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Nov 4, 2020

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - November Challenge

Hello and welcome to the November Crafty Wednesday challenge right here on my blog! I'm so glad you decided to stop by and hope you'll join in too! Many thanks to everyone who shared in last month's challenge. There were some wonderful entries so be sure to scroll down to see if you were one of my top picks!

This Month's Theme

The theme I selected for this month is.............


Can't wait to see what you'll share and remember themes are optional now and you are welcome to share anything you've been making new or old (yes, backlinking is allowed). 

Please note: This post includes some affiliate links meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.

I couldn't resist some of the Penny Black's newest release and this brushstroke stamp was one of them. This one is called Season's Tweeting.

I purchased from PB stamps (this is now out of stock there), but I did just notice it available on Amazon from an independent seller. Also is supposed to receive their Season of Hope Penny Black release soon and you can take a look at the new release HERE and be notified when available if you prefer shopping there.

As with all brushstroke stamps, I colored directly on the rubber using Distress inks and markers Mowed LawnCandied AppleSeedless PreservesWild HoneyFaded JeansOld Paper, Black Soot. I wanted a bit of a watercolor look so after stamping I used my Zig Detailer Brush over the stamped image. If you are new to these brushstroke stamps, I do highly recommend using a stamp platform as you are able to re-stamp several times adding more color as you go. Here you can see I added some touches of orange to the edges of the leaves. 

To add some interest to the background I used an old Penny Black background stamp - Christmas Story (unfortunately it appears to be currently unavailable) - and stamped portions of it using Old Paper Distress ink, then flicked some diluted ink - faded jeans - onto the background. 

The sentiment is from my favorite Christmas sentiment set by Penny Black - Season's Gifts, stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. Edges were distressed and inked with Old Paper ink, then I added some Natural Jute Twine to to finish the card front. As I'm trying once again to use more of my pattern papers, I decided to frame the card front with polka dotted paper from my stash. 

Related Products:

Inks & Markers: Mowed Lawn, Candied Apple, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, Old Paper, Black Soot, Versafine Clair Nocturne 

Accessories and Tools: Natural Jute Twine // Stamp Platform - Options // Zig Detailer Brush 

Papers: Bristol Vellum // Designer Paper from Stash // 110lb Heavyweight Card Stock

I'm sharing with these challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Pattern papers // Dragonfly Dreams - Christmas and Winter // Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - something beginning with H (Holly) // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Sentiment 

Always Anything Goes Card Challenges:

A Bit More Time to Craft // A Perfect Time To Craft // Crafts Galore Encore // Classic Design Challenge // DL.Art Linky Challenge // Not Just Cards (F) // Lemon Shortbread // Through The Craft Room Door // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends // The Corrosive Challenges // Creative Fingers // QKR Stampede // Crafting With An Attitude // Brown Sugar (?) // Craft-Dee BowZ// 


Last Month Top Picks

Selecting just 3 is never easy but something that has to be done and last month's top picks are listed in the order of entry.

No. 15 Jackie C.
No. 37 Kylie
No. 40 Inky Fingers

As always, in order to be in compliance with GDPR I am not able to post links, but I recently decided to create a Pinterest Board where my Top Picks of the month will be pinned with links back to each Top Pick's blogs.

Congratulations! Your Top Pick logo is below, feel free to post it to your own blogs!

To play along this month simply use the linky tool below.

A few things to remember:

  • You may follow the theme or anything goes
  • Link up to 3 different entries.
  • Backlinking is allowed.
  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis (no company restriction).
  • Please do include a link back here to my blog in your blog post.


kiwimeskreations said...

Love the watercolour look to your gorgeous card Ellie - it gives it a real vintage feel.
Congratulations to the winners of last months challenge
Stay safe

brenda said...

You have achieved a beautiful watercolour effect using that lovely PB image Ellie and great inking of the stamp with the tinges of colour round the edges of the Holly.

B x

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful Ellie!

Curated By Jennifer

Kylie said...

Your Penny Black card is beautiful! Thank you so much for the shoutout as well xx

Marilyn said...

Your card is beautiful and congrats to the winners!
have a great day!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is soooooooo gorgeous! LOVING the bird!

Joanne said...

I just started making my Christmas cards today!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Amazing watercolouring Ellie and such cute bird! Love the contrast with the geometric black and white border, it's so striking!

Elizabeth Hart said...

I love the gorgeous watercolor effect on this card - My plan is to try one this week. I really loved the look - thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Dragonfly dreams challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Doris Klein said...

Wow... what Beautiful and amazing DT works! Very nice works and inspirations for this fun theme!

Hugs and stay safe
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*Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
*List Manager* Challenges for Days

Jackie C said...

Ellie, this is my favourite Christmas card ever! I admire your fab skills.
This is a smashing project!
We do love to see all the entries at Classic.
Stay safe and well.
Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

Jackie DT

Jackie C said...

Thank you so much, proudly displaying my badge xx

Lisa Bird said...

I love how your image has turned out, just a beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog
Best Wishes Lisa xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautiful colouring and absolutely gorgeous!

Judy McKay said...

Very pretty card. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Judy McKay DT TTCRD
In Search of My Creative Side

Sheryl said...

Lovely card
Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Sheryl xx
TTCRD DT Crazy Craft Corner{My Blog}

Susan Sudbury said...

I saw your card in the DL art linkup, and Wow!! What a gorgeous creation! Love how the black and white frame perfectly accents that amazing image!

Furrbster said...

This is really pretty,

Thanks for playing along over at Aud Sentiments,

Hugz Tinz

DIANA L. said...

Thank you for joining the DL.ART NOVEMBER LINKY challenge
Your card is so beautiful! I love the colors and your design
Thank you for your inspiration!! Have a blessed day


kReN said...

Lovely! Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede Challenge! kReN@afourthlife

creationsnz said...

A stunning watercolour effect and a beautiful creation altogether (love dots). CarolG

Jackie Cornfield said...

Stopping by from the DL linky, this is a FAB card xx Jackie