Monday 19 February 2018


Hi there - this fortnight our theme is 'Use stuff you already own' I'm interpreting that as old stuff in my stash!  Well not only is my stash old but so is the card - cheeky or what!!!   An ex-colleague wanted a card for his son who is a big fan of BMWs and also relaxing!!!!  I made it back in early 2016 but have never posted it.

I understand that his son was really pleased with this card - I think (though cannot swear to it) the BMW strip was in a card kit I had way back when I started card making.  All the papers were in my 'Bits and Pieces' box and the digi had been sitting in my box of images waiting to be coloured.

This really is a great reason for getting out your old stash and actually using it!!!  We are looking forward to seeing your creations in our challenge - you can enter (here) - oh and while you're there check out the work of my very talented teamies.

Must be off now as we're going into town to pick up a small TV and some inks for my much loved and much used printer!!!

Big hugs to you all - take care and if you are feeling a little poorly (Sue J), I   really hope you get better soon.

Love Suexxx

Saturday 17 February 2018


Good afternoon to you all - I was just wondering whether you had managed to enter a creation into our CCAYR challenge this month - there's still time!!!  Our theme is to use mainly red and you can make anything you like as long as you stick to the theme!!!  I did a Christmas card because, as I am always saying, you can never be too early - sorry to be so joyful about Christmas already!!!


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - LOTV
Creative Exp. Emb. Folder - 'Frosty Swirls'
Amy Design Dies - 'Wintertide'
Merry Christmas die - unbranded
Red faceted round gems - stash

There's a lovely prize for the winner of our challenge -


Buttons, ribbon and stamps - fabulous daaaahling!  Do pop over to enter (here)
your projects and also check out the creations of the DT.

Lots of hugs to you all and take care.

Love Suexxx

Tuesday 6 February 2018


Hi there everyone - this time on the IntAAS challenge we are looking for texture on your creations.  I decided to have a play with some Cosmic Shimmer Texture Pastes - 'cos I hadn't played with them before - typical moi!!!  Mind you, now that I've had my first go, I don't think it will be long before I have another play -they really are beautiful.  Because this was new to me I struggled a bit with how to embellish and finally decided to keep it totally simple with just a few gems and a die cut sentiment - tra laaaaa!!!!!


7" x 7" White square card - Anna Marie Designs (cut down to 7" x 6")
Memory Box Stencils - 'Shine' ref 88505
Poppy Stamps Dies - 'Fancy Happy Birthday' die
Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste - Frosty Heather and Chic Moss
Black card - stash
Gems - stash

Although I initially struggled ('cos I'm not used to these pastes) I ended up really enjoying myself and I'm also pleased with my end result!    Our theme runs for two weeks and we'd love to see any of your projects as long as they have texture - simple really!  Pop over to the IntAAS Challenge blog (here) and check out the creations of my teamies.

Anyway I'm orf now 'cos I'm just watching Blue Planet II - I lurve this type of programme sooo much!

Big hugs to you all and take care!!!

Love Suexxx

Saturday 3 February 2018


Good afternoon peeps - well today it's the start of the Crafty Calendar Challenge for February and our theme is 'Two or More Layers'.  Pretty easy one for me 'cos I love layers on cards!   I've used 'Ted and his Shed' from Dr Digi, as soon as I saw him he made me smile!

We have two sponsors again this month -


We'd love to see your layered creations in the challenge, you can enter here and you have a whole month to work on up to three projects.

Anyway I'm popping off to have a play with me markers, I just love colouring.  Please take care all of you and I wish you happy crafting!

Hugs to you all

Love Suexxx

Sunday 21 January 2018


Good afternoon fellow blogsters - I'm just here to post my next card for the IntAAS DT Challenge and it's flippin' freezin' - we've actually got a snowstorm going on outside - well six flakes and a bit of wind constitutes a snowstorm here!!    Back to the card - our theme is to do something digital.  I've made a card with digital papers and a digital image but you can also make a totally digital creation on your 'puter if you wish - I just haven't a clue where to start with that idea though!

I haven't put a specific sentiment on here just a die-cut 'hello' across the bottom of the card.  


7" x 7" Ivory card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Brown card mat - stash
Digital pink floral paper - Papers by Lozzy
Digital beige swirl paper - Papers by Lozzy
Digital image - 'Lizzy Lovely' from Oddball stamps
Hello sentiment die - Penny Black creative Dies
All other dies from China

I hope you can join in our Challenge this fortnight, you can enter here.  Of course you can be as creative as you like and as I've said many times before we love seeing your projects on our blog.

 I think the snow may be thick enough now to do another Snow Angel - mind you the lawn was soooo soggy underneath that I may end up a dirty and very muddy Snow Angel!!!

Sending you lots of big hugs and be careful won't you.

Love Suexxx

Thursday 18 January 2018


Good afternoon everyone - I'm here to post my mid-month Challenge card for CCAYR - now you might have noticed that we have changed our name from Christmas Cards All Year Round to Christmas Crafts All Year Round - this is because we are more than happy for you to create whatever you like (as long as it goes with the theme that is!).   

Sorry about the colours on here - the gems are all a gorgeous red - unfortunately the weather was absolutely atrocious when the maestro took the pics for me and no matter what he did he couldn't get a better one.  Oh and there's a red glittery strip around the embossed piece of card which looks gorgeous in real life.  

Our theme is a Christmas 'Thank You' so I thought of a special card for a friend who had been really helpful throughout the year.   However having told you about our theme, we are accepting Anything Goes entries as well because there was an accidental faux pas on a Challenge Information site.  Not to worry!

The January prize winner will received the following crafty items

I do hope you can enter our Challenge (here) - you can never be too early starting your Christmas crafting when it comes down to it!!!

Lots of big hugs to you all - hope you are keeping nice and warm as well.

Love to everyone Suexxx

Sunday 7 January 2018


Good afternoon everyone - well here's my second card for 2018 and our theme is White on White chosen by my friend Christine H.    She did say that we could add a smidge of another colour so I added some light blue to make the scene through the window stand out a little.  In actual daylight the blue is a lot paler than shown but I think the camera flash altered it slightly.  I've seen similar cards to this on t'internet and I really wanted to make one just like them.

I thought this could be either for Christmas or a winter Wedding  - what do you reckon?

We'd love to see your WOW creations - the challenge runs for a fortnight and you can enter here.  Whilst you're there check out the DT creations, they are gorgeous and really inspirational.

Anyway must be off now places to go, people to see, cards to make - you know how it is.  In the meantime I would like to wish you a wonderful 2018, if you are under the weather at the moment I'm hoping you have a speedy recovery too!

Big hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

Saturday 6 January 2018

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - JANUARY - MYTHICAL CREATURES (fairies, goblins, pixies, dragon's etc)

Happy New Year to you all - hope you had a good one whether you celebrated or not!  I hate New Year so I was tucked up in bed with me hot water bottle fast asleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!

So - here's my first card for 2018.  Over at the Crafty Calendar Challenge site we have a theme of Mythical Creatures - examples are in the title of the post but if you can think of anything else we'd love to see what you come up with.  I used 'Growing a Flower' from a Day for Daisies - isn't she gorgeous?

Ages ago I was having a play with some spritzy colours and ended up with a piece of paper that I put away for 'ron'.   When I knew that our challenge was mythical this paper said it all - so I coloured the fairy with her flower in the same lilac and turquoise shades.  I also used those colours for the die cuts although I sprayed the toadstool with Pearl spray (Crafters' Companion) afterwards. 

Our challenge runs until 28 January and we have two absolutely fantastic sponsors


Pop on over to the Crafty Calendar Challenge and check out the work of my teamies, we'd love you to join in (here).

Bye for now, just off to give Biscuit his medicine, he has his stuff for his kidneys and every other day (ie today) he has to have an aspirin to stop him having a 'stroke' in his kidneys.  We'll do anything to keep him as healthy as possible 'cos he really is gorgeous.

Hugs to you all

Love  Suexxx