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 -


  1. By the time I'd read the story of Dirty Gertie I had to scroll back up to see your card as I'd forgotten it!! It's beautiful and I love that embossing. Hazel x

  2. Like Hazel I was so engrossed in the tale (or tail!) of one Dirty Gertie I couldn't remember what the card was like. Made my Sunday!!!

    Your card is gorgeous Sue. All that embossing, fabulous image and embellishments. Brilliant.

    love and hugs Chrisitne xx

    (I have acceded to your request!!)

  3. Love your flowers, and shape of the card..
    Hugs Nat

  4. Hahahahahaha!!! oh my I did chortle along to this, Paul kept asking me what I was laughing at, then he said 'oh don't tell me it's Sue???' especially the part with the ciggie hahahaha omg. Ooops forgot about your card! it's beautiful it really is oh wow Sue I can't stop laughing lots of hugglesssssssssssssssssss and sloppy kisses off Ollie to Dirty Gertie hahaha xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sue

  5. I agree with everyone I was laughing at your very descriptive story especially about the cig part and I also had to scroll up completely forgot what your card was never mind what it looked like!!!gorgeous shaped card and love the image and embossed background and love the poinsettias
    Carol x

  6. Oh dear Sue, we're all alike - enchanted by the adventures of Dirty Gertie and Don Juan doing what comes naturally to cats who choose to make you responsible for them once they've reached their prime. I'm laughing so much that I'm going to come back to you to talk about your card - once I've regained my equilibrium. I have to tell you though - my four legged boys are looking most disgruntled at what they've been missing out on. Love Ingrid xxx btw: Blossom and Donny are so fortunate to have found you xxx

  7. WHAT?! No photos? LOL too funny, Sue. So when will the magic of having all the baby Blossoms occur? At least she won't have to hang her head in shame LOL so will you still call her Blossom? Or will she now be DG for short?

    Now on to your magnificent card, Miss Sue. GORGEOUS of course. And now you are MAKING ME have to buy the SBGrand Decorative Circles One - how mean of you. Looks amazing! Just the right amount of prettiness!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely card and lively home life LOL xoxoxoxox

  8. Hi Sue,
    me wonderful blog mate. Oh Sue you do make me chuckle with your entertaining way with words. I too was enthralled with your tale too. Just think you could write your own 50 shades of grey, but the moggy
    Oh I forgot I am supposed to be commenting on your card.
    Well it's really quite a stunning card. Love your superb colouring in, especially the hair. Fab design too.
    Superb photography Graham.
    Lots of hugs and pecks for Pidgy.
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. I promised to come back Sue - specifically to tell you how wonderful this card is. It is overflowing with opulence, beauty and (your personal attribute ... ) warmth. I love the deeply embossed white backing pater that gives such a rich background to your beautifully coloured and fur wrapped Christina. The die cut circle and flowers are are just purrrfect. I so love this beautiful Christmas card Sue and it deserves a few words totally to itself - Love Ingrid xxx

  10. Very pretty w/ wonderful coloring, Easel style (not made a round easel style before) & embellishing. Your cupboard has wonderful things in it. Especially like the fur trim. Like the doily look & sparkle on the Poinsettias.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  11. Oh Sue, I have been laughing so much reading about Blossom a.k.a Dirty Gertie and just had to explain to my daugher what was so funny! Thank you, I really needed cheering up!
    Your card is fabulous. I love the image and your detailing is wonderful.
    hugs Sue xx

  12. Sue you haven't done your gorgeous card any favours as like everyone else I was so involved in your funny story and had to scroll back up to view your card again. The story had me in fits and hubby even asked me what I was smiling at as I am typing this. Your card is beautiful and your colour is awesome as is your layout.


  13. I have been sitting here chuckling at your Dirty Gertie story,,,thank you, it brightened up a wet and windy Sunday! Love your card too..super design, hugs Carole Z X

  14. Great story and great card! Haven't tried an easel card before, but they do look so lovely - as do the little poinsettias. Hope the next few days are calmer in your household :)

    Victoria (DT teamie)

  15. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog - I came over to check out your new kitty - she's adorable! I love cats! Funny story too - hope all goes well until you get her spayed.

    Your card is gorgeous! I'm quite taken with easel cards - I've only ever made one and I keep meaning to make another one every time I see one - I just love yours - so classy and elegant! I like your poinsettias too and the flowersoft is the perfect detail!

  16. Awesome card!! Love the flower soft!!! Cute story on the kitties. I hope she settles until you can get her in to be spayed!!

  17. Fabulous card Sue, love the image you used! Got me laughing reading the story!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska

  18. Oh you're a funny one, Sue. If you have them both done, Donny might just be the one cleaning the litter box while Blossom sits about the house!. BTW, love your card!
    hugs Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  19. What a beautiful card Sue! Love the Image and you've colored her beautifully! Great flowers. Thank you for joining us at Crafting When We Can Challenges this week; hope you join us again next week!


  20. Your card is utterly gorgeous - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 149 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too. x

  21. beautiful card. and your colouring is beautiful too!
    thank you for joining at lacy sunshine challenge.

  22. Wonderful card. I love the bright coloured image against all the white.Thanks for joining us at I Love ProMarkers. Hope to see you back soon. Hugs, Lisbeth

  23. As it’s something I don’t like doing will admit this is a copy and paste comment as I am unable to type properly at the moment, but didn't want to miss the opportunity to take a look at your lovely creation and thank you for joining us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  24. What a stunning the shape and the vibrant colours too. Your colouring is awesome (as always).
    Lynn, DT Teamie OSAAT

  25. Great card!
    I love the layout and the colors!
    Thanks for joining us at Christmas card Challenges this week!
    Monica - CCC DT

  26. Lovely card with great design. Thanks for playing with us at Paper Crafting Journey!
    Big Hug, Iwona

  27. Gorgeous Christmas Card. Thank you for joining us at MY Heart Pieces challenge. Marlene DT

  28. A lovely easel card, and I loved your G/Circles dies used for the card shape. Your fibers did have a nice glimmer on my monitor BTW. Loved the digi & your coloring is fabulous. As was the EF you did look like snowflakes. Enjoyed your kitty story as well. Good luck! TFS & Hugs

  29. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  30. Loving the background. Gorgeous to be left just white. Real statement which brings out the wonderful image. Lis - teamie x

  31. Lovely Easel card :) Sian (OSAAT Teamie)

  32. This is just delightful! Thank you for sharing over at Lacy Sunshine, Hugs Kerry DT xx

  33. Stunning image on the stark white background. Coloring is so rich and elegant. Maggie (OSAAT Teamie)

  34. I am a wee bit behind in my visits...but i am sure glad i stopped was I missing the most hilarious story! I can just see him asking for a ciggie!
    You are a great story teller always bring a smile to my face when you have a funny story to share.

    I think your little Blossom has the perfect home...a Mum and Dad who will treasure her and a boyfriend to boot! lol

    Great card...i am drooling over that die behind the image...sigh...blogging will keep me broke!!! lol
    I agree that the flower panels do give the feelingof snowflakes andthe holographic twine was a marvelous idea.

  35. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Kraftyhands Challenges. Hope to see you join us again soon.

  36. Very Beautiful Christmas creation, thanks for joining us at stamping sensations this month and good luck !

    Francesca x


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