Oct 13, 2018

Allsorts Challenge 489: Christmas

It's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge, Susan is our host and she picked the theme of  Christmas.  We have a great prize to give away from StickerYou , and hope to see you joining in for your chance to win!



This was totally not the card in mind when I started, but one thing led to another and this is what it turned out to be...

I started by heat embossing the cute image on   Bristol Vellum paper, then watercolored with my Zig Clean Color markers.Originally I wanted to create a mountain scene in the background by masking, but thought it would be too complicated to fussy cut a mask for the image. So instead I took the pine needle stamp from the Penny Black set Nature's Gifts and stamped it all around the image. But then I thought there was too much white in the background and I decided to use another stamp from the Nature's Gifts Set. I did end up needing a mask, but it really didn't take long to cut out since these masks don't need to be perfect, and just serve to cover up the image. It's hard to see in the photo, but I also used a pine tree stamp from Penny Black's set Woodland Beauty while I had the mask in place. Still thought it needed something else, and that's when I got out the Penny Black background stamp Christmas Story. I first went with antique linen ink, but I wanted it to show up more, so I used Versafine Onyxink instead.

The little postmark sentiment and die I've had for a long time, it's by Whimsy Stamps but no longer available : (  I added a holly leaf button with some natural jute twine. Framed with Stampin Up's Old Olive card stock then used Neenah Linen textured card stock as my card base. Maybe I need to start thinking about using a darker background with the photo tent I purchased, I feel like it's so hard here to see the edges of the card. Wish it came with a vanilla colored background as well....



When I bought this image it was still available as a single rubber stamp, but there were some changes at the LOTV shop and I thought it wasn't available any longer, as they retired so many of their wonderful stamps.  I did find this stamp as part of their Vintage Christmas set, but it looks like it is currently out of stock.


I am also playing along here:
Christmas with the Cuties - For a Child
Daring Cardmakers - Weekly  – Pets
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Christmas
The Merry Christmas Challenge - Christmas
 Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'  Anything Goes Christmas
The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz -  Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy   - Any CardsCreative Fingers - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – Anything Goes 
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes


Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you have a good weekend. It's gotten really chilly over here. Hubby brought a cold virus home from work this week, and as much as I tried to avoid getting sick, I still woke up with a sore throat yesterday and we'll see what today brings.

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34 comments:

  1. A very sweet card Ellie and the carolers looks lovely frames with the PB spruce stamp. Got the lightbox and really happy with the improvement in photos, was so nice to have to rush to get them done in dalylight.

    B x

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    1. Thanks so much Brenda, and glad you like your new light box.

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  2. Fabulous image and colouring, pretty card;-))m

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  3. I love how you framed the main image - it's a great festive and fun card.

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  4. Pretty card! Just ordered the photo tent and the Penny Black background Christmas Story stamp
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn❤

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    1. Thanks so much Marilyn. Enjoy your new goodies!

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  5. OMG!!! This is ADORABLE!! I love love love love this so much! Loving that sweet scene!!! Ohhhhhhh and I have to tell you my story about the photo tent ... ordered it, waited for it to come, and then got a refund notice from Amazon! I was like what??!?! So even though I order like a million things from Amazon every year (or day! LOL!), for some reason this company that sells the photo tent couldn't verify my address and said it was invalid!! So weird!! SO needless to say, I wasn't able to get the photo tent! :(

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment, Julie. And how strange what happend with the the photo tent order...At some point it then said it was out of stock too. Maybe that's what the issue was and the company selected the wrong reason as to why it's being refunded?? Who knows, I'm sorry you had trouble ordering it.

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    2. No worries! Better luck next time, right?? :) And I bet you are right -- maybe they just ran out of them :)

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  6. It's so beautiful Ellie! I love your comment of how this wasn't the card you planned in your head. That happens to me all the time. I usually start casing someone's else's card, and then by the time I'm done it looks totally different.

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    1. Thanks Amy, it seems to happen to me so many times recently. But it's always fun to see what it turns out to look like in the end :-)

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  7. So eine zauberhafte Karte und ich musste es mir zwei mal anschauen, bis ich alle Details entdeckt habe! Schönes Wochenende und ganz liebe Grüße
    Daniela

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    1. Dankeschoen liebe Daniela, hat mich gefreut dass du vorbeigeschaut hast. Liebe Gruesse nach Bayern!

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  8. Sweet carollers and love the pine needle borders, they frame the card so well! Beautiful Penny Black background stamp, too, it adds a lovely vintage feel to your card!

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  9. Beautiful card, such a sweet image, love the background stamping and the pine boughs make such a lovely frame Thanks for joining us at CASS this month.
    Chris
    x

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  10. It has turned out fab anyway Ellie, no matter what you had in mind. xxx

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  11. Cute way to include a pet, hope he’s howling in tune! Thanks for joining us this week at Daring Cardmakers!

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  12. A great project - thanks for joining us at The Merry Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x

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  13. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog. Very nice and Good luck!
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)
    http://creaine-cards.blogspot.nl/

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  14. Fabulous card and have this stamp thanks for the reminder, thanks for sharing at Crafty catz with our ATG challenge and dont forget we have a DT call running if your interested

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  15. What a gorgeous result Ellie - sometimes when cards take on a life of their own the results can be wonderful... other times we won't mention the outcome :)
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  16. Lovely project! Thanks for joining us at the CASS challenge this month. Marsha DT

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  17. Gorgeous card Ellie, it turned out really pretty. You will be pleased to see that LOTV have now returned to making rubber stamps ;) x Susan x

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  18. a great design on your pretty card, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge and hope to see you again
    Tilly

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  19. Lovely design. Thank you for joining in the QkR Stampede challenge.
    Mary

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  20. What a sweet card, thanks for joining us at THAIC

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  21. Great card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafting with an Attitude Janet DT

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  22. Cute card! I love the fun little people carolling and the great background. Thanks for joining us at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!

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  23. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy and 12 months of Christmas link up.

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  24. Beautiful card Ellibelle.
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Merry Christmas Blog.
    Lou DT xo
    https://jemlouproductions.blogspot.com/

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