Followers.... thank you xx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

A holly bouguet

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, may you all be happy and content in 2014

Suzi B xx

Monday, 16 December 2013

The last MMM challenge for 2013!

Hello and welcome, it's my turn to host the MMM challenge and I would like to see
A Clean And Simple Christmas card
 Now stop groaning :) I know some of you don't much like CAS... but  you've always come up trumps in the past and produced some lovely examples.
here's mine
 Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz collection Christmas Time CMS 141
Distress inks: Iced Spruce and Festive Berries applied directly to the stamp then spritzed with water before being stamped onto
Water Colour paper.
Off white base card and red card.... and viola! done.
 I do hope you can join us for the last challenge of 2013 and look forward to seeing your CAS cards.
 Have Fun
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 9 December 2013

Brrrrr... A Frosty Theme

Good morning and welcome to this weeks Make My Monday challenge which is hosted by the lovely Rosie and she wants you to create
A Frosty Theme

 here's mine

Kraft card
Gold Mirror card
White base card
Tree stamp: Artemio
Snow flakes and sentiment stamps : Debbi Moore
Stampendous: Shabby White Embossing enamel and Winter Wonderland Opaque EP
Antique Gold Rub'n  Buff... on the snowflake charm
 Stampin Up Whisper White Ink pad.

 Showing the lovely frantage embossing

 I used winter Wonderland Opaque EP for the sentiment and the stars

Hope you can join us , I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your Frosty themes .... have fun!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Quick card, quick post

Morning everyone and welcome to the first challenge in December at Make My Monday. It's our lovely leader, Jacqueline's turn to be the host and she would like to see
Christmas Flowers/ Foliage 
or both on your projects.
I am way behind and only made my card quickly this morning!... it took about 10minutes once I'd decided to use this fabulous DP from Websters Pages...  because it's so lovely I decided to let it do the talking:) so only added ribbon and a greeting with a tiny  bit of glimmer pprovided by Sakura, Gelly Roll.. clear pen.

You can just make out the  Glimmer on the greeting and some of the flowers below
I must say this lovely design paper came in very hand this morning when I was scratching my head wondering what to do..... The red ribbon has come up a bit orangey  but it is more like the red base card in reality. Hope you can join us and I look forward to seeing your ChristmasFlowers/ Folliage.
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 25 November 2013

Contemporary Christmas

Good Morning folks it's time for another challenge at Make My Monday it's Jan's turn to be host and she wants you to show us your
 Contemporary Christmas
 Here's mine.... although I found it quite a challenge cos I really am a red, green and gold girl when it comes to Christmas.

Stamps: Paperartsy: Special Christmas. Plate three.
Versafine onyx black.
Whispers Strokes.
various sequins from mt stash.... so glad I buy silly bags of sequins.... usually in pound shops!
Decoart: Glamour dust

Close up of sequins and glitter

I hope you can join us  I look forward to seeing your interpretation of Jan's challenge.
have a good week
Suzi B xx

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Christmas card with a bird

Hi every one thank you for stopping by, lovely to see you.
 This week at Less Is More Chrissie and Jan want to see
 Christmas cards  with birds

I used four stamps to create this image but I'm not sure I got it quite right 
so tell me what you think.... now be kind ;)
Bird and branch : Stampers Anonymous: Urban chic
Christmas Time : B Line Designs. Stamped in black directly onto the card then again in red on a separate  piece of card the sign cut out and layered onto the card.
 Stocking and holly  from a little set I've had for ages probably from Hobby Craft. I used two stockings from the set but just the top of the one with the holly.
Versafine: Onyx Black
Adirondack: Cranberry
Whispers strokes: red and green.
Ive been dying to use this stamp  so I' was glad to ink it up today even if I did only use part of it... and like I say I'm not sure it worked!!

Have a great Sunday, see you tomorrow with the new Make My Monday challenge.
Suzi B xx

 I think the bird was maybe meant to be a Blue Tit... but he's now a lovely Robin with a very red breast. xx 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Snowflakes and stars

These the cards I came up with late Tuesday evening for my Wednesday craft group to make... I'm always on the last minute!! I got some inspiration from Pinterest...
 because my muse was AWOL

 Various distress inks ... swooshed and blended.
 Various snowflake and star stamps
Opaque white EP
 Die cut and punched snowflakes
 Cartridge paper.
White, dark navy ( it looks more royal blue on the photographs)  and Kraft card stock.
 Christmas themed brads.
Clear Glamour dust.
These are some of the girls projects... they enjoyed making these cards... 
I apologise for the poor photograph by the time we'd finished it was about 13.30 and the light was so bad  it was more like early evening... nasty rain!!  I only got a few of the girls cards some people had already gone home.

 It's my friend Maureen's birthday to day ,some of us are meeting up later for an Indian  meal and then on to a pup where a local group will be singing. taxi booked :)

 Thank you for popping to see me enjoy your Friday.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 18 November 2013

The Big Guy!

Good morning one and all and welcome to the Make My Monday challenge which is... ta da!!
Santa .... The Big Guy
Here's my DT card... which is meant for some one who likes tradition at Christmas....
Backing paper: Websters Page: Snow flakes and Feathers...... I love these papers. I cut around some of the berries so that one corner of the main image slipped underneath.
Main stamp image: La Blanche. Stamped onto cartridge paper then  onto EcoArtBoard but this time focusing on Santa's face.
Poinsettia: Creative Expressions: Holly Set.
Distress Stickles
versafine: Onyx Black
Distress Inks: Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn used as water colours. Antique Linen on the artboard.
Prima Trim:  cut into strips and frayed. loose pieces used for the bow.
 Snow flake from stash.
 This is an unusual size base card 16.5 square made  by me ... I'll have trouble finding an envelope... I know, I know, I could make one but I fail miserably at making envelopes!! Good job I wont be posting it :)
Isn't it a "Jolly" Santa image, hope you can pick out the Stickles. I'd  coloured the sides of the art board with festive berries then when I added the stickles it bled onto the top but I liked it... I'd already lightly coloured Santa's hat.
Pop across to MMM a to see the other inspiration provided by the DT and please do join in. We love seeing all the different takes on our themes.
have a great week
Suzi B xx

Monday, 11 November 2013

Anything but a card.... Christmas Style

Good morning an welcome one and all lovely to have you drop by. At Make My Monday this week Laura wants you to show us a
Christmas make ... but not a card.
 I made some quick and easy boxes form templates and DP downloads from Pink Petticoat.

I cheated a bit with the triangle box I made it last year... I added a different tag that's all   but thought I'd use it today as well  ;)

Below is Missi , the "Christmas thief " about to run off with it!

I hope you'll join us with another fun project this week. Pop across to MMM to see what lovely goodies the DT have made..
 Thank you for looking ... I love that you do :)
Suzi B xx

Monday, 4 November 2013

Autumn Flowers

Good morning and welcome to the first challenge of November at Make My Monday. This week it's a delightful theme chosen by the lovely Fliss
Autumn Flowers
here's mine

 Laura Ashley Flower stamp by Dovecraft.
 Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Colour box: Pigment cat's eyes Queue... lots of lovely Autumn shades I used Amber and Chianti
Coloured twine... from TK Max. it was a box of 24 2 colours of each £9.99p, 12 for me, 12 for my craft group :)
Stickles: Copper, Xmas red... tiny bit here and there of these two mixed together on  the raised flowers then when dry a light coat of Stardust all over the image.

Red and gold Stickles

 All over stardust

Pop over to MMM and join in, we'd love to see  your interpretations of this delightful theme.
 Have a good week
 Suzi B xx

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Fireworks at Less Is More!

I've not been able to join in many challenges etc in the last few months so I really enjoyed joining in with this weeks LIM challenge ( one of my favourite challenges)  now that i have a bit more time.
The challenge is Fireworks
Dark background with a splash of colour(s)
not sure my card fits the bill entirely IE a bit more than a splash of colour!!
see what you think

Hobby Art Starburst
Black and orange card stock

would you believe?  6 different Distress Inks... 
I've no idea where the sentiment stamp came from.... but glad I had it. 

I thought the JOFY flowers looked a bit firework like then I added the starburst over the top hoping it looked like exploding fireworks! :).
Thank you for popping by have a great week end.
Suzi B x
CASology:week68: Black

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

All about the Butterflies.

Hi everyone it's time for Make My Monday Steampunk, mid week motivation.  I used Graphic 45 steampunk papers, Dezinaworld digis (butterflies)  and a cupcake holder. I hope you join us with this fun theme. I've given you  some Steampunk definitions at the bottom of this post.,there are loads, I tried to find the ones suitable for crafters! but my time was limited :) you may know/find a better one, please share it if you do :)

 This is a fabulous Sreampunk digi  image from June of Dezinworld fame, printed onto glossy photo paper and cut out.


  The white butterlies have been cut from a cupcake holder. I cut off the bottom of the "skirt" from the main image off the gorgeous Steampunk lady, then repositioned it so that it peeped from under the flowery frame.

A quote

“To me, it’s essentially the intersection of technology and romance.” – Jake von Slatt

 Steampunk is an aesthic and a subculture based around the idea of alternative history and fantasy versions of the past. It is Victorian-inspired and influenced, with a heavy emphasis on clockwork gadgets, steam power, airships and other steam-age technologies, all with a science fiction twist. Steampunk costumes and accessories tend to include Victorian-style items such as top hats or corsets, along with lots of straps, goggles, leather and brass -- and the ever-present clockwork.

Enjoy the rest of your week.
Suzi B xx

Monday, 28 October 2013

Steampunk garden

Good morning and welcome to the Make My Monday challenge.
 It's my turn  to be the hostess and I've chosen.
You can choose any theme as long as it follows the  Steampunk style
My theme is Steampunk Garden with a Steampunk butterfly spreading the pollen of the Steampunk flowers. Let your imagination fly.

Chocolate Baroque: Steampunk Butterfly
IndigoBlu: Poppy Meadow.
Prima A4 paper pad: Engraver.
Versafine Onyx black
Stampendous embossing: detail black.

I raided Joe's Bits box for the nuts and bolts I added some broken jewellery pieces as well.

I hope you  join us.
 Suzi b xx

Monday, 21 October 2013


Good morning everyone, hope you're all feeling good...  It's wet and grey here in Crewe..... hope it's brighter where you are . This week for the Make My Monday challenge Jan would like us to be inspired by:
I am  very short of time this morning so this is a very quick post
I had my grandchildren in mind when I made this but for more "sophisticated" inspiration pop over to MMM to see all the gorgeousness my lovely team mates have made.

DP: Graphics 45. Chocolate Baroque.
Stamps: Chocolate Baroque, Tanda Stamps.

Bye for now
Suzi B xx

Monday, 14 October 2013

All about the Texture

Helloo It's 9am Monday morning and time for Make My Mondays weekly challenge. This week the lovely Rosie would like to see
 Texture on your projects.
 This means you have a vast array of options to choose from. Because my time was limited and my mojo is "resting" I opted for the quick and simple...
Silver corrugated card.....for some reason it looks gold on the photograph.
 Light weight white card embossed with Embossalicious O'Christmas Tree folder.
Tiny snowflakes punched from silver paper
Silver embossed snowflakes... very difficult to see under the punched snowflakes
Tiny blue gems.

Once the card had been assembled I rubbed around the embossed image to depress the white card into the groves of the corrugated card... to outline the Christmas tree...

As usual I look forward to seeing your projects.
Suzi B xx

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Elegant in her way!

Hello again it's time for Mid Week Motivation at Make My Monday still following the Elegant Ladies theme. Now this lady I think is very elegant ... in a shabby chic, outrages way! So here she is in her shabby palace posing elegantly in her fraying dress with shabby curtains, threadbare carpet  and very large cat!
Stampotique : Angel: stamped directly onto DP then paper pieced, straggly bits of jute added
Freebie cat from Craft stamper. stamped directly and paper pieced
Splatter stamp from SU  French foliage... I love this stamp. 
Words from Darkroom door: Prague set.
Wired jute ribbon... cut and  frayed... loose threads cut to size to be used on the dress and for the carpet  :))
DP from Gecko Galz Star Crossed paper pack. distressed with the DI's, splatter stamp and edges crumpled .. a bit
 DI Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge
 Versafine: Vintage Sepia
 Hope you like this take on Elegant Ladies and it inspires you to join in at MMM. Thank you for looking or for leaving a comment which I absolutely love to read...
 Suzi B xx

Monday, 7 October 2013

Elegant Ladies

Hello and welcome thank you for dropping by. It's my turn to host the Make My Monday challenge and I would like to see 
 Elegant Ladies 
 featured in your makes. 
Here's mine
 there's only one bit of stamping on this card ... which is the strip of lace, from Chocolate Baroque, in Vintage Sepia on the left of the "Elegant Ladies"  The backing papers are from a gorgeous digi paper set called "Star Crossed " from Gecko Galz and bits and pieces from my lace stash. As for the lovely main image I've no idea where it came from but it too is a digi image
I coloured this flower which I cut out of a ribbon strip, then swiped DI Tattered Rose over it and stuck some pearls into the centre. I distressed around the papers and image with Tattered Rose and Antique Linen .. the first DI's I bought  and could be my favourites :)
 Now  for this card I used a Heat Gun for the first time. I got on famously with the pearled lace but when it came to this flower I got in a bit of a mess! The glue wasn't coming out of the nozzle, the plastic cover around the nozzle dropped off! then I noticed the stick of glue had melted at the back!! what a mess. Guess what it's now in the bin! I thought it was going to be so much quicker!!
You'll also notice the flower on my card isn't pink! ... I decided it looked better without the added colour and changed it. but forgot to take a photo.

 Hope you can join us at MMM this week, the DT have made some very elegant cards to inspire you and there will be another  make from me on Wednesday for your Mid Week Motivation
  Enjoy your week.

Suzi B xx

Friday, 4 October 2013

For Men!

Good afternoon people, lovely to see you,  thank you for dropping by.
This afternoon I'd like to share with you the cards I made for my Wednesday Craft Group. At last weeks class they expressed a desire to do cards  men
So this is what I came up with.
 Digi postcard images:
Background stamps: Magenta: C22056-O, Lisa Pevelka: love letter, SU: French Foliage: postage stamp and splats
Eggs and bird: Paperchase: Birds.
Distress Inks:Vintage photo.antique linen, gathered twigs
Glossy accents

Close up of background and eggs
The second card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest but I can't remember who by... sorreee :(
Tree image: Paperbag Studios: Lone Tree
Block Images: Sugarloaf.

Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Old Paper.
 The girls enjoyed the morning, lots of chat, laughter, coffee and biscuits!
 See you soon
 Suzi B xx

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


I'm back, I have so missed you all.
 Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post :)) Just a quick update... my sister is at home receiving excellent care from family and professionals :)
 I'm hoping to get back into the swing of crating , even though my Mojo is on a go slow and hopefully I'll get round to visit you  soon.
I volunteer to run  the Craft Croup  at an Assisted Living Complex which is held every Wednesday from 10.30 - 13.30 but by  last Tuesday afternoon I still had no idea what we would be making!!
 I have recently bought some JOFY stamps  and one of them was featured in  an article by Joy Firth Young in Octobers Craft Stamper... so I cased it... cased?!  more like copied!. By now it was Tuesday evening  and I was beginning to thing we'd have to clean out the craft cupboard instead of making cards!..  Thank goodness for Craft Stamper  and JOFY.
Here's my interpretation using JOFY stamps JM10 and the Happy Birthday from JOFY14... I managed two!! very easy cards.
The second one used up some hammered .splatted card from my scrap box
 here's the lovely inspiration from JOFY.

 The ladies in my group have very different health, mobility and dexterous needs, some of the ladies have belonged to the group since it started three years ago and some  are very new to the craft world.  Most of them are new to stamping, using DI's , spray inks etc etc... I took over the group a few months ago.
 here's a sample of what they did.

The girl's all had fun ...I think... but getting the background done on card no. 1  proved to be a tad tricky!... but I think they did a wonderful job. I didn't manage to get a photograph of every ones work.... sorry girls. In case you were wondering if my lesson plan is ready for tomorrow ...  the answer is no! flying by the seat of me pants again!
 Take care, thank you for looking and leaving comments it is much appreciated.
Suzi B xx