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Apr 27, 2024

Hello Sunshine

Happy Saturday and welcome! I have a new card to share today for our new theme at Allsorts challenge. This week Dena is our host and she selected "Stencils" as her optional theme. I love using stencils! But as mentioned it's optional so if stencils aren't your thing you may still join us with up to 3 new creations of any kind. We have prizes from Oakwood and Highlight Crafts for challenges 778 and 779. Winners will be announced at the end of May as this challenge ends in May. (Remember to check the challenge blog for the April winners if you haven't already!)

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This daisy stamp is brand new to me, the purchase was inspired by my blogging friend Pauline so I decided to ink it up for today's card. It's from the set Daisy Grunge by Visible Image. 

My sketch was very much inspired by the current Try a Sketch On Tuesday challenge. I just wish I had used a larger circle mask.


I started out by inking the negative of a circle die cut using Stampin Up ink then used my Circle Explosion stencil over the inked circle. After removing the circle mask I decided to add more circles onto the rest of the card so I continued with the same stencils but a lighter touch of ink. 

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The daisy was stamped on a scrap piece of card stock and fussy cut and I only colored the center of the flower. Sentiment is part of the same stamp set. To finish off this CAS card I added stickles glitter to the flower and black enamel dots


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Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! 

Apr 20, 2024

Shower of Flowers

Happy Saturday and welcome! It's the start of a new theme at Allsorts challenge and Mervi is hosting this week. Her optional theme is a real fun one ... Balloons. Of course you can choose our "anything goes" option if you don't have any balloon stamps or if you don't like balloons. All will be entered into the prize drawing as long as you follow our simple rules. Prizes are from AALL and Create for challenges 776/777 and winners will be announced as usual at the end of the month. 

I had lots of fun creating for this challenge especially looking through my stamps to select which one to use. I had no idea that I had so many stamps which included balloons and completely forgot I had this one which I purchased sometime last year from eBay during a time when I purchased several wood mounted PB stamps. This one is a real oldie from the year 2000, that makes it 24 years old!!! I did just find it listed by Lighthouse Books and Gifts in their Amazon shop. Currently they still have 3 in stock brand new, mine came from eBay well loved with black ink all over the wood block but it still stamps beautifully :)

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I started out with a My Favorite Things rectangle stencil set and inked the inside of the rectangle using Tumbled Glass and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks. Removed the mask then stamped this cute image - Penny Black Shower of Flowers - using Memento Tuxedo ink. I used my Copic markers for coloring. I did stamp the mouse and balloon on a scrap pieces (the balloon on a scrap piece I had inked with Wilted Violet  and used a polka dot stencil with Villianous Potion ink). I fussy cut both the balloon and little mouse, then added to the card with foam tape. Lots of stickles glitter was applied to the many flowers and balloon for some sparkle. 

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The sentiment is from the Penny Black clear set Friendship (also available from Lighthouse Books and Gifts on Amazon). I simply added a white card base for a CAS style. 



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Thanks so much for visiting, hope you enjoy your weekend. 

Apr 17, 2024

I Spy With My Little Eye ........... Something With Wings (Challenge No. 14)

Hello everyone and welcome to a new "I spy with my little eye" challenge taking place right here on my blog. Pauline and I are back with a new theme and we hope to see you playing along with us this month. There weren't too many entrants last month but some still really beautiful creations so be sure to scroll down to see who made the Top 2, both being invited to join us as guest designers for the next challenge.

This time around it's Pauline's turn to select a theme and it is:

I spy with my little eye..........


Something with Wings.


So many options here and we can't wait to see what you will come up with! The linky tool is at the end of the post but first up are our creations to inspire you. 


My card (Ellie)

 info below

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I started with a previously "smooshed" background from my box of extras, then stamped the Penny Black bird image (Bird's Eye View) and colored with a mix of Zig Clean Color and Distress inks. On the background I stamped some details and wording using the Aall and Create set Follow Your Own Path. That set is a bit grungy and I'm not sure the delicate PB bird image is a good match for the grungy Aall and Create background stamping and sentiments but decided it's not a complete fail so here it is :) I found the diamond die cut pieces in my box of die cut scraps (made with the PB Diamond Border die) so added them to the card. With the grungy additions I decided the edges needed a little bit of distressing so that's what I did before adhering to the card base.

I am entering my card (above) to these challenges:


Pauline's Card

Such a magical spring scene by Pauline! Be sure to visit her blog to find out how she made this card!


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We're so excited to have 2 guest designers this month, many thanks to Steph and Liz for joining us! Their beautiful creations are below.

Steph

So fabulous and unique! Please visit Steph's blog to find out how she made this card!

Liz

Such a great embossing pattern and cute owl! Please visit Liz' blog to find out how she made this card.


Top Picks from Challenge no. 13

We didn't have as many entries in the last challenge, I suppose many of you were over the color yellow 😄but we still had some fabulous entries and selecting our top picks wasn't easy but we finally made our decisions and they are listed below in the order of entry. 


Remember, Top Picks are invited to join us in the next challenge if you like to. That would be for challenge no. 15 starting Wednesday May 15th! Of course it's not a requirement but we would love to have you both as guests!!

No. 16 Papierelle (Pauline's Pick)


No. 28 Fiona (Ellie's Pick)

Congratulations to both of you!! Your top pick logo is below to display on your own blogs if you like to.

You are both invited to join us as guest designers (optional of course!) for challenge no. 15 starting on Wednesday May 15th. If you are interested in taking part, please message me (Ellie) at ellibellescorner at gmail dot com so I can give you all the details for our upcoming theme.

To be in compliance with GDPR, Top Pick photos and links will be removed after the start of the new challenge. 


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Now it's time to link up YOUR creations for the new theme! Anyone is invited to join us with your crafty makes following our theme - "I Spy Something With Wings".



A few things to remember:
  • You may share up to 5 different projects.
  • You may combine with as many other challenges as you like to.
  • No fully digital projects please.
  • Please include a link back to this blog.
  • Backlinking to a recent project is allowed.

Apr 13, 2024

Smile. Dream. Love

Hello and welcome! A new challenge starts today at the Allsorts challenge blog and Brenda is hosting this week. Her optional theme is "It has to be spring" and we would love to see all your spring themed creation or you can choose the "anything goes" option. All entries following our simple rules will be entered into the drawing wether you go with the optional theme or not. You may enter up to 3 times for more chances to win. Prizes come from AALL and Create for challenges 776 and 777, winners announced at the end of the month on the challenge blog.




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Easter came early this year and I am not done creating with bunnies (luckily not all bunny stamps are Easter themed!!) and I am featuring some cute Lavinia hares (Whimsical Hares, Pipin) on today's card. I started out using the "negative" of a circle die then parcially inked inside the circle and created hills using a paper mask. I also used a Lavinia stencil (Feather Leaf) although it's hard to tell. The flowers are Lavinia's Lavender stamp, stamped in Picked Raspberry and Shaded Lilac. 

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The springtime sentiment is a Penny Black wood mounted stamp (old and no longer available), a favorite for spring. Smile Dream Love is from the Penny Black clear set Dream. Love. Sentiments. I finished off the card with some die cut butterflies using the PB die set Soaring and black enamel dots.


Thanks so much for visiting, I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. 


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Apr 6, 2024

Meow Like No One Is Listening

Hello and welcome! Happy Saturday! After a two-week challenge we are back to our normal weekly challenges at Allsorts and this week it's Lolo's turn to host. She selected the optional theme of "For the love of Animals" or you can go with our Anything Goes option too. We have a nice set of prizes from  Highlight Crafts and Stamp Addicts for challenges 773, 774 and 775 and winners will be announced on the last Friday in April and as always you may enter up to 3 times for more chances to win.


This challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to ink up the wonderful stamp set Bad Cats Club from Aall and Create and I combined it with a couple of other sets also by Aall and Create, Night Stalker (sentiment) and Blackbird (the numbers and birds).

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If you're in the US then you can purchase this set from Joggles. Unfortunately it appears sold out from the Aall and Create shop in the UK but maybe there are some other UK retailers that still stock it?  As mentioned above the sentiment is part of another cat themed set called Nightstalker and that one is also out of stock from Aall and Create. The number in pink and birds are from the set called Blackbird. The black numbers and circles are part of the stamp Wild and Free also by Aall and Create but sold out too.


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This is a large stamp that fills up almost half of an A4 page so I made a larger than normal card. As I was looking for a stencil to use on this card I came across a homemade stencil I made some years ago for the Bokeh technqiue where I punched out several sizes of circles on acetate and I thought this would make a nice background for these "up to no good" cats :)  The sentiment was stamped on a snippet of cardstock and layered on a snippet of pink. I attached it with staples and then put some striped twine through the staples to tie a bow. 




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Thanks so much for visiting, enjoy your weekend!!

Apr 3, 2024

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - April Challenge

Hello and welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - April challenge taking place right here on my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by and hopefully you'll share your own crafty makes too. The linky tool is at the end of this post. There were so many fabulous entries last month so be sure to check out who made the top 3!

As most of you know, the theme is now always ....


Anything Goes


and instead of a challenge theme there will be a "Top Pick Twist", meaning I will select a twist from all of the entries for the Top 3. Nobody will know what the twist will be (not even me) until the end of the challenge. So do link up all of your crafty makes, your entry might be the one inspiring the Top Pick twist :)


Here is what I came up with:

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I made a CAS card using the beautiful Fairytale stamp by Lavinia as my focal point. The background was done with a stencil by Vicki Boutin from this set of 3 stencils. I used Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress inks. The sentiment at the top is from an older Hero Arts stamp kit (this particular one is no longer available) and the word "Dandelion" is from this set by Aall and Create. I added Stickles glitter and some gems by Honeybee Stamps to finish off the card.

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March Top Picks with a Twist


As always I had a hard time selecting the top picks with a twist but it is a part of the challenge I enjoy a lot as I take more time to study the linky tools gallery, and I finally decided on the Twist of: Fun with Die Cuts. And here are the top picks listed in the order of entry, each one featuring some beautiful die cuts.


No. 5 Mary Marsh

No. 11 Jackie C.

No. 69 Donna T.


Congratulations to each one of you! Well deserved recognition! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post it to your own blogs if you like to. 




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's challenge please use the linky tool below. The linky tool closes on the last Wednesday of the month at midnight so you have until Wednesday April 24th to play along.

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A few things to remember:
  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis/products (no company restriction).
  • Please try to limit your linked up cards to 3 entries per month - it's ok if you end up with more than 3 but I may not be able to visit your entries after the 3rd.
  • 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

Apr 2, 2024

Black and White Plus One for March Card Chain Challenge

Hello and welcome! It's the 2nd of the month and that means it's time to reveal the cards that were sent for the March Card Chain Challenge. I thought I was going to take a break in March but when I saw the themes I just couldn't resist and this is pretty much the card I had in mind so it didn't take me too long to complete.

My card went to Jeanne in Minnesota and I hope she liked it :) I absolutely loved creating it!

As always we're given a variety of challenge options, this time I selected the color scheme of Black and White plus one other color and I also selected the other option of "postal". This cute girly stamp is new to me but a real oldie from Stampin Up. I found it along with another stamp from the set at a local thrift store for just 50 cents for both stamps and of course I had to get them as I love silhouette stamp. 


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I used the negative of a circle die cut to ink up inside the circle and used a MFT cloud stencil. The ink is Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide. After removing the stencil I stamped the little girl and birds (birds are part of a past Hero Arts stamp kit ). At this point I wasn't sure what to use for the sentiment when I remembed the postage stamps from Whimsy Stamps (old) with matching die so I chose one of the stamps from that set. A couple small die cut flowers (from the Penny Black Frames die set) finish off the card. The girl stamp includes a sentiment on the bottom but I masked that off and instead chose a sticker sentiment from Tim Holtz' small talk booklet

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I was so happy to receive the adorable card below from Ella in Germany. Thank you, Ella for this beautiful card! I love it!


If you want to join in the April Card Chain Challenge then you can still sign up here. The linky tool will be open for a few more days. Be sure to check out the FAQ page for all the info if you are new to the CCC.






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Apr 1, 2024

Four Seasons April Challenge - A Little Spring Mouse

Happy first day of April and thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you had a nice Easter holiday weekend with a little bit of sunshine too. It's been chilly over  here but the sun did peak out so that was nice. 

Today is the start of a new Spring challenge at the Four Seasons challenge blog and all are invited to join us with your spring creations. There is a fun mood board as always but it is completely optional to use.

Here is what I made inspired by the pretty daisies and some colors from the mood board. 

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April Mood Board


This pre-colored digi is brand new to me. I stumbled onto it while looking for another image on the LOTV etsy site. While I wasn't lucky with that other image, I fell in love with this cute scene so into the shopping cart it went. I love the wonderful artistic pencil coloring it comes in. I've not been doing too well recently with coloring  (I always feel short on time) so this was just perfect. 


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I added a grass border which I simply cut by hand (I used to have a grass punch but somehow it's gone missing!!) I also added the die cut daisies which were done with a really old die from Whimsy Stamps and it is no longer available. I wanted to add something to the background for a little more interest so I got out Aall and Create's Miniatures stamp set for that wonderful quote. I didn't want the words to overpower the cute image so I stamped them with light gray ink. "Create your own magic" is from another Aall and Create set. Before I added the grass border I used the large wonky stitches border die (sold out). And I added a little bit of glitter to the butterflies and flowers. Btw. this image is also available in line art for your own coloring. 







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