Guest Designer: Ellen Hutson March Pinsights Challenge!

Hello friends and welcome to the March Pinsights Challenge hosted by Ellen Hutson over at The Classroom!

So excited to be one of the featured designers for the always inspiring challenge, particularly this month!  Are you feeling lucky?  Perhaps, the inspiration graphic will help!

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All things green and gilded!  The images and hues are just so lovely, there must be a pot of gold awaiting somewhere, right?  Only if you play along!

The Details:

You could be the lucky winner of a $50 gift certificate from Ellen Hutson! A random challenge participant will chosen to receive her pot of gold. But to be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. You can find the Inlinkz in the challenge post over at The Classroom!

Need more coaxing?

Here’s my take on the challenge!

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If you follow my work on Instagram, you may know about my love affair with this diagonal window die!  I had no idea prior to ordering it how much fun it would be.  For my card, I have united quite a few stamp sets and products to create a unique focal point on the front of the diagonal window.

First off, the clovers– they were created from hearts in the Love You So set, stems from Altenew’s Striped Florals set, dots from Bokeh Dots set, and a little gilded spray from Concord and 9th’s Brushed Blossoms set!

The leaves/stem were stamped in Ranger Pigment Black Tie ink, heat embossed with Ranger Superfine clear powder, and then stamped over with the bokeh dots in Hero Arts Green Hills dye ink.  They were embellished with some gold Ranger Stickles.

Below you can see the sheen of the embossed stems/leaves, and the gilded leaves and spray.

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The 100# Linen Cardstock from Ellen is probably my favorite paper to use as a card base, and it is lovely as a textured stamping surface.  It’s heft creates a substantial and luxe card.

Using a variety of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson and black wax twine, I created my signature sequin strands.  I love that the gold leaf was included in the PPP Woodlands mix— a complete coincidence that it matched the stems’ leaves perfectly!

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I find that the window die works better with some metal grommets if you want the recipient to be able to open and close it repeatedly.  I adhered these and cut the diagnoals open after stamping and embossing the images;

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Inside, I created a shaker card using an acetate window, more sequins, and some gold glass glitter!

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Shake it away to reveal the message, a sentiment from Up the Happy that underwent some stamp surgery to fit my purpose!

It was stamped on the folded card base in Ranger Black Tie Pigment Ink; I added the sequin/glitter mix, and then adhered the acetate.  Finally, I adhered the diagonal window layer!

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Once the outside was complete, I ran a strip of the new Little B Paper Tape in Jade along the bottom edge of the inner card!  It is the perfect green!

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You have until March 28th to play along!

Here’s hoping the luck of the Irish will rub off on you this week!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day and happy creating!

Other Items Used Available at Ellen Hutson:
Essentials by Ellen Sequins, Iridescent Dill
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 4mm cupped, Iridescent Peacock Feathers
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 6 mm Flat Mix, Woodlands
Ranger Stickles Gold
Ranger Pigment Black Tie Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing powder
Delicata Gold Pigment Ink
Hero Arts Dye Ink Green Hills 

 

 

Mix-It Up!

Hi Everyone!

Just popping in with a few cards for the Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge that unites Avery Elle and Essentials by Ellen products.

It’s a new year, so time to break into some new goods and put together a card that represents the freshness of the new year.

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I wanted a lot of white, airy space with pops of fresh color– the spots of aqua glitter paper reflect the icy blue of January, but the Gather papers from Crate Paper move us closer to Spring– and who doesn’t want to move in that direction?  I don’t know about you, but once I get past the holidays, I am pretty much done with snow and winter fun– easier for me since I live in the PNW, where spring typically comes as early as mid-February!

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The Avery Elle Petal Plate Die was cut from white linen 100 pound card stock and elevated to create some dimension. I used two types of vellum silver and white to create my leafy border which uses the berries from wild garden. The sentiment is by Julie Ebersole cut from cherry wood veneer.

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The inside is finished with a strip of featherly aqua blue washi along the bottom.

The next card features Wild Garden layered flowers atop a halved Avert Elle Petal Plate.

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The Gather paper collection was also used for all die cuts here.

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Finally, a simple blue layered piece with vellum floral spray of Wild Garden and topped with Avery Elle die cut sentiment from the Just a Note set.

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The inside features patterned paper a la Kelly Griglione of Notable Nest!

Again, I used a combo of silver and white vellum.

Hope you found some inspiration today if you need some post-holiday thank you’s or a bright greeting for someone still knee-deep in winter!

Amazing Day

Let me start by saying that I love mixing and matching and finding patterns in everything.  If you’re familiar with my visual or written work, this should come as no surprise.  So when I considered adding Bokeh Dots to my collection, I knew it would be a perfect fit with Neat and Tangled’s Perfect Blend, and with Concord and 9th’s Brushed Blossom, and with all of Julie Ebersole’s sets, and with… well, everything!

It’s a set with endless applications from backgrounds, to wreaths, to coffee cups and sunshine– whatever circular design your heart desires!

So here’s what I created:

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It’s always an amazing day where there are cats, coffee and sunshine–even a day with clouds can be turned upside down.  I’ve combined three Julie Ebersole sets here: Bokeh Dots, Up the Happy, and Totally Awesome.

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I’ve stamped all black outlines in Ranger Pigment ink and heat embossed.  My sun used Hero Arts Neon Orange ink, and the clouds feature Neon Blue dots.

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Could that neon pink latte art cat be any cuter?  Love how the etching above his head echoes my gold rain (both stamps and the cup from Neat and Tangled’s Perfect Blend set).  I used Glossy Accents to adhere my chunky Prima Marketing gold glass glitter.  I used this glitter because it reminded me of coffee grounds (not that I want to drink them, necessarily!) and gold because coffee is like liquid gold, don’t you think?  And cats are like little angels that walk around with halos (at least that’s what they think!!).

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The words from Julie’s set Totally Awesome have been stamped in Unicorn White, heat embossed, and then cut and adhered to the panel; two are mounted on foam for dimension.  I still love that sequin thread adornment.

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The main stamped panel was cut from Mama Elephant’s Femme Frames die and propped up with foam.

This is my final entry into Pin-Sights Challenge DT call.  If you’d like to see my other entries, click here and here!

Hope your whole weekend is amazing!

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

On a morning like this when the light-filled studio is just below baking and the air, thin and cool, teases relief through a cracked window, thoughts turn reluctantly to December, though I know it looms. Thus, by this point in the summer, the ease and possibility of June and July give way to urgency. I register the changing light of August and begin to count.  How many weeks until the new school year? How many remaining days at the pool?  How many sunset hours left to kayak?

And of course, how many holiday cards left to make?

This last question is laughable because I rarely make cards or seasonal gifts for any holiday or birthday during the off-months– and the ones I do complete in advance struggle to find their way into the mail or hands of their recipient (apologies to family, birthday buddies, boyfriend…)!  Case in point: all tardy 2015/2016 holiday, birthday, mother’s day, father’s day, get-well gifts were meant to be part of a Christmas in July celebration I’d cooked up, but it’s now August.

And so it goes.

I am often too busy sucking the marrow of each moment (or worrying that I’m not making the most of that moment) to think about and plan for some elusive future.  It’s a way of being that certainly has its benefits, but also some costly downsides.

And being a dopamine-driven creative short on time and long on distraction, I know I’m not alone in this!

One card likely won’t turn the beat around, but for a few blissful moments as this piece came together, and visions of more danced about, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my brain…

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The designs by Savvy Stamps, Julie Ebersole and Neat and Tangled all complement one another so well, and the ones featured here are some of my favorites– if you follow my work, you know they are in heavy rotation!!  Nearly all products used on this card, which is being submitted to their Pinsights Challenge, can be found at Ellen Hutson.

So first the tree ring.  I’d been plotting its possibilities since the stamp was released by Concord and 9th last year– and it takes center stage here with bold, black embossed vellum, fussy cut, and then layered with an array of Savvy Stamps and Essentials by Ellen dies.  My second favorite element?  That Brushstroke Joy sentiment cut from Essentials by Ellen 110# wood embossed paper and layered with pink mylar!  Look at that iridescence!

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The Savvy Woodland Branch is cut from cherry woodgrain paper; the Wild Garden berry sprigs from Essentials by Ellen #110 wood embossed paper, and then embellished with icicle Stickles.  This thick turquoise glitter paper from American Crafts is probably my favorite glitter stock ever (it comes in gold and garnet red, too), and it works perfectly for floral die cuts like these, also from Wild Garden; the large flower petals are partially adhered and popped up for interest.

 

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Savvy Stamps Flower Blossom #2 is one of my favorites of the set, and I love the flow that this leafy sprig creates. It has been cut from Jen Hadfield gold stock.

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Finally, Neat and Tangled’s Hexstar cover die cut from Jen Hadfield DIY gold woodgrain paper is slightly manipulated and then layered over EBY 110# woodgrain paper and dotted paper from Maggie Holmes Confetti line.

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One last look at the dimension created by the layers.

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Even if the holidays, or traditional holiday colors, or merely the thought of winter make you want run and bury your head in a scorching mound of sand,  I hope my non-traditional take on the holiday card coaxes you into creating some of your own before the stress of the season bears down!

And with that, I’m off to the pool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THD Challenge #3

You know what never gets old? Gold.

You know what else doesn’t get old? Playing along with The Heart Desires Challenge!

I mean how could it?  We’re only 3 months into it and waiting for you to participate!!

So we have a bit of gold, woodgrain, and juicy succulents to get you inspired.  Trendy succulents haven’t lost their appeal, either– especially in my house.  I have the offspring of a 15 year old plant, fondly referred to as “hair plant”, purchased a few months after my move to Seattle (who sadly succumbed to root rot and fungal disease despite massive measures a few years after our 2012 move to the beach). I was often mad at my cat Leo, who loved to sit in the plant, chew on it and basically be naughty with it from the time he was a kitten to it’s untimely demise.  But the good news is that because of his naughtiness, that hair plant lives!!  He broke off a large arm of it right before it got sick, which I rooted and re-potted, thus it never got the fungal disease!  A lucky break (no pun intended)!

Here’s a picture:

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And here’s our inspiration photo for this month’s challenge!

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I worked in all three elements–metallic, woodgrain and plants!

 

I used the We R Memory Keepers Next Level Bouquet floral embossing folder— these folders are so amazing.  The depth and texture and possibilities are phenomenal.  I am also featuring the Tear Drops and Clear Dots which are such a cool embellishment.  Both are available in the Heart Desires Store! The embossed layer has been splattered with Coral Color Shine by Heidi Swapp, which is also slightly metallic in the light.

Gold and woodgrain figure prominently!  Hey Tonya, recognize the wood tags?  They were gifted in my huge box of goodies!  Love these tags so much!

I customed colored glossy cardstock with alcohol inks to get my perfect pinks and ombre shading. It is my favorite way to use the inks.  The flowers and woodgrain leaf are from Wild Garden by Julie Ebersole.  If you follow my work, then you know I can’t get enough of this set!

The rest of the papers are digital prints from The Lilypad– a wonderful collection from Forever Joy.  The inside is finished with some ombre metallic washi!

 

That’s it for me– until tomorrow when I will have some more inspiration for you based on our challenge photo and mixing it up with Concord & 9th!

Until then, check out the rest of the team and play along with us this month.  You have until Wednesday 8.31!

Challenge Rules:

  1. Challenges will run from the first Wednesday to the last Wednesday of each month.
  2. Use one, two or three of the identified elements.
  3. If you choose to use colors, you need only use 2 or 3 of them.  Use your choice of neutrals (white, kraft, black, gray).
  4. Identify the elements you chose to use if not readily evident.
  5. Enter up to 3 times and combine with no more than 5 challenges, including ours.
  6. Include the inspiration pic as well as a link to the challenge in your post.
  7. The challenge winner will be invited to be a future guest designer.
  8. Most importantly, have fun!!!!