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As part of our United We Flourish campaign, we want to foster growth of this amazing crafty community by making connections. We are better together! So each month please let us introduce you to some of our favorite brands and the amazing makers behind them!

Please allow us to introduce Jamie Gracz, the kind and wonderful creator behind Avery Elle!

how Jamie started crafting...

I received a Cricut cutting machine from my husband for my birthday in 2008 and didn't have any crafting supplies at the time. I went to a local craft shop to purchase some colored card stock to use with the machine. I immediately started to make cards with the cute images I was able to cut. I soon ran into the problem of needing sentiments for my cards. The trusty internet lead to me clear stamps. After I discovered clear stamps, I of course needed ink...and as anyone knows you need markers to color in those stamped images...and embellishments and...well you get the idea from there! :)

where jamie finds inspiration...

Everywhere! I am constantly looking for inspiration. I carry a little notebook (old school I know!) that I jot ideas down in. If I don't write it down I will forget it. I find inspiration In nature, travel, fashion, home decor, architecture, stationery, talking to the design team, product requests from our wonderful customers, etc... I also LOVE a great font! I really believe that a great font can make a good design amazing!

a typical day for jamie...

I get to work in the office around 8am and check emails and return any phone calls I take a quick peek at the orders for the day and check in with Chase who picks and packs the orders - she is amazing and has been with us for 4 years! I check in with Aimee, our customer service and retail/distributor account manager, to see how everything is going and see if she needs anything. The rest of the time is spent in a cycle of reordering product, working on new product development, creating product introduction videos, card sample videos, illustrating, creating retail store samples, communicating with the design team, creating social media content, etc. We typically work on a three month release schedule so by the time a new release comes out we are already working on the next one!!

Check Jamie's Favorite Products...

This pen covers up my mistakes when I accidentally color outside of the lines.

Perfect for removing stray ink marks from my cards.

I use it ALL of the time!

I have tried a lot of brands and Copic Markers always make my coloring look the best.

Our liquid watercolors - they are so pretty and fun to use. I am obsessed with them right now!

look what jamie made...

DIY Pivot Card

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August Essentials Challenge

Join our August Challenge for a chance to win $50 to the Ellen Hutson store! Our challenge this month is a bit different! Instead of a color trend, we thought we would focus on ALCOHOL INKS!!!!!!!!!!! Please join us in congratulating  Gail Taillefer ! She was randomly selected to receive the $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson [...]

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Two Takes On Alcohol Ink

Alcohol inks are such a fun & versatile medium and we love including them in our cardmaking projects! Today Sandy & Lisa are sharing their latest alcohol ink projects, and spoiler...they are gorgeous! Sandy used Copic Various Refills to create this stunning underwater scene! See more on her blog HERE! Lisa used Ranger Alcohol Inks to create [...]

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Alcohol Lift Ink Pad

Join Carissa Wiley to test drive the new Ranger Alcohol Lift Ink Pad! Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’re having a fabulous day In this month’s edition of the Ellen Hutson In Touch Newsletter, I’m exploring the new Alcohol Lift Ink Pad from Ranger. This new ink pad is not like anything else [...]

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Backgrounds with Alcohol Ink Lift

Create four beautiful backgrounds with alcohol inks, stencils, blending solution and lifting techniques! Hello! Ardyth here today with a new-to-me background technique that I used to make 4 really beautiful cards. I used stencils and blending solution to lift patterns off alcohol ink backgrounds that I had made. Of course, to start, I had to make the [...]

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Alcohol Inks on Vellum

Vellum is a wonderful surface for playing with alcohol inks like Copic Various Refills and Ranger Alcohol Inks! And the resulting art makes gorgeous die cuts! Alcohol inks are back in stampers’ sights these days I’m having a go with them using Copic Reinkers on vellum today! TIPS: Work on a glass surface and keep some gel hand [...]

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Five Cards Featuring Alcohol Ink

Justine Hovey has five cards featuring alcohol inks and fun techniques like foil & embossing! It’s Justine here with another video tutorial and today I am working with alcohol inks, foils, and embossing powders for some fun techniques to create FIVE different cards! I personally love stamping and die cutting images and arranging them into fun [...]

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Cards to Make and Give to Your Favorite Teachers & Healers

Cards for Your Favorite Teachers, Nurses, Doctors & Vets Lydia has created an adorable green medical cross background for her Medical Lady! See more about this card on Lydia's blog! Michele has created a bold black, white & red card! Plus she has even more on her [...]

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Creating Backgrounds with Small Stamps

Hello Monday: CreatinG Backgrounds with Small StampS Today I’m sharing a technique for using small stamps from Brandi’s new Teacher Lady set to fill a shape! Try experimenting with this concept by filling in other simple shapes! I think this would be fun with a larger apple shape die as a guide, or you could even [...]

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