Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for...

We have a new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...it's my turn to host, and the theme is:

'X is for Xmas Music'
(Feature some music paper on your project...if you don't have any, try Google Images)

We are sponsored for this challenge by Zlatoena's Designs:
Prize - 2 Digital Images of the winner's choie!

I made my own music paper using a Hero Arts background stamp on kraft card. The image is 'Carollers' by Penny Black, which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I added a doodled border, and a Studio G sentiment...and then a few jingle bells tied on to some Baker's twine.


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, 24 November 2014

Carolling Mice

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...well on my blog at least...I have more Christmas cards to share this week...all using old favourite Penny Black stamps. The one on today's card is from the 'Christmas Critters' set...which I coloured using watercolour pencils, adding some Stickles to the snowy ground. The papers are from the 'Merry Little Christmas' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges, then added 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 BasicGrey brad...the pearls are from Hobbycraft.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Pile It On! Challenge - Recycle/Upcycle Something

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

'Recycle/Upcycle Something'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Bugaboo Stamps:
Prize - 7 Bugaboo Stamps Digi Images!

My recycled item is a cereal box:
I used the reverse side of the packaging for 'kraft' card.

I stamped and heat embossed in white some Hero Arts background stamps (Magical, Snowflakes & Chevrons) on my 'kraft' card. The image is a Sugar Nellie stamp called 'Festive Friends'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils...the sentiment stamp is from a Lili of the Valley set, and the gems are from Paperchase.


Here are the challenges I piled on:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winter Bunnies

I have another Christmas card to share today...using some more papers from the 'Bundled Up' pad by Crate Paper, but this time a Lili of the Valley image called 'Winter Bunnies'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils, adding some Stickles to the snowy ground. The snowflake is a Memory Box die cut, and the sentiment is also a Lili of the Valley stamp.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 17 November 2014

Wishes for Kisses

I have a Christmas card to share today, using an old favourite Penny Black stamp called 'Wishes for Kisses' 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 a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment was cut from one of the sheets of paper in the pad, the snowflake is a Memory Box die, and the brads are BasicGrey.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Bicycle Giftwrap

I've just discovered a few draft posts that I'd forgotten about...so I thought I'd share one of them with you today. This is the wrapping paper for my flatmate's birthday present...I love using simple brown parcel paper to wrap gifts and dressing it up, either by using pretty ribbons, or washi tape...or (as in this case) by using stamps. I stamped my Hero Arts 'Bicycles' set using black ink randomly all over the paper, then made a matching tag using one of the bikes, and a Studio G sentiment, inking around the edges with 'Brushed Corduroy' Distress Ink (to match his birthday card)...attaching it with some black and white baker's twine.


Challenges for this giftwrap:

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for...

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

'W is for All White'

We are sponsored for this challenge by our very own Lacey's Stamp & Create store:
Prize - $20 Gift Certificate!

I used dies to create a wintery scene for my card...the trees are a Marianne Designs die, the fence is a die by Die-namics, and the reindeer is a Die'sires die from Crafter's Companion. I embossed the background to look like a snowy sky (using my Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' folder), and tore some strips of card for the snowy ground.


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, 11 November 2014

Oldie but a Goodie Challenge - Handmade Embellishments

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

'Handmade Embellishments'

I used a Marianne Designs die to cut a felt snowflake...which is held in place using a gemstone brad from Craft Obsessions. The image is 'Snowman' by Lili of the Valley...which I coloured using watercolour pencils...adding some sparkle to the snow using some Stickles. For the background, I embossed some plain white card using a Sizzix embossing folder. The twine is from the Ribbon Girls.


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, 9 November 2014

Pile It On Challenge - A Special Occasion

This week's Pile It On! Challenge theme is:

'A Special Occasion'

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

Prize - $25 Gift Certificate!

My special occasion is a 100th birthday! This card is for a friend of my Nan's, who celebrates her 100th birthday on the same day as my Nan turns 95! I stamped my Hero Arts 'Garden Weeds' stamp using the watercolour technique and Distress Inks, then blended 'Old Paper' over the top to create an aged look...inking around the edges using 'Brushed Corduroy' ink. The sentiment is from the 'Big Sentiments' set by Paul Pascual, and I used my Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet to cut the numbers.


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, 6 November 2014

Crafty Little Fairies Challenge - Not a Square

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

'Not a Square'

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

The Ribbon Girl

DRS Designs Rubber Stamps

Marianne Design

Crafty Ribbons

I've made a little rocker card...using the largest of my scalloped circle Nesties...and a cute little dog stamp called 'Christmas Puppy'. The papers are from the 'Christmas in the Country' pad by Papermania...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


I stamped the puppy a few times, so that I could layer him up:


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.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Guest Designer - Penny Black & More

I was picked to be the Guest Designer for this month's Penny Black & More Challenge...where the theme is a nice and easy one:

'Anything Goes'
So there's really no excuse not to play along!

As usual, there will be some fabulous prizes on offer from Penny Black Inc:

The card I've made is for my Nan's 95th birthday later this month...the image is called 'Well Wishers'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Vintage Charms' 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 ruffle is pleated seam binding ribbon attached with double sided tape, the pearls are from Hobbycraft, and the sentiment stamp is from a set by Papermania.


Please pop over to the Penny Black & More Challenge for lots of lovely inspiration from the fabulous design team.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - All Wrapped Up

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:

'All Wrapped Up' 
(We want to see coats, hats, scarves & gloves)

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I picked a stamp from the 'Joy to the World' set...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Blitzen' pad by Bo Bunny...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 a Lili of the Valley set, the tree is a Marianne Designs die, the snowflake is a Memory Box die, and the pearl brad is from Craft Obsessions.


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


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

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: