Thursday, 9 November 2017

Another Floral Card!

Hello!  Thank you for visiting me - I am so grateful!  I made this card a while ago - it was for my wonderful Sister, Lilian's birthday.

The stamp is Bejeweled by Penny Black and I love it!  I used watercolour card for this along with my Misti stamping platform.  I inked the stamp up with a combination of Distress Markers and Distress Inks then lightly spritzed the stamp and closed the door of the Misti.  I was then able to repeat the process until I was happy with result.  I inked a piece of scrap card with the same colours and cut the three little butterflies out using dies that came free with a magazine.  The sentiment is stamped using black Versafine with stamps from MFT Label Maker Sentiments.  I splattered the background lightly with some of the watered down inks then when dry attached to a green mat then a white card base.  The little black stones were used to coordinate with the sentiment strips.  I have made two more similar cards at the same time but using different colours as I just adore this stamp so much!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Flower Power.
That's Crafty - Forever Floral.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Fab Challenges!

Thank you again for visiting!  Take care - Christine xxx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Wild Flower Silhouette!

Hello, thank you so much for visiting me!  I haven't  crafted for a while but have finally managed to get back into my craft room for a little while - I have so enjoyed it!

I started back with a very simple card using a scrap of mop up card from my bits box.  I added some stamping with Distress Inks using a Creative Expressions Chicken Wire stamp and another little stamp from a Sheena set. I then inked the edges with Black Soot Distess Ink.  I die cut one of the flowers from Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers set both in black and white snippets of card then layered the white over the black to give a shadow effect then adhered to the panel.  The sentiment is from PaperArtsy stamp set Jofy09 - its stamped in black on a scrap of white card then snipped into sections and glued to the panel.  I nearly forgot!  The little butterfly is cut using Butterfly Frenzy Strip Die by Sizzix.  I used a square card base - job done!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets
That's Crafty - Forever Floral.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

All of these are fab challenges!

Thank you again for visiting me!  I really appreciate it - Take care - Christine xxx

Friday, 27 October 2017

Happy Anniversary Cats!

Hello from a sunny Bournemouth today - thank you so much for visiting!  Another cat card today in honour of the Cat Lovers Hop!  In my last blog post here I explained why we can't have a cat now and showed a picture of the last gorgeous cat we had.  Today, in honour of the Cat Lover's Hop, here is a photo of Lulu who was our previous kitty.  She was a little six week old kitten when she came to us.  She is a beautiful old lady here and we lost her about eight years ago.  She was adorable, cuddly and very good tempered and a bit haughty as she got older, which added to her charm!  We had Lulu and Lucky (from the previous post)  together for a while, she never tried to attack or hurt him but she did hiss at Lucky sometimes and do her best to ignore him but he absolutely adored her and followed her everywhere!  After we lost Lulu, Lucky was so sad and moped about for months cause he missed her so much!  We still miss them both incredibly!

No stamping at all on this card -  I made it for my Daughter and Son-in Law, Sarah and Dom's 5th Anniversary which was a few weeks ago.

I began with the square of white card from my bits box and used a circle stencil to ink through with various Distress Inks to give the appearance of a night sky.  I had also added the small circle mask before I started inking, for the moon.  I spritzed with glimmer mist, dabbed with some kitchen roll then removed the stencil and the mask and added some yellow ink to the moon.  I cut the stars from a scrap of yellow card using a Mama Elephant die then added these and the blue layer of card and glued to my Kraft card base.  As the fifth anniversary is signified by wood, I thought these two wooden cats would be perfect along with the little wooden hearts so I added them with Cosmic Shimmer glue.  I am pleased to say, Sarah and Dom liked it!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Cat Lovers Hop 2017 - You must have a cat as a focal point

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
Bizzy Becs  - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you again for visiting me and take care! xxx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cat Lovers Hop 2017

Hello, thank you for visiting me and for all your kind comments and thoughts about my not being well and not able to blog/craft lately.  You are all such lovely people!  I am still feeling pretty rubbish and am blogging a card I made a while ago - for my son Michael's birthday way back in May!  Its perfect for the Cat Lovers Hop so a good time for it.  Darren, my husband, and I both love cats but unfortunately are not in a position to have one these days with both of us being on long term sick.  Our finances are hardly enough to keep us so it would be unfair to  have a cat, as much as we would love one!  Their food, vet bills, insurance etc. being costly. Also looking after one would not always be easy for us.  We last had a cat with us four years ago.  Unfortunately he was elderly and got very sick and had to leave us.  We still miss him - his name was Lucky and he actually came with the house we live in as the previous owners could no longer have him.  He was very timid, absolutely gorgeous and so good tempered, bless him!  Here is a piccie,

Here is the card I made for Michael with cats on it that look complete pickles to me and not so timid!

The 'Son' is a Papermania stamp which was stamped with Versafine ink and coloured with Promarkers.  I then stamped the fun silhouette cats which are from a very old NBUS (never before used Schtuff) clear stamp set, The Cat's Meow  by Hunkydory and they were stamped in Black Versafine using my Misti so I could re-stamp several times to get perfect silhouette stamping and perfect placement. The footprints were stamped as a background using a footprint from the same stamp set in Vintage Sepia Versafine.   The sentiment is stamped in Black Versafine using Label Maker Sentiments from My Favorite Things on orange card then I finished off with card candy along with Glossy Accents on the 'Son' and the green cats eyes.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Cat Lovers Hop - 2017 - You must have a cat as the focal point of your project.

Penny Black and More - Close to Nature.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Thank you again for visiting.  Hope you are having a fab week.  Take care. Christine xxx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Autumn Leaves!

Hello, Thank you so much for visiting me!  I am not doing too well at the moment.  My ME/CFS is really bad so the description will be less than normal as writing this post is quite difficult for me.  I haven't been crafting for a while but, luckily, have quite a few cards I have already made but have not blogged so I can keep up with you and enter challenges when I can.

Products used: 

The leaf is from a Creative Expressions stamp set - I can't remember the name.
Bronze, Gold and Mottled Green embossing powders.
Versamark ink.
Scraps of Kraft card.
Spellbinders Labels Four.
Autumn word stamp by Clarity Stamp.
Cream Card.
Gorgeous mottled bronze/gold shiny card base.
Scrap of string.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Pixie's Snippets Playgound - Use Snippets.
That's Crafty - Forever Autumn.
A Vintage Journey - Crazy for Autumn Colour.
Allsorts - Trees and Leaves.
Penny Black Allsorts - Close to Nature.

I will visit your blogs when I can.  Thank you so much for visiting.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Thursday, 28 September 2017

More Flamingos - Anniversary Flamingos this time!

Another Flamingo post and two posts on the same day!  That's not like me at all!

It's my fabulous Mum and Dad-in-Law's Wedding Anniversary today - Happy Anniversary Sue and Roger - I hope your day has been lovely!  Here is their card:

I started with the fabulous Flamingo Die-Namics die set by MFT.   I cut the pieces out and glued them together to make the two flamingos, the wings and beaks are painted with clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.  The large heart came with the flamingo die set too!  The patterned paper I used for the green circle and the sentiment banner are from a fabulous paper pad by Anna Marie Designs called Blissful Green - my lovely friend Anne gave it to me - thank you Anne!  The circle dies are Spellbinders and the Stitched Fishtail Banners are Elizabeth Crafts.  The sentiment is from Hobby Art clear stamp set, General Greetings and the little hearts are from a die from Spellbinders Flutter Love.  The main image and banner are popped up on foam tape for dimension.  I have just noticed that I forgot to give the flamingos their black eyes!  Silly me!  So sorry Sue and Roger! xxx

I would like to enter the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Fly Away.
Allsorts Challenge - Things with Wings.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Fabulous Challenges!

Thank you so much for visiting me!  Take care.  Christine xxx

Flamingos for Millie's Birthday!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me!  It was my youngest Granddaughter, Millie's 2nd birthday earlier this month and here is the card I made for her:

The flamingos are made with an awesome Die-namics die set by MFT called, funnily enough, Flamingos!  I bought the set with some birthday money that was part of my present from my lovely Mum and Dad-in-Law, back in August - thank you so much Sue and Roger - I love this set!  Its the first time I have used it!  I cut all the pieces for the flamingos from scraps of card and paper then glued them together to make the birds - I think they are so cool and I will be using them lots!  The flowers were also cut from scraps using Spellbinders Cherry Blossom die set.  The yellow circle, also a scrap, was cut using a fab set I bought from the Works very cheaply - the stitched square was also cut using a Works die (also its the first time I have used this set) and a scrap of white card which I inked with Distress Inks.  The two is cut from a very old die set, I am not sure of the make.  The flowers, number two and the flamingos beaks and wings are all painted with clear Spectum Noir Sparkle Pen and I made the base card to match the Flamingos - luckily I had some full sheets of card to match! I dotted the eyes in with a very fine black marker and added a touch of glossy accents. I am pleased to report Millie liked it - I knew she liked flamingos.

**Addition - I forgot to say that the sentiment is by Lili of the Valley and is stamped in black Versafine.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS 12 Challenge - Use something NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff.
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
That's Crafty - Fly Away.
Allsorts Challenge - Things with Wings.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

All wonderful challenges!

Thanks again for visiting me, I will be back later today with more Flamingos!
Take care!  Christine xxx