Author Archives: Christina Dore

Stunning Mementos

I am in awe at the talent demonstrated by Tessa Miller who gave me this beautiful hand crafted notebook.
Tessa has sewn the cover herself!
You can check out the exquisite detail in this close up photo:
Tessa also made me a beautifully boxed mini book as a memento of my retirement. This is the outside of the box:
Open the box to reveal Happy Retirement. Now you will have time to ………
…Relax, Enjoy Life…..
……Travel, Do Some Gardening…..
…Smell the Roses…..Thank You!
The back cover. Check out the hand crafted textile buttons on the ends of the ribbons:
Extended when open:

Two stunning keepsakes. Thank you so much Tessa. I love them!

Yet More Fabulous Cards!

With over 100 cards to share it has taken quite a while to photograph and upload all the cards to the blog. This post features fourteen more  cards!
Virginia Lawrence has created a brilliant stepped card design, and each panel features techniques learnt at my classes and images from her Magathon magazine stamp sets. I am very impressed!
Even the back is decorated!
Donna Howard has created a stylish box and card using her Cheery Lynn flower dies.
The flowers have been coloured using the double dip technique we used at card club that gives a realistic effect.  Really lovely.
Joan Baker has used one of the newer Woodware stamp sets to create this stunning card. Very dramatic background colouring with pixie powders adds to the drama of the focal image.
Jackie Callow (left) and Dawn Hawkins (right) have both used printed panels but added a variety of elements to enhance the pictures:
Jayne Howard has created a box and a panelled card. The Oh Pants is from the Creative Stamping  Bright and Breezy collection:
Margaret Bishop has made a pink and pretty shaped accordion card whilst  Mandi, Pat and Janet have combined resources and created a beautiful intricate cut away navy card:
Jan Benskin has used her favourite nautical images and a simple but effective cut away design that we used last year when making Christmas cards. Amanda Gardiner has stamped the word Thank You in a variety of soft coloured inks for the background of her card and added a die cut Thank You on top. A nice idea that could be used with a variety of sentiments!
Jill Fennimore has used some of her favourite Creative Expression dies and created this really beautiful inlaid card.
I love the colour combo’ of cream, green and gold that Jill has chosen. Gorgeous.
And finally a stunning 8×8 card from Woodware designer Jane Gill. Jane has clustered three of her Woodware Bold Blooms Julia over a framed white embossed panel. I like the way Jane has added tiny drops of liquid pearls to the flowers for extra detail. So elegant.
Thank you so much everybody for the wonderful cards. They are all on display in my lounge and make a very striking display!

More Beautiful Cards!

I’m sharing another selection of the wonderful cards I received on my retirement.  This post features twenty more different cards!
Julie Staves has used the new extra large Woodware sunflower for this stunner!
Ink and salt crystals create a cool background:

Gill and Mair have both created travel themed cards. Gill has used her favourite Sakura glaze pens to colour the stained glass hot air balloon, and Mair has created a tranquil scene with dies and stamps.
Who ever created this card club panel card forgot to sign it!
If you created this lovely card please do let me know!
Janice Kempster used the die from the Die Cutting Essentials magazine to create this really pretty card. My name is revealed down the centre when the card is open.
Jenny Williams used one of my favourite Woodware stamps to create this bee themed card. Very appropriate as we first met at Busy Bees nursery when Jenny was key worker for both my daughters!
Sallie Henson has also used a Woodware stamp and created this beautiful card:
The flowers have been coloured with her favourite zig pens.
I hope this photo shows the wonderful layering and dimension Sallie has achieved:
Pauline Plant and  Barbara Francis created these two gorgeous cards:
Pauline has used her free Dreamweaver mesh to create the background:
Barbara must have had heaps of patience to inlaid all these pieces!
Yvonne  Hurrel and Jeanette Thompson both created on trend Impossible cards!
Yvonne has used a lovely mix of bee inspired papers and stamps for her card:
Jeanette has added a rabbit to her card in memory of my beloved house bunny, Topsy.
Sarah Blossom’s card features a pretty planter of spring bulbs. I’m looking forward to tackling my garden now I have some time! Marilyn Cassford’s design has a lovely ink blended background with striking die cut flowers.
Lynn Thomas has also used her Creative Stamping magazine (Vintage Springtime) to create this lovely stepped card.  Such pretty soft colours.
All the cards are now on display in my lounge, and are a fabulous testimony to the creativity and generosity of our local crafters. Thank you so much everyone. I still have more to share!

So Many Beautiful Cards!

I’m sharing a small selection of the wonderful cards I received on my retirement.  This post features twenty different cards! Make a cup of tea and enjoy all the creativity and ideas from our local crafters!
This 8×8 card created by June Maine uses some very well chosen stamps from Creative Stamping:
Lovely colouring and subtle background text stamping too:
And a surprise on the inside too!
Another beautiful card created by Margaret Bailey.
A stunning cluster of die cut flowers that Margaret does so well, and a beautifully blended background as well:
Another large 7×7 pretty card featuring an embossed background and monotone flowers from Lesley Small, Marion Mason, Sandra De Cruz and Debbie Simpson:
The colours on this card are stunning. Norma Howell has created it using a Cheery Lynn background die. Wish I had kept one of these dies myself now Norma!
Janet Dell created a pretty floral card using three die cut hexagons for the background design, and Val Cooper created a very apt travel themed card ,  using a selection of stamps, some from Creative Stamping. I like the subtle background stamping of the map behind the sign post.
This next card by Nanette is unusual and clever!
Nanette has stamped the central image and then doodles and zentangled the image to create lots more interest. A lovely idea that could be used with many open design stamps!
Dawn Watson has created a beautiful card featuring parchment craft of a large doily. This must have taken Dawn ages to create, although Dawn tells me  is also very relaxing to do.
Here are two more cards with a doily theme on either side of Dawns. Helen Barker has put a Cheery Lynn die cut doily behind an inked and stamped bird panel. whilst Jean Baldrey has used a combination of dies and embossing folders for her lovely card. And they all seem to be lilac and purple!
Another trio of pretty, spring like cards next. Sue Buckingham used a sweet House Mouse image, Michelle Hobbs used pretty die cut butterflies and a wreath of tiny buttons, whilst Maretta Dowman and Hilary Wright went for simple floral elegance:
Claire Fox created a tall heart themed design using a mix of patterned papers. Angela Styles created a pretty shaped card and June Masters mastered the embossing powder splatter technique  and added some lovely vellum butterflies:
The elegant poopy stamped card has been beautifully coloured with pencils by Wendy Fane, and the fun frog card created by Sherri Preston.
Sherri has used the brand new Woodware Rain or Shine stamp set and added a simple white embossed background which doesn’t detract from the fun image. I have this in my collection too but no time yet to use it! As it is a large tall image I want to use it on some garden themed scrapbook layouts. There’s an idea for you Sherri!
This card was created by Sophie, one of our young crafters. It’s a retirement/Easter combination! Sophie has beautifully coloured the Cheery Lynn Cherry Blossom die cut and used it to frame a cute chick.
Finally a lovely card by Judith Morray, featuring a stamped background and Cheery Lynn die cut sentiment:
Judith has spelled out a message inside with stamps and dies!
I hope you have enjoyed this selection of cards. Many, many thanks to all the lovely crafters who kindly made these for me.

Snail Thanks

This large 8×8 card was created by Linda Clare, who has created a sweet little scene featuring a Marianne snail! The extra large sentiment is a Cheery Lynn die.
I gave the snail die  to Linda at Christmas (2016 I seem to recall!) and this is it’s first outing!
The flowers behind have been made with a variety of dies such as Creative Expressions, Impression Obsession and Yvonne Creations.
Thanks Linda for such a lovely card. It was great to see that elusive snail make an appearance. As he is a large size this scene could be replicated on a scrapbook layout! The challenge is set…..

Clever Interactive Card

An interactive page in a children’s library book was the inspiration behind Louise Davison’s very clever card. Louise has used mainly stamps from the Creative Stamping collections for decoration inside the card and this lovely Woodware Fresh as a Daisy border of flowers for the front.

Lift the front from the top to reveal this:
Lift it from the bottom and this is revealed!

Such a brilliant idea. Thank you Louise for creating such an unusual card for me, with very well chosen images too!

Seas The Day!

I am still trying to organise my new craft room but thought I would start to share the beautiful hand crafted cards I received when I retired. This first card has been made by Karen Ballantine, and I love it!  It’s a “Triple Twist Impossible Card” which you can see how to make if you watch this video here.
Karen has decorated hers on a nautical theme. I am always drawn to sea related crafting products! Karen has cleverly used her Dreamweaver stencils and Dreamweaver Pearlised embossing paste to create the images.
The back of the card has been decorated to match and includes the new Woodware Nautical Collage stamp which I know lots of you have. Karen has also used the other new Woodware Sea Shells stamp for other images. I like the subtle stamped tone on tone bubble background which adds another layer of interest.
Thank you for making me such a wonderful card Karen. It is a great reminder that I need a trip to the seaside soon!

So Many Cards!

I thought you might like to see all the sample card club and demo cards that we have created over the years at A Maze of Memories.


Most will be going to charities, but I think it may take quite a while to sort them out, find envelopes and put them in plastic bags!

The Stock Room!

The stock room as it has never been seen before!

All the hard work is thanks to Jane, Sarah and my husband.

And a lovely photo of Jane and Pat. Pat has made Jane a keepsake album of her time at A Maze of Memories.

Thank You!

I have been touched with the response to my impending retirement over the last five weeks, and would like to say a HUGE thank to everyone fore their support and kindness.
The wonderful hand made cards and also gifts has been quite overwhelming. My house looks like a florist….
…and my garden also has new goodies including plants and a table!
I will be able to enjoy all the wine, Prosecco and Champagne for months to come. 
I also received some exquisite and beautiful hand crafted gifts. I haven’t had time to display all my cards at home yet but they will make quite a display. Once I have some time I’m planning to photograph them and post them on the blog so everyone can enjoy all the creativity and ideas!My husband, daughter and myself made a start yesterday on clearing the craft centre.

A BIG job that’s going to take quite a while!

I have boxes and boxes of cards……

….and once sorted and matched to envelopes will mostly be going to charity.
How many tables and chairs can be fitted into one normal sized car? Mandi managed to fit eight tables and eight chairs in hers which are destined for her village hall!!!

Most of the furniture and fittings have been donated to Michael Sobel House – Oxfordshire’s Palliative Care charity.

My team and myself are going to be very busy this week as there is a lot to sort. And after that I am going to be even busier as a retired person! Thank you everyone for all your good wishes for my retirement.