Product Release Close-Up: Essentials by Ellen + Giveaway

Hi! Today I wanted to share a Product Release Close-Up Video showcasing the newest Essentials by Ellen release… along with *many* card examples. This post also is part of a fun blog hop with giveaways!

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

OK… so I originally planned to make this video as a simple Product Release Close-Up of the newest Essentials by Ellen release. However, I got carried away and made lots of card examples! Please be sure to watch the video to learn more about these products. I am hoping the video helps you decide if any of the products are right for you to add to your collection. They are all wonderful! You can find them all HERE.

I wanted to include photos of each of the cards here.

First up? The Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty Stamp Set colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens on Bristol Smooth Cardstock. They blend like easy-to-control-watercolor and give lots of shine… especially on this cardstock. The background is from the Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines Die Set.

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Using the same Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty Stamp Set, I created this mermaid encouragement card. Wish you could see the shine in the photos…

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Talk about a cheerful card! I used the pineapple from the Essentials by Ellen Stay Golden Stamp Set and added shimmer…

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I think I am going to make a bunch of these sunshine cards. The sun is from the Essentials by Ellen All Inside Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the new Warm Fuzzies Stamp Set. This set has many messages that could be teamed up with a variety of stamp images. Again, shimmer color and a Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines Dies background.

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The rest of today’s cards use many of the same supplies. (I just couldn’t stop playing with them!) I used the new Essentials by Ellen Silver Linings Die Set to create the ray-filled-clouds and glittered raindrops… and the Essentials by Ellen Warm Fuzzies Stamp Set for the sentiment. I made a few variations so I could have a few “get well cards” on hand. I varied the way I used Essentials by Ellen Stitching Lines Dies on the background.

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For another quick variation, I used the Essentials by Ellen Silver Linings Die Set to create a ray-filled-cloud using felt. The texture is amazing and perfect for a cloud! (By the way, this great die set was design by the wonderful Julie Ebersole based on her video HERE.)

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

My favorite card in the bunch is this next simple one. I used the ray die from the Essentials by Ellen Silver Linings Die Set but die cut the result using the Essentials by Ellen Brushstroke Hello Die. The stitched lines are great on a diagonal.

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The next example uses the Concord & 9th Joy die….

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

And my final card? I created a ray-filled heart and added a “hello” sentiment from the Essentials by Ellen Lovely Stamp Set.

Stitching Die Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Whew! That was fun. I hope you will try out some of these great products!


This post is part of the Late Summer 2016 Essentials by Ellen Release Blog Hop!


The next stop on the hop is the blog of Carly Minner. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop on the EH CLASSroom blog.)


I get to give away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set! The winner may chose ANY Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/23/16 telling me which of the new Essentials by Ellen products is your favorite. You can find them all HERE. There is also a crazy good Grand Giveaway in the EH CLASSroom Blog! (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on the EH blog on 8/26/16. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Essentials by Ellen products. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.)






























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903 thoughts on “Product Release Close-Up: Essentials by Ellen + Giveaway”

  1. I love lazy Sundays–finally had time to watch this video in its entirety. So many fun cards, thank you, Jennifer for the plethora of awesome ideas. I wouldn’t have thought to use felt, let alone other dies in conjunction with the Silver Linings dies. So now I’m patiently (ha!) waiting for Ellen Hutson to restock the Silver Linings and stitched border dies…so patiently….lol!

  2. Thanks for sharing so many ways of using the silver linings die, loved how cute the clouds turned out! Thanks to Ellen Hutson for the giveaway!

  3. I thought that the Mondo Peony set was my favorite until I watched what you did with the Silver Lining dies-love! Thanks for the super video-so much information!

  4. Oh my goodness, so many beautiful products, so many great ideas. My favourite item is the stitched lines die but my favourite stamp set is the Lovely stamp.

  5. I love the stitching lines and silver linings (the rainbow!). Loved your cards – very simple but very nice!

  6. I love the stitching lines dies. Perhaps I’m biased, as I love to stitch, as well as making cards and paper crafts.

  7. I always love watching your videos and what a fun release this is! I have got to say though, my favorite is that beautiful Mondo Peony!

  8. I would have said the Lovely Stamp Set was my favorite until watching your video…now I love the Stitching Line Dies. I’m going to try your techniques right away!

  9. The ‘Stay Golden’ Set is my favorite product of this release. I’m blown away by all your creativity, thank you for sharing your ideas!

  10. Thanks for the great ideas! My favorite are the stitching line dies. It’s great so that I don’t have to pull out my sewing machine for a quick card.

  11. OH, so many to chose a favorite. They all are so awesome. Jennifer, you amaze me every time with your videos. Such talent you possess.

  12. Great release and blog hop! AWESOME cards! I especially love the Under the weather cards, such a great way to have sheets of rain impressed in the background ! For my favorite, I am loving the Mondo Peony set the best.

  13. Faux stitching borders put together. Who would of thought of that but you Jennifer! You help me to think “out of the box” on many products I already have. Thank yo so much for your videos.

  14. Jennifer, your cards are always happy and these are no exception! Such a fun variety of cards. Best of luck with your craft room remodel and move.

  15. I love all of your cards Jennifer, they are all so beautifully designed and you always put the best colours combinations together! My favourite product from the release is the Stitching Line Dies, even more so now after seeing all the amazing things you have done with them. Thanks for the great video and all the incredible inspiration.

  16. My stitching Lines dies arrived Saturday and I am loving them! The only cloud is that they were already sold out of the Silver Linings by the time I placed my order. I really want to try the felt technique you so kindly shared.

  17. Thanks for this wonderful video showcasing the new release! I thought I would be smart and go ahead and purchase some stamps early, well don’t you know that the stitching lines and the silver lining dies were already out of stock!!! Those two were my very favorites too!!! So maybe I can win one of those during this blog hop!! You indeed made some beautiful cards so thanks for sharing that with us!!!

    Take care!!!

  18. Wow, Jennifer! You must not sleep!
    Each card is cuter then the next
    and so creative.
    My favorite set it the Stay Golden
    stamp and die set. I hadn’t jumped on the
    pineapple craze yet ( even though I love
    to eat fresh pineapple!), but this set caught
    my eye.

  19. Thank you for showcasing the release and sharing your wonderful creations! This latest release is amazing, how to choose just one favorite?! Stitching lines dies and Bear ware’s adorable accessories are tied for favorites with me.

  20. The stiching lines dies are my all time favorite!! I can’t wait to use them in different ways. Thank you!!

  21. You really make these die shine! Can’t wait to get my hands on them. Thanks for all of the awesome ideas!

  22. For me, I simply love the Essentials by Ellen Silver Linings. I love the ideas and inspirations that you provided. There are so many things we can do with it.

  23. What a fun release, so many beautiful goodies. I love the silver linings and the stitching line dies. So much fun to be had. Thank yoh Jennifer love watching your videos.

  24. You are so creative and it is so wonderful that you share all your creativity with us. I love all the cards you made, they look like so much fun to make and I can’t wait to try them. My favorite I think is Silver Linings Dies but I also really like the Stitching Line Dies too. Thank you again for sharing all your wonderful ideas with all of us.

  25. Love the Essentials by Ellen stamp sets! Your cards came out great! Thanks for the chance to win one, I got my eye on the Pineapple!

  26. The stay golden stamp set is adorable! Pineapples are such an inviting expression of welcome and comfort. I also love the stitching lines die. What a great idea to incorporate this technique into cards and for scrapbooking! Thank you Ellen for great stamps and die sets!

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