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Hi everyone!

Today I’m playing along with the current  Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I decided to use stamps from the new Penny Black Delight release today. When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought of the beautiful Companions cling stamp (40-769) which I thought would fit perfectly on the right hand side of the card against an ink-blended background. I stamped the image in Antique Linen distress ink and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os. I couldn’t get the shimmer to show up in my photos sadly. After colouring, I masked off the image and created an ink-blended background, following the sketch. I think re-stamped the image to emphasise the lines (thank goodness for my MISTI!).

Finally I added a sentiment from the Thinking of You clear stamp set (30-825) and a few sequins.

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Cardmaking joy

Hi there!

As you’ve probably seen, I usually make cards for challenges, so I often have a starting point like a sketch or colour combo. Yesterday, I wanted to just play with my supplies. So I pulled out my Penny Black supplies and had so much fun!

I started with the bouquet from the Enliven mini stamp set (30-705) and coloured it with my Twinkling H2Os and Prisma pencils before fussy cutting around the image. That took AGES, but it was worth it. I decided to add some die cut foliage using dies from the Leaflets set (51-129), the Hanging Planters set (51-501) and the Autumn Decor set (51-653).

As I couldn’t see a piece of white card on my table at the time, I was using some black card to collect all my die cut images but I ended up really liking how the black card made the bouquet and die cuts pop! Quite dramatic! So I stepped outside my comfort zone and went with the black card base!

The sentiment is also from the Enliven mini set. I actually cut the stems so that they appear a little longer on my card – the sentiment hides that very nicely!

I REALLY enjoyed making this card. It was so much to to just PLAY and see where I ended up! Cardmaking brings me so much joy!

I decided to link this card up to a couple of challenges with a flower theme – Seize the Birthday (make it a bouquet) and Moving Along with the Times (a bouquet of flowers).

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Smiles and Hugs

Hi there!

Today I’m playing along with the colour challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches using products from Penny Black.

When I saw the colour combo, I immediately thought of using the greys with one of my favourite Penny Black dies – the Wonky Squares background die (51-424). I created two background panels with different grey inks and cut them both with the die, using the frame/outline from the darker panel and inlaying the shapes from the lighter panel.

I then die cut a couple of other inky panels with the Delicate Wings butterfly dies (51-010) and adhered it to my card. I cut the body section again using grey cardstock.  The stamped sentiment is from the Banner Sentiments set (30-423).

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Christmas in Early May!

Hello everyone!

I love a good Hallmark Christmas movie at any time of the year and today two of my favourite Christmas movies were on TV and I just HAD to make a Christmas card as I watched them! I decided to play along with the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown which has a sketch challenge this week.

After using distress inks for a wintery sky in the top third, I used the fabulous Penny Black Christmas Wonderland tree die (51-562) for the middle section and then hand cut a slope for the bottom third. I hid my less-than-perfect edge with chunky stickles! Finally I added the star die from the Wonderland die set and the baby deer from the Penny Black Together die set (30-258). The stamped sentiment is from one of my favourite stamps from last Christmas – Penny Black Hello Deer (30-775).

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Leafy Best wishes

Happy Friyay Friends!

Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge over at CAS Colours and Sketches using products from Penny Black.

This simple CAS card came together so quickly! I cut the fabulous Viridescent leaf die (51-650) from some patterned paper and adhered some of the leaf centre elements back into the leaves using sticky tape. To give my leaf a little more solidity, I adhered it to a second leaf that I’d cut from white card. I then die cut three strips using the wonderful  Geometric Borders (51-196) and adhered them to my card base. I chose to cut them from white cardstock as I wanted to keep the card very clean.

I stamped a sentiment from the Snippets set (30-283) and then die cut it using a tag die from the Tagged dies set (51-007) – I actually shortened the length of the tag using the partial die cutting technique.

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Fluttering by…

Happy Friyay friends!

I’m playing with more products from Penny Black’s beautiful Daydream collection.

After a snowy start to the week, it’s starting to look more springlike here now, although it’s still pretty chilly. Sadly the magnolia blooms have a lot of frost damage, but we’ve got a few cherry blossoms, so I decided to use them, along with the Time Out challenge photo, as my inspiration today.

I lightly blended some distress ink over part of my card base and then using Distress Oxide ink and markers, I stamped the main flower image from the Flying Colors stamp set (40-739). I used my Prismacolour pencils to add some detail to the flowers.

I stamped a large sentiment from the Snippets (30-283) set and then added some ink splatters. I thought they were a little dark at first but I’ve got used to them now!

Finally I added a few butterfliew from the fabulous Flourish & Butterflies die set (51-198).

I’m entering this into the current Time Out Challenge .

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