Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Workshop Make

On Saturday I attended a workshop in Portsmouth which was held by Oyster Stamps and the wonderful Martine who works for them. She makes the most amazing cards using the Heartfelt Creations range (many of these were on display on Saturday). We spent the day 10.30 until about 3.30 making this wonderful book/box card. Now while I love the white on white cards it's not something that I attempt often as I normally end up putting a dirty finger print somewhere, so I was surprised when I finished it and it was still white. We used dies not only from Heartfelt's Flowering Dogwood collection, but also from Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn and Memory Box, also Distress Glitter, Diamond dust/twinklets and wow embossing powder. The flowers were made using parchment and were coloured from the back before shaping.  I had a wonderful day and will be trying more flowers on the parchment in the future too.
This week the challenge over on the Allsorts blog is Flower Power, I think that this will fit the bill perfectly.

 The card front.

 The inside.

The box.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Rudolph Days - June Challenge

Wow six months until Christmas, it seems like I've only just put the Decorations away from the last one. It's also time for this months Rudolph Days Challenge which is as always Anything goes. My card this month was made with a Just Right stamps set called O Christmas Tree and was a gift from a very special friend (you know who you are) and Thank You they made perfect cards. My background was made using the new Distress Oxides and then flicked with water afterwards. I then waited until dry and stamped in clear embossing ink and used white embossing powder. The small Let It Snow sentiment is from a Chocolate Baroque set, and I just added some small snowflake peel offs that I've had in my stash forever.

 As always I've made four to pop into the box for Christmas.

Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


My card today was made with three challenges in mind, all asking for Summertime themed cards. I used Janet Kruskamp collection by Joanna Sheen, Printing the main image onto Glossy photo paper and the matching backing paper onto ink jet paper. I mounted these onto gold mirri card and before putting the topper down onto the card base I added a doily cut using a Marianne die which was distressed using Distress ink pads. I then added some flowers made using a Tattered Lace die and coloured using distress inks. I added some stickles to the flower centres to finish. As yet there is no sentiment, I shall pop this into my ready box for when I need a card like this.

I'm entering this into the following challenges.
My Time To Craft ... Summertime
CD Sunday ... Sun/Sand/Sea (I have sun and sea in this)
Ooh La La ... Summertime

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Monday, 19 June 2017


Today I'm sharing the card  that I made for my son to give to his Dad yesterday for fathers day.I started with an 8x8 card base and a stencil/background that I cut out on the scan-n-cut, this was from a site where the pattern was free. I then cut a piece of white card the same size and coloured with distress inks. I stamped the background using stamps by Ryn, before picking a slightly lighted shade than the background and distressing the (I'm going to call it a mask rather than stencil) mask. Next I stamped  twice onto a scrap piece of card one of the fish from Ryn's stamps and coloured both the same before fussy cutting them out. I cut the DAD on my cricut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and the For You and With Love using dies from my huge stash. I then matted and layered using silver mirri card and black card to finish.

I am going to enter this into Ryn's challenge which is to make something using her stamps.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Birthday Boy At Allsorts

This week the Allsorts Challenge is Birthday Boy, this could not have come at a better time for me as I have two Birthdays in just over a week away. For this card I started with an 8x8 card base and cut a piece of Sheena's stamping card just slightly smaller. I then coloured the background by using distress inks in various colours. Then taking one Sheena's swinging sixties stencils I inked through this to add to the the background. Next I took the Mod stencil with Moped and inked through this with Archival Black. I then just dusted around the outside with black ink. The sentiment was made on the PC and mounted onto a small scrap of black card. I'm sure I shall be back again later in the week with another card for this challenge.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fathers Day

A quick post from me today. This is the card that I have made for Father-in-law for Sunday. He is Cornish and loves the beach. The image in the card is one that looks similar to a beach that was close to where both of my in-laws lived for many years. It's from Joanna Sheen's Janet Kruskamp collection. I also used some shell stamps from Chocolate Baroque which were stamped onto card scraps and embossed with silver EP then fussy cut and used as embellishments. The with love is from a Tonic Die and the DAD from a Sapphire set, which came with the machine when I bought it. As I have used snippets on the card I shall be entering this into the Pixies Snippets Playground challenge.

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Monday, 12 June 2017

2 Dies Or More

I had a few hours in the craftroom over the weekend and managed to create this card to enter into the Allsorts Challenge this week. They are asking for you to use 2 or more dies on your card, I used 4 different dies on mine - 3 from Heartfelt Creations and 1 from Marianne. I used an 8x8 card base for this card, so I cut a piece of Sheena's stamping card slightly smaller than the base and started inking the background with distress inks. I then used a couple of stencils and inked though them for the background, I then coloured my flowers and added a little glitter with a stickles bottle to the edges of them and added some gems to the middles. I then arranged the doily's in the middle of the card and placed the leaves and flowers around the outside. The sentiment "Make a wish and unwrap a Magical Day" is one of my favourites and is from a set of small sentiments from Chocolate Baroque. I finished by matting onto a piece of black card and them onto the card base.

I am also entering this into the Artistic Inspirations Challenge, which is:
Anything Goes/optional use dies or stencils, (I've used both).

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Good To Be Back Home

Well we made it back home in one piece with loads of washing (which I'm glad to say is now washed, ironed and put away). We had a fantastic time, but 5 1/2 weeks went by far to quickly. We have been so busy since returning on Sunday that I've not had time for any crafting yet, so this post is full of photos from the trip (hopefully not to boring for you). The first is of the beautiful Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park, it was great to see so many of them just wandering around grazing. We bought an Annual park pass when we went here, $80 dollars but well worth it, it was $30 dollars just for this park, after visiting three at this price the ticket had payed for itself and all the National parks after that were free for us. Well worth doing if you are thinking of doing a trip like this.

 Next we have Horseshoe Bend on the River Colorado.

Then it was onto the Grand Canyon, which was truly amazing.

Sunset on the way back to the hotel after spending the day at the Canyon.

The Hoover Dam.

Coyote at the edge of the road while driving through Death Valley.

The Queen Mary at long Beach LA. I visited on this ship at a five year old when an Aunt and Uncle who lived in the US returned on her in the sixties, also when I was eight on a school trip before she sailed to the US to her present position.

Sea Otters swimming in Morro Bay California. There were also a lot of Sea Lions there too.

Another wonderful sunset in Morro Bay this time.

Whale watching at Monterrey Bay, Hubby was the only person on the boat that managed to catch this image of the whale breaching.

A rather misty Golden Gate Bridge, we were there for 3 days and she was in the mist every day.

The famous Lombard Street in San Fransisco. We had hope to visit Alcatraz but we needed to have booked in advance as there was a weeks wait for tickets.

Hubby standing in the tree that we had just driven through.

Timberline Lodge, some of you might recognise it from a film staring Jack Nickolson. 

The Space Needle in Seattle, this was taken from our hotel bedroom window.

And finally, we spent a wonderful Wednesday evening with Maureen Kane and her Husband Al and then Maureen and I went craft shopping the following morning before we returned to stay with our Son-in-laws Uncle and Aunt prior to returning the car and flying home. We drove 10806 kilometers before returning the car which was in need of a very good clean.

This is just a glimpse of some of the places we visited, there were many more but that would have bored you.

 If you've stuck it out until the end, Thank You. Hope fully I'll be back with something crafty next time.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Hello From Pheonix Arizona


I have tried to keep this post light on photos, I have taken hundreds but am having trouble uploading them to my tablet. So here is a pick of some of my favourites that I have managed to upload.  Both the first and the second are from Monument Valley, we had a fantastic 2 1/2 hour trip driving around the base of these iconic monuments. They were so very impressive, I'm sue that many of you will remember seeing western films with these in, you can just imagine cowboys and Indians riding around these on horseback. And yes I was stood in the middle of the road when I took this photo, the two figures of to the right are Hubby and Dave our friend who is travelling with us.

Below is Mesa Verde, a very interesting place to visit if you are ever in the US. Natives originally farmed and settled in brick structures on the tops of these cliffs going back as far as 500AD. They then built these home into the rocks and dwelt there until about 1300AD. This is just one of the many places built into the rocks. You could have a guided tour of some of the places but as there was quite a climb down and up to these we chose to view from the top.

The final photo is one from the Sunset Crater Volcano just outside of Flagstaff, Hubby and Dave are standing in a lava field, a very strange looking landscape. This was another climb to the top to see the crater, so again we chose to do one of the walks in this beautiful park.

At this stage I had hoped to be showing you photos of the Grand Canyon, but you might have to wait for those when I'm back at home, or I work out why I can't download my photos.

Thanks for reading this and to those of you who know me on FB you've been lucky as I have been posting photos straight from my phone. So you've seen the best ones.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Absent For A While.

My card today was made at the weekend, using one of the gorgeous corner stamps from a set called Art Deco Floral Corners by Chocolate Baroque. I stamped onto a scrap of cream card stock and coloured the image with some pencils. I then just matched the colours in the image to some scraps of card for the matting and then added it to a 5x5 cream card base. The sentiment is from an old set that is also from Chocolate Baroque.

I have taken a small break (with a cup of coffee) from running around today to tell you what I will be getting up to over the next few weeks (just over 5 in fact). Hubby and I along with a friend of ours, Dave, are going on a road trip. Some of my older followers will remember that we did this in 2012 as well, last time we flew into Boston and travelled down the east coast of America before going up the middle to Chicago across to Toronto and Niagara Falls before returning to Boston and home. This time we are flying into Vancouver and starting our journey there. We plan to travel along the border until we get to the Glacier National Park and drop down into America, then travel down taking in Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We then intend to go across to Los Angeles and take the coast road back up to San Fransisco, Seattle and finally back to Vancouver before flying home again on the 4th June. I've been busy making sure that we have everything packed that we will need for Five weeks. Also that there is enough food stored away in the freezer for our Son who will be at home while we are gone. I'm hoping to post some pictures on here during our travels, but you know what Internet services are like in Hotels, so this might not always work out. I know that I'm not going to have time to get around to visiting you all while I'm away, but I will enjoy catching up with everyone once we return.

If you took the time to read the above, Thank you and for your kind comments which are always appreciated.