Botanical Butterflies

I made a very quick and easy card today, featuring the Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper.
The papers are only available until the end of March as part of SaleaBration.

Botanical Butterflies Card
The butterfly on my card has been cut out from the papers, but of course you could stamp a butterfly and then colour it.  I wanted to keep it quick and easy.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Advertisements

Milk Carton Box

I found a fabulous tutorial on making these gorgeous little Milk Carton Boxes yesterday.  The tutorial is by Sam Hammond Donald, and you can find the link to the video tutorial here.
Definitely check that one out, Sam does some amazing tutorials.  Thanks Sam.
So, here is my version…..

Blue Box 1

I have used the gorgeous Balmy Blue cardstock and then stamped butterflies from Butterfy Gala stamp set and some flowers from the Happy Birthday stamp set, also in Balmy Blue.  And finished it off with a tiny peg that I had in my stash.
So cute.
They are just the right size to fill up with some chocolates, or some little Easter Eggs…. Hmmmmm……  Easter Eggs.
I may have to make another one of these for Easter inspiration 🙂

Blue Box 2

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Decorative Masks

I have used one of Stampin’ Up!s Decorative Masks to create the background for my card today.  These are such a simple but effective tool which would also be fantastic for using on scrapbook pages, art journal pages, and a heap of other things.
Something else I will be experimenting with, they are so easy to use, and it makes it super easy to create a quick background.

Sponged Note

So I have gone with some yummy Grapefruit Grove cardstock for my main colour, and sponged….. Flirty Flamingo ink through the Decorative Mask.
Yes you read that right.  You could, of course, use Grapefruit Grove ink and that would work too, but right now I don’t have Grapefruit Grove ink 🙂 and I liked the depth that the Flirty Flamingo ink added over the base colour.
Add some strips of off cuts and left over pieces of patterned paper and cardstock, and some white Baker’s Twine, and that’s a really quick and easy card.
The ends of both white off cuts have been punched using the Classic Label Punch, (another super versatile piece of equipment!) and the words are from Butterfly Gala stamp set.

Inspiration for my card came from the current Sketch Challenge at Just Add Ink.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I LOVE a sketch challenge 🙂

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Butterflies and Gingham

My box of new Stampin Up! goodies arrived yesterday so I have had a heap of fun playing with some of them today.
Being a butterfly lover,  I absolutely loved the Butterfly Gala stamp set from the Occasions catalogue as soon as I saw it.  And it’s fantastic that it has a matching punch, although mine is on back order (guess it has been pretty popular!) so I had to cut the butterflies out by hand today.

Butterfly Gala Set 1

I have used the gorgeous Gingham Gala Designer Series Papers, and some retired doilies that I still have from a few years ago.  The butterflies have been coloured using a Blender Pen and some gorgeous new ink colours, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Flirty Flamingo (they are new to me).

Butterflies Blue

Butterflies Green

Butterflies Purple

I think my favourite is Highland Heather, how about you?

It’s been so good to get back into some stamping and creating, and the ideas are starting to flow too quickly to keep up with.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Lovely As A Tree

I just can’t believe that this wonderful, versatile stamp set is still in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  It was one of the first stamp sets I got when I first joined back in 2008, and it’s still there now.
Well, I had this stamped image, from Lovely As A Tree, and some really, really old papers and cardstock, so I have put something together, just because I am frustrated that I don’t have my new goodies yet.

Lovely As A Tree 1

Such a gorgeous stamp set.
I may have to reinvest in that one.
Yes, I got rid of pretty much all of my stamps and heaps of my tools, so I am starting almost from scratch again.
So I have no idea which set this DSP paper came from.
And in the true spirit of getting back into stamping and cardmaking, I am going to add my card to some challenges.
Firstly, Cardz 4 Guyz has a Clean and Simple Challenge happening.
And also The Male Room is going Green.  My card only has a little bit of green but never mind.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Hello, hello, I’m back!!

It’s been almost 12 months since I last posted and certainly at least that long since I did any serious crafting.
I am excited though, I missed you all so much, I have missed crafting and blogging and sharing my work with you. Most of all I have missed creating with friends.
And so, I am back and I am once again a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.
Yay!!!!!
So stay tuned because I promise to bring you some newly crafted cards made with my brand new goodies – once my big brown box arrives!

In the meantime, happy stamping!
Chris
35265503_2247407361953091_2768722462316167168_o

Taking a break.

I am going to be taking a complete break from blogging and from most of my crafting over the next few months, probably even six months, and possibly permanently.
Life is once again going in a different direction and I am not enjoying crafting the way I used to.
I was considering closing my blog down completely but I will keep it here for now and may occasionally share some of my colouring, but otherwise I will be taking a break.

Happy stamping,
Chris

31732081_2196086787085149_8437322201971032064_n.jpg