Friday 28 October 2011

Baby card this time...

Hi Girls

Just a very quickie - I needed a baby card, so found this fab image from Lori Boyd Designs... called Sweet Pea Baby Addy....  So I coloured her with copics (she looks a tad jaundiced but it is the light, I promise!)... then matted her onto pink... used some stripey pink that's been in my stash since I first went to the US.... then used the trio of flowers from Die-Namics (but I only used two of them!)  Oh, and there is an MS edger punch there too, with some plain satin ribbon - and a couple of gems in the centre of the flowers.  So simple!

Hope you like
Christine x

Challenge: Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT - Oh Baby
Make it Monday #60 - Anything Goes
CES #59 - New Beginnings

Thursday 27 October 2011

At last.... I managed a halloween card!

Well at long last I can hear some of you say (especially Christine and Lisa!)....  don't know why, but I've never got around to doing a halloween card..... so today, I though why not???

Found this lovely digi image the other day while surfing (as you do..) and loved her (and her mate still to come..) so had to have a little go!  She's is WitchyBoo Betty by Simply Betty Stamps, and I had a ball colouring and glittering her..  The DP's were from a candy win from Emma at CES (who'll be looking after her new little one now and I don't expect her to see this... but thanks Emma!)  The sentiment was computer generated, and the stars from an xcut die (I made a mess of the cutting of the witch layer - so the stars had to be strategically placed!! LOL!  Not much else - I used distress inks to 'wear' the edge of the DP, and a few gems from Stamping Bella a while back finished it off.  Oooh and I drew the cobweb in the corner!

Soo hope you like!  I've not been out today so have taken a bit of time to tidy up my stash of nesties and dies... Hmmmmm methinks I may just have enough! (Note, I didn't say too many!! hehe)

Hugs to all and Happy Crafting
Christine x

Challenges: #38  Die Cutting Divas - Halloween Colours
Crafty Boots - Autumn or Halloween
Incy Wincy Designs - Challenge #107 - Halloween - Orange Black and Purple
Addicted to STamps - Challenge 15 - Halloween
Sentimental Sundays - Challenge 78 - Halloweeen + Sentiment
All Sorts challenge - Week 126 Halloween

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Oooh I must be on a roll.....

Hi Girls...  Yes, a third card from me so far this week and it's only Tuesday!  Don't know what's come over me, only more time, as the garden isn't calling to loud now it's autumn!

Today's card is using the fab Sugar Nellie Pippi Longsocks - one of the fab candy stamps that I won from Elaine....  again, she was a delight to colour and I thought she cried out for pink...  although it would appear most of my cards do....  as my pink pens wear out far faster than any others! LOL

I used Basig Grey Sugared Luscious DP for her as I like pink and brown together, and used Labels 4 Nestie to put her on, but drew and cut around the outer of the nestie shape to get the frame.  The flowers are from an MFT Die-namics die called Flower Trio.... and I put some pearl gems from my stash in the centre of each, and of course, added my lovely glitter!  Again, no sentiment.....  but that's just me.  I decoupaged her wings btw, so they stand out, but I don't know about you, I get really upset when I have to 'cut through' a fairy to get her wings off!!

Right..... seeing as I'm on a roll, I better go check my lottery ticket from last Saturday... who knows, I may be a millionaire!

I look forward to your comments, as always - they do make my day!
Christine x

Monday 24 October 2011

Die Cut Dreams Challenge #101 - So Charming!!!

Hi Girls

Well there were some fabulous cards entered for our 'Use a Poem' challenge, with so many different types of poems, some funny, some profound.... why don't you hop over to our challenge blog and see if you were a winner??  It was lovely to see all those cards entered, as it was my first challenge on the Design Team.

Now here we are again with another fab challenge.... this time it's 'So Charming'.... and you have to use a charm somewhere on your card.  Sooooooo  I chose Sketchy Snowman from Digi Stamp Boutique - just because he's been very patient waiting for me to colour him.....  I also dry embossed him to make him look more round (well we can't have a FLAT snowman - can we?)  I then coloured him with copic/promarkers and decoupaged him onto a square cut with a nestie and sponged with pale blue shadow ink while the nestie was still in place to give the frame, and used another scalloped square nestie for the base. 

I used a Crafts Too Embossing Folder - Snowflakes (bought at Samuel Taylors when I went there a couple of weeks back), and the blue DP is from The Clipart Fairy - Let it Snow (methinks the snowman is thinking the same.... hehe).  The ribbon is american seam binding, and the charm I bought at The Hobby House on my recent trip there... (hmmm I HAVE been spending recently haven't I - oooops!) and it's hanging on some eyelash wool I've had in forever!  There is an MS Snowflake border punch hiding there too..  I added a couple of gems and some glitter and stickles (obviously!!), then the fab sentiment is from Lynne over at Sentiments 4 you - and as Lynne is sponsoring our challenge this time you could win a lovely gift certificate to spend in her shop Crafts-4-You!

Why don't you hop over to the Die Cut Dreams blog  to my lovely teamies to see their wonderful creations - then join in!  I really look forward to seeing your charming creations..   And don't forget that the Die Cut Dreams shop site will be opening up again at the beginning of November...

Big Hugs and Happy Crafting..
Christine x

Sunday 23 October 2011

A little cheating...

Hi Girls

First of all I want to welcome my new followers... and yayyyy I've broken the 100!  Thank you for wanting to follow my blog - it makes me happy that you've done so!

Just a very quick card this morning... and what I think is probably classed as cheating... but....  as I really had to get on making some Christmas cards that didn't take forever to colour, I decided to go for it!  Sooooo  I bought some of these little robins from Ebay!  They may be oriental robins I think.... (from China.. hehe), but what the heck.... they look the part, if a little uppity with their beaks so far up in the air!!  Well ok, I could have REALLY cheated and said I'd made the robins couldn't I? LOL!

So there you go, white linen cardstock for the card and the layers, that difficult to find sizzix holly embossing folder, and a little Christmas sentiment from a Paula Pascual set and it was done (oh and with a little tiny gem too).  And eight were made in the time it would take me to do one with a coloured image!

Hope you like my CAS card!
Happy Sunday
Christine x

Tuesday 18 October 2011

A little Sugar Nellie cutie...

Hi Girls...

Well here's my first card done with my Sugar Nellie candy win from the lovely Elaine.... such lush stamps, I couldn't decide which to use first! LOL!  But, Delia won out (closely followed by Pippi Longsocks who is now sulking on my desk....)

Of course, I coloured her with my trusty promarkers and copics... used a nestie to cut the shape (blossom 4), then used a DP from My Minds Eye - Lime Twist, which is mounted onto kraft cardstock for the base.  I used an MS edge punch but can't remember the name of it... then I added a bow made from seam binding..... but again, struggled to use a sentiment.... I'm never happy with them on the front, I always feel that I un-balance the card with a sentiment....  so I left it without! 

Of course, then out came the glitter and stickles.....  well a fairy can't be a proper fairy unless she sparkles.... right girls?

It's a bit of a chilly day here today, strong north wind blowing...  so I guess they're right when they say snow before the week's out....   don't you just hate it when winter comes?  Well OK, the snuggling up in the evening is good, but I hate it when we lose the light so early on in the evening... I always was a wimp who was scared of the dark...

Happy crafting girls.... and hope you have the heating cogged up!
Christine x

Tuesday 11 October 2011

Santa's little helper...

Hi Girls..
Well I just had to get another Christmas card done, as I seem to be a bit behind!  I had a little time to get in my craft room this afternoon, and this is the result.. hope you like! This little cutie was soooo easy to colour... and she came to life as I shaded and blended...

Card recipe:
  • Sugar Nellie Little Apprentice (fab gift from a lovely friend..)
  • Sentiment - Stampendous Cling Little Christmas (from Samuel Taylors Leeds on Saturday)
  • Promarkers (Reds & Greens), Copics - Flesh
  • Nestie Shape for image (can't remember the number and need to go upstairs to find it!!
  • Tiny Tabs & Tags Tim Holtz for Sizzix die for the sentiment (again from ST Leeds on Sat)
  • Paper - Tinsel & Twig 12 x 12 from Girls Paperie
  • Bazzil base
  • Metal corner - from Ebay
  • Gems - from Mei Flower
  • Glamour Dust, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Ribbon - from stash

Weird.. i get stray glitter on my face, just like this little lady!

OK, yes, you found me out, and I own up.... I DID spend on Saturday... just a bit.... but I had to, didn't I?  To justify me going? yes?.....  YES????  Come on.... i wanna hear a resounding chorus to back me up!! hehe

Now........  just a quickie... to welcome my new followers... thank you choosing to follow me, I'm so happy that you have!  And I've just noticed I only have two to go to have 100!!!  Come on, I only need a couple out of the woodwork somewhere to show willing...  (the phrase pulling teeth comes to mind..  ooohhhhhh sorry Nic if you're reading this!

Better go and put my feet up now, my legs have been so achey today... now it's gone a bit colder I'm really feeling the bit of arthritis I have..
Take care all and happy crafting..
Christine x
PS ... Am entering this card in the Wild Rose Studio Festive Frolics Blog Hop Challenge

Monday 10 October 2011

Die Cut Dreams - Challenge #100 - Use a poem on your card

Hi Girls

Well here I am with my very first DT card for the Die Cut Dreams Challenge Blog... - I have been so excited since being asked to join Susie and her teamies... and have to say a big thank you for being given the opportunity to take part!  Now... the challenge - I did scratch my head!  'Use a poem on a card' I was told.......  sounds so easy, and actually was, once I got down to it!  I look forward to seeing your creations for this fab challenge...  and the lovely Susie is putting up this fantastic prize ... feast your eyes on these goodies!

So come on girls, to be in with a chance, all you have to do is to create a card with a poem.....  Why don't you pop over to the Die Cut Dreams Challenge blog and see what fab creations my lovely new teamies have come up with?

Onto my card:

I used:
  • Woodland Fairy  image from Sugar Nellie
  • Bazzil cardstock for base
  • Prima 6 x 6 paper
  • Memory Box Delicate Vine Die
  • Nestabilities Labels 22 Die
  • Ice Stickles - Crystal Ice
  • Woodware small butterfly punch from The Hobby House
I distressed the edges of the prima paper, and added the stickles... and I also sponged the nestie-cut shape before I took the die off the card... I coloured the image with copics, distressed and glittered the little verse, and finished with glitter and a gem or two!

Hope you like!
Christine x

Challenges for my card:
Secret Crafter - Anything goes as long as it sparkles Challenge #155
Fab 'n'Funky - Challenge #93 - Die Cuts or Punches
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Sparkle and Bling
Papercrafting Journey Challenge 20 - Die Cuts or Punches
Flutterby Wednesday Challenge 174- Open (but must have fairy or butterfly...)
One Stop Craft Challenge Week #152 - Anything goes
By the Cute and Girly - Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes

(with thanks to a little birdie (wink) who pointed me in the right direction for these)

Saturday 8 October 2011

Just a quickie - GRRRRRRRRRR

Hi Girls...
Just a quickie to let you know that I am posting comments like a good'un.........  but quite often they are disappearing off into cyberspace.... sometimes they eventually appear, and sometimes I think they don't! GRRRR! Anyway, just to let you know if you haven't had a comment off me, I promise I DID!!  Anyone any thoughts on why this is happening?  I press 'post comment' and it disappears!

Now a fab bit of news..... I WON Elaine's candy over at A Technophobe's Blog!  How good is that!!  So as my thank you comment on her blog has disappeared.... I'm saying a MASSIVE thank you on here!!  I now have six of the new Fairy Glen Sugar Nellie stamps to choose from......  well, you know me and fairies... i just drool!!!

I'm off to Leeds today to the Samuel Taylor demo day... looking forward to it, though not sure about the driving there..... I hate busy traffic!  But I'll have my trusty satnav on......hope it works and that I don't pass your window at some point in the day....
Christine x

Saturday 1 October 2011

Moonlight Wishes...... and my wish come true!

Hi Girls......

Well...... here I am with another Christmas card!  I was sitting here in my ultra thin t-shirt today, temp at 30 degrees,  hmmmm... now what do we ladies do?...... 'feeling the heat'... and I was making snowlakes and icicles!! LOL!  How weird!  But I enjoyed it - maybe the icicles cooled me down!! hehe

My card recipe:
  • LOTV Moonlight Wishes image
  • Whimsey Holiday Ticket Sentiment
  • Copics
  • Clipart Fairy Downloadable DP - Let it Snow
  • Bazzil Pale Blue
  • Martha Stewart Cherish Punch
  • Marianne LR0123 Snowlakes Die
  • Gems from The Hobby House
  • Ice Stickles - Crystal Ice
Now....  my wish come true......??  Well I've been asked by a lovely lady called Susie from Die Cut Dreams Challenge Blog to join their DT and I've accepted!  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???????  Me??? I'm soooooooooooooooo EXCITED! This is my first DT position, so I can't wait to get started!  But as it's my brothers biggie anniversary tomorrow and we're going to be out all day......  I have to wait till Sunday!!  Well, I THINK I can wait, I'll TRY........  LOL (Or maybe my brother won't notice me on my ipad in the corner.... hehe

Have a good weekend all.......
Big Hugs
Christine x