Saturday, 30 November 2019

Winter Wishes!

This is the quickest blog post ever as I am going to miss a couple of challenges if I don't post this now! 

Background made using the acrylic block and Distress Oxide technique, stamps by Cardio, sentiment by Creative Expressions.   -

I would like to enter the following challenges:

November Rudolph Day's Challenge - Christmas
Country View Challenges - Hand Stamped
Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets - mine are the sentiment.

Thank you for visiting me, I really appreciate it. Take care. Christine xxx

Friday, 8 November 2019

Freya's 6th Birthday Card!

Hello!  So sorry I have been away for so long!  Sometimes things get in the way of my Blogging and I miss you all lots.  I have managed a little crafting and this is one of the cards I made.  Its my eldest Granddaughter Freya's 6th birthday card - it was her birthday last month. The inspiration for this card is from a YouTube video by the fabulous Tracey from Lavinia Stamps, and all the stamps I used are Lavinia stamps.

The background is made with a 6 inch Gelli plate, Distress Inks and Brushos.  I brayered Distress Ink onto the Gelli Plate then, using a fan brush, I splashed watered down Brushos onto it then pulled a print.  I saw Tracey at Lavinia doing this technique and its just brilliant!  The leaves and flowers are stamped with Chianti and Glamorous Versafine Clair and the beautiful Zamira is stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  The number and letters are cut with dies from snippets of card inked with the Versafine Glamorous and the little banner is a Sizzix die cut from a Snippet of white card inked with similar colours to the Gelli print.  The butterflies are from another Sizzix die and cut from more snippets, this time black.  To achieve the moon, I cut a circle mask from acetate then inked around the edge with the Chianti ink then edged it with a sparkle pen then added the same sparkle pen to Zamira's hair and dangles on her dress.  To add more sparkle, I dotted liquid pearls randomly over the circle and topped with glitter.  When dry, I adhered to a black 7 x 7 inch card base.  In real life there is lots of sparkle.

I posted this to Freya in plenty of time for her birthday and it arrived 8 days late!  I was not happy!  Luckily Freya didn't mind at all and loved the card.  I was staying with my daughter Sarah when Amanda Branston was demonstrating (brilliantly) for Lavinia on Hochanda.  Freya had been watching the show with me and had seen Zamira being demonstrated.  She loved the stamp which is why I bought it.  Apparently the first thing she said when she received the card was 'Ooh Grandma bought it!'  Good decision me thinks!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - use Snippets.

Country View Challenges - Hand Stamped.

Thank you again for visiting me - I really appreciate it especially as I have been away for so long!

Have a fabulous weekend - Take care. Christine xxx

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Sunset Wood!

Hello and thank you for visiting me!  Last week was our 15th anniversary and here is the card I made for my husband:

I started by making a black card blank that measures just over 5 inches square and cut into the front using the fabulous Clarity Treescape Aperture Die.  I then used snippets of black card to cut the little bunnies from the Baby Bunnies die set by Memory Box and the heart from Spellbinders Flutter Love.  The sunset background is made using a scrap of watercolour card which I inked with various Distress Inks then splattered with water for texture.  I glued the bunnies where I wanted them then glued the inked panel to the back of the aperture covering the watercolour card with black card on the reverse so it looks neat inside. I chose not to put a sentiment on the front as I didn't want to distract from the picture.  My photo looks a little washed out, the card is very black and the background is very vibrant, I couldn't seem to get it any better, I think I need photography lessons!  Sometimes it looks better on my tablet but when I am typing on my computer, it looks dull so I am hoping it looks better for you!

I would like to enter this into Di's fabulous Pixies Snippets Playground.

Thanks again for visiting me and I hope you are having a fabulous week!

Take care. Christine xxx

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Christmas in July!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me!

A Christmas card today.

The background is a snow embossing folder, the tree is a snippet of green card cut with a tree from Sizzix Festive Scribbles dies set.  The star and sentiment are cut from snippets of red card.  The star from Sizzix Swirling Stars and the Let is Snow is from Stamplorations.  I added lots of glitter for sparkle and made a 7 x 5 red card base.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days Challenge - Christmas.
Pixies Snippets Playground - use snippets.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stamplorations Cutplorations Summer Challenge - use a Die cut.

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you are having a wonderful week!
Take care!  Christine xxx

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Joy, Peace, and Harmony!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me.  My card today was made for the lovely and talented Anne at Redanne whose birthday it was recently. 

I chose the words cause my card is an underwater scene and joy, peace, harmony seemed perfect.  We need more of that in everyday life too I feel!

The background is one I had already inked in my pile of pre inked watercolour card, I used Distress Oxides is blues and greens. I added the waves using a new stencil by Craft Emotions.  The jelly fish and seahourse are both Lavina stamps in Versafine Clair Monarch and the seaweed, which is actually Lavinia's Snow Shrub, stamped in Garden Patina Archival ink.  The words are from a very old Debbie Moore clear stamp set and the mermaid is a die from The Works.  I covered her tail in Stickles and in real life is sparkles beautifully in lots of different shades but definitely lots of green tones. The sparkle doesn't show much in the photo, sorry!  The seahorse and jelly fish are Stickled too.  The white twine and little anchor charm finish it off.  The card base is 8 x 8 inch.  I am disappointed with the photo of this card, I took loads but none came out very well - it looks so much nicer in real life!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Charms.
Country View Challenges - Blues and Greens.

Thank you again for visiting me.  I hope your week is going well.

Take care!  Christine xxx

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Twofer Challenge - Garden!

Hello, and thank you for visiting me!  I am entering Darnell's fabulous Twofer challenge which this month is 'Garden'.

I decided to use the Sizzix Thinlets Intricate Vintage Butterfly die on both of my cards. Butterflies just make a summer garden perfect!

I see some really different cards that people make for this challenge but I am not so good at coming up with really cool, alternative ideas but I do like how these came out. 

This birthday card started off using a background that I had in my pre-made stash which I had also  used to clean a wave stencil on from a previous make which left a cool cloudy effect.  I did some second and third generation stamping using an Indigo Script stamp and the flowers and leaves are Paperartsy rubber stamps stamped in Versafine Clair.  The Butterfly is cut from an old business card of my husbands which I had painted with acrylic paint.  I have loads of them from him and his Dad and they are so useful.  I backed the pink butterfly with cream glitter card using the Bigz die that co-ordinates.  The colour added to the flowers and leaves is Imagination Crafts Starlight paints and the sentiment is a Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp. 

I love sending 'sending hugs' cards if people are feeling down, ill or have a bereavement or just because!

The background paper is Lili of the Valley and I love the little hearts scattered  down the side.  I cut the three butterflies from black card and the sentiment is using My Favourite Things Label Maker Sentiments and Versafine Clair ink.  Very simple but I love it!  I have to confess my husband has come up with an idea to use this card for something else - all to be revealed in another post!

I love supporting Darnell in this fabulous Twofer  challenge although I don't always manage it! 

Take care and have an absolutely fabulous day!  Christine xxx

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Bloom and Stencil!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me!  A CAS card today - It is actually the birthday card I sent to the wonderful Darnell who we all know and love.

I began by stencilling some lovely summery Distress Oxide colours through the Foiled Again mini stencil from Stamplorations.  I made sure to fade out towards the edges and I love the effect.  The stamping is all done with Versafine Clair in Nocturne - the flower and butterfly are from a Marion Emberson clear stamp set called On Your Special Day and the fab distressed word 'Bloom' is from the clear Hope Blooms set by Stamplorations.  I added some Stickles to the flowers for a little sparkle.

I love how this turned out and did a male version in this style that I will post another time. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Allsorts  - Clean and Simple
Penny Black and More - Summer Colours
Stamping Sensations - The Earth Laughs in Flowers
Stamplorations Summer CAS
Stamplorations - Anything Goes

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you are having a fab week!

Take care, Christine xxx