Saturday, 26 May 2018

Have a Hoot at Christmas

I have a simple little Christmas card to share today featuring a stamp I picked up in a charity shop...it's by Joanna Sheen. I coloured 'Hoot' using watercolour pencils, then cut him out using one of my circle Nesties. I embossed a piece of green card using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder, then distressed all of the edges a little. The sentiment stamp came in the set with 'Hoot'.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Cupcake Mice

I have a simple little birthday card today that features one of the stamps from the 'Critter Party' set by Penny Black. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added the sentiment from the set underneath and cut it out using one of my circle Nesties. I paired it with a snippet of paper from the 'Here is Happy' pad by My Mind's Eye. I distressed all of the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 21 May 2018

Winter Wonderland Whiteout

I have an 'all white' Christmas card to share today...featuring some new Christmas tree dies by Happy Little Stampers, and lots of snippets of white card. I made a snowy background by embossing some plain white card using my Sizzix/Tim Holtz 'Snowfall' embossing folder, then cut a curve using one of my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies. I stamped the sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous) on to the curved section, then added the trees. I distressed the top and bottom edges a little, then added it to my card blank.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Sports or Hobbies and/or Make Us Laugh!

It's time for some more inspiration for this month's Pile It On! Challenge...where the theme's are:

'Sports or Hobbies'
and/or
'Make Us Laugh'

Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps:
Prize - 2 images of the winner's choice!

I used a cute bear image called 'Gone Fishing' from the 'Mulberry Wood' collection by Crafter's Companion...stamping it directly on to my card blank, to make a simple one layer card. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Sentiments' set).


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, 19 May 2018

PBSC May - Anything Goes (Or Use Your Favourite PB Stamp)...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 Your Favourite Penny Black Stamp'

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

I couldn't resist using my favourite PB stamp again...'Birthday Dog'! This time I used more masculine colours, colouring him using watercolour pencils to match the shades in the 'Prairie Hill' papers by Pink Paislee. 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 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual, and I used Nesties to cut the circles and scalloped circles.


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 Challenges.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Big Butterflies

I've been meaning to play along with Darnell's Twofer Challenge since it started at the beginning of the year...but I keep on getting too distracted by my other stash to make two different cards using the same stamp/die to enter! Anyway, this month's 'Butterfly' prompt drew me in, so I've got a couple of cards made using my Indiglo Blu 'Big Butterfly' stamp to share today.


On the first card, I heat embossed the butterfly on vellum using white embossing powder, then carefully cut it out. I made a simple background from a piece of paper (from the 'Paper Hearts' pad by Crate Paper), distressing the edges before adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I added a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual, then matted it on to a piece of grey card. I added the butterfly off centre, then trimmed it to meet the edge of the card. 


I used one of my favourite techniques on the second card...watercolour stamping. I used several shades of blue Distress Inks...Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Salty Ocean & Tumbled Glass...inking the same butterfly stamp, then spritzing it with water before stamping it on to watercolour paper. I added a sentiment (from the 'Everyday Sentiments' set), then trimmed the panel down to fit a DL card blank. Once again, I distressed the edges and added some faux stitching.



Challenges for these cards:


Monday, 14 May 2018

Guest Designer - House Mouse & Friends Challenge

I'm back with another guest designer card for the House Mouse & Friends Challenge today.


The fortnightly challenges are always 'Anything Goes'...but if you want more of a challenge, there's an optional theme, which this time is:

'Flower Power'

I used 'Bird Watching', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I paired it with papers from the 'Isabelle' pad by First Edition. I distressed the edges a little, matted all of the layers on to some pink card, then added a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual).


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from the awesome DT, please pop over to the House Mouse & Friends Challenge.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Madeleine Bird

I have a simple little card to share today, inspired by this fortnight's Less is More colour combination of 'Yellow, Blue & Grey'. I started by choosing a couple of papers from my My Mind's Eye 'Breeze' pad, and used them to cut my 'Madeleine Bird' die (by Memory Box). I thought that the little birdie would look sweet against a blue sky background, so stamped one of my Simon Says Stamp 'Handwritten Border' sentiment stamps on to a blue card blank, then perched him on the 'wire' using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Puppy Treats

I have another Penny Black card to share today...featuring a couple of the pups from the new 'Good Times!' set. I coloured them using watercolour pencils to match the papers from the 'Floral Blue' pad by My Minds 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 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual.


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Labour of Love

I have a really simple card to share today using an image that was sent to me in a swap years ago. It's called 'Labour of Lave' by Penny Black which I coloured using watercolour pencils. It's stamped on to pearlised card, which didn't quite match the white card I use for my card bases, so I decided to go with a pale blue one. I matted the image on to some pink card, distressing the edges a little.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Sports or Hobbies

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

'Sports or Hobbies'

Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps:
Prize - 2 images of the winner's choice!

I picked a cute Penny Black image called 'Hedgie Delivery', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I went for a really simple design, adding a little sentiment (from the 'Party Critters' set, also by Penny Black) and some pierced holes as a border.


Here are the challenges I've pile on:


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

Saturday, 5 May 2018

PBSC May - Anything Goes (Or Use Your Favourite PB Stamp)

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 Your Favourite Penny Black Stamp'

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

My all time favourite Penny Black stamp is also one of the first ones I bought, long before I started blogging...it's 'Birthday Dog'! I'm not sure how long exactly I've had him, but definitely more than ten years...and he's still one of my most used stamps. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut him out. I made a simple background by adding a couple of strips of washi tape (by Dovecraft), and a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Anytime Messages' set), then added 'Birthday Dog' popped up on some 3D foam pads.


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.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - J & K are for?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so that means that we have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today! Dorte is the host, and we have two themes:

'J is for Joy'
&
'K is for Keep it Simple'

Our sponsors this month are:

Prize - £10 Gift Voucher!

and

Prize - £10 Gift Voucher!

And...there's also a bonus surprise prize from Dorte!

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I made two cards that fit both of the themes...I used stamps from an unbranded set that I picked up in a charity shop. I heat embossed them on kraft...using white for the sentiments, and 'Vintage Jade' (by WOW) for the wreath. I coloured in the holly leaves and berries using Sakura Stardust pens. I distressed the edges a little, then matted the panels on to some white card, then on to kraft card blanks.


I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:


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

Monday, 30 April 2018

House Mouse & Friends Challenge - Guest Designer

I'm back with another guest designer card for the House Mouse & Friends Challenge today.


The fortnightly challenges are always 'Anything Goes'...but if you want more of a challenge, there's an optional theme, which this time is:

'Be Square!'

I picked a sweet little Christmas stamp called 'Mistletoe Moment', which I coloured using watercolour pencils, and made a square card...trimming the image int a square, and using square snippets of papers (from the 'Christmas Cheer' pad by Lily Bee Designs) for the background. I distressed all of the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. 


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


For more inspiration from the awesome design team, please pop over to the House Mouse & Friends Challenge.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Blossom Branch

I'm sneaking on before bed with another 'flowery' card...this time using my new(ish) 'Blossom Branch' stamp by Penny Black. I stamped it on to watercolour paper using Versafine 'Smokey Gray' Ink, then coloured over the top using watercolour pencils, but without using any water. I added  sentiment (from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp)...also stamped in 'Smokey Gray', then matted the panel on to some grey card...distressing the edges a little.


Challenges for this card:


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Agapanthus Clusters

I had some lucky charity shop finds recently, and among them was an 'Agapanthus Bloom' stamp by Stampendous. I used it to create a background to go with my 'Agapanthus Clusters' stamp...also by Stampendous. I inked both stamps using Distress Inks...Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire & Forest Moss...spritzed with a little water, then stamped them on to watercolour paper. 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 'Doodled Flowers' set by Happy Little Stampers.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Rainbow Puppies

I have a couple of clean and simple cards to share today featuring a couple of cute Penny Black pups (from the 'Good Times!' set) and a Hero Arts 'Zig Zag' background stamp. I started by inking up the background stamp with Distress Inks (Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick), spritzed it with a little water, before stamping it on to some watercolour paper to create a rainbow colour background. I then cleaned off the stamp, inked it again with some Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I stamped the pups, on to some more watercolour paper, and coloured them using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment from the 'Birthday Buddies' set by Paper Smooches, and cut the rainbow background into strips, and used them to border each of the image panels.




Challenges for these cards:


Monday, 23 April 2018

Teddy Birthday

I have a birthday card to share today for a little girl who turned five earlier this month. I used lots of Penny Black teddy bears...the little ones holding her name are the 'Birthday Bears' set and 'Bear Blank One', and the one floating down with the balloons is called 'Transported'. I coloured them all using watercolour pencils, then added the numbers and letters using a black gel pen. I created a simple outdoor scene for them using plain card and a few dies...the 'Stitched Hillside Borders' by Lawn Fawn and 'Puffy Clouds' by Memory Box. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:


Saturday, 21 April 2018

PBSC April - Anything Goes (Or Spring Flowers)...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
'Spring Flowers'

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

I picked a cute kitty image called 'You're the Bestest!'...I though his big bunch of daffodils would be perfect for our optional 'Spring Flowers' theme. I coloured him using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Indie Chic - Nutmeg' 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 the 'Doodled Flowers' set by Happy Little Stampers.


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.