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Freshly Made Sketches #506

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Happy middle of the week! Time for a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge and we have a fun one designed by the lovely Amy O’Neill. I think you will like the sketch too.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use the new Bear Ware Grand Tour stamp set by Ellen Hutson. This set is just so cute!! I lined up the sentiments on a block and just stamped them on the angle. A fun way to use little sentiments, don’t you think? Then I did some quick Copic coloring on the bear and a few of the elements.

After some debate, I cut the panel down a little and put it on a colored base to help it pop a bit. I think it was the right choice. And that’s it. Easy and fun!

Glad you stopped by today. Hope the rest of your week is good and I’ll see you Friday.

World Card Making Day with Ellen Hutson

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Happy World Card Making Day! Really. It is a thing. And it makes me super happy! I was lucky enough to be invited to help share some of the new Essentials by Ellen product line by Ellen Hutson and they are really fun. You’ll see that they were practically made for me!

As soon as I saw these products I knew exactly what card I was going to make. I wanted our little friend to be all ready to go on the adventures they have missed out on over the last year or two. Passport – check. Bag packed – check. Globe to spin for deciding – check. Ready to go! This adorable set is called the Bear Ware Grand Tour and comes with coordinating dies. I joined it with the new Planet Surface dies.

The bear is super cute, of course, but it is all the extra elements that really make the set. You can see the iconic buildings and there are fun details that go with each along with sentiments. I chose a few and used them like a banner.

Try not to fall over but I actually created a video to go with this card. I know, it is has been over a year since I made one. I thought it would be more fun to show you how I made this so hop over to check it out. I kept the video short and I’d love your feedback on it.

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I hope you enjoy this release and have some time to craft today. Below I have listed links to the new release (the first one should take you to the shopping page). These are affiliate links which help me but have no additional cost to you. Have a great weekend!

Freshly Made Sketches #497

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Quick post to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer is the wonderful Jacquie Southas and I love this clever layout.

I thought it would be fun to pull out the Everything’s Beachy set again since the sketch made room for fun images. I love this surfer dude! Using the colors from some of the Team Tie Dye paper pack as a guide, I had a good time coloring the surf boards.

I hope you enjoy this one and will come over and play along! Thanks for stopping in. See you soon!

Everything Beachy for Ellen Hutson

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Today is release day for the latest from the Summer of Stamping by Ellen Hutson. I’m so happy to share the new Everything Beachy stamp set with you.

The images in this set are ideal for scene building and that is just what I did. I stamped the umbrella, woman and towel and colored them with Copic Markers. Once colored, I fussy cut the images for layering. Next up, I wanted to figure out how to evoke a beach feel without tons more coloring.

To do that, I started with Neenah Desert Storm card stock and inked direct to paper with a Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink Mini. Then I added a bit of texture paste for the surf. Easy and it totally gives an ocean feel. I chose this fun sentiment and cut it using the Nice of You die set (it has something for almost any small straight sentiment!).

Last, I just had to finish the building. I added foam tape underneath all the images and the sentiment. On the umbrella, I doubled the foam tape closest to my bathing beauty to give if a bit of an angle.

I hope you enjoy this inspiration! Make sure you hop over to see all the new products from the release today: Summer of Stamping Release

All About You for Ellen Hutson

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I am THRILLED to be a part of the new Ellen Hutson Essentials by Ellen release today! I get to share with you the new All About You Stamp Set and coordinating All About You Dies.

I love all the variations of the sentiments that work with “you” and even more exciting, the print sentiments are intended to work with the Nice of You Dies which cuts the whole group out at once! As I was thinking of how to best show the sentiments, I kept thinking about which set would be best to use with it. Ultimately, I chose one of my very favorite sets of all time, Mondo Hydrangea. I created an alcohol ink background using Stream Alcohol Ink and Gold Mixative on Yupo. After I let it set, I stamped the Mondo Hydrangea on the background using Versamark Ink and heat embossed with WOW Rich Gold Embossing Powder and cut the image out with the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea dies.

Next, using the new All About You set, I stamped the “you” onto a piece of Yupo I had left over (so the white would match) with Versamark and heat embossed with the gold again. Then I inked up the whole sentiment grouping with Versamark and stamped onto vellum with followed by more embossing. Using the Nice of You dies, I cut them all out! You can see some of my extras in the photo and now I have them all ready for another project (YAY!). I added a little gold thread and used a Neenah Desert Storm base to finish my card.

If you want to see all the amazing products in the release (linked with my affiliate), just click the graphic or you can see it here: EBE NEW RELEASE This release is only available at the Ellen Hutson! I’m so happy you stopped in today! I hope you like this inspiration and cannot wait to hear what you think. Hope you have an amazing day!

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Ellen Hutson Essentials

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I’m so excited that today is Crafty Friends Blog Hop day! We are celebrating Ellen Hutson today with a focus on Ellen Hutson Essentials. Our timing is particularly great because Ellen Hutson is holding The Summer of Stamping event and today there is a new release (along with many other fun reveals all month).

I just recently got the Be the Change Stamp Set and coordinating dies and the first thing I thought to do with it was to create “real” lightning bugs. I mean, who can resist with such a cute image and the perfect sentiment? Want to see it lit up?

I LOVE THEM!! With a card like this, the best way to explain how to make it is to show you. So I created a video on how I built my circuit using the Chibitronics kit. If you have any questions after watching, let me know. These are just so fun to make and I highly recommend it when you want to create something special.

I am so happy to share this shopping code that is good for today and tomorrow (July 20 and 21, 2020). Just click the button above to shop and use the code: CRAFTYFRIENDS. I have linked my affiliate link and appreciate you shopping with me.

Now to the rest of the hop. I’m sending you to my friend Amy Kolling and I know you will love what she created. Here is the whole hop in case you get lost along the way.

I hope you enjoy our hop and have fun shopping too! Thank you so much for stopping in today. Let me know what you think about my lightning bugs! See you soon.

Freshly Made Sketches #428

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I can’t imagine that any of you are feeling different than I am. Every day seems to show new obstacles. I am overwhelmed at times. Clearly working for an airline right now is challenging. But so is working pretty much anywhere. I have come to the conclusion that the only way to maintain my sanity is to try to share kindness. Like many crafters, I have an insanely large stack of cards. And now is the moment! Time to mail them. Medical personnel, first responders, other airline people, all of these people need encouragement. So that is my inspiration for today’s card. Our latest sketch for Freshly Made Sketches is designed by the lovely Amy O’Neill and I knew right what I wanted to use.

Mondo Hydrangea is a gorgeous set by Ellen Hutson. I love to watercolor it. And it jumped right out and I knew it would be perfect for the sketch. I stamped in VersaFine Ink and watercolored with Daniel Smith paints. The matching die was used to cut it out. I decided that the Nordic Frames layer would be a nice detail and I used it on Fog Gray card stock. Needless to say, I think this sentiment will be getting heavy rotation. It is from a new to me set called Everyday Sentiments from SugarPea Designs. It has awesome sentiments!! There is a coordinating die for it too (which I used).

If you are looking to mail some cards and don’t have any place to send them, message me and I’ll be happy to share the addresses. And speaking of grateful…I am incredibly grateful for all of you. These days are hard. Each of us has our own battle in this war against a wicked foe. We need to stay strong and we are stronger together! Make sure you go over to see my amazing teammates at FMS. They are some of the most remarkable people and I’m blessed to be a part of the team. Stay safe, stay home, let’s do this!

Holiday Sales!

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It is that time of year and I want to share with you some sales by companies I love. If you are looking for it, I suspect you will find it at one of these wonderful sites! I’ll keep updating this post throughout the weekend so come back to see more. I have included affiliate links and appreciate you shopping with me at no additional cost to you.

Ellen Hutson: Nov 27 – Dec 2

Taylored Expressions: Nov 28 (9p CST) – Dec 2 (9a CST) + Cyber Monday Specials too

Concord & 9th: Nov 29 – Dec 3

Simon Says Stamp: Nov 29 Only

Picket Fence Studios: Nov 25 – Dec 2

My Sweet Petunia: Nov 25 – Dec 3 (Midnight CST)

Altenew: Nov 29 Only

Honey Bee Stamps: Nov 28 – Nov 29

The Stamp Market: Nov 29

Crafty Friends Blog Hop – Ellen Hutson

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Welcome to the October hop with my Crafty Friends! I cannot even tell you how excited I am about this month’s featured company. I have been a long time fan of Ellen Hutson and what a thrill to have their team support our hop. For those of you new to this hop, we are a group of friends with a similar beginning in stamping who became friends. Each month on the 20th, we will share inspiration with a focus on one company.

As I mentioned earlier this week, my crafting time this month is pretty much gone due to training on a new plane. But before I left, I just had to pull out the amazing Mondo Holly set to use for this hop. I LOVE this big, gorgeous image! Ok, in truth, I love ALL of the Mondo images from Ellen Hutson. They are so fun to color and are perfect for practicing all kinds of coloring.

I used this coloring as a “brain break” while I was studying leading up to my training. I love just playing with shading! I first stamped the image in Momento Tuxedo Black onto Simon Says Stamp white card stock using my Misti. I always worry about embossing powder with my Copics so it was easy enough just to stamp with a known ink. I started with greens and kept adding richer colors until it had the depth I wanted. They I went to the reds and did the same. Finally a bit of brown for the stem. Then more magic. I went back to the Misti, used some anti-stick powder and over stamped the image with Versamark Ink. Then I heat embossed using Gold Rich Embossing Powder from WOW. Oooooh…..aaaaahh! Using the coordinating die, I cut out the image.

For the card base I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Versamark and heat embossed again but thought it needed a little something else. So I used a technique I learned from a dear friend, Lisa Curcio. As seems to happen in the world of stamping, we were apparently working on similar cards at the same time. She told me about her technique of using watered down liquid glue to create splatters for heat embossing. Well isn’t that smart?! I gave it a go and you can see the result. I used a small paint brush instead of a water pen (an old one used for messy techniques) and it worked perfectly. I did find that it took a little longer to get the powder to set versus using ink but otherwise quite easy.

As you have seen in previous months, we have a Crafty Friends discount code to share with you (what awesome generosity!). Click the button above and use the code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 for a 20% discount on the Ellen Hutson Essentials Line for two days, today and tomorrow (Oct 20-21). There are so many wonderful products in this Essentials Line so happy shopping!

Now on to the rest of the hop. I’m thrilled to send you to Amy Kolling, who is next in the rotation. And here is the list in case you get lost along the way.

I hope you love all the inspiration on the hop! Please let us know what you think and if you have any favorite companies you’d like to see featured!

Ellen Hutson Sale!

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Did you see the good news? Ellen Hutson is having a 20% off sale on stamps for the next 3 days! Not only that, they released the new September products (can you say Mondo Oak Leaf?!). Don’t miss out on the fun and, of course, the sale!

Just click the graphic above for my affiliate link to the store (at no additional cost to you). Happy shopping!

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