our neighbour’s field is full of bright orange pumpkins right now so i was inspired to create today’s small card and play along with two challenges.
i painted the sky, grass, fence and pumpkins with twinkling H2Os, matted the ‘painting’ and attached it to a watercolour paper base. a very CAS fall card that wasn’t exactly quick.
i’m submitting this card to the Sugar Pea Design Challenge that is using this inspiration photo:
and this is my second submission to the new CAS Watercolour Challenge:
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this month’s magenta challenge is anything goes so i decided to make a christmas card; i watercoloured the robins and sky with twinkling H2Os, added a ribbon and i have another CAS card for my stash. i’m also submitting this card to these challenges:
rudolph day – to make christmas cards on the 25th of every month
emma’s crafty challenge – birds
one crazy stamper – christmas
addicted to stamps and more – CAS
get inky! – song about the birds and the bees
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this is my entry for sandra’s rudolph day challenge (to tackle those christmas cards on the 25th of every month), the jingle belles peace on earth(day) challenge and hazel let me know that it fits her Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge to use any sentiment without the word christmas. i cut out the tree from an old christmas card sent to me and then added the red dots and stand because i wanted a brighter red than what it came with. i cut the front half of a green card with the lettering already done and i added the red behind so the letters were red instead of white. the polka dot layer was added and everything was attached to a white base. there’s only seven more rudolph days before christmas! thanks for popping by.
i made this for the keep it simple theme at the allsorts challenge and the splitcoaststampers’ free for all challenge to make a card of gratitude for someone who has done a kindness for you and deliver it to them. this card is going to my friend, anne; it’s not to thank her for my early birthday present of penny black stamps, but to say thanks for all the intangible gifts she gives – compassion, patience and humour. take a browse through anne’s gallery and in between all the elegant creations, her funny cards are there, always bringing a smile. thanks anne! no surprise, it’s watercoloured with distress inks. thanks for popping by.
i was inspired by the maple and acorn pattern to make this card for the 300th inspiration challenge, which is my favourite at splitcoaststampers. stef is the hostess with the mostest; she always visits participants and leaves comments, which makes everyone feel welcome to play. i don’t always have the time or mojo, so i was happy i got to have fun today, watercolouring with distress inks and sanding the base. thanks for popping by.
this was a happy accident that occurred while i was designing cards for my next watercolouring class at papercraft cafe. i stamped the image, enhanced the colour of the paper with distress inks and added black stickles to some of the dots. i’m submitting this to the really reasonable ribbon keep it clean challenge. thanks for popping by.
i made this card for sandra’s rudolph day challenge to make christmas cards on the 25th of every month; it’s a great way to build up my stash. i stamped the snowflakes in white, pierced some of the dots and two rows, added black mats and sponged the edge of the card with white. thanks for popping by.
i haven’t been up to much while recovering from my tooth extraction, but i managed to participate in the the august flourishes bring back beautiful challenge to make a clean and simple (CAS) card. i watercoloured the image with distress inks, covered the flowers with stickles and the bucket with glossy accents – a very quick card. thanks for popping by.
i loved the inspiration photo at the ribbon reel challenge, but this card didn’t come together until i loosely followed splitcoaststampers’ sketch challenge. i sponged pink distress ink onto the patterned paper and attached a strip of scalloped shimmer card stock to one side and the lace to the other. to make the flower, i embossed some vellum, punched two flowers from it and one from blue paper, then attached the single pearl and finally, all the smaller ones. i’m also submitting this to the allsorts challenge of free and easy. thanks for popping by.
i missed being creative this past week, but we were out of town enjoying a change of scenery and visiting family. it was relaxing to be unplugged, but it’s always good to be home. i had a couple of nice surprises waiting for me – i found out i was a top pick for two challenges and this magenta stamp that i won a couple of weeks ago arrived. this photo inspired me to ink up my new stamp and make this CAS card for the splitcoaststampers inspiration challenge because i think my mojo is still on vacation. :) thanks for popping by.
this is part of a set of cards i made for my daughter; she loves green. i tied the bow on the card, which took longer than the entire card because i have three fused fingers on my left hand. i should’ve known better and next time i’ll just use my bow-easy. (my emphasis). the card is 4.25″ square and the tiny ornaments are peel offs. i’m submitting this to the less is more challenge to use a ribbon or button. thanks for popping by.
i joined sandra’s challenge to make christmas cards on rudolph day – the 25th of each month; it’s a great way to build up the card stash for the holidays. i watercoloured santa teddy with distress inks, although i don’t think the photo reflects the real colour and red is just one of those tricky colours to edit. i’m also entering this into The Stamp Man challenge to use anything by tim and Winter Wonderland challenge to use holly. thanks for popping by.
i haven’t played along with the inspiration challenge at splitcoaststampers for a really long time, but this weekend i was inspired by one inspiration photo to make two cards. this was a quick and easy card that i started when the butterfly wasn’t working; it’s just printed paper matted and attached. i’m also submitting this to the allsorts challenge which is ‘free and easy’ for all of july. thanks for popping by.
today’s free for all challenge at splitcoaststampers was easy enough, that i had time to play. you have to use at least two of something, so i watercoloured the peas, used two die cuts, two rows of twine, and a double bow. thanks for popping by.
the flower soft challenge to use bright colours was a real challenge for me, since i tend to use pastels a lot. i cut the lanterns out of DP and added the ultrafine citrus flower soft to the two lanterns on the left and the peony pink to the one on the right. i may have created a new use for flower soft – the garland. the white base is covered in a bright pink foil paper. i’m also submitting this to flutterby wednesday – open theme and wee memories – summertime theme. thanks for popping by.
i needed a thank you card so i opened a cute fruit set from my friend sue for my birthday. this is also the first time i used the letraset aquamarkers i won from the penny black at allsorts challenge in march; very fun to play with – i’ll keep practicing. the ribbon reel challenge is summer fruit and and use two ribbons/lace or twine, at least one brad and to include a summer fruit element. i used two brads; first i coloured a green brad red and inserted it into the white flower brad. i’m also submitting this to the free and easy challenge at allsorts and the summer theme at the secret crafter. thanks for popping by.
it feels strange to say in june, but i’m behind in my monthly splitcoaststampers’ christmas card challenge, so i thought sandra’s post about rudolph day was a great way to remind me to get some cards done by the 25th of every month. (this is for february; lol). also, after seeing this gorgeous card made with splitcoaststampers‘ sketch challenge, i had to use it. thanks for popping by.
the less is more challenge this week is a one layer card with the theme of ‘in the frame.’ since i watercolour 99.9% of my cards, because of my hands, this was a real challenge for me. the card base is watercolour paper; i inked the image with three different distress inks, lightly spritzed it and stamped it – done. i feel like i cheated; i didn’t actually paint an image. lol. thanks for popping by.
the less is more challenge this week is to pick one of 5 squares and leave the rest of the white space alone. my first card is still a work in progress; i really tried to fit the image in the lower right, but it just looked off balance. in my mind’s eye, it would work with a one layer, so in 5 minutes i made this. since i’m so far behind in the monthly christmas card challenge, you might see a lot more like this. thanks for popping by.
i never seem to have the right colours to play along with splitcoastampers‘ colour challenge, but i used substitute colours that i think are close enough. the base is a very dark boysenberry, which might explain why the photo looks a bit blurry? sometimes red card stock is tricky. anyway, the image is watercoloured, die cut and popped on foam tape; of course i had to add stickles to the flower centres and dots on the frame. thanks for popping by.
this is one of the cards i’ll be teaching at my next watercolouring with distress inks class on saturday. i love the look of stitching on cards, but i’m afraid my old sewing machine isn’t up to the task, so i used a white gel pen instead. thanks for popping by.
this week’s penny black saturday challenge is clean and simple, which i think is the perfect layout for this watercoloured penny black image; i added peony pink flower soft for the flower soft spring challenge and i’m also submitting this to splitcoaststampers‘ monthly fan club challenge. if only spring weather would arrive, the picture might be a little more clear. thanks for popping by.
this week’s penny black saturday challenge is to say it with flowers and i love this little hedgie, which means a quick and simple card. i watercoloured the hedgie, sky and grass, and added stickles to the flower centres and the bee. the image was die cut, mounted on foam tape and done. i’m also submitting this to the stamping royalty spring has sprung challenge. it is spring, isn’t it? why do we still have cool weather? thanks for popping by.
this is as tiny as yesterday’s card; it measures 3.5″ tall. since lois, aka clownmom, is queen for the day at splitcoaststampers, i decided to case one of her scraplings. i watercoloured the chicks and sponged the sky and grass. thanks for popping by.
i was inspired by splitcoaststampers’ queen for the day jill’s bright and colourful card that just popped off the screen; i tried to duplicate the colours, but my first case ended up in the trash so i changed the colours. the image is watercoloured and a small punched butterfly was added. thanks for popping by.
the days are getting longer and spring is almost here; that’s what i’m wishing anyway. this week’s flower soft challenge is ‘in the garden,’ so i watercoloured this floral image, added gold flower soft to the flower centres and popped it on an embossed piece of card stock that was distressed around the edges. the embossing folder and gold ribbon are part of a christmas gift from my friend, anne ryan – thanks anne! i added the gold pearls to the ribbon and it was done – a quick and easy card. thanks for popping by.
i made this CAS card for the penny black at allsorts’ february theme to ‘Say It With Flowers.’ I watercoloured the image, added stickles to the bees and used my paintbrush to emphasize the word wonderful. The image panel was die cut, distressed around the edges, popped on foam tape and attached to a 4 1/4″ square card base. thanks for popping by.
i made five of these CAS cards for the monthly christmas card challenge at splitcoaststampers that i’ll give to my dad as part of a set for him to send out. the images were cut from notecards i found at michaels last year and i added a peel off sentiment. i didn’t even have to add any stickles; the glitter is already there. thanks for popping by.
penny black saturday challenge 127 is to make a monochromatic christmas card, so this was the only stamp that came to mind. i stamped the trees and snow in white on navy, added snow and stickles. the sentiment was heat embossed and the ribbon was tied on with a snowflake button glued on top. thanks for popping by. i’m also submitting this for the following challenges:
simon says challenge: let it snow
bah humbug: feeling the blues
paper pretties: clean and simple
wow! i feel so lucky to be a randomly selected winner of a prize in last week’s penny black saturday challenge blog – a 15% lifetime discount at PB Stamps. as a big fan of Penny Black cute critters, it’ll be put to good use. this week’s pbsc is to create any shape of card other than square, so i relied on a ready made rectangle; it’s so easy to think of ways to cut corners with a cast on my left arm. this card represents what i love about cardmaking – watercolouring with distress inks, clean and simple and cute. thanks for popping by.
the penny black blog’s first challenge was to scraplift a card made by Penny Black Designer Ashley Marcu; i used the layout. this is the first year i purchased Halloween stamps; i rarely make cards for the occasion, but i couldn’t resist this set – it’s so cute! i watercoloured the image, added floss, punched flowers and a spider brad. of course i added stickles to the dots on her dress. thanks for popping by.
the theme of lili of the valley’s Challenge 66 is Untraditional Christmas, so i was glad that i could participate as i’ve missed a few. i’m particularly fond of this teddy stamp; i wish there were more. (hint, hint). until i order some of the oh so cute Christmas stamps, this is the perfect image for a Christmas card for a friend in New Zealand. i watercoloured the image, added fibres, dew drops and a peeloff sentiment. i know some stampers refuse to use peeloffs, but it takes me just as much effort to align a sticker as it does to stamp with one hand. lol. Thanks for popping by.
i love seeing all the different interpretations of the sketches over at Card Positioning Systems. i created this card using this week’s sketch, number 180; although i thought it might be a bit early for a halloween card, i see a couple there already. besides, this is a new penny black stamp that i couldn’t wait to ink up and watercolour with distress inks. thanks for popping by.
i created this summer card for the lili of the valley four seasons challenge and the flutterby wednesday challenge, which is open-themed this week. the image is watercoloured and matted. thanks for popping by.
i created this for two challenges: the first Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful Challenge is to pick your favorite medium, which was easy since i watercolour almost every card – it helps me to momentarily escape from my grief journey; the second, the Simon Says Stamp! Challenge, which is summertime blues. thanks for popping by.