Wednesday, November 18, 2015

copper thanks; Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

I am thrilled to be joining the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge this month! Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog

The best part about this challenge is, you get to play along! A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store. To be eligible, you must must use Essentials by Ellen products and you must use the photo badge as inspiration.

The colors of the challenge photo (above) totally inspired me to get creating! I made a huge list of everything I noticed in the photos, from colors to texture, to even design! Its amazing how much a photo can get your creativity flowing!

To create the background, I trimmed a piece of cherry wood veneer paper. I added two colors of Distress Stains in blues directly to the paper. Two coats seemed to cover better. In a couple of places, I even left a puddle of the stain for more depth.

The flowers are Essentials by Ellen Wild Garden Designer Dies, designed by the fantastic Julie Ebersole! They are so pretty! I cut them from MFT Stamps Tropical Teal card stock and also Sweet Tooth card stock. Watermark ink was applied to the white images and then covered in copper embossing powder. Each image was heat embossed twice to add more coverage. The flowers and leaves were arranged around a copper heat embossed sentiment. Fancy Thanks is a set of stamps from Essentials by Ellen and Julie Ebersole also! A few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh finished off my card. For a direct link to all the supplies used, please use the list at the bottom of this post.

I hope that you are as inspired as I was! To enter this challenge, visit the CLASSroom blog and enter your project using the InLinkz link up at the end of the post. You have until December 1 to enter! Cannot wait to see how you are inspired!

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Supplies. Click the images to be taken directly to the item in the Ellen Hutson online store.

Monday, November 16, 2015

lighted Christmas wall hanging; MFT Creative Challenge

It is time for the Creative Challenge! This month the design team for MFT Stamps has been challenge to use non-traditional Christmas colors on our projects. I will admit, this project is a stretch, but I was so excited about making it happen, I know you will forgive me! And hey, I used blues and whites, not reds and greens. :D

While shopping the other day, I saw wall hangings that were lit! They had layered scenes and placed small white lights behind them. So seasonal and festive and I had to make one!

I die cut and stamped images from Winter Wonderland. Using Copic markers, I colored the images. They are layered onto a background using Die-namics Stitched Mountain Range. In between the mountains is foam adhesive, I used that to feed my craft lights through, allowing the scene to be back lit. The Sweet Tooth card stock supporting everything was inked with Summer Splash and Spearmint ink.

To allow light to shine through it, I cut the top window out of the barn using a craft knife. To hide what is going on with the lights and the edges of the scene, I placed a circle cut with Die-namics Pierced Circle Frames.

The entire image is placed on a 6x6 wood pallet. My husband drilled a hole in the pallet for me to feed the set of crafting Christmas lights through. I have to say that I adore this project! And mention that an insane amount of foam adhesive was used to accomplish the final result. :D

Go to the MFT Stamps Blog and get linked up to the rest of the design team. See how they inspire you with non-traditional colors! 

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5 ways to use Steel Shimmer Mist: MFTv

The topic for today's episode of MFTv is 5 ways to use Steel Shimmer Mist. Shimmer Mist comes in two colors, Sheer and Steel. Steel is a rich, warm, grey color and the possibilities are a lot of fun! Head over to the MFT Stamps YouTube Channel or the MFT Stamps Blog to get connected to the video. I have two cards, including this one, showing off two of the great techniques!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

MFT Stamps Retirement Sale!

It is time for the MFT Stamps Retirement Sale! It will be sad to say goodbye to some of these favorite products. However, this is a win-win for you! First, great prices! Second, this means we are making room for some amazing new products for 2016!!

Today I am sharing some of my favorite projects with products that are being retired. I have linked the products that will be retired underneath the photos. When you click that link, you will be taken directly to the product in the MFT Stamps store, making your shopping easier. I will also link you to the original blog post, or MFT Stamps Blog post, where the project appears. You know I always share tips and ideas for using the products, those links will be a helpful reference for you!

This background will always make me happy! These triangles are gorgeous stamped, or used in an embossed resist technique, as shown here. Timeless with a bit of trendy edge, this is a background to  keep! And for a tutorial about the embossed resist and watercolor background, visit the 
MFT Stamps Blog post here, Watercolor Dream.

Using stamps and dies to create treat holders is always a hit in my book. I found some darling chocolate carrots that worked perfectly with this set from Pure Innocence called, I'm All Ears. Not only are these fun to color, they are just too darned adorable to resist! For more about how to create this project visit my blog post at, I'm All Ears.

Yep, more treat holders. Die-namics Easter Bunny creates a gorgeous bunny silhouette, making it perfect for cutting from a variety of mediums, including felt, like I used here. Add a pom pom and you have a sweet treat bag perfect for the young and the young at heart! Stop over to the original blog post for a great treat idea to coordinate with this bag, and a tutorial about using this bunny with Fun Flock! Easter Bunny Treats.

This project is a mom brag moment. I am so proud of my swimmer and his accomplishments in the pool. So adding this die to a photo of him made perfect sense. Using a magnetic sheet, I turned this into a magnet for the refrigerator, so in case I forget to talk about his swimming when you visit, you will see it in the kitchen. Ha! This is also fantastic for scrapbook layouts when you need to mom brag, or grandma brag, or aunt brag, well, you get the idea. For more about how to create this project go here, Superstar Frame Magnet.

This die is fantastic. It cuts out everything you see here, from the words to the shape of the Earth. The words could not be more perfect for sending love and thoughts. Having used this die for several projects, including publication, it is one I am sad to see go. But you can pick this up for a great price and use it for years to come! It will never go out of style! Check out more on my blog post at, Centerpieces You Mean the World To Me

This may be one of my most-favorite treat holder projects of all time! It still makes me smile! And its pretty hard to beat this stamp and die combo! Pick this up. Quickly! You will be able to make crazy adorable Valentine's Day treats forever! Everyone will smile and ooh and aah, and feel special because you made them something! Be sure and visit my blog, because I also have a cute shaped card with a tutorial! Check it out here, You're Fin-Tastic!

This. This is genius. I adore this cupcake stand. The possibilities with this set of dies is limitless! Need birthday cupcakes? No problem, match the party colors! Same for Halloween, and Christmas, and New Years, and Valentine's Day, and Arbor Day. Wait, Arbor Day? Why not? Everyday is a great one for cupcakes! The assembly is easy. This would bring a bright spot to anyone's day! Find out why this is so near and dear to me on my blog in my post, Cupcake Stand.

Ok, one more project. Country cute style is my wheelhouse. I love it. And that look is exactly what this set from Miss Tiina is all about! Trick or Treat also has coordinating dies, so when you grab these stamps, don't forget them! Head to my blog for TWO video tutorials about using this set, both about coloring effects, you don't want to miss those! Click here, Trick or Treat Coloring.

Be sure and head to the MFT Stamps Blog for more information about the retirement sale. Keep an eye out for the rest of the team, as I know they will be sharing some of their favorites as well! So much inspiration!

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