Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge!

The awesome people at Ellen Hutson are having another Pin-Sights Challenge.  They do one every month, and the only requirements are that you use one Ellen Hutson product and let your creativity fly off the springboard of the Pinterest Inspiration pic posted.  Tons of fun and easy peasy–no stress either since it is a random drawing for a $50 Ellen Hutson gift certificate.

I loved  the greens and golds in the  Inspiration Picture; they are what really spoke to me.  I was also super excited to break out some of my newest toys to create my card (which I made for a friend who is having surgery soon).

I started off with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of textured, shimmery gold card stock, which I die cut with Pretty Pink Posh’s new Stitched Notes die.  I then laid the inner detail wing dies from Concord and 9th’s newer Butterfly Card die set as close together as possible and ran that through my die cutter.  I applied Stick it to a piece of black card stock and cut the wings with the larger outer wing dies from the same set.  I then laid the inner detail dies on the black card stock wings and ran that through my die cutter.  I trimmed off the stray pieces of card stock and applied liberal amounts of clear Wink of Stella on each of the detailed wing pieces.  Then I removed the adhesive backing from the Stick It and carefully laid the detailed black wings over the detailed gold wings on the gold panel.

I cut a piece of Bristol Smooth ️️paper into a rectangle slightly smaller than 3 1/2″ x 5″.  I traced around the larger butterfly outer dies lightly with a pencil so I had a guide for coloring the butterfly.  For the upper two wings, I used Copic G02 (Spectrum Green) and G17 (Forest Green) to color the two upper wings and G02 (Spectrum Green) and G00 (Jade Green) to color the lower wings.  I applied Wink of Stella generously to the wings.  I secured the gold panel on top of the Bristol smooth panel with my ATG.  I cut out the body of the butterfly from a piece of black card stock with Stick It and a piece of black craft foam with Stick It.  I adhered the cardstock body on the foam body and liberally applied Wink of Stella to the butterfly’s body.  I removed the adhesive backing from the craft foam and attached it to the butterfly.

I ran a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ black card stock through my die cutter with the Pretty Pink Posh Stictched Notes rectangle, and I adhered it to a piece of green card stock with tape runner.  Then I adhesed the gold panel inside that with ATG.  I cut a strip of black card stock and stamped it with the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Mondo Hydrangea.  I just love that font!  I finished the card off with one of each size of Pretty Pink Posh’s new Sparkling Clear Confetti mix.

I’m really happy with how this card turned out, and it was a lot of fun to make!  There are so many great new products out there, it’s hard not to want them all!

Thank you for stopping by!




Hodge Podge of Cards

Since breaking out of my crafting slump, I’m finding I only want to make cards.  Between the awful weather we’ve been having, buying some fun new products and being reinvigorated, I have a whole new zeal to spend time in my craft room.  Here are some of the cards that have helped power me out of my crafting doldrums.  I included some crepe paper flowers I made for a bridal shower gift.

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge!

image.jpgEllen Hutson is having another fun Mix it Up Challenge featuring their products combined with Paper Smooches that runs until March 14th.  The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson.  (I need to give a shout out to Ellen Hutson here for having 2 contests every month that give everyone a chance to win a very generous prize!)

I took a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Canson cold pressed water color paper and ran it through the Essentials by Ellen Silver Linings die.  Each die was turned the opposite way it’s normally used.  I was aiming for a diamond/gem faceted look–which as you can see didn’t turn out the way I expected once I colored it, but you have to keep moving forward.  I was able to rescue it from myself, but it appears more tie-dyed in appearance.  So this card is more hippy-dippy than classy and elegant, lol!  (Maybe I should draw a peace sign on the balloon and put a headband on the bunny, haha!)

I masked off the 4 sides of the die cut image with Post It Notes then colored the “facets” of the background with Zig Clean Color Real brush markers using 030 Blue, 030 Cornflower, 032 Persian Blue, and 030 Cobalt. I used water to blend and blotted with a dry paper towel.  After it was dry, I shellacked it with Clear Wink of Stella. When that dried, I went over the score lines with a white gel pen (since some of them lost visibility when I colored them in with the markers and removed the Post It Notes..

I stamped the balloon and the bunny from Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware stamp set and cut them out as well as white craft foam (that had Stick It on both sides) with their coordinating dies.  Zig colors for the balloon are:  025 Pink, 028 Pale Pink and 026 Light Pink.  I shellacked the balloon in Clear Wink of Stella and adhered the craft foam balloon to the back..  I colored the bunny with Copic Markers N0, N2, and N4 and adhered the craft foam bunny to the back.  He is the matte focal point, lol!  (I have a horrible addiction to Wink of Stella and sequins.  I need a 12 Step program for my bling addiction–no card goes unscathed!)

I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Fun and Flirty set in Majestic Blue Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  This is such a fun set with upbeat messages, and I love the fonts!  I adhered the card front to a piece of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 pink card stock.

I tied a piece of gold cord to the balloon and adhered the balloon to the card front (putting a dot of Ranger Matte Medium on the knot of the cord to hopefully prevent it from coming unknotted).  I adhered the bunny to the card front and glued the end of the cord to his hand with Ranger Matte Medium, placing a 3 mm sequin on top.   I finished the card with 3, 4, and 6 mm. clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh which I glued on with Ranger Matte Medium (I need to buy this stuff by the gallon, it is my go to adhesive when I don’t use tape of any kind).

Thank you for stopping by my humble blog and sharing my misadventures in card making yet again!  🙂




Thank God for not so little girls! (And how to save a card from yourself!)

The final product!
Don’t forget to have your envelope bling it on Home!
How to make a bunny sit and the inspiration card.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been in the worst card making slump!  I’m still struggling with post-Christmas crafting blahs.  Fortunately, I have several nieces who have birthdays at opportune times.  Feeling drained of all creativity and tired of staring at Elfa wall shelving, I turned to one of my favorite go to craft supply websites, Ellenhutson.com and their always inspiring “The Classroom”.  Lucky for me, there was a new Pin-Sights Challenge!

And score, there was a beautiful inspiration card by Waleska Galindo in tranquil, soft aqua tones!  It was exactly what I needed to get me going!  I shamelessly ripped off her card but with a couple of my own signature touches–hello Wink of Stella and clear sequins!

I actually made my waves first, but in retrospect, I should have done the background first (although, doing the waves first led to a happy accident I will explain later).  I will tell you how I made my card, but don’t do as I say, ok?

I took two pieces of Canson cold pressed water color paper, 4″ x 2 1/2″ and 4″ x 1 3/4″ and cut them out using WPlus9 Design Studio Wave Border die.  I then put Stick it on both sides of a piece of 4 x 1 1/2″ aqua craft foam and die cut it out to match the shorter wave.  I applied Tumbled Glass distress ink directly to the upper part of each wave, then blended it in with a sponge blending tool and ran it under my heat gun.  Then I applied Peacock Feathers Distress Ink directly to the lower portion of the waves then blended them upwards with the sponge blending tool.  I spritzed both pieces with water, let sit for 30-60 seconds then placed a paper towel directly on them.  I repeated this twice being sure the Peacock Feathers was a deep, saturated color. Then I took a wet paintbrush and flicked Kuretake Gansi Tambi Starry Colors in White Gold on them, and used it to lightly paint the tops of the waves.  After the shorter wave was thoroughly dry, I adhered the craft foam to the back of it.

I then went about making my background (which honestly, I should have done first, lol!)  I used a piece of 4″ x 5″ Canson water color paper and applied Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon direct to paper and used blending tools as described above.  I was absolutely horrified to discover that there was almost no differentiation between the sky and the sea!  What to do; how can I salvage this card?  In desperation, I spritzed a bunch of water on the background, let it sit for a minute then sponged it off with a dry paper towel.  I tried to lift up as much color as possible.  I cut out cloud masks with Pretty Pink Posh rainy day dies from full adhesive Post-it Notes to create masks.  I laid them on the background and applied more distress ink with the sponge blending tools.  Peeling off the masks, I was relieved that the clouds magically transformed the monolithic surface and added texture and lightness.

I stamped the bunny, umbrella, present and flowers from Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware stamp set with My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Hot Fudge on Canson water color paper.  I then colored them with Copic markers.  Flowers:  B39, RV52, and RB17.  Bunny:  N0,N2, N4.  Present:  BG18, BG53, BG000, BG78 and BG72.  Umbrella:  BG13, BG15, BG000, BG53 and N6.  Then I shellacked them all with Wink of Stella and cut them out with their coordinating dies.  I also die cut the bunny and the umbrella out of a piece of white craft foam that had Stick It on both sides.  I adhered the umbrella piece to the back of the umbrella.  I cut the bunny shaped foam right under the belly. and cut off the top part of its legs.  I scored the bunny at the bottom of his belly, and at what I imagined were his knees and folded it so he could be in a sitting position.  I adhered the foam to the bunny.

I assembled the card by determining placement of the floating bouquet under the taller wave.  I glued the bouquet down with Ranger Matte Medium, and then glued the taller wave on top.  I positioned the shorter wave so the present nestled under it. I glued the present with Matte Medium then adhered the shorter wave on top.  I played around a little until I was satisfied with the angle and location of the umbrella and adhered that over the shorter wave.  I seated the bunny on top of the umbrella and secured him down.  Final touches were Avery Elle’s Sentimental stamp set’s “Happy Birthday” stamped in Majestic Blue Versafine Ink with clear embossing powder (again, in retrospect, I should have done this earlier and used my stamp positioning tool–I was lucky that it stamped ok using just an acrylic block and didn’t need to be restamped).  I also used 3 and 4 mm clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh as well as a half inch  “14” that I cut out of silver sparkle paper (my niece is turning 14) using my Cricut and the Extreme Fonts cartridge (Junior font).

I mounted the card front to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of teal card stock and adhered that onto a 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ pool card base.

I also decorated an A-6  envelope (this card is too big and too fat for an A-4) with  Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen Spread The Sparkle Stamp set, Copic markers, Wink of Stella Nuvo Drops,a sentiment from Paper Smooches Fun and Flirty stamp set and letters stamped from Concord and 9th Sophisticated Scripts sets.!

(I meant to put the inspiration pic from the Pin Sight Challenge up top, but I was unable to execute that!  D’oh!)  One of these days, I will get this blogging thing down, lol!  Maybe… Thank you for visiting my very humble blog!  🙂

It’s Been A While…

imageAfter surviving the Holidays and the rigors of making almost 100 Christmas and Hanukkah cards, my right brain shriveled up into the fetal position and curled into a quiet, dark corner of my square head.  It was rudely awakened by me:  “Hello, hello, anyone in there?  We need to make a bridal shower card!”  It slowly unfurled, somnolent and sclerotic, stretched and yawned.  I laid out pieces of card stock in the wedding colors of the bride to be.  It just sat and stared; I just sat and stared.  Nothing, nothing, nothing.  Finally out of desperation, I reluctantly pulled out the Ellen Hutson All Inside stamp set.  I say reluctantly because I use it time after time whenever I get Crafter’s Block.  It has saved me repeatedly, though.  I tried to resist, but I had no choice.  It was time to break out the big guns!

First I cut out the Bear using the coordinating die from Canson watercolor paper. I have found that cutting the bear out first and then stamping the image directly on top works out best for me. When I stamp it first and then try to cut it out, I have on many occasions, amputated some part of the bear–foot, ear, etc. I prefer being a competent crafter as opposed to an inept surgeon. I taped it on the back with Micropore tape to my homemade stamping tool that resembles one that rhymes with “listy”,  stamped it, the bouquet of flowers and umbrella from Ellen Hutsons Bear Wear and the bow from Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Pals all on Canson watercolor paper using My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Hot Fudge.  I then cut out the other images using their coordinating dies.

I colored the images with the following Copic Sketch markers:  N0, N2, N4 and N6 for the bear with RV10 for the rosy cheeks and inside of the ears; BG13, BG15, RV10 and RV13 for the flowers; RV10 and RV13 for the bow; BG 13, BG15, and BG 18 for the umbrella with N2 and N4 for the handle.  I used a colorless marker to blend and then shellacked everything (except the bear) with a coat or two of clear Wink of Stella.  I used a black gel pen on the bear’s eyes and nose.

I cut a piece of pink card stock into a 5″ x 3 3/4″ rectangle, then cut out the heart using My Favorite Things Abstract Heart Die, punching out the entire piece.  I cut out a piece of craft foam, slightly smaller than 5″ x 3 3/4″, lined up the pink piece of card stock with it, and lightly traced where the heart die should be placed to cut out the foam.  I adhered a piece of Stick It to both sides of the craft foam, and die cut the Abstract heart, punching out the entire piece.   I adhered a piece of Stick it to a piece of silver sparkle card stock and used the same die to cut out the intricate, abstract heart, punching out all the empty spaces.  I set that aside.  I cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″  piece of teal card stock and folded that in half to be a top folding card.  I cut out a piece of  Judikins Window Plastic slightly smaller than 5″ x 3 3/4″,  which I adhered to the back of the pink piece of cardstock using Ranger Wonder Tape.  I peeled off one side of the Stick It paper and adhered the craft foam to the back of the window plastic , being careful to get the hearts aligned.

I wiped the plastic part of the heart with a powder anti-static tool and then wiped that out with a Swiffer cloth.  I wiped the teal card base with a powder tool and then wiped it with a Swiffer cloth.  I then placed a heap of clear seed beads, Iridescent 1/4″ Star confetti, Mini Star and Mini Heart Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh on the upper center of the teal card base.  I peeled off the Stick it from the piece of foam, and gently lowered it on to the teal card base, being mindful not to allow the confetti or beads to roll out of place.  The Stick It is repositionable, however, the confetti and beads can get dislodged, if you reposition it.  Use caution here!

I stamped my greeting from Pretty Pink Posh Rainy Days “Wishing You” on a small rectangle of teal cardstock with Versamark ink, embossed with silver embossing powder, and used a slightly larger piece of silver glitter card stock to frame it.  I stamped the inside of the card with Pretty Pink Posh Rainy Days “Showers of Blessings” with Versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I adhered the framed greeting onto the cardstock using my ATG gun.  I also die cut a bear and an umbrella using the coordinating dies from craft foam with stick it on both sides.  I adhered one side of each (had to cut out parts of the umbrella so it didn’t infringe on the bear) and then secured them to the card base.

I then took the silver sparkle abstract heart I had cut out earlier, peeled off the backing of the Stick It paper and centered  it over the window plastic.  I embellished the card using sequins of varying sizes and seed beads from pretty pink posh, adhering them with Ranger Matte Medium glue.  I also glued sequins to the flowers and umbrella. Overall, I was pretty pleased with my right brain’s first foray into the new year. And even happier still, when my left brain tapped me on the shoulder and said:  “Hey, dummy!  Look, you used an Ellen Hutson product.  You used colors from the inspiration pic for the Pin Sights Challenge.  Maybe you should post this…”  And so I’m happy to say I am firing on all cylinders!  Thanks both sides of my brain, for showing up today!  It can be a rare occasion sometimes!


Fabulous Sweet 16

image.jpgEllen Hutson currently has a Mix it Up Challenge with Honey Bee and EH products.  I was getting ready to make my fabulous niece a birthday card (she’s turning 16!), and I thought it would be fun to make a dimensional card and incorporate my new, never before used Honey Bee die I bought a month ago with some of my favorite EH stamps.  This is what I came up with!

I cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ background panel of Canson 140# water color paper.  Then I die cut 3 panels of waves using WPlus9 wave border die (4 1/4″ wide and varying heights (apx. 2 1/2″, 1 3/4″,  and 1 1/2″).  I then die cut the background panel with EH Julie Ebersole’s Silver Linings die, leaving the pieces intact.  I ran strips of Scor-Tape along the back of the panel to keep the pieces in line, and left the backer paper on (I would use these strips later to attach it to the card front).

I created the sun using Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Spiced Marmalade.  I then used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch for the sky.  I spritzed that with some water, let it dry for 30 seconds and blotted with a paper towel.  I added some water to Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint in Red Gold and flicked that on the panel.  (I went over some of those splatters with dots of the paint).  I set that aside to dry.

I then took the 2 narrowest wave panels and cut out some craft foam with the Wave Border die (x 2 for the wider one, and 1 for the most narrow one).  I glued the 2 pieces of the wider foam together with Ranger Medium Matte (which I used for all my gluing purposes) and placed some acrylic blocks on top.  I then colored my wave panels using Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers for the lower portions of the waves and Mermaid Lagoon for the upper portions of the waves.  I blended them together with a blending tool.  I then took some Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors paint in White Gold and went along the tops of the waves.  I set those aside to dry.

I stamped the bunny from EH Bear Wear with My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink in Hot Fudge.  I colored her with Copic Markers N0, N2, and N4 and her nose with a dot of RV06.  I die cut her out and shellacked her with Clear Wink of Stella and went over her eyes with a black Glaze pen.  I ran a bone folder at the bottom of her tummy and the mid-point of her legs and folded and creased those with my bone folder.

I stamped the boat from EH Stay Salty.  I colored:  the hull with Copic Markers E79, E37, E29, and E23, the sail with N0, N2 and N4; the flag with E29; E27 and E24 and the cabin with B39 and B34, with Y17 for the portholes.  I die cut it as well as 2 pieces of craft foam out and shellacked it with Clear Wink of Stella and put some Glossy Accents over the portholes.  I glued the pieces of boat shaped foam together and dried under acrylic blocks.  I cut out the “16” from red cardstock with my Cricut (1/4″ Junior font from the Extreme Fonts Cricut Cartridge).  I glued the stamped boat onto the piece of craft foam and after drying under acrylic blocks, I adhered the “16” to the bottom of the sail.

I die cut  Honey Bee’s “Fabulous” die for my sentiment from shiny, silver card stock.

I assembled the card in the following manner:  I sat the bunny on the left side of the boat and glued her left arm behind the sail as I glued her bottom and upper legs to the boat deck.  I secured her lower legs to the front of the boat.  I glued the tallest wave panel to the background.  I then glued the back of the bunny and boat to the background.  I glued the other two waves in place (I had to cut out a chunk of foam from the larger, double layered foam piece in order to have it lie properly over the boat).  I finished with some clear 4 mm x 3 and 3 x 2 mm Pretty Pink Posh sequins (and then glued 3 mm over the 4 mm ones).  I glued the sentiment “Fabulous” towards the top of the card.  I mounted the background onto an orange card base.

It was a really fun card to make, and I hope she likes it.  I love how the little bunny is waving her arm as she sails into her 16th year!

Misadaventures in Card Making

Somehow, I managed to bumble through and complete my entry for this month’s Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge despite myself! This is a one sided card that the recipient can later frame and hang on the wall (or put in a drawer, but hopefully, not throw in the trash…at least not right away, lol!) I was inspired by all the vibrant orange in the inspirational photo. I love deep, saturated colors, and the beautiful shades of orange really spoke to me.

I created the background panel with Canson 140 lb. water color paper and distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade). I blended the inks, spritzed with water and gently placed a paper towel over the panel. Then I laid the color down again. I then took Kuretake Gansai Tambu Starry Colors paints in Red Gold and Yellow Gold, added water and flicked them all over the panel. I went over some of the splotches and dabbed them with the corresponding color.

I love the pretty Lace Leaf stamp by Concorde and 9th. I triple stamped it in Delicata Golden Glitz (DGG) on orange vellum, then loaded the entire leaf with Stamp Stuff’s Jeweled Gold Embossing powder (JGEP)and heat embossed it. I double stamped a piece of white vellum with DGG and only put the JGEP around the perimeter, top and stem of the leaf before I heat embossed it. I double stamped white vellum speckled with silver, copper and gold flecks using DGG and heat embossed with JGEP. If I make this card again, I would emboss the metallic speckled vellum only partially instead of the plain vellum leaf (which I would fully emboss). I cut the leaves out with the coordinating die (it would be a pretty simple fussy cut, though).

I adhered double sided sticky paper to a sheet of metallic gold cardstock, applied that to a piece of fun foam and applied that to another piece of double sided sticky paper. I then cut out the Ellen Hutson “Many Thanks” sentiment by Julie Ebersole.

Now here’s where I wish I would have spent some time laying out the pieces first, but I was kind of in a hurry and didn’t do a good job planning things well (d’oh!) I glued the orange leaf on the background using Ranger Matte Medium leaving the tip and stem of the leaf free. I glued the metallic speckled leaf just on its right side, leaving the top, left side and stem unattached. I cut a strip of 1/8″ wide Kool Tak Clear Foam Tape in half lengthwise (so I had 2 strips of apx. 1/16th of an inch wide) and adhered them down just the center of leaf(that was only partially embossed), so that the top, both sides and the stem were free. I wrapped some Sulky metallic gold thread around the tops of the stems to bind them together, and tied a knot which I cut short.

Now here is where my earlier neglect in doing a good preliminary layout came back to bite me. As I went to attach the sentiment, I realized with horror, that the stems of 2 of the leaves partially obscured the letters “t” and “h” in the word “Thanks”. Ruh roh! I had no choice but to cut off the stems (as I had already removed the entire sticky backing paper on the sentiment, and it was flapping in the breeze, starting to stick to my hand and itself, lol!) *Note to self: Don’t remove entire backing paper before attaching to the card!

Anyways despite my best efforts to muck up this card, I made it to the end, adhered the background panel to a piece of metallic, sparkle gold paper which I attached to a single panel of black cardstock. Phew! I then glued three 4 mm gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with Matte Medium on it and breathed a sigh of relief! It was finally done!

Third post is a charm? ;)

imageI keep meaning to post non-crafting related things, but I keep forgetting, d’oh!  So once again Post #3 is a card for the current Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge. I really love the colorway of this challenge!

I stamped the plaid background with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass using Winnie and Walter Scenery Stripes and my hubby made stamp positioning device.  I allowed the inks to dry and then stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiments from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely and heat embossed them in clear embossing powder.

I then stamped out the adorable bear from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside” with black Versafine Ink and heat embossed him with clear embossing powder.  I stamped the paper sail boat, fishing rod, basket and fish from Ellen Hutson’s “Bear Ware” with My Favorite Things hybrid ink in Hot Fudge.  I colored the hat with Copic markers in N0 and N2.  I colored the bear with Copic markers N0, N2, N4, and N6.  The fish was colored in N0, G99 and R22.  The basket was colored with E55, E37, E29 and ShinHan Touch marker BR 92.  The napkin was colored with B00 and the colorless blender.  I applied a couple coats of Wink of Stella in clear over the basket, the fish, the fishing rod  and the paper boat.  I love that stuff, I can’t get enough!  I wish I could buy it by the vatful!

I  attached the plaid background to a light blue piece of cardstock which I affixed to a light green card base using my ATG.  The bear was attached to the card front with one layer of foam tape, the basket and fish were attached with 2 layers of foam tape.  I poked a hole at the end of the fishing rod and took some silver metallic thread, and secured it behind the fishing pole, then glued it to the fish prior to taping the fish down.

This is will be the card I give to my hubby, an avid fisherman for his b-day (which isn’t til October).  So for once in my life, I’ll be ahead of the game!  Just this once!  It was a lot of fun!

Blogging Post 2!

imageSecond blogpost, I apologize in advance if it’s incoherent or rambling.  I had a busy weekend at work, and I’m off today, Woohoo!  (I’m still in my pajamas!)  What we have is unbridled enthusiasm combined with a dose of fatigue and a “Mix it up Challenge” from Ellen Hutson using Concord and 9th and Ellen Hutson products.   So here it goes.  I got to play around with this fun and unique  “Hugs” die from Concord and 9th.  The sentiment “Hugs” is one of my favorites just for its sheer versatility, and I envision using this die a bunch because EVERYONE could use a little more hugging in their lives!

Before using this die, I actually went to the Concord and 9th website and watched the very helpful tutorial there on how to use it.  This reinforced to my pea-sized brain the importance of looking at the instructions BEFORE using something–a life lesson I still have yet to learn, haha!

I cut a 5 1/2″ x 12″ piece of water color background and folded it, masked off the back and sentiment and created the background with Distress Inks from the center out in Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, and Lucky Clover.  I flicked that with a paint brush dipped in water and then Kuretake Gansai Tabi Starry Colors in yellow gold.  I set that aside to dry.

I then die cut just the “Hugs” sentiment out of toner paper and ran that through my MINC mini in gold.  (I prob could have just used gold metallic cardstock, but I wanted to get some use out of my MINC, lol!)  I glued the golden HUGS onto the watercolor base with Multi Medium Matte (MMM)

I stamped and die cut the cute bunny and bouquet from the adorable Ellen Hutson Bear Ware collection.  I colored the bunny with Copic markers N0 and N2 and the flowers with RV06 and RV10 and B04 and Bo5, blending both bunny and flowers with the colorless blender.  Then I pretty much shellacked the heck out of both with clear Wink of Stella.  I can never get enough of that stuff, it brings that extra Je ne sais crois to every card I make.  I glued the bouquet to the bunny with MMM and then glued the bunny to the left and below the “gs” with the bunny’s paw glued on to the “g”.  I then glued 3 mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (PPP) with MMM and scattered and glued tiny gold hearts from PPP with MMM.  I was surprised with how easy the Concord and 9th die was to use, and I was really pleased with how this card turned out!  The cute, little bunny from Ellen Hutson just made this card absolutely darling–who wouldn’t feel better after getting a hug from him?  <3!






My first blog post is a card I made for the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights challenge.  Not sure I’m doing this right, haha!  (Although, I’m guessing no one but me will ever see this, so it’s all good!)  I was inspired by the beautiful pink flowers tied on to the chairs in the Pinterest grouping, and the beautiful cake and Mondo Peony Inspiration card (which really is just absolutely gorgeous!)

To make the background, I used water color paper and Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry to create the sunset.  I used Tumbled Glass for the sky. I also used Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon for the water.

All stamped images except for the full cloud are from EH’s new “Stay Salty” set and were inked with Momento Tuxedo black; the ship was embossed with clear embossing powder as was the sentiment.  The full cloud is from Pretty Pink Posh’s RainyDays.  Copic Markers N6, N4, N2, and N0 were used to color the sails and clouds.  The cabin of the ship and flag were colored with Copic RV06, RV10 and RV 66.  The hull of the ship was colored with Touch Marker BR92, and Copics E53, E37 and E29.  The waves were stamped on vellum with Versamark and white embossing powder, then colored on the backside with Copic B04.

All stamped images were given a couple coats of clear Wink of Stella.  They were then secured to the card front using Multi Medium Matte (MMM), foam tape (the full cloud, ship and one wave were 2 layers of foam tape, and 2 waves and 1 cloud were a single layer).  I used Kool Tak clear foam tape for the vellum waves.  Five clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (4 mm x 1, 3 mm x 4) were secured with MMM to finish off the card.  The card front was taped to a piece of black cardstock that was then taped to a piece of pink top folding cardstock using an ATG gun.

I love this new Stay Salty set, and although I don’t have the dies yet, I was able to fussy cut everything quite easily (and I lack mad scissor skilz, so that is something to write home about–or at least blog about, lol!)  I did have the die for the full cloud.