12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2018

This is my favorite time of the year! When we do the 12 Days of Christmas with a Feminine Twist. And, if you’re at my blog? That means you’ve made it through the entire TWELVE days!! So exciting! There are always so many guests and so many prizes so you want to make sure you stop at every blog to comment during this VERY special 12 days. Be sure to start at the Ellen Hutson Blog to be guided along the way.

Now, you see that big ‘ol box above? I’m thrilled to be teamed up with my super sweet friend, Amy Tsuruta .  She and I are using the prompt of Clearly Christmas for our Tags today. So anything CLEAR.  Let me show you my tag below and you’ll see what I mean.

So, you can see that I used “clear” acetate for my shaker tag and the new Crystal “clear” Droplets from Essentials by Ellen Embellishments There are other “clear” elements. as well. Glossy Accents, The Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen, so you get the idea, right? But, think CLEAR elements. And, seriously now…aren’t those Holiday Gnomes from Reverse Confetti adorable? By the way, Amy is on the Design Team for Reverse Confetti and you should TOTALLY follow her on Instagram to see all her amazing work.

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** GIVEAWAY **
There will be TWELVE $25 gift certificates to the Ellen Hutson store and one lucky winner will walk away with a grand prize of a gift certificate of $150!! WOWZA!! How much fun is THAT?! Imagine all the crafty goodies you could buy? ;)

Since today is the last day of the 12 Days it’s a great day to go back and review all of the other tags you may have missed. You can always go back to day one or any other day from the Ellen Hutson blog.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today. All of my products used today are listed below. Affiliate codes used for your convenience.

April 3 Takes on a Trend

Hi friends! Thank you so much for joining me this month for how we take on a trend with Ellen Hutson in the CLASSroom. This month there are three of us. Therefore: THREE Takes on a Trend. Duh. :D

The Pantone Palette is called Drama Queen and it is GORGEOUS!! Have a look:

Isn’t that a beautiful color palette?!?

Since the store is now carrying the stunning Alexandra Renke products I knew, almost immediately, what I wanted to create along with the fabulous new Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Be Strong & Designer Dies by Brandi Kincaid.

I hope you like my card.

Usually I LOVE going bolder with color. Trust me. But, I’m finding lately that going softer has just as much visual impact, just in a different way. I’m still learning as I go and finding that you don’t always HAVE to create one way. You can have a certain technique or style that you prefer, but still learn. Ever day is a new opportunity, right?

Anyway! I’m rambling. This stamp set from Ellen Hutson LLC is one of those I think is a necessity for every stamper/creative. If you’ve ever struggled or known someone who is? This stamp set is perfect to make a set of cards to remind them how important they are. How special, how brave, how strong they are. And how much you love them.  Or maybe make something for yourself. ♥ 

This is your reminder that wherever you are, that I love you and I’m rooting for you. Be strong.

All my supplies are listed below and linked to shop for your convenience.

 

 

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!

 

 

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!