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Wednesday’s Card: Cozy Christmas on a Hill

Ellen Hutson Holiday

Ellen Hutson Holiday

Hi All!

Hope you enjoyed the blog hop over the weekend. If you missed it, check out my post. I showed 4 projects and 2 videos. I really, really dislike showing a card without a video. I can’t explain why. I know most of the time when I see other people’s cards I think to myself, “oh, that’s nice”, then I’m off to the next thing. BUT, if I see a video on how to do it, I feel much more inspired.

Anyway, I just didn’t have the time to post a video for all the projects, so I figured I would prepare one of them for today’s card.

On a personal note, I wanted to share something kind of funny. I went upstairs to tuck my 9-year-old into bed and she was working on this:

Color Chart by Courtney

Yes, it’s a color palette of all her crayons. Just so touching on many levels. My little mini-me. 🙂

Enjoy the video and have a great week!



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Cozy Christmas
Cozy Christmas
Cozy Christmas Dies
Cozy Christmas Dies
Avery Elle Custom Panels
Avery Elle Custom Panels
Fluff Background
Fluff Background
Rose Bud Ink
Rose Bud Ink
Avery Elle Ink
Aquamarine Ink
Avery Elle Lemon Grass Ink
Lemon Grass Ink
Electric Yellow Ink
Electric Yellow Ink
Soft Granite Ink
Soft Granite Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Tumbled Glass
Tumbled Glass Ink
Hero Arts Winter Cube Inks
Hero Arts Cube Inks
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Sparkling Snow Embossing Powder
Neenah Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Craft Mat
Craft Mat
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ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Jane White

    I LOVE the palatte! Just like Mom’s Peerless Watercolors…it is so sweet!

  2. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 10:23 am


    Adorable little scene. Now I’m really glad I got this stamp & die set. Clever way you made your street…makes those houses POP! Also, think you’ve created a clone of you based on your daughter’s color chart. Cute.

  3. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Sharon Hayes

    I agree with you. I am much more inspired by a video than by just seeing a card. Your videos always inspire me…your calm voice, your clear directions, and your enthusiasm for creating. Thank you.

  4. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 10:48 am


    I agree, I love watching a video so much more than just reading the instructions. Yours are wonderful and I love this card. I have that background stamp and had forgotten all about it, thanks for the reminder and thanks for sharing your talent.

  5. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    LesLee Stone-Rasmus

    I love all your videos and look forward to them every wednesday. Good morning btw. Great card! I saw it on the hop.

  6. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Anita Holmes

    I love your card, so cozy….and I agree, the video’s make all the difference!
    I especially Love your daughters crayon chart, so, so sweet! An artist in the making!

  7. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    LesLee Stone-Rasmus

    I went straight to the post button before I got to say… I love the picture of your daughters color pallet. It just goes to show they pick up a lot from us.. Great JOB

  8. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 10:59 am


    Thanks for another great video Darlene. This card portrays the very cosy feeling of Christmas but does it without the usual (boring) red and green. I applaud your use of real color. Your daughter’s color palette is a work of art in itself!

  9. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Mary Jane

    What a great card! I just love all the little details. Ive been on the fence about getting this die set but think Im going to go ahead and order it today!

  10. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Mary-Anne V.

    Adorable card…your 9 year olds colour chart is impressive (that is very sweet! Thinking just like her Mommy!)

  11. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Haley Cross

    Oh my goodness, that color palette that your daughter made is so sweet! She wants to be just like her mommy! <3

  12. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Casey Thrush

    I am so glad you showed us this one! I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT when you posted it last week. It was cool to see how you did it. Love those non-traditional colors. The card REALLY POPS!!!

  13. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 7:17 pm


    that is soooooo cute!

  14. wrote on October 8th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Rachel Hawn

    Your daughter is going to be a fabulous card maker like you!

  15. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Carole H

    Absolutely adorable card. I very much enjoy your precision and I appreciate your frugal use of paper.

  16. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Patty Beers

    I have to tell you. Seeing your daughter’s chart made me think of it. My granddaughter found your videos that I watch all of the time on my Ipad. I thought she was watching one of the cartoons she usually watches but I think your videos were on there and she got really interested. She had been watching them for quite awhile when I noticed. She asked for more of them and when she sees me on Facebook looking at them she sits with me and watches them. Finally one afternoon she started stamping and watercoloring and I noticed she was talking about what she was doing, naming the colors and the products she was using. She just turned 6. I was amazed. I videotaped her and I swear she sounded just like you. So cute. I wish I knew how to upload the video for you but haven’t learned how to do that yet. (It is on my iphone) Thank you for being such an inspiration to everyone.

  17. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 2:38 pm


    That’s so sweet of your daughter. I was doing ink swatches on paper and my daughter decided she wanted to do her own ink swatches with my inks. They are just so cute sometimes!!

  18. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Maria Rodriguez

    Well Darlene, your daughters have the best teacher, how very sweet that your little girl copied what she sees her mama doing, what a beautiful tribute from her to you.
    This card is just amazing, a lot of little details make it so unique and wonderful. Your videos are an amazing teaching tool Darlene, thank you so much for sharing this card and your little girl’s Crayon Color Chart.

  19. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 4:30 pm


    Your card is so cheery and I love all the techniques! You are good! Your daughter’s palette is so sweet!

  20. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Ann Tuck

    One of the most interesting and striking Christmas cards I’ve seen so far this year! You put so many processes into creating a seemingly CAS card but the result is stunning! Oh, I love you sharing that note about your daughter – yes, you have modelled well for her! Bless!

  21. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Diana W.

    Darlene, I love this card. And I love your videos. Look forward to them every week. I find that watching card videos is very soothing and always appreciate it when a card make goes to the work of showing us the entire process. Yours are my favorite! And your daughter’s color chart is amazing. What a thinker! Have a good rest of the week and thanks for your inspiration.

  22. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Robin in WA

    Love the color chart your daughter made. 🙂 Beautiful card Darlene! Colorful and happy. Love it!

  23. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 9:29 pm


    Very cute card! LOVE the neon-ish colored houses on the hill and the snowy bkgrd. I am so grateful for your videos. Not only do they inspire and teach me but it’s also nice to pick up tips to do what I do better. Giving you “extra” thanks for making the videos. 😀

  24. wrote on October 9th, 2014 at 11:02 pm


    Another awesome card and video. I love all the little houses and how you “lit” them up! Thank you for all the great ideas!

  25. wrote on October 10th, 2014 at 12:05 pm


    С наступлением холодов пуховик становится все более актуальным. Это относится как к мужским пуховикам, так и к пуховикам для женщин, а также к пуховикам для детей. Но качественный товар стоит хороших денег, и если вы покупаете только пуховики из натуральной кожи, то вам придет на помощь пуховики распродажа, где есть шанс купить пуховик дешево.

  26. wrote on October 15th, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Darlyne Wagner

    You are right: very simple yet effective card–cozy is the word!!

  27. wrote on October 24th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Gloria Taylor

    Thank you again, Darlene for such a cute idea for a Christmas card. I love how you layered the houses on this card. Can’t wait for next week’s project.

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