Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Scrappy Christmas!

I have (yet!) more Christmas cards to share today...some really quick and simple ones using up some of the last scraps of paper from my 'Merry Little Christmas' pad by My Mind's Eye - I've loved this pad and now only have a few 'odd' bits left! I used a piece of each paper to cover part of my card blank (these are A6...the paper scraps weren't really big enough for my usual square cards) cutting a wavy edge freehand. I stamped a sentiment (from the 'Very Merry Christmas' set) on to each card, then simply added some die cut snowflakes...cut using Cuttlebug dies from more scraps of card.


Here are some close-ups of the cards...the cards are all straight - it's my photography that's wonky!




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Monday, 27 July 2015

Reindeer

Lacking in inspiration...other than knowing that I wanted to use these cute Hero Arts reindeer...I did a search on Google images for cards using this stamp and die set, and stumbled across this fabulous card by Vicki...and borrowed totally stole her idea! I hunted out lots of Christmas sentiments (from sets by Hero Arts, Penny Black, Paper Make-Up, Simon Says Stamp & Lili of the Valley) and used them to make the 'wordy' backgrounds, then simply added my reindeer on top, raised up on 3D foam pads.


Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - Thinking of You

We have a new Pile It On! Challenge starting today...and the theme is:

'Thinking of You'

Our sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri Designs:
Prize - $7 Gift Certificate!

I started by stamping a Hero Arts 'Music' background stamp on white card using 'London Fog' Memento Ink, then blended various shades of blue Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, faded Jeans, Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire) over the top. The butterfly stamp is from the 'Social Butterfly' set by Penny Black...I stamped it using black Stazon Ink on to vellum, then carefully cut it out. I also stamped my sentiment (from a little Studio G set) on to vellum...then tore the edges before wrapping it around my blue background. The little adhesive pearls are by Papermania.


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, 23 July 2015

Snowball Penguins

Another Christmas card today...featuring a cute Bugaboo Stamps image called 'Snowball Penguins'. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the snowballs using a Sakura Stardust pen, and a sentiment from the 'Joy to the World' set by Penny Black. The papers are from the 'Now & Then' pad by My Mind's Eye...I inked around the edges with 'Pumice Stone' Distress Ink, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen. The adhesive pearls are by Papermania.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - O is for...

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

'O is for Off the Edge'
(Have your design go over or leave part of your image off the edge)

Our sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps:
Prize - 7 Digital Stamps!

I've used a cute hedgie Penny Black image (from the 'Joy to the World' set)...I stamped him just off the edge of my card blank...sort of makes it look like he's speeding along! I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then simply added a sentiment (from a Lili of the Valley set).


Challenges for this card:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Doggie Delights

I've used another older stamp on today's card...'Doggie Delights' by Lili of the Valley. I colored the image using watercolour pencils, then added a little sentiment from the Penny Black 'Critter Party' set. The papers are from the 'Stella & Rose - Mabel' pad by My Mind's Eye...I inked around the edges using 'Pumice Stone' Distress Ink before adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen. The banners/bunting were cut using dies from a Sizzix Thinlits set for Craft Asylum called 'Speech Bubbles', and the little adhesive pearls are by Papermania.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 20 July 2015

Little Snowy

...and I'm back to Christmas cards! This time I've used a cute snowman from an older Penny Black set ('Jolly Friends'), which I coloured using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to the snowy ground with some Stickles. The papers are from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper...I distressed the edges, then added some faux stitching with my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The snowflake was cut using a Memory Box die, the gem brad is from Craft Obsessions and the little pearls are by Papermania.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Footprints in the sand...

I have another summery/beachy card to share today. I started by inking up an acrylic block using  Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans & Stormy Sky) then spritzing it with water before stamping on to plain white card. I then used a mixture of Scattered Straw and Pumice Stone inks to paint 'footprints' in the sand along the edge of the 'shoreline'. The I simply added a sentiment (from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp) and matted in on to black card.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Aeroplane Birthday

Something a little bit different for me today...I was asked to make an 80th birthday card for a gentlemen...his interests were listed as: mechanical things; aeroplanes; and war 'stuff'! I didn't have any suitable stamps...or papers...so after a bit of Googling I set about trying to make a plane using some of my circle Nesties and a corner rounder punch! I picked card in RAF blue for the plane...adding some light grey 'windows' and darker grey 'engines'! For the background, I used some sky blue card, adding some die cut clouds (Memory Box 'Puffy Clouds'), then simply added some die cut numbers (Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet).


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Thursday, 16 July 2015

On the Beach...

I have something a little more seasonally appropriate to share today. I inked up 'Deckchair Dreaming' by Lili of the Valley, and coloured him using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Stella & Rose - Mabel' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges a little, then used my CutterBee Bugs and a black gel pen to add some faux stitching. The sentiments were cut using Sizzix Thinlits dies (from the Craft Asylum collection).


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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Presents

I have a Christmas card to share today...using a 'Me to You' bear stamp called 'Presents'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the snowy ground using Stickles. The corrugated kraft card was recycled from some packaging, the sentiment stamp is from a Lili of the Valley set, and the little adhesive pearls are from Hobbycraft.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 12 July 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - On or By the Water

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

'On or By the Water'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Craftin' Desert Divas
Prize - Stamp set of winner's choice (US only)

 I went for fish...not exactly on or by the water....more on it now I come to think about it! Ha ha! The images are from Hambo Stamps (called 'Fish Trio')...I coloured them using watercolour pencils, then cut them out and mounted them on to my card blank using 3D foam pads. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts...I masked of the 'W' of 'Wishing' before I inked it, then replaced it with a 'F'.


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, 10 July 2015

A touch of whimsy...

I have a simple summery card to share today....I stamped the flower stamps from the 'Touch of Whimsy' set by Penny Black, then soaked the card with water, and 'splodged' (technical term!) Distress Inks over the top, and then doodled a border.


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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Present Pile

I have another Christmas card to share today...using yet another Lili of the Valley stamp...this one is 'Present Pile'...I love James the Bear! I kept it really simple...colouring him using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle using Stickles...and matting him on to red and blue card.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for...

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

'N is for Not a Card'

We are sponsored for this challenge by All Dressed Up
Prize - 2 Images of the winner's choice!

I've made a Christmas gift tag...using a cute Hero Arts stamp called 'Winter Pup' and papers from the 'Merry Little Christmas' pad by My Mind's Eye. I doodled some simple borders, and added a few adhesive pearls, and a sentiment using a stamp from a Lili of the Valley set.


I coloured the pup using watercolouer pencils, fussy cut him, and then layered his head and hat to add some dimension:


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


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

Monday, 6 July 2015

Henry & Cupcake

Another 'blast from the past' today...I'm using 'Henry Celebrating Mouse' by Whiff of Joy...last inked up in July 2012...eeeek! I coloured Henry using watercolour pencils, then added lots of Glamour Dust to the cupcake frosting and candle flame. I kept it simple, using a strip of stripey paper from the 'Now & Then' pad by My Mind's Eye...adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiments are both from the Hero Arts Cupcakes set.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Ice Cream Sundae!

I have a cute summery card to share today...featuring an old Stampavie stamp by Tina Wenke called 'Mouse Holding Ice Cream', and papers from the 'Here is Happy' pad by My Mind's Eye - I just had to use the sheet with ice creams on! I doodled some simple borders, and added a sentiment stamp from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp.


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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Friendship

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:

'Friendship'

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I picked a cute hedgie image from the 'Hugs' set...and combined it with a sentiment stamp by Funstamps. I made a one layer card, simply stamping my image on to my card blank, colouring it using watercolour pencils, and adding some mulitcoloured twine from TKMaxx.


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, 1 July 2015

Penguin Pals

I seem to be stuck in Christmas card mode at the moment...and today's card features another Lili of the Valley stamp, this time it's 'Penguin Pals', which I coloured using watercolour pencils...adding some Stickles to the snow. The papers are from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The snowflake was cut using a Memory Box die, and is held in place using a gem brad from Craft Obsessions.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Pile It On! Challenge - Flag Colours

We have a new Pile It On! Challenge starting today...and the theme is:

'Flag Colours'
(Use the colours of your national flag on your project)

Our sponsor this week is A Day for Daisies
Prize - 3 Images of the winner's choice!

I'm from the UK, so my flag colours are red, white & blue. I picked some papers from an older pad in my stash...'Madison' by Penny Black, and a cute Christmas stamp by Lili of the Valley called 'Christmas Bunnies - Stocking' - that's an older one too, and sadly no longer available. I coloured the image to match the papers, using watercolour pencils, then distressed the edges, and added some faux stitching to the papers using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The snowflakes were cut using Marianne Designs and Cuttelbug dies...I layered them up and added a little adhesive pearl to the centre.


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.