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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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!

 

 

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.

 

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