Dec 9, 2017

Snowflakes for Allsorts Challenge

This week at Allsorts challenge our host is Helene and she wants to see Snowflakes. I hope I only see snowflakes on paper today, I have to drive out of town later this morning and we might be getting some snow. Hopefully it’ll stay north/east of us! I hate driving in it and I’m sure so does everyone else...

For my card I heat embossed "Snowy" from Penny Black and paired him with some pretty designer papers I picked up a year or two ago at Hobby Lobby. The sentiment is from the set "Holiday Snippets", also by Penny Black and also heat embossed. I colored with Zig Clean color brush pens. I decided to stamp a few snowflakes onto the image panel, the snowflake stamp is part of the set "Holiday Snippets". A punched out snowflake was placed on top of Snowy's hat.

This week we are being sponsored by Marianne Design and I hope you'll come join us for a chance to win!

Have a great weekend!

Dec 5, 2017

RetroRubber Christmas Colors challenge

I recently discovered the Retro Rubber challenge blog, a blog where older stamps are being highlighted, and I played along in a few of their challenges. One of my recent cards was a favorite and the team invited me to join them as  a guest designer (thank you so much!!), so today I am sharing my card for the Retro Rubber challenge. The theme is Christmas Colors picked from the inspiration photo below. 

This stamp was another oldie I found on ebay last year from PSX,  probably around 15 or so years old, no longer in production, but it can still be found on ebay or etsy. Stamp #K2431.

I heat embossed the image on bristol vellum card stock and used  my Zig Clean color markers for coloring. The sentiment comes from an old Stampin Up Christmas set, it is also heat embossed. I used gold twine and gingham ribbon as embelliments. I even used really old designer paper I still had left over from when I was scrapbooking. Yes, that's a long time ago!

The Retro Rubber challenge  runs for 2 weeks, so if you like to play with your older stamps why not link up there! The stamps don't have to be as old as the one I have used, but at least one year old.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Dec 3, 2017

Clean and Simple at Penny Black and More

Good morning, I am back already with my card for the December Penny Black and More challenge. We're making it easy for everyone this month and have a simple theme...

Clean and Simple

My card was really quick to make. I inked up the stamp Crystal Drops using Distress markers, stamped onto Neenah linen card stock. Trimmed around the edges and then mounted onto a white layer and a white card base. Stamped the sentiment from the set Seasons Gifts, also by Penny Black to finish it off. I was going to spray some glimmer mist over the card but I was affraid the ink was going to run so I left if un-glittered. 

As always we have some fantastic prizes to give away, so if you'd like to be entered into the drawing come join us! Our rules are simple, but please do follow them so you aren't disqualified from winning. You can find out more on the challenge blog
Our wonderful sponsors this month are Penny Black, Tattered Lace and Fantastic Ribbons.

Thanks so much for visiting!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Dec 2, 2017

A Thank You Card

Happy Saturday! December already can it be!!!!! Not sure where the time went. Our weather has been pretty un-seasonal again I think, not that I am complaining, I love waking up to sunshine and enjoy temps in the 50's this time of the year! But that means I am nowhere near in Christmas mode and still have my fall decorations up, but it will come down today :) And I am just about done with Christmas shopping, which is great! 

This week at Allsorts challenge Brenda is our host and she wants to see "Thank You" cards. I know I never have any of those handy for when I need one, so this is a great challenge for me!

I don't know why, but this little mouse always comes to my mind when I think of 'thank you' cards. He's been heat embossed on bristol vellum card and colored with zig clean color markers. I kept the card simple and just stamped thank you right below the ink drip. Matted onto light pink and then onto designer paper. I tied some jute twine around the card front before adhering onto the kraft cardbase.

Our sponsor this week is DigiStamp Boutique  giving away a fun digi prize. They have lots of cute stamps to choose from, so hopefully you can come join us for a chance to win!

And that should be all for today, thanks so much for visiting. I will be back again tomorrow with my card for the December Penny Black and More challenge. Hope you'll stop by again!

Nov 25, 2017

Victorian Christmas Cards

Hello everyone, and happy Weekend. I hope those of you in the States had a good Thanksgiving. My turkey turned out great and we are still working on leftovers! Did you get out shopping? I am not a fan of crowds so I usually stay at home, but I did find some great online deals over this last two weeks.

Today is my turn to host a new challenge at Allsorts, and I would like to see creations inspired by a Christmas carol or winter themed song. I decided to make two cards, because I wanted to use both of these stamps and I couldn't decide on just one Christmas Carol.

My first card was inspired by Silent Night. It is my favorite Christmas Carol (the German version) and whenever I hear the song I picture an evening scene like this one, where people head to Church. If you are interested in the making of Silent Night read the info below...

Silent Night-What a beautiful story.

I love this stamp, it was one of the "had to have" ones from PSX that I discovered last year. I might have paid a little too much for it, but it was well worth it! As all other PSX stamps, they are only available on the secondary market now like ebay or etsy.
I heat embossed the image and used Zig clean color markers for coloring. Wink of stella was applied to the snow and I used a tiny Merry Christmas sentiment from the Penny Black set Holiday Snippets. Gold card stock was used for framing. I love this victorian scene!

My second card was inspired by "We Wish you a Merry Christmas". This stamp is also by PSX. There is just something about this old victorian style at Christmas time that I love! 
Again, embossed on bristol vellum cardstock and colored with a mix of Zig Clean color and Distress markers. The sentiment is from an old set by Whimsy Stamps used along with a matching die.

This week we are sponsored by Tattered Lace and we have a wonderful set of dies to give away.

I hope you'll come join us for a chance to win. Details can be found here on the challenge blog

I would also like to enter my cards to the current Rubber Retro challenge where the theme is "Anything Goes" but of course using older stamps. Although I've only owned these stamps for about a year, they are probably 15 - 20 years old. 

Thanks so much for visiting, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Nov 18, 2017

Glitter and Flowers

Good morning and happy Saturday! It's time for the new challenge at Allsorts, and I am also sharing my Penny Black and More challenge reminder card, so I have two cards to show you today. 

Our theme at Allsorts this week, chosen by Kath, is Glitter. I decided to make a Christmas card using a cute stamp by Penny Black. This is a wood mounted older stamp. It's been heat embossed and colored with Zig clean color watercolor markers. The sentiment is from the Penny Black clear set Season's Gifts, also heat embossed. Dazzling Diamonds glitter (loose glitter by Stampin Up) was applied to the lights and snow and I lined the border of the image panel using a quickie glue pen and added more dazzling diamonds glitter.  A snowflake embossing folder was used to emboss the white card stock and I inked the raised snowflakes with tumbled glass distress ink. A little tree shaped button with natural jute twine was used to finish off the card.

The card above was made for this month's Penny Black and More challenge where our theme is Flower Power. I masked the edges using washi tape and used several distress inks to ink up the paper. I love how distress ink reacts with water, so I spritzed some onto the paper to add a few speckles. One of the flowers was stamped with the mask still in place, then I removed the washi tape and stamped the second flower. I used a white Faber Castell Pitt marker to color the seed pods on the flowers. Sentiment was stamped using versafine onyx ink. The flower stamp is from the set "Sunny Wishes" Sentiment from the set "Sprinkles and Smiles" both by Penny Black. A couple of die cut flowers were added to two of the corners to finish it off. 

We have some wonderful prizes to give away on both challenge blogs, so do come join us if you'd like to be entered into the drawings.

Nov 11, 2017

Colors of Autumn at Allsorts Challenge

Good morning and thanks so much for stopping by! Today I am sharing my card for the new challenge at Allsorts. This week it's Tracy's turn to host and she would like to see "Colors of Autumn". We still have plenty of colorful trees over here, which I think is a bit unusual for this area this time of the year, but I very much enjoy the colorful landscape! I was able to take some beautiful pictures at the lake earlier this week. It was freezing cold but well worth it! And I will be able to make some photo Christmas cards this year, which will be prefect since I wasn't able to make a lot of handmade Christmas cards.

For my card today I used a stamp by PSX. The company is no longer in business, but this stamp is usually listed on ebay or etsy, and it's one of their floral stamps that can be found at a better price.

I heat embossed the image on bristol vellum card stock and then colored  using Zig clean color markers. The designer paper is by basic grey I think, it's a double sided Halloween paper, but the side I used is perfect for just a fall themed card. I embellished with some natural jute twine to finish off the card.

This week we have a wonderful prize sponsored by Tattered Lace - a set of 4 embossing folders, hope you come join us for a chance to win! You can read all the details here, and see what the rest of the team made.

I recently discovered a new challenge blog - not new but new to me: Retro Rubber challenge blog, and this week the theme is Fall Colors, so I am entering this card there. The stamp I used is well over 10 - 20 years old so it fits the challenge perfectly!

Hope you have a good weekend. We're expecting another cloudy/rainy one.