Thursday, 3 January 2019

First Post For 2019!

Happy New Year!  I can hardly believe its 2019 already.  I hope it will be a fabulous one for everybody. 

My last post for 2018 was a unicorn card, you can see it here if you missed it, and I am starting 2019 with another unicorn card using the same fab unicorn die!  This card is for a 60th birthday.

The background is a piece of watercolour card that I had previously used to mop up ink left on my glass mat - I just can't waste any ink!  I cut it down to a little smaller than the black card base and die cut the stars into it using the main die from Sizzix Thinlets Swirling Stars by Tim Holtz.  I had several scraps of cream glitter card and one fitted nicely behind the star appertures.  I then cut a few of the larger  individual stars from the same set from more scraps of the glitter card and also the unicorn from Sizzix Intricate Unicorn in scraps of both the glitter and black card to give a shadow effect and to help it stand out from the background.  A little black pearl gives the unicorn its eye.  The number '60' is from a letter and number die set from The Works, again cut from scraps, and the Happy Birthday is stamped using the Label Maker Sentiments  clear stamp set from My Favorite Things.  The glitter card is so sparkly in real life, I wish you could see it!

I have used this unicorn die lots, both the positive and negative, I am sure I will be showing you more cards I make with it in the future - I just love it!  It comes with stars and butterflies too, a very versatile set. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets.
Cropstop - Anything Goes.

Thank you very much for visiting me and I hope you are having a fabulous week!
Take care.  Christine xxx

Friday, 7 December 2018

Unicorn Birthday!

Hello and its nice to be back after 2 months of not blogging!  Sorry I have been missing again for so long from blogland - I really miss seeing what you have been creating and apologise for my lack of comments and visits.

I made this card a while ago for my Granddaughter Freya's birthday - she loved it I am pleased to say!

Freya loves Unicorns so this Sizzix die was perfect!  I cut it out with my Big Shot from a snippet of white card and coloured it with Ranger Distress Inks. The stars, butterflies and banners were also cut from scraps of white card and coloured with Distress Inks  The star and butterfly dies are from the same Sizzix die set as the unicorn and the banner die is from The Works.  The corners of the white panel are punched using a very old Fiskers punch and the letters, hearts and number are from a Craftwork cards stamp set stamped in black Versafine ink.  Ranger Stickles is added to the unicorn for sparkle and a dark pearl from my stash for the unicorn's eye.  The card base is purple.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
That's Crafty - Anything Goes.
Time Out - Joyful  (What is more joyful than to be able to make a birthday card for your gorgeous Granddaughter!)
Cropstop - Anything Goes.

Its so good to be blogging again!  Hopefully I will be back very soon. Most likely with a Christmas card! 

Thank you so much for visiting me, have a fabulous weekend and take care!  Christine xxx

Monday, 8 October 2018

Autumn Fairy

Hello and thank you for visiting me - sorry, yet again, that I haven't been around for ages.  I have a quick post today as I am getting ready to visit my daughter tomorrow for a few days so have to try and take it easy in between packing.   I used the lovely orange and yellow colours of autumn for this card - my photography skills (or lack of them) have let me down again - the colours are much richer in real life.

 I began with an inky background with Distress Inks and water then stamped with second and third generation Distress Ink with an IndigoBlu script stamp in the background.  The large images are also IndigoBlu and the fairy, stars, danging leaves and sentiment are Crafters Companion.  Sorry no details - I have to be quick - if you need any  specifics, please ask in a comment and  I will be pleased to get back to you.  They are all stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne.  Loads of  sparkle from Stickles too.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Autumn Splendour.
Stamping Sensations - Shades of Autumn.
Allsorts - Trees and/or Leaves.
Craft Stamper - Take It Make It Challenge - Anything Goes.
Country View Challenges - Plant-tastic.

Thank you again for visiting me  - I know I have been completely rubbish  at my visits lately - so sorry!

Have a fabulous week.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Monday, 3 September 2018

Grey at Last and a card!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me!  Sorry, again, that I haven't been around for the last month or so - I had a birthday - 61, Yay! along with various medical appointments and other stuff so behind with crafting again!  I owe friends thank you cards, birthday cards etc. which I am late with as well as comments on blogs and emails not to mention posts!  Please forgive me!  One day I will get on top of things - how long have I been saying that?  One thing I have managed is to grow the dye out of my hair so I am my natural grey.  I was supposed to be charting the process here and on Facebook but didn't manage that so here I am with my new look.

I am so happy that I took the plunge and went natural - I have been dyeing my hair red (from brown) since I was fifteen!  Anyway, enough about me - here is the card I made for Darren for our anniversary last month:

I began with making the background with Distress Oxides, water and watercolour card - I was so pleased how it turned out - then I stamped the gorgeous image from So Suzy Stamps in Black Versafine with my Misti so I could stamp it several times to get a good silhouette impression.  The sentiments were stamped from various sets on inked snippets of card, cut out, edged with a black alcohol marker then added to the panel.  I edged the panel with Distress Oxides, glued it to a black card base then added Glossy Accents to the little heart. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - use Snippets.
That's Crafty - Animal Magic.
Time Out Challenges -  Word Challenge - as below. My husband makes me very happy and I am grateful for that.  The word 'happy' is also on the card.

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Stamp it On.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thank you again for visiting me - have a wonderful week!  Take care!  Christine xxx

Monday, 30 July 2018

Under The Sea!

Hello!  Thank you so much for visiting me - I appreciate it lots.  My card today is one I made for my fabulous big Brother's birthday which was on Saturday.

My idea was for an underwater scene down by the sea bed.  The background is mostly done with various blue Distress Inks and an ink blending tool.  I used the side of the tool rather than using it flat to get the effect I wanted then also did the same with some plain water too.  The sand colour is actually done with light brown Brusho which I sprinkled on a tile, added water, then used a blending tool to apply in the same way - I didn't have the correct colour of Distress Ink. The netting is from a very cheap pack of three colours that I have had for years - I pulled some of the threads out to make it look less perfect - I could have roughed it up more but only just thought of that!  The gorgeous seahourse and star fish die cuts were gifted to me by my  lovely friend Anne, the sentiment is cut from a scrap of white card using a die by Presscut and the real little shells I bought in a pack years ago and they are glued on with Pinflair Glue Gel.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Artistic Stamper - Distress It.
Simon Say's Stamps Monday Challenge - Wild Things.
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
Time Out Challenges 'Home Sweet Home' Photo Challenge.  Here is the photo to inspire us:

I used the picture on the wall as my inspiration as well as the overall colour scheme.

Thank you again for visiting me and have a fabulous week.

Take care - Christine

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Stand Out In The Crowd!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me - I really appreciate it!  A couple of days ago it was my lovely friend Anne's birthday.  Many of you will already know Anne and her awesome work and will know what a kind and lovely lady she is.  Here is the card I made her:

The background is a piece of watercolour card inked with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks.  Then I added droplets of water, sprayed with Glimmer Mist then, when dry, stencilled with the same inks through some dry wall tape.  I stamped the cool flowers from AAL & Create #44 designed by Tracy Evans (which I bought with a voucher I won from That's Crafty in a previous challenge - thank you so much) in Black Versafine then stamped the smaller flower heads again on old book pages and cut out.  The taller flower heads were stamped on some snippets of green inked card and cut out then I paper pieced them all onto the inked panel after inking the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.  The sentiment is stamped on a snippet of white card inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, stamped in Black Versafine using a Clarity Stamp alphabet set then I cut it out and edged each piece with black alcohol marker.  The little butterflies are cut with Sizzix Decorative Strip Die Butterfly Frenzy, again with old book paper then edged with Black Soot Distress Ink which I brought in further to darken the butterflies up a bit to match the flowers.  I added Magenta and Orange Peel Stickles to the green flower and Magenta Stickles to the butterflies attaching the panel to a black card base with glue to finish.  I love these quirky flowers!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Close to Nature.
Country View - In The Summer Garden.
The Artistic Stamper - Distress It.
Butterfly Challenge - Spin The Wheel With The Letter 'O' - I have used Orange, Old Rose and Oval (the tall flowers are oval shaped - I hope that counts!).
Allsorts - Flowers All Over.

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you have had a lovely weekend - I did!  I got back this evening after spending a few days with my daughter and my granddaughters - I had a lovely time with my three gorgeous girls!

Take care.  Christine xxx

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