Sunday, 8 March 2020

Butterfly!

Hello there and thank you for visiting me!  Sorry I haven't been around for ages - its so good to be back! 



I made this card using the fabulous AALL and Create stamps designed by the wonderful 
Tracy Evans - stamp numbers 267 and 304.  I also used stencil number 39 and Distress Oxides in the backgrounds.  The Butterfly and the large word are stamped again on scraps of white card, embossed with clear powder and coloured with Phill Martin's Watercolour Blending Brush Pens.  The colours are really vivid in real life and the pens make watercolouring an absolute breeze!  The pen nib is covered with glossy accents and shines beautifully as  does the embossing.  I used a watercolour pencil to add shading to the background circles and added white paint splatters to the whole card along with purple ink around the edge.  I used a lot of Tracy Evan's techniques - she is so inspiring!

I would like to enter the following blog challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - mine are the card used for the butterfly and the word 'butterfly'.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything with Wings.
Craft Stamper Take it Make it Challenge - Anything Goes.
Butterfly Challenge - I have Ultra pink. unbleached silk and a butterfly on my card.

Thank you again for visiting me, I  really appreciate it especially as I haven't been around much.

Take care and have a great weekend.  Christine xxx

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Happy Christmas

A very quick post today just to say Have a Very Happy Christmas!  Or Happy Holidays! - whatever is good for you.  Also, for those of you who are finding this a difficult time, I am sending you a great big comforting hug!



The snow embossing folder in the background along with all the dies are Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions and I added oodles of glitter for sparkle.  I used snippets of white card for the die cutting.  I love all things Christmas and Sparkly so I love how this turned out.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - Use Snippets
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for visiting me and supporting me all through the year, I appreciate it more than words can say!

Have a truly wonderful day and holiday time!
Take care - Christine xx

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Christmas Card For Darren!

Hello and thank you for visiting me, I really appreciate it.  I am very excited because Christmas is getting nearer - I just love it!  My card today is the Christmas card I made for my husband.



I began with a white card base A5 size then I cut a piece of red card exactly the same size and embossed it using a Creative Expressions snowy embossing folder and glued it to the base card.  I then cut a white piece of card the same width but shorter and again embossed it with the folder then used a free hand roller cutter to cut across the centre then attached with foam tape for dimension, across the top and bottom of the card leaving a gap to add the snowflakes.  The snowflakes were cut using snippets of white card using Tim Holtz for Sizzix snowflake dies.  I forgot to say that before I embossed the white card I stamped the fabulous Crafty Roo sentiment in Glamorous Versafine Clair ink.  I just love the sentiment and Darren (my husband) really is 'the sparkle in my snowflake'!  I added lots and lots of glitter using a Quickie Glue Pen for sparkle.

I would like to enter the wonderful Pixies Snippets Playground - use snippets.

I have been hopeless at keeping in touch with you all in blogland lately and I really apologise for that.  I seem to do a lot of apologising lately.  But I really am sorry!  I do appreciate your visits and support.

Take care and have a fabulous weekend.  Christine xxx

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Winter Wishes!

This is the quickest blog post ever as I am going to miss a couple of challenges if I don't post this now! 




Background made using the acrylic block and Distress Oxide technique, stamps by Cardio, sentiment by Creative Expressions.   -

I would like to enter the following challenges:

November Rudolph Day's Challenge - Christmas
Country View Challenges - Hand Stamped
Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets - mine are the sentiment.

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

Friday, 8 November 2019

Freya's 6th Birthday Card!

Hello!  So sorry I have been away for so long!  Sometimes things get in the way of my Blogging and I miss you all lots.  I have managed a little crafting and this is one of the cards I made.  Its my eldest Granddaughter Freya's 6th birthday card - it was her birthday last month. The inspiration for this card is from a YouTube video by the fabulous Tracey from Lavinia Stamps, and all the stamps I used are Lavinia stamps.
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The background is made with a 6 inch Gelli plate, Distress Inks and Brushos.  I brayered Distress Ink onto the Gelli Plate then, using a fan brush, I splashed watered down Brushos onto it then pulled a print.  I saw Tracey at Lavinia doing this technique and its just brilliant!  The leaves and flowers are stamped with Chianti and Glamorous Versafine Clair and the beautiful Zamira is stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne.  The number and letters are cut with dies from snippets of card inked with the Versafine Glamorous and the little banner is a Sizzix die cut from a Snippet of white card inked with similar colours to the Gelli print.  The butterflies are from another Sizzix die and cut from more snippets, this time black.  To achieve the moon, I cut a circle mask from acetate then inked around the edge with the Chianti ink then edged it with a sparkle pen then added the same sparkle pen to Zamira's hair and dangles on her dress.  To add more sparkle, I dotted liquid pearls randomly over the circle and topped with glitter.  When dry, I adhered to a black 7 x 7 inch card base.  In real life there is lots of sparkle.

I posted this to Freya in plenty of time for her birthday and it arrived 8 days late!  I was not happy!  Luckily Freya didn't mind at all and loved the card.  I was staying with my daughter Sarah when Amanda Branston was demonstrating (brilliantly) for Lavinia on Hochanda.  Freya had been watching the show with me and had seen Zamira being demonstrated.  She loved the stamp which is why I bought it.  Apparently the first thing she said when she received the card was 'Ooh Grandma bought it!'  Good decision me thinks!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - use Snippets.

Country View Challenges - Hand Stamped.

Thank you again for visiting me - I really appreciate it especially as I have been away for so long!

Have a fabulous weekend - Take care. Christine xxx




Thursday, 15 August 2019

Sunset Wood!

Hello and thank you for visiting me!  Last week was our 15th anniversary and here is the card I made for my husband:


I started by making a black card blank that measures just over 5 inches square and cut into the front using the fabulous Clarity Treescape Aperture Die.  I then used snippets of black card to cut the little bunnies from the Baby Bunnies die set by Memory Box and the heart from Spellbinders Flutter Love.  The sunset background is made using a scrap of watercolour card which I inked with various Distress Inks then splattered with water for texture.  I glued the bunnies where I wanted them then glued the inked panel to the back of the aperture covering the watercolour card with black card on the reverse so it looks neat inside. I chose not to put a sentiment on the front as I didn't want to distract from the picture.  My photo looks a little washed out, the card is very black and the background is very vibrant, I couldn't seem to get it any better, I think I need photography lessons!  Sometimes it looks better on my tablet but when I am typing on my computer, it looks dull so I am hoping it looks better for you!

I would like to enter this into Di's fabulous Pixies Snippets Playground.

Thanks again for visiting me and I hope you are having a fabulous week!

Take care. Christine xxx




Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Christmas in July!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me!

A Christmas card today.



The background is a snow embossing folder, the tree is a snippet of green card cut with a tree from Sizzix Festive Scribbles dies set.  The star and sentiment are cut from snippets of red card.  The star from Sizzix Swirling Stars and the Let is Snow is from Stamplorations.  I added lots of glitter for sparkle and made a 7 x 5 red card base.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days Challenge - Christmas.
Pixies Snippets Playground - use snippets.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Stamplorations Cutplorations Summer Challenge - use a Die cut.



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