Saturday, 31 July 2010

Father Christmas is here!

Day 1 of my holiday and I had this card done by 10.30!!  A good start I think :-)

There seem tp be loads of Christmas challenges on at the moment, so although I don't feel particularly Christmasey (it's waaay to early!) I thought I might as well make a start

The image is one of my favourites as it's really detailed but is just a stamp, no colouring required, perfect for when you've got a whole host of cards to make!

I've added a few gems, some blue and white organza ribbon and some snowflake die cuts by K&Co.  The paper is from a 6x6 pack I bought a couple of years ago

I'd like to enter this card for

Hope you have a great weekend - I'm off shopping in a bit... wish me luck :-)

Thanks for looking
Sue xx

Friday, 30 July 2010


Whoo Hoo!!!!  TGI Friday and I am on holiday for a whole two weeks!!  No work!! Yippee!!!

To celebrate I have made a card, and I must be in a good mood cos it went together really easily!

I was looking through the challenge blogs I follow and was interested to do something for this weeks Charisma Cardz Challenge, which this week is "Something with a Tail"- what to choose!!  Hmmm, cat's... nope used them recently, dogs... nope... then I found my little House Mouse stamp lurking... tee hee, he's got a tail and a half!!

I then hopped on over to Totally Papercrafts and they are doing "Going to the Movies" and I think this stamp fits the bill of "The Great Mouse Detective", 'cos he looks like he's having a good think!!  LOL!

I've stamped around the edge of the image with a new mini stamp set I picked up from Scrapbook Sisters for the bargain price of £1.99!!  and it has got a lovely mini frame, butterfly and butterfly border stamp too...'mazin value!


White Cardstock; Sage Green Bazzill; Prima Tropics "Celery Splash" Paper; Bo Bunny "Sea Foam Cot" Cardstock; Martha Stewart Loops Border Punch; "Mudpie Wonders" House Mouse Stamp - Stampabilites; Jane's Script sentiment stamps - Woodware; Border Stamp - from set by Artemio; Prima Flowers; Button and gems from stash; Momento Tuxedo Black and Bundled Sage Distress Ink

I'd like to enter this card for
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Something with a Tail
Totally Papercrafts - Going to the Movies

If you know of any other challenges this card might be eligible for, please let me know!

I'm looking forward to a crafty fortnight, so hopefully, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Thursday, 29 July 2010

It's been a loooong day... (lovely papers though!)

Hi, I really hope you have had a better Thursday than I have!

For one reason and another I was an hour late leaving work tonight, then popped to Scrapbook Sisters on my way home which lifted my mood to discover that as I hadn't been collecting my loyalty stamps in ages I had quite a few... hurrah... I do love a good loyalty scheme!!  So I got myself a couple more copic pens, a stamp, new glossy accents (i'd split the top of my one and it's really difficult to use when the glue is coming out of the side, not the top!) and some ribbon and lace...

...should have been a good day as it started well with me liberating my delivery of Peacock Lane papers from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn from the Post Office, but alas it was not to be :( , but only one more day then I have a whole two weeks off!!!  I have two classes booked and am thinkning about booking myself in for a spa day as I think I deserve a treat and a bit of pampering!

Anyway, onto tonights card...

I have used some of my new Peacock Lane papers bought from Funky Farm... I just love teal and purple and these papers are amazing, a couple are so lovely I don't think I can cut them and the are going to either be stroked until they disintergrate or be made into scrapbook pages :-)

Sorry, me rambling again...

So the paper is Bo Bunny Peacock Lane Dot and there is a touch of Grape Dot behind the image, White and Teal cardstock, Ribbon and Gems from my stash...

The image is another one from Kenny K, this one is "Queen's Cutie" and I love her!!

I have seen her cut out and sitting on something, but tonight I needed something quick, so I have just coloured her with copics.  I can't decide if she or Download Diva, which you can see here is my favourite!!

That's me lot, more tomorrow



Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Blue rinses don't normally look like this :-)

Can you believe it's Wednesday already!!  How did that happen!!  Still, only two days and then I am going to take a few days off work... what's the betting it rains!

Anyway enough of me rattling on, and onto today's card, which I have made using the Papertake Weekly Challenge - Sketch 45

This was the original sketch - I haven't fiddled about too much with it, just added a couple of flowers, gems  and a bit of stickles on the flowers... it did have more, but it looked too much (even to me, LOL) and I had to remove a few bits!

The image is another one from Kenny K.  I don't know why but on this one and yesterdays I have put a teenly blob of glossy accents on the pupils of their eyes, and IRL it really makes a difference - you can't really see it in the pics.  I've never thought to do it before on any of my other images, maybe because with these their eyes are such a feature :-)

I have coloured her with copics... but thought I'd have a wild moment with her hair!  

I had pink and purple hair once - well pink and purple highlights - sigh!  Wish I could still get away with it, but I have to be a grown up most days (even though I really want it done again!)...

Sorry... back to the card...

So I've used:
White Cardstock; Purple Bazzill Bling; "Enchanted" and "Fairy Garden" Papers from the Indeed Collection - Prima Marketing all Scrapbook Sisters; Big Roses - Wild Orchid Crafts; Rosebuds and Gems from stash; Sentiment Stamp (part of a mini set) - Studio G Image; Stickles; "All That" Digi Stamp - Kenny K

That's it from me tonight as the postman did not deliver my parcel from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn today, or leave it where he normally does and I have got to go and get it from the post office before work tomorrow...hmmf... I wanted to play!!

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Quick card

Hi! Hope you are having a good week so far!

I've been to my fortnightly class at Scrapbook Sisters and it was as fabulous as always!!  If you are still to go you'll love it... I promise!!

Anyway, a quick card tonight...

This is one that I made on Saturday for my friend who has just had to have an operation on her nose... not a nose job but they have had to do something with it as the bone was growing and she was unable to breathe through her nose... poor love, this is the second time she has had it done, but she seems to be worse this time and is going dizzy every time she stands up :-(

Anyway, so I have made her a little something to let her know we missed her on Saturday and wish her a speedy recovery

It's nothing special, but I don't really have that many images that are suitable for a get well card, and it's not like she's in hospital or has a broken leg, so not being able to find any images of a woman with two black eyes and a nose splint - wonder why? LOL - this was as good as it was going to get!

Then, when I had finished it other friends daughter said, "it's great, but why is the dragonfly going up, not across"  Bother!  I thought it was a flower!!  Kids, don't you just love em!!  Still, it's the thought that counts (and I'm counting on her eyes being puffy and her not noticing!!)

More tomorrow, thanks for looking

Sue xx

Monday, 26 July 2010

Happy happy happy!!

I've been playing with my new Kenny K images tonight, and I love them!! They are an absolute dream to colour, especially the hair on this one, fabulous!

I'm entering this for the third Kenny K Challenge which was a sketch on which this card was based

Isn't she soooo cool!  I think these images are perfect for older girls and teenagers, as they are cute but are sassy with it - in all honesty I'm completely jealous of their waistlines!!

I think I did OK for a first attempt!!

The papers are Bo Bunny "Love Shack" - Baby and Shimmy, the sentiment is by Ladybug Crafts Ink, the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The ribbons and Pearls are both from my stash.

I'd also like to enter this for...

...if that's OK!

More tomorrow


Sunday, 25 July 2010

Tweet Tweet!

Hi, I can't believe it's Sunday night already!!  I am so looking forward to my time off week after next, I am long overdue a bit of a break...

anyway, onto todays card

I've used this weeks sketch from Friday Sketchers, although I've done an A5 card as my image was a bit big for a square card

I'm tired today and my eyes feel so droopy so I don't think this is my best ever work, but it's a pretty card :-) and the birds are soo cute!  It's a digi image, but I can't remember where from (sorry!)  I've added a touch of glossy accents here and there on the ivy

The papers are by Nitwits, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the 99p Store, Ribbon and pearls are from my stash

Apart from entering this into the Friday Sketchers challenge I'd also like to enter this for:

Paper Play Challenge week 29 - Colour Combo (Blue & Cream - my additional colour is brown)

To be honest I had thought I would be playing with the Kenny K downloads I bought on Friday, but HB printed them out for me at his office (his office printer works with copics, my HP at home bleeds everywhere!), and left them there!!!  He nearly went back to get them but it's a 50 mile round trip so I said no, i'd wait 'til Monday... but it's been tough, I mean really tough!!

Hope you've had a good weekend!  Thanks for looking -  more tomorrow

Sue xx

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Brilliant but unexpected day

Hi! hope you are having a good weekend... it's been a busy but lovely one so far here

It was my youngest son's third BD on Thursday, and I was a bit tardy in sorting something out.  I waas thinking about doing a party for him and a few of his friends at one of the play gym places but they were so expensive and I wondered if he would really remember it as he's only 3, next year we will do it, but this year... anyway I didn't book it and left it so late to sort something else out that it was only going to be us, SIL/BIL and two of our friends and their kids

One of our friends couldn't make it cos she was working during the day and her HB was going to be taking their daughter & her friend to the Kids class at Scrapbook Sisters, as they live in SE London it was too much to ask for him to do so much running around with 2/3 kids in tow... but got a call early this morning to say that my friend wasn't working after all, and daughters friend was ill so not going to kids class, so could they all descend on us after kids class had finished :-)

Other BF couldn't make it as she has had an operation on her nose - and although is home is getting nose bleeds with the slightest movement, driving therefore not an option :-(  We would have gone and got them, but she really wasn't up to it... but more on what we did for her in a minute...   Now these girls are like my sisters, we have been friends through our other half's for over 10 years and we support each other, have the occasional fight, but we mean the world to each other, and when I needed them the most they stood by my side and held onto me, literally, and whispered words of encouragement when I struggled through the reading at my middle sons funeral.  Girls, if you are reading this, I love each and every one of you to bits  xx

Ahhh!!! OK, slushy moment over... so me and my friends daughter decided we needed to make cards for our friend who couldn't make it, to wish her well, and to let her know there was someone missing today

First up, this outstanding effort by my friends daughter

She is only 10!!   Can you believe that she did this with very little help, all on her own!!

I didn't help her much at all, all the cutting, glittering sticking and colouring were done by her!  And it's perfectly central!!! But my word I take my hat off to Karen and Julie for doing a kids class at all, it's just so stressful!! 

My card by comparison is a bit boring, so I'll save it for another day :-)

I'll leave you with an action shot from my son.. Happy 3rd Birthday Sam, love you xx

More tomorrow

Sue xx

Friday, 23 July 2010

So very tired!

Hasn't it been a long week!!  I've just got home and I wouldn't mind but I finished work just after 4 today, but the kids had their last swimming class of the term tonight so at least for the next 6 weeks Friday evenings aren't going to be quite so busy!

I swear it's my age, hormones, or something but I have been a bit naughty tonight... I'm hugely ashamed to say that I actually got out of the car at a junction to explain safe stopping distances to the car behind that was tailgating me.  Ok the phrase 'tail gating' may not have made it into my "do you want to see what is in my boot or are you just a huge pillock?"  rant... and I don't think I said pillock either, but you get the idea... in my defense he had been harrasing me through country lanes for over 5 miles, and I think
 my actual description was therefore factual and not a cause for intellectual debate :-)

 I'm clearly turning into some batty old dear wayyyy before my time... even though it does amuse me just a little bit to say what is on my mind!.. at this point I will confess to an incident last week involving a teeny weeny itzy bitzty young thing, a mis-used supermarket parent and child space and a caustic comment from me which resulted in stunned silence, and a sniggering customer service advisor...   I must do my level best to ensure this side of me is limited to complete (brainless) strangers though, must not, repeat, must not, do this at work - fear it would not do me any favours...

Anyway, I was going to post a card up but it's not finished yet and I'm too tired to do anything tonight,  my creativity having been wasted on devising witty put downs for middle aged men driving cars that they can afford but are far too old for... grrr...

Back to crafty stuff tomorrow

Sue xx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

More Magnums, and a bit of a boo boo

I had a creative night last night... after making the boxes for my son's teachers pressies I got going with this card

Now there is something I need to explain about this one... this was been made as for the Little Red Wagon Create and Share Everywhere Challenge but either I didn't read the instructions properly, or the post has changed but I've just gone to post it and found that I was meant to take one of their DT's cards and create something of my own using it as a basic design and not what I have done which was to use something from someone else as my inspiration... duh... I may have got distracted when reading the challenge and missed that bit... even though it's in bold... sometimes my own numptyness amazes me!

OK, so I made the card using this stunning card by Vicky as my inspiration.  Now I was probably a bit naughty as I probably should have contacted Vicky first to check it was OK, so Vicky if you are reading this I apologise and hope you are flattered not offended... won't do it again, promise(namely cos I'm going to read all instructions next time)...

Right a bit of detail

My friend at work had the other Magnum (which you can buy here) card I did out of my box to give to friends who were moving with a rather large cat into a house with a rather small cat flap... and this gave me an idea for a second sentiment.

I've coloured him in with the copics although I'm still not sure about the colour of the door!!  As before I have put glossy accents on his nose and on the cat flap, err, flappy bit

The tag was one that was sitting in my craft box, but it was preprinted with a new house sentiment and was a bit cheesy!!  So I covered it, stamped it, sanded it,put a new eyelet in and threaded the key back through.  A bit of effort but worth it cos I was never going to use it as it was

I stamped the second greeting with some of the 99p wooden alphabet stamps, and cut them out to make a sentiment.

The holes on the left side of the pink paper have been done with a cropadile and a pair of scissors as I don't have a border punch that does this, and quite honestly it's just as easy to do it like this

The flowers were punched using EK success and Tesco flower punches, and the pink gems are from my stash

I just love the bunting which I have domed, and stuck with 3D pads on a bit of embroidery thread.

The papers are double sided ones from Bo Bunny

All isn't totally lost though... I'd still like to enter

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Cats and Dogs

Oh yes and eldest son reports that all of his teachers really liked their cards and presents... phew!!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Guilt trip

Don't you just love it when kids guilt trip you?

On the way home today my son told me quite a few of the kids in his class took pressies in for the teachers today - last day of school is tomorrow - and had I made them yet?  No, I was intending on buying them each a bottle of wine (after teaching a class of 7/8 year olds for a year I think they more than deserve it...) but to be honest he had a point.  Money is tighter for us as for most people this year than previous years and I am perfectly capable of making something...

OK, back home, what have we got???  Hmmm, there's those glass tealight holders I bought and have never used... and those lovely smelling tealights... they'll do...   right, cardstock, check, papers...  well if I'm going on an economy drive then I might as well go all out and use some of the freebie ones from Creative Cardmaking...

Once I'd figured out my measurements, it was a matter of cut, fold, cut, cut, cut, cut, feed and water hungry child, stick, stick, stick, stamp, stick and done.  OK, so I've edited it a bit, but you get the gist :-). 

One (more) thing I am going to try to get hold of is a scoring blade for my Woodware trimmer.  I used Stacey's at the crop the other week and it made things like this sooooo easy as long as you weren't an idiot and remembered to switch the blades to the right one you wanted... not that I did this you understand... oh no  :-)

Anyway, enought of my blah blah blah... here's how they turned out

I've added a bit Stickles to the flowers which are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The stamp is from one of the little sets by Studio G (I think!), and yet again I am pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price

So there you go, that's it for school for 6 weeks... they aren't anything posh, but they look fine, pity they only contain a candle holder and a tealight - I really hope they don't get too excited!!

I'd like to enter this for the following challenge

That's it from me tonight, more tomorrow


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

New beginnings...

I guess after last nights cards it is appropriate to share a new baby card with you tonight!  (especially as while routing through Deb's stash last week we found my baby stamps!)

I have used the Friday Sketchers sketch (which I've already entered, but liked it so much I wanted to try it in different colours!) as a starting point and gone from there...

The papers some ages old double sided ones by Heidi Grace are some that I found in my paper box and the stamp is Baby's Bath by Stampendous which I have coloured with copics.  He's so cute, I just love his little feet poking out of the bottom of the towel!! I've accented the water drops on his head and feet and his duck with glossy accents. 

The border stamp is by Studio G and has been stamped using Vintage Photo and faded Jeans distress inks - I just love the way these go all smudgy when you stamp with them as it's not too harsh.  I know that's not what they are made for really, but I like it!!

I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:

Cards for Men - Challenge 15 (recipe - 1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments - hope this counts as the papers were double sided!)
My Time to Craft Challenge 100  (checks - the long strip of paper is checked)

I'm gonna have to get creative tomorrow - my E00 is on it's last legs and needs reinking (but I don't have a re-inker... yet...) so going to have to be no-people cards until I can get a re-inker delivered!  Bother... I was going to order Kenny K images and play with them this weekend too!!

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Monday, 19 July 2010

I'd rather make a card for a man...

Now I really, really, really hate doing sympathy type cards, it's a horrible time and I never am satified with what I do (I'm not gonna say "happy" cos it's never a feeling associated with such a sad time...)  but of course there are times when we all need such a card.  And it just doesn't seem right to buy one - when it's just me being uncomfortable...

Fortunately I don't need one at the moment (and nor do I intend to), but I do like to have one to hand, just in case, that way I can send my love and thoughts should I need to without getting all emotional trying to make it. 

I prefer to keep my sympathy cards simple - I just think that there are times to let my creativity go mad and there are times when I need to keep it in check.  Personally when I was on the receiving end, I was more touched that people had bothered to send their love and words of comfort something at all rather than how elaborate it was. 

To be honest I'd rather make a card for a man than make these but with the same logic that if you take your umbrella with you it won't rain I'm happy(ish) for them to be sitting in the box...

I do think that the image I've used is lovely - elegant and looks amazing in so many ways - but I've just stamped it with Stone Grey Stazon and not fiddled with it.  Nothing fussy, just something to let someone know I'm thinking of them.  I really need to use some more of this set as I love looking at them, just have no idea 99% of the time what to do with them!

Gosh that's all a bit depressing for a Monday... Sorry!  Something bright and cheerful tomorrow... promise

Sue xx

Sunday, 18 July 2010


Hi, hope you have had a good Sunday!

We made it to Brands Hatch today and had a great time, but i've come home a bit pink in places despite putting sun cream on and I'm quite tired so please excuse the short post.

Tonights card is one I did last night for a work colleague to send to her godchild.  Apparently she is going to be 11, so I was going to use one of the Kenny K images (I need a good excuse to get one before payday) but my friend said she wasn't into that srt of stuff.  I made a acetate card first, but wasn't sure I liked it (I'm such a fusspot), so have made this one as well so she can decide which one she likes best.  OMG horrible thought, what if she doesn't like either of them!!

Anyway, it's dark and the photos of the acetate card are pointless without the right light, so just this one to share.   I've "borrowed" one of the ideas by the very talented Gayle (click here to see more of her fab work), thanks Gayle for the inspiration :-)

Enjoy your week,

Sue xx

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Sunny Days

Hi! Hope you are having a great weekend - mine started earlier than I hoped with the council (finally) repairing the potholes in the road outside our house at some unearthly hour for a Saturday.  Still I'm glad they are getting round to filling them in.

Eventually I got going on making a card or two, in between dealing with the kids who have been driving me nuts all day!

First up I'll share this one:

I just love the colours of the Bo Bunny (Orange Double Dot Cardstock and Petal Pushers Paper - Dot) and Echo Park (Sweet Summertime - Sunny Spots) papers.  Actually I made a bit of a mistake here as I had thought I was using papers from the same range, but think the colours go together OK, so I got away with it!  I've used both the front and the reverse of the Sunny Spots Paper.  The design is based on the Friday Sketchers Sketch

The image is from the By The Sea set by Woodware and I have stamped her three times and layered up her hat, ribbon, bikini bottoms and the sand in the bucket.  She's coloured with copics, and I've added glossy accents to the dots of her cossie

The flowers have been made using EK Success, Tesco and Woodware flower punches with a yellow gem in the centre of each.  The sentiment has been created with rub ons from American Crafts, and a ribbon gives it a bit of a tag look

I've gone round the edge of the white cardstock and made hundreds of holes with my pricky tool.  Halfway through I realised I should have used the sewing machine with no thread, but had to carry on even though my hands were killing me! Hey it's Saturday, my brain is only half switched on!

I'd like to enter this card for these challenges (loads of 'em!):

KL Scrappin' n' Stampi' Challenge 39 - Ribbon (I know I only used a small piece, hope it counts!)

Thanks for looking, more tomorrow


Friday, 16 July 2010


I'm so glad the weekend is here!

Although I've got to do a slight bit of redecorating thanks to my youngest son I'm hoping to do a bit of crafting tomorrow.  We are hoping to go to Brands Hatch, which is only about 20 miles from our house, on Sunday to watch the World Touring Cars, but that depends on kids behaviour and the weather!!

Anyway, tonights card...

I really like this one .  It's quite simple, but I think it works OK - I just love these Basic Grey papers!  I've made it as a welcome card for a new neighbour, but think the image would work equally well for a birthday.  I also think it would look stunning used on a scrapbook page, maybe as a background stamp or similar.  It is one of a really usable set by Artemio from Scrapbook Sisters - sadly I didn't buy it at the time, so I'm keeping everything crossed that it's still in stock come payday (although I am aware that the "to buy come payday" is growing by the day!)

The Olive green grosgrain ribbon and pearls are from my stash

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Cards for Michelle and My First Blog Award! (now with photo's!!! oops)

Hi, can you believe it's Thursday already!!!  Where has this week gone??

It's been quite a crafty week this week, I was crafting on and off quite a bit over the weekend, then I had my scrapbook class at Scrapbook Sisters on Tuesday (lovely, lovely lovely!!!) and then spent far too long round my friend from work, Debs, house last night - we suddenly realised it was just gone midnight, so had to pack up!

OK, got a bit to share with you... I was blog hopping just before typing this post, and wow!!! there was my card featured from last weeks Little Red Wagon nestabilities challenge!!  I've never been featured before and bounced round the living room for a bit.  I know my HB likes my cards, but he's my HB and he's biased, but I'm really, really honoured when others in the crafty community make lovely comments, and am especially honoured to get featured!!

I need cheering up today, and it's certainly done the trick - this morning while I was getting ready for work my 2 year old decided to do a bit of colouring himself... he'd helped himself to a pen from his brothers room and I now have a cream hall, landing and stairs with lots and lots of blue squiggles... I then discovered he's also scribbled all over my leather sofas!!!  Little horror didn't quite cover it!!  I've managed to get the pen out of the sofas with the special stuff that came with them, but have got to paint everywhere else he attacked.  Needless to say the art and craft boxes in my eldest's room have been elevated!!

Anyway, last night... OK where Debs and her HB have been renovating their new house all her crafty stuff has been stored up, but she opened the boxes last night, and after a lot of "oooh I forgot about these!!" we got cracking.  We had decided during the day that we would take part in the Spoon Full Of Sugar card drive for one of their DT, Michelle following an accident in which she has lost an eye (you can read more about Michelle here).  We used the rather lovely Whimsy digi download that has been designed especially for the card drive - they are asking for a token Paypal payment to go to Michelle to help her cover her medical bills instead of charging for it.

Anyway this is what we came up with... hope you like them

Here's Deb's design

I love how she has accented the swirl with the flowers and gems

This was her first go at colouring with Copics - I think she's done brilliantly!!  I have apologised to her HB in advance as I think they (and Nesties, and Martha Stewart punches) are on her wish list!!

And here's my card - I've used some of the new Nitwits papers

Both of us used the out of the frame nestie technique - I just love his ears!

I'm entering my card for the MTSC 82 challenge, although I have flipped the design by 90 degrees!

Please have a go at making a card for Michelle

Thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, 14 July 2010

I love Magnum!

No not the 80's TV show, not the ice creams (although they are pretty scrummy...) but the stamp I won from Ladybug Crafts Ink a few weeks ago.  I finally plucked up the courage to stamp him and colour him up - and what an absolute joy to colour he is!

I just love his expression and it was really easy to get good shadow on the image... I think this image is so usable and will work really well for mens cards, and I'm looking forward to using him again really soon!

I used glossy accents on the cat flap to make it shine, but it's not showing up that well in the photo.  I'm not sure I got the colour of the door right though.  I also used some of the papers I already had half done from when I did the "I'm Late" card the other week - a complete cheek I know but I'm being driven mad by half sheets of paper everywhere, but I did use some of the gorgeous two tone chocolate brown flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

Sorry it's a quick one - I'm off to my friends house for a crafty evening, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Who keeps nicking the post it pad?

I don't think I'm alone in this, but Post It pads seem to have a habit of growing legs and walking off my desk at work! 

And it's really blooming annoying!!!

So... during lunch at the Scrapbook Sisters Birthday Bash (check out their blog for some pics) I popped to the newsagent next door and found a pack of 4 post it pads in co-ordinating colours to the papers... was that fate???  I like to think so!! 

So while everyone else was busy making an additional mini project during the break - I skived off for a bit and went and sat in the sunshine for a while and missed the instructions :-)  - I made a little post it note cover thing, and it's quite cute, even if I do say so myself and would make a great token gift for a work colleague - and hey, you're gonna know pretty quick exactly who has "borrowed" your post it pad.

The paper is part of the class kit - by K&Co.  The butterfly and flower punch are from Tesco's (actually they're not bad for £2.50 each!), the letters are Loopy Lou by Doodlebug and the gems are cabochon type ones from my stash of all things shiny!

In the end I gave this to my friend Stacey, I think she liked it!

Right, better go, off to class and don't want to be late

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, 12 July 2010

Lilac Fairy Dust!

Hi, hope your Monday has been a good one. The weather here has changed and it was raining really hard here for most of the morning, such a change from the gorgeous weekend we've just had - I don't mind too much though as I was at work today and normally it is sunny all week and then rains on my days off so it made a nice change to be the other way round!

I've got a busy week - it's my regular class tomorrow and then I'm going round my friend Debs house on Wednesday to have a crafty evening as she has managed to get the renovations on the house they have recently bought to the stage where she can get her craft things out again :-). The only down side is that I'm going to have to give her back her Cuttlebug that she lent me while it was all going on :-( It's no use I'm going to have to get one - I've got a Cricut, which is great but probably more usable for scrapbooking but I love the Nesties and the embossing folders - I can see what I'm going to have to get come payday... sigh! And I’ve been drooling over the images of the new Bo Bunny Peacock Lane papers too...

Anyway, despite being a hot weekend I managed to do loads of cards, so I'll be sharing them over the next few days

Today’s card uses a sketch from Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #40

The image is Cupcake Ruby and I’ve coloured her with my copics – I love these colours!! I’ve also used some of the Cherry Blossom Flowers that I got from Wild Orchid Crafts, and some gems. The paper is by Sandylion and is called “Fairy Dust” – how very appropriate! If I’d noticed that before I made the card I’d have said it was intentional !!

Thanks for looking, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Sunday, 11 July 2010

See through

Well not quite see through, but an aperture... but I'll get to the card in just a minute!

It's been so hot here all weekend - unbearably so most of yesterday and the kids and I all got cranky cos it was just too hot - thankfully today has had a light breeze blowing so it hasn't felt so unbearably oppresive - even with factor 50 on I can see where their tops were yesterday.

Anyway, hope your weekend has been a good one...

...right, back to today's card.

I'm entering this for The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 91 (apertures); ABC Challenge - Y is for You and Me (2 images);  K L Stampin n Scrappin challenge 38 (dry embossing), Pear Tree Designs Weekly Challenge (Glitter and Sparkle - on her ribbon and highlighting the flowers);  Carisma Cardz Challenge 27- Watch the Birdie (stamped bird, and birds are part of the embossed design); and Little Red Wagon Challenge 36 - Nesties

I've used the Birds and Swirls embossing folder then used the Deckled Rectangles Nestie to cut the aperture, and sat one of my Gorjuss Girls stamps on the edge.  I've left her dress white and just used a bit of C-1 grey to add a bit of shadow here and there, and a bit of Black Diamond Stickles on her ribbon.

I'm really pleased with how her hair coloured in - I think I'm finally cracking how to colour black hair! 

I've also used some of the lovely roses from Wild Orchid Crafts, but this time have stuck them on the front and curled the green wire cound my pokey tool.  I've made more pins up and tied them with white organza ribbon and stuck them behind the rose which I've accented with some clear stickles.

Hope you like it, have a great week

Sue xx

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Italian Villas

I made this page at last weekends Scrapbook Sisters Birthday bash, and it was a fab kit, with loads in it, and I'll be showing you what I managed to finish over the next few weeks - nothing like adding a bit of pressure to yourself eh??

This one is another of the photo's I took whilst on a School trip to Italy 20 years ago, and I think the papers compliment the tones of the buildings and trees in the photo really well.  I love how the reflections of the trees can be seen in the water - how cool would it be to have a little boat mored outside your front door?

.  I just wish I could remember if this picture was taken in Venice or Verona - and that I'd kept a diary of my trip (yeah, right if I'd have suggested that to my 17 year old self I can only imagine what the reaction would have been!)

I've coloured the white flower with my copics, and edged it with Stickles and domed a punched circle to make the middle of the flower, then added gems to mark the path of the butterfly that has been cut from another of the papers.  The alphabet stickers are loopy loo by Doodlebug.

I'm really pleased to be doing something with my old photos, hopefully I'll have a flash of inspiration and remember where this was taken!

Friday, 9 July 2010

A cardstock experiment - I can't help it, it's how my brain works!!

Since i started getting collecting copics (shh... HB thinks they breed in the box) I've been having real trouble with what cardstock to use.

Some cardstocks bleed too much, some don't take the colour at all (that one was odd) and some is just too darned expensive!  Now I know its all personal choice, but personally I don't like cardstock that bleeds too much - it's all very well that your colours blend nicely, but when you've just spent an age colouring an image only for it to bleed over the edge its just plain annoying!

I managed to get hold of some samples of various cardstock to have a play with, and I'm afraid my maths/stats/science brain kicked in and before I knew it I had created a mini experiment... I'm going to blame the day job here, it's not something that a crafter should do!

I started with several types of Cardstock - Gina K Luxury Cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Magna Art Board; plus a random cardstock from The Papermill. I noted which piece of card was which and stamped each piece of cardstock with my image twice using Momento Ink. I coloured one image of the two on each card type with the copics - I used the same colours for each and tried really hard to do each one the same!

And the results?

Quite astounding really - here's some pics

Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3

Sample 4

So which was which?

Sample 1 was cheapy paper from the Papermill - it bled quite a bit and I got the impression that I was using loads of ink up, although I can refill the Copics it's not something I really want to be doing frequently! The uncoloured stamped image is OK but it's not a perfectly sharp image. At £4.99 a box though it's not a bad choice (and since doing this experiment I have got other card from them that doesn't bleed as much, it seems to depend on what they have in at the time).

Onto sample 2. This one was lovely - it's Gina K Luxury Cardstock - but at $6.95 for 25 sheets plus shipping from the US it wasn't cheap! The colours merged really well, but were really easy to control, and the stamped image was very crisp. I really liked that this is a really thick card - and was the only one of the 4 that the colour did not bleed through to the back - perfect if you want to colour straight onto your card

However I couldn't really see much difference between sample 1 and sample 3 - which was detailed as being Magna Art Board. I had really high hopes for this, but the image wasn't even as clear as the card from the Papermill and it bled loads too...

Sample 4 was Neenah Classic Solar White - not normally available in the UK but The Hobby House has some - £10.99 for 50 sheets, plus P&P. This gave a lovely crisp image and like the Gina K is a brilliant as opposed to off white. It blended well but again was controllable.

So it being my birthday the other day I asked for... the Neenah... yes the Gina K is slightly better, and if I can find anyone going over to the US anytime soon I'll probably ask them to get me some, but I didn't think it was worth the extra shipping costs.

I have heard that there are lots of other cardstocks that are pretty good too (Stampin Up seems to be a favourite) - I can feel another experiment coming on! I just need more samples!!

Thanks for looking

Sue xx