Brandi’s chickens crack me up—just look at what happened to Mama Hen and Papa Rooster!!!

These images were just stamped with Versafine Clair Nocturne and then watercolored using Peerless Watercolors and an Aquash.

This is totally what happens when Easter Eggs hatch. Totally. (chortle)

I know this idea has been done before—the ants makin’ off with all the picnic goods—but I’ve never made one myself so I wanted to try. These were all stamped with Gina K Amalgam Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers. I will say I’m not entirely happy with my color scheme for this one, but it was a first attempt, so I’m trying not to be too hard on myself. Sometimes on a design like this, where there is a lot going on, I struggle bringing so many colors together. In hindsight, I think it’s the color I chose for the bottled wine that’s got me buggered more than anything else . . . Note to self: Next time, go with white wine.

I did borrow the pickle jar from Cooking Lady.

Anyhoo, I die cut a quarter sheet with one of the grassy Landscape Dies, and ink blended one side, before piecing and gluing them back together onto my card front—I wasn’t sure how much I’d be popping things up and didn’t want the card to get too bulky.

Hope you’re having a fab weekend!


Ellen Hutson has a new release for the summer, with some super cute stamp sets by Brandi Kincaid and fun new dies! We’re hoppin’ to share it! My project features a fun window design with an aquatic theme, using Subbing In

Used one of the Waves Dies to create a mask and blend ink over to create my ocean on my base card—the sub was stamped and white embossed on sunny yellow card stock and then die cut out—windows were die cut separately from the sub and then I traced the windows from the sub onto the front of the card so I’d know where to put the dies to cut


After gluing the sub in place, I lightly traced the window openings again, so I’d know where to stamp Jelly inside the card—so cute to have her peeking through the window! Erased the pencil lines before I started coloring.


Sea critters get me every time . . .

So, here’s more details about the hop!


We've got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

So, hop along and check out the creations of this talented roster:

Enjoy the hop and thanks for leaving some love at all the stops—may the odds be ever in your favour! (grin)

I’ll have another card (heck, maybe two!) from this release to share tomorrow—I actually got to stamp a little one day this week—GO ME!!! (chortle)



Today is a fun day! We’re havin’ a Hero Arts hop! There be prizes, too! Info on that is more towards the bottom of my post. Hero Arts stamps were among the very first I ever purchased over 25 years ago, and now they’re celebrating their 45th anniversary!!! That’s pretty amazing! You can learn more about them HERE in the Meet the Maker series.

On this hop, I’m sharing two cards with very different looks but from the very same set:

Color Layering Monarch Butterfly


Watercolor goodness in this first one . . .


Layered tints of blue, sage and deep aqua on the 2nd.


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You can win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Ellen Hutson shop! Winners will be drawn from commenters along the blog hop so make sure to comment at each stop before Friday, June 28th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

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And, by the by, there’s also an awesome Hero Arts sale going on at Ellen Hutson June 21-23rd! Use code meetHERO at check-out to save 25% on the Hero Arts brand category of products.

In addition to a wide variety of stamps, they also produce some of my favorite related tools and supplies! Just to name a few:

Thank you for stopping by and have a splendid weekend!


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