Oct 7, 2015

Bokeh Technique and a Whimsy Die

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday :-)

I recently played with some watercolors for the dailymarker30day3 challenge, and created two "bokeh technique" backgrounds. I already knew I was going to use them with the new Funky Christmas Tree die from Whimsy Stamps. 

For the first card I ended up using only a strip from the bokeh background. 

The white card stock was embossed using a Christmas embossing folder. (Sorry, I have no idea what the actual name of the embossing folder is.) I simply added the bokeh strip and tree to the card, used a brad and some sequins for embellishments and then matted it with moss card stock. The sentiment from the Whimsy Set "Christmas Scene Builder" from last year's release was stamped onto a white strip of card stock and attached to the card front. 

And here is the second card.
I used shades of purple for this background, and almost didn't use it, because the colors don't look very Christmas-y. Then I decided to just make a non-traditional colored Christmas card. And instead of a gold die cut tree, I used silver card stock for the tree. Here I used the complete piece I created for my background, adhered it onto a white card front and stamped the sentiment directly onto the white. The tree was embellished with a silver brad (which also helps keeping the tree on the paper), and silver sequins. I used plum card stock for my card base.

If you are unfamiliar with the bokeh technique, be sure to check out youtube for some great videos. It's super easy (but messy) to create. You can use different inks for the background - I used watercolor paints and then white craft ink for the bokeh.

Today I'd like to play along here:
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Boots -  Gold Or Silver
Not Just Cards - M, F - Always Anything Goes
Have a great day! 

Oct 4, 2015

Penny Black and More - October Challenge

Good Morning and Happy Sunday! 
First Sunday of the new month already, and that means we're having a new challenge for you at Penny Black and More. This month we'd like to see Colors of Fall/Autumn. I hope you'll come join us for a chance to win one of the fun prizes up for grabs from several amazing sponsors. You can see the prizes and beautiful Design Team inspiration by clicking HERE.

 For my card today I used the beautiful stamp "Gathering Together", which is one of my newest Penny Black stamps. I also have it available in my shop brand new for US shipping. 

The card was super easy to make. I just created a watercolor wash background using about 3 different colors of watercolor paints. When I was done watercoloring the background, I simply flicked some more colors onto the background with a paint brush. I don't do videos, but you can find many how-to videos on youtube. 

I stamped the image again (mostly only the butterflies) and heat embossed them. They were inked with distress inks using 3 different colors again, then fussy cut. To complete the card I matted the watercolor background onto green card stock and then a white card base. I didn't use a sentiment on the outside, but stamped a verse on the inside.

I've seen my DT leader Brenda use this stamp many times and loved the verse and font, so I finally decided to add it to my stamps. I also have one available in my shop HERE.

I am also playing along here:
A Gem of a Challenge - autumn
Catch The Bug - anything goes
Little Claire's - sept - autumnal theme
Penny Black Saturday Challenge  Oct - embossing  (heat embossed butterflies)
Scrappers Delights  Always Anything Goes
Crafting-With-Friends - Always Anything Goes
Creative Fingers -   -   Always Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Autumn Colours
Pattie's Creations -  October - Fall or Halloween
QKR Stampede –  No. 159 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too -  Autumn Splendour
 The Stamping Boutique  No Design Paper
Crafting for all Seasons -  Autumnal Hues
Mod Squad Challenge - W, F - Anything With Wings
Deep Ocean Challenge- Autumn

Thanks for visiting!
Have a great day!! 

PS: I just created a FB page Ellibelle's Cards and Stamps. Click link if you'd like to follow or "like" my page :-)

Oct 2, 2015

Christmas Kitty

Happy Friday :-)

I'm playing along again in Kathy's 30day-coloring challenge on instagram, where we are to color something - anything -
daily for 30 days. I don't know how well I'll be able to keep up with daily coloring, but I will surely try coloring something each day. If you'd like to play along, simply tag your coloring with #thedailymarker30day3 on instagram or you can link up on her blog (see link above).

I colored this cute kitty yesterday for day 1 of the challenge, and had time today to make a card. 

The image has been colored using copic markers on xpress it blending card. I used papers from Bo Bunny (I think) and card stock from SU and Recollection 110lb for the card base. 
The cute little sentiment is part of the set "Holiday Snippets", which is a fun set of many little sentiments like this one and some snowflakes too. 

Here is what the inside looks like (sorry for the bad photo, for some reason my camera doesn't take good pictures of the insides of cards.). The sentiment is part of a new Christmas sentiment set from Penny Black. I have it available in my Etsy *stamp* shop along with the cute critter stamp set I used. 

Products used:
(all the above are available in my Stamp Shop)
Jingle Bells Die (Whimsy Stamps)
SU, recollections CS, Bo Bunny designer papers
glitter, ribbon, copics for coloring

The card is listed for sale in my Etsy *card* shop

I am playing along here:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Animals
Crafting-With-Friends - Always Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Always Anything Goes
 Aud Sentiments Challenge- 141 Christmas (+ a sentiment)
Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Christmas
A Snowflakes Promise - Winter or Christmas Themed  
Thanks for visiting! I hope to be back tomorrow with a card made with the image I colored up today. If you'd like to see which image it is, click on my instagram logo on my sidebar to see :-)

Oct 1, 2015

Candy Cane Bear

Happy Thursday! Hope you're all doing good and are enjoying some nice Fall weather. Beautiful sunny  but windy day here today. Definitely Fall!

Yesterday I had some time to ink up and color a new Christmas stamp from Whimsy stamps, and I even had time to create this card :-) Always happy when that happens as usually I do my coloring on one day and then make the card another day.  

The image has been colored with copic markers on xpress it blending card. Then fussy cut. The hill was cut using Whimsy's stitched border trio die. I stamped the image again onto the card front before adhering the image. The cute sentiment is from an older Whimsy set "mini holiday postmarks". I used the matching mini postage die to cut it out. Embellished with glitter and gold cord. And I used a white Faber Castell Pitt marker to make snowflakes on the blue paper. 

Products used:
(the above are all from Whimsy Stamps)
I also used
SU cardstock and designer paper,
 xpress it blending card, neenah
 gold cord, stickles glitter 

I am playing along here:
Aud Sentiments Challenge -Christmas (+ a sentiment)
Crafting with an Attitude - Anything Goes
Southern Girls -Whimsical, Cute & or Fun
Addicted to Stamps and More -  CAS
Fab 'n' Funky -  Anything Christmas
Inspiration Destination - Always Anything Goes 
A Snowflakes Promise Winter or Christmas Themed

Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 28, 2015

Cute Mice

Today's card I made with one of the cute images I recently colored from a Penny Black stamp set. 
Before I forget to mention it, this card is up for sale in my Etsy *Card* Shop along with some others.

I colored the cuties up with copic markers and used a scallop die to cut it out. 

Products used:
You are the Gift
SU designer papers
xpress it blending card, recollections 110lb
copics for coloring
glitter, twine

Playing along here:
Always Playing with Paper -  Birthday
Craft-Dee BowZ -  Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes 
House of Cards -  Stitching
Love to Scrap -) Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff -  Markers/Inks
Amusing - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sep 27, 2015

A Whimsy Gnome & Watercolors

For today's card I created a watercolor wash background to use with the cute Bearded Gnome stamp from Whimsy stamps. I used Fall colors and a blue sky for the background. But they dried a little bit lighter than I wanted to. I know I need more practice when doing watercolor washes, but they are so much fun to do!

The image has been stamped onto xpress it blending card and colored with copic markers and then fussy cut. The fence was stamped directly onto the background after it was completely dry using versafine onyx ink, and I used watercolors again to color it and the flowers. 
Sentiment is from the set "Honeycomb Greetings" and I used the small honeycomb die to cut it out and adhered it to the card using pop up tape. I finished it off by adding a little clear button and twine. 

Whimsy Products can be found here:

I also used MS border punch, SU card stock, Mixed Media card stock
watercolor paints, copic markers, stickles glitter, twine, button

I am playing along here:
The Stamping Boutique  No Design Paper 
Southern Girls - Whimsical, Cute & or Fun 
Simon Says Stamp - No Designer Paper

I hope you like my "Gnome" card. And thanks so much for stopping by!

Sep 20, 2015

Wishing you...

I recently decided to color up each stamp from a cute Penny Black clear set, and I have plans to make them all into cards soon.  For now I was able to make two birthday cards. But today I am only showing you one, so I have something new to show you at a later time :-)

I did add both cards to my etsy card shop, so you can see the other one there if you'd like to. 

This cutie was colored with copic markers and then fussy cut. I know, a lot of work, but I find it very relaxing to listen to my favorite music while fussy cutting. Papers are from Stampin Up. White card stock is heavy weight recollections. I used a punched glittered butterfly and some twine and more glitter for embellishments. The sentiment was directly stamped onto the card base. 

Inside the card I did just a little bit of stamping and added a matching strip of designer paper. I like to leave lots of empty space on the inside for a personal message.

As mentioned above, this card is up for sale in my Etsy *card* shop. Along with the other one I created. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!