Monday, September 26, 2016


If you look at the new Silver LInings dies by Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson you'll see it has clouds, lightning, raindrops and then the two dies with sun rays.  And the sweet sentiment set, Warm Fuzzies, has a wonderful variety that can be used with all sorts of stamps.  So I designed a card using both sets.

I began my card by using my Brushos in orange and yellow with water to make a background.  Then I die cut the piece with both the sunshine dies and carefully kept all the pieces together.  I adhered both pieces onto another piece of cs and then added foam tape to put it on the orange background piece.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a scrap of black cs, arranged the gold metallic thread and attached to the background piece.  Layered another piece of yellow and then all onto a white card base.  Added a few gold sequins and done!  The dimensions of the finished card are 4 1/4 x 4 1/2.

Our challenge theme this month is:
and our generous sponsor is:

Lots of texture today in my card with the die cuts, embossing, card layers and embellishments.  There's still time to enter our challenge this month - you could win a great prize from Ellen Hutson!!

A Blog Named Hero recently announced a Design Team call for 2017 - details are here - consider sending in your application - it's a great experience!!

Thanks for visiting today and love to read your kind comments.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ellen Hutson Oh Ship!

Hi friends! Welcome back to another collaboration post with our sponsor this month, Ellen Hutson!
I used this adorable set designed by Julie Ebersole, Stay Salty - so cute with great images and adorable sentiments!

I went completely CAS with a cute little boat, some sparkly waves and puffy clouds - easy peasy!

I stamped the image in Hero Arts intense black and colored with copics. I cut the frame with MFT's wonky circle dies, adhered to a yellow card base and finished with a few enamel dots. Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join our TEXTURE challenge this month; we enjoy seeing your creations!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Many Thanks Gift Card Holder

Good evening!  Jess here!  Before I get started with my project did you hear that A Blog Named Hero has announced it's 2017 Design Team Call?!  Find all the details here.  I've been a member of the team since 2015 and I LOVE it!  I love getting to play with some of my favorite Hero Arts products and getting to combine them with some of the best and brightest companies in the industry!  Plus our leadership team is amazing!  I highly encourage you to apply!

Okay, back to business... ;) This month we're teaming up with Ellen Hutson and I decided to mix the cute Coffee Cup Tag set with some of Ellen's products to create a gift card holder.  Unfortunately I keep forgetting that this envelope die was an exclusive product in the May 2016 My Monthly Hero kit but you can either make your own envelope or use this as inspiration for a full-sized card! :)
To start I die-cut the envelope with kraft paper.  Then I stamped the cup, lid, and snowflakes with unicorn white pigment ink.  I blasted it with my heat gun to set it and then colored the cup with colored pencils.  Next I stamped the cup again with versamark and heat-embossed it with ultra high embossing powder.  I didn't quite expect this but the embossing powder seemed to turn the ink slightly grey which looked pretty cool.  Since the stamp has open sections for the design the versamark and embossing powder didn't cover up the entire design but that created even more texture! ;)

Then I fussy cut a sleeve and stamped the sentiment from Coffee Cup Tags and adhered it over the cup.  Finally I die-cut the Ellen Hutson Many Thanks word die from dark red cardstock and adhered it to the gift card holder.

And that's my take on the texture challenge! :) There are a few more days to enter for a chance to win a prize from Ellen Hutson!  I can't wait to see what you'll create!  Thanks so much for visiting and have a great day!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thanks a bunch!

Good afternoon stampers!
Alisha here with another card for our challenge using products from the ever wonderful,

Today's card is a classic layout that I go to when I don't want to spend more than half the afternoon fussing with different layouts or color schemes.  We've all had those day right?  Ya' know, when we don't necessarily want clean and simple but we also don't want to go to war with every color of card stock you have. That was what I had in mind and I absolutely adore this card.  The best part is Ellen Hutson's stamp set because there are so many different images that work perfectly for this layout!

A very big Mahalo to the amazing peeps at Ellen Hutson for sharing their products with us!!

Now be sure to join us if you have some time to create with our challenge theme for your chance at winning great products fron Ellen Hutson as well.  We'd love to see what you come up with!

Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by!