Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ellen Hutson LLC's 11th Anniversary Blog Hop

I'm excited and honored to be part of Ellen Hutson's 11th Anniversary Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from my creative friend Ardyth's blog. If not,
here is the line up of blogs for Day 2 and be sure to start at Carissa's blog because
you won't want to miss an ounce of inspiration! And don't forget to leave comments
along the way because there are prizes galore!

Carissa Wiley
Michele Ferguson
Julia Stainton
Chari Moss
Ardyth Percy-Robb
Donna Mikasa
The theme is "My Favorite Essentials By Ellen" product. Going through my Flickr 
photostream, it was pretty clear that I often reached for the Mondo Hydrangea,
with the Mondo Peony coming in a close second.

I love all of Julie's Mondo blooms, but the Hydrangea, for me, is the "funnest" to color
and can be quite forgiving.

I've always wanted to gold emboss the hydrangea and color it afterwards, so that's
what I did for my card. The hydrangea was gold embossed three times on watercolor
card stock. I used Distress inks and ink daubers to color in each bloom with a
different color.

I went over each bloom with more Distress inks, let them dry, then spattered
water over the piece. I filled in the area around each flower with Peeled Paint
Distress ink, and blended with water up to the edge of each bloom. After the
 entire piece was dried, I trimmed it and adhered it to a black card base
and finished off the card with the die cut Hello.

I'm the last stop on today's hop. Get ready for more inspiration tomorrow on
Day 3 of the Anniversary Hop! And leave comments every day on all designers'
blogs, and link up YOUR favorite Essentials by Ellen product here for a chance
to win a $50 Ellen Hutson LLC gift voucher!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweet Stamp Shop November Release--Deck the Palms

In 2011 I was on the design team for Sweet Stamp Shop and I met the owners,  
Nicole and Jacob here in Hawaii. They came down for a vacation, and Nicole saved
postage by hand delivering my first batch of Sweet's clear stamps!

Here are some of my early projects made with their stamps. Please pardon the
photos--I didn't know about photo editing back then!

Fast forward six years and I've been invited to share their November release!
Thanh kindly sent me some stamps to play with and I couldn't wait to ink up the 
Hawaiian Santa in Deck the Palms and make a shaped card.

This was such a fun image to color. I clear embossed the image and brought
out my Zig markers to color them, adding water for blending and shading..

After the piece was dried, I cut it with Hero Arts' Circle Infinity dies and made a
shaped card. The sentiment was white embossed and trimmed into a banner
and adhered on the bottom of the card.

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You can find this fun stamp set here in the Sweet Stamp Shop, and during
their Black Friday sale, from today, 11/17 thru Monday 11/27, all their
stamps are a whopping 20% off!

If time permits, I'll be sharing more of Sweet Stamp Shop's November release
with you! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #248

(Note: Please click here or scroll down to see my Creative Construction with
Blueprints post. Thank you!)

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This week's CAS(E) this Sketch #248 is a two weeker! This means you can 
enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday (and Black Friday shopping!) and still have 
time to play along with us!

Here's the sketch brought to you by Chrissy.

And here's my simplified take on it.

I did some inlay die cutting after inking up a medallion with Distress inks in
rainbow order. The medallion was cut into a strip of black card stock and
the colorful medallion was inlaid like a puzzle on the strip. The sentiment
was white embossed and the card was finished off with sequins.

Remember you have TWO weeks to enter the challenge. The deadline to link
up your card(s) is Thursday, November 30th.

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and come back and see us
in two weeks. Thanks for stopping by!

MFT November Creative Construction with Blueprints--Holiday Tags

Adding a handmade touch is a wonderful way to personalize your thoughtful gifts. 
 Join us this month as we look at holiday tags featuring Blueprints.

For my project, I created lip balm tags with an element from Blueprints 13.
I found a Holiday collection of lip balms and thankfully, the lip balm die fit
perfectly on the tag.

After die cutting the tag shape from watercolor card stock, I white embossed
small snowflakes on the tag, then ink distressed them two thirds of the way up
and spattered water on them. I used the slit die from Blueprints 30 and cut
slits on the top of the tag.

The lip balm pouches were assembled, the tags were finished off with a ribbon
 and a smaller tag that was stamped with a sentiment and tied to the tag.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you could win a
$50 MFT gift voucher with your holiday tag creations using Blueprints!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge #359

It's time for a new sketch from MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge!
Here's Sketch #359.

And here's my simplified take on it.

Whimsical Woodgrain was stamped on Kraft card stock with Versamark ink
and cut with a rectangle die then adhered to a Kraft card base. A piece of  
watercolor card stock was ink distressed, spattered with water and cut with the
wonky stitched die. A hedgehog was stamped, colored with Copics and cut with the
 matching Die-namics.

The sentiment was white embossed and cut with a fishtail banner. The square
was adhered to the card base, followed by the hedgehog that was popped up
with foam tape and the sentiment strip over him. The card was finished off
with a few enamel dots.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for more inspiration, and for all the details
on how you could be the random winner of a $50 MFT gift voucher!
Hope to see you in the gallery!

Monday, November 13, 2017

MFT November Release Replay

It's time for MFT's November Release Replay when the Creative Team shares
fresh ideas and more inspiration with the November release.

 Today I'm sharing a project using Ski Sons Greetings stamp set and
 matching Die-namics. These bears are just too cute and I pictured a
father and son skiing down a snowy slope together.

Stone Gray card stock was white embossed with a wavy background and cut
with a wonky stitched rectangle. Two bears were stamped, colored with Copics,
and cut with the matching Die-namics.

They were popped up on the card and finished off with the white embossed
sentiment and sequins.

Visit today's Release Replay post at My Favorite Things for more ideas and
inspiration from participating team members. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Be Merry

It's that time of year again--Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags! I couldn't
wait to link up my tag which was inspired by Debbie Yates' tag on Day 1
of this holiday series.

The tag was die cut from watercolor card stock and ink distressed, spattered
with water, and speckled with a white Gelly Roll pen.

The reindeer (and his antlers) were cut from Latté card stock and ink distressed
for a bit of dimension. The antlers were decorated with colorful gemstones and
the sentiment was white embossed on a red strip of card stock. A brown
checkered ribbon and twine finished off the tag.

There are so many wonderful tag ideas and Tracey has rounded up more awesome
sponsors this year. I'm hoping to squeeze in another tag or two before the 25th day.
Thanks for stopping by!

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