Essentials by Ellen: Winter 2016 Release Hop!

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Winners Announced HERE
Hello, and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today!  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Julia Stainton’s blog!  If not, you’ll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is The Classroom!

I also get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at Ellen  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 19th!

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 12th!

If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

My first card features the new Brushstroke Wonderful Die:

Isn’t it, well, wonderful?!  This is going to be a definite go-to word die for me!  Ah, yes, I gave you a sneak of the new Oh Frappe set!  Before I go into the Oh Frappe Set, I wanted to let you know that I die cut the wonderful with black cardstock and made it the star of my card.  Oh yes, there is a coffee to go cup but I used Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a panel from the Hero Arts Midnight Layering pack.  


Next up is the Oh Frappe set!  Yes, those that have been following me know how much I adore all things coffee:
I wanted to use as many of the coffee images as possible on my card, I did pretty good (wink).  I colored each coffee with a different shade of green using my Zig Clean Color Markers.   Yup, lovin’ that sentiment, how about you?!


frappe dies

Here’s a close up of the panel…if you squint and tilt your head, you can see that I heat embossed the Mondo Hydrangea on the strip below the coffee cups.  I followed it up with a light grey wash of watercoloring ala my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors (diluted black).

Each of the coffees are on foam adhesive, love all the different panels and heights of the elements.

Next up is the oh-so-awesome Kara Vrabel!

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266 thoughts on “Essentials by Ellen: Winter 2016 Release Hop!”

  1. These are both SO awesome, Amy! You just rock all things coffee, my friend! Love the sentiments on these and love the watercoloring! You are such a genius with color, too! I just adore the trio of green cups and the subtle stamping underneath is such a great touch. And love the bold black wonderful sentiment layered against the white and grey. Graphic and beautiful!

  2. I will admit to doing a bit of shopping last night … BUT I would love to recreate every single card you've made with this darling Frappe set – it wasn't in my cart – yet!

  3. Ooooh my gosh, I LOVE the coffee themed stamp set. I can't even handle how cool this is. Thanks for sharing! I am a big coffee drinker and fan and always love things that exhibit that.

  4. A fan of the clean and simple, your card could not be more perfect! Wishing I had kept that coffee set in my cart but, the hydrangea set won out instead!

  5. Some how I knew you would be the one showcasing the "Oh, Frappe" set, Amy. Love your cards. So when is our next hop!?

  6. OMG! So excited about the new products. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Can't wait to create something fabulous!

  7. WOW Amy, I love ALL of your cards. What a fabulous release this is and SO versatile! WANT IT ALL!

  8. oh these are GORGEOUS missus. ♥♥♥ it's impossible to choose a fave but WOW, yes, the WONDERFUL die is… ummmmmmm yeah…WONDERFUL!!! (ok, sorry to copy, but really, what could i say, "that wonderful die is… NICE" lol??!?!? i don't think so…) 😉

  9. I can not get enough coffee and this stamp set is perfect. I love your creative ideas and composition of the stamps. Love the simplicity of your art. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh my word this cards are simply awesome. This whole blog hope is fabulous and makes it so hard to choose which one I like best. Would love to win the whole set.

  11. Oh, you were paired with (or did you choose?) thee most perfect stamp set!
    Love, love, love your cards!

  12. Great cards! The Mondo Hydrangea is my favorite stamp set of this release but the Oh, Frappe set is really growing on me, especially when featured in such cool cards! 🙂

  13. HAHA! I totally squinted and tilted my head and voila! There those flowers were! GREAT CARDS!

  14. Such fabulous CAS cards, but they have that awesome pop which is sometimes missing. Love how you used them and the colours are the final perfect touch. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous card art and the fabulous blog hop Karen x

  15. I adore the simplicity of these cards. I always love seeing cards that I know that I could make. Very cute!

  16. Cute cards and layouts! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. I love this new release.

  17. Squinting! Tilting!!! I SEE THE HYDRANGEAS!!! 🙂 These are just the most fabby, Amy–LOVE LOVE LOVE what you created! Thank you SO MUCH!!! XOXO!!!

  18. What a great new release. I love all of your cards – the coffee set is so perfect for you. Thanks so much!

  19. That coffee set had to have you pretty excited! I saw that second card on your FB post and loved it! Your first card has such a great CAS feel to it. Lovely!

  20. Of course you did amazing things with the coffee stamps, Amy, LOVE your cards and love this new stamp set!

  21. Very nice cards – I too like the way you popped the different coffees. Makes for a nice interesting touch

  22. As always, you rock coffee themed cards, Amy!! I knew when I saw your name in the lineup for this hop that you'd have the coffee set. 🙂 I love the soft pink in your first card and the bold black of the sentiment. The second card totally makes me think of Starbucks with the green and the faint hydrangea background on the strip below it is such a fantastic touch!! So subtle, but so elegant!

  23. Adorbs!! I just love the coffee stamp set and how you used it on your card…I do love coffee! And flowers too…especially hydrangeas. Decisions!

  24. I'm really excited about the coffee stamps and dies… so cute and punny, would apply to a lot of different occasions to give a card 🙂

  25. Adorable cards! I love the second card more – simple enough, even with three coffee supplies! Awesome!

  26. Hi Amy,
    How WONDERFUL to see you on this site! It is a favorite of mine… love Ellen Hutson's store and love giving son Rob directions to my wish list!! Lol. Hubby too!!! Yr coffee cards are awesome but LOVE the Mondo Hydrangea. ♡

  27. Your coffee card is beyond cute. Love the colors and positioning on your card. This new release is wonderful. Such talent on this blog hop team. Wish it wouldn't end.

  28. I am also loving the coffee collection. I would not have thought of green, but it totally works! (Somehow reminds me of the old jadite coffee mugs my mom had when I was a kid!) Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Hi Amy 🙂 these cards are "amazing" and as you love coffee im sure you had fun creating these 🙂 x

  30. I love these cards. Especially the coffee!! I'm in love with all things coffee too!! It's the best. I really want that stamp set—I have been looking and looking for something like this!! Yea!!!! Thank you for sharing your talent.

  31. As always your cards are too funny and they make me want to drink a good hot coffee or chocolate! : D Thank you for both amazing giveaways!

  32. Love these! All these new coffee themed stamp sets just keep me in perpetual squeal mode! LOVE ♥

  33. You really made this release come alive – I can almost smell the beverages! Love your sweet and simple style and use of the white spaces. Great samples and great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  34. SUPER CAS CREATIONS!!!! (CAS is something I struggle with! LOL So, I admire those who can do it!!! I don't know when to stop! LOL) 😉

  35. You have such a fun, unique style! Loving this and that green coffee card… Wow. Dangerous. Now I HAVE to get that set, I will totally blame you when my husband asks! 😉

  36. Love the layers on your cards… Awesome.. I too love everything coffee… Thank you for sharing!!

  37. I'm always on the lookout for cards using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers! I love how you colored each of your coffee cups! I love the clean white bases and the touches of color you added to each of your cards. Beautiful job! (Coffee is wonderful!!)

  38. What a great release this is.. Julie outdoes herself overtime.. and you have done a beautiful job showcasing them… I love the little coffee stain on the coffee card. Thanks so much for sharing

  39. These stamp and die sets would make wonderful collections of cards to give as a gift to a coffee lover…I know a few☺ I love the style of your 2 cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. LOVE these pretty coffee themed cards, dies and stamps! Gorgeous!
    Take care!

  41. Love your clean and simple designs! Fabulous release accented by your beautiful colors and creativity!

  42. So incredible Amy!! I love those brushstroke word dies, the font is so fabulous. And that coffee stamp set has your name written all over it. Love the green cups, you can never have too much coffee in one place!!

  43. Can you believe I also live in the Seattle area but not a coffee drinker? Makes me wish I was though when I see the Oh Frappe set and how you used it, Amy. Spot on with both cards!

  44. They surely knew your weak spot! Great cards. Love the modern sketchy style of the coffee images. You certainly did them justice!

  45. Wonderful CAS w/ style. Like how you layered. Have a BEE-utiful day!
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  46. You're rocking the coffee theme. I found you through the Essentials by Ellen blog hop and I'm so glad I did. I also a fellow Washingtonian. I love you style in these cards, not fussy and very creative.

  47. Wonderful CAS cards. This coffee themed set is really growing on me, but the punny sentiment is totally lost on me. I have no clue as to what it means and I'm afraid it's beyond all of my Dutch relatives and friends as well.

  48. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!! Just AMAZING!! I LOVE the Designs and the New Release!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and for the chances to WIN!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  49. Great cards! I've been out of town, so I missed the boat on a lot of these stamps. Can't wait for them to be back in stock.

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