Tuesday, October 23, 2018

From Mountains to Monsters

Hi Folks! I've got a cute little monster here who thinks he's actually scaring someone with his jagged-tooth smile. And let's talk about that smile shall we ... does anyone recognize that from the Essentials By Ellen September release? Nope, no monster smile dies released by EBE, but Julie Ebersole did create the amazing Alpine Windows set of dies!! : )


Right? You see it!

As a refresher, this is the way the die is really intended to be used, as a peek-a-boo winter scene featuring a nice mountain range. But of course you can do other things with it! Let's take a closer look ...

I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make a gift bag. Not sure if you've seen the myriad of blog posts on making things with this tool meant for making envelopes, but there is a whole world out there making boxes, gift bags, bows, pinwheels, etc. They've come out with specific punch boards for some of these items, but I think those are totally unnecessary. You really only need the envelope punch board. I used this article from Pootles for this specific gift bag. 


Then I stamped stripes for him with the border stamp in the EBE Winterscapes by Julie Ebersole.

After all that stamping, I was a little nervous sending him through the die cutter, just in case. kwim?! But I lined up the die so that the top half of the circle is off the edge of the cutting platform, and the mountains/teeth are on the cutting platform. This step is super important, otherwise he would have a very gummy smile with no top teeth. After that's cut, flip the gift bag around and this time have the teeth that you just cut hanging off the platform. Then line up the sides of the circle die to the circle that was just cut. Now you will be cutting the second row of teeth.

And here's what it will look like. I cut an additional set of mountains out of white cardstock to adhere on top of the base so he has white teeth. Monster's gotta brush teeth before bed too, you know!

For the eyes I stamped the circle from Winterscapes for the pupil and found a random dot from one of my sets. I stamped one more strip in purple and cut fringe into it for the monster's hair.

The arms are just cut out free hand, and stamped with the border stamp for his sleeve.

Catherine Pooler Inks for the win in Sweet Sixteen, Tiki Torch, Melon Ice, Garden Party, and Tiara.

I've got another project coming soon using the Alpine Windows dies in a way they probably weren't intended, so stay tuned!

 Thanks so much for looking!

Winterscapes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Alpine Window by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Melon Ice

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Tiki Torch

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Sweet Sixteen

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Garden Party

Catherine Pooler Ink Pad, Tiara

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Set of 48

My Sweet Petunia MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (8-1/8 X 10-1/2)


  1. What a cute and clever idea Kelly!

  2. Kelly! I never thought I needed that envelope punch board UNTIL NOW!!! OH my! MONSTROUS love for this guy, and his very white, very wonderful teeth!!

  3. I'd love one of those treat bags, Kelly. Can we substitute Good and Plenty for the gumballs? ;)

  4. You clever, clever girl, Kelly! I just love that you made teeth out of the mountain die! The kids are gonna love this and I appreciate your wonderful how-to instructions!! ❤Hugs, Darnell

  5. Brilliant! And helpful photos, too. You are an awesome ambassador for EH!


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