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Full-on Glitter


Mr. Blue Sky left town before I had a chance to shoot this… Hard as something like this is to capture on a sunny day, it’s even harder on a gloomy day… argh.  In real life? You would be completely dazzled; the pic does not do it justice.  Nope. Double-argh.

I combined Bold Blooms with some Avery Elle inks–the colors are soooo sophisticated and utterly lovely!  I wrote about these fantastic inks quite a while back; here’s a link to that post: Avery Elle Pigment Inks so you can read more about what they’re like.

The great thing about clear and symmetrically shaped stamps, is that you can mount them backwards to your acrylic block, ink up the back side, and use that to “fill” or color in the detail image.  While the blooms and leaves aren’t “perfectly” symmetrical, they are close enough that with organic imagery like this, you can apply the technique with great success. Gotta love that. *grin*


After I trimmed down the stamped panel, I gave it a full-on glitter bath.  Oh, yes I did! *fist pump*

You’ll have to let me know if you try this… and brace y’self… it’s gonna be s.p.a.r.k.l.y.

True story. *wink*





Clean Color Real Brush Markers


I have to confess that watercolor, hands-down, is my all-time favorite means to color and I own a variety of different watercolor tools because each serves a different purpose, depending on my project and the method I need. I love using the Kuretake Gansai Tambi for washes and coloring large expanses of area, and the Peerless are super easy and compact enough to take with me when I travel or have a small project that I just need to quickly swipe some gorgeous color onto.


VIDEO LINK:  Hello, Monday 04.06.2015 – YouTube

Then along came the ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and, well, to make a long story short… they also had to come live at my house. *cheeky grin* Because they are awesome and fun in a completely different way–the points of the brush tips can get into such tight spots!  They really come to life on watercolor paper, so I suggest stocking up and snagging yourself a waterbrush, too–I recently became a fan of the small/detailer H20, especially for stamped images, because of the control.

LINK TO FULL ARTICLE: Hello, Monday 04.06.2015 – the CLASSroom 

Whether you’re already a fan of watercolor, or you are looking for an easy way to begin and achieve awesome results with instant gratification (hey, don’t we all???), I think you’ll fall in love with the Clean Color Markers much like I did. :)


P.S.  The colors are available in open stock at Ellen Hutson LLC, please scroll to the very bottom of this post for a list of colors I suggest starting out with.





Balloon Bunny


There’s just something so happy and charming about balloon animals, ya’ know what I mean?  They just make me smile… :) I do believe I squealed involuntarily when I saw this stamp set by Avery Elle at CHA this year…  I had to make an Easter card for my granddaughter with it, but I love that it has extra sentiments that are good for year round. *fist pump*


Traditional pastel color combos and I don’t typically get along, hence the departure towards something a tad different.

The background is a cute pattern from a large stencil I cut apart into smaller ones–reminded me of Easter eggs! :)



I kinda developed the design on the fly and left the camera running… Unfortunately my camcorder is having exposure issues… probably due to user error of one kind or another… Highly annoying.

Oh, and the Stickles were an after-thought… Sometimes you finish a card, think on it a bit, and later on you realize it really does need a little sumpin’… When in doubt, I often add Stickles. Why? No clue. Just seems to be my fall-back. *chuckle*

Have a fab weekend and a joyous Easter holiday!



Quickie Vellum Overlay




This was yesterday’s Hello, Monday over in the CLASSroom–I could make GOBS of these. LOVE!!!

And, don’t fall off yer chair… I made a colored card base instead of white… Ooooh, lolly! ;)




Busier than the bees…

If you see somebody runnin’ around mach 3 with their hair on fire, that’d just be me. LOL!


My latest newsletter article (see pic above)  just posted today–check it out! In Touch: DIY Rainbow Pads and Ombré Inks 

I had SO much fun, and yes, there is an accompanying video.


I’m thrilled to be a contributor once again to Online Card Class’s Stretch Your Dies:


I’m also teaching LIVE classes this coming weekend in Sacramento at the Paper Garden Boutique once again!  So excited to see everybody!  I think both Friday and Saturday’s sessions are completely sold out, but there are still a few spots left on Sunday?

Please call the store, if you live in the area and wanna get in on the action.  Good times!!!  Promise! :)

565 Pavilions Lane
Sacramento, CA  95825

Please note that these classes are geared for adults only due to techniques and tools we are using.


Spring in Bloom $40

Vibrant colors and beautiful floral images by Impress are the focus of this collection of greetings! Please bring the following tools:  Detail scissors, small paper trimmer, and your preferred adhesive.

Sunday, March 22nd 10am-12pm


Glitter & Shine $40

We’ll use some fun products and techniques that add full-on sparkle and shimmer to your cards! Please bring the following tools:  Detail scissors, small paper trimmer, and your preferred adhesive.

SUNDAY,  MARCH 22nd  2pm-4pm

These classes are always a blast, and Stephanie’s store and her staff are awesome!


I’ve also been very busy doing some illustration/design work for some future stamps and dies… eep! :)

Whew!  See? Those bees can’t even keep up!!!




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