Sunday, 26 January 2014


Good morning fellow bloggers and friends - I have my second Steampunky Christmas card to share with you today.  Truth is I've just remembered it 'cos I had a diddy parcel of watch cogs, hands (duh - the watch variety) and springs etc yesterday and they made me think of my Steampunk look Christmas Trees.  This card was a request from my ex-colleague for his son and another one that stressed me out totally even though, once I had started it, everything came together!

Here it is for you to check it out.

I thought you might like to see a close up of the Christmas tree.

Both Adam and Jemma loved their Steampunk cards according to their dad - so that was a big 'phew' from me!

7" x 7" Kraft Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Free Digi - Vince Ballard (Crafty Moments Cardmaking)
MME - Signature Christmas 12" x 12" paper pad
Spellbinders Grand Oval Die
Die Cutting Stencil Christmas Tree (with magazine)
Cheery Lynn Gears Dies 
Die Versions Marker Micro Font Alphabet Die
Dee's Distinctively Wreath Builder Die (holly leaves)
We R Memory Keepers - Metal Findings
Tim Holtz Ticket Label
Eco Green Die Cut Cogs
Ebay Watch Cogs 

I know this isn't a Christmassy picture but I felt it would look OK once I had put some holly and the tree on it.  This image is a lovely one and you can have it either pre-coloured or outline.  I'm afraid, like the one for his sister, I chose the coloured image purely to save some time!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a moment to check out my cards, as always, if you have the time to leave a comment I really am grateful to you.

 I hope you were OK yesterday if you had the same storm we had, it seems that there were loads of people who suffered it and as I told Christine Harrop I couldn't believe the size of the raindrops - they were more like golf balls!   It was so noisy around here as well, I checked on Blossom and she was asleep with her paw over her nose, Donny was out probably in his 'Palace' and poor old Colin was so frightened he rolled himself up inside his leaf home!  LOL!

I'm off now and will leave you with a big hug from me!  Please take care of yourselves.

SUE xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges -
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge Wk 109 - (snippets of Kraft/Patterned paper used for holly leaves, berries and lettering) -

Sunday, 19 January 2014


Good afternoon blog friends and followers - just like buses, you don't see one for ages then two come along at once - that's me and my cards today folks!!!

Lizzie has chosen the above theme - in a word FOOD! - for the CCC challenge this time and (apologies to you Lizzie) I had made this one for my ex-colleague so I am hoping that you won't mind.  I promise to make another card to put in my collection for this coming Christmas though.  He asked me to make a card for the mother of a member of staff because she is always baking and sending cakes and goodies into the office for them throughout the year.  

What a lovely lady!

 Because this was given to the lady and because there were a few 'lumpy' flowers on the front, I made a box to go with it.  The recipe on the card itself is for Gingerbread whilst the one on the box is for a Christmas Cake.  I also popped another recipe on the inside of the card which is for Christmas Pudding!  I have wanted to use these stamps for ages so was really pleased to be asked for this card!!  Oh - they are from LOTV!

7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Gingerbread lady digi from the internet freebies
Sentiment stamp - LOTV
Recipe stamps - LOTV
Simple Joys 8x8" Paper Pad - LOTV
Flowers - WOC & Anna Marie Designs
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon and Glitter from stash
Sakura Pens
Glossy Accents

Well, I must say that I loved making this card - could that be because it is about my favourite subject - who knows???  You all know that it takes me ages to get my ideas straight in my head before my card comes together but this one came to me in about 10 seconds flat - the quickest ever!!!   In fact it was complete in about 3 hours including the box - and that is really really quick for me - think more about three days usually and you would be nearer the mark!

Hope you don't mind me posting twice in one day but I do thank you for popping back to my blog and leaving a comment if you have had the time.  I really have to go and answer some emails I have received from my blog friends (you know who you are).  I must have at least 10 waiting for replies - ooops!

Lots of hugs to you and I hope you are all as well as can be expected in this weather - spring may be just around the corner though, we have buds showing on the daffodils and crocuses!  Oh and I am looking after a caterpillar at the moment - he came in on the new hot water tank that was fitted and I just couldn't throw him out into the cold.  Oh boy, this sounds so strange even to my ears - lol!   Sooooo at the moment Colin is thriving on a few nasturtium leaves in a little pot on my desk and all is wonderful on Planet Susie!!   I really am not barking mad - just a bit soppy where critters are concerned.
Think I'd better go now!

SUE xxx


Good morning everyone out there - I am here (honest) although I haven't been blogging apart from my DT duties.  We have both been busy after our water leak, it took a fortnight to fix, four tradespeople, three days without heating or hot water, the kitchen larder/cupboard stuff all over the dining room and the bathroom cupboard stuff all over the bedroom - just bloomin' wonderful!   Our house is one of those Victorian detached houses with 9 ft ceilings and is freezing without heating - cor even the carpet claps cold!  

Anyway we now have it fixed and are back to being warm again, I can sit without my thermals, tee shirt, cardigan, fleecy dressing gown and moon boots on.  Yay!

Here is the first DT card I have made for this year - the digi is called Train Spotting and can be obtained from Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet HERE.  

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 194!  You can still win a prize if you use another digi, so please have a go!!

 A quick pic of the inside, I left the centre clear so that I could add the name of the young recipient.

7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Scrappers' Delight digi at Stitchy Bear Outlet
Tonic Circle Layering Dies
Tonic Scalloped Circle Layering Dies
Impression Obsession Fence Die - altered to form track
Memory Box Mini Cloud Dies
Die Versions Alphabet Dies Marker Micro Font
MME Paper Pad - On the Bright Side
Brenda Pinnick Scrapbook Pad 12x12
Green Card from Stash
Copics and Promarkers
Glossy Accents, Bakers Twine, Twinkling H2Os

Well that's enough from me for now, I have waffled and warbled for far too long - about nothing as per usual - I hope you like my little card, I would love you to leave me a comment if you can but I understand it if you are busy.   Oh btw - Blossom seems to have lost her appetite and found that of an elephant.  We have had to put her on a diet but those 'feed me' eyes of hers really get to us.  I suppose it doesn't help that she is no longer getting her exercise (as Donny can tell you) Lol.

Lots of hugs to you all and take care, I really do feel for you if you are having floods etc in your area, I can't imagine how you are coping.

SUE xxx

I am entering my card in the following Challenges - I have had word that the links weren't working to the challenges below so I have changed them all.  Please click on the name of the challenge to go to the blog.  Thanks Loads.

Sunday, 5 January 2014


Good morning to you all - I hope you enjoyed your New Year whatever you were doing!  I can tell you I managed to get to bed and was asleep by midnight so I am a happy bunny!

Well, this is the first CCC creation for 2014.  I had meant to make some gift bags for holding presents for last Christmas but, alas, I never got a 'Roundtuit' - lol!  Our friend Sylvie decided to have a theme of 'Anything Goes' for this challenge so I thought - gift bags - why not??

Anyway here are two of them, very simple but I like them because it is the first time I have used felt for my die-cuts.  There were two types of felt in my stash (as well as some wool felt which I haven't yet used).  Both of them were freebies and not particularly good quality (sorry you mags out there).  One of them was particularly soft and I knew it wouldn't work too well so I sprayed it with starch and left it to dry.  Well - what can I say - this worked a treat, my die-cut was beautiful, nice and strong and not floppy!  Oooh matron!

I will shut up now and stop digging.

I will now hide put these away for next year and hope that I can find them!  They are simple, I know, but I was really chuffed with them.  I was really taken with the felt poinsettias, I honestly didn't think they would come out at all well.  I feel as if I should get my mojo working on a few different gift bags throughout the year.  

Thank you Sylvie for giving us the Anything Goes challenge, it gave me the opportunity to be a tad out of my comfort zone ('cos I lurve stamps/digis the best) and try out felt!  Whoopee Doo!

If you haven't nodded orf yet, don't forget there is a Challenge over at One Stitch at a Time (here) - this has been open over Christmas and still has around 7 days to go!!!  This one is Anything Goes so please do have a go.

Oh by the way, the leak is still coming through the ceiling in the kitchen, we have had the 'experts' in and they have discovered that there is a leak on the pipes into the hot water tank.  Graham has dismantled the 'airing cupboard' in the bathroom and has emptied the kitchen cupboard.   He's put a large bucket under there but a new tank has been ordered and will be installed on Tuesday afternoon, the same day Graham has to pop over to Mansfield to get the car MOT'd and serviced!!  I just want to hibernate until it is all over - lol!

Thank you so much for popping by, take care of yourselves and I do hope the weather it a little better for you.

Big hugs to you all

SUE xxx