VIDEO: Adding Color to Die Cuts – 2 Ways

I am 100% addicted to die cuts. So in today’s video I show two fun ways to color large, intricate die cuts to “bring them to life.”

I am always excited when Memory Box has a new release because quality of their dies is amazing. I was browsing their site when I saw an amazing card that I had to create on my own. So I emailed the owner, Dave, and he gave me permission to create my own version and share with you. (He is a nice guy and also used to be an engineer. He rocks.)

First up? Adding color to an intricate die with paper layering…

Isn’t that Memory Box Tulips Circle die amazing? You can cut it up to get one tulip… or leave it as it is for a full circle. I used my favorite Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things cardstocks to add color layers. For the tiny glitter pieces sticking out of each flower, I used DCWV Glitter Paper.

I grabbed the Memory Box Tulips and Delicate Blossoms dies to cut the smaller layering pieces, but you could always do those by hand.

I thought this greeting from the My Favorite Things Well Wishes stamp set was perfect for these cards. And by embossing with the marvelous Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder, you can get a touch of elegance. (I also used this embossing powder to cover the heart die cut.)

Next up? Adding color with markers…

After coloring with Copic Markers (although you could use ANY color medium), I added Wink of Stella shimmer and a heavy coat of Glossy Accents. I love the results…

These technique would work with any die. I think it would be fun with a large doily or background die!

Has die cutting won your heart? I think I use dies 50% of the time and stamps 50% of the time. What about you?

Hope to see you soon! XO


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Video: Making the Most of Your Dies


Today I am a guest over on the Simon Says Stamp blog… showing some fun ways to make the most of wafer thin dies

I shared two cards in the video. Here is the first…

For this card, I used the outline of the hearts from the Heart Parade die just as a guide for where all the floating hearts were to be placed. Worked perfectly! This works with any die that has lots of inside space, such as doilies, etc.

This is also a great way to use up scraps. For shimmer and shine, I covered the pieces with a few layers of Wink of Stella shimmer and finally Glossy Accents.

Oh, and that greeting? It is from Kelly Purkey and I love it.

Here is another card using the same Heart Parade die

This card shows two techniques. One is to use the die to create impressions on watercolor paper (because I love it’s texture and thickness) using an embossing pad. The other technique is to paper piece the die cuts and pop them up… and cover them with Wink of Stella shimmer.

Oh, and I used the same awesome Kelly Purkey stamp set.

Here is a look at the Heart Parade die and Kelly Purkey stamp set I used – both from Simon Says Stamp. Look closely – that stamp set has lots of good and unique messages in it.

Be sure to head over to the Simon Says Stamp blog for more projects! Also, check out THIS card my friend Lucy did with the same die just yesterday. Great minds think alike! Love hers.

As always, thanks for visiting my little stamping world.



Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year! I am trying to get back into the swing of creating. I took many days off to be with my family and also to finish moving into my somewhat-new craft room. (Almost done!)

But now I am back and have lots to share. Today? Today I have a card showing off the newest Paper Smooches products and newest Hero Arts Shadow Inks

Ack! These stamps make me SO giddy! I stamped the new Papers Smooches Botanicals with the new Lime Green (the perfect lime green), Dark Quartz (orange with a bit of a dark peach tone) and Lemon Yellow (the perfect bright yellow) Hero Arts Shadow Inks. I added some shading to the green stamped leaves with a YG25 Copic Marker. I also used a RV55 marker to add pink touches to the flowers. (You could use any pencils or markers for this.)

I then die cut the Paper Smooches Quote Tag Dies “hello” die 8 times from white cardstock and glued them together. I covered the top die cut with the Hero Arts Ultra Pink Shadow Ink (the perfect bold pink!) and also a few coats of clear Wink of Stella. So shimmery…

This was a fast one to put together. Yay!

If you are interested in more of the newest Paper Smooches products, check HERE. I am in love with THIS and THIS die… and THAT and THAT stamp set. :)

Oh – and I will be showing a closer look at these new Hero Arts Shadow Inks next week. Stay tuned.


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

NEW Hero Arts + Discount Code, Video and Giveaway!


This week I will be sharing lots of projects with stamps and such from the new Hero Arts 2014 Catalog! And guess what? Heidi from Simon Says Stamp has offered a discount code for my readers:

Use the code “JMHA13″ for 15% off ALL Hero Arts products – new and old – over at Simon Says Stamp. You can see the newest products HERE. (Code is valid from 12/17/13 to 12/21/13.)

Fun, huh? Maybe you can find a little holiday treat for yourself there. :)

So, today’s video shows how to take a die cut and give it fun texture and shine… and also create a window…

(Supplies can be found in the thumbnails at the end of this blog post.)

I am head over heels in love with this new Hero Arts Palm Die. I love the detail and size! And by adding the Distress Inks and Croco Clear Crackle, you can achieve such fun texture.

Here is a better look at the clear crackle finish on the die cut. I wish you could see it in real life. Such a cool, shiny texture

The Five Lines Background stamp is great for just about any card… especially masculine ones. Works great tone-on-tone, too.

And the greeting is a classic one in a classic style

Hero Arts’ newest release includes stamps, dies, inks (new Shadow Ink colors!), daubers and mists. You can find then all HERE. Don’t forget the code up above!

Here are the new dies and stencils – some good ones here:

And new inks! Love that there are new Shadow Inks. (Notice that some colors are only available in the cube sets. The Black is a soft black that gives a solid look when stamped. Great for the look of chalkboard or for a background.) Also, new pastel daubers (great for soft wash backgrounds) and mists:

Now for the new stamps! A good mix of clear, wood and cling:

See you soon.


How would you like some new Hero Arts products? Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/21/13 for your chance to win three of my favorites!


Video: Watercolor + Letterpress


Today I am a guest over on the Simon Says Stamp Blog to celebrate Diecember – their month long focus on die cutting. My video shows a fun technique that combines watercolor and faux letterpress. This is just another great way to get more out of your dies!

I love making an impression in paper with my dies using an embossing mat. (Try the Tan Embossing Mat or Embossing Pads.) And I love watercolor. So why not combine them? I used Distress Markers – one of my favorite products – but you could use any type of coloring here. Just let the impression in the paper guide you.

This new SSS Heart Wreath die is great for this technique. I also layered up several white Hello die cuts and topped it with a glitter paper die cut…

This next card was simple and fast to pull together. Although I traced the Thanks impression with Distress Markers and then added water with a brush to give the watercolor look, it would have been fun just to trace it alone.

I wish you could see in real life the impression the die left. So cool.

On this next card, I blended two colors on each heart.

And, again, a raised die cut greeting. That glitter paper is subtle and soft. And no glitter rubs off. Woot!

For more info (and for a giveaway!), be sure to head to the Simon Says Stamp blog. They have lots of great die cutting techniques this month!

(I have a couple winners. The winner of the new SSS inks and paper is allisondj and the winner of the Purple Onion Design stamps is Joan Smith.)


Holiday Cutie


Just popping in to share a quick card I did with Lawn Fawn and Memory Box products. That little fox? He is a cutie…

So that little fox doesn’t come all dressed up for winter. I just drew my own simple hat and scarf and added it to him. This is a great way to stretch your non-holiday critter stamps to a holiday card. I just LOVE that little guy! Oh, and of course I added Black Enamel Accents for the eyes and nose.

The background? Well I did that with the very cool Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die. Instead of cutting with the die, I sandwiched my paper between the die and a Tan Embossing Mat and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was doing an embossing folder. This results in the die leaving a cool impression on the paper instead of cutting it. Embossing folders cannot achieve impressions of such detail! (You can do this with any die cut machine! To see this technique in action, check the video HERE.)

I also stamped the notecard with one of my favorite backgrounds – the Impression Obsession Thin Stripes.

Come on… isn’t that fox the cutest??!!


I have some winners to announce:


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Stamps (SSS|EH)

Lawn Fawn Winter Gifts Stamps (SSS|EH)

Impression Obsession Thin Stripes Background (SSS|EH)

Memory Box Swirling Snowflakes Die (SSS|EH)

Sizzix Big Shot (SSS|EH)

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Tide Pool Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)

Black and White Enamel Accents (SSS|EH)

Copic Markers (SSS|EH)

Hero Arts Pool Mixed Notecards (SSS|EH)

Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)

Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (EH|SSS)