Two Takes On A Trend March 2018

Hey everyone! Welcome to my Two Takes on a Trend post for Ellen Hutson in the CLASSroom. Myself and Michele Ferguson are using this palette to show our cards in TWO very different ways. (Be sure to check out the The CLASSroom for the post featuring the palette or her blog to see her beautiful card, too.)

Here is the Pantone Palette that we are using for our cards:


So, hold on to your hats. I softened the colors instead of making them brighter. I KNOW!! Same colors, just softer.

I used Distress Inks on watercolor cardstock for my focal image. The image was inlaid (much like a puzzle) using more layers of cardstock and adhesive.  I also stamped a few images off to the side in Versarmark which were heat embossed in gold. The sentiment is also stamped in Versamark, but is heat embossed in metallic navy (it’s a new fave).

I love how texture-y this card becomes simply by doing the inlay technique. It’s such a lovely way to make the sentiment the focal point, too.  Check out this prior card of mine to see what I mean. –> CLICK

As always, all my supplies are listed below and are linked to shop for your convenience. Thanks so much for stopping by today.  💗 (Don’t forget to stop by Michele’s blog and The CLASSroom, too!)



Pretty Pink Posh Watercolored Wild Roses

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! Just thought I’d share a little card I made using some products from one of my very, very, VERY favorite people on Earth today. And that’s Pretty Pink Posh. Not only is Paulina just NICE, but her stamps/dies and embellishments are some of the best around.

Paulina and I go waaaaay back. Before she even started her own company. I first met her at a CHA when she was working the DeNami booth for her mom. I was there with Kelly Marie Alvarez of Lawn Fawn (before Lawn Fawn existed!!) and we were just scoping things out. It was fantastic. Meeting and hugging Paulina was such a highlight for me. She is 100% as nice in person as she seems on the Internet.  We’ve stayed friends ever since.

So! That brings me to today’s card. I’m using her gorgeous Wild Rose Stamp and Die set along with some of her amazing sequins. I’m also using her Hello Friend die that I’m just using the “hello” portion of.

All of that luscious coloring was completed with Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils. They are by far the best watercolor pencils out there.  I’m not even a pro at this kind of thing and they make me look good! ;)

Here’s a look at when I had just started coloring:

TONS of pigment in the pencils. that are fade resistant, and light fast. They also have unbreakable leads! What I love about this company is that they are eco-conscious and plant trees for those they remove. Gotta love that. They’re NOT cheap, but they are worth every penny and I would consider an investment.

I didn’t do much for this card other than color the images, die-cut some paper, and die-cut the images and layer them with foam squares. But I love how it turned out. It’s super pretty with that gorgeous patterned paper. And, of course, the Pretty Pink Posh sequins are just the icing on the cake.

I hope you enjoyed the card. All my supplies are listed below and are linked to shop for your convenience.




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Faber Castell Polychromos Color Pencil Set – Tin of 120

Get To Know The EH Design Team Blog Hop

This is an exciting day as we’re *formally* introducing ourselves and the brand-spankin’ new 2018 Ellen Hutson Design Team/Ambassadors. It’s such a joy to be a part of this team and family. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’m hoping that you arrived here from Laurel Beard’s blog. Don’t you just love her?

Even as someone who has been a maker of some variety for quite some time (ELEVEN YEARS!!) I always enjoy learning new tips and tricks from other crafters. The latest technique that I’ve learned and love is using Distress Oxide Inks (and some water) on Glossy Cardstock with Distress Glaze. Holy cowabunga, baby!! The finished look is amaaaazing! I’m going to try this on an upcoming blog post and I’m super excited.

For my card today I’m going to share one of *my* favorite techniques., which is watercolor backgrounds. I love to make them bold, loose and as eye-catching as possible.  I love the movement of the watercolor and for your eyes to be struck by the colors. This is not a difficult technique. You just have to put your fear aside…and let go.

LOTS of loose watercoloring from my fave Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor set. I know many people have switched to tubes and pans. But I just love this set. It works for me. Plus, I can always buy replacement pans when I use an entire pan of color which I LOVE!  They’re super vibrant and you don’t have to buy the large set if you just want to try them out. The pearl colors are just as dreamy.

I used a stencil over the lower half of the card. I simply sponged Versamark through the stencil and then used Perfect Pearls in Sunflower Sparkle.  This gives it a beautiful and glowy look.

Of course, I HAD to give thanks to beautiful Ellen, herself. So, I die-cut the Essentials by Ellen Designer Die Many Thanks by Julie Ebersole 3 times using some scrap cardstock and adhered it to each other. Then I die-cut one more piece in gold glitter cardstock. That one went on top. Lovely dimension and perfectly glittery, too.

Embellishments were last and I added my favorite Sparkling Clear Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh. I think they are always amazing on ANY card.

Colorful and technique-y are kind of what I’m kind of all about.  I don’t mind getting inky and messy. :)

Here are some fun questions we were all asked to answer… Enjoy!

• Coffee or tea?
Most people that know me (even a little) KNOW that I am a coffee freak and post a TON of coffee memes on IG. ;)  ☕

• How did you come up with your blog name?
I am a longtime fan (over 36 years!!) of the rock group Rush. They have an album that is called Grace Under Pressure. On that album there is a symbol of a P/G, which stand for Grace Under Pressure. I loved this so much that rather than calling myself Grace Under Pressure I took the P/G concept and turned it papergrace. An homage to my favorite band and to papercrafts.

• Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself!
I can pop my left shoulder in and out of its socket. Gross, but fun at parties. 😁

All silliness aside, please be sure to hop and say hi to the entire Design Team. These ladies are INSANELY talented!!  Your next stop will be at the fabulous and wonderful Lisa Spangler’s blog!

Ardyth Percy Robb
Carissa Wiley
Carly Tee Minner
Carolyn Peeler
Elena Roussakis
Emily Midgett
Heather Campbell
Julia Stainton
Julie Ebersole
Justine Hovey
Kelly Griglione
Kittie Caracciolo
Laurel Beard
   YOU ARE HERE — >>Lisa Adametz
Lisa Spangler  <<—UP NEXT
Lydia Evans
Michele Ferguson
Sandy Allnock
Sharon Harnist
Therese Calvird




Catherine Pooler Blog Hop

Hey everyone and welcome to my stop on the Catherine Pooler Blog Hop.  The team at Ellen Hutson LLC is super excited to have the Catherine Pooler products in the shop so we’re celebrating with this awesome hop. You should have arrived at my blog from my friend, and the phenomenally talented, Kittie Caracciolo.

I was so super excited to be able to use the Catherine Pooler inks. I’ve heard so much about how amazing they are. And, if you’ve never tried them? I really DO suggest that you buy a few pads. Everything that you hear about these inks is 100% true. Absolutely ALL of the hype. Since I enjoy doing mixed media, I can be a little rough on my ink pads and these pads are dreamy. One tap with a stamp and you’re set to go. But, even with blending they’re so smooth and clean. Not splotchy and very intense (if you want). I know without a doubt that these with be my new go-to ink pads. They are so worth it.

I did a lot of ink blending over stamped, embossed and die-cut images for my card.


The stamp set is called Zen Feather and is so pretty (you can see most of it in the image above). I stamped 6 of the feathers in Versamark Ink, heat embossed them with Platinum embossing powder, then die-cut each one.

Then using select inks from the Zen Garden Collection (linked below) I sponged and blended 3 colors at a time onto each feather. I love how they turned out. Really beautiful. Prior to adhering to the card front I blended a little of the Shea Butter Ink and also some Polished Ink to the card front in the center where the feathers will be, just to provide a little interest.

Everything then gets adhered down after that. I embellished with some confetti sequins and a little nest of fine string, too. Seemed fitting with the feathers.  ;) I thought about adding a sentiment and then decided I liked it without one…at least on the front. When it gets mailed, I’ll add it inside. There are a few beautiful sentiments included with the set.

Please continue to hop along with us to see all of the rest of the Ellen Hutson, LLC Design Team’s creations. Your next stop is the brilliant MICHELE FERGUSON !! I know that she’ll have something gorgeous in store for you. You can always go back to The CLASSroom if there are any broken links.)

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the hop!



Two Takes on a Trend – Feb 2018

Hey everyone! Welcome to my first Two Takes on a Trend post for Ellen Hutson in the CLASSroom. Myself and Emily Midgett are taking on the color palette and our own take on it. (Be sure to check out the The CLASSroom for the post or her blog to see her beautiful card, too.)

Here is the Pantone Palette that we are using for our cards:

It’s pretty, huh?

So, I looked at the palette and decided to use it quite literally. I made stripes out of the chosen colors using Distress Oxide Inks. Then cut the panel at an angle and layered it on a coordinating piece of colored cardstock. To keep the card looking trendy and fresh, I stamped and die-cut the Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps and Designer Dies Mondo Peony using Versamark Ink (with gold embossing powder) and cardstock weight vellum.

Since I used gold as my embossing powder, I wanted to bring out that shimmer. Just a little. So I cut a tiny strip of gold glitter paper to tuck behind my front card layer.

On a separate strip of vellum I stamped my sentiment from Right At Home Clear Stamps, Tiny Sentiments. This set has so many wonderful, perfectly sized sentiments.

Before adhering anything down and embellishing I splattered the Distress Oxide front panel with a little bit of water, just to make it a bit more interesting. I love that slightly bleached out look, personally. I adhered everything down and added a few Crystal Clear Confetti pieces for that beautiful shine.

I hope that you are inspired by the cards that we ALL are making using this wonderful color palette. It’s always useful to see how the very same colors are used in such different ways so I hope you enjoyed the Two Takes on a Trend feature between Emily and myself.

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