Advent Calendar Project

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Hello friends! It’s the first day of December! Everything in the house is ready to be decorated! Our house have always used the theme of reds and golds. This year is no exception! Speaking of the holidays, I want to share with you a project that I made last year. I just took it out from the attic and it still holds up really well! It’s my advent calendar made using supplies from Mama Elephant, Pretty Pink Posh and Lawn Fawn.

Here is how it looks like next to some regular sized ornaments. The whole project measures 17.5″ X 12″. It took me over a month from start to finish, but it is well worth it because I am using it every year 🙂

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The idea was this is the house where Santa prepares presents for delivery. Some reindeer are starting to deliver some presents but they brought too many, so some of them fell off. The penguins at the bottom were trying to catch them! While the elves on the other side are decorating the tree and using some organizing.

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If you are interested in a walk-through of this advent calendar, please watch my video below, but please bear with me for my weird voice and not being professional. I wasn’t good at making videos a year ago😛

Thank you for stopping by today! All the supplies I used in this project are linked below. If you are looking to order supplies from Pretty Pink Posh, remember to do so before December 4 as the shop is closing and won’t open until sometime in January! That’s all for today. Happy holidays!🙂

Supplies:

  1. Mama Elephant Reindeer Games Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Mama Elephant Reindeer Games Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  4. Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Mama Elephant Christmas Spirit Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Mama Elephant Christmas Spirit Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Mama Elephant Tandem Ride Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Mama Elephant Tandem Ride Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Mama Elephant Balloon Et Cetera Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Mama Elephant Balloon Et Cetera Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Mama Elephant Borderlines Trio Die: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Mama Elephant Landscape Trio Die: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Pals Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Pals Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Pretty Pink Posh Mini Tags Dies: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Pretty Pink Posh Twine and Bows Die: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Tide Pool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Tumbled Glass Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Ranger Glossy Accents: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  26. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  27. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  28. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  29. Disc Magnets: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Holiday Card Design & Black Friday Sales

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Hello sweet friends! I hope you are having a fantastic Thankgsiving! My hubby and I are spending the holidays in Vancouver this year because I was too lazy to cook. Seriously… The two of us could never finish a whole turkey! So, we are currently escaping our national holiday by fleeing the country LOL!!

For me, the weekend after Thanksgiving is always a wake up call to really speed up my Christmas cardmaking. I did start early this year (like September) but I still don’t have enough cards. Talk about efficiency lol. In order to catch up, my plan is to have one design then mass produce it until I meet my goal  :)

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Here is my design this year. I have mixed supplies from two of my favorite companies – My Favorite Things and Mama Elephant. I have incorporated so many techniques in this card – shaker, die cut inlay, die cut surgery, ink blending, Copic coloring, heat embossing… Basically I included everything I love about cardmaking on this design and I love it!

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  1. Stamp images from Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Stamp Set in black. Color with Copic markers. Add highlight details with white gel pen
  2. Die cut a watercolor paper with MFT Die-namics Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up. Trim away some of the top slopes to free up a big space for our shaker. Ink blend on the two bottom slope panels with Altenew Frayed Leaf and Coral Berry ink
  3. For the background, I blended with Altenew Mango Smoothie ink and white heat emboss some snowflakes from MFT Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set
  4. Assemble the shaker by adhering the frame onto an acetate sheet, inlay the bottom 2 slope panels. Fill up the shaker with Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Purely Peppermint Sequins and PPP 3mm Sparkling Clear sequins. Seal with foam tape
  5. Mount the sheep with foam tape and add some snowflake die cuts from MFT Die-namics Stylish Snowflakes to finish

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What do you think of my card? I think it is very important to have a design that I love very much because I am going to make the same card for 20-30 times without hating it, right? If you are looking for more holiday card inspirations, click here to see my earlier designs this year.

Many crafting companies are having amazing sales RIGHT NOW until Monday! Below are some deals from two of my favorite stores:
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Simon Says Stamp is having a site-wide sale today (Nov 24) through tomorrow (Nov 25). All products are 15% off with the code SSSBFS.

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Ellen Hutson is celebrating their 10th anniversary and they are having a huge sale between Nov 25 (Friday) and Nov 28 (Monday). Now would be a great time to do some Christmas crafty shopping and to purchase the things you have always wanted! The discount code early2016 is valid 12:00-9:00am PST!

During Black Friday, I like to order big ticket items or items that are usually not on sale. Here are some of my personal favorite picks! They would make amazing Christmas gifts for yourself or your loved ones  :)

1_305864_zm1. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor, 36 Color Set – My personal favorite watercolor set. The paints are absolutely beautiful and creamy. I highly recommend it. See here, here and here for some of my card samples using this watercolor set. Available on sale at Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

2. Copic Marker Florals 2 Kit & Copic Marker Pale Pastel Kit – You guys know I love Copic markers and my favorite ones are the pastel ones. With the Copic shortage still going on, it is really hard to purchase those colors alone. So purchasing a set now when it is on sale would be a good time. See here, here and here for my cards using Copic. These two sets are available at here and here.

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3. Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Pads – Distress inks are my favorite inks for ink blending and various other techniques e.g. watercoloring, faux watercoloring, ink smooching, etc. Card samples herehere and here. Full set available at Simon Says Stamp. Individual sets available at Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

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4. Distress Marker Set – If you love watercoloring with distress inks and want to upgrade your collection, I’d recommend looking at the distress markers. Apply the marker directly on your image first, then dilute with a water brush. This would create a more intense look but still have a watercolor look. Full set available here.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy holidays!

Supplies:

  1. Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Mama Elephant Wooly Winter Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Die-namics Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up: My Favorite Things
  5. My Favorite Things Die-namics Stylish Snowflakes: My Favorite Things
  6. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Altenew Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Altenew Coral Berry Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Altenew Mango Smoothie Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Little Things from Lucy’s Cards Purely Peppermint Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh 3mm Clear Sparkling Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Acetate Sheet: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  22. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  24. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Caring Hearts Blog Hop 2016

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Hello friends! Welcome to the Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop! Our purpose is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes around the world. Since 2010, we have been spreading holiday cheer to many nursing homes throughout the US, Canada and Australia, and this year, we are branching out to the UK!

It truly makes me happy that I can bring a little joy to folks by doing my favorite thing – making cards! My grandfather used to live in a nursing home before he passed away. So, I have special feelings about nursing home and the elderly who live there. We really hope you will join us in supporting this meaningful cause! For those of you who wants to participate, we have prepared a lot of prizes for many winners. All you have to do is send us your handmade cards with a message inside. For details of entry and prizes, please refer to Vera Yates’ Blog and Jennifer McGuire’s Blog.

OK! Now, let’s move onto my card! I used the Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up to frame the snowflakes, just like looking at the snow outside the window. I can’t seem to steer away from the warm color scheme😛

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Here is how I made my card:

  1. Die cut a piece of watercolor paper with the Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up. Use masking tape to mask the lower half of the panel, blend Festive Berries on the top part. Do the same to the bottom part with Wild Honey
  2. On another piece of watercolor paper, blend the same inks as background
  3. Stamp the snowflakes with MFT hybrid inks (Red Hot, Pineapple, Latte). Die cut out with Die-namics Simply Snowflakes. Stamp some small snowflakes with hybrid inks (Paver Red, Orange Zest)
  4. White heat emboss the sentiment on black card stock
  5. Mount everything as shown in place with foam tape. Add water droplets. Embellish with some PPP sequins (4mm Lavender Moon, 4mm Clear Droplets, 4mm Strawberry Burst, 4mm Sunshine Glow, 6mm Metallic Rose Gold). Again, I used a lot of colored sequins :))

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Giveaway:

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No hop is complete without some fun giveaway, right? Simon Says Stamp has generously offered a $150 gift card for this hop. All you need to do is visit and leave comment on each designer’s blog post. A winner will be randomly selected from one of the participant blogs. You will have till midnight Thurday, 11/17/2016 to leave comment. The winner will be announced on Vera’s blog on Friday, 11/18/2016.

Here is the lineup of today’s amazing designers:

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That is all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting!🙂

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things Simply Snowflakes Die-namics: My Favorite Things
  3. My Favorite Things Winter Wonderland Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Die-namics Gift Box Cover-Up: My Favorite Things
  5. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Black Card Stock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  8. Painter’s Blue Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Festive Berries Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Wild Honey Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  11. My Favorite Things Red Hot Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  12. My Favorite Things Pineapple Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  13. My Favorite Things Latte Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  14. My Favorite Things Paver Red Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  15. My Favorite Things Orange Zest Hybrid Ink: My Favorite Things
  16. Ranger Distress Sprayer Water Bottle: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  19. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Lavender Moon Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  21. Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Metallic Rose Gold Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Strawberry Burst Sequins: Simon Says Stamp
  24. Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sunshine Glow Sequins: Simon Says Stamp

My Favorite Things – I’m Yeti for Christmas

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Hello friends! Today I’d like to share with you my yeti card. I finally have time to play with the BB Beast Friends Stamp Set designed by Torico! I’m telling you, this set has to be the best holiday stamp set this year! OMG I can’t even!!!

Today’s card has a lot of white on it. I figured I haven’t made such a card for a long time. I went for a traditional Christmas color scheme, but jazzed it up with the big shaker and lots of sequins🙂

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Here is how I made my card:

  1. Die cut a watercolor paper with Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces. Stamp some Christmas trees with Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen dye inks. Add white watercolor splatters and Perfect Pearl solution all over the trees
  2. Assemble the shaker portion with Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Card Stock, acetate, foam tape and Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I have used Gold Star Sequins, Sparkling Clear Mix and Holiday Shimmer Mix. I added a lot of sequins because the shaker is quite big
  3. Stamp the yeti with Copic friendly ink. I have used Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Color with Copic markers. Die out out using the coordinating die. Mount onto the card front with foam tape
  4. Finally, embellish with some PPP sequins (Gold Star sequins, Holiday Shimmer Mix and Iridescent Mini Star Confetti

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I haven’t crafted for a long time so I felt awesome after making this card today. Crafting does solve all the problems in the world lol! Thanks for stopping by! I will see you next time!

Supplies:

  1. My Favorite Things BB Beast Friends Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  2. My Favorite Things BB Beast Friends Die-namics: My Favorite Things
  3. My Favorite Things Die-namics Merry Christmas Centerpieces: My Favorite Things
  4. My Favorite Things Oh Christmas Trees Stamp Set: My Favorite Things
  5. Altenew Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Altenew Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Altenew Evergreen Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes – Green Fields: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Pretty Pink Posh Gold Star Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Mini Star Confetti: Simon Says Stamp
  14. Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Card Stock: Simon Says Stamp
  15. Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  19. Perfect Pearl Pigment Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  20. Acetate Sheet: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  21. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  23. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp

Pretty Pink Posh – No-Line Watercoloring

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Hello there! Today I am sharing a no-line watercolor card on the Pretty Pink Posh blog. I recently made a goal to be an artist (eventually…) and I have decided that no-line watercoloring would be my first step LOL…. Hands up if you think like me! All the colors I have used are listed down below.

Here is a close-up of my card. Please head over to the Pretty Pink Posh blog for more details!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies:

  1. Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Friends Stamp Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  2. Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Friends Die Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  3. Pretty Pink Posh STAMPtember Winter Bird Stamp Set: Simon Says Stamp
  4. Pretty Pink Posh Mini Storybook 1 Dies: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  5. Pretty Pink Posh Gold Star Sequins: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  6. Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequin Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  7. Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Shimmer Mix: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  8. Canson XL Watercolor Paper: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  9. Ranger Ink Blending Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  10. Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  11. Altenew Ruby Red Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  12. Altenew Grapevine Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  13. Altenew Evergreen Crisp Dye Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  14. Antique Linen Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  15. Pumice Stone Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  16. Worn Lipstick Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  17. Picked Raspberry Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  18. Fired Brick Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  19. Wild Honey Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson //  Simon Says Stamp
  20. Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  21. Salty Ocean Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  22. Twisted Citron Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  23. Tea Dye Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  24. Gathered Twigs Distress Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  25. EK Success Powder Tool: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  26. Versamark Watermark Ink: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  27. Hero Arts White Embossing Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  28. Hero Arts Wagner Heat Gun: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  29. Ranger Artist Paint Brush Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  30. Gansai Tambi Watercolor 36 Color Set: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  31. Perfect Pearl Pigment Powder: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  32. Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  33. Cheaper Alternative Foam Tape: Ellen Hutson
  34. Be Creative Tape/ Scor-Tape: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  35. Natural Twine: Ellen Hutson // Simon Says Stamp
  36. Jingle Bells: Simon Says Stamp