Thursday, 30 April 2015

Love Is The Sweetest Thing...

Good Morning...

The new Challenge at 
is 
FAF or CAS (Fancy and Fussy or Clean and Simple)
and of course, the card must have more pink than any other colour.
This challenge is sponsored by
and the prize for the lucky winner is a $6 voucher for their online store.

Well, I must admit, I did n't need any help deciding to choose FAF as my card style, particularly as I had just the right stamp in mind.

Today's card is made with a gorgeous Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Stamp - 'Brett and Brenda Get Married'.  I have been eyeing this stamp up for ages and eventually my will power succumbed!  I am pretty certain I am not the only one who that happens to ... occasionally...!

I coloured these two lovebirds with Copics and then distressed the edge of the image with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I embellished Brenda's dress with Stickles and her hair and flowers with Liquid PearIs.  

I used Kraft card and papers from Trimit's 'The Rose Garden' Collection to create layers and mats, all die cut with Spellbinders Grand Die Set - Labels.  I distressed the edges of the Kraft card a little.

I used cheesecloth, hessian ribbon, natural twine and flowers from The Ribbon Girl to decorate the card along with gems, buttons, pink twine and charms from my trinket box.

Finally I added sentiment tags from Lili of the Valley and a die cut church by Marianne Creatables.

So, here we are, an adorable couple who are a perfect picture of sweet love...
I would like to enter this card for the following challenge -
Deep Ocean - Shaped Card
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Use A Sentiment
Ingredients
Stamping Bella Uptown Girls Stamp - 'Brett and Brenda Get Married
Memento Ink Pads
Copic Markers
Liquid Pearls
Stickles
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Kraft Card by Papermania
Papers from 'The Rose Garden' by Trimcraft
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilites Die Set - Grand Labels One
Church Die by Marianne Creatables - LR0172
Cheesecloth, Flowers, Hessian Ribbon, Natural Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Sentiment Tags from Lili of The Valley Set 24 and Set 37
Silver Shimmer Domes and Gems by Papermania
Buttons, Charms and Pink Twine from my trinket box.
Lace from Beckford Silk
Collall All Purpose Glue
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pads in Black (image) and Rich Cocoa (sentiments)
Copics - Skin - E0000, E00, E02, E04, R11
Hair (Brett) - E55, E53, E51, (Brenda) - E15, E13, Y21
Wedding Dress - R000, R00, Suit - E70, E71, E74, E77
Flowers - R32, R27, R35, G29, YG63
Background - E50, E51
Liquid Pearls - Silver Pearl
Frosted Lace Stickles


This is my last card as Guest DT for Christine and her lovely Pink Ladies at In The Pink, I just want to say an enormous thank you to them for all their warmth and letting me join in with their pink loveliness...such fun!


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to In the Pink to look at the lovely DT Creations there and  join in with the pink fun!
from Sue...xxx

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Girl's Best Friend...

Good Morning...

This week's challenge at Creative Inspirations is Cute Critters!
This week's prize for the lucky winner is from 
and is a £10 GIFT VOUCHER!

Today's card for Creative Inspirations is made with a stamp from 
Make it Crafty - 'Amelia's Puppy'.

I did n't know whether to laugh or cry when I stamped this little lady with her adorable puppy.  I thought it was my eyes when I saw that she had no eyes! So...I stamped another just to be sure....and another!  Upon close examination, I realised that I needed to add the eye detail myself; that was something new!  I probably should have abandoned ship at that point but I refuse to give up on any project so I stuck with it.

I coloured Amelia with Copics and I used black with a white gel pen and blue Copics to create her eyes.  (very wierd - but that's probably just me)!

I used Papermania Card and spotty paper from Lili of the Valley's 'One Birdie Lane' collection and did a bit of machine stitching along the edges.  

I added some seam binding along with twine, a button and a charm, all from The Ribbon Girl.  The pearls and adhesive gems are from my trinket box.

And here we have her, Amelia with her best friend - so cute!
Ingredients
Make it Crafty Rubber Stamp - Amelia's Puppy
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
 Kraft and Peach Cardstock by Papermania
Spotty Paper from Lili of The Valley One Birdie Lane Collection
Seam Binding, Twine, Wooden Button and Bone Charm from
The Ribbon Girl
Coloured Beads and Pearls from my trinket box
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento ink Pad in Black
Copics - Skin E50, E51, E53, E04
Eyes, Black 100, B000, B02, Signo Uni-ball Gel Pen in White
Hair E55, E57, E59
Puppy - T0, T1, T3, T5
Clothes - YR00, YR01, R02
BG000, BG11, BG49,
E40, E41, E43, RV34
Background - R000, R00
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to Creative Inspirations to look at the lovely DT Creations there and join in the fun!
from Sue...xxx

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Fly Away Home

Good Evening...

Well, I am definitely on a roll this weekend...I have had such a lovely time crafting, relaxing, dog walking ahhh...is it next weekend yet?  I don't know why I'm saying that when I am lucky enough to be retired, but I do think there is still something special about Saturday and Sunday
Today's card is made with a lovely digital stamp from Tiddly Inks - 'Cute-ilicious'.
I have coloured this little lady with Copics and used card from Papermania and papers from Dovecraft to create mats and layers.

I used a pretty Magnolia die to cut some of the edges and added burlap ribbon, twine, flowers and charms.

I must mention my lovely blogging friend Sarah from Mallows Crafty Bits who has just made a card using a technique I had completely forgotten about!  Sarah used a Versamark pen and clear embossing powder to heat emboss part of an image to make it shiny.  I have borrowed that technique here to make the little ladybirds look glossy.  I know it is possible to use glossy accents but they take a while to dry; the benefit of the Versmark technique is I think that it is immediately safe and not likely to get mussed up!  Thank you Sarah!

I have had a bit of a photo malfunction, for some reason that escapes me the yellow background on this card look flourescent - apologies for that, it is not the intended finish!

Anyway, flourescent background aside, here is my latest card, 
a cute-iliciuos little girl with a ladybird on a string about to fly away home!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenge - 
Tiddly Inks - Springs In!!
Ingredients
Tiddly Inks Digital Image - Cute-ilicious
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Versamark Pen
Stampendous Clear Embossing Folder
Diamond Stickles
Magnolia Doo Hickey Die - Swedish Lace
Papermania Cardstock
Dovecraft Spring Papers IV
Twine, Roses and Wooden Button From The Ribbon Girl
Burlap Ribbon, Charm and Ceramic Button from my trinket Box
Adhesive Pearls by The Hobby House
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Copics - Skin E0000, E00, E11, R11
Hair E47, E44, E42
Dress, Ladybirds & Tulips V01, V12, V15, V17
Greens YG63, G82, G99
Background - Y000, B0000, W0, W1
Versamark Pen
Diamond Stickles


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...

from Sue...xxx

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hey Little Birdie...

Good Evening...
Today's card is sheer indulgence on my part.  I have had this gorgeous Sugar Nellie digi - Hey Little Birdie for ages and have wanted to colour her.  I decided that today was the day....plus...I am trying to make at least one Christmas Card a month and I am running out of April time!

Today's card then is Sugar Nellie's Hey Little Birdie by Funky Kits.  I have coloured her with Copics and added some dots of Clear Jelly Roll pen.  I used Papermania cardstock and paper from a Kaisercraft Blue Bay pad to create mats and layers.  I also did something that is very different for me - another first and I machine stitched the edges of the card.  I rather enjoyed that!

I added some twine and a wooden button from The Ribbon Girl along with some teeny tiny hearts from my trinket box.  Finally, I added a sentiment tag from Lili of the Valley.

Hey Little Birdie - sheer Saturday afternoon indulgence.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - April Colour Challenge  
(Colours from your National Flag - Blue, white and a touch of red from the Union Jack)
The Sugar Bowl - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Cute As A Button
Cute Card Thursday - Clean and Simple!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Clean And Simple
Ingredients
Sugar Nellie Digi Stamp - Hey Little Birdie from Funky Kits
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock
Copic Markers
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear
Blue Cardstock by Papermania
Kaisercraft Blue Bay Paper Pad
Twine and Wooden Button from The Ribbon Girl
Teeny Blue Hearts from my trinket box
Collall All Purpose Glue
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Inks Used
Archival Ink - Watering Can (Sentiment)
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear
Copics - Skin E0000, E00, E11, RV10,
Hair E43, E53, E50
Clothes B0000, B91, B93, B95, C0, C01, C03,
Background W0, W1
Touch of Red - R35, R46


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...

from Sue...xxx

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Live, Laugh, Love...

Good Morning...

Live, laugh, love...
not necessarily in that order but definitely all at the same time if possible!
This weeks Challenge at Creative Inspirations is 
Anything Goes + Option of a Sketch.

This week's challenge is sponsored by 
Kenny K Downloads

and the prize for the lucky winner is 
4 images of the winner's choice.

Today's card for Creative Inspirations is made with the Kenny K Digital Stamp, 
Happy Hour
I coloured this lovely party girl in with Copic markers - I really enjoyed her spotty dress, I am very partial to Polka Dots!
I decided she should be a guest at a summer garden party so I used some beautiful flowery paper from Graphic 45 along with sanded floral embossing and die cutting.
Finally I added some Sentiment Tags from Lili of the Valley along with some roses from 
The Ribbon Girl.

Here we are, a girl in a lovely frock hoping to laugh and love at a beautiful summer's eve garden party...
I would like to enter this card for the following challenge - 
As You Like It - Favourite Alcohol Markers or Distress Inks?
(alcohol markers for me, I am full of admiration for the talented ladies who colour with distress inks but I am more certain I am likely to end up with the right colour using markers)!
Ingredients
Kenny K Digital Stamp - Happy Hour'
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Graphic 45 12 x 12 Paper from 'It's Raining Cats And Dogs' Collection
Cor'dInations 12 x 12 Cardstock
Papermania Cardstock
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles
Die'sire Embossalicious Embossing Folder - Florabunda
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Floral Doily Accent
Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags - Set 24
Archival Ink - Watering Can
Tiny Roses From The Ribbon Girl
Tim Holtz Paper Sanding Tool
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Copics - 
Skin - E0000, E00, E11, E02, R11, R35, R39
Hair - E57, E43, E53
Dress - Y21, Y23, Y26, R37, R35, R39, T0, T1, T5
Shoes - T0, T1, T3
Background - YR0000, YR000, YR00
Sentiment Tags - Archival Ink in Watering Can
Freckles - Signo Uni-Ball in White
Jewellery - Clear Gelly Roll Pen



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Happy Crafting...
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from Sue...xxx

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Don't Eat The Daisies...

Good Morning...

Showing my age or what!  Don't Eat The Daisies, a film starring the gorgeous Doris Day.  Once I thought of that, it became an 'earworm'!  Anyway, I am sure this delightful two have no intention of eating the daisies, they look far more likely to lace them into each other's hair!
Today's card is for the Lili of the Valley Design Collective.
I have used the beautiful stamp of these two lovelies - 'Meant To Be' 
and coloured them with Copics.  I used some gorgeous Lili of The Valley papers to create the layers and the die cut branch and ribbon.  
I added a few small flowers from The Ribbon Girl.  
Finally, and this is something new - another new technique done whilst holding my breath and closing my eyes!  I used the fabulous LOTV stamp set - 'Greetings Postmarks' to add the sentiments which I stamped right over the top of the finished card! (twitchy but of course, I love the effect and I would definitely do it again)!
Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Meant To Be
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock
Crafts Uk 6 x 6 Scalloped Edge Card Blank
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen
Lili of The Valley Papers from the 'One Birdie Lane', 'Perfect Pair' 
and 'Hearfelt' Collections
Greetings Postmarks - Set 18
Spellbinders Borderabilites Dies - Scalloped Borders Two
Creative Expressions Craft Dies - Classic 3D Itty Bitty Bows
Wild Rose Studio Die - Leafy Branch
Flowers from The Ribbon Girl
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pads in Black (Image) and Expresso Truffle (Postmarks)
Copics - Skin - E0000, E00, E11, R11, 
Hair - Y21, Y26, Y28,
Hat & Cardi - YR31, YR21, YR24,
Dress - R20, R21, R22
Shirt - YG91, YG93, YG95
Trousers & Shoes - C1, C3, C5
Socks - E40
Grass - YG63, G21
Background - B0000, B00, W1, W3
Polka Dots and Grass Highlights - Sign Uni-Ball Gel Pen in White
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop and have a look at all the loveliness at 
Lili of the Valley ...



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Friday, 17 April 2015

Dipping Your Toe In The Water...

Good Evening...

A later post than normal but we have had a busy day in the mouse house!  I was asked to join a choir who were singing especially at a very dear man's funeral service this afternoon.  Possibly one of the most cheerful funerals I have ever been to, but very fitting for the loveliest of gentlemen!
Today's card is something a bit different for me.  
I was very happy when my lovely friend Sheila (who is the extremely hardworking owner of Pink Tulip Creations) gave me this beautiful uncoloured image from The Hobby House and asked if I could make a card.  

Well, I have to say, I am hooked!  Aside from being such a darling image, the card was some of the best to colour on with Copics I have ever come across! (Yes, I know I am a marker geek and I should get out more)!

Anyway, I coloured this sweetie with Copics then layered and matted her up with some blue card and some papers from Maya Road Vintage Spring Basics.  

I added a die cut butterfly and some Hobby House Flowers along with some lace and adhesive pearls.  

Finally, I added some twine and a charm from the Ribbon Girl and dotted about a little bit of Liquid Pearls.

And here we are, a brave girl dipping her toe in the water, (I know how she feels)!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - Any Image Add Ribbon Or Lace
Deep Ocean - Things With Wings
A Gem of a Challenge - Spring Is In The Air
Live And Love Crafts - Signs of Spring
Elisabeth Bell's World - Pearls And Lace
Cute Card Thursday - Charmed!
Noor! Design - Anything Goes
Ingredients
The Hobby House Elisabeth Bell Ready to Colour Art Book - Merry Weather.
Copic Markers
Memory Box Die - Vivienne Butterfly
Navy Blue Cardstock
Maya Road Vintage Spring Basics 6" x 6" Papers
The Hobby House Boutique Paper Flowers - Pink and Blue
Groves Trim Collection Navy Blue Lace
Navy Blue Adhesive Pearls by Papermania
The Hobby House Self Adhesive Pearls 
Natural Twine and Butterfly Charm from The Ribbon Girl
Dovecraft Round Corner Punch
Collall All Purpose Glue
Liquid Pearls 
Inks Used
Copics - E0000, E00, E02, E11, E50, E53, E43, E57,
R81, R83, R85, R89, B91, B93, B95, YG63, G21, 
B0000, B00, BG0000, BG000, W1, W3.
Liquid Pearls in White Opal


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to have a look at Pink Tulip Creations - Sheila, Tracy and Angela are so lovely and always happy to help...
from Sue...xxx

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Anything is Possible with Sparkle and a Little Pink...

Good Morning...

Today's blog post is my first as Guest Designer for lovely Christine and the Pink Ladies over at In The Pink.  

I am so happy and honoured to be asked to be a guest there for a couple of weeks, it is such a lovely and welcoming place with gorgeous challenges and home to everything pink.  I am from a house of men so I have to take every opportunity I can to embrace my inner pink!
This week's challenge at In The Pink is 'Make it Sparkle'.

This challenge is sponsored by The Ribbon Girl, and the lucky winner will win a £10 voucher to spend in their gorgeous on line store. 
As soon as I found out that the challenge involved pink and sparkle I knew straightaway that my card would feature the lovely Stamping Bella Uptown Girl 'Posh' (Posh has Presents).

I coloured her with copics and layered and matted her up with some pearlescent Bazzill cardstock and some papers from a 12 x 12 paper pad I have had for eons called The Rose Garden by Trimcraft (from Hobbycraft I think).  

I used a touch of cheesecloth and distressed the card edges to soften everything up a little.  

I really enjoyed myself adding some sparkle!

I used a Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Pen on the edges of Posh's frock, on the present bag and parcels.  I added some sparkles to her hair with silver Liquid Pearls and finally I ran amok with shimmer domes, gems and sequins. (I tried really hard to get the camera to capture all the sparkle, if you click on the photo, I think you can get a glimpse of it).

I completed the card with some pink twine and a button along with a handbag charm and a 'party sentiment tag.

Such Fun! 
Here we are then, Uptown Girl - Posh - born to party and to sparkle...
Ingredients
Stamping Bella Uptown Girl Stamp - Posh Has Presents
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Liquid Pearls
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Bazzill Pearlescent Pink Cardstock
Papers from 'The Rose Garden' by Trimcraft
Cheesecloth, Wooden Button and Pink Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Handbag Charm by Bijoux Charms
Party Sentiment Tag from Lili of The Valley (Set 24)
Pink Shimmer Domes and Gems by Papermania
Sequins by SIL from The Range
Collall All Purpose Glue
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Copics - E0000, E00, E02, R11, R22, Y21, E13, E15,
R81, R83, R85, R89, W1, W3, W5, E50, E51
Sakura 'Clear Star' Gelly Roll Pen
Silver Liquid Pearls
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to In the Pink to look at the lovely DT Creations there and perhaps join in the fun!
from Sue...xxx

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Seeing Stars...

Good Morning...
This weeks Challenge at Creative Inspirations is
'Seeing Stars'

The prize for the lucky winner is a £10 voucher to spend at Cult Pens
What a fab prize, I certainly could spend that in a flash!

Today's card for Creative Inspirations is made with the lovely Lili of the Valley fairy stamp- Midsummer's Night.  She is coloured in with Copics and I have added a touch of clear Gelly Roll pen and some silver Liquid Pearls to try and make the stars shine bright!  I distressed the edge of the image with Tim Holtz Iced Spruce Ink.  (Trying at the same time to be brave because I still get the wobbles doing this!  Does anyone out there actually ever do the background first because it seems like a good idea to me)?

I have used Bazzill turquoise blue cardstock, digi papers by Pink Petticoat and die cut some stars as embellishments.  (I die cut some star shaped spaces in the starry paper and counter sunk some stars into the gaps - I have n't done that before and I was quite happy with the result).

Finally, I added some blue twine and a star charm from The Ribbon Girl.

Here we are, a Midsummer's Night fairy who really is 'seeing stars'

 I would like to enter this card for the following Challenge - 
Cute Card Thursday - Bonny Blues
If you want to have a look at some more LOTV Loveliness there is a super free gift offer running from today for a few days over at Lili of the Valley...
Follow this link for all the details...
http://www.liliofthevalley.co.uk/acatalog/Free-Gift-Offer.html

Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Midsummers Night Fairy
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Liquid Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Iced Spruce
Bazzill Cardstock
Starry Paper - Pink Petticoat Digital 
Blue Twine and Heart Charm From The Ribbon Girl
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Iced Spruce
Liquid Pearls in Silver
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear Star
Copics - E0000, E00, E11, R11, R22, E31, E33, E37, 
E70, E71, E74, B91, B93, B95, B97,
BG70, BG72, BG11, W0


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to Creative Inspirations to look at the lovely DT Creations there and perhaps join in the fun!
from Sue...xxx

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Lavenders Blue... And Pink Of Course...!

Good Afternoon!
and what a glorious Friday it is, such a beautiful sun shiny day.

Today's card is a sweet little House Mouse stamped image - 'scent of lilac', you will notice that my lilac is n't lilac it is pink, but I am sure there are some pink lilacs out there somewhere, (and if not, there should be)!

I coloured this pretty image with Copics and went for a slightly simpler layout with an embossed and sanded flowery background, a die cut daisy, some ribbon, twine and a button and, my new love, some sequins...

Finally I added a little birthday tag from Lili of the Valley.

So, Happy Birthday and Happy Friday from me and the mouse!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
In The Pink - Celebration Time
House Mouse and Friends - Birthdays with a Birthday Sentiment HMFMC191
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Sir Stampalot Stamping Sensations - Pretty In Pink
Ingredients
Stampendous House Mouse Stamp - 'Scent of Lilac'
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock - Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
MFT Die-namics Stitched Circles Die
Core'dinations Cardstock from The Whitewash Collection
Creative Expressions, Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Dies - Delicate Daisies
Pink Card and Paper from Papermania
Tim Holtz Paper Sanding Tool
Burlap Ribbon, Twine, and Buttons from my trinket box
Sequins by SIL from The Range
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Copics - E50, E51, E21, W1, W3, W5
R81, R83, R85, R89, YG03, YG17, YG63,
B0000, B000


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
from Sue...xxx

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