Thursday, April 2, 2020

Altenew 6th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

Hi Friends! I am very honored to help Altenew celebrate its sixth birthday this week! In light of these trying times, there was consideration to cancel the celebrations, but Altenew thought this could also be an opportunity to spread a little joy to those who are looking for it. You might want to check out Altenew's video with their efforts to help support relief organizations on the front lines. Just one more reason to love this heartfelt and amazing company!

You may have arrived from the blog of Nicole Picadura, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Blog

This birthday card is for Altenew with my favorite Build-a-Flower set, the Sunflower Daisy. Instead of 6 candles to celebrate, there are 6 beautiful flowers! With this tall card, I wanted to create the feeling of a garden gate with all the flowers spilling over it.

Here's a peek at how it came together. On the base I stamped the Pen Sketch Mandala set in green for the foliage that you'd see behind the gate. The bottom of the card is filled in with the circular center stamp. I didn't care so much that the images overlap since it's not noticeable once the gate is layered on top.

The gate was made with plain white strips of paper. I cut the corners on the top of the strips, and laid several strips next to each other. Then I adhered two strips of paper horizontally to hold all the strips in place, much like an actual gate. The longer diagonal strip is just the right size to hold the sentiment.

The real star of this card, however, are these gorgeous layered sunflowers! The Sunflower Daisy set is probably my favorite Build-a-Flower due to its amazing realism, and uncomplicated layering. There's no other set like this in my collection.

The other nice thing is this set comes with a lot of great leaf options. There's one main layered leaf cluster which I've used a few times, and then there are a few different solid leaf clusters to mix things up. I've actually cut many sets of these solid leaves and use them with other projects when I need to break up the flowers.

These flowers just make me happy  : ) Like the leaf clusters, I made a bunch of the flowers when I first got the set and have a stack of them ready to use on my desk.

I played around with where to put the sentiment for awhile before I finally realized it would fit perfectly on the gate. It's nice to try and incorporate the sentiment with your design when possible. I ended up layering a thinner strip on top to allow the sentiment to stand out a little more.

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Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by 4/12/2020 for a chance to win one of 37 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with "Hi from (city or country where you're from)!". 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs in this hop and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/18/2020.

Your next stop on this Anniversary blog hop is CiLi in Papers!

Thanks so much for stopping by! All my best wishes for the safety of you and your family!

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

BAF Sunflower Daisy

Pen Sketch Mandala

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Torch Ginger Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi Friends! I'm pleased to be a part of the Altenew Build-a-Flower blog hop for April, featuring the lovely layered Torch Ginger flower and die set! You may have come from the blog of Maryam Perez, but if not, feel free to start at the beginning with the Altenew Card Blog.

BAF Torch Ginger

This month's beauty has no less than five layers, if you count the black outline (always good to keep in mind that you can use this black outline image for a Paint-a-Flower as well). For my two cards today, I'm got one layered floral with the black outline, and one layered floral without the black outline, so you can see the different looks. 

For this card I was going for a retro wallpaper look. I stamped all four of the layers, except for the outline image. I'm impressed with how much dimension there is to this floral! Maybe that's why I decided to skip the dies for this one and make a whole card front with the layered florals.

Both sentiments are included in this set. To cut down on the contrast a little, I colored the negative space with a light blue.

This card is a bit different, in that I left off the fourth coloring layer (the solid color which is typically the lightest) and that I used the black outline layer. Without the fourth coloring layer, you can now see small bits of white, creating some nice highlights.

Here you can also see the leaves with all four layers. The Hello die is from the Bold Greetings Die Set, and the stamped sentiment is from Warm Hugs.

Did you notice the purple bottom of the card? At first I used the same blush color as the Torch Ginger, but I decided to branch out a little and turned to an analogous color purple. I was happy with repeatedly using one of the Tartan square stamps (the one with the thin diagonals to make the fabric texture) to make the lower border. On top of that I ran a strip of the new Sweet Pea Palette washi tape to finish it off.

The Torch Ginger is quite a substantial flower with a ton of details. One thing I should also add is a tip for lining up the layers .... I always stamp the DARKEST layer first. That way when you stamp the next layer, the darker layer on your paper is easier to see through the next stamp.

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog for a chance to win. We'll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from comments left on each designer's blog in the blog hop. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Blog on 4/9/2020.

I'm pleased to send you to the next stop on this blog hop, the very talented Nicole Watt!

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used (Click on the affiliate link images to purchase, thanks so much for your support of my blog!)

BAF Torch Ginger
Sweet Pea Palette Washi Tape

Tartan Stamp Set

Warm Hugs

Bold Greetings Die Set

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sprinkle Shower for Emily Midgett


Hello Friends! Many of us from the Ellen Hutson team are having a virtual Sprinkle Shower for Emily Midgett, as we're so excited she's expecting. Times two!! Again!

Emily is such a dear, and super fun to hang out with! Lots of energy with that one : ) Which is perfect, as her and her husband are expecting twins. They are old pros at the twin thing though, as they already have two adorable Kindergartners. 

I'm sending tons of good wishes to Emily and her family! Here's to a speedy and healthy delivery, and lots of new baby cuteness!!

Stop by the Ellen Hutson blog to see all the other well-wishers for Emily!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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

Little One Baby, Waffle Flower Dies

Handwritten Hello, Altenew Dies

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Lemongrass, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint

Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Stamp Set for Kids, Teens, Adults - Essentials By Ellen Bravehearted

Hi Friends! I'm really enjoying the new Essentials by Ellen Bravehearted set, and how versatile it is for kids, teens or even adults. This particular card is meant for a teen, but if you swap out the charcoal background for a white background with large pink polk-a-dots, it would be an awesome card for young kids (and this sentiment would be PERFECT for a kid in their terrible twos : ) )

While you can certainly use the stamps from Bravehearted for a circus-themed card, you're definitely not limited to that topic. I'm really loving the "you're so fierce" sentiment, which will make a wonderful congratulations, graduation, or a general "I'm proud of you" card.

This particular lion is really a mountain lion today, who's surveying his territory from the top of the Alpine Windows die cut mountains.

The card base is embossed with the Constellation Background die, and I think is great at setting the mood of a clear night sky.
One last thing ... did you notice the golden crown with the red jewel? Actually it's not a jewel, it's an Essentials by Ellen Red Droplet, and adds a nice touch to the card.

You may recall from the release blog hop I created another card with the other main image from this set, and the sentiment coming out of his roaring mouth. So many possibilities with this set!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used (Affiliate links, thanks so much for your support of my projects and blog!)

Bravehearted by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Bravehearted by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Alpine Window by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Constellation Background, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Skinny Stripes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Red Droplets, Essentials by Ellen Embellishments

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint

Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Monday, March 23, 2020

3 Retro 80's Card Ideas - Catherine Pooler New Release & Blog Hop

Hi Friends! Time to channel your inner 80's self with the big hair, shoulder pads, gloria vanderbilt jeans, leg warmers, rainbow doodles and roller skates! You may have come from my friend Michele Ferguson's blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with another really fun blogger Ashlea Cornell!

Catherine Pooler's new Let the Good Times Roll stamp set is perfect for all your 80's loving friends and family. The main feature of this set is the two different roller skate stamps. I remember my parents dropping me off at the roller rink for girl scout parties, school activities, and even for open skating. I never had my own skates, but I sure would have been proud to own these gems, with a rainbow and cloud design no less!

I filled the background with stars to give these skates a magical look, like they may be enchanted with some sort of time machine if they fit your feet : ) The bottom of the card is masked and color blended, and then I stamped the retro "happy birthday" in navy. Doesn't this font scream "Welcome to the 80's"?

This card totally reminds me of something that would be on my Trapper Keeper! I was in school all during the 80's and I think everyone in our middle school had a fancy Trapper Keeper to organize their school papers. Does anyone else remember these?

I made the patterned background by clustering the smaller stamps from the set on an acrylic block, and then stamping them randomly across the panel. Then I did some ink blending. Here's that 80's sentiment again, this time embossed in gold.

Finally, this card is my favorite, I think. I tried to use a happy color palette with a lot of brights. The pom poms on the skates are definitely something the 80's me would have longed for.

Love that the sentiment has open letters so you can tie it in with the colors in your skates. The skates are watercolored, except for the mint.

I think this card background is something you would have seen in the 80s too. Paint spatters were really big then. I remember the apron I made for 7th grade Home Economics was white with rainbow paint spatters. I believe it's actually still in a tub in my basement! To get even more bright colors in this card, I layered the panel with the fuchsia and purple leopard print from the Totally Rad paper pack that also was just released. 

All right, sure hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane (or perhaps I'm just ancient and this was all new information to you, ha!!)

PLEASE NOTE: Let the Good Times Roll has been a popular set, and currently shows as "out of stock" on the website. BUT, if you click to the detail page you'll be able to purchase it. I was just notified that it was restocked today and the website is not fully refreshed yet.
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! Comment before Sunday, March 29th at 11:59pm PDT. Winner will be notified by email.
I now have the pleasure to send you to the always charming Laurel Beard!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Kelly

Supplies Used (including affiliate links, thanks so much for your support of my projects and blog!)

Let the Good Times Roll, Catherine Pooler Clear Stamps

Totally Rad, Catherine Pooler Patterned Paper

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint

Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad