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Hello and welcome to my blog, this is my sanctury from real life, a little bit of space for doing what i love, and that's crafting. scrapbook, cards, box's and anything inky. I do follow a lot of blogs as i like the challenges that i find and also the inspiration i get from them, so many talented people with great ideas. So please feel free to leave a comment so i know you have popped by and i can call on you. Sue

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Mainly Men

Good Morning all and welcome to another great challenge at CD Sunday, this week it is  Mainly men .  I know a lot of people find it harder to make male cards so take a look at what the girls have come up with this week. Our Guest Clair has been with us all month bringing you her beautiful creations and this week she made yet another stunning card.   I do hope we will be having her back really soon, so thank you Claire for your crafty input of fabulous cards.
For my card i have used a My craft studio Cd  " Tinkering with Steampunk ". I have used a Kanban card for the base and a row of copper brads across the front as a stopper to keep the card in place. The open book is from one of my kits, enlarged to the width of the image and cut out.
  I hope you like what everyone has done this week to inspire you,  I look forward to seeing what you create for us this week.

Sunday, 22 July 2012


I have just made this scrap page for my Granddaughter Isabella , she is know as Izzy. I like to scrap pages as they grow and alter so fast.

Already at two and a half months she has changed so much.

A is for ..........

Good morning to you and welcome to another CD Sunday challenge. I'm sure you will enjoy this weeks challenge, This weeks theme is Wendy's choice and it's  " A is For....." . So it's a very open one with lots of scope for your imagination . The design team have come up with lots of things to get you thinking and i hope joining in.
So here is mine..

A is for................ Apple
The CD i used is  " AnnaMarie Designs Templates Vol 1 ", Her designs are all very easy to follow and cutting out is easy as there are not many fiddly bits . This can be made as a card but i have made this as a plaque with a stand at the back. It fold down flat so will go into an envelope for posting.
I hope you like what the design team have come up with and you join us this week. Thank you everyone who entered last week, all beautiful creations and I'm glade i don't have to pick the winner . 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Less is more

I don't find this easy to do clean and simple lol, i am so used to lots of things together and i never know when to stop, anyway at less is more this week the challenge is a one layer challenge and that for me is a challenge, so  one layer with 3 of anything , ie, colours images , stamps words , you get the picture. 

So i have used a scalloped edge card, one sentiment stamp with three words and a flower stamp that i used a mask over and stamped it three times, to finish off i used three colours of flex markers on the flowers and used the same  colour as the petals  to just edge the card.
there's an awful lot of white showing so i hope it meets requirements.
So this is for the following challenges


Pearls and swirls

At CD Sunday this week it's  Beryl's choice and she gives you pearls and swirls, what more could you ask for on a Sunday morning.
For my card i have used the CD  "Tinkering with steampunk"  from my craft studio and made it in craft artist.  The pearls are a brush i made in craft artist some time ago and they always come in very handy and I also love to make brush's , i have used the emboss tool for the butterfly's and added just a simple word art .  It printed out beautifully and i then added it to white card.
 You are in for a treat with all the fabulous and varied  cards the DT girls have made for your inspiration this week, so i hope you can all join in and if you can visit each others blog and leave a comment, it does mean a lot.
happy crafting, sue x

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Revamp of the box

 I have had this card index box for many years and have decided to give it a revamp.

 I started with the lid and applied this paper
 I have lots of small images and i sorted a few i thought would look good with paper.

 I have used collall glue and have no problems at all , no warping I'm pleased to say.
 Now that i have glued on my images i decided to use a adhesive clear film on the box as it's in regular use. 
 I was going to put paper flower on the lid but as i use it a lot and i tend to put other thing on top of it it's better left flat.

i have entered this into the following challenge

Birds of a feather

Today i have done " the beginners and all 6 blends" challenge on Daisytrail. This challenge has been put together by Hilary aka  "Sunset" who has a wealth of knowledge on all things craft artist.  So this is some altered art done in craft artist, in the top left hand corner is the original picture, it is a Moorecroft card and as you can see quite a difference between the two, in the corner bottom right is a picture with out anything being done to it, so using your blend mode and layers you can achieve quite a different look, the word art is also part of the challenge to do it using the freeform brush. I have enjoyed doing these challenges as it's been a while since i did any pages on daisytrail.

In the land of make believe

This is the page i made in craft artist. It is for the  " Focus on threshold"  challenge.  The challenges are usually put together by the moderators and can be a very a good way of learning just what you can do with craft artist. At the moment they have 3 challenges that you can treat as tutorials , " Effects, Threshold and blends ". All three very useful things to learn. The second picture is the original before threshold was applied.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Ode to Van Gogh Friday fantasy @ daisytrail

The housework is screaming at me so I'll just have to use earplugs for a while.
Daisy trails Friday fantasy this week  is " Ode to Van Gogh".,   A single chair in a lonely room,   black crows against a field of wheat,   A bandaged ear a sign of doom,  A vase of iris in last bloom,  Madness rages, can paint repeat,   A single chair in a lonely room.
So the idea is to create a page based on that ode.
I have used 2 kits for this "poet keepsake" i love this kit, and "inner fire" again another fabulous kit. I have used two images from Google, one i took into cutout studio and the other has added effects,  the word art is also from the "inner fire" kit.
Right now that's done i will go and talk to the hoover who seems to be screaming the loudest.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Down the rabbit hole....OOB

I have been back to daisy trail and just could not resist doing a page.  It's been a while since i did any pages and have not used CAP as much as i have been doing cards. This image i found on the net and is perfect for one of there challenges "fun with effects, 3". The challenge is to create an OOB " out of bounds", you take your photo into the cutout studio and cut away every thing you don't want to use then place it back into your work space and find another suitable image or frame to make it look like it's coming out. You have to place your original photo into a frame and have that also on the page for the comparison to be made . I had fun doing this one and used a photo of my grandson Jake. I will print this off and will be put into one his albums.
added to daisytrail

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Sitting fairy

Hello and welcome to my card for today, this card has been made with three challenges in mind so i hope i have covered all the requirements for each of them.

I have used three papers for the card from "Crafty individuals" background papers book 1 and background papers book4 (trees),  beautiful papers in these books. the stamp is from Sugar Nellie and coloured with promarkers and the ribbons where also coloured using promarkers. I have used the sketch to enter this into the Carismacardz challenge , the ribbons and buttons for the "crafting when you can" and  promarkers for the "I love promarkers" challenge. Sorry the pic is a little dull as the papers look quite dark in this.
 I hope you like it

carismacardz - sketck 
crafting when we can 
i love promarkers challenge blog

best of british

Hi all and welcome, today is sunday so time for another challenge here at CD Sunday and i hope lots of you join in again this week. Beautiful cards for last weeks challenge so thank for taking part. This week the theme is best of British and as you will see the DT have once again turned out beautiful creations, hopefully they will inspire you to have a go too and i look forward to seeing what you can come up with.
My card for this challenge was made using " The next big thing Cd" , I love the old cars on this cd, but i thought this suited the challenge best.
I hope you like it.

I will be entering into the following challenges
raise the bar    red , white and blue

Friday, 6 July 2012

Recycling oxo box

i have recycled a small oxo  box today as it's raining yet again and i can't  get into the garden. My poor garden is starting to look like a jungle but it gives me more time to craft so that must be the sunny side. These little box's would look lovely in the right paper for hanging on the Christmas tree .

 So open up your box and glue on the paper of choice and allow to dry.
 Then cut around the excess paper, the glued on box is your template.
 now all you need to do is stick the sides together, you can glue and peg or in this case i have used the red backed tape so it will not come apart.
 I had some small images left over from a card i made so i have used them on all four sides and two smaller ones on the top and base and tied a ribbon around. You may not get a lot inside but most diamonds will fit, lol.
This is small box of 12 oxo and you get 24 and 36, so you could a little set.
I hope you like it

Monday, 2 July 2012


As it's such a miserable day i thought I'd do a card to cheer myself up. So i have stamped the image and coloured in promarkers, used a cat's eyes ink pad to edge the card, and circle and made a paper flower. i don't remember where the paper is from only that it from one of my card cd's.

i would like to enter this into the following

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Seaside treasures

Hello, it's sunday so that means time for a CD Sunday challenge and this week i bring you my card as a DT member. I was so surprised to be asked and take it as an honor as i have loved taking part in the challenges and this is still a challenge for me as i have never done it before but look forward to being part of a lovely team here at cd sunday.
So the theme this week is "seaside treasures" and i hope you all join in. The card i have made is using  "Joanna Sheen -Faye Whittaker collection cd". I have used glossy accents on the buckets and spades and also on the girls shoes and boat and added a ribbon to her dress. 
I hope you like it.

Countdown to Christmas