Monday, 11 December 2017

Twinkling Snowflakes!

Hello!  Thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it!  Not long to go now till Christmas - Yay!  I have two more cards to make and have posted the ones to go abroad.  Still have to write all the others though.  This Christmas card is for my Brother and Sister in Law - they gave me a voucher for my birthday and I used part of it to buy the Twinkle Die and Stamp set I used on it.  I haven't  posted it to them yet but I am pretty sure they don't look at my blog!



I used a Brusho Background that I already had.  The silver is a Pixie Powder I had used alongside the Brushos.  The snowflakes are cut from snippets of a thick white paper which has a sheen to it using Tim Holtz Sizzix Mini Snowflake dies.  Twinkle is cut from a Sheena Douglass die and the stamp I used for the sentiment is from a coordinating Sheena stamp set.  I stamped it on a snippet of the Brusho background that I had left over, with Versamark and embossed with white detail powder - cut apart and edged with a purple Promarker.  The snowflakes are dotted with lots of glitter - as are the stamped and die cut sentiments. The glitter really twinkles but you can't see it too well in the photo.  I have also dotted some white blizzard Nuvo drops in the background.  I love the Twinkle die and think it will go perfectly with my fairy stamps too!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Cuttlebug Mania - Let it Snow - Must use a manual die cutting machine - I used my Sizzix Big Shot.
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
That's Crafty - Tis The Season.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Try It On A Tuesday - Twinkle Twinkle.

Thank you again for visiting me!  Have a wonderful week, stay warm and safe if you have snow.  Here in Bournemouth we have no snow but it is very cold, although we do get it much milder here in the south than elsewhere.  I would like some snow though!

Take care!  Christine xxx

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Green Bauble Card!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Thank you so much for visiting me - I really appreciate it!  I was panicking a bit as I needed to make some quick Christmas cards to make up the number I needed and its not long till I have to post them!  I remembered a card I saw on the Fiskarettes UK Facebook Page, and I came up with this much simpler version which was perfect for what I needed!



I started off with a piece of Sheena stamping card and a couple of shades of green Brushos and gold Pixie powder.  I sprinkled the powders over the card then sprayed with quite a lot of water and picked the piece up and moved it around till it looked how I wanted.  It was very bright and very wet so I laid another piece of card on top, pressed down, which gave me two green and gold A4 pieces and I let them dry naturally.  The gold really glimmers but I am not sure how well you will be able to see in the photo.  I  punched out loads of circles with a circle punch then die cut lots of red bows from Stamplorations die set Gift Builder #2 - it cuts like a dream!  I drew the 'string' with a sparkly gold pen then glued the circle and die cut ribbon to the card base.  I am not sure what size the card base is, I have had them for ages!  I got them from QVC years ago and haven't used then - I still have lots!  They are smaller than DL.  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment, I can't remember the set it came from.  I didn't add anything extra to embellish as I needed these to be as quick and clean and simple as they could be.  I love how they turned out though!  I did over twenty in this colourway and four in purple and silver but I haven't taken a photo of one of those yet.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Green With Envy.

CutPlorations - Photo Inspiration - I used the red and green tree ornaments for inspirations.




Stamplorations CAS Challange - Anything CAS with the optional colour twist of Gold.



Country View Challenges - Christmas with the option of Red, Green and Rust.

Time Out Challenges - Photo Inspiration - I took inspiration from the hanging red and green stockings.



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

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Winter Wonderland!

Hello and thank you so much for stopping by my little blog!  Three similar Christmas cards today - I love making Christmas cards and actually start in January but am always still trying to get them finished in November!









The sentiment started me off on these cards - it came free with a magazine last year.  The backgrounds are all using snippets I had left of Brusho backgrounds I made earlier this year - I never throw any small pieces away and as these are all small cards, 5 x 5 inches and A6, these little pieces were perfect and I still have another complete A4 sheet that I made at the same time!  The scene dies both came free with magazines - the stag die was one of last years and the three trees on the hillside came with two other dies from a recent Simply Cards and Papercraft that my daughter, Sarah, bought for me.  The first card is the full stag die but on the second card I ripped the stag's antlers when removing it from the die so cut the stag out completely and replaced it with two of the trees from the hillside die as I couldn't bear to waste it! I used MFT Rectangle Peek-A-Boo Window die for the third card as well as the freebie hillside die.  I love how it looks!  The stars are part of the stag die.  All the die cutting was done with my Sizzix Big Shot.  All the Winter Wonderland pieces were glued to dark blue card bases - all the bases are the same colour even though they look slightly different in the photos!  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiments in Majestic Blue Versafine then added the little stones to the stars along with lots of glitter for sparkle then finally - a winter wonderland is not complete without falling snow - I dotted all the backgrounds with my white Posca pen.  I made six of these cards altogether, two of each.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Time Out - Inspired by Words - the sentiment was my starting point.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Inspired by a Christmas Carol or Winter Themed Song - Walking in a Winter Wonderland was my song, I love it!
Pixies Snippet's Playground - Use Snippets - mine were the snippets of Brusho backgrounds along with snippets of white card for the stag and tree scenes.
Rudolph Day's  - Anything Goes As Long As Its Christmas.
Cuttlebug Mania - Let it Snow and Manual Die Cutting Machine Must Be Used - mine was my Sizzix Big Shot.

Thank you again for visiting and take care!  Christine xxx


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Another Wild Flower Silhouette!

Hello, thank you so much for visiting me and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my lovely friends who are celebrating!

Today I have another wild flower silhouette card which is similar to a card I posted Here.  This one below is much brighter with a black sentiment, flower and butterfly, and I added some all important stencilling which I think really makes a huge difference!


The background is one that I already made from a mop up and I added some stamping with chicken wire from Creative Expressions and a little Sheena Douglass splatter stamp.  I thought the background needed something extra so I took Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and some of that DIY tape with the little grid (I can't remember what it is called), stencilled through it, and it made it perfect - well in my mind anyway!  I do love stencilling.  The flowers are from Tim Holtz Sizzix die set Wildflower, the little butterfly is from Butterfly Frenzy strip die from Sizzix and the sentiment is from Paperartsy Jofy 09 stamped in Versamark embossed with white powder.  A few sequins for a little bling and all done.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Stencil it.
Country View Challenges - Stencils.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Try It On A Tuesday - Colourful.

Thank you again for visiting me.  Take care.  Christine xxx



Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Thank You Owl!

Hello and thank you for visiting me!  I really appreciate it!  Here is a thank you card I made recently.

This post is for a special event going on at Stamplorations.  Its their 3rd Annual Giving Thanks Blog Hop, and Wishlist Linky Party and in that respect, here is a link to my Stamploration Wishlist. For a chance to join in and maybe win an awesome prize, you should head over to Stamplorations and take a look - their products are seriously awesome!





I stamped this gorgeous (free with Craft Stamper) owl on a snippet of white card with Black Versafine and embossed with clear powder.  I then coloured the image with Pro Markers and added bling with Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.  The branch was in my bits box, I can't remember which die I used to cut it.  Before I glued the owl down I sponged the background with some pink Distress Oxide Ink.  The little stars are stamped with silver using a couple of the small stamps from Winnie and Walter Big Bang Confetti with the Thank You coming from a HobbyArt sentiment set.  I love the cheeky winking owl!

I would also like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Thank you again for visiting me!  Take care.  Christine xxx

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