Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Furry Christmas

I have a Christmas card share today...using a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called 'Furry Christmas'. I stamped directly on to my card blank, then coloured the image using watercolour pencils. I added a couple of strips of washi tape at the top.


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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Party Pup

I have another CAS card featuring a snippet of patterned paper to share today...this one has a masculine feel though. I stamped 'Party Pup' by Whipper Snapper directly on to my card blank, then coloured him using watercolour pencils. I cut the patterned paper in to a banner shape, then doodled around the edge using a black gel pen. I stamped the sentiment (from the Paula Pascual 'Big Messages' set) stamped on a speech bubble (cut using a Sizzix/Craft Asylum thinlit die), popped up on 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 2 May 2016

Gift Wrapped!

Whilst searching back through my blog for the name of this stamp ('Gift Wrapped' by Lili of the Valley), I discovered that I hadn't used it since last April...so it was due an inking! I stamped it directly on to my card base, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I cut a snippet of spotty paper (from the 'Now & Then' pad by My Mind's Eye) using one of my 'Stitched Hillside' border dies (by Lawn Fawn) 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.


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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Garden Creatures

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

'Garden Creatures'
(Bugs, birds, critters etc...)

Our sponsor for this month is Craftin' Desert Diva's Stamps:
Prize - 4 bags of CDD sequins!

I used a few critter and bee stamps from the Penny Black 'Wonderful Day' set to create a little scene, which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Farmhouse' pad by Crate Paper...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment is a stamp from the 'Big Messages' set by Paul Pascual.


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, 29 April 2016

Up, up and away!

I'm sneaking on before bedtime to share a card I made using some cute aeroplane themed stamps from the 'Patch a Flight' set by Woodware. I fussy cut the stamped images, then added them above a landscape scene. I used my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies for the hills, added a Hero Arts sentiment and doodled a trail behind the plane.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - I is for...

It's time for a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge...Wilma is the host, and the theme is:

'I is for Ink'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Wild Orchid Crafts:
Prize - £10 Gift Voucher!

I got out some of my Distress Inks and created a set of colourful snowy cards. I heat embossed a snow background stamp (from a set by My Paper World) using clear embossing powder on white card, then blended my Distress Inks over the top. I simply added a sentiment (from the 'Merriest Wishes' set by Hero Arts) popped up on 3D foam pads over the top.


Colours used on the 'pink/purple' card: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sketch:


Colours used on the 'blue/green' card: Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover & Chipped Sapphire:


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, 25 April 2016

Winter Wonderland

I seem to be going through a bit of a clean and simple phase at the moment...and have an super simple (and quick!) card o share today. I embossed a kraft card blank with my Simon Says Stamp 'Falling Snow' background stamp using WOW 'Sparkling Snow' embossing powder (I really wish that I could capture how pretty & sparkly this is in a photograph!). I used a Clearly Besotted die ('Tree Landscape') to cut the curved section from a snippet of white card, then added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous).


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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Seize the Cake!

I have a cute Hedgie card to share today...he's by Penny Black (of course) and is called 'To cake moment'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then pierced a border around the edge using my CutterBee Bug. I added a few strips of washi tape (from Freckled Fawn & Dovecraft) and a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual).


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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Spring Flowers

I have a simple one layer card to share today...using a new set of stamps that I picked up from the Craft Barn with a prize I won over at Winter Wonderland a little while ago called 'Spring Flowers' by Honey Doo Crafts. I stamped two different sizes of the flower stamps over the top part of my card, then coloured them in shades of pink and purple using watercolour pencils. I added some highlights on the petals with a white gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Fabulous Birthday' set by Hero Arts.


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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Happy Birthday Mum!

It was my Mum's birthday on Wednesday, so it's now safe to blog her card...and gift wrap etc...
I made a matching set using some cute little puppy stamps from the Penny Black 'Man's Best Friend' set. I coloured them all using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut them all out. I decided to use kraft card for the card base, and stamped panels of card with the little paw print stamp that comes in the set in various colours of Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Lucky Clover). I edged the card and tag bases with some stripey washi tape (from Freckled Fawn), then stamped sentiments from various sets (Paula Pascual 'Big Messages', Simon Says Stamp 'Sending Sunshine' and Clearly Besotted 'You & I'). I cut circular apertures in the paw print panels, so that the sentiments would peek through, then mounted them on 3D foam. Then I added the little pups leaping around all of the apertures.


Here's her card:


This is a little matching giftcard holder:


And her present...I wrap all my gifts in brown paper...then added some of the washi tape, and tied the tag on using some multicolour twine:


Challenges for these items:

Monday, 18 April 2016

Under the Weather James

I was the lucky winner of a Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge a little while ago, and received a goodie bag stuffed full of stamped images and pretty embellishments from Gail (thank you!). Inspired by the April showers we've been having lately, I coloured up this cute James the Bear image from the bundle ('James Umbrella' by Lili of the Valley) using watercolour pencils...then added some sparkle to his umbrella and the puddles using a Wink of Stella pen. With his little glum face, I thought he was looking a little 'under the weather'...so I added get well sentiment (from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp).


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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Doodle!

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

'Doodle'

Our sponsor for this month is A Day for Daisies:
Prize - 3 Digital Stamps!

I've made a simple one layer card, using a Whipper Snapper stamp called 'Celebration Chicken' (which I coloured using watercolour pencils), and a Hero Arts sentiment stamp (from the 'Anytime Messages' set). I doodled a 'loopy' border using a black gel pen.


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, 16 April 2016

PBSC April - Showers...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:

'Showers'
(Think rain, umbrellas, wellies or wedding or baby showers)

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I based my card around a snow shower this time, and picked a couple of hedgies from the 'Jolly Friends' set, which I coloured using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut them out. I embossed my Simon Says Stamp 'Falling Snow' stamp using WOW 'Sparkling Snow' embossing powder (really wish I could capture in a photo just how beautifully sparkly this is!). I added some snowy hills cut using my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies, and  a Lili of the Valley sentiment.


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, 13 April 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for...

It's time for another fun ABC Christmas Challenge...Samantha is the host, and the theme is:

'H is for Hats'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Digi Stamp Boutique:
Prize - £10 voucher!

I used a stamp set called 'Stretchy Snowmen' by Stampendous, that my lovely ABC Christmas teamie Samantha gave me last Christmas on my card...I couldn't resist those cute hats! Basically you build your own snowmen using the elements in the stamp set, and then decide how to dress them! I coloured my snowmen using watercolour pencils, then cut the out. I created a little scene using my 'Falling Snow' stamp from Simon Says Stamp heat embossed using 'Sparkling Snow' powder by WOW, and my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


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, 11 April 2016

Geometric Doodles

This week's Less is More challenge is a bit of a toughie...a one layer card with geometric shapes or patterns. Being undecided as to whether any of my background stamps counted as geometric shapes or patterns, I decided to have a go at doodling some triangles. I sketched the outlines in pencil, then coloured the shapes using watercolour pencils, before going over the outlines using a black gel pen. It's not my neatest work...but  I don't think it's bad for a first try...anyway, I liked the effect, so I added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment (from the 'Handwritten Borders' set).


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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Cupcake Henry

Another ultra simple one layer card today...using 'Henry - Celebrating Mouse' by Whiff of Joy. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then paper pieced his cupcake case using a snippet of My Mind's Eye paper (from the 'Blue Floral' pad). All I added was a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Anytime Messages' set) and a doodled border.


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Friday, 8 April 2016

Throwing Daisy Petals

I have something a little bit more fussy for you today...this card uses a cute House Mouse image (called 'Throwing Daisy Petals') and papers from the My Mind's Eye 'Indie Chic - Nutmeg' pad. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, and distressed all of the edges a little before 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, and the flowers are a mixture of Prima and Poppicrafts...held in place using a BasicGrey brad.


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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Burst into Bloom

I have an ultra CAS card to share today...a one-layer job using a Woodware stamp (Burst into Bloom) partially stamped on to kraft card, coloured using watercolour pencils with a little sentiment added (from the Paula Pascual 'Big Messages' set).


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Monday, 4 April 2016

Aiming to Please!

I have a Christmas card to share today...using a couple of new things that I picked up a lovely little 'Aladdin's cave' of a craft shop that I recently discovered on a trip to visit my parents. The cute bear stamp ('Aiming to please!' by Penny Black) was in the bargain basket...so I had just had to bring him home with me! I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut him out. The other new item is the embossing powder...it's 'Sparkling Snow' by WOW...and although you can't really tell in this photo (in fact you couldn't really tell in any of the many photos I took!) it has a lovely glittery sparkle to it. I used it emboss my Simon Says Stamp 'Falling Snow' background stamp on a piece of watercolour paper that I'd 'smooshed' with Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire & Peacock Feathers). To complete the scene...I used a couple of my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Border' dies, and added a sentiment from the 'Jolly Christmas' sentiments set by C C Designs/Pollycraft.


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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Animal Prints or Paw Prints

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

'Animal Prints or Paw Prints'

Our sponsor for this month is A Day for Daisies:
Prize - 3 Digital Stamps!

I'm not really an animal print kind of person, so I went for muddy paw prints! The cute little pup and sentiment stamp are from the 'Man's Best Friend' set by Penny Black...I stamped them both directly on to my card blank, then coloured the pup using watercolour pencils. For the blue panel, I used the 'smooshing' technique placing some 'Salty Ocean', 'Broken China', Chipped Sapphire' and 'Peacock Feathers' Distress Inks on to a craft mat...spritzing with water, then pressing some watercolour paper into the mixture a couple of times (allowing to dry in between the layers). Then I splattered some water on to the top, and removing it using a paper towel to create some lighter patches. I stamped the paw prints over the top using a background stamp from Hobbycraft inked with 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink. I used one of my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Borders' dies to cut the wave at the bottom, and a hole using one of my Nesties for the sentiment to peek through.


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.