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Apr 15, 2023

Live Well, Laugh Hard, Love Big

Hello everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Allsorts. Lynn's turn to host this week and she selected the theme of "make your own background" but there is an option of Anything Goes so you may share all your new crafty makes with us for a chance to win or to be in Lynn's top 5. 

For my homemade background I chose a "smooshed" background which was made using Distress ink. Then I used a Lavinia hill mask to add a hill. Finally decided to stamp some words onto the background using a retired border stamp from Whimsy Stamps. 

The flowers are by Penny Black - Dainty Whispers - stamped with Versafine Onyx ink then colored with Faber Castell Polychromos. I used a Quickie glue pen and loose glitter to add some sparkles. Before adhering to the card base I used the same background stamp on the bottom portion, this time with black ink.

The sentiment is from the Penny Black set Love Big. I used a circle die to cut it out, then inked with distress ink. Edges were distressed for some interest. I thought the card needed something else, so I used a butterfly punch and an inky background paper I made with dylusions ink to cut them out. 

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  1. Out in the meadow against a summery sky, so pretty Ellie and some glitter to bring the stems to life, all very pretty.

    B x

  2. A lovely scene Ellie, the butterflies are a perfect finishing touch. xx

  3. Absolutely love this sentiment. Great images for your wonderful card.

  4. Such a beautiful card! I love all the blue and the sparkle on the flowers.

  5. So beautiful card, lovely stamp and great scene in the background;-))m

  6. Anonymous13:19

    Very pretty meadow scene Ellie, I love those PB flowers, quite similar to some Lavinia ones I have, and the butterflies dancing around look fab!
    Pauline xx

  7. Love it, what a special background xx

  8. A gorgeous scene and I love the sparkle too - well done on capturing it in the photo, I can never get it to show up.

  9. So delicate and pretty, Ellie. xoxo

  10. What a gorgeous card Ellie - it really does look like a meadow scene you have created so beautifully.

  11. Beautiful card!!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CUT IT UP challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  12. This card has such a lovely scene. Great stamping xxx

  13. I love your background, it's a distant vista and is gorgeous with your delightful stamping and butterflies.

  14. What a super country scene. Your sky background looks amazing!

  15. I love how you made those glittery blooms dance across the sky, it looks so pretty.

  16. A gorgeous creation, thanks for sharing it with us at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog.
    Hugs Ilonka DT

  17. Lovely card, Ellie! So creative. Thank you for sharing with us on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Good luck, and hope to see you soon. Lori - DT

  18. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining with us at The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog
    Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

  19. Love the sentiment and your gorgeous scene. Thank you for joining our Cut it Up Starts with a B Challenge.
    Larelyn (CIU owner)

  20. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at The Paper Shelter. Hope to see you again.

  21. Lovely work. Thank you for joining The Paper Shelter challenge. Hope to see you again.


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