May 3, 2015

Dies and Punches for Penny Black and More - May Challenge

Hello everyone! It's the first Sunday of the month, so it's time for a new
Penny Black and More challenge. 
This month we'd like to see you use your punches and/or dies. I hope you'll play along, as always we have some wonderful prizes to give away from some very generous sponsors. Of course we'd love if you used a Penny Black stamp but it is not a requirement. You can use any brand of stamps, just no digi stamps. 

For today I used the super adorable stamp "Furry Flight" which is from the "Bring on the Happy" release. I just had to have this stamp, and I do have it available for sale (brand new) in my Etsy Stamps shop :-)

After coloring the image I decided to fussy cut them all out :-) I know it was a lot of work, but luckily I enjoy fussy cutting. I didn't have to cut into all the little "hairy" spots, because after adhering the hills, I simply stamped the image again onto my background (covering up the little hill with trees part of the stamp) and then I just glued on the cut out images over the stamped image. So I was able to get all the small hair details/whiskers without having to do all that work cutting.

The sentiment is from the set "snippets" which includes a lot of little fun sentiments, but this one might be my favorite one. I just love how perfectly it goes with this image. 
For my punches/dies I used Whimsy's stitched border trio - I love this die set, it's so perfect to create these type of cards with! I also used Martha Stewart's grass border die to add some grass.

 Product List:
Furry Flight, Snippets
(both available in my shop for US shipping)
stitched border die set (Whimsy Stamps)
SU papers, xpress it blending card, neenah
prima flowers, sticky pearls, washi tape
copics for coloring

I would love to play along here:
Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
*NEW* Simply Papercraft -  Anything Goes or Lots of Layers
Sister Act Card Challenge -Always Anything Goes (Cards only)
Copic Marker Europe - Feathers or Fur (ends May 26)
Crafting By Designs -  Anything Goes (month)
Penny's Paper-Crafty -  Anything But Square
Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes *

Thanks so much for stopping by!
 Have a great day!

May 1, 2015

Lazy Kitty - Life is Good

Happy Friday and Happy May 1st! This year is flying by way too fast! I hope you're having a wonderful sunny day! We are having some beautiful springtime weather over here in the midwest today, and hopefully it'll stay this way for a few days...

I finally have a new card to share with you, using a new stamp from Whimsy Stamps' April release. This cutie is from the Crissy Armstrong collection - Lazy Kitty.

I stamped the image using Neenah card stock and got out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils for coloring, blended with baby oil. 
The card is very simple, I cut out a frame using a nestabilities shape and placed it over my colored image. Then stamped the sentiment, which comes with this stamp :-) Added a strip of designer paper and then some twine to finish it off.
I am playing along here:
Brown Sugar –  Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday -  Use A Sentiment 
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything Goes 
Thanks so much for visiting!!

Apr 27, 2015

Pretty Flowers for Monday Morning No. 6

Happy Monday and Welcome to another Monday Morning challenge! Huge thanks to everyone that played along in my last challenge! It was wonderful seeing all your gorgeous colorful creations! The winning number - selected by - is No. 14. That would be

Gloria Shirr from Purpleglo Creations.

Congratulations, Gloria. Please email me your mailing address at
ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com
so I can get the prize shipped to you.


For this month I have chosen a very simple theme, and very fitting for this time of the year...

*Pretty Flowers*

They don't have to be the focal point of you card, just be sure there are some flowers somewhere on your creation.

Feel free to use any stamp maker, and you may combine this with any other challenges. 
Just remember these simple rules:
It must be a new creation
You must mention my challenge and link back here in your post
You may enter up to 4 times
Please note, winner will be chosen from US entries due to postage cost and lack of tracking overseas. 

 For this month I inked up the stamp Divine, which was one of the large beautiful floral stamps released by Penny Black earlier this year.

The blooms on this stamp are large enough to paper piece. It's what I had in mind when I purchased this stamp. I used some polka dotted paper from my stash, but also used a gray copic to add some shadows on the paper. The background was masked off using washi tape, then watercolored. The words stamped on the bottom were done with a clear set from Whimsy Stamps.  After removing the washi tape, I stamped the image and then added the fussy cut blooms. 

Product List: 
Divine, Snippets
(both are available in my Stamp Shop)
basic backgrounds and borders (Whimsy Stamps)
mixed media card and neenah card stock
striped vellum, designer paper from stash
watercolor paints, button, hemp twine

This month I am giving away this beautiful stencil to one randomly selected winner.

Now it's your turn to get inky. To play along simply link your creation below. If inlinkz is not available, simply leave a comment with your post link below.

You have until Sunday May 24th 8AM to play along.

Happy stamping :-)

Apr 26, 2015

Getting Inky on a Rainy Day

It rained pretty much all day yesterday, so I decided to get another one of my new stamp sets inky :-) I'm not 100% sure I like this card, hopefully I'll get a chance to play with these stamps again.

I stamped the watercolor background by simply inking a small acrylic stamp block with distress inks and spritzed with water. The random dots were made by flicking watercolor brush with the same paint made from distress ink. 

Product List:
Distress inks, versafine onyx ink
mixed media and SU card stock
washi tape, vellum striped paper
button, twine

Playing along here:
Challenge Up Your Life - watercolor
Crafty Calendar   - Add a sentiment
Brown Sugar –Anything Goes
Scrap & Craft Challenge  - Ribbon Or Twine
Addicted to Stamps and More -  Anything Goes

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. The sun is out today and we're having a beautiful blue sky. Hopefully it'll warm up a bit more too in the next few days :-)

Apr 24, 2015

In the Mountains and By the Sea

Happy Friday! I have two cards to share today, using stamps from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, that I received in my latest Design Team packet.

First up, I created a mountain scenery card. Although I love the look of this card, I am not in love with the way my ink pads stamped. I don't know why I couldn't get a good solid impression...if anyone has any good ink recommendations for solid stamps, please let me know!

Product List:
(stamps above all by JFF)
SU and distress ink, 
torn paper mask,  sequins
SU and Neenah card stock

I used more stamps from my last DT packet for the card above. Loved that large background stamp so I had to add it to my design team choices, and the boat is just great to use for masculine cards, so I had to have that one too :-) 

Product List:
(all by JFF)
turquoise ink, black ink
SU card stock

And that would be all for today. Thanks so much for visiting!
Have a great weekend!

Apr 22, 2015

Whimsy Super Boy

Happy Wednesday! I finally have some time for blogging...I had finished this card last week, just didn't get any time until today to write up my post. 
Hope you're all doing great and are enjoying spring. It got cold and windy here this week, hopefully it'll warm up again, but at least the sun has been out for most days :-)

Today I am sharing a card I made with the cute stamp "Super boy" from Whimsy Stamps' latest release. This image was so much fun to color! And I think it's perfect for a little boy's birthday card!

The image has been stamped onto xpress blending card and colored with copic markers. Then fussy cut. The designer paper is really old from Stampin Up. All stars were die cut using Whimsy Stamps dies. "Super Hero" sentiment is part of the set that includes the super boy stamp. Birthday Wishes sentiment is part of the set "Boy Talk". 

Product Links:
(all products above are from Whimsy)
I am playing along here:
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes 
Crafting from the Heart -Always Anything Goes
 Cutie Pie Challenge - -All about boys
Stamp and Create -Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting!

Apr 18, 2015

Happy Days & Sprinkles and Smiles :-)

Happy Weekend!! Hope you're having some nice weather in your part of the world, and hope you'll have some fun things planned! We've  had some wonderful weather the last few days, but supposed to be cloudy today. At least no rain is in the forecast for today :-)

Today's card was made for the midmonth reminder at Penny Black and More. Still some time to play along with us for a chance to win one of the wonderful prizes. You don't have to use a Penny Black stamp to be entered, any brand works, just no digi stamps. 

I got my new stamp set "Happy Days" inky for this card, and used it along with the sentiment set "Sprinkles and Smiles" and my new favorite stencil "Hypnotic".

I stamped the image onto blending card and colored with copics and also used a dark brown pencil for some hair strands. The background was made by inking it with yellow and orange, and then stenciling the design onto it using the "Hypnotic" stencil. Image  has been fussy cut. It's a pretty simple sketch, I just added a strip of designer paper to the top and then some sequins and glitter for embellishment.

Here is what the inside looks like. 

I simply stenciled it using the same stencil, and then stamped another sentiment from the Sprinkles and Smiles set. Added a matching strip of designer paper to the bottom and adhered it onto the card base. The sentiments in that sentiment set are so fun to use!! 

And then here is another peek at cute Mimi :-) 
I used a white Faber Castell Pitt marker to add dots to her cheeks, highlights on the balloon and sprinkles on the cupcake. The dotted "paper" is washi tape.

Products used:
Happy Days (sorry this set just sold out in my shop),
 Sprinkles and Smiles, 
Hypnotic stencil
distress inks, memento ink
SU, xpress it and neenah card stock
washi tape, glitter, sequins
Faber castell pitt marker for white highlights

Playing along here: 
Red Rubber Inspirationals - Fussy Cutting
Fresh Brewed Designs - Birthdays
Penny's Paper-Crafty -  One for the girls
Simon Says Stamp - Make your own background
Wonderful Wednesdays -    Always Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays -  Anything Goes
 {Pin}spirational - anything Goes*
Top Tip Tuesday -3 Of Something (3 sequins used)

Thanks so much for visiting today. Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of my team mates created.

Have a great day!!