Saturday, 24 September 2016

Constellations

I have a couple more 'watercolour stamped' cards to share today...featuring a rather neglected Penny Black stamp called 'Constellations'. I inked up the stamp using Distress Inks (Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint & Forest Moss), then spritzed it with a little water, and stamped it on to some watercolour paper. There was still a little ink left on the stamp, so I refreshed it with a little more water, and stamped a second one. I stamped a Hero Arts 'Music' background stamp inked with 'Old Paper' Distress Ink over the top, and then blended some more of that same ink around the image. I distressed the edges a little, then added sentiments (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual.


Here's a close-up of the first one:


And the card made with the second stamping:



Challenges for these cards:


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Nordic Reindeer

I have a simple Christmas card to share today...using a Die'sire reindeer die from Crafter's Companion. I cut him out of a snippet of kraft card, then inked around the edges using 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink to add a little definition. The checked paper is a snippet from a pad by Raspberry Road that came free with a craft magazine...I distressed the edges 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, and I think the ribbon was from Hobbycraft.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Autumn Colours/Theme

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

'Autumn Colours/Theme'

Our sponsor this month is Doodle Pantry:
Prize - 3 Digital Products of the Winner's Choice!

I actually used a Christmas stamp on my project...it's called 'Snow Dust' by Penny Black...I heat embossed it using 'Kettle Copper' powder...and thought that it looked like leaves being blown off the trees...rather than snow! I then blended lots of Autumnal coloured Distress Inks over the top...colours used: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss & Brushed Corduroy. To create some texture in the background, I splattered it with some plain water droplets, then patted off the excess with a paper towel, which removed a little colour in those places. I then stamped a Hero Arts 'Music' background stamp over the top...inked with 'Pumice Stone' Distress Ink, but partially removed before stamping. To finish, I inked around the edges with some more of the 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink, and added some ribbon and twill in co-ordinating colours.


Here's a close-up of the copper embossing:


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, 17 September 2016

PBSC September - Nature...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:

'Nature'

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

My card uses a simple flower scene stamp called 'Spring Flowers' that I stamped a few times along the bottom of my card blank...letting it go off the sides. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment (from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp) with a doodled border.


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, 14 September 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for...

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

'S is for Sew What?'
(Real or Faux Stitching)

Our sponsor for this challenge is Freckled Fawn:
Prize - $15 Gift Certificate!

I've used a Stampendous stamped image called 'Bethlehem Nights'...I stamped it using Memento 'Nautical Blue' ink, then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I added a little colour to the buildings, stars and clear patches of sky using watercolour pencils. I distressed the edges a little, then matted it on to some matching blue card, adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white 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 ABC Christmas Challenge.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Agapanthus Clusters

This week at Less is More, we're challenged to make a one layer card featuring our favourite flower...hmm...I don't really have a favourite flower in 'real life'...but this 'Agapanthus Clusters' stamp by Stampendous is one of my favourite single flower stamps. I used Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Forest Moss & Mown Lawn) and the watercolour technique...painting the inks directly on to the stamp, then spritzing with water before stamping. I doodled a border, then added a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual).


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Bunny Friends

I have a simple little card to share today...featuring the 'Bunny Friends' stamp by Penny Black. I love this stamp...and often use sections of it, stamping just one, two or three of the bunnies...it's so versatile! Today, I've used the whole stamp...using it to fill the whole of my A6 sized card. I simply coloured the bunnies using watercolour pencils, added a simple doodled border and a sentiment (from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts).


Challenges for this card:

Thursday, 8 September 2016

That Folder...

A couple of weeks ago, I was one of the lucky winners of 'That Folder' over at Pixie's Snippets Playground...I think I must have been living underneath a rock, because I'd never seen it anywhere before! Apparently it was a 'must-have' item that was originally a freebie with a craft magazine, but proved so popular that they made some more and it's available to buy in a set with a couple of sentiment stamps. Anyway, it arrived in time for me to have a little play with it at the weekend...and I can see why it was such a hit! I made a couple of cards to test it out:


I used the folder to emboss pieces of vellum, then layered them over teal and purple card. I stamped the sentiments that came in the set on to strips of white card...I masked of the symbols before inking, so that I just had the words...then added some faux stitching along the edges and matted them on to co-ordinating card. I cut a couple of butterflies from snippets of the same card using a Joy Crafts die...and added lots of adhesive pearls. I managed to hide all of the adhesive underneath the sentiment strip, butterflies and pearls so that it wouldn't show through the vellum.

Here's a better view of both cards:


And the purple:


Challenges for these cards:


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Peacock Flowers

I have a simple one layer card inspired by this week's Less is More's 'Peacock Feathers' colour challenge. I stamped some flowers from the 'Spring Flowers' set by Honey Doo Crafts just off the edge of one side of my card base, then watercoloured them using Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Wild Honey & Spiced Marmalade). The sentiment stamp is from the 'Fabulous Birthday' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Recycle

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

'Recycle'

Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps:
Prize - 2 Digis of the winner's choice!

I recycled a piece of corrugated cardboard packaging from a set of cake tins...and picked some papers in co-ordinating shades of brown and blue to match from the 'Prince Charming' pad by Michaels. The image is from the 'Man's Best Friend' set by Penny Black which I coloured using watercolour pencils. 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 'Cupcakes' 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, 3 September 2016

PBSC September - Nature!

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:

'Nature'

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

I used one of the butterfly stamps from the 'Social Butterfly' set...stamping it lightly in 'Old Paper' Distress Ink. I wet the whole of the image, then watercoloured using a mixture of Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feather, Old Paper and Pumice Stone. I masked off the butterfly, then splattered some of those colours over the top. I inked around the edges using more Old Paper Distress Ink, the distressed the edges a little, then adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
You can also find this card over on the Fussy & Fancy Challenge, where I'm the featured guest designer for their current challenge:

 'Let's Fly Away!'

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Thank you so much for having me!

And that's not all...today is my blog's 8th birthday...so I'll sort out some candy soon to celebrate that!
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - R is for...

It's time for another fun ABC Christmas Challenge...Samantha is the host, and the theme is:

'R is for Rip It'
(Include something ripped/torn on your project)

We are sponsored for this challenge by Digi Stamp Boutique:
Prize - £10 Gift Certificate!

I used ripped strips of pastel coloured card to make some simple Christmas tree shapes...layering the strips on a piece of triangular scrap of card ...allowing the bottom piece to hang over the edge. I decorated the tree with some adhesive pearls, then attached it to my card above a simple stamped sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous).


It was so quick to do...I made a couple more!


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


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

Monday, 29 August 2016

Old MacDonald Had a Farm...

I have a little set of 'thank you' cards to share today, featuring some farm animal stamps from a set by Kanban. I coloured them using watercolour pencils, then cut them out, and mounted them on to my cards using 3D foam pads on top of a simple background of snippets of paper from the 'Yours Truly' pad by Pebbles Inc. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.

We have, a pig:


...a cow:


...and a sheep:


Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Balloon Trios

I have a trio of balloon-y cards to share today...featuring a set of dies by Die-namics (called 'Party Balloons').


I started by 'smooshing' Distress Inks on to pieces of watercolour paper...colours used: Blues (Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistacio); Oranges (Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade & Fired Brick); and Purples (Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sketch). I added a couple of layers of ink (drying in between each application) then splattered with some water droplets and removing with a paper towel to lighten the colour. I cut one of each of the balloon shapes from each colour to give me enough balloons for three cards. I stamped the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp for the string of the centre balloon on each card, then doodled strings for the other two using a black gel pen. I also doodled some 'string' around the bottom of each of the balloons, then added them to my cards...popping the middle one up using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for these cards:

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Froggy Cheats

I have a couple of really quick cards to share today. Inspired by this week's 'Stickers' challenge over at Less is More, I hunted out an old sheet of Penny Black Stickeroos called 'Pond-side Celebrations'. I stuck the frog stickers on to some scraps of white card, then carefully cut around them, then mounted them on to my cards using 3D foam. I found some washi tapes in co-ordinating colours, and simply added a few strips behind the images, and stamped sentiments from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.




Challenges for these cards:
  • As You Like It - Favourite Shaped Card Base (Tent-folded A6...I used to be all about square cards, but I've come back to this size/shape of card (which I used lots when I first started card-making) recently...I think I find the 'white space' less intimidating on this shape when I make CAS cards!)
  • Less is More - Stickers/Sticky Labels/Peel Offs
  • Little Red Wagon - Happy Birthday
  • Seize the Birthday - Anything Birthday
  • Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Fuzzy Bear

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring an old (but new to me) PSX stamp that doesn't appear to have a name...but features  'fuzzy bear'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils to match the colours in the 'Bundled Up' papers (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 a Pollycraft set for C. C. Designs.


Challenges for this card: