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Jul 2, 2022

Water Lilies and Dragonflies

Hello and happy July! Time really does fly!! 

I'm here to share my newest card made for Allsorts challenge. It's my turn to host and I chose the easy theme of "Flora and/or Fauna" with an even easier option of Anything Goes and I'd love for you to join in the fun :) Two fabulous prizes are up for grabs, a die set from  Highlight Crafts and a floral stencil. The challenge is open for one week and all are welcome to join with a new creation and up to three for more chances to win!

Here is what I made using both "Flora and Fauna" on my card - Water Lilies (or are they Lotus blossoms?) and Dragonflies. 

I've had this beautiful digi since I first discovered Power Poppy back in 2020, can't believe this is my first time ever using it! Isn't it gorgeous!! 

I printed on Bristol Vellum paper and colored with my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I used the layered blending technique and it it took quite some time to layer up all the different colors.

I had printed the image out twice so I was able to fussy cut one of the flowers and a dragonfly to add a little dimension to the card. 

The sentiment is from a newer Penny Black sentiment set Love Big, thought this one was a perfect match for the beautiful image. The script border was done using an oldie but goodie stamp from Whimsy Stamps and no longer available. After stamping I tore the top edge for an added interest. Some paper piercing along two of the edges and then I mounted it onto SU Eggplant card stock (which appears black on the pictures but is dark purple in real life). A few sticky rhinestones and Stickles glitter finish off the card.

Thanks so much for visiting, hope to see you over at the challenge blog too! 

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I will be linking up here:

Four Seasons Challenge - Summer // Colour Crazy Challenge - Coloring // Crafty Catz - Say it with Flowers // As You Like It Challenge - Feminine or Masculine (Feminine as I enjoy crafting more with feminine images and colors) // Krafty Chicks - AG // Crafty Gals Corner - AG // Fab n Funky - Summer Colors // Simon Says Stamp - AG // Digi Choosday Challenge - AG // Make My Monday - Coloring // Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - AG // Use Your Stuff - Plants/Flowers // 

Always Anything Goes:

Taylor Made Cards 4 U // 613 Avenue Create opt. twist watercolor // Creative Moments // 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 // Lil Patch of Crafty Friends //

Dare to Share //  Sunday Showcase - First Sunday with Ada and Mireille  //  Inspire Me Monday //  Link Up Potpourri //  Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with Your Hosts @ My Random Musings // Jenerally Informed The Happy Now // Spread the Kindness Linkup @ Shelbee on the Edge //  Thursday Favorite Things // Little Things Thursday // Encouraging Heart and Home @ Slices of Life //  


  1. Love your challenge theme Ellie.
    Really super card you've made too. Lovely floral stamp and great sentiment, plus I love the torn border at the bottom. xxx

  2. Anonymous04:08

    Stunning card Ellie .. that is a beautiful image and your colouring is superb. Love the sentiments too.
    Pauline xx

  3. Such a beautiful card and quote!

  4. This is a stunning card Ellie. I love the image (Power Poppy have some superb floral images) It looks as if you really enjoyed colouring this one, it turned our beautifully.

  5. Ellie, this is truly breathtakingly gorgeous! I love waterlilies and lotus - they are in so many peaceful gardens in Japan. This is a beautifully digi for sure but your coloring is fabulous.

  6. Gorgeous card, wonderful colouring and great sentiment! Thanks for playing at Through The Craftroom

  7. Stunning and beautiful card ❤️ m

  8. Power Poppy have the most beautiful floral images,this beautifully coloured image is stunning,thank you for joining in at the challenge at MMM

  9. How pretty and with some great advice! I love the torn paper edge, and the typed print across the bottom, such a beautifully colored image too! Thanks for joining us at Four Seasons.

  10. I love this. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at The Four Seasons Challenge and please stop by again soon.

  11. What an exquisite image and card Ellie - love your colouring of the waterlilies. Pencil colouring can be time consuming, but very soothing.

  12. Deine Karte ist wieder etwas ganz besonderes. Die Wasserlilien sehen so realistisch aus und Du hast sie großartig coloriert. Und auch das Gesamtdesign der Karte ist sehr stimmig. LG Gundi

  13. That is beautiful!!

  14. Anonymous09:02

    Oh Elli this is absolutely beautiful! Your overall design is inspiring! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


  15. Wow, that is fabulous colouring, you obviously have a lot of patience. Love that sentiment too xx

  16. Stunning colouring, a beautiful arrangement and card. Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday. Caz. DT.

  17. I love waterlilies and this is gorgeous :)

  18. Beautiful card and I love the extra element of popping up one of the flowers. Really pretty. Thanks for joining us at UYS and hope to see you again soon. Tammy DT Co-ordinator

  19. Gorgeous card .. beautiful colouring .. love the popping colour .
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Craft Challenge
    Good Luck
    Rose DT

  20. Anonymous00:14

    It’s a really pretty design, I love it, your colouring is gorgeous Ellie. Fabulous creation xxx

  21. It’s a really pretty design, I love it, your colouring is gorgeous Ellie. Fabulous creation, I tried to comment from my phone but it would only do it anonymously.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  22. This is amazing! I hope you will use the image again - now that you remembered that you have it :)

  23. This is a lovely image and you've colored it beautifully. Thanks for sharing your lovely project with us at the Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge.

  24. Very pretty, Love how you coloured the image. Thanks so much for joining us at the As you like it challenge.


  25. Your card is stunning.. I love your coloring, the image and the awesome so true sentiment. I am so glad you shared this beauty over at Crafty Catz, Colour Crazy, Crafty Gals Corner.

  26. Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining with us Digi Choosday. Good luck with your entry.
    Maritza DT

  27. Beautiful card Ellibelle. Congrats for being featured at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

  28. Beautiful card with perfect quotes. Those words are true, it took me a long time to realize and now I'm trying to teach that to my sons.

  29. Anonymous21:38

    I agree with you, this is a stunning image. I like the sentiment also. Thanks for joining the challenge at Crafty Gals Corner.

  30. Anonymous13:03

    Lovely card thanks for joining at colour crazy
    Groetjes Josje


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