Hello, and 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….check out all of them in the release!! (Click HERE if you’re in love already and need them ALL. I did!)

Now that you got a look at all the yummies, let’s jam with my two projects….both with very different coloring techniques!

Watercolor a white poinsettia

I have a video today for this first card – I used distress inks with the Mondo Poinsettia stamp set and matching die set! In the video you’ll see a few tricks to help make your watercoloring a little easier…I discovered that leaving my diecut in place in the paper it’s cut from helped to keep it still as well as serving as a palette! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

I’m excited to start playing around with foil in coming months as the holiday season is rolling around…I kinda skipped it when everyone else got their laminators, even though I have one. I figured I’d save myself a new technique to play with for Christmas!

Supplies for Poinsettia:

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Are you ready for another card after all that sweet watercoloring? Let’s jump over to another season: halloween!

Sandy Allnock - Color a pumpkin patch

Color a pumpkin patch with Copics

My second card uses this sweet little halloween stamp set called Got Candy – I love non-scary cards for  halloween! Even the ghosties here are just adorable. On Thursday I’ll have the video posted to show you how to color this one – including all the perfect Copic colors to use for pumpkins. If you “need” (ha) this stamp set, drop it in your cart today while you get the poinsettias so you’re ready to roll when the video lands in your inbox. That moon, which opens to reveal a surprise sentiment, is from THIS die set from last year. #justcallmeyourenabler LOL! #sorrynotsorry

Supplies for pumpkin patch:

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MONDO-POINSETTIA-STAnd, yay!!! I also get to give this new stamp set, Mondo Poinsettia to a lucky someone!  Please leave a comment to enter my giveaway!

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 the oh-so-talented Laurel!

The bloghop list:

  1. The CLASSroom  <–grand giveaway!
  2. Lisa Adametz 
  3. Sandy Allnock <—you are here!
  4. Laurel Beard 
  5. Heather Campbell 
  6. Darlene DeVries 
  7. Julie Ebersole 
  8. Sharon Harnist 
  9. Angel Johns 
  10. Stephanie Klauck 
  11. Amy Kolling 
  12. Emily Leiphart 
  13. Nichol Magouirk 
  14. Jennifer McGuire 
  15. Maureen Merritt 
  16. Kay Miller 
  17. Carolyn Peeler 
  18. Julia Stainton 
  19. Laura Sterckx 
  20. Amy Tsuruta 
  21. Kimberly Wiener 
  22. Carissa Wiley