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May 4, 2019

Allsorts Challenge 518: Pretty In Pink

It's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge, Tracy is our host and she would like to see "Pretty in Pink". We have a wonderful prize by Buddly Crafts and hope you can join us for your chance to win!

Should be an easy theme, unless you're ending up with some difficulties like I did, but in the end it all worked out and I am sharing two cards today, even though my second one is where I had the trouble and ended up not really working for our theme. Thought I'd share it anyway.

The inky background was done with Distress Oxides and Inks, Cracked Pistachio and a little bit of Tumbled Glass with Spun Sugar Distress ink.

I stamped the orchid from the Penny Black set  Happy Together using Versafine Clair Nocturne  ink and colored it with my Zig Clean Color markers. Using the Penny Black stencil Oscillations (which includes 3 different stencil designs) and Spun Sugar distress ink I added a little more pink to the background  and wiped the ink pad across the distressed edges. No, I didn't get out my sewing machine (sad to say since I re-organized my stamp room I don't have a designated spot for it and haven't used it in a long time). Instead I used one of the stamps from Whimsy Stamps In Stitches stamp set, I was lucky enough to purchase this at a great price when Whimsy Stamps was clearancing it out a few month ago. Unfortunately the set is no longer available, but there are similar sets available here.  I used a clear Wink of Stella brush on the blossoms for some sparkle. The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Sprinkles and Smiles

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Below is the card I initially had in mind for the challenge -  I wanted to heat emboss everything in white and use Loll's Splash Watercolor technique for the background with some pretty shades of pink and lilac and a little bit of a muted green.

The green and lilac turned out fine, but the Picked Raspberry ink (although not quite as purple as it appears in the photo) was more of a fuchsia color, not a pretty pink as I had hoped for. And the Spun Sugar ink I also used is pretty much invisible. I also wasn't happy with the white embossing. Another mistake that happend here was the post it note I used for masking stained my image pink (I really need to get some white post it notes!)  I didn't want to completely waste the card so I finished it by coloring the blossoms with  Shaded Lilac  ink and the leaves with Bundled Sage  ink. Of course I could not remove the pink stains caused by the post it note. I framed with some lilac card stock and then mounted onto white card base. The white embossed sentiment is one of my old favorites from a retired Stampin Up set (I think it's called Beautiful Beach). 

Sharing with these challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges - Pink Birthdays // Retro Rubber Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamps older than one year (this set was released a couple of years ago) Simon Says Wednesday - Happy Birthday // Moving along with the Times - Floral // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes // International Art & Soul - Birthdays // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Creative Fingers - Anything Goes // Pattie's Creations  - Flowers 

Mark your calendars: On May 18th Allsorts challenge is celebrating 10 wonderful years of challenges and we're having a special prize that week (which will actually run as a 2-week challenge). Brenda created this wonderful logo, you can post it to your side bars if you like a little reminder :)

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  1. Both creations are beautiful Ellie, fab backgrounds.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  2. As Tracy said, both are beautiful Ellie, the first so soft and delicate with the background stamping and stencilling and the second so dramatic and I think it fits the theme as well.

    B x

  3. Gorgeous cards Ellie - the first is gorgeous with the soft textured background, and I do like the boldness of the background in the second card :)

  4. Two wonderful cards, so sweet and feminine!! Different designs, but very effective both!!!

  5. I think both of your cards are beautiful!
    Have a great day!

  6. I love pink so of course I think these cards are beautiful!

  7. These are BOTH GORGEOUS! I am LOVING the colors!

  8. I love how you framed the first card, so pretty. I also love your "mistake". I have yellow post its! didn't know they could stain, but on your make you really can't tell - it's fab.

    1. Yes, this was the second time I had the staining happen, but forgot about it. I did use distress ink with lots of water, and that made the post it bleed.

  9. Both so gorgeous cards, my fave is the first, very stylish one;-))m

  10. amazing post, I like to read your blog :)
    Have a nice weekend :)

    1. Thanks for your visit and nice comment! Have a great weekend too!

  11. Anonymous14:44

    Both lovely Ellie but the first one is so gorgeous, xxx

  12. A really lovely card Ellie, a lovely delicate image and a super background.

    Kath x

  13. Thank you for entering your gorgeous cards Ellie at MAWTT , xxx

  14. Pretty cards. Thank you for joining the Dream Valley Challenge.

    Debbie DT

  15. They are both beautiful Ellie but that first one is definitely my favourite. Perfect colours for the background and lovely colouring. Thanks for joining in with us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge this time. Good luck.
    Dawn DT xx

  16. Beautiful card. Love soft tones you used. Thanks for sharing with us at Colour Crazy.

  17. Gorgeous cards and great details! Love that Van Gogh card watercolor background and the other does really looks like actual stitching, how fun :)

    Thank you for playing along with us at Creative Fingers!
    ♥ DT Tindaloo ~ I got blogcandy if u wanna join :)

  18. really lovely card love the texture on the backing thanks for sharing at Colour Crazy challenge this time. AuntySue GDT

  19. Beautiful cards - so pretty!
    Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
    Helen x

  20. Such a pretty card Ellie. I especially like your background. Thanks so much for entering your project into our latest challenge over at Pattie's Creations. Good luck in the draw.

    ☺Lisa D.
    DT Member for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
    Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!


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