For Someone Special – Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog

This moths challenge card is a bit of a sneaky peek at

an image from Joanna Sheens next Cd

`If Flowers Could Talk `

Having just made some samples for the launch I just wanted to continue and play

with the cd – the challenge was

`For Someone Special` and seeing as all the verses are text editable

I just had to use the image as I adore it


On Joanna`s forum there was a question asked about covering up backing papers and your thoughts on it

Well this backing paper was no exception so I cut along the rose & lace edge and tucked the

mat card into the slot before adding the topper & 2 decoupaged roses to complete the look

I was pleased with the results & just love the fact you can edit the verses


I think this image would make a wonderful wedding invite with the words added to the lace background


Please check out all the other blog challenge pieces as they are always a joy to look at

Click here for the Blog

 Don`t forget to stop by the blog to see the daily talent spot as well as the weekly blog candy

Plus the challenges are every 2 weeks now – so lots to see

 Have fun – Suzanne x

Tapestry Card now available to buy

Well i`m am pleased to say I have finally found some wonderful invites to add to my collection

that I can offer brides but in the process I have come across the wonderful

Applique Tapestry Card & Tapestry Broderie Card

Having used this card many a time i`m thrilled at being able to have it in

 invitation form and envelope form as well as

A4 – even A3 or A2 if needed  

So please if you are interested it`s available on my website

with free P&P over £10 ( due to postal costs )

Click here for the site

and for a limited time the packs will have 2 free sheets of vellum or card depending on the packs

Thanks for looking

Suzanne x

Spring Twisted Easel Card – Joanna Sheen Blog Challenge

Now for the blog challenge

I thought i`d make a Twisted Easel as it`s something I have never made

For March`s Joanna Sheen blog challenge piece

So here is my Spring / Easter piece 

 a Twisted Easel Card

 I have used stardream card for the base of the card in green and also used lilac stardream to mat

the topper – this brings in the colours from the image.

The inside of the card uses the matching backing paper which has been distressed around the edges

with some Tim Holtz  peeled paint distress stain.

The little stopper is the corner image on the backing paper which has been placed &

the corner edges of the topper have been cut off to allow the twisted easel part

to lay nicely on the topper.

Glossy Accents have been used to highlight the matt paper on the flowers

and make the petals stand out Leaving some of the petals blank

 just adds to the dimension of the piece

The images come from the

New `from the heart of the Garden ` cd

Which I have to say is my all time ever favourite cd

& i`m not just saying that, I adore it as i`m sure you will


I hope you have enjoyed this  challenge piece as I really enjoyed making it

See you next month for another challenge

Thanks for stopping by & please subscribe to receive next month post as

& when it`s posted ~ Suzanne x

This entry was posted on March 1, 2012, in 1. 3 Comments

Love is in the Air – Workshop

This months  `Joanna Sheen Blog Challenge`  is

 `Love is in the air`


Please check the blog out to see all the

Design Team Work


I have been asked to do a workshop I thought

i`d would use the wooden MDF Plaques that I had just ordered.

They are stunning & a lot larger than I expected them to be.


So for this workshop I have used the following

( click on the item to take you to the product )

Products Used for the Workshop

Jane Shasky Double Cd Rom

Wooden MDF Plaques

One Stop Crackle

Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad

Bag of String

Decoupage Snips

Pinflair Gel Glue

Photo Paper

Acrylic Paint – Green


Heart Wooden Plaque Workshop


 Place the mdf plaque on the non stick craft mat & paint a layer of acrylic paint over the surface.

 Set the plaque aside to dry or speed up the process by using a heat tool



Apply a good amount of the one stop crackle.



Now using the paint brush spread the crackle evenly over the acrylic paint.

Make sure you clear the brush & mat straight after use.

Now dry the glaze using a heat tool & watch the crackles appear.



Swipe the vintage photo ink pad over the whole surface of the piece.



& then wipe away the excess ink. This will ensure the ink has gone into the cracks.



Loop a length of the string through the holes in the plaque



 Tie the ends with 2 large knots so they don`t come back through the holes.



Print off the decoupage set of the roses in a tin holder onto gentle gloss photo paper.



Use the decoupage snips to cut out all the pieces on the sheet. Glue all the pieces onto the

2nd largest heart leaving the base layer free for the moment.



Once the piece is dry glue just around the outer edge of the piece leaving the top edge free.



Place the base panel onto the plaque & then add the prepared layer onto the base.

TOP TIP. Leave the decoupage snips in the centre

of the panel to allow a small pocket for a note to be added.

Using this technique will stop the decoupage from falling down  due to the weight of the glue.



Place a sentiment on the top of the piece to finish the design off.



Optional: Make a small card to fit inside of the heart pocket. The embossed heart has been made using the EZ Mount board.



Here is the completed project.



Thanks for stopping by to view this challenge piece

Suzanne x

Please feel free to sign up to my blog to

receive the latest post as and when they are published

& also check out the new

`Wedding Invitations by Suzanne` blog

 It has been designed to give lots of hints & tips for making invitations

All the best

Suzanne x

Something New

Well well well

I`ve had a busy week – I was producing some wedding invitaion samples

for Joanna Sheen`s forthcoming show

and it got me wanting to start up my wedding stationery idea again

( only 7 years again did I first try !!!! )

 although I am limited with time

I thought it would be nice to have a site where I could add to it as and

when I have time as I do miss producing my little workshops / you tube ones


It`s all helpful for me to learn more about computers too as I am limited in my skills !!!


So please check out the new site if you have time .

 I would love to know what you think

 It`s all about sharing tips for brides to

have a go at making their own stationery & also there are a

few embellishments & laser cut items I will be selling as part of a package


Check out the site

Wedding Stationery by Suzanne

More soon

Suzanne x

Celebrations – Anniversary Star Card & Seed Gift

Talk about this being totally different from what I planned

I printed off the pages with the view to make a cracker & a matching box to be given as an

anniversary gift – the brief being CELEBRATIONS

Well I had just finished a workshop the day before on how to make this star card.

The idea first seen by `Playwithpaper` on Joanna`s craft forum

I wrote & asked Sue if it was ok for me to use the idea and I just loved the new fold so I changed my mind

& went for this anniversary card instead.


In our family with just adore plants and often give them as gifts as the evoke so many memories of different people.

One of mine & my husbands favourite plants is the `Love in a mist ` – so I was thrilled to see it as a backing paper on the New

Jane Shasky – from the heart of the garden cd rom

by Joanna Sheen

The idea behind the card is to have room to add a little gift

in the middle space – it was ideal for some seeds , so I made a little packet  for hubby to grow


Although it`s a bit girly with the trim it also fits the bill as it`s for an anniversary card

& blue is his favourite colour

So here is the finish card

This style card means there are lots of space to add the backing papers too

& shows the packet of seeds with the message behind the seeds

The centre panel is using the `love in a mist` image – some peeled paint distress ink has been used to

cover the white edge left on the topper

The card folds up so nicely to create a lovely different card shape with the gift inside

Little embellishments have been used from the cd to add detail and make the

 project very personal too

 Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my challenge piece

& a big thanks to Paula for making the challenge blog a great sucess


To see a workshop on how to make this style card then

please click here

But be warned they are addictive – Suzanne x

This entry was posted on January 1, 2012, in 1. 11 Comments

3rd Joanna Sheen Blog Candy

Blog Candy!!!

Up for grabs this week is this fab Cheery Lynn lattice heart set of 2 dies.
As usual to be in with a chance to win you just need to be a follower of the challenge blog and add a comment

You must leave the comment here

  If you have a blog it would be nice if you could pop a piccie on your sidebar but you don’t have to.
Anybody without a blog can also enter provided that they can comment on the post.

If you can’t leave a comment at the moment then e-mail  Paula at

and she`ll talk you through what you need to do in order to follow and comment etc.

This Blog Candy will end at 8pm Thursday 29th December and the winner of the candy will be chosen by and will be announced on Friday 30th December.  The winner of the Blog Candy will have 7 days to claim their prize as they will not be contacted – it will be up to you to pop back and check if you have won.

Mega New Years candy will be posted on Saturday 31st December.

Thanks for looking!