Essentials by Ellen Late Summer 2016 Blog Hop!

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

And, yay!!! 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 $25 USD) currently in stock at Ellen  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, August 23rd!

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in The CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by Tuesday, August 23rd

ALL winners will be announced at The CLASSroom on Friday, August 26thPlease check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

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

I have 2 cards to share with you today, first up is Sock Monkey Surprise by Kimberly.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this particular stamp set with coordinating dies.  My good friend Kimberly Wiener from Wienerhoneymooners designed this set, Sock Monkey Surprise!

I had so much fun making this card!  The girl sock monkey is dragging the boy sock monkey to the craft store…haha.  He’s still hanging onto his cup of coffee!  This stamp set is chock full of accessories…I managed to add the bow, the mug and the balloon.  Gotta love the coordinating dies for the Sock Monkey Surprise set.  The clouds are from the new Silver Linings die set, more on that one in a smidge!  All the patterned paper is from My Favorite Things – Fun & Frolic.

Yay for Kimberly!  I couldn’t be more thrilled for her!

Next up I’m featuring the Silver Linings by Julie!

This die set is amazing…so many possibilities!  I used the clouds with Ranger Watercolor paper and Ken Oliver Color  Burst in UltraMarine Blue.  Love that sunburst…so fun!  I also used the fun Stay Salty stamps + dies…the sentiment, the sailboat and do you see the clear embossed waves under the sailboat?

The complete release can be found HERE.

That’s it for me…I can’t wait to hop and see how everyone was inspired with this release!  Now hippety hop over to my bloggie buddie, Alice Wertz!
Remember, if you get lost along the hop, please visit The CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.
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283 thoughts on “Essentials by Ellen Late Summer 2016 Blog Hop!”

  1. Your cards are just beautiful. Those monkeys are adorable. I love the ship happens card as well.

  2. Love the card with the dangling monkeys–so fun. Love what you did with the 2nd card and the coloring of the clouds. Thanks for sharing your inspiration using the new release.

  3. These are so cute, laughing out loud at the girl sock monkey story. Funny pairing it up with a cup of java!

  4. Those sock monkeys are so cute! And I love your ship card…the watercolored clouds are amazing!

  5. Now these are unique. The first one to use two monkey great out of the box thinking. The little ship with the multicolor blue clouds is great too. Lots of textures making the cards anything but flat or the same old boring. Great work.

  6. Love both cards – I especially love the use of the patterned paper on the sock monkey card! That is just adorable!

  7. As always I love your cards! I am so excited about the additions for the bear. This is a very versatile release and I can already imagine many ways to use these new stamps and dies. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Sock monkey is just adorable!
    I love the color of the clouds on the stay salty card.
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  9. Great cards! Your sock monkey card is adorable, and I love your take on her dragging him to the craft store! Your blue clouds on the ship card are really pretty too.

  10. Super adorable sock monkey card, and the Salty Sea card is beautiful, love the watercolor clouds!

  11. Your cards are amazing Amy! I can understand why you are excited for your friend. The monkey set is so stinkin' cute πŸ™‚

  12. Wonderful creativity! I really enjoyed all that you created for the hop! Thanks for inspiring us!

  13. Awesome cards, Amy. Just love the sock monkey – adorbs! As is your card.
    And I love the sailboat card's design. Lovely.

  14. Those sock monkeys are impossible to resist and your little sailing scene makes me want to get on the ocean.

  15. OH man I just love your cards. I am off of work right now because of knee surgery so right now I am temporarily living the dream job. Crafting all day!

  16. Your cards are So Cool! Love the happy (shopping) sock monkeys, and your sailboat scene has just the right message!

  17. Wonderful cards, Amy! Such fun and playful cards! I am so in love with this new Ellen Hutson release!

  18. How sweet our those monkeys! & I ADORE the colors and the look of the clouds on your second creation! Gorgeous Amy!!

  19. I had to laugh at the stamp store story! So cute and the card is adorable. The ship happens is cute and made me laugh again.

  20. Great job on the cards, Amy! The sock monkeys are so adorable! Taking the boy monkey to the craft store…lol. Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

  21. Fantastic cards. Love the little sock monkeys. Thank you for sharing your ideas and being part of this awesome new release giveaway.

  22. Awesome cards! Love your cute sock monkeys & Salty Sales is one of my favorite new sets. Perfect for any masculine cards!!

  23. Awesome cards! Love your cute sock monkeys & Salty Sales is one of my favorite new sets. Perfect for any masculine cards!!

  24. Can't wait to get my hands on the Silver Linings die set (Sadly out of stock already)! Thanks for the examples.

  25. Oh my goodness Amy your cards are awesome. So very cute!
    After seeing all of the stand alone dies and the new stamps in this release I realize how few of the basics I actually have. This sock monkey is adorable, I don't have a boat, umbrella, no large flowers, etc, etc… This is the release of ALL releases! LOL

  26. Sock monkey has a friend.
    Darling card.
    the vivid blues of the clouds is beautiful.
    both cards are wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

  27. The ship happens sentiment just made me laugh. The sock money card is very very cute the way you have them holding hands.

  28. Your cards are great! The way you did the sock monkey card reminded me of that game we used to play as kids "a barrel full of monkeys" I think I just aged myself. πŸ™‚

  29. Dare I say it…brilliant use of these new products. And the amazing cards…oooh…be still my heart.

  30. Dare I say it…brilliant use of these new products. And the amazing cards…oooh…be still my heart.

  31. Fantastic cards, Amy!!! I chuckled when I saw that one sock monkey was still hanging on to his cup of coffee for dear life. That accessory is so you! πŸ™‚

    The clouds on your "ship happens" card are beautiful! Those Ken Oliver bursts sure do pack a punch and make an impact! The clear embossed waves are brilliant!

    Congrats on being part of the release team!!

  32. What what a great release. All of the cards are just so cute! Your cards are no exception! Loving this release! πŸ™‚

  33. Amazing job my friend! The colored lips on the first monkey crack me up and I love your nautical card! You are awesome!

  34. First, who knew that there were boy and girl sock monkeys!? And dragging him to the scrap store! Hilarious!! The added coffee mug is the bomb! Two gorgeous cards but the monkeys are my fav!

  35. I love the funny sock monkeys and of course she's having to drag him to the store. I hope he doesn't spill his coffee! The second card says it all. I love those stamp sets.

  36. Absolutely delightful cards! I love both of them, but the Sock Monkey is a "must have" for me…sometime.

  37. Love your cards (especially the 'nautical' sentiments ☺) Those sock monkeys are adorable!

  38. Oh I knew you'd do something special for Kimberly – aren't we so proud of her? LOve your cards, amy – I may have to go back for a double dip!! xx

  39. Ha ha ha… love that girl sock monkey dragging the boy monkey to the craft store! Sweet cards!

  40. Love the cards and use of the sock monkeys flying away to the craft store!! Great use of the salty sea set also! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!!

  41. Hi Amy ~ Love that the male monkey is being dragged off to the craft store by his woman!! LOL (I have to admit, I prefer my hubby stay away while I'm browsing the crafty goodness isles. *wink*)This is really such a fun card; how could it not be with that beautiful red lipstick!! I adore your second card too! I've already ordered the Stay Salty stamps and can't wait to get them (Silver Linings is on back order. *tears*)How could someone NOT love that sentiment. "Ship Happens" in my life all the time!! The Color Burst cloud dies are perfect in front of that sunburst. Very nicely done, Amy!! Thanks so much for sharing your crafty goodness. ~HUGS~

  42. Loving these cards, Amy! So much fun! The first one is so adorable and the second one is wonderful!

  43. SOCK MONKEYS RULE! πŸ™‚ I love love love the way you had one hanging on to the monkey friend in the sky- TOO adorable

  44. Oh, your sock monkey card is too cute, and I'm totally smitten with your nautical card and those yummy clouds!

  45. Oh, Amy, I love your girl monkey dragging the boy monkey to the craft store story! All of your cards are GREAT! Such a fun Essentials by Ellen release!

  46. Ohhhhhhhhhhh these are just fabulous! I am LOVING those monkeys and those clouds!! I want that pineapple set sooooooooooooo bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. I really like the silver linings. I think so much can be done with these. The sock monkeys are funny though.

  48. Love both of these stamp sets! Don't know how my wallet is going to hold out though! Adorable cards!

  49. I love the ship happens card! Love how you do the clouds! I didn't buy the sock monkey set Coz out of Budget. But I can't wait for my ship happens one to arrive! Yay

  50. YAY for Kimberly! You made some super fun cards with the new release – I do have to say the red lipstick totally made me smile πŸ™‚

  51. So much fun! Love your card designs! Cute monkeys! Sweet sailing! Like your take on the ship sentiment.

  52. Super cute sock monkey card Amy. Love the accessories! That ship is so sweet with the scene.

  53. Thanks for the chuckle with the girl sock monkey dragging the boy to the craft store (with coffee, of course!)!! Too stinkin' cute!!
    Love the way you did the clouds on both!

  54. OMGsoh I love how you used these sock monkeys, so super cute and the boat scene is fabulous

  55. Bwahahaha! Yes the female monkey is dragging the male off to new adventures! That's too true! Love your coloring! Love the clouds on the boat card too! Well done! Thank you for sharing and for a chance to win!

  56. What a great idea- to make a girl and boy sock monkey! So cute! And I'm ready to sail away in your lovely boat scene!

  57. Okay, so the show-stopper is the Sock Monkey card. Not only is she fierce, dragging him along, but she believes in looking good while doing it… that bold lipstick! I do not have a single monkey stamp, but this set is a must have for me. The Stay Salty set is also one I will pick up… love the sentiments and that the feel can be calm or stormy, feminine or masculine. Thank you for sharing your great creations and for the opportunity to win a stamp set from this versatile release.

  58. Beautiful cards! So happy for Kimberly, girl did good! Many thanks for the blog hop and wonderful inspirations Karen

  59. The boy sock monkey should be holding his wallet! hahaha! So much fun! The sailboat is beautiful. There's just something about nautical scenes that are relaxing to me. Thank you for sharing!

  60. loving the salty card set with the sunshine die, adore your clouds & that saying just makes me want to GRIN

  61. Great cards and great release. Very hard to make a single choice. Happy for Kimberly and I do adore Sock Monkey. Thanks for sharing and for a chance at a prize. Fingers crossed…..

  62. Very cute cards, Amy! This new collection has some realllllly cool products!
    "The girl sock monkey is dragging the boy sock monkey to the craft store…haha." Isn't it the story of our lives?… It's just that in this case the boy sock monkey looks happy… maybe because he's taking his cup to the craft store :D.

  63. Wonderful! I adore those monkeys and love how you put together the elements for the nautical card. Great job. Thanks so miuch.

  64. Your cards are so fun! I love the sock monkey's. They look like they're having a lovely day together!!

  65. Oh…my…GOSH, those sock monkeys!! That beautiful sailboat scene!! These are amazing, Amy! Love, love, LOVE!

  66. Your 'Sock Monkeys' are the most adorable yet! Great colors and mix of pattern papers. Love the lipstick on 'girl' monkey. And your 'Silver Linings' scene is so pretty and peaceful. TFS your talent and inspiration using the new release products!!

  67. Sailboats and sock monkey! what could possibly be sweeter!?!

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  68. Interesting that the boy sock monkey is SMILING as he gets dragged to the craft store! LOL Seriously, I love your cards, especially the clouds in your second. Great effect! πŸ™‚ ~ Andrea

  69. Amy, I'm so glad you captured Kimberly's sock monkey the way you did! I must copy your idea for my husband!! LOL! Your Stay Salty rendition is perfect, too! Love those sentiments. Julie is so real & a great designer! Great cards! Great release!

  70. These are so fantastic Amy!! Just love how you used the sock monkey set and your ocean scene is 'ship hot'!!

  71. Great cards, they are so cheerful! I love the silver linings die set with the rays and clouds!

  72. Amy, I love the stay salty card — the sky made out of the silver lining die, the clouds out of the set but colored, the boat and the expression is so humorous. Great job!

  73. Hahaha LOVE your explanation of your sock monkey card. You had me lol but ain't that the truth πŸ˜‚ Your boat in the ocean was great. Love this release because it's still focusing on SUNMER. My favorite season.

  74. The sock monkey card is really cute. And I love the lovely blue clouds on the second card. This release is so full of fabulous things!

  75. Great cards, the sock monkeys are so fun and the Stay Salty card is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing.

  76. The monkeys are so much fun! I love your sense of humor, and it would be lovely to get this card :). I also love the water-colored clouds using the Silver Linings set.

  77. The sock monkey monkey card is adorable! I love the neutral colors and the water-colored clouds with the Stay Salty stamps.

  78. My fave is the sock monkey, so cute and downright FUN! Who wouldn't smile??? Great designs. Thanks for sharing!


  79. Both cards are adorable, Amy. The sock monkeys are really cute, but I am a little prejudice when it comes to sailboats and summertime water-fun πŸ™‚

  80. FUN & FABULOUS cards Amy!!!
    LOVE your SUPER CUTE sock monkeys flying high in the sky, with mug of hot coffee securely along for the ride!!! LOVE your pretty sailing scene too, thinking that Silver Linings is a MUST for my crafty stash!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION πŸ™‚

  81. Cute monkey card and well done nautical card, except I don't like the sentiment on this second card.

  82. Great release and blog hop! AWESOME cards! I especially love the DP paper peiced background card!

  83. I love how you made a boy and a girl sock monkey! That card is adorable but my favorite is the ship and the awesome punny sentiment. I love that font also.

  84. Love the sentiment 'ship happens' and your clouds are gorgeous! I also think it is hilarious that the girl monkey is dragging the boy monkey to the craft store! Both of your cards are fantastic!

  85. Super cute monkeys!
    I love how you got that
    mug of coffee in the scene!
    I love the sailboat scene too-
    perfect masculine card!

  86. The Stay Salty card is so pretty love the shades of blue you used. The Sock Monkey card eeeek I ador it I love that you have one monkey holding another monkey cause everything is more fun with a friend right? tfs

  87. SQUEAL!! LOVING the New Release and the AMAZING Inspiration that you've shared!! TOO FUN!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  88. Love the Essentials by Ellen stamp sets! Your cards came out great! Thanks for the chance to win one, I got my eye on the Pineapple!

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