Essentials by Ellen October Release Blog Hop

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope that you had a wonderful World Cardmaking Day yesterday!!

Today I am getting the privilege to do something I haven't before...I am participating in a blog hop featuring the latest Essentials by Ellen release!  There will be 4 mini hops throughout the week, and today marks the start of all the fun!  I think you are going to LOVE these new stamps & dies....they are amazing!!

You should have arrived here from Svitlana Shayevich's blog.  If you have gotten lost along the hop, or happened upon my blog and want to start from the beginning, then head back to the Ellen Hutson LLC blog.  I will link your next stop on the blog hop at the end of my post! :)

I decided to mainly work with the Thistle stamp set, and pulled my sentiment from the Snailed It stamp set.  Both of these stamp & die sets were designed by Julie Ebersole, and they work beautifully together!  You are going to love using them...I know that I did!

I have been hearing amazing things about distress oxide inks, and I'm excited to use them - but they haven't arrived yet!  So - I used the Ranger distress inks (all colors are linked below) I have on hand, and created a really beautiful background.  The colors are a bit nontraditional, but they have a lovely fall feel when paired with the gorgeous thistle stamps!  Once I was done with the inked panel, I spritzed it with white Heidi Swapp Color Shine, and it added a gorgeous layer of shimmer to the front!  You can kind-of see it in the photographs, but there is so much more pretty shimmer in person.

The sentiment is heat embossed on a banner cut from dark purple cardstock.  In order to keep a good exposure on the rest of the card, the purple cardstock photographed a little dark - so I just wanted to let you know the true color!

I had every intentions of there being some green in this card!  I inked a very subtle green onto the upper left & lower right corners, but because there was already some other color in both places - it turned more of a greyish brown.  And you know what?  I think I prefer it the way it is!  That is one of the things I love about cardmaking - it doesn't always go exactly as planned, and often works out better!

As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions in the comments!  All of the newly released Essentials by Ellen products will be linked below, along with the other product I used to create this card for your shopping convenience.

Your next stop on blog hop is to Jennifer McGuire's blog Happy hopping, and have a wonderful Sunday!


http://www.ellenhutson.com/#_a_167
For your shopping convenience, all products used are linked below.  {Includes affiliate linking where possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you.  Never fear - I will only ever link to products that I truly love & use!}

Comments

  1. Lovely! Loving the
    inked background
    and sparkle.
    Carla from Utah

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  2. Lea I asked another company for their take on a Thistle... so happy that Julie and Ellen Hutson got 'er done! Are you a 'Braveheart' fan? Your card is gorgeous!!!
    =]

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  3. Your card is so pretty! Love the inking in the background!

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  4. Very pretty love the colors of the background

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  5. Love the colors of you card!

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  6. Love the colors of the card! Made a beautiful card!

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  7. I really love the background you created, and the way your thistles are not connected. It's a very unique look.

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  8. Love your ink blended background...fabulous...I am anxious to try the Oxides as well...behind the curve here...LOL.

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  9. The beautiful background colours makes the thistle stamp really stand out. A very elegant card.

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  10. Hi Lea ~ You are going to LOVE the Oxide inks when they arrive!! I've been a Distress Ink Junkie since I first tried them out and the Oxides are even more fantastic to work with. Love your blended background and all the extra little details, like the notches on the lower portion of your card where you wrapped around the twine. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

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  11. Love the design & soft colors on this beautiful card. You have outdone yourself with this one.

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  12. What a beautiful card! Love the background :)

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  13. Congratulations on your first blog hop with the latest Essentials by Ellen! Your thistle card is wonderful and I really like the grayish-brown color that the green turned into when added. It is perfect for the card. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. I love your color combination of Distress ink paired with the thistle stamp--just lovely!

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  15. Love the soft tone you achieved with your colors!

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  16. Beautiful! The grey corners on background do work beautiful! I like how you used the dark purple paper for the sentiment. Love your colored background!

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  17. Awesome release! Awesome project! I especially love the color combination you used!

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  18. Love your card. The colors are amazing! Love the stamp set, too!

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  19. Your card has a ethereal look to it Lea, Lovely layer of shimmer :)) You will truly enjoy those oxides!

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  20. I love the colors of this thistle. Very dream like. This set is a must have.

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  21. Wow !! That's a fabulous card!! That background is completely stunning.

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  22. Your card is beautiful! The background is perfect!

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  23. Lovely card! Very pretty background colors and a beautiful stamp!

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  24. Beautiful card and lovely sentiment.

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  25. Lovely look with the white heat embossing and gorgeous background!

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  26. Oh my!!!
    Wonderful card!!!
    Colors are amazing!!!

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