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!

Sep 18, 2017

Midmonth Reminder at Penny Black and More

Happy Monday :) It's the 18th of the month so that means it's time for the Midmonth reminder post at Penny Black and More. Still time to join us if you haven't already or if you'd like to play along again - remember you can enter up to 3 times. 
I'm sharing a winter scenery card today. I am really loving all the cards made with silhouette stamps, but I am struggling so much with them!!! It took me what seemed like forever to come up with this. And I am not even 100% happy with it. I tend to overthink everything and that's what I did  here too.

All stamps are by Penny Black from the sets Woodland Beauty, Spread Cheer and Season's Gifts for the sentiment.  I made a hill mask by simply cutting printer paper in shape of a hill and then inked with distress ink as I moved the mask around. It all sounds so easy, no idea why I am struggling with these cards so much!! I guess it just means I need to practice more with silhouette stamps, because I do love scenic cards. 

We have some wonderful prizes lined up this month
 from Penny Black, Swedish House Crafts and Tattered Lace, so lots of chances to win!!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sep 16, 2017

Feels Like Autumn at Allsorts

Good morning and happy Saturday! This week it's my turn to host a challenge over at the Allsorts challenge blog, and I chose the theme of "Feels Like Autumn". It's not officially Fall yet, and we're currently enjoying some beautiful summer weather here in Illinois, but you can definitely feel that Fall is on the way. I love the chilly mornings! Last weekend we took down the summer decorations and put up a few fall decorations. It did feel a little bit too early, but we were ready for a change. And I am sure Fall weather will be here really soon too!

I made two cards for today's challenge - and they both include apples. It's what I always look forward to most in fall - apple picking season! 

I used a cute Penny Black stamp for the first card. Image has been heat embossed and watercolored with Zig Clean color. 
The sentiment is also by Penny Black - a little wood mounted stamp that came in a package of stamps I purchased from Ebay. It is also heat embossed. I used a stitched Whimsy Stamps border die to cut the designer paper trim on the top of the card and I added a little apple charm with some jute twine to finish it off. 

On the next card I used a really old stamp by Stampin Up from the set "Feathered Hope". It's one of those sets that I just keep hanging on to but haven't used in ages. This was originally the stamp set I had in mind when I decided on the challenge theme. 
I heat embossed this image as well, and colored with Zig Clean Color. The grass around the basket of apples was then stamped using a stamp by Penny Black. I've made it a little bit rustic by distressing the edges and used the "canvas" background stamp (Stampin Up) on kraft paper. A button and twine finishes off this card. 

We have two prizes to give away this week, and I really hope you come join us. I think the theme is pretty simple, anything fall related works - fall colors, fall flowers or crops, a fall scene...

I'm happy to say that my neck/ upper back pain is just about gone and I am finally able to sleep through the night again - at least until my cat Thomas decides to wake up the house.

Hope you are all well and thank you so much for visiting!