Thursday, 3 November 2011

Baby time again

My daughter’s friend had a baby boy last weekend, the card has already been sent but i’ve just finished off the blanket which I have been knitting.

The card uses an image and background papers from Teddy Friends cd by Peerless designs. It’s all printed onto pearlescent paper to give a nice sheen to it.There’s a narrow mat of silver foiled card behind the image.SAM_0915

The inside has the same image suspended on fine wire in an aperture.SAM_0920

The blanket is in white and to finish it off I managed to crochet a single chain into each of the holes around the edge. This is done in pale blue and gives it a nice fresh look. SAM_0925It measures about 27 inches square and is knit from corner to corner, increasing each row until the size is achieved then decreasing each row.

SAM_0924This little fellow just had to get in on the act but he’s staying with me.

Sue xx

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Male cards

It’s my brother’s birthday today and my brother in law and young nephew have birthdays next month so here are the cards I made. They all use images from MCS.

SAM_0794This is for my brother who has his own motorbike. I’ve put various bits and pieces together to make this image then added the text before printing. I used a very dark cardstock for the card.

SAM_0792This is for my brother in law who likes his fishing. I’ve added a tag and scrap of silver yarn.

SAM_0793This is for my nephew, all layered up in MCS before being printed.

Thanks for looking.

Sue xx

Thursday, 13 October 2011


This was a new craft introduced to me back in May, along with my daughter I covered 4 letters to go in the kitchen on a canvas. Sadly i’ve not finished the project.

However at the recent ICHF show in Cardiff I came across the stand selling the items and paper to cover them.

These geckos are something i’d noticed before and to me this paper seemed to be made especially for them.


The canvas measures about 16x20 inches and has distress ink in orange and green shades roughly rubbed over it.SAM_0850

This is the large gecko done in a stone colour paper with brown veining. It looks like cracked paint. The smaller ones are done in a lovely bright green with dark green veining. Where i’ve not layered so much paper the colour of the mdf gives them an almost yellow tinge.

SAM_0849The canvas is ready to go on the wall now, in the hallway right by the front door.

Sue xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Finished bunting.

Following on from my post of a couple of months ago here are the 3 sets of Tando bunting that needed to be finished. Each of my grandchildren now have their name to display.

First one is for our Grandson with different paper on each piece, silver letters, which don’t show up very well in the photos, a few buttons and lots of card candy, painted in pale green and tied together with pale blue ribbon.SAM_0760

’Little’ Faith all in pink spotty paper with purple letters on pink backgrounds. Embellishments include adhesive ribbons, flowers, brads, card candy and pearly doodles. This is all fastened together with lemon ribbon. I think this is actually my favourite, I just love the way the painted background goes so well with the spotty paper.


‘Big’ Faith has purple starry paper with darker purple letters outlined in silver faux stitching on purple backgrounds. Embellishments include buttons, brads, flowers, self adhesive ribbon and card candy. All held together with white ribbons.


A few close-ups now.




Now all of them together………


It’s a good thing all of them have quite short names.

Sue xx

Thursday, 18 August 2011

More Romance

It was our 37th Wedding Anniversary yesterday.

The card I made was quite simple, using the materials I had out on my desk. I think it works though and like the way it turned out.

It’s an A5 white card with a pale green textured backer. SAM_0716

The hearts have been stamped and embossed in white on pearlescent paper and layered up with just a tiny white border. 3 little paper daisies have green brad centres and have been added to the top corner.

SAM_0717The sentiment is also stamped and embossed in white with the whole thing finished off with a few pieces of card candy.

Another wedding card, this time for the couple next door who are getting married in a couple of weeks.

I’ve used white and pale pink pearlescent paper onto white hammered card, a Martha Stewart punch and white embossing powder on the heart stamp. SAM_0712

This time adding a loop of small pink seed beads and a couple of silver peel-offs.


Sue xx

Sugar Bowl #65 take 2

Another card for the Sugar Bowl challenge using the same sketch but a different image.


This is my new Luv a Latte stamp from Sugar Nellie. In good light the pink doesn’t dominate the card quite so much as it appears here, it is after all a blue challenge.

I’ve used Promarkers to colour along with a Cuttlebug folder, Martha Stewart punch and peel-off greeting.

Sue xx

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Matching set.

Following on from the memory wire bracelet I did a few weeks ago, I decided to make a necklace to match.

I had to carefully count the seed beads and space them out as they are the last that I have in this lovely colour.


SAM_0693I’ve made 2 bracelets in this colourway now, one chunky incorporating the larger beads and one quite fine using just seed beads. Both are so easy to wear, I love them.SAM_0696

Sue xx

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Wedding card

Here at last is the wedding card I was asked to make.SAM_0679The base is hammered white card, overlaid with silver mirror board and pink pearlescent paper with a punched heart border. The sentiment is computer generated.

SAM_0683The hearts have been stamped onto white pearlescent paper, embossed in white and layered up onto mirror board. Swarovski crystals have been hung from the top of each one.

There are 4 pages of inserts, though i’m showing only 3 as the first has a photo of the couple. The centre pages are printed onto the same pink pearlescent paper as on the front while the outer 2 are on super smooth white paper.

This page has 3 verses and a photo of one of my son’s doves.SAM_0676

This has 1 verse and the dove with room for a handwritten message.SAM_0675

The last page is a picture of the vessel on which they will be spending their honeymoon.

SAM_0677The reverse of the card features the same papers as the front. (excuse the finger-marks on the mirror card, they will be wiped off)

SAM_0678The card measures around 19cm square so a single A4 sheet was not big enough, that’s why it’s joined in the back. It also gave me the chance to hide the workings of attaching 4 separate insert papers as they go between the fold and back piece.

Sue xx

Friday, 12 August 2011

Sugar Bowl #65

Another challenge from the Sugar Bowl challenge blog. A sketch to follow and the colour blue to be used.MTSB65 - BLUE

Having 3 Grandaughters and only 1 Grandson most of my crafting tends to be pink or purple but I found a piece of blue backing paper in my Henbury Lane stack to use. I teamed it with pink roses from the same pad, a Martha Stewart punch and some white ribbon. The bow is hung with a silver jump ring. The image is Daisy from Sugar Nellies, she has been coloured with Promarkers.SAM_0670SAM_0671

I’m also entering this for the Sugar Nellie fb challenge which is to use punches/die cuts. It also fits in as:

a girly card on the Stampavie challenge this week.

Say it with flowers on the Pixie Cottage.

Sue xx

Thursday, 11 August 2011

More beads and a card.

It’s my Mum’s birthday later this month, her card is all ready for her along with a bit of beading, in the form of a matching bracelet and necklace set.SAM_0606

I’ve used large seed beads in a matt finish and the cascade method of attaching them with silver plated jump rings. I’ve only used a small section for the necklace as it can get quite heavy, and attached decorative chain to it at either side.

I’ve used this lovely Daisy stamped image coloured with Promarkers for the card. The papers are Henbury Lane, the dots on the middle piece are actually glossy but it doesn’t show up very well.SAM_0560The punch is by Martha Stewart and the swirl is a die-cut but i’ve no idea where from. The circles and ovals are Nesties. It's a large card made by scored an A4 sheet into a square shape and attaching another sheet cut down to size for the back. SAM_0558

Sue xx

Monday, 8 August 2011

Paper and beads

I made these for my friend Lynn whose birthday it was last week.SAM_0563The image is a beautiful digi from Funky Kits. Coloured with Promarkers, it is simply layered with the addition of a die-cut corner and some pearlescent card. A few pieces of silver card candy finish it off.

SAM_0565The memory wire bracelet uses seed beads in a beautiful aubergine colour, larger beads in amethyst and 2 different shades of pink glass beads. I honestly try to do random with my spacing but this is as good as it gets – between 19 & 22 seed beads between each cluster of 3 larger ones. lol.


The bookmark uses lots of different elements found in my stash along with a little ‘made with love’ heart charm. Sorry about the rather bright blue background.

Sue xx

Sugar Bowl #64 take 2

This time a square card using the same image and layout but in a different colour scheme.SAM_0667

I must admit i’ve cheated a little bit by using a lace edge punch from Martha Stewart rather than actual lace.


Sue xx

Sugar Bowl #64

A card at last!

This is for the challenge on the Sugar Bowl blog.

This is the sketch provided for the challenge, the other thing was to include lace, which I managed.

Here is what I came up with.SAM_0665SAM_0666I’ve used A4 cardstock folded to make an nice large A5 card. The image is a digi coloured with Promarkers. her hair looks a little bit pink in the light I had for the photo this morning but in reality is a soft shade of brown. HOTP papers and a Tim Holtz flourish form the backing and I wired a few flower and seed beads to sit on top of the lace and a tiny gem for a bit of sparkle.

I’m also including this for the Sugar Nellies fb challenge to use orange and yellow.

Sue xx

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Something else a little different to show today.

I’ve been working on this canvas for over a week now even though it has been planned for far longer.

SAM_0595I found the letters way back in May and that’s when I had the idea. At the time I wasn’t sure where the finished piece was going to live but once we started decorating the bedroom at the back of the house I knew this is where it would go.

I painted the canvas with the same paint as the main walls and the chipboard letters in the gorgeous damson shade of the feature wall. SAM_0598

The swirls are coloured with promarkers in Apple then toned down with Ivory. I added card candy, self adhesive gems and fabric flowers.


Thanks to Paddy for cutting the swirls out for me and to the very generous Lynn for the hot glue gun to stick all the bits and pieces in place.

As soon as it was assembled this morning my lovely hubby put a fixing on the back and hung it on the wall for me.

Sue xx