Monday, 13 October 2014

Focus on the Sentiment

Hi all,

I'm dropping in with a quick card for the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.  Our hostess is Lin and the theme is IT'S ONLY WORDS. (The sentiment should be the main focus of your creation).

I used a lovely sentiment from Hero Arts, which I gold embossed.  The two little birdies are a Memory Box die, cut from gold miri and the papers are from my stash.

I'm still beavering away on the sewing machine making stock for my upcoming Christmas fairs, I really must get some of it posted to show you what I've been up to.

Anyways, must go and unpack the supermarket shopping. Honestly, the daily domestic chores don't half get in the way of crafting!

Thanks for popping in.

Take care
Suze xx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Blue Bunting Birthday Card

Hi all,

Gee whiz,  it's been ages since I've posted. I am a very bad blogger! I haven't been totally idle though, I've started thinking about making stock for my Christmas Fairs.  All my Christmassy stash has been taken out of the cupboard and some of the non Christmassy stuff has been stuffed back in it's place! I daren't open those cupboard doors now for fear of an avalanche!

Anyway, I'm here with a card for the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.  One of our new DT members, Pamellia, has chosen the theme THE TRIPLE B CHALLENGE.  She would like you to include 3 of the following on your creation:

I've chosen Blue, Birthday and Banners as it just so happened I was sewing some blue bunting last weekend, so I used some of the left over scraps on my card ...

I used: Blue fabric scraps, a Stampin Up sentiment, blue card stock, oval dies and an SU framelit.

When stitching onto card use an old needle and a longer stitch length, so that you don't get too many holes in your card and go slowly!

And here is the said bunting, though it's not finished because I didn't buy enough bias binding and when I went back to get more, they didn't have any more! So I had to go to another shop this morning where luckily they did have the colour I was after and also some Christmas fabric just happened to jump into my basket, so expect some Christmas bunting and stockings to follow! 

Also linking to Handmade Monday

Have a lovely week.

Take care

Suze xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

MWAH for Mrs P

Hi all,

A quickie post today to send get well wishes to a lovely (did I really use that adjective to describe her!) fellow blogger, Marie (Mrs P) who is having a tough time, not only with a gammy leg, but lots more besides!

The lovely Kylie over at the Addicted to Stamps Challenge has added the option of making a get well card, to the current challenge, to try and cheer the old bag up!

Well, I couldn't not join in, or I would never hear the end of it (would I Mrs P!)

The lips stamp is from Stampin Up, using real red ink and clear embossed.  Sentiment is PC generated.

Get well soon Mrs P!


Suze xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Kaffe Fassett Workshop

Hi all,

Well, last Sunday I was at my Kaffe Fassett workshop and what a great day it was.  Not just because Kaffe (and Brandon Mably were there) but just because I spent a whole day doing something I enjoyed with like minded people.

We were designing a "snowball" quilt, which is basically just squares with small contrasting corner squares, which gives the illusion of a round shape, hence "snowball".

These are the fabrics I had purchased beforehand and I cut them all into 6" squares, to save time at the workshop

Well of course, they weren't all suitable so I had to purchase more fabrics when I was there! Honestly, I have enough left over squares to make about 10 cushions (which I think is what I will probably do, rather than make another quilt).

Here is my quilt before the "corner stone" squares were added 

and this is it with the corners added.  The photo doesn't give a true colour, the small squares are quite a vivid red batik

At the end of the day, the man himself critiqued everyone's quilt.  He was very complimentary of everyone's work.  He loved the rich blues and purples of mine, and the red added a dramatic touch ... like "Cruella de Ville's nails" Lol!!

Needless to say, I haven't even started sewing it together!

Linking to Handmade Monday

Have a great week everyone.

Take care

Suze xx

Monday, 1 September 2014

Embossed Hearts

Hi all,

A very quick post to tell you about the new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and More.  The theme this fortnight is "DRY EMBOSSING".

As per my usual style, I have made a clean and simple card, suitable for a wedding or anniversary ....

Supplies Used:
Hearts cut with Sizzix Primitive Hearts Die
Embossing folders - Swiss Dots and Victorian Fleur
The bows and 'love' dies are from Memory Box
Coloured card and ribbon are Stampin' Up Raspberry Ripple

Thanks for popping in, hope you can find the time to join in our challenge.

I'll be back soon to tell you all about my Kaffe Fassett workshop.

Suze xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Fabric Tissue Holder

Can you see my halo glowing! I spent all day yesterday tidying out my craft room.  I didn't actually throw much out (!) but I did a fair bit of re-organising,  took all my craft fair stuff out of the big cupboard in preparation for Christmas and have all my sewing fabric and "accoutrements" at hand!  I even have a space on my desk for my sewing machine - although it's still meantime set up on the kitchen table as that's much bigger and handier for cutting etc etc .... :)

I now only need hubby to put me up a couple of "big" shelves so I've got a place for crafty books and can get all the other "non essential" stuff off my desk!

Okay, now onto the crafting bit.  I needed to make some quick raffle prizes for my sewing group, so browsing the internet I came across this tutorial for a fabric tissue holder by Fiona at Two Brown Birds.  This really is a very easy make (suitable for a beginner if any one fancies giving it a try!).

I'd like to link to Handmade Monday.

Okay dokes, that's me for now.  I probably won't "see" you again until next weekend when I have my Kaffe Fassett workshop! So looking forward to it.

Wishing you all a lovely week.  Thanks for popping in.

Suze xx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Quilt is Finished!

Hi all,

I'm dropping in today to show you my finished quilt.  I've really enjoyed making it and it's been such a learning curve.  A lesson in sewing seams, unpicking seams then sewing them back together again so they join together neatly!

I pieced left over fabric to make the back ...

I think my favourite bit is the stripey binding, it just ties it all together ...

I decided to quilt it in straight(ish) lines which I think compliments the design of the quilt and besides, I wasn't confident enough to try free machine quilting a fancy design!

I've really got the sewing bug now, card making has temporarily gone out the window!

Linking to Handmade Monday

Thanks for popping in, wishing you all a lovely week.

Suze xx