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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!!

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.

 

Hop for Hope

Hi crafty friends, and welcome to a very special blog hop. A hop for hope. You should have arrived at my blog from the wonderful Laurel Beard‘s blog and your next stop on this hop will be the fabulous Nichol Spohrs blog.

As many of you may or may not know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The stamp set that we are all using was designed in May to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF).  Please read the post on The CLASSroom blog to see how this beautiful stamp set all came to be and how YOU can help. –> LINK <–

This is the beautiful stamp and die set we all used:

In honor of this amazing hop, with these beautiful, brave women joined together today, I made a card! Yay!

Really simple, layered stamping with a water-colored pink ribbon. I turned my oval on it’s side for a little interest (which I thought was fun and made things flow much better).

And a close-up!

There is a lot of dimensional adhesive used to give it dimension. Sometimes that isn’t seen when looking at the card as it’s laying flat. But’ the flowers are at different heights and it’s quite fun.

All of the wonderful and talented people involved in this hop are listed below, so please stop and say hi and leave some love.

The Classroom
Ardyth Percy-Robb
Carissa Wiley
Carly Tee Minnerr
Carolyn Peeler
Donna Mikasa
Heather Campbell
Heather Meeson
Jennifer McGuire
Kelly Alvarez
Kittie Caracciolo
LauraJane Head
Laurel Beard
Lisa Adametz ->> you are here
Nichol Spohr –>> YOUR NEXT STOP
Sandy Allnock
Taniesa Vlasak

Supplies used, are listed below (affiliate links are used, thank you!!)

United We Flourish Hop With Altenew

Hi there!! And welcome to my stop on the hop. You should have have arrived from the fabulous blog of Svitlana Shayevich. She’s SO incredible, isn’t she? WOW!!

I have to tell you how incredibly excited I am about this hop. So many things I love: Ellen Hutson, the United We Flourish Program, Altenew, and POPPIES!! I have a serious love affair for poppies. I have them all over my house.  It’s true. They bring me such joy and hold a special place in my heart. ♥ I’m thrilled to be able to participate in this hop and I know you all will love designing with this multi-layered stamp set just like *I* did.

For my card I wanted to show off the versatility of both the stamp and die.  So I chose to use Distress Oxide Inks to watercolor the Poppy (first on the panel and then for the die-cut piece). And then I used standard Distress Inks to create the background.  Allow me to show you my card:

I first stamped out the Poppy image onto watercolor paper using 3 colors of Distress Oxide Inks. The reason I stamped this first image was to get the ink laid down and to create the watercolor effect I was going for. Using a paintbrush and water I was able to blur the ink and make the edges look more watercolor-y.

I then die-cut a mask of the flower out of Judikins Eclipse Tape .  By doing this I can now create the background without distorting the flower too much.

Placing the sticky mask on top of the flower I created my background using Distress Inks. This could absolutely be done with the Altenew Dye Inks, as well (I just don’t have any. *sad face*) . The colors I used are shown in the photo. (The Evergreen Bough was used as a transition color between the green and blue.)

Using water, a paintbrush, and the black ink from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set I next flicked black ink on top of the panel. This is a dramatic effect I just LOVE!

Stamping and die-cutting the United We Flourish Stamp & Die Combo, Poppy Fields by Altenew flower a SECOND time I added a few details. Black ink was added around the edges for contrast, hints of shimmer to the petal lines, and Glossy Accents to the center. This piece was added using dimensional foam squares.

A piece of black cardstock was prepped with an Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Powder Bag. The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

 

My Poppy panel was adhered to a piece of the Essentials by Ellen Paper Pack, Modern Graphics by Julie Ebersole and that piece was adhered to my base card. After that? I simply adhered my sentiment with a few foam squares and a few sequins were added.

Here is a close-up:

NOW!! What would a blog hop of ANY kind be without prizes?!!? :D

⇒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 Altenew shop. To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog or the Altenew blog by 12pm PST on Wednesday, September 27th.⇐

***I know you’re super excited to keep on hoppin’ and the next stop on this amazing hop is the ever-so-talented SANDY ALLNOCK!!!***

•If you should get lost at all, please go to either Ellen Hutson The CLASSroom or Altenew Card Blog

Supplies used are listed below (affiliate links used, where possible):

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

advent-calenda-extravaganzaHi! I’m super happy to participating in my dear friend Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza by contributing a card (made by me…of course).

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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 onto the creativity! I am designing with a stamp set designed by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, LLC today. I am so very fortunate to be a member of this wonderful team of creative women. The stamp set I’m using today for my entire project is Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Brushstroke Christmas, by Julie Ebersole.

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This card is created by embossing the “Peace on Earth” first and then doing the watercoloring. And additional stamping is done after so it is more subtle, but still seen. The white dots were stamped, but weren’t bright enough. I didn’t want them heat embossed so I just went over them with a white gel pen. (Some have a white pearl on top as an added embellishment.)

When completing the card and adding embellishments, sequins and rhinestones are used to keep the effect rather ethereal.

Here is a close up for you:

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And one more look of the finished card:

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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 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheera 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!

*edit – Thank you to everyone who has commented that thinks I should do a video!! I have been in the process of a move. Once I am completely unpacked a video of my watercolor backgrounds will be done. :) *

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

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