Friday, 27 January 2012

By The River

I have finally found the time to make a Thank You card for my Uncle. Better late than never as they say. This really was a quick make but I'm quite pleased with how it came out.

The gorgeous image is 'By The River' from Lili of the Valley. I've used my favourite DCWV paper from 'Latte' Stack. I love it because it's so retro and great for masculine cards too. Sentiment is from Pink Petticoat. Leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Twine is from stash. The lovely Green Sparklets are from My Crafty Heart and I Love them so much!!!

Colouring isn't brilliant but I was in a rush. And as always for me - I have used a complete mishmash (I know you love that word Chrissy!! LOL) of pens. So there's Copics, Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Spectrums altogether!!! I've added a little bit of Kars 'Rainbow White' glitter to the water hoping it looks like sun sparkling on it !!

I am spending So much time trying to get decent photos of my cards at the moment. It is driving me crazy. Today I got my camera out early afternoon and the sky went green/black - it was hail, thunder and lightning!! The Gods were displeased today!! I gave up and took photo above this evening with a lamp so hope it's ok!!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

The Crafty Pad - Challenge 154 - 'Something for The Boys' ends 28th January 2012
Lillies Little Fairies - Challenge 4 - 'Oh Boy' ends 1st February 2012
Digi Doodle - Challenge 92 - 'Anything Goes' ends 1st February 2012
Challenge up your life - Challenge 61 - 'Thanks' ends 3rd February 2012

I would like to say a big Thank You for all your lovely comments about my last card! and a warm welcome to my New Followers! :-))

Hope you all have a good Weekend!
Love n Hugs!
Sue xxx

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Moving Along With The Times (DT Card) - 'Blooming Marvellous' Challenge

Hi all, I can't believe it's Thursday again already and so time for another Challenge over at

This week the lovely Lisa is our hostess and she has chosen the fab theme of ....

'Blooming Marvellous'

So we want to see anything with flowers! it doesn't have to be a card, it could be a gift box, bookmark, tag or altered item etc, as long as you follow the 'flowers' theme. Lots of scope for this challenge with Valentines, Mother's Day and Easter all coming up!! I am really looking forward to seeing all your creations - all those flowers are gonna look fab!!

For my card I have chosen another Mo Manning image called Baby Fairy Yuriko. Isn't she gorgeous!! The paper is 'Vintage Rose' and Sentiment is from 'Tiny Sweetheart' Set, both from Pink Petticoat. I thought I'd make this a Valentines Card for my Daughter!

The Ribbon is from Stash and buckle was made with Memory Box Die - 'Simple Buckles' and I've coloured the Buckle with Metallic Silver Pen. The gorgeous Roses and Rosebuds are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The delish Lily-type flowers are from Bunny Zoe's

I have Stickled Yuriko's wings and all the flowers with Star Dust.  The little purple 'Hero Arts' gems are from MCH and are perfect size for putting in the corner of images. Really easy to apply also as they come in a strip!

Colouring is with Copics and Flexmarkers.

We are very pleased this week to be sponsored by the fabulous

                                       Bunny Zoe Crafts

who are very kindly offering the winner a £10 Voucher to spend in store.

Bunny Zoe's has some fab new products in Store. I have just had a peek and there are some gorgeous new papers, Stamps, Spectrum Noirs and much more. The new Tickled Pink, Whimsy and Bildmalarna Stamps look So fab! So why not hop on over and take a look..... Bunny Zoe's New Arrivals.

Hope you like my card! and don't forget to pop over to MAWTT for more details of the Challenge and to check out the rest of the Team's creations - and Wow they are all 'Blooming Gorgeous' this week!!

I'm scheduling this Wednesday night and I can hear the rain outside yet again!!! At least it is the perfect excuse to stay inside warm and cosy! and craft!!

I've suddenly noticed that I'm going through a very 'purple' phase and I keep using it over and over!! I will have to try and use some different colour combos LOL - don't want you to get bored with my cards! although I do love Purple!! :-))  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
Cupcake Craft - Challenge 176 - 'All You Need is Love' ends 29th January 2012
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 147 - 'Anything Goes' ends 31st January 2012 
Simon Says  - 'Anything Goes' ends 31st January 2012
Craft Us Crazy - 'Valentine/Love' optional 'Animals' ends 1st February 2012
Paper Crafting Journey - Challenge 1 - 'Floral' ends 1st February 2012
Hotshot Craft Challenge - Challenge 3 - 'Flowers' 

Not long until the weekend!
Take Care!
Big Hugs!
Sue xx

Monday, 23 January 2012

Fairy Sue

Hi all, she is .... is my very own Fairy Sue!! drawn by the mega talented Teresa. And you can buy her from My Crafty Heart!! Ooh I am so honoured to have a fairy named after me (blush) and it is so thoughtful of Teresa to have created fairies for all the My Crafty Heart Design Team. Thank you heaps hun!!!

The gorgeous paper is Alla Prima. The flower is Prima Teal Rose Trim. The little purple crystals are Hero Arts small mixed Gemstones. Stickles used are Star Dust (on wings and grass) and Tiara Glitz on the buckle. All available from My Crafty Heart.

I've used a 'Fleur de Lis' Rectangle Nestie that I got for Christmas. I've wanted these nesties for so long! I also got some Memory Box - 'Simple Buckles' and I love them! you can do so many things with them. Here I have added 'Tiara' Glitz Stickles which are extra sparkly!! 

Papermania Ribbon is from stash - I have had it for ages and forgotten about it but it just happened to fit the buckle and be the right colour. Sentiment is from Pink Petticoat. 

And that's it really. I've not added too many embellishments on this one as I really don't think it needs it. 

I love that this card is So pretty and yet it will still fit into an envelope!!! So great for posting!! :-))

I have coloured Fairy Sue with Copics and Flexmarkers. It doesn't show up in the photo below but the fairy wings and grass are dusted with Star Dust Stickles.

and in Teresa's own words.....

Fairy Sue is a kind and thoughtful fairy who likes to enjoy the sunshine and flowers...

Blogger was misbehaving yesterday. I had to completely re-do a Post because one paragraph of text kept going into a HUGE ugly font!!!! also the blooming light is awful for taking photographs. The only decent photo I could get of this card was this one taken at  an angle with lamp!! Oh roll on Spring and Summer and lighter days and evenings .... Sue really does like the sunshine and flowers!!! :-)

I would also like to say a big Thank You to Robin!!! (Teresa's son) who made this beautiful Blog Button with Fairy Sue on ... isn't it gorgeous!!!

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

Flutterby Wednesday - Challenge 186 - 'Open' Butterfly, Angel or Fairy ends 24th January 2012
Truly Scrumptious - Challenge 72 - 'Something Forgotten' ends 31st January 2012
Sentimental Sunday - Challenge 86 - 'Die Cuts' ends 28th January 2012
ABC Challenge  - 'H is for Happy Birthday' ends 31st January 2012
Creative Belli Blog  - Challenge 136 - 'Frames' ends 31st January 2012

Hope everyone has had a good start to the week! and if not, then I hope it gets better soon! We have got snowdrops out in our front garden - can't wait for the Crocus and Daffodils...and Easter!!
Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments!
Love n Hugs!
Sue xx

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Moving Along With The Times (DT Card) - 'Things With Wings' Challenge

Hi all, It's Thursday and so time for another Challenge over at

This week the lovely Pami is our hostess and she has chosen the fab theme of ....

'Things With Wings'

I think you are all going to love this challenge! So many things with wings!! could be a bird, could be a plane, (maybe not Superman!), but a fairy or an insect.... so hope you will all join in the fun! 

I have chosen a gorgeous image by Mo Manning called Fairy Tabia. I adore her!! I also decided on an Art Deco theme. I saw a similar design with the design paper arranged in a fan in this month's Simply Cards and Papercraft. I made my own template and used some 'Lilac Mist' paper by Wild Rose Studio.

The gorgeous Carnations and lilac rosebuds are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sparkly pink flowers are from Dies to Die For. The heart ribbon is from Handy Hippo. The Sentiment was made on computer using an Art Deco Font.

I've coloured her using Copics for Skin and Hair. Flexmarkers for the dress and wings. The Flexmarker are finally growing on me !!! Now I have the darker colours I can blend them with the pale. The little brown stars on her dress are Tan Promarker and I have added some 'Platinum' Glitz Stickles from My Crafty Heart Store. I love the Glitz Stickles - they are SO sparkly! I have gone over the veins of her wings with Sakura Glitter Pen 'Clear Star' and I was aiming for a Stained Glass effect.

I loved doing the Art Deco theme and will definitely be doing more!!

Our fab sponsor this week is Crafty Emma's Store who are very generously offering the winner a £10 Voucher to spend in their store!

Do pop on over to MAWTT for more details of the Challenge and also to take a look at the gorgeous cards my Teamies have made this week - they are all SO beautiful this week!!!

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

Wild Orchid Crafts - Challenge 40 - 'Anything Goes' ends 22nd January 2012
Dream Valley  - Challenge 23 - 'Anything Goes' ends 21st January 2012
Flutterby Wednesday - Challenge 186 - 'Open' Butterfly, Angel or Fairy ends 24th January 2012

Hope everybody is well
Not long until the weekend! ;-)
Big Hugs!
Sue xx

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Fairy Vixx

Here is another beautiful Fairy by Teresa called Fairy Vixx after our lovely Teamie Vicky! Available at Teresa's brand new store My Crafty Heart.

I've used some 'Alla Prima' paper. The crochet green flower is from 'Love Note Collection - Botanical' by Prima. The other gorgeous flower is from a 'Prima Rose Trim - Teal'. The Charm is from Woodland Charm Collection. All available from My Crafty Heart.

The Sentiment is from Pink Petticoat. Ribbon, bow and gem flower are from my stash.

I've coloured her with Copics, Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Spectrum Noirs!!!!

I am really peed off with Hotmail !!! Apparently some emails have gone missing and I haven't received them!! So if anyone has sent me an email and not had a reply then that is why!!!

It was a lovely surprise today to see that I'd won Simons Says Challenge and $50 to spend in Store! Woo Hoo!

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

Charisma Cardz Challenge 1 - 'Happy Birthday!!!' ends 18th January 2012
One Stop - Challenge 165 - 'On the Spot and Ribbon' ends 20th January 2012 
Dream Valley - Challenge 23 - 'Anything Goes' ends 21st January 2012
Pollycraft Challenge 123 - 'Bingo' 22nd January 2012
(Ribbon, Sparkle, Flowers)

Hope you are all well and having a good week!
If you are not well - there are some nasty bug(ger)s going around!!! then I hope you feel better real soon!!
Love Sue xxx

Monday, 16 January 2012

Spring Fling Candy Winner!!!

Sorry for delay in posting the winner! I meant to schedule this post and forgot!! Didn't the 15th January come around quickly!! 

I paid a visit to my psychic random org thingy in the wee small hours and it picked a 


Random numbers generated Jan 16 2012 at 2:54:57 by  
Free educational resources for parapsychology, psychical research & mind magic.

Big Congratulations Claire!!!! 

If you email me your address hun, I will get your Candy in the Post as soon as possible. My email address is on my Profile Page. 

Thank you to everyone who entered! and I hope to do some more little giveaways very soon. I prefer to do small and frequent and give more people a chance!!! Also I can vary the prizes. 

A big Welcome to all my New Followers - I really hope you will stick with me and I hope to catch up with you all very soon!!

Big Hugs!
Love Sue xxx

Feathered Friends

Here's a card that I haven't posted before and would like to enter into the new Lili Of The Valley Challenge - Lili's Little Fairies. This week they want to see your Favourite LOTV Stamp!!! This card was a last minute Christmas Card for my dad as I really wanted to use the image - isn't it gorgeous!! We love feeding the birds in our garden and so this was a big hit with all the family!!

The gorgeous paper is from Basic Grey - 'Jovial' Pad. Ribbon, Wreath Charm and Gem are from stash. The sentiment was made on computer.

I really enjoyed colouring this image. I did it just for fun and used a mixture of Copics and Spectrum Noirs. I dusted the background with ink but I can't remember what colour? Sorry! The falling snow is Liquid Pearl - Silver. The snow on ground is Kars Glitter mixed with 'Wow' White Flock. 

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge 80 - 'Baby It's Cold Outside' ends 16th January 2012 
Lillies Little Fairies - Challenge 2 - 'Favourite LOTV Stamp' ends 18th January 2012
Dream Valley - Challenge 23 - 'Anything Goes' ends 21st January 2012
Lexi's Creations -  Challenge 56 - 'Anything Goes' ends 21st January 2012 
ABC Christmas Challenge - A is for 'Anything Christmas Goes' ends 24th January 2012

Sorry if I didn't get around to visit everyones blogs this weekend. I have been feeling a bit off and so trying to chill out. I don't think I'm very good at relaxing though !!! I need more practice ;-)

Will be back soon with a winner for my Candy!
Take Care!
Love Sue xxx

Saturday, 14 January 2012

My Crafty Heart

It's Saturday 14th January!! Today the My Crafty Heart store opens!!!! Woo Hoo!!! 

It's Teresa's new online shop and just take a look at what is available to buy !!! 

  • Digital images created by Teresa herself and exclusive to her store.
  • Papers by Authentique, Basic Grey, Kaisercraft, My Mind's Eye, Prima, Melissa Frances
  • Rubber and Clear Stamps by Gorjuss and Hero Arts
  • Dies by Memory Box
  • Gems and Sparklets by Jenni Bowlin, Kaisercraft, Hero Arts, 
  • Punches by Martha Stewart
  • Flowers by Prima and My Crafty Heart
  • Stickles, Glossy Accents, Zig Glue Pen
  • Inks by Ranger -Tim Holtz and Memento
  • Gorgeous selection of unique charms!!
  • Pretty Pins by Jenni Bowlin
  • and a beautiful selection of ribbons, lace and trims....

All the items have been chosen personally by Teresa to be sure of the very best quality.

I really hope you will pop on over to 

and take a look.....

Also do pop on over to Teresa's blog as she has a wonderful digi image freebie for you all to Celebrate ;-) !!!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Love n Hugs!
Sue xxx

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Moving Along With The Times (DT Card) - 'Spots and/or Stripes' Challenge

Hi all, Hope you are all well and settling back into a normal routine after the festive break. It's the beginning of a new year and we have lots to look forward to here at

Moving Along With The Times

Some brand new sponsors, fab prizes, wonderful themes and a big Birthday celebration planned in Midsummer!!! So hope you will join us in what promises to be a wonderful 2012 !!

So onto this week's Challenge and the lovely Laurie is our hostess and has chosen the fab theme of ..

'Spots and/or Stripes'

So, we want to see anything with Spots or Stripes, or both!! There are lots of lovely papers around that will fit this theme and remember it doesn't have to be a card - you can make any project as long as it has spots and/or stripes!

Our fab sponsor this week is:-

Sir Stampalot!!

who are very kindly offering the following prize for our lucky winner! 

Ooh, I wish I could enter - what a lovely prize! :-) 

and that's not all....

We have an additional prize up for grabs on this challenge.
A GDT spot to join us at MAWTT for a whole month!
If you want to be in with a chance of this fabulous opportunity please add GDT after your name when you enter the challenge!

I bought some gorgeous Zebra Stripe pattern paper by Anna Griffin just before Christmas and so thought it was perfect for this challenge!!! It's flocked and gorgeous and you just want to stroke it all the time LOL.

The gorgeous rolled rose die was a pressie from my good friend and teamie Laurie and is Marianne Creatables 'English Rose'. Thank you hun!!!  I glittered the edges of the rose with Sakura Glitter Pen. 

The fab image and sentiment is from Pink Petticoat. I had seen these lovely Diva Doodles before when shopping and had managed to resist!! but I wanted an image that was quick to colour and I realised that the images would go with the paper !!!! So perfect excuse for another shopping spree!! LOL

Colouring is with Flexmarkers and Promarkers. The spotty ribbon and pearls are from my stash. I was stressed when I made this and looking at it now, I wish that I'd done a fancy edging on the card strip where ribbon is!! I really hate it as it is !!! Might try this card again and try and do a better version!!!

I really hope you can join us in this week's challenge and do pop over to MAWTT  for more details
and to check out the rest of the teams gorgeous creations!!!

I think that's everything. Although, I nearly forgot to schedule this post!!

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

CES - Challenge 67 - 'Anything Goes' ends 13th January 2012 

Cupcake Craft - Challenge 174 - 'Something New' ends 15th January 2012 
(My Something new is the Rolled Rose Die that I 'got for Christmas')
Stamps R Us - 'What Did You Get for Christmas' ends 15th January 2012  
Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge 67  - 'Anything Goes' ends 16th January 2012 
Crafty Creations - Challenge 152 - 'Something New' ends 17th January 2012
(rolled rose die)
Simon Says  - 'Spots and/or Stripes' ends 17th January 2012  

Thank you for all your lovely comments and a warm welcome to all my new Followers!! I'm sorry if I haven't caught up with all of you yet. And if you haven't already entered my Candy and would like to do so, then please click HERE.

Not long until the weekend! Hope there is something nice on TV to watch! Did you see Edwin Drood! I thought it was very atmospheric and really enjoyed it.
Take Care!
Love Sue xxx

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

My Crafty Heart

Here's another Sneak Peak for My Crafty Heart - a brand new Crafting Store which opens on Saturday 14th January.

Now I have to apologise for the photos as we've had perpetual rain and very poor light here for days and I have taken So many photos!!! and these are the best :-(  

This gorgeous 'My Crafty Heart' Fairy drawn by Teresa is the logo for the store and website. Isn't she gorgeous!!

Her skin and hair are coloured with Copics and the rest with Flexmarkers. Lots of 'Star Dust' Stickles have been added to the heart, wings and cloud. Also to the little hearts although it doesn't show at all in the photos.

The 'Star Dust' Stickles, gorgeous flowers and charm will all be available from MCH Store.

The paper is 'Lilac Mist' by Wild Rose Studio and you can win it in my Candy Draw!!! There are still a few days left to enter!! Just click on the photo in upper right of my sidebar!

The larger purple flower has been sprayed with Lavender Mist which I have had for about 9 months and never used! But it was just the right shade to add some sparkle to this flower.

The lace was a freebie with a magazine. The Sentiment is from Pink Petticoat. I daren't go on there again as they have a Sale on until Sunday! I have already had one spending spree! I got more Sentiments as they are so quick to print out. Also some cute Xmas images on offer!

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-
Fairy Fun Friday - Challenge 69 - 'Things with Sparkly Wings' ends 12th January 2012
Craft your Passion - Challenge 92 - 'Mythical Creatures' ends 15th January 2012
Scrap Creations  - 'Glitter' ends 16th January 2012 

Hope everyone is keeping well and staying warm!
It won't be long until Valentines Day and then Spring.... lighter nights and a wee bit of sunshine!!
Love n Hugs!
Sue xx

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sweet Hearts!

As I haven't posted much lately I thought I would share this card that I made for my friend and teamie Lisa who has just announced her engagement! Isn't it nice to hear some good news for the New Year!

The digital image is from Ladybug Crafts Ink and is quite appropriately called 'The Proposal' and is from a fab set of images. They also have a sale on this month with cling stamps 1/2 price! The paper and heart are from Stitchy Bear Stamps and were part of a Valentine Set that I won last year. I have added the wording inside the heart. The heart ribbon is new in my stash from Handy Hippo. Pearls and gems are from stash.

I have to say the stone on the ring looks enormous in this photo !!! hee hee - he must be loaded!! it was the smallest gem that I had and is Hero Arts 2mm crystals which will be available from My Crafty Heart Store which opens on 14th January! 

Colouring is a mish mash of Copics, Flexmarkers and Promarkers! and sorry I forgot to note down the colours!! 

I would like to enter this into the Challenges:-

Delightful Challenges - 'Have a Heart' ends 11th January 2012 
Digi Doodle -  Challenge 89 - 'New Beginnings' ends 11th January 2012
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge 67  - 'Anything Goes' ends 16th January 2012
By the Cute & Girly 'New Beginnings' ends 30th January 2012

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Will catch up with you soon!
Love Sue xxx

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Sneak Peak - MY CRAFTY HEART - Fairy Ira

 Here's an exciting Sneak Peak for you of .....

The store will be opening on Saturday 14th January 2012

The products used on this card are just a taste of what will be on offer in Teresa's Fab new Online Shop... I have added Turquoise card from my stash and made sentiment on computer. Other than that, everything is from the My Crafty Heart Store. 

The paper is Alla - Prima 6 x 6 Pad and is a selection of lemons, turquoise and greens. Perfect for Spring and also for fairy images!!

I have used some 'Waterfall' Stickles for the first time and I  love them !! It's a bit like Star Dust only it has a slight blue tinge. I have distressed the paper edges and stickled them.

The gorgeous Teal Rose Trim is by Prima and matches perfectly with the turquoise in the pad.

The lovely little Yellow Resin Flower, Gingham Ribbon, and Butterfly Charm are all from MCH.

I have used one of Teresa's own digis named Fairy Ira after the lovely Ira herself who is a member of our Design Team. I dusted the background with 'Bundled Sage' distress ink which shows up better in the above photos! and I have also added 'Waterfall' stickles to her wings.

'Ira is a very serene, calm fairy, she likes nothing more than to dance amongst the flowers in her bare feet!!'

I really enjoyed colouring her. She is a dream to colour and you can get some lovely depth of shading with the waves in her hair. 

Well I hope you enjoyed my 'Sneak Peak' Card as much as I enjoyed making it !!! I am going to have to do another Sneak Peak now...... LOL

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:-

Craft your Passion  - Challenge 91 - 'Anything Goes  + Distressing' ends 8th January 2012
Incy Wincy Designs - Challenge 127 - 'Anything Goes' ends 8th January 2012 
Papertake Weekly - 'Anything Goes' (using my new stash) ends 9th January 2012  
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 198 - 'What's New' - almost everything! :-) ends 11th January 2012 
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Challenge 51 - 'Use Your New Stash' ends 15th January 2012 
Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge 67  - 'Anything Goes' ends 16th January 2012 

Hope everyone is keeping well and safe. The wind last night was dreadful !! SO noisy - we didn't get much sleep at all. 
Don't forget to enter my candy (Top Right) if you wish!
Love n Hugs!
Sue xx

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Sue's Spring Fling

Wow! I can't believe that I've reached 115 Followers!! To celebrate I have a little giveaway with a 'Spring Theme' that I have been meaning to do ever since I reached 100 Followers. A big Thank You for all your support and lovely comments!! You all rock!! and I have made so many wonderful friends this last year since I began blogging. A big welcome to all my New Followers too, it is great to have you on board.

So here's what you can win .......

Marianne Creatables Flower Fantasy Die
Lilac Mist 6 x 6 Paper Pad
3 Butterfly Bellies
Wooden Heart Buttons with Kitty and Flowers on

If you would like to win......

1. Become a Follower if you are not already, (but only if you like my work)
2. Put the above picture in your sidebar linking back to my Blog
3. Add your name in the linky below

Closing date will be 15th January 2012 at 11pm GMT and I will pick a Winner by Random Org and announce shortly after.

The draw is open to all ..... So please do join in the fun.

I'm sorry that I have not got around to see a lot of you in past week or so. Things have been a bit tough at home. I hope to post a card really soon and hopefully catch up on some commenting also.

I hope you are all managing to get back into the routine after the holidays! Ooh I don't envy those of you who have to go back to work - must be like going back to school after the Summer Holidays!!!
Hope you are all well
Love Sue xxx