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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rudolph Days

This month has flown by and I can't believe that it's time for the Rudolph Days challenge once again. This month I've used a stamp that I bought in the sale in January at Oyster Stamps, it's by C C Designs. I stamped it four times onto an A4 piece of water colour card and then coloured by using my Spectrum Noir Aqua pens, I then went over the snowy areas with a clear sparkle pen (this doesn't show up in the photos). The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque and seemed to go so well with the scene. Once finished I cut them down slightly and with the addition of some red card stock from the scrap box I popped them onto some A6 card bases.



 Below is my small collection for the box this month.


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

Sue

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Husband, who hasn't seen this card yet as he's still away today playing golf. I made this card (an 8x8) by first cutting a piece of Sheena's stamping card to just over 7x7, then I used stencil paste through a Dylusions stencil which was over sprayed with Dylusions when the paste was dry. I then used Stamps by Ryn to for the background scene. The giant turtle is also a stamp by Ryn that I stamped onto a separate piece of card and then fussy cut it out and added it with glue gel. The Happy Birthday die cut is from Tonic.



I would like to enter this card into the Customer Creation Challenge over on Ryn's blog and also into the Stamping Sensations challenge which is Anything Goes (this will be my third entry into this challenge this month)

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

Sue

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Something Beginning With B

This is the theme for this weeks challenge over at the Allsorts blog. I actually made this card last weekend for my Father-in-law to give to my husband for his birthday tomorrow. I had not posted it on here just in case he happened to see the blog before getting the card, however he's just left for a golfing weekend with his buddies and won't be home until tomorrow evening, so I feel safe now. My something blue is the background, the bird and blossoms. The paints, stencils and stamps are all recent purchases from Crafters Companion and are from the Sheena Douglas range. The bird and blossom were coloured using Spectrum Noir sparkle pens.



Must rush off now as I'm expecting some crafting pals for a play day today. While the cats away the mice shall play, I believe the saying goes.

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

Sue

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Pixies and Allsorts

I've had a busy week this week, as we had our grandson for four days rather than the normal two. This is because his other Nanny is away at the moment, in fact we have him up until we go away ourselves at the end of the month. But then she returns and has him while we are away. This means that I have been playing catch up with everything this weekend. I can't post what I've made just yet, as it's for Hubby's birthday next weekend. He doesn't read my blog but has a habit of creeping up behind while I'm on the PC, so to be on the safe side I thought I would leave it. My card today is for two challenges, Pixies Snippets Playground and Allsorts Challenges. Pixies is to use snippets/scraps Allsorts this week is to follow the sketch on the blog. With the exception of the card base, flowers, ribbon and pearls the rest came out of my scrap box. The printed papers were left over from previous projects, the card was off cuts and the sentiment is Fiskars from a set I bought in the states.


I'm dashing off now to finish a couple more projects that are under way. Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Sparkle And Bling, Buds And Blooms

While I was making this card I had two challenges in mind, Allsorts where the theme is Bring On The Bling and Lavinia which is Buds and Blooms. Then I realised that I could also enter it into the Stamping Sensations challenge which is Anything Goes and My Time To Craft with No Designer Papers. I started with an 8x8 card base then cut a piece of card that would fit, about 7 1/2 inch square. I blended distress inks all over the card. Then cut out one of the files from Lavinia on the Scan N Cut. I didn't just want to put this onto the top of the blended background, so next I used a circle die from Crealies and cut a hole in the centre that I could place the cut image under. Next I stamped onto both the circle cut with the die and the background and coloured with Pro Markers. I then cut a piece of black card to matt the background onto, but before doing this I place the circle onto the black card in the middle and then placed the cut image on top. I then glittered the wings if the fairy and with foam tape on the back placed the background over the top. I finished by adding some gems from my stash.



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

Sue

Monday, 10 April 2017

Happy Birthday

I've made this card with the CD Sunday challenge in mind, which this time around is Spring colours. I love seeing the bluebells in the woods at this time of year with all of the trees leaves coming out and giving a lovely dappled light on the ground too. I knew exactly what CD I was going to use for this challenge as  soon as I saw it. It's the Pamela West Collection from Joanna Sheen. I used the matching backing papers that went with the topper for this card and some corners that I had cut in white card that I colour matched using a pro marker. I found some ribbon in my stash that matched so made a bow and added that too, plus the Happy Birthday which was cut from an All Occasions die. It's also CD Sundays 7th Birthday, so I would like to wish them Many Happy Returns.



I'm also going to enter this card into the Ooh La La Creations challenge this week too as they are asking for Birthday cards.

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

Sue

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Berry Happy Birthday

My card today has been made for the Allsorts Challenge this week, which is Food, Food Glorious Food. The first thing that sprang to mind when I sat and thought about this challenge was the Berry Cafe Collection by Heartfelt Creations. Now I will admit to owning quite a few (OK a lot) of the Heartfelt Creations collections, the stamps and dies get used but very rarely do I touch the paper pads that come with the collections. But for this card I broke with my normal behaviour and used a backing paper and topper, I even used one of the sentiments too. I also used the stamps and dies from the set to embellish the card, I must admit that the strawberries do look good enough to eat, with that in mind it's nearly lunchtime I wonder what I can have today. I've also just noticed that my card was pick at random last week for one of the prize's, that was a nice surprise.



I would also like to enter this card into the Stamping Sensations Challenge this month, the theme is Anything goes.

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

Sue

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Any Old Iron - CD Sunday

I've just finished this card which was a commission and looking at it thought it would probably be OK to put into the CD Sunday challenge. At present it is Any Old Iron, well the cars are old (they're metal) and the rings around the tub of flowers must be iron. It's on an 8x8 card base and the CD's that I used are Nostalgia from Joanna Sheen and also a favourite of mine Sue Smith's Plaid and Co. I used various Crealies dies to matt and layer with and the sentiment was computer generated.



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

Sue

Monday, 3 April 2017

Workshop Makes

On Saturday morning I was up with the Lark and driving around the M25 to Kent as it was Eileen Godwin's first workshop of the month. It was raining when I started off but as I got to the M25 it stopped raining and very shortly the sun came out. Our first projects for the day was the top card, which is the Black Magic technique and we used Sweet Poppy Stencils, Imagination Stencils and Lavinia Stamps (all designed by the talented Tracey Dutton of Lavinia Stamps).



 Next we played with pan pastels and texture paste again using the lovely designs from Lavinia both stamps and stencils


 We also made a tag using the black magic technique to put into out technique tag books that we are making during the year at workshops.


 Finally we made tiny cards with frames on which measure 2 3/4 by 4 inches.


The day just flew by and all to soon I was back on the motorway heading home.

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

Sue

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

Having just made the last challenge over at Pixies Snippets Playground last week, I'm ready to post my card this time right at the beginning. My base is a 6x6 card and I then cut out a square from some silver mirri using a Crealies die. Next I took the new Tattered Lace Magazine (exclusive to Create and Craft) and using one of the papers from the middle cut a smaller square for my backing. Then using the free die that was on the front of the magazine I cut out two of the beautiful snowdrop one in white and the other in green, both of the pieces of card used were from the scraps box. I then cut the flowers off of the white  one and layered onto the green. I then cut out two ovals from the left over pieces of card too matt and layer the sentiment which was was from a Flower Soft set.



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

Sue

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Just In Time.

Just in Time for the Pixies Snippets Playground, I can't believe that I've left it so late. The topper for this card came from the same sheet as my last card (there were four different altogether) so rather than pop it into a box for later use I thought I would get on and make a card with it. I used a 6x6 blue card base and printed off a backing paper from the same CD as the topper came from (Makey Bakey Mice from Crafters Companion). After cutting the paper to size I edged with a blue promarker. I put the topper onto the card using a little glue gel, just to raise it slightly then added the Best Wishes. This was cut from a scrap of mirri from the box, then with more scraps from the box and my Cricut I cut out the small cupcakes. The great this about the Cricut is I could size the cakes to fit the space that I had at the side of the card.



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

Sue

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Cake, Cupcakes And Sweets At Allsorts

My card today is for the Allsorts Challenge, which this week is Cake, Cupcakes and Sweets. I found this lovely image on The Makey Bakey Mice CD from Crafters Companion. I printed the topper onto some glossy photo card and the backing paper onto super smooth paper. After cutting the backing paper to size it was stuck onto a 6x6 card base with some ribbon wrapped around the middle. With the small piece of ribbon that was left over I tied a knot and stuck it onto the ribbon. I added the topper with a little glue gel to lift it slightly, made the sentiment on the PC and colour matched to the image. Then I punched some small flowers from a piece of the left over backing sheet and a Tonic punch and inked with a matching ink pad, before adding some pearls to the centres and some small leaves from a Nelli Snellen punch.



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

Sue

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Rudolph Days - March

This month has flown past and I can't believe that it's time for the Rudolph Days challenge already. For my cards this month I have used Craft card blanks (6x6) and the Christmas Tree Tangle stamp from Chocolate Baroque. This was stamped onto some white card stock and embossed with wow Gold embossing powder. I stamped and embossed Merry Christmas, also a stamp by Chocolate baroque onto the bottom corner and added some gold ribbon between the two.



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

Sue

Friday, 24 March 2017

A Great Weekend At A Craft Retreat

Last weekend saw me heading up the motorway to Nuneaton and the 3rd Annual Craft Retreat with the UKSN group that I belong too. Two days of crafting with friends, a recipe for fun. We started off on the Saturday by making our own texture paste and making some backgrounds to use it on. The first  (below) was Brushos onto watercolour card. Once the paste was dry it was coloured using promarkers.



 Then we made a faux wood effect background, which again once the texture paste was dry was coloured with promarkers.


 Next came two canvas's one 5x7 and the other 8x10. This time we used bleeding tissue, texture stamps with distress inks, stencils and  Black Archival ink pads with a few touches of white Acrylic paint.




Then on the Sunday we played with Gelli plates and acrylic paints to make pages for making a Mojo book. Once we had filled our papers both sides with the painted backgrounds they were cut down into smaller pages and then put together with a bind it machine.


I came home very pleased with my makes and some very dirty stencils and brayer. I'm glad to say that they have cleaned up very well with a little help from some Murphy's Oil Soap. 

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

Sue

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Make A Wish

I made another card today using one of the cutting files from Lavinia called Star Gazing, but this time I've made it to enter into the challenge this month over on the Lavinia Facebook page. The theme this month is Sparkle and Bling, so as well as glitter on the wings I've used Gold Sparkle embossing power for the stars and added some gems to the centers of the flowers. I laid the cut image over the top of a background that I had made using various Dylusion sprays. With the piece that was left over I cut out the sentiment "Make A Wish", a die that I bought on my recent visit to Canada made by Poppy Stamps and also the flowers which were made using a Tonic punch. All popped onto a 7x7 white card base.



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

Sue

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

More Playing With Scan-ncut

While my Scan-n-cut was out the other day (I have to put it away after using it as we look after my 20 month old grandson two days a week) I went through the designs and cut most of them out. Mostly in black as I was just enjoying playing and trying out the cutting files. I love the square shaped designs on the Lavinia USB, I can cut them so that they fit onto a 4x4 card or I can pop them onto a larger *x8 card like this one and decorate the edges. With this design I created a little scene behind the cut out using Lavinia stamps. After layering it up with the scene I added glitter with dries clear glue and iridescent glitter. Then matted with black a gold card stock. On the USB there is a lovely corner cut out that is just foliage, so I cut this out in a dark green and placed in the corner before adding some more leaves that were cut from a Tattered Lace die and flowers also from Tattered Lace, I coloured the flowers to match the colours within the scene. Finally I added the sentiment which I made on the PC. The card is for my sister who's birthday is in April (good job she doesn't look at my blog).



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

Sue

Monday, 13 March 2017

Allsorts - Ladies and Girls

This week the challenge over at the Allsorts Challenge blog is Ladies and Girls, in celebration of International Woman's Day. For my card I've used three different Tim Holtz stamp sets, which I will admit to not having used these stamps before either. I stamped the cat walk lady first and then made a mask and covered her before stamping the Paris Cityscape in the background and the sentiment at the bottom. Next I blended some distress inks across the scene' I then took a paint brush and some tea dye ink and painted the city and added a few bright coloured  blobs at the edges to represent flowers. Finally I coloured the lady with promarkers and went around the edge with a black promarker. I rummaged in the scrap box and found some holographic card that matched the colour of the dress for the matting.



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

Sue

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Tea or Coffee

There's a new challenge today over on the CD Sunday blog and this time they are looking for cards made with the theme of Tea or Coffee. I've gone for tea with my card, although I enjoy a cup of coffee, I will admit to preferring tea. I found myself reaching for the Hollypondhill CD from Joanna Sheen for this challenge. This card make such a lovely New Home card and I needed to replace one in my box as I used the other in there recently. I've also kept this card as flat as possible too as it's likely to have to go through the post when the time comes to use it. The DT over at CD Sunday have made some beautiful cards for their inspiration this week do pop over and take a look.



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

Sue

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Craftroom Playtime

After I finished making my card yesterday I got my Scan-N-Cut out for a play. It's been a while since it was last out, but as I had bought the new Lavinia USB with cutting files on just before we went away in February, I thought it was about time it came out. Below are the results of my playtime. The first one is called Daydream, after resizing and cutting out I found a background that I had made sometime ago while playing with some brushos and watercolour paper. I cut it down to size and stuck behind the cut image. I then added some glitter to the wings using some dries clear glue. The sentiment is from a set from Chocolate Baroque, that goes so well with Lavinia stamps and dies.



 The second card was made using the Alura cutting file, again I resized and added another background previously made. This time it was made using Silkies paints from Imagination crafts and brayered onto some card. Again I cut the card down to fit behind the image and added glitter to the wings.. The sentiment is another from the same Chocolate Baroque set.


 Finely I made an 8x10 canvas using a mixture of stamps and cutting files from the USB. I started by using distress inks and blending over the canvas to make a scene for the die cuts. Next I stamps some of my many stamps around the edges before placing the dies cuts onto the canvas so I could added the fairy couple and snail stamps. I then added some guilding wax to the dies cuts and then stuck them to the canvas using a wet glue.


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

Sue

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Butterfly Challenge 74

Today sees the start of a new challenge over on the Butterfly Challenge blog and for this Challenge it is asking for Fancy Edges and Mint Green. I've spent a lovely morning playing in my craft room and managed to make this card. I used Tattered Lace - Ornamental Label Shaped Card Base and Edge Mat 3. I cut this from a 6x6 card base, the die just fits from one end to the other and just edge to edge, then I placed the patterned edge onto the front only. Next I had a good rummage through my scraps and found this piece of glitter card in mint green which was just big enough for the matting. The oval die is a from Crealies and the sentiment from a Crafters Companion set. The butterfly is a Tim Holtz stamp which I fussy cut after colouring, I also gave it a coat of sparkle pen but it does not show in this photo. When I stuck the butterfly to the oval I drew in the feelers with a fine liner pen. When it was closed together it looked a little bit too white, so I added some Cracked Pistachio Distress ink the the inside edge.



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

Sue

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tulips for Spring, Nature and Mother's Day

I've got a fairly busy month this month, so I made my mother's day card early. Then I realised that it covers two challenges as well. Spring Inspiration at the Allsorts Challenge blog and also Close To Nature at the Stamping Sensations Challenge blog. As my Mum is not on the Internet, I think I'm fairly safe posting this on here today. I've used one of my favourite Chocolate Baroque stamps from The Year Of Stamping collection for my card. The stamp comes in two sizes and for this card I used the largest which is about 6x6 in size. I stamped with Memento Black Onyx ink then coloured with promarkers. I then took a separate piece of white card stock and blended distress inks in the colours of the tulips. Then I took a swirl stamp also from one of the Chocolate Baroque sets and over stamped in two different shades of green. Before sticking to an 8x8 base card I placed a ribbon around the centre of the card then added a large bow and a flourish from a Marianne die. The tulips were stuck on with foam tape and the sentiment was made using the PC, after printing and cutting to size I went around the outside with a black marker.



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

Sue

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Especially For You

My card today is for two challenges, CD Sunday which is Punch It Out (using either punches or dies) and Pixies Snippets Playground which is as always to use snippets and scraps. I started with a 6x6 white card base and a left over piece of backing paper which was from a Crafters Companion CD (sorry I can't remember which one). Next from the scraps box I die cut a spellbinders die in silver a circle with decal edge and also a plain white circle which I stamped the sentiment "Especially For You" on to it. Then from the front of this months Tattered Lace Magazine I took this beautiful die and cut in white card then coloured using promarkers before putting it onto the white circle. Finally in the back of my cupboard I found some flowers that went with the colours I've used. I know that I bought them from Joanna Sheen's website many years ago but can't remember who made them.


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

Sue

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Playing With Brushos

My card today is my entry into this weeks Pixies Snippets Playground, which I'm rather late for. The background is the result of playing with some Brushos and water colour card before I went away. While I was looking around wondering what to make I spotted it sitting on my very small workspace and decided that I would make a card with it. I can't remember what colours it was I used and I did go around the edges with some distress ink in a matching colour too. The Happy Birthday sentiment and the matting came from my scrap box as well as the white card I used to die cut the flower. The Happy Birthday is a Sue Wilson die, but the flower I've had for quite a while but no longer have the packaging and can't remember who it was from. I cut two of each size of the flowers and then taking one of each size, I distressed with Peacock Feathers distress ink. I then layered and added a gem to the centre.



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

Sue

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Blog Candy Winner

So after a busy couple of days I was about to sit down and put my feet up, then I remembered that I hadn't drawn the Blog Candy winner yet. So I cut up 30 pieces of paper for the number of commenter's and wrote all of the numbers onto the pieces then folded them all up. I then placed them all into a carrier bag and got hubby to pull one out. I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to leave their names and those who became followers. I'm looking forward to coming and visiting your blogs soon.



 And so we have a winner - It's number 4 - Mrs A


Mrs A if you would get in touch so I can get this to you asap.  You'll find my email on my profile
page.

Sue

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Blog Candy

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Tomorrow I'm jetting off to a colder climate, my bags are almost packed, thermals are in there too. Hubby and I are going to Canada with our Daughter, Son-in-law and Grandson. My Daughter and Son-in-law are skiing for the first week in Whistler (while hubby and I babysit) before we go to Vancouver and spend sometime with my Son-in-laws family there, flying home on 21st February. So while I'm away I've decide to leave you with some blog candy. I started blogging in 2010 and have slowly built up my followers who now number 110. This is the first time that I've done this so I hope that I'm doing it right.



I'm not going to add a linkup there's just 3 things that I would like you to do and that's:

1, Be a or become a follower.
2, Added a picture of the candy to your blog sidebar.
3, Leave me a comment.

I will post overseas should the winner be from outside of the UK.

This will run from 1st February though to the end 28th February. I will draw a persons name from a hat after that date.

I'm not sure that I will be blogging while I'm away, as I'm sure we are going to be busy.

Sue

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Rudolph Days - February

Well I'm back from my travels and this scene is very reminiscent of the weather conditions for some of our stay in Canada. We arrived on the Thursday evening, setting out for Whistler and the ski slopes early Friday morning, as we left the drive at 7.00 a.m. it started to snow and continued to snow for the 2 1/2 hour drive. I must say that the Canadians cope with snow far better than we do in the UK, the cars had snow tyres on and drove through the snow without the slightest slide anywhere. We spent a week in Whistler where it continued to snow on and off all week. By the time we left they had had about 60 - 90 cms (this added to the snow that was already there, was more snow than I have ever seen before). We returned to Vancouver after the first week to find that they had snow there also (this is something that does not happen very often so I'm told). We had an enjoyable stay with my son-in-laws family for a further 11 days before returning home on Tuesday of this week. I think I have now recovered from jet lag although hubby is still having problems sleeping past 4.30 a.m. We spent an enjoyable few hours in Maureen's (Scrappy Mo) and her husband Al's company, where we had a great lunch and then went Craft shopping and of course a great deal of chatting. Thank you Maureen for a great day, hope we can return the hospitality some when soon.



 Anyway onto my card for this months challenge. The stamp is from an American company called C.C. Designs and was bought in the sale after Christmas from Oyster Stamps. I stamped onto some very smooth water colour card (bought on my visit with Maureen from a lovely little art shop) and coloured with Aqua pro markers. I then added some stickles to the image and went around the edges with glue and glitter, before matting and putting onto an A6 card base.

Of course I didn't stop at one, I made four to pop into the box for next Christmas.
Just a reminder that I have blog Candy running until the 28th of the month too.

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

Sue

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Lets Celebrate With Allsorts

I was just putting the finishing touches to this card for my Father-in-law to give to our nephew and his wife on their anniversary when I saw what the theme was for the Allsorts challenge this week. It's Let's Celebrate, so this was the perfect card to enter. I've even manage to make the beginning of the week this time instead of dashing in at the end. I've used the Heart Puzzle die from Tattered Lace along with the CD that goes with the Die to print off one of the gorgeous heart designs and a matching backing paper. I used silver mirri card to matt with and also for the die cut sentiment which is from All Occasions dies. Some white ribbon from my stash to around the card and for the bow, along with some little paper roses that I think I've had forever (well years anyway). Then I found the hearts at the top which I bought a show a couple of years ago, then was never quite sure what to do with them, but they seem to go with this card so after trying them on and off of the card I decided to go with them. 



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

Sue

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Daisy, Daisy.

I've been stamping for quite  few years now and have accumulated a large number of stamps. But as I racked my brain to think, I could not remember having a daisy stamp. This is the new challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog this week. But then yesterday as I was looking through some of my many CD's, looking for something else, I found this image on a Katy Sue (Flower Soft) CD. Just right for the challenge, so instead of sitting on the sidelines I can take part this week after all. I printed the Topper and two of the matching backing papers from the CD. Then after I cut everything down to size I distresses the edges with a Tim Holtz Distressing Tool from Tonic. I added a couple of ribbons from my stash and even found some white daisy shaped flowers to add as embellishments too. I've not added a sentiment, as this card will go into my box until I decide who I will send it too.



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

Sue

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Rudolph Days

As today is the 25th of the month, it's time for the first Rudolph Days challenge of the year. Last year was the first year that I had taken part in any Christmas challenges and I'm so glad that I did, it made the Christmas rush so much easier as I had a great many cards already made. So to start my collection off for this year I used a stamp set from Stampin Up, one of the first that I bought from them and I'm also ashamed to say this was the first time that it had been inked. But you know what they say "better late than never". I found some off cuts of green and red in my scraps box and then with a separate sheet of the green made two A6 card bases. I stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder the tree and the sentiment onto some of the green card and then went around the edge with a gold pen. I then stuck some ribbon around the card and added a bow. Next I stamped the snowflake stamp around the edge of the card so that it was just visible when matted together, again I edged with the gold pen, before mounting all onto the green card bases. I now have the first two cards in my box ready.



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

Sue

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Make It Male

Just a quick post this morning, I made this card for my Father-in-law to give to one of our Nephews who's birthday is in March. As I'm going to be away for most of February I needed to get on and make in advance. It also fits into the theme over at CD Sunday at the moment, which is Make It Male. My card is an 8x8 card using Pollyanna Pickering's Wild Birds.


I did say it was a quick post, this is because we have our Grandson here today.
Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Monday, 23 January 2017

With Deep Sadness

It was with deep sadness that I read on Face Book yesterday that the lovely Jayne Nestorenko had passed away after a long battle with Cancer. There were two people who inspired my obsession with stamping, one of them was this lady. I would love to watch her shows on Create and Craft where she would stamp and glitter the wonderful mandala stamps, then later when she was working with Crafters Companion and had her own range of stamps, Cute Companions. She went onto have several more ranges of stamps lastly with Clarity Stamps and the beautiful flowers (these are still on my wish list at present) which are available in both stamps and Groovi plates.



I made this card below in tribute to Jayne for inspiring me to start on my stamping journey. I still have many of these mandala stamps in my stash along with more glitter than I will probably ever use.



My thoughts and prayers are with Jayne's family at this sad time.

Sue

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

As it's Sunday it's time again for Pixies Snippets Playground. Di has decided to change this to a fortnightly challenge from this month onwards, to give people more time to get their cards made and posted. For my card this week I have used a 6x6 black card base and a piece of the beautiful Graphic 45 paper that was left over from covering my Mini ink pad holder. I matted it onto some gold mirri card and then placed a matching ribbon and bow around the centre. The die cut circle and matt were out of the scraps box (left over from a project before Christmas) all I needed to do was stamp the sentiment, which was from a Chocolate Baroque set and pop onto the card front.


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

Sue

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Black, White And One Other Colour At PCC

Over on the Perfectly Created Chaos blog the current challenge is for Black,white and one other colour. So this afternoon while try not to be interested in Crate and Craft and the new CHA releases I've made this card for the challenge. It's a 6x6 white card base with black matting, then stamping in black using two stamps from a Chocolate Baroque set called Sunny Sunflowers. I used the two stamps to stamp a background using a Black Onyx ink pad from Versafine and also to stamp two of the larger flower on a separate piece of card. I then cut out one of the flowers as it had been stamped and the other cutting away some of the stamped area making a layer to go on top of the other. My one other colour is Mustard Seed distress ink, this I used to distress the edges of the card and also the sunflowers, using a distress pen in the same colour for the centre of the flower. I then popped a piece of ribbon in a matching colour around the centre of the card before mounting onto the black. Lastly I added the flower using glue gel and also added a Best Wishes sentiment cut from a Tonic die.


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

Sue

Thursday, 19 January 2017

NBUS Challenge - Pencils On Craft Card

Darnell has a NBUS challenge over on her blog at the moment where she is asking for people to use coloured pencils on craft card. I must admit that I have a large pile of craft card which I seldom use and have also been meaning to try this technique for sometime. The stamp is a Hobby Art stamp that was a stamp of the month in November that I just had to have, but had not used it yet. I stamped onto the craft card using Versamark and white embossing powder, then coloured using Spectrum Noir pencils, I added some very light grey around the outside of the image to give it a bit of a shadow. I then mounted onto some matching card before putting onto a shaped craft card base. Now that it's finished I have to say that I love the effect and don't know why I haven't done this before, I'm sure that it won't be my last.



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

Sue

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Humming Bird

My card today has been made for the current challenge over at Allsorts Challenge. This week they are looking for Wings On Things. The stamps used on this 6x6 card all come from Designs By Ryn.  I started by making a background using distress inks in Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon, then using Versafine Black Onyx I stamped the flowers and leaves. Next on a separate piece of card I stamped the Humming Bird, I then coloured both the flowers and bird using distress pens. I went over the bird with clear Wink Of Stella to give it a lovely sheen then fussy cut it out and popped it onto the card with glue gel. I then mounted onto some gold mirri card and then onto a green card blank.  While in the USA in June last year Hubby and I were lucky enough to see a pair of these stunning tiny birds who were drinking from a feeder that a cafe owner had filled and popped into the flower bed outside of the cafe. Despite trying for sometime we failed at getting a decent photo of them, their wings move so fast they just look like a blur.



I would also like to enter this into the Customer Challenge over on the Designs By Ryn blog.

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

Sue

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Mini Distress Ink Pad Holder

I thought I would share with you a project that I've been working on, one I also thought that I had messed up too. Just before Christmas I found this wonderful storage box for Mini Distress Ink Pads, I found it on the Candy Box Crafts website. So when it arrived I looked through my 12x12 paper pads and decided to use one of my precious Graphic 45 pads. The one I chose was Artisan Style. I merrily started drawing around measuring and cutting out the papers and after sticking on the centre piece (the handle), I realised that the gap in the trays was quite tight in fact so tight that the tray would not slide down the handle. So at this stage I set it to one side hoping that once it was dry the tray would fit, but that did not happen. I was gutted needless to say, but hubby came to the rescue and found a thin file in his workshop and filed away some of the centre gap so I could now get the trays to fit.



I have now finished and am so pleased with the overall look now . The top three trays fit all 60 of the ink pads and the bottom tray which is slightly deeper has room to store blending tool in.


The knobs were some that I had bought for another project but went with this so well and it makes it easier to get the lid off.


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

Sue