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Feb 7, 2024

Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - February Challenge

Hello and welcome to Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday - February challenge taking place right here on my blog. I'm so glad you stopped by today and hope you'll join in too for a chance to be featured next month. There were many fabulous entries last month, thank you all so much for joining in. My Top Picks with a Twist are at the end of the post.

I'm sure most of you know by now.. the theme is now always............

Anything Goes

and instead of a challenge theme there will be a top pick twist, meaning the top picks will each have something in common. But nobody knows what the twist will be (not even me) and will be inspired by YOUR creations. So do link up all your new or recently created crafty makes (any type of craft) for your chance to have your project featured the next month! The linky tool is at the end of the post.

Here is what I made and this time I was inspired by one of the January top picks :)

I heat embossed the flower and birds from the Aall and Create set Friendship Florals (#648) using Versamark ink and Gold embossing powder on black card stock. The floral image was colored with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. Next I used TCW Tile stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink for some interest on the background. The sentiment is from the set Foliage (#496) also by Aall and Create. I thought it needed something else white in the top corner to coordinate with the sentiment snippets so I added a die cut butterfly (Penny Black Soaring) which I embellished with some clear "candy" dots

Unfortunately my coloring didn't turn out as vibrant as the one I was inspired by but had lots of fun with the technique. Lighter colors definitely show up better on black card stock and I should have known that as this wasn't my first try coloring on black card stock, but I had the idea to use black, red and white on the card with the gold embossing. 

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I plan to link with these challenges:

Stencil Fun - Use Stencils
Dream Valley Challenges - Add a sentiment
Stamps & Fun = Creativity  - Beginning with B (Blooms, Birds, Black, Butterfly)
Triple B - Blooms, Birds and/or Butterflies 
We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media

January Top Picks with a Twist

As always I had a hard time selecting the top picks with a twist but it is a part of the challenge I enjoy as it gives me extra time to study the linky tools gallery, and I finally decided on the Twist of: Beautiful Blooms. That means each one of my top picks features flowers this time. I could have chosen at least another 3 but finally narrowed it down to these.

They are listed in the order of entry:

No. 65 Helen F.

No. 74 Jackie C.

No. 76 Loopyloo

Congratulations everyone! Well deserved recongnition! Your top pick logo is below, you may place it on your own blogs if you like to :)

I will continue to pin the top picks to the dedicated Pinterest board, but will also include photo and link back to the original blogs/sites here. These will be removed at the start of the new challenge to stay in compliance with GDPR.

To join in this month's challenge please use the linky tool below. You have until Wednesday February 28th to play along! 

A few things to remember:
  • You may combine with any other challenges.
  • You may use any brand of stamps/digis/products (no company restriction).
  • Please try to limit your linked up cards to 3 entries per month - it's ok if you end up with more than 3 but I may not be able to visit your entries after the 3rd.
  • Please do include a link back here to my blog in your blog post.
  • Backlinking to a recent post IS allowed.
  • Digital products are allowed and very welcome but the final piece has to be a physical handmade creation, not just digital


Sarn said...

A very interesting and striking card Ellie. The black is very dramatic.

Great top picks for the twist too.

Happy Wednesday! xxx

Joanne said...

Oh those blooms are so striking; I see what you mean about the vibrant colors! Your card is lovely too!

Granmargaret said...

I loved joining your past challenges but can't enter any more as due to my bad eyes and hands I can only make digital cards now and the rules say card must be handmade.

Diane said...

Very beautiful and elegant floral card!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Triple B!
Diane TB Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Triple B}

Lynda said...

Thank you for choosing my card to be in the top picks - congrats to the other picks xx Lynda/Loopyloo

Pauline C said...

Gorgeous card in dramatic colours … bizarrely I used this stamp for the first time myself yesterday and on a black background! Great minds and all that!
Pauline xx

Diane said...

Very elegant and pretty!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Stencil Fun and Triple B!
Diane SF and TB Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Stencil Fun}

Mary Marsh said...

The gold embossing is eye catching against the black background.

Helen said...

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for selecting my card as a Top Picks for the January Challenge. I really appreciate it and it means a lot. Love you challenge and you beautiful cards. Helen F x

Doris P. said...

What a beautiful technique. Thanks for joining us at S+F=C.

Spyder said...

I haven't been here in a very long time! Hope my tag fits! Lovely Challege!((Lyn))