Friday, 24 May 2019

In the Shed

I have a masculine birthday card to share today...featuring an old Lili of the Valley stamp called 'In the Shed', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I paired it with papers from the 'Prince Charming' pad by Recollections/Michaels (found at TK Maxx). I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Cupcakes' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Christmas Pups

I have an ultra simple one layer Christmas card to share today...featuring a couple of pups from the 'Christmas Hugs' set by Penny Black. I stamped the pups along the bottom of my card blank, then coloured them using watercolour pencils. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 20 May 2019

Chicken Gift Tags

I have a couple of simple little gift tags to share today...featuring Penny Black chicken stamps. The first one is for a birthday gift...and uses the stamp 'Present Pile'...which I coloured using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I added a sentiment (from the 'Birthday Critters' set by Paper Smooches' and a few strips of washi tape to a plain kraft tag, then added my chicken on top using 3D foam pads.


My second tag is for a Father's Day gift...and features a chicken from the '12 Days of Christmas' set...he's the 'French Hen'. Again, I coloured him using watercolour penils, and cut him out. This time I stamped a 'Chicken Wire' background stamp (by Darkroom Door) on to my tag using Versamark Ink, and heat embossing it using silver embossing powder. I added some sentiments (from the 'Sentiments' set by Hero Arts, and 'Laugh Out Loud Again' set by Clearly Besotted) and the chicken over the top on 3D foam pads.


Challenges for these tags:

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Pile It On! Challenge - Beverages and/or Food

I'm back with some more inspiration for this month's Pile It On! Challenge where the themes are:

'Beverages'
and/or
'Food'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps:

Prize - 4 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

I went with the 'Food' option this time, making a birthday card featuring a House Mouse stamp called 'Birthday Cupcake' which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I added some little adhesive pearl 'sprinkles' to the frosting, and a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Anytime Messages' set). The papers are snippets from the 'Tea House' pad by Dovecraft...I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee 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.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

PBSC May - Anything Goes (Optional 'Make Your Own Background')...More Inspiration!

It's the third Saturday of the month, so that means it's time for some more inspiration for this month's Penny Black Saturday Challenge...where the theme is:

'Anything Goes'
or
'Make Your Background'

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

I used a stamp called 'Celebration Song' on my card...colouring it with watercolour pencils. As the image is fairly large, I made a simple background using a Hero Arts 'Music' background stamp...stamping it a couple of times on to a piece of kraft card. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel 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.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Guest Designer - CAS Christmas Challenge


I'm back sharing another guest designer card for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge today, where the theme for the month is:


I've used stamps from a little Papermania set on my card called 'At Christmas - Stockings', colouring the image and holly around the sentiment using watercolour pencils. I doodled a simple border with a black gel pen, then added the panel to my card blank using 3D foam pads.


For more inspiration from the awesome design team, please pop over to the CAS Christmas Card Challenge. Thanks so much for having me ladies!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Cheering Critters Twofer

I'm back with a couple more cards made with stamps from my new 'Cheering Critters' stamp set from Penny Black...when I saw that the Twofer Challenge prompt this month was 'Things with Wheels' I just had to ink up the cycling pups!


I used the one speeding along on his bike to make a birthday card. I created a background using various Hero Arts stamps ('Classic Bike' stamp, and the 'Bicycles' set), stamping them on to watercolour paper using Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade & Lucky Clover). I used watercolour pencils to colour the image to match the background, distressed the edges and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment is from the 'Fabulous Birthday' set by Hero Arts.


On my congratulations card, I used the same cycling pup alongside a couple of the other images, and sentiments from the 'Cheering Critters' set. Again, I coloured the images using watercolour pencils, but kept the card more CAS...just adding a faux stitching as before.


Challenges for these cards:

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Guest Designer - Less is More Challenge


I was picked as the lucky winner of a Less is More Challenge a little while ago, and today I'm excited to be sharing a Guest Designer card for their new challenge:


I've used a new stamp on my card...it's from the 'Cheering Critters' set by Penny Black...I'd just received it when I found out the theme for the challenge, so I just had to use the image of the critters clinking their champagne glasses! I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added one of the sentiments from the set. I used one of my CutterBee Bugs to pierce a border around the image, then added the panel to my card blank using 3D foam.


I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add a touch of sparkle to their bubbly...which of course was a pig to get a decent photo of! 


For lots more inspiration from the awesome design team, don't forget to visit the Less is More Challenge...thanks so much for having me ladies!

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Dandelions

Today's card features a couple of recent purchases from a lovely little Aladdin's Cave of a craft shop...that unintentionally 'match'. The main panel is a Creative Expressions stamp called 'Dandelions Mini Striplet' (and was in the 'last chance' bargain bin)...I heat embossed it using 'Gold Metallic Sparkle' embossing glitter from WOW on to a snippet of kraft card, then trimmed it down. I used stamps from the Woodware 'Dotty Flowers' set to make a 'matching' background...stamping just the flower heads on to my kraft card blank using Versamark Ink, then heat embossing them using clear embossing powder. I couldn't decide where to put a sentiment...so didn't bother!


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Gift Wrapped

I have a birthday card to share today...featuring an old Lili of the Valley image called 'Gift Wrapped'. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils to match the fresh Spring colours of the papers, from the 'Pretty Please' pad by My Mind's Eye, which were a charity shop find. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Pile It On! Challenge - Beverages

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

'Beverages'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps:

Prize - 4 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

I used a cute Crafter's Companion image from the 'Moonbeam Meadow' collection called 'Time for Tea', that I found in a charity shop recently. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment (from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual. I paired it with papers from the 'Happy Day' 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.


Here are the challenges I piled on:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

PBSC May - Anything Goes (Optional 'Make Your Own Background')

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
'Make Your Own Background'

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

I used a mixture of Distress Inks and heat embossing to make a background for a Christmas card. I started by smooshing the inks (Stormy Sky, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch & Dusty Concord) on to a piece of watercolour paper...doing a couple of layers, drying with my heatgun in between. I then stamped my Simon Says Stamp 'Falling Snow' background stamp over the top using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using 'Sparkling Snow' embossing glitter by WOW. I stamped 'What a Snow!' on to a fairly large piece of card, and extended the snowy ground to the edges using a fine liner pen, then coloured the image using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), then carefully cut around the image, then glued ut over the top of my background.


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.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Guest Designer - CAS Christmas Challenge


I was thrilled to be chosen as a guest designer for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge a little while ago. I'm sure any regular visitors to my blog will be aware that I love making Christmas cards...and try to make as many of them as CAS as possible in an attempt to save on postage costs so I was delighted to be able to join then for this month's challenge.


The theme for this month is 'Stocking'...I have quite a few images that feature stockings, but the first one that popped into my head was this cute one by Penny Black called 'Joy Filled Stockings'. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut it out. I stamped a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous) on my card blank, before adding the image popped up on some 3D foam pads.


For more inspiration from the awesome design team, please pop over to the CAS Christmas Card Challenge.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

ABC Christmas Challenge - J & K are for?

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Dorte is the host, and there are two themes this month, which are:

'J is for Jingle'
&
'K is for Kids'

There's a surprise prize from Dorte on offer for one lucky winner!

Image result for surprise gift

For my 'J is for Jingle' card, I took inspiration from the words of the song 'Jingle Bells'...although instead of a 'one horse open sleigh', I have a 'two mouse open sleigh'! The image is from the 'Jolly Follies' set, and is coloured using watercolour pencils. I found a sentiment stamp (from the 'Tattered Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous) with words from the song 'Jingle Bells', so added that to the image panel. I made a simple background using my Simon Says Stamp 'Mod Trees' background stamp, heat embossing it in clear on some plain green card. 


For my 'K is for Kids' card, I picked an old Lili of the Valley image featuring some carol singing kids that came in a set of vintage themed stamps. I stamped it on to a piece of watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolou pencils. I added a sentiment (from the 'Tattered Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), then distressed the edges a little and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen before adding it to a kraft card blank.


I'm also entering these cards into the following challenges:


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

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Rainin' Daisies

I used another 'oldie but a goodie' stamp on today's card...'Rainin' Daisies' must be one of the first Penny Black stamps I bought...I've had it since before I started my blog, so it's been in my collection for well over 10 years! I coloured it using watercolour pencils to match the green shades in the papers, which are from the 'Charming' pad by Recollections/Michaels (found at TKMaxx). I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment is from the 'Cupcakes' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Wee & Reindeer

I have a super simple Christmas card to share today...featuring a really old Whiff of Joy stamp called 'Wee & Reindeer' which, to my shame, has not seen ink for nearly three years! I doodled a frame around the image, then coloured it using watercolour pencils, added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz), then added it to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 22 April 2019

Burst into Bloom

I have another watercoloured card to share today...this one features another Woodware stamp ('Burst into Bloom') heat embossed on watercolour paper using white embossing powder. I watercoloured it using Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Blueprint Sketch, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Stormy Sky & Faded Jeans), and added a Hero Arts sentiment (from the 'Fabulous Birthday' set), then distressed the edges a little before adding it to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card: