Sunday, March 4, 2018

simple watercolor background + new essentials by ellen

There is a brand new Essentials by Ellen release today and it is so super cute! Inspired by the AMAZING Yoonsun Hur of Rejoicing Crafts, I used the adorable images from So Matcha & Wasabi to create background designs to watercolor. 
And I made a quick little video to share my process...

Thanks so much for stopping by & have a great day!


affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, So Matcha
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Wasabi
Distress Inks Cracked Pistachio, Carved Pumpkin & Worn Lipstick
Copic Markers YG41, G02, E01, R22, R05, YR16, BG11 & BG34
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Purple Tape

Saturday, March 3, 2018

ink blending custom colors + get to know the EH design team

Even as a (semi)seasoned card maker, I enjoy learning tips & tricks from other crafters. My favorite tip/trick is creating custom colors with Distress Inks...

I have created a little video today to show you what I mean...
Today is going to be so fun as our EH team all shares something they love and some silly things about themselves. And can I just say that I am so incredibly excited to be a part of the Ellen Hutson LLC 2018 Design Team!!! 
Here are a few fun facts about me...
-I think coffee is yucky, which is shameful for a Seattle native I know! And I've just learned to really like tea in the last few years. My current fav is peach green tea.
-I named my blog after myself because it has been with me through quite a few incarnations before I became a cardmaker.
-And I'm addicted to candy, epecially chocolate-covered gummy bears! I know sugar is bad for me but I can't quit! 

So now if you are hopping along with us, your next stop is Carolyn's blog. And if you would like to start at the beginning, head over to The Classroom at EH.

Have a great weekend friends and thank you for letting me share!


affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, All Inside
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Holiday Words
Distress Inks Wilted Violet & Shaded Lilac
Copic Markers C0, C1, BG11, V00 & V04
Ink Blending Tool
Pretty Pink Posh Jewels, Pansy Purple

Sunday, February 25, 2018

embossed resist with catherine pooler inks

My sweet friend Laurel Beard has been singing the praises of Catherine Pooler inks and she was not wrong! The Catherine Pooler inks have made their way to Ellen Hutson LLC and my craft room folks!

I'm totally crushing on the way they even and beautiful and so easy! I am not the world's best stamper (by a long shot) and I really struggle with solid image stamps but these inks make me look like a pro! And they blend like a dream!!!

Today I have a quick video with one of my favorite techniques, embossed resist, using the CP inks and one of the dreamy new stamp sets Faithful Flutterings.

And see more Catherine Pooler products in action at my friend Carolyn Peeler's blog.

Have a great day!

Catherine Pooler Stamps Faithful Flutterings
Catherine Pooler Inks Polished, Tutti Fruitti & Midnight
WOW Clear Embossing Powder
Ink Blending Tool
Solar White Cardstock
Sheer Shimmer Spray

Saturday, February 24, 2018

repeated sentiment stamping

Did you get to hop with us yesterday? We had so much fun celebrating the new Honey Bee release! And if you've seen my cards, you know that I have a pretty big critter crush on the sweet little fox from Honey Bee's new Feelin' Foxy set. I think I'm also just a little proud of how my Copic coloring is improving *grin*
In fact, I colored a bunch a foxes and they needed a "home" so I created this simple background with some repeated sentiment stamping.
Repeated stamping is so easy with a stamping tool like the MISTI. I just...

  • measured the height of the letters
  • placed my stamp in the middle of the MISTI
  • shifted my paper up & down by that height  of the letters (in this case 3/4 of an inch)

Thanks for swinging by! Have a happy Saturday!


affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Honey Bee Stamps Feelin' Foxy
Honey Bee Stamps Foxy Sentiments
MISTI Stamping Tool
Distress Oxide Inks Carved Pumpkin
Copic Markers C0C4100R05YR16RV02RV04 & RV09 

Friday, February 23, 2018

happy honey bee + cheerful love blog hop!

Hiya! The Honey Bee Stamps Cheerful Love Release is now available in the Honey Bee store, yay!!! To celebrate the new release, we are having a two day blog hop called Cheerful Love. So please hop along with us both days to be inspired!

You should be arriving from the amazing Jo Ann's blog and before you keep hopping, I'm excited to share the first of many cards I know I will be making with this awesome release! I have a serious critter crush on the little Feelin' Foxy set!

I used my MISTI to create a watercolor "shadow" behind my sentiments. You can see it here in this video...

And can we talk about how awesome the Ridiculously Happy sentiment is? How good would you feel if someone said that to you?!
Keep hopping on to Carrie's blog and be sure to visit each blog & leave a comment to be entered to win!!! Honey Bee will be giving away two $50 gift cards to the Honey Bee Stamps store, one from each day. The winners will be posted on the HB blog Tuesday, February 27th.

affiliate links may be used at no additional cost to you. thank you!
Honey Bee Stamps Ridiculously Happy
Honey Bee Stamps Feelin' Foxy
Honey Bee Stamps Foxy Sentiments
Honey Bee Stamps Season's Tweetings
MISTI Stamping Tool
Distress Oxide Inks Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron & Cracked Pistachio
Copic Markers C0, C4, 100, R05, YR16, RV02, RV04, RV09, BG11, BG32 & BG34

Thursday, February 8, 2018

using leftover die cuts

What is a girl do to with all the die cuts leftover from the Christmas cards that she never made? Asking for a friend.

Ok, you caught me. I'm totally asking for myself because I have this...
It's a beautiful stack of watercolored backgrounds and die cut cars (and actually there are more die cuts but I was too embarrassed to show you).

I had intended to make loads of these cards for Christmas...
And as I mentioned, that didn't happen so...
What do you think about sending love in those cute little cars?
And please tell me, what do you do with your leftover die cuts? And where & how to you store them?


Right At Home Dies, Holidays Are On The Way
Hero Arts Dies, Infinity Hearts
Pretty Pink Posh Stamps, Bear Hugs
Distress Ink Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry & Worn Lipstick
Copic R22 & T2

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ink & embossing folders...

...over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC today!
Come on over and say hi!