A Gift For You (PB Saturday Challenge)

I would like to thank everyone over at C.R.AF.T Challenge for selecting my card in Top 3 in their Christmas in July Challenge. I really appreciate your support and love joining in their fun challenges.

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It’s time for a reminder of the current challenge over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge!  Mays theme  is Anything Goes (Optional – ‘Monochrome‘).  There is still time for you to join in the fun!

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Today I am using a new to me stamp PB – Waddling by. I loved it the first time I saw it. I also felt it was perfect for the Monochrome theme, as the majority of the image would be black and white shades anyway! πŸ™‚

After stamping the image, it was watercoloured using Distress ink. (So easy – only one colour!!)

I continued slowly building up the details on the image by varying the strength of the ink washes.

The panel was then cut using MFT – Die-namics – Wonky Squares Stax and layered on black before adding it to the card front.

The sentiment tag is from Mama Elephant – Sew Fancy Creative Dies. I rather liked the details on the little tag as it gave some interest to an otherwise fairy plain card. The sentiment is from the PB stamp set.

I then added faux stitching on the tag with a black pen.

The tag was then added to the card using raised tape.

I hope this happy little penguin brings you a smile. I think he’d be fun for a birthday card bry changing the decorations on the parcel.

Please head over to our blog to  check out the wonderfully inspirational work by the rest of the Design Team!  I hope you will find the time to join our challenge this month.

I look forward to seeing what you create!  Good luck!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments and will be sure to check out your blog.

I hope all is going well for you all! Stay safe!

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #409 – Any Occasion

HLS July Christmas Challenge

Die Cut Divas Challenge – Tone on Tone

C.R.A.F.T Challenge – Christmas – Humourous

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #52 – Woolly or Fluffy or Furry!

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WWC320 – Dawn’s Challenge: All About Occasions

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Today I’m back with a new challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday. Dawn is the hostess for this fortnight’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: All About Occasions.

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I decided a slimline card was perfect for using this Mama Elephant – Wish Upon Star set image. These little images and their sentiments are so sweet.

After stamping the little bunny, it was masked and then the top section masked off ready for ink blending to make a night sky background using Distress Inks. It was then splattered a little water and then white and gold paint.

After removing the masks, it was then time to watercolour the little rabbit and moon. Again, I used Distress inks and Tombows.

I loved the way it turned out. I hope you do too.

Don’t forget to head over to our blog to check out the wonderful inspiration from the rest of our Design Team.

I look forward to seeing what you create this week!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments.

Stay safe in these difficult times and have a good day

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #409 – Any Occasion

Through the Craftroom Door – Anthing Goes Challenge 13th July

PIP Challenge 2128

Make My Monday Challenge #152 Anything Airborne

Get Creative Challenges – Anything Goes

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Happy Birthday (HLS – Dies)

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We’re back with the new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers –  Anything Goes with Dies- July .   As always, anything goes in this challenge. So, I hope you’ll find time in  your busy life to join in the fun this month!

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My card is an older easel card I made for a very special person. It has a very feminine look. I hope you like it.

I covered a the front panel with a pale pink and then a white cover die cut.

The Sizzix tag die had the image from Papermania’s Lucy Cromwell was copic coloured, fussy cut and added with raised tape. A sheer bow was added before it was added to the card front.

The inside base of the card had the pink DP added half way ready to form the base of the easel.

After cutting and embossing the die cut to act as the stop for the easel, it was stamped with the Verse Stamps – Birthday Surprise sentiment.

A small Happy BIrthday was added on a small tag.

Time to head over to our blog to check out the great work by the rest of the Design Team!

I look forward to seeing what you create this month!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments.

Have a good day, stay safe and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #409 – Any Occasion

PIP Challenge 2127

Stamping Sensations – July – For a Lady

Creative Moments Challenge #218 – Anything Goes

We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge – July – Beautiful Blooms (flowers)

Through the Craftroom Door Challenge – Anything Goes Challenge – Tuesday 6th July 2021

Crafty Castle Challenge – July Challenge #43

Creatalicious Challenge #214 ANYTHING GOES with optional Interactive/fancy fold cards

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Have a Fabulous Birthday (PB Saturday Challenge)

I would like to thank everyone over at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge for selecting my card in the Top 3! Thank you so much, I am really honoured.

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It’s time for the current challenge over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge!  Mays theme  is Anything Goes (Optional – ‘Monochrome‘).  I hope you have a chance to join in the fun!

Penny Black Design Team

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Today I decided to use a piece of coloured card as I wanted a base colour as an extra shade for my flowers. However, I wasn’t sure how it would take water.

I started with my PB – Spontaneous Joy stamp in my Misti. Using Distress Ink – Wilted Violet marker, I added strokes of colour onto the flower image. I then used the old ‘huffing’ technique (where you huff onto the stamp and your warm breathe reactivates the ink) before stamping.

I continued slowly building up the images, adding a little Seedless Preserves at the base of he flowers and in the centres and a very tiny amount of black in the middle of the centres.

Once I felt I had a fairly good impression, I used a damp brush to swipe over the colours for a little blending, sometimes adding a little more Seedless Preserves where needed to even out the images.

I was pleased with the way it turned out as the colours worked together so well. I’m not sure the photo shows the colour as pretty as it is IRL! 😦

I finished by adding a border of darker purple and the sentiment from PB – Heartfelt stamp set.

Please head over to our blog to  check out the wonderfully inspirational work by the rest of the Design Team!  I hope you will find the time to join our challenge this month.

I look forward to seeing what you create!  Good luck!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments and will be sure to check out your blog.

I hope all is going well for you all! Stay safe!

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

SSS Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Anything Goes

AAA Birthday Challenge – Flowers

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #408 – Birthdays

PIP Challenge 2126

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #604 Anything Goes

Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes Challenge June 29th 2021

Stamping Sensations Challenge – July – For a Lady

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Ahoy! big smiles (HLS – Watercolour)

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Today I’m back with HLS Watercolour Challenge for June, 2021. This year it’s Anything Goes so long as it features watercolour. So easy to join in!

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My card features a fun image from Creat a Smile – Big Surprise.

I thought this walrus was so cute!!!

It started with a piece of tissue paper that I had watercoloured by dipping it into some Distress Inks sprayed with water on my mat. It picks up the colour wonderfully and is so vibrant.

This was sandwiched between 2 Kaisercraft – Film Strip die cuts.

The senitments were then stamped in black ink onto the tissue.

The card front had some light ink smooching to give the look of water splashes and then adhered to the card front.

The walrus and stones were watercolored and then fussy cut cut before being added with raised tape.

I thought it was fun and I love the look of the watercoloured tissue paper.

I hope you like it.

Please head over to our blog and check out the wonderfully inspirational work by the rest of the Design Team!  I hope you will find the time to join our challenge this month.

I look forward to seeing what you create!  Good luck!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments.

Stay safe

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

SSS Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Create A Smile Challenge – Sketch

Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Anything Goes

Time Out Challenge #191 – Movies (50 First Dates)

Inkspirational Challenge #242-Maritime

Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes Challenge June 29th 2021

Β Stay Crafty With Hero – For the Guys

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #408 – Birthdays

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WWC319 – Helen’s Challenge: All Things Feminine

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Today I’m back with a new challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday. I’m thrilled to be the hostess for today’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: All Things Feminine.

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I decided to make a fun shaker tag today.

I started by stamping, Distress watercolouring and fussy cutting the small image from Stampendous House-Mouse – Celebrate Friends stamp set. Of course, Wink of Stella added some shimmer to the ribbons on the image.

I then cut the tag using the Sizzix Rounded Tag twice in white card stock and once in DP.

The DP tag was added to a card tag and then had a window cut.

A piece of acetate was cut to cover the window. The fussy cut image was added to the top of the window before the acetate was added to the window. A little glue was then added to be sure the image was adhered to the acetate.

Raised tape was added around the back of the window to form a well to hold the sequins and sparkles.

The white card panel was added to the back to seal the shaker window.

The sentiment from the same stamp set was white heat embossed and added to the front with raised tape. Two pieces of ribbon were threaded through to top of the tag to finish.

I love a fun of a shaker, even a smaller version!

Don’t forget to head over to our blog to check out the wonderful inspiration from the rest of our Design Team.

I look forward to seeing what you create this week!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments.

Stay safe and have a good day

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

HMFMC #343 ‘Anything Goes’ + the option of ‘Make it small’

SSS Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Anything Goes

DRU Challenge #172 – Anything Goes

PIP Challenge 2126

Allsorts Challenge – Week 630 πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Use Design Paper

Addicted to Stamps and More – Challenge #408 – Birthdays

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Today is all about celebrating YOU! (PB Saturday Challenge)

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It’s time for a reminder for the current challenge over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge!  Mays theme  is Anything Goes (Optional – ‘Fussy or Fancy’).  I hope you have a chance to join in the fun!

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My card is a very simple one and features an old Penny Black wood block stamp- Friendly Chat, which I water coloured with Tombow Pens.

The background was lightly washed using Distress Inks.

The fence is from Couture Creations.

A frame was cut using Stamplorations Wonky Stitched rectangles.

The sentiment is from PB -Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set.

Please head over to our blog to  check out the wonderfully inspirational work by the rest of the Design Team!  I hope you will find the time to join our challenge this month.

I look forward to seeing what you create!  Good luck!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments and will be sure to check out your blog.

I hope all is going well for you all! Stay safe!

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 689 – Anything Goes!

As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Tip (and use it on your project) ( I love these older PB little girl images with lots of details as I love to watercolur them and bring them to life. I feel they are so cute)

Allsorts Card Challenge – Week 629 πŸŽ€ Anything Goes with option to add buttons or bows

Crafter’s Castle Challenge -June 2021 Challenge #42– Summer

Aud Sentiments Challenge – Anything Goes with a Sentiment

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WWC318 – Kath’s Challenge: All About Occasions

I want to thank everyone over at A Blog Named Hero for selecting my card as the second winner of their Monochrome Challenge. I was so excited that they liked my card!!

A Blog Named Hero Challenge Winners for June – Monochrome Our second winner is Helen, for her seaside scenes.

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Today I’m back with a new challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday. Kath is the hostess for this fortnight’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge: All About Occasions.

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Today I had fun buiding these little scenes using Hero Arts Seas the Days Seagulls.

After diecutting MFT Stitched Collage Frame, I did second generation stamping on each of the scene panels in Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire. Varing strengths of colour was used to watercolour each panel.

The seagull on the pole and the seastar were stamped on a scrap of card, watercoloured and fussy cut.

The sentiment was from the same set.

The white frame was added to a piece of blue card and the panels glued in place.

The seagull and seastar were added using raised tape to give some added interest and dimension.

As I love anything to do with the beach, I love these little images and love to try to change up how I use them. Monochromatic schemes are so special. Remember to add a little black to get a darker shade and more water to make it lighter.

Don’t forget to head over to our blog to check out the wonderful inspiration from the rest of our Design Team.

I look forward to seeing what you create this week!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments.

Stay safe in these difficult times and have a good day

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

 Stay Crafty With Hero Challenge #24

A Blog Named Hero – Monochromatic

Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Water – Water – Water

I Love Chocolate Baroque – June – Hand coloured or paper pieced image

Modsquad Challenge – Masculine

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 689 – Anything Goes!

Aud Sentiments Challenge – 277 Anything Goes + A Sentiment

As You Like It Challenge – Favourite Tip (and use it on your project)

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Congratulations (HLS – Dies)

I would like to send a huge thank you to everyone over at Dies R Us Challenge for selecting my card in their Top 3!!! I am thrilled!! Be sure to check out their challenges!

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We’re back with the new challenge over at Happy Little Stampers –  Anything Goes with Dies- June .   As always, anything goes in this challenge. So, I hope you’ll find time in  your busy life to join in the fun this month!

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I was asked to make an Engagement card, so I decided to use one of my favourite dies. Memory Box – Butterfly Hearts.

I started by making the colour band down the side of the front panel using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder – Midnight Blue. After sprinkling a little powder along the side of the panel, I sprayed with water and tipped it to allow it to drip across slightly. I then used a brush to smooth out the colour and ensure a full cover of colour, but left the unever edges so it still had the fluid look.

I love the way playing with these powders turn out. You can never truly predict how it will look when its dry. A favourite thing to use!

Another smaller panel was made as well.

Once the panels were dry, the front panel was die cut with the Memory Box die ensuring the edge starts in the blue section. A piece of silver card was added behind the butterflies.

On the second panel, the die is cut again along with a run of small butterflies from Memory Box – Butterfly Delights and the Congratulations sentiment.

Now came the fun part! πŸ™‚

Each butterfly from the second panel was removed and glued on top of the butterflies on the front panel. Each butterfly had its wings folded up so some of the silver would show though.

Some of the smaller butterflies were added to the panel to look as though they are flying up to form the butterfly. Some were a little lighter from the edges of the colured panel.

A small line of silver Gelly Roll was added for the body of each butterfly.

The sentiment was layered up with 4 layers of white card before being added to the card front.

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It really came together fairly quickly and I was thrilled with the way it turned out. Love all the shimmer and shime!!

Time to head over to our blog to check out the great work by the rest of the Design Team!

I look forward to seeing what you create this month!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments.

Have a good day, stay safe and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

Memory Box Challenge #73- Feeling Blue

DRU Challenge #170

Time Out Challenge #189

Less is More Challenge #444 – Lucky Dip – Your Favourite Technique

Stamping Sensations Card Challenge – June – ‘I love….’

Uniko Challenge Reminder #65 – Anything Goes + optional twist Use Die Cuts

Modsquad Challenge – Simple Focus

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Enjoy your Day! (PB Saturday Challenge)

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It’s time for the current challenge over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge!  June’s theme  is Anything Goes (Optional – ‘Fussy or Fancy’).  I hope you have a chance to join in the fun!

Penny Black Design Team

As usual, we are sponsored by the awesome 

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Today I’m using one of my very first PB wood block stamps – Tulip Bouquet.

After stamping and watercolouring with Distress ink, a kraft frame (MFT) was added.

The sentiment is PB – Heartfelt sentiment set.

On a green panel the top of the stamp was clear heat embossed to give a little shine a subtle interst to the panel.

A kraft panel stamped with a text background was added to a white card front.

A piece of yellow ribbon was added to the green panel before being added to the front.

The framed tulips were then layered on top.

A yellow ribbon bow was added at the side to finish.

Please head over to our blog to  check out the wonderfully inspirational work by the rest of the Design Team!  I hope you will find the time to join our challenge this month.

I look forward to seeing what you create!  Good luck!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I love to read your comments and will be sure to check out your blog.

I hope all is going well for you all! Stay safe!

Cheers

Helen

Challenges:

Time Out Challenge #189

DRU Challenge #170 – Anything Goes

Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge – Flowers (as the focus) .

PIP Challenge 2122

Die cut Divas – Birthdays

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