Saturday, 20 December 2014

Winter Wonderland

I have a winter wonderland themed card to share today, made using lots of die cuts. I used lots of plain-ish papers from a mixture of BasicGrey pads (the browns, greens & white) and and Echo Park (the blue one). The trees are a Marianne Designs die, the fence is by Die-namics, and the reindeer is by Die-sires. I embossed the blue background using my Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' folder to look like a snowy sky, and inked over the edges of everything using 'Picket Fence' Distress Ink. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Bubble Tree' set by Woodware, and I couldn't resist adding a red pearl for Rudolph's red nose!


Challenges for this card:

Friday, 19 December 2014

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

I have another Christmas card to share today...not many left to do now! This one was inspired by the 'One Layer Card with Snow' theme of this week's Less is More Challenge. I stamped various snowflakes (stamps by Hero Arts, Papermania & Prima) in Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them in white. The sentiment stamp is by Penny Black.


Challenges for this card:

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Simple Notecards & Box

I have another post from my drafts folder for you today...this is a set of simple notecards that I made a as birthday gift a couple of months ago. I used papers from the 'Recollections' pad by Michaels (the green & brown ones) and the 'Indie Chic' pad by My Mind's Eye (the pink & orange ones)...inking around the edges using 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiments are from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual.





I made a matching little box & tag to present them in:


Challenges for these notecards:


Monday, 15 December 2014

A herd of reindeer...

I have a set of simple Christmas cards to share today featuring a reindeer die cut (a Die-sires die from Crafter's Companion) and a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Very Merry Christmas' set). Despite making Christmas cards all year, I found myself a little short on cards, so set up a little production line to make a batch of quick cards.


I inked the antlers of all the reindeer with 'Picket Fence', and then around his body using 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Inks, before adding a little red pearl for his red nose, and mounting the reindeer on to the cards using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for these cards:


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Bicycle Notecards

I've been super busy the last couple of weeks...it's been exam and Christmas concert season...so I've not had that much time for crafting or blogging...so am posting a project that has been in my drafts folder for a couple of months, that I never got round to blogging. I found a few others too that have been there for much longer than that and forgotten about, so I'll blog those soon too as a change from the last-minute Christmas things I'm making. Today's project is a set of bicycle themed notecards...made using Hero Arts & Hobbycraft bike stamps, simply stamped on to 4x4 card blanks in brown ink, together with a Papermania sentiment stamp.


Challenges for these cards:

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - Y is for...

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

'Y is for Your Family'
Create a personalised card/tag

We are sponsored for this challenge by Fred She Said:
Prize - $10 Gift Certificate!

I made a set of personalised gift tags for family and friends. I used the reindeer stamps and co-ordinating dies from the 'Holiday Cheer' Framelits set by Sizzix/Hero Arts. I stamped the reindeer on to kraft card. in black and red...cutting out the jumpers from the red version and layering them over the top of the black ones. I made the background for each tag from plain-ish papers from the 'Winter Wishes' collection by Echo Park, and the 'Eskimo Kisses' collection by BasicGrey. I embossed the blue paper using a couple of Cuttlebug snowflake folders, and the trees (cut using another of the dies from the Framelits set) using my trusty 'Swiss Dots' folder...then I sanded over the top to reveal the white core. The 'snowy' ground is simply a piece of torn white card. I added the names using a set of alphabet stamps by Clear stamps, then added some twine (from Lakeland) to tie each tag on to each gift.


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.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Anything Christmas

It's time for the final Pile It On! Challenge of the year. and as usual both design teams are joining together to bring you a month long challenge. We know that it's a busy time of year for everyone, so we have a super easy theme for you:

'Anything Christmas!'

I went down the quick and easy route, picking a pre-coloured Lili of the Valley card topper...simply adding a touch of sparkle with a clear Sakura 'Stardust' pen. The papers are a mixture of different brands...Crate Paper 'Bundled Up' (the red & green papers), Prima Marketing 'All About Me' (the blue paper) and Echo Park 'tis the Season' (the snowflake paper). I inked the edges using a little Pumice Stone' Distress Ink to make them 'match' a little better, then distressed the edges and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and 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, 6 December 2014

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Snowflakes

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:

'Snowflakes' 

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I picked an older Penny Black stamp called 'XMouse Ornament' for my card...colouring him using watercolour pencils, and adding a Lili of the Valley sentiment. The snowflake papers are from the 'Merry Little Christmas' 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 snowflake is a Memory Box die...held in place with a gem brad from Craft Obsessions.



I'm also entering this treat bag into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Crafty Little Fairies Challenge - Holly and/or Ivy

We have a new Crafty Little Fairies Challenge starting today...and sadly, this will be our last challenge, as we will be hanging up our fairy wings in the New Year...but we have a nice and easy seasonal theme for you for our final challenge:

'Holly and/or Ivy'

And, as usual we have wonderful prizes on offer from our lovely sponsors:

The Ribbon Girl (prize = £10 voucher)

Marianne Design (prize = to be confirmed)

Delicious Doodles (prize = 4 digis of winner's choice)

Hobbycutz (prize = £7.50 voucher)

I picked some holly patterned paper...from a pad that came free with a magazine...and a Penny Black stamp called 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I distressed the edges of the papers 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 my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge.

Monday, 1 December 2014

...and Little Snowy

I couldn't resist inking up another of my Penny Black snowmen stamps...this one is from the 'Jolly Friends' set. For the background I used papers from the 'Merry Little Christmas' pad by My Mind's Eye, and some Papermania Washi tape. The tree is a Marianne Designs die cut...cut from some of the paper, and layered on to another cut from kraft for the trunk. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Merriest Wishes' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Friday, 28 November 2014

It's Snowy!

I have another Christmas card to share today...using another older Penny Black stamp...this one is 'Snowy', and I was inspired to ink him up by my lovely bloggy buddy Squirrel, and her 'Snow-vember' challenge. I paired him with some papers from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and  black gel pen. The sentiment was cut out from one of the sheets of paper in the pad.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for...

We have a new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...it's my turn to host, and the theme is:

'X is for Xmas Music'
(Feature some music paper on your project...if you don't have any, try Google Images)

We are sponsored for this challenge by Zlatoena's Designs:
Prize - 2 Digital Images of the winner's choie!

I made my own music paper using a Hero Arts background stamp on kraft card. The image is 'Carollers' by Penny Black, which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I added a doodled border, and a Studio G sentiment...and then a few jingle bells tied on to some Baker's twine.


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, 24 November 2014

Carolling Mice

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...well on my blog at least...I have more Christmas cards to share this week...all using old favourite Penny Black stamps. The one on today's card is from the 'Christmas Critters' set...which I coloured using watercolour pencils, adding some Stickles to the snowy ground. The papers are from the 'Merry Little Christmas' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges, then added faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The snowflake was cut using a Memory Box die...and is held in place using a BasicGrey brad...the pearls are from Hobbycraft.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Recycle/Upcycle Something

This week at the Pile It On! Challenge, we're challenging you to:

'Recycle/Upcycle Something'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Bugaboo Stamps:
Prize - 7 Bugaboo Stamps Digi Images!

My recycled item is a cereal box:
I used the reverse side of the packaging for 'kraft' card.

I stamped and heat embossed in white some Hero Arts background stamps (Magical, Snowflakes & Chevrons) on my 'kraft' card. The image is a Sugar Nellie stamp called 'Festive Friends'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils...the sentiment stamp is from a Lili of the Valley set, and the gems are from Paperchase.


Here are the challenges I piled on:


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

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winter Bunnies

I have another Christmas card to share today...using some more papers from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper, but this time a Lili of the Valley image called 'Winter Bunnies'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils, adding some Stickles to the snowy ground. The snowflake is a Memory Box die cut, and the sentiment is also a Lili of the Valley stamp.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 17 November 2014

Wishes for Kisses

I have a Christmas card to share today, using an old favourite Penny Black stamp called 'Wishes for Kisses' which I coloured using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to the snowy ground with some Stickles. The papers are 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 was cut from one of the sheets of paper in the pad, the snowflake is a Memory Box die, and the brads are BasicGrey.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Bicycle Giftwrap

I've just discovered a few draft posts that I'd forgotten about...so I thought I'd share one of them with you today. This is the wrapping paper for my flatmate's birthday present...I love using simple brown parcel paper to wrap gifts and dressing it up, either by using pretty ribbons, or washi tape...or (as in this case) by using stamps. I stamped my Hero Arts 'Bicycles' set using black ink randomly all over the paper, then made a matching tag using one of the bikes, and a Studio G sentiment, inking around the edges with 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink (to match his birthday card)...attaching it with some black and white baker's twine.


Challenges for this giftwrap:

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for...

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

'W is for All White'

We are sponsored for this challenge by our very own Lacey's Stamp & Create store:
Prize - $20 Gift Certificate!

I used dies to create a wintery scene for my card...the trees are a Marianne Designs die, the fence is a die by Die-namics, and the reindeer is a Die'sires die from Crafter's Companion. I embossed the background to look like a snowy sky (using my Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' folder), and tore some strips of card for the snowy ground.


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.