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Over the next few weeks, the Ellen Hutson LLC Design Team are all sharing things we each love!  I don’t think I’ve ever compiled a list of them before, nor the reasons why I love them so much! This is by no means a “complete” list, but it’s a good start. :)

I’ve always been hard-pressed to answer questions like, “What’s the best black ink?” or “What’s the best paper trimmer?”  Over the years, I’ve concluded that it’s really not a matter of what is “the best“, but what you find works well for you! Different things work better for different people. I, for one, am super glad, there are so many companies producing a great variety of quality products so we can each find those that are the perfect fit for our needs!

Just for my readers, I’ve compiled a list of loves AND, I have a special discount code to Ellen Hutson LLC immediately below!

Save 10% on all in-stock items, now through December 14th with code: thingsweloveJulie

Also, heads’ up!!! All my stamps & die designs are currently on sale, too, for a limited time so snag the savings while you can!  You can find them HERE.

There’s more. :)  I have a prize package to give away, filled with awesome, exclusive Ellen Hutson LLC goodies! Please leave a comment here to enter the giveaway!


Gift Julie Ebersole

I know, right?! TOTALLY FABULOUS!!!


I couldn’t list these items without telling you WHY I love ‘em so my reasons are also included. :)



  • Scotch Double-sided Foam Mounting Tape: I use LOTS of foam mounting tape and I can cut this one to any length or size strip or bit that I need. It’s the only foam mounting product I’ve found where the liner doesn’t “cling” to my tweezers when I remove it so it doesn’t interrupt my work flow.  Call me crazy, but that’s a big deal for me.
  • Glue Dots Sheets:  I prefer the sheets over the rolls because I can separate the glue dots individually, apply them and then remove the plastic liners when I’m ready to mount something down permanently.
  • Ranger Glossy Accents:  Glossy Accents can be used as a high gloss, crystal clear finish or as a liquid adhesive for chunky embellishments.
  • Zig 2 Way Glue, Chisel Tip:  Goes on blue, dries clear. Chisel nib can cover wider areas.  Can be used as a temporary adhesive when allowed to dry completely, before mounting.  Awesome for spot-foiling, due to its “tacky when dry” properties.
  • Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper:  It’s lined. It has full repositionable sticky over the entire sheet (unlike Post-It™ Notes, which I love, too, but don’t work nearly as well for stamp masking as this paper does).  You can hand cut it, die cut it or punch it. You can even reuse it until it wears out.



Let me preface this section by saying altered art/mixed media are honestly not my thing, BUT here are some items that I adore using:

  • Woolfelt:  Cut it, die cut it, sew it; it adds a wonderful tactile dimension to my projects.
  • Crystal Clear Plastic:  Perfect weight for DIY clear cards or acetate overlays. Can be die cut, too… Just sayin’…
  • Inchie Arts Art Squares:  Dense, thick, with a surface that accepts a wide range of coloring mediums–my favorite happens to be watercolor. Also love using then for faux “ceramic tile” effects!
  • Glassine Envelopes: Translucent; fun to fill the tiny ones with little trinkets or confetti to embellish a card with.  Can be pressure embossed, stamped on and are just plain fun. I keep every size I can get ‘em in as a staple in my craft closet. Bags, too.



  • Heat Reactive and/or Transfer Foils:  One of the easiest ways to add a touch of “luxe” to your projects.
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors:  Beautifully creamy, gorgeous colors. Pans can be removed individually from the palette for ease of use. Have I mentioned the beautiful, creamy, gorgeous colors?
  • Peerless Watercolors: Amazing color range, fantastic portability.  I love to watercolor when I travel and this is the easiest way for me to do it! I can pre-stamp images onto watercolor paper, snag my portable palette and a waterbrush, and I am good to go.
  • Hero Arts White Embossing Powder:  Nice bright white, with a smooth glossy loft and finish.
  • Embossing Paste:  I love the dimension and spongey texture you get with this stuff. It can be custom tinted, glittered when wet, or even heat embossed, altho I seem to really like it plain most of all. This is one of the few art supplies I am willing to get messy and endure the clean up with.  If you know anything about me, then you understand what kind of statement that is… ;)



  • Big Shot PLUS:  This thing gave my heart palpitations when I first laid eyes on it at CHA nearly a year ago. I finally ordered one and I LOVE it–the larger size seems to apply more consistent pressure across the roller bars for die cutting AND, I love LOVE LOVE the flexibility of the wider 9″ feed!
  • Nesting Card Template Die Set:  Perfectly graduated layers, based on an A-2 card size.  No thinking or measuring. *fist pump*
  • Silicone Rubber Sheet:  Enables me to pressure emboss my metal dies into my paper, giving many of my dies even more versatility!
  • Diagonal Window Die: Conceal something inside like a photo, a gift card, or a surprise message.  It feels like you’re unwrapping a present due to the closure design.
  • Colored Sizzix Cutting Pads:  I reserve these as my “top” pad and use the clear ones for actual cutting.  Easy to identify that this one stays on top to avoid creating etch marks in my paper surface because I never use the die blades against it. Also easy to spot on my work surface.



  • Sequins:  I love using these to add sparkle or as shaker card filler. Love all colors, but am especially partial to the Sparkling Clear ones by Pretty Pink Posh, all sizes.  They go with *everything*.
  • Wood Veneers:  I love the look and texture of wood/woodgrain and the laser cut veneers in all shapes/sizes are a staple for me. I often leave them plain, but have also stained, painted, glittered or enameled them!  Awesome glued on, or as shaker card filler, too.
  • Enamel Dots:  Any time I want a more contemporary/modern embellishment, these usually fit the bill; every color I can get my hands on.
  • Foiled Washi Tape:  Skinny or wide, makes no never mind; washi tapes are an easy, beautiful AND multi-functional accent! They don’t even have to be foiled–I love washi tape and use lots of it, period.
  • Metallic Thread:  A messy nest of metallic thread is one of my favorite ways to highlight a focal image and I often use that instead of ribbon on my cards.
  • Stickles:  Every color. Easy for accenting, dries quickly, sparkles wonderfully. It’s my fail-safe when I have a design that needs a little something, but I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what.


  • Distress Stains: Probably my most favorite of the Distress product line, I love to watercolor with them. They make background washes easy, and you can also apply them directly to your stamp and then stamp onto watercolor paper for a “looks like you hand-painted that” effect. :)
  • Archival Jet Black: Deep, rich waterproof black ink. Awesome for coloring with water-based mediums.
  • Hero Arts Unicorn White:  Lovely, opaque finish on dark card stocks.  Totally worth the heat setting.
  • Versamark:  Love this ink for heat embossing and watermark effects.
  • Delicata:  Beautiful, shimmery metallic ink that is absolutely stunning when NOT embossed.  Golden Glitz is the prettiest gold ink I have ever encountered…
  • Avery Elle Pigment:  Beautiful color range, awesome blendability on stamps and fun for direct to paper swiping/backgrounds.



  • Card Shoppe by Bazzill:  Dyed through, heavy 100# weight. I simply love this paper.
  • Smooth Bristol:  Heavy weight, luxurious off-white color; I love that I can even watercolor on it, as long as I don’t get crazy with lots of water and use a drier brush.
  • Essentials by Ellen Vellum:  Perfect translucency and a nice, heavy weight.  This is my go-to vellum, hands down.
  • Canson Watercolor Paper:  140#, one side is smoother/less textured than the other. A nice watercolor paper for card making.
  • Metallic Gold Foil Paper:  Card stock weight, nice yellow gold mirror/foil finish.  Cut, punch, die cuts wonderfully.



  • Label Love:  General, every day sentiments with a fab Dymo Label look.
  • Stampendous Butterfly Trio: I love that they’re big and the art style is realistic… Plus, winged things always convey an aura of uplifting to me…
  • Cover-a-Card Background Stamps:  6×6″ format allows me to go vertical or horizontal on my card layout. Great for making my own background papers in colors I use most often.
  • Bokeh Dots:  Circles and dots are a design staple for me; they can be used in so many different ways for so many different things!
  • Woodgrain: A classic texture/background that is always in style.  ’Nuff said.



  • Minc Mini:  Compact size, consistent heat across the rollers, adjustable temps.  I’ve even run my warped watercolor paper through it to flatten! Hey, if it works, why not?  Beats dragging out the iron. ;)
  • Molotow Art Masking Pen: This makes masking fluid SO easy to use; no more ruining brushes or tossing them out. Refillable. Goes on blue so you can see what you’ve covered and rubs away with your fingertips or an adhesive eraser.
  • WRMK Fuse Tool:  This baby has revolutionized making shaker cards for me!
  • Teflon Bone Folder:  I didn’t understand or appreciate the difference a teflon bone folder makes when creasing the fold lines of my projects until I received one of these as a birthday gift; never leaves a shine on the paper. Professional looking finish every time.
  • Tonic Handy Comfort Trimmer:  When this trimmer was released last year, it had to come live at my house.  With consistently straight, crisp cuts, it hits the sweet spot in portable trimmers for me!   The blade never needs sharpening, I can cut super skinny slivers of paper with it, features a 1/4″ ruling grid across the bed and the ruler guide bumper along the top clears the 6″ mark. Altho it is marketed as 8.5″, the blade can accommodate 9″ length. I primarily use 8.5 x 11″ paper, so this trimmer is GREAT for me!


Narrowing down a list of paper crafty things I love to something manageable is no easy task; like many of you, I love a good LOT of things! *chuckle* But, if you’ve been on the fence about any of these items, hopefully the reasons they made my list of loves will help you decide if they’re right for you!




  1. Love all your favorite tools and suggestions….that’s why my credit card is on fire right now!
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  2. I like all your favorite things and I love your videos. They are always such fun!