Tuesday 30 April 2013

And another..... (bored yet??)

Hi girls...  well I hope you're not bored as the title suggests.... I'm having such fun - I mean to say, fairies AND glitter???  what more could a girl like me want!!

Today I have another fabulous fairy image from my Lili of the Valley Fairy Art Pad....  and this time I decided to distress the edges of the image using my Distress Ink in Dusty Concord.  Again I've used Nitwits Papers Pad - Promises - and this time a Cheery Lynn Die for the flowers..  it's Miniature Rose and I've used felt.  I did the sentiment on the PC and used a Whimsy Die for the tab shape.  AND OF COURSE........  glitter and gems and stickles from my stash!!

Now, I was just typing here that this little lady could be my favourite... when I felt so guilty as to what the other fairies would feel...  SOOO...  I will say she's ONE of my all time favourites!

I'll be back tomorrow with another...  then the next day I'll be here with In The Pink!  Phewwwwww  busy time for me....

Big Hugs
Christine x

Monday 29 April 2013

And another LOTV Art Pad Fairy..

Morning Girls

Just a quickie to show you another of the cards I created with the fabulous LOTV Fairies Art Pad .. this time I used a Spellbinders Opulent Oval Die cut...  the Spellbinders Basic Lattice.. my Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch for the flowers, my Woodware Butterfly punch..  and some organza ribbons and gems from my stash.  The letters used an alphabet letter set of stamps I bought yonks ago.. and I cut them out and added glitter and stickles profusely all over!!  Oooh and the DP is from the Nitwits Promises Paper Pad - also available from Lili of the Valley.

Hope you like...

Big hugs
Christine x

Sunday 28 April 2013

My exciting news...

Morning Girls

I need to tell you about my exciting bit of news...  a couple of weeks back I was asked by Lili of the Valley whether I'd do some sample cards for their shop and shows etc..  It took me all of a nano-second to agree.  The task was to use their new Art Pads...  which are so easy to use as they're all pre-coloured and ideal for a quick card if you need one.   I've used one of the images from the Faires Art Pad for today's card.

I think most of you will have seen me use this little fairy previously using my rubber stamp version..  but all I did with this one was use my prisma glitter - oh, and 3D'd one of her wings..  Then of course, I dug out my dies..  The large doily one is from Cheery Lynn..   and the flowers and leaves are from MFT Die-namics.  The little sentiment is from LOTV, and I've used Nitwits Papers - the set is called Promises and is also from LOTV here.    I found some matching paper ribbon in my stash which I thought complimented the paper, and the gems are from my stash also.

I was thrilled to bits to have been asked to create something for LOTV..  as I've loved their images from when I first started crafting!  I'll share the other samples I've done in the next few days..  so I'll be here again soon..

Do please say hello while you're here...  it's so good to hear from you..
Have a happy Sunday..
Christine x

Saturday 27 April 2013

Totally Gorjuss time again.. Ribbons and Pearls

Morning Girls

I'm here again with another card for Totally Gorjuss... our challenge this time is 'Ribbons and Pearls'.  We are kindly sponsored by the fabulous Milk and Coffee Digi Stamps and we were allowed to choose an image to work with.  As I'm always in the mood for a bop..  I chose Madeline Saturday Night Fever..  and of course, I just had to choose pink for her, didn't I? LOL!

Nothing much I can say about the card recipe... no dies involved...  and I dug into my stash drawer for the paper and the ruffled and organza ribbons... and the pearls too.  I coloured with my copics..  and the sentiment is Stamping Bella.  I used a touch of glossy accents on her sun specs and jewellery... and of course, there's a bit of glamour dust here and there!

Hope you like!  Why not pop over to Totally Gorjuss to see the fab creations my teamies have come up with...

Have a good weekend all... I may just have to dig out my dancing shoes and go clubbing after colouring this little lady! (joke!)

Big hugs and thanks popping by and for any comments you may leave.
Christine x

Wednesday 24 April 2013

A Golden Wedding Card..

Hi Girls

Yes.... a card from me with no image again...  and no pink.... and I was going to say, no glitter... but there is gold glitter around the circle...  well......  it would be unknown for me to leave glitter off anything!!

Anyway...  this card was a commission for a friend... and I may just have got a bit carried away.. 

  • Die-namics Heart Doily
  • La La Land Filigree Corners
  • Cheery Lyn Daisy Strip
  • Die-namics Leaf Filled Flourish
  • Gold Art Glitter
  • Pearls 
  • Computer Generated Wording
I decorated the box to match also... and my friend was thrilled to bits with it... so all is well!

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting..
Christine x

Tuesday 23 April 2013

It's Craft Den's 5th Birthday... time for a BLOG HOP with fab prizes!

Hi Girls

Today over on Anything Goes Challenge Blog we are celebrating a Birthday....  Craft Den Studio has been trading for 5 years this month and to celebrate the DT would like to take you on a Blog Hop. We have two prizes to give away to two lucky hoppers...

1st Prize :

2nd Prize 

Now here's my jigsaw piece showing a craftie item available at Lynne's shop... and a clue as to what it is.... all you have to do is come up with an answer to the question... WHAT ARE THESE??

CLUE:  Is this the Hobby House of Delight???
(if you get stuck, just click on the image for help..)

Leave your answer in your comment below...

The order of the hop is
Christine  (yep... that's me...)

If you have not arrived here from Cheryl's blog...  head back to Anything Goes to start from the beginning... as you need to visit all the blogs along the blog hop way...  And if you've already visited the first ones on the list... you should now pop over to Carol to say hello..

Don't forget you also need to leave a birthday message on Anything Goes Challenge Blog .. then wait and see if you've been lucky enough to win one of the two fab prizes!

Big Hugs to all and Happy Hopping!
Christine xx

Saturday 20 April 2013

Totally Gorjuss time again...

Morning girls

Firstly, I'd like to welcome my new followers...  it's always a lovely compliment to think that somebody wants to see your work... and when they say hello and leave nice comments too... it really makes my day!

Now, it's time for another Totally Gorjuss challenge...  these weeks go flying by!!  This time, the challenge theme is 'embossing'.....  so out came my embossing folders and I set to work.  I chose the Cuttlebug Wicker Weave embossing folder..

I used the 'Better Get Better' MFT Pure Innocence stamp..  and I have to say, that she's not quite that tanned IRL!  I used the 'auto-correct' button on my photo programme, which decided she had been out in the sun... LOL!

And I've been waiting to use my MFT High Rise Lower Case Alphabet Die... so thought this could be the right occasion...  think I may have got the proportions wrong there though, unless the little girl is  SHOUTING the sentiment...hehe!  The DP is out of my scrap box... and of course, I just had to glitter the letters and that gorgeous La La Land Heart Banner .. 

The sponsor for this week's challenge is Heather's Hobby Haven.... so why don't you pop over to the blog at  Totally Gorjuss and enter the embossing challenge.. you could win a fab gift!

It looks like we may have a nice day today (or it does as I type this scheduled post on Friday night)...  Barry's at work till late.. so guess who'll probably be out in the garden!  But.... I do have a couple of cards to make for someone very exciting who has asked me...  more details soon...

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..
Christine x

Thursday 18 April 2013

PINK again....... phew... I was having withdrawal symptoms....!!

Hi Girls

I'm well and truly back in my comfort zone this time...  I did warn that there may be pink overload this week, as I was suffering whilst trying to show (to a certain blogger whose name I won't mention - but she has some fabulous 'creativity'),  that not every card I make has to have some pink!!  Anyway.. here are my DT cards for In The Pink..

Those that know me well, will know that this is an unusual card for me too...  I'm not often known to use Tildas - this is one of only two I own...  but I must admit I did enjoy colouring and sparkle-ising her...

Card Recipe:
  • Image - Summer Flower Tilda
  • Colouring Medium - Copics
  • DP - Pink Petticoat digi paper
  • Dies - Go Kreate Large Frames Frill #6 and La La Land Crafts Filigree Corner
  • Small butterfly punch by Woodware
  • Ribbon, Gems and Glitter from stash
My second DT card for In The Pink this time has no image...  but has a lovely flower I really enjoyed making!

Card Recipe:
  • MFT Die-namics Die - Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose
  • MFT Die-namics Die - Leaf Filled Flourish
  • Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Wicker Weave 5" x 7"
  • Ruffled Ribbon and pearls from stash
  • Stampin Up Word Window - Oval
  • Martha Stewart Border Punch
  • DP from Pink Petticoat
  • Sentiment - Rubon by Pebbles Inc
  • Glitter from stash
I loved making this rose...  so much so I had to make another, and another... and then some different flowers... I think you JUST MAY be seeing them appear on cards in the near future!  I used Glamour Dust and some larger glitter flakes to give the impression of dew drops on the roses - which don't show too well but look fab IRL!

You think I got carried away??

I'd love to see you over at In The Pink if you have a love of pinkness.. there is a new Guest Designer this time to meet also..and  The Ribbon Girl  is the very kind sponsor this time, so why don't you pop there and take a look!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting
Christine x

Saturday 13 April 2013

Spring Shades.... and yes, it is me, using yellow!!!

Hi Bestest Blogging Buddies

Yes.... that's right!  Me..... using yellow..... can you believe it??  This week's challenge at Totally Gorjuss called for Spring Shades...  sooooooo, avoiding my usual favourite colour (and we all know what that is......), I opted to use the colours of the daffodils in my garden (at least the ones that keep on trying to flower but keep getting met with nasty frost...)

But I've got to say, this really goes against the grain for me.....  and even for my lovely OH, who muttered 'hmmmm'... when I showed this to him.... yes, he's a pink lover too..

Anyway...  She's here, she's springlike... and then, when I uploaded,  I noticed that most of my teamies have gone for pink!! GRRRRR!  

I got the idea for this design from my lovely blogging pal Mary J who did a card using this type of layout last week.. I think I'll be using it again Mary.. thank you for the inspiration!

  • Image - Butterfly Lucy from All That Scraps
  • Paper - Pink Petticoat
  • Colouring - Copics
  • Sentiment - MFT Doodle Garden Springtime Wishes
  • Die - Square Stitched Mats - Lil Inkers
  • Ribbon and glitter from stash
Our generous sponsor this time is Crafters' Companion.... so why don't you pop over to the Totally Gorjuss challenge blog and check out my fab teamies' (PINK grrr!) creations...  then see what you can come up with in Spring Shades...   For now, I'm putting my yellow pens and ribbon away... to only see light of day again when I'm doing flower centres!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend..
Hugs and Happy Crafting
Christine x
PS... Mary.... look, still no pink...  think there maybe overload next week!!

Thursday 11 April 2013

Getting tired of me yet??

Hi all

Yes... me again...  I seem to be on a roll, so am blogging like mad.... hope you don't get fed up!

Today's card is one I made for my lovely friend Christine (Nanaseaside)...  whose birthday it was this week... and she was a poorly person too when I rang her... I think I should have sent a get well card tucked inside this!  Hope you're feeling better now Christine..

Sideways View

Believe it or not, when I took this photo, the sun was shining... hence some shadows on the photograph!  I chose to do an easel card as I felt like doing something a bit different than my usual boring side openings...  

I was pleased with the colouring on this card... as you know, red is notoriously difficult to stop bleeding...  anyways, think I managed it!  I thought this image reminded me of Christine and I at the Harrogate show....  though maybe in our younger days!

Card Recipe:
  • Image - Mabel Lucy Atwell 'Little Whispers' - Clear Stamps from Katie Sue Designs - bought from Sammy Taylors at Embsay
  • Paper - Jillybean Soup - Old World Cabbage Stew
  • Dies - Cheery Lynn Daisy Strip for the flowers, and Spellbinders Stately Circles for the image
  • Glitter, Stickles, Lace, Gems and Buttons from Stash
While I'm here.... can I also say a big welcome to my new followers.... my little band grows ever stronger... and I'm so happy that you've chosen to follow my work...  it gives me a nice happy feeling... so thank you!

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting..
Christine x

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Heavy Metal!

Hi Good Friends

I'm back today as it's a new challenge over at Anything Goes....  and this time the theme is 'Heavy Metal'... noooo, not the music...we just had to use metal on our DT cards!

I'm not wonderfully happy with mine as it was done in a bit of a rush... (why am I so disorganised??)..  but it does have metal on it...  so it'll have to do!

I love the image... it's from A Day For Daisies and is called Little Dancer Two - such a delight to colour and if I'd have had more time, I would have decoupaged the skirt.  All of the other items I've used have been sitting around my craft room for yonks...  the sequins and the little metal heart I've had for at least five years, the seam-binding probably the same...  and the metal filigree corner (Hobby House) I've had for a couple of years.... same with the textured bazzil (which I rubbed with my sanding block to distress).  Ooooh I did use a relatively new Nestie - it's called Stately Circles and I got that in early Feb.  Colouring is of course done with a mix of copics and promarkers..  and then there's the glamour dust....  well she's a ballerina... she has to have glamour.... yes??

Don't forget to pop over to the Anything Goes Challenge blog to check out the creations my fab teamies have come up with!

Hope your week is going well so far...  my lovely OH is off for a few days from tomorrow...  so we're hoping for a bit of sunshine so we can do some gardening, oh, and errrr possibly go out for the odd pub lunch or two!

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting
Christine x
PS - if you're looking Mary.... there's no lipstick or pink cheeks on this one!  Do I at least chalk up one?? x

Saturday 6 April 2013

A bit of sparkle......... (yes it's me, here again!)

Morning all....

Time again for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss  - and yes, I'm still jumping around with excitement at being asked to be a permanent design team member...

This time, the theme is 'Anything Goes + Sparkle...'  Lots of scope there...  so out came the glamour dust and the frantage!!

Card Recipe
  • Image - Saturated Canary Fairy Wishes Rubber Stamp
  • Coloured with Copics and Promarkers and even the odd Flexmarker
  • LOADS of Glamour Dust
  • Filigree Corner Die by La La Land Crafts
  • Papers from Pion - For Mother
  • Seam Binding for bow
  • Blue lace type trim - from Harrogate show
  • Pearl Button and gems - The Hobby House
  • Frantage and Pearl Cosmic Shimmer Glue from stash
Hope you like this little fairy...  I tried a new way of shading around her ... not sure it worked too well - let me know what you think...  I just thought she looked too plain on white!

Do hop on over to Totally Gorjuss for more inspiration from my lovely teamies...  and our very kind sponsor this time is J & C Creations.

My lovely OH is at work today, so I'm now going to decamp to the craft room!

Big hugs - Have a good weekend..
Christine x
PS - Mary... look, no pink!! x

Thursday 4 April 2013

Flying Away.....

Hi Bestest Blogging Buddies..

I can't believe where the time is going at the moment...  the weeks fly by.... I think it's something to do with me reaching a BIG birthday later on this year.... time has decided to speed up to get me there faster...  and the only good things to look forward to are free prescriptions and a free bus pass!!

Anyway...  it's time again for another IN THE PINK challenge...  this time, the theme is 'Let's Fly Away'... so I decided on my first DT card to use a fabulous little image that I've been waiting to colour!  Isn't she so cute??

Card Recipe:
And  for my second DT card - I wanted to use a new Die-namics die that I bought at Harrogate... it has three different sized butterflies, so was perfect to use for the Fly Away theme!

Card Recipe:
  • MFT Dienamics - Butterflies Die - bought from Harrogate Show
  • Mini butterfly punches
  • Glitter card and dotty paper
  • Digi Paper for background -Design House Digital JUKNeipp
  • Organza ribbon for bow
  • Papertrey Ink Mini Tags and Sentiment
  • Pearls from The Hobby House
And on the flying away theme... we managed to book a holiday yesterday...  yes me, who hates to think about going away - wally that I am, I get really anxious about even the thought of it....  I always love holidays AFTER we've got home...  ANYWAY..  we're off to a fabulous Greek island in a few weeks..  I'm sure it'll be lovely to see a bit of sun though...who knows, it may still be snowing here!

And on that note, I'll disappear!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting... don't forget, I'd love you to pop over to IN THE PINK and enter the challenge this time.. it's good to see good blogging friends there..

Christine xx