You Are Loved: Love is Love is…



This card is a Valentine’s Day card made without any images of hearts! I’m just trying to mix it up a bit. However, the colors: reds and pinks are appropriate for V-Day as are the flowers and the sentiment!

Also, this is a submission for the Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge where you must use any Essentials by Ellen product(s), paired with any Hero Arts product(s).  The flowers and the “You are loved!” sentiment are from two Essentials by Ellen stamp sets and the embossed-resist background is a Hero Arts cling background stamp. I used 3 colors of Distress Oxide inks to create an Ombre colored background. The sentiment was also heat embossed using white embossing powder on vellum.

Hope you like the card and have a great day!

All supplies are listed below:


  1. Essentials by Ellen: Rustic Botanicals stamp set (flowers); Essentials by Ellen: Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 (sentiment).
  2. Hero Arts: Love is Love Bold Prints background stamp.


  1. Distress Oxide Inks in Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Worn Lipstick (for Ombre background and each flower).
  2. Tsukineko Versamark Ink (for heat embossing).


Essentials by Ellen: coordinating dies for Rustic Botanicals (flower die).


  1. Neenah Solar White 110# (card front and card base).
  2. Essentials by Ellen Woodgrain Embossed cardstock (used as a mat for the card front).


  1. Hero Arts white embossing powder
  2. Pretty Pink Posh: Clear Droplets (4mm size) – used for centers of the flowers
  3. Fun Foam (die cut using the flower die and adhered to the back of each flower)

Hello–Thistle Flowers


The inspiration for my card shown above, is the picture board for the January Ellen Huston Pin-Sights Challenge show below. I love the understated tones of blues, purples and a touch of green for a color palette. The field of flowers in those shades was another image from the inspiration board that I was attracted to as well. The scene is one of beauty and serenity. This was the feeling I wanted to capture.


The supplies I used and how I created and assembled the card are listed as the bottom of the blog post.

Hope you like the card! Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps
  1. Essentials by Ellen: Thistle stamp set (flowers & stems).
  2. Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment)
  • Dies
  1. Essentials by Ellen: Thistle dies (coordinates with the Thistle stamp set).
  • Inks
  1. Papertrey Ink: Winter Wisteria (flower) and Amethyst Allure (background)
  2. Catherine Pooler Inks: Royal Treatment (flower), Juniper Mist (flower), Green Tea (stems)
  • Cardstock
  1. Strathmore Bristol Vellum (front flower panel)
  2. Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (flowers & stems)
  3. Papertrey Ink 110# cardstock in Royal Velvet (a deep purple) for the mat
  4. Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)
  • Other
  1. White Fun Foam
  2. Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen in clear


How I made this card:

  • Starting with a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, I ink-blended a pale amethyst background using a foam ink blending tool. I applied the color starting from the lower left-hand corner and worked upward and out. I gradually lightened the color as I moved outward for a soft fade. I then added a few water droplets to the blended background and blotted them off with a paper towel. I did this to add more texture to the background
  • I stamped and die-cut three flowers in different colors, using the colors from the inspiration board. I also stamped and die-cut three of the flower stems in the same green-tea shade and from the same flower stamp set. All flowers and stems were stamped onto Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock
  • I mounted the flowers and stems onto fun foam (I die cut the fun foam pieces using the same dies from the die set and the arranged them on the front of the blended background.
  • When I arranged the assembled flowers, I noticed that for better placement, the flowers had to run off the edge on the left side.
  • Since they ran of the side, I trimmed down the Bristol panel on the right and top sides so that the total panel was 4” x 5.25”.
  • The flower panel was mounted onto a full-sized A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) deep purple mat. Note: I mounted the panel so that it was flush to the mat on the bottom right corner.
  • A simple, small “Hello” was stamped onto the card front so it wouldn’t distract from the flowers.
  • A little shimmer was added to the flowers with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.
  • The entire card front was adhered to an A2 top-folding card base.



Fall Hello


For this fall card, I created my own autumn-themed patterned paper using the Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals stamp set. The pattern was created using stamps from this set and inks in burgundy, oranges, green and browns. The inks reflect and autumn palette.

I die cut the word FALL from the Hinged Alphabet die set also from Essentials by Ellen. While these dies leave a hinge (uncut) edge on the left side of the alphabet letter, I cut the hinge using a craft knife so that I would have an un-hinged alphabet letter. The letters were cut from a bronze colored metallic cardstock and give the card a rich look. I’m sorry that it doesn’t show up as well as it does in real life. I also used the bronze metallic cardstock as an A2-sized mat for the background. I had to cut down the patterned piece to 4”x5.25” so the matting would show.

Since the patterned background was busy, I muted the pattern with a piece of vellum the exact size as the pattern. The “FALL” letters were. I stamped a hello in brown ink on white cardstock using a stamp set from Altenew.

All elements were arranged as you see in the photo. One note, the letter “A” on the hinged side cuts bluntly, so to hide this, I added a punched leaf from a leaf border punch to hide the blunted edge of the “A” and added two more leaves to make the them look like a part of the design, rather than a way to cover the left bottom edge of the “A”. The leaves were raised with foam tape for interest and dimension. The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 top-folding card base of Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Hope you like the card. Have a great Autumn day!




  • Essentials by Ellen: Rustic Botanicals
  • Altenew: Label Love clear stamp set (word “HELLO”)


  • Essentials by Ellen: Hinged Alphabet die set


  • EK Tools Paper Punch: Falling Leaves border punch


  • Bronze Metallic cardstock (from my stash) – for die-cut letters and mat for card front
  • Neenah Solar White 80# (card front)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)
  • Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile (for punched out leaves)


  • Papertrey Inks in Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate
  • Hero Arts: Hybrid Bold Ink in Caramel

Hello Friend – A Graphic-Styled Card


I am SO behind in posting the cards that I have made.  I made this card in early September, when I purchased the new Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen Paper Pack, Modern Graphics.

I’m a sucker for anything that is graphic in design. This is partly because, I envy those craft product designers who can come up with the most eye-catching designs in patterned paper and stamps. Their patterns and designs always leave me awestruck. I’m always amazed at how different elements that don’t look coordinated can look so interesting and cohesive together.

This is my attempt to imitate those wonderful graphic designers.

This project is a combination of stamping, die-cutting and layering cardstock.

·        I cut the animal-dotted patterned paper from the patterned paper pack down to an A2-sized mat piece.

·        Next, I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using Papertrey Ink’s Brushed Off Rectangle die. I love this die because of the unusual brushed-cut edges. Love the textured edges!

·        I then stamped a graphic leaf image from the Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals stamp set. I chose an olive colored ink from Papertrey Ink and my favorite black ink from Tsukineko. The leaf was stamped several times and I alternated the stamping as well as the two different colored ink.

·        I cut a black piece of cardstock slightly larger than the Brushed Off rectangle to frame the stamped center rectangle, so that it’s edges didn’t get lost against the dotted pattern mat background.

·        I added a small sentiment that was heat embossed with white embossing powder onto black cardstock. The sentiment was raised using foam tape.

·        The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 card base.

Hope you like the look! Have a great day!


Supplies used in making this card:

·        Stamps:

o   Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals stamp set.

o   My Favorite Things: Simply Said stamp set (sadly no longer available—set has tiny sentiments in a simple font)

·        Inks:

o   Papertrey Dye Ink in Ripe Avocado

o   Tsukineko Versafine Ink in Onyx Black

·        Cardstock:

o   Neenah Solar White 80# for the center focal panel

o   Bazzill Cardstock in Licorice Twist

o   Essentials by Ellen Modern Graphics cardstock (4 different patterns, this one is the animal dots pattern).

o   Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base

·        Other:

o   Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

Ellen Hutson/Altenew Pin-Sights Challenge: Have a Fabulous Birthday


Ellen Hutson’s October Mix It Up Challenge incorporates products from Essentials by Ellen and Altenew.

I decided to use the Floral Shadow stamp set from Altenew. It features large, solid floral and foliage images.  I chose two ot the floral and leaf images as my focal point and stamped them in a bold, deep raspberry ink. I used my MISTI stamping tool when I inked and stamped them a couple of times. I wanted to insure that I had good, solid impressions.

The color of the flowers is rich and bold, so I decide not to add other colors or things that might detract from the design. I wanted the flowers to really pop against the front of the card, so I emphasized this by matting the card front against black cardstock.

I love the sophisticated look of the handwritten “fabulous” sentiment die. I die-cut the word three times from the same black cardstock and glued all three pieces on top of each other for more dimension before adding it to card. I also added 2 small label sentiments, stamped in black, to complete my sentiment.

A few clear, sparkling sequins were added for a slight bit of shimmer and I “colored” the flowers using a clear, Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to up the glitz a little more.

I’m really happy with the results, my project is bold and striking and uses a minimum amount of color and fuss.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!


  • Altenew: Floral Shadow Stamp
  • The Ton: Basic Labels (sentiment)


  • Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies: Totally Fabulous


  • Hero Arts: Raspberry Jam Mid-Tone Shadow Ink
  • Tsukineko: Versafine Ink: Onyx Black


  • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (card front)
  • Bazzill: Licorice Twist (black) cardstock (mat)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)


  • Wink of Stella Glitter Brush in Clear.
  • Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins (assortment).

Hello and Stars and Dots!

The September Pin-Sights inspiration images feature lots of complementary colors—various shades of blue and orange. So, I decided to focus on the colors and the small picture of a beautiful pattern of little shapes outlined in gold.


I don’t know about you, but sometimes the smaller images in a stamp set can go unnoticed and unused. In particular, I’m referring to those tiny embellishment images like little stars, dots, hearts and clusters of the same that come with the set. I honestly love and am fond of these small stamps, so I decide to use them in a more prominent way on a card.

Here is my project:


How I made this project:

I chose small stamp images from 3 Essentials by Ellen Hutson stamp sets and arranged them onto a round acrylic block in a cluster as shown below.


The stamp sets from which these small stamp images came are described below in my supply list.

Before stamping this image cluster on my A2 card front, I created an ombre background for front of the card by blending Distress Oxide Inks in shades of yellow-orange, orange and brick. Once the ombre background was dried with my heat tool, I proceeded to stamp the image cluster onto the card front using three shades of blue. I rotated the acrylic block in different ways as I stamped the image cluster.

I made sure that I left some open spaces to stamp single star images. I stamped these single images in Versamark ink because I was going to heat emboss the stars using gold embossing powder. (Note: I made sure that the card front was properly prepped with an embossing powder bag before stamping in Versamark.). After applying the gold embossing powder, I removed any stray embossing powder with a small brush before heat embossing.

The gold stars really popped against the bright background and the star and dot background.

Since the overall background is busy, I used a single, simple die-cut word as a greeting. The hello die is also from Essentials by Ellen and it was die-cut 3 times in dark blue cardstock and glued together for added dimension. The hello was matted onto some vellum cardstock so that it would stand out from the background and then the entire sentiment piece was adhered to the card.

I trimmed down the A2 card front to 4” x 5.25” and mounted it onto a mat in the same dark blue cardstock as the sentiment. This was then adhered to a top-folding A2 card base.

Hope you like the project. Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps (and the small images used from each set):
  1. Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Christmas (individual stars and small dot cluster).
  2. Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots (large dot cluster)
  3. Essentials by Ellen Wonky Backdrops (star cluster)
  • Inks:
    1. Hero Arts Bold Hybrid inks in: Indigo, Aquatic, and Summer Sky
    2. Distress Oxide Inks in: Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, and Fired Brick
    3. Tsukineko Versamark Ink
  • Dies:
  1. Essentials by Ellen: Brushstroke Hello die
  2. My Favorite Things Die-namics: Double-stitched Rectangle STAX (smallest size)
  • Cardstock:
  1. Neenah Solar White 80# for card front
  2. PapertreyInk: Enchanted Evening cardstock (for die-cut sentiment and card mat)
  3. Neenah Solar With 110# for card base
  • Other: WOW Embossing Powder in Gold Rich Pale.

Essentials by Ellen August Pin-Sights Challenge


Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to participate in the August Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge.

The Pin-Sights Challenge is held monthly. Each month a new Pinterest inspired photo is provided as inspiration for the challenge. This month’s inspiration photo is shown below.

August 2017

The requirement for the challenge is that you use the inspiration photo as a jumping point and any Essentials by Ellen product to create a project. The project is not limited to handmade cards. Any papercrafting project can be submitted.

The best part about the challenge other than flexing your creative muscles is that your project submission makes you eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!  There are lots of goodies at the Ellen Hutson store to feed any crafty person’s addiction. For more information, details and how to submit your project please go to the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog’s August Pin-Sights Challenge page.

For my project, I was inspired by the bright shades of pinks in the photo along with the contrasting green. I pictured rows of blooming flowers in varying shades of pink, nestled against green grass.


I used several Essentials by Ellen stamps sets to create my project:

Hope you liked my project. Please enter this month’s challenge. It’s fun and I’d like to see all the different projects that people create!