Hello, stamping friends! Today I have a little bit of an unconventional holiday card to share. Unconventional in color: aqua/mint, pink, and yellow; and also unconventional content: adorable bees! These sweet Christmas Bees are part of the fabulous new ...
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Unconventional Watercolor Holiday Card

Hello, stamping friends! 

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Today I have a little bit of an unconventional holiday card to share. Unconventional in color: aqua/mint, pink, and yellow; and also unconventional content: adorable bees!

These sweet Christmas Bees are part of the fabulous new products from Art Impressions: clear and cling stamps, and dies that are now available over at Ellen Hutson LLC!

I had a blast watercoloring these merry little cuties!  They are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto watercolor paper, then watercolored with Gansai Tambi watercolor set

 
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One thing I love about this large watercolor set (besides the great variety of colors!) are the metallic colors of pearl white, silver, and two golds. I used the metallic silver for the bee hat trim -- it is a very faint silver, but gives just enough color to make it stand out from the white background paper. The yellow card base was created by stamping the honeycomb hex shape with Mustard Seed Distress Ink onto watercolor paper, then spreading that color with a water brush:

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To finish the card, I die cut the bee panel with MFT's Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames. Then I watercolored the scalloped frame with a lighter version of my aqua mix used on the bee scarves. The tiny "Merry" sentiment was gold heat embossed, then the frame re-assembled with foam tape and popped up over a panel of Ellen's 40 lb. vellum

Do you prefer conventional or unconventional holiday cards/colors?  :)

BLOG HOP:

This post is part of a blog hop happening over at Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom today, introducing you to Art Impressions fabulous new products ... I'm thrilled to be joining this list of fabulous crafty women:

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Emily Midgett

Sharon Harnist

Laurel Beard

Carly Minner

Sandy Allnock

Be sure to visit them as well, to see what wonderful inspiration they have for you!  Thanks so much for joining us!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES:

 


Christmas Bee, Art Impressions Clear Stamps

My Favorite Things Die-namics, Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames

Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Mustard Seed

VersaMark Ink Pad

Ranger Watercolor Paper, 10 pk

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

Essentials by Ellen 40 lb. Vellum, 25 pk

Kuretake Gansai Tambi, 36 Color Set

Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush, Small Fine Point (23638)

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

Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (12")

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

Teflon Bone Folder
   
     


Essentials by Ellen Retirement Sale!

Here's the sale you've been waiting for, crafty peeps!

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Get your favorite retiring Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies, before they are GONE for GOOD!  Shop the Last Chance Sale category HERE or click the graphic above.

Here are a few of my favorite past projects using some of these awesome stamps and dies:

Using Sunshine word die:

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Using Stay Golden stamps and dies:

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Using Thankful stamp set:

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Using Elf'd stamps and dies:

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Using Prize Stag die, 

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Have fun shopping!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

 STAMPS & DIES ON SALE NOW AT ELLEN HUTSON LLC:

 


Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Sunshine Word by Julie Ebersole (Retiring)

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Stay Golden by Julie Ebersole (Retiring)

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Stay Golden by Julie Ebersole (Retiring)

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Thankful by Julie Ebersole (Retiring)
     


Over the River Sparkling Holiday Tags

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Holiday seasons are in the air over at Ellen Hutson LLC! The September release is new in the shop, and full of Julie Ebersole's delightful humor and whimsical illustrations! 

Today I'm using the adorable Over the River stamp set and coordinting Over the River dies to create a set of holiday tags:


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I also used Julie's awesome Concertina Tag die set -- this die cuts three tags at once for you! For the tags below, I stamped the deer with Brushed Corduroy and polar bear with Hickory Smoke Distress inks so the ink would bleed a little whenever I applied the Nuvo Aqua Shimmer clear glitter gloss pen over it, creating a bit of shading. On the deer tag I stamped the trees in Evergreen Bough, Cracked Pistachio, and Twisted Citron, and the sentiment in Barn Door, all on Ellen's awesome Oyster Gray cardstock. The pine twig at the top was also shimmered and popped up on foam tape (as was the deer).    

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The polar bear tag background was stencil brushed with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and a cloud stencil. The icy water was created by stamping the oval from Julie's new Winterscapes stamp set with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and glittered with the shimmer pen. Polar bear is also shimmered and popped up on foam tape.

Next, the snowman tag was created with the snowfall stamp from the Winterscapes stamp set, stamped in Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the snowflakes glittered with the shimmer pen. Red accents were added to the snowman's scarf using R24 Copic marker. Snowman is also shimmered and popped up on foam tape.  

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Finally, the truck tag was stamped in the same colors of Distress ink as above (Barn Door, Evergreen Bough, Hickory Smoke), the window on the truck shimmered, as well as the Christmas tree and road. P.S. I love that it can either be a road or stream!  To finish all the tags, they were tied with red baker's twine.

You can find more inspiration with this new release over on Ellen's CLASSroom blog today and all week. Thanks so much for joining me today!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES:

 


Over The River by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Winterscapes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Over The River by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Concertina Tag by Julie Ebersole

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Brushed Corduroy

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Barn Door

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Evergreen Bough

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Twisted Citron

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Cracked Pistachio

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Hickory Smoke

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Tumbled Glass

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

Essentials By Ellen Cardstock, Oyster Gray 100 lb, 25pk

Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen 2 pk

My Favorite Things Stencils, Cloud

Ranger Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tools & Felts

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

Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (12")

Avery Elle Hemp Twine, Cherry

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


Taylored Expressions 10th Birthday Party!

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Hello, Crafty Peeps!  Today I am BEYOND excited to help my dear, sweet friend Taylor VanBruggen celebrate her awesome stamp company, Taylored Expressions, 10th birthday!!  I can not believe it was "just" 10 years ago that Taylor invited me to be part of her first design team to help open her company adventure! You can find her inaugural blog post here!  You can see and read about my very first project and post here, or view all of my Taylored Expressions projects/posts here (or click on "Taylored Expressions" over in my right sidebar, under Categories - over there) --->

Today's celebration involves almost 50 designers in a special birthday bash blog hop! You can find a full list of participants over at Taylor’s blog and hop along with us! 

You will also find a bunch of fabulous new products that were released last night, especially for this birthday bash, over in the TE store here.  Today I am highlighting some fun previously-released birthday products because TE LOVES birthdays and has a ton of ways to celebrate them!

Another thing I have always loved about Taylored Expressions is their Share Joy Campaign. It is very simple for you to participate in the campaign -- just by creating birthday cards and sending them in to Taylored Expressions!  Here's a little more info about the campaign:

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At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy through the gift of handmade cards. As part of their 10th birthday TE is continuing that mission with the launch of a special Share Joy campaign focused on providing birthday cards to those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. To make as deep an impact as possible, TE is inviting card makers everywhere to join the campaign. Will you join us? Find out how to participate by viewing their Share Joy page HERE.

Now on to the birthday card I created for today's celebration!

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Party streamers and cupcakes . . . what could be better?!!  :)  I used TE's awesome Party Streamers stamp set, stamped in TE's fabulous dye ink, in these shades: Strawberry Milkshake, Lollipop, Lemon Meringue, Granny Smith, and Sprinkles.  Then I stamped the Sweet Tooth Tower of cupcakes with TE's Oreo ink, colored the tower with Copic markers to coordinate with the streamers, and die cut the tower with its coordinating (included) die. Next, I glittered some streamers and cupcake elements with clear Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen:

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Finally, I white heat embossed the cool Happy Birthday sentiment from the Party Streamers stamp set onto TE's Oreo cardstock and used it as a "table" at the bottom of the card to anchor the cupcake tower, which is popped up on foam tape.

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We hope you will join us in this celebration!  You can find out more party details and the blog hop list over on the Taylored Expressions blog today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

     

Emboss Resist Love You So Matcha!

Happy Friday, Friends!  Today I wanted to revisit a favorite "oldie but goody" technique of mine, emboss resist -- especially since I'm absolutely LOVING the Claritystamp Stencil Brushes!

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Emboss resist is simply heat embossing (in this case, clear detail) stamped images onto cardstock (Neenah Solar White), then applying ink over the embossing. The embossed image(s) resist being colored with the ink ... thus, creating a very unique background!  My favorite blending inks are Distress -- here I used an "ode to the end of Summer" combo of Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, and Cracked Pistachio.  The Claritystamp Stencil Brushes help give a very soft and very effortless blend!

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The Folk Heart was die cut from the center of the background panel before inking, so the ink catches the edges and really defines the shape!  The sweet So Matcha kimono girl was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and her the main part of her kimono colored with Copic YG41 and G43 (shading) to match the inked background. Then I created a subtle floral pattern on the kimono using the tiny flower stamped with Cracked Pistacio.

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To finish the card, I die cut the So Matcha girl with her coordinating die and popped her up on foam tape in the center of the heart die cut-out. The sentiment was white heat embossed onto Ellen Hutson's Ebony Black 100 Lb cardstock, cut into a flag shape and tucked into the heart opening. Finally, some sparkling clear sequins were added around the sentiment.

I hope you have a lovely end-of-summer Labor Day weekend ... what will you be doing?

WC Flower Signature-Sharon

SUPPLIES: 

 


Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, So Matcha by Julie Ebersole

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, So Matcha by Julie Ebersole

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Folk Hearts by Julie Ebersole

VersaMark Ink Pad

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Carved Pumpkin

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Squeezed Lemonade

Ranger Distress Ink Pad, Cracked Pistachio

Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

COPIC Sketch Marker E00, Cotton Pearl

COPIC Sketch Marker E11, Barley Beige

COPIC Sketch Marker R20, Blush

COPIC Sketch Marker Y08, Acid Yellow

COPIC Sketch Marker Y38, Honey

COPIC Sketch Marker YG41, Pale Cobalt Green

COPIC Sketch Marker G43, Pistachio

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

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

Claritystamp Stencil Brushes, Set of 4

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

Inkadinkado Embossing Magic Bag

Ranger Heat It Craft Tool

Stampendous Embossing Powder, Detail White, 0.76 oz.

Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder, Clear

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

Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 6 mm Cupped, Sparkling Clear

Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, 4 mm Cupped, Sparkling Clear

iCraft Purple Tape

Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (12")

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

Scor-Buddy Mini Scoring Board 9x7.5
  
     

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