Friday, July 12, 2019

Essentials By Ellen July Release Blog Hop - Interactive Submarine


Hello, and welcome to the Essentials By Ellen (EBE) July Release Blog Hop! We're pretty excited that all the new EBE stamp and die sets you may have seen on Instagram this week are finally available to hop into your shopping cart! You may have come from my dear friend Ardyth's blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Adelina


My absolute favorite from this release is the Subbing In set (with coordinating dies) by Brandi Kincaid. It's got the cutest little ocean critters that you can use to build a detailed under-the-sea scene with. The jellyfish in the window of the sub kills me! You get a few corals, some fish, critters, punny sentiments, and of course this adorable submarine. On the bottom of the sea floor I used another new set of dies, the Wave Dies.


To supplement some of the ocean scene, I used the seaweed from Otter Ware, and the tiny school of fish from S'Whale. Love how these sets are all compatible. You might be able to tell from the slight glare on the submarine windows, but I cut out the center of the windows and backed them with some clear acetate.


Because I wanted to make this card interactive, and because I wanted the submarine to appear to be diving down to greater depths in the ocean, I selected a wavy track from the Swing N Slide die set. It really gives the sub a fun motion! Would you like to see?



The cartoonish style of this sub fits with the cartoonish movement of its diving … perfect match!

PRIZES: 

We've got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

I'm happy to send you to the blog of another dear friend of mine, Michele, who I'm sure has something totally creative and clever to share with you! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Kelly



Product List: (affiliate links are used, at no additional cost to you. thanks for your support!)



Swing N Slide By Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies,

Otter Ware By Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

S'Whale by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Aquatini, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Mint To Be, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Green Tea, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint




Monday, July 1, 2019

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Camellia Japonica Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

(if you are looking for the Power Poppy hop, please click here)



Hello and welcome to the debut of another amazing layering flower stamp and coordinating die set from Altenew ... the Camellia Japonica!! You may have come from the talented Mindy Eggen but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.



I really thought the Sunflower Daisy set from the June release was one of the most detailed layered floral sets that I've seen, but now we have this set! 

Before I share the cards I made with this beauty, I'd like to share one big tip:

Stamp in reverse order.

I've had a lot of success lining up the layers in these sets by stamping the last, darkest layer first. Once that small, dark layer is on the cardstock, it's a lot easier to see when you layer the next-to-last stamp on top. It's been so easy, in fact, that I've stopped using the MISTI when stamping these layers.

Have you tried this already (maybe this is old news?!?) or are you anxious to try it out?

Before you head to your stamping table to test this out, here's a look at the cards I created:




Love, love, love! Look at al those layers!! And they all lined up well. I just can't get over how realistic they look!




This die cut floral is layered on top of one of the Nesting Layers dies from the June release. I curved the "you are just" sentiment to follow the curve of the die. Under this die is stamped the triangle pattern from Pattern Power, also from the recent June release.




It seems like I've been gravitating toward the pretty purples for these BAF layering sets, so I wanted to see what I could make with different colors, like these oranges and greens. Yep, love these just as much! To make sure the orange and green flowers compliment each other, I made sure the lightest, large layer is the same yellow color.



The background is blended ink through the Molded Lines Stencil.  




For the sentiment on this card, I didn't want to cover up too much of the florals, so I stamped the first part on a thin piece of white cardstock (that I made wavy with my fingers), and the remainder on a piece of vellum that I wrapped around the card.I thought the embossed gold went well with the yellows and oranges throughout the card. 



Whether they are orange, green or purple, this newest member of the Build-A-Flower family puts a huge smile on my face every time I finish stamping one. I smile because it's so pretty, and because it's so darn easy. A winning combination for sure!


If you're not sure you have enough shades of each ink color for the Build a Flower set, you can also purchase the set with coordinating ink cubes at a 5% discount

Subscription Plan:
There is also a monthly subscription plan for the Build-A-Flower sets! When signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the montly Build-A-Flower releases (which often sell out) and will receive the stamp and coordinating die at a special discounted price ($35.00 -> $29.99). See Altenew site for further details.

Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or the Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win.

We'll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer's blog. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 7/7/2019.

Now I am very happy to send you to the blog of Ashlea Cornell who is going to wow you with her creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you enjoyed your time here, I'd welcome you to follow me on Instagram for all my latest projects!

-Kelly


Supplies Used (with affiliate links where available, at no additional cost to you):

http://shrsl.com/1okgv  

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Power Poppy Blog Hop, Featured at Ellen Hutson



Hello, and welcome to the Power Poppy Blog Hop! We are super excited to help share the new goodies being released today! You may have arrived from the blog of Stacy Morgan, but if not, please feel free to start at the beginning with Allison Cope.



There are so many gorgeously detailed images in this new release, it was difficult to figure out what to start with! I picked this fantasy mushroom scene from the Woodland Carpet set. 


I am definitely not a watercolor expert, so I have to admit to being a little nervous at how this was all going to turn out. But, I believe all the fine details in the stamp help to disguise any shortcomings in how they are colored. I started with the mushrooms, decided on a color scheme, and colored all of those. Then I moved on to the leaves, decided what shades of green/pink to use, and colored all the different leaves, taking care to use similar colors for similar types of leaves. Using this formula, and breaking down the image to similar subjects, really helped me from being overwhelmed and made it pretty easy to color the entire scene.


Love the sentiment which is perfect for friends, family and acquaintances. I put a piece of paper over the image when I was done and added a light color wash and dark green spatters to the bottom to help extend the image to the edge of the panel.



 The next set I picked to work with is the stunning Strong and Beautiful set.


Wow! I was impressed with the level of detail on the Woodland Carpet set, and then when I stamped the main image from this set I was so excited to stamp it again, and again, and again! I thought these gorgeous details would really shine on their own, without being colored. I stamped the larger image twice, and then the smaller flower 1-2 times, and the fern 1-2 times. That's it. 

To finish this card I stamped the sentiment directly on the florals, and colored in the alphas to make them stand out a little more.


Using this same formula, I covered the front of a card base in pink florals. Instead of stamping the sentiment directly on top, I stamped a different sentiment on a smaller white panel of cardstock, and wrapped the bottom with a fun fiber. 




Again with a similar formula, I covered the front of a card with purple florals, only this time I first put a strip of washi tape across the top section of the card. I very lightly brushed some purple ink on the blooms, and on either side of the washi tape. 

After removing the washi tape I stamped a sentiment in the remaining white space. The sentiments that come with this set are so well-designed. Not only are they stylish, but I'm always a fan of open lettering so you can color them depending on your overall design. So many different looks this way!



While everything was out, I spend another few minutes to make a green and blue card in this fashion as well. What a great idea for a set of cards for a teacher, your parents, neighbor, anyone who's hard to buy for, or even for a white elephant gift. Instead of coloring in the letters on these final two cards I embossed them in gold and left the insides of the letters white for a more elegant look.

PRIZES:

We've got fun prizes!!! We are giving away $25 to the EH shop and $25 to the Power Poppy shop! To enter for a chance to win, please follow my blog (if you would like to see more) and make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Two random & lucky commenters will win! Comment before Sunday, July 7th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.
  
Your next stop on this hop is Jennifer Dove who has deliciously real raspberries to share with you (well, she made them look like it, anyway)!

Thanks very much for stopping by! I'd also like to invite you to my Instagram to see more new projects and products from several different companies.
-Kelly




Supplies used (including affiliate links, which I'm so appreciative of any purchases):



Woodland Carpet, Power Poppy Clear Stamps

Strong And Beautiful, Power Poppy Clear Stamps

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint

Green Tea, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

It's A Girl, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Sweet Sixteen, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Mint To Be, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Seafoam, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Life Changing Blender Brush - 4 Piece Broad, Picket Fence Studios (LCB-4)

My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (6-1/8 X 7)

My Sweet Petunia Bar Magnet

Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk



Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hero Arts Hop


Hello! I'm very excited to participate in Ellen Hutson's Hero Arts hop along side some very talented folks! You may have come from Libby Hickson, but if not please feel free to start at the beginning with Adelina Starace.


I was so darn excited to get the adorable Fly High Animals set from Hero Arts ... there's an airplane and a helicopter, as well as three different pilots you can have operating your craft! In addition to that, there are several punny sentiments (which I just love), and some extras like clouds and stars for your scene-building pleasure.


For this card I cut some cloud shapes from copy paper (two different shapes, and then turned the paper over to get an additional two cloud shapes) and blended ink on top of my homemade mask.


The plane and cat pilot were colored with copics and highlighted with a white gel pen.


I added a few sequins behind the plane to stand in for some puffs of exhaust from the plane (is that even a thing anymore?! hahaha). A very simple one layer card, which I haven't made in quite some time. But when the illustrations are as adorable as these, you really don't need much "fancy" going on. Just some good, old-fashioned card making!


SALE ALERT:
There's a 25% off sale on all Hero Arts items going on at Ellen Hutson now ... whoo hoo!!! What stamps, dies, sequins or inks have you had your eye on?


PRIZES:

You can win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Ellen Hutson shop! Winners will be drawn from commenters along the blog hop so make sure to comment at each stop before Friday, June 28th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Your next stop along this hop is the lovely Julee Tilman!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
-Kelly


Supplies Used (affiliate links used, with my thanks, at no cost to you):




Fly High Animals, Hero Arts Clear Stamps

Something Borrowed, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Flirty Fuchsia, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White

My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (6-1/8 X 7)

Life Changing Blender Brush - 4 Piece Broad, Picket Fence Studios (LCB-4)

Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk