Tuesday, August 4, 2015

{Ellen Hutson} Holiday 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop


Hello, and welcome to the Holiday 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’m incredibly excited and honoured to be part of today's hop. I've created two cards showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies available for purchase today!

My first card features the Elf'd stamp set and coordinating Elf'd dies. I thought it would be fun to create a candy wreath to display all the candy in this adorable and hilarious set!


I die cut the Laurel Wreath die four times and used distress inks and daubers to add colour in random areas. Then I misted the inks so they would blend together. After the wreaths dried, I cut them in half so I could create a bigger centre that would accommodate the sentiment.


The elf and candy were all coloured with Copic markers and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder à la Julie Ebersole. ;)


My second card features the Mistletoe & Holly stamp set and coordinating Mistletoe & Holly dies. I chose non-traditional ink colours for the poinsettia and berries, stamping first and then die cutting second.


I used the die cut flower and foliage to create a frame for the sentiment, which is nestled inside a frame created from the largest of the Mondo Poinsettia dies.


To complete the card, I tied black hemp cord around the base to anchor the flowers and scattered a few sequins inside the frame.


Giveaway!

And, yay!!! I also get to give away the Mistletoe & Holly stamp set to a lucky someone! All you have to do is leave a comment for your chance to win this gorgeous set! Please ensure that you leave your email address or have the "no reply" option disabled. You will have 48 hours to respond after I choose a winner or another winner will be chosen.


The fun begins in the CLASSroom and there is also a Grand Giveaway! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by August 11th! Winners will be announced the following weekend.


Below, you'll find the entire Holiday 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release, as well as complete supply links for both my cards. Thanks so much for hopping with us!


Sources for Elf Food Groups:


Sources for Be Merry:


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Daria G. said...

Hei, i am the first one :)) Great cards, i especially like the second one - so non-traditional, beautiful and stylish :)))

wienerhoneymooners said...

WOW total overload of magicalness!!! FAB, so tickled to be in this line up of all star designers!

Joy Moody said...

I like your cards the wreath is cute!

Brandi R said...

Beautiful cards! Love the fun in the first one and the second is just so very pretty.....love holiday flowers ♥

I Card Everyone said...

Your elf is so sweet ... no pun intended! I can see, Emily, in your hands, that this set has unlimited possibilities! Really pretty...
=] Michele

jan metcalf said...

Love your creativity! To try a black poinsettia! Works wonderfully!!

Kathy S said...

Great combinations of the stamps - I love when creativity sparks you the designer comes up with something different than the stamp creator imagined.

Lisa K said...

Interesting color choice for the poinsettia. I like it! Cute wreath with the elf. Such inspiration today.

Just Me said...

Love the unique color schemes!

Linda Stone said...

Your cards are original and beautiful!

Scrapthat said...

So sweet Emily and nice to see your work again!! :D You've been missed :D

Jan Pufall said...

I love how you used the die in Be Merry. Very imaginative. Thanks for the chance to win a new stamp set.

Lee Ann Barrett said...

WOW! I just love how you have used the negative poinsettia die space to frame your sentiment! So so creative! Love your work!

Ardyth said...

Beautiful cards - I love the whimsy of the blue poinsettia!

Jamie said...

Stunning cards Emily!!

Mary W said...

Thanks for your tip on the wreath as I really want to copy your idea for using the elf with all the "food". My grandsons watch the movie "elf" every Christmas and laugh each time they see the syrup part. This would be a perfect card to send them.

jjwoolz said...

Great cards and I really think the second one is especially pretty.... love the color combinations.

Thordis said...

WOW! Your cards are amazing! I really love the second one... It's a beauty :)
Thanks for sharing :)

Shelly said...

AWESOME cards, Emily! Love!

KariL said...

Emily, both of your cards are so unique and amazing. What a great idea with the elf and the wreath, just adorable. I love how you die cut out the flower and put your title in there, looks fabulous. I also like the unique colors you used on the card, so beautiful.

SS said...

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

Karen King said...

Your creativity is fabulous! I love the wreath idea and your sentiment framed in the poinsettia die!

BFalcone said...

Love the unique combination of colors. I especially like what you did with the elf stamp set. Different. Thanks for sharing.

Diane Jaquay said...

Wow, Emily, both of these are SO creative!! Love the elf wreath, very clever, and I love your out of the box beautiful color choices for those flowers!!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

I like the wreath you made with the new dies! Clever!

Sandy Robin said...

The wreath, love it. Great use of the release.

Carol C said...

Love your different color choices.

Megan said...

The Elf set cracks me up. Love your wreath! :)

Kristie Goulet said...

LOVE your cards! Awesome!

conil said...

Really clever the way you put images from the elf set on the wreath. And love the negative space for your second card. Very effective.

Barbara said...

Both cards are lovely and unique uses of the new stamps ands dies. Great inspiration and a fun blog hop!

Sherry Bahlmans said...

Nice spin with that wreath.... And blue .... Who would have thought that was even possible....thanks!

Diane said...

Beautiful wreath card..love the layers..and love how you used the poinsettia die..unique and different! dianegreghov@att.net

Jo Ann D. said...

Great release! The elf set is beyond fun!!!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Awesome wreath card :)

jandbspiegel said...

Nice cards - I like how you thought out of the box and cut the wreaths to accommodate a bigger stamp - nice

LesLee said...

I love that you incorperated the wreath from the previous release.. It looks fabulous together with the Elf. What you did with the Poinsettia is GORGEOUS I love that black behind the cutout. Thanks so much for sharing and the chance to win. Gidgetgadgetgirl@yahoo.com

snappy scrappy said...

First one is too darn cute!!! The second is GORGEOUS!!! LOVE!

terrie said...

Great idea in making an elf wreath card...it turned out really nice.
For your poinsettia card is just awesome....love it that you went outside the box on the color combo....
Well done on both cards
zullu26@aol.com

Vicki said...

I love the layers of laurel wreath on the first card! Both cards are beautiful but I love dimension! Awesome!

Corina said...

I like the wreath decorations and colors, love the Elfd stamp set.

Taunya Butler said...

EMILY - you are such a delight and what an incredible stamper and creator you are!! These cards are so fun - love your wreath card and find it to be just so amazing!!! Your be merry card is wonderfully unique and full of beautiful touches!! Excellently done - wow, my wish list is growing because of your awesome designs!!

Candice Lin said...

Always such gorgeous work from you Emily!! Especially love the Elf wreath. Great holiday release from EH; can't believe the holidays are just around the corner again. Thank you for the inspiration.

Maureen Hayes said...

Thanks for the idea of cutting the wreath to fit the sentiment, I know it sounds silly but I never thought of it, , . Lol! I love both cards, they are very different from one another and it shows how versatile they stamps and dies are.

KimC said...

Love the wreath card, so clever. I also love the non-traditional colors in your poinsettia card. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lorelle said...

Love your die cut florals. Beautiful.

Nora N. said...

How lovely!! Love the wreath design on the first card and the second card the colors are perfect. Lovely design!

Debbie Lou said...

Great blog hop and as always your cards are so wonderful!

Susi Kelly said...

Totally blown away by your lovely cards, Emily! The "Sweet" wreath is a fabulous showcase for "Elf'd" and I love how you placed the sentiment in the negative space of your Mondo Poinsettia card.

Charyl Hodges said...

Your elf card is so cute.

justme81233 said...

Very unique and non-traditional colors for the second card. Nice.

Jung A said...

love your cards! love the dimension from all the layers!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Love all the dimension on your cards.

Donna Dacy said...

Love your samples. The non traditional look of the poinsettia card is beautiful. And using the elf and sweets to decorate that wreath is amazing. Love your designs. TFS

mtscrapgal said...

I liked the wreath with its many layers. Thanks

Sue McW said...

Such great cards!! Love this release. Great inspiration.

Wanda said...

Love the elf wreath. Great cards.

Nana Griffin said...

Nice job on both of these cards.

Cindy said...

Your cards are so cute. I especially like your wreath card. Thank you for your great inspiration!

jamie vanskiver said...

Wow I truly love your wreath! Brilliant work! The card is amazing! I love the design and colors on the second card! The way you did the sentiment is awesome! This card is so so pretty:)

Jo Lindskog said...

The wreath was genius! and adding all the candy... Love it all.

CRB Flynn said...

Very original, love both cards

Candy B said...

That elf card was the perfect use of those stamps. LOVE THIS! Thanks for the terrific inspiration! cbee at inbox dot com

Maaike Uijthoven said...

love both your cards, but the second one is just absolutely perfect, thank you for sharing it with us!

Nancy said...

WOW! Such beautiful and creative designs!

Kerry said...

I really like the idea of using the elements from the Elf set on a wreath. Very unique.

N Patricia Castillo said...

AWESOME!!!!! How original!

Irene Grau said...

Lovely cards, Emily. Thanks for always being so inspiring!

Shirley said...

Love your cards especially how you used the wreath on the first card and the second card is beautiful with non traditional colors...really beautiful.

Mary W P said...

Beautiful cards. Your non-traditional color choices on the second card are very pretty.

Betty Sue said...

Stunning cards! Love!

nicoleqmullen said...

Such fabulous cards, very striking colour combination on the second one, really love it!

Diana E. said...

Your Poinsettia card is OUTSTANDING ! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea.

Suzanne B. Webb said...

I JUST LOVE THE CUT OUT ON YOUR CARD, AND THE SURPRISE POP OF BLACK

Judy Sander said...

Such fun and pretty cards. Thanks for your demos.

Sue McRae said...

Your elf wreath is so darn cute!

Carol Happy Expressions said...

Beautiful!

Mary Diehm said...

Beautiful colors! Fun to see this holiday release but with colors that aren't the traditional holiday color combos.

cma21317 said...

cute elf wreath!! what an excellent idea on the black background flower!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judie said...

Love your cards!! The elf with the wreath is super cute! judieattard (at) gmail.com

Kathy M said...

Love both cards

kartelene said...

what great cards, like your ideas thank you for sharing

Sabrina said...

I am just in awww!!! Your cards are fantastic!!!

jcobb said...

I just love the wreath idea...very imaginative!! And the poinsettia card is lovely with the non-traditional colors. Love the black poinsettia frame! The Mistletoe & Holly stamps and dies are quickly becoming favorites!

Susie Sonnier said...

Awesome Release! Great cards!

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards! Love that fun candy wreath!

Lynne Morgan said...

love the use of the wreath die included with your elf card, adds so much dimension.

Teresa Doyle said...

WOW Emily, these are wonderful cards. Love these sets.

CeCe G. said...

Creative cards! Great Job!

Claire Broadwater said...

Emily, these are both FABULOUS! I love both stamp sets! Thanks for all the inspiration! XX

CathyW said...

I loved both of your cards! I super loved the beautiful colors of the second one!

Beejay said...

I love your unusual colors for the poinsettia card! FABULOUSLY! The Elf'd card is magic - love the wreath!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Annie LaVallee-Curtis said...

Love how you put the elements on a wreath, very creative! Your poinsettia card using non-traditional colors is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win this pretty stamp set...it's my favorite of them all! :D

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your Christmas cards look amazing! Your little elf wreath has won me over - that elf is such a cutie-pie!

Sally Greiner said...

Great cards!

Basiljen said...

These are both wonderful!

Cynthia Clark said...

Great cards! Love the colors of your poinsettia!

Parker said...

I like your creative take on both these new sets. Great job.

golfergal said...

Love the colour contrasts in card #2.

Lady Fair said...

Your wreath card is so cute, love how you modified the wreath to fit the sentiment. And the mistletoe card is very elegant, love the use of the die to create more interest behind the flowers. Very creative!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Terrific cards and fun colours!

Laceysocks said...

What wonderful examples for this new release! I really like the way you did the twist on the poinsettia card!

Betty Keefe said...

wow - the black background for the cutout poinsettia is so effective and lovely!

Brithzi said...

Fantastic cards! The one with the poinsettia frame is absolutley gorgeous.

Larissa Heskett said...

AMAMAMAMAMAZZZZZING Cards!! =) Your Poinsettia Card is my Favorite!! I LOVE that you used Non-Traditional Christmas Colors!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the New Release!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Melissa Friedrich said...

Love the Elf wreath, adorable and awesome coloring! The poinsettia negative die cut in black makes this card STUNNING along with your color combo and design.

Cindy said...

Love all the dimension on the wreath and the totally fun colors with the poinsettia!

Martha Miller said...

I like the idea of making a wreath to display the elf and candy. Great job on all the cards.

Martha Miller said...

Love the wreath and poinsettia cards

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Adorable cards.

Casey Ward said...

Emily, your two cards are just great. i love your color choices on the poinsettia card. Well done!

Carolee McCaslin said...

LOVE your cards and this new release!!!

Brenda D. said...

Great cards. Like the way you used the poinsettia to make a window.

Kathy Wright said...

Cute cards!

CraftyPaws said...

fantastic graphic cards! tfs

Marie said...

The candy wreath and the non traditional colors are so very creative.

Sharon Marable said...

I think your card on the Mistletoe set is great.

littlesavedgirl said...

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

Geri Stuart said...

The elf set seems to be the most popular. Thanks for sharing your card ideas!

paperheartscissorssf said...

I love both of your cards! I think the elf one is my favorite so far. :-)

Stephanie said...

Lovely cards and thanks for the inspiration :)

Karen Louder said...

SWEET cards TFS

Brenda Hobdy said...

Love the new stamps and your work is magnificent!!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Amazing! Love the wreath & your poinsettia card is beautiful - such fun colors. Thanks.

Robin said...

Sweet elf and pretty poinsettia. Lovely cards.

Kathleen said...

Love the color combinations

Julia said...

Love your cards--posted on Pinterest....

Sarah said...

Love the Mistletoe and Holly set!

joy said...

Your cards are always very original and very pretty, Emily! Thanks for sharing your talent with us. I love this new release; thanks for the chance to win.

~amy~ said...

Girl, you never disappoint! I absolutely love your FUN wreath...awesome and clever! Your mistletoe & holly card is fabulous....really love your color choices!!!

Yuki said...

Absolutely love both of your cards - so pretty!

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous cards...love that elf.

Glorie said...

gorgeous card with the poinsettia and black accents!

Moosisk said...

Love your cards! The one with the black die cut on it is so fresh and contemporary. Thanks for the inspiration AND chance to win. :D
Janet
moosisk@hotmail.com

Linda Hyden said...

Such gorgeous cards, love the detail on the wreath and elf card.

Lisa Silver said...

Oh geez... your cards are so darn clever! I think this release is going to hurt the pocketbook!

Natalie s said...

Wonderfully creative cards as always Emily. Great job.

scrappergirl56 said...

Such fun with the Elf and the poinsettia card is beautiful...

Barb Ghig said...

Hi Emily! I hope all is well with you! Two fabulous cards! Your candy wreath is so fun, and I love how you die cut the poinsettia...Gorgeous card! I'm so glad you were part of today's blog hop!
PS: Love your new blog photo :)

Sandy said...

Love the "reverse" poinsettia card, withe non traditional colors!

Linda Rubarski said...

Cute cards.

Mary Locke said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Love your color choices!

Bette said...

Cute stamp set...love your cards

Donna said...

Love the elf on the wreath! Very cute!

Katrina Brown said...

I LOVE the be Merry card! Who would think to use black on a Christmas card? It is so eye catching and beautiful! Tucking that idea away! Thanks for sharing that!

artjunkie said...

What beautiful cards you make. Shan shannonpratt66@gmail.com

Miriam Prantner said...

Oh I love these! Such a cute wreath on the first, but the second is my favorite, loving the negative cut and the unexpected color choices.

Pat Klein said...

Great idea about cutting wreath to make larger!

Denise Terry said...

I absolutely love the poinsettias! They always remind me of my mom! And the elf with the wreath is just adorable!

Jan said...

Lucky lady to be able to use these new stamps.

Jean McCurry said...

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

Linda Mc said...

Great cards. I like the non-traditional color scheme of the mistletoe card.

Barbara Tuley said...

gorgeous, love the wreath and elf, I really want to make these!

Ericka Strange said...

Love the elf card.

Shelly Hall said...

Love your cards:)

Mary Beth Krakowski said...

I really LOVE your elf wreath, how clever! It is really great! That set is just the best.

Ann Kulseth said...

Love that little elf - and the poinsettia .... so pretty. Great blog hop full of inspiration.

Mona Porter said...

Very creative cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

Laura Norris said...

Love the wreath card with the elf!

Carol said...

Gorgeous, distinctive cards, Emily!

kathy sarver said...

Love your work!!! ty for the chance to win!

Deborah Montgomery said...

I really love your cards Emily!! The wreath was a great touch :)

Sandra Schroeder said...

Love the unique color choice on that poinsettia card. Unique, modern and fun. The elf wreath is very cute decorated with the four most essencial food groups. craftylady1952@gmail.com

Elizabeth Gutierrez said...

Love our second card, it looks so easy to create yet elegant! Love it!!

Louise Rolph said...

beautiful cards Emily. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous works of art.

Leticia Castro said...

Great idea with the poinsettia and the Elf'd stamp set. Also, your poinsettia card is beautiful in those colors.

Carolyn said...

Darling elf wreath. Such an unexpected and beautiful poinsettia card!

Sue Lutz said...

The Candy on the wreath is so imaginative for a mischievous elf! How fun.

the Blackbird said...

I love poinsettia card!!
Cristina
thehouseoftheblackbirds.blogspot.it

TracyM #6773 said...

Your elf wreath is SUPER CUTE and - WOW - your Be Merry card is STUNNING Emily!!!
LOVE your CLEVER wreath and ADORE your GORGEOUS poinsettia window!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!!

Leslie Brown said...

The elf is very cute. Thanks!

Janet Zeppa said...

Love the wreath you created!!!

Janet Zeppa said...

Love the wreath you created!!!

sharrilou said...

The elf wreath is a great idea, and the poinsettias card is very striking.

Mary Ellen Lounsbery said...

Love the cards. I love how you used a black poinsettia, lovely!
Maryellen.lounsbery@gmail.com

Nina-Marie Trapani said...

love your cards! the sentiment inside the die cut poinsettia was brilliant!
Nina-Marie :)
ninamariedesign@gmail.com

BeverlyBL said...

Think your wreath is precious and the die cut poinsettia card is such a clever idea. I like how you nestled that sentiment right in there.

Deb Kane said...

So creative, love both cards, but the Poinsettia cut out is brilliant!

Gretchen Wilson said...

I love the way you cut out the Poinsettia card, very creative! And of course the elf is also a winner! TFS

stamping sue said...

Really like your elf and wreath card.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

SusieQ said...

I would never have thought about black as an accent for Christmas, but boy do you make it work. Now the wheels are turning!

JanetB said...

I love your idea of a candy Elf wreath. Great card!!

Lynnea Hollendonner said...

I love your elf wreath card!

LauraJane:) said...

LOVE the ELF wreath! The mondo poinsettia cut out card is so elegant:)

Sharbogast said...

Love your cards! The syrup on the wreath reminds me of the Elf movie.. hehe Thanks so much for sharing.

Satori said...

Cute cards! The wreath has a creative twist!

sunnee63 said...

great cards! thanks for the inspiration!!

Andrea La Vigne said...

Emily, your cards are great! I love the wreath on the first. The colors on the greenery are pretty, and I like the variegated hues. Neat idea to cut the wreaths in half to accommodate the greeting! And your second card is so cool. Love the non-traditional colors, and how the black behind the frame sets everything off. Tfs! ~ Andrea (artandcatloverinjville @ gmail . com)

Camille Dykas said...

Love the die cut, great designs

Michelle Golz said...

Love your card designs,

Michele Henderson said...

I love your pretty card designs! So many pretty details too!
Take Care!
Michele H.
crimsonowl@charter.net

Kelly Chevron said...

very unique and pretty cards! love stamps with matching dies--so much versatility...

Susan Norvell said...

Super cute cards...makes me want to start on the holidays now!

Janet D. said...

Your elf cards is delightful, and your poinsettia card is so unique!!

Ellen S. said...

Both cards are so creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

Christine R. said...

Beautiful cards! I love the colors and the layout!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Just fabulous cards, particularly the original and lovely colour combo on the poinsettia card. And keeping my fingers crossed for your giveaway of my fave set:-))

Traci said...

Always a Pleasure Emily! I miss you & Damien's videos! 😊

Jeri said...

That elf is so cute at the top of the wreath. Love how you put the sentiment in the poinsettia die cut out backed with black paper.

Lindsey said...

Absolutely LOVE the elf card! It's perfect for the sentiment and the wreath is awesome! The second card is classy, elegant and gorgeous. The black background is genius.

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