Wednesday, 27 May 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - K is for...

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

'K is for Keep it Simple'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Faery Ink Digital Stamps:
Prize - 3 Digital Images of the winner's choice!

I like to 'keep it simple' on as many Christmas cards as possible...makes them quick(er) to make and (hopefully!) saves on postage too! I've used a Lili of the Valley image called 'Penguin Pals'. which I coloured using watercolour pencils, and then cut out. For the background, I simply layered a piece of snowflake paper (from the 'Merry Little Christmas' pad by My Mind's Eye) behind a piece of plain white card stamped with a sentiment (from the 'Joy to the World' set by Penny Black).


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 May 2015

Beehave!

I've used an old favourite stamp on today's card...'Beehave!' by Penny Black. I paired it with some Studio Calico papers (from the 'Here & There' pad) and created a little scene using some dies ('Picket Fence' & 'Grassy Edges' by Die-namics, and 'Puffy Clouds' by Memory Box). The sentiment is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Thursday, 21 May 2015

You make me smile...

Today's card is really very simple...just a couple of papers from the 'Indie Chic' pad by My Mind's Eye, a cute Lili of the Valley bear ('James with Butterflies') and a Simon Says Stamp sentiment (from the 'Sending Sunshine' set)...oooh and some doodled borders.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Christmas Bunnies

I have a Christmas card to share today...using a Lili of the Valley image stamp called 'Winter Bunnies', which I coloured using watercolour pencils...I added some sparkle to the snowy ground using a Sakura Stardust pen, but it doesn't really show in the photo. For the background, I embossed plain card using my Cuttlebug and Sizzix folders. I distressed the edges a little, then added some twine (from Lakeland) and a button.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 18 May 2015

Cheesecake Parade

Today's card features a cute Penny Black stamp called 'Cheesecake Parade'...and papers from the 'Yours Truly' pad by Pebbles Inc...and not a lot else...just a little bit of distressing, and some faux stitching.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - Not Cute

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

'Not Cute'

Our sponsor for this challenge is SLS Lines:
Prize either 3 Single Digital Images or $10 worth of Digital Merchandise from the SLS Lines store!

Considering that about 99.9% of my craft stash would be considered 'cute', I found this theme quite a challenge! I decided to go for an elegant/shabby chic look...and picked papers from the 'Vintage Charm' pad by My Mind's Eye. I cut the butterflies from some of the plainer papers in the pad using Memory Box and Joy Crafts dies, and layered them up...they're not exactly the same shape, but it worked quite well. I embossed the bottom one using my CuttleBug 'Tiny Bubbles' folder. I inked around the edges of everything with 'Tea Dye' Distress Ink...then distressed the edges of the green panel, and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Big Sentiments' set by Paula Pascual, and the adhesive pearls are by Papermania.


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.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Fishing!

I'm sneaking on with a super quick card...I couldn't resist making something for the 'Water' themed challenge over at Less is More. I used a cute Penny Black stamp called 'Fishing!', that I coloured using watercolour pencils...simply adding some multicoloured twine that I picked up in TKMaxx.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - J is for...

We have anew ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Carissa is the host, and the theme is:

'J is for Joy'

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

I found a 'Joy' sentiment in a cute stamp set by Simon Says Stamp called 'Furry Friends'...so used the animal stamp too. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, and combined it with papers from the 'Merry Little Christmas' 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. The brads are by BasicGrey.


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 May 2015

Birthday Dog

I found a little time to play with my stash yesterday...and made a few cards, including this birthday card using one of my oldest (and most favourite) stamps 'Birthday Dog' by Penny Black. The papers are from the 'Cut & Paste Charm' pad by My Mind's Eye. I inked the edges with a little 'Tea Dye' Distress Ink, then added a Studio G Sentiment and some doodled borders.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Get Well Soon!

Wow...I can't remember the last time that I went a whole week without blogging! I've had a busy couple of weeks...and am looking forward to getting back into my craft room today, but before I do, I have a card that't been saved in my drafts folder for a couple of months waiting to be blogged. I needed a 'get well' card in a hurry for an elderly gentleman that comes to a chamber music class that I teach...so used scraps of brightly coloured card and my 'Olivia' Cuttlebug alphabet dies to make a simple card...I was aiming to make it look like fridge magnet lettering on a white fridge door:


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - Mother's Day/For a Woman

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

'Mother's Day/For a Woman'

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

Prize - 4 Digi Images of the winner's choice!

Mother's Day was a couple of month's ago here in the UK, so I'm getting a head start on next year! My image is 'Blooming Meadows' by Hero Arts...I stamped it using the watercolour technique with Distress Inks. For the background, I embossed some plain card using my 'Swiss Dots' folder...one of my oldest and most used folders. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp (from the 'Sentiments' set)...I cut it out using one of my labels Nesties, then simply distressed the edges and added some adhesive pearls.


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, 2 May 2015

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Trees/Nature

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:

'Trees or Nature'

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I have a little collection of Christmas tree stamps...and picked 'Before the Snow' to use on my cards. I started by spritzing a piece of card with water, then stamped my tree several times using 'Peeled Paint' and 'Forest Moss' Distress Inks. Then I watercoloured the 'sky' background using 'Stormy Sky' and 'Faded Jeans' Distress Inks. Once the card had dried, I stamped the tress again over the top in the same colours to give a clearer impression. Then, I simply added a sentiment (from the 'Handwritten Christmas Messages' set by Lili of the Valley), distressed the edges a little, then matted using black card. I made two cards...just in case I messed up the stamping, but I think they both turned out ok...and that means two more Christmas cards for the pile, which is always good!




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


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

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - I is for...

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

'I is for I Love You'
Make a card featuring a 'love' sentiment...an image of a couple...or for a loved one.

We are sponsored for this challenge by Bunny Zoe's Crafts:
Prize - £10 Gift Certificate!

I've used a sweet Stampavie stamp called 'Mistletoe and Mice' by Gillian Roberts. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils and paired it with some papers from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper (the snowflake ones) and from the 'Yours Truly' pad by Pebbles Inc (the hearts & spotty ones). I distressed the edges of the papers, 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. 


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.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Watercolour Blooming Meadows

I have a watercolour -y card to share today...using one of my favourite stamps...'Blooming Meadows' by Hero Arts. I started by inking up my stamp using 'Milled Lavender', 'Dusty Concord', 'Bundled Sage' & 'Forest Moss' Distress Inks...then stamping them on to a piece of card spritzed with water to make a blurry background. I then allowed the card to dry, before stamping over the top to get a clearer image. I distressed the edges a little, matting my stamped panel on to a piece of co-odinating scrap card, and adding a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual).


Challenge for this card:

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Snowball Penguins

I have another Christmas card to share today...using another Bugaboo Stamps digi image...this one is called Snowball Penguins'. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the snowballs using a Sakura Stardust pen. For the background, I used one of my favourite Cuttlebug folders, then simply added some multicolour twine (from TKMaxx) and a Lili of the Valley sentiment.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers

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

'April Showers Bring May Flowers'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sami Stamps:
Prize - 3 Digis of the winner's choice!

I used a cute Penny Black stamp called 'Rainin' Daisies'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I stamped directly on to my card blank to make a super quick card...simply adding a sentiment (from a Papermania set) and a simple border.


Here are the challenges I piled on:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Christmas Mouse Ornaments

I have another Christmas card to share today...this one is using a digi image from Bugaboo Stamps called 'Christmas Mouse Ornaments'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils...then added some sparkle to the baubles using a Sakura gel pen. The papers are from a pad by Pebbles called 'Yours Truly'...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen. The snowflake was cut using a Memory Box die...I also made that sparkly using the same gel pen. The twine is from the Ribbon Girls, and the brad is BasicGrey


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for...

We have anew ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Dorte is the host, and the theme is:

'H is for Happy Christmas/Happy Holidays Sentiment'
If you don't have anything suitable, my lovely teamie Samantha has created some freebie sentiments for you to download and use :0)

We are sponsored for this challenge by our very own Lacey and her Stamp & Create Store:
Prize - a $20 gift certificate for Stamp & Create!

I made a couple of simple cards using a inked up off-cut of card...one of those bits you get when you cut a square card from a piece of A4. I 'splodged' various shades of blue Distress Inks on to a messy mat (Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire) then spritzed my piece of card with water before laying it on the inks. I dried it using my heat gun, then heat embossed the snowflakes (a Hero Arts stamp) using white embossing powder. Finally, I spritzed over the top using some gold Cosmic Shimmer pigment mixed in a spray bottle with a little water.


I used a strip of the inked card on the first card...simply adding a 'Happy Christmas' sentiment (from the Woodware 'Bubble Tree' set) underneath:


On the second card, I cut the card down into three squares...again adding the same sentiment:


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, 13 April 2015

Happy Birthday Mum!

It's my Mum's birthday today...and this is the card that I made for her. I've used an older Lili of the Valley stamp called 'Gift Wrapped', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Indie Chic' 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 is from the Hero Arts 'Cupcakes' set, the flowers are by Prima, and the brad is BasicGrey.


Challenges for this card: