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Dec 5, 2020

Winter Wonderland and Anything But a Card

Happy Saturday and thanks so much for visiting! I have two posts to share today, both using new stamps from Penny Black. 

First up I'm so excited to have been invited as a guest designer this month at the Penny Black Saturday challenge!  Do check them out, there is a great prize to win, but you do have to use Penny Black products (stamps or dies) as the focal point. However the challenge theme is optional, this month it's 

"Winter Wonderland" 

or Anything Goes.

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For my card I used a new stamp from their recent Christmas release, Birdhouse Blessings. I fell in love with this beautiful image and had to have it. 

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The image  has been stamped on Bristol Vellum paper using Walnut Stain Distress ink and I colored using  Distress markers (Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries) and Zig Clean Color Brush Pens (Light Blue, Mid Gray, Mustard and Bright yellow - I mixed these two to color the star).

After coloring I used an old brush and Gesso to splatter some paint over the image panel to create some "snowflakes". An old die set was used to create the hills (similar die set) and I added a large snowflake also a retired set, but there are many snowflake dies available. A sticky back rhinestone placed in the snowflake's center and frosted lace stickles finish off the card.

The large sentiment is from the set Season's Gifts and the small sentiment is from the set Holiday Snippets, both by Penny Black. Stamped with Walnut Stain Distress ink.


My second project is for the new Allsorts challenge theme where Tracy is hosting. I recently mentioned that I decided to step down from the team as there were issues with my card uploads and it had caused me a lot of frustration. We are trying to find a solution (hopefully), so this is a trial only and my card may still not show up at the challenge blog but here's hoping. 

Tracy chose the theme of:

"Anything But a Card"
 with an "Anything Goes" option.

Several months ago I found a set of ceramic coasters at a local thrift store and purchased them for a "re-do" project in mind. They already had a pretty wine themed image on them and my family liked them that way so I never ended up re doing them and we used them just the way they were. But then when it was time to come up with something for this theme, I decided to venture out of  my usual papercrafts and get out my coasters. (I messed one up and need to re-do it, and I'm keeping the other two as they were so I am only showing you one). 

By the way, plain ceramic coasters are available for purchase on Amazon.

I started out by painting two coats of Gesso over the coaster to cover up the original image. (I let the coats dry in between). My stamp platform (options) was used for stamping. The coaster is heavy enough so it won't move when stamping and I was able to repeat stamp without any issues. (Tip: Be sure to place the coaster away from the middle fold and more towards the right side - I messed up my second tile because it was too close to the middle.)

The beautiful stamp I used is another one from Penny Black's recent Season of Hope release - Season's Tweeting. This is a brushstroke stamp and I think I love it just as much as I love the outline stamp on the card above. 

I colored directly onto the stamp with Distress markers (Mowed Lawn, Wild HoneyFestive Berries, Faded Jeans). I had to repeat stamp a couple of times and then I used a slightly wet paint brush over the stamped image. 

Next I used Stampin Up's retired French  Script background stamp and Old Paper distress ink to stamp some words onto the tile and I also sponged some of the same ink along the edges of the coaster. I repeated the script with with black ink (Versafine Onyx) but only stamped at the very bottom. I wanted to be sure the ink wouldn't smear so I sprinkled clear embossing powder over the finished coaster and  heated it up with my heating tool. I had to place the coaster into an old frying pan so I wouldn't burn my fingers. It did take quite some time to finally melt the embossing powder, much longer than it does when using it on paper, but it did eventually melt. I haven't done this yet, but will also spray it with a sealer

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to stop by my blog!

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Linking up with these wonderful blogs:

Project No. 1 (Greeting Card)
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Add a Sentiment // Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes // Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes // Creative Knockouts max10 - Tis the Season // Simon Says Stamp - Dies // A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes // Country View Crafts' Challenge - Christmas //  Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - Christmas or Winter // Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes // Christmas with the Cuties - Feature a Creature // Double Trouble Challenges - Something new with Snow // 

Project No. 2 (Altered Tile Coaster)
Dare to Share // Krafty Chicks - Stamp Act // Christmas Craft Creations - Anything But a Card // A Perfect Time To Craft - Anything Goes // Artistic Stampers - Christmas // Bleeding Art Challenge Blog  - Anything Altered Goes // Crafter's Cafe - Anything Goes // Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes // Inspire me Monday


  1. A lovely card for your GDT spot Ellie and your coaster is beautifully done and perfect for Tracy's theme (and it's still showing up when I just checked so everything crossed)

    So pleased you have found a way to watch the shows, I've heard them mention Roku so hoping it works OK for you.

    B x

    1. Thanks Brenda, yes Hochanda works on Roku! Finally something I can enjoy watching on TV. (Can you tell I'm not much of a TV fan usually :)

  2. What a cute winter card! I am loving the coater too, what a nice idea! :)

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend! Another hot one here!

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  3. The card design is super cute but I absolutely love the coaster, it's so unique.
    Have a great weekend! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Jayne. I had so much fun with the coaster, I want to make more!

  4. So gorgeous! LOVING the birds and the berries!

  5. Gorgeous creations. Fingers crossed that we can still have your amazing work on the Allsorts blog.

  6. Beautiful design. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
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  7. A really super card, love the background, super images and design.
    Kath x

  8. Adorable card and your tile is is just stunning! So delicate!

  9. These are both beautiful Ellie!
    I love the watery colouring on the first one & the coaster looks fab!
    Thanks so much for guest designing for us this month!
    Helen x

  10. That coaster is a work of art.

  11. Love the branches surrounding the bird house - so sweet. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  12. Fabulous and pretty card and gorgeous coaster.
    Glad that you are back;-))m

  13. Lovely to have you join in this month, Elli! I love this image and your colouring really brings it to life! I love it! Take care! :) x

  14. Wow, wow, wow! The card is so beautiful, and I'm so impressed with that coaster, it's gorgeous!

  15. Your card is just stunning, love that stamp and the dimension of the snowflake. Beautiful! Great idea on the coaster too.

  16. I love both your card and your coaster. I've always wanted to make some decorative coasters with my stamps but never have. Pinned (both!)

  17. What a fabulous card, such a lovely sentiment! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy December, Sue x

  18. Wow, what a gorgeous card, the coloring and details are beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

  19. Very pretty card. I can see why you'd love this image. Great coloring and so glad you shared over at Crafty Sentiments, Aud Sentiments.. love your second project. Very creative.

  20. Your card is beautiful and love the scenery you created and the branches and berries among the birds... love everything about it. And your second project rejuvenating a coaster, love it, great job and thanks for your tutorial...great job. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

  21. Absolutely gorgeous coaster. Thank you for joining the Christmas Craft Creations Challenge.
    - Joy Dsouza

  22. Wow Ellie! Two gorgeous projects! Your card for PBSC is quite whimsical I love it! The coaster looks fabulous and now I'm inspired to try this:)

  23. This is so good! Love the coaster!

    Curated By Jennifer

  24. Saw your card on the PBC I am totally blown away by the coaster idea! Genius! I love the stamp you chose and how it turned out. The card is gorgeous too. You are very talented.

  25. Definitely love this cute thing!
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  26. Such a beautiful card! So merry! Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks this week.

  27. Your card is just so totally sweet, love it. It's great to see you at Allsorts, lets hope it works (fingers crossed) you make is just the sweetest too.

  28. I love your PB card it's gorgeous, I can see why you fell in love with it. WOW I love, love, love your coaster, it's brilliant.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  29. Oh my gosh, that stamp is so beautiful and the coaster is absolutely gorgeous - truly an amazing creation, love it! So glad you joined us at Christmas Craft Creations! (ps, remember to add our Challenge graphic for a chance to win!)

  30. Beautiful card, the image is adorable! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy December, Evelyn xx


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