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


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