Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Blog Hop! 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 card stock 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!

I have some giveaway fun for you! The Cozy Christmas stamp set will go to one lucky winner!  Please leave a comment here o n my post by October 8th; winners will be announced October 9th!


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! 



My projects today were made using Christmas Scribbles, Cozy Christmas and Tis The Season stamp sets and Home and Heath and Laurel Wreath dies.

KC Ellen Christmas Scribbles 1 left

I love the simplicity of this beautiful pine sprig and pinecone image from the Christmas Scribbles set.  I stamped the sprig image with Forest Moss distress ink on Neenah Heavyweight Solar White cardstock, heat dried it well and then lightly watercolored with a waterbrush and reinker.  I stamped the pinecone image twice on Peanut Cluster cardstock with Gathered Twigs distress ink, heat dried and watercolored lightly with the waterbrush and reinker.  I cut the pinecones out and formed them using my stylus and molding pad.

KC Ellen Christmas Scribbles 1 center

I cut a square frame out of Tan Woodgrain Embossed cardstock using Nesting Squares dies and shaded using Gathered Twigs and a Color Box stylus and foam tip.  I cut a smaller frame using Peppermint cardstock and attached to the woodgrain frame with 1/4” double stick tape.  I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it over the image.

KC Ellen Christmas Scribbles 1 right

I attached the pinecones to the pine sprig with mounting tape and attached a multi loop bow for the finishing touch.   Card size:  5.25” square

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KC Ellen Home and Hearth 1 left

The images and dies in the Cozy Christmas stamp set and Home and Hearth and Laurel Wreath die sets are so cute.  Snowy house scenes are one of my favorite holiday projects to make. I stamped the stars on Icy Mint cardstock using Mustard Seed Distress Ink to create the base for the scene and attached it to the card base.  I cut three layers of ground snow using Neenah Heavyweight Solar White cardstock, applied Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue, covered with Polar White Flower Soft and allowed it to dry.  I used an old paint brush to glue to the top of the houses and sprinkled with Flower Soft. I crimped all the tiny trees with my straight crimper to add a tiny bit of dimension.

KC Ellen Home and Hearth 1 center

I attached the three layers of snow to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I cut the width of the layers narrower than the frame so they wouldn’t get in the way of attaching the frame. I tucked all the little houses and trees in with mounting tape and glossy accents.

KC Ellen Home and HEarth 1 right

The frames were cut using the Nesting Card Templates, attached together with ATG adhesive and attached over the scene with mounting tape.  The houses were cut using Red Hots cardstock and the trees were cut using Gumdrop cardstock.  The sentiment layers were cut using the Nesting Rectangles and the sentiment was stamped using Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I attached two Laurel Wreaths to the frame with glossy accents and attached the sentiment with mounting tape.  Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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KC Ellen Tis the Season 1 left

I feel in love with the little car with it’s Christmas tree on the roof in the Tis The Season set and knew I had to do lots of fussy cutting to create a dimensional snowy holiday card.  I stamped the car twice with black Versafine on Wax Lips cardstock and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I stamped the top of the car and tree several times on Caramel Apple cardstock with black Versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used my craft knife to cut out the windows of the first car and then used my snips to cut out around the wheel wells. I colored the wheels of the second car with a black Copic marker , cut off the top portion of the car and then attached the top car with mounting tape.  I cut all the trees out and off the car top using my snips.

KC Ellen Tis The Season 1 center

I used a hand cut cloud template, Tumbled Glass distress ink and an ink blending tool to create a sky background for my scene.  I attached the scene to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I cut two snow ground layers and attached them to the card base with ATG adhesive.  I cut the red frame using Nesting Card Templates and attached over the snow scene with mounting tape. 

KC Ellen Tis The Season 1 right

I hand cut the little banner and stamped the sentiment with black Versafine.  I attached the car to the scene with mounting tape and attached the banner with glue dots. Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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I sure hope you have enjoyed my projects and know you are going to love all the wonderful creations made by my fellow hoppers.

Enjoy and happy World Card-making Day!