You are Crafty and Kind!

Hello! I’m popping in tonight to share a card I finally made! I tinkered around with these die cuts for quite some time, and then this happened. Ha!

If you look at it,Β  you can see it is wonky right? I’m thinking I should have left two more “triangles” out to make it less awkward overall. Arranging them this way doesn’t quite make a complete “star”. There isn’t quite enough room. πŸ˜‰ But it is what it is and nothing is coming off now, since it’s all stitched down! πŸ™‚

I looooove this Essentials by Ellen Silver Linings die and I was hoping to do something more with it too. But wow, has time been elusive! I usually craft in late evenings after all of everything, but lately I’ve had so many other things. It’ll pass hopefully! I need that time back to make stuff and exercise that part of my brain. I always feel better. πŸ™‚

I super enjoy this fun sentiment from this Essential by Ellen set: Crafty Ladies Say.

I wanted to participate in the latest Ellen Hutson’s Pin-sights Challenge! I so dig this color inspiration and yet, I feel that I didn’t quite capture it fully. Things went a different direction that I initially planned! Doesn’t that happen often or what?! Haaaaa!

Check it out and join in! There’s still a few days to jump in!Β  πŸ™‚

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with another FEW cards! ❀

Thanks for stoppin’ in!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Beary Best!

Good Morning! Happy Saturday!

Today, I am sharing this card I finished late last night using Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 2. How cute is this little Snowman Bear? Gah! (I thought I had the dies, but I guess not? Ha! So I fussy cut the snowbears out. πŸ˜‰ )

I colored them last night with Copic Markers for The Daily Marker’s 30 Day Challenge and then popped them on a card. (Check out that Challenge HERE! Kathy is FABULOUS!)

Let me just say, I think this is the most purple I have used in years! LOL! Also, this card is BUSY! It’s a little too busy for me, but I still think it’s too cute to not share. πŸ™‚

For the sentiment on this card, I used EH’s Warm Fuzzies stamp set. (I heat embossed it.) That set is a super fave of mine! ❀

For the background of this card, I used my friend Miriam’s Neat & Tangle stencil, Rice Paddies. There is so much detail on that stencil, it can be used for awesome things! πŸ™‚ I used Wilted Violet Oxide ink. I also stamped the little dots from EH’s Abstract Paint Strokes.

To finish off this card, I added some Neat & Tangled sequins (Thank you, N&T!) and some stitching.

I used all the purples and violets to participate in Ellen Hutson’s Pinsight Challenge! It’s been awhile, so I am happy to participate again–dig the EH Challenges!

Check it out and join in! I think there is still a bunch of time to play along! πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend! Jill πŸ™‚

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One in a Chameleon

Hooray for the weekend! πŸ™‚

Last night I had just enough time to get a quick card made. Monday is back to school here,Β  and it is going to get ugly round these parts! My son is going to be in extreme denial!Β  πŸ™‚ So I made him a card for his lunchbox, to soften the blow midday. It’s not going to work, but it can’t hurt. Haaaa!

My son has a chameleon and he loves apples, so I went with that! πŸ™‚

This little chameleon was a Lawn Fawn goodie offered around Thanksgiving. I obviously needed to grab one! πŸ™‚ I did not get the die however, so I just fussy cut him out. πŸ™‚

The background I used is from the fabulous Ellen Hutson set, Wonky Backdrops. Love that set.

Other supplies: Lawn Fawn Thanks a Bushel stamp and die, Lawn Fawn Jet Black (Copic friendly) Ink, Versafine Black,Β  Hero Arts Ombre ink pad, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Copic Markers, and a White Gel Pen.

I thought I’d enter this for the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Fun with Food! I love to partake in challenges, as I think it’s great creative exercise! πŸ™‚ There is still over a week to join in the fun, so check it out! Lots of yummy cute to check out there! πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend and STAY WARM!

Take care! Jill πŸ™‚

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Bear Hugs!

Popping in tonight to share my little bears! I stitched four in one day. Holiday travel = stitching! It’sΒ  fun like that. (I did some other top-secret stitching that I will share in the future as well. wink wink!)

My Mother-in-Law made two, and my son made one cutie! Such fun! This bear is the Essentials by Ellen Bear Hugs! I’m telling you, Julie Ebersole and her designs are trouble! As if I didn’t love this All Inside Bear and coordinating dies enough, this little guy then stole my crafty lil’ heart! πŸ™‚The above four are the ones I made. I love the oatmeal one the best… or maybe the white one? Well, that Heathered PInk and Gray is pretty awesome too. Well, I love them all! πŸ™‚

The two darker colored ones, my Mother-in-Law stitched up. She always makes things like this flawless. (Don’t look at mine too closely please. πŸ™‚ ) My son stitched up the little blue one in the middle. His arm is a little wonky, but I did help him with those, so that is definitely on me. He said he liked it that way. ❀ So I left it.

And this little photo is just funny because they are all in a line up apparently!Β  Holding their little hearts while taking potential criminal photos? LOL.

Thanks for stopping by!

Take care! Jill πŸ™‚

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Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop! :)

I am SO excited to share a couple of cards I made for the new Essentials by Ellen Release! What an awesomely fun opportunity to help celebrate another fabulous release! Hooray! Let’s check out some cards! πŸ™‚

This first card is made with the newΒ Abstract Paint Strokes by Julie Ebersole AND this new sentiment from Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole. That Julie!! Good gravy–always knocking it out of the park! πŸ™‚

How fun is this?! I stamped the one dotty dash stamp repeatedly with a bunch of different inks.Β  This went remarkably quick, once I figured out what I wanted to do! πŸ™‚ It almost looks like one full background stamp, doesn’t it? Love a rainbow! πŸ™‚

To finish off this card, I just white heat embossed the sentiment, added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, and a few stitched lines. πŸ™‚

The second card I made to celebrate, uses the sameΒ Abstract Paint Strokes set. I thought it would be fun to make some mushrooms! That was the first thing I thought of when I saw these round stamps. πŸ™‚

I finished this card off with some enamel dots and some stitches. I enjoy this card’s simplicity and pops of yellow. πŸ™‚ If I made it again, I’d do some extra shadow stamping on the ‘shrooms to give them a little more gusto. Stamp and learn, huh? πŸ˜‰

Here’s a better look at these sets. You can click on them to go directly to Ellen Hutson’sΒ website.

Sending envelopes full of gratitude to everyone at Ellen Hutson for having me along again!! This is an awesome release with a crazy amount of possibilities! I sure love that, and have greatly enjoyed working with all these new goodies! πŸ™‚

I posted a couple more New Release cards on my blog Sunday. You can find that post HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today and have fun hopping on to Ardyth’s stop next! Ardyth is sure to have some serious goodness to check out:Β Ardyth Percy-RobbΒ  <—Hop hop! πŸ™‚

If you’ve started on my blog today, be sure to head back to the beginning in the Classroom HERE!

Take care! Jill πŸ™‚

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Some NEW Ellen Hutson FUN!

I am way excited to share a couple of cards I made for the new Essentials by Ellen Release! It’s always so fun to see their new releases! Eeeeeeep! #mayormaynotalwayswantitALL πŸ™‚

This first card I made with the new: Leading Ladies – Photo Lady by Brandi Kincaid

This sentiment is from: Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole. (awesome set!)

(This name includes “Volume 1″….this may be insinuating there is going to be another volume? Oh goodness. Note to self: Start saving! πŸ™‚ )

How much do I love this lady’s shoes?! A LOT! Such fun!! I colored all these ladies shoes with Copics. I added some black and white striped washi to the card base and some stitching to the panel to complete the card. This is a fave!! πŸ™‚

For my next card, I used: Abstract Paint Strokes by Julie Ebersole.Β 

This set is CRAZY versatile!! I love these kind of sets because the possibilities are endless!

This sentiment is also from: Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole.

I thought this was a fun take on a holiday card of trees! Paint Strokes to trees! Fun fun!

I stamped these with various Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts inks, heat embossed the sentiment and added a couple more gray cardstock strips. I finished it all off with some stitching and white gel pen details. πŸ™‚

Here’s a better look at the whole set: Abstract Paint Strokes by Julie Ebersole

Here’s this sentiment set:Β  Totally Random Sayings Vol. 1 by Julie Ebersole.And lastly, the Leading Lady Photo Lady by Brandi Kincaid:

I’ll be back SOON for the Essential by Ellen Blog Hop to celebrate the new release! I’m looking forward to sharing those cards soon too! πŸ™‚ Whooohooo!!

Be sure to check out all the fun new stuff from Ellen Hutson HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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12th Birthday!

Hola! I’m sharing this card I made for my niece, who is turning 12!!!??? How!!?? I swear she was just turning 3 yesterday. Yup, I’m that adult that cannot digest that children just keep on growing! Haaa! πŸ™‚  ❀

I thought this bear would be fantastic to hold some fun balloons! AND a cupcake, while sporting a party hat! Busy little dude! πŸ™‚

I colored the cutie bear and his accessories with Copic markers, added some Stickles and Wink of Stella sparkle. I tied silver thread to each balloon (which, while time consuming, is a fun detail) and finished it off with a little washi tape and stitching. In the end, it’s a little bit busier of a card than I generally make, but it is a PARTY! πŸ™‚

For this, I used Essentials by Ellen All Inside ( and dies), EH’s Silver Linings, and Avery Elle’s Numbered Balloons and Party Animal  stamp/die.

I’m adding this for the Mix-It Up Challenge with Avery Elle over at Ellen Hutson! Perfect! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Biggest birthday wishes to E on Monday! Shhhhhh! πŸ™‚ ❀

Jill πŸ™‚

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