Sunday, 27 December 2009


Hi Crafters,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I want to wish you all a wonderful  New Year.
I have taken a break from the shop and crafting until the new year 'cos I need to recharge my batteries (like most people I should think).

I want to thank every one for their support over the past year, it has been a really difficult one and every one has been so lovely and kind. Thank You from the bottom of my Heart. And a Happy New Year to you all. 

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Christmas Robbins

Hi Crafters,

Gosh ,would you believe I am still making Christmas cards.

Every year I promise my self I am going to start them early the next year...... Do I????? ......You bet I don't...... I leave them till the last minute as usual.

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Crafters Kitchen blog, you can see her card HERE .

The robins are made up from punched circles, the wings and the red breasts are punched circles from glitter card, put partly back into the punch and punched again to form the shapes. The robbins beak is a petal from a jumbo daisy punch. The scroll branch is from the Sizzix / Ellison range.

I really enjoyed  making this card I like the simple look to it. I hope you like it too.

I AM GOING TO MAKE MY CARDS EARLIER Next year. Thats what I said last year (LOL)

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Birthday cards for a friend.

Hi crafters

I have made these two cards for my best friend. "Now why have you made two cards?" I hear you ask.

Well the first one is for a joke to make her laugh cos she could do with a good laugh right now. The second one has a nice verse inside which says just what she means to me as a friend.

The image on the front of this card is digi stamp from Dustin Pike, coloured with Kurecolour Twin tip alcahol ink markers. The backing paper is from DCWV Green Stack.
 I used a white gel pen to write the greeting and to doodle on the flower.

For this card I used the butterfly from the Cuttlebug range.
I used fluid chalks to colour and added a couple of beads for the body.
I used the Fiskars embossing plates to emboss the panel with the cuttlebug.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Ribbon Poinsettia

Hi Crafters,

Well the weather here is miserable, perfect for crafting. All though we are not having at bad as Cumbria right now.

I have been playing with ribbon and come up with this Poinsettia. After making a few  I found the easiest and the quickest way to make them. All you need to make them is ribbon, fine beading wire, a brad and a bit of patience.

I am just loving the look of this card. A traditional card with a modern twist. I hope you like it. Since making the card I have added the greeting.

Click on photos for a closer look


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Cuttlebug Butterfly

Hi Crafters,

I have been having a rest from making Christmas cards.

I have made this card. I've Stamped the background and the sentiment.

I am loving the cut & emboss c/b butterflies. I cut the butterfly from some pink patterned pearlesant cardstock and then embossed with one of the folders it comes with. I then coloured the edges with  pink and brown fluid chalks untill I was happy with the effect. Then ebossed a 4.5cm strip with the swiss dots. That is backed with a scaloped border the edges of wich are coloured with fluid chalk.

This card is a little out of my comfort zone cos I don't do a lot of stamping. It is some thing I am begining to get into.

I hope you like it. Thanks for looking.


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Welcome to my New Look Blog (Updated 16/11/09)

Hi Crafters,

No card today but what do you think to my new look.

Post update

After a lot of experimenting I have finaly managed to get the background to look the way I wanted it to look. I know nothing about HTML so it proved to be a bit of a challenge. Having said that I have enjoyed the project.

I have  designed  my own blog background , mind you, that was the easy part. Getting it loaded was another thing in it's self  if you don't know any thing about HTML, which I don't. Luckily for me there are a few blog help sites around, and I read them all " LOL" and with a lot of help from my son Adrian we got it cracked between us.

I hope you like it. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.  Thanks.

See you soon......


Sunday, 8 November 2009

Craft show NEC

Hi Crafters,

I have been to the NEC today with Anne, Christine, Dianna and Sharon. Thanks girls it has been a lovely day.

It was packed though, there was that many people there, at times you couldn't move. I was glad to get out of the place in the end cos at times it was a bit claustrophobic.

I think the girls got what they were after, the car boot was a bit fuller on the way back anyway.

I got a head ache but I think that was more to do with the Sat Nav than anything else........ Give me a road map any day......... I found the thing more of a destraction than a help.

Well I am off to bed now because I am wacked. I think I might have a lie in tomorrow.


Saturday, 7 November 2009

Happy Birthday eerrrmm Helen

Hi Crafters,

My second post of the day.
This is a little card I made for Helen, one of the lovely ladies that comes to my class on a Saturday morning.

The card is made using one of the Big Shot dies. I used papers from My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow paper packs.

Happy Birthday Helen.

Happy Crafting
Regards Sue.

Punched Snowflake Tree.

Hi Crafters,

Here is a card I made with a small Snowflake punch.

The Christmas tree is made up of lots of small snowflakes. Trimmed with blue and clear gems.

Click on photos to get a closer look.

Here is a close-up of the bow.

I used a snowflake brad to make a faux bow.

I just love the blues used in this card. I hope you like it, thanks for looking.

Happy crafting
Regards Sue X X X

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Cuttlebug Christmas Lace Tree

Hi Crafters,
Don't you just love it, when you get some thing new to play with. I have just had the Lace Tree embossing folder. ( I know they have been around for a while now ) I have been itching to use it.

So here is what I have done with the Cuttlebug Lace Tree.

After embossing the tree I sanded the surface to reveal the lighter colour beneath .

I then added some red and gold gems and carefully cut around the tree.

I'm just loving what I can do with these folders.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking.

I used for this card Core'dinations Core Color "Parsley"

C/B Lace Tree embossing folder

C/B Swiss Dots embossing folder

Gold peeloffs

Holly punch

Happy crafting

Regards Sue X X X

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Embossing with the Cuttlebug

Hi Crafters,

I have been playing with the Cuttlebug folders. This is only my second time playing with them so I thought I would keep it simple.

A little up date 10 January 2010.
I have entered this card into a YNS challenge Challenge #7 - Embossing

It wasn't made for the any challenge other than making the card, it's just that it fits the bill so I thought I would give it a go. 

I have used a double embossed techneque on this card, which I found out how to do on YouTube.
You can find the vidio HERE

After watching the vid' I had to give it a go, and this it what I came up with.

The butterfly I have  stamped  twice, punched one out in the oval then cut the other out, added some gems for the body then stuck it down with a thin line of glue on the stamped image. When dry I carefully folded out the wings to give a more 3D look.

I have yet to add my greeting but as yet I don't know what I want on it.

Hope you like it.

Happy crafting

Regards Sue X X X

White Christmas.

Hi Crafters,

Here is a card that was got ready in a bit of a rush.
It's a white on white card. I used white vellum embossed with a Fiskars plate, a jumbo snowflake that was covered in Glamour Dust glitter. on a white 6" X 6" card.

This is the card that I intended to teach in the Thursday night class.

But at the last Minute I changed my mind and instead I showed the ladies how to make a recess card.

I kept to the same basic design. I didn't have time to change that.

Talk about last minute preparations........ phew.

Well at least the ladies went away happy with their makes.

Hope you like it.

Happy crafting

Regards Sue X X X

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Daisy Punch

Hi Crafters,

Here I have made a card using the Daisy punch. I made the flowers you see on the card the same way as the Paper Rose . The punches used where the largest Daisy and the medium sized Daisy.

Using the same punches but change the colours and you would have a Sun Flower.

I am really taken with this technique.

Watch out for more flowers made this way using different punches.

I have left the card blank because I couldn't think of a greeting to put on it at the time.
Oh well one will come to me sooner or later.

Hope you like it.

Let me know what you think.

Happy Crafting

Regards Sue X X

Going round in circles

Hi Crafters,

Here is a card that will bring some life to the punches that may be lying in your craft cupboard unused and unloved.

I like making use of the punches that I have in my cupboard. And also like seeing what I can make with them.

This cat is made up 4 sizes of circle punches

A Heart punch for the ears and a tiny heart punch for the nose.

A Whale punch Swirl for the tail.

These cards are fun to make.

Right there is no excuse get out those punches and see what you can make with them.

Teddies are a favorite on cards these days, all you need to make a teddies face is 2 sizes of circle a small one for the ears and a larger one for the face.

Have a go and see what you can come up with.

Happy Crafting.

Regards Sue X X X

It's just Rock 'n' Roll

Hi Crafters,

This is the Second post of the day.

I have a card for the fellas for a change.

The technique for this card I found on Splitcoaststampers they have a very good tutorial which you can find here.

Any way this is my take on the card. I have made a few of these from baby card to wedding cards.

The Guitar is one that I cut out myself, I used a silver pen to add the finishing touches such as the frets and the strings.

I like a card with a bit of construction to it sometimes.

I made this a while ago but I have just got around to posting it on the blog.

Happy Crafting

Regards Sue X X X

Monday, 19 October 2009

Name Card

Hi Crafters,

Here is a personalised card I made for a customer.

I cut the letters out using my Pazzles. I cut each letter out in a different font and colour to add interest.

I print the greeting and sentiment onto the card, making sure that the spacing for the name is just right. I do this by printing on to copy paper first and making any adjustments needed before I print my card.

This is a celebration card so we have to have a glass of wine or a cocktail.

This glass was just created from very thin strips of card bent into shape and glued down. Tiny gems where added for the bubbles.

Hope you like it.

Happy Crafting
Regards Sue X X X

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Paper Roses

Hi Crafters,

Here is a card I made for a friend. ( Happy Birthday Anne )

For this this card I used My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus backing paper. I tore the paper and then coloured the torn edge with the same coloured chalk pad as the rose.

The rose I made up of 3 sizes of Retro flower punched shapes .

I punched the flowers out of water colour paper and coloured with a chalk stamp pad.

I found the tutorial for this at Scrapfactory
You can view the pic-tutorial HERE

I'll warn you, you will need lots of water to make this flower. Have fun!

I hope you like it.

For those of you with the Pazzles Inspiration or the Funtime software, I have created a cutting file for the rose. You will find it in the side bar under "Usefull Stuff and free Cutting Files"

Happy Crafting
Regards Sue X X X

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Two Cards Same Sketch Same Ice Blue

Hi Crafters,

I made a sketch of a card design the other day.

I have made a couple of Christmas cards using the sketch and I have also used the same colour Ice Blue.

What do you think?

This first one I have used a Silver swirly Christmas tree peeloff. Backed it onto silver pearlesent card and cut around the peeloff.

Decorated it with brightly coloured gems.

I used a peeloff for the greeting.

I have tied a bow with ice blue sheer ribbon and used an ice blue color core card stock to co-ordinate the rest of the card.

This is the second card

The embelishment on the front of this card, is made in the same way as you make the rosette flowers but I have punched the card stock first with a Fiskars lace border punch before making it up. I finished off the rosette with a couple of punched snowflakes.

I printed the greeting on the card this time with the printer.

I realy like making these rosettes they are so much fun to do.

Hope you like them.

Happy Crafting

Regards Sue

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

You will go to the Ball

Hi Crafters,

Black and Silver is the colour scheme for this card. I was given a particular theme for today's card, it had to have a masquerade mask on it colours black and silver. The style was down to me.

This is what I came up with.

I hope you can see it in the photo, I embossed the top left hand corner of the black cardstock with the Cuttlebug embossing folder. Because of the size of my card it wouldn't fit the machine so I used a rolling pin instead. It did the trick.

I edged that with sparkly silver ribbon.

The mask was drawn by myself in the Pazzles Inspiration software then cut on the Pazzles machine along with the number 30.

I used silver peeloffs to create the pattern on the mask and a cocktail stick coloured silver for the handle with a silver bead on the end.
I added a white feather and some gems to finish of the card.

This is not my normal style and I must admit I was out of my comfort zone a bit. I did enjoy making it though. Hope you like it.

Happy Crafting Regards Sue x x x

Sunday, 11 October 2009

A Card For a Goth Wedding

Hi crafters,

This is my third post today. My my that's some catching up I have got done.

This card was made for a wedding with a purple and black theme.

I was asked to make a card for a Goth Wedding and this is what I came up with.

Not being a Goth myself or had anything to to with Goths, I wasn't sure what to do.

All I was given was a colour scheme.

For the card I used a lilac card stock
I used my printer for the wording on the card

And for the design on the front I used black and purple lace from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Venaissance Fabric Strips and a feather out of the
Feather pack also from the Venaissance range.
I trimmed the feather with three black sticky back gems.
The scalloped embossing is from my trusty Crafters Companion ultimate Pro trimmed with black 3mm ribbon top and bottom.

This was a bit of a departure for me but I was pleased with the result. More importantly so was my customer, thank goodness. I was a bit nervous in case it wasn't what she wanted.

Well that's all for today. I hope you like the cards I have shown you today.
See you again soon with some more cards .

Happy crafting Regards Sue X X X

Using serviettes /Napkins

Hi Crafters,
Here I am again keeping myself busy.

I have for you two cards made using serviettes and cling film. I found the idea on a site called Splitcoaststampers. You can find the tutorial for the technique HERE

Here are the cards I made

I hope you like them.

I used a 3" scalloped oval punch, Bazzil Basics co-ordinated card stock

Fiskars shape cutter oval template

Card stock from DCWV La Creme stack. ( there is some wonderful card stock in this stack)

and 34mm wide ribbon to trim.

I hope you will be inspired to have a go at this technique.

Happy Crafting Regards Sue X X X

Baby Cards

Hi Crafters,

I know it has been a while since I last posted some cards but as some of you know it has been a difficult time for me and the family lately.

Any way I won't bore you with my problems any longer. Here are a few cards I have made but haven't got around to posting. I hope you like them.

This first card was made for someone leaving to have a baby.

The lettering was cut out from Nana's Nursery papers with my Pazzles Inspiration cutter.

The embossing top and bottom of the card was created using Crafters companion ultimate Pro.

I printed straight onto the card with my printer,
then added three flat back buttons to finish off .

Here are two baby cards I made a while ago for a customer. I made two cards for her to give her a choice of which she preferred and she took both.

The card on the left is a simple card using a small punch to punch out the feet. I layered them up onto white card and then onto pink card. The wording was printed straight onto the card with a printer. This way I can completely personalise a card.

The topper, on the pink card, on the right was made using the Fiskars border punch "Scalloped lace". I then printed of the wording for the card onto another piece of cardstock, trimmed it to size and the layered it on to the punched border.
To finish off I used tiny pink fabric flowers and a piece of sheer ribbon.

Thank you you for visiting my blog. I hope you like what you see here.
See you again soon and Happy crafting. Regards Sue X X X

Friday, 2 October 2009

Thank you

After a long illness my mother passed away on the 18th September. The last few months have been a very sad and stressful time for all the family.

I wish to say a big thank you to every one who has been so kind to me over the past few months. You have kept me going and have given me something to focus on. The shop has at times, been closed without notice but you all have understood the situation. So once again, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really do appreciate all your kindness.

Regards Sue.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

A Centering Ruler for you to down load

Hi Crafters,

I know I haven't posted for a while. I haven't really had the time lately.

My Mum has been in hospital again and this time sadly there is nothing they can do for her. She has been on drip after drip and nothing is working. It has been a very sad and stressful time for us. The staff at the hospital, looking after Mum are lovely and are doing all they can to make her as comfortable as possible.

I have been looking around on the net, just to take my mind off things for a while, (Most of the time my computer is my hidy hole where I go to escape, a place where I don't have to think about serious stuff) and I have found this useful item from it is a Centering Ruler for you to down load free and print off. You can have it in inches or in cm if you wish.
If you have a laminater you could laminate it and keep it in your craft box.

I do have some new cards to put up on the blog, and as soon as I get some time I will post them.
Thank you for visiting and happy crafting.
Regards Sue

Tuesday, 18 August 2009


Hi Crafters,
I would just like to remind you that we are having a Kurecolour Twin Markers Demo Day at the shop on 22nd of August that is this Saturday 12.00 till 4.00pm. If you can make it we will be pleased to see you there.

Regards Sue.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

A Simple Wedding Card

Hi Crafters,

I have another simple Wedding card to show you.
I was asked to make this card for someone that had already got married.
Apparently they hadn't told anyone they were getting wed. My customer, their friend, wanted to congratulate them with a card.

It's a simple card, the wording has been generated using a computer and then printed off.

Click on photo to get a closer look.

To Make this card or one similar you will need
A 3"Scalloped punch and an 2.5" oval punch.
The papers used are from "D C W V Garden Party stack" (there are lots of lovely papers in this stack).
Plain white A4 card cut to make a DL card.
And a length of 15mm wide ribbon.

Thank You for looking. Let me know what you think.
Happy Crafting.

Regards Sue.

Thursday, 6 August 2009


Hi Crafters,

I would just like to let you all know, I have just got into stock Kurecolour Twin Markers at the shop.
I will be having a DEMO DAY 22nd August........... at the shop from 12 noon till 4pm
We are having a demonstrator coming in to show us just what these markers can do.
So come along to have a look. Every one is most welcome.
These markers are similar to the Copic Markers and Pro Markers that every one is talking about. They do just the same job.

ZIG Kurecolor Range

ZIG Kurecolor is a system designed for use by graphic designers and professional artists. Card makers can also make good use of these pens for colouring in their stamping projects.

With it's vast choice of 106 colours you can create endless styles of artwork. They are divided into 9 colour groups (12 colours per group). They are Basic, Brilliant, Natural, Dull, Pale, Deep, Grey Colours, Cool Greys, Warm Grays. Each marker is colour coded on the barrel and on the cap, making the colour you want easy to find without wasting time!

The range is also complimented by our ZIG Kurecolor Refill inks. There are 106 colours available in a 25cc/bottle. The pens can be refilled through the tip and on average you should be able to refill one pen six times from one refill bottle. The refill inks can also be used for use with an airbrush. By using the refill blender you can create various gradation effects!

I do hope you can make it to the DEMO. Let me know if you can.

Regards Sue x x x

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Say It With Smirk

Hi Crafter's

As I promised the other day. I have some cards for you, made using the Smirk decoupage pad.

In the pad you get 2 each of 12 fabulous designs I have made up just three here. I have used bazzle basic card stock for backing and I have also used the Smirk Embellishment Box, for the buttons and fibres.

I hope you will agree with me that they are great.

I have as normal, for me, kept the design of the cards simple because I do think the Smirk Decoupage stands out much better.

On the card on the left I have used Bazzil Bling colour Envy for the mat with red fibres and buttons from the embellishment box to finnish the card .

For the card in the middle I have folded an A4 sheet of white sparkle card stock in half length ways.
Used red Bazzill Basic card for the mat and again finnished the card off with buttons from the box.

The last card on the right, I kept it nice and girly. I used one of the papers from My Minds I Bloom and Grow. ( not very Christmasy I hear you cry but I thought the colours went well together) I hilighted some of the paper with a glue pen and spinkled with glitter glamor dust I did the same on the tree and the girl head band.

Well thanks for looking and feel free to leave your comments.
I hope I have given you some ideas.

Happy crafting Regards Sue X X X

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Christmas Smirk

Hi Crafters,

Much better weather today, it did get a bit miserable yesterday didn't it..

I have just got back from the suppliers, and I have just got the Christmas Smirk decoupage pads and the embelishment packs, they look brilliant. I can't wait to get stuck in and get some cards made. As soon as I've got a sample made I will get it posted. I'm sure you will just love them.

Watch this space and I will see you soon. Happy crafting.
Regards Sue

Saturday, 1 August 2009

My Minds Eye Stamping

Hi Crafter's,

What a horrible, wet, miserable day it is to day.
We can look on the bright side though, it's a perfect day to get some crafting done.

Here is a card that was made in the class this wet Saturday morning, it cheered us up no end.

The Stamps used were from My minds eye Bloom & grow clear stamp set, the pattend pink paper also from My minds eye.

Yes I am still in a pink card making mood.LOL

The panel for the greeting was first stamped with in a pink fluid chalk pad then layerd on to pink Bazzil card stock. I created fake stitching around the edges , added three gems and some ribbon Then placed on to the card secured with foam sticky pads.

The background was stamped with a Versamark stamp pad. I then used a clear embossing powder for a subtle look.

You can just see the affect on the cropped photo. Mind you it is only just. Im afraid the clear embossing doesn't show up too well on the screen.

The flower was stamped three times, two on pink Bazzil card stock and one on white card stock. Difarent parts of the flower was then cut out and layerd together and a gem added to the center to finish off.

Thanks for looking, and let me know what you think.
Regards Sue X X X

Saturday, 25 July 2009

I'm in the PINK

Hi crafter's

It's been a bit of a busy time for me the last couple of weeks, so I haven't had much time to update the blog for a while.

Well I know you want to see some of what I have been up to, so here you are. I have 4 cards for you to have a look at. As you will see they are all pink.

The first two are Christening cards .
I cut the cross for the cards out on my Pazzles machine.

The third card is a personalised 18th birthday card.
Here again I used the Pazzles machine to cut out the lettering for the name.

The Forth and final card for to days post is my take on a "Side Step Card"
I have made it in the form of a wedding cake.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at them as much as I did making them.
Thank you for looking and let me know what you think.

I hope they have given you some ideas.

Happy crafting
Regards Sue.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Flower Power Car

Hi Good afternoon Crafters,

Here is a fun little card I made using the Pazzles.

A customer asked me to make a thank you card for someone who takes her children to school. This is what I came up with. What do you think?

To make this card or one like it you will need,
A car image, either make your own or use a stamp ( I have created my own using the Pazzles creative Cutter),
Chalks for background, acetate for the windows, a computer and printer to make road sign.

Happy crafting Regards Sue x x x

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

A Dry Embossed Rose

Hi every one,
This is the second post today.

Here is a card I have made for my mums birthday.

I have used a brass stencil but before I placed the stencil on to the card stock I applied a fluid chalk to the back of the stencil, just on and around the image.

I then placed it on the card and embossed in the normal way. You then end up with a shadow around the rose.

I then used a dauber to apply fluid chalk around the edge of the card.
Tie a ribbon around the rose and mat the image onto another piece of the same card.

I used card stock from DCWV The Far East stack for a backing. I used the same fluid chalk around the edge .

I coloured gold peeloff and gems with a brown permanent marker to tie it all together.

I haven't seen this done before, I was just experimenting with my brass stencils and the idea just came to me and I wondered what it would look like. I really like the affect I got. Let me know what you think.

Why not give it a go your self

Happy crafting
Regards Sue.

A Leaving Card

Hi Good afternoon Crafters,
The Sun is shinning and it is Hot Hot Hot, isn't it wonderful.

Well I have been rather busy lately, I haven't had much time to my self, well that's enough of me moaning, the weather is far to nice to sit moaning.

Here is a leaving card I made the other day using my Pazzles Machine. The card was for a customer. They wanted a Tea Pot on the card because the person that was leaving for a new job, was the one that always seemed to be mashing a cupper for everyone. This is what I came up with...

Click on photos to get a closer look.

I created the tea pot in the Pazzles software on the computer.
This card was fun to do. Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting
Regards Sue

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A Scrapbook for Mum

Hi everyone

I'm sorry I haven't updated my blog for a while. Well with one thing and another I just haven't had the time.
Also I have been busy doing a scrapbook for my Mum. I have never done any scrapbooking before and I have been having so much fun with it.

Unfortunately Mum has had to go into a home . She had a stroke in January and that has brought on dementia, which in the last couple of months has got really bad. this is the reason I am doing the book to help her keep her memories.

Here are a few pages I have finished.

Click on photo to get a closer look.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the pages as much as I have had doing them.

All the photos I have used are scanned images of the originals. I do this because then I have control over the size of the photos and also if the scapbook gets lost, I still have the original photographs.

Well, I still have a few more pages to do, so I had better get on with them.

See you soon.
Happy crafting
Regards Sue X X

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

A Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Hi and Good Afternoon crafters,

Here is a card I made for a customer of mine. I was asked to make a card for a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
On the card I have used a scanned image of the photo.

I love to use photos on cards, especially wedding photos when you need to make a card for a landmark anniversary.

I always take a scan of a photo, so that I can use the Scanned image and not ruin a precious photo. I then size the image to fit the design of the card and print out on photo paper.

Click on photo to get a closer look.

Happy crafting

Regards Sue X X