Hello everyone, today Allsorts is having a very special challenge.
Today is our 700th challenge - woo hoo!! Yes that's 700 weeks - nearly 13 1/2 years since the first challenge in May 2009!! So that's 13 1/2 years of fabulous inspiration from a whole host of DT members, and brilliant prizes from a whole variety of kind patrons. Of course, Allsorts could not continue without the support of all you wonderful bloggers who enter each week .. so a big thank you from all the team for your ongoing support 😀❤️
Brenda has chosen this week's theme, and what else could it possibly be but
🎉🥂🎈*** Let's Celebrate ***🎈🥂🎉
So we would love to see your makes to celebrate any special occasion.
This week we are really getting in the celebratory mood with four great prizes on offer.
First up, a fantastic mixed media bundle which includes stencils, brayer, ink pads, pens and other goodies.
Second, we have a prize of 2 Two Red Robins stencils.
I have also got into the celebration mood and made two cards this week.
Firstly a Christmas card, inspired completely by this adorable mouse image which has to be one of the overtly celebratory images I own!!
I cut a piece of white card 13cm square and stamped my image with Memento ink, then coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I masked off the image and stencilled my snowflake using Distress Oxide ink, then stamped my sentiment with Versafine Clair - I really think this joyful sentiment fits so perfectly with that joyful little mouse! Finally I applied some holographic glitter highlights using my Quickie glue pen, matted the finished panel onto purple glitter card and then onto my card base.
Here is an angled pic to show the glitter - the light was really not very good when I was photographing this card!
Stamps: Penny Black "Let it Snow!" (1524K), "joy hope" (3898F);
Media: Promarkers, Flexmarkers, Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks (Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac); Memento ink (black), Versafine Clair (Nocturne); holographic glitter;
Tools: Crafter's Companion stencil - Winter's Sparkle.
Challenges I would like to enter:
ABC Christmas - U is for Unusual Christmas Colours
As You Like It - Favourite Christmas Image or Animal (and why) - TOP 3
(I'm not sure whether this is my all-time favourite Christmas image but it is certainly right up there, as it is not only cute but also incredibly joyful .. it is one of my oldest stamps and I return to it year after year)
Daring Cardmakers - Creature Comforts
Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday (October) - Anything Goes - TOP 3
Fab 'n' Funky #559 - Season's Greetings - WINNER
Festive Fridays - Christmas / Animals
Penny Black Saturday (October) - Anything Goes with Penny Black - TOP 3
Rudolph Days (October) - Christmas
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #126 - Anything Christmas Goes
Winter Wonderland (October) - Let It Snow! - TOP 3
Secondly, I also made a birthday card to reflect the concept of a more individual special occasion.
I used what is possibly my favourite AALL & Create stamp which I acquired as a bargain in the summer from a Craft De-Stash FB group. One reason I love it is its versatility - last time I made a card with quite a distressed look, but this time I decided to go more for blocks of colour that would “pop”.
I cut a piece of stamping card 19.5 x 8.5 cm, and stamped and heat embossed my image. I coloured the circles and flowers with Distress Oxide inks, and painted the butterfly with watered down paint from a silver Posca pen, then coloured on top with a Sakura Stardust pen to add extra sparkle. I sponged DO round the edges of the image panel, then added some spatter using more DO and a white gel pen. I stamped, heat embossed and die cut my sentiment circle and attached with a sparkly silver brad, then attached 3 pastel sparkly brads to reflect the colours in the image and did a little doodling at the top and bottom with a black fine liner pen. Finally I matted everything onto black and pearlescent turquoise card, and attached to the front of a DL card blank.
Here’s an angled pic to show the sparkly butterfly.
Stamps: AALL & Create #449 - Through the Meadows; sentiment - See-D;
Media: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Kitsch Flamingo, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers); Posca pen (silver); Sakura Stardust pen (clear); white gel pen;
Other: sparkly brads from my stash.
Challenges I would like to enter:
AAA Birthday #42 - Favourite Technique
(I love to stamp and heat embossed, then colour with Distress Oxides and/or sparkly pens)
A Gem of a Challenge #22 2022 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More #441 - Make Your Mark
Colour Crazy #43 2022 - Anything Goes With Colouring
Crafts Galore Encore (October) - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz #612 - Anything Goes
Double Trouble #123 - Let’s Get A-Round to It
My Time to Craft #493 - Wings
Simon Says (Wednesday) - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #567/568 - Anything Goes
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge #10 2022 - Anything Goes
Hope you can help us to celebrate by joining the challenge this week, and I look forward to seeing your entries. Don't forget to visit the challenge blog to see more fab inspiration from the rest of the team, including our guest designers who have joined us specially for this milestone week. Thanks for visiting.