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Dec 6, 2015

Penny Black and More - December Challenge

Hello and Happy St. Nicholas Day :-) Hope he left some goodies for the kids :-)

It's the first Sunday of the month and we have a new challenge for you at Penny Black and More. We know everyone is  having a busy month, so we're making it easy for you and this month our theme is Anything Goes with stamping

As always we have some wonderful prizes to give away, and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times for more chances to win.

I have two cards to share with you today. First up I made a card using "Snowy" which is a stamp my husband picked out for me a few years ago :-)

I did a water color wash for the colored background. I actually wanted to make a one-layer-card, but when peeling off my masking tape, some of the watercolor paper tore, so I just cut it into a square and mounted it onto purple then the white card base.
I stamped a few snowflakes from the set "Holiday Snippets" onto the background. "Snowy" was stamped onto xpress it blending card, colored with copic markers and fussy cut. The sentiment is from the set "Season's Gifts". I embellished with a few sequins to finish it off.

For my second card I used the stamp "Snowy Hamlet".

The card was very easy to make. I simply heat embossed the image on kraft card stock using versamark ink and black embossing powder. Then added some snowy highlights using a white colored pencil. The image was then framed using the negative of a nestabilities die cut, which I embossed using a polka dots embossing folder and inked with distress ink. 

I also embossed "Merry Christmas" in black on the inside, but forgot to take a photo of the inside.
This stamp is currently up on my ebay, if you are interested.

I am also playing along here:
A Gem of a Challenge- Christmas anything goes
Penny Black Saturday Challenge- Dec - Christmas /holidays
Sweet Stampin - snow time
Crafty Catz - Let It Snow
PDE Linky Party - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Winter
Creative Knockouts -Tis The Season
Crafting By Designs-  December Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed Designs - Anything Goes Christmas
Paper Shelter Challenge - A Christmas Card

Thank you so much for visiting!
 Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  


brenda said...

Two super Christmas cards Ellie, the clean lines of the card with Snowy really set him off and the snow on the village scene is really effective.

Hope you have a good Sunday.

B x

Mervi said...

Two fabulous cards Ellie, love the sparkle and background in Snowy card.
Not any snow here;-))m

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!!

Whisper said...

Oooo Snowy is my favourite snowman and i so love with what you have done with him and i'm loving the black embossing on kraft card for your snowy hamlet too, Luv Sam x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous! LOVING that snowman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna said...

Both beautiful cards!

walchowDesign said...

Two beautiful cards!Beautiful bg for the first card and the snowman is simply adorable!

Amy Johnson said...

Such lovely cards, I especially like the first one. The image is so cute, and I love the background you created!

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Two gorgeous cards, both snowy and perfect for our 'Snowy' challenge this week at Sweet Stampin'. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us this week. Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Both cards are fabulous! Your background turned out beautifully and the snowman is cute. Love the scenery on the second one. Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks
Guest Designer

Jane said...

Wow, such beautiful cards

Anonymous said...

two beautiful cards! i love the soft background of snowy - he's just so cute! i also love the elegant second card with a cozy village scene.

kiwimeskreations said...

Beautiful cards Ellie - love the snowy scene on the kraft,and the background to the snowman is gorgeous.

Shirley said...

Two fabulous cards Ellie both so different but equalaly full of Christmas cheer.
I must try to get some xpress it card as it seems to make the colours really bright. I have not heard of it before.
Have a lovely christmas.


Greta said...

Great cards! I really love the PB snowman & your beautiful coloring! Thanks for joining us at PBSC!

Leanne said...

The scene is gorgeous, love the white on it, nicely done. The purple and snowman wonderful, gorgeously done, thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne DT 4CC

April said...

What a adorable snowman. And I really like the purple. Thank you for joining the Creative Knockouts Challenge.

Tracy said...

Hi Ellie
These are gorgeous, beautiful colours and I love both designs.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Linby said...

Two gorgeous cards, love your snowman so jolly and the wonderful Snowy scene.
Lynn x