Ellen Hutson’s December Pinsights Challenge….

Hi friends!  Happy 2017!!!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas season and a safe New Year’s. I am excited to show you some of the new Stampin’Up goodies, but as I await the said goodies from my UPS man, I want to share my PinSight’s entry with you.

Check out this AMAZING Pin board created by Laurel Beard for Ellen Hutson!  Just stunning. There are so many inspirational elements in this board!  I chose to focus on the red and white…such a stunning combo!


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And here is what I came up with…..


Super simple, but high impact because of the red on white!!!  Chrysanthemums are from the Thankful set from Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, and the Sentiment is from the Hello Gorgeous set also from Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson.

I stamped the flowers in Momento  on a 3 1/4 x 5 inch panel and colored them with Copic markers.  I stamped an extra flower on a scratch piece of cardstock and colored it with the exact same colors.  I used the coordinating Thankful die set to cut out the extra floral image and adhered it to one of the flowers with dimensionals. The sentiment is gold embossed as is the edge of the panel.  I achieved this gold edging by first skimming the edge of the paper on to my VersaMark ink pad and then using WOW  Metallic Gold Rich Ultra High embossing powder.  The Ultra High embossing powder adds a beautiful, thick and rich shine. A little trick to using this embossing powder – since the embossing flakes are large, be sure to apply the heat from the bottom of the paper.  That will prevent the flakes from flying off your paper and going everywhere.  ASK ME HOW I KNOW!….lol


For my final touches to the panel, I added gold flecks all over and added my favorite Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I also used my trusty gold gel pen to fill in the center of the flowers. Once the panel was completely dry, I adhered it to a Woodgrain cardstock from Ellen Hutson.  

The effect is awesome.  Thank you Laurel Beard and Ellen Hutson for another wonderfully inspiring year!!

See you again soon!!!  Hopefully my Stampin’Up goodies will show up soon so I can show you how those watercolor pencils work.

Until then….

Have a blessed day.




New Year’s Preview

Hello friends!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas!  As I am out on break at the moment, I thought I would share some of Stampin’Up’s upcoming goodies for the new year.  I will be using these products in the next few videos.




I am so excited to do some projects with these new products.

Until then, take care and have a safe and joyous New Year.  See you in 2017!!!




Hi There, Tuesday!!

Hello again to another beautiful Tuesday.  I decided to take a little break from Christmas cards today and feature this cute little bear from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp set and matching dies. This little ray of sunshine is 4 x 4…small but adorable.

The flower is from the Gourd-Jus die set, also by Ellen Hutson. Both sets were designed by the amazingly talented Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson. You rock, JE!!!


Is this little guy adorable, or what?? The bear die from this set is a solid die so I die cut him out of watercolor paper first and then I stamped the image on top of it.  I used Distress inks to color him. Notice how the die cuts out his arms and hands?  Genius.

I then die cut “gourd-jus” flower from water color paper and again used distress inks to color it.

Once everything was dry, I adhered them just so, onto a stitched square panel made from Neena Solar White card stock and Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares die set.  I white embossed the sentiment, also from the All Inside stamp set, onto a scrap of black cardstock and added it to my panel. Then of course, since I just can’t help myself, I added some Black Soot Distress Paint splatters.

I adhered it all to a 4 x 4 Neena Solar White card base and then added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

I love this little guy.  He makes me happy. Enter enthusiastic clapping here!

Well…back to my Christmas preparations.  Our daughter comes home from college for the Christmas holiday this Saturday and we are bustling with excitement. Can’t wait to see that girl!!

How is your holiday prep going???  Chime in and let me know!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day,






It IS the “most wonderful time of the year”!!!

Hello, friends!  Thank you for popping in this Tuesday!

Today’s card is so easy, I made it in less than seven minutes.  Seriously. Ok…maybe fifteen minutes if you count the drying time.  Drying time???  VERY important when you are using Stickles or Glossy accents.  Ask me how I know!!? lololol



The gorgeous sentiment is from Ellen Hutson’s Holly Jolly Stamp set, embossed in Gold. The pines surrounding the sentiment is from another Ellen Hutson set, Christmas Scribbles.  Just draw in some red berries, and BAM…”Bob’s your Uncle”!  Does anyone really know what that means???  Hmmmmmmm…..

After gold embossing the sentiment, I repeatedly stamped the branch (is that what it’s called?) with Stampin’Up’s Old Olive, re-inking only after stamping the image twice. After I stamped enough to just the way I liked it, I drew in the berries with Stampin’Up’s Real Red marker. Then I took some gold watercolor and splattered it on the panel to add just another bit of dimension and shimmer.

I cut down the panel 1/4 inch all around and adhered it to some Stampin’Up Crumb Cake card stock.  

Anyway…as with many of my simple design cards, the fun is in the details. Here is a closer look…..


Notice all the gold glow?  Notice the Stickles around the perimeter? Notice the glossy accents on the berries??  SO SO SO fun!!  All these little extra elements give the card lots of dimension and make it that much more special.  AND….there is very little bulk so you don’t need extra postage!  That is truly a bonus when you are sending out a huge stack of Christmas cards.

I added a bead of Ranger Stickles in Gold all around the perimeter of the main panel and then added Glossy Accents to all the berries.  Then I WAITED for it all to dry.  VERY important to give it at least 15 minutes for all the elements to dry before touching it.  Trust me! LOLOL

Hope this inspires you to craft today. I truly hope that this IS the “most wonderful time of the year” for all!






More Snowy Fun

Hello, Tuesday!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I discovered an AMAZING stamper/blogger this weekend. Her name is Julia and her German blog is called derkleineklecks.blogspot.ch. I was so captivated by her use of texture, layout, and color. It inspired me to create this card.


I used a woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin’Up! to create the white card base.  I cut out the star using the Star Framelits from Stampin’Up to create the “peep-hole”.

I then created the starry background using distress inks on Neena Solar White cardstock.  Once I had the distress inks blended to just how I like it, I splattered it with water to create those cool watermarks. I then created the stars (or snow ) with a white gel pen.

I mounted the woodgrain panel onto the distress ink panel with foam mounting tape.

I houses were cut from SU Crumb Cake cardstock using Ellen Hutson’s Home and Hearth die set. I used my white gel pen to add a little snow to their rooftops.  I adhered the houses on a scrap piece of embroidered ribbon I had in my stash.

The word  Peace was cut from SU Real Red cardstock using SU Christmas Greeting Thinlits. I cut it three times and layered them all together to create a super dimensional sentiment.  The “on earth” is from Ellen Hutson’s Brushstroke Christmas stamp set, white embossed on black cardstock.

I put all those great pieces together and then mounted the whole scene on a SU Crumb Cake card base.

Then of course I had to embellish with a clean and crisp candy cane stripe ribbon, some glitter on the rooftops and around the star, and some Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins.  I have to say that these sequins are my absolute GO TO sequins!  They come in different sizes and gives my projects just the perfect sparkle. I have a big bag of them and can never get enough.

Check out all the great detail and texture all of these elements can create all together…



So fun and so….well…”peaceful”.  lol.

Hope you all check out Julia’s blog. It’s in German but there is a “Translate” button on the right margin. She is fabulous and I know you will fall in love with her.

Thank you for visiting me today. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed day. 



Snowy Fun with Purple Onion

Living in Colorado Springs, CO, one must get used to “bi-polar” weather.  Yesterday it was in the 60s, today it’s 41 degrees!!  Not even kidding!  We are still waiting for our first really good snowfall here on the farm.  Therefore, I am relegated to my craftroom  to make my own snowy fun!



This adorable penguin is the Walter stamp from Purple Onion Designs and so is the Sled. The Be Merry sentiment is from the Winter Big Scripty Words stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

I kept the design very simple, but added fun little details to make it special. And that white background just makes everything pop.

First, I created the snowy background on Neena Solar White cardstock using Wendi Vechi’s embossing paste on Simon Says Stamp’s Falling Snow stencil.  This is one of my absolute favorite ways to add high dimension snowfall.  I used the same technique here. Be sure to wait for the paste to completely dry before touching the panel or you will end up with a big mess. Ask me how I know! lol

Once the paste was dry, I cut it to size with Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle Die set. Then, to add a little more color and interest, I stapled some scrap red stripe ribbon on its corner.

I created the hillside with Mama Elephant’s Landscape Trio Die and stamped Be Merry with Real Red from Stampin’ Up!.

I stamped Walter and the sled in Momento Tuxedo black ink (because it works best with Copic Markers) on some scrap Neena Solar White cardstock and then had fun coloring them in. I fussy cut them out and adhered Walter onto the sled.

I adhered Walter and sled onto the hillside and then glued the hillside to the snowy background panel. I then adhered the entire panel onto an folded A2 sized cardbase.

I added all my fine details last because it’s much easier to do it after everything was put together. I added glossy accents to Walter’s bill, brushed Clear Wink of Stella on his cap , added a dusting of glitter on the hilltop and used white gel-pen to add the stripes on Walter’s hat. The final touch?….that mini pom-pom!!  I just love love that pom-pom!!

Here is what it all looks like up-close…



Warning..As awesome as this little pom-pom is, the post office may not love it so much. Little details on a card like this can cause a bit of havoc on their sorting machine so be sure to go up to the counter and ask for “hand sort”. It may cost a little extra, but worth it if you don’t want your card to be delayed in the mail and it’s envelope chewed. Again,  ask me how I know! LOL Just something to think about when adding dimensionals, sequins and other embelishments to your cards.

Well, thanks so much for visiting me today.  Now, I am going to make myself some hot cocoa with marshmallows. Maybe that will prompt some real snowfall here in Colorado Springs!  Have a wonderful, and blessed day.



Holiday Photo Card Blog Hop!!!


WOW!!  It is such an honor to be a part of this blog hop today!  LiveLoveCards has inspired me from the very beginning of  my card crafting journey just three years ago, so I cannot tell you what a special moment this is for me. Thanks Darlene for all your support and encouragement (enter hug here)!

PLUS, I have the opportunity to give away some amazing prizes which I will tell you more about at the end of my post. So that makes it a DOUBLE honor for me!

When I heard this was a “Holiday PhotoCard” hop, I had to do a little dance because it involves two of my most favorite things….Christmas and family photos.  I love love love getting those pictures of my family and friends every year so I just had to create two designs!  I decided to make my cards very  clean and simple so that I can mass produce them easily. They are also regular A2 size cards so I didn’t have to worry about finding special envelopes for them.




I created the eye-popping red card bases with my Misti, using the Diagonal Stripes background stamp from Simon Says Stamp. It was so easy, that of course I had to make a stack of these versatile background stripes for future use.  Candy cane, anyone??  lol



So now that’s done, lets start with my  Christmas Blessings Card….


I cut the red striped card panel to a  regular A2 size, 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″.  I then made the top panel using a stripe stencil and Olive Green Ink applied with a roller.  I cut that green stripe panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle dies. The largest size die in that set cuts your panel to jsut the perfect size to show off that red stripe!!

Then I cut my photo with Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Square dies.  I wanted an inset look to my card so I used that same square die and cut the green striped panel right where my card will go. Using the same square die will assure that my picture fits perfectly into that spot.. It doesn’t show too well in my pics here, but that  created a cool, double stitched look for my card. After that I stamped my sentiment from  Stampin’ Up’s Christmas Pines set.  I created our family name using Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s Alphabet.

Now to my Holly Jolly Christmas photo card…


Seriously….SOOOOOO simple!  I used the same technique as my first card, using SSS stitched rectangle and square dies to cut my white panel and my photo.  I stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson’s Holly Jolly stamp set in Momento Black Tuxedo ink and the stars from the same set in Gold Delicata Ink.  I hand drew the star above the sentiment and the heart and our name below the sentiment with Sakura Pigma Micron black pen.  Then I adhered it all to another one of my awesome red stripe background and voila….done!

So now for the giveaway.  CHECK OUT THESE FABULOUS SPONSORS!!


Here are the prizes up for grabs….

Winners will be selected at random from the comments left on each blog hop stop so leave me a comment and cross your fingers!  Be sure to leave a comment on each stop to increase your chances to win!  Leave your comments by Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 11:59pm CT.  Nine winners will be announced on LiveLoveCards on Wednesday, November 23rd, just in time for Black Friday. SAY WHAT?!!

Well, thank so much for “hopping by”. Hope this hop inspires you to create your own holiday photo cards this Holiday Season! And don’t forget to like and follow too 😀💕😀💕.

LiveLoveCards – http://www.livelovecards.com/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop-with-lots-of-prizes

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Caly Person – https://craftincaly.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop

My Sweet Petunia – http://blog.mysweetpetunia.com/2016/11/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop.html

Ellen Hutson – http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/2016/11/diagonal-window-photo-card-holiday-photo-card-blog-hop.html

Kelly Griglione – http://notablenest.blogspot.com/2016/11/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop.html

Altenew – http://altenewblog.com/2016/11/16/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop/

Cassie Tezak – https://creativelycass.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop

Paper Smooches – http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/11/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop_18.html

Francine Vuillème – http://www.1001cartes.ch/2016/11/holiday-photo-card-blog-hop.html

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