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Nov 6, 2021

A Cute Christmas Card for a Boy with a New Penny Black Stamp

Hello and welcome! 

A  new theme starts today at Allsorts challenge and this week it's Tracy's turn to host. She picked the theme of "From Boys to Men" and as always we hope you'll join us and share your new crafty makes with us for a chance to be entered into the prize drawing! We have two prizes this week, a digi prize of winner's choice  from Ruth Hamilton Designs as well as a prize of 2 stamps from Craft Stash.

It's another Christmas card from me, I just recently got this cute stamp set - Christmas Cycling from Penny Black's newest release and I think this set is perfect for masculine Christmas cards, in fact, I think this particular stamp works well for birthday cards too especially for fall or winter themed birthday cards :)

This is my first PB set featuring this dog, I think I heard Jill Foster of Penny Black refer to him as Buster, but please do let me know if I am wrong! I think he's so cute!! And I love the other large stamp from the set even more!!

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I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx ink on Bristol Vellum paper then colored with my Zig Clean Color markers and some diluted Distress inks. I want to note that I think Candied Apples Distress ink is a perfect red for masculine cards. All others I find are always too bright or tend to have a hint of pink. 

Before assembling my card, I ran the white plain card front through my Big Shot machine using the large Wonky Stitches die by Avery Elle. Then I followed this week's sketch from the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge

To make the paper strips I used a Tim Holtz stencil from  this Stampers Anonymous set and Scattered Straw Distress ink, cut into strips and adhered to the card. 

The image has been fussy cut using my Cutterbee scissors and I used foam tape to adhere to the card. Once again I used the adorable sentiment set Dear Santa. And the small Christmas tree is part of the set Christmas Cycling

Most embellishments in my stash tend to be a bit feminine but I think a few staples work well to add a little more interest to a masculine themed card. But maybe I should have skipped the Wonky Stitches die...

I forgot to mention, before adhering the image I flicked some diluted ink onto the background using my Tim Holtz splatter brush

Many of the items I used are available from Amazon so here is a handy list for those of you interested. Remember, these and some of the links above are affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links, as always this is at no additional cost to you.

Year in Review Hop Sign Up Reminder:

PS: I wanted to share the linkup again for my Year in Review Hop I am hoping to host in the last week of the year (starting December 29th). I hope there is enough interest. Maybe 5- 15 or 20 bloggers. The linky is open until the end of the month, but I may close it early or extend the sign up period. 

Quick Details:

  • Create a blog post featuring YOUR OWN favorite creations of 2021 to be posted on your blogs starting on Wednesday December 29th. This is when the linky tool will be open.
  • I will provide the html code for the linky tool to each person signing up. Please include this in your post on your own blogs and all participants will link up their posts using this linky tool directly on  their blogs. 
  • You must have a blog to participate - new bloggers are welcome!
  • The linky tool will remain open for 1 week. Your blog followers are welcome to link up their own "Year in Review" post during that time period (even if they haven't signed up as participants).
  • This will be a blog hop, so please plan on visiting and commenting on each participant's "Year in Review 2021 posts". 
  • This sign up is for any papercrafter with a blog (from anywhere in the world). You don't have to have a papercraft only blog - as long as you have some favorite handmade cards/papercrafts to share in your review post you are welcome to sign up!

Thanks so much for visiting!

I'm linking up here:

My Favorite Things - Sketch (see above) // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Use PB Stamps // River of Creativity - The Gift - Hope it's ok that I didn't make  gift but instead my image includes lots of gifts // ABC Christmas - W for Whimsical // Creative Moments - AG // Fab n Funky - Christmas // Paper Shelter - Christmas // Unicorn Challenge - Christmas // Critter Crazy Challenges - Critters // Bastel-Traum - Christmas // Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Starting with U, V or W (Wonky Stitches) // Creatalicious Challenges - AG // Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog - Christmas or Winter // Happy Little Stampers - Lovable Pets // Happy Little Stampers Stencils - AG w/Stencils // Let's Craft & Create Challenge - AG // Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - Christmas // Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Christmas // Sparkles Forum Christmas // The Crafting Challenge - Stitching real of faux // Incy Wincy Designs - Creatures // 

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Linby said...

What a great new stamp - he is so cute too. Love your design and I was thinking I must case how you used the wonky stitches die, it's also a great colour palette.

Pauline C said...

This is a very cute masculine card Ellie .. I love Buster (or whatever he’s called lol!). Love your colour palette and spattering … and is it just me or have you got the optical illusion going on again as the patterned strips seem to be behind your plain background?? Interested in your note on DI’s am just building them up and bought my first red .. Barn Door .. and I think that has hints of pink which wasn’t what I wanted it for at the time.
Pauline x

Sarn said...

Awww - adorable Penny Black image (and I peeked at the link you gave for it).
You've made a lovely Christmas card here.
Hugs, Sarn x

brenda said...

Glad I just checked my comments as seeing yours made me realise I hadn't visited you today, on checking your post's not showing up on my reading list. Hope it's not another curve ball from Blogger.

That PB image is so cute Ellie, my youngest Granddaughter had a Dachshund and would love it, might be going onto a list.

B x

Joanne said...

That is so cute!!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a cute image and I love the sentiment. A fabulous design in the background with the stenciled strips too.

Mervi said...

AAh fabulous stamp, I like this year's PB Christmas catalogue, waiting them to come here at the shops. Lovely card with pretty colouring;-))m

JulieP said...

That is the cutest image!!! It fits so well with MFT's sketch too. Love this card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the HLS Christmas blog!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Lynn! I'm really happy how the colors turned out too!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Pauline. I have Barn Door Red too and it's a great shade too. Candied Apples is a newer color release and it's a bit of a brownish red so it's a perfect masculine shade of red.
I'm not noticing an optical illusion on today's card like I did on the recent one I posted :)

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Sarn!

Ellibelle said...

My mistake this time that my post didn't show on your reading list. I tried to post at the correct time since you had a time change over in Europe already and we hadn't yet here, but I must have done it backwards LOL.

Your granddaughter would surely love a card with these cute stamps!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Lorraine, can't get enough of the cute sentiment set!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Mervi. Hope the PB stamps arrive over there soon! Had so much fun with this one!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Julie!

Amy Johnson said...

Awww, such a cute Christmas card and what a great, unique sketch!

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous card Ellie …a cute image
Hugs Sylvie PB Design team member x

Wendy L said...

This is fab Ellie and a gorgeous stamp, xx

Zoechaos said...

Hi Ellie, smiled a lot reading your post. Penny Black stamps are wonderful but do know the dog set, you might have set me off on another shopping spree. As for the Gift well my DT sample was a pile of boxes so am pretty sure this card counts, thank you for adding to the flow at River of Creativity. xoxo

Maria Batan said...

Love your color scheme. Works well for a masculine card. Thank you for sharing your creation with us @ Incy Wincy Designs All Creatures Great And Small +/Or Spotted Paper Challenge. Good luck! I also signed up for your Year In Review Hop. Sounds fun!

brenda said...

Me again Ellie, popped back to thank you for sharing your gift card with us at River of Creativity.

B x

Pat K said...

A fabulous fun card beautifully designed. Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K xx

coldwaters2 said...

Brilliant card Ellie once again I am loving the stamp you have used I must check out some of these new PB stamps, your colouring and the card design is top notch
lorraine x

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

A lovely card Ellie. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Wendy DT Member for

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Me again, a really lovely card Ellie. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Creative Crafters Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
Wendy DT Member for

LOU said...

Adorable card Ellibelle. Love that image.
Thanks so much for joining us for our Anything Goes plus the option of EnTWINEd (use twine) Challenge at Let's Craft and Create for November 2021.
We hope to see you again soon,
Lou DT xo
JemLou Productions

Tracy said...

This is so cute Ellie, I love what you have created for my theme.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Chrissy said...

Such a cute fun card..
Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Crafts All Year Round]


Heather said...

Oh gosh, Ellie - this is the cutest! Great images, and I love your delicate coloring and very fun layout! Adorable! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

Doris Klein said...

Nice work..

Thanks for playing along with our Critter Crazy Challenge and good luck!

Hugs and please come back soon!
Kleido’s BastelStüble
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Sonia said...

So beautiful and funny Card. Thank you very much for joining us at the Bastel-Traum Challenge (

Hugs and good luck
Dt-Member Sonia

Julie Odil said...

This is so darn cute! I love that stamp! Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Paper Shelter Challenges. Julie O, DT member

Dawn Phillips said...

Awesome sentiment. It's probably spot on too. Thanks for joining my challenge at Sparkles Christmas. Love Dawn x

kReN said...

What a cute image! Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede Challenge. kReN@afourthlife

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Lovely image and project. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

Zw@@n said...

Oh wow, love your card. That image is super cute. Great design too. Thank you for joining us ABC Christmas Challenges. xx Wilma

Tammy L said...

I really love the design of this card. You have some wonderful visual interest in this. Thanks for joining us at Critter Crazy and hope to see you again soon. Tammy DT

Lorraine said...

A gorgeous card, love the design and that fabulous Penny Black stamp.
Thanks for joining our Penny Black Saturday Challenge too.
Lorraine x

Andree said...

A fabulous Christmas card. Lovely design, sentiment and image.
Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore November Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

Julie B said...

Love your cheeky pup image, reminds me of ours, the sentiment is so appropriate too! Thanks for sharing at HLS CAS. :)

The Craft Princess said...

Love it!!! That is so adorable!!! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
Hugs... Janie
Crafter's Castle

ClaireB said...

Such a cute card, and a fabulous sentiment too! Thanks for joining us at the Pearly Sparkles challenge this month Claire DT

Debbie said...

What a cutie image and so fun too,Loving your card and the colours are fab. Perfect for us at Sparkles Christmas. Good luck. Hugs Debs DT xx

Sabina said...

Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Let's Craft and Create.
Sabina DT

Inkyfingers said...

What a fun festive design.
Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.

NickScrapShack said...

Thank you so much for playing along with our challenge over at DDS this month. I like the way you used the sketch, great work! Also like those different patterns and neutral colours. I hope you come back and play along with us again. Best of luck with your entry. Nick DT

Sue Jackson said...

Buster is fabulous! The coloring of the images and all the background layers combine into a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas Challenges! Hope to see you in the gallery again soon!

Aimeslee Winans said...

I know many dog owners would agree with Buster! Thank you for playing with us at Love to Craft Challenge and we hope to see you again in December for our final challenge.

Deanne Saunders said...

Cute card!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafting day!! Stay safe and healthy!!
*Sorry for being so late commenting but please know that I have checked out your project and appreciate you entering my challenge!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper