Thursday, 30 October 2014

Hallowe'en Tag

I have my version of Tim Holtz's October tag for his 12 Tags of 2014 to share with you today...

12 tags of 2014 - october... | www.timholtz.com

I didn't really have any of the products he used...but just fancied having one last play with my Hallowe'en stash before I tidied it away for another year...so improvised rather a lot!


I started by stamping my spider (from the Penny Black 'Be very scared!' set), then I used a Tim Holtz texture fade to emboss the background...blending Distress Inks over the top (Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive & Seedless Preserves). I then spritzed  over the top with some 'Antique Gold' Cosmic Shimmer pigment mixed with water in a mini mister. I distressed the edges a little, then inked the edges with 'Black Soot' Distress Ink. My pumpkins are also a Penny Black stamp (from the 'Spooky' set...I coloured then using watercolour pencils, then coated the with Glossy Accents before cutting them out, inking the edges with more 'Black Soot' and mounting them using 3D foam pads. The lettering was done using my Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet, the little spider charm (there's a pumpkin on the other side) is from a My Mind's Eye die cut elements sheet, and the twine is from the Ribbon Girls.

Here's a shot under artificial light showing the gloss and shimmer:


Challenges for this tag:

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - V is for...

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

'V is for Very Merry Christmas'
(Simply include these words in your sentiment...and if you don't have anything suitable, our lovely Samantha has created several for you to choose from.)

We are sponsored for this challenge by Sweet Stamps:
Prize - $10 Gift Certificate to spend at Sweet Stamps!

My 'Very Merry Christmas' sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp that I adapted...and the image is a Nellie Snellen stamp that my lovely DT buddy Samanatha sent for my birthday...so cute...thank you! The papers aren't Christmassy...they're from a pad by My Mind's Eye called 'Vintage Charms'...I inked the edges using 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink, then distressed them a little too, before adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The snowflake was cut using a Memory Box die, the gem stone brad is from Craft Obsessions, and the pearls are from Hobbycraft.


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.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - Spooky!

We have a new Oldie but a Goodie Challenge starting today...and the theme is:

'Spooky!'

I've made (another) Hallowe'en treat bag with one of the cute cats from the Penny Black 'Spooky!' set...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are a mixture of My Mind's Eye 'Boo to You!' and Bo Bunny 'Whoo-ligans'...I doodled some simple borders using black and white gel pens. The bats were cut using my Memory Box 'Bunch of Bats' die...and I couldn't resist adding a couple of googly eyes to the spider on one of the papers.


I'm also entering this treat bag into the following challenges:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Oldie but a Goodie Challenge.
 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Create a Scene

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

'Create a Scene'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Beyond the Fringe Crafts:

I used dies to create a wintery scene...the trees are a Marianne Designs die, and the reindeer die is by Die'sires from Crafter's Companion...I added a little red pearl for his red nose. I embossed the background using my Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' folder to look like a snowy sky...and tore strips of white card to make the snowy ground.


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.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Wildflowers & Blooming Meadows

I have a birthday card and set of (almost) matching notecards to share today. For the card, I started by stamping my Hero Arts 'Blooming Flowers' in Versamark Ink on to a piece of paper from the 'Wildflower' pad by My Mind's Eye, then heat embossing it with white powder, before blending 'Peeled Paint' and 'Tumbled Glass' Distress Ink over the top. I inked around the edges using 'Pumice Stone' Distress Ink, and added a sentiment from a set by Papermania.


For the notecards, I simply cut pieces of paper from the same pad, inked around the edges using more 'Pumice Stone' ink, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, then added another sentiment from the same Papermania set.


Here's a shot of all of them:


Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bicycles, bicycles, bicycles!

I have a couple of stamped pieces of wall art to share today...along the same theme as this piece I shared a few months back...but on a much larger scale.


I sketched outlines first, then filled them using a variety of Hero Arts, Elle Avery and Hobbycraft bicycle stamps and Distress Inks. The frames are from Ikea and measure 60x80cm.


They were supposed to go in the office/craft room that I share with my flatmate who runs his business (The Bicycle Society) from there...but have ended up in our living room instead...so it looks like I'm going to have to make some more! Apologies for the dodgy photos...they weren't the easiest things to photograph!

Challenges for these pictures:

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - U is for...

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

'U is for Uncoloured'
(No colouring on your main image)

We are sponsored for this challenge by QKR Stampede:
Prize - 5 Digi images of the winner's choice.

I decided to stamp and emboss my image...using black sparkle embossing powder. The tree and the sentiment stamps are both by Hero Arts.


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.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - Christmas

We have a new Oldie but a Goodie Challenge starting today...with a nice and easy theme:

'Christmas'

I've used an older Penny Black stamp called 'Snow Dust' on my card...I stamped and embossed it in white together with a Hero Arts sentiment, before blending various shades of blue Distress Ink over the top (Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans & Chipped Sapphire).


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Oldie but a Goodie Challenge.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Use at Least 2 Die Cuts

We have another fun Pile It On! challenge starting today, where the theme is:

'Use at Least 2 Die Cuts'

We are sponsored for this challenge by StitchyBear's Digi Outlet:
Prize - $10 Gift Certificate

I've made (yet another!) Hallowe'en treat bag...and used one of the Penny Black cats from the 'Be very scared!' set. For the background, I embossed some plain card using a couple of Cuttlebug folders (there are pumpkins on the purple and sweets on the orange)...then added some die cuts ('Creepy Web' and 'Bats' by Memory Box, and 'Picket Fence' by Die-namics).


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.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Noel

Today's card couldn't get much simpler...I used a Sugar Nellie stamp (sorry...I don't know what it's called, and can't find it on their website) which I simply coloured using watercolour pencils, then mounted on to to my card blank using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bicycle Birthday

Today's card is for my bicycle obsessed flat-mate's birthday...I used stamps from a Hero Arts set simply called 'Bicycles'...heat embossing the images using clear powder on kraft card, before blending some 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink over the top to create a vintage feel. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Studio G.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Hallowe'en/Hallowe'en Colours

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:

'Halloween or Halloween Colours' 

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I've used a stamp from the 'Spooky' set...and papers from the 'Whoo-ligans' collection by Bo Bunny to decorate a Hallowe'en treat bag. I used my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen to add some faux stitching, and a Memory Box die for the cobweb. The sentiment is from another Penny Black set ('Be very scared!'), and the googly eyes are by Craft Planet.


I'm also entering this treat bag into the following challenges:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies...including our fabulous new DT members...please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Crafty Little Fairies Challenge - One Design Paper

This month at the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge, we are challenging you to use just:

'One Design Paper'

As usual, we have lots of wonderful prizes on offer from our fabulous sponsors:

£10 gift voucher from The Ribbon Girl:



A stamp of the winner's choice from Whiff of Joy


£7.50 voucher from HobbyKutz




4 Digis from Delicious Doodles

I picked a really busy Bo Bunny paper, from the 'Whoo-ligans' collection, to make decorate a Hallowe'en treat bag. The image is a Penny Black stamp (from the 'Be very scared!' set), the cobweb was cut using a Memory Box die (Creepy Web), and the fence was cut a Die-namics die (Picket Fence). I added some faux stitching around the edge of the paper using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


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


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - T is for...

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

'T is for Tree Ornament'

Our sponsor for this challenge is:
Prize -  2 digis of the winner's choice

I've decorated a photo ornament using some Helz Cuppleditch 'Special Delivery' paper, and some die cut shapes from the 'Colourful Christmas' collection by My Mind's Eye. I filled the bottom of the bauble with some 'Polar White' Flowersoft mixed with a little Glamour Dust.

Front:


Back:


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


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

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - 1-2-3

We have a new Oldie but a Goodie Challenge starting today...with a theme of:

'1 (image) - 2 (papers) - 3 (finishing touches)'

The prize for this challenge is this Pippinwood decoupage kit:

I've made a Hallowe'en treat bag using an image from the Penny Black 'Be very scared' set which I coloured using watercolour pencils. My two papers are from the 'Whoo-ligans' collection by Bo Bunny...I doodled the borders using a white gel pen. My three finishing touches are a web (cut using a Memory Box die), some black & white baker's twine (from the Ribbon Girls) and a paper of googly eyes (by Craft Planet).


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


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Oldie but a Goodie Challenge.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Hallowe'en/The Witching Hour



This week at the Pile It On! Challenge our theme is:

'Hallowe'en/The Witching Hour'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Digital Delights:

I've decorated a Hallowe'en treat bag using a plain bag from Hobbycraft, and a Penny Black cat stamp from the 'Be very scared!' set. I created a scene using Bo Bunny 'Whoo-ligans' papers and some Die-namics' dies (Party Balloons, Picket Fence & Grassy Edges). I stamped the cat on to the backing paper first so that I didn't have to worry about cutting out his whiskers or the balloon string. The sentiment is also by Penny Black (from the 'Spooky' set) and the bats were cut using a Memory Box die.


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.