Saturday, 14 April 2018

Sorry!

Hello and thank you for visiting me - I really appreciate it!  I just want to say 'sorry' for a lack of posts and for limited comments on your lovely blogs.  I am not doing too well at the moment, nothing to worry about - my ME/CFS is very bad so my energy levels are at rock bottom along with other symptoms too.  My Doctor is helping all he can but all I can really do is rest until I feel better, so crafting, blogging, along with being on the Ipad and computer all have to be very limited.

I don't usually like to blog about health issues, so I am sorry if I sound like I am complaining, I don't mean to, and I know there are a lot of people a million times worse off than me, but I just wanted you to know that I am still around and will comment and blog along with joining in challenges when I can.  Unfortunately I have already got behind in sending people birthday cards - how bad is that!  For me it is unheard of!

Anyway - I have my feet up and a nice cuppa is next to me so its not all bad!  I have House of Elliott recording, I loved that series when it was first on our screens so I might watch that later.

I won't rattle on anymore.  Thank you for reading this and have a fabulous weekend!

Take care.  Christine xxxxxxxxxxxx 

Saturday, 31 March 2018

March Rudolph Day's Challenge!

Hello and welcome to my blog - thank you so much for visiting me, I appreciate it so much!  I hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend!

A Christmas card today:



There is lots of gold shine on the lovely (free with a magazine) backing paper but you can't see it in the photo.  The poinsettia is made using a Creative Expressions die set cut from snippets of white card then while still in the die, I inked through with red Distress Ink and glued the layers together then to the panel.  The sentiment was free with a magazine and stamped with red Versafine.  I added gold Stickles to the centre of the poinsettia and to the sentiment for some sparkle and also some Sakura Clear Stardust pen to the red veins on the poinsettia and the letters of the sentiment for added glimmer.  I wish it showed up better in the photo, sorry.  I made two of these cards and two in a slightly different colourway but didn't finish in time to blog the different colour option.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Scrappy Mo's March Rudolph Day's Challenge - Anything Christmas.
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Christmas and Use Flowers.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

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

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Twofer Challenge No. 3!

Hello and thank you for visiting me, I appreciate it so much!
Its Darnell's Twofer Challenge No, 3.  Its so much fun.  This time it is Blossoms - I chose to use wildflowers - they are blossoms too!



I used three of the dies from Tim Holtz Sizzix Wildflower thinlets which I cut using my Sizzix Big Shot - the same dies on each card but two different designs and occasions.



I went for a bright and sparkly birthday card and a more subdued thinking of you card.  I will put separate pictures below so the detail shows better and give a rundown on how I made each card.  The first one (the birthday card) I am also entering into some other challenges so I will pop those below the picture too.


I used watercolour card for this one and inked it with Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Wilted Violet Distress Inks then spritzed with water and dried.  I used French Script and Cross Hatching stamps from IndigoBlu to stamp the same inks to add further interest to the background.  The three flowers were glued on then the sentiment from Woodware Annie stamp set, stamped on inked card using black Versafine, cut out, edged with black pen and also the little dashes, then glued on too.  The little butterfly is actually a sticker but it fitted perfectly!  I used different colour Stickles to add lots of bling and sparkle then squeezed my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen and added splashes across the whole panel to add even more bling.  Glued the panel onto a black card base to really bring out the colours. 

This card I would like to enter into the following extra challenges.

Allsorts - Bring on the Bling
Time Out Challenges - its their 4th Birthday and the inspiration words are 'Birthdays Are Full Of Sunshine, Love and Laughter. 
CuttlebugMania - Spring and you must use a manual die cutting maching. - I used my Sizzix Big Shot and Wildflowers start coming in Spring!
That;s Crafty - Spring into Action - again Wildlowers bloom in Spring!

The second Twofer card is the Thinking of You card.


The same dies again but this time on a brayered background on gloss card using a very old Big and Juicy ink pad. Its spritzed with a little water to give it texture. The sentiment is from HobbyArt and is stamped with Majestic Blue Versafine.  Very simple but that is what I feel a thinking of you card should be.

The Twofer Challenge really makes you think although I haven't been very inventive with my two cards this time.  Some of the entries are always amazing using stamps or dies in ways you really wouldn't expect.  I hope these cards are different enough to qualify!

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you are having a lovely week.

Take care.  Christine. xxx

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Underwater Postcard!

Hello and welcome to my blog!  Thank you so much for visiting me.  A postcard today.



I started with a 6 x 4 piece of card which I had painted with gesso as I wasn't sure what medium I was going to use.  I ended up using Distress Oxides so didn't really need to use gesso but hey ho!  I spritzed the background with water then left to dry naturally.  The gorgeous Lavinia sea creatures were stamped with black Archival ink using my Misti so I could stamp several times to get solid images as the gesso background is slightly textured.  The underwater foliage is also Lavinia but I cannot find out what these stamps are called, sorry.  They are both stamped with different colour Distress Oxides using first, second and third generation stamping.  The words are stamped in black Versafine on inked card then cut out.  They were  from a stamp set by Crafters Companion set Magic Garden.  I edged with ink then black alcohol marker then finished off with lots of stickles for bling and some Tonic glitter drops for bubbles from the fish and the sea horse.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - Postcards.
Allsorts - Bring On The Bling.
Penny Black and More - Feature A Creature.
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes.

Thank you again for visiting me!  I hope you are having a wonderful week and a crafty one too!
Take care. Christine xxx

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Green Man!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me - I really appreciate it.  Sorry I haven't been around Blogland very much lately - I will try and do better!

I made this card for my wonderful husband, Darren's, birthday which was earlier this month.


I am sorry the photo is rather insipid - the black is very black and the background for the wonderful Lavinia Green Man stamp is gorgeous with various Oxide inks and the Green Man itself is coloured with Pro Markers too.   My photography is rubbish!  I stamped the image with Versafine and embossed it with clear powder then cut out with Spellbinders Labels 18.  I popped it on with mounting foam on the black card base which I had first embossed with Creative Expressions Bark embossing folder.  The sentiment and heart were made using dies that came free with a magazine.  Darren has always loved the Green Man image and when I saw this stamp released last year by Lavinia, I just had to buy it straight away and hang onto it till his birthday this year!  I am pleased to say he really likes the card!

The Green Man is found in many cultures from many ages around the world.  It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth representing the cycle of growth each spring.  (Thank you Wikipedia!)

I would like to enter the following fabulous Challenges:

That's Crafty - Spring Into Action - Green Man
Cuttlebug Mania - Springtime -Green Man and I used my Big Shot for both the embossed background and the Spellbinders die cut.
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes.
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets - The main image and sentiment were both made from white snippets.
STAMPlorations - All about Spring and Faith - Green Man.



Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you are having a fabulous week.

Take care.  Christine xxx


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Rudolph Day's Challenge February 2018!

Hello!  I hope you are keeping safe and warm and thank you so much for visiting me!  A Christmas card today.


A simple card today using the fabulous Deer Wood stamp from IndigoBlu which is stamped with black Versafine on a Distress Oxide and Glimmer Mist background.  I used Salty Ocean and Broken China.  I dotted white pen all over the background for my snow and under the base of the trees and the gorgeous deers feet too then added lots of glitter for sparkle.  Matted the image on navy card then a white card base. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Rudolph Day's Challenge - Anything Christmas.
Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.
Allsorts Challenge. - Something Beginning with 'B'.  Mine is Blue and Blizzard.

Thank you again for visiting me.  Take care.  xxx

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Pussy Cat ATC for Janis's Birthday!

Hello and thank you for visiting me - I really appreciate it!  Happy Birthday to Janis over at
Her Peaceful Garden.  Janis is having huge celebrations on her blog as its her 60th this year and this ATC is part of the celebrations.  Janis, it will be winging its way across the pond to you but it will be very late for your birthday - I am so sorry!


I cut the ATC out of watercolour card using Sizzix Bigz Die by Tim Holtz ATC and corners.  I coloured the ATC and the corners using Distress Oxides and water then when dry, I stencilled through some dry wall tape with one of the inks used for the background then stamped with IndigoBlu Collection Edition No 1. Bubbles stamp that came part of a set of stamps I was lucky enough to win recently.  The corners were glued on then I edged the ATC with a black alcohol marker.  The cat is from another IndigoBlu stamp set called Kevin's gang which I stamped in black Versafine and embossed with clear powder.  Coloured with Promarkers then added Glossy Accents to the spots and eyes and fussy cut out.  The words from the same stamp set were stamped on inked card, cut out then again edged with black marker.  Glued everything on and job done.  I love this cheeky cat - there are several more on the stamp set.

Once again 'Happy Birthday' to Janis and thank you for visiting.

Have a lovely day.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Twofer Challenge No. 2!

Hello and welcome!  Thank you for visiting me - I really appreciate it.  Its already time for Darnell's second fabulous Twofer Challenge.  I say already time, in fact its the last day to enter!  I am close to the finishing line - it happens quite a lot with me! 


For the challenge you must use the same stamp or die for two completely different cards for two different occasions following the theme which this time is 'Hearts'.  I chose to use a little heart from the Flutter Love die set by Spellbinders and try and think of ways to use it not as a heart - here is what I came up with. Here are the two cards together.  I will show them individually below so you can see the detail better.



Here is the one on the right:



I used the hearts as the candle flames.  They were cut from snippets of yellow card and the strips of patterned papers I used for the candles are also snippets.  Firstly I die cut the circle from a piece of white card using a die from Spellbinders small circle set then embossed the piece with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder.  I glued it to a snippet of white card being sure to not glue the circle too close to the bottom edge to leave room for the candles to sit behind the rim.  When everything was glued into place, I added some matching patterned paper to my card base then the embossed panel and finished off with a few pearls and some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to the flames.

I would like  to enter this card into the following additional challenges:

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
Less is More - Dry Embossing.

Here is the one on the left:



I used the hearts to make a little butterfly.  This is incredibly clean and simple.  I used masking tape to mask off the panel then inked with Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple Distress Oxides, sprayed the panel with Glimmer Mist, dabbed with kitchen roll then when dry, stamped with one of the Oxides using French Script by IndigoBlu. Removed the masking tape then, using my Misti, stamped the Hobby Art sentiment with black Versafine.  The butterfly is just two of the same little hearts as the candle flames but coloured with the same inks used for the panel, with little jewels and Sparkle Pen added along with the hand drawn antenna.

I had great fun making these and thinking outside the box for the hearts.

I would like to enter this into the following extra challenge:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - I Spy Something Beginning With B.

The Twofer Challenge is such fun - I must try and enter earlier next month!  I bet I said the same thing last month too!

Thank you again for visiting and have a fabulous weekend.  Take care.  Christine xxx

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Valentine's Canvas

Hello and welcome to my blog - its so nice of you to visit!  Today I have a small canvas I made for my wonderful husband instead of a Valentine's card.  I got the idea for making a canvas and for the heart from my good friend Anne's post here.  I hope you don't mind me pinching your idea Anne - your canvas is wonderful!



As usual my photograph is pretty rubbish - the heart is a much richer red and the black is blacker - so sorry!  The board canvas is 7 x 5 inches and I painted it with a couple of coats of black paint then, when dry and after using an anti static bag, I stamped the script by Prima and the corners from Sheena Douglass Ageing Beautifully in Versamark then embossed with detail gold embossing powder.  I painted the grey board heart with gesso then Barn Door Distress paint then embossed with about five coats of clear embossing powder.  I inked up the gorgeous Garden Heart stamp by Clarity Stamp with black Archival Ink - quickly remelted the embossing till it was moulten, then stamped into the heart pressing quite hard and leaving it for a minute or so before I removed it.  I was so pleased with how it turned out - its so textured and the image came out perfectly!  I haven't tried this before.  The sentiments are also from various Sheena Douglass stamp sets and the little hearts from Spellbinders die set Flutter Love.  The hearts and sentiments are embossed a couple of times with clear powder too.  The heart charms are from my stash.  I added brads to all three large hearts then glued everything to the canvas using Cosmic Shimmer PVA and Pinflair Glue Gel for the solid heart.  Darren liked it which was cool!  He is going to stand it on one of his record shelves so I didn't need to add a hanger.

Thank you again Anne for the idea!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey Melt It.
Penny Black and More - Love Hearts And Flowers.
That's Crafty - I Heart You.
Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute.
Try It On A Tuesday - Love Is In The Air.

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Take care - Christine xxx

Friday, 2 February 2018

Sea Horse Card!

Hello, its so nice of you to visit my little blog!  Thank you very much.  This is a card I made last year for my very good friend Anne's birthday but never blogged it.  Anne also sent me the little Tim Holtz sea horse die cut, along with many more, as I don't have the die set, thank you so much Anne!



The background is done with my Encaustic Art waxes and craft iron.  I don't use them as often as I should.  I sealed the wax with a special sealer so it doesn't scratch then mounted the piece on a white card blank.  Popped the little seahorse in the corner with a blue stone for the eye.  I shouldn't say it about my own work but I absolutely love this!  With Encaustic, you can never get the same effect twice. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey - Melt It.
That's Crafty - Feeling Blue.
Country View Challenges - Anything But Cute.

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

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Rudolph Days Challenge January 2018!

Hello and welcome to my blog - thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it! A quick post today as I have a  cold and sore throat so not feeling too good.

Its already time for the first Rudolph Day's Challenge hosted by the fabulous ScrappyMo!  So here is my first Christmas card for this year!



The dies are from Sue Wilson Gingerbread Man set and I used scraps of card for the gingerbread men and accessories.  I also used dries white glue, glitter, an old sentiment with Vintage Sepia Versafine and a snow fall embossing folder.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Rudolph Day's Challenge - Anything Christmas.
Pixies Snippets Playground - Use Snippets.
BizzyBecs - Anything Goes.
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes.

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

Monday, 22 January 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1

Hello and thank you so much visiting me.  Today I am entering the wonderful Darnell's fabulous new Twofer Card Challenge.  You have two make two different cards for two different occasions using the same stamps and/or dies.  The theme for this first challenge is 'feathers'.  I have used the same feather stamp on both cards.



The card on the left is a 'sending smiles' card to cheer someone up whether they are ill or just going through a tough time.  The mouse is from a wooden Penny Black Christmas stamp called Xmouse Ornament - the mouse on the stamp is drifting down on a snowflake which I covered up with masking tape, inked up, removed the masking tape then stamped and embossed with clear powder.  Then using my Misti and the feather stamp from Sheena Douglas stamp set The Quest - I stamped and embossed the feather so it joined the piece of string I had left from the snowflake and embossed that too.  What would we do without the Misti!  The sparkles are from Winnie and Walter Big Bang Confetti and the words are from Lawn Fawn Love Letters stamp set..  I coloured the image with Promarkers, cut out with Spellbinders Labels 4 and edged with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

For the card on the right I used the same feather stamp, repeatedly stamping with Vintage Sepia Versafine to make a nest for the two little birds.  The birds are from HobbyArt Birds on a Wire which I stamped in Black Versafine and embossed with clear powder, fussy cut out, coloured with Promarkers then edged with black and sat on the nest.  It was going to be a new home card but I changed my mind and decided to add the punched heart and make an anniversary card instead!  The sentiment is HobbyArt too.  The gorgeous die is Spelbinders Romantic Rectangles Two.

I added some clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to each of the cards for a bit of sparrkle.

I should have taken photos of each card separately so you could see the detail better but I didn't think of that!  Sorry.  I will next time.  I want to link up tonight and haven't time to sort out more photos.

This Twofer Card Challenge really makes you think - thank you Darnell, a fabulous challenge!

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you have a fantastic week.
Take care.  Christine xxx

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

New Home!

Hello and welcome to my blog today!  Thank you very much for visiting me - I love it when you do and really appreciate any comments you are kind enough to leave.  A new baby card today.

***Spot the boo boo!  I published this and linked to all the challenges with New Home! as the title instead of New Baby!  I have left it as it is as I have already linked up - how silly I am!  Go on, you can laugh at me, I did!***




The image and the words are by Lili of the Valley. Using a scrap of white card. I stamped the gorgeous image in black Versafine and embossed with clear powder then coloured it in with my Promarkers - the background is coloured with a Promarker too.  The white spots on the baby blanket were added with a white pen.  I cut the image out with Stamplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Nesting Dies then used a larger die from the set to cut a layer in some left over yellow card.  I made a card base from blue card stock and dotted white pen around the edges to match the baby blanket.  I glued the layers together then used Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on the blanket and hearts and Glossy Accents on the balloon and stars.  The sentiment was stamped on more scrap yellow card then cut up, edged with black Promarker and added to the card.  I love this image and have used it several times for both baby girl and baby boy cards.

I would like to enter the following challenges :

Pixies Snippets Playground - use Snippets.
Penny Black and More - Something New.
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes.
Allsorts Challenge Blog - No Patterned Paper.
Bizzy Becs - Anything Goes.

Thank you again for visiting me and I hope you are having a fabulous week!

Take care.  Christine xxx

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Thank You Butterfly!

Hello and thank you so much for visiting me, I really appreciate it lots.  A CAS card today.  It really was very simple to make and its one of my favourites ever!




Unfortunately the photograph doesn't show the true crispness of the image or the lovely vivid pink of the card - I just  couldn't seem to get a better photo.  I made the top folding A6 card blank from a gorgeous vivid pink card from my stash and, using my Misti and black Versafine ink, I stamped just half of the awesome Impression Obsession L13416 butterfly.  As its a huge stamp, I used the Misti so I could stamp it several times to make sure I got a good impression.  I then added the Visible Image sentiment and that was it!  I was going to add splatters or sequins or something but I just loved it as it is and out of all the cards I have ever made, this was probably the most simple and my absolute favourite!  I had to make several, with and without sentiments, and variations too!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - One Layer and/or the colour Ultra Pink.
Penny Black and More - Something New - The Butterfly Stamp is new and never before used.
Time Out Challenges - Thankful.
Try It On A Tuesday - My Favourite Things.  Butterflies are definitely one of my most favourite things!
Stamploration CAS Challenge - CAS optional colour twist of Silver



Thank you again for visiting me.  This is a very short post as I am off for coffee with a friend shortly.
Take care.  Christine xxx

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Kick Up Your Heels And Have Fun!

Hello and Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a fab holiday season.  Thank you for visiting me and for my first card of the year its a simple one to ease me in gently!


The main shoe image and sentiment I have had stamped on the die cut for years!  It was already embossed with clear powder too.  I stamped it at a craft club I used to go to therefore I really can't tell you the make as the stamp was one that I borrowed.  The scalloped dies used were Spellbinder Large Scallop dies - I know that as the ones I have are the small set.  I really wanted to enter Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge which is fairies, elves, pixies and gnomes this time, and with it finishing very shortly I needed to come up with a very quick card!  I remembered this stamped image, miraculously found it, coloured the shoe with Berry Red Promarker and using my Misti, I stamped the little fairy from the Secret Garden set by Cardio Stamps on the sentiment and added glitter to her wings.  Glued the layers together and added the black stones from my stash in the corners and job done!  I love that little fairy as you can sit her anywhere and she completely changes the image!  I don't know why I thought of adding her to this image - the thought just popped into my head!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - Fairies, Elves, Pixies and Gnomes.
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes.
That's Crafty - Anything Goes.

Thank you again for visiting me,  Have a good week and take care!  Christine xxx