HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS

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Brandi’s Hard Candy Christmas set is so much fun for making shaker cards! •fist pump•

I stamped a ton of the candy in yellows, greens and pinks and then die cut them so I’d have lots at the ready to use as filler and embellishment both. They’re so cute mixed in with some sparkly sequins!

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I used double layers of foam tape so things could shake around freely and was careful not to “over-stuff” the fillers. Gosh, I actually think this is one of the prettiest—and sweetest, LOL!—holiday cards I’ve ever made!

The candies adorning the front of the card were garnished with Diamond Stickles. HAH! Don’t let the culinary terms fool ya’, tho—this is strictly EYE candy. •wink•


GODZILLA STRIKES!

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Welcome to the September EBE Release Hop!

So. I KNOW. I KNOW Dino-mite Christmas is, in fact, a holiday themed DINOSAUR set, but I just could not resist having “Godzilla” stomp into the city with birthday wishes. It just cracks me up!!! Did you ever watch Godzilla movies when you were a kid?

I had to incorporate Brandi’s Backyard Party set for the greetings and cake. Godzilla’s flaming breath is the latté steam from A Breve Note. When everything just falls into place like this, ya’ gotta run with it. Am I right?!

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Inside, the card reads, “You party animal” (also from the Backyard Party set). I mean, seriously . . . •chinkle•

My granddaughter (almost 7 yrs. old) love dinosaurs and to my surprise, can identify/name a number of different types—she knows more than I do!

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We've got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole September Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Sunday, September 15th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

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I’m glad you came by and your eyes will be happy when you check out all the creations along the way!

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JINGLE ALL THE WAY

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These little reindeer faces just make me smile! I actually clear embossed them with a dark brown pigment onto watercolor paper, but it wasn’t until later that I decided to actually watercolor them because at the time, I didn’t have a plan. (sheepish shrug) The idea to do this with them came a few days later, LOL!

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I blended some orange and pink hues of Catherine Pooler Inks onto a quarter sheet of Neenah Solar white, then prepped the surface with an anti-static pouch; blow off the excess after pouncing all over. The anti-static powder eliminates static, moisture and any oil from your finger tips from the surface of the paper so you can avoid stray embossing powder sticking to unwanted areas.

After white embossing the sentiment, I waited a few seconds for it to cool then used a Swiffer cloth to buff off any remaining anti-static powder that was dulling the background.

I flicked some watered-down white acrylic paint from my stash onto this background so I would have more prominent spatters showing up more than just plain water might give me. But, I had to be patient to let it dry before moving on. OY!!! You’ve no idea how hard it is for me to wait for things to dry. I deserve a whole sheet of gold stars . . . (wink)

My layout was looking off-balance until I switched to a 4.25” square. Once I cropped it down, all was right with the world, LOL! The background and the deer were all popped up with foam tape.

TIP:

The key to threading twine through the little loop on the jingle bell is a dental floss threader. Next time you’re perusing the toothpaste aisle, pick up some of ‘em—they are AWESOME.

Good day!

ETA: Forgot to mention there’s a Labor Day sale going on right now over at Ellen Hutson.


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