November 2018 – Essentials by Ellen Release

Welcome to the November 2018 release for Essentials by Ellen! So many wonderful wonderful stamps and dies in this release. I’ll be showcasing one of the wonderful new Stencil Dies and the new stamp set called Snow Days.

For the card above I used the Snowfall by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies. I made the die into an actual stencil and used a white pen to make the “snow” dots. The other set used is Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole.

This card was made using the sure to sell-out Snow Days by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps. This set has so many versatile phrases and prints. Fun personified!  Also used on this card and the first card were the Lawn Fawn, Lawn Cuts, Stitched Snowflakes

Below are the stamps and dies that I used from this latest release.

 

 

 

Essentials By Ellen November 2018 Complete Release

 

As usual, I have all of my supplies listed below for you to shop through, with all of the new release included as well. This is of no cost to you and I earn only a small amount to keep my blog running. Thank you!

Wishing you all a VERY Happy weekend and enjoy the new release.

National Craft Month With Right at Home and Ellen Hutson

Hey everyone! I’m participating in today’s challenge over at the Right at Home Blog/Facebook Group in conjunction with Ellen Hutson, LLC and creating a little sumthin’-sumthin’ using a new watercolor technique!

My technique for today (that I’ve been so excited to share!!) is using the Distress Oxide Inks with water on Glossy Cardstock , then using a homemade “resist spray” with embossing powder, and finishing it up with Distress Micro Glaze! Sounds kind of intense, but it’s really not. I promise. I’d never lie to you.

First, let me show you my card!

Isn’t it, cool?!!? I just love learning new techniques and I hope that this doesn’t scare you off because it’s SO EASY!! These colors are gorgeous together, too.  (Don’t mind my crummy light in the photos below, but I thought you might want to see what I was talking about.)

1. Pick out 3 colors of Distress Oxide Inks and smoosh them onto your craft mat. Spritz with water so that the ink beads up.

2.  Run the glossy cardstock through the ink so that it is coated with the ink. Don’t be shy. Dry between coats! Use up the ink on your mat. If it looks like you’re missing/not getting one of the colors? Smoosh more, spritz it, and run the cardstock back through. Just be sure to heat set it between.

3. The finished cardstock will look very colorful and a tad cloudy. This is PERFECT!!

4. Die-cut images/shapes (or wait til later depending on end result desired after next steps). I’m using the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Yay by Julie Ebersole for my card.

5. Make your own “Resist Spray”!!  Using a Mini Mister add 1 part Glossy Accents to 1 part water (50% Glossy Accents to 50% water). *Anything you spray this on will be ridiculously STICKY. No joke. Don’t spray on your craft mat. Use a shoe box or something. Please!!*

6. Spritz onto your die-cuts (IN THE SHOEBOX!!!) and then sprinkle Navy Metallic embossing powder onto the wet areas. Heat emboss. It will get very bumpy and raised and soooo amazing! The more you spritz? The more of an effect you’ll get. Keep that in mind. This can also be used with stencils, but you’ll want to have a tub of water nearby. Got it? ;)

7. After your die-cuts are spritzed they can now be coated to protect and bring out the color of the Distress Oxides using the Distress Micro Glaze. Dip a sponge applicator very lightly into the container of the glaze and sponge over the surface. Buff off any excess with a paper towel or cloth. If you do this without the resist spray? You’ll see how gorgeous the colors are. It’s STUNNING how amazing this technique is. I’m just bumping it up a notch. I just love texture. 

8. Stamp the Right At Home Clear Stamps, Script Greetings sentiment in Versamark Ink  and heat emboss using the Navy Metallic Embossing Powder.

9. Adhere the balloon die-cuts in place leaving the end of the balloon unattached for the moment.

10. Stamp a smaller sentiment onto a piece of dark navy cardstock using Versamark Ink and white embossing powder. Tear the end of the strip of paper. Adhere with foam squares.

11.  Under the balloon ends attach twine with Multi Medium, Matte. Place blocks on top til dry. Once dry tie end in a bow and adhere once more.

12. Die-cut stars from glitter paper and adhere to balloons and other areas. Card is complete! YAY!!

Here is a close-up! Look at all the bumpy awesomeness from the custom resist spray. I love all that fun texture!

The texture just slays me! I want to use this spray for a few more things. See what else I can pull out of my bag of tricks.

Making your own “resist spray” allows you to try it without the commitment without a larger purchase. And if you DO like it, maybe you’d want to buy the product that’s designed specifically for this use? Also, the original inking technique is TONS of fun. You’ll be creating backgrounds all day long once you get started. They’re just so fun and easy.

I hope that you’re enjoying the collaboration today and will participating by trying out a new watercolor technique yourself.

Thank you to Nicole from Right at Home Shop for inviting the Ellen Hutson LLC shop (and team) to play along today. I’ve had way too much fun!

All my supplies are listed below and linked to shop for your convenience. Wishing you a wonderful and colorful day!

 

 

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017

Happy Friday! I hope that you’ve been checking in on the CLASSroom blog as there have been already a week’s worth of Ellen Hutson designers and guests for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017.

I’m so super excited to once again be paired up with the amazing Jill Foster of Penny Black. I’m always a little stunned when I’m paired with her as she’s SUCH a phenomenal designer. It’s like being told that you’re being paired with the Michelangelo of card design as your guest. A teeensy bit overwhelming. I can only do my own thing, though, y’know? Comparison will only kill ya.

SO!! For my challenge (since I’m the lead designer on this gig) I decided to create a SKETCH!! How fun, right? And I hope that you ALL will play along.

I’ll show you a sneak peek of my tag, but I REALLY want you all to head over to the CLASSroom for all of the fun. There’s prizes to be had!! YESSS!!!

HOWEVER? If you use my sketch? Please let me know in the comments with a link. I’d love to see what you created so I can head on over to YOUR blog and comment. ♥ I’ve been known to give stuff away, too., so I’d love to see you create with my sketch! ;)

Have a great time with the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017!!

Topflight Stamps Grand Opening Blog Hop

 

Welcome to Topflight Stamps, LLC Grand Opening!!!  We can’t wait to share with you our fun and different art stamps from all around the world. What makes us different? You can shop for hard to find, international stamps all in one place. And, we offer free shipping for US addresses for orders over $50!!

We also have an amazing Grand Opening Special Discount – 20% off ALL ordersuse code TFS-GO20

Today we have an AWESOME blog hop (read through the end of this post for details) with some of the best paper crafters in the industry. They are each featuring some of our favorite stamps, many you probably have not seen before. Be sure to comment on this blog and all the blogs on the hop to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE a $50 store credit!!!  PLUS  – each of the designers in this blog hop are giving away a $10 gift certificate to one of the commenters on their post. I will announce my winner here on Monday, April 3.  The $50 Grand Prize winner will be announced on the Topflight Stamps Blog on the same day. Good luck!!

I’m sharing a project made with Fleurs / Flowers stamps by Katzelkraft from France.  I used a lot of Golden Paints, Heavy Weight Modeling Paste, a fun stencil from My Favorite Things aaaand some Pearl Texture Luxe  for my background. Oh!! There’s also some tissue paper in there and I created texture with burlap that you can just barely see in the corner. Lots of fun Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, too. Did I mention the glitter? Because there’s glitter, too. It not only adds texture but a pop of shimmer. I wish the photo did it justice.

 

 

And another pic with just a slightly different view. This thing is a MASSIVE tag and very hard to photograph! Each one of the floral stamps is a tiny little shaker that I attached onto vellum and then created a shaker pocket for. Cool, huh?

Now, be sure to check out all these blogs and comment for your chance to win the grand prize!!

Thanks for hoppin’ with us!  See you back here for the announcement of the gift card!! :)

Mixed Media Challenge #32

Welcome to Mixed Media Challenge #32! The very first mixed media challenge of 2017. Can you believe it? 2017. It HAS to be better than 2016.  And we’re starting it off right with this amazing challenge from the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog.

The challenge this month is to create a project using a stencil!  (The above graphic MUST be used in your own blog post.)

The January Sponsor for the Mixed Media Challenge #32 is Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Products.  Mary Beth is offering the lucky random winner a $25 gift certificate to the StencilGirl Store. How awesome is that?

The Mixed Media Challenge Blog is also welcoming a brand new Design Team Member  — LYNNE FORSYTHE !! She is an amazing mixed media artist who currently designs for CanvasCorp Brands, UmWow Studios, and Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession. We are so lucky to have her as part of the team. Welcome, Lynne!

Okay, so here is what I created with my stencils for the Mixed Media Challenge #32 – Put a Stencil On It.

It’s a 6″ x 6″ piece of watercolor paper mounted on canvas. There’s quite a bit of subtle layering going on that can’t be seen unless you were to examine it in person — and I like that. The nuances, the surprises, the small things you can’t see on a computer screen. These things make me happy.

I imagine you might wonder why I chose such a deep brown on the edges when the center is to vibrant? I thought the interior needed grounding. Like a pulse that oftentimes gets out of control. The brown serves as a ground to that vibrancy. The batik look and feel of this particular stencil works well with a mix of bright, fluid colors.

I hope you’ll join us for the first challenge of this New Year and challenge #32…WOW!

Here are some simple guidelines to follow: 

Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member’s blogs. (If you’re here? That’s a start!)
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

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