Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Spring Bunny & Daffs

I have a 'spring-y' card to share today...I'm trying to make up for the cold, drizzly & windy weather we've had today! The image is 'Spring Bunny & Daff's by Lili of the Valley...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Indie Chic - Nutmeg' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - 3D Embellishments and/or Stickers or Washi Tape

It's the third Sunday of the month, so that means we have some more inspiration and an additional theme for this month's Pile It On! Challenge where the themes are:

'3D Embellishments'
and/or
'Stickers or Washi Tape'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Freckled Fawn
Prize - $15 Gift Certificate!

I picked a few rolls of washi tape from my collection, and coloured a Penny Black image ('Skating Snowy') to match the red and turquoise. I added a strip of each of the washi tapes (from Hobbycraft & Dovecraft...I think) across my card blank, then the image over the top...having pierced a few holes in each corner. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


Here are the challenges I've piled on:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

PBSC February - Anything Goes (Or Use Some Scraps)...More Inspiration!

It's the third Saturday of the month, so that means it's time for some more inspiration for this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge...where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'
or
'Use Some Scraps'

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:
Prize - a $20 voucher!

I used some scraps of papers to decorate a notebook (from Hobbycraft) to give to my Mum for Mother's Day next month. The papers are from the 'Indie Chic - Nutmeg' pad by My Mind's Eye, and the 'Recollections - Charming' pad by Michaels...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I stamped the 'Birthday Bears' and Bear Blank 1' on to a scrap of white card...the kind of strip you get when you trim an A4 piece of card down to make a square card...then coloured them using watercolour pencils. I carefully cut them out, added some handwritten lettering, then added them to the front of the notebook. 


I decorate the back to match...but in a mirror image:


I'm also entering this notebook into the following challenges:

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Reindog

I have a simple little Christmas card to share today...featuring a cute puppy stamp from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set by Penny Black. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then cut him out using one of my circle Nesties. I added a strip of paper from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crete Paper to one half of my card black, and stamped a sentiment (from a set by Pollycraft for C C Designs) on the bottom of the other half. I doodled some simple borders using a black gel pen, then added the image.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Perfect Petals

I used a new stamp...'Perfect Petals' by Woodware...on today's card. I stamped it around the edges of a piece of watercolour paper, then created a sentiment using my 'Graffiti' alphabet set by Paper Smooches. I coloured the flowers using watercolour pencils, then distressed the edges of the panel a little, before matting it on to some bright pink card.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 12 February 2018

Golden Wedding Anniversary

I have a golden wedding anniversary card to share today. I started by stamping a Tim Holtz background stamp (called 'Wallpaper') in Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing glitter from WOW. I trimmed it down to a square, then matted it on to a piece of gold mirror card. I cut a couple of hearts from some more mirror card using my Cuttlebug 'Concentric Hearts' die, then embossed the solid one using a Craft Concepts embossing folder called 'Budding Vine'. I added them to the background using 3D foam pads. I heat embossed a sentiment (from the Lili of the Valley 'Block Sentiments' set) in matching gold, then matted it on to more gold mirror card, and added it popped up on some 3D foam pads.


I always find it difficult to show the sparkle of these gorgeous embossing glitters...but this photo gives you some idea of how pretty and glittery it is:


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 11 February 2018

To Cake Moment

I have a birthday card to share today...featuring a cute Penny Black hedgehog stamp called 'To Cake Moment' which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I used papers from the 'Paper Hearts' pad by Crate Paper...distressing the edges a little and adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday, 10 February 2018

All Creatures

I have another Christmas card to share today...this one features a cute Penny Black stamp called 'All Creatures', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I paired it with papers from the 'I Believe' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - C & D are for?

We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Wilma is the host, and the themes are:

'C is for Clean & Simple'
and
'D is for Distress'

Our sponsor this month is Lawn Fawn
Lawn Fawn
Prize - $25 Gift Certificate for Lawn Fawn!

On my 'C is for clean & simple' card, I used a Hero Arts stamp called 'Snowy Winter Nights' heat embossing it using 'Silent Night' embossing glitter by WOW. I simply combined it with a sentiment from a set by Lili of the Valley.



I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:



On my 'D is for Distress' card, I started by smooshing Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean & Stormy Sky) on to some watercolour paper. I then stamped and heat embossed some snowflakes (from the 'Delicate Snowflakes' set by Stampendous) using white embossing powder. I distressed the edges a little, and matted it on to some teal card. I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment (from a set by Lili of the Valley) on to a piece of vellum, tearing the edges and added it over the top.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.

Monday, 5 February 2018

You put a song in my heart!

Today's card was inspired by the 'music' theme of this fortnight's Less is More challenge. I dug out my Penny Black 'Jazzy Cats' stamp set, and picked this singing kitty. I stamped him on to some white card, then added a line to 'ground' him and a sentiment stamp from the same set, then coloured him using watercolour pencils before carefully cutting around the top. I created the background by smooshing Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Tattered Rose, Fired Brick & Festive Berries) on to some watercolour paper, then embossed it with hearts using an embossing folder by Sizzix. I sanded over the raised parts to reveal some of the white core. I placed it behind the cat, then matted it on to some black card.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - 3D Embellishments

We have another fun Pile It On! Challenge starting today...and the theme is:

'3D Embellishments'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Freckled Fawn
Prize - $15 Gift Certificate!

I'm not really one for adding 3D elements to my cards...I much prefer to keep things simple...and flat for cheap postage! So, although I've added some 3D lettering to my card it's still very simple and almost flat. I found some Bazzill Bare Basics chipboard letters, gave them a generous coating of Versamark Ink and some 'Turkish Nights' embossing glitter from WOW...it's a really pretty mix of pink & gold. I was going to use some backing paper behind the letters, but decided it was too much, so settled for a piece of maroon coloured card instead.


Here are the challenges I've piled on:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

PBSC February - Anything Goes (Or Use Some Scraps)

It's the first Saturday of the month, so that means it's time for a new Penny Black Saturday Challenge...where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'
or
'Use Some Scraps'

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:
Prize - a $20 voucher!

I picked an 'oldie but a goodie' to use on my card...it's called 'Present Pile', and I coloured it using watercolour pencils. I had a rummage around my paper pads to find one with lots of snippets...and was drawn to the fun bright colours of this one...'Happy Day' by My Mind's Eye. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, including all of our wonderful new DT members, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Silhouette Flowers

Today's card was a bit of an experiment...I recently got lots of lovely new embossing glitters from WOW (some as part of a challenge prize, and  couple for Christmas), so I thought I'd try to create an ombre effect with some of them. I picked a stamp by Hero Arts called 'Silhouette Flowers', and stamped it using Versamark Ink, then sprinkled the embossing glitters over the ink in sections, beginning with 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' at the top, followed by 'Fool's Gold', 'Turkish Nights' and finally 'Ho, Ho, Ho' at the bottom to create a sort of sunset' behind the flowers. I then heat set it all using my heat gun, then trimmed down the panel and distressed the edges a little. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp...I only inked up the word part of the stamp.


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

James - Big Heart

I have a simple little one layer card to share today...featuring a couple of Lili of the Valley stamps...the image is 'James - Big Heart'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then doodled a simple border using a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Birthday Dog

My crafting (and baking) ban is over...it was self-imposed since the beginning of the month while I caught up with my music arranging 'to-do' list...so I celebrated by baking brownies (yum!) and making some cards this weekend! I began my craft marathon today by sorting through all of my stamps...integrating my recent acquisitions...and rediscovering some old favourites, including this one...'Birthday Dog' by Penny Black. He's one of the first Penny Black stamps I bought, and he still gets a regular inking. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, cut him out with one of my Nesties, and then added a simple doodled border. The snippet of paper is from the 'Blue Floral' pad by My Mind's Eye, and the sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.


Challenges for this card:


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Snowy & Sparkly

Today I'm sharing the last of the cards I made over the Christmas holiday...and surprise, surprise...it's a Christmas card! I picked up the snowflake stamp (by Papermania) recently in a charity shop, and I'd give a quick stamp...just to give it a test! I stamped it (along with a sentiment stamp form a Lili of the Valley set) in Versamark Ink on to a navy card blank, then heat embossed them using 'Sparkling Snow' powder by WOW.


Challenges for this card:

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Sparkly Dragonflies

I have a couple of simple thank you cards to share today...featuring another new stamp...the 'Dragonfly Dinkie' by Indigo Blu. I was using it to test another new WOW embossing glitter...called 'Sensational Sage'...so I stamped it on to white and black card to see how the colour showed up. I inked around the edges of the panels, then embossed those too. I stamped and embossed the sentiments too...they're from the 'Heartfelt Messages' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for these cards:


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Christmas Cake

I have a simple Christmas card to share today...it features a new stamp simply called 'Christmas Cake' by Woodware. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added some shimmer to the cake's icing using a clear Wink of Stella pen. I added the matching sentiment from the stamp set, then doodled a simple border and matted the image on to a snippet of red card.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Thank You and/or Black & White

It's the third Sunday of the month, so that means we have some more inspiration and an additional theme for this month's Pile It On! Challenge where the themes are:

'Thank You'
and/or
'Black, White & a Pop of Colour'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sasayaki Glitter
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Prize - 1 Digital Image

I heat embossed my 'Floral Dream' background stamp by Stampendous using  'Coral Reef' embossing glitter by WOW...it's so sparkly in real life! I trimmed it down, then matted the panel on to some black card. I stamped a sentiment (from a set that came free with a magazine) in white pigment ink on a snippet of black card, then heat embossed it using white powder. I popped the sentiment up using some 3D foam pads, then added everything to my white card base.


Here are the challenges I've piled on:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

PBSC January - Anything Goes...More Inspiration!

It's the third Saturday of the month, so that means it's time for some more inspiration for this month's  Penny Black Saturday Challenge...where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'
(In fact, all of our challenges will now be 'Anything Goes', but from next month we will have an additional optional theme for those of you that like a prompt)

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:
Prize - a $20 voucher!

I've used a new (to me) stamp that I found in a charity shop recently...called 'Uplifting Occasion!'. I coloured it using watercolour pencils to match the colours in the papers...they're from the 'Vintage Charm' pad by My Mind's Eye. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitches using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The flowers are by Prima, and the brads are BasicGrey.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.