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Mar 31, 2018

Allsorts 461 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 9

Happy Saturday and thanks so much for visiting. It's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge and as always my Satuday post also includes a new linky for Papercrafter's Linky Party. Don't forget you can share anything papercrafts with the linky tool below (new or recently made). I can't wait to see what you've been up to in the craft room!

At Allsorts challenge this week, Wendy chose the theme of "New Beginnings". First thing that always comes to my mind for this theme is a new baby card, but I needed another Easter card and the Easter holiday is a new beginning, so that is what I made. By the way, I shared another Easter card made with this set on Wednesday, if you'd like to see that card just click here.

My card is clean and simple inspired by a recent sketch from MFT (but I'm too late to link up there). The cute spring chick is from Penny Black's set Chick to Chick, sentiments and little bee are part of the set. I stamped on xpress it blending card and used copic colors for coloring. It's been then cut out using my Cutterbee scissors (which are perfect for detail cutting) to add to my card design. I inked all the white edges using Tumbled Glass distress ink. The outer white card stock was cut using Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches Die set. Some Burlap TwineWink of Stella  and a little prima flower finishes off the card. 

We  have two wonderful prizes to give away this week at Allsorts - a prize by DigiStamp Boutique and a stamp set from the Allsorts stash of prizes. Come join us for a chance to win!

I am also entering my card here:

Crafty Cardmakers - Bunnies Chicks or Eggs 
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Spring Cuties
The Crazy Challenge - Shine On - Use Glitter (wink of stella glitter used on egg and flower)
Fab 'n' Funky -  Easter
Mod Squad ChallengeReady for Spring 
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Something New (a newly hatched chick)
Aud Sentiments Challenge -- Easter or Spring Sentiment 
Cardz 4 Galz Buttons and/or Bows (Bow)
CAS on Friday – CAS Easter
Crafty Catz -   Anything Goes this week
4 Crafty Chicks - Crazy Egg or Anything GoesCrafty Creations - Always Anything Goes Inspiration Destination - Always Anything GoesSimon Says Wednesday - Anything GoesCrafting from the Heart - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES 

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Papercrafters' Linky Party 9

A big thank you to everyone sharing in last week's linky party, it was nice visiting your blogs and seeing your beautiful work! As always it was not easy choosing a top pick, but it had to be done and this week I selected...............

Jenny Martin

Jenny shared this beautiful shaker card. I love the color combo she used here! I think the gold looks gorgeous with the indigo and then surrounded by all white. 

Congratulations Jenny, your top pick logo is below. Feel free to post it to your blog if you'd like to!

To join in the new linky party, simply use the linky tool below. I will visit the entrant's blogs throughout the week and a new top pick will be announced next Saturday. I can't wait to see what YOU will share!

Disclaimer: By linking your card you agree to have your card featured on my blog should you be selected as the top pick. Please do not enter my linky party, if you wish to not have your card featured!

Mar 28, 2018

A Clean And Simple Easter Card

Happy Wednesday, the kids are on a Spring break and this week is just flying by! I needed a couple of Easter cards, one I am sharing today, the other one I will share on Saturday.

The card has been kept clean and simple. I stamped the cute image from the set Penny Black set Chick to Chick on Xpress it Blending card and used my copic markers for coloring. It's been then cut out with Cutterbee scissors scissors for detail cutting. The black and white frame I had laying around my desk - a left over from a recent project, it was made with Penny Black's new  Frames Die Set which is available with some other new things in my Etsy shop. The butterfly was done using an old Martha Stewart punch and I've added some  Burlap Twine and Wink of Stella glitter to finish off this simple card. The edges of the white card stock were inked using Tumbled Glass distress ink for a softer look. The card base is from Stampin Up, but I believe it's a retired color and I have no idea which shade of green it is, but I thought it was perfect for this Easter card. 

There are a lot of Easter and Spring challenges going on currently, so I am joining them.
Crazy for CAS - Spring
Cutie Pie Challenge - Spring Cuties
Make My Monday -  Easter Fun 
The Crazy Challenge - Shine On - Use Glitter
Fab 'n' Funky Easter
House That Stamps Built - Anything Goes this week
Simon Says Wednesday -  Anything Goes this week
C.R.A.F.T.  -  Spring/Easter
Brown Sugar – Spring or Easter
CAS on Friday – CAS Easter  
Stamploration - Spring and/or Faith
A Gem of a Challenge - Easter Time 
Crafting with Dragonflies - Easter Cards
Sweet Stampin  - Easter
Dragonfly Journeys -  Bunnies, Chicks and Ducks 
Fashionable Stamping -  Springtime
finally, my colors were inspired by this mood board:
Sum More Fun challenge

PS: There are just a couple more days for you to play along at my Crafty Wednesday Challenge, where the theme is All Creatures Great and Small. I'd love for you to come join in the challenge if you haven't already!

Thanks for visiting today!!

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Mar 24, 2018

Allsorts Challenge 459 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 8

It's Saturday already and that of course means it's the start of a new challenge at Allsorts and also time for the new Papercrafters' Linky party (the linky is at the end of this post). As always you may share any new or recently made papercraft (anything goes) at papercrafters' linky party. I can't wait to see what you've been creating!

At Allsorts challenge this week Wendy chose the theme of Black and White only. Skin tones are allowed but I decided to stick with just black and white for today. 

I used a  new stamp from Penny Black's newest release (if you're interested, I have it available HERE in my Etsy shop). The image is gorgeous but don't you just love that kitty on the roof?! He's probably trying to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower  :) :)

I heat embossed the image on Neenah solar white linen card stock using versafine onyx ink and clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from the set Sprinkles and Smiles which is my favorite birthday sentiment set. Patterned paper is from a 6x6 paper pack by Authentique. I thought the hounds tooth pattern would be a perfect match for this stamp. The little flower was done using Penny Black's new Frames Die set, and I used a sticky pearl in the center. The random dots  under the flower were stamped using a really old stamp set by Stampin Up, and only available on the secondary market. The "itty bitty background" link below the card will bring  you to ebay listings of this stamp. 

I really enjoyed creating with black and white only, so I made a few more cards.

The cards above are all small note cards, 4.25 x 3 inches, one of them is a little bit taller. I used the old stampin up stamp again on the background. The frames and little flowers are from Penny Black's  new Frames Dies set, currently available in my Etsy shop, and I used a mix of stamps by Penny Black, all linked below the photo or find them in the amazon picture link below. 

Visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the team came up with, and I hope you can come play along with us for a chance to win some great stamps by Rare Earth.

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I am also playing along here:
Card 1:
set of cards

Papercrafters' Linky Party 8

Thank you everyone for sharing in last week's Linky party, I had lots of fun visiting your blogs and getting lots of inspiration. It was not easy again choosing a favorite, but it had to be done and my top pick is..............

Subha shared this beautiful personalized wall art using the quilling technique. Isn't it absolutely amazing!!!

 Congratulations Subha, and thank you again for the wonderful inspiration! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to add it to your blog if you like to.

The new linky for the following week is below, to play along simply use the linky tool. Remember, anything goes at Papercrafters' Linky Party, new or recently made! I can't wait to see what YOU will share!

Please note: this linky tool is for papercrafters' Linky party, if you are here for Ellibelle's crafty Wednesday, please visit this link ----->>> Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday. 

Mar 21, 2018

A Hedgehog for Crafty Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing a simple card I made as a reminder for the current Crafty Wednesday challenge here on my blog. The theme this month is "All creatures great and small" and you have a little over a week left to play along, and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times. I've attached the linky to the end of this post, so all you have to do to enter is scroll down.

The image is from the Penny Black set Loads of Love, it's a 'new to me' set, and I also have it available brand new in my Etsy shop if you're interested, along with the sentiment I used here (Sweet Wishes) and the stencil. I heat embossed the image on Bristol Vellum paper then colored with my Zig Clean Color markers and my Zig Detailer waterbrush. After coloring I stencilled the design using light gray ink and then stamped the "happy birthday" from the set Snippets several times. The truck in the image is filled with lots of little hearts, but I decided I wanted flowers so I placed little prima flowers all over. The flourish die I used behind the flowers is from Whimsy Stamps (retired). I finished off the card with some jute twine and sticky pearls. 

Zig colors used: deep green, yellow, pale pink, flesh color, light pink, green-gray, gray. These colors are all available in the set of 36 I linked below, they can also be purchased as single colors from  Blick Art Materials or

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I am also sharing my card here:
Cards in Envy - No Patterned Paper
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes this time 
Unicorn Challenge - Make It Girly
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Something New (the stamp is new to me)
Star Stampz - Birthdays
TIME OUT Challenges  -  "Birthdays are full of Sunshine, Love & Laughter"
Simply Create Too - use green
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Wednesday - Floral Frenzy
Craftaholics R Us -  Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Always Anything Goes 
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Divas  - Flowers
Lemon Shortbread  - Always Anything Goes 
Rubbernecker Stamps Challenge -  Silly Animals 

As a reminder, this is the prize I am giving this month....

To be in with a chance of winning please:

follow this month's theme
enter up to 3 times using the linky tool below
leave a link back here.

Please note, this linky is for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge, if you are visiting for the Papercrafter's Linky Party (where anything goes) please click HERE. 

Mar 18, 2018

Penny Black and More - Midway Reminder

Happy Sunday! Did you get a chance yet to join us at Penny Black and More challenge? Our theme this month is "Feature a Creature" and you still have a little bit of time to join us for a chance to win. We have several great prizes to give away and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times!
Sweet You - Brand New Set // Curved Stitched Die // Zig Detailer // Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

The stamp set I used on this card was one of Penny Black's newly released sets from their Sweet Spring release Sweet You and the new Curved Stitched Die was used to create the meadow.
The image has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum card stock, colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and the Zig Detailer waterbrush then fussy cut. The sentiment is part of the cute set. The pretty butterfly designer paper is from a pack by Whimsy Stamps, but it is no longer available. I embellished with some prima flowers and pearls and decided to use some butterflies too which I punched from the same designer paper. Kraft card stock by Stampin up was used for the card base.

A little close up.....
Zig colors used: pale pink, light carmine, mid gray oatmeal and beige. These are all part of the set I linked to.

I am also playing along here:
heARTful Stamping Challenge Anything Goes + a Stamp
The Corrosive Challenges -  Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack -  Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Dies - Anything Goes with Dies 
Colouring in Scrapland -  Use a Colored Image
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Spring Cuties
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes this time
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes this week
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Something New (new stamps, new die)
C.R.A.F.T.  -  Animals
Simply Create Too - Use Green
2 Crafty Critter Crazies  - Anything Goes with a Critter
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
The Creative Studio - Spring and Butterflies

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Thanks so much for visiting!! 


Mar 17, 2018

Allsorts Challenge 458 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 7

It's time again for a new challenge at Allsorts , and don't forget Saturday also means a  new Papercrafters' Linky Party, where you can link up any new or recently made papercraft (Anything Goes) -  The linky is at the end of this post along with last week's top pick.

At Allsorts challenge Tracy Mouse is hosting this week and she would like to see "Bling". We also have a great prize to give away at Allsorts, this week some cute stamps by Little Claire. Hope you'll join us for a chance to win!

I started out by heat embossing the image from the Penny Black set Sweet Smiles on Bristol Vellum paper and watercolored using my Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers with a Zig Detailer waterbrush. A circle die was used to cut it out to use in my design. The lavender paper is actually really shimmery in real life. It is Mica card stock I received in a sampler pack from Paper Temptress. The butterflies were done using an old Martha Stewart punch and I embellished them with blue rhinestones I've had forever. The striped paper strip is from my stash and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz Metallic Quotations sticker set. I finished off by tying a bow using Burlap Twine.

The zig colors I used are: Hair -oatmeal; skin - pale pink, light carmine (cheeks); shirt - light pink, pants - cobalt blue, light pink; shoes - oatmeal; flowers - light violet mixed with cobalt blue; branch and leaves - green gray, light green.
These are all part of the set of 36 found on Amazon which I linked to, or you get singles at Blick Art Materials. Get FREE SHIPPING from Blick if your order is $35 or more! 

If you look really closely you can see the mica shimmer on the closeup above on the lavender card stock. I have also added  Stickles glitter glue to the flower centers for more sparkles.

I followed this week's sketch from the My Favorite Things blog. And I am also joining in a few other challenges.

Tic Tac Toe at Aurora Wings Challenge ( I used the diagonal row of Ribbon or Bow, Die Cuts and Sentiment)

Colouring in Scrapland - Use a Colored Image
Crazy for CAS Spring
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Spring Cuties
Simon Says Stamp Monday Easter/Spring Inspiration
Use Your Stuff -Die Cuts
Shopping Our Stash Weekly, max13 - Put a Bird on it (does  my tiny bird count?)
Unicorn Challenge Monthly -March- Make It Girly
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge - Perfect Pastimes  (I'm sure most of us loved climbing trees and sitting on a branch ... eating mulberries or cherries until our tummies hurt :) 
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes
That's Crafty! Challenge  - Spring Into Action
Brown Sugar - Spring OR Easter

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Papercrafters' Linky Party 7
 A big thank you to everyone sharing last week, I had great fun again visiting your blogs and  as always choosing a top pick is not easy, but it has to be done and this week my top pick is.......


Mervi shared this beautiful clean and simple floral card. I love the painted effects she achieved here! 

Congratulations Mervi, and thank you for the wonderful inspiration! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post to you own blog if you like to!

If you would like to play along in this week's Papercrafters' Linky Party, simply use the linky tool below to join in! I will be visiting your blogs during the week and a new top pick will be announced next week!

Please read before you link up: this linky is for Papercrafters' Linky Party 7. If you are here for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge (all creatures great and small) please click HERE.