Tuesday, 29 August 2017

My Going Grey Natuarally Journey Begins!

Hello, thank you for visiting me, I really appreciate it!  No craft today - I am starting a journey to go from my coloured hair (I have been dying it for most of my adult life) to my natural hair colour which, as you can see from the parts at the front which I have been leaving natural for over a year, is grey!  I love the look of the streak and part fringe in contrast to my dyed red but I am fed up with constantly worrying about roots now that my hair is so white, and, in truth, I can't afford to keep having it done.  I like the colour grey it is at the front too so I hope it might look kind of cool!



I thought I would chart my progress on my blog and Facebook as I have been inspired by seeing pictures of many woman on line who have charted their journey so I thought I would do the same.   I have no roots at the moment as I had my hair done shortly before my 60th birthday celebrations began and this was taken at one such celebration just a couple of days ago. The last time with no roots! Scary!

I hope you don't mind sharing this journey with me!

I also would like to apologise for my lack of posts and visits but with my celebrations, I haven't been able to manage much else!  On Wednesday I am going to stay with my daughter and family for a few days and more celebrations!  After I have recovered from that, I hope to get back to crafting and blogging.  Also I owe emails and thank you cards to several people - I will get those sorted after then too!  Before if I can manage!

Thank you for reading this, I am so grateful!  Take care.  Christine xxx

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friends Are Flowers!

Hello!  Thank you for visiting me, I am so grateful!  I think some of you got the wrong idea from my last post.  I said it was a really quick post as I was hurrying for a challenge deadline which was true, but it was just the writing of the post not the actual making of the card that was fast! Sorry if I wasn't clear!

This card however was speed crafting!  One of the challenges I am entering involves speed stamping and after planning my card and getting everything I needed ready, it took me just a few seconds under ten minutes!  I got carried away with the splattering and almost went over the time!  Very close!



Its a one layer card so I worked directly on the card base..  I used a circle stencil and inked through it with Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides for an autumnal pallet then spritzed with water to give some texture and activate the lovely chalky look of the ink.  The ink was quickly dried with my heat tool and I stamped, using my Misti and Black Versafine,  the gorgeous flower and sentiment  from Originally Organic by Uniko - I won this fabulous set along with the matching dies, thank you so much Bev at Uniko!  Notice my sentiment is straight - that is because my fabby friend Di very kindly sent me a couple of acetate grids to use in my Misti for straight sentiments and  spacing etc.  -  so awesome!  Thank you Di!

There are some black spots in the image so I added some extra ones on the card to continue the theme using a black fine liner and also the faux stitching round the edge of the circle then used Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen on the image for some sparkle.  Finally, using the same inks mixed with water, I added the splatters - I think I got a bit carried away!  A few seconds under ten minutes and all done! I think I will make some more like this as I really like the look!  CAS and quick too!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Uniko - Flowers


Time Out - Autumn with the Optional Twist of Speed Stamping - I used autumnal colours and speed stamping! Yay!
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes
That's Crafty - Only Cards
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

Fabulous challenges, every one!

Thank you again for visiting me!  Take care.  Christine xxx

Friday, 18 August 2017

40th Birthday Card!

Hello, thank you for visiting me - this is the quickest post ever as I only have twenty minutes to enter one the challenges I want to join in with so sorry for any mistakes etc!  Right, here goes!




I started off with a Distress Inked background - in fact I made two so I could cut the flowers and words out of the same coloured card - I can't remember the colours, sorry!  The flowers are cut using Cheery Lynn Crysanthemum Strip Die layering two flowers for each one.  The forty was cut with a very old number set, I think its by Cuttlebug but not sure.  The corner panels are cut using Tim Holtz Sizzix die from the Mixed Media Thinlets set.  I used a couple of different  word stamp sets to make the sentiment and cut them out edging them with black alcohol marker then added some little pearls for the flower centres.  I glued the 40 to a circle of black card then glued it to the top flower. Before I glued anything down, I had stamped a couple of swirls from Creative Expressions Create a Swirl in Versafine and embossed with clear powder - the flowers are arranged on these for more interest to the background. This was for a friend of mine for her special birthday - I was really pleased how it turned out!

I would like to enter the following the challenges:

Allsorts - Add name or number.
That's Crafty - Only Cards.
CAS-ual Fridays - Friendship.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment
Try It On A Tuesday - In My Garden

Fab Challenges!

Thank you again for visiting me,  have a fab weekend - I will - its my 60th Birthday tomorrow (19th) Yay!  I love my big birthdays!  Take care. xxx



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Flower Tag!

Hello!  How nice of you to visit - I really appreciate it, thank you!  A tag today.


This is quite a large tag, I don't know the size, but I traced around a white one I have to get the shape and size then cut it out.  I stamped the flower petals in black Versafine on white card and embossed with clear powder.  They are from the Sheena Douglass Create a Flower - Balloon Petals - stamp set.. I cut them out, watercoloured them with watered down Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks to which I had added a little Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.  Whilst the petals were still wet, I shaped them a little with my fingers to add a bit of shape then left them to dry.  When dry, I went round the edges of each petal with a black alcohol marker then glued the petals together with Cosmic Shimmer Glue and a few pieces of foam tape to add dimension.  This started off as a full flower but I decided to cut it in half to use on my tag.  The background is stamped with a cool stamp from Sheena's Funky Textures 2 stamp set, its embossed with Versamark and detail gold embossing powder.  My lovely sister Lilian sent me both stamp sets along with several more a while ago!  It was a lovely pressi!  Using one of the golds from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colours Watercolour set - I splattered gold paint on both the flower and the tag then when dry, adhered the flower to the tag with two part petals in the corners all cut to fit.  The tag is edged with Treasure Gold gilding wax, the words 'laughter, friendship, kindness' edged with black and little dots of gold added before and after each word were glued to each petal.  They are actually Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers.  Finally, using Cosmic Shimmer glue I popped little beads in the centre of the flower and added ribbon from my stash.  I love these petals, they are so versatile!  The colours are much brighter in real life and all the gold shines!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

That's Crafty - Anything but Cards
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes.
CAS-ual Fridays - Friendship.
A Vintage Journey - Watercolour.
Try it on Tuesday - In My Garden - I would love to have big purple flowers like these in my garden!
Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge - Anything Goes

I love challenges, they help give me ideas along with all the fun!  Just wonderful!  Sometimes you get to win prizes too!

Thank you again for visiting me and take care!  Christine xxx


Sunday, 13 August 2017

I Love You To The Moon and Back!

Hello!  Thank you for visiting me, I appreciate it so much and I hope you have been having a lovely weekend.  It was our 13th Anniversary on Wednesday and this is the card I made for my wonderful husband.  He truly is my soulmate and best friend as well as my husband and I am so lucky to have him!




The most important part of this card is the fabulous Stamplorations sentiment which comes from a clear stamp set called Power of Words,  the words come with the moon and five stars which I embossed with Versamark and white detail powder on Watercolour card then inked with various Distress Inks.  I think I used Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Black Soot.  I spritzed with water, dabbed with kitchen roll, then spritzed with glimmer mist. I was really pleased how my watercolour background turned out! I forgot to say that before I inked, I used Pebeo masking fluid to protect the stars as I wanted to colour them in afterwards.  I cut a rough mask to cover the sentiment and used a paintbrush to splash some watered down white paint over the background for a bit more interest when dry, removed the masking fluid with a clean finger.  The moon and stars are coloured with Promarkers then I coloured some little stars which I had die cut for another project and were left over, with the same Promarker as the main moon and stars.  The skyline is cut from black card using a Clearly Besotted die and I glued little pieces of yellow card to the back of the die for the lights in the windows then added this and the stars to the sky.  I matted it onto some matching yellow card then onto the blue card base.  Finally, I added Glossy Accents to the moon and stars so they all glow.  Sorry my  photo isn't very good, as I have said before, my photography skills are rubbish!

I would like to enter following challenges:

A Vintage Journey - Watercolour.
CAS-ual Fridays - Friendship - my husband is my best friend!
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Stamplorations  - Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge.


All these fab challenges are worth entering -  so much fun and inspiration!

Thank you again for visiting me and take care!  Christine xxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Feel Better Soon!

Hello!  How nice of you to visit me - I am so very grateful that you take the time to come and see what I am up to!  A CAS card today.



The image is the smaller of two elephants from the 'Jumbo' stamp set by Stamp Addicts, I have had this set for years.  Its stamped in onyx black Versafine and embossed with detail clear powder then coloured with Promarkers.  I cut it out with a Spellbinders die and edged it with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink and added some of the same ink to the elephants ears, feet and cheeks as it was a nicer pink than the Promarker I had used.  The patterned paper is a scrap from my bit box which was just the right size and colour I was looking for to go with the image  I just had to trim some off the end.  I love the butterfly pattern and am hoping, when I search through my stash, that I may have some full sheets left somewhere.  If my memory is correct, they came in a pad free with a magazine. I glued the image to the paper then stamped the sentiment, from a Marion Emberson clear set, then used clear sparkle pen on the butterflies and elephant.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use snippets - the patterned paper and white card for stamping are both snippets.
Casology - Clean and Simple. - Safari.
Penny Black and More - All Creatures Great and Small.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Child - I think this would make a perfect get well card for a child.
Stamplorations CAS Challenge - Clean and Simple  - Stamplorations CAS Challenge is on summer vacation but you can still link up your CAS cards for a chance to win a prize!


All these challenges are wonderful - you find so much inspiration and fun joining in!

Thank you again for visiting me.  Take care!  Christine  xxx

Friday, 28 July 2017

Orla The Owl!

Hello from a rainy Bournemouth!  Its so nice of you to visit my blog, I really appreciate it!  I made today's card especially for my fabulous big brother, Lloyd's birthday - he is seventy today!  Happy Birthday Lloyd!  I spoke to him this morning and he enjoys his big birthdays as much as I do.  I will be 60 next month so I am already looking forward to my biggie too!


Its the first time I have used this fabulous stamp set by Hobbyart called Orla Owl - its a fab set with lots of extras to go with the stunning owl stamp.  Orla is stamped on watercolour card with onyx black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then I watercoloured the image with various Distress Inks and Distress Markers.  I fussy cut the image out and edged with a black marker to hide the white edges.  The moon from the set is stamped on yellow card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink and fussy cut out.  The fence posts, also from the set, were stamped using Coffee Archival then watercoloured with Distress inks and again cut out and edged with a brown marker.

For the background I used Brushos.  I am pretty sure it was Cobolt Blue for the sky and Light Brown for the land.  I used watercolour card and, to give me more control, I spritzed with water first then tapped on the Brushos so I could see exactly when to stop.  When the panel was completely dry, I stamped one of the ferns from the set in Vintage Sepia Versafine using first, second and third generation stamping for depth.  I edged the whole panel with a brown Distress Ink, I can't remember which one.  The moon was adhered first then, as shown by Jenny Mayes on Hochanda. I used a large embossing tool from the back of Orla's wings to stretch the fibres then used glue gel to give the wings shape and flat glue for the rest of Orla.  Its looks cool in real life but you can't see it so well in the photo.  I used some string for the fence, sticking it to the reverse of the piece with tape then adding the posts with foam tape pieces. I then used foam tape to adhere the whole piece to a black card base. This card was a bit adventurous for me!  I am pleased to say, Lloyd liked it!  Yay! So did my lovely Sister in Law, Margery, and she is a proper artist!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - For the Boys
Country View Challenges - Things with Wings
Pixie's Snippet's Playground - Use Snippets - mine were the yellow card for the moon and the watercolour card for the fence posts.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

I love all these challenges, they give so much inspiration and fun!

Thank you again for stopping by.  Take care.  Christine xxx




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

July 2017 Rudolph Days

Hello there!  Thank you so much for visiting me, I am so grateful!  Its time for the monthly Rudolph Days Challenge - I haven't joined in for a couple of months but have made it this time! Yay!



The super cute reindeer is from Holly Jolly stamp set by Echo Park that I won from the Rudolph Day's challenge last time I joined in, thank you so much Mo!  Its a gorgeous set filled with sweet images - I actually made seven cards using the reindeer, a Christmas tree and Santa and his sleigh but I came to add the photo's and they were all a little blurry except this one, sorry!  They are all pretty much the same though.  The image is stamped in onyx black Versafine - as its a silhouette stamp, I used my Misti so I could stamp it a couple of times to make sure the image was really solid black. The background is watercolour card previously inked with Distress Inks then sprayed with Glimmer Mist (the colours look nicer in real life) - I did two whole A4 sheets and used them for all my cards and still have some over for more. The pretty die cut circle is from The Works and I added dries white glue and glitter for sparkle along with a little gem for his eye.  The Merry Christmas is die cut from the same A4 watercolour inked card using Spellbinders Holiday die set, and the card base was sprayed lightly with Glimmer Mist too. There is a gorgeously cute Santa on the stamp set that I hope to use soon along with some other fab images - I was so lucky to have won the lovely set!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Day's Challenge - Anything goes as long as its Christmas.
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything goes as long as its Christmas.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Brilliant Challenges!

We had a lovely day today - My daughter, son-in-law and our two little granddaughters came to visit!  Its always such fun to see them all.  I hope you had a lovely day too!

Thank you again for visiting me!  Take care.  Christine xxx


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Aqua Background with Orange Butterflies!

Hello, thank you for visiting me.  This is the quickest post ever as I want to enter the Paperartsy challenge which is Aqua and I only have a short while before it closes!


The background is made smooshing Broken China Distress Oxide on my craft sheet, spritzing with water then dragging watercolour card through it.  I added drops of water then dried with a heat gun then dabbed it in remaining ink.  When dry I stencilled through Foiled Again mini stencil by Stamplorations with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink then gave a spritz with Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist.  When dry I added all the stamping in black Versafine using the PaperArtsy stamp set EKC02.  The butterflies are cut from a piece of watercolour card coloured with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks and water using the smallest die from Sizzix Vintage Butterfly Bigz Die.  I then ran the butterflies through an embossing folder - it came free with a magazine years ago.  The sentiment is cut using a Spellbinder die from Sentiments Three.  The final touch was Orange Peel and Eucalyptus Stickles.  I used an orange mat and a black card base.  I made it so last minute, the Stickles is still wet!

I would like to enter the follow challenges:

PaperArtsy - Aqua - I was inspired by Claire Snowdon's post Here - Claire's stencilled background sung to me and the added butterflies and flowers!
Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - Matching Pairs and/or the colour Orange Peel
Country View Challenges - Things With Wings
Stamping Sensations - Anything with Flowers - in my haste to post this I forgot to link up to this challenge!  Luckily I remembered before it ran out!  Its one of the ones I had made it for - silly me!

These are all fabulous Challenges!

Thank you again for visiting me, I must dash! Please excuse any errors!  Take care.  Christine xxx


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Embossed Resist Clean and Simple Card!

Hello from a sunny Bournemouth!  Its so lovely that you have stopped by to visit, thank you so much!  A clean and simple card today.

I am also taking part in the STAMPlorations 4th Birthday celebrations - they are such an awesome company selling amazing stamps, dies and stencils.   Here are the details of their wonderful celebrations.

  I have to add a link to my wishlist here on my blog to join in the celebrations, so here is My STAMPlorations Wishlist,  If you create an account and then a wishlist, link it up on STAMPlorations Blog - you could win lots of prizes!  Time is running out though, I have left it late but you still have time! Hop Over and read all about it! Shery who owns the company is so generous and the blog is just fantastic!  The Design Team is inspirational!

Here is my card:




I masked  off the edges of my card blank, went over with my anti-static pouch and stamped the background image with the gorgeous Inkydoodles leaf  background stamp using Versamark then embossed with white detail powder..  I then blended colour onto the embossed area using Distress Oxide inks, spritzed with Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist then dabbed with a paper towel and removed the masking tape.   To finish I simply added a Sizzix embosslits butterfly and the fabulous Stamplorations Smile die cut, both cut using snippets of black card.  I just added a little pearl to the butterfly and it was done!

I would like to enter the following  challenges:

That's Crafty - Keep it Simple
Try it on Tuesday - Letters or Numbers or Both
Pixie's Snippet's Playground - Use Snippets
Country View Challenges - Things with Wings
Casology - Fly

All of these are awesome, inspirational blogs!

Thank you again for visiting!  Take care. Christine xxx



Friday, 23 June 2017

Door Hangers for Freya and Millie!

Hello!  Thank you so much for visiting me - sorry I have been away for so long.  I am posting door hangers I made a while ago for my Granddaughters's, Freya and Millie.



Sorry my photography skills are so rubbish but you get the idea!  I have had the MDF blanks for ages, I can't remember where I got them from.  I covered them first with white Gesso then with a mixture of pink and lilac acrylic paint.  I did the same on two small mount board plaques cause I figured it would be easier to stamp on them!  When dry, I did the stamping on the mount board - for Freya's I used Clarity Stamps - Wee Folk Fairies and Meadow Grasses,  re-stamping the flower heads on snippets of paper for the flower heads, colouring them in and sticking them on.  On Millie's, the trees are Clarity - one of the stamp club stamps, I cannot remember where I found the branch and the owl is a free stamp that came with Craft Stamper magazine.  The owl was stamped on a snippet of card, coloured in and glued to the mount board so it looks like its sitting on the branch.

Freya's butterflies were made using a Tim Holtz by Sizzix Strip die and snippets of card which I coloured with Distress Inks and the stars on both were cut from snippets of yellow card with a stars die.  Millie's moon was made using a very old punch again from a snippet of yellow card.  Their names were stamped on snippets of card painted with the same paints as the backgrounds.  I used a Clarity alphabet set, then cut out by hand.  I forgot to say that all of the stamping is done using Archival Ink which works well on acrylic paint and I used my Misti to get good coverage especially on the silhouettes.  When everything was finished, I added several coats of gloss Mod Podge with some added glitter for sparkle.  For all the items I glued on, I had previously used matt Mod Podge.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Challenge - Lots of the elements I have used are snippets!
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Try It On Tuesday - Letters or Numbers or Both - I am linking to this challenge a day after I did my blog post as Chrissie  kindly let me know about the challenge today.

These are all fabulous challenges. definitely worth a peek!

Thank you again for visiting me and have a lovely weekend.

Take care. Christine xxx




Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sorry I have not been around for a while!

I am so very sorry I have not posted or visited very much over the last month.  It's been a difficult few weeks with lots of stuff going on which has impacted on my crafting and blogging.

I am going to stay with my daughter for a few days from tomorrow - it will be cool to spend some time with her and my two granddaughters - I call them 'my three gorgeous girls'! Hopefully when I come home, I will be able to get back to some crafting and blogging - after a rest for a while first of course!  

I hope this posts alright - it's the first one I have done on my IPad! Fingers crossed! 

I hope you are all ok and once again, sorry for my lack of comments and posts and thank you for sticking with me!

Take care! Christine xxx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Rockin' Robins!

Hello! Thank you so much for visiting me, I appreciate it lots!  Its Christmas card time again with some cute little Rockin' Robins.  I won this gorgeously cute stamp and die set from Di at Pixie's Snippets Playground - thank you so much Di!



I stamped the cute little robins (from Clearly Besotted Rockin' Robin clear stamp set) in Vintage Sepia Versafine then added the faces in Black Versafine.  I used my Misti and did quite a few but, so far, have only cut these three out using the dies that come with the set.  I coloured the red breasts in with a Lipstick Red Promarker.  The little hats are from the same stamp set again stamped in the Vintage Sepia and coloured with the red Promarker.  I fussy cut them out as it was a little quicker than lining up the die although it would have been neater if I had used the die so will next time when I won't be rushing (hopefully!).  Again using my Misti, I stamped the branches and the music that came with the Rockin' Robin set along with the 25th which is from Hobby Art Christmas Post clear stamp set.  Using a glue pen and glitter I added sparkle to the hats and the branches.  The sentiments are also from the Clearly Besotted set and I stamped them on snippets of white card, trimmed them down and edged them with the red Promarker.  I glued everything together and job done!

I would like to enter the following absolutely fabulous challenges:

Scrappymo's April Rudolph Day's Challenge - Anything Christmas - I won last months challenge - thank you so much Scrappymo!   Will make my next months entry with the fabulous stamp set I won. It hasn't arrived yet so I couldn't use it this time - it has a long journey to get here!
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - The robins, their hats and the sentiments are all made using white snippets.
That's Crafty - Outnumbered - numbers must feature prominently.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes
Stamplorations  - Things with wings.



Thank you again for stopping by - Take care. Christine xxx


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Purple Butterfly with 'That' embossing folder!

Hello!  Its lovely to see you and thank you so much for your visit, I really appreciate it!

My card today is one I made for my friend Susan whose birthday is today - Happy Birthday Susan! I know she has received the card and likes it so it is safe to post it on my blog now.



I used 'that' embossing folder again!  You know the one, it originally came free with a magazine but you can now buy it as it was so popular - I adore it!  It seems to go with any embellishment at all. Susan loves the colour purple so all the embellishments and card base are different shades of purple. The solid part of the large butterfly is cut using the smallest die from Sizzix Bigz die Vintage Butterfly with the top layer being cut with Sizzix Thinlits die Intricate Vintage Butterfly.  I used two different pieces of card that I had coloured with various shades of purple Distress Ink - one piece darker than the other, then spritzed with Glimmer Mist and glued together with Cosmic Shimmer PVA.  The tiny butterflies are cut from the same card using Spellbinders Flutter Love and the Happy Birthday is also Spellbinders - Sentiments 3. I attached the embossed panel to a purple card blank then added the butterflies, sentiment and little purple gems for lots of bling,  all with the Cosmic Shimmer glue.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS/Boo Boo Challenge - Use NBUS (never before used sctuff) and/or show some boo boo you have made.  Mine is just NBUS  - Both Sizzix dies used for my large butterfly.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Allsorts Challenge - Bring on the Bling.
Stamplorations - Things with Wings - its part of their fabulous Spring blog hop celebrations.


All of these are fabulous blogs and challenges!

Thank you again for visiting, I hope you are having a good week.  Tomorrow my friend Julie is picking me up for a day at her house for a good catch up - lunch and a good natter -  I am really looking forward to it!

Take care.  Christine xxx





Sunday, 9 April 2017

Little Easter Bunny!

Hello!  How lovely to see you, thank you so much for stopping by - I really appreciate it lots!  Here is a little Easter card I made for my friend Jill.  



I used a NBUS (never used before shctuff) stamp set which came free with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine, for the tree and the cute bunny.  The leaves and the flowers come separately to the tree so its a very versatile set and comes with hearts and other images and some lovely sentiments too.  The sentiment I used is from a Personal Expressions clear set, All Year Round.  The inks are Versafine Vintage Sepia and VersaColour Sage and Orchid and I coloured the bunny in with Promarkers.  I haven't got a grass die so I used a snippet of green card which I snipped with scissors to try and emulate a grass die effect.  The circle and scallop circle are both cut and embossed with Spellbinders dies using my Grand Calibre and the background embossing is Creative Expressions Floral embossing folder and I used my Sizzix bigshot for that.  I added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the flowers and the bunny's nose and whiskers and edged all the white card with the green ink before I put everything together.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Darnel's NBUS/Boo Boo Challenge - Use something NBUS and/or a project you have made a boo boo on!  My NBUS are the tree, flowers, leaves and bunny.  There is no boo boo but it did cross my mind, well my husband's actually, that the bunny is huge in relation to the tree - I could have changed the perspective but I like the card so a monster bunny it is!  
Cuttlebug Mania - Some Bunny To Love using manual die cutting machines only.
Pixies's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - All the card except the base card are snippets.
Penny Black and More - All Things Spring.
That's Crafty - Foliage and Flowers.

I love all these challenges - so much fun and so much inspiration!

Thank you again for visiting me and have a fabulous day!  Take care.  Christine xxx

Monday, 3 April 2017

50th Wedding Anniversary Card!

Hello and thank you very much for stopping by to visit me, I really appreciate it!

On Saturday, it was my Brother and Sister-in-Law's (Lloyd and Margery) 50th Wedding Anniversary and here is the card I made for the awesome couple!



Its so hard to photograph mirror card but you get the idea!  The purple card base is 7inch x 7inch and I added a gold mat.  The beautiful diamond and heart piece is cut using Spellbinders Lovin' Diamonds which I glued to another piece of matching purple card. The glasses are made with a NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) die that came free with a magazine.  I cut it out of the gold card twice and embossed them too.  I trimmed the stems of the glasses so they would fit into the centre frame then I added the waste bubbles above the glasses.  The little hearts were waste from the Spellbinders die cut and the '50' is cut using a very old die - I can't remember the make. The panel was then attached to the gold mat on the base card.  I stamped Happy Anniversary on the inside.  I was pleased with the gold and purple as it looks quite regal - perfect for the occasion!  Its strange to make a card with no ink or stamping - its not something I do often.

I would like to enter Darnell's NBUS/April Fools Boo Boo Challenge - Darnell's challenges are always such fun and this one is double fun!  You can enter something using a NBUS (never before used schtuff) of which we all have lots!  Something you have made a 'boo boo' on and are happy to share or both!  Mine is just the glasses which are NBUS.  I must confess though that one year I did make Darren (my husband) his anniversary card with the wrong year on!  Now that was a huge boo boo which, when he told me -(aaaaaargh!)  had me changing it very swiftly! How silly did I feel! Please join in, its such fun!  You can join in as many times as you like!  Thank you Darnell, I love to play!

Once again, thank you for visiting me and have a good week.  Take care! Christine xxx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Snowflake Scallop Tag!

Thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it!  Its Christmas again today, this time a tag using the same Brusho watercolour card that I blogged here yesterday but had used for the snowflakes - today I used it for the background and used the same Tim Holtz dies as yesterday for the snowflakes but today used white card.  I hope that makes sense!



The tag die is Super Scallop Crecsent by Sizzix and is a Bigz die which I cut from the watercolour card and plain white, glued together, adhered the snowflakes and sentiment from Holly Jolly clear set by TCP Studio then added some little blue pearls and the satin ribbon.  I hope you can see the shine from the glimmer mist in the background - its gorgeous in real life!  I still have more than two A4 sheets of the Brusho watercolour card left to play with - might do an underwater scene next!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything But A Card.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Must dash - not much time left to link up!  Thanks again for visiting me!

Take care.  Christine xxx

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

March Rudolph Days!

Hello, thank you so much for visiting me!  I appreciate it so much and I love reading all the lovely comments - they make me so happy!

A Christmas card today.




Sorry about the glare and shadow - my photography skills are rubbish!  I started by making the card to cut the snowflakes from - it is watercolour card, water, three colours of Brushos and lots of Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist.  I sprayed the card first, added the Brushos, more water, then the Glimmer Mist, more Brushos and let it dry naturally.  I ended up with four A4 sheets as before the first two coloured sheets dried, I pressed clean sheets of watercolour card onto them to pick up some of the colour.

I cut the snowflakes out using Sizzix Tim Holtz Paper Snowflakes dies, I love this set!  The spotty embossed background is made using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and I had cut the panels to make four cards and embossed the first one before I realised the embossing area was shorter than the panel! The panels were the perfect size for the card bases I had already made so I decided to use the little  un-embossed strip to stamp my sentiment - problem solved!  I glued the snowflakes to the embossed panel, the panel to the base card them added little blue stones to the snowflake centres for bling.  On two of the cards I rotated the panel and put the sentiment at the top.  Four more Christmas cards done - Yay!  These were really quick and simple to make which is fab for batch making.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days Challenge - Anything Christmas.
That's Crafty - Bling it Up.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Fabulous challenges!

Thanks again for visiting me and I hope you are having a good week.

Take care - Christine xxx


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are celebrating today!  If it is a sad day for you, sending big hugs!  Here is the card I made for my truly fabulous Mum-in-Law!  I am posting this rather late in the day as I cannot give the card until this evening and Sue, my Mum-in-Law always reads my blog.


My last blog post here used the technique of paper piecing and I enjoyed it so much, I had to do it again!  I used the same very old paper pad - all leftover snippets and the Woodware Bubble Bloom 'Clarissa' and I was away!  I stamped the image in black Versafine on cream card and embossed with clear powder.  I used a Papermania circle punch to punch out lots of circles from scraps of the patterned paper - the punch was the perfect size to fit into the embossed circles, then glued them in with Cosmic Shimmer PVA.  I stamped and embossed the leaves on the green patterned paper, fussy cut them out and glued them on too.  The butterfly is a two part Cuttlebug die, it doesn't have a name on it, sorry,  I bought it years ago and love it!  I used my Cuttlebug to cut the two parts out and glued them together then attached them to the panel along with the extra little circles and sentiment.  The 'happy'  is part of a birthday sentiment that came free with a magazine and 'Mother's Day' is from a set called 'So Happy' by Cornish Heritage Farms.  I got it from Ebay a long while ago.  For bling and sparkle, I popped pearls on all the small circles on the flower and on the plain punched circles along with Icicle Stickles on the punched circles and the butterfly.  The corners of the main panel and the patterned paper mat are rounded with a Corner Chomper - the half inch size, and I inked the edges of the sentiment with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

 I was really pleased how it turned out although I wish I had made sure the sentiment was straight by using my T ruler!  Silly me!  Oops Sue, perhaps you didn't notice!  I only have one of these Bubble Bloom stamps but its so useful - you can see how I used it in a completely different way in this post here.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - all the patterned paper is snippets and the card used for the sentiment.
Cuttlebug Mania - Mother - you must use a manual die cutting machine.  I used my Cuttlebug.
That's Crafty - Bling it Up.
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature.

All absolutely fabulous challenges!

Thank you so very much for visiting me, I really appreciate it,  I hope you have had a lovely weekend!
Take care. Christine xxx

Friday, 17 March 2017

Paper Pieced Bird!

Hello and welcome!  Thank you so much for stopping by, its lovely that you have!  Here is a cute bird card using paper piecing which I don't do very often but really enjoyed so must do it more.  All the design paper I used were left over bits from a very old 12 x 12 pad that I bought from QVC when I first started crafting.  Its huge and I still have loads left but this card is made using just leftovers.



I have had the Docrafts Bird stamp for ages too and this is the first time I have used it.  First I stamped the image in black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then stamped again on the various colours of design paper, again using Black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then cut out the body from the mint green, the wing from pink and the beak from orange.  The butterfly is die cut using Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings and the flowers are Crafts Too punches - all are cut using matching scrap pieces of paper.  I used a couple of coats of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen on the flowers, butterfly and the birds wing for sparkle - its looks sparklicious in real life but the photo doesn't pick it up, sorry.  I also added some pink pearls for added bling.  I paper pieced the paper onto the bird and added Glossy Accents to the beak and eye.  The bottom edge of the white panel is cut with two parts of the Sue Wilson Triple Gemini Die - Pictor which I was lucky enough to win some time ago.  The white panel is edged with a tiny bit of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and I also used it around the edges of the Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers that I added as a last detail.  The card base is a white 5 x 7 inch card covered with another piece of the mint green paper.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Pixies's Snippets Playground - use snippets -  all of my design paper is snippets!
Mrs.A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterflies plus E for edges and/or mint green - I managed both!
Penny Black and More - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature.
That's Crafty - Bling it up.- I wish all the sparkle showed in the photo!  At least you can see the pearls!

These are all absolutely awesome challenges with lots of fun and inspiration!

I hope your week has been going well - I suppose its nearly over now and we are heading for the weekend!  Thank you again for visiting me and take care!  Christine xxx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Darren's Birthday Card!

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by and visiting me - I am so grateful that you did!  It was my Husband, Darren's birthday on Sunday and this is the card I made him.


I began with a piece of watercolour card and I added a Clarity moon mask before I started inking with various colours of Distress Inks.  I think the colours were Wilted Violet, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral and Fired Brick.  I was going to add my usual water and Glimmer Mist to the background (I am a creature of habit) but I like it as it is so left it alone.  I removed the mask and gently inked the white area with a tiny bit of Scattered Straw Distress Ink.  The Stamp is Rendezvous by Penny Black which I stamped in black Versafine using my Misti so I could stamp several times to get a good image as I am using textured card, then embossed with clear detail powder heating from behind to make the embossing smoother.  The 'love you' is stamped again in black Versafine using Label Maker Sentiments by My Favourite things - I can't stop using this set!  A purple mat on a black card base finished it off.  I am pleased to say, Darren really liked it!  I thought he would as I know he liked he stamp - in fact he suggested I buy it.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - Close To Nature.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

Fabulous challenges!

Have a lovely day and take care! Christine xxx

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Craft Barn Have Awesome Candy!

The Craft Barn have some absolutely awesome Blog Candy up for grabs at the moment!  Here is a piccie:


Pop over to the The Craft Barn Blog and see how you could win.  I have my fingers firmly crossed! For all of us of course!  There is also lots of inspiration over there too.  Thank you Craft Barn for the chance to win!

Thank you for visiting and take care!  Christine xxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Dragonfly Thank You!

Hello and thank you for stopping by to visit me - it makes me so happy that you did!  I have a very quick post today as I want to join in with Pixie's Snippets Playground and I have left it very near the closing date!  Luckily I have a card which is perfect that I have not blogged before - Di will recognise it I am sure!



It was simple to make but I love it!  I used a punch to punch out the little dragonflies from scraps of paper from my bits box.  They were all similar papers just different colours, I think they may have been Lili of the Valley.  I Wink of Stella'd them and glued them to my Kraft card base using a faint pencil line to assure they were straight.  It was easy to erase afterwards.  The thank you is stamped with Vintage Sepia Versafine and I think I Wink of Stella'd that too! It is a Visible Image stamp.

I am entering this into Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets

Di runs such a fun challenge - I really love to join in and the inspiration you find there is amazing! Thank you Di!

I mustn't leave it so late next time!  I seem to always be saying that with challenges!

Have a fabulous weekend whatever you will be doing and take care!  Christine xxx


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Christmas Wreath with Baubles

Hello again!  I always seem to do two or three posts right at the end of the month!  I need to be more organised and do more through the month.  It all depends on how I am feeling energy wise as to what I get done - M.E.  can be such a pain!  Quick and simple Christmas card today with Cardio stamps - I love them, they are so versatile!  I must use them more often to make some cards other than wreaths - the possibilities are endless I just haven't ventured there yet!


I used stamps from four Cardio sets - Oriental Bloom, Whimsy Christmas, Elegant Baubles and Sweet Hearts.  Using all pigment inks, I began by stamping the twig to make the main structure of the wreath, added all the flowers and leaves then the baubles and hearts.  There is a lot of first, second, third and, even fourth, generation stamping to give depth.  I drew strings for the baubles using a black marker pen then used Glossy Accents on the baubles and glitter for sparkle.  The panel was glued to a red mat then a white card base and is flat for posting!  Always good!  I think I will make more of these!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

February Rudolph Days Challenge by Scrappymo - Anything Christmas.
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Use Red or Pink and add a Heart.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

I am happy to make Christmas Cards anytime and it gets me ahead for December entering Christmas Challenges nice and early!

Thank you so much for popping by - I am so happy that you have!  Will be popping around blogland over the next few days to see all the lovely makes!  Its never as much as I would like!  So sorry!

Take care!  Christine xxx

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Splash!

Hello and welcome to my blog today!  Thank you so much for visiting me - I appreciate it so much!
I called this post 'Splash' cause that is what this awesome Visible Image stamp makes me think of and I have made three cards with it using similar backgrounds but different, all important, words - I just got carried away!  Here they are:

These are the most important words ever!  They come with the stamp:



These words I think are so cool (also come with the stamp).  I see them as saying, do what you want with no worries about tomorrow - just enjoy yourself!  My husband however thought they sounded like doom and gloom that tomorrow is never going to come!  We did have a laugh about it!  I like my interpretation best and I am sure that is what is meant!!!



This last one has words from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set,, Good Thoughts, and I love these words too!



The backgrounds are all made the same - in fact I did two A4 sheets so I had plenty for all the cards and words and some left over.  I used watercolour card and blended Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks over the whole sheet before adding drops of water for texture, spritzed with Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist then dried.  I used a script stamp and a texture stamp to add some detail in the same inks, then cut the card down, edged with Mermaid Loagoon ink and stamped the image using black Versafine and my Misti stamping tool.  It took lots of impressions on the textured watercolour card to get a perfect silhouette - I couldn't have got it on this particular card without the Misti.  It would have been fine with a clear block on regular stamping card as Visible Image stamps are excellent quality! The words were stamped on bits of leftover card and I edged everything using a thin black marker then glued the words on and added the panels to black square base cards.  I embellished with clear sequins on the first two using Multi Medium Matt and on the third one I added little raindrops cut from blue inked watercolour card using Memory Box die A Little Rain.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey - Words that are Special
That's Crafty - Just Words (the words are most important on my cards so I hope that counts!)
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes

All are fab challenges - worth a peek!

Thank you for popping by and have a fabulous weekend!  Take care! Christine xxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's Day!

It's Valentines's Day today!  If you celebrate - have a lovely day and if you don't, have a lovely day! Its not everyone's cup of tea and for some its a sad day or a day full of memories, It makes some people cross!  Whichever it is for you - have the best day you can!  I love (excuse the pun) it!  I can tell Darren (my husband) I love him even more than I do every day anyway!  I know, I am a big softie!  Here is his card:



I started with the main image which is a Crafter's Companion Moonbeam Meadow rubber stamp from the Hugs and kisses set - I just love it!  I stamped it on a scrap of white card in black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then coloured with Promarkers and added a touch of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.  Its cut out using Spellbinders Labels Eighteen (which I won from Pixies Snippets Playground last year, thank you Di!).  The large hearts are cut from a piece of leftover inked card from a previous project using dies that were free with a magazine, and the small red hearts were left over from a previous project.  The background stamping is done using two stamps from Avery Elle clear stamp set Lots of Love - stamped in Versamark and embossed with clear powder.  I trimmed the blue card with one of the Stitched Basic E dies from My Favourite Things and glued it to the card base then added the three hearts which are under the main image after working out placement, then popped the image up on foam tape for dimension.  The sentiment is from JustRite clear stamp set Doodled Birds (I love the sentiment so much) its embossed on snippets of the blue card with Veramark and white detail embossing powder.  After I had glued the sentiment to my card, I added the last two blue hearts and all the little red hearts to go with the red roses.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Stamping Sensations - Animal Magic.
Penny Black and More - Use your Favourite Stamp (I have lots - this is one of them!).
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
That's Crafty - I Heart You.
Allsorts Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers

There is so much fun to be had by entering challenges and loads of inspiration to be found too!

I haven't been around this last week as I have been staying with my Daughter - lots of cuddles from the two Granddaughters which was lovely!  I will be popping around blogland this week for a catch up!

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


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Sarah's Birthday Card - Orange and Pink!

I am back with my third post this week!  I will be quiet again for a while after this cause I am off to stay at my Daughter, Sarah's, on Saturday and will be there for nearly a week.  Lots of cuddles with my gorgeous Granddaughters Freya and Millie - collectively known as Frillie!  Sarah's idea!

Its Sarah's birthday tomorrow, here is her card.  She won't be looking at my blog!




I started with Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks which I smooshed on my craft sheet and spritzed with water.  I pressed a piece of watercolour card into the wet ink, dried it then dabbed it into more of the ink for interest and also added drops of water which I dabbed off with kitchen roll.  I made another couple of pieces the same so I had one for an insert and one for the sentiment and flowers.

On the background piece I stencilled some swirls with a couple of the inks and stamped an interesting script stamp from Paperartsy HP1306EZ (never used before) which adds more interest to the background.  I thought the swirls would go with the swirls on the sentiment.  I then used my dotty stencil to add some texture paste circles and left to dry overnight.  'Daughter' is a Papermania Typography Stamp (never before used) which I stamped on a piece of my inked watercolour card in Versamark ink and embossed with detail white powder and coloured in with pink, orange and green Promarkers.  'Special' is stamped with Habenero Versafine (never used before) using My Favourite Things Label Maker Sentiments.  The flowers are cut using Crysanthemum Strip die by Cheery Lynn and I Wink of Stella'd them and attached them with brads.  I also used Wink of Stella on the sentiment and the background swirls then added the sequins with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

PaperArtsy - Pink and Orange - I got my inspiration from Tracey's tags which were shown on the challenge post - thank you Tracey!

Darnell's NBUS 10 Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff - Mine are the Paperartsy script stamp, the Daughter stamp and the Habernero ink.  There is an option to use bubblewrap - I didn't but my circles of paste look like bubblewrap???

That's Crafty - Round and round.

All these are fabulous challenges that give so much inspiration!  Thank you!

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

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Brusho Snowmen!

Hi there!  I am back again with another Christmas card - Yay, another one for the box!


Now this really was a simple card to make! The absolutely gorgeous die is Let It Snow by Sizzix (used for the first time) and I cut it from a left over piece of card from one of my white scrap drawers. The background was originally an A4 sheet of card that had been given the Brusho treatment - I can't remember the colours I am afraid but the gold is actually Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder in Rich Gold. Luckily I had a piece left!  I cut the eyes and noses of the snowmen from little snippets of left over card and glued them in place - it would have been simpler just to colour the white pieces that were already cut with Promarkers but I didn't think of that!  I glued the die cut on the Brusho panel, glued that to my white card base and it was done!  I told you it was simple!  I absolutely love the white on the rich background and was so pleased how the card turned out!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

January 2017 Rudolph Days Challenge - Anything Christmas,
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - everything on this card is snippits!
Darnell's NBUS Challenge - My Never Before Used Schtuff is the fab die.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Add Snowflakes.

All awesome challenges!

Thank you so much for visiting me - I will be popping round Blogland tomorrow, I have visited a few lovely people today but have more to do!  Take care!  Christine xxx

Monday, 30 January 2017

Grungy Circles

Yet again apologies for my lack of posts and visits,  I am finding it a bit difficult keeping up at the moment!  I will keep trying though.  A grungy card today for a guy.




The colours are all Distress Inks - Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Lucky Clover and Broken China.  I used various circle stencils and inked through with finger daubers and a dry baby wipe cause I didn't have enough daubers!  When I had the pattern I liked, I spritzed with water then dabbed with kitchen roll so the ink was a little more muted then used two different sizes of bubble wrap to stamp some extra interest using some of the inks.  Then I gave a light spritz with Abominable Snowman Glimmer Mist for a little shimmer.  The sentiment came from a newly inked clear stamp set by My Favorite Things - Label Maker Sentiments - stamped in black Versafine then cut out and adhered to the card panel.  I edged the panel with Wilted Violet Distress Ink then added to a black card base.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Darnell's NBUS Challenge - Never Before Used Schtuff (mine is the sentiment stamp set) and I have followed the optional theme of 'bubble wrap'.
That's Crafty - Round and Round.
A Vintage Journey - Going Round in Circles.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

These are all fabulous challenges!

Thank you so much for visiting me, I appreciate it so very much!  Have a good week and
take care! Christine xxx


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