Sunday, 9 August 2020

Dotty Flowers

I have a couple of simple one layer cards to share today...featuring the 'Dotty Flowers' set by Woodware Stamps. I stamped each of the flowers on to kraft card blanks, along with a sentiment from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image, using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed evrything using 'Metallic Gold' embossing powder by WOW.



Challenges for these cards:

Friday, 7 August 2020

Five in a Row

Today's card features a Woodware stamp called 'Five in a Row'. I stamped it directly on to a kraft card blank, along with a sentiment (from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image), then coloured the flowers in bright summery colours using watercolour pencils.


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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

ABC Christmas Challenge - P, Q & R are for?

We have another fun ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Lyndsey is the host, and the themes are:

'P is for Pine Trees'
'Q is for Quiet'
&
'R is for Robins'

Here's the prize on offer for the lucky winner:

I have lots (and lots!) of tree stamps...but opted to go use a couple of Penny Black stamps (the big one is called 'Before the Snow' and the smaller one is from the 'Wonder Collection' set). I started by watercolouring a simple background using lots of green Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough & Pine Needles) on watercolour paper. Once dry, I stamped the trees over the top using more of the same inks. I added some splatters of the inks, and a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, before distressing the edges and adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


For my 'Q is for Quiet' card, I picked a Penny Black image of a sleeping mouse from the 'Jolly Friends' set...stamping it on to watercolour paper, colouring it using watercolour pencils, then carefully cutting it out. I made a simple background using my 'Jolly Christmas' embossing folder by Couture Creations and some snippets of red and green card. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.


For my 'R is for Robins' card, I found this Lili of the Valley stamp simply called 'Christmas Robins', which I stamped directly on to a kraft card blank. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, extending the ribbon to the top of the card, and added a sentiment (also by Lili of the Valley).


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 August 2020

Birthday Beagle

Today's card features a Whipper Snapper stamp called 'Birthday Beagle', which I stamped on to watercolour paper, then coloured using watercolour pencils. I made a simple background, by stamping a paw print background stamp (by Hobbycraft) on to teal card using 'Ground Espresso' Distress Ink. I distressed all of the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment is from the 'Birthday Bears' set by Penny Black.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday, 1 August 2020

PBSC August - Anything Goes (Optional 'Make the Sentiment the Focus')

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 the Sentiment the Focus'

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

Most of my Penny Black sentiment stamps are fairly small, but I did find this rather lovely large 'Merry Christmas' one in my collection. I used it to make a simple set of one layer Christmas cards, combined with the snowy swirl stamp from the 'A Bright Tomorrow' set. I stamped it on to the centre of my card blanks using Versamark Ink, then added the swirl in a couple of the corners. I heat embossed them using a different colour of embossing powder on each of the coloured card blanks (Metallic Silver & Metallic Silver Sparkle on the navy, Metallic Gold & Metallic Gold Sparkle on the burdundy, and white & Sparkling Snow on the teal - all by WOW except the white).


These were so quick and simple to do (especially as I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform to stamp the swirl - keeping the stamp in the same position, and just moving the card blank around to stamp it in the opposite corner), so I made a couple of each colour:


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 July 2020

James Butterflies

Today's card features an old Lili of the Valley bear image called 'James - Butterflies'. I stamped him on to watercolour paper, then coloured him using watercolour pencils. I layered up some papers from the 'Spring Freshness' pad by Craft Sensations to make the background...distressing the edges a little, then adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I added a couple of paper flowers (from Poppicrafts many, many years ago!), layered up and held in place using a BasicGrey brad, and a die cut fence, cut using my Die-namics 'Picket Fence' die.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Ferns & Butterflies

Today's card features another new stamp...'Ferns & Butterflies' by Crafty Individuals. I stamped it on to a snippet of paper from the 'Mystery Marbles' pad by Craft Sensations, using black ink, along with a sentiment (from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image), then heat embossed them using clear embossing powder. I layered it on to a snippet of black card, distressing the edges, then mounted it on to a square card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Which one is Rudolph?

I have a simple one layer Christmas card to share today...using a Woodware stamp called 'Which one is Rudolph?'. There are actually seven reindeer on the stamp, but I chose to use only five so that I could fit them on a square card blank. I coloured them using watercolour pencils, then added some shine to Rudolph's nose with some Glossy Accents. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


Challenges for this card:

Friday, 24 July 2020

Funny Farm!

I'm using more new stamps on today's cards...from the 'Funny Farm' set by Tim Holtz/Crafters Anonymous. I couldn't decide which of the animals to use, so I made a simple set of one layer note cards using all of them! Each of the animal images comes with a punny sentiment attached...and I decided to use those too, although you could easily mask those off to use just the image.


The images vary in size, but none are particularly huge, so I used 5 inch square kraft card blanks, colouring the images using watercolour pencils.


Challenges for these cards:

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Dandelions!

I was the lucky winner of a Blade Rubber Stamps gift voucher a little while ago, and spent it on some lovely new stamps. I had some time to have a play with my goodies at the weekend, and today I'm sharing one of the cards I made...this one features a stamp by Deep Red called 'Dandelion'. I stamped it, along with a sentiment from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image, on to a snippet of kraft card using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them using white embossing powder. I made a matching background, by repeat stamping the dandelion on to a larger snippet of kraft card...heat embossing those in white too. I distressed the edges of both panels, then layered them on to a kraft card blank using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 20 July 2020

Cat Nap

Today's card features a Penny Black image called 'Cat Nap', which I stamped on to watercolour paper, then coloured using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment, from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp, and a simple doodled border before adding the panel to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday, 18 July 2020

PBSC July - Anything Goes (Optional 'Nature')...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
'Nature'

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

I picked another of my Penny Black brushstroke floral stamps for this card...this one is called 'Together'. I stamped it a few times using Distress Inks (Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, Salty Ocean, Broken China & Chipped Sapphire) on to a kraft DL card blank, then heat embossed a sentiment (from a set that came free with a craft magazine) using 'Metallic Gold' embossing powder by WOW.


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

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Christmas Delivery

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring a Crafter's Companion image called 'Christmas Delivery'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I added a Lili of the Valley sentimentm then distressed the edges a little before adding it to a red card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Big Butterflies

I have a couple of cards to share today, inspired by the 'Butterflies' theme of this month's Twofer Challenge. I have several butterfly stamps and dies in my collection, but went with my favourite...'Big Butterfly' by IndigoBlu. 


On the first card, I used Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries) to stamp an almost rainbow on to watercolour paper - I didn't really leave myself space for violet! I simply stamped a sentiment (from the 'Everyday Sentiments' set by Happy Little Stampers) over the top in black, then trimmed the edges of the panel so that it would fit on a DL card blank. I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


For my second card, I stamped the butterfly just once on to watercolour paper using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using 'Midnight Dream' embossing powder by WOW. I watercoloured the butterfly using 'Chipped Sapphire' and 'Black Soot' Distress Inks, then, once it had dried, splattered more of the same inks over the top. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Sketched Flowers' set by Simon Says Stamp, and is heat embossed in 'Metallic Gold Sparkle' embossing glitter from WOW.


Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Cheers!

Today's card is a simple one layer number featuring the colour combination of this fortnight's Less is More Challenge of 'Fuchsia, Yellow & Grey'. Not really my usual colours...which perhaps explains why there's not a lot of the fuchsia & yellow on my card! I stamped a couple the critters from the 'Cheering Critters' set by Penny Black, along with one of the sentiments from the same set in the bottom right-hand corner of my card blank, then coloured them using watercolourcolour pencils, mainly in shades of grey, but with a touch of fuchsia and yellow. I added some sparkle to their champagne flutes using a Wink of Stella pen.


Challenges for this card:

Friday, 10 July 2020

Snowy Winter Nights

I have a couple of Christmas cards to share today...made using my 'Snowy Winter Nights' stamp by Hero Arts. I couldn't decide whether to stamp on white or kraft card, so made one of each!


I stamped on to snippets of white and kraft card using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed the image using 'Midnight Dream' embossing glitter from WOW...it's a beautiful mix of navy and black with flecks of many other colours mixed in...so pretty, but impossible to photograph! I added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), then distressed the edges a little, matting each panel on to a snippet of navy pearlised card, distressing those edges too, before adding them to my card blanks.



Challenges for these cards:

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Garden Visit

I have a simple one layer card to share today...this one features Penny Black stamps...'Garden Visit', and a sentiment from the 'Hello Friend' set. I used watercolour pencils to colour the image...and that's it!


Challenges for this card:

Monday, 6 July 2020

...to you!

Today's card features a Penny Black stamp called '...to you!'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I added some strips of washi tape across the centre of a kraft card blank, then added the image on top using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card: