Ellen Hutson – Guest Designer | Many Thanks

Hello friends! Today I have the awesome opportunity to guest design for Ellen Hutson and play with that adorable bear and all his dress up accessories again! I had a hard time choosing but thought it would be fun to add to the thank you card stash with a police bear in the city.

I started my card by choosing and stamping my images. Then I colored them all with copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. That is, except for Mr. Bear. His die is solid so it’s practically impossible to line it up after you’ve stamped. So today, I have a little trick to how I stamp this guy whenever I’m creating with him.

Once upon a time, at the beginning of getting this stamp set, I cut the bear shape from a scrap of cardstock and kept the negative piece in my die packaging for future use. Whenever I stamp this image, I place the negative scrap in my MISTI. Then line the stamp up in that area, use the lid to pick up the stamp and place my blank die cut shape in the void. I ink up the stamp and stamp it down. This also works to re-stamp if you didn’t get a good impression because the space holding your bear didn’t move. It works great! The image you see on the right has been double stamped because his nose didn’t cooperate and was blotchy the first time.

With my images all taken care of, I switched over to my background where I had a fun idea to create a little cityscape. I used the Essentials By Ellen Big City die to cut a border from 2 different gray cardstocks and also black cardstock. I took a white A2 panel and used a Trinity Stamps embossed edge circle stack die to cut a window. Using this window as a guide I adhered the layers of city buildings together and a pencil to mark where I needed to trim off the excess.

Next, I took a white card base and inked up my sky using distress oxide ink in fossilized amber and wild honey. Finally, I used liquid glue to adhere everything together.

I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Bear Ware Dress Up sentiments on the darker gray cardstock used in my buildings. I added foam strips to these and foam squares to my dressed up bear before popping them all in place on my card front.

For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to Bear’s eyes and glossy accents to his nose, the shield on his hat and car, and the car’s lights too.

Isn’t this such a fun card!?! I’m so happy with how it turned out and had a blast playing with this bear and all of his accessories.

Products used today:
Bear Ware Dress Up 1 stamps and dies
Bear Ware Dress Up Sentiments stamps
Essentials by Ellen Big City die
Trinity Stamps Embossed Edge Circle Stack dies
Distress Oxide Ink – wild honey, fossilized amber
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares and strips
Sakura Glaze pen – black

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Ellen Hutson – May the Fork Be With You

Hello everyone! I’m so glad you stopped by. Today I’m sharing a second card that I created with the new Essentials by Ellen release. It’s so fun and totally cracks me up every time I see it. I love the sentiments in this new set. They are punny to the max and I just adore it all!

Once again you can see that I got nice and inky and boy did I have a blast doing it! The background sun panel is carved pumpkin to squeezed lemonade, the next hill is mowed lawn and lucky clover, the dirt field is gathered twigs and tea dye and the final grassy field is twisted citron and mowed lawn. Phew! That’s a lot of inking but they just look so awesome all layered up and I love it! I spritzed each panel with water and blotted them dry before die cutting the layers with different Lawn Fawn border dies. I’ll list them all in the products below.

I was so excited to create a farm scene that I jumped right in to stamping images from All Inside, Bear Ware and Bear Ware Dress Up. I colored them all with my copic markers and used coordinating dies to cut it all out. I dressed my bear using liquid glue to adhere the elements to him. TOO CUTE!!!

I added all of my elements to the scene with liquid glue with the exception of my sweet bear, the buzzing bee at the top and my sentiment banner.

For finishing touches I added glossy accents to various parts of the images like the bear’s nose, watering can stripe and pitchfork handle. I added black glaze pen to bear’s eyes and unicorn Stickles to the bee’s wings and flowers in the grass.

I can hardly stand the cuteness! It’s like having super adorable bear paper dolls to play with and dress up however you feel like. Haha. It’s so fun!

Products used today:
All Inside stamps and dies
Bear Ware stamps and dies
Bear Ware Dress Up stamps and dies
Bear Ware Dress Up Sentiments stamps
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies
Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border dies
Pink & Main Sentiment Strip dies
Distress Oxide Ink – squeeze lemonade, carved pumpkin, lucky clover, mowed lawn, twisted citron, tea dye, gathered twigs
Foam squares
Stickles – unicorn
Glossy accents
Liquid glue

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Essentials By Ellen – New Release Bear Ware Fun

Hooray!!! It’s release day for Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen line and they are adding to my favorite line – Bear Ware! I’m obsessed with this bear in all his cute forms and could not wait to play with these new accessories!

I pulled bears from Bear Ware Grand Tour and Sweet surprises and colored them with my copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and decided on all the accessories from the new set I was going to use. After playing around a bit I landed on the flight captain’s hat, necktie and airplane. Then I went fishing in Grand Tour for the fun suitcase to finish my little scene off. I colored all of those images the same way and die cut them out as well.

Knowing that I wanted to use the super fun Planet Surface die set, I got out my distress oxide inks and inked up a couple scrap strips of white cardstock. I used mowed lawn and twisted citron for my land pieces and salty ocean and broken china for the water. I left these un-distressed so they really stood apart from my sky. For that panel I inked up blueprint sketch and tumbled glass for a vibrant gradient. I spritzed that panel with water and flicked watered down blueprint sketch ink on it too.

I used liquid glue to adhere my planet and lined the back with foam tape. I adhered it to the sky panel and then popped that up on a white card base. I added foam squares to my images and added them to my scene next.

Then I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Bear Ware Dress Up Sentiments, trimmed it into as trip with my scissors and added it with a foam strip too.

For finishing touches, I added white gel pen highlights to the images, black glaze pen to the eyes and pops of glossy accents all around too.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and will stop by to check out the new release from Essentials by Ellen.

Products used today:
Bear Ware Dress Up 1 stamps and dies
Bear Ware Dress Up 2 stamps and dies
Bear Ware Dress Up Sentiments stamps
Bear Ware Grand Tour stamps and dies
Sweet Surprises stamps and dies
Planet Surface dies
Glossy accents
Distress Oxide Ink – twisted citron, mowed lawn, blueprint sketch, tumbled glass, salty ocean, broken china
Foam tape and squares
Copic markers

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Ellen Hutson – Bear Christmas Cards and a Tag

Hello crafty friends! Today might be a little bit of a longer post because I have 2 cards and a tag to share with you.

I have been in love with the Ellen Hutson bear by Julie Ebersole since it first came out. I immediately splurged on the stitching dies and have made a billion of those cuties but I recently started adding the stamps to my collection – starting with the World Card Making Day release and I’ve just kept going since then.

Here’s a look at all the projects I have to share with you today. I hope you like them. They were so fun to create!

I’m going to start with the card and tag duo because that’s actually where this whole project started. I couldn’t wait to color that fun stocking and fill it up. I love how the dies cut a slit so you can without any extra work!

Aren’t these just so fun together!?! I started by stamping a bunch of images from the Sweet Surprises stamp set on white cardstock. I use my MISTI to stamp so once the images were stamped, I actually flipped my paper around and stamped a second set on the same piece of copic paper. I used my copic markers to color the images and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. Pretty much everything is colored the same in both sets except the stockings are colored the opposite with the same markers.

I took both stockings and filled them up with their goodies. I used some washi tape on the back side to hold things in place and then liquid glue in between them so things were really secure. I held everything together with my Pink & Main reverse tweezers for a bit to make doubly sure it was all good!

When I first received my order with the Fa La La background stamp, I created a bunch of backgrounds and set the extras aside for another time. Well, this card was just the perfect time for that melon/silver heat embossed background! So I popped it up on a white card base with foam tape. Then I added foam tape to the back of my stocking and popped it up in the center.

For finishing touches, I actually stamped a sentiment and stars from the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set on the inside (forgot to take a photo, doh!) and then added unicorn Stickles to the package bow and glossy accents to the bear’s nose and the candy cane. I also added black glaze pen to the bear’s eyes to make them stand out more too.

For the tag, I went ahead and die cut a plain white second stocking and used my score board to score a line right around the bottom of the cuff. Then I used liquid glue to adhere everything above the score line. I punched a hole in the stocking hanger area and threaded it with baker’s twine. Voila, tag finished! So cute!

Now, let’s switch gears to the second card for today using All Inside (the original bear stamp set) and Bear Ware 2, which happens to have all my favorite add-ons in it!

I pulled this set out to play with after my other projects were finished and my daughter immediately got excited about the cat of all things. So funny. So I stamped images from both stamp sets and colored them with my copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and used liquid glue to adhere all the things in place.

I inked up a strip of cardstock with distress oxide ink in aged mahogany and festive berries and spritzed it with water. I trimmed it down to 4×2 1/4 inches and stamped my sentiment on the bottom right corner. Next, I adhered the panel to a white piece of cardstock that measures 4×5.25 inches and popped up a 1/4 inch strip of light teal cardstock over the seam. Then I added foam squares to my images and popped them up in the center of the card front.

For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the candy canes, bear and cat’s noses and the star on the tree. Last of all I added unicorn Stickles to the bear’s Santa hat and black glaze pen to both critter’s eyes.

Thank you so much for sticking with me today. I hope you found some inspiration to create something wonderful and share it with someone.

Products used today:
Sweet Surprises stamps and dies
Fa La La background stamp
All Inside stamps and dies
Bear Ware 2 stamps and dies
Holly Jolly Christmas stamps
Glossy accents
Stickles – unicorn
Foam tape

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Ellen Hutson – Halloween Pyramid Box

Hi there! Today I’m popping in with a simple little treat box just in time for Halloween! It featuring the recently release pyramid box dies from Ellen Hutson and a total favorite dinosaur from Dinomite Halloween!

I stamped and colored images from Dinomite Halloween with my copic markers. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and used liquid glue to adhere them all together.

Next, I die cut 2 panels with the Pyramid Box die from black cardstock. I ran the panels through the die cutter a second time with the Trinity Stamps Starry Skies cover plate. This gives pierced stars and dots like a night sky. Then I used strong tear tape to adhere my box together.

I die cut one of the Farmhouse Tags from white cardstock and stamped a sentiment from Tag It – Halloween in green ink. Then I cut the reinforcer from orange cardstock, glued it in place and tied some magenta twine from my stash through the holes.

I adhered my dinosaur to the box with liquid glue and the tag with a glue dot. The box opens from the bottom so nothing is interfering with me being able to fill it and give it away. So cool!

Products used today:
Pyramid Box die
Farmhouse Tags dies
Tag It – Halloween stamps
Dinomite Halloween stamps and dies
Trinity Stamps Starry Skies die

I hope you enjoyed today’s project. I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Coffee Loving Cardmakers – Ellen Hutson Coffee Sleeve and Matching Card

Happy Tuesday friends! It’s time for Tuesday Tea with Twiddler’s Nook on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. So be sure to grab a cuppa and settle in because I’ve got a really fun project to share with you today!

I couldn’t resist this super fun Halloween set from Ellen Hutson called Halloween Treat Tags. The ghost and bat in this set are beyond adorable! Today I’m just using the ghost for a super fun coffee sleeve with the Bear Cozy Kit and then switching gears to a card that coordinates!

For the cozy, I die cut the bear cozy main die from black felt and trimmed off the ears with scissors. Then I cut the ghost from sprout, lilac and sunset felt. I placed the negative from one of the ghosts in my MISTI and used it to align the stamp. Then I simply placed each ghost in the negative and stamped the image right on it. I happen to have a craft ink pad for fabric but I did a little research and you can you Ranger Archival ink on fabric too! I used Thermoweb Fabric Fuse liquid adhesive to adhere my ghosts in place and set it aside to dry.

While it was drying, I die cut a piece of black cardstock with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle. Then I took the die from the Bear Cozy kit that gives you stitching holes to sew your cozy together and cut two strips on my black cardstock. I dug through my embroidery floss and stitched a fun, random mess back and forth across the cardstock. I adhered the ends on the back with some washi tape. Then I cut the Lawn Fawn diagonal striped cover plate from coordinating cardstock and adhered it to a card base. Once that was done I used scrappy tape to adhere the stitched panel in place.

I chose sentiments from Tag It Halloween and stamped them in coordinating colors. Then I used a Pink & Main sentiment strip die to cut them all out. I stamped another ghost and used the coordinating die to cut him out and popped everything up with foam strips and squares.

With my card all finished and the ghosts on my cozy dry, I used the stitching die to cut holes on both ends, sewed a fun blanket stitch on the edges and then sewed the ends together, completely my little gift set!

This is going to be such a fun set to give away! I’m super excited!

Products used today:
Ellen Hutson Bear Cozy Kit
Ellen Hutson Tag It stamps
Ellen Hutson Halloween Treat Tags stamps and dies
Ellen Hutson felt – black, sunset, sprout, lilac

Thermoweb Fabric Fuse adhesive
Lawn Fawn Simple Stripes – diagonal die
Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle dies
Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares and strips
Scrappy tape – 1/4 inch

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Coffee Loving Cardmakers – National Coffee Day | Ellen Hutson Cup Cozies

Hey again! As part of the National Coffee Day celebration with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers, we’ve all created super awesome inspiration with the Ellen Hutson Bear Cozy Kit! This kit is SO MUCH FUN! Today I have a couple of simple cozies to share with you featuring items from the kit.

First I created the simple gray bear on the left using only items from the kit. I used Thermoweb FabricFuse liquid adhesive to adhere all of my pieces together and then stitched in a little detail like the mouth and eyelashes.

For the second cozy, I just had to try a panda. They are quite literally my VERY FAVORITE animal and it just had to be done. Lol. I cut the cozy from winter white felt and then the accents from charcoal felt. I cut the eyes from black. In the photos it’s hard to tell the distinction but in person the eyes really do stand out. After gluing these pieces together, I added some fun stitching detail on here too.

There is a die in the set that cuts a row of holes which is perfect for stitching the two sides of your cozy together. You can see here how I stitched the gray one together. Also the little extra detail I gave with that sweet heart and some extra stitches too!

Products used on today’s projects:
Ellen Hutson Bear Cozy Kit
Ellen Hutson felt – charcoal, black, winter white, linen, carnation

Head over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for a chance to win your own kit!

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Ellen Hutson Plush Bear Hugs

Hello there! I’m so excited to be back today sharing these ADORABLE plush bears using wool felt and Essentials by Ellen Bear Hugs dies. They are so stinking cute and so versatile! Like many crafters I don’t just make cards. I love all things creative from crocheting and sewing to woodworking and painting. I watched a video by Nichol Spohr (click here to see it) and instantly fell in love with these guys. I had to have them. They are simple and so fun to put together.

In case you’re curious, I’ll run through how I put them together but if you’re more of a process person, I highly suggest watching Nichol’s video (and subscribing to her channel, she’s amazing!).

We’re starting off with a photo of the dies that come in the Bear Hugs set and the basics to create a bear cut out and ready to go. This time I didn’t use the die cut for the eyes and, instead, opted to make french knots. You could also use gems or pearls too! So many options!

As you can see, I’ve glued the nose on with fabric glue, stitched on a mouth and eyes and am ready to start stitching the bear together. To measure my embroidery floss I loosely wrap the string around the bear twice making sure that there is enough extra to tie it off at the end. I like to start at the bottom of the left arm and go up and around from there.

I stop right about here to stuff him lightly so he has good dimension but not so much that it’s bursting out the sides. Once he’s stuffed I just continue around a second time and then tie it off, hiding the tie in-between the layers of felt.

Here are two of these cuties all done and ready for some embellishing. From the photo of the dies in the set, you can see that there is a larger heart and a square to make a present for the bear to hold. I thought I’d make both to show you what they look like. The heart is always my favorite but I’m really excited to make a set of these with Christmas themed gifts in their hands. Imagine getting a package with one of these guys tied to it. I’d melt!

All done and ready to make someone smile. I also used a needle to thread a string through the top stitching so they can be tied to a gift bag or package.

One last little detail I got from Nichol was a mini heart on his bum because…it’s adorable! Who needs more of a reason?!?

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Do you have creative outlets other than card making or stamping? I’d love to know in the comments below.

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