Mar 17, 2018

Allsorts Challenge 458 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 7

It's time again for a new challenge at Allsorts , and don't forget Saturday also means a  new Papercrafters' Linky Party, where you can link up any new or recently made papercraft (Anything Goes) -  The linky is at the end of this post along with last week's top pick.

At Allsorts challenge Tracy Mouse is hosting this week and she would like to see "Bling". We also have a great prize to give away at Allsorts, this week some cute stamps by Little Claire. Hope you'll join us for a chance to win!

I started out by heat embossing the image from the Penny Black set Sweet Smiles on Bristol Vellum paper and watercolored using my Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers with a Zig Detailer waterbrush. A circle die was used to cut it out to use in my design. The lavender paper is actually really shimmery in real life. It is Mica card stock I received in a sampler pack from Paper Temptress. The butterflies were done using an old Martha Stewart punch and I embellished them with blue rhinestones I've had forever. The striped paper strip is from my stash and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz Metallic Quotations sticker set. I finished off by tying a bow using Burlap Twine.

The zig colors I used are: Hair -oatmeal; skin - pale pink, light carmine (cheeks); shirt - light pink, pants - cobalt blue, light pink; shoes - oatmeal; flowers - light violet mixed with cobalt blue; branch and leaves - green gray, light green.
These are all part of the set of 36 found on Amazon which I linked to, or you get singles at Blick Art Materials. Get FREE SHIPPING from Blick if your order is $35 or more! 

If you look really closely you can see the mica shimmer on the closeup above on the lavender card stock. I have also added  Stickles glitter glue to the flower centers for more sparkles.

I followed this week's sketch from the My Favorite Things blog. And I am also joining in a few other challenges.

Tic Tac Toe at Aurora Wings Challenge ( I used the diagonal row of Ribbon or Bow, Die Cuts and Sentiment)

Colouring in Scrapland - Use a Colored Image
Crazy for CAS Spring
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Spring Cuties
Simon Says Stamp Monday Easter/Spring Inspiration
Use Your Stuff -Die Cuts
Shopping Our Stash Weekly, max13 - Put a Bird on it (does  my tiny bird count?)
Unicorn Challenge Monthly -March- Make It Girly
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge - Perfect Pastimes  (I'm sure most of us loved climbing trees and sitting on a branch ... eating mulberries or cherries until our tummies hurt :) 
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes
That's Crafty! Challenge  - Spring Into Action
Brown Sugar - Spring OR Easter

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Papercrafters' Linky Party 7
 A big thank you to everyone sharing last week, I had great fun again visiting your blogs and  as always choosing a top pick is not easy, but it has to be done and this week my top pick is.......

from Leikkan Kortit

Mervi shared this beautiful clean and simple floral card. I love the painted effects she achieved here! Her blog is full of creative ideas and designs, if you are not familiar with her work, then do go take a look for some great inspiration. This year Mervi is celebrating 10 years of blogging and she has a little blog candy to give away, you can find out more about that on her blog as well

Congratulations Mervi, and thank you for the wonderful inspiration! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post to you own blog if you like to!

If you would like to play along in this week's Papercrafters' Linky Party, simply use the linky tool below to join in! I will be visiting your blogs during the week and a new top pick will be announced next week!

Please note: this linky is for Papercrafters' Linky Party 7. If you are here for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge please click HERE.

Mar 10, 2018

Allsorts 458 and Papercrafters Linky Party 6

***Please click here if you are visiting for "Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge".***

The linky for Papercrafters' "Anything Goes" Linky Party is at the end of this post.

Happy Weekend!

Saturday again and that means it's time for a new Allsorts challenge as well as a  new Linky Party for all papercrafts here on my blog. You can find the linky at the end of this post along with last week's top pick. As always you may link up "Anything Papercrafts" to Papercrafters' Linky Party. (If you're confused about "Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday" I linked to at the top, it's a new challenge I just started (with a monthly prize). That's in addition to my linky party and it will have a monthly theme.

Now onto Allsorts challenge, this week it's my turn to host and I selected the theme of Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. This might sound harder than it actually don't have to use a fairy tale or nursery rhyme specific stamp, I just want you to use a character or thing from a story to inspire your card, example the little mermaid would inspire you to use a mermaid stamp, or the tale of Peter Rabbit could inspire you to use your favorite bunny stamps. How about creating a floral card inspired by "ring around the roses?" Lots of options I think. Be sure to visit the Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has created for this week.

And here is what I came up with.....

Can you guess which fairy tale it's been inspired by? If you guessed Bambi then you guessed correctly. But I don't blame you if you didn't know, because Bambi is actually a male deer and my card it girly.  I am sure everyone is familiar with Bambi from the Disney movie, but did you know "Bambi, a life in the woods" was first published as a fairy tale book in the 1920's?  I am sure this story was part of my fairy tale book I had growing up.

I heat embossed the image from Penny Black's Mimi's Love Stamp Set on Bristol Vellum paper then watercolored with my Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers. Using a circle nestablities die I cut out the image and matted onto a scallop circle. The designer paper is from a 6x6 paper pack by Prima Marketing. Unfortunately I am not sure which pack it came from....The little strip of yellow/green paper is from Stampin up, but long retired. I thought the sentiment I used was perfect for the sweet image, it's from the Penny Black set Sprinkles and Smiles. The flowers were done using the new die set Frames by Penny Black (available in my Etsy shop), the sticky dots were a gift, and I finished off with some natural Burlap Twine. Colored card stocks are by Stampin Up. 

If you look really closely then you can see I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush on the little butterfly and flowers on the image. 

This week at Allsorts challenge we have two wonderful stamps to give away from Bee Crafty  I hope you will be able to join us!

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I am also playing along here: 
 I am sorry, it looks like blogger is messing with me again and is posting some words in a tiny font- no matter what I try, it's still messsed up....

 Papercrafters' Linky Party

 If you created something new or recently (within the last 2 weeks) then I'd love for you to link up at the Papercrafters Linky Party. Simply use the linky tool below and I will be visiting the entries throughout the week, then announce my top pick the following week. 

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in last week's linky party! It's never easy to pick a favorite, but I did manage and....


you are my top pick from last week's entries!

Maxine created this most adorable CAS card...

Isn't the sentiment totally cute and so fitting for the image??!! Maxine shares some wonderful creations on her blog, each card is so well thought through and she always adds something that makes it extra special. Be sure to visit her blog to take a look at her fabulous creations!

Congrats again Maxine, feel free to place the top pick logo to your blog if you like to :)

To link up your creation for a chance to be featured on my blog, simply use the linky tool below...

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you enjoy your weekend! It should be warming up any day now - hopefully :) :)

Mar 7, 2018

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - March Challenge

For Papercrafters' Linky Party (anything goes theme) please click here. 
The linky below is for the monthly themed challenge - Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday.

Hello and welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday! I'm so excited to add this fun feature to my blog! This will be a monthly challenge, posted the first Wednesday of each month right here on my blog! I will try to have a little prize every month for you to win. This month's prize is listed at the bottom of this post. 

A little bit about the challenges:

A new theme will post the first Wednesday of each month.
(There will be no "anything goes" themes)
Combine with any other challenges.
3 entries per person please, and
most of all, have fun!!

Although this blog is mainly about papercrafting, feel free to create and share other crafts as well, just be sure to follow the monthly theme. 

The theme for March is...................

All Creatures Great and Small

this means anything from insects, to our 4 legged friends, woodland creatures to birds and sea life, don't forget about those magical creatures that live a hidden life in our gardens and forests...

This should be an easy one, and I can't wait to see your creations.

For my card today I used a cute stamp from the set Garden Critters by Penny Black.

The bunny has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper and then watercolored with my Zig Clean Color brush pens before fussy cutting. Sentiment is an older wood mounted stamp also by Penny Black and I used Penny Black's newest Frames Die set from the Sweet Spring release. If you're interested in this die set, I currently have it available in my Etsy shop along with some other newly released stamps. 

The white card stock is Neenah Classic LINEN textured card stock (80lb weight), and my card base is Stampin Up's Crumb Cake card stock. I used a corner rounder on the bottom parts of the card. The little coral flower is from the same Frames Die set and I used a "candy dot" from Stampin Up in the flower center. Some Burlap string finishes off the card. A little bit of Wink of Stella glitter has also been added but as usual it doesn't show up well in photos.

Here's a closeup...

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This month I am giving away a cute stamp which I grabbed from my Etsy shop.

To be entered into the drawing be sure to follow these simple rules:

Creation must be new
Post must include a link back here
You must follow the theme
No more than 3 entries please

The winner will be posted here with the following challenge, which will be the first Wednesday of next month.
Please note, it will be the winner's responsibility to contact me in order to claim the prize within 2 weeks of announcement. If no contact is made, prize will be lost and used in another drawing.
To help you remember to check back, you can follow my blog through blogger's followers option, bloglovin,  by email or maybe twitter...whichever option is easiest for you to use. You can find the "follow" info on my side bar or the top of my blog (blogger follower button). 

I am also linking up here:
Spring and Easter challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge - Springtime, Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes + optional: Easter,  Animal Friends ChallengeSpring,  Crea Chicky's -  Easter & handcolored image,  Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Spring / Easter,  Eclectic Ellapu - Spring is Coming,  Fabrika Fantasy - Spring,  The Creative Studio - Spring and Butterflies, Paper Shelter Challenge - Spring 
Animal challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter,  Crafty Animals  Anything with Animals,   Delicious Doodles Challenge Rabbits, 
Paper Minutes - Rabbit and /or Eggs
Other challenges:
Card Mania Embossing (I heat embossed),  International Art & Soul  Embossing & Use a Die (I heat embossed),  Craft-Dee BowZ Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow,   Happy Little Stampers Dies - Anything Goes with Dies,   Di's Digis Designs - Die Cuts, Die Cuttin' Divas -Use Green
Anything Goes:

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes, Crafty Creations - Anything Goes, Crafty Gals Corner -  Anything Goes, The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes, Crafty Sentiment Designs Anything Goes, Color Inspiration Monday -ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES WITH HAND-COLORED IMAGE

(I'm sorry I have no idea why some show up in a smaller font and some regular - no matter what I try, I don't seem to be able to fix this ... it keeps switching back to a small font.)   This seems fixed now for the most part...blogger can be a pain sometimes!

To join in my challenge simply use the linky tool below. This challenge will be open until Friday March 30th, and a new challenge will post on April 4th along with the March winner.

March Theme: All Creatures Great and Small

Mar 4, 2018

Feature a Creature at Penny Black and More Challenge

For Papercrafters' Linky Party click here.

Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend has been going well! It's been another sunny (but a bit chilly) one over here, which is to be expected this time of the year, I guess, and I'm looking forward to some warmer sunny days!

  It's the first Sunday of the month, and that means it's time for a new challenge theme at Penny Black and More, this month our theme is Feature a Creature. One of my favorite themes, if you've been following my blog for a while, then you will know that creature and critter cards are my favorites! 

This week we are being sponsored by Penny Black, Marianne Designs and Bee Crafting, meaning we have some fabulous prizes again for you to win, some of these will be brand new things from Penny Black's newest release. So do come join us for a chance to win! Remember, you don't have to use Penny Black stamps to play along, any stamp company is fine but no digi stamps. 

For today's card I made a "Get Well" card. The stamp is called "Easter Carrots" but I feel like it's more suitable for a get well card than an Easter card. I think this stamp might have been retired, if you're interested in buying it, you might find it on ebay or maybe etsy. Otherwise this set includes a similar stamp. I stamped and heat embossed the image on Bristol Vellum Card Stock and I used my Zig Clean Color real brush pens for coloring. I fussy cut the image. Usually I cut super close to the image but this time I thought I'd leave a little bit of a white edge. Not sure which way I like it more ...  The green striped paper is from Stampin Up (old) and the print paper is from a 6x6 paper pack by Prima Marketing. A stack I had for a while so I don't know which set it came from. 

The sentiment is from the clear set Snippets by Penny Black. I framed the card using bashful blue card stock. Butterflies were done using an older Martha Stewart punch and sticky pearls were added to the centers. I finished off the card by adding some natural jute twine and adhered to a Neenah linen solar white card base. The complete card measures 4.75 x 4.75 inches. 

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This week I am playing along here following the themes:

      and also linking up at these anything goes themes:

      Thanks so much for visiting today, enjoy the rest of your weekend! I have something new scheduled on my blog for Wednesday, hope you'll check back then!

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      Mar 3, 2018

      Allsorts 457 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 5

      Good morning and happy Saturday!
      It's time again for the new Allsorts challenge, Mervi is hosting this week with the theme of "Ladies Only" in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th. We have two wonderful prizes lined up for Allsorts challenge this week, so hopefully you can come join us! This week we are being sponsored by DigiStamp Boutique who are offering a wonderful prize, plus we're also having a clear stamp set to give away.

      Don't forget it's also time for a new Papercrafters' Linky Party. As always anything papercraft goes and I can't wait to see what you've been making. The linky and last week's top pick is at the end of this post.

      I love Penny Black's fashionista stamp line, they are so much fun to color and I love the art style. This image is part of the set Patisserie by Penny Black. The sentiment is from the set Sprinkles and Smiles. My Tonic stamp platform was used for stamping which ensures I get a solid impression. 

      By the way, Penny Black just released a couple more of these "fashion girl" stamps, and I just listed them  in my Etsy shop along with the others seen below. 
      I have a limited quantity only, and sorry but I currently only ship within the United States. 

      I wanted to use one of the new girls for today's card, but the way how my luck worked, the package arrived just after I finished my Design Team card. Doesn' it always go that way??

      Back to my card, I heat embossed the image on Bristol Vellum Card using Versafine Onyx ink and clear embossing powder. I've also embossed the sentiment. I inked the edges using antique linen Distress Ink, used a script stamp on the background (old by Stampin Up) and also a stencil from Tim Holtz Mixed Media Butterfly stamps and stencil set. Coloring was done with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Brush Pens and a Zig Detailer Waterbrush.  By the way, if you're looking to purchase just a few of these watercolor pens, check out Blick Art Materials. They have a good variety of these markers at good prices and free shipping if your order is $35 or more. The colors I used on today's image are Oatmeal, Mid Brown, Pale Pink, Light Carmine, Light Violet, Pale Green and Light Gray.
      Blick Art Materials is also my go to place for Copic markers and Copic Various Ink refills. 

      I layered the image panel onto black printed designer paper, distressed some more, then layered onto another patterned paper. The card base is kraft card stock by Stampin Up. To finish off the card I added a sentiment sticker from Tim Holtz's Quotations Metallic Stickers set and finished off with a button and twine.

      I am following these challenge themes:
      and then some anything goes themes:
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      Papercrafters' Linky Party 5

      It's Saturday that also means it's time for the new linky party. A big thank you to everyone that linked up last week. Some wonderful inspiration again and as always it wasn't easy to choose. But I did decide and this week my top pick was........

      Congratulation Brenda!!

      I am sure many of you are familiar with Brenda's amazing work, but if you're not, be sure to take a look at her blog, you may want to make yourself  a cup of tea of coffee as you will most likely want to stay for a while. Brenda's creations never cease to amaze me and she has been one of my biggest inspirations in blog land! Whether it's the beautiful floral cards, inky backgrounds or beautiful scenes, there is always something new to admire!

      Brenda, thank you for sharing your wonderful creation, and feel free to place the top pick logo to your blog if you like.

      If you would like to share a new or recently made creation, simply use the linky tool below. I will be along visiting the entries during the week and my new top pick will be posted  here next Saturday. Can't wait to see what YOU will share!

      Remember - Anything Papercrafts Goes!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you'll check back again tomorrow...I have a cute card scheduled for the Penny Black and More challenge.