Sunday, March 8, 2020

Essentials By Ellen March Release Blog Hop



Hi Friends! I'm so happy to be celebrating the new Essentials by Ellen release that we've been previewing for awhile! There are a lot of fun products in this release. You may have come from Brandi Kincaid (illustrator of Bravehearted and Life is a Circus), but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Carissa Wiley.


This Clever Sausage set has already gotten a lot of use when making birthday cards for my youngest son's friends. The combination of modern styling, punny sentiments, and popular occasions make this set super useful!


Clever Sausage comes with dies, but you certainly don't need them to make a card. This card is completely stamped and masked without dies (except for the party hat, because I totally forgot to stamp that one before stamping the dog : ) )


I colored the scene with copics. These simple shapes make coloring a snap. It might be hard to see, but I put glossy accents on the skateboard wheels.


There's also a fun circus theme throughout this release. These cards are from the Bravehearted set. I really love that the main word in each sentiment is sized to perfectly fit inside the lion's mouth. Love this graphic style!


As you can see, my main (pun intended) orange copic marker is running dry, hahaha! I decided to roll with it, and use it to my advantage to make a textured mass of curly hair for the lion's mane. Then I masked the bottom and sponged some stripes from the Skinny Stripes die that I turned into a stencil.


The 2-in-1 Box Die is a great size for little birthday gifts like jewelry, washi tapes, small candies, a gift card, so many different things! It's smartly designed, as you use the same die for both cuts, and just flip one of the cuts over when you're putting it together.


You can orient the box vertically like this, or horizontally like the next project. Gotta love the options. It's fun to decorate your box just like you would a card. I sponged rainbow stripes from the Skinny Stripes Die and used a bird from EBE Backyard Bird Friends set.

The tag is a die that comes with the box. I cut a second tag in white, cut most of it off, and used that as a custom topper for the tag. The sentiment is from Totally Random Sayings Vol #2.


You can also just put the sentiment directly on the box, just like you would with a card. This sentiment is from the Good Times Set and it fills the space well.

TIP: if you want it to be able to flatten for mailing or storage, make sure to only adhere the two sides together. The top and bottom flap will remain loose. Depending on what's in your box, you may want to reinforce the bottom flap to keep the contents in.



Finally, I used the 2-in-1 Box Die as a base for this cute circus car, and the 2-in-1 Box Die Circus Add-On to add all the circus-y details, like these over-sized wheels. 


I cut out an extra set of the gold wheel trim pieces so each side of the black tires are detailed. Here's a rear view of the circus car.


The All Inside Bear is the perfect scale to sit inside this circus car. AND, he gets to use his little hands to hold the bars on his cage! Ha! He's either holding on for balance, or he's wanting to come out. The little bear from Bear Ware 4 is another good addition to the festivities inside.


Here you can see how the bears are arranged. I have three narrow strips going across the bottom of the open-ended box (not visible when you look thru the car). The bears are attached to these strips.


The happy dotted pattern on this circus car comes from the the Wonky Backgrounds set. Did you notice the sentiment on the car? It's in two parts ... "wishing you a beary" black strips on the left, ...


... and a "happy birthday" vellum banner on the right. The small flags on top come with the add-on set, and the large flags on top are from the Little Lady dies. One other thing I'd like to point out is the gold details on the top of the car. Look familiar? These are the wedge pieces from inside the gold wheel die cuts!


Here's another view from underneath.


As always, the car folds flat for mailing and storage. The vellum "happy birthday" banner that flies on the right side of the car will fold behind the car so it fits perfectly in the envelope.

Hope you liked these two circus-themed cards, as well as the clever sausage birthday card!

Prizes:
We’ve got super fun prizes!!! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and one will win the whole March Essentials by Ellen release!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, March 12th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

I now have the pleasure to send you over to my friend Laurel Beard, who I'm sure has some fabulous projects to share!

Thanks so much for checking out all my projects!
- Kelly


Supplies Used (Affiliate links, thanks so much for your support of my projects and blog!)



Clever Sausage by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Clever Sausage by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Two-in-One Box, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Two-in-One Box, Circus Add-On, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Bravehearted by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Bravehearted by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

All Inside by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Skinny Stripes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Bear Ware 4 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Bear Ware 4 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

All Inside by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Wonky Backdrops By Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Leading Ladies - Little Lady By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Leading Ladies - Little Lady By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Backyard Bird Friends by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Totally Random Sayings Vol. 2 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Good Times by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint

Uni-ball Impact Gel Pen, White

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad




61 comments:

  1. Such fun cards, Kelly! The box is neat, too!

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  2. Oh my gosh, what great inspiration! I am loving ALL of it!

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I am most excited about the "Sausage" set since I have a Doxie!! I cant wait to play with that set.

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  4. Love your creations, Kelly! So nicely done.

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  5. That lion is adorable and I LOVE that circus car!

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  6. Omg!! Wath a versatile box!!! I love It! Èly

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  7. Fun cards; beautiful box; and oh, wow, that circus car is just great ! How creative and original !!
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent !

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  8. Wonderful projects. When I saw the circus set I thought it was just for kids. That second card proved me wrong -- it's perfect for my "older" friends. Love it!

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  9. I love how you sneaked in my favorite bear stamp/die.

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  10. The little dog is my favorite in the whole release and your card is so cute! I also love what you did with the box die - such a great idea for small gifts!

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  11. Hot diggity dog, your cards are AMAZING! I love the little dachshund, and that circus wagon is so amazing! I HAVE to make a little circus of my own! So awesome!
    Warm Hugs,
    Michele K. Henderson
    crimsonowl@comcast.net

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  12. Thank you again for your creative inspirations, tutorial guides, and product lists. This has been a lot of fun for me. :)

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  13. The circus car with the bears is too cute as is the bird on the box. What a fun gift to give!

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  14. Darling cards and the circus car is absolutely the cutest ever!

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  15. Cute characters and the circus car was darling!

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  16. OMG! I love the circus car and treat box! What a great critters!

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  17. Fantastic range of projects with the new release! So much fun eye candy on your cards, the circus car is my fave of all. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  18. The circus car is my favorite.Awesome job.

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  19. Awesome creations! I especially love the pretty striped box!

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  20. The circus car is SO DARNED CUTE> I would like to make one, and put animal crackers inside for my grandkiddos.

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  21. Oh man, you're absolutely killing me with cuteness here! I can't even! I <3 stripes, and the bears in the cart! That box die looks really versatile. It looks like I should just direct deposit my next paycheck to Ellen Hutson. Dang! Thank you, Kelly, for some really fun ideas! I always enjoy your amazing creativity!

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  22. Fun creations! Love the circus wagon and that cute skateboarding pup!

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  23. Great idea! I love this circus car! What a great way to use this die!

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  24. Wowee are these ever FUN!! The bears in the circus wagon are too cute for their own good!

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  25. Love the doxie he is so cute... Thank you for sharing.

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  26. I like the lion and the wagon full of bears.

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  27. These cards have to being a smile. Isn't this what card-making is all about?

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  28. Wow, Kelly ... what a showcaase! Brilliant colouring on that skateboarding pup ... the mane on the lion is deliciously texture-y ... fabulous, vibrant gift box ... and oh my, the travelling box full of bears ... amazingly detailed ... so clever and so fun! Hugs, Anita :)

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  29. Wow that circus cart is great! Love that box die

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  30. Oh the weiner dog set is just so cute, & the sentiments are so fun! Your bears look adorable in the box die. What a great release!

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  31. You clever, clever girl, Kelly. I love my favorite bears inside that circus wagon.

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  32. I always love my visits over here. Your projects are amazing, as usual! Love everything!

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  33. Love all of them but the circus card is great.

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  34. My two favorites of all your great designs are the circus wagon with the bears and the darling striped box with the little bird. Precious!!

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  35. Stampin' die cuttin' fun in 3D with the boxes-- love it! And your "LION" in the mouth of the MANED ONE is fabulous! What a fun, versatile set of circus goodies!

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  36. Great cards and inspiration. The box die will be handy to have.

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  37. Wow! What fun projects. LOVE ♥

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  38. I love that circus wagon. It's on my
    list to buy. Love the skateboarding
    puppy - fun idea. Great cards.
    thanks for sharing
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  39. fabulous set of projects! love that little circus car!

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  40. Such cute cards! Great for boys or whoever likes animals!

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  42. Wow-these are so fun! The circus car is really jolly and I like the colors you chose! The bears a so cute in there!

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  43. Super new items this time. I love the circus. Brenda West

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  44. Oh Kelly, you've outdone yourself showcasing this release!! I love the dachshund on the sausage looking skateboard. All of the animals have the cutest punny sayings to go along with them. I admire the work you put into the three bears in the circus wagon with the happy birthday banner. Wow!

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  45. So many fabulous projects!! The sausage dog is adorable!!

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  46. Such cute cards and projects! The sausage dog is adorable...
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  47. Such clever and cute projects! Gread job!

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  49. Oh my I really like your circus car card that you made. So fun!

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  50. Your box style circus cart is so beautiful and clever

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  51. Such great projects! I love the bear car! Fabulous release!

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  52. Adorable variety of birthday projects. My fave is the bears in the circus train car.

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly