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Truth:  Mass producing *anything* can be tedious and often times, dare I say it, boring. GAAAAH!!!  I’ll admit that I designed the Concertina Tags Die with that in mind.  I’m a busy gal. How ’bout you?

I did a process video to show you how I busted these babies out, using the aforementioned die and some watercolors. ENJOY!!!

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Hope you’re enjoying some crafty time for the holidays!



Essentials by Ellen December 2017 Release is here!



It’s December! (How’d that happen???) And soooooo much going on! We have a new release that just went live at Ellen Hutson LLC.  There will be some hops beginning December 13 to inspire you, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a fun (not  part of the hop) sample. :)



We’ve had the DREARY-EST (is that a word?) weather here and getting enough daylight to shoot nice photos has been a lost cause… I couldn’t get the Delicata Gold Ink to show up in the first photo, so hopefully you can see it better in the 2nd.


I tinted the vellum card stock with pigment ink prior to die cutting.  I had seen some super clever mini champagne bottle favors on Pinterest that just CRACKED me up and I just could.not.resist. mimicking them! *chortle*  Turned out even better than I imagined! *monkey clapping*

Links to the release AND a could-not-be-more-perfect coordinating Party Bundle are below–everything works BEAUTIFULLY together!

Be sure to stop by the CLASSroom December 13th for the first of 3 mini hops!




4 Generations in Japan: Trip of a lifetime


Hey, y’all! :)

I’ve had the once in a lifetime opportunity to take my sweet mama with me, on a month long trip to Japan, to visit my daughter and granddaughter.  4 generations in Japan = PRICELESS.

Japan is breathtakingly amazing and I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this journey has been… I am in awe… Ancient shrines, temples and architecture, beautiful kimonos,  soaring skyscrapers, an astounding rail system and fabulous foods… A country steeped in old traditions and yet an abundance of phenomenal modern conveniences that have left me in wonder…

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the photos I’ve been sharing.  If not, but you’re interested in my adventures there, you can see more photos by clicking on my feed over there in the right side column of my blog.

In a month’s time, I have only experienced a small fraction of all there is to see and do–it is much, MUCH larger than I imagined…

If ever you have a chance to go, see, do Japan… TAKE IT!!!



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