Friday, 17 March 2017

Paper Pieced Bird!

Hello and welcome!  Thank you so much for stopping by, its lovely that you have!  Here is a cute bird card using paper piecing which I don't do very often but really enjoyed so must do it more.  All the design paper I used were left over bits from a very old 12 x 12 pad that I bought from QVC when I first started crafting.  Its huge and I still have loads left but this card is made using just leftovers.

I have had the Docrafts Bird stamp for ages too and this is the first time I have used it.  First I stamped the image in black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then stamped again on the various colours of design paper, again using Black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then cut out the body from the mint green, the wing from pink and the beak from orange.  The butterfly is die cut using Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings and the flowers are Crafts Too punches - all are cut using matching scrap pieces of paper.  I used a couple of coats of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the flowers, butterfly and the birds wing for sparkle - its looks sparklicious in real life but the photo doesn't pick it up, sorry.  I also added some pink pearls for added bling.  I paper pieced the paper onto the bird and added Glossy Accents to the beak and eye.  The bottom edge of the white panel is cut with two parts of the Sue Wilson Triple Gemini Die - Pictor which I was lucky enough to win some time ago.  The white panel is edged with a tiny bit of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and I also used it around the edges of the Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers that I added as a last detail.  The card base is a white 5 x 7 inch card covered with another piece of the mint green paper.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies's Snippets Playground - use snippets -  all of my design paper is snippets!
Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterflies plus E for edges and/or mint green - I managed both!
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature.
That's Crafty - Bling it up.- I wish all the sparkle showed in the photo!  At least you can see the pearls!

These are all absolutely awesome challenges with lots of fun and inspiration!

I hope your week has been going well - I suppose its nearly over now and we are heading for the weekend!  Thank you again for visiting me and take care!  Christine xxx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Darren's Birthday Card!

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by and visiting me - I am so grateful that you did!  It was my Husband, Darren's birthday on Sunday and this is the card I made him.

I began with a piece of watercolour card and I added a Clarity moon mask before I started inking with various colours of Distress Inks.  I think the colours were Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral and Fired Brick.  I was going to add my usual water and Glimmer Mist to the background (I am a creature of habit) but I like it as it is so left it alone.  I removed the mask and gently inked the white area with a tiny bit of Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  The Stamp is Rendezvous by Penny Black which I stamped in black Versafine using my Misti so I could stamp several times to get a good image as I am using textured card, then embossed with clear detail powder heating from behind to make the embossing smoother.  The 'love you' is stamped again in black Versafine using Label Maker Sentiments by My Favourite things - I can't stop using this set!  A purple mat on a black card base finished it off.  I am pleased to say, Darren really liked it!  I thought he would as I know he liked he stamp - in fact he suggested I buy it.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - Close To Nature.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

Fabulous challenges!

Have a lovely day and take care! Christine xxx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Craft Barn Have Awesome Candy!

The Craft Barn have some absolutely awesome Blog Candy up for grabs at the moment!  Here is a piccie:

Pop over to the The Craft Barn Blog and see how you could win.  I have my fingers firmly crossed! For all of us of course!  There is also lots of inspiration over there too.  Thank you Craft Barn for the chance to win!

Thank you for visiting and take care!  Christine xxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Dragonfly Thank You!

Hello and thank you for stopping by to visit me - it makes me so happy that you did!  I have a very quick post today as I want to join in with Pixie's Snippets Playground and I have left it very near the closing date!  Luckily I have a card which is perfect that I have not blogged before - Di will recognise it I am sure!

It was simple to make but I love it!  I used a punch to punch out the little dragonflies from scraps of paper from my bits box.  They were all similar papers just different colours, I think they may have been Lili of the Valley.  I Wink of Stella'd them and glued them to my Kraft card base using a faint pencil line to assure they were straight.  It was easy to erase afterwards.  The thank you is stamped with Vintage Sepia Versafine and I think I Wink of Stella'd that too! It is a Visible Image stamp.

I am entering this into Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets

Di runs such a fun challenge - I really love to join in and the inspiration you find there is amazing! Thank you Di!

I mustn't leave it so late next time!  I seem to always be saying that with challenges!

Have a fabulous weekend whatever you will be doing and take care!  Christine xxx

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Christmas Wreath with Baubles

Hello again!  I always seem to do two or three posts right at the end of the month!  I need to be more organised and do more through the month.  It all depends on how I am feeling energy wise as to what I get done - M.E.  can be such a pain!  Quick and simple Christmas card today with Cardio stamps - I love them, they are so versatile!  I must use them more often to make some cards other than wreaths - the possibilities are endless I just haven't ventured there yet!

I used stamps from four Cardio sets - Oriental Bloom, Whimsy Christmas, Elegant Baubles and Sweet Hearts.  Using all pigment inks, I began by stamping the twig to make the main structure of the wreath, added all the flowers and leaves then the baubles and hearts.  There is a lot of first, second, third and, even fourth, generation stamping to give depth.  I drew strings for the baubles using a black marker pen then used Glossy Accents on the baubles and glitter for sparkle.  The panel was glued to a red mat then a white card base and is flat for posting!  Always good!  I think I will make more of these!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

February Rudolph Days Challenge by Scrappymo - Anything Christmas.
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Use Red or Pink and add a Heart.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

I am happy to make Christmas Cards anytime and it gets me ahead for December entering Christmas Challenges nice and early!

Thank you so much for popping by - I am so happy that you have!  Will be popping around blogland over the next few days to see all the lovely makes!  Its never as much as I would like!  So sorry!

Take care!  Christine xxx

Saturday, 25 February 2017


Hello and welcome to my blog today!  Thank you so much for visiting me - I appreciate it so much!
I called this post 'Splash' cause that is what this awesome Visible Image stamp makes me think of and I have made three cards with it using similar backgrounds but different, all important, words - I just got carried away!  Here they are:

These are the most important words ever!  They come with the stamp:

These words I think are so cool (also come with the stamp).  I see them as saying, do what you want with no worries about tomorrow - just enjoy yourself!  My husband however thought they sounded like doom and gloom that tomorrow is never going to come!  We did have a laugh about it!  I like my interpretation best and I am sure that is what is meant!!!

This last one has words from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set,, Good Thoughts, and I love these words too!

The backgrounds are all made the same - in fact I did two A4 sheets so I had plenty for all the cards and words and some left over.  I used watercolour card and blended Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks over the whole sheet before adding drops of water for texture, spritzed with Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist then dried.  I used a script stamp and a texture stamp to add some detail in the same inks, then cut the card down, edged with Mermaid Loagoon ink and stamped the image using black Versafine and my Misti stamping tool.  It took lots of impressions on the textured watercolour card to get a perfect silhouette - I couldn't have got it on this particular card without the Misti.  It would have been fine with a clear block on regular stamping card as Visible Image stamps are excellent quality! The words were stamped on bits of leftover card and I edged everything using a thin black marker then glued the words on and added the panels to black square base cards.  I embellished with clear sequins on the first two using Multi Medium Matt and on the third one I added little raindrops cut from blue inked watercolour card using Memory Box die A Little Rain.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey - Words that are Special
That's Crafty - Just Words (the words are most important on my cards so I hope that counts!)
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

All are fab challenges - worth a peek!

Thank you for popping by and have a fabulous weekend!  Take care! Christine xxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day!

It's Valentines's Day today!  If you celebrate - have a lovely day and if you don't, have a lovely day! Its not everyone's cup of tea and for some its a sad day or a day full of memories, It makes some people cross!  Whichever it is for you - have the best day you can!  I love (excuse the pun) it!  I can tell Darren (my husband) I love him even more than I do every day anyway!  I know, I am a big softie!  Here is his card:

I started with the main image which is a Crafter's Companion Moonbeam Meadow rubber stamp from the Hugs and kisses set - I just love it!  I stamped it on a scrap of white card in black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then coloured with Promarkers and added a touch of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.  Its cut out using Spellbinders Labels Eighteen (which I won from Pixies Snippets Playground last year, thank you Di!).  The large hearts are cut from a piece of leftover inked card from a previous project using dies that were free with a magazine, and the small red hearts were left over from a previous project.  The background stamping is done using two stamps from Avery Elle clear stamp set Lots of Love - stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear powder.  I trimmed the blue card with one of the Stitched Basic E dies from My Favourite Things and glued it to the card base then added the three hearts which are under the main image after working out placement, then popped the image up on foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is from JustRite clear stamp set Doodled Birds (I love the sentiment so much) its embossed on snippets of the blue card with Veramark and white detail embossing powder.  After I had glued the sentiment to my card, I added the last two blue hearts and all the little red hearts to go with the red roses.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Animal Magic.
Penny Black and More - Use your Favourite Stamp (I have lots - this is one of them!).
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
That's Crafty - I Heart You.
Allsorts Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers

There is so much fun to be had by entering challenges and loads of inspiration to be found too!

I haven't been around this last week as I have been staying with my Daughter - lots of cuddles from the two Granddaughters which was lovely!  I will be popping around blogland this week for a catch up!

Thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it!
Take care! Christine xxx