Shades Of Grey (….And Black, White And Red!)

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I’ve got some really exciting news to share…a new collection of adorable images is being released today over at Kitty Bee Designs!! ¬†And to celebrate we’re having a blog hop! ¬†If you’ve been following the hop, you will have arrived here from Theresa’s blog (The Scrapbooking Queen)¬†– if you’ve stumbled upon it by accident, the full list is below. ¬†Now I know you’ll want to make sure you get along to each and every team member’s posts to leave a comment as one lucky person will win a digi of their choice from the new release…. I’ll point you in the right direction in a moment!

There are 12 new digis in the release; my card for this hop features Heart Strings Raccoon – between you and me, I’ll confess that he tugged at my heart strings as soon as I laid eyes on him!! ¬†As I’m sure you’ll know, raccoons are black, grey and white, so I chose to keep to a very monochrome colour scheme for the whole card, just accenting with red hearts!

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The image was coloured with Pro-Markers, mainly keping to the Cool Greys. ¬†The hearts were coloured in Carmine, Berry Red and Ruby, with Sakura Jelly Roll for the highlights and Glossy Accents to give them a lovely sheen. ¬†The papers are from the Dovecraft Back To Basics Monochrome stack – I’ve had my eye on this paper stack for a while (along with the ribbons and polka dot buttons!), so I took full advantage of my monochrome plan!

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Along the edges of the two banners strips, you can see some silver stitching – after seeing Mirella’s amazing hand stitched borders, I was inspired to give it a go! ¬†In the past, my stitching has always been a bit (read: a lot!) shaky, so this time I pierced the holes in the paper first, to give myself a pattern to follow, and then filled in the stitches with some metallic embroidery thread that I usually use for hanging decorations on my Christmas tree! ¬†Have to admit, I’m pretty pleased with it! ¬†The stitches are relatively straight, neat and even – although I won’t be offering to let anyone look at the reverse side, as it’s a totally different story!

I based this card around the current sketch over at From The Heart Sketches, as it was too sweet a chance to pass up!fhs Sketch051

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve read enough here! Please don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to be in with a chance to win an adorable new digi! And then carry on your journey, your next stop is Niki – Stampn’HI! ¬†I’ve popped the full list here too, just in case you’ve missed anyone:

Kitty Bee Designs Blog

Shirl – Creations by Shirl

Larissa – Muffins and Lace

Katie – Katie’s Crafts

Leanne – Finding My Groove

Taniaj – ManxMade

Julie – I Made A Card

kel – Scraps & photoGRAFFS

Theresa – The Scrapbooking Queen

Victoria – Very Belle Makes

Niki – Stampn’HI

Zella – Joyful Expressions

Kitty Bee Designs Blog

Hope you love the new collection as much as we do!  Make sure you take a look at all the adorable stamps just waiting for you over at Kitty Bee!

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

From The Heart Stamps – Sketch 51 (see above)

Penny’s Paper Crafty – Spots and Dots

Inky Impressions – Monochrome

I Love Promarkers – Love Is In The Air

Just Hanna Stamps – Hearts

MilkCoffee – Valentines

Cute Card Thursday¬†– Something New (I’ve used a new stamp and tried a new technique: hand stitching)

Fantastic Tuesdays – Sweet or Cute

Craft Your Passion – Spots and Stripes

Digi Galore Stamps – Monochrome

Pile It On – Animal

Challenges and Candies – Monochrome

Bunny Zoe’s Craft – Stitching

Thanks for stopping by x

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Welcome Little One…

You may recall I made a pink baby card recently, playing the odds that my friend’s imminent arrival would be a girl? ¬†Well, as you can probably guess, today I’m sharing a blue baby card!! ¬†That’s right, the little one has made a slightly tardy arrival, and is definitely a little boy!!

I decided not to remake the same card in blue, opting instead to make this card:

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I am a huge fan of script style fonts, and this is my current favourite, mainly because the letters weld together beautifully and the Silhouette cuts it effortlessly! ¬†Despite having re-organised my paper storage (more on that another day!), I couldn’t find any baby blue card, so I’ve chosen a lovely textured aqua, which I think is a Bazzill cardstock. ¬†I cut the words and the negative heart using the Silhouette, then mounted a linen textured cardstock behind and glued the wording in place. ¬†The base layer is a shimmery aqua cardstock (Bazzill again, I think), which I ran through the Darice chevron embossing folder for a little more obvious texture. ¬†Finally, a little heart button, with metallic embroidery thread tied through to finish it.

baby boy flat

I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Dreamweaver Stencils – CAS

Paper Crafting Journey – Emboss That!

Handmade Harbour – Hearts and Flowers

Paper Pretties – Texture

Clear It Out – Blues (everything used to make the card was from my stash!)

Try It On Tuesday – Celebrations

Unstampabelles – New Beginnings

Creative Creations Challenge – Less Is More

As You Like It – Showcase and Explain Your Favourite Style: My favourite style is Clean and Simple. ¬†I’m not a big fan of flower arrangements on cards and I tend to keep my embellishments to a minimum, maybe a button or two, some ribbon or twine. ¬†I would much rather see a sentiment or a simple image as the main focus, with areas of space on a card and I prefer a very simple colour scheme!

Thanks for reading x