Feb 15, 2020

Allsorts Challenge 559: Dies and/or Punches

Hello and thanks so much for stopping by! It's time already for our new theme at Allsorts challenge. This week it's my turn to host and I picked the theme of Dies and/or Punches. They don't need to be in the focal point of the card but they do need to be easily seen on your creation. Hope you can join us. We have a new sponsor this week - WowVow giving away a gift certificate to one lucky winner!

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I'm sharing two cards today...

I needed a masculine birthday card, and this is what I came up with. I started out by inking the background using distress inks (I think I used Tumbled GlassPeacock Feathers and Pumice Stone ) then stamped the tree stamp  (Winter Ledge by Penny Black) onto the background using Pumice Stone ink. Next I added the stitched "hill" done with an old die from Whimsy Stamps (this would be a similar set) and then adhered the die cut trees from the Penny Black die set Beneath the Birches.

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To make the frame I first dry embossed a white panel using an old Cuttlebug embossing folder (I can't find this exact one, but there are alternative options) then I used a die from the Wonky Stitches die set, but used the "negative" instead of the stitched piece as a frame. The deer from the same Penny Black Beneath the Birches Die Set was die cut on brown card stock from Stampin Up then added to the card. Sentiment is from one of my Penny Black clear sets. 

Penny Black Winter Ledge // Penny Black Beneath the Birches Die Set // Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Die Set // Whimsy Stamps Stitched Border Die (retired - Similar Option) // Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Old - Alternative Options) // Sentiment from Penny Black (can't remember which set it came from) // Distress Ink Tumbled Glass // Distress Ink Peacock Feathers // Distress Oxide Ink Pumice Stone  // Bristol Vellum Paper // Ink Blending Tool

The card below was a last minute addition. I always like to make a Valentines card for everyone in the family, and when this one was finished I noticed it was perfect to use for this challenge as well, so  am sharing both.

The cute hedgehog image is from the Penny Black set Loads of Love heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper then I colored with copic markers. I'm still on a mission to use up some of my pattern papers and I found these in one of my scrap boxes full of papers. Thought they were perfect for a Valentines Day themed cards although I have no idea what the script background is saying. Luckily the recipient won't know either :-)

The sentiment is from  a Valentines themed set by Penny Black - So Very Much, also heat embossed then die cut using a slider die (old from Whimsy Stamps) and I slid a strip of pattern paper and jute twine through the openings on the die cut. Next I added the die cut hearts (Penny Black Heart Bow die) and tied a bow through the heart. A Wink of Stella clear glitter brush was used on all of the hearts to make them sparkle.

Sharing with these blogs:
Card 1:
Seize The Birthday - Birthday // WaterCooler Wednesday - Occasions // Stinkin' Inkers - Embossing Folders // A Place To Start - Masculine Card // 

Card 2: 
(lots of love themed challenges)
CAS on Friday - Love // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Crafty Catz - Critters // Cut It Up - Love and die cuts // Pattie's Creations - Love // Simply Create Too - Red and One Other Color (Black) // Crafty Gals Corner - Add a Heart // Double D Challenges - Hearts // Fab n Funky - Love // Simon Says Stamp - 2 or more pattern papers // The Paper Funday - Valentines // Crafty Sentiment Designs - Red // Everybody-Art-Challenge - Color of Love // Always Fun Challenges - Love // Colouring in Scrapland  - Love is All Around // Crafty Cardmakers - Love is All You Need // Creativ Fusion Arts & Crafts Challenge - Love and Happiness // Get Creative Challenges - Hearts // Path of Positivity - Adoration // Crafty Calendar - Die Cuts // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Love is in the Air // Inspire Me Mondays Linkup // ShareAllLinkUp
Inspire Me Monday Not Dressed As Lamb #ShareAllLinkUp

I've linked some of the things I used as found on Amazon for those of you interested. As a reminder, these links and some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links, but at no cost to you. 


  1. Two very different cards Ellie, both displaying great use of your dies, I particularly like the one with the PB hedgie and your use of colour make it a real eye catcher. Great theme thank you.

    B x

    1. Thanks so much, Brenda! This post shows my cardmaking style is all over the place haha, but that's how it is when you need to make cards for completely opposite people. One was for my dad and the other for my daughter :-)
      Glad you enjoyed the theme!

  2. Sweet as can be love both the deer and heggie - beautiful work!

  3. Gorgeous cards Ellie but the hedgie is my fave, xxx

  4. Two beauties Ellie, love the top one with dies you have created a lovely scene and the hedgie well what can l say.....adorable x Susan x

  5. I love both of these. They are so cute. The embossing on the winter scene is great. [Bunny]

  6. Two brilliant cards but my favourite is the first one. I just love that colour combination and theselection of different dies you have used. Storm Dennis is getting his teeth stuck in. My internet keeps on fading in and out and can only comment at the moment. Hope you are staying safe. Hugs Mrs A.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Sounds like a bad storm you are dealing with overseas! Hope you can keep your internet and hope the storm passes quickly!

  7. Love love love these! LOVING the deer and the hedgehog!!!!!

  8. Both cards are beautiful! Love the hedgie!
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn ❤️

  9. Ellibelle, thanks for visiting my blog today and leaving a nice comment! Your cards are simply beautiful with all their sweetness and loveliness! hugs, de

  10. Two fabulous creations Ellie, both are really stunning with lovely designs, dies and images, two very classy card.
    Great challenge4 too, just a pit I chose the wrong die, well you live and learn.

    Kath x

    1. Thanks so much, Kath. Your card still turned out beautifully. But it's always so frustrating when our craft supplies don't do what they're supposed to! Sorry you struggled with that die!

  11. Awww... Fabulous both, Ellie!! Love so much the deer scene, so sweet but masculine enough! And the supercute PB hedgie looks delightful with your design!! Amazing works!

  12. Such a fabulous masculine card. I love that die cut. And what a great Valentine card too!

  13. Such a sweet and adorable card. Great design also! Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)

  14. Lovely design and papers - that's such a sweet stamp! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar.

  15. Hello,
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    Great Job
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  16. Love your masculine birthday card with so much textures and elements. Thanks for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

  17. Your stag card is beautifully composed! I love the soft background and that wonderful embossed frame. Very nice! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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  19. Gorgeous cards. Love the wonderful look to your stag card. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week.

  20. Wonderful heart design for our challenge. Thanks for sharing with us at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you will join us for future challenges.

    DD DT

  21. a lovely male card but love the hedgie one, , thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge

  22. Both cards are just amazing! Love the cute hedgehog! Thanks for playing along at CAS on Friday Challenges! Crafty hugs Linda

  23. Two super cards but the second one really stole my heart.

  24. I love your hedgehop card (both cards are terrific) with the wonderful heart die, paper and ribbon. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers 'Love is all you Need' challenge.

  25. Beautiful cards. Thank you for joining our love themed challenge at Pattie’s Creations. I hope you join us for next months challenge too
    Hugs, Joy

  26. Oh Elli, I just love what you've done with this darling hedgehog! Such a gorgeous Valentine! Big hugs, Autumn

  27. Two fabulous creations, The design of your Penny black card is gorgeous.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  28. So beautiful! Thank you for joining us in the Colouring in Scrapland challenge and good luck!!
    XX Marisol DT

  29. Super cute hedgehog card. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Cardmakers Love is all you need challenge.

  30. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing with us in the February Anything Goes + Valentine's Day challenge over at The Paper Funday Challenges! We hope you visit us often!
    Leslie, PFC DT
    Love To Scrap 2

  31. Such a cute hedgehog card. Love the colour scheme also. thank you for joining in at Creativ Fusion and good luck with your entry. Your discount code from this months sponsor will be emailed to you. https://creativfusion.blogspot.com/2020/02/ch15-challenge-love-and-happiness.html

  32. Two gorgeous designs - a great scene and very cute hedgehogs!

    Thanks for joining us at the Paper Funday Challenge.

    Helen x

  33. What an adorable Valentines card. Thank you for joining the Adoration Challenge at Path Of Positivity.

  34. Fabulous creation! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!


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