Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Just Believe

Morning all.

A wee commissioned card to share with you today - I was asked to make a retirement card for a lady who liked flowers. 

I went through loads of ideas before finally settling on this. I made a base for the card by stamping the swirl from the Baroque Motifs Stampin' Up set and then inking round the edge of the card. I stamped the Just Believe set on the oval and inked round the edge of that too. 

The poem inside came from a Google search but can't remember where it came from so can't give credit for it.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
The Ribbon Girl - Vintage or Modern
Totally Gorjuss - Ribbons and Pearls
Make it Monday

Stamps 
Just Believe - Stampin' Up
Vintage Vogue - Stampin' Up
Baroque Motifs - Stampin' Up

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

 Ink 
Vintage Photo DI
Soft Suede - Stampin' Up
Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up

 Embellishments
Pearls
Ribbon

 Tools 
Floral Oval Nesties
Oval Nesties
Big Shot

 Thanks for dropping by today.

 Susan 
 x

Monday, 29 April 2013

Love to Create Challenge


Morning all.

It's time for a new challenge at Love to Create

This week our theme is

Punches and Dies

Our sponsor this week is Dr Digi's House of Stamps. We did have another sponsor one of whose images I had picked but unfortunately they dropped out so I have used a Kenny K image instead!



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes


Stamps
Madison - Kenny K
Sentiment - Ladybug Crafts Ink

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper
From stash

  Embellishments 
Pearls

 Tools 
Lollipop Numbers - Sizzix
Big Shot

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by Love to Create and see what the rest the DT have been up to. 

 Susan 
x

Sunday, 28 April 2013

New Release at Crafty Sentiments

Just popped on to let you know of some exciting Crafty Sentiments news! There are some fabby new stamps coming out on 10th May and there's a wee preview on the photo below, and I can tell you they're fab! 



Susan 
x

That Craft Place Challenge

Morning all.

It's time for a new challenge at That Craft Place

This time our theme is

Alter It

Here's what I've done.. and I'm really, really sorry that I forgot to take a before photo, but Lisa has a fabby range of alterables in the shop so I'm sure you could see a before shot if you go to the Facebook group for That Craft Place.

I followed Cathy's tut on That Craft Place Inspiration Blog which you can find here so I inked the tissue paper using the Pirate stamp set and let it dry before tearing it and adhering it to the treasure box and inking again with the Vintage Photo.

I found the printable pirate map somewhere, but unfortunately can't remember where I got it from. I printed it on parchment paper and distressed it with some strong, cold tea (without the milk obviously) and then rolled it up and scrunched it to get a kinda distressed look about it!

I am quite pleased with it. It's the first time I've attempted something like this but I feel sure it won't be the last.




Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Gingerloft - Torn and Distressed
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Anything But a Card

Stamps
Pirates Beware - Stampin Up

 Ink 
Walnut Stain Distress Stain
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Black and Brown Archival Ink
Gold Alcohol Ink

 Embellishments 
Pirate Treasure Bag - Glasgow Science Centre
 Chocolate Coins - Home Bargains
Tea Bags - Tetley
Brads

 Tools 
Hinge Die - Tim Holtz

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by That Craft Place and see what the rest the DT have been up to. 

 Susan 
x

PS - forgot to say - the treasure box has been plundered already by certain small boys living in this house... pesky varmints!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

We're Going On A Bear Hunt....

Morning all.

It's the weekend and I'm off to Blair Drummond Safari Park today with the Anchor Boys. Fingers crossed for good weather cos it won't be much fun traipsing round the Safari Park in the rain ;)

So just a wee card to share before I go. My friend asked me to make a birthday card with a karate boy on it for her daughter to give to her son! It was the birthday yesterday so I feel confident that I can share the card on here today. Hope he liked it!

I coloured him in with my pens and I've even given him a brown karate belt with 2 white tabs as per instructions. Fairly simple layout though.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Digital Tuesday - Happy Birthday
Aud's Sentiments - Happy Birthday to Us
The Sisterhood of Crafters - It's a Free For All
The Paper Shelter - For The Boys
Divas by Design - Inspired By a Movie (The Karate Kid)

Stamps 
Karate Boy - Redonkulous
Tag Sentiment - LotV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

Embellishments 
Oriental Charm

Tools 
Cuttlebug

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

 Susan 
 x

Friday, 26 April 2013

Little Miss Forgetful

Please scroll down to the next post if you're looking for my Totally Papercrafts DT card.

I have no idea if Little Miss Forgetful is one of the Roger Hargreaves characters but that's me...

It was crafty night last night and I had a plan in my head of what I was going to do. However, when I got to the cabin it completely went out my head and I did 3984 other things instead (that may be a *slight* exaggeration).

Anyway, what I was going to do was use the fab sketch at Sketch Saturday with my Max stamp from Visible Image... I'm telling you that now so that I might actually remember what I was going to do! So I was having a chat with Cathy earlier and she said - "you don't need to have a coloured image"... which set me thinking (and I have another idea too) so in a spare 10 minutes earlier, I came up with this. It's simple, but I love it :) - a bit of embossing, a sentiment, and some flowers with pearls (which I coloured with a Promarker as I wanted a wee hint of yellow)



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Totally Gorjuss - Embossing

Stamps 
Enjoy Life Set - Indigo Blu

 Cardstock
 Diamond White - The Papeterie

Ink
Cocoa Brown - Memento

 Embellishments 
Pearls (coloured with Pineapple Crush Promarker)

 Tools
Big Shot


Susan 
x

Totally Papercrafts Challenge

Morning all, it's Friday and that means it's time for a new challenge at Totally Papercrafts

This week it's the turn of the lovely Wendy to set the challenge and she has chosen the theme

Flowers and Lace

We're sponsored this week by J&C Creations and Stamp Fairy.

Those of you who who've been here a while and know me well will know that flowers and lace just aren't my thing so this was a bit of a challenge for me!

This was a card I was asked to make by a friend for her friend who liked "pretty things" - that's almost as bad as telling me they like pink. However, I think I managed it! And the paper is peach... not you know what ;)

I used a Stampin' Up sentiment as the focal point, chucked some flowers, pearls and lace at the card and hey ho, Bob's your uncle (well, he was, in fact, my Dad but that's neither here nor there)


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Creative Inspirations - Ribbons and Pearls
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Stamping for The Weekend - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Penny's Papercrafty - Anything Goes
Oldie but A Goodie - Make it Girly (paper has been in stash box for a long long time)
Lexi's Creations - Add Ribbon and/Or Lace

Stamps
Stampin Up

Cardstock/Paper
From Stash

  Embellishments 
Pearls
Lace

 Tools 
Labels 1 Nestie
Decorative Labels 1 Nestie
Rolled Flower Die - Marianne Designs
Fabulous Phlox Die (the leaves) - Memory Box
all available from That Craft Place
Big Shot

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by Totally Papercrafts and see what the rest of my lovely Teamies have been up to!

 Susan 
x

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Mid Month Inspiration for Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Morning all.

It's time for the mid month inspiration at Christmas At Sweet Stampin'

Just a wee reminder that this month our theme is

Krafty Christmas

Our sponsor this month is My Mum's Craft Shop who are offering a £10 voucher to the winner.

Now, I was super super organised with this card as I didn't notice that I'd been changed to the mid-month post. I think the Christmas Sweeties are *just* about recovered from the shock of me not running in at the last minute.

You will note a certain similarity to the New Home card I posted a couple of weeks ago. I loved the colour combo so much I decided to use it and the layout again! You can't see it from the photo but I did glamour dust the trees and the vapour trail from Santa's sleigh....


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make It Monday
Cupcake Craft - Monochrome
Holly Jolly Christmas - Embossing and Ribbon
Papercrafting Journey - Use a Sentiment


Stamps
The Coppice - Inkylicious
Twas The Night Before Christmas - Inkylicious
Tag Sentiments - LotV
Sentiment - Paula Pascual

Cardstock/Paper
From stash


 Embellishments 
Glamour Dust
Ribbon
Pearls 
Button
Twine


 Tools 
 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and see what the rest the Christmas Sweeties have been up to. 

And just remember, that's another Christmas card done, and another month nearer to Christmas!

 Susan 
x

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Crafty Sentiment Designs Challenge


Morning all.

It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs

This week our theme is

Monochcrome

And here is my my card for today. This isn't what I had planned... it is so far removed from what I had planned it's incredible but I'm not going to tell you what it was as I might keep it up my sleeve and use it another time ;) However, when I started to make the card I was going through my scrap box I came across this paper - and the idea grew from there! 

I love this image of Tobey playing football and I discovered a little football button in my button box and it was a perfect fit for the football that's actually part of the image!



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Cupcake - Monochrome
Natalie and Amy - Monochrome
Hobbycutz - Monochrome
Make it Monday


Stamps
Let's Play Ball - Crafty Sentiments

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

Cardstock/Paper
From stash

  Embellishments 
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Button

 Tools 

 Thanks for dropping by today.

 Remember to drop by Crafty Sentiments and see what the rest the DT have been up to. 

 Susan 
x

Monday, 22 April 2013

Love to Create Challenge

Morning all.

It's time for a new challenge at Love to Create

This week our theme is

Bingo!

and here is the Bingo card... use 3 elements in any row, straight or diagonal.



Our sponsors this week are Meljen's and Whoopsie Daisy

This challenge has taught me a very valuable lesson.... look at the bingo board BEFORE choosing your image. I left myself with no other option to use Stitching, Dies/Punches and a Tag which would normally be fine but when it's the only option it's a bit more difficult ;) 

Anyway, at the start of the week inspiration struck and I decided I'd colour the image to look like Scott wearing his club rugby kit! 

Other than that, very CAS and I've just fake stitched round the edge, added a Cartha RFC banner and a tag.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Cards for Men - Anything Goes
Aud's Sentiments - For A Guy
One Stitch at A Time - Use a Digi
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie - Clean and Simple
My Time to Craft - Stitching

Stamps
Big Sweater Kid - Meljen's
Sentiment - LotV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers

 Embellishments 
Brad

  Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by Love to Create and see what the rest the DT have been up to. 

 Susan 
x

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A Monster of A Card

Morning all. 

What a lovely day it was yesterday.  We went to a fundraiser for Arthritis Care organised by the lovely Karen at the Burnhouse Manor Hotel where I won a prize in the raffle :) The kids had a ball on the bouncy assault course type thing. Apparently they had 25 races against each other and Scott won 23 of them.... competitive children... nah ;)

We decided as it was so lovely that rather than come home we'd have a wee trip down to Troon so we had a wee walk along the beach (it was a touch bracing but otherwise lovely) and had fish and chips before coming home.

And now today I'm off to Sincerely Yours in Edinburgh :) Think I'll need a weekend to recover from the weekend.

And on to today's card. This is the birthday card I made for Andy's brother whose birthday it was yesterday. I stupidly forgot to post it before Friday but surprisingly it was delivered yesterday!!

I went with the monster theme - thought it might remind Stuart of his nephews :/

I found the big button in my stash and thought it would be perfect to give the idea of a balloon.. maybe. Not so sure now I look at it again!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Cards for Men - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - One Papertaker
Aud's Sentiments - For a Guy

Stamps 
Birthday Monster Sign - Bugaboo

 Colouring Medium
Copics

 Cardstock
Stampin' Up

Paper 
Doodlebug

Embellishments 

 Thanks for dropping by today. I'm off to shop and to have doughnuts ;)

Susan 
x

Saturday, 20 April 2013

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

Buttons and Bows With Polka Dots

Our sponsor this week are Crafty Ribbons  who are offering this fabby prize - isn't it gorgeous?



Our monthly sponsor is The Ribbon Girl who are offering a £10 voucher to the monthly winner.

Now this card came about quite by accident. I had been thinking hard about what I might do to try and combine buttons, bows and polka dots and was tying myself in all sorts of knots.  Then my friend asked me to make a birthday card (she hasn't actually seen this card yet) for her kids to give to their Granny. I decided to use this image as it was kinda quirky but still had flowers which was in my brief.

Once I was finished it I looked at it and realised that without actually even trying I had buttons, bows (well, one bow) and polka dots! How pleased was I?! Wish all cards were as easy ;)



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Bunny Zoe - Favourite Colour Combo
Dilly Beans - Flowers
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes


 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper
From Stash

  Embellishments 
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Wooden Heart Button
Twine
Buttons

 Tools 
Cherish Punch Around the Page - Martha Stewart
Oval Nesties
Oval Punch - Stampin' Up
Big Shot


 Thanks for dropping by today.

Remember to drop by Sweet Stampin' and see what the rest of the Team Fi Sweeties have been up to! Perhaps you could have a go yourself, don't forget to stamp now ;)

 Susan 
x

Friday, 19 April 2013

Eeek. Look Away Now.

Morning all. Firstly let me say a big welcome to new followers, lovely to have you here and thanks to the rest of you who've been here and leave me lovely comments. It's so encouraging!

And.... it's the weekend.... well, as good as.

I have the Sincerely Yours show in Edinburgh to look forward to where I'm meeting up with the lovely Anda. Can't wait as I haven't been to this one before :) 

A wee commissioned card to share with you today - not the best photo in the world as there was a wee smudge on the camera lens. My friend Gillian asked me to make a couple of baby cards and a big sister card, so this is the first of them that I'm sharing with you. 

And yes, it is *that* colour but it is really the only colour you can do when the baby in question is a little girl.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes With a Twist (Oh Baby)
Ruby's Rainbow - Round and Round
Make it Monday

Stamps
Baby - LotV
Sentiment - LotV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper
From stash

Embellishments 
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards

Tools 
Cuttlebug

 Thanks for dropping by today. Enjoy your Friday.

Susan 
x

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Windswept and Interesting.....

Morning all.

Not sure what the weather was like with you yesterday but here... it was back to winter. The wind and the rain howled and it was horrible! And yesterday was the first day back after the hols at athletics and the boys were supposed to be training outside... thankfully their trainer decided to leave it indoors for this week only. Although the law of sod prevailed and by 4pm the sun was shining (although it was still blowing a gale!). Never mind, there's always next week.

I decided to have a wee play yesterday (and it really was a wee play, I gave myself 45 minutes!).  The other day the lovely Fi posted a card she'd made using this fabby sketch from Sketch Saturday and I thought I might use it too. And then I got to thinking that I'd use Isabella and the papers that I'd use for her too and here we are. This must be the first time - ever - that I've thought about a card and it's actually ended up looking how I anticipated it would look! I am very pleased with this one :) Well, I say that but I was going to do her on a white card blank and doodle round the edges but when I was looking for card I discovered a very unloved stash of Stampin Up's Sahara Sand so I used that instead and then decided against the doodling.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Oldie but A Goodie - Make it Girly (that MME paper has been in stash for ages, using up the last of the 6x6 pad and wishing I had bought more)
Simply Create Too - Use Your Stash
Sketch Saturday
Visible Image - Get Stamping in April

Stamps 
Isabella - Visible Image

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock
Sahara Sand - Stampin Up

Paper 

 Embellishments 

 Tools 
Big Shot

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Susan 
x

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Teddy Bears and Coffee

Morning all.

Well we made it through the first day back at school and now we're into Craig's last term at primary school *gulps*.

Today I'm sharing with you a card I was asked to make for the support staff in school to give to a lovely lady who was retiring at the Easter hols. Anne was the lady the kids went to when they fell, felt unwell etc etc but she also did a whole lot of other things besides. The school (and I as chair of the Parent Council) are all really going to miss her.




Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Totally Gorjuss - Spring Shades
2 Sisters - Hats
Cupcake Craft - Cute and Cuddly
Make it Monday

Stamps 
Coffee Break - LotV
Little Nurse - LotV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock
from stash

Paper 
Nitwits - LotV

 Embellishments 

Tools 

 Thanks for dropping by today. Hugs. Susan xxx

Monday, 15 April 2013

Love to Create Challenge


Morning all.

It's time for a new challenge at Love to Create

This week our theme is

For The Guys

Our sponsors this week are Fresh Brewed Designs, Rick StDennis and Di's Digi Downloads.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - For The Guys
Aud's Sentiments - For A Guy
Stampavie - For A Boy
Little Miss Muffett - Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty - Anything Goes


Stamps
North Pole Sign - Rick StDennis
Sentiment - LotV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper
From stash


 Tools 
 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by Love to Create and see what the rest the DT have been up to. 

 Susan 
x

Sunday, 14 April 2013

That Craft Place Challenge

Morning - last day of the Easter hols today, back to normal tomorrow....

And now it's time for a new challenge at That Craft Place

This time our theme is

Card For A Child

The lovely Krista at Saturated Canary gave the DT some images to play with and despite the fact I love SC images I had a bit of trouble with this card. In fact, this is card #2. I will share card #1 in the next few days - it is ok but there was something about it I just wasn't happy with but I couldn't do anything to fix it as I had already handed it over to a friend.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Saturated Canary - Anything Goes
Sketch & Stash - Sketch (the stash is the ribbon which has been in stash for ages and the card, oh, and the paper...)
Simply Create Too - Use Your Stash (as above, ribbon, paper, card)
Divas By Design - Flowers
Crafting For All Seasons - Floral Delight
Come and Get It - Kids Birthday Cards


Stamps
Angels Among Us - Saturated Canary
Sentiment - ? 

 Colouring Medium 
Promarkers

Cardstock
Pool Party - Stampin Up

Paper
Gnome Sweet Gnome - My Minds Eye

  Embellishments 
Seam Binding Ribbon

 Tools 
Mini Rolled Flower Die - Dienamics
Decorative Label 1 Nesties
Fishtail Banner Die - Dienamics
All available from That Craft Place.
Cuttlebug

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by That Craft Place and see what the rest the DT have been up to. 

 Susan 
x

Snooker Loopy

Morning. Are you freezing where you are? It's a bit chilly here.... On to today's card.  It's one someone asked me to mak...