Monday, 26 November 2012

A Quick Hello!

Hi one and all,  hope our current bad weather isn't causing too many problems where you live - it's not stopped raining here for about 36 hours now and I, for one, have had enough of it!

Sorry I've not posted for a while but have had a few issues (family health and other stuff to deal with) and hope to be back with some new creations very soon.  Having said that, so far I've only got two Christmas cards made..... eeeeeeeekkkkkkk! and am hoping to have mam home from hospital later this week so will be staying with her for a little while until she's 'back on her feet' so please bear with me.

I'll bet you're all just about sorted for the approaching festivities...... or at least a lot better prepared than me.

Anyhoo, I didn't want you to think that I'd totally deserted my blog.... just another period of life getting in the way!

Hope to see you soon, 'til then stay warm and dry!

Su xx

Friday, 2 November 2012

First 'proper' challenge entry!

Hi everyone, I'm happy to be cosy and warm in my little craft room, despite the fact that at the moment it is in a real mess but I'm intending to start my re-organisation of it tomorrow (famous last words - lol!)

Anyhow, I said that I'd do my best to enter the Kraftyhands 'Charm' Challenge, so here's what I've made

I found the lovely little pram charm in my stash so, of course it had to be a baby card!  Crafter's Companion Morehead CD was a great place to begin as the images are so cute and colours really soft and gentle.  This adorable little chap caught my eye so I printed the image out a few times and did some 'freehand' (I chose my own bits to layer up) decoupage.  Both background papers are from the disc too and, as you can see, I matted and layered them onto a scallop edged A5 white card, interleaving each layer with silver mirri card (all these layers were my own design and cut on my Silhouette SD) and then I finished off with a hand tied double organza bow to which I attached the charm and topped off with a lovely sparkly gem.

Hope you like him!

Now all I need to do is find out how to enter him into the Kraftyhands  'Charm' Challenge and I've kept my word!

Think I've done it - woo hoo!

ETA: Oh no, I haven't.... and the challenge has now closed.... note to self - must get more organised!!!  However, on the upside I've got a new baby card ready for when needed - lol!

PS:  Kraftyhands is a great site to visit and their online shop is well worth a look - go on, pop over..... you know you want to!

Take care and keep warm!

Su xx

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Mam's Wellington!

Hi one and all, hope you're all keeping warm, dry and cosy as the autumn is well underway now - we've got very few leaves left on the tree in our garden and my OH has been having a right old grumble as every time he's gone out and raked them up,  more have fallen before he gets his jacket off!  Like I tell him... it's only nature's confetti!!!  Aaaannnndddd.... we had snow last week - eeeek!!!!

Anyhow, I thought you might like to see the card I made for my Mam's birthday last week and I got to play with one of my new 'gadgets' although officially I shouldn't be allowed to as it's my birthday and Christmas present from my family, but these things have to be tested to make certain they work properly (my excuse and I'm sticking to it - lol!)

Oh in case you're wondering where the Wellington comes in.... he's the rather adorable bear carrying the gift!!!

Base is ?raspberry? coloured pearlescent cardstock from my stash, easel card/gold satin mat and decoupage base layer were all cut with an EK Success Circle Cutter then 'prettied' up with Cheery Lynn die cut doilies.   I printed the Wellington decoupage from CD and quite liked the idea of his paw jutting out from the base design to break up the 'roundness' - what do you think?  The little roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts (gorgeous flowers/goodies - well worth  a look at their website) and the gold metallic ribbon hand tied into a double bow again from my stash.  Nearly forgot to mention the 'distressed' heat embossing around the edges!!!

The sentiment is done using my new 'gadget'.... hot foil stamped with Daisy (my shiny new Craft Dragon - purple of course!) and then die cut with Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags One - worked out well didn't it!

Righto, am now off to make something to eat before I settle down to watch the 'soaps' on TV!  Oh yes, this is also the card I'm entering into a friendly challenge that ends today!

'Til next time take care and keep warm

Su x

Sunday, 7 October 2012

He's quite friendly really!

Hi one and all, well it's about time I showed you my effort for the 'Crazy' Halloween Challenge.... not something I'd usually choose to make but nevertheless I know a grandson who'll love it!!!

Again the papers are from a Crafter's Companion 'Download of the Month' from 2009/10 but the 'pumpkin' face is my own effort and, being a 'canny' crafter you'll see where it came from when you see the inside of the card - lol!

'Boo' buttons are from my crafty stash - part of a kit I purchased years ago and of course.... he just had to have 'googly' eyes!!!

The centre of the card is a 'pop out' spinner complete with decoupaged/glittered spider.  I cut him out by hand each individual 'hairy' leg - lol - (miracle that they're all still in tact) and even gave him red glittery eyes - dedication or what?!?

My card didn't win the challenge, but it was good fun coming up with the idea.  Onwards and upwards to next month's challenge!!
See you soon, take care and have fun whatever you do!!
Su xx

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Something completely different!

I've dabbled in something I don't normally do... nothing to worry about... it's only making Halloween cards!

We have a friendly challenge on a 'Crazy Craft' site I know and the challenge was Halloween cards - EEEK!!!!  Anyhow I checked thro' all the discs, files etc I have and came up with the following - this one is the 'back up' card in case my original idea for the challenge went horribly wrong!

A 5" square 'twisted' easel card using papers etc from a Crafters Companion 'Download of the Month' (free) from 2009/10... just goes to show if you keep something long enough... lol!  I also found the spider in my stash and then traced over the spiderweb/text with Sakura Clear Glitterpen for a little bit of  'bling'.  Card Candi (Blackjacks set) to finish off!

The web reminds me of when my boys were small and we walked to school each morning, used to pass a patch of bushes that were covered in spiderwebs and they really used to sparkle.... the boys named these bushes "Spider City"... amazing how things come back to mind.....

Righto, off to watch 'Downton Abbey' now but I'll get around to showing you the actual challenge card (which is going to be given to my grandson)  another time.

Take care, stay warm and be happy!

Su xx

Thursday, 27 September 2012

I'm back.... again!

I thought you might like to see the wedding card I made for Kelly and Chris...

This one's made with card from a 'job lot' I picked up some time ago and has the most gorgeous golden sheen to it (sorry but I don't know what it's called) and the metallic card is gold satin finish from my stash.  The card opens as an 8x8" but has just less than an inch flat 'spine' with an EK Success punched edge (actually measures approx 9x8" -  I'm sure you know what I mean!).  The lacy corners are a gorgeous Marianne Die; the aperture, frames and sentiment mat cut with Scalloped Labels One, flourishes are from Venetian Motifs and the roses are Spiral Blossoms Four and Blossom Five all from Spellbinders.  It's the first time I've used any of these dies and just know they'll be used lots from now on!

Here's a close up of the flower detail...

you can see I pricked around the edge of the raised front for extra detail and a narrow ivory satin ribbon was then threaded round the perimeter in between this and the base card as an extra little luxury (gave a lovely finish to the card front and also hid all the sticky pads - just a shame you can't see it!).

A favourite stamp was embossed in gold detail powder and 'illuminated' with Sakura Glitter Pens (love these pens!) onto the 'lost leaf' of the insert which I'd edged all round with the same punch as the card spine.

Then a slightly adapted version of a verse I'd found (on JS's newsletter I believe - many thanks to the author for the original (sorry can't lay my hands on her name at the mo') was added to the 'main' page.
A  matching gift wallet and presentation box completed the set....

Sorry if I've rambled on a bit... but hope you like what you see!
'Til next time, be happy!
Su xxx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

At long last....

Hi everyone, sorry to have been away so long but as the saying goes... better late than never - lol!

Mam is doing 'okay-ish' still having good days and bad, but with luck should have the other procedure carried out around mid-November so keeping our fingers crossed that this goes well.

I'd like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone for their support and good wishes over the past months, it's been appreciated by us all.
Now for something that was promised a good while back - the wedding stationery as chosen by the bride and groom.  The wedding went beautifully just over a week ago and a great time was had by all who attended (myself included!)

The daytime invitations each included a 'tear-off' RSVP and return envelope to match the parchment inserts.

As you can see the colour theme was Ivory and 'Berry' - a beautiful shade of magenta and, as you can see, even the text matched perfectly.

Centura Pearl Ivory Cardstock worked wonderfully with Magenta Mirricard, and there are tiny gems on each of the hearts - shame they don't show up too well on the pics

Evening Invitations were 'postcard'  style as below, again using the same cardstock with a Spellbinders Fancy Tag, Marianne Butterfly and gems added for decoration.  The base layer and text were hand stamped using Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid Ink and then heat embossed using Cosmic Shimmer Amethyst Lustre Powder for added colour depth.  The actual invitation information was printed on the back of the cards matching the style of the daytime invites obviously prior to any cutting or embossing!

Favour boxes were each topped with monogrammed hand beaded/ 'jewelled' hearts (Martha Stewart Punch), atop mirri mats and then tied with ivory and magenta organza ribbons. 

The table plan was themed around travel as Kelly (bride) a travel agent and Chris (groom) a chef, have both travelled in the course of their work and this is how they met!  So the actual seating plan was a world map with luggage labels pinned to the various countries etc that are part of their 'story so far'.  You can see the banner I made to decorate the map together with the one of the menus that identified each table - they're 'pyramids' as the happy couple are in Egypt for their honeymoon.  Oh yes... I did make the 'flagpoles' too!

The little handbag favour was made specially for a little niece at the wedding.

My trusty Silhouette SD was brilliant for cutting all the mats, shapes and text - don't know what I'd have done without it!

Whew... all done, now off to bed... see you soon.

Take care and be happy!

Su x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Hi everyone, just an update so you know my blog has not been deserted.... just postings delayed!  Mam had her surgery but, unfortunately, it would have been much too dangerous for them to replace the faulty valve so has literally had 'all the pain and none of the gain'.  She's now home and I've stayed with her until she's back on her feet, however tires very easily and apart from pottering around the house, she's no better off than she was before the surgery.  All is not lost and she's awaiting an appointment to hear the results of tests carried out before she left hospital with regard to an alternative procedure.  Needless to say we're all keeping our fingers crossed and just helping out in any way we can.

Hope to get back to blogging soon, 'til then take care.



Monday, 9 July 2012

Apologies and please bear with me!

Sorry one and all, unfortunately my mam's health has deteriorated in the past few weeks and she's currently awaiting major heart surgery so have been constantly 'on the go' with hospital visiting etc and therefore not been crafting, or indeed had time to photograph and post completed projects as I'd promised.  Fingers crossed that over the next few weeks things return to a more usual pattern and I'll be able to get back in my craft room.

Thanks for your understanding and hope to see you soon.

Hugs  Su x

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Apologies for the lack of postings - hopefully I'll rectify this later this week!  Just haven't been able to get to my crafty stuff due to the house renovations.

Thanks to all those who've called by and hope you can pop back again once I've uploaded some new creations.

Su xx

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Well, what about this gorgeous sunshine... much prefer it to the grey, miserable days we've just had despite the fact that the heat and I don't get on but at least I can be in my cool, shady little craft room looking out at it!  Hope you're enjoying good weather too!

Things have been a bit manic of late one way and another so sorry for not posting but here goes with a couple of my newest cards...
A Christening card for one of my son's friend's daughter (taking place today) 8x8" Kanban scalloped base card, silver foil and pale pink aperture mats designed and cut on my Silhouette SD inspiration for the corners came from a couple of punches I've had for years.  The beautiful lacy cross is a free file from UK Scrappers that I gave a fancy edge as I thought it added to the delicate effect; its mat has the same edging to complement.  Roses are from Wild Orchid with touches of Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance Ink added to the largest which was plain ivory when it started out.  The ribbon is from Amethyst Wool and Crafts (Metrocentre, Gateshead ) a tiny pink gem was placed to each corner.  I'm really liking the pleated paper technique and wondered what would happen if using pearlescent paper  I pleated then 'distressed' it, in other words crumpled it up, and the result was great, it looks like fabric in 'real life' but not too sure if that comes across in the picture - anyhow I'd say give it a try and see for yourself, just make sure that you crease the 'pleats' well so you can refold after crushing lol!

And there's more....

There's a story behind this one which was a very (very!) late submission for the friendly challenge over at MCS forum.  The theme was 'water' and I'd made my card - leaving it to dry - ready to take a pic and post last night... took my mum out for a couple of hours in the sunshine (leaving my OH doing her garden) and... came back to find that our grandson had visited and taken a liking to the card (for his little sister) and OH had given him it.... eeeek!!!!  So a very swift replacement (slightly different to the original) was made this morning, the problem was I didn't have time to do the 'Rub a dub dub' the way I would have liked or would have missed the challenge deadline.  Moral of the story - photograph your cards immediately - even if the glue isn't quite dry!!!

Anyhow a stepper card using stamps by Ollyfant coloured using Spectrum Noir Pens (still practising with these!), 'fluffy stuff' and glitter for the bath bubbles, vellum from a Dawn Bibby kit and holographic foil card from my stash.  Wording hand done (not very well) by me!  Hopefully you get the idea that was inspired by the thoughts of our new bathroom which is, fingers crossed, beginning installation tomorrow!

That's it for now, will leave you to the sunshine and the rest of the weekend - hope it's a good one whatever you do!

Su xxx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Here's the last of the cards I made for my brother and sister-in-law; their wedding anniversary is tomorrow so doubtless it's already unpacked to open in the morning as they've got home safe and sound and have definitely been a good bit warmer since leaving the UK - somewhere in the high 30's in Dubai I believe!!

Just a cutie from the new CC 'A Year with Humphrey' CD, a nicely shaped easel mainly just as is printed off from the disc with some holographic mats added for a bit of bling, couple of heart buttons from my stash and a peel off sentiment to finish.  I just couldn't resist this image!!

See you soon, 'til then take care

Su xx

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

So, how was your Bank Holiday?  Ours was wet and cold and both my OH and I have come down with a virus that seems to be doing the rounds 'up north' so we're feeling a bit sorry for ourselves - everybody say"Aaaah" - lol!

Anyhow I thought I'd show you the card I made for my SIL's birthday in August but is currently wending it's way to South Africa in her luggage.  I usually send a very flat card as the postage is a silly amount, so as she and my brother have been over here for a visit I took the opportunity to make something a bit more special.  (You've already seen the 'leopard' card I made for my brother!)

I thought I'd try blue monochrome for this one and discovered some HOTP papers in my stash - same design with reversed colourways - perfect!  The aperture and centre 'cartouche' were cut from a Penny Duncan file using my Silhouette, and edged with Waterfall Stickles smudged on with my finger as I wanted it to be 'random' rather than uniform!  The centre is the darker paper cut into strips (3 used) and scored every half centimetre (Hougie Board), then 'concertina' folded, joined together into a circle and glued (hot glue gun for speed!) to a small base circle to form the lovely pleated centre, which was then mounted behind the aperture and then everything adhered to the 8"x8" white Centura Pearl card (made from 2 A4 sheets) leaving a tiny white border showing.  The flowers and leaves are cut with Spellinders, inked around the edges particularly on the back, then curled and layered up and finished with an AB gem in the centre to match the 'Stickles' glitter glue.  Bow tied by hand with ribbon, button added to the centre with co-ordinating finer ribbon all from my stash and finished off with a couple of 'pearl' hatpins that I coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens.  A matching insert with a rather nice verse I found in the book (verses, quotations etc) I've collated finished the inside of the card:-

Just can't help feeling lucky
That someone nice as you
Has a place within our family
And fits in so nicely too!

I hope she likes it and must mention that inspiration for this card was taken from 'Cards by Chloe' and Christine @ 'Cardmaking Magic'.

Bye for now

Su xx

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Hi there, hope your weather isn't too bad - what a change from the lovely sunshine days we had back in March - it feels more like November here now!  Oh well there's not a lot we can do apart from put up with it and hope for big improvements soon.

My favourite aunty celebrated her 90th birthday last week and, as she's always loved flowers, I made her card using MCS' Elite Quintessential Country Garden - it's the first card I've made from this new disc and I have to say I'm looking forward to using it again very soon, the artwork is gorgeous!

I thought a pretty, delicate and very feminine card would suit the occasion and wanted it to be fairly traditional but with a modern twist so decided on an acetate 'bubble' front rather than decoupage etc.  I printed the floral design out onto acetate (having worked out the size to give the bowed front - no pre-designed acetates on this disc), then once the ink had dried, scored the folds and got to work on the reverse side with my paintbrush, clear drying glue and 'Angel Dust' Art Institute superfine glitter (my all-time fav glitter!) on the pretty flowers, stems and grasses - it took some time but the effect is lovely in 'real' life!  Centura Pearl (another fav!) is used for the base card and has been printed with a 'collaged' background I built up from elements on the QCG disc.  For the sentiment mats, which are raised on foam pads,  I traced a 'cartouche' from the disc in my 'Studio' software (did a little manipulation) and then 'wrote' the wording on the top layer in a Sakura Gellyroll Glitter Pen with my nifty Silhouette SD, which also did the cutting.... voila!!!  The card was finished off inside with a personal verse and message on a matching insert and, needless to say, it was presented inside a pretty co-ordinating box.

Aunty said she'd had a lovely birthday and her card was 'smashing'!!

See you soon

Su xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

'Pearl' Bracelet

Hi one and all, I've been busy altering curtains so no cards this time round!  Instead, I thought I'd show you a dainty 'pearl' bracelet made just last week.  A cousin had been having a bit of a clear out and passed on a box of small 'faux' pearls - being a crafter I didn't say 'No'... well it would have been rude wouldn't it?
All I've used are headpins, jump rings and 'pearls', the actual bracelet chain is made from the  headpin pieces cut off while making the little 'droppers' - make a loop at one end of the pin, thread on a 'pearl', make a loop at the other end, link together with a jump ring to make a chain - no waste!!

Hope you like it... I feel earrings to match may be on their way!

Take care and enjoy the sunshine

Su xx

Saturday, 14 April 2012

More leopards!

Are you like me and have boxes full of bits and pieces left over from your projects?  Well I've set myself a challenge to use the 'leftovers' up straight away instead of leaving them to become dog-eared and tattered then ending up in the bin!  So here's what I made with the 'remnants' from my previous card.
This is, believe it or not, my first ever stepper card!  I had to work out the measurements as it's a sheet of dark green/gold pearlescent card (A4) folded lengthways, so it's rather large!  Apart from my 'remnants' all I've added is gold mirri card/fine border peeloffs and some tiny 'amber' coloured gems.  I put a very fine line of adhesive along the inside of the top (tent) crease and pressed the fold together as I've found this can help to stop tent (top crease) cards from spreading and falling when they're displayed.

The next is a square twisted easel, you'll notice this one's a good bit smaller....

This is a 5" square plain base card, with double-sided pearlescent card for the topper mats, the large is 5" and the smaller 3.25" using a Martha Stewart 'round the page' punch set, then the smaller mat is backed with gold holographic card (as used in the 8x8").  The images/papers etc are leftovers from my original card project.  I mounted the ribbon strip onto the same holographic card as before to become the easel stopper the added the eye 'medallion' which has been edged with a gold leaf pen after first covering it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents and leaving it to dry so has the impression of an epoxy sticker. Oh, and I inked around the edge of the leopard topper and the base with distress ink in Vintage Photo.

I must say thanks to my friend Lexie (blog button is on the side bar!) on whose idea I based my lacey topped easel, she does some amazing work... pop over to her blog and have a look!

Thanks for looking.. 'til next time, take care and enjoy life!

Su x

Friday, 13 April 2012

At last!

Hi one and all, sorry I didn't manage to post any pics last weekend but here's a couple now..... better late than never (hope you think so too!)

I love 'Egyptian Promise' from Debbi Moore and, as it's coming up to my brother's birthday, I thought I'd use images from the disc for his card....

It's an 8x8" square brown pearlescent card base with a holographic gold mat edged in a very fine gold peeloff  border with the central leopard image decoupaged for interest, gold half beads added  and a matted sentiment to finish.  All the images are taken straight from the disc, but I must admit I used my Silhouette to cut the oval shapes etc - nightmare trying to do them by hand!!
As you can see it's a pop-out aperture inside, again all the papers and images are taken straight from the disc, in fact the 'eyes' are cut from the same background sheet as used on the card front and again my trusty Silhouette SD assisted with the cutting out! The central leopard is actually a 'spinner'  backed with matching paper and a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment in gold.

I'll be back very soon (promise!) with more.....

Thanks for looking, take care and see you soon.

Hugs  Su x

Monday, 9 April 2012

Still got probs!

Hi one and all, sorry not been able to post pics over the weekend as still having a couple of tech issues.  Should be sorted (fingers and everything else crossed!) later today so will post as soon as possible.

See you soon and hope you've not eaten all your Easter eggs yet!!!

Su xx

Saturday, 7 April 2012


And that's just for starters!!!  Our internet connection is really giving some trouble at the mo - fingers crossed it's sorted once and for all now.  I seem to have spent more time reporting the failures than doing anything else this well.... however am off to craft now so, internet willing, should have some more 'stuff' to show you over the weekend.

Keep smiling and have a great Easter!

Su x

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

As promised!

A bit of a musical theme intended to be more 'masculine' but in all honesty I think it turned out to be fairly generic - at least it's cheerful in colour!

A simple circle easel card with an actual CD as the base mat, papers etc are all from an MCS disc but I've printed an extra couple of the guitars so I could add a bit of dimension on the front and have glazed the layers with Pinflair Craft Glaze which is so easy to use.  There's a mat of black/grey stripey paper from my stash under the yellow top layer and sentiment strip (my own words which are in black glitter!) as it reminded me a bit of the tracks on a record, if you're old enough (like me) to remember vinyl that is - lol!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.

Cheers  Su x

Monday, 2 April 2012

Bloomin' Technology

Hi everyone - sorry not been able to blog or actually do anything as my internet failed completely!!!!

Anyhow, all's well now and am back 'on the net' so will be uploading a pic of a card I'd made for a friendly challenge over at MCS Platinum Forum but due to the tech issues didn't manage to post.   Be back soon!

Su x

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Easter Bonnet

Here's a simple Easter Bonnet that I designed and cut on my Silhouette SD (now you can see I'm nowhere near as talented as the lovely lady whose card design I used as the base for Mother's Day!)  Anyhow I was quite pleased with this as it was made as an 'eleventh hour' entry for a challenge over on the MCS Platinum Forum and I really didn't want to let my friends there down by not entering into the spirit of the challenge.

The base card is a silky finish but I don't remember where it came from (sorry), the bow was tied with help from my bowmaker and I made the flowers using a tonic punch and then edged each petal with Stickles 'Fruit Punch' glitter  - I also put a 'dollop' (technical term - lol!) in the centre of each rose and the leaves are a 'Joy' die run thro' my Cuttlebug .

Once again am now off to feed the family before they fade away!!!

Su x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mother's Day

Hi one and all, hope everyone has had a lovely Mother's Day - especially all the mum's out there!  I've not had the most relaxing of days but have had some lovely treats from my two lads - gorgeous cards, big box of choccies and some Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer (I Say!) both of which I love, in fact am sampling the Crabbies as I type - Yum!

My mam is very difficult to buy for as she says she 'hasn't anywhere for flowers' and we can't buy her chocolates as she's been told she needs to lose weight and is seeing the dietician tomorrow (I didn't think it was fair to put temptation in her way); we considered going out for Sunday lunch - again not a good idea as she likes her veg etc cooked her way (you kinda put the carrots on in November for Christmas lunch if you know what I mean!) so, instead I've had the whole family here all day and did a roast lunch for us all (husband and eldest son did the washing up tho'), a proper family time with lots of chat and laughs between us which, to me, is what the day is all about... being really comfortable and remembering some sad, but more of the happy events in our lives.  Okay will stop now - everyone has their own idea of how to spend their time!!

Seeing as mam now has her card I thought I could show it to you.....

Once again I have used a favourite product Centura Pearl for the card base in a pale 'duck egg blue' (used blue for a change as my mam reckons there are only two colours in my world - purple and pink - lol!)  I wish I could claim credit for the beautiful lacy overlay that was cut on my Silhouette SD but I must, instead,  say a big 'Thank You' to a very talented and generous lady Joyce (aka 2 Magpies) from UK Scrappers Forum for her lovely design and also the co-ordinating aperture card.  However, I did put my own 'slant' on it by heat embossing the overlay after cutting out using a pale blue pearl embossing powder, so it looks enamelled and then I tried something I've not done before...  not having have a suitable stamp, from my PC I printed my wording (Black Chancery font) on the outside of the insert (checked for placement - obviously!) then traced over the letters with a Quickie Glue Pen, let this dry for a moment or two then sprinkled silver detail embossing powder over and heated - the effect is brilliant with deep dimension and shine!!!  I'll be trying this again for definite.  The foliage is cut from white pearlescent card scraps using a Joy die and my Cuttlebug, the flowers I made by hand (again from scraps) using my Kendell (Tonic) punch.

My mam loves it and says she's had a lovely day with her family, that's what really counts isn't it?

Take care and hope you call by again soon.

Su x

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Something to show you at last!

Hi there, at last I can post some pics  that (I think) are a lot nicer than the tales of my decorating - lol!   Which, just to keep you up to speed.... yawn.... boring... is now finished for the moment, apart from hanging the pictures and placing the ornaments where I want them.  Okay promise that's the last about the decorating - honest!!!!

One of my best friends' daughters is getting married later this year and asked if I'd make the wedding stationery, obviously my answer was a very  happy 'Yes'!  These are a selection from samples I made...

Centura Pearl used as the base cards, a couple of Spellbinder dies, Inkylicious and Personal Impressions stamps and Cuttlebug embossing folders for decoration, oh yes you may have just spotted narrow gold metallic ribbon too!  The square invitation is actually an envelope with the wedding details inside, I made a ribbon strip from gold frosted card that fastens at the back with a simple cross over/slit mechanism and can either be unfastened or simply slipped off to access the information.  Needless to say there's some dry embossing on each of the back flaps to make it look prettier!

Again Centura Pearl card used for the bases, mirri board, stamps again from Inkylicious and Personal Impressions, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder for the top of the invitation and organza ribbon added for detail.  The 'Heart Topped' favour box  is my adaptation of a Silhouette cutting file; I also changed the side folds (but you can't see that bit can you?) as I thought it looked a bit 'plain' and 'chunky' with only a single fold (you know like a gift bag has!) and the other favour box is just a classic shaped gift bag (obviously scaled down in size) with a Martha Stewart punched heart, embellished to fit the occasion.

Finally, more on a gold/ivory theme using Centura Pearl, gold mirri and foiled card, Personal Impressions/Inkylicious stamps and Spellbinders dies, oops... nearly forgot about the Cuttlebug embossing folders (the small bride & groom is from the same set as the champagne flutes above!)  The square is another envelope style invitation and has the wedding info inside mounted onto a mat of gold shimmer paper cut on my Silhouette SD with a file I made based on the Spellbinder die used for the topper as, unfortunately, the biggest die in the set was too small for my purpose.

I haven't shown you what the bride actually chose as I didn't think it was fair to her until nearer the wedding - just in case they were spotted on here by some of the guests!  I will let you see them later tho - promise!

Okay am off to make something for tea now, before my family keel over from hunger - lol!

Hope to see you again, 'til then take care and be happy

Su x

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Fingers crossed!!

Hi one and all, thanks for stopping by! 

I can just about get to my crafty stash now and, with luck, should have some new pics to post here very soon.  I've a busy week ahead getting everything back in place in the house and am taking my mam to various health-related appointments as she doesn't get around too well these days.  Roll on the weekend so I'll be able to cut, stick and glitter!!!

Hope the weather is okay wherever you are and it's not too cold/icy or snowing!

See you soon x

Monday, 27 February 2012

Ooops! Forgot to say......

Sorry one and all, I meant to say 'Thank You' to everyone who's visited so far and also those who've left comments.  I apologise for not having posted more for you to see; I intend to rectify this as soon as I can access my crafty stash and get back to doing what I really enjoy - crafting!!!

I hope you'll bear with me and call back again to see what I've been busy with, the plan is for  the decorating to be finished this week then I'll be able to lock myself away and create things!  I really can't wait to get busy with my card, glue and glitter - lol!

Thanks again for stopping by, hope you can call back

Su x

Sunday, 26 February 2012

On the final stretch now!

Well, at long last, we're on the final stretch of our decorating.... I'm just itching to be able to get into my little craft room and start 'playing' again!  My OH keeps trying to tell me that painting is being creative, I agree..... but not when it's doing ceilings and walls - lol!  Carpets due to be laid on Thursday so painting got to be finished by then, then just got to put things back to their rightful places (instead of being 'dumped' in my little 'haven'), with luck will be able to spend next weekend with my papers, glue and glitters - Yipee!!!!!!!!

Take care, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again.


Oh yes, today I've just spotted our lilies 'sprouting' at the back corner of the garden and the birds appear to beginning to nest - how weird is our weather?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Layla's Card

Hi there, have been searching for this one for a while but finally managed to track a pic down!  I knew I wouldn't get to see baby Layla for a little while after she was born due to other things going on in my life, I'd crocheted a shawl/blanket and bought a teddy bear (wearing pink fluffy dressing gown and 'Wee Willie Winkie' hat - cute or what?) that caught my eye as her present for her and wanted my card to be something that could also be framed as a picture or used as a nameplate for her room, this is what I came up with....

It's an A4 card folded in half lengthways, covered with a striped paper (from my stash),  the letters were cut on my Silhouette and are three layers deep - holographic base layer, plain deep pink in the middle and various Hot Off The Press prints for the top.  I also came up with words cut in the same font (smaller - obviously!) to emphasise each letter L-oveable A-dorable Y-our L-ittle A-ngel, added a pink dummy and nappy pin tied on with satin edged organza ribbon, couple of pink ' crystal' butterflies and a rose from MCS Flower Expert to finish off.  The new mum and dad loved it - baby Layla just coo-ed and gurgled which hopefully meant she liked it too!

Sorry the picture's a bit dark.....

Stay warm, keep well in this cold weather and thanks for calling by!

Su x

Friday, 17 February 2012

Bored now!!!

Okay this is getting really boring now - decorating that is - not crafting!  I'm desperate to get this bloomin' house painting/carpet laying, sorting out done and dusted  we seem to have been in this state for absolutely ages now and the mess is just moving from room to room - shifting stuff from one place to the other so can lift old carpets and decorate rooms!  The bedroom looked lovely when we finished it - now it's got all the dining room stuff in it - grrrrrr!  I know it's going to be worth it in the end but I can't get to my craft stuff without shifting boxes, furniture and the like so am really suffering from glitter withdrawal symptoms (if you know what I mean - lol!)  Maybe in another week/ten days..........

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Gotta tell ya.... it's absolutely great to have some comfy seats!  Carpet fitters arrived exactly as promised... love what we chose... it's always a worry when you pick from a metre square sample until you see it fitted on the floor!  Then the sofas arrived (an hour or so after carpet fitted) and apart from me being right as to which went where (again - lol!) they fit perfectly and couldn't have gone with carpet better - so have had a couple of G&T's to celebrate once again having a lounge (have waited ten years to get what I wanted!) couldn't actually be happier.  Now once dining room and hallway are done I will be one REALLY happy bunny!!!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Quick update!

Woo hoo - lounge is decorated and carpet/sofas look to be on track for fitting/delivery tomorrow - luxury - can't wait!  Deck chairs are okay for an afternoon at the beach but let me tell you after two weeks with nothing but them to sit on they lose their appeal - lol!  Still got more to do but at least should have a comfy seat after a day's painting etc.

We have a 'friendly' challenge ongoing at MCS Platinum Club and the current subject is for a 'generic' baby card, some lovely cards have been entered so I thought I'd give it a go.....

As you can see I've used a pastel yellow base card, decoupaged moon with a sleeping baby on a torn mulberry paper 'mat', added glitter and gold wax rub-on for texture (s'posed to look a bit like clouds?!) the edge border has been dry embossed, highlighted with an ink pad and decorated with punched vellum flowers.  Added a peel-off sentiment to finish off.  Bit of a 'traditional' type of card, but I quite like it and hope you do too.

Well, that's all for now I've got an idea to try out with my Silhouette and if it works out it means I can get a bit of a 'heads up' on the set of wedding stationery I'm doing, so will make the end assembly process a lot easier in the long run!

Thanks for looking and hope you can pop by again soon, take care and keep well

Su X

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Baby Keepsake for our new grandson

At last, mum and dad finally confirmed the spelling (just as well I'd never have got this right!) for new grandson's name, so I've managed to get this finished.  Sorry if the pics aren't too good - got nowhere at the mo to get a good background (decorating still ongoing) so you're stuck with my craft desk!

As you can see I've made a carousel, complete with display box.  The original design is a  'Card Carousel' template but I've transferred all the pieces to my Silhouette SD (love this machine!) and have also re-jigged/added extra pieces to the assembly a bit, to neaten the finish as I hate it when you can see all the 'gubbins'.  Double-sided dark blue card used mainly (as it was a bit more sturdy) with pale blue Centura Pearl for contrast details.  Peel-offs and 'waste' (the little dot circles on the canopy!) to decorate.  Oh yes... I also added an extra layer to the horses' saddles for detail.  Silver peel-offs - teddybear and baby bootees, together with baby's name 'Aodhan' (thank goodness for individual letters!) decorate the lid.
The base of the carousel is a box too and can be used for a small gift (as on the original template), but I wanted this to be a baby 'record' book so cut and matted pages to match the carousel/box, then added my own wording (again via my Silhouette SD) so all the initial milestones (ie first smile, first tooth etc) can be recorded.  There are also pages to add photos of baby, mum and dad and big sister and brothers.  All the pages are joined together with ribbon so they fold out concertina/ladder style when the carousel is lifted.  Now all I have to do is keep my fingers crossed mum and dad like it!
Hope it's not too snowy wherever you are, take care


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Still painting - yeuk!!!

Hi one and all, well the decorating is progressing (bedroom finished) now onto the lounge and currently we don't have a seat to sit on, nor a carpet to lie on!!  Watch out for the snow starting anytime soon - lol!  Thankfully, having an empty room makes the decorating so much easier!

I forgot to post the card I made for one of my best friends' birthday, which was last Sunday so hope you like it!

Used the Glitter Girls' 'Tall Stories' board, with silver embossed foil cardstock for the base layer, then a swirly/cloudy sky style background paper from my stash and an embossed vellum top layer, 'Sky' fairy decoupage from Marianne Designs (been in my stash for a while!), the verse is an old favourite and useful for many 'big' birthdays, the butterflies are acrylic - I layered two together (pink then blue on top) and added pearls to make the body/head (thorax?).  Oh yes, the card stand was designed many years ago by tracing around a plate stand I had and adjusting as necessary for the extra height - I did this long before templates were sold for this purpose!!!

Have fun and keep warm in this cold weather!

Su X

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

A Simple Valentine

Managed to have a short break in between coats of paint; hubby has been teasing me about making him a valentine card - he'll be surprised when I present him with this one!

Red cardstock (not quite DL in size!), acetate wrap randomly stamped with a heart (had the stamp for years!)  heat embossed this with red glitter embossing powder, silver peel-off  'Love' heart onto red mirri board and cut out for the topper then finished off with satin ribbons and a hand tied bow. The the insert has been edged with a Fiskars hearts border punch.  Hope he likes it!

Take care, see you soon

Su x

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Not enough hours in a day!

Phew!  Busy decorating the house and need to finish the keepsake for our new grandson - please could I have some extra hours in a day - just for a short while - lol!

Pic of baby keepsake to appear very soon - promise!

Take care


Saturday, 21 January 2012

New Grandson!

Well, we got the lovely news yesterday morning that our newest grandson, weighing in at 6lbs 11ozs, had arrived safe and sound at around 10:45; mum and baby both doing well.

With luck we'll get to meet him soon.... if I can get rid of this 'bug' that seems to disappear and then come back every couple of days...  fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Jack's Christening Card

This was for my second eldest grandson's christening - I designed the cross completely from scratch as I couldn't find a shape that I liked at the time (a couple of years ago now!) I remember measuring the angles to make them all symetrical was a nightmare!  The original templates for it are in one of my files but have just thought to make them into digital files for my Silhouette SD cutter (bought last  June - I love it) for future use!

I used one of my favourite corner punches 'Iron Eagle' on the base card then teamed it with 'Wrought Iron' for the corners of the mat, they really work well together.  If memory serves me correctly the texure on the pearlised paper, is a Fiskars Texture Plate embossed by hand in the days BC (before Cuttlebug) lol!.  The sentiment and fine borders edging the cross' top layer are peeloffs while the mat and bottom layer of the cross are a linen finish silver cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Just a couple more...

I've been a bit unwell the past couple of days seems a 'bug' is doing the rounds and it 'got ' me - lol!  Beginning to feel better now so hopefully will get some crafting done over the weekend before beginning the dreaded decorating.  Need to get some baby girl cards made (already born) and a new grandson is expected to make his appearance any day now... oops... also need a card for one of my best friend's birthday at the end of the month, apart from that I'm making the wedding invites etc for another best friend's daughter so it would be much appreciated if the sneezing, coughing and headache could all disappear very quickly!  I've been trawling thro' the pics on my PC and found a few more you might like to see....

First is an anniversary card for my husband who's a great fan of 'Shaun the Sheep', a blue base card with chalked clouds, hills made from torn paper and tiny punched flowers, punched and folded card circles covered in flowersoft make the sheep and I couldn't resist adding 'googly' eyes to the black one!

A  'K' card for a friend's twin grandsons using images from a Joanna Sheen CD, a simple pearlescent base card with a sparkly ribbon and hand tied bow to finish this design as I didn't want to detract from the beautiful baby images.

Okay, I know we've just had Christmas but....a 'Glitter Girls' Bookatrix card never goes far wrong, the wreath is hand stamped using the tiny 'Rubber Stamp Tapestry' Poinsettia set and I added a matching corner arrangement to the sentiment.  For my personal message I added a little gift card (instead of a 'bookmark') using the smallest 'page' on the board .  Peel off borders, hand tied ribbon bow and 'Stickles' glitter glue added the finishing touches.

Now for something completely different!  I can't remember the occasion this was made for - will blame a senior moment!  Anyhow as you can see (stating the obvious) it's a wheelbarrow filled with purchased paper flowers and believe it or not the wheel actually turned!!!  Actually.... I have a feeling it might have been a sample for my friend's shop - the counter looks familiar (should do I was in there most days - lol!)  I must still have the template in my crafty stash - somewhere....
Take care and have fun... see you again soon (I hope)
Su x

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Let's see if I can do it again....?

I try my hand at jewellery making too; these are what I made as Christmas presents for two of my best friends - problem which do I give to who(m?)?

As it happens I made the right choice and they were both delighted with their gifts! Lucky or what!!!!

Here goes......

Well, to get the blogging learning curve underway just thought I'd try to add a few pics of cards I made a while ago just to see if I get the process right.... bear with me, please!

This card was for a favourite uncle's 80th birthday (he said it sent his blood pressure up - lol!).  The 'saucy' decoupaged image is from a Fee J Designs CD, the charcoal pearlescent card/paper has been embossed in my Cuttlebug,  border strips are matted onto holographic card and feathers added to give it a 'showgirl' feel.

Here's a general birthday card, I just loved the 'genteel image' and coupled it with a red aperture to pick out the red in her lips and add a bit of interest,  embossed and pricked the corners to add detail, then painted the tiny hearts for highlights, matted it onto gold card and then onto the white base card.

 This last one was a card for my brother and sister-in-law's wedding anniversary.  It took some time to do the decoupage but I feel the finished result was worth it, I also hand cut and embossed the card front, added tiny gems for highlights and added the blue insert to 'tie' everything together.

Hope this works...... fingers crossed, here it goes!