I do love Penny Black stamps, they bring a smile to my face each time I pull one out to colour in and they will never get old either, they’re stamps that I come back to again and again.  I haven’t used them a great deal this year though, so yesterday, late in the afternoon, I pulled out a couple of clear sets, stamped a few images and started to colour them in.  This is how the first one turned out.

I have a new laptop and it’s Windows 8.1, the new Photo Editor sw that comes with Office seems to be over-saturating some of my photos.  I’m sure it’s just because all of the settings have changed and I have to find my level again.  These are all what the auto adjust did to the pics.  Do you think they look over-saturated or do you think they look OK?  I know everyone’s monitors are different so you may all see different things anyway!

So, on to the card. The little hedgie is from the clear set The Wonder and I coloured him with Prisma pencils and a little Crystal and Yellow Stickles.  The star also has Glossy Accents on it, after the Stickles dried.  It was cut out with a Go Kreate die and edged with Antique Linen Distress Ink whilst it was still in the die.

The papers are all from Memory Box, the little strips were scraps and they were all edged with Walnut Stain DI.  The tree dies are Marianne and they were also edged with Walnut Stain ink as well as being stamped with an Inkadinkado script stamp and Antique Linen ink.  The Snowflake Corner die and the brand new Joy script die are both Memory Box, and the little Poinsettia die is from Memory Box’s sister company, Poppy Stamps.  I used vellum and spotty paper to cut it out and added a little gold gem.

The LO is based on the current sketch at Friday Sketch Challenge.

Card Recipe:

  • Card:Kraft Blank from Michaels, cut down slightly ~ GinaK Pure Luxury White
  • DP: Memory Box ~ Papermania (red spotty and red vellum)
  • Stamps: Penny Black The Wonder clear set ~ Inkadinkado Script
  • Ink: ColorBox Wicked Black ~ Distress Ink Walnut Stain and Antique Linen
  • Embellies: Yellow and Crystal Stickles ~ Glossy Accents ~ Gold Gem ~ Prisma Pencils
  • Tools: Go Kreate Die ~ Marianne Tree Die ~ Memory Box Snowflake Corner and Joy Script Dies ~ Poppy Stamps Small Blooming Poinsettia Die



Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Challenge ~ Getting Ready For Christmas (Collecting The Tree)

Crafty Hazel’s Christmas Extra Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Crafty Hazel’s Patterned Paper  Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Friday Sketch Challenge ~ Current Sketch

Sister Act Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long ~ Anything Goes

Pixies Snippets Playground ~ Use Up Your Scraps (Memory Box scraps, red, kraft and green card scraps)

Addicted To Stamps And More ~ Make Your Mark

Weekly Christmas Card Challenges ~ Photo Inspiration

Bunny Zoe’s November Challenge  ~ Snow