Wednesday, November 21, 2018

{Ellen Hutson} 12th Anniversary Instagram Hop

Hello, crafty friends! Today is Day 3 of a three-day Instahop, celebrating 12 fabulous years at Ellen Hutson LLC!! It's an amazing milestone for Ellen and her store, and so many of Ellen's friends and designers are sending her warm fuzzies on this special occasion.

I created my card, featuring Ellen, of course, using Bookworm Lady and Wonky Backdrops.

I stamped, die cut and watercoloured the images using distress inks. Then I created a plush carpet using one of the border stamps from Wonky Backdrops. I stamped the carpet in three of the colours to coordinate with the scene and anchor all of the elements.

I pre-arranged the scene to gauge positioning before stamping two sentiments together to create one longer sentiment. Then I secured the mug and book in her hands using glue dots and popped up all of the elements on foam tape.

This is one of those scenes that you wish you were actually inside, isn't it? ;) Be sure to head over to my Instagram to hop along with today's designers and join us in celebrating Ellen's successes and enjoy inspiration from all of today's projects.

Thanks so much for hopping with us!


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

{Two Many Cards Video Series} featuring Gerda Steiner Designs + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Kalyn and I are back with our video series, Two Many Cards. If you missed our other videos in this series, check out the original post HERE, which explains how and why we're sharing our own unique take on the same products. 

Today, we're featuring On the Bookshelf by Gerda Steiner Designs! These stamps and dies are also sold separately at Ellen Hutson and Simon Says Stamp, and you can find those links below. There are a lot of sales going on this week so be sure to check 'em out!

This is one of my favourite sets by Gerda Steiner Designs. It has kitties, books, plants, a globe and a picture frame and, of course, a shelf that doubles as a desk and frame. Yes, really!

For my first card, I flipped the shelf and made it a desk for bookish kitty and her must-haves. All of the images were stamped with Archival Jet Black ink and watercoloured with distress inks. You can find all of the colours I used in the supply links below.

I love the simplicity of this first card, especially with the splattered glow anchoring the desk.

I went for a more artistic look for my second card. I also turned it into a shaker card by using the die for the desk as a frame.

My favourite part of this card is the repeating sentiment, which I stamped with the same distress inks I used to colour all of the images.

I filled the border with crystal from Studio Katia and retired sequins from Neat & Tangled. I've listed all of these supplies and substitutes below for your shopping convenience.

We’re giving away one $15 gift certificate to the Gerda Steiner Designs shop. One lucky winner will be chosen randomly from my video or Kalyn’s video. You must be a subscriber to both our channels!

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on November 27, 2018 and the winner will be announced in the YouTube description for today's video before the next video goes live. Be sure to check back to see if you're the lucky winner!

Please head over to Kalyn's blog and YouTube channel to see her beautiful take on On the Bookshelf!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Sunday, November 18, 2018

{Lawn Fawn} Critter Concert Shaker Tags

This year, my son started playing percussion (yes, all of the percussions instruments) in a junior band outside of school. It's a full-year commitment of several hours a week but he's loving it. This weekend, they were allowed to bring friends, both experienced and inexperienced, to share their joy of music.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love to bake as much as I love to craft and I wanted to make some thank you gifts for Damian's friends. I made Double Chocolate Snowball Cookies and packaged them in little tins with 16 cookies in each!

Lawn Fawn's Critter Concert stamp set and coordinating dies featured the perfect animals for band camp - yes, the owl is playing violin or viola but that doesn't matter. I coloured all four animals with Copic markers (colours are listed below) and paired them up in each snow globe, stamped with Ready, Set, Snow and Ready, Set, Shake.

To make the shaker window, I used the Ready, Set, Snow Shaker Add-On dies. I sponged the base of the background with Faded Jeans distress ink and stamped the music notes in the same colour. I filled the shakers with Studio Katia's 3mm Crystal Clear sequins. They're so super shiny!

My son wanted to write a little thank you note in these tags so I made sure they opened by adding a third solid layer, scored at the back so they would open and close easily. In order to attach the metallic silver string and secure the tag to the tins, I added a little tab from My Favorite Things' Tag Builder Blueprints 6 between the two base layers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!