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

Monday, 23 October 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - MID OCTOBER - HALLOWEEN


Hi there - just here posting a reminder card for you to check out.  We'd love you to enter our challenge this month over at the Crafty Calendar blog - this time of year our challenge is Halloween so even if you don't take part in the celebrations you can still make a card or some other Halloween creation.  



I wanted to use orange and black card and decided to have a little play  around with a ruler, pencil and blade (phew!!) - the above was the result.  I just love those bats btw - we had some fruit bats flying around the island when we were on holiday, they sure are big and so flippin' clumsy when they land in the trees - I say land but it's more like a crash when they grab the branches by their 'toes' then just hang there.

Must add this in here, I started this post on 18 October ready for adding my card and scheduling.   The maestro asked me to help him look for some sort of charger thingy, I ended up being distracted and sorted all my drawers - and I mean ALL of them - in every room!  Sorry Sue J - you know how easily my mind wanders!

Ingredients

7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
All Dressed Up image - 'All Dressed Up for Mummy'
Black/Orange card - stash
Dies - Unbranded
Copic Markers

We have two sponsors this month and that means two prize winners!

Dr Digi's House of Stamps



All Dressed Up Stamps



We love seeing all your work and hope you enter our Halloween challenge this month.  This challenge finishes on 28 October so you have a few days yet.

Hugs to you all - and take care of yourselves plus all your pets on Halloween especially!!

Love Suexxx

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - OCTOBER - MONOCHROMATIC BROWNS


Good morning out there - what a peculiar day again!  This weather really is so weird and I definitely don't like these odd coloured skies.  At least it's nice and reasonably calm (!) in the craft room - lol.  Anyway today I'm posting a mid-month reminder card for the CCAYR challenge.  Our theme this time is Monochromatic Browns - loved this challenge to be honest!!!


Ingredients

7" x 7" Pearl Ivory Card - Anna Marie Designs
LOTV - Pre-coloured image from Art Pad
Die-namics Dies - Wonky Stitch Square Stax
GCD Studios Paper - 'Joyful Peace' 8" x 8" pad
LOTV Paper - 'Krafty Christmas' 8" x 8" pad
Ribbon - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (FB)
Sentiment - Clear Stamps from Creative Stamping magazine
Leaves/Buttons - stash

I love monochromatic browns and this one was right up my street!  The pre-coloured image is from Lily of the Valley and the leaves on her floral wreath were a little green so I went over them with a few brown Promarkers to dull them down a bit.   Hope you can join in with us this month, Christmas is getting nearer and nearer so you need to be creating all those cards!!!   Being cheerful keeps me going dontcha know!!!   You can enter our challenge here and while you're there please check out the DT cards, my teamies are really clever!

Lots of hugs to you.

Love Suexxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 19 - NOT SQUARE OR RECTANGLE


Hi there - I'm here with another challenge from IntAAS with the theme 'Not Square or Rectangle'.   I've posted a couple of cards that I 'created' for last Christmas which were made for 'easy posting'.  They are really small - cut from a 5" x 5" card - and flat, so that I could post them anywhere.





Must admit that easel cards really are a favourite of mine and I love making them in different shapes.  

Ingredients

5" x 5" white card blanks - stash from eons ago
Tattered Lace Dies - Hexagon nesting die
Hedgehog stamps - free from a magazine - again eons ago
Bazill Basic Paper - 6" x 6" 'Countdown to Christmas' pad
Kaisercraft Paper - 6.5" x 6.5" 'Just Believe' pad
Crafters' Companion Paper - 'Vintage Christmas Collection' pad
Memory Box Dies - Stitched Snowflakes die
Britannia Dies - Set of 3 Poinsettia die
Other die cuts were from bits I had in my 'extras' box

I hope you can join in our challenge (here) this fortnight - you can make anything you like as long as it fits in with the theme - what about gift boxes??  We'd love to see them on the blog and although we aren't sponsored there's a great badge for the Winner's side bar!!!

Anyway must be off now as I have to catch up on that TV programme 'Liar' - I seem to have got myself hooked, although I do tend to shout at the screen and the maestro keeps wondering if I'm shouting to him!!!

Lots of hugs to you all and please take care, the sky is a very peculiar colour today - Yukky Yellow!!

Love Suexxx