Sunday, 19 February 2017

Pile It On! Challenge - Monsters or Fairies

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

'Monsters and/or Fairies'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Pink Gem:
Prize - Two Digi Images or Card Topper Kits of the winner's choice!

I'm not really one for 'Fairies', so I went the 'Monster' option and used an old Pollycraft image called 'Spike', which I coloured using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. For the background, I used a mixture of papers...the green one if from the 'Simply Stated' pad by Recollections/Michaels, and the others are from the 'Stella & Rose - Mabel' pad by My Mind's Eye. I embossed a circle of kraft card using a Cuttlebug folder rather oddly called 'Charles' (!), then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiments are 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.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

PBSC February - Try Something New...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:

'Anything Goes'

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

This time, I tried a new (to me) technique...Distress Resist...Jennifer McGuire has a fab blog post & video demonstrating this technique here. I stamped a few background stamps on to plain white card (Hero Arts 'Zig Zag' & 'Magical' and a pawprint one from Hobbycraft) using Versamark Ink, then blended Distress Inks (Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Lucky Clover, Pine Needles & Gathered Twigs) over the top. You get a much softer effect than emboss resist...I really like it, so I'll be using the technique again. I used my Distress Resist pieces to make a background for one of the pups from the 'Man's Best Friend' set. I added a circle embossed using my 'Bone & Paw Prints' folder by Crafts Too, and a sentiment (from th Hero Arts 'Anytime Messages' set). i inked around all of the edges with some more 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Ink, 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 Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Happy Cow!

I have a quick little CAS card to share today...featuring a happy little chap from Hambo Stamps called 'Happy Cow', which I coloured using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut out. I added a couple of strips of Woodware washi tape to my card blank, a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Anytime Messages' set, and then my cow popped up on 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Gift Wrapped

Today's card features some more of the My Mind's Eye '29th Street Market' papers that I re-discovered a couple of weeks ago. I paired them with an adorable Lili of the Valley image called 'Gift Wrapped' that I coloured using watercolour pencils. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I added a little sentiment (from a Wild Rose Studio set) and some Prima flowers, held in place using a BasicGrey brad.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 13 February 2017

You Put a Song in my Heart!

Today's card was inspired by the 'Opposites Attract' theme at Less is More this week. My immediate thought was 'cats & dogs'...as I have lots of lovely stamps that would fit the bill, but I'm away from home at the moment with a limited selection of stash...so had to improvise a little! I rummaged though my Penny Black sets and found a cat and a dog that would work, and I could stamp so they were sort of looking at each other! The cat is from the 'Jazzy Cats' set, and the dog is from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set...he's actually supposed to be wearing a set of antlers, but I masked those off before stamping, then drew in the top of his head. I added a sentiment (also from the 'Jazzy Cats' set), then coloured them using watercolour pencils. I do love how bewildered this pup looks at the cat's behaviour!


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Winter Wonderland...This Way!

I had planned to post a different card today...but decided that this one is much more appropriate to today's weather! I used a Lili of the Valley stamped image that I received as part of a blog challenge prize called 'Sledging Buddies'. I coloured it using watercolour pencils...extending the line of snow to reach right across my card, then fussy cut it out. I used a piece of watercolour paper for the background, that I'd smooshed with shades of blue Distress Ink, and stamped and heat embossed my Simon Says 'Falling Snow' background stamp in 'Sparkling Snow' embossing powder by WOW. I stamped a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous onto a piece of kraft card...then deciding that it looked like a sign, cut another strip of kraft to act as the post.


Challenges for this card:

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Guest Designer - Crimbo Crackers

I'm sharing another Guest Designer card today for Crimbo Crackers...where the theme is:

'Shaker Cards'

I don't make many shaker cards...I usually find them really fiddly, and end up with glitter/sequins everywhere! I cut three Christmas tree shaped apertures in a panel of white card using a die from the 'Reindeer' stamp and die set by Hero Arts & Sizzix, then added a piece of acetate behind the windows. I used a piece of green Halloween paper behind the apertures (from the 'Boo to You!' collection by My Mind's Eye), adding some sparkly confetti, and a simple doodled border.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
For more inspiration, and to enter the challenge, pop over to Crimbo Crackers - thanks for having me Ruth!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Holly Crown

I have a Christmas card to share today...using some more snippets of My Mind's Eye '29th Street Market' papers that rediscovered at the weekend. I loved these papers...and at one time had loads of them, but that was several years ago now (they've long been discontinued) and now I have just a few snippets left. I paired them with a cute Penny Black cat (from the 'Christmas Critters' set) to make a Christmas card. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I cut some holly leaves from some snippets of dark green card using one of the dies from the Tim Holtz 'Holiday Greens, Mini' set for Sizzix, then added them behind the image. The little adhesive pearls are from Hobbycraft.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Same...But Different...

I have a couple of almost matching cards to share today using the Stampendous 'Pen Pattern Butterflies' stamp set and Distress Inks. I stamped the butterflies on to watercolour paper using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them using clear embossing powder.


On the first card, I was inspired by the colour challenge at Less is More this week...and picked Yellow, Orange & Red from the colour chart. I blended 'Wild Honey', Spiced Marmalade' & 'Fired Brick' Distress Inks over the top in an ombre effect, then splattered it with a little water...removing it with a paper towel to add a little texture. I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen. The sentiment is from a set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:
On the second card, I used the colour combination from the CAS on Sunday Challenge...which included some gorgeous shades of blue. This time I targeted specific areas with my Distress Inks...using 'Faded Jeans', 'Stormy Sky', 'Mermaid Lagoon' & 'Chipped Sapphire'. Once again I distressed the edges, added a little faux stitching and a Hero Arts sentiment.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Pile It On! Challenge - Hearts on Fire

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

'Hearts on Fire'
(Hearts, Fire or Red/Orange Colour Scheme)

We are sponsored for this challenge by Pink Gem:

Prize - Two Digi Images or Card Topper Kits of the winner's choice!

I chose to use hearts...and picked a cute Lili of the Valley bear image ('James - Big Heart') that I received as part of a prize ages ago. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then cut him out using one of my circle Nesties. I used a couple of pieces of My Mind's Eye papers from really old collections...the patterned one is from the 'Ooh La-La - for Her' collection, and the plain pink one is from the '29th Street Market' collection...I embossed it using my Sizzix 'Candy Hearts' folder. I sanded over the embossing, then distressed all of the edges and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiments are from the 'Smooches' set by Paper Smooches.


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, 4 February 2017

PBSC February - Try Something New

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:

'Try Something New'
(Try a new technique...or maybe use some new craft supplies)

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

I used some papers from a new pad...I got them for Christmas, but while I'm happy to ink up new stamps right away...I struggle to make that first cut into a new paper pad! The pad is from The Works..and is simply called 'Pretty Pastels':


I paired the papers with 'Bun Bun'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual, the flowers are from Poppicrafts, and the brad is 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 Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

ABC Christmas Challenge - February 2017...C & D are for?

We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Wilma is the host, and this month we have two themes for you to use:

'C is for Creature'

AND

'D is for Dimension'

We have two awesome sponsors for this challenge:

Prize - 2 free digis of the winner's choice!

AND

Prize - $10 Gift Certificate!

Wait...there's more! There's also a fab prize bundle donated by Wilma:

I made a card for each of the two themes...on my 'C' card I featured a cute Hedgie & Robin as my creatures ('Wishes for Kisses' by Penny Black). I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then simply added some faux stitching along the top and bottom using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I added a snippet of patterned paper (from the 'Special Delivery' pad by Helz Cuppleditch) behind the image and a sentiment from a set by Lili of the Valley.


On my 'D' card I used a Poppy Stamps die called 'Abundant' gifts to cut lots of little presents from scraps of brightly coloured card, then mounted the assembled gifts on to my card blanks using 3D foam pads. Again I added sentiments from the same Lili of the Valley set.


You can see the dimension a little better on this close-up:


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, 30 January 2017

Heart Balloon

This little cutie was sent to me as part of a prize ages ago...I think it's a Lili of the Valley image, but must be an old one as I can't find it on their site. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I embossed some bright pink card using my 'Candy Hearts' embossing folder (by Sizzix), and added it to my card blank to create a border along the top and bottom of the image.


Challenges for this card:


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Colourful Snowflakes

I have a Christmas card to share today that I made using some scraps of watercolour paper that I'd painted in a rainbow effect using Distress Inks whilst making these cards last weekend. I cut a couple of snowflakes using a Cuttlebug die from the purple/blue/green portion...then carefully trimmed one in half. I glued the snowflakes to a panel of white card...and added a Lili of the Valley sentiment, then mounted it on to my card blank using some foam tape.


Challenges for this card:


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Guest Designer - Crimbo Crackers

I'm sharing a Guest Designer card today for Crimbo Crackers...where the theme is:

'Something Cute'

I picked a Penny Black image from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Wonderful Winter' 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 stamp is from the 'Scribbly' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
For more inspiration, and to enter the challenge, pop over to Crimbo Crackers - thanks for having me Ruth!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

New Home

I have a 'New Home' card to share today...I don't know anyone that's just moved or is moving any time soon, but it's always good to be prepared! I punched lots of little 'houses' from snippets of kraft card using a Woodware punch that was a Snippets Playground prize (thanks Di!), and one from a snippet of watercolour paper coloured with Distress Inks (Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio). I mounted them on to a kraft card blank using 3D foam pads, and added a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual).


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Pile It On! Challenge - Quote/Lyric/Saying

We have another fun Pile It On! Challenge starting today...and we're challenging you to be inspired by a:

'Quote/Lyric/Saying'

There's a rather special prize for this challenge...a $30 donation to a charity of the winner's choice!

I had a rummage through all of my sentiment stamps and found a set of 'Kid's Quotes' sayings by Inkadinkado...and picked two of them to use on a couple of cards. Inspired by the colour/rainbow themes of the stamps, I created a watercolour rainbow background using washes of Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Lucky Clover, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire & Wilted Violet) on wet watercolour paper. I used two layers...allowing the first to dry before adding the second, then once the second was dry, I splattered water over the top, allowed it to sit for a minute, before patting off the excess using a paper towel, which removed some of the pigment, and creating some texture. I trimmed the panel down, to created two strips, then stamped the quote stamps in the centres using black ink. I added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Here are some close-ups of the two cards:



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, 21 January 2017

PBSC January - Anything Goes...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:

'Anything Goes'

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

I made a pair of simple heat embossed cards, using stamps from the 'Social Butterfly' set and 'Silver Sparkle' embossing powder by WOW. I matted the panels on to some silver mirror card, and added sentiments from a set by Hero Arts.


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.