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Nov 18, 2016

Penny Black and More - Midmonth Reminder

Good morning and thanks so much for visiting! It's time already for the midway reminder at Penny Black and More. Our theme is simple this month - Christmas Makes. I have a hard time making Christmas cards this year, it has been unseasonably warm over here so it's hard to think "Christmas". But I finally was able to come up with something using a cute hedgehog and snowman winter stamp. 

I recently bought some Neenah linen card stock, and that is what I used for my white. Love the linen texture!! I stamped using memento tuxedo ink and then colored with copic markers. I was careful not to blend too much, I don't think this paper is the best for copics, but I didn't have any issues with bleeding out of the lines, since I didn't add to many layers of color. A white faber castell pitt marker was used to add the white dots to the snowman's  hat and scarf. Don't you just love the look on that snowman's face :-) The image is from the set "Holly Jolly" by Penny Black.
Stickles glitter was added for some sparkle. Designer paper is from my stash, by Stampin Up (retired). 
 The card has been kept simple, after coloring the image I just stamped the sentiment and snowflakes from the set "Holiday Snippets".

 Hope you can come join us if you haven't already, or play again (you can enter up to 3 times). As always we have some wonderful prizes to give away!! 

Happy stamping!!

Nov 13, 2016

A Big Thank You

It's been a little while since I last made a card, but found some time to play yesterday and I made two cards :-) One I am showing you today, the other one I will show you later this week.

I stamped the cute image by Penny Black onto bristol vellum card stock using versafine ink and colored using Zig Clean Color brush pens. Wink of Stella was applied over the flower centers. Designer paper is from Stampin Up (retired). The card is kept clean and simple, the only embellishment other than wink of stella is green jute twine. Sentiment is from a clear set also by Penny Black. 

A little close up below...
Isn't the image just adorable!!

Today I am playing along at Allsorts with the theme of Feature a Creature, also playing along at Pile it on and Simon Says Stamp, both with the theme of "Thank You/ Thanks". 

And that is all for today. Hope you're all having a great Sunday and good start into next week!

Nov 7, 2016

Critters & Creatures Linky Party 9 - November

Happy Monday and thanks so much for stopping by! It's time for the November Critters and Creatures Linky Party! Thanks to everyone that played along last month! It's always great seeing so many of you play along!! Be sure to scroll down to see if your entry was a top choice.

As always anything goes featuring a critter or creature
This means it has to be the main focal point on your creation, and cannot be a little bug or butterfly.
Of course bugs or butterflies are fine to use, as long as they are the focal point. 

How about an optional theme this time?
Create an outdoor scene using a critter or creature. This is totally optional and just for some added fun.
I decided to play with some new dies today and a cute snowman for my creature. Tree dies and snowman are both from Penny Black. The little snowman has been stamped onto xpress it card and colored with copic markers, then fussy cut. 
I used masking fluid to create the snowy background, it was applied with a paint brush, let dry then inked with distress ink. The snowy hills were done by simply tearing some paper, and I added wink of stella for some sparkle. A glittered snowflake (MS punch) was added as an embellishment. Sentiment also by Penny Black. 

I did a little bit of stamping on the inside using a pine tree stamp from Penny Black and old sentiment from Stampin Up. 
This card is listed in my Etsy shop if you're interested.


Now onto the top choices, as always it's hard to choose but here they are in no particular order:


Twisted Witch - Lin
DV 174 Birthday


Congratulations!! Your top pick badge for your blogs is below.

Now it's time to get out another critter or creature to feature! Can't wait to see what you make!
You have until November 30th 10pm CST to link up.
A few things to remember:
Focal point must be a critter or creature
No back-linking to older creations
Post must include link back here
Combine with any other challenges

Happy Stamping!!

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

Nov 6, 2016

Penny Black and More - November Challenge

Good morning! Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? Our challenge this month at Penny Back and More is a great time to get you started, our theme is Anything Christmas.  You don't have to use a Penny Black stamp, any company works, just be sure it's a clear or rubber stamp, as digis won't be eligible for any of the prizes, and stamping must be the focal point, one exception are penny black stickeroos. 

For today I used one of Penny Black's new Christmas stamps, Brush Pines.
I am sharing two cards today, first one up my favorite. The stamp was colored with distress markers, then spritzed with water before stamping. I also flicked some ink splatter onto the watercolor paper. 
Sentiment is from the stamp set Winter Pine, from last year's Penny Black Winter release. 
I did some machine sewing around the image, added a little button and linen jute twine to finish off the card.
Above is the second card I made. Again colored with distress markers, but I don't think I used any water with this one. The edges were inked using a yellow ink pad for a light glow. Red sequins were added to give it some color. Edges were sewn again and I also used the stamp on the card base behind the image panel. Sentiment is from a Penny Black Christmas sentiment set released last year.

Both these cards are listed in my Etsy shop if you're interested. 

Thanks so much for visiting! If you have some time be sure to check out the challenge blog to see what wonderful inspiration the rest of the team has to share and to take a peek at the wonderful prizes. Don't forget you can enter up to 3 times for more chances to win! Just be sure they all follow our simple rules which you can read about on the challenge blog. 

Happy Stamping!!

Nov 5, 2016

Let's color Linky Party 14 - November

Good morning, happy Saturday! November already and time for a new Let's Color Linky party.
I have a decided to change it up a little bit, and starting with this linky party, there are going to be monthly themes. I might change back to anything goes but for now I'd like to challenge everyone a bit by selecting themes. Hope you'll still come join in!

Thank you all for playing along last month. It's always great visiting your blogs. Be sure to scroll down to see if your entry was a top choice.

The November theme  is:
Winter Foliage 
(christmas trees, pines, poinsettias, holly, mistletoe etc.)

(Must include hand coloring of course!) 

I decided to ink up a wreath stamp by PSX. It's actually been heat embossed on bristol vellum card stock and then colored using a mix of Distress and Zig Clean Color markers. Stickles glitter was applied to the golden fruit and Wink of Stella to the red berries and tiny flowers. Sentiment is by SU and also heat embossed. I matted the image panel onto shiny gold card stock and then used SU card stock for my card base.

A close up below, isn't this stamp just gorgeous!! I love all the details!

This card is listed in my Etsy shop if you're interested. 


Now onto the top choices. As always it was so hard to choose but I did manage and here they are in no particular order.




Congratulations ladies!! Well done! Your top pick badge for your blogs is below:

 And now it's time to get coloring again. Can't wait to see your creations!

A few things to remember:
Must include something colored

Blog post must include link back here

Unlimited entries and feel free to combine with other challenges

No back linking to older projects
*New: monthly themes*

Have fun coloring Christmas Foliage! You have until November 30th, 10am CST to link up.

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