Tuesday 29 November 2011

Getting through them a bit now...

Morning girls...
Hope it's not too windy where you are.... we've had some quite strong winds overnight, which woke me.... then a damn cat decided to wail at about 5.30 am.....  dear on dear, what a noise!  All in all, not a good night's sleep!

Anyway, onto my card... I've really had to get down to seriously making my Christmas ones.... and I had this image coloured from a while back, so decided to go with it.  It's LOTV and it's called 'Three Angels'.  NIce to colour, as there really isn't much colouring at all!  Then, well, I just had to get the glitter out, didn't I...... and stickles too.. decided they needed red stars on their halos... (funky angels these are...), but it really did match the paper better!  And I thought they could have just decided to have red tinsel halos instead of your norm!  The paper is from my Authentique Christmas pad, ooooh and I put an embossed panel of green holly too.  A couple of punched poinsettias, and a bit of Merry Christmas ribbon and it was done!

I had another of those bad migraines yesterday - not the pain, but the bad visual disturbances - flashing black/white arcs etc.  Makes me shut my eyes for about 30 mins before it goes.  Then I'm left with a kind of fuzzy head - which hurts like I don't know what when I cough or move quickly.  I don't like them!!  But I'm off out with a friend for lunch today so looking forward to that..

Happy Tuesday whatever you're up to...
Christine x

Monday 28 November 2011


Me again.....

Another quickie card.... (having to turn them out fast now...), this time it's just a tiny bit of matt and layering (with pearlescent card from Craftwork Cards and a bit of gold Mirri), then a Rudolph which is using a Sizzix die.... (I cut two to give him a bit of depth and put thin foam pads between), then I add a little glitter pom pom for his nose!

I have a weakness for Rudolphs.... Hmmmmmm  OK, yes, it adds to my weaknesses for Santas..... and  pink.... and glitter.... and  fairies.... etc, etc......   Pretty weak person all in all? hehehe

Ooooooh and a very big welcome to my new followers - thank you for joining my blog.... although my little band only grows very slowly, I'm really happy to have you here and for any comments you may make - they mean so much!

Big Hugs
Christine x

Just to let you know I'm still around...

Hi Girls...
Well I am still around, just not very blog productive at the moment!  I have tons to do and the days are disappearing so fast!  And I can't see that I'll get in my craft room now till Wednesday... at least to have a proper play!  And our own cards, then card orders to do.....  My goodness, don't know what I'd do if I actually worked for a living as well! LOL!

Today's card is a card I made for my lovely OH.... it's nice every now and again to say something like this... and he appreciated it!  I used my Digi Stamp Boutique image (Kissing Birds) and decoupaged the image too, embossing it to make the birds 'rounder', then did the sentiment on the PC.  Very simple colouring... (needed to be to make it quick...), a bit of matt and layering (sorry can't remember the paper), and a few punched hearts...... a bit of glitter, and it was done.  Hope you like!

Now.... remember the little card I did last week or so with the tiny Christmas Tree and a bit of a handwritten sentiment?  Well, that's one that's created a lot of interest!  And yes, people wanting to order it!  Which is nice for me, cos I don't have to put a lot of time into making it.... just got to keep my handwriting in order (difficult with an arthritic thumb!!)  Just shows you though, doesn't it?

Big Hugs and Happy Monday
Christine x

Monday 21 November 2011

It's time for another Die Cut Dreams challenge!

Hi Girls...

This week's challenge at Die Cut Dreams is Challenge # 103 'Thank You with lots of Circles..'

I've done a very simple card (again...!)  I printed one of Lyn's FAB sentiments at Sentiments 4 You  (who is very kindly sponsoring our challenge) on a square piece of linen cardstock and used a circle punch on some paper that was on my desk already... offcuts of paper and card that I'd used previously on something....  I used thin-ish 3d foam to raise the circles slightly.... then used some pink glitter flowers (MFT Die-namics flower trio die) that were again lying around on my desk left over from something, to top the plain circles.  Some flat backed pearls on the flowers finished them off. I added some grosgrain ribbon from my stash and a bow.... then mounted the square onto my linen card.  And there you have it..... simple.... but effective? Hope so!

And here's the prize:

Soooo do pop over to my teamies to see their creations.... it's funny how everyone can come up with something totally different for the same theme!  Then have a go...... 

Thanks for all of your entries from the last challenge.... pop on over to the blog and see if you were a winner!

Big Hugs
Christine x

Sunday 20 November 2011

A couple of tries at arty-farty....

Hi Girls
I've been messing around today.... I saw some arty-type cards in a local gift shop the other day, and couldn't believe the prices they were selling for!  £3.25 each!  Sooooooooooo  you know what I'm like, I thought I can be arty!!  So out came my acrylic paints... and I had an interference blue - mixed all together and painted onto some watercolour paper, then sprinkled with irridescent glitter..  Ripped it out and stuck it onto a card... then used glossy accents around the edge and sprinkled with silver glitter.  A quick handwritten sentiment finished it.  It's not the same design as the one in the shop (wouldn't do that).... but just a similar train of thought...

Now one similar to this (think it was a gift or something cut out), was selling for another £3.25!  So I thought I'd used my paddle punch sizzix tree, and write the sentiment underneath.

The gift shop is quite upmarket... but while I was there 'studying', lots of people were in and out buying cards, so it's not as if she doesn't sell...

Literally, I was messing around.... just to see what happened.  Not my normal type of thing, but I had orders and a DT post  to do so wanted to try something for a change.  Let me know what you think....

Hope you're all well and having a lovely Sunday..
Christine x

Sunday 13 November 2011

Can you believe it? There is no fairy on this card.....

Well - it was a forced issue really.... my daughter wanted a New Home card for a friend, so no fairy :(

But it was nice to do something different... and still have just a touch of glitter about it...  well I just couldn't resist... could I?

Image is Digi Stamp Boutique - coloured with promarkers and copics... computer generated sentiment, MS edge punch for band, grosgrain ribbon from stash...  and daisy background paper downloaded from Pink Petticoat.  Of course, a bit of bazzil, and a bit of glitter!  Simples, and a nice change!

I bet you thought I'd been MIA just lately - but I've just been quite busy and although been commenting, not actually getting around to making anything!  We went to see the Wizard of Oz in London on Wednesday (staight comute from York to Kings Cross - no stops).... saw the matinee, had dinner, then came home!  And what a show!!!!!!!!!  I was like a child in toyland....   Michael Crawford as the Wizard, and the girl who won 'Over the Rainbow' as Dorothy!  The effects were magnificent, and I had to be forcibly held back from trying to make a grab for Dorothy's red glitter shoes, ooooh and Glinda the Good Witch's dress....... which was sparkly glitter from top to bottom!!!!!!  JUST MY TYPE OF THING!!!  But Barry and my daughter Emma held me back.....  wahhhhhhhhhh!!!  Ah well....

This pic doesn't do her dress justice...

Sorry you have to turn your head!!

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend.... thanks for bearing with me during this L-O-N-G post!
Happy Crafting

Monday 7 November 2011

Die Cut Dreams Challenge # 102 - Recipe .... and BLOG HOP!

Hi Girls

Monday again and that means time for another new challenge at Die Cut Dreams.

Now this fortnight is a bit special for us here at Die Cut Dreams because not only do we have our beloved Boss Lady Susie Sugar back with us after her house move, the Die Cut Dreams shop has re-opened and the Challenge blog has also surpassed 700 followers - how cool is that??

So to celebrate we are having a BLOG HOP.

You should have arrived here from  the lovely Ali's blog but if not please go back to the Challenge blog and start from there.

In order to qualify for the main prize which is

A Pizza Box full of Mixed Theme & Mixed Shape Die Cut Dreams Designer Die cuts worth over £25 !!!"

you will need to stop by each of the Design Team members blogs and leave a comment on their challenge creation. As an added bonus some of the Design Team are also offering Candy on their blogs but you won't know which blogs the candy is on until after the Hop when we announce the winners.

So onto the challenge.  The theme this time is:  Recipe - 2 Brads, 3 Gems, 4 Flowers

And here is my card:

I've used a Nellie Snellen image called Flower - bought from Samuel Taylor at Embsay.  I've coloured her with a mix of promarkers and copics... used a nestie for the shape. I've used glitter (of course), and glossy accents on her flower (3D'd to bring it to life), then I created the card base from kraft card.  The DP (dotty pink) is Kaisercraft Bonjour Collection Moriesse... and the brads, flowers and gems I've used all came from my stash!  Hope you like!

Remember to leave me a comment before you go just in case I have candy on my blog.

Don't forget you have several choices, you can enter the challenge, do the hop and leave a comment on each DT member's blog in which case you could win several times or you could just do the hop, it's up to you.

From here you will need to go to the very talented  Karen's blog.

Have fun on the hop which lasts for the next two weeks along with the current challenge.

Winners will be announced on the Die Cut Dreams blog when we post the next challenge.

Take care girls, and happy crafting!

Sunday 6 November 2011

Away with the Fairies.......

Hi Girls

Well I really AM away with the fairies today..  I am SO excited!!!  I'm being showcased today by the Sugar Nellie Blog....   Thrilled to bits doesn't go half way to what I'm feeling right now....  I can't believe I've been chosen - and because I do love their stamps so much - particularly their fairies, I feel this is a massive honour!  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Soooo I better get on to describing my card...  I've chosen Fairy Glen Charlotte from Funky Kits to colour - she's so cute with her coy little look... and I've coloured her using a mix of promarkers and copics.  I've used a cool grey to give her depth around the image... then I used glossy accents to the flower and her shoes, and of COURSE, lots of glamour dust.  I mean, what fairy in her right mind would be seen out without her sparkle?  Not one that lives in MY house!! LOL!  I used Nesties Labels 22 for the shape, with some flowers using the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies.  Not sure if I like them or not.  I've sponged versamagic pink around the edge of the shape.  The DP is from the Gossamer 6 x 6 pack from Memory Box...  and I've used my MS Cherish edge punch for the pink bazzill.  And to finish, I've used some super pearl trimming which were a lovely pressie a while back from my mate Coops.  Oooh and I've distressed the edges of the pale green, and added Stickles.... never too much glitter, huh?  (As I'm typing, I can see glitter on my nose somewhere - so squinting to find it.... ever done that?  You just KNOW it's there!! LOL)

So now I'm going to be floating on air (maybe with my fairy wings??) for the rest of the day because of this honour.... well, after I've done the housework then my half hour Wii fit.... I'm determined to get a bit fitter in the near future... Wish me luck!

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and any comments you may leave - they mean a lot!