Tuesday 22 February 2011

Oh woe is me.......

Hi Girls

Firstly thanks for taking the time to look at my posts... it means a great deal to me at the moment......

I'm feeling pretty down, as I have to wait a week till I get this damn MRI scan done to find out what's causing the problem in my mouth.  The consultant said he wanted an 'urgent' scan - but the first they can do is Wed 2nd March.  He IS trying to rule nasty stuff out....  give him credit, but my nerves have taken a good hold and I'm really having a struggle....  So...... if I'm carted off to the funny farm and you don't see me here for a while, you'll know why!  Thanks to all of you who've sent good wishes.......

NOW.... onto my card!  What do you think?  Too much glitter?  She's an LOTV Image called Rosie with Cake and she's a delight to colour.  I seem to often go for lilacs and pinks.... love their muted shades normally, but this is a bit brighter.  I decided to edge the image with Dusty Concord Distress Ink with a piece of cut'n'dry foam.  The DP is Fairy Flora from Prima, and the base lilac cardstock is from my stash.  I've added a bow made from seam binding from the Ribbon Girl, and a charm from ebay on a silver chain.  Some gems and a button finish it off.  Of course, stickles round the distressed edges and prisma glitter on her images.......  couldn't resist.  My nerves are so bad though that my hand was shaking dreadfully when I took the photo.... even with my OTT light, I had to delete more pics than I kept!

Do let me know what you think.....  it may help to brighten my day.......

Bye for now, and big hugs
Maybe will go watch some QVC with Tim Holtz!
Christine x
PS - Entered in Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Bling, and the Sarah Hurley Food and Drink Challenge

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Fabulous new images from a new website..... and a freebie - check it out!

Hi Girls
Just a quickie today to tell you about this fab new website - Wee Stamps by Sylvia Zet.  Isn't this little girl absolutely gorgeous?  And if you want her for free.....  you have to grab her by 12 midday today (16th Feb).  Instructions are on her blog how to claim - brilliant idea for getting her website known.  She's a very talented lady by the look of her images - I wish her good luck!

Sorry I've not been around - I've got a little problem at the back of my mouth (just feels like food is stuck there but it's been like this for 4 weeks now) which I went to the docs about last week - she referred me and the hospital rang THE DAY AFTER to arrange an appt yesterday.  Of course, I went into panic mode (as I do.....).  When I went yesterday, the specialist had to try to see it first through my mouth, and then because he couldn't, he had to put a camera through my nose............... eeek!!  He couldn't manage at first so he used a nasty spray and had to try both nostrils (as he told me one was narrow!)  He STILL couldn't see anything, so now I have to go for an MRI, then possibly he'll have to check it out with a general anaesthetic.  So girls.............. i'm officially TERRIFIED.  I keep on trying to tell myself they're being thorough....   Just to make you smile though, you can't imagine how far my head could go backwards and how quickly when he was approaching me with that camera!!!

Christine x

Saturday 12 February 2011

New Hat.......... new card...

Hi Girls

Well, it's been a busy Saturday here .... I've managed to wash the car, trim a shrub, change the bed and wash the sheets, AND make a card!  I've still got to make a lasagne before we eat too!

I've got to say, I'm getting into these LOTV images.... I absolutely adore colouring them.  I sit in my own world....  not aware of anything going on around me....  while I get her dress JUST right!  Anyone identify with that? hehe

Onto the materials used:
  • Trusty pens (obviously!)
  • Bazzill BP
  • Basic Grey Indian Summer DP - distresssed edges with scissors
  • LOTV New Hat Image
  • Nesties for circle and scalloped circle
  • Marianne Creatables corner die (coloured through with brown while die attached)
  • Marianne creatables swirl
  • Lace from stash
  • Pearl Gems
  • Pearl Bad
  • Seam Binding from Ribbon Girl
  • Charm from ebay and chain from stash
  • Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • MS branch punch
  • Sentiment was handwritten - inspired by Pretty Pressings blog
I used a sakura glitter pen for the mirror and glossy accents for the bag..... but otherwise girls........ can you believe it?  NOT a BIT of glitter!!  (Don't think I could have fitted any on there anyway...... )

The inside is decorated with the same Basic Grey paper...
Hope you like - your comments mean a lot to me so please say hello..  and a great big thank you to all that have commented up to now and spurred me on!

Christine x

Tuesday 8 February 2011

Say it............ with flowers!

Hi Girls

Well, it had to happen...... I've created a card with loads of luscious flowers and lots of other embellies!  I've been wanting to do this for ages and have collected the flowers, but have only just taken the plunge.  And my goodness..... I loved doing this vintage feel - although it took me hours to decide what should go where etc.

I coloured this lovely LOTV image with my trusty pens...... she is 'Hello Cupcake' and is somewhat reminiscent (!) of me with cupcakes...... although I don't introduce myself to them..... I just SCOFF!!

Materials used:
  • Bazzil basic cardstock
  • DP - Kaisercraft Enlgish Rose Collection - Estelle (bought at Embsay with Lisa-Jane last week)
  • Marianne Creatables flower circle die
  • Doo Hickey designs scroll die
  • Square and scalloped square nesties
  • Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Seam binding and fine string from The Ribbon Girl
  • Lace from stash
  • Charm from Ebay
  • Crackle glazed heart made by my fair hand! (from a tutorial by Bev Rochester)
  • Pearls from stash
  • And............ of course..........  GLITTER!
Now I THINK that was all I used...... I kept having to check back upward to see what was there! lol!  By the way - do you see a theme running through my cards with the exception of the previous one to this?  well, for the less sharp-eyed........ it's glitter!  I just can't resist the stuff!  I think I have an addiction............. it's serious....... h-e-l-p........... (whispered very quietly.....)

Hope you're all having a good week - I've had a lovely couple of days just pottering and playing.  I LOVE those days!

Hugs and Happy Crafting
Christine x

Monday 7 February 2011

Award time..

Hi Girls

I have to say a big thank you to Lisa-Jane  at Mess2Magic (who I spent a fab time with at Embsay on Friday), and Laurie over at DesignerDiva for this lovely award which I received a couple of days back.  I've been a tad lazy at getting around to putting this up on my blog - but better late than never!  So here goes:

Now the rules are that I have to give this to 8 more blogs - but to be quite honest - every blog I follow is special to me and gives me inspiration, so I'd be happy for you all to have it - please help yourself!

And I am supposed to tell you 8 things about myself.....  that's the difficult bit, but I'll try...
  1. As Lisa-Jane knows - I LOVE pink
  2. As Lisa-Jane ALSO knows...... I LOVE glitter
  3. I am a true Leo - all GRRRR but like my mane stroked...... a pussy cat really
  4. I am from Lancashire, but I love Yorkshire!
  5. I would love to do a course in graphic design
  6. I have photoshop but haven't mastered it properly yet
  7. I would love to visit California and watch the sun set over the Pacific
  8. I'm trying to meet as many fellow bloggers as I can - what a lovely community to belong to!
Lisa and I spent a lovely few hours on Friday chatting over a cuppa, then shopping for our stashes!  It was a very windy day to drive over the Pennines, but we both managed (I'm the wuss - not Lisa), and it was really worth it!

I've spent a busy weekend - my brother and his wife visited last minute, so I haven't had a lot of card-making/blogging time.  But..... I did find Annette's blog - Netty's Cards - and she has been kind enough to give me lots of help trying to make circular sentiments..... and I THINK I've mastered it!  I've got to say, Annette has been patience personified when I've bombarded her with emails asking 'how do I..........'  It became an obsession....... I just HAD to know how to do it!

Soooooo tomorrow I may have a card for you!  Here's hoping...
Christine x

Wednesday 2 February 2011

No glitter!!

Hi Girls

Well.......... no glitter on a card of mine?  Can you believe it????  But I so loved this image which is called Lollipop Ella by Lori Boyd Designs... and of course, she had to be done in beautiful bright colour.  She really cheered me up!

The red card is from my stash......  then I printed out some red on white dotty BP (download from Pink Petticoat)...I think Dotty should be my nickname as I am MAD on dots!  I then cut some nestie shapes and ran the square through an embossing folder too.  I coloured the image with my trusty pens (5 different reds in that dress! lol), and then fussy cut the image and adhered with foam tape.  The sentiment is one of my own cut again with nesties, the lace heart is an Martha Stewart punch, the heart pin is from The Ribbon Girl, the loose hearts are (I think) a small sizzix die... but had it so long I have no idea!  Then finished it all off with an organza ribbon bow!  Think thats all....

I tried and tried to find somewhere to put some glitter...... but sadly failed....  I think she just 'doesn't need' any!

Right....... onto my playing around with circular sentiments!  Yayyyyyyyyyy I'm getting there after spending hours in front of the monitor with eye ache!  I knew this machine would do it if I stuck at it long enough..... and sure enough... I produced this one.... along with a few others.  

It's my OH's day off today, but I don't think we're going anywhere - just getting a few jobs done around the house that are on the 'to do' list!  We have a problematic tap in the bath...... and he has to replace the 'bits'.  Hmmmmmm his DIY prowess isn't the world's best - but I have faith and I'm thinking positive! But if my tomorrow's post looks soggy, you'll know why........ 

Christine x