Sunday, 29 July 2012

2nd Sugar Bowl 88

I'm so pleased I've had time to play in the Sugar Bowl again. The sketch is fab and suits my simple style, and the cards I had to make, perfectly!

I've coloured Hamish and Tractor with Polychromo pencils, which I love using. The papers are mostly MME Everyday Flair, matted with red paper. A bit of scrim and some buttons add texture.

We were at Callum's party today and it was fantastic- Euan thoroughly enjoyed himself with his friends in soft play and the tractor ride, as well as the party games and food. And we all had a great time together afterwards looking at the animals, playing in the sand and in the play parks. Almond Valley was brilliant and we'll definitely be back!!


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Sugar Bowl Challenge 88

I really don't know where time goes to just you? I thought that the summer holidays would mean having more time with the bairns and to do a few things for myself but it doesn't seem to be that year, maybe I need to have less activities arranged for next year.....?!

But, I have managed to make a few cards and finally managed to join in with the Sugar Nellie Facebook challenge (this week it's Anything Goes) and the Sugar Bowl Challenge. I love this challenges's sketch - its simple: just the way Iike it!!

So, I have used some old papers, which I think are Dandelion and Daisy ones. The image is the gorgeously cute Bambino. I decided to keep it black and white this time - the shading is utterly amazing and it suited the card. A bit of ribbon, scrim, a Sizzix vine, flower and some card candy complete my simple card.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Sugar Bowl - sketch

Sugarnellie Facebook challenge - Anything Goes

Charisma Cardz - Monochrome


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Dream Valley - Summer

It's time for another challenge at Dream Valley, and this fortnight, the theme is Summer.  I decided to create a scrap layout and used bright summery colours, but used pictures of activities the bairns have done during the extremely wet summer so far.  So, we have facepainting, an imaginary aeroplane game and xbox photos.  I have used my fab Sizzix aeroplane die and Puddles of Love Gorjuss girl, coloured with promarkers and lots of gloss. 

I MAY add a hidden journalling card via a slit at the side of the xbox photo to explain all the other activities we've done too......or I might create another layout.  But at least I have actually scrapped some summer holiday stuff this year!

Anyway, we have a brand new sponsor for this challenge: Squiggle Stamps and some of the team have made some beautiful creations using their images.  Remember that you can make any craft project you like as long as it follows the theme of Summer.

Happy crafting!
Susie x

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

"Fancy" Some Bling?

It was our 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday and, amongst other things we had to do that day, we went to Dollar Park.  Dollar Park was where our wedding photos were taken on a beautifully sunny day 12 years ago.  Louise acted as photographer and managed to get this lovely photo of the two of us.

I'd had the beautiful Saturated Canary image, Fancy, coloured for a couple of weeks and couldn't decide what to make her into, but decided that she was perfect for a Smash book page about our anniversary.  She's been coloured with Polychromo pencils and Stardust Stickles and I love her dress!  The papers are Papermania Lincoln Linen.  The swirl and flowers are peel offs I've had for ages, decorated with a few gems.  The Love tape, letter stamps and chipboard are from my Costco kit I got ages and ages ago.  The photo frame was cut from a 3 pic mount that I removed from the frame for Lou's picture I made her.

This is the first Smash page I've been brave enough to share, but I really love "smashing" and Krista's images are proving great additions to my pages too.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Saturated Canary - Bling it Out
Whoopsi Daisy - Use Up Your Stash (love tape, chipboard, swirl peel off, flower die cut)
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes

Susie x

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Dream Valley DT - Anything But Square

I hope that you are all managing to stay safe during this mad weather and getting the chance to enjoy a wonderful weekend of sport. This is the first year that I've really got into Wimbledon, but we have all really enjoyed it, especially Andy Murray's games and I loved the mixed doubles match that Paes and Vesnina won - very entertaining! We also get to enjoy the British Grand Prix, which is on as I type my blog post!

Anyway, back to the Dream Valley, our new challenge is Anything but Square and the inspiration from the team is brilliant! After much deliberation, I decided that this was a good incentive to finish the picture I have been working on for a while for Louise's bedroom. The background patches are a mix of First Edition Spring Drop and from stash. I have drawn the letters free hand, with the help from my ruler and circular nesties.

I have coloured Saturated Canary's beautiful Hipster with Polychromos pencils. The hair kind of reminds me of Lou and turquoise and red are her favourite colours. The Magnolia karate girl has been used as Louise loves her taekwondo. I've just realised that I need to colour some green tags to make the belt correct for her current grading!

Some flowers, die cut Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourishes and a die cut teddy compete the picture.....finally! Now I just need to start and finish one for Euan!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Paper Shelter - Flower Power

Stampavie and More - Lots of Flowers

I also had fun decorating a hair clip - simple colours and design to suit my simple tastes! I am seriously considering buying a glue gun so that I can make a few more hair would be useful for a few other things too, wouldn't it? Anyway, here is a wee pic of it

So, what can you make for us at Dream Valley? Anything you like as long as it is not square!! I can't wait to see what you all make.


Happy crafting!

Susie x


Friday, 6 July 2012

Sugar Bowl Hedgie

This Hedgie, Aviator, is just sooooooo cute, don't you think? And he's fab to colour! I've coloured him with Promarkers and Polychromo pencils - rather like this technique as it seems to be more vibrant, or have more depth, or something. Plus it's fun!! And there's a bit of gloss on the goggles and aeroplane.

I've used my favourite colour combo, or at least one of them: turquoise, green and grey. The papers are MME Lost and Found Portobello Road and I LOVE them......even more than the Memory Box Spearmint papers that have similar colours!! Everything has been matted onto turquoise paper which lifts the papers a bit.

I have used Fiona's fab Sugar Bowl sketch - I managed to get it to work with this image and papers! And I would also like to enter:

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Top Tip Tuesday - One for the Men

Cards for Men- Happy Birthday

SugarNellie Facebook Challenge - fave colours


Monday, 2 July 2012

Hand Me Downs


I have lusted after this image Hand Me Downs for AGES and finally purchased her when Krista offered 30% discount.....incidentally, 5 other friends fell in the shopping basket too!! I have coloured her with pro markers and Polychromo pencils and I am sooooo chuffed with how she turned out, especially her pinafore and hair!

I've used my MME Everyday Flair papers, an extremely simple layout and my well used letter stamps (that was included in a fantastic scrap booking kit I bought from Costco a while back).

I made this card for my sis (obviously!). Lindsay is a year and 10 months younger than I am so always had my 'hand-me-downs'. Some of these were lovely and I hated having to part with them, like the lovely orange polka dot dress with the pandas on bicycles around the hem......but others, like the acrylic stripy jumper she had to endure TWICE - her own one AND mine weren't so good and are a source of banter even now!! Originally I had intended to try to replicate this horrible jumper in the image, but the image is just too pretty!

So, I would like to enter the following challenges:

Saturated Canary - Red, White and Blue

Moving Along With The Times - Happy Birthday

Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Stamping' for the Weekend - Show Us Your Style (clean and simple)

Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes

Totally Gorjuss - Sweet and Simple