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Thank you for dropping by. I hope you like what you see, please feel free to leave a comment or just say hello so l know you have passed through. Happy crafting and blogging x Susan x

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

House Mouse Christmas

Good evening all and Happy Halloween if you are celebrating, it is almost 8pm and we have not had any callers.
So on with todays card, this is the second time l have attempted to post this as the internet is so slow today.
This stamp is so cute and l love the holly wreath.

Stamp - House Mouse Holiday Smooch
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Kraft Paper 
Stickles, glamour dust, ribbon
Die Cut Snowflake.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Creative Inspirations  187 - Lets Celebrate
Nutcrafters 30 - Ribbon or Twine
Fab & Funky 145 - Die Cuts/Punches

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are appreciated x Susan x

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

LOTV Oriental

Good evening my friends.  I had a lovely bouquet delivered today such a lovely surprise to lift my spirits a bit  and l won the last oldie but a good challenge too, thanks ladies. Oh and l forgot to tell you my hubby had a nice lottery win last week :)  Whats his is mine :)))
I spent the most of yesterday in my craft room faffing about - l bought the 2 Geisha stamps at Harrogate a few weeks ago and they have been on the edge of my desk waiting to be inked up. They are just stunning but need a careful hand when colouring as they are quite detailed. I set too gathering all this oriental out of drawers and shelves l had already decided my colour scheme and a few years back my daughter bought me the gorgeous Oriental set of papers/brads etc by Papermania - the papers are just stunning all reds and golds. I have some Aspects of Design stamps that have not seen daylight for years so they came out too..   I was surprised just how many oriental stamps l had once l started looking lol. 

Here is the card, although the photo does not really do the rich colours justice, l decorated the inside too.

Is'nt she gorgeous

Stamp - LOTV Aimi with Lantern
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Sentiment Aspects of Design 
Papers - Papermania
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbons, gems, stickles gold & red
memory Box Branch Die
Distress Ink - Fired Brick

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Wild Orchid Crafts 62 - Bling It Up 
Cutie Pie 30 - Distress Your Card

Thanks Debby for the inspiration of adding punched flowers to the die branch, l love your work x

Thank you for stopping by and your comments are appreciated x Susan x 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Spooky House Mouse

Hope you are all enjoying a crafty weekend.  I recorded Strictly last night and spent the night locked away in my craft room, so will need to catch up with that later.
The challenge running over at House Mouse is Spooky and as l wanted to join in l had to order stamps as l didn't have any Halloween HM, l ordered these 2 stamps and when the lady said 3-5 days for order to be processed my little heart sank but they arrived the following day - so here they are

 Stamps - House Mouse Trick or Cheese & Bat Mouse 02
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers - MME Penny Lane (glittered paper) & black card
SU pennant punch
Acetate strips for bat mouse
Lace, ribbon, charm, stickles.

I put the bat mouse on little acetate strips so that he looks like he is flying ---spooky

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Papertake Weekly - Fireworks - Glitter & Sparkle 
Crafty Creations 193 - Halloween Spooks
Nutcrafters 29 - Round & Round
Creative Inspirations 186 - Happy Halloween
Moving Along With The times - Too Cute to Spook
Totally Papercrafts 140 Spooky Halloween
Allsorts 178 -In Stitches (faux stitching around banners)
Totally Gorjuss 155 - Things with wings

I had better check all challenge rules when linking up
Happy Crafting x Susan x

Saturday, 27 October 2012

CSAYL wk 34

Here l am late again with this weeks challenge over at Christmas Stampin All Year Long, we are on week 34 and this weeks challenge is Circles - you can check out the challenge here.  We are sponsored by Meljen Designs who have a wonderful range of Digi images and one lucky winner has the chance to win 4 images - pop over and see what the rest of the DT have been up to. The challenge runs until 1st November.

Coloured with copics 

Can you believe l have been over to Lili of the Valleys open day this afternoon and walked out emptied handed.... l should not have gone as my head is in a very dark place at the moment so if l don;t get around to visiting you all please forgive me.
Yesterday l had to do a first aid course as my certificate is out of date - l had to walk out of the room when they had the dummy on the floor to practice CPR on as all l could see was my son lying on the road unresponsive after he was hit by a car - they came out and told me that part of the course was over and they were moving onto bumps, cuts and grazes  and bandages..... when l went in they started talking about bumps to the head and cerebal fluid = what it looks like and where it could leak from..... when your son has died from serious head injuries after battling for 12 weeks you do not want to hear this - so that is me back to a big dark hole for l don't know how long again.  Sorry if l have upset anyone  l did not intend to.

x Susan x

Sunday, 21 October 2012


Hope you have all had a good weekend - mine has been fairly busy as usual, l am trying to get the allotment in order ready for the winter so that l will have a good start next year.  I struggle will pain in my shoulder so some days l just potter around gently, it has been a glorious day here with blue skies until an eerie mist floated in and a chill came with it.

There are lots of Halloween challenges around at the moment with tons of inspiration but as this is the only stamp l have l was very limited - House Mouse have some gorgeous ones so maybe next year l will buy one. So here is todays card:-

Stamp - Pink Gem Designs/
Spider web stamp - Lavinia 
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils.
Memory Box die
All rest from stash,
Hand drawn spiders

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Crafty Catz 155 Halloween
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C159 Orange Black & Purple
Cutie Pie 29 - Halloween
Forever Friends 47 - Halloween
Papertake Weekly - Fright Night BOO
An Oldie But A Goodie - Purple Black and Stripes ( had stamp a couple of years & old Papers)
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Ribbons Or Bows
Simon Says Stamp - Eerie Inspiration
Fab & Funky 143 - Orange, Black + 1 - Purple

Thanks for stopping by and as always your comments are appreciated. Happy Crafting x Susan x 

Saturday, 20 October 2012

CSAYL Wk 33 Traditional Colours

Yesterday saw the start of a new challenge over at Christmas Stampin All Year Long and l am a day late in posting as l have been rather busy - this week we would like to see your Christmas Creations using Traditional Colours (red/green).  This week we are sponsored by Limited Runs  and the are kindly offering digi prize for the winner.  Pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team have been making and for challenge details.

Digi Image - Limited Runs - Snowman # 2
Coloured copics
Papers - Fancy Pants - Saint Nick
Nesties, snowflake die, CB embossing folder
Glitter & sparkle.

On thursday evening the school my son attended before the tragic accident held it's annual award presentation evening - the had an award in David's memory for a student who had excelled in outdoor pursuits, l was invited to attend and it was very emotional for me so yesterday l was not up to much at all. This morning l have been spending some time with my grandaughter, when we went to Harrogate a couple of weeks ago she was the demo on the Lavinia stand where Tracy was decorating a door hanger, Caitlin bought a blank and this morning set too decorating it using my ink dusters and a butterfly stamp as background and she adores this little House Mouse stamp she used, she added lots of glitter too.   I am sure she would love to read your comments,...

Thanks  for stopping by and your comments are always appreciated x Susan x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Midway Reminder Penny Black & More

As we are halfway through October it is time for the midway reminder over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts - if you have not already entered - why not? and if you have you can enter upto three times and we love looking at your creations.  This month is    Animal Magic   and you can use any animal stamp to enter ( no digi's), if you use a PB stamp you have an extra chance of winning and we have some wonderful prizes up for grabs from our very generous sponsors.  Also if you fancy joining our team as a guest designer just as GD next to your name when you enter.
 Check out the challenge blog here for full details.

The stamp l have used today has been on my wish list for a while and when l saw it at The Harrogate Show it just jumped into my hand - is'nt it sweet?

Stamp - Penny Black - Sunshine in the Rain
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Paper pieced coat and brolly
Papers Craft Creations
Glossy accents on boots and raindrops
Seam binding, button, thread
Stickles and gems.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and your comments are always appreciated x Susan x  

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Have you ever sat and just starred at your craft stash for hours with no inspiration at all???  That was me last night - not the slightest spark - all the lights were out lol, so l got some ink pads, the dusters and some stamps out just to have a play and it just developed from there, l mounted it up and it just did not look right on a card blank so l folded some card added it to that and punched some ribbon strips and added 2013 and all l need now is a calendar tab to stick on the back and hey presto my desk calender for next year.

Stamps- Inkylicious Flights of Dreams & Autumn Mosaic
Lavinia Small toadstool
Inks - Adirondak Woodland & Purple Twilight
Card & Ribbon Border punch SU

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge

Joanna Sheen, Autumn Breezes

Thanks for stopping by and all your comments are appreciated, l will be back later when l have picked my little grandaughter up for her wednesday sleep over, she is only two and a proper little princess and tomorrow is Isaacs Birthday he will be 5 and he is a proper little spiderman xx Susan x

Monday, 15 October 2012

Penny Black Tea Cosy

Hope you all managed some crafty time over the weekend. Today is definately Autumn - cold, damp and grey.  I had an early start this morning picking my sis up from the airport, a journey that normally takes an hour took two this morning with the heavy traffic and she was an hour early landing too, anyhow she is home safe and sound after having a lovely holiday out in Jamaica visiting her daughter.

Yesterday my daughter had a nosey in my craft room, her face was a mixture of horror and shock ....... OMG How many ribbons do you need??? You need to sort them l have and the pics are below.

On with todays card, l made this one for the Penny Black monthly challenge which for October is a sketch and it just happens to be my favourite layout too, l have not done one for this challenge since it went monthly - wonder if they have missed me lol x

Stamp - Penny Black Tea Cosy
Coloured with copics and prismas
Papers Kraft Card, Kaisercraft and papermania
Flowers, ribbon, brads, stickles
Punches - Butterfly, MS border, SU Ovals, Nesties

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

Penny Black - October -  Helen's Sketch
Cupcake 214 Two's Company
Simon Says Stamp - Punches & Dies
Papertake Weekly - All Creatures Great and Small
Addicted to Stamps 41 Animal Friends

So here is the ribbon collection........ 

Just remembered l have a box of christmas ribbons somewhere too and a samll box of bits

Thank you for stopping by and your comments are appreciated x Susan x

Sunday, 14 October 2012

LOTV Trumpeting Angel

Well thats another weekend gone by quickly, but should not complain the sun has shone - l have got a bit more digging and tidying up in the allotment and picked the last of the runner beans - even managed lots of crafting.
Thank you for all the lovely comments on my cards over the last week, they are very appreciated and even 'The Bev' commented on my Lilac Whimsy stamped card, l had entered the WOC challenge but silly me thought l could enter several challenges when l could only enter 3 - never mind she liked my card anyway and l must remember next time to read challenge rules properly.

Onto todays card, the challenge over at Lili's Little Fairies is Traditional Christmas and as l have a few of there stamps (ok well l have at least 60 last time l counted) it was easy to choose a suitable stamp

Stamp LOTV
Papers MME, green card SU
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils 
Dress Paper Pieced
Punches - Flower, holly leaves, MS holly border, SU ovals
Doily, ribbon, stickles, card candi.

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

LOTV - Classic Christmas
Sir Stampalot -  October -Punch Away
Charisma Cardz 40 Sketch
Cute Card Thursday 238 - Paper Piecing
Totally Papercrafts 138 - Make Your Own Flowers
Totally Gorjuss 154 - Traditional Christmas Colours


Here's me on holiday having a cuddle with a couple of my friends - we all need a hug from time to time and yes if you are wondering l did ride in the hunny pots as well as Dumbo.

Thank you for stopping by and l appreciated all your comments, happy crafting x Susan x

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Wee Winter Fairy

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend, it is a beautiful autumn day here in West Yorkshire, the sun in shining and the leaves are changing colours and it all paints a lovely scene.
Quickly onto my card today - this is another of the stamps l bought last weekend, is'nt she a sweetie. When l saw the challenge over at Winter Wonderland last night l had a vision of what l wanted to do and felt sure l had lilac christmas papers in my enormous paper stash but no not one single piece of lilac so l resorted to dotty paper.
I loved making this card and it took me 4 hours so it is for a special little girlie and l will make her a box to keep it in but just need to hide it away so she does not come across it in my room.

Stamp - Whimsy Wee Winter Fairy
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils, distress ink
Stickles and flower soft for fur
Papers Dovecraft and Craftwork Cards snowflake paper.
Flowers Wild Orchid Crafts
Tree Die, Tag Die, snowflake punch
Glitter glass, doily & ribbon, crystals

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Whimsy Inspirations 52 - All things Sparkly
Winter Wonderland Photo Inspiration - Tree, Lilac and very Sparkly
Pink Gem Designs - 57 - Flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Dies or Punches

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments are appreciated.  I will be back later today to check out what you have all been upto, happy crafting x Susan x

Friday, 12 October 2012


Friday again and this one nearly did not make it as l had internet problems wednesday night and it was so frustrating, l think my router was being tempremental and l needed to download the image.
I had a bit of a rush on to have it ready, l already had the snowflakes glittered up and these papers were at the top of the christmas pile.
This week over at Christmas Stampin All Year Long the challenge is Anything Goes and we are sponsored by Bugaboo who are offering 7 digi images in prizes.  Bugaboo have a fantastic range of images for every occasion.  Check out the challenge blog here for full details of the challenge.

Image from Bugaboo/Ava Christmas Mistletoe Fairy
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Sentiment LOTV
Paper - Dovecraft
Die cut snowflakes covered in glitter glass
Card Bland and Card Candi from Craftwork Cards

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:-
Cutie Pie 28 - Use A Digi

Thank you for stopping by and l hope you will enter the challenge x Susan x

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Leaving Card

Welcome to my new followers Mary and Susan, l hope you visit from time to time and like what you see, and hello to all my regular visitors.
 Sometimes my daughter requests cards are very short notice - on wednesday night she wanted a card for a friend at work that was leaving for thursday morning and a wedding card for friday morning, would'nt it be nice if l had all day to craft.....
So here is the very quick leaving card l made last night and tomorrow l will show you the wedding card l have just finished.

Stamp Penny Black Whispers
Papers Stampin Up
Gems, ribbon, stickles,
glossy accents and beads.
Nestabilities & MS border punch

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Nutcrafters 28 - Paper Piecing
Simon Says Stamp - Dies & or punches
Creative Inspirations 184- Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by and your comments are appreciated x Susan x

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

HM Hugging A Bird

I certainly am on a roll at the moment with my crafting and really enjoying myself.  Today l am sharing another House Mouse with you and as the current challenge over at House Mouse Friends Monday Challenge is ATC l was quite restricted with the size of stamp l used so l cut my little atc size in scrap paper  (63x89mm) and measured my stamps, l had a few l had not used and have been itching to use this one. Another of my stamps l bought from my friend Angie - Hope you like it Angie x
I had one shapebility set on my list last weekend and as soon as l saw the Fall Foliage set with the pine cones it went in my basket, l have embossed the cones then sanded them and added acrylic paint and a touch of stickles, l can see these becoming my favourite die.  The photo does not really show how sparkly this card is but it has loads of sparkle on the pine branches of the image.

Stamp - House Mouse - Hugging a Bird
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Shapeabilitie - Fall Foliage
Twine, glamour dust, stickles
Sentiment - Cuddly Buddly

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges 

House Mouse HMFMC 130 ATC Turnabout
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - All Creatures Great and Small
Simon Says Stamp - Dies &/or Punches

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

LOTV Teddy with Penguin

Good evening everyone, l am so pleased that l have managed a few posts within days.  Today started off damp and dull but mid morning the sun came through so we headed off to the allotment to build new compost bins (l watched lol), just need a day or so to  finish off the digging for the winter but the ground is so wet.  The sun is just beautiful today but there is just a nip in the air.

So on with the card - l bought this LOTV stamp at Harrogate on Sunday, can you believe l only bought three of there stamps, this one and the two geisha girls which l hope to ink up soon.

The beak debate- Are Penguins beaks black or yellow/orange??? When colouring this image l could not make my mind up so googled the question and according to Wiki Penguins beaks are indeed Black but whenever l see images coloured they are yellow, so what do you think - yellow or black?  I think l will be checking this out on my Life in The Freezer DVD... in the meantime l am going with black.

Stamp LOTV Teddy with Penguin
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers Kraft, MME Colourful Christmas/falling flakes
stickles, glamour dust, glitter glass
Sentiment Pink Gem Designs.

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

LOTV Lili's Little Fairies - Christmas Card for a Boy
Oldie But a Goodie - Inspired by a song Walking in a Winter Wonderland (paper 2 yr old)
Simon Says Stamp - Glimmer & Sparkle
Ribbon Girls - Boys card
Papertake Weekly - All Creatures Great & Small
Crafty Sentiments Design - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by and your comments are appreciated x Susan x   

Monday, 8 October 2012

Autumn Meeces

It seems such a long time since l have been a regular blogger and l apologise in advance for not being a faithful follower - summer holidays happened then my inspiration took off somewhere and then well - l just could not be bothered.  The dark night are almost upon us so l will hibernate in my craft room.
I went to the Papercraft show at Harrogate with my grandaughter yesterday and bought a few bits and pieces, the show seemed quieter this time but we still managed to stay most of the day. My grandaughter is 9 and is a 'crafter in training' she thoroughly enjoyed the show and was thrilled when she got her money out to pay for card blanks on Anna Maries stand and the chap asked her if they were for her and told her she could have them free .... perhaps she should have made my purchases for me lol.

So on with the card - this is with one of the House Mouse stamps l bought from my lovely friend Angie - thanks Angie, l hope you like what l have done with the stamp.  I am going to send this one to my niece who is  living and working in Jamaica, she is missing the seasons and autumn is her favourite.

Stamp House Mouse - Fall Commuters
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
 Kraft Card, paper from stash
MS border punch, seem binding, brad
Leaves from stash. Stickles.

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

Crafty Catz - 153 Autumn 
Allsorts 175 Autumn Leaves and Trees
Totally Gorjuss  -152 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Glimmer & Sparkle
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Cupcake 213 - Autumn

Thank you for stopping by and our comments are appreciated x Susan x

Sunday, 7 October 2012

October Challenge Penny Black & More @ Allsorts

The first Sunday of the month sees the new challenge over at Penny Black & More @ Allsorts and this month we would like to see........Animal Magic........ you can use any animal  stamp but those using a Penny Black stamp get an extra chance of winning a prize from Penny Black.  Digi images will be marked ineligible for any prize

We have some wonderful prizes on offer from our very generous sponsors too:-
Penny Black, Sir Stampalot, Letraset, Little Darlings, Joanna Sheen and Crimson Cloud.
One lucky person gets to be Guest Designer for a month - just put GD after your name on your entry to be in with a chance.

The DT have some wonderful cards to give you some inspiration so please check out the challenge blog here for inspiration and all the challenge rules and l look forward to seeing all your beautiful creations.

Stamp - Penny Black 3965K Primp
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers - MME Stella Rose & Kraft card
MS flower and border punch
SU Oval punches, 
Ribbon, stickles, glossy accents & distress ink.

Thank you for stopping by and any comments are appreciated x Susan x

Friday, 5 October 2012


These weeks are just whizzing by at the moment, Friday again and this week over at Christmas Stampin All Year Long the challenge is 'Tag You're It' - so any christmas project with a tag on it is what we would like to see.  Check out the challenge here and see what the other members of the design team have made to inspire you. This weeks winner will have the chance to be our Guest Designer.

Tag Die - Go Kreate
Stamps Penny Black - Winter Whites & Greens, Tree ?
Sentiment - LOTV
Distress Ink, Sekura pens

Have been very busy today building new storage shelves from Ikea for my craft room and trying to sort out all the stuff that has been piling up over the last year, l really need to have a clear out and as l am going to Harrogate Papercraft Show l need to keep my hands in my pockets and not buy any more things ( Well maybe just a couple of bits lol).

Thanks for stopping by x Susan x