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United We Flourish Stamp and Die Combo, Sweet Sprinkles by Concord & 9th

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Good Sunday afternoon and welcome to the Untied We Flourish blog hop celebrating the release of the Concord & 9th Sweet Sprinkles Stamp and Die Combo set.  To celebrate, two randomly selected commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson shop and two commenters will win a $30 gift certificate to the Concord & 9th shop. To enter just leave a comment on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog and the Concord & 9th  blog by 12pm PST on December 26th.

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I had lots of fun with the images and dies in this set.  I started by securing the sprinkle stamp and paper in my MISTI and stamping several times to create a decorative background layer. I attached the layer to the card base using ATG adhesive.  I cut the Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables  layer, secured it in my MISTI and stamped the sentiment.  I attached the sentiment layer to the red layer using ATG adhesive and then applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back and attached to the card base.

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I cut the cupcake top out in white and the bottom in red.  I crimped the bottom to add dimension.  I applied white embossing paste to the top using a Sofft spatula.  When the paste was totally dry I attached the tiny heart sprinkles all over it using glossy accents.  I cut two little leaves off of a stem from the Impression Obsession Leaves and Stems set and attached it along with one additional heart to the tippy top of the cupcake with glossy accents for a sweet embellishment.  I think this looks good enough to eat.  I am hoping there is a chocolate cake underneath all that frosting.

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You should have arrived here from Justine’s post and the next stop on the hop will be Karen’s post.  You can check back to the CLASSroom blog or Concord & 9th blog for the complete hop order.  Thanks for coming by and I sure hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful designs made with this sweet set.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Ellen Hutson LLC 11th Anniversary Blog Hop


Good Friday morning and welcome to the 5th day of the Ellen Hutson 11th Anniversary Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from LauraJane Head’s wonderful post.  You will definitely want to go to The CLASSroom to learn all the details about the wonderful prize opportunities.

I have been a happy and faithful customer of Ellen’s since she opened her online store.  I made Bob’s Christmas shopping very easy each year as my wish lists were always filled with new “must have” products in the store.  You can imagine how thrilled I was several years ago when Ellen invited me to be a member of The CLASSroom design team. 

For this special anniversary hop the designers were asked to create a project using our favorite Essentials by Ellen products. {{{{{WHAT???}}}}} How do I choose?  After much thought I finally decided to use Fat Pants and Hinged Alphabet.  I have always loved making snowmen and snowy scene holiday cards. I simply adore the fun snowman elements in the Fat Pants sets.  To me there is nothing cuter than using a black top hat, scarf and holiday holly leaves and sparkly berries to dress the snowman up.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 right

I started by cutting out the snowman elements.  I stamped the face and body buttons using black versafine ink.  I applied Nuvo Crystal Drops to a craft sheet, allowed them to dry well and then picked them up with the tip of my paper piercer and attached them to the eyes, mouth and buttons using glossy accents.  You can see my sheet below with several Nuvo Drop colors I made for a few future projects.   I am too big a chicken to try applying the crystal drops directly on my project because I know I will somehow mess it up and have to start over.  LOL!

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I attached the body parts of the snowman together with large glue dots and attached the hat with mounting tape.  I decorated the hat and scarf using ribbon, holly leaves and berries attached with glue dots and glossy accents.  I added sparkle to the berries using red stickles. I applied brown ink to the branch arms and attached them to the back of the snowman body with glossy accents.

I cut the red scalloped layer, set the hinged letter dies in place and secured them with pieces of Eclipse masking tape and ran through my Big Shot to cut.  I cut a piece of blue cardstock and applied white falling snow using a white gel pen.  I hand cut a snow layer using my deckle scissors.

KC Essentials by Ellen Fat Pants 4 center

I began assembling the scene by attaching the blue snowy layer to the card base using ATG adhesive. Next I attached the snow layer to the blue using ATG adhesive. I applied thin strips of mounting tape the red scalloped “Snow” layer and attached it to the card base.  I tucked the snow man in behind the snow layer and attached with mounting tape. 

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For sure I never get to see snow or snowmen here in Florida so I always have to create my own on card fronts.  I love this fun snowman with his big happy smile and fancy decorated hat and scarf.  He is certainly ready for the holidays. 

I sure hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful projects along today’s hop path.  Be sure to check out each day’s hop this past week and leave comments to qualify for prizes.  You can also take part in the 11th Anniversary challenge for a chance to win more prizes.  All you have to do is upload a project using your favorite Essentials by Ellen product.

Thanks for coming by today and thank you to all of you who sent well wishes regarding my eye surgery.  All went well and I am recovering nicely. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy your whole holiday weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

Essentials by Ellen November Release

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Good Sunday afternoon and welcome to day one of the Essentials by Ellen November release blog hop.  If you just logged on to my post you can check out all the hop details over in The CLASSroom.  Your next stop on the hop will be to Jennifer’s post. 

My project today was made using Julie’s new Random Sayings paired with her Rustic Botanicals Stamp Set, Rustic Botanicals Die Set and framed with the Taylored Expressions Ornate Frame Cutting Plate.

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I secured white cardstock and the flower stamp in my MISTI and stamped several flowers using Wild Honey ink, heat set and then cut them out.  I used my scissors to cut in towards the flower center between each petal to help shape the flower.  I used a mini applicator to apply Wild Honey ink over the whole flower.  Then I lightly touched around the edges of the petals with a mini applicator and Spiced Marmalade ink to add depth of color.  I applied Gathered Twig ink to the center of each flower using a mini applicator. I formed the flower petals using the largest stylus from the Garden Tool Kit and a molding pad. I used two flower sections for each flower and attached them together using glossy accents. The leaves were cut using Easter Grass cardstock.  I added depth of color by applying a light touch of Peeled Paint to each leaf with a mini applicator.  I formed the leaves using the stylus and molding pad.  Once they were formed I lightly touched around the edges of the leaves with Vintage Photo ink to add definition. 

KC Essentials by Ellen Totally Random Sayings 1 center

I placed the card base and stamp in my MISTI and stamped  the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I love using my MISTI for stamping because I had to stamp twice to get perfect coverage.  I could never do that by only using an acrylic block.  I attached thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.   I attached the flowers and leaves to the frame using glossy accents.  I love how the fall colored flowers pop against the all white frame and background.

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The Random Sayings is so versatile with wonderful sentiments that can be used for many occasions. You can check out all the sets in the November Release here and I linked them below along with the other sets I used for my project today..

Random Sayings 

I hope you have a great Sunday and I appreciate you stopping by.  Be sure to hop on over to Jennifer’s blog to see her wonderful project.  And you can find the complete hop list and details at The CLASSroom.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”



Essentials by Ellen October Release Hop Day 4


Good Saturday morning and welcome to the 4th day of the Essentials by Ellen October Release blog hop.  I’m excited to be hopping along to share Brandi and Julie’s amazing stamp and die sets.  You should have arrived here from Julia’s wonderful blog. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop just go back and start at the CLASSroom.  You can see the whole release here along with some great samples and video tutorials.

I’m playing with Julie’s new Bear Hug die set.  If you love Julie’s All Inside Stamp and Die Set then you are going to love using this die set for all kinds of projects. 


I chose to create a plush bear Christmas ornament with the heart in the set and a poinsettia and  tiny Christmas trees. I used the small flower die from the Otter Ware Die Set to create the poinsettia and the Christmas trees from the Home and Hearth.  I thought I would show a few step by step photos of how I put the bear together. 

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I used acrylic yarn from JoAnn’s to sew the pieces together. 

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I line up the two bear pieces and arms and pinned them in place.  I started sewing by slipping the threaded needle in between the two bear layers so the knot would be hidden inside and brought the needle up through the first hole of the top bear. I used a simple whip stitch beginning along the straight edge of the bear so that I would be finishing the closure on a straight edge. 

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When I was all the way around the ears and feet edges of the bear I started back down the straight edge and left the opening large enough to allow me to insert the batting  to fill the bear.  I knew it would be much easier to close the opening along the straight edge rather than near the feet or ear edges of the bear.  I gently inserted the batting up into the ears and down in the feet sections first and then filled in the rest of the bear.  Once I was satisfied it was filled enough I completed the stitching to close the opening.

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When the opening was totally secure I inserted the needle between the two layers and pushed it through to the other side of the bear.  I didn’t want there to be a knot showing so I pulled the yarn through and out the other side and snipped it off.   I failed to get a picture of the backside of the bear but it is as flawless as the front showing no knots.

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I used hot glue to attached the eyes and nose to his face.

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I created a knot with the yard and then pulled the needle through both poinsettia layers to create the center and then hot glued the yarn to the back side of the second flower and trimmed it off.  I decided to use the tiny Christmas trees as the foliage for the poinsettia and to layer on the heart.  The picture above just shows the pieces for that little arrangement.  When I was getting ready to attach the heart inside the arms of the bear I decided it would be cute to add a trio if trees behind the heart along with a little star to top off the center tree.   I hot glued the three trees and heart in place to finish. 

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Note:  I failed to add a yarn hanger to the bear so it could be hung on the Christmas tree.   I should have created one by knotting two ends of yarn together and tucking the knotted end in between the two bear layers before stitching it together.  With the knot inside the bear you would not have any ugly knots showing on either side of the bear.  Duh!  I didn’t think of doing it as I was making this little guy.  LOL!

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Here are links to the whole release:

I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have fun hopping on over to Laurel’s blog!  You can find the complete hop list below.

Ellen Hutson LLC 

Francine Vuilleme  

Sharon Harnist  

Taheerah Atchia  

Julia Stainton 

Kittie Caracciolo   (you are here)

Laurel Beard

Project Links along with my regularly used tools and supplies:


Concertina Tag with Winter Scene

Good Sunday afternoon.  I’ve gotten a late start today.  I’m getting ready for the whole inside of my house to be painted and it has been quite a job getting everything down and out of the way.  Worst was unloading my china cabinet.  I also took Cody, my new puppy to his first day of puppy training.  Wow!  Seven puppies training all at once was interesting to say the least.  LOL!  My project is a masculine winter deer scene made using my Essentials by Ellen  Concertina Tag, Impression Obsession Brush Tree Line, Deer Snowglobe and Pine Sprig Cluster.  I think this three side tag is so cute and made with the deer makes it nice to use for a guy gift.  It could also be very cute folded closed and attached to a card front.  The tag trio is 6 3/8” x 3 1/4”.  Each individual tag is 2 3/8” x 3 1/4”.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 front

I cut the tag twice using white cardstock.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to the first tag using an ink blending tool. to create the sky area.  Next I secured the tree line stamp and tag in my full sized MISTI and stamped it twice across the tag to fill in the background. I colored the three deer using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and a mini applicator.  Check out my coloring die cut animals tutorial if you would like to see how I colored the deer.

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I cut the bottom off of the second tag to create the snow layer for the scene.  I attached it to the tag using double stick tape.  I attached the deer in behind the snow layer using rolled up glue dots.  I wanted them to stand away from the background for dimension but mounting tape would have had them sticking too far out for such a small scene.  I tucked pine sprigs around the deer feet and attached in behind the snow layer using glossy accents.  I added tiny 1/16” circles to the sprigs for a touch of color.  And yes….I had to have my strongest reader on to even see those little things. The sprigs and red berries don’t really show in the pictures but the little touch of red really does add to the overall scene.

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I finished by applying white Embossing Paste to the ground area and then sprinkled with clear Rock Candy glitter before the paste could dry.  This was a fun little tag to make and would be easy to recreate with different backgrounds, die cut trees, etc.  I just loved the softness of the tree line in behind the deer.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great week.


Clean and Simple Modern Christmas

Good Wednesday morning.  I have a holiday card to share with you today made using the new Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas Stamp Set and Modern Christmas Die Set by Julie Ebersole.  I always marvel at Julie’s wonderful clean and simple card designs and this new set is a perfect example of her unique style.  My style is much more traditional and but I had lots of fun making projects that took me out of my comfort zone.  The stars on my gift cards were made using Julie’s Home and Hearth die set.

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I started by die cutting the holly leaves first and then stamping them with Impression Obsession Hybrid Turf ink.  I secured my card base, sentiment and circular stamps in my MISTI and stamped them two times to get good crisp images. I mounted the image layer on the green with molding tape and them mounted them both on the card base with mounting tape.

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I gently formed the holly leaves with my fingers and attached them to the base using glossy accents.  I cut three red circles, laid them face down on my molding pad and rounded them with the large end of the stylus. I attached small pieces of molding tape to the back of the circles and attached them to the holly leaves.  I finished by applying red stickles to add a bit of sparkle.

KC Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas gift

I created these gift cards using the whimsical tree shapes and bow.  I was going to use the bow die to create a dimensional bow but thought the plain stamped bow was fun.  I added  stars to the top of the trees and finished by adding a touch of sparkle to the star with yellow stickles.

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I used Impression Obsession Chartreuse, Turf and Cherry Hybrid Inks for this project.  I love that IO created these inks in sets of three coordinating colors.  These color coordinated sets of three make it so easy to pick ink colors for multi stamped images.  You can see all of these ink sets on the Impression Obsession Hybrid Ink page. 


Thank you very much for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”    Gift card size:  3.00” square