My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my other social media pages:
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Monday 16 December 2013

First post for Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog

What a frantically busy month it's been. My house has been in chaos as we've been changing rooms around to accommodate my lovely new craft room, which is ALMOST finished and ready to show off and so much happening that my poor little brain is spinning!
Firstly I'm very excited to say I've been invited to join the DT for Artistic Inspirations who run a fab Challenge Blog which gives prizes of digital images generously provided by some amazing sponsors.

Here's my first card for the team, and bearing in mind the limited access to my craft provisions, and that I had a very busy Christmas Card & Paper Craft workshop to prepare for and run on Saturday, it's amazing I submitted it in time!

The digital image is from Stitchy Bear (details on Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog) and I chose this one because it had something very appealing about it and immediately I thought of a little elf hiding in a Christmas Tree (my mind boggles even me sometimes!).
The backgrounds are stamped with some freebie bauble stamps I got from a magazine, using Versamark ink, heat embossed with Stamp 'n' Bond powder then covered with gilding flakes.
The green background was pre stamped with a tree to look like pine branches as I didn't have a pine branch stamp, but it worked pretty well. The main image is coloured using Promarkers & Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, cut out leaving a white border so it 'pops', then added onto the green background and I made a small slit along the bauble where her hand rests, slid her hand into it so it looks like she's holding onto the bauble (to me anyway!).
I put it all together layering it onto a punched piece of cream card. Then I added double sided tape to both sides, covered with glitter and edged with some vintage lace.
Hope you like it - I had a lot of fun doing this and it was the perfect excuse to take a break from decorating!


  1. Hi Suz, what a lovely post and a fabulous card, really like the elf to. Thank you for a great challenge xx

  2. Amazing job Suz so glad you came aboard and joined in with the DT.

    1. Thanks Carmen, looking forward to the next one! Suz xx