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Nov 18, 2023

Christmas Elf

Hello and welcome! It's Saturday meaning a new challenge starts today at Allsorts and Lorraine (Lolo) is hosting this week. Her theme, which is optional is Christmas Time, so if you haven't started yet with your Christmas cards then this is your chance! Almost time to send them off!! Of course the Anything Goes option is there too, so hopefully we'll see you joining us this week! Prizes for the November challenges come from Stampendous and Oakwood Direct and WOWVOW and winners will be announced on the last Friday of the month.

Here is what I made with an image inspired by a couple of other Christmas challenge I found.

This cute image is a Penny Black stamp (Little Elf Present) illustrated by Mo Manning. It was part of a mixed lot I purchased from the resale site Mercari earlier this year and my first time using. I was inspired by the Christmas Craft Creations challenge where the theme is Hats and I thought this image was a perfect choice. I'm not sure why this stamp seems to be so rare... I did find one listing of it on eBay and another on Mercari, and Mo Manning should have it in digi version for those who prefer that.

At the current Christmas Kickstart challenge the theme is Christmas, but not as we know it, which inspired the non-traditional colors. The skirt and hat were paper pieced from some patterned paper scraps, the rest of the elf colored with Copic markers. I was really hoping to find a bigger piece of the same patterned paper to mount the image panel on but could not find any more of it in my stash, so I chose some polka dotted paper instead. I embellished with some small punched circles and Stickles glitter.

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For sentiments I chose a larger verse from the Penny Black set Season's Gifts and "Happy Holidays" is from a Stampin Up set I found at a thrift store.

Below are the challenges I plan to link up with (this list includes the two I mentioned above):

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  1. That’s a gorgeous Christmas card - beautifully coloured xxx

  2. Super adorable elf and nicely done with the nontraditional coloring too.

  3. Such a fun and cheerful Christmas card. I actually stopped sending Christmas cards. Too expensive to mail and I seemed to get less and less back every year.

  4. Just love the colour palette today Ellie and the whole card just makes you smile, it's lovely.

    B x

  5. Your card is stunning, Ellie! That little elf is a beauty, and I love your non-trad colour combo so much. Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart, Jo x

  6. Ellie: your Christmas card is festive and non-traditional in all the good ways! That blue-purple color is a terrific choice! It seems to suit the elf!! Thanks for sharing at MTTC! --Becca

  7. Fabulous card Ellie, what a wonderful image. xx

  8. This is a fabulous image, such fun and I love how you have coloured it too. Just gorgeous.

  9. What a happy little card. Such a cute image and I love your non traditional colours xx

  10. Fabulous creation! Thanks for sharing with us at CRAFT Challenge!

    Judy V

  11. A wonderful card
    Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge Blog challenge.
    Good luck Ginny DT for CRAFT Challenge Blog

  12. Anonymous04:01

    Super fun. Love the colours too.

  13. Anonymous05:06

    This is such a fun image Ellie and beautifully coloured, and the wonderful sentiment coordinates perfectly!!
    Pauline xx

  14. Adorable card!
    Have a great day!

  15. Great elf--love his hat! Your colors are great, too! Love the green and purple! Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Craft Creations!!
    Please note that to be eligible for our prizes, or to be our winner or honourable mention, you should include our challenge graphic in your blog post. I’ll check back before the challenge end date to see if you’ve updated to be eligible 🙂

  16. This is super cute and it looks so lovely in the purple too.

  17. Love, love, love this so much Ellie that image is fantastic and fun great sentiments a super festive card
    lolo x

  18. Adorable!! Such great bought you made and love so much the colouring and the papers used!

  19. What a wonderful card. The colours are incredible!!

  20. What a darling elf! I love that you used more non-traditional colors. That purple and green together are perfect.

  21. What a fun image and I love this purple and green colour combo! Great layout too! Thanks for sharing with us at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge and inspiring us all!
    Hugs, Kate (DT The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge)


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