Saturday 29 October 2022

Allsorts Challenge #700

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 ๐Ÿ˜€❤️

Brenda has chosen this week's theme, and what else could it possibly be but 

๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽˆ*** Let's Celebrate ***๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰

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.

Prizes three and four will be the following bundle split between two winners.

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
Fab 'n' Funky #559 - Season's Greetings - WINNER
Festive Fridays - Christmas / Animals
Penny Black Saturday (October) - Anything Goes with Penny Black - TOP 3
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)

Colour Crazy #43 2022 - Anything Goes With Colouring
Crafty Catz #612 - Anything Goes
Double Trouble #123 - Let’s Get A-Round to It
Simon Says (Wednesday) - 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.


brenda said...

Of course I love the A&C creation Pauline but I think the PB hedgies with the soft stencilling and colouring just might be my fav this time, thanks for adding a second.

B x

Jeni Mc said...

Two beautiful cards Pauline . I particularly like the background to the first one and the cute image . Congrats to Allsorts reaching 700 challenges . I , and the other entrants ,I am sure, appreciate the hard work you and the rest of the D.T. put into the challenge each week . Thank you for your comments , Long may the challenge continue , Jx

coldwaters2 said...

Two beautiful creations Pauline they are both top notch love the colours and design of the butterflies but my heart has been stolen by that very happy looking mouse great work
lolo x

Sarn said...

WOW - two stunners here Pauline.

LOVE that side snowflake stencil and the cute and VERY joyful PB mouse on your first card.

Then I love the colouring and the A&C image on your second card.

Happy celebrating! xxx

Chris said...

Hi Pauline, just popped over from Rudolph Days Challenge to say hello! Your Christmas card is gorgeous, such a lovely image- he really is celebrating the season! Love that stencilled background too!
Also congrats to you and the rest of the team -700 challenges is such a milestone.


Ellibelle said...

They both are absolutely fabulous Pauline, but not going to deny that the cute Penny Black mouse card is my favorite! How do I not own this stamp already!!!! The card is so full of joy and I just want to smile looking at it! So nice to see you linked up at my Crafty Wednesday challenge too!

Becca Sadler said...

Both cards are spectacular! The Christmas one is adorable! And the birthday one is so modern! Thanks for including MTTC's wing theme in your links for the Bday card! --Becca/DT

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Both so different but, both so beautiful in their own right. Although I do love the little mouse.
Faith x

Donna Scholz said...

Pauline, your slimline birthday card is so creative! I love the colors you chose, and your creative scribbling!! Thank you so much for sharing your card and creative talents with us at Double Trouble!!! -Donna

Mervi said...

Cute mouse card and gorgeous birthday card;-))m

HilaryJane said...

Two very special cards and both so different. I love the stencilled snowflake on the first, the fabulous colour on the second and the sparkle on both xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I love both cards for different reasons Pauline. I'm a sucker for a cute image and the first one definitely has that and then I also love mixed media and AALL & Create so no contest there :o) A fab post.

valscraftings said...

A beautiful card, love the scene you created and cute image!

Thanks for joining in at Festive Fridays Challenge!
Val -DT Leader

Barbara Bruder said...

WOW, 700 challenges...... what an accomplishment!! Congrats!! Great cards and great coloring. Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.

samantha's cards said...

What a delightful Christmas card, thank you for joining us at THAIC.

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Excellent background for your swirl of circles and doodling, love everything about your thin line birthday card... very pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble.

Dena J said...

Gorgeous cards, Pauline! I love the look of joy on that little critter. The stenciling and colors are beautiful.

Jane said...

What a joyous image. Love this card. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

Oh wow what a gorgeous happy card thank you for sharing over at AAA Birthday this month - hope you join u again - Elaine DT

scrappymo! said...

Your card is so adorable and coloured beautifully! I love all the glitter to create the snowy scene.

Thanks for taking part in the October Rudolph Days Challenge.

Whisper said...

Oooo I have such a soft spot for Penny Black images and this is a great one too, am loving the sentiment and background, thanks for joining us at Rudolph Days Challenge this month, Luv Sam x

Angelnorth said...

Two great cards. I agree, that mouse is especially joyful-looking and his big thick scarf makes him perfect for this week’s challenge at Daring Cardmakers — thanks for joining us!

Melanie R said...

Great slimline card, Pauline! The colors are so bright and pretty. Thank you for playing along at Double Trouble #123.

Lynne said...

I love your little mouse too and your stencilled snowflake is so pretty. Thank you for sharing at As You Like It. Lynne DT

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Two fabulous cards, and I'm in love with the first one, so adorable!!! That cheerful mouse sparks happiness everywhere!! Sweet colours, amazing touches of sparling and fabulous stencilled background!

Mummylade said...

So lovely! Thank you so much for joining us at ABC Christmas challenge

Helen said...

Such a joyful Christmas card!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge & ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Inkyfingers said...

What a pretty, adorable festive card and I love the unusual colours.
Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenges.

Linby said...

Just love how you stencilled the background for this cute mouse, it looks so amazing. Pretty birthday card in the bright colours too make this stamp look so different.

Susan Renshaw said...

Two great cards!

Thank you for sharing with Addicted to Stamps and More!
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Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

Sarah said...

I can see why that PB cutie is a firm Christmas favourite! Thank you for sharing this lovely card with us at AYLI. Sarah DT

valscraftings said...

Hi Pauline,
Please pop on over to Festive Fridays Challenge Oct 28 - Nov 10 and use the Contact Form to contact me.

Val DT - Leader

valscraftings said...

You are the Winner for this card!

Festive Fridays
Val - DT Leader

Sue from Oregon said...

I love love love your happy little Penny Black card. Love the stencil and glittery snow! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge! ♥ Sue Kment

Lynne said...

A lovely Penny Black mousey card, he is so joyful. Thank you for sharing at As You Like It. Lynne DT