Saturday, 22 September 2018

Art Impressions Hop

Good morning! Some of the Ellen Hutson Design Ambassadors are hopping today to give you a look at some fun new products from Art Impressions, available at Ellen Hutson LLC.

Let me start by linking you to a video by Sandy Allnock, where she shows very clearly how the mechanisms work. These cards have parts that move when you pull the tab. And they are adorable!

I simply coloured them with copics and kept their backgrounds quite simple so that all the focus is on the adorable critters!

Be sure to hop for more inspiration:

Friday, 21 September 2018

Holiday Joy

I'm on StampNation today with a video showing a partial-inlay technique using Catherine Pooler Designs products. If you're not already a member, click here for more information.

SALE! Last chance products at Ellen Hutson

If you've had some of these Essentials by Ellen sets on your wish list, NOW is the time!

Muse 283 - Hello

I had fun with this week's Muse challenge, where Kim gave us this adorable inspiration:

I focused on Kim's:
-pink, grey and white colours
-white sentiment on grey background with pink frame

I have adored these Pretty Pink Posh hummingbirds ever since they were released, but never quite got around to purchasing them. When I mentioned this to Cat, when she made this card for a previous Muse challenge, she very generously stamped and cut a bunch of them and popped them in the mail to me.

Today was the perfect day to use them (notice how their neck ruffs are scalloped like the cupcake icing!)! I coloured them with Copic markers and then worked on my layout. This Hello shaker die seemed just the thing to mimic Kim's embossed sentiment panel, so I cut it out of white cardstock, coloured the frame with one of the same Copics and then layered some grey cardstock underneath.

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

AJVD - Blended Fall Leaves

If you're one of those people who likes 'real' videos, have I got one for you today - over on the A Jillian Vance Design blog! Spoiler alert : it turns out great in the end..... LOL!

Essentials by Ellen Sketch Challenge

I'm here with a card for the newest sketch challenge at Ellen Hutson! You can win a $50 gift card for entering, so be sure to check it out! Here's the sketch:

I made mine into a 4.25x4.25 square card so my proportions are a little different. I let the focus be on the cirle element by including my image and used the berries as the heart element on the bottom right of the circle.

I started by cutting a white circle using one of the dies in the Alpine Window Die set. I stamped Mondo Holly onto it, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured it with Copics. I didn't do any shading or blending (and it felt so strange!) and used almost-but-not-quite traditional colours of teal and pink. I popped up a few berries, using the matching dies.

I created a textured background by blending cool gray copics over it, and then dotting it with a colorless blender.

I stamped my sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed it with Wow! Silver Metallic embossing powder. I cut it to a narrow strip and and placed it where it would fit between the popped up berries. This became my guide for where the gap in the background panels would be.

But before that, I backed my focal panel onto another, slightly-larger circle, whose edges I coloured with the darkest pink Copic marker.

I did a bit of math to figure out what size each of my panels had to be, trimmed them down and popped them up before gluing my focal panel on top.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval - Available Now!

The Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval collection is now available! This collection is full of amazing products and there are some add-ons available as well. These collections often sell out, and while the individual products will be available in the shop in the future, it won't be in time for this Christmas. If you want it, order quickly!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs - Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection - Video Hop

Today is the third and final day in the countdown to the release of Home for the Holidays, the latest Stamp of Approval Collection from Catherine Pooler Designs! Release day is tomorrow! Are you on the wait list?

Today we're having a video hop over on YouTube. Here's a peek at my cards:

Here's Catherine's channel - start there.

Here's a direct link to my video.

Be sure to hop along and  leave comments for your chance to win!

Monday, 17 September 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs - Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection - Blog Hop

Today is the second day in the countdown to the release of Home for the Holidays, the latest Stamp of Approval Collection from Catherine Pooler Designs! Release day is Wednesday for Wait List members (9 am) and then the general public (6 pm), so if you're liking what you're seeing, be sure to get on the Wait List so that you get a chance to order the collection  on Wednesday before it's made available to the general public!

I'm not on the blog hop today (but wait until you see what's happening tomorrow!!), but I've got the list below, so you can hop and comment for your chance to win!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Catherine Pooler Designs - Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection - Instagram Hop

We're launching the countdown to the latest Stamp of Approval collection today with an Instagram Hop! There are prizes so be sure to check it out!  Start at Catherine's IG account ( catherinepooler) and hop to the end, commenting and following along the way, for your chance to win!

If you're liking what you're seeing, be sure to get on the Wait List so that you get a chance to order the collection on Wednesday, before the general public!

FS606 - Merry Christmas

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper Preethi (Preethisc). I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Preethi's:
-floral images on each side
-vellum panel
-gold die cut sentiment

I changed:
-season to Christmas
-not-functional (Preethi's flowers open in a gatefold)

I used my Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils to colour the Mondo Holly image that I stamped on each side of my panel (Memento Tuxedo Black on Stonehenge white paper). I had to offset them to give them some breathing space. I love the look these pencils give - almost a retro/vintage children's book vibe. And I'm really enjoying my time getting more comfortable with these pencils and am working up to a video....

I couldn't bear to cover one bit more of my colouring than I had to, so I cut my vellum strip to the minimum I needed for my beautiful, hand-lettered die cut sentiment, which was cut 3 times and glued together so that it would stand out a bit more.

I also couldn't bear to cut the panel down much, so I added a narrow mat of gold and then a adhered that black cardbase just barely peeking out.

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Congrats! MFT $25 GC Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the $25 GC from MFT Stamps: Barb Ghig!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Muse 282 - Hello Beautiful

Here's my card for this week's Muse Card Club, where Tracey gave us this graphic, artistic inspiration:

I focused on Tracey's:
-floral theme
-graphic feel

I stamped the Mondo Sakura image from Essentials by Ellen with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I wanted to get a similar graphic look that Tracey achieved with her solid stamping. I used Copics, with no shading (it felt weird! lol!) and chose only 5 colours!

The colouring went quick and in the end, I think I achieved a similar feel using a different technique.

Here's a quick video:

I used:

Thursday, 13 September 2018

AJVD Pumpkin Patch

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design blog today with this card - the first one I've made with my new Polychromos pencil crayons (colored pencils for you non-Canadians! LOL!) Pop over to see!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

MCV108 - Season's Greetings

Here's my card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge where Kimberly gave us this inspiration:

I focused on Kimberly's:
-row of artistic trees
-colourful mat

I had a previously-made alcohol ink panel that had a distinctly Christmas feel to it - it ranged from yellow to orange to pink to red to green.

I pulled that out and decided to try the Alcohol Lift ink. I stamped the row of trees onto the panel and then wiped the panel with a dry cloth. It definitely worked, but I was hoping that the outline would be whiter, so I stamped it again (I had it on my MISTI, so re-stamping was very easy). It did lift a bit more ink but still wasn't as white as I had hoped. (Since I made this card, I've been advised that the Alcohol Lift ink works best with a 'fresh' alcohol ink background - I haven't had a chance to test that yet!)

I used the matching die to cut it out and popped it up on the white panel, where I had previously stamped the sentiment.

I created a border from the alcohol ink panel (don't worry, I cut out the centre so there's not much actually on the card, and I still have plenty of my pretty panel to use for future projects! lol!).

I popped the trees up on the panel with foam tape and then I got out my white gel pen and went over the lines, and added snow. Given the slick surface of the Yupo paper, I wasn't 100% sure the gel pen would dry, but it did!

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Monday, 10 September 2018

Essentials by Ellen - Mondo Holly

Have you had a chance to get a good look at all the goodies in the Essentials by Ellen release?

One of my favourites is the new Mondo Holly stamp and die. I used a fun, loose watercolour technique to make this card.

Here's a video:

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Essentials by Ellen September Release - Animal Box Toppers

It's a big day at Ellen Hutson - the new holiday release is here! It's HUGE and there's something for everyone!

I'm on the blog with some of my Design Ambassador Team-mates with these super-cute treat boxes made with the new House Box Die set and the Animal Box Toppers Die set. As you can see, these dies have flexibility to come up with new and amazing creatures in as many ways as you can imagine!

The House Box die is also very versatile - I used it here as my animals' bodies, but it can be a simple cube treat box or a house box, and the set includes windows and a door for everyday, Halloween and Christmas!

Here are a couple of tips I discovered while working with these dies.

  • If you have a large die cutting machine that can take a full 8x11.5 (or bigger) sheet of cardstock, you can squeak 2 boxes out of one sheet by laying them perpendicular to each other like this. 
  • 80lb cardstock is sturdy enough to make a box that can hold some treats, but is still easy to score and fold. 110lb cardstock will make you work a little harder! 
  • Cutting the Animal Box Topper dies from white cardstock and then colouring with Copics is quick and easy, and allows you to customize your colours
  • These guys will work with lots of previously-released Essentials by Ellen sets as shown above.
I made a video showing how I made the Rudolph treat box:

I used:

Saturday, 8 September 2018

FS605 - You Are Wonderful

Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Jo Anne Hewins (jostamper52).

I chose this card as my inspiration:

I focused on Jo Anne's:
-leaf theme
-wonderful sentiment

I changed:
-colours to autumn
-die cuts instead of stamping

I used Copic markers and coloured some strips on a piece of cardstock in 3 shades of yellow, then 3 shades of blue and 3 shades of orange-red. I left them a bit stripey and unblended so that the variations would be visible.

I partially embossed the white background panel with an embossing folder and then inlaid the 'wonderful' and stamped the 'you are'. 

I die cut the branch in gold mirror card two times and also out of the coloured strips. I trimmed one of the gold branches into two pieces, glued all branch outlines to the embossed panel and then inlaid the leaves.

Here's a quick video (even quicker than I intended, since I paused the camera while I ran the embossing folder through the Big Shot, and forgot to turn it back on while I inlaid all the leaves.... grrrrr!) LOL!

I used:

Muse 281 - Thank You

Here's my card for this week's Muse Card Club, where Anita gave us this neat inspiration:

I focused on Anita's:
-bold black
-silver accent
-clean and simple design

I stamped some solid flowers from Altenew, using Catherine Pooler inks (Sweet Sixteen, It's a Boy) and then overstamped with the smaller flower in the opposite colour, using my MISTI to line it up. I love how this ended up giving me 4 shades of blues and purples - kind of a nod to the ink blending that Anita did. I expected that combining them would result in only 1 additional colour - I think it's kind of neat that the shade is different depending on which ink was stamped first!

I chose a bold, graphic sentiment and stamped it with Midnight and added a strip of silver glitter cardstock to the bottom edge.

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Friday, 7 September 2018

MFT Stamps Guest Post

Good morning! I'm really excited to be here this morning with these cards I made as a Guest for MFT Stamps!


MFT is giving away a $25 gift voucher to the MFT Store.
Details are at the bottom of this post.

I created two cards using some of the new products from the September release. I used similar supplies, colours and techniques to make these.

Both have inlaid sentiments coloured with a rainbow of Copic markers, to add a pop of colour to black and white cards. 

Here's a video showing how I made the cards:

 to be eligible for the Giveaway:

  • subscribe to both my YouTube channel and the My Favorite Things YouTube channel 
  • leave a comment on this video on my YouTube channel by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 14 
  •  winner will be randomly chosen, and announced on my blog on Saturday, September 15. 
I used: