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.

I Love Fall Most of All

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This month’s Mix It Up Challenge on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog requires the use of any creative combination of Essentials by Ellen and Concord & 9th stamps.

I chose to create a card with warm autumnal colors to welcome the Fall season. The leaves used in this card feature leaves from Essentials by Ellen’s Autumn Acorns and Concord & 9th’s Give Thanks stamp sets. The sentiment is from the Give Thanks set.

I used my MISTI stamping tool to help me stamp the leaves to ensure that I got good impressions of the solid leaf images as well as their outline images. I love the line images from both sets and you could make tons of different cards with these sets.

The sentiment piece was die cut from vellum using a stitched die. It was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed using Copper embossing powder.

I cut down the original card front by 1/8 of an inch on the top and bottom so that the final length was 4 inches by 5.5 inches across. The card panel was mounted on rust-colored A2 card mat and then the entire front was mounted on a top-folding, landscape oriented A2 card.

Hope you enjoy the fall colors as much as I do.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:
Concord & 9th: Give Thanks; Essentials by Ellen: Autumn Acorns

Dies:
WPlus9 – Gift Card Layers Die (stitched rectangle from this set).

Inks:
Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Inks in Raspberry Jam, Just Rust, Butter Bar and Cup O’ Joe (outline for the leaves) ; Hero Arts Bold Inks in Caramel, Tangerine and Moss; Versmark Ink.

Cardstock:
Neenah Solar White 80# for the front card panel, Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile as mat for the card panel; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base; Bazzill 40# Vellum for stitched-rectangular sentiment.

Other:
Hero Arts embossing powder in Copper; Pretty Pink Posh 6mm flat sequins in Bronze and 4mm cupped sequins in Bronze.

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;

Be-You-Ti-Ful: Pin Sights Challenge

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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.

Love & Hugs

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Here’s another post for Ellen Hutson’s July, 2016 Mix It Up Challenge with Neat & Tangled.

Maybe it’s the hot, humid weather here in Chicago that has made me kind of sluggish and a little bit lazy in making more elaborate cards. Whatever the reason, I’m currently into a minimal CAS card style with very little if any embellishments (sequins, glitter, etc.).

This is a second card I made for Ellen Hutson’s classroom July, 2016 Mix It Up Challenge.

It features a cascade of hearts (Neat & Tangled: Falling Hearts) and a simple sentiment in straight and simple lines (Essentials by Ellen: All Inside (words love and hug) and Basic Alpha (for the ampersand).

The cascading hearts were stamped multiple times across the top of the card front using a rich red ink. I stamped the words love and hugs from the All Inside stamp set and stamped the small ampersand from the Basic Alpha stamp set between the two words. I cut down my original A2 card front by trimming it an eighth of an inch on the vertical sides (for a 4-inch by 5.5 inch card front) and then mounted this onto an A2, top-folding card base.

Wishing you love & hugs!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: All Inside (sentiment words), Basic Alpha (ampersand); Neat & Tangled: Falling Hearts stamp.

Inks: Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink: Royal Red (hearts); Versafine: Black Onyx (sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# card front; WPlus9; black cardstock for card base.

Up the Happy: Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge with Neat & Tangled

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Summer has been really busy and I haven’t had the chance to post cards, though I’ve made several. Today I pushed myself to do a post.

This is a card I made for Ellen Hutson’s classroom July, 2016 Mix It Up Challenge. The challenge requires that you use stamps or products from Essentials by Ellen and Neat & Tangled. I decided to go with a CAS style card. I chose images with strong graphic lines from both brands that I think go well together.

The clouds and balloon where colored with watercolor coloring pencils and then die-cut and then popped-up on the card front using dimensional foam dots. All other images were stamped directly onto the card front.

I love Neat & Tangled’s products. They have a very graphic feel to them and they’ve just recently added cute critters (Kitty’s Favorite Things) and other whimsical images such as a mermaid (Mermazing).

I remember buying my first sets (Little Tangles and On the Strip) from them before they were ever sold by online stamp stores such as Ellen Hutson and Simon Says Stamp.

The N&T Punchinella stamp is one that looks great in bold colors or on tone-on-tone. N&T even has a Punchinella die!

Have an outstanding and happy day!

 

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: Essentials by Ellen: Up the Happy (clouds and balloon); Neat & Tangled: Punchinella stamp (background).

Dies:  Essentials by Ellen: coordinating dies to the Up the Happy stamp set.

Inks and other Coloring Mediums:  WPlus9: Flamingo (background); Versafine: Black Onyx (cloud and balloon images and sentiment); Staedtler watercolor pencils (coloring for clouds and balloon).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# card front; Coral colored card stock from my stash for card front mat; Neenah Solar White 110# for card base.

You Are My Person: EH Challenge

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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).

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.

Hello Sunshine Chick: Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge

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Spring is coming. It’s time for more sunshine and brighter colors. I hope the card I created for the Ellen Hutson March Mix It Up Challenge with Pretty Pink Posh reflects this.

I focused on creating a blue sky with a hint of haze from clouds and the fresh green color of spring grass. I added a cute baby chick as well and was going for a bright, but soft fresh look.

The sky and grass were colored using Distress inks in Tumbled Grass and Twisted Citron and a blending tool.

The chick is from Pretty Pink Posh’s Birdie Notes stamp set and is colored with Copics (Y13, Y18, and Y38). The sun smiling down on the chick is from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp set and is stamped onto Papertrey Ink’s Summer Sunrise cardstock and die-cut from the coordinating die.

I have a rubber stamp that has tufts of grass and used it to create more dimension (grass) on the ground. That little stamp comes in very handy at time.

The sentiment is actually from 2 stamp sets. The “hello” is from Ellen Hutson’s All inside and the word “Sunshine” from Pretty Pink Posh’s Rainy Days stamp set. The sentiment was stamped onto a die-cut piece using Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Speech Bubbles die set.

I stamped and colored the front of an A2 piece of cardstock and after the coloring was all done, I die-cut the center of the card using a die from My Favorite Thing’s Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax set. I then mounted the cut piece onto foam board and glued it back into place. The foam board raises the center area of the card and gives the card front a nice bit of dimension.

The sun was attached to the raised panel of the card front and embellished with a Wink of Stella pen in clear. Finishing touches wouldn’t be complete without adding some sequins for a bit of glimmer.

Hope you like the card!

Supplies used in this project:

Stamps: Ellen Hutson: All Inside stamp set (for the sun and word “hello”); Pretty Pink Posh: Birdie notes (chick), Rainy Days stamp set (for the word “Sunshine”).

 Inks: Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass (sky), Twisted Citron (grass);  Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (for the images). Copic Markers in Y13 (Lemon Yellow), Y18 (Lightning Yellow), Y38 (Honey) for the chick.

Dies: Ellen Hutson coordinating dies to the All Inside stamp set; Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Speech Bubbles die set; My Favorite Things: Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax.

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# (card front) and 110# cardstock (card base); Papertrey Ink: Summer Sunrise.

Other: Wink of Stella (clear); Pretty Pink Posh Sequins (clear).

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).

Believe-Dream: Ellen Hutson Challenge

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I really enjoy making and giving cards that are inspirational. This is especially true when someone I know is going through some difficult times. I want them to know that they are not alone and that I’m thinking of them. This is true for all card makers, part of the satisfaction of our hobby is making someone smile, feel comforted, or appreciated.

This card is made for anyone who ever wonders if they’ll ever achieve their life’s dream. I know several people in my life who have really worked hard at finding and following their life’s purpose. So this card is for them and all those like them. Keep believing and working toward your dream because “if you can dream it, you can do it”.

Part of the sentiment on this card is a quote from Walt Disney. He was a master of turning his dreams into reality.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps:

  • Essentials by Ellen: Brushstroke Christmas
  • WPlus9: Dream Believer stamp set, Luck Stars stamp set
  • My Favorite Things: Jumbo Abstract Art

Inks:

  • Versafine ink: Onyx Black
  • Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Pool and Soft Pool
  • Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Metallic Ink

Cardstock:

  • Neenah Solar White 80# (card front), 110# (card base)
  • Papertrey Ink: Enchanted Evening (mat for card front)