Essentials by Ellen October Release Hop Day 4


Good Saturday morning and welcome to the 4th day of the Essentials by Ellen October Release blog hop.  I’m excited to be hopping along to share Brandi and Julie’s amazing stamp and die sets.  You should have arrived here from Julia’s wonderful blog. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop just go back and start at the CLASSroom.  You can see the whole release here along with some great samples and video tutorials.

I’m playing with Julie’s new Bear Hug die set.  If you love Julie’s All Inside Stamp and Die Set then you are going to love using this die set for all kinds of projects. 


I chose to create a plush bear Christmas ornament with the heart in the set and a poinsettia and  tiny Christmas trees. I used the small flower die from the Otter Ware Die Set to create the poinsettia and the Christmas trees from the Home and Hearth.  I thought I would show a few step by step photos of how I put the bear together. 

bear hug  close decorative

I used acrylic yarn from JoAnn’s to sew the pieces together. 

bear hug 1

bear hug 2

I line up the two bear pieces and arms and pinned them in place.  I started sewing by slipping the threaded needle in between the two bear layers so the knot would be hidden inside and brought the needle up through the first hole of the top bear. I used a simple whip stitch beginning along the straight edge of the bear so that I would be finishing the closure on a straight edge. 

Bear hug 3

When I was all the way around the ears and feet edges of the bear I started back down the straight edge and left the opening large enough to allow me to insert the batting  to fill the bear.  I knew it would be much easier to close the opening along the straight edge rather than near the feet or ear edges of the bear.  I gently inserted the batting up into the ears and down in the feet sections first and then filled in the rest of the bear.  Once I was satisfied it was filled enough I completed the stitching to close the opening.

bear hug 4

When the opening was totally secure I inserted the needle between the two layers and pushed it through to the other side of the bear.  I didn’t want there to be a knot showing so I pulled the yarn through and out the other side and snipped it off.   I failed to get a picture of the backside of the bear but it is as flawless as the front showing no knots.

bear hug 5

I used hot glue to attached the eyes and nose to his face.

bear hug 6

I created a knot with the yard and then pulled the needle through both poinsettia layers to create the center and then hot glued the yarn to the back side of the second flower and trimmed it off.  I decided to use the tiny Christmas trees as the foliage for the poinsettia and to layer on the heart.  The picture above just shows the pieces for that little arrangement.  When I was getting ready to attach the heart inside the arms of the bear I decided it would be cute to add a trio if trees behind the heart along with a little star to top off the center tree.   I hot glued the three trees and heart in place to finish. 

beaur hug 7

Note:  I failed to add a yarn hanger to the bear so it could be hung on the Christmas tree.   I should have created one by knotting two ends of yarn together and tucking the knotted end in between the two bear layers before stitching it together.  With the knot inside the bear you would not have any ugly knots showing on either side of the bear.  Duh!  I didn’t think of doing it as I was making this little guy.  LOL!

bear hug  decorative

Here are links to the whole release:

I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have fun hopping on over to Laurel’s blog!  You can find the complete hop list below.

Ellen Hutson LLC 

Francine Vuilleme  

Sharon Harnist  

Taheerah Atchia  

Julia Stainton 

Kittie Caracciolo   (you are here)

Laurel Beard

Project Links along with my regularly used tools and supplies:


Framed Sugared Poinsettia and Holly

Good Monday afternoon.  I’ve had painters here all day today so I am posting late again.  I recently purchased the Taylored Expressions Ornate Frame Cutting Plate and couldn’t wait to use it with a flower project.  I’m mostly making Christmas cards right now so I pulled out my Impression Obsession Large Poinsettia Set and Small Poinsettia Set and Holly Flourish.

KC Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set 3 left

I cut the frames and attached them to the card base using mounting tape.  I cut all the flower sections and holly using white cardstock and colored them using Distress Inks and mini applicators.  The flower was colored using Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick. The foliage was colored using Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint.  I formed the flowers and foliage using my stylus and molding pat and attached the sections together using glossy accents.I applied Cosmic Glitter Glue to the petals, leaves and holly with my finger (it’s messy but worth it) and dipped them in the Rock Candy glitter.  I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center.

KC Impression Obsession Small Poinsettia Set 3 right

I attached the flower and foliage to the card base using glossy accents and then tucked the pieces of holly under the flower and attached with glossy accents. I love the white ornate frame and background and how it allows the floral arrange pop.  I wish the sparkle on the flower showed better in the photo.  It is wonderful in person.

Thanks for coming by today and I hope you have a great evening.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”


Concertina Tag with Winter Scene

Good Sunday afternoon.  I’ve gotten a late start today.  I’m getting ready for the whole inside of my house to be painted and it has been quite a job getting everything down and out of the way.  Worst was unloading my china cabinet.  I also took Cody, my new puppy to his first day of puppy training.  Wow!  Seven puppies training all at once was interesting to say the least.  LOL!  My project is a masculine winter deer scene made using my Essentials by Ellen  Concertina Tag, Impression Obsession Brush Tree Line, Deer Snowglobe and Pine Sprig Cluster.  I think this three side tag is so cute and made with the deer makes it nice to use for a guy gift.  It could also be very cute folded closed and attached to a card front.  The tag trio is 6 3/8” x 3 1/4”.  Each individual tag is 2 3/8” x 3 1/4”.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 front

I cut the tag twice using white cardstock.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to the first tag using an ink blending tool. to create the sky area.  Next I secured the tree line stamp and tag in my full sized MISTI and stamped it twice across the tag to fill in the background. I colored the three deer using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and a mini applicator.  Check out my coloring die cut animals tutorial if you would like to see how I colored the deer.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 right

I cut the bottom off of the second tag to create the snow layer for the scene.  I attached it to the tag using double stick tape.  I attached the deer in behind the snow layer using rolled up glue dots.  I wanted them to stand away from the background for dimension but mounting tape would have had them sticking too far out for such a small scene.  I tucked pine sprigs around the deer feet and attached in behind the snow layer using glossy accents.  I added tiny 1/16” circles to the sprigs for a touch of color.  And yes….I had to have my strongest reader on to even see those little things. The sprigs and red berries don’t really show in the pictures but the little touch of red really does add to the overall scene.

KC Essentials by Ellen Concertina Tag 2 leftjpg

I finished by applying white Embossing Paste to the ground area and then sprinkled with clear Rock Candy glitter before the paste could dry.  This was a fun little tag to make and would be easy to recreate with different backgrounds, die cut trees, etc.  I just loved the softness of the tree line in behind the deer.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great week.


Bow Wow Gift Bag and Blog Candy Winner

Good Friday afternoon.  I have a fun project to share with you today but first I want to announce the winner of my ribbon blog candy.  Congratulations to Jeanne H for leaving the 15th comment on my post.  Jeanne please send me your mailing address to and I will get your gift right out to you.

I went to my work place today for a baby shower for one of my girls.  I was able to find the cutest baby gift bags to take all the new things I purchased for the baby.  My friends, Steve and Tammy  (husband and wife physicians that I worked with for 18 years) were attending the shower as well.  They recently got a new little pug puppy and I wanted to take them a few puppy of the toys that have been a lifesaver for me with my little puppy.  Sadly there were no puppy themed gift bags to be found so I decided I would make one myself.  I pulled out my beloved  retired Stampin’ Up! 1997 Bow Wow and retired 1996 Stampin’ Up! Meow Meow stamps and set out to make a fun backyard scene.  I also added lots of texture to the scene using my favorite and beloved mini fern stamp from the retired Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Minis. 

KC Stampin Up[ Bow Wow Bag close

The gift bag is made with Kraft paper so I knew it would work well for a scene.  I stamped all the images  using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat set them.  I colored all the images with Memento markers and filled in the grass area around the images using a Peeled Paint ink and a mini applicator.  My animals sort of died in the scene after I added all the grass and grass texture so I decided to stamped them along with the roof, dog sign and dog bowl on white cardstock.  I cut all the images out with my snips.  I colored the accessories for the dog house and scene with markers and colored the animals using Distress Inks.  I applied glossy accents to the images and popped right over the original images. I sketched the tree trunk with an black multi liner and colored it with brown markers.  The tree top was sponged on with and ink blending tool and then I filled in with the mini fern stamp.  I used an ink blending toll to add the blue sky area.  I finished the scene by adding a few birds from the Impression Obsession Small Bird Set.  I had to add a cat looking over the dog house just for my friend Steve because he doesn’t like cats…..and I do!!!  LOL!

KC Stampin Up[ Bow Wow Bag 1

I couldn’t resist stamping the paw prints all around the bottom of the gift bag along with the sentiments-Stay Woof Sit Bow Wow and I Love My Dog. Since I added those I thought it only fitting to put the fire plug from the set in the corner.

For those of you who have known me for a long time you know that  when I began stamping these kind of scenes were my favorite thing to do.  We had no dies to cut out images so we used our scissors.  I felt like I was taking a walk down memory lane playing with these sets as they are among my treasured Stampin’ Up! sets that I will never let go.  I thought you may enjoy seeing some of my projects from years and years ago using these images and taking me back to my beginnings as a paper crafter.


KC Bow Wow


KC Bow Wow 6


KC Bow Wow 14


KC Bow Wow 15 a

Thanks for putting up with my little step back in time.  Creating scenes with stamps, ink and sketching with an artist pen was the stepping stone to my love of creating scenes with die cut images.  I hope you have a great weekend and as always I appreciate you coming by. 



Impression Obsession “Animal” Challenge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Impression Obsession “You’re An Animal” design team challenge to use an animal on our project.  I love making fall scenes and took this opportunity to create one around surrounding a deer. The deer is from the Deer Trio paired with the Tree Frame, Foliage, Oak Leaves and Rake, All-in-One Frames Rectangles 2 and Fir Tree and Small Fir Tree.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 left

I started by securing the scene base and stamp in my MISTI and stamped them across the whole sheet to create a background for the scene.  I applied Tumbled Glass ink to the sky area of the scene using an ink blending tool.  I cut the tree frame, deer, leaves and foliage using white cardstock.  I misted the tree frame well with a mini mister and then applied Gathered Twigs directly to the cardstock with my ink pad.  I know the tree looks almost black in the photos but in person it looks dark brown. I used mini applicators to apply Fired Ink, Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade to the leaves and foliage.  I used both Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs and a mini applicator to apply ink to the deer.  I hand cut a small section of cardstock in white to use for the ground area and applied Peeled Paint with a mini applicator.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 center

I applied double stick tape to the back of the lower portion of the frame and attached the ground piece.  Then I applied thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached the the tree frame.  I attached a second layer of mounting tape to the back of the tree frame and attached background scene.  I applied double stick tape to the back of the framed scene and attached it to the card base. I attached several of the small oak leaves to the tree branches using glossy accents.  The deer was attached to the scene base with mounting tape.  I tucked the foliage branches in around the deer and attached with glossy accents.  I finished by adding a couple falling leaves in the sky area with glossy accents.

KC Impression Obsession Deer Trio 10 right

Why don’t you come along and play with us. To enter the challenge and see a complete list of our team payers go to the Impression Obsession Blog.  You’ll see all the details there!  A random challenge card will be selected to showcase on the IO blog.  Card size: 5.50" x 4.25"  

Chris Dayton

Dina Kowal

llina Crouse

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Karen Amidon

Kelli Hull

Kittie Caracciolo  (that’s me)

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett