Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge #53 - Loves Me, Loves Me Not


Sorry I am a bit late posting this week’s card for Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge, as you may know my PC has gone wrong and I am relying on HB’s laptop, which is OK except for when he forgets to bring the charger with him and hands it over with only 20 minutes battery remaining and it goes flat halfway through me trying to post my card and upload my pictures!! Ahhhh!!!!  No problem I thought, I'll use my phone, but no, blogger and apple appear to have fallen out cos I could post nothing, and then I tried at work during my lunchbreak but couldn't get on there either (darn firewalls!!)

Anyway, I'm here at last!! The challenge this week has been set by Julie and she has set the theme of

Love Me, Love Me Not

I just had to use Magnum, one of the Add On’s that go with him and one of theMagnum sentiments - LOVE this one, just purrfect for this image :-) The papers are by Echo Park, and are quite busy, but Magnum’s a big cat, so I think he can take it :-D

Isn't he a cutie and he is so usable with the add ons for all sorts of occasions

I added a touch of glossy accents to his nose, eyes and the heart in the box, just for a bit of sheen.  I just love colouring him as a Tabby by swishing in from the outer edge with a darker pen

Please may I enter these challenges
The Stamping Boutique - Valentines
Anything Goes Challenge - To the one I love
Top Tip Tuesday - Valentines
House of Gilli - Love is in the Air
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - Love
Stamps R Us - Valentine/Love
The Shabby Tearoom - Love is in the Air + photo inspiration
Paper Sundaes - Valentines
Sweet Stampin - Animals

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Sale at Ladybug Crafts Ink


Just a quick post to let you know that the New Years Sale has started over at Ladybug Crafts Ink with all stamps (not digi's!) at 50% off!!  What better way to stock up on these lovely images

I'm leaving this as a sticky post at the top of my blog for the rest of the month, so please scroll down to see what I've been creating!!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Just for a change a mans card!!


Today I am sharing a card one of my colleagues asked me to make for another of our colleagues, but OMG he's a man!!  I have the usual cardmakers block when it comes to making cards for men but I know he has a dry sense of humour, so this Bugaboo image was just the ticket :-D

Here's what I came up with

I took it in today and she gave it to him and he really liked it - she said she was a bit worried but he saw the humour... phew!!

I used some MME papers, and ran the checked piece through my ribbler for a but of texture.  I wanted to use ribbon, but that can look a bit feminine so used an olive grosgrain and looped it through a couple of holes .  A button from my stash tied with a bit of floss added a bit of interest, but kept it masculine :-D

Gotta love this Bugaboo image though, check out his slippers
I added glossy accents to his glasses, for a bit of a goggly look to his eyes

Please may I enter these challenges
Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet - Tie it Up (I hope the floss through the button and the ribbon counts!)

Thats it from me today, I'm trying to create a bit more this week, in the vague hope my mojo comes back with a bit of cajoling!!  Have a great weekend

Sue xx

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge 68 - Sketch


This week I am on time for the Scrapbook Sisters Challenge and this week we have a great sketch for you - flip it, fiddle with it a bit, it's up to you as long as we can see the original sketch in your work it's fine :-D

I had a bit of a tinker with the proportions, as you can see...


...mainly because I wanted the lovely pattern on the paper and the embossed section at the bottom right to be showing!!

I still love this sassy minx by Kenny K, I just wish my waist looked like that, let alone her other assets :-D

Card - Woodware card blank; Bitter Chocolate Bazzill; Bo Bunny Timepiece 6x6 papers; Corrogated Kraft c/s (origin unknown!!)
Images/Sentiments - Megan Foxy, Kenny K; Whimsy Digi Ticket; Inkadinkadoo "Steam Punk" Stamps;
Tools - MS Iron Fence Punch; Circle Nestabilities; Tim Holtz Brick Embossing Folder
Mediums - Copics; Tea Dye, Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Inks; Glossy Accents: Flower from My Blogging Buddy, Lee

Right, that's it from me today - sorry about the lack of comments and visits to your blogs, the PC is still not working but I have got everything off that was critical, so if it can't be done then at least nothing is lost, but I can only use HB's laptop and prising it from his hands is easier said than done!!  I am trying to get round to everyone on my phone, but it takes AGES and I just can't type properly on a touchscreen so you may get a very peculiar message from me!!
Please may I enter these challenges?
Crafty Boots - Song Title (These Boots Were Made for Walking, Nancy Sinatra)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Song Title (These Boots Were Made for Walking, Nancy Sinatra)

Thanks for looking, hugs,

Sue xx

Monday, 23 January 2012

Soooooo late!!

I am sooo late with my post for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters challenge this week!!

I don't know why but I hated everything I was making and decided to cut myself some slack and took a step away from the crafting table for a few days, although I'm not sure that there is mojo about to appear, but at least I like what I have created :-D.  Hopefully the pressures I have been under at work will ease up a bit this week as I sure that is bleeding my brain dry of any creativity!!

The theme is My Sweet Valentine and I used one of the gorgeous dancer images by Gayle - I was torn between this one and this one, but since we were at a black tie do last night and I was wearing a shorter frock this one seemed more approproate.  Not that we did any dancing though, although oh my, there were some real sights to be seen on the dancefloor!!

Anyway, enough with the waffle, here's my card

Hmmm, what else to say about this card - the papers are from a recent scrapbook class and are by Echo Park, the heart die cut was a pressie from my secret santa, and the sentiment is a combination of a Whimsey ticket and a fancy Love text stamp but I have no idea who it is by!

Better late than never huh?  Actually feel really awful as I've never missed a challenge posting going live, ever!!  Just couldn't create for the life of me!!  Before I go, did you know there is a Scrapbook Sisters DT call at the moment - if you are interested head on over to the blog for more information

Please may I enter these challenges?

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have had a good weekend :-D

Sue xx

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Bow tied at LCI


This week's challenge at LCI is set by little ol' me :-D  And seeing as most of my cards seem to have a bow or another on them it seemed appropriate to set 

for the challenge

Here's my card

I used The Gina from the Shoes n Bags collection.

I did the out-of-the-frame technique with this image and I think it looks pretty good :-D

I used some of the flowers...

and pins...

my blogging buddy Lee aka CraftyLoops made for me, aren't they stunning!!

I decorated the inside too

Don't you just love these sentiments!!  Don't forget the LCI sale is ongoing which means you can pick up this little beauty for 50% off along with all the other cling stamps that the DT have used :-D

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 16 January 2012

Flowers and Pins

Good morning!!

Can you believe we are into the third week of the year already - nope me neither :-( and I hate Mondays at the best of times and it looks flippin cold out of my window this morning, so I'm going to have to scrape the car windows off before heading out to drop the kids to school before going on work, so this is going to have to be a short post, but I just wanted to share these lovely pins and flowers that my lovely blogging friend Lee (aka Crafty Loops) has sent me.

My shocking photo's do not do these gorgeous pins and flowers any justice!!  If you haven't seen Lee's gorgeous work, and fabby tutorials then make sure you stop by her blog and say hi!!  She also has a giveaway running until the end of the week that you just have to enter!!

The flowers that she sent are just stunning too - really unique and I'm sure you will be seeing both the pins and the flowers in a creation soon :-D

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow

Sue xx

Sunday, 15 January 2012

By the Cute and Girly GDT 2nd Card


Sorry for not posting a lot in the last few days, life is hectic at the moment and I've got little time to craft, let alone post... hmmm... not good :-(

Anyway, today I'm sharing a card I made for my next door neighbour who has moved to a new house - we are really sad to see him go as we got on with him really well and will miss him hugely, although fingers crossed we will keep in touch.  It was opportune that the challenge at By The Cute and Girly, who asked me to be GDT for January, is New Beginnings, and there isn't a much bigger new beginning that you can get as a new house!!

Here's my card
As it's for a guy I kept it simple, with papers from MME, corrogated Kraft paper and the screw head brads.  The Make It Crafty image was a quirky choice, but I like it!!

I coloured the image with Copics and as I don't have a New Home stamp (I know, I couldn't believe it either!!) created one in the five minutes that I am getting on the laptop a day, and printed it out

I guess I'm going to have to make a welcome to your new home card for the new neighbours for when they move in at the end of the month too!!

Please may I enter these challenges

Thanks for stopping by, more tomorrow!!  

Sue xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Snow Shake at Scrapbook Sisters


Today at Scrapbook Sisters the challenge is snow... yes I know that it is just past Christmas but how many of us vowed that we would now leave it to last minute this year!  Then again snow isn't just for Christmas so any of your winter themed cards are just fine :-D

I decided to make a shaker card, as I haven't made one in a bit :-D

I haven't used Christmas papers but they are wintery in feel.

 I used another of the fabulous Saturated Canary images, gotta love this sassy cutie

I cut some circles with my new circle nesties, and then used some diamond dust to make the shaker bit, gosh though all this bling and the reflection of the acetate made it quite difficult to take a good picture!

Before I go, have you seen the DT call on the blog, applying is simple - just send three pictures of your recent work and email them to, good luck!!

The first giveaway of the year is also ongoing, so why not enter!

Wow, that's a lot going on :-D

Please may I enter these challenges

Thanks for stopping by :-D  

Sue xx

Monday, 9 January 2012

She's going to get cold feet!!

LOL, at least I think she will with no socks or slippers or shoes on :-D  More of that in a minute :-D

Anyway... hello!!!  Sorry I've not been about lately, I've been manic since going back to work and I've been too shattered to craft, amazing that two weeks off work can play such havoc with your system, such that going back leaves you knackered!!  Still I know I was lucky to have time off, so I'm not really complaining :-D.  

This weekend we went shopping for a tux for HB to wear to a black tie do we are going to in a couple of weeks.  Honestly he complains about me shopping!!  We went through goodness alone knows how many styles of jacket - shawl collar, notched collar, one button, two button; shirts with wing collars, turn down collars; then cumberbunds, pre-tied ties, self tied ones, waistcoat or not... the list went on...  Anyway after an absolute age we got one and I think he is happy.  Just got to get him to make his mind up on the 3 pairs of shoes he tried and we are sorted... me I hear you ask???  Dress sorted, shoes sorted, wrap sorted, handbag... choice of two :-D  LOL!!

Anyway, enough with the rambling, here's my card which I made for my friends birthday, and then promptly left it at home today... duh!!

I used some papers from a MME pad, part of my New Years Resolution to use up some of my massive hoard of papers... and the lovely velvet lace is from LCI - I have a horrible feeling that this lovely pink shade is out of stock (I'm not surprised it's lovely), but there is some gorgeous antique gold lace colour, which I just have to have!!

Isn't this image by Saturated Canary gorgeous!!  Although I still think that she will get cold tootsies, personally I love my fluffy lounge socks they are fabulous and fluffy, and much better than slippers as I have a few pairs so can wash them each time so they don't get yucky!!

Please may I enter these challenges

Thanks for looking - hopefully my mojo will soon be back and I'll be crafting more often :-D

Sue xx

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Sparkle sparkle at Southern Girls


This fortnights challenge at Southern Girls is to Show us your Sparkle!!  

The challenge is being very generously sponsored by Pink Gem Designs and Delicious Doodles for Australia and New Zealand and Little Claire Designs for international entries
I used the Digi Lambretta image from Little Claire's, which I think is really fab and funky! Now you know I love my glitter and sparkle, so no worries you'd have thought, trouble was I went all blue and red, then worried that my card was too masculine for a bit of bling, but hey it's a bit 70's inspired which I seem to remember I've been told it was a decade of glam rock and therefore I think the blingy scooter is fine :-D

Anyway, here's my card

I promise there is bling on there!!  Darn camera, why do I have trouble in taking pics when there is lots of sparkle!!

There is sparkle on the flag, the footplate and the wheel arch, and glossy accents on the lights :-D  I found the rather fabby ribbon in John Lewis the other day, gems are from my stash, various Bazzill c/s and the blue circle is embossed with a Tim Holtz brick embossing folder

I decided to make a greeting into a little flag and attach it to the scooter with some craft wire, which I think looks pretty cool!!

Please may I enter these challenges
Fab n Funky - Something New (Ribbon, and the circle nesties)

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like my card :-D

Sue xx

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Show us your stuff at LCI!!


This week at LCI the challenge is to show us your stuff, as we are pretty sure either Santa left you some crafty things, or your have been shopping in the sales :-D  Speaking of which, have you checked out the sale at the LCI store - 50% off - so why not fill your basket!!

There's quite a few new bits and bobs making an appearance on my card - Santa left me three new Nesties, two of which I've used on my card, I also got a whole host of Distress Inks, and I've used Tattered rose on my otherwise WOW card.

The ribbon is new too, but this was a resupply rather than a new purchase!!

The heart die cut was from my Secret Santa - it was perfect for this card with the tiny flecks of pink. Thank you who-ever she is!  If anyone knows who this die is by (without giving yourself away!) I'd love to know!!

I used  one of my favourite stamps from the Baby Baby stamp set, usually I do baby boys cards (which is odd, cos I have a big aversion to male cards nornally!!)

Please can I enter these challenges
Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Guest designer at By The Cute and Girly


First things first...  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  

Can you believe we are now into 2012!  Where did 2011 go?  Maybe it's me getting older but time just seems to fly by now :-D

Anyway, my first post of the year is quite a nice one as I was asked to be a guest designer over at By The Cute and Girly, now I don't know about you but I really do like doing GDT slots, and I regularly play along with this challenge so I was delighted to have been asked :-D

The theme is

New Beginnings

So I thought I'd do a New Years card for starters

I used some of my favourite images from the last year to make a classy and elegant New Years card.  2011 was the year in which I started getting into distressing, so it seemed really appropriate, and I think my colouring has come on over the past year too :-D


I hope you have time to play along in the challenge this month :-D

Thanks to all at BTCG for asking me to GD for them, especially Lora for being so supportive :-D

Please may I enter these challenges

Come and Get It Challenge - Happy New Year
Paper Sundaes - Out With the Old, In with the New (old - script and clock stamps, lace, ribbon, image; new - harlequin and Parisian stamps, distress inks)
Pile It On - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Challenge - Photo Inspiration
The Squirrel and the Fox -  Something New (distress inks, stamps)
Hiding In My Craft Room - Freestyle
Just Some Lines - New Year
Catch the Bug - Photo Inspiration

Thanks for looking!

Sue xx