Oct 2, 2019

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - October Challenge

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Hello and welcome to the October Crafty Wednesday challenge right here on my blog! I'm so glad you decided to check it out! Before I get to the new theme I wanted to thank all of you that decided to play along last month. Some wonderful creations and lots of inspiration! Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to see if you were the lucky prize winner or a top pick. As always, the linky tool is also at the end of this post.

This Month's Theme

Stamp It!

This month it's all about using your traditional stamps (rubber or clear). You may still use digital products on your creations, but I ask that the focal point is hand stamped, this means you can use a large hand stamped sentiment with smaller digital stamps or papers, or you can stamp a focal image and use a digital sentiment on your creation. Should be an easy one I think. I can't wait to see what you will share this month!

It's been a while since I used the Hero Arts September 2018 stamp kit. Since this kit is fall themed I decided it's time to ink it up and use the matching dies that came with this kit. I don't know if I'm a lazy card maker of what...but I always find matching dies too much to fuss with. Am I the only one??!! Well, after making this card it wasn't really that complicated or time consuming and I love how it turned out! Maybe I'm just too lazy to get off the chair and walk over to the die cutting machine :-)

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I started out by masking the edges of a 4"x5.25" Bristol Vellum card stock with some Washi tape. (I like the width of Washi tape for this border, but you can also use painter's tape.) Next I inked the open area of the card stock with Victorian Velvet and Stormy Sky distress inks using Ranger's Ink Blending Tool. Have any of you used the new dome shaped ink blending applicators by Scrapbook.com? I recently heard about them and they sound promising. I always seem to get too much ink here and there when using the Ranger tool, and it sounds like these are easier to use. 

When the inking was complete I added a stencil pattern with Stormy Sky distress ink to add some interest to the background. After this step I removed the Washi tape. All images are from the Hero Arts September 2018 Stamp Kit, stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and then I heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder. For coloring I used the Daniel Smith paint dots that were part of this kit and my Zig Detailer waterbrush. Before adding color to the images, I brushed over each image with clean water which makes it easier to add color.

All images were die cut using the matching dies from the kit and then adhered to the card with foam tape. The sentiment (also from this kit) was stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink as well. To finish off the card I added a small strip of yellow polkadotted paper to bring in some more color. The card base is a 110 lb heavy weight card stock I recently picked up from Michaels. Their 110lb white card stock by Recollections works really well as card bases and it's s such a good value too using a coupon.  A clear wink of stella glitter brush was used to add some sparkles to the images.

Hero Arts September 2018 Stamp Kit // Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink // Victorian Velvet Distress Ink // Stormy Sky Distress Ink // Ranger Ink Blending Applicator // Clear Embossing Powder // Heating Tool // Bristol Vellum Paper // Recollections Heavy Weight Cardstock // TCW Mini Tile Stencil // Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush // Zig Detailer Brush // Washi Tape // Paper Strip from Stash

Also sharing with these challenges: 
Color Throwdown // Mod Squad Challenge - Back to Nature // Make My Monday - Fall Colors // Everybody-Art-Challenge - Use Dies // Crafting Happiness Challenges - Orange // Stamps & Fun = Creativity - The Magic of Fall // Addicted to Stamps - For a Lady // A Place To Start - Masking (masked edges) // 

Anything Goes

This Month's Prize

For the ease of things I am continuing to offer the winner a $6 Gift Certificate to either Mo's Digital Pencil ShopTiddly Inks or Bugaboo. I am not affiliated with any of these companies and the prize will be supplied by me. 

Last Month's Winner and Top Picks

No. 14 - Lena

Congratulations, Lena. You won a $6 Gift Certificate to either Mo's Digital Pencil, Tiddy Inks or Bugaboo Stamps. Please be sure to email me with your choice of company at ellibellescorner at gmail dot com by October 16th to claim your prize.

As I am sure you can imagine, it's never easy to choose top picks, but it had to be done and here they are in the order of entry.

No. 16- Linda Mc Enery
No. 34 - Maxine D.
No. 65 - Kuni

Congratulations ladies. Your top pick logo is below. Feel free to post it to your own blogs if you like to. 

As always, in order to follow GDPR regulations, I am not linking back the individual blogs, but you can see these gorgeous top picks following the "something with B" theme by visiting last month's linky tool.

To play along in the October challenge simply use the linky tool below. The usual rules apply:

  • Enter up to 3 times with a new project.
  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis (no company restriction).
  • Be sure to add a link back here to my blog.

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  1. What a beautiful card Ellie - love your fabulous background that shows off the featured image so beautifully.
    Thank you for choosing my card as a top three card :)

  2. Beautiful card! Congrats to the winners!
    Have a great day!

  3. Beautiful card! Love the Alchechengi branch!!
    Congrats to all the winners and thanks for another challenge!

  4. Gorgeous card! I still haven't used this kit, but you have inspired me to break it out! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

    1. Thanks Joy. Hope you get to play with it soon!

  5. Perfect in every single way! Perfect for our Challenge! So glad that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Always Fun Challenges. Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @AFC

  6. That’s funny lazy I get. Great card, love the colours.

  7. Beautiful. Love your card design layout. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Crafting Happiness Challenge. Did you know you can see upcoming challenge themes in the sidebar? Check it out! Hope you'll share more of your projects.
    Pause Dream Enjoy
    Crafting Happiness Challenges
    Facebook Page for Pause Dream Enjoy

  8. I get lazy about die cutting myself, but this was certainly worth the effort! Thank you for joining us at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog!

    1. Glad I'm not the only one. Thank you so much for visiting!

  9. What a beautiful card. I love the image. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x

  10. This is a very aesthetically pleasing design. The color palette is unexpected and your blending and stencil work is perfect. I love the brightness of your focal image against the darker background because it creates tension and therefore great visual interest! Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner, Designer
    A Place to Start Challenge
    613 Avenue Create Challenge

    1. Thank you so much, Chana. Glad I was able to join in this time!

  11. Thank you so much for this Top 3 pick and congratulations to the others! Your October card is so lovely! I love the stabilising yellow strip and the wonderful depth created by raising your image and allowing it to extend beyond the frame. Beautiful!

  12. Love the layout and the flowers are so striking and really catch the eye. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Creative Fingers Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  13. What a beautiful card! Such a nice way to use a stamp :)

    Hope that you are having a great week :) I've got a scarf giveaway on my blog right now :)

    Away From Blue

  14. I love everything about this card! The background, your beautiful colouring and the strip of pp to ground the vase:)

  15. Love the floral image against the stenciled background...great layout and coloring. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble

  16. Hi Ellibelle, a sweet card to celebrate the arrival of Autumn. Love the cas design. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends... good luck in the prize draw... Megan DT LPoCF

  17. Thank you for the challenge. Lovely sample card.

  18. So pretty! I use to have Chinese Lanterns in my garden a long time ago, but they eventually died away.:(

  19. Hi Ellibelle,

    Thank you for your response to my card.
    I thought my card was possible because I used stamp in the background and I also worked with stamps at the castle. That is why I posted my card.

    Good day.

    Hugs, Astrid.

  20. This is so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Throwdown!

  21. Very pretty card. Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble.


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