Wednesday 26 December 2012


Good morning and Happy Boxing Day. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I spent the most magical day at my sister’s with all the children and grandchildren.

So onto my workdesk … well there’s so little of interest on there today, just a pile of wrapping remnants waiting to be stored away for next year … so instead I am showing you my chair. It is adorned with a set of gorgeous cushions sent to me by the lovely Lou. Aren’t they great?

26.12.12 OK – if you fancy a break from all the festivities why not hop over to Julia’s website and have a snoop around some of the fab workdesks linked to What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday?

Sue x

Friday 21 December 2012

CCW mini challenge


The new mini kit has launched over at CCW and there’s a chance to win it by entering our challenge. Click here to see what it’s all about.

Sue x

Wednesday 19 December 2012

WOYWW? 185

Good morning! This time next week it’ll all be over bar the shouting, as my dad would have said. :o) He was a great one for sayings which have become part of our linga familia (I thought I made that up but it’s listed by Google). I keep thinking I’ll write them all down but it’s not really necessary as we use them all the time – he called snails odnidods and frogs wooingoes just as my sister, brother and I all do. When we were tiny and running around naked after a bath he called us Tinribs (which I only learned last week was a robot in Viz magazine).

How did I get onto that? You’re here to see my desk…19.12.12So what’s to see? A pile of cards on the right – the last to be written and posted, a beautiful card sent to me by a dear and clever friend, an almost completed layout with a gorgeous photo of Leo, using the next CCW scrap map and just at the top are my newly organised Stickles nesting nicely upside down in my shopping trolley. That’s it!

Happy Christmas WOYWWers. Do hop over to Julia’s blog for a snoop round some more workdesks – it’s fun and addictive. :o)

Sue x

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Sarah Hurley challenge #73

The theme for Sarah’s challenge this month is … Christmas … and I have this layout to enter.

it's beginningI have used the Littlegreen Crop December kit and photos of my sister, Marilyn, at a Christmas wreath making workshop we went to at Petworth House. We had a fabulous day and the wreaths look gorgeous on our front doors.

Sue x

Monday 17 December 2012

Make it Monday #120

Ahhh I nearly forgot it is Monday – 20 minutes to spare before it’s Tuesday here in the UK! Anyway here is a last minute Christmas card I did this afternoon that I’d like to enter for the MiM linky party this week.

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I printed a door I found on Google then added a wreath made from punched holly leaves and a bit of bling. I’ve run out of red brads so I coloured some white ones with a good old Sharpie pen. They are so useful.

The DT projects this week are all lovely but my favourite is this one by Meihsia 

Pop to MiM to join on the fun.

Sue x

ETA I've just discovered that the lovely Sandy has chosen my entry for last week's link up as her pick of the week. Thanks so much, Sandy. :o)

Christmas Baking

There’s not a lot of paper crafting happening here at the moment so I thought I’d share a little of what’s going on in the kitchen. I saw Lorraine Pascale make some mincemeat stars in her programme Baking Made Easy – I love her cooking, I do not, however, love mincemeat so I baked a dozen today using some ginger jam made for me by Stacey, Beth’s mum. Lorraine does usually use ready made puff pastry, though she didn’t on this occasion – but I did!  They really were very easy and will make a great pudding with cream or warm with custard. If you want them as nibbles just make the squares smaller. I cut a rolled out piece of Tesco puff pastry into 6  squares measuring about 5” x 5” but you could easily make 12 – mine are giant sized!

Pinwheel Puffs

“Get in plenty of ready-made all-butter puff pastry ... In what parallel universe does anyone have time at Christmas to make puff pastry? … You can use it to make Lorraine Pascale’s easy mince pie stars. Simply cut out squares, spoon a little ready-made mincemeat in the middle, fold, glaze and bake.”

BBC Food blog

Sue x

Wednesday 12 December 2012


How the mighty fall! LOL Last week I was up with the lark and made numero uno at What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday – this week we overslept and even missed breakfast. We are staying in a hotel in Somerset for my birthday (yesterday). I haven’t unpacked my crafting bags yet, so here is my workdesk!

12.12.12 Please pop over to Julia’s blog and hop around a few workdesks – it’s addictive!

See you at my proper workdesk next week.

Sue x

ETA Love today’s date : 12.12.12

Monday 10 December 2012

Make it Monday #119

all snuggled upNow all my Christmas cards are done, it’s been a real treat the last few days to get back to my first love in papercrafting, making  a scrapbook page. This scrumptious photo of Leo, my great-nephew, has been crying out to be scrapped. How cute is he? I’ve used the Littlegreen December kit for the page, which is quite simple and unembellished for me – is this a new trend in my scrapbooking style, I wonder?

I’d like to enter this into the MiM linky party. Pop over there to see some lovely projects. My favourite this week of the DT examples is this one by Rene.

Sue x

Wednesday 5 December 2012


Here I am, three weeks before Christmas and still making cards!

We have an idea at CCW to make 5 cards on the 25th of each month through 2013 so that, when November hits us in the face, as it generally does, we’ll have 50 cards, all done and dusted. Hmmm will I keep it up? Well, I fully intend to … at the moment.

Anyway it’s Wednesday and you are probably here snooping at my desk, so here it is …


… centre stage is the card I have just finished for baby Beth and on the work mat is a pile of penguins waiting to be put on the last of my cards … then I’m done … yay!
To visit some more workdesks, hop over to What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday and click on a few of the linkies.

Sue x

Tuesday 4 December 2012

2TC35 Winter White Snowflakes

The challenge today at Twisted Tuesdays is to make a card that is mostly white and the twist is to include  snowflake or three. I’d like to enter this simple little card. I’ve been making them today for the ladies at our crop. I hope they aren’t peeping at my blog!

Sue x penguin ETA My favourite of the 2Ts design team examples is this lovely vintage-style card by Carol   


Monday 3 December 2012

Make it Monday #118

I’m on the last leg of my card making now … some for the children. I’m using the Stampin’ Up owl punch to make penguins. I have glue all over my fingers but they are very cute and worth the fiddling. Hope you agree.

I am linking these to Make it Monday. Hop there to see lots of lovely projects. My favourite of the MiM design team projects this week is this card by Lisa M.

Sue x

And the winners are …

Thank you everyone who left comments on my Christmas Countdown projects.

The winner of my Dorset Buttons tree dec kit is …


comment number 4, Jennie Hart.

And the winner of my Reindeer Noses kit is …


comment number 3, Lindsay Coleman.

Sue x

Sunday 2 December 2012

Sophia’s Fairy Wishes

When Marilyn and I were little girls we absolutely believed in fairies. There was an old oak tree in Windsor Great Park where our dad told us they lived and we visited it with gifts of feathers, flowers and anything else we thought a fairy would like.  I loved Brussels sprouts because my dad said they were fairies’ cabbages. There was so much excitement in our house if a fairy ring of mushrooms appeared on the lawn over night.

I saw the idea for a jar of ‘wishes’ from Jennifer’s Jumbles blog and adapted it a bit. I painted Stickles icicles on an Ikea jar and was surprised to find they dried perfectly. The Mistletoe fairy is made by Joy of Joyous Cards, one of my favourite Ebay sellers. The jar is full of ideas for an activity for Sophia to do each day until Christmas. I have made them in two colours – one for school day activities and the other for activities more suited to weekends or holidays. I hope she likes it.
Sue x
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Saturday 1 December 2012

Advent Calendars

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This was made for me by a very dear friend and I will treasure it, always.

Happy December.

Sue x

Friday 30 November 2012

Marilyn’s birthday treat

Today my sister and I went to the lovely Petworth House to take part in a Christmas Wreath making workshop – it was excellent. Taught by the aptly named florist Matthew Spriggs we each have a fab wreath to hang on the front door. We made the wreaths from scratch, starting with a metal ring and some moss finishing with as much decoration as we wanted. There was so much to choose from, dried lemons and limes, slices of dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, fir cones, some mushroomy things I can’t remember the name of, Christmas baubles, beautiful ribbons ...

Anyway here are a few photos so you can see what we did.

Sue x

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CCW Christmas Countdown Day 30

30 Nov Melissa Star How did that happen? The end of November is here and with it the end of our Christmas Countdown. :o( We hope you’ve enjoyed our projects and will share some of them with us. There’s still time to enter my little kit competitions – just leave a comment on my pages above for the reindeer noses or the tree decs, or both, before the end of today to be entered into the draw.

Anyway, we are finishing our countdown with a real flourish – just look at this beautiful decoration made by our new DT member, Mel. Find out how to make it on Mel’s blog Mel’s Mess.

Sue x

ETA Don’t forget we have a design team call, open until December 15th.

Thursday 29 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 29

The penultimate day of our Christmas Countdown – just where has November gone? Are you all ready for Christmas? Not me that’s for sure! Anyway, my little gift boxes, just a bit less than 3” cubes and each made from one sheet of A4 card, will help things along a bit.

group of boxes
We’ll be using these for table gifts at Christmas Day lunch. I would normally co-ordinate them with our table theme but I’ve done a variety of designs to give you some ideas. Click the page tab at the top of the blog for details on how to make them.

Sue x

ETA While you’re there leave a comment on my reindeer noses and/or tree decs pages to be in with a chance of winning my little all-you-need kits.

Wednesday 28 November 2012


Good morning and welcome to my work desk in all its glory! I’m up to my neck in Christmas card making at the moment. This is the first year I’ve made them all by hand and I’ve really enjoyed it. I always protested I wasn’t a card maker; my experience of home made cards was the peel offs and decoupage type, not at all my cup of tea. Then my dear friend Susi introduced me to her beautiful cards … I will never make cards like Susi but at least I enjoy trying! The cards on my desk are copied from a fab card I found via Pinterest on Clean and Simple Cards.

Last week I was really bad at visiting other workdesks – time just overtook me. This week I’ll be a good WOYWWer and have a snoop at loads. :o) Join me at What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. :o)

Sue x28.11.12

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 28

28 Nov Lou bottle tag  Today we have two projects from Lou. She has instructions on her blog Loopy Lou’s Crafty Mess to make some very useful bottle tags and a little gift box.

Pop back here tomorrow – I’ve got some great gift boxes for you to make from one sheet of A4!

Sue x

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Birthday Card

Just popped by to show you the card I’ve made this afternoon. Thanks to Susi for the inspiration and to Jackie for the die cut swan. :o)

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CCW Christmas Countdown Day 27

Our DT member Susi is a dab hand with fabric. She has a very busy Etsy page and you can buy her fabulous buttons from Creative Craft World here.buttonsbirds

Especially for our Christmas Countdown, Susi shows us how to make these fab little pocket warmers. Hop to her blog Susibee’s Crafty Mess to get the details.

Sue x
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Monday 26 November 2012

Make it Monday #117

cards Oh dear I’ve been at the coffee stirrers again! This time to make washing lines for some Christmas cards I made at the Cre8tive crop this weekend. I coloured the stirrers with TH Distress stains – these are newly discovered by me and are so good for covering chipboard and wood. The clothes on the line are cut with the Cricut Paperdolls Dress Up cartridge.

I would like to enter this for the linky party at MiM today.

Sue x

PS My favourite DT project this week is a gorgeous gift tag made by LisaS.

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 26

26 Nov Sarah M mini envelope book Bet you can’t wait to look inside Sarah’s gorgeous Christmas envelope book … nor me!  All the details you need are on Sarah’s blog Sarah’s Little Snippets.

What have we in store for you tomorrow? Come back to see a  super little gift by Susi.

Sue x

Sunday 25 November 2012

Scrapology November Challenge, W is for Wire

Here’s my page for this month’s sketch challenge at Scrapology. I have scrapped some photos of the Cardinal Colours weekend crop that we went to in October.

Sue x

ETA I made the ‘chicken wire’ by sewing hexagon shapes.

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CCW Christmas Countdown Day 25

25 Nov Sarah W layout One month to Christmas, Heck, time is whizzing by! Day 25 of our countdown brings a gorgeous Christmas scrapbook page from Sarah. If you’d like more than this sneak peek hop over to her blog Scraps of Sarah.

Tomorrow we have another fab project from Sarah M.

Sue x

Saturday 24 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 24

24 Nov Sarah W tags Sarah is known for her beautiful crafting and this tag is no exception! See how she made it on her blog Scraps of Sarah.

Tomorrow we have another gorgeous Christmas project by Sarah, so be sure to check back.

Sue x


Friday 23 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 23

Now this looks intriguing, doesn't it? Pop to Ali’s blog Alipeeps’ Art to see what Ali has made for us today.23 Nov Ali Mini xmas tree

We have some beautiful projects from Sarah W over the next 2 days.

Only a week left of our Christmas Countdown! Don’t forget to leave comments on my Dorset Buttons and Reindeer Nose posts to be in with a chance of winning my little prizes. :o) Join me as a follower and I’ll enter your name twice!

Sue x