Monday 29 October 2012

A Special Birthday at Lexi's Creations...

Hi Susan here...

This is the start of a special challenge at Lexi's Creations, we are three years old this month and with that in mind we having a special challenge to celebrate this.
We have two great sponsors for this challenge and instead of the usual two winners we will be having three!
For full details of this amazing challenge call across to Lexi's Creations Challenge Blog and join in the fun with us.

The theme for our challenge is....

'Special Birthday'

now for my card....

I made this with my youngest daughter in mind, who will be thirty this year. This is one of her favourite colours I hope she likes it!!

The backing papers are all left over bits and pieces from 12x12 scrapbooking pads, I have used an edge punch for the pale pink background piece and a gorgeous die for the hearts from Marianne Designs, which I cut out of white card and then used Tim Holtz Distress Inks over the top of the embossing to bring out the details.
Some of the background pieces I have sewn around the edges for extra detail and because I know my daughter loves sewing on her cards.
The ribbon has come from our local market.

This is to give you a close up of one of my favourite images designed by Lexi Lee and available from her store Fairy Dust Crafts, it is called Christmas Shopping Phoebe.
I have used chalks to colour and shade the image.

The sentiment is my own but set into one of Lexi's tickets, I have coloured and stickled the edges of the ticket. The flowers are from Hobby Craft I really love the colour of these flowers just right for my colour scheme, the leaves are a punch I then shaped them using a ball tool, the heart pins are from Hobby Craft.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my card and for all your wonderful comments
Love and hugs
Susan xxx

Friday 19 October 2012

A couple of notebooks...

Hi Susan here...

I always make notebooks for presents, especially for my girls, we are all big note takers and have several notebooks for different things on the go all the time.

Here are just a couple that I have made just lately.....

This is the side view of the notebook, I always try to use similar colours for the paper that I used in the main book cover.

This is a closeup of the front cover. I use a firm card for the covers then use backing paper that I glue in place to cover the card before I start decorating.
I wanted to make my notebooks quite flat this year, they are usually very highly decorated, but sometimes you couldn't carry them in your handbags without a cover in case some of the embellishments got damaged.

My backing paper was from an old 12x12 scrapbooking pad that I have had for ages, I then used a tiny strip of vellum down the side.
The beautiful heart die cut is from Marianne Designs and I love it, it is so special and looks amazing.
The ribbon is from our local market.

This is a close up of the stamp image, it is part of a set from Chocolate Baroque. It is a new buy, and is gorgeous, My favourite spring flowers are tulips and I fell in love with this stamp set the moment I saw it.
I have used chalks to colour the image then used a nestability for the backer and I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the edges.

My second notebook uses the other part of the stamp set from Chocolate Baroque.

I used a plain white paper for the inside of this notebook.

I made this book slightly different than normal, I glued the backing paper onto the card and then distressed the edges using a pair of scissors.
I know this one is slightly more delicate in design than the previous one with the butterflies, but hey so this notebook is not carried in a handbag, I will probably make many more that can be.

The backing paper is from my stash, it is a gorgeous warm brown with a pink design. This is what gave me the inspiration for my colour scheme. Papers can do this to you, you can look at a piece of paper and instantly a design comes into your head, I wasn't sure I would make a card or a notebook, but I have a bit more so a card is not out of the question.
The butterflies are a die, I have used distress inks to colour them and then added pearls that we buy from our local market for the bodies.
The ribbon is from our local market. It is a beautiful woven ribbon with a little scalloped edge.

As I told you before this image is the second part of the stamp set from Chocolate Baroque. I used Promarkers to colour this image and then inked the edges with Distress Inks.

I hope you have enjoyed looking and many thanks for your comments.
Love and hugs
Susan xxx

Monday 15 October 2012

Halloween at Lexi's Creations....

Hi Susan here

 Can you believe that October is nearly at its end....!!
Over at Lexi's Creations we are starting a new challenge today, and the theme is


Appropriate challenge for this time of the year. I love the reds, yellows, oranges, and black colours that are used on these creations.
Full details can be found on the Lexi's Creations Challenge Blog about this fabulous challenge and our great sponsor. 

Now onto my card....


My backing paper is from a 6x6 scrapbooking pad that I have had for ages, the colours in it always remind me of celebrations and this time of year. I decided on red and black for my main colours as I think they are so dramatic and I always think of these two colours when I think of vampires and bats.

The gorgeous little silver charm is from Ebay.
The sentiment ticket is originally from Fairy Dust Crafts, I blanked out the middle and put my own sentiment there, coloured the outer edge with Promarkers and then glued it to a die cut shape using black card and glittered the edge. The die is from Raindrop Echo.

I have used several dies on this card, including a gorgeous Tilda edging for the black strip at the back of the image. I put some stickles all along the edges.

This cute image has been designed by our own Lexi Lee and is available from Fairy Dust Crafts Store, it is called Vampire Bear.
I have used chalks to colour the image, I have added stickles to the moon to make it shine.
I used another die - a nestabillity die for the topper and then trimmed the shiny red card to back that.
All the card used is from Paper Mill Direct.

I hope you decide to come and join us in this fabulous challenge at Lexi's Creations.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my creation and for your many wonderful comments.
Love and hugs
Susan xxx

Tuesday 9 October 2012

A Fairy Merry Christmas...

Hi Susan here...

I am making Christmas cards like mad now....I sit in my craftroom and say I'll not make any more...but then I see a stamp and there you go I start on another card....

I have used a base red card from Paper Mill Direct and then put a piece of vellum on the top.
My flowers are from Hobby Craft, I have used stickles on the edges of the petals.
I have used some new die cut wooden leaves with my flowers for a change and a beautiful tree behind my sentiment. They come in a little tray, I am sure you will all have seen these in your craft shops.
The ribbon is East of India, this is beautiful ribbon such fabulous quality, it spoils you for any other.
My sentiment is an old wooden stamp that I have had in my stash for years, it's such a versatile stamp and I use it often. I have used a die for the backer of my sentiment, this was designed by Ann Vento for her ticket sentiments, I coloured the edges with distressing inks and then added stickles.

This gorgeous fairy is from Sugar Nellie, I have used chalks to colour the image very delicately and then added stickles to her wings and wand etc....
I have used a beautiful die cut backer in a pale pink slightly shiny card from Paper Mill Direct, this card is gorgeous, it has a beautiful sheen to it and even embosses absolutely fabulous, I have used Tim Holtz distressing inks to colour around the edges.

I hope you have enjoyed looking and thank you for your comments.
Love and hugs
Susan xxx

Monday 1 October 2012

Lexi's Creations.....Pink

Hi Susan here....

Time is passing by so quickly can hardly believe it but here we are at the beginning of October and the start of a new challenge at Lexi's Creations.

The new challenge theme is 'Pink', based on the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Full details of the challenge and our special sponsor this time can be found on the LC's Challenge Blog. I hope you will call across and join in our challenge, the inspiration from my design team is amazing I do hope you will take the time to take a look at their work.

Now onto my card for this challenge...

The backing paper is from my stash, the flowers and buds are from Hobby Craft, the leaves I made myself. The butterflies are made using a punch and coloured with some Tim Holtz distressing inks and stickles.
The ribbon, rik rak and lace is from our local market.

One of my favourite of Lexi's Lees designs, Christmas Shopping Phoebe, available from Fairy Dust Crafts Store. Coloured using chalks, I then cut out the image really close and slightly shaped it with my bone folder and glued it onto a topper of textured card from Paper Mill Direct.

I hope you liked my creation and thank you for taking the time to look and for your fabulous comments.
Love and hugs
Susan xxx