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Dec 3, 2022

A Christmas Blessing to You

It's Saturday again and that means a new challenge starts today at Allsorts. Lynn is hosting and her theme is: " It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas". Perfect timing to get all your Christmas cards finished up. We have 2 Card-io stamp sets to give away this week so there will be 2 winners. 

I made a vintage-y Christmas card using mainly Penny Black stamps. 

The brushstroke stamp Brush Pines was inked using Distress Oxide inks Evergreen Bough and Gathered Twigs and stamped with the help of my stamp platform. The cardinal is from the Penny Black set Nature Sings colored with Distress inks then fussy cut.

The music sheet stamp is Christmas themed although hard to read, it's from Just for Fun Rubberstamps but it looks like the company is no longer in business. I distressed the edges and inked with Tea Dye Distress ink for a vintage look then flicked some diluted Gathered Twigs ink onto the background with a paint brush. 

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The bottom sentiment is from the Penny Black set Festive Cheer and the smaller top sentiment is from a retired set by Whimsy Stamps. Patterned paper I purchased from Hobby Lobby a couple of months ago.

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World Wide Open Design Team Challenge 3 entries max
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  1. Brilliant Christmas card with that fab cardinal taking centre stage with the cute little bow embellishment. X

  2. Super gorgeous cardinal image and a wonderful card you created. has a Fallidays challenge for birds and this would totally fit. They are giving away some great prizes.

    1. Thanks for letting me know! I just added my card :)

  3. What a beautiful Christmas card! I love cardinals!

  4. Amazing rustic/vintage look!!! Really love your design, the cute cardinal and that bow!

  5. A wonderful Christmas card and the bow is the perfect touch.

  6. Beautiful and gorgeous Christmas card;-))m

  7. Beautifully done card!! Just love the colors.

  8. Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at Through The Craftroom

  9. Lovely traditional card with great splatters. You can’t go wrong with PB stamps, which makes me think I must add some to my collection xx

  10. This card truly touches my heart! This is surely one of the simple pleasures where I live; we have several Cardinals and they fill the evergreen trees in the winter! It is a lovely sight! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  11. Joanne10:10

    Such a beautiful card! I love your ability to combine stamps and make a whole scene.

  12. This card has a lovely vintage feel with the beautiful stamping and festive Cardinal image.

  13. Wunderschöne Vintagekarte und ich liebe es, wie Du die verschiedenen Stempel zu einem Gesamtbild zusammen gefügt hast!!

  14. Beautiful card Ellie.
    Avril xx

  15. Love the beautiful vintage look to this Ellie - so many lovely details with the fab background and gorgeous stamping, all distressed so nicely!
    Pauline xx

  16. I love , Love , Love this card! and Bad me, I just bought the stamps!Thank you for entering in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. Ginny M, DT

  17. Very awesome card! Love that cardinal! Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks Challenge this past week for our Stamp Act theme :) Hope you join us again soon.
    Diane - DT

  18. Lovely Christmas card, the little bow is a perfect finishing touch. Thank you for joining in the Crafty Calendar Challenge this month. Good luck!
    Liz xx

  19. What a beauty! That plaid edging is just fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at Beyond the Blue!

  20. Perfection!
    What a smashing project!
    We always love to see all the entries at Classic.
    Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge
    We really appreciate you joining in.

    Jackie DT

  21. A beautiful card... thanks for entering the 'Christmas' challenge at Moving Along With The Times. Good luck and hope you will join us again.
    Diane Louise (Team Leader) xx

  22. I really love the design of this card,

    Thanks for playing along at MAWTT,

    Hugz Tinz

  23. Beautiful Christmas Card! Thanks for joining Colour Crazy Challenges, good luck! Dawn DT

  24. Anonymous15:02

    Love this cardinal. Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede Challenge. kReN@afourthlife

  25. Beautiful card Ellie - love the touch of tartan!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x


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