Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge - Birthday


Just a quick post from me this morning with this fortnights LCI Challenge which this week is a nice easy one...

Which is just as well as my mojo has gone into hiding again :-(

Mind you, what on earth made me do a fairly guy-ish card I have no idea!

Anyway, I'm not going to rabbit on today ( I can hear you sigh with relief!!)

Here's my card

I used Magnum with the fish bowl from the add -ons and the Magnum Sentiments, they do make me chuckle and are great for all your feline creations (scrapbook pages too!)  Love the add on's as well - they are great with this portly puddy or on their own :-D

I used another of the sentiment stamps on the inside, along with some of the off cuts from the front - it's a MME pad, although my brain has gone blank and I can't remember which one!!

Hope you like it... there should be more creations being posted tomorrow, mojo depending!!

Until then, thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge - Wedding


Gosh that was a little bit of an unplanned absence as I had every intention of blogging a bit more in the last week, but for one reason and another it didn't happen, nothing major, but I'll save it for another post :-D

Anyway - Wednesday again already (where is 2012 going!!) and it's time for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Challenge, which this week is Weddings

I used one of the digis from LCI as I really like the fact that the bride and grrom look happy - so many B&G images look miserable... what's that all about!!

Anyway, as I've said before I love White on White for wedding cards (actually, not just for wedding cards!), but they are the devil to photograph!  I hope you can see all of the detail on here

I used the same basic layout as for this card, but fiddled around with it, and embossed the panels with a variety of embossing folders and stamped and heat embossed the spellbinders shape with a delicate butterflies background stamp by Kanban

I decided to cut my image out - resorting to a craft knife for the delicate bits and keeping everything crossed that I didn't slip.  Thankfully both the B& G survived with all their limbs still attached, and I'm glad I went as far as I did with the fussy cutting as I was able to give them some real definition -especially on her skirt -  by shaping them with a ball tool, I also really like the way the red pops against the white

Hope you like it!  The florishes were part of my Secret Santa pressie, so no idea what they are from!  And the lace was a pressie from Lee (thanks Lee!)

Please may I enter these challenges
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties - Embossing
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Stampin' with the Dragon - Weddings
Incy Wincy - Digi's
Nettie G's Digital Gems - A Touch of Lace
Bearly Mine Challenges -Embossing
Crafty Sentiments - Use a Digi

Thanks for stopping by - fingers crossed there'll be something else later in the week

Sue xx

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes... and a bit of a ramble... for a change :-D


Where is this week going to, Wednesday already... mind you gotta love these 4 day weeks, but I'm keeping it all crossed I don't end up having to do 5 days hours in 4 days again like last week :-D  I've started well, and left on time yesterday, can I do the same again today? :-D

Slowly but surely my mojo is coming back, and i am pushing myself out of my comfort zone - today's card is no exception as I am still tinkering with this altered stuff!

Actually I'm kicking myself as I type this because now I look at the pics I've just realised that some of the pins my lovely blogging buddy Lee sent me would have looked just amazing on this card, but I am struggling to use them or the flowers as they are just too gorgeous and I'm still in the look and stroke stage with them :-D  Seriously, if you haven't checked out Lee's work - go have a sneeky peek at her blog - I just love how she writes and her work is amazing!!

Right, back to the present!  Today's card is for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Challenge which is a nice and easy one as it's an Anything Goes week

I decided to get busy with the distress inks and some assorted Crafty Individuals Stamps, and I think an Indigo Blu one too, and one which I have no idea where it came from - think it was a freebie from a craft show!!.  Please don't ask me what the colours are, but I think there is Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet and Stormy Sky lurking in there!    Lots of masking going on here, whilst I am always thinking this style is not the best for me, I have to say I do like making these cards - you feel really crafty and creative!  The die cut is a Memory Box one, to which I have added some bling.  I tried to do a paper border to go round the round stamped image, but it didn't look right, so I went with some lace from my stash, which I think fits the overall theme.

I've stamped a few of these stamps up with the intention of decorating some of those mini spice jars you get from Ikea - if they look OK when I get round to doing them then I'll post them, if not, you'll never hear me mention them again!

Please can I enter my card into these challenges

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge - Shapes


It's Sally's turn to set the challenge over at LCI this week and she has asked to see lots of


in your design - think geometric and non-geometric and as many as you can get on your project and that'll be fine!

My card uses one of the new Teenager Digi's - Mobile Phone Josh - an absolute steal at £1.75, but you can buy any three of the teenagers for a bargain price of £4.50, or all 19 teen images for £19 - between them all you can have all your teen cards sorted!  If digi's aren't your thing,

Now I find cards for older kids/teenagers nearly as tricky as cards for men - they know what they like and as I get older I find it more and more peculiar... this is not a good thing as I have one son heading rapidly towards his teenage years... wish me luck!!

Anyway, enough of my waffle and onto my card

I've been using quite a few pages from my MME Miss Caroline - Dilly Dally and On the Bright Side - One 6x6 pads lately, so I have been gathering quite a few off cuts, and like many a crafter, can't abide to throw them away, so was really pleased to come across a sketch at Sketchy Colours that would enable me to use them up, and at the same time create a fab card.

The bonus was that it enabled me to count rectangles as another shape in my card, joining triangles (the bunting), circles and squares :-D  Actually I think this is one of my favourite sketches in a little while, and I can see it being used for CAS as well as this one which is quite busy... or WOW (just thought of that as I typed!)   I love this card, Josh is such a dude, and I think the combo of the image, papers and design might have stired my crafty mojo to wake up!!  LOL, time will tell :-D

Hmmm... sorry, waffling today!  As always I've printed Josh onto Neenah and coloured him with copics

 Like I said, such a dude!  What else could I put on the bunting :-D   All the edges of the papers have been distressed with a TH distressing tool, and with Black Soot Distress inks - yep, went with the grunge good and proper for this card!

I used another off cut for the inside

The sentiment is also from LCI - here - and is included in the half price stamp sale that is ongoing to 17th April - the discount is applied at checkout - and is a fab opportunity to get some LCI stamps from £3.25!!

Right, I think I have waffled more than enough today - before I go please may I enter these challenges

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 9 April 2012

So naughty!

Oops... I meant to post this last night!  

This is the second of my cards for the Scrapbook Sisters challenge this week

This one was made for a friends birthday.  He quite likes the Kenny K girls :-D

No chat from me tonight cos I've got a pile of ironing to finish, so here's the card

Please can I enter these challenges?

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Two posts in one day, what ever next!

I dunno!  I barely post anything in weeks and then two posts in one day, well... nearly!

Have you spotted the LCI Easter Sale is on?

No I hear you cry, well hop on (did you see what I did there!) over to LCI and grab yourself a bargain as all cling stamps are half price... I know HALF price... and with free worldwide shiupping and a freebie over £25 why are you still here, reading my blog!!  LOL, don't get me wrong, I'm delighted you are still here!!

OK, so here is a card I made for my nieces 1st birthday... still very basic as the mojo was (and still is!) counting out the zzzz's.

I used Wellies Robyn and one of the fabby sentiments from Sentimental Numbers.  She looks so happy in her sparkly wellies and I need a brolly that has bling!!

If anyone finds my mojo catching a nap somewhere, please can you give it a prod and send it back to me... I miss it!!  Don't get me wrong I love this card, great papers, fabby image... it's just not the kitchen sink style that I am used to doing!!  And I like my KS cards!  I've been playing with distress inks today... not sure on that either!  What's going on!!!

Please can I enter these challenges
Little Red Wagon - Umbrella
Inky Impressions - April Showers
Crafting For All Seasons - April Showers

Have a great weekend

Sue xx

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge - Dad's Birthday/Male Card


I'm a bit late with this post, naughty me!!   It's a four day week here in the UK I've had to do OT to cover the hours that I had off yesterday... hmmm... something not right there!  And I'm not paid for it, I might get time off in lieu (although who knows when!) if I'm really lucky.  Must check if I have the word idiot written on my forehead later :-D.  

Enough moaning, onto the card which is for this weeks Scrapbook Sisters Challenge which is 

I ended up doing two cards, but before you get all excited they are both quite simple (mojo still hibernating...), I'll post the second one later!

First up, one made using the Papermania Portobello Road stamp set, which is all a bit retro looking

and some MME papers, which are from the Miss Caroline Dilly Dally Set, which are a bit surfer-dudish, LOL!!  I cut a tag with a TH die and stamped "Dad" with individual letter stamps (those little wooden ones - love them, but they are a nightmare to line up!!), and die cut a pinked edge to some more CS, and wrapped some co-ordinating ribbon round the card

I've coloured the image with Copics, popped Glossy Accents on the windows, cut it out and mounted it on a couple of die cuts - the Kraft one has been stamped with an Indigo Blu map background stamp and sprinkled with guilding flakes

Don't ask me what colour the Cor'dinations CS is!  It has been run through  a cuttlebug embossing folder and sanded, and some Woodware Screw Head brads add a bit more of a blokey feel to the corners

And I decorated the inside too with some off cuts and an LCI sentiment stamp (check out the half price offer on these at the moment!)

As I said, simple, but as it's my Dad's birthday next month it's one more card that I can relax over!

More later