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Aug 16, 2023

I Spy With My Little Eye: Something for Boys or Men (Challenge No. 6)

Hello everyone, Pauline and I are back again with a new challenge for I Spy With My Little Eye taking place right here on my blog! So glad you stopped by today and we'd LOVE for you to join us too!

Just a heads up, for next month only we're going to start the challenge on the 3rd Monday (Sept. 18th) instead of 3rd Wednesday, there is a great reason behind it which we will announce with the next challenge. 

We had some wonderful entries over the last 2 months, thank you all for joining us. Be sure to scroll down to the end to see if you were one of our top 2. Remember, the top picks are invited to join us as guest designers in a future challenge!

It's my turn to choose a theme this month and I selected .....

I Spy With My Little Eye....

Something for Boys or Men

We all need a maculine card now and then so we hope you'll take on the challenge and join us.  Remember, you may share anything crafty, it doesn't have to be a card! As long as it fits the theme and is handmade we'd love to see it!

And here are our shares for your inspiration:

My Card (Ellie)

I love Lavinia fairies but their animal stamps are simply perfect for masculine cards and this was a great opportunity to ink up a couple of their animal stamps.

The inky background was done with an acetate sheet and distress oxide inks spritzed with water then "smooshed" onto the card. (Bundled Sage - all shades of green you see are a result from the Bundle Sage ink pad, Speckled Egg). 

The focal point are Lavinia stamps Maka (the wolf) and an owl from the set Brodwin and Maylin. I've done some background stamping with Darkroom Door's Grid stamp, the old script is from Just for Fun Rubberstamps (no longer in business I think), and some ink blotches with an old stamp from Whimsy Stamps and no longer available. I also flicked some diluted Distress Oxide ink onto the background for a little more interest. Sentiments are from the Penny Black Set "Let's Go Wild". I used a Sakura "stardust" gel pen for some highlights.

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I'd like to enter my card (above) to the following challenges:

We Love Stamping - Masculine // Paper Minutes - no designer papers // AAA Birthday - Birthday Cards // Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Favorite Techniques (love creating inky backgrounds)

Pauline's Card

Isn't it fabulous!!! And I spy the same flying owl on here too :) Be sure to visit her blog to read all about how she made this card!

There are no guest designers this time so let's get straight to our Top Picks!

Top Picks from Challenges No. 4 and No. 5 (which was a combined challenge)

We had some fabulous entries sharing "A Sweet Treat" or "Warm and Sunny Colors". Many thanks to all of you who joined us!

Our top picks are below in the order of entry.

*To be in compliance with GDPR, Top Pick photos and links will be removed after the start of the new challenge. 

Remember, both Top Picks are invited to join us in the next challenge if you like to. That would be for challenge no. 7 starting September 18th! Of course it's not a requirement but we would love to have you as guests!!

No. 53 Lisa S. - Pauline's Pick

No. 56 Loopyloo - Ellie's Pick

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

As mentioned, you are both invited to join us as a guest designer. Please email me (Ellie) at ellibellescorner at gmail dot com if you would like to join us so I can tell you about our upcoming theme. *Please note, by accepting the guest designer post you agree to have your project and blog link posted here on this blog.

Now it's time to link up YOUR creations! Anyone is invited to join us with your crafty makes following our theme.

A few things to remember:
  • You may share up to 5 different projects
  • You may combine with as many other challenges as you like to
  • No fully digital projects please
  • Please include a link back to this blog
  • Backlinking to a recent post is allowed
  • Challenge ends Sunday September 17th 
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Anonymous said...

Wonderful card Ellie, your fab smooshed background is so atmospheric and really showcases the moon, and the grid background stamping is a perfect finishing touch.
Pauline xx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Fabulous masculine card Ellie, they are always so difficult to me. Love so much the whole scene you created with Lavinia animals and the background looks amazing!! Pauline's card is stunning, wow!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Forgot to thank you so much for joining us at We Love Stamping with your amazing card!

brenda said...

A lovely masculine scene Ellie and the touch of sparkle around the moon really draws the eye, many thanks for sharing with us at We Love Stamping current challenge.

B x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a fabulous card Ellie - so much interest in your background, and then those wonderful silhouette stamps! Stunning

Linby said...

Two wonderful DT cards both using Lavinia stamps so well. Congrats to the top 2.

sentsue said...

So many fun details going on in your card. Thank you for sharing your work on the AAA Birthday Challenge.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

I love the wolf and all the details, lovely stamping work. A Super card. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at We Love Stamping. Good Luck and I hope you will join us in our next challenge.
Faith A DT

HilaryJane said...

It is so nice to see you in the we love stamping gallery with this great masculine creation. I love the smooshed background xx

Joanne said...

I love your card! I tend to stick a lot to either neutral or classic colors and geometric shapes when making cards for men and boys.

*Vicki* said...

Really stunning card! I love that smooshed background and all of the layers in your design with the silhouettes! said...

Gorgeous card, I love your background along with your stamping and the animal silhouette stamps are brilliant too! Michelle x

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh your artwork and these cards are just lovely.

Allie of

Lynda said...

Thank you for choosing my card to be in the Top 2 - and congrats to Lisa S. Lynda/Loopyloo xx

Lisa said...

Wow, thank you so much for choosing my card for Top 2. Congratulations also to Lynda. I really love your gorgeous card too. Those are some wonderful silhouette images.

Amy Johnson said...

Oooh, my husband loves wolves so he would love this card. Great masculine card.

The Crafty Den said...

A wonderful masculine card Ellie. The images are gorgeous and I love your colour choices. Thanks for sharing with us at AAA Birthday challenge. Hugs, Denise, DT x x

Linby said...

I'm back with an entry but I messed up the link! I wondered why it wouldn't find my image and now I realise it linked back to the challenge.

Ellibelle said...

I think it's fixed now :)