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Friday, May 29, 2015

Seeing spots

Good morning from a sunny Michigan - We've got to go to tax office today so likely to be a looonnng day!
 
How about entering a challenge?? It's the start of the next challenge over and Wags and Whiskers. The theme this time is seeing spots. The prize is a Wags and Whiskers rubber stamp.  You can use any stamp for the challenge however, if you use a Wags and Whiskers stamp you will be entered into a second draw to win a digistamp.
 
Rules are
You can enter any type of paper-craft project.
You can enter 2 times per challenge.
You must use a new project - no back linking.
Follow the theme.
You link must be a direct link to your entry.
 
I've used my favorite Wags and Whiskers stamp Snuggle Love
 
 
I have colored her with Spectrum Noir markers except for her skin which I colored with copics.
I have then chosen a fine blue polka dot and a larger white polkadot paper from my stash to mat the image on, using a Tonic Trellis die for the frame around the image. I have then added blue dotted card candi to the corners of the card. Keeping the card clean and simple whilst making sure you are seeing spots
 
Thanks for stopping by and your next move must be to the Wags and Whiskers blog to enter the challenge!
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Oh Baby

Good morning - It's Memorial Day here, a time for the American nation to remember the heroes who have helped to serve their country.
 My blog post today is showcasing a So Suzy new release. Have you seen the gorgeous new stamps this month? There are some adorable baby stamps just pop by the shop to take a look, but before you do why not enter the challenge this month's challenge. The details can be found under the May tab at the right hand side on the So Suzy blog.
 
I couldn't resist - I love pink and girly so I have used the pretty baby carriage stamp for my showcase card today:
 
 
I stamped the image with Tim Holtz Pick Raspberry distress ink and then water colored it with my Spectrum Aqua pens. I then die cut it using a spellbinder die and before removing from the die color tinted the card using the same ink. The papers were some scraps from my stash which I distressed and again color tinted using a doily as a template on the front piece of card. I then printed the sentiment from my PC and used the same die set to cut this - again tinting it with the distress ink. The vines were cut from a Cheery Lynn die and the flowers from my stash. I used just a few pearls to fill some blank areas and embellish the baby carriage.
 
 Thanks for stopping by and before you leave hit the May tab on the top right of the So Suzy Stamps blog and enter our challenge. If you don't have a blog - don't worry you can enter over at our Facebook group
 
For more inspiration why not check So Suzy Stamps out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Boys will be Boys

Good morning- hope you are enjoying the long weekend break!
 
It's also the start of Challenge 45 over at Scribble and Scrap
 As always it's anything goes as long as you have physically crafted it - no digital entries. The rules are simple and you can find them here.
 
There will be a random generated winner and then the top 3 will be showcased
 
On to my Design Team card for inspiration:
 
 
A few weeks ago it was James's birthday and I never got round to blogging about his card so thought I'd do so now.
most of the stash I have used on this card are from the Polka Doodles Pretty Tuff CD.
I printed off the pre-colored images and then fussy cut them along with the wooden fence. I also used one of the game elements, I reduced the size of this using my graphics program and placed it in the hand of the boy sitting on the floor. All the items were then arranged on the backing paper - again from the CD. I used a circle die to cut out the sentiment and placed this on a scalloped piece of brown card. I used the same card as a mat on the card blank and added some Craftwork Cards Card Candi just to finish off the card.
 
Pop by the Scribble and Scrap blog for some more inspiration from my Teamies and don't forget to enter any of your makes into the challenge whilst you're there!
 
 

Friday, May 22, 2015

6 years - gone so quickly!

Good Morning - Today is the 6th anniversary of the day I married my soul mate. He has made my life so happy and I love him more and more each day!
 
When making his card I wanted to use the So Suzy Stamps Judy Garland sentiment I bought just for the occasion After all he is my soul mate!
 

 
The image is from The East Wind called 'She' from the Mon Amour collection. As always I have colored using my Spectrum Noir Markers - My first card with big hair to color!!! After stamping the sentiment, I mounted the image onto purple card. The patterned paper is from a Dovecraft collection called pretty in pink. A further piece of purple card matted onto a white card blank just finished off the simplicity of the card.
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ooo look what I'm making!!!!

Hello I have some fab Monday news.............
 
Yesterday was a humid day James was off with his buddies and Kev was playing golf so thought I'd try out the goodies I bought last week!
 
A new craft for me to stretch my creative juices
 
It all starts with jug in a pan on the stove....
 
 
Yes I'm candle making. You have to be very precise with temperatures I stood over the pan watching the thermometer as though it was going to explode if it went over one degree hotter!!
 
I prepared my molds - as this is my first time I'm starting off small, the votive sized jars are molds and I then had an empty Yankee Candle jar so decided to try refilling that:
 
 
Once the wax had melted and reached the correct temperature poured it into the molds. I remembered at this point I had forgotten to add the scent and color. I could add Jasmine scent to the jars and give them a quick stir but as the wax had started to set I decided to keep these white and use color for next batch.
After 5 minutes the wicks are added and held in place with lolly sticks. They are then left for a further 30 minutes before topping them up to ensure there is no gaps around the wicks.
 
They are then left for 2 hours to set fully before removing from the molds.
 
Whilst waiting I designed a quick label for the jar candle. I printed it using Safmat
 


 
Butterflies remind me of a special person so first attempt has one on the front  and I've used my blog name for the back
 
 
 
I have used a So Suzy single flower swirl stamp to decorate one of the votive candles:
 
 
I just need to get some more supplies and there will be no stopping me now!
 
 
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lots of Layers

Good Morning! After a bit of a cold week it's starting to warm up again - just hope it lasts this time!!
 
It's time for another challenge to start over at Wags and Whiskers. This time the theme is lots of layers
The prize is a Wags and Whiskers rubber stamp.  You can use any stamp for the challenge however, if you use a Wags and Whiskers stamp you will be entered into a second draw to win a digistamp.
 
Rules are
You can enter any type of paper-craft project.
You can enter 2 times per challenge.
You must use a new project - no back linking.
Follow the theme.
You link must be a direct link to your entry.
 
I have used a pretty fairy stamp for my design team showcase:
 
 
Meet Laila! She is stunning. I have colored her with my Spectrum Noir Markers and added glitter to the patterns in her wings and on the butterfly she is holding. I chose to color her in the aqua and lavender to match in with the gorgeous papers from Lili of the Valley they are from one of their 8x8 paper pads called Promises. I matted the papers onto lavender card and once colored die cut my image in an oval so you could see the layers beneath her. A few skittles just to embellish the image was all that was needed.
 
Thanks for stopping by and your next move must be to the Wags and Whiskers blog to enter the challenge!
 
 
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sending you a note.....

Good morning! Well after a week of warm weather the temperatures are due to plummet again this week but at least everything looks nice and green!
 
I'm here just to remind you of them and also don't forget to enter the challenge - you could win a $15 voucher and treat yourself to some fab goodies!
 
I have used the Sending you a Note sentiment stamp for my showcase today:
 
 
I have used pearlescent card as my base then embossed a piece of the same card with a couture Creations embossing folder. Then again using the same card die cut the topper using Marianne die, Large ovals by Anja. I have stamped the sentiment in the center of this before fixing to the card. Just to finish the look I have used pale lilac pearls on each of the crosses on the embossing folder.
 
Thanks for stopping by and before you leave hit the May tab on the top right of the So Suzy Stamps blog and enter our challenge. If you don't have a blog - don't worry you can enter over at our Facebook group
 
For more inspiration why not check So Suzy out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest
 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Get well

Good morning it's mother's day here so I am being spoilt and having lunch cooked for me. Mollie came home from school on Friday with a marigold plant and a home made dragonfly which is really sweet!
It's also the start of Challenge 44 over at Scribble and Scrap
 As always it's anything goes as long as you have physically crafted it - no digital entries. The rules are simple and you can find them here.
 
There will be a random generated winner and then the top 3 will be showcased
 
On to my Design Team card for inspiration:
 
 
This little lady is a Lili of the Valley stamp. Isn't she adorable! I have (as always) colored her and her poorly little pal with my Spectrum noir markers. I have then die cut the image and some blue card using a spellbinder die. The papers are also from Lili of the Valley and have been matted onto the same blue card. I have then added a stamped sentiment and pearls to finish off the design.
 
Pop by the Scribble and Scrap blog for some more inspiration from my Teamies and don't forget to enter any of your makes into the challenge whilst you're there!
 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Time for a fairy bath!

Good evening and what a great day it's been wall to wall sunshine and plenty of ice cream to keep us cool!
 
It's time for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends new challenge to start. As always the theme is anything goes and the rules are simple, they can be found here.
 
 This time round the fab sponsors are
 
who's prize is $12 gift certificate for their store
 
Bugaboo Stamps
Who's prize is 7 images
 
Who's prize is 1 image
 
I have been chosen to represent Sami stamps for my design team make:
 
 
I have used this adorable stamp from their fairy range called Flower Bath.
As always I have colored with Spectrum Noir Markers I have added Wink of Stella to her wings and the shine on the bubbles but couldn't get a good view of this with my camera. The sentiment was printed from my PC. I have mounted her image onto blue and red card stock before adding it to a 6x6 card blank.
 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can enter our challenge!
 





 
 
 
 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Banner and bunting!

Good morning and welcome to the 2nd post today!
There is a new challenge over at Wags and Whiskers, the theme this time is Banners and Bunting!
 
The prize is a Wags and Whiskers rubber stamp.  You can use any stamp for the challenge however, if you use a Wags and Whiskers stamp you will be entered into a second draw to win a digistamp.
 
Rules are
You can enter any type of paper-craft project.
You can enter 2 times per challenge.
You must use a new project - no back linking.
Follow the theme.
You link must be a direct link to your entry.
 
Now for some inspiration:
 
 
I have used steal and kiss stamp which is adorable and a delight to color which I have done using my Spectrum Noir Markers. The backing papers are from Lili Of the Valley which includes the plain red paper too. I have used a Marianne die to cut the bunting and threaded some blue grosgrain ribbon through it. The papers are patterned enough not to need any further embellishment.
 
Thanks for stopping by and your next move must be to the Wags and Whiskers blog to enter the challenge!
 
 
 

Thank you!!

Good morning - and what a great morning it is the sun is shining and the forecast looks great!!
 
What's more it is the release day for some fab new So Suzy Stamps. Yep check out her website for some gorgeousness!!! And there is even more if you order today you get free shipping - INTERNATIONAL INCLUDED!!! Yes my friends from across the pond you can have free shipping too!!!!
I'm not finished yet - The new challenge starts today too the theme this month is thank you. All you have to do to enter is make a card with her delicious stamps and added it either via the linky on the blog or on the Facebook group page!
 
On to my make for the release:
 
 
 
There are some fab new baby stamps that have been sneak peaked on the blog this month so I thought I'd continue with the theme. The stamp is the new pretty baby mobile. I am back in a CAS mood So I have just I have colored the stamp with my Spectrum Noir Markers, printed a sentiment using my PC and Matted this onto some yellow card. I have then used a premade blue striped card blank and mounted the design onto it. Due to it's simplicity the card would be ideal for batch making!
 
Thanks for stopping by and before you leave hit the May tab on the top right of the So Suzy blog and enter our challenge. If you don't have a blog - don't worry you can enter over at our Facebook group
 
For more inspiration why not check So Suzy out on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest