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Essentials by Ellen February Mix It Up Challenge

Essentials by Ellen February Mix It Up Challenge


Hello everyone and happy Thursday!!!!  Laurel Beard here today bringing you our February Mix it Up Challenge!! WOOT WOOT!!!  I LOVE these challenges and am always exited to see what the month brings and this month, we are mixing it up with… Drumroll… PENNY BLACK!!

Before I get on to the challenge and the amazing project inspiration,  let’s first congratulate the randomly selected participant from our last Pin-Sights Challenge. Remember, YOU could win a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store just by playing along.

And our randomly selected participant (courtesy of is: Catherine Bowen! Congratulations! Please email me at laurelbeard at me dot com to claim your prize!

A friendly recap:  The Mix it Up Challenge is a challenge where we invite one manufacturer to contribute a design that combines Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies with their product to inspire our readers!




My Card:




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Stamps:  Penny Black, Essentials by Ellen

Watercolors:  Zig Markers

Die: Memory Box

From the same stamp set:




Love Die:  Essentials by Ellen cut from black fun foam


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Ellen Hutson Pinsights Challenge, July 31, 2015

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The card background was prepared by:

1.  Applying a pinstripe to the background with Simon Says stamp and ink  (Cloudy Sky).

2.  Several sentiment stamps from Essentials by Ellen (Wish Big Stamp set) were combined on a clear block to be stamped together repeatedly on top of the pinstripe with Carribean Blue from Simon Says Stamp.

3.  Candles were colored with Copic Markers.


1.  Cut with a circle die from Spellbinders.

2.  Stamps are from Essentials by Ellen  (Make a Wish)

3.  Stamps were colored with Copic Markers


Mix It Up Challenge – Essentials by Ellen + Avery Elle

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Background:   Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Heidi Swapp White and gold Color shine (flicked on and sprayed), Simon Says Stamps Stitched slopes and Hills

Flowers:  Ellen Bold Blossoms stamp and dies.  Delicata Gold Ink, SSS Coral Reef and Hot Lips ink, Memento Pear tart and Bamboo leaves ink, Versa fine Black

Sentiment:  Avery Elle So Happy

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Ellen Huston: 04/14/15 Challenge – Essentials by Ellen + Lawn Fawn

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This card is made with Essentials by Ellen and Lawn Fawn Stamps.

Stamps:  Leaves( Essential by Ellen Bold Blooms), Dots (Essential by Ellen Bokeh Dots)

Die:  Lawn Fawn.  Cut from PTI cardstock in 3 layers that were glued together.  Mama Elephant  Stitched rectangle (it was dry embossed instead of cutting).

Inks:  SSS Green Leaf, Memento Pear Tart, Versafine Brown

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Essentials by Ellen: Pin Site Challenges 03/31/15

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Stamps/Dies:  Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms, Simon Says Sparkle and Shine, SSS small heart dies

Inks:  Delicata Golden Glitz, Versafine Black

Paper:  Amy Tangerine striped paper, PTI vellum

Masks were cut from Post-It paper and placed on Neenah Solar White 80lb paper.  Background was colored with Delicata Iink.  Masks were removed and Bold Blossoms were stamped in the white areas.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the sentiment ! ! !

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Essentials by Ellen Mix-it-Up Challenge #1 – 3/17/15

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Essentials by Ellen Mix-it-Up Challenge #1:  Hero Art/Essentials by Ellen

This challenge uses at least one Hero Arts product and one Essentials by Ellen product.  I chose Hero Arts Cling  stamp- Spice Market Low Petal Background.  I colored the background with  Faber-Castell Aquarelle Watercolor pencils Blue and Red Mix and Match sets.  I went over the colored sections with a water color brush.  Not sure the textured side of the Tim Holtz Watercolor paper was the best choice.  I do like using pencils — I am going to play around with them more

The sentiment is an Essentials by Ellen die.  I cut out the die three times and glued the layers together.  I heat embossed the top layer with Wow White Pearls Superfine.

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