Category Archives: Ellen Hutson

Essentials by Ellen Pinsights – December, SSS Monday – 2 January, SSS Wednesday – 28 December, SSS Work it Wednesday – December

Hello … bonjour!  I’m squeezing in past a couple of closing doors with my card today …

pinsights-dec-sssm-2-1-sssw-28-12-ssswiw-decAn Essentials by Ellen hydrangea and sentiment stamped onto watercolour card stock, with that lovely bloom watercoloured with Zigs and a water brush.  I splattered it with a little Black Soot Distress Ink, added some white gel pen detailing to the flower centres and popped the panel up on foam onto the card base, over a slender strip of black along the right hand edge.  This card is going to a sweet friend who recently and suddenly lost her mother, so I decided against adding any shimmer or bling.

I’m playing along at …

Essentials by Ellen Pinsights – Mood Board (below) … I picked out the red ornament hanging against the marked door in white (right, second last picture) as my inspiration.

SSS Monday – Start Afresh … the hydrangea is new to me

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

SSS Work It Wednesday – Something New With New Product … the hydrangea is new to me

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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December Pin-Sights Challenge Photo

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights – October, CAS on Sunday #95, Seize The Birthday 20 October, SSS Wednesday 26 October

Hello … bonjour … and Happy All Saints Day!  I’m rushing in with a  ‘partly done at the Lake House’ card to share with you today …


The part I did at the Lake House was the stamping of the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony (thanks, Ardyth!) onto watercolour paper (thanks, Bev!).  Here at home, I used my Zigs and water to add colour and shading to the bloom and some leaves, trimmed them out and mounted them on foam tape into the corner of a stitched rectangle card panel (courtesy of my sweet friend, Claire in Australia).  The sentiment is made up of two different ones from WPlus9‘s Happy Wishes, I scattered a few sequins around it, layered Spectrum Noir glitter pen onto the flower centre, and added some dark grey splatters, before adhering the panel to a card base.

I’m playing along with four challenges, two of which are closing their doors shortly (hence the rush!) …

Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights – Inspiration Board (below) … those lovely flowers in the middle

CAS on Sunday – Flowers

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes (No Topping)

SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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A Just For Fun Card!

Hello … bonjour!  D’you ever find you just have to be creative or you’ll burst?  I had a day like that at the weekend … and made a few cards … one of which I’m sharing here (rather quickly … I’m late and Mr Linky will be closing doors in less than an hour)!  Want to see?

eh-mix-up-c9-1-9-share-joy-52-cfc-156-sssm-12-9-hls-dies-septemberQuick, clean and simple … some Concord & 9th die cut flowers cut from a previously smooshed panel, each attached to the card just in the middle to allow the petals to curve upwards … topped with some sequins and enamel accents.  The ‘love &’ sentiment is from Concord & 9th, the popped up ‘hugs’ is from Ellen Hutson … and I added a slender strip of the smooshed panel down the edge as a finishing touch.

Those delicious blooms and the ‘hugs’ are courtesy of my lovely card making, non blogging, met through blogworld friend Judith in the UK … who comes for a play day each summer when she visits family who live nearby (how’s that for a wonderful coincidence?).  This last visit, Judith brought all kinds of delicious dies for us to play with, including these flowers … and left her (NBUS!) EH All Inside stamp/die set to have a holiday, though I had it working hard before it finally flew home via La Poste!  Thanks so much, mon amie … it was great to see you!

I’m playing along at …

Ellen Hutson Mix Up – With Concord & 9th … first time playing and I’ve left it sooo late to post!

TE Share Joy – Sketch/Keep It Clean & Simple … I went CAS

CAS-ual Fridays – Dimension and Bling … both in my flowers

SSS Monday – At The Movies … daisy like blooms, so Driving Miss Daisy!

See you all soon … lots of lovely visiting to do still!  Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂


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Unscripted Sketches #191, Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Clear Take ‘n Make, CASology Favorites

I’ve a card to share with you this evening and then if you feel like scrolling down a bit further, there’s a touch of CASology Favorites to play with.  Here’s the card and also a picture of the HA stamps I used …

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The card’s for Unscripted Sketches, which I didn’t get to last week so it’s good to be back, and for Ellen Hutson LLC Hero Arts Clear Take ‘n Make, that I only recently discovered via my good friend Geri at Manitoba Stamper (thanks Geri!).  I stuck pretty much to the sketch and used HA stamps for the image and sentiment.

I stamped the bird five times on white, coloured all but one in yellow, leaving the one to stand out as different by using blue and a couple of gems.  Then came the sentiment (which was masked as I only used part of it) cut into a banner, and layers came next to frame the image.  It was all mounted on a swiss dots embossed panel, and the final touch was the three white gems.  It’s not as CAS as my usual offerings but I’m content … sometimes it’s good to do something different, it gets those little grey cells going!  Anyway, I like the message!  Recipe is at the bottom.

I spent a very happy few hours yesterday and today meandering through the last six months entries at CASology … there’s a favorites week rather than a cue card at the moment, with easy peasy access to all 24 weeks since the challenge first started in July.  It’s been extra fab for me ’cause not only did I get chance to have a review of everything since I started playing in October (a few weeks into blogworld), but I had the joy of checking out all the stuff I hadn’t seen before.

So WOW, WOW, WOW … to say that I am awe struck by the incredible creativity and talent that is out there is a smidgy bit of an understatement  … I could have ‘favorited’ so many … some already winners or honorable mentions, some not.  In the end I finally chose and linked one that was perfectly CAS, beautifully executed and made me laugh out loud as soon as I saw it … it’s Shirley’s Hello Birdie from Week 4, and it’s here, take a look if you feel like a chuckle!

There were a whole load of others too, so I thought I’d put the links on here for you to have a look at (if you want to be awe struck and inspired too!).  In no particular order …

Rosemary’s Sparkle Tree       Geri’s Leaf Trees       Ardyth’s Orange Orange!

Jenny’s Sweet Fruit       Melissa’s Time’s Fun When You’re Having Flies

Darnell’s Green Pear         Claire’s Leaf Frame      Tracey’s Shoe Trick or Treat

Jen’s Thanks Lifesaver          Donna’s White Landscape

So to Melissa (Creator/Co-ordinator), Ardyth, Jen, Rosemary and Tracey (the Design Team)… an enormous THANK YOU for such a great challenge and consistently inspiring examples … I so appreciate what you all do 🙂  Also, to my fellow CASologists thank you so much for sharing your ideas and skill … I am inspired by you all 🙂

Looking forward to tomorrow’s announcement about which of you talented people have joined the Design Team.  I’m off to make a card … if I don’t use up some of that download of inspiration, I’ll explode!  Thanks so much for coming by, and especially so if you’ve had chance to make a comment below, it’s a delight to read your feedback … Anita 🙂

Recipe:  Cardstock: Crafter’s Companion, Nitwit Collections,  Stamps: Hero Arts,  Ink: Hobbycraft,  Colours: Promarkers,  Gems: Papermania