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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

something exciting from Ellen Hutson...

There's some adorable monkey business happening over at Ellen Hutson LLC today, it's bananas! Sorry I can't resist the monkey puns! It's a super cute Lawn Fawn set designed exclusively for Ellen Hutson as part of the EH United We Flourish campaign.

And before we talk cute monkeys, I just have to say how awesome I think this is! I love how Ellen loves crafting, crafters and our community! United We Flourish is the theme Ellen chose to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the store and she is continuing it by partnering with some of her friends to create exclusive and adorable sets! This Lawn Fawn Love Ya Bunches is the first one:

Love Ya Bunches is a limited edition 4x6 set of stamps with coordinating dies that is exclusive to Ellen Hutson LLC. You can find it here. I've create bunches (LOL) with it and this is one of my favorites, the Essentials Hinged Thanks combined with Love Ya Bunches to create a banana filled shaker...

After stamping subtle gray bananas on a white panel, I die cut the Hinged Thanks. Behind the thanks, I created a shaker window with acetate and foam tape. I filled the shaker window with little colored banana die cuts & yellow sequins. On the front, I let my little monkey hang from the n window.

Hope you are having a great weekend and stop by again on Friday to see more of my monkey cards!


United We Flourish Stamp & Die Combo, Love Ya Bunches by Lawn Fawn
Essentials By Ellen Hinged Thanks
Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Shadow Gray
Distress Markers (Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade & Mustard Seed)

Friday, June 16, 2017

color trends - Pantone's Graphic Imprints

This week at Ellen Hutson LLC we have been talking about color trends, specifically Pantone's Graphic Imprints. Gorgeous right?
Graphic Imprints is perfect for summer, filled with popping bright colors on a base of black & white. Not only is this palette beautiful, but it is super easy to adapt to cardmaking. Today 3 of us from the EH team are sharing our takes on this hot summer color trend and here's my card...
To create the cityscape, I masked some basic rectangles and watercolored them with Distress Ink. Those of you with a little more paintbrush skill, could free hand the "buildings" too.
To give the buildings a little more form, I added "windows" with a white Uni-Ball pen.
To add the colorful "pop", I used Distress Ink to color my flower die cuts.
Happy Friday!

Essentials by Ellen Lovely
Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden
Distress Ink Black Soot
Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin
White Uni-Ball