When it’s Monday, we drink the coffee and then we do the things. Or, at least we try to do the things; I apparently need a lot more coffee . . .

I digress . . .

Gonna cut to the chase: The images on all these were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.

For skin tones, I used the following:


My girl here is blonde; I intermixed swipes of:

BTW, the bow in her hair is a trick I learned eons ago from buddy Lisa Spangler —it’s washi tape folded in half and tied into a simple not. Mounted with a Mini Glue Dot. (yes, she is also a washi tape addict!!!)

Sometimes I like to take a soft color like Cool Shadow and swipe it across a sentiment.


I just cut away the top of my card front with the 4 1/4” speech bubble die and then lightly blended a coral color along the bottom to give it a little definition; you can write a personal message underneath the speech bubble flap.

I used those Life-changing Brushes I’m always raving about—I could never in a million years could have gotten that soft and delicate a blend any other way—seriously, I have tried and tried and I just suck when it comes to the old ink blending tool.


My brunette girl has some little auburn highlights goin’ on:

And, if you showed up for Monday, you do indeed deserve a whole sheet of gold stars! * chinkle *

Thanks for poppin’ today!


My latest stamps & dies collection for Ellen Hutson LLC is now available! You can see the full monty on the release page here: JUNE ESSENTIALS BY ELLEN

On this project the images were stamped (onto watercolor paper) with Versafine Golden Meadow (a surprisingly effective alternative to stamping in black, when watercoloring nature/foliage images) and watercolored by pressing waterbased ink pads (listed in supplies at the bottom of the post) against my Water Media Mat and then loading my water brush with color from there to paint.

After everything was dry, I lightly/sparingly spattered black acrylic paint over top. Speech bubble is attached to a mini action wobble so it boings around when you flick it. •chortle•

This particular collection is so me—and I mean SO, SO ME!!!

  • Always wanted a moped; now I got one (well, close enough, BAH HA HAAAAAA!!!).

  • I adore the smell of citrus—look at all that sassy, lemony goodness!!!

  • And I’ve had this idea for the skyline die of my dreams and finally got the chance to make it real! •fist pump•

  • While we’re on the subject of a stamp set truly reflecting “me” . . . I’m keepin’ it real with this one.

I’ve been frantically making samples but haven’t had a chance to shoot ‘em yet; I recently returned from Japan, welcoming a new grand-baby/ helping my daughter’s family. Anyhoo, I’ll share more projects with the release over the coming days as I catch up on work!

Thanks for stopping by and, if you haven’t yet, be sure to visit the Ellen Hutson blog to see some pretty freakin’ fantastic inspiration shared by our team members— trust me, you will not be disappointed; those gals are ON FIRE!!!

SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: The following links may greatly enhance your creative expression, leading to inky fingers, increased card making and excessive jocularity.





•cheeky grin•


I’m sharing a family moment here, so if that’s not your thang, please ignore this post.

Lilly meeting little sister Elizabeth for the 1st time

Lilly meeting little sister Elizabeth for the 1st time

We’ve been staying close to home, limiting our adventures to things like the local Japanese grocery store(s), DAISO/SERIA (Japanese dollar stores), NITORI (Japan’s version of IKEA), etc.

And, with good reason; we’ve been anxiously awaiting a pretty special delivery . . . •chinkle•


I have the sneaky suspicion these two are gonna be joined at the hip . . . •wink•

Life doesn’t get any better than these moments . . . Am I right?

Thanks for letting me share my joy . . .