Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas

I want to wish all my blogging buddies a very Merry Christmas, thank you for reading and leaving comments throughout the past year.

These are the cards I made for my Mum & Mum in Law this year. Images from Forever Friends cd, embossed backgrounds using Cuttlebug folders, lots of organza ribbon, seed beads and fabric flowers.DSC01706

Sue xxDSC01707

Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas Bunting

Over on the Bubbly Funk forum a group of us have worked together to make and decorate pieces of bunting. The pieces I received are in the green/red/gold combination but we also made pieces in a blue/white/silver combo for those who preferred it.

red buntingDSC01671

As you can see each one that I made is slightly different.

I had my pieces back last week and this afternoon decided to do something with them so armed with a hole punch, yards of glittery green cord and a large needle I sorted them into order. I ended up on the kitchen floor with them before hanging them from the door to get the spacing right.

I like how they turned out.DSC01779 Thank you everyone who took part, each piece of the bunting is totally different. I'd love to see how the other colour combo worked out.

In close-up.DSC01780DSC01781DSC01782DSC01783

Sue xx

Saturday, 18 December 2010

‘Special’ Christmas cards

Each year I try to come up with something different for the family cards I need to make. I’ve used images from Forever Friends Cd for all of them.

These first 2 are for my sons and are A4 in size. I imported the images and backing papers into MCS and manipulated them and added text. Both are layered up onto mirror card.


This is for my daughter. It’s an 8 inch square card that started off as A4 but went wrong Sad smile so had to be layered up again. Another image from the same cd with added silver yarn and a Martha Stewart punched edge.


Sue xx

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Frost & Ice

Here, where we are in South Wales we have been very lucky with the weather in regard to the snow that most people have had recently.

At the beginning of this week though we have had some very hard frosts. This is what our front looked like on Monday morning, it stayed so cold that the the plants were white over until yesterday. It must have warmed up enough for it all to thaw out, not that the increase was noticeable. As you can see I stayed inside to take the picture – far too cold and slippery to venture out.

It does look very pretty though.


This icicle has formed from the air outlet from the shower.


Sue xx

Bag charms

I made these 3 charms for my Grandaughters and my sister for Christmas.

DSC01682The one for my sister was intended for last year, that’s when I bought the beads, just never got round to doing it.

The other 2 feature Hello Kitty which seems to be very popular right now.

The boxes are handmade too on my Hougie board. A brad and spacer has been used for the girls to enable them to get the lid off easier.


Sue xx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Kids Company

A friend from facebook put me onto this site which helps under privileged children in London. She was knitting scarves to send out to ‘wrap up a kiddie’ so as I already had my needles out decided to knit a few as well.

I’ve only managed to finish 3 so far but with this very cold weather thought I had better get them posted off to be put to use.


The blue one is in chunky yarn and the other 2 use 2 strands of double knitting yarn. I’ve done single rib on BIG needles to make them feel very soft and warm.

Sue xx

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Emerald Anniversary

A friend asked me to make Anniversary cards for her Nan. I had done several cards for her own Wedding a few years ago.

I used my Forever Friends cd to make one for her young son to give to his great Grandparents.DSC01649[1]

It’s a DL sized card as I folded the A4 sheet back on itself.

This one is an image from Romantic Moments cd from MCS. The original is a single rose but I copied, flipped and rotated it. I added a simple sentiment in a fancy font.

kelle2It’s printed on pearlescent paper and mounted onto green cardstock. The hearts are a Martha Stewart punch. Small adhesive gems complete the look.

The final one is a large 8 inch square card. Again it’s an image from MCS Romantic Moments Cd. simply printed onto super smooth paper and mounted onto pearlescent paper decorated with another MS punch then onto green card.

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This is a close-up of the sentiment. kelle close up

It took me ages to match up the font for the insert as i’d forgotten that i’d done the front on the laptop and realised that the fonts are not the same on the pc. Why I don’t know as they both use the same edition of Windows.

Sue xx

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Sad moment

My Dad passed away at the end of last year and a couple of months ago we went with Mum to order the headstone for him.

I helped her with the wording and the etched image on it is taken from the card I made for her Birthday in August. It’s a fuchsia image from the MCS Cross Stitch Cd.

DSC01658 It was erected last week and I have just been to see it for the first time. It was very sad seeing it in place as it made everything seem so very real and final. I’m not ashamed to say that I shed a tear or two as I looked at it.


Sue xx

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

New baby

An ‘old’ friend from a crafting forum and fb recently gave birth to a daughter so I made a card and knit a few things for her.

DSC01250 This jacket is my all time favourite to knit for babies, probably every baby I have knit for has worn it . 

The lemon hat is a new pattern for me but i’m pleased with the way it has turned out. The lilac one is another favourite with it’s heart button to match the ones on the jacket.

DSC01253The card features an image and background papers from Teddies Friends by Peerless designs.

DSC01379It is the first time I have tried this style of card with the cut-out inside but I love the way it has worked out.

The hanging panel is suspended on fine wire and is the same as the one on the front, it is double sided . 



Sue xxx

Dragon Hunting

In Newport, Gwent where I live there have appeared some 60 large dragons throughout the City and surrounding areas this past month. Officially called Newport Super Dragons.

Here is the link to the official website.

During August while we had Faith with us we went out and about and actually found almost 30 on the first day. Sadly I didn’t think to take a picture of her with each one.DSC01300DSC01365DSC01362

At the weekend I took Sallie and we found a few more. DSC01529DSC01532 DSC01531 DSC01530

Sadly some of them have had to be removed from their original positions and placed indoors for their own safety. Can you believe that some mindless (drunken) people actually ripped one of it’s plinth and threw it in the canal.

There are always some in the Den being repaired, this is such a shame as they look so beautiful around the place and have provided much pleasure for so many people. They will be auctioned off in October for charity.

Sue xxx

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Anniversary & Engagement cards

I was asked at the last minute by a friend to make an anniversary card for him to send to his wife.

He likes his cards to be romantic so this is what I came up with. DSC01421[1]

The image from MCS is printed onto super smooth card and layered up onto a gold coloured mat.

The sentiment is a gold peel-off.

The insert has the same image and a suitably romantic verse.DSC01430[1]

It was also our Anniversary last month and this is the card I made for Mick.


It is a printed from a Forever Friends cd. I printed the image onto the background paper and then onto super smooth card and decoupaged it on top.

Mum asked me to buy her an engagement card for her neighbour. BUY!!! I don’t remember the last time I actually bought a card so I set to and made her one.

This is what I came up with, again from the Forever Friends cd. Simply printed onto super smooth DSC01424[2]card and layered onto the white cardstock.

The insert has the same hearts background and smaller image printed onto it.


Sue xxx

Just because

This is a card I made for my Mum to let her know we were thinking of her on what would have been her Wedding Anniversary.

It doesn’t seem right to ignore the date, which i’m sure is still important to her, because my Dad is no longer with us. It always will be the anniversary of the date they married. DSC01371

The image is a Forever Friends stamp, coloured with Promarkers and layered onto squares of a paper by K & co. The sentiment is layered onto a scrap of the same paper. The cardstock is an ivory textured one with a slight sheen.

Sue xxx

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

One for the Girls.

Over on Wild Orchid Challenges this week the theme is One for the Girls.

I've produced 2 cards with the toppers shown earlier for my grandaughters’ birthdays next month. One is going to be 6 and the other 9 years old.

DSC01402 I’ve used an A4 sheet of cardstock and folded it on the DL line to give a square shortfall card. The front has then been layered with pale green paper, to match the shoes and pink glitter card to create the full width required. The edges have been crinkle cut and the green paper decorated with the same punch which was used on the topper.DSC01415

Scalloped and plain ovals cut with Nesties have been put on the glitter card and decorated with a peel-off number. The greeting is a peel-off and card candy finishes the card along with a pink crystal in the tiara.

 DSC01412This 2nd one has been cut the same but due to a mistake with the glue has more layers and a few border peel-offs, because of this i’ve not been able to fit a number on. Gold coloured card has been used to match the colouring on the topper.  I've used a small peel-off greeting and 4  gems on the card as well as the gem in the tiara.

Sue xx

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Card & Book

I made this card and little book for Lynn’s birthday.

Since the schools finished for the holidays she seemed to have nothing but rain so I thought this image quite appropriate for her. Thinking back i’m almost certain I used an umbrella image last year for her. DSC01254

It’s an easel type card held up with blue gems (raindrops)I’ve also used fabric flowers and spotty braid. The image, which is a new stamp but from where I can’t remember, is coloured with Promarkers.

This is the book I made for her, it’s only about 4 inches square and fastens together with spotty organza ribbon. The papers are K & Co but I don’t know the stamp as it was borrowed from Kaz.


The pages are cut, folded and glued back to back with a stiffer card for the cover. DSC01258DSC01259

Sue xx

Friday, 23 July 2010


I sat last night and coloured in some images with Promarkers and managed to get these 2 mounted up ready to use on cards. Both are the same Tilda image but using different colours for the hair and shoes. The different mounts make a big difference to them as well. I used glitter card and pearlescent card. The corners have been cut using a X Cut flower punch and my trusty corner  rounder.


I know 2 little girls who will love the Birthday cards i’m going to use them on ;-)

Sue xx