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Jan 4, 2023

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - January Challenge

Hello and welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - January challenge taking place right here on my blog! It's the first challenge of the year so I would like to wish all participants a Happy and Healthy New Year! Do you have any crafty resolutions this year? I'd love to hear if you do! I am once again hoping to use up more of my patterned papers, it's the same resolution I've had for a couple of years, maybe this year I will be more successful :) 

There were many fabulous entries last month, thank you all for linking up! Be sure to scroll down to see what the Top Pick Twist was and who made my top picks!

As a reminder, the theme is now always.......

Anything Goes,

and instead of a challenge theme there will be a "Top Pick Twist" but nobody knows what the twist will be (not even me) until the challenge closes as it will be inspired by YOUR creations. So do link up all your new or recently created projects for a chance to be featured. Remember, you may share anything crafty, handmade by you. It doesn't have to be a card.

My January Card Sample:

I am making a good start with my New Year's resolution by using a little patterned papers from my stash that seems to be multiplying. I find it easier to incorporate patterned papers when following a sketch, so I found inspiration from the current sketch at Cheerful Sketches, although it's not an exact match of the sketch so I won't link up.

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The background was done with Brusho watercolor powders. Patterned paper is from my stash. The butterfly (Penny Black Butterfly Garden) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and colored with Copic markers then fussy cut. I used a Quickie glue pen and loose glitter sprinkled onto the glue for some sparkle. There is glitter around the "itty bitty background" stamped area and some on the wings, but it was hard to capture all the sparkle.

I plan to link up here:

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December Top Picks with a Twist:

As mentioned previously, there is now a Top Pick Twist when it comes to my selection of Top Picks. Nobody knows what the twist will be - not even me - until the end of the month as the twist will be totally inspired by YOUR creations. This means the top picks will all have something in common.

The Top Pick Twist from the December entries is ............ Winter so you will see this twist reflected in each one of the top pick's cards. 

No. 2 Janis Lewis

No. 26 Debbie M.

No. 42 Carole J.

Congratulations! Well deserved recognition! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post it to your own blogs if you like to :)

I will continue to pin the top picks to the dedicated Pinterest board, but will also include photo and link back to the original blogs/sites here. These will be removed at the start of the new challenge to stay in compliance with GDPR.

To join in this month's challenge please use the linky tool below. You have until Sunday January 29th 11:59 CST to play along!

A few things to remember:
  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis/products (no company restriction).
  • No more than 3 entries per person please so I can manage to visit each entry.
  • Please do include a link back here to my blog in your blog post.
  • Backlinking to a recent post IS allowed.
  • Digital products are allowed and very welcome but the final piece has to be a physical handmade creation, not just digital


  1. Liebe Ellibelle,

    Deine Schmetterlingskarte schaut wunderschön aus, herrlich das Glitzern und die frischgrünen Brushofarben, da freut man sich schon sehr auf den Frühling.

    Alles Liebe für 2023
    wünscht Dir

  2. Great job using some of your scraps!! This is a lovely card and those dark strips really make that bright butterfly pop.

  3. Your butterfly card is delightful and well done for using your DPs!! The black and white makes the green just POP!

  4. A very striking colour palette Ellie, the Butterfly sits beautifully against the black panels, many thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  5. A lovely card in great colours. Well done for using up some patterned paper and sticking to your New Year’s resolution! Xxx

  6. I think the gremlins sneak in at night while we're sleeping and multiply our stash of designer papers! Like you, my stash doesn't seem to diminish! This card is just stunning with those papers and big butterfly and I love the colors and design!

  7. Lovely creation. Thanks for the challenge. Happy New Year!

  8. Your butterfly card is so beautiful!

  9. Thank you for the challenge. Lovely card. Happy New Year

  10. I was attracted to both colors and layout and had to check out the sketch and try it for myself. It's a beautiful card you've made.

  11. Hi Ellie
    your card is fabulous, elegant and the butterfly looks real congratulations. Happy scrap!!! Taty

  12. Your pretty butterfly certainly fits our sparkly challenge at Stamping Sensations this month and I love the inky background and the text paper addition to your design. Thank you for joining in the fun with us. Happy New Year! Hugs, Lesley

  13. A lovely card Ellie, it's a great colour combo and I love the sparkly butterfly.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.
    Avril x


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