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May 2, 2022

April Card Chain Challenge Reveal Day

Hello and welcome! Happy May! I can hardly believe it's May! The weather this past month hasn't been great and  April seemed more winter like than spring  and I still have early spring blooms in the garden. Not sure I ever had Daffodils blooming in May but they are blooming beautifully along with my Tulips and a few Grape Hyacinths. 

Today I am sharing my card for the April Card Chain Challenge. For those of you new, Card Chain Challenge is a different type of a challenge, a worldwide card exchange where everyone mails and receives one card following a variety of challenge options. (You only need to choose one.) And today is reveal day where we can see who sent what to whom. 

My April CCC card went to Arlene in California. And here is what I made:

As always, we are given several challenge options - a sketch, colors, themes and techniques. For this month I went with the color option although I REALLY wanted to give the sketch a try too, but it didn't work out so I decided to go with just the colors instead. And it also fits the theme of "Spring" which sis also one of the options. 

When I saw these colors I knew I wanted to make a bee themed card :-)  I had a couple other bee themed stamps in mind but then decided on this Anique Bee and Flowers stamp from Hero Arts as it's one of my favorites and I hadn't used it in a while. 

It's been stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and colored with Copic markers then I used a simple scallop die to cut it out with my Big Shot machine. "Hello There" is another sticker from Tim Holtz's retired Quotations metallic sticker sheet. 

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I am not sure what embossing folder was used on the background as it was a piece included as "pearl safekeeping" for a card I previously received through card chain challenge. And I thought it was so perfect to use on this card.

Paper strips are from my stash and I used a green SU card base to complete the card. A Sakura Stardust clear glitter gel pen was used on the bee's wings for some sparkle. 

Still some time to sign up for May if you'd like to take part. You can find the sign up linky here. Any card maker is welcome as long as you are able to make and mail a card in a timely manner so your recipient (hopefully) receives it by the time the reveal post goes live which is the 2nd of each month. It's a fun and different challenge concept as everyone mails and receives a card. 

Here is the beautiful card I received from Dawn in New Zealand. I love these colors and the gold foiling makes it extra special! I've not done gold foiling before but think that's what she did. 

Thanks so much for visiting!

PS: You may be wondering (or not) why I didn't share a card yesterday for the new Stamping Sensations challenge. I decided to step down from the team as I needed to free up some time for family things. Got to get my husband on a more alkaline diet for health reasons and let me tell you it's not easy. Even some of the healthy foods are acidic so I am trying to make meals at least less acidic. Wish me luck as I try to re-invent the things I cook. Then of course gardening season is approaching so more time will be spent outside, thought it was best to step down from a team before I completely run out of mojo. 

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I'm linking up here:
We Love Stamping - For a Lady // International Art & Soul - Things with Wings // Alphabet Challenge - B for Blooms // Cut It Up - (April Flowers bring ) May Flowers // Crafting Happiness Challenges - AG

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Anonymous said...

I love the card you made. It’s wonderful. You are so talented and creative.

Jennifer said...

That bee is so cute!!

Curated by Jennifer

Handmade in Israel said...

Your bee card is lovely. I like the colour combination and especially the black and white spotted paper strip you have used.

meg said...

Your bee must be in his happy place,surrounded by the beautiful blooms,thank you for joining in at the Alphabet Challenge

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Beautiful card with the 3D embossed background and the sweet bee circle, Ellie!

Kim Carberry said...

What a pretty card. The bee is so cute x

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous cards Ellie, loving the busy bee, xxx

Arlene said...

The bee is in a happy place, here on my desk. It's a beautiful card and that embossed panel was perfect for this happy bee!

Pia S said...

Your card is beautifully designed and it really appeals to me. The scalloped circle was a great choice for cutting the image, super layout too. Eye candy:)

Julia Aston said...

What a beautiful wreath with the bees in the center Ellie, lovely coloring on it - your embossed background adds wonderful quiet texture in the white!

Joanne said...

I love that geometric background! What a beautiful card and after seeing so many cute ones with bees I kind of want to drag out my bee set... only I can't remember where I put them.

brenda said...

So pretty Elie and that 3D embossing folder is so effective in appearance and (again) I totally missed reveal day so off to sort that one, many thanks for sharing and joining in our May theme at We Love Stamping challenge.

B x

Anonymous said...

Eine wunderschöne Karte hast Du verschickt. Ich mag besonders den tollen Hintergrund. Und auch Deine Karte, die Du bekommen hast, ist eine Augenweide. Viel Freude damit!! LG Gundi

kiwimeskreations said...

A beautiful card Ellie - that bee stamp is a classic, and the wreath is so delicate and pretty. i think the paper may have been embossed with an older CTMH folder

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

The bee card you created is stunning. I love the image, the colors, and the really cool embossing. Your card partner is going to love it!

Thanks for sharing your April Showers Bring May Flowers project with us at Cut it Up!


HilaryJane said...

Your card is beautiful, what fabulous dimension. It is interesting that many of this months cards featured bees, even though they weren't specifically mentioned in the options. Perhaps it just shows their popularity. Sorry to hear you have stepped down from Stamping Sensations, but I understand the difficulties with time. Good luck with the diet changes xx

Lovely said...

The card turned out beautiful! Love the colors used.

KraftyKoolKat said...

A really lovely creation Ellie. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us over at We Love Stamping.

Zoechaos said...

Beautiful card it achieves everything you set out to create I'm sure the recipient was delighted. Thank you for sharing with us at We Love Stamping, Good Luck xx

Dawn Phillips said...

Such a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Love Dawn x

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. The scalloped die cut really frames the wreath beautifully - and I love he bee in the centre. Thanks for joining us at INTAAS this time. Christine DT

Angelnorth said...

What a lovely bee and garland image, perfect for the CCC theme and colour elements - love this!

Pauline C said...

Fabulous bee themed card Ellie - so pretty and love the details!!
Pauline xx

Dotty Jo said...

Gorgeous work! And what a lovely card you received too, Jo x