Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop PLUS GIVEAWAY AND VIDEO


Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop! You should have arrived from the amazing Teri’s blog!  We’re so excited to unveil a brand new line of high quality Clear Stamp Sets and Designer Dies, designed by Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC.  This collection reflects an eclectic mix of images, sentiments and art styles that are sure to appeal to a wide range of tastes!  Just in time for holiday crafting, the entire release is available NOW at Ellen Hutson LLC.

Let’s talk packaging real quick because this as cool as all get out.  Basically, no organization required because they did it all for you…  All Essentials by Ellen Stamp Sets and Dies arrive in our signature packaging pockets with a durable clear envelope and a labeled card stock backer for convenient storage and organization.  Our die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely! Awesome right??? I’ve got a video below showcasing the ENTIRE RELEASE and the super cool packaging at the end of this post…

The fun all starts at the CLASSroom, where there is a GIANT prize package being given away—so be sure to leave a comment there by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th!


I’ve got a few projects to share with you today! I’ve gone nuts with this release! I locked myself in my craft room and just couldn’t stop. I’ve made 15 projects so far, lol! But today, I’ll do you and favor and just share a few 🙂 I’m supposed to share three, but I hope you don’t mind… I share six. I know, I’m a rule breaker! Don’t hate me!

  • First up, the  TREAT YO SELF die! HAHAHAHA! Isn’t that a hoot? LOVE IT! I cut 1/4″ strips of card stock and adhered them to the card base at an angle and ran the  TREAT YOU SELF die thru my die cutting machine…… Then I heat embossed it with some Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder and inlayed it into the negative spaced, popped up with some double sided dimensional tape. This die is seriously one of my favorites. Love it!


  • Next up we have Christmas Scribbles. I stamped all the images with distress ink, spritzed the block with water and stamped!  Touched a damp paint brush to touch all of the presents and tree for a little more of a watercolor look. The sentiment and font is fantastic!


  • This card is all dies.. Meet Home and Hearth, a set of 13 die cuts that compliment the Cozy Christmas stamp set… I ran the dies thru various sheets of Glitter paper and paired it with some fun distress ink techniques.


  • Next up is Merry & Bright Handwritten, which is a set of 7 dies perfect for the holiday season. This die set also coordinates with the Merry & Bright stamp set…. I wanted to create an unconventional Christmas card so I die cut the sentiment dies with red cardstock, added that same Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder over the top and layered it over a panel I created using Bokeh Dots, a fabulous stamp set let me just tell you.


  • Speaking of Merry & Bright, here’s a card I created using the cute little holly leaf and sentiment from the set! This set is filled with so many fun images and sentiments, you can go nuts with it.


  • And lastly,  meet Twelve Days… Makes you want to break out in song, doesn’t it, lol!!! I couldn’t decide which image(s) to use, so I used them all!  I stamped the images, colored them with Copics (added some glossy accents here, wink of stella there) and framed it. Instant Christmas decoration….


Before I get to the video, I have some giveaway fun for you! The new Twelve Days stamp set will go to one lucky winner!  Please leave a comment here on the blog by October 8th, winner will be announced October 9th!


And here is the video showcasing the entire release along with the super duper organized package I was telling you about! You can watch it right here or over on my youtube channel in HD.

Alright, I’m done! I know. I am so sorry! I know you have lots of blogs to visit and I’m sorry this was so long! This release is just awesome and I couldn’t stop myself!!! Next up on the hop is fabulous JJ!!!!

Enjoy and happy World Card-making Day!

Entire release:

Goodies used (new product supplies will be linked up below shortly):


511 thoughts on “Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop PLUS GIVEAWAY AND VIDEO

  1. Great cards. Love the wood piece that you are sitting your cards on. i will watch the video later, as I always enjoy your videos.

  2. This is my favorite set from the release! I mean a pipe for 11 pipers pipping! (giggle snort a la Julie!)
    Your cards are a great showcase for these sets TFS!

  3. I love your creations. I love the idea of turning the 12 days into a home decor item. Would love to win!

  4. Love the first card and how you used the die cut – everything is lined up so perfectly!!! That 12 days set cracked me up! Love it!

  5. they have thought it all out with this release. Love it. And I love your cards. But my fav is the first one. Awesome bold colors on the diag. can’t go wrong. TFS

  6. The 12 days of Christmas stamp set is high on my list. I love the card you made with it. So wonderful that the dies and stamps come with the plastic sleeves. This is a great selling point, in my opinion.

  7. Christmas Scribbles – that card is so sweet and “soft” – love it!!! Off to watch your video. 😀

  8. What a happy garden of projects…..wish I could see the other 9 you made 🙂 love the 12 Days of Christmas framed art you made.

  9. I love the Twelve Days stamp set, but the scribbles set is also wonderful! Your cards rock!

  10. Wow, Laurel! Your cards are all so fabulous! Love the watercolored look and your unique color combos!

  11. Fantastic release. You are so fun and your video was wonderful showing all the dies and stamps. Enjoyed it immensely. Lots of great ideas with your cards also, whoopee.

  12. Great card! Thanks for the chance to win. This is my FAVORITE set this release. My head is reeling with ideas.

  13. Such fun and beautiful cards and, yes, your 12 Days framed art does make one break out in song! 🙂

  14. No way am I picking a single card from your awesome line-up. They are all incredible. (and there’s more of them???) I’m so excited about this release. Thank you for the inspiration.

  15. I have thought for a long time that there should be a great 12 days of Christmas stamp set. Well done. You’ve really showcased it nicely, too.

  16. Great inspiration! Adore those brush stroke dies, and the tis the season set really speaks to me. Adorable!!

  17. I always love to come in visit and see your smiling face. I have a friend that could be your twin. So love all your work and this new release is awesome!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  18. The new 12 Days atamp set is so darn cute! I love it! The cards that you made for today are amazing. This is the first time I came to your blog, but I will be following you now! Love your work!

  19. Your “Happy Christmas” card with the pink and blues is so fun. I love that it’s not traditional colors. This would be great project to make for my granddaughter who is in college. thanks

  20. Thanks for the video of all the new products! Love the bokeh stamp set the best! And the packaging is beyond terrific!!!

  21. Never get tired of looking at great cards – more ideas for me. I love the vertical stripes on the first card. It is so perfect and so pretty. The 12 days frame is great. I’ll be getting that stamp set. thanks for sharing some wonderful cards.
    happy WCMD

  22. Love what you created – especially the watercolor looks. Thanks for the video, nice to see the entire release.

  23. Love the fresh and cheerful cards, as well as the framed 12 days collection. Really like the bokeh dots.

  24. What adorable cards and such a great release. I just love the glittery house card and the 12 days of Christmas.

  25. Hey Laurel, can’t decide which card is best, they all have such whimsy with all your different techniques of stamp, splash, blot, sparkle, etc.. I can decide that it is awesome that you are a rule breaker!!! I like your style.

  26. Such beautiful whimsy cards! And the Twelve Days framed piece was just lovely! I would totally hang that on my wall. Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Loved all of your cards, especially the one using all diecuts. Thanks for the video preview of all the products!

  28. I really like the Christmas Scribbles technique with distress ink, the Cozy Christmas
    with the Glitter paper, and little holly leaf and sentiment from the set. Thanks so much
    for the inspiration!

  29. This is a fabulous release, and I really enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your creations! Thanks for sharing and happy WCM day!

  30. What a great release, and I love that our storage problems were taken into consideration! All your projects are awesome and I LOVE the 12 Day stamp set!

  31. LOVE your picture of the 12 days of Christmas! What a great idea!!!!! I am loving the stamp set, too!! SO many cute ideas!!!!

  32. I love all of your cards that you have shared with us Laurel! Awesome release, brilliant packaging, so very inspiring! Thanks for showing all on the video. I am in love with the Twelve Days (so Julie-esque) and your framed creation…I need to purchase this one for sure and replicate!
    Happy WCMD!

  33. Thank you for the video, I wanted to hear the ‘twelve days of Christmas’… The Bokeh dots looks like a lot of fun and I love the packaging.

  34. Fun cards, Laurel! I LOVE your framed piece with the 12 days of Christmas! What a great release!

  35. Love all the cards you showed. The picture of the Twelve Days of Christmas was fabulous. This stamp set would be a great addition to Christmas stamp sets for anyone! 🙂

  36. Your cards are wonderful. I especially like what you did with the 12 days of Christmas. I have to have this stamp set because we have this “thing” we do with the 12 days. Too long to tell you about it but it is super fun.

  37. Laurel, I love the cards you made with Ellen & Julie’s new stamps and dies! Makes me want to get inky. Thanks for the chance to win that really cute set!

  38. I think all your cards are great with lots of creative inspiration, but my favorite was the 12 Days decoration card. What an adorable yet inexpensive Christmas gift that would be!

  39. Wow, Laurel! You really got busy! Love your framed 12 days of Christmas. Great decoration.

    I think this is the first time I’ve come to your blog…I was always just watch your stuff on YouTube. I’m going to have to stop by more often 😉 Happy WCMD!

  40. Trust me, no apologies needed for sharing so many of your inspiring creations. 🙂 Your cards are awesome and these new Essentials by Ellen dies and stamps are definite must-haves. The packaging is fantastic and will save me time and money. The envelopes are the same size as the ones I currently use, but look more durable – now, that’s a big plus. Congrats to Ellen and Julie!

  41. Thanks so much for the video on the new sets. Always helps to see just what one wants….like all of them. LOL Your cards are adorable!

  42. I really liked your enthusiasm for the new dies and stamps. It’s contagious!! They’re awesome! “On the first day of Christmas”….I hope I get a die set.

  43. LOVE your Twelve Days holiday decor… Excellent idea. I’m not surprised you wanted to stamp and colour them all. Here’s to more holiday stamping! CHeers,

  44. Oh my, what a bunch
    of beautiful cards!
    I love the first one,
    and all the bling on
    all of these.
    Carla from Utah

  45. treat yo self so lol and great card other than Christmas. I like the little Christmas tree with the gift. Heck all of them are great!!

  46. Never be sorry that you’re sharing such awesome projects with us! My fave is the 12 days of Christmas frame – cute set!

  47. I love that you made the 12 Days of Christmas stamps, into something to incorporate into the home! =)

  48. Happy World Card Making Day to you too! Thanks for adding such great inspiration to it! I love the Pipe-rs Piping Pipe. Such great images!

  49. Silly girl! You could never give us too many ideas and wonderful examples! Thanks for all and the chance to win this stamp set.

  50. Laurel the cards you show make me want all these stamps. Thanks for sharing your ideas and for a chance to win a prize.

  51. The packaging is totally crafty friendly. How great is a company that does that. I get so nervous with the splattering on my cards but it seems pretty easy here. Thank you.

  52. Love the cards but I think the 12 Days of Christmas project is sweet. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas with us.

  53. Thanks so much for the run through! This release is fabulous but I wouldn’t have realized just how fabulous without your video!

  54. Wow you outdid yourself – so many pretty things!! Very glittery and sparkly! The coloring on the 12 days was awesome! Excellent job!

  55. Wow you were busy! Great cards! The new release is very exciting! Thanks for sharing all your creations! My favorite was the 12 days – very cute!

  56. Wow 15 cards!?! You rock! As usual great cards. Love the framed 12 days!! This is an awesome release!

  57. Your cards are wonderful! You make them look like they were easy, but…

    Yes, you framed picture now has the Twelve Days song in my head! So cute! Thank you for showing so many great ways to use this release!

  58. Love your creations! First time here via this blog hop for the fabulous new release by Julie Ebersole! I’ve been following her blog for a few years; and shopping at Ellen Hutson when Julie’s projects inspire me so much I just HAVE to HAVE the stuff to make them myself! Thanks for the chance to win a new set!

  59. Ahhh! How fun to see different background techniques on your cards. Love the 12 days of Christmas frame. So cute.

  60. Your cards are fabulous and loved your video. I am placing my order TODAY before they are gone.

  61. Your cards are so much fun and your video was so infectious. Your excitement was palpable and I, along with anyone who watched it, have been caught up in that excitement. This blog hop is so much fun! And you are so right, the packaging is brilliant and unlike anything on the market. I love the stamp set you are giving away, it’s at the top of my favorite stamp sets.

  62. Fantastic cards! I love them all, but Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas really grabbed my attention. Enjoy all the new stamps and dies!

  63. I can see why you made so many beautiful projects! This release is fabulous. I especially love your holiday decor.

  64. Your lovely backgrounds really highlight the great products you used from this release. Lovely, all of them. How lucky you all are to have been given first dibs in using it to create such fun projects.

  65. Oh my gorgeous what fabulous release and inspiration you created with all those projects! I already bought and now you made me see others that I “NEED”….thank you for the wonderful video!!

  66. Great cards and I love what you did with the Twelve Days stamp! It is a hoot and will give everyone a good laugh when they see it! Thanks for a chance to win it!

  67. Love it! Thanks for the showcase video and the chance to win! Must have some of those stamps and dies! *sigh* There goes my hot credit card……..

  68. As always, your cards are amazing, and I love how you framed your 12 Days of Christmas images! So glad that you were part of the hop! Thanks so much for the video and for a chance to win!

  69. Oh my-that first card is fantastic! Plus the 12 Days of Christmas picture just makes me smile-too cute!

  70. Julie really hit it out of the ball park with her first designs and I love your use of the stamps and dies. The framed designs from 12 Days of Christmas is a great idea!

  71. Thank you so much for going through the whole release. It really helps to see and make a decision as to what is my favorite. ( I still can’t choose. LOL). Beautiful cards… love the treat yo self!

  72. Great cards and I’m so excited about all the new stamps and dies. Thanks for a a chance to win!

  73. The “Treat Yourself” caught me “right on”- sooooo colorful!
    And the 12 days of Christmas is another favorite–suburb illiustrations.

  74. Great cards and such a cute Christmas decoration. This stamp set cracks me up. I love the 4 “calling” birds…a telephone! lol

  75. Wow great cards and I loved your 12 days of Christmas wall-hanging! I haven’t watched your video yet but I’m about to right now. Thanks!

  76. The cards are all adorable! BIG thanks for the video of the release. I ALWAYS prefer a video showing of ALL the new products. Its so much easier to see each of them although it makes it harder to choose a favorite??? LOL ( I guess I’ll have to figure out how to get ALL of them! HAHA)

  77. Amazing cards! Love the clean & simple look on the holly background card especially. The framed 12 Days of Christmas is such a great idea. Lots of inspiring ideas right here on your blog!!

  78. Oh my gosh. Couldn’t help starting to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas!” Too funny 🙂 Love your video showing the entire release. My favorite card is the one using the Christmas Scribbles set!

  79. great cards and love the 12 days of christmas! it *does* make you want to break out in song! would love to win anything from this line! thanks for sharing!

  80. Twelve days of Christmas is perfect way to end your amazing show of cards. . . each so different. Thanks for all your creative playing. . . and the video!

  81. Very beautiful cards……. Specially holy leaves and scribble one…. A very soothing background. Thanks for sharing

  82. Wow… Beautiful cards. Love each and every one of them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  83. So enjoyed your video & getting acquainted with you. Julie Ellen did a great job of designing everything! I like your style too. Bokeh dots are my favorite! Living in Hawaii, where there’s no snow or falling leaves, I’m an every day kind of cardmaker. Aloha!

  84. Love, Love Love this release and your cards are awesome! It was fun watching your video – I could tell that you were having fun!

  85. Your cards are amazing. I didn’t realize the twelve days were such a hoot! You definitely can use those images for other projects. Too funny.

  86. Wow! Thanks for all of the great ideas showcasing this new collection! I love the whimsy of the designs, especially the 12 days set.

  87. Such happy cards, and that frame is just beautiful! I love Julie’s videos, and I’m so excited to see her designing product!!

  88. Ok, here goes, my first try to hop them all….life always gets in the way ..going to focus on finishing the hop…love all the inspirational talents of your team. It’s my little escape to the outside world…thanks for sharing your great talents.
    Love the Home and Hearth Card…great job. love the colors.

  89. Thank you for the release video! It was great seeing the products up close, along with how you used them.

  90. So glad you broke the rules! What a great way to showcase so many of those wonderful, totally-Julie-ish, products. Those dies are to die for.

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  92. Great video. Love the packaging, you’re right it’s a great way to stay organized. And the products and what you did with them, oh, I want them all. So special. Really love the Christmas Scribble, but could see them all being well used.

  93. Oh my gosh, the 12 days of christmas frame project is just adorable! Thanks for the chance to win!

  94. Knock-out, show-stopping cards; each one so unique! Beautiful showcase of the new release; I’m swooning over everything!

  95. wow! It looks like you had a lot of fun with this awesome new release. You did a Great job! I love your cards!

  96. Love the cards, especially the circles. Love the whole set of stamps and dies and so on. Hope I win.

  97. I love this release and of course everything you have done with it. I love how you made decoration with the stamp set. Always love to see different ways to use stamps. Love your cards as well.

  98. Love all your pretty and festive cards! Thanks for the inspiration! Thanks also for the giveaway, got my fingers crossed!

  99. What beautiful cards !!!! Great way to showcase these fabulous new stamps and dies! Great value for the $$$ …and the packaging has to be my favorite…seriously raises the bar on quality and design!

  100. Love the cards. Stamp set is totally adorbs. Love the Christmas Classic. Thanks so much for sharing.

  101. Each so colorful and snazzy–love the way you combined the stars into the sky using the Home & Hearth dies & the cleverness of the multi-colored stripes you did with the Treat Yo Self die!!! So much inspiration in one post, chica!!! Thank you, thank you!!! XO!

  102. Thanks for your inspirational ideas with these new sets. I like seeing samples using embossing paste, as it is new to me.

  103. I really like what you created with the 12 Twelve Days of Christmas. You made a great gift for someone.

  104. Your love for this release is obvious. Thanks for the inspiration. So hard to pick out a favorite.

  105. Love, Love, Love! Your use of colors is really fantastic. you’re giving me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  106. Wow you have some great cards here. i love the samples from the new release. I especially like the background behind the little houses. The one with water droplets that have lightened the ink.

  107. Wow you have been so busy and they look great! I love the different stamps and dies in this release.

  108. I like all the cards, but I have a favorite and that is the treat your self one. I can’t wait to make my own, thanks so much for the inspiration and great ideas.

  109. Thanks for the holiday inspiration, each with their own holiday “sparkle”. Thanks so much

  110. No apology needed for all the inspiration, thanks for not stopping at three (it is totally worth the extra time). It truly is an awesome release. ^_^

  111. Love all your cards, but especially the 12 days of Christmas and the tiny houses! These stamps and dies rock it!!! LOVE!

  112. All of your cards are beautiful and I like the 12 Day’s wall hanging. I would love to win that stamp set; Thank you for the chance.

  113. WOW wow WOW – FABULOUS release, I can see why you’re excited Laurel!!!
    Diagonal stripes and dimensional word die cutting – COOL technique & card – LOVE IT – I’m pretty new to die cutting and this is a technique I MUST try!!! ALL of your cards are SERIOUSLY AWESOME, so instead of writing a mile long post about each one, I will choose Happy Christmas as the STAR-of-the-Day!!! Bokeh Dots stamps? SO COOL – I LOVE using that photography technique and NOW I can stamp it too – I’m MORE than EXCITED!!! LOVE the card you created with them, LOVE your pretty pink & blue, LOVE the Happy Christmas too – yep – these are my MUST-HAVES from this release!!!

  114. Wow!!! So much mojo here; thanks so much for sharing all of these fab cards. Love all of the distress inking going on and your bright color palettes. And thanks for offering a giveaway, too.

  115. I am in love with the 12 days of Christmas pic you did! Your treat Yo-self card is fabulous, too!

  116. Thanks for sharing so many cards and the fabulous 12 days pic, such fun. You make it is easy to see how fun these stamps and dies will be.

  117. The 12 Days stamps set is the first Christmas-themed set I’ve ever wanted. Thank you for the give-away.

  118. Laurel — so many wonderful cards, I don’t know where to begin. I am passionate about color so I love the background in the Home and Hearth card and the Treat Yourself card is simple but very sophisticated. Love it!

  119. I love the Treat Yo Self card! Then scroll down and love the others even more! Real cute idea with the 12 Days stamp set.

  120. These stamps are so cute! I really love that they can be used so many different ways.

    Sally Akins

  121. I can’t make up my mind which project I love more. Every one I see I start thinking; oh this has to be it, and then BAM I scroll down and see the next! WOW is the least I can say. Thanks for sharing 😀

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  123. WOW! Love the Home and Hearth card (and die set)! What a fantastic release and great video to showcase the collection. Great work. Love to win the Bokeh stamp set – this would make creating bokeh really easy.

  124. All your cards are fabulous. I like that you made some with traditional colors and some without. The entire release is amazing. It is hard to pick a favorite!

  125. Oh my I love your cards. I would never be able to pick a favorite, I love it all and you brought out the best in them. Gorgeous work

  126. WOW Laurel – I Think I’m comment nr 472 (-: – No wonder because your cards are AMAZING – you Always make the most Beautiful backgrounds !!-And the new stamps and dies are WONDERFUL!!! – How I wish I could afford them all (-:

  127. Love the enthusiasm in your video…and it’s no surprise because everything about this release is fantastic! And your cards really showcase the stamps and dies!!!

  128. I so enjoyed all your contributions to the blog hop! You’ve really got me thinking of some new and fun things to do. Thanks so much…

  129. Love all the cards and all the sparkle! So much inspiration and fun in all of them. Hard to pick a favorite – stars and scribble tree are great and love all the sentiment dies. Thank you for this opportunity to win.

  130. Hi Laurel! I agree this is such a cute release. It all has that Charlie Brown Christmas feeling. I like how these cards are not your typical Christmas cards. Well done!

  131. Love this release. The cards you created are fantastic. Especially liked the one with the little houses.

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