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Die Cut Valentine Card

I like to use red and white to create a clean and simple die cut Valentine card. Silhouette images appear so crisp and clean with the colorful contrast.  I love using the Impression Obsession Songbird Branch cut in white and layered against the red Essentials by Ellen Folk Hearts. Layering the heart with the white Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables adds another element of contrast for the images.

making a die cut valentine card is so much fun

I used a large stylus and molding pad to form the leaves and the birds. The white scalloped background, the heart and the songbirds were attached using mounting tape. I never like creating projects where all the layers are attached flat to each other.  Adding space between the layers creates an element of dimension and interest to a clean and simple card.  

Die Cut Valentine Card

I really enjoy making projects with lots of detail but it is also fun to create an interesting clean and simple project.  Thanks for coming by today. I hope I have inspired you to create a clean and simple die cut valentine card of your own,  

United We Flourish Stamp and Die Combo, Sweet Sprinkles by Concord & 9th

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Good Sunday afternoon and welcome to the Untied We Flourish blog hop celebrating the release of the Concord & 9th Sweet Sprinkles Stamp and Die Combo set.  To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop and two commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Concord & 9th shop. To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog and the Concord & 9th  blog by 12pm PST on December 26th.

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I had lots of fun with the images and dies in this set.  I started by securing the sprinkle stamp and paper in my MISTI and stamping several times to create a decorative background layer. I attached the layer to the card base using ATG adhesive.  I cut the Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables  layer, secured it in my MISTI and stamped the sentiment.  I attached the sentiment layer to the red layer using ATG adhesive and then applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back and attached to the card base.

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I cut the cupcake top out in white and the bottom in red.  I crimped the bottom to add dimension.  I applied white embossing paste to the top using a Sofft spatula.  When the paste was totally dry I attached the tiny heart sprinkles all over it using glossy accents.  I cut two little leaves off of a stem from the Impression Obsession Leaves and Stems set and attached it along with one additional heart to the tippy top of the cupcake with glossy accents for a sweet embellishment.  I think this looks good enough to eat.  I am hoping there is a chocolate cake underneath all that frosting.

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You should have arrived here from Justine’s post and the next stop on the hop will be Karen’s post.  You can check back to the CLASSroom blog or Concord & 9th blog for the complete hop order.  Thanks for coming by and I sure hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful designs made with this sweet set.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Essentials by Ellen December Release

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Good Wednesday morning and welcome to day one of the Essentials by Ellen December release blog hop.  If you just logged on to my post you can check out all the hop details over in The CLASSroom.  Your next stop on the hop will be to Carly’s post.

My project today was made using Julie’s Banner Cake die set, Cue The Confetti stamp set, Otter Ware die set and the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables.

KC Essentials by Ellen Banner Cake 1 right

I cut the Banner cake out once in Robin’s Egg and again in white.  I applied versa to the white piece and embossed with white embossing powder, allowed it to cool and repeated apply versa and embossing with white powder.  I wanted the scroll work and outline of the cake to stand out like frosting.  I cut the top banner portion off of the blue piece, turned it over and secured all the blue scroll work and outline in place with double stick tape.  I wanted those pieces to be in place so the white layers would stand out well above the blue layer.  I applied Apple Green and Sugared Almond Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss to the little white banner flags and set it aside to dry.  I cut out pieces of the star and flower from the Otter Ware set in green and yellow, formed them using my stylus and molding pad and attached the pieces together using glossy accents.  I filled each flower with White Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss and set them aside to dry.

KC Essentials by Ellen Banner Cake 1 center

I placed the sentiment stamp and white scalloped layer in my MISTI and stamped the sentiment using Mustard Seed ink. I began assembling the card by attaching the large yellow scalloped layer to my card base using ATG adhesive.  I attached the blue and white scalloped layer together using thin strips of mounting tape and then attached it to the yellow layer with thin strips of mounting tape. I applied long strips of rolled up double stick tape to the back of the white scroll work and cake outline and attached it in place of the blue layer.   I applied tiny thin pieces of mounting tape to the back of the banner posts and flags and double stick tape to the back portion of the cake and attached it to the white base.  I finished by attaching the tiny flowers to the cake using glossy accents.

KC Essentials by Ellen Banner Cake 1 left

banner cake  cue the confetti

I hope you have a great day and I appreciate you stopping by.  Be sure to hop on over to Carly’s post to see her wonderful project.  And you can find the complete hop list and details at The CLASSroom.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Ellen Hutson LLC 11th Anniversary Blog Hop

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Good Friday morning and welcome to the 5th day of the Ellen Hutson 11th Anniversary Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from LauraJane Head’s wonderful post.  You will definitely want to go to The CLASSroom to learn all the details about the wonderful prize opportunities.

I have been a happy and faithful customer of Ellen’s since she opened her online store.  I made Bob’s Christmas shopping very easy each year as my wish lists were always filled with new “must have” products in the store.  You can imagine how thrilled I was several years ago when Ellen invited me to be a member of The CLASSroom design team. 

For this special anniversary hop the designers were asked to create a project using our favorite Essentials by Ellen products. {{{{{WHAT???}}}}} How do I choose?  After much thought I finally decided to use Fat Pants and Hinged Alphabet.  I have always loved making snowmen and snowy scene holiday cards. I simply adore the fun snowman elements in the Fat Pants sets.  To me there is nothing cuter than using a black top hat, scarf and holiday holly leaves and sparkly berries to dress the snowman up.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 right

I started by cutting out the snowman elements.  I stamped the face and body buttons using black versafine ink.  I applied Nuvo Crystal Drops to a craft sheet, allowed them to dry well and then picked them up with the tip of my paper piercer and attached them to the eyes, mouth and buttons using glossy accents.  You can see my sheet below with several Nuvo Drop colors I made for a few future projects.   I am too big a chicken to try applying the crystal drops directly on my project because I know I will somehow mess it up and have to start over.  LOL!

nuvo drops

I attached the body parts of the snowman together with large glue dots and attached the hat with mounting tape.  I decorated the hat and scarf using ribbon, holly leaves and berries attached with glue dots and glossy accents.  I added sparkle to the berries using red stickles. I applied brown ink to the branch arms and attached them to the back of the snowman body with glossy accents.

I cut the red scalloped layer, set the hinged letter dies in place and secured them with pieces of Eclipse masking tape and ran through my Big Shot to cut.  I cut a piece of blue cardstock and applied white falling snow using a white gel pen.  I hand cut a snow layer using my deckle scissors.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 center

I began assembling the scene by attaching the blue snowy layer to the card base using ATG adhesive. Next I attached the snow layer to the blue using ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape the red scalloped “Snow” layer and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snow man in behind the snow layer and attached with mounting tape. 

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For sure I never get to see snow or snowmen here in Florida so I always have to create my own on card fronts.  I love this fun snowman with his big happy smile and fancy decorated hat and scarf.  He is certainly ready for the holidays. 

I sure hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful projects along today’s hop path.  Be sure to check out each day’s hop this past week and leave comments to qualify for prizes.  You can also take part in the 11th Anniversary challenge for a chance to win more prizes.  All you have to do is upload a project using your favorite Essentials by Ellen product.

Thanks for coming by today and thank you to all of you who sent well wishes regarding my eye surgery.  All went well and I am recovering nicely. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your whole holiday weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Essentials by Ellen November Release

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Good Sunday afternoon and welcome to day one of the Essentials by Ellen November release blog hop.  If you just logged on to my post you can check out all the hop details over in The CLASSroom.  Your next stop on the hop will be to Jennifer’s post. 

My project today was made using Julie’s new Random Sayings paired with her Rustic Botanicals Stamp Set, Rustic Botanicals Die Set and framed with the Taylored Expressions Ornate Frame Cutting Plate.

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I secured white cardstock and the flower stamp in my MISTI and stamped several flowers using Wild Honey ink, heat set and then cut them out.  I used my scissors to cut in towards the flower center between each petal to help shape the flower.  I used a mini applicator to apply Wild Honey ink over the whole flower.  Then I lightly touched around the edges of the petals with a mini applicator and Spiced Marmalade ink to add depth of color.  I applied Gathered Twig ink to the center of each flower using a mini applicator. I formed the flower petals using the largest stylus from the Garden Tool Kit and a molding pad. I used two flower sections for each flower and attached them together using glossy accents. The leaves were cut using Easter Grass cardstock.  I added depth of color by applying a light touch of Peeled Paint to each leaf with a mini applicator.  I formed the leaves using the stylus and molding pad.  Once they were formed I lightly touched around the edges of the leaves with Vintage Photo ink to add definition. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Totally Random Sayings 1 center

I placed the card base and stamp in my MISTI and stamped  the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I love using my MISTI for stamping because I had to stamp twice to get perfect coverage.  I could never do that by only using an acrylic block.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.   I attached the flowers and leaves to the frame using glossy accents.  I love how the fall colored flowers pop against the all white frame and background.

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The Random Sayings is so versatile with wonderful sentiments that can be used for many occasions. You can check out all the sets in the November Release here and I linked them below along with the other sets I used for my project today..

Random Sayings 

I hope you have a great Sunday and I appreciate you stopping by.  Be sure to hop on over to Jennifer’s blog to see her wonderful project.  And you can find the complete hop list and details at The CLASSroom.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Framed Acorns

Good Tuesday morning.  Have you seen the new Essentials by Ellen release landing page?  There are wonderful sample ideas for using the new sets as well as a great coloring video by Sandy Allnock.  I love the new release format on the store site so I can see all the sets at once and get inspiration at the same time. My project today was made using the new Thistle Die Set.  I had lots of fun coloring the die cuts to create a fall arrangement.  I know the leaves in the set are not oak leaves but I liked surrounding the acorns with the bright colors anyway.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 left

I cut all the pieces using white cardstock.  Before I started coloring my die cuts I Googled acorn photos for inspiration on how to create a realistic acorn for my project. 

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I loved the texture on the acorn cap in the photo.  I misted water on the back of the cap pieces to soften the paper, laid them face down on the leaf pad and then used the small tipped stylus from my Garden Tool Kit to apply the markings.  I turned the caps over and used mini applicators to apply Antique Linen and Vintage Photo ink to color.  I colored the acorn bodies and twig branches using Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs ink. The leaves were colored using Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint inks.  You can see a short mini video that I put on Instagram if you would like to see how I color my leaves.  Be gentle as it is my first time to make a video using my iPhone.  LOL!  I cut the frame using Essentials by Ellen Tan Woodgrain cardstock and layered the card base with White Woodgrain cardstock.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 center

I attached the frame to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape.  I attached a few of the leaf sections and bare branches to to the card base with glossy accents to create a base arrangement for the acorns.  The acorns were attached with doubled up pieces of mounting tape. Once the acorns were in place I tucked a few more branches and leaves around them to finish the arrangement.  I added a tiny bit of sparkle to the acorn caps with clear Wink of Stella.  I doesn’t show well in the photos but it helped distinguish the caps from the body of the acorns.

KC Essentials by Ellen Thistle 1 right

Although I didn’t use the new Thistle Stamp Set for my project I linked it below.  The images are beautiful and can be used to create gorgeous floral images.  Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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