Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Clean and Simple Fairy Cards

I have gone 'clean and simple' for this one.  The stencil is the smallest of two Ginkgo leaves on the fabulous Clarity stencil - I love the shape - they are supposed to be green but I did mine in shades of purple.  Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink sponged through the stencil to be precise with Peeled Paint for the stem.  I sprayed some Glimmer Mist through the stencil too for a touch of shimmer. The fairy and sentiment are also both Clarity and are stamped in black Versafine.  I mounted the piece on shimmery card which just shows at the edges and the fairy dust is white opal Liquid Pearls sprinkled with Glamour Dust.  There was a lot of ink and Glimmer Mist left on the stencil that I didn't want to waste, so I took another piece of card and pressed it on the top of the stencil - painted in a couple of lines for definition and added two fairies and the sentiment.  I quite like how it turned out.

I mounted this one on darker purple card as it looked better than the shimmery card.

I would like to enter the following challenges;

Clarity Stamp  - Anything Goes
The Craft Barn - Clean and Simple (I won last weeks challege, Yay!  Thank you Craft Barn!)
That's Crafty - Stencils and Masks
CASology - Wings

These are all wonderful Challenge Blogs, well worth a visit!

Thank you for visiting me - I appreciate it so very much!
Take care - Christine xxx

Monday, 27 July 2015


Yay!  Another Christmas card for my stash and using the fabulous HobbyArt sentiment that I love!  I think the font on this is just awesome and makes a stunning focal point.  I stamped it with Versafine and embossed it with silver detail powder and coloured it with a blue Promarker.  I cut it out with a Spellbinders label die and inked through the die with Distress Ink.  The embossing in the background is done with a Cuttlebug folder then I added watered down Distress Ink, dried with my heat gun and added a bit more ink just to the raised areas. Then I drew on some dots with a silver Sharpie pen and added  little pearls for bling.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

HobbyArt - 'Words' - in my case - just one word!
Rudolph Days - Anything goes as long as its Christmas.

Please pop over to both of these blogs - they are fabulous!

Thank you so much for visiting me - your visits and comments mean so much!
Take care, Christine xxx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Beautiful Colours of Brushos!

Brushos are fabulous pots of powder pigment - I bought some a long time ago and have only used them a time or two so thought they needed to be played with again!  I have seen them used a lot on various blogs, on Youtube and demonstrated at the recent Newbury Papercraft Show.  I have made three cards with the same stamp but using different colours.  I haven't added sentiments or other embellishments as I couldn't decide at the moment what to add or even whether to just leave them as they are.

The stamp is by Woodware and the top and bottom ones are stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder and the middle one is stamped with Black Versafine and embossed with clear powder.   All I did then was sprinkle very small amounts of the different colours of Brushos in the areas I wanted them, then gently spritzed with water and watched the magic happen!  I dabbed areas with a piece of kitchen towel when I wanted the colour to be paler or changed.  I used watercolour card for this cause it works so well with the water.  I really like the effect - its loose and shows the beautiful colours.  I think I will be playing with these cool little pots of colour a lot more!

I would like to enter the following:

The Craft Barn Weekly Challenge - Circle and Flower (s) - I hope its ok that I have done Circle (s) and Flower!

Hel's Sunday Stamper - Beautiful or Beauty - Hels Sunday Stamper this week is dedicated to
Lily Chilvers who recently died too young after a short battle with cancer.  Lily was the artist who gave us the little Octopode monsters and she was a beautiful lady.  I have not used her stamp designs myself but have really enjoyed seeing lots of awesome artwork using these fabulous quirky little monsters.  Here is a picture of Lily - you can see why Hels chose the word 'Beautiful'.

Please spare a moment to think of Lily's family and friends during this sad time, thank you.

Also, please hop over to the The Craft Barn and Hel's blogs - there are fabulous things to see on both!

Thank you for visiting me, I really appreciate it lots and lots!  Take care.  Christine xxx

Monday, 6 July 2015

Stamplorations 2nd Birthday!

Stamplorations is a fantastic blog and a fantastic online store and they are celebrating their second birthday and this is my card to join in the fun!  The sentiment on the front of this is 'Enjoy' so the card could be for any occasion and for either sex although I suddenly remembered a friends birthday which is tomorrow and used it for that.  The sentiment inside is 'your Birthday'.

The kingfisher is from Stamplorations set Small Birds and the word 'Enjoy' is from their Trendy Butterflies set.  The little shapes round the balloon are Winnie and Walter - Big Bang Confetti and the balloon is made using a Clearly Besotted Die.  All the colouring (masked strip, kingfisher and balloon are Distress inks with the words and outline of the Kingfisher with Colbolt Archival.  The Distress colours are Fired Brick, Mermaid Lagoon and Scattered Straw.  I added clear Wink of Stella and Glimmer Mist for a bit of sparkle.  The string is a little off cut I had floating about.

I would like to enter this into the Stamplorations 2nd Anniversary Linky Party - Below is the Mood Board we had for inspiration.  Stamplorations has had a blog hop this last week too which was awesome!

I would also like to enter this into the Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge.

You must pop over to pay them a visit - the blog and store are both awesome!

Thank you so much for visiting me - I am trying hard to blog and craft a bit more regularly!  Take care.  Luv Chris xxx