Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop!

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Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  You should have arrived from the Super Talented Laura Sterckx’s blog!  If not, you’ll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the CLASSroom!  If you get lost along the way, I have a complete hop listing at the end of my blog post.

And, yay!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, called Mistletoe & Holly to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!

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!  ***Remember to make sure that you have the no-reply blogger option turned off OR leave me your contact information in the comment***  You have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

My first project features the New Got Candy? stamps and coordinating dies!

Let’s get to it, eh?!  
cardstock:  solar white/110, bazzill marshmallow  stamps:  essentials by ellen/got candy?  ink:  ranger archival black  other:  essentials by ellen/got candy? dies, kuretake gansai tambi, mft peek a boo trio, mft pinking circles
Pumpkins, Bats & Stars…Oh My!  I had fun putting together this card!  I stamped the stars in Hero Arts Ombre Gray to Black ink.  The pumpkins have been stamped with Ranger Archival Black.  I used the coordinating Got Candy? dies and watercolored them with Kuretake Gansai Tambi.  The Boo sentiment has been watercolored with orange and yellow (think candy corn!) and the MFT Peek A Boo Trio has also been watercolored!  Did you know that you can use Bazzill Marshmallow to watercolor?!

Speaking of candy corn:

cardstock:  solar white 110, hero arts sunshine layering papers  stamps:  essentials by ellen/got candy?  ink: hero arts hues/black
Yay for Candy Corn!  I designed a tall/skinny card and stacked the Hero Arts Sunshine Layering Papers strips!  Super easy and Fun!  I did a smidge of masking to get the sentiment to format to the design of the card.

Next up are a couple cards designed with the New Mistletoe & Holly!  I’ve already included the graphic of the stamp set above, here are the coordinating dies:

Here’s card #1:
cardstock:  solar white/110  paper:  chickaniddy crafts jolly good  stamps:  essentials by ellen/mistletoe & holly  ink:  ranger archival black  other:  essentials by ellen/mistletoe & holly dies, kuretake gansai tambi

We’re switching gears to holiday designs!  I’m a huge fan of non-traditional colors and one of my favorites is pink + green!  Keeping the design super clean, I stamped the poinsettia bloom with Ranger Archival black and watercolored it.  I love the vibrant colors that you can achieve with the Gansai Tambi’s…I also like to pool the colors to give it a true watercolor look!  Chickaniddy Crafts Jolly Good green is a perfect match.  I can’t seem to get enough of stripes!

I followed up with decorating the interior of the card:

cardstock:  solar white/110  paper:  chickaniddy crafts jolly good  stamps:  essentials by ellen/mistletoe & holly  ink:  ranger archival black  other:  essentials by ellen/mistletoe & holly dies, kuretake gansai tambi

Seriously LOVE the sentiment, don’t you?!

Thanks for making it this far!   I wanted to do a repeated stamped background so I used 2 images from the Mistletoe & Holly set:
cardstock:  bazzill licorice twist, hero arts blush mix layering  stamps:  essentials by ellen/mistletoe & holly  ink:  hero arts ombre gray to black/light to red royal  other:  pebbles decorative tape
I used Hero Arts Ombre pads for the background stamping.  I love the subtle ombre effect it gives.  I followed up with some paint splattering.  Love how the Noel POPS!  Can’t go wrong with gold glitzy goodness too!

Whew!  That’s it for me…I can’t tell you how excited I am for this awesome release!  

Happy hoppin’! Your next stop is:  Kimberly Wiener <—- my awesome friend!

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269 thoughts on “Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop!”

  1. Love them all my friend, WOW that green poinsettia, I wam crushin on this and will have to make one too,FAB!!!!!!!!

  2. Amy, you've showcased this new release with style and flair! The peeking pumpkins are adorable; your green poinsettia so classy! How I'd love for these products to come live at my place; they'd definitely be loved! You've created magic, my friend!

  3. How fun both you and Kimberly get to join in the line up! Your cards are fabulous — Ellen is being extremely generous – I hope I win πŸ™‚

  4. You have been busy! Wow! Wonderful cards; can't decide which is my fave. Same goes for the stamp sets; love then all, too!

  5. Love your Got Candy card – my daughter eats candy corn almost daily through October! It would be perfect to send her and pretend it was from her dentist LOL.

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

  7. Your cards are great and I especially like the Green & Pink card, This is a great stamp set to work with.

  8. Amy I love all these cards with this fresh clean look! So fun and just chic! Have a lovely day Amy!

  9. Just love your clean and simple style. It really makes the perfect showcase for these new stamps and dies.

  10. You have been busier then ever Amy!! I thought you were taking a break this summer? I LOVE all of these beautiful creations. I think my favorite is your first card, though with the fun watercolor of all the Halloween images. The candy corn card is pretty brilliant too. Beautiful work!!

  11. WOW! So many amazing cards! Each and every one of them are stunning! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  12. All of your cards today are simply FABULOUS, Amy! Loving the new stamps with coordinating dies! That's a double YAY! πŸ™‚

  13. Wow – my feet are SO cold now because you have knocked the SOCKS right off of them!! AWESOME – so much to love in this post and so much to admire about your stamping and creating abilities!! I am such a fan of yours and I think you do so much good in blogland – thank you for being so awesome!!! I hope you have such a wonderful day!!

  14. Enjoy the simple clean lines of your design!! Great holiday release from EH; can't believe the holidays are just around the corner again. Thank you for the inspiration.

  15. AMAAMAMAMZZZING Cards Amy!! =) WOWOWOWOWOW!! I LOVE them ALL, but I think the 1st one with the Peek a Boo Design is my FAVORITE!! SO FUN!! I LOVE the Watercoloing that you did!! SQUEAL!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =) HUGS!!

  16. Okay I am not usually a Halloween person, but that stamp set is seriously cute and I honestly loved your candy corn card, just super simple but brilliant! I am also a fan of non traditional colors and loved your choices for holiday cards, especially the pinks! Thanks for sharing your take on this release, you really did it justice!


  17. I love what you have done here… they are superb! CAS is my utmost favorite. Thanks so much for sharing. Gidgetgadgetgirl!

  18. Dang girl! Ab-Fab cards. Love the simplicity of the candy corn card, and the beautiful poinsettia too. Absolutely gorgeous cards. Bev

  19. Your designs and style are great. All your samples are wonderful. You did a marvelous job with this release. TFS.

  20. Wow terrific cards! It looks like you had so much fun with this awesome release! I love your Boo card! Fantastic design! I also really love your first Poinsettia card, beautiful watercoloring and I like how you decorated the sentiment in the inside of your card! Great idea πŸ™‚

  21. Fabulous cards to show case this new inspiring release. I thought I could pick just one favorite, but I can't! They're all favorites from the ghost card to the beautiful Christmas ideas. πŸ™‚

  22. Love the candy corn inspired one, and the Noel poinsettia one is beautiful!! judieattard (at)

  23. Love ALL your cards! The Halloween ones are just so fun! Love the candy corn stripping! Thanks for the chance to win a cute new stamp set! πŸ™‚

  24. Wow, Amy, so many gorgeous cards! I love your style! I am definitely ready to play with some new fall and winter stamps!

  25. You did a lot of sample projects and as I scrolled down they each screamed creativity. I like the look of the You Got Candy? card and sentiment. Great job, Amy.

  26. Wonderful cards, love the CAS look, which would be great for mass producing holiday cards. Thanks for sharing!

  27. WOW Amy, you have been having some serious fun (as would I, if I had all of THIS to play with!)!!!!!!
    Your cards are all AMAZING! One second, I need to pick up my jaw… LOL Just fantastic!

  28. Oh my, Amy! Love the gorgeous simplicity of these! β™₯β™₯ Fabulous job with this great release!

  29. OMGEE I am in love with your graphic cards! So clean and crisp and clever! In love I say!!! TFS and inspiring! Hugs, Kristina

  30. These cards are ALL amazing! Love the candy corn the best. Clean and simple lines at their finest.

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

  32. Thanks for a chance to win a terrific stamp and die set – it would be so hard to pick just one that having the choice already made is a big help!

  33. Holy smokes Batman! You've done it again! I SOOO love the pumpkins and the yummy stripes on your halloween cards. SO FUN!

  34. Seriously Amy…you rock so hard!! I don't even LIKE Halloween and your first card had me at HALLOW! Get it…Hallow? Okay, I'm a dork. πŸ˜‰ It is soooo uber awesome! Love the windows for your pumpkins and bat. Just fantastic!

    Your Candy Corn card is graphically perfect. Lβ™₯VE!

    And your stunning poinsettia? Oh hello! So gorgeous. The subtle watercolor background with the lovely colored poinsettia in the foreground? Perfection!

    And your last two cards may even get ME to make Christmas cards this year. We'll see. Hahha!! I love them both so VERY much. You rocked this release, girl. Every card is amazing!! Yay YOU! πŸ™‚

  35. Wow, you were super inspired, Amy! Fantastic job on all of them. p.s. thanks for the tip on Facebook about no-reply bloggers!!!

  36. Love your "Got Candy" card. It is good enough to eat. All your cards in this Hop are outstanding. Here it is, we finally have summer and I am now looking forward to Fall and Winter!!! Geeeezzzzzzzzzz

  37. Amy, you've showcased this new release with style and flair! The peeking pumpkins are adorable; your green poinsettia so classy! How I'd love for these products to come live at my place; they'd definitely be loved! You've created magic, my friend!

  38. Love these stamps and I can just imagine all the wonderful cards you will make with them. thanks for the chance to win.

  39. I really like that fonty scripty words in the Christmas set. Very great cards, and you made so many!

  40. Such wonderful new products and your cards showcase them so beautifully! Thanks for the chance to win.

  41. Wonderful cards! Love your CAS style, the Got Candy one is perfect, but my favorite is the third one with the sweetly colored flower and the stripes on the side.

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

  43. Gorgeous cards, Amy! I really love your green Poinsettia so much! I'm so glad you were part of today's blog hop!

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

  45. Lots of awesome cards…love the clean and simple aspect of them all πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  46. All of your cards are so great. I really like the candy corn striped one. So nice. Heck, I like them all. ^_^

  47. You have outdone yourself on the Halloween and Christmas/winter cards Amy!!! Absolutely positively LOVE Candywiththe candy corn stripes and ADORE your Jack Frost song notes card. Also, read YOUR INTERVIEW on Laura's (?) Blogg. How cool was that! Congrats. She was soooo right… you r sooooo talented.

  48. Hi Amy. Your cards are fabulous. I think the Halloween cards is so cute and the Got Candy card is striking in its simplicity. I've only ever used red for a Poinsettia but I just love the green on your card. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Super release!! LOVE that striped card! I must try that! Also love the sketchy feel of that mistetoe and holly card. Your decorated interior is gorgeous!

  50. Wow both card sets are so awesome can't decide which is my favorite, Got Candy I think so far it's winning, LOL

  51. BOO-tiful and BEAUTIFUL!!!
    LOVE your cards Amy, such ELEGANT designs => I'm INSPIRED!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing πŸ™‚

  52. Holy cow you have a GREAT time playing with this release! My favorite is the candy corn colored GOT CANDY card; made me chuckle:))

  53. luv that you can use just a small focal point and make it look so good!!! also, LUV the candy corn striped card! πŸ˜€

  54. Great cards. I especially love the black and white striped peek a BOO card and the poinsettia with the green and white striped paper. Nice job on all of your cards. Thanks

  55. Wow… the SAS Halloween card just blew me away. I struggle with Halloween designs as I find most too much for me, but this is gorgeous. And keeping my fingers crossed for the Mistletoe and Holly set, my fave of this release!!

  56. Oh my goodness, Amy! These are all so fantastic! I especially love the first one with the cute Halloween images and bold stripes! And your candy corn striped card is so clever and fun! Oh…and the green poinsettia—gorgeous!!! Awesome work!

  57. Lovin' your cards. I can't wit to recreate them. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep inspiring us.

  58. Delightful cards! So many possibilities with these awesome new sets! Can't wait to get my hands on them!

  59. That candy corn card cracked me up!!! So adorable and happy. The Got Candy? card is sweet and I really like the way you centered the design on the card front.
    The Mistletoe & Holly cards are wonderful. I especially like the simplicity of the first card and the addition of decorating the inside of that card too. It's a happy, unexpected touch. This set is so versatile and can be used not only for Christmas but pieces can also be used for a fall themed card as well.
    Thanks for sharing your talent!!

  60. What an awesome array of cards… all of them are so fun, but i really liked the candy corn card… we dont have that in australia.. but i really liked the colours and the simple sentiment… fun fun fun
    thanks for sharing your inspiration with us all

  61. WOW – I love your CAS designs. What great simple inspiration. That candy corn card is too cute. πŸ™‚

  62. Fabulous cards…and thanks for the tip on the "No Reply" blogger….no wonder I never win giveaways!

  63. Great designs. I like the way you have used the new stamps. Both fun designs and very pretty ones too.

  64. Love the clean design of all your cards. I especially like the candy corn card. Now I want some candy corn. LOL

  65. I'm a sucker for anything Christmas related especially poinsettias! I love your take on candy corn colors!

  66. I always admire your CAS works, Amy! And these 2 cards are fantastic! The candy corn card is simply cute!!!!! The christmas card is just beautiful with it's beautiful colors.

  67. Love your cards!! The Halloween ones are so cute – and the Christmas ones are beautiful. Great job!!

  68. Wow, what an amazing array of cards. I'm sure once you got your mojo going, it was hard to stop. lol Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

  69. These are lovely cards!! They are so clean and simple, yet so pretty!! I love how you used the poinsettia to make a background in the last one; just great!!

  70. Really fun cards. I like your non-traditional colors. I do agree with you that the sentiment is fabulous.

  71. I'm afraid I really did not understand the no-reply blogger option. I thought it meant that I had to visit your site again to see if my name was picked as a winner–that I would not be notified. So confusing. Thank you for providing a clarification. All your cards are nice and clean (not too much clutter). I like the poinsettia background you made and the candy stripes of the Got Candy card. Thank you again for providing the information on no-reply blogger.

  72. Congratulations on being part of the new release, so awesome for you! You totally rocked this new release and love that all of your cards are so different. You know I love the Candy Corn card and the green pointsettia is beautiful. You certainly did Ellen Hutson proud!!

  73. I love that Mistletoe and Holy set and the matching dies just smash it. What an amazing set that adapts to so many styles. Love it. T xx ps. I have no idea how to find out if I am a No Replier.. Help. So just in case

    • Gosh Amy, I hope this is what you meant by reply to my own comment. Lol I also just realised that I never mentioned the green poinsettia card that u did. I love it and think I have to have this set just so I can CASE your design. Just love it.

  74. Wow, some amazing inspiration here! Love that little poinsettia in green, such a creative twist!

  75. I love all of your cards. This has been a great blog hop that has taken up entirely too much of my day (in a good way)! Thanks for the inspiration.

  76. What fun cards!! You were a busy beaver weren't you? I am glad you were because I love your cards! TFS!

  77. Love the repeated background and the candy corn stripes was my favorite of all! Thank you for sharing.

  78. I absolutely love your striped "got candy?" card! It does resemble candy corn! And the repeat stamping on your last card is fabulous. Great idea to decorate the inside of your other holiday card. Unexpected, but beautiful! And that first Halloween card? Too cute! Thanks so much for sharing these! ~ Andrea (artandcatloverinjville @ gmail . com)

  79. Great cards, Amy! Love the sentiments and fonts used in Mistletoe and Holly ~ so versatile. Very clever "candy corn" card with your Got Candy sentiment. So much inspiration throughout this hop including your watercoloring beneath your pointsettia. Thanks for the chance to win Mistletoe and Holly!

  80. Love the cards! You have made me fall in love with the Mistletoe & Holly set! And the candy corn card is just too cute!

  81. Thanks for sharing, your cards are so unique and beautiful. I can't decide which I love the best, but then why decide right????

  82. Very fun and original cards! I love candy corn and I want some right now!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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