Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Easter Hares

I have another Easter treat bag to share today...this one features a Happy Hopper image called 'Easter Hares'...I love their little egg costumes! I coloured the image using watercolour pencils to match the We R Memory Keepers 'Hippity Hoppity' papers. I distressed the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Egg-cellent Easter Sentiments' set by Amy R/C C Designs.


Challenges for this treat bag:


Monday, 20 March 2017

Mr Snowman

I have a Christmas card to share today featuring a cute Lili of the Valley stamp called 'Mr Snowman'. I coloured him using watercolour pencils, then added a touch of gold to the baubles hanging from his arms using a gel pen. I added a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous), then used one of my Lawn Fawn 'Stitched Hillside' border dies to cut a curve along one side. I added strips of gold washi tape along the edges of my card blank, then added the snowman panel on top using 3D foam tape.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 19 March 2017

PIO Challenge March - Humour/Puns...More Inspiration!

I have another card for this month's Pile It On! Challenge where the theme is:

'Humour/Puns'

but...that's not all...with our new monthly format, we're adding in a alternative...or optional extra theme...and this moth that theme is:

'Plaid'

You're free to use one, or other of the themes, or combine them if you wish!

Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps:


Prize - 2 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

I chose to combine the two themes on my card, and paired a cute dinosaur image and sentiment (from the 'You're Rawr-some' set by My Favorite Things), and a sheet of double sided paper from the 'Abbey Road' (Stomp) collection. I kept the card pretty simple, adding some doodling using a black gel pen, and fussy cutting my dinosaur, then popping him up on 3D foam pads.


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 March 2017

PBSC March - Bright & Cheerful Colours...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:

'Bright & Cheerful Colours'

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

I decorated an Easter treat bag using some brightly coloured papers from the 'Hippity Hoppity' pad by We R Memory Keepers and an adorable stamp called 'Bonnet Bunny', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the 'Egg-cellent Easter Sentiments' set by Amy R/C C Designs.


I'm also entering 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, 16 March 2017

Leafy Greens

I have a simple one layer card for this week's Less is More Challenge to share today, where the theme is 'Leaves'. I used stamps from the 'Spring Flowers' set by Honey Doo Crafts, using watercolour pencils to add some colour, and a sentiment from a set that was a magazine freebie.


Challenges for this card:


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Balloon Trio

I have a House Mouse card to share today...featuring another of the lovely stamps that I recently received as a prize...this one's called 'Balloon Trio', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The papers are from the '72 & Sunny' pad by We R Memory Keepers...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 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Cake Nibbler!

I was the lucky recipient of some House Mouse & Happy Hoppers stamps as a belated prize from the House Mouse & Friends Challenge...and when they popped through my letterbox yesterday, I couldn't resist inking them up straight away. The one I used on this card is called 'Cake Nibbler'...what a cheeky little bunny! I coloured him using watercolour pencils to match the pastel-ly colours of the 'My Girl' papers by American Crafts. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiments are by Hero Arts...from the 'Fabulous Birthday' and 'Cupcakes' sets.


Challenges for this card:


Friday, 10 March 2017

Butterfly Bear

This is the Mother's Day card I made for my Mum to give to her Mother...and it features a cute Lili of the Valley stamp called 'James Butterflies'. I coloured the image using watercolour pencils to match the papers from the 'Indie Chic - Nutmeg' pad 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. The flowers are a mixture of Papermania and Prima, the brad is by BasicGrey and the sentiment is from the 'Sentiments' set by Hero Arts.


Challenges for this card:


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Girl & Snowman

I received a couple of adorable Wild Rose Studio Christmas stamps last week as part of a prize from a challenge win, and couldn't resist inking them up at the weekend. The one I've used on this card is called 'Girl & Snowman'...I coloured it using watercolour pencils, then added some sparkle using a Wink of Stella pen. I found a piece of star covered paper that matched the snowman's scarf in my 'Happy Day' pad by My Mind's Eye...and used a piece behind my image. I distressed the edges then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. I added a snippet of pink polkadot ribbon, and a sentiment from a set by Lili of the Valley.


Challenges for this card:


Monday, 6 March 2017

Smooshing & Embossing

I have a set of simple little cards to share today...featuring a sentiment stamps from a set that came free with a magazine last month. I made a 'smooshed' Distress Ink background using Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Chipped Sapphire...adding a few layers of ink to a sheet of watercolour paper (allowing each to dry before adding the next). I then splattered it with some water, removing the excess with a paper towel to add a little more texture. I cut the sheet into four pieces, then heat embossed a sentiment using silver embossing powder on each one...then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a silver gel pen. I matted the panels on some silver mirror card then added them to some little 4x4 inch kraft card blanks.



Challenges for these cards:

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Pile It On! Challenge - Humour/Puns

We have another fun new Pile It On! Challenge starting today and the theme is:

'Humour/Puns'

Our sponsor this month is Dr Digi's House of Stamps:
Prize - 2 Digi Stamps of the Winner's Choice!

I used a cute set of fish stamps from Hambo called 'Fish Trio'...coloured them using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them out. I made a simple 'ocean' background from a few snippets of blue card...torn along the top to look like waves. I stamped the 'birthday' part of a Hero Arts sentiment stamp (from the 'Anytime Messages' set) along the top, then added the word 'fishes' using a black gel pen...it looks much lighter in the photo, but in real life there's no difference in colour. I popped the fishes on top using some 3D foam pads.


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, 4 March 2017

PBSC March - Bright & Cheerful Colours!

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:

'Bright & Cheerful Colours'
(Try a new technique...or maybe use some new craft supplies)

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

I picked some papers from the 'Happy Day' pad by My Mind's Eye...I love the clashing colours and fun patterns in these...and paired them with some Penny Black Stickeroos that I've had for absolutely ages...they're great for a quick card! I added some simple doodled borders, and some sentiments from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


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, 1 March 2017

ABC Christmas Challenge - March 2017...E, F & G are for?

We have a fun new ABC Christmas Challenge starting today, and this month we have not one...not two...but three themes for you to choose from....or combine!

'E is for Edge'

'F is for Family'

AND

'G is for Girls'

Are sponsor for this challenge is Wild Orchid Crafts
Prize - a £10 gift certificate!

And...that's not all...there's also a little prize from me too:
A set of Sizzix Christmas dies!

A made a card for each of the three themes. The for the 'E is for Edge' theme, I stamped a selection of snowflakes (from sets by Papermania, Lakeland and Prima) using Versamark Ink off the edge of a kraft card blank, then heat embossed them in 'Sparkling Snow' WOW embossing powder. The sentiment is from a set by Lili of the Valley.


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


My second card is for 'F is for Family' and features an adorable Prairie Fairy image called 'Snow Family', which I coloured using watercolour pencils. The paper is from the 'Happy Day' pad by My Mind's Eye...I added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen, and combined a couple of Lili of the Valley sentiments.


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


My third card is for 'G for Girls' and features an older Lili of the Valley stamp that came as part of a set called 'Skating Along' and papers from the 'Silent Night' pad by First Edition. I distressed all of the edges, then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a silver gel pen. The sentiment stamp is from the same Lili of the Valley set.


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


For more inspirtion from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Birthday Dog in Blue

I have one more 'Birthday Dog' card to share today...this time I used him on a more masculine card. The papers are from the 'Recollections - Prince Charming' pad by Michaels (found at TKMaxx)...I doodled dome simple borders around the edges using a black gel pen, and the sentiment stamp is from the 'Big Messages' set by Paula Pascual.


Challenges for this card:


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Birthday Dog with Washi

I have another 'Birthday Dog' card to share today...this time a more CAS number featuring some fun washi tape (from Dovecraft & Freckled Fawn). I coloured the image using watercolour pencils, then doodled a simple border using a black gel pen...adding a couple of strips of washi tape bunting. I placed a couple of strips of the stripey washi tape on to my kraft card blank, then popped the image panel on top using 3D foam tape. The sentiment is from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts...I didn't centre it very well, so added the exclamation marks using a black gel pen to even it out.


Challenges for this card:

Friday, 24 February 2017

Birthday Dog...Pretty in Pastels

This is the first of three cards I made last weekend featuring my favourite stamp...'Birthday Dog' by Penny Black. Usually he ends up on masculine cards...but this time I thought I'd pair him with some pretty pastel papers (from the 'Happy Day' pad 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. The sentiment is from a little set by Wild Rose Studio, and the adhesive pearls are from Hobbycraft.


Challenges for this card:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Traditional Christmas

Today's cards feature a set of Woodware stamps that I picked up in a charity shop last week called 'Traditional Christmas'. I coloured the little images suing watercolour pencils, then carefully cut them all out, and mounted them on to my card blanks using 3D foam pads. I stamped a holly border (from the same set) along the bottom...adding a little bit of colour to the leaves and berries, and a sentiment (from the 'Scribbly Christmas' set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous.




Challenges for these cards:

Monday, 20 February 2017

Need Your Eyes Testing?!

I have a quick & simple card to share today inspired by this week's Less is More's 'Alphabet' themed challenge. I printed a panel inspired by one of the sight tests at the opticians...spelling out 'Thankyou' in decreasing sizes of lettering, then simply matted it on to some scraps of kraft and black card.


Challenges for this card:

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Pile It On! Challenge - Monsters or Fairies

We have another fun new Pile It On! Challenge starting today, and the theme is:

'Monsters and/or Fairies'

We are sponsored for this challenge by Pink Gem:
Prize - Two Digi Images or Card Topper Kits of the winner's choice!

I'm not really one for 'Fairies', so I went the 'Monster' option and used an old Pollycraft image called 'Spike', which I coloured using watercolour pencils, then carefully cut him out. For the background, I used a mixture of papers...the green one if from the 'Simply Stated' pad by Recollections/Michaels, and the others are from the 'Stella & Rose - Mabel' pad by My Mind's Eye. I embossed a circle of kraft card using a Cuttlebug folder rather oddly called 'Charles' (!), then added some faux stitching using my CutterBee Bug and a black gel pen. The sentiments are from the 'Anytime Messages' set by Hero Arts.


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.