Monday 11 December 2017


Morning everyone - this fortnight over at the International Art and Soul challenge our theme is - whoopee - 'Lots of Sparkle' and as I'm in full Christmas mode I made another Christmas card!!

I use images on most of my cards,  'cos I love to colour and use markers - this must stem from when I was a little girl and I had those lovely Crayola crayons - but this time I just used my dies.   The snowflake die-cut is sitting in an embossed 'reverse' shape of itself, which is explained in the video link in the next paragraph.

One of the ladies in an FB group I'm in told us about a lady called Jennifer McGuire (I've added a link to her page) and she did a technique called 'Reverse Die Impressions'.  Well I watched the video and was totally drawn in, many of you will probably have seen this but it's new to me and I wanted to try it out.  I won't explain how I did it 'cos I wouldn't do it justice.  Just take a peek at Jennie's handiwork - it's beautiful and I must admit I'm quite pleased with the results of my efforts too!!

Soooo it's all up to you now - as I said yesterday I know it's a busy time of year but if you have any last minute cards to create, make sure they sparkle and enter them into our challenge (here).  We'd love to see your creations although, of course, they don't have to be Christmas cards!!!

Catch up with you later and thanks again for checking out my blog.  Sending you big hugs.


Sunday 10 December 2017


First of all apologies to 'the boss' aka Sue J 'cos this should have been on last weekend!   Without any further delay, here's my card for the December 'It's Christmas'  challenge over at Crafty Calendar.  I love that image from Bugaboo - they're so kind to let us play with these!


7" x 7" White Card base - Anna Marie Designs
Image - 'Two Snowmen' from Bugaboo Stamps
First Editions 8" x 8" paper pad - 'Gilded Winter'
HOTP - 'Cardmakers' Christmas' Creative paper pack
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - 'Frosty Swirls'
Memory Box Dies - 'Frosty Border' die
Cardio Majestix stamps - 'Winter Flurry'
Stardust Stickles glue
Ribbon - stash

We have two sponsors this month - 

We know it's really busy at this time of year but if you have some time we'd love to see what you can create for us to look at.  Our challenge is open until 28 December and don't forget it can be any type of Christmas craft.

Anyway I'm just off to sort me knicker drawer out - only joking - I'm off to do my usual ironing - joy of joys methinks!!!

Sending you lots of hugs and thank you so much for popping over to my blog.

Love Suexxx

Sunday 26 November 2017


Good afternoon fellow blogsters.  This fortnight our theme over at the IntAAS Challenge blog is 'Buttons and Bows'.  As it is nearly Christmas I thought I would be able to fit buttons and bows into a Christmas card without too much trouble.   In my stash I've had some really tiny buttons for a while and I decided to use them as 'berries'!!!

This is a 7" x 7" card so the wreath had to be quite large and the thought of using my two 'pine spray' dies over and over again through the machine was too daunting so I used my 'fern' punch and asked the maestro for his help.  I promised that he would get a mention in my post!!!  Bless him - he sat there with a piece of green card and punched out over 65 of these fronds (I think it was nearer 100 by the time he'd finished but I've got some left for other cards).  I cut out a few holly leaves to add to the design so I wasn't idle (sorry for giggling here!!!)  The sentiment is stamped and embossed with red embossing powder and I curled it slightly to make it stand away from the centre of the card.  The gold tape around the edge is quite glittery and shiny but it doesn't 'shed' glitter all over the place.  I love this tape sooooo much and have it in three different widths.


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - 'Snowflake Lattice'
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - 'Holiday Holly and Berries' die
Die-Namics Dies - Stiched Fishtail Flag Stax die
Punch - fern fronds (no name on the punch)
Sentiment - 'Merry Christmas' free with Love Cardmaking magazine
My Colour Studio - 'Red' Ultra Fine Embossing powder
Tartan ribbon and tiny red buttons - ancient stash from the cupboard!!
Glitter tape - stash

I hope you have the time to enter our challenge this fortnight (here) - we all love to see your designs and whilst you're there why don't you check out the work of the rest of the DT.

Big hugs to you all and take care!

Love Suexxx

Wednesday 15 November 2017


Good morning fellow bloggers out there - I'm posting my mid-month reminder for the CCAYR Challenge today.  I've had this stamp for a while and thought as the theme included cookies (although over here we'd call them biscuits) this little cutie would be perfect.

I really enjoyed making this card because it was an idea which just came to me - like a light bulb moment!!!   Since having my own blog and becoming a DT member I've started using loads of digi images but my last three cards (one not yet posted) have all been stamps and I'd forgotten how rewarding it is to get a crisp image from a stamp I've inked and 'plotted'.


6" x 6" white card blank - Create and Craft (very old stash)
House Mouse Rubber stamp - 'Christmas Fireplace' set from Joanna Sheen
Sentiment stamp - 'Merry Little Christmas' set from Apple Blossom Clear Stamps
Label stamps - Christmas set from Lily of the Valley Clear Stamps
Tree Lights and rectangle die - Unbranded dies
Copics and Flexmarkers
White Glitter - free with magazine

I hope you can join in our challenge (here) we have a lovely crafty prize for the winner -

I'll say tara now 'cos I'm scheduling this one for tomorrow morning - hope I've done it right, I won't have time to fiddle with it 'cos we're going swimming and I'm hoping to manage at least 60 lengths before they kick us out!

Lots of big hugs to you all and I hope you are feeling OK.

Love Suexxx

Sunday 12 November 2017


Hi there peeps - I'm posting a card I made for the IntAAS challenge this fortnight where our theme is 'Autumn Colours' - wonderful!!!  I decided to do something a little different this time.   I used a stamp that I've had for a while now to make an A5 card which is also quite simple in design (definitely simple for me that is).  Although it doesn't show very well in the pic, I stamped several images and then layered the open flower heads onto the main picture.   I'm not normally one for this technique but I did think that it would look good if I shaped the flowers a little.


A5 White Card blank - stash
Image - 'Boxed Daisies Trio' clear stamp from Woodware Craft Collection
Sentiment - Unbranded
Orange and green card - stash
Gems - stash

The stamp has a little border around it so I coloured that in a 'russety' brown then added the green and orange matting layers with a little black border to co-ordinate.  I shall be putting this one in my box for a future birthday.

Check out the cards that my teamies have made, then why not make one yourself and enter our challenge (here).  You have two weeks and as this is definitely the right time of year to be making Christmas cards (although some of you will be finishing off your cards by now!!!) why not try autumnal colours.

Anyway enough of me - I'm off to play with some House Mouse stamps - yum!  Sending you all big hugs ....

Love Suexxx

Sunday 5 November 2017


Hello friends and fellow bloggers - I'm posting a card for the Crafty Calendar November challenge where our theme is 'Autumn Colours'.    I know I've gone on about this before but autumn really is my favourite time of year because of the absolutely amazing reds, yellows, russets and oranges - and yes I tried to get them all onto my card!!!

When you see the picture it does look extra 'busy' because of the leaves I stamped onto the background card.  I used my ancient Perfect Pearls on them and in real life they look more subtle but the camera insisted on picking up every bit of the pearly sheen - typical!!


7" x 7" White Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image from t'internet  Colouring Pages
Berries - Anna Marie Designs
Leaves - Wild Orchid Crafts
Flat Pearls, Dies, Leaf Stamps - Unbranded
Card - stash
Perfect Pearls 

I really enjoyed using these colours with the berries and leaves and love how the camera picks up all the different hues  but I must apologise for the fact that the Perfect Pearls are shining so much that they have almost obliterated the 'Best Wishes' sentiment in the top left corner.  That aside I do hope you can enter our challenge (here)  this month, we have a fabulous crafty surprise for the winner!!!

Lots of big hugs to you all and don't forget to check out my DT teamies' cards!!!

Love Suexxx

Sunday 29 October 2017


Good afternoon out there - I'm posting my card for this fortnight's challenge over at IntAAS.  The theme is use a tag or a charm and as it's so near to Christmas I made another card to pop into my 'collection'.

I used  a trio of penguin images from LOTV, they really are so cute and look great whatever size you make them.  I wanted very small images to cover the centre of my snowflake die cuts.


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
LOTV - Trio of Penguins - Penguin Waving, Penguins Balancing, Bobble hat Penguin
Creative Expressions Embossing Folder - 'Snowflake Lattice'
Snowflake die - Unbranded
'Merry Christmas' sentiment - Unbranded
Glitter Washi Tape - Unbranded
Ribbon and Snowflake charm - stash
Stardust Stickles
White glitter (for the hats) free from magazine

I hope you can enter this challenge (here) - you can make anything you like as long as you follow the theme and we love checking your creations out.

Lots of hugs to you all

Love Suexxx

Monday 23 October 2017


Hi there - just here posting a reminder card for you to check out.  We'd love you to enter our challenge this month over at the Crafty Calendar blog - this time of year our challenge is Halloween so even if you don't take part in the celebrations you can still make a card or some other Halloween creation.  

I wanted to use orange and black card and decided to have a little play  around with a ruler, pencil and blade (phew!!) - the above was the result.  I just love those bats btw - we had some fruit bats flying around the island when we were on holiday, they sure are big and so flippin' clumsy when they land in the trees - I say land but it's more like a crash when they grab the branches by their 'toes' then just hang there.

Must add this in here, I started this post on 18 October ready for adding my card and scheduling.   The maestro asked me to help him look for some sort of charger thingy, I ended up being distracted and sorted all my drawers - and I mean ALL of them - in every room!  Sorry Sue J - you know how easily my mind wanders!


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
All Dressed Up image - 'All Dressed Up for Mummy'
Black/Orange card - stash
Dies - Unbranded
Copic Markers

We have two sponsors this month and that means two prize winners!

Dr Digi's House of Stamps

All Dressed Up Stamps

We love seeing all your work and hope you enter our Halloween challenge this month.  This challenge finishes on 28 October so you have a few days yet.

Hugs to you all - and take care of yourselves plus all your pets on Halloween especially!!

Love Suexxx

Tuesday 17 October 2017


Good morning out there - what a peculiar day again!  This weather really is so weird and I definitely don't like these odd coloured skies.  At least it's nice and reasonably calm (!) in the craft room - lol.  Anyway today I'm posting a mid-month reminder card for the CCAYR challenge.  Our theme this time is Monochromatic Browns - loved this challenge to be honest!!!


7" x 7" Pearl Ivory Card - Anna Marie Designs
LOTV - Pre-coloured image from Art Pad
Die-namics Dies - Wonky Stitch Square Stax
GCD Studios Paper - 'Joyful Peace' 8" x 8" pad
LOTV Paper - 'Krafty Christmas' 8" x 8" pad
Ribbon - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (FB)
Sentiment - Clear Stamps from Creative Stamping magazine
Leaves/Buttons - stash

I love monochromatic browns and this one was right up my street!  The pre-coloured image is from Lily of the Valley and the leaves on her floral wreath were a little green so I went over them with a few brown Promarkers to dull them down a bit.   Hope you can join in with us this month, Christmas is getting nearer and nearer so you need to be creating all those cards!!!   Being cheerful keeps me going dontcha know!!!   You can enter our challenge here and while you're there please check out the DT cards, my teamies are really clever!

Lots of hugs to you.

Love Suexxx

Monday 16 October 2017


Hi there - I'm here with another challenge from IntAAS with the theme 'Not Square or Rectangle'.   I've posted a couple of cards that I 'created' for last Christmas which were made for 'easy posting'.  They are really small - cut from a 5" x 5" card - and flat, so that I could post them anywhere.

Must admit that easel cards really are a favourite of mine and I love making them in different shapes.  


5" x 5" white card blanks - stash from eons ago
Tattered Lace Dies - Hexagon nesting die
Hedgehog stamps - free from a magazine - again eons ago
Bazill Basic Paper - 6" x 6" 'Countdown to Christmas' pad
Kaisercraft Paper - 6.5" x 6.5" 'Just Believe' pad
Crafters' Companion Paper - 'Vintage Christmas Collection' pad
Memory Box Dies - Stitched Snowflakes die
Britannia Dies - Set of 3 Poinsettia die
Other die cuts were from bits I had in my 'extras' box

I hope you can join in our challenge (here) this fortnight - you can make anything you like as long as it fits in with the theme - what about gift boxes??  We'd love to see them on the blog and although we aren't sponsored there's a great badge for the Winner's side bar!!!

Anyway must be off now as I have to catch up on that TV programme 'Liar' - I seem to have got myself hooked, although I do tend to shout at the screen and the maestro keeps wondering if I'm shouting to him!!!

Lots of hugs to you all and please take care, the sky is a very peculiar colour today - Yukky Yellow!!

Love Suexxx

Saturday 7 October 2017


Hi there all you crafty peeps!  Oh my it's October already - this year has just flown by and it seems really weird because we're on holiday in the sun and here I am scheduling a Halloween post!!  I expect back home it is cold - definitely not 30 deg as it is here.

Anyway here's my card for this month's Crafty Calendar Challenge.  I chose this fabulous witch from Dr Digi- although I think she's more giggly than gruesome!

 We have two sponsors this month so we'll be having two prizes (now that makes sense even to me and I'm permanently foggy!!)


I do hope you can enter this challenge, there are some great images, dies, embellishments out there and we love seeing your creations - remember it doesn't have to be a card as long as it fits in with the theme!


Image - 'Witchy Wilma' Dr Digi's House of Stamps
7" x 7" White Card Base - Anna Marie Designs
Orange card - Bazill Basics
'Boo' paper - Digital paper but I can't remember where I bought it from
Tonic Dies - Card Layering Circle die
Tattered Lace Dies - 'Drip Edge' on black card lower border
Other dies - Unbranded
Copic/Flexmarker and Graph-it Markers
Black Glitter for the eight-legged beasties!

I am now back home - couldn't manage to finish this on holiday 'cos I was busy snorkelling - I shall explain about that later on - burnt bum and everything!

Our leader (or Lady Boss as I like to think of her) works really hard on our blog so I would like to encourage you all to enter this challenge.  We love seeing what you come up with and Sue manages to get fabulous sponsors for our prizes - just look at those two above!!   Two sponsors means two winners so come on and join in the challenge (here).

Oh well just off for a little nap - I was awake and rarin' to go at 7.10 am (me awake at 7 !!!!!) - still think I'm on Maldivian time!  Now I'm flagging again and there's a pile of ironing 10 ft high - methinks that will have to wait until tomorrow.  Oh and Biscuit is really chuffed to be back home - he's flat out on his dad's knees with his head on one arm of the chair and his back paws on the other - the cat I mean not the maestro!!!

Hugs to you all

Love Suexxx

Sunday 17 September 2017


Good afternoon folks - hope you are all well and I'm sending lots of love to my friends in the USA - please keep safe and sound.

Well today I'm posting my card for the IntAAS fortnightly challenge where our theme is  'A Special Day'.  This can mean a birthday, anniversary, christening, confirmation, birth etc etc.  I made a birthday card for my friend who's having her 40th very soon!

I've made another box for this one as she's a good friend - oh and it wouldn't fit into a flat envelope!


8" x 8" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Cream Card and White Card - Creative Expressions
Die-Sire Create a Card Dies - 'Enchanted' die
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Decorative Ovals One die
Presscut Crafts-Too Dies - Oval Nesting dies
Presscut Crafts-Too Dies - Square Nesting dies
Heartfelt Stamps - 'Arianna Blooms'
Copics for the flower stamp
Sentiment typed and then silver foiled using my Minc machine
Flowers - Wild Orchid crafts
Pearls and Lace - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (on FB)

We'd love to see your creations - there are sooo many Special Days I'm sure you can come up with something wonderful for this theme.  You can enter our challenge - here and whilst you at it please check out the creations of my teamies.

Sorry this is a short post but we're off out in a little while - woo hoo!

Hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

Friday 15 September 2017


Hi there folks - I'm just posting my mid month reminder for the CCAYR Challenge where our theme is 'Use Leaves'.  This was definitely a good one for me 'cos I love using holly, ivy, mistletoe, poinsettia leaves on my Christmas cards -  oooh and a little bit of spruce doesn't go amiss either!  Having said that I chose ivy leaves 'cos I thought they would complement the holly growing over the cottage door - and now I'm singing!!!


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Daisy Mae Draws b/w image - 'Winter Wonderland' from The Hobby House
Die-Sire 'Holiday Holly' Embossing Folder - Crafters' Companion
Mini Ivy Flourish die - Joanna Sheen Signature Dies
'Warmest Wishes' die - Festive Collection from Creative Expressions Dies
Snowflakes die-cuts (from my 'extras' box)
Stardust Stickles
Pearls - stash
Pearl Drops 

We've a prize for the winner of our Challenge this month -

Love the look on that little snake's face - he's a corker!

I do hope you can enter our challenge this month - as I said at the beginning there are sooooo many different types of leaves that represent Christmas and I for one just love using them.

Anyway must be orf now 'cos it's a busy time for us as we're going on holiday soon and I need to be organised - well I can only manage to be organised once a year and this is it!!!!

Soooo I'm sending you some big hugs and I'm looking forward to the sunshine!!!

Love to you all  Suexxx

Monday 4 September 2017


Afternoon everyone - just posting my card for the IntAAS challenge this fortnight where our theme is Lace and/or Pearls!   For someone who rarely (if ever) has any baby cards to make, this is the second one I've posted in two days!!

I also made a box for this one 


7" x 7" White Pearl Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs (cut into a circle)
Digi Image - LOTV 'Balloon Basket'
Sentiment on card - LOTV Clear Stamp
First Edition - 'It's a Girl' 8" x 8" Paper Pad
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Circles Nestabilities dies
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Decorative Circles One Nestabilities dies
Spellbinders Dies - Opulant Ovals dies
Spellbinders Dies - Francy Frames and Tags Two die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Gypsophila die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Pine Cone Sprig die
PoppyStamps Dies - Garden Sprig die
Copic markers
Wild Orchid Crafts - flowers
Stardust Stickles
Lace/Pearls - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (FB)
Ribbon/Charm/Edging Peel Off - stash

I do hope you can enter our Lace and/or Pearls challenge (here) we'd love to see your creations.  You can also check out the work of the IntAAS team if you need any inspiration.

Lots of hugs to you all

Love Suexxx

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

Sunday 3 September 2017


Good afternoon peeps - hope you are all feeling well and are enjoying the 'odd/few' hours of sunshine that we keep having!!!   Well I'm here to post my DT card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month.  I made this card a couple of months ago for a (swimming) friend who has just become a grandma!  When I saw our theme was 'Kids/Babies' I wanted to post this one as I was really pleased with it and I hadn't posted it before so here it is!

The lady I made this for is a really good friend to me and is always offering her support when we go swimming.  With her encouragement I've built up my 'lengths' from 10 - back in 2016 - to 70 which I did last Friday - 64 lengths equals a mile!!  Anyway she loved this 'cos she didn't expect it!!


7" x 7" White Pearl Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi Image - LOTV 'Heaven Sent'
Papers - LOTV 'Shabby Shack' 8" x 8" pad
'Stitched Cloud' die - Memory Box Dies 30053
Scalloped Round Frame die/Train die - Unbranded dies
Sentiment - Typed then 'Minc'd' on my foiling machine
Copic markers
Pearls - stash

I hope you can enter our challenge this month (here), there's a voucher for our winner from Wild Orchid Crafts - super!!!

Don't forget to check out the work of my teamies - they've popped some gorgeous work on the blog for you to look at.

Anyway must be off now - crafting to do, places to go, stash to buy!!!

Take care and lots of love to you all, especially those of you who are going through a bad time at the moment - I'm sending you big hugs of course.

Love Suexxx

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

Tuesday 15 August 2017


Hi there - today I'm posting the mid-month reminder for the CCAYR challenge where our theme is 'Use Yellow'.  I must admit that I struggled with this one at first and then I found an LOTV Art Pad in my 'stash' and there's quite a bit of yellow in this image - thankfully!  After that it was easy - I suppose I'd never thought of the yellow glow from a light coming through a window - duh!   

I used quite a lot of gold sparkly bits on here too, just to bring out the yellow light from the window and the surrounding bricks.  Naturally this looks much more 'yellowy' irl!!!  Typical!     


6" x 6" white card blank - stash
Image - LOTV Art Pad 18 'Winter Wonderland'
First Edition Paper - 'Christmas Village' 8" x 8"
DCWV - 'Glitzy Pastels' stack 6" x 6"
Christmas sentiments - LOTV Christmas Label clear stamps
Crafts-Too Dies - Oval Stitch hole die
Creative Expressions Dies - Festive Collection 'Holly Accessory kit' dies
Stardust Stickles glue
Gems, Gold Glitzy tape, white tassel, snowflake dies - all unbranded

The prize this month is ...

We'd love to see your Christmas creations - using yellow - of course!  You can enter our challenge here.  While you're there why not check out the beautiful creative work of the two Teams.  

Anyway must be off to do a little bit of ironing, it's swimming tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it - I actually managed 50 lengths last Friday and 44 on Wednesday - wish they'd do an Olympics for OAPs, I'd enter!!   I'm kidding of course 'cos I would probably be giggling far too much to be able to swim!

Lots of big hugs to you all and take loads of care. 

Love Suexxx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges 

ABC Christmas Challenge - P Q and R - People, Quick and Red
Christmas Card Challenge No 19 - Anything Christmas Goes
Dream Valley Challenge No 161 - Christmas Animals

Sunday 6 August 2017


Good afternoon everyone - hope you are having a good weekend - bit wet for August here though!!  Anyway - this fortnight over at International Art and Soul our theme is 'Boxes and Bags', so I decided to make a hexagonal gift box.

I asked the maestro to take a few pics showing different 'views' for you to check it out.


A3 Centura Pearl card - Crafters Companion
Hexagon Box die - Tattered Lace Dies
Hexagon Nesting Layers die - Tattered Lace Dies
Honeycomb Lattice die - Tattered Lace Dies
Flowers, leaf, tag dies - Unbranded
Penny Black Clear Stamps - 'Happy Snippets' sentiment stamp
Stamen punch -
Pearls - stash

Perhaps I should leave this lying around to see if the maestro can fill it with a nice little gift - sorry that was a daydream I was having!  LOL.  Bless him, he's always treating me so I'm not complaining at all.

We really would love to see your crafty bags or boxes so why not have a go and enter our challenge (here).  While you're at it, we'd love you to become a follower - that would be amazing.

Nip over to the blog to check out my teamies' creations - they are so talented and inspirational.

Big hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

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

That's Crafty Challenge - Anything but Cards