Feb 23, 2015

Monday Morning Challenge No. 4 - Think Spring

Happy Monday!
Can you believe it's already the last week of February?! Spring is right around the corner :-)

Last Monday of the month,  also means it's time for a new Monday Morning challenge! But before I get to the new challenge, it's time to announce the winner of the last challenge.

Random.org chose No. 50, that is

Congratulations, Maggie! You won the 2 sheets of stickeroos. Please email me your complete mailing address at ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com, so I can get them mailed out to you.

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This time the challenge topic I have chosen is
Think Spring

Think springtime animals, birds, bugs, flowers, spring trees...lots of possibilities here - whatever makes you think of spring goes!  I hope you'll play along! 

I decided to ink up the cute stamp Bunny Friends by Penny Black, available in my Etsy Stamp Shop Timeless Stamp.


It's been colored using copic marker. A simple sketch has been used. Sentiment is an old one from Stampin' Up. I embellished with a couple punched out butterflies and some sticky rhinestones.

 Product List:
Bunny Friends, Gifts of Spring (sentiment)
memento black ink, copics for coloring
xpress blending card, SU card stock
washi tape, designer paper from stash
MS butterfly punch, sticky rhinestones, stickles glitter


 I'd also like to play along in a few challenges:
Sister Act Card Challenge -  Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Use A Spring Or Easter Sentiment
Throwback Thursdays -  Anything Green


And here is this month's prize.
 
A starter set of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils (my favorite brand of colored pencils - I own the 120 count). You can easily extend your collection of these, as they are available for purchase as single pencils in every color. 
Happy Stamping and Good Luck!!

A few things to remember:
It must be a new creation
You must mention my challenge and link back here in your post
Combine with other challenges as you wish
You may enter up to 4 times
(As last month, unfortunately due to postage costs, winners will be chosen from USA entries only.)

 

Feb 18, 2015

Happy Birthday - 2 cards

This is my second post for today, just scroll down to see the first post :)
It's time for a new challenge over at the Whimsy Stamps Challenge blog and this time we'd like to see you use a sentiment somewhere on your card. I needed to make a couple birthday cards for two soon to be 9 year olds, and this new sentiment set "Happy Birthday" from Whimsy Stamps was just perfect for the occasion.

I used the same sketch on both cards, just changed up the color scheme and added a button on one and flower on the other one.

First up the card for the boy - I sure hope he doesn't mind hearts and glitter :-)


And then here is the one for the girl.

 What a fun little sentiment set!! 
As you can see I colored the cupcakes with copic markers. Designer papers are from my stash, probably by Bo Bunny for the boy card and MME for the girl card. I think the horizontal stripes work very well with the design. Glitter was added to the hearts. The little banners on the right side were cut using Whimsy's Contest Ribbon Die set. Flowers are by Prima, twine from the Twinery.

Here is a look at the complete set:

*NEW Happy Birthday - Click Image to Close

 And the contest ribbon die set:
Contest Ribbons Die Set

 I am also playing along here:
Brown Sugar –  Use a bow and a die cut 
(contest ribbon die set used for banners on right side)
Crafty Catz - For the Boys (first card)
Simply Create Too - - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge -  Anything Goes

There is a wonderful prize up for grabs, so hopefully you'll be able to join us this month! Don't forget you may use any stamp company, it doesn't have to be from Whimsy Stamps.

Thanks for visiting!!

Happy stamping!!

Love Birds

Happy Wednesday and thank you for visiting!!

Did you play along yet in our Penny Black and More challenge this month? If not, or if you'd like to add another creation (you can play along up to 3 times), there is still a little bit time to play along. As usual, we  have some wonderful prizes to give away from our very generous sponsors.
We made it really easy this month too - anything goes - as long as your focal point has been hand stamped.


I created these two note cards using Penny Black's "So Very Much" stamp set. 
On the above card I used a circle mask and then inked the cad stock using turquoise ink. Next I stamped the birds using black ink and the little flourish using turquoise ink. Simply layered the card front onto some black card stock and then adhered it onto the turquoise card base.

 For the above card I masked the edges using washi tape, then inked white card stock using distress inks. I place another piece of washi tape on the bottom portion, to mask off the area I wanted to be brown. The birds here were  heat embossed using white embossing powder. I used the same heart flourish here too (because it's so pretty :-)
After removing the washi tape mask I added a strip of designer paper and some twine to finish it off.
These cards measure 4x4 inches. 

Hope you liked my cards today. 
If you'd like to play along with us at Penny Black and More, simply click here. 

Thanks for stopping by!
I'll be back later today with another post.

Feb 14, 2015

Bookmarks for Valentine's and Mixed Media Monthly

Happy Valentine's Day!

I spent the whole morning yesterday playing with stamps and inks, and today I get to show you the 3 bookmarks I made :-) If you are following me on Instagram, you might have seen them already. 

All 3 bookmarks are double sided. Below is the one I made for the kids, side 1. 

Below is the other side. I didn't really plan on adding blue here, but I hadn't cleaned my stencil last time I used it, so I got some blue ink mixed into the modeling paste.
 I made two of these, pretty much identical, so both kids would have the same one.


I used copic makers for coloring the images above. You can see that it was bleeding through the paper a bit, but since they are of vintage style, it doesn't really matter.


Since I was having so much fun, I decided to make one for my husband too. He loves to read, so it will come in handy :-)
Side 1
Side 2
The images on hubby's bookmark were colored with Faber Castell Polychromos, mainly because I have trouble coloring the cats above with copics, but I decided to color them all with pencils because of the bleeding through. 

These were actually pretty easy to make. I simply used different stamps for the background, sponged some distress inks along the edges and then stamped my images right onto the tags. After coloring, I used a stencil and some modeling paste to finish them off. 
I wanted these bookmarks to last a while, so I laminated them. 

You can see in the first one here (below), that there is more blue ink on the modeling paste. It was the first backside I made. (Didn't get as much blue on the second one, which you can see above.) 


Sorry about the bad photo above, it was copied from my Instagram account. These are the 3 I made. Since I made two of the same I was able to photograph both sides of that one, but not of the 3rd one.

Product List:
Share a Hug, So Very Much, Furry Affection, Butterfly Suite
(all above are by Penny Black)
little hearts in envelope stamp by SU
Distress inks in various colors
copics, faber castell polychromos pencils
stencils (sorry I don't know the names) 
modeling paste, grosgrain ribbon


These bookmarks are made to fit the challenge at

Mixed Media Monthly - Think Pink (pink hearts, pink umbrella)

Lots of love and hearts challenges so I am also playing along here:
Bloggers -  Love is in the Air
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards -  Love is in the Air 
Fussy and Fancy - It's All About Love
 Jo's Scrap Shack - Valentine's Day
Scrap & Craft Challenge  - Valentines/Love/Romance
Tuesday Throwdown - Love is in the Air
Crafter's Cafe - Hearts
Crafting By Designs - Love Is In The Air
Crafting for all Seasons -  Have a Heart (2nd Week)
Inky Impressions - Valentine's/Love
Stampotique Designers' Challenge -  It's All Love and Hearts

Deep Ocean Challenge -Love is all around
 The Stamping Boutique - Hearts
Wags 'n Whiskers -  For Someone You Love
4 Crafty Chicks -Valentines
Also playing along here:
Frosted Designs Friday Challenge -  Get Messy x2 - use 2 messy items- I used inks and paste 
Just Inspirational Challenges -Any Animal
Simon Says Stamp -  All Creatures Great and Small 
Crafty Gals Corner -   Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals -  So Sentimental
 


Thanks so much for visting! I hope you have some fun things planned for today! The kids and I are going to be making some Valentine's cupcakes this morning and surprise hubby with them after he gets off work :-)

Feb 13, 2015

Queen Anne's Lace

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

Feeling in a floral mood this week, so I decided to ink up the "Queen Anne's Lace" stamp from Just for Fun Rubber Stamp for today's cards. I had so much fun creating this scene, that I decided to make two cards, slightly different but same method. 

I put a diecut circle in place as a  mask, then inked up white card stock using distress ink. Removed the circle and then stamped the Queen Anne's Lace image using the same turquoise ink. Then I simply stamped it in black. I used a stencil for the black design in the two corners and finished off with the birthday sentiment. And added a couple small butterflies with some rhinestones.


For this card I used a torn paper mask for the  hills and the same circle. Then inked the background using distress inks. Removed circle and hill mask and stamped the floral image in green and then in black. I love silhouettes stamps, they are so much fun and so easy to use!

Product List:
(both  by JFF)
distress inks (broken china, mowed lawn), versafine onyx ink
MS butterfly punch, sticky rhinestones
stencil (sorry I don't know the name or mfg.) 
post-it note for masks


I'd like to play along here:
Addicted to Stamps and More -  Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Flowers
That Craft Place  Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Feb - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting!!

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Feb 11, 2015

Whimsy Stamps - February Rubber Stamp Release - Grand Blog Hop

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps Grand Blog Hop, celebrating the newest release!
I hope you had a chance to hop along with us the last two days. If not, you still have a chance to win a fabulous prize by hopping along today! You can find the hop list at the bottom of this post.

This month Whimsy Stamps is releasing several wonderful new stamp designs by the wonderful artists Mi Ran, Crissy Armstrong, Lizzy LoveKrista Heij-Barber, Time4Tea designs, Whimsy Design Studio, and Wee Stamps. Hop along with us to see some gorgeous creations made with these beautiful new stamps!

For today I inked up Dinner Date by Time4Tea Designs. 


Stamped onto xpress blending card and colored with copic markers. The papers are from my stash. I used a clear stamp set by Whimsy for the words on the white circle. The sentiment is brand new from the set "Elegant Labels" and cut out with the new matching die. Embellished with some punched butterflies, rhinestones, glitter, and I added a diecut border. 


Products:
Dinner Date, Elegant Labels, Basic borders and backgrounds 
(all by Whimsy Stamps)
(both by Whimsy Stamps)
Memento ink- black, SU ink - purple
copics for coloring
designer papers from stash

Below is the hopping list. Be sure to leave a comment at each stop for a chance to be entered into the prize draw. 


Happy Hopping and Good Luck!!

Feb 9, 2015

Whimsy Stamps - February Rubber Stamp Release - Day 1

Happy Monday and Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps February Rubber Stamp and Die Release Blog Hop -  Day 1!

We are celebrating the new release with 3 days of blog hops and of course there are PRIZES!!!
Be sure to hop along and leave comments for chance to win! 

Today we are showing you creations made with the beautiful stamp designs by Lizzy Love, Time4Tea Designs and Crissy Armstrong. 

I used Annie has a Sweet Tooth on today's card from Whimsy's Lizzy Love collection. This image is actually part of a set, and also includes a small ice cream cone and a sentiment.


I decided to use her with another sentiment. She's been colored with copic markers and fussy cut.
I thought the designer paper was perfect to use, to create a scene with, and the purple matched my image perfectly too :-) 
The sentiment is also from a brand new set - Elegant Labels - and I used the new elegant label die to cut it out. Simply embellished with some twine to finish it off.


PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.


Have fun hopping and good luck everyone!!!