Sunday 25 January 2015


Good afternoon to you all out there in blogland!  Today is the start of another challenge at One Stitch at a Time - our theme this fortnight is anything goes with purple - such a tricky one for me ;o)  I did add a little bit of aqua with my purple though - naughty moi!  My last card for OSAAT was purple as well - my hand had just hovered over the purple pens and card - what can I say - I have no shame!!!

Of course my geraniums in the garden are red - or variations of red - but I have chosen a hybrid one that is purple (and is growing freely on Planet Susie)!  Anything slightly off kilter is usually found on my Planet, as my friends already know!


7" x 7" White Card Blank from Anna Marie Designs
Digi image - 'Greek Window' - Ike'sArt - Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Papers - 'Timeless Victoria' pad - LOTV
Spellbinders Dies - Flowing Floral die
Cottage Cutz Dies - Sweet Love Bird Cage die
Plain purple/aqua card - stash
'Just Because' stamp - LOTV
Flowers - WOC
Ribbon - Create and Craft
Stardust Stickles

I know there's loads of you out there who lurve purple so I do hope you can join in, the prize is well worth trying for and you have two weeks to create something wonderful and enter the challenge.  I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Here's the prize pack

Apologies for this somewhat short post but I am on antibiotics at the moment for an infection and the bloomin' things are causing heartburn which is most uncomfortable - sorry didn't mean to whinge! 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, take care and thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today - you are all such wonderful blogsters!

Lots of hugs to you all

Thursday 15 January 2015


Hello fellow blogsters, just posting another Christmas card because it is the midway point for the CCAYR Challenge.  This is one I made for the son of an ex-colleague of mine.  I saw the digi at Dr Digi's House of Stamps (here) and it made me chuckle so much that I bought it even though I didn't know who I was going to make the card for at the time.


7" x 7" Kraft Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
'Christmas Chris' digi - Dr Digi's House of Stamps
Sentiment - Dr Digi's House of Stamps
Kraft card - Crafters' Companion
Back to Basics Christmas Pad - Dovecrafts
Printed Burlap Stack - DCWV
Red and Green card - stash
Swirling Holly Embossing Folder - Creative Expressions
Stitched Circles Stax die - Lil'Inkers Dies
Stitched Square Stax die (inside card) - Lil'Inkers Dies
Precious Snowflake die - Memory Box Dies
Lindeman Snowflake die - Memory Box Dies
Tags and Bookplates dies (for sentiment) - X-Cut Large Dies
Holly Accent Border die - Spellbinders Dies
DecoArt Glamour Dust

Why not pop and have a look at the other DT cards on the blog and have a go at entering the challenge - this month the prize is from Platypus Creek Stamps and is two cling mount Christmas stamps.  It's never too early to start making your cards for December!!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and having a look at my creation, I hope you have managed to leave me a comment about Rudolph and his Pudding, don't worry if you haven't the time - I, for one, totally understand how things are these days.

Take good care of yourselves.

Lots of big hugs to you all

Sunday 11 January 2015


Good afternoon peeps, I do hope you are all feeling reasonably well - although I must admit the weather is definitely not helping any germs you may be harbouring!!  

This fortnight the theme at the One Stitch at a Time Challenge is Anything Goes 'Something New' - this could be anything such as new home, new baby, new job or new stash and what about a new technique??  Still on my drive to make a few cards for different occasions, I decided on 'New Job' so here is my design.

I had the image in front of me but had absolutely no idea what colours I was going to use - typical me - so I took a piece of the same card and tried different shades of various colours and ...... funnily enough ...... I veered towards the purples  (quelle surprise eh girls!).  I matted the white embossed pearlescent card onto a piece of satin finish purple mirri card - although you can't really see this in the pics.  I also had some gorgeous 'hollow' purple and blue threads in my stash but they were too soft to shape so I threaded fuse wire through them (thank goodness I have me new glasses) and shaped them into loops.  


Image - Floral Frame 2 - 'Floppy Latte' from Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Embossing Folder - 'Floral Brocade' from Creative Expressions
Grand Decorative Ovals die - Spellbinders
Sentiment dies - Tattered Lace
Twisted Metal Tags and Accents dies - Samantha Walker at Spellbinders
Flowers/Leaves - WOC
Threads - stash

I do hope you can find the time to create a card for our challenge, the prize is a paper pack and digi images

Oh well, that's all from me for now, thanks for popping by my blog and if you have had the time to leave a comment or three I really am grateful.  Take care all of you and I'm thinking about those of you who are poorly or are looking after some one who is under the weather.

Huge big hugs to you

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

Crafter's Cafe Challenge No 98 - (New embossing folder)
My Craft Creations Challenge (5.1 - 17.1.15) -

Sunday 4 January 2015


Hello my fellow blogsters and friends in blogland, here is my card for the Crafty Calendar first challenge of 2015.  Our theme this month is 'Something New' - it could be new stash, new baby, new home, new craft - anything new in fact!!!  I've been wanting to make some cards for the occasions which happen in our lives and had this lovely little image in my 'bought or won' folder on my laptop just begging to be used for a New Home card.
I really enjoyed colouring in this digi image and decided to add a few buzzards oops birds flying overhead to make it look more 'homey' - and now my imagination is taking over - meanwhile, back on planet Earth!!!


7" x 7" White card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Mushroom home image - either bought or won but am unable to remember where from.
Floral Swirl Embossing Folder - Tattered Lace
Curved Banner die - Tattered Lace Concertina side and inner plates dies
Word Sentiments - Tattered Lace dies
Tulips die - Tattered Lace dies
Mixed Scallop Rectangle/Plain Rectangle dies - Tonic dies
Circle Layering die - Tonic die sets
Country Meadow paper pad - LOTV and Nitwit 
Red / White card from Stash

Anyway, we are being sponsored this month by High Hopes Rubber Stamps and they are donating a prize of two unmounted rubber stamps to the winner of our challenge.    Don't forget the challenge runs for a whole month, so plenty of time to get over Christmas and into crafting - woo hoo!

Important bit coming in red!!!  Our challenge maestro Lynne is looking for one or two more peeps to join our DT.   If you would like to create  a card a month for this lovely challenge blog and comment on some of the entries, then you can either email Lynne at or put 'DT' after your name when you enter the challenge.  We've got some corking themes coming up in 2015!!

Oh well, I've waffled on for ages now and Blossom has just taken a flying leap onto my desk (from the door I might add) 'cos his nibs is chasing her - poor girl doesn't realise he just wants to play (!) well he doesn't have the wherewithall for anything else!  Ever tried typing through a furbaby's legs - not easy I can assure you.  I'll say tata for now.

Lots of hugs to you all, take care and to any of you feeling unwell at the moment, I hope you feel better very soon - you can have a virtual cuddle as well!!!

Sue xxx

Thursday 1 January 2015


Happy New Year to you all out there!  I was in bed well before midnight, with earplugs in situ, just drifting orf nicely when all hell broke loose!   As the crow flies we are just a few miles away from a Racecourse and they do (hearsay only) lavish parties for all occasions, so last night was one of these very events!  It sounded like a war going on, I have never heard such loud bangs and thumps coming from fireworks, thank goodness it was relatively short-lived, although I am sure all the people taking part totally enjoyed themselves!

Anyway I've started the New Year with some good news, I've been invited onto the Design Team for Christmas Cards All Year Round, I really am chuffed and pleased with myself!!!  Woo hoo!  This is my first card for the Team, the theme is Anything Goes so if you want to carry on with your Christmas Card making for next year (being so cheerful keeps me going - lol) here's just the Challenge for you to enter.

I bought the digi from Funky Kits (one of the Sugar Nellie range) 'cos I thought it was quite cute.


Digi - 'A gift' for you' Sugar Nellie at Funky Kits
Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs (White)
Papers - LOTV 'Twas the Night' paper pad
Copper coloured paper from stash
Star Border - Bazzill Basics Cardstock strip
Sentiment - Vintage Christmas 'Home for Christmas' - Crafters Companion
Rectangle Die - Lil'Inkers Stitched Rectangles dies
Star Die - Lil'Inkers Stitched Stars dies
Flexmarkers (and 2 Copics)
Stardust Stickles
Docrafts 'Glitz-it' - white glitter

I'd love to see some of your cards in our Challenge this month, why not give it a go.

Lots of big hugs, take care and I hope 2015 is good to you