Friday, 22 May 2020

Twofer Card Challenge 27

Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog.  Its nearly a month since I last posted and that was the last Twofer Challenge.  So here I am with Darnell's fabulous May Twofer Challenge which this time is Flowers. 

Here are my two cards - the stamped images used on both are three quirky flowers from Aall & Create stamp set Thankful Petals designed by the fabulous Tracy Evans.  I used them traditionally as flowers on the right hand card and changed them into rocks on the left hand card to make a nice pile high enough for Lavinia Stamps Pipin to sit upon and gaze into the sky.

For the first one I stamped the flowers on a piece of yellow card in  Nocturne , Versafine Clair
then stamped just the flower heads again on snippets of patterned paper, cut out and adhered to the stamped heads.  The foliage is from a Hobby Art set and is stamped in black and green ink using 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation ink for depth.  The butterflies are cut from a snippet of same patterned paper using a Sizzix die, glued on then I added some glitter for sparkle and adhered panel to a black card base.  The sentiment is from another Tracy Evans stamp set and I stamped it on calico.

I made an inky background for this one using Distress Oxides.  I stamped the flower heads only on top of one another in coffee Archival ink then coloured in with Phill Martin watercolour pens.  Pippin the hare by Lavinia Stamps is stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne and the foliage, which is also Lavinia Stamps, was stamped in Versafine Clair Monarch.  I inked around a mask to create the spotlight/moon and added glitter for sparkle.  The sentiment is a Sizzix die and the card base is purple.

I would also like to enter the fabulous Di's Pixies Snippets Playground  - I have used lots of Snippets on the first card and the word 'hello' on the second.

Thank you again for visiting me.  I hope you are keeping well and staying safe in these very strange times.  Take care! Christine xxx

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Twofer Card Challenge 26!

Hello there!  A very quick post tonight as I made these cards specially for Darnell's fantastic
Twofer Card Challenge which I haven't entered for ages, and I really can't spend long on the computer tonight, so sorry.

Here are my two cards both made with Lawn Fawn Stitched Umbrella die.

The one on the right, used as intended, on an inked background embossed with a waterfall embossing folder, which I think looks like rain, then glittered for added sparkle.

With the one on the left I cut the umbrella out of Kraft card and embossed it with a basket weave embossing folder and trimmed the point off the umbrella off so it looked like a basket.  I then filled it with flowers and leaves which I die cut using a couple of different sets of  Sizzix dies.

I would also like to enter Di's fabulous Snippets Playground - Just about everything on both  of these  is die cut from snippets of card from my bits box.

Thank you so much for visiting me and please take care and stay safe!  Christine xxx

Sunday, 8 March 2020


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.

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