Jan 20, 2018

Butterflies at Allsorts challenge

Good morning, happy Saturday!
This week Wendy is our host at Allsorts challenge and she wants to see Butterflies.
I wanted to try the "Splash Watercolor Technique" I keep reading about on Karen's blog Snippets, and I had this stamp in mind (Butterfly Suite by Penny Black) for the challenge, which I thought was perfect for this watercolor background technique. Karen actually linked to a short technique video by Loll, super easy to do and I love the results. 

I used distress inks Feathered Peacock and Concord Grape for my colors and stamped the image using versafine onyx ink. I stamped the butterfly twice, the second time on a leftover piece of inked card stock, then fussy cut and added glitter. I have also added couple tiny white and glittered butterflies. 

The sentiment (Snippets by Penny Black) was stamped onto vellum paper using black Stazon ink, then attached to the card with a staple, which in this case I covered up by tying a white silk bow. Framed with white then wisteria card stock to finish it off. 

I really wasn't planning on making two cards, but as I was looking for a stamp for an upcoming challenge, I saw this cute Mimi stamp (which I forgot I had) and realized it was absolutely perfect for the challenge of Butterflies. Luckily I had some time, so I was able to make another card. 
It's been colored using my Faber Castell Polychromos on Neenah Solar Crest card stock. I kept the sketch simple by just added some striped designer paper (old, from Stampin Up) and some twine. The sentiment is also part of the Penny Black Mimi set "Sweet Smiles". 

As both my cards use Penny Black stamps I am playing along in the Penny Black Saturday challenge where the theme is "Anything Goes". 

Enjoy your weekend and stay warm! 

Jan 18, 2018

Penny Black and More Midmonth Reminder

Hello everyone, we're about halfway through our January challenge at Penny Black and More with the theme of "Something New", and so it's time for the mid- month post.

I originally was going to make a "New Baby" card using this cute duck from the Penny Black set "Buddy and Duck", but found this sentiment worked better inside the circle, so I decided against a baby card. Of course I think this duck works well for a lot of occasions, and I think it fits the sentiment really well.

The heart circle frame is brand new to me, another set by Avery Elle I recently treated myself to. This design is available with stars too, and it's next on my wishlist :)
The duck was colored with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, then fussy cut. The umbrella was stamped again and fussy cut separately, then attached with dimesionals. The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set. I paper pierced on two corners and then framed the image panel with dotted designer paper from my stash before adhering it to the card base.

You can see the wonderful prizes we have on offer by visiting the challenge blog, where you will also see what the rest of the team is sharing this mid-month! Some really delightful creations!

Before I sign off for today, here is a text I copied from my teamie Brenda about recent commenting troubles on blogger:

"Most of us have probably encountered the recent problems with publishing comments when we go to peoples blogs.

Well one of my challenge teamies came across a possible solution whilst she was out in blogland, I have tried it on my own blog and it certainly does seem to make comments much quicker to publish. So this is the information she passed on:

In the settings on your blog select 'posts, comments and sharing, select 'comment location' and from the drop down menu select 'pop up window' then save. 

As I mentioned above I obtained this info second hand, but I am sure the originator will be happy for us all to share as it will make life much easier for all of us, so please feel free to lift the above and share." 

Thanks for visiting,
hope you have a wonderful day!

Jan 13, 2018

Polka Dots and Wonky Stitches

 Hello everyone, it's time already for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Tracy M is our hostess with the theme of
 No Patterned Papers
I had a completely different card in mind using distress inks, masking and sponging, but I came down with some flu-like symptoms  this week not feeling too well, so I decided on a clean and simple card instead. 

The cute hedgehog stamp is one of Penny Black's of course, from the clear set Garden Critters, and I did some simple coloring using my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils on Neenah Solar Crest. I cut out the image panel using my new Avery Elle wonky stitches die set. I have no idea when this die set was released - it could be a few years old- but I've been looking for a stitched die set for a while and finally decided on this one. It also comes with a heart, a couple of cute little tag and a banner die.  I miss sewing on my cards, but ever since I moved things around in my craft room, I haven't decided on a spot yet for my sewing machine, so I haven't done any machine sewing recently. 

The sentiment is also by Penny Black, a little single wood mounted stamp. 
A polka dot embossing folder was used for the card front and some silk ribbon tied around it. The image was popped up with dimentionals. Not much more to say here...I hope you like the card even though it wasn't what I had first in mind.

This week we are being sponsored by Craft Obsessions who are giving away a great prize, come join us for a chance to win! And don't forget to visit the rest of the team to see their wonderful creations. Lots of inspiration for sure! 

Have a great day and hope you stay warm!

Jan 7, 2018

Something New for Penny Black and More

Happy Sunday and thank you so much for visiting! 
We are back at the Penny Black and More challenge blog with new challenges and we're starting out the new year with a "Something New" challenge. This can be new stamps/stash, new baby, new home, new job, maybe a new technique... 

I used a new stamp, it's not a new release but new to me - Gentle Whisper - by Penny Black. I love orchids! I also used my new Tonic stamp positioner by Tim Holtz. I have to say I'm impressed! I'm so impressed that I am actually thinking about unmounting my wood mounted stamps ... but I do love my wood mounts so not sure yet what I'll do.

The card was simple to make. I inked the stamp using distress ink markers, spritzed with a little bit of water and then stamped on bristol vellum card stock. I flicked a few ink splatters onto the background to add a little more interest to the card. Then I sponged the edges and a stencil design to two of the corners. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Heartfelt. The card front was then mounted onto wild wasabi card stock and that completes this birthday card.

We have some wonderful and very generous sponsors lined up for this month's challenge and we welcome everyone to join us. As always you can use any stamp company, just no digi stamps, and please do remember, the focal point has to be stamped, the only exception are Penny Black stickeroos.  I hope to see you there :)

Have a great day!!

Jan 6, 2018

Stencil and Pan Pastels

Good morning! It's my first post of the new year and before I get to my card I want to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year! I hope it's off to a great start for you!

As today is Saturday we have our first challenge of the year for you at Allsorts.  Susan is our hostess this week and chose the theme of "Something New".

Perfect opportunity for me to play with my new stencil by Penny Black (thank you Brenda!!) and also had the chance to use my pan pastels again. Sadly they have been sitting in a drawer for most of last year! But when I saw this stencil I thought the design would look great on black card stock to mimic a chalkboard and the pan pastels were the perfect choice.

After sponging the pastels I used a french script background stamp (old, by Stampin up) and white craft ink to add some words to the background. I don't speak french but I was told the script has something to do with friendship so the little sentiment "Just for You" goes perfectly with it. The sentiment is from the set "Snippets" by Penny Black and I used a stitched tag die by Whimsy Stamps to cut it out. I tied some green twine to the sentiment and attached with a dimensional. Framed with white card stock then adhered to a soft sky card base.

I used the same colors on the second card, but here I used a music note background stamp (by Hero Arts) and craft ink, along with a dotted stencil on the background. The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps (mini chalkboard greetings) heat embossed using white embossing powder. I also added some embossing powder around the edges, then framed using plum card stock to match the purple pastel.

We are starting out the year with two wonderful prizes by DigiStamp Boutique and Stix 2, come join us for a chance to win!

Thank you so much for visiting, have a wonderful day. I hope you stay warm wherever you are! Ice rain in our forecast tomorrow and I am not looking forward to that! But I am hoping it'll warm up a little bit next week, it's been way too cold here already!

Dec 28, 2017

A Year in Review 2017

It's hard to believe that we're in the last week of 2017. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. We received our first snow of the season just in time on Christmas Eve, which was really nice and helped put us all in the Christmas mood. I am still in "holiday mode" and enjoy having the kids home for a few more days before it's back to school. Winter break always seems to end too soon! Another week couldn't hurt! It has gotten so cold here right after Christmas, and we're expecting to start the new year with a high of around 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 Celsius). Hoping it will warm up a bit once school starts again...

This time of the year I usually take a break from card making, but at the end of the year I always like to look back at the things I created and choose some favorites. It's the perfect thing to do on this freezing cold winter's day! To make it easier I chose 1 card a month. As you can see, my Penny Black stamps were still my favorites to use, and I have a feeling that will continue in the new year as well :)
If you would like more information about any of the cards, simply click the month to go to the original post.

January - You Make My Heart Smile

February - I Carry Your Heart

March - Botanical Notes

April - When Life Gives You Lemons...

May - Where Words Fail

June - Christmas In June

July- Fancy Folds

August - Sending Love

September - You Make Me Smile

October - Halloween Greeting

November - Colors of Autumn

December - Clean And Simple

If you are doing or have done a "year in review" type post, please do let me know in the comments, so I can come check out your post too! I'd love to see your favorites!

Thank you so much for visiting,

wishing all my readers, friends, followers and blog visitors a very happy and healthy New Year!

I will be back again with a new post on Saturday, January 6th. 

Dec 23, 2017

Winter Flowers

Happy (Holiday-)weekend! Hard to believe we've arrived at the last challenge of the year at the Allsorts challenge blog! I hope you'll come join us, you have a little extra time as this challenge runs for two weeks.
Mervi is our hostess and she wants to see "Seasonal Flowers". We have two wonderful prizes this time around, sponsored by Stamp Addicts  and Sizzix

I feel like I cheated on this card. The beautiful artwork is actually a re-purposed old greeting card. I picked up a set of these at a thrift store (I love looking at cards at thrift stores because most of them are (almost) vintage and I love all things vintage). I used one of the cards to fussy cut the poinsettias (there are only two on the original card) and I placed it over one of the poinsettias using dimensionals and this way I was able to add a 3rd poinsettia to the card. I then cut around the rectable which includes the holly and pines to use on my card front. I wanted to create a vintage card front, so I stamped "A Christmas Carol" background stamp by Penny Black on white card stock, inked with tea dye distress ink and distressed the edges. The sentiment is from a set by Whimsy Stamps (Crissy Armstrong collection, but I think it's retired), and I added some gold cord to finish off the card. 

Below is a comparison photo of the two cards. Isn't that poinsettia image just beautiful!! It was almost too hard for me to cut into the card. 

 I very recently made another Christmas card and I thought I'd share it as well.

This card was super quick to make, I found this beautiful embossing folder by Darices at Joann Craft and Fabric and I knew I had to have it for quick Christmas cards. All I did was run it through my Big Shot machine using shimmery white card stock (sorry the shimmer isn't showing up in the photo), then inked the raised embossing and edges using broken china distresss ink and stamped the sentiment (from Penny Black's Season's Gifts set). I finished off the card by adding a button with some silver cord and mounted onto matching card stock. 

That is all for today, and this is probably also my last "new card post" of the year. I might do a "year in review" type post sometimes next week. 
Thank you so much for stopping by, 
wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

Merry Christmas!