Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ellen Hutson LLC 11th Anniversary Celebration Hop - Day 1!

Hello friends!!




If this is your first time here, welcome!!  I’m honored and humbled to be joining some of my stamping and crafting idols today, and for the next several days, in celebration of the 11th year of Ellen Hutson, LLC!  I’m lucky enough to call Ellen my friend, and I adore her to the moon and back!  This woman gives so much to our creative community, and is so thoughtful, kind and generous to many!  She strives to bring us crafters the best products that help make us who we are as crafters, and she even has been intimately involved in developing some of the most innovative products that rock our crafty world!  It’s with absolute pleasure that I’m sharing “My Favorite Essentials By Ellen Set.” But I should mention, that asking me to do that is like asking me to pick a favorite child.  Luckily, Ellen’s products can’t go on Jerry Springer and talk about what a bad mom I am!  LOL  So choose, I must!!


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I have absolutely fallen head-over-heels in LOVE with the Bear Hugs Die Set!  I feel like that adorable bear stuffie die set is super versatile and has a face only a mother could love!  LOL I just love die cutting him out of felt and coordinating his “theme” around the fun things that he can hold!  So, today, I paired him with several other Essentials By Ellen products for a super fun coffee-themed holiday gift card project!  I added a pocket on his “bum” for a Starbucks gift card, and created a coordinating card using the bear from the All Inside Set and the scarf from the Bear Ware 2 Set.  The sentiment is from the Merry & Bright Set!  Here’s a closer look at the bear stuffie and the card!


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The coffee cups were made using the Oh Frappe Set!  And wanna know a secret?  The little cup that the small bear is holding is the same image as the cup that the big bear is holding!  But I stamped it onto some White Polyshrink (a/k/a Shrinky Dink) with Jet Black Staz-On, and then heated it up with my Embossing Gun to shrink it up!  I colored the bottom of the cup with a red Copic Marker and just about shrieked with glee when I saw how cute it turned out!!  Here's a picture of his "backside" with the cutest cup shaped Starbucks Gift Card!!



Aaaacckkk!  I want to make a million of them!  LOL  Anywho, I’ve listed and linked all of the products that I used below!


The next stop on the hop is the brilliantly talented Brandi Kincaid!!  No doubt she has something amazing to share with you!  And if you get lost along the way, I've listed all of today's hoppers below.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  The time you spend here with me is truly the highlight of my day!  Before I go, though, I want to congratulate Ellen on 11 outstanding and successful years in business, and wish her many more to come!  Enjoy the rest of the hop, and have a great day!



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191 comments:

Heather Kennedy said...

So cute! What a fun bear. Love the felt!

I Card Everyone said...

Karolyn! a shrink dink coffee cup?! you just rocked my world! It has been far too many years since I've played with them - to know it works with a heat tool just made them new again!
LOve your bears to bits - this mother loves that face! xx
=] Michele

Debra Rumpza said...

I love All Inside and Bearware! I did not KNOW there was the matching die! It's so cute! Love it as a gift card holder!

~amy~ said...

oh my word, this is beyond CUTE.

Renee M said...

Everything you made is so stinkin cute!! The shrink plastic cup is a fantastic idea. What a great gift for someone. I didn't know there was this adorable bear die set. Thanks for sharing :)

Tigger's Mom said...

Love that bear! Too cute

Heike said...

Your little felt bear is super cute! What a great idea.

Susan White said...

The little bear gift card holder is adorable!!

Scrapthat said...

So adorable Karolyn!!! I love the place for the tag :D and the card is equally adorable! TFS

Nora N. said...

This is so DARN CLEVER!!! A shrinky dink cup? WOW!! Love your stitched bear with the large coffee cup. Such a fabulous gift!!

Joy Meadows said...

So super cute, Karolyn! Love the shrinky dink cup!! You are so talented.

Julie said...

Oh my! So cute!

Lindah said...

Adorable.

Denise Bryant said...

Adorable card and felt bear! Awesome project!

conil said...

Whoever gets this is going to love it as much as I do. Clever, clever, clever all the way down to that shrinky dink cup.

Renee VanEpps said...

OMG that is so cute!!!! I would want to make a million of them too!

Betty Keefe said...

Every year I look for new ways to give gift cards to my grands and your bear and card are perfect - love love love it!

Emily said...

Way too cute!

Tammy B said...

How adorable is this little gift set?! Your cup shrunk down to the perfect size for the card bear!

Susanne Vargas said...

Love and own that bear stamp set and now I fell in love with your felt gift card holder! Sooo cute!

Lagene said...

Awesome projects, I especially love your stitched bear gift card holder!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

That iris s just adorable! Love that bear

Maggie Miller said...

Love the bear dies! I also love how versatile they are with different mediums. The felt bear is fabulous!

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

That bear is just adorable! Love that bear peek8n* our from the flowers

Colleen Howell said...

Wow I love that bear and card so sweet

Pati said...

That is adorable and so creative! How fun! I love both of your bears, especially the felt one, love the color and the "pocket on his bum" for a gift card!!

Andrea Hastilow said...

What an adorable, yummy bear, such a great card, want one for myself x

3kidmama said...

Adorable gift holder - love that way you've used the bear die and the way you made the small little cup is genius! Amazing!

brinkleyboy said...

Aaaak! He is beyond cute! Love your color choice, and I am a plaid lover, so this is just up my alley!! What a labor of love!

Sue McRae said...

Your felt bear is adorable with the gift card and I love the shrink-it coffee cup, such a fun idea!

Christine Fossum said...

Shrinky dinks!!!! A craft from the past. Who would have thought to use them this way--very clever! And way too cute!

My Paper Epiphany said...

So gorgeous! I have so far resisted getting this stamp set and die - your gorgeous projects has sent it to the very top of my wishlist!

Barbara said...

This is so clever and cute! What a great way to start this blog hop! Thanks!

Tami B said...

Now that's a gift card holder anyone would absolutely love to get. Too cute!

Sue LD said...

So cute Love this idea. This die has been on my wish list since it came out.

maria f. said...

OK, I seriously don't remember what your card looked like. My eyes couldn't get past that amazing buffalo plaid coffee cup!!! What a fabulous idea.

Lucy E. said...

This is such an adorable gift set!
That felt bear gift card holder is so
cute!

Franka M. said...

The card and gift card pouch are adorable. I've never used felt before, I'll have to give that a try. Thanks for the Shrinky Dink tip.

gabriella said...

Oh my goodness, so much fun and soft and adorable

stampwithsandy said...

How adorable! The card is already as cute as can be, but your felt gift card holder is even more awesome!

Debbie B said...

What a fantastic little project!~ I love it!! That bear is so stinkin cute!!! I just have to make time to do those felt die cuts! Thanks for the inspiration!

Marianne B in AZ said...

This set has been in my wishlist for quite some time (it never seems to be in stock when I have crafty money burning a hole in my pocket 😉).

I think you picked a great set as your favorite, even if all of sets now have hurt feelings. I am pretty sure the other stamps love the bear as well, so they will forgive you. If they didn't love the bear before, they certainly will after seeing him with a gift card in his "bum" pocket! Adorable!

Memories by Manda said...

That stuffie bear is darling! I love how you made a pocket in the back for holding a giftcard - genius! the matching card is just so sweet too.

Lisa Petrella said...

Soooo adorable!!!!

Deborah Kaye said...

Adorable card! Super cute bears. Ove how you used the shrinky dink for the little cup.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is so cute and fun! It's like a gift with in a gift!

Tracey McNeely said...

Yes you must make a million of them! So so cute, perfectly stitched, a plaid coffee cup (squeal), shrinky dink cup for little bear and the BUM gift card holder! You are a rock star my friend. I received that die the day after I came home from Kansas, also the day I took my flip! So once I can I may need to make a million as well!

cindybearj said...

Omg, cuteness overload! That little stuffed bear is so adorable.

Stir Your Creativity said...

Such a warm and cute creation!

McStamper said...

So adorable. Love your felt bear. I am pretty sure I have some shrinky-dink around here somewhere:) Thanks for your wonderful idea.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a cute pair! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!

loulou said...

These are awesome and so cute. I just love the felt bear such a great idea to use him as a gift card holder. The shrinky cup is cute too.

Cheryl B said...

I always loved that bear but the felt version is too cute!!! Shrink plastic? I'm not mad at you. Great ideafor gift card giving esp. for the men in our lives.

Nilje said...

adorable !

Sue VanDeVusse said...

So cute! I love that big felt bear gift card holder. Brilliant using Shrinky Dinks for the cup. Adorable card, too!

Shirley D said...

Oh my goodness...such a cute bear! Love the card as well.

Arianna Barbara said...

Awww!!! I’ve always loved bears!!! Your creations are absolutely sweet and cute!!! Your felt bear is amazing!!!

Leanne said...

So cute!Love the gift card idea.

Beth said...

Too cute! And a great idea!

Chris Handy said...

Darling stuffed bear. He is extra special as he can hold a surprise.

Late Blooming said...

cte is the only word

Jeanne said...

How adorable is the bear! Very very cute idea.

Katie said...

That stuffie gift card holder is brilliant! I can see turning that into an ornament easily too.

Suzanne Geyer said...

Oh my gosh you just went to a different level with the furry bear and the little coffee cup. Love your ideas!

Sharri Niehus Reeves said...

So very cute. Didn’t realize how much I needed this cute bear and stamp set until I saw your adorable project.

Judy said...

This little bear is the cutest!! He makes me smile! Such a clever idea to make a gift card holder with the trendy red and black cup. And then the shrinky dink cup on the card makes a perfect matching card!

aquablues said...

Hi Karolyn and thank you for being such a clever, clever girl. Your stuffie is the cutest gift card presentation that I have ever seen! Somehow I hadn't seen it before and it is fabulous! I've been resisting all the bear stuff but can do so no longer. Thanks for the nudge.

Heidi said...

So cute. Thanks for the reminder about shrinky dink. I loce the cup.

Mary Whiting said...

So adorable! That gray felt bear couldn’t be cuter!

Scrapbook13 said...

Thanks for enabling :) I didn't think the bear die was for me, but now I want it!!

Lorraine said...

Love the bear stuffie with gift card....great idea!

mtscrapgal said...

How clever to use shrink dinks to make the coffee cup for the card bear. I love your felt version of the bear.

Simply AJ said...

How cute is that bear! Wonderful Inspiration!! Thanks for sharing

Jackie Parkins said...

Your card is adorable and that little felt bear is too cute! What a clever way to make a gift card holder.

Karenajo said...

Super projects - love the card and sentiment and what an adorable gift card holder !

Rita Wright said...

This is so cute! Now I might need to add the big bear to my stash. I love the little one!

Jean Chaney said...

I just love the idea of such a cute gift card holder for each member of my family for the holidays! Just love this felt bear!

Mary Meola said...

Just love Ellen's products and her design team!

Natalia V said...

Great idea! Love it! :)

V Hamen said...

I just have to get that Oh Frappe set. Too cute. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your humor.

Chris Weber said...

I didn't think the bear could get any cuter but you just topped it making him gray with a red scarf!

Scrapperdipper said...

I just love this stamp set. It is definitely on the top of my wish list. Your card and your little felt friend are absolutely adorable.

Tina Thomsen said...

I'm in love with the gift card holder! Thank you for sharing.

Diane Jaroch said...

That felted bear is just adorable, I love it!

byulgzr said...

Ok, the Bear Hugs die set is so cute!! Love the gift card idea~~

LauraJane:) said...

FABULOUS gift card pocket idea:))

Geri Stuart said...

Simply adorable! EH keeps coming up with the best supplies for designers like to to make the neatest things! My wish list keeps growing instead of shrinking!

Tracy A said...

Oh my goodness, that is adorable.

Anita in France said...

Too cute, Karolyn ... that little bear is so adorable ... as a gift card holder and a coffee cup clutcher! Anita :)

Dee Earnshaw said...

Your projects are just too cute:)

Rhandi said...

so cute I love the little bear gift card holder. I think I just might need to order that stamp sset. I have a couple of friends who would really appreiate the little bear and the coffee gift card.

Michelle said...

Oh.... that little bear is just THE cutest! Love, LOVE your gift card holder and the beautiful card!

dinosaur said...

What a great idea for a gift card holder! Such a cute bear.

sentsue said...

Love the gray with the red and your bear is so cute with the snow coming down!

Beth said...

What a cute gift set! Love the grey!

Isabel Z said...

OMG, I LOVE what you created so much that I am going to have to order these items.

Jean said...

How creative!!!

Nancy said...

You are so clever! I love the red plaid coffee mug too! Thanks for your creative ideas.

lrzepeda said...

Love this! I always think valentines when I see this set combo (: lol

Pat McCleary said...

Love the red plaid go cup in the first card. These are so fun.

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

Too darned cute! I have been holding off on that bear die, but you have really tempted me. Love him in the gray & your shrinky dink coffee cup is adorable. Thanks!

Shelly said...

Oh my...sooo CUTE!!

Sophie F said...

When I saw this project my heart just fell in love!!! I have never used felt for projects before and I have been wanting to for a while and when I saw this I decided that I just have to go and buy the supplies you used! That little bear is just darling - what a creative and innovative project thank you so much for sharing! :)

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Love your warm bear wishes!

Sandra Schroeder said...

Very cute project for a gift card holder...and can double as a tree ornament after.

Kathy H said...

How cute! I am especially drawn to the felt critters this year. This bear is so sweet!

happyscrap said...

...such warm sweetness! Thank you for the “ah” moment.

SmilynStef said...

I hadn't grasped that the new die was so much bigger ... super-fun bear double-take.

Janet D. said...

This is absolutely the best! I love this set and I have used it often, but never with felt, I most certainly will try this! Great work!

JanetB said...

So Cute! I love this bear stamped and love him stitched, so expressive, for any type of card.

coolmommaweed said...

Love both of these - especially the gift card holder!

Debi Vintinner said...

Adorable card and Bear!! So awesome it holds a girl hard!!

Carol H. said...

Oh my goodness! They felt there is absolutelyl adorable! Now I want that die set!! The matching card is so cute – – I love the plaid!

Angela Murdock said...

That bear gift holder is so great!!! I just love it!!!

Momcat said...

I love this little bear and his accessories. Yours is adorable!

Holly said...

I LOVE the felt bear with a gift card in the back. He is adorable and the card is too!

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Super cute! Smart move using the shrink stuff. I have some and never remember to use it.

Cheryl Robertson said...

Very cute felt bear and card!

Mona H said...

Your stitched bear is adorable.

Glorie said...

What a cute project. Great idea about the shrinky dink.

Diane (fionna51) said...

Aack! Cute!

I got the big bear die for my grandkids' christmas ornament this year...but now I have to ALSO get the stamp and die set, too!

Carlypool said...

There are no words for how cute this bear is, our tree is rustic and has plaid in black, white and red. It couldn't be more perfect! I am so in love and you did an incredible job assembling it!

Kelsey Thomas said...

I love it! That is such a great idea to cut it out of felt. :) Wonderful job.

Ruby N said...

That is such a cute project!! Loving it! Thank you for sharing!

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness love the die cut bear, so perfect for a Christmas ornament!

cm said...

The felt bear - and a plaid coffee cup - oh my stars! LOVE!
~carol

KariL said...

Your bear gift card holder and card are so adorable. Such a great gift idea.

Terri Belkin said...

Love this bear set. Perfect for winter cards

Peggy McCullar said...

Loves this bear! Can’t get enough of him !

Frozenstamper said...

Such a cute way to share the bear! Love my bear stuffie and all the bear wear sets, perfect for every occasion!

Grenouille Greetings said...

Oh I do so love this little guy both in the felt and in the stamped version. What a brilliant pair and your idea to shrink the coffee cup is just PERFECT! Happy Birthday Ellen Hutson and congratulations to the whole team!

Stacy Sheldon said...

oOH I adore what you did with the stitched bear... ( now, I "need" that die too... lol) thanks for sharing!

sunnee63 said...

just adorable! nice to "meet" you!

Ericka Strange said...

This is adorable and I love how you made the smaller cup. So cute!

Amy M. said...

What a fantastic set!!! I love how you turned the large bear into a gift card colder and co-ordinated him with the card <3

Mary Holshouser said...

Fantastic.
Love the felt bear and his dual
purpose is a fantastic idea.
the accompanying card is darling.
thanks for sharing.

Humbelle said...

This bear is so adorable!

Beth said...

Just lovely! I'd love a few bears for my tree!

Sandy said...

This is totally cute, a great idea for giving gift cards.

Marianne said...

What a sweet card. So Cute.

Megan said...

Absolutely the cutest giftcard holder I have ever seen. And super clever way to make a tiny coffee cup!

pamboe said...

As a coffee lover, I will have a hard time finding an anniversary post I love more than yours.
He is soft and sweet AND holds not only coffee but a gift card too!

Judie said...

The bear stuffie is absolutely adorable!!

Cynthia Cole said...

Cute and clever!

A Tad Bit Off said...

Cute

Bobby said...

Oh my, the little bear has a big bear brother. This is so cute, Karolyn. I haven't thought about Shrinky Dinks in a long time.

Beth said...

Your stuffed bear is adorable! I'd love to have a whole Christmas tree done with those bears!!!

Beth said...

Oh, I forgot to squeal with you about the poly shrunk coffee cup!!! I never thought of doing that! Very Clever, Karolyn!

Gwen said...

Such an adorable set with a gift card besides! Great job! Love the plaid touches!

Laura Rozsonits said...

Love the idea of using the shrink a drink material!

Patt H. said...

Absolutely adorable! Love the shrinky dink cup & everything about this fun project!

Dee Ann Matthews said...

What can the bear not make? IT is a terrifically versatile stamp and die! The combination of the felt gift card bear is a fabulous combination with the stamped bear card!

Carol ScrappyDayz said...

Super cute! Love both your bears!

Margery C said...

Ack! Sooooooo cute. What a brilliant idea! Love the bear too.

Louanne said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

pcm said...

seriously cute idea!

Amy McCue said...

The bear card holder is so cute!

Olga Matyushevskaya said...

Great idea! I love this bear!!!

Valentina B said...

Hi, it's my first time here and I love your creation! <3 It's beary adorable and just perfect gift for birthdays or christams gifts. The felt bear is fantastic! Hugs from Slovenia.

Kdennison said...

So cute, using Oh Frappe with Bear Hugs! A perfect combination! Thanks for inspiring us all.

Robyn said...

This is SUCH a adorable set!!! Love the bear gift card holder!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

This bear is so adorable !

Iris said...

That felt bear gift card holder is just the cutest thing ever.

Marcia said...

Adorable - both the card and the gift card holder!!

SkyPixie17 said...

I love the Bear Essentials die, too, but I never dreamed how adorable he'd be in felt and stuffed! Love it!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Your card and bear stuffie are both adorable!!!

Christine said...

The card and the bear are so cool. Very clever of you making the small cup. Now I need a bear so I can dress him up. maybe he needs girly accessories as well. lol

JanetB said...

I have had that stitched bear on my wish list, now I have to have her. Such a great idea!

Karthikha said...

Awesome work! I love the felt bear, it is super cool and cute :)

Jeannean said...

Very cute, and clever, gift card!

Stef Perry said...

That is the most adorable bear, I can see why you want to make more of them. Very cute card as well!

D.Ann C said...

How did I miss this die set?!! I simply MUST CASE your fabulous project!! So enchanting!!

Dixie Cochran said...

Wowzers! Red, gray, and white makes me happy. Your projects are fabulous!

jan metcalf said...

OMG! Your felted hugs bear is so adorable!! Very clever!!

Francine D said...

Love this bear set. I will have to check it out!

Deaf Sheltie Mom said...

Cute card, and a great and adorable way to give a gift card! The recipient is going to LOVE it!

Lori b said...

Love that little felt bear & he matches the card-too cute!!

Kari V. said...

Are you serious with all this cuteness!?!? Oh my heavens I love this bear stuffie....and I adore that you made a card to match. I really want to make these for my nephews now! So super cute.

Danielle Vincent said...

Oh my heavens...a gift card tucked into his fuzzy little bum. I can't even!!! LOVE this fun little gift. I've had my eye on that bear for quite some time. YOu may have just pushed me over the edge of resistence lol!

Patty said...

Well your card is just adorable!! The bear stuffie you made with the card stuffed in his rear end is over the top!!

Jeannine said...

love this little gift card idea. So cute

Andrea Hastilow said...

My goodness not only is the card super cute with the bear & his tiny shrink coffee cup but you made him a partner that holds bouts tucked behind, maxing out on cute x

Lieve said...

Great card, and a super gift-card-holder !
How original !
Thank you for sharing your talent.

pamboe said...

I need to tell you that my Bear Hugs die came in the mail today. I spent an hour trying to find your post with the cute little bear gift card holder! Well worth the time . . . I'm going to be stitching away on those bears for my nieces and nephews.
Thanks again for giving me that GREAT idea!

Andrea D. La Vigne said...

Neat trick with the shrink plastic, & I love how you coordinated the card with the gift card holder! :) ~ Andrea

Linda M said...

So clever and creative--and absolutely adorable!

NicoleN said...

Way to cute. Love the bear gift card holder!

Mary-Anne V said...

Adorable card and such a cute way to present a gift card.

Jodi Wayman said...

Mr. Teddy is adorable! Such a cute gift card holder

Vivian C. said...

I adore your stuffie bear. He is too stinkin' cute! And a pocket in his bum for a gift card, brilliant, and the polyshrink latte too!

Denise Kasbohm said...

What a great idea. Love this bear, so cute!