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Apr 18, 2018

Mid- Month Cards for Penny Black & More and Crafty Wedneday Challenges

Happy Wednesday! It's time for the Penny Black and More mid- month post today, and since it  happens to be Wednesday I am also sharing a new card for this month's Crafty Wednesday challenge. (You can find the linky tool at the end of this post.)

First up is my  card for Penny Black and More where our theme is Black and White plus one other color.

 The animals are from the Penny Black stamp set Let's Go Wild. This comes at a single stamp, but I decided to cut all the animals apart, it's easier that way to get a good impression without getting edges of rubber stamped onto the card (I hate when that happens so I like my stamps to be trimmed very closely.) I started out by adding a circle mask, then inking with Wild Honey distress ink. Added more ink with a hand cut "hill" mask to create some interest on the background. The animals were stamped and embossed using Black Embossing Powder. I thought these sentiments were perfect for the image, the large sentiment is from Penny Black's set  Heartfelt,  "Follow your dreams" is an old wood mounted stamp by Stampabilities.

We have some fantastic prizes to give away at Penny Black and More (from Penny Black, Sizzix and Woodware Stamps) so hopefully you'll decide to join us this month for your chance to win! You can find all the details HERE

And if the Penny Black and More theme isn't for you, then maybe this month's Crafty Wednesday challenge is....Say it with flowers is the theme this month, and you still have a couple of weeks to join the challenge for a chance to win the stamp set below..

For my reminder card I used the stamp set: Happy Together once again. If you're interested in this stamp set, I have one set available brand new in my Etsy shop

I stamped the image on Copic Xpress it blending card using Memento Tuxedo Ink and colored using copic markers (V12, V15 and V17 - blooms; YG00, YG63 and YG67 - leaves. Btw. these markers are available as singles at Blick Art Materials with free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
The ink blots were done using a Stencil by Stampers Anonymous and Milled Lavender Ink. I used a retired word stamp by Whimsy Stamps on the bottom portion stamped with Stampin Up's retired Kiwi Kiss ink. The sentiment is from my favorite Birthday sentiment set Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black. I decided to do some paper piercing along the edges using Stampin Up's retired tool kit. Mounted onto some patterned paper and then used Neenah Solar White Linen card stock for the card base. 

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I am playing along here:

Animals Card:
Get Creative Challenges  No Pattern Paper
{Pin}spirational  - Anything Goes this time
Fussy and Fancy - Add a sentiment 
Sweet Stampin - Animals
Crafty Animals  - Always Anything Goes
The Creative Crafters  - Anything Goes 

Orchid Card:
Cards in Envy  - Birthday Cards (By placing this square card into a rectangular envelope, it can still be mailed first class)
Crazy for CAS  Use a Stencil
Aud Sentiments Challenge  - Use a Birthday Sentiment
Crafty Catz -  ATGoes
Di's Digis Designs - Handcolored Image 
Stamping Sensations - One of the Girls
A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party Flower Power
Create and Inspire - Anything Goes + option Dies or Stencils
The Rubber Buggy  - Spring Time and/or Flowers 
Mod Squad ChallengeHappy Birthday 
Paper Shelter Challenge - Weekly - A Birthday Card

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  1. Hi Ellie!!! Well this one packs a punch and it gives a wonderful warm feeling that summer is on it's way! (It's actually a lovely warm sunny day here in the UK today too!). Great make, sending lots of love xxxx

  2. Soooooooooo gorgeous! LOVING those animals!!!!!!!!

  3. Both beautiful cards Ellie, the warmth of colour on the first really evokes thought of the Serengeti and of course I really like the beautiful Orchid on your second card.

    B x

  4. Anonymous09:02

    Wunderschöne Karten, Ellie!
    LG Daniela

  5. Beautiful card!! love the silhouette of the animals against that gorgeous background!
    Have a great day!

  6. What a beautiful birthday card and I love that sentiment! Thanks for sharing us at Cards in Envy.

  7. Beautiful cards. Thanks for playing our challenge at CCC Digi Creations. Good luck!
    Anneke DT

  8. Your parade of beasts on the savannah is a total eyecatcher. I love your design.

  9. Anonymous15:54

    fabulous silhouette card, ellie, and a beautiful floral one too!

  10. Such amazing cards. I really love the animal one.

  11. Elli: Beautiful orchid card. Thank your for sharing your beautiful card with us at The Rubber Buggy and can't wait to see your next project with us soon. Nancy Hill, Design Team for The Rubber Buggy

  12. What a great scene Ellie, I love the warmth of this card and great sentiment too.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  13. Great place, wonderful food with modern ambiance and comfortable seating with plenty of room. It is now probably one of the best venue NYC in my list. Perfect food, great decor and vibrant atmosphere.

  14. Back again Ellie and so pleased to see you linked up to our 'For the Girls' theme at Stamping Sensations challenge, many thanks for joining in.

    B x

  15. Thanks for joining us at CCC Digi Creations. Very nice and Good luck!
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  16. Fabulous cards, Ellie! Love the Penny Black floral with the purple! Thanks for playing at Penny Black Saturday Challenge! hugs, lynda joy

  17. These are both simply fantastic creations,

    It is great to ahve you joining us for the Aud Sentiments Birthday celebration,

    Hugz Tinz

  18. Two stunners Ellie, love the animal scene. The flower one is so pretty too x Susan x

  19. Wonderful and lovely cards.
    Valerija xx

  20. Amazing cards Ellie - I really love your PB one!

  21. Gorgeous cards! Love the pretty flower image. Thanks so much for joining us at the Di's digi designs challenge.


  22. Beautiful. Love it! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  23. Great colour combination and a lovely card! Thank you for joining our anniversary challenge at PINspirational and good luck in the draw for one of our 15 prizes ;o))) Happy crafting, Maike

  24. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at Crazy for Cas.

  25. A lovely floral card

    Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month


  26. Two beautiful elegant cards. I love the flower one, so elegant! Thanks for joining our challenge at Stamping Sensations. Marlies

  27. Beautiful!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  28. Hi Ellie! Love your violet birthday card! So gorgeous. thanks for joining us at Cards in Envy!

  29. Delightful creation! Thank you for joining us at Create & Inspire Challenges this month. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations!
    Hugs, Mary (DT)

  30. Wonderful card! Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Craft Rocket and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.


    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#47 – flowers}
    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#16 – Pastel colours}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge {#16 – ATG}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  31. Beautiful cards. Both are gorgeous. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  32. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters! Hope to see you again!
    ~ DT Sherry x

  33. Stunning card totally love it.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  34. Eine super schön gestaltete Karte, ganz besonders in den Farben,da kommt richitges Agrika-Feelking auf. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme bei der Fashionable Staming Challenge.
    Viele Grüße


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