One of my favorite looks for floral stamps is to leave the flowers themselves uncolored (for the most part), and just color the leaves . . . In this case, watercolor them with green and gold shimmery metallic watercolors.

The flowers were stamped, and then I heat set the ink so I could mask them off to stamp the leaves.


OK, so I guess this is really two ways, but one way gets you two cards for the price of one. These two were created by stamping, watercoloring and die cutting a whole bunch of leaves and then using the floating die cuts / frame technique. I’ve done floating die cuts before, but hadn’t tried this variation yet and followed a video done by my friend Jennifer McGuire to create this pair.


No flowers at all?


I think it works.

I have another post scheduled for tomorrow. Holiday cuteness involved.

Thanks for poppin’ in!


To see the whole release and oodles of inspo, click on the link →  Essentials by Ellen October 2019 Release

To see the whole release and oodles of inspo, click on the link → Essentials by Ellen October 2019 Release

The Essentials by Ellen October 2019 Release is here! YAAAASSSSSS!!! •fist pump•

And we are hopping with lots of eye candy to spark some creative magic!

Here are a few samples to hopefully inspire:

Big Foot, Sasquatch or Yeti—makes no difference when you’re a legend! •wink•

Inside, it reads “And that is all.” (also from Totally Random Sayings Volume 3 Stamp Set by Julie Ebersole) . This is a great set for mixing and matching with lots of different images—the typeset is modern with sassy undertones, but not overly formal or stuffy. I like that in a sentiment set. How ‘bout you?

The voices in my head have a lot to say . . . Vol. 2 is more quirk, more sass, more me. . . •chinkle•


This is one of my most favorite ways to use those speech bubble dies . . .

Non-breakable FELT ornaments for the Holiday WIN!!! YASSSSSS!!! #givemeallthefelt . These two die sets were actually designed by Heather Meeson—the ornaments turned out so CUUUUUTE!!! I can’t even . . .

I’ll be sharing more samples soon. Hope you’ll come back. Meantime, here’s the scoop!


We've got fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole October Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Sunday, October 13th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

The crazy good hop roster:



Brandi’s Hard Candy Christmas set is so much fun for making shaker cards! •fist pump•

I stamped a ton of the candy in yellows, greens and pinks and then die cut them so I’d have lots at the ready to use as filler and embellishment both. They’re so cute mixed in with some sparkly sequins!


I used double layers of foam tape so things could shake around freely and was careful not to “over-stuff” the fillers. Gosh, I actually think this is one of the prettiest—and sweetest, LOL!—holiday cards I’ve ever made!

The candies adorning the front of the card were garnished with Diamond Stickles. HAH! Don’t let the culinary terms fool ya’, tho—this is strictly EYE candy. •wink•