Sunday, 16 October 2011

Jolly Holly Day

My Jolly Holly Day kit is now available at the Arda Cards Boutique priced £3. There's loads in it and you can use it for commercial designing with no extra licences to buy and pretty simple terms (I hate wading through complicated T&C's!!)
The graphics are all hand drawn by me (except the bows, buttons and ribbons which are colourised tubes). They feature rope arms and legs and look pretty cute if I say so myself!! I can't quite decide if I like the penguin or reindeer best!!
I'm already working on a new kit, Pinky Moo!! Don't worry though, I'll be getting on with some more Christmas kits soon. I'll rustle up a little freebie for you too.
Also while I remember, I have a few graphics available on PSPTubez. Pop over and have a look at Barry's graphics - he has a good membership offer on just now.
Take Care,
Hugs
Suz x

Flannel Reindeers

My daughter Nienna is doing an Enterprise at school next term and they have to make things to sell at a Christmas craft fair to raise money for a class trip. We've come up with lots of ideas and thought it would be good to try a few out. Our favourite one was these gorgeous flannel and soap reindeers.
To make them you need a flannel and bar of soap. Put the soap in the middle of the flannel and then roll the front and back corners and perch the rolls on top of the soap. Then gather up the other two corners and tie with ribbon to make the ears. We made antlers using pipe cleaners and pushed them into the top.
 Then stick on googly eyes and a pom pom nose. Theo added a bell to his reindeer and a pipe cleaner mouth.
I hope you like them as much as we do!
Suz xx

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Jolly Holly Days Kit Sneak Peak

Morning
Well the kids and I have been busy doing some Christmasy crafts over the holidays. I'll post a photo of their absolutely gorgeous soap and flannel reindeers later (once I've charged the camera up!).
But all this Christmas preparation has really got me in the mood (we've even had the Christmas music on!!) so here's a sneak peak of my latest kit "Jolly Holly Days".
I still need to draw a few more graphics and do some papers and word art but hopefully it'll be ready for release very soon.

Suz x

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Purple Floral Heart Frame Freebie

I haven't done a freebie on here for awhile so I thought I'd make you one!!

I hope you like it. If using commercially, please add a link to here or www.ardacards.com in your listing, thank you.
Suz x

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Online Shop Open for Business

Evening!
Well a little later than hoped but Paul has got over 100 of my designs up for sale at the Arda Cards site.
There's a whopping 25% off at the moment as an introductory offer!
I'm also going to offer one lucky person something extra - I'm hoping a £10 voucher for the store (need to check with my lovely web designer!!) In order to win this voucher, I'm asking that you make a card, box, bag, cracker or something using one of my designs. As the store isn't fully stocked yet I'm going to leave this open for a little while - I'll post a closing date when I know everything is fully up to date in the store. To enter, take a photo of your creation and pop it on your blog, then post a comment here with a link. If you don't have a blog then you can email me with your photo. The winner will be picked out of a hat as I'm sure I won't be able to choose a winner!!
Keep checking back for more news and I'm working on new graphics too - something Egyptian just now and a Pink Cow kit in the pipeline too.
Have a lovely Evening
Suz x

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Over at my other blog!

I have put up some useful parenting freebies on my other blog.

Suz x

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Grand Opening!

Hi
I'm very excited as my hubby is putting the finishing touches to my shop which will open on Thursday 1st September.
I'll keep you updated on developments and will hopefully have a little surprise to make the launch extra special!!
Suz x

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

September Scrap It Sassy Collab

This is my contribution for the September Collab at Scrap It Sassy. The theme is back to school and the colour pallete is gorgeous! The full kit will be available at the beginning of September.
Suz x

Monday, 15 August 2011

Scrap It Sassy August Collab

The August designer collab is in the Scrap It Sassy store now!!
Pop on over and check out the wonderful designs from some very talented designers!

Friday, 5 August 2011

My First Collab Kit!!

The theme for this months Scrap It Sassy collab kit is late summer which should be available later this month. Above is the preview for my part of the kit.
Suz x

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy....

Well, I've been very busy drawing recently - can't draw on paper to save my life but with help from some online guides and my new graphics programme I have surprised myself with my creations!!
Here are preview for two new packs which will be going on sale soon!

My lovely hubby is busy making me an online store to sell these graphics myself but in the meantime they will be available at the sites on the right! It could be sometime before my own store is ready if the groans of frustration coming from his office are anything to go by!!!
I've also been very busy making boxes for the kids to fill and give to their teachers as they finish school tomorow - I'll post some photos soon and the digital kits will go on sale soon.
Have a great day, Suz xx

Friday, 17 June 2011

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Bumblebear has hit the shelves!!

Bumblebear and friends graphics kit has been launched over at Scrap It Sassy!
And a lovely freebie for you....

I'm already working on the next kit and have loads more ideas to keep me busy.
Happy crafting
Suz x

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Sneak Peak of Bumblebear!!

I'm busy working hard on a graphics/scrapbook kit called Bumblebear and Friends!
Here's a little sneak peak....

Watch this space to see when he'll buzzing by with his friends!!
Suz x

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

For Jack Scrap Kit

Hi guys
Here's my new scrap Kit avavilable on Scrap It Sassy
This kit was created in memory of my nephew Jack who would have been celebrating his 4th Birthday today.
You can get the kit here...
And here's a freebie quick page for you
I hope you like this kit and can make some beautiful layouts of your little cherished bundles of joy.
Suz x

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Pink Scrap Kit Add On Freebie!

Hi everyone
I've been having a go at tubing (not the type where you sit on a tyre and whizz down a hill! but the photoshop type!) I'm putting an add on freebie for my first kit which will be up for sale soon.
I hope you like it and find it useful. I've had great fun making it.
You can get the add on here!
Above you can see a sample of what is in the full kit!
Think Pink Part 1
Think Pink Part 2
Think Pink Part 3

Thursday, 19 May 2011

My First Scrapbooking Kit (Sorta!)

I've been experimenting with my graphics programmes and studying some online tutorials recently and have come up with this little kit.
It's called Memories of a Dream.It contains:
6 backing papers,
3 bows
3 paperclips
3 gems
3 eyelets
1 gilded wooded frame.
I hope to add some more elements and make a larger kit available for sale soon as well as working on other kits.
I would love to hear any comments you have, good or constructive!!! I know I still have a lot to learn but am loving the challenge so far!
Take care
hugs Suz x

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Autism Awareness Info Card

Hi everyone
I have a very special freebie toady which you may find useful yourself or you may wish to pass on to someone you know. As some of you know, my son Theo has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). He often finds it difficult when we take him out places and sometimes has tantrums or sulks. I have made some little cards which you or your child can use in these situations or even hand them over to staff at resturaunts or other places you visit.
I have made some different designs available below. Please let me know if you would like some made with a particular design or for a different condition. You may need to let me know what you'd like on them - I'm happy to make personalised ones too.
Ballet
Dinosaur
Giraffe
Jungle
Pirate
Princess
Teddy

Print onto card and then print the second page on the reverse. Alternatively, you could print onto paper and laminate for longer lasting cards.

I hope you find these useful.
Suz x

Thursday, 3 February 2011

New Freebie To Download From Theo!!

Theo has been busy designing this beautiful little card for a new baby. He's hoping his new cousin will be a boy!!
You can download it here


Message from Theo:

hi
this is theo speaking. suz might ask you what you think of my card. thank you.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Pay it Forward 2011


I've just entered a "Pay it Forward" at Dawn's Crafting, so here I am "Paying it Forward"


I promise "Something Handmade" to the FIRST 5 people to comment on this post! However there is a catch!!! You must repost this status, offering "Something Handmade" to 5 other people. The rules are that it must be "Handmade" or "Homemade" by "YOU" and it must be sent to you 5 other people some time in 2011.



If you'd like to play along please leave a comment below!!!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

And the winner is......!

Well I've been having a lovely birthday with my family. My youngest, Theo cooked dinner with Daddy - smoked salmon and prawn salad followed by pasta in garlic and prawn sauce!! They are just decorating a cake just now!
Nienna drew out the name of the blog candy winner... Drum roll please!!..... The winner is Jude! Well done!! I'll be in touch to get posting details!  
To say Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and entered the blog candy draw here's a little present for you! It will be available as a free download for a limited time only, but after that you'll be get it at Card Making Downloads and Crafty Card Making.

Suz x

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Sonic The Hedgehog Hoopla!!!

Every Friday night. my friend and I have a night in with the kids (we take turns at each other's house). We have a natter, some tea, some fun and lots of giggling!! We make each night a different theme and my littlest, Theo decided last night's theme - Sonic the Hedgehog!! We had lots of fun! My favourite bit was the Sonic the Hedgehog Hoopla game I made!! Some photos follow!!

Hedgehog (and mouse, cat, rabbit, alien and snowman!!) breadrolls the kids made!!

Everyone enjoying their hedgehog themed food - mostly on cocktail sticks and stuck into oranges!!


You can see the food a bit better here!!

Sonic the Hedgehog Hoopla!! Made by wrapping a large juice bottle in some blue shiny paper - colouring the ends of some kebab skewers (for points scoring!) and sticking then in (used sharp scissors to make a little hole first) - printed off a Sonic face and stuck on the fron. Hoopla rings made from kitchen foil rolled and secured with sellotape!


Theo playing Sonic Hoopla - he loved it and is now very good at it!! I'm rubbish - I'm lucky if I get one hoop over the nearest spikes!

Night all
Suz x

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Blog Award From Dawn

 
I'm very happy to share with you this award from Dawn! Thank you so much Dawn!
 
As you may already be aware, this is not just ANY blog award! This one comes with a fab $5 Gift Certificate! How cool is that????

In order to qualify for the $5.00 Digi's With Attitude! Gift Certificate you must state 3 things that makes you different from everyone else and you must nominate 5 blogs, then let those 5 blogs know you nominated them. Lastly, you must display the Blog Award Badge (above) in your sidebar and link it back to the Digi's With Attitude! Challenge Blog
For all the details please visit THIS LINK
Ok so 3 things that make me different from everyone else! hmmmm....
1. I love Tolkiens Middle Earth books, especially Lord of the Rings. So much that all my children are named after characters from it - Lorien, Nienna and Theo (short for Theoden).
2. I trained as a Nursery Nurse and was a Playgroup manager at the age of 21!
3. I slept out in my back garden when I was 13 to raise money for homeless people!!

Ok now 5 blogs to pass this award onto....
1. It's All a Fiddlefart - I love the ideas Helen comes up on this blog. And she loves Poundland like me!!
2. Wishing On a Starr - Loads of lovely graphics - and lots of freebies.
3. Sliekje Digi Stamps - beautiful Digital Stamps
4. A little Bit of Magic - I love the photos Natalia has on this blog
5.Cards By Jackie - Lots of cards to give you inspiration.

So Thank you again Dawn.

Suz xx

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Octagonal Boxes, some cards and another Freebie!!!

Well here is the photo of my new octagonal gift box and a little freebie from my Design Team!

The download for this box is available here!


To get the freebie from Nienna just click here!

Here are some cards I've made today...





Hugs and Best Wishes
Suz, Nienna and Theo x

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

My Very Own Little Design Team!!

Well I decided today to make Nienna (my 8 year old Daughter!) the first memebr of my design team and Theo (7 year old son!) the second member upon his request!!! I'm going to get them working on some projects soon and as I'm teaching them how to design digital sheets I will get them to make some for you all as freebies!
Nienna helped me to test out my new box template which will be available on Card Making Downloads and Crafty Card making in the next few days. I will take a photo and upload it tomorrow! I didn't get time today as I had to rush over to my mum's as she was struggling to cope since breaking her arm just before Christmas. My brother was here until Sunday to help but has now gone home.
Sleep tight everyone
Suz x

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all! A wee bit late I suppose but I have been busy with the family!
I hope you've all had a great festive time and are looking forward to the rest of the year!
Took the tree down today whilst the littlies were at their friend's house - Emma and Melissa, their friends stayed over last night - Emma's first sleepover (shes 5). All went very well and we had no tears even though Theo was up til 1:30!!
Well I thought I'd kick the year off with a little freebie for you - some gorgeous shopping lists made with a few of my Nitwit Collections sets.

You can find nitwits here. These are personal use, just for you as I'm sure you'll needing to stock up after the shops were shut for two whole days over christmas and new year!! It always makes me laugh how much we buy for the festivities and in this house we are usually still force feeding ourselves christmas chocolates at Easter, just in time for more!!

You can get the freebie here.
Keep checking back I'm hoping to get a few more freebies up on my google site this year.

Suz xx