Less is More – A Last Minute Quickie

I’m sorry for not being around in blogland for a couple of weeks; somehow there always seems to be more to do at this time of year than at any other!

This is my last minute entry into this week’s Less is More challenge, which is on the theme of ‘Monochrome’. I used a stamp set by Kanban, inked with Distress Ink, in Stormy Skies, by Ranger. The white ink that I used to stamp on the navy blue Bazzill card is by Elzybells, and is one of the best white ink pads that I’ve found.

Thank you for taking the time to pop in to take a peek at my card.

Maria xx

Passion for Promarkers – Glitzy and Girly

This week, Caryn has given you a free choice of Promarker colours, but would like you to use the theme ‘Glittery and Girly’ for your card. So, what better excuse do you need to get out your sparkly bits and have fun with the challenge?

The Passion for Promarker Challenge is sponsored by The Secret Crafter this week, and they are offering our winner a fab prize of a set of six Promarkers.

Here is my card, and as you can see I’ve used one of the very girly Anya stamps for my image. Scroll to below the card for the colouring recipe.  The DP that I used are from Crafts-Too, the flowers are by Prima, cardstock by American Crafts, and the ribbon is from my stash.  Although it’s quite hard to see in the photo, I’ve added some glitzy sparkle to Miss Anya’s top and hairband, some on the flowers on the backing paper, and on the Prima hydrangea flowers.  The sentiment is a stamp by Elzybells.

PFP Girly Glitzy 400

Promarker colouring recipe:

Hair:  Vanilla, Sandstone, Raw Sienna.

Skin:  Ivory, Blush, Pastel Pink.

Clothing and bags: Pastel Blue, Cornflower, Pastel Pink, Coral, Cool Aqua.

Last of the Sneak Peeks

I think I may have been a little confuzzled about the Elzybells release date yesterday; that will teach me to blog at stupid o’clock, won’t it?! Anyway, today is the day you have all been waiting for, but I have my last card to show you before you head over to the online store to purchase all the lovely new stamps.

I’ve used the pretty Strawberry Picker image again, but this time I’ve coloured her totally with Promarkers.  The gorgeous paper is by Crafts-Too, and I’ve added a border made with the watermelon stamp from the Mini Messages Summertime set.  I used Nestabilities to die-cut the image, and a Fiskars border punch for the scalloped border.  The flowers and brad are from my stash.

As I’ve mentioned, this is my last new release for the design team, but I’m sure that it’s not goodbye, but ‘au revoir’, as I’m sure to see you all when I’m stalking the Elzybells blog and shop! I do hope that you will still call in now and again to see what I’ve been making with my collection of Elzy stamps!

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Elzybells Release Day!

Here are my penultimate sneak peek cards, and sad to say, these will be my last release peeks for the Elzybells design team.  I would like to thank Elizabeth for the opportunity to play with her stamps for a whole year – it’s been so much fun! Of course, I will continue to support Elzybells Art Stamps, but only as a fan from now on. The best of luck to the DT girls who are staying on, and to all at Elzybells! 

Here are three more cards that I made using the Mini Messages Summertime set. Thanks for taking a peek!

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Don’t forget that you can purchase the new stamps from the online store tomorrow. See you then with my last card!

Second Elzybells Peek

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Here is today’s peek from the new Elzybells release. I have two cards to show you this time, both from the Mini Messages Summertime clear set.  I love Elizabeth’s clear sets; not only do they have cute mini images, but also lovely little sentiments.  This new set is perfect for summer cards.

I thought that this barbeque image was just right for invitations to summer parties.  I used Daisy Bucket paper for the background, and some Prima flowers to embellish it a little, but as it’s a small image I didn’t want to overpower it, so I’ve kept the card simple.  I’ve coloured the images on both cards with Promarkers as usual.

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I used the miniature slice of water melon (mmm!) on my second card. Again, I’ve kept it fairly simple, as I didn’t want to overwhelm the image, and used some DCWV paper, and Bazzill Bling card to show off the stamp.  The only other embellishments are some scalloped paper ribbon, and tiny pink pearls.

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I hope that you’ve enjoyed today’s sneak peeks. Do call in again tomorrow to see some more cards! Don’t forget that tomorrow is release day at the online store.

Elzybells Summer Release Sneak Peeks

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Welcome to the latest Elzybells Sneak Peeks! I’ve used the delicious ‘Strawberry Picking’ girl on my card today; isn’t she gorgeous? As usual with Elzybells stamps, this image lends itself so well to paper piecing, and I’ve used the same Basic Grey paper as the background to piece the girl’s dress.  The rest of the image is coloured with Promarkers. The ‘Happiness’ sentiment stamp is also one of Elzybells new stamps, as is the ‘Petit Strawberry’. All the papers used are from the Basic Grey Euphoria collection, and the textured card is by American Crafts. The scalloped border is die-cut with a Martha Stewart punch.

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The new stamps will be on sale from Wednesday 23rd from the Elzybells on-line shop, but come back tomorrow to see my next sneak peek!

Elzybells Release Day!


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Today sees the launch of Elzybells’ latest ”Pamper Yourself’ stamps.  Aren’t these just perfect for us girlie-girls?!  I have a card to show you below, but again the light isn’t as good as I had hoped, so I will try again a little later.  I will also have another card to show you, using stamps from the same range, and a little surprise candy, so do pop back and visit me later today.

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The lotions and potions stamp is from Elzybells’ ‘Rubbadubdub’ clear set, and the gorgeous ‘Bubbles Border’ is also one of the new stamps released today.  Pop along to the online shop where Elizabeth will have the stamps ready for you to purchase.

Another Sneak Peek from Elzybells!

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Welcome to another Elzybells Sneak Peek!  The latest release is all about pampering yourself.  I’m sorry to be a day late in starting the peeks, but I honestly thought that they started today – doh!! I promise that I’ll make up for it in the next two days. The stamps will be released on Wednesday 24th, so it’s not long for all you Elzybells fans to wait.

The stamp that I used is from Elizabeth’s ‘Pamper Yourself’ range, and is coloured with Promarkers.  I’m sorry that the photo isn’t great, but I will try to take another later in the day, which will hopefully be better.

Come back for another sneak later, and don’t forget to visit Elizabeth and the other DT girls to see what they have made to show you.

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This is my card for the Elzybells challenge for this fortnight, and the theme this time is ‘Recycle’.  I’ve used the sweet Teddy Flowers stamp, and coloured him in sepia shades with my Promarkers.  All the cardstock used is either made with recycled paper or is scraps left over from other projects.  The rather hairy brown fibre paper is recycled, and left over from my cousin’s wedding invitation cards, and the ribbon is a scrap I found in my ribbon box.  The sentiment stamp is also by Elzybells.  I have to admit that the flowers and brads are new, but I couldn’t find any to recycle!  I can’t wait to see what the other DT girls have made for this challenge; I hope you’ll pop along to their blogs (links in my sidebar) to have a peek!

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Last Sneak For This Time

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Sadly, this is my last Elzybells sneak peek for this time. I have used the second Angel Teddy on my card. She’s a very special little bear, isn’t she? Again, I’ve coloured her with Promarkers, with some JoSonja’s Opal Dust here and there to give her some sparkle. The very pretty backing paper is by Prima, and the aqua cardstock that I used is Bazzill Bling. I added some stamped scrolls by Autumn Leaves, in pink ink, to tie the background and the image together, and used a pink taffeta ribbon to embellish the card further. The word is die-cut using the Cuttlebug with the ‘Olivia’ alphabet dies, and I’ve added a touch of sparkle to that too.

Thank you for looking at my peeks this week. I hope you have enjoyed the cards as much as I’ve enjoyed making them to show you.  Don’t forget that today is release day at the Elzybell’s online shop, and visit the other DT girls for inspiring projects using the new stamps.

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