Cheers 2017! Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge Jan. 2017

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The Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge for January, 2017 came from the inspiration photo below:

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I was inspired by the gold lettering against the black background, the oval wreath and “year” themes.

I love metallic colors against black, especially gold against black. Metallic colors really seem to pop against a black background. The “this year” sentiment also made me think about the coming New Year. We’ve almost finished the first month of the New Year, and I only just made a card to celebrate it. Maybe one of my resolutions should be not to procrastinate.

I know one of my resolutions should include posting the cards I make more often on my blog. I make more cards than I actually post. However, by the time I’m finished with a card design (and I really agonize over the designs), I’m exhausted. So the idea of writing about the card sometimes becomes overwhelming. But I really need to do more posting. I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll do more postings.

Anyway, back to my project. I ran with the theme of black and gold and found a 6×6 cardstock pad that had all black and gold and cream designs. I’ve been hoarding this pad for a long time. (Note to self: Stop hoarding supplies and use them! This is another new year’s resolution.)

I cut a piece of A2-sized black cardstock along the diagonal. Then, I chose a complimentary pattern from my cardstock pad (gold dots against a cream-colored background); cut an A2-sized piece of the patterned paper along the diagonal as well. I now had 2-pieces of cardstock that I could mount onto an A2-sized mat.

After mounting the two diagonally-cut pieces together, I die-cut a wreath in gold foil cardstock and mounted it against the patterned side of the card front. I then stamped the word “cheers” from the Essentials by Ellen Advent stamp set onto the black side of the card front using Delicata Golden Glitz ink. I had to stamp the word several times to get the impression I wanted (thank God for my MISTI!).

I also stamped the numbers 2, 0, 1, and 7 from the same stamp set onto a scrap piece of black card stock in the same gold ink. Again, I had to stamp the number several times with my MISTI to get the proper coverage.

I die cut the stamped numbers using the coordinating dies for the Advent stamp set. The numbers were adhered underneath the “CHEERS” sentiment with tiny black foam adhesive pieces.

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

So there you have it! An almost-one-month-old New Year’s greeting card! Better late than never.

But sincerely, to everyone reading this post, I wish you a very happy, healthy, exciting New Year brimming with creativity.

 

Supplies used in creating this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Advent stamp set.

Dies: Essentials by Ellen Advent coordinating dies.

Cardstock: My Mind’s Eye: Yes, Please 6×6 cardstock pad; DCWV: gold foil cardstock from foil pack; Papertrey Ink: True Black (100#); Neenah Solar White cardstock (110#).

Ink: Tsukineko: Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.

EEK Ghosts! – Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

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This month’s Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge inspiration plays tribute to Fall and all its trappings from pumpkins, leaves, Halloween parties, treats and the color orange.

Here is the inspiration photo:

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My interpretation of the images is a pumpkin patch late on Halloween night. Ghosts float eerily above the pumpkins in the field and a bat flies menacingly overhead.

For this haunting scene (pun intended), I used the Essentials by Ellen stamp set, Got Candy and its matching dies. I stamped all the images on white cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I knew I was going to color the pumpkins with Copic markers and Memento Ink is Copic-friendly. The pumpkins were colored in three shades of Copics from the YR family and blended. I die cut all the images using the coordinating dies for the stamp set.

To create my background, I used black cardstock for my A2-sized card front. I then die cut an arch out of the card front. I used a die from a set of nesting dies by My Favorite things to do this. I used the same die to cut out an arch from deep purple cardstock for my night sky. The purple piece was inserted into the negative area of my card front.

I proceeded with assembling all my die-cut images. The ghosts and pumpkins were all glued together, after arranging them the way you see here. I then raised the entire piece with foam tape and the pied was adhered at the bottom of the arch. The bat was mounted with foam tape as well and adhered onto the night sky up to the left. The entire card front was then adhered to an A2 top-folding, portrait-oriented card base.

The sentiment is from the same Got Candy stamp set. I die-cut a banner with irregular edges from the same purple cardstock and embossed the sentiment onto it with white embossing powder. The sentiment was mounted on foam tape and adhered just below the arch.

The end result isn’t scary at all, but rather cute and fun. Hope you like the card and have a fun, not scary, Halloween.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:  Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen: Got Candy stamp set.

Dies: Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen coordinating dies for Got Candy stamp set; Simon Says Stamp: Sketchy Banners dies set (smaller banner); My Favorite Things Die-namics: Stitched Arch STAX die set (largest die).

Ink & Markers: Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink; Versamark Ink; Copic Markers: YR08, YR16, YR18.

Other: Hero Arts: White embossing powder.

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge With Pinkfresh

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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

Paper:
• 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.

It’s Your Time to Bloom: Pin-Sights Challenge

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The inspirational photo shown below was provided as a starting point for the Ellen Hutson August, 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge.

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The beautiful floral images in this photo are my point of reference for this challenge as well as the soft, graceful pleats on the back of the bride’s gown.

To imitate the pleats, I used the W R Memory Keeps Next Level 3D embossing folder named Wave. There are two folders in this set, and I chose to use the one with the soft wavy linear lines. I can’t say enough about how I love WRMK’s 3D embossing folders. I have a few of the sets and can’t say which one is my favorite. If you like interesting and unique dimension in your cards like I do, try out one of these folder sets. They really give a card that special something. I don’t know if my photo of the card does the wave pattern justice. The lines are so pretty and subtle.

Since I had decided on using an embossing folder for the background, I chose to use die-cut flowers on top of the embossing. I didn’t think stamping on the embossed surface would produce a clean stamped image. The Essentials by Ellen line has a lot of beautiful floral dies. I chose a flower die and leaves from the Wild Garden die set.

I die cut the flowers and leaves from the set using Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. Using sponge daubers, I used distress inks to color the flowers and leaves. I used separate daubers for each color. The flowers were blended using the colors Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry. The leaves were colored by blending Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio. The die-cut flower pieces and leaves were assembled and glued onto the embossed card front as you see.

The sentiment was heat embossed with gold embossing powder onto a double-stitched circle. Sparkling Clear sequins were added to the front of the circle with micro glue dots. The circle was then glued to the card using the same micro glue dots hidden behind the clear sparkling sequins on the circle.

Since the card front was slightly warped due to the embossing, I cut down its original size from 4.25” by 5.5” to 4.0” by 5.25”. The piece was then adhered to a piece of white fun foam cut slightly smaller in dimension.  I used Be Creative Tape for this.

The front of the card was then mounted onto a top-folding, portrait-oriented card base cut from Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.

Hope you like my inspiration for the Pin-Sights Challenge.

Supplies used in making this project:

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: Wild Garden; My Favorite Things: Doubled-Stitched Circle Stax die set.

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamp set (sentiment).

Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Embossing Folders: Wave.

Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron,  Cracked Pistachio ; Versamark Ink.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80#; Neenah Solar White 110#; Bazzill Vellum 40#.

Other:   WOW Pale Rich Gold embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins;

Hello Spring: SSS Flickr Challenge #42

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The theme for the forty-second Simon Says Challenge is things that remind us of spring.

Bright colored flowers always remind me of spring. Spring colors are always so fresh and vivid which is such a contrast from the gray days of winter. I used bright colors for my flowers and bright green for the stems. I imitated the bright flower beds I see planted in the spring.

I added butterflies that were punched out of bright pink cardstock using an old Martha Stewart’s punch.

This card is fairly simple no special stamping techniques and I didn’t add any special background because I just wanted all the flowers and butterflies to pop.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Birthday Flowers stamp set.

Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Painted Hello.; Martha Stewart butterflies punch (obsolete).

Inks: Papertrey Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise, Bright Buttercup, and New Leaf.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz for the punched butterflies, New Leaf for matting the card front.

 

 

 

All My Love: Ellen Hutson Pin Sight Challenge

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The inspiration for Ellen Hutson’s March Pin Sights Challenge incorporates lots of shades of green with gold. Here are the images for this challenge:

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Since I knew I wanted a water-colored background, I decided to use the smooth side of a sheet of Tim Holtz’s Distress Watercolor Cardstock for the card front. Stamping on the smooth side would give me crisper embossed images.

I first inked my flower images and their stems with Versamark and then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder. I then did the same for the butterfly image and the sentiment.

While I love the greens, the only green inks I had were from Papertrey Ink so I used greens that were similar to the inspiration images.  In order to get the blended greens in the background, I placed my ink pad face down onto a plastic palette and “smooshed” the inks onto the surface. I then watered down the colors with a lot of water from my paint brush and then painted the background with the inks.

The butterfly was colored using the same green inks in a less-watered down version and a wet brush.

I mounted the finished card front onto fun foam to even out the warping from the heat embossing and then matted that on top of forest green cardstock.

 

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy; Bold Blooms; Love You So (sentiment).

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Ocean Tides and Mint Julep; Versamark for embossed images.

Cardstock: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock; Papertrey Ink: Pinefeather as a mat for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

Other: WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale.

Happy Fall: Ellen Hutson October Pin-Sight Challenge

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Ellen Hutson’s October Pin-Sight Challenge is all about Fall. That’s fine with me because Fall, next to Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Bright sunny days and cooler weather is my thing. I love it when I can wear sweaters to ward off the slight chill in the air, unencumbered by bulky down coats and boots. Yay!

Here are the inspiration images for this challenge:

My project captures the orange and golden tones of the season along with fading greens.

All the images were stamped in Versafine pigment ink in Vintage Sepia and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I then colored the images using Distress Inks, a paintbrush and water.

The images were die cut after the images were colored and thoroughly air-dried. I die cut a center panel from cream-colored cardstock using a small rectangular stitched die and cut a slightly larger piece in a rich earthy orange-toned and an A2 sized piece in a rich brown color. All the pieces were mounted as shown and the die-cut images were arranged as shown.

The sentiment in middle of the card front was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed using a copper metallic embossing powder,

Everything was then mounted on an A2 top-folding vertical card base.

Have a happy Fall!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Thankful stamp set and Autumn Acorns stamp set; My Favorite Things: Linen Background stamp.

Dies: Essentials by Ellen: Thankful die set and Autumn Acorns dies; Avery Elle: Wonky Stitches die set (smaller stitched rectangle).

Inks: Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge, Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade; Versafine ink:  Vintage Sepia; Versamark ink.

Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Cream cardstock (center panel); Papertrey Ink cardstock: Terracotta Tile and Dark Chocolate; Neenah Solar White 110#.

Other: WOW embossing powder: Copper Metallic; Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Bronze Sequins (4mm).