Make Your Own Sunshine

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hey, Happy Hump Day!  Wasn't yesterday's hop fun?  So many beautiful projects to see. 
 Ellen Hutson released a ton of fun new stamps and dies in their Essentials By Ellen brand.  This All Inside set is one of my favorites.  I also added a few clouds from the new Up The Happy set.
There's still time to enter the giveaway. Click {HERE} to leave a comment.  Thanks so much for coming by today!

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Essentials By Ellen February 2016 Release Blog Hop

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  And, yay!!! I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 16th!
There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 19th!
If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.
Happy hoppin’!
This first card focuses on the new All Inside and All Inside Dies.  How cute is this bear?  I love that when you use the coordinating die, his arms are partially cut.  It allows you to tuck things inside for him to hold.  I've decided to fill his arms with hearts for his Valentine!  The hearts have been colored with Copics and a bit of sparkle was added with Wink Of Stella.
This set comes with great sentiments: some large, some small.  I love that these outline letters allow you add color if you want.  I decided to add little pops of red to the words by coloring only a few letters.
This second card features the Many Thanks Die.  I die cut it several times and adhered the die cuts together to create a more substantial die cut.  It's much easier to adhere to your project.
For the background I stamped the leaf image from the new Mondo Hydrangea stamp set.  I stamped it repeatedly using Versamark embossing ink.  I added white embossing powder and once the embossing was done, I could add color.  I decided to use Distress Inks and a paint brush to add color to the images and background.  I used three different shades of green to get some variation.

 A vellum overlay and the addition of the Many Thanks sentiment finish the card!  Thanks so much for coming by.  I have more to share with you tomorrow, but  remember to leave a comment on this post and all along the hop for your chance to win. 
Good Luck!
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Sunday Ranunculus

Sunday, February 7, 2016

 Hello! Happy Super Bowl Sunday.  No football fans in this house so we will just enjoy the day doing what we love to do.  For me that means crafting.  I made a trio of cards using the new Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus stamp set from WPlus9.  It's a beautiful little set if you love to color.  If not, don't worry.  You can still enjoy this set in so many other ways.  I love stamping solid images over black lined images.  It's a simple way to add color and impact!  I used a beautiful color combination of Mojito, Falling For Blue, and Hayride.
I stamped three panels the same way and then die cut them with various dies.  Two of my favorites: the Sunshine Layers Die and the Stitched Rectangle Die
I embellished this one with die cuts from the Bountiful Blooms Die, the Small Butterfly Frame Die, and the Flower Doodles Die.  I added a few Falling For Blue Enamel Dots to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Birds {WPlus9 February Release Day}

Friday, February 5, 2016

 Today is the day! 
All of the new WPlus9 products are available,
including this set called Happy Birds!
This little guy is jumping for joy because it's someone special's birthday!
I hope you have enjoyed release week. 
What's on your list?
Stop by the Friday Inspiration File.  New projects have been added and they are gorgeous!  Week #253

Happy Birds

Happy Birds Die
Bountiful Blooms

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