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Essentials by Ellen February 2017 Release Hop

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Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson. To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell's blog and your next stop along the hop is Darlene DeVries' blog.  If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Happy hoppin’!

My projects today were made using the Oh Deer Stamps and Oh Deer Die Set and the Otter Ware Stamps and Otter Ware Die Set.

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Julie’s deer images in the Oh Deer sets are so precious and I thought they would be perfect paired with the heart wreath and flower images from the Otter Ware sets.  I placed hot pressed watercolor paper in my MISTI and stamped the deer with gathered twigs ink and then used my waterbrush to pull some of the brown out to the body of the deer. I heat dried the image and then stamped the deer again to reinforce the body lines.  I love my MISTI!!  After they dried I used a mini applicator to add just a little more brown on their backs and ears.  I cut the deer out using the dies and then trimmed a little of the edges off with my scissors. I used my MISTI to line up my wreath stamp and used crushed olive ink to stamp the image. I once again used my waterbrush to pull the green out to fill in the wreath, allowed to dry and then stamped again to darken the wreath foliage image.

KC Essentials By Ellen Oh Deer 1 right

I carried the heart theme to the card base using Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka In The Meadow.  I think the tiny heart pattern is so sweet. I had lots of color choices in the paper pack but really loved the green to represent a forest background for the deer.  I attached a double matted frame to the card base using mounting tape.  I attached both the deer to the card base with mounting tape.  I layered the heart wreath over an all white wreath to make it stand out a bit more in front of the green background  then secured it in place with  mounting tape.  I was going to leave the wreath plain but decided to add the three tiny red flowers to add a touch of color.  I carried the red over to the tag for the finish.   

KC Essentials By Ellen Oh Deer 1 center

I really love Julie’s wreath image and couldn’t resist creating a clean and simple project that made it the main focal point.  I repeated the same steps as above to stamp and color the wreath using my MISTI, markers and waterbrush. I stamped a few extra pieces of foliage, colored and cut them out.  I trimmed the foliage pieces off a little and arranged them on the wreath and attached with glossy accents.  I cut three red flowers, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached then to the wreath with glossy accents.  I applied clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to add some sparkle and then set the tiny pearls in the center.

KC Essentials by Ellen Otter Ware 1 right

I cut and assembled the square frames to create a triple matted frame and attached to the card base using mounting tape.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base.

KC Essentials by Ellen Otter Ware 1 left

I hope you are enjoying our blog hop and seeing all the wonderful new sets in the release.  You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell's blog and your next stop along the hop is Darlene DeVries' blog.  If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

Oh Deer card is 5.50” x 4.25”

Wreath card is 4.50” square

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Hugs and Hearts

Good Sunday morning.  My project today is a fun scene made using the Essentials by Ellen All Inside Die Set and Stamp Set, Impression Obsession Leaves and Stems and Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.  The patterned papers are from the Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka in the Meadow paper pack.

KC Essentials by Ellen All Inside 3 right

I stamped the bear with black versafine and sentiment with black versafine and embossed with clear embossing  powder.  I used the coordinating die to cut out the bear. I colored the bear with antique linen and vintage photo ink applied using a mini applicator.  I sponged tumbled glass on the white scalloped layer to create the sky background.  I cut the grass piece using the scalloped die and trimmed the top with deckle scissors and attached to the scalloped base with ATG adhesive. The scalloped layer was attached to the card base with strips of mounting tape. 

KC Essentials by Ellen All Inside 3 center

The bear and sun were attached in the scene using mounting tape.  I punched out several hearts, attached them to the stems and tucked them in behind the grass and attached with glossy accents.  The hearts floating up in the sky were attached with mini glue dots.

KC Essentials by Ellen All Inside 3 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Favorites of 2016

Good Saturday morning.  Is it just me or does it seem like 2016 flew by way too fast?  It’s been a year full of wonderful experiences and some not so wonderful.  One thing that always makes me happy is sharing my paper crafting projects with you on my blog.  I thought I would select some of my favorites for the year and share them today for my last post in 2016.  Click on the links if you would like to see the full post for each project.

January  Framed Mini Flowers

KC Elizabeth Craft Garden Patch 1 Inch Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum 3 left

February Clean and Simple Spring Bouquet

KC Impression Obsession Bouquet 1 right

March Duck Easter Parade

KC Impression Obsession Farm Girl 2 right

April Monochromatic Beach Scene

KC Impression Obsession Sea Birds 6 right

May Floral Framed Thanks

KC Impression Obsession Thanks LC 1 right

June Decorative Framed Roses

KC Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers Large 5 left

July Ornate Framed Lilac

KC Impression Obsession Ornate Oval Frame 1 left

August Fall Leaves

KC Impression Obsession Tree Frame 13 right

September Thankful Fall Leaves

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 11 right

October Sparkling Nature Deer and Pine Branches

KC Memory Box Grand Stag Oval Frame 1 left

November Wrought Iron Fence and Wreath

KC Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence 1 right

December Christmas Snowman

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 1 left 

Thank you so much for all of your supportive comments this past year.   It means more to me than you know. I hope my cards have inspired you to get your own crafting supplies out and creating beautiful projects of your own. I’m wishing each of you a Healthy and Happy New Year in 2017. 

Check out my crafting supply sale at this link.

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