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Mar 1, 2015

You are the Bestest for Penny Black and More

Happy Sunday!

Hard to believe March has already arrived! Time flies! Hope it warms up soon too! Our water pipes actually froze two nights ago, luckily hubby was home and knew what to do :-)

First Sunday of the month  also means it's time for a new challenge at Penny Black and More. And what's more fitting for the month of March than

Blossoms and Bows?

I hope you'll join as. We have some fantastic prizes to give away again, and you can enter up to 3 times! Don't forget you don't have to use a Penny Black stamp, all we ask is that you  main focal point has been hand stamped (no digi) but you can use any stamp company. 

For today's card I used one of my -new to me- stamps "You are the Bestest".

I stamped the image using versafine onyx ink, and colored with Grumbacher Deluxe watercolors. 
Some of you probably saw this on my Instagram, as I like to share things there as I create them (unless it is something for an upcoming release and the image has to be kept secret).
I am not great at watercoloring, but can't get better if I don't practice :-) Kind of wish I made the sky a deeper blue. 

The sketch is kept simple, to keep the focus on the cute stamp. I embellished with some twine and a couple glittered butterflies. 

Products used:
You are the Bestest (by Penny Black avail. in my Etsy Shop)
Sentiment from older Penny Black clear set
fabriano watercolor paper, 
110lb recollections card stock, SU card stock and designer paper
MS butterfly punch, SU border punch
twine, glitter
Grumbacher deluxe watercolor paints

PS: I wasn't 100 % happy with my coloring here, so I redid this card using copic markers, yesterday. But it was already dark outside when I was done, so I will be updating this post later in the day today.

Ok, as promised here is the re-done card, using copic markers instead of the watercolors :-)
I think I like this version better, what do you think??

I would also love to play along here:

Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge -  Anything Goes
DRS Designs - All Ears (include ears)
Scrap & Craft Challenge - Birthday
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything Goes 
Wonderful Wednesdays -  Always Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew  - Birthday with Sentiment

Deep Ocean Challenge -Our Furry Friends 
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes 
  PDE Linky Party  - Animals

Thanks for visiting!!


brenda said...

I've been allocated half an hour before system restoration continues, then fingers crossed my computer activities will be back to normal. So quickly popping in say what lovely work Ellie. And hope your little one is better.

B x

Mervi said...

Hi Ellie, I love this stamp, one of my spring faves. It's a lovely colouring and beautiful design.
Happy Sunday;-))m

Whisper said...

Simply gorgeous hun and you are so right, as this does not need too much, as its quite big, Luv Sam x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So beautiful! LOVING those little flowers!!!!!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Sweet card! Love the kitty!

Kara Lynne said...

Aw, what a sweet cat! Your card is a breath of spring air!

Anonymous said...

these are both so cute ellie and so perfectly stitched as always! i love your colouring on both cards; the watercolours would yield a more transparent look compared to the more vivid copics. you know me, i always prefer water colouring. :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Both cards are sweet and beautifully made Ellie, but I prefer the watercolour one!!

cass said...

Sweet cards. Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar this week for our Anything Goes challenge

Heather said...

A fabulous card Ellie, a great design and colour scheme, I love your beauaitfully colouedr cute PB cat and gorgeous details!!

Thanks so much for joining with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Heather xx

Lynn said...

This card makes me happy! You did a fantastic coloring job. I love all the little touches you added too.

Janis Lewis said...

Thank you for Linking Up at PDE Linky Party.
~Janis, PDE Linky Party owner
Pause Dream Enjoy Page on Facebook
We’d love you to link up your scrapbook pages over at our
sister challenge blog, Bimini Moose!

Linby said...

I love both versions Ellie - so cute!
Lynn x

Amy Johnson said...

Such a pretty spring card! I really need to see these right now. Only 17 more days of winter!

Shelia said...

Your beautiful spring card just makes me smile!! Love that kitty and all those beautiful flowers! Thank you for playing along with DRS Designs this week.

Shirley said...

This is my kind off card Ellie. Full of colour and cuteness. Your colouring is fantastic as is your card.


Tracy said...

Hi Ellie
Lovely creation, lovely colours, the image is great and lovely colouring too.
Happy crafting
Tracy x