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Monday, 20 January 2020

My Favourite Stamps And A Do Over Please

After the last two months of last year when I was either just getting over a cold and cough, or getting another I was pleased to see the start of the New Year while still suffering from what I hoped was the last of a series of colds that we were being handed around the family. To be honest it was why It took me so long to get blogging again this year. But that was not to be the case. At the beginning of last week after posting my Mum's birthday card I decided to make my card for the Stamping Sensations challenge which is My Favourite Stamp this month. As most of you will know I LOVE LAVINIA STAMPS, I even made my calendar with them last year and I was loathed to throw it away. So I set about recycling it and managed to make the pictures that I saved into 10 cards. I had just finished them when it felt like I had run into a wall and took myself to bed on Wednesday. By Thursday morning I was sure that I had the dreaded Tonsillitis and this was confirmed by the Doctor and a prescription for Antibiotics. I'm glad to say that I'm beginning to feel better, but the antibiotics have given me an awful unproductive cough which I'm hoping will go away when I finish all the pills. Hence the title of my blog post and the request for the Do Over, I really would like to start this year over again. The card below is My favourite scene from the Calendar, and the scene that I used for July. There are to many of Lavinia's Stamps that I love that I can't just pick one.



Thanks for taking the timeto visit and for your comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Monday, 13 January 2020

Say It With Flowers

Sorry that I have been absent for a while. but what with Christmas and New year and then hubby bought me a new PC and it's taken a week or so to get everything sorted out and installed. Yesterday was my Mum's 89th Birthday and this is the card that I made for her. It uses paper and flowers from the Peony collection from Heartfelt and also some gorgeous Peridot coloured mirri card that came from Crafters Companion in one of their packs. The sentiments came from Creative Crafting World. I'm glad to say that she loved it. It just so happens that the challenge over on the Allsorts blog this week is Say It With Flowers, so I'm going to pop across and join the fun this week.



Thanks for taking the time to visit and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Happy Christmas

Wow well this year seems to have flown by especially this month, I can't believe that tomorrow is Christmas Day. I would like to thank all of my followers for your very kind comments over the past year and to wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Hope to see you all here again in the New Year.

Sue

Monday, 25 November 2019

November Rudolph Days

Well this year has certainly flown by, I can't believe that this is the last Rudolph Days challenge before Christmas. Firstly I want to apologise as I'm not going to be around for a couple of weeks to comment on your blog posts. My card/s for the challenge this time have all been made using Tattered Lace dies and Charisma decoupage called over the Mantelpiece, even the large sentiment dies are from Tattered Lace too. All are 8x8 cards and have several layers, it's a good job that these are going to hand delivered. I do hope that you can join in with the last challenge this year, I know that Maureen has a wonderful prize for the lucky person chosen at random at the end, so do pop over and check it out.









Thank you for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Unicorn

I'm back from my week away, I had a great time but it's now back to reality with a bang. I have so much catching up to do including taking my Mum to get her Flu jab later this week. This is a card that has been made for our Great Niece who turns 18 next week. I will admit that since photographing this card I have added 18 Today to the card. It was made using an 8x8 card base and the stamp which is from Pink Ink designs. I then coloured using very pastel shades and then inked around the edges using matching colours.



Thank you for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 25 October 2019

October Rudolph Days

Just popping in quickly this morning with my entry for this months Rudolph Days Challenge. Once this is posted I'm off for a few days away. I found some gorgeous wide ribbon in my local Costco recently and decided to make some cards using it. The ribbon is 2 1/2 inches wide, so makes quite a statement. I cut the ribbon to length and then placed around some white card before adding a sentiment to a base card and then adding the piece with the ribbon. Quick to make so I made 5 of each to add to my collection this year.





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Sue

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

There Be Dragons

I'm here today to share a card made for my Eldest Niece's birthday earlier this month. It was made using Lavinia stamps and Distress Oxide sprays. I tend not to put sentiments on the front of these type of cards as I know that a lot of people that I've made them for have kept them out all year round. I do like the new dragon stamps that were bought out recently, especially when making cards for more adult cards.



Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Saturday, 12 October 2019

A Workshop Or Two

Last weekend saw me up at the crack of dawn, no I lie it was still dark when I got up, as I was off to a one day workshop with a friend. It was just outside of Coventry and held by Clare Charvil from My Creative Spirit. Where we made a lovely Travellers Notebook using the beautiful papers from the Graphic 45 Kaleidoscope Collection. It was going to take about 2 hours to reach the venue from home, which involved a trip up the A34 between Newbury and the M40. Then along the M40 for some way. I'm just glad to say that the weather was better than today. When we got onto the M40 and joined there were hundreds of Motorcyclist on the road, and when I say hundreds we drove past 22 miles of them, it was quite a sight to see. We found out later that it was the Ride To The Wall. (I've linked the last bit for anyone who wishes to find out more). We arrived with time to set up and grab a cup of coffee before the day started at 10.00 am.



Only a picture of the front of my Travellers Notebook as I've not taken any of the inside yet. We finished up the day by having a meal with a friend that we met up with for the day before heading from Coventry over to Kettering for the night. Where on the Sunday we were off to another one day workshop.



Sunday saw us finding our way to Brigstock  Village Hall, were we attended the first ever workshop to be held by Pink Ink. We were greeted by Mel and Kathy on our arrival and were made to feel very welcome. We were split into two groups and the first half of the day we spent with Kathy learning how to stamp and paint onto fabric. This was something that I had wanted to try for sometime, but was a bit nervous of trying it. I hope you'll agree that my first attempt didn't turn out bad. In the afternoon we moved over and had a wonderful time With Pauline Butcher using paints, ink and water colour brush pens and made the decoupaged card below. I used the same stamp for both of my projects, the new Donkey stamp that has just been released. This was given to us as part of the workshop (the choice of one of the four new stamps that were released the previous week), although we did have the choice to work with any of their beautiful stamps. I'm glad to say that we had a fantastic weekend and the weather even stayed fine for the journey home.



Thank you for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Friday, 11 October 2019

Busy Month With Birthdays

It's been a busy month so far with lots of celebrations going on. First it mine and hubby's 39th wedding anniversary on 4th, then on the 5th it was my eldest niece's birthday closely followed by her younger sister on the 8th. Then yesterday it was my Daughters birthday. My mum has 4 grandchildren and the 3 girls are all born within days of each other although on different years. Which brings me to my card today which was made for my Daughter using another of my favourite company's stamps, Lavinia. The background was made using distress oxide sprays, then some shading and hills added using distress ink, I used three different shades of browns for the leaves on the trees to give the feel of Autumn. I'm off now to join in the challenge over at Stamping Sensations which this month is Trees, Leaves and/or Autumn.



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Sue

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Whale Hello

This week over on the Allsorts Challenge Blog they want to see things for Boys to Men. This card is for a friend who's birthday is tomorrow and as he doesn't look at my blog I'm fine to post it on here early. Again I've used a Pink Ink stamp and this time the beautiful whale. I've been whale watching twice now and on both occasions was lucky enough to see these magnificent creatures. The second time was with the friend this card is for, hopefully it will bring back memories of the great time we had. The background was created using Distress Oxide Sprays in various colours of blue and green, then when dry I over stamped using similar colours around the edge and then stamped the main images in black. Finally I stamped the large whale again and coloured then fussy cut it out and stuck over the top.


Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue