Saturday, October 4, 2014

Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop!!!!!!!!!!

THIS POST IS LOADED WITH INFO, PROJECTS AND PRIZES, SO PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM!
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HAPPY WORLD CARD MAKING DAY FRIENDS and most of all welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop!  Hip Hip Hooray!
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.  All Essentials by Ellen Stamp Sets and Dies arrive in a signature packaging with a durable clear envelope and a labeled card stock backer for convenient storage and organization.  Even the die packaging also features an attached magnetic sheet, to ensure that even the smallest of your dies is stored securely!
You can check out the entire new release HERE!
The fun all starts at the CLASSroom, where there is a GIANT prize package being given away—be sure to leave a comment there by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th!  
In case you get lost along the way, here is the full list of hoppers




  • The CLASSroom - http://ellenhutson.typepad.com/the_classroom_new/
  • Teri Anderson - terisplace.wordpress.com
  • Laurel Beard - www.laurelbeard.org
  • JJ Bolton - www.jjbolton.org
  • Heather Campbell - http://parkermolly.blogspot.com
  • Kittie Caracciolo - http://kittiekraft.typepad.com/kittiekraft/
  • Darlene DeVries - http://www.darlenedesign.com
  • Julie Ebersole – http://papertrufflez.com
  • Sharon Harnist - http://paperfections.typepad.com/ 
  • Amber Kemp-Gerstel - www.damasklove.com
  • Cristina Kowalczyk - http://mypapersecret.blogspot.com/
  • Karolyn Loncon - karolyns-paperkraft.blogspot.com
  • Nichol Magouirk - http://nicholmagouirk.typepad.com
  • Jean Manis - www.jeanmanis.com
  • Jennifer McGuire - http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/
  • Chari Moss - www.mossymade.com
  • Paulina Nakamura - http://www.prettypinkposh.com/blog
  • Jocelyn Olson - http://redballooncards.blogspot.com
  • Catherine Pooler - www.catherinepooler.com
  • Miriam Prantner -  http://mprantner.blogspot.com
  • Julia Stainton - http://juliastainton.com/blog

  • Let's get to the projects, shall we???
    For my first project, I used the new Bokeh Dots, Merry & Bright stampsthe new (and coolest) stag die and words dies from Merry and Bright!  The little hearts are from the Home & Hearth die set. I used vellum to make the bokeh dots a little more subtle and then stamped the hearts on the vellum!

    Next, I kept it one layer and used the Bokeh Dots and words dies from Merry and Bright


    Tis the Season is seriously one of the cutest stamp sets EVER!  It just makes me HAPPY!

    The Merry & Bright stamp set is a full of possibilities!  I used stamped the string and sentiment and then went in and stamped and colored in the lightbulbs.  Then, I added a white gel pen accent and coated the  light bulbs with glossy accents. 

    Last project to share with you is my Zipper Panel die project, and I thought this was the PERFECT Christmas Tree ornament die.  How fun is this to hide a gift card or moola in!?!?  I used the new Home & Hearth dies to create a die cut scene and a Cozy Christmas sentiment which pairs perfectly! 


     Here's the inside. :) 

    Now for some fun to share...  the sweet and extremely generous Ellen & Julie are offering up a prize!
    Yes, I have a set of Merry & Bright to give away! 

    Please leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST by October 8th!  Winners will be announced October 9th!
    Now it's off to Kittie Caracciolo's blog!  Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us for this very, very special hop!

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    Maureen Morton said...

    Heather, I love your style and how you've used this cool release. The vellum card has my heart - so rich!And I love the car on the kraft - so homey! Thanks!

    Carla Crosby said...

    Love your sweet cards and your use of vellum. Thank you!

    Christie Weist said...

    Great use of the vellum on the first card.

    Dana said...

    Gorgeous cards!! Its so hard the pick my favorite sets!!

    Kathy D said...

    What cute cards you made with the new products!

    A Glimpse into JulieWorld said...

    So cute! Especially love the car/tree one.

    Lenora Clark said...

    Love the non-traditional cards. All of your cards are very nice!

    Sherry said...

    Great cards the first one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    CandyW said...

    I am loving this whole release.

    Kristie Goulet said...

    Happy WCMD!!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your projects today! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carol B. said...

    All of your cards are fabulous. The first bokah is my favorite because of the vellum layer.

    Laura C said...

    Great cards with lots of new ideas. Thanks.

    SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

    Oh, I can't decide which is my favorite as I loved them all! The Tis the Season and Merry & Bright cards are so CAS!!

    Penny Ward said...

    LOVE the card with the Christmas lights...on my wish list! :)

    Debbie said...

    great cards!

    Michelle said...

    Beautiful projects with amazing details and great colors! Happy WCMD!

    Liz Gessner McAllister said...

    Everyone of these cards is so great. I can't even choose a favorite!

    Tammy J said...

    These are some of the cutest stamps sets I have seen in a long time. And u have done the justice. I love your cards.

    Jeanne said...

    Love your cards! Love this release!

    Lisa K said...

    Gorgeous cards! I can't pick a favorite. Love the bokeh dots, the car with the tree on the roof, the lights, and the zipper panel so cute when done differently.

    richardbreaks said...

    Wow, you made a fun, fun release even more so! Love your happy colors.

    8b455d7e-4bcc-11e4-be26-cbf88948fed9 said...

    great ideas everything just POPS!
    thanks alyse d

    Heather Lusk said...

    Your bokeh vellum card is wonderful. Looks like everything in this release is going on my wish list.

    Jane White said...

    Love the bokah dots!

    jkaymac said...

    Adore your cards. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    Jeannie Phillips said...

    Great card! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Marg said...

    I really liked how you used the vellum as an overlay. Looks terrific!

    Eileen Lucas said...

    Love that vellum card its so pretty and airy. All of your cards are really cute and colorful.

    Sherry said...

    WOW. Love, love, love those cards. You are so creative.

    Erin Gengo said...

    Love the bright colors and retro feel.

    Robbie said...

    The card with the vellum overtop is my favorite. I need to remember to use it more often. Thanks for the reminder.

    Connie Cox said...

    That zipper die is to die for!! Totally cool!! Love your cards. TFS xxx

    Barb said...

    Heather, I just love the cards! Thanks for sharing the great ideas!

    grandmato20 said...

    Just adore the card with the Christmas tree on top of the car. The Kraft paper background is perfect!

    LBV said...

    Awesome cards! I love them all.

    Kathy S said...

    I love the great lights you created. Very fun. I also really like the circles created under vellum. Just stunning.

    Larissa Heskett said...

    LOVING your AMAZING Creations for today!! Whoop Whoop!! So EXCITED about this New Release!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a Fabulous Weekend!! Happy WCMD!! =)

    ~amy~ said...

    Some serious fun! Love all your projects!!!

    scrappinannie said...

    I like how you turned the zipper layer in the other direction.

    jackib said...

    Love your cards AND the set you're offering! I NEED to pick up that bokeh set!!

    Broni said...

    What beautiful cards, Heather! I just love the ones using the Bokeh set!! The gold foil die cuts are perfect with it!

    Jean Cross said...

    I really am enjoying your style of card making. The Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas card really is special. Great embossing on merry and bright, too.

    Murtuza said...

    Fabulous cards love the vellum overlay

    Terri (blindstamper) said...

    Love them all, but especially the first one...gorgeous!

    chera said...

    LOVE all your cards!! Such a fun style!!!!

    amesari88 said...

    Your beautiful cards really do showcase these great stamp sets. I can't wait to try them myself!

    conil said...

    Now, I'm officially drooling. Wow, all your cards are stunning.

    Eileen M said...

    OH, oh! Love what you did with that little car! too cute!!! and the bokeh dots, too! Love everything!

    Unknown said...

    Cute cards! This is a fun release of lots of goodies! From Arlene D

    Mary Sara P. said...

    Adorable cards. Love the string of lights cards. Lots of goodness from this release.

    Valerie said...

    Beautiful examples - I particularly love the card using vellum. So pretty!!

    kReN said...

    As a photographer, I LOVE bokeh backgrounds. So much to like here!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!
    kReN@http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

    candace1221 said...

    SO cute!!! I love the fresh ideas for Christmas cards!

    Dorothy C. said...

    Great cards - loved them all. The Stag Die is so pretty.

    Megan said...

    Great cards!

    Cindi said...

    Love your cards! The deer with stars in the antlers is my fave!

    stampsalot said...

    Your simple designs are so effective and fun. I'm getting in the mood for Christmas.

    Monika/Buzsy said...

    Fantastic cards Heather. Especially love the first one with the vellum overlay... the die-cut words are so pretty.

    marylouh said...

    The cards are all so pretty. Loved the two versions of the bokah dots.
    thanks for sharing
    Happy WCMD

    theCook said...

    Love how you can build the garland you want using that Merry & Bright set!

    sabbycat said...

    Love the use of the vellum. All your cards are just too cute! Nice stamp set you're giving away too!

    Jim Bray said...

    Oh my gosh! I think this is the cutest set of all! Do hope I can win this one!

    Natalie Dever said...

    LOVE your cards!! and you totally pushed me over the edge for the Bohek set, its gone in and out of my cart about 5 times :) great stuff!

    Glorie said...

    Thanks for the inspiration! Fabulous cards. I love the ornament with the zipper panel!

    Linda Stone said...

    Merry & Bright is a cute set with loads of card possibilities! Love it!

    Abkenterprises said...

    Awesome cards and great inspiration. Thanks

    Ruth Gander said...

    Great cards! Especially like the use of vellum on the first card! This is a really great release! TFS!

    Jomama said...

    Your bokeh cards are absolutely gorgeous!!!

    Bobby said...

    I love those light bulbs!!

    Madeline Rains said...

    Beautiful. I love what you did with thezipper card especially.

    Cheri said...

    Awesome and stunning! Love the Bokah technique card especially.

    Beth said...

    Love, love, LOVE your cards!

    Jackie Parkins said...

    Oh, my goodness! The Bokeh Dots behind the vellum is stunning, as are the other cards. Love them!

    Daria Z. said...

    Wonderful cards - my fave is the CAS string of lights. And I love the ornament - what a clever way to use the die.

    Pat Kay said...

    I love all of your cards! Thanks for sharing.

    Nancy Allin said...

    Love your creations...especially the colorful bokeh dots.

    Nancy Allin said...

    Love your creations...especially the colorful bokeh dots.

    Dani said...

    All of your designs are Fabulous! I see several items I'm adding to my wish list as I hop along.

    Robin said...

    Wonderful cards. Snow cute!

    LvMyMedic said...

    Beautiful cards.. I love the stag die. TFS

    Laura said...

    What beautiful cards you created! I put some on my Pinterest so that I can go back and dream on them!!!!!

    Janet said...

    Great cards, I love vellum accents and your card is beautiful!!

    Shelley C said...

    I really love your cards! The soft bokeh effect, the bold colors, so many different looks! And I love the Burst image on the set you are giving away!!!

    amys said...

    I love your Christmas light...gonna have to "borrow" that idea!

    Linda T said...

    Oh my! All you're cards are so sweet. I just adore you're Christmas bulb card. So sweet. Love the word dies. Such a great new release. Thank you so much for sharing you're great ideas.

    lookingoutthewindow said...

    The more I see of the zipper card the more it is calling to me.

    Kathleen Hodgins said...

    I love your fun cards and the great bright colours! Just gorgeous!!

    Jeanne Streiff said...

    Such sweet projects! Love them all!

    Thordis said...

    I'm already getting in love with this release... And love what you have done :)

    luluvision said...

    Oooh!! Love all your cards! So much inspiration from this blog hop! So fun! Thank you for sharing!

    rejoicingcrafts.com said...

    Ahhhh... Love, Love, Love them all!

    Ka's Creations said...

    I love all the cards that you made using this new release, but especially am in love with the vellum card! Amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Carolyn Picken said...

    Love the stamps, just wonderful

    greggers said...

    Your cards are gorgeous, I really like the first one, Be Bright.

    Donna said...

    Really like what you have done with all of these cards!

    Barbara M. said...

    Love your cards. So many great new goodies!

    babs said...

    Looking at your cards inspires me to get crafty! Great layouts!

    Laura Smith said...

    Wow i really like the clean cards. The stag die is the most awesome of them all :-)

    Andrene Smith said...

    Your cards are adorable - so colorful and festive. Great job!!

    Terri said...

    Awesome cards. They are all fantastic.

    Theresa said...

    The Merry & Bright card is wonderful!

    Bobbie Bluegill said...

    Thanks for bending the light string. I forget that technique too often.

    Carol Didier said...

    I love your cards - can't wait to get my hands on these new stamps - I've got my order in!

    cosmictwirling said...

    Love the cards you made! What a great release.

    Sandy Meador said...

    All your cards are merry and bright. Great ideas.

    Cindy Greene said...

    Your cards are so good! Love the creativity!

    Chark said...

    can't pick a fave from these, but the glossy lights are super special!

    Jen said...

    Your hokey cards are so good! Love the use of the vellum to diffuse the dots in the first card. And the string of lights card...Have to make one myself a!!love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Noreen said...

    I like the uncluttered look of your cards and the way you don't use too much color.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

    Janet Swofford said...

    I love all of your samples but especially I love the vellum bokeh card! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

    Natalie said...

    Heather, it looks like you had a lot of fun with this new release! Adorable cards! Congrats to Julie, those stamps are soooo cute!! What a great benefit to have a magnetic packaging for the dies, that's pretty awesome too! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Irene said...

    What great ideas. It really is feeling a lot like Christmas.

    Mary Roberson said...

    Tis the Season is jam packed full of great images! Love the little red car & the christmas lights. The glossy accents really make the lights look brighter. Great projects!

    Gloria L said...

    You did a GREAT job on these cards! They made me smile!

    Theresa said...

    This blog hop is getting me in the mood for Christmas!!! I can't wait to get my hands on some of these great stamp sets and start crafting!!!!

    Sue Rose said...

    All these cards are so cute! You are making me fall in love with all the sets!

    Sandy Calder said...

    Heather I like the way you work!! These cards are fab!! My fav Was the vellum, muted colours but oh so cute!!

    Christine R. said...

    I love your use of vellum in the first card. And I love the holiday lights stamp!

    mtscrapgal said...

    Super cards, Heather. Love your style. Julie really out-did herself designing all these goodies. Tks.

    Jodie Stoddard said...

    Such pretty cards. And I can't resist a string of Christmas lights. Love it!

    Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

    Cute cards! Love them all!

    Barb said...

    love the bright merry and bright cards!

    TheWinstonFamily said...

    Love your cards, and the new release.

    Liz Lumsden said...

    Great projects! I especially love the effect of the vellum on the first card.

    Ashley said...

    BEAUTIFUL cards! I love the simplicity of the one with the Christmas lights. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the chance to win!

    ~Ashley W
    proudusmcwife@gmail.com
    http://marinewifesscrappinlife.blogspot.com

    Chriss Blagrave said...

    Love your cards Heather! We can create such custom cards with this zipper die...so inspired. I love all of the elements in the Merry and Bright set, especially the large and teensy starbursts, the station wagon, the cup with marshmallows...yes, love it all!

    KimP said...

    Thank you. Your cards are beautiful. The zippered pocket is so much fun!

    Kaylin Krawczyk said...

    love the cards. especially the first one. so nice and soft

    kristinkat2 said...

    Fun cards - I always love the bokeh effect. Great release! Excited for Julie and Ellen!

    Sarah J. Moerman said...

    Wow! Stunning projects, Heather! I love each and every one of them.

    auntbubbels said...

    I am loving this stamp set. . .

    Dena Schaufele said...

    nice cards. thanks for the inspiration.

    SemSee said...

    Heather, I adore your style! All your cards are fantastic. Happy WCMD!

    Kim said...

    I am loving these cards. Great job! Super cute!!!

    Sallee P. said...

    So many great cards on this hop! I love your bokeh card with the vellum! Genius!

    Laura Norris said...

    Love your cards! So great!

    Gisela said...

    Fun cards, loved the bright colors on the dots and the use of velum.

    Gail Mc Nerney said...

    Amazing cards..love the colorful be merry and bright and the Christmas light cards the best!! Great job!

    Anne said...

    Your cards are so simple yet so meaningful. They are beautiful and I love your choice of colors and vellum.

    Mary Diehm said...

    I love these!! Such great ideas! Thank you for sharing

    Lorraine said...

    The vellum over the bokeh really does the trick! Love them all.

    Susan Mize said...

    Love your card with the vellum. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

    stamper101 said...

    Love your cards, it's beginning to look a lot like christmas!

    Barbra said...

    Truly wonderful cards! This hop is amazing!

    Kathy E said...

    All of your cards are great but I especially love the first card.

    ShortcakeScraps said...

    Love the cards that you made - so much fun!!

    Carolee McCaslin said...

    Wonderful cards and inspiration!!

    Piali Biswas said...

    Gorgeous projects!!! The 1st one is my FAVORITE!!!! Great new release!!

    jeannejj said...

    Love this release...your cards are great!

    Frozenstamper said...

    I love everything you did with this fun release, Heather. Super fun cards!

    Patti Hojnacki said...

    Love these cards, especially the merry and bright

    Judy Sander said...

    Such cute cards. Great inspiration for choosing a fav or two to get. Thank you.

    Stacy said...

    Love the new stamps and I love what you did with them. So creative!!!!

    Lisa said...

    bright and merry, indeed.

    Craftin Sus said...

    I love your use of these new sets!

    maryps said...

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous cards. These new Essentials by Ellen dies and stamps designed by Julie Ebersole are completely awesome. Congrats to Ellen and Julie!

    TOBEY said...

    Love the bokah dots!!!! and the car with the tree!!!!!! too fun!!!!

    sueincanada said...

    Love all your cards

    Sarah said...

    These are some seriously adorable cards, Heather! I love the vellum over the bokeh dots.

    Susan McMenamin said...

    Love this stamp set!!

    Marian said...

    Nice! I really like the string of lights card.

    Kathy W said...

    Great projects, especially that little car with the tree on top. Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer said...

    Your cards are awesome! Such a great hop and release. Happy WCMD!

    Vera Yates (Ling) said...

    Your bokeh card is simply fantastic! Love it!

    Camilla K said...

    Wow, great cards. I love this release.

    Karen said...

    Such great cards---hard to choose a favorite! I love the string of Christmas lights and that little car with the tree on the top is just adorable!

    snazzyjj said...

    Love how you did the bokeh dots.

    Lucinde said...

    Great cards, love the silver words on the first cards :)

    Kathy Krug said...

    Fabulous. I can't pick a favorite.

    Rosemary said...

    fabulous cards...especially like the first two... love how you created two very different looks with one set!

    Diana-Chuck Scott said...

    Love your cards - like the clean lines and the simple look! Thanks for sharing!

    Di said...

    I've always loved the idea of a string of Christmas lights and the Merry & Bright stamp set has a wonderful one! Your cards are delightful!

    cma21317 said...

    ties on flip card cool idea. the Bokeh dots cool cool

    Anne said...

    Wonderful inspiration for the new stamps and dies just released! So many great sets!

    Deborah Carr said...

    Lovely cards!

    cozjetez said...

    Love the cards, especially the first!!

    pcm said...

    love them all but you are the queen of bokeh!

    purorchids said...

    Zipper tag is a cute!

    defordj said...

    Love your cards and the new release!

    Debbie Strotz said...

    seriously seriously seriously adorable cards!!!

    Carol Doggett said...

    The 'be merry & bright' scripts are to die for (pun intended)!

    SkyPixie17 said...

    Loving this release but especially the images in the Merry & Bright set!

    Nimue said...

    Such sweet cards. What a lovely reveal.

    Jona Moughty said...

    Love all your cards. Really like how clean and simple you keep them! This set could actually inspire me to make Christmas cards again!

    cissi said...

    Just love your cards, beautiful!

    jcappetta said...

    Awesome cards!I especially like what you did with the zipper die!!

    cindy lou said...

    I really like your cards. This is right up my alley. Thank you.

    Jo Ann F. said...

    I love all your cards, and my favorite is the tree on top of the car one. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Pat Kinkaid said...

    The string of lights was great. The white highlights and glossy accents were perfect touches.

    Millie DK said...

    OMG, I just love this release! Wish I could have the whole thing hehe...

    Judy said...

    So many lovely cards. These new stamp and die sets are really wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Linda E said...

    Wow, Heather, you've been busy. Your card ideas are making me want all the new sets. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win a prize.

    Kathy H said...

    You really did an incredible job with these products! I'd love to buy everything!

    StephH said...

    Such Beautiful work! You always wow us, no matter the stamps, but I am more excited for this release than any other all season. Julie and EH worked some great magic in this premier release! My order is in!

    Jean said...

    Great samples. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Elizabeth said...

    Your cards are amazingly adorable!

    cghundley said...

    Wow, great bunch
    of cards, but I love
    that first one with
    the colorful background
    and bling!
    Carla from Utah

    Miriam Prantner said...

    I love these! That first one is probably my favorite, love the vellum it really amps up the bokeh look, but I love the little car with tree card too!

    Tona said...

    LOVE your cards!

    Aj D said...

    Loved all your cards! Especially loved the be bright, stag card - very pretty! Nice work! The new release is awesome!

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