Friday, 25 November 2016

Christmas Tree Tag!

A second post from me today!  They are like a bus, nothing for ages then they all come at once! A Christmas tag.

The tags are cut with a fabulous Sizzix die, The first thing I did was put Cosmic Shimmer White embossing paste through the awesome Stamplorations stencil then sprinkled with glitter.  The sentiment is a clear stamp that I have had for ages, I can't remember the make.  Its stamped in Satin Red Versafine and inked with Peeled Paint Distress Ink the same as the white tag.  I edged everything with glitter, added the wooden snowflakes, red stones to the star and the snowflakes, ribbon and sparkly fibres and white gel pen for snow.  I layered the white tag behind to add a bit of interest.

Sorry, very quick post, hope it makes sense!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Stamplorations - Make a holiday tag.

ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days Challenge - Anything Christmas
Bizzy Becs - Anything goes

Thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it so very much!  I will pop to see you all in the next couple of days - I am behind as usual! Sorry!

Have a fabulous weekend.  Take care. Christine xxx

Vintage (I think!) Thinking of You Card

The theme at Less is More this week is 'Vintage'.  I didn't have a lot of time and I really wanted to join in so I made this quick card.  I think it will be accepted as vintage - the image has a vintage vibe as does the colour choice so I hope it fits!

The image is Lakeside Shore by Sheena Douglass and I stamped it in Versafine Vintage Sepia on cream card.  The sentiment was free with a magazine.  I glued it onto a Kraft card background - a definite CAS card.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges:

Less is More - Vintage
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

I am doing well this last couple of days, I blogged yesterday and might even manage another post later today!  Clean and simple help with that!

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

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Do Foolish Things!

Hello!  Thank you so much for being here!  Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely friends in the USA. I hope you are having an awesome day and are having much too much fun to be reading my blog today!

This card started out with the fabulous Paperartsy Jofy 09 flowers.  They are so quirky, I love them! I have had some square pieces of acetate type material that is thinner and a bit milky looking and actually were separating slices of smoked cheese!  I knew they would come in useful so I washed them up and added them to my crafty stash.  At last I have used a couple of them!  I pounced them with Alcohol Inks - Oregano, Steam and Purple Twilight.  Then I stamped the flowers with black Archival Ink on the reverse, and when dry, I fussy cut the flower heads out.  The background is inked with Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon and Peeled Paint then spritzed with Glimmer Mist.  The flowers were stamped with black Versafine then I glued the Alcohol Inked flower heads on with Matt Medium.  The words are from a fab set by Woodware clear set number BD23 2DE.  I have not used it  before - I love the sentiment!  I stamped and embossed in black, cut out and inked with the same Distress Inks then edged with a black Promarker. I also edged the main piece and the purple mat with the black Promarker too.  The little flowers are made from a Memory Box Die called Star Flowers.  The teeny tiny fairies are by Cardio stamps.  For bling and sparkle I added stones to the large flowers and Stickles to the die cut flowers, the fairy wings and the background.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

PaperArtsy - Alcohol Inks/Pens. - I was inspired by the original challenge post - the colours and versatility of alcohol inks.  My effort is quite simple but I am inspired to be more adventurous in the future!
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets (I used Snippets of card for my sentiment and flowers).
Craft Barn - Bling it up and use Purple, Turquoise and Green.

Fabulous challenge blogs - worth a visit for sure!

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

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Monochrome Christmas

Hello again!  My last Christmas card post earlier today was really bright so with this one I have gone the opposite and its monochrome.  I do love creating in different styles.

This card was so quick and simple but I love it!  Mind you, I absolutely adore this image however I use it!  Its by IndigoBlu and is called Stag Cliffhanger.  All the stamping is done in black Versafine. The edging is also done with the same stamp just using the tree with first, second and third generation stamping.  I added dries white glue and glitter for sparkly snow and glued the panel to a black card base - job done!  This is one of my favourite Christmas stamps ever!

I would like to enter the following challenges:-

IndigoBlu - Monochrome
Penny Black and More - Anything Christmas
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Greetings
Allsorts Challenge - Feature a Creature

Truly Fabulous Challenges with loads of inspiration!

Thank you for visiting me.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Bright Christmas Card!

Hi there!  How fab to see you today, I have a Christmas card for you and its a bright one at that!  The weather is really dull and rainy today so bright is good!

I really enjoyed making this, it came from just playing about with scraps.  I pulled out a pile of left over bits of Christmas paper.  Some are years old!  I had made card templates of the size of simple Christmas trees I wanted then drew round them on the reverse of the scraps and cut them out.  I added some plain red card onto my white card base then glued the trees where I wanted them.  The snow bank is made from another scrap of  white card and I ripped the edge to look like a bank then glued that over the base of the trees.  I needed something to put along the top edge and I had two of the Memory Box Tinsel Ropes left over from a previous card I made and they were perfect!  The sentiment is stamped in red Versafine and came with a stamp set free with a magazine.  I used a white gel pen for the snow then added glitter to the snow bank and some gems for added bling.  The little wooden angel is from my stash.  I have a pack of them that I bought from a little gift shop ages ago along with some wooden snowflakes.  The angels are so cute!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - use Snippets - my trees, tinsel ropes and snow bank are all from snippets.
That's Crafty - There must be an angel.
Bizzy Becs - Anything goes.

These are fabulous challenges, Definitely worth a peek!
Thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it!  Take care. Christine xxx

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

CAS Giving Thanks with The Colour Purple

Hello!  I hope you are having a lovely day!  I have a clean and simple card today which I am entering into three fabulous challenges and I have managed to get all the challenge themes in the title, Yay!

All the stamps for this are from an awesome set by Stamplorations - Dee's Artsy Impressions, Frames and Flowers.  Its worth visiting their shop at the moment as there is a fabulous sale and free shipping over $25 worldwide! I had a $20 gift certificate I won in a recent blog hop so I have just spent it (and a little more) and taken advantage of the sale!  Thank you so much Shery. Stamplorations stamps, dies and stencils are all brilliant quality too!  I used my Misti to get everything lined up correctly.  The frame and sentiment were inked with black Versafine with the flowers and butterfly using a variety of purple inks.  For sparkle, I added lavender Stickles.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Less is More - One Layer - Books/literature - Mine isn't immediately obvious - its a book, The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  If you haven't heard of it, its an amazing book set in the harsh, segregated world of the Deep South. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1983.


Stamplorations Giving Thanks - There is a fab blog hop along with this too!

Stamplorations CAS Challenge - with the option of the colour purple.

These are all awesome challenges!

Thank you so much for visiting me, I am so grateful to you!  I will be popping to see you in the next day or two!  Take care.  Christine xxx

Friday, 11 November 2016

Gold and Purple Thank You Card

A very quick post with a very quickly made card.  I haven't been up to much crafting this week but really wanted to join in with a couple of challenges.

I have to be honest and say that I wasn't going to blog this card cause I am not very happy with it. I started by embossing the smaller piece of purple card with a Sizzix embossing folder.  The 'Thank You' die, which was free with a magazine, was cut with gold card as were the little flowers which were also free with a magazine.  I glued them to the purple card then layered onto a mat of gold card then on to the purple card base.  Then I decided to add some gold gilding wax to the embossed areas to give a sheen and that is what I really don't like!  I usually like gilding wax but not on this card!  So annoying.  If I had done it before I had started sticking everything down, I could have just embossed another panel - that will teach me!  I noticed when I look at the photo, the gold card is so shiny you can see my fingers reflected in it where I am holding the camera!  Sorry about that!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Less is More - Purple and Gold
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - Mine are the gold card for the all the die cuts and the piece of purple card for the embossing.  All from my bits box.

Two fabulous challenges with loads of inspiration!

Thank you so much for visiting me!  I will post a card I like more next time!  I really appreciate your visit! Have a lovely weekend.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Fireworks Cityscape!

Over at Less is More it is the 300th week of their fabulous challenge! Congratulations!  That really calls for a celebration!  I don't join in as much as I would like but had to join in this week.

This really was a quick card to make - I actually made two cause they will be suitable for many occasions.  I cut the fabulous Clearly Besotted Cityscape die out of a scrap of black card, glued it to the A6 card base then dotted a yellow Promarker through the windows for light.  I forgot this would show on the reverse of the card but will cover with an insert so no problem!  The stamp is by Crealies and is Bits and Pieces No. 29 and I think it looked just liked fireworks.  I stamped using a very old set of waterbased markers so I could get separate colours on each part.  The sentiment is from an awesome clear stamp set called Party Time by Stamplorations.  Stickles were added to the fireworks and to the card base for sparkle.  See, very simple!

I would like to enter the following Challenges:

Less is More - Celebrations and Festivals
Craft Barn - Fireworks
Stamplorations CAS Challenge - Anything CAS with optional twist of Purple - My largest firework is purple! Yay!

All these are fabulous challenges.  I love challenges cause they are so inspiring!  They certainly help crafters block!  Thank you to all you wonderful Challenge blogs out there, we really appreciate you!

Thank you so much for visiting me - I love it when you do and love your comments too!

Take care. Christine xxx

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Freya's Third Birthday Card

It was my eldest Granddaughter's 3rd birthday last week and here is the card I made for her.  She is a huge Frozen fan and luckily I had found, on line, a card making Frozen set half price which I actually have bought for her so she can craft with her Mum.  I borrowed the stamp set included for the main image, I don't think she will mind!  Apparently she loved the card which I was very pleased about!

I stamped Elsa in black Versafine and embossed with clear powder and then stamped the image again on a sheet of copier paper and cut out the image which I then removed.  I placed the apperture I had cut over the image and stamped the snowflakes on the dress.  I cannot remember what ink I used, sorry.  The image was then coloured with Promarkers and I cut it out using the gorgeous Marianne die No. LR0112 using my Grand Calibur die cutting machine, then inked through the die with a matching Distress Ink.  The floral backing papers I used are from Wild Orchid Crafts but I don't know the name of the set and I covered the card base with the blue sheet and then used the pink sheet for the next layer.  I glued the main image down and added the '3' which I die cut with a Cuttlebug (I don't know the name of the set) die (using my Cuttlebug) from the same paper as the backing paper along with three sequins and the three birds. The birds are cut using Frantic Stamper die set, Small Birds, I drew little branches for the bottom two birds to sit on just to ground them.  The sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley clear fairy sentiment set and I inked it and cut it out.  Elsa's dress is Wink of Stella'd as is the sentiment.  I also added silver sparkle pen to the centres of the snowflakes on her dress.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - use Snippets - the sentiment, birds and main die cut were all left over snippets of card.
Cuttlebug Mania - Tic Tac Toe  - I have used the line Floral (the papers are tiny florals), Die-cuts and Number.  I have not entered this challenge before and I think I will be entering it a lot more!  I always use a manual die cutting machine which is what the challenge is all about!

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