Thursday, 15 September 2016


Hi there everyone it's the mid month reminder for the CCAYR September Challenge and our theme is 'Shabby chic and/or Monochromatic' for your Christmas/Holiday creations.  I bought some gorgeous images a while ago from a wonderful artist Toni Arthurs, she has a group on FB ("My Art By Toni" Digital Stamps Sharing Group) and her images are varied and very pretty!


7" x 7" white card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - Birdhouse with Robins by Toni Arthurs (FB)
Embossing Folder - Free with a Craft Magazine
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL - Stitched Rectangle Ref 44
Core-dinations 'Ebony and Ivory' 12" x 12" pad
Anna Marie Designs - 'Blissful Teal' 7" x 7" paper pad
Stardust Stickles
Ribbon - The Hobby House
Charm - stash - bought from Ebay
Sentiment - printed and then 'Minc'd' with silver foil

We are being sponsored this month by Elizabeth Bell

and she is offering the two sweet digis below as a prize

Prize no 2 is the following 

 So there we have it - two prizes on offer when you enter our challenge.  Don't forget we love seeing your creations and we hope you can find the time to drop by and check out the DT work on our Challenge site (here).

I do have some sad news to tell you about and that is that we lost our gorgeous Blossom on Monday 6 September.  On the Sunday night she came up the stairs to bed in my craft room and I noticed that she was out of breath but guessed she must have been cavorting with Donny in the garden before she came in.  She'd been absolutely fine up until then, however in the morning she was no better so we popped her to the vets and they said they would x-ray her and give us a ring when she was ready to pick up.  Apparently they gave her a small sedative and she had a seizure.  The x-ray showed a large amount of fluid on her lungs and the vet said she couldn't be sure whether it was her heart or the return of the cancer.  She said she could try to drain her lungs but couldn't risk giving her a full anaesthetic and even then she couldn't guarantee anything.  After consideration we thought it best to let her go and join her other furry brothers and sisters over what I think is beautifully described as 'the rainbow bridge'.  We were both with her and she was so dignified bless her.  I'm keeping her little bed in my craft room, I know the other two are missing her, Biscuit was looking for her for two days, whilst  Donny seemed to be like my shadow for a while.  Sorry to end on a miserable note but I know that many of you will understand how we're feeling at the moment.

Big hugs to you all

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Digi Choosday Challenge Wk 37 - Anything Goes (1)
Ike's World Challenge No 72 - Things that Fly
Love to Craft Challenge No 2 - Anything Goes (1)


  1. Hi Sue this is a stunning Christmas card I love the image you have used. Take care. Hugs Jakcie

  2. Aww Sue, so sorry to hear about Blossom, I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet.
    Sending you a huge hug.
    btw your card is gorgeous!

  3. Gorgeous card Sue, I like the sweet image the sparkle and the embellishments. so sorry to hear of your sad loss sending hugs.
    Kevin xx

  4. Hi Sue
    Yes, you're not the only one been absent so there was no need to apologise on your comment. Life sometimes gets in the way eh?
    Your card is fabulous. The image is so lovely and beautifully coloured.
    I noticed the side bar before I read your post and thought "oh no". I'm so very sad and sorry to hear about dear Blossom. Have been there chuck and its devastating.
    Sending you all hugs and sympathy.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  5. What a beautiful card, Sue! Love the image and you've coloured and glittered it perfectly. So very sorry to hear your sad news. It's just awful when you lose a pet. xx

  6. Oh Sue, I'm so sorry to hear about Blossom. A much loved member of your family and, as you say, now at Rainbow Bridge playing with others - but she'll know that you loved her so very much for sure. A hard decision but the right one.

    ove and hugs

    di xx

  7. This is so cute and the sparkle is just perfect. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent and imagination at work. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  8. Beautiful and elegant Xmas card, gorgeous. Thanks for joining us for the ATG challenge at Digi Choosday.
    Gail Digi Choosday DT

  9. It's a gorgeous card, Sue! Your coloring is fabulous. I'm so sorry for your loss.
    Thanks for joining our Digi Choosday Challenge at Polkadoodles! :o)

  10. Oh No - so sorry to hear about the lovely Blossom. Such a pity and I send you lots of hugs. It's always so sad when we lose a furbaby :-(

    Thank you for coming over to play at IKEsWORLD CHALLENGES. This is a gorgeous card. Great colouring and I love the glittery snow. I really like how you cut those semi circles out of the base plate to show the rest of the stamped snowflakes - that's genius !! :-D

    IKE xx

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  11. A beautiful card Thank you for joining us at Ike's World Challenges good luck Ginny DT for
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  12. So pretty! Thanks for joining at Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes

  13. This is the loveliest card, I love the main image and the pretty details, really gorgeous.It would be fantastic if you shared this creation at Anything goes September link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  14. A sweet holiday card!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Carla DT

  15. I love your Christmas project, its just beautiful. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  16. Such a pretty Christmas card, a beautiful image.
    Thank you for joining us at Paper Creator.
    I have candy on my blog Crafting with Cotnob if you would like to take a look.

  17. Oh GORGEOUS! Love the sweet image, and your details make my heart sing! hugs, de


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