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Apr 4, 2018

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - April Challenge

Hello and welcome to a new Crafty Wednesday challenge here on my blog! Before I get to the new theme, I wanted to thank you all for joining in last month, it was great seeing over 50 entries for the very first challenge and I hope you will all join in again this month. Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to find out who the lucky winner from last month's entries was.

For the month of April the theme is............

Say it with flowers.

This means you have to use flowers and you have to use a sentiment. The flowers or sentiment do not have to be the focal point, but they do have to be easily visible on your project, they could be part of the papers, a stamp, die cut or other embellishments. I can't wait to see what you all come up with ... it's been so chilly over here and I know I am ready to see some flowers!!!!

I am sharing two cards today because I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a cute or non-cute card, so I made one of each. 

The stamp platform came in really handy for this card using the new Penny Black slapstick stamp. (Stamp is available brand new in my Etsy shop if you're interested!) I used a mix of distress inks for coloring directly onto the stamp then spritzed with water before stamping to create a little bit of a watercolor look. An old stampin up script stamp was then used on the background for a little more interested, I used light blue ink for the script. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Sprinkles and Smiles . Embellished with a butterfly and tiny pearls, colored card stocks are both by Stampin Up, but I think both are retired colors. 

Also sharing this card with these challenges: 
Always Fun Challenges - Happy Birthday 
Get Creative Challenges  No Pattern Paper
Incy Wincy Designs  - Nature and all of its Beauty 
Star Stampz Challenge Throw on the Flowers 
Crafty Catz -  Anything Goes this week
A Gem of a Challenge - Female Birthday with a Sentiment 
Simon Says Wednesday - Happy Birthday

And below is my second card...

The stamp I used is by Penny Black - You're the Bestest but apparently it must have been retired because I can't find it in anywhere online to link to - not even ebay so I linked something similar with Amazon below!) 

I heat embossed the image on Bristol Vellum card stock using my Tonic Stamp Platform again and Versafine onyx ink with clear embossing powder. Zig Clean Color real brush pens were used for coloring with a . (Mid Gray, Light Carmine, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Light Green, (very diluted: Blue). These are all part of the set I linked above or available at Blick Art Materials as singles. 
Sentiment is from the Penny Black set Sweet Wishes, another set currently available in my Etsy shop. The pretty border above the sentiment is from a set by Victorine Originals - Borders and Plaids II . A little butterfly with pearls finishes off this simple card. 

I am also sharing the second card here:
Use Your Stuff - Spring
Retro Rubber Challenge - Anything Goes (I've had the cat stamp for at least 2 years but stamp design is probably at least 5 years old)
Sisterhood of Crafters - Spring Flowers
Fussy and Fancy - Spring Flowers 
Pause Dream Enjoy - Color it
Colouring in Scrapland - Anything Spring Goes
House That Stamps Built - All Creatures Great and Small
Sweet Stampin - Bingo (Sentiment, Flower, Cute)
The colors for this card were inspired by the current Mood Board from the
 Sum More Fun challenge:
Do check out this fun challenge blog for mood board inspiration. I just recently discovered it and won their challenge last time (lucky me!), and their mood boards are so much fun to be inspired by!

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This month the prize is the stamp set below...
A winner will be chosen by

And now it is finally time to announce last month's winner. Again- thank you all that decided to play along! The winning number was...............
That is Julie from Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers
Congratulations Julie, please email me at ellibelle_blog at yahoo dot com to claim your prize by midnight April 18th. 


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  1. These are GORGEOUS!! LOVING those flowers!!!!!!!!!

  2. Your cards are so pretty!! Also congrats to the winner!!
    Have a great day!

  3. I just LOVE this image and your coloring is perfect! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Spring Flowers’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  4. love this spring flower card, thanks for joining our challenge at crafty catz, hope to see you again

  5. This is really beautiful, so fresh and elegant, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

  6. Beautiful coloring and card. Thanks for joining us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges.

  7. Love that adorable Penny Black image, that is sure to make anyone smile! What great projects and thank you for joining us at the current challenge at SumMore Fun! ~DT Heather

  8. I LOVE the way you stamped the flowers on your birthday card! And your coloring and image of the cute cat is perfect! Way to go on using an awesome VO stamp! Thanks for joining us at SumMore Fun for our mood board challenge! ~DT Jamie

  9. Super cute cards.. Thank you for joining us in our Mood Board Challenge at SumMoreFun. I look forward to seeing more of your projects! ~ Design Team Member, MaryAnn

  10. Two fabulous cards! I love the sweet kitty, he looks so cheerful and ready to shower someone with all his beautiful flowers! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  11. They are both AWESOME Cards! I'm more of a CUTESY Gal but love seeing the Elegant ones as well! Thanks for playing along with us over at SumMore Fun Stamp Challenge!

    Theresa (SumMore Fun Stamps DT)

  12. Your cards are just gorgeous and your colouring is amazing!
    Janice x

  13. Awww... I love that sweet card you linked up to The House That Stamps Built! So cute!

  14. Both cards are beautiful and springy! But the 2nd one is just adorable ~ and goes to show how older supplies are still good for lovely projects! Thanks for joining us at UYS.

  15. Both cards are wonderful! The kitty card is so pretty and definitely cute! Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you can join us again soon.

  16. I'm back again on behalf of the Sisterhood of Crafters and still think your kitty card is adorable. I am a cat lover and would love to get this stamp! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters and hope you can join us again soon.

  17. Two equally beautiful cards...beautifully designed and full of fabulous Spring elements...thank you for sharing your second card with us at Fussy and Fancy "Spring Flowers"...good luck!
    Take care,

  18. Two fab cards. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

  19. I adore this sweet little kitty image, you colored it beautifully, this card brings a smile to my face.
    Thank you for sharing with RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again soon.

  20. What a delightful kitty card! The coloring is great. It is the kitty's cheeky expression that is the show stopper! Thanks so much for sharing and playing along with Retro Rubber.

  21. Anonymous18:47

    such sweet cards, ellie, the kitty is adorable!

  22. Both are lovely cards, the kitty is so cute.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Have a great day x

  23. Both cards are fabulous ... I loved that watercoloring technique! Thanks so much for playing in our Fussy and Fancy Challenge! Please come back again soon!

    Fussy and Fancy Girl
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

  24. Your kitty with his arms loaded with flowers is so refreshing after a long winter! He's adorable. Thank you for entering your card in our challenge this week at The House That Stamps Built.

  25. Both of your cards are fantastic for spring! Thank you for joining us for the SumMore Fun mood board challenge.

  26. Cute cards! Thanks for playing along at SumMore Fun Challenges. DT Lisa

  27. Both are so nice I can see why you couldn't decide. I love them both. I love the water colored flowers in the first card and the sweet, cute image in the second.

  28. Wonderful cards!! Lovely for spring!! I think we all are in dire need of some spring weather and colors. Thank you for joining in our Challenge over at SumMoreFun. Hope to see more of your creations. SumMoreFun DT-Amy

  29. Hey Ellie, I wanted to let you know that my stamp set arrived! I'm hoping to get a card made with it to send you, but in case it takes me awhile, I wanted you to know I got it, and it's adorable. I start back to work full-time after being off for 2 months with pneumonia, so there goes my crafting time. Darn! It's been horrible being sick, but I have enjoyed the extra time in my craft room. Thanks so much!

  30. A lovely card!thank you for participate in Colouring in Scrapland.

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