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:


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  1. Heather, you rock! These cards are beyond adorable and so creative. AGREED…that Wonky Backgrounds set is a must have. And I WILL HAVE as soon as I am done with the hop! LOLOL

  2. The ombre thanks hinged card is stunning!! And I absolutely love clean and simple cards! The otter is just too cute for words!

  3. I didn’t realize how cool the hinged “Thanks” die really was until I saw it used! WOw!!! I really like the look, very original, I’ve never seen any Die work like that, it started my mind thinking of thinks I could do with it. Thanks for showing your great cards!!!

  4. I agree with you…background stamps are so versatile. The Wonky Background is my favorite in this set. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Lovin’ on the otter stamps and dies … cuteness overload! Great cards and projects to share the release … thank you!

  6. What a cute card! This set has my mind reeling with ideas for cards too! Thanks for giving me a chance to win from Ellen Hutson!

  7. Love your cards, esp. the “Thanks” card. I always have trouble finding cards that are good for guys, and that one would be great!

  8. That die is SO cool! Want it! I’d say need, but that would be the addiction talking. Believe me, the addiction is talking…really loud! Thanks for the layered idea. Love it!

  9. Love the rainbow Thanks. The otter is too cute for words. I love him and the background stamp you chose. Too much cuteness!!

  10. While normally not fan of sunshine colors, your great graphics and popping’ style with the THANKS die has my heart! Your coloring on the water lilies is so amazing -better than real! You have done such a great job with this fun release. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. The otter is adorable! But, I am impressed with your ombre card using the hinged
    thanks die. You’ve knocked it out of the park! Thanks.

  12. The Otter collection in the new release is ADORABLE! You’ve made your version cheerful and bright! Like the ombre layout with the Thanks die too. Well done!

  13. Your cards showcase some of the new release stamps and dies well. Like you, my favorite is the wonky backdrops–so many possibilities. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  14. Love that little otter on the lily pad!! And that THANKS die…I absolutely have to have that!! That card is beautiful & I’ve seen others along the way just as awesome…I want that die!!

  15. Love your cards! The more I see of the spa themed cards the more I feel they’re giving the otter sets a run for their money! I’m in “otter” disbelief at how stinkin’ cute they are!

  16. I’m not kiddin’ when I say I wanna be you when I grow up, Heather. You are so dang creative. Love how your mind thinks and all the ways you put things together. Totally crushing on your Hinged-Thanks die card. And I’ve already begged for your Otter card on IG, so there’s that. 😉

    You rock, sistah! ♥

  17. I love the cards you’ve created! So fun!! The more I see the Wonky Backgrounds set in use, the more I like it. So many uses. Awesome release!!

  18. Love the wonky stamps. Great local spotlight and/or full backgrounds. I also love the sentiments from thr mirror stamp sets. Can’t wait to get started for all the summer fetes coming up! You did a fab job on yout cards! Thanks for sharing!

  19. THANKS ombre is my favorite. I love this die and the colors you chose. Same with Mr Otter. Your colors remind me of Hawaii.

  20. The otters are definitely cute, but I agree with you about that background set. It’s so versatile and I love it! The THANKS die is super cool, too! Beautiful cards!

  21. Two great cards. That Hinged Thanks die is beautifully used with the ombre effect. And those otters are adorable. I agree, the Wonky Backdrop set is a must have. So many ways to add a bit of background interest. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Great job on the cards, Heather! This is a great release and I love what you did with both the otter set and the THANKS die. So fun! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.

  23. That Hinged Thanks die is awesome and I love the bold, bright card you created. That would be a wonderful thanks for someone. And of course, the otter card is cute and adorable!

  24. Lovely cards!! Those little otters are so cute and,surprisingly (to me at least) that thanks die is so versatile! Love what you did with it here. I agree that the wonky backgrounds stamp set ìs a favourite of mine from this release and ìt’s definitely a must have for me as well!

  25. Love the vibrant ombré color hinged thanks card, wow! The otter card is so sweet, adorable, sure to make everyone smile.

  26. I have really been eyeballing that Thanks die and I think this ombré card has really pushed me over the edge! What a beautiful card!

  27. Hi Heather,

    ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ your cards. I can’t decide which one I like the best. Guess I will just have to get both sets.😊

  28. I love this release and these two stamps/dies are probably my favorites. Don’t hold me to that yet. As I see every sample, my mind changes and expands. Just wish my check book would (expand that is!)

  29. These cards absolutely rawk! You know I am all over that ombre effect “Thanks” card and all things otter! I am now also seeing the error of my ways for not including the Wonky Backgrounds on my must haves now. Thank you for correcting me, Carly, lol!

  30. Such an adorable release! Loving all the examples!

    My Favorites are the Otter stamp set, Wonky backgrounds and slider dies!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    ~God bless~

  31. Oh my goodness – that color combo you did on your otter card is killer! I love how you set it up and played with the bright colors. Gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m definitely going to have to check you out on instagram, too!

  32. Love the colors in your thanks card and all of the layers. The lily pads with the otter is really colorful and cute. What a great card!

  33. Cute cards! I’m in total agreement with you about the Wonky Backgrounds. The Otters are cute, but the backgrounds are so versatile.

  34. Heather, both cards are wonderful designs. Immediately fell in love with the hinged “thanks” die but now the Wonky Backdrops have really grown on me already. Fun hop and great release!

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