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Mar 18, 2017

Botanical Notes and Anything But a Card

Good morning and happy weekend 😀
It's Saturday and the 18th of the month today, that means I actually have two projects to show you today! I know that doesn't happen often! Be prepared for a picture heavy post.

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First up I am sharing my mid-month reminder card for Penny Black and More. Our theme this month is simply anything goes, as long as you follow our simple rules, which you can find on the challenge blog. I decided to use one of my newest stamps, I very recently got this one, just couldn't resist - Botanical Notes. Isn't it just beautiful!! I know I just said recently I wasn't going to buy new things anymore, but there is always going to be that "one thing" I will need :-) Like this stamp!

It's been stamped onto Winsor & Newton watercolor marker paper, and colored using Zig clean color brush pens. I find this paper the best for these pens. Unfortunately Blick art materials quit carrying it, and the only place I found it was Amazon. I tried Fabriano hot press, but these pens do not  work very well on that paper. Luckily bristol vellum is another card stock that works ok with the clean color pens, and that I can get anywhere. It's just not my favorite with these pens.

This is a rather large stamp, and I really didn't want to add too much to the card, because I wanted it to stand out. So I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of vellum paper using black stazon ink, and added a little bit of coordinating designer paper. I thought it needed something where the two designer papers met, so I added a little blue button and jute twine. The top of the watercolor paper has been torn and curled up on the corner, then layered onto matching yellow designer paper. Sorry I have no idea of the brands of the papers, I just grabbed them from my stash. 

A little close up below. I did add wink of stella glitter to the butterfly and flower center, but unfortunately it's so hard to see. 

Next up is my project for the new challenge at Allsorts. It's Susan's week to host and she would like to see anything but a card. I have to admit, those types of challenges always scare me a little bit, because  cards are pretty much all I ever seem to make, on rare occasions I made bookmarks or treat bags. So my first thought again was making a bookmark, but then I remembered that for the longest time I've been wanting to make a pretty tissue box cover to go with my current decorations. 
I found an easy to follow tutorial on splitcoaststampers.

Mine was even easier to make because I didn't use extra layers, instead I just used pretty designer paper for my base. This pretty vintage style paper is from a 12x12 inches double sided paper pack (designer paper options). I think mine is by K& Company. I've had it for a while and I thought it was perfect for this.


After I completed creating the box, I simply added some adhesive lace and embellished with paper flowers. I've been hoarding these flowers for a long time, I never use them on cards because I find them too bulky on cards, but they were perfect for this. 

Below is a little peek at the top.
It's hard to tell but I used one of the Nestabilties Label 4 dies to cut out the opening. I was able to fold the edges on the score lines in order to fit it through the die cutting machine. 

I really wanted to stamp a verse on the designer paper, but the thought only came after it was finished. I tried but it didn't stamp evenly, so I left it as is and covered up the partial stamping with another pretty flower. 

I left the other two sides blank, showing just the pretty paper, they will be facing the wall anyway. I thought about using a second ribbon and tying a bow, but my cats would probably  have too much fun with it, and I really like it how it is.  This cover will probably be in my living room up until Fall. I had so much fun making this, I might actually make another one for the Fall season and one for Winter.

This week I'd like to enter my card to the following challenges:
 The Flower Challenge #6 - Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations - Close to Nature 
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Mixed Media Monthly -Buttons (hope one button is ok?)

The Artistic Stamper - Springtime

And that would be all for today. I hope you'll check out the Allsorts challenge blog and Penny Black and More to see what the rest of the teams made and come join us for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. At Allsorts our own team member Wendy is giving away a fun die, and at Penny Black and More we  have several prizes by Penny Black , Marianne Design ,
 Chalkola and Fantastic Ribbons.
Hope to see you there!!


Wendy L said...

Both gorgeous Ellie, xxx

Lynn said...

Both the card and tissue box are gorgeous. I'm inspired! Thanks!

brenda said...

Two super projects Ellie, your tissue box is very pretty and your PB card, well, the coluring is superb, I have that stamp but it never looks that good when I'm finished with it.

B x

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card and tissue box holder!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are GORGEOUS! LOVING them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Craftychris said...

Beautiful card, gorgeous colours and I adore your tissue box! xxx

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous PB card, a fabulous image and beautiful colouring. I think images like this do not need anything added, the image speaks for it's self.
Like you, I really only make cards and this type of challenge really throws me so I was so pleased about the castle challenge and it was a challenge but at least it gave me something to enter.
I think that this is a brilliant tissue box cover, love the flowers and papers.

Kath x

aussie aNNie said...

Love your altered box Elli and adore the PB stamp. I have this one and not used it yet but guess after seeing your gorgeous card, I will have to colour mine up..xx ♥[aNNie]

Mervi said...

Fabulous card, so beautiful colouring. So lovely tissue box and the birds are so cute;-))m

Ruth said...

Beautiful card - I love the blue flowers! Thank you so much for playing along at The Flower Challenge this month. Ruth DT xx

Amy Johnson said...

Such a pretty card and I love that tissue box. That designer paper is gorgeous!

brenda said...

Back again to thank you for sharing that glorious card with us at Stamping Sensations Ellie, I am still in awe of your awesome colouring.

B x

Anonymous said...

Wundervolle Werke, liebe Ellie! Die Coloration ist der Hammer!
LG Daniela

Shirley said...

Oh Ellie I love the colouring on the botanical notes image. As you know I have this stamp too and love it. It is nice to see what other people do with the same stamp and your card is beautiful. The golden background makes the flowers pop right out.


Linby said...

Your card is so pretty and vibrant with the colours you used. What a pretty box - would look so lovely on a dressing table.

Tracy said...

Hi Ellie,
This is a really pretty tissue box, a gorgeous creation.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Marlies said...

A gorgeous card Ellie. Beautiful designed in lovely colours and fantastic colouring!! Thanks for joining our chalelnge at Stamping Sensations.
Your tissue box is gorgeous! I love the romantic look it has!!

susiestacey said...

Hi Ellie, beautifully decorated tissue box, stunning on any table. Gorgeous botanical card too, such a pretty stamp. x Susan x

Dora said...

This is such a beautiful stamp. Beautiful card have you made.
Thank you for joining at Stamping Sensations this month.

The Crafty Critter said...

I love the paper you used! This project reminds me of my grandma. She always made tissue box covers. Thank you for the memories and thank you so much for the inspiration!

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Gorgeous colors ! Thank you so much for sharing this  with us at The Artistic Stamper
WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

Unknown said...

Beautiful card!! Love the colors - just wonderful! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!