Sunday, 11 April 2021

Merry & Bright

Today's card features a stamp from another new set...this cute penguin is from the 'Happy Winter' set by Crafter's Companion. I stamped him on to watercolour paper, coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I added him to my card blank using 3D foam pads, and added a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


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Friday, 9 April 2021

Three Bees

I have a really simple card to share today featuring a lovely collage style stamp from Woodware, called 'Three Bees' that I received for Easter. I didn't really know what to do with it, so stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using Distress Inks...a light wash of 'Dusty Concord' and 'Rustic Wilderness' for the background, and 'Wild Honey' for the bees and sun. I distressed the edges a little, then added it to a kraft card blank.


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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

ABC Christmas Challenge - H & I are for?

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

'H is for Houses/Home'
&
'I is for Icicles'

There's a fab prize on offer from Lynda for the lucky winner of this challenge:

On my 'H is for Houses/Home' card, I used dies and punches to create a wintry scene on a DL card. I used lots of snippets of white card (so glad I keep all those offcuts when making square cards!) to cut the snowy slopes...mainly using my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies, alhough the one at the top with the little trees is a Clearly Besotted die called 'Tree Landscape'. To add a little definition to the edges, I distressed the edges before I layered them up. The little house was cut using a Woodware punch, from a snippet of kraft card...adding an even tinier snippet of navy card behind for a coloured door. The snippet of snowy paper is from the 'Mystery Marbles' pad by Craft Sensations, and the sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.


I used lots of dies on my 'I is for Icicles' card too...repurposing one of my Die-namics 'Grassy Edges' dies to cut some 'icicles'. I cut them from white glitter card, then trimmed along the top with scissors to create a more 'organic' edge, then placed them on top of a 'wooden fence'...made by inking a snippet of kraft card with 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Inks, before embossing it using a woodgrain embossing folder from Sizzix/Doodlebug. I made a cheeky reindeer to pop over the top of the 'fence' using dies from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix 'Winter Critters' set...using lots of snippets of card...inking the edges with more 'Gathered Twigs' ink. I used a snippet of snowy sky background left over from making this card, then matted it all on to kraft card, before adding it to a card blank. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Celebrate Everyday' set by Hero Arts.


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, 5 April 2021

Birthday Bookmarks

I have a couple of simple stamped bookmarks to share today. They're to go with a couple of books I'm giving to a friend for her birthday. The first uses lots of the stamps from the Hero Arts 'Cupcakes' set...stamped on to kraft card, using a little masking to make a tower of cupcakes, and coloured using watercolour pencils. This one is to go with a baking book...she's a keen baker too, and this is a copy of my most used cake cookbook...I've made a note on the back of the bookmark of the page numbers of my favourite recipes.


She became a 'dog Mum' last summer to an adorable cockapoo called Benji, so that's the 'why' for my second book choice. This time I used pups from the Katzelkraft 'Chiens' set on another kraft bookmark...again masking and stamping them one on top of another, and colouring them using watercolour pencils.


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Sunday, 4 April 2021

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! 

Today I'm sharing some little Easter treat boxes I made for my family. I used papers from the 'Bright Freshness' pad by Craft Sensations, and my We R Memory Keepers punch board to make the boxes. I cut co-ordinating tags from snippets of brightly coloured card using an old Sizzix die, stamped an Easter greeting on one side (from the 'Everyday Sentiments' set by Hero Arts), them toed them around the boxes using some multicolour twine (from TKMaxx). I forgot to take a photo of them before I parcelled them up to post, so my Mum took this photo for me upon their arrival.


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Saturday, 3 April 2021

PBSC April - Anything Goes (Optional 'Cute')

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
'Cute'

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

 Friend of mine gave birth to a baby boy last week, so I made a card using the 'Birthday Bears' stamp set to send to her. I stamped them on to watercolour paper, coloured them using watercolour pencils, added some letting for his name, then carefully cut them out. I made a simple background by layering up papers from the 'Prince Charming' pad by Recollections/Michaels...distressing the edges a little, then adding 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, 1 April 2021

Gift Wrapped

Whilst looking for the bunny stamp I used on this card earlier this week, I came across another adorable Lili of the Valley bunny stamp, and couldn't resist inking it up too. It's called 'Gift Wrapped', and I stamped it directly on to a kraft card blank, along with a sentiment from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image. I used watercolour pencils to colour the image.


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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

The Lost Balloon

Today's card is a very simple one, featuring an old Lili of the Valley stamp called 'The Lost Balloon'. I stamped it on to watercolour paper and coloured it using watercolour pencils. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts, and I doodled a simple border using a black gel pen before adding the panel to a kraft card blank.


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Sunday, 28 March 2021

Reindog

I have a Christmas card to share today, featuring one of the stamps from the 'Wintertime Cheer' set by Penny Black, stamped on to watercoour paper, then coloured using watercolour pencils. I made an inky snowy sky background for him, by stamping my 'Falling Snow' background stamp (by Simon Says Stamp) on to smooth white card using Versamark Ink, then heat embossing it using white embossing powder, then blending Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Broken China & Chipped Sapphire) over the top. I trimmed it down, then matted it onto a snippet of navy card, before adding my pup on top, and attaching it to my card blank. The sentiment stamp is from a set by the Colorado Craft Company.


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Friday, 26 March 2021

Background Meadow Sympathy

I have another simple sympathy card to share today...this time featuring one of the stamps from the 'Background Meadow' set by Viva Decor. I stamped it along the bottom edge of a kraft card blank, using Versamark Ink, along with a sentiment from the 'Sketched Flower' set by Simon Says Stamp, then heat embossed them using 'Metallic Gold' embossing powder by WOW. 


I love the way gold looks against kraft, but it's not the easiest thing to capture in a photograph, so here's another view:


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Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Burst into Bloom Sympathy

Today's card is a sympathy card featuring part of my Woodware 'Burst into Bloom' stamp. I inked up three of the five flowers on the stamp using Versamark Ink, then stamped it on to a navy card blank, heat embossing it in white. I used watercolour pencils to colour the flowers, and added a heat embossed sentiment (from the 'Sketched Flowers' set by Simon Says Stamp.


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Monday, 22 March 2021

Boo Boo Bear

I have a 'Get Well Soon' card to share today...featuring an old Whipper Snapper stamp called 'Boo Boo Bear'. I stamped him on to a snippet of watercolour paper, then coloured him using watercolour pencils. The papers are snippets from the 'Refreshing Basics' pad from The Works...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image...I had to stamp it in two sections to fit the space.


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Saturday, 20 March 2021

PBSC March - Anything Goes (Optional 'Flowers')...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
'Flowers'

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

This time, I used a stamp called 'Blossom Branch', inking the stamp using felt tip pens, and spritzing with water before stamping on to watercolour paper. I added a sentiment from the 'Sketched Flowers' set by Simon Says Stamp, then distressed the edges a little, before mounting it to a co-ordinating purple 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, 18 March 2021

Easter Hares

I have an Easter card to share today, featuring a Happy Hoppers stamp called 'Easter Hares'...stamped on to watercolour paper and coloured using watercolour pencils. I paired it with snippets of papers from the 'Pretty Please' pad by My Mind's Eye...distressing all the edges and adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I added a couple of really old Poppicrafts paper flowers, held in place with a BasicGrey brad, and a sentiment from the 'Egg-cellent Easter Sentiments' set by C. C. Designs.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Let it Snow...Please!

Today's card was a bit of an experiment...I had a set of normal felt tip pens, and wanted to try using them for inking up some stamps. I picked a lovely big snowflake stamp from a set by the Colorado Craft Company, and used a couple of different pens to add colour, spritzing with a little water before stamping on to watercolour paper. I added a sentiment from the same set, then distressed the edges a little before adding the panel to a DL card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Happy Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day in the UK, so I'm sharing the card I made for my Mum. I actually made this card just after Christmas, so that I could leave it with my Dad in case I wasn't able to visit again before now...turns out that was very good planning! I used a stamp called 'Deco Roses' by Woodware, that I received a a Christmas gift...stamping it on to watercolour paper, along with a sentiment made using my 'Graffiti Alphabet' stamps by Paper Smooches. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then distressed the edges a little, before matting it on to some matching pink card.


I made a matching tag for the gift...stamping the image off the edge of a kraft tag, along with a Hero Arts sentiment, and adding some colour using watercolour pencils. The twill ribbon around the gift was from Home Sense.


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Friday, 12 March 2021

Snug

I have a New Baby card to share today featuring a Penny Black stamp called 'Snug'. I stamped it directly on my card blank, along with a sentiment (from a set by Art Impressions), then coloured it using watercolour pencils.


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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Blossom Branch

Today's card features on of my favourite floral stamps...'Blossom Branch' by Penny Black. I stamped it using Versamark /ink on to some navy card, along with a sentiment (from the 'Sketched Flowers' set by Simon Says Stamp), then heat embossed them in white. I distressed the edges a little, then added it to  matching navy DL card blank.


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Monday, 8 March 2021

Totally Excited!

Today's card features a couple of old Penny Black stamps...the chicken is called 'Totally Excited'. I stamped them directly on to a kraft card blank, then coloured the chicken usinh watercoloure pencils.


Challenges for this cardL

Saturday, 6 March 2021

PBSC March - Anything Goes (Optional 'Flowers')

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
'Flowers'

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

I used a stamp simply called 'Amaryllis' to make a Christmas card. I inked up the stamp using Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Crackling Campfire & Fired Brick for the petals, and Forest Moss & Rustic Wilderness for the stem & leaves), spritzed it with a little water, then stamped it on to watercolour paper. Once dry, I inked around the image using 'Old Paper' Distress Ink, and embossed a sentiment (from the 'Letter It - Christmas' set by Ranger) in 'Metallic Gold' embossing powder by WOW over the top. I doodled a simple border using a gold gel pen, then distressed the edges a little 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.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

ABC Christmas Challenge - E, F & G are for?

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Carol is the host, and the themes for this month are:

'E is for Elf'
'F is for Fir Trees'
&
'G is for Garland'

There's a lovely prize from Carol for the lucky winner:


I picked a Penny Black stamp called 'Bauble Balance' to use on my 'Elf' card...stamping it directly on to a kraft card blank, along with the matching sentiment, then coloured it using watercolour pencils.


My 'Fir Trees' card is a little bit of a cheat...I actually made the watercolour panel at the same time as this card last December...it was originally A5 in size, but just as I finished I managed to get a smudge of green ink in the middle of the sky, so had to trim it down. It's been sitting in my image box (along with a skinny snippet) since then waiting to be turned into a card. Anyway, here's how I made it...I started by painting the sky and snow banks on to watercolour paper, using Distress Inks (Stormy Sky & Chipped Sapphire). I then stamped my trees ('Before the Snow' and a smaller matching one from a little set called 'Wonder Collection')...using 'Evergreen Bough' Distress Ink...masking off the snow bank in the foreground. Once dry, I stamped each tree several times, then added a little more colour to them using more of the same ink (and a little of 'Pine Needles'). Once the trees were dry, I added my 'snow' by splattering a thick mixture of white watercolour paint all over the image. Finally, I stamped my sentiment (from a set by the Colorado Craft Company), then distressed the edges before adding the panel to a kraft card blank.


On my 'Garland' card, I stamped my image directly on to a kraft card blank, along with a Lili of the Valley sentiment, then coloured is using watercolour pencils.


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.