Monday, 28 April 2014


Well peeps - the blogger didn't schedule me post AGAIN!  This was supposed to post at 8.30am  - it's a good job I'm up early!!!

Good morning peeps - that is if the blog scheduler works, 'cos it didn't yesterday.  I hope you are all well and crafting as much as you'd like to.  I have been decorating supervising the decorating of the dining room, unfortunately I forgot to schedule my CCC card on my blog for Saturday.  This is so it doesn't clash with my DT card for One Stitch at a Time challenge.  This time Karen P chose our theme - make a Christmas card using Black and White plus one colour.  I chose green as my 'colour' and the only black I used was for the sentiment - which is actually dark grey 'cos me black ink is running out.  Ooops.

 Graham had a lot of trouble getting the white to look white, especially because I had used white pearlescent card.  He said he tried loads of times to sort it and also to get the glitter to sparkle (it does sparkle if you get close enough to it!!!).  I do understand, and know that he isn't the only one to have problems.    To see the glitter, it's best to open this in a new tab and then do a close up - then it sparkles and twinkles!!!  This is an aperture card so he also took a picture from an angle to show the inside.

I found the sentiment on a site where there were free verses etc and thought it was just the one I wanted for this card.  I was going to make a card using a stamp of a Christmas village but I've put it somewhere safe!!!!  I hadn't a clue what colour to use with the black and white until I decided to use an ivy corner - light bulb moment - use green!!!  Here are the ingredients -


7" x 7" white card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Sentiment - T'internet Free Verses site
White pearly card - Crafters Companion
Green card - 12" x 12" AC Textured Cardstock
Adorning Squares die - Spellbinders
Ivy Corner (SD066) - Joanna Sheen Signature Dies*
Garden Sprig/Small Garden Sprig dies - Poppy Stamps
Snowflakes dies - Impression Obsession
Holiday Holly Emb. Folder - Die'sire Embossalicious
Glamour Dust - DecoArt

*  Apologies, I forgot to add this lovely die to my ingredients.

Apologies to my CCC friends for the delay in showing my card but I know you understand because I am usually a day early!  Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I hope you have enjoyed checking out my cards and if you have left a comment well good on yer!!!  I am grateful to you all.

Take good care of yourselves and I will be seeing you soon.

Big hugs to you all

Sunday, 27 April 2014


Huge Apologies this was supposed to post at 12 noon but it ignored me!!

Good afternoon my fellow blogsters out there!  I would like to welcome my new followers, I hope you like my cards and stories (mainly of our cat called Blossom (aka Dirty Gertie) and her husband Donny (aka Don, ie when he gets his two bits chopped off).  Thank you all so much for following my little Planet on its journey through the crafty universe.

Now, before I show you my card I just wanted to tell you some good news, I have been invited to join the Crafty Calendar DT, I am so chuffed, I can't tell you how much.   This is a monthly challenge and I will explain more about it when I do my first post for them, hopefully next week.

Anyway onto my card for the One Stitch at a Time Challenge blog.  This week it was my turn to choose and I picked the 'Love in a Mist' digi by Delicious Doodles from the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet.  I lurve this flower and would have them all over the garden if I could.  

This plant has a ferny foliage so I got my new Spritzer bottle, the one that works like an airbrush, and blew two different Copic greens onto my digi - I had masked the flowers and seed pod before I played though!!   I wanted to achieve a sort of wispy feel to the picture.  These seed pods are corkers aren't they - just like little green aliens!


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
'Love in a Mist' Digi - Delicious Doodles at Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
'Just for You' sentiment - Hobby House
Blue, Gingham and Black card - out of my cupboard!
Pierced Oval Stax die - Die-namics
Stitched Rectangle die - Lil'Inker Designs
Pearl Flourish - Hobby House

Don't forget to pop over to the OSAAT challenge site to check out the creations that have been made my teamies .  It's another Anything Goes challenge this week so why not have a go.  There's a prize if you use a Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet image and a prize if you use a digi from elsewhere!!!

I hope you like my card, thank you for any comments you may have left, I do enjoy reading them!  I might not make as many cards as some of you do - 'cos I take sooooo long to come up with my ideas  ......  then I change my mind - but I still love my blog and I enjoy my DT cards as well.  Thanks again for visiting me and following!

Hugs to you all, take care

Sue xxx
I would like to enter my card in the following challenges -

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Good afternoon everyone out there - this week I had a paper pack to work with for my DT Challenge - these papers are really bright, cheerful and very yummy!  I loved the one with the Fairy Cakes on it (I am not a 'Cupcake' person, when I was a little girl they were Fairy Cakes and that's what they are now!!!!).   Can you tell I'm in a bit of a strop today, won't last I promise you - in fact I am now almost back to normal .... well normal for me anyway!

This is the card I made - you will have seen the little fairy image before on one of my cards, but the papers are new to my blog.  You can get this pack, called Birthday Surprise from Panda Bear at the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet.  This particular paper is called 'So Sweet' - but they are all gorgeous.

 The maestro did a close up of the Fairy Cakes because I printed the whole page and then printed the corner three more times.  I wanted to decoupage the cakes to make them stand out from the page.  The little hearts were then glossed once in position.
The theme for the Challenge this week is 'use a digi' and you can win the 7 images that the DT members used in Challenge 206.  Check out the One Stitch at a Time blog there are some gorgeous cards made by my teamies.    You may also notice that we have been joined by my blog pal Christine Harrop (Christine's Cards and Crafts).  This is her first DT so check out her creation - gorgeous methinks!!!


Birthday Surprise Paper Pack - Panda Bear at Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Babybug digi - BB Kakes at Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Digi Sentiment - Unknown
7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs 
Blue Card - AC Textured Cardstock
Eyelet Circles die - Spellbinders
Scalloped Heart die - X Cut from Docrafts
Flowers - WOC
Glossy Accents
Gems from Stash

Just thought, whilst you are here, that I would let you know that Blossom escaped last night!   She was left downstairs and managed to open the door, I was reading in bed and Graham had just nodded off when there was a loud rumble followed by some very quick thudding noises then as the noise reached the doorway ... silence for a nano-second followed by a thump onto the bed as one very pleased, puffed up Blossom landed on the duvet sounding like a car engine.  The rumble was her running up the stairs, the quick thudding was her running along the landing and the silence for a nano-second was her launching herself from the doorway onto the bed.   The engine noise .... well that was her purring with her success!!!   Now imagine one of those Flamenco dancers in a pose, head up, proud............. well now imagine Blossom in that very same pose - she was as pleased as punch .... until the maestro (who had woken up thinking we had thunder overhead) took her back downstairs!   My, can that cat sulk or what!!!  We are still in bad books!  

Oh well - que sera sera - and here is the pic of her sitting in the flower pot just before she lay down and overflowed - remember me overflowing on the bike seat in an earlier post - probably not a good thought!

 Apologies for the reflection of the maestro in the kitchen window, he could have gone outside but she would have moved off there like the proverbial off a shovel.  She did come in later and had a bite to eat then went back out and curled up in there.  Anyway enough of the little minx, she's getting too much blog time - lol!!!

Thank you for stopping by, I do hope you like the card I made for the OSAAT Challenge, try and enter - you are all so talented.  Please leave me a comment if you can, even if it is to do with Modom!  If you have any advice on how to deal with her 'escapertise' - as long as they aren't cruel of course - I would probably be grateful lol!

Big hugs to you all out there, please take care of yourselves.

SUE xxx

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

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Good morning everyone - well the weekend is here again and I do hope you are enjoying the weather (if it's sunny where you are that is!!).  This time it's Asha's choice for a Christmas theme and she asked us all to make a card depicting Christmas Lights, this could be tree lights, lamps, lanterns or candles - you know the sort of thing I mean.

Anyway this is the card I made and it looks as if I have really made the lamp stand out by enhancing the yellowy light but, in daylight, it's no where near as dark as this - honest!   In fact this is a topper from LOTV and I only added a 'touch' of yellow, plus some Stardust glitter and Glossy Accents.
I do love this Art Pad and I think I will be using  it a lot to make some flatter cards for posting.    It really was simple to make but I am quite pleased with the finished result.


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Topper - LOTV Art Pad
Christmas Post paper pad - Craftwork Cards
Turtle Dove paper pad - Kaisercraft
Twig and Berry paper pad - Kaisercraft
Gold Mirri Card - Stash
Create a Flake Four die - Spellbinders
Merry Christmas die - Cheery Lynn Designs
'NEW' Stitched Rectangle Stax die - Lil'inker Designs (USA)

Graham was doing his four days at work last week and is hoping to carry on decorating the staircase next week.  We (the Royal 'We') have had to redecorate the lower part of the staircase and landing because Blossom didn't care for the paper and decided to remove it from the wall with her little needle sharp claws, strip by strip (grrrr)!   She did this at night when we were asleep, guess she missed the attention!   I've told her she's grounded for a month and she's not allowed to see her 'beau' Donny and all she did was flick her tail in my direction.  She knows I'll get fed up of her trampling over my desk and sitting on my cards quicker than she'll get fed up of being grounded!  

Oh and from now on she is relegated to sleeping downstairs at night.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog - and thank you also for any comments you may leave.  Enjoy your weekend and hopefully you might have some time for crafting, although if the weather is nice it's lovely to be out and about.  Take care of yourselves and again, if you aren't feeling well I wish you a quick and full recovery.

Hugs to you all

SUE xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges -

Sunday, 6 April 2014


Good morning blog friends and a particularly warm welcome to my new follower Kristie Goulet who popped over after spotting me commenting on Darnell Knauss' blog.  It's so nice when you find out how someone came to be following you isn't it?  Anyway this is a card I made for a lovely blog friend on a special birthday, one that I thought I'd already posted - but I can't find it on my blog anywhere!!  I know she likes butterflies and bling so I put both on this card for her.

 This is the inside of the card and I had typed a few words on here which I wanted to keep personal so the maestro did his bit and blobbed them out for me, a proper pixi - whatever it is - job!
The image is a Whimsy Stamp called Sweet Blossom which I bought some time ago but hadn't used.  It's a great image and one I loved colouring, even though I didn't get her hair right, why is this so hit and miss with me???


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Sweet Blossom stamp - Whimsy Stamps
Premium Dyed Textured Cardstock - First Edition
Timeless Victorian pad - LOTV
Patterns of the Rainbow paper - Aspire
Pierced Circle Stax Dies - Die-namics
Doily (6003/1003) Die - Joy (Noor)
Flexmarkers and Sakura Clear Star 
Ribbon - Create & Craft (old but not quite Alan and Barry era)
Butterflies - Stash (were white but I coloured them with Flexmarkers)
Flower gems - Stash

I actually followed a sketch for this one and then promptly forgot to write down where I got it from and, since I made the card back in January, there's Buckley's that I'll remember now lol!!!

I'm just off to find an image with some sort of Christmas light on it for the next CCC challenge.  This can be tree lights, candles, lamps or lanterns so that is the first decision I have to make - just hope I can do this on time - you know what I'm like making decisions on which paper etc. Duh!!!

Oh well, that's all from me for now peeps, thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog.  The hubster is at work four days next week so I will try to be a better blogger and get around all your blogs.

Take care all of you and thank you for any comments you may have left.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Big hugs to you all

SUE xxx

I would like to enter the following challenges