Essentials by Ellen July Blop Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome back everyone! I’m so thrilled to be joining in today in the Essentials by Ellen July Blog Hop! There are some fantastic new products that are now LIVE on the website!


If you are here from Adelina’s blog you are on the right track! I will have a full hop list at the end of the post in case you get lost along the long. Your next stop will be Elena Roussakis.


We’ve got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.


I have a quick process video that you can view below or HERE on my Youtube channel. I do apologize I had to set it to music as I have a horrible head cold right now and had difficulty doing a voiceover. I hope you still enjoy the video.


My inspiration today is using the new Subbing In stamp set. I’ve mad a lot of underwater cards before but these critters are so unique looking! I don’t have a stamp set quite like it! I think my favorite is the Octopus.

I stamped the images onto Neenah Solar White card stock 80 lb and colored with copic markers. Then used the coordinating die to cut them out with my Gemini Jr.

For my background, I ink blended Blue Raspberry, Pool Party and Key Lim Fizz Hero Hues Reactive Inks.

I took the Snow Flurry stencil, spritzed it with water and laid it down on top of my background. I placed a piece of paper towel over the top and held it there for a minute. Since this ink is reactive with water, when I removed the stencil it left this textured look behind that looks like bubbles.

Once the panel was dry, I trimmed it down and stamped the sentiment in Obsidian Black ink. Then I added craft foam behind my blended panel and added to an A2 size notecard.

I arranged my images onto the card front and attached with liquid glue.

Be sure to head over and check out the amazing new release! There are a bunch of super awesome sets available. I’ll link the release and my supplies below.



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Scallop Box Card Pop Up & Rainbow Add On

Making interactive cards is so much fun! Today’s post/video is creating a Scallop Box Card Pop Up with the Rainbow Add On.


You can view the tutorial down below or HERE on my Youtube channel. I explain step by step how to put this box together.


I start by coloring in my images. I’m using A Little Sparkle stamp set and the Fairy Friends stamp set. I stamped in Jet Black Ink onto Lawn Fawn White card stock. Then once colored, I used the coordinating die to cut out my images.

For my box card I used Mermaid card stock.

I created my own stencil by using the Puffy Clouds border die with white card stock. You could also use Acetate but white card stock was handy for me at the time I was creating.

Creating the rainbow was the most fun. I die cut the Rainbow from white card stock using the Rainbow Add On. To color the rainbow I dragged an ink pad across each strip. I used Bubblegum, Peach Fuzz, Butter, Celery Stick and Fresh Lavender. I also traced the rainbow onto some white card stock and cut out with scissors. This created a base for me to attach my rainbow strips to.

I used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide to stencil on some clouds to my panel pieces and adhered my box together.

To add all of my fun images, I attache them to a skinny strip of Acetate and added to the inserts with double side adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration!


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MFT Sketch Challenge 44

Welcome back everyone and if you are in the U.S.A. Happy Independence Day! It has been a pretty hot day here which meant lots of pool time in the backyard. I skipped 1 of the 4 trips outside to create a card for the MFT Sketch Challenge 44 that you can find more details on HERE.

Here is a look at the sketch.

You can see I followed it pretty closely. I created the background with the Basic Shapes Circle Stencil. I ink blended Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet Distress Inks.

That cute little fox comes from the stamp set Fox & Friends. I stamped the image onto Neenah Solar White card stock with copic friendly ink and colored with copic markers. Then used the coordinating die to cut it out and add to my card front.

I die cut the Big Thanks out of black card stock 3 times and layered with liquid glue. I lined up where the Thanks would go but not glue it down. I then lined up a sentiment underneath and stamped that in Black ink.

Then I attached the Big Thanks word to the center of my card with liquid glue.

To hide a couple smudge spots, I mean accent my card, I attached some Aurora Lights Confetti Mix.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

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Gina K Designs & InkOn3 Collaboration

Welcome everyone! We have an amazing collaboration Blog Hop today with Gina K Designs and Inkon3! We have projects to share and there are prizes to be won!


If you came to me from the amazing Cat Tidwell’s blog you are in the right spot! If you just happened upon my blog you can start the hop at the beginning by heading to Gina K Designs Blog. Your next stop on the hop talented Vicki Finger.


We are giving away a $50 gift certificate to Gina K Designs and a $50 gift certificate to Inkon3 to two lucky winners! To enter, please leave a comment on each blog along the hop. We will be picking random winners from the comments and they will be announced on each company’s blog on July 5, 2019.


I have two cards to share with you. I consider these classical looking which is a little out of sorts for me but I love how they came out!

My first card I stamped a cluster of leaves from the Gina K Designs Vibrant Blooms stamp set using Black Amalgam Ink.

I die cut the word die Boujee from white card stock 3 times. . I used Dusty Rose and Passionate Pink ink from Gina K Designs to create an ombre effect. Then layered my word with connect glue.

Before attaching my die cut word to the card, I added a small sentiment with black ink from the Bad & Boujee stamp set. Then attached my word using connect glue. Look at all that white space!

My finishing touch is by adding some Liquid Pixie Dust to the die cut word for a ton of sparkle!

For my second card, I created my own background with the Stripes background stamp from Gina K Designs. I trimmed a little from the side and added to an A2 size white notecard.

I stamped the perfume bottle from the Bad & Boujee stamp set from Inkon3 and also some leave clusters from the Vibrant Blooms stamp set from Gina K Designs. I copic colored my images and die cut with the coordinating dies.

For dimension, instead of foam tape, I die cut out the leaf cluster piece 3 more times and layered with connect glue. I really like adding dimension this way versus the foam tape as it doesn’t leave weak spots.

I added some sparkle using the Liquid Pixie Dust from Inkon3.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration! Be sure to hop along with us for more inspiration!


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Block Smooshing – Neat & Tangled

Summer is in full swing and I have a “cool” card to share with you! (Sea what I did there?)

I’m not sure what this technique is actually called but I’m going with Block Smooshing because that’s exactly what I did.

I started out by taking Blue Hawaii and Pool Party Reactive Ink from Hero arts and dragging it across an acrylic block. One half is the Blue Hawaii and the other half is the Pool Party and then I spritzed with water. I quickly turned the block over and placed it onto my water color card stock. I’ll let it sit there for a few minutes to really soak into the card.

Once I removed the block, there were a couple spots a little over-saturated so I dabbed that up with a paper towel. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process and then placed my panel into my Misti. I stamped the large sentiment from Hello Summer using Obsidian Black ink from Altenew. The sentiment didn’t cover the entire inked area so I adjusted my stamp, masked off the area that is not watercolored and stamped again.

My cute little hippo is from the Beach Day stamp set. I stamped onto Neenah Solar White card stock 80lb with copic friendly ink and colored with copics. I used the coordinating die to cut out the hippo. Instead of adding foam tape to the image, I used the coordinating die to die cut it 4 more times from just plain white card stock. I really like adding the dimension this way because I won’t have any weak spots on my image.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration! Thanks for stopping by.

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