Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Mood Swing Birthday

Another simple birthday card today, featuring another old Whipper Snapper stamp...this one is called 'Mood Swing'...I love this grumpy cow's expression! I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I cut a wavy snippet of paper (from the 'Geometrie' pad by Folia Paper) using one of my Lawn Fawn 'Hillside Border' dies, then added that to the top. I stamped a sentiment (from the 'ANytime Messages' set by Hero Arts) on to the patterned paper, then doodled a simple border using a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 6 April 2020

Happy Bark-day Harry!

I have a really simple birthday card to share today, featuring an old Whipper Snapper stamp called 'Harry toe Dog'. I stamped him onto watercolour paper, coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I glued a snippet of blue spotty paper (from the 'Prince Charming' pad by Recollections/Michaels) along the bottom of a kraft card blank, then popped Harry on top using 3D foam pads. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Birthday Critters' set by Paper Smooches.


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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Guest Designer - Stamping Sensations Challenge!

Today, I'm excited to be sharing with you a guest designer card for the Stamping Sensations Challenge! As the winner of February's challenge, I was invited to join them this month, where the theme is:

'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

The prize for the lucky winner is a £25 voucher to Be Creative!

I started by masking off a strip across the middle of a square of watercolour paper using masking tape, then I painted a rainbow across it using watercolour paints. Leaving the masking tape in place, I stamped my 'Big Butterfly' stamp (by Indigo Blu) over the rainbow using black pigment ink, then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then removed the masking tape, and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment (from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image), before distressing the edges of the watercolour paper and adding to a kraft card blank.


For more inspiration from the fabulous design team, please pop over to the Stamping Sensations Challenge.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

PBSC April - Anything Goes...Optional 'Use Ribbon or Twine'

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
'Use Ribbon or Twine'

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

I used my Penny Black 'Bunny Friends' stamp to make a set of five little gift tags to add to some Easter treat boxes for my family. I stamped the bunnies on to watercolour paper, coloured them using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them apart so that I could use one bunny per tag. I made simple little boxes from papers from a pad by Folia Paper called 'Geometrie' using my We R Memory Keepers punchboard, and used strips of the same papers as a background for my bunnies on their tags.


And here they are attached to my little Easter treat boxes with some baker's twine:


I'm also entering these tags & boxes into the following challenges:


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

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

ABC Christmas Challenge - H & I are for?

It's time for a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge...Lynda is the host, and the themes are:

'H is for Hand Drawn'
&
'I is for Inside'

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



I made a set of four cards for the 'Hand Drawn' theme...each one featuring a slightly differently decorated Christmas tree. I started by masking a triangle/tree shape on watercolour paper using masking tape, then used watercolour paints to colour the 'tree' shapes. Once dry, I used a black gel pen to draw some decorations on the trees, then coloured them in using a gold gel pen. I added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), then doodled a simple border before adding the panels to some kraft card blanks.



Challenges for these cards:


I can't remember the last time I decorated the inside of card...so I thought I'd do that for my 'Inside' card...although feel free to interpret the theme in any way you choose. I picked a couple of Penny Black stamps...one from the 'Joy to the World' set for the outside, and a little pup from the 'Cristmas Critters' set for the inside. I stamped directly on to a kraft card blank, then coloured the images using watercolour pencils.


Here's the inside...the little pup along with my sentiment:


Challenges for this card:


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

Monday, 30 March 2020

Circus Act Bookmark

I shared a bookmark a month or so ago, made using 'Everest Next?' by Penny Black, and that replaced a rather dog-eared one that I'd made back in 2012 using 'Circus Act' also by Penny Black. It had seen rather a lot of use over the last eight year, and although the bookmark part of it was beyond repair, the pile of dogs was still in good shape, so I carefully removed them and made a new background for them. The new one is very similar to the original, but I did use some different colours of Distress Inks. I started by smooshing some Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean & Chipped Sapphire)  on to a piece of watercolour paper...I did this a couple of times, drying in between. I then stamped my Hobbycraft paw print background over the top using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I trimmed it down, rounded the corners, then inked around the edges using more Gathered Twigs ink before adding the pile of puppies on top.


And here it is being modelled by my current book:


Challenges for this bookmark:

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Balloon Hedgie

I have a simple birthday card to share today, featuring a cute little Penny Black hedgie stamp from the 'Cheerful Critters' set. I stamped him on to watercolour paper, coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I found a snippet of paper that perfectly matched his stripey hat (from the 'Prince Charming' pad by Recollections/Michaels), and added that to the bottom of a kraft card blank, then popped the hedgie running along the edge of the paper using 3D foam pads. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts. 


Challenges for this card:

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Carol Singers!

I have another simple Christmas card to share today...this one features three of the critters from the Lili of the Valley 'Carol Singers' set. I coloured then using watercolour pencils, adding some Stickles to the snowy ground for a touch of sparkle, then matted the panel on to some red glitter card before adding it to my card balnk.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Xmas Pilgrims

I have a really simple Christmas card to share today...featuring an old Penny Black puppy stamp called 'Xmas Pilgrims'. I stamped it directly on to a kraft card blank, along with a Lili of the Valley sentiment, then coloured the image using watercolour pencils.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Today I'm sharing my Mother's Day card. I used one of my current favourite stamps...'Sketched Flowers' by Simon Says Stamp', which I stamped on to watercolour paper using 'No line ink' from Ink on 3. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added a heat embossed sentiment using WOW 'Metallic Rich Gold' embossing powder and stamps from the 'Everyday Messages' set by Happy Little Stampers. I distressed the edges a little, then added the panel to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday, 21 March 2020

PBSC March - 'Anything Goes' (Optional 'Think Spring')...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
'Think Spring'

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

I picked a cute kitty stamp...with a big bunch daffodils...called 'The Bestest!'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper...along with a sentiment from the 'Doodled Flowers' set by Happy Little Stampers...then coloured this image using watercolour pencils. I distressed the edges a little, 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.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Snowy

I have another Christmas card to share today...featuring an old favourite stamp of mine...'Snowy' by Penny Black. I stamped him on to watercolour paper, and then again on to a snippet of spotty paper (from the 'Animal Antics' pad by First Edition). I added a little bit of colour and shading on both using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I simply popped him on my card blank using 3D foam pads above a Lili of the Valley sentiment.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

O' Christmas Tree

I have a Christmas card to share today...made using Distress Inks and a couple of Penny Black tree stamps. I started by making a watercolour background using 'Mowed Lawn' and 'Forest Moss' Distress Inks on some watercolour paper. I then stamped the trees over the top using more of the same inks...the big one is 'Before the Snow', and the smaller one is from the 'Wonder Collection' set. I added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), then distressed the edges slightly before adding the panel to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Top Hat Snowman

I have a simple Christmas card to share today...made using an old Lili of the Valley image ('Top Hat Snowman') that I rediscovered in my stash when I sorted through my stamps last month. I simply stamped the image on to a square of watercolour paper along with a Lili of the Valley sentiment, coloured the image using watercolou pencils, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen before adding the panel to a card blank using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:

Friday, 13 March 2020

Tulips in a Vase

Today's card features a floral stamp by Woodware called simply 'Tulips in a Vase'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, along with a sentiment (from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image), then coloured it using watercolour paper. I distressed the edges a little before adding the panel to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Cluck, Cluck, Cluck!

Today's card features a Penny Black chicken stamp called 'Cluck, Cluck, Cluck!'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment (from the 'Doodled Flowers' set by Happy Little Stampers), then doodled a simple border using a black gel pen before adding the panel to a krcft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 9 March 2020

Santa

I have a couple of simple Christmas cards to share today...made using a Woodware stamp called 'Huge Santa' and some snippets of papers from the 'Candy Cane' pad by Craftwork Cards. I started by stamping the 'Santa' on to a couple of kraft card blanks, then again on to all of my snippets of paper. I used a couple of different patterns for the lettering and trim on the hat, and a third design for the main part of the hat. Then all was left to do was to fussy cut everything, and glue all of the pieces down.




Challenges for these cards:

Saturday, 7 March 2020

PBSC March - Anything Goes...Optional 'Think Spring'!

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
'Think Spring'

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

I went 'Spring', and have a used an old Penny Black daffodil stamp called 'Jonquil' that I bought recently in a charity shop...in fact it was buy one get one free on the woodmounted stamps, and I got this one for free when I bought another Penny Black stamp...'Everest Next?'...what a bargain! 
I stamped it on to watercolour paper using the watercolour technique...I inked it up with several Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss and Mowed Lawn), then spritzed it with a little water before stamping. I added a sentiment (from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image), distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, before attaching the panel to my kraft card blank.


I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT members...including our three new members, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Hedgie Harmony

I have a simple card to share today, featuring one of the stamps from the 'Hedgie Harmony' set by Penny Black. I thought that the little hedgies trying to play the double bass would be perfect for the 'Big & Small' theme of the current Less is More challenge. I stamped it on the watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour paper. I doodled a simple border using a black gel pen, then added a sentiment from the 'Critter Concert' set by Lawn Fawn.


Challenges for this card: