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Friday, 12 October 2018

Wedding Day

As I'm sitting here at my PC writing this post Princess Eugenie and her groom are standing at the alter. My wedding outfit is hung upstairs ready for me to change into as today is also the day the my Niece gets married. I just wish that the weather was a little kinder to them both, especially after the wonderful weather we had at the beginning of this week. My card that I've made for the wedding is an 8x8 card base and silver card for the layering. I then used white card and Tonic dies along with stamps and dies from the Heartfelt Creations Dogwood collection. The swirl die cuts are from Tattered Lace. All my good wishes go to both Brides and Grooms for a long and happy life together.



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

Sue

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Saturday Workshop Makes

Just a quick post from me today as I have a busy week ahead. On Saturday I went to a workshop at The Art Of Craft in Farnborough, the workshop was with the very talented Martine Smith, using dies from John Next Door. In the morning we made these beautiful lanterns with the flowers being made with silk foam. This was the first time that I had made flowers with this medium and I must admit to falling in love with it. Unfortunately the lantern did not travel home very well in the car.



In the afternoon we made this card again using dies from John Next Door  and the silk foam again. I had a fantastic day with like minded people.



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

Sue

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Spooky Journey

My card that I'm sharing with you today I have entered into this month's Challenge over at Lavinia Stamps. Now I must admit that I made this card back in June when I had Maureen Kane (Scraps Of Life By Scrappy Mo) staying for a couple of days. We had great fun get inky and playing with distress inks and Brushos, while our hubby's were off playing Golf. This card was made while playing with water colour card and Brushos along with Lavinia Stamps. I had not posted this before in the hope that there would be a Challenge that it would fit into. This month's challenge at Lavina Stamps is Hocus Pocus. It also fit the Challenge at Back To Basics And Beyond which this month is Watercolours, the Brusho background fits right into that one.



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Sue

Monday, 1 October 2018

Autumn Glory

The new challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog this week is Autumn Glory. My card for this challenge uses one of the new Lavinia Stamps and some from my stash along with some ribbon that I bought the other week on a trip to Costco. I fell in love with it as soon as I spotted it, however it did mean that I had to buy the reel which was 50 meters long. I think that this will be lasting me a long time. I teamed my colours for the background to the top leaf on the ribbon and then over stamped once I had made it. All of the seasons have some wonderful things to show us, but I think that the colours of Autumn have to be my favourite.



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

Sue

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Rudolph Days September

I can't believe that we are at the end of September, I've just returned from Cornwall where despite having awful weather to drive down in we had the most glorious week. We went with my Daughter Son-in-law and grandson and managed the beach most days. I even managed to get sun burnt. Anyway enough of that, as it's the end of September it's time for the Rudolph Days challenge which I'm just going to have time to enter this month. I prepared these two cards before going away knowing that I would not have time to make them when I got back. Both cards are made using Heartfelt Creations Merry and Bright collection and the Poinsettia stamp die and flower mould. The sentiment dies are from the Sue Wilson collection for this Christmas.



 The stamped and die cut images were either coloured with Pencils or with distress inks and mini blenders.


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Sue

Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Colour Blue

I didn't think that I would be joining any challenges this week as we are of the Cornwall this morning, but I had this card (just finished) for a friends birthday sitting on my desk waiting to be sent. It fit's perfectly with the new challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog which is Water or the Colour Blue. The stamp is a new one that is designed by Pip Art, Pip is Dali Grahams Sister and you can find her wonderful stamps over on the Dali Art website. I've used three colours of blue distress inks to colour my sky around the eagle and then splashed some water over and removed some of the colour, the trees used and the sentiment are from the same set. I coloured the image which has the scene inside of it with distress pens. Right got to rush as I have the car to pack now. 



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Sue

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Inky Background

Over on the Back To Basics And Beyond challenge blog they are asking for you to make cards with Inky Backgrounds. This is something that I love to do, so out came my card and inks and this is what I have come up with. I used Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and Mustard Seed distress inks onto Sheena Stamping card. Then I dribbled water over the background to lift out some of the colour before using this beautiful Squirrel stencil from Sweet Poppy over the top. I used Tim Holtz's Black Soot Archival ink to get the image really black (this is a pad that you have to make up yourself from a reinker bottle and blank ink pad). I them mounted onto some cream card and then onto a 6x6 black card blank. The sentiment was cut out of scraps of Cream and Black using a Paper Boutique die.



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Sue

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Canadian Rockies

The end of April 2017 saw Hubby and I with a friend set off from Vancouver into the Canadian Rockies before dropping down into the USA for a wonderful road trip. Fast forward to now and the Allsorts Challenge blog are asking for cards with scenes made either with stamping or die cuts. This past Saturday saw me up at Ally Pally and while there some gorgeous new stamps from Inkylicious fell into my basket, well once they were there I had to buy them of course. As these were sitting on my desk, I used them to create this scene which reminded me of our road trip and the Rockies in particular. Although the cottage was from the snowy scene, I've changed the colours and tried to make the roof look like it is a thatched roof, therefore making it look like Spring/Summer, I also added some green to the tree. We saw lots of deer on our trip through the Rockies and did see a wolf, lots of Buffalo and Bears this was later on in the USA.



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Sue xx


Monday, 17 September 2018

Steampunk/Goth Wedding

The other day I showed you a project made from the Creative Craft Academy, today I'm back with the project I made with some of the paints left over. The bit that was done with the same technique was the background, which I wanted to look like a piece of rusty metal. I've made this picture box for my Niece and her soon to be new Husband (they are getting married on the 12th October) who are both into Steampunk and Gothic. In fact this is the theme to their wedding. I saw the sculls on The Craft Box website and as soon as I saw them I knew that I needed to make them something with them, along with the cog corners which were also from The Craft Box. I had plenty of metal embellishments that I've put with them, just adding a bit of gold gilding wax onto the metal to make them a bit brighter. the paper roses were in my stash and I darkened that edge of those with distress ink. The circles in the other corners were left over from another project but seemed to fit in with this perfectly. I just hope that they both like it now it's finished. I'm off now to join in with the More Mixed Media Challenge.



Just need to make a card now.

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

Sue

Friday, 14 September 2018

Snippets And A Butterfly

My card today came together after receiving the new Tonic Mixed Media dies, while taking the dies out of the packaging I noticed that the card on the inside of the packaging was an Apricot colour, just the right colour for the current challenge over on Mrs A's Butterfly blog this time. So I quickly trimmed all of the packets up into usable sizes and used one for the matting on this card. A rummage through my snippets box found some gold card and a piece of precious Graphic 45 from the seasons collection, I layered these together and then from my ribbon stash layered some ribbons across the bottom part of the card. The flowers and butterflies were from a Scrapbook decorative strip that I won in a blog challenge sometime ago, it's been sitting on my shelf waiting for a project just like this. Finally I added a button again from my stash and a Best Wishes sentiment that was from The Paper Craft Boutique. A a lot of this came out of my snippets box I'm off over to Pixies Snippets Playground to see if there is still time for me to play.



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Sue

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The Creative Craft Academy

Recently I signed up to the The Creative Craft Academy, this was prompted by my love of Mixed Media and the fact that I sometimes buy stuff without really knowing how to use it. So I thought this would be a great way of learning and playing at the same time. This was my first kit that I received in July. Due to the mess in my Craft Room (now cleared) and the fact that we looked after my Grandson two days a week, it was sometimes hard to find time and space to craft. My Grandson started pre-school last week and now goes there 4 days a week (he wasn't keen last week) so now I have time to get things out and play. I really enjoyed making this and learnt another fantastic rust technique which I have already tried on another project that I'll show you later. The only thing that I would have done differently was I would have swapped the pictures that I was provided with to some sepia family photos, if only I could find those. I thought that I would pop over and join in the current challenge at More Mixed Media, which is Anything Goes with the option of Brown. I'm sure that this rusty look comes under brown somewhere. Now just to make a start on the August kit.



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Sue

Monday, 10 September 2018

Leaves

My cards today are for the new challenge over on the Twofer Blog, this month they want cards with leaves on. Last month the Tonic Kit (kit 12) was some beautiful leaf dies so this was a good excuse to get them out and used. I've teamed them up with some stamps that were on free with Creative stamper last month too. There was a nice collection of leaves that could be used as background stamps, some nice quotes and also some Halloween stamps too. The one exception to these was the Happy Halloween sentiment which was from a Chocolate Baroque set from a few years ago.







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Sue


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Bears

Bears - that is the latest challenge over on the Allsorts Blog. Because of my craft room clear up recently I knew just where to put my hands on a box with stamps featuring bears, this one is from a collection bought a few years ago from Crafters Companion. The Popcorn Christmas Collection. I stamped the image and coloured using Spectrum Nior pens, added a couple of snowy bumps in the background and then coloured the sky and edges with Distress Inks. The sentiment is from The Paper Boutique and the little snowflakes are some that I bought online. I've also added plenty of glitter to the hats and around the edges of the card it's matted onto.



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

Sue

Friday, 7 September 2018

Back To Basics

Back To Basics is a fairly new challenge blog this being their 11th challenge and seeing as Decoupage is a favourite technique of mine to do it would have been rude not to have taken part in it. This card has been made for My sister-in-law and her husband who are celebrating 48 years of marriage next week, so for their card I have used a Debbi Moore CD - Art Deco Decadence and this lovely image (I use Debbi's CD's a lot for Anniversary Cards as her images lend themselves so well to this type of card). I've matched the backing paper to the image from the same CD and the flowers were made using a Crealies die. The sentiment is from The Paper Boutique and the swirls are from Tattered Lace, the ribbon was recycled from a cake that was brought from my Birthday a couple of months ago.



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

Sue

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Something Beginning With B

My card today is for my Daughter who's birthday is in October (good job she doesn't look at this blog) but it fitted in with this months theme over on the Stamping Sensations challenge blog, which is Something Beginning With B. This has Birds, Blossoms, Branches and it's a Birthday card. I've used stamps and Dies from Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blossoms Collection teamed up with papers from the Sweet Peony Collection (I had papers that I had already cut into from this collection and they went so well with the stamps and dies I used). After stamping everything out that I wanted to use I coloured using Distress ink pads and a finger blender. I teamed the papers with some gold mirri card and an 8x8 card base, the corners were cut using a Marianne die and the sentiment is from The Paper Boutique. The stamped elements were attached using glue gel and a little shaping. Now just to hide the card away until her Birthday.



I am also going to enter this into the Allsorts Challenge which this week is Things With Wings.

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

Sue

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Butterfly Challenge and More

My card today has been made for the Butterfly Challenge which this time around is E on the colour wheel. Mrs A was asking for card using Embossing Folder, Embossing Powder, Embellishments, the colours Emerald, Eucalyptus and Electric Yellow along with a butterfly. I think that I've managed to use all seven elements on this card. The embossed card was coloured with the Electric Yellow and Eucalyptus and then the body of the butterflies has been embellished with Emerald Green Acrylic Accents and I've embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I've also realised that this card also fits the theme over on the Allsorts Challenge blog which is Things With Wings.



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Sue 

Monday, 3 September 2018

Things With Wings At Allsorts

This week the challenge over at the Allsorts Challenge blog is Things With Wings. Now when I think of things with wings I automatically think of Fairies and Lavinia Fairies are never far from my worktop. So it's no surprise that I came up with this card for the challenge. I've gone for deep yellow and orange to give an Autumnal feel to the card and I've not added a sentiment yet either as I shall pop it into my ready box. I'm sure that I could have come up with so many other things with wings had I thought about it longer, but I want to make sure that I got this made in time to enter.



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

Sue

Monday, 27 August 2018

August Rudolph Days

I'm lucky enough to have a whole room to myself for crafting, but as it accommodates two hobbies  - that of buying craft supplies against actually using the craft supplies to craft with - my room was rather crowded. I have just spent the last week cleaning and clearing my room so that I can get on and craft and actually use some of the stuff that I've bought. However my card for the Rudolph Days Challenge this month uses a stamp that was given to me recently by a friend who said it was not her kind of stamp and she wouldn't use it  and the white card was some off cuts that were sitting in a pile of off cuts, so that makes this card also suitable for Pixies Snippets Playground too. I stamped the image using black and coloured just the scarf and poinsettia with just red. I ran a red pen around that edge of the white card and then mounted onto a craft card base. The sentiment which I stamped onto the edge of the card is from Chocolate Baroque. I'm not sure who made the stamp, but it was a wood mounted one. Finally I added some flat back gems to the star.



I would also like to enter this card into My Time To Craft Challenge - which is Christmas in August.

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

Sue

Friday, 17 August 2018

Boys to Men

The challenge this week at Allsorts is Boys to Men, so this card that I made for my son's birthday fits the theme perfectly. When he was younger all he wanted to do was to ride motorcycles, now that he's reached his 30's he's happier using a car in the colder and wetter weather. The stamp and sentiment are from Indigo Blu, I stamped it in Vintage Photo distress ink and then with a water brush dragged the colour out a bit for a vintage feel. I then distressed around the edges and mounted onto a piece of an old map of France that I had in the cupboard. A 7x7 card base was used for the card and with a stamp of a tyre tread I stamped randomly around the edges using another distress ink.



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

Sue

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Another Mixed Media Tag

I so enjoyed making my last mixed media tag for the Allsorts Challenge that I decided to make another one, which I'm also going to enter into the More Mixed Media Challenge which is Anything Goes with Optional Brights. I started with the same size tag as last time but gave it a coat of white gesso this time. I then used a different Tim Holtz Stencil with some texture paste and this time I sprayed with distress sprays in three different colours. As they looked quite dull when they were dry I popped the stencil back over and coated the exposed with versamark ink and put some clear embossing powder on top, this gives it a bit more depth in colour and makes it nice and glossy. I added some lace, flowers a metal leaf and a butterfly button from my stash to finish.



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Sue

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Celebrate in Style

This card has been made for my Mother to give to my Niece on her Birthday and it's been made well in advance as her Birthday is not until October, but it fitted with the current theme over on the CD Sunday blog this time around which is Celebrate in Style. It's been a while since I joined in with one of their challenges (sorry Ladies) so it was the perfect excuse to make this now. I've used Debbi Moore's Art Deco Summer Moments CD and one of the design sheets and backing papers. The flowers are made with a Crealies die and had been made sometime ago (I have quite a collection in different colours) with a flat backed pearl popped into the middle. The corners are made using a Tonic die, again these were ready in a box. I finished it off with a sentiment made on the PC.



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

Sue

Friday, 3 August 2018

Mixed Media Tag

The current challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog for this fortnight is Tags and I had great fun making this for the challenge. I have a pack of grey board tags that I bought from Tando at a retreat earlier this year so taking one of the largest I started by giving it a coat of black gesso. Next I added so texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, when this was dry I added some colour using some Luscious from Indigo Blu (although you can't see a lot of it). Then I added a little guilding wax in gold over the stencilled part before adding some hessian and a little cardboard. Finally I had a rummage through my box of metal embellishments and added these over the hessian and cardboard. I added some thread that I've had for some years to finish the tag (this was left over from my Machine Knitting days).



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

Sue

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

July Rudolph Days

Due to Maureen's recent visit to the UK July's Rudolph Days challenge is running a little late, from today until 7th August. So if anyone thought that they had missed the July challenge you still have time to take part. My cards this time have been made using the new Paper Cuts dies from Creative Expressions (I fell in love with the dies as soon as I saw them). I've cut them out in just plain white card but teamed them up with some wallpaper (yes you have read that right WALLPAPER) that I found while on a recent visit to The Range. They have it in several different colours and it on the expensive side, but hey they don't charge for samples, so I had samples in all of the colours they had in the store. I even managed to find some card in one of my drawers that matched the wallpaper so I used this for matting.

 I feel another visit to The Range in coming up soon.


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

Sue

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Wedding

The current Challenge over on the My Time To Craft blog is Wedding, Anniversary or Engagement. I always have room in my ready box for a wedding card so with this in mind I made this card for the challenge. I used an 8x8 card base and silver card for the matting and some of the die cuts. The backing paper is from a Joanna Sheen CD, Holly Pond Hill and the stamp is an old one from Lily Of The Valley. I coloured the image using colour pencils and then cut and mounted onto a Spellbinders die cut. I've used a Marianne die for the corners and some flowers that I won sometime ago from another challenge. The sentiment was made on the PC.


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

Sue

Saturday, 7 July 2018

In My Garden

I'm sure that I'm one of many woman who when they were younger imagined that there were Fairy's living at the bottom of the garden. In my garden they lived in the rockery behind the fish pond. The pond is no longer there but I'm sure that the Fairy's are there somewhere. I was asked to make this card by a friend and having just finished it found that it would fit with both the Allsorts Challenge this week, which is In My Garden and also the Lavinia challenge this month which is Childhood Dreams. I've used and 8x8 card blank for this card, I then cut out one of the cutting files from Lavina and made a scene to go behind the cut out and also a scene to go around the cut out, using Lavinia Stamps, distress ink pads and pro markers. I finished by adding glitter to the wings, sparkle pen to some of the flowers then adding a little white to the bottom flowers and the background.


I not done much crafting the last couple of weeks as I have been organising  Carer's and meals on wheels for my mother who very suddenly was finding it hard to cope. Hopefully now that things are set up and in motion I can get back to normal.

I've just remembered that the Challenge over at Stamping Sensations this month is also In My Garden so I'll pop along there and enter this card there too.

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

Sue

Monday, 25 June 2018

Rudolph Days

Wow, the Rudolph Days Challenge has come around super fast this month. Like last month my card (or should I say cards as I made 6 all the same) comes from a stamp set bought from Imagination Crafts during a sale. After stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black I coloured using Spectrum Noir pens. I decorated the base card with one of the smaller stamps from the set before sticking the topper on. Should I tell you all now that I bought about 10 different Christmas stamps in this sale and all of them have not been used before. I must admit it is strange making Christmas cards while we are going through a heatwave.


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Sue

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A Dirty Weekend

Friday morning saw hubby hopping out of bed at 6.30 and off he went to play golf all weekend with his mates. So while hubby was away "a friend" and I hopped into my car and trundled off for a "dirty weekend". The venue was the Holiday Inn hotel at Coventry and the dirty weekend was with about 20 other ladies and a workshop with the wonderful Kay Halliwell-Sutton from Indigo Blu with the help of Louise Withers. We met with another friend who was travelling from a different part of the country and had a wonderful time creating an A3 canvas using fantastic products from Indigo Blu. At the start of the workshop Saturday morning when presented with these blank A3 canvases and being told what we were going to be making, my thoughts were, never in a million years will I end up with a canvas that looks like it has a face on it. But by the end of the day I admitted that I was wrong and am quite pleased with the results. She still needs a bit of finishing, like adding some shoulders and maybe a bit of sparkle. We decided that she has a bit of a mermaid feel to her, so I think I shall go with that theme.



Sunday saw us return to the classroom where we altered these little ring binders again using  wonderful Indigo Blu products. All to soon the weekend had come to an end and we found ourselves back on the motorway and making our way back home. I dropped my friend off and pulled up onto the drive just as hubby was getting out of his car, that's what I call excellent timing.


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Sue

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ladies Night Out

My card today is for the Allsorts Challenge which this week is Ladies Night Out. This is one of a couple of cards that I have just made for a friend who asked if I could make some cards for a lady who is about to turn 80. It was from a bundle that I downloaded from Craftsuprint and is very decoupaged. I finished by just adding a little sparkle pen to the wings of the butterflies.


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Sue

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Bumble Bee

The challenge over on the Allsorts blog this week is Insects, Bugs, Bees and Butterflies and as I had this wonderful bee stamp from Indigo Blu sitting on my work space waiting to be used it would have been rude not to join in. I started with an A 5 card black which I rounded the corners off. Next I blended a background using distress inks and a stencil that looked like honeycomb (I think this came from Bee Crafty but there are so many similar ones out there it's hard to remember) . I then stamped the bee and added the flowers, which came from Inkylicious at the bottom and a sentiment , that came from Chocolate Baroque at the top. I stamped the bee out again on a piece of scrap and coloured it with sparkle pens after fussy cutting it out. I then used a little glue gel just to lift it slightly off of the card. I also added a little highlighting with a white gel pen.



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

Sue

Friday, 25 May 2018

Rudolph Days

I can't believe that it's the 25th of the month already so it's time to head over to the Rudolph Days Challenge. I did manage to be a bit more organised this time and have a card ready to post. This time last year I had quite a big collection of cards ready for the big day in December, this year I am way behind. This prompted me to make 8 all of the same of this card. I bought the stamp that I've used about two years ago in a sale over on Imagination Crafts, along with a lot more (the price was really good) and have to admit that this is the first time that the stamp has been inked. I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Pro-markers. I then fussy cut around the outside of the image. With a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card base and one of the smaller stamps in the set I randomly stamped over the card before sticking the topper onto the base.



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

Sue

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Butterfly Challenge

My card today has been made for the Butterfly Challenge, but after I made it I realised that it also fitted the Pixies Snippets Playground challenge too as all of the card stock except for the base came from the snippets/scraps box. I started with the Hunters Green card and then the Hot Pink, deciding that this was a bit plain on it's own I had another delve into the box. I found a piece of patterned card that went perfectly and after cutting everything to size I cut out a butterfly with the waste Hot Pink. I stamped and embossed Happy Birthday onto a piece of the Hunters Green waste. Next I stuck the patterned paper to the plain card and cut out another butterfly through both layers. I then stuck the Hot Pink and patterned piece onto the Hunters Green card this left a lovely green silhouette butterfly. I stuck the greeting to the bottom of the card and took the pink butterfly I cut earlier and placed this into the silhouette but only stuck the body down so that I could lift the wings. Then finally I added some antenna to the butterfly with a black liner pen. The butterfly die that I used was from Stampin Up

I used Hot Pink, Hunters Green and Heat Embossing from the Butterfly wheel.


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

Sue

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Happy Birthday

I'm back again with another card for Father-in-law's 90th Birthday. This time with a card that I made for my son to give to him. He grew up in the countryside of Cornwall, so I thought this card might bring back memories of his youth. I used Creative Crafting World's CD - Pollyanna Pickering's Sketchbook Collection - Chapter 5. I also used an 8x8 craft card as my base.



I'm going to enter this card into the current challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge blog which this week is Happy Birthday.

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

Sue

Monday, 21 May 2018

Allsorts Challenge 9th Birthday

This week sees the Allsorts Challenge blog's 9th Birthday, so their challenge is Birthday Cards. Now this card has a 9 in it but not on it's own, however I'm sure that it will be perfect for the challenge. This has been made for my Father-in-laws birthday in a few days time, over the last year or so he has become more unable to get around under his own steam. When out he uses a wheelchair but around the home uses a walker. So when I saw this image I knew that this was what I would use to make his card. I'm glad to say he has a great sense of humour. The image comes from a La Pashe CD that has images from the former website Just Inklined.


Happy Birthday Allsorts and may you have many more.

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

Sue

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Weekend Playtime

Last weekend saw Hubby loading the car and going off for a golfing weekend with his pals. So with this in mind I had a friend around and we had a crafty play. We had both wanted to try Acrylic Pouring and some time ago bought kits from Indigo Blu to try. We had also been watching You Tube video's and found lots of different ways of doing the Acrylic Pouring. So with lots of ideas running through our heads we retired to my Craft Shed (for all things messy) and had a play. By late afternoon and trying the technique we had seen at Ally Pally by B J Crafty we were sat watching paint dry, at that point it was pouring with rain outside and we had run out of room inside. We left the canvases to dry over night and started again on the Sunday this time trying the technique by Indigo Blu and also one we had found on You Tube. Below are some of the many canvases that I did using all of these techniques, they all dried slightly different but I love the results. Drying on Sunday was far easier too as it was sunny outside so we just covered the patio table with the canvases.


Some of my canvases were quite pale in colour and as soon as I saw them dry I thought of adding fairy scenes to them. This one below I made using the stamps only, the trouble with this was that it was a little patchy in the middle and I had to go over with a black marker. I also added some stickles.


 This bottom canvas was made using stamps around the outside and using a stencil in the middle and Archival ink. I added clear sparkle pen to the wings and some stickles around the fairy. Now all I need to do is find something to seal the canvases with.


We had a wonderful time and the only problem we found was the space to leave the canvases to dry while searching for the next thing to pour onto. If you are thinking of trying this please bear that in mind because it is addictive.

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Monday, 14 May 2018

In The Pink

Well I've managed to get back in less that a week this time. My card today is for my Grandson's God Mother, who loves fairy's. What a good excuse for me to make this card using one of the cutting files from Lavinia. I blended distress ink onto the card base in the centre using a mask and then adding some foliage using the stamps. Next I popped the cut out over the inked area and flooded the wings with glue and added some glitter.


I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts .. In The Pink
A Bit More Time To Craft .. Anything Goes

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

Sue

Thursday, 10 May 2018

AWOL again

I don't know what's wrong with me at the moment, I just can't seem to get my act into gear. I've gone another week without posting anything on here, so today I'm going to post two cards. The first is for the Stamping Sensations challenge this month which is Close To Nature. This was a perfect excuse for me to get the Stampscape stamps out and inked up. Below is the result, I coloured the scene with pencils and added a little clear sparkle over the water (it doesn't show in the photo I'm afraid). I've not added a sentiment yet as I'm not sure who is going to receive it.



Next up is my card for the Allsorts challenge which is Fancy Folds this week. It's not a very fancy fold as I just folded back the front of the card. I had a lot of off cuts left over from a Graphic 45 project I made earlier this year which were calling out to be used. So after rummaging through the off cuts this is what I came up with. As it was using off cuts it also qualifies for Pixies Snippets Playground challenge, which is to use snippets/off cuts somewhere on your card. I added some clear sparkle pen to the fairy wings, a little glitter on the borders and a few gems on the front as well.


Thanks for taking the time to look and your kind comments which are always appreciated.
I promise to try harder and blog more often too.

Sue

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Where Did That Week Go

I can't believe that a week has passed since I last posted on here. I've no excuse this time either. I did have a busy weekend starting on Friday evening where I attended a Powertex workshop at the local Hobbycraft store, where I made the canvas below. This was my first play with Powertex and it will make a great addition to my Mixed Media stash.


 Then on Saturday myself and 2 other friends headed up the M3 to Feltham and spent the day crafting with Powertex at another friends house. This is where I covered the Hobbycraft Scrapbook, I really enjoyed making the canvas and decorating the front of the Album, now all I need to do is buy some Powertex of my own.


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

Sue

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Allsorts Challenge - Use Pearls

I'm showing off now and back with my second post today. This card is for the Allsorts Challenge which is to use Pearls. This is a card made for my Sister-in-law for her Birthday. I've used Heartfelt Creations and the Petunia Collection. I've used one of the backing papers with one of the toppers and some of the beautiful Petunia flowers and dies. I coloured the flowers and leaves using a blending tool and distress inks and then added Pearls to the centres.



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

Sue

Rudolph Days

Two days on the trot, anyone would think I'm trying to make up for being absent for so long. My card today has been made for the Rudolph Days Challenge. Last week while feeling sorry for myself I saw this CD shown on Hochanda. It's by the talented Sarah Hallam (Peerless Designs) and called Purely Pencil, it's full of beautiful drawings of wildlife from around the world. As soon as I spotted this gorgeous stag on the disc I knew that I had to make some Christmas cards with it. I printed off 4 toppers and 4 backing papers and now have 4 cards to add to my small collection for this year.


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

Sue

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Graphic 45 Retreat

Firstly please let me say sorry for being away for so long, I wish I could say I had a nice holiday but I've been unwell and finally it took a course of Antibiotics to get well again. Last Thursday, at long last I felt like myself. I was so glad as I thought I was going to have to cancel my weekend away at Clare Charvil's (My Creative Spirit) Retreat in Kenilworth. The doors opened on Friday evening at 6.00 p.m and most of the retreater's were there ready to start on their chosen projects. There was a small amount of people who joined us on Saturday morning. Below is my finished project using the wonderful new papers Sun Kissed from Graphic 45, when I say finished I still need to go through and add glossy accents in some places. This I can do here at home where there is plenty of time and space to let it dry. I plan on giving this to my Daughter for her Birthday in October and putting photos of her as a child, when she spent so many Summer (and Winter) holidays with my In-Laws who lived in Cornwall, playing on the beach. Anyway enough rambling from me, hope you enjoy my photos.











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

Sue