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Hello, Monday will be LIVE today!



Yup! I’m practicing my tech skills! Or, lack thereof… *chortle* I’ll be over on the Ellen Hutson LLC Facebook page (click HERE) once again, this time with a short stamping related tip and more Q & A–I got some really good questions from peeps! If you miss it, no worries! You can watch the replay and I’ll edit this post to include a direct link if you wanna catch it laters! :)

ETA:  I was able to embed the video right here so you an watch it here or over on Facebook! Just click HERE! :)


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On a whim, I sketched out this idea I had for a penny spinner card, which involved rotating the slider channel upside down.  Whaaaaat…?  I know; I’m just weird that way… !!!  *chinkle*  Watch the Hyperlapse video to see the creative process from start to finish!


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  • Make sure your foam mounting tape does not impede the movement of the penny-slider along the channel.
  • Double-layer your foam tape to provide enough clearance for the mechanism to spin/slide freely.
  • The 3D adhesive foam dot I used to make my penny spinner was from my stash and I had thrown the packaging away so I do not know the source.  But, it was 1/8″ thick, and approx. 1/4″ in diameter.
    • My spinner/slider cards tend to perform best with ROUND pop up dots, but these can be hard to find nowadays because manufacturers seem to be making only square ones… BUT…
    • You can actually DIY your own ROUND self adhesive pop up dots by applying Be Creative Tape to both sides of a piece of Fun Foam and then punching through it with a 1/4″ hole punch.


Thanks for stopping by!



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Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps, All Inside by Julie Ebersole
Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, All Inside by Julie Ebersole
Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies, Silver Linings by Julie Ebersole
StazOn Midi Pad, Jet Black
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 050, Yellow
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 052, Bright Yellow
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 026, Light Pink
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 302, Haze Blue
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker 092, Blue Gray
Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush, Small Fine Point (23638)
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Set of 12
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Set of 24
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Set of 48
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Set of 60
ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker, Set of 36
Canson XL Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12
Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight, Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb, 25 pk
Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies, Swing N Slide By Julie Ebersole
Nesting Paper Punch, Circle 1/2″
Ranger Stickles, Yellow
Ranger Stickles, Glam Pink
Sizzix Big Shot White & Gray
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool
My Sweet Petunia Creative Corners
Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape 
Glue Dots Sheets, Mini
Hero Arts Embossing Gun




Hello! and welcome from Darlene DeVries’ blog to the  Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new products on my post today!

It’s a good thing you are here because I’m giving away an Essentials by Ellen stamp set!  The winner may chose any in stock Essentials by Ellen brand stamp set  (Maximum value $25 USD) at Ellen Hutson.com  To enter, please leave a comment on today’s post by Tuesday, February 28!

There is also an AMAZING Grand Giveaway on the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, too, by Tuesday, February 28!

 ALL winners will be announced at the CLASSroom on Friday, March 3Please check there on that date to see if you are a winner and for further details on claiming your prize!

If you get lost along the hop, please visit the CLASSroom blog for a complete list of all the designers.

If you’re interested, I share some insights about what inspired the stamps/dies I contributed to this release  in the video below, but if you’re anxious to get right to the projects, just skip over it. :)


 LINK:  Video is also viewable in HD on my YouTube Channel HERE.  Thanks for watching and for giving it a thumbs up! :)


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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

The letters on this die all swing open to the left, revealing anything you like behind! :)  Use the die as is, leaving the die letters together and you can die cut them as is, or…

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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

Separate them and create a grid!


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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

Die cut them through an ombré collection of colored card stocks and stack ‘em to create a “stepped” effect. Quick tip: Use a straight blade trimmer  (or a metal edge ruler and a craft knife) to cut a straight line to the fold line, stop, then continue the cut line on the other side of the fold line to leave the letter connected to the card stock.



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feat. Hinged Thanks Die

Try the same cutting approach, but stagger the letters at different heights to create a vertical rainbow of layered letters! :)



Oh deer ebersole 001

feat. Oh, Deer! & Wonky Backdrops

Deliver a word of encouragement with a funny pun!

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feat. Oh, Deer!


Say hello, with a modern splash of color! After stamping the deer, I layered a strip of golden yellow washi tape and then die cut her out.



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feat. Oh, Deer!

Here, I used the little flower sprays to create a “field of flowers” for the deer to roam.


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feat. Oh, Deer! & Wonky Backdrops

I used a little bit of masking and a row of brushstroke dashes from Wonky Backdrops to create this little scene, with the fawn off a little ways in the distance from her family…


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feat. Otterly Awesome & Otter Ware

This snuggly pair of otters exchange loving gifts as they float together down the river… Yes, the matching dies will cut the otter’s arms so they can clutch accessories! *big cheesy grin*


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feat. Otterly Awesome & Wonky Backdrops

Mama and baby are enjoying a cuddle party–the larger otter die cuts slits for both arms so she can snuggle her little one, and other Otter Wares… *chinkle*


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feat. Otterly Awesome, Otter Ware + Swing n’ Slide Dies

Yes.  I was singing “that song” the entire time I made this one.  In between giggles.


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feat. Wonky Backdrops (sentiment from Mirror, Mirror)

The triangle pattern backdrop is awesome for creating more masculine type designs, like this one!


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feat. Wonky Backdrops (sentiment from Spa Day)

Repeat stamping and deep indigo watercolor effects were inspired by gorgeous examples of Shibori



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feat. Wonky Backdrops (curved edge die cut using Swing N Slide Dies; sentiment from Mirror, Mirror)

I love the imperfect, “wonky” shapes in this set sooooooooo much!!! They make great backdrops, backgrounds, patterns for so many other stamp sets in my collection, and yet they can also stand on their own and become pretty much anything I imagine they might be. :)

So glad you came by! Please click HERE to keep see what the wonderfully talented  Michele Ferguson has in store for you!





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