Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Crazy Dogs

I have a birthday card for a little boy to share today...featuring some of Tim Holtz's 'Crazy Dogs'. I coloured the dogs using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them out. I used snippets of spotty papers (from the 'Awesome Boy' pad by Recollections/Michaels), placing a different colour in each corner of my card blank. I cut some apertures in a piece of kraft card using one of my circle Nesties for the dogs to peek through, and stamped a sentiment (from a set by Lili of the Valley) in the centre. I trimmed the dogs down, then added them using 3D foam pads, and a number sentiment in the final 'window' made using Nesties & my Cuttlebug 'Olivia' alphabet.

Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sparkle on your Birthday!

I have another card featuring some new stamps to share today...this set is called 'Mimi Bubble Blooms - Annie' by Woodware. I started by smooshing some Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers & Cracked Pistachio) on to a piece of watercolour paper. I then stamped the flowers over the top using Versamark Ink, then heat embossed them with 'Vintage Peacock' embossing glitter from WOW. I added the sentiment from the stamp set, distressed the edges and added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen.

I 'coloured' the 'bubbles' on the flowers using a clear Sakura Stardust pen...th whole card is really sparkly in real life...you can see it a little better in this photo:

Challenges for this card:

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Patchwork Owls

I have a pair of clean & simple cards to share today, featuring some owl stamps by Woodware that I picked up recently in a charity shop. I stamped the owls on to kraft card blanks, along with a sentiment from the same set, then paper pieced them with lots of snippets of My Mind's Eye papers.

Papers - My Mind's Eye 'Floral Blue'

Papers - My Mind's Eye 'Stella & Rose - Mabel'

Challenges for these cards:

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Happy Birthday Fishes!

I had burst of crafting activity over Christmas and the New Year, so although I'm on a strict 'no crafting' ban at the moment (I have lots of work to do!) I still have lots of cards to share. This one uses stamps from the 'Birthday Buddies' set by Paper Smooches that I got for Christmas. I started with watercolour paper that I'd smooshed with Distress Inks...an orange piece for the fish (Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade & Fired Brick) and a blue piece for the sea (Broken China, Stormy Sky, Salty Ocean & Chipped Sapphire). I stamped the fish, added a little extra colour (using watercolour pencils) to their party hats, then carefully cut them out and gave them googly eyes. I stamped a sentiment (from the same stamp set) on the background, then doodled a simple border using a black gel pen. I mounted the fish on to the card using some 3D foam pads, then added a few sequins to look like bubbles in the water.

Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Thank You!

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:

'Thank You'

Our sponsor for this challenge is Sasayaki Glitter
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Prize - 1 Digital Image

I used my new 'Big Butterfly' stamp from Stampendous again on my card...in fact I made it at the same time as these ones I blogged last week...but used a different technique. I started by stamping the butterfly on to watercolour paper using Versafine 'Smokey Gray' ink. I then used Distress Inks (Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon) to watercolour the image. I added a sentiment (from the 'Heartfelt Wishes' set by Hero Arts), also stamped in 'Smokey Gray' ink, and distressed the edges of the watercolour paper a little before mounting it on to my card blank.

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, 6 January 2018

Penny Black Saturday Challenge January - Anything Goes!

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'
(In fact, all of our challenges will now be 'Anything Goes', but from next month we will have an additional optional theme for those of you that like a prompt)

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

My project for this challenge is a 2018 Penny Black calendar. I buy a few of the blank 'Create a Calendars' from Paper Mill Direct to decorate and give as Christmas presents each year, and this is the one I made for my Mum. They still have some available here if you fancy making yourself one.

I used a variety of Penny Black stamps and papers from lots of different manufacturers...far too many to list, but I did manage to use up lots of snippets! Here's a look at each of the months:

I'm also entering this calendar into the following challenges:

For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

ABC Christmas Challenge - A & B are for?

Over at the ABC Christmas Challenge, we're starting our ninth (!) trip through the alphabet...I'm the host, and the themes for this month are:

'A is for Antlers'
'B is for Birds'

We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge:

Prize - £20 Gift Certificate!


Prize - $25 Gift Certificate!

There's also a little prize from me too...a DoCrafts Christmas stamps:

I made a card for each of the themes...and on my 'A is for Antlers' card, I used a new (to me) die set by Tim Holtz (for Sizzix) called 'Winter Wonderland'. I started by cutting the deer from snippets of kraft card...then inked them with a little 'Brushed Corduroy' and 'Gathered Twigs' Distress Ink. To make the sky, I took a piece of watercolour paper that I'd 'smooshed' with various shades of blue Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Broken China, Salty Ocean & Chipped Sapphire), and used the 'falling snow' die in the set a couple of times, then added a piece of plain white card behind it. I used my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside Border' dies to cut the snowy slopes, then layered them all up, and placed the deer on top. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:

I stuck with some old favourites on my 'B is for Birds' card...using a trio of chickens by Penny Black called 'Carolers', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the 'Christmas Cheer' pad by Lily Bee Design...I distressed the edges a little, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is again from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for 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 ABC Christmas Challenge.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Polar Pals

Happy New Year everyone! What better way to start 2018 than with a Christmas card!?!?! This one features a Lili of the Valley image ('Polar Pals') coloured using watercolour pencils, and a new (to me) 'Snowfall' embossing folder by Tim Holtz/Sizzix. I started by embossing a piece of watercolour paper that I'd previously 'smooshed' with lots of different blue Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Broken China, Salty Ocean & Chipped Sapphire), then lightly sanded over the raised surface to reveal the white core to complete the snowy sky effect. I carefully cut around the top of my image, the placed it over the background, adding a sentiment (from a Lili of the Valley set).

Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Birthday Buddies

I have a simple little card to share today using stamps from a new stamp set called 'Birthday Buddies'. I did a bit of masking to fit all of the critters on, then coloured them using watercolour pencils. I added some strips of washi tape along the top and bottom edges of my card base before mounting the stamped panel on top using 3D foam pads. The sentiment stamp is from the same stamp set.

Challenges for this card:

Friday, 29 December 2017

Tattered Christmas

I used some more new goodies on today's cards...a set of Tim Holtz stamps (for Stampers Anonymous) called 'Tattered Christmas'. I used three of the larger stamps, along with a coordinating sentiment, for the main focus of each card, and some of the smaller images in the set to make my own background 'papers'. I stamped the background images in white pigment ink on to plain coloured card, then heat embossed them using clear embossing powder to give a slightly faded look. I coloured the larger images using watercolour pencils, then distressed all of the edges a little before adding some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and black and white gel pens.

Challenges for these cards:

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Sparkly Big Butterflies

I've been playing with some lovely new crafty goodies...and made a trio of cards using the 'Big Butterfly' stamp from Stampendous. I had a quick 'Google' for inspiration, and found this beautiful card by Chrissie...which I totally had to CASE! I stamped the butterfly on to some watercolour paper in Versamark Ink, using my Tim Holtz stamping platform and new 'Creative Corners' from Misti. I then heat embossed in various embossing glitters from WOW. I watercoloured each butterfly using complimentary colours of Distress Ink, then added a sentiment stamp from a magazine freebie set, using Memento 'Smokey Gray' ink. (I've listed the embossing powders & Distress Ink colours used underneath each card).

Embossing glitter: 'Under the Sea' by WOW
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs & Black Soot

Embossing Glitter: 'Gold Metallic Sparkle' by WOW
Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye & Gathered Twigs

Embossing Glitter: 'Vintage Peacock' by WOW
Distress Inks: Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Gathered Twigs & Black Soot

Challenges for these cards:

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Simple Stamped Butterfly Notecards

I have some simple stamped notecards to share today...these were Christmas gifts, so it's safe to show them on here now! I used the 'Pen Pattern Butterflies' set by Stampendous...stamping each one in several similar shades of Distress Inks. I used my Tim Holtz stamp platform which made mass production easy! There are four of each butterfly in each colour-way...making two sets of 24 notecards in total!

(Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw & Wild Honey)

(Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade & Fired Brick)

(Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Wilted Violet & Seedless Preserves)

(Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon & Broken China)

I bundled each set of notecards together with their envelopes, and tied them securely with some multicoloured twine.

Challenges for these notecards: