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Friday, 23 September 2016

Gingerbread Terrace

Just a quick post from me today as we are off to Cornwall for a week tomorrow morning, but I wanted to share these gorgeous little gingerbread houses with you before I went. I saw the die from Tonic and fell in love with it when it was on C and C, but ordered it from Crafty Devils where it was not available until this week. When it popped through the letterbox on Monday morning I was itching to get it cut out, but as we look after our Grandson at the beginning of the week had to wait until yesterday. I finally got them finished last night. They were a little awkward to put together to start with and the first one remains undecorated but the next four were much easier and made it through to the end. I've left the bottom unstuck so that they can have chocolate put into them for Christmas. I thought they would look great on the tree. I'll be round to catch up with what everyone has been doing after next weekend.



 Below, close up.


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

Sue.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Perfectly Created Chaos

There is a new challenge on the block over on the Perfectly Created Chaos blog hosted by Dori. This is my second entry into the challenge, my last one being 21 Again. For this card I have used From Land To Sea by Stampin Up, I started by colouring my white card with blue distress ink then in the same colour over stamping with two of the stamps from the set, the ships wheel and the tentacles from the jelly fish. Then in black I stamped two turtles and coloured these using a couple of shades of green pencils. I then added the sentiment in the corner and then ran the black ink pad around the outside edge of the page before mounting onto a 6x6 card blank.



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

Sue

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Pixies Snippets Playground

Sunday again and time for another trip to Pixie's Snippets Playground. I spent the day at Ally Pally yesterday and when I got home I found that the latest Tattered Lace magazine had landed on my door mat, with a beautiful die on the front of it. It was calling out to be cut out so after a rummage through the scraps box this is the card that I made. I used a little distress ink on the image to give it some colour and added some gems to two of the corners to finish. I'm loving this challenge as it helps me use up some of my ever growing stash of scraps, but I think maybe I put more into the box during the week than I use at the weekend making a card to join in. Normally at this point I would preview this post before publishing, but for some reason Norton has decided that the preview page is dangerous. So I'm just going to take a chance that this is fine.



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

Sue

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

21 Again

My post today is another of the four 21st Birthday cards that I had to make recently, this one from Mum to Daughter. I've used Lavinia stamps for this one with  Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick distress inks for the background. The poppy pods were coloured using a distress pen in Ripe Persimmon and then a Wink of Stella over the top and also on the wings. The flowers were made using Tattered Lace duo folders and dies, coloured with the same distress inks as the background and I coloured the gems to match. I would also like to enter this card into the new challenge that has started over on the Perfectly Created Chaos blog which is Stamp It. Do pop over and take a look and maybe even join in too it runs until the 20th September.



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Monday, 12 September 2016

More Workshop Makes

I'm a little late posting these, but last Saturday saw me up early and off around the M25 to Kent again to another of Eileen's super workshops. This time canvases were on the agenda for the day. We started with the small one at the bottom, this one involved a lot of acrylic paint, some stamps and a little paste. The second (which I will admit to this one being my favourite) larger canvas at the top was made using the bleeding tissue technique. I had never tried this before and will admit I came home and ordered some of this tissue right away. As well as the tissue we used a little white acrylic paint, some stamps and the gorgeous large Daisy stencil by Designs by Georgina with black Archival ink.



The top canvas has been mounted onto some white mount board, I still have to mount the bottom one.


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

Sue

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Snippets Time Again

After all the lovely weather we have been having lately, yesterday certainly let us know that there is still some rain there. A perfect day for crafting, which is exactly what I did do with 3 friends. We are all Stampin Up demonstrators (although I do it just for myself) so we got together with stamp sets from the current catalogue and just played. My card today is the result of this play, I have used stamps from three different sets to achieve this card. I used the mountains from In The Meadow, the beehive from Shooting Star (this I made into an igloo by covering with glitter) and lastly the wonderful Eskimo from the Cookie Cutter Christmas set. As I used scraps for the Igloo and the Eskimo I can enter this into this weeks Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge.



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

Sue

Monday, 5 September 2016

Pixie's Snippets Playground

I was so lucky and won a this gorgeous embossing folder from Pixies Snippets last week. So when it landed on my mat earlier this week I knew that I need to have a play with it for this weeks challenge. With snippets from my huge box of off cuts I found two matching pieces of card and embossed both, I then cut the bottom of the design off and working with the the top two pieces I stuck them to a piece of black card (also from the box). One piece had to be turned upside down but the fitted perfectly together leaving a small space between the two. I filled the space with flat backed pearls in matching colours, added a small butterfly cut from a small off cut (I wondered why I had saved this when it fell out of the box, but it was just the right size for the butterfly). To finish I popped this onto a white card base and stamped the sentiment that came with the embossing folder onto some white card and mounted it onto some black. I'm not a very pink person but I think these two pinks together look good.



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

Sue xx

Sunday, 4 September 2016

One For The Boys at Stamping Sensations

I was lucky enough to have my card picked as the winner for the July challenge over on Stamping Sensations. So I have been asked to be the Guest on this months challenge which is One For The Boys. For my card I have used Stampin Up's One Wild Ride, it was made with my son in mind as he loves motorbikes and has owned 3-4 so far. I started by making the wood grain effect background (tutorial can be found here), then when it was dry I over stamped using some of the background stamps from the set. I over stamped the base card, again using the background stamps from the set then stamped the bike and the sentiment and embossed with black embossing powder. I cut out the image and the sentiment and lightly dusted with my ink dusters with a matching ink. The ladies on the DT have made some beautiful cards for your inspiration this month I do hope that you will pop over and take a look.



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

Sue

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

NBUS Challenge 7

My card today is made for the NBUS challenge (never before used schtuff) and boy have I got a lot of NBUS. I'm sure that you my fellow crafter's can relate to that. Last year I bought the The Essential Book Die from Tattered Lace, and I put it into the cupboard and there it has sat until now. I was asked if I would make four 21st birthday cards for the same person for the middle of September. So I have made this one for her grand parents to give to her, I'm quite safe posting it on here as I know they don't read my blog. I started by picking a CD that I had bought earlier this year and not used yet, so this also goes towards my NBUS, the CD is Daisydays by Polkadoddles. I started by using some linen card stock and printed off 3 of the different backgrounds and also used a sheet of silver linen card stock. I printed the last one a lot lighter than the rest, as I wanted to print the verse onto it (I did this before I cut out the pages). I then took the 4 largest dies and cut out the pages, I then scored them down the middle and gave them a little bend. next I wrapped the pages around my rolling pin to give them some shape. I popped a couple of pieces of ribbon around the top two pages and made a bow to stick on the top, then decorated the ribbon with some matching flat backed pearls. Lastly I printed of some of the daisy embellishments from the CD and decorated the left hand page. All that is left to do now is to make a stand for the card.



Well that's one down only another 3 to make now, from Uncle, Brother and Mum.
Thank you for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Snippets Challenge

I'm feeling very fortunate today as when I popped onto Pixie's Snippet's Playground this morning, I found that I was one of 6 lucky people to have won a wonderful embossing folder from last weeks challenge. Anyway before we went out and met up with my SIL for lunch I had a rummage in the scrap box and found everything to make this card (for this weeks challenge) with the exception of the card base, flower and pearl these all came from my stash. I used the free die that came with a Crafter's Companion magazine earlier this year to cut up the printed papers that were left over from cards that were made ages ago and the pink card from the scrap box. I have a friend that quilts so this card was made with her in mind.



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

Sue