are others out there who don't need enablers to purchase items when we enable ourselves sometimes. We'll keep all that to ourselves! Beautiful card and I hope that had a lovely anniversary. What beautiful pictures. I'd like to stroll those streets. Having to walk (drag) supplies in would not be fun. [Bunny]``

  12. This is so sweet! What a gorgeous make Liz!

  13. Lovely anniversery card with this 'cross stitched tag' die,Liz.Beautiful photos too.Enjoy the rest of your holiday :).


  14. A lovely card Liz and a great tag too. I also love Clovelly - it's like stepping back in time. We've just come back from Exmoor - very hot and sunny there too.
    Kath x

  15. Beautiful cross stitched design and a wonderful array of photos too.

  16. What a lovely heart tag you made for your friend's anniversary. Thanks for sharing those great pictures you captured from North Devon. That is a charming cobblestone street.

  17. An excellent card, love the cross stitch heart, I suspect the recipient did too.
    LOVE your photos and haven't we had a SUPER weekend after all the cold.
    Faith x

  18. Wow Liz, I am so loving this beautiful anniversary card! The cross stitch is amazing and so beautiful!! Cross stitching is relaxing and so much fun. I haven't did it in years but I have wanted to add some of these dies to my stash as well. Maybe one day! The photo's of your getaway are so pretty! I love the sled deliveries, how quaint! I can see why this town is your favorite place there, you don't have to worry about avoiding vehicles zooming by you! Yes, that looks like a long way down to the harbor but good exercise. lol Yes, it looks like so much fun there! Hugs, Brenda

  19. A gorgeous card Liz and I love the cross stitch heart. Love your photo's we've never been to Devon always wanted to go ...lots of hugs Sue x

  20. Super card and love to see your holiday photos as always Liz. Shabneez x

  21. Gorgeous card, love the texture. Im bias in saying North Devon is beautiful as its where my family lives and i grew up:-) EmmaT x

  22. A really pretty tag card Liz, love the stitching on it. Looks like you had a lovely time away, great photos.
    Janice x

  23. What a super card - I love that die :-)
    Aaah - Clovelly - I LUV that place. Went there many years ago and fell in love with the place. :-)
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  24. What a great card Liz - and such a fabulous tag as well! As you know, I have that same die set and fully intend to die cut a few panels so I can do some cross stitch (if I ever get any free time!). It's so relaxing and I did a lot of cross stitch over the years - brilliant for long flights or waiting around in airports. And just perfect for caravaning too of course! That's a beautiful design you used as well. Bet the recipients love the card!


    Di xx

  25. I forgot to say what a lovely place Clovelly is - that's some hike down to the harbour! And how about the climb back up? Sheesh! Di x

    1. It was worth every penny of the £1.50 to ride back up to the top in the Land Rover. 😉 xx


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