Monday, July 13, 2020

EBE Summer of Stamping Hop: Designs by Brandi

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Are you ready for another of our Summer of Stamping Hops?  This week, we'll be featuring three fabulous new sets designed for Ellen Hutson by Brandi Kincaid: 
First up:  Thank you for being a Friend - feel free to hum along!

 Simple Distress Oxide splats using acetate
The inside says it best! - one of many wonderful sentiments from You Should Know
I love it so much, I used again -
with these darling blooms from You Should Know:
This time stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and clear embossed.
Then some quick and easy water coloring with Altenew Watercolors
These EBE Essential Rectangles make wonky wonderful!

My final card for today uses Brandi's Mondo Pansy … I kept my Copic coloring simple but borrowed a free photo from the interweb for inspiration...

Not quite the right colors in my Copic stash, but I've made do.
  I did a bit of fussy-cutting on the right edge of blooms -
it was easy!
If you are a fan of beautiful sentiments,
you are going to adore Brandi's sets as much as I do!
Okay, my friends, it's time for me to say thank you for Hopping with us today!  You'll find the full list of stops on this Hop below - and details about a PRIZE!
=]  Michele

·         EH Blog
·         Jessica Frost-Ballas
·         Adelina Starace
·         Lisa Spangler
·         Michele Ferguson - you are here - thank you!
·         Ashlea Cornell
·         Carissa Wiley
·         Carly Tee Minner
·         Laurel Beard
·         Emily Mydlowski
·         Julie Ebersole
Hop Prize Info
We’ve got a super fun prize!!! 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! And don’t forget to comment here too for a bonus entry! Comment before Saturday, July 18th at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email - good luck!





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Friday, July 10, 2020

MFT Sketch Challenge #497

There were a few goodies in the last MFT June release that I just couldn't say no to … it's hard isn't it?  Until our Lake Michigan water levels go back to normal, this might be the only beach-going I will do this year!

Laura Dovalo created the most amazing 'pool water' with a stencil offered in the newest release! I just had to see if there was a stencil in my stash that would work - you'll tell me if it worked, okay?

It isn't quite as perfect as Laura's but I like it!!  I used MFT's Sketch Challenge #497 as a guide - so I'll toss this into their 'pool!'

=]  Michele

MFT Sunny Vibes stamps and dies
EBE Instant Photo Frames

Thursday, July 9, 2020

CAS[E] this Sketch #380

Oh I cannot wait to show you this week's Sketch … ready. set. go!

Isn't it amazing????  My appetite took over immediately...

and, thanks to Concord & 9th, my sense of humor finished it!

Hope it sparks your imagination, and you'll play along this week at CTS#380!

=]  Michele

Inspired By #132 ... summer fresh!

If you know me at all, you'll know that I was like one of the monkeys jumping on the bed[ding] when I saw our inspiration photo this week!  LOL  It didn't take more than a moment to find my cue from IB132...

I had the perfect stamp set on my desk at the ready … all it took was a quick 'stash-shopping' for some fun Catherine Pooler inks to [kinda] match that one-in-a-melon* duvet!

Hope you find just what your crafty heart is inspired by here today - come play, won't you?  You'll find lots more inspiration over at the IB132 blog!

=]  Michele

Never underestimate the power of a great background set:
EBE Abstract Paint Strokes provided those polkas on my front panel.
The Stamp Market: Summer Smiles
Winnie & Walter - I miss you!  Audrey Cutaways
* remember this phrase!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Christmas Kickstart #33 Hatty Christmas!

Jo, and Gail have convinced me that hats are truly a part of Christmas, and appropriate for Christmas Kickstart #33 - Hatty Christmas!  The hatty cards they've made are adorable, too!

While looking through my holiday supply bins [yes, there are multiples]  I found so many sets that included a hat of some form... this little darling happened to be all colored up... BONUS!  all I had to do was pop her and her beary adorable friend up on a card. 

Jo, I'll try to be a bit more consistent now that we've reached the mid-way to the big day!!  It's always so fun to make Christmas cards with you, and your elf!

=]  Michele

Penny Black:  Beary Merry 40-425 - Copic colored
Hero Arts:  CG796 Mod Pattern bold prints

Playing Cards with Friends - Nora Noll

Tom and I are missing our wonderful road trips more than anything else during this pandemic.  Secretly, what I'm missing more are the 'meet ups with friends' that I've been treated to during those road trips!  There's one fun way to remedy that... playing cards with a friend during a video chat!

Last week, I spent a fun filled hour or two with my sweet friend Nora Noll of Creative Touch.  We had been scouting out a technique or two for our crafty time … Therese Calvird to the rescue!  More specifically her recent water-color play time with Altenew's newest Build-a-Flower - you'll find her wonderful video here [and you will learn more by watching it, than by me talking you through, believe me!]

I have PLENTY of gorgeous Altenew florals sets - but what I didn't have were the Altenew water brush markers.  No worries - I had plenty of luck using the Altenew water color pan set by wetting a few of the cubes, and applying the paint to my stamps with a brush - then it was misted, and stamped!

Enough chatter!  Here are my cards made using the Altenew Build-a-Flower Anemone, the second stamp in the layer, with the addition of the outline:

Before putting those supplies away, I HAD to have a bit of playtime with grey.  and surprise a bit of blue, too! 

There are those gorgeous Glass Glitter that
Therese enabled me to buy, too!!

Nora made twice as many cards as I did during our crafty chat - just by doing a bit of second generation stamping - SO smart!  Please do pay her a visit - she used a different Altenew set than I have and her stamping was wonderful using the watercolor markers - can't wait to see her finished cards!

Thanks so much, Nora!  It truly did help to see a friendly face, and craft while chatting away! 

Let me know if YOU would enjoy a little video crafting, too - any time within reason will do!

=]  Michele 

I'm sharing the colorful one with the gals at The Flower Challenge - they are looking for florals from Summer or Winter depending on the hemisphere YOU live in!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

EBE Summer of Stamping! Lawn Fawn Collab!

There is so much to love at Ellen Hutson, LLC! 
You will especially love all the releases we have during our month-long Summer of Stamping!
Yesterday, we released a collaboration with Lawn Fawn, with this perfect set for Summer:
S'more the Merrier! combo set!

You knew I would create a little scene, right? 
I mean come ON!

I had a fun bit of Copic play with these happy campers - then created their own little safe oasis in the woods for toasting from a few older Lawn Fawn patterned papers - this one would be perfect, too.  The well-traveled  pathway to the woods was created with those fun EBE Stitching Line dies I use so often.  I do love clipping my sentiments apart - do you?

My card 5 x 7" card base was made from the EBE woodgrain paper - yes it does take ink blending very well, indeed!

I love that Ellen, and Lawn Fawn came together in such a fun way … and that they made it a combo set - love that! 

=]  Michele

*Be sure to Hop HERE for your chance to win!