Sunday, 16 December 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Shaped Cards and/or Add a Charm

It's the third Sunday of the month, so that means it's time for some more inspiration, and an additional theme for this month's Pile It On! Challenge:

'Shaped Cards'
and/or
'Add a Charm'

Our sponsor this month is Crafty Sentiments
Prize - 3 Digis of the winner's choice!

I made a cute little circle card this time, cut using the largest of my scalloped circle Nestie dies...making sure to leave one of the edges outside of the die so it would hold together. I cut a smaller circle from a piece of green card, distressed the edge, added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, then embossed it using a folder by Couture Creations called 'Jolly Christmas'. The pup is from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set by Penny Black...I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out, adding him to my card using 3D foam pads. The sentiment stamp is from a House Mouse set called 'Sleepy Stocking'.


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, 15 December 2018

PBSC December - Anything Goes (Optional 'Winter or Christmas')...More Inspiration!

It's the third Saturday of the month, so I'm back with some more inspiration for this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge...where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'
or
'Winter or Christmas'

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:
Prize - a $20 voucher!

I used the optional WInter/Christmas theme to make a card for my Mum to give to her Mum. I combined three skating images 'Skating Snowy'. 'Ice Dance Dog' and a cute little hedgie from the 'Cristmas Critters' set'...I coloured them using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them out. I made a scene using a piece of snowy paper from the 'Frost & Snow' pad by Craft Creations, some torn white card, and a few die cut trees (cut using Happy Little Stampers dies). The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment stamp is from the 'Merriest Wishes' set by Hero Arts, and I used my Paper Smooches 'Graffiti Alphabet' set for the personalisation.


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.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Kraft & Gold Gift Wrap & Giftcard Holder

I've been busy wrapping presents today...and have a couple of simple ideas to share. I wrapped everything using kraft paper with gold polkadots (a bargain from the clearance section in Home Sense), and had previously made a set of personalised gift tags, so decorated a plain kraft gift bag to match. I stamped my Stampendous 'Delicate Snowflakes' stamps on to the bag using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them with 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing glitter by WOW.



Using some of the wrapping paper, I made a simple folded giftcard holder (I followed this tutorial by Kristina Werner)


I threaded some gold ribbon through a channel at the back, and tied it in a bow to hold it closed.


Challenges for these items:


Monday, 10 December 2018

Christmas Gift Boxes

I have some little Christmas gift boxes to share today. They were made using my We R Memory Keepers punch board...and once assembled measure 4x4x4 inches. I make some of these every year, and this time I didn't have enough suitably thick 12x12 papers, so used sheets of American Crafts card, and then decorated them with snippets of papers from my 'Wonderful Winter' and 'Countdown to Christmas' pads by My Mind's Eye. I distressed the edges of the papers a little, then added some faux stitching using my Cutterbee Bug and a black gel pen. I made a small tag to match each one, decorating each with a matching piece of paper, then attached them to the boxes with some twine.


(Click the photos for a close-up view)


Challenges for these boxes:


Friday, 7 December 2018

Snow Family

I have a simple one layer Christmas card to share today, featuring a Wild Rose Studio stamp called 'Snowmen', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Tattered Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - Y & Z are for?

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Carol is the host, and it's th last challenge of the year! We have two themes this month:

'Y is for Your Favourite Thing'
&
'Z is for Zero Embellishments'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Crafty Ribbons
Prize - £10 Voucher for the Crafty Ribbons store!

There's also a little prize from Carol:


I used several of my favourite things on my first card...a Penny Black image (this cute pup is from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set), My Mind's Eye papers (these are from a really old pad called 'Wonderful Winter'), and a favourite techinque...faux stitching (using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen). I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, added some light distressing to all of the layers, a snowflake (cut using a Tim Holtz die) which I coated with some sparkle, and a piece of green Card Candi (by Craftwork Cards).


For my 'Zero Embellishments' card, I went completely flat...making a one layer card using a Uniko Stamp called 'Block Party Christmas'. I stamped it on to a kraft card blank using a white pigment inkpad, then heat embossed it using white embossing powder. I added a touch of colour to some of the elements of the stamp using watercolour pencils.


Challenges for these cards:


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

Monday, 3 December 2018

Snowy Winter Nights

I have a simple Christmas card to share today...featuring a Hero Arts stamp called 'Snowy Winter Nights'. I heat embossed it using 'Midnight Dream' embossing glitter by WOW on plain white card..it's beautifully sparkly in real life...but a real pain to photograph! I trimmed down the embossed panel, distressed the edges, then added it to a navy blue card blank. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous, and was heat embossed in white.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Shaped Cards

We have another fun Pile It On! Challenge starting today...and the theme is:

'Shaped Cards'

Our sponsor this month is Crafty Sentiments
Prize - 3 Digis of the winner's choice!

I made a little 'cracker' shaped card...which is really known as a 'diamond fold' using a piece of double sided paper by Bo Bunny called 'Rejoice Adorned'. I simply added a Lili of the Valley pre-coloured die cut image from the 'Traditional Christmas' sheet. I used one of my circle Nesties to trim it down, and matted it on to some green card cut into a scalloped circle. I added some sparkle to the snowflakes and ornaments on the image using a glitter gel pen.


It folds flat into a neat little 4x4 square for posting:



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, 1 December 2018

PBSC December - Anything Goes (Optional 'Winter or Christmas')!

It's the first Saturday of the month, so that means it's time for a new Penny Black Saturday Challenge...where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'
or
'Anything but a Card'

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:
Prize - a $20 voucher!

I went with the optional 'Winter or Christmas' theme...I'm not sure if I need to make any more Christmas cards, but I just can't help myself! I couldn't remember the last time that I inked up 'Snowy', so I thought that it was time that he came out to play...I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I paper pieced his hat and scarf using a snippet of patchwork effect paper from the 'Special Delivery' pad by Helz Cuppleditch. I used another paper from the same pad for the pink snowy background. I doodled a simple border using a black gel pen, and added a sentiment (from a set by C C Designs).


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.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Birthday Dog

I have something other than a Christmas to share today...hurrah! It's a simple birthday card featuring 'Birthday Dog' by Penny Black. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I added some strips of washi tape (from Poundland) to my card blank, then popped Birthday Dog on top using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

All Creatures

I have a Christmas card to share today featuring a Penny Black stamp called 'All Creatures', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I distressed the edges a little, then matted it on to a snippet of brown card, before adding it to my card blank. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Home for Christmas

I have a simple one layer Christmas card to share today...featuring one of the critter stamps from the 'Joy to the World' set by Penny Black (coloured using watercolour pencils) and a sentiment from the 'Winter Wishes' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:


Friday, 23 November 2018

Present Pile

I have another Christmas card to share today...featuring another of the 'James the Bear' stamps by Lili of the Valley...this one is called 'Present Pile'. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils to match the colours of the present covered paper from the 'Special Delivery' pad by Helz Cuppleditch. I distressed all of the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Gilded Snowflakes

I have a couple of Christmas cards to share today...featuring a mixture of Hero Arts (from the 'Winter Wishes' set) and Stampendous (from the 'Delicate Snowflakes' set) snowflakes, heat embossed using 'Fool's Gold' embossing glitter by WOW. I couldn't decide what colour background card to use, so made one using purple, and another using teal.



Challenges for these cards:

Monday, 19 November 2018

Little Star

I have a simple little Christmas card to share today...featuring an old James the Bear stamp by Lili of the Valley, called 'Little Star'. I coloured him using watercoour pencils, adding some gold to his star using a gel pen, then carefully cut him out. I added some strips of gold and red washi tape (by Dovecraft & Hobbycraft) to a white card blank, then popped James the Bear on top using 3D foam pads. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 18 November 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Pets and/or Your Favourite Way to Colour an Image

It's the third Sunday of the month, so I have another project for this month's Pile It On! Challenge, where the themes are:

'Pets'
and/or
'Your Favourite Way to Colour an Image'

Are sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps
Prize - 2 Digis of the winner's choice!

My favourite way to colour an image (as you'll probably know if you're a regular visitor to my blog) is with watercolour pencils. I picked an image by Simon Says Stamp called 'Furry Christmas', coloured them then carefully cut them out. I made a simple background by heat embossing my 'Falling Snow' background stamp (also by Simon Says Stamp) using white embossing powder on kraft card. I also heat embossed one of the sentiments from the 'Furry Christmas' set on a snippet of  kraft card, and cut that out too. To echo the red in the image, I matted it all on to a snippet of red card before adding it to my card blank.


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, 17 November 2018

PBSC November - 'Anything Goes' (Optional 'Anything but a Card')

It's the third Saturday of the month, so I'm back with some more inspiration for this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge...where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'
or
'Anything but a Card'

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:
Prize - a $20 voucher!

Ages ago, I received a pack of Prima watercolour tags as part of a challenge prize...I've never got round to using them before as they're huge for tags (8.5 inches long!), but I thought that I'd turn one into a bookmark for this month's challenge. I used stamps from the Penny Black 'Social Butterfly' set, and heat embossed them on the tag using clear embossing powder. I then watercoloured over the top using Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves & Mermaid Lagoon), drying in between layers with my heat gun. I then splattered some water droplets over the top, distressed the edges a little, then added a selection of co-ordinating ribbons & twine.


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


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

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Flourish Tree with Stars

I have a simple embossed Christmas card to share today. I used an older Hero Arts stamp called 'Flourish Tree with Stars', and heat embossed it and a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous) on burgundy card, using 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing glitter by WOW. I matted the embossed panel on to some gold mirror card, and then added it to burgundy card blank.


Challenges for this card: