Tuesday, 15 August 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - AUGUST - USE THE COLOUR YELLOW



Hi there - today I'm posting the mid-month reminder for the CCAYR challenge where our theme is 'Use Yellow'.  I must admit that I struggled with this one at first and then I found an LOTV Art Pad in my 'stash' and there's quite a bit of yellow in this image - thankfully!  After that it was easy - I suppose I'd never thought of the yellow glow from a light coming through a window - duh!   




I used quite a lot of gold sparkly bits on here too, just to bring out the yellow light from the window and the surrounding bricks.  Naturally this looks much more 'yellowy' irl!!!  Typical!     

Ingredients

6" x 6" white card blank - stash
Image - LOTV Art Pad 18 'Winter Wonderland'
First Edition Paper - 'Christmas Village' 8" x 8"
DCWV - 'Glitzy Pastels' stack 6" x 6"
Christmas sentiments - LOTV Christmas Label clear stamps
Crafts-Too Dies - Oval Stitch hole die
Creative Expressions Dies - Festive Collection 'Holly Accessory kit' dies
Stardust Stickles glue
Gems, Gold Glitzy tape, white tassel, snowflake dies - all unbranded

The prize this month is ...



We'd love to see your Christmas creations - using yellow - of course!  You can enter our challenge here.  While you're there why not check out the beautiful creative work of the two Teams.  

Anyway must be off to do a little bit of ironing, it's swimming tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it - I actually managed 50 lengths last Friday and 44 on Wednesday - wish they'd do an Olympics for OAPs, I'd enter!!   I'm kidding of course 'cos I would probably be giggling far too much to be able to swim!

Lots of big hugs to you all and take loads of care. 

Love Suexxx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges 

ABC Christmas Challenge - P Q and R - People, Quick and Red
Christmas Card Challenge No 19 - Anything Christmas Goes
Dream Valley Challenge No 161 - Christmas Animals

Sunday, 6 August 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 14 - BOXES AND BAGS



Good afternoon everyone - hope you are having a good weekend - bit wet for August here though!!  Anyway - this fortnight over at International Art and Soul our theme is 'Boxes and Bags', so I decided to make a hexagonal gift box.

I asked the maestro to take a few pics showing different 'views' for you to check it out.





Ingredients

A3 Centura Pearl card - Crafters Companion
Hexagon Box die - Tattered Lace Dies
Hexagon Nesting Layers die - Tattered Lace Dies
Honeycomb Lattice die - Tattered Lace Dies
Flowers, leaf, tag dies - Unbranded
Penny Black Clear Stamps - 'Happy Snippets' sentiment stamp
Stamen punch - www.L-Em.com
Pearls - stash

Perhaps I should leave this lying around to see if the maestro can fill it with a nice little gift - sorry that was a daydream I was having!  LOL.  Bless him, he's always treating me so I'm not complaining at all.

We really would love to see your crafty bags or boxes so why not have a go and enter our challenge (here).  While you're at it, we'd love you to become a follower - that would be amazing.

Nip over to the blog to check out my teamies' creations - they are so talented and inspirational.

Big hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx


I would like to enter my gift box into the following challenges - 

That's Crafty Challenge - Anything but Cards

Saturday, 5 August 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - AUGUST - SHAPED CARD


Hi there - today is the start of our challenge over at Crafty Calendar, we have two wonderful sponsors and I've been able to use a gorgeous image from Sheepski Designs for my 'shaped' card.  These two 'Fuzzy Friends' really are so cute - I used to collect bears, many moons ago, and I still love them loads.


As I said earlier we have two sponsors -



and 


therefore we are offering two winners' prizes!  I hope you can enter our challenge (here), you can do any crafty thing you like as long as it fits in with our theme.

Ingredients

6" x 6" white card blank - stash
Image - 'Fuzzy Friends' digi from Sheepski Designs
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Dahlia die (to form the flower shaped card)
Die-namics Dies - Wonky Circle Stitched die
Papers - 'Hugs with Henry' (free with magazine)
Penny Black Clear Stamps - 'Happy Snippets' sentiment stamp
Daisy, leaf, tag dies - unbranded
Flexmarkers

You have a whole month to enter and, don't forget, you can enter up to three items so lots of luck to you.  Oh and btw - we have now reached our (over) 1000 followers so Sue J will be sorting out the winners of our '!000 Followers' prizes.

Anyway must be off now 'cos it's almost dinner/tea time (wherever you are from!!).  Thank you for visiting my blog and if you leave a comment, I shall be chuffed to bits.  

Take care and hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges -


Day Dreamer Challenge - Anything Goes
Star Stampz Challenge - Hand Coloured image

Sunday, 23 July 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 13 - USE DIE CUTS


Afternoon fellow bloggers and friends.  This time the challenge at IntAAS is to use die cuts on your creations.   Some of you will know that, after colouring, using die cuts (and collecting dies) is my favourite thing of all time.  This is a card I made for my hubby (aka the maestro) for our Sapphire Wedding Anniversary (45 years - phew).

 I love this satin mirri card under the die cuts - perfect sapphire colour.

Ingredients

7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Spellbinders Dies - Gold Elements One die
Spellbinders Dies - Lace Hearts and corner dies
Blue Satin Mirri Card - stash
WOC - flowers
Stardust Stickles

I like this card - mainly because of that beautiful blue - and enjoyed making it.  We do hope you can join in this fortnight because I know the majority of you will use at least one die cut on your creations.  You can join in our challenge here at IntAAS and although we are Just For Fun, we do have really great badges for the winner and Top 3.

Anyway must go 'cos I have a nice glass of Merlot waiting for me - yum.  

Big hugs to you all and thanks so much for taking a gander at me card.

Love Suexxx

Friday, 21 July 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - JULY - ANYTHING CHRISTMASSY OR HOLIDAY GOES



Hello everyone out there in blogland.  Just come back from swimming (second time this week - woo hoo) and I managed 40 lengths - not bad considering I've been out of action for 6 weeks!!!    Anyway now that I'm feeling so chuffed with myself, I ought to post my reminder card for the CCAYR challenge this month.   I decided to use this lovely robin image that I've either bought or won (sorry I can't remember which and the ref number doesn't give me a clue as to where it's from - if anyone knows please tell me!).


Ingredients

7" x 7" white card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - Robin on Fence Post (sorry I don't know who designed this)
Dovecraft - 'Glad Tidings' 8" x 8" paper pad
Die-namics Dies - Wonky Stitched Rectangle die
Sweet Dixi Dies - Holly and Star corner die 
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Mini Ivy (mirrored pairs) flourish dies
Crafters' Companion - 'Festive Wonder' clear stamp set

 We'd love you to join in - definitely well worth taking part for the chance to win this great prize (pictured below).



I hope you can enter our CCAYR challenge this month, 'cos I'm such a cheerful little soul I really ought to remind you that there's only 5 months to Christmas!  

Anyway those 40 lengths seem to have take their toll and I can feel me eyelids closing as I'm typing so I'm orf for a lie down - me 'n' Biscuit love a cat nap or four!

Lots of hugs to you all and please take care.


Love Suexxx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - JULY - ANYTHING GOES

Hi there - hope it's as warm where you are as it is here!!!   Lovely sunshine and no rain or blustery winds thank goodness!  Anywobble,  here's my card for a mid-month reminder in the Crafty Calendar Challenge.  My image is from Bugaboo and she's a real cutie.



We have two sponsors this month so that means two very lucky winners!




Bugaboo Stamps



Our challenge is open until 28 July and as we have an 'Anything Goes' theme - the world is your lobster!!!  Please join in 'cos you know how we love to see your creations.

Ingredients

Image - Bugaboo 'Ava Swing'
Elisabeth Craft Designs Dies - Accordian Oval Card 772 die
Anna Marie Designs papers - 'Blissful Green' 6" x 6" pad
Green/Peach paper - Bazzill Basics Cardstock
Flowers - Unbranded
Leaf die - Unbranded
Sentiment - Penny Black 'Happy Snippets' Clear Stamps
Flexmarkers and Copics

Must add a note here to say that I love these Anna Marie Design paper pads, they are all 'shabby chic' with a distressed feel and there are six different colours - so of course I had to have them all.  Totally pretty!  As for the die to make the accordian card, I bought this ages ago but had never used it and when I was tidying up a few dies I 'found' it so had the sudden urge to try it out - what a shame it isn't a little bigger.

Whilst I'm here I thought I would give a couple of updates, first one is about Biscuit - I may have mentioned (a few hundred times) that he was born with kidney problems and whilst the disease is progressive we have regular checks - including blood tests and urine tests to see how he's doing.  We went last week and he'd managed to put on 400gms which is really good 'cos he had lost some weight prior to his diet change and medication.  His other results weren't too bad either so we are hopeful that the progression will slow down a bit now.

The second update is about the cavity I have left after my tooth extraction.  That was the most painful experience ever but thankfully it is now getting there, it's 6 weeks tomorrow since I had the bloomin' thing removed and the hole is still evident but at least it doesn't hurt - bliss!

I'll be going now, hopefully you are still awake and haven't nodded orf - so I'm sending lots of hugs and cuddles to you, please take care.


Love Suexxx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 12 - NATURE


Good afternoon everyone - I must admit it's nice to be back (just in case anyone has missed me - lol) my tooth sorry socket is finally starting to heal and the pain has faded to an ache all along my lower jaw which gradually fades during the day - thank goodness!!!   I've had teeth out before but this is the first time I have ever encountered 'dry socket' - and hopefully the last, I might add.

Anyway here's my card for the 'Nature' themed challenge this fortnight and it's the first card I've made since the beginning of June - the last card I posted had been one I'd made for a friend's son so all I had to do was write it up.


I've only just started crafting again so this is actually an LOTV topper from one of their Art Pads.  A really quick card which doesn't have a sentiment on it because it will go in my card box for use later on.

Ingredients

7" x 7" Ivory card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Topper - LOTV Art Pad - Set 25 'Magical Fairies'
Paper Adventures - 12" x 12" 'Yellow Wild Rose' paper
Butterfly/flower dies - Concord and 9th Floral and Flutter Dies
Leaf die - Unbranded Dies
Pearls - Unbranded

I hope you can enter this one 'cos there are lots of things you can do within this theme.   Although our Challenge is JFF we do have some very smart badges for your sidebars.  'Scuse me if I keep my post short, I have a little more catching up to do so...... must get on!!!

Big hugs to you all, take care.


Love  Suexxx