Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Essentials by Ellen Holiday Release Blog Hop!


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Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop!  Pinch me now!!!  I am so thrilled to be joining the hop and I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!


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I wanted to share my FAVORITE stamp set and matching dies........Mondo Poinsettia!  This is a BEAUTIFUL large set with just gorgeous leaves.  This set was begging for me to watercolor!  

I started by white heat embossing my images on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  After wetting the images, I dropped Festive Berries Distress Ink and watched it do its magic.  I did this with the leaves as well using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  My subtle background was watercolored with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and after it was dry, I used my MISTI Tool to stamp my sentiment (from another new set called Mistletoe and Holly) straight using Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Of course, I had to add in my favorite Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins!


***TIP--I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors for a subtle white shimmer over the poinsettia (I used the opaque shimmery white color in the set).  

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The next set I'm sharing is a fun play on elves called ELF'D.  It also has matching dies that make this set just adorable!

I knew I wanted to make a smaller shaker with the candy cane elements in this set.  I made my own "window" using Pretty Pink Posh's Stitched Duo 3 die set......running it through once and again flipping it over to get stitching on all sides so that it would be a square window shape!  I added in tiny Martha Stewart star confetti.  


In our house, we have the tradition of having an "elf" come visit after Thanksgiving.  Whether my kids know it's real or not.....they enjoy doing it every year!!  This elf reminds me of our "Fred" elf so I had to use him and colored him using Copics.  To soften my layers, I used a trimmed piece of vellum behind my shaker.  My sentiment was stamped onto this vellum using black StazOn.


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Now the fun part!!!  A giveaway???  I get to give my favorite new stamp set, Mondo Poinsettiato a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!  
**Please ensure you leave your email along with your coments as you have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen!



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 August 11th, 2015; winners will be announced by the weekend! 


Here is the full list of stops on the blog hop.........have fun!!


  • The CLASSroom 
  • Lisa Adametz 
  • Sandy Allnock 
  • Laurel Beard 
  • Heather Campbell 
  • Darlene DeVries
  • Julie Ebersole
  • Sharon Harnist 
  • Angel Johns 
  • Stephanie Klauk
  • Amy Kolling---->You are here!
  • Emily Leiphart 
  • Nichol Magouirk 
  • Jennifer McGuire
  • Maureen Merritt 
  • Kay Miller 
  • Carolyn Peeler 
  • Julia Stainton 
  • Laura Sterckx 
  • Amy Tsuruta
  • Kimberly Wiener 
  • Carissa Wiley

  • Your next stop is: Emily Leiphart.

    Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

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    wienerhoneymooners said...

    Totally blown away = pure magic! FAB, so tickled to be in this line up of all star designers!

    Rema said...

    Awesome cards Amy! That first one is a beauty...

    Joy Moody said...

    Love the elf card really cute!

    Keri said...

    Love both of these sets! Gorgeous cards! :)

    Leigh Penner said...

    Oh, I love that poinsettia! Fabulous cards, Amy!

    jan metcalf said...

    Wonderful cards! Special love for your poinsettia card!

    JuliaP said...

    Gorgeous cards! Love the shaker card.

    Kathy S said...

    Great cards but the vision of candy canes in the window is GREAT

    Lisa K said...

    Gorgeous poinsettia! Such a beautiful card. The elf is cute with the candy cane dies behind it.

    Maureen Hayes said...

    Loved both cards, but the Elf card put me over the moon! Really like how you created the window, and those candy canes behind, sooooo stinking cute! Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for providing such great inspiratio. You really showcased this release fantastically.

    Daria G. said...

    Those cards totally feels like Christmas!!! WOW!

    Just Me said...

    Love the candy canes in the shaker card!

    Linda Stone said...

    Great cards! The Mondo Poinsettia is my favorite of the new stamps!

    Jan Pufall said...

    I love how you included water coloring in your card. Also, the use of the shimmer really adds to the card. Thanks for the chance to win a stamp set.

    Lee Ann Barrett said...

    Great cards! I love the watercolored poinsettia; just gorgeous! And Mr. Elf- so cute with the use of the window die to make the shaker!

    Vicki Dutcher said...

    Love that poinsettia set - lucky you getting to give it away [me please ;)] -- that elf is perfect too

    jjwoolz said...

    Beautiful poinsettia card and the elf's are so very cute :)

    Mary W said...

    I love your watercolored leaves and flower - they really caught my eye. Beautiful card.

    Scrapthat said...

    So pretty Amy! TFS

    Thordis said...

    Stunning cards! That poinsettia is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

    Karen said...

    Love, love the poinsettia card, it is gorgeous.

    Shelly said...

    ACK! Fabulous cards, Amy!

    KariL said...

    Amy, both of your cards are simply amazing and gorgeous. I really love the look of both of them. The Elf shaker is just so cute and the poinsettia card is beautiful.

    Karen King said...

    Lovely - I think the poinsettia set is my favorite of this release.

    SS said...

    Hi Amy! I love your techniques and your cards. You did an awesome card with the new Elf'd stamp set. My favorite product in the new Essentials by Ellen release is the GOT CANDY? stamp set. Thanks for this giveaway. xoxo

    BFalcone said...

    Love your cards. You are all such talented ladies. I am into shaker cards big time and love making them. Thanks for the new inspiration. Love the elf set and the poinsettia set.

    Kristie Goulet said...

    LOVE your cards, Amy! That Poinsettia is just gorgeous!

    Diane Jaquay said...

    Two wonderful cards, Amy, the poinsettia is absolutely STUNNING, and the elf shaker is FAB!!! You've really rocked these new products!

    Liz Gessner McAllister said...

    Every card made with that poinsettia is gorgeous!

    Barb said...

    Lovely cards-love the new release!

    Sandy Robin said...

    Thumbs up! Love the release.

    Carol C said...

    Love the window idea. very creative!

    conil said...

    That poinsettia is gorgeously colored and the elf in the window shaker is such a brilliant idea.

    Patricia Youdell said...

    Hi Amy
    Thank you for a chance to win this stamp - it is delightful
    I look at your blog most days as I love the style of your cards
    Pat x

    Barbara said...

    The poinsettia card is gorgeous....that stamp set/die is my favorite in the new release! Love the window you created for the elf card...so perfect!

    Sherry Bahlmans said...

    Wow! The poinsettia set is my favorite but your version is the best....

    mtscrapgal said...

    Lovely Mondo card. Great coloring. The elf shaker card is so cute.Thanks

    Diane said...

    Beautiful Poinsettia...and the shaker card is adorable...gorgeous water coloring on the first! dianegreghov@att.net

    77940eaa-770c-11e3-9936-000bcdcb471e said...

    I just love this release and what you've done with the coloring on the poinsettia!
    Annette P.

    Jo Ann D. said...

    What a great release! The elf shaker card is amazing!

    Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

    Love the shaker Elf card :)

    jandbspiegel said...

    beautiful cards. Love the watercolor on the poinsettia background and that elf - he's adorable

    LesLee said...

    So adorable.. your card looks like the elf already recked havoc in the house.. so cute.. I bet he is going to shake it up at your house this year. The poinsettia is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win Gidgetgadgetgirl@yahoo.com

    terrie said...

    Love, love, love your poinsettia card...I like the light blue background just enough to brighten your card...
    How cute is that elf shaker card...adorable
    well done on both cards
    zullu26@aol.com

    Vicki said...

    Just beautiful! I must be crazy since it is 100 degrees in August and all I can think of today is Winter and Winter Decor!

    Corina said...

    beautiful cards!

    Charyl Hodges said...

    Adorable :)

    Taunya Butler said...

    WOWZERS - Gorgeous Poinsettia card - like knock it outta the park GORGEOUS!!! Super awesome and just so lovely!! And your elf shaker card - I mean, come on!! You totally SCORED with that card too!! SO fun and clever!! Love the border around it!! You are amazing and I love hat you have done with these sets!!

    the bean said...

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome shaker card ! TFS

    Candice Lin said...

    The cards are just gorgeous and love the red and white combo!! Great holiday release from EH; can't believe the holidays are just around the corner again. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Nicki Wong said...

    Such cute cards.

    KimC said...

    Love the elf in the window card, so cute and your poinsettia card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Nicki Wong said...

    Love the cards.

    Lorelle said...

    Such sweet cards.

    Debbie Lou said...

    Your poinsettia card is drop dead gorgeous!
    Love this new poinsettia set.

    Nora N. said...

    WOW!! I LOVE that poinsettia card. Stunning!! That second card with the cute elf at the window-genius. Wonderful design!

    Susi Kelly said...

    Two gorgeous holiday cards, Amy - can't decide which one I like the most! Love the striped DP BG softened by the vellum panel on your Elf'd card! thanks for the chance to win that wonderful new set!

    justme81233 said...

    Love both of your cards and the mondo stamp set. justme81233@yahoo.com

    Jung A said...

    beautiful cards! love the poinsettia & elf!

    Sue McW said...

    What fabulous cards. Great inspiration. Such a fun release.

    Terri (blindstamper) said...

    Love your poinsettia.

    Terri (blindstamper) said...

    Love your poinsettia.

    Donna Dacy said...

    Lovely samples from the EH release. Your poinsettia card is lovely and that little elf in the window is adorable. I love shaker cards. Love the striped back ground paper. Adds so much. This is a great release. TFS

    Wanda said...

    Love both cards. The elf shaker card is so cute.

    Nana Griffin said...

    A beautiful job on the poinsettia.

    Cindy said...

    Love your cards! Thank. You.

    Michelle said...

    Beautiful.... as always! LOVE the watercolored poinsettia!!

    jamie vanskiver said...

    Your poinsettia is gorgeous! Julie did an outstanding job on those Poinsettias! I love the red and white on the adorable elf card! The elf stamp set is pure genius if you ask me :)

    Jo Lindskog said...

    Loved the Poinsettia card.

    CRB Flynn said...

    Very nice card, love that poinsettia

    Happy Dance said...

    What a darling little elf card! What a delight for someone to open this envelope and find this delightful card waiting inside. I think this is my favorite card by you...and I love so many of them! Great release too. Ellen's stamps are just magical, aren't they?! Bev

    Kerry said...

    The mondo poinsettia is my favorite in the collection too. Great window on the elf shaker card too.

    Candy B said...

    The window card is brilliant! And I love the poinsettia card and the stamp set. I took notes! Thank you! cbee at inbox dot com

    Maaike Uijthoven said...

    it's such a great release and such a strong blog hop it's impossible to not like anything, i love shaker,s love christmas and so this is all just perfect in my opinion ;-)

    Nancy said...

    Beautiful and creative cards! Love them both!

    SkyPixie17 said...

    Love your elf card! It's so bright and cheerful, as well as cute!

    Irene Grau said...

    Great cards. The elf card is too funny.

    Shirley said...

    Love both of your cards. The Elf set is so cute...how you used for your card is really neat and love the colors.

    Mary W P said...

    Great cards! Creating a window for your shaker card was brilliant!

    Pattie J. said...

    beautiful poinsettia, love that elf too. so cute.

    Betty Sue said...

    Love both cards! The poinsettia card is gorgeous!

    Suzanne B. Webb said...

    Your cards are stunning! I am loving all the examples on all the blogs, very excited to get some of these stamp sets!

    Suzanne B. Webb said...

    Your cards are stunning! I am loving all the examples on all the blogs, very excited to get some of these stamp sets!

    Judy Sander said...

    Would I ever love to win the Mondo Poinsettia set. Think that's my favorite as well. Love your cards. Thanks for showcasing them.

    N Patricia Castillo said...

    Amazing!!!! These stamp sets will be great for Christmas!

    Sue McRae said...

    The more I see the poinsettia stamps used the more I fall in love with them!

    Carol Happy Expressions said...

    Beautiful!

    Mary Diehm said...

    Great cards!

    Judie said...

    My favourite stamps are also the mondo poinsettia!! Gorgeous cards, but the elf one is super cute!! judieattard (at) gmail.com

    cma21317 said...

    beautiful flower watercolor I must try it and shaker canes brilliant idea

    Kathy M said...

    Cute cards

    kartelene said...

    wow, wow love you work thank you for sharing and giving us ideas

    Sabrina said...

    Fabulous cards!!! I really love these elves!!

    jcobb said...

    I just love the poinsettia card and the elf shaker is just too cute!!

    Susie Sonnier said...

    Awesome Release! Great cards!

    Denise Bryant said...

    Awesome cards! Love that gorgeous big poinsettia card! Beautiful coloring! And your sweet Elf'd card is adorable! Fun card!

    Lynne Morgan said...

    your elf card is just so cute

    Teresa Doyle said...

    Oh my goodness Amy, your cards are gorgeous. Of course with these stamps/dies & your talent, its a win/win!

    CeCe G. said...

    Love your creative shaker card! Great Job!

    Beejay said...

    Love these cards! Love the elf window shaker!! The poinsettia card is so pretty! I love this stamp set too! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Annie LaVallee-Curtis said...

    Love your cards and that shaker is so adorable!! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful stamp set! :D

    KT Fit Kitty said...

    Your poinsettia is stunning! But your little elf has captured my heart! I love elves! Wonderful cards!

    Basiljen said...

    Beautiful job on both cards. I especially love the poinsettia!

    Cynthia Clark said...

    I truly LOVE both cards. Love the shaker and the poinsettia is gorgeous!

    Sally Greiner said...

    Love your elf shaker card! Very clever!!

    Parker said...

    You do such lovely and creative work, and the Mondo Poinsettia and the Elf'd looks like good ones to work with.

    golfergal said...

    really "sweet" elf card.

    Lady Fair said...

    Your poinsettia card is beautiful! I love the opaque shimmer on the flower, very subtle and pretty. The elf card is very sweet!

    Laceysocks said...

    What wonderful examples for this new release! You did an outstanding job!

    Brithzi said...

    Wonderful cards! Loving all these shaker cards. Great release.

    Betty Keefe said...

    hope i'm your lucky someone as i love this stamp set and the card you created!

    Larissa Heskett said...

    AMAZING Cards!! I LOVE your FUN Window Shaker Card!! LOVE the New Ellen Hutson Release!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

    Melissa Friedrich said...

    Adorable elf shaker card and stunning Mondo Poinsettia card - great watercoloring and love the white shimmer on the poinsettia!

    Cindy said...

    Sweet, sweet, sweet...love the cards!

    Martha Miller said...

    Great window shaker card. Thanks for the tips and techniques. Inspirational!

    Fe Orot Mejia said...

    Adorable cards.

    Casey Ward said...

    Awesome is the only work I can say to describe your cards today... I just can't get over how cute the Elf Stamp set is!!!! Love how you have him sitting on the window ledge. I love shaker cards!!!

    Carolee McCaslin said...

    Your cards are awesome and so is this new release!!!

    Brandi R said...

    Love both of these, Amy! The poinsettia is beautiful and that shaker....oh it's so darling ♥

    Kathy Wright said...

    I love your cards! Great work!

    Lisa said...

    Oh my gosh I LOVE this poinsettia set, your card is gorgeous Amy! Cute little left too, what a fun design for this card!

    CraftyPaws said...

    Gorgeous card with that poinsettia and that shaker is oh so cute!

    Marie said...

    What a jolly little elf. Love the candy canes in the shaker window.

    Sharon Marable said...

    Very pretty cards.

    littlesavedgirl said...

    So hoping I'm a winner of this beautiful blog hop! The designs are so versatile ☺️

    Unknown said...

    Great cards, stamps and dies.
    Nancy JR

    Geri Stuart said...

    Very nice cards, TFS! The elves are just too cute!

    Stephanie said...

    Your cards are fun and creative! Thanks for sharing :)

    Karen Louder said...

    very nice cards TFS

    Brenda Hobdy said...

    Love the new stamps and your work is magnificent!!

    Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

    Great cards. Pretty & cute! Thanks.

    Kathleen said...

    I can't believe how different ever ones cards are.

    Robin said...

    Beautiful and cute! Wonderful cards

    Julia said...

    Your cards are absolutely adorable--thanks for sharing!

    ~amy~ said...

    Gah! your poinsettia card is absolutely FANtabulous Amy!!!!!!!! Thanks for the watercolor tip....I love my kuretake gansai tambi's!!!!!

    What a stinkin' cute shaker card!!!!!! sooooo fun!!

    Sarah said...

    Love the Mistletoe and Holly set!

    joy said...

    LOVE the poinsettia stamp set! Your card is so beautiful, Amy. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Kim Heggins said...

    Adorable cards...love that sweet elf.

    Glorie said...

    Love the elegant poinsettia card.

    Moosisk said...

    WOW! What fabulous cards! Thanks for the inspiration AND chance to win. :D
    Janet
    moosisk@hotmail.com

    Linda Hyden said...

    The pointsetta card is beautiful and your elf in the window is fabulous; thanks for sharing, Linda

    Natalie s said...

    Your elf shaker card is adorable!

    Lisa Silver said...

    Really lovely! That poinsettia is spectacular! And the elf in your window shaker is too cute!

    Sheri Gilson said...

    Awesome cards, Amy! Love the elf shaker!

    scrappergirl56 said...

    Fabulous poinsettia card, but the Elf shaker card is too cute...LOVE!!!

    Rosy Newlun said...

    Love your artsy poinsettia and how you added the shimmer over the top. This is one very beautiful stamp set :) will make one special someone very happy!

    Barb Ghig said...

    Beautiful water coloring on your Poinsettia, and your Elf shaker card is adorable! I'm so glad you were part of today's blog hop, Amy!

    Linda Rubarski said...

    Cute cards.

    Mary Locke said...

    The cards are really cute...love your creations with the new stamps & dies!

    Donna said...

    Both are really nice cards! The poinsettia is very pretty!

    Katrina Brown said...

    Great cards! Love the elf!

    Pat Klein said...

    Love the window shaker!

    Miriam Prantner said...

    These cards are wonderful Amy! Love that bold poinsettia, fantastic coloring on it and such a cute shaker with the candy canes!

    Denise Terry said...

    I absolutely love the poinsettias! They always remind me of my mom!

    Jean McCurry said...

    Fall is my favorite season and I'm always looking for great fall images. Really love these!

    Linda Mc said...

    Gorgeous cards! Who knew there were so many ways to use the same stamps?

    Barbara Tuley said...

    I love your cards, so beautiful! I am loving this hop, I have gotten so many great idea's and want ALL these stamps!

    Shelly Hall said...

    Love the cards! The elf in the window is great:)

    Ericka Strange said...

    Love the elf shaker card. So cute

    Bette said...

    Pretty card...would love to win!

    Mary Beth Krakowski said...

    I think these stamp sets are just fantastic. Your card from the Elf'd set is so much fun, really great! The poinsettia is really nice, so well designed, elegantly simple.

    Rosemary said...

    both cards are absolutely fabulous!!

    Ann Kulseth said...

    Your cards are great - and so is this blog hop. Love the new release.

    Mona Porter said...

    Love the elf shaker. So clever. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Carol said...

    Love your cards, Amy! Simply delightful!

    kathy sarver said...

    Love the cards! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Deborah Montgomery said...

    Adorable cards Amy :)....I love the window shaker element the most!!!

    Sandra Schroeder said...

    Your poinsettia card is so very beautiful, but that elf shaker....just stinkin' cute. craftylady1952@gmail.com.

    Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

    I absolutely love that poinsettia. That card is gorgeous!

    determineddebby at gmail dot com

    GranChris said...

    Great cards I love the poinsettia. Turned out wonderful.

    Barbara said...

    Makes me feel ready for fall..adorable cards.

    Elizabeth Gutierrez said...

    Love going through this hop, tons of ideas with the elf for card for my kiddos (students). However, I am just in love with the Poinsettias! Beautiful work!!

    Louise Rolph said...

    love your cards Amy especially the Mondo Poinsettia - my favourite also. thanks for sharing.

    Leticia Castro said...

    Your Elf'd window shaker card is so awesome! And of corse your water color poinsettias is beautiful also. Feeling inspired.

    SherylH said...

    Love the poinsettia stamp and your watercolor technique.

    Sue Lutz said...

    Falling candycanes from the sky! How delightful. Fred looks pretty cool by that window.

    the Blackbird said...

    I love your window...
    Cristina
    thehouseoftheblackbirds.blogspot.it

    TracyM #6773 said...

    DELIGHTFUL poinsettia and SUPER CUTE elf - LOVE how you were INSPIRED to CREATE Amy!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your Christmas SPARKLE :)

    Leslie Brown said...

    That elf just tugs at my sweet-tooth!

    Laraine R said...

    Fantastic cards! Great release!

    Janet Zeppa said...

    Love your water colouring!!

    sharrilou said...

    Love your cards. The poinsettias make a gorgeous card and the elf shaker is perfect.

    Mary Ellen Lounsbery said...

    Love these cards! Especially the elf shaker cards!
    Maryellen.lounsbery@gmail.com

    loulou said...

    Fabulous cards. Your poinsettia is so pretty and your elf shaker is totally adorable.

    BeverlyBL said...

    Love the little candy canes in your shaker and think your poinsettia is just beautiful. Love the colors, how you used the vellum, and the PPP sequins. Very nice job!

    Nina-Marie Trapani said...

    oh my! how gorgeous Amy!! i love the way your poinsettias take center stage!

    Deb Kane said...

    Love that little Elf'd set, the more I see the more I love him, and your fabulous shaker card may have just put me over the edge!!!

    Gretchen Wilson said...

    The ELF wins again! TFS

    Jeanne said...

    What a beautiful card! That set is definitely on my must have list.

    SusieQ said...

    The poinsettia card is lovely, but that elf is something else - I was one the fence but no more!

    JanetB said...

    Love both of your cards, beautiful inspiration.

    Lynnea Hollendonner said...

    I love your mondo pointsettia card! It's so pretty!

    LauraJane:) said...

    Nice job with the Mondo Poinsettia card..Fun Elf too!

    Sharbogast said...

    Your cards are beautiful.. Just love that shaker card, with the candy canes. So cute!!

    Satori said...

    Love both your cards! Mondo Poinsettia is my favourite!

    Luckysmom said...

    Beautiful cards. Love the mondo ponsettia.

    sunnee63 said...

    luv the striped background with your shaker window!!

    Andrea La Vigne said...

    Both your cards are wonderful! I love the watercoloring on the poinsettia, and how you achieved the subtle shimmer with the Gansai watercolor. And that elf shaker card is too cute. Tfs! ~ Andrea (artandcatloverinjville @ gmail . com)

    Camille Dykas said...

    Big and bold, love it,

    Michelle Golz said...

    Great cards!

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