Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop


Hey hey and welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies today. If you’ve already been hopping along with us, you’ll have arrived from the super talented Carolyn Peeler’s blog. If you encounter any broken links or you’re just now joining the party, you can always head back to the start of the hop in The CLASSroom.

Now, on to my cards! This release is so good that I just couldn’t seem to stop stamping. So, I’ve got THREE cards to share with ya — and more ideas that I can’t wait to stamp!

Essentials by Ellen Winter 2016 Trio

I’ll share ’em in the order that I made ’em!

The World Is Super Lucky to Have You

I love this sentiment that’s in the Up the Happy set so very much, so I reached for it first. I had Julie in mind when I made this card!

Super Lucky by Lisa Spangler

We’re all so lucky to have Julie, am I right?

I started out by stamping that message with VersaMark ink on watercolor paper and embossing it in clear. Then I watercolored a background, blending blues and blacks. I can’t say enough good things about this Koi Watercolor set by Sakura. The colors are just so vibrant! I’ve taken it on several trips and it’s so great for traveling. And the pans may look small, but boy do they go deep. Plus it comes with a waterbrush that I’ve found is great for lettering. Like I said, can’t say enough good things about this set. :)

I made the butterflies by watercoloring directly on the stamp and stamping. I used my MISTI to add colors in layers so they wouldn’t get muddy and I had more control. Here’s a closeup so you can see:


Then when I was all done with the watercolor parts, I inked the stamp up with VersaMark ink and then clear embossed it. I think this adds that extra special something.

Butterfly Closeup

Then I die cut the butterflies with the matching Up the Happy Die set and mounted them to my watercolor resist background. Some splattered gold mist and sequins completed the card.

Super Lucky Closeup

Gotta say that I love love love having those matching dies for the butterflies so I don’t have to worry about cutting out their antlers :)

Now on to my second card…

A Case of the Modays

Basic Alpha by Lisa Spangler

So, this card was supposed to say “May Your Coffee Be Strong and Your Monday Be Short”. Only I was having a baaaad case of the Mondays and didn’t notice that I had a wee typo until AFTER I took the photos and I was writing the blog post! Doh. Did you spot it already? You’ll see how I fixed it here in a bit :)

May Your Coffee Be Strong

I used the new Basic Alpha to stamp this saying on watercolor paper. You guys, this set is genius — like everything Julie comes up with! It has multiples of each letter and they are all the same height, so it makes it super easy to pop everything on a MISTI and stamp in one go! I was able to stamp “May Your Coffee Be Strong” all at once! Yeah!

I stamped it with VersaMark ink and then clear embossed it, then swiped watercolor over it to reveal the letters. Easy. And I couldn’t stop there — I had to do the inside too!

Let's Venti!

This coffee cup and sentiment are both in the Oh Frappe set. Oh and one more trick!

I decided to stamp the cup in navy ink since I used dark navy watercolor on the front. My navy ink isn’t waterproof, so I did the same trick as with the butterfly and stamped it using the MISTI, first in navy and then again with VersaMark so I could clear emboss it. Oh yeah I love my MISTI.


Now for my “fix”, since apparently I can’t spell. :) I just x’d out “Moday” and added some curse characters LOL!!! That was that. No mo’ problem.

I’ve got a BUNCH more ideas running around in my brain using the Basic Alpha set — can’t wait to try them! (I have big plans for spelling out “mondo squishy hugs” and using the bear from this set!)

Now for my last card!

A Totally Awesome Birthday

I’m gonna send this card to my brother. I think a card like this is perfect for guys because it’s not too froo froo. :)

Awesome Birthday by Lisa Spangler

I started out by stamping the “Have a Totally AWESOME Birthday” on watercolor paper using the Totally Awesome set to help with positioning.

Then I HAD to try the “no line” watercolor technique using the balloon from the Up the Happy set. This was my first time trying this technique — and you can bet it won’t be my last! I had so much fun.

Look Ma No LInes

If you’re not familiar with this technique it’s super easy: just stamp your image in a super light colored ink. It doesn’t have to match, just has to be in the ballpark. I didn’t have all the colors that I needed, so when in doubt I used yellow. I also stamped the balloon on scratch paper before stamping it on the card so it would be even lighter.

Awesome Birthday

Then I went to town coloring the balloons. I allowed the balloons to fully dry before coloring an overlapping one so that the colors wouldn’t blend together. Then when everything was dry I painted on the balloon strings with a light gray.

Awesome Birthday

The final touch was painting on some sparkly glitter glue to the “awesome” — just to add that little extra something! I’ve found that painting the glitter glue on with a brush gives you more control so it doesn’t get blobby. It dries faster this way too, woo!


I get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set! YAY! The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set (maximum value $15) currently in stock at To enter my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by February 16th!

There is also a crazy awesome Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom! To enter, be sure to leave a comment THERE, also by February 16th; ALL winners will posted at the CLASSroom on Friday, February 19th!

Hop On

Whew! You made it to the end of my looooong post! Thanks so much for reading — you rock!

Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Julia Stainton, yeah! Just wait until you see what she’s made. Happy hoppin’!


Thanks so much for joining me! xo

Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

Sketch Your World

You guys!!! I just found out that Olya Schmidt is teaching a Sketch Your World class over at Studio Calico! I’m so excited! I’ve been a fan of hers on instagram and she’s always up to something good. And she has a cute bunny too! You can follow her @paintpaperstudio. Here she is doing her amazing thing:


Free Stamp Set

While supplies last, all Sketch Your World students will receive a free 4x6in stamp set designed by Olya Schmidt.

These playful stamps feature at home icons that are a perfect match for practicing your new watercolor skills. This stamp set will ship for free, no matter where you are.

What We’ll Learn

  • How to capture the world around you using sketching and watercolor techniques
  • Ins and outs of different pens, paints and notebooks for sketching and watercoloring
  • Practice techniques to help you get more comfortable with watercolors
  • How to use color along with painting and sketching techniques to create aspects such as shadows, details and reflections
  • How to apply the painting and sketching techniques learned both at home and out in the world


You’re gonna need some watercolors — and a brush too. On the recommended supply list for the class is this Koi Watercolor Set and I just have to say that I love this set for watercoloring on the go!


I especially love how it has a pull-out palette tray and you can use the lid for another palette. It’s just so well designed and the colors are really vibrant! Can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve taken it on two big trips and I was so glad I had it.

Here you can see where I used the palette while working on some leaves when I was out in the Bay Area in November.

See Ya There?

Registration is has been extended — you can sign up now through February 15th yeah! Class starts on February 1st and you’ll have lifetime access. :)

Hope to see ya there! xo


Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

Studio Calico Valentine’s Cardmaking class!

You guys! Just had to pop in right quick with a reminder that there’s still time to sign up and join me for the Studio Calico Valentine’s Cardmaking class! I just finished the video for the last lesson on coloring stamped images — here’s a little peeky peek :)


Hope that you’ll join me! You can sign up right here — the best part is that the class is only $10! Even better? You can pick up a cardmaking bundle and save moar! Yeah. :)

You can also find more peeks on the class right here. xo

Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

Last minute gift idea!

You guys! I’ve got a tutorial on the Studio Calico blog today with an idea for making a stationery set — I think it’s a great last minute gift idea. No need to worry if you got the right size or food allergies.


I just had to use this Houseplants set by Life Love Paper. Love it so much!


Here’s the set:


And then! I had the idea to include the messages in a little glassine envelope so that the recipient could add them.


I just used foam tape and left the backing paper on. Here’s the set I used — it’s called Hey Girl and it’s by Hey Mama Elephant. This set sold out — I was so happy when they came back in stock!


Join me over at SC for the full tutorial. xo

AND! Today only (December 15th!) Studio Calico is having a flash sale with 15% off all stamps! YES! I use both of these sets all the time, so I’d snap them up even at full price. Oh yeah. Click on over HERE to shop the stamps. :)

Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook

Inspired by Anthropologie

You guys! I was flipping through the Anthropologie catalog the other day and I noticed the sketchy firs — I was like WHOA! That’s like the stamp I did for Hero a while back. So I had to bust it out and make some cards. Right?

Lisa's Pen & Ink Fir

This stamp is really special to me. You see, I drew the balsam fir while I was staying at a little cabin in near Mount Tremblant, Quebec. It was pouring rain so we couldn’t go hiking. Luckily I had brought my watercolors with me tho. So while J napped, I ran outside quickly and gathered a few leaves to paint, along with this fir.

When I got back home to Texas, Hero was looking for stamps for that year’s Christmas catalog — and the rest is history.

Looks like you can still find the stamp HERE at Simon Says Stamp — not sure how many they have tho since it’s a few years old.

To make the card, I just brushed on watercolors and then stamped it. Loving navy so much this year. Then I stamped the “Merry Christmas”, watercolored some confetti and flourishes, and that was that. Now to get ’em in the mail.


Share this: Tweet about this on TwitterEmail to someoneGoogle+Pin on PinterestShare on Facebook