Dec 7, 2022

Holiday Time at Paper Funday with a Touch of Vintage

This is my second post for today, if you are here for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge, please visit this link.

A few weeks ago I was invited to join the Paper Funday Challenge as a guest designer for December and today I am sharing my card made for the challenge. Paper Funday is a monthly papercraft challenge offering a new optional theme the first Wednesday of each month and for the month of December it's "Holiday Time". 

And here is what I made with the optional theme in mind. 


I love this beautiful old- fashioned stamp and try to get it out each holiday season! 

This is PSX stamp K-2431, you might be able to find it on eBay or Etsy. 

The image was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and colored with Distress inks. I fussy cut around the oval.


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The sentiment is part of a stamp set by Whimsy Stamps but long retired. 

The background was done by simply inking with Vintage Photo Distress ink and some white Posca pen spatter. Some natural jute twine finishes off the card.



It's hard to see but I added some glitter onto the snow and berries for a little sparkle.


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I'm linking up with these challenges:


Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - December Challenge

Hello and welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday December challenge taking place right here on my blog! I'm so happy you decided to stop by today and hopefully you'll link up your own creation too! There were some wonderful entries last month so be sure to scroll down to see who made the top 3! 


As a reminder, the theme is now always.......




Anything Goes,

and instead of a challenge theme there will be a "Top Pick Twist" but nobody knows what the twist will be (not even me) until the challenge closes as it will be inspired by YOUR creations. So do link up all your new or recently created projects for a chance to be featured. Remember, you may share anything crafty, handmade by you. It doesn't have to be a card.


And here is what I made:



Stamps used: Winterscape - Stampers Anonymous // Snowflake Greetings - Dare to be Artzy (no longer available)
Inks: Stormy Sky Distress oxide // Versafine Onyx
Dies: Beneath the Birches and Dancing Snowflakes - both by Penny Black // Stitched Border Dies - Whimsy Stamps (retired - similar)
Other:  Cloud Stencil - MFT // white Posca pen // Stickles glitter // red Faber Castell Polychromos pencil

This card was inspired by the sample on the packaging for Beneath the Birches die set. I did use different stamps and created a stormy winter sky by stenciling some clouds and using a white Posca pen for snow.

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This post may include some affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always, this is at no cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting this blog!

Challenges I am linking up with:
We Love Stamping - I love... (no, I don't love snow but I do love building a snowman, however I'm entering with "I Love... Stencils and Creating Scenes"!) // Stamping Sensations - Winter Wonderland // Simon Says Stamp - Add some Sparkle // Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas or Winter // Crazy is our fame - STENCILS are our game! - Stencils (my new cloud stencil!) // Everybody-Art-Challenge - Winter has come to town // The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge  // Bastel-Traum - Snowflakes // Die Cut Divas - Winter and Die Cuts // Let's Craft & Create Challenge - Inspired by a Song (Frosty the Snowman) // Lost Coast Designs - Something Seasonal // Make My Monday - Winter Card // International Art & Soul - Winter 



Last Month's Top Picks with a Twist:



As mentioned previously, there is now a Top Pick Twist when it comes to my selection of Top Picks. Nobody knows what the twist will be - not even me - until the end of the month as the twist will be totally inspired by YOUR creations. This means the top picks will all have something in common.

The Top Pick Twist from the November entries is ............ Seasonal Simplicity so you will see this twist reflected in each one of the top pick's cards. Remember: Simplicity doesn't necessarily mean simple to make but to me it rather means "simple in design". I just love how each one of these features a simple but eye catching design.

No. 64 Helen F.

No. 71 Valérie


Congratulations! Well deserved recognition! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post it to your own blogs if you like to :)


I will continue to pin the top picks to the dedicated Pinterest board, but will also include photo and link back to the original blogs/sites here. These will be removed at the start of the new challenge to stay in compliance with GDPR.

PS: If you've been thinking about taking part in the "Year in Review" hop, there are only a few days remaining to sign up as a co-host. You can find all the details about the hop  HERE


To join in this month's challenge please use the linky tool below. You have until December 31st 11:59 CST to play along!

A few things to remember:
  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis/products (no company restriction).
  • No more than 3 entries per person please so I can manage to visit each entry.
  • Please do include a link back here to my blog in your blog post.
  • Backlinking to a recent post IS allowed.
  • Digital products are allowed and very welcome but the final piece has to be a physical handmade creation, not just digital

Dec 6, 2022

My Recent Prime Purchases

Hello and welcome! I decided to join Tanya again for her monthly Prime Purchases linkup. The last time I joined was September, so here are my family's favorite purchases of the last 3 months. It's a random mix of things. 





1. Toothbrush and Toothpaste Holder

Another blogger had shared this purchase and I had wanted to replace our old toothbrush holder but was still looking for the perfect item. I absolutely LOVE this one and it was very inexpensive too!


I wanted a sleeker case for the iPad Pro to replace an Otterbox. This one is perfect!



I came across this set through another blog. Love the color scheme for Fall and pretty watercolor style print on the pillow covers. The price was right too!



Another book my son was able to rent through Amazon Prime for one of his classes. Maybe not a favorite purchase (my son said this class was extremely difficult) but it definitely was a good deal to rent this book instead of buying new!  



My cats like to gobble all treats up quickly and I was thinking they need a little bit more entertainment too (I know this makes me sound a bit like a crazy cat lady LOL but maybe that's what I am😁) so when I did a google search I came across this little gadget. It took a few tries to show them how it works but now they are pros at finding their treats.


6. Non- Ticking Robot Alarm Clock with Hand Clips

I ordered this as a gift. It will be a perfect addition to a desk or  nightstand. Love that it comes with the hand clips to hold the most important notes. This is a fully functional alarm clock and not a toy.

 


I am using these in the bathroom on the towel bar to clip the hand towels onto. 



Trying to be frugal I didn't want to purchase Christmas specific pillow cases that I'd only use for December, so I searched for color scheme specific winter pillow cases and these  have caught my eye as I recently purchased a couple of cute decorative holiday gnomes from Aldi :) I will use these pillow cases in combination with the gray pillow cases below and they will be perfect throughout the winter months including Valentines. 

I just ordered these along with the gnome cases above. They will work for each season and I can add another one or two season specific pillow cases (such as the gnome cases above) along with these. These are so soft and I just love them!
 

Thanks so much for visiting!

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I am linking up here:

Dec 3, 2022

A Christmas Blessing to You

It's Saturday again and that means a new challenge starts today at Allsorts. Lynn is hosting and her theme is: " It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". Perfect timing to get all your Christmas cards finished up. We have 2 Card-io stamp sets to give away this week so there will be 2 winners. 

I made a vintage-y Christmas card using mainly Penny Black stamps. 

The brushstroke stamp Brush Pines was inked using Distress Oxide inks Evergreen Bough and Gathered Twigs and stamped with the help of my stamp platform. The cardinal is from the Penny Black set Nature Sings colored with Distress inks then fussy cut.

The music sheet stamp is Christmas themed although hard to read, it's from Just for Fun Rubberstamps but it looks like the company is no longer in business. I distressed the edges and inked with Tea Dye Distress ink for a vintage look then flicked some diluted Gathered Twigs ink onto the background with a paint brush. 


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The bottom sentiment is from the Penny Black set Festive Cheer and the smaller top sentiment is from a retired set by Whimsy Stamps. Patterned paper I purchased from Hobby Lobby a couple of months ago.


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PS: If you've been thinking about joining in the Year in Review hop, there is still a little time to sign up. The linky closes on December 10th).

As a participant/co-host all you have to do is:

  1. Write a blog post showcasing your own favorite creation(s) of 2022.
  2. Schedule to be posted on December 30th.
  3. Visit the rest of the participants' posts and leave them some love.
  4. Optional: You may offer a small prize for a winner drawn from those leaving a comment on your post. Absolutely not expected and not necessary to be part of this. Just mentioning it as it was a question last year. 
This linky tool is for the year in review hop sign up. 

I plan on sharing with these challenges:
These are Always Anything Goes, I may not share with all but hope to link up when possible:
A Gem of a Challenge unlimited entries
A Perfect Time To Craft unlimited entries
Classic Design  Challenge unlimited entries
DL.Art Linky Challenge unlimited entries/ once per day
LeAnn’s World 101 unlimited entries
We Love 2 Create (creative/mixed media) unlimited entries
A Place To Start 8 entries max
613 Avenue Create 8 entries max
Path of Positivity 7 entries max
The Paper Funday 6 entries max
Word Art Wednesdays 5 entries max
The Corrosive Challenges 4 entries max 
Through The Craft Room Door 4 entries max
Crafty Catz 3 entries max
Creative Fingers 3 entries max
Ally's Angels 3 entries max  
Arty Divas 3 entries max
Crafts Galore Encore 3 entries max
Creatalicious Challenges 3 entries max
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (my own challenge) 3 entries max  
Let's Craft & Create Challenge 3 entries max 
QKR Stampede 3 entries max
The Creative Crafters 3 entries max
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 3 entries max
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 3 entries max
Taylor Made Cards 4 U 3 entries max

Dec 2, 2022

November Card Chain Challenge Reveal Day

Hello and welcome!

Last month I joined in again with the Card Chain Challenge where every participant sends and received a card and today is reveal day - who sent what to whom. My card went to Joanne in CT.

As always, there are several challenge options to choose from, a sketch, colors, themes or techniques. I decided to go with one of the themes: Silhouettes and product option: Stencils. I also took a little inspiration from the sketch and colors but they aren't an exact match.

When I am given a theme of Silhouettes the beautiful Lavinia fairies of course come to mind first and that is what I used. 



The beautiful fairy is Lavinia's Aurora, also used Lavinia's Celestial Tree large and the stencil is by Penny Black Hypnotic. And I used one of Lavinia's hills masks, of course you can use a homemade mask out of copy paper to get similar results. Distress inks in shades of yellow and orange were used for inking. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Blooming Sentiments.




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I was so happy to receive the beautiful fall themed card below from Joy in CO and it looked beautiful displayed on my mantel.


By the way, any card maker from anywhere in the world can join in at Card Chain Challenge as long as you are able to make and send a card to one person on the sign up list in a timely manner (so that the card arrives before the end of the month). You can view the sign up linky here

Thanks so much for visiting!


PS: If you've been thinking about joining in the Year in Review hop, there is still a little time to sign up. The linky closes on December 10th).

As a participant/co-host all you have to do is:

  1. Write a blog post showcasing your own favorite creation(s) of 2022.
  2. Schedule to be posted on December 30th.
  3. Visit the rest of the participants' posts and leave them some love.
  4. Optional: You may offer a small prize for a winner drawn from those leaving a comment on your post. Absolutely not expected and not necessary to be part of this. Just mentioning it as it was a question last year. 
This linky tool is for the year in review hop sign up. 

Challenges:
These are Always Anything Goes, I may not share with all but hope to link up when possible:
A Gem of a Challenge unlimited entries
A Perfect Time To Craft unlimited entries
Classic Design  Challenge unlimited entries
DL.Art Linky Challenge unlimited entries/ once per day
LeAnn’s World 101 unlimited entries
We Love 2 Create (creative/mixed media) unlimited entries
A Place To Start 8 entries max
613 Avenue Create 8 entries max
Path of Positivity 7 entries max
The Paper Funday 6 entries max
Word Art Wednesdays 5 entries max
The Corrosive Challenges 4 entries max 
Through The Craft Room Door 4 entries max
Crafty Catz 3 entries max
Creative Fingers 3 entries max
Ally's Angels 3 entries max  
Arty Divas 3 entries max
Crafts Galore Encore 3 entries max
Creatalicious Challenges 3 entries max
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (my own challenge) 3 entries max  
Let's Craft & Create Challenge 3 entries max 
QKR Stampede 3 entries max
The Creative Crafters 3 entries max
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 3 entries max
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 3 entries max
Taylor Made Cards 4 U 3 entries max

Dec 1, 2022

Winter in the Woods for Four Seasons Challenge - December

It doesn't seem possible that December has arrived, but here we are!! So bundle up for the season and come join us as we are entering the "Winter Months" at Four Seasons challenge! As always, anything goes with the current season in mind (northern hemisphere) but we do have an optional beautiful mood board in case you need a starting point.


As you know I love using a mood board for inspiration and this month I was inspired by the bottom left image which I am sure you can tell :)



I started by inking the sky portion of the card with Stormy Sky Distress Oxide ink and a touch of Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. 
Using a stamp platform I stamped the Trees - Penny Black Gorgeous Grove - using Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink. I added a bit of brown to the ground (imagine it just began to snow and the ground isn't all covered yet. I had stamped the stag - Stampers Anonymous Winterscape - directly onto the card and colored but the Distress Oxide ink came through so I decided to stamp him again and fussy cut. I stamped with Walnut Stain Distress and used my SU Close to Cocoa ink pad for coloring. (I'm pretty sure this ink color is retired!)


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Of course there had to be snowflakes on this woodland scene and I used my white Posca pen to flick some onto the card.
I used a Wonky Stitches die to cut it all out and assembled to the card base. As I was thinking about  where to add a sentiment, I decided to add a die cut pine branch - Penny Black Beautified Baubles die set - inked with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink, tied a bow with some natural jute twine and used a tiny sentiment from Penny Black's set Holiday Snippets to complete the card. I wanted to make it sparkle a bit so I added Stickles glitter to the snow and pine branches. Oh, and I also added a snowflake from Penny Black's die set Dancing Snowflakes.




Remember, the theme is Anything Goes Winter and you have until December 25th to join us! 


 


This post may include some affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always, this is at no cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting this blog!


PS: There is still  a little time to sign up for the Year in Review hop where we will share our own favorite creations of 2022. The hop will run from December 30th - January 5th. 

As a participant/co-host all you have to do is:

  1. Write a blog post showcasing your own favorite creation(s) of 2022.
  2. Schedule to be posted on December 30th.
  3. Visit the rest of the participants' posts and leave them some love.
  4. Optional: You may offer a small prize for a winner drawn from those leaving a comment on your post. Absolutely not expected and not necessary to be part of this. Just mentioning it as it was a question last year. 
You can read more detailed info about it HERE or if you already know you want to be part in it simply use the linky tool below to sign up. I will get in touch with everyone who signed up the week of December 10th after the sign up is closed. 
Remember, sign up closes on December 10th. 


I am sharing with these challenges:
These are Always Anything Goes, I may not share with all but hope to link up when possible:
Link Parties: