Cuddly Buddly Robin

as you can see, i’m quickly adding to my stash of christmas cards. for this DT card, i’ve used this oh so cute robin from the Toby Tumble & Robins clear stamp set, just one of many adorable Cuddly Buddly christmas stamp sets. i watercoloured the image with twinkling H2Os, stamped and cut the leaves out, heat embossed them for shine and attached them back on to the card. the sentiment is in the same set and stamped in green. i added stickles to the hat, some snow and attached it to the green layer embossed with the Leane Creatief Embossing Folder – Background Snowflakes; it embosses beautifully.

cuddly buddly robin

check out the blog for some very creative projects that feature some more cute Cuddly Buddly stamps. thanks for popping by.

as promised, it’s time to share the details about the exciting penny black and more challenge october candy event.    

There is one main Penny Black prize for one lucky winner but there are more prizes from some of our regular sponsors All Occasion Dies,  Crafty Ribbons and Stix2 and another prize from Penny Black on our challenge blog.


PB Christmas candy

We have some wonderful prizes to be won and entering couldn’t be easier; all you need to do is:

  • Be a follower of our Penny Black Challenge blog.
  • Add the candy logo above to your own blog with a link back to the Penny Black and More blog to help us spread the word.
  • Register for free with the Penny Black Club – essential for all us Penny Black fans as we are among the first to know about new releases, news from Penny Black and so much more.
  • Leave us a comment on the challenge post.
  • And to be eligible for a further bonus prize ‘Like’ Penny Black on Facebook  here  and leave a comment. And if you would like to share as well that would be wonderful, here is the bonus prize…….
  • In addition some of the Design Team have extra goodies to give away on their own blogs and a winning name will be selected from each on 26th October. Here are the links to their blogs so please do pop along to visit them to be in with a change of winning their prizes as well as those on this post. Plus they all have a card to share as well for this month’s challenge to ‘get ahead for christmas.’ 
Linda (me)
This is my giveaway to one commenter to help you get those christmas cards done; the winner will be selected at random from comments left on this post on October 26.
This is my DT card; I watercoloured this cute image from the penny black holly day critters clear set, popped it on foam squares and added the memory box jingle bell die.
penny black caroling mice

to play along with our challenge, remember that you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis. visit the blog for some inspiring christmas creations by my team mates and to join in the candy fun! thanks for popping by.

it’s the first sunday of october and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge. this month, we’d like to see you get ahead for christmas. we also have some exciting news!

PB candy 2

As well as our October challenge we are going to be having a fab candy giveaway later this month, in fact there will be quite a few prizes to be won, so we would love it if you can help us spread the word by sharing the logo above on your own blogs and linking it back to the challenge blog so everyone can join in the fun. Check the blog on October 12 for more news and how to enter.

penny black penguins

for my DT card, I stamped this cute image from the penny black cold nose warm heart 30-129 clear set, watercoloured with twinkling H2Os and popped it on foam squares onto the embossed snowflake background.

remember, that you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis. for all the rules, the generous prizes and some inspiring christmas creations by my team mates, visit the blog and then come and play along! thanks for popping by.

Cuddly Buddly Winter Walkies

i’m having a lot of fun designing with the new clear stamp line from Cuddly Buddly; they stamp beautifully and even the most detailed images allow for a lot of colouring space and you know how much i love to colour. the image used on this card is one included in the new and adorable  “Winter Walkies” clear stamp set.

Cuddly Buddly Winter Walkies

I watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, added the Marianne Design Greeting and Leane Creatief Snowflake. there are so many creative projects on the blog that feature more of the new clear stamp line and the shop stocks a large variety of craft supplies.

i’d like to submit this to the sweet stampin’ just for men challenge theme. thanks for popping by.

Cuddly Buddly Polar Bear

this is my first card as a design team member for cuddly buddly’s new clear stamp line; this adorable polar bear is one of the cute images in the Cuddly Christmas Buddies clear stamp set and is available in the shop. The stamps are high quality, stamp beautifully and are very reasonable; the shop displays prices in pounds, euros and american dollars.

cuddly buddly polar bear

I watercoloured with twinkling H2Os, layered the Marianne Design snowflake, added snow and a gold ribbon. check out cuddly buddly on facebook for free giveaways every weekend and check out the blog for some very creative projects that feature some more adorable stamps. thanks for popping by.

i don’t know where the time goes; it just flies by doesn’t it? the stores are full of halloween candy already!

penny black halloween

this is my mid-month reminder card for the penny black and more challenge; i watercoloured this image from the penny black ‘scary halloween’ clear set with twinkling H2Os, stamped the cobweb from the same set, and used letters die cut from impression obsession alphabet die. i’d also like to remind you that you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis. for all the rules and some beautiful fall projects by my team mates, visit the blog. thanks for popping by.

it’s the first sunday of september and time for a new theme at the penny black and more challenge. this month, we’d like to see autumn colours. for my DT card, I stamped the penny black autumn tree cling stamp and watercoloured it with derwent inktense pencils; i used twinkling H2Os for the sky, ground and the die cut letters, which are impression obsession.

penny black fall tree

be sure to visit the blog to see what my talented team mates have created and to check out the prizes on offer. remember, you can use any company’s image for your focal point, just no digis. thanks for popping by.

Christmas Treat Boxes

i used my scor-pal to create these triangle boxes for the scor-pal august challenge: “more than one score” – food for thought. these are so quick to make and the size can be easily changed to fit any treat; these will hold a small amount of hershey kisses. i just added stamped and matted sentiments and ribbon.

triangle treat boxes

edited: in answer to sarn’s comment, here’s a link to a video tutorial from splitcoaststampers.

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Exciting News!

i am so excited to share that i’ve been invited to join the design team for cuddly buddly’s new clear stamp line. you can see the adorable penguin digi image i used in the post below; it was so much fun to colour and i’m looking forward to working with their clear stamps. thank you to kim for the invitation and warm welcome!

Visit the blog for some very creative and inspirational projects and check out the shop for a variety of supplies!

Christmas Penguin

i’m starting to make more christmas cards because in only three months they’ll need to be mailed out. i used this Pachela Studios Digital Stamp available at the Cuddly Buddly shop, but it’s also available in a clear stamp set.


it was a lot of fun colouring this adorable image; i watercoloured the sky, penguin and tree with twinkling H2Os, added snow and popped it on foam tape. the snowflake border is a memory box die and the papers are from carta bella; i’m glad i bought two of those paper pads because i love the colours. thanks for popping by.

One Of A Kind

i’m playing along with the 101 waterolour challenge; over the next couple of weeks we’ll be playing with masks, so this week’s assignment is to create watercolor backgrounds with the assistance of background stamps and embossing powder. i watched all three videos linked from class and i decided to use the technique from catherine pooler’s tutorial; since my painting is controlled, i liked the more controlled look of her sample.


hero arts background

i bought this hero arts background stamp with my daughter in mind because i knew she’d love the pattern and shamefully, this is the first time i’ve used it. i heat embossed with white ep and i only used a yellow and a blue twinkling H2O and let them naturally turn into green in spots; it’s matted on green card stock because that’s my daughter’s favourite colour. i heat embossed the sentiment on vellum, attached die cut hearts out of the same painted paper and some gems. thanks for popping by.

just to let you know that there is still plenty of time to play along with this month’s penny black and more challenge theme of anything goes to have a chance of winning some fabulous prizes!


for my DT card i used another of the cute bunny images from the garden critters clear stamp set that i watercoloured with twinkling H2Os; the sentiment is from the micey day set. be sure to check out the challenge blog for the design team’s inspiring creations and remember you can use any company’s stamped image for your focal point, just no digis. thanks for popping by.

Bunny Thank You

one of my daughter’s bunnies had a couple of teeth pulled so i made this card for her to give to one of the vets; he’s a specialist. the impression obsession challenge is clean and simple which is perfect – a masculine CAS card is all i needed. i coloured the background and the IO resting rabbit (D8380) with twinkling H2Os, traced over the grass with a derwent inktense pencil and added flower soft to his tail.

i’m also playing along with 101: watercolour and this week’s theme is fun time; i always enjoy losing myself in my watercolouring.


Impression Obsession Resting Rabbit

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Christmas Stocking

the current jingle belles prompt is to shape up for the holidays and create a shaped card. i found this stocking pattern from the very talented katherine frei, who made a christmas stocking gift card holder; mine is just the card with the fold at the top that i’ll give to my dad. you can see the inside which is covered in brown paper with a deer print.


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i’m so excited to be guest designing at the stick it down challenge for august; this card sketch was a lot of fun to work with.

August 2014 SID card sketch 001


i die cut the MFT Die-namics daisies out of designer paper from basicgrey’s ‘out of print’ and lightly sponged them with yellow and pink distress inks just to make them a little more vibrant; the sentiment is from flourishes. thanks for popping by.

Salty Snow Globe

this week’s 101:water-color assignment is to use the salt watercolour technique in an embellishment/focus point.




memory box snow globe

i kind of jumped ahead last week when i used my salt watercolour leaves as my focal point, but luckily, i had leftover twinkling H2O bits so i used them to create the trees for the snow globe. this week i created the sky and woodgrain trim with my caran d’ache water-soluble wax-pastels and sea salt, both die cut with the memory box snow globe die and popped on foam squares; the stars were die cut from a twinks/salt wash. i added some details to the tiny snowmen, also a memory box die and i added the ribbon and MFT Die-namics snowflake. thanks for popping by.