Winners. Winners.

I’ve got a couple of them to announce.

The winner from the “Cold Hands, Warm Heart” post on my blog is Barb Macaskill.

Barb, the folks from Simon Says Stamp!, have sent you an email. (Check out the Simon Says Stamp! blog for a complete list of hop winners.)

And the winner from the Essentials by Ellen post on this blog is jantink (10/7 @10:14 a.m.).

Jan’s been notified! ūüôā (Check out the CLASSroom for a complete list of blog hop winners!)

Thanks to all of you who have stopped by over the last few days. You are the best!

MFT Countdown: 5

And we meet again. ūüôā


I’m here with a few more projects made with some of the new products from the October release from My¬†Favorite Things.

On your mark. Get set. GO!

Say hello to card #1.


I created those little tags with the new Tag Builder Blueprints 2 Die-namics. It would have been easy to hoard tuck them away to put on a Christmas gift or two, but I really wanted to put them on a card.

The fun thing about the tags in the Tag Builder Blueprints Die-namics set is that they are totally customizable, meaning you can cut into them (like I did with the tree die) or you can not cut into them and instead stamp on them (like I did with the second tag on the card).

The other thing that is super fun is the set comes with three different toppers so you can use them to change up the look of your tags. I totally dig that.


And this is card #2.


I once again used the Tag Builder dies to make the tags here.

This time, I used the candy cane die (which is included in the set) to cut into one of the tags.

Those words? They were stamped with the Many Merry Messages stamp set, which you will hear more about in a couple days. ¬†Ok, but let me just say right now: It’s awesome. JUST you wait. But I digress. ūüėČ

Going back to the card, I created the pattern on the red strip of paper by stenciling on some Wild Cherry ink with the Herringbone Bricks Stencil (also brand new).



Don’t leave yet. I’ve got one more project for you.

This one is just a little bitty tag. It, too, was created with the Tag Builder Die-namics set.


I cut out the tree and then cut a second tag from green cardstock. I just plopped that baby right under the red tag and called it good. The phrase you see is from the Gifting Fun stamp set.

Here is a complete list of MFT products I used to make these products:
And yet again, be sure to hit the MFT blog. You’ll find which all the other design team members who are sharing projects made with the new release today. Lots and lots of fun stuff!
Thanks, as always, for stopping by. I appreciate all your kind words!

MFT Countdown: 6

Hello again!

It’s another day of counting down toward the October release (cough… Oct. 14th… cough) from My Favorite Things.


So let’s do this! I’ve got a couple cards to share with you today.

Give it up for card #1.


The words, the trees and (stinkin’ cute) reindeer are all from the new Jingle All The Way stamp set. I used the coordinating dies (Jingle All The Way Die-namics) to cut out the trees and deer as well.

If you’ve read my blog much in the past, you may have seen my attempts to color. I am not the most marker friendly girl in the planet so I tend to shy away from them. But, boy, the cuteness of this stamp set sure inspired me to drag out my markers and play a little.


I kinda did my own thing to color the trees. Rather than really following any prescribed number system for using markers, I just did my own thing. ¬†Here’s how the process looked.


Liberally color one tree with a light green. Scribble (sloppily) some green (with a slightly darker shade of green). Then blend the colors… only slightly… with more scribbles with the lighter color.

Up for another card? Well, coming at you is card #2.


I used the same Jingle All The Way stamps and dies on this little one.

You might be wondering about that snowy background? Yep. Well, that was stamped with the Snowfall Background stamp. If you are scene builder (I love creating them myself), this is a great stamp for that. You’ll be hearing more about that stamp later in the week.

Here’s a list of all the MFT supplies I used on my cards today:

Ok! So with that, this post is a wrap! Be sure to hit the MFT Blog once again to see which other design team members are sharing projects made with the new stuff!
Hope to see you again tomorrow!

MFT Countdown: 7

Hi everyone!

Woot! It’s time to start counting down to the October release from My Favorite Things! So get ready for it because I’ll be sharing some projects over the next several days created with some of the new products.


So let’s get started!

Meet project #1



As part of the new release, MFT is releasing a really cool set of stitched tag dies (called the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics). I thought it’d be fun to make a bunch of tags to tie onto treats with them so that’s what I did.

This one here uses a couple other new products  РChristmas Label and Tag Die-namics; Christmas Label and Tags Stamp Set (the stamped circle is from it) and the Stitched Square STAX Die-namics (for the square).

Here’s my second treat tag.


I whipped out the¬†Stitched Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics again to cut the tag base for this one. I stenciled on the pattern with the Herringbone Bricks Stencil (which is … sneak peek… also part of the October release. You’ll learn more about it later in the week). That rectangle? It was cut with the¬†Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

While I added this tag to jar of treats, it would equally look good on a wrapped present or a gift bag. I imagine it would even be fun to decorate an entire Christmas tree with handmade tags.

Finally, here’s treat tag #3.


I filled up a little milk bottle with treats. I covered it with felt. Nothing really fancy there. And then I created another tag base with the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX Die-namics. The rectangle was cut with the Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

The label came together by mixing and matching together a stamped label from the Christmas Label and Tag Stamp Set with a label die-cut with the Christmas Label and Tag Die-namics! It’s so nice when things work together. Total timesaver.

Here’s a complete list of MFT products I used on my projects today:

Essentials by Ellen Holiday Release 2014 Blog Hop


Happy World Card Making Day, y’all!

This is such a fun way to kick off the holiday! I’m taking part today in the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop with some of my most favorite crafty peeps! We‚Äôre so excited to unveil a brand new line of high quality Clear Stamp Sets and Designer Dies, designed by Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC.

This collection reflects an eclectic mix of images, sentiments and art styles that are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes!  Just in time for holiday crafting, the entire release is available now at Ellen Hutson LLC.

All Essentials by Ellen Stamp Sets and Dies arrive in our signature packaging with a durable clear envelope and a labeled cardstock backer for convenient storage and organization.  Our die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely!

Enjoy and Happy World Card Making Day!

So let me show you what I have made with the new stuff to share with you!

First up is snazzy little number I created with the Christmas Scribbles stamp set and Peace die.


So it looks all watercolor’ish, right?

Prepare to be shocked, friends! The girl who isn’t so skilled in the marker department used Copic Markers on this guy! I stamped the bulbs and greenery a piece of cardstock and then colored the images in with markers. Then things got messy. I grabbed (literally) a bottle of Copic Blending Solution (yes, a bottle and not a pen) and dropped drops of it on my coloring. I let it sit for just a minute and then blotted it with a paper towel. Then I let it sit 20 minutes or so so the solution had time to dry (or evaporate). And the end result was this watercolor-like look.

I used the same marker + blending solution bottle technique on the die-cut word.

I think it turned out pretty darn cool.

Up next is this sassy little number.


I really like to challenge myself to get the most bang for the buck with the products I was like, “You know, Teri. You should use the Tis the Season stamp set with the Treat Yo Self die. They belong together. They are like Sassy 101. Do it. Do it, Teri. Do it.”

And so I did. ūüėČ I think this might be a fun card to give to one of my good humored friends this year.

Finally, I’ve got this one to share with you.


So this is kinda of the surprise inside card. I really built it around the Zipper Panel die. With the die, you create a panel and can make a pocket so you can slide in a gift card or note.

I scribbled the color onto the panel with watercolor pencils  and spread it with water. Then I stamped on the partridge from the Twelve Days stamp set and circle from the Bokeh Dots stamp set on top. Oh, and that die-cut word? It comes with the Zipper Panel die.

So just for kicks, let me show you what happens when the panel is unzipped (so to speak).


Fun, huh?!

So that’s what I have for you project wise!

How about a little giveaway fun? This new Christmas Scribbles stamp set will go to one lucky winner!  Please leave a comment on this post by October 8th. The winner will be announced on Oct. 9th.


And if you just stumbled on upon my post today, be sure to check out the ¬†CLASSroom, where there is a GIANT prize package being given away‚ÄĒbe sure to leave a comment there by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th!

Also, be sure to hit all the stops on the blog hop today. (Awesome projects + even more giveaway fun):

Happy blog hopping, friends!

PS. Looking for my SSS! Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop post? It’s right here.

PSS. Yearning for even more World Card Making Day fun? I’ve got LOTS of fun stuff happening over on Moxie Fab World today. These’s also some fun stuff occurring over on Paper Crafts Connection.


Simon Says Stamp: Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop


Hi guys!

Super excited to be invited by my friends over at Simon Says Stamp! to join them today for blog hop celebrating their new Cold Hands, Warm Heart release. If you haven’t checked it out yet, go. Go see. So, so many neat stamps, dies and stencils. All perfect for holiday projects.

I’m excited to share with you a few projects I made with some of the new products so let’s do this.

Please give it up for card #1.


I created this guy with the new Ring Frame dies. In full disclosure: I’m a bit of a circle addict (… wink!) so it’s totally right up my alley.I die-cut the ring from white and black cardstocks and then layered them together. Then I cut out the ring a couple more times (from orange, pink and blue cardstocks) and used the inner circles to decorate the rings up.

(By the way, the words and snowflake are from a couple stamps from SSS’s last release. The words are from Peace on Earth, while the snowflake is from Lots of Snowflakes.)

I couldn’t stop with just one circle-themed card. I had (just had) to make another with the Ring Frame dies.

Please meet card #2.



I used somewhat the same technique as the first card. Instead  of filling all the circles with paper circles, I added a few sequins to a couple of them and left a few empty.

You might be wondering about that background. It’s not patterned paper. Nope. Sure isn’t. It was die-cut from white cardstock with the new Triangle Pattern plate die. I removed a few of the triangles to just add to the visual interest a little.


Kinda fun, huh?

Can you handle another card? Hope so because here is card #3.

I wanted to put something together on the simple + graphic side so that’s what I was going on here.


Everything stamped on this guy is from the Winter Warmth stamp set. I also used the coordinating dies to die-cut the scarves. I fussy cut a lot of stamped images and I sometimes forget what a time saver dies can be, especially when you are planning to make lots of projects. Die-cut + stamp + plaster on card = boom! You are good to go.

So, in addition to my cards, I also whipped up a couple pocket page cards. I am fairly passionate about pocket page memory keeping and like to make cards ahead of time so I can just kinda grab them when I am in a scrapbooking zone.

For both of these little cards, I used watercolor pencils to trace the tree patterns from the Four Trees Stencils. I spread the color with water and then used one of the stencils to trace the outer tree pattern This is where things sound all complicated, but you are going to have to trust me here. It totally wasn’t. I used the tracing a as a stitching pattern to stitch floss for the trees’ outlines.


The words I used on both pocket page cards are from the  Peace on Earth stamp set.  I think they turned out pretty dang cute.

Alright so that’s what I have. You’re next stop on the hop is the Simon Says Stamp! blog. Ok. You’ve actually reached the final stop in the blog hop so technically I’m sending you back to the start. And the start is the Simon Says Stamp! blog! (Hey there, Simon friends!)( By the way, if you get lost at any point while hopping today, just hit the Simon blog for a complete list of who is hopping.)

Oh, and one more thing, be sure to comment on my post as well as the rest of the blog hop stops. That’s because ¬†(…. you are going to love this…) there’s a Simon Says Stamp! Grab Bag Prize on each hop stop. Yep, even this one! Hooray!


A complete winners list (of Grab Bag prize winners) will be posted on the Simon blog on Friday, October 10, 2014. Hot diggity!

So with that, thanks for swinging by today, friends! I hope to see you again soon!