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Enjoy your day (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

Have I ever mentioned how much I love colouring? No? Only every other blog post, right? lol I really do. I may have a long way to go but by the same token I have come a long way too. One stamp company I discovered early on in my stamping adventure which had WONDERFUL images for colouring was Penny Black. I loved them way back then and I love them now, especially their cute critters – the hedgehogs, the dogs and the cats…oh and those mice too. (As an aside, if you are not familiar with them, Penny Black rubber stamps range is not limited to their cute critters – they cater to pretty much every style and genre. They are amazing!)

Anyway…I received My Favourite Things new Hybrid Ink Pad in Black Licorice in the mail this week and I have been dying to try it out. Did it really allow you to use water colours AND alcohol based markers? I had to try! And using Penny Black’s Sunny Days stamp set seemed like a great place to start as they have such wonderful images to colour. As Father’s Day is in a couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about making some more masculine cards and this set certainly caters to this theme. I chose the little puppy who is fishing. Such a darling image!

I stamped the image twice using the Black Licorice Hybrid ink. I decided to start with my Distress Markers and water coloured the image. Looks good! No blurry, running ink. Very happy with the finish.

Here’s the card…

Enjoy your day! Materials used: Stamps - Sunny Days (Penny Black); Distress Markers, Cardstock (American Crafts); Dies - Nestabilities Large Labels (Spellbinders), Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle) and Wink of Stella.

Enjoy your day!
Materials used: Stamps – Sunny Days (Penny Black); Distress Markers, Cardstock (American Crafts); Dies – Nestabilities Large Labels (Spellbinders), Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle) and Wink of Stella.

Next up, I decided to use my Copics and see how the ink reacted. And…completely fine! No bleeding or feathering at all.

Here’s the card…

Enjoy your day! Materials used: Stamps - Sunny Days (Penny Black); Copic Markers, Cardstock (American Crafts); Designer Paper - Hey You! (Basic Grey); Dies - Nestabilities Large Labels (Spellbinders), Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle); Linen Thread (Stampin' Up!); and Wink of Stella.

Enjoy your day!
Materials used: Stamps – Sunny Days (Penny Black); Copic Markers, Cardstock (American Crafts); Designer Paper – Hey You! (Basic Grey); Dies – Nestabilities Large Labels (Spellbinders), Custom Panels Die (Avery Elle); Linen Thread (Stampin’ Up!); and Wink of Stella.

So the result is that I am a new fan of the Hybrid Ink by My Favourite Things! I love that I can stamp up an image twice (which I usually do anyway) and then colour away using whichever medium I prefer (and which can change on a whim! lol). It’s wonderful! I’ve got a repeat experiment underway just to make sure it wasn’t beginners luck. lol So far so good!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping

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Totally Gorjuss

Hi Everyone,

What do you do when you stamp up and colour some images (which you are reasonably happy with) and then you go blank on how to finish off your cards? That’s the situation I found myself in after my last post. I had coloured in a couple of images but when I went to finish off the cards I didn’t like any of the papers I chose or designs, etc I came up with. It was tempting just to put them aside and move onto something else but I feared that I might never return to them. I sucked it up and just assembled them. They may not be my favourite cards and they may not have any real flair to them but they are done. :)

I used the Gorjuss stamp set “Ruby” which is so cute. Decided to see how she would look if I water coloured her with distress markers and then coloured using copics. I stayed rather true to the colours displayed on the stamp set. Room for improvement with both but it is a start. Think I am getting better with skin tones, hair shading and shadows too. So yay!

Here’s the first card…

I Love You Materials used: Stamps - Ruby (Docrafts/Gorjuss), In My Heart (Mama Elephant), Stinkin' Cute (Simon Says Stamp); Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Designer Paper - Hello Sunshine (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

I Love You
Materials used: Stamps – Ruby (Docrafts/Gorjuss), In My Heart (Mama Elephant), Stinkin’ Cute (Simon Says Stamp); Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Designer Paper – Hello Sunshine (KaiserCraft) and Wink of Stella.

And here’s the second card…

Gorjuss Materials used: Stamps - Ruby (Docrafts/Gorjuss); Copic Markers; Designer Paper - Favourite Things (Heidi Swapp); Distress Ink (Ranger); Ribbon (American Crafts).

Gorjuss
Materials used: Stamps – Ruby (Docrafts/Gorjuss); Copic Markers; Designer Paper – Favourite Things (Heidi Swapp); Distress Ink (Ranger); Ribbon (American Crafts).

The above cards were a great learning experience for me in many ways. I thoroughly enjoyed colouring them both – playing with watercolours and then seeing if I could create the same/better/different look using copics. The putting the card together bit though…was less satisfying. Perhaps next time I’ll begin with the end in mind. lol

Happy Stamping!

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Hello (Gorjuss)

Hi Everyone,

Hope you have all been having a happy and creative week. My week started off brilliantly as I had a “Behind the Scenes” experience at Healesville Sanctuary. I had seen on Facebook that dingo puppies had just arrived at the zoo and for a limited time they were offering “Puppy Playtime” sessions with the pups. I *had* to do it! After chatting with my sister, we decided to go together and to take our parents too. So I grabbed the phone and booked it in before it was too late.

We had an AMAZING day. It was the first time just the four of us had been out like this for years. As it was a Monday, most people were at work/school. The weather was a little average too which meant the sanctuary was pretty quiet which was a bonus for us. The highlight was definitely the playtime with the dingo puppies. I believe they have now gone on main display too.

Cute!

Cute!

Tropical Dingo

I haven’t been doing much on the creative front this week. This had to change! Armed with my distress markers and a paint brush I grabbed the gorgeous Gorjuss “The Fox” stamp set and painted away. Now that I have finished my card I realised the painted background combined with the Simon Says Stamp sentiment is very “Kristina Werner“. I ummed and aahed about sharing it but decided to go ahead. I’ve actually got another couple of the Gorjuss designs I’ve pre-coloured and still have to turn into cards.

Here’s the card…

Hello Materials used: Stamps - The Fox (Gorjuss); Handwritten Borders, Stinkin' Cute (Simon Says Stamp); Distress Inks, Distress Markers and Cardstock (American Crafts).

Hello
Materials used: Stamps – The Fox (Gorjuss); Handwritten Borders, Stinkin’ Cute (Simon Says Stamp); Distress Inks, Distress Markers and Cardstock (American Crafts).

So, that’s it from me for now. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

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Spread Happiness (Mama Elephant)

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely and creative weekend. I still had the Mama Elephant stamp set Up and Away on my craft table so decided to make the card which had been in my mind before I got side tracked by ball pit cards. lol

My idea was to make a moving card especially when I saw the sentiment “Spread Happiness wherever you go”. I had all the pieces almost ready to assemble when I decided that the cotton thread might not be strong enough to pull the little critter across the card. At that moment I decide to anchor all the pieces and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Here’s the first card…

Spread Happiness  Materials used:  Stamps - Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Dies - Creative Cuts - Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Mister Hueys Colour Mist - Shine (Studio Calico); and Distress Markers.

Spread Happiness
Materials used: Stamps – Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Dies – Creative Cuts – Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Mister Hueys Colour Mist – Shine (Studio Calico); and Distress Markers.

Of course I always stamp up (and usually I colour them too) multiple images when I create so I decided to try my moving card again but this time I would I wouldn’t separate the balloons and the strings. I was partially worried by the appearance of the white behind the string and toyed with the idea of sponging ink but now that it is finished I’m not unhappy with the white.

Here’s the card…

Spread Happiness  Materials used:  Stamps - Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Dies - Creative Cuts - Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Mister Hueys Colour Mist - Shine (Studio Calico); and Distress Markers.

Spread Happiness
Materials used: Stamps – Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Dies – Creative Cuts – Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Mister Hueys Colour Mist – Shine (Studio Calico); and Distress Markers.

And as the critter flies across the card…

Spread Happiness  Materials used:  Stamps - Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Dies - Creative Cuts - Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Mister Hueys Colour Mist - Shine (Studio Calico); and Distress Markers.

Spread Happiness
Materials used: Stamps – Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Dies – Creative Cuts – Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant); Mister Hueys Colour Mist – Shine (Studio Calico); and Distress Markers.

I’m sorry the photographs aren’t the best – one of the downsides to being a nighttime crafter, especially during winter.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! I’m super excited as I am off to play with Dingo puppies tomorrow. *Squeal*

Happy Stamping!

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It’s a Good Day to Be Happy (Mama Elephant)

Hi Everyone,

Don’t you love it when you come across a stamp set, or sets, which just seems to offer soooo many different possibilities? I do! The Mama Elephant stamp sets I have seem to be providing me with so many ideas that I almost don’t know where to start. Every time I sit down to create my mind spins with all the possibilities. I managed to settle myself down to finally create a card to share. Yay! And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say that I have a few ideas about how to change this card up in the future.

I was playing with the Up and Away set by Mama Elephant as I thought they would make a perfect birthday card to fulfil the requirements of their August challenge – Watercolouring and Birthdays (in which I am entering this card). As I was stamping out the balloons it hit me that they almost looked like balls in a ball pit…and from there I had no choice but to make a ball pit. I pictured children playing in a ball pit on their birthday. So cute! And from there a simple card was born. I watercoloured all the elements with Distress Markers and assembled them all together. In this case, I decided against masking the design (I tested it out) – I wanted it to have lots of texture like a real ball pit would. After watercolouring the children I added little smiley faces as I’m sure they would have been having lots of fun. lol

Mama Elephant Challenge Blog

Mama Elephant Challenge Blog

Here’s my card…

It's a Good Day to be Happy Materials used: Stamps - in My Heart, Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Distress Markers; and Sugardot Stickers: Everyday Vintage (Prima).

It’s a Good Day to be Happy
Materials used: Stamps – in My Heart, Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Distress Markers; and Sugardot Stickers: Everyday Vintage (Prima).

And my other ideas would be to have other critters playing in the ball pit too. I like the idea of stamping out a sentiment which says “Bazinga” (a The Big Bang Theory reference – this scene makes me laugh a lot!) or “It’s Your Birthday, have a ball!”…something like that.

Thanks for visiting today!

Happy Stamping!

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Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge: August 3-9 Anything Goes (wk1)

Hi Everyone,

Ever had one of those “missed it by *that* much” moments? Today was one of those days. I decided I was going to make another card for the Paper Smooches SPARKS Designer Drafts challenge. Half way through colouring and cutting out the elements I realised I was running out of time. I had just finished assembling my little fish tank (you’ll see it below) and decided to check how long was left – 5 minutes. Oh no!  Not long enough! Oh well…

Turns out that when I refreshed the page on the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge blog they had already posted the new challenge and it is an Anything Goes challenge.  Silver lining!  I kept going with my card (I would have done so anyway. lol), changed the design a little and have decided to enter it into the new challenge.  Funny how things work out.

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Anything Goes Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

Anything Goes Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

Here’s my card…

You're Fintastic Materials used: Stamps - Briny Blue, Debonair, My Guy, Surf & Turf (Paper Smooches), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock - American Crafts; Distress Inks; Distress Markers; and Wink of Stella.

You’re Fintastic
Materials used: Stamps – Briny Blue, Debonair, My Guy, Surf & Turf (Paper Smooches), A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Cardstock – American Crafts; Distress Inks; Distress Markers; and Wink of Stella.

Really quite happy with how the water turned out for this card. :) Love the little highlights of glitter on the fish too.

And now I am off to clean up my space as I have somehow found myself working on a patch of desk no bigger than the card I just made. Oops! lol

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

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Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge: July 27-August 2 Designer Drafts challenge

Hi Everyone,

When I saw the sketch for the new Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge I had a few ideas run through my head – yay! Always a good start, right? lol

I had the urge to create a scene like the olden days using the adorable “Cuteasaurus” set. Gosh I love this set. I wish there were more scene building stamps to go with it – different sized rocks, some grasses, a couple more trees, etc, and then I would be a super happy girl. :)

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - Designer Drafts

Paper Smooches July 27-August 2 Designer Drafts challenge

Paper Smooches July 27-August 2 Designer Drafts challenge

And here’s my card…

You Are Awesome Materials used: Stamps - Cuteasauraus, Eco Friendly, Summer Groves (Paper Smooches); Cardstock - American Crafts; Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Wink of Stella.

You Are Awesome
Materials used: Stamps – Cuteasauraus, Eco Friendly, Summer Groves (Paper Smooches); Cardstock – American Crafts; Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Wink of Stella.

I’ve a couple more ideas for this sketch – looking through windows at scenes as well as a couple of streetscapes so, depending on how things go, I might try and create a couple more cards. It’s just such a great sketch. I think it could easily become a go-to design.

Oh, I also made another card based on this sketch (in fact, I made it before the one I am submitting for the challenge) but I thought it might be a bit busy.

Here ’tis…

Cheer Up Grumpasaurus Materials used: Stamps - Cuteasauraus, Eco Friendly (Paper Smooches); Cardstock - American Crafts; Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Wink of Stella.

Cheer Up Grumpasaurus
Materials used: Stamps – Cuteasauraus, Eco Friendly (Paper Smooches); Cardstock – American Crafts; Distress Inks, Distress Markers; Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Wink of Stella.

Hope you are all having a great day!

Happy Stamping!

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Hello (Mama Elephant)

Hi Everyone,

It never ceases to amaze me as to where ideas can come from. The idea behind this card actually came from the “Surf and Turf” set by Paper Smooches. I had the set out to make a little seascape. In fact, I had actually roughed out a little scene but it didn’t really look right. In a little fit of pique, I stamped the log image in a row and, to quote Bev, *PING* an idea was born – the ADORABLE little munchkins from the Mama Elephant set “In My Heart” would look so cute climbing on the logs in the playground…so I set about trying to make that idea happen. This meant another quick visit to the Mama Elephant site to get the “Tree Friends” set so I could have a couple of lovely trees to frame the logs. (Yes, I *had* to get a new stamp set…the sacrifices one must make for their art! haha) This gorgeous set comes with a tree stump so my idea changed gears a little but I am actually really thrilled with how this card turned out. I didn’t do anything fussy at all – straight colouring and bam, done!

Here’s the card…

Hello Materials used: Stamps - In My Heart, Tree Friends (Mama Elephant); Dies - Die-Namics Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things); Distress Inks; Distress Markers; and Wink of Stella.

Hello
Materials used: Stamps – In My Heart, Tree Friends (Mama Elephant); Dies – Die-Namics Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things); Distress Inks; Distress Markers; and Wink of Stella.

It was suggested to me that I only needed one tree so I might give it another go and see how it looks with just the one. I’m also now crushing on the Ripe Persimmon Distress Marker. Such a gorgeous shade. lol

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are all having a super creative day!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Birthday (Penny Black)

Hi Everyone,

On Friday my youngest nephew turned 11! Happy birthday Max! His birthday party is going to be held this weekend at an archery venue. I had planned to keep with the theme and make him a card based around archery but I couldn’t find a stamp set that I loved enough to use for more than just this card. (I do try to make purchases where I can use the set over and over). I finally found one I liked a lot – Mama Elephant’s On Target. I also thought the Avery Elle’s Aim High had potential too – thanks Elle!) but by the time I decided to go ahead I was concerned that I wouldn’t get them delivered in time. I couldn’t find a local stockist for either stamp set. Drat!

Onto plan B! Max is mad keen on soccer and it just so happens that I had only recently purchased Penny Black’s Sunny Days because it has so many gorgeous images (with a more masculine flavour) including a little soccer playing pooch. Voila! Problem solved.

I used the soccer ball to stamp up my own background – really love how it turned out too. Then just made up a little scene for the dog. I kept it very simple.

Here it is…

Happy Birthday Materials used: Stamps - Sunny Days (Penny Black); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies - Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things), Lawn Cuts - Spring Showers, Grassy Border (Lawn Fawn); Designer Paper - 6x6 Paper Pad - Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock - American Crafts; Distress Ink; Distress Markers; Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella - Clear.

Happy Birthday
Materials used: Stamps – Sunny Days (Penny Black); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies – Blueprints 5 (My Favourite Things), Lawn Cuts – Spring Showers, Grassy Border (Lawn Fawn); Designer Paper – 6×6 Paper Pad – Hello Sunshine (Lawn Fawn); Cardstock – American Crafts; Distress Ink; Distress Markers; Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella – Clear.

Whilst it doesn’t look overly birthday-esque, I know Max will love it because of the soccer theme. That’s the main thing.

Hope you are all having a creative weekend!

Happy Stamping!

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Hello

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

Inspired by Elle’s challenge I was flicking through my stamps looking at the sets I haven’t used yet (either the entire set, or just elements within the set) and saw the My Guy set from Paper Smooches.

I originally purchased this set for the car and the golf cart images (LOVE these) but haven’t done much with the other items. Looking at the set again I noticed…the boat. SQUEAL!! How had I never noticed that cute little stamp before?? Immediately a bunch of ideas ran through my head and then it all went horribly wrong. haha I sketched out the dominant idea and I thought it looked so cute but when I tried to make it happen I just couldn’t get it to work. I slept on the idea and this morning I tried again. It’s not a bad recreation of what my brain had designed. lol It’s not as wonky as the photo would suggest either. lol

I’ve decided that I might enter it into the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge blog’s Anything Goes challenge too as it certainly fits. haha

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Anything Goes Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

Anything Goes Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge

Here’s the card…

Hello Materials used: Stamps - My Guy, Salutations (Paper Smooches); and Pastel Pencils (Bruynzeel).

Hello
Materials used: Stamps – My Guy, Salutations (Paper Smooches); and Pastel Pencils (Bruynzeel).

I sketched out the landscape with the lake on which the boats could sail with Bruynzeel pastel pencils and then put a wash of water over to soften the lines. Popped this panel up with foam mounting tape and added it to my card base. I ummed and ahhed over which sentiment to use then settled on “hello” as you could really use this card for a number of different occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a great day!

Happy Stamping!