Monday, 5 December 2016


Good morning everyone - today I'm posting my last card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge DT for 2016!  I would just like to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all on the team and thank you for supporting over the past year.

I'm just going to pop this little note in here from our leader Sue J (aka OlliesMam) to remind you of what happens when/if we reach 1000 followers!

Just to remind everyone we have some fabulous prizes for when we reach 1000 followers!!!!! We are slowly getting there!!!! We have 925 followers!!!! won't be long until some lucky followers win our fab prizes!!! 

It's well worth entering our challenges 'cos we have some fabulous sponsors, this month we have Sami Stamps and she's giving us a $12 gift card for the winner.


Image - 'Christmas Morning Joy' from Sami Stamps
7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Craftwork Cards - 8" x 8" 'Festive Chalk Board' paper pad
First Edition - 8" x 8" 'Christmas Wishes' paper pad
Crafts-Too Dies - Square Stitch Hole die
Lea'bilities Dies - Christmas Pine Tree die
Memory Box Dies - Cosmic Star Border die
Craft Stash Creative Dies - Merry Christmas die
Leaves and Berries - ancient stash

Pop over to the Crafty Calendar Challenge site and check out the creations of my teamies - they are a talented bunch of peeps!  You have until 28 December to get your entries in and we love seeing them so I hope you can find a little time to do a project which fits our theme - it doesn't have to be a card either!!

Anyway lots of big hugs to you and please take care.

Love  Suexxx

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

A Snowflakes Promise Challenge No 34 - Winter
Country View Challenge (Dec) - Christmas (2)
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge No 1 - Magic of Christmas (2)
Creative with Stamps Challenge No 9 - Use Christmas Stamps (2)
Creatalicious Challenge No 104 - AG with the option of Christmas Colours (2)
Creative Inspirations Challenge No 263 - Christmas
Dies R Us Challenge No 62 - Christmas (2)
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge No 86 - Create a Christmas Card
Paper Creators Crafts Challenge No 54 - Christmas (2)
Pearly Sparkles Challenge No 10 - Merry Christmas (2)

Sunday, 4 December 2016


Hi there - first of all can I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the DT of Crafts Galore Encore!  Hope you have a great time, peaceful or chaotic!, with some crafty stuff in those stockings!!  Here's my last card for the team for 2016 and we have the ever popular Anything Goes theme this month.

This month we've been sponsored by Sherri Baldy and the prize is the three digis that the DT used for their creations!

As you can see they are all so different and I'm sure you'll like them all!

Please pop over to the Crafts Galore Challenge site to check out the creations made by my teamies.


Image - Little Dimples Happy Face Besties Img924
7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Paper - very old stash
Tonic Dies - Circle Layering die set
Tonic Dies - Pinhole Circle Layering die set
Creative Expressions Emb. Folder - Swirling Holly
Creative Expressions Dies - Festive Collection 'Classic Poinsettia'
Creative Expressions Dies - Festive Collection 'Filigree Poinsettia'
Creative Expressions Dies - Festive Collection 'Pine Bough'
Craft Stash Creative Dies - Magic and Sparkle die
Copics and Flexmarkers
Stardust Stickles
Christmas Red Stickles 
Red Pearls - stash

I do hope you can join in our challenge this month and we all look forward to seeing your brilliant creations.

Hugs to you all and please take care.

Love Suexxx

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

Creative with Stamps Challenge No 9 - Use Christmas Stamps
Creatalicious Challenge No 104 - AG with an option of Christmas Colours
Eclectic Ellapu Challenge (DEC/JAN) - Pink Team - Anything Christmas
Glitter 'n' Sparkle Challenge No 217 - Traditional Christmas Colours

Friday, 18 November 2016


 Hi everyone, here's my card for the CCAYR mid-month reminder.  Our theme is to use a Santa and/or an elf on your creations!  Don't forget you can make a card or anything paper crafty you like as long as it goes with the theme.

Our prizes this month - are

Prize No1
3 digis from

Prize No2

We have two prizes giving you two chances of winning - so come on and let's see your creations.  If you pop over to the Christmas Cards All Year Round site you can check out the creations from Team Gingerbread Gals  and Team Christmas Belles (this is the one I'm on - woo hoo!)


7" x 7" White Linen Finish card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - Santa clear stamp from Kanban ages ago!
12" x 12" paper from stash again bought ages ago!
Crafts-Too Presscut Dies - Rectangle nesting die
Sheena Douglass Festive Fancies Dies - Holly and Berry die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - 25th Dec die (love this one)
Copics and Flexmarkers
Stickles Stardust Glitter

Very ashamed to say that I've had these Kanban stamps for ages and have never used them - but I was delighted with the way they stamped, really clear and precise!  Will be getting the rest of them out and giving them a go methinks.

Anyway I'm keeping this one short - I've a few 'commissioned' cards to make for my ex-colleague pal and a few 'light-weight' ones for friends living abroad, not to mention my other DT cards and, as you all know, I'm not the quickest card maker in the world plus there's my 'degree' in procrastination - lol.

Please try and enter the challenge - your creations are also inspirational to us on the DT and we love seeing them all.

Big hugs to everyone and please take care.

Love Suexxx

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

Christmas at Sweet Stamping (Nov) - Anything Goes Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge No 390 - Christmas
Crafter's Cafe Challenge No 161 - Christmas Comes Early
Crafting Musketeers Challenge No 43 - Christmas Wishes
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge No 1 - Magic of Christmas
Cute Card Thursday Challenge No 452 - Christmas/Holidays
Double 'D' Challenge - Traditional Christmas colours
Open Minded Crafting Challenge No 11 - Christmas/Hanukkah
Sparkles Forum Challenge No 86 - Christmas is Coming
Sweet Stampers Challenge No 1 - Christmas

Sunday, 13 November 2016


Hi there everybody out there in blogland, I hope you are all feeling well even though it has been very soggy and cold (well at least here in Nottinghamshire)!  This is a card for the OSAAT challenge and as you can see this one is to do with autumn.  I have enjoyed myself soooo much blending Distress Inks on paper to make the colours for the die cut leaves - naturally I had ink everywhere superbly aided and abetted by the fluffy monster known as Biscuit who jumped onto my desk right in the middle of the blending procedure.  I've mentioned before that he has paws the size of coal shovels!  Needless to say I sent the maestro running after him with a wet wipe!  It was all worth it though, just look at the colours of the autumn leaves below.


7" x 7" Linen Finish White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - 'Pumpkin' by Crafty Girl Creations at Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
First Edition 8" x 8" paper pad - 'Falling Leaves'
Die-namics Dies - Cross Stitch Circle Stax die  
Spellbinders Dies - Assorted Leaves die
Sheena Douglass Dies - Acorn and Leaves die 
Graph'it Markers and Coloured pencils
Autumn Sentiment - by William Cullen Bryant 1794-1878
Hessian, 'twiddly bits' and red berries - stash

As usual there is a $10 prize for the winner to be used in the Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet

Why not join in our challenge this fortnight, you can make anything you like as long as you use the colours of Autumn or for my friends across the pond - Fall.

Lots of hugs to you all and take care in this horrible weather!

Love Suexxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Angie's Digital Stamps Challenge No 3 - Anything Goes (No twist)
Aud Sentiments Challenge No 168 - Anything Goes plus Sentiment
Dragonfly Dreams Challenge - Autumnal Colours
Happy Little Stampers Challenge (Nov) - Anything Goes with Dies

Sunday, 6 November 2016


Good afternoon friends and fellow bloggers - there's a proper nip in the air as I'm typing this so me cardigan is on!  When it gets any colder me liberty bodice comes out for an airing too!  Anyway as some of you may know autumn really is my favourite time of the year so, next to Christmas cards, I love creating cards using autumnal colours.  This is the theme at Crafty Calendar this month - so I am chuffed to bits!!  I've used a stamp from LOTV which I bought recently (Sue J please note - lol).


LOTV Clear Stamp - 'Hugs'
7" x 7" White 'Linen Finish' card blank - Anna Marie Designs
First Edition - 'Falling Leaves' 8" x 8" paper pad
Memory Box Open Studio - Leafy Foliage dies
Memory Box Open Studio - Stitched Octagon Layers dies
Marianne Creatives - Frame LR0279 dies
Woodware Clear Stamps - 'You Deserve a Hug' sentiment
Graph-it markers
Distress Ink pads
Gold Mist Spritz
Metal studs from stash

The little leaves took ages to do because I inked the card with various colours of Tim Holtz Distress Inks then die cut dozens of the bloomin' tiny things out and ... when they were all ready ... I thought they would look quite nice spritzed with some gold mist spray - shame I didn't think of it before I'd cut them out but hey ho!

I also used an Octagon shaped die to cut out the image and the frame around it - then I covered the whole thing with leaves - duh! - I should have used a plain old round die!  Just goes to show how my ideas/creations change humongously as they go on, no wonder my cards take ages to do!

Before I go I must tell you that we have two wonderful sponsors for November so we are giving prizes to two lucky winners!

Please join in and enter our challenge, we are really look forward to checking out your amazing projects in autumnal colours.

Bye for now, just off to do some ironing - how wonderful!  Back again soon.

Lots of big hugs to you all and take care.

Love Suexxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges -

Alphabet Challenge - R for Recipe (Sentiment, Digi/Stamp, Embossing)

Tuesday, 1 November 2016


Good afternoon fellow bloggers out there - this is my second card for CGE although I have to put my hands up and tell you that I forgot to post my first one!  I'm so sorry teamies I must have had a very senior moment or three!!!  Anyway our theme this month is Anything Goes and that's always a popular choice so we really do want to see your creations.  The amazing Nikki Burnette is offering a prize to the lucky winner, randomly drawn, at the end of the month.


7" x 7" Pearl finish white card - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - Fairy Stamp 'Cadence' by Nikki Burnette
'Blissful Pink' 7" x 7" paper pad - Anna Marie Designs
'Dress Shoppe' 8" x 8" paper pad - LOTV
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Double Stitched Oval 43 die
Memory Box Dies - Kaleidoscope Butterfly die
Copic Markers (plus one or two coloured pencils)
WOC flowers and leaves
Pearls - stash
Dazzlers - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies (FB)
Stardust Stickles

You really ought to pop over to check out the cards made by my new teamies - they are absolutely amazing - I am in awe of their talent!!!  Here's the link back to the Crafts Galore Encore blog so please enter a card or creation of your choice for us all to check out.

I'm off now 'cos I have to do a bit of exercise on my Wii!  My weight is going down again (after a long plateau of going neither up nor down!) and my 'naughty' cholesterol has lowered - ta da - which means the swimming etc is working.  Can't tell you how pleased I am that something is going right for once.  Oh and my leg is on the mend, despite the fact that the skin is peeling off in strips where it was swollen - yuk!  I'm using gallons of moisturiser and exfoliating gently - coo I really sound as if I know what I'm doing lol!

So it's cheers for now and I'm sending you lots of big hugs - take care and keep warm.  Just you be careful with those wet leaves Mrs J!!

Love Sue xxx

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

Cardz 4 Galz Challenge No 34 - Fairytale/Fantasy
Dream Valley Challenge No 143 - One for the Girls

Monday, 17 October 2016


Good morning everyone it's the mid month reminder for the CCAYR challenge and our theme is 'use a little or a lot of orange' on your Christmas creation!  I thought I might struggle with this because orange isn't a colour I've used a lot but I bought a brilliant digi from Lily of the Valley - I'm so pleased they've started doing digi images although I will admit to waiting until they have an offer on before I buy!!   I started off using just a little orange on my penguin's scarf then carried on with his umbrella and whilst it was drying I found - woo hoo - a First Edition paper pad with orange Christmas papers in it!!!

I'm quite pleased with how my card turned out and am so glad I found that paper pad - must keep it close 'cos I think I'll have to use it again!!!


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs 
Digi - 'Snow Flurries' from LOTV
First Edition - 'Christmas Joy' 8" x 8" paper pad
First Edition - 'Christmas Promise' 8" x 8" paper pad
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Double Stitch Squares Ref 42 die
Creative Expression Dies - Contemporary 'Happy Christmas' die
Sweet Dixie Dies - Snowflakes SDD007 dies
Memory Box Dies - Twilight Snowflakes die
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Small Snowflake SD439 die
Copics, Flexmarkers, Promarkers and Spectrum Noir marker pens
Scraps of patterned Mirri card

I hope you enter our Challenge this month especially as it's not much longer to Christmas so you do need to get cracking!  We are offering the following to our two winners

Prize #1
The sponsor is

Prize-3 digis

Prize #2 
Gingham Tape
October Afternoon Chip Alphabet
Your Next Stamp-Monty the Snake (unmounted rubber stamp)

I really enjoy making Christmas cards and would love it if you could join us.  Please take care out there in blogland.

Lots of big hugs and love    

Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges