Sunday, September 8, 2019

Essentials by Ellen September Release Blog Hop - Super Cute!

Hi Folks! Oh the cuteness in the Essentials by Ellen September release! You likely have already been wowed by the magical things that Emily does, but if not, feel free to start at the beginning with Ardyth.

I honestly had no idea how much I needed to add dinos to my stamp collection until playing with these guys. This smaller set is Dinomite Halloween and it features this adorable dino who loves to carry things (the coordinating die will cut out the little dino hands for you!)

Although the accessories are mostly Halloween related, you can have this guy carry any of the smaller items from the All Inside Bear, or many of the Leading Lady sets. Here he's got his trick-or-treat jack-o-lantern, which I've enhanced with some glossy accents.

The sentiments are really clever too! Hey GHOULfriend had me cracking up, as well as #squadghouls.

The other must-have dino set is Dinomite Christmas. Here the dino/Godzilla has taken it upon himself to decorate the entire city for Christmas!

I love that the mini string of lights happened to fit the buildings from the Big City Die just perfectly! And the thought of Godzilla coming down Michigan Ave in Chicago with a giant ornament in his hand (wearing a Santa hat) ... hahaha!

I loved that scene so much that I decided to make another one, only this time I was going for the look of a Far Side cartoon ... do you see it? The Fa Ra Ra Ra Rawr looked like a caption so I thought I'd build the scene by tracing the Landscape and Big City dies, and then stamping the rest.

It felt odd making a card with no color on it, but I really like how it turned out!

Either one of these Christmas cards would be perfect for a man or a teen!

Although Dinomite Christmas comes with lots of fun Christmas accessories, there are four dinosaurs in the set, making it useful all year round. Here's a birthday card I made which would be perfect for many of my little nieces or nephews. I watercolored the dinos with the Catherine Pooler Inks.

The hilly terrain is from the Landscape dies and the "grass" is from Wonky Backdrops. I also borrowed some party supplies from Backyard Party and Everyday Doodles. Did you notice the secondary sentiment in the bottom right corner? Raptor present for ya? Hahaha!!!

My other favorite set from this release is Spaceout, which has this fun rocket, as well as an assortment of planets, aliens, space ship, stars, and of course cute sentiments like this one!

I wanted to make the rocket ship really blast off, so I created another wobbler, like the ringing phone from the latest Altenew release.Wanna see?

Just wrap some wire around a pencil 6-7 times, then tape one end to the card and the other end to the rocket. Done!

One of the things that really sidetracked me was not the mechanics of the card, but who should be driving the rocket ship! I interviewed several different candidates, as you can see on the bottom of this photo, and gave them all a turn to drive ...

Here they all are. All inside bear, the chipmunk and owl from Backyard Party, and a dog from the Leading Lady Dog Lady set. What do you think, did I hire the right captain? I liked the chipmunk's enthusiasm with his fist in the air, but that owl looks awfully smart and capable too.

Also, did you notice the background is a new die called Constellation Background? Just perfect for a scene like this, and so many others. One final note on this card, the wire spring collapses flat so you can easily stick this into an envelope.

I had another idea for this card using just the bottom portion of the rocket ship, and the "look at you take off" sentiment.

The rocket ship is watercolored with the Catherine Pooler Inks, and the planet is just a circle die that's been inked and stamped with some of the circles from Wonky Backgrounds. I think those circles make great craters on the planet!

The punny sentiments in this set really help make it quite versatile, from planet-ing a visit, to taking off, and five other super cute sayings I haven't seen before. I will definitely be using this set a lot!

Here's a quick reminder of all the cards from this post ... lots of fun in the craft room represented in this photo!

Be sure to stop by the Ellen Hutson blog and comment on all the daily sneak peek posts for a chance to win the entire release!!

Now it's my pleasure to send you to my dear friend Erica who I know has fabulous things to share with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies used (including affiliate links, which are no cost to you. Thanks a bunch for your support!!):

Dinomite Christmas By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Dinomite Christmas By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Dinomite Halloween By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Dinomite Halloween By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Space Out By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Space Out By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Constellation Background, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Landscapes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Big City by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Winterscapes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Wonky Backdrops By Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents

Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen

My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (6-1/8 X 7)

Life Changing Blender Brush - 4 Piece Broad, Picket Fence Studios (LCB-4)

Juniper Mist, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Royal Treatment, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Queen For A Day, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Sugared Lavender, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Bellini, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Peppermint Scrub, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Eucalyptus, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Green Tea, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Sauna, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Backyard Party by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Everyday Doodles by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

20 Gauge, Darice Cloth Covered Stem Wire

Mondo Oak Leaf By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Hard Candy Christmas By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Dress-Up Days By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Mondo Oak Leaf By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Hard Candy Christmas By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Dress-Up Days By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies


  1. Wow your post really shows how to stretch the use of the stamps. Well done.

  2. You are a master! Very good use of styles...a whole range of different ideas! And...they're ALL awesome!

  3. Love that ghoulfriend sentiment!!! And your dino cards are so awesome!!!

  4. Huge Godzilla Fan here so I really love the scenes with the city scape and giant dino!

  5. Wow ... what a collection of amazingness ... I love the Far Side-like fun

  6. Wow!!! The mechanics card is amazing!!!!! I love it!!! And the beat is my favourite in the rocket ship!!!

  7. WOW!! You created some AMAZING projects. I LOVE what you did with the dinosaur!!

  8. I don't have any dinosaur stamps in my collection, but that is going to change after seeing your cards! I loved them all and appreciate you using them for completely different occasions.

  9. love the dinosaurs and the rocket ship ... fun stuff!

  10. Oh my goodness, all of your cards are fantastic! Love the dino and that he can hold accessories like bear!

  11. Such a great array of cards!!! I now have a huge Wishlist...have to wait for funding...LOL....Love this blog many talented illustrator/, fun, fun.
    Thank you so much for sharing today!!!

  12. Oh my gosh! What a bunch of super cute cards! If I end up with Dinomite Halloween it will be entirely your fault. ;) Those cards are adorable.

  13. What an incredible lineup Kelly! Love the dino cards!

  14. My 6 yr old grandson outgrew dinosaurs several years ago but these cuties are tempting. I love your cards.

  15. You have a flair! I especially liked the Christmas one with the cityscape!

  16. Great cards love the Goulfriend! I can see that rocket ship would be great on a waterfall card!

  17. Such fun cards! I love the dino set the most! Great job on the rocket too!

  18. Oh...those dinosaurs! They are just the cutest!

  19. Spectacular collection of cards.
    Love the two versions of the cityscape.
    the dino looking over the buildings
    is a fun idea. thanks for sharing

  20. Such fun designs! I just purchased the Halloween dinosaur after seeing your card!

  21. Love your cards! Your spaceship cards are out of this world. All are great. Your Dino cards are good also. Like the FaLalalaRawr card most. Great talent!

  22. Nicely made cards using the new stamps and dies.

  23. Oh, Kelly! A visit here is such a treat for the eyes! And now my wish list has considerably grown.....

  24. Kelly, I love all of your colorful cards. The far side dinosaur card is wonderful. And I am so in love with the Space Out stamp and die set! The wobbler element of the rocket is perfect!

  25. OH MY WORD!!!! Just TOO TOO much CUTENESS to comment on!!!! I did notice the squirrel was well prepped with his cheeks stuffed full for his galactic travels! LOL But lemme tell you what... the Dinosaurs WILL! BE! MINE!!!!! My little g'son who is 3 has difficulty speaking however he KNOWS his dinosaurs. Bless his momma for learning them too!

  26. Adorable cards! Love the new stamps and dies! Love that trick or treating dino!

  27. All the cards you have made are delightful. This release is such fun and the sentiments are adorable.

  28. Kelly your cards are just Fab.! I love all the colors.!

  29. Wow you've been super busy, I love all your cards. I wish I had your imagination! Xx

  30. Oh my goodness, these are adorable. I absolutely love the visit soon cards. Love all the bright cheery colors, too.

  31. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create--thank you!

  32. Love it! I’m just starting holiday cards now!

  33. Such adorable cards!
    Thanks so much for sharing...

  34. Oh wow!! Fantastic set of projects! The rocket ship is just amazing! <3

  35. Lovely cards, they look beautiful! Great job!

  36. Pretty and adorable cards! Love the fun scene you created!

  37. Love these awesome cards and these stamps are so fun! Beautiful coloring and the dinos are definitely on my list!

  38. You've shared a fab range of cards featuring these new products, they are all so eye-catching. The DIY wobbler is so cute.

  39. Love all the different card designs you came up with! The Godzilla style dinosaur is super cute too!

  40. Fabulous cards, I just love the expressions on the critters' faces, super fun!

  41. Wow, what gorgeous inspiration!! Absolutely love the second card. It reminds me of an old Japanese horror movie with the dino swooping in.

  42. Fabulously creative, Kelly. What you can do with a stamp set is amazing.

  43. You were busy. That's a lot of cards. Each and every one of them are fantastic.

  44. Not only fun in the classroom for you, but fun for all of us with these awesome cards. Thanks!

  45. I love the play on words of all the sentiments! So cute!

  46. I love your use of colors for reach card. They are all beautiful, but each one had a different vibe. Great examples of the versatility of the stamp sets.

  47. Your cards are super cute. My favorite is the dinosaur decorating the city.

  48. The variety of these stamp sets is amazing! I LOVE the dinosaur/city cards - those puns and the Far Side scene are super.

  49. All the cards are SO great, but for some reason, I am just drawn to the black and white dino/cityscape one!!

  50. I have to say, I like the captain choice of the chipmunk! Did he come in that set or is he from a different one? He does not seem like an alien at all, so I find it phunny that you used him; chubby cheeks and all. A great selection!
    Speaking of selection, you showed us a lot of fab ways to use all these new releases! How do you do it? You have great creativity and especially with the cartoon dino and the look at you take off spaceship! I love the phunny phrases and I think we would craft well together! Until that time, I enjoyed your post and will look for you in the future! Happy crafting!

  51. Wow, what a fabulous collection of cards! Such fun scenes and amazing details - adorable!

  52. Love these fun, colorful cards.

  53. Dear Kelly
    Love all your cards but the CAS cards are real beauties love your soft color pallette on the CAS cards too. blessings

  54. SWOON!! I LOVE all of the NEW Products and ALL of the AMAZING Inspiration!! You were BUSY and it looks like you had a TON of FUN with the Release!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

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