Apr 14, 2014

Egg-cellent shaving cream

Happy Monday! I hope your week is of to a good start. We got a snow shower going on at the moment. 80 Degrees on Saturday, and now we're back in the 30's. Good thing it will only last for a couple of days. And hopefully this extreme weather change won't hurt my newly planted apple trees!

I had some time today to get inky today, and decided to use the shaving cream technique again. The new Easter Eggs Sentiment set from Whimsy Stamps was perfect for this technique. 

I started out by embossing the egg using versamark ink and white embossing powder. The little chicks and tiny egg were colored with markers, then I used a versamarker over those tiny colored image, so I could emboss those parts with clear embossing powder (to prevent my shaving cream mixture to ink them). 
If you are unfamiliar with the shaving cream technique, I did a tutorial on my blog a little while ago, you can find it HERE. 

I cut the egg out after using the shaving cream technique. I used my scissors to cut out the egg, but there is an egg die available matching the sentiment set. To create the other two eggs on my card, I simply traced the embossed egg, and cut them out using different colored card stock. This is where the egg die would have really come in handy :-)

The flowers that I added to my card were done using the new garden flowers die set. Grass was done with a MS punch, clouds were done using Memory Box dies. I wanted to add a little "cute" factor, so hubby suggested a little bee. I used one from a Penny Black stamp, and a butterfly punch for the butterfly.

The paper in the background was made using the same shaving cream mixture that I used for the egg. I embellished with some rhinestones and glitter, and some twine.

I'd love to play along in a few challenges:

The Pink Elephant - Easter
Dream Valley Easter
Sentimental Sundays -  Embossing (embossed easter egg)  
Stamping Sensations -Dies and/or Punches
Crazy 4 Challenges - Get their egg on

Have a great day!! 

Apr 12, 2014

Winner of last Wordplay Saturday Challenge

Happy Weekend everyone! As I mentioned last month, I am taking a break from the Wordplay Saturday challenge over spring and summer. I want to thank everyone again for your support in my monthly challenge. It was always so nice to see many of you joining in!! I hope to be back with the challenges in September. Of course I will still continue blogging in the meantime.

Now for the winner of the March challenge,
random.org chose #30. That is

who entered this adorable card.


Congratulations Kate! Please email me your complete address at ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com so I can send the prize out to you.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Apr 11, 2014

Black and White Photography

I don't have a card to share today, but I have been falling in love with black and white photography, and decided to share a couple photos that I took today.

Below is a photo of my cat Fussy. We got her from the shelter in 2010. She is very shy, and it took her a long time to get used to us.

This is our ginger cat Thomas. He was also adopted from a shelter in 2010, about a month before Fussy. He is a very friendly cat, but scared of strangers. He thinks he is the master of the house :-)

This is another photo of Thomas.

Finally, I decided to take a photo of a flower.  This is a daffodil that hasn't opened up all the way yet.

Finally, this is a photo of my snowdrops. I took it about a week ago.

Thanks for visiting!

Apr 10, 2014

A windy challenge

Happy Thursday! I think it's been ages since I played in a daily SCS challenge. Although I do visit their forums, I rarely check out the challenge forums there anymore. Today I saw on twitter that their challenge was "got wind" and since I really wanted to make something I decided to play along there.

I saw an amazing card on pinterest a while ago, and really wanted to recreate the background. The designer used a stencil on her card. I do not have any stencils (yet), so I thought I'd try this background using a versamarker and some embossing powder.
I randomly drew lines with the versamarker over my white card stock, then used clear embossing powder to emboss. I then sponged on some broken china and peeled paint distress inks onto the card and wiped a black ink pad across the edges. The kite is from the set Take Flight by Whimsy Stamps. I used the matching kites die set to cut it out.
I thought it needed something extra so I added the glittered butterflies and some sticky rhinestones.

I am really not so sure I like how this turned out...might have to try this technique again sometimes and use thinner versamark lines.

Besides the challenge at SCS I am going to enter my card to a few more.
4 Krafty Girlz - Anything Goes
Southern Girls -  Earn your Stripes
 Artistic Stampers -  Embossing and Texture 
Just Inspirational Challenges -Embossing
Tuesday Throwdown - Weather Report (Wind)
Have a great day!!

Apr 9, 2014

More watercolor fun

I wanted to do some more watercoloring and since Easter is right around the corner I decided to make an Easter card. I started out by stamping the image (by Penny Black) onto watercolor paper using black stazon ink. Then I stamped it again onto a post-it note and cut this out to create a mask so I could watercolor the background without getting ink onto the image.
I used my husband's Grumbacher watercolor paints for painting. After covering up the image with my mask, I brushed clean water over the paper using a foam brush. Then I used an aquapainter to paint the backround. After it dried I removed the mask and then used the aquapainter to color in the image using the same paints. It's simple one layer card.I just added the ribbon and some glitter, then adhered it onto a watercolor card base. The sentiment is from an old SU easter stamp set. I stamped it using basic gray ink, wish I had just used black ink instead.
There are lots of Easter challenges going on at the moment so I am entering my card in several :-)
Creative Card Crew -Spring
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Easter
Crafty Sentiment Designs  - Easter
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes / Easter Animal
 Cards in Envy -  Easter A2 card 
Card Mania  Easter
 Crafting from the Heart -  Anything Goes / Easter
 Crafty Boots -  Easter
Lexi's Creations - Easter 
My Craft Spot -  Happy Easter 
 Dream Valley  Easter
Red Carpet Studio  Hop- Easter Inspired Project

And that should be all for today. Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you have a great day with some sunshine in it too! 

Apr 8, 2014

Puppy's new Friend

Happy Tuesday! Hope your week is off to a great start. The sun is out here today which makes me very happy :-)

I have a new card to share today using one of the new stamps from Whimsy's Crissy Armstrong collection - Puppy's new Friend. It's been stamped onto copic xpress blending card using memento tuxedo black ink, then colored using copic markers. 

My sketch was inspired by this week's Mojo Monday sketch, but I flipped it.

Blue designer paper is from MME. The kraft card stock was stamped with an old SU stamp from the set Looks Like Spring and some whimsy flourishes from the set Lavish Flourishes to create a little background on it. Sentiment is from a new Clear Photopolymer stamp set by Whimsy Simple Sentiments. I really love these new clear stamps from Whimsy, awesome quality, and I really like that you can read the words of the stamps exactly before stamping it. Somehow makes me wish all stamps that I have were photopolymer :-)

I embellished with some twine, a button and maybe a little too much glitter.

I am playing along in a few challenges:
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Cute with Dies & Punches 
MarkerPOP Challenge -  Spring
 Squigglefly -  Bright Spring Colors
Catered Crop - Put A Bird On It
  Challenges 4 Everybody - anything goes
The Squirrel & The Fox -  All Creatures Great & Small
Mojo Monday - sketch (I flipped it and only used one circle instead of 3)


Thanks for stopping by,
have a great day!

Apr 6, 2014

Penny Black and More - April Challenge

Hello and thanks for visiting! Hope you're having a great weekend so far, and that April started off good for you!
 I have a new card to share today for our April Challenge at Penny Black and More. A pretty simple challenge this month, so everyone can play along...

Blossoms and Blooms.

As always, you don't have to use a Penny Black stamp, any stamp company would work, just no digistamps please.We have again several fabulous sponsors with lots of prizes to give away.

I used a new (to me) stamp from Penny Black From Me to You. I just loved this one when I first saw it, and finally was able to narrow down my order and ordered a few stamps. I did have to wait what seemed like an eternity to get it, because of a post office mess-up, but the wait was well worth it.

The color combo was inspired by a pin on my color combo pin board on Pinterest. Image has been colored using copic markers. I kept the card pretty clean and simple. Just added a flourish diecut (Whimsy Stamps), the sentiment and some twine. Of course there is some glitter too. The sentiment is from Whimsy's new clear photopolymer stamp set "simple sentiments". The "grass" was done using a Martha Stewart punch.

I am playing in a few other challenges too:
Addicted to Stamps and More -   CAS
 Top Tip Tuesday  -Cute
 A Creative Romance - Spring Flowers 
Crafty Catz -  Springtime 
Stampin' For The Weekend - Spring Colors 
Thanks so much for visiting.
 Hope you're having a fantastic Sunday!