Saturday 30 March 2013

Something Blue... (well turquoise-y blue actually....)

Morning Girls

Here we are - the week has rushed by again and it's time for the next challenge at Totally Gorjuss - this time the requirement is 'something blue'!  Soooo I had to try to ignore my pink pens....  dig out the blue ones from their hidey hole...  and get colouring!

This time, one of our fabulous sponsors are Bugaboo...  and this is the image I chose to use.. it's called Bunny Hot Air...  and I hope that's what's in his balloon keeping him afloat!  I colouring him with copics and flexmarkers this time, (obviously a little bit of pink had to creep in.... sorry Mary, but a bunny has to have pink ears and nose!)

The paper is from the Echo Park Hello Summer pad, the grass die is from Joy...  and the cloud die is from Memory Box.  I punched some small flowers that look a bit like narcissus to sit in the grass.  The sentiment is done on the PC before the clouds were punched..... then I used glossy accents on the balloon, and sprinkled a whole lotta glitter before it dried!  I also used Stickles in crystal around the clouds..  Well.... if I'm not allowed much pink, I just HAVE to have the glitter....  right???

Our other sponsors this time are Quixotic Paperie....  so why don't you get creating a blue card or project... and let us see it soon!  Take a wander over to the Totally Gorjuss blog to see what my fab teamies have come up with for more inspiration.

I've also been asked to stay on as a permanent Gorjussette.... it didn't take me long to say 'Yes Please!'

Hope you're all having a good Easter weekend.... and that it's not too cold to enjoy.  I went across to Southport yesterday to visit my MIL with my daughter...  and we saw lots of big snow drifts across the top of the Pennines...  lots of people are still suffering I think.  My MIL gets frailer every time we see her... but she enjoyed a nice lunch out in a lovely garden centre (believe it or not the sun shone while we were there so we were really warm through the glass!) and a spot of shopping in shops where we could borrow a wheelchair.

Big hugs, Happy Crafting - and Happy Easter!
Christine x

Thursday 28 March 2013

A little lady called Saylor...

Morning girls (and any men that maybe looking in..)

Today I'm sharing a little 4" x 4" card I made, again, just for fun!  As it's been so cold and nasty outside, I've stayed in more than normal, and have enjoyed time up in my craft room...

This little lady is called Saylor, and she's a digi stamp from Lori Boyd.  I love pink and green together, and had bought this gorgeous paper from Sammy Taylor's at Embsay last time I was across..  so thought I'd use it to inspire the colours.

Again, I coloured with a mix of Copics and Promarkers...fiddly cut her and 3D'd her onto the shape created with my new nestie oblong stax ...  added a few buttons with twine, and a sentiment by Paper Smooches on my fav Stitched Sentiment Flag Die by Li'l inkers.... I use that a lot lately.. it comes in handy so much.  And there she is.... hope you like.

Everyone ready for Easter?  My lovely other half has to work Good Friday and Easter Monday... (big awwwwwww)...  but he has Saturday and Sunday off which will be nice.

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting ..

Christine x

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Mail it! Anything Goes Challenge #89

Morning Girls

Today's card is my DT card for Anything Goes...  where the theme is 'Mail it!'  Could I have got more simple??  LOL!

I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest a little while back, and knew I had a large envelope punch in the dark recesses of my craft room.  Out it came...  and it was perfect for the job.  I printed the words directly onto the card..  and the little hearts are the waste out of a border die!  Add a bow and it was done.

And in the words of Forest Gump....  'that's all I have to say 'bout thaaaat.... ' (as I can't think of anything else to waffle on about! LOL)

Do pop over to Anything Goes and see what much more interesting cards my teamies have come up with!  Also don't forget, lots of crafting goodies are available from Lynne at the Craft Den.

Big hugs and Happy Crafting
Christine xx

Sunday 24 March 2013

And one for fun...

Hi Bestest Blogging Buddies..

I managed to get a card done today just for the fun of it..... yayyy!!  This little lady has been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks now waiting to be coloured... until yesterday, when I decided to start.  Even though I was on my own for the day, for some reason I didn't feel like card making, but forced myself to get her face coloured...  then......  as I went up to bed, I popped my head into the craft room, and picked up a purple promarker!  And that was her dress done...  Really,  I was sitting clutching my hottie bottle (well it's cold in bed just lately!) - and just had to do the dress before I hit the bed..  Sometimes, you just gotta!!

So today I just popped the rest together.


  • Image - Springtime Wishes - MFT Doodle Garden
  • Dies - Oval Nestie and MFT Die-namics Button Border
  • Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
  • DP - Pink Petticoat Lots of Dots
  • Twine and Glitter from stash..
And OK, I'll admit the flowers are slightly pink....  but I do try to do cards without my fav colour every now and again..  Mary pointed out yesterday that there was a slight hint of pink on the mug of my card yesterday when I'd said there wasn't any!!  Can I help it if my hand wanders over to the pink section of my pen storage???

Hope you like my fun card...  do say hello if you drop by.  I'd also love to welcome my newest followers..  I'm really flattered that you've decided to follow me.

Big hugs and Happy Crafting
Christine x

Saturday 23 March 2013

Something Borrowed...

Hi bestest blogging buddies..

Time again for another weekly challenge at Totally Gorjuss... and this time the theme is 'Something Borrowed'!  So what could be better than library books?  LOL!

I had fun colouring this fabulous Saturated Canary image...  she's such a sexy looking librarian - none of the ladies in our local library look like that, or wear such red lipstick!  I used some new (from Harrogate) pens to colour her face... Graph-it alcohol markers.... I found them GOOD!

Card Recipe:
  • Image - Saturated Canary 'What the Librarian Reads'
  • Papers - Kaisercraft Magnolia Grove ( so gorgeous to use - it is almost flocked)
  • Colouring - Copics and Graph-it Pens
  • Kraft card
  • Die - Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics A
  • Glossy Accents on her specs and pen..
  • Gems from stash
  • Sentiment - PC generated
Now...  please note girls.... there is no pink or glitter anywhere at all on this card.... see?  I CAN do it!  (OK - I had to glitz her specs a tad with a couple of crystals... seemed a shame not to..)

The sponsor this week at Totally Gorjuss is the fabulous Ribbon Girl......  so why not pop over and join in the fun?

Hope the nasty white stuff isn't too bad where you are this morning... and if it is, that you don't have to travel too far.  Stay in, stay warm... and craft!

Big hugs and happy crafting..
Christine x

Thursday 21 March 2013

Pinkie time again.... (let's face it, it's never NOT pinkie time here..)

Hi all

It's time again for a new challenge at In The Pink...  these fortnights come around soooooooo fast!  This time, the theme is Spring/Easter...  which at first I thought would be quite difficult to do..... but then once I dug around - I came up with some fab digis that were perfect for my DT cards!

My first card uses a digi from From The Heart.... and it was an easy image to colour...  of course, my favourite pink copics were used again and again...  think they're going to be worn out soon!

Card Recipe:

  • Image - Easter Egg Tulips - From the Heart
  • Copics to colour
  • A4 sized Spellbinders M-bossability...  fabulous to use for larger size cards
  • Own doodling around image (yikes.!)
  • Papertrey Ink Mini Tag die
  • Sentiment done on PC
  • Glitter and twine from stash
  • Bazzill Cardstock from stash
And now onto my second DT card.. (a bit picture heavy this one, but wanted to show all angles!)

Card Recipe:
And this time I can't decide on my favourite.....  normally I can.  So which do you prefer???  

It's my lovely OH's birthday tomorrow.... and believe it or not, I went out to buy him a card this morning...  I can never come up with a card for a man that I like...  and I tell him it's more special for me to buy it for him... Anyway, we're off out for a nice lunch in a lovely pub above Ilkley...  hope the sun shines a bit!!

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting.... oooh and don't forget to pop over to In The Pink..
Christine xxx 

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Well....... I didn't buy a lot....

Still no card today girls, but thought I better own up to what was in those bags I showed yesterday...  I decided to enjoy opening it all last night.. (I get secondary pleasure then),  and really, when you look at the photo above...  I didn't get an awful lot... did I???  (Oooh and Christine... please take note of the type of pokey tool we were talking about.. and no more blushing....)

But this is what it looked like spread out!!  Oooops!!!

"My name is Christine and I'm addicted to dies of all kinds...."

I don't feel bad though as I did quite well on Ebay over the weekend....  not selling crafty stuff, but some other stuff that was gathering dust...  so it all balances out in the end!

And now.......  today........  I'm GONNA PLAY!!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting to all..

Christine xx

PS.... Here's another pic of the group of us together on Saturday...  more on this one... though think Avril and Kath had gone walkabout!  This is Mau's pic....  I've borrowed!  x

Monday 18 March 2013


Well, this is what I got.... and what I daren't open yet!!  Well, actually, I'm one of these that saves the pleasure till the house is empty - then I get that lovely feeling all over again!  Anyone else do that???

And these were some of the lovely ladies I was with.....  in the front (left) is me (d'oh), Elaine, and T'other Christine... and Avril is standing behind us.  But also there were Lisa, Mau, and Kath plus lots of other lovely ladies that are bloggettes - isn't it good to meet up with such fabulous friends!  I think our table may have been voted the noisiest, with the most cameras...  but what the heck!

Just to say thank you ladies....  you really are all very special to me... and actually the meeting up is more of a reason to go to the show than the actual craft stash buying............  errrrr..........  HONEST!!

Big hugs to all and a photo when I've opened the bags will follow soon..
Christine xx

Saturday 16 March 2013

Time again for Totally Gorjuss

Well girls, I'm cheating a bit here...  only a little bit, but cheating never-the-less.  The theme this week at Totally Gorjuss is 'Something Old' (Challenge 175)...  and I sort of don't do much vintage-y stuff, and most of my stuff is old anyway...  I was scratching my head again...  then this came to me!!  I'd seen a card very similar on Pinterest, so can't take the credit..  but thought it was a nice card to send to an 'old' person..... Get the connection???  Hope so!!  So, my 'something old', became 'someone old'!   And I haven't had my hand smacked yet!

The sponsor this time is Heather's Hobby Haven...  pop over to the challenge blog to see what my lovely teamies have come up with!

I used my L'il Inkers Stitched Mats for the card.. (these are getting over-use now as I love them!)...  then I got out my lovely Papertrey Ink number dies...  and cut straight through the mat with them.  I used 3D foam pads to lift the mat off the paper... and placed the bits of the numbers in hopefully the right places.  The flowery paper is a digi one from Echo Park Country Drive collection...  makes a nice contrast with the Kraft.. yes?  I did the sentiment on the computer using Aquarelle font..  then used my square punch to make the fishtail endings... as my new PTI fishtail die was slightly too small.  Shucks...

This post is scheduled this morning as with a bit of luck, Elaine and I will be heading to the GNPE at Harrogate... meeting up with t'other Christine (Nanaseaside), and hopefully getting together at coffee time with  Mau, Avril, Lisa...  and Janet - who I believe has cupcakes!!

If you happen to be going to Harrogate today - and you spot us..... please give me a nudge... I'm useless at faces (also don't wear my distance glasses at places like shows as I keep on having to take them on and off!)  But I'd love to say hello!  Also, if you keep me talking, I will spend less money.....  method in the madness huh?)

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting..
Christine x

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Where does the time go....?

Hi Peeps

I can't believe how fast the time goes... I do try to keep up with my DT work, but always seem to be a 'last minute Lizzie'!  (No offence there to any Lizzies out there reading this!)

Today's card is for the new challenge at Anything Goes - our theme this time is 'Seeing Double'.  I popped my thinking cap on and had a little think about what I could use, and came up with this little digi image - Huggabuggs from Tiddlyinks - that's been on my computer for a long time...  though I don't think I've used it before.

I'm still on my CAS phase...  (it'll pass, don't worry) - so I enjoyed just colouring and glittering the image..  I use a mix of Copics and Promarkers as always.  Then the glitter came out...  and the stickles...  and then of course, the little pearl dots using Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Glue.    All I did then was use my Li'l Inkers Stitched Squares die....  and finished it off with a rub-on sentiment from Pebbles Inc (courtesy of Pami!)

Hope you like my little Huggabuggs - and if you would like to see more 'Seeing Double' inspiration, pop over to Anything Goes where you will see what my fab teamies have come up with!  Don't forget also, that lots of goodies can be purchased from the Craft Den here.

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting.. and thank you for taking to time to say hello..
Christine x
Challenge:  Tiddlyinks Challenge 105 - Clean and Simple

Saturday 9 March 2013

Love you Mum..

Hi Peeps

A real quickie from me today...  it's Totally Gorjuss time again, and this time their theme is 'For Mum'..  soooo, I threw this quickie together (believe it or not, the colour is bright pink but shows red on the photo).

I used the My Favourite Things Rustic Hearts stamps, their dies to match, a rick-rack die from Papertrey Ink... and a computer generated sentiment..    Oooh, and I used my new Stampin Up inkpads - such lush bright colours!

There's lots of fabulous inspiration from my teamies over on the blog.. take a peek!  And the sponsor this time is Crafter's Companion.

The sentiment on this card says it all for me.... my mum passed away in 1989.... but I still miss her and hope I told her enough while she was still here...

Big hugs to all, and for all the mums out there, have a fabulous day tomorrow!

Christine x

Thursday 7 March 2013

Happy Pinkie Thursday..

Hi Peeps

Don't all shout 'OH NO...  she's here with her PINK again please...' - who on earth would ever think that I'd get a week when I didn't want to pick up my pink pens  - I'd have happily picked up any other colour- so I'm feeling a little bit pink sensitive!! hehe!  However, I had to get my finger out and get on with it...  I think I'd only had 'overload' as one of the other DT's I'm on also wanted pink..  but I asked myself, is it really a hardship?? NOOOOOOOO!

Today's cards are for the FLORAL/MOTHERS' DAY challenge at IN THE PINK, and are very different in style from each other..  the first one (which somehow is my favourite)..  is CAS and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

  • Li'l Inkers Stitched Square Mat Die
  • Papertrey Ink - Vase Die using vellum
  • Stampin Up - Hopeful Moments Stamp Set
  • Flower punch - had it years!
  • Butterfly Punch - ditto
  • Sentiment - Pink Petticoat
  • Word Window Punch from Stampin Up
  • Glitter and Cosmic Shimmer pink glue from stash
Flippin' heck... I didn't realise how much I'd used till I listed it.. so much for simple!  But it did take very little time to do...  so that was really good..

My next DT card for today's In The Pink is using a favourite LOTV image...  and would be suitable for Mother's Day - but I couldn't find a place to put a sentiment (always a struggle for me!)

  • Image - LOTV Emma Rose Garden
  • Colouring medium - Copics and Promarkers
  • Die - Spellbinders Floral Oval
  • Ribbon from stash
  • Flowers...  Tim Holtz Tattered Florals used on white muslin - spritzed with distress inks and water to make the right colour (I was really pleased how these turned out..)
  • Pearls, DP and glitter from stash
Hope you can join in the pink fun over at the challenge blog..  if Mothers' Day isn't a time for pink flowery things... I don't know when is!!

Take care all, big hugs and happy crafting.. and a big thank you to all of you who take the time to drop by and say hello in my comment box - it always means such a lot.
Christine x

Saturday 2 March 2013

Totally Gorjuss time again..

Hi Peeps

Well this time at Totally Gorjuss....  the theme is.....  (and with no influence from me)....  wait for it......  Anything Goes.......  PLUS PINK!!!  Would I be in my element?????   hmmmm let me think about that one...  

I didn't have to dig very far to find my pink copics and promarkers as you can imagine, and here's what I came up with..

Card Recipe:

Image - Scribble - Gorjuss Girls
Embossing Folder - Crafts Too
Papers - Magnolia
Die - Stacking Stars - MFT
Die - Papertrey Ink - Mini Tags
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink - Mini Tags Sentiments
Glitter - from stash

Hope you like this lovely little lady who almost looks ready for a party.. 

Our sponsor this time is J & C Creations.  If you need more inspiration..... pop over to the challenge blog HERE where you'll see some fabulous pink creations from my lovely teamies!

I'd like to say a big hello  and welcome to my new followers...  please do say hello when you pop in... you can pull up a chair... I have coffee and donuts if you stay a while!!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..
Christine x