Friday, 21 December 2012

So glad this week is over......

Well what a week......and to top everything off my heating has broken down tonight......British Gas coming tomorrow......lets hope it's not too cold tonight.

I wrapped all my presents today - I love wrapping presents normally but Christmas presents I get soooooooo bored. The first present is neat, tidy and cut to precision and by the time I'm finished can't even be bothered with tags and bows !!!!

My card today was made for my bestest friend, Jane.....she has had a tough year but things are finally turning a corner ;0)

The main image is from Pink Petticoat, the backing papers free from a craft magazine and the gorgeous ribbon from LCI

a closer view

Just a quick note today - so sending hugs to all
Susan x

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Anything Goes at Ladybug Crafts Ink

Good Morning Everyone - Well it's a new fortnight and a new challenge at Ladybugs craft ink.....but before we go on - have you checked over at the challenge blog to see if you are a winner ??

This will be our last challenge until February as the
LCI Design Team are taking a break but do check our blogs as we will be still posting cards using LCI images.
The LCI sale on cling stamps is still on so do go on over and grab yourself a bargain before everything goes :0)
Todays challenge is
Anything Goes
and I have used my favouritist stamp Winestool Nikki
The backing papers are from Stampin Up, the ribbon is also Stampin Up...I coloured the image with my Promarkers then flittered the dress and shoes.

a close up view

a sneaky peek at the inside

Thank you for stopping by and keep checking back for more creations and news.
Susan xx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

I am a Music Man......

This week has brought another few days of my plans being disrupted - set Thursday and Friday aside to write all my cards and wrap all the presents......but Lewis came into my craft room on Tuesday night complaining that his back was hurting......on Friday he had come home from school with what looked like insect bites on his back so I sprayed them with Solarcaine and gave him antihistamines....again on Saturday and Sunday - but when he lifted his T-Shirt I just knew it was Shingles......felt so guilty. Took him to the Doctors on Wednesday morning and she said 'Oh it's good to see something other than coughs and colds !!' - had to laugh as my poor son was in agony !!!

He is much better and hopefully will return to school tomorrow as all blisters have scabbed over and no weeping.

On to my card today I made for someone who regularly asks me to make cards for her......

The music sheet in the background is actually the sheet music to 'Happy Birthday' and the inage is one that I had downloaded from the internet sometime ago.

a sneaky peek at the inside

Hoping you are all organised for Christmas and looking forward to not making Christmas cards for a while !!
Don't forget to share my '50 follower candy' in your sidebar.
Susan xx

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Midway LCI Challenge Reminder......

Hello all - yes I am still here but had one of those weeks where I felt I was walking up a one way street the wrong way.....I'm sure you all have them.....

Again today I have used Nikki running with Buttercup which is available less 70% - what are you waiting for ??!!

The backing papers are from Pink gorgeous mesh ribbon purchased on my travels in Australia.

a closer view

a sneaky peek at the inside

a combination of everything....

Now you know how much you love glitter and bling - enter your creations here now...
love and Hugs
Susan xx

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

** Sparkilicious at LCI **

Good Morning Everyone - Well it's a new fortnight and a new challenge at Ladybugs craft ink.....but before we go on - have you checked over at the challenge blog to see if you are a winner ?? And wow how many entries - apologies for anyone we didn't get to......!!

Well on to todays challenge which has been set by
our lovely Princess Bug Lisa

and we all used Nikki running with Buttercup which
you can buy here HUGE 70% off

Please do go to all the ladybugs and give them some love - they need lots at this time of year as they are all very stressed and their little wings are worn out.....
Thanks for stopping by
Susan xx
PS Don't forget to become a follower to be in with a chance of winning my candy ;0)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

WOW card.....

Wow - my second post in one day !!

I have ironed, I have cleaned, called in to a friend for coffee AND been treated to my dinner out - what a lovely day.....AND even had time for a little crafting....

My card today is a simple birthday card with a new image that I got free from Flat Friends Challenge Blog and decided to make my card to fit their challenge....

I embossed the backing card and scored lines with my new Stampin' Up scoring tool and tied a simple white satin bow.

The nesties are from my Australian purchases and to finish off two simple white buttons......

I used the Stampin Up Score tool to score lines on the
insert paper - it looks fab !!

I would like to enter this into
Thanks for stopping by
Susan x

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..... spare room ensuite is now locked to Lewis and Eleanor - too many little surprises for them in there !!

All my Christmas cards are made - just need to sit down and write them....a job for one night this week.

Haven't put our tree up as we have our niece, Opal, staying next weekend and felt it was too much of a temptation for her and to be honest it was a perfect excuse as I really don't like my tree up too early.......

My card today was made for my friend's daughter - the same girl that the sweet treat was made for.......

I printed off the digital paper from my Craftwork Cards CD, the image is a Bugaboo - which I just love.....I paper pieced the dress, flittered the gloves and boots and added a May Arts ribbon and there you go........

Hope you like it :0)
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to spread the word about my candy......
love and hugs
Susan x

Friday, 30 November 2012

31 pieces of candy ......

Hello and welcome to my new blogging friends :0)
As promised here is a photo of the candy so far
Well - what do you think ??
18 more items to go !!!
.....todays creation isn't a card - it's a sweet treat
for my friend's daughter for Christmas....
Isabelle totally loves anything Union Jack - red white and I decided to buy RWB Jelly Beans and create this 3D picture for her.....
hope she likes it.....

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments
Susan xx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Midway 'Snowflake' Challenge Reminder.....

Another week has gone by and I have got myself amazingly organised during the past week and am very impressed with myself :0)

I went to the Christmas markets with Jane on Friday and I believe that this was a turning point - I feel so Christmassy now......

Whilst we we were walking round my hands were freezing - until they were wrapped round my Gluckwein !!!!

So onto my creation is another altered clear box which you can purchase here - not forgetting the crazy sale on cling stamps here.

Today I used 'Mistletoe Nikki' which you can purchase with 70% off now....Inside my box I have put 8 'hand hotties' - they are disposable and another ideal gift for teachers or teaching assistants.

a close up view

Now don't forget you have one week left to enter your
Keep warm.....
Susan xx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Gift card....

The weather here the past couple of days has been absolutely dreadful but watching the news tonight I realise how lucky we are.....I can't begin to imagine what those poor people are going through...hopefully all my blogging friends are warm and dry.
I had an enquiry last week from a lady who was treating her husband to a weekend in Paris for Christmas BUT he knew nothing about it.....
She wanted the card to incorporate the gift - so she asked me if I could design the card round the trip......
Eeeek - I don't know about you but sometimes these cards
can almost look child-made and didn't really like the idea of making the card with the Eiffel tower in the middle....
A few weeks ago I saw a card that had an envelope on it and wondered if I could do something like that - I can't for the life of
me find the blog where I saw it....
So with all sorts of ideas going around in my head - here is my completed card.......and this is what the lady wrote to me
"Susan, I cried I can't believe it, the card is unbelievable,
fantastic and just so right'
well - I cried too when I read that !!!!

the secret envelope ......

'the tickets' .......with places she wanted to take him
+ the hotel they were staying at

the inside.....  (oops - forgot to crop !!)

Backing papers - CD from Craftwork cards
Scalloped Envelope - Sizzix
Stars - Spellbinders
Ticket Die - Whimsey Stamps
Thank you for stopping by.....
Susan x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Snowflakes and clear boxes.....

Good Morning Everyone - Well it's a new fortnight and a new challenge at Ladybugs craft ink.....but before we go on - have you checked over at the challenge blog to see if you are a winner ?? And what imaginations you all have !!

Todays challenge has been set by our lovely Diane

Christmas - add some snowflakes
but we were asked by Kerry to use a clear box which she sent to us and see what we could do with them.
The clear boxes are available in the LCI store and are in several different sizes:

4 1/8" x 4 1/16" x 1" - 45p each

5 5/8" x 5 1/2" x 1" - 60p each

4 7/8" x 6 5/8" x 1" - 60p each

6 1/8" x 6 1/16" x 1" - 70p each

4 1/2" x 5 7/8" x 1" - 60p each

I loved playing with mine and came up with several ideas but decided to make Snowman's soup - a couple of bugs came up with the same idea - ooops !!

a closer view

a back view

the snowman's soup verse I used

Okay now do go on to all the other bugs and give them hugs and loves......
If you haven't finished making your Christmas lists or purchases yet don't forget Kerry is having a blow out sale ....
and also please do check my sticky note post at the top of my blog - my 50 followers candy !!!
Susan xx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

29 pieces of Candy !!

Yes - that's 29 pieces of candy - hello and welcome to my brand new followers !!
Today is Lewis' birthday - he is 13 - my very first teenager...
Lewis was born at 12:26pm on Saturday 13th November 1999 and I can honestly say when I held him and everyone had gone home - he opened his eyes and I have never ever felt what I felt at that moment my stomach just leaped - it was an incredible feeling.....and believe that is what true love feels like......
My card today is also a midway reminder for the LCI Challenge - Use Stationery.
I have used The Teenagers - Josh - Xbox digi stamp - suits Lewis down to the ground.

a little ditty I wrote for him !!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comments....
Susan x

Monday, 12 November 2012

Candy, Bride & Ebay

Good Morning to all - and a special good morning to my new follower !!
 As promised, one more piece of candy has been placed into my Blog Candy.....and I WILL take a photo and post it soon.
If you don't know what on earth I am talking about take a look at my 'sticky note' at the top of my blog ;0)
Well - I have a Sizzix Big Shot Express which is exactly the same as a Big Shot but electric, and as all crafters know we need a bigger cutter for the new larger dies - so back in September I treated myself after much deliberation - I even had a telephone debate with my good friend and Queen Ladybug Kerry - a Spellbinders Grand Calibur but I was disappointed as the crank handle was a nightmare after having the electric Big Shot - so when I noticed the new Craftwell Ebosser - I knew my name was on one.....
So I put lots of things inc my Grand Calibur onto eBay and sold everything inc the GC - for only £5 less than I bought it for - I was a very happy bunny !!
So guess what a courier delivered to me on Friday ?? Yes my gorgeous new diecutter - it takes A4 sheets so no cutting down, can run large dies through, large embossing folders, more than one smaller diecut at a time AND it cuts through EVERYTHING like absolute dream.......
Now onto my card - John and I were invited to a wedding on Saturday and it was surely a wedding dreams are made of.
It was set in a Manor and the grounds were just stunning. The bride, Lucy, was gorgeous - very simple dress but so beautiful and Stephen never stopped grinning all day.
I just had to use Bride Nikki from LCI - perfect for the occasion.
The embossing folder came free with my brand spanking new Ebosser !!!

A combination.....
Thank you for stopping by and remember if you aren't already a follower - please do read my sticky note at the top of my blog.
Susan x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ladybug Crafts Ink Crazy Sale...

Kerry has decided Christmas has come early to LCI - 70% off ALL Cling Stamps
Take the banner - display it on your website and spread the word.


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Ladybugcraftsink Office Stationery Challenge

I hope you enjoyed Laurie's Challenge - I enjoyed browsing all your blogs and wow there were some fantastic entries - do check over at the challenge blog to see if you are one of our lucky winners......

Today's challenge is from the lovely bug Sally and she would like you to include some office stationery on your card.....such as envelope, staple, paperclip. bulldog type clip, lined paper etc

Here's my card - I have used star paperclips which I bought when I was about 19 in Germany !! I've always loved paper, stationery and when I was younger prefered to go into stationers than clothes shops !!
The image I have used is a newly purchased Buttercup with Bird on head.... and the backing papers are a freebie Minds Eye paper pad last year!!!
The hessian type thingymajig is something I found whilst sorting my craft room and have to be honest wondered if I'd ever use it !!

 Isn't this paperclip just the cutest ever ??

a sneaky peek at the inside...

 a close up of the paperclip ;0)
a combination of everything ...

Thank you for stopping by, please go and
 give some ladybug love to all the team....


Susan xx