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Monday, 25 February 2013

Black and Pink

Good morning Bloggers.   Well doesn't Monday  come round quickly and it means  a new challenge at MMM ... This week Caz is our host and she loves colour combinations so she's chosen  
 for this week challenge.

IndigoBlu: Bloomin Great... all images.
Zig Art Pen: Peach pink .. I am surprised it's called Peach pink
Whispers Strokes:Black
Viva Pearl Pen: Black
Black EP
Clear Silicone Glue
Memories Dye Ink pad: Black
Distress Stickles.
Ribbon and pearls from stash

In this photo you can just about make out the Distress Stickles shimmering in the daylight but you can definitely see the pearl pen blobs.

I used silicone glue to adhere the flowers for added depth .  I was playing with these stamps for the first time and this card... "just growed!"  mind you that's how most of my work happens... I never have much of a plan just a rough idea which stamps I might use.
The DT as usual has some lovely work for you to peruse.. so please take a look here and join in.
 Thank you for looking
 xx Suzi B xx

Friday, 22 February 2013

Craft Barn Alpha/ Dictionary Challenge

The letter H is the chosen theme for the latest Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge. When I first saw that the letter was to be H I immediately thought of "Time" we all seem to have an abundance of time related stamps etc.... My second thought was Hellebore (Christmas Rose) one of my favourite flowers... I have many favourite flowers :o).
 So here's my altered dictionary page ... and oh boy as it been altered....  :o)

  I gave the page a couple of coats of Gesso, whilst this was drying I stamped a variety of the Christmas Rose onto tissue paper and cut out and actually I placed them on the page before the gesso was dry. This is mark 2 ... I didn't like mark1... and I'm not so happy with this ... 
 I applied more Gesso over the mark 1... you can see evidence of it here and there on close up.
Not all the flowers were stamped onto tissue paper some, along with the leaves  were stamped directly onto the page. I must say before the gesso was completely dry I was in such hurry to be finished with it. I think need to search for a different Christmas rose stamp... more anatomically real... what do you think?
 thank you for looking
xx suzi b xx

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Lovely Ladies

Hi all , every Wednesday morning  I volunteer at a local assisted living complex where I run the craft group. Here are a few of the lovely ladies with this weeks project which is the card I made for MMM add a charm, mid week motivation...  you can see it here

There's always lots of fun and laughter... in fact we can be a bit noisy! The lady in the middle at the back   ( promised I wouldn't use names) is a total new comer to card making and is thrilled at what she has achieved although she hates having her photograph taken :o) I like the fact that some weeks all the cards they make are slightly/completely different from the inspiration or each others... wonderful.
  Thank you for visiting, hope to see you again.
 xx Suzi b xx

Monday, 18 February 2013

Buttons and ribon

Good morning every one.. Monday morning already and time for another challenge at MMM. Fliss is our hostess this week and she wants us to use ribbon and buttons on your project. Please make sure you use both otherwise you won't be eligable for the Top 3
take a look at mine
IndigoBlu: "Bloomin Great "rubber stamps stamped with Versamark , then embossed with Stampendous detail black EP. I lightly swiped Stickles: Diamond over the images with my finger .. made the colours pop... ...loved how it turnrd out.
Core'dinations card stock embossed with a Sissix EF which was then sanded
The flower and leaves were stamped onto background paper made with DI's: Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade, sprayed over with Dylusions: Blueberry pink, Lemon Zest and Fresh Lime

 This is all that remains of the DP. I was going to use it with the flower but it didn't quite work... but at least you have an idea what it looked like before "stuff" was done to it! :o)

The buttons from stash were sprayed with Dylusions then Rubbed with Rubn'Buff antique gold and a little Stickles.
With Love tag:  Stamping all Day.
The DT have as usual  got some great inspiration for you at the  MMM challenge blog. hope to see you there soon.
 Don't forget  Jacqueline would like to increase the DT numbers and there is an on going Challenge for any one who would like to join us... If you didn't know it already we are a great bunch of friendly people... come on join us. see the link in my side bar.
take care
 xx Suzi B xx

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Up in the air

at LIM. I immediately thought of  seeds blowing in the wind... well after I'd thought and started singing... up up and away in your beautiful machine... I am singing it and will be all day... thank you LIM!

 My Minds Eye: Wild asparagus: Dandilions clear stamp
Words Like Honey: Butterfly
Background made with Wilko's Soft Pastels.
 Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
EF Craft Concepts: Dandelion Whisper.
 Cream textured card stock
I would love to own some Pan Pastels. I see lots of wonderful art work as I cruise Blogland. I saw one example this morning on Brenda Browns blog, Bumblebees and Butterflies which gave me the inspiration to use the Pastels I do own !
Not sure about this one! It's actually a lot paler than it looks here.
I've removed the square since taking the photo, not sure what I'll do ... need to cover a tiny bit of adhesive!
 Some thing else I haven't got a straight edged square punch... do have dies though perhaps that's why  never bought the punch!.
 have a great Sunday. I'm hoping to meet up with a girlfriend... coffee, cake and a good old catch up chat.
Bye for now... thank you for dropping in
xx Suzi b xx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Alpha Challenge at The Craft barn

I'm struggling in more ways than one with this challenge at the Craft Barn... I missed the deadline for C but I'm showing it here... And I'm not happy with my offering for E but I need to move away from it to get ready for the next letter... see If  I can do better... were have I heard that statement before! I've not even managed to pop over and comment on the entries... But I had a quick peak just now and oh boy.... there is fabulous colourful art work displayed...  I'm struggling with colour..
Hey Ho here's E...

I have gone around the edge of the page with DI Antique Linen but it's not easy to see... plus wasn't too easy to do without messing up the paper... good job it's vintage style

I do love the saying on this CI stamp... I could do with a man that's handy at the bottom of the garden... you know to fix things!  :o) I chose the image  for the eccentric saying!!

 My C for Crimson was finished too late for the challenge... but I'm pleased I've managed to do all three letters so far...
This is the state of my old dictionary the reason I chose it for this challenge was because it was falling to bits... but I wish I'd chosen the smaller one I also could have used ... you know pocket sized.
 I will have to glue it all together and rebind it at some point... Sue Roddis I may need your help :o)

Take care enjoy the rest of the week
Thank you for looking
xx Suzi B xx...

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Flower Meadow at MMM

Good morning dear friends... it's Wednesday so time for MWM at MMM ...    and to be honest I've been so busy this week especially today I nearly forgot!! So this is a quick MWM make, using Pink Petticoats new digital papers... Isabelline

 I printed one A4 for the dandelion  DP and one A5 for the cut outs which gave depth. ... I was tempted to edge the cutouts with black. I also printed an A4 of the Delicate Doilies DP. I cut out two layers of one or two of the doilies in differing sizes, edged and swooshed front and back with DI Squeezed lemonade. Added buttons.. tut tut no thread! tiny black and yellow pearls, a Pink Petticoat greetings strip, black ribbon  and a bee.... voila...
 A bee in a flower meadow 

I just want to remind you about the DT call, it's running for two weeks so that gives you lots of time. We are a lovely, friendly, supportive bunch of crafters... there is never any pressure.... so come on join us, you ll enjoy it!  I was full of trepidation when I was invited to join.... but I love it and I love seeing every ones differing interpretation of each weeks challenge.

I now volunteer at an assisted living complex where I run the craft group every Wednesday 10.30-12.30 ha ha I'm usually still there at 1.30... I tell you we have so much fun. Coming up with a design  is always a challenge... I'm hoping they like this one and knowing them they'll all produce something different but the same... magic!
Thank you for popping in, always a pleasure to see you
xxSuzi B xx

Monday, 11 February 2013

Lets sing part two! and MMM DT call

Welcome to another Make My Monday challenge!  this week it's my turn  to host the challenge. I would like to see a
 CHARM on your projects. 
It can be anything as long as it has a charm of some description displayed.
Here's mine

I did this design for the LIM one layer challenge on Saturday, see here if you would like to see it before it was MMMondayed ...  :o)

 I decoupaged the bird and flowers and added seed beads to the centre of the flowers.

Then added a ribbon and the charm before layering the white water colour card onto pink card then onto the white 15cmx15cm white card.
Bird and flowers: Paperchase. stamped and masked before adding
Music: Pink Paisley
Sentiment: Hobby Craft
Versafine : Vintage Sepia.
Whispers Brush stroke pens.

Looking forward to seeing all your Charms! ..  the MMM DT have some great inspiration for you
 Thank you for coming by I am always pleased to see you.

and now the exciting bit
Jacqueline is  looking for more DT members to join us at MMM.  There will be  a post on the challenge blog later today  with all the information.

xx Suzi B xx
Fashionable Stamping Challenge: Bird
There She Goes Clear stamps:    Flowers

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Lets sing!

Hello to all ... hope you're having a good day. it's raining here , snow expected ugh!
 This week at LIM Chrissie and Jen would like to see a one layer card with 
 Hope you like mine...
Bird and flowers: Paperchase. stamped and masked before adding
Music: Pink Paisley
Sentiment: Hobby Craft
Versafine : Vintage Sepia.
Whispers Brush stroke pens
Cream card

I've removed the gem... It didn't look right especially when i saw it on the screen :o)

On white card.. not a brilliant photo
Black ink with more colour!

I'm sure you'll tell me which one you prefer
 Enjoy the week end and the Chinese New Year... year of the snake.
xx Suzi B xx

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Testing testing

I recently reinstated Network Blogs but nothings appearing on FB... so this is a test post after I'd updated NWB settings
This was Missi being inquisitive on one of my craft room shelves... always were she shouldn't be... don't you just love cats.
waiting for the printer... she tries to catch the paper!
this cos she looks pretty

here's hoping it works and this post appears on FB.
 Bye for now
xx Suzi b xx

Monday, 4 February 2013

Jane Austin for MMM

We've gone all Literary at MMM this week.
 Mynnette is the hostess with the most-est for the week and she would like us to be inspired by one of her favourite books, Persuasion by Jane Austin either by, the book cover, the story or both!
Here's mine inspired by the story.

Persuasion is a love story really... and my tribute is an image of Anne waiting in the garden after she has received a letter from Captain Wentworth, you can just see it at the bottom right peeping from under the curled DP... there's a little heart peeping too. The large flower is all about the letter too.
 I know that Captain Wentworth sends Anne a letter near the end of the story but I've no idea if they met in the garden..... that's my bit of poetic licence.

This is the book cover inspiration.

This is a quick post... I have visitors tonight (Sunday) and out early-ish Monday but wanted you to have my MMM post. Hopefully. I'll be able to fill in details later .. but you are welcome to ask.... please do.  :o)
 thank you for looking
 Bye for now
xx Suzi B xx
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog.  Anything Goes: Rubber Stamps used, main image, butterfly and text
SweetstampsBlog   Think Pink

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Happy 2nd Birthday to LIM

I could not let this go by without joining in.. I've joined in since the first challenge..... ( not made every week tho!) and although I didn't know much about LIM as a design at the start it is now  a firm favourite. I've learned alot... Still don't always get it right but I love the concept! thank you to Chrissie and Mandi

 Happy Birthday LIM

I don't use this die very often... in fact I don't use dies very often... must try harder! but I do love it. It was cut twice, then stamped with a tiny script stamp from Pink Paisley, Spring Jubilee set. I cut the heads off the second set and scrunched em up and edged with the same ink as the script. I turned the flower heads slightly from the base flower added some pearls and twine.

I've only just finished this card  It's just gone 21.00hrs so the light for photography is pretty dire! but me be me couldn't wait to blog it! I will try to get a better picture tomorrow.
 Thank you for looking
xx Suzi B xx