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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!




Spooky 5MQ

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5MQ. OK, so I call it a 5MQ (5 minute quick-ee) NOT because I can design it in 5 minutes, but because it can be duplicated in 5–not counting the drying time of the watercolor part.  Savvy?

This card packs a whollop for me… …because I adore simplicity, minimalism, watercolor (albeit kind of cheating to use the Distress Stains in this way, I mean, seriously… could anything BE more effortless than these stripes??? *insert Chandler Bing voice*)…

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And, Spidey… swingin’ from the twine?  I know, right?  EEP!!!

Thanks for stopping by!








You know what day it is, right?!  Yup! *head bobbing up and down vigorously*


So glad you’ve stopped by for the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today! *cheeky grin*

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(supplies linked at the bottom of this post)

I did a video for the Got Candy design (matching dies are HERE)… You can watch it in HD on YouTube HERE. And, if you have a spare second, I could use a thumbs up–I appreciate that so much!


Sorry about the audio on this–I got a new mic for my laptop and haven’t quite got the hang of the best recording settings yet… argh!

I’m giving a “Got Candy?” away to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment here by August 11th to enter!  Please ensure you leave your email along with your comments or have the “no reply” option disabled.  You have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I absolutely adore Halloween, and to be perfectly honest, have always been jealous of the Mister’s birthday falling on such a fun holiday… *envy*




There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by August 11th, 2015; winners will be announced by the weekend! ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎



What are ya’ waitin’ fer? You could win the whole enchilada, people! ;)

Oh, and before ya’ take off, I have another sample to share right below, featuring the Mistletoe & Holly stamp  and matching die set!

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(supplies linked at the bottom of this post)

Happy hoppin’! Your next stop is ever so sweet and talented Sharon Harnist!

A gazillion thanks to my above talented industry friends for sharing their mad crafty skillz on this hop!

Enjoy all the eye candy!









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