Blog Challenges · Ellen Hutson

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge – Guest Artist


I am very excited to share today’s card creations at the Ellen Hutson Classroom! Eeek someone pinch me! The Ellen Hutson team is one of the most beautiful and generous teams and I feel honored to share my creations with you today.


Some more exciting news for YOU………….. Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Color Trend Inspirational photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store.  To be eligible, they MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration.  Please link your project in the inlinkz link up on the challenge post where you can submit your projects.

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For today’s creation I have used the Essentials By Ellen Rustic Garden stampset and maximise the use the of this stampset by using both the front detail and the solid back acrylic stamps to create the stamped solid background. To stamp and capture the details of the Botanicals stampset I have used the Versafine Onyx Black ink  but it also stamps  really well on top of the oxide inks without fading or reacting to the ink.


For the colour combination of inks I used a selection of Distress Oxide Inks as I feel this pigment ink stamps a good solid image. See below the inspiration picture for the colour combination.


One of the main reasons I chose this particular stampset is because  I like that it has so much detail however I was able to use the other side of the photopolymer stamps to create a solid coloured stamped image before stamping the detail right over the top. That’s right I stretched my stamps by using it in an unconventional way and was able to use both sides.


For added detail I have stamped the trio of solid black dots through out the background of the first card.


All cards I have used the Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Hello die for all 3 cards. I have added some sparkle to the hello dies with Spectrum Noir clear brush markers. Each hello die has been layered 3 dies each creating a faux chipboard thickness look.



I have also created a video over on my You tube channel. –

Hope you enjoy today’s card creation and would love to hear from by leaving a comment.

Paper crafting hugs


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Blog Challenges · Inspired By Stamping

Cupcake Inspiration : #421


Hi All, I am super excited to participate in this awesome blog challenge where Joanne from Inspired By Stamping is sponsoring this week’s colour combination challenge #421 for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.

This week’s colour combination is below. I hope you come join the fun and play along.


Both stampsets used are from the recent July Release. I have watercoloured the Summer Bouquet stampset and have used the antique linen dress ink as a light in to place to watercolour over it.

I have kept the card overall simple with no embellishment as I let the watercolour be the main focus.



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Blog Challenges · Honeybee · Water Colouring

Less is More Challenge: Challenge #334 – Sketch 20


Hi Everyone today I am participated in the Less Is more Blog Challenge. Love the layout of this week’s sketch.

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Blog Challenges · Jingle All The Way

Freshly Made Sketches #200

Today’s card is for the Freshly Made Sketches #200 celebrations blog challenge.

I have used the new Jingle All the Way stamp set and Sleigh Ride Edgelits which is to be released in the new Stampin Up Holiday Catalogue which starts 1 September 2015 – 4 January 2016.

For the card base I have used the new Winter Wonderland designer series vellum stack, basic black, whisper white and silver foil.

Blog Challenges · Build a stocking · Christmas Greetings

Just Add Ink -#238 Just Add a Sketch

I have entered this card in this weeks Just Add Ink sketch challenge. I have used non traditional Christmas colours in creating this stocking card.
Cardstock – Whisper White, Kraft and Silver Glitter
Inks – Versafine Vintage Sepia, Bermuda Bay & Coastal Cabana
Ribbon – Silver 1/8″, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon & Coastal Cabana Stretched Ruffle
Punches – 1 3/8″Circle & 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle
Embossing Folder – Large Circle
Extras – White Gel Pen

Blog Challenges · December 25th Labels · Inspired By Stamping

Inspired By Stamping – October Sketch Challenge

Today’s card is created with an awesome label Christmas stampset called December 25th Labels. This set is a set of 11 fabulous stamps.
My muse is the October’s Inspired By Stamping Sketch Challenge. Click on the picture to take you over to the other inspirational pictures for the blog challenge.
Cardstock used is Whisper White & Shimmer Silver.
Ink – Smokey Grey Versafine Ink
I have used  the Teresa Collins Tinsel and Company Designer 6 x 6 paper pad.  I added extra glitter to the poinsettia but brushing my Wink of Stella clear pen on the flower. 
I coloured in the bow on the stamped label with the red wink of stella pen then added glossy ascents to to add dimension to the bow.
Hope you all have a wonderful paper crafting day!