Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge

Today I have the awesome opportunity to join in the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge fun! How excited am I? πŸ™‚

The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store!!Β  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the photo badge as inspiration. There will be an inlinkz on the challenge post where you can submit, HERE.

Here is the Pinterest inspiration photo: Pretty, right?

And here is my inspired card:

Gah! I had sooo much fun making this card! I rearranged these pieces dozens of times until I finally settled on this little number. πŸ™‚

I first used all the inspirational colors, and that was too much. Then I dialed it down to just a few of the colors: The navy, the off-white and the pinkish hue.

I freaking LOVE the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Silver Linings by Julie Ebersole. I mean, how cool are these dies? I really enjoy how they are held together just slightly, which is great for holding the piece together and/or makes them really easy to separate. I separated the pieces, and pieced the colors easily after doing that.

I then used the Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Thanks By Julie Ebersole. Another fun die! I went back and forth about putting a different color cardstock underneath to peek through. Yes? No? Yes?Β  In the end, I always settle on the simpler look. πŸ˜‰

Can you tell I am a big fan of Julie Ebersole’s designs? I am! That Julie is a troublemaker for my wallet. πŸ˜‰ Such fun!

I added some stitching and finished everything off with these Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Sparkling Clear Mix (4mm, 6mm, 8mm &10mm ).

A BIG thanks to Laurel for helping me gather all the details for this great challenge! A HUGE thank you to Ellen Hutson, for having me along this month, and for always being so awesomely supportive of me, and all those in our fun crafty community! ❀ ! It has truly been a pleasure to participate this month! Keep the good stuff coming! πŸ™‚

Thank YOU for stopping by today! I hope you participate in this month’s challenge! πŸ™‚

Jill πŸ™‚

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Crafty Laughs

If you haven’t already, this weekend is a great time to check out the new (and previously released!) stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday! They are having a fun promotion to receive this fun set…See below!

National Scrapbook Day. Free stamp set with every qualifying order.

I thought I would share some fun cards I made using this awesome new set, Scrapbooking is Happiness! I think it would be fabulous to make a dozen more and mail them to my crafty friends. πŸ™‚

When I saw this stamp, I yelped!! How awesome is THIS?!! Haaaaaaa!! I stamped this on vellum and affixed it to some patterned paper below.

I’m really thinking this would be funny to give my hubby! πŸ˜› LOL!! πŸ™‚

And then there is THIS sentiment! Seriously! I cannot stop loving these! For this, I stamped on some very thin wood “paper” I have and die cut it with the License Plate die. I used some patterned paper for the panel and sparkly paper strips. I finished it all off with some stitching and Nuvo drops! I’m trying to use more of my PP! πŸ™‚

And last, but not least, I stamped this super funny sentiment from this new TT set:

I mean, that is hilarious! For this I stenciled on some pink clouds with two colors of Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar), and added some sparkly accents with stitching. I think it’s too funny! πŸ™‚

I am admittedly not a scrapbooker… I’ve never scrapped a page in my life. LOL! But as you can see, this fun set is for all us crazy crafters!

This is such a fun promo from Technique Tuesday:


We’re celebrating National Scrapbook Day with a special! You can get the Scrapbooking is Happiness stamp set FREE with a $30 order. Here’s how:

1. Fill your cart with $30 of product.

2. Add the Scrapbooking is Happiness stamp set to your cart.

3. Enter coupon code NSD when you check out.


Be sure to check out the new stuff from Technique Tuesday HERE!Β  πŸ™‚ My previous new release TT post can be found HERE.

Hope your weekend is full of laughs! Thanks for stopping by! Happy National Scrapbooking Day! πŸ™‚

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

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New from Technique Tuesday!

It’s May!! WHOAH! Did that sneak up or what? I’m sure I say this every month, but maybe it’s that every month goes faster and faster now? Ha!

Well, get ready or not, because there are lots new stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday today! They can be found HERE!

There is a fun new owl in town. This is the Happy Day Owl set. So cute and succinct. πŸ™‚

I kept this one pretty simple, using the flower from the set as a pop of color! This guy is a happy new edition to all the little owl sets that can be found HERE.

Here is the new Flowers for Mom die (check it out HERE) . I think this flower is whimsy and fun!! I need to use it in a brighter fashion next! πŸ™‚ This one i colored quickly with Copic markers and then went back in with a bunch of little pixels. I feel like I missed a spot! LOL πŸ™‚

This sentiment, from the Mom’s Day set, is fantastic because to me it is two-fold. Both that my Grannie IS the Greatest Grandmother, and that she is also the Greatest Grandmother to my son. ❀ See how that works there! πŸ˜‰

For this card, I also used my go-to fave, the Memo Pad Die. I use this one, A LOT!

Be sure to hop over and check out the new stuff from Technique Tuesday HERE!Β  πŸ™‚

Hope your May is full of fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

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Lil’ Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop

Hey Hey! Welcome to my stop along this fun Lil’ Inker Designs Mini Release Blog Hop! There are prizes being offered for comments left along the entire blog hop! So be sure to drop everyone some ❀ along the way for more chances to win. Details and the full blog list can be found on the Lil’ Inker Blog HERE.

I was fortunate to receive this great Lil’ Inker stamp while on an awesome crafty retreat earlier this month. It is such a beautiful sentiment, and I love the way it owns a card! Therefore, I decided to just give it a pretty rainbow backdrop and just let it shine. Literally. Because I heat embossed it. πŸ˜‰

Gah! How awesome is that stamp? Geesh! ❀ I keep thinking this would look sweet in a frame. πŸ™‚ Might have to do that!

For the background, I masked off stripes and blended Distress Inks on, one by one. I love how vibrant they turned out. I was thinking I’d add a few spatters to this, but in the end, I wanted to maintain the crisp feel that resulted. It’s a pretty simple technique, but it gives a POW, and it almost looks like patterned paper. What do you think?

Here’s are the two stamps, that along with a few others, are being released today:

The next stop on the hop is the always creating Heather Hoffman! I’m sure Heather’s project will be fantastic! Be sure to hop on–sure to be amazing projects to see! πŸ™‚

If you get lost along the way, be sure to head back to the Lil’ Inker blog and start from the beginning. You can get to the LID Blog HERE.

Speaking of kindness, thank you so very much to Laura, for sharing these super sweet stamps and for including us in the fun today!! ❀

Thanks for stopping by! Spread kindness!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Love you Deerly

Happy Saturday! Last night I stayed up and made this colorful card to join in the Ellen Hutson April Pin-Sights Challenge! I think I’ve missed the last couple challenges over there, and I was so happy to sit and make a card for this one.

I made a purple deer! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to get this in the mail today. ❀

For this card, I blended on some Distress Inks, and then stamped over them with white ink. I stamped and die cut all these pieces, added a few spatters and stitching, and voila! I’m still impressed I voluntarily used purple. Sometimes purple needs some love too. πŸ˜‰

For this card, I used Ellen Hutson’s Oh Deer stamps and dies AND one of my new favorites: Wonky Backdrops! I always enjoy Julie Ebersole’s designs. Gah!

Check out the challenge HERE and join in! You can see I was inspired by the soft colors πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic weekend!!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Totally Adorable

Happy Easter! I hope those who celebrate had a wonderful Easter! Our weather was unreal here today, and I can’t remember a nicer Easter day, weather wise.

I thought I’d pop in to share some more fun from this month’s Technique Tuesday release! They can be found HERE!

I used purple and it all turned out OK! LOL! I am not a huge fan of purple, but I did try to it give it a few nods last month. Too funny!

This card uses the new fun set, Bunny Owl. (You cannot beat this price point for a cute lil’ set!)

I also used the new Kids Are Cool stamp set, which I ❀ ,and need more time in the day to use all the stamps there! πŸ™‚ I think if you journal or scrapbook, this set would be extra perfecto for you!I also used the Memo Pad Card die. This die never fails me. πŸ™‚ I used my Zig pens to watercolor this cutie, and added some googley eyes, of course.

And while we are here, enjoying some spring cards, I thought I’d share this silly one I made using the Bailey the Bunny stamp set. That tooshie is the best!

I was definitely doing some snickering while making this lil’ nutty one! πŸ™‚

This sentiment is from Sassy Family. If you haven’t checked out the latest series of stamps in the “Sassy” line, I recommend them highly. I think they are super funny!! I love to send cards with laughs. πŸ™‚ These bunnies were colored with Copic markers.

Here’s to everyone having a great week! I’m hoping to catch up on some stuff sometime this week? Yikes– I’m a bit behind on things–no pun intended! Haaaa!

Take care–

Jill πŸ™‚

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April: Technique Tuesday!!

Happy April! It’s no joke that there are lots new stamps and dies from Technique Tuesday today! They can be found HERE!

This new Mother’s Day set, Flowers for Mom, is simple and fun to use! I love this flower! ❀ ! And I have a difficult time using flowers, so this is a big win for me!

I colored these with Prismacolor colored pencils after heat embossing the images.

Love the simplicity. There is also a great die, Flowers for Mom die (check it out HERE) that will be fun to use in conjunction with this set and several others. ❀

I made this next card with the new Memory Keeper’s stamp set, Priceless. It’s got lots of stampy goodness included.

For this card, I masked off the border and used Distress Inks to watercolor, Patiently waiting for it to dry is the hardest part. I want to keep messing with the colors and moving them around. But the trick is to stop and let it DRY! πŸ™‚ I used foam tape to pop up the middle of this sentiment banner, giving it a bowed look. I made this card to give for Mom’s day too. Moms are truly priceless. πŸ™‚

Be sure to check out the new stuff from Technique Tuesday HERE! I am looking forward to making a few more things to share later this month πŸ™‚

Wishing you a BRIGHT April!! Thanks for stopping by! ❀

Jill πŸ™‚

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