Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mum's out there!  Have a lovely day with lots of treats!  My card isn't actually a Mother's Day card but could be used for one.

I started by masking the outside of the white panel with stencil tape then inked with Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean Distress inks.  I used a Special Touch mask and inked through with the same inks to create the background flowers then spritzed with Glimmer Mist and dried with a heat gun.  After removing the tape, I stamped the Clarity Cow Parsley and Sentiment in Versafine and embossed with clear Detail Powder.  I also drew a wobbly line round the inking with a silver Stardust Sakura pen.  I matted on black, then a piece of card inked with the same DI colours, then a 7 x 7 black base card and added some pink pearls in the corners.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Clarity Flower Power
That's Crafty Inky Antics

Please pop over to see the Design Team projects and other cool entries.  Thank you so much for visiting me, I appreciate it so very much!  Have a lovely day and take care! Christine xx

Friday, 28 March 2014


I am getting messy again with this one after my very clean and simple card last time!  

The main image is from a clear set by Debbi Moore - there are four similar images in the set and I had forgotten how fab they are.  This is the second time I have used one recently.  The 'Dream' sentiment and the danglers are clear stamps by Inky Doodles, the 'Happy Birthday' is a Penny Black wooden stamp and the extra little background stars are Lavinia.  The background is made using Spun Sugar, Weathered Wood and Picked Raspberry Distress Paints -  Iced Spruce and Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, water, Glimmer Mist and a Special Touch mask.  I never really use bows but dug out my bow maker and used it for the first time!  Its not the best bow in the world but with the jewel brad added, I quite like it!  
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
'Dream' is the theme at Hel's fab blog and 'Inky Antics' is what That's Crafty are looking for.  If you have the time, please pop over and see the amazing samples and other brilliant entries.  
Thank you so much for visiting me, I appreciate it loads and loads!  Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.  Take care.  Christine xx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Visible Image Favourite Stamp challenge

Having to choose a favourite stamp from a selection is very hard!  The Visible Image Challenge for March is to do just that!  I chose this fabulous car as its so useful for male cards and its such a cool image!

Its quite a clean and simple card, I think the image speaks for itself.  Its stamped in Black Versafine and embossed with clear detail powder.  I heated it from the reverse so the embossing was really smooth.  Its matted using a Sizzix die, the arrows on the base card are from a Tim Holtz set and again are stamped in Black Versafine and embossed with Clear Powder heated from the reverse.  An addition of some Card Candi and it was done!  Please pop over to Visible Image and see the DT makes and other fab entries.  I think their stamps are brilliant quality, the ones I have stamp out perfectly.  I really appreciate your visit to my little ole' blog - thank you so very much!  Take care.  Christine xx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Quote and Lyrics Challenge - Art and/or Road

The current challenge at The Craft Barn is Art and/or Road - I went for Road and chose the song King of the Road written and originally recorded by country singer Roger Miller. Its another song I love! Definitely a theme with this challenge so far - I always go for the first song that pops into my head that fits and its always one I love!  The song is about a hobo who, in spite of being a 'man of means by no means' is happy with his freedom and way of life.  My tag features no hobo but a happy cat instead!

The background and trees are done with Distress Inks.  The smug looking cat is stamped in black Versafine and embossed with detail clear powder then coloured with Promarkers.  The crown is done in the same way but on separate card and stuck onto the main image.  The cat and 'cattitude' come from an old clear stamp set that I think I bought from Lakeland when they used to sell craft products.  The square letters are from a big set of embellishments I have also had for ages.  The ribbon is from my stash.  This is a very simple tag but I love the cat who looks like he is strutting up the road as if he owns it!  Please pop over to the Craft Barn if you would like to see the DT projects and other fab entries.  Thank you so much for visiting me, it means so very much to me! Christine xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Surprise! - Happy Belated Birthday to Anita

My card today is for Anita who has an amazing blog, My Papercraft World. Anita is an inspirational crafter and a wonderful blog friend who gives so many of us oodles of support.  We missed her birthday cause she kept it quiet so Bev at Happy Dance has organised this belated birthday party and Darnell at djkardkreations is hosting the Linky party.  Bev and Darnell's blogs are wonderful too!  Well Anita, here is my card for you - I really hope you like it!

To create the coloured strip, I inked through a section masked off with stencil tape.  I used Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, splashed with water then stamped with the Spiced Malmalade, not re-inking each time for contrast.  The leaf stamp is from a Sheena Douglass set Only Words - Heart.  I then removed the tape and stamped the Clarity Stamp Edelweiss with black Versafine and embossed with clear detail powder.  I coloured it in with a combination of Distress Inks and Promarkers then went over the image with clear Wink of Stella for sparkle. The sentiment is by Hobby Art.
I just want to say 'THANK YOU' Anita for all your inspiration and support. It means a lot! I hope you enjoy your belated party! Happy Birthday!!!  Luv' Christine xxx

I think this card is suitable to be entered into the Clean and Simple Challenge over at The Paper Players. I just spotted this challenge at Darnell's blog!  There are some cool DT cards and other fab entries.  Pop over and have a look!  Also it fits in with this weeks Sunday Stamper Week 299 at Hel's Fab Blog which is 'Happy'.  I think this card qualifies as to me, its a very happy flower, its a happy birthday card and the colours scream happy to me too!  I hope Hels agrees!  xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

White, Red and Gold Christmas Card

I hope you all had a fab weekend!  This is a very quick post as my Daughter and Granddaughter are due any minute and I can't wait to see them!  The monthly challenge over at IndigoBlu is 'Going for Gold'.  I decided to make a start on my Christmas cards so this is what I made.

I used the fabulous Baubles Flourish from IndigoBlu.  Its stamped in gold pigment ink and embossed with Gold detail powder.  I covered most of the stamp up with masking tape and inked it up, them removed the tape before stamping to get the single ornament.  The sentiment is a topper I have had for ages.  A bit of mat and layering, Treasured Gold gilding wax round the edges and a few stones and job done!  Thank you so much for visiting.  If you can, please pop over to IndigoBlu to see the other entries and amazing DT makes.  Bye for now and take care!  Christine xx

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Quotes and Lyrics Challenge Marriage and Age

The challenge at The Craft Barn this time is Marriage and Age, I went for Marriage.  The song I chose was Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra first recorded in 1955.

The background is Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress Inks along with A Special Touch heart mask, Creative Expressions Heart Stamp with a bit of added Treasured Gold and Pearl glimmer mist.  The horseshoe is from a Wedding stamp set from Joanna Sheen and the horse and carriage is from Stamp it Australia - Birds and Butterflies.  The ribbon, hearts and flowers are from my stash.  If you can, please pop over to The Craft Barn to see the other fab entries and DT projects.  Thank you for visiting me, I really appreciate it!  Take care and have a lovely weekend.  Christine xx