Essentials by Ellen June Pin-Sights Challenge

I'm always flattered when a craft-industry friend reaches out and asks if I'll participate in a guest blog post. I've known Ellen Hutson and Julie Ebersol since my early days at Paper Crafts magazine (some 9 years ago), so participating in this one for the Ellen Hutson store was an easy yes. 


What is the Pin-Sights Challenge? Once a month, the folks at Ellen Hutson create an inspiration board using images pulled from Pinterest, which crafters use it as a jumping off point to their creativity. This month's board is absolutely stunning! Check it out. 


I was sent the new and wonderful Mondo Magnolia Essentials by Ellen stamp set and die set, designed by one of the cutest card makers I know, Julie Ebersol. Don't you just love it?

So, with my stamps and dies in hand and my inspiration in place, I set to work. I was asked to do A CARD, but I couldn't help but do a bit more than that. I ended up creating two cards and a layout. 


The key to each of my projects was vellum, which I stamped, heat embossed (some of the pieces) and die cut. I love the soft look vellum adds, and this delicious assortment by Doodlebug Design worked perfectly with this inspiration board! 

For the cards, I also used my watercolor paints to add a soft background. The cards are made using watercolor paper. 

And a little machine stitching and sequins were added to complete my designs. 


Want to win a $50 gift card to the Ellen Hutson store? Enter by participating in this Pin-Sights Challenge on the Ellen CLASSroom blog. To be eligible, you must use an Essentials by Ellen product and this inspiration board. You'll find info on the Ellen CLASSroom blog about uploading your design. A random participant will be selected. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this pretty inspiration piece and my projects have you inspired to create something sorbet-y sweet this summer. Hope to see you in the CLASSroom soon. :)