Nov 24, 2014

Monday Morning Challenge 1

Happy Monday and welcome to my new monthly challenge right here on my blog.

Some of you probably remember that I used to host a challenge earlier this year and then took a break. I am back with a challenge again, and since I  had to change the day of the challenge, I couldn't keep the same name, so now I simply call it the

Monday Morning Challenge

As mentioned this is a monthly challenge, going live the last Monday of each month.
For the first challenge I picked out a very easy theme

***Anything Christmas or Winter***

Simply link your new creation with inlinkz below.

Just 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

And please note, due to high shipping costs overseas, prize winners will be chosen from USA entries only. I am very sorry about that, as I appreciate all my international blog visitors just the same, but sadly it would cost me almost $13.00 to ship the prize to Europe (in addition to the actual prize), and I find that too costly. Thank you for understanding!!

Now onto my projects for today. . . I made two cards. . .

Stamps used:
Dashing thru the SnowWinter Song
both are by Penny Black and limited available in my Etsy shop.  
Sentiment from clear Penny Black set Holly Jolly.

For the background I masked off the bottom portion of the large stamp ( Winter Song), and added snow by tearing white card stock and adhered it to the bottom portion of the card. Inked the top part of the card with distress ink leaving off the white trees by simply covering them up with scratch paper. The image has been fussy cut after coloring with copic markers. I embellished with some glitter, silver cord and a punched out snowflake.



And here is my second creation using one of my favorite snowman stamps.

Stamps used:
Skiing Snowman by Penny black and limited available in my Etsy shop.
old SU sentiment


Designer paper is from my stash. Colored with copic markers. Embellished with glitter, twine and snowflakes.

This month's prize is a cute stamp sponsored by me / my shop

And this is the stamp that will go to one lucky winner.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Can't wait to see all your wonderful Winter/Christmas creations! You have until December 26th to enter. New challenge will start December 29th.

Edited to add 12/5
***Christmas/Winter stamps in my Etsy Shop are marked down for a limited time ***

If inlinks is not visible simply leave  a comment with blog link.

21 comments:

brenda said...

Hard to choose a fav today Ellie, I do like the ski one but the first probably just edges it for me.

I totally know where you are coming from on the postage side of things, they have upped ours in the UK as well. I sent a Birthday card to a friend in Aussie the other day and even though I had done a one layer thinking about postage it still cost me over £2.00.

B x

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Both gorgeous cards Ellie - they are just amazing!

Jocelyn x
Instead of Ironing Blogspot

Whisper said...

Both cards are simply gorgeous, Luv Sam x

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so gorgeous!! I love the images!! They look amazing!! I'll be back later to link up!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous cards Ellie!
Thank You for visiting my blog and I hope to join in ;)

Deepti said...

These are gorgeous, beautiful scenes and beautiful coloring :)

Amy Johnson said...

Such fun and cute Holiday cards!

Creations by Shirl said...

Hi Elle!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, wow I'm in aye with all your beautiful projects here.... Glad I'm your follower can't wait to see more of your pretty crafting....

Janny said...

Lovely stamps and cards. Janny

Tammy said...

Two fabulous cards Ellie! I love both images and the fun snowy scenes you've created!
Hugs, Tammy

KT Fit Kitty said...

I love both of your cards! Gorgeous sparkle! Congratulations on your new challenge! How exciting and fun! I would like to play along but I'm in Canada - I'm thinking we'd be ineligible for prizes as well? Such a cute prize! I wish you well with your new challenge!

linda said...

these are both gorgeous ellie! i especially love the downhill snowy - he's just so cute! congratulations on your new challenge. i find that shipping to canada varies, depending on the company, so i understand. besides, do i really need more stamps?! apparently i do because my inventory keeps growing. lol.
linda

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Ellie! I'm so glad you took that break when needed, and that your wonderful challenge is back! I'm excited to play in your first challenge! Both cards are darling! Such vibrant pretty colors and delightful textures and unexpected artistic elements on both! Best wishes for a very happy Christmas season! hugs, de

Susanne Vargas said...

Two fabulous cards! The first one is very pretty and the snowman so cute!

Lee-Anne said...

Ellie, what great cards! Really love the colors on your first! And that little skiing snowman is too cute for words!

Angie said...

Thanks for the fun challenge!!! Your cards are gorgeous!!! I love the blues in both cards and the fun sparkle!!! Great cards!

Gail said...

I love both your cards and can't really pick a fav. Nice to see your new challenge up and running!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Ellie, what absolutely darling cards! I so love Penny Black and really love both cards, but I have to say that the little snowman is a weakness of mine! I love how you've used blue in both cards! Thanks for sharing these beauties! Hugs!

Bunny said...

Very mic cards. Love the sparkle and colors. Thank you for the challenge.

Donna Ellis said...

Love what you have done with these PB cards! They look fabulous (and so beautifully colored and designed)! Thanks for a great challenge, too! hugs, de

Kathi said...

Wonderful cards!

Cute image, beautifully colored, and a fabulous design!