Sunday, 15 July 2018


Hello and thank you for visiting my blog - it makes me so happy when you do!  I have a card for you today that I made a while ago but didn't get round to blogging.

The background was made by putting a selection of Distress Oxide Inks on my craft sheet, spritzing with water then dipping watercolour colour card into it.  I wanted a delicate summery look so I left it quite pale.  When dry, I used more Distress Oxides to stamp the foliage from HobbyArt Orla The Owl stamp set, in second, third and even fourth generation ink.  Sorry I can't remember the colours of inks I used.  The Bulrushes from Darkroom Door Wildflowers 2 stamp set and the dragonflies from a Cardio stamp set were stamped using black Versafine then the panel edged with, I think, Black Soot Distress Oxide and attached to a black card base.  Finally lots of Stickles of course to the dragonflies and Bulrushes for sparkle.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny Black Allsorts - Things with Wings.
Artistic Stamper - Distress It.
That's Crafty - Close to Nature.
Country View - In the Summer Garden.  I wish I had a river going through my garden!  We did have a beautiful dragonfly yesterday though!
Stamping Sensations - In My Garden.
Simon's Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fun in the Sun.

I hope you have had a fab weekend.  I am going to my daughter's on Wednesday for a few days so lots of Granddaughter cuddles!  I am really looking forward to it.

Take care.  Christine xxx

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Roger's Birthday Card!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me.  I appreciate it sooooo much.  It was my fabulous
Father-in-Law's birthday last week - he loves gardening - here is the card I made for him.

The shed and the carrots are from a Joanna Sheen Messy Rabbit stamp set from years ago.  The shed is stamped on kraft card, embossed with Vintage Sepia Versafine and clear powder then coloured with Spectum Noir coloured pencils.  The carrots were stamped and coloured the same way but directly onto white card and I used Flower Soft as the earth - another very old product but it was just what I needed.  The sun rays are a Tim Holtz stencil with two shades of Distress Ink and the sentiment is white embossing powder on kraft card and the little bird was one from my bits box coloured with Promarkers.  I made a kraft card base to match.  I am pleased to say Roger liked the card!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Allsorts - In My Garden
That's Crafty - Close to Nature.
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Spippets - mine are the card for the shed, sign and sentiment.
Country View - In The Summer Garden.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Fun in the Sun.

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope your week is fabulous!

Take care. Christine xxx

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Pink and Purple Snowflakes!

Hello again!  My second blog post in the same day - a Christmas card this time.

This is such a quick Christmas card and a technique I have seen everywhere and have never tried before.  I inked up one side of the Sheena Douglas Snowflake embossing folder with
Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks, spritzed with water then pressed a piece of watercolour card into it then left it to dry.  It didn't come out perfect but gave a lovely watercolour effect.  I trimmed the piece then edged it with both of the oxide colours then glued to a 5 x 7 inch pink card base.  The Stamplorations sentiment was die cut in both white and pink card - the two glued together to give a drop shadow then attached to the snowflake panel.  For sparkle, I used a glue pen to add glitter to the snowflakes then Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen to the sentiment and finally a few white pearls for a bit of extra embellishment. There is lots of sparkle in real life!   I really like this technique so will be trying it again with more of my folders. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

ScrappyMo's Rudolph Day's Challenge - Anything Christmas
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Non Traditional Colours.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Country View Challenges - The Written Word.

Thank you so very much for visiting me - I really appreciate it!  Enjoy your weekend!

Take care - Christine xxx

Columbo Dragonlies!

Hi there and thank you so much for visiting me today - I appreciate it loads and loads!  I am celebrating the fabulous Stamplorations 5th birthday celebrations by joining in with the CASE the STAMPgirls and link up

I am casing a fabulous card by Harriet - its the second one down on her blog post with the three dragonflies.  Although I have cased it - mine is totally different. ' Why is the blog post called Colombo Dragonflies?' you ask!  Well, its because the book pages I used for the dragonflies come from a very old and falling to bits edition of a Columbo novel.  I adore the shabby detective - I seem to remember the book was a Christmas one.

I used Stamplorations  largest of the Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies for the white mat and cut my Kraft card base to suit.  The Stamplorations two part Dragonflies were cut with the book pages and Kraft card and the little flowers were cut using a die that came free with a magazine.  The sentiment is from a Kay Carling Paperartsy stamp set EKC06 and is embossed with Versamark and White detail powder on Kraft card.  Everything glued together and it was finished.  A very simple summer card with no summer colours just the Kraft and white and I love how it turned out!

I would like to enter the following additional challenges:

Country View Crafts - The Written Word.
Cuttlebugmania - Summer Is Magic - All my Diecutting is done using my Big Shot.
That's Crafty - A Summer's Day.
Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge - Use Stamplorations products on your project.

Just to let you know that following Darren's visit to the consultant following the operation for his collapsed lung, the news is good and not so good!  Everything is healed fine and the consultant is pleased with his recovery from the operation.  Unfortunately, Darren is still getting lots of pain which should not be there.  The pain has absolutely no explanation so it is looking like it may be connected to his ongoing neurological problem where he has constant head pain and sensitivity to any sound along with lots of other symptoms.  We will be contacting his neurologist to see what he thinks!  Its fabulous his lung is all fixed though.

Thank you again for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!  I will be doing another blog post later this evening - don't be too shocked!  I had a sudden burst of inspiration today along with enough energy to make two cards to catch some challenges - I am very pleased with myself!!!

Take care - Christine! xxx

Monday, 25 June 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #6

Hello!  I am so glad and appreciative that you have visited me today, thank you!  I haven't managed to join in with Darnell's fabulous Twofer challenge for a while so was determined to manage it this time.

The theme is 'trees' and I chose the Memory Box Twiggy Tree to use on both of my cards - one is a bright summery card (which luckily fits into a couple of summer challenges) and a Christmas card too - another one for my stash.

For the summery tree I began with a piece of yellow card which I embossed with a Crafts Too embossing folder.  I am so sorry I do not know the name of the folder.  I cut the Memory Box Twiggy Tree from a scrap of black card then cut all the little flowers from various left over scraps of inked card (I keep them all) using Impression Obsession Die DIE140-D.  I use this flower die lots - its one die that cuts lots of flowers all at once.  After cutting them out of several  pieces of inked card, I have oodles of little flowers left for other projects.  The sentiment by Clarity Stamp is stamped on another scrap of previously inked card in Black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then edged in black alcohol marker.  After I had glued everything down and attached to a black card base I added a dot of gold pen to the centre of each flower.

I would like to enter my summery card into the following challenges:

That's Crafty - A Summers Day.
Country View Challenges - The Written Word - Add Text In Some Form.
CuttlebugMania - Summer is Magic - All die cutting and embossing was done using my Big Shot.
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - Tree, flowers and sentiment are snippets.

The Christmas card was much more straight forward to make.  The Memory Box Twiggy Tree is cut in white card then I covered with glue using a glue pen and sprinkled with glitter and glued to the square card base.  The sentiment is from the Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments die set and the little bird is from a Penny Black die set The Gathering.  I made a couple of these and I think I will be making more.

Thank you again for visiting me and also for your lovely comments following my husband's operation and recovery and my health too, you are all so lovely!  Darren is still recovering well from the operation following his collapsed lung and we see the consultant on Wednesday for a follow up appointment.

I hope your weekend was good and you have a fabulous week.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Have A Wheelie Happy Birthday!

Hello. Thank you so much for visiting me!  I have been away for some time due a bad time with my ME/CFS along with my poor husband being in hospital for two weeks after a rush by ambulance to hospital with a collapsed lung!  It was very, very scary and he had to have an operation from which he is still recovering, bless him!  The only crafting I have done for a long while is the card I am blogging today which I made for my son Michael's birthday last week.

Its quite a simple card to get me back into the creative mindset.  I used watercolour card and a couple of colours of Distress Oxide inks and water for the background then stamped randomly with a stamp from AAL and Create border set #33. The wheels which are from a stamp set free with a magazine are stamped randomly with black Versafine.  I used snippets of white card coloured with the same inks to stamp the words from various Stamplorations stamp sets except for  'Wheelie' which is made up of letters from a Clarity alphabet set.  The words are edged with dark blue ink then, when attached, I drew black lines around them to draw attention to them.  I have had the penny farthing charm for ages and it was perfect.  Michael really liked the card and said that one day, he would like to have a penny farthing in his garden as an ornament - a real one of course!  Slightly older than the cool bikes he normally rides - I think he has four.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
Country View Challenges - The Written Word (Add Text In Some Form).
Simon Say's Stamp Monday Challenge - Masculine.
Simon Say's Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Artistic Stamper - Colour it Blue.

Thank you again for coming back to visit me after my absence, I am so grateful! You are the best!  I am trying to start commenting again.  I haven't managed that for ages either - I am so very sorry!

Have a wonderful weekend.  Take care.  xxx

Saturday, 14 April 2018


Hello and thank you for visiting me - I really appreciate it!  I just want to say 'sorry' for a lack of posts and for limited comments on your lovely blogs.  I am not doing too well at the moment, nothing to worry about - my ME/CFS is very bad so my energy levels are at rock bottom along with other symptoms too.  My Doctor is helping all he can but all I can really do is rest until I feel better, so crafting, blogging, along with being on the Ipad and computer all have to be very limited.

I don't usually like to blog about health issues, so I am sorry if I sound like I am complaining, I don't mean to, and I know there are a lot of people a million times worse off than me, but I just wanted you to know that I am still around and will comment and blog along with joining in challenges when I can.  Unfortunately I have already got behind in sending people birthday cards - how bad is that!  For me it is unheard of!

Anyway - I have my feet up and a nice cuppa is next to me so its not all bad!  I have House of Elliott recording, I loved that series when it was first on our screens so I might watch that later.

I won't rattle on anymore.  Thank you for reading this and have a fabulous weekend!

Take care.  Christine xxxxxxxxxxxx