I must enable…

So I have little-to-no creative juices right now. But I still had to pop in today to give you a heads up on a must-have that you have to move fast on. A few people have emailed asking me about this new product, so here goes…

Ranger just released a new set of limited edition Spring Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac. When I saw the colors, I knew I needed in Peacock Feathers. But I wasn’t sure on the other two colors. Until I played with them…

So Peacock Feathers it the perfect teal color. A little more green than Broken China. A little more blue than Evergreen Bough. To me, it is the color of the Caribbean ocean. Just perfect. (More on this in a moment.)

Then Shaded Lilac. I thought I could pass on this since I am not huge on purple. But I was wrong. It has a lovely blue tint to it. It is like a happy indigo that makes me want to color easter eggs. A fun color.

And finally Squeezed Lemonade. Yes, we all need a happy sunshine yellow and this fits the bill. A great color that will be great for watercoloring.

So, yes, we need these. We all need these…

And for those of you who emailed asking how the Peacock Feathers compares to the other blues and greens in the Distress Ink family, here you go… (fancy inking I did for you here, huh? ha.)

Told you it is perfect. The color difference is a bit more intense in real life.

And if these new colors weren’t fab enough, Ranger also just release reinkers for all of their special edition sets. First, they have reinkers for the Spring set above. I am over the moon thrilled about reinkers for the previous limited edition sets as I love Gathered Twigs from the Autumn set and Evergreen Boughs and Festive Berries from the Winter set. Yay for reinkers!

So there you have it. Love these inks. Oh, and I love to share. So…

Let’s give a set of the Spring Distress Inks away! Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pmEST telling me your favorite Distress Ink color for your chance to win. Good luck!




Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. Between these last few days of (not-so-comfortable) pregnancy, a remodel (we lose our whole first floor on Monday) and Colin’s activities, I haven’t had much energy to create. But I promise to be back to sharing soon. (Unless, of course, this baby is on time and makes an appearance!)

Thank you for the nice emails. I love this hobby and the amazingly kind people in it.


See you soon. :)

PS: The winner of the Lawn Fawn Paper Pad was Mlightner.

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week + Giveaway


The wonderful folks at Lawn Fawn are having a big Inspiration Week. There are TONS of card shares, prizes and more each day. Be sure to head HERE to check it all out.

I decided it would be fun to play along and use a few products I have been itching to use. After using THIS new awesome set of hexagon dies to cut pieces from the adorable Lawn Fawn 6×6 papers, I added a cute Lawn Fawn Flutter By. Oh, and that butterfly? He pops out and shakes thanks to THESE fun doodads. (More on that in a bit.) The greeting is from their Claire’s ABC’s set – it is perfect for creating your own greetings.

So, about those doodads. They are Action Wobble Springs – little soft springs that make an element pop up and shake. They flatten nicely to go in an envelope, but then pop up and shake when they are free to…

See the “spring” under there? Such a fun surprise to add to a card. And I promise it flattens nicely…

And here card is another I did at the same time. Thanks to the many hexagon nesting dies in that die set, I easily made some extra pieces and created this a-bit-too-funky background. Oh, and that butterfly pops out and shakes, too…

I wanted to show the fun movement these cards have, so I did a quick video with my iPhone. It is a pretty pathetic video, but you get the idea. :)

These were such fun to create. That is what I love about Lawn Fawn stamps – they make me happy.

So this is what that hexagon die set looks like:

And these are the springs (you can trim some of the excess around the edge to make them smaller)…

And this is the cute Lawn Fawn 6×6 paper pad. Great tone-on-tone prints in there…

Be sure to check out all the other fun Lawn Fawn is having for their Inspiration Week HERE.

Off to have some ice cream. Baby wants some. :) Night.

And I have a giveaway! Leave a comment here by Thursday at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win a Lawn Fawn Bright Side 6×6 Paper Pad! (I am off to order for myself, so I will order an extra for the winner.) Good luck.

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Lawn Fawn Flutter By Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Lawn Fawn Claires ABC Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments (SSS|EH)



Lawn Fawn Bright Side 6×6 Paper Pad (SSS|EH)





Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



Versamark (SSS|EH)



White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)





Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)



My Die Cutting World

Happy Friday.

So my world is filled with all things die cutting right now. (Oh, and babies and remodel dust and baseball games, etc. Ha.) Why? Because we have the A Cut Above die cutting class going on. (Yes – you can still join and be eligible for the prizes, discounts and lifetime class access.) We have been having lots of fun and sharing many great techniques!

While creating for the class, I decided to do a 5-minute card challenge using a die. Super quick. Super simple. Super perfect for a kind and thoughtful neighbor…

This card is super smooth. Why? Because I first die cut the flowers from the kraft paper and glued the negative space panel to the card. I then die cut the pink and green pieces and fit them in the “holes” on the kraft piece, making it smooth. There is something about this look in real life that is classy. And so very easy to do…

I could so see doing a set of notecards with different flower colors as a gift.

Oh – that gorgeous kraft paper is THIS from Neenah (who makes my favorite white cardstock) and is called Desert Storm. I love it. I am late to the game trying it but am happy I did.

That die is THIS gorgeous guy from Memory Box. They have the most gorgeous intricate dies. This type of card could be done with any die, but intricate ones really wow.

And the greeting? That is from THIS Hero Arts stamp sets – one of my all time faves.

Off to bed. Yes, it is 9:16pm on a Friday night and this extremely pregnant lady is going night-night. :) Sleep well!

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Memory Box Prim Poppy Die (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Truly Appreciated (SSS|EH)





White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)



Versamark (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)



Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)



Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)




Glitter Zig Zags


Yesterday I shared a glitter tree card. Today? Same glitter but with chevrons. Yes, you will be seeing lots of fun techniques with this awesome glitter in the future. (And also in my A Cut Above class.) I normally am not a glitter person, but the way this looks like glitter velvet after it goes on is something I just love.

I also am just loving THESE new chevron zig zag dies from My Favorite Things. So fun…

Simple simple simple.

To create those zig zags, I covered some white cardstock with the double sided tape and then die cut it. After removing the release paper, I added glitter. To make the glitter turn velvety and stay put, I just rubbed it firmly with a bone folder. Fun, huh? Used some clear foam tape to pop them up.

HERE are the dies I used. I have a fun window card video coming up soon that will show these dies in a different way…

See you soon…

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH


Paper Smooches Geographic Stamp Set (SSS|EH)




Glitter Ritz Latte Microfine Glitter (SSS|EH)



Glitter Ritz Grasshopper Microfine Glitter (SSS|EH)



Glitter Ritz Ocean Spray Microfine Glitter (EH|SSS)



Sookwang Tape (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)




Hero Arts Pool Notecards (SSS|EH)



Glitter Trees


Today I have a simple card using the newest Paper Smooches set, Spring Groves. Such a fun set. (It was just released today – you can get it HERE.)

For the trees, I used what I call the “good glitter.” This glitter goes on well and stays put – definitely better than opening a card and having glitter everywhere…

To do the trees, I put strips of the two-sided tape (see thumbnails below for links) on white cardstock. I then removed the release tape and added green Glitter Ritz. Using my thumbnail, I burnished it on, pressing it into the adhesive. This glitter is so fine and high quality that it gives a velvety look after doing this… and stays put. I then stamped the tree tops onto the glitter with Staz-On. I did the same process for the brown trunks. It is so eye-catching in real life – I highly recommend trying it.

I will be using this more in the future and sharing here. And I show it is action in the A Cut Above class that starts on Monday the 16th.

Speaking of which…

Just a reminder that our newest online class starts tomorrow – A Cut Above. It is all about die cutting and is overflowing with information. For more information, head over to HERE.


Paper Smooches Geographic Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Paper Smooches Simply Said Stamp Set (EH|SSS)




Glitter Ritz Latte Microfine Glitter (SSS|EH)



Glitter Ritz Grasshopper Microfine Glitter (SSS|EH)



Sookwang Tape (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Pool Notecards (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)