Sunday, 24 July 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Shaker Element

It's time for a fun new Pile It On! Challenge...this fortnight the theme is:

'Include a Shaker Element'

Our sponsor this month is Paper Sweeties:
Prize - a $25 Gift Certificate to the Paper Sweeties store!

I picked a cute Penny Black stamp called 'Wishes for Kisses' to use on my card...colouring the image using watercolour pencils. To create my shaker element, I cut an aperture in a piece of white card using the largest of my circle Nesties, then taped a piece of acetate behind it. I attached some 3D foam tape all around the edges, making sure that there weren't any gaps, then placed a mixture of sequins and beads (from Clearly Besotted...the mix I used is called 'Crystal') in the centre. I glued a few sequins to my coloured image...so that there would still be some 'falling snow' when the card in stood up...then attached the image panel behind the aperture sealing all of the sequin mix in place. I then mounted this all on to my card blank.


Here's what it looks like once shaken up:


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, 22 July 2016

Snowboard Ride!

I'm sorry...I have another Christmas card to share today...I think I must be trying to cool myself down! I made another 'smooshed' background made using Distress Inks (Broken China, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon & Chipped Sapphire) on watercolour paper...then stamped my SImon Says Stamp 'Falling Snow' background stamp in Versamark, and heat embossed it using WOW 'Sparkling Snow' embossing powder. I used various dies (Clearly Besotted 'Tree Landscape' and Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Borders') to create a snowy mountain scene, then added a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous. The chicken is of course a Penny Black stamp...he's called 'Snowboard Ride'...I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut him out and popped him up on some 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - O is for...

We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Lols is the host, and the theme is:

'O is for Overlay'
(Use an acetate or vellum overlay that can be seen through, or even a paper layer that can be lifted to reveal something hidden!)

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

I decided to go for a vellum overlay, and tore a strip to stamp and heat emboss my sentiment on (from the 'Merriest Wishes' set by Hero Arts. I made the background panel by 'smooshing' various shades of blue Distress Inks on to some watercolour paper (Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Broken China & Mermaid Lagoon)...I did this in a couple of layers, allowing the first to dry before adding the second. I then spritzed some water over the surface, allowed it to sit there for a few seconds, then blotted it off, removing some of the colour. I stamped the snowflakes (a Hero Arts stamp) in Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them using 'Sparkly Snow' WOW embossing powder...it's beautifully sparkly in real life, but rather annoyingly I can never get it to show up in photographs!


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, 18 July 2016

O' Christmas Tree

I have a trio of Christmas cards to share today, inspired by the 'Repetition' theme of this week's Less is More challenge. I started by 'smooshing' Distress Inks in shades of green (Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn & Lucky Clover) on to a piece of watercolour paper...adding a couple of layers, allowing to dry between each one. I then used a simple tree die from Clearly Besotted (called 'Modern Christmas') to cut the tree shapes, doodled some decorations using a black gel pen, and added some gold using a Cosmic Shimmer pigment mixed with water. I mounted the trees on to my card blanks using 3D foam pads, then added  sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous).


It was such a quick card to make, that I made three:


Challenges for these cards:

Saturday, 16 July 2016

PBSC July - One Layer Cards...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:

'One Layer Cards'

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

This time I picked one of my largest Penny Black stamps '...to you!' which conveniently has the sentiment built in! I simply stamped the image directly on to my card blank and coloured it using watercolour pencils. 


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.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Wish Upon a Star

I have a Christmas card to share today...using one of the stamps from the 'Holly Jolly' set by Penny Black, which I coloured using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to the stars and snowy ground using a Wink of Stella pen. The washi tape is from WHSmith (I think!), and the sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stamper Anonymous.


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Sorry this is late!

I have a card inspired by Less is More's 'Time' challenge to share today. I was the lucky winner of one of Pixie's Snippets Playground challenges a couple of weeks ago, and my fabulous prize of three sets of Paper Smooches sentiments stamps was sitting on my desk...and I thought that these ones from the 'Apologies' set would be perfect for the 'Time' theme. Being a one layer card week, I stamped the two sentiment stamps directly on to my card blank, then added a cute Penny Black dog image (from the 'Man's Best Friend' set) rushing along the bottom! I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then doodled some grass using a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Your Favourite Colours

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

'Your Favourite Colours'

Our sponsor for this month is Bugaboo Stamps:
Prize - 7 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

I've used a Bugaboo Stamps image on my card called 'Monster Birthday - Cake' which I coloured using watercolour pencils in shades of turquoise & blue...my favourite colours.  You can't really see in the photo, but I added some sparkle to the balloon and the icing on his cake using a Wink of Stella pen. The paper is from the 'Indie Chic - Nutmeg' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


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, 8 July 2016

Party Cat

I have another quite simple card to ahre today featuring a kitty from the 'Bubbly' set by Penny Black...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I added some snippets of paper from the 'Awesome Boy' pad by Michaels behind my image...I distressed the edges then added some faux stitching. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for...

We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...I'm the host and the theme is:

'N is for No Rules!'
(In other words...Anything Goes!)

We are sponsored for this challenge by Bugaboo Stamps:
Prize - 7 Digis of the winner's choice!

I've used a old Whiff of Joy image on my card called 'Wee & Reindeer' which after a brief search back through through my blog posts, I discovered I hadn't used since August 2013! So it was about time that it saw some ink! I coloured the image using watercolour pencils and combined it with papers from the 'Tea House' pad by Dovecraft, and 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper. I distressed all of the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The little sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.


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, 4 July 2016

In a Flap!

I have a quick little CAS card to share today...featuring a cute Penny Black chicken stamp called 'Totally Excited'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I matted a piece of yellow My Mind's Eye 'Breeze' paper on to some orange card to match the colours on the chicken...adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp.


Challenges for this card:


Saturday, 2 July 2016

PBSC July - One Layer Cards

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

'One Layer Cards'

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

I combined images from q few different transparent sets to create a little scene on my card...'Bubbly', 'Micey Day', 'Jolly Friends', 'Wonderful'. I coloured all of the critters using watercolour pencils, then doodled some grassy patches to help blend it all together. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


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


Just one more thing before I go...I have the winner of my Blog Hop candy to announce:



Congratulations Elly! Please email me with your postal address to claim your prize!

For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, and to see if you the lucky winner of any of the other blog hop prizes, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Deckchair Dreaming

I have an ultra simple card to share today...featuring a cute Lili of the Valley bear stamp called 'Deckchair Dreaming'. I stamped him directly on to my card blank, coloured him using watercolour pencils then added a Penny Black sentiment (from the 'Bubbly' set).


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Inky Flowers

I have a couple of inky cards to share today, using a stamp set from Honey Doo Crafts called 'Spring Flowers'.

I stamped the images using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them in white, before blending Distress Inks over the top. On the card with the leaves, I used Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio & Mermaid Lagoon:


And on the card with the flowers, I used Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves & Picked Raspberry:


On both cards, I matted the panels on to some silver mirror card, and added a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual) stamped on to a banner shape.

Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - It Moves Me!

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

'It Moves Me!'
(Feature a mode of transport)

Our sponsor for this month is Bugaboo Stamps:
Prize - 7 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

I went with a bicycle as my form of transport, and picked this cute Penny Black stamp called 'Hedgie Delivery', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from a pad by Raspberry Road that came free with a craft magazine ages ago...I distressed the edges then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Critter Party' set, also by Penny Black.


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.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - M is for...

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

'M is for Mice'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Lawn Fawn:
Lawn Fawn
Prize - a Stamp Set & a 6x6 Paper Pad of the winner's choice!

I actually have quite a lot of  Christmas mice images in my collection, and was tempted to go with one of my Penny Black ones, but couldn't resist this little cutie from Bugaboo Stamps called 'Christmas Mouse Ornaments'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils and added some sparkle to the baubles using a Wink of Stella pen. The snowflake paper is from the 'Bundled Up' 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 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, 20 June 2016

Cupcake Mice

I have a super simple card to share today...using a cute little Penny Black mice stamp from the 'Party Critters' set. I coloured the mice using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment from the same stamp set, before cutting the image out using one of my circle Nesties. The paper is from the 'Tea House' pad by Dovecraft...I distressed the edges then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. To finish, I added a few pieces of pink Craftwork Cards Card Candi.


Challenges for this card:


Saturday, 18 June 2016

PBSC June - Birthdays & Blog Hop...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...we're celebrating our 8th birthday, so as well as our usual challenge, we're having a fun blog hop too!


The theme of this month's challenge is...of course:

'Birthdays!'

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

In addition, there are some fabby little prizes on offer on some of the stops on the 'hop'...I have a cute kitty cling stamp as a blog prize for one lucky commenter on my blog:


To be in with a chance of winning, please leave a link to your entry for this month's PBSC 'Birthdays' challenge with the linky at the bottom of my blog hop post along with a comment to let me know that you 'hopped by'!

I picked one of my oldest (and most used) Penny Black stamps for today's card...'Birthday Dog!'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut him out. I added a few strips of washi tape (by Dovecraft) to my card blank, then added Birthday Dog over the top popped up on 3D foam pads, and a sentiment (from the 'Critter Party' set also by Penny Black).


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


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, and a complete list of the blog hop links, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.