Saturday, 3 March 2018

Ellen Hutson Design Team Hop


Good morning! The new Ellen Hutson Design Team is having a 'get to know you' blog hop today. Even though most of us have been crafting and cardmaking for many years, I still find it fun and informative (and occasionally life-changing!) to see other crafters' favourite tips and techniques and that's what this hop is all about.

I chose a few of my favourites to feature - CAS design, a mixture of stamp sets, a rainbow of colour and crisp black sentiment.


I started by creating my rainbow panel, with mid-tone Copic markers. I put down colour in lines across the panel, some straight, some slightly diagonal and started each colour in the bottom of the previous colour to blend a bit. I wanted a lot of variation in the colours - a streaky look, so I went over the coloured panel with my colourless blender which lifts and softens the colours.

Next, I stamped and cut the penguin, 2 balloons and a party hat (turned out it was a bit too big for him, so I stamped another balloon). This penguin with his flipper up looks so earnest, like he's waving hello or he wants to be picked next for a team or like he's floating away with balloons!

I left him and the balloons mostly white to let the background stand out. I did add some sparkle to the balloons with Star Dust Stickles (another one of my long-time favourites!)

I used Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink for all my black stamping - this ink is Copic-friendly, waterproof and stamps easily and crisply. You need to use a light hand - a couple of taps is all it takes to ink up your stamp.





Now for some fun facts about me!
  1. Coffee or tea? Tea but it has to be black tea (I need caffeine!). Here in Canada we have a chain called David's Tea which has lots of flavoured teas and fun tea accessories. In the winter, I drink a mixture of Candy Cane Crush and Santa's Secret (chocolate/mint - YUM!!) and all year long, I drink Maracuja Mango iced in my fizzy water (I gave up my 4-a-day Diet Coke habit a few years ago!).
  2. How did you come up with your blog name? My family is made up of (in age order, even!) Michael, Ardyth, Struan and Kate. MASK is our acronym and I decided to use it to personalize my blog way back in 2012 when I started. I'm the vowel - the glue that holds it all together! lol!
  3. Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself! The background for this card was inspired by my phone's homescreen! 




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42 comments:

Laurel Beard said...

I LOVE the story of how you came up with your blog name! That is fantastic!

Julia Stainton said...

Gorgeous project Ardyth! I'm excited to get to know you better on the team!

Kelly Griglione said...

This looks like so much fun! Coloring in random straight and diagonal lines never looked so good. My husband Brad just quit his 4-5 can/day pop habit last week ... hopefully he's as successful as you are! Seriously couldn't be happier to finally be on a team with you after all these years!! xo

I Card Everyone said...

LOve your card, and inspiration, Ardyth! You are the glue, but only the best kind - like Tombow mono, or matte medium, my friend!
=]

Lisa K said...

Lovely card and what a neat idea to create it from your phone background! Looking forward to seeing your work with Ellen Hutson's team.

Nancy R. said...

Love your card, and it reflects that there is great design inspiration all around us!

Jill said...

What a cute card! I love the background that you created. Thank you so much for sharing.

Cat Craig said...

Love that background, and it was so nice learning something new about you.

Emily Midgett said...

So neat to get to know you a little better! Your card is darling... my kiddos especially enjoyed your video. "Look, momma, look! Penguin wif bloons, momma!" Haha! So very excited to be on this fabulous team with you, Ardyth!

donna mikasa said...

Oh, I LOVE your inspiration for your card and all its rainbow goodness! So happy for you being on the EH team--such a perfect fit!

Jeanne said...

Isn't it great that we can find inspiration in every day things? Well done!

sideoats + scribbles said...

Ahhh love your home screen — and card! So happy to be on the team with you! Xo

Sharon Harnist said...

Darling card -- One of my favorite backgrounds to make, too, Ardyth! I look forward to getting to know you better on the team!

SmilynStef said...

Awesome background ... and super-cute card. So thrilled to see you designing for Ellen Hutson.

happyscrap said...

I want to borrow your rainbow background! Your card is so cute. Thank you for the video ..

Dee Earnshaw said...

lovely colorful project - thanks for the ideas:)

Sharon Perehudoff said...

Thank you for sharing your ideas. Now you got me thinking about how to do some cards.
Gorgeous card! Pretty colours.

Teresa Doyle said...

This is so sweet Ardyth and the background (like your phone) is really pretty. Very clever!

Barbara said...

Thanks for sharing. This is fun!

Di said...

Great card, thanks for sharing. Di.

Barb Ghig said...

This is such a fun card, Ardyth! The rainbow of colors with the bold black sentiment works perfectly with your images! I love playing with Copics, so I will definitely try it out very soon :)
I'm so happy that you're on the EH team, too...We are ALL very lucky to have your inspiration...Thank you! It was great fun learning more about you, too :)

Lisa - papergrace said...

WAY back in 2012, huh? That made me laugh. You youngsters.;) Your coloring is divine. And I just loved getting to know more about you, Ardyth. I always envy the talent of CAS crafty people such as yourself. So much beauty in a concise manner. ♥

Renee M said...

Cute card and congrats on being in the design team!

Carolyn Peeler said...

Welcome to the EH team Ardyth. I look forward to getting to know you through the team in 2018. This card has so much energy and pep! Perfect to lift out of the winter doldrums.

Cynthia Clark said...

Very cool card. That penguin is adorable.

Lindsey said...

Who knew that quickly-used Copics (I don't want to use the word "scribbled", such negative connotations) could make such a gorgeous background? Love this cute penguin card!

Kittie said...

Ardyth, Your card is precious. I am so happy to be working with you on the Ellen Hutson team. We have such a talented group of designers and it is so fun to see all the different paper crafting styles.

Jeanne said...

I'm so happy to get to know you a little bit here, Ardyth. The card is terrific. Love your You Tube videos because you get straight to the point and show neat techniques. I really enjoyed learning about how you got your blog name, too! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Sue D said...

Love the rainbow background and that you were inspired by your phone screen.

Mrsfish02 said...

I have been following you for some time now and never tire of your fun inspiration. This little guy is another example! Glad to see you here at Ellen and look forward to your creativity. Nicely done.

Sandy said...

I got such a chuckle from how you named your blog - LOL! Love it!! And I love your flying penguin :) :) :) So happy to be on the DT with you!

Carol H. said...

So nice to get to know you! Love how you came up with your blog name!

Alaska .Kris said...

I've been following you for awhile because I'm a CAS card maker too. I love this hop to learn more about those bloggers I already follow!

lynda said...

Great card...I love the background...and how you came up with it. Love your story of your blog name also.

lostinpaper said...

I am so excited to be back with you on another team Ardyth, you are always an inspiration (and I love love the videos that you are creating)!

Carly Tee Minner said...

I can't wait to try this! Your work is always so fun and inspiring! I'm so glad we are on this team together.

Joanne Herbert said...

I love your background and have always found your work inspirational. I love your quick videos on Instagram too. Hugs Jo

Susan Powell said...

Who knew ‘scribbling’ could look so good! Such a fun card Ardyth!

Jennifer said...

Such a pretty rainbow effect!!

Jennifer said...

Great idea!!!

K . Shuster said...

Such a cute fun card!

Julie Ebersole said...

How clever to use your family's acronym for your blog! Loved learning this tidbit about you, Ardyth!