Monday, 21 September 2015

Its all about the sparkle at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


This fortnights challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and more is 


 Which I think is a perfect theme for all sorts of occasions!

I'm still trying to come up with a few designs for my Christmas cards that I will be posting out, so they need to be a bit flatter, less fussy and less weighty than my normal style.  

And this is what I made.

I have die cut a circle from the top section of the card, then rubbed some black soot distress ink on the card blank behind.  After sticking the die cut panel on top, I stamped a Christmas swirl and sentiment and embossed both with silver embossing powder, then added gems and a black organza bow.  I used the die cut circle to make the sentiment panel inside the card, no waste here!

I quite like the effect of the reverse die cut, and will be making this design in a variety of colours this year.

Hope you like it

Hugs, Sue xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Flower Power at Crafty Cardmakers and More


How are you?  Ok I hope!  It's been mad here in my little corner of the world, what with work and getting the kids ready to go back to school today... how much stuff do two small people need!  And OMG, this year my eldest has grown so much (guess he probably can't be classed as a small person anymore!  Tee hee!!) and is now in adult size shoes... the cost difference has been huge!  Especially as he needed school shoes, trainers and football boots... I have a funny feeling he's going through a growth spurt, so think I'll be getting another new set in a few months... ho hum!

For me the start of the new school year has always meant an end to the summer as we slide gently into Autumn, our summer holiday feels a long time ago (which reminds me, I MUST print some pictures out for a couple of scrapbook pages!), the nights are definitely chillier, and I was wondering the other day how long it will be before the Christmas ranges start appearing in the shops.

With this in mind, I decided to make a start on my Christmas cards for my make over at Crafty Cardmakers and More, even though the theme is Flower Embellishments!  Well I like to pop flowers on my cards pretty much all of the time, so why not :) 

Anyway, that's enough waffle from me, here's my card

I found some old Bo Bunny Christmas papers in my stash - they are quite subtle and don't scream Christmas, which kinda suited my can't-get-into-the-Christmas-spirit-in-early-September mood :-) Some Prima flowers worked well with the colour scheme, along with some coordinating ribbon, gems, a pin and a mittens charm finished it off :-)

The image is one of my favourites from the now sadly closed Stamp Fairy, and I have coloured him with my copics, and adding a touch of sparkle here and there

That's it from me, have a creative fortnight!


Sue xx

Monday, 24 August 2015

I made the wrong card... but check out this weeks challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


Wow, I've not posted in so long! I am naughty, but life is a bit hectic at the moment, what with work and holidays (and the piles of washing that follows).  Anyway, the chaos has made me make a complete whoopsie... you see this fortnights challenge at  Crafty Cardmakers and More is No patterned papers. Not Warm Summer Colours. Which was the challenge that ran when I was on my holidays...  I am such an idot!!  And I've only just realised my mistake, and it is too late to make another card now! 

Seeing as I like my card (and it took me ages to put together for one reason and another), I thought I'd share it anyway.

 I went for a deckchair look with my papers!  And used a Kraftin' Kimmie image from my stash

I found this little (sun)glasses charm in my stash too

Ho hum... Anyway, check out what all the rest of the lovely DT did... Their creations are fabulous and actually meet this fortnights theme.  Not the last one!

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Cut It Out! at Top Tip Tuesday


This time at Top Tip Tuesday and the theme is 

we are sponsored by Shape EZ who supply die cutting files for electronic die cutting machines.  Now I have an electronic cutter, but frankly I should have bought the one that you can get files like this, not the one that takes the cartridges that cost a small fortune... hmmm... never mind.  Anyway the upshot is it is gathering dust... so I printed the files out onto my paper, then cut it out... you know... old school... with scissors :-)

I used Roll Bag this time, and used it to make a gift bag which I will use for my Dad's Fathers Day Present in a couple of weeks... not sure what is going in here yet... but it's a start!

It looks really cool... and I think my Dad will appreciate the effort :-)

Thanks for looking

Sue xx

Monday, 1 June 2015

Getting Stitchy at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


This fortnight at Crafty Cardmakers and More the theme is  

This can be done on a machine, or by hand or faux, the choice is yours!

I used my machine to stitch round the edges of my panels, I was going to add some hand-stitching too, but for the life of me I could not find my embroidery threads!!

The papers are some old ones I had in my drawers, sometimes it's nice to use things up rather than reach for a new pad every time!  That they went so well together and that brown and blue are my absolute all time favourites were an added bonus :-)

In keeping with the use of my old stash I reached for one of the first stamps I ever bought -  a Gorguss Girl image from long ago, she's still a cutie!   Just visible in this shot is the banner dies I got from Stampin' Up a while back - I cut each out, then trimmed a couple of millimeters from each and layered them up.  I've distressed the edges of these with Vintage Photo as I have each of the panels.

Again I've distressed with Vintage Photo, but lightened it up with a bit of Antique Linen.  The postmarks are stamped with a Stampin' Up pad (although I stamped first on a scrap of paper to take some of the ink out as it's a bit juicy!  I then sprinkled some Stampendous Embossing powders on the panel, before fussy cutting and layering my image on top with foam pads.

You can see  the stitching a bit better in this shot!  I've been playing with a HOTP die that came with a magazine recently, and love how it looks embossed and sanded.  The gems, button, charm, and pins are from my stash, and I just had to use this rich looking velvet ribbon over some lace.  I tried tying a bow, but because it's single sided it looked all wrong, so had to settle for a knot!

To mirror the banners at the top I hand cut a sentiment panel and distressed it too.  The sentiment is another item from my early crafting days and is from a Woodware set.  As I've been doing quite a lot lately, I bowed the sentiment, by fixing foam pads in the middle to stack it up, and double sided tape to attach the edges.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

It's all about the hair colour at Top Tip Tuesday


I really loved making my card for this fortnights challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday - not just because the sponsor is the fabulous The East Wind, and I could crack out my previously unused Aurora Vine image.

The challenge is 

So I went for the sort of colour that I would have loved to of had when I last had mine done a couple of weeks ago, just that I can't because of work (boooo!!!)

I used some papers by Echo Park that have been in my stash for ever... I kept it quite neutral as I wanted the image to pop :-)  No idea who made the rose stamp to the left of the image, but I thought it went quite well with the card!

I decorated the inside of the card to match

In preparation for my recent colour change (I've gone a bit red ombre... well it was red ombre when I had it done... it seems like my hair did not want to be red as most of it has washed out already.... humf!) I did a bit of searching on Pinterest to get some ideas, and found these lush pics

ahh! LOVE love love love! so many amazing colours. The grout in her bathroom though... lol! No white towels!Warning: These 20 Purple Hairstyles Will Make You Want to Dye Your Hair via Brit + Co.
Warning: These 20 Purple Hairstyles Will Make You Want to Dye Your Hair via Brit + Co.

 If you like the purple look this is a great source of inspiration

 I coloured her dress in greys, and added a pop of pink here and there, and a dash of glitter to her headdress, shoes, and glove thingys (I'm sure there is a proper name for them, but I have no idea what it is!!)
Please can I enter these challenges
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - All Layers/No layers (I've gone for lots and lots!!)
Come and Get It Challenge - Tic-Tac-Toe (Die Cut-Design Paper-Ribbon)
Suzy Bee's Challenge - Anything Goes w/twist - Make it Girlie
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Wags and Whiskers - Lots of layers

That's it from me today - have a great week


Sue xxx

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Animal Magic at Top Tip Tuesday


This fortnights Challenge at Top Tip Tuesday is


which has been generously sponsored by Crafty Sentiments

Actually, I'm a week late as I had an issue with my phone line and have been without internet access except on my phone for the last week - the kids have driven me mad!!

I used the oh-so-cute Couples image to create an Anniversary card

I used some old papers - I think they are Prima!  The heart dies are by Memorybox, and thefence is an Ooh La La, and the butterfly is from Joy Crafts.  The had-it-in-my-stash for ages ribbon is by Bo Bunny which has been layered on some lace.  The sentiment is from Woodware. I decorated the inside to match

The image is adorable to colour - I used copics, but I think any colouring medium would work, especially some of the aqua pens that I keep looking at and telling myself I really can't justify buying - lets see how long my resolve holds out ;-)

That's it from me today - but before I go, please can I enter these challenges

That's it from me today - have a great week

Sue xxx

Monday, 18 May 2015

Shapes a plenty at Crafty Cardmakers and More


This fortnight at Crafty Cardmakers and More the theme is

Shaped Cards

So, as no squares or rectangles are allowed (my go to shape, and I'm sure I am not alone in this!!) I went all 3D and went for a collapsible box card.  These always look fabulous and are well received, but are ridiculously easy to make  - if you've never made one before why not have a look at one of the many tutorials on the internet and give it a go :-)

I used one of my Ladybug Crafts Ink images, this little cutie and the sentiment are from the Baby Baby Set, and is one of my all time favourites, but sadly no longer available as LCI closed last year :(

The die cuts are from Memory Box, and the papers are a Hunkydory freebie that came with a magazine

I decorated the tabs in the box with a cute little baby vest that was from another freebie and a second sentiment that is from a set by Papertreyink

Anyway, that's it from me today

Before I go, please can I enter these challenges

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Make your own - Crafty Cardmakers and More


This fortnights challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More is to 

While my first instinct when making a card is to reach for my (rather large) stash of papers, it is great to make your own unique background from time to time - and it's good when you can't quite find the colour paper you are looking for too!!

Anyway, here's my card

I started by stamping the lines (from a Stampin' Up Grunge set) with versamark and clear embossing powder, then layering up Peacock Feathers and Bundled Sage distress inks, then overstamping this with a Dictionary Stamp with the Bundled Sage and a splodgy stamp (also Stampin' Up, the latter is also in the Grunge set), then a diamond stamp in a very light dusting of weathered wood.  

My image is from Saturated Canary, and I coloured her in similar colours, but did her eyes in a lilac blue, and very contrasting hair!

I'm not sure who will be the recipient of this card, so will add a sentiment later (probably about 5 minutes before I need to post it!!)

That's it from me today!

Have a great week, and hope you can join in with the challenge this time

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Double Trouble at Top Tip Tuesday


This time at Top Tip Tuesday the theme is 

This is open to interpretation, and if you need some more ideas then head over to the challenge blog for more explanation or ideas!

The challenge is being sponsored by All Dressed Up, and I used the Love My Sister image as a starting point for my card

I used some old papers from my stash - I think they are Echo Park from years ago!    I coloured my image with copics, although annoyingly I think I used the wrong card as it bled out horrifically!!  I have obviously mixed up my cardmaking cardstock with my stamping cardstock... oh rats!!  I kind of rescued my image by going round it with a blue pen, hmmm... 

Anyway, that's it from me for today, hope you are able to join in with our challenge this time

Thank you for looking

Sue xx

Monday, 20 April 2015

Dotty... Crafty Cardmakers and More


This week at Crafty Cardmakers and More the theme is 

Well it didn't take me long to find several papers in my stash that met the theme, so I was grateful to be able to be able to use some up!  The great thing with the black and white colour scheme is that you can use up odds and ends of your stash!  The papers are a mix of manufacturers, and all had been cut into previously, but with little/no tonal differences (as I often struggle with with coloured papers) they work well together)

Once I had picked my papers, I turned my attention to which image to use, and it seemed quite retro to me, so I went with Retro Selfie from Kenny K

I coloured the image with my copics and added some velvet ric-rac along the bottom, for a bit more of a vintage feel :-)  Along with the big satin bow I think it works well, although I did cheat a bit and use a pre-printed sentiment as I wanted to use a round sentiment to go with the dotty theme, but for the life of me can't find my round sentiment stamp!!!  It will turn up when I'm not needing it and looking for something else no doubt!

The white paper behind the image is a script one, but has grey dots on it too, and I could not resist using the fishnet paper too as it seemed to go with the image ;-)

Anyway, hope you are able to join in with the challenge this time

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tripple trouble at Top Tip Tuesday


This fortnight at Top Tip Tuesday the theme is Three of Something which is my sort of challenge...

So... I started with three papers to make my card

I can't find my distressing tool anywhere, so just used my scissors... hmmm probably not the safest thing to do, but hey!!  

I coloured this Saturated Fairy image with my copics... I am quite happy with how this turned out!  I'm not quite sure how I got her dress like that, but it looks OK in the picture but looks even better in real life :-)

I then got a bit carried away with the whole three things, and put thee embellishments on (pearls, charm and button...

Then I spotted I had used three ribbons, (well, two and a lace...)

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Better late then never... Things are Flying at Crafty Cardmakers and More...

Hello!!  I am a week late for this fortnights challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More... my excuse was that I have cracked my ribs after having the flu and then a cold, and have been in agony.  So was not as organized as I should have been before going away for the Easter weekend (more on that later...)

Anyway the theme is Things with Wings, so I chose to use a not-seen-ink-in-ages stamps which is a Marianne Crafts one (I think!!), and some Nitwits papers from my stash

Quite simple for me, but I just LURVE that little froggy!!   I used a banner sentiment cut in two then popped it on a straw to make a kind of signpost...)

 I decorated the inside to match

Anyway - so my little break - well I took the kids to Battle, which is just outside Hastings... on the site of errr... the Battle of Hastings... we took a wander round the Abbey that was built on the site.  We took a wander round the battlefield which had an audio tour that was pretty good, but the kids one was a lot better... even if my youngest (he's 7) kept telling his 13 year old brother that they were on the Bloody Battlefield... cheeky monkey, his brother kept telling him not to swear, but he pointed out that he was being accurate as the battlefield was covered in blood (in 1066... I didn't see a drop when we were there, I think modern health and safety would take a dim view of that sort of thing at a visitor attraction these days)... knowing full well what he was saying... honestly for a child that struggles to read and write he is too smart for his own good somedays!   Anyway, the area is well recommended, although the medieval house that is now a tea room that stands opposite is most definitely not (the service was like a cross between Kitchen Nightmares and Fawlty Towers... which was hilarious and made for a memorable lunch for all the wrong reasons!)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

They call me Mellow Yellow...


This weeks challenge over at Top Top Tuesday is Mellow Yellow...

Which I think is perfect for this time of the year, when all the flowers are coming into bloom in my part of the world :-)

Anyway, I decided to go for pale yellows and to use one of the first stamps I ever bought - one of the Gorguss Girl images.

I used some papers from Maja Design Spring Basics pad, then added creamy lace, and lemon pearls, and cream and yellow flowers, then stamped some tickets and a sentiment onto cardstock, then cut out and distressed with antique linen and tea dye distressed inks, which gave a nice yellow hint to them :-) The image is coloured with copics, and I added a touch of blue to her hair, to give it a bit of shine.

Hope you like it

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Spring has Sprung at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


So sorry I've not been about over the last couple of weeks... I had the flu and am still reeling from it :-(  I'm up and about now, but have been left with a nasty cough, which has in turn caused my ribs to crack again - an old injury from a car accident - and every time I cough (which is A LOT) I'm in agony!!  I've not slept properly in over two weeks and am completely knackered!!  A visit to the doctors proved futile as there is nothing I can do about my ribs, but I've not got a chest infection... yet... let's hope it stays that way!!  Hopefully I'll shift the cough soon then my ribs will start to heal :-)

Anyhoo... This fortnights challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More is Spring - and there is lots of lovely inspiration over on the DT blog...

I went for bright spring colours to and a Nitwit image to make an Easter card ;-)

 I found a cute flower charm in my stash that I thought went with the images I have used

 Lots of details on here, from all the fussy cut images, to the distressed die cuts

 And this oh so cute image :-)

I don't often use the accent stamps you get with stamp sets, but thought the flowers, leaves, carrots and watering can would look good as accents rather than adding ready made flowers etc...

The fence is curved off the card to add a bit more interest.  I use glossy accents to stick one side down then use a wooden peg to hold it in place, then curve the die cut and stick the other end down, securing with a peg and leaving until they are both dry - wooden pegs are great to use to secure things while glue dries as we all have them, and they are strong enough to hold things in place, but the wood doesn't mark the card :-)

And a slightly different angle - like how some elements overhang the card, although goodness knows how I'll get it in an envelope!

That's it from me, hope you like my card, and are able to join in with the challenge this time

Sue xx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Action!!! At Top Tip Tuesday


I am sooooo late with my card this fortnight - I've no excuse except for being crazy busy at work and then my eldests 13th birthday, then me getting the flu!  

Anyhooo, this fortnights theme is Action Images, and I think this little cutie from Lili of the Valley counts :-)  

I used a cloud die to mask out the clouds then went round them with some distress ink.  I've not done this before but I like how it looks!!

Thanks for looking

Sue xx