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Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia 2017

Hi! I’m super happy to be participating in my dear friend Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza for the second year in a row by contributing a card that I made using some of my favorite Essentials by Ellen products! 

Here’s a little bit more about this event from Taheerah herself:

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is the festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Now let’s get creative, shall we? I am using a die set designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole for Ellen Hutson, LLC today. I’ve been extremely fortunate to be a member of this wonderful team of creative women for a number of years now and Ellen, herself, is just the most gentle, kind, compassionate, and amazing human being EVER!!! The die set I’m using for my project is Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Holiday Words, by Julie Ebersole.


And here’s a close-up of all the sparkle and shine! And check out that cute little snowflake!

If you don’t cut this die apart it’s fantastic to use together OR if you do decide to cut the words apart? The separate words are amazing on their own. Just imagine using the big, bold “Love” die-cut for a stunning Valentine card. *swoon*!!

The details:

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Ellen so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to and leave a comment there too! *You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win!* Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 11:59 EST/9:59 PST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas! 🎅 🎄 ❄️ 

Below are listed all of the supplies I utilized to make my card. These are affiliate links from which I do make a small percentage from any purchase. Thank you. xo

Essentials by Ellen December 2017 Release

Hi there, and welcome to my blog for the final Essentials by Ellen release for 2017.  You should have arrived here from the wonderfully talented and oh-so-sweet Karolyn Loncon’s blog This release is all about celebrating! Birthdays, having fun, cake, confetti, balloons!! Even having a little sparkly. Whether it be sparkling cider or champagne,  I think that you’ll find the release a perfect addition for any occasion: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Friendship, and just about anything else your mind can dream up.

I’m using a few of the new sets from the new release for my pretty in pink card. (With my focus on the new Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Banner Cake By Julie Ebersole.  Here is the card I made. I hope you all like it. It has a TON of shine!! 😎

The following are the two sets I used to make my card:

Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, Leading Ladies – Celebration Lady By Brandi Kincaid

Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Banner Cake By Julie Ebersole


As you will have seen from the previous days of this release hop ALL of the sets are so fun and versatile. I used the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Creative Sheets to die cut my “cake”. Remove the top layer of adhesive liner and then place a sheet of gold foil on top. Burnish the foil with a tool such as the teflon bone folder (shiny shine up). The adhesive from the foam sheet will “lift” the foil. This way you will get the shimmer and shine of the foil AND the loft from the foam! Total win.

Before I took the backing off the other side of my golden cake 😉 I created a very simple background. First, I ran a piece of the beautiful dotted paper (which is actually the Essentials by Ellen Paper Pack, Modern Graphics by Julie Ebersole) through my laminating machine with a piece of Deco Foil pink melon foil.  The center of the foiled paper was ink blended with a few colors of Distress Ink Oxides and the sentiment was heat embossed with a beautiful gold embossing powder from WOW!.

The last step is simply to add embellishments and put the card together. It’s a simple card with a POW! factor. Here’s a close-up:

And rounding out this Saturday hop is the AMAAAAAAAAAZING Jessica Frost-Ballas who I know without a doubt will blow your minds 🤯with her talent!!! I hope everyone had fun on the hop today.


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Essentials by Ellen – Christmas in July

Hi friends! Long time no see. :) I’m so happy to be sharing a fun CHRISTMAS card using the beautiful release from the 2016 Essentials by Ellen Holiday Collection for you today.

There’s a few of us sharing cards over on the The CLASSroom blog, so I hope that you’ll check out everyone’s cards and see what we’ve been up to. And maybe to inspire you and give you a head start on creating your holiday cards. (Although I’m a tried and true procrastinator.)

I hope that you like the card that I created. I’ll share a few pics showing just a few of my pics from my process, too.

Usually when I start creating I like to figure out what my stamps are, then what my color “theme” will be. Then I’ll play around a little with a layout. I do this before even stamping a darn thing! I take FOREVER creating. No kidding. But, I really want my cards to be unique and different. And I am in no way a CAS stamper. Once I kind of have a plan in mind? THEN I can start. It’s a bit of a tedious process, but it works for me. And it’s truly the only way that works for me.

With this I started by stamping the wreath onto the Neenah paper. Once stamped (and heat embossed) I die-cut it using the matching die-cut. After it was die-cut, I then used some of the pretty Tonic Nuvo Drops (both Crystal and Glitter). I wanted them in both Glitter and Crystal. And I selected colors that were not necessarily typical holiday colors, but are very happy and fun.

I used the Tonic Nuvo Drops to “color” in the different circles of the wreath. I simply colored in one circle (or wreath bulb) at a time and moved slowly around the wreath.  The Tonic Nuvo Drops dry fairly quickly. Just set aside and be very careful NOT TO TOUCH!! (Ask me how I know.)

The rest of the card is just a matter of putting the pieces into place.  The background patterned paper is so bright and matches the wreath perfectly, but I decided that it might detract from the wreath so I used a piece of vellum to tone it down.  Vellum is so useful and elegant. I love using it on my cards.

For the sentiment I omitted the “sparkle” portion of the stamp (since I’d be using the Sparkle Die) using a post-it-note. This is super easy to do. You could also cut the sentiment stamp apart, but I elected not to do that.

Adding the confetti clear sequins finishes off the card and adds the extra sparkly touch. A sparkly, bright, happy holiday card that’s perfect for anyone! :)

But wait! There’s more! Ellen Hutson, LLC wants YOU to benefit from our little Christmas in July with a HUGE SALE on all Christmas products in the store. Check out all the details in the graphic below. and simply CLICK on the graphic  to be taken to the store to shop. So simple. :)

Christmas in July

(No coupon needed. In stock items in the sale category only. Not valid on previous purchases.  Sale ends July 24th, 2017 @ 11:59 PM PDT.)

*Compensated affiliate links used when possible, at no cost to you. Thank you for shopping with me.*

New Hinged Dies from Essentials by Ellen

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share with you new Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies Hinged Alpha and Hinged Numbers by Julie Ebersole. These are much like the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Thanks by Julie Ebersole. The letters in the Hinged Alpha Set are all meant to work separately to form whatever words you like right after snipping them apart. And the Hinged Alpha Set is  perfect for any birthday or anniversary…or anything else your imagination can dream up.

Here is a close up of a card that I created using the brand new Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Hinged Alpha by Julie Ebersole and the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Bold Blossoms Stand-Alone by Julie Ebersole.

I wanted to show the close-up first so that you could see the dies in “action”, so-to-speak. I thought that they “Hey, You” was clever. But, it could just be me.  ;) I colored the vellum from the back side with a variety of Copics. Then the piece was adhered to a scrap of white glitter paper. (I have a LOT of scraps!)

Using more scraps (yay!) I die cut the flowers from the Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Bold Blossoms Stand-Alone by Julie Ebersole

Here is the front facing photo of the card:

This wasn’t a difficult card to create.  Just hard to photograph so that you get the full gist of what what done and so you really understand the dimension of the card. The hinged dies are a lot of fun and can be cut apart and be used in so many different ways. I think with dies like this it’s important to really be creative and allow your mind to just go full force! Check out the CLASSroom blog for all of the ideas that the team members have and to see all of their wonderful projects.

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Happy 2017

Happy 2017!! Wait what? Okay so, it’s not quite 2017 YET! But I did make a very cool Happy 2017 card that’s on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® blog today. You really should check it out. 

Let me show you a very quick peek at the card. And then you have to head over to their blog to get all of the nitty-gritty details on how I made it. Sound good?

The stamp set and die are both from Essentials by Ellen and are called Advent (designed by Julie Ebersole). All of those  luscious sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.

For close ups of this card, please head over to the Scrapbook by Adhesives by 3L® blog. Using the Keepsake Envelopes make any card special and can be used in so many amazing ways.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017.  

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