Can you believe it's April already, for me March seems to have disappeared in a flash but what better start to the new month than some new challenges at Stampalot
and Penny Black and More
. This is a bit of a long post, but so much to tell you about so hope you can stay with me.................
It's our second Birthday at Stampalot...........yes 1st April to be precise.................and we have a very exciting month lined up, in total there are fourteen prizes up for grabs with a Blog Hop as well as the challenge itself where the theme just had to be 'Happy Birthday'.
To join in the Blog Hope you need to staR
t off from the challenge blog here
and make youR
way down the list of DT's who all have prizes on offfer. To be in with a chance of winning the individual pR
izes you need to leave each DT memberR
a comment then collect a letter from each, arrange the letters into two words and send your answers to me email@example.com
and a winner will be selected at random from all correct answers. When you arrive at my blog on the Blog Hop route you should have come fR
blog and make youR
way next to Ruth
. In case you've not guessed, my letter is 'hidden' in this paragraph and here's the pR
ize for the lucky person selected from all comments left on this post.
And at Penny Black and More we are getting all cute with the theme 'Oh so Cute', what a toughie for me, but I know so many of you love that theme and create some stunning pieces of work with your pretty images and beautiful colouring so this months it's especially for you.
My card at the top was an 'extra' make as I was totally blown away by the cards Kathy Racoosin made which you will find on her blog here
. That stamp Penny Black 3431K Lace Flower
was not one I initially bought from the new releases, but when I saw what Kathy done with it I had to have it as it totally lends itself to the technique. In her post Kathy asked people to give it a go, but I felt it only right to ask her before I blogged it and she gave me her blessing, so thanks so much Kathy. I won't bore you with what I did to make the card as Kathy explains it so well in her post.
I added a Penny Black sentiment, Spellbinder leaves, seam binding bow and a couple of roses which I made with some lovely new organzie ribbon from Sarah at Pretty Little Ribbons
, the quality is superb with a lovely sheen which picks up the light beautifully when scrunched together in flowers.
My second DT piece for Stampalot uses another of the lovely new stamps from Penny Black 40-099 Black Soft Wings
. I must accredit the inspiration for this card to my friend Paula
who gave me the will to get my head back into crafting last month when my mojo had gone totally off the boil. Paula does amazing things with inks and stamps and had made the most beautiful tag here
which spurred me into action to break open my new Penny Black stamps which had been gathering dust since they arrived. Thanks so much Paula.
I stamped the edges of a piece of Fabriano watercolour card with Penny Black 3857H Footnote using versamark and embossed with detail clear. I then inked the piece with TH peeled pain and spun sugar and over stamped with Hero Arts 2365H Old French Writing..............I know again.....with peeled paint. I stamped the butterfly out twice to decoupage the centre and coloured with Derwent watercolours. The swirl is an old Inkadinkado stamp and the sentiment Darkroom Door.
Penny Black 40-042 Good Friends forms the focal image of my Penny Black and More DT piece, this was actually a Birthday card for one of my DT's but I know she has received it now so I am safe to share it. The image is coloured with watercolours. The background Bo Bunny DP has been nicely distressed and a piece of cheesecloth which I died with tea to give it a bit of an aged feel, swirls and flowers cut with Marianne dies and the little sentiment comes with the slapstick stamp.
Have a good Sunday everyone and I really hope you will join us in the new challenges this month.