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May 14, 2022

Faux Shiplap, a Bluebird and a Floral Branch

Hello and welcome!

A new theme starts today at Allsorts challenge and as always we'd love for you to join us! It's Pauline's turn to host and she picked the theme of "Add Some Sparkle". Should be easy for everyone as I am sure everyone has glitter or some other form or sparkle in their craft room so come join in the fun for your chance to win! This week we have a fabulous prize from WOWVOW, a £15 store voucher, and we're also having a second prize of 2 Paper Discovery stencils. Oh, and before I forget to mention week we are celebrating Allsorts' 13th Birthday with lots of wonderful prizes. Mark your calendars!

And here is my card with some sparkle.

The beautiful image is part of Penny Black's stamp Flower Perch. Stamped on Canson Montval watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx ink and colored with Zig Clean Color brush pens and a Zig Detailer watercolor brush. I fussy cut part of the image I wanted to use. 

The background was done with a Faux Shiplap technique. It's a super simple technique and I have made a couple of cards with this before, I copied and pasted the instructions I shared in my first faux shiplap post for those of you interested. And if you scroll down you can see snippets of the two other faux shiplap cards I made previously.

How to make your own shiplap paper:

  • Score a piece of white card stock 3/4 inches apart using a scoring tool. You need to have good impressions so be sure to use some pressure when scoring. 
  • Next I used Pumice Stone Distress Oxide (Weathered Wood Distress ink used on this card) and swiped (wiped?) over the raised area. You will also transfer some ink next to the scoring lines but that's ok and this will just add to the look of shiplap paper (faux wood).

When my shiplap paper was finished, I adhered the image along with a die cut branch from the Penny Black die set Blustery.

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This beautiful sentiment stamp is a real oldie from Stampin Up, but I separated most of my sentiments from the rest of the sets so unfortunately I can't tell you what set it's from. It might have been beach/seashells themed but I could be totally wrong.

As the Allsorts theme was pretty open, I looked at some other challenges to see what inspires me and found Double D's current challenge of "Birds, Birdhouses, Birdcages, Birds nests". I don't need to be asked twice to use a bird stamp :-) 

It also fits these challenges:
Penny Black Saturday - Nature and PB stamps // Little Red Wagon - Make it Bloom // Sisterhood of Crafters - Think Pink (Flowers) // Get Creative Challenges - Flowers // Make My Monday - Springtime // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // Path of Positivity - Something Positive/Inspirational // 

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You may also like these cards made using the Faux Shiplap Technique:
 A click on the image will lead you to the original posts.


  1. Oh what a beautiful card Ellie - love your background, and the wee bird looks fabulous against it. The wee sparkles in the flower centres are a very pretty detail

  2. Just beautiful!

  3. Pretty, sparkly blossoms and sweet little bird image Ellie, what a gorgeous card.

  4. Beautiful card! I love the bird image and faux shiplap.

  5. Wow, your card is absolutely gorgeous, thank you for sharing it with us at Double D Challenges!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}
    {Double D}

  6. Such a lovely and precious card! Great soft colors and the bits of sparkle are so perfect; wonderful quote! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

  7. Beautiful card and thanks for sharing how you made that background. Must remeber that as it is simple and effective. Thank you xx

  8. A beautiful card in gorgeous pastel colours,your bird is gorgeous,thank you for joining in at MMM

  9. What perfectly beautiful water coloring! I think birds are so challenging and yours is perfection.

  10. Wow, especially love the soft colour palette, it's a beautiful card;-))m

  11. I almost always some touch of sparkle to my cards. This is lovely!

  12. A pretty Spring creation Ellie and great wood effect background, one I enjoy using as well. As Dena said colouring Birds is challenging but this is beautifully done.

    B x

  13. Anonymous04:19

    Deine Karte ist ganz bezaubernd und die zarten Farben passen wunderbar zum Motiv. LG Gundi (papierelle)

  14. Perfect background! Love that floral foliage and branch and your pretty little bird! That sentiment is fantastic! Thanks for playing along with us at The Double D, All Things Birds. Donna, DT Member.

  15. WOW! Absolutely beautiful Ellie! LOVE that bird/branch stamp and you're coloring is perfect! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Birds’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!!


    P.S. Thanks for also sharing this beauty with us over on the Sisterhood of Crafters 'Pink' challenge. Good Luck!

  16. Love your card with the faux shiplap background. Thanks for sharing how it was done. xxx

  17. Absolutely beautiful card Ellie - the bird image is so pretty and I love the shiplap technique which I have never seen ebfore and think I may have to try!
    Pauline xx

  18. Gorgeous card. The background is perfect for your images. Thanks for sharing with us at PIP Challenges.

  19. I love seeing all the beautiful cards and different flowers people are using for our challenge. Thanks for the shiplap tutorial, it's so perfect with your lovely flowers and bird! Thanks so much for joining us this week over at Little Red Wagon Challenge!

  20. I love your little bird on his branch with the flowers and soft pastel colours, beautiful verse too..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  21. This is so beautiful and I love that faux shiplap.
    You make it sound so easy, but I'm not sure it is! Yours is perfect. xxx

  22. This is really lovely, love your whole design and thanks so much for entering our challenge, with your fabulous design at[aNNie designer for The Sisterhood of Crafters]{My Blog}

  23. This is such a beautiful card Ellibelle - I am so glad you shared it with us - I've missed you! :-)

  24. This is beautiful! Thank you for playing along at Make My Monday Challenge.

  25. This is just lovely. I especially love the little bird and the sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Love Dawn x

  26. A gorgeous card Ellie!! I love everything about it. The shiplap is the perfect background. Thanks so much for the hints on how easy it is to create!! Thanks so much for joining us at HLS Die Challenge. Have a good day!! :)

  27. Oops! So sorry Ellie. Should have said Thanks so much for joining us at PB Saturday Challenge. Have a good day!! :) :) :)


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