Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Release Hop

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing a few of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!

I am so excited that I get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 16th!

There is also a fantastic Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 19th!

My first project was made using the new Bed of Roses die paired with a flower images from the Wild Garden set. The frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates set.

KC Essentials By Ellen Bed of Roses 1 right

I started by cutting the rose background and the frame. I applied double stick tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the rose die cut.  Next I applied thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame as well as on the back of a few key flowers and attached it to the card base.

KC Essentials By Ellen Bed of Roses 1 center[4]

I crimped a piece of white cardstock and attached it to the pink layer and attached it to the front of frame.  I cut the flower and laid it over a piece of white cardstock and lightly traced around the flower with a pencil.  I used the traced line to cut out the white background and attached it behind the flower with rolled up double stick tape.  I cut a few sections of another of the open flowers in the Wild Garden set and attached it to the crimped section with glossy accents to create a foliage background.  I finished by attaching the flower over the foliage using glossy accents.

KC Essentials By Ellen Bed of Roses 1 left

My second project was made using the Mondo Hydrangea stamp set and Mondo Hydrangea die set. The scalloped background layer was made using the Scalloped Rectangle Stackables die set.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 2 right

I stamped the leaves using Peeled Paint distress ink and then watercolored the leaf using my waterbrush and reinker.  I painted the green wash outside the line of the leaves all the way around to create a green border so when I die cut the leaves there wouldn’t be a white edge showing. I repeated the same technique to stamp and watercolor the flowers. I stamped the flowers using Chipped Sapphire and lightly watercolored the blue to till in the flowers as well as creating a border outside the flower.  I then lightly washed Spun Sugar reinker over the blue flowers and borders to create the variegated  appearance of a blue and pink hydrangea. I heat dried the leaves and flowers and prepared to cut them out.  I lined up the open die over the stamped images and ran them through my Big Shot.  Both the leaf and flower line up easily to get a perfect cut. Painting slightly out of the stamped lines as I described above eliminated the white cut borders.  I finished all the flowers and leaves by applying versa to them and then embossing with clear embossing powder.  This step really made the colors pop.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 2 center

I formed the flowers lightly using my stylus and molding pad and then attached them to the large hydrangea base using glossy accents. The large flower as was attached to the card base using mounting tape.  The leaves were lightly rolled in my fingers to form and were then tucked in under the large flower and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding a simple white multi loop bow.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 2 left

If you are following the designer hop list from the CLASSroom you would have arrived here from Heather Campbell’s blog and your next stop from here will be Kimberly Crawford’s blog . If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers. 

I hope you enjoy the hop and all the wonderful projects made with Julie’s new release sets.

Both cards are 5.50” x 4.25”


Peter Cottontail in the Easter Garden

Good Monday morning.  I made the frame q while back for another project but ended up not using it.  I thought it was the perfect size to frame a garden scene featuring the new Memory Box Peter Cottontail die.  I created the garden around Peter using the  My Favorite Things Leafy Greenery set, the tiny flowers from the Impression Obsession Hydrangea Set and  Small Grass Border and the Memory Box Butterfly Delights set. The frame was made using the Nesting Card Templates and All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2

I started by coloring the bunny using Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs distress inks and mini applicators. Check out my coloring die cut animals tutorial if you would like to see a few step by step photos of how I colored Peter.  TI attached the white scalloped frame over top of the opening of the green gram with double stick tape.  I attached the grass border to the back of the frame using double stick tape, attached thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame and then attached it to the card base.

KC Memory Box Peter Cottontail 1 right

I applied a double layer of mounting tape to the back of Peter and placed him in behind the grass and attached to the card base.  I cut all of the greenery pieces in the set and tucked them in behind the grass border with glossy accents and filled in all around the bunny. Have you checked out the new MFT Leafy Greenery?  If you like making floral projects on your cards you will definitely want to get this set.  All the different pieces reminds me of the foliage my mother used in her flower shop. It’s a great set to have and the foliage is the perfect size for flower arrangements on card fronts.

KC Memory Box Peter Cottontail 1 center

I formed the little colorful hydrangea flowers, assembled them with glossy accents and attached them all around the scene using glossy accents.  I cut the butterflies in the same colors as the flowers and attached them around the scene with glossy accents.

KC Memory Box Peter Cottontail 1 close

Here’s a closer view to show the dimension and the tiny flowers.The tiny  single hydrangea flowers are just as cute standing alone as they are assembled in mass hydrangea flower.

KC Memory Box Peter Cottontail 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Spring Flower Garden

Good Sunday morning. I have more spring flowers to share with you today. I was browsing through my stash of dies for flower inspiration and ran across the Marianne Designs Anja’s Flowers set.  I’ve had it for quite a while but have only used it once.  I used it for my project today and paired it with flowers from the Impression Obsession Spring Wreath and Memory Box Butterfly Delights.

KC Marianne Designs Anja's Flowers 2 left

I cut a few sets of the flowers, formed them using my stylus and molding pad from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit , assembled them using glossy accents and I attached them to the flower border background using glossy accents.

 KC Marianne Designs Anja's Flowers 2 center

I applied mounting tape to the back of both the flower border and decorative border and attached to the card base.  I applied rolled up glue dots to  the back of a few key flowers to hold the whole floral section in place. I added a few tiny butterflies to bring another element of interest.

KC Marianne Designs Anja's Flowers 2 close

Here’s a close up side view to show the dimension of the flower garden and border.

KC Marianne Designs Anja's Flowers 2 righty

I thought you may enjoy seeing the first colorful spring project I did using the Anja’s Flowers paired with the Impression Obsession Bunch of Blossoms, Butterfly Set, Large Fence and Tiny Flowers.  

KC Marianne Designs Anja's Flowers 1 right

Here is a link to my Flower Garden and Butterflies blog post  if you would like to out the details about how I made this project. I linked the dies and cardstock that I used on both cards below.  Note the pink cardstock is no longer available.  If I had to chose a favorite between the two cards I would have to go for the bright pink, purple and yellow flowers and butterflies but I really like them both.

KC MArianne Designs Anja's Flowers 1 left

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Framed Mini Flowers

Good Saturday morning.  I am in a spring mood and wanted to create a flower project using my favorite flower color combination.  The flowers and inner frame was made using Susan’s Garden Patch 1 Inch Mini Daisy and Chrysanthemum.  The purple mat was made using the My Favorite Things Pierced Square Frames and the outer frame layer was made using Spellbinders Classic Squares.

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

The frames were cut and layered together with double stick tape.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and then attached it to the card base.  I have to fess up that I had a hard time getting my frames to attach perfectly straight so the mats are a little crooked.

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

I cut nine sets of the three layered flower in purple and nine of the largest flower in green for the base of each flower. I placed all the flowers face down on the molding pad and rounded and formed them using a light rolling motion. Then I turned them over and pushed down on the center of each flower with the small ball end of the leaf tool. I assembled and attached all the flower sections together with glossy accent.  I used a 1/8” circle punch to punch out the tiny yellow flower centers, formed them with the stylus and attached them in the flower using glossy accents. The flowers were attached to the card base with glossy accents.

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

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

Card size:  5 Inch Square


Easter Cutout Silhouette in the CLASSroom

Good Wednesday morning.  I would like to invite you to join me in the CLASSroom for my Easter Cutout Silhouette scene and step by step tutorial.

KC Easter Cutout right 

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