Saturday, July 15, 2017

crafty sale!

I hate to be an enabler...wait scratch that, no I don't! I love to been an enabler of fun things and I am easily influenced myself. No one eats french fries alone in my presence, haha!

So back to my point, I'm popping in to tell you there is a big crafty sale at Ellen Hutson LLC this weekend so maybe you can pick up something fun like my new obsession favorite set Essentials By Ellen Leading Ladies - Crafty Lady by Brandi Kincaid.
Ok, go shop and have a fabulous Saturday!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh July Release Blog Hop + 3 Ways To Use A Circle Die

I'm so excited to be joining in the fun today, celebrating the July release from Pretty Pink Posh! (And by-the-way, did you see I have 2 posts in 1 day? I feel like a rockstar, LOL!) PPP is one of my favs because sequins are always a good idea, am I right?! Working at Ellen Hutson, I've gotten to know the amazing lady behind PPP and Paulina is even sweeter than her sequins! And PPP also makes the cutest stamps sets! 

Today I have 3 cards to share with you using some of the adorable Pretty Pink Posh July release and 3 ways to use a circle die.

#1. Create a mask.

Using your favorite masking paper, die cut a circle and use the negative piece to create a circular scene on the card front. I inked my circle with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I stamped the adorable fluffy clouds from the new Fly A Kite set, along with a kite string & sentiment. To create a shaker kite, I used the smallest Stitched Diamond cut from cardstock and the medium Stitched Diamond cut from acetate.
I used small scissors to cut tabs in the acetate, wrapped it around the cardstock and adhered.

Before adhering the last side, I filled it with sequins, the gorgeous new Mermaid me, you need this mix!

#2. Create a shaker window.
For this card, I actually created a faux shaker, a flat pocket filled with the cheerful new Sunny Days sequin mix. I sandwiched the pocket between my card and a panel with a circle cut from the side.

#3. Create a spinner.
Inspired by a birthday card from my sister, I thought a spinner would be fun. I masked off sections of a circle, inked and added summer images from the Fly A Kite and Summer Friends sets in coordinating ink colors. And I added a few sequins too because as I might have said earlier, sequins are always a good idea!

I used a black pen to define each summer wedge and attached the spinner with a big brad.

Thanks so much for coming by and keep hopping along to Shannon's blog. And here's the whole list in case you get lost:
Wanna see the whole Pretty Pink Posh release? You know you do :) so click here!

And don't forget that there are four $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day)! Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop so make sure to leave comments along the way. (Comments must be left by 11:59pm PST on July 18th and winners will be announced on the PPP blog.)


so much love for this crafty lady!

First of all, can I just say that Brandi Kincaid is such a cool girl! I love her words, I love her style and I love her art! Her latest Essentials by Ellen sets make me so happy, Leading Ladies - Crafty Lady and Crafty Ladies Say.

I love that Brandi is celebrating the cool things us ladies do with her new Leading Ladies series. And how perfect is Crafty Lady! I often say that coloring isn't really my thing but Crafty Lady is fun to color and I've been putting in a lot of practice, LOL! Here's a few...
For this card, I used all of the crafty supply stamps to create a "halo" around my Crafty Lady. I paired "awesome" from the Essentials by Ellen Positive Word dies and "you are" from Totally Awesome. I colored the awesome word and Crafty Lady with Copics.

Did you know that WOW! Embossing Powder in Primary Pixie matches Copic G02 pretty much perfectly? I was tickled that the sentiment matched Crafty Lady's cardigan.

For this last card, I created a background with Distress Oxides just because it's fun and it makes me feel artistic. The background was the perfect canvas for the super-sized sentiment from Crafty Ladies Say. And it seemed appropriate that Crafty Lady should be popping for that high five.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Friday!


P.S. Are you wondering why all my Crafty Ladies are blonde and pale? Well my Copic marker collection is ever-growing but so far lacks options for coloring people, LOL!

Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Leading Ladies - Crafty Lady
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Leading Ladies - Crafty Lady
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Crafty Ladies Say
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Totally Awesome
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Positive Words
Copic Markers E11, E51, R05G02, BG11, BG13
Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral & Salty Ocean
WOW Embossing Powder Primary Pixie

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday Mermaid Tails!

Have you seen the latest Essentials By Ellen release? I'm pretty in love with all of it and I've been crafting my little heart out! 

Julie's new set, Mermaid's Tail has some really cute sentiments and the tail is so beautiful but the die is also fun to use by itself. And of course, I had to make it a shaker card with the new Pretty Pink Posh Mermaid Mix.

I cut the tail from a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of solar white and the front of an A2 card at the same time using a metal adaptor plate. I cut them at the same time as an easy way to put them in the exact same place so my shimmery tail would show on the card front and inside. Then I made a "faux" shaker by creating a pocket from a page protector.
I made a second card, using silver glitter paper to fill the tail. I *gently* colored the silver glitter paper with 2 BG shades of Copic markers to create an ombre effect.

To make the glitter paper really sparkle, I covered it with Nuvo Drops. The card front (which the tail was cut from), helped create a "dam" and made it easy to fill the tail with the drops.
Hope you're week is off to a nice start!


Essentials By Ellen Mermaid's Tail stamp & die
Hero Arts Tide Pool ink
Copic Markers BG11 Moon White & BG13 Mint Green
Pretty Pink Posh Mermaid Mix

Sunday, July 9, 2017

New Essentials By Ellen!

The new Essentials By Ellen release is available now!!! As you can see from the photo below, I'm all heart-eyes about it and I have lots of projects to share this week. 

So run over and get your new Essentials sets and then come back tomorrow and let's talk mermaids and crafty girls!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 7, 2017

5 Ways To Use Glimmer Paste

Glimmer Paste is one of my favorite new products and today I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC with 5 Ways To Use Tonic Nuvo Glimmer Paste. 

Come on over!

Friday, June 30, 2017

united we flourish - love ya bunches!

Have you been checking out the amazing creations this week with the new United We Flourish Love Ya Bunches by Lawn Fawn set? Those Lawn Fawn girls are amazing right? And Kay, Keeway & May in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson yesterday?! Seems like we are all loving this set!

When I saw this set, I was super excited to create something jungle-y and here's what I came up with (and by the way, I'm honored that Ellen used my cards for the "posters"):
3 words...monkeys + green + pine twine! I love pine twine!!!

It's so darn cute that these monkeys actually hang by their tales and the pine twine makes a perfect vine! I used double-sided tape to adhere the pine twine to the back of my die cut panels. Then I foam mounted the panels to my card fronts to give the pine twine "room".

The backgrounds are all done with some simple ink blending, Distress Ink Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover and Cracked Pistachio. I created the stripes with painter's tape, so easy!

And to create my leafy jungle, I used foliage from some of my fav Essentials by Ellen sets...Gourd-jus, Laurel Wreath & Bold Blossoms.


United We Flourish Stamp & Die Combo, Love Ya Bunches by Lawn Fawn
Essentials by Ellen Gourd-jus
Essentials by Ellen Laurel Wreath
Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossom
Mama Elephant All Prettied Up
My Favorite Things Stitched Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames
My Favorite Things Blueprints 13
Tim Holtz Pine Twine