Monday, 11 December 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 23 - LOTS OF SPARKLE


Morning everyone - this fortnight over at the International Art and Soul challenge our theme is - whoopee - 'Lots of Sparkle' and as I'm in full Christmas mode I made another Christmas card!!



I use images on most of my cards,  'cos I love to colour and use markers - this must stem from when I was a little girl and I had those lovely Crayola crayons - but this time I just used my dies.   The snowflake die-cut is sitting in an embossed 'reverse' shape of itself, which is explained in the video link in the next paragraph.

One of the ladies in an FB group I'm in told us about a lady called Jennifer McGuire (I've added a link to her page) and she did a technique called 'Reverse Die Impressions'.  Well I watched the video and was totally drawn in, many of you will probably have seen this but it's new to me and I wanted to try it out.  I won't explain how I did it 'cos I wouldn't do it justice.  Just take a peek at Jennie's handiwork - it's beautiful and I must admit I'm quite pleased with the results of my efforts too!!

Soooo it's all up to you now - as I said yesterday I know it's a busy time of year but if you have any last minute cards to create, make sure they sparkle and enter them into our challenge (here).  We'd love to see your creations although, of course, they don't have to be Christmas cards!!!

Catch up with you later and thanks again for checking out my blog.  Sending you big hugs.

LoveSuexxx

Sunday, 10 December 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - DECEMBER - IT'S CHRISTMAS!!


First of all apologies to 'the boss' aka Sue J 'cos this should have been on last weekend!   Without any further delay, here's my card for the December 'It's Christmas'  challenge over at Crafty Calendar.  I love that image from Bugaboo - they're so kind to let us play with these!



Ingredients

7" x 7" White Card base - Anna Marie Designs
Image - 'Two Snowmen' from Bugaboo Stamps
First Editions 8" x 8" paper pad - 'Gilded Winter'
HOTP - 'Cardmakers' Christmas' Creative paper pack
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - 'Frosty Swirls'
Memory Box Dies - 'Frosty Border' die
Cardio Majestix stamps - 'Winter Flurry'
Copics
Stardust Stickles glue
Ribbon - stash

We have two sponsors this month - 







We know it's really busy at this time of year but if you have some time we'd love to see what you can create for us to look at.  Our challenge is open until 28 December and don't forget it can be any type of Christmas craft.

Anyway I'm just off to sort me knicker drawer out - only joking - I'm off to do my usual ironing - joy of joys methinks!!!

Sending you lots of hugs and thank you so much for popping over to my blog.

Love Suexxx

Sunday, 26 November 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 22 - BUTTONS AND BOWS


Good afternoon fellow blogsters.  This fortnight our theme over at the IntAAS Challenge blog is 'Buttons and Bows'.  As it is nearly Christmas I thought I would be able to fit buttons and bows into a Christmas card without too much trouble.   In my stash I've had some really tiny buttons for a while and I decided to use them as 'berries'!!!


This is a 7" x 7" card so the wreath had to be quite large and the thought of using my two 'pine spray' dies over and over again through the machine was too daunting so I used my 'fern' punch and asked the maestro for his help.  I promised that he would get a mention in my post!!!  Bless him - he sat there with a piece of green card and punched out over 65 of these fronds (I think it was nearer 100 by the time he'd finished but I've got some left for other cards).  I cut out a few holly leaves to add to the design so I wasn't idle (sorry for giggling here!!!)  The sentiment is stamped and embossed with red embossing powder and I curled it slightly to make it stand away from the centre of the card.  The gold tape around the edge is quite glittery and shiny but it doesn't 'shed' glitter all over the place.  I love this tape sooooo much and have it in three different widths.

Ingredients

7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - 'Snowflake Lattice'
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - 'Holiday Holly and Berries' die
Die-Namics Dies - Stiched Fishtail Flag Stax die
Punch - fern fronds (no name on the punch)
Sentiment - 'Merry Christmas' free with Love Cardmaking magazine
My Colour Studio - 'Red' Ultra Fine Embossing powder
Tartan ribbon and tiny red buttons - ancient stash from the cupboard!!
Glitter tape - stash

I hope you have the time to enter our challenge this fortnight (here) - we all love to see your designs and whilst you're there why don't you check out the work of the rest of the DT.

Big hugs to you all and take care!

Love Suexxx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - NOVEMBER - CANDIES, COOKIES OR GINGERBREAD



Good morning fellow bloggers out there - I'm posting my mid-month reminder for the CCAYR Challenge today.  I've had this stamp for a while and thought as the theme included cookies (although over here we'd call them biscuits) this little cutie would be perfect.


I really enjoyed making this card because it was an idea which just came to me - like a light bulb moment!!!   Since having my own blog and becoming a DT member I've started using loads of digi images but my last three cards (one not yet posted) have all been stamps and I'd forgotten how rewarding it is to get a crisp image from a stamp I've inked and 'plotted'.

Ingredients

6" x 6" white card blank - Create and Craft (very old stash)
House Mouse Rubber stamp - 'Christmas Fireplace' set from Joanna Sheen
Sentiment stamp - 'Merry Little Christmas' set from Apple Blossom Clear Stamps
Label stamps - Christmas set from Lily of the Valley Clear Stamps
Tree Lights and rectangle die - Unbranded dies
Copics and Flexmarkers
White Glitter - free with magazine

I hope you can join in our challenge (here) we have a lovely crafty prize for the winner -


I'll say tara now 'cos I'm scheduling this one for tomorrow morning - hope I've done it right, I won't have time to fiddle with it 'cos we're going swimming and I'm hoping to manage at least 60 lengths before they kick us out!

Lots of big hugs to you all and I hope you are feeling OK.

Love Suexxx

Sunday, 12 November 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 21 - AUTUMN COLOURS


Hi there peeps - I'm posting a card I made for the IntAAS challenge this fortnight where our theme is 'Autumn Colours' - wonderful!!!  I decided to do something a little different this time.   I used a stamp that I've had for a while now to make an A5 card which is also quite simple in design (definitely simple for me that is).  Although it doesn't show very well in the pic, I stamped several images and then layered the open flower heads onto the main picture.   I'm not normally one for this technique but I did think that it would look good if I shaped the flowers a little.


Ingredients

A5 White Card blank - stash
Image - 'Boxed Daisies Trio' clear stamp from Woodware Craft Collection
Sentiment - Unbranded
Orange and green card - stash
Gems - stash
Copics/Flexmarkers

The stamp has a little border around it so I coloured that in a 'russety' brown then added the green and orange matting layers with a little black border to co-ordinate.  I shall be putting this one in my box for a future birthday.

Check out the cards that my teamies have made, then why not make one yourself and enter our challenge (here).  You have two weeks and as this is definitely the right time of year to be making Christmas cards (although some of you will be finishing off your cards by now!!!) why not try autumnal colours.

Anyway enough of me - I'm off to play with some House Mouse stamps - yum!  Sending you all big hugs ....


Love Suexxx

Sunday, 5 November 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - NOVEMBER - AUTUMN COLOURS


Hello friends and fellow bloggers - I'm posting a card for the Crafty Calendar November challenge where our theme is 'Autumn Colours'.    I know I've gone on about this before but autumn really is my favourite time of year because of the absolutely amazing reds, yellows, russets and oranges - and yes I tried to get them all onto my card!!!

When you see the picture it does look extra 'busy' because of the leaves I stamped onto the background card.  I used my ancient Perfect Pearls on them and in real life they look more subtle but the camera insisted on picking up every bit of the pearly sheen - typical!!


Ingredients

7" x 7" White Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image from t'internet  Colouring Pages
Berries - Anna Marie Designs
Leaves - Wild Orchid Crafts
Flat Pearls, Dies, Leaf Stamps - Unbranded
Card - stash
Perfect Pearls 
Flexmarkers

I really enjoyed using these colours with the berries and leaves and love how the camera picks up all the different hues  but I must apologise for the fact that the Perfect Pearls are shining so much that they have almost obliterated the 'Best Wishes' sentiment in the top left corner.  That aside I do hope you can enter our challenge (here)  this month, we have a fabulous crafty surprise for the winner!!!

Lots of big hugs to you all and don't forget to check out my DT teamies' cards!!!

Love Suexxx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 20 - TAG OR CHARM


Good afternoon out there - I'm posting my card for this fortnight's challenge over at IntAAS.  The theme is use a tag or a charm and as it's so near to Christmas I made another card to pop into my 'collection'.


I used  a trio of penguin images from LOTV, they really are so cute and look great whatever size you make them.  I wanted very small images to cover the centre of my snowflake die cuts.

Ingredients

7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
LOTV - Trio of Penguins - Penguin Waving, Penguins Balancing, Bobble hat Penguin
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - 'Snowflake Lattice'
Snowflake die - Unbranded
'Merry Christmas' sentiment - Unbranded
Glitter Washi Tape - Unbranded
Promarkers
Ribbon and Snowflake charm - stash
Stardust Stickles
White glitter (for the hats) free from magazine

I hope you can enter this challenge (here) - you can make anything you like as long as you follow the theme and we love checking your creations out.

Lots of hugs to you all

Love Suexxx