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Monday, 27 October 2014

It's Monday.....

Good morning and welcome! lovely to see you. It's my turn to host the challenge at Make My Monday, I would like your projects to be inspired by your take on.....
Shabby Chic 
here's mine

I am pushed for time this morning, (only made this card very late last night) The main images are from Crafty Individuals. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if there's anything you have a query about... thank you :-) please visit the MMM challenge blog to see the inspirational projects produced by the DT
 Craft-room Challenge: Vintage Christmas


Its a very sad day for me today.... It's a year since my sister Anne passed away.... I miss her dreadfully
This photograph was taken in Snowdonia... She loved  North Wales. Anne became unexpectedly very ill later that same year...... Love you Anne xxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble!

Good morning and welcome, thank you for visiting me today. It's Monday and yes you've guessed it's time for another  challenge at Make My Monday. It's Joans turn to host the challenge and she would like to see your projects focusing on
I don't have many Halloween stamps etc so it's always a challenge! I had a quick scan of Etsy and found some fabulous halloween type downloads including the tags I used for my project.

 This is a pocket guide for all witches and wizards who wish to always be prepared....

This is a concertina type project with the tags adheared to both sides and the little flap decorated with appropriate bits and bobs! :-)

 Etsy:  Victoria Designs: Apothecary labels.
Tanda stamps background set 2: spiders web
Blockheads paper Arts Victorian Eccenticities: lizard.
Chocolate Baroque: cat, pumpkin and bats.
Paper Artsy Minis: script MN84.
Distress Ink: Walnut stain
Versafine: Onyx black.
Bits and pices from my stash.
  In cases of emergency.... smash the glass!! make a wish and all will be granted.... may be?

Hope you can join us with this fabulous challenge, have a spooktackular week.
 Suzi B xx


Monday, 13 October 2014

Numbers............. 0123456789

Hello and welcome! thank you for joining me here in the Making Room ;-)
 It's Monday so time for another challenge at Make My Monday and I'm delighted to be able to join in..... at last!
 This week our lovely leader Jacqueline wants to see our
Here's my take on the theme a bright and breezy card that would suit a young mans 16th birthday or any occasion to do with the number 16!
The words and the Graffiti stamp were stamped a second time,  relevant pieces cut out, added to the images with sticky fixes
 Light weight water colour paper
Brusho: Scarlet. lemon and Emerald green.
Oak house studio spray tubes filled with water, above colours added.
KaiserCraft clear stamps: Graffiti.
Katzelkraft: sorry no name or number.( smile and live tags)
Chocolate Baroque: UA4HC0177
Adirondack: Clover
Versafine: Onyx Black. 
 Hope you can join us at MMM  with this weeks challenge. Pop along to see the rest of the designs teams inspiration pieces.
 Have a great day
 Suzi B xx

 addicted -to-stamps: anything goes. must use stamps
Fashionable Stamping; anything goes

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Bad blogger!

Hello to you all, that is if you're still around, I hope so :)) 

 I've been a very negligent crafter and  Blogger since I moved house. I still have lots of renovations to do but the bigger stuff, is done! hooray! 
I'm hoping to get into my craft room this afternoon to try and turn it into a usable craft space once again,  not the dumping ground it has become. It was the only room not being altered in any way so consequently "stuff" just got dumped either in here or the shed! I can hardly move in here (craft room) or the shed! As to finding my crafty stash well that's another matter altogether! So fingers crossed that "normal or as near normal, services will be resumed in the very near future".

 I did manage to do one or two commissioned  cards. Here's on of my favourites, made for a friends grandaughter who is at uni studying fashion and design

If you're still around thank you for your patience and loyalty . Looking forward to catching up with you all.
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 25 August 2014

Tags and Toppers at MMM

Helloo and welcome its been a while since I last blogged but this morning I had time to play whilst I waited for the builders who were here to discuss the alterations and to sort out start dates etc.... which could be this week, eek! lots to do like clearing stuff out!! they are ringing me later today. If not this week it will definitely be next week.
 So this morning I played with my newly acquired Brusho paints. I've never used them before so this really was a leap in the dark!
 The challenge at Make My Monday this week is for
Tags  and Toppers
I chose TAGS
 Brusho Crystal colours: turquoise,Lemon and Scarlet.
Water Colour card
Stampendous: Large Tag
The Artistic Stamper: Birds of a Feather
Visible Images: Flower Inkognito
KaiserCraft: Just Believe.

For the background I sprinkled the dry paint onto damp water colour card, didn't get the desired look! so sprayed lots of water onto the card  then let it run off producing the look I wanted. I then just over stamped used what card was left to stamp the birds onto and cut out and attached. I would have liked to add them to a card but the builders arrived... so things got put on hold and since I'm very late I've just gone with the tags.
I hope you will join us for our Tags and Toppers challenge at make Make My Monday we look forward to seeing your creations!!
take care 
Suzi B xx

Monday, 4 August 2014

Birds at MMM

Oops! I'm rather late in getting down to producing a card for Make My Monday... only just finished it!
but here it is
 The lovely Fliss is our hostess  and the theme she's chosen is
It's a lovely theme, I love birds on cards and was looking forward to making something for the DT but events over took me, like they do and are doing quite a bit these days so my card was a "hurry" job!
15cm x 15cm white base card.
Kraft card 14cmx14cm
DP: Papermania: Madame Payrauds
 SU: tag punch and stamp
Not sure where the Happy birthday stamp is from
Versafine: Onyx Black....  so a quick ans easy card. 

The reason my heads all over the place at the moment is down to all the alterations going on here at home
Would you like to see my new kitchen? which was fitted on Thursday... It took me ages to put all the kitchen paraphernalia back... fitting it all in, then remembering where every thing is!  
 I still need to choose wall tiles and the flooring... The flooring will not go down for quite some time yet... because I would like the same throughout!... and before that can occur, doors, walls and ceilings need to be removed, in the ceilings case, replaced... french windows added... hopefully all will flow! from one room to the other... The kitchen is the first job!!! the kitche fitter guys need to come back to put on doors and do bit of snagging!
here's the before shot!! taken the night before after I'd emptied all but essentials....
So please excuse my absence from commenting on your blogs... I do try!!  I think it might be some months  before I'm back to my blogging self :)
Suzi B xx

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 :(
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