unnamedHello, and welcome to the Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! If you came from the uber talented Jennifer McGuire’s blog, you are right on track! Today I’ve got four cards to share with you showcasing some of the new stamps and dies from Ellen Huston, and here are what I came up with:


I started by drawing a big speech bubble with a black pen for my first card. Then I stamped the flowers from Bohemian Garden stamp set inside the bubble after masking it off. Next, I colored outside the flowers with Copic marker B02 and added some dots to the big flowers with Copic marker Y19. After that, I stamped the bird and sentiment from Wish Big stamp set. I drew a tiny heart at the end of the sentiment for an extra interest.



For my second card, I used the negative part of die cuts from Wild Garden die set as a stencil to paint watercolors. Then I adhered die cuts onto the watercolored images. I curled up the end of each die cut to add some dimension. I finished off my card with the sentiment from Amazing Women stamp set.



I created my own background for the next card using a variety of images in the Bohemian Garden stamp set. I added the dots to the only big flowers with Copic marker FB2 to highlight them. Next, I adhered four “Beyouful” word sentiments in red to give some thickness to it.


This is my last card that I’m sharing today. I embellished the card with some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish it off. That’s all! I hope you loved my creations and got some inspiration. 🙂


Giveaways: There are two ways to win!

Before you go, I’m giving away this new Bohemian Garden stamp set to a lucky winner! Please leave me a comment to enter my giveaway by May 5th. I will announce the winner in this post on May 8th. Good luck!

And there is more! The fun begins in the CLASSroom and there is also a Grand Giveaway! To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by May 5th!


It is now time to head on over to Catherine Pooler’s blog to see what creation she has to inspire you all. I am sure she has something amazing made up. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Happy hopping!

Giveaway Winner (Edited) 

Congratulations, Daisies Girl! Please contact me at fepooh@gmail.com to claim your prize.

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412 thoughts on “Spring 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop + Giveaway

  1. Fantastic cards! The first one made me squeal….so cute. the others are just awe inspiringly beautiful! Love them all ♥

  2. I really love the use of the dies with the colors behind them — thanks for the ideas. Your crds are lovely!

  3. These are so clever, unique and wonderful! Love all of them!! Thank you for giving me new ideas to play with!!!

  4. Your cards are beautiful. I love the white flower overlays you added to the stamped floral images! Thanks for sharing.

  5. My goodness, those are extremely gorgeous cards. I’m loving the diversity I’m seeing with the same stamps & dies.

  6. May, beautiful cards 🙂 Love your style :))) And all the masking on the first one – so clever 🙂
    ANd the one with blue flowers and big bold red sentiment – looks awesome!!! :)))

  7. Your projects are fabulous. I love the sets in this new release, especially the Wild Garden stamps and dies.

  8. Wow, wow, wow! Your designs are stunning, I really like your style. Thanks for giving us so much to drool over!

  9. Really like the watercolour technique with negative space die cuts. Can’t wait to try it myself.

  10. I love this new line of stamps there are so many wonderful sentiments. Thank will be just gorgeous with themail flower die. I’m excited to try the products

  11. Such beautiful cards. Love how you used the negative of the die cut for a stencil. Great idea and great designs. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Beautiful cards! I really love how you used the negative part of the dies as stencils on one of the floral cards.

  13. Such a treat for the eyes, May. That first design with the little birdie makes me so happy. You’re so good at conveying happiness in your cards 🙂

  14. Love your cards. The bubble with the bird is my favorite tho. Love the colors used. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  15. LOVE your beautiful cards! The hand drawn speech bubble goes so well with the Bohemian Garden set, and I love how you used the negative of the die cuts to water color, brilliant! The stamped blue background on the last card is gorgeous as well. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  16. Your cards have a lot of pop – so simple, yet so much impact. You are a marvelous artist! My fav is the watercolor with the white die cuts on top, just so pretty.

  17. Oh wow May…these are just so beautiful! I can’t decide which one I love the most; they are all so lovely!

  18. Love them all – but mostly I love the bird card. So original. So cute. So want to case it. For some reason the little birds you ladies are sharing today have really caught my fancy.

  19. I love your colorful and creative cards. Thank you!
    다양한 아이디어로 카드를 만드는 방법을 알려주셔서 감사합니다. 제품 소개도 해주시지만, 도구가 많지 않아도 카드를 즐겁게 만들 수 있다는 걸 가르쳐주시는 것 같아서 참 좋습니다. 자주 들어오면서도 댓글은 처음 남기네요. 늘 응원합니다!!

  20. Gorgeous! I love the watercolor cards using the negative space of the die cuts. All the cards are beautiful!

  21. so glad I found you through this blog hop, the card with the flowers and the lime green base and white diecuts is just super amazing, i love it! thank you!

  22. All of your cards are so pretty,
    but I love the way you made
    cards two and four! Love the
    water coloring and using
    the dies on top!
    Carla from Utah

  23. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…LOVE!!! Your style is refreshing!!!! Your cards are inspiring and I’m just in love with them all!!!!

  24. Very nice cards. I love the look of the color underneath with the white diecut border! Very elegant looking.

  25. May, your cards are amazing as well! I love these sets. I can’t get enough of these samples! Thoroughly enjoying this hop as you all are making such wonderful cards. TFS, yours!

  26. Gorgeous cards! I’m really into flowers and floral images these days and your cards are all stunning. My favorite is the all blue as it reminds me of some French pottery I’ve really fallen for. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

  27. That birdie made me smile! And I really love your watercoloring behind the die cuts, beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Oh my sweet crafting batman you had a blast with the new supplies! You were really creative with what you used today for the hop! Thank you!

  29. Fabulous! The variety and creativity in your cards blows me away…thanks for all of the inspiration!

  30. I was going to say that I love that first card…but then I saw the second one, and the third, and…I think you know where I’m going with this. They are all AMAZING!

  31. Your cards are all lovely. I love the way you combined the die cuts with the water coloring underneath!

  32. Have to agree with Sharri–unique and gorgeous are the perfect description for your cards. I expecially like the water colored flowers with white die cuts on top.

  33. Oh, I love all of these projects! The bird “speaking” flowers is adorable, and your watercolor background flowers are so pretty, as is the unusual red, white and blue card.

  34. Wow! I love how you showcased a variety of ways to use one set so creatively! My fave is water coloring and then the dimension of the white cs die on top. I have to try that!

  35. gr8 job there….i can see you are a gr8 cardmaker… thanks for the time and effort you put into this… love love love what i c… sincerely

  36. I can always spot a May card — your style is so unique! I love all of your cards! Thank you for the amazing inspiration!

  37. WOWOWOWOWOWOW!! SO IN LOVE with the New Release and I CAN’T WAIT to get ahold of these!! =) SQUEAL!! LOVING your AWESOME Cards!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  38. I love all your beautiful cards and the Bohemian Garden stamp set you get to give away! The Wild Garden die set is at the top of my list too! Awesome new items!

  39. LoVe all your wonderful cards. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  40. Gorgeous cards! I esp. love the watercolor technique you used for the 2nd and 4th cards – I’ll have to try that sometime!

  41. Love your clean and simple cards May, just delightful. Love the pastel watercolors with the white die cuts, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Your cards are drop-dead gorgeous.
    Some folks just have all the talent.
    Glad you share inspiration with us!

  43. Wow, the first card with the floral speech bubble and the bird is fabulous. You took the new set to another level. Love it!

  44. I agree with everyone else, your cards are beautiful, creative, and inspiring. I really love the first card with the bird and big speech bubble, so fun!

  45. I absolutely love your new sample cards, especially the watercolor behind diecut ones. They are feminine and really beautiful.

  46. I so love the simplicity of your card. Layering the die cuts is an awesome way to get thickness. Love Them all.

  47. Whoa! You blew my expectations out of the water! I LOVE all of your designs! The bird with the flower speech bubble is genius! Definitely made my creative wheels turn! Thanks for the inspiration!

  48. Love the die cuts and watercolor. Just the inspiration I need for Mother’s Day cards. Thanks!

  49. Wow, all the cards are so pretty but love the 1st card with the stunning blue as the backdrop! So striking!

  50. Oh yes, I am inspired! You have made some amazing cards! I love the water color behind the die cuts! And the speech bubble filled with flowers!! Genius!

  51. Hi May! Your cards are beautiful – so simple and lovely. Thanks for sharing your love for crafting. I have so much to learn!

  52. Stunning cards. I love the watercoloring. I think the Bohemian Garden is my favorite of the new releases.

  53. These are beautiful! I love the mix of graphic and soft. I especially love the second one, the watercoloring is so pretty!

  54. The cards are all wonderful. Had to smile at the birdie with his large speech bubble filled with flowers.
    the flowers on the other cards are so bright and vibrant.
    thanks for sharing some great projects.

  55. This set is amazing!!! What you did with it is beautiful! Love that you stepped outside your comfort zone!

  56. Wow, love every one of your cards. Each is so creative I have some of the release on my wish list but I just may have to add the rest as well, loving those little animal stamp set

  57. I think my brain just exploded from the multitude of different looks! Thank you. I was amazed at how you used these stamps in the first card, but then you had to blow it all out of the water. Great job!

  58. Great cards May! Thank you 🙂 I’ve not been making cards long and love the idea of using the negative die part for coloring and than adhering the dies to them. Inspiring 🙂

  59. Wow, These cards are so cute and beautiful! I LOVE how you watercoloured and then put the flower dies right on top! My jaw dropped when I saw the Bohemian Garden stamp set! It’s stunning:)

  60. Gorgeous cards, May! My favs are your I Love You and Mom cards using Wild a Garden. I need to try your technique because I love the results using the negative to watercolor first. What a great release!

  61. Great cards – love the watercolouring behind the die cuts. A beautiful release. Thanks for sharing.

  62. Wow, these are beautiful cards made from the spring release! I love the technique of watercolor covered by a die!

  63. I love the way you used the negative parts of the die cuts as a stencil for watercoloring. I never would have thought of that and it is beautiful! Thanks!

  64. May, your cards are all so gorgeous. I can’t pick a favorite. Love the colors and the great designs. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize too.

  65. Really like the watercolor and the speech bubble cards. They are very unique and creative. This is my first time visiting your blog. It will not be my last time. Very inspiring. Thank you so much.

  66. WOW! Your cards are all so stunning… Can’t even pick a favourite! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂


  68. The speech bubble is so cool! The Copic marker coloring really makes the flowers pop!
    Your cards are exquisite!
    Can’t really pick a favorite because they are all so stunning!

  69. WOW… Your cards are fantastic! What amazing Inspiration. You really made these stamps come to life. Thanks for shating!!

  70. Wow! The cards are absolutely gorgeous and showcase this amazing stamp set so well! Especially love the water coloured cards!

  71. WWOOWW!!! All of your cards are gorgeous! You showed us so many different ways to use these stamps and dies. The chicken with the speech bubble is so cute. The watercolored flowers look so soft and dainty. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and creative cards!!

  72. Beautiful cards – love all the different looks you got with these stamps & dies. Thanks for sharing.

  73. Love love love all 4 of these cards. The first one is so cute and the color is stunning. The last one is so clean and simple and elegant. You really show how to use this release in different ways!

  74. The bird and the flower bubble are so colorful – – I would never have the patience to Copic color all of that. REALLY NICE!

  75. A speech bubble filled with flowers! Just how a bird would talk, I am sure. Lovely.

  76. I’m really loving this stamp set and I our fabulous projects made me fall harder:-)

  77. Oh May, what stunning cards — especially the first card! I love the colors and it is just so original! Thanks for showing several ways of using this fabulous stamp set.

  78. Oh my goodness! These are ALL so creative and wonderful! The speech bubble with the flowers…so fun! Then the blue flowers and red sentiment…striking! Then the die cutting with the water colors…wow!

  79. These cards are just awesome! You show a unique perspective! Love the floral speech bubble and cute little bird. Love the water colored area with cutouts applied to top!

  80. I love the technique using the die cuts as stencils. Beautiful. The water coloring really sets off the white flowers. Thanks!

  81. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the watercoloring behind the die cuts – sooo pretty!

  82. OMG These cards are stunning. Hard to pick something to compliment because every card and detail is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing!

  83. WOW – LOVE your cards May, such a FABULOUS variety of designs from SUPER CUTE to BOLD & BEAUTIFUL!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and the chance to win some CRAFTY AWESOMENESS!!! The Bohemian Garden stamp set is in my TOP 3 from this release and I’m SUPER EXCITED at having the chance to win 🙂

  84. I love how the flowers are popping off the page, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  85. The bird ‘talking’ in flowers is my favorite! Such a creative use of the stamps. Nice job!

  86. What-using the negative die cut as a stencil for water coloring?! Love this idea & your card showcases the technique so beautifully!!

  87. Nice variety of cards. Especially appreciate the negative die cut as a stencil for water coloring!

  88. This is such a gorgeous set! I am loving the BeYouTiful die. Love the use of the watercolor layered under the die cuts and the simple and clean colors and look to the BeYoutiful card! Thank you for the inspiration!

  89. All your cards are wonderful! I love the bird standing on the greeting in the first, with that colossal, flower-filled speech bubble. Great watercoloring on the “love you” & “Mom” cards, and I like the graphic look of your BeYoutiful card. Tfs! ~ Andrea

  90. Wow!! I really love your cards! The watercolor technique you use is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  91. Wow! I love all of these cards. Never thought to use the flowers in such a bold way. Will have to try that look.

  92. Oh gosh, the die cutting, the colors, the dimension….you outdid yourself! I love how you delineated the bird card with the fun and bright background as the “words” so cool!

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