birthday

LETTERBOARD BIRTHDAY

You know me. A card that makes me laugh is always going to be my favorite. Always!!! I figured out some fun hacks (a.k.a. tips & tricks) for this awesome Letterboard Die set—be sure to stop by the Ellen Hutson Blog on Dec. 24th because I have a video highlightin’ m’ trusty dusty hacks! LOL!

And, all that glorious rainbow confetti? I DIY’d it. •cheeky grin• Here’s a link to my video on YouTube: DIY Rainbow Tissue Paper Confetti. It works so awesome with the Confetti Flinger Die. Seriously, you gotta try it! Too much fun!!!

I’m really glad you stopped by today. Really, really.

:)


All Over Floral

I love the floral images in these Flora & Fauna stamp sets--it's fun to pile on as many as I can onto the lid of my MISTI and create an all-over floral pattern.  These were stamped in a deep, almost cranberry red.

The black spatters are from Distress Paint that I daubed onto an acrylic block and then flicked off onto the card with a paint brush.  It adds a nice bit of texture--the paint is fluid, but thicker than ink so it has really nice opacity when you need/want it.

 

The sentiment looks like my DYMO label maker, but it's actually from a great stamp set by Altenew!  And, all I needed to set off this card was to die cut a few of the sweet leafy branch from a Flora & Fauna die set out of glitter card stock and pop them up along with the sentiment.

I kinda really, really love this birthday design--so simple but that touch of glitter and the paint spatters give it such an elegant look!  


PARTY ROCK

So.  I've had this idea in my head for the.longest.time.  The most challenging part was getting a "granite"-like texture on that solid blob.  I tried a LOT of different things, but in the end, I found just wadding up a paper napkin and dabbing it lightly against the inked up stamp was all I needed to create the effect.  *BOOYAH!*

Hand drew the facial features and used a fresh new pencil eraser to make the cheeks (2nd generation impression ). 

 

The little paint stroke "flicks" in the Abstract Paint Strokes set reminded me of tufts of grass so I went with it.  Borrowed the hat and cupcake from the Bear Ware set.  Sentiment was computer generated, trimmed out and popped up.

Tropical Tangerine Stickles are apparently headed for retirement, which is a crying shame, IMHO... It really helps set off the whole thing--it actually appears more neon in real life than is showing on screen here, which I happen to LOVE about that particular color of Stickles. 

I don't always think out-of-the-box, but when I do...

I drink Dos Equis.

KIDDING.  I AM KIDDING YOU.

I hate beer.

P.S.  If you enjoy my blog posts and weren't already aware, I'm starting to offer online workshops here on my website and the first one is listed HERE in my shop.  I'm looking forward to producing more! :)