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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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….

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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!

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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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Good Times with Winnie & Walter

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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:


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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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Mama Elephant and Me Challenge: Anything Goes

It’s a big month over at Mama Elephant! They are turning 2 years old! Lots of celebrating will go on this month so be sure to follow them if you don’t already! Today it’s all about the Mama Elephant and Me October Challenge. Wow! October! Since there is so much partying going on over there this month, we decided ANYTHING GOES would be the perfect theme! So bring it! I got inky for this challenge and have to say I love the results….. Isn’t that city scape gorgeous? Hello Central Park…. I so want to go back to NYC! Badly.. I like to visit, not live there because I’m too lazy to walk everywhere, but I sure love visiting……. The background was inked up with distress inks and then I went over the stencil with water. Just plain ole’ H2O.


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The die was cut several times…… Inked up with the same distress inks and then I put a coating of glossy accents over the top. Look at the cityscape against the background. How cool is that. Is this something you would like to see a video tutorial on? Let me know in the comments…

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You have ALL MONTH to play along in the Mama Elephant and Me challenge so no excuses!!! Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog, see the rest of the design team projects and all the deets on how you can play along and what prize is up for grabs!

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Watercoloring with Crafters Companion Art Kure line

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I LOVE this stamp set by Crafters Companion! The entire Art Kure line is fantastic and perfect for watercoloring! I watercolored in this image with Tim Holtz Distress Inks after heat setting the black ink stamped image. After watercoloring the image and the wash of blue for the sky, I decided I had to add some snow and this Snowfall embossing folder was perfect! It is my all time favorite embossing folder from Crafters! I decided to go over the embossed snowflakes with some Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink for a finishing touch! I love watercoloring and this line of stamps and inks make it even easier!

Thanks for popping in today! See ya tomorrow! 🙂

Christmas light tangled doggie

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So, did you see this post by Jennifer? BRILLIANT how she altered the stamp from this Halloween set! Mummy dog turned Christmas Lights dog….  So brilliant, I had to try it out! It’s not perfect, and I am definitely not skilled with a pen, but that’s ok… I tried to change it up a little by adding some googly eyes and hand drawing in some lights on the ground near the dogs feet!  I colored the dog  like our dog, Sadie.  I was just so darn excited to try it out her technique and I think the recipient will love it. Now hers is way better so be sure to check out her post. The sentiment is from this Subway style set by My Favorite Things! I heat embossed in black  and the chevron is actually washi tape! 🙂 The background is a soft watercolored wash using distress ink.  Thanks Jennifer for the inspiration.

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Lawnscaping Challenge: Critters Galore sponsored by Lawn Fawn

HELLO HELLO and a happy Monday to you all! Today is Lawnscaping Challenge day! WOO HOO!!!! Do you like critters? I do!!!! So I love this challenge! It’s fantastic!!! Critters aren’t just the critters in the popular critter line either! Here I used some of the monsters from monster mash… I couldn’t stop there so I made another card using some critters! Let’s take a peek!

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I am in love with this Monster Mash stamp set! It is adorable. Reminds me of the ghosts from PacMan! I don’t typically care for Halloween themed sets but this set can be used for Halloween cards as well. I plan on using it to create  my son’s treat bags for school! I paired Monster Mash with the Party Banner die and stitched hillside die. Each of the hearts from the set were stamped sporadically and colored in with various Wink of Stella glitter brush pens! And of course, I had to add a few googly eyes! Oh, isn’t that patterned paper fab? It from this LF paper kit!!!! Added a few enamel dots and done.

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Now onto the next card! Party critters style, lol! I stamped various critters from all kinds of critters sets and fussy cut them out (didn’t want the white border from the dies)… (ALL the sets I used are linked below in the product description section).  I scattered them along the base of the card. I stamped PARTY and filled in the letters with Stickles for some fun dimension and shine! And all of the images were colored with my alcohol markers…. (Copics and Spectrum Noir).

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So there you have it. A couple of really fun critter inspired cards! I hope you will stop on over at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog and check out what the rest of the design team made and play along!!! You’ve got 10 whole days! And LAWN FAWN in sponsoring this challenge so YOU could win!!!!!

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