Saturday 2 March 2024

PBSC March - Anything Goes (Optional 'Easter')!

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
'Easter'


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

I've decorated an Easter treat bag using the image 'Spring Chick!'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, coloured it using watercolour pencils, then cut out the circe shape using one of my Nesties. I paired it with papers from the 'Bright Freshness' pad by Craft Sensations...distressing the edges, then adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I matted the image onto a scalloped circle of karft (cut using another Nestie die), then layered it all on to a little kraft bag from Hobbycraft.


I'm also enternig this treat bag into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

Thursday 29 February 2024

March Desk Calendar

Today, I'm sharing my desk calendar page for March. The image I've used is 'Hello World!' by Penny Black...I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils, before cutting the circle shape using one of my Nesties. The pink paper is from the 'Happy Colours' pad (from The Works) and the yellow paper is from the 'Geometrie' pad by Folia Paper...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this calendar:

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Butterflies & Ewe

Today's card features a cute little Penny Black stamp that I found recently in a charity shop...called 'Butterflies & Ewe'. I stamped it directly on to a kraft card blank, coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment from the 'Sending Sunshine' set by Simon Says Stamp.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday 25 February 2024

Santa Stop Here!

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring three stamps that I picked up recently in a charity shop. They were all unmounted and bagged together (along with four other stamps)...but I had no idea what brand they are, or even if they were a set. After a little Googling, I've managed to determine that the igloo stamp is by Elzybels, but I don't know if the little penguin and sentiment are also from that brand. I stamped them on to a kraft card blank, then coloured the image using watercolour pencils.


Challenges for this card:

Friday 23 February 2024

Butterfly Birthday

Today's card features another recent charity shop find... a swirly background stamp by Stampin' Up! I started by making a simple watercolour background, by blending Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire) on to wet watercolour paper. Once dry, I stamped the swirly background stamp over the top using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using metallic gold embossing powder from WOW. I cut a butterfly from a snippet of gold mirror card, using a die from the 'Mini Detailed Butterflies' set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix, then cut the matching solid butterfly shape from a snippet of pearlised aqua card to layer behind it. I added the butterfly to the background using 3D foam pads, and matted it all on to some more gold mirror card before adhering it to a white card blank. Finally, I stamped a sentiment (from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image) on to a snippet of white card, matted it on to another snippet of gold mirror card, before adding it to the card.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday 21 February 2024

The Lost Balloon

Today's card features another recent charity shop find...a set of 'cloud' edge dies...brand unknown as they were not in their original packaging. I started by stamping an old Lili of the Valley bunny stamp called 'The Lost Balloon' on to a kraft card blank. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added some Glossy Accents to their balloons. I stamped a sentiment (from the 'Watch This!' set by Anita Jerum for the Colorado Craft Company) on to a snippet of white card, then used one of the cloud egde dies to cut the bottom edge, before adding it to the top of the card.


Challenges for this card:

Monday 19 February 2024

Champagne Anniversary

Today's card features stamps from a set I picked up in a charity shop last week. I wanted it primarily for the anniversary sentiments...something that's lacking in my stash. The set wasn't in its original packaging...which is often the case, and means a trawl through Google using a whole host of search terms to locate the brand/item...however, this set (rather helpfully!) had some tiny text on the acetate backing, so I can tell you it's called 'Champagne Anniversary Silhouette' by My Sentiments Exactly!
I stamped the champagne glasses and sentiment on to a piece of kraft card using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed everything using metallic gold embossing powder from WOW. I matted the panel on to piece of gold mirror card before adding it to a matching kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday 17 February 2024

PBSC February - Anything Goes (Optional 'Wings')...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
'Wings'


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

I went with chickens again for the 'Wings' element of my card, this time using a stamp called 'Best of Luck!'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment (using a stamp from the 'Watch This!' set by Anita Jerum by The Colorado Craft Company), and doodled a simple border using a black gel pen before adding it to a kraft card blank.


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 15 February 2024

Guest Designer - C.R.A.F.T Challenge!

Today, I'm excited to be sharing a Guest Designer project for C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, where the theme for the next two weeks is:

'Christmas'

The sponsor for this challenge is All Dressed Up


I used 'Sharing at Christmas' on my card...printing it on to smooth white card, then colouring using watercolour pencils. I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, before matting the image on to co-ordinating aqua and pink card. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


For more inspiration from the fabulous Design Team, please pop over to the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - thanks for having me!

Wednesday 14 February 2024

ABC Christmas Challenge - C & D are for?

It's the second Wednesday of a new month, so that means it's time for a new ABC Christmas Challenge! Helene is the host, and the themes are:

'C is for Cats'
&
'D is for Dogs'

The prize for the lucky winner is a $10 Gift Certificate to one of Helene's favourite Digi Stamp stores:


For my 'C is for Cats' card, I used a pair of caroling cats from the 'Christmas Hugs' set by Penny Black, stamping them on to watercolour paper, then colouring them using watercolour pencils. I cut around the top of the image, then added a piece of starry sky paper (from the 'Christmas Night' pad from The Works) behind them. The sentiment stamp is from an old Lili of the Valley set.


The pup image of my 'D is for Dogs' card is also by Penny Black, this time from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set. I stamped him on to watercolour paper, then coloured him using watercolour pencils. I used a couple of snowflake covered papers from the 'Let it Snow' pad from Poundland for the background...distressing the edges a little using my CutterBee Bug and a black and white gel pens.


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 12 February 2024

Homespun Hearts Snowman

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring a really old High Hopes stamp called 'Homespun Hearts Snowman'. I stamped him on to watercolour paper, coloured him using watercolour pencils, then added some Stickles glitter glue to his hearts. I paired him with a piece of paper from the 'Glittering Snowflakes' pad by Crafter's Companion...distressing the edges before adding faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday 11 February 2024

Embossed Noel

I have a cpair of simple Christmas cards to share today...made using a new 'Noel' stamp from Inkadinkado'. I stamped it on to snippets of red and green card using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using metallic gold embossing powder from WOW. I matted the embossed panels on to snippets of gold mirror card, then added them to some cream card balnks.


Challenges for these cards:

Friday 9 February 2024

Snowy Winter Nights

I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring an old Hero Arts stamp called 'Snowy Winter Nights'. I stamped it on to smooth white card uing Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it using 'Midnight Dreams' embossing glitter from WOW. I added a sentiment using a stamp from an old Lili of the Valley set, then distressed the edges a little before adding it to a card blank.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday 7 February 2024

James Big Heart

Today's card features another old Lili of the Valley bear stamp...this one is called 'James Big Heart'. I stamped him on to a kraft card blank, then coloured him using watercolour pencils. The sentiment was made using a couple of stamps from the 'Smooches' set by Paper Smooches.


Challenges for this card:

Monday 5 February 2024

Busy Baking!

Today's card features an old Lili of the Valley stamp called 'Busy Baking'. I stamped it on to a kraft card blank, then extended the line of her 'worktop' to the edges of the card using a black gel pen, before colouring it using watercolour pencils. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Sentiments' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday 3 February 2024

PBSC February - Anything Goes (Optional 'Wings')

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
'Wings'


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

For my card, I picked one of the chickens on the 'Caroler's stamp...masking off his buddies before inking him up, then I stamped him directly on to a kraft card blank. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then added a sentiment from the 'Jazzy Cats' set.


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 1 February 2024

February Desk Calendar

As it's the first of the month, I'm sharing my desk calendar page for February. The blank calendar is from Paper Mill Direct...and once again I'm going to us all Penny Black stamps...these ones are from the 'Every Which Way' set. I stamped them on to watercolour paper, coloured them using watercolour pencils, then cut the circle shape using one of my Nesties. For a simple background, I combined papers from the 'Vintage Dreams' pad by Craft Sensations (green) and 'Geometrie' pad by Folia Paper. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this calendar:

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Skating Penguin

I have another Christmas card to share today...this one features one of the penguins from the 'Les Penguins' set of stamps by Katzelkraft. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, drew a line for the icy ground using a black gel 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 top of the image. For the background, I used a piece of 'snowy sky' paper from the 'Christmas' pad by Craft Sensations, layered it behind the image then added some gold metallic die cut stars (cut using dies from the 'Snowy Stars' set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix). I matted it all on to some more gold mirror card before adding it to a card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday 28 January 2024

Watercolour Snowflakes

I have a Christmas card to share today...made without stamping, not something I do very often! I started by making the background...embossing a piece of watercolour effect paper from the 'Mystery Marbles' pad by Craft Sensations using a Sizzix 'Snowflakes' embossing folder. I distressed the edges a little, then sanded over the raised areas to reveal some of the white core of the paper. For the sentiment, I used a Creative Expressions die...cutting it three times from snippets of white card, then carefully layering them up for more dimension, before adding it to the embossed background.


Here's a better look at the texture:


Challenges for this card: