Tuesday, 18 April 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - APRIL - CHRISTMAS FLOWERS


Morning everyone - I'm just posting my mid-month reminder card for the CCAYR Challenge.  I always love using poinsettias on my Christmas cards so when I saw that our challenge was for Christmas flowers I was tempted to use them again but ...... I had a die that I was waiting to use and, even though it was an Anemone, I thought I could make it into a Christmas Rose (aka Helleborus) instead.





The flower dies are from Elizabeth Craft Dies and I think they are all gorgeous.

Ingredients

7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - 'Presents and Christmas Roses' - Colouring Pages 
Die'sire Embossing Folder - 'Holiday Holly'
Creative Dies - Nesting Circles die
Elizabeth Craft Dies - 'Anemone' flower die from 'Susan's Garden'
Sweet Dixie Dies - 'Bells and Holly' die
Spellbinders 'Poppy' die - Small Leaf die
Die-namics Dies - 'Stitched Fishtail Flag' die
Unbranded Dies - Large 'bobble' fern die
Copics
Stardust Stickles  
Martha Stewart Flock (on the stamens)
Sentiment typed and then 'Minc'd' with gold foil on my machine

I do hope it's not too early for you to start your Christmas cards - what am I talking about - it's NEVER too early!  Let's see your creations over on the CCAYR blog - just check out the projects from my teamies.  

The prize for this month's winner is 



Don't forget there are badges for the Winner and Top 3 as well.

Am planning to do some colouring this afternoon - whether I get a 'Round Tuit' is another matter, you see we are popping into town this morning and that means we will HAVE to go into John Lewis for a coffee and bun and this afternoon I'll probably nod orf!!  Love a little nap in the afternoon after a wander around town.

Anyway must go - catch you later - take care!

Big hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

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

ABC Christmas Challenge (APR) - H is for Home, I is for Informal

Sunday, 16 April 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 6 - THINGS WITH WINGS



Good afternoon to all of you - just posting my card for the IntAAS Challenge this fortnight where our theme is 'Things with Wings'.  I've cheated a bit (for me that is, because I love colouring) and used a pre-coloured image.    I bought some of these LOTV Art Pads to make a few quick cards but I love them and have used them for not so quick cards!



Ingredients

White 7" x 7" card blank - Anna Marie Designs
LOTV pre-coloured image 'Magical Fairies' - Art Pad Set 25
LOTV Nit-Wit Collection - 'Pastel Dreams' paper pad
American Traditional Designs - Textured Cardstock 8" x 8" paper pad
Tonic Dies - Rectangle Layering dies
Butterfly die - Unbranded Die
Floral Strip die - Unbranded Die
Wink of Stella Clear Pen

I kept this one quite simple (for me) but added a few tweaks to the image with a Wink of Stella pen - namely on the flower petals, butterfly wings and fairy wings plus a smidge of white pen on the leaves of the flower.  The glittery bits don't show up too well on the pic but irl they stand out really great.

We'd love to see your creations in our JFF challenge, why not pop over to the IntAAS blog and have a look at what my teamies have made.   We have great badges for our Winner and Top 3.

Anyway must be orf - have an Easter Egg to tackle mmmmmmmmmmmmm!   

Big hugs to you all, take care.


Love  Suexxx


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

Come and Get It Challenge  - It's a Girl Thing
Crafting When We Can Challenge No 142 - One for the Girls
Crafting with an Attitude Challenge No 26 - Anything Goes (1)
Crafting with Friends Challenge No 41 - Anything Goes
Crafty Addicts Challenge No 35 - Anything Goes with the option CAS
Creative Fingers Challenge No 128 - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack Challenge No 184 - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge No 56 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge No 160 - Anything Goes
Scrappers' Delights Challenge No 65 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - APRIL - APRIL SHOWERS/SPRING


Hi there peeps, here I am with my next DT card for Crafty Calendar.  This month our theme is April Showers or Spring.  My mind did a bit of a left turn when I was going to do a right turn and I ended up with a pair of love(ly) owls on a branch with an umbrella - I was definitely up on Planet Susie when I thought of this methinks!  Do love the image though, it's from one of our sponsors this month, Sheepski Designs.


It's a great image (see below) and I was going to colour it but decided to do something different and did some paper-piecing instead just to make the owls into little fun characters.  I do think they look sweet with their googly eyes.  I've popped my watermark over the top of this image by Andrea to protect it.



Ingredients

Image - 'Oliver and Olivia' from Sheepski Designs
7" x 7" White Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Papers - Sizzix Little Sizzles 'Earth Tones' paper pad
Crafters' Companion - Wood Grain 8" x 8" Embossing Folder
Memory Box Dies - Pinpoint Scalloped Circles die
Die-namics Dies - Stitched Fishtail Flag die
Umbrella die - Unbranded die from Ebay
Flower and Leaf dies - AliExpress Unbranded die
Doily - Dovecrafts 'Glad Tidings' set
Copics (for edging the card and for tufty ears and beaks on the owls)
Googly eyes - stash

We have two sponsors this month and they are offering the following prizes

Miss Daisy Stamps



 Jennifer Nilsson Art  ♥︎  Mari Digis  ♥︎  Miss Daisy’s Collection 

Join us at Miss Daisy Stamps Create & Share Facebook Group to meet the artists, 
share fun & inspiration, receive freebies and special deals. See you there!

Prize is 3 images of your choice one from each of the above artists.


Sheepski Designs - Artist/owner Andrea Morris



Prize is 3 images of your choice.

I hope you can enter our challenge - it runs for the whole of April so there's plenty of time - and that's from a crafter who has a Degree in Procrastination (allegedly)!  😁

Sorry this is such a short post (scheduled from yesterday) but I am just off to do some much needed ironing - and we all know how much I adore that job.  Would have started it earlier but the electricity had to be turned off (for flippin' ages) while we had some work carried out.  Oh well it's done now thank goodness.

Catch you all again very soon, thanks for stopping by and checking out my card, can't wait to see you over at the Crafty Calendar Challenge.

Take care and lots of big hugs to you all.


Love Suexxx

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

Crafts and Me Challenge (April) - Things with Wings
Love to Craft Challenge No 9 - Anything Goes (3)

Sunday, 2 April 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 5 - DISTRESSING


Good afternoon fellow bloggers out there, hope your weekend is going well and you are enjoying a little sunshine wherever you are.  Funny really, 'cos I've made a Christmas card when I'm thinking of sunny days - oh well that's me for you.  This fortnight on the International Art and Soul Challenge we're asking you to create something with 'distressing' on it, I know some of my teamies don't like distressing stuff but I'm in me element, probably 'cos I'm a mucky crafter and usually end up with torn bits and pieces and scuffed edges anyway!  Sooo this has been distressed and scuffed to within an inch of it's life - poor card!




I popped this other picture (below) on here because it shows off the top layer of the poinsettia in a better light.  It's a die from Sue Wilson and I use this when I need a bigger flower than usual, although this is by no means large!


Ingredients

'Snowman' Vintage rubber stamp - La Blanche Rubber Stamps (v. old stamp)
6" x 6" White card blank - stash
My Minds Eye - 12" x 12" 'Signature Christmas' Glitter paper pad
Core'dinations 'Whitewash' card stock
Tonic Dies - Scalloped Circle Layering die
Creative Exp. Dies - Finishing Touches 'Trainling Ivy' die
Creative Exp. Dies - Festive Collection 'Classic Poinsettia' die
Creative Exp. Dies - Festive Collection 'Mosaic Poinsettia' die
'Merry Christmas' sentiment clear stamp - unmarked
Pearls and Gems - stash

I do hope you can join in, we are a 'Just For Fun' challenge but we have lovely badges for the DT Favourite and our Top 3 - they are definitely worth displaying on your sidebar!!

Just to let you know - on a totally different subject - since Biscuit's very very expensive tests which included an Ultrasound of his kidneys, several blood and urine tests and a Valium sandwich for his mum and dad (not really), he's been diagnosed with glomerulonephritis  (try saying it, never mind spelling the bloomin' thing!)  which is kidney disease and is usually found in older cats.  As he is such a youngster the Vet said he was probably born with it - bless him, he has had so much to put up with and now he's landed with us!!!  Anyway he's on a special diet and tablets to help his kidneys' function.  Touch wood he's eating his food plus tablet and has put on some of the 800gms he'd lost - which the Vet was extremely pleased about.  He's running around like a mad thing and playing with the sponge ball that came in his care pack.  These really are his favourite toys and, as you may remember me mentioning previously, he insists on playing with the thing up and down the stairs at 4 am.  Not so bad you might think but he insists on talking to himself whilst he's carrying the ball in his mouth, fortunately we can recognise this 'miaow' as "I'm playing, leave me alone" and not a distress call.   Once again it is wonderful here on Planet Susie!

Oh well, I'll leave you to it, don't forget to have a go at creating something for our challenge we'd love to see what you come up with.  

Take care of yourselves - lots of hugs to you.

Love  Suexxx


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

Bit More Time to Craft Challenge No 41 - Anything Goes (2)
Classic Design Team Open Challenge No 13 - Anything Goes (2)
Creatalicious Challenge No 112 - Anything Goes with the Option of Flowers (1)
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge No 344 - Christmas
Holly and the Ivy Challenge No 2 - Anything Christmas Goes
Imagine That Challenge (April) - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge No 38 - Anything Goes (2)
Love to Craft Challenge No 9 - Anything Goes (2)
Season's Greetings Challenge No 4 - Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge No 156 - Use a Die Cut

Saturday, 1 April 2017

CRAFTS GALORE ENCORE - APRIL - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES


Bonjour mes amies!  This month over at Crafts Galore Encore we are being sponsored by A Day For Daisies and I chose this lovely image from them for my Anything Goes card.


The prize for our lucky winner is a $12 voucher from ADFD - there is a drawback though - it is just soooooo difficult choosing which images to spend your voucher on!



Ingredients

Image - 'Fashion Bags' from A Day for Daisies
7" x 7" Pearl card blank - Anna Marie Designs
DCWV - 'Chateau Lavender' 12" x 12" card stack
DCWV - 'Le Tres Chic' 12" x 12" card stack
Cottage Cutz Dies - Eiffel Tower
Brenda's Ribbon and Lace Specials - Gems and Cabochon with birdcage
WOC - Roses 
Ribbon and doily - stash
Copics


I fussy cut the image out - believe me those handles on the bags were bloomin' hard to get to so I used a scalpel on those bits, luckily the maestro had warned the blood bank just in case I slipped with the 'sharp' end!   He's such a caring other half 😍.   I then glued her onto a label that was part of the Chateau Lavender card stack.  Must admit I really like this card now it's finished, I think it's because I really had no idea how it would turn out when I started it - I just went with the flow so to speak.

We'd love to see your creations on the Challenge blog - don't forget that prize of a $12 voucher!

It's nice going out with all the daffodils blooming now and I love seeing the birds in the garden getting ready - if they haven't done so already - for their new broods.  Chester, the lame Wood Pigeon, seems to be making a Buckingham Palace nest if the size of those twigs he's collecting is anything to go by - he lands near his chosen site and then has to waddle in sideways 'cos his twigs are usually about 2ft long!

Lots of big hugs to you and take care!  

Love Suexxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Love to Craft Challenge No 9 - Anything Goes (1)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 4 - EMBOSSING


Good afternoon blog friends - this fortnight our theme over at the International Art and Soul Challenge is 'Embossing', now that can be dry embossing or heat embossing or ....... a mixture of both!  Simply put, you decide!!!



 I asked the maestro to take a picture of the card slightly opened so that you could see the inside and also the flowers - I love the way you can make these petals stand out - especially the 'outline' open ones.


I actually made two of these cards because I loved the colours and the design so much, the only difference being the sentiment.  I made the first one into an anniversary card and then made this one.

Ingredients

7" x 7" White Pearl card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Sentiment - Tattered Lace Stamps (embossed with silver emb. powder)
Tattered Lace - 'Quilted Cushion' Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Dies - 'Devine Floral' (middle of the card) die
Le Crea' Multi Dies - Flower 006 die
Tattered Lace Dies - Paradise Ferns die
Creative Expressions Dies - Delicate Daisies die (open and complete petals)
Blue, Green, Lilac card - stash
Pearls - ancient stash

Hope you can join in with us over at IntAAS, we've not had too many entries just lately which is such a shame, Jane Bradshaw, our 'big cheese' really does her best with design and info on our blog.  Granted we don't have prizes 'cos we are now a Just For Fun challenge blog, but we still choose a DT Favourite and also DT Top 3 .... and our badges are well worth displaying!!!

So come on peeps, let's see your creations.

Big hugs to you all.

Lots of love Suexxx

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

Digi Choosday Challenge (Wk 11) - Anything Goes (2)
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge (Mar) - Girly with Die Cuts/Punch

Thursday, 16 March 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - MARCH - ANYTHING BUT A CARD!!


Hi there bloggers one and all - I'm posting my creation for the mid-month reminder of the CCAYR.  Our theme is 'Anything but a Card' and I love making Christmas gift boxes so I made another 'milk carton' type box for, say, a bottle of aftershave perhaps, or a new tie (the maestro loves fancy ties for work - just a little obsession of his!!)  Anyway I've made a gift box which is not 'fluffy' but more 'masculine' - just for him!






I made this 8" high box out of a piece of double sided A3 patterned card from Crafters' Companion.  The most difficult part was cutting the two diamond shapes out of the front and rear of the box.  The rest of the box was decorated with snowflakes which were sprayed with Crafters' Companion Stick and Stay and then covered in luscious gold glitter!  I used a piece of thickish acetate that I'd 'saved' from the package of some dies for the diamond aperture.  I'll have to put this somewhere safe for next year and hope that I can find it again (😉).

Check out what my teamies have created over on the CCAYR Challenge - if you'd like to enter, the challenge doesn't close until the end of March and there's this wonderful prize for the winner too!



I'd like to thank you for checking out this gift box and I do hope you can take part in our challenge.  You know I've said this before - you can never be too early for Christmas .............. sorry if I've just made you spit and splutter at the 'puter!!

Big hugs to you all, take care!

Love Suexxx


I would like to enter my gift box into the following challenges - 

CHNC Challenge Extra (Mar) - Anything Christmas Goes

Monday, 6 March 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL CHALLENGE NO 3 - FANCY BORDERS


Good morning everyone - here's my next card for the IntAAS Challenge this fortnight and, as you can see above, our theme is Fancy Borders - another chance to play with my dies (whoopee).  For once there's not a digi in sight, just wonderful dies and a few pearls.



Ingredients

6" x 6" Ivory card blank - ancient stash
Die'Sire Create-a-card Dies - 'Elizabeth' die
Spellbinders Dies - Deckled Mega Rectangles Small die
Spellbinders Dies - In'spire 'Celebration Two' die  (sentiment)
Creative Expressions Dies - Finishing Touches 'Cape Daisy' die
Creative Expressions Dies - Finishing Touches 'Chrysanthemum' leaf die

Thank you for your comments on my cards recently, you are so kind and I love reading them - of course.  Now let's see what you come up with - find all those dies and punches .... don't forget those punches in the cupboard!  Nip on over to the IntAAS Challenge site to see what my teamies have made, they are really talented ladies.

Lots of big hugs to you, keep warm and dry this is definitely crafting weather!

Love Suexxx

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

Crafty Awesomeness Challenge (Mar) - Anything Goes  (2)
Dies R Us Challenge No 68 - Something New (2) (New Cape Daisy die)
Sparkles Monthly Challenge No 89 - Love                                                         

Sunday, 5 March 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - MARCH - MOTHER'S DAY/SPECIAL FEMALE


Afternoon peeps - this month over at the Crafty Calendar Challenge we are preparing for Mother's Day or for a Special lady/girl in your life so we'd like you to create something with this theme in mind!    Here's my DT card, I used an image from Elisabeth Bell and (just for Sue J's info 😊) my new Chrysanthemum die from Creative Expressions - think this might become a favourite - until the next one of course.


Ingredients

Image - 'Summer Sweetness' pad by Elisabeth Bell
7" x 7" white card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Paper - DCWV 'Citrus Stack' card pad
Crafts-Too Dies - Presscut Rectangle Stitch Hole die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Helena Lace Ribbon die
Creative Expression Dies - Finishing Touches Chrysanthemum die
Sentiment typed and foiled on my Minc machine
Copic markers

This month we're being sponsored by WOC and the winner will receive a voucher to spend in their online store - they have some fabulous products in the shop!


The challenge lasts all month so I hope you can find time to enter, we love seeing your creations.  Try checking out the Crafty Calendar blog to see what my teamies have made.

Lots of big hugs to you and please take care as usual.  Thanks again for all the comments I received on my last card, really enjoyed reading them.

Love Suexxx

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

Dies R Us Challenge No 68 - Something New  (Chrysanthemum flower die)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

CRAFTS GALORE ENCORE - MARCH - ANYTHING GOES

Good morning everyone - just here to post my card for the CGE challenge this month.  Our themes are always Anything Goes - I love these 'cos they enable us to be as OTT or as CAS as we want to be.


Ingredients

Image - 'Air Fairy' from Fabrika Fantasy (pre-coloured)
7" x 7" pearl white card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Papers - old stash
Marianne Creatables Dies - Fancy Square die - LR0242
Memory Box Dies - Darrington Corner die
Memory Box Dies - Pippi Butterfly die
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - Happy Birthday sentiment die
Spellbinders Dies - Resplendant Rectangle dies (smallest one)
Copic markers (used to enhance image)
Wink of Stella marker (on wings)
White glitter on butterflies and corner dies

This month we've been sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy - they have fabulous images, both outline and pre-coloured.  I used a pre-coloured one this time only because I wanted to use blue anyway so I printed her off and then I just added a few bits of extra colour with my Copics.



I hope you can join in this month, Anything Goes is a popular theme, so we can't wait to see what you can make for our challenge.

Thanks for nipping over and checking out my blog and thank you in advance for any comments you may leave, I certainly enjoy reading them.  Biscuit has to have a tooth out today so I'm feeling really nervous for him, keeping everything crossed though.

Take care, sending you big hugs -

Love Suexxx

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

Inky Chicks Challenge No 79 - Happy Birthday

Sunday, 19 February 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL CHALLENGE NO 2 - RECYCLING


Good afternoon fellow bloggers out there - this is the second challenge of the INTAAS blog and this fortnight we are recycling - so here's my 'recycled' Christmas card.  Many crafters can't bear to throw away all of the cards they receive at this time of year and I'm one of them!  


I used the front of the card - 'chopped' just slightly smaller than the original.  Although you can't tell from this angle, there are several snowflakes on the Christmas tree that have been mounted on foam squares just to add extra dimension.

Ingredients

Recycled Christmas card front
7" x 7" White Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - Snowflake Lattice
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - Garden Notes 'Holiday Holly and Berries' dies
Apple Blossom Dies - Leaves DIOB0267
Pearls - stash

I hope you like this early Christmas card - my favourite type of card to create I have to admit!!  Our Challenge is 'Just for Fun' but we have wonderful badges to display on your sidebar if you are one of our lucky winners/Top 3 - all chosen by the DT.   Don't forget you can make anything you like just as long as you recycle!

So glad that you have popped by again, and I hope you find time to check out the creations of my Teamies on the INTAAS blog.

Lots of hugs to you all and please take care.

Love Suexxx


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

Allsorts Challenge No 403 - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge No 403 - Christmas
Craft Rocket Challenge No 33 - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends Challenge No 30 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge No 335 - Anything Goes
CHNC Challenge No 321 - Anything Christmas Goes
Happy Little Stampers Challenge (Feb) - Christmas
Hiding in my Craftroom Challenge No 289 - Embossing
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge No 52 - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland Challenge (Feb) - Anything Christmas Goes

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - FEBRUARY - USE RED AND/OR PINK PLUS A HEART



Hi there everyone - I'm just posting the mid-month reminder card for CCAYR where our theme is 'Use Red and/or Pink and a Heart'.  I bought a few of the LOTV digi images when they came out and James Snow Angel is one that I thought would fit in really well with the heart.


 The sentiment reads 'May there always be an angel by your side'.  As you can tell from the pic on my blog I love Snow Angels!!!

The maestro took several pics of the little sentiment but the light was so dismal and the flash just made it glare so he had to leave it like this.  Bless him, he honestly did his best for me as usual.  This is for him for Christmas but as it is only February I know he won't remember it by the end of the year ('cos of all the cards he has to photograph for me!!)

I've never used pink and red together like this but I thought it worked with the pink in the scarf and on the boots - I might have changed James into a girl though!!   Oooops!

Ingredients

Image - LOTV 'James - Snow Angel' digi 
7" x 7" White linen texture card - Anna Marie Designs
Presscut - Crafts Too Dies - Heart Nesting dies
Presscut - Crafts Too Dies - Round Nesting dies
Ebay - Demiawaking - 'Snowflake Dies'
Craft. Comp. Signature Coll. - 'Festive Wonder' Embossing Folder
Marianne Designs - 'Snow' (DF3410) Embossing Folder
Sentiment -Craft. Comp. 'Christmas in Moonbeam Meadow' stamp
DecoArt - Glamour Dust glitter
Craft. Comp. - Stick and Stay
Stardust Stickles
Copic markers
Flowersoft - 'Polar White'
Adhesive corner beads - The Range

Although you can't really tell from the picture, I've put the sentiments and the heart focal point on the card with 3mm sticky foam tape so that it does stand out - in real life that is!!

I hope you can enter our challenge this month - it doesn't close for another two weeks yet so you have plenty of time.

The prize for the lucky winner is -


Thank you so much for stopping by - why don't you pop over to the CCAYR site and check out the work of my teamies - you can never start too early for Christmas - :)

Anyway I must be off and start dinner - take good care of yourselves and as I usually say - please keep warm, especially when you take your furbabies for walkies!

Big hugs to you all.



Suexxx

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

ABC Christmas Challenge (Feb) - C for Creature/D for Dimension
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge (Feb) - Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Creations Challenge No 335 - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenge No 109 - Anything Goes (Option add ribbon or twine)
Cutie Pie Challenge No 108 - Simply Love
Cuttlebug Mania Challenge (Feb) - Roses are Red
Deep Ocean Challenge No 148 - Hearts
Die Cuttin' Divas Challenge No 304 - Valentine Colours
Paper Girls Challenge No 121 - With Heart
Season's Greetings Challenge No 1 - Anything Goes with the option 'Love'