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Nov 5, 2023

A Song of Joy

Hello and Happy Sunday! Last month I was selected as the guest designer at Stamping Sensations (thank you to the Stamping Sensations DT!!!) and today is the start of a new challenge over at the challenge blog and I am here to share my guest DT creation. It's all about "Getting Ready for Christmas" so come join in for your chance at a great prize or your chance to be a guest designer too!

Here is what I made:

I used the beautiful older stamp Song of Joy by Penny Black. Colored with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and thought I'd go with traditional red/green/gold for Christmas so I tried to color the bird in a neutral color and chose shades of gray with a bit of yellow. The sentiment is an oldie from Stampin Up but it was a recent thriftstore find for me. I love the simple font. 

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To add some interest to the card I did some paper piercing around the edges, added a shiny rhinestone to the star's center and a simple bow made of striped bakers twine in red and white. Sponged the edges lightly before adhering to the card base.

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I plan to link up here:

Penny Black Saturday - use PB stamps

PS: Still plenty of time to sign up for the Papercrafters Year in Review 2023 hop where we share our favorite creations of the year. If interested, please visit this post where I shared all the info about it at the end of that post. 


  1. It's a really lovely seasonal card Ellie, clever colouring has brought each element to life and the soft green edges frames nicely. So happy to have you as our Guest Designer this month at Stamping Sensations, thank you so much.

    B x

  2. That is lovely!

  3. Absolutely stunning card Ellie, that is a gorgeous image beautifully coloured, and i love your layout with the added paper piercing.
    Pauline xx

  4. Thank you for being our Guest Designer this month,Gorgeous card and I love the beautifully coloured image and your pierced borders.
    Carol x

  5. Congrats on your guest designer spot. Your card is beautiful xx

  6. Such a pretty card Ellie - a wonderful stamp and you have used it so beautifully here

  7. A lovely card Ellie, beautiful colour choice too with the soft green edges. Thank you for being our Guest Designer this month.
    Avril xx

  8. It's so beautiful and a with a vintage feel to it. thanks for being our GDT x

  9. Definitely a pretty on and a bird lovers delight! Thanks for sharing again with Penny Black Saturday Challenge! ❤️❤️Sue Kment

  10. What a wonderful card this is with that adorable bird image and all the greenery and berries. I love the golden star accent and that little twine bow ties everything together perfectly. Congrats on your GD spot too, well done!

  11. A beautifully coloured festive card and love the paper pierced border too Michelle x

  12. Me again Ellie, just remembered you mentioned the link so just changed it so hopefully working Ok now.

    B x


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