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Nov 4, 2023

The Great Outdoors

Hello everyone, it's Saturday so that means it's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. My turn to host this week and I selected the optional theme of "The Great Outdoors" because I love creating them especially this time of the year and they usually make great masculine cards too which I need in November :) 

Prizes for the November challenges come from StampendousOakwood Direct and WOWVOW, and hope you'll join in with us this week! Remember, the theme is optional and while I'd absolutely love for you to create something following my optional theme, all of your new creations are welcome up to 3 per participant!

I injured/cut my thumb with a can at the very end of October, it's a pretty deep and long cut down the thumb that required 2 visits to the clinic because the wound opened up again after they used skin glue. Anyway, I am trying my best to do most with the left hand so the cut can heal. I was lucky to find this deer already precut in my box of die cuts and I was able to make the background and stamped the trees with mostly my left hand. I do use my other 4 fingers on the right hand when possible for easy things but soooo hard not to move the thumb when you move the other fingers so I try to avoid it right now. I cannot wait for this to heal, I am such a wimp when it comes to injuries!!

Anyway, the tree and deer are both by Penny Black - Woodsy stamp set and Beneath the Birches die set. The script is an oldie from a company called Just for Fun Rubberstamps but they are no longer in business. Sentiment is an oldie from Whimsy Stamps also found cut out already in my box of extras. 

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Definitely wasn't easy to use the paper trimmer with the left hand though!!

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  1. Anonymous05:17

    Hi Ellie, hope your thump heels soon, it's terrible for a crafter!
    Beautiful and lovely card!
    Xx Mervi

  2. Not easy with one hard out of action Ellie, but you still created a perfect card for your theme, which is one I enjoyed, thank you.

    B x

  3. Really wonderful wintery scene.

  4. Such a lovely festive make Ellie. Extra brownie points for making it while injured xxx

  5. Stunning scene Ellie with a gorgeous background and love the deer. So sorry to hear about your injury - sounds really painful. Hope it will heal quickly and you'll be back to full crafty throttle!
    Pauline xx

  6. Fabulous left-handed crafting, Ellie. That sounds like such a painful injury and I hope you're all healed up very soon, Jo x

  7. So sorry about your injury hope it heals soon. This is a fabulous card, lovely colouring and the sentiment strips are a great touch.

  8. this is a fabulous scene, Ellie, the inky background looks superb. I hope your hand heals soon too.

  9. You made a great work with your left hand! Love this card! Hope you get well soon.

  10. Great card for your theme, Ellie. Hope your injury heals soon, it sounds very painful. xx

  11. I have had a cut from and can and can sympathise with you Ellie - they are not nice!! Mine was stitched, thankfully.
    I love the result you have achieved under such duress - your card is stunning

  12. Hope your hand/thumb heals soon! You made a beautiful card despite your difficulties.

  13. OOh, your injury sounds horrid, hope you recover fully soon. That said, you have made a fabulous card, such a gorgeous scene xx

  14. So sorry to hear about your accident. I hope it heals up quickly. Love the card especially the background. It makes me feel chilly just looking at it xx

  15. Beautifully designed. Thank you for sharing with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  16. Liebe Ellie,

    Deine Karte schaut traumhaft schön aus, ich wünsche Dir gute Besserung und drücke Dir die Daumen, dass Deine Wunde bald und gut verheilt.

    Ich bin sehr überrascht, wie gut Du auch mit links stempeln kannst.

    Herzliche Grüße
    von Anke

  17. A fabulous scenic card and you did great with your left hand, much better then I could, hope it heals soon!!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D and The Sisterhood!
    Diane DD Co-Owner and TSH DT
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Double D}

  18. Oh darn, sorry to hear about your thumb. Hope it is healing quickly. Lucky to have a good stash of fun stuff to use in cases like this! It turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black Saturday Challenge! 💕Sue Kment


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