Friday, 26 June 2015

Flying High...

Good afternoon...

Just squeezing in a little card to support the June Challenge at lovely Handmade Bliss.  If you have n't had a look there already, you really should visit...
The first thing to say though is thank you to Fi and the DT there because I would never in a month of Sunday's made a card in these colours were it not for the challenge being a colour theme!  I was fairly happy with it in the end, and i was able to add three little gems in the corner which means I can also enter this week's Challenge at 
Papertake Weekly - trio-tastic!

I used the gorgeous Stamping Bella Tiny Townie '- Blossom Loves Balloons.

I coloured her with Copics and added a dubious looking cloud formation! along with Glossy Accents to a balloon and some sparkle to her frock with a Clear Gelly Roll Pen.

I used Core d'inations Cardstock embossed with clouds and sanded and some papers from the Lili of the Valley Winter Wishes collection to create layers.

I added some twine and some adhesive gems as a simple embellishment.

...and here we are Tiny Blossom ... loving balloons... perhaps a little too much! 
I would like to enter this card for the following challenge -
Handmade Bliss - June Colour Challenge
Papertake Weekly - Trio-Tastic (a trio of adhesive pearls)
Ingredients
Stamping Bella Tiny Townie - Blossom Loves Balloons
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock From Elaine Hughes Quixotic Paperie
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Ranger Glossy Accents
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Tim Holtz Core d'inations Cardstock
Die'sire Embossalicious Folder - Clouds
Paper from Lili of the Valley's Winter Wishes Collection
Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Adhesive Pearls by Papermania
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Black Ink pad
Copics - 
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21, R22
Hair E57, E43, E43
Clothes E40, E41, E42, E43, BG53, BG49, BG57, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27
Balloons - BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02
Background - B0000, B000, B00
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear Star

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...

from Sue...xxx



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A Sneak Peak from Lili of the Valley ...

Good Morning...

Today's post is soooo exciting, I have hardly been able to contain myself!

Lili of the Valley 
have an absolutely gorgeous selection of new stamps being launched on 4th July...
make sure you make a note of the date now because you really wont want to miss it!

My Design Collective card today is to showcase one of these beautiful new stamps
'cool and girly'
I coloured this super cute image with Copics and used papers from 
new paper collection 
to create mats and layers.

I used die cuts, embossing and paper punches to create a garden wall and trellis type effect with flowers peeping through.  I lightly distressed the edges of the brickwork and the image with Tea Dye Distress Ink

I used some twine and added sentiments from LOTV's 

Finally, I used some Glossy Accents for that sweet little dog's spectacles and that cute little Miss's lips...

Here we are a 'cool and girly' card with a totally gorgeous new Lili of the Valley Stamp
Ingredients
Lili of the Valley 4th July release stamp - Cool and Girly
Memento Ink Pad
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Elaine Hughes
Copic Markers
Papers from Lili of the Valley Sunny Side Up Collection
Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tag Set 24 
Archival Ink pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad
Darice Brickwork Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Lattice Die
Woodware Small Flower Punch
Xcut Teeny Tiny Flower Punch
Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Doodlebug Sprinkles from Handmade Bliss
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink pad in Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad in Tea Dye
Archival Ink Pad in Watering Can (Sentiment)
Copics - 
Skin E000, E00, E11, E21, R22
Hair E57, E53, E43
Clothes B60, B63, B66, R24, R46, R59
Little Dog YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27
Background BV20, BV23, BV25, B0000, B000, B00
Ranger Glossy Accents
Thank you for visiting...

Happy Crafting...
Sue...xxx

Remember to pop and have a look at all the loveliness at 

You can also follow of the Valley on Facebook and Pinterest and instagram

....and please don't forget to visit on 4th July to get a look at (and get your hands on)! all the beautiful new releases

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Fashionista...

Good Afternoon...
The new challenge at 
is Anything Goes (with a Sugar Nellie Image). 


The prize for the lucky winner is four Sugar Nellie Digital Images, and there is a second prize winner of two Sugar Nellie Digital Images from 
My DT card to showcase this fun challenge is made with the gorgeous 
Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy Digi - Fashionista.

I coloured her with Copics and used sandy and blue Papermania card along with papers from Pink Paislee's 'Pen Pals' Collection (big gooey sigh 'cos these are gorgeous papers), to create mats and layers.

I embossed a piece of sandy coloured card with a Darice Bricks embossing folder.  I cut some bricks out and distressed the card with Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad. (I used a bit of the same distress ink around the edge of the image as well).  I want to say thank you to Lizzy Smith at Color Kitty for inspiring me to use an embossing folder in such a clever way.

I then cut out some teeny tiny flowers to embellishment the wall and added some navy blue and white Baker's Twine.

...and here we are, an adorable Fashionista...
Ingredients
Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy Digi - Fashionista
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad
Sand and Blue Coloured Card by Papermania
Papers from Pink Paislee - 'Pen Pals' Collection
Navy Blue Baker's Twine
Xcut Tiny Flower Punch
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Copics - Skin E000, E11, E21, E01, R20
Hair E33, E35, E37
Clothes  B91, B93, B95, B97, R20, R22, R24, E40, E41
Background BG0000, BG000, W0, W1, W5
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to  
The Sugar Bowl 
to look at the lovely DT Creations there and  join in with all the fun!
from Sue...xxx

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Shabby Eeeek!

Good Morning...
Gosh, don't the weeks whizz round!  
Here we are back at In The Pink for another super fun challenge.

The challenge this time is Vintage or Shabby Chic and
the prize for the lucky winner is gift voucher for
Today's card is my Shabby Chic DT card made with a gorgeous 
Lili of the Valley stamp - Dandelion Clock
I say Shabby Eeeek because I am a bit out of my comfort zone!

I coloured this lovely fairy with Copics and used Neenah Desert Storm Card and papers from the new Lili of the Valley Dress Shoppe Collection to create mats and layers.

I distressed the edges of the card and used a touch of Distress Ink and Frantage around the edge of the image.  

I decorated the card with some cheesecloth, lace, flowers, Stamens, twine, jute mesh ribbon and a button from The Ribbon Girl.  Finally I added some adhesive gems and a pearl and gem pin from my trinket box.

Here we are my Shabby Chic card, made all the more chic mainly thanks to that adorable image!
Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Dandelion Clock
Memento Ink pad in Black
Make it Colour Blending Card from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Neenah Desert Storm Card
Papers from Lili of the Valley Dress Shoppe Collection
Flowers, Stamens, Twine, Cheesecloth, Lace, Jute Mesh Ribbon. Wooden Heart Button from
The Ribbon Girl
Adhesive Gems and Pearl and Gem Pin from my trinket box
Pinflair Ice Diamond (for Dandelion Head)
Collall All Purpose Glue
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad in Tea Dye
Frantage Embossing Enamel in Shabby White
Copics - Skin E000, E11, E21, E01
Hair E31, E33, E35
Clothes RV11, RV32, RV34, E41, E42, E43
Dandelion Head YG93 and Pinflair Ice Diamond
Background B0000, B000, B00, W0, W1, W3
Wings Embellished with Wink of Stella Clear Pen
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to 
In the Pink 
to look at the lovely DT Creations there and  join in with the pink fun!
from Sue...xxx

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Mr and Mrs...

Good Morning
This week's challenge at 
Creative Inspirations
is 
Your Favourite!
All you need to do is include / use one of your favourite crafting items and state what it is.

This week's prize is from HEY LITTLE MAGPIE and is a 
£20 VOUCHER!

Today's DT card is made using my favourite 
Stamping Bella Uptown Girls Stamp - Brett and Brenda Get Married

Those more eagle-eyed amongst you will remember that I used this stamp recently - however, I simply can not resist it.  I love this beautiful image and to be honest I am also very fond of the occasional wedding!

I coloured with copics and used Frantage (another favourite)! around the edge of the image and on the corners of the Maja Design papers which I used as layers.

I added flowers, cheesecloth and a charm from The Ribbon Girl 
and sentiment tags from 

The silver button and beadstring are from my trinket box.

...and here we are Mr & Mrs... Brett and Brenda...
I just love them...
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - June Lilac Colour Challenge
As You Like It - Book Inspiration (I went a bit broad here and chose romantic fiction because I just love a fairy tale ending where 'they all lived happily ever after...and what is more romantic than a beautiful wedding)!
Ingredients
Stamping Bella Uptown Girls Rubber Stamp - Brett and Brenda Get Married
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Elaine Hughes
Copic Markers
Frantage Chunky White Embossing Enamel
Flowers, Cheesecloth and a charm from The Ribbon Girl
Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags Set 24
Silver Button and Beadstring from my trinket box
Xcut Die Set - Large Parenthesis
Church Die by Marianne Creatables - LR0172
Papers from Maja Design Vintage Spring Basics Collection
 Lilac Cardstock by Papermania
Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Stick Pin and Gems
Collall All Purpose Glue

Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Copics - Skin E000, E01, E21, R20 
Hair Brenda - E13, E15, Y21 Brett - E33, E35, E37
Clothes Brenda - BV0000, BV000, Brett - C1, C3, C5, C6
Flowers G24, BV02, BV04, BV08
Background B0000, B000, B00


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to Creative Inspirations to look at the lovely DT Creations there and join in the fun!
from Sue...xxx









Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Great Outdoors

Good Morning
This week's Challenge at 
Creative Inspirations
Is
Male Creations...

The prize for the lucky winner is a 
£10 gift voucher from
Cult Pens
For todays DT card, I decided to use a digi I have used several times in the past for card commissions.  

It is absolutely perfect for those men in our lives who love the great outdoors and enjoy wandering here and there!

It is a lovely digi stamp from Little Claire called
Great Outdoors

I coloured the image with Copic markers and used Kraft card and papers from 
Kaisiercraft 'Outdoor Trail' collection to create mats and layers.  
The map is a piece I printed using the computer, and the sentiment is also printed 
using the font 'Apple Chancery'.  The sentiment could of course be varied to Father's Day for this week!

Finally I added some hessian ribbon, twine and a binoculars charm along with some punched dragonflies as embellishments.

Here we are, a gent's card for a true gent!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes With An Image
Little Claire's Designs - Father's Day Theme
Ingredients
Little Claire Designs Digi Stamp- The Great Outdoors
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Spellbinders Circles Nestabilities
Kraft Card by Papermania
Papers from Kaisercraft 'Outdoor Trail' Collection
Hessian Ribbon and Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Binocular Charm from The Hobby House
Woodware 1" Dragonfly Punch
Map and Sentiment Printed from Computer
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Copics - Skin E51, E33, E21
Clothes E04, R56, R59, YG91, YG93, YG95, E31, E33, E35
Bench E43, E44, E47, C1, C3, C5
Ground E70, E71, E74
Background B0000, B000, B00


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to Creative Inspirations to look at the lovely DT Creations there and join in the fun!
from Sue...xxx







Sunday, 14 June 2015

Man's Best Friend...

Good Afternoon...
Today's card is for the lovely Lili of the Valley Design Collective.
My love for all things Lili is no secret and at the moment, well I have to say  
there is an awful lot to love!

There is a special offer on some of the newly launched papers, sentiments and art pads;

Look here for all the details!

...and as if that was n't enough to have us Lili fans swooning there is another fabulous offer - a whopping 25% off all Lili Christmas goodies until 25th June!

All the details of that offer can be found here

Today's card is made with the adorable stamp 'Man's Best Friend'
This is just a perfect subject for me given my love of my adorable girls Ruby Roo and Phoebe Mouse.

I coloured this super image with Prismacolor pencils.  To be honest, I had pretty much given up on my pencils.  They were gathering dust on the corner of my table and I had virtually decided to sell them.  I thought though that I should give them one last chance and after a bit of practice, this card is what I came up with.  You can of course all speak freely,   I respond well to feedback, but perhaps I should hang on to them for a while?

I used some papers from the new Lili of the Valley Collections, 
Romance and Roses and Dress Shoppe to create layers and the strip of paper across the card is from the Bonnets and Bowties collection.

The background is a piece of Core d'inations card stock embossed with clouds and sanded.

Finally I added a Father's day sentiment from Lili of the Valley's 
Greetings Postmarks - Set 18 and some twine and a little star button.

Here we are then 'Man's Best Friend' (and from where I am sitting, 'woman's' as well)!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges
Papertake Weekly - Something For The Boys
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes With An Image
Little Claire Designs - Father's Day Challenge
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Furry Friends
Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - 'Man's Best Friend'
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Memento Ink Pad
Archival Ink Pad
Prismacolor Pencils
Lili of the Valley Sentiment Stamps Set 18 - 'Greetings Postmarks'
Papers from Lili of the Valley 'Romance and Roses', 'Dress Shoppe' 
and 'Bonnets and Bowties' Collections
Tim Holtz Distress Core d'inations Cardstock
Die'sire Embossalicious Embossing Folder - 'Clouds'
Die-namics MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangle Dies
Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Tiny Star Button from my trinket box
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Tim Holtz Paper Sanding Tool
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Archival Ink Pad in Watering Can
Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
Prismacolors - 
Skin - 929 Light Peach, 1092 Nectar
Hair - 941 Light Umber
Clothes - 1091 Green Ochre, 1078 Black Cherry, 941 Light Umber, 1052 Warm Grey
Little Dog - 1052 Warm Grey, 935 Noir, 1084 Ginger Root, 1082 Chocolate
Bench - 1094 Sandbar Brown, 914 Cream
Grass - 1096 Kelly Green, 1090 Kelp Green, 1004 Yellow Chartreuse
Background - 1024 Blue Slate, 1087 Powder Blue, 938 White

Thank you for visiting...

Happy Crafting...
Sue...xxx

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Beauty and the Beach

Good Morning...
The new challenge at 
Summer Fun

The prize for the lucky winner is a £10 gift voucher from our lovely sponsors 
Mary and Andrea at 
Today's card came about almost by accident.  I have just joined in, for the first time, with a card swap event and I was very lucky enough to be partnered with Paola Jofre
the very talented artist behind the gorgeous digi's at 

This adorable beach babe is one of Paola's designs - 'Pheobe'; 
she is gorgeous and is just perfect for this challenge.

I coloured her with Copics and went for a more CAS design, 
 I think she deserves to be the centre of attention!

I used Lawn Fawn and an MFT Die to cut the papers and added a few (only a few ...honest!) embellishments.

I had a fight with the Glossy Accents to make the lenses on her lovely shades',
 (oh yes! and this time I reckon I won!)...

Here we have her, glamorous Pheobe, who I, unfortunately do not resemble in any way, shape or form, except that I do sometimes have the odd glass of something pink!
Ingredients
Digi Stamp Pheobe by Paola Jofre at
Copic Markers
Papers by Lili of the Valley from the Heartfelt Collection
Die-namics MFT Wavy Edge Die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Die
Twine, Shell and Sparkles by The Ribbon Girl
Sequins by SIL from The Range
Teeny Tiny Flower Punch by Xcut
Liquid Pearls
Wink of Stella Pen
Ranger Glossy Accents
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Copics - Skin E51, E33, E21, R37
Hair, Y11, Y21, YR23, YR24
Beach Wear RV11, RV32, RV34, Y11
Background BG0000, BG000, BG00, E70, E71, E74
Liquid Pearls in Buttercup
Zig Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Pen - Shell, Drink, 
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to 
In the Pink 
to look at the lovely DT Creations there and  join in with the pink fun!
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx



Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Buttons And Bows...

Good Morning
This week's Challenge at 
is 'Buttons and Bows'

The prize for the lucky winner is a gift certificate for £10 from
Today's card is my Creative Inspirations DT card, made with a gorgeous 
Stamping Bella Stamp 'Buddy and Jolly'.  
This card shows I think that buttons and bows need n't be girlie!

I coloured this cute duo with Copics and made a layered card in the shape of a tag.  
I used Kraft crad and a spotty paper by Pink Petticoat.
I added simple embellishments with rusty wire twirl, some twine and washi tape.  To fit the theme, the button is a wooden heart shaped button and the bows are made of twine.  Finally I added some enamel domes to match the turquoisey colour.
Here we are then, lovely Buddy and Jolly, I can almost smell the coffee!
Ingredients
Stamping Bella, Christine Grove Collection Rubber Stamp 
'Buddy and Jolly'
Make it Colour Blending Card Stock
Kraft Cradstock by Papermania
Memento Ink pad
Copic Markers
Polka Dot Digi Paper from Pink Petticoat
Little B Label Dies
Old Hessian Twine, Rusty Wire from my trinket box
Wooden Button by Live and Love Crafts
Washi Tape, Enamel Domes by Papermania
Inks Used
Memento Ink pad in Black 
Copics - Skin E00, E02, E21, R11
Hair & Shoes E44, E47, R24
Little Suits - E41, E42, E43, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78
Background - C1, C3, C5, W0, W1
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to Creative Inspirations to look at the lovely DT Creations there and join in the fun!
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx



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