Essentials by Ellen New Release Blog Hop

Hello and WELCOME to hoppers coming from Jennifer McGuire’s blog! You’ve found the next stop on the February 2017 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop!

Lucky you – I’m givin’ away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set too!  The person who wins can chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) from Ellen  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway over in The CLASSroom!  To enter that, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

ALL winners will be announced in the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check in there on that date to see if you’re a winner!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the hoppers!

Now on to the cards! I’m giving you a look at the Hinged Thanks Die, Otterly Awesome Stamp Set, Otter Ware Set, and Wonky Backgrounds Stamp Set. Let’s get to it …

This die is pretty nifty. Instead of simply cutting out a letter, a little bit of each one is scored so you can use it to cut letter-shaped “windows” – which is super cool.  But where I think this die really shines is the way it lets you cut and layer letters too (like I did here). Rainbows, ombré … so many cool possibilities!

This card uses my favorite set from this release: Wonky Backgrounds. “What?!” you say? Why is that one my favorite when there are so many cute otters and the fabulous gal with the towel on her head? Don’t get me wrong, I dig ’em all, but this … this is one of those must-have tools everyone needs in their stamping arsenal. Texture, shapes, and smaller elements – everything you need to add a little “oomph” to your cards.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter my giveaway and then hop on over and say “hi!” to:


Thanks for hoppin’ with us today!

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Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2016 Hop


Hello, and welcome from Jennifer McGuire’s blog!

So … how much are you lovin’ the Holiday Release Hop so far?! I’ll be showing you some ideas for a few of the new stamp sets and dies below, but first – how cool is this?! – I 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  To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post  by Tuesday, October 25th!

There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter that, be sure and leave a comment there too – also by Tuesday, October 25th!

ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, November 4thPlease 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 hoppin’ today.

On to the eye candy …


I couldn’t resist taking a few of the (many!) shapes in the Fat Pants set and turning them into something a little spooky! Paired with an oldie but goodie (Got Candy?) and cut from Lawn Fawn’s Goodie Bag it’s the perfect size for gifting a few treats.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter my giveaway and then hop on over and say “hi!” to:


You won’t be disappointed!

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October Daily 2015

October Daily (yes, it’s a thing). *grin*

When Ali Edwards introduced December Daily, I was all about it. I dig twinkle lights and snow and coffee in red cups and all the things that come with December (and the kits, oh, do I love the kits), but October is my favorite. And so it began …

I made my first October Daily in 2007 and have made one every year since (with varying degrees of “success”). The first few years I made my own albums and pages, but transitioned to using pocket pages a couple of years ago (and, wow, so much easier). But last year’s – what I’m sharing with you today – is my favorite so far. Using a 4×4 album covered with black cats from SevenPaper’s Baxter line as my base, I started with a simple plan: tell one story a day, use a date stamp on vellum for the date, and add a few simple embellishments from Crate Paper’s After Dark line (for the Minc).

Note: The two-thirds-of-a-4×4 insert you see out of the book in the photo above is my “intro” page: pretty black glittery stickers on vellum with a big star sequin. It started life as a 4×4 page, but the more I futzed with it the more I liked the idea of it being slightly smaller and I made the cut (using a Fuse Tool to seal the new size).

As the days passed, I hit my groove. I have a ton of Halloween stuff in my stash, but I found sticking to one group of embellishments really made it easy for me just get it done. I wasn’t over-thinking (something I do A LOT), I was motoring. Keepin’ it simple works for me.

Note: I have a love/hate relationship with my Instax Mini camera. I love (LOVE!) the photos and the quirks of instant film, but being the happy, healthy control freak that I am, it drove me bonkers that I couldn’t precisely frame my shots. Enter the Instax Mini Printer. It solved all those issues by letting me develop whatever image I wanted onto the film – control-freak-approved instant images coming right up! (No one’s paying me to say this – I just really love the thing.) A new version has come out since I bought mine, but from what I’ve seen it seems to function the same.

2016’s October Daily is in the works (in a 6×8 album this time). I didn’t keep it quite as simple so it’s not going as fast? Will I EVER learn? *laugh* In the meantime, if you’d like to see more of this album check out my Instagram feed (over on the right).

Thanks for stopping by!

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