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.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Brown, Blue & White

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:

'Brown, Blue & White' 

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I used the colour combination to make a masculine birthday card using one of my favourite Penny Black stamps...'Birthday Dog'. I used embossing folders on plain card for the background, added some doodled borders, and a sentiment from the 'Big Sentiments' set by Paula Pascual.



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


We're also holding a DT call on this challenge, so for all of the information on that, and more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Crafty Little Fairies Challenge - Sparkle & Bling

We have a new Crafty Little Fairies Challenge starting today...and the theme is:

'Sparkle & Bling'

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





I've used an older Lili of the Valley stamp called 'Snowman'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to the 'snow' using some Stickles. I matted him on to a piece of sparkly glitter card and added some bling with some adhesive gems. The sentiment is also a Lili of the Valley stamp.


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


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

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - R is for...

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

'R is for Red Poinsettias'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Meljen's Designs:
Prize - 4 images of the winner's choice!

I found a poinsettia border stamp in a set by Hobbycraft called 'Falalalala', which I stamped a couple of times either side of a Penny Black sentiment, then simply coloured the images using watercolour pencils, then added a red border cut using my EK Success 'Scalloped Diamonds' border punch.


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, 2 September 2014

Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - Stitching

It's my turn to choose the theme of the Oldie but a Goodie Challenge, and I've chosen:

'Stitching'
(Real or faux)

The prize for this challenge is three rolls of ribbon:

I've made myself a 'back to school' notebook (I'm a music teacher) to help me plan for the new academic year ahead. The plain notebook came from Hobbycraft - I picked up a load of these in the sale after last Christmas...I knew they'd come in handy eventually! The image is 'Toot the Flute' by Penny Black, which I coloured using watercolour pencils, and the music backgrounds are Hero Arts stamps. I blended some 'Old Paper' Distress Ink over the white card to 'age' it a little. The papers are from the 'Recollections' pad by Michaels...I distressed the edges of everything using 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink, and my distressing tool, before adding my faux stitching my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


I decorated the back to match (but used a different music stamp):


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

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Punch It Out

This week at Pile It On! we're challenging you to:

'Punch It Out!
(Use your punches...not dies)

Our sponsor for this challenge is Paper Nest Dolls:
Prize - $25 Gift Certificate!

I only have two punches...a border punch that I use fairly regularly, and a really old (and very much neglected) corner rounder punch...so I decided to dig out the corner punch and round practically every corner on my card! The image is a House Mouse stamp called 'Birthday Cupcake' that I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from a pad by Michaels (found at TKMaxx) called 'Recollections'...I inked the edges a little using 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink, then added some faux stitching using my CuterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


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, 28 August 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge

I know you don't usually see my face on my blog, but I was nominated to do the Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge by my lovely flatmate Rob...I think it must have been punishment for chucking two buckets of ice cold water over him when he took on the challenge! So, in return for a donation to a good cause, here I am being drenched by a rather large quantity of ice cold water!



I'm nominating any of my lovely blog visitors that would like to take on the challenge...and to donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (with or without being drenched in ice cold water!) please visit their website here.