Fun, Fast and Easy with Julie’s All Inside and Up the Happy

Good Sunday morning.  I had fun playing with Julie’s newly released All Inside and Up The Happy coordinating stamp and die sets.  Both of these cards were fast, easy, clean and simple.  I don't often use sentiments on my projects but both of these sets have sentiments that are perfect to be the main focal point and simply embellished with the die cut images. I used the same basic layout for both cards layering white on white that allows the colorful layer and die cut images to pop.  I am so in tune to making projects with lots of layers and tiny details so I had to keep reminding myself that less can be more.  LOL!

KC Essentials by Ellen All Inside 2 right

The sentiment on both cards were stamped on the scalloped with black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sun was stamped on yellow cardstock and embossed.

KC Essentials by Ellen All Inside 2 center

The white scalloped layers were attached to the colored layers with thin strips of mounting tape.

KC Essentials by Ellen All Inside 2 left

Both colored layers were then attached to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  I think the multi layers add dimension and interest to the simple cards.

KC Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy 1 righty

I die cut the sun and balloons, applied Cosmic Shimmer glue with my fingers and applied crystal clear glitter and set aside for minute to dry.

KC Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy 1 center

I tied the metallic string around the bottom of the balloons.   The sun and balloons were attached to the sentiment layer with mounting tape. I tied a small bow around the balloon strings and secure them in place with a tiny glue dot.

KC Essentials by Ellen Up the Happy 1 left

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy your day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Art Impressions Watercolor Scene

Good Saturday morning.  Have you had the opportunity to play with the Art Impressions watercolor stamp sets?  My project today was made using the Foliage Set 4051 and Flower Set 4052.  I used the Impression Obsession Solid Tree set. I had a good time this morning using some of the watercolor techniques that I learned early on in my paper crafting experience.  I love creating scenes and although I do mostly die cut dimensional scenes I still enjoy playing with ink and brushes.

KC Art Impressions Lower Foliage Sets 1 right

I started my scene by stamping the tree using light brown ink to give me a faint outline of the tree.  I filled in the top part of the tree with green ink and a ground grass stamp from the foliage set.  I used a darker brown ink and brush to add a few faint branches in the leaves. I then used my damp brush to lightly touch the leaf area to soften.

KC Art Impressions Lower Foliage Sets 1 center

I used the grass stamp and green ink to add a ground base for the tree and then used a couple of the taller foliage stems to fill in around the tree trunk. I used three different stamp images from the flower set along with bright yellow, pink and purple inks to create the flower garden. The bright yellow and purple flowers don’t show as well in the photo as the bright pink. I used my damp brush to soften the grass and flowers. I light filled in the tree trunk with my brush and darker brown ink.  I did this after I finished adding the flowers so it would make the trunk appear to be behind all the flowers. I finished the scene by lightly sponging a light blue background around the tree and flowers. 

KC Art Impressions Lower Foliage Sets 1 left

I have a couple more of the Art Impression watercolor sets ordered and hope they arrive today. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

 


Clean and Simple Hydrangea

Good Thursday morning.  I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful stamp and die sets in Julie’s new Essentials By Ellen release.  I loved the coordinating Mondo Hydrangea stamp and die and played around with it a bit when I was working on my projects for the release blog hop.  I had stamped several different versions of the flower and leaves before finishing my final version for my post on Tuesday.  I thought the cream flower and leaves looked so pretty against the dark blue background.

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 1 right

I stamped the flower and leaves on watercolor paper using chipped sapphire ink,  embossed with clear embossing powder and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I cut the frame using the Nesting Card Templates, applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back and attached to the blue and cream card base.  The flower was set in place and attached to the card base using mounting tape.  The leaves were lightly rolled in my fingers to form and were tucked in under the hydrangea and attached with glossy accents. I finished by adding the simple dark blue bow.  The vanilla cardstock and natural white watercolor paper match almost perfectly but in my photos the flower and leaves looks much whiter than the frame and card base. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea 1 left

Have you had a chance to check out all of Julie’s new Essentials by Ellen stamps and die sets?  Julie has created so many fun stamps and coordinating dies along with a gorgeous back die and stand alone sentiment dies.  I have added links to the whole release below to make it easy for you to find.

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

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


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”