Sunday, 17 November 2013


Good afternoon peeps, thank you so much for your comments on the Christmas card I posted yesterday and for your thoughts concerning Dahlia (pronounced Dallier).  It certainly is a worrying time for us.  I will of course let you know when I hear anything further.

This card is my creation for the OSAAT DT - Challenge No 190 - and I am using a digi called 'Fancy Free'  from Barbara Jensen at the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet.  Once again this Challenge is 'Anything Goes' and if you use a digi from Stitchy Bear you can win all the digis we used in Challenge No 188!  You can still win a prize if you use another digi, so please have a go!!

7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Barbara Jensen digi at Stitchy Bear Outlet
LOTV - Sentiment stamp
LOTV - Country Lady Collection paper pad
Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle die
Bakers Twine
Extra card and buttons from stash

Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment if you have time, I really do enjoy reading them.  Now, don't forget to enter the OSAAT challenge it's lovely seeing your cards on there.

Loads of big hugs to you

SUE xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -
Crafty Girls Challenge No 6 -

Saturday, 16 November 2013


Good afternoon dear blog friends and followers - I seem to be permanently busy at the moment and despite having a poorly back, I am trying to carry on regardless!!  Graham is so proud of us both (us being me and Blossom of course).  She had her stitches out today and was a good girl, no biting, hissing or growling - as for Blossom well she er.............. only kidding!  She was sooo good although we could have managed really well without the 'singing' in the car!  Auditioning for 'Cats' she was not!

Anyway I am having another tidy up - huh, take out some items, sit down, put them neatly in their new container, put them back, sit a little longer, stand up and stretch (if possible), take a few more out etc etc.   I haven't managed one shelf yet but it doesn't matter, I am taking my time.  Oh and I made a couple of cards in between. 

The one I have made for this post is for the CCC, Carol has chosen the theme 'pretty in pink'.  Now, I had one of those moments - you know the ones you get every millennium or so - lol - well you do if your name is Sue Pxxx and you're on another planet half the time.   Some time ago I was hopping about the blogs leaving a few comments and I saw this card on Di's blog (Pixie's Crafty Workshop) here.  I must admit I really liked it for it's simplicity and CAS-ness!  I had my light-bulb moment and pictured a version of this in pink!!  I also wanted to play with my Frantage because I have never had the courage - until now - that is.  So here we are!

Before I did anything else I took a card blank and sprinkled some Shabby Pink EP on the front - I didn't use any ink beforehand because I wanted a random splash!  It was fun trying to balance the card so that the bloomin' stuff wouldn't fall off all over the shop, then I heated it from underneath.    I am quite pleased with my nebular constellation pink wormhole (just a few words I have strung together that sound good!)!  I added a few snowflakes in my constellation - pink of course.   The bottom part of the card is a die-cut from a gorgeous die by Memory Box - when I saw Di's card, I just knew that I needed this one - lol.
7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Papermania - Glitter Paper Pad
Stampendous - Shabby Pink EP
Memory Box - Grand Merry Christmas die
Memory Box - Lindeman Snowflake
Poppy Stamps - Giovanna Snowflake die
io-dies - Snowflake dies (asstd)
 This is my first really CAS card methinks and I am sure the majority of my cards has an image somewhere or other.  This could be another first - yay!  I really am itching to add something else but I don't know what, and I am sure it would be OTT.
I hope you like it, as this is a big swerve for me, let me know if it is OK, or whether you think it needs something else!!  I shall really love reading your comments, but don't be too cruel!  ROFL.
Thank you for stopping by and having a peep at my bits and bobs.  I really will do my best to drop by your blogs as soon as I can. 
 Before I go I am sure, like me, you are thinking of all the poor souls in the Philippines struggling after that horrendous typhoon Haiyan.  We have our 'adopted' daughter there, we met her when we were on holiday on a tiny island in the Maldives and she was one of the Receptionists.  We used to chat every day and she told us that she and her husband had been trying for a baby for ages and she thought that she might just be pregnant!   (she was pregnant and has since had a truly beautiful daughter) We were her lucky charms and she called us her 'adopted' mum and dad!  I haven't been able to contact her yet, but I have to keep trying and hoping that she is OK.
Big hugs to you all and take care of yourselves. 
SUE xxx
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -
Creative Moments Challenge No 30 -

Tuesday, 12 November 2013


Good morning peeps, and a huge hello to my FOUR new followers, thank you so much for dropping by, I do hope you are all well, or at least getting there!  I haven't forgotten about my '100 followers blog candy' but I've had a couple of trials and tribulations with my back this week although I am not complaining 'cos I am still here ... and with Blossom to keep me company!

Graham is out at work this week (well four days to be precise - and that is per month!!!) so I am keeping Blossom on the straight and narrow.  She has had her op and, following a check up on Sunday, she is fine (no longer constipated - thought I ought to let you know Sue J!!).  She doesn't have to go back until next Saturday for stitch removal - can't wait to be honest, the vocals from her in the car are to die for .... not!  She was feeling very sorry for herself on Saturday and I said "Cheer up, 'cos you can go out and have safe sex now Bloss"  She looked at me as if to say "Do you think I still have the inclination after all that?"   Sorry sweetie, that was the idea.  Oooh cruel mummy!  LOL.

Anyway enough of the lurid sex life of my little fur baby - this is a card for a special blog friend because it is her birthday today - Happy Birthday Christine (Harrop).  I hope you have a lovely day and manage to do something really special.

I do like LOTV digis and this was in the Fairies Black and White Sketch Pad No. 6.  I know that Christine likes these colours (just like moi) so the choice of papers was so easy.
'Cos this is a special card for a special friend, I decorated the inside as well - yay!  I used one of my new Spellbinders Die D'Lites for the flower, it reminds me of an Osteospermum, some of them have little 'spoon' shaped petals and are beautiful.


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
LOTV - Cute Fairy from Sketchpad 6
LOTV - Happy Birthday Sentiment stamp
LOTV/Nitwit Paper Pad - Promises
Spellbinders - Opulent Ovals Die
Spellbinders Die D'Lites - Blooms One Die
DI - Dusty Concord
Sakura Clear Star Pen
Stardust Stickles
I am just hoping that this card pops up on my blog when the Postman has been, this is why I am scheduling it for after lunch.
Hope you like it, thank you so much for visiting me and for leaving any comments (if you have had the time).  I really do appreciate reading every one, even the maestro pops in to check them out.  Bless him.
Oh and I do hope I haven't offended anyone with my lurid stories of Blossom's past life, when she was a sex goddess.
Thought you might like to see a picture of her and her husband Donny (aka Don Juan) he really is a lovely soul but much more frightened of humans than his wife!!  Just look at Blossom's face - pure lust!  Now look at Donny's face - he looks as if he is thinking "Oh not again!!!"
Big hugs to you all and good luck to you if you have entered any challenges recently!
SUE xxx
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Sunday, 3 November 2013


Hi there lovely peeps - I do hope you are well and having a good weekend.  This is a DT card for the OSAAT challenge this week and we would love to see your creations entered on there.  You can win all of the digis the DT used in challenge number 186!  I should remind you that the only 'rule' to win all of these is that you should use a digi from the Stitchy Bears Digi Outlet.  You can still win a prize if you use a digi from another store though - check out the OSAAT site for the very simple rules.

The image is called Christina and is by Delicious Doodles on the Stitchy Bears Digi Outlet.

I decided to make this into an easel card and I thought the embossed white paper, despite being flowery, looked quite like snowflakes.  I used a 7" x 7" square card and made it into a round card using my Grand Circle Spellbinder die.  The circle where 'Christina' is placed is a Grand Decorative Circle.  I do love this decorative die!  I matted a piece of the embossed card on the top and then glued some gorgeous holographic fibre around the edge.  You will have to take my word for it that it is holographic because it just wouldn't show up on the pic.  The trim around her red top is covered in Polar White Flowersoft - something else I found in the cupboard!
7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - Christina by Delicious Doodles at Stitchy Bears Outlet
Pearl White Card - Crafters Companion
White Snowflake Embossed Card - C & C
Grand Circles Die - Spellbinders
Grand Decorative Circles One - Spellbinders
 Holly Motifs Die - Spellbinders
Poinsettia Die - Spellbinders
Stamen Punch - ??
Edging Fibre - Fancy Yarns
Glitz Sparkles - glitter glue
Polar Soft - White Flowersoft 
Sentiment is one I stamped out and kept in my stash
Anyway I did warn promise you an update on Blossom's progress.  Well, she went to the V-E-T's on Tuesday for her second injection so at least that is now done with until next year.  She complains louder than any other cat we have had and we have certainly had some vocal fluffies!  Our vet is Portuguese and is wonderful - we were discussing about whether or not she had been spayed, of course you can 't tell unless you can see a scar under her fur!!!  Have you ever tried - I have and have the claw marks to prove it.  Anyway I said we would watch to see if there were any signs that she was coming into season and we would then make an appointment.  We couldn't make an appointment for 7 days anyway because of the injection she had just had.  Something to do with building up immunity etc etc. 
I am sure you have all heard of Murphy's/Sod's Law and this happens to us in spades - I tell you no lies!!!   Wednesday evening she started behaving really oddly, Graham was with her out on the patio and she was crawling towards Donny (aka Don Juan) with her lady bits in the air (hence the new name of Dirty Gertie, Sue J) she was also singing to him - she has a wonderful voice, a bit like Tiny Tim on acid (do you remember Tiptoe through the tulips??).  Anyway hubby managed to capture her and brought her in - she wasn't pleased at all!  I had already asked the V-E-T what would happen if she had any carnal knowledge with Donny and he said not to worry because she could still have the operation.  Anyway she has been out since and even went to wake him up, boy she is a lusty little Dirty Gertie!  Naturally he was chuffed to bits and his little eyes lit up, I really thought he would pop in afterwards to ask if we had any ciggies for him to have a smoke - LOL!!!   (We don't smoke!!)
At least she has an appointment for next Friday now, so we will have an eventful few days methinks.  It's a little odd that she hasn't been pregnant before though!   I forgot to tell you that Donny lives in the garden as well, he joined us in March with Blossom but doesn't appear as vulnerable - once Blossom is sorted out he may have to move in, providing he is happy to be neutered !!!   Ooooooeeer!  Then again he might move on if the love of his life has a permanent headache! 
Roll on next Friday!
Thank you so much for checking out my blog and if you have managed to get through the above without nodding of, I am in awe of you!
Don't forget to check out the OSAAT Challenge and enter if you have the time.
Big hugs to you all from me and Dirty Gertie (aka Blossom)
SUE xxx
I would like to enter my card into the following Challenges -

Saturday, 2 November 2013


Hi there my lovely blogging friends and welcome to my two new Planet Susie followers, you are all stars!!!   

I am so sorry I haven't posted for a while, I've made a couple of cards but they are only just due now.  I have been popping around a few blogs to leave a comment here and there though.   Anyway this one is for the CCC, and it is my blog buddy Christine's turn to choose a theme so she asked us all to make a Christmas card with a religious theme.   As a non-religious person I thought I would have trouble finding a religious stamp in my collection, however I looked in my stamp drawer and found the silhouette of the Three Kings (someone had given me this many many years ago and I had popped it away in my filing system)!  I remembered a card Sheena had made some time ago using a rooftop stamp and Distress Inks, I had made one very similar and loved the technique so thought I would use it again.  I stamped the image then used Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord to make a 'night sky' background. A few little dots of Sakura 'Clear Star' pen added to the starry sky.  Everything else I used is detailed in the Ingredients list below.

I bought some new dies recently amongst them were the Star of Wonder die and the Starburst Die.  The majority of my dies I buy from Dies to Die For  and I really cannot recommend Tracy highly enough.  There is a little box on the checkout form that asks for any additional information.  I often ask if there is a particular die in stock and she rarely fails to find an extra one for me - even when it is marked as OOS.  Not only does she send out your order really quickly, she also pops in a few die cut samples!  This lady is sooo helpful, I told her I was going to mention her in dispatches and NO - my fiver is not in the post - LOL!

The first pic is with the window almost closed, the paper is white and I have used lilac satin Mirri card to mat and layer.  All the stars are cut from silver holographic card.
This one, with the windows open, shows the colours of the night, starting with the Stormy Sky then the Faded Jeans and then the Dusty Concord.  I have just remembered that there is a tiny smidge of Black Soot right on the top edge.
 This is the last one and I liked it because it shows off the lilac matting layer really well plus the windows.  I also typed the sentiment and printed it in purple - I lurve this font.

5.25" x 5.25" White Card Blank - stash
Rubber Stamp - unknown
Lilac Satin Mirri Card - C & C
White Dotty Embossed Card - C & C
Snippet of Coconut White card - C & C
Star of Wonder Die - Memory Box
Window Four Die - Spellbinders Die D'Lites
Starburst Die - Joanna Sheen Signature Dies
Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord and Black Soot DI
Clear Star pen - Sakura
I hope this card fits the theme, I am pleased with the result though, and must admit to it being one of the smallest cards I have made but the stamp would have been lost on anything bigger.  I had been wanting to use the window die for a while and thought this was a good opportunity.  It must be Murphy's Law that this one has used a snippet and I am too late for Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippet's Challenge!   Darn!!!!!!
I hope you like it, and I would really love it if you have the time to leave a little comment.  Never worry if you can't because I understand.
Oh - thought I would give you a quick warning, I will be giving you a Blossom - or Dirty Gertie as she is now known - update on my next post !
Please take care of yourselves and keep well.
Hugs to you all -
SUE  xxx
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -