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Saturday, 6 February 2016

It's a Love Thing

 I'm back again already with my card(s) for this month's challenge at Crafty Calendar, the theme this time is 'It's a love thing' -again a great theme for those of us who don't particularly want to make Valentines cards! The card above was made using a beautiful image from Bugaboo, one of our lovely sponsors this month. I always think of the cute and quirky images that Bugaboo make, but there are loads of beautiful floral images too, definitely worth a look! This image is gorgeous and stands alone to make a card, I  coloured it with copics and matted it onto a very simple design... I love the way it turned out!

My second card was made using a very cute image from our other fab sponsor, Robyn's Fetish. This image is called Perfect Pear, this time I  paper pieced my image and die cut it with a stitched square die, again the design is quite simple, composed of different sized rectangles of dp, I added a ribbon and some tiny tags. I know I'll find a good use for this one, which I wouldn't for a Valentine's card!
Well that's enough from me for today, I hope you'll take a moment to hop over to Crafty Calendar  where there's absolutely loads of  fabulous creations from my teamies.
Thanks for visiting today.
I hope your weekend is a good one!
Chris
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All you need is love....

Good morning, this is a scheduled post , have to get things done when I can while OH is out of action!

Our new challenge theme at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'All you need is love' - interprete as you will, plenty of scope here!
I used two lovely stamps to make my card, one I've had for years, a wood mounted stamp from Paperbag Studios, the second 'love' stamp was a freebie with Craft Stamper last month. I stamped them both onto a piece of DP, die cut the smaller one into a tag shape and matted both onto black cardstock, the rest of the design is quite simple. The ribbon was rubbed with distress ink to make it look older!
There's some great inspiration from my fab teamies over at Sweet Stampin' so why not hop over and take a peek. We'd be delighted to have you play along...just don't forget to stamp something!
Chris
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Friday, 5 February 2016

Still running late....

Hello, still trying to catch up with myself after the fun and games I've had this week! (See previous post!) . Finally spoke to my husband this morning, he's doing well after the op but won't be home until after the weekend, the doctors want to keep an eye on those fingers! He's going mad with boredom already, not even allowed to get out of bed, but not in any pain, so best place for him these early days. I'm writing this post whilst waiting for my daughter, we're off to visit the invalid.

Back to the card...my DT inspiration for the new challenge at Southern Girls, the theme this week is 'Anything Goes', sponsored by SLS Lines and Lacy Sunshine, so a great chance to win some fabulous digis. Speaking of fabulous digis, the image I used on my card is the beautiful Wisteria Enchantress courtesy of Lacy Sunshine, such a delightful image to colour! The frame around my image is hand cut and embossed, decorated with die cut ivy leaves and sick on butterflies which just happened to be the perfect colour, flowers and ribbons from stash, die cut leaves and 'Love' sentiment. 'Daughter banner is hand written.
Take a moment to hop over to Southern Girls, you'll be delighted with the wonderful creations from my teamies, then it's over to you to show us what you can do!

Thanks for calling by
Chris
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Some Challenges...
crafting-with-friends #13 atg
morgansartworld add flowers
simplypapercrafts #22 atg
Jade's sparkling butterflies  #12 atg
MAWTT Things with wings

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Looking for Mr Right

A little late, but here's my card for our new challenge at Creative Moments, the optional theme this fortnight is Romance /Love, sponsored by BloobelStamps and Crafty Sentiments, who are both offering some fabulous prizes.
I was delighted to receive this fun and funky image from Bloobel Stamps to play with, he's called Heart Spring and is available here. I coloured him with my copics, cut him out and stuck him on top of the die cut heart, also colored with copics. The sentiment is computer generated. The background is made using a MB die, cut several times from a piece of white card. I added a simple doodled border and matted it onto black card to show through the die cuts.

Now to explain why my card is late, it has not been a good week. On Monday my husband had a very nasty encounter with a circular saw. The saw won. He cut 4 fingers on his right hand very badly...severed tendons and nerves. Our local hospital couldn't deal with the damage so Tuesday was spent getting him to East Grinstead Queen Victoria Hospital. They were going to operate that night but a major emergency postponed it until Wednesday morning. I spent the day on tenterhooks waiting for news, finally at 9pm I was told he was in recovery and that the op had been successful.
Meanwhile, whilst walking our Great Dane (normally his job!) I had an accident. A (stupid) woman dropped two white binbags over the wall just behind Mathilda as we were passing. Mathilda is a real wussie, thought she was being attacked and panicked...pulled me over and then jerked her lead out of my hand and ran into the busy road. I ran out after her and stopped the traffic...people were probably terrified of the demented woman standing in the middle of the road waving her arms and shrieking!
Mathilda wouldn't come back -just legged it home-but fortunately the drivers were aware of her and nothing nasty happened. A very kind man- in a-van, followed her, found her sitting on my doorstep, shut her in my porch and came back and got me. I will always be grateful for his kindness, he even went and found the lens that had been knocked out of my specs when I fell and returned that to me! Such a hero, he deserves a medal.

Please bear with me over the next few days/weeks for the lack of visits and comments, now I know that Geoff is going to be ok I'll try to keep up with DT commitments etc, but I somehow think that when I do get him home I'm going to be somewhat busy for a while...!

Hope your week has been better than mine, keep away from saws and large scared dogs!
Chris
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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Where did you get that hat?




Good morning, a quick post from me today as I have a busy day planned...off to visit Mum in a bit, pop into library on the way to top up essential 'book fix', then this evening I'm off to the cinema with my lovely daughter, we're going to see 'Room', I loved the book so I hope I'm not disappointed with the film! Still, it'll be a treat to spend some time with Steph!
The card is my DT make for this week's challenge at Fab N Funky -as it's the last Wednesday of the month the theme is 'Christmas'!  The cute snowman is a Woodware stamp, coloured with copics (that took the longest) , matted onto red then green cardstock . The stamp is quite big and fits perfectly onto a DL size card! Quick and simple! I liked it so I made 2 more, the left hand one using a chalkboard technique, sorry totally rubbish photo but looks qutie effective IRL (quick too!), the other one is paper pieced.

 I'm quite proud of the start I've made on 2016 Christmas cards...it won't last but I'm determined to be well ahead this year so there's no last minute rush to get them finished. Why not join us at Fab N Funky this week with your own Christmas make? You'll certainly be pleased you did when next December is arrives, and you could be the lucky winner of a fabulous prize from our sponsor this week 


Thanks for visiting , hope your day is a good one!
Chris
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Challenges
scrap-creations -snow/snowmen
kreativeinkauf snowmen
Rudolph Day January

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Vintage...or shabby chic?

Good morning, well the weekends here again and that means it's time for a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. Our theme this week is 'Vintage or Shabby Chic' and we're sponsored by Live and Love Crafts.
To make my card (not sure if it's vintage or shabby chic....perhaps a bit of both!) I unearthed a photograph style stamp that I have had for a very loooong time, I have no idea who it's by, it's wood mounted but there's no name on the block, think I bought it from ebay...anyway, I think she's a lovely image and I'm trying to use some of my old and neglected stamps! I stamped her using a dark brown distress ink onto a piece of white cardstock, then roughed up the edges slightly, mounted this onto a blue die cut frame which was generously treated to some aged silver embossing enamel and a few swipes of the brown distress ink. I added this to several layers of dp and card, each of which was distressed, frantaged etc. A little texture paste stencilled onto the blue layer too. The sentiment is LOTV , flowers and metal embelly from stash. It was fun to make, and I'm so pleased I used this lovely stamp again!
Thanks for stopping by today, hopefully you'll be tempted to join in this fab challenge...just click here to visit the Challenge Blog, I'm sure you'll love seeing what the rest of  Team Jacky have created! We'd love to see what you make too...just don't forget to stamp something!
Chris
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Challenges
craftforthecraic -January blues
stempelsonne # 158 atg
thestampingboutique die cuts/punches
hanna and friends #240 die cuts
inspirationdestination #69
thepapershelter #232 rough it up
thesisterhoodofcrafters Something old (stamp) something new (trellis die)


Friday, 22 January 2016

Birthday Girl

Good evening, hope everyone's well and starting to wind down for the weekend! Just popping in with the card I made for my (very glamourous) 'baby' sister! I picked this gorgeous East Wind image as it has a very definite look of Claire about it! Coloured with copics, simply matted onto different sized rectangles of black and white cardstock, some embossed, some left plain. The letters are die cut from the same card. I added a few tiny purple gems...Claire loves a bit of bling!

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend.
Chris
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Challenges:
TEW #47- Black, white and one other colour
creativeknockouts #125 embossing
MAWTT #12 embossing
Fantastic Tuesday #120 Girly
avenue613. #159 stylish and elegant
cagichallenge embossing
glitternsparkle monochrome