Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Hedgie Harmony

Today's card features three of the little hedgies from the 'Hedgie Harmony' set by Penny Black...stamped on to a snippet of watercolour paper, along with a few extra notes and a sentiment, and coloured using wtercolour pencils. I added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, and layered it over a snippet of red card embossed with with my Crafts Too 'Music Notes' embossing folder.


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Monday, 9 December 2019

Tattered Christmas

I have another Christmas card to share today...this time featuring a few stamps from the 'Tattered Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous. I stamped them on to watercolour paper, coloured them using watercolour pencils, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, before matting the panel on to some red glitter card.


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Saturday, 7 December 2019

PBSC December - Anything Goes (Optional 'Sparkle & Shine')

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

'Anything Goes'
or
'Sparkle & Shine'

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

I inked up one of my older wood mounted Penny Blacks...'Cat on the Moon', and coloured it using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to the stars & moon using a Wink of Stella pen. I made a super sparkly background by repeat stamping a panel of stars (from the 'Starry Backdrops' set by Lawn Fawn) in Versamark Ink on navy card, then heat embossing it using 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing glitter from WOW. I matted everything on to gold glitter card for even more sparkle. 


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

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Carolers

I have another Christmas card to share today...featuring one of the first Penny Black stamps I bought...called 'Carolers'. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment from a set by Stamping Bella called 'Caroling Chicks'. I made a simple background by embossing a piece of kraft card using my 'Musical Notes' embossing folder by Crafts Too...matting everything on to snippets of red card.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

ABC Christmas Challenge - Y & Z are for?

We have reached the final ABC Christmas Challenge of the year...Samantha is the host, and the themes for this month are:

'Y is for Yuletide'
&
'Z is for Zig Zags'

There's a little prize from Samantha on offer for the winner of this challenge:

I couldn't find a specific 'Yule' sentiment among my stash of stamps, so used a combination of stamps frm the Happy Little Stampers 'Everyday Messages' set ('Have a') and Paper Smooches 'Graffiti Alphabet' stamps to make my own. I stamped it directly on to my DL card blank, then added an image from the Lili of the Valley 'Penguins' set below. I coloured the penguins using watercolour pencils.


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


    On my 'Zig Zags' card, I used an old faithful...'Snowy' by Penny Black'...stamping him directly on to my card blank and coloured him using watercolour pencils, then I used snippets of 'zig zag' patterned paper, from the My Mind's Eye 'Chevrons' paper pad, to paper piece his hat and scarf. The sentiment stamp is from the  Sweet Dixie 'Merry Little Robin' stamp set.


    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, 2 December 2019

    'O' Christmas Tree

    I have a couple of simple watercolour cards to share today...made using an idea shared here by Kristina Werner. I used masking tape to make a 'tree' shape on watercolour paper, then painted stipes of green watercolours, drying in between each different colour, overlapping the colours until I had covered the whole of each tree. Once dry, I removed the tape, then added sentiments (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Satmpers Anonymous), and doodled frames before adding my watercoloured panels on to kraft card blanks.


    Challenges for these cards:

    Saturday, 30 November 2019

    Scribbly Tree Tags

    I have a set of Christmas gift tags to share today...using stamps from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous. I stamped the trees, and a sentiment from the same set, on to kraft luggage tags using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them using 'Rich Metallic Gold' embossing powder from WOW. I replaced the plain string on the tags with some gold twine, and that's it...really simple.





    Challenges for these tags:

    Thursday, 28 November 2019

    More Monochrome Sketched Flowers

    Today's card is very similar to one I made a month or so ago (here), and is what I had originally set out to do...but my plans were foiled by some rubbish-y gold embossing powder! It was a really old one (from way before I started blogging...and I've been doing that for over 11 years) that came with my first heat gun, and when I embossed the stamp ('Sketched Flowers' by Simon Says Stamp) it came out a dull brown colour...not attractive! On the previous card, I embossed the flowers and sentiment using white when the gold didn't work, but I went on a hunt to replace it, and picked up a 'Rich Metallic Gold' powder by WOW, and tried again.It's so much better and is everything that I wanted it to be...a lovely shiny gold...and not too yellow. I added a sentiment from the same stamp set, then coloured the flowers using watercolour pencils (but without water), then distressed the edges a little before adding the panel to my card blank. 


    Challenges for this card:

    Tuesday, 26 November 2019

    Monty with Gifts

    Today's card features a stamp that I picked up from a charity shop recently...it's an old Funstamps one called 'Monty with Gifts'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. The papers I used for the background are from the 'Peppermint Forest' pad by Craftwork Cards...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


    Challenges for this card:

    Sunday, 24 November 2019

    Toot Your Own Horn!

    I have a quick and simple card to share today featuring more of the hedgies from the Penny Black 'Hedgie Harmony' stamp set. I stamped them on to a snippet of watercolour paper, along with a sentiment from the 'Critter Concert' set by Lawn Fawn, then coloured the image using wtercolour pencils. I embossed a snippet of yellow card using my 'Music Notes' embossing folder by Crafts Too to make a simple background.


    Challenges for this card:

    Friday, 22 November 2019

    Snowman Family

    Another Christmas card to share today...this one is ultra simple. I used my Woodware 'Snowman Family' stamp, stamped it directly on to a DL kraft card blank, along with a Lili of the Valley sentiment, and coloured using watercolour pencils (without water).


    Challenges for this card:

    Wednesday, 20 November 2019

    Bright Baubles

    I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring another recent purchase...the 'Bright Baubles' stamp set by Julie Hickey. I stamped the bauble on to snippets of teal card using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them using 'Metallic Silver Sparkle' embossing powder from WOW. I carefully cut out the baubles, then mounted them on to a DL card blank, layering one overlapping the other using 3D foam pads. I doodled a 'thread' for each of the baubles using a black gel pen, then added a sentiment using stamps from the same stamp set.


    Challenges for this card:

    Monday, 18 November 2019

    Cosmos Circle

    I'm featuring another recent purchase on today's card...the 'Cosmos Circle' stamp by Woodware. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment (from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image), distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


    Challenges for this card:

    Saturday, 16 November 2019

    PBSC November - Anything Goes (Optional 'Tags')

    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'
    or
    'Tags'

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

    This time, I used one of my newer Penny Black stamp...'Together'...to make a Birthday card and matching gift tag. I stamped on to kraft card, and a kraft tag using Versarmark Ink, then heat embossed the images using 'Rich Metallic Gold' embossing powder from WOW. On the card, I matted the panel on to some gold mirror card, distressing the edges a little. The sentiment stamps used on both are also by Penny Black, from the 'It's Your Day' set.




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

    For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

    Thursday, 14 November 2019

    Snow Dust Twofer

    I have a couple of cards inspired by this month's 'Holiday Greenery' theme of the Twofer Challenge to share today...and although the 'two different occasions' rule has been relaxed this month...I decided to stick with the original formula. I used a Penny Black stamp called 'Snow Dust' to make a Christmas card, and a sympathy card.


    On my Christmas cards, I started by blending Distress Inks (Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord) on to a snippet of smooth card, then heat embossed the whole stamp on top using white embossing powder. I added a snippet of torn white card along the bottom, to look like a snow drift, then added my panel to my card blank using 3D foam pads. The sentiment is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


    On the Sympathy card, I made a loose watercolour background with Distress Inks (Broken China, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss) on watercolour paper, then stamped just the trees (minus the snow dust) in black over the top. I matted it on to a snippet of navy card, distressing the edges a little, and added a sentiment from the 'Sketched Flowers' set by Simon Says Stamp.


    Challenges for these cards:

    Tuesday, 12 November 2019

    Just a Note!

    I have a simple one layer card to share today...featuring some critters from the 'Hedgie Harmony' set by Penny Black. I stamped the image, along with one of the sentiments from the set, directly on to my kraft card blank, then coloured it using watercolour pencils...but without using any water.


    Challenges for this card:

    Sunday, 10 November 2019

    Festive Panel

    I have another couple of Christmas cards to share today...featuring a recent purchase...'Festive Panel' by Woodware Stamps. I stamped it using Versamark Ink on to both red and green card, then heat embossed it using 'Rich Metallic Gold' powder by WOW. I then tore along the top edge, then matted it on to gold glitter card...again tearing the top edge. I stamped on of the sentiments that came in the stamp set on to a couple of kraft card blanks, then added my embossed panels along the bottom edge of each card.


    Here's a close-up of each card:



    Challenges for these cards:


    Friday, 8 November 2019

    Skiing Bunny

    I have another Christmas card to share today...this one features a recent charity shop find 'Skiing Bunny' by Uptown Rubber Stamps, Holly Town Hill. I stamped him on to watercolour paper, then coloured him using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment from the 'Joy to the World' stamp set by Penny Black. I paired it with a snippet of paper from 'The Christmas Multi Stack' by DCWV...it's an old pad, and was another charity shop find. I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


    Challenges for this card:

    Wednesday, 6 November 2019

    ABC Christmas Challenge - W & X are for...

    We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Lindsey is the host, and the themes this month are:

    'W is for Wreath'
    &
    'X is for fauX'

    And the prize for the lucky winner:

    My 'W is for Wreath' project is a Quality Street chocolate wreath...I make a couple of these every year. I'm still using the original polystyrene wreath shapes...and simply use my hot glue gun to attach the chocolates. I use a whole tub of chocolates on each wreath...although every year there are fewer chocolates, so the white of the wreath shape underneath is starting to show through this year! 


    I went with faux stitching on my 'X is for fauX' card. I picked a Penny Black image called 'Wishes for Kisses', which I stamped on to watercolour paper and coloured using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment and little snowflake from a couple of the Penny Black transparent sets. The plaid papers are from two differentpads...the green paper is from the 'Ho Ho Ho Christmas' pad by Polkadoodles, and the red paper is from the 'Festive Chalkboard' pad by Craftwork Cards...I distressed the edges a little before adding my 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 ABC Christmas Challenge.