Monday, 29 November 2010

House Mouse

I'm trying to be good and post on my blog a bit more regularly. So today I thought I would share this card that I made using the House Mouse decoupage. I think these images are so cute, another thank you to Joanna Sheen. I'm back to my favorite size again (8 x 8) made from 2 sheets of cream A4 card stock. The backing paper is from Artylicous Seasons Greetings CD, by the wonderfully talented Glenda Waterworth from Graphicus (this is my Favorite Christmas CD with loads of wonderful backing papers). The wording on this backing paper is from The Night Before Christmas and suited this image so well. The decoupage was mounted onto a piece of gold mirri board. I added some gold ribbon and a poinsettia made with a Marianne Creatable Die. Then I added 3 small mice that I did not put onto the main decoupage.

Thank you for taking the time to look.


Saturday, 27 November 2010

A Winter's Tale

Today I though I would show you this card that I made using A Winter's Tale. A beautiful CD with lots of lovely images for Christmas cards. I've kept this one very simple just a decoupaged topper and backing paper which I have used a Martha Stewart border punch on. I rounded the corners with a punch, and added a bit of glitter to the snow. Then a foiled greeting popped on just to finish. It's very cold here in Hampshire this morning, with a heavy frost but no snow although the local radio station is saying that we could get some flurries. Tomorrow hubby is going fishing!!! so he's hoping that it stays clear.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, 26 November 2010

Thomas Kinkade Christmas

Well I have no excuses for my lack of blogging in the last 2 weeks. I have been busy trying to get some Christmas cards made. Every year I say I will start earlier, but it gets to November and I find that I have none made. Today I thought I would show you the Thomas Kinkade card that I made for my mother-in-law to send to her brother.

I first saw Thomas Kinkade pictures on a trip to Florida back in 2004 and every time we go back, I have to go and look at the wonderful pictures that are in his shop. Now anytime I want to look at them all I have to do is get Joanna Sheen's CDs out and pop them into the PC. Thank you Joanna for this wonderful library of pictures. For this card I used the decoupage section and an 8 x 8 card base, gold mirri board, a backing sheet from the CD and a bit of gold ribbon. The sentiment was made using my foiler. I added lots of glitter to the snow in the picture which does not show in the photo.

Thank you for looking, I hope to be back with more Christmas cards in the next couple of days.


Friday, 5 November 2010

Enchanted Fairies

In the post the other day I received the pick of the week that was on recently, Enchanted Fairies. The images are stunning, I just had to make one. As it's near to Christmas I decided to make the Holly Fairy. I made an 8 X 8 card (my favorite size) in green, printed 2 different background papers and mounted them onto some red mirri card. Added a bit of ribbon and a foiled greeting. Once I have finished getting my Christmas cards made I will enjoy making some of the others.

Thank you for stopping by.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

New My Craft Studio Samples

Today I thought that I would share some of the cards that I made as samples for the new MCS that was released this week. Paper Flower and Paper Words. The first card I made using a No Stamp Required image of rose's. This I printed out using a laser printer and then putting the images through a foil embossing machine. I then coloured the smaller image with pro makers mounted onto some silver mirri card and finally onto a red 8 X 8 card. I finished it off using a foiled greeting and some roses from my stash that I put some silver stickles on, and added some red and silver ribbons.
The next card again I foiled using No Stamp Required images and again coloured with pro markers. The base for the butterflies was made using spellbinders nesties. I used an ink pad and sponge to add the colour around the edge of the card and topper, added a bit of ribbon and a flower from my stash.

This card was made using elements that were on the disc, I just printed them off, cut them out and put them together. I added a bow at the top and decoupaged some of the flower around the edge.

This finale one is an easel card which I made using spellbinders nesties and a topper from the labels section on the disc. added some gems around the outside of the card and a small bow with a gem stuck on top to match those around the outside.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Edwardian Lady

Another week has past before I have managed to post again. I have been busy with samples but cannot share these with you for a few days yet, so I thought I would show you this card that I made for My mother's next door neighbour who was 70 recently. We moved next door when I was 8 years old (I reached 50 this year) so she has been like a member of my family for so long. I used Card Creations plus Edwardian Ladies Cd for this card. I printed the 8 X 8 base card onto Centura Pearl from Crafters Companion, and cut out the wording with my Cricut using the Plantin School book cartridge. Then added a couple of flowers from my stash.

It's been really miserable here today, but hubby and I went out to lunch with friends that we have not seen for a while, so it turned out really nice.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.


Sunday, 24 October 2010

Flower Fairy

I don't think that I am going to be one of these people that blog everyday as it's been 2 weeks since I last blogged. I also need to learn how to add links then maybe I can take part in a couple of challenges. Today I thought that I would show you a card that I made using the Crafters Companion Flower Fairies Discs. I love the Flower Fairies and always try to have a couple of cards made.
I used 2 sheets of plain white card to make a 8X8 card base, matted and layered using silver mirri card and 2 sheet of backing paper printed from the CD. The topper was decoupaged but I cut the first layer using a spellbinders nestie, then added the layers. To finish I added some silver corner peel offs and a bit of pink organza ribbon. Inside I used another sheet of backing paper and then added the right verse for this fairy (The Candy Tuft Fairy) from the Mary Cicely Barker books. It will then do for anyone from child to adult for any occasion.
The sun is shinning here in Hampshire today, it's cold outside but lovely sitting inside by the window, you could pretend that it's Summer.
Thank you for taking the time to look.

Monday, 11 October 2010

18th Birthday

This past week has been a very busy one for me as hubby and I celebrated our Pearl Wedding Anniversary, my eldest Niece was 20, my youngest Niece was 18 and my Daughter 27. Next week it's my Great Niece's 3rd birthday. Today I thought I would show you what I made for my Niece who was 18. I want to call it a card but it's not. When I went to a show at Farnbourgh earlier this year I bought a template for this display box. The images inside the box were from MCS Deco Follies (I love this CD). I built up the picture in MCS placing figures onto a background, I then printed the background without the figures and cut out the curtains and decoupaged them so that it looked as if they were further back in the room. I then printed the 2 figures in the foreground 4 times onto decoupage paper and cut them out. I then made a small cube from card to mount them onto so they were further forward than the rest, giving the impression that you would be looking in onto a party.
I used some gold pearly card for the box and popped a couple of peel offs on to it.
My Niece loved it I'm glad to say.

Thank you for looking.


Saturday, 9 October 2010

Sister Card

Today I thought that I would show you the card that I have made for my Son to give to his sister tomorrow. I love the images on this CD, it's from Shoes in Bloom from Ooh La La Creations. I printed 2 of the backing papers and 1 topper then mounted it onto red mirri card. I punched a border with a Martha Stewart deep edge punch, added a couple of roses with a touch of stickles. Hope everyone is having a great weekend.


Friday, 8 October 2010

Daughter's Birthday

Yesterday on Create and Craft The Glitter Girls launched a new product called Sparklessence and Velvet Touch Kit. It looked really good but at £29.99 a little bit more than I would like to pay at the moment. However as I watch on, thoughts running through my mind, a light bulb suddenly came on, I have a high tack double sided tape and 2 boxes with glitter in. I also have a foiling machine, so had odd bits of foil in a box. Below is my own take on the Glitter Girls sparkle. As It is my Daughters Birthday this Sunday I had already started the card below, so rather than adding a ribbon to the side, I added a little bit of bling. I'm pleased with the result that I got. I used the Art Deco Card Creations plus Cd for this card, and my Nellie Snellen punches for the flowers. I think I am fairly safe that my Daughter will not be looking at my blog before her birthday.

Thank you for looking, I'm off to have a rummage in the cupboards to see what else I have that can be used.


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

MCS 3rd Birthday Samples

Last night saw the launch of the new My Craft Studio 3rd Birthday collection. I am very lucky to be on the Sample making team for My Craft Studio. Below are the samples that I made, they were all made from the Nursery Rhymes CD.

This first one I made as a gift for a baby using the images from Monday's Child, cutting them with a spellbinders die and mounting onto a large shape the same. Then using ribbon joined them altogether so they could be hung on a wall in a Nursery. Below are 2 of the images. On the reverse of each picture is the right line of the verse.

The next 2 pictures show an expanding book with the verse on the cover, then 1 picture and the right line of the verse each page.

This next image was a No Stamp Required image of Tuesday's Child. I made this card as a birth congrats for a girl. It was coloured with Promarkers, cut out with a Nellie Snellen die, and coloured around the edges with distress inks. Like the card above this card has been made using a No Stamp Required image, this time Thursday's Child. Again coloured with Promarkers. This one for the birth of a boy. This next sample is a gift of notelets. I decorated the outside with backing papers from the disc, the words were cut using my Cricut and the Plantin cartridge, then I used some flowers from my stash. The last sample is made using a topper that is made up of all of the images from the rhyme. I printed it onto acetate the glittered from behind after running it through the Zyron machine. I added a couple of swirls again cut with the Cricut, a ribbon and three Roses that I made using a punch with 6 petals. I was very pleased with the roses as it was the first time I had tried making them.
Now that my Holidays are over and my sample making is done, I am hoping to have some more time to do so crafting (and blogging) for me. I need to start making Christmas Cards, Someone said today that there are 90 days left to Christmas, and I'm sure they will fly by.

Thank you for taking the time to look.


Sunday, 29 August 2010

Deco Follies Ruby Anniversay Card

Today I would like to show you the card that I have made for My Sister-in-laws Ruby Wedding Anniversary. I used My Craft Studio and Deco Follies, there are some wonderful images on it.

I printed onto a semi gloss photo card and matt and layered it onto some silver mirri board and black card stock. I embellished it with a punched heart using a Martha Stewart punch and some flowers from my stash. The centres of the flowers were done using a flattened end cap which I bought from a bead shop, and then topped with flat back pearls. Sue

Friday, 27 August 2010

All That Jazz Ruby Wedding Anniversary Card

I thought it was about time that I posted on this blog. I have no excuses, except that I'm reasonably new to blogland.

I thought that I would share this card that I have made for my Mother-in-law to give to my sister-in-law and her husband who are about to celebrate their Ruby wedding anniversary. I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do, so I made it double sided in the end. I used the Glitter Girls open hearts board. After cutting it out I then edged the card with glitter. This side I made with flowers that were bought from Wild Orchid Crafts.

This side I used the Glitter Girls new Cd All that Jazz. Finally I made a box using the Cameo Card Craft template which has a heart shaped window in it. I am really pleased with the end results, hopefully they will like it as well.

Hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend.


Friday, 30 July 2010

Christmas In July

Well I finally gave in and made my first Christmas cards today. They were made using the new Cute Christmas collection from Flower Soft. And that's just what the images are. So far I have not added Glitter or Flower soft, but I'm sure that I will.

These cards are decoupaged, then mat and layered onto a plain white card. The sentiments (also on the CD) were then cut out and mounted onto silver mirri card cut with a Spellbinders nestie. I'm sure I will be making many more of these.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

MCS Tattered Lace

Last night saw the launch of the new My Craft Studio Blockbuster, and I am very lucky to be on the sample makers team. I was sent a small portion of the vast amount of art work that is on the CDs and below are the samples that I made. Unfortunately the 5th card down has come out very blue in the photo, when in fact it was a beautiful teal colour. Here's run down of what I used.
The 1st, the topper I printed onto acetate and then used silver leaf on the reverse after running it through the Zyron. I finished it with some silver ribbon and a couple of flowers from my stash, which I sprayed with Crafters Companion Silver Sparkle.
2nd, I used my Martha Stewart punch and Nellie Snellen flower punch adding a flat back pearl to the centre of each flower.
3rd, I made the topper by sizing it to fit one a Spellbinders circle die and the matching it to a scalloped edge spellbinders die. The butterfly was made using a Marianne Creatable die, this I sprayed with Glimmer Mist before mounting onto the card and adding a few flat backed pearls.
4th, This was made with a piece of Centura Pearl card folded to make an A5 card. I then took one of the overlay images on the CD and made this a size to fit my card and printed it onto acetate. I wrapped this around the card and made a narrower wrap using a Martha Stewart edge punch, this I added some ribbon to, and then cut out Friend using my Cricut.
5th, This was made using one of the backing sheets, which I used the emboss feature and then cut a square using the digital punch feature to make a topper with just a small section. Then I coloured the backing sheet to match. I made a backing sheet using the new colour picker and cut a border and a square to mount my topper on again using a Martha Stewart punch. I finished by using flat back pearls in the scallop on the borders and a bit of ribbon.
6th, I colour matched the mat and layering sheet using the colour picker and then decoupaged the flower around the edge of the frame. Added a ribbon top and bottom and a few flat back pearls.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Handbag Card

I can't believe that it's been over a month since I last posted. I've been back from my holiday for over 2 weeks now. There has not been much time for crafting what with catching up on washing and ironing, sorting mum-in-laws carer problems, and visiting my sister in hospital. My sister seems to be making some progress and has put on about a stone now, best of all she is beginning to look better. She still has some very low days, but is keeping very positive.

Here is one of the cards that I did manage to make last week. This was for my daughter's partner's sister. I made it using the multi-bagz board from the Glitter Girls. I used card from Crafters Companion and some flowers that I have in my stash.

Thursday, 10 June 2010


I've finished the cards that I needed to make before going away on holiday. This one is for Mum.
I have used My Craft Studio again, and the Pretty In Porcelain disc. Although this disc was all about plates it also had some really beautiful backing papers and toppers on. The larger topper has been decoupaged and I used the Cricut Storybook cartridge for the letters. This week has been very hectic for me, as my Sister, who has a serious eating disorder is in Hospital being tube feed. After a week in there she has put on 6lbs and is now going to a specialist unit for eating disorders. The good thing is that she has admitted that she does have a problem and wants to get over it. I will be sending her positive vibes from France, and hope that she has put on some more weight when I get home.


Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Wonderful Wife

I am posting another card for my mother-in-law today, this time it's the one for my father-in-law to give. I made this one using My Craft Studio and the Fairies, Flowers and Butterflies. I also used the new MCS pro and made plain coloured backing sheets for matting and layering by using the eyedropper and picking colours from within the backing paper (I love this feature). I also used the Cricut for the swirls and a Martha Stewart punch for the Butterflies. I then added some flowers to finish. Sue.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A card for Nan

This weekend see us off on holiday to France, we are taking my in laws. As mother-in-law is in a wheelchair and father-in-law is blind they need a bit of help to do these sort of things. While we are away it's mother-in-laws birthday and as usual I have left it to the last minute to make cards. This is the first which is from my son to his grandmother. I made this using a decoupage sheet which came in a set that I bought from Create and Craft last year, it's by Nancy Watt. I made the plain backing sheet in My Craft Studio, then used a Martha Stewart border punch down the edge, with a bit of black and red mirri card to matt and layer. Sue.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Moments In Time

I thought that I would show you this card that I have made using the Flower Soft moments in time stamps. I really enjoyed making this, I used pro markers to colour it in what I hope are colours that do not match any team in particular. I'm sure someone will put me right. Then I used the backing papers that came with the stamps. Although they are on a CD as well, which also I have been enjoying the beautiful weather today in between crafting. Long may it last!!


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Ruby Wedding Card

Well I'm glad to see that the sunshine is back again, hopefully to stay a bit longer this time!
I had a phone call this morning asking if I could make a Ruby Wedding Card. The problem was they wanted it by the end of today. So I then had to find an image that I could use, I liked this one. I hope that they do too.
I used Cupcake Crafting's Potpourri, this picture was called Rose Bowl. I printed 2 of the backing sheets, and also used some red mirri card to matt and layer. The image has been decoupaged and I finished it with an insert and some peeloff corners.


Sunday, 30 May 2010

Recipes for Happy Families

Today I thought that I would show you a card that I have made using the Flower Soft Recipes for Happy Families, which was launch today on Create and Craft. I bought mine a couple of weeks ago when it was launched on the Flower Soft Website. There are some wonderful images on the disc, and as well as decoupage there are also pyramids and toppers, backing papers that match the images and sentiments. I have not used any flowers soft on this card. I think that it looks great without it. On another note altogether, I was sitting here earlier minding my own business while hubby is upstairs removing a radiator in readiness for decorating tomorrow, when I started to get wet. He tells me the valve split as he was removing the radiator, and I am glad to say that the dripping has now stopped. I did panic for a few minutes as it was over the PC, not the easiest of things to pick up and move.

Hope you are all having a wonderful sunday.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Jayne Nestorenko stamp

Well I did not do well with trying to post everyday. But I think I managed a bit better than last time.

Today I thought that I would show you a card that I made using the New Cute Companions stamps by Jayne Nestorenko. I have used Helene for this, but I cut away her wings and the seat that she was sat on. She is coloured using pro markers, and the background of the circle is coloured using distress inks. For the backing paper I made a plain sheet in My Craft Studio. So far I have not added a sentiment, this I can do later when I know who I am going to sent it to.


Sunday, 23 May 2010

Colin Car

When I started this blog I intended to post to it every day, or at least every other day. I don't know what went wrong, but I do mean to try harder.

Today I would like to show you the Arty Farty, Colin Car that I made as a gift to my daughters best friend Sophie and her very new husband Domonic who tied the knot yesterday. What wonderful weather they had. For the car I used Snow white centura pearl card stock from Crafters Companion, and black card stock. I then used the dashboard, front grill and white wheels that are in the add on pack, that goes with the Colin Car template. Then I used mulberry roses for the seat and a horseshoe on the front with hearts on the back, these were cake decorations. I was pleased with the end result and the bride and groom loved it. This is a photo of the Bride and Groom cutting the cake As well as the pictured cake, which is in the shape of a heart, there were cupcakes as well.

And the final photo is a picture of my wonderful daughter and her partner David. We are hoping that this might make them decide it's time to tie the knot!!


Saturday, 15 May 2010

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Today I have been making a card for my Uncle and Aunt who celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the end of the month. For this I used the Tall stories and Open Hearts board by the Glitter Girls (I think I have all of their boards to date). I used cream and gold card stock. After cutting out all of the pieces, I edged it with gold glitter. Then made the toppers with mulberry roses for one side and put the names on the other. I also printed a four line verse out, using one line for each heart on the reverse inside(hope that makes sense).


Thursday, 13 May 2010

Cute Companions Wedding Card

I thought I would share with you the Card that I have been working on for the last couple of days. My daughter is to be bridesmaid to her best friend on Saturday 22nd May and I have had the job of making the card.

The size of the card is A4, the mice are from the Summer Stories and the Original stamp sets. I coloured these with water colour pencils. The Church is from Winter Tales CD, and the backing paper from the original CD. I disguised the holly that decorates the outside of the church with ribbon and flowers. The flowers down the sides were made with some punches that I brought a long time ago from Create and Craft. Then I used mock brads in the corners and the flower embellishments were made with Nellie Snellen flower and emboss punches. The greeting was one that I made myself with a foil embosser.


Sunday, 9 May 2010

I've done it at last!!!

Hi, my name is Sue. I have been crafting most of my life in one form or another. From knitting and dress making, cross stitch to embroidery. I have been card making for about 10 years. I started by making cards with the embroideries that I made on my embroidery machine. I stumbled upon Create and Craft just as it launched and discovered paper crafts. Since then I have been trying all sorts of different ways of making cards. After visiting other peoples blogs for at least 2-3 years and looking at all the beautiful Cards and works of art that have been created, I have finally created a blog of my own. It is something that I have been thinking about for about 2 years, I did not realise that it was so easy. Well at least as far as setting it up, it will be a case of learning as I go along I think. As yet I do not know how to add a link. I am adding a card that I made for my Sister-in-law's birthday in April. I used Crafters Companion Flower Fairies and Dimension Forth plain alphabet.