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So happy to be part of Taheerah’s awesome event!  Head over to that CLASSroom post for project details, info about the hop.  PLUS, don’t forget to leave a comment there AND at Taheerah’s blog to enter some fab giveaways, too! ;)

Today’s the last day to use my special discount code: thingsweloveJulie  over at ellenhutson.com 

AND, it’s the last day to enter the giveaway I’m having HERE.

Your Monday has gotta be anything but mundane, with all this crafty goodness goin’ on, eh?! :)


Totally Fabulous!

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This was such a fun die set to develop for the Ellen Hutson 9th Anniversary celebration! And, this card??? Also super fun to make using the dies!

“Totally” was die cut over the top of the stamped light rays from the Merry & Bright holiday stamp set–I’m all about the repurposing of holiday images whenever possible… :)  The letters on this die are designed to remain attached along the bottom and pop-out, and were inspired by a project Ellen herself had done for a newsletter article using a partial die-cutting technique with tissue paper back in 2012! SO fun! And, it reminds me that I need to get more colors of tissue paper to duplicate that *uber* cool rainbow effect!


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“Fabulous” was die cut 3 times and then glued together to create a faux chipboard effect.  I thought about applying a high gloss glaze to it, but it looks kinda velvety in contrast to the shimmery gold Delicata ink and the Stickled edges so, being the “less is more” kinda gal that I am and loving it just as it was,  I let it be… That’s a hard thing to do sometimes, but when I looked at it hours later, I still felt the same way. LOL!

**While supplies last, this two piece die set will be included in all orders placed during the Anniversary celebration HERE at  Ellen Hutson LLC that total $75+ (after discounts and excluding S & H fees)!**  Awesome or what?!




Hope the video sparked some creative ideas for using it!




For more information on the MISTI Positioner, please go HERE. There is now a laser etched version of the tool; the one shown in my video is screen printed.

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Experimenting with Hyperlapse…

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Hyperlapsed videos have always intrigued me–I just think it’s cool to see how something transforms or changes from one status to another…

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I’ve been wanting to do a hyperlapsed card-making video ever since the app came out from Instagram but never got around to it until now… I bought a special adapter for mounting my iPhone to the clamp mount that my video camcorder is usually mounted to… I gotta warn ya’, tho–it is literally start-to-finish… mistakes, mishaps, changing course–it was fun to do, and kind of enlightening (for me) to see the things I do from force of habit when I’m creating, that may not be the most efficient way of doing things, LOL! Oh, well.  As long as you get from point A to point B, it makes no never mind, right?! *hair flip*

I can’t seem to stop watercoloring *everything* lately, by whatever means within my reach (and I keep all my watercolor mediums within arm’s reach *chuckle*) … I just find it so soothing… And, I adore winged things, like this butterfly die by Savvy Stamps–one of my all-time favorites, and on the recent Ellen Hutson LLC Overstock Sale List.

Things to note, or that you may or may not be familiar with:

  • Unused dryer sheets, 4 layers deep (in this instance, I just took two and folded them in half and stacked them together):  These work AWESOME for die cutting more intricate shapes! I just lay my card stock on top of the dryer sheets, then the die, then run everything through my Big Shot with the same sandwich as always.  You can eject the die easily  from the paper without the need for a pokey tool and all the pieces, including the negatives, will stick to the dryer sheet until you need them. Then, you just peel off what you want to use. This is particularly useful when “paper-piecing” die shapes back together on your project.
  • Sometimes I get a little crazy with the liquid glue; I usually rummage around in my scrap bin for a scrap strip of card stock and trim off the end at an angle. Then I use it like a squeegee to remove any excess that “squidges” out, as the wonderful Miss Debby Hughes likes to say.
  • I like using Distress Paint in Black Soot to add spatters to some of my watercolor pieces; makes me feel artsy…
  • You can add free-hand foiled accents to your project by using a Zig Two Way Glue Pen–just draw what you want and let the glue dry (it goes on blue, but will be clear when dry, and tacky), then grab your bits and pieces of leftover foil from previous projects and lay the foil (pretty side up) over the tacky glue spots, and burnish the foil onto it with your finger tips.  I just love those irregular orbs of foil!



If you have any other questions, just leave ‘em below in the comments.  And, thanks for stopping by!




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