Today I have a brand new video tutorial up on the Ellen Hutson You Tube channel. I invite you to pop over there to watch it, and if you're so inclined, I would appreciate it you giving it a like ;)
Welcome to the Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Hutson Stamp release blog hop! My name is Carolyn Peeler and I'm happy that you've popped by for a visit and am excited to showcase several of the new Essentials by Ellen stamp sets and dies on my post today! If you've been following along on the blog hop, you should have arrived here from the blog of Chari Moss.
While you're here, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest. And if, like me, you have wanderlust, then (after this blog hop) head on over to www.ladolcevitaforever.com to check out the week-long creative living retreat I host in Tuscany, Italy. I returned home from our 2016 retreat in June and I am getting ready to open registration for our 2017 retreat soon. My special guest will be Jo Packham, Founder and Editor of "Where Women Create" and "Where Women Cook" magazines and I invite you to join us! You can sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the "La Dolce Vita" webpage and you will be notified once registration details go live!
There is also a ridiculously awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by Tuesday, August 23rd.
Without further delay, let's jump into this hop!
For my first project I was challenged to use the Mondo Peony Stamp (above, left) and matching Die set. I LOVE this set. (Can I say that again? I flippin' LOVE this set!) It is so very beautiful and classic. While I made a card with it, the size and scale of it means that it would also work well for 12x12 scrapbook layouts! In addition to the Mondo Peony stamp sets, I also used a greeting from the brand new "Lovely" stamp set (above, right).
To make this card I stamped the peony stamp with Versamark onto vellum, then embossed with white embossing powder. I then colored the backside of the vellum with Copic markers in the following colors for the petals: RV10, RV11, RV13, RV32, RV34, and in G21 and G24 for the leaves. After coloring, I applied double sided adhesive to the back of the vellum, then stuck it onto white cardstock. Finally I used the coordinating metal dies to cut the flower and leaves out.
I ended up cutting one of the groups of leaves apart in order to remove one of the stalks as given the size of the card it felt a little too crowded with 6 leaves. I glued the leaves directly to the card background and used thin 3D foam adhesive to stick the blossom onto the card.
To finish up, I glued a piece of old ledger paper across the bottom of the card, and stamped the "If flowers could hug..." greeting onto the ledger paper using the "Tuxedo Black" Momento ink pad.
For my second assignment, I was tasked with using the "Sunshine Word" die set (below, left) on a project. I chose to pair it with the "All inside" stamp set (below, right) from a previous Essentials by Ellen release.
And here's the sweet card I made. I love how playful and cute this card is. It still has touches of me - such as the vintage ledger paper background - but it's a bit of a departure from my usual style - and I think I like it!! (It's good to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, isn't it?!)
To begin, using white cardstock cut a white rectangle using the My Favorite Things Die-namics, STAX Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle. Using Antique Linen distress Ink and a Ranger Ink Blender tool, lightly ink the border of the die cut. Next, lay the 'SUNSHINE" die into place on the lower center portion of the rectangle and send it through your die cut machine. Cut a piece of Bazzil Gold Coins cardstock that is large enough to go behind the 'SUNSHINE' cut out so that the yellow can be seen in the negative space and then glue it in place behind the word. To finish up prepping the rectangle focal die cut, cut a pice of Bazzil Candy Bar cardstock slightly larger than the white rectangle and glue it beneath the white cardstock to create a very narrow dark brown border. This border will add contrast to your card and helps ground this center element.
The sun element on this card was made using the same technique as I used on the Mondo Peony card above. So, in short, I stamped the sun using Versamark onto vellum. Then embossed with white embossing powder. I used the following Copic markers to color the vellum on the wrong side: Y13, Y15 and RV11. After coloring, I applied double sided adhesive to the back of the vellum, then stuck it onto white cardstock. Finally I used the coordinating metal dies to cut the sun out of the vellum.
Before adding the sun to the card, I needed to prep the blue 'sky' background. Using the 1" Ink Blender tool and Tumbled Glass Distress ink I created a gentle blue background that is slightly larger than the sun area. After the area was colored I stuck the sun in the center of this area using thin 3D foam adhesive. Using the 'sometimes you just have to make your own' stamp and "Tuxedo Black" Momento ink" stamp the greeting between the sun and the 'SUNSHINE' die cut.
You're almost done! To finish up, cut a piece of vintage ledger paper 4.25" x 5.5" and glue to the front of a white card. Then, glue the center section with the "SUNSHINE' die cut in it to the center of the card. And that's it! You've finished!
THANK YOU for joining me today. It was my pleasure to participate in the blog hop today and I hope you enjoyed checking out my cards. Your next stop on the blog hop is with Miriam Prantner, enjoy your visit with her!
Here are links to all the products mentioned in today's post:
I've been home now for several weeks from "La Dolce Vita" 2016 and I'm past due in sharing my thoughts and memories from another fantastic edition of the retreat. For those who are new to my blog, "La Dolce Vita" is a creative lifestyle retreat for women set in Tuscany Italy. With a concentration on antiquing, culinary activities and creativity, this retreat is one of the great passions of my life!
This year presented a new challenge for me, in January my co-host Terri Brush made the difficult decision that due to continued slow healing from second and third degree burns she needed to withdraw from participating. So, for the first year, I led "La Dolce Vita" by myself. I learned so many things - but isn't that the way when a new challenge is set before us?
Knowing that we needed to secure a talented jewelry artist as a substitute we reached out to Amy Hanna, who I have known since 2008. Along with Amy, artist extraordinaire Pam Garrison came as Amy's assistant and general retreat helper. Thank you to both of these talented ladies who helped me facilitate the week. I appreciate all your help and hope that your time in Italy was enjoyable!
This year "La Dolce Vita" was blessed to welcome women from Israel, The Netherlands, Norway and the USA. We were a group of ladies from around the world who created our own little art tribe in Tuscany.
I am always amazed at the dynamics and magic of getting a group of women together. While there are often pockets of ladies who know each other, there are also always some who come by themselves, or just knowing one other person. It is a special thing when women come together, and the sacred bonding of the group is always a shared love of creativity in its many forms. There are paper crafters, jewellers, pastry chefs, textile artists - so many different creative disciplines represented and we all learn from each other during the week. It is such an encouraging environment!
To read about the retreat from the perspective of an attendee, Debby Schuh has two posts about "La Dolce Vita" 2016 on her blog. The first is here, and the second is here. Debby has actually attended the retreat all 3 years, so if you search through her archives you can find posts from each of the previous two years as well!
Again this year the meals were amazing and such highlights! We are blessed to work with Tuscan women who know their way around the kitchen and spoil us with fresh, seasonal meals. Thank you to Antonella and Lory who feed us SO well. It sure was difficult to come home and have to cook my own meals again!
The cooking lessons were also wonderful and I learned how to make gnocchi (surprisingly easier than I thought!) Thank you to Andrea, Giovanna and Patrizia who led the workshops in Anqua, and Giulia who led the cooking lesson in Scorgiano this year.
A huge THANK YOU to the 18 ladies who joined me in Italy this year. It goes without saying that without you there would be no "La Dolce Vita". I enjoyed meeting you all and hope that when you think back upon your time at the retreat it brings a smile to your face and happiness to your heart.
Thank you to Terri, who cheered me on from back home and helped by making several jewelry gifts which were given to the ladies during our week together.
A final big thank you to Paola, my Italian big sister, who is my right hand in hosting "La Dolce Vita". I am so thankful that I chose to stay at your family's estate 5 years ago. Who knew back then that we would end up being such a part of each other's lives? Mad love to you and your family.
As I wrap up 2016, I move onto "La Dolce Vita" 2017. After three amazing years of leading "La Dolce Vita" retreats in Tuscany with my co-host Terri Brush, she has decided to step back from "La Dolce Vita" and graciously wished me the best as I continue to offer this special brand of creative lifestyle retreat to attendees. (Terri continues to offer jewelry workshops in her home studio in Chehalis, WA and online, so I would encourage you to check them out as she is an excellent instructor!)
I wanted to do something special to kick off this new chapter in the "La Dolce Vita" story, so I reached out to Jo Packham, Founder and Editor of "Where Women Cook", "Where Women Create" and "Where Women Create: BUSINESS" magazines and asked her to be my special guest in Italy for 2017. I was overjoyed when she said "yes"! With special activities planned that reflect the creativity celebrated in the pages of Jo's magazines, attendees are sure to be in for a treat! The date for "La Dolce Vita" 2017 is June 3-10 and I hope to see you there.
Registration is not open yet, but if you visit it at www.ladolcevitaforever.com you can sign up for our newsletter in order to be notified when the website is live!
Hi friends, I am back home from my time in Europe and enjoying the summer weather here in Vancouver. I can't wait to tell you about my time in Italy and the "La Dolce Vita Retreat" - it was another great year! I am working on getting a summary post up here on my blog soon.
After being away from my studio for a month it felt good to get back in there and get creative. Today I have a new video tutorial up in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom, and I would love to have you click on the link and head over to check it out.
Thank you so much for all the support for my post earlier this week. Anniversaries are always difficult, and it is great to have the encouragement of friends to get me through tough days. Thank you for sharing my burden.
Last week I had the pleasure of having a creative play day with my friend Rochelle and I used our time together to finally make a necklace with one of the treasures I purchased in Italy last summer. Oh, how I love this hand painted pendent. It has a beautiful sterling silver case whose age is told by the broken clasps which keep the glass in place. While you might think that painted brooches or pendents like this are plentiful in Europe, the truth is that I had been hunting in antique stores and markets for four years for a piece like this. I have certainly seen similar ones over the years, but either the price was always much higher than I was willing to pay, or the price was fine, but the focal colors were not ones that I wear very often. There was always something just not right. So, fast forward to my European trip last summer, and I was on the hunt again. To my utter surprise, I found, and bought, not just one, but two pieces at the Milan market - I was SO happy! But, it just goes to show, that sometimes treasures don't come easy.
This is truly an international necklace as most of the bits and pieces were purchased during my travels. The focal point pendent and pearls are from Italy • The moss aqua gemstones and pyrite were from Thailand • I found the smokey quartz, labradorite and amazonite in Istanbul • And the prayer beads, rhinestone disco balls and rondelle spacers are all vintage from the US.
Yesterday was one of those days, a day when grief weighed my spirit, so I hibernated from the world and leaned on my husband and faith to get me through the day.
Five years ago yesterday I heard words I've never heard before or since. It was five years ago that, during an appointment to investigate sharp abdominal pain, my Dr. told me that I was pregnant. Five years ago, on the same day I learned I was pregnant, I lost my child. The Cliff's Notes version is that I had an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured, very nearly killing me in the process. (There is a bit more detail here.) It is only by the grace of God, and timely medical intervention, that I am here today. For that, I am, as one would expect, thankful. But there are days when I feel it is both appropriate and cathartic to allow myself to grieve for the child I lost. Oh, how I wish things could have been different! I don't grieve for "a child", but I grieve for that child - the one I lost. While I don't understand the 'why', I thank the Lord that he has worked in my heart, and I can fully say "Thy will be done". As I pass this anniversary, though my heart hurts, I celebrate that for 5-7 weeks I was the Mother to a little soul who never got to breathe the air of this world, but who waits for me with my Heavenly Father and who someday I will meet. What a day that will be!
To those who, like me, lost a little one before you could hold him or her in your arms. I share your pain. I am one of you.
WooHoo! Last week I was honored to be a part of the blog hop for the new Essentials by Ellen stamp and die release. I received a lot of comments and questions about the Copic marker faux-watercolor technique that I used on the "Hi, there" hydrangea card so thought I would create a video tutorial to walk you through the steps. Please join me in the CLASSroom for Ellen Hutson to see more samples of this technique in action, and watch the video tutorial.
Welcome to the Ellen Hutson Winter 2016 Stamp release blog hop! My name is Carolyn Peeler and I'm happy that you've popped by for a visit and am excited to showcase several of the new Essentials by Ellen stamp sets and dies on my post today! If you've been following along with the hop, you will have arrived here from the blog of Carly Minner.
While you're here, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest. And if, like me, you have wanderlust, then (after this blog hop) head on over to www.ladolcevitaforever.com to check out the week-long creative retreat I co-host in Tuscany, Italy. While our 2016 retreat is sold out, I would invite you to subscribe to our newsletter where you will receive details for upcoming retreats.
Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, let's dive into my projects!
For my first project, I was asked to work with the "Mondo Hydrangea" stamp set.
Although this flower looks like it has been watercolored, in fact, I colored it with Copic markers. Here's a quick walk through:
First, I stamped the Hydrangea image onto vellum with Versamark ink, and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then, I colored the BACK (or wrongside) of the vellum with Copic markers. I didn't try to blend the areas where colors met, instead I let the colors stay segregated, which is what gives this watercolorish (which is so totally not a word!) look. After coloring, I stuck Sookwang double sided adhesive onto the back of the vellum, covering the entire stamped surface and stuck it onto white cardstock. I then used the matching "Mondao Hydrengea" die to cut the image out. After prepping my card background (I did a light wash of green watercolor using "Mowed Lawn" Distress ink onto watercolor paper and then mounted that onto Bazzill "Gumball" cardstock), I mounted the hydrangea on pop dots and stuck it onto the background. The "hi, there" stamp, is from the new "All Inside" stamp set. As a finishing touch, I added some stitching with my sewing machine under the greeting.
Thanks for your visit. Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win an Ellen Hutson Stamp set!
For your next stop on this ongoing blog hop, please head over to the blog of Lisa Spangler.
Finally, here are the links to the products used in today's projects:
Hi friends, wow! it's been a long time! A lot has happened since I last posted. I travelled to Anaheim to attend the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show, where I had a blast connecting with so many friends and colleagues, came home where our family celebrated my Dad's retirement with a weekend celebration with his church (my Dad was a Pastor), and then last week I travelled down to Seattle to join my friend Ellen Hutson for a tour of the production facility at Daniel Smith fine Art supplies. It's been a bit of a whirlwind around here.
Today I'm back to let you know that a have another card tutorial up in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom. Today's card shows a fun shadow embossing technique - I hope you'll pop by to check it out. In the meantime, I am more active over on Instagram, so I invite you to join me over there.