Ellen Hutson LLC's 11th Anniversary Blog Hop


Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!  I am participating in a special blog hop today, celebrating the 11th Anniversary of Ellen Hutson LLC!  We are featuring our favorite Essentials By Ellen products, and I am so excited to share my projects with you!

There are multiple prizes up for grabs, and multiple days of blog hops & posts...so be sure to get all of the details at the Ellen Hutson LLC blog!

In true blog hop fashion, you should have arrived from Lisa Adametz's blog.  I will give you your next stop at the end of the post!

To create my cards, I used the Modern Christmas stamps & the Modern Christmas matching dies....and LOVE how they turned out.  Here is a peek!

All of my backgrounds were created using Tim Holtz distress inks (all colors linked below), and watercolor smooshing.  I love the randomness of watercolor smooshing, because you never know what you are going to get when you turn the paper over!  I typically create about 5 backgrounds.  This time 3 of them turned out!!

All of my cards have a shaker element to them using the Modern Christmas dies.  For my first card, I let the watercolor background dry and then spraying it with gold Color Shine.  I let that dry too, which doesn't take long, and then created my shaker element with the holly leaf die.

All of the diecut elements were used somewhere on these cards, because I didn't want to waste any of the amazing watercolor pieces.  I also diecut some elements from one of the backgrounds I created that didn't look amazing as a whole, but still had some beautiful watercolor features to it!

And of course, I accented with my signature jewels tucked here & there!

For my next card, I focused on the wreath!   After creating the shaker element, I decided that I needed to stamp the wreath image to it as well.  So, I stamped it directly to the acetate sheet in golden glitz pigment ink.  Do this step at the very end, because it will take a very long time to dry. 

 I stamped the sentiment to a banner strip that I cut from one of the watercolor panels that didn't make the cut!  Once again, I tucked pretty jewels here & there.
 Isn't the shaker element pretty?!!  Love it!

This third card was a last minute, happy accident.  I almost discarded this background....but as it sat there, it grew on me.  And now I think it might be my favorite!  I love that it is a little bit softer than the rest - I think I used more water on this one than the others when smooshing it.

 I also realized how beautiful the watercolor was on the diecut wreath from the card above, and felt it HAD to be used.  I brushed it with my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen once adhered to the card front...and the added shimmer is GORGEOUS!

All of the cards have a similar design principle, which made it easy to put them together!  And of course...I added my signature jewels to this one as well!

I really wanted it to have it's own sentiment, so I just masked off and used one word from each of the other sentiments in the stamp set.  This is an easy way to get even more out of your stamps!!

Those are my cards for today's hop!  I hope you enjoyed them!  If you have any questions at all, leave them in the comments...and I will answer them!

Your next stop on the hop is to Heather Meeson's blog!  Have an amazing time on the hop, and being inspired by all the amazing Ellen Hutson products that have been used!!

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Comments

  1. These are gorgeous, Lea! Happy Thanksgiving! ♥♥♥

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  2. Lea, your smooshed backgrounds (I'd 'try' 5 and be lucky if one turned out!) are lovely canvases for your star-of-the-stage Modern Christmas Elements. The shaker features on each are just full on spectacular, sparkly fun! Thank you for the smiles today! Wishing you a most Happy Thanksgiving!
    ~carol

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  3. Oh wow! Gorgeous cards!!! Love so much your amazing unconventional Xmas colours!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  4. The backgrounds are just lovely!

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  5. Those jewels are gorgeous. I've never seen any like them, but I don't see them listed in your supply list. Could you tell me more about them?

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  6. I love the soft watercolors and the little shaker bits on these cards!

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  7. Delightful shaker cards! Love the backgrounds you created and your use of the dies!

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  8. Love your cards. Beautiful and awesome and unique in color! :)

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  9. Love the watercolors and your shakers on these cards. Can't pick a favorite.

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  10. Everything you make is pretty! You just can't go wrong with a shaker.

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  11. Oh My! What lovely, soft colors! I love your shaker ideas and your use of all kinds of different sparklies! Beautiful cards!

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  12. I just love untraditional colors for Christmas. You nailed it!

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  13. Wow! These are fabulous creations!! Love the soft colors, shakers, glitter and everything about them :) Thank you for sharing with us :)

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  14. This set of cards is so pretty! I wish that I could make my color smooshing look so perfect!!!

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  15. Love the peekaboo shaker element!

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  16. lovely! i love the non traditional colors and the fun shaker component!

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  17. Gorgeous smooching. Or is it smashing. Either way very nice end result. Fun!!!

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  18. Oh they are so pretty Lea! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. These are absolutely amazing! LOVE the backgrounds & so creative to use the holly leaf negative for the shaker shape!

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  20. So pretty - love the soft colors.

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  21. Oh my Lea !! This such an amazing set ?! And just like you, the last one might be my favorite !

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  22. Absolutely love those holly leaves with the soft colors. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  23. Love the soft watercolor. Absolutely beautiful cards.

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  24. Those backgrounds make me want to go get messy ... love them.

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  25. I like the pretty colors and your card designs.

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  26. I love your shakers! The holly ones are darling?

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  27. I love the soft colors you chose for your cards. Well done!

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  28. The colors you attained with the paper smooshing technique are so lovely and I love the shaker elements to each of your cards! Beautifully done!

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  29. awesome water color wash! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  30. Beautiful card love the blended colors

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  31. Wow and Wow again! These are just lovely. I'm very fond of shakers but this just is over the top. I will have to try now. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  32. Exceptional cards!!! The colors are just so pretty

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  33. Gorgeous cards! Love the soft watercolored backgrounds and clever shaker elements!

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  34. Pretty Christmas cards! Love love love those signature gems

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  35. Love how good this set look in watercolour!!

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  36. Beautiful watercolored backgrounds

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  37. Lea you have made me look at this gorgeous set with fresh eyes, and opened up a world of possibilities! How incredibly beautiful and gorgeous are your water colored splashes?! There may be some CASEing going on today! I'm on to Leftover Day, but hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!
    =] Michele

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  38. the non-traditional colors, the little shaker and clean design are so great together!!

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  39. Love your cards! The colors are wonderful...

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  40. Brilliant way to use the shaker elements...cheery, festive and ful. Who could ask for more. No one!

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  41. Love your soft water coloring, fantastic card design!

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  42. Such loveliness! I MUST remember to use gold splatter more often to class up my watercolor backgrounds! I especially love the round shaker... sweet!

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  43. Pretty cards! Love the fun backgrounds with the ink smooshing, your shaker elements and those jewels!! Beautiful!

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  44. Lovely smooshed backgrounds, Lea ... the contemporary colours are gorgeous ... and the shaker elements add a fabulous touch of glimmer and shine! Anita :)

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  45. I really like your use of pastel colors for Christmas - it's different. Great little surprise elements on your cards too.

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  46. Your soft watercolor backgrounds are beautiful, great cards.

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  47. Lovely! The background is so pretty!

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  48. These are so pretty! I love that you made shakers out of the die cuts. Such fun!

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  49. Gorgeous cards and AMAZING colouring!

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  50. Beautiful cards - love the soft colors.

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  51. Wonderful simple shaker card designs and I love these unexpected colors for holiday cards!

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  52. Love the soft colors and the great shaker elements!

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  53. Absolutely gorgeous cards! Love the soft, blended backgrounds especially & , of course, the fabulous jewels!

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  54. Very, very pretty! Love the color palette!

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  55. I love non-traditional Christmas cards and yours are fantastic!

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  56. Love the color combinations of the distress inks

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  57. The watercoloring is so pretty!! The last card is my favorite, just gorgeous!!

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  58. Those cards are absolutely gorgeous. The color is magical , the shakers are elegant and lovely sentiment stamps and embellishments!

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  59. Love how the background finished up. Lovely. How unique for the leaves and berries.

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  60. I love the smooshing technique. You get such pretty
    colors in interesting configurations.
    Beautiful cards.
    thanks for sharing.

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  61. Three really stunningly soft modern Christmas cards, love the whole thing about them, style, colours & especially the little window effects. Thank you for sharing another option to red, green & gold x

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  62. Awesome cards!! Especially love how you used just a leaf or two to make the shaker part!!

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  63. Loving your colors and addition of the shaker component. Thanks for sharing

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  64. Such clever shaker cards ... and beautiful color pallette too! Thanks for inspiring!

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  65. Lovely cards! Wonderful soft look. The shaker element adds a bit of whimsy.

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  66. Just lovely. You are so creative.

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  67. Love the dreamy watercolor look...

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  68. Gorgeous backgrounds, & I love the cards you created with them! :) ~ Andrea

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  69. Love the watercolor washes and the shaker parts! So fun and pretty.

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  70. Such SWEET Cards!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  71. Absolutely gorgeous! I love all of your beautiful smooshed backgrounds!

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  72. Very cool non-traditional cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  73. Love the beautiful watercolor backgrounds and how soft they are!

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  74. Your cards are lovely! I enjoy seeing how you bling them up with your jewels. Gorgeous!

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  75. What a fun idea to use the die cuts for shaker windows...love the colours too.

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  76. Fun non-traditional color combo!

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  77. Three beautiful cards; I love your watercolour backgrounds !!

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  78. I like your beautiful pastel backgrounds. Great shaker ideas too.

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  79. Love all the watercolory goodness especially with that cute gold bow

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  80. Smooshing and shakers are so much fun s shown by your beautiful cards! Thanks!

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  81. Love the modern feel of these cards!

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  82. Wonderful cards, Lea! LOVE the smooshed backgrounds!

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