Sunday, 17 December 2017

Pile It On! Challenge - Non-traditional Christmas Colours and/or Snowmen

It's the third Sunday of the month, so that means that we have more inspiration for this month's Pile It On! Challenge and an additional theme:

'Non-traditional Xmas Colours'
and/or
'Add a Snowman'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Crafty Sentiments:
For prize details, please visit Pile It On!

I combined a few stamps from the 'Holly-Jolly' set by Penny Black to create a little wintry scene, which I coloured using watercolour pencils - I added some sparkle to the snow & stars using a Wink of Stella pen, but you can't really see it in the photograph. I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, then matted the panel on to a snippet of pink card to co-ordinate with the snowman's sled. The sentiment stamp is from a set by Lili of the Valley.


Here are the challenges I've piled on:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

PBSC December - Winter or Christmas...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:

'Winter or Christmas'

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

I used 'What a Snow!' to make a Christmas card for my Mum to give to her Mum. It's quite a large stamp, so I made an A5 sized card. The papers are from the 'Wonderful Winter' and 'Countdown to Christmas' pads by My Mind's Eye...I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle using some Stickles. I cut a couple of snowflakes using dies from  set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix...then added some glitter to those too before layering them up. The Christmas sentiment is from a set by Pollycraft for C C Designs, and the 'Mum' stamp is by Clearly Besotted.


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, 14 December 2017

Christmas Gift Boxes

I have some Christmas gift boxes to share today...made using my We R Memory Keepers punch board. I used sheets of 12x12 My Mind's Eye papers (from the 'Wonderful Winter', 'Countdown to Christmas' and 'I Believe' pads), I made the largest size, and the boxes measure 4x4x4 once assembled. I love this board...it's so easy to use...once you cut your paper to the correct size, there's no other measuring or cutting to do...and you don't even need to use any adhesive (although you could do, but I quite like that the boxes will store completely flat should you (or the recipient) want to recycle them!). I simply tied some festive ribbons around the boxes to finish. I will probably add a tag to each one...but they're still on my list of 'things to do'!


Challenges for these boxes:

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snow Gift Tags

I don't think I'm done with Christmas cards just yet, but I have some Christmas gift tags to share instead today. I started by cutting snowflakes in some kraft tags using dies from a set by Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I then stamped a sentiment above...I picked a couple by Hero Arts (from the 'Very Merry Christmas' and 'Winter Wishes' sets). I cut matching tags from red card to layer behind the kraft ones, then joined them together using some red & white baker's twine.


These were really quick to do, so I made a big pile:


Challenges for these tags:


Friday, 8 December 2017

Snowy Winter Nights

I have a few Christmas cards to share today...the stamp I used is called 'Snowy Winter Nights' by Hero Arts. I stamped it in Versamark Ink on plain white card, then heat embossed it using 'Vintage Peacock' embossing powder by WOW. I added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonmous), then distressed the edges a little.


The embossing powder is a really pretty mixture of teal and black glitter...beautiful in real life, but so tricky to capture in a photo...but I tried my best!


Challenges for these cards:


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

ABC Christmas Challenge December - Y & Z are for?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so that means it's time for a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge...it's our last challenge for the year, and Samantha is the host. The themes for December are:

'Y is for Yummy'
&
'Z is for Zentangle'

Our sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize - £10 Voucher!

and:

Prize - £10 Voucher!

I made a card for each of the two themes...for my 'Y is for Yummy' card, I picked an IndigoBlu stamp called 'Christmas Tree Cupcake'. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut it out. I popped it on my card blank using some 3D foam pads, then added some sparkle using Stickles. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.


I'm also entering this cards into the following challenges:
On my 'Z is for Zentangle' card, I drew some simple triangular 'tree' shapes using a green metallic gel pen, then filled them in using a different doodle for each one. The sentiment (again from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set) is heat embossed in red.


I'm also entering this cards into the following challenges:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pile It On! Challenge December - Non-traditional Xmas Colours

It's the first Sunday of the month, so that means that we have a fun new Pile It On! Challenge starting today...the theme is:

'Non-traditional Xmas Colours'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Crafty Sentiments:
For prize details, please visit Pile It On!

I found some snippets of brightly coloured patterned papers (all by My Mind's Eye...from the 'Merry Little Christmas' (pink & blue) and the 'Ooh La La (for Her)' (orange) pads). I cut some simple tree shapes using dies from the 'Reindeer' stamp & die set by Hero Arts & Sizzix...adding another tree cut from kraft card behind the paper for the brown 'trunk'. I made a simple background from snippets of white card...using my Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes' folder for the embossing. I used one of my 'Stitched Hillside Borders' dies to cut the curved ground, then cut it into a circle shape using one of my Nesties. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.


Here are the challenges I've piled on:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

PBSC December - Winter or Christmas!

It's the first Saturday of the month, so that means it's time for a new Penny Black Saturday Challenge...the theme this month is:

'Winter or Christmas'

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 1-2-3 Stitch:

Prize - a $20 voucher!

I used my 'Before the Snow' stamp to create a couple of simple wintry cards. I inked the stamp using various shades of green Distress Ink (Forest Moss, Peeled Paint & Pine Needles), then spritzed it with a little water, before stamping directly on to some kraft card blanks. I dotted some Versamark Ink over the trees, then heat embossed it using 'Sparkling Snow' embossing powder by WOW. I cut the 'snow drifts' from an offcut of white card using one of my 'Stitched Hillside Border' dies (by Lawn Fawn), and added a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.


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 November 2017

Holly & Globe

I have a simple heat embossed Christmas card to share today. The stamp is 'Holly & Globe' by Penny Black...I stamped it using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed it with 'Gold Metallic Sparkle' powder by WOW...so sparkly in real life, but so difficult to photograph! I inked and heat embossed around the edges a little, then matted the image on to some gold mirror card. I also heat embossed the sentiment (from the 'Merriest Wishes' set by Hero Arts).


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Holly Jolly Christmas

I have a one layer Christmas card to share today...featuring a fun Penny Black stamp from the 'Holly Jolly Christmas' set. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the baubles using some Stickles. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 26 November 2017

Harry the Dog

I have a simple masculine birthday card to share today...something other than Christmas at last! This is 'Harry the Dog' by Whipper Snapper, and I coloured him using watercolour pencils. The papers are snippets from the 'Prince Charming' pad by Recollections/Michaels (found at TKMaxx), and the sentiment stamp is from the 'Birthday Bears' set by Penny Black. I just added some simple doodled borders using a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:


Friday, 24 November 2017

Little Star

I have a simple little Christmas card to share today...using 'Little Star' by Lili of the Valley. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then coloured his star using a gold gel pen. For the background, I added some strips of gold washi tape (from WHSmith, Ikea & Hobbycraft)...the sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Angel Cat

I have another Christmas card to share today...this one features 'Angel Cat' by Penny Black, and papers from the 'Silent Night' pad by First Edition. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to his wings using some Stickles glitter glue. I added a sentiment from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous, then distressed all of the edges and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 20 November 2017

Xmas Treat

I have an ultra simple Christmas card to share today...CASE-ing Susan's fabulous card for this week's Less Is More Challenge. I used her layout (minus the sparkly stars), and chose to also use an image featuring a stocking ('Xmas Treat' by Penny Black), and her festive red & green colour combination. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Very Merry Christmas' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pile It On! Challenge - Large Sentiments and/or Things with Wings

It's the third Sunday of the month, so over at the Pile It On! Challenge, we have some more inspiration and an additional theme for November's challenge:

'Large Sentiments'
and/or
'Things with Wings'

Our sponsor this month is Pickled Potpourri:
Pickled Potpourri Challenge Sponsorship Banner
Prize - $7 Gift Certificate for Pickled Potpourri.

I went with just the 'wings' this time, and picked a Penny Black stamp called 'Cluck, Cluck, Cluck!', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Stella & Rose - Mabel' pad by My Mind's Eye...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 'Birthday Bears' set, also by Penny Black.


Here are the challenges I've piled on:


For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

PBSC November - Thank You...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:

'Thank You'

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

I picked one of the cute hedgies from the 'Wonderful' set...and paired him with some papers from the 'Tea House' pad by Dovecraft. I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is also by Penny Black.


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, 16 November 2017

Moose!

Today's card features a cute moose stamp by Rachelle Anne Mille (for Stampavie) that I last inked up in August 2013 - eeeek! I added a snippet of stripey paper (from the LilyBee Designs 'Christmas Cheer' pad)...I distressed all of the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz (for Stampers Anonymous).


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Henry Mouse

I have a birthday card to share today...featuring 'Henry - Cupcake Mouse' by Whiff of Joy. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle to the frosting on his cupcake using some Stickles. The papers are from the 'Now & Then' pad by My Mind's Eye...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The little sentiments are from the 'Party Critters' set by Penny Black.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Teddy & Penguin

I have another simple one layer Christmas card to share today...featuring a cute Lili of the Valley stamp called 'Teddy & Penguin', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I added a stamped sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), and then doodled a border using a black gel pen.


Challenges for this card: