Friday, 14 October 2016

Autumn Wildlife

Hello again!  I have posted three times this week, more than normal, I am quite pleased with myself! I wonder if I can keep it up?  This is the birthday card I made for my wonderful sister, Lilian.

I started by stamping the mushrooms and squirrel from IndigoBlu stamp set Nature 2 in black Versafine embossed with clear powder then I painted with Pebeo masking fluid and left to dry. While it was drying, I inked a piece of card with Distress Inks to match my leaves which were left over from these cards. Then I stencilled the words with Black Soot Distress Ink through part of a stencil from Splodgeaway. I cut the sentiment up and edged with a black Promarker.

Once the masking fluid was dry, I watercoloured the background with Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  I dabbed the blue with kitchen roll to give the appearance of subtle clouds.  I then removed the masking fluid with my finger (making sure my finger was free of any ink first).  Distress Inks were again used to paint the mushrooms and squirrel but I forgot to note down the colours I used, I am so sorry!  I attached the panel to a brown card base to go with the autumnal theme then glued the leaves around panel.  I love how different they look to the previous cards I made with them (see the link above).  I drew some white spots on the mushrooms with a white pen then added glossy accents to them and the squirrel's eye.  Popped the sentiment in the sky and it was done!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

IndigoBlu - Autumn Wildlife
PaperArtsy - Use Die Cuts - The lovely leaf jar inspired me!
Penny Black and More - Autumn
Stamping Sensations - Autumn

These are all absolutely awesome blog challenges, I love them!

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

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

More Butterflies!

More butterflies, Yay!  I love butterflies and have started joining in with Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge again and last time I entered, I won!  My prize was a wonderful selection of butterfly themed gorgeousness - thank you so much Mrs A!

Here is the card for this challenge.  I made this especially for my fabulous sister-in-law, Margery, for her very special birthday!

The checkered background is embossed using a Sue Wilson embossing folder - its the first time I have used it and I have had it for a long time!  The three large butterflies are cut with the butterfly die Rhone Butterfly Wings by Memory Box with the small ones cut using a Spellbinders die.  The label is punched with a Stamping Up punch and the numbers with a Cuttlebug die.  I added the ribbon and bow to the cyan background before I glued it to the white card base.  The label is popped up on double sided foam for extra dimension and for sparkle, the butterflies are all painted with clear Wink of Stella. This is a card with no stamping which is very rare for me!  I was pleased with how it turned out, especially the bow as I am not very good at them!
I would like to enter the following challenges:

Butterfly Challenge - Checkered and/or Cyan  (I managed both!)
Pixie's Snippets Playground - use snippets - Butterflies, Tag and numbers are all from snippets of leftover card.
Bizzy Bec's - Anything goes.

Brilliant challenges!  Pixies Snippets has hit 250 this time, how cool is that!

Thank you sooooo much for visiting me!  I am so happy that you did!
Take care, Christine xxx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Fairy Sparkles

Hello all!  I have a fairy card today - I love fairies and haven't made anything with them for a while so decided it was time!

I used one of my absolute favourite techniques for the background.  I applied Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distess Inks lightly to an acrylic block.  Spritzed with a little bit of water then pressed the block onto a piece of watercolour card, gently rocked it a bit, then removed block and dried with a heat gun. The gorgeous fairy stamp, which was free with a magazine, was stamped in black Versafine using my Misti as it needed repeated stamping to get a perfect impression as its watercolour card which is textured.  The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and I chose it because it had a similar swirl to the main image.  The turquoise mat is a piece of fabulous glitter paper then I popped it onto base card and added some star sequins for even more sparkle!

Here is another card I made which is virtually the same.  Its the same colours but I added more water so it gives a rougher edge where the ink bled more and the colours were used the other way up.  Also the main panel is smaller so the glitter mat is a little wider.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

That's Crafty - All of a Sparkle
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

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

Friday, 7 October 2016

Autumn Leaves

I have an autumnal card for you today and it certainly is beginning to feel like autumn here in Bournemouth!  There is definitely a chill in the air now.  I love the colours that emerge this time of year as the leaves change and that is what I tried to achieve with my card.

I used the inlaid die cut technique.  I started with a couple of  pieces of card from my leftover stash that were already inked.  The colours were very autumnal.  I die cut the leaves using an awesome die set by Impression Obsession that Darnell kindly sent me as a pressi!  Thank you so much Darnell! Once cut, I then added some extra Distress Inks to bring out the colour that was already there.  I was going to just stick the leaves onto the black panel but then decided to inlay them instead so I diecut the leaf shapes into the panel then glued it to the card base and inlaid the inked leaves into the panel.  I love the look this gives.  The leaves are such gorgeous shapes!  I chose not to add a sentiment as I didn't want to cover up any of the leaves and the bonus is, I can use the card for any occasion!

I was left with some black leaves so I made this card too!

I quickly inked a background, its not my best job!  Die cut the leaves and inlaid the black leaves this time.  As its not so vibrant as the first card, I sprayed the whole thing with glimmer mist to add a little 'something'.  I prefer the first one but I quite like the second one too.  I also now have more coloured leaves left to use on another project!  I am sure I will be making some more autumnal cards!

I would like to enter the following the challenges:

PaperArtsy - Die Cuts - One of the fab DT posts is a jar where a leaf mask has been stencilled around to create a wonderful decorative piece - when I saw that, I just had to use leaves on my project!
Pixie's Snippets Playground - use snippets - my leaves were from snippets of card.

Both are awesome challenges - definitely worth a peek!

Thank you so much for visiting me!  I appreciate it more than you know!  Take care.  Christine xxx

Monday, 26 September 2016

White on White Birthday Card

Hello!  Here is a card I made for my fabulous Mum-in-Law's birthday which was on Saturday.

I used the fabulous embossing folder that everyone loves which was originally free with a magazine ages ago but, luckily for those of us that did not get it at the time, you can now buy, yay!  I popped it through my Cuttlebug and glued it to a matching card base.  The little pearls were added with Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA - its really strong so I know the pearls won't come off!  The gorgeous large butterfly is die cut using a die from a Spellbinders die set called Flutter Love.  I chopped off the antenna and replaced them with wire which I glittered using Cosmic Shimmer glue and fine glitter then added the pearls.  I also painted the butterfly with clear Wink of Stella.  The tag was cut using a die that came free with a magazine and the little butterflies were from the same die set as the large butterfly.  I cannot remember the make of the sentiment, sorry.  Sparkled wire was used in the top of the tag instead of ribbon and it was attached to the embossed panel with foam tape for dimension. The embossing folder is so ornate, not much decoration is needed.  I used snippets of white card for everything except the card base.

I thought I would just say how I store my white card.  I have lots of different types of white card which I store in A4 slim filing draws - a separate drawer for each type of card.  When I have left over pieces, I pop them in the drawer on top of the white card that they come from so it is easy to match them up with the base card, mat or whatever.  Every type of white card look slightly different and before I stored them this way, I had trouble matching the whites up.  Sounds simple but it took me a while to think of it!  I used to just put all my white snippets in together until I had a lightbulb moment to make my life simpler!  Sorry if I am stating the obvious!  It wasn't obvious to me for quite a while!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Butterfly Challenge - W is for Wire and/or White on White (I have done both)
Pixie's Snippets Playground - use Snippets
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

These are all fabulous blogs - its the first time for ages I have joined in the Butterfly Challenge - I am so glad I did!

Thank you so much for visiting me!  Have a fabulous week.  Take care. Christine xxx

Monday, 19 September 2016

CAS - Diamonds

Two posts in quick succession again!  Goodness me, I am surprising myself!

This is a mega Clean and Simple card.  It took no time at all and can be used for all different occasions by adding a sentiment inside.

I took a white piece of card and trimmed it to be just a bit narrower than my card blank then partially stencilled Shaded Lilac and Twisted Citron Distess Inks through a Crafters Workshop diamond stencil.  The stencil itself is a distressed design and I didn't put it on straight or ink the whole piece of card.  The sentiment is cut from a snippet of black card using one of the awesome Stamploration Cutploration dies.  They are such fab quality and I love the font.  I added some Wink of Stella to the 'hugs' then glued the panel to the card base.

Here is an alternate version using Shaded Lilac and Twisted Citron inks and the word 'smile'.  The Twisted Citron doesn't come out too well in the photo but looks cool in real life!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Less is More - Diamonds
Stamplorations - Feature a Die Cut

Pixie's Snippet Playground - Use Snippets
Bizzy Becs -  Anything Goes

I am really enjoying making different styles of cards.  That is why I like following challenges so much cause they help me to think outside my comfort zone and give me lots of inspiration, not to mention oodles of fun!  So thank you to all of you lovely challenge bloggers out there, you are wonderful!  So are all my followers - thank you so very much! Take care. Christine xxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Bright and Beautiful!

One of the challenges I am entering this card in stipulates 'bright and beautiful' which is exactly what some of Tim Holtz Distress Ink colours are!

The colours actually look less vibrant in the photo but they are truly 'bright and beautiful' in real life! The background is done by smooshing Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Twisted Citron Distress Inks on my craft sheet, spritzing with water then laying a piece of gloss card in it and wiggling it about a bit.  Then while still wet, I laid a piece of cling film over the top and scrunched it up then left it to dry then removed the cling film.  I love the effect this gives on the gloss card so I kept my stamping really simple as I didn't want to cover too much of it up.  The stamping is done with black Archival ink and the stamps are from a set called Nature 1 by IndigoBlu.  I attached the panel to a black DL card base then added the black pearls and some gold and stardust Stickles for sparkle. I think anything sparkly is 'bright and beautiful!  I decided not to add a sentiment then the card can be used for any occasion.

I would like to enter the following the challenges:

IndigoBlu - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes
The Craft Barn - All Around the House - I used clingfilm for my background which is found in the

All such cool blog challenges!

Thank you so much for visiting me, I am managing to post more at the moment and am trying to be better at commenting too!  Everything takes me a while!  Sorry!  Take care. Christine xxx