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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.


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  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.


Go visit the lovely Laurel Beard !


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.

Copic card:

Watercolor card:

352 thoughts on “Cruisin’ — on the Ellen Hutson Bloghop!

  1. Simply delightful!

  2. Both cards are colored beautifully, Sandy. Even though I live on a lake and enjoy seeing the otters, I don’t usually find them attractive…but yours are. I’m with you on the cruise vacation though with some sunshine and refreshing beverages. Great video, too!

  3. Love the underwater scene and great water color technique. Nice take on the new release!

  4. OMG that otter card, WOW!! Fantastic!

  5. That was a fun video to watch.. not sure I’d have the patience for all that masking though. TFS

  6. Absolutely amazing! I love how you create an amazing scene so seemingly effortlessly. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Your coloring is always impeccable and the full scene for the otters is inspiring!

  8. You make coloring with copics look easy. I haven’t tried this yet. Still trying my hand with watercolors.

  9. Nice colors and composition on the snorkeling card.

  10. Oh my – that cruise window idea is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Fabulous!! You make it look so easy!

  12. I think I love them all!!

  13. Thanks for sharing the videos on your awesome creations. I always enjoy them.

  14. Wow! All of those details on the otter card is incredible!

  15. I love that little otters card, they are so darn cute.

  16. ALWAYS so excited to watch your videos and see your creations! Yiu are soooo inspiring! You make it look so easy! Beautiful cards!!!!

  17. Amazing cards and as usual your coloring is beautiful. Love the otters!

  18. That otter card is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!

  19. I was just trying to talk my husband into going on a cruise. Maybe if I make him a card. Ha, ha. Worth a try. I got both of the essential Daniel Smith sets for Christmas and was wondering what colors to add to them. What have you found to be your favorite? Love your cards. Your always such an inspiration.

  20. Love Love Love your underwater Otter scene!! so stinkin’ cute!! Thank you so much for sharing your technique for the watercoloring, I would have never thought to make him lighter because he was underwater! Love the Otterly Awesome set & will keep my fingers crossed that I may win it!

  21. Love the view from the cruise ship card.

  22. WOW!! These are just fabulous! The otter scene is so cute, and I never would have thought port hole by looking at the mirror stamp!!

  23. oh dear I always loooove your coloring and this card is super duper cutteee LOVE LOVE LOVE

  24. LOve!!! Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Lovely by Julie Ebersole is my Fav!

  25. Jaw dropping stunning cards, Sandy!! I’m ready for a cruise now after seeing your first card!!

  26. Love the cruise ship view! Awesome cards!!

  27. Seems like I need a vacation now…and the otter stamp set. So adorable!!!

  28. I love the cruise ship card! Great idea. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

  29. Eeeek! the snorkling view of the otters couldn’t be cuter and is SO darn clever! I always love your creative take on things and beautiful coloring Sandy!

  30. I love the cruise card–wish I were going!

  31. Amazing cards as usual! Love your coloring. I need that otter set!

  32. You amaze me with how you transform the stamps. It is so fun to watch and wish… that’s what I call it… that I could do what you do. Something to work toward. I always learn a little something. Thanks

  33. Your coloring!! Always so beautiful! It was fun to see how you were able to just add in details for your ship as thought of them. Watching a true artist is such a treat. The Otters…they are Awesome! So cute!!

  34. I adore your snorkeling view card!

  35. I love to watch your process and watercoloring! Thank you. Would you ever consider showing how you video and edit?

  36. Amazing how you used these products to get such different results! Thank you

  37. Incedibly cute cards! Those otters are darling.

  38. I just LOVE how you made the “Snorkeling View” card. That is soooooo cute!

  39. I enjoy watching your videos. Love the porthole and otter cards – clever & cute.

  40. Immediately drawn to the watercolor and happy to learn the granulation caused the beautiful colors. I only bought a few of the Primatek colors but chose them for their granulation effects. Since I’ve never played with them, it was so nice to learn that I won’t be disappointed once I finally have a go it them.

  41. Wow!! The otters are so cute! Stunning card!!

  42. Sandy, you are the queen of the scene. Gorgeous on both cards. And I loved the soundtracks. 🙂

  43. Thank you for posting your creations. You make it look easy which by the way I know its not cause I tried it. But you also give me hope while I’m learning.

  44. Love both of your cards!

  45. I think everything is amazing!

  46. Incredible as always

  47. Oh yes this set makes you want to call a cruise line NOW. Love the colors you chose and the pillows what a nice touch. Thank you for sharing.

  48. WOW! What phenomenal cards! Loved the sounds you used behind your video and loved the videos too!

  49. i have not seen the video yet (but I will) but your cards showcase the talented artist that you are!

  50. Super cute. I love the way you narrate throughout your videos giving tips and tricks. Love the ambient sounds as well!!

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