Saturday, 13 July 2019

Happy Birthday With Border Dies!

Hello and welcome to my blog.  Thank you so much for visiting me.  My card today is made with no stamping or ink at all, just die cuts and snippets of left over card and patterned paper.

I started off by making the background by die cutting seven layers of patterned paper, all from snippets of paper left over from a very old  (and large) 12 x 12 paper pad.  They were cut using dies from a new edger die set from The Works which is fabulous and includes 9 different dies.  I cut the layers to size first, then die cut them and glued them together and added them to my black card base.  The 'Happy Birthday' is cut using Spellbinders Sentiment Three set and the butterflies are from Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy Decorative Strip die.  I was going to add further embellishment but decided I liked it just as it is.

I would like to enter the wonderful Di's fabulous Snippets Challenge  -  my whole card is made up of snippets! 

Thank you so much for visiting me and I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Take care!  Christine xxx

Friday, 21 June 2019

I've Been A Busy Bee Making Cards!

Hello and thank you for visiting me!  My first creative post for a very long time and I have made two cards!  Anyone who knows me personally knows I am scared of bees (wasps too) but in aid of Darnell's fabulous Twofer challenge I bought a bee stamp set (they had to be cute bees, not too realistic) and away I went!  So I would like to enter my cards in the Twofer Challenge which is Bees!

For both cards I used the 'Bee' sentiment and another one from the set along with two of the bees.  The set is Bee Happy by Hunkydory.  All stamping is done with black Versafine.  I hope these are ok to enter as when I look at them now, the layouts are rather similar - sorry!  I didn't realise when I was making them - I was so involved (and enjoying myself!).

The one below also used lots of coloured snippets from my bits box to make the flower from Sizzix die set Flower Set.

The frame is from a die set from Gummiapan that I bought via Hochanda.  The frame is from a snippet too.  I added clear sparkle pen to the bees wings and the flower centres.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - use Snippets.
Country View Challenges - its a Bugs Life.

An inky background for the this one.

I started with a piece of watercolour card then inked up an acrylic block with Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks, spritzed it with water then pressed it onto the watercolour panel,  Using the same inks, I stamped the background with IndigoBlu Collector's Edition No. 2 French Script and Creative Expressions Chicken Wire.  Then black Versafine for the main stamping.  The bees wings were sparkled with clear sparkle pen.

I would also like to enter this into the following challenge:

Stamping Sensations - Show Your True Colours.

It is so nice crafting and blogging again - I hope to keep it up more regularly as much as I can.

Thank you so much for visiting me and have a lovely weekend.

Take care - Christine xxx

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

My Re-Vamped Craft Room!

Hello!  Thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it.  Yesterday I did my first post for several months showing the terrible state my craft room had got into, you can see it here if you missed it.  Below are the photos showing the result - my re-vamped craft room and I absolutely adore it!  I am such a lucky girl (ok, old lady!).

I can't believe how cool it is and am fanatical about keeping it tidy.  You can't see from my photos, but there is so much space and the floor is completely clear, Yay!  Its so easy to find everything which makes crafting so enjoyable again.

Thank you again for visiting.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Monday, 17 June 2019

What I Have Been Doing While I Have Been Away!

Hello at last!  Sorry I have been away from Blogland for so very long.  We have been giving my craft room a complete revamp.  As you can see by the photos below, it had got to the state where I didn't even like going in there and was losing my love of crafting.  Even the floor was covered with stuff, and all my stamps, dies etc were all over the place and I couldn't get to a lot of them!  I was tripping over stuff, a lot of it rubbish and really couldn't cope anymore.  Because of our health problems, it has taken us (I could not have achieved it without my husband, Darren) so long. 

Today I am just showing 'before' pictures - as ashamed of them as I am! So here goes!

There it is, nothing hidden - I know how shocked you must be about the state of it all!  I hope you will come back tomorrow and see the change.

Thank you so much for sticking with me and for the comments and emails of concern  I have received while I have been away, I can't believe what a lovely place the crafting world is.  It really makes such a difference to me and means a lot!

Thank you for visiting me. Take care.  Christine xxx

Friday, 8 February 2019

Thank You Di!

This post is part of a special Linky Party hosted by the fabulous Darnell to say a huge 'thank you' to the lovely Di from Pixies Crafty Workshop who hosts the wonderful Pixie's Snippets Playground and has done for the last seven years encouraging us to use all our snippets.  Not only that, Di offers us the chance to win fabulous prizes and also  gives us oodles of support and is such a fantastic friend to have!  I have met Di and she is just as lovely in person as in the virtual world, we are lucky to have her!  Thank you too to Darnell for hosting the thank you party - you are lovely too!

My cards use a fabulous sentiment die set I was super lucky enough to win from Di after participating in her mammoth Christmas giveaway.  Thank you so much Di.

I made four Christmas cards, two in the red and two from Brusho backgrounds using the fabulous die and some Sizzix/Tim Toltz snowflakes and a few stones from my stash.

I wanted to show Di how I used my awesome prize!  I will be using it lots more too I am sure and I am so happy I have made a start on this years Christmas cards.

As well as the Thank You Di Hop I would, of course, like to enter:

Pixie's Snippets Playground! - All the snowflakes and sentiments are snippets.

Thank you again Di!

Take care and thank you for visiting me.  Christine xxx

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Twofer Challenge - Birds!

I am rushing to join in with the fabulous Darnell's Twofer Challenge

I haven't managed to join in with this challenge for ages and I was determined to this time - the theme is 'Birds'.  Here are my two cards using the same bird die on both cards with different designs for two different occasions.  Such a fun idea for a challenge!  Sorry its not the best photo.

The thank you card is winging (excuse the pun!) to the recipient as we speak! 

The background is made with Distress Oxides and water on my glass mat - I made two A4 sheets of these colours so I can use them on future projects.  I cut a square then stamped the Clarity Thank You stamp with my Misti to make sure it was straight and in a perfect square.  The Apple Blossom die (I have no record of the name) was cut from snippets of black card as were the four flowers in the corners which were from a die that was free with a magazine and matched the flowers on the bird die perfectly.  I made a square card base, added the main panel and it was finished. 

For the birthday card I cut the die three times from snippets of card, two in the black and one in the white - actually I cut an extra  one in white and tried both ways  round and went for the white in the centre in the end.  I chose pink for the panel so the die cuts would really pop and made a DL card base.  The sentiment is by HobbyArt stamped in Versafine Claire Nocturne on a snippet of white card, cut up then edged with black marker.  The little white butterflies are cut from Sizzix Butterfly Frenzy.  To make sure all my black and white snippets match and also match the base card, I store any snippets with the matching sheets of white or black card so I never mix the different whites and black as it really shows if you use mixed up shades of either.  I have several drawers of different white card and a couple of black.  I am totally disorganised in most things but do manage to keep those organised.  I may have mentioned it before but I think its a really good tip.

As well as the Twofer Challenge I would like to enter the following:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - use Snippets!  Another wonderful challenge, thank you Di!

I hope you are having a fab week - I apologise for my lack of visits - haven't been too well lately!  I keep having to apologise - soooooo sorry!

Take care. Christine xxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 3 January 2019

First Post For 2019!

Happy New Year!  I can hardly believe its 2019 already.  I hope it will be a fabulous one for everybody. 

My last post for 2018 was a unicorn card, you can see it here if you missed it, and I am starting 2019 with another unicorn card using the same fab unicorn die!  This card is for a 60th birthday.

The background is a piece of watercolour card that I had previously used to mop up ink left on my glass mat - I just can't waste any ink!  I cut it down to a little smaller than the black card base and die cut the stars into it using the main die from Sizzix Thinlets Swirling Stars by Tim Holtz.  I had several scraps of cream glitter card and one fitted nicely behind the star appertures.  I then cut a few of the larger  individual stars from the same set from more scraps of the glitter card and also the unicorn from Sizzix Intricate Unicorn in scraps of both the glitter and black card to give a shadow effect and to help it stand out from the background.  A little black pearl gives the unicorn its eye.  The number '60' is from a letter and number die set from The Works, again cut from scraps, and the Happy Birthday is stamped using the Label Maker Sentiments  clear stamp set from My Favorite Things.  The glitter card is so sparkly in real life, I wish you could see it!

I have used this unicorn die lots, both the positive and negative, I am sure I will be showing you more cards I make with it in the future - I just love it!  It comes with stars and butterflies too, a very versatile set. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets.
Cropstop - Anything Goes.

Thank you very much for visiting me and I hope you are having a fabulous week!
Take care.  Christine xxx