Saturday, February 17, 2018

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - More Inspiration

It's time for More Inspiration at Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the challenge for February is Anything Goes with an optional twist of Use Some Scraps.

I've used white and kraft card cut with Penny Black Antique Frames dies, a Penny Black stencil inked with Salty Ocean and Festive Berries and a Penny Black sentiment.  I added some twine and Nuvo Drops to finish.

There's still time to join the fun at Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Ger x!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Anything Goes ... With a Twist at Penny Black Saturday Challenge

I'm absolutely thrilled to say I have been accepted to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge Design Team!  The themes will always be Anything Goes with an occasional optional twist, and for February the twist is Use Some Scraps.

I had some very pretty glitter paper scraps lying around from Christmas crafting so I paper pieced the balloon in the cute Penny Black stamp.  The cat was coloured with Copics and the sentiment is also Penny Black.

The paper pack is from Dealz and I added some Nuvo Drops.  I popped up the stitched square on foam strips to make a little frame for the image.

I hope you'll join in the fun this month at Penny Black Saturday Challenge and check out the lovely designs my team mates have created!

See you mid-month with some more inspiration ...


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Heart with Foamiran Flowers

I had a lot of fun with this wooden heart bought in The Works, Athlone for 1.50.  I used a Tim Holtz stencil and texture paste, when that was dry I sprinkled Turquoise brusho powder and sprayed with water.  Loved this.  I found a Stampendous stamped panel in the perfect colour that I had never used and stuck that down before gluing down some cheesecloth.

The flowers were made with Foamiran from 14 Craft Bar.  Assorted die cuts from silver glitter paper, and added twine, pearls and diamante

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Snowy on Christmas Eve

A last minute card.  Snowy coloured with Copics, and a background created with watercolour markers.  Die cut two Vintage Frames. Done!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Joy.......and Tablet

{Sorry about the poor photograph - so hard to get good pictures in winter and this card had to go to the recipient before I could get a daylight pic.}  Using Lemoncraft papers and Foamiran flowers made with Foamiran from 14 Craft Bar and die cuts from Penny Black and Tim Holtz cut from silver glitter paper.  A little cheesecloth and silver paint were added as well.  The papers were cut using stitched squares dies I found in The Works, Athlone.

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I called this blog Cards and Chocolate because I love chocolatte too ... well just about anything sweet.  Around this time of year I make Tablet - a Scottish thing, a sort of crumbly fudge.  You don't want to know how much sugar and butter went into this!

Right I'm off to work.  I hope you get the last of your Christmas shopping done.  It's the last few bits that seem to take forever with shops and car parks jammed!

Ger x

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Attempting Bokeh

I do love the bokeh effect so decided to have a go.  After inking with Distress inks, my Stazon white ink was pretty dry, even after re-inking, and I resorted to daubers and whatever else I could find.

I die cut the Peny Black nativity bauble and  a Merry Christmas sentiment..  Some sequins, 3d pearl drops, some diamante mesh string for the bauble and of course I had to die cut the panel with Antique Frames.

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I have some more cards to you show you but it's hard to find the time in the run up to Christmas! Hopefully I will be back with another card tomorrow.

Ger x

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Baubles with Foamiran Flowers

I bought some clear baubles in Sostrene Greene Athlone and half filled them with iridescent snowballs from The Range, Liffey Valley.  I die cut some Tim Holtz Festive Greenery and sponged with a blue Gelato.  

After making the Foamiran flowers I stuck everything onto the top of the bauble, including some fluffy white Marabou trim and sparkly white berries.

While we're looking at the tree, I found a brand new teddy - provenance unknown - while decluttering for Christmas.  So I stuck him in the tree too.  I think he looks happy to be there.

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