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!  🙂