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Jan 13, 2024

Winter Branches

Happy Saturday, it's time already for a new theme at Allsorts challenge and this week it's my turn to host. For my optional theme I selected "Make Your Own Background". So many options here using inks and stencils, stamps, embossing folders... maybe there is a new technique you've been hoping to try... but there is always the "anything goes" option if my theme isn't for you. We'd love to see all your crafty makes up to 3 entries per person. 

Prizes come from Polkadoodles and Oakwood, they will be for challenges 763 and 764 and all weekly winners will be announced on the last Friday of the month. 

Here is what I came up with using one of my favorite and super easy technique - DIY Shiplap.

This card was totally inspired by the current Four Seasons challenge mood board where I am a DT member so won't be linking it up there :) But I did want to show you the mood board. 


To make the shiplap paper all I had to do is score at 3/4 inch intervals (nice deep scores) then using an ink pad I wiped it over the score lines. My favorite ink pads for this are Pumice Stone or Weathered Wood. 

I used a mix of dies on the card front. The vases are from an old Hero Arts stamp kit (I think this is sold out on their website), pine branch is from Penny Black's die set Beautified Baubles, plain branches are from the die set Blustery and snow flakes from the set Dancing Snowflakes, both also by Penny Black. The sentiment is a real oldie from Whimsy Stamps. I used some Crystal Glimmer sticky dots from Honeybee Stamps on the snowflake centers for some sparkle. Oh, and another quick DIY background made with a Lavinia stencil (feather leaf) for the bottom border of the card.


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One of the vase dies left a small indentation on the bottom of the vase which I hated and then I saw the little diamond shaped scrap pieces from the large snowflake die cut laying on my desk so I decided they'd make a nice design on the vase. Got this idea from my blogging friend and Allsorts team mate Lynn :) 

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Thanks so much for visiting today. Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see what fabulous ideas the rest of the team came up with for their DIY backgrounds. 

Hope you stay warm! We're expecting up to -25 degrees (Celsius) this weekend after lots of snow this past week. Winter really showed up over here!!!


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20 comments:

Linby said...

This great design has a lovely Nordic feel to it and so pretty. I hate those die dots too - clever to use the snowflake waste - I thought it was part of the die set.

P-and-P said...

It's such a simple yet beautiful card. :)

Mervi said...

So beautiful card with lovely details;-))m

Sarn said...

Such a pretty card and a clever background. xxx

Sarah said...

Wow, I am definitely going to try this technique. Thank you!! What a beautiful card and a great disguise with the teeny snowflake waste x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A simple technique but it creates a beautiful wooden background which looks very effective and perfect for this elegant card design.
Lorraine

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Absolutely love the feel of this card! Great shiplap background and how decorated the vases with tiny scrap pieces!!

Dena J said...

How peaceful and cool! Love the embossing and stenciling and gorgeous arrangement of your die cuts.

Liz said...

Wonderful card Ellie and a clever way of making the lovely background. xx

Becca S said...

Ellie: Yes! Your card has a modern farmhouse vibe and making your own shiplap background was genius!!! Wow! The vases and table set up give that look of a peek at a little vignette in a farmhouse/country home! Great card! Thanks for linking to FarmQuest General Store! And there's still more time to make more deliveries, too! --Becca

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful creation Ellis love the background and the floral elements
hugs
lolo x

ScrappyHorses said...

What a beautiful scene with the gorgeous background and inspiring quote! I never really compared butterflies with snowflakes, but there really are so many similarities! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

Joanne said...

Your shiplap turned out great! I'm going to have to try that technique. While I am thrilled we missed our first snow storm I do love those individual snowflakes.

Mrs A. said...

Great idea for the background. looks effective. Hugs Mrs A.

Doris P. said...

What a beautiful scene. I like this image. Thanks for joining us at S+F=C.

Pauline C said...

Stunning card Ellie - I really love the background and how you have assembled all the beautiful die cut elements. it all works together perfectly!
Pauline xx

papierelle said...

Eine wunderschön gestaltete Karte. Ganz besonders liebe ich die Vasen!!! LG Gundi
DotMCC
Dream Factory

Carol L said...

I love the way you created the shiplap paper. Your card looks amazing with that fantastic background and I love the little vases with the stems in them too. Well done :)

Buffy said...

Wonderful interpretation of the challenge. I love the vases, such a well thought out composition

Mary Marsh said...

Cute Samples from the Team