Friday, 30 November 2012

Totally Papercrafts Challenge

 Morning everyone. Brrr.... It's a bit chilly again! 

It's time for a new challenge over at Totally Papercrafts and this week it's the turn of the lovely Cathy to set the theme and this week she would like to see...

Anything Christmassy But A Card

Oooh, get your thinking caps on!

We are sponsored this week by Wild Rose Studio who are offering two stamps of the winners choice.

And so to my creation.... which started out to be an advent calendar, then a countdown to Christmas, then a candle and finally I settled on a door hanging.   I think this will be for the living room door so that Santa knows where to leave presents (and to stop any fighting between children cos I ain't making another!)




Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Ribbon or Trim
Stampavie - Anything But a Square
The Paper Shelter - Christmas is Coming
Dutch Dare - Winter Wonderland
Papertake - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - No Squares Allowed
Make it Monday

Stamps 
Christmas Eve Boy - LOTV
Grunge Sentiment - LOTV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 

From stash

Embellishments 
Ribbon from stash
Wooden House and Bell from stalls at the Country Living Christmas Fair!
Pearls, Star Gems, and Twine from Stash
Peg - Hobbycraft
Stickles

Tools 
Large Labels - Go Kreate
Big Shot Pro
Big Bite

Remember to pop over to Totally Papercrafts and see the rest of the inspiration my teamies have left, I'm sure you'll agree they're fab (that's the inspiration as well as the girls)!

 Thanks for dropping by today. Hugs. Susan xxx

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Best Get A Wiggle On

Good grief, it's the 29th November! It's nearly Christmas.... I had better get some Christmas cards made... Or maybe I could just post one on here with my good wishes for a Merry Christmas and that would do?! What do you think? Could I get away with it? 

This time last year I asked my friend to nag me into making at least 10 cards every month so that by the time I got to December I'd have loads of them... And he did, for the first few months, but I kept muttering excuses so he stopped asking...

So....lots of work to be done. *gulp*

Couple of cards to share today but they were for the same couple. Someone at Andy's work asked if I could do her a card for friends of hers who were having a civil ceremony in New York. I thought this Tiddly Inks image of Charles and his tulips was perfect. But how to move them so there would be two and they would look like they were standing together. Cass and I fought for ages with Microsoft Word cos we wanted them closer together than they actually are but this was the best we could do. I think it works though.

A couple of weeks before the couple were due to wed I was asked to do another card that would be from one of the guys' mum. I have no idea who picked which card though but they phoned Denise to say how much they loved both cards.

There, is, however, a story attached to the second card. Denise sent me a note via Andy to give me the names and the date for the card. The couple were getting married on 18th November in New York and she needed the card for 2nd November which was when they were having the party. I thought it was a bit odd that they were having a wedding reception before the actual wedding but the customer is always right so I printed the details and gave the cards to Andy to take to work.  Then he phoned to say I'd put the wrong date and it should be the 18th October.... mmmmmm, not the information on the letter but hey ho. I printed another insert and the problem was sorted :) 



Stamps 
Charles and Tulips, Tiddly Inks

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From Stash

  Embellishments 
Pearls from Stash

 Tools 
Swirl Sizzlit, Cuttlebug





Cardstock/Paper 
From Stash

 Embellishments 
Pearls and Ribbon From Stash

 Tools 
Divine Swirls Embossing Folder
Cuttlebug

Thanks for dropping by today. 

 Hugs. Susan xxx

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

OK, Who Left the Freezer Door Open?!

It is absolutely freezing. I am thinking of going to get my gloves so that fingers will be warm and I'll be able to type!!

I have been at the Crafty Cabin today as Cass is busy tomorrow making 239347593745 cupcakes for her son's school Christmas Fayre on Friday. I got quite a lot done but sadly as I've been at Anchor Boys tonight it's all still lying in my bags ready to be worked on. Not tonight though.... 

This is a card I made a few weeks ago as Andy's boss was leaving and Andy asked me to do a car for him. I had to make it quite big as it was for the whole office to sign.


Challenges I'd Like To Enter
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes

Stamps 
Truck Meljens Designs
Gingham Stamp - Waltzingmouse

 Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From Stash

 Embellishments 
  Bamboo Skewers!

 Thanks for dropping by tonight. I am off to bed with my book, it might be warmer there ;) Stay warm and safe wherever you are.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Creative Craft Challenges

Morning all, time for a new challenge over at Creative Craft Challenges and this fortnight we want to see

White on White Christmas

What could be simpler eh?!

We're sponsored this time by Stamping Dragon who gave the DT some images to play with. 

And here is my effort, not overly sure of this one - I think my mojo has hit the wall as far as snowmen are concerned!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Oldie But A Goodie - Let it Snow (the snowflake vellum has been lying about for ages, and the cuttlebug embossing folder is an oldie too)

Stamps 
Stamping Dragon

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

 Embellishments 
Sparkly Snowball Gems from stash
Glitter snow - B&M 
Stickles

 Tools 
Snowflake Corner Die - Memory Box
Snow Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to pop over to Creative Craft to see the rest of the WOW inspiration my fellow teamies have left for you.

Hugs. 
 Susan xxx

Monday, 26 November 2012

Ellie's Birthday Candy

My lovely friend Cathy has some candy on offer in honour of her beautiful daughter Ellie's 8th birthday on 7th December. Ellie and her sister Beth are two of Scott's best friends (it says so in his school book) and he even drew a picture of Ellie to illustrate his little story :) Aww. Bless.

Anyway, pop over to Cathy's blog and check out her candy.



Susan xx

Love to Create Challenge

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

Non Traditional Holiday Colours

so, no red and green on your Christmas cards then!

We're sponsored this week by Meljen's Designs who were kind enough to give the DT some images to play with.

I must admit I did struggle a bit with this. I was going to go with blue but decided that you see those on Christmas cards a lot now so was a bit stuck. Then Cass suggested Kraft... and so, a card was born.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Meljen's Designs - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Winter Wonderland
Dream Valley - Non Traditional Christmas
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas
Stamping for the Weekend - Use Some Texture (the snow!)
Whoopsi Daisy - Use a Digi
Ladybug Crafts - Monochrome/Tonal
Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas Anything Goes

Stamps 
Meljen's Designs
Sentiment, LOTV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock
Kraft

Paper 
Kraft Pack, LOTV

Embellishments 
Glitter snow, B&M Home Store
Peg, Hobbycraft
Pearls from stash

Tools 
Label Nesties
Cuttlebug

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to pop over to Love to Create and check out the rest of the non traditional inspiration the DT have left for you!

Enjoy your Monday - I'm waiting in for the man from Sky. I'm bored already ;)

Hugs. Susan xxx

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Happy Birthday Sweet Stampin'

3 years old :) 

And to celebrate our birthday at Sweet Stampin there is some fabby birthday candy on offer - a pack of pens from Letraset and some fabby stamps courtesy of Funky Kits. 

Our new challenge is 

Flowers

so an easy one this week.... maybe ;)

So, hop on over to Sweet Stampin' and enter the candy and the challenge this week, but please please don't forget to stamp your creation!

 Susan 
x

One Stop Craft Challenge

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

Vintage Christmas

Oh this was a challenge for me as I had no idea what I was going to do as it's not really my style (if I actually have one) so I called on my good friend Lorraine who is an expert on Vintagey looking cards, she's so good at it.

Strangely, I picked the papers before the image! This LotV girlie was stamped with DI before coloured her in with DI's too. Another departure for me. I'm pretty pleased with the results.  Lorraine subscribes to Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace's Kits and the Nesties are new (not out till next year that she got in one of those kits)

Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Polka Doodles - Any Die Will Do
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Put a Bow on It
Lili's Little Fairies - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Girls Only

Stamps 
Christmas Candle and Christmas Grunge Sentiment, LOTV

Colouring Medium
Distress Inks, Tim Holtz

Cardstock
Crumb Cake, Stampin Up

Paper 
MME

Ink
Distress Inks

Embellishments 
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Stampin Up
Pearls from Stash

Tools 
Nesties, Amazing Paper Grace (only available in kit)
Big Shot

Thanks for dropping by today. We're off to the Badminton Championships today, Craig is taking part in some activities and we've got tickets for the quarter and semi finals!

Remember to pop over to OSCC to check the rest of the Vintage inspiration the DT have left for you.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Totally Papercrafts Challenge

Morning all, it's time for a new challenge over at Totally Papercrafts and this time it's my turn to host. Today I've chosen the theme....

Stitched Up

So, some real or faux stitching on your cards/papercraft creations this week please I don't mind which!

We're sponsored this week by A Day for Daisies who gave the DT some images to play with. Now I picked this image months ago when Christmas cards were the last thing on my mind. Now, I think I might scream if I see another snowman.... 

I may have taken the whole stitching thing a wee bit too far... even the paper has stitching on it and I've tried to go for a patchwork effect!



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Crafty Creations - Christmas is Coming
Make it Monday
Anything Goes - Real or Faux Stitching

Stamps 
Snowman, A Day For Daisies
Sentiment, Stampin Up

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Card
Real Red, Stampin Up

Paper 
Home for Christmas, Papermania

Embellishments 
Snow, Hobbycrafts
Stickles

 Tools 
Octagon Nesties, Big Shot

 Thanks for dropping by today. Remember to pop over to Totally Papercrafts to see my fellow teamies cards!

Have a great Friday.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Delia (but not Smith)

So, here we are in the middle of another week. I cannot believe that we're nearly at the end of November, it seems like only yesterday that I said I couldn't believe it was November!

This is another of the cards I made for my former colleague which was the last birthday of the year in the wee team I used to work in.

I've paper pieced Delia's dress. These images are fab to that with... oh, I've just had an idea.... now, I need to write that down before I forget the idea (as is usually the case).


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Stamps 
Delia, Funkykits
Sentiment, Stampin Up

 Colouring Medium 
Copics and Promarkers
Cardstock/Paper
From stash

Embellishments 
Flowers and pearls from stash, glamour dust

 Tools 
Label Nesties, Cuttlebug

 Thanks for dropping by today. Enjoy your Wednesday. I'm off out for a wee while and then I'll be off to Anchor Boys this evening. 

Hugs. Susan xxx

Monday, 19 November 2012

Love to Create Challenge

Morning all, a very good Monday morning to you. Can you believe we're in Mid November already?! Where does the time go?

Well, it's time for a new challenge at Love to Create and in honour of our American friends the challenge this week is 

Give Thanks 

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

This was a little out of my comfort zone - I've never made a Thanksgiving card and I've never coloured in fruit for a card before - there's usually a person involved in the image..... Never mind, that's why it's a challenge eh? 

I've even done a spot of paper piecing on this card so I'd get a kinda wooden fruit bowl effect. I'm quite pleased with it.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Aud's Sentiments - Thankful Inspiration
Stamps
Robyn's Fetish
Sentiment, Hero Arts

Colouring Medium
Copics 

Cardstock/Paper
From Stash

Embellishments 
Buttons, Twine and Ribbon from stash
Glossy Accents

Tools
Large Label dies, Go Kreate
Tag die, Go Kreate

Remember to pop over to Love to Create to see the rest of the inspiration the DT have left for you. 

Thanks for dropping by today. 

Hugs. Susan xxx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Lazin' On A Sunday Afternoon

And it's very nice to do so! Scott is building Lego, Craig is on his laptop and Andy and I are just relaxing with a cup of tea. It's that kind of Sunday :) 

There are loads of things I *should* be doing but pfft to that. 

Yesterday, I sorted colour sorted some Lego for Scott into bags cos I was fed with him asking me to look in the massive Lego box for one piece or another. He has just tipped each of the bags out back into the box..... *and breathe*

So, to today's card. A girl at Andy's work asked me to make a card for her Mum   and to try and incorporate sunflowers. Boy what a hard job I had looking for something that I liked and felt I could work with - then after I was finished the card later on that week when I was doing my DT commenting I saw loads of stuff that would have done instead of the stamp I did end up using.

This is Molly in her Garden from Molly Blooms and I've teamed it with the Daisy Bunch stamp (and tried to make them look like sunflowers) - so there was a spot of masking involved here too.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Oldie but a Goodie - Anything but Christmas (no idea how long that paper has been in my stash for!)
Papertake - Flower Power

Stamps 
Molly in the Garden and Daisy Bunch, Molly Blooms
Sentiment, Stampin Up

Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper 
From Stash - been there a long long time!

Embellishments 
Flowers and Pearls from stash

 Thanks for dropping by today. I'm looking forward to the curry that Andy is making for dinner and the Strictly results show. Who's going tonight?! I think Michael and Nicky for the bottom two.

 Hugs. Susan xxx

Saturday, 17 November 2012

One Stop Craft Challenge

This is my second post of the day. Please scroll down for my Sweet Stampin' DT card.

It's time for another challenge now over at One Stop Craft Challenge and this week we want to see 

Monotone

So one colour (apart from skin and hair) please!
We're sponsored this week by Meljen's Designs and Whiff of Joy

Here's my card for this week's challenge. I can't tell you how pleased I am with the hair! Kinda wish I had hair that colour. I haven't used this stamp in a long time but I think she might get another outing before too long.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Sugar Bowl - Sketch (and option of Sparkle and Shine)
Sugar Nellie Facebook Group - Red
Paperplay - Paper Piecing
Anything Goes - Stitching (Real or Faux)
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas

Stamps 
Bumblebee, Funky Kits
Sentiment, Stampin Up

Colouring Medium
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock
Diamond White, The Papeterie

Paper 
Docrafts

Ink 
Raspberry Ripple, Stampin Up

Embellishments 
Pearls from Stash
Doiley from Stash

Tools 
Oval Punch, Stampin Up
Oval Nesties
Cuttlebug
Red Glitter Gel Pen

Remember to hop over to OSCC to see the rest of the inspiration the DT have left for you.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Morning all, it's Saturday and it's a Team Fi week over at Sweet Stampin' and our theme for you this week is

Snow People

So we'd like to see some Snowmen/ladies/babies..... people in the snow... you   get the idea ;) And before you crack any jokes, we've done them all this week! Snow joke you know ;)

Our sponsors this week are Di's Digi Downloads and Bugaboo and our monthly sponsor is Joanna Sheen

Bugaboo were kind enough to give the DT some images to play with so here is my card...

Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Craft Punked - Anything Goes
Stampavie - Swirls and Pearls
My Mum's Craft Shop - Winter Wonderland
Crafty Catz - Let's See Some Sparkle
4 Crafty Chicks - Winter Wonderland
Crimbo Crackers - Snowmen
Joanna Sheen - Cold and Frosty
There She Goes - Let it Snow
Bunny Zoe - Winter

Stamps 
Make it Snappy,Bugaboo

Colouring Medium
Copics

Cardstock
Baja Breeze, Stampin Up

Paper 
Dovecraft (I think, I've lost the packet but it is this year's!)

Embellishments 
Glamour Dust
Stickles
Pearls from stash

Tools 
Snowflake Border, Memory Box

Remember to pop over to Sweet Stampin and see the rest of the inspiration the Sweeties have left for you. 

But before I go....
How does a snowman get to work...
By icicle
*groans* Sorry!

 Please pop back shortly and see my DT card for OSCC.

Hugs. Susan xxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Totally Papercrafts Challenge

It's Friday!! Woohoo. And you know what that means don't you?! Yip. It's time for a new challenge at Totally Papercrafts.

This week our lovely Lisa has picked the theme and she wants to see 

Clean and Simple - Black and White

Your card or project should have a Clean and Simple (CAS) design. The colour scheme should be primarily black and white but an accent colour(in your image or an embellishment) is fine.

We're sponsored this week by Meljen's Designs.

And here is my card. Haven't used this image for ages.... well, at least a week. But this is the first time I've used it for a wedding card! My friend asked me to make a card for her cousin's wedding so I decided to go for a kind of CAS look. (this is about as CAS as I can do!)


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Card Mania - Embossing

Stamps 
You and Me - Tiddly Inks

Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

Cardstock
Diamond White, The Papeterie

Embellishments 
Ribbon and gem from stash

Tools 
Oval Nestie, Fancy Tag Nestie, D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder, 6x6 Corner Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug

Remember to pop over to Totally Papercrafts to see the rest of the inspiration the DT have left. 

 Thanks for dropping by today. Enjoy your Friday!

Hugs. Susan xxx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Nurse, Pass The Smelling Salts

Busy busy busy today. I'm off up to school shortly. Scott's class has been participating in football sessions and parents are invited up today for an interactive workshop.... Mmmm. Me? Interactive? I think not ;) I used to do everything in my power to get out of PE at school and here I am, voluntarily, going up to school to do something to do with exericse. Lost my mind, clearly.

Then after that I'm off to the Crafty Cabin for a daytime crafting jaunt because tonight we're going to George Square to see the Christmas Lights get switched on! I may collapse in a heap by the time I get home.

So on to today's card. This is one I was asked to make by my friend for her friend's birthday. My brief was that the friend liked shopping! What better image than this Kenny K girl :) 

Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes

Stamps 
Madison, Kenny K

Cardstock
Crumb Cake, Stampin Up

Paper 
No idea, it's been in the stash box forever!

Embellishments 
Pearls from stash

Tools 
Boss O Sizzix Alphabet, Big Shot

Thanks for dropping by today. Hugs. Susan xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Do not disturb....

Morning all and welcome to some lovely new folks who've joined us on this crazy ride!

Feeling a bit funny this morning, this is the first morning in almost 2 weeks where I've not had to go into school to do something (been there every day since 2nd November with Sponsored Bounce and then counting sponsor money and taking in orders for the kids' Christmas cards!) and I now I have a very long to do list but am lacking either the energy or motivation to do any of it!

Anyway, on to today's card. I was asked to make a "Just Because" card and this seemed like the perfect image and I found a sentiment in a Kaisercraft set that went very well with it. Just in case you can't see it, it says "Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life".

And, this is the first time I have managed to do one of those swirly flower type things! Always thought they were a bit too faffy. I've admired them on other folks' cards but couldn't do them myself. Well - ta-da, there it is :) 



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Oldie but a Goodie - Anything But Christmas (this paper pad has been in my stash forever, and like the Bo Bunny one from the other day I wish I had more)
Papertake - Flower Power
Pixie Dust - Fall Colours

Stamps 
Wryn and Emmy BFF, Tiddly Inks
Sentiment, Kaisercraft

Colouring Medium
Copics and Promarkers

Cardstock
Crumb Cake, Stampin Up

Paper 
Stella and Rose, MME

 Embellishments 
Pearls from stash

Tools 
Die-Namics Flower Die, Big Shot

Thanks for dropping by today. Enjoy your Wednesday.

 Hugs. Susan xxx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Creative Craft Challenges

Morning all. Eyes down, it's time for a new challenge at Creative Craft Challenges.

This fortnight our theme is 

Bingo

and here is the Bingo board we'd like you to use. You can choose any line or any 4 corners but we'll be checking that you've adhered to the board!

And here is my card. I've gone for Lace, Cream, Distress (with a bit of blue and bling thrown in for good measure!!)

And boy was I distressed making this card. I'm not really a distressing sort of girl - there are others out there who do it much better than I do and when I was putting the card together I just kept thinking that it looked messy and untidy... but then when it all came together I actually thought it looked ok! Hope you agree :) 



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Dream Valley - Anything Goes
Sketch Saturday - Sketch
My Time To Craft - Vintage
Incy Wincy - Girl Power

Stamps 
Vintage Violet, Saturated Canary

Colouring Medium 
Copics/Promarkers

 Cardstock
Pool Party, Stampin Up

Paper 
Melissa Frances

Ink 
Antique Linen DI, Tim Holtz

Embellishments 
Lace Doiley, Flowers (both distressed with Antique Linen), Lace and Pearls from Stash

Tools
Oval Nesties, Cuttlebug
Distressing Tools, Basic Grey

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 with endless combinations that you can make from the Bingo board you're sure to find something to inspire you!

Hugs.  
Susan xxx

Monday, 12 November 2012

Challenging Candy

8th January sees a new fortnightly challenge blog starting - found this through my lovely bloggy friend Lorraine who had a link on her side bar to Inky Chicks Challenge.

To celebrate their launch they're offering some fabulous candy!


So, hop on over and check them out!

Hugs. Susan xxx

Tangled Tinsel

Morning. Is this you? Is your tinsel in a tangle?! This formed part of my Secret Santa gift at work. First time I've altered a ...