Sunday, 15 October 2017

Chirpy Christmas

Here is another Christmas card to add to my small collection.  I love this stamp, but am never quite sure how to use it in my cards, so I decided to just use lots of colour for a bit of fun!


The stamp is from Penny Black 'Tree Chirps' and the sentiments are from PB 'Prancers' set. The birds were coloured with Zig Markers and added a bit of bling.

I'm entering the following challenges.
If you want to know about the Penny Black Head Start Challenge, click here.

Odd number of snowflakes and three words.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Hello Friend

Here is another card combining Essentials by Ellen and Altenew stamps for the Mix it Up Challenge at The Classroom.



The stamp sets I've used are Altenew 'Peony Bouquet' and Essentials 'Hello gorgeous'. Just a easy and classic design.

I'm also entering the following challenges:-


 one flower, 3 sequins, 7 leaves :)

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Winter Song - A Shaker

Before the cool days give way to hot weather,  I thought I'd make some wintery Christmas cards to send to our Northern Hemisphere family and friends.

This is a beautiful stamp from Penny Black, called Winter Song. I really love this magical scene. I decided to challenge myself to make a shaker - I love the look of them, but I always struggle to perfect them! The sentiment die is also from Penny Black and the sentiment stamp is from WPlus9. The paper in the background  (behind card) is from Kaisercraft and makes a great back drop for Christmas cards.


I'm entering the following challenges:-

Craft Stamper Take it, Make it - Anything goes


CLOSE to NATURE

Anything Goes + Watercolour

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Panda Can't Even ... without COFFEE!

I decided to make a fun card today. This is inspired by The ton challenge.

The coffee cup is a Silhouette cut file and I decorated it with the flowers from The Ton's Haute Stacks and the Panda,  was my alternative to the cat in the moodboard. I used my typewriter to add the extra bit to the sentiment.
I guess I should have used the tired looking Panda, but this one is my fave and it shows what he is like after coffee!

I'm entering the following challenges:-



https://thetonchallenge.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/october-challenge-1017/






Sunday, 8 October 2017

Honey and Bears

Yesterday  it was World Cardmaking Day and I managed to get in a bit of crafting time.
Here is one of the cards I made. 

The stamp set is WPlus9 Curious Forest Friends and I used MFT Blueprints 30 to make it interactive.
The paper is from Kaisercraft. The bears were coloured with Copic Markers and most of the rest was coloured with Zig Markers.

I had a lot of fun making this and am entering it in the following challenges:-




Saturday, 7 October 2017

First Iris

Well at last our Bearded Irises are starting to bloom and they are a different shade of purple this year!
So I felt inspired to make an Iris card as I do each year, although it's about a month and a half late this year.

I stamped the Altenew Enchanted Iris multiple times, with a bit of masking and then coloured with Copic Markers. I'm definitely a novice when it comes to Copics, but I do enjoy using them and will keep on trying to learn.  The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson.

I'd just finished mounting the stamped panel on the black card base and as I was smoothing it out I left a black smudge mark from my finger - ughhhh!!!! I bet you can guess where it is! The bees add a bit of interest though, although I wouldn't have placed it there:)

I'm entering this in the Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge, which is with Altenew this month.




And here is the real Iris peeking through..


I'm intrigued by the shape! I hope they all fully bloom.


A Wish for Peace

It just occurred to me that the year is zipping by far to quickly and I haven't made a start on my Christmas cards. So I pulled out the box of Christmas stamps and this is the first one of the year...

I've had these gorgeous stamp sets sitting in my stash for awhile and they haven't been inked up until today. In other words they would have qualified for the NBUS* challenge, but alas, I'm too late.

The stamps are all from Penny Black. The background is called 'Tranquil'.  I added 2 more trees from the 'Prancers' set. The fox is from 'Smile all Day' and the sentiment is from 'Wish for Peace'.

I've used distress ink and Zig markers.

I'm entering the following challenges:-


Penny Black and More - 'Close to Nature'
CHRISTMAS
* Never Before Used Schtuff (accronym by Darnell)