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Using Essentials by Ellen Dinomite Christmas and Dinomite Halloween for Christmas Cards

When I saw the super adorable Essentials by Ellen Dinomite Christmas stamps and Essentials by Ellen Dinomite Halloween stamps by the amazingly talented Brandi Kinkaid I knew exactly what I wanted to do...a dinosaur Christmas tree!!!  I know a little boy who will looove these cards! (...and a big boy too; DJ keeps trying to claim cards. LOL! I keep telling him we need to share them!)
And I love how it turned out! A little Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste was the finishing touch.
I hope you enjoy my short video on how I made this and 2 extra cards with the "leftovers"!
1. Stamp and color 2 of each of the dinosaurs and some of the accent images in copic friendly ink and die cut them using the Essentials by Ellen Dinomite Christmas dies and Essentials by Ellen Dinomite Halloween dies.  This gives enough images to make the Christmas tree, with a few left over.
2. When coloring use dull copic YGs, like YG93, in the shadow area if you want to decrease the vibrancy of the bright YG cop…

Watercolor WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet

Who wants to watercolor this beautiful Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia stamp from WPlus9! Pick me!!! It is an oldie but a goodie.  (I hope that is not what they are saying about me:)
And Ellen Hutson still has it in stock, wow!

I hope that you can go make a card and have some fun today!
Supplies:  Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia
Watercolor Cardstock

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Essentials by Ellen Mondo Holly

I chose the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Holly to play in the Time Out Challenges and the AAA Card Challenge. I never tire of coloring. It is so relaxing.

I embossed my image with WOW Silver Sparkle embossing powder. I colored my image with Prismacolor pencil crayons. Using the Essentials by Ellen Plaid Maker stamp set I made that sweet little plaid pattern at the left edge of my card.  I am a plaid lover! I think it comes from when I was growing up my Dad always wore plaid shirts. I cut all parts to size and mounted everything on my card base. My die cut sentiment comes from the retired Essentials by Ellen Zipper Panel die set.  The original die sentiment says "enjoy" but I did a little "surgery" to make it say "joy".  I glued that in place. Finally, I added Glossy Accents to the berries and set the card far out of my reach, as I have been known to smear a thing or two.

The Themes for the challenges are:
Be sure to check out these challenges! And as always…

Colored Cardstock versus Comic Markers with Altenew Rose Flurries 3D Die Set

I made 2 cards with the Altenew Rose Flurries 3D Die Set, one using colored cardstock and one using copic markers to color white cardstock. These cards are inspired by the Altenew November 2019 Inspiration Challenge.

For my first card I pulled out all my miscellaneous colored cardstock that matched the inspiration challenge colors.  I was short a couple of colors so I blended some ink onto my darkest color to deepen the color for the last layer to die cut.
I die cut all my layers, but this is where I ran into a few problems. I had mixed up wrong colors for some of the layers of the flowers.  (I was curious to try a different method so that prompted the second card.) Once I had re-die cut the missing layers I glued all my pieces together and glued them onto a cream color A2 sized card and stamped my sentiment which is from the Altenew Build a Flower Sakura Blossom stamp set. For my second card I use the layering guide provided by Altenew and organized all the dies for each layer that woul…

DJs Wedding Videos

DJ, my husband, has a drone and video business and he recently uploaded an amazing wedding video and separate outtakes on his website DJ's In the House Drone and Video Photography that he did this summer. What a privilege it was for him to capture the day filled with love for such sweet, wonderful people.
Ashley + Austin's Wedding (click on Ashley + Austin once into his website) Ashley + Austin Outtakes (click on Outtakes once into his website) We would love it if you would share DJ's website and videos with your friends and family.  And if you are planning a wedding we hope that you will contact DJ and allow him the privilege of capturing your special day! Betty and DJ  

Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together

When I saw the very talented Jessica Frost-Ballas's card on Instagram it inspired me to pull out my very cute Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together Stamp and Die Set, Lawn Cuts Stitched Hillside Borders and Lawn Cuts Slide on Over dies. I made a hidden slider card.   When DJ, my husband, saw this card he claimed it for himself.  Those of you have met him through voice overs on my YouTube channel can probably hear him say something like this.
1. I hid the slider mechanism for the sled and penguin behind the hill.  See the picture below. The slider channel is below ground level.  Instead of attaching the image straight to the slider mechanism I added an extension to the image and attached the extension to the slider mechanism.  I then added foam tape behind the top layer and behind the background layer so the slider has room to slide.  (I used 2 layer of foam tape. I am not sure if 1 layer would be adequate.  I wanted to make sure it slid easy.)
2. I used Brusho on watercolor cardstock to …