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Hello, and welcome from Kittie Caracciolo’s blog!

How are you lovin’ the  Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop?  I’ve got some eye candy featuring products from the release on my post today!

Instagram Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release

(LINK:  The whole enchilada is available HERE)

I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set! *fist pump*  The winner may chose ANY  Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, August 23rd!

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by Tuesday, August 23rd.

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, August 26th! Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

So… I had more ideas than time to execute them…



Julie E Stitching dies notecard set

Julie E Stitching dies 1




Julie E Stay Salty 1

Julie E Stay Salty 2


Julie E Silver Linings Die 1




Julie E Stay Golden 1

Julie E Stay Golden 2

Julie E Stay Golden 3




Julie E sock monkey



Julie E Bear Ware 2

Julie E Bear Ware 1



Julie E Mondo Peony 1


WHEW!!! Thanks for stickin’ with me all the way! :)


Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter my giveaway and then you need to hop right on over to:

Kristie Goulet’s blog

You’ll enjoy what she’s cooked up for ya’!  :)



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Neat and Tangled 4th Birthday Celebration Hop



Welcome from Lisa Spangler’s blog!

I’m super excited to be celebrating Neat & Tangled’s 4th Birthday along with this fabulous crew of talented peeps!

Be sure to leave comments here and all along the hop because: There are PRIZES! :)

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Prizes:(1) $100 gift certificate to the Neat and Tangled shop; (2) $50 gift certificate to the Neat and Tangled shop. Winners will be chosen from comments all along the hop all week long!


NT birthday stinker web1

For some reason, a polka dot background (Uniball White Gel Pen), just seemed to suit this little stinker!


NT birthday stinker web2

After watercoloring her with my Peerless Watercolors, I gussied her up with some shimmery Wink of Stella Clear and Irresistible Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black (on her nose) and Wedding Dress (for freckles on her cheeks).


NT hooray web1

Since I was on a polka dot binge, I did the same for the white base card, using the Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black again.

I die cut the wreath from Letterpress Card stock–I love the texture of the paper and that I can create such a lovely, delicate watercolor on it!


NT hooray web2

I actually used my Clean Color Real Brush Markers (Blue Gray, Olive Green) to watercolor lightly, by brushing some color onto an acrylic block, and loading to my Pentel Aquash and then coloring the wreath.  I colored with the Black marker directly onto the lettering, and then went over it with my Aquash and loved how some of the coloring lifted in different areas and deepened in others–very cool effect on the die cut!

Thanks for stopping by! Head on over to my friend Kelly Latevola’s blog for more fab eye candy! :)




Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links to products featured.

Playing with Winnie & Walter’s “Kindness”…

I made these cards a while back, playing around with Winnie & Walter’s “Kindness by Evelin T” set but I just haven’t had time to blog lately… :(

Anyhoo, I’m on the road with the Mister–he is attending an educator’s conference and I’m taking a little break from editing some work-related video footage. :)

WW kindness web1

(click on the pics to enbiggan)

I love that this set has two versions of each tree or plant–one small and one medium! This gives you a lot of options.


WW kindness web2

I just watercolored with my Peerless Watercolors, spattering with some Distress Black Soot Paint for texture, when the watercolor was dry. And, I never get tired of that retro label look you get by white embossing words on black card stock… #happysigh


WW kindness tree web1

For this one, I white embossed this “groovy” tree and then watercolored over the top, again with my Peerless; trimmed it apart to create a sort of tiled effect.  Stamping the large “kindness” vertically is a fun and different way to convey the message and I like how it framed the tree tiles.

WW kindness tree web2

Before I cut the tree panel into tiles, I placed it temporarily on my card front and used my Misti to align where the words would get stamped, all at one time–I love that about the Misti!


I best get back to the salt mines… Thanks for stopping by and hangin’ with me, even during my bloggin’ dry spells…

*mondo squishy hugs all around*


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