Essentials by Ellen Holiday Release 2014 Blog Hop


Happy World Card Making Day, y’all!

This is such a fun way to kick off the holiday! I’m taking part today in the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop with some of my most favorite crafty peeps! 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 our signature packaging with a durable clear envelope and a labeled cardstock 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!

Enjoy and Happy World Card Making Day!

So let me show you what I have made with the new stuff to share with you!

First up is snazzy little number I created with the Christmas Scribbles stamp set and Peace die.


So it looks all watercolor’ish, right?

Prepare to be shocked, friends! The girl who isn’t so skilled in the marker department used Copic Markers on this guy! I stamped the bulbs and greenery a piece of cardstock and then colored the images in with markers. Then things got messy. I grabbed (literally) a bottle of Copic Blending Solution (yes, a bottle and not a pen) and dropped drops of it on my coloring. I let it sit for just a minute and then blotted it with a paper towel. Then I let it sit 20 minutes or so so the solution had time to dry (or evaporate). And the end result was this watercolor-like look.

I used the same marker + blending solution bottle technique on the die-cut word.

I think it turned out pretty darn cool.

Up next is this sassy little number.


I really like to challenge myself to get the most bang for the buck with the products I was like, “You know, Teri. You should use the Tis the Season stamp set with the Treat Yo Self die. They belong together. They are like Sassy 101. Do it. Do it, Teri. Do it.”

And so I did. 😉 I think this might be a fun card to give to one of my good humored friends this year.

Finally, I’ve got this one to share with you.


So this is kinda of the surprise inside card. I really built it around the Zipper Panel die. With the die, you create a panel and can make a pocket so you can slide in a gift card or note.

I scribbled the color onto the panel with watercolor pencils  and spread it with water. Then I stamped on the partridge from the Twelve Days stamp set and circle from the Bokeh Dots stamp set on top. Oh, and that die-cut word? It comes with the Zipper Panel die.

So just for kicks, let me show you what happens when the panel is unzipped (so to speak).


Fun, huh?!

So that’s what I have for you project wise!

How about a little giveaway fun? This new Christmas Scribbles stamp set will go to one lucky winner!  Please leave a comment on this post by October 8th. The winner will be announced on Oct. 9th.


And if you just stumbled on upon my post today, be sure to check out 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!

Also, be sure to hit all the stops on the blog hop today. (Awesome projects + even more giveaway fun):

Happy blog hopping, friends!

PS. Looking for my SSS! Cold Hands, Warm Heart Blog Hop post? It’s right here.

PSS. Yearning for even more World Card Making Day fun? I’ve got LOTS of fun stuff happening over on Moxie Fab World today. These’s also some fun stuff occurring over on Paper Crafts Connection.


650 thoughts on “Essentials by Ellen Holiday Release 2014 Blog Hop

  1. Ooh!! love that zipper panel card and the Copic watercoloring look you achieved on the first one. Such fun, vibrant and sassy cards!

  2. these cards are just amazing! your watercoloring on them adds such a freshness. love each one! 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!!!

  3. Oh Teri…you crack me up with the whole “drop the bottle” method 🙂
    These are awesome cards! Love the celebrate die cut and that zipper panel…such fun surprises could be lurking! Love the Christmas Scribbles set, such perfectly creative elements!

  4. How fun!! I haven’t tried dousing the images after I color them. I usually pour it on, let it dry just a little, then add the color to get the watercolor look. LOVE that Santa and the zipper die cut too. I can tell I’m in big trouble!

  5. Wow I was going to compliment you on your watercoloring as I loved the look. Imagine my surprise to find out how you did it. Thanks for sharing and giving me some ideas.

  6. Well. look at you with your copics. Honestly, these cards are so cute, could just spit. All kidding aside, I love the humorous, non-traditional, colorful designs on these cards. Awesome.

  7. The cards are great. Love the watercolor look (even if it’s not watercolor). The ornaments hanging from the tree branch are a fun idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy WCMD

  8. Oh you have been so busy. You made a great job. Love your clean layouts and color choices. Thanks for sharing ! Hugs from Monica.. Spain

  9. I love ALL the cards you show — and the “watercolor” technique! It seems bolder than regular water-coloring! And you chose my favorite stamp of the new releases!

  10. What lovely cards. I just love the watercolor look and those sweet ornaments. I just love the zipper panel die. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing you’re great work.

  11. I’ve neve rtried the watercolor technique. Definitely have to give it a try. And the zipper card… love it!
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Love your cards! They are so modern and festive. The faux watercoloring is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win this cute set!

  13. I really like that zip die! Very new & different! Treat Yo Self die is fun and playful:) So cute paired with the cool Santa stamp.

  14. All of your cards are so fun (and as always I love the colors), but your Peace card is FABULOUS and I’m pinning it! Thanks so much for sharing and for making the time to share your talent on your blog–I always enjoy visiting it to see what you’ve made. Happy WCM Day! 🙂

  15. I LOVE your santa card (“he knows….”) How funny is that??!!? I think my daughters would get a great laugh out of that! FANTASTIC stuff!!!!

  16. Teri – love your watercoloring! You’ve inspired me to get my paints out and look at Christmas cards in a new way. I also love Ellen & Julie’s new line of stamps and dies – can’t wait to get started.
    Thanks for the chance to win one of my favorites of the new stamp sets!

  17. I LOVE your “messy coloring” technique. I always have trouble coloring in the lines so maybe this will work for me. 🙂 Your cards are all adorable.

  18. Too much goodness in Card-making world today! Wish I had a deeper budget…

    Love your card using the new Scribbles set. And I gotta have that zipper panel. Fun stuff!

  19. Fantastic cards. I love the Copic faux watercoloring technique, but my favorite card is the ”naughty or nice’ one. Simply too sassy and stinkin’ cute! Thank you for sharing your creative ideas. Congrats to Ellen and Julie!

  20. Love your technique: “Try It, You’ll Like It!” You’re absolutely right! I like them all, and love the spirit in which they’re created. TFS and for the chance to win this stamp set – my favorite stamp in this is the scribble tree!

  21. I am loving the Scribbles set. Hand drawn, traditional shapes equal trendy fun especially with the great faux watercolor you created.

  22. Teri, I love, love, love the style of this stamp set and what you did with it. Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win a prize.

  23. At first I thought maybe the coloring would drive me crazy, I have to color inside the lines. But then when you see the finished product, it is fabulous. Wow. Thank you.

  24. Teri, you are the my friend!! I am completely head-over-heels in LOVE with your cards—always, yes. But today, more than usual even (if that’s possible). I am in desperate need of Christmas card inspiration that I can mass produce but stills packs that punch that my friends and family have come to expect each and every year!!! I’ve been stressing over it already, because I wanted an idea for something special on each card even if the design or style varies on them a bit-which tends to happen since I’m so scratterbrained lol. This watercolor effect is JUST what I was looking for, I think!! I adore the artsy feel of it, the fresh take on a holiday card and the speed in which it takes to complete–I’m thinking I can do this times 150! 😛 Thanks SO much for your always awesome inspiration and a very Happy World Card Making Day to you my friend! xoxo

  25. I’m a beginner to card making and I love you style and techniques! What you have done with these stamps and dies is amazing. Your ideas have inspired me to get started on my holiday cards. thank you for sharing your ideas and techniques.

  26. My first time on your blog. Got here from “the Classroom” at Ellen Hutson. I’ve been shopping there for a few years and following Julie’s blog for longer than that! Love the cards you created with these fabbie new stamps designed by the so amazingly talented Julie! Thanks for a chance to win!

  27. Cute cards and they definitely look like water color, a look I really like. Julie’s designs are so cute and this is fun!

  28. Your whimsical take on things is always so fun. I can’t color worth beans, either, so am happy to see your “masterpieces” that highlight coloring outside the lines. Love the Scribbles, in more ways than one.

  29. That’s an adorable set, I love the scribbly lines. And I can’t believe you used copics to get that watercolor effect. Great idea, great cards!

  30. Love the color technique you used! It’s fun to be a little messy and color outside the lines! Love that “zipper” panel; a fun way to make gift card holders for the holidays.

  31. I must try your Copic and blender solution technique! It looks so cool! And the Christmas Scribbles stamp set is so cute!

  32. Teri, you are too funny! Great job with the Copic’s. The Christmas Scribbles was my favorite in the preview by Ellen. This will be one I would definitely purchase.

  33. Love the Christmas Scribbles and the adorable card you created with your Copic solution – fun new technique I will need to tru.

  34. That Christmas scribbles stamp set looks like a whole lot of funky fun Christmas cards and your ‘watercolour’ technique goes so well with the look.

  35. Very cool watercolor effect! Treat yo self has to be one of my favorite phrases (and scenes for Parks and Rec). I just got the die today:)

  36. Enjoyed your techniques. Your cards are cute. I love all the little stamps in the Christmas Scribbles set, have enough large Christmas and these would also be cute on Project Life items. Thanks for sharing.

  37. These are such cute designs. I love that watercolor technique you showcased with the Copics and the blending solution. Adorable stamp sets!

  38. A very unique color choice for some of these cards….but it works. Your oops card is great in my eyes. A perfect fix!

  39. Your new-found style of coloring looks perfect with the Scribble style stamps! Love ’em! That zipper panel die rocks! Like all the new products. 🙂

  40. The Zipper die is great and a new way to give a gift for someone you love.
    I would love to win the stamp set, the scribbled motives are adorable.

  41. I love that zipper panel die! Seems a lot of fun can be created with it. I also am in love with your coloring. Very cool technique that I am now dying to try. My favorite has to be the actual watercolor card. I love the colors! Love all the cards.

  42. Wow! This is my first time to your blog and your cards are amazing!!! The new products are so nice!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on some!!!

  43. Thanks, Teri, for sharing your bright & cheery cards showcasing this new stamp and die collection. I especially like the way the watercolors look brushed over the Christmas Scribbles images, you make it look so simple!

  44. These fun cards go so well with the whimsical look of the products! I love Julie’s videos, and I’m so excited to see her designing product!!

  45. 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 watercolors…..going to try that

  46. I love the scribble set it’s a great addition to my Christmas stamp set stash. Your cards have such an awesome watercolor look. And the zipper die panel is a must have die.

  47. Love your take on water coloring, it’s right up my alley. Must get a bottle of that colorless blender. Your celebrate card is lovely,

  48. Love your cute projects, especially the zipper card! How neat is that. Love the little stamp set giveaway, got my fingers crossed!

  49. For card makers who don’t like to color in the lines and “make our own” this is a perfect set for Christmas!!!!! I think I held my breath when I saw the complete set!!!!

  50. Cool technique with the solution over marker…it does look like watercolor. Awesome release! Santa in the sunglasses is my favorite and love the zipped up card!

  51. Thanks for showing us the zipper panel in action! And I love your “watercoloring with copics”- works really well with these cute scribbly stamps!

  52. Fabulous cards not to mention how colorful and cheeky. I must try your technique for coloring! Stamps are too cute and I love the style!!

  53. There is someting about the color on these cute cards that really appeals to me. What a great release and thanks for the inspiration.

  54. Love all your cards and the watercolor look that you acheived. This release is so fantastic, it would be great to win any of the stamp sets or dies.

  55. Your creative exploration is what makes for new techiques in stamping. Love your card. Your copic talents are the same as mine. Love how you turn turned something messy into creative uniqueness.

  56. I like the Christmas Scribbles stamp set best and I loved your “scribbled” Christmas tree bough with the ornaments. Very nice.

  57. Awesome cards. I love the zipper card, the “treat yo self” is really funny and using the copic solution was genius! Thanks for sharing!

  58. Oh Teri, your coloring technique is so sassy and sets off thesestamp set perfectly! The Zipper die is on my wish list. I’m always searching for a new way to give gift cards!

  59. What a cool technique with Copics! I’m not so good at coloring with them, so I’m sure I’ll be trying your technique out soon. Love your cards!

  60. Oh this release is uber exciting! Julie is so fun and you have made fabulous with her new stamps! I esp like this stamp set you picked 🙂 and your first technique is quite the clever one! 😉 as always, I dig.

  61. Cute projects! I watch Julie on the hello Monday videos all the time. I am so excited about this release that I am ready to make my very first purchase from Ellen Hutson. My fav product is the zipper panel die. Thanks for the giveaways!

  62. FUN & FABULOUS cards Teri 🙂
    LOVE your COOL & CLEVER Copic watercolor technique on your Peace card and WOW – celebrate is SERIOUSLY AWESOME with your pretty watercolor strips, BOLD black sentiment and FUN zipper panel, that is DEFINITELY a MUST-HAVE die, especially with so many gift cards on my list these days!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, CRAFTY TEMPTATION and watercolor techniques, I don’t have any Copics {yet} but I can definitely try making groovy strips with my pencils!!!

  63. Beautiful cards!!! I absolutely love the zipper card die!!! So different and so much fun!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win!!

  64. Love the coloring with Copic which looks so much like watercolor. Thumbs up on all the festive, whimsical colors on the cards!

  65. I absolutely ADORE your cards, Teri! Faux watercoloring with Copics, cool! I’m definitely getting that Christmas Scribbles stamp set. I especially love that tree!

  66. I love the die that you used to create a gift card holder. I can see a lot of uses for this, plus it can be used to create an advent calendar!

  67. LOVE your cards and its so cool how you achieved the look of watercolors using copics. That is a very neat effect and I really love it.

  68. I so enjoyed your cards. I love the watercolor look…and the copic technique is one that I would have never thought of on my own. Thanks for tips!

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