Thursday, 29 November 2012

In The Pink and the theme is Christmas!

Morning Best Blogging Buddies

It's time for another challenge over at In The Pink... and this time the theme is Christmas!!!  This was great for me - as I haven't made many of my Christmas cards yet, it really got me in the mood!
I think I like my first card better than the second....  but I have to say that the second was more fun to make!!

Paper:  Scenic Route Paper Co - Brighton Blizzard
Die for Trees:  Hero Arts Framelits Reindeer Set
Die for Oval:  Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Distress Ink - Spun Sugar (around oval and edging trees)
Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue in Pink - for dots on trees - liberally sprinkled with glitter
Ribbon from stash
Sentiment - PC generated then punched with Stampin Up Oval Punch

Now on this one, you have to use your imagination as the second layer is silver mirri board, not black which is what it looks like on the photo!!  And ooooh  playing with Frantage... it's my favourite pastime ... well one of them!!!  If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see it in all it's glory!  It glitters so much on my mantlepiece - I am going to have real difficulty sending it to anyone!


Spellbinders Dies - Heirloom Ornaments
Thin Silver Ribbon - from Stash
Oval Punch - Stampin Up
Sentiment - Stampin Up set - owned this for years and used to use it a lot!
Conifer Stamp - Stampin Up set - again, been in my stash for years
Distress Ink used while die in place - Spun Sugar
Silver Mirri Card
Frantage.......  Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel and Silver Halo Mix Glitter

Hope you like my makes for In The Pink....  do pop over to the blog HERE to check out Sylvia's and Christine's (our GDT) too!

Bit chilly here today... think I may well cog up the heating and hibernate for a while!!

Big Hugs to all my blogging friends.. and happy crafting!
Christine x

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Tag Time...

Hi Peeps

Time for a tag.....  over at Anything Goes the theme this time is Tags...  and as I didn't have a tag to hand (I know I have some SOMEWHERE... I had to make my own using kraft card.

The rest was very simple to put together using my favourite Santa images at the moment (Happy Santa from Birdie Brown).  I used a bit of red bazzill cardstock punched with a MS border punch...  then a scrap of festive paper.,.  I coloured the images with copics and promarkers (mixed to get a good red)... added glitter to his beard and hat...  .. some glossy accents to Rudolph's nose... a little Christmas sentiment from Cuddly Buddly.. a bit of red sentiment ribbon from Papermania -  there you have it!

Our garage has flooded again with this nasty weather... and my new hall carpet is a bit damp (I think it was blowing in under the door somehow)... but that's nothing compared with what some people are experiencing when you look at the news... big hugs to any of you who have suffered...  Can we all have a big shout of RAIN RAIN GO AWAY!!!  We need the water that's already in the ground to be able to lower before any more of this wet stuff!

Happy crafting all... and don't forget to pop over to Anything Goes to check out the DT creations!

Big hugs
Christine x

Monday, 19 November 2012

Glitter alert....

' Evening all.....

Now after I said that, us oldies will remember a certain policeman called Dixon, won't we?  And Saturday nights watching his exploits... mild though they were!  Onto my card quick before I give my age away!!

I managed to get to the new Hobbycraft in York last  Thursday, and saw this cute little Papermania snownman stamp.. for some reason called 'Tulip Christmas' - (weird it something I'm missing??)  Anyway...  I fell in love with him so had to bring him home with me.  He was surrounded by falling snow on his piece of rubber, which I wouldn't have liked to show in black... so I removed them from the image with my trusty nail clippers...  And here is the result.

I followed their colour scheme with my Copics and Flexmarkers as I loved the dark blue they'd used - really making him stand out.  I thought that would also look good with the LOTV Christmas paper pad I bought from Harrogate... for those interested that's ANOTHER piece of new stash that I've managed to use!!

Oooh and I used some Viva Decor Pen on the image to create the snow... along with my white Sigma pen.


Then out came the glitter.....  enough said I think!  Well I just had to, didn't I???  And then I used Stampendous Shaved Ice for the snow on the ground......  I'm not sure of the effect...  but am relatively happy.

I used a Martha Stewart Snowflake edge punch for the blue panel... some white satin ribbon...  then a lovely wooden snowflake embellie that I coloured blue .... and glittered!!  A rub-on sentiment finished the card completely...  and although it doesn't look straight on the pic....  I assure you it is!  I just think I have a wonky camera!

It's too near my bedtime now for me to keep my eyes open...  so I'll say goodnight and see you tomorrow!

Happy Crafting..
Big Hugs
Christine x

Sunday, 18 November 2012

No pink, no glitter.... can you believe it??

Morning Peeps

Happy Sunday to you all....

Yes, yes, yes, I can manage a whole card without pink and without glitter....and here's the proof!!  I saw something similar to this on Pinterest.... so thought I'd give such a simple card a go... and here is my take on it!

Very, very easy...  the circle is embossed with a circular nestie... using the embossing mat rather than cutting through...  I punched out some holly leaves which I used glossy accents on to make them shine...  I stuck on some red pearls for berries...  I used a Pink Petticoat Christmas sentiment... which I punched out with my favourite Stampin Up word window punch...  then I embossed some lines across the base of the card with an embossing tool.

And there you have it....  I think I can cope with making quite a few of these... they do the heart good after spending a couple of hours yesterday colouring a snowman and his mates..  I never knew snowmen were so damn difficult to colour.... anyway, you'll see the above mentioned card this week sometime... as yet it's only a coloured image with no card behind it!

Whatever you're up to today - enjoy..... I think eldest daughter and I are off to Costco....  not been there before so better keep a tight rein on my purse!  Youngest daughter btw is still travelling the world... she's in Dubai now after being a bridesmaid in India to her friend....(sari and all!), then spending a few days in and around India... looking at the Taj Mahal amongst other things...  and now Dubai for 5 days before jetting off back home to Bermuda... she's certainly a globe trotter!

Big hugs to all
Christine xx

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Pinkie.... Dies and Punches

Hi Peeps

Wowww this year is going to quickly....  seems that two weeks fly by so fast that I've barely got time to make my cards for In The Pink!  This time the challenge theme is Dies and/or Punches.... so I decided to get away from the Christmas cards I've been making lately and do a couple of fun cards!

This first card uses a Stamping Bella Uptown Girls stamp...  called Victoria and Juliette's Night Out!  I have to admit - they really DO look like a Victoria and a Juliette!!  I had fun colouring them... and of course glittering at least one of the dresses!!
Sideways view

Materials used:
  • Image -Stamping Bella Victoria and Juliette's night out
  • Card Creations pink dotty paper
  • Copics to colour
  • Bazzill cardstock
  • Magnolia Doo-Hickey Romantic Lace edge die
  • MFT Die-namics Daisy Die
  • Sentiment - done on PC - Font is One Starry Night (free)
  • Glitter (of course.....)
Now onto my second card which I've kept quite simple... 

I printed out some digi pink jacquard paper..... and punched the edge with a scallop punch.  I added a strip of the same colour paper along one side, and added gems at regular intervals.  Then I used a fabulous butterfly die.....  which of course I glittered up first......  and some smaller punched butterflies.  Again, I punched the edge with the scallop punch.  I decided not to add a sentiment (ok I chickened out!) as I couldn't figure what to put or where to put it!

I wish you could see how much it glitters and flutters in real life!!

  • Pink Petticoat Jacquard Paper
  • Stampin Up Scallop Edge Punch
  • Crystal Gems
  • Large Butterfly - MFT Vivienne Butterfly Die
  • Small Butterflies - a punch with no name!
  • Glamour Dust (by the bucket load!)
Hope you like both of my pinkie cards...  they are very different shades of pink.. but both shades I like... and the pink dotty has more blue in it than is showing..  it's funny how the camera can turn any shade to another!  If you pop over to In The Pink... you'll see more details of the new challenge, and also fabulous creations from both my partner in crime - Sylvia and our lovely new Guest Designer - Christine from Nanaseaside.

Right.....  Yesterday we had new carpet put down from the insurance company after the leak I had earlier in the year... dining room and hall/stairs/landing... (was waiting for the decorator to do his bit) so today I'm going to try to get the house back to some semblance of tidiness... wish me luck!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..
Christine x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Being a little 'Krafty'....

Morning Peeps

Well.... it's Anything Goes challenge time again....  and this time the theme is Sewing - Real or Faux.  A difficult one for me (aren't they all?? LOL), as I can never seem to sew in a straight line on card... though somehow I managed on my curtains (thank goodness!)
I decided to go way out of my comfort zone and try to use kraft card as the main part of the card...  a type of card my daughter (and probably most of the younger generation) goes for!  Sooo I used a lovely little digi Santa image called Santa Jump from Birdie Brown (it comes in a fab set with a few others too - so you'll definitely see him more on here).  I coloured him with Prismacolour pencils and blended- again out of my Copic comfort zone), then stamped a Paula Pascual Christmas Sentiment.  Of course, his beard, hat and bobble HAD to have glitter which doesn't show up well on this pic, but does IRL.   Then I waged war with my sewing machine and this is the best it could come up with.  The whole front panel is separate from the card, and I used 3D foam pads to lift it up.

So be kind ... I did my best at things I'm not used to using!!

Don't forget you can buy lots of craft items from Lynn at The Craft Den.

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..
Christine x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

A time for turquoise...

Morning all..

Here's another card just for the fun of it!!  I finished my dining room curtains last night and put them up, so felt in the need to go sit in my craft room for a little while... and here's the result!

Let me introduce Blossom Annie from Sugar Nellie (she looks like she likes to be introduced... she looks so proper!)...  and I decided turquoise may be her colour (copics of course)..   Well of course, with the addition of some pink flowers.... well, I couldn't NOT could I???

I used DP's from my favourite Lucy Cromwell Papermania pad at the moment... just cut into squares and put onto Bazzill...  I thought it would have a nice effect.  She has glitter on her skirt and flowers btw, and a touch of Cosmic Shimmer pink PVA in the centre of her flowers...  There's also a few punched flowers here and there, and a punched butterfly.  And lastly, a Memory Box Corner Bow flourish to finish her off!  Oooh and the sentiment is a Pebbles rub on...  oooh and a few pearl dots around the image too..
Sideways view...

Have a lovely day girls whatever you're up to...  it's a nice bright day here and my lovely OH is off today, so who knows what we'll get up to?  In the fresh air I mean!

Thank you all for your lovely comments lately...  and welcome to my new followers...  I look forward always to hearing from you.... it really makes me happy to know that people like what I make!

Big hugs to all
Christine xx

Friday, 2 November 2012

An oh so simple Christmas Tree

Hi Peeps

Just an extremely quickie from me tonight...  I'm throwing together some cards that I know a neighbour that I sell to likes.... very, very clean and simple and white on white.... with just a splash of red!  (a la a certain high street store that my darling OH is employed by.... and if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me!)
It's not an easy card to photograph but I did my best!

I've used a Stampin Up punch - Petite Pennants Builder - I did one part in plain white and the other in glitter card.  Swiss Dots embossing folder for the first square, and then just plain white card for the rest.  The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat - and the punch, again, is a Stampin Up one - Word Window.... I find it comes in very, very handy and I use it lots!  A little red bow finishes it off...

So there you go.... let me know what you think please!

Have a good weekend all....  there's fireworks going on outside here tonight - I can hear them....  If you're going to bonfires or displays over the weekend, enjoy.......  but stay safe!!

Big hugs
Christine x

Thursday, 1 November 2012

I'm In The Pink...... again!! CLEAN AND SIMPLE

Morning Peeps

Well I can't quite believe how fast this year has gone.... here we are on Nov 1st... and yet another two weeks have gone by so it was time to get my pink head on again (like as if it's ever far away.... hehe)..  and get a couple more cards done for In The Pink!!
This time our theme is Clean and Simple!  Hmmmmmm..... and to think Sylvia and I chose these themes.... why didn't I think that I don't DO CAS with ease!!  My first card is using one of the images from LOTV Trio of Teddies (bought at Harrogate show)... coloured with Copics (with advice for the teddy colouring from Pops... thank you hon... though I actually had to make do as I didn't have all the colours she advised!)   I think the card is very self-explanatory....  I just used a circle nestie and a scalloped circle nestie to create a frame for the little ted (ain't he cute?).... then a little sentiment I bought in the US years and years ago... cut with a Stamping Up punch.  I've raised the front of the card to give a 3D effect onto a second layer.    Oooh and he does have glitter on his flowers, but very difficult to see!

Now onto my second card.......  well, you need to make up your own mind on this one...  I'm not at all sure that I like it (that's putting it mildly)... it seemed a good idea at the time....   BUT.... I have to say it did fit the simple bit..  So easy to use a Crafts Too jacquard embossing folder (I used a small one and put it through the cuttlebug from either end matching the pattern..)  Btw, I got this folder reduced at Harrogate - twas only £2!  I used some pretty organza ribbon from my stash for the bow, distressed the edges of the card then added some stickles... and finally a LOTV little sentiment tag edged with a deeper pink and some stickles too.  No one can say that there isn't enough pink space on this one.... can they??? LOL!!

We'd love to see more joining in the challenges at In The Pink....  don't know if the 'Buttons and Bows' put people off, but  waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh we only had 36 entries... (Big thank-yous to those lovely ladies).  For the previous challenge we had well over a hundred - and that's what we like to see.......  Pinkies taking over the world!!!  My lovely OH saw what I was typing here and said I should put 'a plague of pinkies...' hmmmm, not sure that sounds nice....  but we could have a 'plethera of pinkness....'  yes?????????  Any other suggestions of descriptive words for pinkies??

Sooooooooo  don't forget this challenge is CLEAN AND SIMPLE....  pop over to the challenge blog HERE for more details... but mainly we want to see lots of pink space!!

Happy Crafting and Big hugs
Christine xxx