Monday, July 20, 2020

Avery Elle Summer of Stamping Blog Hop

Hello Friends, and welcome to the Ellen Hutson Summer of Stamping blog hop, featuring the exclusive Peek-a-Boo Pals Camp Wanna Stamp set from Avery Elle that I've used to make an interactive light-up card! You may have come from the blog of Heather Campbell, but if not feel free to start at the very beginning with the EH Blog.

Just like my last light-up card of the fox who got too close to the fire (and burnt the marshmallow for his s'more), there is a story for this card as well. Fox and Bear are friends who start out fishing together, but they have so much fun they lose track of time, and day has turned to night. As they paddle back to shore, the bear turns his lantern on, but the fox is chuckling because the stars are already lighting their way back home.

So with all that in mind, when you move the canoe to the left (aka, back to shore) the bear's lantern turns on!

Here are the mechanics under the card. The canoe is adhered to the white slider that has copper tape on the bottom. There is also a gap in the copper tape on the bottom of the white card base. When the canoe slides, the copper tape on the slider will bridge the gap and turn the lantern on.

This set is so cute with four different critters, canoe, and all sorts of camping gear. The stars are embossed across the sky. To break it up a bit I colored some of the stars with a light blue copic marker.

I used the Essentials by Ellen Constellation Background Die, and think it really helps break up all the navy blue area that would have been plain sky.

One thing to note, when I was originally planning this card, I was careful to think about the sliding mechanism, and where the cut out on the navy cardstock would be that allows the light to show thru for the lantern. It was important for me to have the cut out hidden for most of the time, until the lantern was moved right over it. Otherwise, a hole in the middle of the card wouldn't look terribly attractive. Hiding the cut out behind the bear worked out really well.

Here's a good shot of the lantern without the lights on. I stamped the lantern on vellum, and then added cardstock for the top and bottom. The flame on the vellum is colored with orange and yellow.

This was a fun card to put together. I like when sets come with a lot of accessories, like the fishing pole and fish. I feel I have more options, so I don't always have to use a canoe scene, and could just have a scene with someone fishing.

Here's a quick video showing the lantern turning on! My battery is not the best, which explains the flickering. I was going to change it, but then realized this is the perfect depiction of a flickering lantern!

This set is only available at Ellen Hutson as a stamp only set or as a stamp and die combo set. This set also coordinates with other Peek a Boo Pals sets in the Avery Elle line, so you can add to your collection.

Hop Prize Info
We're happy to offer a fun prize along this hop! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! And don’t forget to comment here too for a bonus entry! Comment before Saturday, July 25th at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email.

Please continue the festivities at the lovely and talented Katie Gehring's blog, where I know she has something fabulous to share!

Thanks so much for stopping!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Free Stamp Set with Purchase! Ellen Hutson Summer of Stamping - Better Days Ahead

Hello Friends! Are you looking for a stamp set that makes you happy, it a little different than others on the market, has a nice mix of sentiments/fonts, and doesn't require a large investment in time to create with? I think this new Better Days Ahead may be it! And it's FREE WITH PURCHASE at Ellen Hutson thru this Sunday (7/19)!

I love that the solid rainbow stripes are all separate so you can easily build your rainbow, and it's slightly irregular for a more quirky/custom look. Slightly irregular ALSO MEANS you don't have to carefully line each layer up! Awesome! That's what makes it come together so quickly.

Also appreciate that the second largest layer of the rainbow is dotted instead of solid. Such a smart design decision!! I'm really happy with how it breaks up the rainbow and makes it more interesting. The Essentials by Ellen Cloud Dies are the perfect size to pair with this rainbow, and the perfect size to put the small "smile" sentiment.

I'm such a sucker for good fonts, and I love that there are such a mix of fonts (these two, and a small typewriter font) included with the rainbow. Unfortunately, I have already given this card away. One of my good friends has just been hospitalized with Covid-induced pneumonia. Our town has made the news recently for being a hot spot and it's very scary. Big hugs to all of you, and I hope you are weathering this storm.

Here are the details for getting this full-sized set free with purchase:
  • Spend $100 or more July 15-19 and receive Better Days Ahead for free
  • “$100-or-more” total is calculated after discounts are applied, and before tax and shipping are added
  • While supplies last
  • Not valid on previous purchases
  • Unable to combine orders

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you're looking for a thing to two to put you over the $100 mark I've compiled a list of some of my favorite supplies at this moment!

Breezy Bouquet, Altenew Clear Stamps

Sentiment Strips, Altenew Clear Stamps

Totally Random Sayings Vol. 3 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

All Inside by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

All Inside by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Landscapes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint

White LED Circuit Stickers - 30 pk (675346), Chibitronics

Bluish Gold, Gansai Tambi Single Color

Gold, Gansai Tambi Single Color

Stamp Shammy, Lawn Fawn

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Altenew Mini Stamp Set - Travel Basics

Hi Friends! I've got a quick card to share with you from a new mini set by Altenew.

The Travel Basics set is a nod to scrapbooking sets, but also makes a great addition to the backgrounds of cards. Especially when your card sentiment relates to "sending hugs," "sending love," "sending cheer," or anything else you want to send your recipient.

That little airplane just kills me!! Could it be any sweeter?! Here's it's paired with the layered Bulid A Flower Canterbury Bells, which is an awesome long flower for filling a card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies used (affiliate links used, thanks so much for your support!)

Travel Basics

Canterburry Bells
Canterbury Bells

Friday, June 12, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio June 2020 Pop Out Stamp and Die Release Blog Hop

Hello Friends! I am so thrilled to take part in the June Pinkfresh Blog Hop celebrating the release of their new set of Pop Out stamps and dies! These are so darn cool ... the pieces of the cling stamp actually POP OUT, as you may guess from the name and/or picture, which allows you to be super flexible with your designs.

You may have come from the blog of Kay Miller, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Pinkfresh Blog!

With everyone being at home since mid March, I haven't had a lot of time to craft, so this was one of my first times back in my craft room. It felt amazing! And I sure had fun playing with these new products. Let's take a look ...

When I finished stamping the Pop Out Sunburst I literally said to myself "HELLO" ... so that's the inspiration for the sentiment right there! I wasn't sure how these pop outs would work at first, but you really just pop them out from the frame and stamp the ones you want. I had the whole set on my Misti, removed half the sections, inked the remaining sections with yellow, and stamped. Then I put those sections back on the Misti, took out the sections I had just stamped, inked those with orange, and stamped again.

Just a few minutes and I was done with this card! The pop outs make it so easy to do something that would have taken a lot of thought and fiddling with a "normal" stamp.

This card uses the Pop Out Sunburst Die in a gold glitter paper to layer over a similar die from a release last year, the Radiating Background Die. These two dies are a match made in heaven! They compliment each other so well, with the scored sun rays on the bottom.

With the Intricate Mandala die medallion in the center, it reminds me of a stained glass window, so I thought this would make a perfect sympathy card (always hard for me to make) with the addition of a "prayers" sentiment from Phrase Builder.

The "middle's" from the prior card, all the sunbursts, were adhered onto this card base. I wasn't sure what to do with this one until the very end when I was cleaning everything up. I had an extra hexagon die frame on my desk (these are coming up) and loved the look of it layered on top.

It makes a nice focal point on the card, and a perfect spot to put the flowers and sentiment.

Another really neat card from this set is the Pop Out Hexagons Cling Stamp set! You stamp the hexagon grid (in black here) and then go to town picking what you want to stamp inside each hexagon shape. For this card I used the solid hexagon and stamped several cool colors in a striped pattern to make a masculine birthday card. Clean and crisp! This sentiment also comes with the set.

Of course I wanted to see what a feminine birthday card would look like, so I picked some warm colors and stamped several solids in a random pattern. A few of the hexagons are stamped with a floral image, also included in this set.

The possibilities are endless!

Same card, two different looks.

Wanting to see what the other patterns looked like, I started another card with the same masculine colors.

It kind of looked like a quilt with different fabric pieces! Because of this comforting quilt vibe, I turned it into another sympathy card. Love that this is different from a typical sympathy card.

Breaking out of the grid, literally, I tried another card with just stamping random hexagons in different colors and patterns. The possibilities really are limitless here!

This card also came from cleaning up. I had to cut another white hexagon for the prior card (to hide a stamping error, shhh!!) so I just used a small rectangle of cardstock. As I was sweeping away the scraps, I thought this little piece would make a great frame for something on a card.

So I filled it with some leftover floral dies in the top frame, and the bottom frame has one of the flowers that comes in this set, and the coordinating floral die. Fun!

My final card is a soccer ball! In the grass, ha! Couldn't be easier to make, as you just piece in the different black and white hexagons. Love that this is a totally different look from the other cards, showing just how flexible these hexagons can be.

Such a great card for boys!

Hope you enjoyed all the cards using only TWO of the new sets from this release:
- Pop Out Sunburst Stamp and Die; and
- Pop Out Hexagons Stamp and Die.

Happily, there happen to be a few fun promotions going on right now! The first is getting this adorable die cut above for free with a $25 purchase. No need to do anything special, it will automatically load into your cart. Easy!

The second is free US shipping or discounted international shipping! Please see above for the codes to activate these sales. AND ...


The FULL RELEASE will be given away on the Pinkfresh blog, IG feed & YouTube channel!! I am also giving away a $25 gift card on this blog post (along with everyone else on this hop!) Please comment below for a chance to win. The winner will be chosen on June 19, 2020 on the GIVEAWAY PAGE. You must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. Good luck!

Now I am happy to send you along to the blog of another Kelly, Kelly Lunceford, who will wow you with her projects!
Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks so much for your support!):

Pop Out Hexagons Cling Stamp
Simply Hexagons Die

Pop Out Hexagons Floral Bunches Die Set
Pop Out Sunburst Cling Stamp
Pop Out Sunburst Die

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