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Monday, 28 July 2014


Good morning and welcome! Its Monday which means a new challenge at Make My Monday
 It's Laura's turn this week and she chosen
My time is limited due to new home improvements!!! This week my new kitchen arrives so I'm busy packing..... again! I managed to find time to join in though cos I love  butterflies and I've been dying to play with this stamp.... but now my PC's decided to throw a hissi fit! I'm using my tablet..Thank goodness for technology!
Visible Image: butterfly incognito.
American Crafts: Stamp Markers.
Cartridge paper
Beads & glitter. I mixed three fine glitters ...yellow, pink & turquoise. I do have a close up photo on my PC .. fingers crossed I can sort out my computer to upload the photo!

Hopefully you will be able to join in and show us your butterflies.
Suzi B xx

Whey hey... PC is ok  just a small's the promised close up of glitter which you can just about see!

have  good day Suzi B xx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Holiday Time

Good morning, lovely to see you as its Monday its time for a new challenge at Make My Monday. This week Sue would like to see:
I chose to keep my card Clean And Simple using free stamps from the Get Stamping Magazine called Sea Breeze.
I lightly sprayed the card the water  then also lightly brushed two shades of Gelatos across the wet patch, then blended with a brush.  I used Versafine Onyx black for the image and sentiment... viola!...finito! I would like the sentiment to say 
" wish I was there"  ;o)
 Have a great week, 
Suzi B xx

Monday, 7 July 2014

Mail Art

Good morning and welcome to the first MMM challenge of July 2014. It's my turn,  to choose the theme....
 I would like to see your
Mail Art
I love looking at the mail art that is published in Stampington magazine, Pinterest etc.... I would love to decorate  my envelopes more often... but then again we email rather than write! .. (I love the physical act of writing) ... may be I should organise a mail art swap! :-) but not before, during or just after my new kitchen is fitted... hope fully very soon.
 This is a picture heavy post...
The backing paper: Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper pad: Wallflower. I didn't want to obscure the roses so I cut around the image with a craft knife so that the postcard would slip under. 
inks: DI: antique linen, Versafine: Vintage Sepia, Adirondack: sunshine yellow & watermelon.
The rose embellishment is, or rather was an earring from a set of 12 individual ones from a well known bargain fashion store.. I can't remember where the lovely little heart is from.
the cluster of tiny postcards is from Impressive Images: Essential elements 2005
This is a 6x6" envelope decorated with JOFY stamps the coloured with Whispers strokes.
 How cheery to receive correspondence in an envelope like this

This one you may have seen on a previous post but I thought I'd share it again because I like it :-)
Hope you can join us at MMM this week...
Have a good week
Suzi B xx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Shabby Chic

Hello and welcome. I'm sharing with you today a commission card ordered by my neighbour, Denise for her nephews wedding on July 4th. The invitation was  shabby chic in style made by the couple so I followed their example and made a shabby chic wedding card ... but very different from the invitation.

I kept the design shabby/simple but stylish... I hope you agree :-) I pencilled in the couples initials onto the fabric heart... I would've liked to embellish the heart a little with some kind of scroll type stamp ... but decided against...  also  I must look out for some small alphabet stamps.

  I've been watching the tennis... what a disappointment for Andrew Murray.... but how good is it to see new talent!
enjoy your evening
 Suzi B x

Monday, 30 June 2014


Good afternoon I'm a few hours late with the Make My Monday DT piece which this week is all about
 This was quite a struggle for me due to lack of time but mostly lack of MOJO! even though I do have stamps and DP that would fit the bill?! I then remembered some lovely digital images stored on my PC which I got from the the lovely June of the retired site Dezinaworld.
 I printed the image onto printable acetate and made it into a wrap, then added a little embellishment and sentiment. I let the gorgeous mystical image do the talking.
It was difficult to get  good photographs due to not finishing until late yesterday and acetate is never easy to photograph. I had to lie the card down and stand right over ..
I fancy a swim in this fabulous rocky, mystical pool.... would you? :-)
 Hope you can join us this week  with this lovely challenge.
Suzi B xx

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Wedding Card

Hello everyone, thank you for visiting me today. Here's a wedding card ordered by one of my lovely new neighbours.

I used
Chocolate Baroque: Illuminated Alphabet stamps UA5GW0093
Border and sentiment: Anna Griffin
Versafine: Onyx Black
Gold EP
Off white delicate parchement card
Matt gold paper
A5  cream base card.
I followed the colour scheme more or less from the invitation.
 Hope you're all having a good week and get to enjoy the next couple of days when the weather here in the UK is supposed to be good!.... fingers crossed.
 I've been waiting in today for Amazon to deliver a new carpet cleaner... it's 15.00 and not here yet. I was hoping to whiz round the house with it and have a sparkling clean home.... well so far, Ive been on the phone to Curry's cos my tablet stopped working last night! .. missing it already. Sat outside with my son having tea and cake, watered the plants I put in the other day, made the above card! which all boils down to the fact that no house work has been commenced . Am I boffered!... lol  but I have put two wash louds out!
 see you soon, take care.
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 9 June 2014

For the males in your life.

Good morning and welcome to this weeks  Make My Monday challenge hosted by me which is
 Male Themed
 In the UK  it's fathers day on Sunday  15th June so this gives you a few days to be inspired and make a card or crafty project.. It doesn't have to be for Fathers Day so long as it's something suitable for the men/boys in your life :-) I do hope the design teams creations will inspire you to join in
Do pop across to the DT's blogs and say hello

Have a great week and take care.
Suzi B xx
 I used
Stamps: Katzelkraft KTZ41.03, 
Stamping Up
versafine :Onyx black
 Faber Castell big brush

Monday, 2 June 2014


Hello to you all, thank you for popping by, I do appreciate your visits and comments.
 I'm a bit late with my  DT for Make My Monday... nearly didn't do it at all.... but how can you resist the lovely  
topic chosen by Laura
 Mine is a very traditional Wedding day card... wanted to play about with water colours but seeing as I was  late submitting my card I went for tried and tested!

I used
Stamps: Chocolate  Baroque: I can't remember what the set is called but the number is UA4SPO174 (c)
              I've no idea where the greeting is from!.... Not doing too well, am I ?            
 Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug... sorry no name.. again :-)
Ink: Distress Ink: Chipped Sapphire
Ribbon and bling
Hope you can join in with this weeks challenge I look forward to seeing your projects.
 I've had a busy week end, tree surgeons here Saturday and visitors Sunday.... thought you might like to see the Arborealist in action. Not sure if he's an Arborealist but he's definitely a tree surgeon :)
Suzi B xx

Monday, 19 May 2014

From flower to honey

Hello and welcome ... It's Monday therefore time for the Make My Monday weekly challenge which our lovely Fliss is hosting, she would like to see
Here's mine, hope you like it:
I used:
Stamps Chocolate Baroque Honey Bee, Clear Impressions Wild and Free, free set with Get Stamping magazine.
Template: Crafters Workshop mini Punchinella
Distress Inks:  mustard seed, dried marigold, wild honey, rusty hinge
Versafine: onyx black
Stampin Up: Whisper White
Faber Castell: Big Brush
Pilot: Hi-Tecpoint black pen.
Cosmic Shimmer : water colour paint rich gold
DecoArt: Glamour Dust  Crystal Clear
 Kraft card.

Have a great week, hope to see your NATURE projects.
take care
 Suzi B xx
Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: Botanical Bliss

Monday, 12 May 2014

Write your Story

Hello and welcome, thank you for popping in .It being Monday :-) means it's  the day for another challenge at Make My Monday. This week Laura wants to see some
How lovely is that?  My card was supposed to be along the CAS lines.... best laid plans.?!

Products..... Photo this week cos I'm very tired and short of time. You are welcome to contact me if there's any thing you'd like to know.  I think I  like putting all the products on a photo, what do you think? might do this more often :-)
See you all soon, Take care, have a great week!...
 Suzi B xx

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Rainy Day

  Hello, thank you for coming to see me ... Has it been raining down your way? It's been torrential here at times. I've spent most of the day sorting out my craft room... I think it will now work for me.... I was so used to the organised chaos in my old craft room! .. this one,  smaller, less storage.... Noo shelves!!! Thought I'd share the rainy day view from my craft room window and  a page from my favourite tiny journal... you find things you've forgotten about when you move house, don't you?

 Inspired... if that's the right word? ;-) by this Rhododendron  outside my window.

 Took the photo of this cheeky chappy just before the downpour! it's through the window and on mega zoom
and just to prove that I have done some work ... here's a photo of my DI storage in the top drawer of my Ikea Draws... don't know why I never did this before ! they used to stored in a smaller set of draws stacked up on top of each other... It was a pain finding the colour I wanted... this is much better. Other ink pads are in the next drawer .... great!!
 Hope you've managed to keep dry and safe.
 take care
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 5 May 2014

Seasonal Flower Colours

Good morning and welcome, thank you for dropping by, it's lovely to see you.
 This week at Make My Monday we would love to see projects inspired by the colours in this photograph.

 Your project doesn't have to include flowers but you must use the colour theme: here's mine:
 Water colour paper: coloured with DI's milled lavender, dusty concord and shabby shutters. spritzed with water.
Stamps: Paper Artsy Jofy 14 stamped with dusty concord . flowers and script.
            Freebie grasses from magazine stamped using: Marvys Blending Blox: shades of sunset and shades   of green .
 A couple of large Prima flowers cut in half, placed behind the main image 
 Some bling! :)

 Colours enhanced using a paint brush straight from the ink pads and a Faber Castel big brush: Purple Violet, highlights added using a Sharpie white.
It would be great if you could join us this week. I look forward to seeing your projects.
Enjoy your day and take care
Suzi B xx
 Country View Challenges:   Natures Glories:

Monday, 28 April 2014

Take a little time for tea.

Good morning .... welcome one and all. it's Monday so time for a new challenge at Make My Monday which is:
 Food and Drink
 I found this a real trial!... Mojo gone AWOL!  :-(
here it is:

 Picture heavy.... minimal script.....

 I slipped the CI image behind one of the clock faces on the  Graphics 45 paper.

 and then repeated the same with the whole card behind the circle of the clock face paper.

I layered up the bird

 The original card...
  I really didn't like it.... not all that happy with the end result now! Especially as I had in mind, before I started, to keep it neutral!!!
Hope you can join us this week, I look forward to seeing your projects.
 Enjoy the day,
 Suzi B xx
PS  the more I look at this creation the less I like it. perhaps I should have kept the original ....... oh dear :(

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
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