Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Rudolph and Pixies

I've called this post Rudolph and Pixies, because it fits the challenges over on both of these blogs. It's the 25th of the month so it time again for the Rudolph Days Challenge and also time again for a new challenge over at Pixies Snippets Playground.  I started with a 6x6 card base and the Stag which was cut out from a Lavinia cutting file on the Scan-n-cut and sized to fit the card. I then embossed a slightly smaller piece of card using a snowflake embossing folder from Crafters Companion. I coloured the embossed card with distress inks and then rubbed silver gilding wax over the top. I then mounted onto some silver mirri card and placed some ribbon around the middle. Next with a piece of white card I cut a circle slightly smaller than the stag topper and coloured with the same two coloured distress inks. I then stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder and added some gems and glitter before mounting onto the card. To finish I stamped the sentiment and embossed with silver embossing powder and made a small poinsettia with an Elizabeth die. The poinsettia was made from scraps of card from my ever expanding box.

 Normally this is where I say that I made 4 the same, only this time I made 5.

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Butterfly Challenge

The current challenge over on the Butterfly Challenge blog is Matching Pairs and/or the colour of Orange Peel, I think I have managed both with this card. The card started of with the background which was made with an Obsession Impression cover a card stamp. I bought this stamp at the Newbury Show earlier this month, I stamped it out and coloured it in with no thoughts as to what I would do with the finished piece. I cut it down to get rid of the unfinished white bits and also to fit onto a 6x6x card base. I mounted onto some gold mirri card and found the ribbon, already tied into a bow (left over from another project that it didn't get used on) so popped that onto the bottom. The next logical step was to add a couple of butterflies, it was only then when looking at it that I realised that I had managed to fit the challenge without even trying. Just off now to join in.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Lavender and Lace

This week the challenge over on the Allsorts challenge blog is Lavender and Lace, and I'm rushing in at the end of the week with this card for the challenge. The card has a better Lavender colour in real life but for some reason I could not get a better photo than this today. I used a 6x6x card base and gold mirri card for the matting. The paper has been travelling around my worktops in my craft room for so long I can't remember where it came from anymore, only that it was free with a magazine. But it was just the right colour for the card. The lace is from my stash and the flowers left over from a recent workshop using Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies (again these were just the right shade).  The die cut circles are from Tonic and the pearl swirls from Tattered Lace.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Pixies Snippets Playground

Last week was so hectic as we looked after our Grandson all week, rather than the normal 2 days we normally do. I did start these cards at the beginning of the week and it took me a week to get them finished too. As the die cuts were cut using scraps and also the stamping was done onto scraps I'm off to join in the fun over in Pixies Snippets Playground. I used an embossing folder from Crafters Companion for the background, which I coloured using distress ink and a blending tool. The stamp and die for the image are from the new collection, Festive Holly, from Heartfelt Creations. coloured with pencils and a bit of snow added to the roof.

 I managed to make two to pop into the box for that special time of year.

I'm also going to enter this card into the following challenges:
Christmas Cards All year Round - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes with the option of Die Cuts

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Monday, 10 July 2017

The Fairy Treehouse

When I saw the current challenge over at the Allsorts Challenge blog my first thought was my Lavinia Stamps, but then I remembered that I had this Tree house stamp and wee sets of stamps from Clarity Stamps. So I had a rummage in the cupboard and got the stamps out and made this card. The Tree house stamp comes with it's own mask so I started by stamping this first, then popping the mask over the top and then making the background. I used Clarity masks for this as well, along with Distress inks. I used stamps from the Wee Trees set, the Wee Foliage and the Wee Fairy's sets before taking the mask off  and colouring the Tree house using pencils. I used a clear sparkle pen on the fairy's wings and gold sparkle on the Tree house windows, then just a few random dots in the sky for stars using a white pen. Finally I went around the edge of the card with an embossing pen and embossed using a blue sparkle embossing powder.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

18th Birthday

My card today has been made for a lovely young lady who will be 18 in a few days time. The flowers and the backing paper are from the Petunia Collection from Heartfelt Creations (I will to confess to having lots of their stamps and die sets). The card is an 8x8 base, then I used silver mirri card to mat the backing paper onto. The die cut square is from Tattered Lace and I kept the middle to stamp the sentiment onto, this was from Chocolate Baroque. I stamped and embossed the flowers with silver EB powder and then coloured using distress ink in Shaded Lilac and then Stampin Up ink in colours Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green. The flourishes are from Tattered Lace and finally the 18 Today is from All Occasion Dies.

 Because of the shaping on the flowers the card needed a box to pop the card into. The cut out corners are from a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.

I'm going to enter this into the Stamping Sensations Challenge which this month is Anything With Flowers.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Christmas In July

Christmas in July is the name of the current challenge over at My Time To Craft this week. So I made a few cards that fitted the theme and that I could pop into the box for later in the year. I used an unbranded die that I bought off of ebay for the bauble and the Believe In the Magic is a Tattered Lace die. The backing papers are from Bearly Mine Designs (who are no longer trading).  Quite simple and easy to make.

I would also like to enter these into the following challenges:-
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - An Ornament
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything Goes.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Butterfly Challenge

Today my card is for the Butterfly Challenge which this time the theme is Key and/or Vermilion. I've managed to use both. My base card is red/vermilion and I've teamed it with some black card for matting and some Graphic 45 paper from the Times Nouveau paper pad. I added some red ribbon with some green ribbon on top with the key attached (I have a box full of these little keys, which were found in my Uncles house when we cleared it a few years ago). I found a sentiment stamp from Chocolate Baroque that matched the theme of the card, I stamped it in black onto the red card and then mounted onto black card . Finally I add a couple of die cut butterflies which I backed with adhesive card and added some glitter to finish.

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

2 Today

Two years ago this cheeky chap came into our lives (thanks to our daughter and son-in-law) today he turned two. I can't begin to imagine what our lives would be like now with out him in it. We have just spent a couple of busy days helping to celebrate it with him. Yesterday was a party for all of his little friends and  their mummy's and daddy's, today was quieter affair with just the family there.

 This is the card that I made for him, using stamps, dies and papers from Heartfelt Creations. I used a mixture of pencils, and distress inks to colour the images before putting onto the card with glue gel.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017


Wow, where has this week disappeared to. I can't believe that it's Thursday evening already. The other day I had the Cricut out to cut some letters for another card, and while it was out I thought that I would cut out some cameo ladies from some black card scraps that I had sitting on my worktop. The plan was to make some ATC's, which I did. However the first lady that I cut was slightly too large so I discarded her, then when I found her sitting on my worktop earlier today I thought she looked a bit lonely, so I found a piece of backing paper to use and some white scraps to cut out a couple of circles. With a little rummaging in my stash and a little bit of distress ink around the edges, this is what I came up with. I'm off now to visit Pixies Snippets Playground as all that I used came out of the scraps boxes.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Workshop Make

On Saturday I attended a workshop in Portsmouth which was held by Oyster Stamps and the wonderful Martine who works for them. She makes the most amazing cards using the Heartfelt Creations range (many of these were on display on Saturday). We spent the day 10.30 until about 3.30 making this wonderful book/box card. Now while I love the white on white cards it's not something that I attempt often as I normally end up putting a dirty finger print somewhere, so I was surprised when I finished it and it was still white. We used dies not only from Heartfelt's Flowering Dogwood collection, but also from Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn and Memory Box, also Distress Glitter, Diamond dust/twinklets and wow embossing powder. The flowers were made using parchment and were coloured from the back before shaping.  I had a wonderful day and will be trying more flowers on the parchment in the future too.
This week the challenge over on the Allsorts blog is Flower Power, I think that this will fit the bill perfectly.

 The card front.

 The inside.

The box.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Rudolph Days - June Challenge

Wow six months until Christmas, it seems like I've only just put the Decorations away from the last one. It's also time for this months Rudolph Days Challenge which is as always Anything goes. My card this month was made with a Just Right stamps set called O Christmas Tree and was a gift from a very special friend (you know who you are) and Thank You they made perfect cards. My background was made using the new Distress Oxides and then flicked with water afterwards. I then waited until dry and stamped in clear embossing ink and used white embossing powder. The small Let It Snow sentiment is from a Chocolate Baroque set, and I just added some small snowflake peel offs that I've had in my stash forever.

 As always I've made four to pop into the box for Christmas.

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Sue xx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


My card today was made with three challenges in mind, all asking for Summertime themed cards. I used Janet Kruskamp collection by Joanna Sheen, Printing the main image onto Glossy photo paper and the matching backing paper onto ink jet paper. I mounted these onto gold mirri card and before putting the topper down onto the card base I added a doily cut using a Marianne die which was distressed using Distress ink pads. I then added some flowers made using a Tattered Lace die and coloured using distress inks. I added some stickles to the flower centres to finish. As yet there is no sentiment, I shall pop this into my ready box for when I need a card like this.

I'm entering this into the following challenges.
My Time To Craft ... Summertime
CD Sunday ... Sun/Sand/Sea (I have sun and sea in this)
Ooh La La ... Summertime

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Monday, 19 June 2017


Today I'm sharing the card  that I made for my son to give to his Dad yesterday for fathers day.I started with an 8x8 card base and a stencil/background that I cut out on the scan-n-cut, this was from a site where the pattern was free. I then cut a piece of white card the same size and coloured with distress inks. I stamped the background using stamps by Ryn, before picking a slightly lighted shade than the background and distressing the (I'm going to call it a mask rather than stencil) mask. Next I stamped  twice onto a scrap piece of card one of the fish from Ryn's stamps and coloured both the same before fussy cutting them out. I cut the DAD on my cricut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and the For You and With Love using dies from my huge stash. I then matted and layered using silver mirri card and black card to finish.

I am going to enter this into Ryn's challenge which is to make something using her stamps.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Birthday Boy At Allsorts

This week the Allsorts Challenge is Birthday Boy, this could not have come at a better time for me as I have two Birthdays in just over a week away. For this card I started with an 8x8 card base and cut a piece of Sheena's stamping card just slightly smaller. I then coloured the background by using distress inks in various colours. Then taking one Sheena's swinging sixties stencils I inked through this to add to the the background. Next I took the Mod stencil with Moped and inked through this with Archival Black. I then just dusted around the outside with black ink. The sentiment was made on the PC and mounted onto a small scrap of black card. I'm sure I shall be back again later in the week with another card for this challenge.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fathers Day

A quick post from me today. This is the card that I have made for Father-in-law for Sunday. He is Cornish and loves the beach. The image in the card is one that looks similar to a beach that was close to where both of my in-laws lived for many years. It's from Joanna Sheen's Janet Kruskamp collection. I also used some shell stamps from Chocolate Baroque which were stamped onto card scraps and embossed with silver EP then fussy cut and used as embellishments. The with love is from a Tonic Die and the DAD from a Sapphire set, which came with the machine when I bought it. As I have used snippets on the card I shall be entering this into the Pixies Snippets Playground challenge.

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Monday, 12 June 2017

2 Dies Or More

I had a few hours in the craftroom over the weekend and managed to create this card to enter into the Allsorts Challenge this week. They are asking for you to use 2 or more dies on your card, I used 4 different dies on mine - 3 from Heartfelt Creations and 1 from Marianne. I used an 8x8 card base for this card, so I cut a piece of Sheena's stamping card slightly smaller than the base and started inking the background with distress inks. I then used a couple of stencils and inked though them for the background, I then coloured my flowers and added a little glitter with a stickles bottle to the edges of them and added some gems to the middles. I then arranged the doily's in the middle of the card and placed the leaves and flowers around the outside. The sentiment "Make a wish and unwrap a Magical Day" is one of my favourites and is from a set of small sentiments from Chocolate Baroque. I finished by matting onto a piece of black card and them onto the card base.

I am also entering this into the Artistic Inspirations Challenge, which is:
Anything Goes/optional use dies or stencils, (I've used both).

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Good To Be Back Home

Well we made it back home in one piece with loads of washing (which I'm glad to say is now washed, ironed and put away). We had a fantastic time, but 5 1/2 weeks went by far to quickly. We have been so busy since returning on Sunday that I've not had time for any crafting yet, so this post is full of photos from the trip (hopefully not to boring for you). The first is of the beautiful Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park, it was great to see so many of them just wandering around grazing. We bought an Annual park pass when we went here, $80 dollars but well worth it, it was $30 dollars just for this park, after visiting three at this price the ticket had payed for itself and all the National parks after that were free for us. Well worth doing if you are thinking of doing a trip like this.

 Next we have Horseshoe Bend on the River Colorado.

Then it was onto the Grand Canyon, which was truly amazing.

Sunset on the way back to the hotel after spending the day at the Canyon.

The Hoover Dam.

Coyote at the edge of the road while driving through Death Valley.

The Queen Mary at long Beach LA. I visited on this ship at a five year old when an Aunt and Uncle who lived in the US returned on her in the sixties, also when I was eight on a school trip before she sailed to the US to her present position.

Sea Otters swimming in Morro Bay California. There were also a lot of Sea Lions there too.

Another wonderful sunset in Morro Bay this time.

Whale watching at Monterrey Bay, Hubby was the only person on the boat that managed to catch this image of the whale breaching.

A rather misty Golden Gate Bridge, we were there for 3 days and she was in the mist every day.

The famous Lombard Street in San Fransisco. We had hope to visit Alcatraz but we needed to have booked in advance as there was a weeks wait for tickets.

Hubby standing in the tree that we had just driven through.

Timberline Lodge, some of you might recognise it from a film staring Jack Nickolson. 

The Space Needle in Seattle, this was taken from our hotel bedroom window.

And finally, we spent a wonderful Wednesday evening with Maureen Kane and her Husband Al and then Maureen and I went craft shopping the following morning before we returned to stay with our Son-in-laws Uncle and Aunt prior to returning the car and flying home. We drove 10806 kilometers before returning the car which was in need of a very good clean.

This is just a glimpse of some of the places we visited, there were many more but that would have bored you.

 If you've stuck it out until the end, Thank You. Hope fully I'll be back with something crafty next time.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Hello From Pheonix Arizona


I have tried to keep this post light on photos, I have taken hundreds but am having trouble uploading them to my tablet. So here is a pick of some of my favourites that I have managed to upload.  Both the first and the second are from Monument Valley, we had a fantastic 2 1/2 hour trip driving around the base of these iconic monuments. They were so very impressive, I'm sue that many of you will remember seeing western films with these in, you can just imagine cowboys and Indians riding around these on horseback. And yes I was stood in the middle of the road when I took this photo, the two figures of to the right are Hubby and Dave our friend who is travelling with us.

Below is Mesa Verde, a very interesting place to visit if you are ever in the US. Natives originally farmed and settled in brick structures on the tops of these cliffs going back as far as 500AD. They then built these home into the rocks and dwelt there until about 1300AD. This is just one of the many places built into the rocks. You could have a guided tour of some of the places but as there was quite a climb down and up to these we chose to view from the top.

The final photo is one from the Sunset Crater Volcano just outside of Flagstaff, Hubby and Dave are standing in a lava field, a very strange looking landscape. This was another climb to the top to see the crater, so again we chose to do one of the walks in this beautiful park.

At this stage I had hoped to be showing you photos of the Grand Canyon, but you might have to wait for those when I'm back at home, or I work out why I can't download my photos.

Thanks for reading this and to those of you who know me on FB you've been lucky as I have been posting photos straight from my phone. So you've seen the best ones.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Absent For A While.

My card today was made at the weekend, using one of the gorgeous corner stamps from a set called Art Deco Floral Corners by Chocolate Baroque. I stamped onto a scrap of cream card stock and coloured the image with some pencils. I then just matched the colours in the image to some scraps of card for the matting and then added it to a 5x5 cream card base. The sentiment is from an old set that is also from Chocolate Baroque.

I have taken a small break (with a cup of coffee) from running around today to tell you what I will be getting up to over the next few weeks (just over 5 in fact). Hubby and I along with a friend of ours, Dave, are going on a road trip. Some of my older followers will remember that we did this in 2012 as well, last time we flew into Boston and travelled down the east coast of America before going up the middle to Chicago across to Toronto and Niagara Falls before returning to Boston and home. This time we are flying into Vancouver and starting our journey there. We plan to travel along the border until we get to the Glacier National Park and drop down into America, then travel down taking in Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. We then intend to go across to Los Angeles and take the coast road back up to San Fransisco, Seattle and finally back to Vancouver before flying home again on the 4th June. I've been busy making sure that we have everything packed that we will need for Five weeks. Also that there is enough food stored away in the freezer for our Son who will be at home while we are gone. I'm hoping to post some pictures on here during our travels, but you know what Internet services are like in Hotels, so this might not always work out. I know that I'm not going to have time to get around to visiting you all while I'm away, but I will enjoy catching up with everyone once we return.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rudolph Days

This month has flown by and I can't believe that it's time for the Rudolph Days challenge once again. This month I've used a stamp that I bought in the sale in January at Oyster Stamps, it's by C C Designs. I stamped it four times onto an A4 piece of water colour card and then coloured by using my Spectrum Noir Aqua pens, I then went over the snowy areas with a clear sparkle pen (this doesn't show up in the photos). The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque and seemed to go so well with the scene. Once finished I cut them down slightly and with the addition of some red card stock from the scrap box I popped them onto some A6 card bases.

 Below is my small collection for the box this month.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Husband, who hasn't seen this card yet as he's still away today playing golf. I made this card (an 8x8) by first cutting a piece of Sheena's stamping card to just over 7x7, then I used stencil paste through a Dylusions stencil which was over sprayed with Dylusions when the paste was dry. I then used Stamps by Ryn to for the background scene. The giant turtle is also a stamp by Ryn that I stamped onto a separate piece of card and then fussy cut it out and added it with glue gel. The Happy Birthday die cut is from Tonic.

I would like to enter this card into the Customer Creation Challenge over on Ryn's blog and also into the Stamping Sensations challenge which is Anything Goes (this will be my third entry into this challenge this month)

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