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Monday, 20 April 2015

Beautiful Blue Planet

Joan one of the Make My Monday design team has chosen a lovely theme for this week's challenge
 which is:
Earth Day
Earth day is celebrated on Wednesday 22nd April,  it promotes environmental awareness and calls for the protection of the planet.
With this in mind I decided to use recycled materials such as old envelopes and book pages etc which ended up as an art journal page.
 My original idea was to make a recycled card using an old brown envelope and a book page from an old Pears Cyclopaedia. I chose a page about plants, seemed appropriate. I struggled to make the card idea work ;-( so I thought it might make a good journal page. When I checked my journals... I have a few but not often used, it's always something I'm gonna do, if you know what I mean. I found this lovely blue page made many months ago with waste from baby wipes.. beautiful blue planet came to mind..  I love the NASSA photographs of earth taken from ISS (International space station) We live on a beautiful, unique (up to now) planet. The corrugated parts are from a Costa wrap from around a toasted sandwich which I sat outside to enjoy the other day whilst shopping.
These two photos highlight the book page and the recycle information from the Costa packaging
 I think the page needs more work especially something about its inspiration ie Earth Day. 

Thank you for visiting I really do appreciate it, I like to read your comments.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

April Showers

Good morning and welcome, time to share my design team piece for the 
Make My Monday challenge, which is
April Showers.
I'm writing  this on Sunday  (yesterday)  and the weather is atrocious, it's  dark, windy and raining! So I decided to make a bright, fun card suitable for a little girl. I don't do this type of card often so it was quite a change.

The main image and the sentiments, apart from Rainy Day which is from Pink Paisley, are all freebies from the Creative Stamping magazine, I struggled with the "puddle"  in the end I used a background stamp from Chocolate Baroque which I lightly stamped with DI stormy sky then rolled it onto the card.... not sure it worked all that well :-). The "raindrops" are from the Gorgeous Grunge set by SU. I paper pieced  the girl and umbrella from Back to Basics DP by Dovecraft

I wanted to put bright buttons on the coat but even my tiny ones were too big so I blobbed each with glossy accents. I added a touch of colour to the face with Whispers Strokes.
I added a little heart button,  and some yellow twine to the heart and umbrella.
I believe the weather here in the UK is set to get warmer later this week.... fingers crossed.
thank you for stopping bye

Monday, 6 April 2015

Spring Time

 Hello and welcome, hope you all had a lovely Easter with lots of yummy Easter treats.

 My choice for the Make My Monday challenge this wee is inspired by all the cherry blossom here in the UK and the birds in good voice
Spring Time with Bird/Birds

The main image is from a freebie set of stamps called Birdsong from Creative Stamping magazine, coloured with Whispers Strokes and Distress markers. The sentiment is by Stampendous

 I've included a hand painted photo inspiration
from the net and I've no idea who painted it.

 The second card was made very quickly last evening from bird "stuff" still on my desk. It was after Poldark had finished.... why would you miss him!.... whit woo...

Thank you for popping by, enjoy Easter Monday and the rest of the week.
Suzi B xx

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy Easter

Wishing all my followers, lookers and people who comment, a very
 Happy Easter.
Thank you
Suzi B xx

Monday, 30 March 2015

Flowers in bloom

The Make My Monday challenge this week, chosen by the talented Marina is
I've used three images from a sheet of lovely printable flowers from a shop on Etsy called Cemerony.
The background  is made using a Crafters Workshop template using chalk from Craf-t Products onto Kraft card. The sentiment is from an Ecogreen set of stamps called Petal Party.
Thank you for taking a look at my "stuff" it's very much appreciated. 
 Have a good week 
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Fifty Shades of green

It's time to turn green for the challenge at Make My Monday  
This week chosen by Joan would like you to use the colour 
The first card was done after I'd finished the one below which I wasn't all that happy with, as usual! :-)
I wanted to experiment with backgrounds and seeing as I had lots of  different shades of green on my desk  I had a play!
This is the result
Which I decided to turn it into a card for the MMM DT inspiration. I used the same sentiment which I think goes well with the main image.
The first photograph is a more accurate colour representation. I do find it difficult getting accurate colours on my photographs.  .
Not sure who you could send this card to! other than some one who loves green. It might have been better in a journal which is some thing I want to play with.
This is the first card i made using a stamp set which I recently acquired ;-) from Art Gone Wild by Suzanne Corrillo.
 I love this set and couldn't wait to have a play.

It's a Christmas stamp set but there are a couple of elements that can be used at any time, bargain!

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day.
 I'm off to meet bessie mate in the lovely historical town of Nantwich. No doubt lots of mooching around the shops, coffee and lunch, no wine I'm driving!
See you soon
Suzi B xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

It can be yours :-)

Good morning and welcome to this weeks Make My Monday challenge which is

Building Town or City
I struggled with this theme for a wee while. I had a quick peruse of Pinterest for inspiration which led me to make this card using a set of freebies from Get Stamping magazine. The bird is from another free set this time from Creative Stamping. The word believe is from Inkadinkado Special thoughts inches.
So in the end this theme was quick and simple
Thank you for looking, have a good week.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

New challenge, new blog!

Good morning and welcome to not only the first  Make My Monday challenge for March but also the first challenge on the new MMM Blog. The theme is:
Girly Birthday.
 My card is for a more mature "girly", cos we all, well most of us girls, like pretty things. 

 I was experrimenting on Saturday with stenils and grunge paste. I've been dying to have a go with the grunge paste which I bought must be a couple of years ago, how time flies!, maybe thats the reason it was a bit thick and stiff! The base of the card is the result after coloiuring it with various Distress Inks, spraying with water and generally having fun.

 Crafters Workshop Template : Mini Specimens. I used all of it ... I was playing!
Paperartsy : grunge Paste
Hot Off the press: artful collection vintage and floral images.
Pink Paisley: Spring jubilee.
Stampendous: Butterflies.
Docrafts: Postal frame
Distress Inks: squeezed lemonade, picked rasberry, peacock feathers. I used  water colour technique to paint the flowers.
Versafine: Vintage Sepia.
I stamped the butterflies onto left over backing and cut out.

 Thank you for looking, have a good week.

 Suzi B xx

Challenges:  must include a sentiment.; Mothers day/anything goes.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Tags, tags and more tags.

Hello and welcome
 Today  I'm sharing my DT piece for the Make My Monday challenge which is for your entry to display either individual or like mine lots of
I've used a Crafty Individuals stamp which consists of lots of tags!
Thank you for looking ..have a great week
Suzi B xx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Colour combo

Good morning and welcome to this weeks challenge at  Make My Monday which this weeks is all about your two
Favourite Colour Combination
 I decided to make a CAS card with my new SU Painted Petals stamp set coloured with American Crafts Stamp Markers. I love this stamp set ... this was a quick and easy card.
One of my favoirite colour combos is Pink and Green.
I needed a quick thank you card ... so continued the theme
I enjoyed playing with this stamp set... as you can tell from below, although I'm not that happy with them, but I'll show you any way.
Thank you for visiting, have a good week
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Captured Heart

Good morning, thank you for stopping by, lovely that you did... I appreciate all your visits and comments.
 It's Monday and you know that that means it's time for the new 
Make My Monday challenge which this week is:

I've taken my inspiration from the Less is More 4th birthday celebration challenge which is to use the colours 
Pink & Grey.
Happy Birthday LIM

I used Dina Wakley heart stamps from Collaged Hearts, stamped with, Versafine: Smokey Gray and Color Box Q: Rosebud. I bought these hearts with the intention of using them in a journal!.... never happened.... one day :-). To add a bit of dimension I added  Glossy Accents to the small heart and dropped a pink heart gem into it. My Glossy accent glue is not as clear as it should be, due to the hatpin I use to stop it from clogging up!  I read about some one using silicone babies bottle teats on their glue,which sounds like a good idea but I can't find the link!  ... 
I'm sure lots of you are making Valentine cards at the moment so why not  show us your creations. Pop across to MMM to see the lovely inspiration from the design team.
Have a great week..... lets hope it's not quite as cold...especially no more biting winds!
Suzi B xx

Monday, 2 February 2015

Hearts and Flowers

Hello and welcome, the challenge chosen by Joan this week at 
 Hearts and flowers
Here's my Design Team  piece which will hopefully inspire you to join us.
We would love to see your interpretations.

I perused many of my flower and heart stamps deciding to use the Poppy Heart stamp by IndigoBlu, thinking it would kill two birds with one stamp, ha ha. From that initial thought came the above. My work always evolves and never ends up anything like my first thoughts!  I did cut out a couple of poppies from the poppy heart stamp! I used the quote from Chocolate Baroque's lovely Rose Stem Script  added onto a heart shape made using a Woodware punch. I also punched out another heart from red card which, can hardly be seen :-)  over stamped with a script stamp from Prima, which was also used in the background.

Pop across to the MMM challenge blog to see the lovely inspirational pieces from my fabulous teamies!
 Thank you for stopping by, have a great week.
Suzi B xx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

better late than never!

I'm late with my DT submission for the Make My Monday challenge which this week has been chosen by the fabulous Fliss. She wants to see:
 Bright and Cheery Colours

The tag is waste from practising with die cuts! I have a new machine, an Xcut Express, I love it! up until now I've been a reluctant user of die cutting machines, even though I had two... now I have three! but the Xcut is by far my favourite and easiest to use!
 Pink Paislee: spring jubilee
Hot Off the Press: vintage and floral images, batch 5917.
SU: French Foliage
Hot off the press: freebie feather stamp and die
Versafine:Onyx Black
 Distress inks: squeezed lemonade.wold honey,scattered straw,salty ocean and tumbled glass.
Martha Stewart; Hydrangea punch.
Kraft card
Twine: which I tried to colour slightly with DI's.... not sure it worked all that well :-(

 Hope you can join us in this lovely challenge, it's not too late you have until Saturday evening.
 Enjoy the rest of your week 
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 19 January 2015

20th Century style

Hello and welcome it's time for another challenge at Make My Monday and this week Marina wants to see your
20th Century Style.
Here's mine:
 two for the price of one :-)

I'm very short on time this morning so no "products" list but if there's anything you wish to know please ask
thank you for looking
Suzi B xx

Monday, 12 January 2015

Winter Birthday

Good morning from a very dark, blustery, wet Cheshire! a perfect day to spend in the craft room. It might mean I manage to get ahead with craft projects instead of always being on the last minute!
The challenge theme this week at Make My Monday is
 Winter Birthday
 The image is the waste ink from the flip side of the stencil placed onto thick cartridge paper.

Crafty Products :)
Dream Weaver Tree stencil.
Various spray inks
Sixxix alterations: tiny tabs and tags
The Artistic Stamper: Birds of a Feather: bird and sentiment
Hot Off the Press: birthday sentiment
Ranger Archival Ink: coffee.
American Crafts: Twine.
The stencilled image after being sprayed... I'll be using this on something , some day! :-)

I scribbled some spots and splats to ground the bird but not sure it looks right.
 I've now added some water to blend the colours... what do you think?
Thank you for looking, enjoy your day.
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

A New Beginning

Hello and welcome. After a couple of weeks off Make My Monday is back with the first challenge of 2015 which is
New Beginnings.
I've made a wedding card ..... Marriage is very much a new beginning.

Products... not many :-)
Artemio: Stamp ref no. 10001198
Sentiment: Hot off the Press
Woodware square punch
Versafine Onyx Black
Encore Ultimate metallic: copper 
Gold embossing powder
Stickles Xmas red.
Close up of the heart showing the Stickles... I smeared a very small amount across the image.
Hope you can join us, do pop along to the MMM challenge to see all the lovely and varied inspiration from the design team.
Thank you for popping by... best wishes to you all
 Suzi B
 Less Is More: Black, metallic + one

Monday, 15 December 2014

Last Make My Monday challenge for 2014

Jacqueline our talented Make My Monday leader  has chosen for the final challenge of 2014 the lovely and appropriate  theme:

Stampendous 157: Nativity scene.
DI: stormy sky
Docrafts: Blue ink pad
Debbi Moore Designs: Peace stamp.
Glamour Dust.
You can just about see the glamour dust glittering .
 MMM is having a couple of weeks off then back in January 2015 with some fabulous new challenges.
 Thank you for looking
Suzi B xx

Monday, 8 December 2014


Hello and welcome.  I'm a bit late with the Make My Monday challenge  inspiration, where this week it would be lovely to see as part of your project some
 Here's mine, a very quick  Christmas card.

Creative Expressions: Herald Angel
Glamour Dust
White and blue card stock
Mini 8 punch: Vine

Close up of the glitter
As you can see a very simple but I think an effective card.

This version is even quicker :-)
The blue card I used is very dark but its photographed a lot lighter?
Have a great week
Suzi B xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

The first fall of snow

Good morning, December already wow! How time flies. The challenge at Make My Monday has been chosen by the lovely Laura whose theme is 

Glimmer mist: various shades of blue, green and silver
Sticky Finger sprays: silver
Artemio stamps: trees
Crafters Companion : The Snowman: sentiments.... love these, plus I got them for half price... bargain!
white marker pens
Thick cartridge paper.
Twine, another bargain pack from TKMax
Snowflake charm.

  Here's Missi getting in on the act as usual when I retook photos this morning..... so this post has been edited from an earlier edition with older photos which I wasn't happy with.
 thank you for dropping by, have a great week
Suzi B xx
Christmas card Challenge: week 53 anything goes
Fashionable Stamping: Winter Wonderland
order of the opus Gluei: let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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