Wednesday, 28 December 2011

My Favourite Stamp.....of the moment.

I don't know about you but every now and again I favour a stamp and tend to use it over and over the moment mine is LCI Make a wish Nikki

We are down in Kent again to look after Brenda - we are all, including the Oncologists, astounded the battle that she is putting up. She has lost a lot of weight since we last saw her (10 days ago) and is unable to wash herself etc but she is sat at the moment playing Scattergories with my children. It is truly amazing.....and I love her to bits.

Two of my friends had a birthday this week so I used my Nikki stamp and tweeked them slightly to make them a little different. Hope you like them :)

Backing paper - Stampin Up
Ribbon - Stampin Up
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Die cut - Spellbinders Nestabilities
Make a Wish Nikki Stamp - LCI
Coloured in using Promarkers
Accent beads
Felt Flower - MFT Die : Felt - LCI

Thank you for stopping by and hope you leave a comment as I enjoy reading them all.

With love

Susan x

Monday, 26 December 2011

Cupcakes and Peas !!

Well can you believe Christmas Day has passed again - I certainly hope 2012 goes a little slower.

Here are my final two Christmas cards for 2011.....they were 'quick cards' but I was very happy with them....and just look at the scrumptious pink ribbon - I bought this from Dies to Die for and really should've bought more  :D

Cupcake image - Bugaboo Stamps
Coloured in using Promarkers
Card Blank - Inspire me Papers
Ribbon - dies to Die for

Peas on Earth image - Whimsie Doodles
Coloured in using Promarkers
Card Blank - Craftwork Cards

Computer generated sentiment punched out with SU punch.

I hope that Christmas has been kind to you all and that you are now looking forward to NY celebrations.

Thank you for taking time to stop by and leaving all your lovely comments.


 Susan x

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Miss Christmas.....

Made my last Christmas card today - I love making cards but am always pleased to finish my Christmas cards....

Here is one I made my friend to give to her daughter......

Backing paper - Funky Hand
Bugaboo Digital Stamp
Coloured in using Promarkers
Computer generated sentiment - punched with SU punch
Dienamics rolled flower
Felt - LCI

Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments.


Susan xx

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Bah humbug.......

Is it only me or does it not feel like Christmas this year - I almost don't feel like putting up the tree.....

Apart from making cards for other people I haven't even thought about my own - lots of late nights next week I think.

Here are a couple of cards I did make this week .....

Backing paper - Pink Petticoat digital papers Contemporary Christmas
Digistamp - Ladybug Crafts Ink
Computer generated sentiment punched out using SU
Ribbon - (Red) LadyBug Crafts Ink
(Blue) Stampin' Up

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment


Susan X

Friday, 2 December 2011

Let it snow !

.....Well hopefully not !!

I made this card just for LCI challenge - it inspired me to use a digi-stamp that I'd bought a couple of weeks ago.

Cuttlebug embossing folder for backing
White glitter card - from my stash
MFT Snowflake Die
Bugaboo Digistamp
Coloured in using Promarkers

Thank you for stopping by - hope you enjoyed your visit - if so please do leave a comment !


Susan x

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

What are you going to do with all that felt lol???

This really is a quick post I just wanted to show my latest creation......Kerry asked the question so I felt I needed to explain.......

I have only just made this one tonight and photography isn't great - but the story goes 'I made myself a felt Poppy for Remembrance Day this year - and it spiralled out of control from there - people were stopping me in the street to ask where I'd bought it !!! Since then friends have bought the flowers - as didn't think Poppies were appropriate after - so I die cut a Tim Holz flower die and have since sold in excess of 150 !!!!! '

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments....


Susan x

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Blue Christmas....

Quick post today - John goes to Kentucky tomorrow and we are all stressed MIL has had an awful weekend but hopefully once the hospice have her meds sorted she will be far more comfortable.

I took an order today for a few Christmas cards and here are a couple I came up with.....same card different wording....

Sizzix Reindeer die cutter
Card - Brothersleep
Bow from stash
Backing paper created on SU MDS then sprayed
with Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle - irl it's gorgeous.
Pearls and diamantes

I would like to enter this into LCI Challenge - Winter Blues


Susan x

Saturday, 26 November 2011

SU Mini Pack........

Just a short blog today - my MIL has now been taken into Wisdom Hospice to monitor her and to try and get her medication right - she has been so poorly this week it's just not fair.....

My SU demonstrator sent me a mini pack with my last order and this is what I came up with......

...... I am making a picture book for my MIL as she is very low and wanted to remind her of all the good times we've had over the years - and found this little one of Lewis and Eleanor (who are now 12 and 10) and so wanted to rewind time :D

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments - I love receiving them all :)

Much love

Susan x

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Throwing my rattle out....

......this is my third attempt to post this so let's hope it's third time lucky !!!

I have tried to make a Christmas card that will not be charged as a 'large letter' because of embellishments etc .....but still wanted to add 'depth'.....:@

Here is what I came up with......

Backing Paper - Nitwits and Funky Hand
Image - Bugaboo - Ava Mistletoe Fairy
Coloured in using my Promarkers
Glittered with Cosmic Shimmer in red and green
Spellbinders Nestabilities

I made the top 3 in last weeks LCI Blogaversary Blog Hop challenge - I was truly made up :)) - and to make my day even better I won Pami's blog candy - how happy and lucky am I ???

I would like to enter this into LCI challenge ....
......and thank everyone for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments - I'm sorry that I've not been a faithful blogger but my husband is away at the moment and my MIL is deteriorating and am finding it all very exhausting.....but am still crafting so do please stop by and brighten up my day.
Susan x

Monday, 14 November 2011

Happy Blogaversary to LadyBugs !!

I haven't really crafted this week but desperately wanted to enter Kerry's First Blogaversary Blog Hop Challenge ( try and say that !!!) ... so here goes

Backing Paper - SU
Image - LCI
Coloured in using Promarkers
Ribbon - LCI
Felt Flowers Die - MFT
Spellbinders Nestabilities

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments


Susan x

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

What would I do......

......without crafting.....went on an 8 mile power walk this morning to clear my head - and got back home and swear if I didn't craft I would have just gone back to bed and slept until school pick up time - but instead went into my craft room and my mood turned around pretty quickly. Listening to Take That it was 3.10pm before I knew it :)

My card today is simple but I thought it came out quite nice....

Backing paper - SU
Nikki stamp - LCI
Coloured in using Promarkers
Prima Flower - Sarahs Cards
Spellbinders Nestibilities.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to say hello


Susan x

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Something completely different....

A few years ago I began to make jewellery - as John works away alot and found myself with two young children going to bed at 7pm and me being alone all evening. I had been making cards for sometime and a friend just said 'have you ever tried jewellery?' so I took the plunge and thought I would share a some with you ......hope you don't mind.

Thank you for dropping by and your lovely blog comments


Susan x

Monday, 7 November 2011

A Card for Down Under....

A beautiful frosty morning here today minus 0.2 degrees
 - the heating was certainly on today......
I have had a major sort out in my craft room today
and still a long way to go....will need to be stronger in future when it comes to buying things 'that I can't live without'

My Aunty who lives in New South Wales, Australia will be 73 next week - I have made this card for her - hope she likes it. Again I used my SU colour guide for the colours combination and love it.

Stamp - SU
Backing papers - SU
Ribbon - SU
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Thank you for stopping by - and leaving your comments


Susan x

Sunday, 6 November 2011

A New Beginning......

Just got back from a weekend in Kent caring for my in-laws - I always feel very low when I get back :(

So to brighten myself up I decided to enter blog heaven - I have also managed to upload a card that I made for one of my friends who has had a really tough couple of years and has had to move out of her beautiful family home to a much smaller one - but she is so much happier without the financial pressure...:)

Backing Paper - SU
Ribbon from Ladybugcraftsink
Digistamp - Digi Boutique
I added the name of the road using my SU MDS
Coloured in using Promarkers
Red Felt flowers - MFT Dienamics Die

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello....


Susan x

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Christmas preparations.....

I don't know about you but every year I leave my Christmas cards to the last minute and make a resolution I won't do it again next year - but guess what ???!!!

So last week I spent a whole day digi-stamping and colouring - glamour dusting, glossy accenting and feel much happier - just need a day to tie ribbons and stick stick stick and at least then I will know where I'm up to.

Here is one creation using an LCI digi stamp - I sparkled the icing on the Christmas pudding and flocked the Santa's hat and was really pleased with the result.

I would like to enter this into LCI Challenge of the week.

Backing Paper - Nitwits
Magnum Digistamp - LCI
Coloured in using my Promarkers
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments

Happy Crafting

Susan x

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Pretty in Pink....

Italy was perfect - just what we needed as a family.....

John, Lewis and Eleanor at the Spanish steps in Rome - Lewis sporting his new Ferrari hoodie and holding his Ferrari store bag !!

We took a detour to Maranello - which is the birthplace of Ferrari - and we took him to the Galleria Ferrari - he was so overcome with emotion when he walked into the room where all the Ferraris were kept he began to cry and it made it worth the extra journey......

Mummy put too many bubbles in the jacuzzi - but it was
so worth the fun they had !!!

Now onto my creation for this weeks LCI challenge - oh did I mention the excitement I felt when I got home and had made last weeks Top 3 - thank you so much Lady bugs !!

Paper - Funky Hand Paper Factory
Image - LOTV
Coloured in using my Promarkers
Ribbon - both from my lovely Kerry @ LCI
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Fimo Flowers - my stash
Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Thank you for looking and leaving your lovely comments


Susan x

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Two times 40 !!

Two of my close friends both turn 40 within a couple of weeks of one another and they decided to throw a double party......

Here is my card for each of them - don't you just absolutely love this image !!
I 'stole' the inspiration from Kerry @ LCI - hope you like them Kerry !!

I glamour dusted Nikki's tops and IRL they are just gorgeous......

How clever am I - set this up to send on Sunday as I will be in Italy - did I tell you that I was going - lol !!!

Paper - SU
Image - LCI
Coloured in using promarkers
Felt Flower - Felt - LCI - Flower Die - MFT
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
40 - LCI Sentiments and Numbers stamp

Thank you for stopping by - and taking time to leave your comments


Susan x

Friday, 21 October 2011

Nikki again :D

Two posts in two days - wow I am excelling myself - lol !!!

Another request for a card today led me to my faithful Nikki stamps - I lifted out my SU colour guide to see what colour to go with the hot pink - and it suggested this blue - I would never in a million years have teamed them up but love the outcome ......

Paper - Stampin Up
Image - Nikki from LCI
Coloured in using Promarkers
21 stamp - LCI
Sentiment computer generated and punched with SU punch
Ribbon - my stash

Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday - my MIL managed a walk around the block today arm in arm with my FIL - not sure who was helping who ......but how lovely this time must be for them......

Thank you for stopping by - and leaving all your lovely words....


Susan x

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Me time......

Well what a fabulous surprise my husband sprung on me !! We are off to Italy for a week - fly into Venice for a couple of days, then on to Florence and finally Rome where we fly home from.....and then to Kent to see my MIL and FIL.... who incidentally has had a really positive week.....even managed a walk around the country park on Sunday - she hasn't walked for 4 months :) We all know what is around the corner but are trying to give her as many good times as we can - and selfishly to help us as much as her......

Here is a card I was asked to make - the lady loves to read so I chose this Nikki stamp and she absolutely loved it.
I am entering this into this weeks LCI Challenge - Circles, Pink and Chocolate

Paper - Funky Hand Papercraft Factory CD
Lace punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - LCI
Image - LCI
Coloured in using Promarkers
Nikki's top glittered using Glamour Dust
Computer generated sentiment -
punched with SU punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments


Susan x

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Another Stepper Card....

Just a quick one today - I am really enjoying stepper cards at the moment and made this one last night for one of my friends birthdays today.

Hope you like it.....

Bugaboo Digital Stamp
Coloured in using Promarkers
Backing Paper - SU
Ribbon - Old Olive SU
Buttons - my stash
Charm - also my stash 

Thanks for stopping by


Susan x

Friday, 14 October 2011

Oh Christmas Tree....

I haven't been around alot recently my MIL had her chemotherapy stopped last week and it has knocked us all for six.....although we all know the time is near, to be actually told that anything she wants to do - she needs to do now - was quite a blow. Still amazes me how brave she is :)

I took a look at LCI TLT blog this week and decided it was just the thing I needed - so hear is my card......

I glossy accented (is that a word ??!) the baubles and irl they are fabulous.......

Image - LCI Digital Images
Glossy Accents on baubles
Coloured using Promarkers
Ribbon - LCI
Papermania Embossing Folder
Computer generated sentiment punched with SU punch
Backing paper is a digital one but can't find it anymore :(
(if anyone recognises it please let me know !!)

Thank you for taking time to stop by - and for your lovely comments


Susan x

Monday, 3 October 2011

White Wedding....

Well I think our mini summer left here today - quite windy with a bit of a nip in the air tonight....and did read snow was promised for Friday - bizarre ?!?!

A close Bulgarian girl friend asked me to make her a wedding card for her step-daughter and husband to be and wanted nothing but white on the card........I absolutely loved the end result of this card ......the flowers are new from Spellbinders and are HUGE !!!

.....aren't the flowers scrumptious ??!!

Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder
White Felt - LCI
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Spiral Blossom One
Heart punch - SU
Sentiment computer generated punched with SU punch
Ribbon - SU

Thank you for passing by and leaving your kind comments - I love reading them all !!


Susan x