All posts by Dennice Watts

Birthday Happy Mail Haul!

In today’s post I simply want to share with you some of the STUNNING creations I received on my birthday last week from some of my crafty friends. So please click on each photo to visit my friend’s blogs and IG accounts.

  • Hand-sketched watercoloured Quetzal, by Aenny (she’s not online, sorry!)

  • By Nicole:

  • By Snow:

  • By Tina:

  • By Ute:

  • By Yainea:

None of the pictures do these beautiful cards justice, but I hope that they will at least lead you to my talented friend’s sites, where you will no doubt find more crafty inspiration!

Guest Designing for Gerda Steiner Designs

Hello crafty friends! I’m over the moon to be guest designing for Gerda Steiner Designs today and I have a fun video for you in which I’ll be sharing the way I go about two fun techniques:

  1. sketching my own background scenes, and
  2. creating an easy-peasy Chibitronics light circuit.

To create my card project I used an adorable stamp set from their most recent release (Fall/Winter 2017) called “Little Christmas Reindeer“. The cute reindeer on it is absolutely darling, but it was one of the two little birds on the set that inspired this card design, since it reminded me of that short film by Pixar called “For the Birds” (do Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s hilarious!)

This interactive light-up card is also a great design if you’re only just starting with Chibitronics, since (as you can see in my process video), my circuit is easy-peasy to replicate!

So make yourself a cuppa of your favourite drink, sit back and start getting into the holiday season with this Christmas in September video tutorial. Until next time!

¡Feliz cumpleaños a mí! feat. dies in Spanish

Today is my birthday. That’s right, I’m a year wiser today and I love it! I love birthdays and I love celebrating my own one too. When I was little I would get SO excited in the days preceding my birthdays: my mum and I would plan my party, put together my guest list and so on. Such was the anticipation that I almost invariably would break down in tears on the actual day, halfway through the party, as all eyes were on me! Thankfully I’ve grown out of the habit of breaking down on my birthday and I’m celebrating with you all with this cute birthday card in Spanish, since I celebrated my birthday in Spanish until I moved abroad a few years back.

I didn’t actually create this card for myself. In fact, this is the third of the three cards I created with the repeat background panels I put together whilst creating my Design Team project for the last Bastel Traum Challenge. Feel free to click on the links in this sentence to check out the first and second cards.

I created this card by repeat-stamping a few of the little images included in the “Bear and Bird” stamp set by Waffle Flower Crafts with grey ink. I then covered my background panel with a piece of vellum cut out using the largest die in my “Lacy Layers 2 Die” set, also by Waffle Flower Crafts. I then stamped, coloured and fussy-cut the bear, bird and flower pot also included in that stamp set, and adhered them on to my card panel using some foam squares. The sentiment in Spanish is by Micaela Ferrero. I absolutely love the quality of her products in Spanish and recommend them to anybody out there in search of sentiments to stamp and die cut in Spanish (I recently raved about them in this other blog post entitled “Sentiments in Spanish, feat. Gerda Seiner Designs). And that’s just about it! I’ll tell you a bit more about how I celebrated my birthday and perhaps do a Happy Mail video in the upcoming days to show off all of my crafty friend’s lovely creations! Birthday hugs to you all and thanks for stopping by today.

My first #thedailymarker30day Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends! As many of you will know, the 8th edition of Kathy Racoosin’s colouring challenge starts today! I’m excited to be taking part in it for the very first time. As a mummy of two under 5’s, wife, friend and full-time professional, this is quite a commitment for me! So I hope I’ll be able to keep up. I’m pinning this post to the top of my blog during the month of September and I plan on sharing my daily coloured images with you here and on Instagram. Are you joining in too? Let me know! I’d love to see your colouring too…

 

If you’re curious about the cards I create using these images, click here to check them out!

 

Day 1 – Stamp by JM Creation (Colour Pencils)

Day 2 – “Summer Friends” stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh (Copic Markers)

Day 3 – “Boo Stamp Set” by Waffle Flower Crafts (Copic Markers)

Day 4 – “Magical Mermaids” and “Oceans of Joy” stamp sets by Sunny Studio Stamps (Copic Markers)

Day 5 – “Winter Friends” stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh (Copic Markers)

Days 6, 7 and 8 life got in the way!!!

Day 9 – “Zen Bouquet / Zen Flowers” Note Card by Honey Bee Stamps
(Colour pencils)

Day 10 – Stamp by Your Next Stamp (Colour Pencils)

Days 11 and 12 were too busy for crafting, but I was back for…

Day 13 – “Happy Snappy Crocs” and “Unbearable Without You” stamp sets
by Heffy Doodle Stamps (Colour Pencils)

Day 14 – “Get Well Gang” stamp set by W Plus 9 Design (Colour Pencils)

Day 15 – FINISHED “Zen Bouquet / Zen Flowers” Note Card by Honey Bee Stamps (Colour pencils) (See day 9 for the start of this project)

Day 16 – Argh! No time again…

Day 17 – “Little Christmas Reindeer” stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs

Days 18 and 19 – I made cards with some of my coloured images and didn’t manage to colour much more (sad face).

Day 20 – “Beary Happy Birthday” stamp set by My Favorite Things (Copic Markers)

Days 21, made a card with my coloured images. 

Day 22 – “Harvest Mouse” stamp set by My Favorite Things (Copic Markers)

Days 23 and 24 – Kids kept me busy all weekend and I helped them colour and get crafty instead of doing it myself.

Day 25 – Another cute little “Harvest Mouse”, stamp set by My Favorite Things (Copic Markers)

Days 25, 27 and 28 – Preparing for a work trip meant things were crazy. 

Day 29 – Sitting at the airport, colouring images from the “Love Ya Bunches” stamp set by Lawn Fawn (Copic Markers)

Day 30 – Sitting in my hotel room with a cold, colouring  images from the “Get Well Gang” stamp set by W Plus 9 Design (Colour Pencils)

 

If you’re curious about the cards I create using these images, click here to check them out!

 

Another Monster-ously masculine card

And why settle for one MONSTER-ously cute and masculine card when you can have two?! It just so happens that today is my boss’ birthday. He’s not only an outstanding manager, but he is also an amazing colleague who is greatly appreciated by all. And so it was that I couldn’t let his day go by without making him a birthday card.

I used the die-cut inlay technique to create the shadow below this little blue guy, which is similar to putting together a puzzle. I die cut the oval shape in the white card panel and discarded the positive piece. Then I die cut the same shape again from black card stock, this time discarding the negative piece. I then pieced my card panel and my black oval together like two pieces in a puzzle. It’s such a fun technique and the results are super in real life! I then added a few droplets with my liquid pearls and repeat stamped that sentiment on the right.

So there you have it, more inspiration for those masculine cards which can sometimes be so “puzzling” to create! Happy birthday, Tom. May the year ahead be full of reasons for you to celebrate!