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Monday, 29 August 2016

A message for Harry!

Hope you like my interpretation of the new theme, "Back to School" for the Make My Monday Challenge Blog. I  don't have many stamps etc that suited this theme, so it proved to be quite a challenge!
In the end I used the owl and books stamp from Stampendous to make a Harry Potter style card, even though the owl isn't the correct species used in the HP stories/ films.
The sentiment is Clear Sentiments from Kaiser Craft.

 I used Versafine, Vintage Sepia but for some reason the images look black!?
The image below shows the layered images..
I had to flatten out the "scroll" to fit under owls beak! lol.

Hope you can join us at MMM with this fabulous challenge chosen by design team member, Amy.
Bye for now
 Suzi B

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Verdigris ears!

Hello and welcome, so glad you popped by. Today I'm sharing a card I made for my neighbour Chris's birthday. Chris is an exceptionally talented artist. He carves the most amazing  wooden bird and animals.
 One of my favourites was a hare with copper ears.....  which has now been sold.   so here is my tribute to that wonderful wooden hare!

 I love the hare stamp from Crafty Individuals, the little bird behind "Verdi" came as part of a freebie pack  from the lovely Malcolm and Jennie of  CI. the photograph has come out a little on the dark side, it looks a bit glum.  ;-)

Isn't he cute!
 Thank you for looking, hope to see you soon
Suzi B xx

Thought you might like to see Chris ' s fabulous Hare with copper ears!

Monday, 15 August 2016

She sells sea shells!

Hello and welcome  its time for my first challenge as a returning design team member at  Make My Monday. MMM  is now a two weekly challenge and this one was chosen by Shawna. Here's my interpretation of the photo inspiration.

One of my art journals had a couple of pages I'd been playing with some time ago, which I thought suited this challenge.
 I used different stencils, inks and texture paste on this background page to which I added more colour with DI's peacock feathers,chipped sapphire and salty ocean.Unfortunately I forgot to take another photo before I started to add the images etc.
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..I hope you can see the gilding wax I added here and there
All the images from Cemerony  are stored on my PC which I printed onto A4 light weight card stock and cut out. I distressed some of the images with DI walnut stain. The words and phrases are from crafty Individuals back ground stamp CI-272..
 thank you for dropping by
Suzi B xx

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Quick post

Hello , thank you for popping by. Here's a quick card I made for my sons, friend who was celebrating her 40th birthday. I decided to include a discrete 40th!
 I wanted to have a go at water colour, not sure I got it right! I used a Penny Black,  slapstick/cling demure stamp, coloured with Derwent  Inktense water colour pencils.
I layered up the blooms
 see you soon 
 Suzi b xx

Monday, 1 August 2016

Exciting News!

Hello and welcome so nice to see you here.
 Some of you will know that I used to be a DT member for the Make My Monday challenge Blog and  as of now I am once more part of the team. My first post for MMM will be in two weeks when the crrent challenge finishes. It is lovely to be backas  part of this talented team. It also ensures dear people that there will be a new post here at least every two weeks. I am ready to get back to challenges and blogging!

Here are a couple of cards I made recently, both fro my youngest son Paul's birthday. ( he's 45yrs old by the way lol)
Paul used to sing in a rock band, excellent band, even if I do say so myself although recognised as one of the best local bands in Cheshire! ( brag over) he also sang  professionally, hence the music balloon!
The bird stamp is from Katzlecraft water coloured with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils on water colour card.
This second card for Paul was a last minute "commission" from my other son Mark to give to his brother. Mark has always called his younger brother "boyeee"
The word, Boy was cut from back ground card I've had lying about  for months and months. I can't remember what I used to make it with.
The letters have stamped images of Paul's likes and hobbies. The O displays the numbers of a dart board.
Thank you for looking, see you soon.
Suzi B xx


The current challenge at MMM is: Fun in the Sun. why not join in

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Still here!

Hi every one here's a a couple of cards made in the last month for family members.
In May it was my daughters birthday, she prefers the less is more approach. if she had to choose between Butterflies and Dragonflies  she would choose Dragonflies, hence the little charm.

Last week it was my DIL birthday. Jacqui loves Lillies, not Calla Lillies especially but I wanted to use this stamp which I got at a bargain price and was bought with Jacqui in mind.

 Today, June 12th is my sons birthday. Mark loves tinkering with vehicles and races at  Oulton park ( Just down the road)  with his mates... unprofessionally. He loves chickens and gardening too but I wanted to try to make a humorous card.... this Stampotique  image always makes me smile

I'm going to enter Mark's card which I made last night, into the Less Is More challenge which this week is all about "splatters". This card is a little OTT for LIM  but so fits the bill splatter wise, it's supposed to represent an oil splatter lol
Enjoy the rest of Sunday
Suzi B xx
Added later that same day.   Oops I forgot that it's one layer week at LIM and this card definitely doesn't qualify!
Challenges.
Mark's card Make it Masculine http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/crazy-4-challenges-c4c340.html

Monday, 2 May 2016

Wedding Cards and new bathroom storage

Hi every one hope  the folks in the UKhave  enjoye the long bank holiday weekend  I've had a quiet one which suited me fine.
I made a couple of wedding cards last week which my neighbour commissioned. I made two because I wasn't sure ... about either of them actually lol. I've been away from  creativity for too long :-) 
here they are.

i really wanted to use the TH thinlits heart die, I love it. Here's a close up, where you can see the hearts interlocking. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and the lovely sentiment is from Crafters Companion... it goes so well with the interlocking hearts.
It was a little tricky sticking the cut elements back together, so the little flower at the bottom of the heart on the right came in handy hiding a multitude of messy sins!
Here's the second one.
The bling is supposed to represent confetti! not sure I got it right. My neighbour chose the white card especially as the colour pink picked out the brides flowers.
 I thought I'd share a photo of my bathroom storage "ladder" which was a flat pack from Ikea...  not a brilliant photo but I love it!
enjoy the rest of the long weekend, hope to see you soon
 Suzi B xx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hello again!

Gosh I must remember not to make promises  I can't keep! On my last post, such a long time ago in January! I said I would post every week!!, So here I am 3 months later... oh dear, no more promises.
Here is a little gift I made for my friend Desi, who retired recently. Desi loves pretty, delicate objects etc. I think this hits the spot.

I don't know if any of you are still curious about my stuff but if you do still visit, thank you.
Best wishes
Suzi B xx

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Long time no Blogging!

Hello to anyone that might still be around after my prolonged absence! If you are still here! thank you for having faith :-)
 I have done a little crafting, mainly Christmas cards  but not much else. I've had a very "dry " creative time, not sure I'm over it yet but here's hoping.
Here's a card for the family of a very special person who passed away very recently.
I was inspired by the challenge over at Less is More which is One layer--- Flourish.
Here is a close up of the grooves which don't show up at all on he previous photograph 

Since the above photos Ive added a little more colour and three'd the little flower and butterfly.
 For LIM I'm entering the above card.
I can't promise to be blogging every day but hopefully once a week?! Wishing you a very happy, healthy 2016
Suzi B xx

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Shabby Chic Christmas

Hello and welcome The card I'm sharing today I made to join in with the challenge over at
 Make My Monday. The theme this week  is shabby chic.
I decided to make a shabby chic Christmas card hope you like it
 have a lovely day.
Suzi B xx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Paper piecing for LIM

Hello and thank you for popping bye. Here's a card I made for this weeks challenge hosted by the lovely Val  (Canonbury Creations) is guest designer at Less is More.  The challenge is to show paper piecing.

I was determined to use one of my several non inked snowmen stamps! I think I've never used them  because I like traditional red and green at Christmas but then again snowmen are very traditional!
Stamps used.
Katzelkraft KTZ83: Snowmen
 Stampers  Anonymous TH : Reindeer collection: snowflakes.
See D's Holiday words and sayings: sentiment.
Versafine onyx black ink
deco Art Glamour dust.
I stamped the snowmen twice once directly onto the card base then onto co-ordinating card, over stamped the separate snowmen  with the snowflakes and cut out, adhered to the base card, then added a tiny touch of glitter.

Confession time! :-))
The added snowflakes around the card were not intended but were needed, to hide black smudges! but I like them..
Have a great week.
Suzi B xx

Friday, 30 October 2015

By the skin of my teeth!

 Here a couple of cards I  made this week. Unfortunately one is a bereavement card, and the other is for the Less is More challenge which I think I will manage to join  by the skin of my teeth
 This is for LIM which this week is to follow a sketch.... I'm not sure this exactly follows the sketch, it's a bit iffy but here goes :-)
 ... thought you might like to see the LIM sketch, see what I mean, iffy!
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This was the card I sent to a friend whose Mum passed away last week.... so sad
 Thank you for looking have a "spooktacular" week end.
Suzi B xx
Update .... I was too late for LIM ... :-((

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Jewel Colours

Hello and welcome , here's a quick card I made for LIM with  the theme of "Jewel Colours"
I've been playing with Distress Stains, I only have three but the colours looked quite jewel like so I decided to stamp the Stampendous owl onto it, and use it for the LIM challenge.

Thank you for looking, have a lovely evening.
 Suzi B xx

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Up date re Make My Monday



Hello this is a quick post to tell you that with regret I have resigned from the Design Team at MMM..I have enjoyed my time at MMM it helped me to gain confidence and I met the most lovely  people.
 Life has been quite hectic since I moved home last year re: house refurb etc etc. I wasn't able/am still unable to give decent commitment to MMM. They now have a great new design team who are providing lots of inspiration.

Here's a lovely Autumnal photograph taken by Joe in his garden in North Wales

I'm in France at the moment on a little break staying with wonderful friends.
 Hope to be back crafting in the not too distant future. See you soon, thank you for looking.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 14 September 2015

Time Flies

Its time for another challenge at Make My Monday. Chosen by me this week and it is:
 Black and white with a hint of one other Colour
 I was thinking when I chose this theme that it would be useful for quick Christmas cards by just adding a touch of colour to robins, Christmas trees, Rudolf etc! but my card is not for Christmas but it could be for suitable as new year card! or a birthday greeting or anything!

Products : TH Stampendous Anonymous: Classic favourites, Kaiser Craft: tiny dot, Stampendous: Time Flies and detail black embossing powder, Faber-Castell big brush: Orange Glaze, Versamark and Versafine: Onyx black.
I added TH Distress Glaze to the clock but it doesn't show up on the photo or the card! so perhaps this wasn't the correct medium in this instance :-(
Thank you for looking, take care 
Suzi B xx

 A quick Christmas card ... black & white with red glitter :-)
See ya later xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

Fabric and lace

 Hello and welcome,  Make My Monday is back, as am I, after a short break. MMM has a new look and some new designers so please pop across and take a look.. This week's challenge chosen by Marina is Something beginning with F..
For my inspiration  piece I chose Fabric..

 I have lots of fabric scraps etc, you know how we save things just in case!  and so I decided to make a CAS collage. As you can see it didn't remain CAS... it just grew!
The bright pink scraps are suede like material taken from one of my many glasses cases... see I save all sorts of rubbish no wonder my craft room is stacked to the rafters.The stamped lines are from the SU Gorgeous Grunge grunge set stamped in Archival potting soil. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado.
 I do hope you will join us at MMM, I look forward to seeing your makes
 Suzi B xx
Challenges
Frilly and Funkie http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/stamps-be--gone.html

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
 Flowers


 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
STEAM PUNK
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