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Cat Lady

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing purrrfectly amazing this Tuesday.  I’m sure that if any of you are a big fan of the Ellen Hutson, LLC Leading Ladies designed by the fabulous Brandi Kincaid  😊 you are not surprised at the card I’m posting today.  It was out of stock furever…even for ME!! So no special treatment here folks. Lol! 

I am a HUGE cat lover. I’ve had 4 cats. I still have 2 cats in California, but when I moved back to Nevada I made the best decision (and least traumatic) for them to leave them with my former boyfriend. They are being well loved and are in a happy place. My kitty here in Nevada, Millie,  🐱  is a frequent fixture on my Instagram. (@papergrace) And, if any of you know me personally, then you know she is quite the talker. She’s a funny one.

My card today is, of course, featuring the Essentials by Ellen, Leading Ladies, Cat Lady Clear Stamp & Designer Die set designed by Brandi Kincaid.

I just love her so much!!! 😍 And the patterned paper from Reverse Confetti brings a smile to face. ALL of my coloring is done with colored pencils. I’m absolutely NOT a pro with them, but I really enjoyed the process of learning to use them. They are so much harder than I thought they would be. But, it was really satisfying, too.  There was one kitty that I just totally screwed up. :(  Oh well. Mistakes happen!

Here is a little close-up for you:

I hope that with practice I’ll get much better.  Are any of you pencil colorers? I’d love to hear some of your tips!! Please leave them in the comments below.  As usual, I have my supplies listed below and linked to shop for your convenience.  Wishing you a PAW-some day! 🐾

 

 

Pretty Pink Posh Watercolored Wild Roses

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! Just thought I’d share a little card I made using some products from one of my very, very, VERY favorite people on Earth today. And that’s Pretty Pink Posh. Not only is Paulina just NICE, but her stamps/dies and embellishments are some of the best around.

Paulina and I go waaaaay back. Before she even started her own company. I first met her at a CHA when she was working the DeNami booth for her mom. I was there with Kelly Marie Alvarez of Lawn Fawn (before Lawn Fawn existed!!) and we were just scoping things out. It was fantastic. Meeting and hugging Paulina was such a highlight for me. She is 100% as nice in person as she seems on the Internet.  We’ve stayed friends ever since.

So! That brings me to today’s card. I’m using her gorgeous Wild Rose Stamp and Die set along with some of her amazing sequins. I’m also using her Hello Friend die that I’m just using the “hello” portion of.

All of that luscious coloring was completed with Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils. They are by far the best watercolor pencils out there.  I’m not even a pro at this kind of thing and they make me look good! ;)

Here’s a look at when I had just started coloring:


TONS of pigment in the pencils. that are fade resistant, and light fast. They also have unbreakable leads! What I love about this company is that they are eco-conscious and plant trees for those they remove. Gotta love that. They’re NOT cheap, but they are worth every penny and I would consider an investment.

I didn’t do much for this card other than color the images, die-cut some paper, and die-cut the images and layer them with foam squares. But I love how it turned out. It’s super pretty with that gorgeous patterned paper. And, of course, the Pretty Pink Posh sequins are just the icing on the cake.

I hope you enjoyed the card. All my supplies are listed below and are linked to shop for your convenience.

 

 

 

And from Amazon.com (This is an affiliate link). 

Faber Castell Polychromos Color Pencil Set – Tin of 120

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

 

 

 

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.

You’ll find all of my affiliate linked supplies below:

 

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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