Ellen Hutson August Release Blog Hop + PRIZES!

Hi there and welcome to my stop on the Ellen Hutson August release blog hop. I’m so glad you’re here!

This release is so good that I had to have allllll the stamps! I made a bunch of cards and just couldn’t stop — with more to come!

I thought I’d give you some tips and tricks for each one, so let’s hop to it!

Eye Made This for You

This first card uses the new Happy Haunting stamps and Spiderwebs dies! Ahhhhhh love these so much! The sentiment is from the Pumpkin to Talk About set — so many good ones in there.

Pro tips:

  • You can scare up some great cards for Halloween with the Happy Haunting set — of course! — buuuuut I’m thinking it’s totally would be worth it to pick up the Pumpkin to Talk About set and use that “eye made this for you” all year long! Love it!!! Put it on the backs of cards, on your envelope, ah heck put it everywhere!
  • If you’re like me and love to add wiggle eyes to cards then this is totally the set for you! That jar, amiright?
  • I used Hero Arts reactive dye inks for the background — love playing with these inks! I used key lime fizz, grape crush, pool party and lemon drop here.
  • One last tip — see that spider? Well, I just happened to have the EBE Plaid Maker set on my desk and I used it to stamp that dashed line for his thread! YES!

Jingle All the Way

This next little number uses the new Shipping Tags, Rustic Woodgrain and Holiday Characters!

Pro tips:

  • This card uses the new Rustic Woodgrain two ways: white heat embossed for the background and then stamped in on kraft paper for the Shipping Tags.
  • Speaking of white embossing powder — THIS is the best I’ve ever found! Super bright white!
  • I added some holly to Santa’s hat over the pom-pom and then I added some green colored droplets for a pop of color.
  • Couldn’t resist adding some EBE Painted Stripes to the side of the card — love how stamping it in red makes it look like peppermint, plus it goes with that twine — makes me happy!

Woodgrain + Tags

The Shipping Tags die makes FOUR tags with one pass through the die cut machine — this is genius you all! No more cutting one dinky tag at a time. YEAH! So of course I had to make some MOAR while I had them on my desk!

Pro tips:

  • A red droplet is a must for Rudolph’s nose!
  • Those droplets also make great Christmas tree ornaments!
  • This tip is probably a no-brainer, but the Rustic Woodgrain stamp is big enough to cover a card! So I stamped it on kraft cardstock before cutting the tags. :)
  • One last tip for the tags: the Essentials by Ellen stamps and dies come in super high quality pockets, and I like store any extra die cut pieces in there as well. These Shipping Tags are so versatile — it’s great to always have some on hand!

Outta’ You’re Gourd

This next card features one of my favorite stamps of all time: Mr. Bear from All Inside! Love him to bits and new Bear Ware 4 accessories are so cute!

Pro tips:

  • This set just begged to be stamped in antique linen for a little no-line coloring. Here’s a big tip for ya: add his eyes and nose back in with a black pen!
  • Then add a little glossy accents on his eyes + nose.
  • The strips cut from kraft paper and the EBE Landscape dies are the perfect way to “ground” the card.


Last but not least, I’m mondo in love with the new Mondo Amaryllis stamp!

Pro tips:

  • I just HAD to do a little no-line coloring on the Mondo Amaryllis! Yep, had to be done.
  • After I was finished watercoloring everything I added some details with colored pencils and that black pen again.
  • Last but not least, I discovered you can stamp on vellum with Hero Arts sea salt reactive ink. I used the Rustic Woodgrain for a peaceful addition to the card, then finished it off with clear droplets.


We’ve got super fun prizes: One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole August Essentials by Ellen release!!! For a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop. Comment before Thursday, August 15th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck my friends!

Hop On!

If you’ve been hopping along with us you’ll have arrived here from my friend Laurel’s blog — I have the full hop list for you below. Your next stop on the hop is Michele’s blog — can’t wait to see what she’s scared up!

Here’s the full list if you’re just joining the fun:


Note that these are my affiliate links so if you make a purchase by clicking the link below I’ll receive a small commission at no charge to you — thank you!

First up, the NEW stamps and dies from the August release! Find the full release HERE!

Now for the rest of the supplies in no particular order:

Thanks so much for joining me and sticking it out to the end of the post! Let me know if you have any questions or you’d like to see a video of any of the techniques, and don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win the whole release! xoxo

60 Replies to “Ellen Hutson August Release Blog Hop + PRIZES!”

  1. Janet Durbin says:

    WOW these are awesome! Love your eyeball card! lol

  2. Thanks for all the great tips and the wonderful cards/tags.

  3. Fabulous projects. My faves are the woodgrain tags, the bear and gourds and the beautiful amaryllis.

  4. Denise Bryant says:

    Fun cards and tags! Love the spiderwebs and the colors on your awesome Halloween card! Love the cute sentiment on your adorable bear card too!

  5. That amaryllis is spectacular and I just love the cute little woodgrained tags.

  6. Awesome designs!!!! Awesome work using those great products!

  7. Denise H Bilquin says:

    Lisa, I love your cards. I never think to color without the lines but you have inspired me to try. And I think that Halloween stamp set with the eye made this for you sentiment is perfect for all year use. Loved your wiggle eye addition to the card! thank you for sharing.

  8. The DT has created such amazing cards to showcase a great new line of stamp sets!

  9. You did such an amazing job showcasing the new EH stamps.

  10. Such fabulous projects! Love Mr. Bear!

  11. The amaryllis you painted is gorgeous! Well done!

  12. Maureen Morton says:

    Dear, dear Lisa: What a joy to see you introducing these great sets with such enthusiasm – that has always been your trade mark (as far as I’m concerned!). You’ve really done your magic here – what wouldn’t I need all of it?! Bless your heart – you are amazing. Especially loe what you did to Mr. Bear and the tags are all super-cute.

  13. I love the background on the “Eye Made this for You” card and your work coloring the bear in the “Are You Outta Your Gourd” card!

  14. Super cute cards!

  15. I can see why you wanted the ALL! lol I love the Bear Ware stamps & that gorgeous Mondo Amaryllis & the cards you made with them are wonderful.

  16. barbara lassiter says:

    Oh Lisa! I always love all your cards and these are amazing. I’m sure the Amaryllis set will be winging it’s way to my house in the near future, because I need to be creating some Christmas cards and I love it. Your no-line version is perfect. EYE immediately thought of my grandsons with the Halloween card and some versions with googly eyes will be perfect for the two youngest. Actually the teenager might get a kick out of them, too (especially if a GC is involved)! LOL! Thanks!

  17. Jo Anne Malicoat says:

    Well, the Amaryllis is just beautiful, but you Halloween card is so adorable, I just love it! And love those tags, too!

  18. Wow! Youve been busy. What a great set of representation for the whole release. All of your projects are so great. I love the orange pop on the bear card. Orange is one of my favorite colors so fall cards really draw me in.

  19. These new stamps are really fun! I especially love your Christmas projects.

  20. Wow so many great cards! I love them all especially the bear. So fun and cute. Great job.

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