You Are My Person: EH Challenge


The Ellen Hutson May Mix It Up Challenge includes the use of any product(s) by Savvy Stamps.

I used a very large flower from Savvy Stamps and a couple of stamp images from two of Essentials by Ellen stamp sets. I’ve admired Savvy Stamps for a few years now. I was first introduced to the brand through Impress Rubber Stamps, a store in Seattle with an online shop.

I happened to stumble upon the Impress Rubber Stamps online store in my internet searches for interesting stamps and supplies a few years ago when I first began my stamping addiction. Impress really has a good selection of stamps, dies, embellishments and other supplies. Also, Julie Ebersole, one of my favorite card makers, occasionally teaches classes there. Unfortunately, I don’t live near Seattle to take one of Julie’s classes, though I’d love to.

All the images you see here were first stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink since I knew I wanted to color the images using Copic markers. Memento ink doesn’t smear when you color over it with Copics. I used so many Copic marker colors in the yellow/yellow-orange and blue families.

The butterfly was stamped onto white cardstock and then colored. A die-cut from a coordinating die was used to cut out the butterfly and then it was mounted onto the card front with dimensional foam dots.  The large flower stamp was stamped onto a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of cardstock twice and then colored with Copics. The sentiment was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black as well.

I decided to cut down the card front to 4.00”x5.25” and mount it onto a piece of 4.25”x5.5” black cardstock. The black edge around the card front really makes the colors and images stand out. The entire piece was glued to a top-folding 4.25”x5.5” card base.

Hope you like the project.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  Savvy Stamp: Large Flower Blossom; Essentials by Ellen stamp set: Up the Happy (butterfly) and Mondo Magnolia (sentiment).

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Copic markers: various in the yellow/yellow-orange and blue families.

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy coordinating dies (butterfly).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# card front; Papertrey Ink: True Black (card front mat); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).

Mother’s Day Cards 2016 #1


This is the first of two posts for Mother’s Day cards that I want to share with you. I had to wait to post them because I didn’t want the recipients to see them before Mother’s Day.

Here is the first card:


I colored plain vellum using a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire in the Online Card Class: Clear and Sheer. It’s a great class and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to get more creative mileage from vellum.

I started with an A2-sized piece of vellum. Three different shades of pink were used to color the vellum to create a very subtle ombre effect. I started with the lightest color on the bottom and gradually worked up to the darker pink that you see on top.

After coloring the vellum and making sure it was dry, I used a floral stamp from WPlus9 (Ranunculus) and stamped it twice onto the vellum (upper right corner and then lower left corner) positioning the stamp a little differently each time with Versamark ink. The floral images were then heat embossed in white.

The sentiment strip was die-cut from a stitched strip die from My Favorite Things and then stamped with a Mother’s Day sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold.

The strip was glued to the vellum and used to hide the adhesive need to attach the vellum piece to the card front. One of the many tricks I learned in the Clear and Sheer card class. One thing to note is that I had to cut both ends of the strip because it was a little too long for the width of the card. Pearl embellishments in 2 sizes were added to complete the card.

I love the soft, feminine look of this card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  WPlus9: Beautiful Bouquet: Ranunculus (flowers); Papertrey Ink: Keep It Simple: Mother Mini stamp set (sentiment).

Inks:  For background from lightest to darkest:  WPlus9: Little Piggy, WPlus9: Sweet Nectar, Hero Arts: Bubble Gum shadow ink; Versamark Ink.

Dies: My Favorite Things: Horizontal Stitched Strips (die with the smallest width).

Cardstock:  Bazzill Vellum 40#; Neenah Solar White 80# for sentiment strip; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other: Hero Arts white embossing powder; Hero Arts large and small pearls.


Mother’s Day Card 2016 #2

Here is my second post for Mother’s Day 2016 cards.


The card front is a single-layer, stamped onto a 4.00” x 5.25” piece of white cardstock which was later glued to an A2-sized colored mat that coordinated with the colors in the flowers and the entire front of the card was mounted onto a top-folding A2 card base.

I used an Altenew layered stamp set (Watercolor Wonders). This is such a beautiful stamp set. The sentiment is from another stamp set by Altenew as well (Wild Hibiscus). After stamping the flowers, I used Versamark ink to stamp the flower centers and then heat embossed them in gold.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have trouble with the watercolor and layered stamp sets that are so popular now. I don’t seem to be able to get the layered stamping the way I want it or the colors the way I want. I’ve practiced many times, and I think I finally understand how to use the technique and line up the stamps (or at least the Stamping Gods were with me when I made this card).

I love the results.

This is wishing you a happy, belated Mother’s Day!


Supplies used in making this project.

Stamps: Altenew: Watercolor Wonders (flowers) and Wild Hibiscus (sentiment)

Inks: WPlus9 dye inks: Little Piggy, Sweet Nectar, and Sweet Gelato (flowers); WPlus9 dye ink: Last Leaf (leaves); WPlus9 dye ink: Black (sentiment); Versamark ink for flower centers (later heat embossed in gold).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front, Stampin’ Up: Pomegranate (obsolete) for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other Supplies: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale.