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Aug 25, 2018

Allsorts 482: Music

Happy weekend and thank you for visiting today! It's Saturday so that means we have a new theme at Allsorts challenge, and we are back to our regular - weekly schedule.

This week Wendy picked the fun theme of "Music" and hopefully you'll come play along with us for a chance to win the wonderful prize that's up for grabs this week!

I purchased the ballerina stamp set a few months ago, but haven't had a chance yet to ink it up. This challenge was the perfect opportunity to finally use it. By the way, now carries a good amount of the Visible Image stamp line, it's where I purchased mine. Shipping was fast and reasonably priced.

I started out by creating a  watercolor background using distress inks (I used Seedless Preserves and Peacock Feathers Ink). I simply stamped the ink pad on my craft mat, spritzed with water and patted my card stock (I used Bristol Vellum Paper) onto the mat. Let dry and then did the next color. The ballerina was then heat embossed using Versafine Onyx ink and clear embossing powder. As usually with clear or unmounted stamps I used the Tonic Stamp Platform which is very helpful in getting a good impression. If you look really closely, you can see a purple shimmer on the tutu. After heat embossing I  rubbed some Perfect Pearls powder over the tutu. The music background was done with an old stamp by Hero Arts, this stamp would be a similar option. I didn't plan on stamping the music notes with green ink, I went for the same blue/turquoise ink I used for the watercolor background, but apparently I didn't clean off my stamp last time I used it (does anyone else do this??) so it turned out to be green. But I actually like the extra color even though it wasn't planned that way. Next I stamped the words and stars which are also part of the set by Visible Image.
The hearts are from a stamp set by Stampers Anonymous.

My card also fits these challenges:

And I found A LOT of Anything Goes challenges:

As Always, we'd love to have you joining us at Allsorts challenge. To link up or to see what the rest of the team made, simply visit the challenge blog. One lucky winner will receive a fun prize package of Tattered Lace dies.

Thanks so much again for stopping by, I hope you're having a great weekend! School started here this week, so we are ready for it :)

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                            Aug 18, 2018

                            Penny Black and More - Midway Reminder

                            Happy Saturday!  Did you get a chance yet to play "I spy something beginning with B" with us at Penny Black and More challenge? There is still a little bit of time to join in for a chance to win one of the great prizes...This month we have 3 prizes from Penny Black, a gift certificate from Crafts U Love and a stamp by Inkylicious. And remember you can enter up to 3 times for more chances to win!

                            Here is what I made for today's reminder card, my "B"s this time around are":  Blue Background, Butterfly, Blossoms and Bow ...maybe black label sentiment?

                            Light Touch Stamp// MFT Label maker Sentiments (retired) - Similar   // French Script BG stamp - Similar // Tumbled Glass Distress Ink // Distress Markers // Silk Ribbon // Bristol Vellum //  Versafine Onyx Ink

                            I love how easy these brushstroke stamps are to use! I started out by masking the edges of my Bristol Vellum card stock piece, then I stamped an acrylic block which I've inked with Tumbled Glass ink onto the paper. Before removing the mask, I used Stampin Up's French Script background stamp (retired) - this one by Crafty Individuals is similar -  on the background. It's really hard to see in the photo, but you can see the words if you take a close look.

                            The stamp Light Touch by Penny Black (available brand new in my Etsy shop) was colored with a variety of Distress Markers, spritzed with water and stamped onto the card stock using my Tonic Stamp Platform. This was done after removing the painters tape. The ink was so intense (as you can see on the photo) and stayed wet long enough that I was able to stamp this image 2 more times, getting a shade lighter each time. I haven't made cards yet with those two stamped images, but I am sure they will be used sooner or later.
                            The label sentiment is by MFT, another retired set. This one by Altenew is similar and it is also available in a Spanish version.  Now if I I only could find a German version of this somewhere!!

                            Below is an Amazon shopping list linking to same or similar items. Please note, these are affiliated links, meaning I might earn a small commission if you purchase trough the links, this is at no additional cost to you.

                            I am also sharing with these challenges:
                            Simon Says Stamp Monday - Sprinkles and Splatters
                            The Paper Girls -  Paint it (I painted the rubber stamp before stamping)
                            Shopping Our Stash Weekly, max13 - "Leaf " It To Me
                            Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes with a Sentiment 
                            TIME OUT Challenges -  Bright
                            Creative Fingers   Anything Goes 
                            Little Miss Muffet Challenges -  Always Anything Goes
                            TIME OUT Challenges - Be Bright 
                            Craftaholics R Us  - Anything Goes
                            Crafting By Designs   - August Anything Goes
                            Creative Moments  - Always Anything Goes
                            Always Happy Birthday  - Birthday + option Water theme

                            Thank you so much for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend and 

                            Happy Stamping!!

                            Aug 15, 2018

                            Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - Midmonth Reminder

                            Good morning! I found some time to get inky yesterday, so I am able to share another card for this month's "Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge" here on my blog. This month I selected the theme of 

                            "Feature a Creature",

                             this can be any creature....animal, winged things, mythical creatures etc.

                            The background was done by simply inking an acrylic block using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, spritzed with water and then stamped on to Bristol Vellum paper. I let this dry then used Versafine Onyx Ink to stamp Song of Joy by Penny Black onto the background. I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color markers and a Detailer brush also by Zig. I used the colors Olive Green, Scarlett Red, Orange and Cobalt Blue for the image. Stardust Stickles glitter was applied to the berries and the star. The sentiment tags were cut out using Avery Elle's Wonky Stitches Die Set and the little sentiment are from Penny Black's set Holiday Snippets. I used some Gold Sparkle Twine to tie the little tags to the card, pop-up glue dots keep them in place.
                            The scarlett red is more orange-y than I like my berries to be, I might go over them with another Zig marker to make them a deeper shade of red....

                            I've included an Amazon product list for those of you interested - remember most items qualify for free shipping on orders  of $25 or more. 

                            Also sharing my card here:
                            Cards in Envy - Something New (the stamp is brand new to me)
                            C.R.A.F.T. -  Christmas
                            Catch The Bug - Anything Goes this time
                            Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes this week
                            Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - Anything Goes with PB Products
                            Sweet Stampin  - Christmas In August
                            Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Anything Goes
                            Crafty Sentiment Designs  -  Animals
                            (sentiments used are a few years old, and although my main stamp is new to me, it's actually an older stamp as well, I am thinking at least 2 - 3 years old). I went with the bottom row - birds, twine and leaves. 
                            RRCB 93

                            Just as a reminder, this month the prize for my challenge is a lot of 3 Christmas themed rubber stamps. 
                            To play along simply link your card following the theme of Feature a Creature. There are still a couple of weeks to join in if you  haven't already, and you may enter up to 3 times :)

                            Happy stamping and thanks so much for stopping by!

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                            Aug 11, 2018

                            Allsorts 480/481: From Boys to Men

                            Good morning! Happy Saturday! It's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge ... this week our theme is "From Boys to Men". We have a fabulous prize to give away by Marianne Design, so do come and play along for a chance to win. Remember, our challenges are still running for 2 weeks, do give everyone a little extra time to play along!

                             Masculine cards are never easy for  me, but I had fun with this one creating this Western scene.

                            I am so not good with scenery type cards, but I love them and want to get better at it. I started out by tearing some printer paper to create masks. I kept the masks in place on my white card front with painters tape while inking. After the inking was complete I stamped the Cowboy Silhouette image using Versafine Onyx ink. I wanted some sort of grass in  the foreground so Penny Black's set  Enjoy Life was perfect for this. The edges of my inked panel were wiped with the black ink pad as well to create a little bit of  a black border. Next I punched out the circle using kraft card stock, added a strip of striped paper and finished off with a sticky sentiment from Tim Holtz Sticker Quotes set. Some May Arts Jute twinecompletes the card front. I framed with kraft card stock then mounted onto a Neenah linen textured  card base. 

                            Also sharing my card here:

                            Cards in Envy -  Something New (the cowboy stamp is new to me)
                            Shopping Our Stash - Silhouettes (everything besides the silhouette stamp is old stuff from my stash)
                            Stinkin' Inkers -  Steamed Heat (anything Summer related)
                            Tuesday Throwdown  - Anything Goes this week
                            Pause Dream Enjoy - ATGoes this week
                            Sunny Day Crafting -  Any Animals Always
                            Craft Rocket Challenges - Anything Goes this week
                            Moving along with the Times  - For the Boys 
                            Pattie's Creations -ATGoes this month
                            Catch The Bug  - Anything Goes 
                            Crafty Calendar  Dots and/ or Stripes (stripes)

                            We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes 

                            Thanks so much for visiting!!
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                            Aug 9, 2018

                            Bring on the Happy

                            I spent some time working on a few design team projects the other day and decided to practice my scenery inking. I love cards with scenes but they are not easy for me to make ....
                            I ended up with two scenery type cards, but only sharing one today, the other one is something for my Saturday design team post. Although they both include some sort of mountains, the other one is completely different.

                            I tore some printer paper in shape of mountains to create my mask. For this card I used my Pan Pastels for the background. I have the "pure color" set, so the colors are a bit brighter, but the set does come with white so I was able to mix the gray with white to create a lighter shade. I am thinking about purchasing the Landscape set or maybe just some single colors...

                            The cute image is from the set Hello Friend by Penny Black, heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper, colored with my Zig Clean Color markers and then fussy cut to add to the scene. If you guessed that I messed up when stamping the sentiment, you guessed correctly...of course that happened after my scene was complete and I was about to through the card out. But luckily I thought of a way to save the card, by stamping the sentiment again on white card stock, masking off the first part of the sentiment and then using a circle punch to punch out the "happy". I adhered the circle with dimensionals. And the bird was stamped there to cover up another little smudge. He is part of the set Spread Cheer by Penny Black. I think the circle cutout and the bird actually look really nice in the design, although not originally planned :)

                            The road pattern was done with Penny Black's Oscillations Stencil. The grass was stamped using one of the stamps from Penny Black's set Nature's Gifts and Shabby Shutters Distress ink

                            I am sharing in these challenges:
                            Tuesday Throwdown Anything Goes this week
                            Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes 
                            Pause Dream Enjoy- ATGoes this week
                            As You Like It Challenge - Fur or Feathers and Why (Once again fur - although I prefer cat fur at the moment, I used to have a dog growing up ... furry animals just make better companions I think)
                            Craft Rocket Challenges  - Anything Goes this week
                            Catch The Bug Anything Goes this time
                            Crazy 4 Challenges Mountains
                            Sweet Stampin - Travel
                            Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Anything Goes
                            heARTful Stamping Challenge - Dog Days of Summer 
                            Double Trouble - Dog Days of Summer

                            Thanks so much for visiting!! As mentioned, I have another scenery card ready to share on Saturday, hope you'll check back then :)

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                            Aug 5, 2018

                            Penny Black and More: August Challenge

                            It's the first Sunday of the month and that means we have a fun new theme at Penny Black and More challenge ... I Spy Something Beginning With "B". I love this theme and had so much fun looking through my stamps to decide which one I would use. I decided on this cute kitty stamp riding a bicycle. Can you spy my other "b" elements?

                            The image has been stamped and heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper with the help of my Tonic Stamp platform and versafine onyx ink.
                            I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color markers and a Zig Detailer waterbrush. The large sentiment is from the Penny Black set Sweet Wishes stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and I used a circle die to cut it out. The small sentiment is part of the set Party Friends.

                            The striped paper is from my stash, no idea what brand as it's been a while since I purchased any patterned papers. One of the banners is part of the stamp set Sweet Wishes, simply cut out after stamping, the other banner was just cut out from watermelon colored card stock. Some May Arts jute twine finishes off the card.

                            I am also entering these challenges:
                            Penny Black Saturday Challenge - On the Move (transport) 
                            As You Like It Challenge  - Fur or Feathers and Why - (Fur ...especially cats, I have two of them and they make me smile every day!)
                            Craft Rocket Challenges  - Anything Goes
                            Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes this week
                            Pattie's Creations -ATGoes this month
                            Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
                            Jo's Scrap Shack -  Anything Goes

                            2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
                            A Bit More Time to Craft  - Anything Goes
                            Craft-Dee BowZ Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
                            The Creative Crafters  - Anything Goes 

                            We're having some fabulous prizes to give away again this month at Penny Black and More challenge,  I hope you'll find some time to join in! Check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with for this fun theme!

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