Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release – Thankful For You

Hey friends! Welcome to the Essentials by Ellen Holiday 2015 Release Hop! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my post today (Thankful + Elf’d sets)! In total, there are 5 new stamp sets and 5 new die cut sets. And, yay!!!! At the end of this post I also get to give away one set.

In today’s video, I am showing the card I made using the Thankful set. This stamp/die cut set is perfect to create Thanksgiving and fall/autumn projects!

I did some simple Copic coloring for the pumpkins and I used some patterned paper from the Baxter paper pad by Studio Calico because it has an autumn feel to it. 🙂


The Thankful set by Essentials by Ellen is just awesome. I love how detailled these pumpkins are and the handwritten sentiment in the set is pure perfection. Did you know that my crafty friend Julie Ebersole designs all of these products? She’s amazing! I wanted to do something different with the white cardstock, so I cut that at an angle. The card looked a little bit plain and empty so I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to it. 🙂


For my second card, I created a clean shaker card design using the new Elf’d stamp set and the coordinating dies. For the sequin shaker part, I die cut the largest circle from a die cut set from WPlus9. As you can see, the size of this circle was perfect to match the elf. I adhered a vellum sentiment banner on there by heat embossing a greeting from the Elf’d set. Afterwards, I filled up my shaker using a variety of Pretty Pink Posh sequins.


I also get to give the Elf’d stamp set that I used above to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway by August 11th! The winner will be announced on my blog shortly after. Please ensure you leave your email along with your comments or you have the “no reply” option disabled.  You have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 


There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there, and at every stop along the hop by August 11th, 2015; winners will be announced by the weekend!




Happy hoppin’! Your next stop is: Amy TsurutaBelow, you will find a complete list of hoppers. I am so honored to be part of this! Look at all the talented designers joining this hop. Wow!




  1. Totally COOL, love that shaker, so inspiring!!! FAB, so tickled to be in this line up of all star designers!

  2. Great job on these cards Laura, love them.

  3. Just love what you did with the new release – so much fun!!!

  4. I alway enjoy watching your videos your talent amazing!

  5. Totally loving this new elf set! Love your cards, as always, Laura! 🙂

  6. Nice cards Amy. You are very talented! Thanks

  7. Great job! Both cards are really cute.

  8. Seeing your cards makes me want to get ready for fall and Christmas. Love the angled cuts.
    P.S. I just discovered I love the same four food groups as the elves. 🙂

  9. Very cute shaker card Idea LOVE IT! thanks for sharing

  10. These cards are so cute! Love the elf shaker card! Colorful and fun. Thanks for the video. Love all your cards.

  11. Fabulous cards as usual Laura. I just adore the Elf card.

  12. That elf set just screams Shaker Card and you made a great one! Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Hi Laura! I love your techniques and your cards. You did awesome cards with the new Essentials by Ellen release. My favorite product in the new Essentials by Ellen release is the GOT CANDY? stamp set. Thanks for this giveaway. xoxo

  14. Sequins make everything better! :). Love the shaker card.

  15. Your cards are adorable!! Thanks for the sparkling inspiration!

  16. Love the fun, modern vibe of your “thankful” card, and the elf shaker is just adorable!!

  17. Great cards. I am all about the shakers, love it.

  18. Wow, Laura, both these card are gorgeous. Great use of that patterned paper on the Thankful card and the elf shaker is just perfect.

  19. Great colors and simple cards, right up my alley! Thanks

  20. Awesome cards!! Love your coloring and the elf card is so cute!!

  21. Super cute cards, love the angle of the first one and I just might have to have that “Baxter” paper pad for my daughter as that is her last name she would love it! Love the added sequins on both cards, too!

  22. Great cards Laura. The elf is so darn cute!

  23. Love both cards! You did an amazing job with these sets 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. Cute elf shaker card – like that you put sequins inside the vellum !

  25. You have created some amazing cards!! Love seeing your videos!! You are one talented and super sweet lady!! Loved seeing what you did with these stamps and you certainly impressed!! I hope you have a super wonderful, beautiful day!!!

  26. Thank you for sharing. I really like the angle look of the first card – nice touch

  27. What adorable cards you created!! I love the first one and how you layered your images together. The second card is just too sweet. Fabulous design!

  28. Love the colors and clean lines of your cards!! Great holiday release from EH; can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner again. Thank you for the inspiration.

  29. Such cute cards! Enjoyed your video, thanks for sharing. Love this new release.

  30. Love your cards especially the elf shaker card. Thanks Laura!

  31. Would love to be the winner of that super adorable stamp set – thanks for the opportunity, Laura! Super card duo!

  32. Laura,

    I tell you this all the time, but your talent amazes me, especially in such a lovely young lady! You have a way of looking at things differently, and I mean that as an extreme compliment. For instance, the first card, cutting the white at an angle and adding the paper, genius! I never would have thought of that, but I love how it looks. Your Elf card is too adorable, I like that you made him a shaker card and added the candy canes all over! You always make whatever stamp set you are using shine! Thanks for being such an inspiration to me.


  33. Your cards are pretty, thanks for a chance to win.

  34. Love your cards. The elf shaker card is my favorite. Thanks for the inspiration.

  35. Love the whimsey of your cards. Great stamps too.

  36. I love the coloring of the Thankful card. Nice design. And your shaker cards are always so great. This one is perfect. You know I love shakers and this one makes me smile for sure. Great job on your designs. TFS

  37. Enjoyed your cards. The shaker card is so cute. Thanks.

  38. Your Harvest with the bright colors turned out really nice
    Your whismical elf card is so darn cute….
    Both card are great….well done and thanks for sharing

  39. I like the coloring on both cards. They are simple and would be easy to make again and again. Well done!

  40. Fabulous shaker card! I have to get some of those sequins and that stamp set. Thanks so much! cbee at inbox dot com.

  41. Love your cards! Great design on the Thankful card and a very cute shaker card. Thanks!

  42. Your shaker card is so cute…love the colors and your thankful are is beautiful as well. Love your videos!

  43. Terrific cards Laura! I love how you cut your panel at a diagonal on the first card! Its really a wonderful design and love the coloring on these beautiful images! Your elf card is amazing! I LOVE it! The elf set is truly fantastic 🙂

  44. Wonderful cards Laura. Great ideas.

  45. Love your gorgeous thankful card and the elf design is perfect as a shaker card. So cute!

  46. Really cute cards. Nice change of pace with the angle on the thankful card.

  47. I really love the creative angle look of the first card and the elf card is just too cute!

  48. Cute cards love the use of the angle.

  49. Love the elf card! It is my favorite of the release!

  50. love the off set white cool idea!!

  51. The elfed set is so cute. Love both of your cards.

  52. The Elfd stamp set is my favorite of the new release. Love that elf!

  53. Beautiful cards! I love the look of your fall one! Thanks for the chance to win this cute new stamp set! 🙂

  54. Your cards are beautiful! Your elf shaker card is so cute and adorable! I love elves – they make me smile!

  55. Love, love your first card (so unique). Great job!

  56. So cute. Liked both of your cards…fun and festive!

  57. Both of your cards are very fun-looking. Great job on both. That elf is so mischievous looking.

  58. Your cards are beautiful! Great job!

  59. Beautiful cards, Laura! Thanks for sharing.

  60. AAAAMMMMAAAAZZZZING Cards!! =) I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!! THANKS for sharing the Video too and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

  61. Love your shaker card! I want to make one!

  62. A great card and video Laura. I also love your elf shaker! So sweet!

  63. Laura, love your shaker cards….always so fun and vibrant.

  64. LOVE your cards and this new release!!!

  65. Darling! Both of them are just darling! Love your sweet style ♥

  66. Love your elf shaker card. The stamp set is cute and the candy canes too.

  67. Beautiful cards Laura. Thanks for the video.

  68. So hoping I’m a winner of this beautiful blog hop! The designs are so versatile ☺️

  69. You have become quite the professional. Your cards are lovely as always and original.

  70. Your cards are great! I really like the geometric angles on your Fall card! it makes everything stand out. Love, Love your elf card. I really like the use of the wood grain for the backdrop.

  71. Love the new stamps and your work is magnificent!!

  72. I love all your videos! You always make me smile!

  73. seriously…LOVE them both! oh my goodness! Your fall inspired card is gorgeous and your elf card is ADORABLE.

  74. Great cards, Laura. Your paper choices really make them pop. Thanks for a chance to win.

  75. Very nice fall card! I’m always looking for ideas for Thanksgiving cards – Thanks

  76. Love that you did a video – and really like both of your cards!

  77. Sweet cards….just love that elf!

  78. I am so thankful that the little Elf’d set , like the others come complete with matching dies. That little Eld’d set is super super cute and I just love to bits what you have done with him. Love it T xx

  79. Your projects are just darling! I love the unique angles of your first layout… I need to remember this! Thank you for inspiring me!

  80. This my favorite stamp and die set from this release although, all of the stamps and dies are amazing.

  81. Really wonderful cards and a great video1

  82. As always, Laura, your cards are just great. I always love your shaker cards and that cute elf is fantastic. Beautiful fall card as well.

  83. Two fabulous cards, Laura! I’m so glad you were part of today’s blog hop…you have showcased Ellen’s new stamps and dies beautifully!

  84. Fall is my favorite season and I’m always looking for great fall images. Really love these!

  85. Laura,
    I love your work, you are such a talented young lady! I love shaker cards and yours are always amazing!

  86. Beautiful cards. I love the playfulness of the elf card.

  87. I really liked your fall theme card – the colors you chose were great. Thanks for the inspiration.

  88. Two really creative cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  89. Love your work, Laura! Fabulous cards.

  90. LOVE your cards!!! The fall pumpkins are so wonderful! The little Elf’d is super cute!!!!

  91. Love your cards, and video, Laura.. Thanks so much for sharing.

  92. Great cards. I like the way you used a different shape for the top layer of your Thankful card. It really helps set off your beautiful pumpkin and gourds. And who can resist an elf shaker card. Thanks for sharing!

  93. Your videos are fun to watch! You do a great job explaining, and have a good sense of design. My birthday is Aug 4, so I have my fingers crossed hoping to win!

  94. I give out cards for all the holidays but now I must to Thanksgiving with all these cool stamps. And love the idea of cardstock at an angle, so fun.

  95. Thank you, beautiful card, your shaker card with the Elf’d card set is so cute, thank you, crossing fingers to win this set.

    LOVE the STRIKING angled design of your Thankful card and – WOW – your Elf shaker is SO MUCH FUN, especially with the candy canes surrounding the window!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and tutorial Laura!!!

  97. Love your cards, thanks for sharing your talents with us.

  98. Great cards! I especially like your absolutely adorable elf card–makes me smile 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  99. I’m not ready to commit to such detailed coloring of such tiny images, (not to mention the $$$ of Copics!) but your work is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing. (I should say that I am finding it very relaxing to color some images, so much so, that I got way relaxed just watching you color!!!)

  100. The winner is the elf, we are an “elf on the shelf” family!

  101. Wow Laura! Your cards are beautiful. I really really love the cute elf shaker card!

  102. Great card! I love shaker cards, so I have to admit the elf was my fave.

  103. Love your style Laura! These cards couldn’t be sweeter!

  104. Two great cards! You are very talented, thanks for the inspiration.

  105. Great to see you in the release hop Laura! Super layers on your cards today:)

  106. Love the angles on your first card and the shaker card is so fun. I am loving this new release.

  107. Love the little Elf shaker card, and pretty colours on the Thankful card TFS

  108. Cute cards. I like how you angled the autumn card. Looks so nice.

  109. Love the cards…thanks for sharing your talent!

  110. That angled harvest card is just awesome:-)

  111. Love the placement of the front panel on that Thanksgiving card. The elf card is so sweet and adorable.

  112. Great cards. Love the shaker elf card. Thanks.

  113. Love your designs as always. You are so talented. You are truly an inspiration. An extra special thanks for the videos. My daughters and I love to watch them together then create. Your first card is gorgeous. The elf card puts a BIG smile on my face. Thanks again for sharing.

  114. Both cards are so perfects and so beautiful!

  115. Awesome fall card! I enjoy listening to you while you create. I love the shaker card, that Elf is a must have.

  116. Really like that you used paper for the background! Don’t see a lot of that anymore. Beautiful.

  117. Both cards are great; but, the elf steals my heart; so cute. You did a great job on both of the cards, Laura; thanks of the chance to win this fun elf set.

  118. I love, love the playfulness of the elf card!

  119. Awesome cards, Laura! I really love that sweet elf shaker card!

  120. Such great cards! I especially love the elf shaker card!

  121. Hi Laura ~ I always thoroughly enjoy your cards and once again, you did not disappoint. I really like the way you added the patterned paper to your Thankful card; it adds a nice dimension to the card and brings in the color of the pumpkins. No card is complete without some #PPP sequins for that extra pop.
    I’m a sucker for shaker cards and the Elf’d card is absolutely adorable; especially with the candy canes surrounding the elf.
    As always, well done!! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

  122. What lovely cards… i really do like your shaker card.. and have just recently had my first go at one…
    thanks for your inspiration

  123. Lovin the shaker cards. I have never tried one and must add this to my list of fun ideas from this release! Thanks for sharing!

  124. Love that little elf stamp set!! Love your card!!

  125. Absolutely fabulous cards to showcase this fun release. Love the shaker card!

  126. Great cards. I really like the interesting angled panel on your pumpkin card. Adorable shaker card too. The new elf set is so cute. The sentiments that go with them are such fun.

  127. Your elf card is the cutest card I’ve seen on this blog hop! Way to go Laura.

  128. Both cards are adorable!! The elf set is on my list.

  129. I love that you used the Elf’d set to make a shaker card, cute!

  130. Beautiful new stamps. I can’t pick a favorite.

  131. You have such an amazing talent Laura! Love your cards. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

  132. Love your choice of colors and designs. You have a fresh approach to design!

  133. Great video. Thankful is my favorite of all the new sets.

  134. i love your cards! they are so fun!

  135. You always make such pretty and youthful fun cards!! I love the asymmetrical layer in the fall Thankful For You card and the subtle fall colors with those cute sequins! The Holiday shaker card is just cute with that elf and all the candy canes!

  136. The elf shaker is just adorable Laura, and I love the color combinations you used on the thankful card too! Thank you for sharing these with us – I’m loving this new release and can’t wait to start creating with all these new products 🙂

  137. Wonderful cards & awesome new goodies! All the great samples have made it hard to pick a favorite.

  138. Great cards! The fall one is a great design with the angles. Your shaker cards are always fun. dimartincmc at gmail

  139. I wouldn’t have thought to use glossy accents as a glue for the sequins. I think that is a great idea as any that shows on the paper just adds more shine! I love the candy cane background on your shaker card too. The elf set is just so darn cute!

  140. As I said before, the little elves are just so darn cute! I love your shaker card. What a great idea to offset the top layer on your first card. It really sets off the card nicely and coordinates so well with the pattern paper.

  141. These are so sweet!! Love that Baxter paper you used, it goes so perfectly with the pumpkins. And the little elf shaker is gorgeous, it has such a cute face. Brilliant cards!

  142. Really great cards! Love how you used the products in this release.

  143. Gorgeous cards! I especially love your Elf’d shaker!!! So cute!

  144. I love the little elf card. The candy canes as the background are so pretty.
    thanks for sharing

  145. Super cute cards & great layout on the first one~

  146. I love colors and layering on the first card, and the elf card is just super cute.

  147. Great cards and video! Thank you.

  148. Beautiful cards with some awesome stamp sets! Thanks for the video!

  149. Adorable cards! I love your elf shaker card. Thanks for the video too.

  150. Your elf shaker card makes my soul happy!!! So fun and adorable!!!! LOVELOVELOVE it so much!!! TFS!

  151. Love both of your cards! The angled cut makes it stand out beautifully!

  152. Wonderful shaker card with Elf’d and I love the colors of the Thankful set. Wonderful! ~M~

  153. Love both cards, but especially your fall-themed one. I like your coloring on that one especially, and the way you angled the sides of your main panel. Tfs! ~ Andrea (artandcatloverinjville @ gmail . com)

  154. This blog hop has been so much fun seeing all the different designs using the same stamp sets & dies. Love your “Thankful” card with that cool font and the white card stock cut at an angle adhered to patterned paper. Your Elf’d shaker card is so stinkin’ cute, Laura. Thanks for the chance to win!

  155. Wow! Love the Thankful set and your inspiration card totally rocks it!

  156. Fabulous cards! Love them both and how you incorporated sequins in both designs, so much fun! TFS!

  157. Laura, both cards are so lovely. Your elf card is so cute, I really love the multi colored sequins. Your design on your Autumn one is wonderful. Love the design. I am really enjoying visiting you lately. Keep inspiring.

  158. Both cards are lovely. I like your brighter color choices for the Thankful card.

  159. Love the ELF set. The colors you used for the thankful card make the card pop. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing!

  160. Why am I not surprised to see you have used the elf stamps to create a shaker card?! Also love your skewed panel of your first card.

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