Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today! Read more below about the giveaway! PROJECTS First up is the Spa Day stamp set and coordinating Spa Day dies by Brandi ...
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Essentials by Ellen February 2017 Release Blog Hop & Giveaway!


Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop!  I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!  Read more below about the giveaway!


First up is the Spa Day stamp set and coordinating Spa Day dies by Brandi Kincaid. I also used Brandi's new Mirror Mirror die set:

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This card started with a watercolor background created with a mixture of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors in No. 50 Pale Aqua and No. 61 Cornflower Blue on Ranger Watercolor Paper, using a Black Velvet 8 watercolor brush. After the watercolor had dried, I stamped the flower with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.

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The spa girl stamp images were inked with Distress Markers: Cracked Pistachio (towels), Antique Linen (skin), and Spun Sugar (lips), Frayed Burlap (eyes) and stamped onto watercolor paper. The mask and straw were inked with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, the cucumbers with Lucky Clover, and the glass with Tumbled Glass.  After each of the images were stamped, I ran a watercolor brush over them, to spread the ink around the image. All the images were die cut with their coordinating Spa Day dies.

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The glass was also die cut from Ellen's 40# Vellum and adhered over the cucumber and straw, to give it a realistic glass look. To finish the card, I die cut Mirror Mirror from Silver Foil cardstock and Vellum and layered them together. It was popped up with X-Press Foam Tape onto the background. Finally, the Spa Day sentiment was silver heat embossed and the leftover tiny circles that came out of the mirror die cut were adhered to the centers of the background flowers!

My next project uses Julie Ebersole's Spread the Sparkle stamp set, along with its coordinating Sparkle die. I also used Julie's fan-tabulous new Hinged Thanks die:

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Spread the Sparkle stamp set and Sparkle die were originally free gifts with purchase back in November, to celebrate Ellen's 10th Anniversary, but are now available for sale!  

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I made a shaker with the Hinged Thanks die and filled it with Strawberry, Sea Breeze, and Clear sequins. The shaker letters are all still affixed to the die cut cardstock along the left sides (thus the "hinged" name!), creating fun peek-a-book "doors".  

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The shaker piece was backed with Taylored Expressions Cookie Monster cardstock. I die cut the "thanks" letters again, from Be Creative sheet adhesive and glittered them with Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine Warm Diamond glitter using the Burnished Velvet technique, then cut them out and adhered them over the shaker letters. Hopefully, you can see the pretty sparkle by clicking on the photo above for a larger view.

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The sequin stamps from the Spread the Sparkle stamp set were stamped with Taylored Expressions Strawberry Milkshake, Salt Water Taffy, and Sprinkles inks.  The "You make my world" sentiment, also from the Spread the Sparkle stamp set, was silver heat embossed.  The coordinating Sparkle word was die cut from another sheet of Be Creative sheet adhesive and this time glittered with Royal Teal.


It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com.  To enter, please leave a comment on THIS POST by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom blog!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3!  Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!


Next on the hop is the fabulous illustrator of the Spa Day stamp and die sets I used above, Brandi Kincaid!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy hoppin’!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon


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THANKS SPARKLE CARD ========================


Sprinkled With Fun

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Today over in the CLASSroom I have this fun card to share, which uses an ENTIRE stamp set for the background!  Please come visit me there, for all the details!

PLUS, Stamps are on sale this week at Ellen Hutson LLC.  What?!!  YES!!  Click the graphic below to shop the best selection of in-stock stamps, while they are still available!  The sale continues through this Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific.


Happy Friday!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon


Copic Marker Free Valentine Art Download!

Hello and happy Valentine's Day, friends!  If you are like me and need a quick last-minute Valentine (and don't want to get out in the pouring rain, like it is here today!), Copic Marker has you covered!  They have two different downloadable FREE pieces of Valentine artwork you can print off and color, with two different print color options per image as well! You can download those HERE.  I chose the squirrel image because we have about 5 or 6 squirrels at any given time that are playing in the trees, woods, and creek behind our house (and ON the house) ... it is quite entertaining to watch them!

You can watch a video of the fabulous Chihiro Howe coloring the same squirrel image I have, by clicking HERE.

Here's how I colored the squirrel image:


I printed the digital image onto X-Press It Blending Card, and colored it with the following Copic Markers: The N-series for the squirrel bodies, using a dotting method to give some texture:


The squirrel tails were colored with the W-series markers shown above, using long flicking strokes to create a hair-like texture.

The foliage and flowers were colored with these markers (C1 was used to create a shadow around the final colored images and also to shade the white flowers):


To finish the card, I used Lemon Atyou Spica Glitter Pen for the border, flower centers, and accent dots:


To make the image into a quick card, I die cut it with Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, which can be found here or here, framed the image with TE's Lemon Meringue cardstock, then mounted it onto a Lollipop card base. I left a sentiment off the front of this card, so it could also be used for any other occasion, if needed.

Enjoy your free downloadable artwork, folks, and Happy Valentine's Day!

WC Flower Signature-Sharon



Love You So Much

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Happy Friday, Friends!  Today over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom I'm sharing this cute Valentine card made with Darcie's Heart & Home clear stamp set "Love Hearts" and coordinating Tin Pin embellishment. These sweet little 1-inch dimensional tin embellishments give a fun pop and dimension to their coordinating stamp sets, or can be used alone to create quick and easy one-of-a-kind projects!  I hope you'll make it over to this blog post for all the details!

And it just so happens that Embellishments are on sale this week thru Sunday at 11:59pm Pacific over in Ellen's store. Click the graphic below to shop . . . You're welcome!!


Happy Weekend,

WC Flower Signature-Sharon


Masking To Create a Scene


One of my favorite backgrounds to create is sand and sea. With the help of masking and airbrushing, you can create any number of different scenes!

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Need to mask something larger? There are Mask It Rolls that come in widths up to 25 inches!

They are low tack, flexible, easy to cut, have a translucent backing which makes them perfect for use with a light box (maybe tracing a printed image?), and can be die cut!  And they have a matte finish, which can be stamped on (which you will see below).

Here's how I used it:

We just booked a cruise for this summer, so I was extremely excited to use this awesome Pink Ink Dream Cruise ship!  I stamped it with permanent ink (Memento Tuxedo Black) onto the translucent side of the Mask It film (the backing of the film is "water"marked with a white logo) repeatedly, so I would have a water wave mask wide enough to cover the front of a 5.50" wide card. Be sure to let the ink dry for a little bit, and then also blot it with a scrap piece of paper to pick up any ink that didn't dry.  The ink may not end up being totally "permanent" but will stay in place long enough for you to cut your mask:


After cutting out the masks, I placed one full-length wave mask over the ship (stamped onto a Neenah 110 Lb. Solar White card base) so the sky would be masked (Mask 1 below). Another mask was placed over the sentiment flag (Mask 3), and another full-length wave mask was placed under the sentiment. Then I airbrushed the area in between with Copic BG53, keeping the lower edge lighter:


Next, I added a little deeper shading under the ship with Copic BG45:


Next, I wanted to create a ripple of water, like it would be rolling in (down) toward the shore, so I moved the lower mask down just a smidge and airbrushed below the mask again with Copic BG53:


To create the shoreline/beach, I moved the lower mask down again and airbrushed the lower edge with Copic E42:


To give the sand some texture and lighten it up a bit, I left the mask in place, put some 0-Colorless Blender Ink onto an old washcloth and pressed the washcloth onto the sand:


Finally, I die cut the Mask It Sheet with small cloud dies (the Mask It film die cuts beautifully!) and placed the cloud masks in the sky -- strategically below and around the black ink I accidentally got onto the top of the card (argh -- this WAS going to be a one-layer card)!!  Masks were also placed over the ship (Mask 2) and covering the waterline and below (Mask 3). Then I airbrushed the sky with Copic B00. (The B000 shown in the photo below ended up being a little too light and I went back with B00 to darken it a bit):


After the masks are removed, this is what you are left with ... a lovely scene for our dream cruise ship!


Notice the area under the flags of the ship is still white in the photo above. I felt it was easier to not cut the mask out of that area (but you could) and just filled it in with lightest BG0000 marker by hand coloring.

To finish the image, I colored the ship and sentiment with these Copic Sketch Markers:


The tiny flags were colored with Atyou Spica Glitter Pens in Red and Sky Blue. The smoke stacks were given a metallic look with Silver Glitter Pen, the state rooms given a glow with Lemon Glitter Pen, and I highlighted the white parts of the ship and water waves with Clear Glitter Pen. Hopefully you can see the pretty sparkle by clicking on the photo below to make it larger:


To finish the card, I trimmed off the top of the card base where I had gotten ink on it. This left me with an approximate 3-9/16" tall image. I cut an additional piece of cardstock 3-13/16" and covered the lower edge with Gold 6mm Deco Glitter Tape and the upper edge with the Silver narrow Deco Glitter Tape. Then I colored the silver glitter tape with Copic BG02, to give it a light blue hue to match the rest of my card:


The colored image was adhered to the taped piece of cardstock, giving the image narrow pops of pretty glitter!  The finished image was then adhered to a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.50") white card base.


Thanks so much for visiting me today -- I hope you will give this fun masking technique a try!  Due to several questions asked about my craft room tour below, I will have some updated photos for you on that post tomorrow, so please check back!



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