Crabtree Green

Crabtree Green
The view from my sitting room at sunset. taken with my little Canon Ixus 500hs

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Distress it!

Good morning and welcome on this sunny Easter Monday. Hope you've enjoyed a happy Easter week end.
 It's time for another challenge at Make My Monday and this week we'd like to see you

here's mine
I decided to try using a tag! not something I do very often and my plan was to attach it to some embossed/texture paste type background but I was in some discomfort from shoulder, neck and back pain!... think I must have slept in a an unusual for me position so found it difficult to carry on. 
 The idea for this tag came from what I see/hear from the windows and garden in my new home
. I couldn't get, squirrels, ducks, swans, jays or wood peckers etc on the tag :~) or the wonderful movement of the Silver Birch trees swaying in the breeze.
I removed the  charms which were attached to a hair grip and bright yellow, gold.... bought from the pound shop! and tried to "distress" them but was unsure how to achieve it... in the end I used alcohol inks. I'm sure I have a rubber "song" stamp but couldn't put my hand on it.. so wrote it freehand.
for the tag:  Distress Inks: shabby shutters, mowed lawn, broken china and stormy sky, individually swooshed onto a craft mat, spritzed with water, picked up with the tag and dried in between each colour.
In the background, just visible, a large silver birch tree  stamp, sorry can't remember where from.
Chocolate Baroque:Tall Trees and Wisteria lane.
Stampers Anonymous: Urban Chic.
Oxford Impressions: Come Fly with Me
 DI: black soot
Versafine: onyx black.

The DT at MMM is a bit thin on the ground at the moment due to family illness and the ever present pressures of family life and work. ... but hopefully every one will soon be up and running.
 hope you can join us for this fun challenge... I enjoyed doing my tag although I'm not %100 happy with it ....perhaps if I get round to mounting it on to some textured card or something as planned  it will please me more :)
Enjoy what remains of Easter Monday... I'm off to look at a new car!!!!... LOOK being the operative word, today.
 Suzi B xx
Thought you might like to know that I strengthened the back of the tag  so that my lovely new neighbour, Marie could use it as a book mark... which her husband Chris had suggested it could be used as.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Flower Bubbles

Good morning and a very warm welcome. This is my first post from my new home and my new craft room  MR2! (Making Room mark 2)
its wonderful to be crafting again especially  for the  Make My Monday challenge which this week is  hosted by the lovely Rosie. She would like to see
 Mythical Creatures
Here's mine: Queen of the Fairies
 The gorgeous image is from a lovely sheet  from Nicecrane Designs : The Water Babies vol 1. I just love these images. The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley is one of the earliest books that I remember as a very small child....  mainly the images , not the story! I had to remind myself of the story. Here's a link if you'd like to be reminded of the story 

 The Queen of the fairies is surrounded by "flower bubbles" made from a cupcake wrap, distressed with DI's Antique Linen and Iced Spruce then randomly "splashed with little shiny spheres... don't know what they're called? The backing paper is from a 12x12 by Jodie Lee ( I think) which has been through the Cuttlebug using a swirly Sizzix folder to give the impression of the sea /waves. It was then sanded to achieve the appearance  white foam :-)

A few little gems added before mounting onto a white base card. 14x14cm.

A heads up
Make my Monday is looking for design team members
click here  to add your interest
Looking forward to seeing you there

I'm hoping to get back into the swing of crafting and blogging and will get round to seeing you eventually. Although my craft stash is unpacked.... it's not in any order! In fact I'm not sure where everything is... it needs sorting! It will get done slowly... I just needed to unpack it and CRAFT!! It will be my cluttered sanctuary... my new home need lots of attention ie: new bathroom, kitchen, total redecoration, carpets etc... then there is garden!!! but I love it here.
 Looking forward to catching up with you all.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

A quick card for MMM

Hello I've just popped back briefly because it's my turn to be host at Make My Monday. My chosen theme is:
"For Mums"

 I really struggled to make this card because all my stash is packed ready for my house move ... which was Friday 21st! This is a scheduled post so with any luck I'll be in my new house when you read this :~) but  my internet connection might not be live so unfortunately  I wont be able to visit your blogs etc.
 I used one of the only stamps that was still lying around and suitable for this challenge. It's by La Blanche  stamped with Kaleidacolor: Spectrum which was also an oddment not packed away.  The little sentiment is from a free set from Creative Stamping magazine called Timeless Opulence.
 I finished with a little bit of doodling!

 I stamped the image a second time, cut out and layered up
 I used a dry paintbrush stroked across the appropriate colours in the ink pad, lightly applied to the flower image to add more depth to the colours. I then added a little smattering of Stickles for some reason this was also still lying around alone and forlorn! :~)

 The lilac card which the main image is layered onto is in fact a DL card flattened out and cut to size...( look closely you can see the crease)   which was no mean feat because all cutters are packed... I'm not know for straight!! ... all card stock is also packed.
 This will be my last post for a few weeks.... you know why lol...... my new house needs  a big refurb.... I've no idea when my craft room will be up and running.
 I wish you all well.... see you as soon as I can
Suzi B xx

Thursday, 6 February 2014


Hello and welcome Ive not got any cards to show you today nor will there be any for sometime.. due to my imminent house move. This is what my craft room looks like.

My new home needs much updating so Ive no idea when Ill be able to resume my craft. I'm hoping to be able to set something up ASAP after I'm in the new home otherwise Ill go bonkers!
I want to start an art journal and finish my Steampunk journal.
In fact my head is quite buzzing with ideas and its quite frustrating not being able to craft!!
My provisional exchange date is 7th March but of course this could change ..... and the only room Ive started is the one above!! Gosh I have so much stuff.. I have manage to off load an enormous amount of stash...whew!
Hope you're all well and not suffering too much from the wet and miserable weather. I hope to see you soon.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 27 January 2014

Eastern Promise

Good morning and welcome. It's my turn to host the challenge over at Make My Monday  and due to the Chinese New Year falling this week on Friday 31st.... the year of the Horse
I've chosen 
 Eastern Promise
Even though this is my chosen theme I found it quite a challenge..... I've packed quite a bit of my stash including things I wanted to use for this challenge... who's a puddin? ! ... I had to get my thinking cap on !! but luckily this paper pad remained unpacked. along with most of my stamps...
here is the outcome
 Dovecraft Eastern promise 8x8 paper pack: Main image and Red script papers  distressed with Black Soot.
 Dovecraft. Flower stamp: randomly stamped on the red backing paper. Stamped again on another sheet of DP, cut out, Glossy Accents applied and left to dry, shaped a little and applied.
The birds are from an anonymous ... Chines looking set... 
Tiny silk flowers
Chinese coin 
I wonky cut the script from what was left over once the main image had been cut and and adhered it to the main image.... so the two images where reunited in the smaller space :)

The saga of the house move continues...  not much time for crafting or blogging but hopefully  I will be able to get round to to seeing your projects. 
 Bye for now 
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 20 January 2014

" Kraft" the day away

Good morning and welcome. It's time for another challenge at Make My Monday and Jan would like to see
A Little Bit Of Kraft
here's mine...
As you can see I used Kraft card for the majority of my card just a layering of black card stock added.
Stamps: Blockheads Paper Arts: Birdcage and Scroll
             darkroom door: sentiment.
Black embossing powder
Black ribbon
and a little bit of bling.
The DT have provided some great inspiration and I hope this will encourage you to get out the Kraft card/paper and join us :)

I embossed the scroll on the black card just peeping from beneath  the scrolled Kraft  then used the same stamp with Versafine Onyx black ink on the reverse of the main Kraft image... it's self explanatory really.... why am I waffling!  :)

I would like to welcome new followers...thank you it is an honour that you follow my bits and pieces  Thank you also to the people that have been here awhile... all are welcome and I much appreciate  your interest.
 I mentioned last week about my imminent house move... in the next month or two?!
here's Missi inspecting some of the packed boxes.... I have a long way to go!
 When my  Grandaughter said that my craft room was messy... it really was and is!! I am a very messy crafter! but luckily it stays in here. I'm hoping to be more organised after I move. The shelves are beginning to empty but the rubbish bags and charity shop bags are multiplying!! Some stash is going to my Wednesday Craft Group...... lucky them? maybe :)
Bye for now
Suzi B xx

Monday, 13 January 2014

Birds of a feather

Hello and welcome to the Making Room... This morning being Monday :)  it's time for another challenge at Make My Monday. This week the lovely Rosie has chosen a fabulous theme which is ...

This is a little collage using four stamps from:
Oxford Impressions: Come Fly with Me: feather
Stamping Up: French Script and Post mark
Local King Rubber Stamp: Chicks5:   little bird:  I cut out part of his tail  with a craft knife so that it appeared over the  feather.
The Artistic Stamper: Birds of a Feather: Sentiment
Versifier : Vintage Sepia
Faber Castell: Big Brush...... thumping technique. 
Link to YouTube   for technique:  I saw this on one of  last weeks entrants... this is my first attempt, I will be trying it again with a less dense stamp and "thump" a bit more to achieve more colour.
 I snipped around the edge of the feather to give it a ruffled look... mind you I forgot to do this before I shaped and adhered it to the card with silicone glue I only realised this morning when I was about to take photographs. It was too dark when I'd finished last night... the lights not brilliant this morning either.
Confession time! this is the second card I made for this challenge... when I was downloading the first one I realised I'd done one very similar last year.. I thought oh no that's boring ! so did  the one above!
here's the copy cat

Now for some BIG news
 I'm moving house.... My home sold very quickly... less than a month on the market! I thought it took months/years even these days for property to sell! So you can imagine my surprise and shock when the estate agent rang with the offer from the first and only viewer!  I'm totally unprepared, thought as I say I'd have months and months to sort out and declutter... I'm downsizing. So all this means that I wont be blogging much... not that I have been doing much blogging for the last year due to  sad family events.
 I am hoping to continue with MMM as and when I can but because most of my stash will be packed away... dreading it!!! my contribution to the design teams inspirational pieces will mostly be clean and simple.
 Have a lovely week and see you soon
 Suzi B  x
 Edited ... later that same day :)
I've been "thumping" again using the splats from the SU set and this time Whispers Strokes. I decided that the Faber Castell big Brush set is too precious to use with this method. I wanted to add a  some subtle  colour... not sure it was such a good idea :( especially the splats at the bottom right!
Bye for now ... I should be de-cluttering!!!

Monday, 6 January 2014

First MMM challenge of 2014

A big HELLO and welcome to my first post in 2014!... I've had a couple of weeks chill... did I say chill?! you know how life gets in the way of craft :))   I wanted to clear out my craft room  but hey ho its still a mess!
  Laura has the distinction of being the first in the year to be the  Make My Monday hostess and would like to see some 
on your projects
here's mine: nice and simple

ColourCore Card stock: Spell Caster.
Hobby Solutions: Flower Corner embossing folder
Chocolate Baroque: Flower stamp from Decadent Brocade
Stampingallday: With love tag
Cosmic Shimmer EP: Lapis Black Aurora mixed with a  plain turquoise type colour
Black cord.
This shows the dimension it also shows the two EP's that I mixed together... but they separated when added to the Versamark but I quite liked the effect. The lapis black EP was too dark on its own the blue didn't show enough  it was  too pale... doesn't matter how much stash we have there's always something we've not got!!
 I look forward to seeing what you come up with it's always interesting, hope you can join us.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A holly bouguet

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, may you all be happy and content in 2014

Suzi B xx

Monday, 16 December 2013

The last MMM challenge for 2013!

Hello and welcome, it's my turn to host the MMM challenge and I would like to see
A Clean And Simple Christmas card
 Now stop groaning :) I know some of you don't much like CAS... but  you've always come up trumps in the past and produced some lovely examples.
here's mine
 Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz collection Christmas Time CMS 141
Distress inks: Iced Spruce and Festive Berries applied directly to the stamp then spritzed with water before being stamped onto
Water Colour paper.
Off white base card and red card.... and viola! done.
 I do hope you can join us for the last challenge of 2013 and look forward to seeing your CAS cards.
 Have Fun
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 9 December 2013

Brrrrr... A Frosty Theme

Good morning and welcome to this weeks Make My Monday challenge which is hosted by the lovely Rosie and she wants you to create
A Frosty Theme

 here's mine

Kraft card
Gold Mirror card
White base card
Tree stamp: Artemio
Snow flakes and sentiment stamps : Debbi Moore
Stampendous: Shabby White Embossing enamel and Winter Wonderland Opaque EP
Antique Gold Rub'n  Buff... on the snowflake charm
 Stampin Up Whisper White Ink pad.

 Showing the lovely frantage embossing

 I used winter Wonderland Opaque EP for the sentiment and the stars

Hope you can join us , I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your Frosty themes .... have fun!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Quick card, quick post

Morning everyone and welcome to the first challenge in December at Make My Monday. It's our lovely leader, Jacqueline's turn to be the host and she would like to see
Christmas Flowers/ Foliage 
or both on your projects.
I am way behind and only made my card quickly this morning!... it took about 10minutes once I'd decided to use this fabulous DP from Websters Pages...  because it's so lovely I decided to let it do the talking:) so only added ribbon and a greeting with a tiny  bit of glimmer pprovided by Sakura, Gelly Roll.. clear pen.

You can just make out the  Glimmer on the greeting and some of the flowers below
I must say this lovely design paper came in very hand this morning when I was scratching my head wondering what to do..... The red ribbon has come up a bit orangey  but it is more like the red base card in reality. Hope you can join us and I look forward to seeing your ChristmasFlowers/ Folliage.
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 25 November 2013

Contemporary Christmas

Good Morning folks it's time for another challenge at Make My Monday it's Jan's turn to be host and she wants you to show us your
 Contemporary Christmas
 Here's mine.... although I found it quite a challenge cos I really am a red, green and gold girl when it comes to Christmas.

Stamps: Paperartsy: Special Christmas. Plate three.
Versafine onyx black.
Whispers Strokes.
various sequins from mt stash.... so glad I buy silly bags of sequins.... usually in pound shops!
Decoart: Glamour dust

Close up of sequins and glitter

I hope you can join us  I look forward to seeing your interpretation of Jan's challenge.
have a good week
Suzi B xx

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Christmas card with a bird

Hi every one thank you for stopping by, lovely to see you.
 This week at Less Is More Chrissie and Jan want to see
 Christmas cards  with birds

I used four stamps to create this image but I'm not sure I got it quite right 
so tell me what you think.... now be kind ;)
Bird and branch : Stampers Anonymous: Urban chic
Christmas Time : B Line Designs. Stamped in black directly onto the card then again in red on a separate  piece of card the sign cut out and layered onto the card.
 Stocking and holly  from a little set I've had for ages probably from Hobby Craft. I used two stockings from the set but just the top of the one with the holly.
Versafine: Onyx Black
Adirondack: Cranberry
Whispers strokes: red and green.
Ive been dying to use this stamp  so I' was glad to ink it up today even if I did only use part of it... and like I say I'm not sure it worked!!

Have a great Sunday, see you tomorrow with the new Make My Monday challenge.
Suzi B xx

 I think the bird was maybe meant to be a Blue Tit... but he's now a lovely Robin with a very red breast. xx 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Snowflakes and stars

These the cards I came up with late Tuesday evening for my Wednesday craft group to make... I'm always on the last minute!! I got some inspiration from Pinterest...
 because my muse was AWOL

 Various distress inks ... swooshed and blended.
 Various snowflake and star stamps
Opaque white EP
 Die cut and punched snowflakes
 Cartridge paper.
White, dark navy ( it looks more royal blue on the photographs)  and Kraft card stock.
 Christmas themed brads.
Clear Glamour dust.
These are some of the girls projects... they enjoyed making these cards... 
I apologise for the poor photograph by the time we'd finished it was about 13.30 and the light was so bad  it was more like early evening... nasty rain!!  I only got a few of the girls cards some people had already gone home.

 It's my friend Maureen's birthday to day ,some of us are meeting up later for an Indian  meal and then on to a pup where a local group will be singing. taxi booked :)

 Thank you for popping to see me enjoy your Friday.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 18 November 2013

The Big Guy!

Good morning one and all and welcome to the Make My Monday challenge which is... ta da!!
Santa .... The Big Guy
Here's my DT card... which is meant for some one who likes tradition at Christmas....
Backing paper: Websters Page: Snow flakes and Feathers...... I love these papers. I cut around some of the berries so that one corner of the main image slipped underneath.
Main stamp image: La Blanche. Stamped onto cartridge paper then  onto EcoArtBoard but this time focusing on Santa's face.
Poinsettia: Creative Expressions: Holly Set.
Distress Stickles
versafine: Onyx Black
Distress Inks: Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn used as water colours. Antique Linen on the artboard.
Prima Trim:  cut into strips and frayed. loose pieces used for the bow.
 Snow flake from stash.
 This is an unusual size base card 16.5 square made  by me ... I'll have trouble finding an envelope... I know, I know, I could make one but I fail miserably at making envelopes!! Good job I wont be posting it :)
Isn't it a "Jolly" Santa image, hope you can pick out the Stickles. I'd  coloured the sides of the art board with festive berries then when I added the stickles it bled onto the top but I liked it... I'd already lightly coloured Santa's hat.
Pop across to MMM a to see the other inspiration provided by the DT and please do join in. We love seeing all the different takes on our themes.
have a great week
Suzi B xx

Monday, 11 November 2013

Anything but a card.... Christmas Style

Good morning an welcome one and all lovely to have you drop by. At Make My Monday this week Laura wants you to show us a
Christmas make ... but not a card.
 I made some quick and easy boxes form templates and DP downloads from Pink Petticoat.

I cheated a bit with the triangle box I made it last year... I added a different tag that's all   but thought I'd use it today as well  ;)

Below is Missi , the "Christmas thief " about to run off with it!

I hope you'll join us with another fun project this week. Pop across to MMM to see what lovely goodies the DT have made..
 Thank you for looking ... I love that you do :)
Suzi B xx

Monday, 4 November 2013

Autumn Flowers

Good morning and welcome to the first challenge of November at Make My Monday. This week it's a delightful theme chosen by the lovely Fliss
Autumn Flowers
here's mine

 Laura Ashley Flower stamp by Dovecraft.
 Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Colour box: Pigment cat's eyes Queue... lots of lovely Autumn shades I used Amber and Chianti
Coloured twine... from TK Max. it was a box of 24 2 colours of each £9.99p, 12 for me, 12 for my craft group :)
Stickles: Copper, Xmas red... tiny bit here and there of these two mixed together on  the raised flowers then when dry a light coat of Stardust all over the image.

Red and gold Stickles

 All over stardust

Pop over to MMM and join in, we'd love to see  your interpretations of this delightful theme.
 Have a good week
 Suzi B xx

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Fireworks at Less Is More!

I've not been able to join in many challenges etc in the last few months so I really enjoyed joining in with this weeks LIM challenge ( one of my favourite challenges)  now that i have a bit more time.
The challenge is Fireworks
Dark background with a splash of colour(s)
not sure my card fits the bill entirely IE a bit more than a splash of colour!!
see what you think

Hobby Art Starburst
Black and orange card stock

would you believe?  6 different Distress Inks... 
I've no idea where the sentiment stamp came from.... but glad I had it. 

I thought the JOFY flowers looked a bit firework like then I added the starburst over the top hoping it looked like exploding fireworks! :).
Thank you for popping by have a great week end.
Suzi B x
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