Friday, 30 January 2009

Ive been tagged

I have been tagged by Lorraine. The rules are that you must first link to the person who tagged you, then go to where you keep your pics on your pc, go to the sixth folder and then the sixth picture and show it and tell the story behind it.

I don't think Kim is going to be too happy with me but, never mind, lol!

This is when Kim was in Primary 6 (about 9/10 years) and her school put on a performance at the local high school. She was so happy to get her photo taken, lol!

Anyway, I am supposed to pass this onto six people now but, I am not feeling too great and I think everyone I would pass this too have already been tagged. So, if you are reading this and have not been tagged then please pick it up ands pass it on. Thank you.

Thanks again Lorraine, sorry I didn't pass it personally.

Suzanne x

Last minute Challenge Combo

This card is for Challenge #35 over at Sketch Saturday. This is a brilliant sketch by Jo and the prize is fabulous also...Emma Lockley is giving away a bunch of products and also offering a discount on the products. Pop over and check out her blog.

I am also going to enter this one in the Secret Crafter Sater Challenge #16. This is the first time I've entered this one. I used the sketch above and chose 1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellishments and then put it all together.

I know I am quite late in the week with this but, I really enjoyed working with the recipe and the sketch and thought I would enter them.

Suzanne x

Card Recipe

Image: Forever Friends;
Medium: Watercolour Pencils & Twinkling H20's;
Design Papers: HOTP Cardmakers Creative Pack - Icy Rainbow;
Embellishments: Glittered Brads from Artoz, Adhesive Pearls from Kanban Crafts & Cuttlebug Corner.

Mojo Monday - WK 71. Tiny Baby!

This card was made using the sketch by Julee on the Mojo Monday challenge blog. This is the first time I have been on the blog and let me tell you, I am glad I found it. I have bought some new papers, ribbon, even a couple of stamps and still... nothing! Untill, I saw this sketch! I dug around in my stash and found these baby papers and came up with this. Hope you like it.

Suzanne x

Card Recipe:
Image: Forever Friends;
Medium: Watercolour pencils;
Design Papers: HOTP Paper Pizazz 8x8 paper pack - Baby;
Embellishments: White ribbon from stash;
paper square from dp pack

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Absolutely Fabulous!

I want to say thank you very, very much to Zoe for this wonderful award. I am the proudest person ever. It is a joy to display this on my blog. Now, since I can't pass it back to you then I need to pass it somewhere else to keep it moving. I am going to pass it to 5 of the people whose blogs I love to look at and I apologise if you ave already received it.

Okay, here goes:


Thank you once more, Zoe.

Suzanne x

Another award!

Oh my goodness! I have received another award. Again, this is an honour. It is good to know that somebody enjoys my work. So, thank you again, Lorraine!

However, I have been informed by my wonderful daughter that she gave me an award ages ago. So, I also want to say thank you to my daughter and I am sorry that I didn't come and pick it up.

Now, this award states that:

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut,even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who may then pass it on.

I would like to pass this to

5.)Suzanne (not me, lol)

Sorry if you already have this. I think its the thought that counts!

Thank you again to Lorraine and Kim and anyone who takes the time to stop by

Suzanne x

Monday, 26 January 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches Design Team Call

I have just found a new challenge blog and they are looking for Design Team Members. Unfortunately, I have to tell all you talented cardmakers about it so, I now don't stand a chance, lol!

Dawn says:

"I'm starting up Inspirational Card Sketches in order to share my inspiration with you.

First and farmost there will be no compensation at this time.
I'm looking for 6 designers who love creating cards.
Your term will be 4 months. Term is from Feb-May 2009

If you would love or like to be on a Card Sketch Design Team this call is for you.
Every Tuesday I will send you a card sketch one week in advance for you to work on. You however as a DT member will have to get your creations to me no later then Monday at 12:00pm (noon) Central Standard Time.

You will also get to embellish your cards however you want. My sketches are for your inspiration only. And to help others get ideas on how to use these sketches."

So, I thought that I would give it a try. I must be feeling good after receiving that lovely award, lol!

And the inside:

Hope you like my card as much as I do.

Any nice comments are appreciated.


Suzanne x

Card Recipe:.

Image: Hamish from Sugar Nellie;
Medium: Distress Inks;
Design Papers: K&Co - Blue Awning Blue Damask and Dovecraft - masculine (I think);
Embellishments: Design Paper Stars & Corner, Stickles, Ribbon from Stash;
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic and Scalloped Circles; Fiskars Punch - Threading Water.

My First Award

I have just received this award from Lorraine. Thank you very much, Lorraine. This is the first award I have been given and it is an honour to receive it. It is nice to know that someone enjoys looking at your work and takes the time to tell you. It makes it all worthwhile. Now, I have to tell 7 of my favourite things and pass this onto 7 people. This is the difficult bit:

1.) My Family
2.)My Friends
4.)Shopping for Craft Supplies
7.)Cross Stitch

And now onto 7 people to pass this onto. I am sorry if you already have this award but I would like to pass it onto my 7 favourite blogs:


I have passed this onto thwe people who give me all my inspiration. I think they do fab work and I love looking at their creations.

Thanks again

Suzanne x

Elisabeth Bell/Sugar Nellie - Picking Apples

I am sorry that I have not posted anything for a long time. We are going to be moving house soon. Not sure exactly when, but soon. We are waiting for some repair work to be done first. So, I decided to be super organised and pack everything that we don't use very often into boxes. Then, I had all these big boxes lying around so, I thought to myself 'Surely, it won't take long for the repairs to be done. If I pack up all the craft stuff in the dining room then I can store all the boxes in there for a week or two.' And, that's what I did! And now, we are onto week 3 of waiting and I was going to go even more crazy than I normally am so... I opened all the boxes and started rummaging,lol!

Anyway, onto my card. Got this paper on Saturday when I was out shopping and I have been dying to use it. It's all glittery and foiled. Hope the recipient likes the card as much as I do cos I'm quite pleased with this one.

Thanks for stopping by

Suzanne x

Card Recipe:

Image: Elisabeth Bell/Sugar Nellie Picking Apples;
Medium:Watercolour pencils and Twinkling H2Os;
Design Papers: Paper Adventures, Fanciful Green Filigre;
Petite Pearl from Bazzil Collection by Imaginisce;
Ribbon from Hobby Craft;
Flower from my stash.

And the winner is...

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who helped spread the word about my blog candy. I have visited everybodys blogs and also all the ones that gave you inspiration and, I will also use these for inspiration. It was great fun to visit them all. Gorgeous cards. I have also made a few new friends through this candy so thats another bonus. I have had a lot of fun with it and I hope to do another quite soon.

Secondly I never realised how long it would take me to do this post! So, I apologise for the delay in announcing the winners.

Now, for the fun:

My son has written down everyone's names on a bit paper, cut it up and stuck everyone into the hat ( well, the ice cream tub, LOL):

Now my daughter is giving it a good shake and...

she chooses the first winner...


And now, another shake...and my son chooses winner number two...


And, the wee one wants a turn too, lol.

Congratulations to you both. If you would like to email me with your postal address then I will get both parcels into the snail mail system, lol!

Thanks once again to everyone who takes the time to visit my blog and leave me lovely, encouraging comments.

Suzanne x


This giveaway is now closed.
Please see newer posts for winners.

About time too! I have had a look in my stash and I have come up with a few bits and pieces to say thank you for stopping by and looking at my work. So, I have put together two small parcels.

The first contains:

a selection of 6x6 papers (- lilac/turquoise, dark browns and orangeish, bright florals;
1x pack of pattern stickers - which can be embroidered or beaded - by Fancy Work;
1x pack of metal index tabs (family & friends) by Making Memories.
1x box of Berol black & white oil pastels;
1x box of Berol metallic oil pastels;
1x box of Berol flesh tones oil pastels:
10x stamped images (same as 2nd lot, lol)!

The second contains:
2x 6x6 paper packs from Papercraft for you in pink and blue;
Selection of stamped images - 2x Sarah Kay 'First Kiss', 2x Sugar Nellie/Elisabeth Bell 'Picking Apples', 2x WOJ 'Oakley on Scooter', 2x WOJ 'Willow with Umberella', 2x Forever Friends bear with Cake, 2x Forever Friends Bear with Present

NOW, what do you have to do to enter? I love to take a look at everyone else's work! It is very inspiring but also, sometimes, I see a beautiful card that someone has created and it cheers me up. It is really nice to read all the encouraging comments that are left on all the blogs too.
Anyway, to be in with the chance of winning you must:

1.) Post a link on your blog to tell about my candy;
2.) Leave a coment under this post with a link to your blog (so I can check that you are sharing the candy, lol!) and;
3.) Put in a link to your favourite blog (so I can stop by and see where you get your inspiration
inspiration from).

You must do all three to be entered into the draw. This will take place on Sunday 25/01/09 at 6.30pm when my children will put all the names into a hat and pick out two winners.

Still need to stamp the images,lol!

Good luck to everyone and thank you once again for looking at my work.

Suzanne x

Thanks to Gayle for telling me how to get the blooming thing to stay at top of page, lol!

Thursday, 15 January 2009


I bet that's what everyone is thinking! I said that when I reached 500 hits I'd have a small candy giveaway. That seems a tiny amoungt of hits compared to all the 1000's or even 100 000's but never mind - we all need to start somewhere. Anyway, since the counter is way past 500, I am going to have to 'think, think, think' (as Pooh Bear would say)and have a look in my stash tomorrow and see if I can come up with a selection of crafty materials to say thank you for visiting and for the lovely comments that some people leave. So, keep checking back to see how to enter.

Suzanne x

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

So Sweet - Sarah Kay

I have made a Valentines Card. This may not seem very unusual but, I have never made one before. The image is Sarah Kay - First Kiss and has been coloured with watercolour pencils and twinkling H2O's. The card is Anita's A6 and is covered with Bo Bunny Back to Backs - Beau Jardin Clover paper which was a 12x12 sheet I had to cut down. Image is mounted onto a small piece of the background paper but using the other side. This is then mounted onto green mirror card once and then, with foam pads inbetween, mounted a second time and attached to the base card. The sentiment is one which was free with some Sugar Nellie stamps at the craft fair and was cut with circle nesties. The ribbon is from my stash. I have added some adhesive gems to the dots on the sentiment and to each end of the ribbon.

This image has been coloured for about 10 days now and I have been unable to decide what to do with it. Quite like the way it turned out and will now use it for Valentine's Day

Suzanne x

Monday, 12 January 2009

Sponnful Challenge - Nikki's Sketch

This card is my entry for the challenge over at A Spoonful of Sugar, which is a sketch by Nikki. I hope I amn't too late to enter. I seen the challenge last week and I thought to myself "what a fab sketch, nice and simple". However, I didn't realise the time had passed so quickly. I coloured the image on Saturday night and then put the card together yesterday. I was just finishing it when... the kids all decided to join me round the table. Kim doesn't need much help but Jack gets a bit carried away with the craft knife and Wee Steven loves the scissors! Anyway, here is the finished card at last.

Starting with a square Anita's base card and covering with paper that Kimberley unearthed from her bedroom. The image is Sugar Nellie by Elisabeth Bell, coloured with watercolour pencils that I got for the kids in the reduced section at my local Tesco for 96p! lol! I thought I'd see what they were like. Mounted onto pale lilac card and put on base card with foam pads. The flowers and brads are from WH Smith. I added some pink stickles to the brads (sugar coated). The pale lilac ribbon across the bottom is from my stash. The sentiment is a stamp from my stash on pale lilac cs and cut with wavy scissors.

Really pleased with this one! Not usually a flowery person. Hope I'm not too late for the challenge.

Suzanne x


Katharina over at Whiff of Joy is giving away some abulous candy to celebrate the release of the new stamp kit designd by Elisabeth Bell. Make sure you stop by quick to pre order your stamp kit and, to be in with a chance of winning one also, pop over to Katharina's blog. How generous! Thanks Katharina.

Suzanne x

Saturday, 10 January 2009


Congratulations to Bev on reaching 100 000 hits on her blog. She deserves it! Stop by and take a look at her fab designs and to find out how to enter the draw for the amazing candy she is giving away to celebrate. Check out her blog here. Good luck to everyone in the draw and thanks to Bev for the chance to win.

Suzanne x

Friday, 9 January 2009

One Card - Three Challenges!

Penny Black Saturday, Cute Card Thursday and Papertake Weekly!
Hello everyone. At last, I have a card! This card was made for my neice, who is 2 today. The base card is a square Anita's one, covered with 'Provence Polka' from The Paper Company. The strip of CS down the side is from my stash and has been run through the Bug with the 'Spots & Dots' embossing folder. The image is, I think, Penny Black which I received from Josianne and is coloured with the Watercolour pencils and Twinkling H2Os I got for Christmas. It is matted onto CS from my stash and cut with my new circle nesties in the Bug. The greeting is from Craftwork Cards and the small flowers are from WH Smith with adhesive gems from Dovecraft added to the middle.

I am making this card my entry into 3 challenges as it covers them also.

The first is Penny Black Saturday Challenge, which i haven't entered before. This one was to use 'embossing' and I have done with the strip down the side of the card. I have also embossed the flowers in a way too.
The second is the Cute Card Thursday Challenge, again, one I haven't entered before. This one was to use any 'new craft goodies you received for Christmas'. I hae used my watercolour pencils, twinkling H2O's and my classic and scalloped circle nesties.
And, finally, the third is the Papertake Weekly Challenge. This week, the theme is to use 'Spots'. I have used a spotty background paper, circle nesties and spots and dots embossing folder. The adhesive gems in the middle of the flowers are also spots.

I have also used my new stamp which I got from Ebay on the back of my card. You can get the link for the stamp from Bev's blog here. Thanks very much, Bev!

Anyway, I am quite pleased with this card and now I need to go and buy a birthday present. Why do I always leave everything to the last minut lol?!

Suzanne x

Monday, 5 January 2009


Isn't he just gorgeous?! My 2 year old, Steven, loves Fireman Sam. Since there is an alarm clock at the start of the theme tune, he calls it BRING!!! This is him after he had opened all his presents on Christmas Day. My sister got him the outfit, even though she had to pay a fortune for shipping. He loves it!

Suzanne x

Sunday, 4 January 2009


Janet over at Pink Gem has some fab candy to celebrate the release of her January designs. These stamps are gorgeous and I must buy some. I found them when looking at Bev's blog as she has just been chosen as a design team member for Pink Gem. Congrats to Bev and pop over here for the chance to win some fab stamps.

Suzanne x

Some Cards

These are some of the cards we received from family. These ones are the ones that my sister made. This one for my daughter, Kimberley.

The inside:

This one for my son, Jack

And the middle:

This for my son, Steven

And, for me

These next 2 photos are the cards that my gran sent to us:

And the next ones are the last and these are the ones that my mum made to give to us.

This first one for Kimberley:

This second one for Jack:

This for Steven:

And, this one for me:

I think they are all fab and as much as I'd like to keep them all, I am running out of space! I decided to take a picture and make a post, that way, I can look at them whenever I want!

Suzanne x

Friday, 2 January 2009

Happy New Year! And my Christmas craft goodies!

Happy New Year Everyone! Sorry, I have not posted for a long time. I just haven't had a chance! Haven't had two minutes peace! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year! Ours was really nice and quiet. We went to my mums for Christmas dinner and the rest of the family visited on Boxing Day. For New Year, we had the bells at my mums and joined the rest of the family at my auntys for the afternoon yesterday. It was very nice. I received some gorgeous crafting goodies. Some H2O's from my sister, watercolour and metallic watercolour pencils from my brother and his partner and some fine glitter pots from the children.

I chose some goodies from my dad, papers, brads, some flowers,some rub ons, some adhesive gem stones, a paint pail,and two WOJ stamps.

And, from my mum I received copic markers, pastel pencils, DCWV Glitter SWEET Stack 6x6, scalloped and plain circle nesties, American Crafts HOOPLA ribbons, some American Crafts rub ons, some MM epoxy flower shapes, one Sarah Kay stamp, three Snag'em Stamps - Fairest of them all collection, and some Inkadinkadoo clear Stamps.

Thank you so so much to everybody. I will get some crafting done when the kids are back at school. Roll on Monday, lol! I'll be back later to post some of the lovely cards I received from my family.

Suzanne x
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