You are Fabulous! EH Pin-Sights Challenge


My project was inspired by the current Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge inspiration board below.


I love the vibrant colors in the inspiration images and used them in creating a vivid background for my project.

How I made this project:

Using an foam ink blending tool, I blended Catherine Pooler inks onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper cut to 4.25″ x 5.5″. Bristol smooth paper is a great paper to use for ink blending. The inks just glide over the paper and any ink blotches that occur can be blended out. I used ink colors from Catherine Pooler’s Life of the Party collection.  The colors in this collection are bright and vivid, similar to the colors featured in the inspiration board.

The ‘fabulous’ sentiment was die-cut from black card three times and the three layers were adhered to each other to give the word dimension. The die-cut word had to be dimensional to stand out against the bright background and was glued to the card front with liquid glue. The words ‘you are’ were stamped above the focal sentiment and star clusters were stamped around the sentiment for additional visual interest. Black ink was used for this.

The card front was cut down to 4″ x 5.25″ and mounted with foam tape onto a black 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base.

As a final touch, a clear Wink of Stella pen was used to add shimmer to the star clusters and the focal sentiment.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen: Wonky Backdrops stamp set (star clusters); My Favorite Things: From the Heart stamp set (phrase: ‘you are’).

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen Totally Fabulous designer die set (‘fabulous’).

Inks: Catherine Pooler Inks (Life of the Party collection): Flirty Fuschia, Tutti Frutti, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Tiara, Something Borrowed; Hero Arts mid-tone Shadow Ink in Stone Wash. Versafine ink in Onyx Black (words and star cluster)

Cardstock/Papers: Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper (100 lb/270 gms); black cardstock from my stash.

Hope you like the project and have a fabulous day!


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)

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).

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!

You Are Loved


Ellen Hutson’s August Mix It Up Challenge is underway currently. This month’s Mix It Up Challenge involves using and Ellen Hutson product with any Avery Elle product.

For my project, I’m incorporating the G’Day Mate stamp set made exclusively for Ellen Hutson by Avery Elle. I guess you could call it a two for one stamp since it counts both as an Ellen Hutson and Avery Elle product.  When you buy the stamp set, you also get coordinating dies for the stamp set! This is great for me since I’m addicted to stamp sets that have coordinating dies.

Since one of my cousins is expecting a new addition to their family, I thought I’d create a card to celebrate that. My mama kangaroo is carrying a new baby kangaroo also known as a joey.  In Australia, a young child or baby animal is referred to as a joey. I really don’t know how that term came about, but I think it’s kind of a cute nickname anyway!

Anyway the mama kangaroo wants the baby to know that he will be loved just like all of her other children. A mother’s unconditional love is forever!

How I made this project:

  1. Using a cloud stencil, apply Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink onto an A2-sized piece of white cardstock. Move the stencil around to create and blend until you get the desired effect. Set this piece aside.
  2. Die-cut a piece of A2 embossed woodgrain cardstock with an arch-shaped die to create an arched opening. (Note: you can same the arch, the positive piece that was cut out for another project.). Put this piece aside.
  3. Stamp the kangaroo and butterfly images from the stamp set onto white cardstock with Memento black Ink. I stamped 1 kangaroo and 3 butterfly images for this project. I used Memento ink because I will color the images with Copic Markers and Memento ink is alcohol marker friendly.
  4. Color your images and die cut them using the coordinating dies. You could also fussy-cut the images if you are good at fussy-cutting (I am not).
  5. Stamp the sentiment in black ink onto a blue-colored cardstock that complements the clouds and sky. Cut out the sentiment with scissors into a rectangle. Adhere one of the butterflies to the sentiment piece.
  6. For the final assembly:
    • Glue the die-cut kangaroo piece to the woodgrain cardstock piece as you see in the photo. I centered the kangaroo in front of the arch opening so that the bottom half of the kangaroo’s body was on the woodgrain cardstock, and the top half was hanging off the open arch.
    • Apply pieces of foam tape liberally to the back of the woodgrain cardstock piece and the back of the top half of the kangaroo. This is to raise the entire card front for added dimension.
    • Remove the backing from the foam tape and place the woodgrain card piece over the stenciled cloud piece. The clouds should be visible through the arch opening.
    • Glue the 2 remaining butterflies to the stenciled cloud piece.
    • Place and adhere the sentiment below the kangaroo image.
    • Mount the entire card front onto an A2 top-folding card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

Supplies used in making this project:

  1. Stamps:
    • G’Day, Mate stamp set made by Avery Elle for Ellen Hutson (kangaroo and butterfly images)
    • Simply Said: You stamp set made by Avery Elle (sentiment)
  2. Dies:
    • G’Day, Mate coordinating dies to the G’Day, Mate stamp set (kangaroo and butterfly images)
    • Die-namics Stitched Arch STAX dies by My Favorite Things (second largest die used to cut out opening)
  3. Stencils:
    • My Favorite Things: Mini Clouds Stencil
  4. Inks:
    • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers
    • Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
  5. Copic Markers: RV13, Y13, Y38 for the 3 butterflies; E21, E33, E55 for the kangaroos.
  6. Cardstock:
    • Ellen Hutson: Embossed Woodgrain cardstock
    • Turquoise blue cardstock from my cardstock remnant stash (for the sentiment piece)
    • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock for cloud piece and kangaroo and butterfly images
    • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for card base

Call Me On My Shell Phone!


Mermaids and anything related to them are really big in the card making world right now.

For this project, I used the new Essentials by Ellen stamp set, Mermaid’s Tail. I love the detailed pattern on the mermaid tail and the clever sentiments and puns that come along with the set.

How I made this project:

I stamped the mermaid tail onto watercolor card stock with Versafine ink in Onyx Black. This ink is waterproof and therefore would work well with the watercolor pens I used to color the image.

I chose 3 shades of purple watercolor pens (Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens) to color the body of the mermaid tail. I blended the 3 purples to create an ombré look using a watercolor brush. I colored the fin in a yellow-toned color (actual color was called flesh) and blended that color out using the water color brush.

Once the watercolors dried, I applied a light gold watercolor wash from Gansai Tambi’s Starry Colors watercolor set. I painted the color wash between the scales of the tail and over the fin itself. The color I used from this set was #905-Light Gold. The photo of the project doesn’t pick up the slight gold shimmer, but when the card is held at an angle, you definitely see. This is an unexpected surprise that the receiver of the card will notice.

I die cut the tail after it was thoroughly air dried.

I wanted to create some additional dimension for the card front without it detracting from the color and details of the mermaid tail. To do this, I used a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder called Wave and embossed an A2-sized of white card stock. The embossing folder creates a softly raised wave background. This piece was cut down to 4″ x 5.25″ because I wanted to mat the finished card front onto a piece of black A2-sized cardstock. The card front was adhered to the black mat with Scor-Tape,

I die-cut a double-fishtail banner from white cardstock and stamped it with the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

All the pieces (mermaid tail, sentiment banner) were mounted onto the card front as you see on the project. I added purple sequins and a small die-cut clam shell for more interest.

The entire card front was mounted onto an A2 top-folding card base.

I like the details of this card and hope you do too.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Mermaid’s Tail
  • Dies: Mermaid Tail’s coordinating dies (tail and clam shell)
  • Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder Wave
  • Inks: Versafine Ink in Onyx Black.
  • Markers: Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (081-Light Violet; 082-Purple; 083-Lilac; 071-Flesh)
  • Watercolors: Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set (#905 Light Gold)
  • Cardstock:  TIm Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock; Neenah Solar White 80# (card front); Black card stock (from my stash); Neenah Solar White 110# (card base).
  • Other: Hero Arts Hombre Sequins in Purple.

Happy Valentine’s Day – SSS Flickr Challenge #63


Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #63 is all about making a project using your favorite technique.

One of my favorite techniques is die-cutting. I love dies of all kinds, especially the large bold die-cut sentiments and words. They can easily become the focal point of your card design!

The card I made uses one Simon Says Stamp’s recent sentiment dies, the Big Valentine’s Day die. The sentiment was die cut from gold foil cardstock. I also die cut the sentiment two more times using white 80# cardstock and then adhered the three pieces together for a more raised look.

The background I mounted the sentiment on was created using washes of Distress Inks in several different colors on watercolor cardstock. Once the watercolor cardstock panel was thoroughly dry, I placed a floral-patterned stencil over it and used a dauber to gently dab on white pigment ink. The pigment ink I used has a slight sheen to it.

I had to be careful while inking the stencil because the stencil was quite delicate, with a lot of open areas. The end result was soft floral impressions against a rosy pink watercolor background. I liked the effect, vibrant, but soft enough to not overpower the die-cut sentiment.

I added a few sequins and some tiny die-cut hearts. The tiny hearts were cut from the same gold foil used for the sentiment.
The front panel was cut down to a 4 inch by 5.25 inch panel and the edges of the panel were colored with a sponge applicator to deepen the color around edges a little bit more.

The finished panel was mounted using foam tape onto an A2, top-folding card base (Simon Says Stamp cardstock in Doll Pink).

Supplies used in creating this project:
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Big Valentine’s Day die; Memory Box: Heart Delights die (for the small heart embellishments – this die may be no longer available).

Stencils: Memory Box: Modern Fantasy Flowers stencil.

Inks: Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Wild Violet; Tsukineko: Brilliance pigment ink in Moonlight White.

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock; DCWV gold foil cardstock from a foil stack; Simon Says Stamp cardstock: Doll Pink.