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Essentials by Ellen October Release Hop Day 4

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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. 

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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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. 

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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!

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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

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Clean and Simple Modern Christmas

Good Wednesday morning.  I have a holiday card to share with you today made using the new Essentials by Ellen Modern Christmas Stamp Set and Modern Christmas Die Set by Julie Ebersole.  I always marvel at Julie’s wonderful clean and simple card designs and this new set is a perfect example of her unique style.  My style is much more traditional and but I had lots of fun making projects that took me out of my comfort zone.  The stars on my gift cards were made using Julie’s Home and Hearth die set.

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I started by die cutting the holly leaves first and then stamping them with Impression Obsession Hybrid Turf ink.  I secured my card base, sentiment and circular stamps in my MISTI and stamped them two times to get good crisp images. I mounted the image layer on the green with molding tape and them mounted them both on the card base with mounting tape.

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I gently formed the holly leaves with my fingers and attached them to the base using glossy accents.  I cut three red circles, laid them face down on my molding pad and rounded them with the large end of the stylus. I attached small pieces of molding tape to the back of the circles and attached them to the holly leaves.  I finished by applying red stickles to add a bit of sparkle.

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I created these gift cards using the whimsical tree shapes and bow.  I was going to use the bow die to create a dimensional bow but thought the plain stamped bow was fun.  I added  stars to the top of the trees and finished by adding a touch of sparkle to the star with yellow stickles.

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I used Impression Obsession Chartreuse, Turf and Cherry Hybrid Inks for this project.  I love that IO created these inks in sets of three coordinating colors.  These color coordinated sets of three make it so easy to pick ink colors for multi stamped images.  You can see all of these ink sets on the Impression Obsession Hybrid Ink page. 

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Thank you very much for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”    Gift card size:  3.00” square

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All Inside Bear Halloween Scene

Good Tuesday morning.  Ellen Hutson released Julie’s All Inside Stamp Set and coordinating All Inside Die Set early in 2016 and they have become very popular.  In the summer of 2016 Bear Ware Stamp Set and Bear Ware Die Set  were released with a wonderful collection of images to coordinate with the All Inside bear.  Due to the popularity of the Bear Ware accessory images Julie created a new coordinating accessory set of Halloween and Christmas images- Bear Ware 2 Stamp Set and Bear Ware 2 Die Set.  I have to admit that these are my favorite images.  Since I hate spooky and gory Halloween stuff I especially love the fun and innocent images in the set.  I will have to play with the Christmas images very soon. I wonder what Julie will come up with next for this precious bear? The frames were made using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables and Hero Arts Infinity Nesting Rectangles.  The leaves were made using the Impression Obsession Oak Leaves and Rake set.

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I started by securing the cardstock and stamps in my MISTI, applied ink and stamped them all at once.  Using my MISTI also allowed me to stamp the images a second time to get  good crisp images.  I heat set the images before coloring.

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I don’t often color with my Copic markers since I am so challenge with them but I figured I couldn’t go too wrong for these fun cartoony images. Once they were all cut out with the coordinating dies I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens- Amethyst, Harvest Moon and Emerald Green to add sparkle to the mask, leaves, hat trim and pumpkin.  Sadly all that sparkle doesn’t show well in the photos.  I love the different theme colored Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen sets

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The front frame was attached to the green layer using thin strips of mounting tape. They were both attached to the back scalloped layer with double stick tape and then they were attached to the card base using double stick tape.

I assembled all the pieces to create my scene.  The mask, hat and Jack-o-Lantern were attached to the bear using glue dots.  The Boo bag was attached using a small piece of mounting tape. The bear was attached to the card base using mounting tape. The leaves were attached to the tree using glossy accents and then the tree was attached to the card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  The broom and cat were attached with mounting tape.  I finished by applying a few leaves falling from the tree and to the frame.

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I certainly wouldn’t be scared if this guy came to my door Trick-or-treating because he looks so cute with his witch costume and little kitty friend. 

Thanks for coming by and I hope you are having a great day.

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

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Courage Hop for Hope

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Good Sunday morning.  Last spring Ellen Hutson released the Courage Stamp and Die Set to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  As a surprise for Ellen and Julie the design team and several friends are kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our Hop For Hope.  This is a beautiful stamp and coordinating die set to have in your collection and $25 from the sale of each set will be donated to the BCRF.  I know you will enjoy seeing all the wonderful projects created with this set and you will find the complete blog hop roster at the end of my post.  You can find more information about our hop at The CLASSroom.   You should have arrived here from Kelly's blog.

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I secured the cardstock in my MISTI and used the multiple layering stamps to create my flowers. I used my snips to hand cut the flowers instead of using the coordinating dies.  I gently bent and formed them with my fingers to add a little bit of dimension.

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I placed the white card base in my MISTI and stamped the foliage images to create a base for my flowers and stamped the sentiment below the foliage arrangement.  I attached the foliage card base to the green layer using thin strips of mounting tape and then attached to the white card base with thin strips of mounting tape.  I love the interest the popped up layers add to the clean and simple card.

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The flowers were attached over top of the foliage with glossy accents.  I added the tiny touches of black and green using some of the smaller images in the set for the finish.

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Thank you for coming by today and I hope you enjoy going along the hop path.  We all enjoyed making our projects for this important event to raise breast cancer awareness. Your next stop will be LauraJane's post.

Hop Roster

The Classroom

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Carissa Wiley

Carly Tee Minner

Carolyn Peeler

Donna Mikasa

Heather Campbell

Heather Meeson

Jennifer McGuire

Kelly Alvarez

Kittie Caracciolo

LauraJane Head

Laurel Beard

Lisa Adametz

Nichol Spohr

Sandy Allnock

Taniesa Vlasak

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