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Mar 18, 2020

Midmonth Inspiration for Penny Black and More March Challenge

Hello and welcome! Strange times we live in. I'm sure most all of us are in some way affected by this virus situation. Our schools have closed, as well as eat-in restaurants and a few other non-essential places. We're pretty much all staying home (besides my husband due to his work) but I'm trying to keep our home life as normal as possible under these circumstances while following the government regulations. Believe me, I'm not being insensitive over the issues but I chose to remain calm and plan to continue posting to my blog as I usually do. There is not much any of us can do about the situation at this point other than following the government guidelines...

Anyway, today we're sharing some midmonth inspiration at the Penny Black and More challenge blog. Still plenty of time to join us for a chance to win one of our great prizes! This month - perfect for the time of the year - we want to see "Spring Flowers".

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I was playing along in the #dailymarker30day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy of The Daily Marker and this was one of the images I've colored so far (I haven't had time to color many...)

The tulips from the Penny Black set Blooming Garden of course were perfect to use for this Spring Flowers challenge so I made a clean and simple-ish card with it. Heat embossed using my usual  Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink  and Clear Ultra Fine Embossing Powder , then I used Distress markers for coloring. I think the background is too yellow, but that's how it turned out and there is no reason to waste it even if it's not so perfect. I added some dots using Penny Black Oscillations stencil. A stitched frame die by Avery Elle was used to cut it out, then adhered onto a purplish card stock by Stampin Up. I no longer sort by color so I have no idea what this color is called or if it's still available. The sentiment is a sticker from Tim Holtz's Quotations set. 

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I'm linking up here:
Always Fun Challenges - Flowers // Colouring in Scrapland - Spring // Path of Positivity - Botanicals // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stencils // Use Your Stuff - Spring // Stamping Sensations - Spring Florals // Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - For the Girls // Daisy Chain Challenges - Dies // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Spring

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope to see you joining in. Remember you may enter up to 3 times and use any brand of stamps as long as they are physically stamped. You have until the end of the month to play along!


  1. What an elegant card Ellie - love the yellow behind the flowers, and the wide pink border/frame.
    I too refuse to panic, but it's difficult to stay calm with the media always coming up with something more about the situation. Our wee country has almost doubled it's number of cases in the past 24 hours - all are travel related, so far.

    1. Thanks Maxine! Yes, the news aren't very promising right now. Best to be careful as it spreads so quickly. Staying busy at home is what keeps me calm.
      Be safe!

  2. So beautifully coloured Ellie, so lovely xxxx

  3. Really like the design with the Tulips placed over the stencil and ink background Ellie, the coulrs are pefect as the blooms really pop against the yellow oranges.

    B x

  4. I really love the floral design.

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  5. This is STUNNING! I love those flowers and the colors!!

  6. Tulips are my favorite flowers!

  7. A really lovely creation Ellie. great image and colours and love that double wonky die.

    Kath x

  8. so pretty and the colours look lovely together.

  9. Anonymous18:38

    Ooh, i love the pink and yellow together and the dotted background. I borrowed that idea for my next pb card. :)

  10. This is a pretty card Ellie
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x


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