Monday, May 31, 2010

Penny Black : Dancing Chick - Mother's Day thank you

Hello and thanks for popping in :-)

I made this quick and simple little card the other day to give to my SIL & her DH to say "thanks" for having us 'round for Mother's Day lunch.  It was great catching up with some of my extended family.  As I was dropping into my SIL's home just over a week ago, I wanted to bring this card along but it was foggy at my house - I had hoped it would lift by the time I dropped my DD at school, but it hadn't, so I stood on my decking in the freezing cold fog trying to take a photo of this card!  I bet I must have looked really silly LOL!!  The sun was trying to poke thru so I sort of got a reasonable shot, but anyway, what can you do?!!

The card was super-quick and easy to make. I diecut the card with my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder Scalloped Square Nestabilities using the Tutorial by Bev Rochester (Bev's Blog is: All the things I love) which was posted on the Whiff of Joy Tutorials and Inspirations website.  Been wanting to make one of these cards for ages but didn't know how until I stumbled across it the other day.  

I made the Scor-Pal lines first then embossed the top and bottom panels with my Cuttlebug and small dots folder from the "Just my Type" set.  This cute little image was coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils - but I watercoloured the grass with Acrylic paints.  I lightly chalked around the image for the sky and added pink and lemon chalks to complement the image.  

I added Kindyglitz Crystalina to all the flowers,  plus fine lemon/pink glitter to all the tiny hearts (the leftover punchies from my Arrows border punch - I use them ALL the time, don't I?!!).  The bow was made with my Bow Easy.

I'm popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers (Clean and Simple) CAS56 Challenge of 'It's hip to be square!"

Thanks again for stopping by!  See you again soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'Dancing Chick' 2564F, Sentiment: from Impression Obsession WP16 Sentiments 1 clear stamp set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Dots embossing folder from Just my Type set, Spellbinder Large Scallop Square Nestabilities, Bow Easy, lemon organza ribbon 7/16" - 12mm wide, EK Success Arrows border punch, Scor-Pal, Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, JoSonya acrylic paints, paint brush, Kindyglitz Crystalina, .008 fine lemon and pink glitter, Cardstock: white, lemon, pink

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Penny Black 'For goodness sake' card number two

Hello and welcome to my little world :-)  I haven't had much time for cardmaking this week because my DD was off school all week with a chest cold - which I have now as well :-(   Still, us Mums just keep going, don't we?!

I made another DT card for Fat Cat's Card Corner using the gorgeous Penny Black 'For Goodness Sake' slapstick stamp that they sent me in my DT Kit.  Check out the first card I made with this set here.   I have just checked their website and they are out-of-stock until June but you could email them and ask if they might be able to reserve one for you.

I stamped the image onto Watercolour paper and watercoloured with my acrylic paints.  I added some fine crystal glitter to the flower on the girl's hat and poncho, and on the 3 dots on her shoe, as well as the bunny's tulip and heart.

The large flower was diecut with the Marianne Design Creatables flower die that was part of my kit - there are 2 sizes of flowers in the set (plus 1 leaf die).  Once I diecut the flower, I ran it thru my Cuttlebug using the Textile embossing folder just to add some texture to the designer paper.  The flower is up on a 2mm mount (dimensional).

For the sentiment, I diecut lavender cardstock with my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder Scalloped Heart Nestabilities die then punched the white cardstock with my old Carl CP-2 Heart punch (which I have had forever).  The tiny heart in the centre of the panel is a leftover punchie from using my EK Success Arrows Border punch - I added some Crystal glitter to the heart too.

The bottom panel has been punched with a Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch - I seriously love this punch - it's so pretty.  I ran the panel thru my Cuttlebug using the 'oldie-but-a-goodie' Swiss Dots embossing folder then attached the ribbon.  The bow itself was made with my Bow Easy, then I sewed on a gold heart charm before I glued the bow onto the card.

All the designer papers are digital and are from NitWit Collections Fat Quarter Bundle Series "Just Ducky" ©2010 by Mary Fran of 

I think you could use this card for lots of different occasions: birthday, friendship, thank you etc.

I'm popping this card in this week's Splitcoaststampers "Ways to use it" Challenge WT272 of "Paint".  Of course, I used paints for watercolouring.

Thanks again for visiting and have a great weekend - hopefully back in a few days with another card.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'For goodness sake' 40-021 Slapstick unmounted, Sentiment: Impression Obsession - Sentiments WP16 clear stamp set

Ink:  Stazon Jet Black

Designer paper:  NitWit Collections Fat Quarter Bundle Series "Just Ducky" ©2010 by Mary Fran of

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Swiss dots & Textile embossing folders, Spellbinder Scalloped Heart Nestabilities, Marianne Design Creatables LR0109 flower die set, Carl CP-2 Heart punch, Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch, EK Success Arrows border punch, 140lb/300gsm Watercolour paper, JoSonya acrylic paints, paintbrushes, gold heart charm, lavender sewing thread, mounts (dimensionals), organza ribbon 3/8" - 10mm wide, .008 crystal glitter, green button, Cardstock: lavender, buttercream, rose (tiny heart).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Penny Black: Wish you were near.......

Hello and welcome to my Blog :-)

When Fat Cat's Card Corner sent me this Penny Black image "Wish you were near" as part of my Design Team pack, I literally squealed with delight!  Oh my gosh - isn't it just so adorable?!!  As you probably can already tell from my Blog, I LOVE Penny Black stamps, so I couldn't wait to ink this little guy up!  It is a slapstick unmounted stamp that you just pop on your stamp block - it already comes with the cushion and the back of the pack has a coloured picture of the image which is helpful for colouring the image.

I stamped the image onto 140lb/300gsm Watercolour paper and watercoloured it with JoSonya Acrylic paints.  The sentiment I actually cut into 4 pieces so I could fit the words into my Spellbinders diecut circle - very handy having an umounted stamp that you can chop up!  The 3 stars around the sentiment are the leftover punchies from my Martha Stewart Stars punch - they were just the right size that I needed.  The blue circle was punched with a 43mm Kaszazz circle punch as the layering looked better having a narrow border than the next size up of circle nesties. The sentiment panel is also up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).

The side panel has a score line next to the Fiskars Threading water punched border - you probably can't see the line, but trust me, it's there.  I made it with my Martha Stewart Scoring Board and put it there so that when I add the designer paper to the panel, I can butt it up against this line and I know that it's straight.

Aren't the designer papers gorgeous?!  I love these colours - they seemed to be perfect for this image.  All the designer papers are digital papers by NitWit - Series "Snow Folk" ©2009 by Mary Fran of    The papers are from 2 collections:  Snow Folk Too and Snow Folk Collection  The striped heart on top of the ribbon is one of the elements that comes with the set - there are several different hearts in the set - just adjusted the size I wanted on my Scanner program, and pressed "print" to print it on white cardstock, then simply cut it out.

Thanks again for stopping by to have a peek at my card!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:   Image & Sentiment by Penny Black Slapstick UM: 'Wish you were near' (set of 2)

Paper:  NitWit Collections Snowfolks FQB and Snowfolks Too Digital

Ink:  Stazon Jet Black

Accessories:  JoSonya Acrylic paints, paint brushes, 140lb/300gsm Watercolour paper, Fiskars Threading Water punch, Martha Stewart Stars edge punch, green button, green sewing thread, grosgrain ribbon 9mm-3/8" wide, Martha Stewart Score board, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), Cuttlebug, Spellbinder circle nestabilities, Kaszazz 43mm circle punch, Cardstock: blue, buttermilk

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Penny Black 'For goodness sake' - new slapstick stamp

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Hi and welcome to my Blog :-)

This is my Design Team card I made for Fat Cats Card Corner using this adorable little Penny Black "Slapstick" stamp.  I've never used one of PB's Slapstick stamps before, but it is great quality and deeply etched rubber just like their wood-mounted stamps (except of course you just use a mounting block to stamp with).  This little bunny reminds me of a Bunnykins mug I had as a child - my late father would heat up some milk for me every night to have in my little mug before I went to bed.  The milk HAD to be in THAT mug!!

I thought this image would be perfect for watercolouring and tried to keep the colours pretty and soft.  I haven't watercoloured for months so it was nice to get back to my "first love".   The butterfly in the top RH corner was punched and then I ran it thru my Cuttlebug using the Textile embossing folder.

I added Kindyglitz to the yellow flowers on the girl's hat and under her chin, as well as the heart and tulip on the bunny.

The teal cardstock side panel was punched with my new favourite punch (which was also part of my DT kit) - Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch - and the designer paper was put thru my CB again using the Textile folder.  This panel was popped up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).

The main panel is also up on 1mm mounts.

The ribbon was made in 2 separate elements.  I tried to tie a bow but this grosgrain ribbon wasn't very well-behaved - it wouldn't sit nicely, so I did a "Faux Bow" in that I just folded the ribbon and sewed the button to the centre.

The pink and teal hearts next to the sentiment are the leftover punchies from using my EK Success Arrows border punch - they look like tiny hearts and are just so cute :-) 

Thanks again for stopping by - hope to see you again soon!


P.S.  I have been fiddling around trying to learn how to edit HTML code so I can make my photos sharper (they have been blurry on my Blog but perfectly in-focus on my Splitcoasters Gallery which was making me crazy!!) - think maybe I am getting somewhere at last!!  :-)  I found a thread on Blogger Help where other Bloggers had the same issue.  Drop me an email if you would like to know the link.

Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Image - Penny Black 'For goodness sake' 40-021
             Sentiment - from Penny Black 'Tiny Wishes' clear set

Ink:  Stazon Jet Black

Designer paper:  Basic Grey Urban Prairie - Bountiful

Accessories:  140lb/300gsm Watercolour paper, JoSonya acrylic paints, paint brushes, Cuttlebug, Textile embossing folder, Spellbinder Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch, EK Success Arrows Border punch, Carl CP-1 Butterfly-A punch, Kindyglitz Crytalina, Kaiserscrapbook Pearls - Bliss SB718, pink button, pink sewing thread, teal grosgrain ribbon 7/16"-11mm wide, Cardstock: pink, lemon, Colormates Medium Terrific Teal

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Flower Pot card using Marianne Design Creatables dies

Hello, and thanks for popping in :o)

I have been wanting to make a Flower Pot card for ages, but just never got around to it until a few days ago when my Design Team pack from Fat Cats Card Corner arrived in the mail with (among other things), some Marianne Design Creatables flower dies - which gave me the little push to make this little Flower Pot card.  

There are a few tutorials around the web about how to make a Flower Pot card but the one I used for mine was from Andrea Walford's Blog.  Andrea has a printable template in PDF format which makes life easy because you can just download it & open it up in Adobe Reader and print it.  Of course, the template is copyrighted to Andrea, so if you do use it, please add a link back to Andrea's Blog.

The flower dies that I used were diecut with my Cuttlebug using the same sandwich as Spellbinder Dies, ie: A-plate, C-plate, die face up, cardstock, B-plate, and they cut easily and beautifully.  Here is a little pic of what the dies look like plus the pieces of cardstock that I diecut.  After diecutting the flowers, I glued the two flower pieces together and ran them thru my Cuttlebug with the Textile embossing folder.  I also embossed the leaves with the same folder.  I glued on the buttons and threaded some embroidery floss/stranded cotton thru the centres and tied a knot

All the flowers have been popped up on 2mm mounts (dimensionals) so that they overhang the pot lip easily.  The leaves have just been glued behind the flowers.

The green cardstock flower pot lip is a separate piece which was popped up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).  The punched border was made with my Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch which was also part of my DT pack.  Really pretty isn't it?!

 Here is a pic of the inside:

The sentiment panel just pulls up out of the pot.  Easy peasy!  The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and I made the bow with my Bow Easy.  Now that I've made one, I will make a few to have on hand because you can use them for any occasion. 

Thanks again for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Sentiment from PSX C-2509

Ink:  Stazon Jet Black

Designer paper:  Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie - Ella

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Swiss dots & Textile embossing folders, Marianne Design Creatables dies LR0109, 1mm/2mm mounts (dimensionals), Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch, DMC stranded cotton, Buttons - American Crafts Elements 82130 Taffy (7/16"-11mm wide), grosgrain ribbon 10mm-3/8" wide, Bow Easy, Cardstock: white, buttermilk, dark olive, Colormates medium racy raspberry

Friday, May 14, 2010

Penny Black: 'For you' - Doggone - it's another birthday card!

Hello and thanks for stopping by my little Blog :-)

Over at Splitcoaststampers, about 2 weeks ago Roxie posted a fabulous sketch: Sketch Challenge #278 and thought it would be perfect for my nephew's birthday card.   This is one sketch I will definitely use again - I really love it!

The image was stamped with Vintage Sepia ink and then I heat-set it with my heat-gun to make sure the Odorless Mineral Spirits wouldn't bleed the outlines.  I coloured it with Prismacolor pencils + Gamsol and lightly chalked around the image for the sky and ground.  I stamped the image again and cut out just the present and added fine blue glitter plus I coloured in the bow with a gold gel pen then popped it up on 1mm mounts (dimensionals).

The paw pad is a button which I cut the shank off and attached with a 1mm mount.

The gorgeous designer paper is from a digital set by NitWit Collections called FQB (which stands for Fat Quarter Bundle) - Me-Wow Collection.  Isn't it adorable?! 


I am entering this card in the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C36 where the Challenge is to use this children's nursery rhyme to create your card -

What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.

So you can make a boy card, or something with frogs and/or snails, puppy dogs etc.  What a fun challenge!

I am also entering this card in The Treehouse Challenge #049 - THT049 which has a Masculine ThemeI love challenges with Masculine themes because, let's face it, masculine cards are "challenging" and we all need ideas - it's great to look at DT cards for loads of inspiration!

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with one of my Fat Cat's Card Corner Design Team card..  It has been drizzly and grey all week - not great photographying weather, but the sun should be shining tomorrow according to the Weather Bureau.  See you again soon!   And thanks again for visiting!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black 'for you!' 3446E, Sentiment - from Crafter's Companion 'Popcorn the Bear' Bunches of Love set

Ink:  Versafine Vintage Sepia

Designer paper:  NitWit Collections Fat Quarter Bundle Series "Me-Wow" ©2009 by Mary Fran of

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Sizzix Textured Impressions Dots embossing folder (from Dot & Flowers set), Spellbinder Square Nestabilities & Scalloped Square Nestabilities, heat gun, Kaisercolour chalks, 1mm mounts (dimensionals), gold gel pen, fine .008 blue glitter, Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, Buttons Galore 'paw print'

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dovecraft: Pepper and Friends - Have a relaxing birthday!!

Hello and thanks for stopping by :-)

Haven't been doing much cardmaking this past week:  my DD was off school sick and then my cardmaking mojo went for a bit of a walk, so I have been doing some crocheted flowers plus playing the piano and fiddling around with some music that I wrote.  Thankfully, my mojo returned yesterday (Friday) and I started a card for my nephew (just as well - his birthday is next week!!).

The above card is one I made for my SIL's birthday in February and is another Easel card - just can't get enough of them!! 

This very sweet putty-tat was designed by Helz Cuppleditch and is from a set called:  "Pepper and Friends" - made by Dovecraft.  The image was coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils.  I chalked in the sky and ground with my Kaisercolour chalks and added some I-Kandee pink Pearlescent chalk around the image for some colour and soft sparkle.  I punched a heart and glued it to the pot then added Kindyglitz Crystalina to this heart as well as the flowers and the kitty's cheeks.  The tiny hearts on the RHS of the pot are the left-over punchies from my EK Success Arrows Border punch - these are glittered as well (of course!!). 

The strips of plum pink and brown cardstock on the card front are left-over small scraps about 1/4" wide which I have glued underneath the white cardstock base - it's a good way of using them up.  Been saving them from when I use my border punches where you have that little strip left-over - too good to waste!!  There is a strip of brown cardstock above the ribbon (bit hard to see in the photo), plum pink & brown cardstock underneath the image, and plum pink cardstock underneath the dots embossing.   There is also a Scor-Pal line underneath the ribbon.  I love this double-sided ribbon - the opposite side makes a nice contrast to the other - it was made in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  The sentiment on this section is from my Popcorn the Bear 'Bunches of Love' set.

The top line of hearts where the bottom of the card front sits were punched several times and glued to add a bit of extra-strength and I added dimensionals (mounts) underneath so it holds the card front firmly in place.

The doily lace punched plum pink cardstock has a Scor-Pal line above it & the sentiment on this section is from Wendy Irving Expressions and was stamped with Chalk ink.
Have a great weekend - back in a little while for some pics of my crocheted flowers.


P.S.  One thing that really puzzles me with my photos is that even though I am uploading the same photograph to my Gallery on Splitcoaststampers as my Blog, the one on SCS is sharp/in focus but on my Blog, the photo is always a lot more blurry.  I would like to make my photos larger on my blog but then they are even more blurry!!  Anyone know why, or how to fix it?

ETA:  see my latest post here on how to fix this blurry problem - scroll down to near the end of my post.

Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Dovecraft 'Pepper and Friends', Sentiment #1: Crafter's Companion 'Popcorn the Bear' Bunches of Love set, Sentiment #2: Wendy Irving Expressions J6412.02 clear stamp set 

Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan 

Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss dots embossing folder, Scor-Pal, Bow Easy, 2mm mounts, Bow Easy, Kindyglitz Crystalina, doublesided ribbon 10mm - 3/8" wide, Kaisercolour chalks, I-Kan-dee pearlescent chalks, Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, Punches: Carl CP-8 Heart, Martha Stewart Doily Lace, EK Success Arrows border, Kaiser hot pink pearls, Cardstock: white, brown, plum pink

Monday, May 3, 2010

I was Customer Card of the Day at Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD)!

Hello and thanks for stopping by :-)

I received a message today from Angella Crocket from Our Daily Bread Designs (USA) that they have featured this card on their Blog as "Customer Card of the Day" (if you have already seen this card it's because I uploaded it here to my Blog on the 21st April including a pic of the inside).  Wow!  I was really surprised and totally blown away!  And they were so lovely to include links to my Gallery at Splitcoaststampers and a link here to my Blog.  And they even sent me a blinkie which I have now proudly displayed on my Blog.  Thanks so much Angie and the ODBD team - really made my day!

So there you have it - isn't it nice to have happy news?!

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