Thursday, 24 December 2020

Happy Gnomeness!

Thank you so much for visiting me!  I have a Christmas card today - in fact it is the Christmas card I made for my husband, Darren.


The gnomes are from Two Jay's Stamp Company and were stamped and embossed on snippets of white card, coloured with Sentimentally Yours watercolour pens, fussy cut out then glued inside the wonderful Lavinia wreath which was stamped in nocturn Versafine Clair in first and second generation ink.  The additional little stamps are from the same Lavinia set except the snowflakes which are a separate Lavinia set of just snowflakes.  The Heart is from a Sizzix  die set and is cut from a snippet of red card and the hanger is a snippet of white card cut to fit. then coloured in.  There is Glossy Accents on the darker berries on the wreath, the heart, the hats, the buttons and the boots.  Red stickles in the centre of the snowflakes and glitter everywhere!  The fur on the gnomes hats is actually dries white glue with added glitter.  The card is a 7 x 7 inch with mats cut with dies.  I was pleased how this turned out and Darren loves it!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

We Love Chocolate Baroque - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challange Blog - Sparkle and Shine.
Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas.
Darnell's NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff - Mine is the Gnomes.

Thank you again for visiting me and whatever you do this Christmas/holidays - have the best time you  possibly can.  For those of you who are sad this year - I send you extra special thoughts and hugs.  

Take care and stay safe. Hugs.  Christine xxxxxx

Monday, 21 December 2020

Advent Calendars!

Hello and thank you for visiting me!  It's not a card from me today - its advent calendars I made for my Granddaughters Freya and Millie.  Well, I said made I actually decorated the 25 drawer wooden units that I bought quite cheaply from The Works.



I left the actual units in the plain wood.  I sanded the finger holes just to make sure there were no sharp edges for little fingers to catch on then I primed with Gesso and painted with different colour acrylic paints.  Then I used a few ready made embellishments but mostly lots and lots of snippets of card and  paper die cut from all the smaller sized Christmas dies I have together with numbers and scalloped circles. I glued everything on with matt medium going over everything with matt medium to give it extra strength.  Then oodles of Stickles glitter glue was added to every drawer for lots of sparkle.  When everything was good and dry, I topped it all off with a coat of Glossy Mod Podge to seal and protect.  I want them to last year after year.  I filled the drawers with chocolates, gifts, large Christmas sequins and other bits and bobs all wrapped up in tissue paper.

I have to say, they are going down really well!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas.
Christmas Crafts All Year Round -  Gifts or something to put gifts in.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Sparkle and Shine.

Thank you again for visiting me.  Take care and stay safe! Hugs  - Christine xxx

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Birthday Birds!

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.  Sorry I haven't been around much lately - I always seem to be apologising don't I?

A birthday card today - next time will be back to Christmas.  I made this for my friend's son - apparently he was very pleased with it!



The background was cut from a piece of card I had used for cleaning my brayer.  The birds are stamped on snippets of white card using Versafine Clair nocturn embossed with clear powder.  I then coloured with Sentimentally Yours watercolour pens, fussy cut them out then glued them in a tower to the panel.
The little stars were die cut from a snippet of red card and the words from another snippet of white card.  The stamp set I used is Aall and Create 346 For The Birds - I can't remember off hand which set the words came from.  I made the green card base - its DL size.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff - Mine is the For The Birds stamp set.
We Love Chocolate Baroque - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - Anything with Wings.
Time Out Challenges - Its all about the words - I chose Wings.

I hope you are coping ok with Covid and Christmas however it is being handled in whatever part of the world you are in.  We are still staying in and not seeing anyone except for the odd garden visit.  We are happy to stay that way until we get the vaccine which will hopefully be in the not too distant future!

Thank you again for visiting me. Take care and stay safe. Hugs. Christine xxx

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Oh Christmas Tree!

 Hello and thank you so much for visiting me!  I have a Christmas card today and it is the first one I have made this year.  The time has gone by so quickly  I can hardly believe its December next month.



I used a clear stamp set called O Christmas Tree by Creative Expressions.  I bought it in an online sale very cheaply recently and I love it!  It cried out for snippets of left over patterned paper and fussy cutting.  I stamped the trees and pots in Nocturne Versafine Clair on leftover pieces of patterned paper - the starry paper is Lily of the Valley - I treasure my pads of their paper and keep every snippet as they only do digital paper now.  The pots I am not sure which paper pad the snippets are from.  The tree stumps are stamped on snippets of white card and stamped with Distress Oxide - I think I used Frayed Burlap. When they were all stamped, I fussy cut them out and glued them onto a white panel then used my Misti to stamp the stars and sentiment in the correct places, I used Versafine Clair Glamorous. Everything is from the same stamp set. Then I got my quickie glue pen and glitter and added oodles of sparkle to the whole card - well it is a  Christmas card!  The panel was then added to a card base.  I was going to make a coloured card base but changed my mind and went with white.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff
Time Out Challenges - Quick - I can't believe how quickly December and Christmas have come around!

Thank you again for visiting me.

Take care and stay safe!  Hugs Christine xxx

Friday, 16 October 2020

Orange Flowers!

 Hello and thank you for visiting me!  A bright and cheerful card today.

The flower and butterfly stamps are from Sentimentally Yours and were stamped in black Versafine Clair and embossed with clear powder.  The butterfly is stamped on a snippet of card as well as the panel then glued on top of the stamped image.  The colouring is done with Sentimentally Yours Watercolour brush pens and the die which looks like wood along with the 'Hi', are from a set by Waffle Flower called Message Boards.  They were cut from snippets of card.  I added lots of stickles for sparkle.




I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies's Snippets playground - Use Snippets.

Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff - Mine are the flower, butterfly and  Message Board die set.

The Flower Challenge - Circle/Circles - There are circles in my flowers.

We Love Chocolate Baroque - Anything Goes.

Make my Monday Challenge - Orange as dominant colour.


Well, it looks like the Covid numbers are going up here in the UK.  Not good at all!  They are not as high here in the Bournemouth area as in some other parts of the country but are the highest in the South.  Hopefully they will remain under control.  I am still staying firmly indoors and staying safe!  Although I am off to have a flu jab tomorrow and had  to go to the dentist earlier in the week but apart from that not going anywhere.  


Anyway, please look after yourselves - take care and stay safe!  Hugs Christine xxx

Friday, 2 October 2020

Who's For A Cocktail?

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me! I think at the moment we could all do with a little tipple the way things are going with the virus!  Here is a card I made for a friend's 60th birthday earlier in the year.




I began by making the background by blending Distress Oxides and added a bit of stamping too.  The glasses and contents were all cut with snippets of white card from a die set by Sue Wilson.  The '60' is from a die set from The Works and I cannot remember the make of the Cheers die.  I embossed my inked 'drinks' with a folder called Waterfall by Couture Creations and added Stickles glitter glue for sparkle.  I think the effect looks like bubbles.  

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Everything except the base card and large panel are snippets.
Darnell's NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff - mine is the cocktail die set.
Time Out Challenges - Inspired by words.

I am very behind with commenting on your lovely blogs again, I am so sorry!  I am pretty slow at most things - I haven't made one Christmas card yet and I am decorating wooden advent calendars for my two Granddaughters - you guessed it, I haven't started those either!  I need the energy or a normal person instead of an ME/CFS sufferer!  Sorry. I shouldn't moan!  

Anyway, I am loving the darker evenings, they are so cosy!  I am a real autumn/winter/lover.  Curled up on the sofa, under a blanket watching tv with a cuppa - lovely!  I know how to party!

Thank you again for visiting me.  Take care and stay safe.  Hugs Christine xxx 

Friday, 18 September 2020

All Hearts!

 A really quick post again as I have a few minutes to catch a very important post!  Its to celebrate Allsorts Challenge Blog birthday!   The theme is 'I Love' .  So my husband's anniversary card from earlier this year is perfect!  I love my husband, I love hearts and I love the Clarity stamps I used to make it!




The stamps are so fun and I stamped them on Clarity design paper which I glued to card to make thicker, then embossed with clear powder and cut out with Clarity heart dies.  The background is a Sue Wilson embossing folder and the sentiment is HobbyArt.

Would like to enter the following challenges:

Allsorts - 'I Love'
Pixies Snippet's Playground - Use Snippets - mine are the sentiment and the smaller hearts.

Have to go to catch challenge.  Thank you so much for visiting me.  Take care and stay safe.
Hugs Chris xxxxxxx