Thursday, 19 December 2013

He's making a list...

And checking it twice, oh I love this time of year!! Though I received a letter from Santa informing me I am on the "Naughty List" but that hasn't dampened my spirits, cause I was expecting to be on that list ;-)

I thought I would share a card I made for my niece's Christmas.  I used quite a few different stamp sets, and they all worked together beautifully. I stamped the postcard using a stamp from Christmas Mail set and the wee postmark is from that too, I then masked off the address side and stamped Santa on, he is a Stampin Up stamp and is really pretty.  I used "Santa's Coming" from the Smiling's my Favourite set instead of putting on an address.

Christmas Mail Stamp Set by Sarah Hurley
Stampin Up Stamp
Paper from stash
Martha Stewart Photo Corner Punch.

I hope you like this card, and are enjoying all the lead up to Christmas!

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Aud Sentiments  - Christmas
MilkCoffee  - Christmas
Southern Girls - Christmas Wishes
Inky Impressions - Merry Christmas

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!!

How exciting, 2 weeks today is Christmas Eve!! I love this time of year, always have, and always wondered if it is something to do with my name lol.

Yesterday I decided to finally make my Christmas cards that I have to post, and I used The Most Wonderful Time Digi Kit from Sarah Hurley.  As most of you know my style is mainly clean and simple, and I decided to stick with this for my Christmas cards. I adore the tree digi that I used on the front of this card and felt it really should be the focus of the card.  I printed it and the backing papers onto glossy photo paper and had to put the flash off when I took a picture, as it was just reflecting the flash too much!  I popped on some silver mirri card just to add something extra.

Glossy photo paper
silver mirri card

I hope everyone is getting into the festive spirit and is having The Most Wonderful Time

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Clear it Out - Anything goes with stash(mirri card)
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Keep it clean and simple
Paperminutes - Christmas with traditional symbols(tree)
SweetStamps - Simple Christmas
CAS on Sunday - Christmas

Thursday, 5 December 2013

It's all about the background.

This month over at the Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog the theme is "Create Your Own Background". That is always daunting to me, as I tend to over think things, this time I drew out a sketch of my card and went from there with the ideas I had.

I got a piece of white card and masked the bottom half of with a post it note so I could stamp the wallpaper. I used the stripe stamps from the Doodle Doll Halloween Edition Witch stamps set. I stamped the fireplace from the Fireside Kisses stamp set onto a separate piece of card, and cut it out, I used Distress Inks to colour the bricks, and Flexmarkers for the top and bottom. I cut out the central part of the fireplace and added some black paper behind it and made a fire to make it look cosy and wintery. I used a die to make the stockings in felt and popped them on.  The mistletoe is also from the Fireplace Kisses set and I popped some tiny pearls on to be the berries. The girl and the sentiment come from the Be Amazing Doodle Doll stamp set, I just love these as they are so versatile and fun. I thought I should make her a wee bit more festive and popped some snowflakes and holly onto her, they come from the Christmas Tags Holly Jolly Stamps. To add some extra sparkle, I put some red gems on as the holly berries. I coloured her dress with FlexMarkers and her hair and holly with Promarkers. I used lots of foam squares to give the card lots of dimension, will need to pop some other pictures on.

Distress Ink, Memento Ink, Archival Ink.

I hope you can join us for the last challenge of the year.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas
Crafty Little Fairies - Candy Stripes
Paper Crafting Journey - It's Christmas Time
Divas By Designs - Feeling Festive
Simon Says Stamp - Make your Own Background
Emerald Faeries - Christmas

Sunday, 1 December 2013

It's time to be Thankful.

The theme over at Kitty Bee Designs this time is Thankful/Thank You. I am a couple of days late with my blog post, I've been a bit under the weather and really weary, so trying to catch up with things when I have some evergy. Enough about me, let me show you the lovely card I made. I used the adorable Panda digi on my card, and kept it nice and simple and monochrome. I popped some butterflies on it, everyone loves a butterfly.

The panda digi is ideal for super quick, super cute cards as you can just print him out and you are ready to go!

I really hope you can pop over and join us this time.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Di's Digi Designs - Thanks
Brown Sugar Challenge - Thank you.
Crafty Creations  - Thank you
Creative Belli - Thank you
Flutterby Wednesday's - Thankful

Monday, 11 November 2013

Where does time go?

That is a question I am constantly asking myself, especially when it comes to birthdays. My youngest niece was 21 yesterday(10th) and I wanted to make her a card that reflected her musical talents.  

I decided to use a Kenny K digi as they are perfect for people who are into their music, I printed it onto Diamond White paper and coloured it in using Flexmarkers and Promarkers. I made the digi a bit bigger than I normally would and ended up making an 8x8 card, which is very very unusual for me!!

I knew I had these digi papers and thought they were perfect with the image, I added a 21 cut from a Tim Holtz die, and popped on a wee metal guitar. 

Kenny K Metal Babe Digi Stamp
Promarkers and Flexmarkers
digi papers
Bakers Twine
metal guitar charm
Tim Holtz Market Place Die
Layering card & paper from stash

I hope you like the card.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - T is for Twine
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty #152 - Lots of Layers

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Live your dream.

What a dreadful day it is here today, heavy rain, freezing cold, damp and dark.  So I thought I would share a nice bright and cheery card with you all.

I made this for the Lookbook from Sarah Hurley using the Doodle Doll Princess Stamp Set. I got a piece of white card and used the star border from the set to make the corners. I used lots of bright colours of ink to make it really pop.  Once I had completed that I stamped the princess onto it and coloured her hair, eyes and face with Promarkers. I just love the sentiments that are part of this set and this one was perfect for the card.

Memento Inks
Card from stash.

I hope you can pop over and have a look at the Lookbook and get lots of inspiration from all the fabulous creations in it.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
7 Kids College Fund  - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesdays - Colour Explosion

Saturday, 2 November 2013

It's Lookbook time.

I can't believe it is November already, where has this year gone? And even more surprised that the fourth edition of the fabulous Lookbook from Sarah Hurley and I thought I would show you some of my creations. I ventured out of my comfort zone of cards quite a few times in this issue and you will see that from this post.

I decided to look out all the lovely Martha Stewart paints that have been hiding in my craft room and make something completely different.  I bought door hanger blanks ages ago and they have been lying unloved, time to change that.  As the Lookbook is an Autumnal themed one, I thought I would make it slightly Halloweeny, though this can be used at all times, if you are anything at all like me ;)

I painted it with Arrowhead, then Silver.  I stamped the "Keep Out" and "Casting Spells" using Block Alpha Stamps, the "Beware" and the skull came from Angelica Strange Stamps and Malcolm Strange Stamps. To add some texture, I masked off the words using a post it note and  used Sarah's Crackle Background Stamp. I added a skull and crossbones die cut, which I cut from Black Magic Co'redinations and scrunched it up, then sanded it to reveal a wee glimpse of orange.

Martha Stewart Paints
Door hanger blank
Archival Ink
Skull die
Co'redinations Black Magic

I am sure you will agree this is different for me, and hubby has claimed it already for his tool cupboard!!

I hope you love the new Lookbook as much as I do, and enjoy having a look through it.

I would like to enter it into the following challenges;
Try It On Tuesday - Halloween

Midway at Kitty Bee Designs.

It's midway through our "Black, white and one other colour" challenge at Kitty Bee Designs and I made a tag this time using the super cute Zebra digi stamp.

I opted for teal as my other colour, and used a Promarker and some Memento ink to add the colour. I created the background using a Confetti stamp from Stampin Up and coloured round the edge with the Promarker. I added some sparkly gems onto the Zebra and the starbursts, then stamped a sentiment onto a punched shape. The "awesomsauce" sentiment comes from Everyday Sayings Stamps from Sarah Hurley.

I hope you can pop over and join us this time.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

A Spooktacular card.

It's almost Halloween, and I thought I would make another wee Halloween themed card.  I decided to use Angelica Strange as the focal point for my card, how cute is she? I coloured her using Promarkers, stamped the skull onto her dress, then masked it to have the crossed bones on the dress too.  All of the papers are from the 31 Spook Street Digi Kit and I punched them out using my trusty Hexagon Punch.  The sentiment also comes from the Angelica Strange set.

Memento and Archival Ink Pads
Foam pads

I hope you like her as much as I do, and it inspires you to do some Halloween crafting!

I would like to enter the following challenges;
2 Sisters - Cute & Spooky
Di's Digi Designs - Halloween
Cute Card Thursday  - Spooktacular
Happy Campers - Halloween
Crafting for all seasons  - Too cute to spook
Eureka Stamps - Halloween Colours
Make My Monday - Halloween

Friday, 25 October 2013

Black, white and one other colour.

Is  the theme over at Kitty Bee Designs Challenge Blog, and I opted to use hot pink as my other colour with this super cute Zebra digi stamp.

It is such a versatile image, which you will see from the creations my team mates have made. It is always good to have a digi in your collection that you can use for births, congratulations, birthdays or just a note card.

I coloured her using a Magenta  and Cool Grey Promarkers. I got my backing papers from The Papeterie in Aberdeen, and their papers are just divine. The punch is from Stampin' Up and the adorable "Make A Wish" sentiment is from Sarah Hurley.

I hope you can join us this time with our "Black, White and one other colour" at Kitty Bee Designs.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Moooo Booooo!

It's midway inspiration over at Kitty Bee Designs for their Halloween Challenge and I thought I would join "Team Bees" as I love the Halloween digi stamps so much.

I used this cute cow dressed as a pumpkin, how cute is it?  I coloured it with Promarkers, and popped some Stickles on the black patches and the pumpkins eyes.  I spent some time looking through all my digi papers, I hadn't realised how many I actually had, just as well they don't take up much space ;) and picked a pumpkin one and some cow print for contrast.

I hope you can pop over and join in with the Halloween challenge.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Bloggers - Boo To You
Card Crafters Circle - In The Pumpkin Patch
Card Makin Mamas - Halloween
Simply Create Too - Halloween
Totally Paper Crafts - Too Cute to Spook
Crafting for all Seasons - Too Cute to Spook
The House That Stamps Built - Halloween
Freshly Brewed Designs - Pumpkins
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Halloween
Without Words  - Pumpkins

Thursday, 3 October 2013

It's October

And that can only mean one thing...Halloween is on it's way! It is my turn to host the challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenges and I had to choose Halloween.  I love everything Halloweeny, from witches to bats, ghoulies to black cats and I think it is becoming much more of an occasion here in Britain too.  Thankfully, it is much easier to get Halloween stash to make things too.  

Sarah has recently launched a new range of characters and you can find them living in 31 Spook Street. There are stamps and a great digi kit, which includes some awesome digi papers.

I used stamps for my project and did some inky crafting for a change.  I usually make quite clean and simple cards, so this was an adventure for me.  I used elements from Angelica Strange and Malcolm Strange Stamp Sets and embossed some of them with clear embossing powder to make a background.

I then used Distress Inks to add some colour to the background, whilst leaving the pumpkin and boooo clear/white.  I was really pleased with the results, and the stamps produce clear crisp images every time, and because they are clear you can see exactly where you are stamping and that it is straight, which was important for the "Spooktacular" sentiment, which is in the Angelica Set.  I used black embossing powder for the spider, fussy cut him and popped him onto some 3d foam to give him some dimension.

Distress Inks
Clear and black embossing powders
Versa Mark Ink, Black Memento ink
Orange and white card from stash.

I really hope you can pop over to the Sarah Hurley Challenges and join in with the things that go bump in the night.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Bearly Mine - Halloween
Cutting & Stampin - Halloween
Country View  - Something Spooky
Emergency Crafters - Halloween
Imagination Crafts - Halloween
The Stamping Boutique - Halloween
Created with Love - Halloween
Quirky Crafts - Quirky Pumpkins

Friday, 27 September 2013

New challenge at Kitty Bee Designs.

It's time for a fab new challenge over at Kitty Bee Designs, and this time the theme this time is "Flowers".  I decided to use Ms Potts for my image and I love how cute and versatile she is.

I coloured her with Promarkers and used digi papers to carry on the flower theme.

Digi papers
Coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Stampin Up Punch
Kraft card, brown paper and ribbon from stash.

Hope you can join us this time for the chance to win some great digis.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
LadyBug Crafts - Anything Goes
Inspired By - Owls
Stampavie - Flowers
City Crafter - Flowers

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

There is a new range on the block.

And I would like to say "Welcome to 31 Spook Street" . And the residents of this street are The Strange Family. I am soooo super excited and lucky to have had a sneaky play, and teased you all with a sneaky peek, with this spooktacular new range from Sarah Hurley.
I had a play with the Digi Kit to make this card, and a couple of the stamp sets are winging their way to me.  As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them, especially when I saw the really cute cat, owl and ghosts wooooooo. Though best of all is this little chap that I have coloured as he is called "Malcolm Strange" and I adore him, nothing to do with the fact my hubby is called Malcolm ;-) The digis in the set are coloured or black and white, so ideal if you want to make a quick card, or like me want to create a scene with one or more of the characters. I popped Poe the Owl and Muffin the Cat in, just so Malcolm wasn't alone.  You may have noticed the awesome skulls and bones on the background paper, that is also from the set and is featured in different colours, and they all work perfectly together.

31 Spook Street Digi Kit  Paper & Digital Stamps
Coloured with Promarkers and Flex Markers

Malcolm - Hair - Ice Grey 4 & 5
Face - Leaf, Apple & Meadow Green, 
Shirt - Cool Grey 1, 
Waist Coat - Aubergine, Plum & Purple
Buttons, Bow Tie & Hankie - Orange & Burnt Orange
Trousers - Warm Grey 4
Shoes - Warm Grey 5

Muffin - Cool Grey 1, 3 & 4, Bright Orange and Salmon Pink

Poe - Tawny Owl, Grey Squirrel and Purple

Post - Auburn(FM) and Burnt Sienna

Stampin Up Punch and Stamps

"Boo" sentiment made using Block Alpha Stamps

Bakers Twine, Pearlised card and orange paper from stash.

I really hope you can pop over to 31 Spook Street and say hello :D

I would like to enter the following challenges; 
Clear It Out Challenge- Let's Hear it for the boys 
Passion For Promarkers - For The Boys
Shopping Our Stash - For the kids
Cards For Men - String it Up
Digi Sketch Challenge - For The Boys
Cutie Pie Challenges - Cute one for the boys
Glitter n Sparkle  - Male cards
Opus Gluei - Boo!
Creative Corner - Happy Halloween

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Anything goes at Stitchy Bear.

It's time for a new challenge over at One Stitch At A Time Designs and this week the theme is "Anything Goes".  The prize is the full set of digi images that the DT used in challenge #180. So that's about $20 worth of digi images.. To win our main prize you MUST use an image that's available in StitchyBear Digi Outlet by any of our creators.You can still enter with a none StitchyBear Digi Outlet image but will be entered into a separate draw to win $3 to spend in the store.

This time I used Sweet Treats which is designed by Reeces Scrap Pieces, it is a great kit as it has black and white digis, coloured digis and papers that co-ordinate perfectly. I used a black and white digi and coloured it in, added some Glossy Accents to the cherry and some bright pink stickles to the icing. How cute!

 Cupcake and paper from Sweet Treats by Reeces Scrap Pieces
Coloured with Flex Markers
Sentiment from Hero Arts
Glossy Accents and Stickles
Pink paper, ribbon and gems from stash.

I hope you can join us this week, and look forward to seeing your creations.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Sneak Peek Time

The seasons are changing, yippeeee, and Halloween is on its way.  And to celebrate this Sarah Hurley will be launching a brand new exciting range!! But, I have been playing with some of the kit (I know, how lucky am I?) and made something really cool!

I can't show you the completed project yet incase Sarah confiscates my kit!!! Though I will share a sneak peek of it.

How amazing are the wee skulls and bones...and there is a cat :D

I hope you are looking forward to the new kit, and I can't wait to share the completed project x

Friday, 6 September 2013

Babies is the theme.

Aloha! This is my first post for the Kitty Bee Designs DT and I can't tell you how excited I am to be onboard, I love their super cute digis.  You can get them from their Etsy Store and they have something for all occasions.  

The theme this time is Babies, and I used the cute Super Star Bunny to make my card. I opted to keep it CAS, and let the image be the main focus.  Yellows are always a safe colour to have in your stash of baby cards lol.

Super Star Bunny Digi Stamp by Kitty Bee Designs
Sentiment from Stampin Up
Coloured with Promarkers
Papers from Stash

I hope you can join us this time, you have until Friday the 13th (wooooo) to enter.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Lia Stampz - For Baby

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Autumn Glow

Hello, it has been a couple of weeks since my last post. And this post is for the new challenge over at the Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog, and the theme set by the lovely Jess is Autumn Glow.  I don't know about you, but Autumn is my favourite season, cold sunny days, walks in the park with crunchy leaves under foot, hot choccies and candles...oooohhhh can't wait!! Anyway, I digress, for my DT creation, I played about with Autumnal colours and used the idea of an Indian Summer and made a pretty little Red Indian girl.

I used stamp sets available from the Sarah Hurley Shop and will explain which stamp set each one came from.  

I made the background arrows using a border stamp from the Borders, Corners and Banners stamp set (I also used a banner from this to stamp the sentiment on).

The girl comes from the Be Amazing Girl stamps, as do the feathers in her hair and her fabulous eyelashes. I stamped her onto white card using brown memento ink. I decided to put lots of stars on her dress and they came from the Wish Upon a Star Girl Stamps. I really wanted to put a headdress on her and used one of the chevrons from the Borders, Corners & Banners stamp set and curved it slightly to sit nicely on her head. For the first time ever I stamped the feathers onto the top of her head using the masking technique, oh it was nerve wracking lol. I coloured her hair, skin and shoes in with promarkers.

The sentiment is from Sentiment Stamp set.

Memento ink pads
Martha Stewart Corner Punch
Diamond White card
Green and burgandy card from stash.

I hope you like my card, and will join in with us this time.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes with an Uplifting Sentiment
Part Time Tuesdays  - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles  - Fall Colours
The Squirrel and the Fox - Fall Colours

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Always good to be fabulous!!

And what better way to tell someone they are fabulous than giving them a handmade card?  I had a crafty afternoon yesterday and got rather inky, which is unusual for me. And made some backgrounds using the very versatile Large Chevron Background Stamp by Sarah Hurley

This card I made using 7 different colours of Memento Ink Pads and inked up the chevron stamp, I stamped it onto  my favourite 250gsm Diamond White card and trimmed it down to size. I made the sentiment frame topper using Everyday Sayings Stamps, they have great phrases likes "Awesomesauce", "Epic" and "Whatever" so can be used for a huge range of things. I popped the wee framed onto 1mm foam pads to give it a lift off of the chevrons. I am really pleased with the results, and how unmessy it was to make :D

Memento Dew Drop Ink Pads
Diamond White card
Black paper from stash.

I hope this inspires you to try some inky crafting.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Our Creative Corner - Words, Words, Words.
Brown Sugar Challenges - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays - Make your own background paper using stamps

Sorry to mention the "C" word.

I would like to apologise for mentioning the "C" word in August, but I really fancied a play with these stamps after I bought them yesterday on a wee jaunt to the craft shop. They have a fantastic sale on with a lot of their wooden stamps and Christmas goodies with 50% off, I may have got a few things and enabled a fellow crafter to buy some of her favourite Penny Black stamps by sending piccies to her via FB...but in my defence they were half price ;)

I used a Papermania 6x6" Background stamp(hubby kindly donated an A4 sheet of perspex for me to use as an acrylic block as my largest one is 5x7" eek) and stamped onto plain white card, I then distressed with Vintage Photo DI. I stamped out the new Christmas Tree stamp I got and fussy cut it, jeez my fingers were sore after that, I had scalpel cramps lol.  I used 1mm foam pads to give the card some dimension. I wanted to keep the card fairly simple, so added a ticket sentiment, some ribbon and some card candi.

Papermania Background & Tree stamps
Tim Holtz Ticket Die
Memento and Distress Ink Pads
Card Candi
Ribbon and card from stash

I have also ordered loads of gorgeous new Christmas stamps from Stampin Up and will share cards with you once they arrive and I get creative. If you would like an Autumn/Christmas catty, please let me know and I shall post one out to you.

I would like to enter the following challenges with this card;
Deep Ocean Challenges - Christmas in July
ABC Challenges - Monochromatic

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Here's one I made earlier.

Hello there, I am slowly easing myself back into crafting and blogging and thought I would share another card that I made a while ago but haven't blogged.

This one is a Get Well Card and I wanted to keep it clean and simple with some embossing and a sentiment. The sentiment is from the new Sentiment Stamps by Sarah Hurley, and the set is full of great every sentiments that can be used for lots of occasions from Births to New Home.  I embossed some plain white card with an embossing folder I have in my stash, popped some grosgrain ribbon on and some wee punchie flowers with gems on them. I opted for green as it is quite a neutral and calming colour.

Paisley embossing folder
Memento Ink Pad
Ribbon, gem, papers from stash.

Thanks for popping by, always nice to have visitors.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Whimsy Stamps - Clean & Simple
Top Tip Tuesday - Embossing
ABC39 - Monochromatic
Eureka Stamps - Clean & Simple
My Craft Spot - Clean & Simple

Friday, 2 August 2013

It's been a while!!

Hiya, what a few weeks here we have had at Chez Christie, started off with what I thought was a touch of lurgy...ended up in the Emergency Docs at 11pm one evening being with a high temperature and a pulse of 143 eeeekkk. The diagnosis - Scarlatina, a form of Scarlet Fever!!! I had no idea people still got that in this day and age. I can tell you, it is the worst thing I have ever experienced. Hubby has been amazing, and has looked after me so well, he has the patience of a saint!! Anyway, after 2 weeks of monster sized anti-biotics, I am slowly getting better and trying to get back to some kind of normality and build myself back up.

So, today I thought I would gently ease myself in with a card I made a few weeks ago before the lurgy struck. I made a pile of cards using the fab new Sentiment Stamps from Sarah Hurley and this one is a Congratulations one, perfect for this time of year with all the exam results coming through. I wanted to keep the card quite Clean & Simple, so embossed some white cardstock, popped a ribbon on it and stamped the sentiment.

Star Embossing folder
Memento Ink Pad
Ribbon, gems and card from stash.

Thanks for reading, it's nice to be back.

I would like to enter the following challenges;
Art Impressions Stamps - Simply Sentiments
C.R.A.F.T - Monochromatic
Cuttin & Stampin - CAS
C is For Challenge - Fresh and bright