Sunday 30 September 2012

Irma and Vieno

Good morning everybody

After my marathon Christmas card session the other week I have finally decided it was time to make another one. I love Mo Manning's stamps and this one is great. I bought some toppers last year and there was one of this image which I loved so I got the stamp. On the topper the hats were red so I did the same on my stamped image but I'm not really sure about it now. Maybe a different shade might be better.

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The size is 6 x 6 and the background paper is a freebie from Jak Heath. The doily is French Pastry by Cheery Lynn - thank you Patricia for reminding me to use this die again! The snowflakes are Marianne dies - Swedish Snowflakes - and the pearls and ribbon to make the double bow are from my stash.

Anyway, a nice easy peasy card today.

The sun looks to be shining again (even though it is flipping cold!!) so enjoy your Sunday!

Love from Christine xx

I am entering this in  Anything Goes

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Saturday 29 September 2012

Another Easel Card

Good morning friends,

I have another easel card to show today. Pink - again!!!!! I know this will be okay with Jenny at least!!

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The open easel card

Apart from the white cardstock for the basic card, which is from my stash, everything else on the card is from The Confetti Collection at Craftwork Cards. As you know I have posted two cards already using this collection because I really love it.  But alas! once I run out then that's it because they don't do it now. At least the papers and flowers are no longer available but last time I checked the website they still had some  of the doileys. Unfortunately, so do I - I still have quite a few of those! Isn't that typical?

I used two different papers, one on the top and the other on the base. A large scalloped doily circle formed the easel and I embellished it with different die cut flowers from the same collection. I used a gold sentiment circle to form the centre of the large flower and then finished it off with candi. I rounded off all the corners of the card to tie in with that lovely scalloped circle. It was a very easy card but looks pretty and effective in "marshmallow, latte and icecream" - doesn't that sound so much nicer than pink, taupe and ivory?

Well I hope you all have a good weekend.

Love from Christine xx

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Friday 28 September 2012

Amendment to earlier post


Thought I would do this an extra post because you probably won't revisit my previous post and I wanted to point out a few things that  I didn't make clear.

I forgot to say that I glued the box to an extra piece of card  which was 1 cm larger all round than the actual box. And I also made the easel card 1 cm larger all round than the box so that there was an overhang and it looks a little bit neater, as well being a little sturdier.

For that same reason  I cut the length of my drawer (front to back) a  little longer and folded it back on itself to make the front of the box double thickness which I felt would be a bit stronger when pulling it in and out.

I hope you decide to make one because I am really pleased with it. Can't wait to make some more now!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

love from Christine

Easel Drawer Card

Good morning dear friends. Yesterday the sun shone after four days of gales and torrential rain so John and I decided to make a run for it in case it changed it's mind again!  Lol! We had a great day out visiting a National Trust property near Reading. There are some lovely woodland walks there so we will be going again to do a bit of walking too. We had only just got in the car to drive home, and the heavens opened! Perfect timing!

I have been going to attempt a drawer easel card for a while but never got round to it. However on Wednesday I finally did it and would have posted it yesterday but I preferred to have a day out. Sorry folks! I started out simply by doing a single drawer but next time it's going to be two or four.  ( As the song goes - "Aint no stopping me now, I'm on the move!") I think they will make a great little card and gift combined.

Here it is with the easel open.

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Turned slightly to the side

Card closed

I used a  smooth pink card to make the  drawer base and then Bazill Basics Bling to make the actual card. Hunkydory Delicate Pink Foiled Silver Daisies was matted onto silver mirri which made the top of the card. I wrapped pink organza ribbon round it three times before adding a triple bow in the same ribbon. I diecut the largest motif in the Venetian motifs in pink and then in silver mirri and stuck them together. The little square petalled die from the accents set was cut in pink and then a small WOC rose added to the middle before it was attached to the front of the card. Because the Hunkydory cardstock is so busy I didn't want to add anything else. I cut a strip of Hunkydory, matted it with mirri and then used foam pads to make the easel stopper inside. I used a silver rub on greeting on another Venetian accent and then added a silver mirri border die cut. I used a jewelled brad for the drawer handle.

You can find a tutorial here.
Well that's it for today. Hope you all have a great day today.

Love from Christine xx

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Tuesday 25 September 2012

Wedding Day

Hello blog friends.  First of all I would  like to say hello and welcome to my new followers. You are very kind to join me and I hope you like what you see and leave me a little feedback..

I've had a busy couple of days which is why I have been absent, but I 've got a card to show today. I have just heard that some dear friends got married last week and so this is the card I have made to send them. No cute bride and groom image - this is a  mature couple  (if I can all any of my friends mature!) with a lovely story but unfortunately it's not for me to tell. Sorry for the tease, but rest assured it's a romantic tale of happiness second time around for them both - culminating in a wedding at Gretna. Now what could be more romantic than that.

I have made a similar card before for my nephew's wedding anniversary which Linda showcased for me  here on her  blog before I started my own blog. I wanted to make a card  in a hurry and get it off to them so I re-visited a previous card and made a few changes.

Here is the original card

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and here is the updated version.

As you can see with just a few tweaks it looks different.  I changed the size of the card, the colours and  the placement of the embellishments - as well as changing the embellishments slightly.

The background paper is the Confetti Range from Craftwork Cards, and I was so disappointed to find this has been discontinued because I really loved it. I used Spellbinders floral oval, the label and corner from Parisian Motifs and the Foliage dies. 

Well we have just had two dreadful days of lashing rain and wind, so let's hope it  improves a bit now. John lit the woodburner last night so it was very cosy.  Seems so early to be having a fire - but I will not be cold in my own home!!!

Hope you all have a good day and manage a little crafting.

With love and hugs from Christine xx

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Saturday 22 September 2012

It's A Girl - Or Is It?

Good morning  dear blog friends. Well, I'm back with a card today. No baby on the scene yet,  but first babies are notorious for being  late - as a midwife in my previous life I certainly know that. John now tells me that he may have got it wrong, he's almost sure they are expecting a girl. Flipping men!! Either way, I have one of each ready now.

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Showing the flowers and leaves used.

This is the second tag I made on my pc.

This card is a strange size about 7 inches square, but it looks fine. 6 inch was a bit cramped when I laid it out but there was a lot of space left on the 8 inch so I compromised. Who said things have to be standard? I don't think there are any Card Police out there - unless of course you know different? Lol! The card stock is white and I then layered it with pink leaving just a narrow border. I used the Tied Together embossing folder and layered that to one side, dotting tiny pink pearls into each overlap. I used an LOTV die cut topper which I matted onto pink card.I wrapped white lace and pink and white spotted organza ribbon round, which I tied with a bow, and hung the last of my silver pram charms. I really must get some more because they are really cute. I think they were from the Ribbon Girl, as was the ribbon. I used pink roses and carnations together with tiny white rosebuds in the corners from WOC. The leaves are Spellbinders Foliage. The tag is LOTV and diecut with Spellbinders scalloped circles and matted with a pink scalloped circle the same size.  I also did a second label/tag on the computer and added some mini flowers round the circumference before cutting with the same dies as before. I can then decide which I want to use later. This image is just so sweet isn't it?

Well, have a great day everybody! I'll be back same time again tomorrow, DV! (God Willing.)

Love from Christine xx


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Friday 21 September 2012

Visitor To My Garden

Hi blog friends, I don't have a card to post today but I thought you might like to see my visitor of a couple of months ago.  We often see the deer further down the field at the back of the house (we have a couple of acres so there is plenty of room for them!) but not too often in such close proximity to the front of the house. They obviously do come though because they polished off all the ornamental cabbage in my rock garden last year! My nephew and his children were here at the time and the children thought it was wonderful. (They are townies.) The pictures are not the best quality because I took them through the kitchen window - I didn't want to open it and scare my little friend away.  A week or so ago I glanced up from my desk, which is in front of the window, and there was another deer just standing looking at the window as if it was wondering what I was doing! It then reminded me about the pictures I took earlier.

    She worked her way along the hedge and then obviously  decided that the apple blossom would taste better.

The funniest thing we saw was a couple of years ago when eight of the creatures decided to just come through the gate and across the lawn. However, the next gate was shut so seven of them just jumped straight over.  Number 8 however trotted up and then stopped dead. She backed off a bit and tried again. Her friends were all waiting patiently on the other side of the gate. After the 4th unsuccessful attempt they obviously got fed up of waiting and started to move on, so she went back through the open gate to find a gap in the hedge, which is their usual way in. It was so funny to see. I only wish  my camera had been handy that day!! It was like watching a show jumping event and the horse shying at the jump.

Anyway, that's the end of this episode of  "An every day story of country folk" - with apologies to The Archers!!

Have a good day everybody, and I will be back with a card tomorrow.

Love from Christine x

Thursday 20 September 2012

It's a Boy

Hi everybody, this was a half done card from my box so I thought I would finish it quickly because I need to make a couple of baby cards. Our friends are about to become grandparents - in fact it may have already happened! I haven't decided whether this will be for the parents or the grandparents so I'll leave off the greeting for now.

As you can see it is a waterfall mechanism and I printed the cute toy bunnies from my Greeting Card programme, matting onto two shades of blue and silver. The ribbon and the pram charm are from my stash.

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This is showing some of the wording  inside the waterfall.

I used some silver rub ons to display a greeting as each card is pulled through.

Hope you all have a great day today.

Love from Christine xx

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Peaches and Cream

Good morning friends. Hope everybody is well today.

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Unusually for me my card is 8x8 inches. Usually I tend to use this size only  if it's something special. However, the background paper from Websters Pages is 6x6 and I didn't want to cut it because it is so pretty. I layered   it onto cream and then peach coloured card which I sewed together with a zig zag stitch and than attached them to  cream card.

I stamped the message onto cream card stock, die cut with Spellbinders ovals and then layered it onto the second size Floral ovals  in peach card, trimmed with pearls. The flowers are WOC and the swirls are Marianne Creatables. The ribbon, lace and pearls are from my stash. I thought it turned out to be quite pretty. Although it can be tempting to fill all the space I resisted, so the pretty paper is visible.

Well that's all for today. Hopefully I shall be back tomorrow.

With love from Christine xx

I am entering this in Anything Goes;, Use more than one   diecut or punch. Anything Goes

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Tuesday 18 September 2012

Flower Fairy

Hi dear friends, thank you once again for coming to visit. As you can see, I think I must be in a pink phase. It wasn't intentional but I've just realised this is my third pink card in a row. Note to self - change colours girl!!

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I have been going through my stash thinking that I really ought to use up some of it. It's amazing how much you collect over time when you go through different phases of crafting.  I was into decoupage for a long time and have quite a lot of images still so I think every now and again I'll stick one in. This image is the Almond Blossom Fairy but since I don't have any almond blossoms I had to settle for cherry blossoms instead.  I added just a sprinkling of fairy dust to her wings! The metal butterfly and ribbon are also from my stash. I mounted her onto narrow pink and  silver mats and than attached it to the pink pearlescent card with foam pads to add a little dimension. I often don't put on a greeting until I am ready to send the card then I can add the appropriate one as needed, which is why there is a gap at the top of the card.

Well, I hope you all have a good day today.

With love from Christine xx

I am entering this card in Things With Wings;  Things that make you go Awwwww. I believe I can fly

PS Just checked my blog and wondered why my post wasn't here. I could swear I had scheduled it (I always do!) but it was sitting in drafts!! So here it is now!

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Monday 17 September 2012

Someone Special

Good morning blog friends and welcome to my new followers! It's great that  you have visited and decided to join me on my journey through  blogland. I am still very much a newbie and have so much to learn, but I'm really enjoying the experience.

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A very simple card today. The catrdstock is pearlised shadow striped from my stash with a pink panel which, I ran through the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder, added to the middle. The white borders are Spellbinders Parisian borders and the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts. The pink pearls and ribbon are from my stash. I cut a little tag and used a rub on greeting. Rub ons are another thing I went mad about for a while and now they are stuck in the drawer until I remember about them.

Well I hope you all have a good day today.

With love from Christine xx

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Sunday 16 September 2012

Pink And Silver

Happy Sunday morning everybody, and thank you for stopping by.  My card today started when I came across a scrap of Hunkydory card in my bits box.

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(The sun was reflecting off the silver but I won't complain about seeing the sunshine!)

I cut it  into three strips and matted them with silver mirri.  I then layered them onto pink Bazill basics, matted that with mirri and then attached it to a 5x7 inch pink card. I cut another strip of pink Bazill and mirri to mat and used the Fiskars bracket punch to edge them both at the bottom. I wrapped round some silver mesh ribbon and some narrower pink organza ribbon which I tied into a bow and then attached it towards the bottom of the card. The stamp is Lili of the Valley  stamped onto a small pink labels 18, mounted onto the next size and then  the corner edges from Parisian motifs attached at each side. The silver mirri  is a bit bling-y, but because of the silver on the Hunkdory cardstock I didn't  really  have a lot of option. I did make the mats quite narrow, although the  label is a bit in your face! I usually try to use three colours (don't ask me why, but I've got this thing about the rule of three) but couldn't fit another one in, unless you count the black ink!

Well I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Saturday 15 September 2012

Clean And Simple

Good morning blog friends. I had a "day off " yesterday - no card to post. But here I am again with a clean and simple card using the Spellbinders Lovely Lattice M-Bossabilities. This embossing folder is so pretty that I decided not to cover it up with too much, hence I ended up with a very plain card which was not the original intention.

As you can see I used a quote again, and you know I love using quotes. This is another from RalphWaldo Emerson and I use his quotes a lot. He is a favourite of mine. I typed it directly onto the backing paper which is from Papermania but I'm not sure which - possibly Pampered Pets? I threaded some narrow green organza ribbon through a length of lace, tied a bow and wrapped it round the embossed panel. A silk flower, green pearls and Spellbinders foliage finished it  off. Job done.

Well I hope you all have a great and relaxing weekend!

Love and hugs from Christine xx

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Thursday 13 September 2012

Tea For Two

Good  morning blog friends. I'm back to my usual scheduled post time. After my marathon session yesterday I almost gave it a miss today, but I had a bit of spare time so decided to make a card using an LOTV diecut topper. These little toppers come in very handy when you are in a hurry or just don't want the bother of colouring.

The backing papers are Papermania Lincoln Linen, the die is Labels 16, the ribbon, flowers and gems are from my craft stash
Well that's it again from me for another day. Just a quick post.  Hope you all have a great day.

With love from Christine xx

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Wednesday 12 September 2012

Christmas Is Coming

Good morning blog friends!

Yesterday I was sorting through a pile of magazines thinking that I really needed to get rid of some of this old stuff.  My problem is I just have to go through them in case there is something I've missed so it always turns into a marathon task. In this case, however, it turned out to be just as well because I came across these Craftwork Cards papers which were a freebie in Creative Cardmaking in 2010. Of course I then had to have a play with them and made fourteen cards, all very simple but effective using some of the guides in the magazine.  I have taken pictures of some of them to give you an idea. Phew! Quite a feat. I had been into town in the morning so didn't get started until well after lunch. Obviously, it was too late when I finished to photograph them, hence the late start this morning.

Not a bad find eh?  There are still quite a few bits left so I will be using them up when I can face it - a bit cheesed off with them at the moment! I also came across the magazine from the previous month which had some HOTP Christmas papers in so I might give them a go at some stage.

Well that's it from me for today. Have a great day! Love from Christine xx

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Tuesday 11 September 2012



Hello blog friends, thanks for calling in today. Sorry for the late start. I did my post as usual but when I went to schedule it I realised I had forgotten one very important detail - I'd only forgotten to take a picture of the card, that's all!! What a cloth head! Anyway, by the time I realised this the light had gone so I had to wait until this morning to take a photograph. Bet I don't do that again!

This card is a tribute to my nephew Nigel. Last year he took part in the Marathon Des Sables.  This is an annual event and takes place in the Sahara Desert. The total distance is 151 miles - the equivalent of running 6 marathons in 7 days - in temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius!!! He is a quantity surveyor and had the support of many of  his clients in his fund raising efforts, as well as family and friends. His goal was to raise £20,000 for Mencap. In fact he raised the incredible sum of £56,000 !!!  No, I haven't made a mistake  - he really did raise £56,000. Isn't that amazing? He came in 297th out of 848 runners. Not a bad place eh? You may think I am a bit late in my congratulations, but he has just heard that he has been invited to lunch with the Countess of Wessex, the patron of the charity, at her home.  As you can imagine we are all very proud of his achievement and this is well deserved. So, well done Nigel!!!

Sneak peak at the inside, showing the 3D butterflies

Showing the stamp used on the inside.

The stamp used for this card is from Our Daily Bread Designs - Bird and Butterfly labels. Since I love Labels 18 I couldn't resist this set. I didn't have a suitable quote so after I had stamped the image and diecut it, I then taped it to a piece of paper and computer generated the quote onto the diecut. The background papers are Charcoal Prints from Dovecraft and the butterflies are Flystickers. Ribbon and beads are from my stash. As you can see I also decorated the inside of the card because I needed to be able to write something (not easy on black card!) and also so that I could use another of the lovely stamps.

Anyway, I hope you all have a good day. With love from Christine xx

I would like to enter this into One Stop Craft challenge No floral embellishments;  Crafty Cardmakers  Winged things;

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Monday 10 September 2012

Butterflies and Bow

Hi everybody, thanks for popping in today.

As soon as I saw Linda use this Tied Together embossing folder on her Almost White card, which was the start of the challenge, I just knew I had to have it. Yeah right! It was totally out of stock everywhere but in the end I got it and it came when I was away. It is so beautiful that I just had to have a play with it straight away - there will be another card soon with it too because I was playing for quite a while!

I used all pearl cardstock - white for the base, (which is tent fold, 7.5 x 5.5 inches,) and two shades of blue.  The white cardstock is A3 and very sturdy so easily stands up and holds the weight of the extra card and embellishments. Because of the size 8x8 cards are easy too.I got it from a craft show at the National Motorcycle Museum and I am running out, but I don't the name of it! Typical isn't it?

I embossed the pale blue with the embossing folder, mounted  it onto the darker blue card, wrapped some blue satin ribbon round it and then attached it to the base card. I then used another one of my new purchases Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles, and die cut the second size down, having first stamped the card with Kaisercrafts Botanics in silver. Initially I used black but  it wasn't right, so I had to use the silver and heat emboss it because otherwise it just blended into the blue background. I mounted it with foam pads to give the card some depth. The blue embroidered butterfly has been in my stash for ages, along with a few othe colours, and they are so gorgeous! I also added pearls into the cross overs of the latice and finally added the blue bow. The lack of greeting of any kind is deliberate because then it can be used for anything.

Well that's it from me for today. Hope you all have a good day and find some time for yourself at some stage.- I really do think this is so important!

With love and hugs from Christine xx

Sunday 9 September 2012

No Card Today

Hi there blog friends

We decided quite out of the blue, to go away for a few days so we took off on Wednesday mornig, and that's why  I have been missing for a few days. We went to Cheshire first to see friends and at the same time visit Little Moreton Hall, a National Trust property which I had been wanting to see. John had been when he was young but it was nice to see it together.

We then  went to the Peak District and did some walking and had a great time. The weather was just perfect for walking. They were circular walks so I could lace up my boots and walk too.

On the way home we decided to visit somewhere else I had been really longing to visit - the National Memorial Arboretum. Oh my goodness, what an experience! Truly moving and very emotional! We walked around for almost four hours and still didn't see everything. So that means another visit because I really want to see everything. I felt just the same when we visited the War Cemeteries in France. Both totally moving experiences.

Some of the monuments were fabulous and I took loads of photos but I won't bore you with them. One of the things which really moved me was an inscription on glass on one of the memorials. It was of two poems written by an 11 year old girl. - amazing! If you open them in a new tab you can read them easily. The second  poem brought tears to my eyes.

      Anyway, sorry for waffling on for so long! I have just got a couple of new embossing folders and another Spellbinders die, so I will play with them now and hopefully post the results for you tomorrow.

Enjoy the rst of the weekend and the great weather. With love from Christine xx

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Christmas Box

Hello blog friends

Rather a late start for me but thanks for popping over to see me today.

Today I am showing one of my boxes that I have made for Christmas. Usually I use a quote rather than a picture, but I thought this might be a nice change from a Christmas card, or even just a Christmas ornament, for want of a better term.

Again I have used one of the very first stamps I bought about 10 or 11 years ago. I used to use it a lot but the poor thing got relegated to the back of the drawer and has only just re-emerged into the light of day.
It is by an American company called Petulama. It is ideal for quickness because it needs little or no colouring. In fact if you add too much colour it looks very busy and messy.

This image is just showing the 3D effect of the box card and the card/ribbon stand.

I stamped in  Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver and embossed with detail silver embossing powder . I used Glossy Accents and Diamond Dust to gove the iciness on the roof and trees. The snowflakes are Marianne Creatables Swedish Snowflakes and  the borders are Memory Box Frosty Border, coated in glossy acccents and then Crystal ulltrafine glitter. I then added the diecut trees and that's it.

I thought I would enter this in Creative Harmony : Almost White Papercraft Challenge,
Anything Goes Challenge Blog  :Early Christmas, Sparkles Christmas Challenge: Sparkles and Bling,
,Crafty Sentiments: Lets Sparkle, Lady Bug Crafts Challenge:  Anything Goes, Penny Black at Allsorts:  Early Christmas Makes, No Matter Which Challenge: Diecuts and/or Punches

Well, hope you enjoy the rest of the day.

With love from Christine xx

Monday 3 September 2012

Bird and Butterflies

Good morning blog friends, thanks for stopping by  today.

This card is again a little different for me but I must admit I like it. However, the picture really doesn't do it justice.

Well, as you can see I took to my distressing tool again today. The main cardstock is beautiful and from a pad called Gemsones and has the most gorgeous jewel colours but I wanted to stay very neutral. The distressed cardstock is Core'dinationsWhitewash Collection. The main image is from a freebie I found on the internet by a lady called Astrid McLean and she has the most beautiful  free papers.  If you haven't seen her work you really should take a look. I decided to print out the full page and I cut out a portion of the paper with Spellbinders Labels 8 to make a topper and matted it with  the gemstones cardstock. The rest of the paper I can use on another card.

The butterflies are Marianne Creatables, as are the swirls. The leaves are Spellbinders Foliage.The flowers were bought at Lakeland a few years ago before they stopped selling crafty stuff.  (I think they might be Prima.) I added a little punched sun and a taupe coloured pearl to the centres. The ribbon and cotton lace are from my local haberdashery store. I have deliberately omitted a sentiment because I don't really know who or what it is for and so can add it later.

I thought I would enter this into
Ladybug Crafts Challenge: Anything Goes.
The Poodles Parlour  :  Things With Wings
MAWTT :   Flying High
Allsorts :      Anything But Square

Maybe by doing this it will build up my confidence a little. Thank you to Sue (Bearhouse) where I cribbed these challenges from - hope you don't mind Sue!

Anyway, have a good day everybody and I hope you find a little time to craft.

With love from Christine xx

Saturday 1 September 2012

Biker Boy

Morning friends.

This a card I made a couple of weeks ago when I was practicing my colouring. I need to do a bit more practicing methinks. Actually, the later ones I did with the Sarah Kay stamps were an improvement. Even I could see that.

Red spotted paper matted onto red then white cardstock. An LOTV image matted on red Spellbinders  Labels 1. The  sentiment was stamped in gold  onto red Labels 1 and again matted onto  white Labels 1. A little red ribbon tied into a knot and a few red star gems from my stash added into opposite corners. I always think knots are a bit more "manly" than bows, but I have been known to use a bow with a darker ribbon.

I have been playing around with a few things the last couple of days so that's why I haven't much to show.

Hope you all have a good day today.

With love from Christine xx