Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Good morning, folks, it's Susie here today. I love to use up my scraps in new projects, which is just as well given the amount I have!
So, for today's card, I started with these scraps from various different A Few of My Favourite Things kits:
I cut the striped paper into a square and matted it onto the navy card.
The teal card was cut into a smaller square and also matted onto the navy card.
The turquoise house was cut out and windows from the cream house were glued into place.
The grey card was cut to fit across the card and small scraps of navy added to either end of the grey. (There was no navy piece long enough to match the grey, but the squares we're going to be placed on top so that wasn't a problem.).
Some small flowers were punched from the teal card and my favourite gems were stuck to their centres.
I added some Platinum Stickles to the grey and navy strip and to the house roof and left it all to dry:
Once the Stickles had dried, I stuck it all together, with foam pads behind the house to add interest. The greeting is a rub on that I have had for years and was pleasantly surprised that it still worked!!
So, from some scraps of paper and card I now have a cool New Home card, suitable for male/female/couple. What scrappy projects can you come up with?
Monday, 26 January 2015
Good morning, folks, I have a 12" layout to show you today. It's been a wee while since I've done this size of layout, but I decided that I had too many photos to include to make a smaller layout!
So, I started with a 12" piece of green card and gathered all of the green card and journalling bits from Sarah's A Few of My Favourite Things Kits. (Outdoors and nature seemed to demand green backgrounds!!) I loved the "Life is a Wonderful Adventure" card and wanted that to be my centre piece. I cut out the ends of the banner with a craft knife so that I could layer my photos behind the banner, like so:
There is also a strip of the green leaf card and some of the Snip and Stick leaves added to my layout. Also included in the kit was this fantastic checklist banner:
I decided to secure it with a couple of eyelets as I thought that it suited the theme. But, if you decide to curl the banner to add dimension, like I did, its best to wait until your ink has actually dried, otherwise you leave smudges, doh!!!!!
I added a little journalling to complete the memories but refrained from adding any other items to my already rather busy page.
Have a lovely day, folks.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
I hope you are all well and haven't been blown away in this wild weather! Today, I decided that I fancied stamping one of the lovely Doodle Dolls from Sarah Hurley. This one is called Dream a Little Dream and is lovely and easy to colour. I stamped her onto Kraft card (aka the inside of my Christmas wrapping paper!) and coloured her with my Polychromo pencils. After shading and colouring her face, I stamped her beautiful big eyes and added a little more shading for her nose and her eyebrows. After that, I decided I would give her a little smile.....must have been feeling brave, huh?!
As is pretty normal for me, I kept the layout really simple to show off the gorgeous teal/turquoise paper and image. (Have I ever told you that my favourite colour is teal/turquoise?!!). The papers, heart and turquoise gems are from various A Few of My Favourite Things kits. I decided to add a little doodling and Stardust Stickles to finish off my card.
And here is a wee close up of Doodle Doll Dream a Little Dream Girl:
Take care, folks.
Thursday, 1 January 2015
Happy New Year, folks! I hope you all had a brilliant night last night and have had a good start to 2015. We spent a fabulous night at Nethy Bridge: a torchlight procession, ceilidh with fantastic stovies, soup and mince pie, fireworks and lovely night with friends. Most definitely a brilliant goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015!
Whilst we've been in Aviemore, we've had loads of lovely family time, snow fun, eating and lazing about, so I've managed to read a book and do some colouring. I decided to colour up these Saturated Canary cuties first - Jules, Ava and Canary Love. I haven't coloured these in ages and had fun with some different colour combinations too. I've used my wonderful Polychromo pencils - fantastic to bring away with me as I can have all my colours in one box - I'd need about 6 boxes if I brought all my pro markers! Here are the individual close-ups:
Have a lovely day, whatever you're up to.
Friday, 19 December 2014
The prompt for today (can you believe it is day 19 already?!) is Christmas Blessings. I am not a religious person, but I regularly like to think about what I am thankful for, or to "Count My Blessings", as my Gran used to say!
This Christmas, at the very top of my list is "Dad". In February this year, he was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth and neck. He started his treatment in April and has been very unwell as a result, not to mention all the associated worry that accompanies the diagnosis. I'm pleased to say that the treatment seems to have worked and he is doing well, although his body still has a long way to go to get back to normal!! But it is wonderful to acknowledge the good. (By the way, that's my mum and my nephew in the picture too.)
Originally, my layout was going to be all about my dad, but then there is just so much to be glad about, so I changed it to be one for each day of the month!! It mostly uses last year's Christmas kit, together with some more of those gorgeous turquoise gems from a previous kit.
So, what will your layout include? I'll look forward to seeing them.
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014
But what I love most, is time together with my fantastic family. Hubby is off work throughout Christmas and New Year and the factory is closed, so he has less to stress about and nothing in particular to do (at least that is the theory!!). So we have time to watch those DVDs we've had for ages, play Monopoly, go for nice long walks with our border collie ALTOGETHER and there's always lots of eating too!!!!!
I am also loving these gorgeous papers and the snip & stick elements from this year's kit. And I've left plenty of room to add anything else I love about Christmas as I go along!
Monday, 8 December 2014
Well, yesterday we had a little flurry of snow, which was exciting. Today it's just wet and miserable and exceptionally slippy, but you never know, we may get more snow.
My family LOVE snow and we are, most definitely, hoping for a snow filled holiday - our Winter Wonderland! Sledging, skiing, snowmen, snow angels........endless fun!!
I had already decided on a rough plan and layout for today's prompt, but when I saw Sarah's beautiful paper, in my absolute favourite teal/turquoise colour, I HAD to use that as my background.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
This is my first assignment as an official member of the Sarah Hurley team and I am very excited, especially as it is all about Christmas! Each day in December, a team member will post a layout using a prompt as inspiration. My first prompt is making a List, which is very 'me'!
I am most definitely a list person! On a normal daily basis, I have lists for chores, shopping, dinners, card orders, craft "needs" (ahem!), kid stuff, etc, etc, etc..... So for Christmas, I get to have even more lists: Christmas Cards (split in to those to post, neighbours, friends, work, school, other); Presents Required for birthdays as well as Christmas; Food, although hubby tends to do that and just "wings" it with whatever he can get!!
But for my first Documented December post, I decided that I wanted to make a more fun list:
This is the first year we have bought Christmas jumpers and it was exciting just TALKING about buying them, let alone the actual shopping! And I get to tick it off the list once the were bought - very happy Susie:0).
The letters (or first drafts) have been written and need to be posted.......SOON.......Santa needs time to buy the more unexpected stuff!!
I've managed to persuade the bairns to make a class card, rather than them writing one for each person - yay, although I've got a feeling Euan will change his mind!
I need to compose the annual letter, sent to faraway relatives and friends. This is most definitely viewed as a chore, until it's done and I get to eat all the nice things we've done and look through the year's photos.
And finally, I love the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha and their Gingerbread Latte (and the cute takeaway cup from the kit is perfect for my layout)........mmmmmm, Christmas!
So, that's it from me today. I hope you have fun compliling your list, or lists, ready to help your Christmas preparations.
Monday, 3 November 2014
It's November already, which means that some of us are starting our Christmas preparations. And Dream Valley are helping us to get into the Christmas spirit with a "Getting Ready for Christmas" challenge.
I found these lovely white hearts in Hobbycraft and thought they would make some delightful Christmas tree decorations. I had a rummage through my jewellery making stash and put aside a few bits I thought would go nicely with the red roses. After glue-gunning, ribbon and Stickles, I have some Christmas tree decorations completed. (My goodness, note it in the diary......an idea has been formed AND followed through until completion!!!!!)
So.....ready, set, go! It's only 7 and a half weeks until Christmas!
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Good morning! I hope you're having a great week, so far.
It's time for a new challenge at Dream Valley and we have the theme "Anything But A Card". I LOVE challenges like this as it gives me a push to try those crafty projects I've been wanting to try..... Or have started but need to finish! (Pinterest has a lot to answer for, I tell you!!)
I decided to finish my denim picture. I had made a few denim flowers with circles and bead centres - very therapeutic doing the beads;0) and sewn the background of two scrap strips of denim. I decided to use some scrap chain as the stem and make a couple of leaves, adding more beads for detail. Then it was stretched and stapled onto the canvas. It will be placed in my craft room........unless my daughter steals it as she has a denim 'thing'!
So, have a think what you can make that isn't a card. Or browse Pinterest for inspiration: just don't get lost!! And I'll look forward to seeing your creations at Dream Valley.
Monday, 22 September 2014
Such a coincidence that this fortnight's Dream Valley challenge is Ribbon and Lace and I was asked to make a wedding card to match an invitation using cream, lace and satin ribbon! Great timing!!
So, I printed the sentiment on my computer using Charlemagne and Papyrus fonts. The die I used is a Spellbinders label and the papers are Papermania. I had some beautiful cream pearlescent card to mat each layer onto. I rather like cream and white together - I think the white freshens up the cream. To complete such a special card, I little bit of bling was required - a diamonte ribbon slider and some gem flourishes.
Have a fantastic time crafting, folks and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations for Dream Valley.
Monday, 8 September 2014
I took this viola photo last year and thought it would be pretty on a card, but it's taken until now to get that done - Dream Valley's "No Stamps Allowed" challenge gave me the push I needed!
I've also used scraps from various collections for the background, matted onto silver pearlescent card. And I even found a yellow pansy flower in my stash which, together with the Spellbinders Foliage leaves, has completed the card. A card suitable for lots of occasions and no stamps were inked in its production!!
I'm looking forward to seeing your creations, folks! Good luck! Susie x
Thursday, 4 September 2014
I have loved Sugar Nellie for ages now.... My first stamp was Daisy, by the way.....so I have decided to give The Sugar Bowl DT Call a go. After all, you've got to be in it to win it and take a few chances, haven't you?!
So, I had the lovely dilemma of deciding which of the (VERY!) many Sugar Nellie stamps to use. I already had Aviator, Delia and a mermaid coloured up and Bella Bunting was started....and I love A Little Bit of Gossip, but I finally decided on Trip to the Park. I just love her outfit and shoes and colouring her hair!
I've coloured her with my polychromos and used lots of glittery glue on her bag as the person I've made the card for isn't a lover of cats, but does like a bit of bling and her black puppy! The paper is from the Papermania Lucy Cromwell pad and is gorgeous! I've cut and curled the outline of some of the bunting so that it stands out from the card. The sentiment has been stamped using Clearly Besotted stamps. As usual, I've left things pretty simple to show of the beautiful image and papers.
So, are you going to try out for the DT call too? Go on, you know you need no excuse to ink up the sugar!! GOOD LUCK!
Monday, 25 August 2014
We have a brand new challenge for you at Dream Valley and this fortnight's theme is Flowers - easy, huh!?!
I decided I'd use this photograph that was taken on holiday in Murcia a few years ago - I've always loved it! I've kept it all incredibly simple, with an embossed flower background, ribbon and a bit of stardust Stickles.
Here's another flowery creation I had a go at. It's a canvas with an acrylic paint background, including some painted flowers with Stickles highlighting. Then I've added grass (using the Clearly Besotted grass die) and flowers. The image is the SugarNellie Live, Laugh, Love fairy, whom I adore! Overall, it turned out a bit brighter than I'd envisaged, but I love these colours!! She is now hanging beside my craft desk:0)
Have fun, making your flowery creations!
Monday, 11 August 2014
Hello and happy Monday to you all. Hope you've all had a delightful weekend and that the weather is not being too nasty for you.
This fortnight's challenge at Dream Valley is Weddings, so I decided that my Ruby Wedding card order would be perfect! Obviously it's a Ruby theme and I've used a collection of papers, think they might be Papermania ones, and some gingham ribbon that I have in my stash. The hearts have been cut using my Sizzix Hearts Framelits and Bigshot - my always use piece of crafty kit!! And you've got to include some bling, haven't you?!
I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenges - Monochrome
Natalie and Amy - Die Cuts and Flowers
Have a lovely day and happy crafting!
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Today, I am lucky enough to be back as guest designer for Sarah Hurley and thought I'd make something different. My beloved iPhone 5 has a clear cover and I decided that my existing paper insert needed changed. And I decided that some nice bright pink and teal was in order! These papers are from Sarah's A Few of My Favourite Things kits, as are the rose, flower and leaves.
To start with, I measured clear plastic part of my cover. For my iPhone 5 cover, this was 5.9cm wide and 12.4cm long.
I cut my chosen paper to these measurements and rounded each corner with my corner punch:
I'm a bit of a control freak, so I placed the paper inside the cover to check the fit. Whilst it was there, I marked the hole for the camera. Then, I removed it and cut out the hole with a craft knife:
I then checked the fit again and cut a tiny bit extra out.
Then the fun can begin and you can decorate however you like. BUT definitely keep it flat and with not too many layers, otherwise the cover won't fit the phone properly (I tried with a lovely bit of daisy ribbon, but it was too thick!). As you can see, I opted for a few paper layers, some stamped flowers/leaves and Stickles in Silver and Stardust to complete them.
Papers, flowers and leaves - My Favourite Things Kit
Stickles - Stardust and Silver
Monday, 28 July 2014
Well, I know it's been a while since I posted for the Dream Valley challenge, but I'm pleased to say I've made it back for this challenge, which is your favourite Colour Combo.
At the moment, my favourite colours are peach and mint, like my card and any variation on those scales: peach/coral/red with mint/turquoise/teal. I adore the combination so much that my finger and toenailsnails are like this!:
So, the image I have chosen is a Gorjuss Girl from SugarNellie, although she no longer seems to be in the shop. I've coloured her with polychromos and Stardust Stickles. The paper are scraps from Memory Box pads and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
And I made this little SugarNellie cutie too, using the same colour combo:
Friday, 25 July 2014
After looking at all the items for a while, I decided that the hearts were speaking to me most- must have been because it was my wedding anniversary! I absolutely adore turquoise and teal and I love this zig zag paper with it, especially when you can team it with a matching zigzag heart!
I used my Clearly Besotted sentiment, together with an abundance of cut and positioned hearts, from the A Few of My Favourite Things kits. There was even a sparkly heart button to add to the ensemble!! To complete my card, I added some Stardust Stickles to the zigzag paper and Silver Stickles to the hearts - I love the fact that you can glitter the hearts, or colour them, or keep them simple!
Now, just a wee reminder that your fabulous creations can be added to the Sarah Hurley challenge and the current theme is Celebrations.
Paper, hearts, sparkly heart button all from A Few of My Favourite Things kits
Sentiment from Clearly Besotted