Ellen Hutson Design Ambassador Blog Hop!

Hey there and welcome to my stop on the Ellen Hutson Design Ambassador team hop! I’m so excited and honored to be on the team with these amazing women. If you’ve been hopping along with us already you’ll have arrived here via my friend — and fellow Lisa — Lisa Adametz’s blog.

Cannot wait to see what everyone’s made — even though I’ve been making cards for a while now I always love seeing what others do with the same supplies and picking up new tips and tricks.

My favorite tip at the moment is to use an old plate for a palette. I found these recently at a thrift shop in Joshua Tree, CA — my eyes lit up as soon as I saw ’em!

White plates — the best for being able to see the colors of your paints! Arch like a rainbow! 49 cents!!?! Yes, please. And they were hand decorated in St. Petersburg, Russia — wonder how they made it all the way out to Joshua Tree?

Sending Sunshine

Now on to my card! As soon as I heard about the blog hop I just knew what stamps I wanted to use — the All Inside set and matching dies by Julie! Ahhhh I just love that little bear so much!

Then when I was talking to my Dad he sounded glum because they’ve been getting a ton of rain where he lives in Ohio — he’s been talking about building an ark ha! — so of course I had to make him a card to cheer him up! Here it is:

This guy came together so fast! Let me walk you through it. Everything is on Canson XL paper including the base card. This paper is great because it’s not super expensive yet it still holds watercolor really well.

I started out by making a background with a combination of Daniel Smith kyanite genuine and indigo. Oh man, that kyanite!

Kyanite is one of those colors made from genuine rocks and minerals so it’s granulating. That’s not all — in the sunlight it’s all shimmery and sparkly! Ahhhh! I made the background on a separate piece of paper and then trimmed it down afterwards so that I wouldn’t have to worry about ruining the base card. :)

Then I watercolored the sun and the sentiment with Daniel Smith hansa yellow medium, pyrrol scarlet, and new gamboge. These colors all work great together and I mixed things up by coloring with the hansa yellow medium first and then dropping in touches of the pyrrol scarlet and new gamboge.

While I had my supplies out I made a few more suns to use as confetti — ha!!!

I’m gonna put the lil suns and that Pretty Pink Posh gold confetti in the card so that it’ll all fly out when my Dad opens the card — although, most of my friends are on to my confetti ways so I bet he doesn’t fall for it. :)

Three Things

We’ve been asked to answer 3 silly questions — so here goes…!

  1. Coffee or tea? Both! Hahaha! I make pour over coffee in the morning and then I have a cup of chamomile before bedtime. :) I’m always on the lookout for good local coffee beans — do you have any to recommend? I’d love to hear! Current faves are Greater Goods CoffeeBig Bend Coffee Roasters and Joshua Tree Coffee Company.
  2. How did you come up with your blog name? Weeeelll, my blog is called “sideoats & scribbles” because I’m a huge prairie nut and sideoats is the state grass of Texas where I live, and then I scribble on about so many things here — cards, watercolors, sketchbooks and more.
  3. Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself! Breakfast is my favorite meal — I could eat “breakfast” food all day! Especially breakfast tacos. Yum.

Hop On

Your next stop on the hop is Lydia Evans‘ blog — I can’t wait to see what she’s made! Here’s the full list in case you encounter any broken links or are just now joining us:

Lisa Spangler <— you are here :)

Thanks so much to all of you for joining me and to Ellen Hutson to ask me to be on the team! Still pinching myself that this is happening. xo


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35 Replies to “Ellen Hutson Design Ambassador Blog Hop!”

  1. Teresa Doyle says:

    Love your card Lisa and I am sure your Dad will too!
    Those plates for palettes are AH-MAZING!

  2. Lisa, I love the way you used the dark sky in the background and the bright sun to brighten the bear’s day. This is so cute. 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.

  3. I’m with you on breakfast all day. And kyanite. (It’s a hidden treasure!) I am SO THRILLED to get to play along with you on the team….I’ve MISSED you!!!

  4. Wow…that card! Love the bear with his sun..and the fabulous background.

  5. Soooo excited to be with you on this team, you are amazing! I can definitely eat breakfast all day, but it usually happens when I am working night duty lol.

  6. Lisa! So excited to see you on this team, very well deserved.

    Interesting tidbit about me… I also do a morning pourover, and I swear… it might be possible that I enjoy the process of grinding the beans and heating the water and pouring, more than I enjoy the actual coffee. Some days. :) Ahem.

  7. Love your card and your plates :) And so happy to be on the team with you!!!

  8. Such a beautifully sweet card! I can’t wait to get to know you better!

  9. Yayyyyyyy Lisa!!! Soooooo happy to see you as an ambassador for EHutson!
    I LOVE your card and those white plates are pretty awesome, too!
    And guess who had breakfast for dinner last night?? I’m with you! ;)

  10. Jen Forster says:

    This is fantastic – I love the colors you used for the background and love this awesome bear !

  11. Beautiful card…..using one of my all time favorite Ellen Hutson stamp sets.

  12. EEP!!! Can’t take the fabulousness of this!!! So, have I told you how lucky I feel to work alongside you at Ellen’s???!!! Makes me seriously, deliriously happy!!! Love you!!!

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