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Sep 18, 2021

Penny Black Critters, A PSX Sunflower, Twine and Burlap Paper

Hello and welcome!

It's Saturday and that means it's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge, and since today is the 18th I am also sharing my midmonth inspiration card for Stamping Sensations! Great prizes at both challenges so hopefully you will join us for your chance to win! 

Our prize at Allsorts challenge comes from Stamp Addicts where you can win a voucher to their shop. At Stamping Sensations we have a prize from, the winner will receive a fabulous mixed media kit as well as some rice papers. And then we also have a second prize of 3 craft stencils.

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At Allsorts Brenda is hosting and she would like to see any real animal or creature

This one had me worried a bit as I first thought it had to be a realistic animal as seen in nature, and not the cute style animals often seen on stamps, but then quickly realized the "real" is just to note that the animals and creatures can't be fantasy. 

I decided to use this cute Penny Black stamp from the set Critter Fun
It's been stamped onto Bristol Vellum using Versafine Onyx ink and colored using Zig Clean Color markers and some Distress ink. The sentiment is also by Penny Black from the set Happy Wishes

I used an old Whimsy Stamps Hexagon die (alternative options) to cut it out. Patterned papers are old from my stash and before adhering to the card front, I tied some natural jute  twine around the card. Oh, and I also inked the edges using Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink. Some Wink of Stella glitter was brushed over the butterflies' and bees' wings. 

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Linking up here:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - PB Stamps // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Crafty Catz - 2 or more DP's // Pattie's Creations - AG // 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters // Bastel-Traum - Watercolor // Crafts Galore Encore - AG // Crafty Animals - Animals // Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned Papers // Creatalicious Challenges - AG // Sweet Stampers - Strips and Dots // Cute Card Thursday - AG // Paper Shelter - Animals // Crafty Sentiment Designs - AG // Passion For Markers Challenge - Something with B (Bird, Bee, Butterflies, Bow) // A Place To Start - Patterned paper // Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute Birthday // Incy Wincy Designs - Stripes, Dots or Checks // Crafter's Castle - AG // Crafty Calendar - AG // 

Onto my second card for Stamping Sensations where our theme is: Stamp of the Moment. Still plenty of time to join us if you haven't already or if you'd like to submit a second or third entry.

It's equally hard for me to pick a "stamp of the moment" as it is to pick  a "favorite stamp", it might be easier for those who shop for new stamps frequently but I haven't bought any new stamps for quite some time. 

But during this time of year I am drawn to sunflowers and the color yellow so I picked my favorite sunflower stamp which is an oldie by PSX.  This stamp includes a stem and small flowers too but I fussy cut only the large flower to use on today's card. You might find the exact stamp on eBay otherwise this Sunflower stamp by Deep Red would be an alternative option and there are plenty of sunflower stamps currently available. 

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Stamped onto Bristol Vellum, then colored with Zig Clean Color markers. 

To make the background I taped some painter's tape on the edges then inked with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide, next I stamped Stampin Up's French Script (old, but usually available on eBay) before removing the painter's tape. 

I added a piece of burlap cloth paper and Jute twine around the card before adhering the flower.

Sentiment is from the Penny Black set Blooming Sentiments

Below is a picture of a sunflower from my garden I took about 3 weeks ago that inspired my card a little bit :-)


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  1. Beautiful cards! Love that sunflower!
    Have a great day!

  2. As usual it's a lovely PB card Ellie, you do them so well and so nice seeing the inspiration for the glorious Sunflower. We have a field of them about a mile down the Fen, it's the first time I have ever seen them grown in that volume in the UK, usually associate it with France where you see field upon field of them.

    B x

  3. Two fabulous cards Ellie! The first one is so cute, always love your cards with the PB critters, I have to buy some LOL :D
    Your second card is amazing and just stunning, it's really very inspired by your own sunflower! Wow!

  4. Both cards are just fabulous! I love that adorable hedgehog but man, that sunflower is just stunning!

  5. Cute and gorgeous cards.

  6. Two beautiful cards Ellie. You have used an adorable PB stamp and a beautiful sunflower to make them. Fab work. Marlies

  7. Beautiful cards Ellie, lovely sunflower pic too. Xx

  8. Fantastic cards!
    I love sunflowers they are so cheerful! :)

  9. Two amazingly beautiful cards Ellie I love them both the little hedgehogs are always such a delight to see and the Sunflower is one of my favourite flowers both superbly coloured and designed
    lorraine x

  10. They are both equally gorgeous Ellie. I love your layouts and gorgeous colours!

  11. Fabulous cards Ellibelle
    Thanks for joining us at PBSC ….
    Hope you are well ……
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  12. Love the sweet hedgehog in your first card Ellie and the Sunflower looks stunning against the blue background.
    Avril x

  13. Your Hedgehog is so cute with the little bird, it's a beautiful design. Really love your Sunflower card, the script background is great and the hessian is such a fab touch.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  14. Wonderful cards, I just adore your amazing colouring!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Gem of a Challenge! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  15. Love the sweet hedgie card. Your sunflower is gorgeous (both irl and on card!) love a sunflower.

  16. Beautiful cards, Love the cute hedgehog. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine

  17. Wow.. what amazing Designs with super cute and pretty images!

    Thanks for playing along with our stamps & fun = CREATIVITY Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    *GDT* stamps & fun = CREATIVITY
    Kleido’s BastelSt├╝ble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *List Manager* Challenges for Days
    *DT* Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

  18. Wonderful cards, beautifully coloured as always. Thanks for sharing with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, come back again soon. CarolG

  19. Your card caught my eye in the gallery. I love sunflowers too but my hubby won’t let me grow them. Call him crazy! So happy you played along with Krafty Chicks Challenge this week.
    Diane - DT

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  21. Cute cards and beautiful coloring... especially the sunflower card! I also love how you matched the distress oxide color along the border to the patterned paper. Thank you for sharing your creation at A Place to Start Challenge blog, :) Samantha, DT member

  22. Gorgeous cards Ellie - love that photo of your sunflower too.
    Stay safe

  23. Both your cards are gorgeous, beautifully coloured and designed. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz this week.

  24. Hi Ellie just popped back to thank you for joining our challenge at THE PAPER SHELTER this week
    lorraine x

  25. Your cards are lovely. I popped over to visit from the Allsorts challenge where I saw your DT card. x

  26. Eine zauberhafte Karte. Der Igel ist so s├╝├č. Vielen Dank f├╝r deine Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers und viel Gl├╝ck.

    LG Heike

  27. Just perfect for the Challenge!
    Great project!
    Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at Colour Crazy.
    Good luck and we hope you will come back again! Jackie DT Member xxx

  28. Lovely cards. The hedgehog one is very cute. Thanks for sharing it with us at Cutie Pie.

  29. The hedgehog card is so cute, and I love the sunflower beautiful!

  30. Anonymous09:08

    These cards are so awesome! Anyone would feel lucky receiving one.


  31. Super cards. Hedgehog is fantastic.

  32. Gorgeous cards, I love the hedgehog image and the sunflower is great. Thanks for joining in our September 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x

  33. Wonderful creations! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge. Good luck!

  34. Gorgeous cards - love the way you added the strips of paper to your critter card!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

  35. Lovely and sweet.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  36. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining our "Anything But Square" challenge at Creative Craft Cottage!


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