Essentials by Ellen Holiday Blog Hop and giveaway!


If you’ve just hopped over from Julie’s blog – welcome! I’m excited that Julie & the Ellen Hutson team asked me if I would take part in this holiday release hop to celebrate the new dies (some coordinating with existing stamp sets!) and stamps that they are releasing as a part of the Essentials by Ellen line.

If you know anything about me – I adore holiday crafting! I have several projects and ideas to share with you here today- and you’ll be seeing more from me featuring this release over the next two months as we count down to Christmas as well. I know I know – we aren’t quite ready for that! But trust me – time is flying and we need to get crafting!


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I was tasked with featuring a new stamp set, and a new die that coordinates with an existing stamp set. Challenge, accepted! If you’d like to see the entire release you can do so here. Looking for all the supplies I’m using? See the end of this post for a list. But first buckle up because I’ve got a lot of projects to share!


My wreath cards feature the Christmas Scribbles Stamps and new coordinating dies. Love them both and it is simple enough:

  1. Build a layer of circles
  2. Add some detail and fun like tiny stamps, mist, etc.
  3. Add a sentiment!

There’s a bit more to do – more on that in the video. This is great when you’re wanting to utilize those tiny stamps in a set, or when you want to use stamps that you’ve die cut out as I have in both of these new cards.


I mentioned a video – oh yes I’ve made a video to share with you! It has tips and highlights of all the projects you see made here today. Not quite a full project tutorial and a closer look at these stamp sets and dies that I’ve used. While making the video I ended up creating a whole new card as well, which you can see below.

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Link to YouTube video

I created this video with technique and ideas in mind that you’ll be able to use on cards, giftwrap, Project Life or December Daily entries – or however you like to use holiday stamps and dies! I’m such a fan of all things holiday crafting – let’s keep on going!  The next project features “Holly Jolly” which is a fantastic new sentiment focused stamp set. Love the fun font!


I love the ‘paint with distress’ you see above – it’s just fun! One of the cards I created not seen in the video is below (featuring just the scribbles stamps) –


Just a simple and very re-creatable/mass producible design requiring just some distress ink, water, gold ink, and of course paper + thread. I like making designs that I could recreate easily and without buying more of anything other than paper now and again. You never know when you’ll need 20 cards quick, especially this time of year.

Back to Holly Jolly

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I explained the little box above in the video – to recap it’s gold leafing! The lid is done with liquid adhesive. Just leave it all on there until totally dry, then remove gold leafing. The edge is the tape method I demonstrated in my video. If you’re wondering “wait… how with liquid?” stay tuned. Full video tutorial on my gold leafing with stencils coming next week!

The other notables on the box are that the sides are painted (silver and gold), and that the sentiment was stamped on cardstock then adhered to the lid.


This EPIC blog post is coming to an end. I just had WAY too much fun with this release and couldn’t stop making tons of fun things! This card is using a stamp set + NEW die I thought I was supposed to  feature… until I realized I wrote down the wrong one! ha! It’s still a lot of fun – so I had to include it of course.

If you’re thinking “geez this girl has a lot of ideas…” yep. You’d be right! In fact all my favorite ideas + how-tos are currently being gathered in an online card making class right here! Pre-registration ends 10/31 you might wanna check that out! (note students will have access to an Ellen Hutson discount code as well…)


Next stop & Giveaway time!

Ah but before you run off, gotta share the next fabulously creative ink in the hop! Click here to check out Kristie Goulet’s post. If you get lost, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

 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 for your chance to win my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post with a valid email address by October 27th. There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, also by October 27th, with a valid email address. Winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, October 30th.

Thank you again to Ellen & Julie for asking me to play along, and to all of you that made it through my epic post!

Links to key supplies used:


279 thoughts on “Essentials by Ellen Holiday Blog Hop and giveaway!”

  1. Your wreath cards are inspiring me to brave the cold in my studio (no heat out there!) and it’s very chilly this a.m. TFS! These Essentials are really fabulous–and need I say, essential? So many wonderful designs! kReN

  2. Fabulolus cards and so fantastic that some of these would be wonderful for mass-production. I really enjoyed your video chock full of tips and tricks too. TFS and inspiring! Hugs, kristina

  3. You make just some of THE coolest stuff. You rock. Thanks for sharing your awesome and beautiful cards and projects, and thanks for a chance to win. Michelle t

  4. May, you always knock it out of the park. I love all the projects, impossible to pick a favorite. Thank you for inspiring me so much all the time. LOVE!

  5. You have been very busy with your wonderful projects. I really like that you had three very different wreath cards.

  6. Hi May, this is such and inspiring post with all these wonderful cards. Your talent and skills are awesome.

  7. Wow! Great ideas! i love how you do the stitching on your cards……really adds to them.

  8. I Love all of these projects May! I was pretty sure I needed one of these stamp sets before I got to your blog, and you just added two more, plus dies to my list!

  9. May, your cards are so clean and beautiful. I really love how you sewed around a few of them to add a little something extra. The Christmas scribbles set is really really pretty. Thanks for sharing all your tips and ideas too.

  10. Oh my goodness-you were busy crafting up some lovelies! I have never watched any of your videos before- my loss. it was full of ideas & techniques and your enthusiasm is contagious!!

  11. What wonderful cards. I am enjoying the hop. It’s so fun to see the ideas and creations for this new release!

  12. Love the cards and the box – the new sets area so cute and so fun! Can’t wait to get my own!

  13. Love your creations, so pretty…off to your Youtube channel to check them out, love your videos!!!

  14. I really like your first card, Merry Little Christmas. So creative! Thank you for the inspiration.

  15. I love your cards…. especially the simplistic ones that make mass production easy and QUick…. Thanks for sharing

  16. You were having too much fun with this new product release. I was having too much fun watching you create these really wonderful projects. psst, i love gold leaf, as well. It’s a big secret that needs to be shared with the world.

  17. The Originality of your art is so perfect. you take stamps and make them look fresh and your own… i admire that a lot! these stamps are beautiful and thanks for sharing so many different projects!

  18. Oh wow! What a great set of cards! I just love the wreaths you created with the sets, and I’m loving the splatter and textures!

  19. Love the cards, just adorable! Looking forward to more projects. And yes, time if flying! I’ve already started my Christmas cards and I’m not sure I’m going to get them all done in time. LOL

  20. Wondeful inspiration & how to’s, May! So many ideas & crafty goodness! Thank you so much! Loving this new release from Ellen!

  21. wow.. may… !!! love all your ideas and all those cards! thanks for sharing your stack of inspiration with us all:)

  22. Loved all your projects.My favorite is the have yourself a merry little christmas wreath card. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. I always marvel at how people are able to pull off the ‘controlled mess’ look and revere them as godly beings. And you are one of them! WEll done! I really love your cards! especially the third and the forth ones! You really have a lot of talent!!!!:))

  24. Great designs for great projects. Love the little box. Your cards are marvelous as well. Great designs. TFS

  25. after watching this, I’m going to pull out my silver leaf flakes and have a play 🙂 Thanks for reminding me what fun they are.

  26. What a lot of information packed into your video. LOVED ALL THE TIPS AND TRICKS. tHANKS SO MUCH

  27. So many great ideas I’m not sure where to start! thanks for the video. the gold leafing is really cool as well as the watercolor on the holly jolly and scribbles cards.

  28. All your cards are so creative!! you have really showcased the new release! i want it all 🙂

  29. Neat projects…love how you showed to make a circle with cookie cutter….I really like your video.

  30. Watched your awesome idea video…way inspirational! Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas and craft tips.

  31. Wow, girl, I love all your cards! i swear you have to be the speed crafter – i don’t know how you create so quickly! it would take me hours to make something remotely similar. that box is adorable, too!

  32. I do like your style, May! And your irrepressible enthusiasm for all things crafty! This very cool release has certainly lit your fire, and mine too! Tfs!

  33. amazing set of cards (I can’t even begin to say how awesome that box is!)…so glad I found you through this blog hop!

  34. Wow! You really went to town with this fun release. Love, love, love your amazing projects – such fun colors. Thanks so much.

  35. So many pretty cards and the box is adorable too, I love that some can be mass produced easily. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful creations!

  36. Holy smokes, you were busy, May! I just got the gold spray… going to have to play with it some. Love how you used it!

  37. Wow!!! Your cards are fabulous! Love all your projects! My email is janet@swofford .

  38. I love cards with greenery and I am really falling in love with that Christmas scribbles stamp set. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win one! Thanks for the chance, and for the beautiful inspiration.

  39. Hey! Loved the fun video and all your awesome creations. appreciated all the tips and techniques. clever girl and this is a neat release with lots of good stuff.

  40. Wow! So many inspiring ideas that I can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing. Love, love the first card with the wonderful sentiment!

  41. You have so many great ideas!!! Love all of them, but really like how you used the Tis the season set. (Since I have it, and could use more ideas!) Thanks!

  42. Your wreath cards are fabulous! Love that Scribbles set. The box is just too beautiful for words. Love all the gold leafing.

  43. MAY , I love how you have added a touch of gold on most of your creations. The leafing is just gorgeous and is an added sparkle / bling to it. Thanks or being so inspiring. Hugs Jo

  44. Love these ideas May; and I totally have to get the Santa with sunglasses … perfect for Dubai! x

  45. May, I don’t know how you sleep at night with all those ideas floating around in your head! Great job!

  46. May, such loveliness. Christmas scribbles has my heart, glad to see the coordination dies! Thank you for the chance to win!!

  47. Wow, so many ideas! I’m going to have to add Christmas scribbles to my wish list. Thanks for sharing.

  48. I LOVE the clean modern look of your cards with the scribble wreath and splatters of ink! So beautiful!

  49. Every one of those cards is gorgeous! I couldn’t pick a favorite! Thank you so much for all the inspiration. It is clear that you were really excited/inspired by this release!

  50. Thanks for the great video and for showing us how to make those large scribble circles! The scribbled circles are a perfect base for all sorts of wreaths.

  51. May love your projects! Love especially the one with pinkish/purple color a Non-traditional Christmas color.

  52. I love the gold foil! And it was nice to actually see a non-stamp used to make the wreath circles. This release has lots of great items for all sorts of projects, holiday and non-holiday.

  53. I am so glad you highlighted the scribbles stamps. I just love them, so it really helps to see them in action. And…I totally get the inspiration explosion that happens when you get started playing with something new, or sometimes even something old! thanks so much.

  54. YOu have been busy! I love that scribbly circle technique – I thought it was a stencil. Brilliant idea, May!

  55. You Really out did yourself! Just when I think that this card is my fave, you have another one that is just as wonderful.

  56. wow these are so beautiful! I love the wreath image and all of the looks you can get with them!

  57. All your projects are beautiful and make me want to get a start on my Christmas crafting projects!

  58. Wow, you made a lot of projects. I love how you created the first ones with the same design but with a different look.

  59. Gotta love videos and posts that are inspiring!!!!
    Your ideas inspire me as opposed to making me want to create the same thing. This is what I search for and I am so grateful. Cosmic shimmer is a must-have for my next purchase!

  60. Love the use of the wreaths. Each is different though it’s the same.
    The box is adorable. It would look great on the dresser in my bedroom.
    thanks for sharing some wonderful ideas and videos.

  61. Thanks for the great video chock full of neat ideas. All of your cards and projects are artsy wonderful!

  62. I love simple and elegant with splashes of paint, glitter & sequins at this time of year….thank you for the inspiration.

  63. I really like the Christmas scribble and those wreaths, WOW, so simple and yet so elegant.

  64. Oh my gosh! I love all the cards you created! I want to watch your video and see what else I can create. I NEED to spend a whole day watching all the videos I have saved to my computer! LOL Thanks for the video and for showing us all your techniques.

  65. Thank you May for your unabashed free creative design form. Great creations with Ellen’s new release.

  66. WOW wow wow
    ABsolutely fabulous projects May!!!
    your box is beautiful and ALL of your cards wonderful, love the designs and colours of each one!!!
    thank you for sharing such an awesome introduction to the new release and for sharing your creative inspiration too 🙂

  67. I love all of these cards! I recently got the Scribbles dies to go with my scribbles stamp set, and just love all the possibilities.

  68. May, I’m glad for your “oops,” featuring the stamps from ‘Tis the Season.” Great ideas for using smaller images without ending up with stamp sneeze on your card! Love all your projects, and I’m looking forward not only to your leafing tutorial, but your upcoming cards class as well. Thanks for all the ideas! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  69. who could watch one of your videos and not get excited to ‘get crafting’?!!? your enthusiasm is contagious!! thanks for spreading the crafting love! blessings, melitta

  70. enjoyed your relaxed and creative approach to card making. I love wreaths, so I will for sure try your tip to create your own circle. Thanks! I really enjoyed your video.

  71. wow-great cards! I especially love the simple green one- you are giving me all sorts of ideas! 🙂

  72. Wow! You are so talented. your cards are so beautiful and full of inspiration. Wonderful ideas. Thank you so much.

  73. Hi May! really fun cards and gift box. I can see you had tons of fun creating and these stamps and dies sets offer unlimited holiday crafting. Thanks for sharing your creativity with a video! Those gold flakes do look like fun. Great release!

  74. I love your cards, May, and the class sounds really exciting. Thanks for all you share with us.

  75. iT’s so inspiring to see the creative process. Love to see how one idea spirals into another and I do love that extra card you made. I guess I’m more of a CAS kinda girl at hear lol.

  76. WOW gal you are awesome! So much going on in that creative brain that I feel like Christmas has already arrived for me. Thank you for your participation as I feel very blessed.

  77. I love your first, third and fourth car. Among these fourth is my favourite because of the combination of colors and splashes in the centre. It looks sketchy and has a nice artistic touch to it

  78. WOW, May, you were on a roll that’s for certain. Everything is beautiful and appreciate sharing your tips. thanks for the chance to win something awesome. bdlakebum at yahoo dot com

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