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Jul 17, 2024

I Spy With My Little Eye.... Summertime Vibes (Challenge No. 17)

Hello and welcome to a new "I spy with my little eye" challenge taking place right here on my blog! Pauline and I are back with a new theme and we hope you'll join in the fun! We had some fabulous entries last month, thank you all so much for joining us! Be sure to scroll down to the end to see who made our top 2, both which will have the option to join us for our June challenge.

This month our theme, selected by Pauline is....................

I spy with my little eye...


Summertime Vibes


A fun theme with lots of options and so perfect for this time of the year. As always, the linky tool is at the end of the post.We can't wait to see what you'll share with us!

And here is what we made:

Ellie
(All info right below the card)

I went with mainly blues as I was inspired by the last Double D nautical mood board, but the challenge has since expired and I won't enter there.

The main image is a stamp by PSX G-2891 which I stamped on an inky background made with Faded Jeans and Salvaged Patina Distress inks. The shells are part of the retired set Balmy Breezes by Stampin Up stamped with Hickery Smoke ink. Sentiment and Anchor die are oldies from Whimsy stamps. I added some twine to finish it off. Oh, and the group of birds in the sky are from a retired stamp kit  by Hero Arts.


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Absolutely love how realistic this looks and wish I was there!! You can find out how Pauline made the card by visiting her blog.


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We're so excited to have a guest designer joining us this month, that is Melanie H. Her beautiful card is below. 
Such a cute beach scene with these fun stamps and die cuts! You can find out how Melanie made this card by visiting her blog.


Top Picks for Challenge no. 16


Many thanks once again to everyone who joined us in the last challenge with your  fabulous floral makes. Our Top picks are below.

Remember, Top Picks are invited to join us in the next challenge if you like to. That would be for challenge no. 18 starting Wednesday August 21st! Of course it's not a requirement but we would love to have you both as guests!!

No. 18 Donna (Pauline's Pick)

No. 54 Jenn B. (Ellie's Pick)

You are both invited to join us as guest designers (optional of course!) for challenge no. 18 starting on Wednesday August 21st. 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.

To be in compliance with GDPR, Top Pick photos and links will be removed after the start of the new challenge. 


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 Summertime Vibes".

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 (including AI generated projects).
  • A short mention of products used whenever possible is expected.
  • Please include a link back to this blog.
  • Backlinking to a recent project is allowed 



Jul 13, 2024

Fun with Circles

Hello and welcome! 

It's Saturday again and that means it's the start of a new challenge at Allsorts. Lorraine is hosting this week and for her optional theme she selected "circles". It is just an option and as always there is the Anything Goes option so hopefully we'll see you joining us for your chance to win a prize. July prizes come from  Highlight Crafts, AALL and Create and Stampendous.


For my card today I selected the cute stamp ChitChat by Penny Black, which was one of my very first Penny Black stamps from many years ago. I was inspired to use this stamp as I noticed the challenge at Once Upon a Time is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" which was so well loved by both of my kids. 

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I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx and colored with Zig Clean Color markers and I used a Nestabilities circle die to cut it out, trimming off the bottom part of the circle. The sentiment is from the retired Stampin Up set Butterfly Basics stamped onto another die cut circle. I love this quote, I find it so inspiring! Butterfly patterned paper is from my stash (probably by DCWV) and I used a polka dot embossing folder on the background for more "circles". The little layered butterflies were done with Penny Black's die set Soaring. Black enamel dots finish off the card.


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Jul 6, 2024

Romantic Occasions at Allsorts Challenge

Hello everyone, I am back from my blogging/crafting break (my last several posts had all been scheduled in advance) and today I am sharing the first card I made after about 4 weeks and it's for our new theme at Allsorts challenge. Liz is hosting this week and selected "Romantic Occasions" as her optional theme but as always we would love to see all your other new crafty makes just the same (up to 3) for the Anything Goes option. We have prizes from Highlight Crafts, AALL and Create and Stampendous for the July challenges and hopefully you'll join in the fun this week for your chance to win.

I decided to make a wedding card with these cute little "lovebirds" from the Penny Black set Woodland Friends


After several non-crafty weeks it was hard to get started but do like how this turned out. As mentioned the image is by Penny Black, I fussy cut it but then stamped it again on a scalloped circle then added the fussy cut image to the circle with foam tape.


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The simple background was done with a Lavinia stencil, in this case I inked the stencil using Picked Raspberry ink then spritzed with a little bit of water and pressed that onto the cardstock. The sentiment is from a long retired set by Whimsy Stamps. I didn't find the right shade of pink card stock so I inked a white piece using the same Picked Raspberry ink and layered the image panel onto it before adding to a white card base. Oh, and I used some natural jute twine to hang up the birdhouse. Maybe pure white twine would have been a better choice...

Another view:

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Jul 1, 2024

Dreaming of a Pink Sunset (Four Seasons July Challenge)

Hello everyone and happy July! 

We are in full summer mode at the Four Seasons challenge and have another fabulous mood board to inspire you this month. As always the mood board is optional and you do not have to be inspired by is as Anything Summer Goes!


My inspiration actually came from the Flamingo floaties but my birds are Herons and not in floatie form :)


This is a new to me stamp set by Aall and Create - Heron - and I made a pink sunset scene for these gorgeous birds. 

I used the negative of a circle die to inkup the pink sun, after removing I used my MFT cloud stencil for some fun pink clouds. 

Next I stamped the Herons and "grounded" them by using a torn paper mask with more pink ink. The bulrushes are part of the same stamp set as are the 3 small words. The quote is from Just for Fun Rubberstamps, a company I used to design for many years ago but unfortunately they appear to be no longer in business :(

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Before adhering to the black mat I inked the edges with pink ink and stamped the flying birds (from an older Hero Arts stamp kit). A little bit of sparkle was added around the sun.

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