Friday, 27 October 2017

Happy Anniversary Cats!

Hello from a sunny Bournemouth today - thank you so much for visiting!  Another cat card today in honour of the Cat Lovers Hop!  In my last blog post here I explained why we can't have a cat now and showed a picture of the last gorgeous cat we had.  Today, in honour of the Cat Lover's Hop, here is a photo of Lulu who was our previous kitty.  She was a little six week old kitten when she came to us.  She is a beautiful old lady here and we lost her about eight years ago.  She was adorable, cuddly and very good tempered and a bit haughty as she got older, which added to her charm!  We had Lulu and Lucky (from the previous post)  together for a while, she never tried to attack or hurt him but she did hiss at Lucky sometimes and do her best to ignore him but he absolutely adored her and followed her everywhere!  After we lost Lulu, Lucky was so sad and moped about for months cause he missed her so much!  We still miss them both incredibly!

No stamping at all on this card -  I made it for my Daughter and Son-in Law, Sarah and Dom's 5th Anniversary which was a few weeks ago.

I began with the square of white card from my bits box and used a circle stencil to ink through with various Distress Inks to give the appearance of a night sky.  I had also added the small circle mask before I started inking, for the moon.  I spritzed with glimmer mist, dabbed with some kitchen roll then removed the stencil and the mask and added some yellow ink to the moon.  I cut the stars from a scrap of yellow card using a Mama Elephant die then added these and the blue layer of card and glued to my Kraft card base.  As the fifth anniversary is signified by wood, I thought these two wooden cats would be perfect along with the little wooden hearts so I added them with Cosmic Shimmer glue.  I am pleased to say, Sarah and Dom liked it!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Cat Lovers Hop 2017 - You must have a cat as a focal point

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
Bizzy Becs  - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you again for visiting me and take care! xxx

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cat Lovers Hop 2017

Hello, thank you for visiting me and for all your kind comments and thoughts about my not being well and not able to blog/craft lately.  You are all such lovely people!  I am still feeling pretty rubbish and am blogging a card I made a while ago - for my son Michael's birthday way back in May!  Its perfect for the Cat Lovers Hop so a good time for it.  Darren, my husband, and I both love cats but unfortunately are not in a position to have one these days with both of us being on long term sick.  Our finances are hardly enough to keep us so it would be unfair to  have a cat, as much as we would love one!  Their food, vet bills, insurance etc. being costly. Also looking after one would not always be easy for us.  We last had a cat with us four years ago.  Unfortunately he was elderly and got very sick and had to leave us.  We still miss him - his name was Lucky and he actually came with the house we live in as the previous owners could no longer have him.  He was very timid, absolutely gorgeous and so good tempered, bless him!  Here is a piccie,

Here is the card I made for Michael with cats on it that look complete pickles to me and not so timid!

The 'Son' is a Papermania stamp which was stamped with Versafine ink and coloured with Promarkers.  I then stamped the fun silhouette cats which are from a very old NBUS (never before used Schtuff) clear stamp set, The Cat's Meow  by Hunkydory and they were stamped in Black Versafine using my Misti so I could re-stamp several times to get perfect silhouette stamping and perfect placement. The footprints were stamped as a background using a footprint from the same stamp set in Vintage Sepia Versafine.   The sentiment is stamped in Black Versafine using Label Maker Sentiments from My Favorite Things on orange card then I finished off with card candy along with Glossy Accents on the 'Son' and the green cats eyes.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Cat Lovers Hop - 2017 - You must have a cat as the focal point of your project.

Penny Black and More - Close to Nature.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Thank you again for visiting.  Hope you are having a fab week.  Take care. Christine xxx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Autumn Leaves!

Hello, Thank you so much for visiting me!  I am not doing too well at the moment.  My ME/CFS is really bad so the description will be less than normal as writing this post is quite difficult for me.  I haven't been crafting for a while but, luckily, have quite a few cards I have already made but have not blogged so I can keep up with you and enter challenges when I can.

Products used: 

The leaf is from a Creative Expressions stamp set - I can't remember the name.
Bronze, Gold and Mottled Green embossing powders.
Versamark ink.
Scraps of Kraft card.
Spellbinders Labels Four.
Autumn word stamp by Clarity Stamp.
Cream Card.
Gorgeous mottled bronze/gold shiny card base.
Scrap of string.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Pixie's Snippets Playgound - Use Snippets.
That's Crafty - Forever Autumn.
A Vintage Journey - Crazy for Autumn Colour.
Allsorts - Trees and Leaves.
Penny Black Allsorts - Close to Nature.

I will visit your blogs when I can.  Thank you so much for visiting.  Take care.  Christine xxx