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Cruisin’ — on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop!

Welcome to the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!  I also have my own special (and totally unrelated to the new release) kind of theme, based on the weather at my house – I would rather be CRUISING! #ineedavacation! If you’ve come from Lisa’s blog, awesome…if not, start out at the top of the hop HERE!

Before I get rolling – here’s the release list….

Cruise Ship View: Copic Scene

When I saw the “Spa Day” set – I just wanted to color an icy cold refreshing drink. Seriously. I was filming while my Seattle region was buried under snow (I know, I know, a few inches and we’re toast!). And the thought of looking out the porthole of a stateroom on a cruise ship? Oh man. Channel me some warm sunshine!! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Snorkeling View: Copic Scene

The second project I did is an underwater scene using Otterly Awesome stamps and Otter Ware – a coral reef filled with playful otters! I got out my watercolors for this, of course….Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Giveaway!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

NEXT STOP:

Go visit the lovely Laurel!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Watercolor card:

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Rainbow Rose in Copic Marker

 

Rainbow Rose

Who doesn’t love a beautiful rose? While I’m not sure how they make these – I have seen a bouquet of them in real life. AND lots on the internet (just Google it! Beautiful!) When we’re in control of the markers we choose to color with, well….we can make our roses look like anything we want, right? How about a rainbow! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Adding Xtreme Tabs to pop an extra layer added nice dimension to the card without being over the top.

Supplies

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Magical Monday: Warm and Toasty Hello

 

Magical Monday: Warm and Toasty Hello

Everyone is crazy busy – so today, I wanted to send out just a happy QUICK hello so you can get back to your holiday festivities! It’s a stamp from Stamp Anniething – they sent me a few stamps earlier this year, and this little gal os so sweet and ready for Christmas, don’t you think? Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Depending on colors used in the sky, you could make them really intense and a deep night sky – it’s a great technique for an aurora borealis! :0) Plus – I’m adding this one to #thehumanrainbow playlist with all the adaptations I did to her hair 🙂

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Supplies

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Color a Blizzard

Copic Color a Blizzard

I saw this stamp set in an LSS while I was traveling this summer – and immediately I wanted to take on the challenge of coloring a blizzard so it looked like it was blowing like mad outside. Thus, I bring you the results here today! Hope you enjoy this and the rest of the Holiday Backgrounds Series! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

The snow is definitely a good bit of work – and requires having enough color underneath for it to show up – but it’s so worthwhile!

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Here are two alternate ideas for creating blizzards….first one using Hero Arts’ Jingle Bells.

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And another with Cool Day  by MFT. For this one instead of focusing on the white pen dots, I used pale colors and a colorless blender in the sky.storm2

Supplies

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Fairy Treat Box

THANK YOU to all of my wonderful readers who reached deep and made yesterday a real #givingtuesday! We met our goal on BOTH charities – IAVA and K.I.N.D. Fund! The matching gifts have been made….I feel all warm and fuzzy, I hope you do, too! HUGS!

 

I’ve held off on using this sweet little treat box die – because I wanted to make a scene on it. I kept trying to glue diecut images on it and it just didn’t have….well, it didn’t do it for me. But….

Fairy Treat Box

Then I realized I could take a template box apart. That opened up a world of fun! Check out the video showing how that worked – using the MISTI – to be able to make a scene across the box! Just be careful at the seams, since those are hard to match up 🙂 Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube!

I used a whole bunch of stamp sets on this box – and there are so many more that would work. LOTS of springtime ideas come to mind too. Little princesses might love getting a gift wrapped in a box like this! Or hang it on a tree with a bow….so many uses!

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Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Color an Ice Fishing Pond – MFT Polar Bear Pals

 

Big thanks to MFT for providing this month’s release – I {bigpuffyheartlove} these polar bears!

Color an Ice Fishing Pond – MFT Polar Bear Pals

Birdie Brown is such a talented stamp designer – and she didn’t disappoint with these bears! I had wanted to make a video with her previous bears and didn’t get to…they had sold out too fast and I didn’t find them til spring! (I hope Polar Bear Pals are more available if you need ’em!) Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

How’s that for a fun holiday scene? Lots of critters could be sitting around an ice pond…penguins, walruses, or eskimossandy-allnock-ice-fishing-bears

I love using ALL the stamps when I color – so I used the skating bear on the inside…and as seen above, the little polar bear made his way onto the envelope!sandy-allnock-ice-fishing-pond-inside

Hope you enjoyed the video today! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram if you end up trying out one of my techniques, I’d love to see what you create!

Supplies

Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

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Rudolph with a present on top: Color a cozy fireplace

Color a cozy fireplace

Since we’re good friends by now…I thought cozying up to a fireplace together would be fun this week. Rudolph with a present on top just cried out for it with that sweet sentiment. Grab a cup of something warm to drink and settle in to watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

One final giveaway is posted over on my blog – if you’d like to try coloring this cozy card, go leave a comment to qualify to win, and I’ll announce a winner on Sunday!Sandy Allnock Rudolph with a present on top

If you’re interested in seeing more Holiday Backgrounds, be sure to follow my blog or YouTube to have them delivered to your inbox throughout the fall!

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Santa is stuck: Airbrush a glowing sky

Airbrush a glowing sky

Santa is stuck! Oh my. Poor Santa. Or even worse, poor ME! What if he ate too many cookies and can’t make it down my chimney? Gasp! In today’s video, I’ll be sharing a little airbrushed background to add behind the scene….unfortunately it’s not a solution to helping him deliver gifts, but we gotta work with what we have, right? LOL! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

There’s a giveaway of this stamp set over on my blog – be sure to go leave a comment to qualify to win win win!Sandy Allnock santa is stuck

Next Wednesday is the fourth in the Stamping Bella backgrounds series – be sure to pop back in to catch it – you won’t want to miss the roaring fireplace!

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