Monday, 10 November 2014


Hi all,

Well another week closer to Christmas and time for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.

Josephine is our hostess and she has chosen the theme "A Touch of Charm"  - she would like to see a charm added to your project.

I do like a tag on a card, so here's one! ...

I used a mannequin stamp from Kaisercraft, inked with Vintage Sepia. The flower is cut from cream felt using the Tim Holtz pinecone die and the charm is from my stash, tied with some gold twine.

I'd also like to join in at Addicted to CAS, whose Code Word is TAG

and CAS on Sunday, whose theme is Use Ribbon and/or Twine

Okay that's me for today, I seem to have a busy week this week.

Thanks for popping in.

Take care
Suze xx

Monday, 27 October 2014

Cut it Out for Crafty Cardmakers

Hi all,

Gee whiz, two posts in two days, it's not like me!

Anyways, time for another new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.  Leslie is our hostess this fortnight and she has chosen the theme CUT IT OUT (you must use die cutting or punches on your project).

Here's my card ...

I used Stampin' Up DP which I cut with an SU framelit. Flowers are SU matching stamp and punch with a touch of Stickles in the centre. Sentiment is also SU, gold embossed and I also used an SU tag punch and some thin gold cord.

Our sponsors for this challenge are 


Hope you can find the time to join in our challenge.

Thanks for popping in.
Ta ra,

Suze xx

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Stitched Card

Hi all,

Well the clocks went back last night so our days are now very short, tonight it was dark at 5 pm! It's very tempting to just laze in front of the TV on the dark winter nights so I'll need to try and motivate myself to put my specs and the bright light on and do some sofa crafting as I've still some bits and pieces to do for the upcoming Christmas fairs.

The card I have for you today is inspired by the very talented Josie from SewforSoul who makes free machine stitching look super easy.  Well, I'm telling you it's not as easy as it looks. Please do not zoom in on the photo as the sewing is all over the place. (Maybe I could get away with saying it adds to the rustic charm of the card, Lol!)

I used a digital image I won a while back from Handmade Harbour .....

I traced all the elements of the bird onto iron on adhesive (Bond-a-web/Steam-a-Seam etc), then cut them out and ironed them onto scraps of batik.  All the pieces were then ironed onto a plain background which I then free machined (kinda like drawing with your sewing machine). I then placed my sewn pic behind a dotty frame made with Stampin Up DP.

I'd like to link to Handmade Monday which I haven't joined in with for a few weeks

Lets Craft and Create - Challenge #98 - Animal Antics

Okay doke that's me, I'll be back tomorrow for a new Crafty Cardmakers challenge.

Thanks for popping in.
Take care.

Suze xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Focus on the Sentiment

Hi all,

I'm dropping in with a quick card for the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.  Our hostess is Lin and the theme is IT'S ONLY WORDS. (The sentiment should be the main focus of your creation).

I used a lovely sentiment from Hero Arts, which I gold embossed.  The two little birdies are a Memory Box die, cut from gold miri and the papers are from my stash.

I'm still beavering away on the sewing machine making stock for my upcoming Christmas fairs, I really must get some of it posted to show you what I've been up to.

Anyways, must go and unpack the supermarket shopping. Honestly, the daily domestic chores don't half get in the way of crafting!

Thanks for popping in.

Take care
Suze xx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Blue Bunting Birthday Card

Hi all,

Gee whiz,  it's been ages since I've posted. I am a very bad blogger! I haven't been totally idle though, I've started thinking about making stock for my Christmas Fairs.  All my Christmassy stash has been taken out of the cupboard and some of the non Christmassy stuff has been stuffed back in it's place! I daren't open those cupboard doors now for fear of an avalanche!

Anyway, I'm here with a card for the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.  One of our new DT members, Pamellia, has chosen the theme THE TRIPLE B CHALLENGE.  She would like you to include 3 of the following on your creation:

I've chosen Blue, Birthday and Banners as it just so happened I was sewing some blue bunting last weekend, so I used some of the left over scraps on my card ...

I used: Blue fabric scraps, a Stampin Up sentiment, blue card stock, oval dies and an SU framelit.

When stitching onto card use an old needle and a longer stitch length, so that you don't get too many holes in your card and go slowly!

And here is the said bunting, though it's not finished because I didn't buy enough bias binding and when I went back to get more, they didn't have any more! So I had to go to another shop this morning where luckily they did have the colour I was after and also some Christmas fabric just happened to jump into my basket, so expect some Christmas bunting and stockings to follow! 

Also linking to Handmade Monday

Have a lovely week.

Take care

Suze xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

MWAH for Mrs P

Hi all,

A quickie post today to send get well wishes to a lovely (did I really use that adjective to describe her!) fellow blogger, Marie (Mrs P) who is having a tough time, not only with a gammy leg, but lots more besides!

The lovely Kylie over at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge has added the option of making a get well card, to the current challenge, to try and cheer the old bag up!

Well, I couldn't not join in, or I would never hear the end of it (would I Mrs P!)

The lips stamp is from Stampin Up, using real red ink and clear embossed.  Sentiment is PC generated.

Get well soon Mrs P!


Suze xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Kaffe Fassett Workshop

Hi all,

Well, last Sunday I was at my Kaffe Fassett workshop and what a great day it was.  Not just because Kaffe (and Brandon Mably were there) but just because I spent a whole day doing something I enjoyed with like minded people.

We were designing a "snowball" quilt, which is basically just squares with small contrasting corner squares, which gives the illusion of a round shape, hence "snowball".

These are the fabrics I had purchased beforehand and I cut them all into 6" squares, to save time at the workshop

Well of course, they weren't all suitable so I had to purchase more fabrics when I was there! Honestly, I have enough left over squares to make about 10 cushions (which I think is what I will probably do, rather than make another quilt).

Here is my quilt before the "corner stone" squares were added 

and this is it with the corners added.  The photo doesn't give a true colour, the small squares are quite a vivid red batik

At the end of the day, the man himself critiqued everyone's quilt.  He was very complimentary of everyone's work.  He loved the rich blues and purples of mine, and the red added a dramatic touch ... like "Cruella de Ville's nails" Lol!!

Needless to say, I haven't even started sewing it together!

Linking to Handmade Monday

Have a great week everyone.

Take care

Suze xx