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Aug 4, 2021

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - August Challenge: For Boys or Men

Hello and welcome to the August Crafty Wednesday challenge right here on my blog. I'm so glad you decided to check out the new theme and hope you'll decide to play along too! Thank you all so much for joining me last month, there were some wonderful entries so be sure to scroll down to see if your entry made my Top 3!

This Month's Theme

For August I selected the theme of ..................

"For Boys or Men".

Remember, the theme is optional for your inspiration and you may link up any crafty makes. I can't wait to see what you'll share this month!

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I used an older Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit, this is the March 2019 kit and unfortunately no longer available. 

I created my underwater scene using Distress inks Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire and then Stampin Up's Crumb Cake on the bottom portion of the card. I used a torn piece of printer paper as a mask to create the ocean floor. The small fish were stamped using Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink. The orange fish were first inked with Abandoned Coral and then Spiced Marmalade ink for a reddish orange color. 

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The rays were done with Tim Holtz's Rays stencil and I flicked some water onto the card for a fun reaction. As with all Hero Arts stamp kits, this one came with matching dies so after stamping I cut out the orange fish as well as seaweed using the matching dies. 

I added a few dew drops (options) as embellishments. These were also part of this stamp kit and I love that the kit included 3 different sizes. The sentiment is part of the kit as well, stamped using Versafine Onyx ink then cut out using a circle die

PS: If you enjoy stamps with matching dies, then you may enjoy receiving these monthly stamp kits. You can get them by subscription HERE or purchased individually while supplies last. 

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I'm linking up here:
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Birthdays // Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - AG // We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative // Clever Dexter - Use a Stencil // A Gem of a Challenge  - AG // My Time to Craft - No Patterned Paper // Cut It Up - Create your own background // 

Last Month 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.

Selecting just three is never easy but something that needs to be done and here they are from last month's theme of Christmas in July or Anything Goes. They are listed in the order of entry.

No. 1 Jan R.

No. 25 Tone K. 

No. 35 Cheryl (She Stamps)

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

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

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.


  1. The underwater scene makes for a great masculine card Ellie.

    B x

  2. A lovely underwater scene, and how cute are those tiny fishes!

  3. Thank you so much for choosing my card as on of your Top 3! I adore your card for the next challenge - such wonderful stamping and colours!

  4. Great card awesome inking ! Thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create xx Please join us again.

  5. What a wonderful underwater scene Ellie - love it!
    Stay safe

  6. Love the scene you created. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create and TTCRD challenge. Anesha

  7. Such an adorable creation! Thank you for joining us over at Clever Dexter's Challenge Blog - August Challenge "Use A Stencil". All the best!

    -- DT Gina Ang --

  8. Lovely card

    Thank you for joining us for the August challenge at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  9. What a cool card. Love the underwater scene with those cute fishies. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  10. Wonderful scene, love the background. Thanks for playing along with us at Pammie's Inky Pinkies this week and best of luck in the draw! Donna

  11. Beautiful, not just for boys or men, I would love it too :)


  12. Your fish are just beautiful! I love how they pop against your background. Pinned.

  13. Adorable card! Thank you for playing with us on the Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog. Good luck with your entry, and hope to see you again. Hugs, Lori (DT)

  14. Beautiful! Thanks for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create. Hugs from DT-Irre

  15. Wow what a lovely underwater ocean theme you created! Beautiful!

    Tiny Treasure Workshop

  16. Fantastic (or should I say "fintastic"?) job with that background. Those small dark fish really create the illusion of the depths of the sea.

    Thank you for Creating Your Own Background Paper for our challenge at Cut it Up!


  17. Thank you for the challenge. Lovely card.

  18. Lovely ink blending! Thank you for joining us over at the Clever Dexter challenge!
    -Samantha, Clever Dexter DT

  19. What a gorgeous underwater scene, love that inky background!
    Tammy x

  20. Thanks for taking part in the Clever Dexter Challenge.
    Your project is really beautiful!
    Good luck and hope to see you again next month!
    Roberta DT Clever Dexter

  21. Congratulations for this beautiful card and good luck! Thank you for playing with us this month at Clever Dexter Challenge We are waiting for you in the next one! - DT Irene - Clever Dexter Challenge

  22. A really effective design - you've created a wonderful scene.

    Thanks for joining us at the Clever Dexter Challenge.

    Helen x


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