Love You: Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge for April


Hi everyone!

I started doing challenges to keep me on my toes in terms of my cardmaking skills. What I like about challenges is that it forces me to use materials, colors and color combos that I might not normally use. I grow as a cardmaker as a result and sometimes when you have a creative block, a challenge will help you get out of it.

My post today is my card submission for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge for April. The inspiration piece for the challenge is shown below. I love the colors for the challenge, they are really bright and fresh which lends itself well to a more graphic card design.



I used a variety of dies from Essentials by Ellen which is Ellen Hutson’s own line of stamps and dies. There was actually very little stamping for this card. The small ink splatters in the background were the only stamping that I actually did. All other images such as the graphic flowers and the sentiment were die cut.

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Stampin’ Up: Gorgeous Grunge (small splatters).

Dies: Essentials by Ellen: You Rock (for ‘you’ sentiment); Brushstroke Love (for ‘love’ sentiment’); and Bold Blossoms (for the flowers)

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow; Neenah Solar White 110lb; Neenah Solar White 80lb.; Stardream Metallic cardstock in Copper (for the sentiment).

Inks: Papertrey Ink: New Leaf

Other: Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins (assorted sizes).

Oh Happy Day: Ellen Hutson April Challenge



Spring is here and my thoughts turn to flowers.

Ellen Hutson’s April Challenge is to create a project combining any products from the Essentials by Ellen and Lawn Fawn product lines.

The card above was made using floral stamps from Essentials by Ellen’s Bold Blooms and Lawn Fawn’s Petite Florals stamp sets. I love the simple graphic flowers from these two sets and thought they might look good together.

I started off using the largest bloom from the EH set and then started adding additional flowers and leaves. I chose ink colors that I like for Spring and Easter which are usually light purples, bright pinks and a spring green.

By the time I finished the background for the front of the card, I realized that a mat for my sentiment would cover up the floral background. So, I die cut a frame from vellum using a Hero Arts frame die and embossed the sentiment in gold metallic embossing powder on it. I added some gold sequins around the sentiment to emphasize it. (Note the sentiment is also from the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms set.)

The card front was trimmed down to 4” x 5.25” and was mounted onto a 4.25” by 5.5” piece of purple card. The whole thing was then glued to a 4.25” by 5.5” top-folding card base.

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen: Bold Blooms, Lawn Fawn: Petite Florals.

Inks: Memento dye inks in: Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies and Pear Tart; Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow ink in Bubblegum; Versamark ink.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80 lb. for card front; Bazzill cardstock in Pansy for the mat for card front; Neenah Solar White 110 lb. for the card base.

Dies: Hero Arts Classic & Ornate Frames die set.

Other: WOW Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Gold sequins.