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United We Flourish Better Together Blog Hop

Happy Sunday and welcome to my stop on this super special blog hop. This is a wonderful collaboration between Hero Arts and Ellen Hutson LLC and we’re thrilled to bring this limited United We Flourish release to you today. I hope that you arrived here  from the blog of my friend (and the enormously talented) Libby Hickson.

My card is a tiny bit out of my comfort zone. But as I was creating it, I just went with the flow instead of over-thinking it (as I am VERY prone to do). I’m trying very hard this year to just “let go” with my creativity. And see wherever it takes me. I think you’ll see it in the card, too.

It’s cute, isn’t it? I still did some water color and some ink blending with the background, but I didn’t go overboard.  It’s even (dare I say it?) simple? Or at least it is to me! ;) I also don’t make many cute cards, But, these little love birds were fun.

If you’re a bird-lover? Then this set is for you! It’s full of our fine-feathered friends! And all kind of fun sentiments, too. And, if you’re a collector of the United We Flourish sets, then I know you’ll have fun coloring this one for sure.

Here is a better look at the set and coordinating dies:

Better Together Stamp and Die Set

To celebrate, 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.

Below is a full list of hoppers for today’s Better Together Blog Hop with Hero Arts. But, next up is the fabulously creative MICHELE FERGUSON!!!!!

The CLASSroom
Hero Arts
Amy Tsuruta
Carly Tee Minner
Carolyn Peeler
Clare Prezzia
Heather Campbell
Ilina Crouse
Janette Kausen
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Julie Ebersole
Kelly Griglione
Kittie Caracciolo
Laurel Beard
Libby Hickson
YOU ARE HERE
Michele Ferguson
Michelle Short
Sharon Harnist

Thanks so much for hopping with me today! And I hope you had a great time seeing how everyone used this cute set from Hero Arts!

 

 

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia 2017

Hi! I’m super happy to be participating in my dear friend Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza for the second year in a row by contributing a card that I made using some of my favorite Essentials by Ellen products! 

Here’s a little bit more about this event from Taheerah herself:

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 taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Now let’s get creative, shall we? I am using a die set designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, LLC today. I’ve been extremely fortunate to be a member of this wonderful team of creative women for a number of years now and Ellen, herself, is just the most gentle, kind, compassionate, and amazing human being EVER!!! The die set I’m using for my project is Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Holiday Words, by Julie Ebersole.

 

And here’s a close-up of all the sparkle and shine! And check out that cute little snowflake!

If you don’t cut this die apart it’s fantastic to use together OR if you do decide to cut the words apart? The separate words are amazing on their own. Just imagine using the big, bold “Love” die-cut for a stunning Valentine card. *swoon*!!

The details:

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 Ellen Hutson.com so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com 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 11:59 EST/9:59 PST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas! 🎅 🎄 ❄️ 

Below are listed all of the supplies I utilized to make my card. These are affiliate links from which I do make a small percentage from any purchase. Thank you. xo

United We Flourish Sweet Sprinkles Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my stop on this super special blog hop. This is a wonderful collaboration between Concord & 9th and Ellen Hutson LLC and we’re thrilled to bring this limited United We Flourish release to you today. I hope that you arrived at my blog from the fabulously talented Emily Midgett’s blog.

I had a lot of fun creating this card for you today. I’ll tell you a few of my little tips and tricks after I show you my card.

I know it’s winter. But who wouldn’t want a shimmery ice cream cone topped with glittery hearts as sprinkles?! I know they make edible glitter powder, but I wonder if it works on ice cream? #ThingsIthinkabout

To create the ice cream and cone: both pieces were die cut from Craft-a-Board and also two pieces of cardstock. (Close in color to the color of the cone and ice cream, but not super important.) Adhere the cardstock to the Craft-a-Board.  By using the Craft-a-Board it keeps all the extra weight that’s being added from bending the shape of the ice cream cone.

Now add a LOT of Embellishment Mousse to the top of the ice cream cone! Use a palette knife to keep it from getting too messy. Or….if you know how to actually bake and that kind of thing (which I don’t) put some of the mousse into a baggie and pipe it onto the ice cream/cupcake topper. Which would look amazing!!

While the Embellishment Mousse is still wet die cut some hearts from red glitter paper and press into the mousse lightly. Set aside to dry. For the cone, stamp the design using Versamark again, onto a Kraft colored cardstock. Then heat set with a gold embossing powder. The center of the cone leave a heart-shaped space. for which there is another die. And I used another piece of red glitter paper to tie it all together.

I love all the soft colors of this card and the gobs of shine, too. This is such a fun stamp and die set that I’m sure you’ll use ALL the time! 

To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop and two commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Concord & 9th shop. To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog and the Concord blog by 12pm PST on December 26th.

Below is the full list of hoppers for todays blog hop. And next up isLINDSEY LARSEN•!!!! 

The CLASSroom
Concord & 9th
Melissa Bickford
Sharon Harnist
Kymona Tracey
Sandy Allnock
Emily Midgett
Lisa Adametz –> you are here!!
Lindsey Larsen –> next up!!
Laurel Beard
Justin Krieger
Kittie Caracciolo
Karen Baker
Julie Ebersole
Tenia Nelson
Carolyn Peeler
Lisa Stein
Carly Tee Minner
Jessica Frost-Ballas

 

Sweet Sprinkles Stamp and Die Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essentials by Ellen December 2017 Release

Hi there, and welcome to my blog for the final Essentials by Ellen release for 2017.  You should have arrived here from the wonderfully talented and oh-so-sweet Karolyn Loncon’s blog This release is all about celebrating! Birthdays, having fun, cake, confetti, balloons!! Even having a little sparkly. Whether it be sparkling cider or champagne,  I think that you’ll find the release a perfect addition for any occasion: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Friendship, and just about anything else your mind can dream up.

I’m using a few of the new sets from the new release for my pretty in pink card. (With my focus on the new Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Banner Cake By Julie Ebersole.  Here is the card I made. I hope you all like it. It has a TON of shine!! 😎

The following are the two sets I used to make my card:

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Leading Ladies – Celebration Lady By Brandi Kincaid

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Banner Cake By Julie Ebersole

 

As you will have seen from the previous days of this release hop ALL of the sets are so fun and versatile. I used the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Creative Sheets to die cut my “cake”. Remove the top layer of adhesive liner and then place a sheet of gold foil on top. Burnish the foil with a tool such as the teflon bone folder (shiny shine up). The adhesive from the foam sheet will “lift” the foil. This way you will get the shimmer and shine of the foil AND the loft from the foam! Total win.

Before I took the backing off the other side of my golden cake 😉 I created a very simple background. First, I ran a piece of the beautiful dotted paper (which is actually the Essentials by Ellen Paper Pack, Modern Graphics by Julie Ebersole) through my laminating machine with a piece of Deco Foil pink melon foil.  The center of the foiled paper was ink blended with a few colors of Distress Ink Oxides and the sentiment was heat embossed with a beautiful gold embossing powder from WOW!.

The last step is simply to add embellishments and put the card together. It’s a simple card with a POW! factor. Here’s a close-up:

And rounding out this Saturday hop is the AMAAAAAAAAAZING Jessica Frost-Ballas who I know without a doubt will blow your minds 🤯with her talent!!! I hope everyone had fun on the hop today.

 

(Affiliate links used where possible)

Ellen Hutson LLC 11th Anniversary Celebration Hop – Day 4

Hi, welcome to my blog and Day FOUR of the anniversary celebration for Ellen Hutson, LLC. And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! To be included in this hop with so many talented and wonderfully kind people in this community always boggles my mind. But, Ellen exudes that kind of graciousness across all stamp designers and stores. She’s a loving, kind and warm-hearted person. And I am forever grateful for the day she asked me to be part of her team. 

When I was asked to pick my favorite set to design with I picked one of my early faves designed by Julie Ebersole called Bokeh Dots. I just love the versatility of this set. It’s an abstract set, but very open to interpretation.  I made a very “loose” wreath with it for my card today.  And used another older die Brushstroke Peace for my centerpiece. All of the color is done with the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors. *quick edit – Since there seems some confusion as to whether I embossed with gold or silver? I used PLATINUM!! ;)*

 

I love doing loose watercoloring like this. And beautiful abstract sets like Julie’s make my style of design so easy to work with.

I’m always looking forward to what new, fun, or inspirational designs and sets Ellen has found for us on the horizon. It truly is such a joy to be a part of her team and to partner with so many other wonderful talented ladies, too.

Happy Anniversary, Ellen. And thank you for opening your warm and comforting arms to me so many years ago at CHA and inviting me to be a part of your family. I love you!

*wiping my happy tears away*

On to your next stop!! That would be the fabulously talented Lea Lawson!!!! I know you’re going to be over the moon excited with what she has in store for you.

Here is the full list of hoppers for today:
Amy Rysavy
Carly Tee Minner
Amy Tsuruta
Lisa Adametz — You are Here
Lea Lawson
Heather Meeson

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving.

 

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