A Day Bursting with Joy

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Hello everyone,

The inspiration photos shown below for the June Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge is filled with bright summer floral colors.

My project incorporates these beautiful colors in the peonies. I’ve also added a touch of gold around the edges. For information on how I made this project and the supplies I used, read on below.

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How I made this project:

I blended three of the colors (Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber) from the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks line onto an A2-sized piece of hot press watercolor paper. A mini ink blending tool was used for this. The Distress Oxides blend so smoothly!

After getting the colors blended like I wanted, I stamped three peony flower images onto the blended background. I used a black archival ink that would not bleed if I decided to add water splatters to the background. Ultimately I didn’t use water splatters because I thought it might distract from the large blooms and the softly blended, bright background. I wanted the colors to pop so I decided to adhere the card front against an A2-sized black mat. To do this, I had to cut the card front down to 4″ x 5.25″.

The flowers against the black mat were striking, but to further emphasize this, I smudged Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold around the edges of the card front. This was done before I adhered the card front to the black mat. The entire front was adhered to an A2 card base.

I stamped the sentiment onto a black strip of cardstock using gold ink. The strip was mounted onto the card using foam tape.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Ellen Hutson Essentials by Ellen: Mondo Peony stamp set; Essentials by Ellen: Lovely stamps set (sentiment).

Inks:  Distress Oxide Inks: Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, and Fossilized Amber; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Tsukineko Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz.

Cardstock: Hot press water color paper; Bazzill Cardstock: Licorice Twist.

Other: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Indian Gold; Misti Stamping Tool.

 

 

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).

Have a Beautiful Day: Ellen Hutson Mix-It-Up-Challenge

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The September, 2015 Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge requires combining any Essentials by Ellen and Impression Obsession products.  Impression Obsession makes some great red rubber cling background stamps and I have collected a few. The line of Essentials by Ellen clear stamps has a number of beautiful floral images. All the images are quite versatile and can be used in a number of ways.

For this challenge I decide to use florals in my card composition. So, I combined Impression Obsession’s Doodle Flowers 6”x6” background stamp with floral images from Ellen’s Bohemian Garden. I think the images from both brands really coordinate well and I am quite pleased with the results. I hope you like the final creation as well.

I first stamped the cling background piece onto an A2-sized piece white cardstock using a pinky-coral ink. I cut the stamped A2 piece in half along the diagonal. I then took a piece of A2-sized blush-pink cardstock and randomly stamped several of the Bohemian Garden images on it using the same pinky-coral ink used on the white cardstock piece. Note: I drew a diagonal pencil mark from corner to corner on the blush-pink cardstock as a guide to mark off the area I was going to create my background. I didn’t stamp the entire area of the blush-pink cardstock, only the area that would show.

I then adhered the white piece of stamped cardstock onto the bottom half of the stamped blush-pink cardstock. This served as the front of my card. I die-cut a narrow frame from gold metallic cardstock from my stash.  I used two dies from Papertrey Ink’s Mat Stack #1 dies to make the frame. Then using the larger of the two dies, I cut a vellum piece, and heat embossed the sentiment (also from Bohemian Garden) using gold embossing powder onto it. The sentiment piece was adhered to the back of the gold frame and gold sequins were added to finish the look. I adhered the entire frame to the front of the card and the card front was mounted onto a top-folding landscape-oriented card base.

Have a great day!

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen: Bohemian Garden stamp set; Impression Obsession: Cover-a-Card Doodle Flowers,

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Melon Berry; Versamark.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80lb for card front; Papertrey Ink: Sweet Blush for card front; gold metallic paper from my stash; Bazzill 40# Vellum; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

Other:  WOW embossing powder in Gold Rich Pale; Pretty Pink Post gold metallic sequins (4mm and 6mm sizes).

Autumn Is A Second Spring: EH Mix It Up Challenge

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The Ellen Hutson Classroom August Mix It Up Challenge requires combining any Ellen Hutson Essentials and Clearly Besotted product.

I have seen new stamps for Christmas as well as projects from crafters using the Holiday theme. However, I’m not ready to start my Christmas projects as yet. I’m just trying to savor the last bits of summer before the inevitable cold, gray weather sets in again! Unfortunately, I know fall isn’t too far away.  School starts soon and it’s starting to get darker earlier in the evenings.

So, I decided to celebrate autumn in this Ellen Hutson challenge. I love autumn, the crisp cooler (not cold) days and the vibrant colors I see all around. I love days in autumn when the sky is a bright, clear blue and the leaves are all vivid shades of red, gold and yellow.

For this project, I used a mix of leaf images from the Essentials by Ellen Autumn Acorn and the Clearly Besotted Autumn Flowers stamp sets. I love the leaves from both of these sets. I think that the combination of a more graphic-designed leaf with traditional looking maple leaves makes for an interesting mix.

I stamped a background montage of leaves in autumnal colors onto to a circle of white cardstock about 2.75 inches in diameter. I added a variety of different colored dots using one of the images from the Autumn Acorn set for added interest and to fill up blank areas in the background. I then used a stitched circle die to cut out an area on a vertical A2 card which I used to layer over my stamped background. The circle die was slightly smaller than background image circle. I cut down the width of the A2 to 4 inches and mounted that onto an A2-sized rust-colored piece of cardstock. The card front was stamped with an the autumn quote from the Clearly Besotted stamp set and mounted onto a top-folding vertical-oriented card base of white cardstock.

I add some coppery-brown colored glittered dome-shaped embellishments around the sentiment as a finishing touch.

Hope you like the card.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen Autumn Acorns stamp set; Clearly Besotted’s Autumn Flowers stamp set.

Dies: My Favorite Things: Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows die

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# for card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base; Papertrey Ink cardstock in Terracotta Tile.

Inks: Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Time, Canyon Clay, New Leaf, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Autumn Rose.

Other: Glitter domes in coppery-brown from my stash.

Have a Cozy Christmas – Cool Dude Santa

This is another card I made using stamps from the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2014 release. I love the Santa with the shades! He’s such a cool dude. It looks like Santa took a bite out of the poor gingerbread man while sipping some hot chocolate.

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Well anyway, enough storytelling.

I die cut a 3-opening film strip using Pretty Pink Posh’s die and PTI’s Pinefeather cardstock. I  stamped the images onto white cardstock. The gingerbread man was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and the other 2  images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. All images were colored using Copic makers (I only colored Mr. Gingerbread man’s eyes, mouth and bow tie in red). After coloring, I fussy-cut the images.

The backing to the 3-opening strip is a piece of kraft cardstock cut down to the same size as the strip and then stamped in red ink using the argyle-patterned background stamp.  After adhering the backing to the film strip, I mounted the fussy-cut images onto the strip using small dimensional foam dots. Then I mounted the strip onto a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of red cardstock. This entire piece was mounted onto an A2 top-folding card. The sentiment was stamped using white craft ink.

Supplies used in making this card: Stamps: Essentials by Ellen’s Tis the Season stamp set by Julie Ebersole and Cozy Christmas stamp set by Julie Ebersole; Impression Obsession’s Dotted Argyle background stamp. Cardstock: Papertrey Ink in Pure Poppy ,Pinefeather and Kraft; Neenah Solar white 80 lb.; Neenah Solar White 110 lb. (for card base). Inks: Memento inks in Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Up Whisper White craft ink. Other Supplies: Dies: Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Film Strip Die; Copic Markers; dimensional foam dots.