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.



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

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.

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge With Pinkfresh


The October, 2016 Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge requires the use of any Pinkfresh Studio product with any Essentials by Ellen product.

I LOVE Pinkfresh patterned papers. Pinkfresh’s style is very modern, whimsical and graphic. Their latest patterned paper release, Indigo Hills is a great example of this.

I chose a piece of Pinkfresh’s 6×6 patterned paper that had graphic flowers along the bottom of the paper and paired it with Essentials by Ellen’s some flower dies from the Wild Garden die set. Several flowers were die-cut from the set and were added to the Pinkfresh patterned paper to further emphasize the graphic flowers on the paper. I used 2 different flower dies from the Wild Garden. For added dimension, I cut each flower three times using WPlus9’s Coal Mine cardstock (a charcoal-color) and adhered the three pieces on top of each other to create thicker, chipboard-like flowers.

Since the patterned paper was 6-inches square, I trimmed it down to a 5-inch square. I stamped a sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen sentiment set, Lovely, in the upper right of the square. I then arranged the chipboard flowers onto the card front to fill in the open areas and balance the pattern. I used a glue pen to adhere the flowers. Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Charcoal (4mm and 6mm) were added as well.

I then cut a piece of the same WPlus9 charcoal cardstock to make a top-folding, 5.5-inch square card base. The card front was adhered to the base.

Overall, I really liked the end result. The results looked cohesive. The two different brands and the patterns and elements I chose were very complementary. I loved the use of charcoal and grays in this project.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Lovely (for the sentiment).

Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Wild Garden die set

• Pinkfresh Studio: Indigo Hills patterned paper collection
• WPlus9: Coal Mine (charcoal) 100# cardstock – for card base and die-cut flowers

Inks: Tsukineko VersaColor pigment ink in Charcoal.

Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sequins: Charcoal (4mm and 6mm); Zig 2-way Glue Pen.

So Many Reasons to be Happy


The theme for SSS Flickr Challenge is ‘Anything Goes’. So, I decide to try a technique for creating beautiful inlay backgrounds. This was demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire on her blog post called Easy Die Cut Inlay Backgrounds

A friend of mine gave me some leftover gold shimmer cardstock she had from her wedding invitations. I believe this cardstock was purchased from Paper Source. I’m not really sure. But Simon Says Stamp just released some glimmer cardstock as part of their Stamptember Release. I ordered an assortment, but it hasn’t arrived as yet. I was eager to try Jennifer’s technique, so I used what my friend gave me and I was impressed with the results

This technique produces beautiful backgrounds and is so easy to do! I won’t go on about the technique, Jennifer McGuire does such a beautiful job of this, so just click on the blog post link I mention above.

I used several die from SSS to create this card. The background was created using their Maple Leaf Corner die. I angled this die several different ways across the shimmer cardstock to create the inlay pattern. There were some spots that couldn’t be filled in because of the size and angle of the corner die. For these spots, I used the individual Stitched Maple Trio Dies to fill in what spaces I could. The dies from the trio set coordinate with the Maple Leaf Corner die.

I cut 2 large maples leaves using the Stitched Grand Maple die from vellum to make a sturdy platform for my sentiment. I heat emboss my sentiment with copper embossing powder on one of the large maple leaves. I added bronze sequins to this leaf, attaching them with glue dots. I added glue dots to the back of the leaf underneath the sequins and adhered the second maple leaf to it. More glue dots were then added to the back of the double-layered vellum leaf to adhere them to the card front.

The inlay front was cut down to 4 inches by 5.25 inches and mounted with white fun foam and then adhered to a top-folding A2 portrait-oriented card base.

I was very pleased with the results. The card has a very elegant feel to it and it was a fairly easy technique to use. Thanks Jennifer for showing us this technique!

Hope you all have many, many beautiful reasons to be happy!

Supplies used in making this project:

SSS: Uplifting Thoughts

SSS Maple Leaf Corner Die; SSS Stitched Maple Trio Dies; SSS Stitched Grand Maple Die.

Versmark Ink.

Neenah Solar White 80# for the front card panel, Gold Shimmer cardstock from Paper Source?; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill 40# Vellum for sentiment base.

Hero Arts embossing powder in Copper; Pretty Pink Posh 6mm flat sequins in Bronze.

Neat & Tangled: You Have a Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

I love cards with texture and dimension. This card definitely has that.

An embossing folder was used to create the background behind the heart and it complements the faceted look of the heart image. The gold heat-embossed heart adds more texture to the heart image and the image is raised up from the background with double-sided foam tape. The sentiment is gold-embossed on a rectangle of black cardstock and is also raised using foam tape.

The prism background was a little warped after going through my Vagabond machine, so I mounted the card front onto card base using fun foam after I cut it down to 4” by 5.25”. I then mounted the card front onto a 4.25” by 5.5” piece of black cardstock before adhering it onto a 4.25” by 5.5” (A2-sized) card base.

I added a tiny glitter heart that I had punched out from red-glitter paper for a Valentine’s project just to add a little pop of bright color to the card. (Always save the extra unused embellishments from other projects! They come in handy.)

There is lots of dimension going on here! The effect is great and the card feels very sturdy to the touch.
Also, I love We R Memory Keeper’s Next Level embossing folders. The dimension you get from these folders is incredible!


Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Neat & Tangled: Heart of Gold stamp set
Inks: Versamark ink.
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (dry-embossed prism background and gold-embossed heart); Papertrey Ink cardstock: True Black; Neenah Solar White 110# (card base); red glitter heart from my stash.
Other: We R Memory Keepers: Next Level embossing folder – Gemstone; Hero Arts gold embossing powder; 3M double-sided foam tape; white fun foam.

Be-You-Ti-Ful: Pin Sights Challenge


I’ve never applied to any cardmaking blog to be a guest artist before. So I’m taking the leap and applying as a Pin-Sight guest artist for Ellen Hutson’s Classroom!

I decided to create a card with a very graphic look using two of my favorite Essentials by Ellen products: Bokeh Dots stamp set and the Be-You-Tiful word die. I like bold colors and shapes when creating graphic cards and I think the neon pink against the black elements in the card create that effect.

The supplies in this card are pretty minimal compared to some other cards I have made. I used two different inks, three different cardstocks and two Essentials by Ellen products. Less is more when I create a graphic card.

How I made this card:
I used the sketchy circles from the Bokeh Dots set and stamped a random pattern using black ink on A2-sized piece of white cardstock. I then used one of the solid dots from the set to stamp bright pink dots in the center of most of the sketchy circles.

The die-cut sentiment was created by cutting the die piece 3 times and adhering the 3 dies together using a glue pen. This gave the sentiment more dimension. I also cut a 2-inch by 2.5-inch piece of vellum to which I matted the sentiment and then glued this to the front of the card. The vellum made the sentiment stand out against the busy circle pattern.

I decided that the pattern looked better with a frame. So, I cut down the A2 card front down to 4 inches by 5.25 inches and matted the card front to an A2-sized piece of black cardstock. The entire piece was then mounted onto an top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

I like the way this card turned out. The colors remind me of Good and Plenty candy! Unfortunately, I’m not a real fan of the candy, but I am a fan of the colors!

Hope you like my card!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Bokeh Dots

Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Be-You-Tiful die

Inks: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Hero Arts Neon Ink: Neon Pink.

Cardstocks: Neenah Solar White 80lb. for card front; Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock: Licorice Twist; Bazzill Vellum 40lb.