handmade cards


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!



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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This is a really fun masking effect that works particularly well for a design like this—I thought this made for a fun birthday card for the guys!

It does take a little bit of forethought and pre-planning, tho.

Did a quick video tutorial on how to do this effect:

DESIGN NOTE:  Shimmer Pen  was brushed over the  Big City die cut  after it was mounted to the card front.

DESIGN NOTE: Shimmer Pen was brushed over the Big City die cut after it was mounted to the card front.

Whaddya think? If you’ve never done it before, would you give it a try?

And, heads’ up! It’s National Splurge Day! HAH! Anyhoo, if ya’ feel like treatin’ yo’self, here’s a coupon code for ellenhutson.com

Happy masking—and happy splurging!