Mar 21, 2018

A Hedgehog for Crafty Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing a simple card I made as a reminder for the current Crafty Wednesday challenge here on my blog. The theme this month is "All creatures great and small" and you have a little over a week left to play along, and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times. I've attached the linky to the end of this post, so all you have to do to enter is scroll down.

The image is from the Penny Black set Loads of Love, it's a 'new to me' set, and I also have it available brand new in my Etsy shop if you're interested, along with the sentiment I used here (Sweet Wishes) and the stencil. I heat embossed the image on Bristol Vellum paper then colored with my Zig Clean Color markers and my Zig Detailer waterbrush. After coloring I stencilled the design using light gray ink and then stamped the "happy birthday" from the set Snippets several times. The truck in the image is filled with lots of little hearts, but I decided I wanted flowers so I placed little prima flowers all over. The flourish die I used behind the flowers is from Whimsy Stamps (retired). I finished off the card with some jute twine and sticky pearls. 

Zig colors used: deep green, yellow, pale pink, flesh color, light pink, green-gray, gray. These colors are all available in the set of 36 I linked below, they can also be purchased as single colors from  Blick Art Materials or

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I am also sharing my card here:
Cards in Envy - No Patterned Paper
Crafty Cardmakers - Go Green 
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes this time 
Unicorn Challenge - Make It Girly
Fab 'n' Funky Anything But Square
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes this week 
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Something New (the stamp is new to me)
Star Stampz - Birthdays
TIME OUT Challenges  -  "Birthdays are full of Sunshine, Love & Laughter"
Simply Create Too - use green
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes 

As a reminder, this is the prize I am giving this month....

To be in with a chance of winning please:

follow this month's theme
enter up to 3 times using the linky tool below
leave a link back here.

Please note, this linky is for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge, if you are visiting for the Papercrafter's Linky Party (where anything goes) please click HERE. 

Mar 18, 2018

Penny Black and More - Midway Reminder

Happy Sunday! Did you get a chance yet to join us at Penny Black and More challenge? Our theme this month is "Feature a Creature" and you still have a little bit of time to join us for a chance to win. We have several great prizes to give away and don't forget you can enter up to 3 times!
Sweet You - Brand New Set // Curved Stitched Die // Zig Detailer // Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens

The stamp set I used on this card was one of Penny Black's newly released sets from their Sweet Spring release. It's sold out in my Etsy shop, but I still have the Curved Stitched Die available brand new (for $9.95), that I used here to create the hilly meadow :)
The image has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum card stock, colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and the Zig Detailer waterbrush then fussy cut. The sentiment is part of the cute set. The pretty butterfly designer paper is from a pack by Whimsy Stamps, but it is no longer available. I embellished with some prima flowers and pearls and decided to use some butterflies too which I punched from the same designer paper. Kraft card stock by Stampin up was used for the card base.

A little close up.....
Zig colors used: pale pink, light carmine, mid gray oatmeal and beige. These are all part of the set I linked to or available  as singles at Blick Art Materials

I am also playing along here:
heARTful Stamping Challenge Anything Goes + a Stamp
The Corrosive Challenges  Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack -  Anything Goes
QKR Stampede – Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Dies - Anything Goes with Dies 
Colouring in Scrapland -  Use a Colored Image
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Spring Cuties
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes this time
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes this week
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Something New (new stamps, new die)
C.R.A.F.T.  -  Animals
Simply Create Too - Use Green
2 Crafty Critter Crazies  - Anything Goes with a Critter
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
The Creative Studio Spring and Butterflies

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Thanks so much for visiting!! 


Mar 17, 2018

Allsorts Challenge 458 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 7

It's time again for a new challenge at Allsorts , and don't forget Saturday also means a  new Papercrafters' Linky Party, where you can link up any new or recently made papercraft (Anything Goes) -  The linky is at the end of this post along with last week's top pick.

At Allsorts challenge Tracy Mouse is hosting this week and she would like to see "Bling". We also have a great prize to give away at Allsorts, this week some cute stamps by Little Claire. Hope you'll join us for a chance to win!

I started out by heat embossing the image from the Penny Black set Sweet Smiles on Bristol Vellum paper and watercolored using my Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers with a Zig Detailer waterbrush. A circle die was used to cut it out to use in my design. The lavender paper is actually really shimmery in real life. It is Mica card stock I received in a sampler pack from Paper Temptress. The butterflies were done using an old Martha Stewart punch and I embellished them with blue rhinestones I've had forever. The striped paper strip is from my stash and the sentiment is from Tim Holtz Metallic Quotations sticker set. I finished off by tying a bow using Burlap Twine.

The zig colors I used are: Hair -oatmeal; skin - pale pink, light carmine (cheeks); shirt - light pink, pants - cobalt blue, light pink; shoes - oatmeal; flowers - light violet mixed with cobalt blue; branch and leaves - green gray, light green.
These are all part of the set of 36 found on Amazon which I linked to, or you get singles at Blick Art Materials. Get FREE SHIPPING from Blick if your order is $35 or more! 

If you look really closely you can see the mica shimmer on the closeup above on the lavender card stock. I have also added  Stickles glitter glue to the flower centers for more sparkles.

I followed this week's sketch from the My Favorite Things blog. And I am also joining in a few other challenges.

Tic Tac Toe at Aurora Wings Challenge ( I used the diagonal row of Ribbon or Bow, Die Cuts and Sentiment)

Colouring in Scrapland - Use a Colored Image
Crazy for CAS Spring
Cutie Pie Challenge -  Spring Cuties
Simon Says Stamp Monday Easter/Spring Inspiration
Use Your Stuff -Die Cuts
Shopping Our Stash Weekly, max13 - Put a Bird on it (does  my tiny bird count?)
Unicorn Challenge Monthly -March- Make It Girly
Art Impressions Stamp Challenge - Perfect Pastimes  (I'm sure most of us loved climbing trees and sitting on a branch ... eating mulberries or cherries until our tummies hurt :) 
The Crafty Addicts Anything Goes
That's Crafty! Challenge  - Spring Into Action
Brown Sugar - Spring OR Easter

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Papercrafters' Linky Party 7
 A big thank you to everyone sharing last week, I had great fun again visiting your blogs and  as always choosing a top pick is not easy, but it has to be done and this week my top pick is.......

from Leikkan Kortit

Mervi shared this beautiful clean and simple floral card. I love the painted effects she achieved here! Her blog is full of creative ideas and designs, if you are not familiar with her work, then do go take a look for some great inspiration. This year Mervi is celebrating 10 years of blogging and she has a little blog candy to give away, you can find out more about that on her blog as well

Congratulations Mervi, and thank you for the wonderful inspiration! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post to you own blog if you like to!

If you would like to play along in this week's Papercrafters' Linky Party, simply use the linky tool below to join in! I will be visiting your blogs during the week and a new top pick will be announced next week!

Please read before you link up: this linky is for Papercrafters' Linky Party 7. If you are here for Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge (all creatures great and small) please click HERE.

Mar 10, 2018

Allsorts 458 and Papercrafters Linky Party 6

***Please click here if you are visiting for "Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday Challenge".***

The linky for Papercrafters' "Anything Goes" Linky Party is at the end of this post.

Happy Weekend!

Saturday again and that means it's time for a new Allsorts challenge as well as a  new Linky Party for all papercrafts here on my blog. You can find the linky at the end of this post along with last week's top pick. As always you may link up "Anything Papercrafts" to Papercrafters' Linky Party. (If you're confused about "Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday" I linked to at the top, it's a new challenge I just started (with a monthly prize). That's in addition to my linky party and it will have a monthly theme.

Now onto Allsorts challenge, this week it's my turn to host and I selected the theme of Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. This might sound harder than it actually don't have to use a fairy tale or nursery rhyme specific stamp, I just want you to use a character or thing from a story to inspire your card, example the little mermaid would inspire you to use a mermaid stamp, or the tale of Peter Rabbit could inspire you to use your favorite bunny stamps. How about creating a floral card inspired by "ring around the roses?" Lots of options I think. Be sure to visit the Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the team has created for this week.

And here is what I came up with.....

Can you guess which fairy tale it's been inspired by? If you guessed Bambi then you guessed correctly. But I don't blame you if you didn't know, because Bambi is actually a male deer and my card it girly.  I am sure everyone is familiar with Bambi from the Disney movie, but did you know "Bambi, a life in the woods" was first published as a fairy tale book in the 1920's?  I am sure this story was part of my fairy tale book I had growing up.

I heat embossed the image from Penny Black's Mimi's Love Stamp Set on Bristol Vellum paper then watercolored with my Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers. Using a circle nestablities die I cut out the image and matted onto a scallop circle. The designer paper is from a 6x6 paper pack by Prima Marketing. Unfortunately I am not sure which pack it came from....The little strip of yellow/green paper is from Stampin up, but long retired. I thought the sentiment I used was perfect for the sweet image, it's from the Penny Black set Sprinkles and Smiles. The flowers were done using the new die set Frames by Penny Black (available in my Etsy shop), the sticky dots were a gift, and I finished off with some natural Burlap Twine. Colored card stocks are by Stampin Up. 

If you look really closely then you can see I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush on the little butterfly and flowers on the image. 

This week at Allsorts challenge we have two wonderful stamps to give away from Bee Crafty  I hope you will be able to join us!

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Don't forget  you get free shipping on Amazon orders of $25 or more (on most products). 

I am also playing along here: 
 I am sorry, it looks like blogger is messing with me again and is posting some words in a tiny font- no matter what I try, it's still messsed up....

 Papercrafters' Linky Party

 If you created something new or recently (within the last 2 weeks) then I'd love for you to link up at the Papercrafters Linky Party. Simply use the linky tool below and I will be visiting the entries throughout the week, then announce my top pick the following week. 

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in last week's linky party! It's never easy to pick a favorite, but I did manage and....


you are my top pick from last week's entries!

Maxine created this most adorable CAS card...

Isn't the sentiment totally cute and so fitting for the image??!! Maxine shares some wonderful creations on her blog, each card is so well thought through and she always adds something that makes it extra special. Be sure to visit her blog to take a look at her fabulous creations!

Congrats again Maxine, feel free to place the top pick logo to your blog if you like to :)

To link up your creation for a chance to be featured on my blog, simply use the linky tool below...

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you enjoy your weekend! It should be warming up any day now - hopefully :) :)

Mar 7, 2018

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - March Challenge

For Papercrafters' Linky Party (anything goes theme) please click here. 
The linky below is for the monthly themed challenge - Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday.

Hello and welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday! I'm so excited to add this fun feature to my blog! This will be a monthly challenge, posted the first Wednesday of each month right here on my blog! I will try to have a little prize every month for you to win. This month's prize is listed at the bottom of this post. 

A little bit about the challenges:

A new theme will post the first Wednesday of each month.
(There will be no "anything goes" themes)
Combine with any other challenges.
3 entries per person please, and
most of all, have fun!!

Although this blog is mainly about papercrafting, feel free to create and share other crafts as well, just be sure to follow the monthly theme. 

The theme for March is...................

All Creatures Great and Small

this means anything from insects, to our 4 legged friends, woodland creatures to birds and sea life, don't forget about those magical creatures that live a hidden life in our gardens and forests...

This should be an easy one, and I can't wait to see your creations.

For my card today I used a cute stamp from the set Garden Critters by Penny Black.

The bunny has been heat embossed on Bristol Vellum paper and then watercolored with my Zig Clean Color brush pens before fussy cutting. Sentiment is an older wood mounted stamp also by Penny Black and I used Penny Black's newest Frames Die set from the Sweet Spring release. If you're interested in this die set, I currently have it available in my Etsy shop along with some other newly released stamps. 

The white card stock is Neenah Classic LINEN textured card stock (80lb weight), and my card base is Stampin Up's Crumb Cake card stock. I used a corner rounder on the bottom parts of the card. The little coral flower is from the same Frames Die set and I used a "candy dot" from Stampin Up in the flower center. Some Burlap string finishes off the card. A little bit of Wink of Stella glitter has also been added but as usual it doesn't show up well in photos.

Here's a closeup...

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This month I am giving away a cute stamp which I grabbed from my Etsy shop.

To be entered into the drawing be sure to follow these simple rules:

Creation must be new
Post must include a link back here
You must follow the theme
No more than 3 entries please

The winner will be posted here with the following challenge, which will be the first Wednesday of next month.
Please note, it will be the winner's responsibility to contact me in order to claim the prize within 2 weeks of announcement. If no contact is made, prize will be lost and used in another drawing.
To help you remember to check back, you can follow my blog through blogger's followers option, bloglovin,  by email or maybe twitter...whichever option is easiest for you to use. You can find the "follow" info on my side bar or the top of my blog (blogger follower button). 

I am also linking up here:
Spring and Easter challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge - Springtime, Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes + optional: Easter,  Animal Friends ChallengeSpring,  Crea Chicky's -  Easter & handcolored image,  Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Spring / Easter,  Eclectic Ellapu - Spring is Coming,  Fabrika Fantasy - Spring,  The Creative Studio - Spring and Butterflies, Paper Shelter Challenge - Spring 
Animal challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter,  Crafty Animals  Anything with Animals,   Delicious Doodles Challenge Rabbits, 
Paper Minutes - Rabbit and /or Eggs
Other challenges:
Card Mania Embossing (I heat embossed),  International Art & Soul  Embossing & Use a Die (I heat embossed),  Craft-Dee BowZ Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow,   Happy Little Stampers Dies - Anything Goes with Dies,   Di's Digis Designs - Die Cuts, Die Cuttin' Divas -Use Green
Anything Goes:

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes, Crafty Creations - Anything Goes, Crafty Gals Corner -  Anything Goes, The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes, Crafty Sentiment Designs Anything Goes, Color Inspiration Monday -ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES WITH HAND-COLORED IMAGE

(I'm sorry I have no idea why some show up in a smaller font and some regular - no matter what I try, I don't seem to be able to fix this ... it keeps switching back to a small font.)   This seems fixed now for the most part...blogger can be a pain sometimes!

To join in my challenge simply use the linky tool below. This challenge will be open until Friday March 30th, and a new challenge will post on April 4th along with the March winner.

March Theme: All Creatures Great and Small