Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Home Sweet Home...

Well, this is exciting, an extra post from me on a Wednesday!

What's that all about then...?

Well, shhhhh don't tell anyone but today is a special release day for some beautiful new digis from Sherri Ann Baldy.
All of Sherri's gorgeous designs can be found 
or

My card is made with image 789-2, an adorable fairy house.

I have coloured this sweet image with copics and used Glossy Accents on the roof and Stickles on the windows to add some magic and sparkle!

I then fussy cut (eeeeek!) the image and mounted it on a night sky background I had made with my Copic Air System.

(Flipping mad here or what! - fussy cutting, masking and air brushing are all new techniques to me!  Good job I like a challenge)!

I added some gold Stickles as stars and a polka dot die cut frame.  Finally I added my current favourite sentiments, chitchat stickers by Tim Holtz.

...and here we are a cute fairy house, vacant possession of course (-; ...
Ingredients
Image 789-2 Sherri Ann Baldy New Release Digi
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes Marker Geek
Copic Markers
Ranger Glossy Accents
Stickles in Stardust and Gold
MFT Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frame
Chitchat Stickers byTim Holtz from Hobbycraft
Polkadot Paper from my Stash - very old!
Inks Used
Roof - E19, E07, R24 and Ranger Glossy Accents
Bricks - E59, E57, E35, E33
Door - E17, E13, E30
Chimney - W1, W3, W5
Windows - Y38, Y35, Y11 and Stardust Stickles
Moon - Y38, Y35
 Night Sky - B39, B37 and Gold Stickles
Thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting!
From Sue...xxx

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Cheerful Flowers

Good Morning...

Wow, another week flown by!  
This week's challenge at 
is
Anything Goes + Option of a sketch
All the sketch details are
HERE

The prize for the lucky challenge winner is 
a £10 voucher from
The Ribbon Girl
For my DT card I have used a pretty image from one of the wonderful Lili of the Valley Art Pads - Beautiful Blooms

I always forget I have these images - shame on me because they are gorgeous!

I die cut the image and mounted it on lots of pretty pink layers (which sort of fit the sketch theme this week if you don't look too closely)!

I have then added lots of pretty embellishments and a sentiment I made myself on the computer.  Some of the roses have added sparkle by way of some Ice Diamond.
Ingredients
Lili of the valley Art Pad - Beautiful Blooms
Papers From Lili of the Valley's Country Meadow Collection
MFT Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle Die Set
Flowers from Hobby Craft and The Ribbon Girl
Pearl String and Cheese Cloth From The Ribbon Girl
Lace and Hessian Ribbon from my trinket box
Silver Shimmer Domes by Papermania
Pinflair Ice Diamond
Tim Holtz paper Distressing Tool
Collall All Purpose Glue
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

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Happy Kissmass...


Good morning friends...

Today's card is my Design Collective card for lovely 
Lili of the Valley
I have used the beautiful Christmas stamp
Happy Kissmass.

I have coloured this wonderful image with copies and used paper from 
LOTV's Winter Wishes Collection.

I have used some lace and velvet ribbon from my trinket box (very ancient)!
I have also added some Snowflake dies cuts along with flowers, twine, a button from The Ribbon Girl and Crystal Jewels from The Hobby House.

Finally I have added some sentiment stickers by Tim Holtz.

...and here we are, such an adorable couple having their own Happy Kissmass...



I would like to enter this card for the following Challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - September Colour Challenge (Blue)
The Craft Barn - Christmas Snow or Snowflakes
Papertake Weekly - 'it will soon be here'

Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Happy Kissmass
Memento Ink Pad
Make It Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes Marker Geek
Copic Markers
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad
Paper from Lili of the Valley's Winter Wishes Collections
Sweet Dixie Small Snowflake Die Set
Roses, Twine, Wooden Button from The Ribbon Girl
Blue Blossom Flowers by Petal Loo
Pink Crystal Jewels by The Hobby House
Lace and Pink Velvet Ribbon from my trinket box
Chitchat Stickers by Tim Holtz
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad - Tea Dye
Copics -
Her Hair, E21, E23, E25, E29
His Hair, E51, E53, E55, E57
Skin, E50, R11, R00, R000
Clothes, B91, B93, B95, R81, R83, R85, E40, E41, E42, E43
Mistletoe - YG91, YG93, YG95
Background - E70. E71, E74, YR31, Y21
Thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting!
From Sue...xxx

Remember to pop straight to Lili of the Valley and have a look at all the loveliness there.

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Time for Walkies

Good Morning...


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 

For today's card I have used the gorgeous All Dressed Up digi from Funky Kits,
Time For Walkies
I have coloured this super image with Copics and used a flowery paper from my favourite collection - Hello Sunshine by Doodlebug Designs.  The purple card is from my stash.

Finally, I have added a sentiment using 'chitchat' stickers by Tim Holtz and some buttons from my trinket box.

...and here we are - an adorable pair of best friends...
almost too cute!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
Squirrel's World (SRC) - Purple Friends
All Dressed Up - Anything Goes Challenge 41

Ingredients 
All Dressed Up Digi - Time For Walkiesfrom Funky Kits
Make it Colour Blending Card from Elaine Hughes, Marker Geek
Copic Markers
Paper from Doodlebug Designs Hello Sunshine Collection
MFT Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle Dies
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Dies
Purple Card by Paper mania
Sentiment using Chitchat Stickers by Tim Holtz from Hobbycraft
Buttons from my trinket box
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Skin - E000, E00, E01, E11, E04
Hair - E53, E55, E33, E25
Clothes - BG49, BG53, BG57, RV52, RV55, RV66, Y23, YR24, YR27
Little Dog - E53, E55, E33, E25
Background - W0, W1, W3, BV0000, BV00
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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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

MFT Harvest Mice

Good Morning...

This week's challenge at 
is
'Something Sweet'
This week's prize is from PETAL LU and is a
£10 lucky dip!
My 'inner chimp' got hold of me with this card and I went for the healthy option!...
Well, apples, plums and pumpkins - they're sweet - yes?

I made this card using the adorable Harvest Mice set from MFT. 
(I know they only had an outing last week but the are way too cute to stay in the 'to do' pile).

I had a bit of a 'mare' with this card though.  I made a purple orange background with my Copic air system and then completely 'fluffed up' stamping the sentiment, grrrr! - did n't have time to do it again so had to go with a paper background.

I coloured these lovely mice with Copics.  I used some papers from LOTV's
Bonnets and Bowties and Romance and Roses collections along with some purple Core'dinations card stock.  The sentiment is from the Harvest Mice Set.

Finally, I added some teeny tiny stars and a wobbly hand drawn doodle! (oh yes, mad or what given the fluffing up of the sentiment)!

...and here they are, the cutest mice ever with their sweet treats... 
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
Deep Ocean Challenge - Autumn
Squirrels World (SRC) - Purple Friends

Ingredients
MFT Die-namics Harvest Mice Stamp and Die Set from My Mum's Craft Shop
Memento Ink Pad
Make it Colour Blending Card by Eliane Hughes, Marker Geek
Copic Markers
Papers from Lili of the Valley's 
Bonnets and Bowties and Romance and Roses Collections
Core'dinations Card Stock from The Range
Teeny Tiny Stars from my trinket box
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black
Copics - 
Mice Fur - W0, W1, W3, W5
Mice Clothes - V12, V15, V17, BV08, YG01, YG03, YG17, YG45
Barrels - E21, E35, E37, C0, C1, C3
Pumpkin - YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27
Apples - YG01, YG03, YG17, YG45
Plums - V12, V15, V17, BV08
XS Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Black 199 
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

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Dear Santa...

Good Morning...

Today's card is my 'same but different' project for Sherri Baldy's
This month we have all used the same gorgeous Sherri Baldy image -
Little Cutie Patootie
available to by
HERE
in Sherri Baldy's wonderful Etsy Store.

This is not a challenge just a bit of fun so to have a chance of winning this gorgeous digi, just pop to 
and leave a comment for the design team - simples!

The winner will be picked at random on New Challenge day - the first Monday in October.

I coloured this sweetie with Copics and distress the final image with 
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.

I used papers from Papermania's Kraft Christmas Collection to create the background details.  From the same papers I die cut the little poinsettias.

I made the sentiment myself on Word using the font - Hanzipen TC. 

...and here we are, coy is n't she!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
My Besties International - Challenge #19 Anything Goes

Ingredients
Sherri Baldy My Besties Digi - 
Copic Markers
Papers From Papermania Kraft Christmas Collection
MFT Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle and Circle Dies
Magnolia Doohickeys Swedish Border Die
Marianne Design Creatables Small Pionsettia Die
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Tea Dye
Copics 
Skin - E50, R000, R00, R11
Hair - E13, E35, E18, E59
Eyes - YG17, YG01
Clothes - R32, R35, R37, R59, E42, E43, E44
Background - YR20, YR21, YR23 and Colourless Blender
Zig Clear Wink of Stella Pen - Underskirts and Flower
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to 
to look at the other lovely DT Creations and join in the fun.

from Sue...xxx

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

This Is How I Roll! ...

Good afternoon lovely friends...

Just a quick, 'none card' related post from me to day...

Firstly, I want to say sorry for not being around much this week.

We have had a big and busy week chez Hastead having waved both our boys off to University.

To be frank it has been a bit frantic and more than a touch emotional!

Ian, our eldest is starting year 2 at Birmingham studying Classics and English Literature.

Als our youngest has left home for the first time (sniff, pass the tissues)!

He has gone to Bristol to the British and Irish Insitute of Modern Music to study Music Production and Management.

Very proud Mum and Dad this end.

Our nest is now officially empty!

Feels odd!

Don't know whether to laugh or cry so I will probably just do both at the same time!
Anyway, you are all still in my thoughts, I just have n't quite got around all your lovely blogs, I will try and catch up.

In the meantime, her are few sneaky pictures of the room I use as my craft room, which is really the dining room but we have two other rooms with a dining table in (the kitchen and the  conservatory), so finding somewhere to eat here is n't a problem!

Lovely hubby and boys were very happy to lose the dining room when I retired in 2012.

Hope you like it, it is still a bit of a work in progress, and I know is probably bit 'functional' but I'm not good with clutter (that'll be the Virgo in me)!
Spot the hanger with the wonderful cards I have received from lovely crafting friends - they are a real inspiration!

Thank goodness for Ikea!

Happy Sunday everyone and Happy Crafting

love from
Sue...xxx

Thursday, 17 September 2015

If Friends Were Flowers...

Good Morning...

The challenge this time at
is 
'For a Friend'

...and the prize for the lucky winner is a
£10 Gift Voucher 
from
Handmade Bliss
(Who have a fabulous 20% off sale at the moment).
I tried something completely different for this card (still sticking to that important pink theme though)!

A while ago I treated myself to a Copic Air System...This week, I decided I had looked at it in the box for long enough and unpacked it to have a play.

Well, after going through quite a few sheets of card, several markers, and lots of cups of tea - the background to this card was the result.

More practice needed for certain but what fun!

I used the new MFT Stamp and Die Set 'Harvest Mice' to make this card - fantabulous and cute!  So many different card options I may just go mad.

I coloured this sweetie with Copics and had another go at the stippled fur technique, which still is n't quite right but may be slowly getting there...(I strongly suspect I am too impatient and not letting the ink layers dry before I start with the blender pen)!

The paper for the frame is by Doodlebug Designs and is cut out with an MFT Stitched Frame Die.

Finally I added the little die cut heart and a sentiment from the Harvest Mice stamp set.

...and here we are,
if friends were flowers, I'd pick you...
Ingredients
MFT Die-namics Harvest Mice Stamp and Die Set
Copic Markers
Memento Ink Pad
Archival Ink Pad
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Papers From Doodlebug Designs Hello Sunshine Collection
Spellbinders Circles Die Set
MFT Die-namices Stitched Frame Circles Die Set
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black - image
Archival Ink Pad in Watering Can - sentiment
Copics -
Harvest Mouse - E41, E42, E43, E44, blender pen, R11, R21
Jumper - RV34, RV34, RV19, RV17
Boots - W7
Barrel - C1, C3, C5, E21, E35, E37
Apples - R21, R24, R2, R59
Background - RV63, YR65

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to 
In the Pink 
to look at the other lovely DT Creations and join in with the pink fun. 

....and one more thing...for those of you, who, like me can resist anything but temptation...there is a wonderful 20% off sale at Handmade Bliss (sighs and rolls eyes)!!

from Sue...xxx

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hayley The Hero...

Good Morning...

The challenge this week at 
Your Favourite Occasion

and the prize for the lucky winner is a £20 voucher for
Speaking frankly, I feel like a bit of an indecisive failure because I realised when thinking about this challenge that by far my favourite cards are those that you can send 
'just because'!
So really I guess my favourite occasion is ANY occasion!

I chose to use a gorgeous stamp that has been on my 'to colour' pile for a while, the wonderful Hayley the Hero by Stamping Bella.

I coloured her with Copics and added a bit of bling to her super hero goggles and cape!

I used my favourite papers by Doodlebug Designs to make my card layout and added some sequins and a sentiment I made on the computer with the font, Hanzipen TC.

...here we are then, meet Hayley the Hero...you go girl!
Ingredients
Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Collection - Hayley The Hero
Make it Colour Blending Card from The Marker Geek
Copic Markers
Papers from Doodlebug Designs Hello Sunshine Collection
MFT Die-namics Dies - Stitched Rectangle Frames and Stitched Circles
Sequins by Sil from The Range
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Star Dust Stickles
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black
Copics - 
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11
Hair E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
Clothes RV21, RV23, RV25, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17, 
BG01, BG02, BG05, C3, C5, C7
Background B0000, B000, B00, C0, C01, C03
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


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Things I Must Remember Not To Forget...

Good afternoon...

Well, this is fun, today I have made something just because I wanted to!  

How often does that happen? 
hmmm...not very often...! 
Well given the lovely time I have had doing this, it should certainly happen more often!
I have used the super duper digi from Tiddly Inks, A+ Avenger which I have coloured with Copics.

I have mounted the image using some papers from my stash which I have die cut and turned into the cover for a little notebook.

I added a sentiment of my own made on the computer with the font 'noteworthy'.  I also painted on a touch of Diamond Stickles to add some bling to this super hero's dress and goggles.  

Finally I added a touch of ribbon and twine and some coloured paperclips - just to complete that 'back to school' feel.

...and here we are, ready to take on the world, a super hero!
I would like to enter this project for the following challenges -
Tiddly Inks - Challenge #165 School Rules
As You Like It - Favourite Die 
and Why...
I have used my Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds Dies for this notebook.  (Great value - it's a pack of three).  I have had these dies for about two months and they have become my tip top favourite, most used EVER die!  Thing is, - yes, it looks like puffy clouds but it is also a wonderful way of creating a border and adding lots of scrummy papers.  Turned out to be a very good investment indeed for me given the number dies I have which are only used once or never!

Ingredients
Tiddly Inks A+ Avenger Digi
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Copic Markers
Papers from My Stash 
Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds Die
(Striped paper is a freebie digi download and the red polka dots are from LOTV Sunny Side Up Collection)
Bakers Twine and Ribbon from my trinket box
Paper clips from my boys' stationary stash (Shhhh don't say a word)!
Diamond Stickles
Ranger Glossy Accents
Collall All Purpose Glue
Zutter Bind It All System For Notebook
Inks Used
Skin - E50, R000, R00, R11
Hair - E31, E35, E37
Clothes & Books - R32, R35, R37, R39, B91, B93, B95, BG11, BG13, BG18, Y23, Y26, Y28
Papers- C0, C1, C3
Background - W0, W1, W3, B0000, B000, B00, Blender Pen

Thank you for visiting
and
Happy Crafting!



from Sue...xxx

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