Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Forever Rose......

Hi Girls

Sorry I've been M-I-A for a few days....  My tooth is still causing me problems and I'm at the dentist again on Friday for root canal work..........  yuck.....  but I've been in pain for over a week now, and quite frankly, not really interested in anything that took any concentration! LOL!  But I've been around, commenting and such.. just not putting anything together!

But today, I felt like getting up into the craft room!  My challenge was to make a card that wouldn't warrant a 'large letter' stamp as there is a lady that buys some of my cards who asked me could I do something flattish! This image from Crafts & Me called Forever Rose was an absolute JOY to colour.... I loved doing her hair!  She reminds me of the late 1960's......  I think I had a poster in my bedroom something similar..... so it took me right back to those hazy days of happiness and not a care in the world! (big s-i-g-h......)

Anyway.....  there are about 6 colours in her hair....  if anyone wants to know the colours, give me a shout and I'll list them.  I used some trusty bazzil and some dotty pink paper from my stash for the layout then added the glamour dust  and stickles befitting this beautiful lady...  Ooooh and I added a couple of filigree corners to finish....

So there you go... Hope you like!  Thanks for each and every one of your comments which really make my day.... especially to my new followers...  I'd love to get to the 100 followers mark! 

And keep your fingers crossed for me on Friday......
Hugs and Happy Crafting
Christine xx

Monday, 15 August 2011

You know when you just wake up and KNOW....?

Hi Girls

Well, that's what happened to me this morning!  After making most of this card yesterday, I couldn't come up with a sentiment I was happy with.... Till I opened my eyes this morning and knew what I needed to put on it! LOL!  And you know when you're really pleased with one of your cards (unusual for me - there's generally a niggle somewhere)..... well this one has it!  Think it's because I believe in fairies!  Yes.... I believe!  When I decoupaged the wings for this, I had real trouble actually cutting the wings off another fairy to do it.  I felt like I was going to draw blood....  that is if fairies DO have blood????  Or do they just have fairy dust??

Anyway - onto the card!

This is a Nellie Snellen image - Frog on Flower - I bought from Samuel Taylor at Embsay... sorry I can't find a link.  It was one my darling OH chose when we were there.....  (think he's a secret believer too... hehe)  So I coloured her in with my trusty pens then decoupaged the wings. I then used a DP from My Minds Eye - Lost and Found - which is glittered on the back, but I wanted the lovely pink paisley on the other side - so ignored the glitter....  I could add plenty of my own!! hehe!  Then, I added a BEAUTIFUL trim I received as a RAK from my mate Nic over at Coops Cluttered Corner... thank you Nic - it was just right for this card!  Oh, and I used a nice nestie for behind the image.  Then lastly, (this morning when I got up) I added a handwritten sentiment...... cos I knew it just had to be 'believe' on this card.... think the fairies visited me overnight!  I distressed all the edges, then oooh of course, added loads of glitter and stickles!

A sideways view
 So, I hope you love it as much as I do......  Not often i actually get a lovely feeling about a card!

Hope you all had a nice weekend btw, I did.....  my daughter treated me to a nice lunch in York followed by a trip to see Legally Blonde at the theatre there as a birthday treat!  To use their 'speak'..... 'OMG you guys - it was TOTALLY wonderful!!'  So much energy on the stage, and the songs were brilliant!  Not to mention a HUNK of a UPS guy who had the audience in fits of drool every time he came on stage!! He was HOT!  (OK yes thats from me, a 58 year old very-happy-with-her-darling-OH woman!)  But we can l-o-o-k.... can't we?? hehe

Right, better go now, otherwise I'll be late for my stint in the charity shop....
Hugs to all and Happy Monday...
Christine x
Challenge: Pollycraft Challenge 106 - Distressing

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Just Waiting.....

Hi Best Blogging Buddies

Well I felt like I was laying an egg today trying to get this card together....  nothing ever seems to go right when I try too hard... and I end up with a desk with masses of stuff on it, can't find anything, everything I do want drops on the floor.... etc etc....... Do you know those days?

Anyway...  i got it done eventually... (oooh I like italics!)  The image is a Gorjuss girl from Quixotic Paperie called Waiting .  Don't you just love this image?  Anyway, I was inspired colour-wise by Jane of janes lovely cards.  I coloured her with my trusty pens...Love these pinks and blues, and hadn't thought of doing her boots in any colour but grays and blacks.  Soooo thank you Jane!  I used a DP from Marianne Design - Eline's Flowerz (can't remember where I got it, sorry. Then I embossed the image a la Debby.... (well tried to), and used sticky 3D pads to put her onto a Labels 4 Nestie.  Not easy to see the depth there....  ah well, photo skills lacking....

sideways view
Then I cut a Memory Box Delicate Vine die in white, used my versamark and embossed the vine with sparkly embossing powder.  I got the die from Simon Says Stamp - but Tracey at Dies to Die for often has Memory Box dies in stock too.  The flower uses a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die (thanks to Lee at A wee bit of Crafty Loops...  who has a fab tutorial) and I've used white material and netting, which a pink spotty brad in the centre.  And of COURSE (there go the italics again), I've added glitter to the flower (and a bit to the image....)

Lastly, I used some sticky pearls in the top corner, and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.  And Hey Presto...  (well after about 2 hours..... hehe) it was done!

Thanks for sticking with the long blog... but wanted to put all the pics in.

Had a yucky migraine last night which has left me a bit 'far out' today (at least that's how I feel).  I hate the flashing visual patterns I get with it.....but they only last about 15 mins so not so bad!

Ta-ta for now girls and happy crafting
Christine x
Challenge: Papertake Weekly - Grown your Own
Your next Stamp - Beautiful Borders
Sweet Stamps - Bling it up
Divas by Design - Challenge 8 - Birthdays

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

And the candy winner is......... (roll on drums please.......)

Hi Best Blogging Buddies.....

Well I've had a lovely birthday.......  made extra special by some of the lovely cards I received from my fellow bloggers!  Thank you soooooo much... and what a fab community this is - thanks to all that posted comments for your good wishes.  It's really weird though how people send me lovely pink and glittery cards.... as IF i've ever mentioned that i may just have a love of the colour and the bling!   LOL!

I've been truly spoiled  and had lots of friends and family visiting, and finished off with a lovely Italian meal in York this evening with my lovely OH and my eldest daughter.  Sooooo I thought before I doze off (after all that Tiramisu.....) I better do the draw... so here we go!  I've copied and pasted this from the RIG website - hope I've done it right... 

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2011-08-09 21:08:37 UTC

And Number 4 on my comments belongs to Lee (aka Crafty Loops) - so if you'd like to email me with your details via my blog....  I'll get your winnings in the post to you!

Thanks to all for taking part in this bit of fun.....and again for all your good wishes!  And I PROMISE to be back with a card soon!! LOL

Hugs to all
Christine x
ps .....  anyone seen my indigestion remedy?  x

Candy time....!

Hi Girls

Just a quickie.... as promised, a bit of candy up for grabs!  As it's my birthday soon, I thought it time that I did a 'candy'! 

So it you'd like to enter ... go to Mr Linky below and enter!  Up for grabs is a pack of Crate Paper 12 x 12" papers in lush pinks, browns and oranges.... there are 16 double-sided textured papers in the pack, and it also includes journal stickers, borders designer diecuts etc..  Also in the candy there is a Little Claire Designs stamp - It's Dale's Bear - Girl. 

Good Luck girls....  You have till one week today - 9th August and I will pick a winner at random when somebody shows me how to work the random generator thingie..... I'm proud to say that I worked out how to use the Mr Linky thing all by myself!

1. Become a follower if not already, as I'd like my candy to go to someone who truly wants to follow my work.

2. Post a picture of my candy in your sidebar.

3. Leave your name with the Linky thingy!!

It'd be good if you also left a comment - just in case Mr Linky has a wander...

Bye for now
Christine x

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Something a bit different...

Hi Girls

Hope this post works, as I've scheduled it.... we're hopefully getting out and about early this morning... my lovely OH has a few days off work, so we're making the most of it!  Hope the warm weather lasts, though we could do with a bit of sunshine to go with it!  Today has been cloudy mostly, but HOT!

Anyways, I just thought you may like to see another type of card I make.... this one doesn't have an image near it and no colouring!  But it is lovely to do and uses Japanese Washi papers, which I actually bought when I was in the US, but you can get from here.  The purply card is also different - not bazzil, but I can't remember it's name... sorry.  It has a silky finish.

Now the little squares (1" x 1") are cut from card, then padded with very fine wadding... then covered with the washi paper, which is tucked around the back (kind of like making a bed!), and stuck down with DS tape.  I then assembled nine together into a square, and put them on black cardstock, then onto the purply card.  I've tried to show you the depth of the squares, they are actually slightly squashy!

I really love this Japanese paper.... it's used in their traditional origami and has some luscious colours.

Anyway, thought you may like to see my 'different' card making! Hope you like

Hugs and Happy Crafting
Christine x
PS Don't forget to enter my candy if you haven't already...