Apr 15, 2016

Ellen Hutson Classroom Guest Designer and a Giveaway


So honored to be this month's Guest Designer on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog.  The Classroom is a fantastic resource, providing tons of information on products and tips and techniques. I'd love it if you checked out my project here.  Here's a snippet:


Ellen is generously offering a $50 gift certificate to her shop for one person who comments here on my blog on this post.  I'd love to know what you think about my project!  The deadline for comments is midnight eastern time April 19th.  Please note:  If you want to be considered for the prize, I'll need your name and email to send to the folks at Ellen Hutson so please make sure I can contact you. Thank you.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Grateful to Ellen for being so nice!

112 comments:

Becky Smith said...

Loved your card! Beautiful colors! Such a great idea. Always enjoy your blog posts.

Taheerah said...

Bold, bright, and beautiful - and that's just you!! Congratulations Joan, your card is gorgeous and I love your peeling paper technique - used that occasionally myself when I wanted a different look/feel!

Hannelie said...

So glad I popped over to Ellen Hudson to check out your card Joan! I LOVE the pop of color on the black card base! Looks awesome!

Nancy said...

So pretty. I love how a little black makes any color pop!

Ashwini Rao said...

Amazing! I absolutely love how you can combine CAS BnW and colors in such an intricate way in all your cards - simply amazing!

kathy ness said...

Such a pretty card. I started reading your story too about how stamping destoyed your life. Funny stuff!

Carol (HB) said...

Well... I must be living under a rock because this is my first visit here! LOL Not my last to be sure. LOVE this technique!!!

Mother Mindy said...

The black base was a great choice. Beautiful!

Birgit said...

What a beautiful card and such a clever idea to make your paper thinner for delicate flowers. Congrats on your guest design spot. You should be on their regular payroll! ;0)

Teresa Doyle said...

Oh my GOODNESS Joan, your card is amazing! I love your technique and I have to try it. Congratulations on your guest spot, quite an honour!
(BTW, I totally enjoy your saga.... LOL Keeps me laughing and always makes my day!)

Teresa Doyle said...

Oooops...my email addy: elyod.aseret@gmail.com

Janice said...

Beautiful project with lots of great tips. I'm glad I crawled out from under that rock:)

Trish said...

You are the best kind of guest bringing a gift like your beautiful card!

diana said...

Great card and technique!

Kathy Thurman said...

I love how those bright flowers just pop on that black background - very pretty and unusual!

madameplushbottom said...

I love everything about this card - especially how the flowers delicately pop off the black background. And, since you're giving it to your hubby you will get to continue enjoying this. It would look great framed (without glass) so you can continue to enjoy the 3D aspect of it. Meg M. (email: madamplushbottom AT gmail.com)

madameplushbottom said...

oops. typo in my own email madameplushbottom (with an e)

Terry B. said...

This card is gorgeous! I know your husband is going to love it!
Thanks for the chance to win!

tinyfeet22 at yahoo

Carol said...

Lovely card and genius tip to peel the watercolor paper.

Jayell said...

Beautiful card Joan!

MooLa679 said...

Fabulous tips, thanks for sharing. What a gorgeous card too!

Jackie Parkins said...

Those delicate flowers are gorgeous, what a great idea about separating the layers of the watercolor paper! I look forward to another chapter of Stamping Destroyed My Life, too :-)

Kristie Goulet said...

Simply gorgeous!!!

Jan Elmore said...

Don't you just love the creative minds of crafters? Separating thick paper to have thinner paper? Oh my.....that's genius and stunning!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, I love your card, Joan! What a great technique!

Nan G said...

Fab card! Using a black card base really sets it off!

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful card Joan - wasn't sure if i needed to comment here or on your post so i did it both places.

pamboe said...

Brilliant!! You have solved the problem of too thick paper. Much appreciated!

Late Blooming said...

Perfect way to use those small can't throw away snippets of watercolor paper. Who knew? I didn't and now I have learned something new today. Bingo!

scrappergirl56 said...

I love it...never thought about separating the watercolor paper layers...great idea. Love your story about how "Stamping Destroyed my Life"...too funny!

I Card Everyone said...

J.B. this is one FAN tastic card!!! Look at you go!!! Congrats - isn't life grand?!
=]

Carol Didier said...

I was so happy to see you in Ellen Hutson's classroom! And what a beautiful card and technique. Thank you so much for sharing your creations and humor with us.

Karen Petitt said...

Your card is gorgeous over at Ellen's blog and I am now following you too. I have just read the first chapter of Stamping Destroyed My Life lol! Not only am I going to enjoy your art I am going to get lots of fun and giggles too, thank you for that Karen x

merryf said...

Joan it is stunning! Great tip about separating the layers of watercolor paper -- I'm going to try that. Thank you for all your inspiration! You go, girl!

Amante del Papel said...

so beautifuul card, thanks for the chance to win!

SherylH said...

Congratulations on being featured on the Ellen Hutson blog -- you certainly deserve it! Love your card and the technique of making delicate flowers.

LauraJane:) said...

LOVE the vibrant colors on black..very Classy!

Patty Cadby said...

WOW! Love the stunning results with the black background

melinda said...

Love the card! Can't wait to try the watercolor paper layer technique.

vdoyle8 said...

Love that Ellen had such nice things to say about you - and you for her. And that card?!? Gorgeous! Love the tip to try separating the layers of watercolor paper - I would never have thought of that. Genius!

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Amazing card. I am going to try your technique!

Late Blooming said...

Oh how fun? Thanks for sharing your talent for prose as well as stamping. Such fun.Just now finding about your "book" and loving it .

Becky said...

Love the vibrant colors of the flowers. Very striking against the black background. Stunning card. Thanks for sharing.

Diane Jaquay said...

I LOVE your project, Joan! The little flowers and stems make a big impact on the black card! Congrats on being featured on Ellen Hutson!

Karen D. said...

I just love the jewel-tone look of your gorgeous card Joan...wow....
Congrats for being the GD! you did a great job!

Karen B. said...

I always enjoy photo tutorials and loved yours! Such a beautiful card!

Cindy O said...

Joan, it's beautiful! Love the black and white with bright accents. Your technique to make the flowers sounds like fun - thanks for the great tutorial!

Denise Bryant said...

Joan, I love the beautiful colors and dimension! What a special card! Thanks for the tutorial, and congrats to you for getting to be a guest designer at Ellen's Classroom!

Cat Craig said...

What a pop for your focal point - layering it all on a dark card base. Love the watercoloring to soften the starkness of a dark card. Beautiful.

Julia Aston said...

Your beautiful blooms really pop off the black Joan B! What a great technique to make thm more delicate. Big congrats being a guest teacher in the classroom!!! Julia xx

Julia said...

Joan, I must say that this project is absolutely gorgeous. I just love the vibrant colors and the dimension on the project. You were right to use the black card base in the end. I think the white would have overpowered the rest that you wanted to be the focal point. And how exciting for you to be a guest designer for Ellen! I love you and Ellen and Julie too! So what a wonderful combo!

Pat McCleary said...

Stunning card, Joan. I love the bold pops of color with the black. I'm so glad to learn how to separate watercolor paper; such a simple solution to eliminate that thickness. Thanks for a chance to win.

Lea Brawn said...

Fabulous tutorial. Love your card x

LaurieJ said...

I love it when I learn a new technique. I'll have to try this out. Beautiful card! Your choice of a black base was brilliant. Congrats on your guest designer spot.

gardener said...

Your card is sensational. Love the colors you used.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Wow, love your beautiful card! What an awesome technique to get those delicate, gorgeous flowers, so clever! I also love how you have used several stamp sets from different companies too.

Kathy Mc said...

Such a stunning card on that black card base, Joan! Appreciate the details on how you created this beauty. Congratulations on being at guest of Ellen's...quite the honor! My wish list there keeps growing so would be thrilled to win this GC. TFS!

Sue D said...

Your card is wonderful. thanks for the trick of separating the paper and all the other tips you gave.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Susanne Vargas said...

What a cool technique! Will have to try that! The card is stunning!

Linda D said...

Stunning and elegant - the black base really showcases the beauty and the dimension of those incredible flowers!

Becs Attwood said...

Such a beautiful card. And such a handy tip about peeling away paper layers. I water-colored a bunch of flowers recently that will benefit from this technique. Thanks for the inspiration!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Congratulations! Well deserved honor.

Kassi said...

very pretty! I love how the black makes everything else pop!

cm said...

Joan, congratulations on your well-deserved designer role at Ellen's place; your creativity is amazing (and yes, I follow you via Feedly because your talents - both in card-making and 'story' telling are too marvelous to miss)! Your card: stunning. Your tutorial: 110% user friendly (especially for someone like me who does a lot of 'huh...what to do next' when creating). Your inspiration: let's just say that a bunch of Concord and 9th products are heading to my small Canadian town! Just received the 'your order has been shipped' notification! Thank you for the enabling!
Hugs~c

judy said...

I love these delicate flowers and leaves! I want to try this out--thanks for the inspiration!

Linda Rubarski said...

Thanks for sharing how you made the flowers.

pcm said...

i never would have thought of this! congrats on your feature in the classroom!

Moosisk said...

What a gorgeous card! Love those flowers. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

Gwen said...

Great tip on the flowers, love all the dimension! gytgram at hotmail dot com

Mary said...

LOVE the purple/blue flowers! So gorgeous. And peeling the paper apart is a genius idea!

Iris Esther Lopez said...

Lovely card. I like the contrast between the colorful flowers and the black card base. My email is irisesther54@hotmail.com

Sue Lutz said...

Loved the delicacy of your flower and the black background to pop the colors. I'm also trying to find your article "Stamping Destroyed My Life" that Ellen referred to. So far, haven't succeeded but will keep looking! Sure would like to see more from you.

Sue Lutz said...

Found it! Right at the top of this page.
Delightful. Felt a little like M. Did not stop reading until I finished chapter 6 and I'm going crosseyed from sleepiness. Thx for yr writing. Will read more tomorrow.

Susan Gosman said...

Lovely, inventive, creative, great instructions. I'm ready to give it a go!

Janelle said...

Peeling watercolor paper is the most interesting thing I've heard all day. Looks like a great idea. ☺

Chris said...

Absolutely stunning!I will definitely give this a try.

carboneauchris@gmail.com

Lynda said...

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing the tip on using watercolor paper. I will try it today!

Amy McCue said...

I can't wait to see what all you come up with!!! Congrats! Thanks to Ellen for introducing you to us!

Kathy D said...

Congrats on being the Ellen Hutson guest designer! Love your card - thanks for the tip to separate the paper layers to make elements more delicate.

Lezlee Alexander said...

Congrats and pleasure to meet you! Totally signed up for your e's. ;-) Big fan of clean & simple and you make it look gorgeous!

Marianne said...

Just popping over from the Classroom to have a browse and tomtell you how much I love your vibrant and delicate flower arrangement. mcv dot 029 at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

There's so much to see AND read that I've just become a follower. I feel I want to CASE a card or two...or twenty...

Lori Mcosh said...

Oh my gosh- how have I not known about blog and designer? I'm so excited! I love your card and your technique... Now to spend some time in the blog archives....

Melanie said...

Cool idea with the paper peeling! Love the delicate texture it gives your card.

Mac Mable said...

I have just read all the installments to date of STAMPING DESTROYED MY LIFE...The cleaning hasn't been done but I have loved the read. I have chuckled and can totally relate to the story. Now you gorgeous card...Fabulous colours, such pretty flowers and great technique, thank you so much for the inspiration and the fabulous and most enjoyable read..The house work can wait x

Vicki Dutcher said...

Congrats on your gig! You are sure getting back into the stamping arena in full force! I remember when you were taking some time off~ probably a long time ago, but seems like yesterday :) -- Awesome GD card!

Unknown said...

Wow! That pop of color on the black card is stunning!
[Google will call me "unknown"]
Laura Holt
leliza1@verizon.net

Tami Babcock said...

Wow Joan - what a fascinating technique! I would never have thought to peel off the top layer of a sheet of watercolor paper!! I love it when people think 'out of the box' and then pass along fabulous results!

Karen Hasheck said...

Brilliant idea to separate the watercolor paper! I will definitely try that! Thanks for sharing this lovely card!

Melissa L. said...

Hey, Joan! This is super. I love flowers and learning new techniques. Thanks so much for sharing! Melissa (honeybeelaneDOTwordpressDOTcom)

maria f. said...

I love when I can say "you learn something new every day". And I just said it to myself. Thanks for coming up with this idea. And sharing. And for smiles along the stamping-destroyed-my-life way.

Elaine Cook said...

Wow, the flowers are really pretty! Love the idea of peeling off the paper.
Thanks!

Beth Karschnick said...

HI Joan, I hope you will not be offended but I am just being introduced to you today, for the very first time. I think I just might be addicted already to your blog...tee hee! I've just read the first chapter of your "story" and I am anxious to read the rest! I might just have to have a reading marathon today...oh my, I've just discovered my husband took the day off work....how am I gonna do this??? BTW, as I was directed to your blog from elln hutson's I also noticed you earlier posts from the week. I LOVE the way you have made the sun out of the different stamps!!! I can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations!!
From, a new admirer, Beth Karschnick: thequiltedegg@gmail.com

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Wow. Nice card. So creative with the watercolor paper.

Kathy H said...

Hi Joan. I checked out your site through the link from The Classroom. Just wanted to let you know that I love your cards! Also, thanks for sharing the thin paper technique at EH!

Patt H. said...

What a great idea! I love your "peeled" flowers! The colors are gorgeous & the design is totally awesome. Thanks for the great tip!

Rubina Pantoja said...

What a neat technique idea! I'm so glad you're the guest crafter on Ellen Hutson - I've found a fun crafty person I can follow.

Kris said...

I guess I have been living under a rock...you are a new find today via Ellen! Thank you for this technique and some delicious reading today.

Anne Lieder said...

So glad Ellen featured your blog and you shared this technique! Now...I must peruse your entire site because I like HUMOR!

Helen Kalb said...

Great card.
I need to started peeling paper - it sure beats peeling potatoes!

Maureen Chandler said...

I never thought of peeling layers of paper but I will do it now because your flowers are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card!!!

Sue Smith said...

Love the thin paper technique you shared with us. Fantastic cards. Congrats on being asked by Ellen to share your talent in her classroom. ;)

Christy Q said...

What a fantastic tutorial, Joan!! Thanks for the tips that you shared and your beautiful project!

Larissa Heskett said...

SQUEAL!! Such a BEAUTIFUL Card!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Idea of peeling the Water Color Paper for more delicate looking Flowers!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!!! =)

Rebecca Ednie said...

Your idea for splitting the paper was genius! Thank you for the inspiration

Glorie said...

Fabulous card Joan. Great contrast with the bright flowers and black notecard.

SSanchez said...

Wow, never thought of separating the watercolor paper layers. Thanks. For sharing that tip. Love the composition of your card. Beautiful!

mtscrapgal said...

I have heard of this technique(peeling the top layer of water color paper but you demonstrated it so well. Your flowers are so delicate and beautiful. I enjoyed reading your "fiction" episode. I'm going to catch up with the other chapters later. You are so funny. Thanks for sharing on Ellen's blog.

mtscrapgal said...

It's me again. I didn't see the note about contact info before. I'm mtscrapgal.( I really should be mtcardgal because I don't scrap)

anghall2@windstream.net

karenajo said...

WOW - thanks for sharing this great technique. Love the pretty flowers you created !!!

Theresa6453 said...

Joan, I love your project. The flowers are brilliant. You are crazy talented. Theresa at starfarm@tds.net

TK said...

Congratulations! What an honor to be invited to The Classroom! I LOVE Ellen's shop, they are such wonderful people, and the quickest at getting orders out! I love your project "peek" and I'm off to see it in full!! Blessings to you!