Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ellen Hutson design team blog hop

Hi there!

I am so excited to announce that I've joined the Ellen Hutson team! My fellow design team members are so talented, and we've put together a get-to-know-you blog hop to celebrate.



As a stamper and cardmaker for the past 10 years, I love that I still get so inspired by my peers. Being on design teams means seeing and working with stamps that no one else has worked with yet. I have to get creative without seeing what anyone else has come up with first. When I do see the creativity of fellow cardmakers, I am continually surprised. My favorite cards mix and match from different stamp sets to create one-of-a-kind cards.

For my card today, I worked with stamps from 2 of my favorite companies. From the Essentials by Ellen line, Leading Ladies - Dog Lady, and from Avery Elle, Loved and Admired.

Ellen Hutson design team blog hop

I love the sentiments in the Avery Elle set so much! 

Ellen Hutson design team blog hop

I stamped, die-cut and colored all of the images and figured out how I wanted them placed. Then, I did a wash of Cherry watercolor behind the wreath, so that everything inside would pop. As an aside, the new watercolors that Avery Elle released are fantastic and you need them.

Before I adhered the girl and the wreath, I flecked some soft brown ink over the entire card-front.



I hope you like it! Before you go, we've all been asked to answer a few ice-breaker/first-date-type questions. ha.

Coffee or Tea? 

both, but I need my coffee first thing in the morning. Tea is for the afternoon. Black coffee, and Ginger&Turmeric tea.

How did you come up with your blog name?

the M-E in Just ME started as a partnership between my sister Melissa and I (Elena.) Hence, the name. We had plans to open an Etsyshop and sell party decor. She still uses the name to sell photo-cards on Etsy and I have this blog and my own Etsy shop where I sell my digital stamps.

Tell us one random tidbit about yourself.

I married my kindergarten sweetheart. I have the class picture and everything ♥.




That's it for me! Thanks for stopping by on your way through the hop:

33 comments:

  1. Love how you combined these stamps to make this fun card! So happy to be on Ellen's team with you - we Canadians have to stick together! lol!

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  2. There is no JUST about your "JUST ME" Elena! you are a fabulous card maker, and I've long admired your work... pinching myself to be on this team with you! I LOve your style, and today's project is a wonderful example of your ability!
    Your kindergarten sweetheart? could it be more sweet than this?
    =] Michele

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  3. Glad to get to know you better. You are quite talented! Love the card.

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  4. Congratulations on joining the EH team. Your card is beautifully done!

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  5. You married your K sweetheart? That is so awesome... Wow.

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  6. So lovely! That sentiment is perfect with the Leading Lady! Thanks so much for sharing your talent! I'm still utterly giddy that I'm on the Ellen Hutson team with you!

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  7. Beautiful card. I love the way you used the wreath to frame your main image. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  8. Your card is so sweet! Congrats for being on the EH team!!

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  9. Awww that’s so sweet about marrying your kindergarten sweetheart! So happy to be on the team with you! Xo

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  10. Oooh, love your coloring Elena! The wreath frame is just stunning against the peach. Funny how so many of us started our online journeys in different areas and ended up in card-making. Super thrilled to be on the team with you!!

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  11. sweet card - thanks for sharing:)

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  12. The Leading Ladies stamps are my MOST favorite ever!! I’m so happy to see you use one of them on the blog hop. Thank you very much!

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  13. First of all Elena, a big Congratulations on joining Ellen's team How much fun would it be to use 'hot off the press' stamps that the rest of us haven't seen before much less used? Awesome!
    Your card is adorable and I love the encouraging message. What fun getting to know you all better with the Q & A's for you to answer.

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  14. Cute card. Love your story!

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  15. Such a beautiful card, Elena. The way you colored her is beyond fabulous. And I can't get over that you married you kindergarten sweetheart. That's just the sweetest thing ever. ♥ So thrilled to be designing with you!

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  16. I'm seriously in love with this card Elena. That garland is precious. So fun! Welcome to the team, delighted to be a part of it with you in 2018!

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  17. Wonderful card, Elena -- love that leaf frame! I look forward to getting to know you better on the team!

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  18. Cute!
    Congrats on making the team!
    So cool you married your Kindergarten sweetie!

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  19. Elena, I love how you framed the girl on your project. So sweet. I am so happy to be working with you on the Ellen Hutson team. We have such a talented group of designers and it is so fun to see all the different paper crafting styles.

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  20. Loving your happy, vibrant empowering card. Especially like that you've pulled companies together seamlessly.
    It's so cute that you married someone who you met when you were tiny mini adults, have you been in contact all your lives or was there a catch up gap in your lives ?

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  21. KINDERGARTEN sweetheart!?!? Oh my. You just totally warmed my heart. I'm excited to serve on the DT with you, Elena!!

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  22. Aw how sweet! Kindergarten goes back a loooong way for me! ;)

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  23. Such a sweet card. Love the soft colors.

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  24. I am so excited to be with you on this team, you are such an inspiration! Hugs x

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  25. Awww...would love to the photo! You and your husband have so much shared history!

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  26. Gorgeous Elena! I can't wait to combine these stamp sets too! So happy to have you on the team!!!

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  27. I love it!! Wish more card makers would combine stamp sets like you did!!! The possibilities are endless when you do!! Your card is so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing! Big Hugs!

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  28. Congrats on joining the EH Team, your card is gorgeous and your card creation and colouring is exquisite. Hugs Jo

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  29. Really pretty design - I love the way you combined these different styles!

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  30. Lovely card. Congrats on joining the team!

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  31. Oh my goodness--your Kindergarten sweetheart??? You beat me; I married my high school sweetheart. ;) I loved your story! And this card is da' BOMB!!!

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