Oct 21, 2017

Halloween at Allsorts Challenge

Happy Saturday! Today I am sharing a Halloween card made for the new Allsorts challenge where Susan picked this fun theme! I hope you come play along with us and share your Halloween makes for a chance to win! This week we are being sponsored by Little Claire Designs.
 

My husband recently found this  cute pumpkin stamp at a thrift store and he thought I might like it :-) Of course I do and I decided to use it for this card. It's been heat embossed, colored with Zig Clean Color markers and then fussy cut. The stamp is by Stampassions called Mama Papa and Baby Boo and dated 1994. Some swirls and stick arms are also part of this stamp but they were left off after I fussy cut.

I thought the bare tree stamp from the Penny Black set "On the Town" was perfect for a somewhat spooky background and I used distress inks for inking. The bats were done using a Whimsy Stamps die. Image panel edges were all distressed before adhering to the designer paper and card base. I've had this designer paper for a really long time, so I have no idea who the manufacturer is. But it was picked up either at Joann's or Hobby Lobby as a single sheet.
The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up stamp set (Halloween Hedgehogs) and has been heat embossed using detail white embossing powder.


This week I am playing along in some other challenges:
Alphabet Challenge - P is for Pumpkin
City Crafter Challenge  - Pumpkins
Deep Ocean Challenge  - Halloween
Fairy Tale  - Pumpkin (week 2)

Thanks so much for visiting!!
Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Oct 18, 2017

Penny Black and More - Midway Reminder

Hello everyone, it's time already for the October Midway reminder post at Penny Black and More. I can't believe we're already over halfway through the month!!! Not sure I am ready yet for the cold part of Fall.

Our theme this month is "Close to Nature", a really fun theme I think and lots of stamp choices here too. I decided to use the stamp set "Woodland  Friends" by Penny Black. As usual, when using watercolor methods I heat embossed the image and sentiment before coloring. 
A music note background (by Hero Arts) was used randomly on the image panel and I flicked some ink splatters onto the background as well using diluted ink from the Clean Color brush pens.  The sentiment is from an older set by Whimsy Stamps.

Check out these fabulous prizes we're giving away this month:
3 separate stamp prizes from Penny Black,
 
a ribbon prize package by Crafty Ribbons

 

 and a set of dies by Sizzix.
 

Our rules are simple - mainly the focal point has to be stamped (any stamp company) - this means it can't be a digi, stencil, die-cut etc. The only exception are Penny Black stickeroos, and don't forget 3 entries per person. Hope you can come join us if you haven't already or if you'd like to enter again!

Have a great day!!


Oct 14, 2017

Think Pink - Allsorts 437

Good morning, it's time already for the new challenge at Allsorts. This week Brenda is our hostess and she chose the theme of "Think Pink". As usual we have a fantastic prize to give away so come join us for a chance to win! This week we are being sponsored  by Swedish House Crafts.

I feel like it's been way too long since I used one of the cute Penny Black hedgehogs, so for today I inked up this cutie from one of Penny Black's clear sets.
I heat embossed the image and sentiment on bristol vellum cardstock before coloring with Zig clean color brush pens.

Designer paper is from my stash and I also used some striped vellum paper along with moss gingham ribbon.

A close up below...

Products used:
Wonderful, Sprinkles and Smiles (both stamp sets by Penny Black)
Versamark ink, Black embossing powder, Zig Clean Color brush pens
Designer papers from stash, gingham ribbon by Stampin Up
Bristol Vellum Card stock, Linen card stock by Neenah

Thank you for visiting and have a fabulous weekend! Stormy weather in today's forecast so I am looking forward to a lazy Saturday :)

Oct 7, 2017

Trees and Leaves

Happy Saturday! It's time for the new challenge over at the Allsorts challenge blog and Mervi would like to see "Trees and/or Leaves". Come play along, we have a great prize to give away by Marianne Design

I got this stamp when it was first released by Penny Black (a year or so ago) but this is my first time using it. Not sure what kept me away from it...I do love this scene! 
Well, I thought it was perfect for today's challenge so I inked it up and created an autumnal birthday card with it. The little red birds are from another set also by Penny Black.

 Products used:
Hidden Lane, Woodland Wonder, Sprinkles and Smiles (all by Penny Black)
Mix of Distress Inks and Markers
Versamark ink and black embossing powder
Stampin Up and Neenah card stocks

Hope you have a good weekend!
Thanks for visiting!

Oct 1, 2017

Close to Nature

It's a new month already - can't believe it's October!!! - and it's time for a new  challenge at Penny Black and More. This month our theme is "Close to Nature".
I knew I wanted to create another scene for this challenge, but I also wanted to use one of Penny Black's cute animal stamps, and I thought this cute fox would be perfect for the nature theme.
I started out by heat embossing the fox on bristol vellum cardstock. Then I stamped the fox again on a post-it note and fussy cut to use as a mask. I also used some torn paper to mask the hill. Distress ink was used to ink up the hill. Next I stamped the pine trees using an old SU ink pad (forest foliage). I didn't really plan on a watercolor look, but my stamp didn't leave a solid impression (I need a misti!!!) so in order to not waste the card I decided to go with a watercolor look on the trees by inking up the stamp then spritzing with water before stamping. I did this right on top of the partially stamped tree, and stamped it again without re-inking to add a few more trees.
After removing the fox mask I colored him with zig clean color brush pens and inked the sky with distress ink. The sentiment and fox are both part of the set "Smile All Day". The pine tree is from the set "Woodland Beauty", both by Penny Black.

This month we are being sponsored by Penny Black, Crafty Ribbons and Sizzix so we have some wonderful prizes to be won. I hope you'll come join us for this fun theme!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, hope it's a nice and sunny one!

Sep 30, 2017

Sentiment in Focus at Allsorts Challenge

Good morning and happy Saturday! Time already for a new challenge at Allsorts. This week Helene is our hostess and she'd like to see a sentiment as the focal point. I decided to use an image from our sponsor Digistamp Boutique. 

The set I used is called Christmas Word Art and includes the one I used as well as 2 others, and they come uncolored and pre-colored. At a fantastic price as well!
Copic colors were used for coloring. The designer paper is from a 12x12 Winter Designer Paper pack that I've had for a while. I embellished with die cut snowflakes (Whimsy Stamps die) and snowflake brads. A Wink of Stella clear glitter brush was used on the word art. 

We have two wonderful prizes to give away this week, a gift certificate to Digistamp Boutique and a die from Tattered Lace. Hope you can play along and good luck to everyone!

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope you have a good weekend! Nice and sunny over here, finally a little more autumn- like with temps in the low 70's! Love this kind of weather!

Sep 23, 2017

Things with Wings at Allsorts Challenge

Hello and thanks so much for visiting! It's time already for a new challenge at Allsorts, this week our theme, chosen by Brenda, is "Things with Wings". This is always such a fun theme as there are so many stamps I could choose from, but I went with a floral/butterfly stamp by PSX. It's a really old stamps, but newer to me. I bought it last year but I think this is actually my first time using it. 

The stamp almost fills all of the card front, so I made a simple card to keep the focus on image. I heat embossed using black embossing powder and then colored using distress inks. The edges were distressed and to finish off the card I used a clear wink of stella glitter brush on the image. 
The colors were inspired by a fall color pallet but I'm affraid the blue is a little bit too summery. Still loving this color combo though! 


This week we have two wonderful prizes:

      

 Come join us for a chance to win!


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! It's summery hot over here - in the low 90's (that's over 30 in Celsius). Definitely looking forward to some cooler weather!