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Essentials by Ellen

Fa Ra Ra Ra Rawr

Hi there! Popping in really quick today with a fun Christmas card using the Dinomite Christmas stamp set from Essentials by Ellen. This set just cracks me up!

I used a few different companies’ products to create this scene. The palm trees are a Lawn Fawn stamp and the rocks are a Create a Smile stamp.  I used a La-La Land Crafts die from the October Club LLC kit for the mountain range, but instead of using the die-cut shape, I traced around it with a Copic multi-liner and inked/colored it with Copics.

There’s lots of fun sentiments in this stamp set and all of the elements are separate stamps from the dinosaurs, so you can create all sorts of funny scenes.

I hope to get a few more Christmas cards made before the big day. Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Essentials by Ellen

Christmas Bear Take 2

Happy Friday! As usual this time of year, I start out with high hopes of making tons of Christmas cards, tags for presents and gift boxes and then run out of time! I’ve managed to squeak out a few new ones and today’s card is another take on the bear from the “All Inside” Essentials by Ellen stamp set. With the “Bear Ware” and Bear Ware 2″ stamp sets that coordinate with this set, it’s fun to dress him up for any occasion.

First, I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rounded rectangle die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 die-namics. I masked off the top half of this piece with eclipse tape and airbrushed the background with Copic R00. I then masked off this area and taped a My Favorite Things diagonal stripes stencil to the piece. I airbrushed a small area through the stencil using Copic G0000.

I stamped the bear, scarf and candy cane, colored them with Copics and die-cut them using the coordinating dies to the “All Inside” and “Bear Ware 2” sets.

After adhering the bear, I matted the cardstock piece on a My Favorite Things patterned paper die-cut with the larger stitched rounded rectangle die from the My Favorite Things Blueprints 31 die-namics and adhered both to the card base.

I finished it off by stamping the “Merry” sentiment from the Lawn Fawn “Snow Day” stamp set and adding the die-cut “Christmas” using the Pretty Pink Posh Merry Christmas Script die.

Hope you enjoyed my card today and hope you find time to get crafty during the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by!

Essentials by Ellen

Christmas Card #4 and a Beary Cute Extra

Hi there and happy Monday! (Is there such a thing?) Well, I hope my post helps with that.Today I’m sharing a Christmas card I made over the weekend and this adorable matching felt bear ornament. You’re going want to make these stuffed bears!!

I’ll start with details about the card first. I’ve used the Essentials by Ellen All Inside, Bear Ware and Bear Ware 2 stamp sets by Julie Ebersole for EllenHutsonLLC. I really love this stamp set and how versatile it is! I’ve shared this bear recently on a Halloween card and now he’s ready for Christmas.

First, I cut a 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ strip of patterned paper (this is My Favorite Things) and adhered it to my card base. I then cut a piece of white textured cardstock 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and embossed it using a Sizzix Stampin’ Up! snowflake embossing folder. I’m not sure if this is still available, but any snowflake embossing folder would look nice.

Next I die-cut 3 snowflakes from silver glitter paper (this is from a DCWV paper pad) using the My Favorite Things Let it Snowflake Two Die-namics and adhered a couple towards the bottom and one above where I planned on placing the bear.

I die-cut the Merry Christmas sentiment using the My Favorite Things Merry Christmas Circle Frame Die-namics in both the silver glitter paper and black cardstock for a shadow effect. I cut the sentiment in half so I’d just have a half circle surrounding the bear.

Then, I stamped and colored the bear, present and Santa hat with Copics and die-cut them using the coordinating dies. I used Copic W00, W0 and W1 for just a hint of color to the bear to make him match the ornament bear a bit more. I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the bear for a little extra interest.

Now for the details on that adorable ornament!

I used the new Essentials by Ellen Bear Hugs dies designed by Julie Ebersole and these are just genius! They’re designed perfectly for making these stitched and stuffed bears with little holes die-cut around the edge for quick and easy sewing.

I die-cut the bear body 3 times and the arms once from Taylored Expressions Marshmallow felt. The dies cut beautifully through this quality felt with one pass. For the present, I used a silver metallic needlework thread to stitch a ribbon and bow and added the eyes and nose from black felt. You’ll notice I didn’t exactly match the stamped bear’s face. I just really liked the eyes and nose set closer together on the ornament.

To make this an ornament, I cut a piece of white cording and tied a knot with the 2 ends before placing this between the felt layers and sewing.

The talented Karolyn Loncon shared her version of this bear on her blog several weeks ago and added a little pocket in the back to make it a gift card holder. I loved this idea, so I added one also. You’ll need to cut one extra bear body from the felt and then I die-cut the piece in half using a rickrack edge die. A gift card fits inside, but you could also tuck a little cash in there instead.


I’ve got a red and white themed Christmas tree this year, so I’ll have to make another one of these for myself! He just makes me smile:)

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Essentials by Ellen

Hocus Pocus

Happy Friday! I’ve got another Halloween card to share today and this one was so fun! I love this little bear from the EllenHutson Essentials by Ellen stamp set called “All Inside”. There’s 2 accessory stamp sets that go along with this one with all sorts of fun stuff for bear to hold onto and wear. I’ve used the “Bear Ware 2″ stamp set for all of the Halloween accessories.

I started off by cutting a 3″x 4″ piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock and sponging Black Soot and Wilted Violet distress inks on the rougher side of the cardstock and then spritzed a little water all over.

I then cut a piece of black cardstock 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4” and die-cut a Spellbinders oval Nestabilities die on the right side overlapping the edge.

Next I stamped the Hocus Pocus in Versamark and heat embossed with fine detail white embossing powder. This stamp is a WaltzingMouse stamp no longer in production, sadly.


I colored all of the images with Copics and die-cut them using the coordinating dies to these stamp sets. I just love how the bear die cuts around his arms making it easy to tuck things under them!

To assemble, I cut a 1/2″ x 5″ piece of Graphic45 paper from the Happy Haunting collection and adhered it to my kraft card base on the right side. I then adhered the watercolor cardstock to the back of the black cardstock, lining up the right edges and adhered this overlapping the patterned paper.

I added glossy accents to the bubbles and the witch’s brew for an extra creepy effect.

I can’t wait to get bear decked out for Christmas!

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Essentials by Ellen

You Are Otterly Awesome!

Hi there! Today I’ve got my first slider card to share using the Essentials by Ellen (Julie Ebersole) stamp sets called “Otterly Awesome” and “Otter Ware” available at

I think I’m officially hooked on interactive cards like this! I started by drawing large rocks for the slide using a Copic multi-liner pen and then traced the outline of the rocks on a piece of eclipse masking tape. I then masked the rocks and adhered a couple of cloud masks to the sky background before airbrushing the sky with Copic BG00.

I colored the rocks with Copics in both warm and cool grays and added some texture using a terrycloth towel and colorless blender. Then, I placed a slider die from the MFT Surf and Turf die-namics face down on the rocks, taped it in place and ran it through a die-cutting machine.

Next, I cut and adhered a piece of patterned paper to my card and placed the background piece centered on the paper. I applied liquid adhesive to the back of the cut out strip from the slider die and adhered it to the patterned paper  inside of the slot.

I stamped the otter, lilypad, leaves and 2 sets of waves on Neenah cardstock and colored them with Copics. I used a seaweed technique on the front wave that I learned in Sandy Allnock’s Copic Hex-Art class at Really cool techniques covered, so check it out if you’re looking for an awesome intermediate Copic class.

Next, I applied foam dimensional tape to the outside edges of the background and adhered it centered on the patterned paper. I punched out a small circle (about 1″) from heavy weight cardstock and slid it into the slot and centered on the slot. I then adhered a small dimensional adhesive square to the back of the otter and adhered him to the punched circle.

I adhered the wave in the back first, and then applied a 1/8″ wide piece of Scor-Tape to the very bottom of the front wave so that the otter could slide somewhat between the waves.

I finished it off with a stamped sentiment from the set.

This was super fun to make!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!