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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Love Ya Bunches

Hope your weekend has been fantastic so far! πŸ™‚

I love this little set: Lawn Fawn/Ellen Hutson United We Flourish Love Ya’ Bunches. I have been wanting to monkey around with it again and I finally got around to it πŸ™‚ .

Eeeeek! So fun! And this paper is hoard worthy, but I am trying my best to use my favorites too vs. saving them. LOL. But the rainbow–want to keep forever–ha! ❀I stamped everything and then used my Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor these cuties on Bristol paper. It turned out so fun, and my son is going to love finding it in his lunchbox Monday!

Oh this little bear is from Lawn Fawn’s You’re Claw-some set. ❀ those little guys. πŸ™‚

I’m entering this for the Lawn FawnaticsΒ Challenge #11 HERE!Have a great weekend! Thank you 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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You’re Rad-ish!

Hooray for the weekend! I was trying to do nothing last night, but apparently I cannot do that because I ended up making this card. πŸ™‚Β 

Let me just say: I used more purple on this card than I’ve used all year? Haaaaaa!

For this, I used Essentials by Ellen stamps set,Β  Wonky Backdrops and Avery Elle’s Punny Pantry stamps. I completely enjoy this Avery Elle set because PUNS! πŸ™‚Β  I was fortunate (and super excited!) to be gifted this at a crafty retreat. Thank you, Avery Elle! ❀

I colored this radish with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I stamped the Wonky Backdrop with a Hero Arts ombre ink pad. Love how that turned out! πŸ™‚ I stitched on some patterned paper and cardstock strips before I added the lot with foam adhesive. Such a fun card!

I’m adding this for the Mix-It Up Challenge with Avery Elle over at Ellen Hutson right now. Plenty of time to join in, so hoping to make another one day. Wishful thinking anyway ;)! Check it out and join in! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill πŸ™‚

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You are Crafty and Kind

Popping in today with this card I made for the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge fun! When I saw this color combo inspiration, I was sold! I do love color!

The pinned inspiration photo for this month makes me so happy! ❀ ! I die cut the rays from all the different colored cardstocks, trimmed apart,Β  and inlaid them on this panel. I clear embossed the sentiment and stitched it on. My sewing machine had some issues recently, and I ended up using the wrong stitch (wanted a straight stitch). But once that needle went through, I was committed! Not tragic, but a bit busier than I’d have liked. πŸ˜‰

For this card, I used the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Silver Linings by Julie Ebersole. I also used the recently released, Crafty Ladies Say by Brandi Kincaid. Awesome!! πŸ™‚

So glad I am squeaking this card in for the challenge! Whoooooohooo! Love these challenges at EH!


ETA 8-01-17: Last night, I sat down at my desk and all these bits were still there. Hence, I made four more cards! Love when you get a 5 for 1! πŸ™‚

For these sentiments I used the same Crafty Ladies Say…and also: Warm Fuzzies, Mermaid’s Tail, and All Inside. Goodness, I ❀ the way these colorful rays look! πŸ™‚ And I also was sure to check my stitch setting before starting this time. Double yay! πŸ™‚


Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Jill πŸ™‚

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