Monday, September 15, 2014

Winners Announced!


I've just done the random drawing to select three winners for my three new stamp sets.  Here are the results:

Set # EEV07 - Scratchy Backgrounds will go to....
Blogger serena said...
Vos créations sont les unes plus belles que les autres, j'adore toutes les combinaisons que l'on peut créer pour faire des fonds avec vos timbres, en un mot c'est magnifique! Ces fleurs me font rêver....

Set # EEV08 - Scratchy Shapes 2 will go to...
Blogger pamela28 said...
Have only recently discovered your stamps and think they are inspired. Love the canvas and the versatility of all your stamps. Please keep designing!

And Set # EEV09 - Petals & Circles will go to...
Blogger betjunroe said...
Love this project Ellen! Congrats on having your own stamp line! Will you sign the stamp set if I win? Bette

Congratulations to all the winners!  Please email me at with your address and I will get your stamps in the mail right away!
~ ellen.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

PaperArtsy Chunky Canvas - Sneak Peek - GIVEAWAY!


I'm back on the PaperArtsy blog today to share a chunky canvas project made with some of my new stamps.  We'll be doing some grunge paste stamping, working with fresco paints and I'll show you how to create some flowers with custom patterns.

Click HERE to see the full tutorial on the PA blog.  Here's a sneak peek for you.

Leave a comment on this post by Monday, Sept 16th at 12:00 Noon EST (that's 5:00 pm or 17:00 for UK peeps) - I'll be giving away one each of my three new stamp sets to three lucky winners!

Be back soon with more to share...

~ ellen.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hels 'N' Els - Studio 490 Play


Hels and I had a nice long Skype last weekend and we decided it was high time to do another "I Challenge Thee" / recipe challenge.  We realized it has been *months* since our last play date, and that's just... well... wrong!  

Rather than over-complicate things with a detailed recipe, we decided to go back to the beautiful woman who brought us together back in 2010... THE Wendy Vecchi!  So over the next couple of months, Hels and I will be working on a book project, doing a few pages each month and ending things with some book covers.  Today is the kick-off and I'll be showing you my first page.  Here's a sneak peek:

I started by figuring out what book covers I wanted to use, since that would determine the size of each page.  This page is 5" x 7" and I'll be using manila file folders as my card-base for each page.  

To begin, I created a painty background using distress paints. I started by scraping mustard seed, squeezed lemonade, and crushed olive distress paints vertically down the length of my page.

Then I added my first layer of stamping with this leaf stamp and peeled paint distress paint.

One of my all-time favorite Wendy stamps, and all-time favorite script stamps, is this amazing script background stamp.  I used Wendy's potting soil archival ink to stamp all over the page, right over the leaf stamping (you really can't tell which came first).

Here's the background...

Wendy's embossing paste is my *favorite* of all the various texture and embossing pastes on the market, so I had to add some texture.  I chose a stencil by Finnabair and the white embossing paste to add a little bit of texture around the edges.

Now it's time to make some Wendy flowers... I used two sizes of the script flower, and stamped them out on some scraped paint paper I made with these distress paints:  picket fence, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, and festive berries.  Once they were stamped, I cut them out and layered them together, over lapping one petal on each size to create some dimension.

I added some flower stamping at the bottom of the page using black archival ink, and then chose a Wendy sentiment to use.  The  "rules to live by" stamp has always been an oldie but a goodie, so that was an easy choice.

All that was left was to glue down the flower, add a center (a rusty jingle bell I found in my stash), and Voila!  A finished page...

Hope you enjoyed following along on my flashback to Wendy stamps.  I just *adore* them and it felt really great to re-visit these lovelies... hope you have a wonderful Sunday... OH! This is also part of Hels' Sunday Stamper series... be sure to go check out her page HERE.

See you soon!

~ ellen.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Stamps - Ledger Journal Page


Last week I shared a sneak peak of my new stamps with PaperArtsy.  Pictures of the finished projects were over on the PA blog, but today I wanted to share some of the details on how this page in my ledger journal came together.  Click on "My Stamps" at the top of my blog for links to both PaperArtsy and SimonSaysStamp for every stamp set.  Easy shopping!  

I started by scraping several colors of fresco paints onto my ledger page.  I chose Zesty Zing, Limelight and Yellow Submarine.  Then I used my new scratchy chevron background stamp from the EEV07 set, along with venetian orange archival ink to stamp the chevron shape in a few areas on the page.


Next I used my giant bubble wrap stamp from EEV06, with dandelion archival ink (from the Wendy Vecchi series of archivals), and added another layer of stamping.


And then I added another layer of stamping, using the larger painted stripes stamp from EEV05, with carnation red archival ink (also in the Wendy Vecchi series).


Next I wanted to add a layer of collage.  I used the small painted stripes stamp from EEV05, black archival ink, and some tissue paper to create this grid pattern.  If you stamp long rows of stripes next to each other, and then add more rows on top (or bottom), then turn the tissue paper 90 degrees and repeat the process, you get this cool grid pattern... love! 

I tore a jagged section of the tissue and glued it down to the page with glue 'n' seal (or matte medium).

Now it's time to make some flowers with my new petals / pods / circles set, EEV09.  I used some lightweight drawing paper and scraped three colors of paint very random and messy over the whole sheet.  Then I used the scribble pattern petal to stamp LOTS of petals all over the sheet and cut them out.  The cutting out isn't too bad... no real "fussy" cutting, just long smooth cuts.  It's worth it!  Here's my stack of petals, ready to be turned into flowers...

Time to start assembling... I made several different shapes and sizes, using glossy accents to glue all the elements together.

I wanted to tuck the center petal behind the others, and make it shorter, so I trimmed off the bottom section of the petal like this:

That way the bottom doesn't poke out from the center.

Here are all my flowers, assembled and laid out on the page.  Of course, I also stamped out some circles to use as flower centers.  I didn't take pix of this step, but the circles are 1" in diameter, so a 1" circle punch cuts them out perfectly!

I sketched out some stems with a fine line pen, painted them in with Hey Pesto fresco paint, added a few leaves with a different pattern petal, and stamped out a sentiment: "flowers are like people. they all grown at different rates and come in different shapes and sizes."

Here is a close up of one of the flowers.  I did some messy, sketchy outlining to add some definition to each flower.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how this page came to life.  I'll be sharing some other projects soon.  See you then!

~ ellen.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Stamps - Release Week at PaperArtsy!


The day has finally come!  It's time to announce new stamps this week over on the PaperArtsy blog, and today is my day!  Click HERE to head over to PaperArtsy to check out the full release, as well as several projects showcasing the new stamps.... but here's a couple sneak peaks for you... :)

Lots of fun projects to share - hope you enjoy the stamps, and thanks so much for all the support on the stamps so far!  I'm still pinching myself!

See you soon!

~ ellen.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Stamps - Sneak Peek on PaperArtsy!


I've been busy, busy working on some new stamps for PaperArtsy and some fun samples to show you!  Today is the first round of sneak peeks at my new babies.  Here's a tiny peek at one new stamp plate....

Once you see today's projects this pic will make more sense... and there are some hints at other new stamps in the project pix... but you'll have to head on over to the PaperArtsy blog to see!  

Lots of fun peeks at stamps and paints and stencils from all the PA designers!  Full release preview coming in a few weeks!

See you then!

~ ellen.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beach Watercolors


I spent several days at the beach recently, and of course I *had* to take some art supplies with me... but didn't want to take my whole studio.  So I decided to take some water color postcards and a small set of watercolors.   Here's what I came up with.... three variations on a simple beach scene. All three are 4" x 6" post card size.

This first one has a little bit of black pen detail added over the watercolors.

This one was inspired by some photos on Instagram.  An Instagram friend went on a vacation to the virgin islands...

And this one was just playing with darker shades and blending.

I had fun playing and a wonderful time at the beach.  Be back soon with more.

~ ellen.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Art Journal Page - Plant Your Own Garden


Wanted to share a recent page I did in my ledger journal.  I used Dina Wakley MEDIA paints, some hand carved stamps, a few of my stamps from PaperArtsy (EEV05 and EEV06) a few stencils, a little collage, and some flowers drawn with a Stabilo ALL pencil.

Here's the finished background... lots of layers!

And here's the finished page.  I like the simple drawn flowers, colored in with white paint when done to make them "pop" against the vibrant background.

Just a quick share today.  Have a great week!

~ ellen.

Friday, July 4, 2014

PaperArtsy Journal Page - Sneak Peak


Today I'm over on the PaperArtsy blog to share a page I created in my vintage ledger art journal.  I used my stamps, Jo Firth Young (JOFY), Lin Brown and Patti Parrish stencils, a quote stamp by Lin Brown, and of course, fresco finish paints.  Here's what we'll be making....

Be sure to head over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the step-by-step... Thanks for stopping by!

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend for all my US friends...

~ ellen.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Art Journal Pages

Hey there!

I spent some time over the weekend playing in my art journal.  My "mojo" has gone missing lately so I just wanted to do *something*.  Kept it very simple, but I'm pleased with the pages... each one started with a simple painted background, paint applied with a baby wipe.  Super easy blending.

This first page uses three colors of Fresco Chalk paints from PaperArtsy - chartreuse, seaweed, and green olives.  Then I stamped the scratchy rectangle stamp from my EEV02 stamp set using sage green archival ink.  I also added some border stamping using what I call the "fringe" stamp from my EEV05 stamp set - used Wendy Vecchi's geranium red archival ink for that and added little white dots to the centers with a white paint pen.

Then I found this adorable bird house with flowers image in a magazine, along with this cute pair of birds, did some fussy cutting and glued them down.

And then added some very simple lettering - I've been playing with "tall and skinny" letters lately - fun - and since I'll never be tall OR skinny... well, a girl can dream.... LOL!

This next page used much the same method - painted background - not sure what paints I used for this one - it was using up paint from another project... yellow all over, then orange around the outside, and red on the borders.  No background stamping on this page... in fact, no stamping at ALL!

I found this awesome photo in a magazine, added a torn map across the bottom, and some more tall and skinny lettering.  I didn't really know what to write, so I just made up a 3-line story/poem(?) for the picture.

I also got started on another page spread.  So far it's just the images glued down.  No idea where it will go next, but I liked the images, and they go together nicely across the 2-page spread.

All of the images for these pages came from Birds & Blooms.  I'm lucky that my dear SIL subscribes to this magazine and throws the back issues my way!  Thanks Pammie!

Hope your week is off to a good start. Hope to see you soon.

~ ellen.