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