Monday, 31 December 2012

A Year of Cards

Wow. I think I have made more than 175 cards this year. That is a lot! It's just a rough estimate so no going back through the blog just to check whether I'm right or not.

I thought I'd pick some of my favourites to look back on and as I look at them just now these are my favourites but that may change...



















I hope you enjoyed my wee look through my cards. Thank you so much for being here in 2012, your love and support means more than you could ever know.

The only thing that remains for me to say is that I wish you a safe and peaceful new year. See you in 2013.

  Hugs. Susan xxx

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Peek A Boo

Just a quickie... 

This must be the last Christmas card! Well, I think I've shown you them all. This is the image I should have used a few weeks ago for a Totally Papercrafts challenge and I've tried to stick to the sketch that Lisa set!



Stamps 
Dan - Digi Stamp Boutique
Grunge Christmas Sentiment - Lili of the Valley

 Colouring Medium 
Copics 
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
Bo Bunny
Stampin' Up

Embellishments 
Snow
Bakers Twine
Peg
Glamour Dust

 Tools 
Fancy Label Nesties
Big Shot

Thanks for dropping by today. 

 Hugs. Susan xxx

Monday, 24 December 2012

Oh Look, It's Them Again!

I have to say of all the digi images that I've bought I've used this one from Tiddly Inks more than any other. And yet, I'm not as fed up with them as I am with snowmen ;)

This is card I was asked to make for some folks who were celebrating their 21st Wedding Anniversary. I decided to give the lady a purple dress this time and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.




Stamps 
You and Me Baby - Tiddly Inks

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper
From Stash

Embellishments 
Flowers and Pearls from stash

 Tools 
Labels 8 Nesties
Decorative Labels 8 Nesties
Cuttlebug

 Thanks for dropping by today. I'm off to brave the shops one last time before we start checking Santa's progress on the Norad map from lunchtime and then we've got the Family Service at 7pm in the church. And possibly, if I'm still awake the Watchnight service too.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Sunday, 23 December 2012

One Stop Craft Challenge - Better late than never

Sorry, better late than never. This should have been posted yesterday but thanks to a bout of food poisoning I was laid up in bed all of yesterday so it didn't get done. Along with lots of other things that were on my to do list. So, now Christmas can't happen till about Thursday....

There's a new challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge and it's our last until 12th January so you've got some time to join in with this one.

This time our theme is

Inpsired by A Christmas Song

We're sponsored this week by Prairie Fairy.

Unfortunately I haven't managed to use a Prairie Fairy image as they arrived after I had packed up my craft stuff so we can use the dinner table. Not to worry though I still have a few cards to share before the end of 2012.

I've used this fab image from LOTV and I'm sure you can guess which song it was inspired by - Oh Christmas Tree.



Stamps 
My Christmas Tree - Lili of the Valley
Christmas Grunge Sentiment - Lili of the Valley

 Colouring Medium
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

Embellishments 
Snow and Pearls from Stash

 Thanks for dropping by today. Hugs. Susan xxx

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Creative Craft Challenges

Morning all. 

One week to go :) 

So it's time now for the last Creative Craft Challenges challenge before Christmas.

This week our theme is 

Non Traditional Christmas
(no reds or greens)

We're sponsored this week by Robyn's Fetish and Crafty Ribbons.

I thought I wasn't going to get a card done this week and unfortunately haven't managed to use one of the sponsor's images they were kind enough to send.  However, I was asked by one of the girls in the school office to make a purpley Christmas card for Mum and Dad with a sentiment that would make Mum cry... 



I am off to deliver the card up to school. I'm in school today to help with the Santa draw. It's an annual highlight (for me, not the children).

 Thanks for dropping by today. Remember to drop by Creative Craft Challenges to see the rest of the inspiration the DT have left for you and perhaps even enter with your Non Traditional Colour Christmas cards.

 Hugs. Susan xxx

Monday, 17 December 2012

Love to Create Challenge

Morning all, it's Monday and it's time for a new challenge at Love to Create. This is our last one until 2013! This time next week it will be Christmas Eve. I will be beyond excited by then. We'll be watching Santa's progress through the world on the map and doing all sorts of Christmassy things :) 

However, for now, you want to know what the challenge theme is don't you?! Well this week it's 

Winter Fun

We're sponsored this time by QKR Stampede and Dearie Dolls who were kind enough to give the DT some images to play with. I've used a QKR Stampede for mine. And I've gone WOW again... 


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday

Stamps 
Picking a Tree - QKR Stampede

Colouring Medium
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock
White card from stash

Embellishments 
Snow - B&M Home Store
Pom Pom from stash
Glamour Dust

 Tools 
Tree Die - Marianne Design

 Thanks for dropping by today. Remember to pop over to Love to Create and see the rest of the Winter Fun inspiration the DT have left for you and perhaps even join in with our challenge.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Alison's Candy

Just popped on quickly to tell you that my lovely bloggy friend and fellow Sweetie Alison has some fabby candy on offer. Check out her blog for some of her gorgeous Cheery Lynn creations :)



I'm watching the Strictly results... Lisa *should* go but I have my doubts to be honest.


Susan xxx

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Lorraine's Candy

Just popped back to let you know that the very lovely Mrs B has some candy on offer to celebrate her blogaversary.



Susan xxx

One Stop Craft Challenge

Hello again, it's time now for my One Stop Craft Challenge card, please scroll down if you want to see my Sweet Stampin' one.

This week at OSCC our theme is

Distressed Christmas

We're sponsored by Fred She Said who were kind enough to give the DT some images to play with. 

I have used Emma the Carolling Angel for my card and I'm really pleased with the way she's turned out and I wasn't at all distressed making her. In fact, I had a lot of fun playing with the Distress It All tool!!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything Christmas Goes
Crafts and Me - Why So Blue (no blues)
Ladybug Crafts - Christmas
Divas by Design - Use Some Red

Stamps 
Emma the Carolling Angel - Fred She Said
Ticket Stamp - Tim Holtz

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

Embellishments
Glamour Dust (which was Cass' idea but I am loving the gold glamour dust.. *wonders if too late to ask Santa for some*)

 Tools
Distress it All Electric Distresser

Thanks for dropping by today. Remember to pop over to OSCC and join in the fun!

That's it from me today - enjoy your Saturday - stay safe and warm! I'm looking forward to the Strictly semi final tonight and can't wait for next week's final!!

Hugs. Susan xxx

Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Morning all, this is my first post of the day, my One Stop Craft Challenge card will be along shortly but for now I want to tell you of the new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'.

This week our theme is

Santa Claus is Coming To Town
(your creation must feature Santa!)

Simples eh? I was very excited making this card. Think it brought it home how close it actually is. 

We're sponsored this week by Day for Daisies who are offering a $12 certificate to the winner and our monthly sponsor Joanna Sheen is offering a £10 gift voucher to the monthly winner.

So here he is in all his glory! Santa.




Challenges I'd Like to Enter
The Sugar Bowl - Sketch
Charisma Cardz - Christmas Makes
Pixie Dust Studio - Traditional Christmas Colours
Winter Wonderland - Oh Christmas Tree

Stamps 
Santa - Funky Kits
Christmas Grunge Senitment - Lili of the Valley

Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock
From stash

Paper 
Trimcraft

Embellishments 
Berries from stash
Glossy Accents
Glamour Dust
Snow - B&M Home Store
Jingle Bell - Docrafts

Tools
Oval Nesties
Holly Die - Marianne Designs (I think)

Pop over to the Sweet Stampin' blog to see the rest of the Santa inspiration the Sweeties have left for you and join in with the fun, as long as you don't forget Santa and to stamp!

 Back soon!

 Susan xxx

Friday, 14 December 2012

Totally Papercrafts Challenge

Morning all.

It's Friday so you know what that means it's time for a new challenge at Totally Papercrafts and this time it's our lovely Lisa to set the challenge and she wants us to use this sketch.  This is our last challenge of 2012 but we'll be back in January with some exciting changes!



We're sponsored this week by Digi Stamp Boutique who were kind enough to give the DT some images to play with but when I was making my card I forgot I had requested an image.... and made this one instead! Oops.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
By The Cute and Girly - Red White and Blue
Here Come the Boys - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Oh No! Snow!
Pause Dream Enjoy - Snow
Lili's Little Fairies - Something New (stamps are both new as are the Nesties!)
DYSU - Christmas
Craft Us Crazy - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
CRAFT - Winter

Stamps 
My Big Snowball - Lili of the Valley
Christmas Grunge Sentiment - Lili of the Valley

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarker

Cardstock
From stash

Paper
Bo Bunny

  Embellishments 
All from stash
Snowballs, Snow, Glossy Accents, Doiley, Glamour Dust

 Tools 
Fancy Tag Nesties
Cuttlebug

Thanks for dropping by today. Remember to pop by Totally Papercrafts to see the sketchy inspiration my fellow teamies have left for you. They may even have used a sponsor's image or two ;) and why not have a go using the sketch, you must have some last minute Christmas cards to make *coughs* Mine are so last minute I'm going to Asda!!!

 Hugs. 
 Susan xxx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

You Rock!

Morning. 

Another busy day ahead trying to get organised before the boys stop next week and I don't get any time to get anything done!

Still got a few presents to buy and yes, I still have Christmas cards to make.... I really really should start.

However, it's not a Christmas card I have for you today. It's a birthday card I was asked to do for an Auntie... a rock chick Auntie.  And apparently I got it right, the Auntie in question has boots like these, has had purple hair and her husband plays the guitar.... 




Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps 
Vikki Lee Vicious - Kenny K
sentiment from Dienamics set

Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

Embellishments 
From Stash

Tools 
Nestie (but can't remember which one)
Cuttlebug

Thanks for dropping by today. Hugs. Susan xxx

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Creative Craft Challenges

Morning all, it's time for a new challenge at Creative Craft Challenges and just to keep you on your toes, this challenge is only a week long!

This week we want to see 
whi
Humorous Cards

We're sponsored this week by Bugaboo.

This is my card for the challenge. I was asked to make a card and try and make using this particular image and colour the little boy's top so he would be wearing our rugby club colours. Now there aren't many Christmas papers that come in green, purple, gold and black... so I was kinda stuck until I hit on the idea of making him look like he was sitting at window. It's not the best picture in the world but it looked ok when I took it and I've now given the card to the friend who ordered it so there you go...


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Cupcake - Merry Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Songbird - Merry Christmas Everybody
Cutie Pie - Cute Christmas

Stamps 
Dear Santa - Ladybug Crafts Ink

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

 Tools 
Bunting Die - Memory Box
Window Die - Cheery Lynn

 Thanks for dropping by today. Hugs. Susan xxx

Monday, 10 December 2012

Love To Create Challenge

Morning all, it's time for a new challenge at Love to Create and this week our challenge is really easy *coughs*

Anything Goes

We're sponsored by Sassy Studio and Beccy's Place. I've used a Sassy Studio image for my card.

Now be warned. I hate this card. No really, I do. It's horrible. When I chose the image I thought Tinkerbell and Anything Goes... piece of cake. Nope, couldn't be more wrong. So we'll just gloss over it and move on.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps 
Tinkerbell - Sassy Studio
Sentiment - Ladybug Crafts Ink

 Colouring Medium 
Promarkers
Copics

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

  Embellishments 
From stash

 Tools 
Circle and Scalloped Circle Nesties
Cuttlebug

Remember to drop by Love to Create and see the rest of the inspiration from the DT (which are all much better than mine!) and have a go at this week's challenge.

 Thanks for dropping by today. Enjoy your Monday!

Hugs. 
 Susan xxx

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Butterfly Baby

A few weeks ago I was asked to make a card for a couple who were celebrating the arrival of their newly adopted daughter.  This is what I came up with. I think that perhaps the babygro is a little on the too dark side of **** but that's what happens when you don't do that colour. You don't really have the available pens to colour it in!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps 
Butterfly Baby - Saturated Canary

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From Stash

 Embellishments 
Pearls, Flowers and Ribbon from stash
Liquid Pearls

 Tools 
Label Nesties
Big Shot

Thanks for dropping by today. We're off to the Christmas party at the rugby club today. I'm going to be there on the cake stall and I am taking some cards along although I've done a Christmas fair before and sold nothing so I'm not holding out any hope of making my fortune!  Have a good Sunday.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Saturday, 8 December 2012

One Stop Craft Challenge

Morning all. It's time for a new challenge over at One Stop Craft Challenge and this week our challenge is 

Christmas Friends

We're sponsored by Saturated Canary and the fabulous Krista gave the DT some images to play with.

I've used Christmas Angel for my card and gone for a traditional red! I might use her again before I've finished making Christmas cards.. Maybe...




Challenges I'd Like To Enter
Fussy and Fancy - I Love Christmas
Papertake - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
CRAFT Challenge - Christmas

Stamps 
Christmas Angel - Saturated Canary
Grunge Christmas Sentiment - LOTV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock
Kraft from stash

Paper 
Home for Christmas - Papermania

Embellishments 
Bakers Twine from stash
Glossy Accents
Glamour Dust

Tools 
Fancy Label Nesties
Wonky Rectangle Nesties
Cuttlebug


 Thanks for dropping by today. Remember to check out the DT inspiration at OSCC and join in the fun!

Hugs. Susan xxx

Friday, 7 December 2012

Totally Papercrafts Challenge

Morning all, it's time for a new challenge at Totally Papercrafts and our lovely Sue has set the theme this week and it's

For The Boys

We're sponsored this week by Simon Says.

And this is my card. This is the card I orginally made for a TPC challenge back in October well I was late because we were decorating so it has been sitting unloved on the desktop of the laptop since then.


Challenges I'd Like To Enter


Charisma - Christmas
Papertake - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
CRAFT Challenge - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Red and Green
Craft Us Crazy - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like....

Stamps 
Kenny K
Sentiment, Ladybug Crafts Ink

Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

Embellishments 
Jingle Bells, Bakers Twine and Pearls from Stash
Fluffy Stuff, Woodware

 Tools 
Fancy Label Nesties, Cuttlebug

Thanks for dropping by today. Remember to pop over to TPC to see the rest of the male inspiration the DT have left for you.

Have a great Friday.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

Well, it's finally here... the first challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and it's a really easy one to get us started...

Anything Goes

(with a proviso... your creation has to be Christmassy) but what could be a simpler way of breaking us in gently before our first challenge in January.

We're sponsored this time by Funky Kits and the winner will receive some surprise stamps


 and by Letraset who are offering the winner a set of Promarkers.


 
The new DT is announced today too so go and visit our blog and give them some love!

This is my card for the challenge.

I saw a stamp with "Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle" at the SECC in October and thought it would be perfect for this stamp (Stroppy Cow as I like to call her), however, the stamp was £7.99 and I decided I wasn't paying that for it!

I think there's not "enough" on this card and that it actually lacks something but I'm not sure what it is.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps
It's My Party - Lili of the Valley

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock
Crumb Cake - Stampin Up

Paper 
Dovecraft

 Embellishments 
Pearls from stash
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding - Stampin Up

 Tools 
Oval Nesties, Big Shot

Thanks for dropping by today. I'm off to get all festive. The BB have organised an evening of Christmas songs in the church which includes all of the organisations in the church so looking forward to that. (well, apart from the bits that I have to sing in....)

Hugs. 
 Susan xxx

Monday, 3 December 2012

Love to Create Challenge

Morning all. A very good morning to you. 3 weeks and it'll be Christmas Eve... *squeals*

It's time for a new challenge at Love to Create  and this week our challenge theme is 

Holiday Cheer

We're sponsored this week by Bugaboo who gave the DT some images to play with.

This is my card... and I've also added the song which inspired this card. It's a song called Elf's Lament by Barenaked Ladies from one of our favourite albums called Barenaked For The Holidays.  The elf in the song is complaining that there's no union - they're only through when they outdo the competition... so I decided to give the Elf in the Pocket a sign and just in case you can't read the sentiment it says.

"There's a list for who's been naughty or nice but consider the price to an elf"


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas Time

Stamps 
Elf in Pocket, Bugaboo

Colouring Medium
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

Embellishments 
Glossy Accents

Tools
Deckled Rectangle Nesties, Big Shot




 Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you enjoyed my card and my song! For more Holiday Cheer remember to pop over to Love to Create and see what the rest of the DT have done.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Saturday, 1 December 2012

One Stop Craft Challenge

This is my second post today - please scroll down for my Sweet Stampin DT card.

It's now time for a new challenge at One Stop Craft Challenges and this week our theme is

Christmas For Boys

Back in my comfort zone ;)

We're sponsored this week by Bugaboo who gave us some images to play with.

I had a lot of fun making this card, imagining the story behind it.... it's Rudolph hoping that he will be picked to pull Santa's sleigh - as you can see from all the reindeer names which I've put on little strips of card inside the die cut pocket... Well, I liked my wee story :) 


Challenges I'd Like To Enter
Allsorts - Advent

Pixie Dust - Holiday Creations
Cards For Men - Merry Christmas
Copic Marker Europe - A Christmas Card

Stamps 
Reindeer Pocket, Bugaboo
Christmas Tree Greeting, Hobbycraft

Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

Embellishments 
Card Candy, Craftwork Cards

 Tools 
Pocket Die, Sizzix
Glossy Accents


 Thanks for dropping by today. Enjoy your Saturday - I'm hoping for a nice relaxing one...

 Hugs. Susan xxx

Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Morning all. It's December! And you know what that means.... yes, I have even less time left to make Christmas cards ;)

It's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and this week our theme is 

Ribbons and Snowflakes

We're sponsored this week by Crafty Ribbons and The Stamp Fairy who gave the DT some images to play with. And the lovely Joanna Sheen is our monthly sponsor and offering a £10 voucher to the monthly winner.

Can I just say, lovely though the image is I am sick of snowmen....


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Cute Card Thursday - Snowflakes
Oldie But A Goodie - Let It Snow (papers were a freebie from a magazine aeons ago)
Paper Make Up Stamps - Christmas
2 Sisters - Christmas Sparkle
The Crafty Pad - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas
Divas By Design - Glitter and Sparkle
Fussy and Fancy - I Love Christmas
Crafts For Eternity - I Love Christmas
My Time to Craft - Snowmen
Stamps 
Stamp Fairy
Grungy Christmas Sentiment - LOTV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

 Cardstock
Pool Party, Stampin Up
Red from stash

Paper 
Bo Bunny

Embellishments 
Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Stampin Up
Snowflake Charm, from stash

 I will be back later for my One Stop Craft Challenge card.

Susan 
xxx

Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Morning all, it's Saturday and that means it's time for a new challenge at   Sweet Stampin '.  This week our theme is Doodli...