There is always a rush when you find out you have been invited to participate in a well known, well respected and absolutely fun challenge, and being asked to guest design for the Essentials by Ellen September Pin-Sights Challenge was no exception. Isn't the inspiration collage just heavenly?
Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson Store. (To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where they can submit.)
My first card (above) showcases the bottom left corner photo of the Inspiration Board. I loved the pop of pink with the woodgrain and soft blue. I started by stamping the Concord & 9th Tree Ring Background Stamp onto watercolor cardstock with Ranger Distress Mini Ink Pad in Antique Linen and then did a light watercolor wash with blue paint from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Watercolor Set around the tree ring. I die cut the bud from some paper that was colored with watercolor from the Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden Dies. I finished the card with a stamped sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Fancy Thanks Stamp Set and some Bubblegum Pink Nuvo Crystal Gloss Drops.
My second card features the leftover watercolored paper from the first card. I die cut various pieces from the Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden Dies. These were loosely adhered to a card base, and I raised some edges to play off the properties of the die. I finished the clean and simple card with a stamped sentiment banner using the Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greeting Stamp Set and Altenew Crisp Die Mini Ink Cubes in Warm Gray as well as Bubblegum Pink Nuvo Crystal Gloss Drops.