Saturday 30 April 2011

you passed!

Good Morning Penny Black fans!

We have another challenge for you......


We can't wait to see what you all come up with.

This weeks prize is a 15% lifetime discount voucher from PB Stamps. So, of course you know the drill by now. For more details about the challenge, for lots of inspiration from my teamies and to find out who is last weeks lucky winner visit the
Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Thursday 28 April 2011

willow sketchie

It's Thursday, another four day weekend and time for another Willow Sketchie!

This week it's my turn to host the challenge so I'm hoping all my blogging buddies can join in the fun.

Here is the sketch.......

and here is this weeks prize.....

Remember you can use anything from your stash, the only rule is that you use the sketch as your inspiration. So, to see more gorgeous cards and to enter your own creation pop on over to the Willow Sketchie Challenge. See you there (but not tomorrow as I have another engagement, now where did I put my hat).

Wednesday 27 April 2011

happy birthday bunny

Tonight's card follows the sketch over on Sunday Sketch and Stamp challenge.

It was also in my mind that this weeks Cupcake Challenge was bunnies. So, the perfect chance to use my poor neglected Penny Black 'bun-bun'. But alas it's not to be! I should really pay more attention. The challenge is actually to use something fluffy on your card. Now, if I wasn't such a lazy crafter and if my bath wasn't dangerously close to overflowing I would add a little pompom to his tail! Oh well, always next week!

Off now for a soak with Molton Brown, see you all tomorrow for a
brand new Willow Sketchie.

Tuesday 26 April 2011

flying high

This weeks challenge over on Less is More centre.

I used a stamp which came free with this months Stamper magazine. Stamped it twice. Once on the card and once onto my patterned paper to do a bit of piecing. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom corner and doodled a line of dots to link it up with the card.

Monday 25 April 2011

Special Delivery!

I love the way this cute dino looks a bit bemused. He is one of a little set of dinos recently released over at the DigiStamp Boutique.

I coloured him with copic pens and the papers are 'marjolaine' by BasicGrey.

Remember you still have until next Saturday 30th April to enter the Boutique give-away here and the competition here.

Saturday 23 April 2011


Good Morning Penny Black fans.

With a 'bit of a posh do' happening on Friday this weeks challenge just had to be....

Happily Ever After

So anything love inspired. Wedding, anniversary or just to tell someone you lurve them!

This weeks prize is 4 rolls of ribbon from our regular sponsor Fantastic Ribbons.

So, to find out who is last weeks lucky winner, to see more love inspired cards and to enter your own card visit the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.
See you there!

I am entering my card into the fab challenge over on the Ribbon Girl which is red, white and blue.

Friday 22 April 2011

paint the town!

First off I'd like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Easter and I hope the Easter bunny is good to you!

I painted this little hedgies beret lilac and then had to go hunting for matching paper! Normally I do things the other way round. Painting to match the paper is much easier!

Anyway I found this piece of paper in my scrap box, yay! The card has been embossed through my bigshot. The hedgie stamp is from a Penny Black transparent set 'paint the town'.

I am entering my card into three challenges.....

A Spoon Full of Sugar.....lets celebrate

Simon Says Stamp....emboss it

Creative Inspirations....pets/animals

Thursday 21 April 2011


Thursday has at last arrived. A long weekend off work stretches ahead and it is the re-launch of the Willow Sketchie Challenge.

Every week there will be a sketch to follow and fabulous prizes. Now, don't worry, you can use whatever crafty stash you have but wouldn't it be fun to treat yourself to something new from Willow Designs?

The design team were all given 'a spot of gardening' to use on our cards and I have coloured mine with prisma pencils. The papers are 'springtime' by Echo Park.

So, here is this weeks sketch.........

And here is this weeks prize..........

A black and white image, a pre-coloured image,a ten step promarker tutorial and.........

this set of Promarkers, fab huh?

The deadline to enter is midday Wednesday 27th April and the winner, picked at random, will be announced on Wednesday evening.

To enter your card and see more inspiration from my team mates visit the Willow Sketchie Challenge, see you there!

I am entering my Willow card into two challenges....

Cupcake Craft....lots of layers

Digital Tuesday....pretty punches (rolled flower punch)

Tuesday 19 April 2011

for your little monsters.....

.....a perfect collection of little digi images from the DigiStamp Boutique. Easy to colour, I have used prisma/copic pens. The papers are all from the 'Blast off!' collection by BoBunny. The sentiments are computer generated and the little shiny dots are from Paperchase.

Monday 18 April 2011

just for you

The theme at Less is More this week is acetate. OK then, here goes.

First off get the acetate back out from the back of the cupboard (I used acetate for a card the other week, wasn't too enamoured, so back into the cupboard it went). Inked up the white stazon, only the second time that's happened. Managed to find a set of peel off permanent pens in my stash so went to work colouring the back of the stamped flowers.

This was a devil to photograph but I love how this challenge is reaching crafty stash other challenges fail to reach!

Saturday 16 April 2011

hoppity easter

Good Morning Penny Black fans!

Last weeks challenge was really popular, you sure love your flowers!
Check the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for the name of the lucky winner.

This week we have an equally eggciting challenge.....

Easter Extravaganza!

And another gorgeous prize.
This stamp from our regular sponsor Carole....

We hope that you can join in the fun this week and look forward to seeing all your creations. Mojo missing? Plenty of inspiration from my teamies here.

Friday 15 April 2011

hello friend

This is the same style as my last card except this one did not pass quality control! Hubby doesn't like the doodled border, hmph! But I did it on the last card and that one passed, yeah, but this one is messy. I s'pose now that I see it photographed it does look a bit messy. I hate it when he's right!

I have used a Penny Black slapstick stamp 'sunshine in the rain' and coloured with watercolour pencils.

Anyhoo, it fits two challenges....

Cute Card inspired

Stamp Something.....april showers

See you bright and early for Penny Black Saturday.

Thursday 14 April 2011

happy day

I think this little chap is very dapper in his blue jeans and red jumper! The stamps are by Molly Bloom, one of the best freebies with a mag in a while.

I stamped him directly onto the card blank and stamped the bunting and stars onto white card and cut out. Everything has been coloured with watercolour pencils.

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge....card for a child.

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Breaking News!

The Willow Sketchie Challenge is being re-launched.
And guess who is on the design team?
Yep, little old me!

So the date to look out for is....Thursday 21st April.

Every week there will be a cool sketch to follow and prizes galore!

If you don't want to miss any of the excitement why not pop over
here now and become a follower?

Tuesday 12 April 2011

loved up hedgies

Now that my friends wedding anniversary has passed I can pop this card on here and enter a couple of challenges.

The stamp is, of course, by Penny Black and I have coloured using water colour pencils. The papers are leftover bits from my scrap box. Ribbon and three little heart shaped pearls to finish.

I am entering my card into two challenges....

ABC challenge.....R for ribbon

A Spoon Full of Sugar.....all creatures great and small

Monday 11 April 2011

birthday fishes

Popping on a quick challenge card tonight. Over on Sunday Sketch and Stamp there is a fabby sketch so I couldn't resist giving James from the DigiStamp Boutique a bit of an airing!

I coloured James with Prismacolor pencils. The papers are Linen Closet by DCWV. Did a bit of embossing and punched a scalloped edge. Got the glossy accents out for the fish and James's wellies.

So there you have it. Remember that if you make a card with any of the boutique's images you can enter the competition here. There is also the monthly give-away here.

Sunday 10 April 2011

touches your heart

Making a card for the Less is More challenge has now become part of my Sunday morning crafty time. This weeks challenge is to make a one layer card with the sentiment as the focus.

So, first off I stamped my sentiment from a clear set by Kaisercraft with versamark ink onto my Kraft card blank. I punched out some tiny butterflies in rainbow colours. Then I rounded the corners to finish.

It's a glorious spring day here and I am off out to meet my friend for a latte and perhaps something delicious. Will pop round later to have a nosey at all the other entries.

Saturday 9 April 2011

thinking of you

Good Morning Penny Black fans!

Saturday has rolled round again so time for another challenge using your Penny Black stamps or stickeroos. This weeks challenge is....

Say it with Flowers

Nice and easy this week. But for lots of inspiration on how to 'say it with flowers' visit the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Whilst there you will also find out who is the winner of last weeks prize. On the subject of prizes, this week we have a $20 voucher up for grabs from one of our regular sponsors 1-2-3 Stitch.

My card is fairly plain and simple this week. I watercoloured the little mouse from the transparent set 'eat cake'. I embossed the background and punched the bottom border a la Martha Stewart. Ribbon, twine and a button to finish off.

Thursday 7 April 2011


Something a little different tonight, a bit of an experiment! I've had a pack of acetate sheets forever and was determined to do something with them.

So, first off I stamped large dots across the middle of the acetate with stazon white ink. Then stamped, heat embossed and cut out the three flowers. Bakers twine, buttons and a little sentiment finished the card off. The white stazon dots didn't show up very well so I attached a bit of dark brown card to the back. This also covers your 'workings'.

I am entering this into the challenge over on Papertake...anything goes.

And this arrived today.....

Buddy's candy! If you don't know who Buddy is then where have you been? He is, of course, the fabulous Kath's famous sidekick. To read all about his adventures and to see some gorgeous crafty makes vist here. Thanks Buddy, I am delighted!