Jan 4, 2015

You make my heart smile

Happy first Sunday of the year everyone and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog today! I hope your year is off to a great start! I can't believe winter break is already over, as of tomorrow. I know the kids are not ready yet to go back to school and daily homework, and I wish they had a few more days of winter break too.

I am very happy to let you know that I am continuing with most of my Design Team spots, Penny Black and More Challenge, Whimsy Stamps and Just for Fun Rubber Stamps. I truly love being part of all these 3 wonderful teams, two of the three I have been part of for over 4 years now, and I feel very blessed that I can continue with them!

Today's card was made for our first Challenge of the year at Penny Black and More.

This month we'd like to see 
Masks, Stenciling, and/or Embossing

Lots of possibilities here, so I hope you'll join us for a chance to win one of the wonderful prizes!


 I used 3 new transparent stamp sets from Penny Black's newest Love and Friendship collection.
 "Mimi's Love",  "Posted with love", "So very much", they are available in my Etsy shop

I hope you can see my stenciling. I used a chickenwire stencil. Tried a darker shade of beige/brown, but it just didn't appeal to my eye, so I decided on the lighter shade.
I started out by stenciling, next I stamped the sentiment heart, then the sentiment in black. I thought the little bird from the same set "So Very Much" would look cute sitting on the sentiment, so I used some turquoise ink to stamp him. I needed something below the sentiment, and the "posted with love" sentiment set was perfect for that. Simply stamped the circle postmark, in turquoise ink, then the cancellation mark ink beige ink. I added a little button and some twine and finished it off with sewing. The little girl "Mimi" is from the set "Mimi's Love". She's been stamped onto xpress blending card, colored with copics and fussy cut. This was actually my very first time using Mimi. She's so cute and was a joy to color! Can't wait to color up another Mimi from the set!

In the photo below you can see my stenciling a little bit better.


By the way, have you tried the new Penny Black clear stamps yet? I don't exactly know when they changed the material for their clear stamps, but these new stamps will surely not fall off your clear blocks anymore, and they stamp beautifully. You can't even compare them to their first few lines of transparent stamps. I absolutely love the quality of these clear stamps! 

I am also entering my card to the following challenges:
Crafty Catz -  Anything Goes
Creative Corner -  Be Mine
STAMPlorations Challenge Blog   January - Stamps & Ink
As You Like it Challenge -  Favorite Card Shape or Fold & Why (I know my favorite shape is boring, but I just love that this card shape is easy to mail and doesn't cost extra postage. And I generally love designing my card on a a rectangle shape.)
DRS Designs -  Stencils
Red Rubber Inspirationals -  New Stamps
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp -  Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - Something Old, Something New ( I used old papers and new stamps.)

And that would be all from me. I hope you have some time to check out the rest of the Design Team's work. I know they all  have created something fabulous too! Don't forget you can enter our challenge up to 3 times, and you don't have to use a Penny Black stamp to play along. We just ask that no digis are used. As mentioned above we have several wonderful prizes up for grabs by these very generous companies: Penny Black, All occasion dies, PPR Papercrafts, Crafty Ribbons. 


Prima Marketing designer paper, SU kraft card stock, xpress blending card
Distress Inks, SU inks, memento ink
button and twine
copics for coloring
Happy Stamping!!


27 comments:

Maxine D said...

Ellie this is beautiful - love your subtle stencilling and the way you have stamped the sentiment and added the bird and post mark.
Blessings
Maxine

brenda said...

A super combination of stamping and stenciling Ellie and your wonderful signature sewing.

Happy New Year.

B x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Such a brilliant card Ellie, I hope that 2015 brings everything good to you and your family.

Love
Maarit

Georgiana said...

Super pretty! Love the combination of stamping and coloring.

Lynn said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the stitching and colors. The word heart in the background is design magic. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is adorable! LOVING the girl and the heart!!!!!!

Whisper said...

Aaah what a sweetie and what lovely stamping and stencilling too, Luv Sam x

Creations by Shirl said...

How sweet! Cute image and details!

Lisa said...

This is so adorable!! That little girl is so sweet!! She's colored perfectly!! I love how you layered the stamps!! This is so fabulous!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

linda said...

oh my goodness, this is so cute ellie! i love the soft stencilling and the collage look you've created; you did a fabulous job of fussy cutting mimi - at first glance, i thought you masked her.

susiestacey said...

Gorgeous card Ellie, love the stamping and masking - so pretty x Happy New Year x Susan x

MaryH said...

Delightful image, and yes I do have some PB clear stamps & love them. Like that you can easily see if you have to restamp something too! This little sweetie made such a cute card and loved the extra zigzag stitching that you've put on for details & dimension. Hope that your New Year is off to a good start and looking forward to lots of crafty goodness when I visit here. TFS & Hugs

Karren said...

Just adorable! The stenciling adds a subtle but effective touch.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Darling card...love the colors you used! Thank you for joining us at the Red Rubber Inspirationals blog this week! Lynda - DT Champion Red Rubber Designs

PaperDaisies said...

I love the stencilling. The result is fabulous. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

Brenda in IN said...

Hi Ellie, I'm so glad to "meet" you and welcome you as a follower. This is a darling card and I can't wait to go back and see your other cards.Your stenciling came out great and I like how you layered this card. Since you are in the Midwest you are no doubt getting ready to experience the cold and snow that is predicted.. I hope is it quick and leaves soon. Thanks so much for coming by.

laurie said...

Sweet as can be! I love the stencilling!

Mervi said...

Cute and fabulous card;-))m

Amy Johnson said...

This is so cute! I love all the layers of unique detail on this card!

Sonya said...

Super duper cute!!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Ellie :-) the image is super cute and I love the stenciled and stamped background, fabulous ! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
luv
Lols x x x

Mad Moose said...

So sweet. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

Lynn B said...

Gorgeous card and all the lovely details are great.
Lynn x

Shelia said...

Such a sweet card! Love the stenciling. Thank you for sharing with us at DRS Designs.

Creations by Shirl said...

Thanks for joining Creative Corner Challenge... love the cutie~

~ Kendra ~ said...

So VERY adorable!! Love this cute card! Thanks for joining us at Red Rubber Inspirationals!

Tracy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Ellie, what a sweet image. I love this
Happy crafting
Tracy x