Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Who'd like to live in a house like this.....

Hi everyone, a belated Merry Christmas to you all and hopefully it was a peaceful, enjoyable time for all!  My Christmas Day was quite busy but thoroughly enjoyed having all my family and best friend around me and Santa brought some nice surprises too!

Anyhow, a little while ago I was lucky enough to 'win' the English Cottage Christmas Kit from a lovely design team Rye and Willowbee (http://ryeandwillowbee.com/) as I'd been keeping an eye on their site whilst this fab collection was in progress and hadn't realised I was first to leave a comment as things progressed, lucky me got the full kit as my prize!

I had hoped to have my 'Snowflake Cottage' (the name I've chosen) finished in time to use as a Christmas decoration but family matters and winter bugs had other ideas, so better late than never here it is...


All the parts of the cottage are beautifully designed and fit together like a dream, and believe me  the amount of detail is exceptional - I've added the garden fence and gate to the original cottage, these files are by another wonderful designer http://monicascreativeroom.se/ but I felt they fitted beautifully with the gorgeous building!

The actual cottage is very sturdy and I've built mine using cardstock from Papercutz (http://www.papercutz.co.uk/) who carry a wide range of paper/cardstock; their service and delivery time is excellent.  285gsm (white) was used for the main walls with the outer embossed panels in 180gsm, the roof is 270gsm Colour Set Craft Card which was a 'bargain' mixed pack - all of these were 12x12" sheets.  The darker red roof panels are printed papers from my stash sprayed with Crafters Companion Pearl Diamond Spray & Sparkle to add a wet/frosty effect and I also used CC's 'Softly Falling' Embossalicious folder for the relief on the outer walls.  I coated the front and back door with glaze to make them shiny and the door knobs on each are tiny brass brads.   A crackled vellum is used for the window panes and the window frames coloured with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens.  The decorative bows were cut from some 'old gold' pearlescent paper from my stash with a tiny golden 'bead in a bottle' added for effect - these bows, the wreaths, parcels and ribbons are really where you notice the eye for detail as they are all made from individual components and built up for the 'wow' effect - definitely worth the time to add these.... hmmmnnnn... should've taken a pic without them so you could see the difference they do make to the finished cottage!  I added Stickles 'Star Dust' glitter for added 'frostiness'.

Please pop over and say Hi to Kimberley and Tony at Rye and Willowbee at their site (link above) so you can see some different looks for their lovely cottage.

Oh yes, this is what it'd look like with a New Year's party in full swing... lol!


I forgot to mention you can put battery tea lights inside to light up the windows.... now where did I leave my glass.... off to the party!

However you welcome 2015 I wish you a peaceful and healthy year surrounded by family and good friends.  Happy New Year!

Su xx

Friday, 28 November 2014

Same image... different colours!

Hi there, thought you might like to see this one too using the same gorgeous Norma J Burnell stamp as my previous card but in totally different colours!

This one's an A5 card base, background paper is printed from Crafter's Companion new CD 'Sugar & Spice' with the other papers from my stash.  Again the fabulous image (Mid Summer Dragonflies) is hand stamped and then coloured using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and pencils on Neenah card (Crafters Companion); I again highlighted the dragonflies' wings using a Sakura clear glitter gel pen.  The sentiment is the same as the previous card (Lilliput wooden sentiment from Scribble and Scrap - http://www.scribbleandscrap.co.uk/) but this time triple embossed using Blonde Moments Savoury Sky and a 'top coat' of Moon Glow Hyacinth Blue Jade embossing powders from my stash.  Card Candi (Craftwork Cards) added at the bottom corner for balance.  Again I hope you like her....


I love using stamps as you can always vary the effect simply by changing the colours you use!  Plus you can 'lose' yourself in the colouring in which is a real 'stress buster'!  Whoops... nearly forgot the lovely dragonfly embossing folder (jade paper) is from Craft Concepts.

Okay so that's two posts in two days, must be some kind of record for me.... lol!  I think I'll pop along and add this one to Scribble and Scrap's Challenge too... you can find it here:-  http://scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/challenge-32-always-anything-goes.html

See you soon

Su x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Ooops!

Hi one and all, sorry I hadn't realised just how long it is since I posted (note to self - "Must be a 'proper' blogger in future!").

Anyhow one way and another here we are with only a few weeks until Christmas... really I don't know where the time has gone!  However, as yet and the fact that I've only just begun to make my Christmas cards, here's a card I made for a friend's recent birthday, although I must admit that I was a little late in sending it and it arrived the day after her actual birthday (Oooh I feel another note to myself coming on.... doh!)

I'm just beginning to get into the habit of  colouring with  my alcohol pens (Spectrum Noir) and still finding my way with them but was quite pleased with the results for this one.  I added a bit of definition with my new Spectrum Noir Pencils too... I hadn't believed the difference adding these can actually make but have to say seeing the 'before' and 'after' I was really pleased that I did try them out.

The card is 8"x8" square with various mats using printed and foiled papers from my stash.  I've handstamped Norma J Burnell's gorgeous image 'Mid Summer Dragonflies' from Sweet Pea Stamps available at 'Scribble and Scrap.co.uk' (http://www.scribbleandscrap.co.uk/) - I confess I'm slightly 'addicted' to this artist's stamps and am adding more to my collection whenever possible!  The coloured image was then cut out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight and again mounted on a handcut mat of the same foiled card as used with the decorative background papers.  The greeting is a 'Lillibet' Wooden Sentiment (again from Scribble and Scrap) which I triple embossed using Cosmic Shimmer 'Amethyst Mist Lustre' with a top coat of Moon Glow 'Imperial Crown Purple Gold' powders from my stash.  Nearly forgot to mention that I glazed the dragonflies' wings with the clear Sakura Glitter Gel pen, shame you can't see the effect on the picture, anyhow I hope you like her....


As it's been a while since I showed anything that I've made, I'm going to enter this card into the Scribble and Scrap Challenge (http://scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/challenge-32-always-anything-goes.html) which is well worth a look!

Until next time, stay safe and warm

Su xx

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Inner Step Card

This style of card is very popular at the moment and, as I made a 'pact' with myself to use my Silhouette Cameo more and actually try my hand at designing files from scratch, I thought I'd give it a go.... I'm really pleased with the results!


The finished card is about 5.75x6.25ins and, as you can see I made a matching box envelope to present it in. Both were made using my favourite Centura Pearl Card (white/hint of gold) and crinkly red foil paper from my stash.  The flower is die cut using Spellbinders 'Rose Creations'; 'Leaf 2' Die'sire from Crafters Companion and the flourishes from a Marianne die set I've had for years, oh yes... the die for the little butterflies came with my 'Happycut' Diecut/Embossing Machine.  Embossalicious 'Rose Vine' 8x8in folder (love this design from Crafter's Companion) added interest to the top mats, which were then layered onto the red foil paper for definition and to show off the shape of the actual card.

So, what do you think of my efforts - not too bad for a 'novice' eh?  I'm looking forward to trying my hand at other styles and designs.... maybe a doily next.... or p'raps that's being a little ambitious - lol!

Hope you stay safe and well, with a little sunshine to brighten the days... until next time...
Su x

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Bracelets!

I showed you the dolls I'd made for Emmy and Jessica but I also made something else that will hopefully stay with them as they grow into young ladies....


I designed these so that they'll wrap twice around the girls' wrists while they're small but then are long enough to be worn into teen/adult years as they grow up.  They're made from freshwater cultured pearls, each individually handknotted, with the Amethyst star as a feature accent (this is the girls' birthstone as they were born in February), the clasp and small extender chain are sterling silver and I added a mother of pearl heart to one and a star to the other, both with a tiny Tanzanite chip (my birthstone) just above them as a reminder of who made the gifts.  Again, mum, gran and granddad loved what I'd done and said how thoughtful it was to make them to last thro' to adulthood.

I made the boxes too, using my Silhouette Cameo to cut the pieces (much more accurately than I could have done by hand!) and added ribbons and Wild Orchid Sweetheart Blossoms to the pink satin card lids for decoration - if I say so myself they did look rather pretty and special!  For the insert cards I glued white mulberry paper to card and then cut it out on the Cameo, turned out very well despite the fact that it's not usually recommended to cut fibrous papers with a cutting machine!

Anyhow, hope this finds you well and enjoying a little spring sunshine - makes everything look so much better doesn't it?  Until next time, take care

Su xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Here Come The Girls!

Hi everyone, hoping you're having a lovely Easter weekend!  I said a while ago I was doing something a bit different well, here they are....


I've knitted these for my cousin's beautiful twin granddaughters, who we went to meet yesterday and they are gorgeous - perfectly behaved and didn't even cry when I had a cuddle!

The dolls have taken me a while to do, apart from the amount of work involved, including knitting in 25mtrs of lace I suffer quite badly with neck/arms and shoulders (lose feeling) when I knit, then there was all the sewing up!  Anyhow Sugar Plum and Sally Anne were very much appreciated by the twins' mum, grandma and granddad (unfortunately their daddy had to work so we didn't see him) and hopefully once Emmy and Jessica are old enough they'll love them too.

It made a lovely change to be able to make something pink, lacy and definitely girlie after all the boys....

Enjoy the rest of the Easter break, see you again soon

Su x

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

As promised!

Hi everyone, hope you're beginning to enjoy some better weather, we've been lucky enough to see a little sunshine here in the North East; it's still a bit chilly but seeing the sun definitely helps!  My heart goes out to all who've been affected by flooding and such like and hope that things are beginning to improve for you.

Here's a card I made for a friendly little challenge I try to enter each month...


Base card is pale blue satin finish card that I embossed about 3/4 of the way across using the Embossalicious 'Lattice' folder, then trimmed where the embossing ended with blue satin ribbon (I used two strips side by side as it was very narrow and added a silver peeloff border to cover the join)  I sanded the raised design to give a bit of extra texture.  Silver Mirri card and Spellbinders 'Fleur de Lys' die provided the fancy edged mat for my Hunkydory 'Swans' topper and Cheery Lynn's 'Victorian Romance Flourish' (again from mirri card) gave me the base for the Wild Orchid Pale Blue Wild Roses (extra leaves added cut from pearlescent paper and Spellbinders die).  To finish it off I trimmed the sentiment (same sheet as the topper) and added a mirri card mat then curled it over my fingers to shape it before adding it to the card with Collall Glue Gel to support the curves.  My card didn't win the challenge but I think it's quite peaceful and calming.... how about you?

I hope to be back with something more to show you very soon, until then take care and stay safe!

Su xx

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Yoo Hoo!

Apologies for being missing for so long.... things just been a bit hectic!

Hope you all had a good Christmas (seems so long ago now doesn't it?) and 2014 has begun well for everyone, despite the horrendous weather we've been having I really don't remember having such a long spell of grey, wet and generally horrible days - they really don't help us feel bright and cheery do they?

My 'mojo' has been missing for a while, but it's gradually returning and I should have some new pics to show you very soon, or at least as soon as I can find the charger for my camera - I put it away safely after the hols and, you've guessed, it's so safe I can't remember where.... doh!

For now I'll wish you a goodnight and will see you soon.... promise!

Su x