I apologize for not getting a new card to you sooner! I had a terrible headache on Monday and Tuesday and now my back has really begun hurting again. My headache was from the humidity and sinus issues, I think. I actually miss the dry Arizona weather! Can you believe I just said that in writing??? My back still just doesn't always cooperate like I want, although it will eventually!
Last week, I shared a card I made for the Ellen Hutson Pin-insights Challenge. There was only one problem, though, and it was a big one! To enter that challenge, your project has to have Ellen Hutson products on it, and my card did not. This doesn't upset me right now because I'm still on some pretty strong medicine for my back. Everything I forget, I blame on those medicines. Now, when I am finally off of all of them and I still forget things, then I will be upset! Until then, it can't possibly because I'm getting older, it has to be the meds. Let's face it, I've got to find some good in still being on all this medicine (besides the fact that it helps with my pain)!
The people at Ellen Hutson are very nice and their store offers fantastic customer service. So, after my mistake, I knew I wanted to make another card for the challenge at Ellen Hutson and fix my mistake. My card was inspired by the Essential by Ellen July Pin-Sights Challenge, which features all of these great pictures that were found on Pinterest.
My card was also inspired by this week's sketch challenge at The Paper Players. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make a card with it.
Combining the two challenges worked out perfectly!
I was able to quickly make my card background using gingham fabric tape and polka dot paper. I made my tag out of a brown color of card stock that is lighter than the usual Kraft card stock. (Remember everything that isn't retired that I used to make this card is pictured below.) Now, enter the Ellen Hutson products! I chose to use the Bold Blooms stamp set and matching sets of dies that are exclusives to the Ellen Hutson store. The word "happy" which is stamped at the top of my tag actually goes in the phrase "oh, happy day!" However, I chose to just use the word happy so my tag didn't end up being so long it looked awkward. I love the script font that it is in! I easily colored just the word "happy" with my blue marker and stamped it on my tag. Along with the Bold Bloom stamp set, there are two sets of dies that match it. One cuts solid images and one cuts outlines. I could have stamped my red flower and green leaf, but I chose to cut them out of the solid image dies. Then, I cut the navy outlines that I put over my flower and leaf with the other sets of dies. There are so many combinations you can make with this set of stamps and dies and they all look terrific! I adhered my flower and leaf to the tag and then added three pearls, which mimic the polka dotted paper, into the center. I added red and white and navy and white twine to the top of my tag. I put the tag on with foam tape and my card was complete! It was finished in much less time than my recent quilt card and is just as cute!
Now I have a card that actually follows all of the rules for Ellen Hutson and I got to make a card with the sketch that I loved the second I saw it. It was a good card creating day, don't you think?
I used the following products to make this card:
Bold Blooms Stamp Set by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen
Paris Dusk Memento Marker by Tsukineko
Solar White 110 lb. Card Stock by Neenah
Real Red, Old Olive, Night of Navy and Sahara Sand Card Stock by Stampin' Up
Regals Color Collection of Background Designer Series Paper Stacks by Stampin' Up
Bold Blooms Matching and Bold Blooms Stand Alone Dies by Julie Ebersole for Essentials by Ellen
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch by Stampin' Up
Primary Assortment of Doodle Twine by Doodlebug
Blue Jay Single Spool of Hemp Cord by Lawn Fawn
Bright Floral Fabric Tape by Recollections
Pearl Basic Jewels by Stampin' Up