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Dec 18, 2018

Midway Reminder for Penny Black and More challenge

We reached the halfway point at Penny Black and More challenge and today I am showing you two cards I made for our midway reminder post. This month we want to see "Traditional Christmas Colors", so reds, golds, greens, silvers, white - any combination of these. There is still plenty of time to join us if you haven't already and don't forget you may enter up to 3 projects to be entered into the prize drawing. We have some wonderful prizes again this month, so I hope you can play along!

I made this card in the same manner I made a recent card for Allsorts "Christmas Trees" challenge, masking the edges with washi tape before inking the background. I used Evergreen Bough distress ink. The pine stamp is from the Penny Black set Nature's Gifts, using my Stamp Platform I inked it up with Iced Spruce distress ink first, then a second time with Evergreen Bough ink. I practiced the placement on a scratch piece of paper so I would know where I wanted to stamp the pines, as I did have to move the stamp around 3 times for the placement. The little circles on the background were stamped with an old SU stamp and I no longer remember which set is came with. I have separated some of my Stampin Up sets. The shiny "gems" are really just large glitter that could be used in shaker cards, but I simply adhered a few of them with mono multi liquid glue to add some golden sparkle to the card. Oh, and not sure if you can see in the photo, but after stamping the pine with Evergreen Bough ink, I sprinkled some irridescent ice embossing powder (old from Stampin Up - this one I think is similar) to the card and heat embossed for sparkly pine boughs. After all the stamping was done, I removed the washi tape then mounted onto a white card base. The ribbon is from my ribbon scrap box.

Challenges entered:
If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie...
International Art & Soul -Sparkle 
Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges - Anything Goes with sparkle, glitter or flocking (I used glitter embossing powder)
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Archiscraps  Anything Christmas
Artistic Stampers Christmas
Card Mania - Christmas
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin
 - Anything Christmas / Last Minute Christmas Cards 

While deciding on where to stamp the pine boughs, I also ended up with this card. I wasn't sure I liked how it turned out with the golden embossed stars, and was actually just going to throw it away before turning it into a card. But then when I had another look at the card, I decided it is still worth blogging :-) 
So here it is, made the same way as above. I just added the stamped Falling Stars (wood mounted old stamp by Penny Black) heat embossed using Versamark ink and Gold Embossing Powder over the stamped pines. The sentiment from Penny Black's set Season's Gifts was also heat embossed this time using Versafine Onyx ink and clear embossing powder. On this card I removed the washi tape before stamping the sentiment. Ribbon is from ribbon scrap box again.

Entering my cards here:
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges  -Christmas
The Corrosive Challenges - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you have a great week! I will be back again on Saturday with my last card for this year, hope to see you then!

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  1. How cute and sweet cards!!! Love the green shades and the touch of sparkling!!

  2. What lovely cards Ellie. The gold and green on green is stunning - I actually like the second one the most :)

    1. Thanks Maxine. I'm glad I didn't end up throwing it out!

  3. These are absolutely GORGEOUS! Loving the added gold to that green!!!!

  4. Another stunner Ellie.

    Kath x

  5. Pretty card and the gingham ribbon just finishes it off perfectly. Thanks for entering at Archiscraps.

  6. Thanks Julene, happy I was able to join in this time!

  7. Lovely, stylish cards.

  8. stunning card! I love the gold stars!!! Thanks for joining us at SparkleNSprinkle Monthly Creative Challenges!

  9. They are both beautiful...gorgeous stamps and colours, love both designs! Thanks for sharing them with us at Sweet Stamping.
    Merry Christmas

  10. Ellibelle both cards are beautiful and I love this colour choice. Thanks for joining us at Archiscraps.

  11. So sweet and lovely card;-))m

  12. I really love the second (oops) card the best. Beautiful work & color choices - thanks for joining in at Archiscraps.

  13. Lovely cards. Beautiful embossing. Thanks for joining us at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

  14. Ellie, your card is beautiful!! Love the pines with the gold embossed stars! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges this month! HUGS, *Vicki* (DT)

  15. This is so pretty, it reminds me of the Christmas Cards that used to come to our house when I was little.
    Thank you so much for joining in at International Art & Soul! Hope to see you play along with us in the New Year!

    Chriss - DT International Art & Soul

  16. This is beautiful! So serene and soft. I love the soft background, and the bold foreground. What a gorgeous card! Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Sparkle N Sprinkle's Creative Challenge - Chris, DT

  17. So pretty!! Thanks so much for participating in our IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  18. So beautiful card ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
    Wishing you a very creative year, and good luck to win beautiful stamps !

  19. LOVE your use of embossing powder! It sure adds something extra to your already beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at SparkleNSprinkle Creative Challenges! Good luck!

    Jess - DT

  20. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  21. Great cards. Love how you masked off the edge. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Little Christmas. Happy New Year!

  22. Wow! Absolutely beautiful. Love the stamps you used and the mask technique. The stars are so pretty. Thank you joing the International art & soul sparkle challenge.
    Debbie INAS DT


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