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Nov 30, 2013

Whimsy and Stars Winter Friends

Hello everyone and thanks so much for visiting! A warm welcome to my new followers!!

Today I am sharing a card made with a super cute digi from Whimsy and Stars Studio - Winter Friends.  What a fun image to color!!
I used my copics for coloring, and then fussy cut it out using my cutterbee scissors. Created a little snowy scene by stamping a snowflakes background stamp, and tearing some paper to make a snowy hill. Added a little bit of glitter, a postmark sentiment and twine. 

Product list:
Stamps: Winter friends (whimsy and stars), snowflakes background (Whimsy), Postmark stamp (Whimsy)
Papers: kraft, red, aqua (SU), neenah, copic Xpress blending card
Inks: white craft ink, choc. chip
Embellishments: twine, glitter
Tools: 1" circle punch, circle nestabilities
Copic markers used:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Clothes: R20, R22, R24, R27 B000, B00 (gloves, trims)
Reindeer: E21, E25, E27, E33, R20, R22, R24, R27
YR20, YR24 (collar and bow), R20, R27 (present)

Playing along in a few challenges:
Crafting By Designs - F, 5E -  Christmas/Winter 
Inky Impressions - SIO - #136 Presents and gifts
 Simon Says Stamp -  Anything goes
 Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E, - Alway's Anything Goes 
Lexi's Creations - 2W - (2nd week) Christmas  

If you are doing any shopping this weekend, don't forget to check out Whimsy and Stars.
 Today is the very last day you can take advantage of the SALE going on right now.

 See coupon code in logo below.  

Have a great day everyone!

Nov 20, 2013

Whimsy Stamps November Rubber Stamp RELEASE DAY HOP

It's release day at Whimsy Stamps!!! Today Whimsy Stamps released several new super cute stamps, as well as dies, a couple of gorgeous designer paper packs and something completely new - digital card kits designed by Michele Roos for Whimsy Stamps. 
 If you'd like to see all the newly released products on one page, just visit the  
Whimsy Inspirations Blog to take a peek.
Of course we are holding another blog hop with some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team. 
And as always one lucky "hopper" will win two gorgeous new release stamps. All you have to do to be entered, is visit each DT member (listed below), and leave comments along the way.
For today I decided to use one of the brand new digital card kits designed by Michele Roos. These are so fun to create with and use! I used the kit "Frosty Night 1" and made this adorable little box. I thought it was the perfect size for a set of handmade earrings.

Yes, I did make those earrings myself. So proud of myself. I have been wanting to create earrings for some time now, but always got confused by all the different materials, stones, metals out there that I had no clue where to even begin. Finally decided to buy the e-book "visually teaching jewelery making", and that really helped me a lot. So there it is, my first pair of handmade earrings, which I will be wearing for my daughter's christmas dance recital :-)

The beautiful sentiment is part of the card kit. The penguin however is not, it is a stamp from today's release, illustrated by the amazingly talented Crissy Armstrong - Penguin Chocolate Surprise

The image has been colored using copic markers, and then cut out. I added a little bit of glitter to the bow and the hat.
Here is another view. I added an eyelet onto the polka dotted tag (which is part of the kit), then used some twine to hold the penguin and tag together.

Doesn't this make a cute little gift? Of course instead of the earrings you can add other jewelry, maybe some candy or even folded $$. The box measures about 2" square by 1 1/4 deep. Super cute!
And it was so easy to create, all I had to do is print out the template, then cut out, score and fold.

Be sure to visit the rest of the Whimsy Designers so see what they have made, and don't forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win some Whimsy Goodies. You have until tomorrow, Thursday, noon EST to hop along. The winners from all the hops will be announced on the
 Whimsy Inspirations Blog on Friday!

Ellie (me)

Have a wonderful Wednesday and

 Happy Hopping!!

Nov 19, 2013

Whimsy Stamps November Rubber Stamps - Sneak Peek hop

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

It's almost time for the Whimsy Stamps Rubber and Die November Release, and that means today is Sneak Peek Blog Hop time. I hope you'll join us for a chance to win a fabulous Whimsy prize.
You will have 24 hours to hop along, to be entered into the drawing. Then tomorrow we are holding the Release blog hop, and will be showing you the full reveal, followed by a review hop on Thursday. Each day there will be one winner. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog on Friday!

Here is what I created for today. 
I used one of the new (available tomorrow) stamps from Whimsy's Time for Tea designs - Warm Hands, Warm Heart. She's been colored using copic markers and then cut out using my cutterbee scissors. 
I decided to create a little scene, so I cut a "hill" using an oval shape by CM, and some pretty designer paper for the "sky". I thought the new die "santa's sleigh" would fit perfectly into my scene, so I added it too. You should be able to find this die tomorrow (or later today perhaps?) in Whimsy's Shapeology die section.

Found the perfect sentiment too, from one of last year's releases - Sleigh Ride by Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy. What a beautiful set, not only does it include several sentiments, but also a gorgeous "sleigh ride" image and an old fashioned sleigh. Just beautiful!

To finish my card I added a few silver snowflakes (made with Whimsy's snowflakes border die - I just cut them apart). Then added some silver cord and some machine sewing. Of course there had to be some glitter too!

Enough about my card now. Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's creations, I am sure they are all stunning! And don't forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to be entered into the drawing.  Here is a complete list of design team blogs to visit. 


Have fun hopping, and hope to see you back tomorrow, as I have another fun new release project planned!

Nov 18, 2013

Penny Black and More - November Mid Month

Happy Monday everyone! 

Sharing a Penny Black cutie today, that I made for our mid-month reminder post at Penny Black and More. There is still a little time left to play along in our Anything Goes challenge, and several chances to win a fabulous prize. 

 To make my card I used one of the stamps from the clear set "Holly Jolly". The image has been colored using copic markers. Sentiment is from the set "Winter Letter Seals" from Whimsy Stamps. The snowflake border die is also from Whimsy Stamps. I embellished with a tiny clear button and twine, did some machine sewing and then added some stickles glitter to finish it off. 

Lots of "snowy" challenges going on, so I am playing along in a few too:
Penny Black Saturday - Sparklers
Crafty Catz -Anything But a Square
Creative Corner - Let It Snow
Stempelsonnen Challenge - It's Snowing
4 Crafty Chicks -  Snowflakes
Happy Campers -  Glitter It
Hanna & Friends -  Glitter
Little Miss Muffet Challenges -   Seeing Dots
ABC Christmas Challenge - Winter Wishes
Divas by Design - snow
House That Stamps Built -  Snow fun


Have a great day!!

Nov 14, 2013

Inspired by Pinterest 1

Happy Thursday everyone and thanks for stopping by! 

Since I am doing all this "pinning" on pinterest, I thought it's about time I actually create things inspired by pinterest. So today is my first official "Pinterest Inspired" post, and hopefully I will do this on a regular basis. If there is anyone out there wanting to play along with me being inspired by pinterest, then I'd love to see what you have made, including a link in your post to what inspired you on pinterest.

Above is my creation inspired by a beautiful card I pinned some time ago. I used a beautiful puppy digistamp from Lee Holland. I was lucky enough to catch this one as a freebie off  Lee's Facebook page. It was a 24 hour freebie, and might now be available to purchase in Lee's Etsy store (see Lee Holland's blog sidebar). 

It's been colored using Copic Markers. I fussy cut it out, adhered it to my card using pop up dots. 

This is the card that inspired me. Isn't it beautiful?

I kept the same layout, but instead of a snowman I used the cute puppy. Of course I don't have that die/ frame, so I used my double scallop square doily die from Whimsy Stamps instead. I am going to need a few winter birthday cards, so I kept the birthday theme on my card. The card needed something on the top edge so I added some ribbon.

I would love to play along in a few challenges:

 Crafty Ribbons -  Anything Goes with Ribbon 
Crafty Creations - Dies/punches
Everybody-Art-Challenge  Card For A Boy
 4 Krafty Girlz Anything Goes
I would love to come see your pinterest inspired projects, so I am including inlinkz below.
 Before linking please be sure that your post includes a link to your pinterest inspiration piece. 

Have a fabulous day everyone!!

Nov 13, 2013

Whimsy Inspires Challenge - Rubber Design Team Inspiration

Happy Wednesday everyone and many thanks for stopping by!

I made today's card for the Whimsy Inspirations Challenge, it's the Rubber Team's turn to share some inspiration, so be sure to visit the Challenge blog to see all the fabulous creations by the Design Team. There are still a couple weeks left to play along in this month's challenge for a chance to win one of the fabulous Whimsy prizes up for grabs. The theme is simply anything goes, so if you are creating something, why not enter it into the challenge for a chance to win!

Here is what I created, using one of Kenny K's stamps from the October release. By the way, Kenny K is going to be selling his own stamps soon, and they will soon no longer be available to be purchased at Whimsy Stamps.I believe all the Kenny K rubber stamps are on sale now since they are being retired from whimsy stamps. If you are interested you can have a peek HERE.
I used copic markers to color the image, it has been fussy cut out, and I decided not to use the background part of the stamp. 

I thought the sentiment from the set "Winter Notables 1" would be perfect to use with the words on the image.It has been cut out using the Notables 1 die.

I kept the card pretty CAS, so it can be used for a masculine card. Simply added the button with twine and a diecut snowflake using Whimsy's layered snowflake die set. Oh, and I needed something on the top corners, so I went with silver brads. Maybe I should have used silver cord with the button too, but that didn't occur to me until just now, and the card is finished, so it will stay this way. 

Products used:
Papers: SU, Neenah, Winter Blues DP  (Whimsy Stamps)
Embellishments: button, twine, brads
Copics for coloring 

 If you'd like to play along in this month's anything goes challenge, simply click the logo below.

Have a fabulous day everyone!!

Nov 12, 2013

Whimsy and Stars Studio - Holiday Sale

Hi everyone, sorry no card to post right now, but just wanted to let you all know there is a sale going on at Whimsy and Stars Studio, starting today until the end of the month.

Mabelle also just released two new digis.

You can see some fun projects made with them by visiting the Whimsy and Stars blog.

Have a fabulous day!!

Nov 9, 2013

WordPlay Saturday - November Challenge

Hello and welcome to the November Word Play Saturday Challenge!
I want to thank each and every one of you that played along in last month's challenge. And I also want to apologize for not having been able to visit all your blogs. October has been a super busy (but fun) month for me, as I had my family from overseas visiting and staying with us throughout most of the month. I don't get to see them that much, so of course I wanted to spend much of my time with them. Thank you for understanding!

Before I get to the new "word" I'd like to announce last month's winner. chose #163

That is Shell.

Congratulation Shell, please email me your complete address at ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com.


The challenge word this month is...


Simply create a project with a snowman somewhere on it. I can't wait to see all of your snowmen!!

Here is what I created.

Products used:
Stamps: Snowman String of Hearts, Sleigh Ride (both by Whimsy Stamps)
Papers: Christmas Time Designer Paper (Whimsy Stamps), SU, Neenah 
Tools: Layered Snowflake dies, slider 1 die (both Whimsy Stamps), janome sewing machine
Embellishments: gold cord, stickles glitter
Copics for coloring.

This month I am giving away this fabulous stamp to one lucky randomly selected winner. The stamp comes from my own personal collection, so it has been slightly used.

A few things to remember:
 It must be a new creation
You may combine this with other challenges
You must mention and link this blog when entering the challenge
You may enter up to 4 times
Would love to have you as a follower, but it is not a requirement

ETA 5/20/18:
To protect the privacy of those who entered this challenge, the linky tool has now been removed.

Nov 5, 2013

Tiddly Inks Special Guest Designer

Hello everyone and many thanks for visiting! 

Earlier this year I was one of the lucky people chosen as a special guest designer for Tiddly Inks. Huge thanks to Christy off Tiddly Inks for allowing me to play with some of  her cuties!!

 Below is my creation for  the latest challenge - anything goes. I hope you'll get a chance to play along in this challenge, as there is a fabulous tiddly inks prize up for grabs!

Here is what I created using the super adorable digi "Lilli Claire -Make a Wish".
She's been colored  using copic markers. The papers are from a 6x6 paper pack by My Minds Eye, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby some time ago. Thought the image would be perfect for a little birthday card, so I added a birthday sentiment from Whimsy Stamps. The flourish was made using one of Whimsy Stamps Flourishes dies, and the beautiful flower was diecut using a MFT die. I added some sticky pearls and glitter as embellishments, and to finish if off I did a little bit of sewing.

Here is another view:

If you'd like to play along in this challenge, simply click THIS LINK to see what the super talented Tiddly Inks Designer and Guests created, and to link up your own Tiddly Inks creation. Want to play along but don't have any Tiddly Inks images? Then be sure to check out the Freebies and Bargain Bin, and don't forget about all the other cuties available in the Tiddly Inks Store. You can even choose between digi or clear stamps!!

I'd love to play along in a few challenges too:

Brown Sugar – Things with Wings
 Pattie's Creations - Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - sparkles
   Seize The Birthday - Anything Birthday

Have a fabulous day everyone!!

Nov 3, 2013

Penny Black and More - November Challenge

It's the first Sunday of the month, and that means time for a new challenge at Penny Black and More! Everyone seemed to really enjoy our Anything goes theme last month, and since it's been so popular, we decided to once again have the theme of 

Anything goes!

As always, we have several fabulous prizes up for grabs, this time we are sponsored by Penny Black, Crafts U Love and My Mums Craft Shop. 
Don't forget you can use and make of stamps, just no digistamps please. 

Since I will be needing Christmas cards in the near future, I decided to make a Christmas card for this challenge.  
 I used the stamp "Skiing Snowman" from Penny Black. This time I got out my distress inks and watercolored the image. 
It's a pretty CAS card, I just added a layered snowflake and button as embellishments.

Here is a complete list of products used:
Stamps: Skiing Snowman (Penny Black - avail at PB Stamps), Holiday mini ticket sentiments (Whimsy Stamps)
Papers: Winter Blues Designer Paper (Whimsy Stamps) SU and Neenah Card stock
Tools: Layered Snowflake dies, mini ticket die (both Whimsy Stamps)
Embellishments: button, twine 

Hope you'll play along this month, simply click on the logo below to go straight to the Challenge Blog. 
Click for direct link to our challenge blog  

Playing along in a few other challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge -   Christmas is coming
 Catch The Bug - Anything Goes 
Totally Gorjuss -  Anything goes with snow 
Have a wonderful day!!

Nov 2, 2013


Happy Weekend, and thanks for stopping by!
I had some time to make a card today, and so I decided to use this cute stamp from Whimsy's latest release - "Presents" from Time for Tea Designs, available in rubber at Whimsy Stamps.

I used my copic markers for coloring, and after finishing I cut her out using my cutterbee scissors. I used the snowflake background stamp from Whimsy Stamps to add a little texture to the kraft background. The designer paper I used is from my stash. A pretty simple card, I just added the sentiment and a button with some twine. Of course I ended up using my sewing machine too!

 Here is another view.

I'd love to play along in a few challenges...
2 Sisters - Christmas with no red or green
Craftitude - Anything Goes/Use twine or string
 Crafty Hands Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes Christmas
Scrapping4funChallenges  Christmas or Holiday Card
Crafty Sentiment Designs  Anything Goes 
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday - Theme:  Free For All Twist: Anything Goes

 Products used:
Stamps: Presents, Snowflake Background, Holiday Notables 2 (all Whimsy Stamps) 
Papers: Neenah, SU
Tools: Ornaments border die, Notables 2 die (both Whimsy Stamps)
Embellishments: twine, button, glitter

Copics used: 
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Hair: E50, E31, E35, E47
Clothes: B0000, B41, B45
Boots: E31, E35, E47
Presents: E50, E31, B41, B45

Have a great day!!