Thursday, 15 April 2021

Butterfly!

Hello!  This is my first post for over a month - I am not doing too well at keeping up.  Thank you so much for visiting me!  My card today is featuring a gorgeous image from a wonderfui stamp set by Tracy Evans for Aall and Create called 'Through the Meadows'.  



It is the first time I have used this set and I will be using it much more I am sure - it has three lovely large images and sentiments included in the fabulous A4 set.  I stamped the image in nocturne Versafine Clair then embossed with clear powder.  I watercoloured most of the circles using pink and blue Distress Oxides in a couple of shades each for depth then went round the edges of the circles with a blue watercolour pencil and water for shading.  I added some white Posca pen to each circle too.  The butterfly was stamped and embossed two extra times on snippets of white card and fussy cut out and  both were glued on the original butterfly with Pinflair Glue Gel for dimension.   You can see the layers below.


 The word 'butterfly' is also on the stamp set and I stamped it on another snippet of white card, cut it out, edged it with pink Distress Oxide and glued it flat onto the panel.  I added splatters in blue and pink ink along with splatters in white Posca pen and the butterfly has lots of sparkle which I don't think you can see in the photos.  The panel is cut out with a Slimline die by Lisa Horton and is glued to a DL black card base that I made myself.

I have made another card similar to this one where the background is white and the butterfly is coloured.  

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Butterflies, Birds and Bees.

I hope you are doing ok and have had, or will have shortly, your covid jab.  I have had my first one and will be even happier when I can have my second.  I had a garden visit from my daughter, son in law and our two granddaughters the week before last - it was so lovely!  I do miss the hugs though.  One day hopefully!  

Thank you so much for visiting me, take care and stay safe!  Hugs. Christine xxx

Friday, 5 March 2021

Freya's 7th Birthday Card!

 Hello and thank you so much for visiting me.  My card today is actually one I made for my Granddaughter Freya's 7th birthday last year but I haven't blogged it yet.



The background, as far as I can remember, was a mop up piece which I stencilled.  All stamps and stencils are from Aall and Create.  The girls,  fairy, stall,  open sign, pen pot, paints and make things sign were all stamped on snippets of left over white card with Versafine Clair nocturne, embossed with clear powder, coloured with Promarkers then fussy cut out  The letters, number and little scalloped circles are die cut.  The circles and stars from snippets of white card coloured with Promarkers and the letters from snippets of black card.   I then made a pink card blank to attach the finished panel to.  I couldn't resist adding glossy accents to the eyes and of course dotted some glitter about for sparkle.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Time Out Challenges - Celebrate Time Out's 7th Birthday! Happy Birthday Time out!

Its Darren, my husband's birthday today. - a day of treats me thinks!  

Thank you again for visiting me - take care and stay safe!  Hugs xxx

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Love You Tons!

 Hello and thank you so much for visiting me.  Here is the Valentine's Day card I made for my wonderful husband.



The cute Narwhal along with the bubbles and sentiment, are all from a stamp and die set by Sizzix, which I picked up very cheaply in a sale, lucky me!

I first inked through Craft Emotions wave stencil with a blue ink.  Then I cut out, using snippets of white card, the images and sentiment, stamped and embossed them with Versafine Clair Nocturne and clear powder then coloured the Narwhal and bubbles with Pro Markers.  I have to admit I over embossed the sentiment but instead of doing it again, I went over the flat areas with a Gelly Roll Clear sparkle pen which looks cool.  I added the same pen to the bubbles and the heart flipper along with Glossy Accents to the horn and hearts.  I cut the panel out using the new Tim Holtz Deckle Edge trimmer and made my own red card base.  

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff - mine is the Love You Tons Stamp and Die set.                                                

Thank you again for visiting me and take care and stay safe!

Hugs Christine xxx

Friday, 22 January 2021

Happy 60th Birthday!

 Hello and thank you so much for visiting me.  Here is a card I made for a friends 60th Birthday.




The main image - the gorgeous flower wreath - is from a set called Fragrant Sun from 
Honey Doo Crafts.  I stamped it in Nocturn Versafine Clair and embossed it with clear powder and coloured it in with Sentimentally Yours watercolour pens.  I stamped a tiny part of the image in each corner to add interest.  The sentiment is from various stamps in my stash with the '60' being cut using number dies.  The sentiment circle and numbers are cut using snippets of white card with the numbers being coloured using the same colour as the pink flowers - as is the pink mat. Finished off with glitter dotted about for sparkle.  I adore this stamp.  Its quite a recent addition to my stash and I think its become a firm favourite - I can imagine it done in all sorts of colour combos for many occasions.

I would like to enter the following challenges.

Stamping Sensations - Favourite Stamps.
Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff.

I hope you are keeping well and coping ok with whatever restrictions you have where you are.  They are well worth it and absolutely necessary to stay safe these days.  Hopefully the vaccine will make a difference over time and things will be safer.  We can but hope and keep our fingers crossed!

Thanks again for visiting me.  Take care and stay safe.  Hugs.  Christine xxx

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Happy Gnomeness!

Thank you so much for visiting me!  I have a Christmas card today - in fact it is the Christmas card I made for my husband, Darren.


The gnomes are from Two Jay's Stamp Company and were stamped and embossed on snippets of white card, coloured with Sentimentally Yours watercolour pens, fussy cut out then glued inside the wonderful Lavinia wreath which was stamped in nocturn Versafine Clair in first and second generation ink.  The additional little stamps are from the same Lavinia set except the snowflakes which are a separate Lavinia set of just snowflakes.  The Heart is from a Sizzix  die set and is cut from a snippet of red card and the hanger is a snippet of white card cut to fit. then coloured in.  There is Glossy Accents on the darker berries on the wreath, the heart, the hats, the buttons and the boots.  Red stickles in the centre of the snowflakes and glitter everywhere!  The fur on the gnomes hats is actually dries white glue with added glitter.  The card is a 7 x 7 inch with mats cut with dies.  I was pleased how this turned out and Darren loves it!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

We Love Chocolate Baroque - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challange Blog - Sparkle and Shine.
Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas.
Darnell's NBUS - Never Before Used Schtuff - Mine is the Gnomes.

Thank you again for visiting me and whatever you do this Christmas/holidays - have the best time you  possibly can.  For those of you who are sad this year - I send you extra special thoughts and hugs.  

Take care and stay safe. Hugs.  Christine xxxxxx

Monday, 21 December 2020

Advent Calendars!

Hello and thank you for visiting me!  It's not a card from me today - its advent calendars I made for my Granddaughters Freya and Millie.  Well, I said made I actually decorated the 25 drawer wooden units that I bought quite cheaply from The Works.



I left the actual units in the plain wood.  I sanded the finger holes just to make sure there were no sharp edges for little fingers to catch on then I primed with Gesso and painted with different colour acrylic paints.  Then I used a few ready made embellishments but mostly lots and lots of snippets of card and  paper die cut from all the smaller sized Christmas dies I have together with numbers and scalloped circles. I glued everything on with matt medium going over everything with matt medium to give it extra strength.  Then oodles of Stickles glitter glue was added to every drawer for lots of sparkle.  When everything was good and dry, I topped it all off with a coat of Glossy Mod Podge to seal and protect.  I want them to last year after year.  I filled the drawers with chocolates, gifts, large Christmas sequins and other bits and bobs all wrapped up in tissue paper.

I have to say, they are going down really well!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas.
Christmas Crafts All Year Round -  Gifts or something to put gifts in.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Sparkle and Shine.

Thank you again for visiting me.  Take care and stay safe! Hugs  - Christine xxx

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Birthday Birds!

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog.  Sorry I haven't been around much lately - I always seem to be apologising don't I?

A birthday card today - next time will be back to Christmas.  I made this for my friend's son - apparently he was very pleased with it!



The background was cut from a piece of card I had used for cleaning my brayer.  The birds are stamped on snippets of white card using Versafine Clair nocturn embossed with clear powder.  I then coloured with Sentimentally Yours watercolour pens, fussy cut them out then glued them in a tower to the panel.
The little stars were die cut from a snippet of red card and the words from another snippet of white card.  The stamp set I used is Aall and Create 346 For The Birds - I can't remember off hand which set the words came from.  I made the green card base - its DL size.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff - Mine is the For The Birds stamp set.
We Love Chocolate Baroque - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - Anything with Wings.
Time Out Challenges - Its all about the words - I chose Wings.

I hope you are coping ok with Covid and Christmas however it is being handled in whatever part of the world you are in.  We are still staying in and not seeing anyone except for the odd garden visit.  We are happy to stay that way until we get the vaccine which will hopefully be in the not too distant future!

Thank you again for visiting me. Take care and stay safe. Hugs. Christine xxx