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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Enjoy this day

Running late today...and in a rush so this is going to be a really quick post! The theme for our new challenge starting today at Fab 'n' Funky is 'Inspired by a book, film or song' and  is sponsored by Dr.Digi. THis great theme was chosen by Ginny who is hosting the challenge this week.
Inspired by the film 'The Mechanic' I used a fabulous Dr Digi image, Aubery Bumblethope. He's coloured with copics, glossy accents to his specs. Various papers from my stash were distressed, torn and inked. I added a die cut corner thingy and some die cut gears which have been heat embossed, Sentiment is stamped and die cut.
Thanks for taking the time to visit, do please take the time to hop over to Fab 'n' Funky to see what my teamies have been up to this week...it would be great to have you join us this week.
Got to dash now...
Chris
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

A bit of recycling...

I'm back with a quick post to share a project I made for the current challenge at Aurora Wings, I thought that there was another week to go but just noticed the deadline is today! 
The theme is recycling. My lovely DIL is a huge fan of recycling and is always giving me boxes and containers to re-use, so here's what I did with this one! 



I cut the cereal box to size to fit over the blue outside part of the original box,  die cut an aperture then painted  with a layer of gesso and then Starlights metallic paint  in pearl, when dry I used Nuvo Glimmer Paste through a stencil, which gives a beautifully raised sparkly effect.
I framed the lovely Mistletoe Fairy,(coloured with copics)  with red glitter card and placed it in the aperture cut into painted the cereal box, then glued the whole lot over the original blue box cover (it really didn't want to stick, so I resorted to UHU glue, which I hate because it tends to go everywhere I don't want it to go...but it does stick!!! I covered the two end panels with the red glitter card and sparkly red organza ribbon and added a pearly trim...(more Uhu!!)
I'm going to put my sister's Christmas pressie in this box...she has a 'box fetish' and will keep it forever :))
Thanks for visiting, please scroll down to see my earlier post today.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
daringcardmakers -gift bag or box
thatscrafty - Stencil it!
mixitup #7
incywincy not a card

Happy Birthday Sweet Stampin'

It's birthday time at Sweet Stampin' this week...Yay!!! Happy Birthday to us!  Our theme this week is....birthdays!!!...and you're all invited to play along!
I made this card for a lovely friend of mine whose birthday was earlier this week (great timing!) This brilliant Bugaboo image really reminds me of her (except she never spills her wine!!!) and I'm not exactly sure of her age...could have been a 'big one' this year ...or it's next year, so played it safe! Image is coloured with copics, loads of sparkle added with wink of Stella and a gold Sparkle pen, glossy accents added to her specs, the glass and spillage! I sprinkled some tiny gems around the image and on the black background (which is embossed but can't make it show in the photo).
Please hop over to Sweet Stampin' and join our celebrations, my lovely teamies have made some wonderful birthday cards and we can't wait to see yours, so please do join us this week!
Have a lovely weekend
Chris
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Challenges entered:
allsorts #442
catchthebug BINGO- (sentiment, embossing (black background), sparkle
pattiescreations  #140
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #11
audsentiments #193
sisterhoodofcrafters - sparkle

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A time to give thanks


Good morning my friends, another fortnight has flown past and it's time for a new challenge over at Creative Moments..  We have two lovely sponsors this time...Digistamps4joy and Decosses Dynamite Doodles. The optional theme for this challenge is 'Thanksgiving'. I live in the UK and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here so I opted to make a 'Thank you' card instead, can never have too many of these! I used my own stamp, a beautiful Lavinia fairy one, and kept the design very simple. First I stamped my fairies across a square of pretty DP that looks like a shaded inky background and  adhered it onto a black card base.Then I cut two corners off another identical piece of DP and stamped the tree on one and the sentiment on the other, matted both corners onto triangles of black cardstock, then mounted them in place using foam pads. Quick and easy ...but I really like it!
For more inspiration please check out the Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the DT have created.
Thanks for visiting
have a lovely day
Chris
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Challenges entered:
craftingbydesigns -thankful
craftygalscorner #149
Fairytale #180
tuesdaythrowdown. TT369
addicted-to-stamps #157
cagichallenge Thank you/thankful
simplycreatetoo #133

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Sweet Stampin' babies

Good morning and happy weekend. There's a new challenge starting today at Sweet Stampin' ,the theme this week is 'babies'. I'm not great at making 'baby' cards, seem to have a bit of a mental block- so I browsed the internet for inspiration. There seem to be quite a lot of bottle shaped cards so I thought i'd give it a try. I cut the card shape by hand, then covered it with DP. I added my cute baby bear, a very old wood backed Whippersnapper stamp I've had for years, still my favourite baby stamp...it's the boy version but I just colour it pink and add a  bow  when I want a girl ;). I added some ribbon and a heart shaped brad to finish.
My teamies have made some beautiful cards this week so please hop over to Sweet Stampin' Challenge blog to admire them. Then it's up to you to get creating! Please remember to add some stamping!
Have a great weeken
Chris
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Challenges entered:
emeraldcity #5
inthepink  #127
craftycreations #354
inspirationdestination  #137
thepapershelter  #317
craftingfromtheheart #182

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

November challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

Hi, I'm back as threatened  promised! This is my last-but-one DT card for Christmas at Sweet Stampin' this year! November's challenge is up and running! I used a sweet image from Mo Manning which I started to colour some time ago and then mislaid, found it the other day and decided to use it for this card. I'm trying to keep my Christmas cards flat enough to post from now on as I seem to have a few that are a bit bulky! DP from stash, a bit of red ribbon and some die cut trees to embellish. I added some frantage and a tiny bit of glitter to the image for snow, the sentiment is stamped and heat embossed. It fits in a envelope...yay!
Please click here to see what my teamies have been up to this month...and then it's up to you to get creating!
Thanks so much for visiting today, please scroll down if you would like to see my earlier post.
Have a fabulous day
Chris
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Challenges entered:
themerrychristmaschallenge #42
hollyandivy #18
dreamvalley #167
getcreative #64
cagichallenge Winter girls
craftyfriends #70

Gorgeous gingham


Good morning, I've two cards to share today, the first is for our new challenge at Fab N Funky, the theme chosen by our lovely Wends is 'gorgeous gingham'. Our sponsor for this challenge is Whoopsidaisy, who kindly provided the DT with some sweet images to play with. I chose to use a cute image from the So Sweet CD. This image is already shaded so quick and easy to colour. I kept my layout simple and added a large pink gingham bow.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by, please have a peek at the lovely creations from the rest of Team Funky and of course we'd love it if you choose to play along this week.
I'll be back later with my second card  ;)
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Challenges entered:
/thepapershelter #317
watercooler #144
ribbongirls November Challenge
cutecardthursday #502



Saturday, 4 November 2017

Colours of Autumn

Good morning, it's the first Saturday of the month which means it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Calendar. The theme this month is 'colours of autumn' and the prize is a secret :)-a lovely crafty surprise for our lucky winner.
I used my lovely Lavinia stamps to make my card, they've been sadly neglected lately so it was a real treat for me...I  have some new and unused ones waiting to be inked up, but this time I used some old favourites. The background is a dp which I diecut into 2 circles then diecut the hexagon from the middle of one circle.  I  stamped with my favourite leafy vine (looove this stamp!) in several colours of distress ink all around the edge of the hexagon frame and around the underneath circle as well so that there were layers of leaves. I stamped the fairy houses and fairy , then adhered the 'frame' with sticky tabs for a little dimension. I added some die cut leaf sprays and a little fairy charm and a few dots here and there with a gold sparkle pen.
We do hope you choose to play along with our challenge this month, remember the prize is a surprise!!  There's plenty of inspiration from my lovely teamies  to be enjoyed by clicking here, and then it's all down to you!
Thanks for visiting, have a fabulous weekend and for those of you celebrating Guy Fawkes Night...stay safe!
Chris
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Challenges entered:
MAWTT #57
craftygalscorner #147
Double D Feeling Fallish
/crazychallenge #260

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Anything goes at Creative Moments

Good morning, November has arrived,  looking forward to getting past the next week...it's firework season here, and I hate it! Wouldn't mind in the least if it was just one day, but seems to drag on for ages and the bangs and crashes are so loud it's like WW3! At least my dog's not reduced to a trembling wreck like our previous Great Dane, I used to spend a lot of time hiding under a blanket with Maisie. Mathilda leaps around and barks, which is a bit wearing but not as distressing !
Anyway, enough moaning and back to the card... at Creative Moments the theme this fortnight is 'anything goes' there's no twist, and our sponsors are My stitch back in twine and Scribbles Designs.. I got to choose an amazing image from Scribbles- Peek a Boo - available here. I had every intention of colouring this in a kaleidoscope of colours but changed my mind and left it uncoloured apart from a gold sparkle pen on the eyes. I cut around the face, removing most of the front of the card, and added gold cord 'whiskers'. The back of the card, what would be the inside if it had a front, is embossed and I added a diecut sentiment, quick and simple!

Thanks for calling by
hugs
Chris
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Challenges



Monday, 30 October 2017

Preparing for Christmas


Good morning, start of a new week and time for a new challenge at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. This is my last week as a Guest Designer and I've had a great time designing along with the lovely and talented ladies of this friendly team, so thank you very much for having me :)
The  (optional) theme for this challenge is 'Preparing for Christmas', so a good opportunity for adding to my stash of Christmas cards. I used a cling stamp, Elf gifts, which I coloured with copics and glitter pens. Papers and matching ribbon were a gift from my sister. Die cut foliage and sentiment from Tim Holtz. I'm pleased with how this turned out, those little elf- mice are so cute!

Please take the time to check out this lovely challenge over at HMFMC, there's some wonderful inspiration from the team and the prizes are fabulous!

Thanks for visiting my blog today, have a great week.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
CCC #24
lilpatchofcraftyfriends #68
allsorts #439
HIMCR #324
abcchristmaschallenge - Unlimited
merrychristmaschallenge #40



Sunday, 29 October 2017

Here be dragons

Hello my friends. I'm not liking the clock change at all...5pm and it's so dark outside...winter is coming (!) My card today is again inspired by the current challenge at Aurora Wings, I made it last week before the girls arrived but no chance to post it before today! In fact not much chance of getting in my craft room as it was occupied a lot of the time by small busy girls!
The amazing image, Dragon Lore, is coloured with copics. I built a 'window frame' from black cardstock and a fence die cut to frame it. The sentiment is stamped onto a shield shape then covered with crackle accents.

It's been very quiet in my house today! No giggling and flurries of activity and calls for 'Nanny, can you help me do this?' I have my craft room and computer all to myself...but I'd rather have the girls :)
Daughter is home safe and sound now and they're delighted to have their Mummy back.

One of the fun things we did together last week was to visit a Pumpkin farm where they got to choose and pick their own pumpkins, fortunately it was a beautiful warm day and the fields were dry, would have hated to push that wheelbarrow through mud! Here's what they did with some of the pumpkins-

...didn't they do well! Olivia (10) did the 2 larger ones on her own. I helped Ruby (8) with the carving on her little mouse pumpkin. Minion Bob is all her own work (apart from a bit of help making his specs!)
Thank you for all your kind wishes, I am feeling a bit better today (18 hours sleep helped!) and can talk more (much to hubby's disappointment).
Have a lovely evening
Chris
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Challenges entered:
aurorawings #59
colourcrazy #43
morgansartworld #21
eclecticellapu October Challenge

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Cool bear!


I'm running really late with my post today, had such a full-on busy week looking after my granddaughters, then they stayed for an extra day as Daddy had to work this morning. They've been as good as gold and I'm going to miss them now they've gone home...but I'm shattered now, so keeping this post very short. Doesn't help that I've had some kind of 'flu virus all week and can hardly talk!
My card is for our new Challenge over at Sweet Stampin', the theme this week is 'bears'...how lovely, and so much scope!
I  used a set of stamps from Hobby Art, masked and stamped my scene, added a touch of colour to the bear with a copic and to the sky with distress ink. I matted it onto silver cardstock and then onto some embossed white panels. Added a bow and a die cut snowflake.
It would be lovely if you choose to play along this week, just click here for some fabulous inspiration and to add your entry.
Hoping to feel better tomorrow...will be back then to catch up on what I've missed.
Thanks for visiting
Chris
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Challenges entered:
allsorts #439
craftingbydesigns Get ready for Christmas
watercooler #142
paperminutes #509
2craftycrittercrazies  #7
onecrazystamper Christmas/Winter
Rudolph Day October Challenge

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Peeking mice

Good morning, it's a quick and scheduled post from me today, I'm looking after my granddaughters for a few days and am away from home when this is due.
It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for a Christmas Challenge  at Fab N Funky. Our host this week is the lovely Jools and we're sponsored by Digital Delights. 
I used this cute image, available here. Coloured with copics, papers and ribbon were a gift from my lovely sister...just noticed the bow is upside down...
Hope you can find the time to play along this week...you're going to need those Christmas cards all too soon! Just click here to see what delights my  teamies have created, then add your own fabulous festive projects!
Thanks for calling by
Chris
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Sunday, 22 October 2017

A little bit darker


Good evening, hope you've enjoyed a lovely relaxing weekend. Today I've been  indulging in some me time...tomorrow my granddaughters arrive for the week, so I'm going to be very busy! 
I've coloured up a couple of  fabulous Aurora Wings images and made some cards to enter in the current challenge...'Darkness Falls'.... I don't 'do' horror films but must admit I've always been fascinated by the darker side of fantasy and fairy tales, so I thought it would be fun to use my imagination and play along. The image I used for this card is Chrysanthemum Festival, I've cropped it a bit and tried to colour her a bit creepy! She's holding a butterfly but that didn't go with my theme so I gave her an owl instead (cropped from Sisterhood) it's attached over the image with silicone to add a little dimension. The frame around the image is a die cut circle oated with black Nuvo glimmer paste which has also been applied through a stencil to make the drips!.
Thanks for looking...hope I don't give you nightmares with this!
Chris
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Challenges entered:
pileiton #135
TIOT -Halloween
craftygirlz Spook it out
deliciousdoodles Halloween
eclecticellapu October Challenge

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Midway reminder for Crafty Calendar

 Good morning and happy weekend. A brief reminder that our October Challenge challenge at Crafty Calendar only has just over a week to go. The theme for this month is 'Halloween'. I made a card for my smallest granddaughter using this sweet little witch from All Dressed Up...she's available here. Emily is only 3 so this cute non-scary image is perfect for her card...it even has a little cat, which I coloured to look like Emily's pet! I cut the front of the card into the shape of a 'spooky' house (just drew the shape on the inside first), and added the wonky windows. I covered what would have been the inside of the card but now shows on the outside (does that make sense??!) with purple paper and added a moon and stars. I don't have a die for a bat so I drew the shape on black card and gave him some wobbly eyes. Die cut sentiment is Tim Holtz.
For full details of this month's challenge and sponsors please click here to pop over to Crafty Calendar, where you will find plenty of inspiration from my lovely teamies. You still have plenty of time to join in with your own creepy (or not!) creations.
Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous weekend!
Chris
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Challenges entered:
allsorts #438
mytimetocraft #357
craftingbydesigns Halloween
pdelinkyparty #195


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The elf is watching...

Hello, I'm a little late with my post today, been a busy morning! My card is for our new Challenge at Creative Moments, the theme this week if you want to use it is 'Purple Paradise'. We have 2 fab sponsors for this  Dr Digi and Sparkle n Sprinkle. My cute Elf-sitter image is courtesy of Sparkle n Sprinkle it comes with a coloured image as well as the uncoloured one and several sentiments too.
I coloured my elf with copics in sades of purple and olive and added glitter to the bells on his outfit, then sat him on the edge of my pop up box. He's surrounded by glittery stars and presents and you can see Santa and his reindeer in the background. I now have to decide which of my granddaughters to give it to...they love their 'Elf on the shelf' the whole family have a lot of fun with it! (you just don't want to know what that elf gets up to at night!)
Thanks for calling by today, please hop over to Creative Moments for full details of sponsors and prizes and to check out the fab creations from my teamies.
Have a good day
Chris
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Challenges entered:
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge  #10
crafterscafe #183
sparkleschristmas #81
sendasmile4kids- Christmas
crafting-with-friends #52
hidinginmycraftroom #322 (all the stars and gifts cut from scraps)


Monday, 16 October 2017

Autumn colours at HMFMC

Good morning my friends, hope the week ahead proves to be a good one for you all. My card today is my penultimate GDT creation for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge...the theme this fortnight is 'Autumn/Fall Colours'. I am lucky enough to live less than 5 minutes walk from a small woodland area and this year the colours of the turning leaves are just amazing! We've also been very fortunate with the weather, mainly warm and sunny...with bright blue skies and I've tried to use some of these colours in my card.
The card base is a simple tent fold with rounded corners I cut out the middle section to show the beautiful blue sky inside, complete with die cut clouds. I stamped the cute mousie with his parachute leaf onto a separate piece of card, coloured with copics , then fussy cut. I stamped the tips of the leaf again onto the main body of the card then matched the cut out image to bridge the gap. The  wooden sentiment is coloured with copics.
I'm having a great time guest designing for this lovely challenge, please click here to enjoy the wonderful creations from the Mousie Girls and for details of the fantastic prizes on offer!
Thanks for calling by today, hope you have a good week.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
pattiescreations #139
4craftychicks #372
MAWTT #56
craftyaddicts #41
craftysentiments -Fall

Saturday, 14 October 2017

It's great to be 8!

  The card I'm sharing today is for my little granddaughter who is excitedly anticipating her eighth birthday next week! It's a good fit for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' which is 'Sparkle and Shine' ...it does have lots of sparkle (promise) although it doesn't show in the photo...the card isn't lopsided either...the camera DOES lie! :))
I chose this cute image (Polkadoodles) because of  her specs...no Ruby doesn't need to wear glasses...she's just obsessed by them and wears a pair of huge 'fake' ones whenever she can get away with it, kids do have strange ways sometimes! 
There's sparkle on the edges of die cuts, added with a glitter pen (Kaisercraft) and loads of Wink of Stella everywhere (Ruby loves a bit of sparkle!), her specs have glitter on the frames and glossy accents on the lens.
The sentiment is stamped n pink and then coloured with the glitter pen.



There are loads of splendidly sparkly creations from my lovely teamies to be enjoyed by clicking here, so please do hop over and take a peek...then it's your turn to dazzle us with your own beautiful glittery makes...just remember to stamp something.
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
fussyandfancy #198
alohafriday  #105
audsentiments #190
starstampz  lots of pink
thesisterhoodofcrafters  Pink October
watercooler #140
unicorn #26
digichoosday #41

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

October Challenge...Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

It's time for our October Challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'...only 2 more challenges to go this year! For my DT card I used this fantastic Snowman Selfie image from Sheepski Designs, it's available here and believe it or not...it's a freebie! I printed out the image, then reduced the size and printed it twice more. I coloured the larger image with my copics...love these jolly snowmen, they're so cute!  The film strips are die cut (think it's a Joycraft die). I cut sections from the smaller images to fit inside each frame, coloured them and stuck them behind the  diecuts...pleased with the effect! The stamped sentiment is attached with a triangular paper clip.
If you haven't made any Christmas cards yet this year NOW is a good time to start!! For more inspiration just click here to see what my lovely teamies have made...we'd love it if you play along with us this month!
Thanks for visiting
have a fabulous day
Chris
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*Please scroll down for my earlier post today*

Challenges entered:

CHNCC October Challenge
sendasmile4kids holiday wishes



It's only words...

Good morning my friends and visitors, hope your week is going well. Our new challenge at Fab 'N' Funky has a great theme ...' Word Art' chosen by our lovely Troppostella. We're lucky to be sponsored by the fabulous Bugaboo this week and were given some brilliant stamps to play with. I chose to use Noel Birds...so cute! Coloured with copics, glitter added to fairy lights, papers from stash (think they're Papermania), Embossed panel using an ef free with a magazine. Die cut fairy lights, coloured with copics and glitter added.
Apologies for bad photo, took it late in the evening and couldn't get lighting right!
As always my teamies have come up trumps and created some lovely cards to inspire! Please hop on over to Fab 'n' Funky to take a peek.

Thanks for stopping by
Chris

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Japanese Beauty

Good afternoon, hope you're all enjoying a lovely peaceful sunday. I'm full of lunch (we went out to eat so no cooking and no clearing up...YAY!), and having a bit of 'me' time!
My card is inspired by the current challenge at Aurora Wings - 'Clean and Simple. I love an opportunity to colour Mizi's beautiful images. I thought I'd try something a little different this time so I printed Miyabi twice and coloured one image in greyscale. I cut a strip from the second image and coloured that ...in colours :)) then paper-pieced it over the top of the grey image  ...quite fiddly to get it exact! With hindsight I wish I'd just marked the image and coloured in the central section instead of cutting the strip...the line down her face would have blended in better- otherwise I like the effect! The stamp in the bottom right hand corner is the Japanese kanji for beauty (I hope!)
Thanks for visiting
have a lovely evening.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
aurorawings #58
craftycatz #387 CAS
watercooler #139 feminine

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Spooky!!


Good morning and happy weekend! Over at Crafty Calendar there's a new challenge starting today with the theme of 'Halloween'. It seems to getting increasingly popular here in the UK and the children seem to love it...my granddaughters do anyway, after all what's not to love about free sweeties! I always make sure I have plenty of treats for the neighbours' kiddies...and my girls very kindly take charge of any 'leftovers' to save me worrying what to do with them. So thoughtful :))
Anyway, back to the card. I don't know what the fold is called, but i made the card blank from black cardstock. The gorgeous witch is courtesy of Dr Digi, one of our fabulous sponsors this month, she's
available here. Wilma is dressed in her best party gear to celebrate her favourite night of the year...just check out those tights! The skeletons and sentiments are various stamps.
We hope you're going to join the fun and play along with us this month, just click here to hop over to Crafty Calendar for all the challenge details and to see what my lovely teamies have made to scare you with!
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for taking the time to visit.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
craftygalscorner #143 add a bat
LTSCB #102


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Smile!


Good morning... over at Creative Moments we're celebrating World Smile Day (Fri 6th October) so the optional theme for this fortnight's challenge is 'Smile'. A smile makes everyone feel better and with all the terrible things going on in the world at present it's a good time to make the effort to spread a little happiness. Our lovely sponsors this time are Creative Bug and Sheepski Designs and as soon as I saw this fantastic image I knew I'd have to use it...so thank you Sheepski! Well, it really makes me smile anyway! For the above card I used the image just as it was, keeping my card design very CAS. I printed the image onto a piece of white cardstock, coloured it in greyscale apart from his fabulous shiny red nose. The sentiment is stamped. I enjoyed making it so much I made some more...
This time I cropped the image (my new favourite thing to do with digis!) coloured it with copics and stuck it into an aperture in a piece of DP. the pom pom is covered with stickles glitter. I die cut the letters and added a tiny LOTV tag.


I used the cropped version again on the third card, cut right round it and adhered to black cardstock , matted onto DP. white gel pen around edges of DP. 'Fluffy puffy stuff' on the pompom. Stamped and embossed sentiment.
These cards were really fun and very quick to make, the only thing that took time was the colouring..but that's a pleasure :) I think they make great Christmas cards for men!

Now it's your turn to make us smile, just click here to visit the Challenge blog and add your own fabulous creations. 
Thanks for calling by
Chris
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Challenges entered:
mmmchallenge #56 animal antics
crazychallenge. #258 add an animal
crimbo-crackers #142 reindeer


Monday, 2 October 2017

Trick or treat

Good morning, it's  the start of a new week and time for a new challenge over at House Mouse and Friends, the theme this fortnight is Halloween.
 Here's my GDT card.
I made a side step card using a cling rubber stamp featuring 3 little mice dressed up for Halloween...such fun to colour this cute image!  The stamp is quite large so it didn't need much in the way of embellishments...I added a die cut cobweb and a stamped 'Happy Halloween.'. The pumpkins decorating the steps are stamped, coloured with copics and fussy cut.

Thank you for taking the time to visit today, please take a look at The House Mouse and Friends Challenge Blog for full details of prizes etc...there are some amazing projects to inspire you from the talented ladies of the design team.

Have a great week.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
crazychallenge #258
sendasmile4kids  Fall colours








Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn Blessings

Good morning and happy weekend! The theme for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin' is ...wait for it...'Autumn'. I've made another card with a large image as the focus. This beauty is from Aurora Wings, and yet again she's coloured with copics ...been having a bit of a 'colouring fest' lately. Again, I've kept the design very simple, framing the image with kraft and blue card. I added some stamped and die cut leaves, a piece of twine and a stamped sentiment.
Please take a look over here to see what my lovely teamies have been up to this week, and of course we'd be delighted if you choose to play along...just remember to include some stamping!
Enjoy your weekend.
Chris
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Challenges entered:

craftycatz #386


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Hi There!


Well...hi there! As soon as I saw the theme for the current challenge at Aurora Wings I knew wanted to play along just haven't found the time to make something  until today. The theme is 'Crop it' - and cropped images are brilliant to colour as you can make them much bigger than if you you use the whole thing! I played about for ages, cropping images (it's amazing how versatile one digi image can be when you focus on different parts of it!) and eventually decided to use Little Elf Kia. This is the first image I ever saw from Mitzi's magic pen, and I had to buy it straight away...I think she's still my no.1 favourite.
So...image cropped, coloured with copics and matted onto black card and a shimmery dp. Stamped sentiment added. Simple.
Thanks for looking
Chris
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Challenges entered:
aurorawings #57
audsentiments #189
craftygalscorner #142
cardsinenvy -Easy as 1,2,3
dreamvalley #164
cagi -atg
fairyandtheunicorn #7

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Fabulous Phantasi

Good morning, I have another autumnal card to share with you today. I made this for our new challenge starting today at Fab 'n' Funky...our  host this week is the very talented Pat K and she has chosen the lovely theme of Autumn (Fall) colours. Our sponsor for this challenge is Digistamps4Joy, with a lovely prize for the lucky winner.
I coloured this amazing image, Phantasi 7, with my copics. I printed the image quite large so kept my design very simple , just adding a stamped sentiment and a frame. The frame is hand cut from cardstock, coloured with distress inks then stamped with various leaf stamps in shades of brown yellow, green and rust. I then embossed it using UTEE so it has lovely shiny finish. I SO enjoyed making this card!
My teamies have made some wonderful cards to inspire you this week so please pop over here to take a look. It would be great if you join the fun this week and play along!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.
Have a lovely day
Chris
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Challenges entered:

craftforthecraic -Autumnal colours
qkrstampede #262 (Frame is heat embossed)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Spots and dots


Good morning, this is a scheduled post as I'm at my son's today looking after my 3 year old granddaughter while Mummy and Daddy enjoy a belated honeymoon. They're only away for a couple of days as they didn't want to leave their little girl for too long! She's totally unconcerned at their going away without her...but I'm a bit worried about the plans she has for me...I'm going to be kept very busy! 
The new challenge at Southern Girls is up and running, the theme is 'Spots and Dots' and the sponsors this time are Lacy Sunshine and Krafters Kart, please visit the main challenge blog for full details.
 To make my card I coloured up Rory's Lil Unicorn from Lacy Sunshine, using a mixture of copics and glitter pens. I kept the layout very simple,  an embossed square of cardstock wrapped with twine matted over dotty dp. I added a tag, sentiment is computer generated and 3 little brads.
Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.
Chris
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Colours of Autumn

Good morning all, my card today is for our new challenge at Creative Moments, you may just have guessed that the optional theme this time is 'Autumn colours'. We have 2 great sponsors for this  challenge- Bugaboo and Mari's Digi Store
I was given this sweet image, Bunny, to play with, she's all wrapped up to keep out the autumn chill and settled comfortably beneath the trees on a pile of leaves (nice dry ones!) to read her book, accompanied by a sweet little rabbit.
 I used a piece of hessian die cut into a circle,  DP, die cuts ribbon and twine to make my card. 
Thanks for visiting today...hope you find the time to play along. Remember anything goes at Creative Moments, the theme is optional!
Chris
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Challenges entered
craftaholicsrus  #37
thepapershelter.  #310
craftrocketchallenges #41 flowers, fal
paperminutes #504

Monday, 18 September 2017

School Days


Good morning. It's time for a new challenge over at House Mouse and Friends, the theme is school days and here is my Guest Design project -

My eldest granddaughter is in her last year at primary school and has been/is sitting tests to see which school she will be attending next year. Because of where she lives she has to sit tests for two education authorities (I think it's totally unnecessary, surely one test would be sufficient and the results shared! or even better school places could be decided on their performance during their time at primary school, much fairer than putting children through the stress of exams!) Anyway, I'm off the soap box now...back to the project.... I bought Livvy a little gift to wish her luck and decorated this  tiny bag to put it in. 
I inked up a huge (old) 'good luck' stamp with versamark ink, stamped a piece of blue card and heat embossed with white EP then matted it onto brown card to cover the front of the bag. 
I used my copics to colour the cute mousie staggering under his heap of books, then cut him out and  attached him using foam pads. I die cut a tiny tag and used a part of of the large stamp to stamp and emboss the 'good luck'. The letters of her name are die cut, and the little owl charm is attached with string and a brad. 
Livvy was very happy with the bag and even happier with her present!!!:))
As always there is some amazing inspiration from a bunch of very talented ladies to be seen on the House Mouse Challenge Blog and also some fantastic prizes to be won, just click here to hop on over and join the fun!
Thanks for visiting, have a great week.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
addicted-to-stamps #153 stamp a background
pileiton #134 -no patterned paper
craftygirlz back to school
modsquad  heat embossing




Saturday, 16 September 2017

and they're back...

Good morning my friends. If you read my last post these guys may look a trifle familiar :)) Here they are dressed in fetching shades of blue, don't they look cool?!
This card is for our new challenge at Sweet Stampin', a great theme this week...we want you to use your favourite stamp...now that IS a challenge! How can anyone pick a favourite when there are so many to choose from??? It is rumoured that some members of the DT cheated, but not me, oh no I never cheat...this is my new favourite Christmas stamp so perfectly acceptable! ;)
A simple matted design with glitter added to borders, the ribbon wrapped layer is stamped and heat embossed with a glittery embossing powder, looks very pretty IRL (not that you can see much of it!) and the tag is a chipboard one that I've had for years...still got gazillions of them left... I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto it and attached it with an equally ancient snowflake tag which I glittered up.
Why not come along and play with us this week, rack your brains deciding which is your favourite stamp then ink it up and join the fun! Just click here to enjoy the fabulous creations from my lovely teamies and then add your own beautiful work.
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
jinglebelles tic tac toe (snow, cardstock, blue)
Winter Wonderland Wrap it up!
monochromemagic #5 (atg)
C.R.A.F.T. #433
craftycardmakers #195 monochrome
papercreators #61 Simply Christmas

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Polar bears


Hello...I'm a bit late with this post, intended to do it yesterday but just didn't have time! This card is for our new challenge at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' which started yesterday. As always the theme is anything goes as long as it's Christmas related...and it's hard to believe that there are only 3 more challenges to go this year!!!
I used my new favourite Christmas stamp, just love colouring these gorgeous polar bears, they look so cute however they're dressed! I've coloured them in blues and red/green already so thought I'd go for brown's and golds this time for a change! The sentiment is a stamp and die set by Hero Arts. 
Thanks for looking, hope you find the time to play along this month...it's getting closer now!
Chris
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Challenges entered:
abcchristmaschallenge T is for trio

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

For a friend

Good morning! Fab 'n' Funky Challenges are back today after our summer break. This week's challenge is hosted by our very and talented Susan and she's picked a lovely theme for you...'for a friend'. We're sponsored  this time by the fabulous Crafts and Me .
To make my card I coloured the beautiful Genevieve image with my copics then placed her in the die cut and embossed frame (it's brown, not black as it looks in the photo!), cutting around part of her hair to spill over the frame. The papers are Authentique, I love these beautiful blue and brown shades together. I added some die cut flowers, a scrap of lace and a stamped sentiment.
Hope to see you playing along at Fab N Funky this week, it's such a great theme, it's always lovely to make something for a friend!
Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day!
Chris
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Challenges entered:
watercoolerchallenges #136 birthday
dragonflyjourneys #100 true blue
dragonflydreams patterned paper
allsorts #432 at least 2 patterned papers

Monday, 11 September 2017

New stamps...


Good evening friends and visitors! Seems like ages since I've posted on my blog...the last few were scheduled as I've been on holiday. We had a lovely peaceful week in Norfolk...just Hubby, our dog and me. So lucky with the weather, warm and dry, it's been really changeable since we got back home...Autumn is definitely on it's way! 
I chanced upon (Ok I looked it up before I went...) a fabulous little craft shop, Aldridge Crafts, with a great range of stamps ...so I gave in to temptation and treated myself! After all it is important to support the (few) craft shops that remain, isn't it?
Today I've caught up with everything so had time for a little play, here's one of the cards I made using some of my new acquisitions, a set of Paper Artsy stamps. A bit outside my comfort zone this is a one layer design coloured with Zig Clean Colour pens. The border is stamped using a stamp that was a magazine freebie a few months ago also coloured with the Zig pens. The flower stems are part of the same set of border stamps. I forgot how long it takes me to make a CAS card!!!
Thank you for calling by, have a lovely evening.
Chris
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Challenges entered:
heartfulstamping atg + a stamp
LIM #345 OLC colouring in
theartisticstamper take a little colour
naughtyornice #43 framed
theflowerchallenge....white, watercolour, sentiment



Monday, 4 September 2017

Guest Design at House Mouse Monday Challenge


Good morning! I was very excited to be invited to Guest Design for House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge, thank you so much ladies!

 I love these sweet stamps, some of mine are very old but they come out to play time and time again!
This fortnight's  challenge is  ' I can see right through you' - make a creation using vellum or an aperture.



  I made a tent fold card, I cut the front of it off, just leaving enough at the top to punch a daisy border. I cut 2 strpis from the remainder of the card front and reattached them using strips of vellum, -a very pretty sparkly vellum I've had for years! I used narrow strips of glitter card to cover the joins. The adorable little mousey is the first HM stamp I ever bought, a wood mounted one. She's still my favourite! I coloured with copics added loads of Wink of Stella to her tutu , fussy cut and placed her over the Vellum backed aperture. I just added a die cut sentiment and 3 sequins.
Apologies for the photo...I tried for ages to get one that showed the light through the vellum but this was the best I could get! It honestly looks much prettier IRL!
It would be brilliant if you choose to join the fun over at House Mouse and Friends, there are, as always some fabulous creations from the talented team to inspire you and some amazing prizes to be won! 
Thanks for visiting, have a lovely week.
Chris
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Saturday, 2 September 2017

For a child...or baby

Hi, I'm back already with my card for September's challenge at Crafty Calendar, we would like to see your cards for a baby or a child. I don't know why but I really struggle with baby cards... I think I have some kind of mental block! It's not even as if I don't like babies...amongst my friends and family I'm known as the 'baby grabber' because I just love to cuddle them! However, I needed to make a card for my niece whose baby girl is expected this month so was inspired to make this :)
The stamp is LOTV, coloured with pencils, papers are from Joy Crafts, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, our fabulous sponsor for this challenge. Hope you can find the time to play along with us this month, just click here to join the fun!
Thanks for visiting today, enjoy your weekend.
Chris
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