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Mar 30, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 513: Use Yellow

Hello and welcome! It's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. This week Lynn is our host and she chose the theme of "Use Yellow Somewhere". We're having a wonderful prize by Woodware to give away this week to one lucky randomly selected winner. It could be you - but only if you play along :-)

To make my card I followed this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and used this cute image (Baby Fairy Bee) by Mo Manning. I colored it with my Faber Castell Polychromos  pencils on Neenah 80lb card stock. I used a chickenwire stencil for the honeycomb background with Mustard Seed Distress Ink to add some interest to the background. The yellow stripe on the right side was done with Distress inks as well, and I used a dotted stencil (Penny Black Oscillations Stencil) to add a simple design.

Stencils at

 Sentiment is from the set Label Maker by MFT. This specific set is retired but this one by Altenew is similar and it also comes in a spanish version. I stamped it with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. A button and white cotton twine finish off this CAS card. I also covered the wings with a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush for some sparkle.

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I am also sharing my card here:
I used this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches
 Ike's World - CAS // 2 Sisters On The Blog - CAS // A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party - Color it in // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Any sentiment except Happy Birthday
Anything Goes Here: 

Thank you so much for visiting! Hope you're having a fabulous weekend! 

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Mar 29, 2019

Bunny with Daffodils // Flashback Friday

I don't usually share a card on Fridays, but I came across this cute stamp when I was sorting through some stamps and realized I hadn't ever used it since purchasing it from ebay a few years ago. And I will be needing a few Easter cards soon so I decided to ink  it up. In fact I think I will try making and sharing a card made with my retired and rarely used stamps on Fridays whenever time allows.

For this card I used the stamp No. G1946 by PSX.
My card front is Bristol Vellum Paper (not to be confused with the milky transparent vellum sheets) and I used Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink for stamping.

I colored with my Faber Castell Polychromos. The sentiment is another oldie (this one is by Penny Black) - I do like using this sentiment on spring themed cards. The butterfly is part of Penny Black's Flowing Butterfly Die, it's meant to be used together but for my card I simply cut each butterfly off the cluster to use separately. I cut it out with white card stock but inked it up with Broken China and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink. Stickyback Rhinestones were added to the butterfly's body and I used some May Arts Jute Twine in Parrot Green around the bottom. The green designer paper is from my paper stash, this specific one is ancient by Stampin Up. For my card base I used Hero Arts Dove White card stock. I've been running low on my white paper for card bases and wanted to give this one a try. For anyone interested this is a 100lb bright white card stock works perfect for the purpose and it runs $7.99 for a pack of 25. It will cost less to get a ream of Neenah Classic Crest 110lb card stock which most of you know is a great quality as well.

Another photo below, here you can see the colors I used for this image. It's so much fun layering all the pencils to achieve the color I want. But it does take time.

PSX G1946, Penny Black Sentiment (both retired but probably available on Ebay or Etsy)

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I found some challenges to join:

RRCB 107
Retro Rubber Challenge - I  used the diagonal twine, leaves, dies (I had this stamp for about 2-3 years but it's been released in 1999 - before I even began this hobby) // Little Red Wagon - Hop to it // Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes // Crafty Friends Challenge - Spring // Addicted to Stamps - CAS // CCEE Stampers - Color with Pencils // Crafty Gals Corner - Spring // Try It On Tuesday - Say it with Flowers // Unicorn Challenge - Spring // Alphabet Challenge - A is for Animals

Thank you so much for stopping by! I will be back again tomorrow with my design team creation for Allsorts challenge. 

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Mar 23, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 512: Feathered Friends

Happy Saturday! It's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge, my turn to host this week and I picked the theme of  "Feathered Friends". I do hope you join us, we're giving away a beautiful stamp by Indigo Blu to one lucky winner!

I'm not sure when this stamp was released, but it's new to me, by Penny Black - Flower Perch. This is another card that was super easy to make but I do love how it turned out. I stamped the image on Bristol Vellum Paper using my Tonic Stamp Platform, then colored it using Zig Clean Color Markers and a Zig Detailer water brush. I then stamped the music notes using an older Hero Arts background stamp (this one is Similar)  and Antique Linen distress ink.


 I decided I wanted the bird to stand out more from the card, so I stamped it again, colored and fussy cut. The label sentiments are from My Favorite Things (retired - similar  here), stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. A little button and some natural jute twine complete the card. Before adhering it to the card base, I used a distressing tool around the edges. This of course can also be done with the blade of a pair of scissors, so the tool is not a necessity, it's just a little safer and less chances of the paper tearing. 

Penny Black Flower Perch // Bristol Vellum Paper // Zig Clean Color Markers // Zig Detailer // Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink // Antique Linen Distress Ink // Natural Jute Twine // Sentiment by MFT - Retired (Similar) // Hero Arts Music Background - Retired (Similar)

I'm also sharing my card here: 
 C.R.A.F.T. - Spring or Easter // Cute Card Thursday - Spring Fever // TIME OUT Challenges  - Hugs, Kissed and Birthday Wishes // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - CAS with Penny Black stamps // AAA - One Image // Addicted to Stamps - Spring // Craft Rocket Challenges - Flowers // Crafting By Designs - Blooming Flowers // Creative Moment - Anything Goes // Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes  

Thank you so much for visiting, and hope you play along with us at Allsorts challenge! Remember you may enter up to 3 times for more chances to win!

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Mar 20, 2019

Under the Sea

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Last Friday I received my Hero Arts March My Monthly Hero kit and yesterday I finally found some time to get inky. You may  have read in a previous post that I wanted to make a shaker card, well, turns out I don't have any acetate sheets so instead I made a more traditional card using this gorgeous kit.

Using Bristol Vellum Paper for the background, I inked it up with the reactive ink cubes that were included in the March kit and flicked some water onto the ink making it react to the water. These inks are similar to the Distress inks and react to water the same way. Next I stamped the jelly fish using reactive sea glass ink from the kit and sprinkled it with  Sparkling Sea  embossing powder which was an Add-on item this month.  Underwater castle, fish and seahorses are also from the march kit, I used hickory smoke distress oxide ink for the castle, candied apple distress oxide for the seahorses and reactive blue water (stamped off once) for the little fish. 

The cute sentiment was stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. The aquarium frame die is the main die included in the kit. It's a very intricate die that required another piece of card stock as an extra shim with my big shot machine. Scor tape was perfect to use to attach the frame to the background. To finish of the card I added some yellowish -orange fin sequins from this Seashore Sequin Pack  to  the card. The dew drops are part of the kit and make a perfect embellishment.

This cute kit is currently still in stock at Hero Arts and as usual kits are $34.99 plus shipping. (Or get it shipped for free with an order of $50 or more within the US.)  This is what the complete kit looks like:

March Kit Now Available!

Kit subscriptions are also available and when you are a subscriber your kit and any add-ons  will ship for free, but when you subscribe you will actually begin your subcription with the April kit,  not this one. You can read more here about how the kit subscriptions work. 

Sharing with these challenges:
Just Add Ink -  Something beginning with "J" (Jellyfish) // Cardz 4 Guyz - Die Cuts // As You Like It Challenge - Dies or Stencils and Why (I really like them both about equally, they are both fun to play with and both add fun details to a project, but today I am using a die.) // Mod Squad Challenge - Metal Dies // Incy Wincy Designs - masculine // The Paper Girls - Under the Sea // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters //  Happy Little Stampers - Dies // Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges - Glitter 
Anything Goes:

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Mar 18, 2019

Midmonth at Penny Black and More Challenge

Today we're sharing our midmonth creation at the Penny Black and More challenge blog, reminding you that there is still a little time to join us! Our theme is "Going Round in Circles". As usual, we have some wonderful prizes again and I hope you had a chance to join us, but if not there are still a couple of weeks left to play along! And remember you may enter up to 3 times for more chances to win!

I thought this cute stamp set was perfect to use for our "circles" challenge! The chicks are all from the Penny Black set "Chick to Chick", it's an older set but I found it HERE on Amazon and it ships free with a $25 order. I am still having fun with my  Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils and using the layering and burnishing technique. A few weeks ago I had asked on Instagram comparing two images (a pencil colored one and a copic colored one) and most people preferred the pencil coloring. So I am continuing working with pencils and learning color combinations etc. I know I could just use mineral spirits or baby oil, but I prefer the layering technique more, even though it takes longer to complete.

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These chicks have all been fussy cut using my Cutterbee scissors. Some  Wink of Stella glitter was brushed over the flowers.
The striped paper is an old one (but favorite) from Stampin up. I've been hoarding it long enough and it was perfect for this spring card. Sentiment is an old wood mounted one by Penny Black, stamped with Versafine Claire Nocturne ink. I tied some striped twine around the card to finish it off. Card base is Stampin Up's kraft card stock.

 Penny Black Chick to Chick // Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils // Bristol Vellum Paper // Versafine Claire Nocturne // Similar Twine // Prima Flowers //  Wink of Stella Glitter

I'm sharing with these challenges:
 Mod Squad Challenge - Layered Looks // Moving along with the Times - Bugs (stamp includes a little lady bug) // Challenge Up Your Life - Winter Goodbye // Crafty Calendar - For a Child // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes // Send a Smile for Kids - For Kids // Addicted to Stamps - Spring // A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes // Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters // A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party - Color it in // A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes // Classic Design Team Open Challenge - Anything Goes // Craft-Dee BowZ - Bows // Crafty Animals - Animals // Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Pattern Papers // Creatalicious Challenges  - Anything Goes // Createful Heart Digis & Design Challenges - Springtime // Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - Spring Fever // Daisy Chain Challenges  - Spring is in the Air// LeAnn’s World 10 - Anything Goes // Make My Monday - Going Round in Circles
Lost Coast Designs - Round and Round

Thank you so much for visiting! Hope to see you over at the Penny Black and More challenge blog. We have some wonderful prize to give away from Penny Black and Lost Coast Designs!

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Mar 16, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 511: Favorite Stamp or Die

Hello and welcome! It's time for another theme at Allsorts challenge, Kath is our host this week and picked the theme of "Use your favorite stamp or die". This should be an easy one I think, although for me I can't say I can ever decide on a definite favorite. Love so many of my stamps and I just cannot choose. Now if I were to be asked to pick a favorite stamp company, there would be no question to that as it's been Penny Black stamps for a long time and still is.
So digging through my Penny Black stamps I decided on this beauty called Botanical Notes. I don't think this stamp needs much more than some coloring and a sentiment to make a pretty card. Maybe even no coloring needed ... just stamp over an inked background and it would already make a beautiful card!

The sentiment is also one of my favorites  from the Penny Black stamp set "Snippets", I love using it with butterfly stamps. As you can see I stamped it onto a piece of torn vellum paper using jet black Stazon ink which is a must for stamping on vellum (heat embossing would be another opion).

The image  Botanical Notes has been stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink using my Tonic stamp platform on Bristol Vellum card stock. Then colored using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I inked up the edge with Mustard Seed and Antique Linen distress inks and added some gold cord as an embellishment.

I stamped the butterfly a second time, colored and fussy cut and attached it to the card with a glue dot in the center then bent up the wings for a 3D effect. Some diamond stickles glitter was applied to the flower center and wink of stella brushed over the butterfly.

I am also sharing with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday - Feminine // Fab 'n' Funky - Butterfly // Moving along with the Times - Bugs // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes // Addicted to Stamps - Spring // Crafty Catz - Spring // Craft Rocket Challenges - Flowers // Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes // Imagine That Creative Playground  - Anything Goes // Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog - Flowers // Moo-Mania & More - Close to Nature // Sweet Stampers - Spring

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to see you over at the Allsorts challenge blog. We're giving away two cute clear stamp sets this week to one lucky winner!

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Mar 13, 2019

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - March Challenge Reminder

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing another card I made for my Crafty Wednesday Challenge here in my blog where the themes are:

 "Think Spring" or "Add Some Green"
(or a comination of the two!) 

If you are here to join in, the linky tool can be found at the end of this post. 

Last Saturday it's been raining all day long, and I decided to get out some of my Lavinia stamps. I really wanted to make a canvas print inspired by Brenda's beautiful Allsorts challenge creation, but that didn't turn out as I had planned, so I made this instead using Bristol Vellum as a base.

All stamps I used on this creation are from Lavinia Stamps
All colored inks are Distress Inks or Distress Oxides.
Black ink is Versafine Clair Nocturne. 

I did some masking and inking here using distress inks and oxides. For the sky I used Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves and Blueprint Sketch distress inks/oxides (in that order). The grass area was done with Bundled Sage distress oxide. All background stamping was done with Iced Spruce distress oxide. The black silhouettes were stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. I don't really like how the distress oxide ink shows through the Versafine clair ink, may need to try stamping the silhouettes with black distress oxide ink, but I don't have that ink pad yet .... Heat embossing really only works if I stamp the fairy first but somehow I always start these card with the background because I don't usually know where I want the silhouettes until the background is done. Any advise is always welcome!!

I  have edited my post to add: some of you may have already seen this, but if not - is offering THIS FREE STAMP SET to anyone using coupon code FREE3762 at checkout. This will take the $10.00 price to $0.00. Promo shipping of $2.24 does apply, this is within the US, I am not sure what the promo shipping cost would be outside the US. (Be sure to click on "change shipping" at checkout to select the Promo shipping.) This offer is still valid today 3/13 but I have no idea when it ends. (I just ordered mine!) This is what the set looks like:

Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set - Handmade Essentials

I am also entering my card with these challenges:
Make My Monday - Somehting New - I used new to me stamps // Simon Says Stamp Monday - Girly/Feminine // Catch The Bug - Make a Scene // The Fairy and The Unicorn - something Magical // Mix It Up Challenge - Inked Backgrounds // Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Make it Girly
Anything Goes Themes:
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges // Lemon Shortbread // Through The Craft Room Door // Artistic Inspirations // Crafting from the Heart // Get Creative Challenges  // Path of Positivity // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends // Crafter's Castle // The Corrosive Challenges
Crafting-With-Friends // QKR Stampede

If you would like to join in this month's Crafty Wednesday challenge, or if you'd like to enter a 2nd or 3rd creation, simply use the linky tool below. As a reminder, this month's prize is a $6 gift certificate to Tiddly Inks or Bugaboo (winner's choice), sponsored by me.

Please remember: this is a public blog, meaning any papercraft you link up or any comments left on this blog will be visible and clickable by third parties. The blog owner is not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without permission. 

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Mar 9, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 510: For a Child

Hello and Welcome! It's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. This week we want to see creations made "For  a Child", picked by Wendy. My cute Penny Black stamps come in so handy for kids cards. The stamp I used today is an older one called "Balloon Madness".
Penny Black Balloon Madness Stamp  (no longer available) 

This cute stamp is unfortunately no longer in production, but if you are lucky you might find it on ebay or etsy. I stamped the image using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink on Winsor & Newton Watercolor paper. Coloring was done with my Zig clean Color markers and a Zig Detailer Brush. A clear glitter brush (Wink of Stella) was used on the balloons to make them sparkle. I originally wanted to use crystal glaze, but couldn't find my bottle since I moved everything around a few months ago. The sparkles look really  nice though!

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The sentiments on the top are from the set Sweet Wishes which I think is so perfect for children's cards, and the small "happy birthday" sentiment is from the Penny Black set Snippets. I used the Penny Black die set Pinwheel (which was a gift from our team leader from few years ago, thank you again, Brenda) to cut out one of the sentiments which was stamped on white card stock, then inked the edges with Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink. The butterflies were done with a Martha Stewart butterfly trio punch which I've had forever and sadly it's now only working with pattern paper and I can no longer punch out from card stock. But I do have lots of scraps and I like the polka dotted butterflies, so it worked out well. Tiny pearls were added to the butterflies bodies. The striped cardstock is also from my paperscraps. The white twine I used is from Stampin Up.

I went with pretty and bright colors perfect for a girl, flesh color and pale pink for the skin with some light pink for the cheeks, gray for the body. Balloons were colored with light blue, light pink, yellow and bright yellow and the grass was done with light green. All colors besides the light blue were part of the set of 36 Zig Clean Color markers, which is really all you need, as these colors do dilute and mix well and I could have achieved the light blue balloon color by using a diluted cobalt blue from the set of 36 marker. 

Challenges I am joining in with this card: 
First up Hero Arts is celebrating National Craft Month and are hosting a challenge every week. This week it's "Build your birthday card stash". 
Little Red Wagon - Animals // Simon Says Wednesday  - Create a Scene // Alphabet Challenge - Yarn, String or Twine // Crafty Calendar - For a Child // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Penny Black stamps and CAS  // Send a Smile for Kids - For Kids // Colour Crazy Challenge - Something Colored // Crafty Catz - Best Friends // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters //  A2Z Scrapbooking Linky Party - Color it in //  Crafty Animals  - Animals // Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper  - Pattern Papers // Creatalicious Challenges - CAS // Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - Spring Fever // Daisy Chain Challenges - Spring is in the Air // Die Cut Divas - Use a Die Cut // Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor // Happy Little Stampers - Dies // Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Make it Girly // Sparkles Forum Challenges - Animals // Tinker- Dream - Die Cut // Fab 'n' Funky - Spring Colors // House That Stamps Built  - Easter or Spring // Paper Shelter Challenge - Spring // The Crafty Addicts - Embellishments // Path of Positivity - Friendship

And there are lots of "Anything Goes" Themes so I am linking up here too:

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great weekend! Maybe you'll find some time to join us at Allsorts challenge for a chance to win a wonderful prize! Would love to see you over at the challenge blog :-)

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