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Feb 14, 2015

Bookmarks for Valentine's and Mixed Media Monthly

Happy Valentine's Day!

I spent the whole morning yesterday playing with stamps and inks, and today I get to show you the 3 bookmarks I made :-) If you are following me on Instagram, you might have seen them already. 

All 3 bookmarks are double sided. Below is the one I made for the kids, side 1. 

Below is the other side. I didn't really plan on adding blue here, but I hadn't cleaned my stencil last time I used it, so I got some blue ink mixed into the modeling paste.
 I made two of these, pretty much identical, so both kids would have the same one.

I used copic makers for coloring the images above. You can see that it was bleeding through the paper a bit, but since they are of vintage style, it doesn't really matter.

Since I was having so much fun, I decided to make one for my husband too. He loves to read, so it will come in handy :-)
Side 1
Side 2
The images on hubby's bookmark were colored with Faber Castell Polychromos, mainly because I have trouble coloring the cats above with copics, but I decided to color them all with pencils because of the bleeding through. 

These were actually pretty easy to make. I simply used different stamps for the background, sponged some distress inks along the edges and then stamped my images right onto the tags. After coloring, I used a stencil and some modeling paste to finish them off. 
I wanted these bookmarks to last a while, so I laminated them. 

You can see in the first one here (below), that there is more blue ink on the modeling paste. It was the first backside I made. (Didn't get as much blue on the second one, which you can see above.) 

Sorry about the bad photo above, it was copied from my Instagram account. These are the 3 I made. Since I made two of the same I was able to photograph both sides of that one, but not of the 3rd one.

Product List:
Share a Hug, So Very Much, Furry Affection, Butterfly Suite
(all above are by Penny Black)
little hearts in envelope stamp by SU
Distress inks in various colors
copics, faber castell polychromos pencils
stencils (sorry I don't know the names) 
modeling paste, grosgrain ribbon

These bookmarks are made to fit the challenge at

Mixed Media Monthly - Think Pink (pink hearts, pink umbrella)

Lots of love and hearts challenges so I am also playing along here:
Bloggers -  Love is in the Air
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards -  Love is in the Air 
Fussy and Fancy - It's All About Love
 Jo's Scrap Shack - Valentine's Day
Scrap & Craft Challenge  - Valentines/Love/Romance
Tuesday Throwdown - Love is in the Air
Crafter's Cafe - Hearts
Crafting By Designs - Love Is In The Air
Crafting for all Seasons -  Have a Heart (2nd Week)
Inky Impressions - Valentine's/Love
Stampotique Designers' Challenge -  It's All Love and Hearts

Deep Ocean Challenge -Love is all around
 The Stamping Boutique - Hearts
Wags 'n Whiskers -  For Someone You Love
4 Crafty Chicks -Valentines
Also playing along here:
Frosted Designs Friday Challenge -  Get Messy x2 - use 2 messy items- I used inks and paste 
Just Inspirational Challenges -Any Animal
Simon Says Stamp -  All Creatures Great and Small 
Crafty Gals Corner -   Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals -  So Sentimental

Thanks so much for visting! I hope you have some fun things planned for today! The kids and I are going to be making some Valentine's cupcakes this morning and surprise hubby with them after he gets off work :-)


Leigh Penner said...

These are so sweet!

Kathi said...

What a wonderful set of bookmarks! I really like the background for all three of them and think the slight blue paste looks great!

Thanks for playing along with us at Stampotique Designers Challenges!

Whisper said...

Oooo absolutely super hun & what a lovely idea to make for yor children & husband, Luv Sam x

Unknown said...

These are so adorable! Fabulous texture and colors! Happy Valentine's day and thanks for joining us @ Red Rubber Inspirationals!
Drea DT Host Inspirational #207

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are adorable!!!!!

Sarah said...

These are all so cute!Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

Georgiana said...

Wow! These bookmarks are awesome. My students would love them!

Lynn said...

Those bookmarks are super cute and artistic. Your family is lucky to receive them.

Donna B. said...

What fun tags! Thanks so much for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

brenda said...

What a fab collection Ellie, loving the colours and textures.

B x

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Oh, these are just adorable.
Caroline xxx

Kara Lynne said...

I love the colors and those darling images!

Amy Johnson said...

These are adorable! I love the style! I pinned them all to my Penny Black board.

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh so cute - love them Ellie. The images are so sweet and the sentiments are perfect for them.

Greta said...

Darling bookmarks! Bet your family loves them!

ElizabethR said...

They are gorgeous bookmarks, those Penny Black stamps are so cute. Thank you for joining in the Frosted Designs challenge, Elizabeth x

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie, these are so cute, I love the colours you have chosen too, Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this time, hugs Pops x x x

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

These tags are so cute and beautiful! Really beautiful! Love all the different techniques and images. Thank you for joining us this week in our Funday Friday Valentine's day challenge!
♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and so Sweet. Thank you so much for playing us at Crafting for all Seasons.
Hugs Elfie

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow these are just the CUTEST!!! Love the tags and the distressed inking really gives them a fun look too! :)

Pam Tiedtke, or Pammie Lou said...

I just love these! The vintage "cute" look. It's difficult to pull of cute with vintage and these are perfect!! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous tags Ellie! The images are all adorable and I love the colours and textures.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Unknown said...

Lovely tags!! I love your background colors and textures - they just bring your stamped images alive! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

Becca Cruger said...

EEEEeee! These are just the sweetest things ever! Love all the inky background and the great textures!

Jill Norwood said...

Love these! They are so sweet! Thanks for subbing to my blog! I am your newest member! :) Jill

Lisa Mensing said...

Adorable! Love the vintage feel. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner.

Bianca said...

You have made such a lovely project! I love your colorcombo too! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! Bianca XX

Unknown said...

These are all to die for! ... Seriously! Can I have one? Please?

Gez Butterworth said...


Thank you for joining the Stampotique Designers Challenge. Gez

Anonymous said...

Adorable Valentine !Thanks for joining us at Chocolate Coffee and cards for our "Love is in the Air " Challenge - DT - Crystal

Brenda in IN said...

These are so adorable!! I would be thrilled to open my book and see this waiting for me.

Anonymous said...

aww, these are all so adorable ellie! i love them and i bet they were well received!

Colleen Dietrich said...

These are the CUTEST bookmarks, Ellie! So much love and attention to detail went into each's obvious. :)

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Oh my...cutest tags ever!! Thank you for joining the challenge at the Red Rubber Inspirational blog this week! Lynda - DT Champion Red Rubber Designs

Raechelle Bellus said...

These are amazing! So cute and beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!

Debbie said...

Cute tags! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Rachel said...

awwwwww these are so cute~!! i really love how you made them all 'vintagey'. i love the mice the best :) Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

*Arwen* said...

Gorgeous tags!
Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge :)

xx Arwen