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Inspiring crafty creations by Christa


Grunge Cross

Posted by Christa on February 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (4)

Secret admirer......

The challenge this week on Our Daily Bread Designs is to case a crafter you admire. Well where do you start!!! There are so many talented crafters out there producing beautiful creations its hard to pick just one, but as we have to reproduce one of these cards that narrowed down the list. 

I have always felt inspired by the work of Grace Nywening so when I saw this card on her blog I knew I would be able to make it changing only couple of things. So here is my version with a different background paper and positon of verse, excluding the bow. Hope she likes it.




Triple Heart Easel Card

Posted by Christa on February 8, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (8)

Crafty Individuals.

When I saw this template from Sara at Cardmaking Paradise I got an image in my head as to what design I wanted to do and for once it actually came out the way I wanted it to...........don't know about you but my designs often go off at a tangent!

I saw the Crafty Individuals blog had a new challenge up with 'spring' as the theme and the challenge for Stampin Sisters in Christ is a card that shows love so I think triple hearts should fit the bill for that.

The background paper is from Crafty Individuals book 3 'springtime'. I stamped all the images with Whispers ink 'Rio Purple' and coloured with Distress ink 'Spun Sugar' and 'Shabby Shutters' then cut out all the elements and attached them with 3D foam dots for dimention.

Stamps used are all from Crafty Individuals except  'Spread Your Wings' on the diamond shaped cutout from the heart base, its by Darkroom Door essentials set 'Wildflowers' I finished by adding a touch of yellow stickles glitter glue and some charms.

Apoligies for the poor quality of the photos the light was not very good and doesn't do the colours justice. Heres some full shots of the heart layers.

Fairy from stamp CI -132     





Love hearts

Posted by Christa on February 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (4)

Love is....

Can you believe here we are into February already! Time is racing on but we do get an extra day this month as its a leap year so that will slow things down a little !!! Time for another challenge, hope I can get my entry to link up okay this time I missed the deadline with my last post.

Its a recipe of love, hearts, red, pink and white this week for Our Daily Bread designs  challenge. The large heart is spotty background paper cut with a Spellbinder die and embossed design inked. Small hearts are cut from card sprayed with glimmer mist and stamped with a freebie heart, one just on white card for contrast.  Stamped scripture verse, and lace bow to finish. 


Mini book Swap

Posted by Christa on February 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (9)

Hearts flowers and friends.

Thats was the theme for the mini book swap over at Cardmaking Paradise. In keeping with the theme I wanted to make my book really feminine so I used one of the Marianne design dies to make the page shapes. The background paper is from Crafty Individuals book 1.

As a book page has two sides I had to try and colour the back of each one to match. I did this by randomly dabbing various distress ink pads directly on the paper until it was covered and blended any sharp lines then stamped different images and words in the same inks. The book cover is a plain piece of card with some text stamped over. 

The flower images are rub ons, the butterflies are from a decoupage, the words are stamped and the hearts are peel offs.  I'm entering this for the Flutter By Wednesday challenge #143 an open theme this week.


Cocktail easel card

Posted by Christa on February 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (3)


Hello again can you believe thats February almost over already one good thing though.........spring is just around the corner.  Lovely to see the garden starting to come to life again, theres snowdrops, crocus and primulas flowering bringing some colour to brighten things up after such a long hard winter.

My card for the latest Cardmaking Paradise magazine is also full of colour. Theres some gorgeous samples to inspire you in issue 24 and if your an altered art fan its not to be missed!

Easel cards are very popular just now and Sara shows just how versatile they are with this cocktail template. I used acetate for the 'glass' and some variegated card for the cocktail. I found the perfect paper for the drinks coaster...........tropical palm trees so had to add the sunshine and shades to finish! Sorry rubbish photo again.



Posted by Christa on February 21, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (8)

One for the men!

The poor men always seem to be forgotten when i'm making cards for the church or charity box so I thought this was a good oppertunity to make one when I saw the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge #76 this week was the colour green. I've combined it with Our Daily Bread challenge ODBDSLC49 which is a sentiment and overstamping, now that is something I've never done before so i've learned a new technique this week. 

I stamped the Serenity Prayer in Brilliance peacock ink then overstamped with the bullrushes and a corner stamp in green chalk ink so they were a bit paler than the words. I used the same ink and corner stamp to make the design accross the middle of the green background which has been embossed with two different folders. Just finished with a small die cut so it stayed masculine LOL!





Rainbow colours

Posted by Christa on February 21, 2011 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (4)

Flutter By Wednesday #142

A real challenge this week as were to use a rainbow or have a rainbow of colours. This cat image fits the bill nicely with its colourful background. Just a quick and easy card. Die cut butterfly with added gems for the cat to watch fluttering by!


Clean and Simple

Posted by Christa on February 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (5)

One Layer.

Now that was a challenge! I didn't realise just how complex my cards had become. This is for the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge #75 and will go in my box for the church sale. 

Used the negative from a die cut as a stencil and sponged and blended varius shades of purple to create the illusion of a layer which I also did for the border. Stamped verse, stamped butterfly cut out and attached and some gems to finish............It was hard to stop  there LOL

Paper Weaving

Posted by Christa on February 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (8)

ODBDSLC48 have a H.E.A.R.T

Thats this weeks challenge for Our Daily Bread  Were to use three of the things listed from the word heart.  H= Hemp E= Embossing A=Any Our Daily Bread Images or Sentiments R= Ribbon or lace T= Tearing or distressing. Well I think i've used them them all but hemp!

 I thought i'd do some more paper weaving using scraps of paper and colour it with my new cosmic shimmer mist I won in the Craft Barn challenge. Love the colour!

I misted the weaving first with a paler shade of blue then used a flower mask and sprayed with the darker.  Punched circles from the sheet of paper i sprayed over to make the flower.  Used the negative from a die cut and embossed it then inked the edges to frame the weaving. Stamped the scripture verse and dyed a piece of lace, finishing with a butterfly, flourish and some pearls. 





Distress ink

Posted by Christa on February 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (5)


This week the Craft Barn tutorial is on how to use Distress Ink as a watercolour and showed gorgeous samples using this technique and a challenge to try it. So heres my first attempt.

Stamped and embossed background image and butterfly in silver and used spun sugar, peeled paint and mustard seed to colour. Cut out the butterfly layered it on an oval matt with stamped verse embossed in silver. Added a little ribbon to finish.