Saturday 20 July 2024

PBSC July - Anything Goes (Optional 'Food')...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
'Happy Birthday'


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

I've used one of the stamps from the 'Critter Party' set...stamping it on to a snippet of watercolour paper, along with a sentiment from the 'What This!' set by Anita Jerum for the Colorado Craft Company. I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the cupcake icing with some Stickles, before cutting out the circle shape using one of my Nesties. For the background, I used a couple of snippets of watercolour effect paper from the 'Watercolour Feeling's pad from The Works...using a 'Cupcakes' embossing folder by Craft Concepts to dry emboss one, and a Simon Says Stamp background stamp called 'Magic Stars' to heat emboss this other in white. I distressed all of the edges, added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a white gel pen, and lightly sanded over the dry embossing before assembling 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.

Thursday 18 July 2024

Floral Garden Duo

I was the lucky winner of a Simon Says Stamp (Mondays) Challenge a little while ago, and one of the items I got with my prize was this fabulous 'Floral Garden' stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. The main stamp in the set is huge...so, for these cards, I only inked up half of the stamp at a time, stamping it on to watercolour paper. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then lightly distressed the edges of the paper. I stamped the sentiments (using a stamp from the 'Go To Words' set by Visible Image), using Versamark ink on to strips of vellum, then heat embossed it in metallic gold. Once cooled, I tore the edges of the vellum, then folded it around the watercolou paper before attaching the panels to DL kraft card blanks.


Challenges for these cards:

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Guest Designer - Penny's Challenge

Today, I'm sharing a Guest Deisgner card for Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge, where the theme for this fortnight is, as always:

'Anything Goes'

I was sent a digi stamp from Mirtillamente Digital Stamps & Papers called 'Flowerz: Rose Mandela' to use on my card. I stamped it on to smooth what card, coloured it using watercolour pencils, then used one of my circle Nesties to cut it out...carefully cutting around the protruding leaves using a craft knife beforehand. For the background, I embossed pieces of watercolour effect paper (from the 'Watercolour Feelnigs' pad from The Works), using a couple of different Cuttlebug embossing folders. I then lightly sanded over the raised edges, to reveal some of the white core, before distressing the edges and adding faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and awhite gel pen.


For more inspiration from the faulous Design Team, please pop over to Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - thanks for having me!

Sunday 14 July 2024

Gift Exchange

Today's card features stamps from a set that I picked up from Simon Says Stamp with a prize I won recently on one of their challenges...called 'Gift Exchange' by Anita Jeram for the Colorado Craft Company. I stamped the images on to watercolour paper, added one of the sentiments from the set, then coloured them using watercolour pencils. I used a piece of patterned paper from the 'Christmas Multistack' by DCWV for the background...distressing the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:

Friday 12 July 2024

Polar Pair

Today's card features an old Lili of the Valley stamp called 'Polar Pair'. I stamped it directly on to a white card blank, added a sentiment from the 'Beary Merry Christmas' set by Funky Fossil, then coloured the image using watercolour pencils.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday 10 July 2024

ABC Christmas Challenge - N & O are for?

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today...Fabiola is the host, and the themes are:

'N is for No Stamping'
&
'O is for Off the Edge'

The prize for the lucky winner is this a 30.00 CHF Cap sur le Scrap Gift Certificate


:

For my 'No Stamping' card, I used a mixture of die cuts and dry embossing. I started by embossing a snippet of watercolour effect paper from the 'Pastel Watercolours' pad from The Works using a Tim Holtz for Sizzix embossing folder called 'Snowfall'...sanding lightly over the raised areas to reveal a little of the white core. The I took snippets of white hammer card, and used some dies (Clearly Besotted 'Tree Landscape', Your Next Die 'Houses on a Hill' & Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Borders') to cut the wintry landscapes, then layered them up over the background...placing some teeny tiny snippets of yellow card behind the windows of the houses. Finally, I added a large star cut from a snippet of silver glitter card using one of the dies from the Tim Holtz for Sizzix 'Snowy Stars' die set.


For my 'Off the Edge' card, I used one of the stamps from my Simon Says Stamp ' Snowflake Edges' set, stamping if just off the edge of a snippet of watercolour effect paper from the 'Mystery Marbles' pad by Craft Sensations, using Versamark ink, then I heat embossed it using white embossing powder. I then carefully tore around the edge of the image before adding it to a navy card blank. I added a simple sentiment, heat embossing it in white to match the snowflakes, using one of the stamps from the Crafter's Companion 'Winter Blessings' set.


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 8 July 2024

Rainbow Christmas Trees

Today's card features a Woodware Christmas tree stamp called 'Mini Tall Twiggy Tree'. I stamped it across a piece of watercolour paper in a rainbow pattern using Distress Inks: Festive Berries; Spiced Marmalade; Mustard Seed; Lucky Clover; Salty Ocean; Chipped Sapphire; and Wilted Violet. I added a sentiment cut from black card using a Poppy Stamps die called 'Folk Merry Christmas'. I matted the panel on to some more black card before adding it to a DL card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Saturday 6 July 2024

PBSC July - Anything Goes (Optional 'Food')

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
'Food'


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

I have a fairly sizeable collection of Penny Black stamps that feature some kind of food...but the one that immediately sprang to mind was this one from the 'It's Your Day!' set. I stamped it directly on to akraft card blank, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. The sentiment stamp is from the 'What This' set by Anita Jeram for the Colorado Craft Company.


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 July 2024

Sketched Flowers

Today's card features one of my favourite floral stamps...'Sketched Flowers' by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped it on to a piece of watercolour effect paper (from the 'Watercolour Feelings' pad by Craft Sensations) using Versamark ink, then heat embossed it in white. I heat embossed a sentiment, using a stamp from the 'What This' set by Anita Jeram for the Colorado Craft Company, in white to match, then doodled a simple border using a white gel pen. I trimmed the panel down to fit a DL card blank, then distressed the edges a little before adding it to the card.


Challenges for this card:
 


Monday 1 July 2024

July Desk Calendar

Today I'm sharing my desk calendar page for July. Inspired by the start of the Tour de France at the weekend, I picked a cute cycling image from the 'Cheering Critters' set by Penny Black. I stamped him on to a snippet of watercolour paper, then coloured him using watercolour pencils...of course putting him in the maillot jaune! I paired him with snippets of yellow papers from the 'Breeze' pad by My Mind's Eye...distressing the edges and adding some faux stitches using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this calendar:

Saturday 29 June 2024

Sweater Weather

Today's card features another of the cute bears from the 'Beary Merry Christmas' set by Funky Fossil. I stamped him on to a snippet of watercolour paper, coloured him using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I stamped one of the sentiments from the set on to a kraft card blank, then added the bear above using 3D foam pads.


Challenges for this card:

Thursday 27 June 2024

Tweetheart

Today's card features another couple of the cute bird stamps from 'The Tweets' set by Funky Fossil. I stamped them on to watercolour paper, along with one of the sentiments from the set, then coloured them using watercolour pencils. I distressed the edges a little, then added it to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Tuesday 25 June 2024

Guest Designer - Rudolph Days Challenge!

Today I'm sharing a card for a Guest Designer spot over at the Rudolph Days Challenge!


For my card, I used some of the stamps from a set by Funky Fossil called 'Beary Merry Christmas. I stamped them on to watercolour paper, then coloured them using watercolour pencils. I doodled a simple border using a black gel pen, then added the panel to a DL kraft card blank.


For more inspiration, please pop over to the Rudolph Days Challenge - thanks Helen for inviting me to join you this month!

Sunday 23 June 2024

Elegant Stems Notecards

I was one of the lucky winners of the Allsorts 16th birthday challenge, and received this lovely set of floral stamps by AALL & Create called 'Elegant Stems' as part of my prize. I decided to use the main flower stamps in the set to make a little set of notecards. I stamped them all on to watercolour paper, then coloured them using watercoour paints. I distressed the edges a little then added the watercoloured panels to some kraft card blanks.




Here they all are together:


Challenges for these cards:

Friday 21 June 2024

Robins in the Moonlight

I have a Christmas card to share today...featuring another of the stamps from a cute (and as yet still unidentified) set of clear stamps that I picked up recently in a charity shop. I stamped the robins on to a snippet of watercolour paper, coloured them using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them out. For the background, I used a piece of starry night sky paper from a pad called 'Christmas Night' from The Works. I added a star cut from a snippet of gold mirror card using one of the dies from the 'Snowy Stars' set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix, and a sentiment cut using a Memory Box die from another snippet of gold mirror card. I matted it all on to some more gold mirror card before adding it to a card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday 19 June 2024

The Tweets

Today's card features one of the quirky stamps from a set by Funky Fossil called 'The Tweets', that I got with a prize I won over at the AAA Cards Challenge recently. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured them using watercolour pencils. I added a sentiment from the 'Birthday Buddies' set by Paper Smooches, then distressed the edges a little before adding it to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

Monday 17 June 2024

Dad's the Word

Today I'm sharing the card I made for my Dad for Father's day. It features a cute stamp that I found in a charity shop a little while ago, called 'Dad's the Word' by Lili of the Valley. I stamped it on to watercolour paper, then coloured it using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Fresh Florals' pad by Craft Sensations...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen before layering it all on to a kraft card blank.


Challenges for this card:

I also made a simple gift tag for my Dad's present...using a cute Penny Blac chicken stamp called 'Present Pile'. I stamped it on to a snippet of watercolour paper, coloured it using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. I heat embossed a chicken wire background stamp (by Darkroom Door) on to a kraft luggage tag using silver embossing powder, added the chicken on top using 3D foam pads, then tied it all together using some red baker's twine.


Saturday 15 June 2024

PBSC June - Anything Goes (Optional 'Happy Birthday')...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
'Happy Birthday'


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

I inked up my oldest Penny Black stamp...'Birthday Dog'...for my card, stamping him on to watercolour paper, then colouring him using watercolour pencils. I paired him with papers from the 'Party Day' pad by Crate Paper...distressing the edges, and adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'What This!' set by Anita Jream for the Colorado Craft Company.


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.