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Hi everyone! I wanted to pop in to let you know I’ve moved! You can now find me at www.laurelbeard.org! I THINK I managed to migrate all of you who subscribed here to over there, but in case I didn’t, would you mind heading over there and subscribing again? Sorry for the trouble!!!

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Countdown to Confetti: Roundabout and Roundabout Additions


Hi there! Today is the first day of sneaks for the upcoming MINI Reverse Confetti release that will be available tomorrow for purchase! It has two sets and two dies!  For personal reasons, I wasn’t able to create much for this release but I was able to play with the  stamp sets. I looked at the sets and just adored the big circle images with the sentiments engraved into the stamp. The stamp perfectly and smoothly.  I wanted to take the smaller circle dots from the set and create a bokeh look! So I watercolored the background with my Gansai watercolors and then took some white ink and the circle stamps and stamped over the top. Some I did double stamping, some I didn’t…. Then I layered the Birthday Wishes sentiment over the top and create two “tails” with the dashed lines stamps from both sets. So what do you think?

Be sure to check out the Reverse Confetti blog to links to the other designer’s projects…. Here’s a peek at the two sets releasing tomorrow.



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Lawnscaping Challenge: Patterned Paper and bunnies!

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Happy Monday to you all! Today I am here with a fun card for the Lawnscaping Challenge! The challenge is all about patterned paper! I hoard it. I don’t know why. I barely use it! And I don’t know why either, lol! So I am glad about this challenge because it forced me to break out some patterned paper and get to work… I used some patterned from the Sweater Weather collection. And the bunnies from this set are adorbs I tell ya! I did a lot of stamping and fussy cutting to create this little number….


I forgot all about the polaroid from Say Cheese. Perfect for this little bunny scene if I do say so myself…  Oh, the vellum polka dot paper is awesome!  I found it in my ridiculously huge stash of PP so I have no idea where it came from, but it’s awesome. And all gone… Wah…..  Pretty clean and straightforward but I LOVE it!!! :)  Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge and check out what the rest of the DT made!!!!

This challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp  The winner will receive $25 gift certificate to their online store!

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Peace, Love, Joy and embossing paste with Ellen Huston Essentials


Hello everyone! And Happy day after World CardMaking day to you all! I spent the entire day in bed with  a terrible head cold/sinus infection! I am drugged up at the moment so perfect time to blog my next card using the Essentials by Ellen line… Did you see my post yesterday featuring 6 cards from the line? Today I am back with project #7. When I got this release, I just couldn’t put it down! It is all so fantastic! Today’s card uses the Brushstroke Christmas set. I love the big, bold sentiments and the stars and dot splatters on the set! SO much fun.  See the gold dots? Thats the dots! I stamped them in versamark and heat set them with some Enchanted Gold embossing powder!  The sentiment was heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, my favorite embossing powder because it seems to go with everything!


Then I applied some embossing paste to this stencil and let it dry.  As a finishing step, I went over the entire panel with some worn lipstick and pumice stone distress inks and voila… All done… Loving all the texture and shine….

If you wish to see videos on ANY of the Essential by Ellen projects I have made, please let me know which ones in the comments… So far, I have two posts featuring these products!!!

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Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop PLUS GIVEAWAY AND VIDEO


Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop! You should have arrived from the amazing Teri’s blog!  We’re so excited to unveil a brand new line of high quality Clear Stamp Sets and Designer Dies, designed by Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC.  This collection reflects an eclectic mix of images, sentiments and art styles that are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes!  Just in time for holiday crafting, the entire release is available NOW at Ellen Hutson LLC.

Let’s talk packaging real quick because this as cool as all get out.  Basically, no organization required because they did it all for you…  All Essentials by Ellen Stamp Sets and Dies arrive in our signature packaging pockets with a durable clear envelope and a labeled card stock backer for convenient storage and organization.  Our die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely! Awesome right??? I’ve got a video below showcasing the ENTIRE RELEASE and the super cool packaging at the end of this post…

The fun all starts at the CLASSroom, where there is a GIANT prize package being given away—so be sure to leave a comment there by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th!


I’ve got a few projects to share with you today! I’ve gone nuts with this release! I locked myself in my craft room and just couldn’t stop. I’ve made 15 projects so far, lol! But today, I’ll do you and favor and just share a few :) I’m supposed to share three, but I hope you don’t mind… I share six. I know, I’m a rule breaker! Don’t hate me!

  • First up, the  TREAT YO SELF die! HAHAHAHA! Isn’t that a hoot? LOVE IT! I cut 1/4″ strips of card stock and adhered them to the card base at an angle and ran the  TREAT YOU SELF die thru my die cutting machine…… Then I heat embossed it with some Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder and inlayed it into the negative spaced, popped up with some double sided dimensional tape. This die is seriously one of my favorites. Love it!


  • Next up we have Christmas Scribbles. I stamped all the images with distress ink, spritzed the block with water and stamped!  Touched a damp paint brush to touch all of the presents and tree for a little more of a watercolor look. The sentiment and font is fantastic!


  • This card is all dies.. Meet Home and Hearth, a set of 13 die cuts that compliment the Cozy Christmas stamp set… I ran the dies thru various sheets of Glitter paper and paired it with some fun distress ink techniques.


  • Next up is Merry & Bright Handwritten, which is a set of 7 dies perfect for the holiday season. This die set also coordinates with the Merry & Bright stamp set…. I wanted to create an unconventional Christmas card so I die cut the sentiment dies with red cardstock, added that same Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder over the top and layered it over a panel I created using Bokeh Dots, a fabulous stamp set let me just tell you.


  • Speaking of Merry & Bright, here’s a card I created using the cute little holly leaf and sentiment from the set! This set is filled with so many fun images and sentiments, you can go nuts with it.


  • And lastly,  meet Twelve Days… Makes you want to break out in song, doesn’t it, lol!!! I couldn’t decide which image(s) to use, so I used them all!  I stamped the images, colored them with Copics (added some glossy accents here, wink of stella there) and framed it. Instant Christmas decoration….


Before I get to the video, I have some giveaway fun for you! The new Twelve Days stamp set will go to one lucky winner!  Please leave a comment here on the blog by October 8th, winner will be announced October 9th!


And here is the video showcasing the entire release along with the super duper organized package I was telling you about! You can watch it right here or over on my youtube channel in HD.

Alright, I’m done! I know. I am so sorry! I know you have lots of blogs to visit and I’m sorry this was so long! This release is just awesome and I couldn’t stop myself!!! Next up on the hop is fabulous JJ!!!!

Enjoy and happy World Card-making Day!

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Reverse Confetti World Card Making Day Celebration



Hi there everyone! Today I wanted to stop in and announce a couple of things! Reverse Confetti has a mini release coming out on the 8th! That’s next Tuesday! So stay tuned for that!


Reverse Confetti is also one of the sponsors for the Paper Crafts Magazine World Cardmaking Day prize package!!!! Will you LOOK at that prize package?????? It’s HUGE! And 15 people can win it!!! Just sayin’


Good Times with Winnie & Walter


Tomorrow is a big day in our world. World CardMaking Day!  GOOD TIMES!  So I am celebrating a day early with Winnie & Walter! I LOVE this stamp set! That big camera! The polaroid (I trimmed out the center)! The fun little sentiments! Yup, it’s great! There is quite a bit of sparkle to this CAS card, but darn it if I can capture it on camera properly. Here, let’s try this:


A great stamp set can make a fantastic clean and simple card! The patterned paper? Yea, no idea. I hoard random papers…. SORRY! But the most important thing here? The stamps? They are outta this world awesome!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a very special post. I’m part of a blog hop for Ellen Hutson! AND I’ll also do a post linking to all the sales/challenges/fun I find on the web in my search! So tomorrow will be a busy day of blogging! And if you know of any upcoming deals/steals in honor of the day, please link them up in the comments below and I’ll include them in my post!


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