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.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sorry...I Forgot!

Ooops...I forgot my blog's birthday! Well...the fact that my 'blogoversary countdown' widget seems to have decided to change the date it counts down to didn't help...I'd checked it a few weeks ago thinking 'it must be my blog's birthday soon' to find out that it wasn't until nearly the end of the month...but I checked back to my first ever blog post last weekend to discover that my blog had it's 6th birthday on September 3rd...and not today! So...I've made this card for my blog...I'm so sorry I missed your birthday!


The image is 'Sorry I forgot' by Rachelle Anne Miller for Crafter's Companion...the matching sentiment is one of the ones that came with the stamp. The papers are from the 'Indie Chic' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges then added some faux stitching using my CutterBe Bug and a black gel pen. The pearls are from Hobbycraft and the seam binding ribbon is from the Ribbon Girls.

Challenges for this card:

Despite the extra time to prepare...I still didn't manage to get any blogoversary candy organinsed...so I'm going to save it and have a joint celebration when I post my 2000th post...coming up very soon!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Ecarte, Splits, Pirouette!

Things have been a little busy around here since the start of the new school year...but I found a some time yesterday afternoon to make a few simple cards. Today's uses a Penny Black image called 'Ecarte, Splits, Pirouette' that was sent to me in a swap so long ago that I can't remember who sent it to me. Inspired by the 'Music & Dance theme of this week's Less is More Challenge I thought that it was about time I coloured it in! As usual, I used watercolour pencils, then simply pierced a border, and added a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Cupcakes' set).


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - S is for...

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

'S is for Something Festive'
Easy-peasy...just make something Christmassy!

We are sponsored for this challenge by Freckled Fawn:
Prize - a $15 gift certificate to spend at Freckled Fawn!

I was sent a goody bag from Freckled Fawn containing some washi tape, rub-ons and adhesive gems to use for this challenge...and although they weren't specifically Christmas items, I made a festive card. I stamped and watercoloured n Anita's Christmas Tree (called 'Swirly Tree')...then added some bling with the blue adhesive gems. After doodling a simple border, I attached the image to my card blank with some of the washi tape, then combined a Hero Arts month stamp with a couple of the rub-ons to make a sentiment.


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, 16 September 2014

Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - Autumn

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

'Autumn'

The stamp I've used on my card 'Snow Dust' is actually a wintery one, but I thought that the snow blowing off the trees could pass for leaves! I embossed it using clear powder, then blended 'Autumnal' colours of Distress Inks over the top (Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage & Forest Moss). I mounted this onto a piece of white card...to make it look a bit like a Polaroid photo...adding a sentiment from the 'Mini Messages' set 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 Oldie but a Goodie Challenge.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Feathers and/or Flowers

We have a fun new Pile It On! Challenge starting today...with a theme of:

'Feathers and/or Flowers'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Aurora Wings:
Prize: a $10 gift certificate to spend in their etsy store!

I went for feathers and flowers, and used a Penny Black stamp called 'Cluck, Cluck, Cluck!'...colouring the image using watercolour pencils. The papers I've used are from the 'Ooh La La (for Her)' 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 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual, and the flowers (held in place using a BasicGrey brad) are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


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.