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Mar 26, 2014

Miyako and Kate

I have been doing a little bit of coloring and so I decided to make a card to play in a few challenges.
The stamps I used are from Whimsy's newest release. Did you get to see all the latest Whimsy products, including the new line of photopolymer stamp sets, which is in addition to the red rubber stamps! And don't forget the matching dies. The new photopolymer stamps are made here in the US and they stamp beautifully. I cannot tell you how much I wish another one of my favorite stamp companies would have their clear stamps made in the US. It makes such a big difference!! 

I didn't use a clear stamp on today's card, as there is a separate DT for the Clearly Whimsy line, but I was sent a clear set and that is how I know that they stamp so beautifully!

To make this card I stamped the image Miyako and Kate from Whimsy's Sandy Allnock Designs onto kraft card stock using versafine onyx ink. I decided to get out my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and do some pencil coloring. 
The "frame" I used behind the sentiment and butterfly are from the rubber set Tabula Rasa by Whimsy's Raindrop Echo Designs. I simply cut it out using my cutterbee scissors and inked up the edges.   The little sentiment is part of the set Miyako and Kate. It actually comes with several great sentiments. Designer papers are from MME. Butterfly was punched out using a Martha Stewart punch. Added some twine and glitter to finish it off.

I am playing along in the following challenges: 

Creative Card Crew  Animals
Hobbycutz   Girly but no Pink.
Crafty Calendar   Animal Antics
Pumpkin spice  Dots 
 And that is all for today. Thanks for visiting!

Mar 19, 2014

Whimsy Stamps & Kit and Clowder Release Party Blog Hop

Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps March 2014 rubber stamp and die release BLOG HOP!
This month’s brand new release of image stamps, sentiment sets, shapeology dies, and designer paper pack is now available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store! To celebrate this new release, the Whimsy DT are holding a BLOG HOP today to share creations made with our new release goodies, and I am part of today’s hop!  

FOUR prizes of 2 new release rubber stamps have been hidden on the Whimsy DT blogs throughout our 5-day release event this week. As the location of the prizes are secret, be sure to leave a comment on ALL the stops on each daily blog hop to maximize your chance of winning! The lucky winners will be drawn over the weekend and announced on the Whimsy blog on Monday (March 24th). To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

This month, Whimsy has something extra for you! Kit & Clowder is an online coloring community run by Alyce Keegan. The Kit &Clowder DT are hosting a special joint release party event today, which includes a special blog hop showcasing Whimsy’s March release. So today's Whimsy DT are also sharing their creations in this second hop! There is a $25 gift voucher up for grabs as a prize for the Kit and Clowder release party, and details of how to enter can be found over at Kit &Clowder. PLEASE NOTE - this is a separate event, so if you simply want to join in the regular Whimsy release hop, please visit the blogs listed at the beginning of this post.

Please click here if you'd like to join the special Kit and Clowder Release Event

If you are already hopping along for the Kit and Clowder Release Event, you should have arrived here from  Debbie's blog, if not and you'd like to hop in Kit and Clowder's hop simply click the Event
link above to start at the beginning. 

Here is my creation for today's hop. 
I used the stamp "Birthday Present" from Whimsy's Time for Tea designs.

 She has been colored using copic markers, cut out using cutterbee scissors, and then adhered to my card. The sentiment is from the new set "Mini Chalkboards" from Whimsy's SC designs. I stamped it onto espresso card stock with versamark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder. The designer paper used is from my stash.
I simple added a button with some twine and did some sewing to finish it off. 

Here is another view.

 Your next stop on the Kit & Clowder hop is
Faye's blog.

 Make sure to check out the Release page for more fun competitions and chances to win, and don't forget to join up to the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group for even more chances to win!

Have fun hopping!!

Just as a reminder, the top list of blogs is for the Whimsy Stamps Release hop only, if you'd like to hop along in the combined Whimsy and Kit & Clowder hop simply visit the blogs below. 
To make it easier, here is the complete combined Blog Hop list

Alyce | Amanda | Amy | Andrea | Danielle | Debbie | Ellie | Faye | Jenny |

Jodi | Kathy | Rita | Shannah | Jacque 

Mar 18, 2014

A little Penny Black cuteness

Good morning and happy Tuesday! 
I am back again with a new card and a little reminder about this month's Penny Black and More Challenge - so sweet. Did you play along yet? As usual we have some great prizes to give away, and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times.

I used one of my new stamps today - "Prize Cupcake".

A very clean and simple creation. I stamped the image onto copic xpress blending card and colored with copic markers. Used my cutterbee scissors for cutting out then glued onto 110lb recollections card stock. 
The pattered paper is from a 6x6 pack by MME. To finish it off I added a few punched out butterflies and sticky rhinestones. Sentiment is from the PB clear set "Critter Party'. 

Playing in a few challenges:
Fussy and Fancy Birthdays 
Simply Create Too - Animals 
Sister Act Card Challenge -  Anything Goes 
Stampin' For The Weekend - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!

Mar 17, 2014

Whimsy Stamps - March Rubber Stamps and Die Sneak Peek Day 1

Happy Monday!! Today is the first day of Whimsy Stamps Rubber and Die Release Sneak Peek. Whimsy Stamps is going to be releasing lots of cute and gorgeous stamps and dies on Wednesday, and of course we are holding blog hops with some prizes along the way too. I am part of today's hop and maybe you'll have time to join us. As usual, you only have 24 hours to hop along with us each day, so be sure to visit the Designer's blogs listed below and comment before 12noon EST tomorrow.

Today we are showing you creations made with stamps by artists Cathy Delannssay and Sandy Allnock. I used the stamp "Fairy on Tree" ilustrated by Cathy Delannsay.

The sentiment stamp and dies used here are also from this upcoming release. I used a pretty simple sketch. Embellished  with the diecut flowers, some ribbon and glitter, rhinestones, and then did some machine sewing. 

If you'd like to hop along today, simply visit the blogs below. Don't forget to leave comments along the way.

Have fun hopping :-)

Products used:
Stamps: Fairy on Tree, sentiment from "Girl Talk" set (by SC designs),
Papers: SU, recollections, xpress blending card
Dies: Garden Flowers die set (RE designs), slider 1 die
Copics for coloring

Mar 14, 2014

Playing with ink and a mix of stamps

I finally have a new card to show you! My lost package of Penny Black stamps has finally arrived and of course I couldn't wait to ink up some new stamps. 
I created a floral card today, using a mix of stamps and inks, embossing powder and glitter.

This card was so much fun to make! I started out by inking up the paper using distress inks. Then I randomly used different stamps on the paper using matching distress inks. The large flower in the foreground was stamped using memento ink, so I could color it with copic markers. The last stamping I did was stamp the harlequin stamp with versamark and emboss with white embossing powder. You can find the complete list of stamps and products used at the end of this post.

Here is a another view.

I am playing along in a few challenges too:

A Vintage Journey -Anything Tim Holtz
Alphabet Challenge -  C for Country Flowers
Challenges and candies Flowers
Seize The Birthday -  Birthday Stitches
Crafty Creations - Happy Birthday
Tuesday Throwdown - Stitching
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Distress
Stamp and Create - Ready for Spring 

I decided to show you one reason why I don't make as many cards as I want to -
because I hate cleaning up my desk when I am finished with a project. And it is hard for me to start a new project with this mess. 

Below is the other side of my desk. This side is usually covered in designer papers and diecuts/ metal dies, but not today since I didn't use any.  

Just noticed my embossing powder still dumped out, which I better clean up soon before the kitties get into it.
Thanks for stopping by,
hope you have a fabulous and sunny weekend! 

Products used:
Stamps: Delicate Florals (Penny Black), Looks like Spring (SU-retired), Lavish Flourishes (Whimsy Stamps), Music sheet (Hero Arts), Simple Sentiments (NEW CLEAR stamp set by Whimsy stamps)
Inks: Tim Holtz distress inks (broken china, spiced marmalade, peeled paint), memento tuxedo , versamark
Tools: ink applicator, heating tool for embossing
Embellishments: glitter, embossing powder, button, twine.
Blooms colored with copic markers.

Mar 8, 2014

WordPlay Saturday - March Challenge

Happy Saturday and thanks for stopping by! 
It is already the second saturday of the month, and that means it's time for a new wordplay saturday challenge here on my blog.
But first it's time to announce last month's winner. chose # 33.
That is kbrandy4.

Congratulation, please email me (ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com) your mailing address so I can get your prize mailed to you.


 I have decided that this month's challenge will be the last one for now. It has been a long long winter and I am really looking forward to warmer weather and a little more time outside.
Thank you everyone for your support and for playing along in my challenges over these last 12+ month!!

For this month the challenge word I have chosen is...


So anything goes this month, just be sure it is something new and not backlinked.
Here is what I made.

 For my card I used one of the Henry the Mouse stamps from the 
The kit was only available for pre-order and cannot be ordered any longer. 
But soon the Summer Stamp kit will be available for pre-order, and as soon as I get my kit I will be showing some sneak peeks.

This month I am giving away this adorable stamp from Whimsy - Love you Mice, from my personal collection, so it has been slightly used.

I will select a random winner on Saturday, April 12.

To play along this month simply link up your creation below.

Mar 3, 2014

Think Spring

I recently created this spring themed card for the Whimsy Stamps  Facebook  challenge. This month we'd like to see spring colors! I do hope you'll join us. Of course there will be a prize too!
You can find all the details by clicking the link I posted above.

I used the cute stamp "Think Spring Bunnies"  illustrated by Crissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps. Isn't it adorable?! I can't wait to see bunnies in my backyard again, although since we have cats there aren't quite as many as we used to have.

It's been stamped onto Copic xpress blending card and colored using copic markers. I used distress ink and an ink applicator tool to add ink to the white card stock. 

The sentiment is from the set "Everyday Moments" from Whimsy's SC designs. I layered it onto part of the Fancy Square die cut, made with Whimsy's die from the latest release. I finished it off by doing some sewing, added a yellow strip of card stock and some twine.

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

Cute Card Thursday -  Springtime
Glitter n Sparkle - Add a Sentiment

Thanks for visiting and 
happy stamping!!

Products used:
Stamps: Think Spring, Everyday Moments (both by Whimsy Stamps)
Inks: Memento black, distress broken china, copics for coloring
Papers: copic blending card, recollections 110lb, daffodil delight SU
Embellishments: twine, glitter

Mar 2, 2014

Penny Black and More - March Challenge

Well I just can't believe that is finally March! Not really spring like over here yet (we are actually supposed to get more snow this weekend!), but the warmer weather isn't far now :-) I don't think I ever looked forward to spring as much as this year...

Since it's the first Sunday of the Month it is also time for the new Penny Black and More challenge. This month we'd like to see 

Something sweet.

This of course can be more than just sweet food, think sweet kids or babies, sweet smelling flowers, etc.

I used the stamp "you're a peach" which was illustrated by Mo Manning and is now available as a cling rubber stamp from Penny Black.

I colored her up with my copic markers, and used my cutterbee scissors to cut it out. I kept the card very CAS, by just adding a strip of washi tape to the right side, and a punched border. 
The sentiment is from a set by Flonzcraft, who is one of our generous sponsors this month. The butterflies are art of the stamp, I just placed them differently, since they were cut out too.
I used a stamp from the itty bitty background set (retired SU) behind the image.

I'd love to play along in the following challenges:

DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge -Image of a girl or lady
Seize The Birthday -Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Keep it simple
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes

Hope you'll join us this month at Penny Black and More, as usual we have some fabulous prizes to give away from our fabulous and very generous sponsors. Of course you may combine it with other challenges, and feel free to use any make stamps, just no digis.

Have a fabulous day!