Watercolor card featuring new 28 Lilac Lane mix

When it comes to buttons & sequins I can never get enough! I’m so excited that new mixes are headed to stores now and you can begin enjoying a whole new batch of 28 Lilac Lane mixes!

This one is Indigo Mint – and a personal favorite. When trying to decide what to create with this mix I decided some brusho + cracked pistachio distress + a simple card would be just the thing! I made a YouTube video to show how I created this card.

The new mixes are viewable (and can be purchased) direct from BGM – and as I said before they’re shipping to stores as well. You can find Brusho, PPA, and the other supplies I used at Ellen Hutson. Note that the stamp is an older Tim Holtz/Stamper’s anonymous one – harder to find but it is around.

One of my favorite things to do is to play with wet paper then add color. It’s a whole different look and I love watching it dry, shift, and leave interesting colors.

Stay tuned for more projects with the new 28 Lilac Lane mixes coming soon – I’ve got so many ideas and I’m excited to see what you create with these as well!

mixed media: shaker frame

Camp Scrap 2017 rolls along, today inspired by my embellishment line 28 Lilac Lane! The products used here are new mixes – coming to your favorite stores soon. For more information about my Camp Scrap event you can check out the FAQ page here.  Mixed Media isn’t always about pastes and color mediums – sometimes I mix & match embellishments! That’s where I’m taking today’s mixed media Friday…

I’ve made shaker cards… but can I make a shaker frame? When I saw these cute little frames at Michael’s I decided to try. What I’d like to find is bigger (thick/sturdy) sheets of acetate to try this on an even bigger frame. I also think it could be fun to do this in a frame where you have a photo, hand crafted art/stamp/image or any other variation.

Here is my YouTube video tutorial sharing my how-to. 

To recap supplies I used a frame, assorted 28 Lilac Lane embellishments, PPA adhesive, and of course a sheet of acetate… well 2 in my case.

I’m really loving how this turned out – such pretty fun! What could be more fun? How about winning not one, not two, but SIX brand new, never before seen, can’t even get them in stores yet mixes?! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win, and on July 16th a winner will be drawn at random to win a box full of 28 Lilac Lane goodness.

This project reminds me to look at materials and the possibilities outside the usual. And as ALWAYS – enjoy the process. Have a great weekend – thank you for joining me!

Pirate’s Life: A belated birthday card

I love the whole 28 Lilac Lane line, but my favorite are definitely the embellishment kits that come in boxes. With trim, sequins, buttons, charms, and more – well they’re just such fun! I’ve got a new easy card to share with you today featuring one of the newest ones.

Yes indeed, I know what I’m in the mood for this week: pull out my Pirate Life embellishment kit and get creating! This kit is available in stores – and it is such fun to play with! Love the red and greys. Looking for this kit? You can find it online at shops including (affiliate link used) Scrapbook.com

To make a card like mine it couldn’t be easier! You’ll want a stamped sentiment, clip art, or other central image. Place some foam adhesive under (in the center), and place on your card. Then line it with double sided tape right at the edge. Once that’s done you add buttons and embellishments tucked under all along the sentiment. That easy! This works with patterned paper or cardstock – and any theme you like!

My card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 closed – and I’m loving the belated sentiment. I also used a cameo from the kit for this card. This is a really old stamp set so I’m not sure where it came from- but like I said before any would work!

I love how this turned out – and I can’t stop using this pirate inspired kit! Looking for another one? They’re all at scrapbook.com! I know some of you have been looking for the embellishment kits so I’m happy to say they can be found there. What have you been crafting with the 28 Lilac Lane kits? Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment here and you might find some “pirate treasure” mailed your way! I’ll be selecting at least one comment here for a random prize just as a thank you for commenting and reading my blog. I so appreciate the support, and I’m glad to share my ideas with you here.

Fiesta watercolor card

Next week is May? How is that even possible?! I really couldn’t tell you as apparently time has just FLOWN right by me! Inspired by Cinco De Mayo, and “my” month I thought I’d get funky with Lawn Fawn + 28 Lilac Lane. note: affiliate links are used in this post. Thank you in advance for supporting my site if you choose to use them!

I decided I wanted to get wild with Fruity Fun bottle – one of my new ones – along with this piñata stamp from Lawn Fawn. I also knew I wanted an explosion of fun! Here is my YouTube video tutorial.

This turned out exactly how I had hoped! That so rarely happens – love it!

EllenHutson.com has the Fruity Fun bottle used, the Lawn Fawn stamp set, watercolors, gold spray, PPA adhesiveblack ink, distress inks, and so much more! Soon as I’m off my no spend challenge (more on that some other day)- I’ve got a cart full of goodies and her shipping is so fast! I can hardly wait.

Oh just a note – I did add the pink splatter you see here after filming. Intentional? Not quite… I was cleaning up spilled a bit then said oh to heck with it and went wild! Just a reminder you can always make it work. Have a wonderful party filled weekend!

Let’s Wander: A travel journal cover

The “planner trend” that has been taking hold of the craft world has really made me realize how much I do love to make a good plan. My personal favorite? Travel planning! From sorting out the best routes to take to finding the coolest stuff to do – one of my hobbies is definitely planning adventures! We have just put a deposit down on a Mediterranean cruise (2018), and that has got me way overwhelmed just thinking of the possibilities!

Ah, but no stress! You see as I have 30 minutes here or 15 minutes there I will watch travel shows, look at websites and build a plan, and through it all take notes. Loads of notes. Tons of notes!! This process lets me work ideas out and figure out what works, what is ridiculous, and what is downright genius. Also when I see something totally random like a Paris bistro (should we enter Europe via Paris) or a tapas bar in Barcelona on a travel or food show – I’ve got a place to jot it down!!

if you’ve got thoughts, notes, ideas – please do share in the comments!

I find sitting down and having massive planning sessions overwhelming – on any kind of project or subject – so this also keeps me from wondering “wait what was I working on?!”

If you’re wondering ok May, what does this have to do with crafting?! Well friends I created a video on how I decorated this cover. I really like how this turned out and I’m loving the way this will work. Unlike a normal journal, I can add and remove pieces from this one.

Here is a link to my YouTube video.

Here are some of the products used. I found (affiliate link used) this notebook on Amazon – VERY expensive! It must be older/discontinued? I want to say I found it on clearance on Target but I can tell you I paid less than $10 for it! I also used matte finish gel medium, Tim Holtz chipboard and stencil, and embellishments from my “Let’s Go” embellishment kit. I haven’t seen the embellishment kit yet in any online stores- but you can get it online directly if you’d like. Here’s a link to the kit.

Whether you call it brainstorming, planning, preparing – once in a while a bit of thinking ahead is a fun break for me. Strange hobby? Maybe- but I do enjoy it. In fact this weekend I’m heading to “planner con” a conference with some exciting classes and speakers. Excited to try something entirely new to me and meet new people – I’ll be sure to report back and let you know how it went and what I learned!

side note: if you have tips/suggestions/recommendations for me and my travels I’m always happy to hear them! I have a personal tips & recommendations section of this book.