Monday, 23 March 2015

Spring has Sprung at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


So sorry I've not been about over the last couple of weeks... I had the flu and am still reeling from it :-(  I'm up and about now, but have been left with a nasty cough, which has in turn caused my ribs to crack again - an old injury from a car accident - and every time I cough (which is A LOT) I'm in agony!!  I've not slept properly in over two weeks and am completely knackered!!  A visit to the doctors proved futile as there is nothing I can do about my ribs, but I've not got a chest infection... yet... let's hope it stays that way!!  Hopefully I'll shift the cough soon then my ribs will start to heal :-)

Anyhoo... This fortnights challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More is Spring - and there is lots of lovely inspiration over on the DT blog...

I went for bright spring colours to and a Nitwit image to make an Easter card ;-)

 I found a cute flower charm in my stash that I thought went with the images I have used

 Lots of details on here, from all the fussy cut images, to the distressed die cuts

 And this oh so cute image :-)

I don't often use the accent stamps you get with stamp sets, but thought the flowers, leaves, carrots and watering can would look good as accents rather than adding ready made flowers etc...

The fence is curved off the card to add a bit more interest.  I use glossy accents to stick one side down then use a wooden peg to hold it in place, then curve the die cut and stick the other end down, securing with a peg and leaving until they are both dry - wooden pegs are great to use to secure things while glue dries as we all have them, and they are strong enough to hold things in place, but the wood doesn't mark the card :-)

And a slightly different angle - like how some elements overhang the card, although goodness knows how I'll get it in an envelope!

That's it from me, hope you like my card, and are able to join in with the challenge this time

Sue xx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Action!!! At Top Tip Tuesday


I am sooooo late with my card this fortnight - I've no excuse except for being crazy busy at work and then my eldests 13th birthday, then me getting the flu!  

Anyhooo, this fortnights theme is Action Images, and I think this little cutie from Lili of the Valley counts :-)  

I used a cloud die to mask out the clouds then went round them with some distress ink.  I've not done this before but I like how it looks!!

Thanks for looking

Sue xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

For a Special Lady at Crafty Cardmakers and more...


This week at Crafty Cardmakers and More the challenge is for a special lady, so I decided to make my Mum something a bit different this coming Mothers Day...

I've had some of the boxy picture frames from Ikea for ages, but not done anything with them, but really love how this has turned out!  I think if you bought this in a shop it would be quite expensive!!

Some close ups... the butterflies have been cut out and layered on those on the base, after a liberal covering of glitter...

 Just had to pop some gems on here!

The postcard and vintage style receipt have been lightly distressed round the edges

I know the birdcage is not really in proportion, but I like it!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 23 February 2015

All Stripey at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


This week at Crafty Cardmakers and More the theme is stripes, and I took the opportunity to use some lovely MME papers from my stash, plus a strip of corrugated card .

I tucked a ticket behind the image which I stamped then distressed with distress inks, and added some lace, velvet ric rak and layered buttons, plus some flowers .

The image is from Saturated Canary and I have coloured her with my copics

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Stamps Only at Top Tip Tuesday


How are you?  Can you believe we are half way through February already?

This week at Top Tip Tuesday the challenge is to stamp - no digi's are allowed, which caused me a real dilemma as so many of my images are digi's now.  Still I had a good rummage through my stamp collection and found this cute little image from Lili of the Valley that hasn't been inked up in an absolute age!  Shocking really as I found some lovely stamps that I used to use all the time, and haven't touched in ages - maybe this challenge will inspire me to use them more often!

I couldn't resist chucking everything on this card - although no flowers or pins, I just had to use some of my straws again :-)

 Isn't this image adorable?  Just love the little mouse in the bottom right waving :-)

Anyway, hope this challenge encourages your creativity too :-)

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 9 February 2015

C'est L'Amour... at Crafty Cardmakers and More...


Two posts from me in one day... whatever next!!

I sooo needed the chance to get inky and creative this weekend, it's been a busy couple of weeks at work for one reason or another, but my work laptop stayed in it's bag, as my crafty stash was calling!!  It might mean a busier week for me next week, but my soul needed the break :-)

This fortnights challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More is Love, Love, Love...

... but maybe that should be l'amour, l'amour, l'amour in my case, with my nod towards Parisian romance :-)


Anyway, this weekend was also my brother and sister-in-laws wedding anniversary, so I made a wedding anniversary card.  I used some Making Memories papers from my stash, topped with a Stampin Up Postcard Stamp that has been distressed with various distress inks and has had the edges roughed up

The main sentiment is a ticket made up of a plain ticket stamp stamped in grey, which has been overstamped with a love sentiment stamped in brown then distressed with assorted distress inks, but slightly different tones to that of the postcard beneath

I really love this birdcage charm from Live and Love Crafts as it's not too twee!

 And I just had to pop some of my lovely pins (also from Live and Love Crafts on here).  Again the postcard is just peaking out underneath...

I've not used flowers on a card in ages!  It wasn't a conscious thing, I'd popped the box away and kinda forgot about them I guess :-)  You can just see the gorgeous rhinestone lace and subtle die cut in this one :-)

Hope you like this card as much as I do

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Hearts and Valentines GDT at Crafty Boots


My first post today is a lovely one... I was asked by Crafty Boots to join them for this fortnights challenge as a GDT member - whoo hoo!!  What an honour to be asked to join such a talented group of ladies :-)

The theme is Hearts and Valentines... and I decided to make a simple Valentines card using some banners and a heart die... I'm trying to go for a bit less fussy cards than I normally do - and I like the clean lines of this one!

I curled the edges of the banners slightly and stitched the top edges.  No idea where the sentiment came from, it might be a Kanban one!

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Second week at Top Tip Tuesday... and I just had to have another play!


Happy Tuesday!!  I just loved my card for this fortnights Top Tip Tuesday and how her bright blue hair came out - check it out here - and just had to have another go!

This time I got out my pink copics for her hair, well dusky pinks anyway!  To go with the whimsy and slightly vintage look of this card, I decided to dot some stampendous embossing powder here and there on the image

Hope you like it!

Sue xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Joining it all up with Crafty Cardmakers and More


This week at Crafty Cardmakers and More we would like to see you combine two or more images - this can be a stamped image, or you can go digital, as I have done

I've used a couple of my Kenny K images and joined them up on the computer.   Now for some this would have been easy, but not for me as I had to change my software when I got a new laptop.  So I huffed and puffed, and just could not get the thing to do what I wanted!  Then my 12 year old came over, and with a few clicks had it sorted for me.  He was explaining what he was doing, but I have no idea what he was going on about.  I shall have to get him to talk me through it... slowly... and deal with the looks of "Come on Mum, catch up..." that are ineviatble...

Anyway, here's my card...

I kept it simple, and just used an embossing folder on some co-ordinations cardstock and got a rough nail file out and sanded it back (I've found rough nail files are perfect for sanding, and they are cheaper than the stuff that is sold for crafting!)

The sentiment has been stamped onto white c/s, distressed and cut out with a section of a spellbinders die

At the last minute I decided to colour a second sitting image and layered her over the first... IRL it means she pops from the card more :-)

Anyway, hope you are able to join in with the challenge this time

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Show us your new stuff @ Top Tip Tuesday


I soooo meant to post more this week, but it's been kinda one of those weeks where nothing has gone quite to plan..I've got a few images coloured, and a couple of cards nearly finished, but not a lot I could share!!  Anywhoooo this fortnights challenge at Top Tip Tuesday is to show us something new.... it might be a new technique, or a product that is new to you - tell us though what it is, as I for one am hopeless at guessing and my crystal ball is broken :-D

I've several new things here... the papers are a new purchase - Vintage Frost Basics from Live and Love Crafts -  (sshhh don't tell anyone!!)...and I LOVE them, the are sooo usable

 the fabby image is new (from this weeks sponsor Hannah Lynn - she's the rather gorgeous Rainbow Sky Mermaid) and the colouring technique is new too, as I always end up colouring my images with blond, brunette or black hair, but I have loved some images where the hair has been coloured in the sort of colours I would LOVE but would get fired for these days (the time when I had jet black hair with streaks of jade, peacock and navy or pink, violet and purple have long since been unacceptable...boooo!!!!)  I am so wanting several more of these images... my new fave!!

I really loved colouring this image with her funky hair, and do you know what, I think I somehow managed to do her hair better than I usually would.. how does that work!!!   I think swapping colour has been a real boon though, as I hope to translate what I've figured out back to when I need to colour in sensible colours!!  I've also been playing with colouring eyes - not all images lend themselves to this due to the size of the pupil, but there is shading in her eye colour too!  And I used my new Stampendous Shabby Blue embossing powder on this image too... I just tapped some here and there and heated it up - all a bit random ;-)  I think it works with the distresed cardstock

That's it from me today - hope to see your new creations!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Monday, 12 January 2015

First Post for Crafty Cardmakers and More


Today is quite an exciting day for me, as it is my first post as part of the Crafty Cardmakers and More Design Team!   I popped a "DT" after my name on their last challenge of last year, never expecting to be invited to join such a talented group of ladies, so you can imagine my eyes wide open in shock as I read the email asking me to join them, followed by a quick jig around the room by way of celebration!!

Deciding to apply to another DT was quite a biggy for me, as I didn't get a lot of crafting done last year for one reason or another.  The burglary we had in May hit me hard, and not just because they stole my camera, and threw my printer, grand caliber and all my copics, papers and everything else from my desk on the floor - breaking both of the former.  I think my mojo finally returned when both of the people that did it changed their plea to guilty at the last minute meaning I did not have to give evidence, and that they were sentenced to three years in prison die to the violence they used.  That and I just got into making Christmas cards in a big way!!  Anyway, I rediscovered my love for crafting, with the help of crafty friends, both those I know personally and those I only know on line, and a new printer and camera, it was time to get back on the horse, and I'm so pleased I did!!

Anyway, that is quite enough waffle, I should show you my card!

This card is a real mix of old and new stash!
The image is by Time for Tea designs and I've had her ages!!  The aged silver Stampendous embossing enamel on the die cut circle is new-ish (about a month), but the stamps and distress inks are old

The creamy pin is new, but the green one is old, as is the grosgrain ribbon.  The bill of sale behind the image is old, but I don't think it had ever been new an ink pad!  The butterfly punch is sooo old (I think it came from Tesco!)

The Maja Design 6x6 papers are new, and I got them in the Live and Love Crafts sale, and the die cuts, button and gems are old, but the crackle paint is new... as is this cute bunch of keys charm

The sentiment is has been cut down from a freebie, and I have coated this with crackle paint too...

So there you go, my first post for Crafty Cardmakers!  Hope you can join in with this challenge and have time to check out the rest of the DT's creations

Please can I enter these challenges

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

You can't take the fussy out of me!


In complete contrast to yesterdays Clean(ish) and Simple(ish) card, I just have to post something a bit more... erm... busy... just to redress the balance!

I've made this card for one of the girls at work... she has a thing about shoes, and always wears fabby clothes (but then she has the advantage of being much younger than me, has no kids to drain her bank balance (or to have left their marks on her figure) and living at home...).  Anyway, she was delighted with her Christmas card and I knew just the image to use for her Birthday card :-)

 I went all monochrome for this one, and used some download papers from Michele R Designs.  I've not used many printable papers before but saw these, and loved them!  I added some distress inks to the outside of each paper, and added lace, ribbon, cheesecloth and a charm. I decided to keep this card monochrome - although it all looks a bit brighter in the photos than in real life!!

The Cinderella image is from Kraftin Kimmie, but I think she may have been discontinued :(  Anyway, I've been practicing my colouring of fabric on her skirts... I'm getting there with it I think!  I mounted her on the right of the card... well she is running away!  I added gems to her earrings and necklace, and glitter to her skirt... and popped her on the edge of a die cut which has also been dry embossed, stamped and dotted with some embossing powders (I think it was the pink and gold glitter one, and the white and gold glitter one... I got a bit carried away!!)


Please may I enter these challenges
Pile It On Challenge - Digi Papers or image (stamped image, but digi papers)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Keeping it simple at Top Tip Tuesday

Hello!  Happy New Year :-)

This fortnight at Top Tip Tuesday the challenge is 

Clean and Simple

And oh boy, this was a toughy for me!  My style is usually more is more, and I tried a couple of attempts before inspiration struck (at 3.30 in the morning!!).  I'll share one of my other attempts later this week, and you'll see why it didn't make the cut :-)

Anyway, I used a Retro Selfie image from Kenny K and it kind of came together...

I went for lots of white space with this image, and just added some twine left over from a Christmas gift wrap pack (am I the only crafter that eyes up the wrapping on other peoples pressies and snaffles all the ribbon... no thought not!!) a Stampin' Up! sentiment, blingy button and some Tim Holtz Film strip... of and some stitching... so maybe a bit more than a proper CAS card should be.. but everything is relative :-)

I've coloured her up with my trusty copics, then fussy cut her out and popped her on top of the film strip

Actually, despite the fact it took me faaaarrrrr loooonnnggger to put this one together than my usual style, I really like this card... the strong image doesn't need too much and I love the black, white and pop of red combo :-)

Please may I enter these challenges
Quirky Crafts Challenge - Clean and Simple
Kenny 's Krafty Krew - Anything Goes with a Twist: New Beginnings (not sure if I've understood this, but mine is to try something different from time to time!)
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes (my Stash item is the film strip, which I have had for ages)

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Make Your Own... at Top Tip Tuesday...

Hello!!  Before we start, apologies, this is along one... I've been busy!!!

This fortnights Top Tip Tuesday Challenge is to Make your Own... and I decided to make my own background, as I've not done this in ages.

Actually, before I could do that, I had to make my own tag as I don't have a large tag die.  Actually it's pretty easy, I make it half as wide as I do tall and find those proportions work for me, regardless of if it's a big tag, or little!!

I searched out my snowflake stamps and randomly stamped them all over the kraft card stock with Burnt Sugar Ink from stamping up, then got busy with my brown toned distress inks (Tea Dye, Vintage Photom Frayed Burlap, Old Paper and Antique Linen)... Messy but worth it :-)  I then cut some snowflakes out using some snowflake dies, and added some gems here and there, some lace and organza and grosgrain ribbon, and topped it off with a Saturated Fairy image

I've been practicing colouring see through fabrics, and I think I'm getting there!!

Anyway, I have been feeling creative of late, so had the idea of making some of my own Christmas decorations... Before I knew it, I'd rolled and cookie cut numerous shapes, into which I stamped with various coloured inks... the kids joined in the fun too and made several decorations for their own trees... I should have got piccies of them busily cutting and stamping, both with their tongues out in concentration... Next year!!  Anyway, here are my ones...

Apologies for the piccie overload - not that they are very good - I thought it would look better to take pics on the tree, but the lights were a bit bright, and they look SOOO much better in real life.  As is always the way when you try something new (I've not played with clay since I was at school!!)  I got far too much clay - I tried both air drying and the stuff that you pop in a low oven for a while.  I still can't decide what I prefer - the air dry stuff curls a bit as it dries, but is easy to work with and you can get a nice embossed image with not too much pressure.  The oven dried stuff is a LOT harder to work and I had to stand up and really push to get a decent embossed image!  I also found that Distress Inks didn't work very well, but Momento and Stazon types worked well... I guess like with anything new, it's trial and error!  Now the tree is finally up and decorated with baubles and my home made decorations I think it looks lovely, and they would have cost an absolute fortune if I had bought them ready made :-)  Just goes to show that we all have stamps that can be used in so many ways, it just takes a bit of lateral thinking and a bit of bravery to do it!  What's the worst that could happen - they were rubbish and went in the bin! 

Anyway I made so many (it turns out clay goes a LONG way!!) that I had plenty left to give as gifts to some of my colleagues...  I wrapped them in Kraft, added organza ribbon and continued the homemade theme with a die cut tag which has been embossed in a sparkly white embossing powder... they look really good, and much more personal than those that we all pay a fortune for in the shops!  I went for a white on black image which apparently is quite trendy at the moment - my inner goth is delighted that black is the new black, while my inner girlie is over the moon that I can add a bit of sparkle :-)

Hope you can join in our final challenge of the year!!

Please may I enter these challenges



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Many thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx