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Sep 3, 2017

Penny Black and More - September Challenge

Happy Sunday! This month our theme at Penny Black and More is - Get ready for Christmas. I know it's early still, but it's always nice knowing that I can send some handmade cards, and I would not be able to do that if I waited until the Christmas season to start making them. Last year I ended up sending store bought cards...which is ok, but then how do I justify spending so much money on my hobby LOL.
For my card today I used the stamp Cones and Berries along with a sentiment from the set Season's Gift, also by Penny Black. These brushstroke stamps are perfect for quick and easy cards, and that is all I can manage to do at the moment.

I colored directly on the stamp using Distress Markers, spritzed lightly with water before stamping onto Bristol Vellum card stock. A music note stamp by Hero Arts was used on the background. The card front is Soft Suede by stampin up, which actually matches the branches a lot in real life, not sure why it looks almost black in the photo. To finish off the card I simply added some gold cord with a tiny clear button.

We have some wonderful prizes again this month, sponsored by Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts, Rare Earth Stamps, so lots of prizes to win! Hope you'll come join us!

I am also entering my card to Penny Black's Holiday Head Start Challenge.

Thank you so much for visiting!


Anke said...

Wonderful card, absolutely stunning, I love it.

Greetings from Germany

brenda said...

It's a beautiful Christmas card Ellie and using a stamp I recently ordered (but still waiting to arrive). I did smile at your comment about using store cards.

Have a lovely Sunday.

B x

Mervi said...

store cards...ellie, no no no! lol
Fabulous card, I made some cards with this lovely stamp last year, as you said quick stamping;-))m

Lynn said...

Such an elegant card! I love it! Your bunny baby card is gorgeous too!

Anonymous said...

Eine wundervolle Karte, bin begeistert!
Wünsche dir einen schönen Sonntag, sei ganz lieb gegrüßt

Marilyn said...


Leanne Harris said...

This is super Ellie, right up my alley with the inks!!! I make 5 Christmas cards a month (appear on my blog each month) so that I have all I need by Christmas!!! A fabulous make! xxx

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous! LOVING the pinecone and the branches!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

beautiful christmas card, ellie! last year i stamped and coloured this image on kraft, but i really like how yours pops against the lighter coloured background.

kiwimeskreations said...

Ellie this is gorgeous - love the touch of gold thread and the subtle background stamping.

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous card Ellie, love the stamp and am with you on a few quick ones especially when suitable for posting. The twine is a lovely finishing touch x Susan x

Linby said...

Just amazing work - you wouldn't believe it was a stamp.