Sunday, 17 September 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 17 - A SPECIAL DAY


Good afternoon folks - hope you are all well and I'm sending lots of love to my friends in the USA - please keep safe and sound.

Well today I'm posting my card for the IntAAS fortnightly challenge where our theme is  'A Special Day'.  This can mean a birthday, anniversary, christening, confirmation, birth etc etc.  I made a birthday card for my friend who's having her 40th very soon!


I've made another box for this one as she's a good friend - oh and it wouldn't fit into a flat envelope!


Ingredients

8" x 8" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Cream Card and White Card - Creative Expressions
Die-Sire Create a Card Dies - 'Enchanted' die
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Decorative Ovals One die
Presscut Crafts-Too Dies - Oval Nesting dies
Presscut Crafts-Too Dies - Square Nesting dies
Heartfelt Stamps - 'Arianna Blooms'
Copics for the flower stamp
Sentiment typed and then silver foiled using my Minc machine
Flowers - Wild Orchid crafts
Pearls and Lace - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (on FB)

We'd love to see your creations - there are sooo many Special Days I'm sure you can come up with something wonderful for this theme.  You can enter our challenge - here and whilst you at it please check out the creations of my teamies.

Sorry this is a short post but we're off out in a little while - woo hoo!

Hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

Friday, 15 September 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - SEPTEMBER - USE LEAVES


Hi there folks - I'm just posting my mid month reminder for the CCAYR Challenge where our theme is 'Use Leaves'.  This was definitely a good one for me 'cos I love using holly, ivy, mistletoe, poinsettia leaves on my Christmas cards -  oooh and a little bit of spruce doesn't go amiss either!  Having said that I chose ivy leaves 'cos I thought they would complement the holly growing over the cottage door - and now I'm singing!!!


Ingredients

7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Daisy Mae Draws b/w image - 'Winter Wonderland' from The Hobby House
Die-Sire 'Holiday Holly' Embossing Folder - Crafters' Companion
Mini Ivy Flourish die - Joanna Sheen Signature Dies
'Warmest Wishes' die - Festive Collection from Creative Expressions Dies
Snowflakes die-cuts (from my 'extras' box)
Copics/Promarkers/Flexmarkers
Stardust Stickles
Pearls - stash
Pearl Drops 

We've a prize for the winner of our Challenge this month -



Love the look on that little snake's face - he's a corker!

I do hope you can enter our challenge this month - as I said at the beginning there are sooooo many different types of leaves that represent Christmas and I for one just love using them.

Anyway must be orf now 'cos it's a busy time for us as we're going on holiday soon and I need to be organised - well I can only manage to be organised once a year and this is it!!!!

Soooo I'm sending you some big hugs and I'm looking forward to the sunshine!!!

Love to you all  Suexxx

Monday, 4 September 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 16 - LACE AND/OR PEARLS



Afternoon everyone - just posting my card for the IntAAS challenge this fortnight where our theme is Lace and/or Pearls!   For someone who rarely (if ever) has any baby cards to make, this is the second one I've posted in two days!!


I also made a box for this one 


Ingredients

7" x 7" White Pearl Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs (cut into a circle)
Digi Image - LOTV 'Balloon Basket'
Sentiment on card - LOTV Clear Stamp
First Edition - 'It's a Girl' 8" x 8" Paper Pad
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Circles Nestabilities dies
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Decorative Circles One Nestabilities dies
Spellbinders Dies - Opulant Ovals dies
Spellbinders Dies - Francy Frames and Tags Two die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Gypsophila die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Pine Cone Sprig die
PoppyStamps Dies - Garden Sprig die
Copic markers
Wild Orchid Crafts - flowers
Stardust Stickles
Lace/Pearls - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (FB)
Ribbon/Charm/Edging Peel Off - stash

I do hope you can enter our Lace and/or Pearls challenge (here) we'd love to see your creations.  You can also check out the work of the IntAAS team if you need any inspiration.

Lots of hugs to you all


Love Suexxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Sunday, 3 September 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - SEPTEMBER - KIDS AND BABIES


Good afternoon peeps - hope you are all feeling well and are enjoying the 'odd/few' hours of sunshine that we keep having!!!   Well I'm here to post my DT card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month.  I made this card a couple of months ago for a (swimming) friend who has just become a grandma!  When I saw our theme was 'Kids/Babies' I wanted to post this one as I was really pleased with it and I hadn't posted it before so here it is!


The lady I made this for is a really good friend to me and is always offering her support when we go swimming.  With her encouragement I've built up my 'lengths' from 10 - back in 2016 - to 70 which I did last Friday - 64 lengths equals a mile!!  Anyway she loved this 'cos she didn't expect it!!

Ingredients

7" x 7" White Pearl Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi Image - LOTV 'Heaven Sent'
Papers - LOTV 'Shabby Shack' 8" x 8" pad
'Stitched Cloud' die - Memory Box Dies 30053
Scalloped Round Frame die/Train die - Unbranded dies
Sentiment - Typed then 'Minc'd' on my foiling machine
Copic markers
Pearls - stash

I hope you can enter our challenge this month (here), there's a voucher for our winner from Wild Orchid Crafts - super!!!



Don't forget to check out the work of my teamies - they've popped some gorgeous work on the blog for you to look at.

Anyway must be off now - crafting to do, places to go, stash to buy!!!

Take care and lots of love to you all, especially those of you who are going through a bad time at the moment - I'm sending you big hugs of course.

Love Suexxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR ROUND - AUGUST - USE THE COLOUR YELLOW



Hi there - today I'm posting the mid-month reminder for the CCAYR challenge where our theme is 'Use Yellow'.  I must admit that I struggled with this one at first and then I found an LOTV Art Pad in my 'stash' and there's quite a bit of yellow in this image - thankfully!  After that it was easy - I suppose I'd never thought of the yellow glow from a light coming through a window - duh!   




I used quite a lot of gold sparkly bits on here too, just to bring out the yellow light from the window and the surrounding bricks.  Naturally this looks much more 'yellowy' irl!!!  Typical!     

Ingredients

6" x 6" white card blank - stash
Image - LOTV Art Pad 18 'Winter Wonderland'
First Edition Paper - 'Christmas Village' 8" x 8"
DCWV - 'Glitzy Pastels' stack 6" x 6"
Christmas sentiments - LOTV Christmas Label clear stamps
Crafts-Too Dies - Oval Stitch hole die
Creative Expressions Dies - Festive Collection 'Holly Accessory kit' dies
Stardust Stickles glue
Gems, Gold Glitzy tape, white tassel, snowflake dies - all unbranded

The prize this month is ...



We'd love to see your Christmas creations - using yellow - of course!  You can enter our challenge here.  While you're there why not check out the beautiful creative work of the two Teams.  

Anyway must be off to do a little bit of ironing, it's swimming tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it - I actually managed 50 lengths last Friday and 44 on Wednesday - wish they'd do an Olympics for OAPs, I'd enter!!   I'm kidding of course 'cos I would probably be giggling far too much to be able to swim!

Lots of big hugs to you all and take loads of care. 

Love Suexxx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges 

ABC Christmas Challenge - P Q and R - People, Quick and Red
Christmas Card Challenge No 19 - Anything Christmas Goes
Dream Valley Challenge No 161 - Christmas Animals

Sunday, 6 August 2017

INTERNATIONAL ART AND SOUL - CHALLENGE NO 14 - BOXES AND BAGS



Good afternoon everyone - hope you are having a good weekend - bit wet for August here though!!  Anyway - this fortnight over at International Art and Soul our theme is 'Boxes and Bags', so I decided to make a hexagonal gift box.

I asked the maestro to take a few pics showing different 'views' for you to check it out.





Ingredients

A3 Centura Pearl card - Crafters Companion
Hexagon Box die - Tattered Lace Dies
Hexagon Nesting Layers die - Tattered Lace Dies
Honeycomb Lattice die - Tattered Lace Dies
Flowers, leaf, tag dies - Unbranded
Penny Black Clear Stamps - 'Happy Snippets' sentiment stamp
Stamen punch - www.L-Em.com
Pearls - stash

Perhaps I should leave this lying around to see if the maestro can fill it with a nice little gift - sorry that was a daydream I was having!  LOL.  Bless him, he's always treating me so I'm not complaining at all.

We really would love to see your crafty bags or boxes so why not have a go and enter our challenge (here).  While you're at it, we'd love you to become a follower - that would be amazing.

Nip over to the blog to check out my teamies' creations - they are so talented and inspirational.

Big hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx


I would like to enter my gift box into the following challenges - 

That's Crafty Challenge - Anything but Cards

Saturday, 5 August 2017

CRAFTY CALENDAR CHALLENGE - AUGUST - SHAPED CARD


Hi there - today is the start of our challenge over at Crafty Calendar, we have two wonderful sponsors and I've been able to use a gorgeous image from Sheepski Designs for my 'shaped' card.  These two 'Fuzzy Friends' really are so cute - I used to collect bears, many moons ago, and I still love them loads.


As I said earlier we have two sponsors -



and 


therefore we are offering two winners' prizes!  I hope you can enter our challenge (here), you can do any crafty thing you like as long as it fits in with our theme.

Ingredients

6" x 6" white card blank - stash
Image - 'Fuzzy Friends' digi from Sheepski Designs
Spellbinders Dies - Grand Dahlia die (to form the flower shaped card)
Die-namics Dies - Wonky Circle Stitched die
Papers - 'Hugs with Henry' (free with magazine)
Penny Black Clear Stamps - 'Happy Snippets' sentiment stamp
Daisy, leaf, tag dies - unbranded
Flexmarkers

You have a whole month to enter and, don't forget, you can enter up to three items so lots of luck to you.  Oh and btw - we have now reached our (over) 1000 followers so Sue J will be sorting out the winners of our '!000 Followers' prizes.

Anyway must be off now 'cos it's almost dinner/tea time (wherever you are from!!).  Thank you for visiting my blog and if you leave a comment, I shall be chuffed to bits.  

Take care and hugs to you all.

Love Suexxx

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges -


Day Dreamer Challenge - Anything Goes
Star Stampz Challenge - Hand Coloured image