Color Throw down – #474

Three challenges in one day…a miracle for me!  See previous post for the card I created HERE.

Entering the Color Throw Down challenge with this card.

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Used Concord & 9th Bits and Pieces Stamp set.  These stamps are leaves but the shape works perfectly for hearts.  Stamped with Altenew Warm Greys mini cube set and die cut with matching die for the popped up elements.  I wanted to add something to the background so in this same set is a stripe which I stamped in the same warm greys.  Added the black by stamping the three berries stamp from the Concord & 9th Magnolia Wreath set.  I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in Grey Mist to these.

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The sentiment is the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy.  Loved how I could add the black into the card without it being overwhelming.  That happy makes me happy!



This is the inspiration photo from the challenge and I’ve used the colours plus the branch effect. Super happy how this turned out.





Handmade by Pip



Challenge #16 – Anything goes

This month’s Challenge for Concord & 9th is “Anything goes”.



Here is my card for this challenge.  A Christmas Card using different layers of the Concord & 9th Magnolia Wreath Stamp Set and matching die.  I decided to use different paper products to differentiate the layers.

Top layer: Stamped on card with Altenew Ink and then a bit of Wink of Stella sparkle.  I also cut this die cut into smaller parts to enable better positioning.

Second Layer: Stamped on Vellum with Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink

Third Layer: Plain die cut cardstock

Bottom Layer: Stamped on base card.

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I used the “Joy” die from Taylored Expressions and triple embossed it with ZingMetallic Embossing Powder.  The sentiment is from the same set and simply stamped in Altenew Ink.  Fininshed off with a few Nuvo Crystal Drops in White (I may have gone a bit overboard on these!).

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Thanks for stopping by.

Handmade by Pip

Other Supplies not mentioned above

Cardstock:  Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser,
My Favorite Things White Cardstock, My Favorite Things Vellum

Other: Ozito Heat Gun, Big Shot Diecutting Machine, MISTI Stamping tool




Have you heard the Buzz? This is my entry for the current Color Throwdown #ctd456.  A new stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Busy Bees’ with the matching sentiment set ‘Bee-You-Tiful’. Heard the Buzz-1swatch456

I started with stamping the background with the Concord & 9th ‘Stripe Builder’ and Altenew Crisp Dye Inks and practised my plaid background designs.  I then simply stamped the images I wanted to use, coloured them with copics and  cut them out with my Brother Scan n Cut.  I popped the images up with various heights of foam adhesives to add extra dimension.

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The extra little dotted flying lines and a few mini jewels in the centre of the flowers finish it off.

Handmade by Pip


Stamps: Concord & 9th, Honey Bee Stamps

Colouring: Copics

Inks:  Altenew Crisp Dye Ink

Cardstock:  Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser, Fabriano Illustration 250gsm





Pink, Green & White…

I’ve had a really busy last week and haven’t done much cardmaking so decided to use a card challenge to kickstart myself again!


I wanted to use some of my Memory Box floral dies and this colour scheme screams flowers. The Memory Box dies are great because you can use the outline alone, the outline and internal shapes together or just the internal shapes.

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I first swiped Ranger Distress Inks in ‘Spun Sugar’ and ‘Picked Raspberry’ over card stock so I could die cut the flowers out.  I decided not to use the stem portion of the die and simply cut that off.  The dots in the centres of the flowers are Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Apple Green’.  The sentiment, from the My Favorite Things ‘Label Love’ is stamped in Altenew Crisp Dye Ink ‘Parrot’.

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I decided to make a couple more cards with the same colour scheme but a different die from Memory Box – ‘Budding Peony’ and using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse ‘Citrus Green’, ‘Peony Pink’ and ‘Pink Flambe’ instead of Distress Inks, to add a bit of shimmer.

The sentiments are from Paper Smooches and Altenew and I decided to play with the placement a bit as I had seen a fabulous card by May Park of Mayholic Design using the sentiment as the stem.

Hope you enjoy them.

Handmade by Pip


Stamps: Altenew, Paper Smooches

Dies: Memory Box

Inks:  Ranger Distress Ink, Altenew

Other Multi Media: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Cardstock: Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser



New Cards for Sale – 3 July 2017

Hi All

A new series of cards available for sale or for custom order.

If you wish to purchase any of these cards go to My Cards for Sale page on this blog.


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Stamping Bella Beauties

I’m really loving the Stamping Bella images from the Danielle Donaldson collection.  They are so lovely to colour and I’ve matched them with some Unity Stamp Company sentiments.

All the images are coloured with Derwent Inktense Pencils on Fabriano Artistico EW watercolour paper.  I used Clarity Stencil Brushes and Altenew Crisp Dye Inks to blend the backgrounds over Kaisercraft and Faber Castell stencils.  I selected each stencil by matching an element of  the image and using complementary colours.

I wanted to add a few extra details to the images so on two of them I added white gel pen dots.

This one I  added Wink of Stella shimmer pen and a touch of matching gel pen to the bow.

Finally I used my Brother Scan n Cut to fussy cut each image and used adhesive foam (tape and squares) to create some dimension.

Such fun…more to come.


Handmade by Pip


Stamps: Stamping Bella

Colouring: Derwent Inktense Pencils

Stencil: Kaisercraft, Faber Castell

Inks:      Altenew Crisp Dye Ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black

Cardstock:  Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser, Fabriano Artistico EW 300gsm, Strathmore Bristol

Other: MISTI Stamping Tool, Foam Adhesive, ATG Gun, Brother Scan n Cut




Party like a….giraffe

I’m loving my Katzelkraft stamps at the moment  and wanted to use the giraffe from the ‘Les Jungles’ set in a safari scene.  I had recently made a card with the Altenew ‘Lotus’ layering stamps and dies and realised that one of the lotus solid stamps turned upside down looks like a tree…perfect for what I wanted to achieve with the look of this card.

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I first stamped the giraffe then cut a mask to cover it so I could stamp the background images.  I used a couple of Altenew stamp sets – the ‘Lotus’ Stamp and ‘Birch Land’.  I used ‘Birch Land’ for the branches and the leaves using second generation stamping and different shades of green ink.  While I still had the mask on I used the My Favorite Things ‘Cloud’ stencil for the sky.

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I then removed the mask from the giraffe and coloured it simply with Inktense pencils.  The sentiment was from the WPlus9 ‘Party Animal’ stamp set.  The card front was popped up with craft foam and I added a green strip of washi tape.  Once I finished these steps I felt like there was something missing and decided to add three hand drawn birds to the sky with the Zig Cartoonist Mangaka 05 pen (The water-based pigment ink in this pen is also smudge-proof with watercolours and alcohol-based markers once dry).

I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by.


Handmade by Pip


Stamps: Katzelkraft, Altenew, WPlus 9

Colouring: Inktense Pencils

Stencil:  My Favorite Things

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Altenew Crisp Dye Ink

Other Mixed Media: Washi tape

Cardstock:  Base Cardstock – Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser

Other: MISTI Stamping Tool, ATG Gun



Yeah…You’re so Tweet

So…I happened to be out shopping at Spotlight for craft supplies the other day…no surprises there!  I saw a lovely 6×6 paper stack by DCWV called The Glitter Basics Stack which was on sale so of course I had to have it and I knew the small scale patterns would be perfect with the Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies.


I started by diecutting the letters and built them up with extra letters cut out of black cardstock and adhered together. The background is stamped in Versamark  with the My Favorite Things ‘Garden Florish’ background stamp to give a slightly darker colour than the cardstock colour.

I then used the My Favorite Things ‘All Heart’  stamp set for the sentiment and birds.   The bird image is coloured with Inktense pencils and then diecut with the matching dies.


Once it was all put together I added  Wink of Stella glitter pen over the birds and ta-dah … it’s finished.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Handmade by Pip


Stamps: My Favorite Things, Altenew

Dies: Altenew

Colouring: Copics, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Gansai Tambi, Inktense Pencils, Prismacolor Pencils

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Other Mixed Media: Wink of Stella Clear

Cardstock:  Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser, My Favorite Things Cardstock ‘Orange Fizz’

Other: MISTI Stamping Tool, Double Sided Tape, ATG Gun


A bit of Cute Laundry

I’m sure we all love a baby card.  The sentiments in the My Favorite ThingsWelcome Baby’ are so much fun and mix so well with the Lawn FawnLittle Bundle’ images.   I wanted something simple and clean…(pun intended 🙂 ).  I thought by having a circle framed opening it would look like a front opening washing machine.

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All the images are copic coloured in neutral colours for a boy or girl.  I cut the grey frame with My Favorite Things DienamicsStitched Circle Frames‘ die 3 times and glued them together to create a raised element.  As I was originally going to make it a shaker card I adhered a piece of transparency over the back of the opening but when I put it together I felt that the images didn’t ‘shake’ well so I changed it to the images simply being adhered to the background.

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To add some texture to the card I used American Crafts textured cardstock (which I have a big stack of!!)  for the frame and behind the clothes.  I also popped up the cardfront with white craft foam and layered the clothes to give some extra dimension.  I then stamped the sentiment in Altenew Crisp dye ink in ‘Lagoon’.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good day.

Handmade by Pip

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things

Dies: My Favourite Things, Lawn Fawn

Inks: Altenew, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (used for copic colouring)

Colouring: Copics

Cardstock: Base Cardstock Advance A4 300gsm Long Grain Laser, American Crafts Textured Cardstock in Grey and White

Other: MISTI Stamping Tool