Sunday, 18 September 2016

OSAAT CHALLENGE - NO 271 - ANYTHING GOES WITH A SPECIAL DAY (birthday, anniversary etc. )

Hi there fellow bloggers - it's time to post my next card for the OSAAT challenge and our theme this fortnight is 'A Special Day' which could be birthday, anniversary, birth, christening, Father's Day, Mother's Day - you get the gist.  Anyway I thought back to when I took my early retirement and I was as happy as Larry to be able to 'do my own thing' at last.  This image just made me chuckle and as she looks loads like me (cough cough!) I thought it was just perfect for a retirement occasion.

I thought the sentiment below was just so apt for this card so I printed it off and used some pink foil over the top and popped it through my favourite piece of equipment, my Minc machine.  I know it looks black on here but irl it blends beautifully with the rest of the colours on here.


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - 'Please Drink Responsibly' by Stitchy Stamps at Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet
Best of K and Co Too - 12" x 12" paper pad
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Stitched Ovals No 43
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Dies - Stitched Circles No 41
Tonic Studio Dies - Frond Finesse die set
Graph-it Markers
Spectrum Noir Pencils
White Gel Pen
Sparkle Gems - The Range
Stardust Stickles
'Life' sentiment - Typed and foiled using Minc machine
Doily - coloured with Distress Ink pad - stash

We'd love to see your creations on the OSAAT blog there's a $10 gift coupon for our winner!

Check over on the blog - my DT teamies have made some wonderful creations to inspire you all.

Whilst I'm here I would like to thank you so much for all your support over the loss of Blossom (or Dirty Gertie as she was lovingly nicknamed), we really do appreciate your kind thoughts and understanding.

Big hugs to you all and I hope you are keeping well - I trust all the youngsters got back to school OK!

Love Sue xxx

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

Digi Choosday Challenge Wk 37 - Anything Goes (2)
Love to Craft Challenge No 2 - Anything Goes (2)

Thursday, 15 September 2016


Hi there everyone it's the mid month reminder for the CCAYR September Challenge and our theme is 'Shabby chic and/or Monochromatic' for your Christmas/Holiday creations.  I bought some gorgeous images a while ago from a wonderful artist Toni Arthurs, she has a group on FB ("My Art By Toni" Digital Stamps Sharing Group) and her images are varied and very pretty!


7" x 7" white card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - Birdhouse with Robins by Toni Arthurs (FB)
Embossing Folder - Free with a Craft Magazine
Crea-Nest-Lies XXL - Stitched Rectangle Ref 44
Core-dinations 'Ebony and Ivory' 12" x 12" pad
Anna Marie Designs - 'Blissful Teal' 7" x 7" paper pad
Stardust Stickles
Ribbon - The Hobby House
Charm - stash - bought from Ebay
Sentiment - printed and then 'Minc'd' with silver foil

We are being sponsored this month by Elizabeth Bell

and she is offering the two sweet digis below as a prize

Prize no 2 is the following 

 So there we have it - two prizes on offer when you enter our challenge.  Don't forget we love seeing your creations and we hope you can find the time to drop by and check out the DT work on our Challenge site (here).

I do have some sad news to tell you about and that is that we lost our gorgeous Blossom on Monday 6 September.  On the Sunday night she came up the stairs to bed in my craft room and I noticed that she was out of breath but guessed she must have been cavorting with Donny in the garden before she came in.  She'd been absolutely fine up until then, however in the morning she was no better so we popped her to the vets and they said they would x-ray her and give us a ring when she was ready to pick up.  Apparently they gave her a small sedative and she had a seizure.  The x-ray showed a large amount of fluid on her lungs and the vet said she couldn't be sure whether it was her heart or the return of the cancer.  She said she could try to drain her lungs but couldn't risk giving her a full anaesthetic and even then she couldn't guarantee anything.  After consideration we thought it best to let her go and join her other furry brothers and sisters over what I think is beautifully described as 'the rainbow bridge'.  We were both with her and she was so dignified bless her.  I'm keeping her little bed in my craft room, I know the other two are missing her, Biscuit was looking for her for two days, whilst  Donny seemed to be like my shadow for a while.  Sorry to end on a miserable note but I know that many of you will understand how we're feeling at the moment.

Big hugs to you all

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Digi Choosday Challenge Wk 37 - Anything Goes (1)
Ike's World Challenge No 72 - Things that Fly
Love to Craft Challenge No 2 - Anything Goes (1)

Saturday, 3 September 2016


Hi there everyone - now I feel really guilty for telling you this because I know there are lots of peeps out there who are either poorly themselves or their other halves are poorly but I am in absolute agony with my back.  We did our training session on Monday morning with the Wii machine thingy and thoroughly enjoyed it and then on Tuesday evening I got out of the bath and bent slightly to pick up me jim-jams off the bed and I felt a sort of pop in my back and have been in pain ever since - it's the sort that makes you feel sick all the time!  Graham talked me out of swimming on Wednesday and I didn't need talking out of it on Friday.  

Anyway huge apologies to you all for having a whinge, here's my card for the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month.  Our theme is 'Back to School' so I've taken it upon myself to use a few embellishments that took me back to my school days - with a little poetic licence!   I'm just a tad too young to have had a slate at school but we did have a chalk board!  I'm still using my school dictionary with my name and Form IIA written in it and then there's the skipping rope which I loved and a few daisies 'cos making daisy chains was one of my favourite pastimes!  Oh and our summer dresses were in different coloured gingham, mine were blue.


7" x 7" White Card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi image - 'Katie Reading' - Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps & More
Paper - LOTV 'Sunny Side Up' 8" x 8" pad
Spellbinders Dies - Labels Forty Six die
X-Cut Large Dies - Tags and Bookplates dies
Marianne Design Craftables Dies - Daisy CR1272 dies
Beads for skipping rope handles - stash
'Piece of chalk' - broken tip off a Chinagraph pencil (one of those gem 'pick up' pencils which have never worked properly!!)

I made the little 'slate' with a piece of semi-black paper and a coffee 'stirrer'.  I chopped the stirrer into pieces to fit around the edges of the paper, glued them on and then sandpapered the edges to smooth them,  adding the words using a white gel pen.  I found a couple of beads plus a teeny bit of toothpick to make the skipping rope handles and must admit I was pleased with the results for both of these items.

Anyway the sponsor for this month's challenge is Robyn's Fetish and they have some fabulous images so do try and enter our challenge competition.

Lots of big hugs to you all and please take care.

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges  -

Aloha Friday Challenge No 79 - School
Brown Sugar Challenge No 214 - Back to School
Colour Crazy Challenge Wk 21 - Anything Goes
Colour Throw Down Challenge No 408 - Colour Inspiration 
Crazy Challenge No 230 - Getting Ready for School
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge No 203 - Back to School
Going Grey with Scrap Creations Challenge - Back to School
I Love Promarkers Challenge No 316 - Use a Die Cut
Make it My Monday Challenge No 29 - Back to School
Pattie's Creations Challenge No 126 - Back to School

Sunday, 21 August 2016


Good afternoon everyone - well here I am with my next card for the OSAAT Challenge where our theme is Anything Goes for a Male.   I chose this gorgeous digi of a buck although I think of him as a stag and despite the fact that I'm not pleased with my colouring of the hills, I do think he looks quite proud of himself!


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - 'Buck - Wild' - Reeces Scrap Pieces at Stitchy Bear's DO
Paper - LOTV 'Country Gent' 8" x 8" pad
Paper - LOTV 'Father Knows Best' 8" x 8" pad
Paper - First Edition 'Falling Leaves' 8" x 8" pad
Memory Box Dies - Pine Needles Border die
Poppy Stamps Dies - Pine Sprigs die
Tonic Dies - 'Happy Birthday' Pansy Topper die
Gold Striped Card Candy - Craftwork Cards
Copics and a few grey Flexmarkers

The prize we are offering is a $10 voucher to spend at Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet you'll be spoilt for choice so we do hope you will enter this fortnight.

I'd love it if you could pop over and enter our challenge and also check on the work that the DT has produced, I hope that my teamies can inspire you with their 'male' themed creations.

Now for a little update on the feline family - as usual Donny and Blossom are 'behaving' themselves (almost) and young Biscuit seems to be feeling loads better,  he had to wear his 'Elizabethan' collar for three days to stop his 'over-grooming', I de-flea'd them all and also bought him some very expensive food  - £40 for a 3 for 2 bag of yummy dry food, mind you I will give some of this to the others as well.  I know that if they are all OK, I feel OK - daft isn't it. 

Oh well have a nice afternoon and I'll catch you all later.

Big hugs to you all and take care, especially those of you who have been feeling poorly lately.

Love Sue xxx

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

Aud Sentiments Challenge No 162 - For a Man plus Sentiment
Broken Fairy Challenge No 9 - Anything Goes with a twist - use Autumn Colours
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge (Aug) - Anything Goes with a Coloured Image
Delicious Doodles Challenge (Aug) - All Creatures Great and Small
Live and Love Crafts Challenge No 50 - Happy Birthday/Anniversary

Thursday, 18 August 2016


Hi there blog friends - it's time for a mid month reminder for the Christmas Cards All Year Round Challenge where our theme is to use 'Bright Summery Colours'.  As always I've mixed mine up a bit and the snowman is dressed in bright colours and the backing papers are pastel summer colours - well who said it wasn't weird up here on Planet Susie eh??


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Image - 'Winter Wonderland'  b&w designs by Daisy Mae Draws at Hobby Art
Papers - 'Stocking Fillers' 8 x 8 First Edition
Papers - 'Festive Trimmings' 8 x 8 LOTV 
Corner Punch (unknown maker)
Memory Box - Snowflake Corner die
Pearls from stash
Stardust Stickles
Scrap of Gold card for mat

Now for the details of the prizes on offer this month

Prize No1 is
Prize: 2 digis (3 if you've used a Stamping Boutique digi)

Prize No2 is
Gingham Tape
October Afternoon Chip Alphabet
'Your Next Stamp'- Monty the Snake (unmounted rubber stamp)

 Definitely good prizes!!!  We want to see your entries, you can do any paper project as long as it's Christmas and fits the theme so come on get cracking - it's not that long until the big day - and it's being so cheerful that keeps me going!  Plus the fact that I really do love making Christmas cards - mojo is never really too far away when it comes to these.

Oh well must be off, as I told my blog friend Christine (Harrop) Blossom is looking well after her surgery to remove an air rifle pellet from her side but Biscuit seems to have been rather more stressed with his stay in the cattery and his over-grooming and skin condition have flared up again so I have to keep up with medication for him. 

Oh and he's been up to his cheeky habits again - our neighbours recently moved (so Milo doesn't pop in for her snacks now!) but the new neighbours have Billy, a rescue ex-racing Greyhound, who might be a tad dangerous for felines to be around - I wish someone would tell Biscuit that though, 'cos he was found in their kitchen the other day having a feed  - courtesy of Billy!!!  I was mortified - not quite as mortified as when Catherine (who's just moved) told me that one day she'd just come out of the shower when she came face to face with Biscuit walking up the stairs having a little perv!!!

Lots of big hugs to you all and take care - enjoy the sunshine.

Love  Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges - 

Crafty Awesomeness Challenge (Aug) - Anything Goes with a coloured image
Happy Little Stampers Challenge (Aug) - Anything Goes with Dies

Saturday, 6 August 2016


Hi there my crafty fellow blogsters!  This is the start of a new challenge over at the Crafty Calendar blog and our theme this month is 'Summer Fun'!  I know that summer this year hasn't been that great but imagination is a wonderful thing eh?  


7" x 7" White card blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi Image - 'Ladybug Sunbonnet' at Bugaboo Stamps
CREA-lies Dies - Square Double Stitch Crea-Nest-Lies XXL
CREA-lies Dies - Oval Double Stitch Crea-Nest-Lies XXL
Tonic Dies - Elegant Columns Strip Die Set
Pearls and papers from ancient stash
Sentiment from internet and then Minc'd

We have been sponsored this month by the amazing Bugaboo Stamps and the winner is going to receive 7 digi stamps as their prize - Jodie really is a star!!

So come on and join in our challenge - remember though, in order to win our prizes you must be a follower of the blog, once we have reached 1000 followers there's a bloomin' wonderful prize waiting to be won!!  

Well that's enough from me for now although I might just post a picture below of Terry - he's the Titan Trigger fish that we became friendly with on holiday and it was only when we Googled him that we found out that in the breeding season they would often (err most likely) attack anyone going near their little 'nests' so to speak!  Now this fish was bigger than a dinner plate and had the teeth of a two year old child - well they do nibble on coral so I guess they need 'em!

Oh and I was standing just over to the side of him when the maestro took this picture underwater.  As you can see from the second pic he is near the surface, I just wish there was something else in there that could have shown you how big he was ..... my hand for instance!!!

I can't help but chuckle when I see this one of Terry - he had a couple of pals with him but they were just a little bit smaller and not quite so brazenly posing.

Big hugs to you all and I hope those of you who are feeling under the weather start to feel a bit brighter soon - you know who you are!!!

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges -

Aud Sentiments Challenge No 161 - For a Child plus a Sentiment
Broken Fairy Challenge No 8 - Anything Goes - Use your Stash
QKR Stampede Challenge No 203 - Things with Wings

Monday, 1 August 2016


Hi there peeps - well today is my first card for the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge DT - I am so chuffed to have been offered a place on the team and couldn't believe that they had chosen me.  Anyway this month the theme is to use a digi or a stamp and we've been sponsored by My Besties Digi and Rubber Stamps - just click to be directed to her online shop.

Sooo here's my card

Before I go I just thought I'd show you my lovely Copic blob!  I was just finishing off her shoes before I coloured her hair and there it was - a bloomin' great blue blob from me Copic marker!  If I wasn't a lady I would have cursed - yeah!!!  A careful bit of scissor work and I cut the bottom part of another image off, coloured it in (you'll notice I steered clear of the blue!!) and glued it over the blobby bit - just have to find out where the blue Copic is now, 'cos it left my hand rather quickly in the direction of the open window!!


'Say a Little Prayer Girl' - Besties from Sherri Baldy
7" x 7" Pink card blank - Anna Marie Designs
'Blissful Pink' 7" x 7" paper pad - Anna Marie Designs
Round Stitch Hole die - Crafts-Too Presscut Dies
Doodles sentiment die - Penny Black Creative Dies
Whirligig Circle die - Memory Box Dies
Kaleidoscope Butterfly die - Memory Box Dies
Script Embossing folder - Not sure who by as this was a scrap from my bit box
Lace with pearls - Brenda's Lace and Ribbon Supplies on FB
Pearls - stash

As I mentioned earlier we've been sponsored by Besties Digi and Rubber Stamps which you can also find in her Etsy Store here - just look at the three digi images you can win

You have a whole month to get your entries posted and I'm really hoping that you can find the time to make a card for us to check out.  Pop over to the CGE blog to have a look at what the team has made.

Well that's all from me for now - we had a brilliant holiday and I had some gorgeous cards for my birthday and, when I got back, I had a totally brilliant present from my blog friend Asha in Portugal - she even sent a little something for the furbs to enjoy - yum yum yum!

I'll post a couple of holiday pics for you to have a giggle at later.

Hugs to you all and take care.

Love Sue xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges - 

Besties International Challenge (Aug) - Anything Goes with Besties
Come and Get It Challenge - Lovely in Pink
My Besties UK Challenge (Aug) - Anything Goes or Sparkle/Bling