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Good Monday morning and welcome to the Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! My projects today will be showcasing Bold Blooms, Wish Big, Bold Blossoms Stand Alone Dies, Bold Blooms Matching Dies and Mini Window Dies.

I am excited that I get to give the new Wish Big stamp set as blog candy to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment on this post to enter my giveaway!

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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! I know you are going to enjoy seeing all the wonderful designs along the hop.  Have fun!!!

HOPPERS:

My first project was made using the Wish Big stamp set and the Mini Window Dies.  If you love making window cards as much as I do then the mini window dies are going to be a must on your wish list.  Julie has outdone herself by including several different mini window variations in the set. I thought the hippo would look precious set in a see thru window made with double shutter window die. 

I stamped the bird once and hippo image twice on white cardstock with black versafine and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I stamped the balloons and party hat on colored cardstock with black versafine and embossed.  I colored the bird and hippo images with copic markers and fussy cut them out with my snips. I cut the head off of one hippo off of the second image and popped it up on the body with rolled glue dots. I cut the party hat and balloons out, applied versa and clear embossing powder, embossed and then cut them out.  I attached the hat to the bird with rolled glue dots.

KC Essentials By Ellen Wish Big 1 left

I used the cut window as a template to draw cutting lines on the card base and then used my craft knife to cut the opening for the see thru window. I used my Teflon bone folder to get a crisp fold on the shutters and then applied mounting tape to the back of the window and attached over the opening of the card base. I attached the hippo’s feet on the inside opening of the window with drops of glossy accents. I then added a couple thin strips of cardstock to create braces that would hold the hippo straight and attached them to the hippo and window base with double stick tape.  I cut a second window in white and cut off the shutters with my craft knife.  I attached the window to the inside opening with double stick tape to cover the hand cut lines and to create a neat finish for the inside.

KC Essentials By Ellen Wish Big 1 center

I arranged the balloons and attached them to the card base and frame with mounting tape.  I attached a couple thin strings to the front balloons with drops of glossy accents. I then attached the strings to the back of the bird with a glue dot and attached the bird to the card base with mounting tape. I added the cut sentiment for the finishing touch. 

KC Essentials By Ellen Wish Big 1 right

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

For my second project I cut the blooms and foliage out using the Bold Blossoms Stand Alone Dies and Bold Blooms Matching Dies and attached the pieces together with rolled up double stick tape. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms 1 left

I stamped the sentiment from the Bold Blooms set on the card base with versa and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I created a double matted frame using Nesting Squares, attached them together with ATG adhesive, applied mounting tape on the back and attached it over the sentiment.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms 1 center

I arranged the leaves for my flower embellishment and attached them with glossy accents.  The large flower was attached to the frame with mounting tape for a bold finishing touch.

KC Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms 1 right

Card size:  5.25” square

Thanks for stopping today and I hope you have fun hopping along to see the other hopper’s projects. 

Bold Blooms

Wish Big

Bold Blossoms Stand Alone Dies

Bold Blooms Matching Dies

Mini Window Dies.