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Apr 2, 2022

Whimsical Hares for Allsorts Challenge and March Card Chain Challenge Reveal Day

Hello and welcome!

I am sharing not one but two cards today as it's the start of the new Allsorts challenge as well as reveal day at the Card Chain Challenge and I am able to combine them in one post this time without causing too much confusion.

First up, at Allsorts our theme this week is Any Real Animal with Brenda filling in as our host. We have a wonderful prize from Lavinia Stamps so hope you will join in the fun, your animals can be cute or not but just be sure to include a real animal (as opposed to mythical creatures) to be entered into the drawing!

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And here is my card using a new stamp set from Lavinia. I've had the Whimsical Hares on my wish list for some time and thought it's time to finally purchase the set. I think my dad will like these hares so I will send this card off to him. 

By the way, if you are in the US you can purchase Lavinia Stamps from Del Bello's Designs. If you shop through this link you should be able to get a $5 off coupon for your order as part of their referral program.

I used Lavinia Stamps: Whimsical Hares, Moon Pods, Lavender and Miniature Bee. They are all available at Del Bello's Designs. Of course if you are in the UK or rest of Europe you will know to get them directly at Lavinia Stamps.

Since it's an Easter card I tried to keep the colors on the lighter side and decided to stamp the hares in gray instead of black which I usually do with Lavinia animals and fairies. I'm not so sure though that I like the gray. But maybe it's because I used a Distress Oxide ink pad (Hickory Smoke) and I know those ink pads are not the best choice to use with Silhouette stamps. 

The background was done by using the negative of a circle die cut, inked with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry Distress inks and a homemade hill mask. I used a Flourish Stencil for a little interest inside the circle. 

By the way, there are a few Amazon sellers offering Lavinia Stamps as well, if you like the ease of using Amazon .... although I don't think they are included in their "prime" service. They are sold by private sellers including Del Bello's designs.

"Happy Easter" sentiment is an oldie from Penny Black, also stamped with Hickory Smoke ink. I decided to add a little more stenciling around the sentiment and stamped the Lavinia miniature bee in the same corner. 

I'm linking this 1st card up here:

My second card is the card I made for the March Card Chain Challenge. This time my card went to Gundi in Germany. 

Once again we had some challenge options to choose from, there was a sketch, colors, themes, products/techniques. We can choose as many options as we like to but at least one and this time I went with the sketch and colors. At least I tried to with the colors.

Here is the sketch:

And this is my card:

These were the color options. I think I did pretty well although maybe I added too much purple...

The flowers I used are from Penny Black's set Sunny Wishes

I started out by die cutting some circles and using the "negative" as a sort of stencil I inked up the circles using a green Distress ink. Sorry but I didn't write down what ink color it was. Next I stamped the flowers directly onto the circles and first colored them all with my Faber Castell Pencils but the pink didn't turn out as I wanted it to (because there was green ink on the paper) so I decided to stamp the flowers again using Memento Tuxedo ink and this time I picked some Copic markers close to the pink in the color option given. I fussy cut the large flowers after coloring. 

I added some stenciling on the background using a  TCW Tiles stencil and Tea Dye Distress ink, then heat embossed the sentiment also using Tea Dye Distress ink with detail clear embossing powder. This beautiful sentiment is one from Stampin Up's retired set called Butterfly Basics.  I just love this sentiment and find the message of it full of hope and miracles. 

Before adhering to the base I inked the edges with Tea Dye ink then paper pierced. Glitter was added to the butterflies for a little bit of sparkle.

I have not yet received the card from my sender so wasn't able to photograph to share but it's on the way and I'm sure will be wonderful!

By the way, if you are a card maker and would like to join in this world wide card exchange, you can still sign up for the April challenge until April 6th. 

I'm linking this 2nd card up here:

  1. Penny Black Saturday - Use PB stamps 
  2. Sweet Stampin - Older stash (all stamps and tools I used are several years old) // 
  3. Crafty Calendar - Anything but square 
  4. Crafter's Cafe - Flowers  
  5. Just Add Ink - Choose Two: Flowers, Papers, Pattern (I chose Flowers and Pattern - stenciled)

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brenda said...

Two lovely cards Ellie, you know I'm a big fan of Lavinia so love the delicate look of that one and then the pretty pink Spring blooms of the second is very appealing.

B x

KarinsArtScrap said...

2 beautiful cards you have made Ellie

Gr Karin

Linby said...

I love this design. The overstamping in the pale colour is very effective. Lovely card for your card chain swap too.

papierelle said...

Stamping the flowers and grasses in a light tone has a great effect. Beautiful Easter card.
But you understand that I like your second card even more because it's mine now and it adorns my card shelf and I like it a lot!! Thanks again for that.

Amy Johnson said...

That is such a creative and unique Easter card. I really like. Beautiful floral card as well.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards! I am loving that Easter card
Have a great day1

Dena J said...

Gorgeous stenciling, Ellie! I love the hares and thank you for the US connection to Lavinia stamps.

Joanne said...

These are both lovely! I really love that card chain challenge card; it's just beautiful.

meg said...

A fabulous Easter card with beautiful stencilled details,thank you for joining in at MMM

Karen Letchworth said...

How sweet, Ellie. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art with us at The Card Concept. have a blessed week.
Karen L, DT
The Card Concept

HilaryJane said...

Two truly beautiful cards, I love them both. You have interpreted the sketch for the CCC card so well, I love that xx

Pauline C said...

Fabulous cute card for Allsorts - the Whimsical hares are fab and I love that old PB Easter sentiment - it is the one I use the most!! Lovely stencilling as well with your DO's. Also a fabulous Card Chain card ... the flowers coloured with alcohol markers wok beautifully on your distress background - I know what you mean that it can sometimes go a bit off kilter when you try to colour on top of colour. All in all a gorgeous two makes
Pauline x

Robyn Oliver said...

A beautiful CCC card Ellibelle, wonderful use of the layout and I'm always partial to a floral card.. love it, Robyn

Vicky Hayes said...

Two gorgeous cards Ellie! I love the delicate scene you've created with your Lavinia stamps - something quite unique. Using the circles as a background for your flowers and butterfly is a lovely idea. Such a pretty card! Vicky x

Julia Aston said...

A lovely soft background on your Lavinia card - and I love how you used the colors and sketch on your pretty card chain challenge card, the flowers are so pretty!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Darling bunny card, Ellie, and I love your take on the CCC sketch - gorgeous!!

kiwimeskreations said...

Two absolutely beautiful cards Ellie. Love the soft background stamping behind the beautiful image on the first card, and the great use of the sketch and colours on your swap card.

Darlene said...

Both cards are beautiful Ellie but I LOVE what you've created with those Lavinia stamps! Great job! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


P.S. If I hadn’t already mentioned it, just wanted to let you know that we have another new challenge blog. This time it’s all about using your EMBOSSING FOLDERS. I hope you’ll come check us out and play along at CAN YOU HANDLE THE PRESSURE. Hope to see you there!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Two fabulous card Ellie, I love the whimsical hares and soft background you have created for them.

Uschi said...

Two fantastic cards! I like the flowers in these shades of pink. But I love the first card. I think it's really a great scene in nature. These two bunnies are so natural. Really fantastic stamps. Beautiful background and the little bee is a perfect eye-catcher. Great card!!!
Thank you for participating in the EAC Challenge.
Hug Uschi

Chris said...

A beautifully designed card, fabulous stamps and colour- lovely sentiment too! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month.

Kartenscrapbooking said...

Such a lovely card, the bunnies are soooo cute! Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.

Hugs and good luck
DT bastel-traum challenge

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous cards Ellie, I love the Lavinia hares and how you've used them. Gorgeous colours on the floral card. Avril xx

Sarn said...

Two lovely cards here. Both are cheerful sort of Spring cards. Lovely xxx

dj said...

Both cards are awesome!! Thanks for playing along with our "equinox seasonal change" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz...those bunny silhouettes are fantastic!!

Julie B said...

Your silhouette hares are fab, not seen one in the fields for years.
Thanks for linking up at Cardz4Guyz. :)

Dawn Phillips said...

I love the hare's on your top card. I really like the subtle background too. Thanks for joining us at Cardz4guyz. Love Dawn x

Dotty Jo said...

What a beautiful way to use our sketch! This is just lovely. So glad you've joined our chain of friendship and creativity, Jo x

Tracy said...

You no I'm rather partial to a Lavinia creation, yours is so sweet. I love your interpretation of the sketch on your second card, very pretty.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Both of these beautiful cards would have worked for our Spring challenge at Everybody Art. They are both absolutely delightful. Thank you for playing along with us. Hugs, Lesley

Tenia Nelson said...

Beautiful cards! Thanks for playing a long in the Krafty Chicks challenge!!

Nancy Penir said...

Ellie your cards are full of spring! The bunnies. are so sweet, I can see why they were on your wish. list. You've paired them beautifully with the other stamps. This should be a page in a children's book! So glad you played along at the Card Concept Challenge!

Caroline said...

Nice card.
Thanks for joining our challenge this month.
Caroline DT 2Sistersontheblog

Nicolette said...

A nice card.
Thanks for sharing it at 2Sistersontheblog.
Nicolette DT

Doris Klein said...

Oh what a nice work! Great job you've done!

Thanks for playing along with our Challenge at Critter Crazy and good luck!

Hugs and please come back soon!
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Narelle Farrugia said...

Such a wonderful card with so many details to look at! I love your stencilled background paired with the images. Thanks for joining us at JAI!

Diane said...

Both cards are beautifully created! Thank you for joining our challenge at Four Seasons!
Diane FS DT {Nellies Nest}
{Four Seasons}
Don't forget we have a year round Halloween challenge at Two Old Bats Halloween, giving you a chance to make Halloween cards year round, and with 50 or more players we have a prize to give away!
{Two Old Bats}

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

What a sweet and fabulous creation! Thanks for sharing it with us at Sweet Stampin'. Happy Easter! Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Ellie:
What a sweet card using this great stamp set. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Four Seasons Challenge Blog and please visit us again soon.
Karen L, DT Member
The Four Seasons Challenge

Karen Letchworth said...

For another FUN challenge, please stop by and join us at Word Art Wednesdsay.

Anonymous said...

That anchovy postcard is lovely, and it's a great submission for this quarter'sCrafty Calendars competition.Happy to participate in the game.

Anonymous said...

That anchovy postcard is lovely, and it's a great submission for this quarter'sCrafty Calendars competition.Happy to participate in the game.

Anonymous said...

That anchovy postcard is lovely, and it's a great submission for this quarter'sCrafty Calendars competition.Happy to participate in the game.