Happy Mother's Day! My friends at Ellen Hutson have a special sale today, through Tuesday, May 15th. Visit the Ellen Hutson website for details and to place your order - and let me know what you bought!
We all need a little encouragement from time to time - a little note to let you know that you're thought of and appreciated by a friend. That's what this card was all about, letting a friend know that I wished good things for her. And, I used beautiful vintage inspired products to tell that story, including the beautiful Spellbinders Tiara Rondell die, United we Flourish floral stamps and the perfect greeting by Pretty Pink Posh. In fact, I think that stamp set (link below) is one of current favorites. While it's not brand new, it's timeless and has a wide range of greetings. If you have a current favorite greeting stamp set, feel free to drop it in the comments as I'm always on the look out for great, classic designs.
Here's a closer look at the supply list for today's encouraging card:
Today I'm taking part in Ellen Hutson's Three Takes on a Trend Challenge with Julia and Lisa, two of my fellow Ellen Hutson team members. Below you can see the photo we were given as our jumping off point. Sometimes I am very literal when I'm working on these challenges, and other times the inspiration photo is more of a jumping off point and I take a journey with it. My contribution today is more of the later than the former :) I used the top two colors and the grey from the center of swatch guide.
I used the Essentials by Ellen "Mermaid's Tail" stamp set because I immediately thought that an ombre ink pad would look amazing on the scales of the Mermaid's Tale. I then chose the beautiful Fringed Scallop die to mimic the look of the Mermaid's scales below the stamped image. Finally, a line of stitching across the top of the card and a few little sequins add finishing details.
One of the things I love to do is find versatility in stamp sets. Today's card features the Thistle Stamp set by Essentials by Ellen. While it stamps thistles beautifully, there is so much more you can do with it. There is a faux tulip that I shared here, and today's card where I made a fun little watercolor leaf in fresh Spring shades of green.
I then used some lovely patterned paper to give the card a Spring Vibe.
Here is the supply list of products that I used to create my card today.
"Hi there!" Do you ever feel like you're running, running, running, with bearly (see what I did there, ha ha?!) a moment to stop and appreciate your friends? This time of year that's exactly the way I feel. Spring is always a super busy time for my business as I'm in the final push to get everything ready for my upcoming retreats in Italy. Lots of computer time working on graphic design projects and ordering/shipping of supplies, etc. My to-do lists are a mile long - but I wouldn't have it any other way! So, making a card like this that I can pop into the mail helps me feel like I'm not such a bad friend this time of year, lol! What I especially loved about this project was that it was FAST and EASY.
The Good Vibes paper pad by Create Paper had several good options for background designs behind the bear, but I particularly liked the geometrics on the paper I chose. It makes the whole card which, with the adorable bear, could come off as really 'cutesy' (not that there's anything wrong with that!) look more modern/sophisticated.
And, I've had my eye on the Stitched Rectangle STAX set forever, but because it's so basic, I was always lured into purchasing something with more "razzle dazzle". Oh man, now that I have added it to my stash I'm mad at myself that I waited so long to pull the trigger - because for the kind of crafting I love to do, clean & simple, it's a perfect tool that I can see using over and over (and over) again.
"Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends the other descends." - Mark Hopkins
Sometimes, a simple "I will pray for you", brings the most comfort. Thinking through the toughest times of my life, it was the prayers of family and friends that helped me feel cared for, supported and not so alone. I was drawn to the greeting on the Encouraging Greetings set by Pretty Pink Posh because of that. There are a lot of other great sentiments on it too, but this one in particular had me itching to use it first.
I pared it with the "Better Together" Poppy Fields stamp set by Altenew and Essentials by Ellen. It's such a pretty set - I used it for my Mom's birthday card this year and like so many of Altenew's stamp sets, its layering is beautiful (and really easy to do.)
I picked lavender/purple and green because it is a color scheme that is very fresh and Springlike to me.
Here is the supply list of products that I used to create my card today.
You guys! I am in love with this new stamp set, So Matcha, by Julie Ebersol for Ellen Hutson - can you even? How cute are those little girls?! Today I'm a part of the release celebration for the brand new March release from Ellen Hutson and I'm so pleased to be here because these stamps were barely in my hand for a hot minute before I had the vision of what I wanted to create in my head.
Let's jump right in. As you can see from the image above, I made a set of cards with complimentary colors that were meant to evoke the feeling of Spring. (Can you tell I'm tired of winter?!)
For my first card, above, here is the supply list:
I'm so pleased to be a part of the Ellen Hutson design team for another year and we're sending you on a blog hop today so that you can get to know each of the talented artists who are a part of the team.
My name is Carolyn, welcome! if you haven't met me before here's a little bit about me: I love to craft with my preferred style being feminine, clean & simple and vintage-shabby. My love of travel, antiques and creativity has also led me to hosting/owning a women's creative retreat in Tuscany, Italy. My husband of twenty years and I live in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada.
Even as a seasoned card maker, I enjoy learning tips & tricks from other crafters. My favorite tip/trick is to add sewing to a project. It adds subtle texture and a homespun quality. On many of my projects I feel like the sewing elevates the card/layout from something I like to something that I LOVE. You don't need a fancy sewing machine for this technique - in fact, I actually recommend that you try to find one at a garage sale or thrift store. That way you don't have to worry about sewing over adhesive, or other things that would be of concern if you spent a lot of money on a machine. Also, while a ton of fancy stitches are fun, 99.9% of my paper sewing is done with a straight or zigzag stitch, two stitches that the most basic of sewing machines usually come with, so you really don't have to drop a ton of money to find a machine that will work well for paper crafting.
Here's the supply list for the card I'm sharing today:
Coffee or tea? Tea. And, if it's black tea, always with milk and sugar.
How did you come up with your blog name? Oh my, I set this up so long ago... I think it was just that I wanted a saying that described what I do: "Cut 'n Paste". Then, my byline: "the adventures of a crafty girl" further opened it up so that I could talk about all kinds of different things, art, travel, jewelry design, home design, etc.
Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself! Growing up, my family watched very few 'current' movies. Instead we were raised on Classic Cinema. I think I've seen every Laurel and Hardy movie known to men many times, and my favorite movies tend to be ones no one has heard of: "It Started with Eve" starring Deanna Durbin and "Ball of Fire" starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper are two that I especially love. If you like screwball comedy with a bit of romance those two films are real gems.
Thank you for joining me on this hop today. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Your next stop is the blog of Elena Roussakis. And if you get lost, you can always start again in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom.
Today I'm part of a blog hop welcoming the Catherine Pooler brand of stamping products into Ellen Hutson's store. I had never worked with Catherine's products before being sent some products to work with for this hop and man, what a great introduction it was! Her inks are really juicy and stamp so evenly - I am a fan, and already have my eye on several of her softer colors from the Spring Fling collection. This card gets it's magic by the use of various depths for the elements and the addition of several textures to up the shabby-chic quotient!
To get started, here's supply list for today's card:
First, I used several inks from the Catherine Pooler Zen Garden collection to stamp an assortment of flowers and leaves. I overstamped so that I had a lot of options when it came time to assemble the card. The great thing about doing that, is that I now have a bunch of unused flowers to use for another project.
The heart was free cut from old ledger paper, then sewed onto a white cardstock rectangle. I do this so that at the end I can glue this rectangle onto a card front, thereby hiding the stitching so that it's not visible in the inside of the card. Next I glued a strip of brick patterned paper onto the bottom of the card, and then stamped the 'love' with Stone Blue ink.
The most challenging part of this project was deciding on the placement of the flowers. It took a few minutes of trying a few different things before I settled on the positioning you see here. Some of the flowers were glued directly to the card background, others were placed on 3D pop dots to elevate them a bit.
I tied a piece of cream seam binding into a double bow across the line where the brick patterned paper and the white cardstock met. I then glued the rectanlge card front onto a piece of light blue cardstock so that there was a pretty border along each side of the card front.
The final step was to stamp "sending you" onto a small strip of white cardstock and glue it, using 3D foam adhesives, to the left of the word 'love'. You'll notice that the stamp actually says "sending you a", however, I simply didn't ink the final letter which allowed the greeting to say what I wanted it to say.
Thank you for joining me on this hop today. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Your next stop is the blog of Emily Midgett. And if you get lost, you can always start again in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom.
Happy Valentines Day! Are you spending the day with your sweetheart? Mine is working, so we're going to take a rain check. Instead of sharing a Valentine for my hubby, here's a card I whipped up for one of my galentines. It uses one of my very favorite techniques, watercolor stamping, and combines it with a beautiful, intricate Spellbinders die cut for a soft and shabby-chic style greeting.
If you've never tried watercolor stamping, it is my absolute favorite technique - especially with floral stamps. Simply take your markers, color directly onto your rubber stamp, then holding a water mister about 8 inches away, gently mist it with a few pumps of water and stamp it directly onto cardstock. If you want the colors to run into each other even more, spray more water next time.
For today's card, I stamped directly onto this beautiful Spellbinders Die cut. It is so ornate, that I only needed to add ribbon/button to finish off the look.
Have a wonderful day my friends - may you know that you're loved and appreciated!