Friday, 20 January 2017

Kraft Card Christmas Tree

Hello!  Thank you for visiting me and I am sorry I haven't been around much again lately. Another Christmas card ready for this year.  I intend to have them all done ahead of time this year!  At least I am going to try!

Hmm, it hasn't photographed very well and I haven't time to take another pic as I am running close to the wire on one of the challenges - sorry!  The fabulous Christmas tree stamp is Ickle Christmas Tree from IndigoBlu (never used before) - the snow around the tree is part of the stamp.  I stamped it on Kraft card with Hero Arts white pigment ink then when dry, added extra whiteness with white Fabre Castel Polychromo pencil - my only Polychromo!  I also used it to add snow to my Kraft card base.  The baubles are coloured with a red coloured pencil from the floral set by Spectrum Noir and I Wink of Stella'd them.  I used a small paintbrush to apply Frosted Lace Stickles to the tree and the snow for a delicate sparkle, which doesn't show in the picture unfortunately!  The main image and the red mat are cut using Spellbinders Labels 26 and the sentiment is cut using a die from the Spellbinders Holiday word set. I used my Grand Calibre for the die cutting. This is quite different from my usual style of Christmas card but I enjoyed having a go at something different!

I would like to join in with the following awesome challenges:

IndigoBlu - Snow, Snow, Snow.
Darnell's Blog Birthaversary Surprise NBUS - Use Never Before Use Sctuff and as an extra - use coloured pencils on Kraft card - the tree is my NBUS.
Pixies Snippets Playground - Use snippets - mine are all the red paper which are from my bits box.
Cuttlebug Mania - Winter Wonderland.
Creative Carte Blanche - Baby Its Cold Outside.

Sorry again for not being around much and sorry this is a very rushed post!  Thank you so much for bearing with me, I do appreciate it!
Take care and have a lovely weekend.  Christine xxx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Jade and Jewels for Butterfly Challenge!

I was very fortunate recently to win Mrs A's fabulous Butterfly Challenge and as well as winning a fabulous package of gorgeous butterfly goodies, thank you Mrs A, I also was invited to be a Guest Designer for the new challenge, Jade and Jewels. I am very honoured indeed!  Here is my card!

I looked up the colour 'Jade' and it covers a wide spectrum of blues and greens so I went more for the green side of things.  The background is Lucky Clover and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks swiped on my craft sheet, spritzed with water then I dragged watercolour card through it and dried with a heat gun.  Used my hand to add droplets of water over the background, dabbed with kitchen roll then dried again. Stamped some script lightly with the same green ink and finally spritzed the whole background with Glimmer Mist for shimmer.

The butterfly is cut from black textured card using a Die Versions die called Butterfly Kisses.  I think its an old one - I got it from Ebay, it has a foam backing that I had to apply before I used it.  I glued it to the background along with the 'Happy Birthday' which is a die by Presscut.  The sparkly jewels are gorgeous in real life - they are from Papermania and are actually Shimmer Dome Stickers and are just what I think the colour 'Jade' should be.  Here is a closeup of the ones on the butterfly body.  The jewels are a much richer colour in real life!

Thank you again Mrs A for letting me Guest Design for this challenge.

I would like to enter the following fabulous challenges:

That's Crafty - Anything Goes
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

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

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Flowers and Fairies!

Hello, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas - now we are heading for New Year!

Quite a clean and simple card from me today.  The main image is from a fantastic clear stamp set from Penny Black called Botanical Garden - I actually bought it with a gift token I won from a previous Penny Black challenge, thank you Penny Black!  The fairies are from Inkylicious and the sentiment is from a clear set called Hope Blooms from Stamplorations.  All the stamping is done in black Versafine and I embossed just the flowers with detail clear powder.  The flowers are coloured with a couple of different purple Promarkers then I used Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on them and the fairy wings.  The little stones are from my stash.

This is a quick post as I am a bit near the finish line for one of the challenges I want to enter!

I would like to enter the following:

Butterfly Challenges - all kinds of Fairies, Gnomes, Elves and Pixies.   I only just made it in time!
Penny Black and More - Black and White Plus One.
Stamping Sensations - Floral Fancies.

These are all awesome challenges - you need to have a look!

Thank you so much for visiting me!  Take care and have a wonderful week. Christine xxx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

A Very Special Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all my lovely, lovely visitors!  I am saying it with a very special card which was made by my Daughter Sarah and my two Granddaughters - Freya aged three and Millie aged one.

I just love it!  Freya and Millie's cute footprints with the googly eyes and pom pom red noses - such a fabulous idea and a wonderful keepsake!  The best Rudolphs ever!

Here are my gorgeous granddaughters putting out food for Santa and the reindeer ready for their arrival.

Ooh I love them to bits!  They look so cute in their Christmas jumpers!

Have an absolutely wonderful Christmas Day!  Lots of yummy food, drink and fun!
Take care. Lots of festive love! Christine xxx

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Snow, Snow, Snow!

I was very lucky recently to have won a challenge at IndigoBlu and as well as winning some awesome stamps, I was asked to be Guest Designer.  What an honour! Thank you very much IndigoBlu! Very daunting though to have my card shown amongst such a talented design team, scary indeed!  Here is my effort.

The main image is the absolutely beautiful Bare Forest 1, which is one of the fabulous stamps I won. Firstly, I made the inky background using Sheena's stamping card.  I put Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac Distress inks on my craft mat.  Spritzed with water then pressed the card in it and wriggled it around a bit.  I dabbed it with kitchen roll then dried with my heat gun then dropped some droplets of water over it, let work for a second, then dabbed with kitchen roll and dried with my heat gun.  Then a quick spritz with Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist for shimmer and another dry with my heat gun and it was done.  I swiped over with an anti-static bag before stamping the image in Versamark and embossing with white detail powder then trimmed to the size I wanted.  I added dries white glue along the bottom and glue pen on the trees then poured Glamour Dust over the glue for sparkle then set aside to dry.  I also dotted dries white glue over my purple card base and added Glamour Dust to that too and left to dry.  Using the same inked card, I cut the snowflakes using Tim Holtz Mini Paper Snowflakes dies and the sentiment which is from Stamplorations - I used my Big shot.  I also cut the sentiment in a white card to layer just behind to look like snow. Glamour Dust was added to all the die cuts too.  When everything was good and dry, I popped the main image up on foam tape for dimension and then glued the snowflakes and sentiment on flat adding pearls for a bit of bling.

I was pleased how this turned out and I have two Christmas cards ready for next year!  Yay!

Thank you again to IndigoBlu  - this is a fabulous challenge, so please join in!  Its fun and you might win some awesome stamps like I did and be Guest Designer!

I would like to enter the following Challenges:

A Vintage Journey - Winter Magic.
Cuttlebug Mania - A Christmas Card in any colour except red or green.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

These are all  fabulous challenges!

Thank you for visiting me, I hope you are ready for Christmas!  Its nearly here!
Take care! Christine xxx

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Miss You!

My husband was very recently in hospital in London having some treatment for five days and because of the distance, I couldn't visit!  I missed him so much so made him a card to tell him so. Unfortunately, it disappeared somewhere on route and never arrived! So all he got was a photo!

The background is from my snippets box and is a brayered piece that I did on gloss card a few years ago.  I used a multi coloured die ink.  I can't remember what it was called.  The tree is Memory Box Twiggy Tree and the stars are from a Mama Elephant die.  The sentiment is from a Stamplorations clear stamp set called Frames and Flowers and I added the little white heart stone from my stash.  I matted it on black to bring out the colours and used the green card base.  It didn't match but I thought it went with all the colours nicely.  I was gutted Darren didn't received it, never mind, the thought was there!  I was very glad when I went up to London to travel back with him and he was home again!  He was very glad too!  Unfortunately the treatment didn't help the pain he is in anyway!  Back to see the consultant in London tomorrow to see what's next!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies Snippets Playground - use Snippets - everything apart from the card base is a snippet!
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for visiting.  I appreciate it so very much!  Take care. Christine xxx

Saturday, 17 December 2016

My Husbands Christmas Card!

The quickest post ever today as I am just about to miss the deadline for Pixie's Snippets Playground and I didn't manage to join in last week so I don't want to miss this week!

Here is the Christmas card I made my husband - its very similar to one I blogged a couple of weeks ago but he really liked that one so I went with the same basic design with a few tweaks!

My hand cut Christmas Trees are from snippets of, very old, leftover Christmas paper.  The snow hill is torn from a scrap of white card and edged with dries white glue and glitter.  The heart is a wooden one from my stash and I painted it green to match the trees then added Stickles for sparkle and the little gem.  The starry banners are Tinsel Ropes by Memory Box and are cut from scraps.  The sentiment is from a lovely clear set from Casual Fridays called Must Love Snowflakes and I added lots of stones and snow with a white gel pen.

I am entering this into Pixies Snippets Playground - use snippets.
I am also entering into Creative Carte Blance - Song Lyrics - I just got an 'ear worm' of Maria Carey singing her Christmas song "All I want for Christmas is You" and realised it fits the challenge! Now I don't like Maria Carey songs much but I do like Christmas songs so that's ok!

Thank you so much for visiting.  I really appreciate it.
Have a lovely weekend. Take care Christine xxx