Thursday, 28 October 2010

Uh oh :-(

Honestly I have no idea what has been wrong with me for the last few days but my mojo has gone walkabout, I've done a couple of bits of colouring, but have no idea how to put it together :-(  so feeling sorry for myself tonight I went on the trawl for a sketch that would get me back on the horse, as it were :-)

This is what I came up with

The image is one of the new Scrapbook Sisters Digi Stamps by the lovely Gayle - this one is the Mummy image, which is a bargain 99p!!

Goodness knows what is wrong with me cos I've been on a bit of a roll for quite a while, maybe cos work is a bit more stressful that usual isn't helping... hmmm...  I'm hoping that spending Saturday at the Scrapbook Sisters Halloween class and crop (click here for pics of last year) will encourage my Mojo back out from wherever she's hiding :-) , I didn't go last year but dropped in and everyone looked like they were having a blast, so looking forward to joining in this time round.  Goodness alone knows what I'm wearing though... I remembered something that would have been suitable from when I was much younger so popped into my mums on the way home and tried it on.  I shall not be wearing it, as while it still fitted in most areas it would appear since having the kids certain areas have increased in size... this meant that I was stuck in their bathroom entrapped in black unable to move my arms, my mother (helpfully in fits of laughter... humph...) asking if I needed scissors... 15 minutes of wiggling later I was free (hurrah!!!)... another one for the charity shop I feel!!  I did find a couple of bits and bobs, just need to find the correct attire for my legs!! 

Papers are by Bo Bunny, Stamsps - Martha Stewart and Woodware, Ribbon, buttons and brad from Stash

I'd like to enter this card for thse challenges please

Thanks for looking

Sue xx

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 8 - Tick Tock

It's Wednesday (still, just!!) and that means the Scrapbook Sisters card challenge.  This week the theme is Tick Tock...

I chose to interpret the theme by including a clock, and for this my Mo Manning digi stamp seemed perfect to accompany the stamped clock face.

The photos are awful - so sorry, the light has gone by the time I get home and isn't bright enough before I leave for work and my camera flash really stuggles with anything shiny or reflective!

I love this rabbit, just want to give him a hug and tell him it'll be ok :-)  He's coloured with copics, and a touch of glossy accents on his pocket watch

The clock face and sentiment are by Sandylion, bought from Scrapbook Sisters last year.  I stamped the clock in Versamark and sprinkled with copper embossing powder, then distressed it with copper and brown inks before going all over with more versamark and clear embossing powder.  I saw something on the telly the other day about heating your embossing powder from the back for a more even finish (and for me, no burn marks!!) and OMG, it works!!

I've seen a few flowers done like this now and they looked really effective, so gave it a go, I'm not sure I have quite perfected the art yet, but not bad for a first attempt!

From Scrapbook Sisters: Light Tan and Duckegg Bazzill; Happy together papers by Fancy Pants; Sandilion Clock stamp and sentiment; Brown velvet ribbon; Copics; Glossy Accents; Versamark; Copper and Clear embossing Powders; assorted brown/copper inkpads
Other: Mo Manning Image; Duck Egg Pearls; Satin Ribbon; Gem Brad

Looking forward to seeing how you interpret this challenge

Sue xx

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Ang's challenge - Make your own DP

Good morning and welcome to this weeks Totally Ladybug Tuesday :-)

This week the team have been challenged by Octobers Guest Designer Ang who asked us to make our own paper!

Seeing as my heat gun was out I decided to stamp and emboss my background and then rub distress inks over the embossed design to create my pattern.  Fortunately I had some snowflake stamps lurking and I set about stamping a random pattern before going a bit nuts with the inks.  With hindsight I wish I had gone over the paper with a quick splash of glimmer mist as well, but I'll have to save that for another day!!

Here's my finished card

I played with my sewing machine again (for those that asked before it's a Husvarna Viking) and found a cute little snowflake stitch and used a light silver thread which is a bit pale to be seen in the photo, but looks good IRL.  Some wide snowflake ribbon , some blue organza, a charm and a gorgeous multi-toned button finishes this card off.

Here's the paper before I put it all together

I used Snow Angel Nikki and Buttercup, coloured with copics with glamour dust to trim her clothes and diamond dust for the snow

White and Blue CS, Ribbons, Button and Charm from stash
Clear Embossing Powder, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans Distress Inks
Copics, Glamour Dust, Diamond Dust, Sewing Machine

Please check out what the other ladybugs have done by checking out their blogs which are all in the sidebar to the right, and don't forget from next week you can join in with our challenges - and there is still plenty of time for you to join in with the blog candy at the Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog, winner to be announced next week!!  Click here to go straight to the challenge blog

Hope you like it

Sue xx

P.S.  Please can I enter these challenges... thank you!!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Gorjuss Halloween part 2

Really quick one from me cos I am running really late - I've still got to throw all the stuff in the car and get going down to Dorset/Devon tonight and I just know the traffic is going to be awful :-(

Couldn't leave though without sharing this one with you - just a little card made with my Gorjuss girl again - who I am renaming Wednesday from the Addams family :-)

Papers are by Rusty Pickle.  Did you notice the stitched border??  How amazing is that - I've been playing with the settings on my sewing machine again :-)

I'd like to enter this for

Craft Your Passion Challenge 28 - Orange, Purple, Black
Ooh La La - Scary Stuff
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Boo!
My Time to Craft - Ghoolies, Ghosties and Long Leggied Beasties
Creative Inspirations - Spooky
Fab 'n' Funky - things that go bump in the night
Friday Sketchers - Sketch

Gotta run, have a great weekend

Sue xx

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Minty Fresh :-)


Thursday already, and OMG nearly the end of October already... at this point I would say it's a good job I started on my Christmas cards early... unfortunately I took some into work yesterday to show the girls in the office what I had been up to and there was a bit of a mass0 buy and they all went :-)  At this rate I'll be buying a pack last minute to send out while all my lovely cards are given by other people!!  Ho hum, as long as someone gets to see and enjoy them then I guess I'm happy!!

With this in mind I inked up a LOTV stamp and made this card, based on this weeks Mojo Monday sketch

Image - Lily of the Vally; Sentiments - Lakeland;
White CS; Papers - Magenta
Copics; Green Sakura Pen
Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder; Woodware Tag Punch; MS Snowflake Punch
Glossy Accents; Diamond Dust; Stickles;  K&Co Snowflakes; Charm; Ribbon

I really like this design as I think it would suit so many images and occasions, hope you like it too :-)

I'd like to enter this card for

Thanks for stopping by!

Posting may be a bit sporadic for the next few days, as we are are away for the weekend, but we are a kiddy free house all week next week, so hoping to get some lovely uninterrupted crafting time :-)

Sue xx

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 7 - Pets Galore!

Good morning and welcome to the seventh Scrapbok Sisters Card Challenge - this week our theme is Pets Galore.

Before I start rambling here's my card

Now pets were a bit thin on the ground round here when I was working out what to do for this challenge, what with me not being keen on dogs (I was bitten when I was three, and have been nervous ever since), and hubby is allergic to cats.  However my eldest persaded us to get him a hamster last week... I would share a picture but the blooming thing is always asleep!!  Plus I have no idea where to locate a hamster stamp!!

What we do have round here are rabbits... lots of em!!  So my Penny Black stamp seemed ideal :-)


From Scrapbook Sisters: Stamp - Bunny Friends, Penny Black; Pale and Dark Green Cardstock; Papers - from Nature Pad by K&Co; Papermania Letter Stickers; Copics; Stickles; MS Loops border punch; EK Success flower punch; Woodware label punch;
From Stash:  Neenah CS; Twine; Tesco flower punch; Gems

Hope you like it - please check out what the rest of the DT have done by clicking on their blog links in the sidebar :-), or by checking out the Scrapbook Sisters Blog where you will find Mr Linky ready and waiting for you to enter your card this week!!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

It's Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Hayley's Challenge... and some exciting news!!

Good Morning, and welcome to this weeks Totally Ladybug Tuesday!!

This week it was the turn of the lovely Hayley to set the challenge... well I say the lovely Hayley but I think this one had some of the DT in a bit of a fluster!!  (Me included!!)  Hayley asked up to use a cat or dog image, but then to do a shabby chic/vintage style

All I'm going to say is that normally I am a complete distressophobe, and I like my straight lines!!  I can't help it, it's how I am!!  However, last week I had an awful week at work which worked to my advantage as the papers took the full force of my frustration!! :-D.

Right enough of my blah blah blah, here's my card...

As you can see all the edges took a battering... at one point I feared for the safety of my beloved Tim Holtz scissors, but they stood up to the task magnificently.  I adore these MME Lost and Found papers and I knew I was going to use them for this card as soon as I saw them.  How I didn't know, so bought 2 of each in the range, just to make sure :-)

Here's a close up of the rather cute Cross-Eyed Buttercup - I've added red stickles to the bow on top of her head and glossy accents on her nose and to the Ladybug she is trying to look at :-)

As ever this card looks so much better IRL than my dodgy photography skills allow!!

Supplies -
Cross Eyed Buttercup, It's Only Words 1 both Ladybug Crafts Ink
MME Lost and Found Papers; Cream Bazzill; Buttons and Twine, Red Stickles; MS Lattice Arch Border Punch; Labels 4 Nesties; Copics; Glossy Accents

Soooo... onto the second part of this post...

Kerry and the Ladybug Crafts Ink DT have some fabulous news to share!!  After a few weeks of us challenging each other we'd love for you to be able to share in the fun!! 

From the 2nd of November the LCI challenges are open to all!!  Whoo hoo!!

To celebrate the launch of the challenge blog you can get your hands on some rather splendid blog candy (but you know how these things work, right, so we do need you to do a couple of little things for us in return!)

All you need to do is
a) display the Promo Banner above on your blog
b) become a follower of the New Challenge blog - click here to go to the challenge blog
c) leave their details with Mr Linky

easy peasy!!  I'm really looking forward to seeing you all for our first challenge... in the meantime please check out what the rest of the DT have done with Hayley's challenge - links to their blogs are in the sidebar to the right

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

oooh, nearly forgot!! I'd love to enter my card for

Monday, 18 October 2010

Yum Yum!


Uhhhh, Monday again, so just a quick post then it's a mad dash to get the kids ready, then off to work via school and nursery. I'm praying this week is better than last, but I have a sneeking feeling last week was just a warm up :-(
To cheer myself up last night I inked up my Cupcake Cutie stamp :-)

Isn't she adorable!!  I gave the frosting on the cupcake a very generous helping of Fluffy Stuff, sprinkled with Glamour Dust... yum yum indeed!!

Oooh, and now is an excellent time to get your hands on this little cutie as Kerry is offering a very generous 15% discount off your total order by entering the code CB2010 until the end of November - to visit her on line shop click here

Supplies - Bazzill; Freebie MME Papers; Sentimental Numbers and Cherry on Top Cupcake Cutie; Prima Flower; Brad, Gems and Ribbon; Copics; Glossy Accents; Fluffy Stuff; Glamour Dust; Stickles

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to pop back tomorrow for some exciting news!!

Sue xx

P.S I'd like to enter this card for

Allsorts Challenge - Lets Play Bingo (I've used Brads, Flowers, Ribbon)
I used the sketch from this weeks Sweet Saturday Sketch Challenge, sketch with a twist - make it sparkle

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Gorjuss Halloween

I've been playing with my Gorjuss Girls again and making them all spooky!!  Here's the latest card, based on this weeks sketch over at Creative Inspirations

I've used Toil & Trouble papers by Making Memories again - I'm kicking myself for only buying one sheet of each now... I know, I know, what was I thinking, cos I love them, the colours are so rich an d warm, proper leaf scuffing colours lol :-D

My Gorjuss Girl is obviously not that into Halloween though, cos she's still in her Autumn frock, and has only bunged a hat on her head... just to show willing :-)

Charms are from a stall at Ally Pally

I'd like to enter this card for
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Three of a Kind (I've used three ribbons - Tulle, orange/white stripey and the one with the eyes)

Thanks for looking, more tomorrow!!

Sue xx

Thursday, 14 October 2010


Just a quick post before I go to bed!!

Tonight I managed to get a birthday card done for a work collegue and based it on this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch

And here's a close up of the Cinderella image and sentiment by Kraftin' Kimmie - as ever stamped on Neenah. coloured with copics and I've added some little gems to her earrings and neckace.  This sentiment is perfect for my friend as she has somewhat of a thing about shoes :-)

Supplies -
Purple and Cream Bazzill; PP - Indeed Collection, Prima; Ribbon, buttons and Gems from Stash; scalloped template; Copics; Image and Sentiment Kraftin Kimmie

I'd like to enter this card for

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Thursday, and another Christmas card

Morning!!  I'm still going on the Christmas cards, but need to make a birthday card tonight to hopefully will have something different to share tomorrow!!

I'll make this short and sweet... but you know my tendancy to waffle!!

I'm on a stash diet (boo!!) so have been rifling through all my bits and bobs and found this paper lurking in one of the many bags I have containing left overs from my fortnightly scrapbooking class at Scrapbook Sisters, and thought it perfect as I know you wouldn't see much of the paper anyway, so it didn't matter that it isn't actually a from a Christmas range.

 I've been playing with the MS snowflake around the page punches again, snowflakes are a mix of die cuts, punches and the offcuts from the MS punch.  I gave the lot a generous coating of glamour dust and stuck a red gem to the centre.  The sentiment is one from Lakeland that I bought a couple of years ago

I love this Lily of the Vally image, stamped on Neenah, coloured with copics, and put glossy accents on her boots.  After seeing Fluffy Stuff used by both Lisa and Kerry I went on a hunt to find mine as I haven't used it in ages, I thought it might have gone off so after I had located my heat gun and wiped the dust off it ;-) tested it.  Then I wondered what would happen if I sprinkled glamour dust onto the unpuffed fuffy stuff, and whatdayaknow it worked and I didn't burn the house down, and I had sparkly fuffy stuff!!  Whoo hoo!!

How fab is that!!  I can see I'm going to be doing that again!!

Hope you like it as much as I do :-)

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

P.S.  Please can I enter this card for the following challenges :-)

My Time to Craft Challenge - Colours of your national flag (England - although the paper is a bit on the creamy side I hope it counts!!)
Little Red Wagon - Something Old, Something New (Old - Paper, Fluffy Stuff; New - MS Punch, Image)

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 6 - Flower Power

Good morning - halfway through the week already and that means it's time for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge

This week the theme is

"Flower Power"

Here's my card

To make this card I used We R Memory Keepers "Loren" paper from the Tiffany's range, its a really striking range and I love the colours of these papers, and they gave me the slightly bohemian look I was after!!  The sentiment is pre-printed on the paper, and makes a nice change from the normal greetings

This is one of those papers that are strips that I think we all buy but then don't know how to use (or is that just me!!)  I've covered the join in the papers with some chocolate grosgrain ribbon - I have seen this on cards before but the idea really came from a pair of favourite shoes from Dune that have hints of the colours from this paper and have grograin ribbon criss crossing the front that I was trying (without success!!) to find at the weekend... goodness knows where they have got to!!

While this all sounds quite simple I think it's a really attractive card, much better IRL than my photo shows, and a refreshing change from what I have been up to of late

I was going to use my flower punches but decided not to when I realised that the flowers on the paper were a perfect size, so I cut them out, rubbed them over with a ball tool to dome them slightly and stuck them on with 3D pads, a pink pearl finishes them off.

Please check what the rest of the DT have done by clicking on the links to the right of this post or by going directly to the Scrapbook Sisters Blog where you can post your link to our challenge too

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

It's Totally Ladybug Tuesday - One for the Boys

Good morning, hope you are all OK this rather fine Tuesday :-)

I really hope you enjoyed our blog hop last week and huge congratulations to the five winners, I'm sure you will love playing with your new stamps :-)

This week it was the lovely Pinky to set the Challenge and she chose One for the Boys!!  I'm really looking forward to having a look at what the rest of the DT have done for this challenge, as I think most crafters find mens/boys tough... please check out their posts - they are all on the links on the right hand side :-)

Those tricky boys cards are a breeze with the lovely Jack stamps, he's soo cute!!  I just love Policeman Jack's cheeks as he zooms along on his scooter!!  Don't forget that the lovely Kerry is offering 15% off until the end of September - click here to go to her store - just remember to add the code CB2010 when you check out

I decided to sew on this card, but took the brave step of using a different stitch,  My machine has one of those touch screen thingys, and I think it needs a service cos i was prodding away, but nothing was happening, got there in the end though :-)  Maybe it is complining at only ever sewing through paper these days!!  I inherited it from my hubbys great aunt, and I can imagine her looking down on me laughing her head off at me struggling!!  As we are all friends here please accept my apologies that I went a bit wonky on occasion!!

I used my Tim Holtz brick embossing folder on the circle behind Jack and love the look that this gives,  but it hasn't come out too well in the photos :-(  I've coloured Jack in with Copics, and added glossy accents to his badges, hat trim and whistle and to the wheels of his scooter

Stamps - Policeman Jack and It's Only Words 1 Sentiment set
MME Quite Contrary Papers, Blue and Olive cardstock, Tim Holtz Brick embossing folder, Copics, Glossy Accents, Stickles; Buttons; Twine; Tim Holtz Adage tickets, Circle Punch, Chalk eyes (used to distress the circle and the ticket); Sewing Machine; Navy machine embroidery silk

I'd like to enter this card for
Allsorts - Inspiration from a Song Title (I Predict A Riot by the Kaiser Chiefs!!)

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A Polar Christmas, part 2

Morning!  I'm sharing part 2 of the Polar Christmas cards I made yesterday, North pole this time though :-)

I've used my Jones Tones holographic glitter on this card and for the life of me I cannot take a picture of it without it looking pink!!  Hummff :-(

I've used another of the Lily of the Valley images I got at Ally Pally, love the look on the little bears face... how cute!!

The paper isn't a Christmas one, but I like the spots and the colour was ideal   Hmmm, what else did I do... oh yes, charm, organza dotty ribbon, more of the K & Co snowflakes, MS snowflake punch, nesties, cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, then edged with waterfall and Star Dust stickles just in case there wasn't enought sparkle already :-)

Right that's it from me for today as we are off to Brands Hatch again for the last round of the British Touring Cars... enjoy your day :-)

I'd like to enter this card for these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by :-)


Saturday, 9 October 2010

A Polar Christmas, part 1...

evening!!!  I've had a busy start to the weekend as my eldest son had a friend to play today, thankfully they get on really well and were no trouble.  Hubby took my youngest with him to his mums to pick up the (classic) Mini after it had been back down the engine builders for a tune up following engine number 2... ahhh, might not have share the fate of engine number 1... well lets just say hubby has learnt the hard way that engines that have had things connected the wrong way round allowing half a tank of petrol to mix with the oil need throwing away and starting again... ahem...

...moving swiftly on :-)  While they were out / happily playing I was able to have a bit of crafting time, and did three cards which I will be showing over the next couple of days

Here's the first of them - as the title of this post is A Polar Christmas, lets start at the south pole...

How cute are these pengiuns!!   Awww :-)

I've used the sketch from this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge, and not a lot else, just a snowflake embossing folder, some K & Co snowflakes, a bit of ribbon and a charm on the card.  The Lily of the Valley image is coloured with Copics, then a liberal amount of Dusts of the Glamour and Diamond type and a hint of Glossy Accents here and there. 

Hope you like it :-)

Thanks for stopping by, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Sue xx

P.S.  Please can I enter this card for the following challenges, thank you!!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Whoo hoo it's Friday!!

I don't get what's going on... on one hand it feels as if this week (like last week) has been a really long one, but on the other hand it feels like we are racing towards Christmas!!

With this in mind I made another Christmas card last night, not least because I am already being asked in the office if I am going to be taking any in... looks like I need to make one for me, one for for my card box :-)

As I have a busy night on Thursdays as my eldest son goes to Cubs which really breaks the evening up having to go back out to get him... I don't mind as he does enjoy it, even if his Akela scares the living daylights out of me - I'm sure she's a lovely woman really, but she ticked me off once cos I hadn't sewn a badge on his uniform by the following week (naughty mummy)!!

Anyway - the card

I've basically used the same design as I did the other day, although it wasn't deliberate, it just happened like that!!  Oh well, promise to be more creative tomorrow!!  Although I did get stitching on this one with the gold embroidery thread, and cos it's dark cardstock I've punched a square with the MS round the page punches and popped that inside

The image is Christmas Candle by Lily of the Valley - isn't she cute!  I've coloured her with copics and added glamour dust to her coat, and used Diamond Dust fot the snow.  The paper is one by Sandilion which I got I got ages ago.

Right, hoping today goes quick!!

In the meantime I'd like to enter this card for these challenges

Papertake Weekly - Pick favourite challenge from last 3 years - I've gone for 24th November 2009 - Christmas Crackers

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Still Autumnal, still Halloweeney...

I loved playing around making the card for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge - Full Moon, and although we don't celebrate Halloween in a big way in our house, it is a jolly good excuse to make some cards :-)

The only down side is that I don't actually own any proper Halloween stamps, and after my little splurge at Ally Pally I am trying to be good!!  So I am trying to adapt what I have, so tonight's card features another of my Gorjuss girls, but I have played dress up with her a bit...

Does it work?  I think I just about get away with it :-)

I've used this weeks sketch from Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge, and I'd also like to enter this card for the following challenges

Supplies -
CS - Black and Tan Bazzill; DP - Making Memories Toil & Trouble; Gorjuss Girl, stamped on Neenah, coloured with copics; Tulle; "Eyes" Ribbon; Witches Hat Charm; MS Iron Gate Border Punch; Sentiment - Imaginisce

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 5 - Full Moon


Where are the weeks going, it only seems like yesterday that we launched the first Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge and here we are at number 5 already!!

This one is a cracking one - Full Moon...

So get your witches hats on and see what you come up with :-)

Here's my card

I love the vintage Gothic theme of this card and paper!!

I have used the same image as last weeks challenge, but I think the card looks totally different.  I don't actually have any proper Halloween images but I thought it a good use of my existing stamps to use one I already had... but in a different way.  I just love how she's running from that spider!!

There's quite a bit going on with this card, not just Mr Spider dangling on his length of thread (silver machine embroidery silk).   The web and the spider are die cuts, which I have popped a liberal amount of glossy accents to.

I love the ribbons and charms too (I've got a bit of a thing for charms right now!!), and there's some tulle, velvet ribbon and grosgrain too

The little "don't look" tab has a surprise lurking too... well what are you going to do if something says "don't look"???

LOL, my eight year old thought that was hilarous, that's all the approval I needed!!

And to carry the theme through to the inside of the card I have decorated in there too with some scraps


From Scrapbook Sisters - Bo Bunny Halloween Paper; Black Bazzill; Pumpkin Charm; Black Diamond Stickles;  Black Tulle; Spider and Web Die Cut; Copics; White Rub Ons
Other - Green Cardstock; Lilac Grosgrain; Black Velvet Ribbon; Black Pearls; Martha Stewart Iron Gate punch: "Happy Halloween" Stamp, "Boo" and "...Frightfully Fantastic..." stamps, Witches Hat Charm all from my trip to Ally Pally; Cinderella Stamp - Kraftin' Kimmie

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with

Sue xx