Wednesday, November 22, 2017

the stamp market made with love blog hop

Baking cookies and packaging them up was always a huge part of our family Christmases. Snickerdoodles and gingersnaps for my Grandpa Chris, fudge for my Grandma Virginia, and Chocolate Crinkles for all of us!

I still love making sweet treats for my friends & family and I'm so excited to use the new Made With Love set from The Stamp Market. (Small side note...I've just recently discovered The Stamp Market and their stamps & dies are ADORABLE! Plus they are so sweet!) Ok, let's talk sweet treat packaging!
First of all there are some adorable stamps in this set that are perfect for creating little seals. I love seals on glassine bags of cookies. In fact, I stocked up on glassine bags for my wedding and I'm still working to use them up...I've been married for 10 years, LOL! 

To create a seal, just stamp and die cut (or punch). Then run through a Xyron to make into stickers.

I'm also crazy for the sweet tags you can create! The tag dies are fun shapes with notches & perforations. There are cute dots & stripes to add to them too, my favorite! I think I will be using these bunches so stay tuned.
In case you missed any stops on our little hop, the list is below and keep hopping on over to The Stamp Market! There is a $50 giveaway, YAY! Make sure you leave a comment on each hop stop and make sure to follow The Stamp Market on Instagram. The winner will be announced on Saturday. 

Jessica Frost-Ballas  -
The Stamp Market -

Have a happy day! XO!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

25 days of christmas tags!

I'm so excited to be joining in Tracey McNeely's annual 25 Days of Christmas TagsAnd I'm excited to share some shaker tags I made with my Fuse Tool and the Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tags die.

To start I die cut the tags from plastic. It can be hard to cut plastic using wafer thin dies but I found that the Avery Elle storage pockets work when left whole (so there are two layers of plastic). Using a metal adaptor plate helps too.

If any plastic is uncut by the die, just use scissors and use them to cut the tags apart too.
I used a pre-heated Fuse Tool to seal the bottom and both sides before filling with sequins from the top and sealing too.

Once my shaker tags were made, I used shapes die cut from Craft-A-Board to decorate. I love Craft-A-Board for the dimension it adds to projects and also because it is a great surface for Nuvo Mousse. I used Aquamarine and Pink Flambe mousse.

I didn't have the right shade of aqua cardstock so I used my Copic BG32 to color white cardstock. Then I used it to make little "to" strips and loops to attach twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by and come back soon!

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Modern Christmas
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Modern Christmas
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Concertina Tags
Copic Marker BG32
Nuvo Mousse Aquamarine & Pink Flambe
Avery Elle Storage Pockets
Fuse Tool
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins Sparkling Clear Snowflakes, Heart Confetti, Sparkling Clear Confetti & Holiday Snowflake Mix

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

pretty pink posh's brilliant sparkle dot stamp!

Have you seen the new Sparkle Dot Patterns 1 stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh? It is so awesome and full of so many possibilities! I've only just started playing with it but I wanted to share...
The heart & star patterns are perfect to pair with the PPP Reindeer Friends set and the patterns are fabulous to use with Nuvo Drops.
I used the star dot pattern with Nuvo Silver Moondust glitter drops and then I create a shaker panel over the top, filling it with PPP Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix and Flat Silver Stars.

I stamped the heart pattern over an red inked background and filled it with Nuvo Ruby Slippers glitter drops. Then I added a panel with a heart window on top. The Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Heart dies match up to the heart dot pattern pretty well.
And I have a little reminder too...there is an embellishment sale happening at Ellen Hutson starting today, which means you can get 20% off sequins & Nuvo Drops!!! Head over to EH and use the code saveonbling17. You're welcome or I'm sorry for enabling, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

Pretty Pink Posh Stamps, Sparkle Dot Patterns 1
Pretty Pink Posh Stamps, Reindeer Friends
Pretty Pink Posh Dies, Reindeer Friends
Hero Arts Dies, Infinity Nesting Hearts
Nuvo Drops Silver Moondrops & Ruby Slippers
Copics E13, E33, E37 & R22

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Hi! I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson today sharing a card I made with the Pantone "Intensity" palette.

Come by and say hi!

Monday, November 13, 2017

3 ways to use glassine in your cardmaking...

Today I'm super excited to be guest designing for The Stamp Market!!! I'm over on The Stamp Market blog, playing with glassine and some of their gorgeous new releases. Please come on over!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

merry & very bright with new honey bee!

Do you have a favorite holiday "theme"? Is that a weird question? It might be but I do! *laugh*

I have a fondness for the word "merry" and I especially love "merry & bright", so you can imagine that I'm a little head over heels for the new Honey Bee Merry & Bright die set.

The set comes with beautiful skinny script words and also the shadows. The two combined make a great shaker card...
For this card I die cut the shadow words from an A2 panel. Behind the panel I adhered acetate and foam mounted it to a card to create a shaker. And on top of the acetate, I adhered the beautiful skinny "merry" and "bright" words. Since the die cuts are so delicate, I highly recommend applying a double-sided sticker-paper-like adhesive to the cardstock before die cutting, like Stick It.
I also used the skinny words on top of a glittery stripe background that I made. I used a vellum circle to ground them and give them a little more "weight". 
And the stripes were super easy to make...I applied painter's tape to an A2 panel of cardstock. Then I used an ink blending tool to create "Barbie stripes" in pink & purple pigment ink. I'm really loving Tutti Fruitti, Orchid and Sweet Lilac.
With the painter's tape still in place, I applied Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste with a palette knife.
The paste dries quickly so remove the tape right away.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 10, 2017

hopping with ellen hutson!

I love this time of the month - new Essentials by Ellen! It's like a little bit of Christmas at the beginning of each month!!!

And I love that I get to join some super talented ladies to hop in celebration of this release! Before you hop on to my friend Carolyn's blog, I just want to share a quick way that I used all three new EBE sets together and with some of the past Leading Ladies...

I love how the ladies look so sweet together and how when stamped off the edge, it's like they are leaning in to say hi and remind you that "you are loved". Photo Lady, Cozy Lady and Crafty Lady make great buddies!

And Julie's new Abstract Paint Strokes is the perfect background for a sweet sentiment like this one from the new Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1. I think "you are loved" will be appearing on a lot of my upcoming projects. We all need a little more love right?!

Ok, I'll stop chattering. You're next stop if Carolyn's blog. Have fun hopping along!

Happy Friday!

Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Leading Ladies - Photo Lady
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Leading Ladies - Cozy Lady
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Leading Ladies - Crafty Lady
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Abstract Paint Strokes
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1
Hero Arts Tide Pool
Avery Elle New Moon
Copics: skin E000, E01 & E02; hair Y21, Y35, YR30, E11, E13, E33 & E37; clothes BG10, BG11, BG32, BG34, T1, T2 & T4