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Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady

Good Friday morning.  My project today is a framed scene made using the Essential by Ellen Plant Lady Stamp Set and Plant Lady Die Set paired with the My Favorite Things Rectangle Frames.  Boy oh boy did I have fun creating this fun fun garden scene.   Have you checked out the Essentials by Ellen August release? The new Plant Lady set is one of my favorites.

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady 1 right

I started by stamping all the images multiple times on hot press watercolor paper using my MISTI and black versafine ink and then heat embossed with clear super fine embossing powder. I watercolored all the images using reinkers, water and a watercolor brush. I started by coloring and cutting out the Plant Lady along with a second garden apron to paper piece along with those garden tools.  I also cut the garden gloves out to pop over her hands and cut a second front portion of the glove to place over the stems of the beets she is holding in her hands.  Speaking of beets…I colored and cut out several beet plants along with several pots and the watering can. I colored the pots and watering can and then added dirt and rust to them to look more authentic  I like to use a dry brush dipped lightly in reinker and then use a stipple motion to apply the dirt and rust spots.  I added some ding marks in the watering can using a black artist pen. I stacked three garden pots and attached them together using glue dots. I attached plants to two of the pots using glue dots.  Make note that after I cut out all the parts and pieces using the dies I fussy cut off the white edges with my scissors.  I did use a black copic marker edge to go around the edges of all the stamp lines so everything looked clean and neat.

KC Essentials by Ellen Plant Lady flat

Now that I had all the parts cut out I sponged in a blue cloudy background for the scene.  I attached it to the card base with ATG adhesive and then attached the frame over the cloud background using thin strips of mounting tape.  The Plant Lady was the first image I added to the scene.  She was attached with pieces mounting tape. Then I moved all the little pieces around until I had the complete scene that I wanted and began attaching them all around the feet of the Plant Lady.  I loved making the little stack of pots look crooked like they would sitting out in a real garden or garden shed.  The pots, watering can and pots with plants were all attached with mounting tape.  The spare plants were tucked in behind the frame and attached with glossy accents. The loose beets were attached with piece of mounting tape and/ or rolled up glue dots.  My final step was to create the rickety sign with the “Beet the Heat” sentiment. 

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Brandi Kincaid has created two Leading Lady sets-Crafty Lady and Plant Lady along with coordinating sentiment sets.  I can’t wait to see who she’ll come up with next?

Thanks for joining me here today and I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size”  5.50” x 4.25”


Sparkly Rustic Botanicals Flower and Mini Tutorial

Good Wednesday afternoon.  I have another project to share with you today using Julie’s newly released Rustic Botanicals Die Set and Modern Graphics Paper Pack along with another of her sentiments from the Lovely set.   Have you ever started out making a project with an idea of exactly what you want it to be and then have it head south?  That is what happened to me today.  I started out making a simple three layer dimensional flower using the flower die from the set and Sour Grape cardstock.. I got the flower totally finished and decided I would just add a touch of color to the petals using a mini applicator and some Dusty Concord ink. Yikes!!!  Dusty Concord is a very dark purple and I failed to test it out on scratch paper before I started applying it to my flower petals.  Big mistake!!!  I wasn’t going to toss the flower so I grabbed a  Spectrum Noir Amethyst Glamor Glitz and Glamor Pen and applied it to all the petals.  Wow!  This took me totally out of my comfort zone with this mod sparkly flower. So I had no choice but to use the Olive Jade Falling Leaves Pen on my leaves. I had originally planned on using another piece of the black and white paper from Julie’s paper pack but decided I would color the pattern with purple to add another touch of sparkle to the card.  I mean….the sparkle factor on this is way over the top.  LOL!

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 2 left

This flower die was created the specific size of the flower image in the coordinating set  but I always like to do double duty with my dies.  The flower die creates a flower that has more center space and not lots of depth in the cut of the petals. I wanted to create a three layer dimensional flower.  I used my scissors to cut in on both sides of each petal to create more room for forming that layer.



I placed the flower face down on the molding pad and used my stylus to roll and form the back of each petal.


I turned the flower face up and pushed down in the center of the flower to pull all the petals up.


I didn’t alter either of the two bottom layers but formed them with my stylus and molding pad.  The furthest flower on the left was only formed slightly to create the base of the flower.  I added more formation of the second flower layer.  I used the small circular die from the set to create the flower center and used my small tipped stylus to scrunch it up.



I used the leaf tool from the garden tool kit to score the leaves and then gently formed them with my fingers.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 2 close

Here’s a closer view of the flower.  It was a little hard to get a good clear picture of the flower with the full card.

KC Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals 2 right

I must say this is not my norm but sometimes it’s fun to go out of our comfort zone. I’ll refer to this as a happy mistake gone wild (wild for me that is).  LOL!

Thanks for coming by and I hope your week is going well.  I’m on third week of puppy/potty training our new now 11 week old puppy.  He sure is a bundle of joy and a bundle of hard work.  LOL!

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Clean and Simple Watercolored Hydrangea

Good Thursday morning.  Today is day six of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty challenges.  My card today was made for Sandee’s challenge.  You can find the details of all the challenges here but you need to be a Fan Club member.  If you would like to check out how to become a Fan Club member click here

I used the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and Mondo Hydrangea Die Set for my project and tried my hand at watercoloring the images.  Sadly the photos do not really show how pretty the flower is. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 left

I secured my hot press watercolor paper in place in my MISTI and set the stamps in place.  I used Spun Sugar and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to apply the green and pink to the stamp, misted the stamp and paper and stamped the image. I stamped the image a second time to get good coverage and then used my waterbrush and reinkers to pull the colors out into the blossoms and leaves.  I added darker shades of pink using Worn Lipstick reinker and added bits of green back for the flower centers and stems.  By this time I had mostly obliterated the outline of the petals so I applied Worn Lipstick to the stamp and stamped over the flower again.  I had actually removed the stamp from my MISTI so I had to line it up by eye. So you can see the petals are a little off but I still really like how it turned out.  I always color outside of the lines of flower stamped images when I am going to die cut them so the white border doesn’t show.  I don’t like those white borders very much.  The flower and leaves were die cut and you can barely see any border at all.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 center

I was not as pleased with how the leaves turned out.  So I decided to try applying versa and clear embossing powder to them and heated.  They came out looking much better.  So I embossed the whole flower as well.  It did brighten the colors.  I attached the flower to the card base with mounting tape.  I gently formed the leaves a little with my fingers  and attached them with glossy accents. I finished by adding a soft white multi loop bow.  You can check out my multi loop bow tutorial here.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 4 right

Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”



Essentials by Ellen Christmas in July

Good Saturday morning.   We are still enjoying the lazy days of summer but it's always fun to think about crafting for the holidays! And the Essentials by Ellen line is full of holiday stamps & dies that inspire us to get creating! You will definitely want to hop on over to the CLASSroom to see the wonderful projects by our design team.  Be sure and check out the 40% off Christmas in July Sale Category  at the bottom of my post.

There is nothing more fun to me than making snowman holiday cards.  Snowmen are so whimsical and happy looking.  Julie’s Fat Pants Stamps and Fat Pants Die Set offers different coordinating faces, beards, hats and scarf images to mix and match together to create fun holiday characters.  I used a tree image from Brandi’s Tree Farm Stamps and Tree Farm Die Set accompany the snowman and used the JOY from Julie’s Holiday Words Die Set for the sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 right 

I cut the head of the snowman and punched two graduated larger circles for the body.  I secured the head and mid-section pieces in place on my MISTI and stamped the face and coal images using black versafine.  I applied a second coat of black versa and stamped a second time to get good crisp images. I can’t say enough how much I love both my MISTI and Mini MISTI.  Do you have o ne?  If not you don’t know what you're missing.  I attached the three circles together using glossy accents to create the whole snowman body.  Next I cut the hat and attached a thin red ribbon using double stick tape.  I attached mini branch sections and tiny red punched circles using glossy accents. I cut a piece of Christmassy ribbon to use as a scarf and cut fringe on both ends.  I used the tip of my paper piercer to separate and feather out the fringe. I attached the ribbon to the snowman using glue dots and embellished it with another mini branch arrangement.

I stamped the tree using black versafine, die cut it and then ran it through my crimper to add a little dimension.  I cut the JOY and added one more little mini branch arrangement to the O.  I like adding little design elements like these in threes.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 center

I cut two ground snow sections and attached them to the back of the red frame using double stick tape. Next I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snowman in between the ground sections and attached him in place using pieces of mounting tape.  I turned the tree a little sideways and attached it to the snowman using mounting tape. I finished the scene by attaching the JOY to the ground sections using double pieces of  mounting tape.  I got a little crazy with a Crafter’s Companion Sparkle Pen and applied sparkle to the whole tree and all the mini branches and berries.  The sparkle doesn’t show up well in the photos but it looks great in person. I think all the colorful elements of the snowman scene pop perfectly against the all white background.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 3 left

I thought I would share a couple projects that I made last holiday season using the Fat Pants sets.  You’ve got to love that mod Santa Tag.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 2 Tag

Here’s another Fat Pants Snowman  surrounded by snowy evergreens.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 1 right

DRUM ROLL PLEASE……check out the special 40% off Christmas in July Sales Category.   The sales from July 21st thru July 24th.  You are going to see the holiday sets I have used today and lots, lots more.  You won't want to miss it.

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Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”




Ellen Hutson Christmas In July Sale Enabler Alert

Good afternoon.  I couldn’t resist sending out an additional post today alerting you to the special 40% off Christmas in July Sale going on starting today and going through until the 24th.  The discount is only for items listed in the special sales category.   I just popped over to check it out the sale and I am amazed at how many of my favorite product lines are in the sale.  So if you have holiday stamps and dies on your wish list this is the perfect time to grab them at the sale price before they are gone. 

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