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Watercolored Mondo Hydrangea

Good Saturday morning.  My project today was inspired by yesterday’s CLASSroom post showing projects using bright colors with black and white.  I love Julie’s Mondo Hydrangea Stamp Set and the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea Die Set and paired them with a white sentiment layer cut using the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges.  I don’t watercolor nearly as often as I used to and I was excited to pull out my Distress reinkers and give it a whirl.  I thought the hydrangea colored in bright pink and bright green foliage would be so pretty against the black polka dot paper.  I didn’t want to use black for the stamped image so I turned to gold embossed lines.  I think it is so pretty.  My pictures just don’t do it justice.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3 right

I applied embossing magic to hot pressed watercolor paper, set the paper and stamp in my MISTI and stamped the images with versa.  I applied gold super fine embossing powder and heated with my heat gun.  Next I used a fairly large round brush to apply water over the hydrangea image and then applied a light layer of Spun Sugar reinker.  I applied the ink outside of the flower lines so when I die cut it there wouldn’t be a while outline as I don’t like that very much. While the flower was still wet I dipped my brush in full strength Worn Lipstick reinker and dabbed around the wet outer center of the flowers.  Next I applied full strength Scattered Straw ink to the center of each blossom and allowed the ink to spread a little out of the line to highlight. I repeated the same technique for my leaves using Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint reinkers.  I secured the dies in place over the images with painter’s tape and ran through my Big Shot.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3  center

I applied the polka dot paper to the card base using ATG adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped on the white scalloped layer and embossed with gold powder. I applied ATG adhesive across the straight edge of the white layer and thin strips of mounting tape along the scalloped border and attached to the card base.  The hydrangea and leaves were attached to the card base with mounting tape. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 3 left  jpg

Do you have a wish list over at Ellen Hutson?  If so now is a good time to shop.  Ellen is holding a Summer Sale with 15% off everything.  Just use coupon code summerfun at checkout.

summer sale

Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Essentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet

Good Friday morning.  There has been lots of buzz about the newly released Essentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet Set and Hinged Numbers Set at Ellen Hutson. My project today is a simple little beach scene made highlighting the Hinged Alphabet Set and paired with the Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware Stamp Set and Bear Ware Die Set

KC Esssentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet 2 right

I started by lining up the letters to create my Sun Fun hinged border. Since I was repeating the “u” and “n” I needed to run the border through my Big Shot twice.  I lined the letters up on the cardstock making sure I had the hinged side of the letters positioned correctly and secured them in place using pieces of Post-It adhesive roll.  I mentioned the hinge placement because the first time I placed my letters for the word sun I had the “n” backwards and it opened from the right instead of the left.  I took a quick picture to show the first three die cut letters on the border and how I secured the second three in place.

Sun Fun

I placed the Bear Ware images in my MISTI, applied black versafine ink and stamped then on white cardstock. I embossed the images using superfine clear embossing powder to give a little extra dimension to the lines and cut them out. I colored the images using Copic markers, applied versa and embossed them all again with clear embossing powder. 

KC Esssentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet 2 left

I applied the sand for the scene all the way across the paper using Vintage Photo ink and a mini applicator.  Next I used an ink blending tool to apply the water and sky using Tumbled Glass ink.  I used a small piece of mounting tape to attached the top of the beach umbrella to the scene.  I cut off the pole from the umbrella, tucked it under the umbrella and attached it in place with a couple dots of glossy accents.  I wanted to add a touch of sea foam to the water’s edge so I applied white embossing paste by by lightly tapping it on with my finger.  I put touches of the paste over the bottom of the pole to make it appear like the surf was washing up over it.  I added a touch of sparkle by sprinkling clear glitter on the paste while it was still wet.  It’s hard to see the sparkle in the photos.

I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the Sun Fun border and attached it to the top of the scene.  I applied two thin strips of aqua cardstock to the top and bottom of the border to dress it up a little more.  I attached the bucket, shovel and beach ball to the scene base with mounting tape and glue dots.  I used a green marker to sketch in a few little patches of sea grass to finish.  I’d like to be on that beach today instead of being at work.  

KC Esssentials by Ellen Hinged Alphabet 2 center

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Happy Mother’s Day

Good Sunday morning and Happy Mother’s Day!  I especially remember my mother today with love and appreciation.  She has been gone for many years but never gone from my heart.

My project today was made using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Notes Jasmine, My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges and the sentiment from Essentials by Ellen Amazing Women.

KC Elizabeth Craft Jasmine 2 right

I started by adding color to the flower centers and the tips of the stamen using scattered straw ink and a mini applicator.  I wasn’t happy with the darker shade of yellow so I lightly added a touch of squeezed lemonade ink to brighten. I formed the stamen by rolling it around the tip of my tweezers and applied glossy accents to the outer edge to secure closed and removed it from the tip. I applied Crafter’s Pick glue to the bottom of each stamen, secured them in place in the flower centers and set them aside to dry. I applied crushed olive ink to the leaves and stems to add more depth of color.  I heat set the ink with my heat gun and then added vein lines using the leaf tool and pad. 

KC Elizabeth Craft Jasmine 2 center

I cut the scalloped border on the card base and then inserted it in my MISTI, set my sentiment stamp in place, applied black versafine ink and stamped.  As it turned out I didn’t get full coverage of my sentiment so I inked up the stamp again and stamped it again.  I can’t tell you how much paper I have lost in the past by not getting a good stamped image the first time.  I love my MISTI.  I applied crushed olive ink to the border of the green layer so it would match the green of the leaves.  I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the sentiment base and attached the green border.  I applied mounting tape to the back and attached it to the card base.

The leaf sections were cut apart, arranged and attached in place using glossy accents.  The flowers were attached to the leaves using glossy accents.  I wanted the simple white background to allow all the focus to be on the floral arrangement and sentiment.  I love how elegant the flowers and leaves are.

KC Elizabeth Craft Jasmine 2 left

Ellen Hutson is holding a special Mother’s Day sale. 

  • Coupon code – momsday17
  • The sale ends on  5/16/17 11:59pm PDT
  • 20% off every in-stock item
  • Cannot combine coupon codes and does not apply to previous purchases.

Please Note:  The BCRF Fundraiser Courage stamp and die set will not be discounted.  $25 from each sale will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Any sales of the set by the end of today will help qualify for a match by the BCRF corporate sponsors. 

BCRF Stamp Die BCRF Die


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Floral and Foliage Spray

Good Saturday afternoon.  Before I start talking about my project I thought I would draw your attention to the Ellen Hutson Breast Cancer Research Foundation fund raising event and the Essentials by Ellen Courage Stamp and Die Set.  I still had my set on my desk and thought I would make an “any occasion floral spray” card with it today.  I used bright green and pink so it would really pop off of the white frame and background.  The frames were made using the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames.

KC Essentials by Ellen BCRF 1 right 

I cut all the flowers using bright pink cardstock and the foliage using bright green cardstock first and then lined the stamps up over each piece and stamped. I used my new Impression Obsession Chartreuse ink for the foliage and Ruby ink for the flowers. I formed the flowers using my stylus and molding pad and gently formed the foliage with my fingers.  I punched out tiny flowers using my Fiskars 1/4” Flower Punch, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and attached them in the center of the larger flower using glossy accents.

KC Essentials by Ellen BCRF 1 center

The frames were attached to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached the largest pieces of foliage using glossy accents to create the foliage base.  Next I attached the flowers using glossy accents. I finished by tucking smaller pieces of foliage in between the flowers and attaching with glossy accents. 

KC Essentials by Ellen BCRF 1 left

We send a package with two or three  cards to my mother-in-law every week.  She’s living in a nursing facility and hangs my cards all around her room to enjoy, This is so bright and pretty and pretty and I know my husband will take to add to the next batch. 

I hope you are having a good Saturday and I sure do appreciate you stopping by.

chartreuse  ruby ink  fiskars flower


BCRF Courage in the CLASSroom

I would like to invite you to join me in the CLASSroom for my BCRF Courage post and step by step tutorial.  Ellen Hutson is holding a week long event to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  It has been an honor to be involved in this wonderful project.

BCRF right

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a good day.