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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Le Fleur

Hello glad you popped by it helps soo much when you do I enjoy reading your comments Thank you :-)
 Today I thought I'd share a card that I meant to make for MMM but it wasn't ready in time.  Actually on Monday morning it was still in my head! I was inspired by an article by Kay Carley in July's Craft Stamper magazine using Brushos.

It is similar but different to Kay's but I liked the way she created a light brusho background.. My brusho backgrounds are always on the dark side or way too much intense colour. I end up using loads of water to wash the paint away!
All the colour on this card as been achieved with Brushos. I enjoyed playing  with experimental ways of using the paint. It was a cold, miserable, wet day on Monday so it was an ideal day to spend in my craft room .  I only popped out to Make Dave ( The landscaper building my new deck area) cups of tea.
 Although I enjoyed making this card there are elements of it that "bug" me, mainly to do with positioning. I've added some black dots in a straight line from the sentiment to help with  the balance.

 Hope you like it.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 27 July 2015

Everythings coming up roses

Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks challenge at Make My Monday which chosen by me and inspired by the colours in the garden is

 I used a freebie embossing folder with  Core'dinations Whitewash card which I  sanded lightly to darken the embossed area. I glammed it up with ribbon, gems and sequins. The card is a commission for a 10th wedding anniversary. which in old money would be celebrated with tin but the modern version is diamonds hence the "diamond" heart  and some tiny crystals on the sequins. the colours are favourites of the lady this card is intended for.
the tiny glittery bits are the centres of the sequin's.

Thank you for dropping by, have a lovely week...  despite the, brrr cold! here in the UK
Suzi B xx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Steampunk at MMM

Hello it's time for a new challenge  at Make My Monday. This week the theme  chosen by my teamie Joan is
I  decided to complete a page in my Steam Punk journal.... this is my favourite, but sadly neglected journal.. It was started years ago at a workshop run by Sue Roddis at the Cubby Hole craft shop in Crewe, Cheshire.
 I mostly used "stuff" that was in my Steam Punk box...Left over Graphic 45 bits and pieces, word stamps from various companies, digital downloads from an Etsy co. Vectoria Designs, a Stampendous flying machines stamp which you can just see  behind the bird and a TH ideology cogs mask and  the tiny tunnel stamp is from Chocolate Baroque.
The inchie images are part of  the digi downloads mounted behind waste from something or other... :-) coloured with DI walnut stain and rusty hinge. The swirly fragments are  discarded failures from TH Thinlits dies... just added for movement and texture.
I've been a very poor crafter and Blogger for the last 18months or so..... but I hope to sort myself out and get crafting! I think it stems from a very poorly "organised"  (NOT) craft room... I spend for ever searching for stamps etc! not good! One day I'll get round to having a good clear / sort out out!
 Back to MMM , hope you can join us we love seeing your creations.
 Have a lovely week
Suzi B xx

Monday, 6 July 2015

All at sea

Hello and welcome it's time for another challenge at Make My Monday.
This week the challenge is
The Sea
This was another frustrating challenge for me, my imagination went into lock down. So once again I browsed the downloads on my PC and came across these download images from  Cemerony etsy shop
 Hope you like my take on this challenge.

It's my youngest sons birthday this month  and this card will be for him.. he doesn't read my blog so no fear of him seeing the card. Whilst Paul was researching our family history he discovered that way back when one of  his ancestors was a ships captain. This card will be paying tongue in cheek homage to that Captain! It makes a change from the cards I usually make for him with golfers, fishermen etc.
I used a script stamp from Kaisercraft and the little round map stamp is in a jar of travel stamps I bought From TK Max
The England map is part of the download. I covered this and a couple of other images with Glossy Accents.
 the background paper is from  a Tim Holtz Ideology 8x8 paper pad.
 I roughed up all the edges and then aged with DI walnut stain.

Do you like the sailors knots? I had to google knots and how to make them! This is a figure eight knot.
Thank you for looking  :-)
Suzi B xx

Monday, 29 June 2015

Sweet Summer Treats

Hello and welcome it's a good job Monday comes round so often :-) but for Make My Monday I doubt whether I'd get much if any card making done at all!Moving house, doing almost a total refurb now trying to sort out the outside space  has certainly dented my craft and blogging... I'm thinking of adding more pages to share my new home and garden etc... may be even a new Blog!
I  better stop waffling and  get back to this weeks  MMM challenge with the theme
Sweet Summer Treats
 I really had to think about this one! I don't have any stamps  in this theme! so had to browse my Pink Petticoat downloads and discovered two packs that suited very well.
The cupcakes are from the download: Eat Cake everything else is from: Sweet Sundaes. I printed out the cupcakes twice and cut of the toppings of two which were enhanced with Shabby Pink embossing enamel. then added to the base cake. I slightly shaped the cakes before adhering to the card. I added Glossy Accents to the cherries and a smidgen of Glamour Dust here and there.
Here you can see the delicious topping! :-) and dimension.

Thought you might like to see  this view taken one early Jauary morning through my kitchen window
I see lots of wild life here, I love it! 

See you soon
Suzi B xx

Monday, 22 June 2015

Time for a seaside visit

 Our theme at Make My Monday this week is 
The Beach
Here's mine, a very British sea side scene but pop across to the MMM challenge blog to see more inspiration from the design team.
Don't forget to add DT to your thumbnail if interested in becoming part of our team.
 I'm disappointed with the colour in the photograph in reality its much brighter especially the sun!
Dimension shot!
thank you for stopping by
 Suzi B xx
Edited later that same day :-)
I've "grounded" the beach hut now.... it looked as if it was floating in mid air!  Does it look like pebbles?
 I remembered after I'd drawn in the "pebbles" that I own a tiny pepples stamp!?
Suzi B xx

Monday, 15 June 2015

Embossing - Dry or Heat... plus exciting news!

  Before I share my DT inspiration piece, would you like to join this lovely, friendly and supportive team?
We are looking to increase the DT by four! 
If you're interested please add the letters DT after your name on the link thumb nail. If you would like more infomation please ask, you can email or ask in comments.

Monday is here again, quick as a flash! and this week at Make My Monday  Fliss wants to see 
 Embossing - heat or Dry or both even!

Now for my Embossing inspiration
 I used heat embossing with  Suzanne Carillo stamps. I stamped in Versafine onyx black directly onto a white, square base card. I then stamped the image x 2 with versamark onto vellum. One was embossed in black and one in white embossing powder. All coloured with Faber Castell Big Brush. I drew the squiggly boarder free hand! how brave am I? could've a been a total disaster!
 I cut out the black vellum  petals, curled them up, then adhered to the main image. I also cut out the black butterfly, tiny circle and one square.
 Before cutting out the white flower circles I scribbled one with pink, one with yellow onto the back of the
vellum then adhered the vellum onto white card.
Thank you for looking it's always much appreciated and helps keep me going.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Shabby chic

Gosh, doesn't Monday get here quickly! Yes it's Monday1 time for the new Make My Monday Challenge. This week hosted by me and my theme is:
Shabby Chic

 In my head my inspiration piece started life very differently it was to have lace, ribbons and faux stitching! with  a very distressed look!
here's how it all ended

 The card above is nothing like the one that was in my head. Don't ask! I've no idea where that one went...this one  just happened 
Hope you like it any way :-) 
The base card is a lovely creamy colour but here it looks a bit pale and buff in colour. ;-)
Here you can see the layers

Stamps used
Susan Carillo: BZ006 crave love
Kanban: Roses and lace
docrafts: urban stamps: Postal frame
HOTP: Artful collection: vintage and floral images.
PinkPaislee: Spring jubilee
Ink:versafine onyx black

 This is a schedulled post because at 0900 today I will be on the train to Chester to meet up with friends for a day of shopping, coffee, and a long leisurely lunch with wine... cheers!
Suzi B xx

Monday, 1 June 2015

Photo Inspiration

Hello and welcome it's time for me to share my design team inspiration piece for Make My Monday which this week  marina has chosen  a photo inspiration.

 The part of the photograph that stood out to me when I first saw it, was the colour of the balloons the little girl is holding but it could have been the seaside element, the balloons, the friendship etc etc.... which element of the photograph would inspire your creation?

 I used anIndigo Blu Peony Dinkie stamped onto water colour card with Versafine onyx black, coloured with pink and purple Neocolour water soluble wax pastels, highlighted with a white marker I added a bit of sparkle with Sakura.  I'd almost forgotten I had the Sakura pens bought when I first started making cards. I splattered with a very wet paint brush using both colours, added a freebie sentiment from a magazine and a couple of gems.
The peony does the talking on this simple card.
 if you've never joined a challenge then give it a go, it's fun!!
I'ts the  the oficial start to summer here in the UK... please let it be a sunny and
warm one.
 Suzi B xx
Challenges: Electric Ellapu: Pink team: anything goes

Monday, 25 May 2015

Crafty Kraft card

Hello and welcome, its Monday so time for another challenge at Make My Monday with the theme chosen by me: 
Use Kraft Card

 I embossed the Kraft card with an embossing folder ( sorry don't know who by I then  smooched the  embossed design  with SU Whisper White using a kitchen towel. since seeing here I think I might add a couple of jewels or three.
I stamped one of the flowers  from Tim Holtz Flower Garden onto water colour paper using  versamark, embossed with detail black EP then coloured using a water colour technique with Distress Stain. Before deciding to use EP  I'd stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black and cut out. When it came to mounting the flowers  I'd used one embossed and one NOT! but it was already on the card  when I realised so I decided to leave it....hope you don't notice... lol
The tag was made using a punch with a sentiment from hobby craft.The bright coloured hemp is by Hemptique from TK Max
 Thank you for dropping by, enjoy your day 
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 18 May 2015

Time to fly

The theme at Make My Monday this week, chosen by the lovely Fliss is 
Things with wings
I struggled with this card and I'm not too happy with it, but time was against me so here it is. I'm also short pf time this morning so just a quick post today.

Thanks for dropping by, have a lovely week, see you soon
 Suzi B xx

Vintage Stamping Challenge: Shabby  Chic

Monday, 11 May 2015

Tea? anyone

Hi, and welcome to this mornings DT piece for Make My Monday which has been chosen by my teamie Joan
Ive chosen a tea cup image from a stamp set by: Oxford Impressions: Janes Garden for my main image. I've used stamps from: SU: French Foliage & Painted Petals, Artistic Stamper: Birds of a feather and a freebie from Creative stamping . Inks used: Adirondack: mushroom, DI: picked rasberry plus various markers.

I was inspired by this water colour by artist Rachel Grant you may like to see more of Rachels work in her Etsy shop or her web page

Have a great day, see you soon
Suzi B xx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Trees and leaves

Good morning and welcome to this week's inspiration  piece for the Make My Monday challenge which is all about
Trees and Leaves.
 The above card uses a Tim Holtz alterations trellis die, Clearly Besotted Leafy accents stamps and corresponding dies, sentiment from Clear Impressions freebie via Get Stamping magazine. Three shades of green distress inks and walnut stain.

For the card below I used French Foliage set of stamps from SU in DI's peeled pain and fired brick. sentiment from HOTP Artful collection. I was inspired by the Less is More Challenge to use opposite colours on the colour wheel, hence red and green. I'm not sure it passes as LIM but I'll enter it for the challenge any way ;-)

Thank you for looking you know I love it when you do, especially if you leave a comment it's so very much appreciated.
 Suzi B xx
Crafts 4 eternity: Inspired by nature
Chocolate, Coffe & Cards Challenges: Spring has Sprung

Monday, 27 April 2015

Vintage Time

Hello and welcome to this weeks Make My Monday challenge. My teamie the lovely Fliss has chosen the theme which is anything
My DT piece is inspired by, well actually more like a  downright copy of a design I saw on Pintrest by Suzz's stamping Spot which you can see here

Tattered Angels: Tattered Traveller
Oxford Impressions: Jane's Garden
Chocolate Baroque: wild flowers UA4SP0176
Stampers Anonymous: tim holtz Sketch E
Indigo Blu; freebie  cards and paper crafts
Stampendous: Butterflies
Lavinia Stamps: ilium
Paper artsy: Clocks 3
Inkyliscious: ilium
Crafty individuals: CI-106.
versafine: toffee, vintage sepia, onyx black
DI: antique linen

I ebjoyed making this tag and envelope thank you for looking, have a great week
 Suzi B xx

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
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