Saturday, 22 November 2014

I found Barry!!!

Hello again :-)

There is a little tale to today's card.  As some of you know we were burgled earlier in the year, and one of the things that was taken were laptops.  Now it didn't occur to me to check that all my digi images had been backed up at the time, there was so much going on and I just didn't think of it.  Then the insurance paid out, and still I didn't think... it was only when I started making my Christmas cards that I suddenly realised that I couldn't find some of my Christmas images that I got last year... irritating, but not the end of the world, as I could rebuy the ones I wanted right?   Including The super cute Barry the Bear from Stamp Fairy

Wrong!! As Stamp Fairy had closed their doors the week before... my timing was dreadful!  Lamenting the loss of Barry I started trawling through every memory stick and hard drive in the house I could find, in the hope that Barry would re-appear.  And there he was, backed up on HB's work hard-drive... no idea how he ended up there, but I was very pleased to see him again.

Anyhooo, here's Barry, getting ready for a skiing adventure :-)


I have to say, he doesn't look super confident!!

You can just see the ski charm I got from Live and Love Crafts tucked away in there

The ticket sentiment is from Stampin' Up!, and I've covered it in crackle paint, before popping layering it over a Memory Box snowflake

The tag is tucked away behind the image - I couldn't resist using Indigo Blu guilding flakes to create the Christmas tree (image and greeting were freebies from a Magazine)

The papers are from Live and Love Crafts, love the Scandinavan feel to these papers,  I've embossed the panel behind the sentiment, and got the distress inks out again :-)

Thanks for looking

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Sue xx

Still love this image....

Hello!  I'm still doing Christmas cards - I've no idea how many I've done, or how many I've left to do!  But I am having fun :-)

I used some MME papers from a 6x6 pad for this card - love the colours of this pad, and it seems eternal, as I've had it for ages and it's still got loads left in it! 

The image is from Ladybug Crafts Ink (sadly now closed) and she's a real cutie to colour.  I will admit to having a wobble when I stamped the postmark as that line on the bottom one isn't meant to be there... I was really cross with myself as I had already coloured and glittered the image, but then I thought that it kinda still worked - if I hadn't pointed it out would you have noticed?!

The inside is decorated using the same papers.

Anyway. hope you like it :-)

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Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

More layers required...


I couldn't resist making another card with lots of layers, as it is the challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday

There are layers on the inside too :-)

I embossed the background behind the sentiment, then got busy with my sanding block - love the kraft core cardstock

But back to the front...  there are two sentiments on here, the Joy sentiment is a freebie from a magazine, stamped onto paper that is stuck onto chipboard and the edges filed back, then attached with a sparkly brad 

 The second is a Stampin Up one which has been stamped onto Kraft, then covered with clear crackle paint

The image is a Lili of the Valley one from a couple of years ago, coloured with my copics and glittered up

Hope you like it :-)

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Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Layering Up at Top Tip Tuesday


Welcome to my post for this weeks Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - this time we would love to see your layers... I don't know about you but its got rather chilly here, so layers seems more than appropriate... anyhoo... three or more papers is just what we would like to see... :-)

Wow, this challenge has been made for me, being a more is more kinda girl :-)

There are four papers on my card, love these neutral colours for an unusual and striking Christmas card, which is layered onto a kraft card base, and brown cardstock matting.  A Memory Box die cut, some gorgeous Berrisfords ribbon in an antique gold, some gold pins and a charm from Live and Love Crafts (love these!!) finishes the card off

The Reindeer image and the sentiment is a freebie from a magazine, stamped in Brown Momento, and lightly coloured with my copics.  A dash of white pen gives the impression of hoof prints in the snow

Although the more-is-more style is very me, the image is a bit of a departure, but I love this card ;-)

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Thank you for stopping by

Sue xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Just for a change... two posts in a week :-)


This hasn't happened in quite a while... two posts in a week, and this one is a just for fun card :-)

I made this for a friends son... both he and his Dad appreciated the humour :-)

I think this is a Dustin Pike image... tee hee :-)


I just could not resist decorating the inside of the card too :-)

 Although I left it quite boyish... using a ticket style tag for the inside, I could not resist picking this set up along with the paper pad the other week :-)

Right, that's it from me, I need a little lie down now, two posts in a week has kinda taken it out of me...

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Thanks for stopping by...

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Chevron Crazy at Top Tip Tuesday


Gosh, it's been a while... hmm... not quite sure what is happening this year!!

Anyhoooo... it's time for another challenge at Top Tip Tuesday - last fortnights Colour Combo seemed quite popular, and I AM going to make one of the fabby block cards - they are one of those things that looks amazing, but when you break it down into simple steps it's a lot easier than you think :-)

But... that is soooo last week :-)  This fortnights challenge sponsored by Sweet Stamps is 


Now, I don't have a chevron stamp - although as I'm typing this I've just had an idea, which I will try to do before the challenge is up :-) - however, like most people I have odds and ends of papers, and lurking in here was a chevron paper - teamed with some glitter, ribbon, a charm and a blingy button and an embossed panel it was done :-)  Speaking of paper (and storage!) checkout the ideas on the challenge site...

Anyway, without further ado, here is my card...

I really love this little lady from Kenny K, she really is a joy to colour :-)

This is one of the three (yep three... check me out) that I made at the Begonia Crafts Crop at the weekend... can't wait until the next one :-)

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Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Something Fishy at Top Tip Tuesday...

Hello... how quickly has two weeks flown by?!?

It's time for another Top Tip Tuesday Challenge, and this weeks is 


Which is sponsored by 2 Cute Ink and I used the Angel Fish image

Now, I don't know why (maybe I've been making too many cards for adults recently...) but I found this one tough... maybe because when I'm making a kids card, I usually have a recipient in mind... who knows!

Anyway, I really hope you like it... in my defence it is quite pink... does that count :-)

Hope you like it nevertheless :-)

Hugs, Sue xx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Ladybug Crafts Ink Grand Finale


This is one post I never wanted to write, and I'm welling up as I type this ;-(

After much soul searching, Head Ladybug has decided the time is right to close the doors on Ladybug Towers :(  As of today there is a massive sale on over at the online store - get your bargains while you can, as once they have gone they've gone... click here to go directly to the store.

I'm delighted that so many of my fellow DT members have returned for our last hurrah... which is

Your Favourite Image

As ever, we'd love for you to use a LCI image, but it's not compulsory...

Anyway, before I go all teary eyed, here is my card, using Dancing Nikki...

I coloured Nikki with my copics, and added a touch of bling here and there...

And I just had to decorate the inside too...

I'd like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to Kerry for having the courage to set up LCI in the first place, it was her images that got me into stamping and colouring in the first place, and for asking me to join the original DT, and for being a fabulous friend over the last few years;  to all the DT members past and present for making this a complete blast, I will miss working with you all


Sue xxxx

It's all about the stationary at Top Tip Tuesday...


It's time for another Top Tip Tuesday, and this time it is to use stationary... if I'm being 100% honest I really struggled with this one - I'm more of a flowers and bows kind of a crafter than a metal one.  Maybe I see too much stationary every day at work to get inspired by it when I'm trying to relax :-D

Anyway, after a bit of a think I dug out some paper fasteners/brads and started playing... as I needed a thank you card, and had unearthed a whole heap of scraps my card came together.  I guess I could have popped an image on here, but I quite like the simplicity of this one without!  The brad was a bit brassy for the papers, so I coloured it with a Copic marker, I think it looks OK, and is a good way of matching metal items to your project.  Although I would recommend more patience than I had first time round, and letting the ink dry, or you end up covered :-)

Anyway, hope you like my interpretation of this weeks theme...

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Anything Goes with Bugaboo at Top Tip Tuesday


Apologies for such a long absence... to cut a very long story short we were burgled back in May, and everything I need to post on here was stolen (laptop, cameras etc)... then I realised that when they had thrown my printer on the floor they broke that, and realised last week my Grand Caliber also had been broken... gutted over it all doesn't quite cover it.

Anyway, I've chucked out everything that was broken, redecorated my bedroom and replaced the contents of my underwear drawers - just couldn't cope with the thought that horrible people had been in my personal space, and rumaging through my undies!  Yuck :-(  I hope that they get everything they deserve for making my children cry, and making us all not feel safe in our home.

Now I've done battle with the insurance company I can replace the stuff that was taken, and get creative again, it totally sapped all my energy.  And I'm delighted that both LCI and Top Tip teams that I design for have been wonderfully supportive and sympathetic, both giving me a leave of absence to sort out the insurance, house, police, children and me (being mum, I dealt with it all then it all hit me like a brick)!  Thank you all, you are fabulous xxx

Anyhooo... So without further ado... this weeks Top Tip Tuesday is an Anything Goes challenge, sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps... and there is a fabby tutorial on shaker cards... check it out... just love shaker cards especially in the run up to Christmas :-).  I used one of my go-to images - Har Repotter the chosen one.

I've not quite decided who will get this one yet, so I'll add a sentiment later!  And oh my, taking two months off has affected my ability to tie bows!  What's going on there, this took ages, and it still doesn't look right to me!!  Anyway, the papers are MME from a Halloween range from a couple of years ago - love these as they are all textured and lovely :-)

Thanks for stopping by - I might be a bit stop/start over the next couple of weeks until I get back into my stride, so please bear with me!

Hugs... Sue xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Special Ladies at LCI


It's time for another challenge at Ladybug Crafts Ink - and this time it is the turn of the super-talented Julie to choose, and she has picked 

You can interpret this however you like - Mothers Day, a special birthday, or just a fabulous card for a friend or relative.

All the DT have used images from the Nikki range - this is probably where I should confess just how much I love this range of images, as they were what got me into colouring and cardmaking in a big way - and I have loved returning to use Original Nikki - available as a digi here or a stamp here, or
check out the entire Nikki range in either digi here or stamps here

I couldn't resist going all out on this card - I think I have done enough plain and simple cards of late, and I was just crying out to get everything on here!!  So there's ribbon, flowers, lace, die cuts, pearls, cheesecloth, stitching, charms, brads, glitter, gorgeous papers, and some frantage embossing power too (super impressed with myself at finally using this stuff!!)  I really love this card - and I think Nikki has a hint of 50's glam to her :-)  Either way, how stylish is she with her shades up on her head, and her cute pooch at her feet:-)

I've coloured her with my copics, sticking to pale lilac tones

Hope you like it!

Hugs, Sue xx

All things metallic at Top Tip Tuesday


Can you believe two weeks have gone by already and it's time for a new challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday?  No, me neither!

This fortnights theme is 

I went down the metal route, and made a funky card for a teenage boy (always find boys cards really tough!  Teenage boys especially so!!), and tucked this fabulous image from Ladybug Crafts Ink - he's called Skateboarder Josh and is from the Teenager range

Isn't he cool!  I've teamed him with MME papers, and a zip and metal button

I really loved how this image coloured up

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Take 3, 5, or 7 at Top Tip


I'm so sorry I've not been about much, just when I thought life was going better, more curve balls have been thrown.  I'm hoping the rest of the year is better than the first two months!

Anyway, how can I be down when I have been colouring this little guy up for this fortnights Top Tip Tuesday challenge, which is 3, 5 or 7 - interpret how you like!!

Don'tcha just lurve his ears!!  This little guy is Take off / Rabbit Traveler - Air plane and he is available from this fortnights sponsors

I wondered about putting glitter on him... but decided not to, might change my mind yet!!

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Flowers Galore at Ladybug Crafts Ink

Hello!!  Two posts from me in one day - whatever next!!

Today at Ladybug Crafts Ink there is a new release, the third in the ever popular Floral Delights range - check them out in the store here.  As ever these really versatile images are great for a whole range of uses - all of them are my go to images for Birthdays, Get Well, Sympathy, Thank You, or just to say Hi!  I think it's brilliant to have an image that you can use again and again for different people, for different uses... not that it has stopped me getting the whole lot :-)

Anyway, enough of my waffle... here's my card...

I went one layer CAS - I'm really getting into the CAS thing now (don't panic, I'm still chucking the kitchen sink at my cards most of the time!), as it's great for when you need a card quickly, don't have loads of time, or even when the recipient isn't a more is more kinda gal :-)

Anyway, there are loadsa chances to win over at the challenge blog, so why not drop on by and check out what the rest of the team have been up to?

Love, Sue xx

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Girly at Top Tip Tuesday


I've been missing for quite a while... apologies.

This weeks Top Tip Tuesday Challenge is to showcase your girly cards - make them pink, cute, loada bling... whatever floats your boat!

I went for the cute, but not pink look, using a cute Heather Ellis image - Pure Innocence 20 - but went for a calm colour scheme.  Actually I know exactly who is getting this one - and I've made it a whole 3 months early!!  Get me being all organised!!

Anyway, I'm not going to waffle today, just to say that I used some gorgeous MME papers, and some ribbon from my stash.  As the intended recipient is not a pink girl, this is just perfect, but still feels like something a little girl would like :-D

Cute huh?

If you love making your own flowers, check out the tutorial on the Challenge Blog - it's awesome!!

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Clean and Simple at Top Tip Tuesday

Hello!  Long time no see :-)

I hope you had a great New Year!  Are you getting used to writing 2014 yet?  I'm still at the think about it before writing stage!

Right onto today's card for Top Tip Tuesday which is 

Clean and Simple

I will admit to New Year Blues when making this one, and my mojo is still obviously nursing her New Years Eve hangover...

I remembered seeing something quite cool with brads a while ago, I can't remember where or when though, so while I was tiding my craft stash up (OK... I'll admit, I wasn't tiding, I was trying to find something I'd lost!)  I found a pot of the things, and some circle punches and inspiration struck!!

I desperately need to send some Thank You cards and this was pretty quick and easy, once I'd stopped faffing and got on with it!  I can see a little production line of these being turned out!  Actually, as I'm typing this, wouldn't it be cool to make 6 of these and a little gift box to put them in... oooh... I think my mojo has woken up!!

Anyway, enough with the blah blah blah... here's my card

Oh, and if the bottom right brad looks a bit sparkly, it's because it is!  It seemed that I only had 5 brown brads and as I'd already punched the holes had to find something that toned in, fortunately I had one (thank goodness I'd not punched 7 holes!) dark gold sparkly brad.

A few circles punched out of corrugated card here and there and a typewriter style stamp and it was finished... don't know why I was faffing so much!!

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Thanks for stopping by... hopefully now my Mojo is up and running there will be more to share soon


Sue xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Snow Bear @ Top Tip Tuesday


I don't know about you, but this Christmas thing is getting a bit too close for comfort.  My house looks a tip (my own fault, I decided to start redecorating first week in December!), I've no idea who is getting what, and I'm seriously behind on the card front!

Well I can't turn back time and wait until after Christmas to spruce the house up, and thankfully its pretty much done.  The kids pressies are pretty much sorted (and I can always top them up with cash if need be!).  As for the cards - I'm afraid some people are going to get bought cards this year!  Some will still be made ones, but I've decided to put the cape away, and give up being Super Woman this year, it's far to stressful, and frankly, the cape keeps getting caught in the car door, and I'm getting odd looks wearing the tight fitting suit while in the supermarket...

Seriously, why do we do it to ourselves, it is only one day, and as long as the kids are sorted, no-one in my family actually cares about pressies, they just like catching up and relaxing... and if anyone cares to mention that maybe I should have presented the house better, then they will be given a duster and asked to right whatever wrongs they can spot!   Hmmm, I could could say something meaningful about the spirit of the season here, but I think you get the point :-D

Anyway, I think this is pretty much it from a Christmas/Season's Greetings card point of view from me this year.  Depending on how things go, there might be one or two more, but I'm not worrying if not!

OK... so this fortnights Top Tip Challenge was to incorporate Snowflakes and I used an image from this fortnights sponsor - Stampfairy - this little guy is Barry Winter 1.  I just love this little guy - how cute is he?

I know the snowflakes are subtle on this one, as I've used Kraft CS, but they are there... honest!!

I used papers, cheesecloth and pins from Live and Love Crafts, plus my go-to Christmas die by Memory Box.
And I liked it so much, I did another one, in a different colourway, and reversed the position of the bows and bits and bobs

Still love him in his blue outfit...

Again, I've blinged up his hat, and added gems to the die cut (on this one, the gems on the lace came already attached!)

So there you go, wait ages, and two come along at once!

Thanks for stopping by... 

Sue xx

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Keep It Clean (and Simple) @ LCI


It's just stuck me how similar both my posts are today - it's really not intentional!

I made this card a couple of weeks ago for a demo evening at my friends, Karen, Bev and Stacey's Craft ClubKerry (aka Head Ladybug) very kindly let me use this rather fab image, and it was a bonus as it fitted perfectly with Susan's challenge at Ladybug Crafts Ink which is

I really like this image, it's cool and stylish and works so well with a CAS style - if you want your own, it's called Shoe Tree Delight, and there is also Handbag Delight for the handbag lover in your life!!  It was also lots of fun seeing the ladies who came to the demo night play create their own versions of the card.  I'm certainly no Copic star, but I'm happy to help others try things and pass on tips and hints that I've picked up through trial and error (mostly error, if I'm honest!)

Why is my picture fuzzy!!!  I blame the photographer (me!!)  I'll try and change it to a non-blury one ASAP.  Honestly, you'd think I'd taken it after my work Christmas Party (hic!)

This will be the last LCI challenge this year... boooo.... but we will be back on 4th February.... hurrah!... with lots more inspiration and images galore - double hurrah!!  Can you tell it's Panto season?  LOL

Before then I hope to be posting lots of lovely cards, but in the meantime, I hope you have fun playing along with this fortnights challenge

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx

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As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Digi (this one is my new fave - why... if you could see my shoe cupboard all would become clear!)

Snowflakes @ Top Tip Tuesday


I need to fess up here, this is NOT the card that I should have been posting today, but there was a slight hic-cup, caused in no small part by the entire family (except me!) being ill, and me not being as on top of things as I usually am... honestly, you'd think that I was a planner in real life, and should be organised with everything that is going on!  oooooh... wait... that is what I do... bother!

Anyway, I hope to post the original card as a mid-way reminder next week, or maybe before if I can't wait :-D

Soooooo, today's Top Tip Tuesday Challenge is Snowflakes, and we are sponsored by Stamp Fairy.

I've gone a bit CAS today though (just wait til you see the very-not-CAS card that should have been making an appearance today!!).  I'm loving embossing on Kraft - it looks fabulous and it you get a hot-spot it doesn't seem to notice as much as on pure white- not that I do that ever!!  Also, as the festive season (and last posting dates) gets ever closer I think we all go a bit simpler, if nothing else, the postage costs of heavy cards are horrific when you are posting more than just one card!

I've used one of my oldest ever stamps - it's a wooden one and was one of the cheapest I ever bought, so it's a bit of a mare to stamp, but I still like it.  I've used a Metallic black embossing powder with a hint of glitter.  But a Snowflake it most certainly is!

Hope you are having a better week than me - it can only get better from here for me!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have time to play along with the challenge

Sue xx

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

We've got the Blues (and White) at LCI


This week's Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge is a brilliant one, just in time for Christmas (or any other time, thinking about it!), as we'd love to see your 

Blue and White

creations - anything from a rich royal blue, to a frosty ice blue, or how about a regal navy blue?

Actually, I didn't realise it at the time, but I redecorated my bathroom in some lovely blue shades at the weekend... and re-painted the ceiling white too.  I didn't take any pictures of this particular ladybug taking the challenge a bit too seriously and painting herself white and blue as well... :-D  Still it looks a million times better and fresher now than it did on Friday!  I've just a few bits and bobs to finish, and some accessories to make, things that I had before to upcycle, and maybe treat myself to a new towel set, and it'll be back to bathroom heaven :-D

Enough of the rambling, back to the challenge... I went for a teal/turquoise blue, although I will say it's a lot more blue in real life than the piccies show!  That ribbon looks a bit green from here, but I promise you it's not!

 I've used some MME papers, not Christmas ones, but the colours work, and who'd know!

As I wanted some cards to send this year that were a bit more traditional, but still glam and in my normal style, and this one - Christmas Wreath Delight - is simply perfect.  I've coloured it with a selection of blue pens, adding a touch of green to the foliage, then adding a dash of glitter to the ribbon and some of the baubles.


 I decorated the inside to match - this sentiment was a freebie from a magazine

Hope you have fun joining in with this challenge

Thanks for stopping by

Sue xx