Sunday, 16 June 2019

Pile It On! Challenge - Transportation and/or Vacation

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

'Transportation'
and/or
'Vacation'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Dr Digi's House of Stamps:
Prize - 2 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

We are also teaming up with the Double Trouble Challenge blog...which has a challenge staring tomorrow (Monday 17th) with a 'Vacation' theme...with a couple of optional extras too!

I combined the two themes...using a couple of Penny Black stamps and patterned papers to create a beach scene. I stamped the critters on to watercolour paper...the dog is called 'Bee-have!'...and I masked off the grass and flowers as he was going to be lying on the beach...and the chicken is actually a Christmas stamp...I masked off the Santa hat and snow so that he could be surfing rather then snowboarding...and drew in the top of head adding a comb in place of the hat. I coloured them using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them out. I used patterned papers to create the background...the yellow spotty paper (sand) is from the 'Bright Freshness' pad by Craft Sensations, and the blue papers (sea & sky) are from the 'Prince Charming' pad by Recollections/Michaels. I tore the edges of a couple of strips of the zig-zag paper to represent the foam of the breaking waves. I added  sentiment (from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp), distressed the edges of the papers a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and  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...and don't forget to also link up at Double Trouble if your entry meets their challenge theme too!

Saturday, 15 June 2019

PBSC June - Anything Goes (Optional 'Partial Stamping')...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
'Partial Stamping'
(Either by only inking and stamping part of your image, or by stamping off the edge of your project)

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

This time, I stamped my image off the edge of my card blank...it's one of the images from the 'Hello Friend' set. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment (from the 'Laugh Out Loud Again' set by Clearly Besotted) along the top of the card.


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, 12 June 2019

Don't take the cake!

I have a simple birthday card to share today...featuring a stamp from a new Penny Black set called 'It's Your Day'...I just love how protective that teddy is of his cake! I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I trimmed the panel down, then matted it on to a snippet of aqua coloured card...distressing the edges...and adding it to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 10 June 2019

Happy Father's Day!

I'm sharing the Father's Day card I made for my Dad today...I know it's a little early, but he won't see on here. I used a Lili of the Valley image called 'Mr Fixit', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I paired it with snippets of papers from the 'Blue Floral' pad by My Mind's Eye. I added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Sentiments' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Christmas Delivery

I have another card featuring a charity shop find to share today...a stamp set by Crafter's Companion from the Moonbeam Meadow collection called 'Christmas Delivery'. I stamped the main image on to a piece of watercolour paper along with one of the sentiments from the set. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added a simple doodled border before adding it to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Friday, 7 June 2019

Resplendent Roses Background

Today's card features another charity shop find...the 'Resplendent Roses' background stamp by Phill Martin for Sentimentally Yours. I had a little play around with it using some different embossing powders and inks, and picked this one to turn into a card. I stamped it on to watercolour paper using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then watercoloured over the top using Distress Inks in shades of pinks, red, oranges & yellows (Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Festive Berries & Seedless Preserves). 


I added a sentiment from a Lili of the Valley set and a few clear sequins...really sparkly in real life...but a pain to try to photograph!


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

ABC Christmas Challenge - L & M are for?

We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...I'm the host, and we have two themes this month:

'L is for Little'
&
'M is for Masking'

There are a couple of prizes on offer for two lucky winners:



For my 'L is for Little' card...I used a 4 inch square card blank...and an old Hero Arts stamp called 'Winter Pup'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I used a snippet of tartan paper (from the 'Chalkboard Christmas' pad by Craftwork Cards) as a background...with some faux stitching...and popped the pup on top using 3D foam pads.


I combined several Penny Black critter stamps for my 'M is for Masking' card...the mice in the parcel are from the 'Christmas Hugs' set, the other two mice are from the 'Jolly Friends' set, and the robin is from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set. I coloured them using watercolour pencils to match the pastel shades of the paper from the 'Peppermint Forest' pad by Craftwork Cards. I added some faux stitching, and a sentiment (from a set by Pollycraft for C. C. Designs).


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.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Tiger Lily Two Ways

I have a couple of simple birthday cards to share today that feature a stamp I picked up in  charity shop last week...it's called 'Tiger Lily' by Penny Black. I stamped it on to a couple of pieces of watercolour paper...one landscape, and the other portrait...and coloured the flowers using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment to each (from the 'Fabulous Birthday' set by Hero Arts, and the 'Butterflies' set by Happy Little Stampers), then distressed the edges a little before adding them to kraft card blanks.



Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Pile It On! Challenge - Transportation

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

'Transportation'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Dr Digi's House of Stamps:
Prize - 2 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

I went with a sail boat as my method of transportation...and used a cute Penny Black image simply called 'Fishing!', which I coloured using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the sea using a Wink of Stella pen. I used snippets of 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 stamps are from the 'Birthday Buddies' set by Paper Smooches/


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

Saturday, 1 June 2019

PBSC June - Anything Goes...Optional 'Partial Stamping'!

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
'Partial Stamping'
(Either by only inking and stamping part of your image, or by stamping off the edge of your project)

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

Partial stamping is a technique I like to use with some of the larger Penny Black images...it helps to make them fit better on a smaller card, and of course makes the images more versatile. The stamp I used on my card is called 'Cluck, Cluck, Cluck'...the whole stamp has four chickens on it, but as I was making this card for my Dad's birthday, I chose to mask off the chicken carrying the bouquet of flowers before I inked it...here's what the original stamp looks like:


I coloured the image using watercolour pencils to match the colours in the checked papers I was going to use...I think they're by Lawn Fawn, but I received them as part of a prize. 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 'Butterfly Birthday' set by Happy Little Stampers.


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, 30 May 2019

Birthday Dog

I have a birthday card to share today featuring one of my oldest and most favourite stamps...'Birthday Dog' by Penny Black. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, and paired him with some Poundland papers (from the 'Let's Celebrate' pad).  I distressed the edges a little and added a sentiment from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Blooms & Stars

I have a couple of simple one layer cards for the current Less is More Challenge to share today, where the theme is 'CAS Embossing (Less than 1/3 of card)'. In my first card, I heat embossed my Hero Arts 'Blooming Meadows' stamp along the bottom of a kraft card blank with a Simon Says Stamp sentiment (from the 'Handwritten Borders' set) above using clear embossing powder.


On my second card, I heat embossed one of the stamps from my Lawn Fawn 'Starry Backdrops' set using 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing powder by WOW along one side of a kraft card blank, then added a sentiment from another Lawn Fawn set ('Upon a Star') along the bottom...heat embossing the word star in more of the gold.


Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Blossom Branch Golden Wedding

Today's card is a golden wedding anniversary card made for a friend of mine to give to her parents next month. I stamped my Penny Black 'Blossom Branch' stamp across one corner of a panel of white card, then heat embossed it using 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing powder by WOW. I added a sentiment (from the 'Everyday Messages' set by Happy Little Stampers), also heat embossed in the sparkly gold, and some die cut numbers (cut from gold glitter card using my Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet dies. I lightly distressed the edges, matted the panel on to a piece of gold glitter card...and distressed the edges of that too before adding it to my card blank.


In an effort to show the sparkle...here's another photo:


Challenges for this card:


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.