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!