Ink Week

Hey there! It’s Ink Week over on the CLASSroom blog for Ellen Hutson and I’m so lucky to be able to feature Distress Inks on this #TexturalTuesday.

I had so much fun making this card. Lots of ink blending and the addition of Texture Paste. Very textural.

Let me show you the card and then tell you a little bit more about Ink Week.

Using the gold to bring out the colors underneath was something I’m hoping I pulled off. To me, being able to see the full image isn’t important, but to make the card/colors/imagery make you feel something. I hope that makes sense. This is one of the reasons I love mixed media so much. It’s not what you necessarily see, but what you feel that’s important.

For how I made the card, all of the details are on the CLASSroom blog. There are lots of photos and information for you, if you’d like to replicate the card.

Ellen is also doing a full-on Ink Week! All of the designers are featuring a different ink and how we use them in our posts. Not only that, she is running a wonderful promotion.

Click on the image above to be taken directly to the sale. I hope that you’ll take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to stock up on your inks!

This Ink Week is going to feature a lot of different ways to use your inks and many different styles so stay tuned for the whole week.

I’m including all of my supplies below for my project, some were purchased by me and some were provided for promotional purposes. These ARE affiliate links so if you choose to shop using the links below I do earn an itty-bitty commission from your purchase. This keeps me running! xo

#TexturalTuesdays and Hedgehugs

Hi there crafty friends and welcome to #TexturalTuesdays and Hedgehugs! :) Otherwise known as the first #TexturalTuesdays of 2017.

It’s going to be a fun one today as I share a card made using Avery Elle products made by Heather Campbell who is also a designer for Ellen Hutson. She is so amazing.

This card I made for #TexturalTuesdays is using tons of color mediums: Copic markers, Zig Clean Color Markers, and Distress Inks!! All on one card.  And I *think* I pulled it off.  ;)  As I sold most of my Copics? This was way out of my comfort zone, but I still did it.  Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns. I knew in order to give the hedgie the perfect quills, the Copic markers would be the best way to go.

For all of the behind the scenes action on the card, I urge you to check out the CLASSroom blog for my #TexturalTuesdays and Hedgehugs card. You’ll read more about how this card was created and see more photos, as well.

All of the supplies for this card are listed below. As I am an affiliate for Ellen Hutson, I do receive a small, teeny tiny, itty-bitty commision for anything you  purchase through me. And I thank you in advance. It keeps my blog semi working (ha!) and bug free. ♥

Wishing you all a wonderful day! xo

Mixed Media Challenge #32

Welcome to Mixed Media Challenge #32! The very first mixed media challenge of 2017. Can you believe it? 2017. It HAS to be better than 2016.  And we’re starting it off right with this amazing challenge from the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog.

The challenge this month is to create a project using a stencil!  (The above graphic MUST be used in your own blog post.)

The January Sponsor for the Mixed Media Challenge #32 is Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Products.  Mary Beth is offering the lucky random winner a $25 gift certificate to the StencilGirl Store. How awesome is that?

The Mixed Media Challenge Blog is also welcoming a brand new Design Team Member  — LYNNE FORSYTHE !! She is an amazing mixed media artist who currently designs for CanvasCorp Brands, UmWow Studios, and Yvonne Blair Designs/Impression Obsession. We are so lucky to have her as part of the team. Welcome, Lynne!

Okay, so here is what I created with my stencils for the Mixed Media Challenge #32 – Put a Stencil On It.

It’s a 6″ x 6″ piece of watercolor paper mounted on canvas. There’s quite a bit of subtle layering going on that can’t be seen unless you were to examine it in person — and I like that. The nuances, the surprises, the small things you can’t see on a computer screen. These things make me happy.

I imagine you might wonder why I chose such a deep brown on the edges when the center is to vibrant? I thought the interior needed grounding. Like a pulse that oftentimes gets out of control. The brown serves as a ground to that vibrancy. The batik look and feel of this particular stencil works well with a mix of bright, fluid colors.

I hope you’ll join us for the first challenge of this New Year and challenge #32…WOW!

Here are some simple guidelines to follow: 

Please follow these rules to be eligible for placements and prizes. Entries not following our rules will be deleted.

* You must use our challenge graphic in your challenge post.
* You must comment on at least 3 design team member’s blogs. (If you’re here? That’s a start!)
* Your post must link back to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge post
* Add a link to your direct post, not your entire blog, a YouTube Video or a Pinterest Board
* You can combine with up to 4 other challenges.
* No Backlinking allowed! Any back-linked entries will be deleted.
* You can enter up to 5 times, create whatever you want, and HAVE FUN!

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Happy 2017

Happy 2017!! Wait what? Okay so, it’s not quite 2017 YET! But I did make a very cool Happy 2017 card that’s on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® blog today. You really should check it out. 

Let me show you a very quick peek at the card. And then you have to head over to their blog to get all of the nitty-gritty details on how I made it. Sound good?

The stamp set and die are both from Essentials by Ellen and are called Advent (designed by Julie Ebersole). All of those  luscious sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

For close ups of this card, please head over to the Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L® blog. Using the Keepsake Envelopes make any card special and can be used in so many amazing ways.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017.  

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Winter Scene Card

Hi  there! I have a beautiful Winter Scene card that I created for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® on their blog today.  I bet you never thought you could create a Winter Scene Card using adhesives, huh? Well, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® makes some fabulous foam shapes, too, as you’ll see in my card below.

Aren’t those trees and snowflakes cute?

The versatility of the 3D Foam line of products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® is what makes them so popular. The shapes can be used with foil, glitter, and can also be heat embossed!! No kidding.

This sweet Winter scene was created using foil and glitter for my 3D Foam shapes, but I also utilized glitter paper and beautiful patterned paper from Lawn Fawn. The fun scalloped rectangle shape behind by scene is a Lawn Fawn die, too.

If my little sticker words can’t be read they are “Winter”, “Frosty”, “Snowflakes”, and “Glisten”. For more information and more photos, please check out the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® blog post for today.

Wishing you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas.

From Millan.Net

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All That Glitters

Hey! It’s the last #TexturalTuesdays post in the CLASSroom for Ellen Hutson before Christmas and All That Glitters is the card I made today. :)

Today’s card features some beautiful glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Distress Glitter, and Glitter Tape to make a “present”. Super easy and super fun!

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Most people tend to think of using glitter as messy. Using glitter in this way leaves it feeling almost velvety smooth with almost no fallout. And so incredibly shiny!

The full tutorial for this All That Glitters card is on the CLASSroom blog, so I encourage you to check it out for further photos, steps, and ideas.

The stamp set that I have used is an exclusive to Ellen Hutson.com and is part of the Holiday 2016 Release. It is called Season to Sparkle and it was designed by über talented Julie Ebersole. If you are interested in any of the products that I used to make today’s card I always try to list them below. (They are affiliate links and I will make a small commission from each purchase that you make through me — thank you. )

So many things to wrap up before Christmas gets here…oops! Bad pun! But I hope that you enjoy today’s card and will head over and check out the full post to really see how I made the card today.

Thank you as always for taking the time to stop by. xo

 

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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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Pink Christmas Card

Hi everyone! I’m back on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® blog with this Pink Christmas card today. I’ve been having a lot of fun using non-traditional colors for my holiday cards. Are you the type that like to use traditional colors or that likes to break out of the mold?

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The wreath is from Taylored Expressions 3 x 4″ Christmas Watercolor Panels (and right now they’re even on sale). I’m addicted to these panels. They’re awesome for beautiful watercolor projects and quick additions to a card.

I wanted to make this a Pink Christmas card because, really, it’s so unlike me. I am more apt to make a deep, dark card. Just being honest here. I don’t plan. I pick colors and patterns as I go. I’m sure that makes people nervous. But, it’s how I do things. It keeps the process more intuitive or organic for me.

I have noticed that I’ve been using pink a lot this year. I’m not sure what that means. Maybe I just need to hide the pink card stock and move on to a new color? ;)

The subtle glittery stripes are created by using the Home & Hobby Premium Double Sided 1″ Permanent Tape with clear glitter burnished on top. This effect is beautiful. And all of the lovely sequins are adhered with the Dodz Adhesive Dots Mini.

More of the process for making this card is on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® blog post for today with additional photos and supply information, so I hope that you’ll check it out.

Enjoy your day!

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Holiday Mixed Media Project

Hi everyone! Running late today due to computer glitches, but I have a Holiday Mixed Media Project up over on the CLASSroom blog for Ellen Hutson and my #TexturalTuesdays series today. I hope you’ll find some time to check it out.

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This project today is featuring a ton of Ranger products so, naturally, it also includes products by Tim Holtz. I used Tim’s new collage mediums, as well. Please check out the post to see what I liked and what I thought was so-so. I use so many different type of collage mediums I was really was looking forward to trying these out! Have any of you used them? What do you think? I’d love to know.

This type of panel is a 4″ x 6″ flat back canvas that come pre-primed so they are perfect for makeing small wall hangings and gifts. I love to work on these since they ARE flat and no priming is necessary. Hole punching is also a breeze if you have a heavy duty hole puncher (which I do).

They hold up to heat and most standard “abuse” fairly well. ;) Make sure to check out the Holiday Mixed Media Project post to see the full tutorial and additional photos for all information on how this is created. They are easily adjusted to your own style and creative needs.

I hope that you all have an amazing week and an amazing Thanksgiving!

Listed below are all of the supplies that I utilized with my affiliate link through Ellen Hutson, if you are interested. Thank you for your support! ♥

 

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Noel Card

Today I have a Noel Card featuring Taylored Expressions for #TexturalTuesdays on The CLASSroom blog for EllenHutson.com . I absolutely ADORE so many of the wonderful products I was able to use for this card. Especially the Watercolor Panels! So fun!

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The panels are  3″ x 4″ and there are 12 to a pack and are so affordable. They’re available for so many occasions, too. I may have to hoard them. Just sayin’. ;)

I love that using a simple die, some felt and watercolors turned this into a beautiful card.

I can see myself using the die for this Noel Card a lot. I just love the design. And the cardstock that Taylored Expressions has is just so luscious, as well. 100# and in so many beautiful colors. I want them ALL!! :D

Check out their fun sequins selections, too, while you’re there.  And NOW through November 12th there is 15% off of all in stock Taylored Expressions products so now is DEFINITELY the time to shop. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my fun Noel Card today! If you want to shop? Then please check out my affiliate links below.

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