Saturday, 31 August 2013

It's A Christmas Blog Hop

Well good morning and welcome to Christmas....

The Sweeties have all got together to showcase both some new Winter Wonders images available today from Funky Kits and some old festive favourites which we've dusted off especially for today.


You should have come to me via the lovely Pat who showed you one of the new images and I have an old favourite to show you - it's Crystal Flakes - I just love this image and I like to imagine that she's using her wand to sprinkle some fairy dust over all the new fallen snow. Yeah, I know, I'm looking in to this too deeply eh?!

Decided to go with a WOW card for today with lots of frosty embellishing.


Stamps 

Colouring Medium 

Cardstock
Diamond White

 Embellishments 

Tools
Big Shot



I'm going to hand you over to Pam who is your next stop on the hop. If you get lost along the way then go back to the Sugar Nellie blog for the complete list. Don't forget there is candy hidden on the blogs throughout the hop so to be in with a chance of winning then leave each of the Sweeties some love as you hop round their blogs! Have fun.


  Susan
 x

Friday, 30 August 2013

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 Carol to set the challenge and she has chosen the theme

Decoupage

We're sponsored this week by Bearly Mine Designs.

A very simple card from me today - now those of you who have been paying attention will know that there are two things I don't particularly like in crafting.... I've found a third! Am not keen on decoupage, actually I never was and I never use it but that's why this is a challenge. I cheated a bit and went for a Gorjuss Girl decoupage kit! As soon as the card was made I packaged it up and sent it down to Lisa at That Craft Place so if you're ever down in Eastbourne you might see it there!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter


 Embellishments 
Pearls
Buttons
Twine

 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

Thursday, 29 August 2013

The End of the Week is Nigh....

Afternoon, can't believe it's Thursday already - where has the week gone?

It's Crafty Cabin night tonight so very much looking forward to another productive evening... I say that now I'll probably get there and not do anything.

Here's another card that has been sitting in my folder waiting patiently on being shared. Craig asked me to make a card for when he left after school care in June and this is what I came up with, I thought the boy looked suitably sad and I teamed it with the LotV tag stamps that I thought went best.  

I really wish I had copied what he wrote inside the card for them because for an 11 year old it was very profound and would have brought a tear to a glass eye!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps
Tag Sentiments - LotV
Boy - The Greeting Farm

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers
Flexmarkers

Cardstock
Stampin Up

Paper
MME

 Embellishments 
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards


So what else do I have to tell you today - well remember that Saturday at 10am sees the launch of the new Winter Wonders digi stamps and the Sweeties are having a blog hop to celebrate. Check back Saturday at 10am to join in the fun.

See you tomorrow for a new challenge at Totally Papercrafts.

Susan 
x

A Giveaway at Crafty Sentiments

For today only if you pop over to the Crafty Sentiments Inspiration Blog you have a chance to win Celine's beautiful calendar. You have to be a follower or become a follower to be in with a chance. 




Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Mid Month Inspiration for Christmas at Sweet Stampin'


Morning all.

It's time for a some mid month inspiration for Christmas At Sweet Stampin'

A wee reminder that this month our theme is

Winter Animals

Our sponsor this month is Quixotic Paperie who are offering a £10 voucher to the winner.

I've gone for some Christmas pudding making bears for my card. This is one of those stamps that falls in the category "why did I buy that"... it's never been used and I'm not sure it ever will be again but it fitted for this month's challenge.



 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper
from stash

  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, 27 August 2013

Crafty Sentiment Designs

Morning all.

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

This week our theme is

Make it Girly

My favourite... NOT!

This is the birthday card I made for my lovely friend Sandra whose birthday it was at the end of July. I really like this stamp - she's called Fashion Party and I thought she was crying out to be done in black and white. I've also used a black swirl which is available from That Craft Place - isn't it fab!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps
Fashion Party - Crafty Sentiments
Heart - Gorjuss Girl set

 Colouring Medium 
Cardstock/Paper
From stash

 Embellishments 
Ribbon
Black Swirl
Pearls


 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, 26 August 2013

Bank Holiday Special!

I received this a little while ago from Crafty Sentiments HQ and I have to share the news with you : )



From Suzette 

"As a bank holiday Monday treat buy any of our stamps from the website and I will send you a freebie.....offer only for today and for Facebook followers only.

In the note section of your order, just put Facebook so I know"

Love to Create Challenge


Morning all.

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

This week our theme is 

Back to School

Our sponsor this week is Simply Betty Stamps.

I've used ABC Oscar for my card.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps
ABC Oscar - Simply Betty Stamps

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper
Stampin Up

 Tools 
Nested Stars - Dienamics
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

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like....

Christmas.....

New stamps to be released on Saturday :) 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Dream Valley Challenges


Afternoon all.

It's time for a new challenge at Dream Valley Challenges

This fortnight our theme is

For A Child

Our sponsor this fortnight is Meljen's Designs.

This is a card I made for a friend of a friend who had seen a similar one I had done for a wee girl so I went all boyish for this one. So much better than that other stupid colour ;)


Challenges I'd Like to Enter


Stamps
Baby Boy - LotV
Alphabet - Unknown

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers
Flexmarkers

Cardstock/Paper
From stash

 Embellishments 
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Number Sticker

 Tools 
Labels 1 Nesties
Decorative Label 1 Nesties
Stacked Stars - Dienamics
Big Shot

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by Dream Valley and see what the rest the DT have been up to. 

 Susan 
x

Saturday, 24 August 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

Destinations/Journeys/Travel

Our sponsor this week are Crafty Ribbons and our monthly sponsor is The Ribbon Girl who are offering a £10 voucher to the monthly winner.

And here is my card - it's a card I've made for my former boss who emigrates to Australia next month - so Andy this one's for you mate!

I've used some MME paper as the focal point and added some stamping and other embellishments and I even added a little shrink plastic-ed world! 


Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps

Travel Set - Inkadinkadoo (possibly - the packet has gone)
Globe from a set free with the Docrafts Mag

Cardstock
Kraft

Paper
MME

 Embellishments 
Aeroplane Charm

 Tools 
 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

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Sugar Bowl Challenge

Morning all. It's a very exciting day because it's time for a new challenge over at the Sugar Bowl which is exciting enough in itself but this is my very first challenge as a member of the Sugar Bowl! 


One lucky winner of this challenge gets to choose  4 pieces of super sweet Sugar Nellie rubber candy
(or 6 pieces, if there are over 100 entries)
from

image

Make a card or other craft project using a Sugar Nellie image and this prize could be yours….

No theme as ANYTHING GOES (but remember the Sugar Nellie image - that's essential!)

And here is my card. I thought long and hard about what stamp to choose as I've only a few* to choose from but I decided I had to go with my favourite boy so here he is #1 Fan.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter

Stamps
#1 Fan - Funky Kits
Live Laugh Love and Grungy Border - Visible Image from a free stamp for Craft Stamper
Keep it Real - Little Yellow Bicycle

 Colouring Medium 
Cardstock/Paper
from stash

 Embellishments 
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

Remember to drop by The Sugar Bowl and see what the rest the Sweeties have been up to. 

Susan 
x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Love to Create Challenge

Hello again - I'm back and this time it's to tell you about a new challenge at Love to Create

This week our theme is

Fancy Folds

Our sponsors this week are Di's Digi Downloads, Eureka Stamps and The Stamping Chef.

I've used a Stamping Chef image for my card - Jolene. Yes, I know, you're all singing that now aren't you! I have been ever since I made the card!




Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
OLLCB - Inspired by A Song (Jolene)
Pile it On - No Designer Paper
Challenges 4 Everybody

Stamps
Jolene - The Stamping Chef
Sentiment - LotV

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Flexmarkers

Cardstock
From stash

  Embellishments 
Pearls


 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

New Release at Crafty Sentiments

Morning all. 

Well Monday again - but it's a very exciting Monday as I have a peek at one of the new Crafty Sentiments release to show you.  We have some peeks to show you over the next couple of days in time for the release of all 10 new stamps on 22nd August.




And here is my card showing Off to The Ball. I coloured her in with my pens and cut her out and placed her in front of a Dustin Pike freebie Sandra drew my attention to. I thought she looked like she was coming out of a castle!


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday 
Challenges 4 Everybody 
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Anything Goes

Stamps 
Off to The Ball - Crafty Sentiments
The Gate - Freebie from Dustin Pike

 Colouring Medium
Copics
Promarkers
Flexmarkers

 Cardstock
Old Olive - Stampin Up

Paper 
Basic Grey

Tools 
Leaf Die - Cheery Lynn


Check out the Crafty Sentiments Inspiration blog for some more peeks at Off To the Ball and there will be some more peeks over the next couple of days.

I shall be back shortly with my Love to Create DT card.

Susan x

Sunday, 18 August 2013

That Craft Place Challenge


Morning all.

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

This time our theme is

Stitching - Real or Fake

Now when I started off making this it was going to be a Christmas card... but it was crap so it ended up in the bin. Then I came across this image and decided to let my imagination run free.... and it did kind of.... so we have real stitching not fake, a feather which started off life as a a lilac one and has been inked and some shrink plastic-ed feathers..... I had such fun making it as I had been on such a downer after failing at what I set out to do and I actually do like this. Wonder who I can give it to though...

Mostly everything used to make this card is available from That Craft Place - the feather stamps I used are Hero Arts but Lisa stocks a wonderful Visible Image set called "Free Your Imagination" which also has feathers in it.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Challenges 4 Everybody
Hiding in my Craft Room - Stitching
CMC - Anything Goes
Sister Act 

Stamps
Scratch - Saturated Canary

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers
Flexmarkers

Cardstock
From stash

Paper
Bo Bunny
Little Yellow Bicycle

 Ink 
Early Espresso - Stampin Up
Black Soot DI
Aged Mahogany DI

 Embellishments 
Twine
Feather
Shrink Plastic
Hessian

 Tools 

 Thanks for dropping by today. 

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

Come and join and us at That Craft Place, we're a friendly bunch and you can browse lots of lovely goodies in the Facebook group and show us your makes in the Chat group.

That Craft Place shop


 Susan 
x

Saturday, 17 August 2013

First Week Blues

Morning all. 

Well we've all survived the first "week" back at school. We'll see how a whole five days go next week ;)

My friend's wee girl was starting school on Wednesday and she asked me to make a card for her so this is what I came up with. I used Digi Stamp Boutique's Off to School Rosie. I was a bit stuck for papers cos I stupidly asked what colour Lucy's school bag and lunch bag were - yes, you guessed it - they're pink! However there wasn't that much to colour and I think I got away with it by using these papers from my scrap box.



Challenges I'd Like To Enter
Di's Digi Challenge - Back to School
Simply Create Too - For A Child
Dutch Dare - Back to School

Stamps 
Off To School Rosie - Digi Stamp Boutique
Ruler - Kanban
Alphabet Stamps - Unknown

 Colouring Medium 
Copics

Cardstock/Paper 
From stash

 Embellishments 
Card Candy - Craftwork Cards

 Tools 
Big Shot

 Thanks for dropping by today. There's a new Bold and Beautiful challenge over at Sweet Stampin' where we have 3 sponsors AND candy to tempt you as we've reached 1000 followers :) 

 Susan 
 x

Friday, 16 August 2013

Bargains at Crafty Sentiments!

Crafty Sentiments have a 50% off in the Bargain Basement!

and there is a new stamp kit available on pre order to introduce our new character - the pre order finishes midnight on 21st August at midnight. Watch out next week for some sneaky peeks at the new releases!





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 our lovely Suzette to set the challenge and she has chosen the theme

Use Your Favourite Colours

We're sponsored this week by Kenny K.

So are these my favourite colours.... I dunno but they were my favourite at the time I made the card so I hope that counts ;)

I wanted to do a fairly simple Christmas card and I think this is one. It's not particularly flat for posting though so I might need to put the bow under a heavy book or something! 

I stamped Santa in his sleigh on the panel in Crumb Cake before stamping the Twas the Night Before Christmas sentiment in Early Espresso.

I used the snowflake embossing folder and the swiss dots embossing folder and covered the join with a bit of red gingham ribbon and added a bow! Voila. Very simple card.



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Craft - Christmas
Delicious Doodles - Christmas in August
Divas By Design - Christmas in August
ABC Christmas - P is for.... (poem)
Penny's Challenge - Ribbon
Stamps and Fun - Anything Goes
Make it Monday


Stamps
Twas the Night Before Christmas Set - Inkylicious

Cardstock
Kraft

 Ink 
Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up
Early Espresso - Stampin' Up

 Embellishments 
Ribbon


 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

Thursday, 15 August 2013

It's Strangely Quiet...

since the boys went back to school yesterday. I'm not sure I like it! 

Anyway, everyone survived the first day - Craig had a brilliant first day at high school and is looking forward to some new subjects today too.

So last week Andy and I were invited to see two very special people renew their vows in Edinburgh. Andy's cousin Jen and her husband Mark were married in Canada 14 years ago. I remember their wedding cos Andy's Dad was over there for it and we phoned him to tell him that we were going to get married the next year :) 

I was at a bit of a loss as I wasn't sure what kind of card to go for so I decide to go with a sentiment and a WOW card.  When I put the sentiment on the card I didn't realise that the vows they were going to use on the day would be the same vows they said on their wedding day!  

Anyway we had a super day and it was fab to see them renew their vows.


Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Crafty Boots - Die Cuts
Papertake - Occasion-ally

Cardstock
Diamond White

 Embellishments 

Tools 


And I couldn't go without sharing a photo of my boys on their way to school yesterday :) 



Thanks for dropping by today. 

 Susan x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge


Morning all. I cannot believe that this is the last day of the summer holidays! Where did that 7 weeks go, it has just whooshed by.

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

This week our theme is

Punches and Dies

I've tried to be a bit fancy with this one and create my own background for him. I stamped the Crafty Sentiments Boy and His Dog stamp and masked him and then used the well stamp to give him something to sit beside. I used some cloud paper and some Basic Grey paper I thought looked like the ground  behind him. 



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Crafty Boots - Die Cuts
Oldie but A Goodie - Boys/Male Cards (that BG paper has been around forever!!)
Try it on Tuesday - Create a Scene


Stamps - all Crafty Sentiments
Boy and His Dog
Well
Sentiments from set

 Colouring Medium 
Copics
Promarkers
Flexmarkers

Cardstock
from stash

Paper
Basic Grey
MME

 Tools 
Picket Fence Die - Sizzix
Oval Punch - Stampin Up
Corner Rounder
Label Nesties
Big Shot

 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, 12 August 2013

Love to Create Challenge


Morning all.

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

This week our theme is this colour challenge



Our sponsor this week is Sassy Studio.

Now I had a bit of a creative meltdown with the first card I made using a different image. It was terrible and got ripped up and thrown in the bin in a terrible temper.

So this is my second attempt which I am *slightly* happier with. I've used Elizabeth Bennett but have tried not to make her look like Lizzie Bennett and tried rather to go for a kitschy look for her. 



Challenges I'd Like to Enter
Make it Monday
Papertake - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - 3D Embellishments
Digi Galore - Anything Goes
Cupcake Inspirations - Inspiration Photo

Stamps
Elizabeth Bennett - Sassy Studio
Recipe - LotV
Sentiment - Just Rite

 Colouring Medium
Copics
Promarkers
Flexmarkers 

Cardstock
Baja Breeze - Stampin' Up

Paper
Melissa Frances

 Embellishments 
Doily
Bow
Cupcake Button

 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

Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Morning all, it's Saturday and that means it's time for a new challenge at   Sweet Stampin '. This is another fortnightly chall...