Ellen Hutson March Release Hop!

Hi there and welcome to my stop on the Ellen Hutson March Release blog hop! I’m so glad you’re here!

This release has SO MUCH good stuff y’all! I thought I’d start off by sharing my favorite parts — all the succulents! OH YES I said succulents! Starting with…

Mondo Succulent

There’s a new Mondo stamp in town! Say HELLO to the Mondo Succulent!

This stamp is so much fun to color you all!

I’ve listed the colors I used below for ya below. Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing a video on this in the comments below — I forgot to film it as I was coloring but can totally make a new one — it really is fun to color!

Before I get into the watercolors that I used I just had to point out that banner up top. It’s from the Two-In-One-Box set, and I underlined it with a snippet of some leftover paper that I’d stamped with the new Stripe Background.

A few coloring tips:

  • I used a bunch of phthalo green on this card — both the blue shade and the yellow shade — yep, they are different! (Sandy and I will have more for you on that in another post in our color series).
  • The bottom left succulent is mostly phthalo green blue shade
  • The upper left succulent is mostly phthalo green yellow shade
  • The rightmost succulent is both phthalo greens mixed with Chinese white and then bits of other colors dropped in! SO much fun!
  • The dirt is a mix of lunar earth (how appropriate amiright?), lunar black and Chinese white
  • The rim of the pot has one of my new fave colors in it — cadmium red! I held off on trying this color for the longest time, but now I can’t stop using it.

Now on to the next card…

Modern Succulents

This next card features a mix of several new sets: Modern Succulents, Succulent Sentiments and my new favorite background: Stripe Background! This classy stamp will never go out of style.

I used the same colors as above for those succulents — and I tried to make the pots look like cement. Dig it? One little tip — I added this liquid pixie dust to these succulents and love that subtle shimmer!

Oh and before I forget — that banner up top was cut from a die that’s part of the Two-In-One-Box — I’ve got an actual box project to share with that later. :)

Now for my last card of the day…

Hey Friend!

For this last card I just had to bring two more new dies out to play: Hex Frames and Essential Rectangles. Both of these truly are essential! I keep finding new ways to use ’em.

The Essential Rectangles and all of the new Essential shapes are unique on the market in that they’re frames — and you get TWO full sheets of dies in the set so there’s bound to be the perfect size for your project. GENIUS!

I also couldn’t resist adding in that “hey friend” from Succulent Sentiments here!

And I love how the Hex Frames look cut out of this gold metallic paper! I don’t have a foil machine (yet!) so this gets me the look with the tools I already have. YES!


We’ve got super fun prizes! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the WHOLE dang March Essentials by Ellen release! Oh yeah!

To enter for a chance to win, be sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, March 12th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Hop On

Your next stop on the hop is the one and only Michele! Take it away…!

Here’s the full hop if you’re just joining the fun — I’m so happy to be hopping with my amazing teamies!


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March Essentials By Ellen

First off, the March Essentials by Ellen Release! You can find the whole enchilada right HERE — and these are the new products that I used in THIS post :)

60 Replies to “Ellen Hutson March Release Hop!”

  1. Kathleen Barrett says:

    Lovely succulents.

  2. Awesome release, Wonderful creations! I especially love The Hey card!

  3. Denise Bryant says:

    Love the way you colored all the plants! Great cards!

  4. Love the technique you have used!

  5. Such lovely cards! You really did a great job with color choice and layout! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  6. Your cards are wonderful and I must compliment you on your awesome watercoloring. I love so many stamps and dies in this release.

  7. I really like how you used the geometric shapes!

  8. Loving the watercolor backgrounds and how you did the hello sentiment.

  9. Judith M Cook says:

    Love your cards

  10. Scraporcraft says:

    I like the coloring and use of the dies.

  11. Lynn Lipchak says:

    Can’t believe how soft and lovely these succulents are. BeautifuL work.

  12. Beautiful watercoloring – your designs make it look easy enough to try for those of us who are not watercolor artists.

  13. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Beautiful cards! I love how you colored the Mondo succulent!

  14. The large succulent card is my fAvorite. You sure captured the colors for succulents. I have always liked them, I guess since I heard my grandmother call them ‘old hens and chickens’. Thatstuck with me!

  15. Three beautiful cards; great colouring.
    The Happy Birthday card – one is my favourite (and that sentiment is so funny !)
    Thank you for sharing your talent !

  16. I love this exagons… Is It so elegant!!! 💕

  17. Allison Nesbitt says:

    Now watercolor I can do. Thanks for the new inspiration.

  18. Julie Wexler says:

    Can’t get enough of the succulent sentiments – so great! I’ve not been brave enough to try the loose watercoloring (as in your hello on 1st card and background on third) so always admire those who make it work. In particular on the first card, the loose watercolor on the sentiment is a perfect foil for the structured painting of the succulents– inspired design! Thx!

  19. Nicole Nardi says:

    Wow! The mondo succulent card looks 3D.

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