Thursday, 31 March 2011

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge 29 - Mothers Day/Special Lady

I'm still running a day behind, due to my PC issues earlier in the week - fingers crossed I've got it sorted, but I am going to be backing up regularly from now on to make sure that I don't lose any of my precious pictures :-)

Today I am sharing my card from this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Challenge which this week is to make a card for

Mothers Day or a Special Lady

I am still in love with Kraft cardstock, and used it with some papers by Bo Bunny and MME

I used an X Cut die to cut the border at the bottom, and some buttons from my stash.  The image is a Lily of the Valley, and the sentiment is from the uber versatile Paula Pascaul set.

That's it from me today :-)

More tomorrow

Sue xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Challenge 21 - Make Your Own Flowers

Better late than never, LOL!!

I managed to fix my PC which was the reason for me not posting yesterday with the rest of the DT, apologies for that - hurrah for me!!

So this week it was the turn of of March's rather fabby GDT Amanda to set the challenge at Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge, and she would like to see your

Handmade Flowers

Without further waffle from me, here's my card

I've used Olivia from the new BFF collection by Ladybug Crafts Ink and one of the sentiments she comes with to make a Mother's Day card.

The pleated ribbon also comes from LCI.  The flowers are made using a Sizzix die with a little pearl in the centres.  I've no idea who the papers are by, or the lace!  The stamped sentiments have been stamped with a co-ordinating Momento Ink Pad.

I'd like to enter this card for these challenges

I Did It Creations - Purple and Pink

Thanks for looking

Sue xx

Monday, 28 March 2011

I've been a bad blogger...

Firstly an apology for the lack of posts in the last few days, and particularly for the lack of comments on peoples cards, but we've had a mini-crisis (not with the Mini, although that has got to go back down to the engine builder for a little tinker...)

Where shall I start... OK I got it in my head that I was going to spring the whole house, top to bottom , so last Saturday I did James' room - a Herculean task as it turned out - and our room, all cupboards pulled out, beds moved, you name it everything was washed, polished and dusted so it sparkled, rather than the regular dust and vacuum that I normally do - I felt quite happy!!  Then on Wednesday night while the kids were playing and I was waiting for HB to come home I decided to do Sam's room - it's not huge so so should only have taken me an hour at the most... but OMG when I moved his toy box there was these wierd things, at first I thought the little wotsit had been pulling bits off books as they looked like rolled up bits of paper, but as hubby came in we looked closer and to my horror they were moving!!  At first I thought a mouse might have died under the floorboards and they were maggots but we quickly realised they weren't - turns out they are Tapestry moth larvae - yuck!!  There not being any tapestries to eat in my house (LOL) they decided to make do with the carpet.  And then we found more, under his bed and blanket box... and then moving the big furniture downstairs found them behind one of the big bookcases. 

I'm going to admit at this point I went a bit OCD and spent the rest of the evening hunting for them and vacuuming like a mad woman!!  HB finally threatened to cut the plug off the hoover at 1.30 in the morning!!  Anyway, we have got to have the entire house treated as once the little blighters get in it's the only way to get them out, and whilst I normally don't like the use of serious chemicals in the home I waited far to long to get my chocolate brown leather sofas and we've been warned they will go for those once they have finished on the carpet... oh and I really don't want to have to wait, still have it treated and then pay for new carpets either!!  LOL!!  The only thing I am grateful for is that they don't eat paper!!  The pest control man that is coming out said that they are normally really rare (just my luck to get a rare moth in my house!!) but he has had loads of calls in the last week as they are starting to hatch out now having been laid last year, so I really urge you to have a look behind that big bulky furniture that you never move - and if you see anything that looks like grains of rice, then you know what it is :-(

As you can imagine I felt awful, but apparently because they hide in the dark under furniture that doesn't get moved I'd never of found them if I hadn't moved that stuff... In the grand scheme of things, what with all that is going on in the world at the moment, not that terrible, but still HORRIBLE though!!

So there you go, that's my excuse :-)  So I have been spending far too long in the company of Mr Dyson, and not enough in the company of Mr Holtz, so I am sharing a card I made for my friend for her birthday the other week - nothing too fancy, but I liked it :-)

I used Dixie Daisy by Kenny K, and some gorgeous paper my Making Memories along with some roses and ribbon from my stash - I know I have done something similar with this paper in the past but it flocked and too lovely to cover up with loads of stuff... plus I was running late and had to get cracking!!  And my mojo is still on holiday so I am seriously struggling at the moment :-(

That's it from me - apologies if you went all squeamish reading this!!

Sue xx

I would like to enter this card into these challenges

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge 27 - Anything Goes

Wow, can you believe it's time for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge already!!  This week the challenge is a nice easy one, because

Anything Goes

I chose to use one of the Kenny K images that I got a while ago but have only coloured once and some of the new Stella and Rose (I used 12x12 sheets but you can get the 6 x 6 pad here) and some tan coloured Bazzill which I thought worked well together.

I machine stiched each of the panels, and used a Martha Stewart Gothic Arch border punch to add a bit of detail, and tied some thin twine round the card.  I didn't have any flowers in the colours that I wanted so distressed some off white ones with Antique Linen and Barn Door distress inks then added a button tied with more of the twine.
I coloured the image with copics and then cut herout and then layered it up on top of a 3" circle that has been embossed using a Tim Holtz brick wall embossing folder and then distressed the edges with more of the distress inks.  The ticket got the same treatment and I domed the centre as I stuck it on.  I wasn't sure where I was headed with this one when I started but I actually really love the result!!  Which is good as I have been lacking in mojo for the last week or so :-(  Since I took these photo's I have coloured the hearts in the sentiment in with a red copic pen and given her a glittery earring :-)

That's it from me for today, looking forward to seeing all of your creations

Sue xx

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Challenge 20 - Monochrome

Good morning!! This week the challenge over at Ladybug Crafts Ink it was the turn of the lovely Gaelle to set the challenge and she has chosen


Any colour you like is fine by us! 

Anyway because my SIL had a baby girl last week - 7lb 2oz, called Miriam Sydney, to be known as Millie and both mum and daughter are doing well :-)  I've made a pink baby card :-)  Honestly I'm so excited for them!! (and not just because I now have a legitimate excuse to buy pink pretty things... boys clothes are soooooooo boring!!)

Anyway, this is probably the first in what is likely to be a long line of pink baby cards :-)

I cut the lacey frame on the Cricut and backed it with cream, then used some Nitwit papers and the some gorgeous velvet and lace ribbon from LCI I'd like to enter my card for these challenges

The button has been tied with some Jute, also from LCI and the teddy bear charm is also from my stash.  I couldn't figure out what else this card needed, so left it as it was - as much as I love flinging loads of stuff on a card sometimes it's good to go for something a bit simpler!!

The sentiment and image are from the Baby Baby stamp set - these are four totally sweet images and sentiments - and are a must have!!

I've prettied up the inside of this card too :-)

I used a footprint stamp from my stash (no idea who it is by!!) but for some reason it looks like a completely different colour in the photo!!  Why is that!!  The Congratulations stamp is also by LCI from the Baby Baby set

Right that's it from me for today - looking forward to seeing your cards and projects!!

Sue xx

Saturday, 19 March 2011


Hi, gosh sorry I've been quiet, it's been a manic week and I have come home each night shattered, and more than once with a headache - I think I might need to get my eyes tested :-(

This is just a quick post because we are off to a friends house shortly and I have got to get ready as it's their birthday (her last Thursday, him next Saturday) and so we are going round for dinner.  To HB's utter delight (spot the sarcasm!) she has organised one of those murder mystery evenings... and it's got an 80's theme, so I have been instructed to go as Kate Bush (no comments on appropriate casting...) , and HB has to go as Elton John...  ROFL!!!  I've found a pair of the kids play glasses and am busy attaching gems to it :-).  As you can imagine he is really looking forward to it :-)

Anyway, I have made two cards - I'll share them both over the next couple of days, but here is his.

I distressed the edges of the cs and paper with my scissors, and ran some distress ink round them too.  As I have so many cards to make this month (6 birthdays, plus new baby, mothers day x 2 and easter), plus the DT cards I have kept it simple, and used up some of the Creative Imaginations papers from a recent scrapbook class at Scrapbook Sisters which I thought went with the image perfectly

I wouldn't normally use this type of image but I think know he'll appriciate it :-D.  Actually she is fab to colour, although I am in awe of her waist and err, assets :-)  Having cut her out I sat her on some grograin ribbon, and added a co-ordinating button.  The sentiment is by PTI and I have stamped it onto Kraft CS and distressed it with scissors, ink and by bending it about a bit.
I'd love to enter this card into these challenges please
Thanks for stopping by
Sue xx

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

WOW - Michele's challenge at Ladybug Crafts Ink

Good morning!  Thank you to everyone who was able to join in with my challenge last week - there were some absolutely stunning cards and I agonised over my top three for ages, I wish it could have been a top 5, or 10 at least!!

This week's challenge at Ladybug Crafts Ink aka Totally Ladybug Tuesday has been set by Michele and she would like to see

White On White

Now I love all white cards, they are just so visually effective, but I usually have a bit of colour in there somewhere, even if only on a gem or suchlike, but I after my boo-boo the other week (I lost the ability to count, which was a shame cos I was making a recipe challenge card at the time!!) I was determined to follow the rules to the absolute letter :-).

My only problem was taking the photos!!  Silly old me used pearlescant Bazzill CS, forgetting that I have to take my pictures after the sun has gone down, so have to use a flash and have you any idea how difficult I found it to take a decent picure of all this gleaming CS!!  I persevered but the pictures do this card no justice to what it looks like IRL :-(

Right, enough with the waffle, onto the card :-)

This is the front

And a close up of the lovely Bride Nikki, who has been cut out, coloured with Copics, Glamour Dusted and mounted on a Marianne Creatables Die Cut. 

This is the card opened out

And the middle section

Close up of the lovely lacey butterfly I won the other week from Little Snippets to which I added some more gems

And the back section

I wanted the back section of the card to be laced up, like a bridal gown - I think I nearly got the lacing right!!  The ribbon has been threaded through holes punched with a border punch and the small holes in between have been filled with another gem.  There are two further layers of punched CS to resemble lace around the lacing :-)  I even remembered to cut the cs on the 'bias'!!

And a close up

Supplies - White Bazzill Bling CS; Bride Nikki - Ladybug Crafts Ink; Copics; Glossy Accents; Glamour Dust; Marianne Creatables Die; MS Hearts Border Punch; EK Success and Tesco Flower Punches; American Crafts Lace Ribbon, Gems; Labels 4 Nestabilites; Computer Generated Sentiment; Lace Butterfly; White Ribbon, MS Holey Border punch (sorry, can't remember what it is actually called!)

I'd love to enter these challenges please
Sweet Stop Sketch 99 - I used the sketch for the front of the card but made it square and rotated it 90 degrees
Delightful Challenges - Butterflies (I hope the butterfly on the second page counts)

Before I go I just wanted to say that I have been shocked and saddened by the heartbreaking images in the media of the current crisis in Japan, so to anyone affected by the earthquake and Tsunami that my thoughts and prayers are with you xx

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 14 March 2011

Not quite sure what is going on!!!

But I appear to have done a scrapbook page, all by myself, no class, just me - I know I think a lie down is required!!  I haven't done a page out of class for absolutely ages!!

As you may know my eldest son was 9 last week and because the sun was shining on Saturday in my little corner of the world I took him into the garden for a bit of a photo shoot, not the tidyish, up by the house bit of the garden, that would have been too formal, but the bit that is a bit wild alongside the drive, where we found a tree for him to lean on so he was less self conscious... cos at 9, you get that way!!  The photo's came out really well so I decided to do a page using some of the left over papers from Creative Inspirations from the last round of fortnightly classes at Scrapbook Sisters, but oh my! I still find boys pages hard to do!!  I couldn't resist speaking a heart on there though and adding glossy accents to the one printed on the paper too :-)

I had a wild notion to sew round the image and after an age of pricking holes used some red embroidery thread.  All I'm going to say is that a sewing machine would have been quicker but I like the chunky look of the thicker thread for this page.  I added faux sitching to the paper and inked up the grungeboard shapes with some Barn Door Distress Ink and then glossy accented them...

and distressed a chipboard swirl (cut from a sizzix die??) with Bundled Sage Distress Ink and added a journalling ticket and dream tag which have been lightly distressed with Antique Linen, Bundled Sage and Barn Door Inks.  Some buttons ties with embroidery thread and some Thickers foam numbers completed my page.

I'd like to enter this page for the new Scrapbook Sisters Scrapbook Challenge which is Framed - hope this counts!!

And just cos I think it's a lovely photo here's the original :-)

All in all I've got a busy week, tomorrow is the next Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge and I've got a little cracker to show you!!  Tomorrow night is my scrapbooking class, and on Wednesday is the next Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge, and then I'm running around after the kids with their clubs and activities and oh yeah I've got to fit work in there somewhere too :-)

Actually I'm hoping for another scrapbooking photo opportunity on Friday as Arsenal football club are visiting my youngest son's nursery.  Apparently it's something they do to reach out to the community, which is good of them, although we are told normally it's just some of the coaching staff, and rarely do the footballers themselves go - although I think they are hoping their visit will be one of the occasions when they do!! - not that the average 3 or 4 year old would notice anyway, mine certainly wouldn't!!  I'm hoping to be able to dive out of work as the nursery is only just across the road to take some pictures - it should help that my immediate boss is a massive Arsenal fan!!

Right that's quite enough rambling from me today!!

Sue xx

Friday, 11 March 2011

And another scrapbook page!

Hmmm, got so much to share, but it's got to wait (how's that for a teaser!!)

Because I spent most of last night turning myself into a prune (I had a long hot bath, the sort where you take a pile of magazines, and turn the hot tap on and off with your foot!!) rather than doing anything crafty I thought i'd share another scrapbook page from my recent class at Scrapbook Sisters

And whoo-hoo it actually has me in it... and my hubby!!

These are more of the gorgeous papers by Creative Imaginations.

I really love the look of the lacey border punch all folded up and put round the edge of the circle but it is a bit fiddly!!

Anyway, that was short and sweet!!  (for me!!)

More tomorrow

Sue xx

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Get me!! I've actually finished a layout from my Scrapbook Class!!

Good Morning!!

As you may have guessed from the title this doesn't happen that often, and even more amazingly I have not only finished one, but two layouts from the class... Julie and Karen pick yourselves up off the floor!!

Seriously though the girls from Scrapbook Sisters outdid themselves with these papers and layouts, and I'm going to be completely honest and admit that on an average Tuesday evening after a day of work then rushing home with the kids, a quick handover with hubby and then out again my brain is usually fried and I tend to copy scraplift the examples while I am there and then either use the left over papers and cardstock for more layouts when I'm at home, or use them to make cards :-)

So, drum roll please... here's one of the finished pages (with journalling and a title and everything!!)

The picture is of my son wearing his suit at his aunts wedding but after he had changed out of his proper shoes (he couldn't walk properly in them!) and back into his trainers :-)

This is the original picture

OMG!  This was taken when he was about 18 months old!!  He's so small there!!

I used my own border punch, letters, twine, red (on the wings of the butterflies) and antique linen (on the ticket) distress inks, gems and Tim Holtz ticket.

With the exception of the chandelier, which was a stamp, the paper (Distraction from the Love Struck range by Creative Imaginations) in the middle of the LO is as it comes, how lush is that!!  I want more of this range and try and see how a card looks :-)  It's matted onto a neutral/kraft coloured piece of bazzill, which has been stamped on the top and bottom edge with a flourish stamp.  A circle has been gutted out of the middle of the cardstock and this has been stamped all over with the flourish stamp and matted behind a black circle onto which the photo has been matted.  Holes punched in the top to line up with the sizzix die, then stuck down and tied with some twine.

I used some letters from my stash and matted them onto some red CS from the kit and grouped them with the rest of the elements

 I love this layout (and not just because I like the photo!!)

More to share over the next few days, cos I've been quite busy!!

Thanks for stopping by

P.S.  If you have time why not enter my Spring Colours challenge over at Ladybug Crafts Ink and the Easter Animals card challenge at Scrapbook Sisters

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 25 - Easter Animals

Hi, hope you are enjoying your week!

As it was Shrove Tuesday yesterday I'm afraid we all stuffed ourselves silly on some yummy pancakes last night, and all came up with a list of things we are giving up for lent.

James decided he was going to give up playing on his computer but then settled on chocolate with the promise not to play on his computer quite so much.  Sam promised to give up sweeties :-D  Honestly, I don't think he realised what he was doing!! I'm waiting for the first full blown temper tantrum when I try and tell him he can't have them!!  I have given up chocolate and my HB has given up crisps.  We are both going to try to give up alcohol as well, but that might be pushing it as we have a couple of parties to go to between now and Easter but we'll see :-)  And I'm not sure I can go without chocolate and wine!!  We don't normally give up things for lent, but James wanted us to and it seemed only fair that we joined him :-)

Anyway, enough with the waffle, this weeks challenge at the Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge is

Easter Animals

I was going to use a Penny Black stamp for this challenge but in the end settled for a digi by Mo Manning, which is kinda cute :-)

And yes, there are animals in there :-)

Ooh heck I've just realised, chicks are birds, not animals!!  Oops!!  Perhaps I should have stuck to the rabbits!!  Does it count?!  I hope so :-)

Ahem, right, well on that note I'd better go

Sandilion Paper, Flowers, Buttons, Ribbon, Border and Circle Punches, Inks and Copics all Scrapbook Sisters,
Gems, Twine and Sentiment Stamp all from Stash

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow :-)

Sue xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Challenge 18 - Spring Colours

Good morning, and welcome to this weeks Totally Ladybug Challenge where it is my turn to pick the challenge (eek!!)

And I have chosen

Spring Colours

now I'm really hoping all my lovely blog followers will join in with this weeks challenge and make it a bumper week... yes, I mean those of you that tell me that you have read a post!, why not join in with some challenges this week?!?!  You don't have to use an LCI image to win or be in the top three, although the DT love seeing

Without further ado, here is my card - I went with yellows and fresh greens, and made it into an Easter card, but you can interpret the theme however you like as long as we can see Spring colours in there :-)

I started making this card on Fiday Night at the Scrapbook Sisters crop and so I need to say thank you to Gayle for lending me her circle dies (I so need to get myself some circles!!) and Jackie for coming to my aid then my lime green pen started giving up the ghost with the image half coloured!!  I couldn't resist continuing to tinker though once home and added a few more bits and pieces, LOL!!

I decided to go all out with the bling for this card - my last few challenge cards have been fairly easy on the sparkle but I hope this one makes up for it!!  I love Tulip Ruby, but then I probably am biased because I love Tulips, they and daffodils always meant to me that the warmer weather is on it's way!!

I've put stickles on Ruby's wings, on the butterflies on the scrolls and in the centre of the flowers and added Glossy Accents to her watering can and to the ladybug on the plant pot

CS etc - Green and Yellow Bazzill; Doodlebug Glittery paper,
Stamps - Tulip Ruby - Ladybug Crafts Ink; Paula Pascal Sentiment set
Other - Lime Green Ribbon; Green AB gems; Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers; Pin and Butterfly Charm from Scrapbook Sisters
Inks etc - Copics; Stickles; Glossy Accents; Tuxedo Black Momento; Cantaloupe Momento; Lime Green Chalk Eye; Antique Linen Distress Ink
Dies and Punches - Circle and Lacy Circle Nestabilities, X cut "Mavis" border Die; Sizzix Scroll; Woodware Circle Punch; Butterfly punch from Tesco
Looking forward to seeing your creations, thanks for stopping by!

Sue xx

Monday, 7 March 2011

Happy Birthday

Just a quick post to share with you my son's birthday card, I can't believe he is 9 today!!  How did my baby get to be 9!!

Anyway, he's growing up fast so I used Cool Kid by Kenny K which is now available from his store, but I downloaded as one of his monthly freebies a while ago

I also used the sketch from this weeks Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge, but kept it fairly simple, I just added some ribbon, and buttons and stamped the bunting that came free with Simply Homemade onto one of the papers, thankfully there are five flags, so his name fitted perfectly :-)

I coloured Cool Kid with copics and tried to keep the colours similar to what he likes wearing, although he hasn't got into an ipod yet, but will walk around playing on his DS if I let him!!  Still close enough!!  The sentiment is from the Sentimental Numbers set by Ladybug Crafts Ink, and I used Chipped Sapphire distress ink for the stamping

I had to do something with the inside too, nothing fancy, but it finishes it off and saves scraps being thrown away :-)  The sentiment is by PTI.  The scalloped die is by X cut, it's deeper than this but I figured that I might get away with the scallops but I would not get away with fancy florishes, so covered them up!!

I'd also like to enter this card into these challenges
Catered Crop Recipe Challenge - I've used Striped Papers; Copics; Printer; Ribbon; Die Cuts; Highlighting; Birthday and Shapes (triangles)

That's it from me for today except to say

Happy Birthday James!!!

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Wadda you make for someone who collects snowglobes!!

Hi, hope you are all OK and are enjoying the weekend :-)

On Saturday afternoon and evening we had a few friends round to celebrate James' birthday on Monday (no haven't made his card yet - yikes!!) so has been a busy day, and the house is showing the signs of having been inhabited by eight spirited children for 7 hours :-)  Friday night I went to Scrapbook Sisters for a shop crop, and predictably didn't get as much done as I wanted to, but had a great night anyway :-)

Following on from the word card I shared in my last post, today I am showing the second card that was ordered by one of my friend at work.  All I had to go on was that she was going to be 21 and was girly (easier for me than the non-girly request of the word card!!).  As I was leaving the office my colleague mentioned that the recipient collected snow globes and that was all the inspiration I needed to create this little lovely :-)

I used some more of my lovely Echo Park papers, and kept the design fairly simple, but couldn't resist adding some Marianne Creatables and Sizzix swirls, plus some lovely tulle and a pink button.  The sentiment made up from my Paula Pascal set.  I cut the frame out of grey cs and pink paper with the cricut - much easier than me getting myself in a muddle with my measurements!!

I stamped up Mermaid Nikki and coloured her in with copics.  Annoyingly the pink bled out on me ...WHY do I have so much trouble colouring in pink!!, but time was against me and I had to let it go (plus my skin tone is on it's last legs, and I wasn't sure it was up to the job of colouring another image!!) then added stickles to her outfit and glossy accents to her purse, the fish and the bubbles.  I stamped her up again and cut out and used as a mask while I smudged blue chalk round the edge, and then went round the image with a blue copic pen.

I then assembled the shaker with foam tape and some micro beads and decorated the inside with the pink paper and a greeting panel with read Happy 21st Birthday (stupidly forgot to take a picture of this though!!).  A couple of gems finished it off :-)

My friend at work was delighted with it and it got shown around the office who all loved it too, fingers crossed the recipient will like it!! :-)

I'd like to enter this card for these challenges
Ooh La La Challenge - Pink, Pink and more Pink ( I hope my card is pink enough!)
Totally Stampalicious - 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 embellishments (hoping my tulle counts as ribbon and the beads, gems, and button count as the embellishments)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes (I went with the optional extra as my packet of acetate is at least a couple of years old!!) 
Fairy Fun Friday - Inspired by a Song (Under the Sea from the Little Mermaid)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great Sunday!!

Sue xx

Friday, 4 March 2011

Word Card

Just a quick post from me cos I've just finished making cards and I still need to pack my stuff for the shop crop at Scrapbook Sisters tomorrow night - hoping it is the antidote to a busy week that I need - work has been busy this week and to top it off Sam has chicken pox again!!  According to the nurse they now believe that if you don't get it badly (he didn't) then you can get it again, and they also think that there are several strains now... just marvellous!! 

It's James' birthday on Tuesday so we were going to have a little get together this weekend for him, and thought we might have to cancel, but all the kids have had it and the spots have started to scab over so all my friends have said they are coming (hurrah!!)

This was meant to be a quick post, and there's me waffling away :-)

So Wednesday two of my colleagues asked me to make a card for them - and both were needed for Friday... no problem I thought, one Wednesday and one Thursday.  Nope... or actually, yes.  This is the second go at this card, cos I just didn't like the first attempt, so ended up making two cards on Thursday night!!  I'd used different papers for the first incarnation of this card and they just didn't look right, I don't know why cos I love the papers, they just looked all wrong on this card :-(  I'm still not 100% happy but I'm sure it will be fine!!  I think the lack of an image has thrown me somewhat!!

The original inspiration for this card comes from the lovely Gayle, if you have never seen Gayles work, why not stop by her blog and have a sneeky peek, her work is amazing!!  What I love about this idea is that you can use it for anyone - any age, any occasion, and EVEN men!!

The person that wanted this one had something similar a while back, and wanted the same again but for her niece who is not a girly girl at all!  For some unknown reason last time I had cut all the letters but this time I got cracking with the cricut and used that to make the base card and to cut the individual letters, so it was fairly simple to assemble.  I used the spare letters to cover the backs of the letters inside the card, which meant that the backs of the brads were covered.

Oooh!!  The brads!! I wanted them to be a bit blingy, but didn't have any in the right colour in my stash, so dunked them in some versamark ink then into clear holographic embossing powder and heated with the heat gun - I then dunked them again while the powder was still molten and heated again, and ta da!!  Glittery brads!  But I do recommend you try this for yourself, hold the pin bit of the brad with tweezers or pliers and don't try and touch them for a minute or two... not that singed my fingers by trying to pick them up while they were still hot at all... oh no :-D

I used my PTI ticket sentiment set, given to me by the lovely Kerry and overstamped it with some LCI numbers from the Sentimental Numbers set, and coloured them in with copics then distressed the whole thing :-)

It doesn't look it but it took me a lot longer to put together than I had anticipated, more so cos I had a second card to make, but I'll save that for another post :-)

I'd like to enter this card for these challenges

That's it from me for now, thanks for stopping by :-)

Sue xx

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge 25 - Spring

Good Morning!

Hope you are all OK :-)  This week's Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge is


I only wish it was LOL, I can't get used to it warming up for a day or two only to be freezing the next!!

Anyway, in my continuing effort to will the sun into the sky I went for a bold bright colours and to get myself out of the rut of square cards went all circular too :-)

Now I had it in my head to make this little cuties head bounce around on a bit of coiled wire, but it just didn't look right (he looked a bit abnormal, if I'm honest!!) so I layered his head up on some 3D pads instead :-)  I used Fluffy Stuff and some crystal glitter on his body and the stuff went mad and puffed up over the edge of my stamped image, grrr!!  This is what comes with trying to craft with two small monsters running up and down the stairs, but I liked him all fluffy, so I went with it :-)  I inked the sky with assorted blue inkpads and coloured the grass with more copics

Assembling the card was pretty easy as I cut all the circular elements on my Cricut, and I found this button in a bag of odds and ends passed onto me by HB's late nan, the photo's don't pick it up very well, but it is one of those pretty pearlised ones :-)

Supplies - Ooh La La MME Papers, Fluffy Stuff, Glitter, Black and Cantalope Momento Ink Pads, Penny Black Stamp, Copics, Bo Bunny Ribbon, Prima Flower, Scallop Punch, Cricut and Accent Essentials cartridge all Scrapbook Sisters
From Stash - Button, Pearls, Paula Pascal Sentiments

Right, gotta dash, thanks for stopping by :-)

Sue xx

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Stitching (real or faux)

Good morning!! 

Can you believe it's March already!!  Where is this year going??  I'm going to have to get cracking on my Christmas cards soon :-)

Before I break out the Christmas stamps, just time to let you know that it is another Totally Ladybug Tuesday over at the Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge, and this week it's Anita's (if you haven't seen Anita's blog, check it out, her colouring is amazing!!) turn to set the challenge and she would like to see


it can be real or faux, the choice is yours!! 

It is also the first challenge for our March GDT member Amanda, so why not stop on by and say hi....


from this week LCI challenges can be won by anyone (whoo hoo!) so you don't have to use an LCI stamp to win the prize (although we all love it when you do!!)


if that wasn't brilliant enough, there is just a few days left to buy the new range of BFF stamps at the pre-order special price of £5.99 each - all of these lovely images also contain 3 sentiments and background/accessory stamps too :-)

Gosh I need a little lie down after all that lot!

  Are you still with me!  Here's my card :-)

I've had another of those mental block weeks, so turned to a this weeks sketch from Friday Sketchers to give me a little kick start, and chose to use some beautiful papers by Daisy D's - my shocking photography skills probably hasn't picked up the detail on these, but there they give an impression of antique lace, so teamed them with some sage green cardstock (I think I'm willing Spring on here!) and some lovely lace that I liberated from one of the stall holders at the NEC :-)  I love this stuff as it's quite delicate compared with most of the lace I have in my stash - perfect for this card (and the warmer weather!!!)

I've coloured up Posh Shopper Nikki in co-ordinating colours and added some flowers and pearls, I was intending on glittering up her shopping bag, but to my horror I cannot find my glamour dust anywhere - I'm going to have the boot of the cars out in case it fell out of my bag at somepoint, or failing that have a good search though small sons toy boxes... he likes a bit of sparkle - on Sunday I found him sitting in front of the mirror very carefully applying my Urban Decay make up, he'd done quite a good job actually, for a three year old :-)

I think Posh Shopper Nikki is my current favourite Nikki, she's just so glam!  Of course I look like that on my way home after a busy day too... ROFL!!  We can all dream eh?!  I used my Marianne Creatables Die to cut two shapes than layered them up one portrait, one landscape, and stamped my greeting and cut Nikki to fit inside the top one.

Oh yes, the sewing - after the drama of last week (where I finished my card to the recipe and then added more bits.... duh!!) I made sure that I stitched every single panel neatly with pale gold Gutterman machine embroidery thread.

Just a quick get well soon message for the lovely Tams, my fellow LCI DT, who has been under the weather lately to say the least - fingers crossed for a speedy recovery hunny, if you have time why not stop by her blog and leave her a little message :-)

Right that's quite enough waffle from me for one day :-)

Looking forward to seeing your creations... thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

P.S.  Please can I also enter these challenges - honestly I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwn on!!

Stamp Something - Something with Flowers
Crazy For Challenges - Flowers
I Did It Creations - Punches or Dies
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - You've Been Framed (I'm hoping the die cut frames are OK?!)
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Oh So Girly

Sue xx