Nov 20, 2021

Clara and the Nutcracker Card

Hello and welcome! 

It's Saturday again and that means a new theme starts at Allsorts challenge. Our theme this time around is "For the Girls". So anything feminine goes. Our prizes are a beautiful Tattered Lace die and a wonderful Woodware stamp set, so there will be two winners! Hope you can join us this week!

The image (Mo Manning - Clara) has been colored with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils then fussy cut. I made the background using the Circle Explosion stencil and Antique Linen Distress ink, and I also inked up the bottom portion for a floor using a sheet of printer paper as a mask for a straight line. The red patterned paper was a perfect match for the Nutcracker to bring in some more red, then I added a strip of brushed gold card stock to the right side. Some gold cord (options) completes the card.

The sentiment is an oldie from Whimsy Stamps and long retired, stamped using Versafine Onyx ink.  It's been stamped using Versafine Onyx ink

And here are this week's prizes - a Tattered Lace die and Woodware stamp set. 

Thanks so much for visiting!

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I'm linking up here:

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - AG with Mo's image // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Just Add Ink - Legs // As You Like It Challenge  - Dies or Stencils and why (definitely stencils for me, they are quick to grab and add something extra to the card, but I really dislike messing with dies, too much work although I do like the look of added die cuts.) // Aud Sentiments Challenge - Add a sentiment // C.R.A.F.T. - For Children // Paper Shelter - Say Something // Simon Says Stamp - Make Your Own Background // Crafty Sentiment Designs - AG // Digi Choosday Challenge - AG // Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - AG with Patterned Papers // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // 

Always Anything Goes and Linky Parties:

Taylor Made Cards 4 U // Crafter's Castle // 613 Avenue Create opt. twist watercolor // Crafty Creations // Creative Moments // Lemon Shortbread // Through The Craft Room Door // The Corrosive Challenges // A Bit More Time to Craft // A Perfect Time To Craft // Classic Design  Challenge * // Crafts Galore Encore // DL.Art Linky Challenge // Love to Craft // QKR Stampede // The Creative Crafters // World Wide Open Design Team Challenge // 

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  1. See the spammers are out again, what a scourge they are in blogland lately.

    But you card is beautiful, I had a feeling it was a Mo image, so delicate and a perfectly fitting sentiment. Would be ideal for your daughter I am thinking.

    B x

    1. Goodness, not needing that kind of spam on my blog LOL, might have to turn on comment moderation!

      Thanks so much, Brenda and yes it's for her :)

  2. Gorgeous feminine card Ellie, so delicate and pretty. Great stencil work too.
    Pauline x

  3. Hi Ellie - This card is so pretty and feminine. Perfect for the Allsorts challenge. Love this.
    Hugs, Sarn x

  4. Oh, I love this image and card. How beautiful!

  5. Wow - what an amazing card. Beautiful job coloring with pencils. Thanks for playing along with us at PIP Challenges.

  6. Lots of gorgeous stencilled backgrounds appearing this week and yours is a beautiful way to showcase this pretty feminine image. Great CAS card design too.

  7. Beautiful card! Love the image and sentiment!

  8. Wow Ellie this is so beautiful I can't believe you had the patience to cut that image out, you have done such a spectacular job with the design of this creation it is perfection
    lorraine x

  9. Gorgeous and adorable card, fab job;-))m

  10. Fabulous sweet card and your fussy cut is just perfect! Amazing sentiment too!!

  11. Really gorgeus! Thanks for joining at The Paper Shelter #492 Say Something

  12. So beautiful and as soon as I saw it I thought of your daughter. The stamp could have been designed for her!

  13. This is just delightful. What a beautiful design and such a lovely sentiment too. :) #MMBC

  14. This is fab Ellie, super image, xxx

  15. Beautiful card, the image is wonderful! Thanks for playing at Through The Craftroom

  16. Very gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at Digi Choosday!

  17. Gorgeous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  18. What a lovely card; I know many a dancers who would love getting this card this time of year!

  19. Love Mo Manning images, I have this one. Great card

  20. Soooo cute! I love the art on that card!


  21. Gorgeous card. LOve the image and your coloring.Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create. DT Vesna

  22. That's beautiful! #WednesdayAorundtheworld

  23. I love the touches of red with this and that quote is so fitting for that lovely image! :)

    Hope that your week is going well! Another rainy spring one here!

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  24. Waouh ! J'adore cette carte de Noël.

  25. Oh wow, your colouring is stunning and your fusy cutting is exceptional. Well done!!


  26. Such a wonderful and joyous card!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  27. Such a sweet card!


  28. What a lovely image - beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge - Good luck!
    Maz DT

  29. What a beautiful card Ellibelle - that image just pops off of the screen!
    Congrats for being one of our featured guests at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy #515!
    Hope your Thanksgiving was fab!

  30. I love the subtle stenciling, it's just perfect to allow your beautiful colored image center stage. Thanks so much for sharing with us at As You Like It Challenge this week!

  31. Great job on this card, as usual Ellie! Me again! Thank you for playing with us at Love to Craft Challenge and we hope to see you again in December for our final challenge.
    XOXO, Aimeslee LTCCB DT

  32. This is so adorable, thank you for joining us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge and good luck.
    Margo DT


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