Hello and welcome! It's Saturday meaning a new challenge starts today at Allsorts and Lorraine (Lolo) is hosting this week. Her theme, which is optional is Christmas Time, so if you haven't started yet with your Christmas cards then this is your chance! Almost time to send them off!! Of course the Anything Goes option is there too, so hopefully we'll see you joining us this week! Prizes for the November challenges come from Stampendous and Oakwood Direct and WOWVOW and winners will be announced on the last Friday of the month.
This cute image is a Penny Black stamp (Little Elf Present) illustrated by Mo Manning. It was part of a mixed lot I purchased from the resale site Mercari earlier this year and my first time using. I was inspired by the Christmas Craft Creations challenge where the theme is Hats and I thought this image was a perfect choice. I'm not sure why this stamp seems to be so rare... I did find one listing of it on eBay and another on Mercari, and Mo Manning should have it in digi version for those who prefer that.
At the current Christmas Kickstart challenge the theme is Christmas, but not as we know it, which inspired the non-traditional colors. The skirt and hat were paper pieced from some patterned paper scraps, the rest of the elf colored with Copic markers. I was really hoping to find a bigger piece of the same patterned paper to mount the image panel on but could not find any more of it in my stash, so I chose some polka dotted paper instead. I embellished with some small punched circles and Stickles glitter.
For sentiments I chose a larger verse from the Penny Black set Season's Gifts and "Happy Holidays" is from a Stampin Up set I found at a thrift store.
Below are the challenges I plan to link up with (this list includes the two I mentioned above):
- Christmas Craft Creations - Hats
- Christmas Kickstart challenge - Christmas, but not as we know it
- Penny Black Saturday - Glitter and Glitz plus PB
- My Time to Craft - Christmas
- Paper Dragonfly Creative Challenges - Anything Festive
- Most Magical Time of the Year - Christmas
- Art Impressions Stamp Challenge - Making spirits bright
- C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
- Crafty Gals Corner - Dots and/or Stripes
- Double D Challenges - Dots and/or Stripes
- The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Christmas
- Unicorn Challenge - Christmas
- Daisy Chain Challenges - Christmas
- Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog - Christmas
- The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up - Christmas
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