Hi, hello, how are ya’?

I’ve been offline the last few weeks due to a family emergency, but I’m back now. While I was away, the December Release launched and I’ve had these samples sitting on my work desk, waiting to be photographed. Finally had a chance to do that and will be sharing them over the coming days.

This “waving hello” design seemed apropos today. •insert smile•

The hand die cut is mounted onto a Mini Action Wobbler so it bobs around, literally waving hello. LOL!

The little heart die cuts were garnished with a Shimmer Pen. And that long, funky scallop border? I just glued a series of them from the Scallops Die, lined up end to end, trimming off the extra at the bottom of the card front. I felt so clever! •fist pump•

I don’t know how anyone could be uncheered if they received this one in the snail mail!

I’m sooooo behind on my holiday preparations. My tree is up. But it’s still not decorated…


Happy weekend…!



Hey, hey! I did some of the stamps and dies in the latest Essentials by Ellen release—you can see all the new stuff here: DECEMBER 2018 RELEASE PAGE

Love LOVE LOVE all the words. YASSSSS!!!

The EH Design Ambassadors are sharing ideas and inspo and you can find links to those over on the Ellen Hutson Blog today, so be sure to pop over there so you can get your fill of eye candy! •wink•

I don’t wanna say I’m obsessed with the Hands Die set , but frankly, I am. If you watch The Story Behind The Stamps , you’ll totally get why.

If you missed the measurements for this particular tri-fold, I cut my card stock to 5.5 x 11”, and scored at 3 5/8” from each short end. The “open” end of the dies (where the arms begin), are positioned about 1/8”-1/4” from the score lines, factoring in the slight tilt.

I love that you can still see the effect of the hands from inside the card because they’re not just die cut and glued on the card front. •fist pump•

I’m still fumbling around with what to call the closure on the hug style card.

  • Interlocking? It kinda does that. And kinda not.

  • Buckle? Sorta buckles… Back in the day—we’re talking eons— I think we called this type of closure a buckle.

  • Double Buckle? Maybe… It does sorta buckle twice…

  • Tuck & Fold? Definitely tucks. Definitely folds. Twice. Hmmmmm. A Double Tuck & Fold. But, it’s not nearly as fun to say as “Double Buckle”. •sheepish shrug•

In any event, it’s a fun and easy card to make. And who couldn’t use a hug, even if it’s made from paper?

Another variation of the same tri-fold/buckle/tuck-n-fold but with just one of the hands, embellished with some snippets of black and white card stock to resemble a shirt sleeve. Sentiment is from the Hang On Stamp Set.

Inside sentiment: Totally Random Sayings, Vol. 2

Measurements: 5.5 x 11” card base, score at 3 3/4” from each short side.

I just adore words—TEXT— so so much! Makes the nerd in me quite giddy. And I’m not ashamed to say it. #wordnerdsunite

So… do you have a fondness for the same?



TWELVE YEARS!!! Wowzers! Happy Anniversary to my dear friend, Ellen! I still shake my head when I remember how she started and how she has so carefully nurtured her simple dreams to grow to where it is now. Girl’s got a lotta pluck and a heart of gold. I’m so stinkin’ proud of her, and grateful, always, that I get to work with her! YAY!!!

Ask me what my favorite Essentials by Ellen set or product is, and I honestly can’t narrow it down to just one, even among the ones I’ve personally designed. Julie refuses!

BUT, I will cay the ones that make me smile or laugh always rank really high with me, like Wasabi. Plus, I love sushi fo’h realz; I’m salivating just looking at this thing! LOL!


Those high gloss liquidy embellishments make everything look so delish… Too bad this card is not edible. . . #sad

Do you have an EBE favorite? Or a handful of faves? Do tell! It’s fun to hear!!!