Die Cutting Ellen Hutson Techniques Water Coloring

Introducing the Ellen Hutson Christmas Release

I have Christmas on the brain… Last year, I was in Italy on Christmas. I am grateful for that trip because who knew the world would shut down just a few months later! The Merry Little Christmas stamp set and coordinating die comes with fun village images and trees and such. You could also make tags with this stamp set, but I chose to create a scenic village that reminded me of a trip years ago with the family when we went to Stowe, Vermont.


Stamping the images and watercoloring in the sky and road was really all that was needed to pull this scenic card together.

The Made This For You stamp set is comprised of lots of small images.. Great for tag making, but again – I made a card focusing on the small images……

A snowy, textured scene was my intent for this next card. I love the Birch Tree Die…. I love birch trees so naturally, I had to use this die…. I paired it with the Twirling Flurries Die (see the background there) and added lots of embossing paste to act as snow.


The full release can be viewed HERE! There are a ton of products in this release and I am only showcasing a hand full today. So be sure to check out the release page and let me know what catches your eye!

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  1. Leslie Sunn says:

    This is such a cute release. I love the city card you created!

  2. e nelson says:

    Great cards. I had overlooked the birch tree die, but your card has put it on my wishlist!

  3. Cathy Thomas says:

    I always love Birch trees and love the embossing paste as snow.

  4. Cathy Thomas says:

    Birch trees are the best and I loved how you used the paste

  5. Phyllis Tamminen says:

    Love your car card. So cute.

  6. Vicki L Riester says:

    Love the watercolor card with the red VW!

  7. Holly Field says:

    Love your take on these new products!

  8. Love that birch tree die! Love your cards too!

  9. Joan VANCOURT says:

    Oh, I love that card using the Merry Little Christmas. It would be darling for tags or Advent calendar, too. Glad you did your Italy trip before the pandemic!

  10. Christine says:

    Oh I love the city scene with the car driving thru the snow! Adorable!

  11. Carrie Y says:

    Wow these are beautiful!

  12. Isabel Z says:

    These are gorgeous! I would frame the first one to enjoy every Christmas.

  13. Love the birch tree die and your interpretation of it!

  14. Heather L du Toit says:

    Your holiday scenes are so adorable!

  15. Trish Klemann says:

    Love your watercoloring!

  16. So fun to see how everyone uses the supplies!

  17. Carol McCready says:

    Your cards are great! I love the new release.

  18. Maxine M says:

    Great ideas. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  19. Aarthi Shanmugam says:

    This is so fun! Love everything ❣️

  20. Love the snowy scene!

  21. Samantha says:

    Beautiful cards, I love the scenic village 😊

  22. Sharon H says:

    Love your non Christmas color choices

  23. I LOVE your scene and the textures you used!

  24. Heather Wertzberger says:

    Love this release!

  25. That birch tree card is stunning. Like the others but love that one especially

  26. The city card sooo good…reminds me of childhood cards I collected for each holiday….love it.

  27. Cheryl B. says:

    Love all the texture and shine of your birch tree card.

  28. What fun ideas! I like the effects on the trees

  29. So many fun goodies in this release, love the snowy village scene and the texture on the third card!

  30. Denise F says:

    Fun release

  31. Beverly LoPinto says:

    Such artistic cards! I especially like the first one with the car struggling through the snow—been there many times. 💗

  32. Christine A says:

    Great cards, especially the fabulously textured birch tree card. The watercolouring is also great on these cards.

  33. Linda Callahan says:

    Beautiful cards for the holidays!

  34. maureenkmorton says:

    So magical what you did with the birch tree die! Love them all but that has my heart. Thanks!

  35. Candace Hendrick says:

    I love your take on these stamps. The most interesting part of these blogs is seeing how creative people can be with them.

  36. Beautiful cards, Laurel! I love the city scene with the car! You really are a talent! 🙂

  37. LYNN D. says:

    The Merry Little Christmas card with the watercolor background gives a taste of home.

  38. I love that scenic card!

  39. Mary-Anne V says:

    Wonderful cards…I really like the snowy scene card.

  40. Lee M McKelvey says:

    Who can resist a snowy village!

  41. Great cards!

  42. Teena Perine says:

    I like that birch tree die too!

  43. Marisela Delgado says:

    So pretty! I love the beautiful scene card! 💜

  44. Great cards! I love all the texture on your last card with the birch trees.

  45. Julie Walker says:

    Great ideas thanks for sharing!

  46. Awesome cards! I really love your winter village scene with that cute little car with the tree on top!

  47. bowbow04 says:

    I will have to try the embossing paste as snow trick. Thanks for the inspo!

  48. What great creations! Thanks for focusing on the small images; it’s always nice to see how they can be used on their own.

  49. Cy Lee says:

    I love your cards

  50. Laurel your cards were great. My favourite was the first one, as soon as I saw it I thought, ha ha ha stuck in the slush, just like it would be in the city! You did a wonderful job!

  51. Fabulous release. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  52. Lori Lehnen says:

    I really like your City scene Christmas card!
    All of your cards are wonderful, thanks for sharing.

  53. I love the Christmas in the City card!

  54. Ryan W Taylor says:

    Great release. I love the cover die!

  55. Loved the Christmas in the city card and also the birch trees!

  56. Eileen M says:

    All wonderful samples, love the watercolor effect and the embossing paste for snow.

  57. Jeannie F says:

    Wonderful cards! Love the city scene and how you created the background.

  58. Sandra W says:

    Love all of this!

  59. I love the wintery Christmas scene! It reminds me of a postcard! Great makes for the release!

  60. sparrowapril says:

    That little town is so sweet.

  61. Susan T says:

    I really love how you created the Christmas scene. It looks like it could be a Starbucks gift card. Love it!!

  62. All of your designs are so cute! I love the tiny town!

  63. dorothyayotte says:

    Wonderful cards. I’m always at a loss on using small stamps so I really am inspired by your first 2 cards. The forest is very cool.

  64. Maria Townsend says:

    I love your cityscape. Nice cards.

  65. Beautiful cards! I love the car with the tree on top! 🙂

  66. NZ4593265 Julie Booker says:

    Love all your cards especially the little village scene. His I’d such an awesome release ❤❤❤

  67. Pam Becker says:

    I love how you lined the Made This For You images at an angle

  68. Barbara Kohn says:

    Thanks for sharing your cards Laurel! The background on your last card is amazing!

  69. Vikki H says:

    Oh what an awesome snowy city scene! Your set of cards are delightful!

  70. Freda Wang says:

    Love the city scape card!

  71. these are all wonderful!

  72. SmilynStef says:

    fun snowy texture

  73. The birch tree die is a wonderful size. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  74. Fantastic cards but my fave is the
    first. Love the shading for the snow
    and sky. Gave the scene so much
    depth. thanks for sharing

  75. Anika Estes says:

    🤩🤩🤩 The coloring techniques. WOWZERS. All the projects were beautiful, but I especially love the town card. It reminds me of my family holiday trips to BIg Bear California.

  76. Cyndi Morris says:

    Wonderful projects. I especially love that first card — such a peaceful scene.

  77. Great cards. I like the scene you created on the first one.

  78. garciax6 says:

    LOVE this release! You cards are awesome!

  79. Sherri Little says:

    Wow! Very artsy style.

  80. craftingaplannedlifegmailcom says:

    Your cards are so cute. Esp love the car and driving through the town scene.

  81. Sandra Andersen says:

    The Christmas Village is adorable.

  82. Tina Torred says:

    Love your projects. Fantastic release!

  83. All the cards are lovely. They have dimension simply because of your layout but the third one- now that’s full of texture! The snow bank underneath the birch trees really makes the winter scene.

  84. Jan Metcalf says:

    Your city card is a charm!

  85. Great release!!! Awesome creations, I especially love your sweet Christmas village scene!

  86. Candy Clay says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas

  87. Scraporcraft says:

    I like the scene witht he car and the small town.

  88. Kathryn Hoberg says:

    I love your ideas and the city card you made! I should be getting my products tomorrow!!!

  89. Your cards are beautiful, I really love the Merry Little Christmas stamp set. I didn’t pick that up in my order, think I may just have to place a second order after seeing all of the beautiful cards created from it

  90. swanlady21 says:

    What a wonderfully fun release. Love the light, artsy, fun images.
    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  91. mjmarmo says:

    What a great release! Such fun cards and inspiration! Thank you!

  92. Wonderful cards- the scene one is my favorite.

  93. lynnlhill says:

    I love the village you created. Your cards are really nice. Thanks for sharing.

  94. Melissa M says:

    That little car driving up the hill card is so cute. The pink coloring on the other us unusual and unique fir a holiday card.

  95. Berryblue says:

    I really like the dimension you created on the die cut tree card! Such a great use of products!

  96. renee milner says:

    I really like those birch trees too, and I especially like the cute city scene you created for your first card!

  97. Jean R-T says:

    Love the city scene!

  98. Cy Lee says:

    Love those trees.

  99. Bri Kay says:

    I like the city scene

  100. karenajo says:

    Great inspiration – especially love the village scene with all it’s details!

  101. Cindi Johnson says:

    My favorite card is the one with the birch trees, I always love birch trees! And I like the background detail using the Twirling Flurries die!

  102. Barbara-Jean Kubik says:

    Love your city scene! brings some reality into the soft white scene!

  103. And your work never fails to delight and inspire me! Outstanding creations!

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