Good morning and welcome to a very special blog hop!  I am excited to announce my participation and publication in the new Copic Coloring Guide, Level 3: People!

Authors Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker have partnered up again with the team at Annie’s and some of the most talented artists and designers in the industry to bring you a quality publication packed full of techniques, theory, tutorials, and inspiration.  The 64-page book is the next step in the Coloring Guide series, offering information and educational material for crafters of all skill levels.

From the how and why behind picking colors and coloring skin to the tips and techniques for coloring hair to the helpful hints on how to create realistic looking clothing and fabric, this book presents information in an easy-to-follow format.

An included CD contains all of the hand-drawn images used in the tutorial section of the book, along with the assembly instructions for all of the projects, and a number of blank reference charts.

Each participating designer is hopping today to give you a peak at their favorite project from the book – and a chance to WIN your own autographed copy!
I have two cards in the book, one of them showcased here created with a darling Saturated Canary image, the other one with a darling Whimsy image.
To help kick off the celebration of the new book… each designer on the hop is giving away an autographed copy of the book…signed not only by Colleen and Marianne, but by the individual designer too!  Please comment on this post for your chance to win your copy of mine!  Commenting will be closed at midnight on Friday, October 26th. Winners will be announced on the individual designer’s blog.
Can’t wait for your copy?

Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People is now available at many stamping and scrapbooking stores. Visit your local store today and ask about availability.  It is also sold through the Annie’s catalog, accessible online at Annie’s.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck on winning a copy of that book! Have a wonderful weekend!
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I made this card for the sketch challenge this week on SCS. I had Hot Betty for a bit and haven’t used her . The sketch this week was perfect for her.

I stamped Betty on a 1 7/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. She was colored with Copic Markers (R24, R29, E50, E51, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, BG10) and stitched on a slightly bigger piece of Basic Black cardstock. The layers were adhered to a piece of Basic Grey cardstock that had been cut with Long Rectangle Nestabilities. White dots were added to the skirt with an Inkessential White Opaque Pen to create more interest.


The cardbase is a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Basic Black cardstock folded in half. A 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Hometown October Afternoon paper was stitched to a 3 15/16″ x 5 3/16″ piece of Neenah White cardstock. Red Satin Ribbon was tied around it before a stitched 1 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ piece of stitched Hometown paper was adhered over it with dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from Hot Betty. It was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock and cut out with Fancy Tag Spellbinders die. I cut the fancy part off. The oval was the perfect shape. The image was airbrushed with BG10. To finish the card front off I added three black Kaisercraft Rhinestones to the lower right hand corner.


The inside of the card is pretty simple. A couple of more Hometown paper strips were stitched to a 3 15/16″ x 5 3/16″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. The rest of the sentiment was stamped on Neenah White cardstock, cut with Petite Oval Nestablities and airbrushed with Copic Marker R24.

There is a new online store called Inspiration Emporium. I will start selling some of my cards there soon.  I am excited and a bit nervous about that. To celebrate the grand opening I received a coupon to share with you. 20% off orders! How sweet is that?


Thank you so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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Ellen Hutson sent a coupon in her newsletter.

I thought I pass it along. I buy all my Nestabilities from Ellen. Service is outstanding and super fast.

Save 15% Be Prepared – Christmas in July!  In the last two years I must admit that I have not been prepared for the holiday season at all! As an interior designer I was always prepared, in fact, we always had a Christmas in July event to help prepare us in assisting our clients in their festive preparations. So I am going to try to head back to those days of getting ready in advance and I hope that this offer will help you in your creative preparations.

This coupon is valid on EVERYTHING we carry in our store (in-stock items only.) This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon code. Please note that once an item is no longer visible on our website it means we are currently our of stock – so shop early!

Please note that upon completion of your order the discounted price will be listed on the individual product line and not at the end of the invoice.

Please join us by shopping at Ellen Hutson LLC or contact us at [email protected] with any questions you might have.

Upon reaching the checkout page please type in the following promotion code exactly as shown to receive your special discount – beprepared

Offer Valid: Saturday, July 25, 2009 through Friday, July 31st, 2009

Are you eyeing Copics or Nestabilities for your Christmas present? If so, get ready to shop at Ellen Hutson’s  starting on the 23rd of November.

Shipping is super fast and customer service is fantastic!

I am on Ellen’s mailing list and got this coupon. I asked if I could share with all of you and Ellen said yes! Have fun shopping!

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Save 15% Thank you – we appreciate you!!! We are thrilled to announce that we are celebrating our Second Anniversary! They say that time flies when you are having fun and I can honestly say that we do have a lot of fun taking care of you.This coupon is valid on EVERYTHING we carry in our store (in-stock items only.) Please note that once an item is no longer visible on our website that means we are currently our of stock – so shop early!

Please join us at Ellen Hutson LLC or contact us at [email protected] with any questions you might have.

Upon checkout please type in the following promotion code exactly as shown to receive your special discount – CELEBRATE2

Offer Valid: Sunday, November 23 through Friday, November 28


I haven’t gotten to stamp yet, but I just can’t wait any longer to tell you guys the exciting news.

 My good friends Cambria Turnbow and Joy Kennedy started their own stamp line!!!!!!! Can I have a big SHUT UP!!!!

I am so proud of them. They are such sweet ladies. I hope you get a chance to go and check out their new site and their darling new stamps.

If you decide you want to order something, Joy created a special code for all my readers. Go shop and at the checkout, enter the code freshandfun.  How cool is that? I told you they are the sweetest!!!!

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