Essentials by Ellen Holiday Release Hop

Hello Friends and welcome to Pops of Paper! Today, I’m joining several of the EH Design Ambassadors on a Blog Hop celebrating the Essentials by Ellen Holiday Release!!

This Holiday Release is HUGE and I’m so excited to share with you cards I created by mixing and matching existing Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies with the New Merry Little Christmas and Bear Ware 5. I just love Adorable Bear from All Inside!

I hope you enjoy all my projects today. Be sure to stop by and see all of the creations from the talented EH Design Ambassadors and Guest Designers!! Leave a comment at each stop for a chance to win prizes!! Next up on the Hop is the amazing Kelly!

Merry Little Christmas

The Merry Little Christmas stamp set is perfect for setting the In the City or In the Country Holiday Scenes. As a kid, one of my favorite memories was driving into the big city to see all the holiday shop windows and Christmas lights but I’m a country girl at heart so I can definitely imagine myself all cozy and snug in the Country Cottage up in the Pine Tree mountains.

To create the country scene, I used the EBE by Julie Ebersole, Alpine Window Designer Dies and EBE Star Trail Designer Dies to create the hills and stars from Kraft and white card stock. For the extra snowfall, I added Gloss White Nuvo Drops. The Merry Little Christmas cabin and Snowman were quickly colored with Copic Markers. 

To create the city scene, I used the EBE Big City Designer Die for skyline and the retired Snowfall Backdrop die. I also added in a few stars from the EBE Star Trail Designer Dies. All of the Merry Little images were colored with Copic Markers. For a little extra sparkle, I added Diamond Stickles to the Distress Oxide Ink Blended Background.

Bear Ware 5!!

Ok, so Bear Ware 5 might be another one of my favorites this release. I combined Bear with Little Bear from Bear Ware 4 to create two fun holiday critter cards. I was also so excited to match-up the North Pole sentiment from Santa’s List. For extra snark on the tangled lights card, I included a sentiment from the Voices in My Head Stamp Set.

BLog Hop Details

Blog Hop Giveaway Info! Prizes, prizes, we’ve got the prizes! One lucky commenter will win the whole Essentials by Ellen holiday release! And another will receive $25 to spend at! For a chance to win, all ya’ gotta’ do is hop along, enjoy the fabulous eye candy, and leave a little love for your fellow crafters: increase your chances by commenting on each stop on the hop! Comments left before 11:59 PDT on October 14 will be entered to win. (Winners are selected randomly.)

The incredible blog hop line-up

Ellen Hutson Blog








Sarah Zayes  


Emily Mydlowski (you are here)


Jen Wong  


Emily Midgett

France Wisniewski 





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Peace, Joy and Peppermint Holiday Cards with the Catherine Pooler Jolly Holiday Release

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, it’s the best time of the year and it’s even better with two new ink colors DECK THE HALLS and CRANBERRY FIZZ from Catherine Pooler!! Two beautiful and rich colors perfect for the holiday season. With the addition of black ink for my sentiment, I only used these two ink colors and the CP Sweetest Season Stamp Set and Coordinating Die Set.

Candy Cane Wishes: The Sweetest Season stamp has so many peppermint images, it’s perfect for creating backgrounds. To create my backgrounds, I always start with the largest image which is the candy cane image. Then I added in some circle peppermints and then the little star image in the little nook and crannies. To complete the card, I added the Candy Cane wishes sentiment to a circle die cut, added the four dots under the sentiment (normally used as an accent on the wrapped candies) along with a little hint of green with the starburst image. The decorated card panel was then adhered to an Ebony Cardstock CardBase. 

Peace, Joy and Peppermint: One of my favorite Clean and Simple techniques is to stamp and die-cut several little elements and then stack and play with them to create a focal point on a card panel. My tip for this type of layout, is to create a faux triangle or diamond with all of your stacked image elements. This helps keep your images balanced with your white space into one focal area on your card. 

Tips to create added detail to Clean and Simple Cards:

  • For extra depth to the clean and simple design, I created a shadow effect with the Peace & Joy die cut by adding a white offset Peace & Joy to the three-layered black sentiment.
  • Add detailing to images: My favorite part of the Sweetest Season Stamp Set are all the extra stamps that you can add to the wrapped candies and circle peppermints. 
  • Use pops of color in fun ways to bring extra attention to your card. I did this by mixing and matching the Cranberry Fizz and Deck the Halls candies along with the little starbursts around the sentiment. 

So there we are friends, two clean and simple Holly Jolly Peppermint Themed cards. Added bonus: Once I have Clean and Simple patterns like this defined, they are super easy to mass produce which is perfect for the holiday card making season. 

I hope you enjoyed my cards today and it inspires you to use your ink, stamps and dies in fun new ways!

Big Paper Hugs,


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