Dec 12, 2018

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - December Midmonth

We're almost half way through December (can you believe it!!!) and since it's a Wednesday I decided to share another card for this month's Crafty Wednesday Challenge here on my blog. If you are here to join in, you can find the linky tool at the end of this post, as I have moved it from the original December post.

As a reminder, the December theme at Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday is:

Snowflakes, Snowmen or a Winter Wonderland.





I had some "play time" with my new distress oxides and this is what I came up with. I've also made some other CAS cards which I will show within a week or two :-)




To make my card I first taped off the edges of my square card front using some washi tape. Next I stamped the snowflakes from the set Holiday Snippets by Penny Black using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. Next I inked up the background with Blueprint Sketch and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides and spritzed with water. The ink reacted to the water creating some interest on the background. By the way, as almost always, I used Bristol Vellum paper for my card front. I love how easy the inks are blending on this card stock, and it takes on watercolors well too, so it's my go-to paper for almost all techniques that don't require copic coloring. I do almost always end up heat embossing anything stamped in black ink because it stays wet longer and I don't want the ink to smear.  
Next I stamped one of the large sentiments from the Holiday Snippets set using the same colors of distress oxides, and finished off with the other large sentiment from this set, this time I stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder over it. Some sticky Rhinestones finish off the card. For my base I used Neenah linen textured card stock. The complete card measures approx. 4.45 inches square. 

As a reminder, this month I am giving away a gift certificate to Mo Manning's shop (sponsored by me). 



My card fits these challenges:
Double Trouble - Any Embossing or Snow/ Snowmen etc.
Incy Wincy Designs - Create Your Own Background
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Warm Winter Wishes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes 
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge - Snowflakes
Brown Sugar - Winter 
Pattie's Creations -   Winter/Christmas
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Winter/Christmas
AAA - 3 of Something (3 rhinestones - it's an inky card front but I kept it simple with minimal layers)
International Art & Soul - Add Some Sparkle 
Through The Craft Room Door- Anything Goes 
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
CuteNCrafty Challenge Blog -  Anthing Goes
Path of Positivity -  Anything Postive (Optional Theme: metallics
{Pin}spirational - Inspiration Challenge
To share your Snowflakes, Snowmen or a Winter Wonderland creation simply link up your project below. Remember you may use any brand of stamps and combine with as many challenges as you like to. I do ask that you include a link back to this blog in your blog post.


Please remember: this is a public blog, meaning any papercraft you link up or any comments left on this blog will be visible and clickable by third parties. The blog owner is not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without permission. 

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Dec 8, 2018

Allsorts 497: Christmas Flowers

Hello and Welcome!

It's Saturday again and that means a new theme has been posted to the Allsorts challenge blog. Mervi's turn to host and she picked the theme of Christmas Flowers. Once again we have a wonder prize to give away!

I was decluttering my craft room and came across this old Stampin Up wheel (anyone remember those?) and decided to use it for today's card.

I finally purchased a few Distress Oxide ink pads when Scrapbook.com had a sale a couple of weeks ago. They still have them at a great price if you are interested in single pads, otherwise Amazon has  great deals on sets of 12, including the newest set released a few months ago.


I created ink puddles on my craft mat with Abandoned Coral and Bundled Sage Oxides and patted the paper onto the puddles to create the background.
I've always had trouble getting the Stampin Up wheels to ink up  and roll properly, no different here and I am actually thinking about unmounting the few wheels I have so I can use them as traditional stamps.

I once again used the Christmas Story (Penny Black) background stamp and Bundled Sage distress oxide to add some words to the background. The single poinsettia was fussy cut from the same stamp wheel and I added Sticky Rhinestones to the flower center. Added a little bit of a border by wiping the ink pad directly along the edges, then mounted onto Stampin Up card stock. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set  Season's Gifts.


                                           Poinsettia Stamp Options   (I used Stampin Up's retired Stamp Wheel)



Also sharing my card here:
Incy Wincy Designs - Create Your Own Background
Simon Says Stamp Monday- B is for "Bling"
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge  - Anything Goes
Moving along with the Times- Anthing Christmas 
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes 
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - Winter Scenes, December Events, etc.
Pattie's Creations Winter/Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes  
Crafty CalendarIt's Christmas Time
Crafty Friends Challenge - Christmas 
Inkspirational - Anything Christmas Goes 


Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you'll find some time to join us this week!
Enjoy you weekend!!




Dec 5, 2018

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - December Challenge

Hello and Welcome to the December Crafty Wednesday Challenge here on my blog. It's time for a new theme and hope many of you will join in this time. There were some gorgeous entries last month, be sure to scroll down to see if you are the winner or one of the Top Picks!



This Month's Theme:



Snowflakes, Snowmen or a Winter Wonderland


So pretty much anything with Snow, and I can't wait to see what you come up with this time.


This was a really quick card to make. I simply heat embossed the snowman and sentiment both from the Penny Black Set  Let It Snow using Versafine Onyx ink and Clear Embossing Powder. Added a little bit of color with a Zig Clean Color marker (light blue, available in this set of 4) and a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush was used for some sparkles on the snowman (this is really hard to see). I stamped 3 snowflakes which is part of the set and added sticky back rhinestones to each of the snowflake's centers. Designer paper is from my stash, I think it's by Authentique. Silk Ribbon and a bow finish off this card.


Also playing along here:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes  or Winter/Christmas
Stamping Sensations - Winter Sparkle
Addicted to Stamps -  Christmas - non traditional colors
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges  Winter
Send a Smile for Kids - Winter Fun for Kids or Anything Goes for Kids
Sweet Stampin - Snowmen
AuroraWings Challenge -   Holiday Spirit
Double Trouble - Any Embossing or Snow/ Snowmen
Simon Says Stamp Monday - B is for Blue, Bling, Black and Bow 
Stinkin' Inkers - Winter Wonderland
4 Crafty Chicks -  Anything Goes
CAS on Friday  - Make a Christmas Card
Crafty Calendar It's Christmas Time
Crafty Friends Challenge - Christmas
Inkspirational - Anything Christmas Goes


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This month's Prize:

The prize for the month of December will be a $6.00 Gift Certificate to Mo  Manning's Digi Shop, sponsored by me. 



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Last Month's Winner and Top Picks:

It's time to announce the winner from last month's challenge. I use random.org for the prize winner who will receive a $6.00 Gift Certificate to the Tiddly Inks shop (sponsored by me). 

Joy Wilson!

Congratulations, you are the lucky prize winner! Please contact me by the end of the month at ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com to claim your prize.

It's never easy to select top picks, but I did manage and here they are listed in the order of entry:

No. 6 - Mary Marsh
No. 9 - Carol S.
No. 29 - Nancy Brown

Congratulations, ladies! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post it to your own blogs!


To be in compliance with GDPR regulations, I am not allowed to post links to the individual blogs, but you can see their gorgeous creations by visiting last month's Linky Tool.

To join in this month, please leave a direct link to your blog post using the linky tool below.
Remember to leave a link back to this blog in your blog post. And feel free to combine this with any other challenges!

Happy Stamping!!

Please remember: this is a public blog, meaning any papercraft you link up or any comments left on this blog will be visible and clickable by third parties. The blog owner is not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without permission. 



Dec 3, 2018

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - December Kit

Happy Monday!

 I have no new card to share today, but today is the release of the Hero Arts December My Monthly Hero Kit. Last month the kit has sold out within a day of release (I know, that's crazy!!) and so I decided to post a quick note about the release in case some of my blog readers are interested in purchasing it before it becomes unavailable.

  


Take a look at this beautiful kit!


Click HERE to get your kit, and don't forget orders totalling up at least $50 will get FREE SHIPPING (USA Only). Some really wonderful add-ons have been released as well! Hero Arts does ship internationally too, but shipping cost does apply.

As some of you know, I am a Kit Subcriber, meaning my kit will automatically be sent to me at release time withouth having to order it, and with the subscription I get free shipping too (even when I just get the kit at $34.99). I love the subscription service, but just so you know, if you subscribe now, your subscription would start with the January kit, and not with the current kit. So if this December  kit is a kit you really want to get, you will have to purchase it through the regular ordering in the shop.




Happy Stamping!!



Please note, affiliate links have been used. This means I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through my links, at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support! 
Also, I do not design for Hero Arts, all products featured on my blog are purchased at full prize (unless noted otherwise) and all opinions are my own.



Dec 2, 2018

Penny Black and More - December Challenge

Well, the first Sunday of December has arrived and that means our last challenge of 2018 for Penny Black and More is here. This month we would like to see

"Traditional Christmas Colors".

 This means we want to see Reds, Greens, Golds, Silver and White - a comination of any of these colors!




I decided to use the stamp Winter Pine, a favorite one but I haven't used it in a while. I thought it was the perfect stamp for traditional colors. I picked the distress marker Fired Brick for the bow and berries, and Zig markers deep green for the leaves, bright yellow and mustard (these two were mixed to create a golden tone) for the pine cones. My Stamp Platform was used for stamping both the sentiment and image using Versafine Onyx and I sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder to heat emboss. On the background I used the Penny Black background stamp Christmas Story and Antique Linen ink, but unfortunately the words don't show up well in the photo. They are much more visible in real life.





To add some sparkle to the image I went over the whole image using Hero Arts Irridescent watercolor medium that came with the My Monthly Hero October kit (still available here). The glitter is barely visible in the photo above, although very shimmery in real life, but the photo below shows too much shine, it's not really this much in real life, just the right amount of sparkle.



Not sure if you can tell, but I used the Penny Black background stamp Christmas Story to add some seasonal words to the background, using Antique Linen distress ink. Before adhering the layers to the card base, I used a distressing tool to distress the edges. A handy tool, but if you are careful you can also do this with scissors. The striped designer paper is from one of Stampin Up's retired Christmas paper packs. 






We have some great prizes this month again at Penny Black and More, and we would love for you to come join us! Remember, you may use any brand of stamps, just no digi stamps, and stamping must be the focal point of your creation. The only exception are Penny Black Stickeroos, but no digis and no dies as a focal point. 

Sharing my card with these challenges:
Hand Stamped Sentiments 

A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - Anything Goes
CAS-ual Fridays -Shades of Gold
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafting By Designs   - Christmas
Cute N' Crafty Christmas - Anything Christmas 
Simon Says Wednesday  - Anything Goes
Always Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Aurora Wings Challenge  -Holiday Spirit


Thanks so much for visiting! Please do check out the challenge blog for all the great prizes from our wonderful sponsors, and hope to see you joining in this month!



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Dec 1, 2018

Allsorts 496: Fairies, Fantasy and Magical

Hello and Welcome! Happy December :-)

It's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge and this week Brenda selected the theme of Fairies, Fantasy and Magical. We would love for you to come join us for a chance to win a super cute stamp!




So for today I decided to use a gorgeous PSX mermaid stamp, as most of you know, PSX is no longer in business, so this stamp is no longer available. This one by Hero Arts is similar.

I started out by heat embossing with Versafine Onyx ink and  Clear Embossing Powder, then colored with Zig Clean Color Markers. Next I used a light blue zig marker to add some color over the background, I used lots of water mixed with the color to make it very light. A pencil top eraser was used to create the "Bokeh" background, by simply inking up the eraser and stamping on the paper. I used one inked eraser twice before re-inking again, to get two different shades of blue. This was done with tumbled glass distress ink.





The pretty sentiment is one of Penny Black's wood mounted sentiments unfortunately I can't find a link to it anywhere (it's an older one and retired), also heat embossed. I decided to add the Penny Black Hearts (I have one die available for sale in my "For Sale" tab. Some diluted Zig Clean Color marker in Light Carmine (this color is available in this set of 4 markers) was added to the hearts to coordinate with the color of the star fish. Pearls and some Irridescent watercolor medium (which was part of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October kit) finishes off the card.


There is another way to do the bokeh technique, using different sizes of circle stencils and inking them with white craft ink. It was actually the technique I wanted to do, but then came across this one and thought I'd give it a try. 

Also linking up here:
Crafty Creations  Anything Goes 
Creative Moments  - Anything Goes
House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday  - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts  - Anything Goes/Optional Girly
Word Art Wednesdays Anything Goes 
4 Crafty Chicks - Weekly - Anything Goes
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge  - Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge  - Rubber or Digi (Rubber is easier for me to get creative with)
Crafty Sentiment Designs  -  Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door  -  Anything Goes 
Always Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
CuteNCrafty Challenge Blog -  Anything Goes
Path of Positivity - Anything Positive
Dragonfly Dreams -  Anything Goes 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges -  Anything Goes



PSX Mermaid - Retired, Similar Option // Penny Black Stamp Dreams - retired // Zig Clean Color Markers // Versafine Onyx // Clear Embossing Powder // Tumbled Glass Distress Ink // Penny Black Heart Die 


Thank you so much for visiting! Have great day and I will be back again tomorrow (Sunday) with my December Penny Black and More card. Hope you stop by again for a visit! 


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Nov 24, 2018

Allsort 495: Inspired By A Song

I am back today sharing my card for this week's Allsorts challenge and this time it's Helene's turn to host. She picked the fun theme of "Inspired by a Song". A great prize is up for grabs so hope you'll manage to join us this time.


My card is below, my first intent was to make a Christmas card but changed my mind when I came across the sentiment on my desk :-)  Can you guess what song it made me think of?

"I wanna dance with somebody" by Whitney Houston. 



I used my Tonic Stamp Platform to ensure a good impression of the pretty stamp Born to Dance by Visible Image, stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. I then used the Rays stencil by Tim Holtz and Broken China ink  to make it appear as if the spotlight is on the dancer. The Stars and Clock (you can see a glimpse of it on the top right) were also stencilled, this time using Spun Sugar  distress ink. After the stencilling was finished, I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black (see my "For Sale" tab at the top of my blog if you're interested in this stamp - I currently still have one available brand new) twice using broken china ink and inked the edges with versamark to add some more silver embossing. Isn't this quote perfect for the stamp? 




Scrapbook.com now carries many of the Visible Image brand stamps, and they are currently on sale. Plus, they are currently running their Black Friday Weekend Sale, so there are lots of great deals. You can see all current deals by clicking HERE or simply click on the banner below. 

Black Friday Weekend + 2 Freebies


So what song are you going to be inspired by? Would love to see you joining us this week at Allsorts, check out this fabulous prize package we're giving away to one lucky winner:



My card also fits these challenges:
Crafting-With-Friends - Anything Goes 
Creative Fingers  - Anything Goes
As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Rubber or Digi's (&why) (I have more freedom in creating and designing with rubber stamps)
Crafting With An Attitude  Always Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft  - Always Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ- Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
Happy Craft Challenge  - Anything Goes + option: Lace
Just Keep On Creating - Anything Goes
LeAnn’s World 101 -  Anything Goes
Love to Craft  - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative ChallengesAnything Goes with sparkle, glitter or flocking
Crafty Creations  - Always Anything Goes 
Mod Squad ChallengeStamp Around A Stamp 
The Crafty Addicts  Anything Goes/Optional Girly
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes




Thanks so much for visiting! Enjoy your weekend!! More snow in Sunday's forecast for us ......


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