Aug 15, 2018

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - Midmonth Reminder

Good morning! I found some time to get inky yesterday, so I am able to share another card for this month's "Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge" here on my blog. This month I selected the theme of 

"Feature a Creature",

 this can be any creature....animal, winged things, mythical creatures etc.

The background was done by simply inking an acrylic block using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, spritzed with water and then stamped on to Bristol Vellum paper. I let this dry then used Versafine Onyx Ink to stamp Song of Joy by Penny Black onto the background. I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color markers and a Detailer brush also by Zig. I used the colors Olive Green, Scarlett Red, Orange and Cobalt Blue for the image. Stardust Stickles glitter was applied to the berries and the star. The sentiment tags were cut out using Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches Die Set and the little sentiment are from Penny Black's set Holiday Snippets. I used some Gold Sparkle Twine to tie the little tags to the card, pop-up glue dots keep them in place.
The scarlett red is more orange-y than I like my berries to be, I might go over them with another Zig marker to make them a deeper shade of red....

I've included an Amazon product list for those of you interested - remember most items qualify for free shipping on orders  of $25 or more. 

Also sharing my card here:
Cards in Envy - Something New (the stamp is brand new to me)
C.R.A.F.T. -  Christmas
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes this time
Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes this week
Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - Anything Goes with PB Products
Sweet Stampin  - Christmas In August
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs  -  Animals
(sentiments used are a few years old, and although my main stamp is new to me, it's actually an older stamp as well, I am thinking at least 2 - 3 years old). I went with the bottom row - birds, twine and leaves. 

Just as a reminder, this month the prize for my challenge is a lot of 3 Christmas themed rubber stamps. 
To play along simply link your card following the theme of Feature a Creature. There are still a couple of weeks to join in if you  haven't already, and you may enter up to 3 times :)

Happy stamping and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Aug 11, 2018

Allsorts 480/481: From Boys to Men

Good morning! Happy Saturday! It's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge ... this week our theme is "From Boys to Men". We have a fabulous prize to give away by Marianne Design, so do come and play along for a chance to win. Remember, our challenges are still running for 2 weeks, do give everyone a little extra time to play along!

 Masculine cards are never easy for  me, but I had fun with this one creating this Western scene.

I am so not good with scenery type cards, but I love them and want to get better at it. I started out by tearing some printer paper to create masks. I kept the masks in place on my white card front with painters tape while inking. After the inking was complete I stamped the Cowboy Silhouette image using Versafine Onyx ink. I wanted some sort of grass in  the foreground so Penny Black's set  Enjoy Life was perfect for this. The edges of my inked panel were wiped with the black ink pad as well to create a little bit of  a black border. Next I punched out the circle using kraft card stock, added a strip of striped paper and finished off with a sticky sentiment from Tim Holtz Sticker Quotes set. Some May Arts Jute twinecompletes the card front. I framed with kraft card stock then mounted onto a Neenah linen textured  card base. 

Also sharing my card here:

Cards in Envy -  Something New (the cowboy stamp is new to me)
Shopping Our Stash - Silhouettes (everything besides the silhouette stamp is old stuff from my stash)
Stinkin' Inkers -  Steamed Heat (anything Summer related)
Tuesday Throwdown  - Anything Goes this week
Pause Dream Enjoy - ATGoes this week
Sunny Day Crafting -  Any Animals Always
Craft Rocket Challenges - Anything Goes this week
Moving along with the Times  - For the Boys 
Pattie's Creations -ATGoes this month
Catch The Bug  - Anything Goes 
Crafty Calendar  Dots and/ or Stripes (stripes)

We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes 

Thanks so much for visiting!!
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Aug 9, 2018

Bring on the Happy

I spent some time working on a few design team projects the other day and decided to practice my scenery inking. I love cards with scenes but they are not easy for me to make ....
I ended up with two scenery type cards, but only sharing one today, the other one is something for my Saturday design team post. Although they both include some sort of mountains, the other one is completely different.

I tore some printer paper in shape of mountains to create my mask. For this card I used my Pan Pastels for the background. I have the "pure color" set, so the colors are a bit brighter, but the set does come with white so I was able to mix the gray with white to create a lighter shade. I am thinking about purchasing the Landscape set or maybe just some single colors...

The cute image is from the set Hello Friend by Penny Black, heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper, colored with my Zig Clean Color markers and then fussy cut to add to the scene. If you guessed that I messed up when stamping the sentiment, you guessed correctly...of course that happened after my scene was complete and I was about to through the card out. But luckily I thought of a way to save the card, by stamping the sentiment again on white card stock, masking off the first part of the sentiment and then using a circle punch to punch out the "happy". I adhered the circle with dimensionals. And the bird was stamped there to cover up another little smudge. He is part of the set Spread Cheer by Penny Black. I think the circle cutout and the bird actually look really nice in the design, although not originally planned :)

The road pattern was done with Penny Black's Oscillations Stencil. The grass was stamped using one of the stamps from Penny Black's set Nature's Gifts and Shabby Shutters Distress ink

I am sharing in these challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes this week
Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes 
Pause Dream Enjoy- ATGoes this week
As You Like It Challenge - Fur or Feathers and Why (Once again fur - although I prefer cat fur at the moment, I used to have a dog growing up ... furry animals just make better companions I think)
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Anything Goes this week
Catch The Bug Anything Goes this time
Crazy 4 Challenges Mountains
Sweet Stampin - Travel
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Anything Goes
heARTful Stamping Challenge - Dog Days of Summer 
Double Trouble - Dog Days of Summer

Thanks so much for visiting!! As mentioned, I have another scenery card ready to share on Saturday, hope you'll check back then :)

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Aug 5, 2018

Penny Black and More: August Challenge

It's the first Sunday of the month and that means we have a fun new theme at Penny Black and More challenge ... I Spy Something Beginning With "B". I love this theme and had so much fun looking through my stamps to decide which one I would use. I decided on this cute kitty stamp riding a bicycle. Can you spy my other "b" elements?

The image has been stamped and heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper with the help of my Tonic Stamp platform and versafine onyx ink.
I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color markers and a Zig Detailer waterbrush. The large sentiment is from the Penny Black set Sweet Wishes stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and I used a circle die to cut it out. The small sentiment is part of the set Party Friends.

The striped paper is from my stash, no idea what brand as it's been a while since I purchased any patterned papers. One of the banners is part of the stamp set Sweet Wishes, simply cut out after stamping, the other banner was just cut out from watermelon colored card stock. Some May Arts jute twine finishes off the card.

I am also entering these challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - On the Move (transport) 
As You Like It Challenge  - Fur or Feathers and Why - (Fur ...especially cats, I have two of them and they make me smile every day!)
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes this week
Pattie's Creations -ATGoes this month
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack -  Anything Goes

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
A Bit More Time to Craft  - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
The Creative Crafters  - Anything Goes 

We're having some fabulous prizes to give away again this month at Penny Black and More challenge,  I hope you'll find some time to join in! Check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with for this fun theme!

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Aug 3, 2018


Happy Friday :-)

I came across the theme of "Sunflowers" at CAS Watercolor challenge, and since I LOVE sunflowers I decided to play along!

This card was super easy to make. I used the "splash" watercolor technique. I just stamped the ink onto my craft mat, spritzed with enough water to make it runny, then splashed the paper (I used Bristol Vellum paper) onto the distress ink. When the first ink was dry, I repeated this process with the other 2 inks I used. The hardest part is waiting on each ink to dry.  If my instructions confused you, check out this short video by Loll to see how easy this technique is.  

Once all the inks were dry, I used my Versafine Onyx ink pad to stamp the sunflower from Penny Black's set Grateful. The sentiment is from Penny Black's set Snippets. It's a clear set so I was able to curve the sentiment when placing onto my clear block to stamp onto the banner. The banner and wonky stitches dies are both from the set Wonky Stitches by Avery Elle.
I used dimensionals to adhere the inked piece onto Neenah Linen textured card stock. Embellished with a button and some May Arts jute twine

I am linking up with these challenges:
CAS Watercolor - Sunflowers
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything Goes this week
Pause Dream Enjoy - Stitched Dies
Simon Says Wednesday - Make your own Background
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Anything Goes this week
Cute Card ThursdayAnything Goes this week
We Love 2 Create  - Anything Creative Goes 
Pattie's Creations ATGoes this month
Sum More Fun - Moodboard
Ok, and I really also wanted to join in the Daring Cardmakers challenge with an elemental challenge this week. They are asking to use 3 elements from the picture below. I thought it would be easy for me to join this one, but then realized that the color combination would count as one element. So here are my 3 elements: (1) Water - I used for the splash technique, (2) Yellow and Green for my colors, the natural product (3) wicker in this photo, inspired my use of natural jute twine, they are both made from plants.

And that would be all for today, thanks so much for visiting!! I will be back again on Sunday!

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Aug 2, 2018

Sparkly Flower Trio

I came across a fun sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge blog and decided to play along this week!

For my card I used an older stamp by Magenta. I have no idea how old this stamp is ...I could not find a link anywhere for it and there is unfortunately no stamp name on the wood block other than the company. I did find it as part of a stamp lot sold on ebay here.

I stamped on Copic Xpress It blending card and used my copic markers for coloring the blooms. Stickles glitter glue was applied ot the flower centers to make them sparkle. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Friendship stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink. Embellished with a little butterfly done with an old Martha Stewart punch and some sticky rhinestones finish off the card. The card base is Stampin Up's Wisteria Wonder. I also did some paper piercing along the paper strip.

The sketch was inspired by 

Crafty Catz - Anything Goes opt. something yellow
Crafting By Designs- August Anything Goes
Crafty Creations- Always Anything Goes  
Creative Moments- Always Anything Goes 
Crafty Sentiment Designs  Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity -  Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Clean & Simple
Crafting-With-Friends- Anything Goes 
QKR Stampede – Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge 2Weeks - For the Girls
Cute Card Thursday Weekly - Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - CAS

Thanks so much for visiting!!

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Aug 1, 2018

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - August Challenge

It is hard to believe August is here...just a few short weeks and school will start again here in our area. Summer always seems to end so fast!!

It's the first Wednesday of the month, that means it is time for a new theme for my Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge and I hope many of you will join in again!

This month I set the theme of

Feature a Creature!

Many options here with so many cute animals stamps available, and don't forget this also includes fairies and other magical creatures.

I am sharing two cards today...

The image Snowy Perch by Penny Black has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper then colored using my Zig Clean Color Markers. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Brush Pines also heat embossed. It's hard to see in the photo, but I used a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to add some sparkles to the card. I framed the image panel with one of Stampin Up's green card stocks..I think Wild Wasabi. the card base is Neenah Linen 80lb. I love to use this slightly textured card stock for card bases!

Also sharing my card here:
ABC Christmas Challenge - P for Plain, Q for Quote or R for Robin or Rabbit
(I am going with R for Robin and also P for Plain)
Make My Monday - Colored Image 
City Crafter Challenge - CAS Christmas
Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes 
C.R.A.F.T.  -  Christmas
Sweet Stampin - CAS
Dragonfly Journeys -  Christmas in July
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Christmas in July 
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes 
Hiding in my Craft Room - Any Holiday

Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes Christmas

Featuring more creatures on my second card :)
U R the Gift // Sweet Wishes // Zig Clean Color Markers // Bristol Vellum // Neenah Linen 80lb

Again heat embossed and colored with my Zig Clean Color markers. The image is from Penny Black's set U R the Gift and the sentiment from the Penny Black set Sweet Wishes. I don't like  using black embossing powder, so when I heat emboss I usually go with my Versafine Onyx ink pad. This ink stays wet long enough to sprinkle some clear embossing powder over it and heat emboss.
The butterfly was done with an old Martha Stewart punch and I added a couple of sticky pearls to the butterfly's body. Framed with papers from my stash and then mounted onto Neenah Linen 80lb.

Also sharing this card here:
Sunny Day Crafting -  Any Animals
Cute Card Thursday  - Too Cute
Di's Digis Designs - Use Stash Items (patterned paper, sticky pearls)
Crafting from the Heart -  Anything Goes

Crafty Sentiment Designs -  Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Divas  - Anything Goes (circle die cut used and trimmed)
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes

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This month's prize is this lot of three Christmas stamps, so the winner will have plenty of time to put them to use :)

And now it's time to announce last month's winner... 
That would be Janis in ID.

Congratulations Janis, you won last month's challenge prize of the cute Mermaid stamp! Please email me at ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com by August 15th to claim your prize! 

To play along in this month's challenge simply link your creation below using the linky tool. You have until August 31st (11:59pm) to join in!

A few things to remember:
  • You must follow the theme
  • Enter up to 3 projects per challenge
  • You may combine with any other challenges
  • Please be sure to include a link back here in your blog post

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