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.