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


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

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Video: Embossing Paste + Embossing Powder

Hello, everyone! Today I have a video for you showing embossing paste + embossing powder. I love using the two together!

I had such fun with the Stenciled class so I am continuing the fun here. Adding powder to paste gives such great texture and shine.

Drats – I so wish that I could capture the sparkle in these photos. So gorgeous.

I applied embossing paste over The Crafter’s Workshop Flower Frenzy stencil and added sparkle embossing powder. I let the paste dry and then heat set the powder. I love the resulting dimension and shine…

The greetings on these cards is from a Studio Calico Card Kit and the cute little enamel dots are from BasicGrey. For this next card, I used the same technique but with the Judikins Splash stencil

For the next two cards (which are cut to be narrow), I used verdigris embossing powder over the paste. This powder in one of my top faves.

This stencil is the Texture Rhapsody – one of the new ones from Memory Box. So classy…

Here is a peek at the dimension and texture. For this card I used the Memory Box Flourish stencil, a strip of glitter paper and adorable glitter enamel dots

These techniques are so fun, fast and easy!

By the way – it is not too late to take the Stenciled class. The material (videos, pdf, etc) will always be there for you to go see.



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







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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)

Video: Lovely Stamps

Sometimes it is just fun to play with new stamps.

Especially when they are as lovely as these from Wplus9

Those flowers? So very lovely. Talk about the perfect stamp set… a stamper’s dream…

And that small bow die? Too sweet…

Have you had a stamp set steal your heart recently? Would love a link…

[Note: This stamp set is available at two great stores: Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson.]


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
Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals Stamp Set (SSS|EH)



Wplus9 Fresh Cut Florals Dies (SSS|EH)



Memory Box Tiny Bow Die (SSS|EH)


Memory Box Apothecary Jar Die (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Sizzix Vagabond Solo Thin Die Adapter (SSS|EH)


Ranger Foil Tape Sheets (SSS|EH)




Hero Arts Black Dye Ink (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)



Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)


Tombow Stamp Runner Adhesive (SSS|EH)



More Alphabet Dies + Giveaway!

Hello again.

As promised, I am back with a couple more cards using Memory Box alphabet dies. I can see these getting a lot of use in my future! Yesterday I used the Typewriter set. First up today? The Parker set. I think this is my favorite…

Again, I added some double-sided adhesive to white cardstock. I then die cut the letters. After I removed the other side of the release paper, I added the glitter and burnished it. Voila! I thought this would be fun for Audrey who just started her Freshman year here – new to our district. Yay! Love that shine…

HERE is the Parker die set. Swoon…

And, again I used the Stardust glitter (ultra fine with a vintage silver look) and chevron background stamp with Wet Cement ink. Oh, and those perfect little stars? From THIS border punch.

Next up? The Classic die set. I did this one a bit different. I first covered a rectangle of white cardstock with double-sided tape. I then cut apart the letters of the die itself. (This is really easy to do. There is only a thin piece of metal connecting each letter so you can use them together or cut them apart.) I arranged each letter on the adhesive piece and ran it through my machine. Easy! I then removed the letters (and will save them for a future card) and just used the negative space. After removing the release paper and adding back in the center of the letter “o,” I added the glitter. For dimension, I popped it up over some bright cardstock. I love the playful look of n0t-straight-at-all letters…

HERE is the Classic die set…

You can find all the alphabet dies sets HERE – including lowercase, uppercase and numbers. (I like all lowercase, so I just started with those.)

That background stamp is so unique, too – it is THIS one from Impression Obsession. (Can you tell I just re-discovered these great stamps? Having lots of fun playing with them.)

And since I love these dies so much, I decided to purchase a set to send to a lucky winner. I actually picked someone from the comments left on yesterday’s post. (I love doing surprise giveaways for folks kind enough to leave comments – I plan to do this more!) The winner is  Winnie Dolderer! I will email you. :)

Also… I have a bit of enabling for ya. Just some fun products to check out…

  • Remember when I posted about Kelly Purkey’s awesome stamps HERE? You can now get them at Simon Says Stamp HERE. Yay!
  • Check out THIS great stamp set. So good for encouraging kids.
  • Totally love THIS. Have it to hang outside the kids bathroom.

See you soon.



Alphabet Dies


I was thrilled to see the newest dies from Memory Box in stores. Why? Because they included three great alphabet dies set – the Typewriter, Classic and Parker. I immediately had to put these awesome sets to use.

Here is the first card I did. It shows the Typewriter set in action. (I gave this to Kay before she left on our church mission trip.)

Aren’t those letters just perfect? I LOVE the idea of dies for letters instead of stickers. You never run out of a letter and you can create them in an color you want.

For some extra fun, I covered my die cut letters with glitter. But not just any glitter – I used me favorite: Glitter Ritz Stardust. This color looks like a vintage silver glitter… not too shiny… with a bit of an aged feel to it. And since it is microfine, I just burnish it onto the double-sided tape. This results in some subtle shine…

Covering the die cut letters in glitter is simple. I first stuck some of my favorite double-sided tape onto white cardstock. I then die cut the letters and added the glitter. Easy… with fun results.

HERE is that vintage-silver glitter I like so much…

I also used THIS great herringbone stamp that I shared earlier this week.

And of course the alphabet die set HERE

By the way, there are uppercase version of these dies… and numbers, too!

I will be back soon with cards using the other die sets. See you then.