Sunday, 2 April 2017


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!


'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


  1. A beautiful Christmas card and the flower is gorgeous. I'm usually not too keen on flowers on cards, because of the posting issue really, but this one looks reasonably flat. I'm glad to read that your kitty is feeling better. Hazel x

  2. Fabulous the distressing!
    Pleased that they've discovered what was wrong with Biscuit...sounds as if he's feeling a whole lot better...not sure I'd be too enthralled with the 4am fun!

  3. Giggling! I love reading your posts, Sue, and think it is absolutely fabulous to create a theme worthy of fumbling fingers - you are in good company! BEAUTIFUL card! Don't you just love being able to use our older images? I do. Sometimes, it is the oldest things in my stash that bring me the greatest joy in using them! Is your pretty pattern paper very thick? Or is it text weight? I am asking because if I try to distress light weight papers, it becomes ruined, and I guess my technique requires work. Your poinsettia is beautiful! Thanks for taking multiple photos. I always enjoy the close-ups and seeing how other people put their cards together. LOVE LOVE LOVE the stamp, and would be happy to have that one in my stash, too! Wishing you a great day! hugs, de

  4. What a fabulous card Sue, love the vintage look of it. Good to here your fur baby is doing well, despite the kidney problem, it's such a worry whe they are not well, you want to try and do so much for them, Kate x

  5. Hi Sue this is a gorgeous vintage card I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  6. Hi Sue me wonderful blogging Buddy.
    what a very gorgeous card and thatstamped image is so gorgeous and beautiful.
    Love your wonderful distressing also.
    I was never into distressing at one time but nowadays I just love it.
    So sorry to hear of Biscuit's health probs.
    I do hope he makes a full recovery with his medication.
    Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
    Big Peckies for Pidgy.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  7. Just a wonderful creation, looks absolutely fabulous. Nice work. Love this. 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]

  8. This is beautiful Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for

  9. What a gorgeous Christmas card! Love, love, love that image. Thanks for joining our link-up challenge at the Creative Playground.


  10. I love that image and your amazing design! Hugs, Autumn

  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Craft, good luck!!! Amy DT

  12. Such a lovely vintage card. Thanks so much for joining our challenge at the Season's Greetings Challenge Blog.

    Majo - DT ♥

  13. Sue that's a lovely Vintage feel Christmas card! What a pretty poinsettia and gorgeous image. A lovely Christmas card. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with the Fab 'n' Funky challenge for our 'Christmas' challenge. Looking forward to seeing your next entry for our challenges. Hugs, Wends xoxo Fab 'n' Funky DT

  14. Another fantastic card!! I love style of this one. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your card with us at Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog! I hope that you can join us again soon!

  15. Fabulicious Susie, such wonderful distressing throughout your artwork has really made this a gorgeous creation (never think of you as a scruffy crafter hahaha) :) :) :) Big hugs, Jane xxxxxx

  16. Wonderful Susie, love the vintage look you have achieved here. Thank you for sharing at LTCCB. Pippa DT

  17. Lovely card! Thank you for joining us at Imagine That! Digistamp. We hope to see you again.
    ~DT Sherry x

  18. A wonderful card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional flowers” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

  19. Sweet card!! Thanks so much for participating in our LEMON SHORTBREAD challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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