Dec 31, 2010

Partytime cat

Are you ready to party??? This cute cat, I call him Thomas after my little kittie, surely appears to be LOL.



Our theme today over at Stamp Something is

Glittery Somethings!

Super easy and if you are like me you'll probably add glitter to every single card! So no excuse not to play along!! And as usual we have a great prize up for grabs, this week Simon Says is our fabulous sponsor!!

I decided to use a digistamp from Whimsy Stamps Meljen's Designs for this challenge. I had purchased it when they had a sale last month but hadn't had a chance yet to use it. I thought it would be perfect with new years but since I don't sent out new years cards I decided to make it a birthday celebration card.

It's been colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and then blended with some baby oil. The papers are from My Minds Eye (I think??) and Stampin Up. I embellished with some SU grosgrain ribbon, buttons and then of course glitter. It is however hard to see, but if you click on the card you will get a bigger picture! The sentiment is from a Stampin Up set, I masked the two words so I could use my word window punch to punch them out. To finish it off I did some sewing with my janome mini.

I had posted this picture of my cat before, but wanted to post it again for those of you that haven't seen it yet, so when I look at this image by meljen's I just have to think of my little Thomas. He is such a silly cat! And by the way, sometimes when he meows, it sounds like he's saying "mama". Really crazy!



Other challenges I am entering this to:

That is all for today, hope you are having a FABULOUS new year's eve celebration whatever you may have planned!

I'll be back tomorrow with my Penny Black at All Sorts project for the month of January!

Ellie.

Dec 28, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge #91 - Anything goes

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for visiting me today!



How was your christmas? Mine was a little crazy, I had to get one last gift on Christmas eve, then ended up with a flat tire at the Mall. Good thing there is a place right there to get the tires fixed. But that is not how I planned on spending christmas eve morning, with 2 small children walking around the mall waiting on a car to get fixed. Thank goodness it was done in not too long.
Then on Christmas day I woke up with a bad case of pink eye on one eye...kids had it earlier in the week and decided to share it LOL. But other than it was a great Christmas and the kids loved their presents from Santa.

Enough of my boring life now and onto the project,
Maria is our hostess this week at digital tuesday and she chose something super easy, perfect for this busy time of the year!

Anything goes.

So there is no excuse not to play along! All you have to do is use a digi somewhere on your creation, that's it!

For my card I used a free digi from Sliekje's Digistamps. Have a you ever checked out her site? Lots of freebies and they are just adorable!

I colored the image using my derwent coloursoft pencils with baby oil. Stickles was applied to all of the hearts. The designer papers are all from Stampin Up, card stock is couture 80lb. I embellished with some Martha Stewart ribbon and silver cord, and then did some machine sewing and distressed the edges. The sentimet is from a old SU set, I punched it out using my word window punch (SU).

I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop. Their sketches are always so much fun, and I was so excited when I saw my card from last week was featured on their blog for last week's sketch!!

That is all for today, I should be back again on friday with a new card! Hope to see you then!

Have a great day,

Ellie.

Dec 21, 2010

Let's Celebrate

Happy Tuesday everyone and thank you for stopping by today!



Are you all caught up with christmas preparations? I finally sent out the last of the cards on the weekend. Want to bake some more cookies and then I still need to get a few last gifts, wrap them all and then just enjoy the holiday! Can't wait to watch the kids opening their presents!!



Today our challenge at Digital Tuesday was chosen by the lovely Lorraine.

Let's Celebrate

is our theme. It doesn't have to be a New Year's celebration themed card, any type of celebration works!


For my card I used an image from Mo Manning. I was one of the lucky one's to get it as a freebie, it is now available for purchase at her store.

I decided to use the sketch from the sweet stop sketch saturday. What a fun sketch and super easy to work with. I am sure I'll be using it again!

My papers are all from Stampin Up, white is from couture. I embellished with some ribbon, a little flower with brad and then sewed the edges with my janome mini sewing machine. To finish it off I applied some stickles glitter to the designer paper and image.

Besides Digital Tuesday, I am also entering this card to:

Hope you get a chance to play along this week, Dustin Pike is our fabulous sponsor, and is giving away 3 of his cute digis to one randomly chosen winner.

That should be all from me for this week.
I would like to wish you all a

Merry Christmas

or

Happy Holidays


whatever you may celebrate!

Ellie.

Dec 17, 2010

Something with a tag or pocket

Happy Friday!
This week the challenge over at stamp something is


something with a tag or a pocket.



Whiff of Joy is our fabulous sponsor this week and of course there will be a fun prize up for grabs for one randomly chosen winner.

I received this cute image from an image swap I was in, it's called "Henry celebrating mouse" and can be found here.
I colored the image with derwent coloursoft pencils and then blended with some baby oil. Stickles was added to the cupcake. The edges were sponged using soft sky ink .
Designer paper is from DCWV (sweet stack), and card stock is from bazzill.
I embellished with some blue grosgrain ribbon, silver cord and buttons.
The sentiment is from the Penny Black clear set "Critter party". I used my SU tag corner punch to create the tag, added an eyelet to it with some ribbon and cord.

Here is a closeup of the image.

I used the sketch from this week's sweet stop sketch challenge. My card also fits Creative Card Crew's challenge with the theme of "anything goes", and at Totally Papercrafts the theme is "time to party", so I am entering it there too.

Hope you can join us this week, this challenge is actually open for 2 weeks, so you can enter until december 30th, and just a reminder, if you happen to use a Penny Black stamp, you might be able to combine it with this month's Penny black @ All sorts challenge which is "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". We have several great prizes up for grabs there!

Now that should be all for today, hope you'll enjoy your weekend!

Ellie.

Dec 14, 2010

A little gift box

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

It's time for another challenge over at Digital Tuesday. This week it was Lora's turn to challenge us and she chose the theme

Sparkling Christmas

Our sponsor this week is Fairy Dust Crafts and the owner generously let the Design Team choose an image to work with. I went with Sammy Snowman. I was going to make a "snowman soup" in a baggie, then over the weekend I saw this gorgeous gift box that Vicki made for snowman soup, so I decided to try something new and make one of those. Thanks so much for the inspiration Vicki!! I have also used Maria's tutorial.


Along with the hot chocolate and candy cane I will be adding some hershey's kisses to the gift, along with a Border's gift card and then wrap it in cellophane.

The image has been colored with my derwent coloursoft and baby oil. Papers are from Bo Bunny (I think), card stock from Basill. I embellished with some grosgrain ribbon, a snowflake button with some silver cord and of course I applied lots of stickles glitter to the image and the snowflakes on the designer paper. It's terrible you can hardly see the sparkles for our sparkling christmas challenge, but I promise, it is very sparkly in real life.

I would like to add this to a couple other challenges:


I hope you find some time to play along at digital tuesday this week. I know most of you are probably done with christmas cards for this year, but you could always use another little gift for someone, or maybe you could make a gift tag, scrapbook page... or you could just work ahead for next christmas.

Hope you all have a fantastic day! Mine will be super busy, as all my tuesdays are!

Ellie.

Dec 10, 2010

Stamp Something

Happy Friday and thanks so much for visiting my blog today!
It's digiday again at Stamp Something! We have several amazing sponsors again, Wink Wink Ink, Whimsy Stamps, Some Odd Girl, Digi Doodle and Sassy Studio designs, which means several chances to win!!

I was able to choose a digistamp from Sassy Studio Designs. Lots of sassy girls to choose from!!

The image has been colored using derwent coloursoft pencils and copic markers. I would like to apologize, but my printer just didn't want to print out a good image this time.

I used papers from Basic Grey and Stampin Up. The flowers and leaves were made using a stampin up punch and sizzix die. I applied some stickles to the flowers, designer paper and the image itself. The sentiment is from a retired su set.

I hope you'll join us this week at stamp something, you can create anything you like, the only rule we have this week is that you must use something digital on your creation.

Oh, and don't forget, if you haven't played yet in this month's Penny Black at All Sorts challenge, be sure to join us. Several great prizes up for grabs again!!

Have a fabulous day!!
Ellie.

Dec 7, 2010

Challenge #88 - Baby it's cold outside

Happy Tuesday and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

We have another fun challenge over at Digital Tuesday, this week our theme is

Baby it's cold outside.

Very fitting for the weather we've been having here in the midwest recently. As always you can create anything, just be sure to use a digistamp somewhere on your creation.

Our sponsor this week is Whimsy Stamps and Denise from Whimsy generously gave the Design Team some images to play with. I decided to use the image "Skiing mouse" by Meljen's Designs, available at the Whimsy Stamps store.

The image has been colored with copic markers. I sponged the edges with some bashful blue ink before adhering it to the navy mat.

Designer papers are from a retired stampin up designer paper pack. I embellished with some ribbon, punched out snowflakes and stickles glitter. Also decided to use my sewing machine for some stitching. The flourish was made with a Tim Holtz die, and the sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.

I am also entering my card to the following challenges:

I really hope you'll join us this week, the prize is going to be 5 digital stamps of the winner's choice from Whimsy Stamps. There are so many cute ones to choose from!!

Again, thanks so much for visiting my blog, hope you stay warm wherever you are!

Have a great day,
Ellie.

Dec 3, 2010

Christmas Angel

This month the challenge over at Sundays with Crissy is called "Christmas is coming" or "Winter is here". I bought this beautiful Angel image from Whimsy stamps when they had their amazing sale last month but hadn't had a chance yet to use it. This was the perfect opportunity.

This month Crissy is giving away one digital stamp to the first 12 entries. But it has to be a card made specifically for this challenge. I am so glad I found some time to make this!!


I decided to make a clean and simple card with it. The image has been colored using Derwent coloursoft and baby oil for blending. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder for the card front. The card front was popped up with some dimensionals. I cut out an oval with a nestabilies shape and then stamped the sentiment (stampin up) behind it. The image was cut out and adhered next to the sentiment. I added lots of stickles to the image and also the embossing but it is hard to see in the photo. To finish it off I added a sheer white bow.


I am also so very excited that I received the Artist's Choice award from Crissy Armstrong for my card for last month's challenge. Thank you so much Crissy!!



This is my second post for the day, be sure to scroll down for the first post using my brand new stamp from crafts UK for my Stamp Something Design Team card.

Have a great day,
Ellie.

Stamp Something with Christmas Colors

Happy Friday everyone and thanks for visiting my blog!

Stamp Something is back from a mini thanksviging break and we have a new challenge for you.

Christmas Colors
This can be any colors you interpret as christmas colors.


I chose to go with green, red and sky blue. They are the colors in the pretty Designer Paper that I used and match my image perfectly.

I am so excited to share this card with you today because I got to use my brand new stamp from Craft UK. I saw this beautiful card by Natascha using this image and I had to find out who makes it. Turned out I coudn't find a seller in the US so I went looking in the UK. I got the whole stamp set (Santa's and Penguins is the name of the set) for about US$7 which also included shipping charges from an ebay seller in the UK. I can't tell you how excited I was that I won the auction!!

The image was so much fun to color!

It did take me quite some time though to put the card together, the image is pretty big so it was a little challenging to work with. I actually think this stamp would be perfect for a simple, maybe even a one-layer-card.

For my papers I used basic grey designer paper and stampin up card stock. Image has been colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. I embellished with some punched out flowers using a retired Stampin Up punch (spring bouquet) and a Martha Stewart Punch (branch). I also added some silver cord (wish I had some gold cord instead), stickles in the colors stardust, gold and frosted lace. The flowers were sponged with white craft ink and the edges were sponged using soft sky ink. To finish it all off I did some machine sewing and distressed the edges.

Below is a closeup of the image.
I'd also like to enter my card to this week's Dutch Dare's challenge with the theme Christmas. Then Totally Papercrafts wants to see Christmas punches (I think the Martha Stewart branch punch would be that, right?)

I hope you'll join us this week at stamp something. Kut4U is back as our sponsor offering a fantastic prize to one lucky winner.


Dec 1, 2010

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Happy December and thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

A new month means a new challenge over at
Penny Black at All Sorts.
Our theme this month is


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

We have some amazing prizes up for grabs again sponsored by the official Penny Black Company. To have a chance at winning all you have to do is make a card using a Penny Black Stamp for the main image and then follow our theme.

For my card I used the stamp "High Spirits". What a fun stamp to color!!


My image has been colored with derwent coloursoft and then some copics for the skin. The flourish in the corners comes from a clear Penny Black stamp set. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin Up set.

I thought for our theme this month I'll go with a simpler card, using simpler designer paper and very few embellishments to focus on this gorgeous image.

The papers are from stampin up, white card stock from couture. I embellished with a flower which was made of a simple punched circle (distressed the edges),added a punched out flower (martha stewart punch) and then a button with some ribbon as the flower center. I distressed all of the edges and did some sewing with my janome mini sewing machine.To finish it off, I added some star dust stickles glitter. Also, the flower that the fairy is holding, and one of her wings, were stamped twice and cut out and then adhered with dimensionals, but it's kind of hard to see in the picture.

If you have any Penny Black stamps why not join us? You can enter up to three times with a new project for more chances to win!! And if you played last month, be sure to scroll down on the challenge blog to see if you were one of the lucky winners.

I'd also like to enter my card to these challenges:
I hope you liked the card. I will be back again on Friday with a new card for Stamp Something using a brand new (to me) stamp that I got clear from the UK.

Have a great day everyone!
Ellie.

Nov 30, 2010

Animals at christmas time

It's tuesday again and that means another challenge over at digital tuesday!
This week it's my turn to choose the challenge and I want to see

Animals at Christmas time

As always feel free to make anything you like just be sure to include a digistamp somewhere on your creation.

For my card I used a digi from Mo Manning. I LOVE this image, the cat is just soooo cute! This is our first year having cats in the house. Hopefully this won't be a scene at our house this christmas.

It's been colored with copics. The papers are from Stampin up and Bazzil. I've also used a lace doily.
Embellished with some red grosgrain ribbon and some stickles. The flower is a stamp from a Penny Black clear set. I colored it with copics, cut it out and added some gold stickles to the flower center.

I would also like to enter my card to the following challenges:


This week our challenge blog is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Stamps. Be sure to check them out, lots of cuties to choose from . The winner of this week's challenge gets to choose 5 digis from their store.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Hope you liked the card and be sure to check back tomorrow for another card for the brand new Penny Black at All Sorts challenge which goes live on December first!

Have a great day,
Ellie.


Nov 23, 2010

Let it snow, DTC #86

Happy tuesday everyone! Today our challenge over at digital tuesday was chosen by Anne-Marije, and the theme is

Let it snow.


I love making "snowy" cards. Thanks for the fun challenge Anne-Marije!

Have you gotten any snow yet where you live? We haven't gotten any yet here in the midwest, and yesterday we actually reached 71 degrees (21 celsius). But it was also very windy and still is while I type this.



For my card I used one of my Mo Manning digis. It's been printed out on couture 80lb card stock and then colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. I decided to go with an all white card for this challenge. The 3 panels were run through my big kick with a cuttlebug embossing folder. I embellished with some snowflakes, polka dot ribbon and stickles glitter.

The sketch is from this week's cute card thursday challenge. I also wanted to enter it to this week's Mo's challenge blog with the theme of "use 3 punches". I used the snowflake punch, scallop border punch, and circle punch. Then at totally papercrafts the theme is "snow or snowflakes" and this fits perfectly so I am entering it there too.

This week our sponsor is My Grafico and as always the winner of the challenge gets to choose a set from their store, plus will also get 10% off of an order. If you'd like to play along you just need to make a card or other project using a digital stamp and then follow our them of "let it snow".

Before I go I'd like to wish everyone celebrating Thanksgiving Day this week a

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Nov 19, 2010

Thankful somethings

Happy Friday!!

This week our challenge at stamp something is called

thankful somethings.

For my card I used one of my own digistamps, little susie squirrel with acorn, from
Digital Stamp Oasis.

The image has been printed on couture 80lb card stock and then colored with derwent coloursoft and baby oil. I cut it out using a circle nestabilities shape. Edges were sponged using some bashful blue ink.

I embellished with some brown grosgrain ribbon, brads and punched out butterflies using a martha stewart punch. Tiny sticky pearls and stickles glitter were added to the butterflies.
The sentiment is from Stampin up.

I am also entering my card to these challenges
Our generous sponsor this week is Simon Says stamps and a wonderful prize is up for grabs, as usual! I hope you'll all join in.

Have a GREAT weekend!
Ellie.

Nov 17, 2010

A fairy birthday card

Happy Wednesday!!

I needed a birthday card for a little girl who's turning 5 soon and I thought this stamp from Lily of the valley would be perfect to use!



I heat embossed the image and then colored it using derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil.
Designer Paper is from Bo Bunny (I think), card stock is from Stampin up and Couture (white).

I embellished with a punched border (martha stewart punch), some prima flowers, punched flowers (stampin up punch), Tim Holtz flourish die (sizzix), a paper doily, ribbon and silver cord and some pearls. I also did some sewing with my janome mini and applied lots of stickles and then I used some scissors to distress the edges.


My card fits these challenges:
That should be about it.

I also wanted to remind you again - if you haven't yet played in this month's Penny Black @ All sorts challenge, you have just about one more week to do so. Some fabulous cute Penny Black stamps are up for grabs to several lucky winners. The theme is "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Would love it if you'd play along, you can enter up to 3 times with a new project.

Have a great day!
Ellie.

Nov 16, 2010

Anything with wings

Happy Tuesday!!

We have a new challenge for you over at digital tuesday. It's Anneke's turn to host this week and she wants to see

anything with wings!

For my card I used a brand new to me image from Meljen's Designs. Just got it last week when Whimsy Stamps had their 50% off digi sale.

I needed to make a few more masculine birthday cards, and I think this image works perfecty for a masculine card.


I got out my much neglected copic markers for this image. As you can see it's a clean and simple card, I embellished with some black gingham ribbon and a little bit of stickles. My card is going to Germany so I computer generated the birthday sentiment.

Some more challenges I am entering this to:
Hope you decide to join us this week! It's my turn to sponsor Digital Tuesday Challenge, the winner gets to choose 3 digis from Digital Stamp Oasis.

Have a great day!
Ellie.

Nov 12, 2010

My first tri-shutter card

Hi everyone!

Another post for today!

My son turned 8 last month and this is the card I made for him. I wasn't too thrilled with it but since he told me it's the best card he'd ever seen I just had to share it. Of course he is all into Mario Brothers right now, so I chose to do a Mario themed card.

I googled Mario and printed out various images on white card stock. Some of them were pre colored, some of them I colored with copic markers.

It was my first time trying a tri-shutter card, and I have to say they are actually really easy to make. I found the instructions on Splitcoast.

I tried not to embellish too much (as he always complains about too much glitter on all of my cards LOL), so I just added some ribbon and a yellow button.

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Before I go I'd like to remind you all again about the Penny Black @ All sorts Challenge for the month of November.

The theme is "It's beginning to look a lot like christmas and below are the amazing prizes you can win, sponsored by the official Penny Black company.



3914K Joy filled stocking



3915H Dear Santa & 3901E To all


40-016 Hedgehog Birthday


3745K Token of love

If you haven't already played this month, be sure to do so, and if you already did, you can enter up to 3 times with a new project. All you have to do is make something with a Penny Black stamp and follow the theme.

Alright then, that should be it for today, I will now try to get some sleep, this cough has been bothering me for days now...I really hope it goes away soon, as it's been keeping me up half the nights.

Have a great weekend!
Ellie.

Stamp Something - Digi Week

Happy Friday!!

It's already time for another challenge over at stamp something and it's time again for
Digi-Week.

Use any of your digital stamps to join the fun, that's the only challenge so you can all join in.
We have several awesome sponsors again - Some Odd Girl, Sassy Studios, Sew many cards, Digi Doodle Shop and Whimsy Stamps. Several chances to win!!




I was able to choose a digi from Whimsy Stamps, this one is called "Classic Santa" and it's from the Crissy Armstrong collection, newly released.
I didn't have a good santa stamp or image yet and this one is just was perfect! Plus I love being able to resize this image!
Thanks so much Denise!!

Oh and speaking of Whimsy, they have an awesome Digistamp sale right now and ending on November 14th - 50% off all Digistamps. You might want to check into that, lots and lots to choose from!


I've colored Santa using Derwent coloursoft pencils and blended with baby oil. Then I sponged the edges using Always Artichoke ink (stampin up). I used an old SU christmas verse stamp on the scallop circle behind the image and also sponged the edges. The Designer Paper is from Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding collection that I had in my stash for over a year ago.

I made the flowers (poinsettias maybe?) using a retired Stampin Up Punch and the leaves with Martha Stewart's branch punch. Sentiment is from Stampin Up. I didn't have any gold brads so I used copper ones and covered them with gold stickles. To finish the card off I sewed all the edges and added stickles here and there around the edges and the flowers.

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges:

I hope you'll join us at stamp something this week, and if you happen to use something from your stash that you had for a while and never used before then you can also enter it to this week's Digital Tuesday Challenge for another chance at a great prize! I am also having a mini DT call for the Digital Tuesday Challenge blog if anyone is interested (info on the challenge blog).

Happy (digi)stamping,
Ellie.

Nov 9, 2010

A happy snowman

Hi everyone!

Hope you had a fantastic weekend and a great start of the week. We had some beautiful weather again here this weekend and a record high on monday. The kids really enjoyed playing outside. So no complaints here! Just hoping it will last a little longer.

It's time for another challenge over at Digital Tuesday. The lovely Amy is our hostess and she wants us and you to use some of that never used stash that we have in our collection. Thank you for this challenge Amy, as I have been waiting to use this designer paper and the snowman for some time now it just never happened (until now!).


The snowman image is from Sassy Cheryl, I bought it sometime in August I believe but never used it. It's been colored with Derwent Coloursoft Pencils and blended with baby oil.

The Designer paper is from S.E.I ( double sided, "glitzmas collection"), I had picked up a couple of sheets 2 or 3 months ago at a local stamping store and haven't used any of it yet either. These 2 things immediately came to mind when I saw what the challenge was.

The card is kept pretty simple, the sketch is an old one from Mojo Monday. I embellished with just a few punched out snowflakes (Martha Stewart Punch), some grosgrain ribbon and stickles glitter. I also used an old Stampin Up stamp from the set "itty bitty background" around the image. The sentiment is also from Stampin up.

Here's a closeup at the snowman.
Here are some other challenges I am entering this to:
I hope you'll join us in this fun challenge. As usual we have an amazing sponsor, this week Dustin Pike is back offering 3 digis from his store to one lucky winner!

And just a reminder, if you have any winter/christmas Penny Black stamps, I'd love if you join us at the November Penny Black @ All sorts challenge with the theme of "it's beginning to look a lot like christmas". Some amazing prizes up for grabs there!

Have a great day!
Ellie.


Nov 5, 2010

Sketch Something

Happy Friday and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

It's time for another challenge at stamp something, this week we have a sketch challenge for you. Our sponsor is DRS Designs offering a great prize to one lucky winner. I hope you'll join us!

Here is the sketch, you may embellish as you like, flip or rotate.


For my card I used a brand new stamp from Northwoods rubber stamps, that I got from a local stamping store.


It's been colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. I applied lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter with a 2 way glue pen to the card for lots of shimmer. I wish it would show up better on the picture.

I decided to keep my card clean and simple, and embellished with just a couple of brads and some ribbon, and more sparkles on the designer paper.


My card also fits these challenges:

That is all for today, hope you'll play along this week.
And just a reminder, the November challenge is posted at Penny Black at All sorts, would love it if you join us there, maybe you can combine the two challenges for more chances to win!

Happy weekend!

Ellie.

Nov 2, 2010

DTC #83 - I've been framed

Happy Tuesday!!

Hope you had a great start of the week!
It's time for a new challenge over at Digital Tuesday, it's Shelly's turn to host this week and the challenge we have for you is called

I've been framed

Include some sort of frame on your card.

I used an image from our sponsor, Robyn's fetish, who also generously let the Design Team play with some of her images. This one is called Poppy Fairy.

The image has been printed on couture 80lb card stock and then colored with derwent coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil. I made a "frame" with a Martha Stewart around the page punch (layered arches) and then adhered that to a white rectangle.

I had the Designer Paper forever in my stash, but never used. It's by My Minds Eye. The sentiment is from stampin up (warm wishes - retired in the US), I punched it out with a word window punch and then layered it on a small punched oval. To finish this card off I did some paper piercing on the white paper strip and around the image, added a little bit of ribbon and of course I had to add glitter to the fairy's wings.

Here's a closeup of the image.

Here's some other challenges I am entering this to:


Hope you'll join in the fun this week for a chance at a fantastic prize from Robyn's Fetish.

Have a great day.
Ellie.

Nov 1, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Happy Monday everyone!

I am so excited to share today's post with you. It's my first Design Team card I made for the Penny Black @ All sorts monthly challenge.


This month the theme we have for you is

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

You can get your inspiration from the beautiful Christmas song, or simply from the title.


I hope all you Penny Black lovers will join us, there are several fun prizes up for grabs and you can enter up to 3 times with a new card or other project.

For my card I used the stamp "Caroling Trio". It was so much fun to color!!

I've used my derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. The designer paper is from Basic Grey and cardstock fom Stampin up and couture 80lb. I decided to do some distressing and also sewed the edges. Embellished with some brads, pine tree button, silver cord and of course stickles glitter. The sentiment is from an old retired stampin up set.

I am also entering my card to these challenges:

I can't wait to see what you all come up with using your Penny Black stamps. Several amazing prizes up for grabs so be sure to play along!! Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's amazing work!

Brenda
Helene
Jules
Maarit
Mervi
Shirley
Zoe

Have a great day,
Ellie.

Oct 29, 2010

Something "stamped" and some pink

Happy Friday!!

Another week has come and gone, I can't believe it's almost november!! I am going to have to start thinking about christmas presents very soon. It's less than 2 months until christmas!!

Today we have another fun challenge over at stamp something. We are wanting to see something "stamped" this week, that's right, this week we want you to get your fingers inky with some "real" stamping. But that's not all, we are also wanting to see some pink on your card, it could be a lot of pink or a little pink.

For my card I used one of my new Lili of the Valley stamp, I think it's called Window box. So so cute! Another one I had to have when I placed my LOTV order.


The image has been stamped on couture 80lb card stock (from I heart papers), and colored using derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. I embellished with some punched flowers using a Martha Stewart Punch, some ribbon, and sticky pearls. I also decided to do some machine sewing. It is really hard to see but I applied stickles to all of the flowers in the window and the punched flowers too.

I have used the sketch from sketch saturday, but I had to change the embellishment placement a little bit to work better with my image.

I am also entering my card to these challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope you'll join us this week, we have our monthly sponsor simon says this week offering a fabulous prize to one lucky winner.

Happy stamping!
Ellie.

Oct 25, 2010

DTC #82 - use a non-craft item

Hi everyone and happy tuesday!

We have a super exciting challenge for you this week at Digital Tuesday. Sandy is our hostess and she wanted us to think outside the box this week and

use something in our creations that is not usually used for crafting.

How's that for a challenge! I hope you will all join because I'd love to see everyone's ideas!

I ended up making two cards for this challenge both using different non-craft items.

First I am showing you the card made with a super cute image from our sponsor of this week, Doodle Pantry. It's from the set called Holiday Sheep.

It's been printed on couture 80lb card stock which I got from I heart papers. Then I colored the "skin" with a copic marker. The ornaments were colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and blended with baby oil.

For my non-craft-item on this card I thought it would be fun to use some cotton from a cotton ball for the sheep's wool. I applied two-way glue to it and then just stuck bits of a cotton ball to it. I tore most of the cotton ball off just left a thin layer on the sheep. It was really soft and fuzzy. Somehow I couldn't help myself but add stickles to the fur so now it isn't fuzzy and soft anymore :-( but it still does have a nice textured feel to it.

My Designer Papers and colored card stock are from Stampin up. The pretty poinsettia flowers are from a clear stamp set from Penny Black called Christmas Treasures. (Did I mention I was one of the winners of some Penny Black Blog candy that was offered for Word Card Making Day? Not only did I get the beautiful clear stamp set, but 4 additional Rubber Stamps too!! )
I've also used some stampin up ribbon and martha stewart's branch punch. Then sentiment is from stampin up.

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Now onto my second card - I actually wanted to use twigs from the garden for this one. But it just didn't work out the way I wanted it to. So while I was drinking my coffee one morning I remembered reading about something being done with coffeefilters.

And that is what I did. The multicolored paper in the background is a coffeefilter.
Here's how I did it:

Step 1: wipe ink pads across a large plastic cutting board (I used old olive, creamy caramel, pumpkin pie)

Step 2: spritz cutting board with some water

Step 3: spread coffee filter out on the cutting board and get it covered with the ink mixture.

Step 4: Lightly crumble up coffee filter to make sure it is covered in colors

Step 5: Flatten out and dry with heating tool. Then cut to shape.

There is a tutorial on how to do it on SCS in the resource section but they used re-inkers on the tutorial. I tried that and the filter came out too dark so I thought I'd try it with just inkpads. I am really happy how it turned out.

After I adhered it to my card front I applied some rub-ons to the paper. Would you believe this was the first time I used rub-ons? (I do think I had something similar to rubons as a child many years ago).
Then I also sponged the edges with some chocolate chip ink.

I've embellished my card with some paper flowers and brads and of course glitter. The sentiment is from our sponsor, Doodle Pantry.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I do hope that you'll join us this week. A fun prize from Doodle Pantry will be up for grabs for one lucky winner!

I also want to remind you that there is still a little time to join in the fun at Penny Black @ All Sorts. The theme is Fall, so if you have any Penny Black stamps be sure to play along. A new challenge will be posted on the first so keep you eyes open for that one too! Several prizes are up for grabs there every month.

Have a great day,
Ellie .

Oct 22, 2010

Stamp Something Digital

Hello and a happy friday to all of you!
Hope you're having a happy fall season wherever you are! We have been having some beautiful fall weather here, it did cool off from the 80 degrees we had but as long a the sun is shining and it's not too cold I am happy.

This week it's digiweek at stamp something. For my card I used a digi from some odd girl, one of our sponsors. I was able to choose an image from their store to use for the challenge. This one is called Kaylee cuddle, isn't she a cutie!


She's been colored with derwent coloursoft pencils and baby oil. Her skin has been colored with copics. In the photograph it looks like I forgot to color her legs, she is in fact wearing yellow leggings the same pale yellow as the bunny that she is holding.

Papers are from My Minds eye, card stock is couture 80lb (white) and creamy caramel from SU. I embellished with a flourish die (tim holtz sizzix), some paper flowers (Martha Stewart), pearls, ribbon, glitter and machine sewing. The sentiment is from an old SU set.

My card also fits these challenges:
I hope you'll play along this week to create something with a digi, besides Some Odd Girl we have a few other sponsors as well, Wink Wink Ink, Digi Doodle, Sassy Studios, Bella Studios, Prairie Fairy, so there are going to be lots of prizes to be won! Be sure to visit the rest of the Design Team's work featuring these fantastic sponsors.

Have a great day!
Ellie.

Oct 19, 2010

A Halloween color challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Our challenge this week at digital tuesday, chosen by Michelle R., is

Halloween with the colors yellow purple and black.

For my card I used the set Trick or Treat from our sponsor Blackleaf studios, they generously let the design team play with it! Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's work, for more ideas on how to use it because one lucky winner will receive this set of 9.


I used a photo editing program to merge the spiderweb and spider image. Then sponged the edges using some yellow ink. Since I was unable to find a halloween designer paper with yellow in it I decided to just use a purple halloween themed designer paper and then added some yellow elements.

The large spider was cut out using a cuttlebug embossing folder. Sentiments were computer generated.
I applied stickles glitter to the web and spiders and used some silver cord for the web the spider is hanging on.



I hope you'll get a chance to join us this week, for a chance at winning the set.

Lots of halloween challenges still going on so here's my list of challenges I am entering this to:
Thanks so much for stopping by today, I am having a super busy week (as is the whole month of October) so I probably won't be back with a new card until Friday.

Hope you'll have a fantastic week!

Ellie.