Mar 18, 2019

Midmonth at Penny Black and More Challenge

Today we're sharing our midmonth creation at the Penny Black and More challenge blog, reminding you that there is still a little time to join us! Our theme is "Going Round in Circles". As usual, we have some wonderful prizes again and I hope you had a chance to join us, but if not there are still a couple of weeks left to play along! And remember you may enter up to 3 times for more chances to win!


I thought this cute stamp set was perfect to use for our "circles" challenge! The chicks are all from the Penny Black set "Chick to Chick", it's an older set but I found it HERE on Amazon and it ships free with a $25 order. I am still having fun with my  Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils and using the layering and burnishing technique. A few weeks ago I had asked on Instagram comparing two images (a pencil colored one and a copic colored one) and most people preferred the pencil coloring. So I am continuing working with pencils and learning color combinations etc. I know I could just use mineral spirits or baby oil, but I prefer the layering technique more, even though it takes longer to complete.

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These chicks have all been fussy cut using my Cutterbee scissors. Some  Wink of Stella glitter was brushed over the flowers.
The striped paper is an old one (but favorite) from Stampin up. I've been hoarding it long enough and it was perfect for this spring card. Sentiment is an old wood mounted one by Penny Black, stamped with Versafine Claire Nocturne ink. I tied some striped twine around the card to finish it off. Card base is Stampin Up's kraft card stock.

 Penny Black Chick to Chick // Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils // Bristol Vellum Paper // Versafine Claire Nocturne // Similar Twine // Prima Flowers //  Wink of Stella Glitter



I'm sharing with these challenges:
 Mod Squad Challenge - Layered Looks // Moving along with the Times - Bugs (stamp includes a little lady bug) // Challenge Up Your Life - Winter Goodbye // Crafty Calendar - For a Child // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes // Send a Smile for Kids - For Kids // Addicted to Stamps - Spring // A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes // Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters // A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party - Color it in // A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes // Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything Goes // Craft-Dee BowZ - Bows // Crafty Animals - Animals // Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Pattern Papers // Creatalicious Challenges  - Anything Goes // Createful Heart Digis & Design Challenges - Springtime // Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - Spring Fever // Daisy Chain Challenges  - Spring is in the Air// LeAnn’s World 10 - Anything Goes // Make My Monday - Going Round in Circles
Lost Coast Designs - Round and Round



Thank you so much for visiting! Hope to see you over at the Penny Black and More challenge blog. We have some wonderful prize to give away from Penny Black and Lost Coast Designs!


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Mar 16, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 511: Favorite Stamp or Die

Hello and welcome! It's time for another theme at Allsorts challenge, Kath is our host this week and picked the theme of "Use your favorite stamp or die". This should be an easy one I think, although for me I can't say I can ever decide on a definite favorite. Love so many of my stamps and I just cannot choose. Now if I were to be asked to pick a favorite stamp company, there would be no question to that as it's been Penny Black stamps for a long time and still is.
So digging through my Penny Black stamps I decided on this beauty called Botanical Notes. I don't think this stamp needs much more than some coloring and a sentiment to make a pretty card. Maybe even no coloring needed ... just stamp over an inked background and it would already make a beautiful card!


The sentiment is also one of my favorites  from the Penny Black stamp set "Snippets", I love using it with butterfly stamps. As you can see I stamped it onto a piece of torn vellum paper using jet black Stazon ink which is a must for stamping on vellum (heat embossing would be another opion).



The image  Botanical Notes has been stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink using my Tonic stamp platform on Bristol Vellum card stock. Then colored using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I inked up the edge with Mustard Seed and Antique Linen distress inks and added some gold cord as an embellishment.




I stamped the butterfly a second time, colored and fussy cut and attached it to the card with a glue dot in the center then bent up the wings for a 3D effect. Some diamond stickles glitter was applied to the flower center and wink of stella brushed over the butterfly.


I am also sharing with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Feminine // Fab 'n' Funky - Butterfly // Moving along with the Times - Bugs // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes // Addicted to Stamps - Spring // Crafty Catz - Spring // Craft Rocket Challenges - Flowers // Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes // Imagine That Creative Playground  - Anything Goes // Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog - Flowers // Moo-Mania & More - Close to Nature // Sweet Stampers - Spring


Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to see you over at the Allsorts challenge blog. We're giving away two cute clear stamp sets this week to one lucky winner!

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Mar 13, 2019

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - March Challenge Reminder

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing another card I made for my Crafty Wednesday Challenge here in my blog where the themes are:

 "Think Spring" or "Add Some Green"
(or a comination of the two!) 

If you are here to join in, the linky tool can be found at the end of this post. 

Last Saturday it's been raining all day long, and I decided to get out some of my Lavinia stamps. I really wanted to make a canvas print inspired by Brenda's beautiful Allsorts challenge creation, but that didn't turn out as I had planned, so I made this instead using Bristol Vellum as a base.

All stamps I used on this creation are from Lavinia Stamps
All colored inks are Distress Inks or Distress Oxides.
Black ink is Versafine Clair Nocturne. 




I did some masking and inking here using distress inks and oxides. For the sky I used Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves and Blueprint Sketch distress inks/oxides (in that order). The grass area was done with Bundled Sage distress oxide. All background stamping was done with Iced Spruce distress oxide. The black silhouettes were stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. I don't really like how the distress oxide ink shows through the Versafine clair ink, may need to try stamping the silhouettes with black distress oxide ink, but I don't have that ink pad yet .... Heat embossing really only works if I stamp the fairy first but somehow I always start these card with the background because I don't usually know where I want the silhouettes until the background is done. Any advise is always welcome!!

I  have edited my post to add: some of you may have already seen this, but if not - Scrapbook.com is offering THIS FREE STAMP SET to anyone using coupon code FREE3762 at checkout. This will take the $10.00 price to $0.00. Promo shipping of $2.24 does apply, this is within the US, I am not sure what the promo shipping cost would be outside the US. (Be sure to click on "change shipping" at checkout to select the Promo shipping.) This offer is still valid today 3/13 but I have no idea when it ends. (I just ordered mine!) This is what the set looks like:

Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set - Handmade Essentials



I am also entering my card with these challenges:
Make My Monday - Somehting New - I used new to me stamps // Simon Says Stamp Monday - Girly/Feminine // Catch The Bug - Make a Scene // The Fairy and The Unicorn - something Magical // Mix It Up Challenge - Inked Backgrounds // Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Make it Girly
Anything Goes Themes:
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges // Lemon Shortbread // Through The Craft Room Door // Artistic Inspirations // Crafting from the Heart // Get Creative Challenges  // Path of Positivity // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends // Crafter's Castle // The Corrosive Challenges
Crafting-With-Friends // QKR Stampede




If you would like to join in this month's Crafty Wednesday challenge, or if you'd like to enter a 2nd or 3rd creation, simply use the linky tool below. As a reminder, this month's prize is a $6 gift certificate to Tiddly Inks or Bugaboo (winner's choice), sponsored by me.




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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Mar 9, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 510: For a Child

Hello and Welcome! It's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. This week we want to see creations made "For  a Child", picked by Wendy. My cute Penny Black stamps come in so handy for kids cards. The stamp I used today is an older one called "Balloon Madness".
Penny Black Balloon Madness Stamp  (no longer available) 


This cute stamp is unfortunately no longer in production, but if you are lucky you might find it on ebay or etsy. I stamped the image using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink on Winsor & Newton Watercolor paper. Coloring was done with my Zig clean Color markers and a Zig Detailer Brush. A clear glitter brush (Wink of Stella) was used on the balloons to make them sparkle. I originally wanted to use crystal glaze, but couldn't find my bottle since I moved everything around a few months ago. The sparkles look really  nice though!

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The sentiments on the top are from the set Sweet Wishes which I think is so perfect for children's cards, and the small "happy birthday" sentiment is from the Penny Black set Snippets. I used the Penny Black die set Pinwheel (which was a gift from our team leader from few years ago, thank you again, Brenda) to cut out one of the sentiments which was stamped on white card stock, then inked the edges with Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink. The butterflies were done with a Martha Stewart butterfly trio punch which I've had forever and sadly it's now only working with pattern paper and I can no longer punch out from card stock. But I do have lots of scraps and I like the polka dotted butterflies, so it worked out well. Tiny pearls were added to the butterflies bodies. The striped cardstock is also from my paperscraps. The white twine I used is from Stampin Up.



I went with pretty and bright colors perfect for a girl, flesh color and pale pink for the skin with some light pink for the cheeks, gray for the body. Balloons were colored with light blue, light pink, yellow and bright yellow and the grass was done with light green. All colors besides the light blue were part of the set of 36 Zig Clean Color markers, which is really all you need, as these colors do dilute and mix well and I could have achieved the light blue balloon color by using a diluted cobalt blue from the set of 36 marker. 




Challenges I am joining in with this card: 
First up Hero Arts is celebrating National Craft Month and are hosting a challenge every week. This week it's "Build your birthday card stash". 
Little Red Wagon - Animals // Simon Says Wednesday  - Create a Scene // Alphabet Challenge - Yarn, String or Twine // Crafty Calendar - For a Child // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Penny Black stamps and CAS  // Send a Smile for Kids - For Kids // Colour Crazy Challenge - Something Colored // Crafty Catz - Best Friends // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters //  A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party - Color it in //  Crafty Animals  - Animals // Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper  - Pattern Papers // Creatalicious Challenges - CAS // Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - Spring Fever // Daisy Chain Challenges - Spring is in the Air // Die Cut Divas - Use a Die Cut // Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor // Happy Little Stampers - Dies // Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Make it Girly // Sparkles Forum Challenges - Animals // Tinker- Dream - Die Cut // Fab 'n' Funky - Spring Colors // House That Stamps Built  - Easter or Spring // Paper Shelter Challenge - Spring // The Crafty Addicts - Embellishments // Path of Positivity - Friendship

And there are lots of "Anything Goes" Themes so I am linking up here too:


Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend! Maybe you'll find some time to join us at Allsorts challenge for a chance to win a wonderful prize! Would love to see you over at the challenge blog :-)

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Mar 6, 2019

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - March Challenge

Hello and Welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge!

It's a new month, that means time for a new theme and I hope you will join in this time!
It was great seeing so many of you playing along last month, seems like the "double theme" was popular and I might continue with two theme choices for a little while. After all, the challenges do run for a whole month so two themes to pick from would be nice! Be sure to scroll down to see if you were last month's prize winner or a top choice. And as always, the linky tool can be found at the end of this post.


This month's themes:

Think Spring or Add Some Green
(of course you may combine the two themes like I did!)





The image from the Penny Black set Sweet Smiles was stamped onto Bristol Vellum paper and I colored using my Faber Castell Polychromos. I trimmed the image panel to an about 3" square and layered over striped vellum paper from my stash. I did find the exact pack I have in an etsy shop, but the seller is located in Malaysia, so shipping might not be fast. Mine was a gift from a neighbor who was visiting Japan several years ago. The butterflies were done with Penny Black's Flowing Butterfly die, which is really 3 butterflies attached to each other but I cut it out twice and trimmed off the smaller one to use on my card. They were cut out of white card stock and I used distress oxide inks Tumbled Glass  and Blueprint Sketch to give them some color. Stickyback pearls were attached to their bodies. 
If you look really closely, then you will see that I used a scoring tool to add 5 scor lines behind the image panel for some interest. I used Martha Stewart Scoring Board.

The sentiment is part of the cute set, it's been stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink directly onto the Neenah heavy weight card base.


Challenges I am entering:
AAA - Sentiment plus 3 from wheel (I picked stamped image, coloring and a die cut)
Back to Basics - tic tac toe (Pearls, Flowers, Blue)

PINK
PEARLS
LACE
TAG
FLOWERS
CHARM
TWINE
BLUE
BUTTONS


CAS on Friday - Use Vellum (the striped paper is vellum paper with stripes.)
Crafty Calendar - For a Child
Crafty Friends Challenge - Gemstones or Pearls
Inkspirational - Use Your Stash 
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes with PB/ option of CAS
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything for Kids
Ike's World - CAS
Crafty Cardmakers - Flowers

Anything Goes Themes:




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March Prize:

This month the winner gets the choice of a $6 Gift Certificate to either Tiddly Inks or Bugaboo Stamps, sponsored by me. The gift certificate will be purchased after winner has been selected and contacted me with the choice, then gift code will be emailed to the winner.


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February Winner and Top Picks


Nancy E.


Congratulations, Nancy! You are the February prize winner - please email me with your mailing address at ellibellescorner at gmail dot com by Wednesday March 19th.

Top picks are listed in the order of entry, and it was really hard to choose from so many wonderful creations!
 Due to GDPR regulations I am unfortunately unable to post links to the top picks and winner, and don't feel it's right for me to post other crafter's cards on my blog without properly linking to the original source, but their beautiful creations can still be seen at the February challenge linky tool. 

No. 17 - Sheryl Hare
No. 41 - Astrid
No. 55 - Treebug

Congratulations on being my top picks! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post it to your own blogs if you like to!




The linky tool for the March challenge is below. As always feel free to combine with as many challenges as you like to, and you may share up to 3 creations per challenge.

Challenge themes: 
Think Spring or Add Some Green

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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Mar 4, 2019

Cowboy Adventures and New Hero Arts March Kit Release

Hello and happy Monday! I don't usually have three days of posts in a row, but last Friday I had some extra time and decided to make a card with the other stamp set I ordered from Hero Arts. Also, today Hero Arts is releasing their new monthly kit and you can see what it looks like at the end of this post.

I ordered this set (Cowboy Adventure) because I thought it would be great for masculine cards, and I really don't have many masculine stamps, although I do have a couple older single cowboy stamps, and this set is great for stamping scenes which I really want to get better at.

Distress Inks & Oxide: 




I started out by covering the bottom 3rd of my card stockwith a post-it note, then using distress inks/oxides I inked up the rest of the card, starting with  Anique Linen ink, then Victorian Velvet ink. Next I started at the other end with Faded Jeans ink and following with Seedless Preserves ink until it met with the Victorian Velvet ink. I added more of the same colors over each color to blend. Next I removed the post it note and added Bundled Sage Oxide in to the bottom portion and used a torn post it note for some masking with more  bundled sage ink and an ink applicator tool. I decided everything was a little too bright, so I went over the whole card with Vintage Photo   distress ink and a blending tool, to deepen the colors. Next I stamped the plants, cowboy and dog and the horizontal line that is part of the set. The small dots you can see on parts of the image panel were done with Stampin Up's retired set Itty Bitty Backgrounds (can most likely be found on ebay). Sentiment is part of the set, stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink onto white card stock. I added some hemp twine and brad and layered the inked panel onto some pattern paper from my scraps.

The stamp set is also available as a combo with matching dies - Cowboy Adventures and Die Set, but I got the set without the dies.

Challenges I am sharing with:
The Male Room - Masculine
Make My Monday - something new (stamp set is brand new to me)
Alphabet Challenge - Twine
Brown Sugar - Transportation
Addicted to Stamps - Anything But a Square
Di's Digis Designs - Include an Animal
Crafteezee - Vintage
Crafty Animals - Animals
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Pattern Papers
Mix It Up Challenge - Inked Backgrounds
Sparkles Forum Challenges - Animals
Crafting By Designs - Silhouettes

Anything Goes themes:
Simon Says Wednesday // Dare 2B Artzy Challenges // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends // The Corrosive Challenges // We Love 2 Create // A Gem of a Challenge // Catch The Bug // A Bit More Time to Craft // A Perfect Time To Craft // Crafts Galore Encore // Creatalicious Challenges // Happy Craft Challenge // Love to Craft // Not Just Cards // The Creative Crafters // Crafting-With-Friends // Creative Fingers // Crafting With An Attitude // Crafty Creations // Creative Moments // The Crafty Addicts // Word Art Wednesdays 

As I mentioned above, today Hero Arts is also releasing their March My Monthly Hero kit. I am a kit subscriber so my kit will be shipped automatically, but it can now also be ordered from the Hero Arts site.

Here is what this month's kit looks like:


The large aquarium die looks like so much fun! I might actually try making a shaker card with it (I've only made a couple of those, many many years ago following a technique challenge on splitcoast when I filled it with chunky glitter and the other one with sand.


You can purchase a kit here if you are interested. And remember, Hero Arts does ship free within the United States with a $50 or more order.
Some wonderful Add-ons  have been released as well, you can actually purchase all Add-ons (not including the kit) in a set at a reduced price of $215.00. (Not in my budget unfortunately!) But of course they can also be purchased separately here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Hope it's a great one. Super cold and windy here today but at least there is plenty of sunshine!


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Mar 3, 2019

Penny Black and More - March Challenge

It's the first Sunday of the month and it is time for our March theme at Penny Black and More challenge! Our fun theme this month is "Going Round in Circles". Hope you can join us! You do have all month long to play along and remember you may enter up to 3 projects for more chances to win! 


Can you spot my circles?? I hope so, maybe I should have inked them up a bit. I wanted to do the spotlight technique for this card, and chose the stamp set "Sunny Wishes" by Penny Black along with a sentiment from the Penny Black set " Snippets". 



I stamped the image twice, the second time I used a couple of small circle dies to cut out parts of the image where I would add color. I didn't want to leave the rest of the image completely uncolored so decided to add some brown tones. I wish it was more of a lighter brown (or light sepia tone), but as I am teaching myself color combinations with my Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils, it turned out too dark. But I thought it was still nice, and it takes a long time to color, so there was no way I was going to throw away the card. 

I used Versafine Clair Nocturn ink to stamp both the image and sentiment. The strip paper strip is from my scraps and the brown card base is by Stampin Up. I embellished with natural jute twine by May Arts and a sticky pearl. Some Wink of Stella clear glitter was brushed over the spotlighted blossoms and butterflies.


Penny Black Sunny Wishes // Penny Black Snippets // Versafine Clair Nocturn Ink // Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils // Tonic Stamp Platform // May Arts Natural Jute Twine //
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush



I am also joining these challenges:
Paper Minutes - Spring 
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes
TIME OUT Challenges - Unique (I hope my card qualifies for this theme as it's not a technique I use often)
Alphabet Challenge - Y for Yarn, String or Twine (week1)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes with Penny Black
Inkspirational  - Use Your Stash
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes w/option of glitter
AAA - sentiment plus 3 from wheel below (I picked stamped image, colored pencils and circle die cuts).


Thanks so much for visiting and I hope to see your entry over at the challenge blog. This month we have prizes by Penny Black from their New Release and also a prize by Lost Coast Design, so plenty of reasons to play along!





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