Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop

Essentials by Ellen Winter 2015 Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’m excited to be joining some of my favorite crafters in showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!

And, yay!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, called Hello Gorgeous,  to a lucky someone!  (Dude! That could be you!) So please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!
Hello Gorgeous stamp set
There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by March 2nd; winners will be announced March 4th!
Alright, so let me show you what I have for you. I’ve got a couple cards to share.
Up first is this snazzy number!
Hello Gorgeous by Teri
I created this guy with the new Hello Gorgeous stamp set + the You Rock dies. They both involve… well… gems and girly girl type phrases. Hee, you can wrong with that! I must admit that I like the stamp set and the dies both…. very, very, very much.
Hello Gorgeous by Teri
And I used a this faux watercolor technique to create the background. It involved Copic makers + blending solution + a paper towel.
I put a video together on YouTube (Be gentle, y’all. Be gentle.) to show you how it is done.

(By the way, here’s a direct link to my video just in case my embedding of it in the post doesn’t work! YEs, friends, this poster has little faith in herself… wink!)

And here is a card #2.

Wish Big card by Teri

I used my faux watercolor technique again for this one.

This time, it was a little tricker. I put the stamps (from the Wish Big stamp set) on my stamping blocks, held them over where they would go on the card and then used my Copic markers to scribble lines under them. After I did that, I did the same thing: I applied a paper towel saturated with blending solution on my marker marks.

Wish Big card by Teri

I think the faux watercolor look turned out pretty cool!

By the way, I also added a window to this card with the Mini Windows dies. Open it up, and you’ll find this inside.

Wish Big card by Teri

Pretty fun, huh?!

Well, that’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a great time hopping! Don’t forget, the next stop is the blog of Laurel!

Happy hopping!

450 thoughts on “Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop

  1. This is the bestest release yet! Love the cards!!! Thanks for a chance to win some really great stamps and dies! Have a great day everyone. Ciao 🙂

  2. I love your interpretation on the first card using Hello Gorgeous and Rock die. What a fun card the birthday card is…. using the mini-windows dies. Great job.

  3. The gems are gorgeous! I love that they’re both a stamp and a die! That way you can get so many different textures and styles of coloring! And the window dies are brilliant!

  4. Window dies, graphic style. You can see Julie’s style in every single bit of it. Thanks for sharing your lovely cards and great technique!

  5. Love the sentiment you used and especially your watercolor technique. Doesn’t look “faux” at all!!! Beautiful work….love following you on IG too!!

  6. I’ll definitely have to practice the watercolor effect with copics. I love the sentiments on this stamp. Everyone sparkles in their own way. Thanks.

  7. Love the cards! I am so happy that they brought back the diamond die it is such a unique piece! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us!

  8. Love your loose funky vibe & that awesomely clever “watercolor” techniqe of youn1st card. The birthday card is terrific with that little window. FUN, FUN, FUN.

  9. I love your cards. I love the use of the die cut gems and the colors you used. And the window with the cake peeking through is adorable. Good job. TFS

  10. Your birthday cake is so cute and definitely a clever and unique way to use your watercolors make for a very fun look. Your card is guaranteed to bring lots of birthday smiles to their day and your cake looks yummy Love too your total clever and creative idea with them gen dies…they all looks so stunning and beautiful!! You definitely did 2 outstanding creative jobs!!

  11. I just love the faux watercolor technique and I think those window dies are just too fabulous! Definitely have to get those because I know my grandkids love interactive cards.

  12. Awesome technique, it really does look like you watercolored this card! Thanks for doing the lil video, I see it’s your first- hope there’s more to come lol

  13. Really fun cards, Terri! thanks for showing us the faux watercolor techniqe. Those little window dies really intrigue me. A must have, I’m thinkin!

  14. Fun cards! Lots of happy colours for the pretty blings. 🙂
    I like the little surprise window for the sentiment on the cake card. Its such a novel way to make a card a little more special.
    Thank you for sharing your great designs! 🙂

  15. Your faux watercolor technique is so right up my alley – thanks! Lovin’ this release – though both cards are fabulous, the second one will be case’d when I get my EH order.

  16. I’m pretty impressed at how you were able to get the copic colours in the right place for everything on the birthday card. Thanks for sharing

  17. Dudette, thanks for showing us your faux water color technique! I have taken a real shine to the gem stamp and die set! So many possibilities.


    I just love everything you create! LOVE the diamonds on the first card, and that cake on the second! FUN idea for faux watercoloring:)

  19. Wow! so many replies, how can you possible pick me to win?????????? Neat trick to add the sparkle with glossy accents and glitter!! So simple and effective. Thanks for a chance to win.

  20. I love the You Rock die, it’s one of my favorites in this release. I have not tried a water color look with my Copics yet, but it’s looks so interesting and fun with the die cuts over them. And I love those little window dies and your card. I never think to die cut over my images, so cool!

  21. Clever use of some fabulous new designs from Ellen and Julie. Both cards are really cute and I love a watercolor look, whether with water colors on not.

  22. Absolutely in love with what you have created!! Your cards are delightful – especially the one with the gems and jewels on it – what a fantastic card with bursts of color!!! Way to go!!

  23. I’m new to your blog and was peeking around a bit. I love your gems card. I also love all your peeps cards, I think I’ll have to buy that set for sure! Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Bling is a girl’s best friend – especially if they’re diamonds. the smudges of ink on the cake card are minimalistic but very pretty.
    Great cards.
    thanks for sharing.

  25. I like the rock dies and the window on the cake card. The style on these cards is different but cute. I’ve seen manufactured cards in the same style.

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  27. Love your random water coloring technique!! I could never do that technique on a card. I prefer something more organized…but that’s just me! I can definitely still use the stamps & dies to create something creative!!

  28. Love your cards, particularly the one with the window. It reminds me of books that I used to read a child, with windows that you opened!

  29. I am so glad I found your blog today! I love these stamps… one of my daughter-in-laws always said “You’re a Gem” to me and it made me feel so good. Now it has become a common expression in our family and I LOVE it!!! What a gem of a stamp set!!

  30. As a mama of two 7-year-olds, and a kindergarten teacher, I’m loving the window on your card – it’s like the little flaps in so many books that children love and adore. Thanks for opportunity to win!

  31. Your cards are gorgeous!!! I love the random areas on the card with the faux watercoloring technique. The diamond stamp set looks so versatile!! It could be used for birthday, anniversary, thank you, or a card for your husband/sweetheart. Thank you for showing me a new technique!!

  32. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I could make a gift set of notes for a friend with these. Thank you for showing your faux water coloring technique.

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