Tuesday, 26 July 2016

You're a Star!

My card today is a CAS design which I think could be used for male or female cards.  I think I will make another one with 'thank you' instead of the birthday sentiment - I think that would work really well.



The star is made of Kraft card which I first ribbled (if that's the correct work) through a ribble gadget I have had for years.  I then punched it out using a Fiskars 'thick' punch.  It punched through the Kraft card like butter - a truly awesome piece of kit!  The tail of the star is some twine taped to the reverse of the star then I adhered the star to the cream panel with double sided foam tape.  The button and the little die cut stars (Mama Elephant die) were added with Cosmic Shimmer PVA, the sentiments stamped with vintage sepia Versafine ink then the panel glued to a Kraft card base.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - use snippets - mine are snippets of Kraft card for the large star and the little stars too.
Less is More - Clean and Simple and use something tactile - the ribbled star is tactile.
Craft Barn - Clean and Simple
Bizzy Becs - Anything goes

Thank you so very much for visiting me.  As usual, I am apologising for my infrequent visits to your blogs and the lack of posts here too!  I really appreciate you sticking with me!
Take care.  Christine xxx

Friday, 22 July 2016

Darnell's Visit!

You will probably know that the awesome Darnell is currently undertaking a grand tour and meeting lots of us blogging friends.  Tuesday was the first stop which was in Southampton.  I was so pleased cause I was able to attend, Yay!  It was so cool to meet Darnell and all the other lovely ladies!

This is our happy Southampton group - I had to 'steal' the photo from Darnell's blog (I hope you don't mind Darnell) my group shot went horribly wrong!


Darnell had booked us a room all to ourselves for lunch - it was probably just as well, our laughing and screeching would have upset other diners I am sure!  We had such a fun time.  So did Hammy! Well Darnell couldn't leave him behind could she?


I had to sneak this piccie in didn't I?



Anyway, I hope Darnell has a most awesome time for the rest of her trip - I am sure there will be laughter and mayhem all across the country!!!  Along with lots of hugs and kisses too!

Thank you for visiting today.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Belated Happy Birthday to Darnell

Happy Birthday to Darnell for yesterday!  Lots of you will have the awesome pleasure of visiting Darnell's fabulous Blog - she is such a lovely lady and friend!  Here is the card I sent which hopefully made it across to Darnell in time for her birthday!



I masked the panel off with tape then applied Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distess Inks then spritzed with pearl Glimmer Mist.  I then used black Versafine to stamp these fab little images from Dee's Flowers and Frames by Stamplorations. After I removed the masking tape, I stamped the sentiment (I can't remember the make) then added splatters of the watered down Distress Inks and mounted the panel on a purple base card.  I really hope Darnell likes it!  She makes the most awesome cards!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Penny Black and More Challenge - Anything Goes with a Stamp
Stamplorations Third Birthday - Party/Celebration/Birthday inspired by mood board (mine is birthday and I think my flowers and leaves could be sprinkles on the top of the cakes in the picture. - in my head anyway!!! There are splatters in the mood board too!)
Stamplorations Never Ending Challenge - Anything Goes




3rd BIRTHDAY Blog Hop & Linky Party!


This is a bit of a short blog post.  I will try and do another in the next few days.  Sorry I haven't been around much.  In July I have a few things going on, including meeting Darnell on her visit to the UK - that is the absolute highlight for me!  But it all means I have to take things very easy to manage everything so I apologise for my very infrequent visits and posts.  I will do my best though.  I went to the Newbury craft show yesterday with my friend Julie and had a fab time.  I am pretty shattered today so apologise for any mistakes in this post or if it doesn't make sense.  Sorry Darnell it is late!

I am off to bed know so goodnight and take care and thank you for your visit and continued, very valued, support! xxx

Belated Happy Birthday to Darnell

Happy Birthday to Darnell for yesterday!  Lots of you will have the awesome pleasure of visiting Darnell's fabulous Blog - she is such a lovely lady and friend!  Here is the card I sent which hopefully made it across to Darnell in time for her birthday!



I masked the panel off with tape then applied Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distess Inks then spritzed with pearl Glimmer Mist.  I then used black Versafine to stamp these fab little images from Dee's Flowers and Frames by Stamplorations. After I removed the masking tape, I stamped the sentiment (I can't remember the make) then added splatters of the watered down Distress Inks and mounted the panel on a purple base card.  I really hope Darnell likes it!  She makes the most awesome cards!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Penny Black and More Challenge - Anything Goes with a Stamp
Stamplorations Third Birthday - Party/Celebration/Birthday inspired by mood board (mine is birthday and I think my flowers and leaves could be sprinkles on the top of the cakes in the picture. - in my head anyway!!! There are splatters in the mood board too!)
Stamplorations Never Ending Challenge - Anything Goes




3rd BIRTHDAY Blog Hop & Linky Party!


This is a bit of a short blog post.  I will try and do another in the next few days.  Sorry I haven't been around much.  In July I have a few things going on, including meeting Darnell on her visit to the UK - that is the absolute highlight for me!  But it all means I have to take things very easy to manage everything so I apologise for my very infrequent visits and posts.  I will do my best though.  I went to the Newbury craft show yesterday with my friend Julie and had a fab time.  I am pretty shattered today so apologise for any mistakes in this post or if it doesn't make sense.  Sorry Darnell it is late!

I am off to bed know so goodnight and take care and thank you for your visit and continued, very valued, support! xxx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Today I am sharing the Father's Day card I made for my fabulous Father-in-law. I hope he likes it! This makes three posts in three days for me - I don't think I have ever done that before!



I started by masking off the edges of a piece of Clarity card which has a lovely shiny silk finish then I added a Clarity moon mask.  A brayer isn't something I have used for inking for quite a while and works so well on this silk card so it had to be done!  I used a couple of colours of Distress Inks then sprayed lightly with water and dabbed with kitchen roll  for a bit of texture.  I removed the mask and coloured the sun with Distress Ink. The stamping was done using the wonderful Clarity stamp set, Birdhouse Garden and black Archival Ink. The squirrel and little bird on the top (that bird came with my Clarity 'handmade by' set) were added after I removed the masking tape.  I drew a double squiggly line around the edge of the inked picture to frame it.  Ooh and nearly forgot, the fence was coloured with a Promarker.  The panel was then adhered to a black base card.  

This fabulous stamp set has so many elements it is really versatile, I love it!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Clarity Stamp - Masculine
Stamping Sensations - Feature a Creature
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes
Allsorts - How Does Your Garden Grow

Some fabulous challenges on these blogs - worth a peek me thinks!

Thank you for visiting me, I am so chuffed I have managed these three posts on consecutive days! It may never happen again!

Take care. Christine xxx   

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Masculine Birthday Card

I have terrible trouble with cards for men but this large Happy Birthday stamp is perfect!


The stamp is from Woodware and I stamped it in black Versafine embossed with clear powder then coloured with three different colour Promarkers.  I coloured some scraps of card with the same colours of Promarkers then cut the little stars out using a die from Mama Elephant.  The border around the edge was drawn with a thin marker pen then the panel adhered to a Kraft card base.  I am really happy with the CAS result and I like the colours which are very different to what I usually use. This stamp is so useful.  It can be used for anyone just by changing the colours and adding different embellishments or just leaving it with no embellishments and adding glossy accents or glitter.  I have another large stamp with just the word 'happy' and then several little sentiments to go with it.  It is so far un-inked!  I must get round to using it sometime!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

The Craft Barn - Stars
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes
Casology - Masculine

All these blogs are definitely worth a peek!

Thank you so much for popping by, I love it when you do and look forward to reading any comments.

Take care and have a fabulous weekend!  Christine xxx

Friday, 17 June 2016

Take Time To Dream!

Hello!  Its so nice of you to hop on by and see what I am up to!  I haven't blogged for a while but should be doing more posts - at least for the next few days! I have challenges to enter before they finish!



I love, love, love this image!  Its IndigoBlu and was free in a set with a magazine a while back, how cool was that!  All the stamps used on this card are IndigoBlu.  The background was a piece I had already inked with Distress Inks and the pieces of card I used for the main image, butterflies and letters were all snippets of card left over from previous inky projects.  The background was stamped with lace from Nottingham Lace and watches from Take The Time in Imperial Purple Versafine.  I then popped the piece through my Grand Calibre with a swirl mask to add some background embossing and gently inked over the top to bring out the detail.  The lady and letters for 'Dream' (Circus Alphabet) were stamped in Black Versafine and embossed with clear powder with the butterflies, again from Circus Alphabet, stamped in Purple Versafine and embossed with clear powder.  I then fussy cut them all out.  The lady was popped up on double sided tape and the letters, butterflies and sequins were added using Cosmic Shimmer PVA.  'Take time to'  are Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.  You can't see it very well in the photo but I have added loads of Star Dust Stickles so there is lots of lovely sparkle.  You can't dream without a bit of sparkle!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

IndigoBlu Challenge - May...all your dreams come true!
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets!
Bizzy Becs Store - Anything Goes!

These are all fabulous blogs - definitely worth a visit!

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