Jul 13, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 528: Clean and Simple

Good morning and thank you for visiting! I am back from my blogging break and vacation. Had a good time spent with family. Besides hanging out here at home for a few days we also took a trip to the Carolinas  together to spend some time in Myrtle Beach and this time we also visited the Biltmore Estate. But vacation time ended too quickly!!


This is me with the "Biltmore House" in the background. I'm sure many of my European visitors see this type of architecture often, but it is very rare here in the States to see a French Rennaisaunce type building and we had so much fun visiting the castle, hiked the trails and enjoyed the beautiful gardens. They also offered free wine tasting but we skipped that part....maybe next time :)

The sunrises were "not to miss"! (Yes I love to get up early while on vacation!)


Of course I couldn't go to Myrtle Beach without visiting Brookgreen Gardens! It was as beautiful and magical as last time we visited!

On the way home we took a detour through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and walked up to Clingman's Dome observation tower to take in the views of the Smoky Mountains. Storm clouds were forming so we didn't get to see as far as you can on some days. But still some amazing views!


But now on to my card ..... a new theme started at Allsorts challenge, this week Tracy is hosting and she picked the theme of "Clean and Simple". Hope you can join us for a chance to win. This week we have a great prize by Sizzix!
I think Penny Black stamps are perfect for CAS cards - with the beautifully detailed stamps there really isn't much more a card needs.

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I simply stamped the image (Asking the Flowers by Penny Black - this stamp is really old and I couldn't find a link to it anywhere) on watercolor paper using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and colored  with my Zig Clean Color markers. I added a little bit of glitter to the flowers with a clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment was also stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and is from the Penny Black set Friendship. A cross stitch border stamp was used around the image, this stamp came from a retired stitched borders stamp set by Whimsy Stamps, and is no longer available. Adhered to a white card base by Hero Arts (Dove White 100lb). 

Btw. the little bee is not actually part of the main image stamp, it comes from one of Penny Black's clear cute critter sets.


Penny Black Asking the Flowers - retired, possibly available on ebay // Penny Black Friendship // Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink // Zig Clean Color Markers // Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush // Canson Watercolor Paper // Whimsy Stamps Stitched Border - No Longer Available - Similar Option // Hero Arts Dove White 100lb Card Stock

Challenges entered:
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Add a Sentiment // Stamping Sensations - Earth Laughs in Flowers // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Use PB stamps // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies  - Critters // Crafty Animals - Animals // Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - Summer // 


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!




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35 comments:

  1. I got so carried away taking in your photos that I almost left without checking out your card Ellie, great photos and yes we see that type of architecture often in Europe, but not the tropical plants in those gardens. Sounds like you had a great vacation. Great card for this weeks theme as well.

    B x

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    1. Thanks Brenda, yes those tropical plants are gorgeous, but also soooo far away from me here in the midwest!

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  2. Cute card! Glad to hear you had a great time on your vacation! Love the pictures
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn! Have a great day too!

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  3. What GORGEOUS photos from your vacay!!!! My BFF was just at Myrtle Beach last weekend for a wedding! Love love love your card! SO CUTE!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! A beach wedding sounds wonderful!

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  4. Love your card but love even more your holiday pics, gorgeous, xxx

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  5. Really lovely creation, super image and a great design.
    Fabulous photo's.

    Kath x

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    1. Thanks Kath! One of my many favorite PB critters :)

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  6. Gorgeous pictures and a darling card!

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  7. Such amazing photos, Ellie! Love especially the sunrises! :) Seems that you have had a fabulous vacation!
    Your CAS is so sweet and cute, just delicious! That PB hedgie always makes me smile and love how you framed the card with that inked cross stitching!
    Have a lovely Sunday!

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    1. Thank you Alice! I will never be able to resist photographing sunrises :-)

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  8. your photos caught my eye, I have been to all these places! glad you had a good time! cute card!

    Alicia

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Alicia. Such wonderful places to visit!

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  9. What a bee-utiful card Ellie - love the sweet image(s) and how delicately you have coloured it.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  10. Love your card and your photos are gorgeous. Some lovely scenery. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Lisa! Glad I was able to join in this time!

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  11. Love your card with the sweet image. Lovely photos too

    Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month

    Joan

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  12. Hi Ellie, popped back to thank you for sharing your lovely Hedgie card with us at Stamping Sensations July challenge.

    B x

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  13. This is beautifully done - I just love the little border of x's.
    Nice to see a photo of you! Looks like a fab place to visit.

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  14. Gorgeous holiday pics, have a happy day tomorrow, congrats!
    Super cute card;-))m

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  15. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge good luck. Have a nice day
    Anneke DT

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  16. Great vacation pictures and makes me wish I was taking a trip.
    LOVE your CAS card! It's just darling!! Love the cross stitch for the border and your coloring. Thanks for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies too!
    Lynn

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  17. Beautiful card and photos. Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Craft Cottage. Lisa DT

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  18. Such a cute, sweet card. I'm so happy you got back to Myrtle Beach and Brookgreen Gardens. I've also been to Biltmore and loved it. I've always wanted to get there for Christmas!

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