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On My Desk – S’More Fun!

I love this little Neat and Tangled S’more Fun stamp set and matching die set. I love the way all the little elements are smiling.

I stamped several sets using Brushed Corduroy, Distressed Ink and colored them using Copic markers. For this card I cut the two graham crackers apart and one of the little marshmallows away from the others. Then layered them together so they looked like they were hugging.

I made the following card to play along with this weeks CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #376.

Fun With You!
Stamped on the inside.

I have also handwritten the sentiment “Better Together” on a card with these elements.

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On My Desk – Hi Friend!

Do you find that when you go to use up any images you already have colored – that you need to stamp and color more images to create a card? Today was like that for me.

I wanted to tie together the daisy theme so I used Ellen Hutson’s Leading Ladies – Plant Lady by Brandi and Mondo Gerbera Daisy by Julie. I used Grey Flannel Memento ink and Copic Markers for the background and colored pencils for the leading lady. The sentiment was cut using the Mondo Gerbera Daisy Dies from matching blue card stock as the card base.

Here is my entry for CAS(E) This Sketch#374.

And here is another version of the same card

CAS(E) this Sketch #374
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On My Desk – Not Just For Mittens – Pop Up

I was on a roll with the Essential By Ellen POP-Up Mittens by Julie die set. Unfortunately this is no longer available in the EH shop but if you have one you certainly want to maximise its usefulness so NOT JUST for Mittens!

I will not recreate the wheel on assembling the pop up mechanism – go to Julie Ebersole’s video on the Ellen Hutson Blog. I also leaned heavily on the fabulous YouTube videos by Therese @lostinpaper and Carissa Wiley @sprinkledwithglitter assembles the double pop up scroll to 10:58 -13:40 to see the assembly only.

I use double sided tape as I feel the glue dots add too much bulk to the assembly. This card uses three pop up mechanisms. One on the vase, two for the double pop up on the hydrangea. I colored 4 of the strips the same blue as the hydrangeas.

For the card front I stamped colored and die cut the large hydrangea. I carefully laid out and die cut MOM from the hydrangea and three more times from scrap 110 lb card stock. Using liquid glue I stacked the letters to create depth and added clear glitter glue for sparkle.
This is where I discover my mistake – this hydrangea is too wide for the front of the card!
So I snipped off a few of the outer petals along the stamp line. I used foam tape to raise the image and also add a few of the single hydrangeas directly onto the card front.

For the inside I stamped, colored and die cut 4 sets of the flowers and a vase. Then laid them out to get an idea of where they would go in the card. There will be three layers of flowers.

The first hydrangea has been scored in the center is glued directly onto the card. If you were using colored pencil you could stamp directly onto the card base before scoring. I didn’t want bleed through from the Copics.

The next two are adhered as the first layer pop up. I snipped these two images to a straight edge where they would meet in the center.

I scored the fourth hydrangea down the center added that on top of the first pop up, forming the double pop up.

Finally I scored the vase in the center and adhered it using a pop up. I finished this card with a handwritten sentiment and wrote a message on the back.

A side view of the pop up assembly stack.

You can make this card with any images that you have! My next post will showcase a longer image version and a two different image version.

Supplies used Essentials by Ellen POP UP MITTENS dies by Julie, Stampendous Cling Jumbo Hydrangea Garden Rubber Stamp Set and their Build a Bouquet set. Ellen Hutson’s Classic Block Alpha dies by Julie.

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On My Desk – Not My Monkeys!

When I saw the CAS(E) This Sketch Sketch #370 my mind saw a circus in chaos! Monkeys flying everywhere!

And here it is! I left the circus big top a bit distressed on purpose and that swing swinging in the breeze-well that’s what life feels like sometimes!

I used Ellen Hutson Life is a Circus by Brandi, Swirl Background, and Stripe Background

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On My Desk – CAS(E) This Sketch #369

Take 2! I think I now have the technical end of the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge worked out. Sorry for last weeks entry into this weeks Linkz.

Today’s card was really clean and VERY simple. I used the Essentials by Ellen Bravehearted by Brandi stamps and dies. I chose the roaring lion and his awesome sentiments! Placed on a top folding card and three scraps of paper to follow this weeks sketch. The lion was colored with copic markers.

I used foam tape to pop the lion and the green strip up to give the page dimension. Now if I just felt confident adding bling!

CAS(E) #369

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On My Desk – CAS(e) This Sketch

Here is my first ever use of Cas(e) This Sketch sketches. Can someone correct me – is the E capital or e lowercase? I have been inspired for quite a while now by Michele Ferguson in general and challenged by her with these sketches. Combined with my recent creative block on where to add my sentiments and embellishments – I though it was high time to jump in to this challenge group.

While I know that I am too late for this sketch as it was last weeks sketch I am using it to work out the bugs so to speak on the technical aspects of entry.

Supplies used are all from the Essentials By Ellen Hex Frames, Modern Succulents, and Succulent Sentiments all by Julie.


On My Desk – How to: Two-In-One Box

I am so excited by Ellen Hutson’s latest release! I also unknowingly set myself up for ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ by buying all the sets I wanted on the release day so I have lots to keep me busy On My Desk. So far I have created with and love the Succulent sets and the Life Is a Circus and Bravehearted sets. You can have a look at my Instagram for those.

Today I decided it was time for the Two-In-One Box. I found the assembly of this box a little tricky! I hope this post will help those of us who take a little longer to catch on.

First you will need to cut 2 panels with the large box die.
Fold on all the score lines on both panels.
Turn one over (pink) and fold on the score lines to reverse a image.
Rotate that panel 180 degrees as the pink one .

Add score tape to the outside of all the flaps. Except the flap you decide is the opening of your box.
Then create the box. I like to start with the long edge and work up from there so I have more width to get my fingers on both sides of the box and to use the bone folder to reinforce the connections.
When using patterned paper be sure to cut one panel from the wrong side so that when you turn it over you have the pattern facing up.

I cannot wait to get creating with this die. I have the Two-In-One Circus Add On and have some ideas for Easter shakers. Watch This Space!


In My Kitchen –

In My Kitchen is another place I spend much of my time. So from time to time I will be writing about our Vegan journey. We still enjoy festively with traditional recipes so our life is not strictly Vegan.

Nutrition planning with my morning coffee

Dinner time generates deep emotional memories for me. My mothers kitchen has always been a very happy place for me. My dad worked evenings and as a little child I recall being woken up by the smell of mom cooking him dinner, usually based in sautéed garlic.

As a teen we always ate dinner as a family, Mom & dad and 6 children, plus any friends who stayed for supper. We had a long table with picnic style benches and lots of chairs to add around the corners when necessary. My favorite memory was coming home from school and seeing a pot of spaghetti sauce starting on the stove, and the aroma deepening throughout the afternoon as the meatballs and sausages were cooked and added into the pot. And snitching a taste of a meatball or the sauce on a slice of white bread.

I loved Home Economics in school, both the sewing and the cooking. I still use the pie crust recipe from my High School class. I later tutored for a family who were Shaklee representatives and learned an amazing amount about nutrition for special health needs and saw first hand the positive results of attention to wholistic nutrition.

As a wife I have always focused on heart healthy diets, in the early years focusing on low salt, which equaled cooking from scratch. This was a no brainer for me as my mom was my best example. My mom gave me a Fannie Farmer Cookbook as a wedding shower gift which has been my cornerstone for 37 years. And her example later after my father had a heart attack and lived vegetarian – which my mother took on whole heartedly and deliciously!

Currently my husband and I are eating a mostly vegan diet. My husband for health reasons and me because I really want to keep him around for another 37 (or more) years! The issue became how to maintain a good nutritional balance.

The protein connections became apparent to me when I noticed that the weight my husband was loosing was muscle mass in his shoulders. For his height/weight my husband’s diet should include @82grams of protein per day. Sounds straightforward, but that equals 5 cups of lentils, 5 cups of chickpeas, 10 cups of green peas, 7 cups of barley or 4 cups of tofu!

So now everything I cook needs to be though about in terms of protein, flavor and variety in our meals. It is good we love Indian, Mexican, Italian and Chinese food these cultures have been doing plant based protein brilliantly forever. To that end I bought my husband two cookbooks pictured above, as well as using lots of great sources on the internet. Ultimate Veg by Jamie Oliver has the nutritional information done for me, Forks Over Knives by Del Sroufe does not. So far Mike and I have liked the recipes from both books.

So stayed tuned for our adventures In My Kitchen.


On My Desk – Bear Cozy

It’s been a while since I was sitting at My Desk – I have had the pleasure of visiting my oldest son and his growing family as they welcomed a new daughter. SO MUCH FUN being grandma.

Ellen Hutson LLC released their first “Let’s Make It Together” Bear Cozy Set I ordered it and had it sitting on my desk for my return! I additionally ordered the FabricFuse PeelnStick tape and Fabric Ahesive glue. The set came with everything else I needed to create. Plus there’s an awesome down load to help me get started. I was able to make 4 projects in half a day. Easy and Fun.

I wanted to share a few things I learned along the way.

  1. You can cut this long die with a standard cutting platform. See below
  2. 3 inch is the size circle for the bottom of a cozy cup. See Carly’s how to
  3. Pulled felt can be fixed by running it through your die cut machine – the pressure presses the strands back into place.
  4. The sewing hole die can be used at both ends for quick sewing.
  5. Burnish PeelnStick accessories by placing a clean scrap paper over the felt layers and rubbing with the teflon bone folder. Or by running through your die cut machine if its only two layers.
  6. Add a trimmed paper or plastic cup or ring of paper to the inside of the cup cozies to add stability.

** NO EXTENSION PLATFORM – NO PROBLEM! I was a bit worried as I watched some of the tutorials that this would only work for people who had extra long platforms for their die cut systems. So I tried it out using the basic premise of partial die cutting.

1) Set the die on the felt secure with washi tape. I was careful not to have the washi tape on the felt as it pulls the fabric. I did fix pulled felt using the method above.

2) Send the sandwich through 3/4ths and then reverse. I think you could go all the way through but this was easier for me.

3) Carefully slide the felt & die so the uncut portion is on your sandwich and run it through all the way.