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Nov 15, 2023

I Spy With My Little Eye ...........Sparkle and/or Shine (Challenge No. 9)

Hello and welcome to a new I Spy With My Little Eye challenge taking place right here on my blog! Pauline and I are here with a new theme and hope you will join us too this month for your chance to be featured in the next challenge and maybe even joining us as a guest designer. We had many wonderful entries last month, thank you all so much for playing along with us. The Top 2 are at the end of the post so be sure to scroll down.

It was my turn to choose a theme this time around and it is.................

I Spy with my little eye...............

Sparkle and/or Shine.

We can't wait to see what you'll share with 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 by you we'd love to see it! The linky tool is at the end of the post.

My Card:
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For my card today I used a few Penny Black stamps (Trilling Trio, Berry Bevy, Nature Sings, Christmas Story). The postmark/cancellation stamps are from a set by Flourishes which is no longer in business. I started by inking snow drifts with a torn paper mask on a white piece of card stock (they are barely visible in the photo), then stamped the bird with the help of my stamp platform. I used Distress ink pads as my markers no longer work well. After stamping I used a damp paint brush on the bird. Next I stamped the branches and somehow I managed to get a couple of smudges on the paper so my idea of a clean-ish card changed to a more rustic card so out came the background stamp to "hide" the smudges. The patterned paper (which also wasn't part of the original card idea) is from Hobby Lobby/last year's release. I also found the ribbon scrap on my desk from the last project and I thought it was perfect. I stapled it onto the card then tied some jute twine around the staple. Since the card turned a bit "rustic" I decided that the chunky glass glitter was a perfect choice for my sparkle/shine element. I've had this from Stampin Up for a long time. I used my regular liquid glue (Mono multi) to add the glitter. I also added stickles glitter to the berries.

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A beautifully done scene which Pauline always does so amazingly! Be sure to visit her blog to find out all the details and a better view of the wonderful sparkle!

Excited to have a guest designer this month and that is Jolanda of The Inque Spot Studio. Thank you so much for joining us this month, Jolanda!!

Love the deep blue and gold combo! So effective for Christmas! Be sure to visit Jolanda's blog to find out how she made this card.

Top 2 from Challenge No. 8 - Shades of Autumn

Many thanks to all of you who played "I spy" with us last month. We had many fabulous entries and as always selecting our top picks wasn't easy but something that needed done so here they are 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. 10 starting December 20th! Of course it's not a requirement but we would love to have you as guests!!

No. 44 Carol G. (Ellie's Pick)
No. 53 Anke (Pauline's Pick)

Congratulations to both of you!! Your top pick logo is below to display on your own blogs if you like to.

You are both invited to join us as guest designers (optional of course!) for challenge no. 9 starting on Wednesday December 20th. If you are interested in taking part, please message me (Ellie) at ellibellescorner at gmail dot com so I can give you all the details for our upcoming theme.

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Now it's time to link up YOUR creations for the new theme! Anyone is invited to join us with your crafty makes following our theme - I Spy Sparkle and/or Shine.

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
  • Challenge ends Sunday December 17th
  • Backlinking to a recent project is allowed

PS: I am planning a Year in Review hop again at the end of the year  and looking for co-hosts. I shared more info in this post, if anyone is interested :)


Sarn said...

WOW - an absolutely stunning Christmas card. It’s gorgeous Ellie. Fab composition & lovely stamping Xxx

Anonymous said...

Stunning Christmas card Ellie, your colouring on the bird is absolutely fabulous, and I love all the rustic elements such as the background and edging stamping, and the gorgeous paper. Everything fits together perfectly!
Pauline xx

brenda said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Ellie, the Cardinal makes a lovely focal element. We don't have them over here and never saw on on visits to the USA so not sure how big they actually are.

B x

Becca S said...

All three design team sparkle/glitter cards are stunning!! And for Ellie linking to FarmQuest Country Christmas, thank you very much! I love the mixed media collage effect that you merged into the winter nature scene elements! The little bit of checked ribbon and jute twine are also great little farmhouse or general store touches! Very homey, festive, and cheerful! --Becca

kiwimeskreations said...

A pretty and rustic card Ellie - love that 'glass glitter' - such a wonderful frame for the focal panel

Joanne said...

You certainly hid your smudges very well; this is a beautiful card and I just love all the sparkle elements.

Diane said...

He is a beautiful cardinal and a beautiful card as well!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Triple B!
Diane TB Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Triple B}

creationsnz said...

Thanks for picking my card in your top2 Ellie, chuffed. CarolG

papierelle said...

Das passiert mir auch öfters, das meine Idee sich während des bastelns verändert. Wunderschön ist deine Karte geworden, ich liebe diesen leichten nostalgischen Touch.

Amy Johnson said...

Your Christmas cardinal card is simply stunning!

Anke said...

Alle drei Karten zur neuen Sparkle-Challenge schauen wundervoll aus, jede auf ihre Art.

Und ich bedanke mich recht herzlich, dass ich zu den "Shades of Autumn" Top 2 gehöre, so eine große Freude.

Alles Liebe
wünscht Euch

Helen said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for playing at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!
Helen x