Friday, 12 February 2016

More Candy Hearts...

I'm sneaking one more card into the 'White on White' challenge for Less is More's 5th birthday...I used my Sizzix 'Candy Hearts' embossing folder once more, my Cuttlebug 'Concentric Hearts' and 'Olivia' alphabet dies...I distressed the edges a little, and that's it.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Let it Snow!

I have another white on white card today...but this one's for Christmas! I used some of my favourite Cuttlebug products...the snowflake embossing folder, and ice crystal die. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley (it actually says 'Let it Snow, Let it Snow!' but I only inked up part of the stamp as I didn't have room for the whole sentiment.


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Monday, 8 February 2016

Candy Hearts

Before I get on to today's card, I should apologise for a distinct lack of colour on my blog this week...I sat down yesterday to make a card for this week's Less Is More 'White on White' challenge...and before I knew it I had three white cards...oops! I promise that I shall try to make up for it next week! I used a cute Craft Asylum/Sizzix embossing folder called 'Candy Hearts' for the embossing...matting the central panel on to another piece of white card where I'd pierced a border using my CutterBee Bug. I cut a heart shape using my Cuttlebug 'Concentric Hearts' die, embossed that too...then layered it over the top popped up on 3D foam pads. I scuffed up the edges of everything to add a little definition, then added a sentiment (from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 7 February 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Handmade Embellishments

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

'Handmade Embellishments'

Our sponsor for this month's challenges is Doodle Pantry:
Prize - 3 digital images of the winner's choice!

I decided to make some flowers using my Tim Holtz 'Tattered Florals' die and some snippets of paper from the 'Paper Heart' pad by Crate Paper. I inked around the edges of the flowers using 'Hickory Smoke' Distress Ink, then layered them up adding pearls to their centres. I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment stamp (from the 'Handwritten Borders' set) for the largest flower, and doodled stems for the smaller two...then added a doodled border to match.


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 February 2016

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Use Red and/or Hearts

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:

'Use Red and/or Hearts'

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

I picked a couple of sweet little images from the 'Every which way' set to combine on my card...and coloured them using watercolour pencils. The little hearts are the 'waste' part of a heart border die by Sizzix for Craft Asylum, and the sentiment stamp is from the same clear stamp set. I added some sparkle to the hearts using a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen.


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, 3 February 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - C is for...

It's time for a new ABC Christmas Challenge...Wilma is the host, and the theme is:

'C is for Cute Critters'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Wild Orchid Crafts:
Prize - £10 Gift Certificate!

I picked a some Penny Black hedgehogs for my cute critters...they're from the 'Jolly Friends' set. I coloured them using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut them out. I made a little wintry scene for them to stand in using my Simon Says Stamp 'Falling Snow' background stamp heat embossed in white on kraft card, and my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies. The sentiment is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


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, 1 February 2016

Bethlehem Night

I've been searching for a deep navy blue inkpad to use with this stamp ('Bethlehem Night' by Stampendous) ever since I've had it. I thought I'd found it with 'Paris Dusk' by Memento...on the packaging it's a lovely dark purple/navy...but as you can see, it's not that dark once stamped...so the search goes on! I used some Distress Inks to add some colour to the buildings and stars, and thought I'd turn it into a card anyway. I added a panel of navy card embossed with my Hero Arts 'Macgical' background stamp in gold behind the image, and matted everything on to gold card.


Challenges for this card:


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Curly Christmas

See...I told you I had more Christmas cards to share! These two were really simply to make...I embossed my Woodware 'Curly Christmas' stamp in gold on black card...then used Cosmic Shimmer pigments mixed with water to colour them in. I matted the panels on to gold card, then on to black card blanks.


They're really shimmery in real life...


Challenges for these cards:


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Rainbow Chevrons

I thought I'd give you a little break from Christmas cards (I have do have a couple more ready to blog though...so the festive posts will return shortly!) and show you this pair of cards that I made over the Christmas break. I received some Prima water-soluble oil pastels for Christmas, and I used them on these cards to create a rainbow effect. I started by stamping a Hero Arts background stamp 'Chevrons') in Versamark Ink on white card, then heat embossed it using white powder. I scribbled with my pastels over the top of the embossing using a rainbow of colours, then blended them together using a paintbrush and some water. To create the cards, I trimmed my coloured piece in half vertically, then matted them on to some snippets of black card. They weren't quite long enough for a standard A6 card, so I cut across each piece to stretch them over the full length of the cards...it left a handy space for stamping a sentiment (these are from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp).


It was a really bright day when I took the above photo, so here's a better look at one of the cards:


Challenges for these cards:


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Trio of Trees

I have another Christmas tree card to share today...this one uses a Woodware stamp called 'Trio of Trees' that I picked up in the post-Christmas sales. This is a simple one layer card...I coloured the trees using watercolour pencils, then added some 'Tiara' Stickles to the ornaments on the trees, a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous) and a doodled border.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Pile It On! Challenge - Black, White & a Pop of Colour

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

'Black, White & a Pop of Colour'

I picked a much neglected Hero Arts stamp to use on my card...it's called 'Flourish Tree with Stars'...and stamped it in Versamark ink on black card along with a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous, then heat embossed them in white. For my 'pop' of colour, I painted the stars and little circles using Cosmic Shimmer pigments mixed with  little water. I the doodled a simple border using a white gel pen. 


The camera kind of washed out my 'pop' of colour...but the colours I used were red:


...and green:


The red & green are also nice and shimmery in real life too!

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, 21 January 2016

Birthday Whoot

I have a really simple card to share today using a cute little owl stamp that I picked up in the post-Christmas sale at Sir Stampalot called 'Birthday Whoot' by Art Impresions. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then fussy cut him out. I added a few strips of bunting washi tape (by Dovecraft) across my card blank, then added my owl popped up on 3D foam pads. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Handwritten Borders' set by Simon Says Stamp.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

ABC Christmas Challenge - B is for...

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

'B is for Baubles'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Bugaboo Stamps:
Prize - 7 digis of the winner's choice!

I've used a cute Bugaboo Stamps image called 'Christmas Mouse Ornaments'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I used snippets of papers (from the 'Countdown to Christmas' pad by My Mind's Eye) to create a 'patchwork' background...distressing the edges, and adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. Finally, I added a stamped sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous) on a little banner.


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, 18 January 2016

Smooshed Sparkly Snowflakes

I have a couple more cards made using the 'smooshing' technique. I liked the colours on this blue inky butterfly card that I bloggged last week so much, that I 'smooshed' a couple more pieces of watercolour paper in the inks before I cleaned everything up. I stamped and embossed some Hero Arts snowflakes in white on one of the pieces, and created these two cards:


I simply trimmed a couple of squares from the sheet, matted them on to plain white card, and added a Lili of the Valley sentiment. I also spritzed the blue panels with a spray made from silver Cosmic Shimmer pigment mixed in water...they're really sparkly in real life, but despite taking the below photo in bright sunlight, I couldn't really get it to show up on camera.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Reminder - Anything Goes

I'm back with another card for this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge, where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'

We are sponsored for this challenge by:

Prize - a $20 voucher

There are a few changes happening at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge...including a mini makeover...so please take a few moments to stop be there and check them out.


I've used another new stamp on my card...this cutie is called 'Bun Bun'. I coloured her using watercolour pencils, and paired her with some pretty 'Spring-like' papers from the 'Now & Then' pad by My Mind's Eye. I distressed the edges of the papers, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and  black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Cupcakes' set by Hero Arts, and the adhesive 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 Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Penny Black Calendar 2016

I have a Penny Black calendar to share today...every year I decorate a few of the Paper Mill 'Create a Calendar' blanks for Christmas gifts...this is the one that I made for my Mum. This calendar is one of the A4 size ones...and I mounted each month on to kraft card cut to A6, so that once the calendar is finished it can be recycled into a set of simple cards. The images are all by Penny Black...I kept the layout very simple with a little doodling, and the papers are a real mixture (American Crafts, Bo Bunny, Crate Paper, Dovecraft, My Mind's Eye & Studio Calico). Apologies for the rather dark photos...these were taken on Boxing Day when the weather was dull and grey :0(














Challenges for this calendar: