Wednesday, 25 March 2015

It's Snowy!

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring 'Snowy' by Penny Black...an oldie, but definitely a goodie! I coloured him using watercolour pencils to match some papers from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper. I used my Nesties to cut the circles, and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Merriest Wishes' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 23 March 2015

Cupcake Mice

I dug out an old favourite Penny Black stamp set ('Party Critters') at the weekend...I love these cute little mice. I combined them with a cupcake embossing folder by Craft Concepts, some twine from the Ribbon Girls, and some adhesive pearls.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - Sentiment as Focal Point

We have a new Pile It On! Challenge starting today...with a theme of:

'Sentiment as the Focal Point'

Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet:
Prize - $10 Gift Certificate!

I used die cut letters (cut using my Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet dies) to make my sentiment...placing them on a background made from American Crafts card...with torn edges, making a rainbow effect. I added some faux stitching around the edges using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen.


Challenges for Helen:
For more information from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Totally Excited Treat Bag

I have another Easter treat bag to share today...this time using 'Totally Excited' by Penny Black. The papers are from a couple of My Mind's Eye pads ('Merry Little Christmas' - the green ones, and 'Cut & Paste Charm' - the cloudy sky). I used a couple of Die-namics dies...'Picket Fence' and 'Grassy edges' to create a little scene.


Challenges for this gift bag:


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - F is for...

We have a new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Chris is the host, and the theme is:

'F is for Frosty'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sweet Stamps:
Prize - $10 gift certificate for the Sweet Stamps store!

I went for frosty blues...using a Penny Black stamp called 'What a Snow!' and papers from the 'Silent Night' pad by First Edition. I distressed the edges of the papers, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The snowflake is a Memory Box die cut, and is held in place using a gem stone brad (from Craft Obsessions). The sentiment stamp is from a Lili of the Valley set, and the adhesive pearls are by Papermania.


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, 16 March 2015

I Baked a Cake!

Well...I didn't...but that's the name of this cute Lili of the Valley bear stamp. I used her to make a simple one layer birthday card, colouring the image using watercolour pencils, and adding a sentiment from the 'Party Critters' set by Penny Black.


Challenges for this card:


Friday, 13 March 2015

Spring Chick Easter Treat Bag

I have another Easter treat bag to share today...using another Penny Black stamp called 'Spring Chick'. I picked some older papers...from the 'Tea Party' pad by Dovecraft...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The flowers are really old (I bought them before I started blogging), and are held in place with a BasicGrey brad. The little adhesive pearls and bag are from Hobbycraft.


Challenges for this bag:


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Christmas with Barkley

I have a Christmas card to share today...using stamps from the 'Christmas with Barkley' set by Crafter's Companion. I'm trying to keep my Christmas cards as flat as I can this year (to save on postage!)...this one is one layer...simply coloured using watercolour pencils.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Silhouette Flowers

Today's card is a really simple one...I stamped my 'Silhouette Flowers' stamp (by Hero Arts) using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. Then I blended 'Scattered Straw' and 'Peeled Paint' Distress Inks over the top to colour the flowers. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Papermania.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 9 March 2015

Bunny Friends Easter Treat Bag

I have something a little more seasonal to show you today...an Easter treat bag using a couple of bunnies from the the 'Bunny Friends' stamp by Penny Black (I masked off the others before inking the stamp). The papers are form a pad by Dovecraft called 'Tea Shop'...I distressed the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The flowers are really old, (I've had them since before I started blogging...so long in fact that the shop I bought them from has been closed for years!) and camd from Poppicrafts...they're held in place using BasicGrey brads. The twine is from the Ribbon Girls.


Challenges for this bag:

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - Green

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

'Green'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Meljen's Designs
Prize - 4 Digital Images of the winner's choice!

I used some scraps of green papers to create a simple Christmas card...cutting the tree shapes using one of the dies from the Hero Arts & Sizzix 'Reindeer' stamp & die set. I inked around their edges a little using 'Pumice Stone' Distress Ink, popped them up on 3D foam pads, and added a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Merriest Wishes' 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, 7 March 2015

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Spring Blooms

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

'Spring Blooms'

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher



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, 4 March 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - E is for...

We have a new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Wilma is the host, and the theme is:

'E is for Edging Punches or Dies'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Wild Rose Studio

Prize - Christmas Tree die:

I only have one edge punch...'Scalloped Diamonds' by EK Success...so that's what I used...simply combining it with a cute Penny Black stamp ('Coming your way!' - which I coloured using watercolour pencils, and some brightly coloured card. I added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen, a Lili of the Valley sentiment and some adhesive pearls.


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, 2 March 2015

Xmas Pilgrims

I'm going to apologise now...my next three cards will be Christmas ones...not sure what's got into me! This one uses a Penny Black stamp called 'Xmas Pilgrims'...so cute! I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from a Lili of the Valley set.


Challenges for this card:


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Par Avion

I have a super simple Christmas card to share today...using a Penny Back stamp called 'Par Avion'...and a sentiment from a Crafter's Companion 'Christmas with Barkley' stamp set called 'Purr-fect Christmas'. I stamped the chickens directly on to my kraft base, and coloured them using watercolour pencils.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Inky Impressions Challenge - Guest Designer

I'm back with another guest designer card...this time for the Inky Impressions Challenge...where the theme this week is:

'One Layer Cards'

I picked a cute image called 'Easter Bunny Monkey', which I printed directly on to my card blank, then simply coloured using watercolour pencils, adding a Hero Arts sentiment...that's it!


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


For more inspiration from the fabulous DT, please pop over to the Inky Impressions Challenge.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - Guest Designer

A few weeks ago I was picked as the lucky winner of a challenge over at the Through the Craft Room Door Challenge, and as part of my prize was asked to join them as a guest designer for one of their challenges...so today I'm doing just that. All of their challenges are:

'Anything Goes'
(so no excuse not to join in!)

They are sponsored this week by Pickled Potpourri Designs
Pickled Potpourri Designs

I was sent some images from Pickled Potpourri to use...and picked 'Grand Botanical' for my card, printing the images in a couple of different sizes and colouring them using watercolour pencils. I fussy cut the images out, and mounted them on to my card using 3D foam pads. For the background, I embossed plain white card using my Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' and 'Perfect Paisley' folders...edging it using co-ordinating yellow & green card. For th scalloped edging I used my EK Success 'Scalloped Diamonds' punch, the sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp, and the yellow gems are from a My Mind's Eye 'Wild Asparagus' pack.


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


For more inspiration from the lovely design team, please pop over to the Through the Craft Room Door Challenge.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - Sketch

We have a new Pile It On! Challenge starting today...and this week we have a sketch for you to work with:


Our sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up:
Prize - 2 Digital Images of the winner's choice!

I've used an old favourite stamp of mine, called 'Blooming Meadows' by Hero Arts...I pained Distress Inks directly on to the stamp, then spritzed it with water before stamping...one of my favourite techniques to use with flower stamps. For the background, I embossed plain white card using my Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' and Craft Concepts 'Blooming Season' embossing folders...I inked the edges a little using 'Old Paper' Distress Ink, and then distressed them a little using my distressing tool. The sentiment stamp is also Hero Arts (from the 'Sentiments' set), I used my EK Success 'Scalloped Diamonds' punch for the edging, and the adhesive pearls are from Hobbycraft. 


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.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Curly Christmas

I have a card using another new stamp today...this one is called 'Curly Christmas' by Woodware, and was a Christmas gift that I'm just getting round to trying. I stamped it directly on to my card blank, adding one of the smaller words from the set above, then simply added some colour to the lettering using watercolour pencils...the gold stars were coloured using a Cosmic Shimmer pigment.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - D is for...

We have a new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Samantha is the host, and the theme is:

'D is for Die Cuts'

We are sponsored for this challenge by All Dressed Up:
Prize - 2 Digi Images!

I used to dies to create my card...a tree by Marianne Designs, and a reindeer by Die'sires from Crafter's Companion. I created a forest using the trees, adding the reindeer to make it look like he was peeking out from behind one of them. I embossed the background with my 'Swiss Dots' folder...to look like a snowy sky...and simply tore strips of card for the snowy ground. I couldn't resist adding a little red pearl for Rudolph's nose!


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.