Sunday, 7 September 2014


Well hello there peeps - I bet you are thinking "oh she's still here then" - I have been making a few cards but have neither posted them nor have I been commenting on my friends/followers blogs.  I have been commenting on my DT work however, but if someone had said "don't worry about it" I would have quite happily isolated myself even more.  I do feel guilty that I have 'ignored' my friends in blogland but this is something that builds up and happens to me every now and again and I want to hibernate.  'Nuff of that!

This week, the One Stitch at a Time challenge is back after the summer holidays (I'm pleased because I have had to get me bum in gear to get this card posted!!).  There are a few simple changes which you will be able to read about here on the site!  This is an 'Anything Goes' challenge but with the addition that you must use a die or dies on your project - no problem for the majority of my blog friends - eh girls/guys!!!   One of the changes is that our challenges are now fortnightly so I do hope you enter this one and use your favourite dies!  The prize will be 5 of the images that the DT have used for Challenge No 219 - you can see them on the OSAAT site (here) where all the cards made by my teamies are posted.

I cut my card blank out using the Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circle die - I had to pop it through a few times because it had to be doubled/folded - if you see what I mean - me brain's still a on strike just a tad!
I paper pieced the umbrella but to ensure that the 'under' side of the brolly was different I went over the 'outer' side with my Flexmarkers to deepen the yellow/blue colour.  I was really pleased with the result!  I also added some Glossy Accents to her glasses to make them look the part!
I put a few daisies on the lower half to make the 'stop' for the easel and added a couple of stars - just 'cos I like them.
The sentiment was a freebie I found on t'internet but I retyped it in dark blue then cut it out with one of my pierced dies.


Rainy Day image - BBKakes at the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Card Blank - originally a 7" x 7" Pearl card - Anna Marie Designs
Little Sizzlets Paper Pad - Country (for umbrella)
Checked card - stash from QVC (I think) many years ago 
Grand Scalloped Circle die - Spellbinders Dies
Stitched Star die - Lil'inkers Dies (USA)
Daisy and Leaf dies - Marianne Craftables Dies ref CR1272
Clouds (plus raindrops) - Cheery Lynn Dies
Ornamental pierced Tags 3 - Spellbinders Die D'Lites 
Glossy Accents

I think I have waffled on enough and I don't want to bore you any further - lol!!  I can see Sue J (Olliesmam) going glazed already!  I would love to see your cards - or anything else you want to make - on the OSAAT challenge.  You have two weeks to get your favourite dies and image out before it closes - plenty of time (says she who takes forever)!!!

Thank you so much for popping over to check my card out - I really appreciate the fact that you are there for me, especially when I know that there are plenty of people a lot worse off than me.

Take care of yourselves - lots of big hugs to you all.

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


  1. Hi Sue......I think that's the best thing about being part of the crafty bloggers community, whether you blog everyday or just once in a while your friends are always there! Love your card, gorgeous colour combo & the umbrella looks fantastic!
    hugs Jo x
    ps - I have candy!

  2. Beautiful colour combo.Lovely card.
    Gr Elly

  3. Sue, love your card a great colour combo and image. As Jo has said that's the thing with crafty bloggers we understand it's not always easy to post, and sometimes me just need me time. Take care. Hazel xx

  4. What a super card, I love the colours and the image is so lovely. You have done a great job with the colouring and paper piecing. Try not to worry about visiting and commenting on other blogs just do what you feel you can, I think as the nights start to get darker it can affect our mood and things seem gloomy. keep crafting and hopefully being creative will help to cheer you up.

  5. Helloooooooo my lovely matey..card is gorgeous and so are the dies!!!! don't worry about commenting I haven't been able to do a lot either with Paul being ill. So keep your chin up and look forward to November:)) when there will be complete mayhem!!! Just to let you know I can't go on the Thursday so is the Friday ok??? let me know...lots of hugglessssssssss from all of us here Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. Sue, this is just stunning, so bright, crisp and clean. Your colouring is awesome and what a great layout. Yep love, love, love this creation :) :) :) Hugs Jane xxxxxx

  7. STUNNING card, colours bright and colouring is just this.xxThe Journey is the Start

  8. Hi Sue,
    me wonderful blogging mate.
    Superb card. Love every blooming thing about it.
    Such a cutie image.
    Fab designing as usual, and such clean a bright colour scheme.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  9. Fabulous card Sue! Love the bright colours and layout. And the paper piecing (including the shading) is terrific. Hugs Christine xx

  10. Fabulous card Sue, love the cute image. I know where you're coming happens to me too! Carol x

  11. Hi Sue, what a treat your card is! Love the shaped easel with the plaid paper. Sorry That you haven't been on top form, so to speak. Don't worry about slot we're quite understanding really! Hugs Susan xx

  12. Absolutely stunning card Sue, love everything about it.
    Those flowers and leaves are fantastic.
    I can totally relate to the hibernation effect. I get that lots, it's even worse in the winter when I then go into "full time hibernation"

    Patricia x

  13. Hi Sue
    Welcome back chuck. Love the colours you have used on this super card. Fab!
    You blog when you like gal. We all get times when we want to tell the world to b****r off so no apology required.
    Take care.
    Ang x

  14. Such a lovely job on your easel card. Wonderful how the flowers just seem to spill down off the top section. Great job!!!

    Your Sister OSAAT DT



  15. Lovely to see you here Sue, hope you are feeling less low. Your card is so gorgeous and well worth waiting for.

  16. I hear you on the hibernation comment. Sometimes one just needs a little break from crafting & blogging. Plus other things IRL just have to take priority. Your card is so cheery & cute, love this image, love the color combos, and absolutely love that it's a shaped easel card. It's just totally delightful. The check pattern reminded me of an outfit I wore many long years ago. Always felt smart when I wore it! TFS & Hugs

  17. Sue, this is DARLING! The image is super sweet, your coloring is awesome, and I adore the fun shape and all the die cuts! Thanks for joining us at Doodle Pantry! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  18. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.

  19. Totally understand the need to hibernate now and again! I think many of us have been there too...

    Your card is a gem. A sentiment that I think is true of you, my you should post this little gem to yourself! Yourimage is coloured so nicely and i love what you did with the beolly...looks great.
    The stars and clouds are perfect with this one.

    Just found out our nephew and his wife that live near you, are having a baby in October. Of course that means we will go to that area more often to visit when we are in England. Hopefully you and I can get together again and perhaps have a nice tea out somewhere with our fellows...they will finally meet too!

    Crafty hugs

  20. Fabulous! Love your fun color combo and fab design! Thanks so much for joining us here at Loves Rubber Stamps this week! Good Luck & Tons of Hugs, DT Dangina

  21. OMGosh this is so adorable. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  22. What a gorgeous card. Love your layout and the colours you have used, so cute...Thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers and hoping you would like to join us again soon. Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy x

  23. Gorgeous card - love that bear! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge this week!
    Mandy x (PPCC DT)

  24. Really cute creation, love the colours & dies you have used!

    Thank you for sharing with us at My Time to Craft this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  25. Such a great card, sue and the papers you chose are just perfect for the image, loads of love details too.

    Jennie, your OSAAT team xx

  26. cute Cute CUTE! Sue this is sweet! Love the groupings of stars and clouds - and that they are both non-traditional colors! Wonderful design! hugs, de

  27. Fab card. Love the bright colours.

    Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin'.


  28. OMGOSH...Sue, this is absolutely ADORABLE! Love the colors, all the dies and your paper piecing :) CUTE!! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week xoxoxo

  29. This is really fab! I especially love the clouds and the daisies. Perfect additions. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  30. Gorgeous creation! Beauiful design and combination of colors! I love little flowers and umbrella!
    Thank you for playing at Craft Galore Encore Challenge "Make a Card", good luck and I hope to see again.

  31. Fabulous card with such a great shape. Love your flowers, too.

    Thanks for joining us at The Sweet Pea Stampers.



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