Oct 1, 2022

Gardener's Delight

Hello and welcome!

This is my second post for today, they needed to be scheduled at different times so I couldn't combine them. I'll post a link to today's first post at the end of this one, so you can visit it if you like to.  

Today is the start of a new theme at Allsorts challenge. It's Lynn's turn to host this week and she chose the theme of "Gardener's Delight". I always love a garden theme as there are so many options and I had a few stamps on my mind to use for this week but decided on one I haven't used before. Thought it was quite perfect for this time of the year when many of us are thinking of planting a few spring bulbs so you can look forward to spring blooming :) I planted lots of bulbs last fall and it was wonderful to see them in spring. It did take quite some time though, our spring was late to start and maybe I planted a later blooming variety. At one point I thought I did all the work for nothing and planted bad bulbs but the wait was well worth it when they finally bloomed! I think I had planted about 50 daffodils and 50 tulips, plus 25 grape hyacinth.  


This stamp is from a stamp set I purchased from eBay a couple of years ago, by Flourishes. The company is no longer in business so it will only be found on secondary markets occasionally. I'm pretty sure the artist behind this stamp set is Marcella Hawley, and you can find some of her current work on her site Power Poppy where she sells digis as well as traditional stamps.

I stamped the image using Versafine Onyx on Bristol Vellum paper then colored with Zig Clean Color markers. You've seen me using the script border stamp many times before, it's an oldie and retired from Whimsy Stamps. The Audrey Hepburn quote is from Penny Black set Blooming Sentiments




Hope you get some time this week to join us. Our prizes  come from  Oakwood Direct and Ruth Hamilton Design

Thanks so much for visiting!


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As mentioned, this was my second post for today. 

If you would like to see my first post simply visit this link or click the image below. 


I plan to share with these challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Krafty Chicks - AG // Crafty Gals Corner - Signs of Fall (a garden scene in fall) // Simon Says Stamp - AG // ...

The Four Seasons Challenge: Fall for October

October has arrived (how is that possible??), and with the first day of October also comes the start of a new challenge at Four Seasons challenge. We're still celebrating the beautiful fall season so anything Fall goes but we do have a fabulous optional mood board for your inspiration. 


Lots of great options here if you like to use it, I've had several ideas in my head just by looking at the mood board but went with the first idea inspired by the spooky tree on the bottom left.

Here is my card:


I started out by making the background scene using a circle mask to mask the moon and my new Lavinia Hills masks for some hills. I kept the background colors in a monochromatic dark blue shades using Chipped Sapphire ink and then I added a small amount of Black Soot  to the edges. '

After removing the moon mask I stamped Lavinia's Moon stamp right onto the circle using Antique Linen ink. Then stamped Lavinia's Seasonal Tree on the right side, turned the tree around and stamped just a few branches on the left side. 


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The cute image I'm sure some of you will recognize as Stampin' Up's Halloween Hedgehogs. I have to mention Stampin Up's Halloween and  their Holiday Hedgehogs were the stamps that got me hooked to stamping and cardmaking in the first place, well before I discovered Penny Black hedgehogs so these hold a special place in my heart even though I don't use them much.

I colored with distress inks (didn't have the specific shade of purple I was looking for so I mixed a blue with a purple  (so easy to do with distress inks to make a custom color!) I fussy cut the image before adhering to the card and then used a clear Sakura Stardust glitter gel pen to add some sparkle and shine. It's not showing up well in the photo below but you can see the sparkle and shine in the first picture above.


The sentiment is part of the same stamp set (Halloween Hedgehogs) but I only used part of it cut apart to make it fit on the card. I will stamp the rest of it inside the card which will say ... "to wish you happy trick or treating". 


Thanks so much for visiting! You can check out what the rest of the Four Seasons team made here and then hopefully you'll join us too. The challenge runs until October 25th. 


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By the way, today is also World Cardmaking Day!! Scrapbook.com has a great sale scheduled so be sure to check it out if you're looking to add a few more crafty goodies to your craft room!



I'm planning to link up with these blogs:

Crafting Happiness Challenges - Trees // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // International Art & Soul - Trees // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Crafty Catz - AG Opt. Blue (I used navy) // Krafty Chicks - AG // Moving along with the Times - Trees // 

Always AG:



Sep 24, 2022

Let Heaven and Nature Sing

Hello and welcome! 

The challenges are starting up again today at Allsorts challenge and it's my turn to host this week. I thought it would be fun to see your interpretation of the theme "Spots and/or Stripes".  You may use patterned papers, stencils, stamps, embossing and any other creative way to add spots or stripes. We have a wonderful prize from  Highlight Crafts (Perfectly Potted die set with co-ordinating Reflections and tickets to Crafting Live Peterborough) so hope you can join us for your chance to win!

Here is what I made adding both spots and stripes:


These stamps are all from Penny Black (Holly Berry Bird and Nature Sings - those two are new to me and were from more recent releases. The script I stamped on the bottom portion is Penny Black's Christmas Story large background stamp, this is several years old but comes in to handy, "let heaven and nature sing" is part of the Nature Sings stamp set. The large sentiment on the top left is Penny Black's Season's Gifts, my favorite Christmas sentiment set a few years old.

I decided to include some branches onto the card, that die set is also from Penny Black - Blustery. I left them white as if they were snow covered.


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I colored with Distress inks but then used Faber Castell Pencils for some more detail. The card front was inked with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink and I flicked white Posca Pen ink onto the card for some more spots/ snow. 

The patterned papers I used on the right side I found in my box of paper scraps and I have no idea who the makers are. Gold cord and gold and silver sequins were added as embellishments. I love to mix metals (just ordered this pretty necklace for myself :) so I used both gold and silver sequins.

I once again used the Peace on Earth mood board as inspiration (the colors), this time in plenty of time to share with the challenge too :) I've also used inspiration from the back of Nature Sings stamp set by PB designer Jill Foster, she used both the holly berry stamp set and this cardinal on her card, I just added a few extra details to my card.  


I've also used inspiration from the sample on the back of Nature Sings stamp set by PB designer Jill Foster, she used the same cardinal on her card, and maybe even the same holly berry stamp. I just added a few more details to my card. Of course her card is stunning and beautifully colored like a painting!



Thanks so much for visiting!


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I plan to link up here:
Peace on Earth Christmas challenge //  We Love Stamping - Anything Stamping // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Use PB Stamps // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Christmas with a Sentiment // Craft Rocket Challenges - Dots and Stripes // Krafty Chicks - All Occasions // Moving along with the Times - Leaves // Christmas Craft Creations - Ribbon or Twine // Paper Shelter - Woodland Creatures // Word Art Wednesdays  - AG // Paper Minutes - Stripes // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // Path of Positivity - AG // 

Always AG:

Link Parties:
Dare to Share //  Sunday Showcase - First Sunday with Ada and Mireille  //  Inspire Me Monday //  Link Up Potpourri //  Random-osity Good, Random, Fun //  Travel Tuesday. // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with Your Hosts @ My Random Musings // Jenerally Informed The Happy Now // Spread the Kindness Linkup @ Shelbee on the Edge // 
Wonderful Wednesday // My Corner Of The World //Thursday Favorite Things // Little Things Thursday // Encouraging Heart and Home @ Slices of Life //  Funtastic Friday //   Link Up On The Edge

Sep 16, 2022

Christmas Mice

Hello everyone,

At Allsorts challenge we are pausing for another week as the UK is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II (the challenge blog is UK based) so there will not be a new challenge tomorrow. But we will be back on September 24th.

In the meantime I didn't want to keep my personal blog "dormant" for such a long period so I decided to share one of the cards I had made recently which was meant for one of the postponed challenges.


Maybe not the best choice of sentiments for the time being but as I used liquid glue it would have torn the card up a bit if I tried removing it. 

The stamp set is new to me by Colorado Craft Company (Wonderful Time). Image was stamped with Versafine Onyx on Bristol Vellum and colored with Distress inks and Zig Clean Color markers. I distressed the edges of the image panel for some interest.
The sentiment is part of the same stamp set and I used a retired Whimsy Stamps ticket die to cut it out (similar products). "Stars" are part of  Penny Black's Dancing Snowflakes die set, but these look like stars to me so I made them golden and added glitter. 

Papers were a most recent crafty purchase, not that I needed any new patterned papers but it had been a while (years!) since I bought any and I just saw Hobby Lobby had their new Christmas crafts out...


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My card was inspired by the most recent Peace on Earth challenge (a year round Christmas challenge) where they always offer an optional mood board as inspiration. I love mood boards as they do help me get started so I did use it as you can surely see.


 Unfortunately this challenge is now expired so I won't link up there.

I feel like this card could use some twine or something but I had trouble figure out a placement so I left it off.


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Linking up here:
Peace on Earth - Christmas and optional mood board challenge expired// We Love Stamping - AG with Stamping // CCEE Stampers - circles/ dots/ etc. // Craft Rocket Challenges - dots and stripes // Simon Says Stamp - little critters // Critter Crazy Challenges - Critters // Crafty Animals - Crafty Animals // Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned Papers // Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog - Sparkle // Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - Christmas // The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up - Fur // Christmas with the Cuties - Cute Christmas // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Die Cuts // Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Animals // 

Sep 7, 2022

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - September Challenge (and August Top Picks with a Twist)

Hello and welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday September challenge taking place right here on my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you'll join in too!

There were many fabulous entries last month, thank you all for joining in with me! Lots of wonderful inspiration and even though it was hard choosing my top picks with a twist I had lots of fun doing so! Be sure to scroll down to see last month's Top Picks with a Twist!


As a reminder, the  theme is now always....


Anything Goes


and instead I will choose a "top pick twist".

So feel free to link up all your new or recently made crafty creations for a chance to be featured next month. As mentioned, the Top Pick features now will follow a theme/twist but nobody knows what that will be until the end of the month (not even me) and will be inspired by YOUR creations. Will it be something you incorporated on your project? As always, the linky tool is at the end of the post.

Remember, you may share any type of craft as long as it is handmade by you!


Here is what I'm sharing this month:

The background was done using Rustic Wilderness and Twisted Citron ink and the smooshing technique. Then I stamped Lavinia's Trailing Ivy using Fern Green Archival ink  and the Hedgehog from the clear Penny Black set Wonderful using Versafine Onyx. I colored the bouquet of flowers with my Zig Clean Color markers.

I stamped the hedgehog again on Bristol Vellum paper, colored with Zig Clean Color markers and fussy cut only the hedgehog to add to the card with foam tape.

The sentiment is an oldie from Stampin Up (I have no idea which set it's from), also stamped with Archival ink and I used a retired die from Whimsy Stamps to cut it out. Some green gingham ribbon and jute twine was used to attach it to the card. I found the little butterfly (from Penny Black's set Soaring) already cut and inked in my box of extras so I added it to the card. The color matched that of the small flowers in the bouquet so it worked out well. 

       


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I'm sharing the card with these challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Use PB Stamps // Everybody-Art-Challenge- AG // Crafting Happiness Challenges - Add a sentiment // Double Trouble Challenges - 3/2/1 Recipe (green, yellow, turquoise, ribbon, twine, PB Stamp) // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // Path of Positivity - AG // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It // 613 Avenue Create - Leaves // Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Animals // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG // Crafty Calendar - AG // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Krafty Chicks - Stamp Act // Moving along with the Times - Leaves // Critter Crazy Challenges  - critters // Crafty Animals - Animals // 


Link Parties:
Dare to Share //  Sunday Showcase - First Sunday with Ada and Mireille  //  Inspire Me Monday //  Link Up Potpourri //  Random-osity Good, Random, Fun //  Travel Tuesday. // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with Your Hosts @ My Random Musings // Jenerally Informed The Happy Now // Spread the Kindness Linkup @ Shelbee on the Edge // 
Wonderful Wednesday // My Corner Of The World //Thursday Favorite Things // Little Things Thursday // Encouraging Heart and Home @ Slices of Life //  Funtastic Friday //   Link Up On The Edge




Last Month Top Picks with a Twist:


As mentioned previously, there is now a Top Pick Twist when it comes to my selection of Top Picks. Nobody knows what the twist will be - not even me - until the end of the month as the twist will be totally inspired by YOUR creations. This means the top picks will all have something in common. 


The Top Pick Twist from the August entries is ............Keeping It Neutral! Meaning all my August Top Picks will feature neutral colors. Who knew neutral colors can make such beautiful creations! 

And here they are listed in the order of entry:

No. 63 Helene

No. 64 LoopyLoo

No. 75 Francesca


Congratulations to each one of you! Fabulous work! 

Your Top Pick logo is below. Feel free to post it to your own blogs.


I will continue to pin the top picks to the dedicated Pinterest board, but will also include photo and link back to the original blogs/sites here. These will be removed at the start of the new challenge to stay in compliance with GDPR.


To join in this month please use the linky tool below. You have until September 30th 11:59 CST to play along!

A few things to remember:

  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis/products (no company restriction).
  • No more than 3 entries per person please so I can manage to visit each entry.
  • Please do include a link back here to my blog in your blog post.
  • Backlinking to a recent post IS allowed.
  • Digital products are allowed and very welcome but the final piece has to be a physical handmade creation, not just digital.

Sep 6, 2022

Recent Amazon Prime Purchases and a Perfect Pair of Petite Friendly Jeans from Target

It's been a while since I joined the Amazon Prime linkup, even though we've purchased quite a few things, I just never got around to writing up a post so here I am today sharing a few of the things we purchased over the last several months. A random mix of things ... At the end of the post I'm also sharing a new pair of jeans perfect for petites I recently found at Target and how I worn them to an orchard.



1. Anthony's Diastatic Dry Malt Powder

I've been making lots of bread over the last few months, mainly using this and this no knead recipe but I wanted to try making my own authentic German farmer's bread and I needed this powder for it. I made one of these breads so far and while it's easy to make this recipe does require kneading, thankfully I have my KitchenAid stand mixer to do the hard work for me.

2. Heatless Curling Headband

My daughter saw this on Tik Tok and wanted to try it for herself.


3. Hair Pins for Ballet Bun.

Couldn't find the color she needed at the local shop so Amazon came to the rescue!

4. Strathmore Visual Art Journal .

I've been wanting to start art journaling for some time now (been doing a few pages over the years but didn't have an actual book. So decided to purchase this one, sadly I haven't started yet but do love the smaller size (6x8.5 inches) and it's great quality mixed media paper. 

5. LG Computer Monitor.

My son wanted this for use with his laptop for the bigger screens. He's been happy with it.

6. Drawstring Curly Hair Ponytail.

My daughter needed some curls for her part in the Cinderella Ballet that needed to be even shorter than these. I didn't want to cut into her more expensive Nutcracker curls so I purchased these. Thought they were a good quality and about half the price I paid for her Nutcracker curls a few years ago from Sally's. 


7. Cubicer Computer Desk.

My son loves this desk. 

8. Brusho Crystals Color Set.

These have been on my wishlist for years, finally decided it's time to give them a try. Easy to use and so much fun!

9. Tutu Bag

Another item needed for ballet. This worked perfectly for my daughter's professional sized ballet tutu. 



Not from Amazon but I am so excited to have found a perfect pair of jeans for petites from Target and wanted to share. (If you are petite then you will know how hard it is to find jeans that aren't too long!!!)

These are the Universal Threat Crop Jeans in a light wash, available in 3 different lengths. I am wearing the "regular" lengths in size 0 and am approx. 5' 2" tall, 37" hips and 28" waist. (I'm sharing this info in case you'd like to get them for yourself and it might help you decide what size you need).  If you are shorter you may find the short works better and if you are taller you might prefer the long lengths. 

For sizing references, the size 0 regular jeans has a 9.25" rise and 26" inseam. I may choose to cut about half an inch off which will be easy to do since these are a raw hem jeans. I had also ordered the "short" version but those were just too cropped and I wanted more of an ankle lengths.


Universal Threads Jeans


The jeans also come in a dark wash and I have them on order. (Edited to add: I have now received the dark wash and while the fit is the same as the light wash, I find the dark wash to feel a bit stiffer, not as soft as the light wash and I plan on returning the dark wash.) Unfortunately neither the light or dark wash are available in store, at least not at mine. This light wash pair above is my first pair of Universal Threads jeans and so far I'm happy with the quality and they are less than $35!


Thanks so much for stopping by!


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I'm linking up here:

Tanya at The Other Side of the Road // Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // Thursday Favorite Things // Shelbee on the Edge Linkup // Sunday Showcase (first Sunday) with Ada and Mireille


Saturday: Dare to Share

Sunday: Style Splash linkup // Sunday Showcase (first Sunday) //  You're the Star Blog Hop Link Up @ Stonecottage Adventures



Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday? (last wed. of month) // The Queen in Between Style Six // Straight A Style // Jersey Girl, Texan Heart // Is This Mutton? Wow on Wednesday // Effortlessly Sophisticated // Wonderful Wednesday