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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

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Black and White

Just a quick post from me today. Last week I made this card for the Allsorts challenge. I had finished it on Wednesday in the morning and before I had a chance to post it on here and enter it into the challenge, I went down with the dreaded lurgy. Over a week on and I am just beginning to feel a bit better. The stamp I used was from Inkylicious with the sentiment from Chocolate Baroque. Needless to say the challenge has been and gone and it was never entered, it does make a nice addition to my ready cards though.



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

Sue

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Rudolph Days Challenge

My card today is for the Rudolph Days Challenge, it was a very quick and easy make. For the background I used Spectrum Noir Glitter Pens and two different colours of Blue. Then with a paint brush and water just went backwards and forwards across the card, when it was dry I dropped on some big splashes of water and then mopped up with a tissue. When everything was dry I stamped onto the background with Versamark and used a white sparkly embossing powder over the top, then mounted onto some silver mirri card. Two more for the Christmas card box.



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

Sue

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Lavender, Lace, Letters and Layers

My card today has been made for the Butterfly Challenge which at the moment is L giving a choice of Lavender, Layers, Lemon, Letters, Light Blue, Lace and of course Butterflies. I went with Lavender (there is some on my background although it did not photo very well), Lace, Letters (my sentiment) and Layers (my butterfly one solid which has been colours through the die and one lacy also lavender). The background was floating around in my scraps box as it was left over from a previous project, as well as the card that I used to make the butterfly, so this will also qualify for Pixies Snippets Playground. It's been a while since I popped in for a play.



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

Sue

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Crafty Play Day

I belong to a local group of Crafters who meet once every two weeks on a Thursday evening and again once a month on a Saturday. Last Saturday was one of those days and below was the result of some playing with a canvas, texture paste, black card and gilding waxes. We started by putting texture paste onto the canvas and then partly drying it (the aim is to get like a skin on the top) and then pushing it about to get the ripple effect with a palette knife. When this was dry it was painted with a wash of Deco Art paints, I used Red, Yellow and Green on mine, although the green is very pale. While this was drying I cut out from black card, a Bee from a Tim Holtz Sizzix, Texture Fades die and embossing folder. I also cut out some flowers and leaves using some Tattered Lace dies that use the same technique as the bee, again in black card. The Dream die was from Tonic, I cut two of these and stuck them together. I then used Pebeo guiding wax on the Bee and Dream, and Viva Decor Inca Golds on the flowers and leaves (these come in various colours). After sticking everything in place I added some pearls that matched into the centres of the flowers and then some gold leaf around the edge of the canvas.



I'm entering this into the following challenge:

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes /Optional Green

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

Sue

Monday, 12 March 2018

Mothers Day

I thought that I would show you the card that I made for my Mum for Mothers Day yesterday. I made it using the Heartfelt Creations Lush Lilac Collection, by cutting into the backing paper and also using one of the toppers in the pad too. I stamped the flowers in a dark Lilac colour before colouring with a lighter colour and die cutting them out. I also used the Lilac spray as a base to put the little flowers onto. The flowers were shaped using the shaping press that was bought out with the collection too, it certainly took the hard work out of the shaping. As I have several cards to make for ladies in the coming weeks I stamped and shaped rather a lot of them. I'm glad to say that My Mum loved the card and we had a lovely day with my Daughter, who cooked us a wonderful Dinner. It was so nice not to have to slave away in the kitchen.



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Artistic Inspiration - Anything Goes

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

Sue

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Ladies Only

Just popping in quickly to post this card which is for the current challenge over on the Allsorts Challenge Blog. The theme is Ladies Only and for my card I've used Debbi Moore's Art Deco London CD for the image and backing paper. The flowers were made using a Crealies die and pearlised paper, the colours match far better in real life than in the photo, but this is the best I could get it to look. I've added a bow made from ribbon from my stash and some gems also from my stash.



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

Sue

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Forest Friends At Stamping Sensations

Last month I was lucky enough to win a wonderful prize over on the Stamping Sensations Challenge blog and was very kindly asked to be Guest Designer for March. The Challenge is Forest Animals this month and the Design team have put together some wonderful cards for your inspiration. My card was made using a Digi Image from Nicecrane Designs, who sadly are no longer trading. I've chosen Squirrels and coloured them with pencils to be Red Squirrels, which are seen so rarely here in the UK although they are native to our shores. I've been lucky and seen these wonderful creatures, many years ago on Brownsea Island in Dorset where they have no Gray Squirrels.



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

Sue

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Butterfly Challenge 95

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge which currently is P, giving the choice of three things beginning with P. I went with Patterned Paper, Pink and Pearls. The pattered paper comes from a pad that I bought many years ago, but being someone who just strokes their papers rather than use them, the pad is nearly unused. I decided that it was time to stop stock piling the papers and get on and use them. The die was from Crafters Companion, the sentiment from Chocolate Baroque, pearls from my stash and last of all the Butterflies were from a Tim Holtz set from Stampers Anonymous. I also used pink distress inks around the edges of the paper, die cut and to colour the butterflies.



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

Sue

Monday, 19 February 2018

21st Birthday Card

I have a 21st Birthday card to share with you today. It's an 8x8 card made using Heartfelt Creation Classic Petunia Collection. First I stamped the flowers and embossed them with silver embossing powder, then cut them out using the dies. I then picked the background papers from the paper pad and teamed them with silver mirri card. The corners are silver metal bought from ebay. I also used a leafy flourish and doily dies from Heartfelt Creations. I finished the card by adding Congratulations which was a Tattered Lace die and the 21 which was cut by the Cricut.



I would like to enter this card into the following challenges.

Allsorts Challenge - Handmade Flowers
Stamping Sensations - Anything With Flowers
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes/with the option of Flowers
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

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

Sue

Friday, 9 February 2018

Checks, Cornflower, Corners and Butterflies

I've just realised how long it's been since I last blogged, I'm afraid I have no excuses. My card today has been made with the Butterfly Challenge in mind, which at the moment is the letter C. There is a new format to the challenge called spin the wheel and you have to have three things on there relating to the letter it lands on (do go and check it out). I decided on Checks, Cornflower (the colour) and corners. I'm also going to enter this card into Pixies Snippets Playground, which requires that you use up some of your scraps. Most of this card has been made using scraps so should fit in perfectly.



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

Sue

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Music

I made this card for my Great Nephews 18th Birthday which was a few days ago and I hadn't got around to showing it on here. Then just now I noticed that the challenge this time over a Cardz 4 Guyz was Music. So now would seem the right time to show you and also enter the challenge too. I used distress inks for the background and also a stencil from Sheena Douglas. The sentiment stamp was  a free one from the front of a magazine and the other two are from Visible image. The 18 Today was from All Occasions Dies and all was put together with a piece of Silver mirri card and an 8x8 black card base.



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

Sue

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Cold Frosty Colours

Regular followers of this blog will know that my Father-in-law has been in hospital recently, the good news is that he's been home now for five days. We've had a few mishaps along the way but fingers crossed he's on the mend. This means that I've had more me time to play, although I've spent the best part of the last week clearing my Craft room of the bit's and pieces I'd left out after the Christmas rush it did mean that I could pop some card and stamps into my bag and take to the Craft and Chat group that my Crafty Buddy has set up locally every other Thursday evening. I had great fun playing with the new Lavinia stamps that came out a few months ago. When I was mounting this onto the card base I realised that it fitted in with this months challenge over at Stamping Sensations which this month is Cold Frosty Colours. So I'm off now to join in.



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

Sue

Friday, 26 January 2018

A Rudolph For Rudolph Days

I've never been able to resist a bargain, so when Debbie Moore had 70% off of CD's over Christmas I just had to buy a couple that I did not have in my huge collection. One of them being Rudolph and Friends, so I could not think of anything more appropriate to start off this years Rudolph Days Challenge than Rudolph. I made my card base from some left over card from an A3 piece that I used on another project making a slightly odd sized card at 5 1/2 x 6 1/2, then I printed off a backing sheet and a decoupage topper. Once all of the pieces where cut out I used an off cut of gold mirri for matting  and then stuck the base of the decoupage to the card with some foam tape. Next I built up the layers with Glue Gel and lastly added a Merry Christmas cut out of the left over piece of gold using an All Occasions die.



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

Sue

Monday, 22 January 2018

U R 21

Before Christmas you may remember that I had to make five cards for a 75th Birthday all for the same family, well they now have a 21st Birthday coming up and yes I've been asked to make five 21st cards now. This one fits in with a few of the challenges and I'm safe to post this now as I know that the person receiving this card does not visit my blog. First I sprayed a piece if linen card stock with Dylusion Sprays and put to one side to dry while I got on with the rest of the card. I took an 8x8 white card blank and then folded the front of the card back on itself. I then cut out some flowers from some scraps of card from my box and also stamped the butterfly onto another piece. I used Stampin Up Bermuda Bay to stamp the butterfly which was from Impression Obsession and then with a water brush pulled out the colour. I then used the same ink around the edges of the flowers, before putting them together and adding some gems to the middles. Then with more scraps I cut out the Celebrate and u r 21, the leaf spray's were from some that I had already cut out.  I then cut up the background and popped onto the card using a silver linen effect card for the matting and also some silver ribbon too, then finally adding the flowers and butterfly.



 Below is a photo showing the fold in the card front.


I am going to take part in the following challenges with this card.
Butterfly Challenge - X is for extra fold and/or the colour peacock blue/green
Allsorts - Butterflies
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
Pixies Snippets Playground - Must Use Scraps

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

Sue

Friday, 19 January 2018

Twofer Card Challenge

There's a new challenge blog just gone live called Twofer, the aim is to make two cards using the same stamps, dies etc to make two cards for different occasions. The first is Feathers, these can be attached to a bird on their own or incorporated in something. The cards below are what I came up with for the challenge. I used a stamp from a set of stamps called Peacock Glory from Chocolate Baroque and the sentiments are from a set called Mackintosh Sentiments again from Chocolate Baroque. The backgrounds were created using distress inks and a couple of texture stamps from Visible Image.



On the card below I used a stencil  on the background but can't remember who it was by as it's been in my stash so long. 


The stencil used on the card below is from Imagination crafts.


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

Sue

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

One Layer Butterflies

It was quite a busy time last week, with hospital visits everyday, thank you all for your good wishes. Father-in-law is still in hospital with a chest infection we're hoping he comes home later this week and Sister-in-law is now at home with no diagnosis as to what is wrong. She has to return for more tests though and has been given six weeks off work. Right now onto my card today, this has been made for the current Butterfly Challenge, which is only for a few more hours so I'm getting in by the skin of my teeth. On the 6th January I went with my friend down to Eileen Godwin's and took one of her wonderful workshops, we made one layer cards just like this one. So when I got home I knew that this was what I would do for the challenge, it was just a case of finding the time to tidy a little so I had room to craft. Well I managed it this morning and this was the result. An A6 one layer card using Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar distress inks and then Picked Raspberry through a butterfly stencil. I then used the edge of a Visible Image stamp around the edges using Real Red from Stampin Up and then finally I used the Butterfly stamp from Visible Image and sentiment stamp from Crafters Companion.



I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:
Butterfly Challenge - O is for one layer and or the colour Ultra Pink
Allsorts Challenge - No patterned papers
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes

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

Sue

Friday, 5 January 2018

Happy New Year

Well I'm a bit late with the New Year Greetings with this blog post, but the New Year wasn't quite so good for us. New Year's eve my Father-in-law took a tumble at my Sister-in-law's (he was staying there for the New Year) this resulted in him breaking his hip and having to have a hip replacement done on New Year's Day. Everything went well with the op but as FIL is 90 in May it taken it's toll on him a bit. Two days later and now my Sister-In-law is in Hospital too with Kidney Stones. Hubby doesn't know which way is up at the moment.  Anyway onto my post today, after going to a workshop back in September when we cover a note book, I decided at the time that if I bought some inexpensive A5 diary's and covered them, that they would make good gifts for Christmas. I ended up covering 16 Diary's, 5 notebooks and 3 little journals (the journals were for 3 super little ladies). All were a big hit and I've had nothing but great feedback from all who received them. This is something I think I'll be doing again.



I'm entering this into the More Mixed Media challenge, which at the moment is anything goes and the option of blue. Think this covers everything.
I'm also going to pop over to Pixies Snippets Playground as I used some left over cardboard scraps on the front as well as making the 2018 out of scraps too. There's also a scrap of lace in there somewhere.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and your kind comments which are always appreciated.

Sue