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):


Stencil Die Cutting with Reverse Confetti

Hi there! Today’ I’m up on the Reverse Confetti blog with a fun video showcasing some Stencil Die Cutting using some Reverse Confetti products!!!!! The colors I am working with are inspired by the September color challenge.







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Reverse Confetti New Release Blog Hop Time with VIDEO


Well hello, REVERSE CONFETTI fans!  Today is release day and we are kicking it off with our new release blog hop.  Soon (sooner than soon, we hope) that crisp fall air, candy corn, and the smell of pumpkin spice will be upon us.  We couldn’t wait that long, so we’ve got some exciting new products with a fall flair to get you in the autumnal spirit a little early, along with another great everyday sentiment set and several versatile Confetti Cuts dies that we know you’ll “fall” head over heels for!



The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made it here from Lisa’s blog. It would be worth your while to start at the beginning of the hop so you don’t miss a thing. We have tons of inspiration for you to see using all the new Reverse Confetti stamp sets and dies!

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I’ve got TWO projects to share with you today! The first one I’ve actually got a video to go along with it and at the end of the video, I show you the ENTIRE RELEASE products! You can watch the video right here or over on my youtube channel in HD! Here’s a close up of what I’ll be making in the video:

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I also wanted to show you a project using this incredible TREAT TOTE die! This is one of TWO dies available! They are incredible and my absolute favorite treat dies of all time!!!! I paired the Treat Tote up with the witch from Cast a Spell! Super fun and easy to do and so easy to mass produce for say, your kids treat bags for their class?


I heat embossed the witch with some liquid platinum embossing powder and layer the TREATS die (that comes with the Treat Tote die set) over the top!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed hopping with us today. Be sure and hop with us on the 8th of EVERY MONTH for more REVERSE CONFETTI inspiration! Now it’s time to hop on over to Susan’s blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog.

A few things before you hop along though, just to keep you “in the know”…

September’s SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY is open for you to play along.  Click HERE for a chance to win.  AND, be on the lookout for a NEW COLOR challenge we will be introducing on September 16th and another way to win!

Celebrate the creative side of you!

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Yes! The title of this point warranted an all caps because I am yelling with joy and excitement!! I’m a guest over at THE Ellen Hutson CLASSroom today featuring 3 fun Fall themed projects showcasing stamps, dies and Design Memory Craft Faber Castell mediums like Whipped Spackle and  Glass Bead Glitter Gel! I also show some fun ways to stretch your dies! There is also a giveaway to be won, so be sure to read the end of the post!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH ELLEN for having me!! What an honor!!!! YOU ROCK!

On to the projects!!! I’ve got three of them so please head on over to the CLASSroom and check it out! Here’s a sneakie of the projects you will find over there:

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And here are the goodies I used for these 3 projects, all found at Ellen Hutson!:


In celebrate of my exciting news, I made one other project using the same supplies, but a different theme!  I went bright, bold and sparkly on this one and filmed a video too!!!



You can watch the video here or over on my youtube channel in HD! If you like it be sure to give me a thumbs up. Apparently it does something for youtube, lol! If you don’t like it, well..  Keep it to yourself! BAHAHAHHA.



And the goodies used for this project all found at Ellen Hutson:


Now, what you have all been waiting for. GIVEAWAY TIME! Let’s take a look at what the amazingly kind and generous Ellen Hutson has put together to give to one of YOU! Look at all those goodies! My goodness! Looks like it is perfectly coordinated with the projects I made. Coincidence? NOPE! Ellen really put her whole heart into putting together the perfect prize package for you all! You can be eligible for the win by leaving me a comment between August 15th-August 19th! I will use to choose the winner on August 2oth and will post it on my blog that day!

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So there you have it!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY GUEST POST AT ELLEN HUTSON.   Have an amazingly wonderful day!

VIDEO: Winnie & Walter meets Crackle Embossing Paste


I had so much fun making this card! First off, I used this FAB set by Winnie & Walter. I love the banners, the variety of sentiments and the gorgeous flowers…. The background was created using Wendy Vecchi CRACKLE embossing paste. YUM YUM YUM! I used some of this WOW Embossing powder over the top of the flower and along the edges of the banner.


And of course, I added some of this universal embossing powder that goes with everything to the sentiment! Some got on the leaves by accident and I loved it so I used it!

You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD!


All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH =Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp,   AZ =Amazon).

Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):

Video: Scrap Die Cutting


Howdy ho peeps! Happy Tuesday to you all! Today I’ve got a video to share with you all showcasing how to make this pretty simple card! This is a GREAT way to use up your scraps! I keep a large tub of all scraps (patterned paper, card stock, etc) and this technique helps use some of them up.


In the video, I mention that I kept the die inserts in place (h, l, l, o). That doesn’t bother me one bit. If that bothers you at all and you want to pop up your die with dimension like I did here, you can simply die cut your cut out several times and layer them on top of each other to create the dimension, but I suck at that and I don’t mind this look! It shows off more of the pattern. But it is a personal preference I say!

You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! Whatever floats your boat!


All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH = Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp,   AZ = Amazon).

Goodies used:

VIDEO: Heat Embossed Embossing Paste


Hi there everyone! Today it has been nothing but non stop rain and thunder! So appropriate I do a bright and cheerful card, would’t you say (although I admit, rain is good napping weather)…. I love embossing paste. I love embossing powder. So why not combine them both?


You can watch the video right here or over on my youtube channel in HD!

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