Mardi Gras card!


When I first saw this Avery Elle stamp set I knew I had to have it – because it’s the perfect match for my French Quarter kit! I figured today was the perfect day to share this card. It was so fun to combine layering stamps (cut out with my ScanNCut) + embellishments on a card.

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The stamp set used is by Avery Elle, and is in stores now. Below are affiliate links in case you’d like to find one for yourself! I’m thinking mermaid colors to pink parties, black and white to anything else you dream up – this will be a fun stamp set to use. For now though, I’m going to keep to my favorite kit (oh the purple love!)

Avery Elle Stamp set at Ellen Hutson  |  Simon Says Stamp

Oh, the places you’ll go…


When I saw this card in the new Photo Play Paper papers I knew I would want to create a wood panel project around it. But how best to display that?

Well, I happen to have a whole lot of embellishments around just perfect for the job! For this project I used the Just Peachy bottle and the Attic Findings kit.

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Love the results! If you’re looking for this great paper line you can find it (affiliate link used) at The project is on a Prima wood panel, but a canvas would work as well, or even a photo frame!

28 Lilac Lane: Wood watercolor piece

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To create a piece like this you’ll first stamp an image onto a wood piece, then emboss and color. Once happy? Add some buttons and bits!

Yes, it really is that easy. I’m working on another of these for a class project and future YouTube video as well. This first one was an experiment – and features my “Tropical Twist” kit from the 28 Lilac Lane line. The kits will begin shipping soon – this project was on display at the CHA show earlier this month.


The stamp used is by Prima and is a favorite. Below you’ll find (affiliate) links to supplies used.

Prima Bloom Girl stamp: Ellen Hutson | Simon Says Stamp

Tim Holtz phrase sticker  Ellen Hutson

Koi Watercolor Field Set  Ellen Hutson  | Amazon

Heidi Swapp gold mist  Ellen Hutson

28 Lilac Lane: Puppy Photo frame


When preparing projects for CHA, one thing to keep in mind is that everything has to hang on the wall… so keeping things light as possible is a good thing! In an effort to make this frame light, I used a layered mat instead of a full frame! The same techniques apply, and since I had a wide flat surface I was able to add in cork letters too.


My favorite piece of the Paws & Pets kit (used on this project) is definitely the heart paw charm. So cute! I used beads, pearls, and a few buttons from other bottles and kits as well to fill this project out. I know I have probably said it before – but the elements of this line work so very well together!

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I’m glad Ranger got to come along to CHA with me via photo frame, and hopefully there are just a few short weeks left before you’ll start seeing 28 Lilac Lane in your local shops!

Mixed media canvas with 28 Lilac Lane


My French Quarter kit does of course have a Mardi Gras feel, so for my first project with this kit I decided to embrace that and create a mask! I’ve got a video tutorial for you as well – so you could take the idea and create something for yourself!

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Above you can see a look at the contents of the kit – so much fun! My only problem with the mask was how to get it to display well at the CHA show debut of this new line! My solution: A canvas base, one that has just a hint of texture and color to accent but not take away from the centerpiece aka the mask.


You guys… this was SO much fun to make! Not only that, but it inspired me to think about other colors and themes and mask-y ideas for future.


I love how the sequins and pearls look, and how it all came together so beautifully! Here is my YouTube full tutorial.

Here is the finished piece:


28 Lilac Lane will begin shipping to stores so very soon – I can’t wait! I hope in the meantime you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial and project look at one of my favorite samples that was on display at the CHA trade show!