Sunday, January 21, 2018

Ellen Hutson Blog Hop

Hi Folks! Welcome to the blog hop celebrating the latest United We Flourish set, Better Together by Hero Arts! You may have just come from the one-and-only Julie Ebersole, but if not feel free to start at the beginning in The CLASSroom.

The latest in the United We Flourish campaign, this stamp and coordinating die set is all about friendship, and, well, being "Better Together" ... how can you argue with that? 

I knew I wanted to feature these birds in a heart, since I was going with the punny "you're a tweet heart" sentiment. So I cut a heart from cardstock (like old-school, freehand...gasp!) and used that to stamp the adorable bird images on. The birds are colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

The heart is mounted on some silver thread wrapped around the charcoal panel. I drew a couple outlines around the heart and colored the margin.

Originally, I stamped several birds in the heart, but after I colored them I realized that wasn't the direction I was going. In the past I would put the unused heart in a drawer I have for scraps to "save for later" ... ha! Ask me how that's been going, as I struggle to close it. Not so good. Somehow, "later" never shows up. So, in the spirit of New Year's resolutions, I've resolved NOT to add anything to my drawer. I either 1) use it or 2) lose it. In this case, I spent too much time coloring to lose it, and there were no giant ink blobs or other issues with it, so I made it into a second card. Spent about 5 minutes getting the card base ready, wrapped more of the silver thread that was already out, and stamped a new sentiment. DONE. This made me feel very productive!

One more thing to need to feel constrained by how a stamp is laid out. On my original card I ended up cutting the words of the sentiment apart (after they were stamped, I don't usually cut my actual stamp unless I want it to be a permanent change) so they could be read vertically. I also wanted the black to add more weigh down the middle of the card. My "extra" card was all about speed so I left the sentiment as-is. You always have options!

To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop! To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog by 11:59 PST on January 28th.

Your next stop on this hop is the wonderful Kittie Caracciolo!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Smooching Pooches Light Up Valentine with Chibitronics

    Hi Folks! I'm happy to share another light up card using the magic of Chibitronics. This is a sweet valentine that features two little dogs falling in love.

    When you slide the little pooch over to give a smooch, something magical happens!

    Love is in the air!

    If you would like to see the full instructions and photos for how this card came together, I welcome you to check out my post on the Chibitronics blog.

    SPECIAL NOTE: For anyone going to Creativation (CHA) this weekend, let me know and I'd love to meet up with you! I'll be demoing the wonderful Catherine Pooler Inks in her booth from 10:00-11:00 on Saturday, and helping with the exciting Chibitronics class at noon on Saturday. The rest of the time I'll be roaming around and having too much fun!

    Hope to see you in Phoenix!
    - Kelly