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:


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  1. These are so clever and amazing! I want to make them all! Great job on showcasing different uses for the stamps and dies!!!

  2. You are brilliant beyond words. But I think we had this discussion on IG already. 😉 I completely looooove how you mixed and matched all the pieces up to make them so unique. So smart! And so beautiful. ♥

  3. Love the retro look of your amazing samples – such memories with a cool twist! I wanna just hug that dear snowman! Thanks for the sweet inspiration!

  4. Such wonderful cards…I especially love the clean, crisp design of the all white card with the textured die background.

  5. CLEVER clever clever to use Fat Pants for a spooky project, love that! And both great Christmas cards although have to admit I’m always partial to snowmen! TFS!

  6. Love your style… you pack a lot of punch in your simple, classic designs. It doesn’t hurt that you used my favorite products from this release… love the stitched cover plate (so versatile), and the holiday word dies, AND the adorable snowman!!! Well done; TFS your talent and inspiration.

  7. Oh! So lovely! And I absolutely love what you did with the Joy, Peace, Love die along with the background cover plate! So simple and elegant!

  8. I love the Joy, Peace, Love card! Thank you for sharing your designs. You’re truly an inspiration for all of us paper-crafters!

  9. These word dies are my fav’ and I love how you used them to cut right out of the center of your card!! How creative! 3 fabulous projects but that one was my favorite and inspired me to try that! TFS!!! Now off to hop!

  10. Beautiful JOY word cards, so clever with the snowman “O”, the pretty background the stitched cover plate makes and the Fat Pants monster is super cute too!

  11. That is amazingly clever. A friend’s absolute favorite word is JOY. and she would just go crazy I if you saw created it. Love what you do!

  12. The cards just kept getting better as I scrolled down! Thanks for sharing! The Frankie treat bag is a great reminder to look at our stamps and dies in a different way.

  13. Thank you for inspiring me more by using the faux stiches cover plate! I also think that your little spooky treat bags were also quite cute!

  14. A snowman will definitively bring joy to the house… lovely card. The cover plate die gives a fabulous background, a must-have !

  15. Hey Heather, so nice to see you participating in this blog hop. I love your cards. I think that Joy, Peace and Love is fantastic!

  16. Fat Pants & the Stitching cover plate are my absolute must haves from this release. Love all 3 of your designs but that Frankenstein is fantastic! Love love love when stamps & dies are so versatile! Mahalo for beautiful creations!

  17. The Stitching Plate and the Christmas Words are my favorites. So versatile! Love your creativity with the Halloween Treat Box!

  18. Oh my goodness your cards are adorable! Love that you added the cute little Halloween treat bag…Super cute and after all, Halloween IS coming up! LOL

  19. gorgeous set of cards and l love that you showed how you can use some of the products to create projects for other holidays!

  20. Joy, Peace, Love–doesn’t that say it all? What a great release and these holiday words are SO versatile for holiday cards, I think they may be one of the soon-to-be “go to” favorites for crafters. I loved your projects and love this release! TFS!

  21. Great use of the the dies and stamps. It’s fun seeing what everyone creates and I love your cards. The all white card with the stitching background showing through the die cuts is my favorite. It is so elegant, but all the cards are fantastic.

  22. Love, love love the JOY with the snowman as the O, adorable. Get your fat pants ready is hysterical…… clever

  23. Love how you used the Christmas dies/stamps for other occasions. And the elegance and simplicity of your designs. Very inspiring!

  24. The stitched background behind the word die cuts is great! What a surprise from the items in the set making the Halloween card, CUTE.

  25. This is my favorite stop on the hop! Your cards are clever and perfect, and AMAZING! Especially that last one, absolute genius!

  26. I love your clever use of mixing and matching the various stamp sets to create your gorgeous cards. My fave is most definitely the stitched background behind the word dies, I really love that idea! Word die and stitched background now on top of wish list “sigh” Have a fabulous day. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  27. Wonderful cards. I especially love your white on white card with the peace love joy and stitches coverplate – totally gorgeous!

  28. I love your designs! What a great way to use the Stitched background plate to give that gorgeous all white layered card texture. Stunning!

  29. Beautiful cards.
    Clean and simple and wonderful.
    The Halloween treat bag was a
    fun addition.
    thanks for sharing.

  30. Your off the charts with these great cards. Love,peace & joy with that wonderful Stitched cover plate. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing and I’ll be keeping an eye out for you……

  31. I really liked the snowman “joy”–very clever, but was blown away by the second card. I absolutely love the simplicity of it. It is simply stunning in impact. Thank you.

  32. So love this Blog Hop! Your cards rawk, and I’m so happy I already got my Holiday Words dies in my hot, little hands! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome cards! I might “need” the Fat Pants set now too…

  33. Your cards are so amazing!! I love the way you combined the stamp sets!! And I love that they are simple but so sweet 😊

  34. Awesome CAS cards!! Love your variations with the snowman face and the second card with the negativespace from the word dies revealing the embossed panel underneath – definitely classy and elegant!

  35. Great cards, Heather! Simple, adorable, charming! Thanks so much for sharing with us and for participating in this great hop and giveaway.o

  36. The Joy Peace Love card is very elegant in white with a touch of silver. And the cheeks of the snowman really bring a smile. He’s so darned cute!

  37. Love the different ways you have used the Holiday Words die. I’ve just discovered your blog via the blog hop, definitely going to have to have a look around.

  38. Nice cards, I like how the snowman from fat pants (lol) replaces the o in the joy die cut. And your Halloween goodie bag is so cute!

  39. Such an adorable snowman card!!! Love the stitched background peeking through the diecut sentiment panel – such a cool effect! Also very clever to take a Christmas set and find other ways to use it throughout the year – love how you found a way to stretch the set!

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