Sunday 29 July 2012

Well...... this isn't pink.....

Hi Girls

Well, just to prove I can..... I thought I'd make a card that isn't pink!!  But... it does have glitter on it!!

Thank you ALL for the wonderful response we've had over at IN THE PINK....  We had 100 people join us in the first 24 hours..... and now we're up to 138!!  Can you believe it??? So many closet pink lovers out there.  I can't wait for the challenge to launch on Aug 9.... and to see all the different ways of using pink!

Even with the fantastic blog to keep me busy, I've been feeling a little down lately, what with all that's been going on with the kitchen problems, and now my eyesight is causing me some difficulty..  can't seem to focus properly (and no it's not the wine!!)... so today I needed to do a card I FELT like doing....  and this is the result!!  I saw Coops use this image recently using green, and fell in love with her straight away (the image that is, not Coops!!) LOL!  She's called Braid in My Hair and is from A Day for Daisies.

I coloured her with a mix of Copics and Promarkers.....  shaded with dots and white gel pen, then distressed the edge of the image with a Distress Ink - dusty concord.  Oooh I used a Nestie to cut her oval first!  Then the fabulous papers are digital downloads would you believe....  ooooh that colour is so lush.... it must come next to pink as my favourite.  They are from Design House Digital and are by Angela Hinksman - called True Romantics.  

I distressed the edges of the papers, then used my Icicles to give that glittery edge.  The birds also have glitter on their wings, but it's not showing up.  And as I'm always getting told (by a certain blogger) that I don't use flowers often enough, I decided to get some used.... with pearls too!

So there you go..

I hope you're all enjoying the Olympics on TV.....  it seems we have little else to watch!!  I know I should get involved more - especially as Emma is volunteering at the rowing - but I'm afraid I'm not a sports fan, and luckily enough, neither is my OH!  Ah well, we're going to dig through what we've recorded and see what we can come up with...

Take care all, and remember, the countdown to PINK DAY has begun!!  only 11 more days to go..
Big hugs
Christine x

Thursday 26 July 2012

Calling all lovers of PINK everywhere... FANTASTIC NEWS

Hi Best Blogging Buddies.....

Well today is the DAY!!!!  It's time for the announcement that you've all been waiting for......... (well you have.... haven't you????)  Drum Roll please.................

Click Here to go straight to IN THE PINK

I am thrilled to announce that on August 9 (two weeks today), there will be a new Challenge Blog launched.....  and it happens to be for cards or other creations using my very, very favourite colour........  now you all know what this is????  PINK of course!! The new blog is called IN THE PINK - and it will be a wonderful way for all lovers of this luscious colour to share their creations and their love - and come on, we girlies all love a bit of pink...... don't we?

I came up with the idea a little while back and have been beavering away behind the scenes trying to get the artwork together - I'm lacking a few brain cells now...  As I knew I couldn't host this challenge on my own, I asked a very like minded lady to be my co-hostess....  and with a little gentle persuasion on my part, she made my year and accepted!!!!  So my partner for this fab new adventure is the lovely and uber talented Sylvia, from Poppy's Papercraft Patch - someone whose cards I have loved and admired since I first started blogging.

Now......  how to get involved????  If you pop over to IN THE PINK (here).......  we'd love you to firstly become a follower (so you'll know when it's all systems go.....), and then grab our banner which is in the first post (or here above)- and then, pleeeeassssee (as a big favour to us)  show the banner in a post on your blog - which will help us spread the PINK word!  Please link the banner caption to the In the Pink blog.. so people can find their way to us........ we will have a special welcome for them!  There is also a button for your sidebar.....  if you could also link this back to the In The Pink blog, that'd be wonderful and we'll love you forever!

Pretty Patricia (AKA Sylvia) and me (Posh Priscilla (!!)) are very much looking forward to welcoming you in this new venture.......  we will have three winners per fortnightly challenge - each winning a PERFECT PINKIE badge, and we hope to have Guest Designers chosen from the winners each month, but our main aim is to spread the PINK word!! 

Now...  very quickly......  onto my card!!  Today I've used a rubber stamp called Stella's Cupcake from Stamping Bella (hmmm it just happened to drop through my door this morning....  my goodness, I wonder how??  She is a dream to colour.......  as is the yummy cupcake she is grasping onto!  I used Wild Rose Studio Butterfly Garden papers (free with a mag recently), some bazzill, and a scalloped square nestie for the image surround.  I also doodled freehand the fine black line frame around the image...  scarey or what???  I also used some glossy accents for her wonderful lips, and for her cherry and crown.

Colours used (pink of course), are RV17, R85, and RV000 - then for her hair I used E50, E51 and E43.

Can't wait to see your name as a follower of our new blog.......  and thank you all for helping us promote this wonderful challenge!

Pink hugs to all
Christine x

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Let's not be square!!

Hi Best Blogging Buddies..

It's that time again..  two whole weeks have gone by (in a blur for me as there's been so much going on....)... and it's time for another challenge at Anything Goes!  We had some fabulous entries for the lavender challenge.... have you checked to see if you were a winner???  

This time, the theme is 'Let's not be Square'.  This is a big one for me, as I tend to stick like glue to my squares....  but I'd seen that hexagons are creeping in lately on the cardmaking scene.....  so decided to try my luck!!  And try my luck it WAS!  There are no hexagon dies available yet (at least none I can find..), so I had to dig out my compass.....  and dig out my brain cells, and give it a go!!  And the result is quite good if I do say so myself!!  At least all the sides measure the same.... which is kind of the point.  

The image I chose to use is a Whimsie Doodles Image called Leah's Secret.... she is ssssooooo cute!!  I coloured her with copics and promarkers.  I cut the card blank with my craft knife, then used kraft card as the base... then the pink dotty (sorry it was a scrap so no name), then a bit of white run through the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I distressed the edges of both of these.  The hearts (like my recent card) are a Memory Box Die called Heart Chain.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts Alphabet that I've had in for years......  about time it was used... then of course we have the glitter and Stickles!!  Well, I couldn't miss it out could I?  And yes.... I've used loads of PINK!!

Now, check out my lovely teamies' creations if you need inspiration.... and we look forward to seeing your fabulous entries!

Hopefully when this post appears, I'll be on the Isle of Wight...  we've popped down to say hello to my OH's new grandson (so nearly my grandson but not quite!! hehe), He was born last week after keeping his Mummy waiting nearly a week and a half before he deigned to make his entrance!  They live in Bournemouth, and we will also see his other two grandchildren too.... so lots of hugs and cuddles!  Then, while we are going to be on the coast, we couldn't resist going over to see our friends on the Island for a quick visit.  But if all goes well, we'll be back by tonight (Tues)!  Can you tell how much faith I have in scheduled posts?? hehe

Happy crafting to you all.......
Big Hugs
Christine x

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Only some news today..

Hi Girls

Sorry I have no card today, but I just wanted to say hello....  and share some news.

Firstly, I'm very proud of my eldest daughter Emma who found out at the weekend that she's going to be one of the officials at the Olympics!  She's to be an anti-doping chaperone with the rowing events (voluntary role).  It means she has to approach randomly picked athletes and explain that they have been picked to have a blood and urine test, then she has to accompany them to the podium if they've won, then to press conferences or whatever, basically so they can't get to anything that may negate any possible drug that they may have taken.  Here she is looking very proud in her uniform and pass which gets her into all areas!

Secondly..... my youngest daughter Clare made some gorgeous cakes for us to eat at the weekend too....   She's had a fabulous promotion at work and I'm very proud of her too..... and especially for these yummy cakes!

Now.....  I was a bit (well OK, a lot) sad this morning because it was time for Clare to go back to Bermuda after her 10 days hol here.  We'd had a lovely time, and  I won't see her till next year now and she'd just gone........ sob......  AND THEN........  I felt water dripping in the kitchen..... from the ceiling.......  and then it started to pour through all the brand new light sockets.......  and all the brand new plasterboard and paintwork.  Turns out that the pipes leading to the shower in our main bathroom had become disconnected - a joint had come un-joined - and the contents of the cold water tank were rapidly coming through our new kitchen ceiling (after soaking everything in my airing cupboard) and into all the cupboards and oven etc etc....   Luckily Barry was in, and we tried to hold buckets up to catch some, but the floor by this time was flooded.  I was tearful this morning anyway, so imagine me, bucket in hand at eye level, crying my heart out and wailing all over the place.  That is not normally me - I am good at dealing with a crisis normally.......  I normally would just get upset afterward.  But this is the straw that broke the back as they say.......  I WANNA MOVE HOUSE!  But on the positive side, we weren't out of the house, so could stem the flow (ok after it had done a lot of damage), .....  and I wasn't in on my own, in which case I don't know what I'd have done.  So there truly is a plus side to most things.  Now I just have to fight the insurance company......... Wish me luck!

Big hugs
Christine x

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Lavender and Lace...

Hi Best Blogging Buddies....

It's Tuesday, it's two weeks, and it's time again for another fab challenge from Anything Goes!!!  We had wonderful entries for our dotty challenge...... well done to the winners...... and now this time our theme is 'Lavender and Lace'.

For my card I chose a lovely LOTV image called Millie Just for You......  coloured her with copics and promarkers, then decoupaged her butterfly.  I sponged around the image while the nestie was still in place (there is a tutorial at the top of my blog that shows the sponging technique..), then I printed out some fabbie papers from Pink Petticoat in just the right lavender colour that I wanted.  The sentiment is also from Pink Petticoat.
I've also added some punched daisies with a few little gems, some glitter in her hair, flower and top......  then some lace from my stash down the side.  Finally I punched a couple of small butterflies, and a Memory Box Heart Chain border for the corner.

Hope you like this little lady... she was a joy to colour.  If you pop on over to the Anything Goes Challenge Blog, you can check if you were one of our winners from the last challenge, and also my fabbie teamies' creations for Lavender and Lace.  You will get some wonderful inspiration!

Don't forget, lots of the crafting goodies I've used are available from Lynne at The Craft Den.

Big Hugs and Happy Crafting...
Christine x

PS.......  I'm still working on my PINK idea......  got you all guessing yet?????

Sunday 8 July 2012

Sorry I've been AWOL...

Hi All

A quick apology as I've not posted for a week or so... I seem to have been so busy and have also been preparing for my daughter and her friend to arrive from Bermuda.....  they arrived on Friday and we had a lovely day yesterday ...... we had a proper English picnic on the banks of the River Wharfe at Burnsall.  The sun shone and believe it or not, we sat and sunbathed!  We took Clare's friend Tami (who is Canadian) on a trip around the Dales showing her some of the fabulous sights of Yorkshire countryside...   then on the way home the rain started, and there was flash floods on the roads.....  a bit hairy driving really!!

So I thought we needed a card to brighten us all up......  which I hope is what I've created!!  But it's sunny today again today (at least it is SO FAR...), so I'll just keep it in the drawer till I need to sent it to someone to brighten their day.

Easy peasy to do.....  the flowers I was about to throw away in my clear out, when this idea hit...  The sentiment is done on the computer, and the dots are with a promarker.  The centres of the flowers are liquid pearls..... and that's it...... no complications necessary...

Hope you like!

Have a happy Sunday.....
Christine x
PS......  I've got an idea chugging around in my brain...... I'm getting a bit excited about it, and will share it with you very shortly.......  suffice to say it has a lot to do with PINK!
PPS....  Murray looks promising...... he's just won the first set!...  GO MURRAY GO!