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

Saturday, 7 October 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - OCTOBER - HALLOWEEN

Hi there all you crafty peeps!  Oh my it's October already - this year has just flown by and it seems really weird because we're on holiday in the sun and here I am scheduling a Halloween post!!  I expect back home it is cold - definitely not 30 deg as it is here.

Anyway here's my card for this month's Crafty Calendar Challenge.  I chose this fabulous witch from Dr Digi- although I think she's more giggly than gruesome!


 We have two sponsors this month so we'll be having two prizes (now that makes sense even to me and I'm permanently foggy!!)



and



I do hope you can enter this challenge, there are some great images, dies, embellishments out there and we love seeing your creations - remember it doesn't have to be a card as long as it fits in with the theme!

Ingredients

Image - 'Witchy Wilma' Dr Digi's House of Stamps
7" x 7" White Card Base - Anna Marie Designs
Orange card - Bazill Basics
'Boo' paper - Digital paper but I can't remember where I bought it from
Tonic Dies - Card Layering Circle die
Tattered Lace Dies - 'Drip Edge' on black card lower border
Other dies - Unbranded
Copic/Flexmarker and Graph-it Markers
Black Glitter for the eight-legged beasties!

I am now back home - couldn't manage to finish this on holiday 'cos I was busy snorkelling - I shall explain about that later on - burnt bum and everything!

Our leader (or Lady Boss as I like to think of her) works really hard on our blog so I would like to encourage you all to enter this challenge.  We love seeing what you come up with and Sue manages to get fabulous sponsors for our prizes - just look at those two above!!   Two sponsors means two winners so come on and join in the challenge (here).

Oh well just off for a little nap - I was awake and rarin' to go at 7.10 am (me awake at 7 !!!!!) - still think I'm on Maldivian time!  Now I'm flagging again and there's a pile of ironing 10 ft high - methinks that will have to wait until tomorrow.  Oh and Biscuit is really chuffed to be back home - he's flat out on his dad's knees with his head on one arm of the chair and his back paws on the other - the cat I mean not the maestro!!!

Hugs to you all

Love Suexxx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 17 - A SPECIAL DAY


Good afternoon folks - hope you are all well and I'm sending lots of love to my friends in the USA - please keep safe and sound.

Well today I'm posting my card for the IntAAS fortnightly challenge where our theme is  'A Special Day'.  This can mean a birthday, anniversary, christening, confirmation, birth etc etc.  I made a birthday card for my friend who's having her 40th very soon!


I've made another box for this one as she's a good friend - oh and it wouldn't fit into a flat envelope!


Ingredients

8" x 8" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Cream Card and White Card - Creative Expressions
Die-Sire Create a Card Dies - 'Enchanted' die
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Decorative Ovals One die
Presscut Crafts-Too Dies - Oval Nesting dies
Presscut Crafts-Too Dies - Square Nesting dies
Heartfelt Stamps - 'Arianna Blooms'
Copics for the flower stamp
Sentiment typed and then silver foiled using my Minc machine
Flowers - Wild Orchid crafts
Pearls and Lace - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (on FB)

We'd love to see your creations - there are sooo many Special Days I'm sure you can come up with something wonderful for this theme.  You can enter our challenge - here and whilst you at it please check out the creations of my teamies.

Sorry this is a short post but we're off out in a little while - woo hoo!

Hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

Friday, 15 September 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - SEPTEMBER - USE LEAVES


Hi there folks - I'm just posting my mid month reminder for the CCAYR Challenge where our theme is 'Use Leaves'.  This was definitely a good one for me 'cos I love using holly, ivy, mistletoe, poinsettia leaves on my Christmas cards -  oooh and a little bit of spruce doesn't go amiss either!  Having said that I chose ivy leaves 'cos I thought they would complement the holly growing over the cottage door - and now I'm singing!!!


Ingredients

7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Daisy Mae Draws b/w image - 'Winter Wonderland' from The Hobby House
Die-Sire 'Holiday Holly' Embossing Folder - Crafters' Companion
Mini Ivy Flourish die - Joanna Sheen Signature Dies
'Warmest Wishes' die - Festive Collection from Creative Expressions Dies
Snowflakes die-cuts (from my 'extras' box)
Copics/Promarkers/Flexmarkers
Stardust Stickles
Pearls - stash
Pearl Drops 

We've a prize for the winner of our Challenge this month -



Love the look on that little snake's face - he's a corker!

I do hope you can enter our challenge this month - as I said at the beginning there are sooooo many different types of leaves that represent Christmas and I for one just love using them.

Anyway must be orf now 'cos it's a busy time for us as we're going on holiday soon and I need to be organised - well I can only manage to be organised once a year and this is it!!!!

Soooo I'm sending you some big hugs and I'm looking forward to the sunshine!!!

Love to you all  Suexxx

Monday, 4 September 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 16 - LACE AND/OR PEARLS



Afternoon everyone - just posting my card for the IntAAS challenge this fortnight where our theme is Lace and/or Pearls!   For someone who rarely (if ever) has any baby cards to make, this is the second one I've posted in two days!!


I also made a box for this one 


Ingredients

7" x 7" White Pearl Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs (cut into a circle)
Digi Image - LOTV 'Balloon Basket'
Sentiment on card - LOTV Clear Stamp
First Edition - 'It's a Girl' 8" x 8" Paper Pad
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Circles Nestabilities dies
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Decorative Circles One Nestabilities dies
Spellbinders Dies - Opulant Ovals dies
Spellbinders Dies - Francy Frames and Tags Two die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Gypsophila die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Pine Cone Sprig die
PoppyStamps Dies - Garden Sprig die
Copic markers
Wild Orchid Crafts - flowers
Stardust Stickles
Lace/Pearls - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (FB)
Ribbon/Charm/Edging Peel Off - stash

I do hope you can enter our Lace and/or Pearls challenge (here) we'd love to see your creations.  You can also check out the work of the IntAAS team if you need any inspiration.

Lots of hugs to you all


Love Suexxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Sunday, 3 September 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - SEPTEMBER - KIDS AND BABIES


Good afternoon peeps - hope you are all feeling well and are enjoying the 'odd/few' hours of sunshine that we keep having!!!   Well I'm here to post my DT card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month.  I made this card a couple of months ago for a (swimming) friend who has just become a grandma!  When I saw our theme was 'Kids/Babies' I wanted to post this one as I was really pleased with it and I hadn't posted it before so here it is!


The lady I made this for is a really good friend to me and is always offering her support when we go swimming.  With her encouragement I've built up my 'lengths' from 10 - back in 2016 - to 70 which I did last Friday - 64 lengths equals a mile!!  Anyway she loved this 'cos she didn't expect it!!

Ingredients

7" x 7" White Pearl Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi Image - LOTV 'Heaven Sent'
Papers - LOTV 'Shabby Shack' 8" x 8" pad
'Stitched Cloud' die - Memory Box Dies 30053
Scalloped Round Frame die/Train die - Unbranded dies
Sentiment - Typed then 'Minc'd' on my foiling machine
Copic markers
Pearls - stash

I hope you can enter our challenge this month (here), there's a voucher for our winner from Wild Orchid Crafts - super!!!



Don't forget to check out the work of my teamies - they've popped some gorgeous work on the blog for you to look at.

Anyway must be off now - crafting to do, places to go, stash to buy!!!

Take care and lots of love to you all, especially those of you who are going through a bad time at the moment - I'm sending you big hugs of course.

Love Suexxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -