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December Essentials by Ellen Release Now Available!

12-09-ebe-release-availableHappy Sunday, Crafty Friends!  The December Essentials by Ellen release is now available in Ellen's shop!  You will flip when you see this release -- especially if you love alphabet and word dies (like me!) or have been following the latest letterboard trend!  One of my favorites of this release is the fabulous new Letterboard Die Set I used for this card:

(All bold products are linked below in the supply section):

12-7 LetterboardFavorite-SHI think these products would be a fun alternative to a larger letterboard because you can make cute, more "permanent" pieces of framed artwork, to send through the mail or hand to a friend or family member! This great Letterboard background and frame (two separate dies), includes the small alphabet die set that also has a bunch of fun symbols and emoticons! The Letterboard background was cut from Ellen's Ebony Black cardstock and the frame from gold metallic cardstock. I also used the Letterboard Larger Alpha Die set for the "EVER" word, and Letterboard Script 2 for the "you" and "favorite" words.

All of the words were die cut from Neenah #110 Solar White cardstock, then colored in an ombre effect with Copic BG Markers. Your friends for applying all of the letters and words to the Letterboard background are either a Jewel Picker or tweezers, and Matte Multi Medium.

I also used Julie's previously released Mondo Hydrangea for the cute little bloom accent. It was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah #110 Solar White cardstock and colored with the same RV Copic Markers as the adorable hearts from the Letterboard die set. The center of the bloom is accented with Nuvo Bright Gold Crystal Drops.

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All the new dies I used on this card (plus an additional Letterboard Script 1 die set) are being offered in a bundle with savings for you in the Letterboard Die Combo!

To finish the card, I mounted the Letterboard to a watercolor cardstock card base that I flicked with Kuretake Gansai Tambi gold watercolor.

You can find all of the new December Essentials by Ellen in the shop HERE, starting NOW!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES:

 


Letterboard, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Letterboard Larger Alpha, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Letterboard Script 2, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Letterboard, Essentials By Ellen Die Combo

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Mondo Hydrangea by Julie Ebersole

Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

COPIC Sketch Marker BG53, Ice Mint

COPIC Sketch Marker RV55, Hollyhock

COPIC Sketch Marker RV63, Begonia

COPIC Sketch Marker RV66, Raspberry

Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail

Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk

Essentials By Ellen Cardstock, Ebony Black 100 lb, 25pk

Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock, Gold Dust

Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock

Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 36 Color Set

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors, 6 Color Set

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Gem Colors, 6 Color Set

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Single Color, Bluish Gold

Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Metallic Bright Gold

Ranger Multi Medium, Matte Mini, 1/2 oz.

Marvy Uchida Jewel Picker

Cheery Lynn Designs Super Fine Crafting Tweezers

X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Tape, 1/2 in
   
     


Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Touch 2018: Tons of Techniques!

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Welcome to this year's Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist series . . . my absolute favorite project/post each year! I'm so honored to have participated in this tradition for the past 7 years, since 2011! (You can find my previous year's tags by clicking (here -->) on the 12 Tags of Christmas category over in my right sidebar). This year we once again have 24 designers paired up for each of the 12 days, to share their talents with you as we provide you with ideas for creating your own tags this holiday season! My partner in crafting today is the very talented Emily Midgett!  Please be sure to head over to her blog to see her take on today's theme!

GIVEAWAY:
We are looking forward to seeing what you are inspired to create from the tags/techniques/themes that are shared this year and we would LOVE to have you participate! Just look for the little “theme box” (below) on each post and use the designer’s tags to inspire you to join in the fun!  Remember to leave a comment every day sharing your appreciation with the artists (on the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog AND the designers’ blogs, too). In doing so, you will automatically be entered into the random drawing for a $25 gift code to the  Ellen Hutson shop!

Need a little creative encouragement to join in the fun? How about a $150 gift code the Ellen Hutson shop! (Imagine being able to shop for items on your wish list for free)!  To participate in our Feminine Twist Tag Challenge, please head over to this Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog post to find the guidelines to link up your fabulous creation(s)!

Now get ready for my tag filled with tons of techniques and one of my very favorite themes: Florals/Botanicals!

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Here's how to make it, and the techniques used (bold products are linked below in the supply list):

First, I traced a #8 Manila tag onto #110 Neenah Solar White cardstock and cut it out.

Technique #1 - INK BLENDING: I used Distress Oxide inks in Tumbled Glass, with Iced Spruce towards the bottom to deepen the color:

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#2 - GLITTER: After die cutting my ink blended tag with Essentials by Ellen Snowfall Backdrop, I added X-Press It Double Sided tape all over the back side of the tag, making sure to cover all of the holes well:

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Next, I adhered the ink blended tag to a second tag cut from #110 Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then I sprinkled pretty Prisma Glitter all over the holes and I used my finger to work the glitter in to the holes, so the tape would hold the glitter:

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That gives you a sparkly snowfall background!

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#3 - HEAT EMBOSSING: One of my absolute favorite techniques -- probably the first one I ever attempted!  I say "attempted" because I bought embossing powder and Versamark ink from the craft store BEFORE I ever really started making cards or scrapbooks, going on the advice that I could use a hair dryer to set the embossing powder!  Needless to say, that was an epic fail!!  I learned my lesson and invested in a good heat tool!  First, I heat embossed this beautiful Season's Greetings sentiment from Concord & 9th's awesome Very Merry stamp set with Wow! Metallic Silver Sparkle embossing powder -- it has a gorgeous tinsel shimmer to it! I used my Misti for perfect placement. For the snowy edges of my tag, I swiped a Versamark pad around the edges, then heat embossed with this cool Hero Arts White Puff embossing powder -- it has a wonderful grainy/puffy texture to it!

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#4 - COPIC COLORING: Next I stamped Concord & 9th's beautiful Songbird with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah #110 Solar White cardstock. The pine cones were stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and the pine needles in Memento Olive Grove. This Copic-friendly ink allowed me to add contrast to the pine needles with my Copics directly over the top of it. Then I colored the bird to resemble my Texas state bird, the Mockingbird, with these Copic markers:

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#5 - DETAIL CUTTING: I won't lie, fussy cutting around this entire image took some time (while watching TV), but for a very special project sometimes I think it's very worth the effort!  A good pair of Precision Scissors is a must!

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#6 - I don't know if you would call it a technique, but I rarely make a card without it: FOAM TAPE!  I popped the image up on X-Press It High Tack Double Sided Foam Mounting Tape and adhered it to the background tag. It gives wonderful dimension to any project!

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#7 - DIMENSION - I applied Glossy Accents to the red berries, then lightly sprinkled on some glitter for a gorgeous sparkly 3-dimensional effect!

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#8 - SNOW EFFECT - I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss Simply White on the top of the branch and to some of the greenery, then sprinkled on some glitter, for another neat snowy effect!

To finish the tag, I created the hole reinforcer by first coloring Copic R27 onto white cardstock so it would match the other reds in my tag. Then I punched the largest hole from my Crop-A-Dile into the red colored area, then used a 1/2" circle punch around the hole. Finally, tinsel string was tied through the hole.

GIVEAWAYS:

Don't forget to leave a comment below here, and on the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog. In doing so, you will automatically be entered into the random drawing for a $25 gift code to the Ellen Hutson shop!  To participate in our Feminine Twist Tag Challenge, please head over to this Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog post for all of the details.  

Thanks so much for joining us today!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES:

 


Songbird, Concord & 9th Clear Stamps

Very Merry Sentiment, Concord & 9th Clear Stamps

Snowfall Backdrop, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad, Tumbled Glass

Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad, Iced Spruce

Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

Memento Ink Pad, Olive Grove

Memento Ink Pad, Rich Cocoa

Memento Marker, Love Letter

Memento Marker, Pistachio

VersaMark Ink Pad

Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk

Ranger Inkssentials Surfaces, Manila Tag #8

COPIC Sketch Marker R27, Cadmium Red

COPIC Sketch Marker BG53, Ice Mint

COPIC Sketch Marker YG95, Pale Olive

Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

Ranger Ink Blending Tool, 1 Inch Round

Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag

Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)

WOW Embossing Powder, Regular - Metallic Silver Sparkle

Hero Arts Embossing Powder, White Puff

Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gloss White

Lawn Fawn Prisma Glitter

Crop-a-Dile Eyelet & Snap Punch

X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 in

X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Tape, 1/2 in

EK Tools, Precision 5 Inch Scissors with Sheath
   
     


Essentials by Ellen Favorites

Happy Black Friday, friends!  The Ellen Hutson LLC 12th Anniversary celebration continues this week!  Each day this week Ellen's Design Ambassadors are celebrating by creating with our favorite Essentials by Ellen stamp and die sets!  Keep a watch on Ellen's The CLASSroom blog for some great inspiration by a different set of designers every day this week!  And you know Ellen -- it's her anniversary, but she's giving you the gifts!  You didn't think she would forget you on Black Friday, now did you?  :)

11-23-ig-black-friday-saleJust click the graphic above to head over to the store -- that's one heckova great deal!!

Here's a card I made with one of my very favorite stamp sets, Julie Ebersole's Essentials by Ellen Mondo Sakura:

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Be still my heart!  Julie's mondo florals never cease to capture my heart!  I colored this gorgeous floral image with another of my (newest!) loves . . . the AMAZING brand new Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Sets Ellen started carrying in the shop recently -- I haven't been able to put them down!  I can only describe them as soft & buttery -- they reactivate with your watercolor brush SO very easily and can easily be worked and re-worked after they are on your paper.  They are simply amazing!!

After gold heat embossing the floral images, I watercolored them. Shown below are the colors I used - Quinacridone Rose from the Ultimate Mixing set (top left), and (lower left) Serpentine Geniune. Shown on the lower right below is Myan Blue Genuine from my PrimaTek set that I panned and mixed into the Blues set case.  

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The Ultimate Mixing set is a great deal -- in addition to the 15 pan colors in the set and their great little case that makes them perfect for travel, you receive an ADDITIONAL empty 15-pan case that you can fill with any additional tube paints you'd like!

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I wanted to keep the beautiful watercolored flowers the main focus of this card, so I just mounted the colored image with foam tape to a card base with a 1/2-inch piece of gold metallic cardstock along the left side. Be sure to head over to Ellen's The CLASSroom blog to see all the wonderful inspiration the other designers have for you today!  

I hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES:

 


Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps, Mondo Sakura by Julie Ebersole

VersaMark Ink Pad

Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, 8-1/2 x 11

Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock, Gold Dust

Ultimate Mixing, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

Blues, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors, PrimaTek 5ml Set of 6

Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold

Ranger Heat It Craft Tool

Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)

Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail

Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12x12

Teflon Bone Folder

Tim Holtz Tonic Mini Snips

X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Tape, 1/2 in

X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2 in
    
     


Ellen Hutson 12th Anniversary!

11-19-ig-anniversary-2018Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!  This week, besides the U.S. celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, everyone at Ellen Hutson LLC is celebrating 12 ... TWELVE ... years of bringing you the very best selection of top-notch, unique products for all of your papercrafting needs!  And you know a celebration usually means gifts . . . for YOU!  :D

Here are a few of the gifts Ellen has in store for you this week:

For today and tomorrow only, you can save 20% on ANYTHING in the store, just by using this coupon code!  <=== Click the graphic to be taken to the store.

The next gift is this:

11-19-ig-anniversary-gwpIn addition to your 20% savings, you'll receive a FREE gift with EVERY order placed today and tomorrow!

AND if you spend $75 or more, you'll receive this absolutely adorable Conductor of Light stamp set!  $150 orders will also recieve the coordinating die set absolutely FREE, too!

To see more about this stamp set, please visit Julie's post today over on the Ellen Hutson the CLASSroom blog here.

 

 

Ready for some more 12th Anniversary fun?

11-19 happy-anniversary-ellen-hutson-ig-hopHead over to Instagram, where a fabulous group of crafters have put together a "Warm Fuzzies" themed hop to express our gratitude to Ellen for everything she has done for the papercrafting industry!  You'll find a bunch of sweet, lovely cards to fill your week -- there's a different group showing their appreciation with a bunch of different and new project inspiration every day!  You can start off at my Instagram account HERE, then click on the person I've tagged, to head on through the rest of the hop!

 

 

Here are the details of my card for Ellen that you'll find there:

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This adorable All Inside bear has been one of my very favorite stamp & die sets from the Essentials by Ellen line ever since he made his debut!  And equally adorable are his Bear Ware accessories of the balloon, bunny, and honey pot I used on this card . . . they just make my heart melt!!  What equally makes my heart melt are the AMAZING brand new Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Sets Ellen started carrying in the shop recently.  I haven't been able to put them down!  I can only describe them as soft & buttery -- they reactivate with your watercolor brush SO very easily and can easily be worked and re-worked after they are on your paper.  They are simply amazing!!

Shown below are the Ultimate Mixing set (left,) and (upper right) -- my PrimaTek set that I panned and mixed into the Blues set case. The Ultimate Mixing set is a great deal -- in addition to the 15 pan colors in the set and their great little case that makes them perfect for travel, you receive an ADDITIONAL empty 15-pan case that you can fill with any additional tube paints you'd like!

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For the background, I used PrimaTek Myan Blue Geniune and once that was dry, I covered the background with Pearlescent White (the tube you see in the lower left of the photo above), to give the background a wonderful shimmer -- hopefully you can see the shimmer in the photo below:

11-19 WarmFuzIGHopCU-SHOther Daniel Smith colors used: Bear - Jane's Grey, Balloon - Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Bunny - Geothite Brown Ochre, Honey pot - Amazonite Genuine, Rhodonite Genuine & Hansa Yellow Medium

After watercoloring and die cutting the sweet images with their coordinating All Inside and Bear Ware dies, I mounted them with foam tape onto the background, around the twisting balloon (white embroidery floss) string.  To finish the card, I stamped the sweet Warm Fuzzies sentiment on a watercolor cardstock strip, to anchor the images, then accented the bear's nose and his honey pot with Glossy Accents. The final touch were a few of Ellen's FABULOUS new Essentials by Ellen Crystal Clear Hearts -- People, these things are the absolutely BEST quality of clear droplets I have ever seen!!  I was always frustrated by other brands of "crystal clear" usually having a bubble in the center of them, making them not very crystal clear in my opinion. You won't find that in Ellen's new brand of accessories!  (And the Crystal Clear Droplets are just the same outstanding quality!).

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I'll be back on Friday with another Ellen Hutson 12th Anniversary celebration project!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

 SUPPLIES:

 


Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, All Inside by Julie Ebersole

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, All Inside by Julie Ebersole

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Bear Ware by Julie Ebersole

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Bear Ware by Julie Ebersole

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Warm Fuzzies by Julie Ebersole

My Favorite Things Die-Namics, A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1

Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock, 8-1/2 x 11

Ultimate Mixing, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

Blues, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors, PrimaTek 5ml Set of 6

DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors 15ml Tubes, Pearlescent White (Luminescent)

Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8

Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)

Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail

Tim Holtz Tonic Mini Snips

Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12x12

Teflon Bone Folder

EK Craft Tweezers

DMC Rainbow Floss Bundle

Ranger Accents, Glossy Accents

Crystal Clear Hearts, Essentials by Ellen Embellishments
     

Holiday Online Workshop

I have some exciting news to share!  My dear friend, Julie Ebersole, has a new online video workshop to help you through your holiday card crafting - Making Merry!

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Julie will walk you though the making of 16 different holiday cards!  Each card lesson features a step-by-step video instruction (16 video lessons!), tips and suggestions, full-color photography of the finished project and a complete supply list. This workshop is self-paced and evergreen (lifetime access). You can access course content any time and re-watch as often as you like!  Click HERE or the graphic above for more info and/or to sign up for this fabulous class!

If you know Julie or have seen any of her videos, you know that this will be a very informative and F-U-N workshop!!

And generous Ms. Julie is giving away a seat in this class to one of my lucky readers!  Just leave a comment on this post, and I will announce the winner on Monday evening, November 12!

Good Luck!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

This giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified.

     

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