Hello and happy Friday, Crafters! Today is THE day ... new March Essentials by Ellen products are now available in the Ellen Hutson shop! You can view the entire March release HERE! Today I am giving you a look at the adorable Backyard Bird Friends ...
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Watercolored Backyard Bird Family

Ig-20190308-ebe-release-available-2Hello and happy Friday, Crafters!  Today is THE day ... new March Essentials by Ellen products are now available in the Ellen Hutson shop!  You can view the entire March release HERE!

Today I am giving you a look at the adorable Backyard Bird Friends stamp set and coordinating die sets from Brandi Kincaid, with this family of feathered friends:

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Notice the little hummingbird has flittered off by herself, leaving the family trio nest behind ... just like my family!  ;-)  I thought this wonderful sentiment from the stamp set was also very fitting ... "Home is where your birds sing".  Love that!  :D  It is gold heat embossed.

These sweet birds were stamped with Coffee Archival ink onto watercolor paper, then watercolored with Daniel Smith Ultimate Mixing and Blues Half Pan Sets. To create the tree, I just stamped the one leafy limb a few times and extended the longer branch. 

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The nest and bluebird were both die cut with their coordinating Backyard Bird Friends dies and popped up on foam tape, for wonderful added dimension:


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Be sure to check out Ellen Hutson's The CLASSroom blog for more release details and giveaways!  Thanks so much for joining me today ... Happy weekend!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES:

 


Backyard Bird Friends by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Stamp & Die Combo

Backyard Bird Friends by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Backyard Bird Friends by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Coffee

VersaMark Ink Pad

Ranger Watercolor Paper, 10 pk

Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock

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

Ultimate Mixing, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

Blues, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush, Large Fine Point (23637)

Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8

Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold

Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)

Cheery Lynn Designs Super Fine Crafting Tweezers
     


Watercolored Spring Daisies + Stamp Sale!

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Hello and happy Friday, Friends!  Today's project is a bouquet of watercolored Spring daisies using Julie Ebersole's latest February stamp and die release for Ellen Hutson's Essentials by Ellen.  Mondo Gerbera Daisy was stamped and clear heat embossed, then watercolored with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set, keeping the colors soft and light. 

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The watercolored piece was then trimmed and mounted onto a black card base. The beautiful Big Scripty Hello die is also new from Ellen's February release.  It was also die cut from black cardstock, glittered with shimmer pen, then its coordinating shadow die used to cut vellum for a soft background accent.

Need some new stamps? They are all on sale this weekend at Ellen Hutson LLC! Just click the banner below to start shopping!

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Thanks so much for joining me today ... Happy weekend!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES:

 


Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Stamp & Die Combo

Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Big Scripty Hello by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Big Scripty Dies by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Die Combo

VersaMark Ink Pad

Ranger Watercolor Paper, 10 pk

Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock

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

Bazzill 40 lb. Vellum, 25 pk

Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 36 Color Set

Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush, Large Fine Point (23637)

Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8

Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag

Ranger Embossing Powder, Clear

Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)

Cheery Lynn Designs Super Fine Crafting Tweezers

Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail

Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen 2 pk

Glue Dots Sheets, Mini

Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray
       
     


Essentials by Ellen February 2019 Release!

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Happy Friday, Crafters ... It's Release Day at Ellen Hutson! There are a wonderful new group of February stamps and dies by Julie Ebersole for the Essentials by Ellen line. 

One of my favorites (of course!) is the Mondo Gerbera Daisy:

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This beautiful new floral is a dream to color but also makes a fabulous impact stamped in just black or colors, without coloring it in!  For this card, I gold heat embossed the daisy onto watercolor paper (cutting off and extending the length of the stem), then watercolored with Daniel Smith's Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set. The daisy was die cut with its coordinating Mondo Gerbera Daisy die, then popped up on foam tape over a watercolor background I created by lightly washing Daniel Smith Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine (SBT), then splattering with a darker mix of the same (gorgous!) color!  This SBT is also available separately in an individual tube, or in Daniel Smith's Blues Half Pan Set

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To finish this card, I die cut several layers of Neenah Solar White #110 cardstock using one of the two word dies that is included in the Mondo Gerbera Daisy die set -- isn't that a pretty font?  I then stacked and glued the die cut words together and heat embossed the top later with the same gold super fine embossing powder used on the daisy.

And that's it for this quick & easy greeting card!  Stay warm and enjoy your weekend!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES: 

 


Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Stamp & Die Combo

Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

VersaMark Ink Pad

Ranger Watercolor Paper, 10 pk

Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock

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

Blues, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors 15ml Tubes, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine (PrimaTek)

Ultimate Mixing, DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors Half Pan Set

Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush, Large Fine Point (23637)

Silver Brush Black Velvet Watercolor Brushes, Short Round 8

Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Gold

Hero Arts Embossing Gun (Wagner)

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

Fiskars Deluxe 12 Inch Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail
       
     


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
     
     

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