Sunday, January 21, 2018

united we flourish better together

Today there is a brand new United We Flourish set, Better Together by Hero Arts, available at Ellen Hutson LLC! And we are hopping to celebrate! Look how cute...
You're probably coming from the amazing Amy's blog and if not, you can head over the The Classroom to start from the beginning so you don't miss anything! And while you are there make sure to leave a comment because to celebrate the new set, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th.

And now let's talk cards, acetate cards...

When I first saw this set, I loved the sweet little loop-de-loop details on many of the birds. I wanted to recreate it so I used Copic markers with acetate cards. 

Here's what I know...
  • I almost always stamp in VersaFine (my all-time fav black ink) and emboss with clear powder when I'm going to watercolor. The embossed image "holds" the watercolor in a little better and helps me look less messy
  • I used the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pens to watercolor with the Daniel Smith dot palette Hero edition. Using the sparkle pens to watercolor is so fun! The pics can't really capture how sparkly my birds are.
  • Alcohol inks on acetate are awesome!
  • I die cut 4 hearts for each card to hide any adhesive and provide a place for writing on the inside of the card. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and keep on hopping over to Carolyn's fantastic blog!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

heffy doodle!

I'm super excited to be guesting today on the Heffy Doodle blog!!! Come say hi!

Friday, January 5, 2018

i love foil!

TGIF! I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC today with 3 ways to add transfer foil to your projects without heat. And a sneak peek of one of Julie Ebersole's awesome new stamp sets (available Sunday). Come on by!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

happy birthday melissa!

I'm certain that I've said it before but I think it bears of my favorite parts of crafting is the amazing community of makers! I have met so many kind and wonderful people because of crafting and Melissa is definitely one of them!

I love being a part of the amazing Honey Bee Stamps team that Melissa has created and today we are celebrating Melissa's birthday! She is giving you a special gift, the Celebration Box stamp set, with orders of $36 or more, and we are creating to say happy birthday!
So I'm not sure why, but I really wanted the cute cardboard box to be turned upside down with confetti pouring out. Don't ask me why but it seemed festive, LOL!
To create the "background" for the confetti spilling from my box, I blended Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry & Wilted Violt. Then I used Nuvo Drops Morning Dew to create glossy, stripy, texture. Here's how...
  • Apply large drops of Nuvo Morning Dew.
  • Use squeegee or palette knife to spread the Nuvo.
  • Work quickly because the Oxide inks & Nuvo Drops are both waterbased and the Nuvo will change the color of the ink.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head over to Honey Bee to shop & get your special gift!

And Melissa, I'm wishing you a very happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day, full of love, laughter & yummy cake!


P.S. I love to use Nuvo Drops to create glossy texture! See more cards like this one here.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

3 ways to stretch your holiday stamps

I'm over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog today talking about 3 super simple ways to stretch your holiday stamps. Come by and say hi!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

creating with pantone's playful palette

I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson LLC today talking about using the Pantone Playful Palette. Swing by!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

I'm so excited to be joining in the fun of Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza! I have admired Taheerah's work for a long time and I was lucky enough to get to meet her in real life at CHA last winter. She is just as sweet and wonderful as you think!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Today's sponsor is Ellen Hutson LLC and in case you don't know me yet, I am a super lucky girl! Not only do I get to be on the EH design team with some crazy talented (and sweet) ladies, but I am also "on staff" at EH too working in the office. Like I said, I'm a lucky girl :)
I've been wanting to try a watercolor technique I saw the talented Creatively Cass use - applying drops of color onto wet designs. 

I tried it and I really love the result! I will absolutely be trying it again. Here are a few tips I can share...
  • emboss your stamped images to help hold the wet color in.
  • paint your background first and let dry completely.
  • apply your "drop" colors to a test piece to make sure they don't become muddy and brown. I used Distress ink in 4 colors - Pumice Stone, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers. I love how they mixed just enough to keep a "purpley" tone.
  • paint inside the stamped image with clean water, then load your paintbrush with color (one at a time) and touch it to the wet image. 
It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by [sponsor’s name] so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Bear Ware
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Bear Ware 2
VersaFine Onyx Black
Distress Ink Pumice Stone, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry & Peacock Feathers
Smooth Bristol
WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder