Saturday, 18 November 2017

Happy Birthday Dad

My Dad recently had a birthday and like all crafters I struggle with male cards, luckily Penny Black has a very versatile range of stamps and dies which made the task easier! Who knew their Christmas stamps and dies would make a birthday card!

Materials used:-
Penny Black Dressed in Snow cling stamp 40-583, Inspired Die 51-385, Banner Sentiments clear stamp set 30-423 and The Sweetest clear stamp set 30-294.  Tombow marker pens & IZINK Mer du sud dye ink pad and IZINK white pigment ink pad, Stablo white pen, Kraft Card Versamark ink and clear embossing powder and Versafine Onyx Black ink.

How to:-

1) Colour dressed in snow stamp using tomboy markers adding darker shades to elements of the trees and then using water to spread the colour.

2) Cover the stamped image with versa mark ink and add clear embossing powder and heat set.

3) Colour in the ground using Tombow pens and then use a blending tool to create the sky using IZINK dye ink.

4) Die cut deer from craft card, add shadows using tombow pens and then colour antlers with IZINK white pigment ink.  Add dots to deer's back with white pen and attach to front of card.

I hope my Dad likes it, he enjoys being in the countryside and this reminds me of a crisp winter day!

Thanks for joining me today hugs Cathy x

Monday, 30 October 2017

Christmas Mischief

I love these Penny Black critters, they look like they are up to mischief getting into the stockings and parcels, did you notice the notch out of the tag?  Looks like one of the mice couldn't resist a little nibble!

Materials used:-
Penny Black 51-368 Ornament Branch die, 51-275 Winter Lantern die (Bow), 51-255 Winter Cheer Die (sentiment) 30-448 Merry Delight stamp (stocking), 30-441 Christmas Hugs stamp set (mice) & 80-012 Wintertime paper pad, green, red, white and cream card, nesting labels and ovals dies, Aladine IZink Pens and Dye IZink Menthe, fam pads and glue.

Card guide:-

The images were stamped with black ink and then coloured using Aladine IZINK dye based pens that were blended with water and then cut out.  The remaining elements were then die cut and the edge of the large label distressed with the Menthe IZINK dye ink.

As Christmas approaches I hope your pets don't get up to too much mischief with your presents and decorations! hugs Cathy X

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Shaker Shaker EVERYWHERE!

Has this ever happened to you?  I made a shaker card yesterday and just after sticking the shaker part together the glue failed......result

Snow Dust, Ice Diamond & Micro Beads EVERYWHERE!

So after a few moments of ugghhh and clean up I started again and this is what I created.

I used the following supplies to create this project:- Chameleon Color Tone Pens and Pencils, Penny Black 30-447 Hedgy Joy (Hedgehog stamp), 30-441 Christmas Hugs (Little Bird),  51-389 Hedgy Joy Cut-Out (sentiment & hedgehog)  30-439 Gather Around (snowflake stamp), 51-372 Winter Branch die, 51-376 Stitch a Snowflake (smaller snowflake), 51-395 Snow Family Cut out (other small snowflakes), Aladine Izink Nuit, Mer du sun & Outremer Dye ink & White Pigment ink, Pinflair Iced Diamond and Snow Dust, Creative Expressions Micro Beads, white, blue and brown card and light blue patterned paper, sequins, dimensional foam and acetate, nesting circle dies, Stickles glitter.

How to 
  1. I die cut a circle from white card and added Izink Mer du sud ink using a blending tool, I then added the deeper shades of Nuit and Outremer to the outside edges.  Water was then flicked onto the circle to create a mottled effect and then the whole image given a muted frost by going over with a light application of white ink.
  2. The branch was die cut from brown and white card and both elements stuck together to give the appearance of snow on the branches. The bird was stamped with black dye ink and coloured with Chameleon pens & Pencils cut out and then all elements adhered to the card.
  3. A circle frame was cut from white card and acetate added, then filled with the shaker elements. and the coloured circle panel glued to the back.
  4. The Hedgehog was stamped using black dye ink and coloured with Chameleon pens then cut out using the corresponding die and then attached to the front of the shaker element.
  5. Snowflakes were cut from white card and the sentiment from blue card, the snow flakes were glittered with Stickles and then the elements arranged around the shaker panel.
  6. The patterned paper was distressed around the edges with Izink and small snowflakes stamped, all elements were then mounted onto the card and sequins added to finish.
I hope you enjoyed seeing today's project and that you do not suffer a similar fate to my shaker card disaster!!!

Hugs Cathy

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sending You Smiles

I love the title of this card, it captures the message of support, love and friendship all in three little words!

I found  a two tone piece of wood veneer in my draw and thought how fun it would be to stamp and then colour with my Chameleon Color Tone Pencils.

For this project I used Penny Black's Full of Glee 40-509 cling floral stamp and Happy Times 30-422 for the sentiment.  The flower was stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa ink and the sentiment stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and then coloured using Chameleon Color Tone Pencils #'s
8 & 20.  To finish off I added some sequins and some Maya Road KO Jute Craft String.

The project was then mounted onto some brown card stock and a white insert added.  I just love how well the pencils work on the two tone wood veneer, it looks so vibrant!

Thanks for joining me today, will be back soon with more inspiration, hugs
Cathy x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Stary Night

Do you ever look up and wonder where all the stars have gone?  With so much light pollution we often don't get a chance to see such beauty unless we venture out into the wilderness...The Penny Black stamp Star Gazing Friends 30-451 reminds me of one evening on holiday where we got to see the stars in the night sky in all it's glory from a boat in the ocean.  I just had to make it into a card; may be the polar bear and penguin are me and my significant other!

I also used Penny Black's Love & Peace 30-453 stamp set for the sentiment and Snowflakes 51-383, Antique Frame 51-397, Labels 51-344 and A Blizzard 51-268 (I used only the centre of one of the snowflakes). The  image was stamped using Memento London Fog ink and coloured using Chameleon Color Tone pens; Summer Sun, Mellow Yellow, Warm Grey 3, Cool Grey 8 with the Deep Black Color Top. The sentiment was stamped using Memento Stormy Sky and Diamond Stickles added for that extra bit of sparkle.  The background was shaded using Memento Paris Dusk and the stars given highlight with Dandelion ink.

I hope wherever you are, that when you look up you see a bright shining star, hugs
Cathy x