Monday, 4 May 2015

Make your own - Crafty Cardmakers and More


This fortnights challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More is to 

While my first instinct when making a card is to reach for my (rather large) stash of papers, it is great to make your own unique background from time to time - and it's good when you can't quite find the colour paper you are looking for too!!

Anyway, here's my card

I started by stamping the lines (from a Stampin' Up Grunge set) with versamark and clear embossing powder, then layering up Peacock Feathers and Bundled Sage distress inks, then overstamping this with a Dictionary Stamp with the Bundled Sage and a splodgy stamp (also Stampin' Up, the latter is also in the Grunge set), then a diamond stamp in a very light dusting of weathered wood.  

My image is from Saturated Canary, and I coloured her in similar colours, but did her eyes in a lilac blue, and very contrasting hair!

I'm not sure who will be the recipient of this card, so will add a sentiment later (probably about 5 minutes before I need to post it!!)

That's it from me today!

Have a great week, and hope you can join in with the challenge this time

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Double Trouble at Top Tip Tuesday


This time at Top Tip Tuesday the theme is 

This is open to interpretation, and if you need some more ideas then head over to the challenge blog for more explanation or ideas!

The challenge is being sponsored by All Dressed Up, and I used the Love My Sister image as a starting point for my card

I used some old papers from my stash - I think they are Echo Park from years ago!    I coloured my image with copics, although annoyingly I think I used the wrong card as it bled out horrifically!!  I have obviously mixed up my cardmaking cardstock with my stamping cardstock... oh rats!!  I kind of rescued my image by going round it with a blue pen, hmmm... 

Anyway, that's it from me for today, hope you are able to join in with our challenge this time

Thank you for looking

Sue xx

Monday, 20 April 2015

Dotty... Crafty Cardmakers and More


This week at Crafty Cardmakers and More the theme is 

Well it didn't take me long to find several papers in my stash that met the theme, so I was grateful to be able to be able to use some up!  The great thing with the black and white colour scheme is that you can use up odds and ends of your stash!  The papers are a mix of manufacturers, and all had been cut into previously, but with little/no tonal differences (as I often struggle with with coloured papers) they work well together)

Once I had picked my papers, I turned my attention to which image to use, and it seemed quite retro to me, so I went with Retro Selfie from Kenny K

I coloured the image with my copics and added some velvet ric-rac along the bottom, for a bit more of a vintage feel :-)  Along with the big satin bow I think it works well, although I did cheat a bit and use a pre-printed sentiment as I wanted to use a round sentiment to go with the dotty theme, but for the life of me can't find my round sentiment stamp!!!  It will turn up when I'm not needing it and looking for something else no doubt!

The white paper behind the image is a script one, but has grey dots on it too, and I could not resist using the fishnet paper too as it seemed to go with the image ;-)

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

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tripple trouble at Top Tip Tuesday


This fortnight at Top Tip Tuesday the theme is Three of Something which is my sort of challenge...

So... I started with three papers to make my card

I can't find my distressing tool anywhere, so just used my scissors... hmmm probably not the safest thing to do, but hey!!  

I coloured this Saturated Fairy image with my copics... I am quite happy with how this turned out!  I'm not quite sure how I got her dress like that, but it looks OK in the picture but looks even better in real life :-)

I then got a bit carried away with the whole three things, and put thee embellishments on (pearls, charm and button...

Then I spotted I had used three ribbons, (well, two and a lace...)

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Better late then never... Things are Flying at Crafty Cardmakers and More...

Hello!!  I am a week late for this fortnights challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and More... my excuse was that I have cracked my ribs after having the flu and then a cold, and have been in agony.  So was not as organized as I should have been before going away for the Easter weekend (more on that later...)

Anyway the theme is Things with Wings, so I chose to use a not-seen-ink-in-ages stamps which is a Marianne Crafts one (I think!!), and some Nitwits papers from my stash

Quite simple for me, but I just LURVE that little froggy!!   I used a banner sentiment cut in two then popped it on a straw to make a kind of signpost...)

 I decorated the inside to match

Anyway - so my little break - well I took the kids to Battle, which is just outside Hastings... on the site of errr... the Battle of Hastings... we took a wander round the Abbey that was built on the site.  We took a wander round the battlefield which had an audio tour that was pretty good, but the kids one was a lot better... even if my youngest (he's 7) kept telling his 13 year old brother that they were on the Bloody Battlefield... cheeky monkey, his brother kept telling him not to swear, but he pointed out that he was being accurate as the battlefield was covered in blood (in 1066... I didn't see a drop when we were there, I think modern health and safety would take a dim view of that sort of thing at a visitor attraction these days)... knowing full well what he was saying... honestly for a child that struggles to read and write he is too smart for his own good somedays!   Anyway, the area is well recommended, although the medieval house that is now a tea room that stands opposite is most definitely not (the service was like a cross between Kitchen Nightmares and Fawlty Towers... which was hilarious and made for a memorable lunch for all the wrong reasons!)

Anyway, thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

They call me Mellow Yellow...


This weeks challenge over at Top Top Tuesday is Mellow Yellow...

Which I think is perfect for this time of the year, when all the flowers are coming into bloom in my part of the world :-)

Anyway, I decided to go for pale yellows and to use one of the first stamps I ever bought - one of the Gorguss Girl images.

I used some papers from Maja Design Spring Basics pad, then added creamy lace, and lemon pearls, and cream and yellow flowers, then stamped some tickets and a sentiment onto cardstock, then cut out and distressed with antique linen and tea dye distressed inks, which gave a nice yellow hint to them :-) The image is coloured with copics, and I added a touch of blue to her hair, to give it a bit of shine.

Hope you like it

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

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