Sunday, June 27, 2021

Ellen Hutson | Catherine Pooler Graduate Cards + Brand Sale!

Have you shopped the Catherine Pooler Brand Sale at Ellen Hutson? It ends 11:59pm PST on June 27, 2021 so you have a few hours left to take advantage of this huge savings on ALL Catherine Pooler branded products (yes, including ink and refills) using code CP2021 at checkout!! 

I had to whip up a couple more grad cards and thought it would be fun to use my favourite Hey There Dumpling and combine it with additional words and phrases from Today Sentiments and One Liners Sentiments to create a unique card.

I added patterned paper strips using pretty papers from I Love You Soy to the left side of the 4-bar card panels before creating my layout using images stamped with the following ink pads that coordinate with the papers - Do-Si-Do, Be Mine, Samba, Mint To Be, Cummerbund, Sand Castle, Black Jack and Midnight.

I used a combination of liquid adhesive, glue dots, Scor-Tape and foam tape to assemble the images and attach them to the panel, giving them various levels of dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy shopping!


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Reverse Confetti | June 2021 Stock Your Stash Challenge: Hello or Just Because

Hello, crafty friends! This month's theme for the Stock Your Stash Challenge at Reverse Confetti is Hello and Just Because. Just Because, Encouragement and General Friendship cards are my favourite types of cards to make because I can send them any day for any reason! I chose to make a Just Because card, which is also an encouragement card for a friend. I'm literally covering all my bases. LOL I invite you all to play along for a chance to win. All you have to do is make a hello- or just because-themed card using Reverse Confetti and link up HERE. The winner will be chosen randomly from all entries to win a $20 gift certificate to shop at Reverse Confetti!

Lately, I've been obsessed with creating my own striped patterned paper and using it with the Letter Cuts. It's so easy to make your own colour combos with your favourite coloured cardstock and these ones are Lemon ChiffonGreen AppleMint and 
Peacock Teal by Simon Says Stamp. I also used strips of silver brushed metal cardstock by Sizzix.

First, I lined up the Letter Cuts and measured the size of the patterned paper I would need to cut these letters. Then I trimmed a piece of printer paper for the base. I covered it with adhesive and you can use anything you want, like a tape runner, liquid glue, Scor-Tape or adhesive sheets. I used a tape runner here since it was easiest for me.

Then I cut 1/8", 1/4" and 1/2" strips of Lemon ChiffonGreen AppleMintPeacock Teal cardstock and 1/8" and 1/4" strips of silver brushed metal cardstock. I decided on a colour order and but increased the width of the next colour, throwing in a strip of silver cardstock after every four strips. The stripes on the first word were angled up to the right and the stripes on the second word were angled down to the right to create an overall chevron effect. I added black die cut letters behind the striped letters to make them pop against the white background.

I used a word from the Hooray gift with purchase and silver heat embossed the middle one that completes the main sentiment. I sparkle heat embossed the other two to keep the cheer going along the length of the card and to add visual interest. To finish, I added silver star sequins in two sizes.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along HERE!


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Spellbinders | June 2021 Clear Stamp of the Month

Today's inspiration for Spellbinders combines the June 2021 Clear Stamp of the Month and the stunning Large Die of the Month (shared previously HERE). This month's Clear Stamp of the Month also works beautifully with the Small Die of the Month (shared previously HERE). Most monthly kits work well together and you can find a list of all the value kits HERE.

I started by choosing my colours for this full-sized slimline card and I can't seem to get enough of turquoises and oranges lately so I decided to do another take on these colours but adding teal, yellow and black. I used the largest die from the June 2021 Large Die of the Month and cut two sets of stripes from Audrey Blue and Peacock Teal cardstock.

I cut a piece of printer paper and adhered the stripes in a pattern using a tape runner. Once the pattern was complete, I trimmed it down to coordinate with the white linen card base. Next, I die cut die cut four swirls, two each from gold brushed metal and gold glitter cardstock. I adhered those down the centre of the card using liquid glue.

I stamped two of the images from the June 2021 Clear Stamp of the Month and carefully coloured them with Copic markers. I used black pigment ink because it's the best ink for fine lines but it's also very dark. It's not the right ink for Copic colouring so I waited for it to dry and then very carefully coloured the images, avoiding the edges as much as possible.

Then I used the solid circle die from the June 2021 Large Die of the Month to cut the images and five black circles. I stamped two of the day-and-night image since I wanted to feature each of the halves with the line down the middle and didn't want one of the images to lose the black line. By stamping two of them, I was able to preserve the black line for each of the images.

Next, I used the half-circles die to cut little rainbows from Burnt Orange, Orange Peel and Sunshine cardstock. I had to cut four sets of each colour to create the pattern shown. Once the rainbows were glued on to their black bases, I attached the images and popped them into their respective gold loops with foam tape.

Tomorrow is the last day to subscribe for this particular kit! I often get asked, 'Which kit should I get?' My favourite is definitely the Large Die of the Month because it's always so unique and versatile. Even when the dies are sized for a certain card size - full-sized slimline in this case - you can still create other card sizes (i.e. A2, square or mini slimline) with them. Here's a list of kits I share each month and some of the value kits:

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Very Cherry Cardmaking Kit

I'm so excited to share Taylored Expressions' newest Very Cherry Cardmaking Kit! I had so much fun with this one and I know you will, too. What's your favourite fruit? I love them all but cherries are definitely at the top of the list. The cherry season is so short that I buy and eat them constantly, completely disregarding the price. LOL

The Very Cherry Cardmaking Kit includes the Very Cherry Cling & Clear Combo, the Very Cherry Stencil, the Open Scallop Circle Dies, the Cherry on Top mini stamp set and its coordinating dies, envelopes in Strawberry Milkshake, Cherry Pop and Peapod, and six envelope seals.

On my first card, I stamped the Very Cherry Cling & Clear Combo on Sugar Cube cardstock. Then I ink blended the Very Cherry Stencil with a pastel blender brush and Strawberry Milkshake ink. I created the frame using Peapod cardstock and the Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate.

The sentiments on all three cards are from the Cherry on Top mini stamp set. Two of them are white heat embossed on Oreo cardstock and this second card was stamped with Oreo ink on Sugar Cube cardstock.

On my second card, I created a shaker element using the Open Scallop Circle Dies, and the Cherry on Top mini stamp set. I love making shaker cards and was excited to see a die in this kit that allowed me to do just that! I die cut the Open Scallop Circle Dies from both Sugar Cube cardstock and silver glitter cardstock.

On the background panel cut from the largest Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, I ink blended the Very Cherry Stencil in the centre of the panel only, with Strawberry Milkshake ink and Cherry Pop ink. I cut a mat from Oreo cardstock and assembled all the pieces on a Strawberry Milkshake card base.

 For my third and final card, I wanted to make a dramatic background by stamping the Very Cherry Cling & Clear Combo on Strawberry Milkshake cardstock. I love that the cherries stamped in Strawberry Milkshake ink are as equally bold as they are on the first card.

Then I ink blended the Very Cherry Stencil with a white blender brush and Sugar Cube ink. I created the frame using the largest of the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets.

I trimmed the stamped panel down to 4" x 5.25" and adhered it to a Cherry Pop card base. All of the sentiments were die cut using the Mini Strips Backer and I doubled this one up to create a bit of a white shadow since there's no dimension on this card.

Thanks so much for watching!


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Taylored Expressions | Mini Slim Father's Day Cards

I'm so excited to share the Father's Day card that I made for my dad and the Father's Day card that Damian made for his dad. I had several new products from Taylored Expressions that hadn't seen ink yet and Damian was also convinced that we had to use them. ;)

Based on the products we selected from my stash, we decided that the mini slim size was the way to go. I selected the Mini Slim Top-Fold Card in Sugar Cube and I used a pastel blue blender brush and Gumball ink with the Mini Slim Rectangle Masking Stencil to create a soft frame. Then I used a dark blue blender brush and Blueberry ink with the Mini Slim Candy Cane Stripes Stencil to create strips on opposite corners of the card base.

Next, I ombre stamped On the Block - Love and On the Block - Dad using Gumball ink on the top half of the word and Blueberry ink on the bottom half of the word. I used a sponge dauber to soften the transition between the two colours. I gold embossed sentiments from Mini Strips - You're the Best and Building Blocks - Love Additions and die cut them using the coordinating dies. Then I set aside all the pieces to work on the images. 

As I've mentioned many times before, it's rare for me to give my dad that doesn't feature flowers since he's been an avid gardener his entire life. I decided to use the adorable row of flowers from Bitty Borders, which I stamped in Oreo ink and coloured with Copic markers. I die cut a second set of the flowers and used Bearly Art liquid glue to stack them for a bit of dimension. I assembled my finished card by using foam tape on the block words and the centre building block, a tape runner to adhere the other two mini strips, and liquid glue to attach the flowers. I just love the different levels of dimension and the visual interest provided by the stencilling in the background!

Damian watched me do the ombre stamping on my card and was super excited to try it on his card. He selected the Mini Slim Top-Fold Card in Toffee and started by stamping On the Block - Dad using Gumball and Blueberry inks to mimic what I did on my card. Using Hoppy Days was a must for my husband because he loves beer. I love beer, too, and we both love most alcoholic drinks. LOL Damian was so excited to re-create the ombre effect on these mugs of beer and had so much fun doing it. He used Potato Chip ink on the top half of the clear filler stamp and Pineapple ink on the bottom half. He used a sponge dauber to soften the transition lines and stamped each beer twice in the mini MISTI stamping tool to perfect the ombre effect.

To make this special card pop, Damian created a frame by trimming a 3.5" x 7" piece of silver glitter cardstock and cutting out the centre using the largest of the Stitched Mini Slim Stacklets. He used Bearly Art liquid glue to attach this frame to the card base.

Before assembling the rest of the card, Damian placed the secondary sentiments in the MISTI stamping tool and stamped them using Oreo ink. Then he used foam tape to pop up On the Block - Dad and the beers. Using a jewel picker, I added a few mini star sequins to provide a bit more balance to the card and also because bling is good. ;)

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Ellen Hutson | A Breve Note

Today, I'm mixing old favourites from the Essentials by Ellen collection, A Breve Note and Stripe Background with products from the June 2021 Release, Essential Arches and A2 Piercing Plate.

I created this card first by stamping the cups and their steam using Memento Tuxedo Black ink so I could colour them with Copic markers. You can find all those colours in the supply links below. Then I set those images aside while I create the background. I die cut the second largest of the Essential Arches, two times from Neenah heavyweight cardstock and once from Sizzix Opulent Surfacez Silver Glitter cardstock. I used liquid glue to stack the arched silver frames on two layers of white.

Next, I stamp the Stripe Background on the bottom of the arches panel using Catherine Pooler inks in Melon IceLemongrass and Green Tea. I used a sponge dauber to soften the transitions between ink colours to create an ombre effect. Then I used masking paper to cover the stripes and used a blending brush and Sweet Sixteen ink to blend a subtle lavender glow.

I stamped the sentiment using Catherine Pooler inks in Midnight, Black Jack and Twilight, again using a  sponge dauber to create a smooth ombre effect. To finish, I die cut a panel of Bazzill Candy Necklace cardstock using the A2 Piercing Plate to give it texture. I secured both parts of the Essential Arches with liquid glue, popped up the cups and steam with foam tape, and embellished the card with a few sparkling clear stars.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration. If you missed our June 2021 Release or simply want to revisit the products and inspiration, you can shop by clicking the banner or supply links below!

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Reverse Confetti | Inspiration Station | Newsletter Edition

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I was inspired by the different design elements on this book cover, both the individual elements and the colours. I ended up using the same colours on my card but in different proportions. The first thing I noticed was the outline drawings the background so I decided to white emboss both floral images from Cup of Friendship to create a frame all the way around an audrey blue panel. The colour of this panel was obviously influenced by the first word in the book's title.

When the panel was done, I ran it through my die cutting machine with the Along the Dotted Lines Cover Panel and set it aside to create the sentiment. First, I die cut the base of the Happy Confetti Cuts from black cardstock. Then I cut strips of doll pink, orange peel and lemon chiffon cardstock at various widths, plus some gold mirror cardstock for fun, shine and visual interest. The three bright colours are represented in the title and author of the book.

I used a tape runner to adhere those strips onto a piece of copier paper. Then I lined up the individual letter dies from Happy Confetti Cuts and ran them through my die cutting machine twice to get two complete words. I die cut those individual letters again from Neenah heavyweight cardstock and stacked the letters on to their black base with Bearly Art liquid glue.

Next, I white embossed the secondary sentiment from Happy Coordinates on black cardstock and trimmed it down using my guillotine trimmer. To finish, I attached the floral panel to a white linen card base. The stitched lines made it easy to mount the sentiment strip and die cut letters on the panel with foam tape.

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