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Essentials by Ellen – Christmas in July

Hi friends! Long time no see. :) I’m so happy to be sharing a fun CHRISTMAS card using the beautiful release from the 2016 Essentials by Ellen Holiday Collection for you today.

There’s a few of us sharing cards over on the The CLASSroom blog, so I hope that you’ll check out everyone’s cards and see what we’ve been up to. And maybe to inspire you and give you a head start on creating your holiday cards. (Although I’m a tried and true procrastinator.)

I hope that you like the card that I created. I’ll share a few pics showing just a few of my pics from my process, too.

Usually when I start creating I like to figure out what my stamps are, then what my color “theme” will be. Then I’ll play around a little with a layout. I do this before even stamping a darn thing! I take FOREVER creating. No kidding. But, I really want my cards to be unique and different. And I am in no way a CAS stamper. Once I kind of have a plan in mind? THEN I can start. It’s a bit of a tedious process, but it works for me. And it’s truly the only way that works for me.

With this I started by stamping the wreath onto the Neenah paper. Once stamped (and heat embossed) I die-cut it using the matching die-cut. After it was die-cut, I then used some of the pretty Tonic Nuvo Drops (both Crystal and Glitter). I wanted them in both Glitter and Crystal. And I selected colors that were not necessarily typical holiday colors, but are very happy and fun.

I used the Tonic Nuvo Drops to “color” in the different circles of the wreath. I simply colored in one circle (or wreath bulb) at a time and moved slowly around the wreath.  The Tonic Nuvo Drops dry fairly quickly. Just set aside and be very careful NOT TO TOUCH!! (Ask me how I know.)

The rest of the card is just a matter of putting the pieces into place.  The background patterned paper is so bright and matches the wreath perfectly, but I decided that it might detract from the wreath so I used a piece of vellum to tone it down.  Vellum is so useful and elegant. I love using it on my cards.

For the sentiment I omitted the “sparkle” portion of the stamp (since I’d be using the Sparkle Die) using a post-it-note. This is super easy to do. You could also cut the sentiment stamp apart, but I elected not to do that.

Adding the confetti clear sequins finishes off the card and adds the extra sparkly touch. A sparkly, bright, happy holiday card that’s perfect for anyone! :)

But wait! There’s more! Ellen Hutson, LLC wants YOU to benefit from our little Christmas in July with a HUGE SALE on all Christmas products in the store. Check out all the details in the graphic below. and simply CLICK on the graphic  to be taken to the store to shop. So simple. :)

Christmas in July

(No coupon needed. In stock items in the sale category only. Not valid on previous purchases.  Sale ends July 24th, 2017 @ 11:59 PM PDT.)

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Color Trend Week with Ellen Hutson

Hey Everyone! This is a fun week on the CLASSroom blog for Ellen Hutson, LLC as we are having a Color Trend Week. This week, Ellen has chosen Black & White with a Pop of Color. You know that that prompt made my brain go into hyperdrive, right? ;)

I thought it would be really interesting to go with a really BOLD (but simple) Black and White background and then for my Pop of Color to go with a watercolor wash, but with bright colors. I hope my description makes sense. It did in my head when I was designing it. LOL!! In essence, I wanted the background to be a complete juxtaposition of the beautiful Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Mondo Peony by Julie Ebersole.

I’m kinda crushing on my own card. And I love how these colors play off of each other. I used Laurel’s June Pin-sight’s Challenge as my Pop of Color inspiration which you can see in the photo below. I hope that you’ll want to play along. It’s always a fun challenge.

All of my coloring of the Mondo Peony is done on Bristol Paper. It just works so much better with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I chose to color the leaves in a black/grey scheme to keep the color focused on the flower. And also added some flicks of black ink onto the flower itself to tie the black color from the flower BACK to the card. I hope that makes sense. These things always do in my head, but when I try to explain them they just sound weird. HA!

The only other thing done was the tiny little “Hello” was stamped using a Versafine Ink Pad, Onyx Black which was then heat embossed with Wow! Embossing Powder, Super Fine – Clear Gloss. The “Hello” is from Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps All Inside, by Julie Ebersole.

This is a VERY easy card to recreate. All you need is the right tools. And lucky for YOU? Ellen Hutson, LLC carries them all. :) Don’t forget to stop by the CLASSroon blog for more inspiration, too.

I have a supply list right below if you’re looking for anything that I used in my card and a few close ups of the card, too. Thanks, so much, for stopping by today!

 

 

and one more!!

 

 

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New Hinged Dies from Essentials by Ellen

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share with you new Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies Hinged Alpha and Hinged Numbers by Julie Ebersole. These are much like the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Thanks by Julie Ebersole. The letters in the Hinged Alpha Set are all meant to work separately to form whatever words you like right after snipping them apart. And the Hinged Alpha Set is  perfect for any birthday or anniversary…or anything else your imagination can dream up.

Here is a close up of a card that I created using the brand new Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Alpha by Julie Ebersole and the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Bold Blossoms Stand-Alone by Julie Ebersole.

I wanted to show the close-up first so that you could see the dies in “action”, so-to-speak. I thought that they “Hey, You” was clever. But, it could just be me.  ;) I colored the vellum from the back side with a variety of Copics. Then the piece was adhered to a scrap of white glitter paper. (I have a LOT of scraps!)

Using more scraps (yay!) I die cut the flowers from the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Bold Blossoms Stand-Alone by Julie Ebersole

Here is the front facing photo of the card:


This wasn’t a difficult card to create.  Just hard to photograph so that you get the full gist of what what done and so you really understand the dimension of the card. The hinged dies are a lot of fun and can be cut apart and be used in so many different ways. I think with dies like this it’s important to really be creative and allow your mind to just go full force! Check out the CLASSroom blog for all of the ideas that the team members have and to see all of their wonderful projects.

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Irresistible Sprays

I have a new post on the CLASSroom blog for #TexturalTuesdays today using some really fun Irresistible Sprays from Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts. These are Texture Sprays and leave a bit of a bumpy, texture behind after spraying. They come in a TON of colors which is lovely. I think I need to play with them in a capacity where I don’t have just a “project” in mind. 

Here’s a look at today’s project, but I do urge you to head over to the blog to see how the card came together. If you’ve ever used this spray before I’d love to hear from you and what your experience has been. Please drop me a comment. 

I wish you all had touch-o-vision. This card really is meant to be touched. The IrRESISTible Texture Sprays are so unique. They left my card shiny, slightly grainy, and really fun to look at. I also took out the sprayer and made some drips. That turned out like ENAMEL!! Not. Kidding. Verrrry 3-D.  It’d be fun to see a spray that wasn’t in a color, y’know? A clear one? Then you could do resist techniques on top of it. Oooooohhh!! (Maybe I should make a product?!!?)

Again, the FULL post with pics and tricks is located at the CLASSroom blog for Ellen Hutson, LLC over HERE.

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February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop

Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today! You should have arrived at my blog directly from the CLASSroom.

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may choose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

Onto some craftiness!

I’m showcasing two stamp sets today.  Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Spa Day by Brandi Kincaid and Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Wonky Backdrops by Julie Ebersole.

The first card that I made just makes me giggle. I used Copic Markers to color the cutie from the Spa Day stamp set, the candle, some flowers and cucumbers. Then I used the coordinating die set and die cut them all out, plus the face mask. I also used the ARC Crafts Cherry wood Veneer Envelopes (what I had on hand) to die cut the mirror. Love that stuff and it makes the mirror more homey looking. The mirror’s bulbs were created using the 4mm Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh, and coloring them with a bright yellow Copic.

I also used the Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies by Brandi Kincaid Mirror, Mirror to create the mirror. The phenomenal quote is from the Spa Day Stamp Set.

My second card is a little bit different, but I hope you like it. I’m using the Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Wonky Backdrops by Julie Ebersole for this one.

The beautiful yellow cardstock was stamped in Versamark repetitively with the polka dots to form the background (using the MISTI) and then heat set using a clear embossing powder.

Then using the large dots from the set I used Distress Inks to create watercolor spots/blobs/dots. ;) Once dried, I stamped over them with Versamark using the sketchy wheel designs from the same set and heat embossed with a gold embossing powder. Using a stamped/heat embossed sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Mirror Mirror by Brandi Kincaid completed the card. I just love how graphic this card is and shows the many ways you can use the stamps from the Wonky Backdrops set.  It’s a keeper! HA!

I hope you enjoyed my cards today. I know I had fun creating them. This is a really great release that has something for everyone. So onto your NEXT stop! The always amazing Sandy Allnock!! Enjoy her wonderful creativity and the rest of the hop.

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all of the designers.

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