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):


Good Times with Winnie & Walter


Tomorrow is a big day in our world. World CardMaking Day!  GOOD TIMES!  So I am celebrating a day early with Winnie & Walter! I LOVE this stamp set! That big camera! The polaroid (I trimmed out the center)! The fun little sentiments! Yup, it’s great! There is quite a bit of sparkle to this CAS card, but darn it if I can capture it on camera properly. Here, let’s try this:


A great stamp set can make a fantastic clean and simple card! The patterned paper? Yea, no idea. I hoard random papers…. SORRY! But the most important thing here? The stamps? They are outta this world awesome!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a very special post. I’m part of a blog hop for Ellen Hutson! AND I’ll also do a post linking to all the sales/challenges/fun I find on the web in my search! So tomorrow will be a busy day of blogging! And if you know of any upcoming deals/steals in honor of the day, please link them up in the comments below and I’ll include them in my post!


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Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

WOO HOO! I am here today as part of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you see me post various coffee cups! I love collecting unique coffee cups. My most favorite is my Harry Potter mug. Today is National Coffee day so a ton of us are getting together to hop along, and there are a billion prizes to be won provided by a ton of sponsors!!!! I have lots of coffee sets so I’ll have more coffee cards up later this week, but for today, I wanted to feature the Be A Barista set by Reverse Confetti and the Tagged Tote die to create this adorable treat bag… I filled it with some coffee grinds for the hubs.


Because there are a lot of hop participants, I am keeping this post short and sweet. Be sure to head on over to the coffee lovers bloghop home page to see all the entries along with all the prizes! There are sponsor prizes and flash prizes every 3 hours today! SO MUCH FUN!


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Christmas light tangled doggie


So, did you see this post by Jennifer? BRILLIANT how she altered the stamp from this Halloween set! Mummy dog turned Christmas Lights dog….  So brilliant, I had to try it out! It’s not perfect, and I am definitely not skilled with a pen, but that’s ok… I tried to change it up a little by adding some googly eyes and hand drawing in some lights on the ground near the dogs feet!  I colored the dog  like our dog, Sadie.  I was just so darn excited to try it out her technique and I think the recipient will love it. Now hers is way better so be sure to check out her post. The sentiment is from this Subway style set by My Favorite Things! I heat embossed in black  and the chevron is actually washi tape! 🙂 The background is a soft watercolored wash using distress ink.  Thanks Jennifer for the inspiration.

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Reverse Confetti Sketch at Stamp Nation

Hi there everyone! I’ve got a treat today as Reverse Confetti is sponsoring a sketch challenge over at Stamp Nation. What IS Stamp Nation! Click here to find out. There is also a $1 trial membership to Stamp Nation that expires today! Just in the nick of time! Pop on over here to get the deets. And be sure to head HERE to see the full reveal of my project along with  all the other amazing projects inspired by the sketch!!!



And a little sneakie of the card I have up on the Stamp Nation Blog!


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Lawnscaping Challenge: Critters Galore sponsored by Lawn Fawn

HELLO HELLO and a happy Monday to you all! Today is Lawnscaping Challenge day! WOO HOO!!!! Do you like critters? I do!!!! So I love this challenge! It’s fantastic!!! Critters aren’t just the critters in the popular critter line either! Here I used some of the monsters from monster mash… I couldn’t stop there so I made another card using some critters! Let’s take a peek!

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I am in love with this Monster Mash stamp set! It is adorable. Reminds me of the ghosts from PacMan! I don’t typically care for Halloween themed sets but this set can be used for Halloween cards as well. I plan on using it to create  my son’s treat bags for school! I paired Monster Mash with the Party Banner die and stitched hillside die. Each of the hearts from the set were stamped sporadically and colored in with various Wink of Stella glitter brush pens! And of course, I had to add a few googly eyes! Oh, isn’t that patterned paper fab? It from this LF paper kit!!!! Added a few enamel dots and done.

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Now onto the next card! Party critters style, lol! I stamped various critters from all kinds of critters sets and fussy cut them out (didn’t want the white border from the dies)… (ALL the sets I used are linked below in the product description section).  I scattered them along the base of the card. I stamped PARTY and filled in the letters with Stickles for some fun dimension and shine! And all of the images were colored with my alcohol markers…. (Copics and Spectrum Noir).


So there you have it. A couple of really fun critter inspired cards! I hope you will stop on over at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog and check out what the rest of the design team made and play along!!! You’ve got 10 whole days! And LAWN FAWN in sponsoring this challenge so YOU could win!!!!!



Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):

Lawnscaping Challenge: ONE LAYER sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Hi there everyone! Today is my second post of the day. There will be one more in about an hour! I KNOW I KNOW! Busy day at the blog today! It’s Lawnscaping Challenge time! WOO HOO! I love LAWN FAWN, and I love this challenge! Lawn Fawn just had their mega release so I can’t wait to play with all of my new goodies! (Ellen Hutson is having a one day sale today only, 15% off your entire order using code: LaborDay14 – Perfect time to get some Lawn Fawn at discount: CLICK HERE)

I did want to reach out for an oldie for this challenge though! So my new goodies had to wait! The challenge this week is ONE LAYER! Don’t be scared. One layer is actually fun and requires less supplies and is easy to mass produce unless you do a lot of masking and what not! Let’s take a look at what I created, with Christmas in mind of course. My favorite season of the year!

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Now you will have the song PA RA PA PA PUM in your mind because that is the name of the stamp set I used today, lol! I stamped them all onto my card base, colored them in with my alcohol markers, did a little ink flicking, rounded the corners  and voila, done! Take a close look at the puffs of smoke. Thats the Wink of Luna marker in silver! 🙂 And the multi colored ink sentiment? WPLUS9 inks rock!

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As I mentioned before, we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp (who just released their stamptember2014 release TODAY, click HERE to shop). The winner will receive $25 gift certificate to their online store!

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So I hope you will play along with us! You have until September 10th to get your entires in!!!!! 🙂 Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping blog to check out the rest of the design team projects!


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