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Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop

Late Summer 2016

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to the Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  I am also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, August 23rd!  There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there by Tuesday, August 23rd.   ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, August 26th! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.  You should have arrived here from Heather Campbell’s blog  and your next stop will be Julie Ebersole’s blog.

My first project was made using the Stay Salty Stamp Set  and coordinating Stay Salty Die Set .  The sun is from the All Inside Die Set and the frame was made using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames.

stay salty_200 stamp stay salty dies_200  All Inside

KC Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty 1

I stamped the boat image on white cardstock with versa and embossed with white embossing powder. I used my waterbrush and Broken China reinker to color the boat and when it was dry I cut it out.  The fish fin was stamped with Broken China ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sun and waves were cut using white cardstock and then I applied Cosmic Shimmer Glue and clear glitter to add sparkle and set aside to dry. 

The background was sponged using both Broken China and Tumbled Glass ink and then it was attached to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The frame was attached over the scene using thin strips of mounting tape.  The waves , boat, clouds, sun and fish fins were all attached with small pieces of mounting tape.

My second and third projects were made using the Warm Fuzzies Stamp Set , Bear Ware Stamp Set and coordinating Bear Ware Die Set.

warm fuzzies_200 Bear Ware_200 Bear Ware Dies_200

I love that so many of the Warm Fuzzies sentiments match up so perfectly with the Bear Ware images.  Both of these cards were fast and easy to make.  The images and sentiments were stamped with black versafine and embossed with black embossing powder.

KC Essentials By Ellen Warm Fuzzies 4

The rod and fish done in black and white seemed perfect for a masculine card.

KC Essentials by Ellen Warm Fuzzies 1

The tiny bouquet of flowers are so cute and were so  fun to watercolor with my waterbrush and Peeled Paint and Festive Berries reinkers.  I thought they looked so sweet with the cream colored Mini Scalloped Square Stax layers.

And if this wonderful release wasn’t enough to get excited about click on the Sizzlin’ Summer Sale banner below to see all the items on sale for a 20% discount.

Sizzlin Summer

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy all the wonderful projects along the blog hop.


Dare To Get Dirty Day 3

Good Monday morning.  Today is day three of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the Alumni team members.  Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits and how to become a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.

I have another beach scene project to share with you today using the Impression Obsession Sea Birds, Shore Birds and Tall Grass.  I made this scene on a single layer card base and attached two layers of sandy beach to add dimension.

KC Impression Obsession Sea Birds right 

I started by applying a mask to the sky area and applied Tumbled Glass ink with an ink blending tool to create the water line.  I removed the mask and used my retired Stampin’ Up! cloud template and ink blending tool to add a few clouds in the sky area.  I cut a strip of white cardstock, misted it lightly with water using a mini mister and then swiped my Antique Linen ink pad directly on the cardstock to apply the ink.  I heat set the ink on the cardstock with my heat gun and then cut the strip of cardstock in half using my deckle scissors to create the two sandy beach sections. I heat set the ink and then applied Cosmic Glitter Glue and Cool Diamond glitter to both sand sections.  I used a palette knife to apply white Embossing Paste to the water to create the appearance of sea foam.  I applied the markings on the birds using a mini applicator and Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke ink.

KC Impression Obsession Sea Birds Center

The back sand layer was attached directly to the card base with ATG adhesive.  The front layer was attached with a strip of mounting tape.  The grass sections were cut apart to shorten the pieces and were attached in behind the front sand layer using glossy accents.  All the birds were attached in the scene with small pieces of mounting tape.  This was a fast and easy project to put together and so much fun.  It is amazing to me how sponging on color and popping up a few images can transform a plain piece of cardstock into a lovely scene.

KC Impression Obsession Sea Birds left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Dare To Get Dirty 2016 Day Two

Good Sunday morning.  Today is day two of the Splitcoaststampers Dare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the Alumni team members.  Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits and how to become a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.

My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Sea Birds, Shore Birds, Tall Grass, Beach Fence and My Favorite Things Rectangle Frames.  I framed and layered the scene in all white to add dimension and  created the beach scene on a small scale to put most of the emphasis on the large bird.  I love how the colors of the scene pop against the white. 

KC Impression Obsession Shore Birds right

I sponged the sandy area using Antique Linen ink and ink blending tool and masked off the sky line and sponged in the water using Tumbled Glass ink.  I removed the mask and lightly sponged in the sky area using my retired Stampin” Up! cloud template. I heat set the inks on the scene and applied Cosmic Glitter Glue and Cool diamond glitter to the sand area and set aside to dry.  I misted a little water on the fence sections and swiped the Vintage Photo ink pad directly on them to apply the ink. The light misting allows the ink pad to flow easily to apply the ink.  I applied the white embossing paste with a small palette to create the sea foam.  You can see a few pictures of how I apply the embossing paste in my Relaxing by the Deep Blue Sea post.  I used a mini applicator to apply Pumice Stone ink to the birds and a Spiced Marmalade marker to color the legs and beak of the crane.

KC Impression Obsession Shore Birds center

I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached the small scene layer. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the scene and attached it to the larger white layer.  I added one more element of dimension by attaching the layered frame to the card base with mounting tape. I tucked the frame and grass sections inside the frame and attached with glossy accents.  I trimmed the feet of the crane off a little to shorten the legs to fit better in the scene and attached him with mounting tape.  The two small gulls were attached in the sky and on the frame for the finishing touch. 

KC Impression Obsession Shore Birds left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Relaxing by the Deep Blue Sea

Good Wednesday morning.  My beach scene today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge to use the Stampin’ Up! colors Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake.  I substituted Old Olive for the Wild Wasabi cardstock and Kraft cardstock and Antique Linen ink for the Crumb Cake.  I always tend to go for aqua when making my beach scenes and felt the Pacific Point ink and paper would be way too dark.  But when I was finished sponging on the water I decided it created perfect contrast for the green palm trees and the all white frame so I used it for the chair as well as the frame mat.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really like the bold colors. 

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 right

I thought while I was making this I would take a few shots of how I apply the embossing paste to the water for sea foam.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have no real experience with embossing paste other than dabbing a little of on my water.  I think it would be great to use for snow as well.  But I haven't used it with stencils or other types of techniques.

I started by sponging in the sand, masking off the sky area and sponging in the water and then removing the mask and lightly sponging in the sky.  I heat set the ink before starting to apply the embossing paste but with this dark colored ink it still comes up from under the paste a little. 

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I use the triangle shaped palette to apply the paste.  I just get a little at a time on the bottom of the palette.  What you see on the palette in the picture is almost a little too much.

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To apply the paste I barely tap it on the paper so just a little of it sticks. It takes a very gentle touch to keep from getting a blob.  If you do get a blob clean off the palette with a rag and turn it on it’s side and scrape the edge along the blog to pick it up.  If a little of the paste remains just tap it lightly with the flat side of the palette to puff it up.  If it still remains a little flat looking just apply a tiny bit more paste on the palette and barely tap it over the spot.

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Continue applying the paste across the page until you have the consistency that you like. 

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I got a little carried away with the foam washing up on the sand and got a little too much…but I still like it.  I allowed the paste to dry well before starting to assemble the card.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 center

I created the double matted frame and attached it over the scene.  I attached the trees and sea grass in behind the frame using mounting tape and glossy accents. I started to use a white chair but I wanted to carry the bright blue of the mat and water to the frame.  I couldn’t resist adding a little pair of flip flops to finish.

KC Impression Obsession Beach Chairs 5 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Patchwork Whale and Ellen Hutson Fourth of July Sale

Good Monday morning and Happy Fourth of July.  Before I start my post I want to draw your attention to Ellen Hutson’s Fourth of July Sale . You can check out the details at the bottom of my post.  Have you had a chance to check out the cute Impression Obsession Patchwork collection?  The main focal point of my project today is the Patchwork Whale and I think he is so cute. 

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Whale 1 right

I applied Cosmic Shimmer glue to the wave sections, sun and water spouts and sprinkled with clear glitter and allowed them to dry.  I applied double stick tape to the bottom back of the frame and attached the waves.  Then I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Whale 1 center

I assembled the whale by attaching the fin and eye to the body with glossy accents.  I applied a piece of mounting tape to the back of the whale and attached him to the card base.  I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the water spouts and attached them to the card base. I attached the glittery sun to the card base with mounting tape.  I thought the three jumping dolphins were the perfect  finishing touch.  I kept the frame and background all white to make all the bright images pop.

KC Impression Obsession Patchwork Whale 1 left

Ellen 4th sale

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a Happy Fourth of July!

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”