Lawnscaping Challenge: Sparkle and Shine sponsored by ELLEN HUTSON with Video

Howdy ho everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Today I am here with a new Lawnscaping Challenge! Sparkle and Shine! There are many ways to add sparkle and shine. Glitter, Heat Embossing, Perfect Pearls, Glossy Accents… See what I mean????? I pulled out some new and old Lawn Fawn products to create this:

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The background was created with the popular  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and blended them with a Perfect Pearls mixture (shine). I never thought to blend them with water until I saw Catherine Pooler do it, lol!!!  I used Fintastic Friends stamp set and dies and colored those images with the Zig Clean Color markers too!

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It sure is hard to capture shine in pictures, let me tell ya! You can see some of it on the background here!!! I also heat embossed the sentiment with some sparkle embossing powder (shine #2). And then I added a coat of Wink of Stella Glitter in clear over the fishies (shine #3)…. Oh, All the images were heat embossed in black before watercoloring (shine #4). So while it’s hard to see, this card is very sparkly! I didn’t have any “wave dies” so I used one of the dies from the Stitched Hillside die set (comes with 4 dies) and die cut them onto my favorite heavy duty vellum to create my “waves”….

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 I did say video, didn’t I!  You can watch the video in HD by CLICKING RIGHT HERE!

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A BIG HUGE THANK YOU TO ELLEN HUTSON for sponsoring this challenge! The winner will receive a $25 shopping spree to their store!

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As always, I list the supplies below! Affiliate links are used, but that is at ZERO cost to you. It just let’s them know you came from my blog and I get a small % of the sales that helps me run my blog and purchase supplies to use in future projects/videos…. (EH: Ellen Hutson, SSS: Simon Says Stamp, AZ: Amazon, BM: Blue Moon Scrapbooking).

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Mix It Up with Paper Smooches: Ellen Hutson Challenge

Hi there! Here with a super duper quick post making sure you guys all saw the current Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge!!! I love these challenges because you mix it up with Ellen Hutson products and another manufacturer and this challenge, we are mixing it up with Paper Smooches! I can’t wait to get in the craft room and create for this! In the meantime, I hope you will get some crafty time and play along! I’ve already seen some gorgeous submissions! There are two amazing projects on the blog by two pretty awesome designers sure to inspire you so be sure to check it out!

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Patriotic Birthday Challenge

HAPPY 4th of July to those in the States!!!!!!!  I started this morning by making bacon and eggs for the family! I got sidetracked while sweeping up dog hair (LOVE Sadie to bits but which she didn’t shed so much, lol) and burned some of the bacon, oopsie!  This week’s challenge at StampNation is to create a Birthday card inspired by the American flag.  You may remember my exciting announcement about joining STAMP NATION! I officially started July 1st! WOOT WOOT!
Here’s a peek at the DT’s cards… And to add a little bit of fun to this post, one of these peeks is a card of mine. Any guesses which one it is?
Members can view the challenge here.  If you aren’t a member,   Click here to learn more
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Gelatos and Heat Embossing on Canvas to create framed art VIDEO

Hi there! Today I am guesting over on the Faber Castell® Design Memory Craft® blog! I created this framed art using canvas, gelatos and an awesome background stamp! Be sure to head over here to see all the details and step out instructions! Thank you so much for having me Design Memory Craft®!

I enjoyed making this because I made this specifically for my daughter’s room. I chose colors that worked with her color scheme. I have never heat embossed or used gelatos on canvas before, so I lost my mind deciding to film it!  But, I think it worked out well, with the exception of the one teeny tiny mistake I made, which of course I kept in the video for your amusement!! As I watched it back, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself and give me the forehead slap, hahahah!  I hope this is something my daughter will love, when she is old enough to not just want to throw it, lol!!!!!

I’ve also got a video to share which shows you the process! You can CLICK HERE to watch it!!!

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As always, I list the supplies below! Affiliate links are used, but that is at ZERO cost to you. It just let’s them know you came from my blog and I get a small % of the sales that helps me run my blog and purchase supplies to use in future projects/videos…. (EH: Ellen Hutson, SSS: Simon Says Stamp, AZ: Amazon, BM: Blue Moon Scrapbooking).

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Collab with Catherine Pooler: Iron Off watercolored Peonies video

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Today I am here  with an exciting collaboration!!!! I am collabing with THE CATHERINE POOLER! I know, right???? ACK!  She is amazing and sweet and I just heart her!! We’ve teamed up today to show off this gorgeous Peony Cling Garden Backgroud stamp from The Ton! If you aren’t familiar with The Ton, they have an amazing line of stamps inspired by couture fashion and modern decor! They just launched in January of this year so I know there are many other things on their horizons and I can’t wait to see it all! For my card today, I decided to incorporate some watercoloring with the iron off embossing technique. That’s the only way any iron gets use in this house, lol! Nope, I don’t iron the clothes but I iron the card! My husband doesn’t find that as funny! Where is his humor I ask you, lol!

I inked up the Peony Background with some Versamark ink and then heat set it with clear embossing powder.  I started by using one of the Color Bloom sprays, as you will see in the video, but ended up changing my mind and pulling out my lovely Kuretake Gansai watercolors. These watercolors are fantastic! They are rich and creamy and pigmented and come in 3 different sizes…  12, 24 and 36 (all linked below in case you were interested in checking them out). After the peonies were watercolored, I took to my trusty iron (a cheapie I got off of Amazon) and ironed off the embossing powder to remove that shine.. Now it looks like I hand painted these peonies!

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I die cut the background with two of the frames from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die set and adhered them down to the card base, with the center piece popped up with some foam dimension.  Lastly, I grabbed some of the Ellen Hutson 43lb vellum and stamped a sentiment from the It’s Cray Cray stamp set by the Ton in Versamark and heat set in gold embossing powder. I adhered the vellum on with multi-matte medium glue because it is a strong adhesive and dries completely CLEAR!

How about I just show you how I made this baby! You can watch  over on my youtube channel in HD! Just click HERE!

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As always, I list the supplies below! Affiliate links are used, but that is at ZERO cost to you. It just let’s them know you came from my blog and I get a small % of the sales that helps me run my blog and purchase supplies to use in future projects/videos…. (EH: Ellen Hutson, SSS: Simon Says Stamp, AZ: Amazon, BM: Blue Moon Scrapbooking).

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Hi: Stacked Die Cutting, Gelatos and Glass Glitter Bead Gel Video

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HI! As my card says, lol!!!!! I’m here today with a bright and colorful card that features some stacked die cutting, Gelatos®, some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and a rainbow inspired by an Inspiration Lesson over at Stamp Nation called Watercolor Waterfall! All the exact supplies I used are linked at the end of this post..

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I love this die! It’s big and bold and just fantastic! I have nothing like it in my collection! Pairing the die with my lovely Gelatos® and the Glass Glitter Bead Gel™ took it to an entirely different level! It has a grainy texture! You apply the Glitter Gel the same way as you would frost a cake, and when it dries, WOWZA!  And see how stacking up you dies really draws in the eye?

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I’ve got a video for you today that showcases how I made this! I hope you enjoy it. You can watch it here on my blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! And if you don’t already, I would love it if you subscribed to my channel!!!

As always, I have listed the supplies I used in today’s project below! Affiliate links are used, but that is at ZERO cost to you. It just let’s them know you came from my blog and I get a small % of the sales that helps me run my blog and purchase supplies to use in future projects/videos…. (EH: Ellen Hutson, SSS:  Simon Says Stamp, AZ: Amazon, BM: Blue Moon Scrapbooking).

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PinSights Challenge: Inspirational Board

OH YES!!! The current Pin Sights Challenge from Ellen Hutson is currently underway and I am so loving this board! The bright colors, the patterns….  I took inspiration from the circle shapes and the bright colors and the gold! I did some stamping, heat embossing and watercoloring on a the base panel and then softened it up a bit with this awesome heavy duty 43lb vellum from Ellen Hutson. That is some amaze balls vellum, I kid you not! Most durable vellum on the market.

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And here is the June PinSights Challenge Inspiration photo (click the photo to be taken to the image source). I do hope that you all will play along! You’ve got until Tuesday night! And what else do you have to do this weekend???? LOL! I type this in the dark as I sit in my daughter’s room. She attempted to wake up at 5AM this morning. Uh, no!! So I got some blogging down while I sit in here making her going back to sleep! Do I get an “A” for multi tasking or what??? Have an awesome day!!!

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Stamping with water and fireworks video

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Hey there! Here today with a super quick post/video showing you how I created this card by stamping with water! Yup, water….. They key to this technique is distress inks and in this case, I used one of the Distress Ink Custom Blend DIY ink pads that I created in this video! See those fireworks???? OOOH! So pretty! It’s the Pyrotechnics stamp set from The Ton! It just sold out last night, but I’ve been assured they already have their restock order in so you can expect it back by the end of this month… I knew that baby was gonna sell out fast so I got my hands on that one STAT.

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To stamp the background, I simply sprayed the stamp with water and stamped! Yup, it’s just that simple. Remember, for this technique to work well, use distress inks! :) A few of the images I re-stamped with one of the distress ink colors used on the background to create a cool shadow. Added a few flicks of perfect pearls and some gold texture spray and done! But enough gabbing. It’s video time!

You can watch the video here on my blog but even better, over on my youtube channel in HD and with more video links!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

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