Sunday, 1 October 2023

Sweet November Stamps - Coffwees Clear Stamp Set

Hi Peeps...

I'm back again today with another card as Guest Designer for Sweet November Stamps...  this time I've used the Coffwees at a Toadstool Table.  I always feel that sharing a coffee with a good friend is a perfect way to feel better, so I love this image!  But there are three other images in this set to use also.

I created a stencilled background using a circle stencil with Distress Oxides and splattering.. then I coloured and fussy cut the image.  I placed one of the sentiments from the set at the top of the circle... then adhered the image in the lower corner with foam pads.  I did put glitter on their wings but unfortunately, it's difficult to see on the photograph.  I also added some tiny gems for interest.

Card Info:
Die - Lil' Inkers Stitched Square
Stencil - Taylored Expressions Circle
Distress Oxides - Tumbled Glass, Broken China
Colouring - Copics
Hair - E21/23, E40/42/43
Skin - E000/00/01/11 R20
Clothes - G12/46 B21/23 R81/83/85
Wings - BV31 RV000
Toadstools - R24/27/46 E57 T0/1/2/3
Grass - YG23/25/46
White Gel Pen

Hope you like my card today and that you'll be joining in the Instahop that's going on over the weekend, to celebrate the new release at Sweet November Stamps! (Details are on my previous post or on my Instagram Account - 
@cardsbychristine )

Happy Crafting...

Saturday, 30 September 2023

Sweet November Stamps Liv

Hi Lovelies

I'm excited to have been asked to  take part as a Guest Designer for the Sweet November Instahop today - celebrating their latest release!

For my card I've used Liv - isn't she just the cutest??  And of course, she is perfect for the autumn/fall colours that are around now.

I coloured and fussy cut her, before creating a background from kraft card splattered with gold.  I used the sentiment that comes with her on to deep orange cardstock, and popped a band of the dark brown that I was layering the kraft onto. 

Card Info:
Die - MFT Stitched Rectangles
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11/01 R20
Hair - E25/27/29
Suit - YG91/93/93
Leaves - YR14/18/23/24/27 E09/18 YG23/25
Berries - E39/59

Here's the Instagram bit as I'm sure you'd like to head over to join in the fun:

'It’s time to slow down and get cozy with the new Color-fall clear stamp release at Sweet November Stamps.  We are introducing 13 new stamp sets celebrating all the things that make the season wonder-fall as well as 4 coordinating sequin mixes.  So today we are hosting a Color-fall Insta-Hop featuring both the Sweet November design team and the team from Crafty Purple Frog, our exclusive UK stockist.  As always, one lucky crafter will walk away with the entire release!   All you have to do is visit each designer’s account provided below, follow them, and leave a comment on their SNS post. You have Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 30th, Oct 1st and 2nd to participate in the hop. Tuesday, we will announce the random winner on the Sweet November Instagram page.

Allison Cope @i_card_so_hard

Amanda Garrett @thelittlepinkcaboose

Amy Gould @craftypurplefrog

Amy Young @amyyoungforever

Bea @creativemindjournaling

Caitlin Anthony @caitlinannaleecards

Catrin Goodwin @catringoodwin

Christine Levison @cardsbychristine

Claire Harrison @mrs_h_crafty_corner

Jasmin Oliver @jasmincraftymakes

Jenny Dix @dixjenny

Karina Belger @karinabelger

Lisa Jannaway @craftytrain1

Lucy Dyer @owlwayscrafty

Meg Breiter @meg.2241

Sweet November Stamps @sweetnovemberstamps

This giveaway is sponsored by Sweet November Stamps. It has no affiliation with Instagram, nor are the designers responsible for the outcome. Any questions should be addressed to @sweetnovemberstamps. The contest is open internationally, and we will ship for free; however, we are not liable for any custom fees, dues, or taxes that may be incurred from customs. Once the prize is shipped, we are not held accountable for any lost or damaged goods and is not eligible for a cash reimbursement.'

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 29 September 2023

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Garden Girl Holly

Hi Lovelies...

Well while I had my lovely red Distress Inks on my desk, I decided to make the background for this lovely Garden Girl Holly...    she did take quite a bit of fussy cutting, but I got there!

Again, I splattered the Distress Ink blended panel with water, white paint and gold watercolour paint..  then heat embossed the sentiment, before adhering the diecut image with foam pads.

Card Info:
Die - MFT Stitched Rectangles
Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Candied Apple and Festive Berries
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11/01 R20
Hair - E21/23
Holly - YG25/63 G99/46
Berries - R24/27/46  E57
Grounding - W0/1/3

Here's a really close look at the image..

Hope you like my card today...  I'm not quite saying the actual word yet... but you can see what occasion this card is for!

Make sure you pop on over to the Stamping Bella Blog for more Bellarific Friday inspiration, and also the Sistahood Facebook page to join in the Bella fun!

Happy Crafting...

Monday, 25 September 2023

Distress Ink Blending

Hi There...

Last week I spotted a gorgeous card by the lovely Barbara at @btarayao, and it inspired me to get out my stronger colours of Distress Inks and get blending!  

Firstly I blended the four colours on a sheet of Bristol Smooth, the blending didn't look that even, but then I splattered with water, then white and gold watercolours which make all the difference.  I stamped with a deeper colour using a script background stamp which also gives texture as Barbara had done.

Then I used a rectangle stitched die to cut out the centre, adding a scalloped die to the back of the cut panel.  I used 3D foam tape to adhere the panel back onto the centre.

I used some white card to diecut this gorgeous flower, which is an older Memory Box die that I've had for years, but thought it was right for this card.  I cut it and layered 3 times to give depth.  Lastly..  I cut a little hello word die from gold mirri and adhered it alongside the flower.  I added the whole panel to a white card base and it was done!

Card Info:
Dies - Memory Box Hollyhock Stem, Sunny Studio Fancy Frames Rectangles, 
MFT Stitched Rectangles, Altenew Sweet Sentiments, 
Stamp - MFT Romantic Script
Distress Inks - Carved Pumpkin, Barn Door, Festive Berries and Picked Raspberry

I really loved how this card turned out - and will no doubt be using this design again with other dies and maybe different colours...  so thank you so much Barbara for the inspiration!

Happy Crafting...

Friday, 22 September 2023

Stamping Bella Bundle Girl at the Pumpkin Patch

Hi Lovelies...

Well, the week's gone around again and here with are back on another Bellarific Friday!  This time, we had a colour inspiration photo to follow..

Good colours for Autumn/Fall cards I thought... so out came my Bundle Girl at the Pumpkin Patch.. hopefully I followed the colours needed.

Card Info:
Die - MFT Stitched Rectangles, Tiny Leaf Die - don't know the name 
Colouring - Copics
White Gel Pen

Don't forget to pop over the the Stamping Bella Blog to see more inspiration from the Babes, and also to the Sistahood Facebook Page to chat and share all things Bella related.

Happy Crafting..

Friday, 15 September 2023

Stamping Bella Mochi Fall Girl

Hi There...

We're using images from the Stamp of the Month collection today at Stamping Bella - so as that's a Mochi Girl, I've used Mochi Fall Girl.  

I'm really into Autumn/Fall colours at the moment so was happy to colour this gorgeous image - but she was a little too tricky to fussy cut afterwards, so I just added a matching panel on the side, with a strip of glittery cardstock.

Card Info:
Deep Orange Cardstock
Colouring - Copics
Face - E000/00/11 R20 E04
Hair - E21/23/25/27
Scarf - YR23/24/27
Coat - YG91/93/95 G99
Mug - R08/24
Leaves - YR14/18/23/24/27 E09 YG23/25

I think she looks as warm as toast, no matter what the weather, in that huge scarf and coat! And then with her mug of what I think is hot chocolate, she'll stay warm!

Hope you'll join us on the Stamping Bella Sistahood Facebook Page where you can share and chat all things Bella related!

Happy Crafting...

Thursday, 14 September 2023

Gina K Designs Spectacular Sunflowers

Hi Lovelies...

I fell in love with these Spectacular Sunflower Stencils from Gina K Designs when I saw Jennifer McGuire use them in a video tutorial.  Well - it took a while for me to get hold of them here in the UK, but I did eventually, so to start with I thought I'd use the four-in-one method that Jennifer used.  Yayyyy it worked!  Thank you Jennifer!

It starts by cutting a piece of white cardstock 8.5 x 11 inches, then cutting that into four panels that are 4.25 x 5.5.  Then the magic!  The four panels are then taped together (on the back) which removable tape to form the original.  Then, the stencil is used in the centre, in effect putting a quarter of the flower on all four cards in the corner.  Now, turn all four cards so there's a blank part in the centre - and use the stencil once again.  Turn it another twice - ending up with parts of flowers in all four corners - you can use the same or different colours as I have done.  If you'd like to see the video, check out Jennifer McGuire's YouTube channel - it's so easy to follow.

 Now I also did some splattering with purple and gold watercolour paint, before stamping a Scripty Sentiment from Mama Elephant in the centre of all four cards.

Card Info:
Gina K Designs Spectacular Sunflower Stencils
Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturating Ink - Lilac and Carnation
Distress Inks Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold and Brushed Corduroy
Mama Elephant Scripty Birthday Sentiments
White and Purple Watercolours

I placed the coloured panels onto bright pink cardstock to give them a frame.

Hope you like!

Friday, 8 September 2023

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Autumn Loves Autumn

Hi Lovelies...

It's Bellarific Friday time - and it's time to use an image that's not from the current release... so I chose to use one of my favourite of all autumnal images... this is Tiny Townie Autumn Loves Autumn.

I coloured and fussy cut the image, then created a background by blending distress oxides, then splattering with white, deep brown and gold watercolours.  I then used a perfect sentiment from another stamp set in the corner, before adhering the image with foam pads.

Card Info:
Distress Oxides - Carved Pumpkin, Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
Colouring - Copics
Toadstool - R24/27/46 E57 E40/41/42/43
Hair - E21/23
Skin - E000/00/11 R20
Leaves and Top - YR21/23/24/27 E14/18 E09/13/18 E57 
YG93/95 G99
Grounding W0/3

We've had a really sunny week here in the UK - so it's not looking like Autumn at all outside, but I know it's just around the corner, so my card will be ready! Hope you like it, and will join in the fun over at the Sistahood Facebook Page.

Happy Crafting..

Wednesday, 6 September 2023

Gina K Designs Dahlia Cover Plate

Hi Lovelies...

I used the fabulous Dahlia Cover Plate from Gina K Designs for my card today. I diecut it in white twice from white cardstock and adhered it together.  Then I created a Distress Oxide Blended background to go behind the diecut.

Then I cut the flower part again but this time from gold mirri card, so I could use the negative parts to create some flower petals. I inserted them into the flower, adhering with liquid glue.

I've tried to photograph from all angles, so the mirri card shows up..  it's not easy to photograph as often, it just looks black!

Lastly, I added the panel to seem green cardstock, before adhering to the card base.  These aren't colours I use often, but I was happy with how it turned out!

Card Info:
Die - Gina K Designs Dahlia Cover Plate Die
Distress Oxides - Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn
Sentiment - MFT Itty Bitty Sentiments
Mirri Card
Enamel Dot for Centre

Hope you like my make today!  It's very warm here in the UK at the moment... but I think I'll be into autumnal cards soon!

Happy Crafting...

Friday, 1 September 2023

Stamping Bella Mochi Girl Bride of Frankenstein

Hi Lovelies...

We have a new Stamp of the Month at Stamping Bella - and this time, it's this FA-BOO-LOUS Mochi Girl Bride of Frankenstein - so perfect for this time of year!

I coloured the image and fussy cut her, before creating a Distress Oxide Stencilled Square - splattering the shape with lots of white and deep purple watercolours for texture.  Then I adhered the image with 3D foam pads, adding the sentiment panel at the base.  Lastly, I added lots of glitter to her hair - well, a girl's gotta have a sparkle.... right???

Card Info:
Die - MFT Stitched Rectangles
Stencil - Taylored Expressions Squares
Distress Oxides - Villainous Potion, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E0000/000/70
Hair - C5/7/9 RV52/63/17
Dress - C5/7 T0/1

You can get this fabulous stamp set throughout September for half of it's usual price in the store..  check it out using the link above!

Happy Crafting...

Tuesday, 29 August 2023

MFT Stitched Blooms

Hi Lovelies

Well I've made a big decision in my crafting life - and that is to make sure I use some of my older stamps and dies on a regular basis...  so here's one using a die set from MFT - it's called Stitched Blooms and I do love the flowers it creates!  

I was inspired by a card from Lin at @sending_hugs which I saw some years back - using lots of scraps of tiny print papers - and boy, do I have lots of scraps!  So out they came with my die cutting machine and I got busy!

I just adhered the flowers and leaves as they came to hand - and I then added some enamel dots for the flower centres.

Card Info:
Dies - MFT Stitched Blooms
Paper Strip - MFT Black and White Dots
Sentiment - Mama Elephant Scripty Birthday

Hope you like my bright and cheerful card today!

Happy Crafting...

Tuesday, 15 August 2023

Simon Says Stamp Garden Spires

Hey Peeps..

For today's card, I've used a beautiful embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp - it's called Garden Spires.  I did some ink blending to start with using Distress Inks..  then embossed it, before adding more ink over the flowers using a domed blending foam.  It gives the effect of only colouring the flowers which I thought was an amazing technique.  

I then splattered the panel with gold watercolour paint..  and added a tiny little sentiment panel, before matting and layering with gold mirri card.

Card Info:
Simon Says Stamp Garden Spires Embossing Folder
Distress Inks
Sentiment - Pretty Pink Posh Simple Sentiments

I think this is one of my favourite makes recently - especially in real life!

Happy Crafting...

MFT All the Happy

Hi Lovelies...

Sorry I forgot to add this the other day when I popped it on Instagram - so this is a quickie add!

I used the fabulous MFT All The Happy Die on a coloured panel that I'd blended with Distress inks and printed the 'everything' word on, (created on the PC)!  I then added acetate behind the diecut, before adhering a panel of glitter card, then adhering the panel with foam tape to the card base.  I added some die cut stars from the same glitter card and it was done!

Card Info:
Dies - MFT All the Happy, Sizzix Swirling Stars
Distress Inks
'Everything' word done on PC

Told you it was a quick post - hope you like!

Happy Crafting...

Tuesday, 8 August 2023

Altenew Dainty Flowers

Hi Lovelies...

I'm sharing a few cards I made with another Altenew set - this one is called Dainty Flowers.  I saw a video (I think) by lovely Rachel (The Unpampered Stamper) - and knew I had to have a try with these gorgeous little flowers.

I cut some stitched rectangles, then used some Distress Oxide inks to create a coloured patch for the flower to adhere to. It's quite easy to do this, but (note-to-self), remember to dab onto spare paper after dabbing on the inkpad with my sponge!  If you don't do that, you can get harsh lines or very strong bits of colour! 

OK - sorry, this is picture heavy so I'll let you sit back and enjoy! I used a couple of the stamps, some different colours, then added gems.  The sentiments are included in the stamp set.

Phew!  Hope you liked them..... which was your favourite colour???

Happy Crafting...