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Jul 28, 2018

Allsorts 278/279: Tags (and Christmas in July)

Today is the start of a new challenge at Allsorts ... this week it's Susan's turn to host and she picked the theme of "Tags". This can be an actual tag by itself (like a gift tag) or a tag as part of the card. I am not sure why, but I did struggle a little bit with this theme. I am blaming the weather for it, but maybe it's just me overthinking :)

I did end up with a couple of extra creations while trying to make something for this challenge and decided to share all 3 of them in today's post as I wanted to join in Simon Says Christmas in July Blog Hop and Challenge.

So this is what I finally came up with for Allsorts "Tags" challenge. 

I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo ink on Copic Xpress It blending card then colored with my copic markers. The image has been fussy cut using my Cutterbee scissors by EK Success. The tag was die cut using an old Whimsy Stamps stitched die set (now retired).

The cute image is part of the set Loads of Love by Penny Black (currently available in my Etsy shop with free US shipping) and the sentiment is from the Penny Black set Sprinkles and Smiles. I added some May Arts jute twine in parrot green to the tag. The dotted paper is from my stash. The green background paper has a "watercolor" type design on it, it was part of a set by Basic Grey that I've had forever. I did stencil some swirls over the paper using Stampers Anoymous "Flourish" layering stencil to add a little more interest to that corner of the card. Framed with Stampin Up's Espresso card stock then added to a  Neenah linen textured card base. 

Also sharing this card here:
AuroraWings Challenge - Anything Goes this week
Make My Monday - Colored Image 
Paper Shelter Challenge Anything Goes 
Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes this week
Sunny Day Crafting - Any Animals
Cardz 4 Galz Food and/or Drink
Crafty Catz -  Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Always Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs -  Anything Goes
Crafty Creations -  Always Anything Goes 
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes/Optional Pets

Next up is a Christmas card I also ended up making (my first one of the year). I made this one to join in Simon Says Stamp Monday Christmas in July Blog Hop

The Penny Black set Cones and Berries stamp has been inked using distress markers and a Zig Clean Color Marker (mid gray) and stamped on Bristol Vellum paper with the help of my Tonic Stamp platform.

 By the way, if you've been thinking about purchasing the Tonic Stamp Platform, you may want to do it soon, as there was an announcement that production will be discontinued and then no longer available for purchase in the US and Canada.

The words on the background were done using Penny Black's Christmas Story  background stamp and Antique Linen distress ink. Using some diluted marker ink and a waterbrush, I flicked some ink onto the background. Edges were inked using antique linen ink and an ink applicator. I finished off the card with a red gingham ribbon scrap and May Arts natural jute twine.
The sentiment is from the set Brush Pines, stamped using Walnut Stain distress ink.

Also sharing my Christmas card here:

Simon Says Stamp Monday- Christmas in July Blog Hop
Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas in July
Mod Squad Challenge- Christmas In July
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Christmas In July & Sentiment)
Dragonfly Journeys -  Christmas in July 
We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes *
C.R.A.F.T.  Christmas 
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner - Christmas in July 
Creative Moments -  Always Anything Goes
That's Crafty! Challenge- Close to Nature

And then finally this was my first attempt at a "tag" creation for Allsorts. As you can guess I wasn't completely happy with it so I ended up with the first card in this post using a tag. But I decided it's still ok to share on my blog :)

I started out stamping the Penny Black Christmas Story Background Stamp on the tag using Antique Linen distress ink. The wood mounted Penny Black stamp Crystal Drops was then inked using distress markers and stamped directly over the words. My Crop-A-Dile  was used to set the eyelet and I tied some May Arts natural jute twine through it. More of the red gingham ribbon and jute twine finish off the tag. Oh, and the sentiment is once again from Penny Black's set  Brush Pines. To and From are from Penny Black's set Holiday Snippets.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget our Allsorts challenge is once again running for two weeks to allow everyone a little extra time during the Summer season. This time our prize is a store voucher by Lost Coast Designs. Hope you can join us :)

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  1. Two pretty tags and lovely Christmas card Ellie, I really do need to get that pincone image as it looks lovely made up into a card.

    B x

  2. All to pretty Ellie, xxx

  3. Cute cards and tag! I love your Christmas card!
    Have a great day!

  4. Wow wow wow!! These are all gorgeous! LOVING that little mouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Your cards are beautiful. The berries and cones card is stunning. So glad to have found you through the Simon Says Stamp challenge.

  6. What a sweet little mouse! Gteat card! Thank you for joining us and good luck!
    Hugs, Joy DT

  7. Stunning Christmas card, lovely design and beautiful stamp, love it!
    Thanks for playing along with our July challenge at CaSS.

  8. WOW! All three of these tag creations are absolutely amazing. I really love that Christmas card and tag. So "Amercan Farmhouse" type style that's really in right now.

  9. Three really lovely creations, Ellie, with super images and colours.

    Kath x

  10. What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our ATG challenge at Crafty Gals Corner. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

    Judy Crafty Gals Corner DT
    Don't Mess With Me, I'm Scrappy {My Blog}

  11. Your tags are all absolutely wonderful!

  12. Fabulous creations, you've been busy bee;-))m

  13. Gorgeous creations! I love that adorable little mouse and your Christmas project are stunning, I love the lightly stamped backgrounds! Thanks so much for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz!
    Tammy x

  14. Very sweet makes, thank you for joining the challenge on the We Love to Create blog.

  15. Your card tag is so pretty. Thanks for taking part in our challenge at Make My Monday. Caz. DT.

  16. Love your holiday card and tag. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

  17. Such a darling card! The mouse and cupcake are beautifully added onto a vintage tag. Lovely mood ! Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


  18. Beautiful collection! I confess that your Christmas card are my favorite! They are so elegant! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  19. Beautiful tags and are well on your way with Christmas creations. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Challenge!

  20. Lovely Christmas card :)

    Thank You for joining us Creative Moments challange. DT Ella

  21. Oh this is just stunning. Love that image.
    Thanks for joining us at CRAFT.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

  22. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, good luck!!! Amy DT

  23. Hi Ellibelle! I just love the antique look you achieved on your beautiful pine cone card. Really fabulous effects. Thanks so much for joining my Christmas in July blog challenge and good luck :)

    Jeannie T.
    Dragonfly Journeys

  24. Really lovely Christmas card Ellie and such a different take on our challenge too, lovely to see something festive.
    Thanks for joining in with our nature challenge at That's Crafty! and wishing you lots of luck.
    Fliss DT x

  25. Beautiful makes Ellie, l don't understand that you struggled with the challenge as your card is brilliant. Thank you for such lovely pieces x Susan x

  26. Cute! All of your creations are so pretty. I love the tag on the card. Thanks for joining us at Sunny Day Crafting.


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