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Apr 7, 2021

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - April Challenge; and a Double Easel Card using Stampin Up "A Touch of Ink"

Hello and welcome to the April Crafty Wednesday challenge right here on my blog! I'm so glad you decided to stop by and hope you'll join in too and share all your crafty makes! As always I will select my top 3 picks and share them at the bottom of the post. You can see last month's Top Picks at the end of this post! There were some gorgeous entries so be sure to check them out! 

This Month's Theme

For the month of April I selected the fun theme of................

Something Beginning with "B".

So many options here....blossoms, bugs, bees, butterflies, blue, bunny, brocade, banner, bow, brown and many more ....I can not wait to see what "b"s you are incuding on your card!

As usual now, the theme is optional so feel free to link up anything else too and all entries will be considered for my top picks! 

My April Creation

I recently received a beautiful double easel card from Debbie of Secrets to Stamping who is soooo very creative, and I fell in love with the style of the card, so I decided to make a double easel card as well. While I've made  2 or 3 easel cards before, this was my first time making a double easel card and I used Debbie's card as a reference. 

You basically have a regular folded card base (whatever size you choose), then score one of the halves down the middle using a scoring tool. Decorate a card front using a separate piece of card stock, which you will then attach to the bottom part of the folded half. (I've included several photos so you can see what I mean.) On this card I added a mini easel just the way Debbie did because I thought that was such a cute "wow" factor!

The stamp set I used here is one of Stampin Up's recent "Sale-a Bration" set (A Touch of Ink) which I also received from Debbie.

I've mentioned this last month already, but if you haven't heard yet, she is hosting a new challenge on her blog where it's all about Fancy Folds. You can check it out HERE.

I used Distress inks and Versafine Onyx ink for stamping. The music notes background was done using an old Hero Arts stamp (mine is old - alternative option) and I inked the edges with distress ink as well.

The "floral" sentiment is from the Penny Black Set Blooming Sentiments, partly stamped with Versafine Onyx ink and partly heat embossed using ultra fine white embossing powder and Versamark ink on black card stock. The striped paper is actually striped vellum.

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I thought this fancy fold card would make a nice Mother's Day card so I added a Mother's Day sentiment (old from Whimsy Stamps) to the mini easel. This sentiment I cut out using a retired slider die also from Whimsy, and I tied some white silk ribbon (option) around it. 

In the photo below you can see the mini easel also opened. I added a prima flower with a small white brad to the inside of the small easel card. 

To decorate the inside of the card I used the same stamps and inks but stamped off twice for a more subtle background to allow for a handwritten message. Then I used an old wood mounted Penny Black flower border stamp on the inside of the fold - see below.

And finally, a side view is below. 

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Last Month's Top Picks

I will continue to add my favorites to the dedicated Pinterest board, but going forward I will once again showcase the top pick's creations with links to their individual blogs, which will be removed at the start of each new month's challenge to remain in compliance with GDPR.

Choosing favorites is never easy but something that needs to be done and here are my top picks in the order of entry.

No. 49 Kuni

No. 54 Jose

No. 56 Carole J.

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

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!

A few things to remember:

  • You may follow the theme or anything crafty goes.
  • Backlinking is allowed.
  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis/products (no company restriction).
  • No more than 3 entries per person please - no worries if you end up with more.
  • Please do include a link back here to my blog in your blog post.

Note: Top picks will be selected from the entries shared with the linky tool. The top pick's creations will be displayed the following month along with their blog links until the start of a new challenge. If you do not want to be featured, please do not use the linky tool.


  1. A pretty Spring creation Ellie, not made an easel for ages so might need to address that one as do like the shape.

    B x

  2. Loving your card Ellie - that mini easel is so gorgeous!
    Congratulations to the winners - well deserved recognition of your work
    Stay a+safe

  3. Thanks for choosing my card top pick..Congratulations everybody . Grt Jose

  4. I haven't run across a double easel card in quite sometime. What a delightful Mother's Day card you have made! Thanks for playing along at Just Us Girls.

  5. I have never seen a double easel card! Your card is beautiful and I always love trying out new techniques and folds.

  6. Very beautiful card! Thank you for playing at Dragonfly Dreams Challenge!

  7. The double easel card turned out beautiful! Well done!

  8. Morning Ellie, just popped back to thank you for joining in with our 'Springtime' theme at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge.

    B x

  9. Your card is gorgeous! Congrats to the top picks!
    Have a great day!
    Marilyn ❤️

  10. What a beautiful card and I really like the mini easel! The colours are just lovely as well :)

    Hope that you are having a nice week so far.

    Away From The Blue

  11. Oh, Ellie, this card is stunning! I really love the airy feeling it has - just perfect for Mother's Day! Thank you so much for playing in the Creative Creases Challenge and hope you can join in again soon.

  12. How sweet and cute double easel card!! The little easel is a great addition! Beautiful colouring on the bird! Thanks for joining us at We Love Chocolate Baroque challenge!

  13. Wow gorgeous card, fabulous design.
    Thank you for sharing at We Love Chocolate Baroque;-))m

  14. Beautiful card! Love the structure and the colour palette that you chose. The mini easel is adorable. Hugs!



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