Saturday, 27 May 2017

Scarlet Poppies

Today's card features a stamp that I've had for a while but not inked...it's called 'Scarlet Poppies' by Funstamps, and I think it came from a charity shop. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added a simple doodled border. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Smooches' set by Paper Smooches.


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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Penguin Presents

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring a cute little penguin from Lili of the Valley, which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The spotty paper is from the 'Maddison' pad by Penny Black...I added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is also by Lili of the Valley.


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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Guest Designer - Addicted to Stamps

Today I'm sharing a Guest Designer card for the Addicted to Stamps blog. I was the lucky winner of the a Scrapbook Stamps Society Challenge last month, and have used one of the stamps I received as my prize on my card...it's called 'Tootsie Paints a Flower'. I coloured her using watercolour pencils, to match the papers from the 'Stella & Rose - Mabel' pad by My Mind's Eye. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment is from a set by Lili of the Valley, the flowers are by Prima, and are held in place using some BasicGrey brads.


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


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pile It On! Challenge May - Animals and/or Spring Garden

It's the third Sunday of the month, so we more inspiration for this month's Pile It On! Challenge, as well as a bonus theme. This month's main theme is:

'Animals'

and we have a bonus theme of:

'Spring Garden'

Which you can use as an alternative, or combine for this month's challenge!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Kitty Bee Designs:
we ♥ Kitty Bee Designs

I've used a cute Whipper Snapper Designs stamp called 'Sweet Sniffs of Spring'...just perfect for combined both of this month's themes! I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then doodled a simple border using a black gel pen. The papers are from pads by We R Memory Keepers ('72 & Sunny' and 'Hippity Hoppity')...I doodled match borders around those too. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts, and I added a button from my stash tied on with some multicoloured twine.


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, 20 May 2017

PBSC May - Wedding, Anniversary & All Things Love...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:

'Wedding, Anniversary & All Things Love!'

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

It's my parents Ruby Wedding Anniversary (40 years) in a few days time...so this is the card I made for them (Mum if you're reading this...please look away...don't scroll down!). I picked some cute hedgies from the 'Every Which Way' set...colouring them using watercolour pencils. I used one of my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Border' dies to cut a curve long the top, and added a Lili of the Valley sentiment, and some numbers cut using my Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet. I added a couple of snippets of paper (from the 'Paper Hearts' pad by Crate Paper) to the top and bottom of my card blank, then mounted the image panel over the top on some 3D foam.


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, 18 May 2017

Guest Designer - C.R.A.F.T. Challenge

Today, I'm sharing a guest designer card for the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge...where the theme this week is:

'Christmas'

The sponsor for this challenge is Pink Gem Designs:
Prize - 2 Single Digi Images or 2 Card Topper Kits of the winner's choice!

If you're a regular visitor to my blog, you'll know that I love making Christmas cards, so I really enjoyed this challenge! I had a dig around in the bottom of my image box, and found this cute Pink Gem Christmas image, that I think is called 'Winter Milly'. I think that she may have been discontinued though as I can't find her in the Pink Gem catalogue. I coloured her using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the snow using Stickles. The papers are from the 'Christmas Cheer' pad by Lily Bee Designs...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/Stampers Anonymous.


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


For more inspiration from the lovely Design Team, please pop over to the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Dream a Dream

Today's card features another 'oldie but a goodie' from Penny Black called 'Dream a Dream', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The spotty paper is from the 'Now & Then' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges a little, then added some fax stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is also by Penny Black...from the 'Critter Party' set.


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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Welcome Party!

I have a simple one layer Christmas card to share today...featuring a cute Penny Black image called 'Welcome Party'. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, added a simple border and a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous).


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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Rainin' Daisies

I have a simple little card to share today, featuring an 'oldie but a goodie' from Penny Black called 'Rainin' Daisies', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'So Sophie' 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 a set that came free with a craft magazine.


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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Moo'd Swing

Today's card was inspired by the 'Yellow & Grey' colour challenge over at Less is More. It's not a colour combination I use much, but I found the perfect piece of paper in my 'Breeze' pad (by My Mind's Eye). I stamped the cow (called 'Moo'd Swing' by Whipper Snapper stamps) directly on to my card blank (I love the expression on her face!), and coloured her using watercolour pencils. I cut a curve at the bottom of the piece of paper using one of my 'Stitched Hillside Border' dies, then added it over the top. The sentiment stamp is from a set that came free with a craft magazine.


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Pile It On! Challenge May - Animals

It's the first Sunday of the month, so that means we have a brand new fun challenge starting over at Pile It On! Our theme for this month is:

'Animals'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Kitty Bee Designs:
we ♥ Kitty Bee Designs

I picked a cute piano playing cat image from the 'Jazzy Cats' set by Penny Black, and coloured it using watercolour pencils. I thought I'd give the card a more masculine feel, and picked papers from the 'Awesome Boy' pad by Recollections/Michaels. I added a sentiment from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual, and some simple doodled borders 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, 6 May 2017

PBSC May - Wedding, Anniversary & All Things Love!

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:

'Wedding, Anniversary & All Things Love'

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

The image I used was sent to me in a swap, and I'm not exactly sure what it's called...but after googling, I think it might be 'Lots of Love'...if anyone reading this knows for sure, please let me know! I coloured it using watercolour pencils to match the colours of the Crate Paper 'Paper Hearts' papers. 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 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp.


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, 3 May 2017

ABC Christmas Challenge - May 2017...J & K are for?

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Samantha is the host, and this month we have two themes for you to choose from....or combine!

'J is for Jingle Bells'

and 

'K is for Keep it Simple'

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

There's also a bonus prize from our lovely Samantha...but you'll have to pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge to find out what it is.

I made a project for each of the two themes...for the 'J is for Jingle Bells' I hunted out a load of little silver bells, and threaded them on to some jewellery wire to make a little Christmas tree ornament...adding some silver ribbon to hang it with. It looks massive in the photo below, but it's actually about 3 inches across.


For my 'K is for Keep It Simple' project, I made a one layer card using a stamp from the 'Joy to the World' stamp set by Penny Black. I coloured the image suing watercolour pencils, added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), and doodled a simple border.


Challenges for these items:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Plane Trail Birthday

Today's card is an ultra simple birthday card for an aeroplane enthusiast! I stamped the plane (from the 'Patch a Flight' set by Woodware) on to a DL kraft card blank, and then again on to a snippet of map print paper (from the 'Now & Then' pad by My Mind's Eye) so that I could paper piece it. I stamped the sentiment (from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp) to look like the plane had written it in the sky.


The recipient is from Portugal, but has lived in London for almost 15 years...I managed to fit the plane on to a snippet with both the UK & Portugal on:


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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mistletoe Moment

I have another Christmas card to share today...this one features a cute House Mouse stamp called 'Mistletoe Moment' that I found in a charity shop a few weeks ago. I was visiting my parents when I made this card, and didn't have any Christmas papers with me, so used a Sizzix holly print folder to emboss some kraft card for the background. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley, and the sparkly brad is by American Crafts.


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A Little Birdie Told Me...

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring stamps from a couple of Penny Black clear stamp sets... 'Snow Much Fun' & 'Wintertime Cheer'. I combined birds from the two sets to make a little scene, doodled a simple border, and coloured it all using watercolour pencils. The sentiment from Barkely 'Purrfect Christmas' set by Crafter's Companion.


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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Crazy Dogs

I a set of 'Crazy Dog' cards to share today...I couldn't decide which one to choose, so I used them all! I made six brightly coloured watercolour backgrounds using Distress Inks, mixing two colours on each one - I've listed the colours used underneath the images below. I started by adding a couple of layers of each of the colours...drying with my heatgun in between each addition...then added splashes of the inks, and plain water to create some more texture. I trimmed the panels down, added a simple border using a black gel pen, and mounted them on to my card blanks using 3D foam. I coloured all of the dogs using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them out. I cut some speech bubbles using Craft Asylum/Sizzix Thinlits dies, and stamped a sentiment (from the 'Big Sentiments' set by Paula Pascual), then added the dogs and sentiments to their backgrounds using foam pads.

(Fired Brick & Festive Berries - Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire)

(Broken China & Peacock Feathers - Lucky Clover & Mowed Lawn)

(Spiced Marmalade & Wild Honey - Picked Raspberry & Wilted Violet)

Challenges for these cards:

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Xmas Crafts

I have a Christmas card to share today featuring another stamp that I picked up in a charity shop last week...it's called 'Xmas Crafts' by Penny Black. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, and paired it with some glittery papers from the 'Recollections - Simply Stated' pad by Michaels (found at TK Maxx). I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The snowflakes were cut using Cuttlebug and Marianne Designs dies, and the sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Blooming Spring Meadows

Today's card was inspired by the 'Spring Walk' theme of this week's Less is More Challenge. I tried to create a kind of 'Polaroid' photo image that might have been taken of some wild flowers seen on a Spring walk. I used my Hero Arts 'Blooming Meadows' stamp...inked up with various colours of Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Scattered Straw, Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint & Lucky Clover), then spritzed with water and stamped on to a piece of card that I'd given a light watercolour wash (using Stormy Sky &Broken China Distress Inks) to give a blue sky background. I trimmed the image down then distressed the edges a little before matting it on to a plain piece of white card to look like an instant photo. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp...I only inked the word part of the stamp.


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Monday, 17 April 2017

Bun Buns

I have one last Easter treat bag to share today...this one features 'Bun Buns' by Penny Black...coloured in shades of chocolate brown using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Recollections - Charming' by  Michaels (found at TK Maxx). 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 'Egg-cellent Easter Sentiments' set by Amy R?C C Designs.


Challenges for this bag: