Wednesday, December 13, 2017

3 ways to send congratulations

YAY! Thanks so much for hopping with us as we celebrate the Essentials by Ellen December release! This release has such a fun, celebratory theme! And I have 3 cards to share with one of my new favorite dies, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies Yay by Julie Ebersole...
I think I say "yay" all the time because a) it's just a fun word and b) it seems like such a nice way to congratulate someone! "Yay" feels happy and genuine, as in "I'm happy for your happiness". I think we could all use a little more "yay" right now. 
I used the negative cut of "yay" to make a window/aperture on the front of my card, along with a party hat from Celebration Lady set. And did you know that you can use Copic markers to custom color white pom-poms?

The positive cut of the letters are also fun to play with. I cut two words from cardstock I had inked and then coated one with Glossy Accents and one with Nuvo White Blizzard glitter drops.
This is one of my favorite ways to dress up die cuts and to keep myself from mucking it up before it dries, I place a loop of low-tape on an acrylic block. I stick my die cuts into the tape and apply the Glossy Accents or Nuvo. Then I set the block very, VERY far away from myself to dry.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have fun on the rest of the hop and your next stop is my friend Carolyn Peeler's blog.


Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Cue the Confetti
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Leading Ladies - Celebration Lady
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Leading Ladies - Celebration Lady
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Banner Cake
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Yay
Mama Elephant Inks Apricot & Tutti Fruitti
Avery Elle Ink Mint To Be
Copics BG32, BG34, V01 & V05
Solar White
Glossy Accents
Nuvo Drops White Blizzard

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

on the twelfth day of christmas...

...I'm over in The Classroom at Ellen Hutson with my 12 Tag project. It's one of my favorite holiday traditions! Come on by!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

die cut christmas card with right at home

I fell head over heels for the Right At Home Holidays Are On The Way die set as soon as I saw it. I had no idea what I was going to make but I had to have it. Does that ever happen to you? 

So with no idea what I was making, I started by just cutting the whole set from solar white cardstock. I was able to play with all the plain white pieces and see what they wanted to be, haha! Actually I really loved having a blank canvas and the pieces were super fun to color with my Copics. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

Right At Home Dies, Holidays Are On The Way
Essentials by Ellen Stamps, Modern Christmas
VersaFine Onyx Black
Distress Ink Evergreen Bough
Copics R22, YG41, BG13, BG32, BG34, BG05, T2, T4 & 100
Nuvo Drops Gloss White & Ebony Black

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

it's a party with the new essentials by ellen!

The new Essentials by Ellen release is here and it is a party!!! It's a really busy time at EH so we are not hopping to celebrate until next week but I couldn't resist sharing a shaker card I made...

The new Banner Cake die by Julie is super fun, makes a great shaker card and pairs wonderfully with the Cue The Confetti stamp set.

For this card, I inlaid the banner cake back into the panel I cut it from after inking it and giving it a good coat of sparkly Nuvo Drops.

I stamped "cue the confetti" on the card front, topped it with itty bitty iridescent star sequins and foam mounted the cake panel on top to create a shaker. Easy peasy and so fun to shake!

I have bunches more to share on December 13th (after we finish the 12 Tags at EH) but make sure you check out the release!

Hope you are having a great day! Hugs!

Avery Elle Pigment Ink Strawberry & Mint To Be
Mama Elephant Pigment Ink Apricot & Tutti Fruitti

Friday, November 24, 2017

5 products every crafter needs + the EH anniversary sale!

As you read this post (well, if it is still Friday) I am at the Ellen Hutson LLC warehouse in my comfy joggers, eating donuts, listening to Christmas music and running around like a crazy little chicken as we work to get anniversary sale orders out the door! Our whole staff at EH looks forward to this day every year. We eat too much, we laugh so hard and we go home exhausted & grateful. We are grateful for each other and all of our wonderful customers that make it all possible!

You might not be able to be there to party with us but you can take advantage of the 20% off sale this weekend and send us an order to keep us busy! So grab yourself a hot cocoa (or coffee if you like that sort of thing), get comfy and order some crafty fun! Not only can you take 20% off your order with the code celebration17, but there are also some fun hot buys and bunches of things have been added to the sale section.

And in case you don't know where to start, here are 5 things I think every crafter needs (especially because I am currently obsessed with them)...

My Scor-Pal is getting used SO much these days! I use it for cards of course, but I am having tons of fun creating little boxes and packages. And a Teflon Bone Folder is the perfect accessory!
MISTI Stamping Tool
And while we are talking tools, I couldn't live without my MISTI! I probably say it all the time but it has changed the way I stamp for the better!
Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste
I love glitter and Nuvo Glimmer Paste is the so fun to use! Moonstone is my favorite because you can tint it with reinkers and layer it over any ink or paper for color. For those afraid of the glitter mess, the paste is nice because it keeps the sparkle contained.
Pretty Pink Posh Wild Rose
The Pretty Pink Posh Wild Rose stamp set is becoming a new staple for me! I love the design of these flowers! They are fun to color with Copics, to watercolor, to glitter...and they are good for cards year-round.
Right At Home Holidays Are On The Way
And I have a new set that I am very excited to use for some holiday projects, Right At Home's Holidays Are On The Way. Stop by again soon to see what I'm working on.

Have a great day and happy shopping! Hugs!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

copic colored glitter + ellen hutson llc is turning 11!

Ellen Hutson LLC is celebrating 11 years and we are hopping today to celebrate!!! The theme of today's hop is "My Favorite Essentials by Ellen Set" and I think there are many of us who can agree that it is so hard to choose!!!

I decided to go with one of my most used and loved die sets, Wild Garden. And I also chose one of my favorite techniques, something I learned from Julie - coloring glitter with Copic markers!

This technique combines the Burnished Velvet glitter technique with Copic coloring...

  • Apply double-sided adhesive to cardstock, leaving liner paper on one side. I usually use Be Creative Tape but *gasp* I was out. Turns out Stick It works well too but has slightly more distressed edges.
  • Remove the liner paper without touching it because the oils in your fingers will keep the glitter from sticking. Apply black cardstock flowers from the Wild Garden set, to adhesive.
  • Apply glitter, shake off excess and burnish into adhesive with fingers to create sparkly, velvet texture.
  • Use brush nib on Copic marker to gently color. Take care not to over-saturate and wipe any stray glitter off marker before capping.

The sentiment is the Essentials by Ellen Many Thanks die, cut 3 times, layered and topped with Nuvo Black Ebony Crystal Drops.

The next stop on this happy hop is the fabulous Amy Tsuruta's blog, Tsuruta Designs. Have fun hopping and make sure to swing by the Classroom because there are prizes!


Essentials by Ellen Dies, Wild Garden
Essentials by Ellen Dies, Many Thanks
Copic Markers BG11, BG32 & BG34
Solar White
Licorice Twist
Stick It
Nuvo Black Ebony Drops

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!