Thursday, 31 March 2022

Simple Stamping with Happy Hedgehogs

As the saying goes, “Beauty lies in simplicity.” It’s a good rule for life and it holds true for cards, too! And remember, the simpler the card, the faster you’ll be done and able to give it to someone who could use a little pick-me-up or word of cheer!

Our simply stamped cards with the Happy Hedgehogs Stamp Set took just minutes to make. For two of the cards, we stamped the same image in different yet complementary colours, allowing you to create a visually complex look with minimal fuss. Also, notice how easy it was to add a little pop using a few well-placed embellishments (in this case, Pastel Pearls)! We kept the cute mushroom card easy by using just one of the blends in each combo (Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, and Real Red).

Why not try your hand at making these cards! Shop for your supplies by clicking here.


Monday, 21 March 2022

Light the Candles!

Let’s give a big “Hip Hip Hooray” for the new addition to the Kits Collection: Light the Candles—a birthday card kit you’ll be using all year!

This kit features bright colours, sparkly embellishments, and a simple peek-through technique that will make you want to party. These cards are perfect for wishing the happiest of birthdays, or to use as invitations to an exciting birthday bash! Now is the perfect time to stock up on birthday cards to use throughout the year. Our kits are based on availability so get yours today, so you’re not left wishing for more!!

Kit contains enough supplies to create 8 cards—4 each of 2 designs—and 8 coordinating envelopes.

Includes printed card bases, printed die cuts, adhesive, embellishments, and a clear block.

Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Spot.

Finished card size: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm)

Coordinating colours: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Night of Navy

If you are new to crafting/stamping, here's a quick video for you.

Sunday, 20 March 2022

All together

Have you seen the All Together Collection of products?

Here is a summary of the products:

* Here Together Bundle – with encouraging stamp and die cut sentiments this bundle is a win for sending mail that lifts, loves and speaks a little deeper to the recipient.  Available in English, French and German.
* All Together 6 x 6″ Designer Series Paper – these black and white patterns are a classic, but make me feel a little ’80s vintage vibe. They are a little different then previous offerings and have lots of opportunity to colour.
* Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends Collection – a collection of ten neutral, browns and skin tones available as a full collection or in two marker packs of Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Deep and Deep.

Friday, 17 September 2021

Moving home!

 Hello dear reader

I have lots of changes happening right now, and one of them is that I have a new domain and will no longer be posting on this blog platform.

Although EsElleK has been around for a long time, I'm letting it go in respect of future postings and general 'stuff', it is still part of me so you can no doubt find me using the #esellekpapercraft or just EsElleK as I'll keep the hashtag.  I don't want you to get lost out there on the www.

If you subscribe to my newsletter, you will have seen my new place on the www.  If not, the place to find me is now:

I'm also using it to sell some of my excess 'stuff' and later, my handmade cards/projects.

I hope you take some time out to visit my new website, if you find a glitch, do please let me know.  I've done it myself and think I have caught most wayward links.  

Take care, stay safe and as always, thank you for your support when you shop with me.  (PS there's a new host code).


Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Get Creative Cardmaking | Well Suited

Hi there

Here is a lovely card for you, I love the design of the card and even better, there is no fussy cutting or folding when you use the dies!

Here are the measurements and directions for you to get creative.


Very Vanilla: 4 ¼ x 11 folded in half for card base, 3 x 5, 3 x 5 (for die cutting)
Simply Elegant (dotted gray pattern): 3 x 5, plus scrap for die cutting collar
Simply Elegant (paisley pattern): 2 x 4 or scrap (for die cutting)

Instructions :

  1. Cut a “V” into one side of the card base with matching die, then add a strip of tear and tape to the inside right and left edges of the card. Press closed (card will be sealed on these sides and at the fold, with the only opening at the 4 ¼ inch side.)
  2. Stamp the Birthday sentiment on one of the Very Vanilla pieces, and adhere to the dotted gray pattern paper (same size)
  3. Slip this piece into the opening in the card base with the pattern side showing through the “V”
  4. Cut a collar from the scrap of dotted pattern paper and adhere to the top of the matching paper.
  5. Cut a tie, knot, and collar (for pocket scarf) from the paisley pattern paper.
  6. Cut lapels, a pocket and buttons from the other Very Vanilla piece.
  7. Adhere each of these die cut pieces to the card to create your suit, being sure to add the scarf to the back of the pocket before adhering the pocket.

For your convenience, the products used to create the card can be found by clicking <here>. 

Happy crafting & thank you for your support



Monday, 2 August 2021

Sale-a-bration number 2 and the new mini catalogue


Hello dear reader, 

Well, here we are in August!  The preparation is still in full swing for Genny to head out to the USA - next week.  It seems only yesterday she got the confirmation that she had been selected to go and here we are on countdown.  Not only that, it is also the countdown coming to an end for the second Sale-a-bration PLUS the brand new mini catalogue.  They are lush and you can shop from the new mini catalogue and earn some Sale-a-bration rewards from 3 August.

If you have shopped with me before, you will know that this is the first time that we have had two Sale-a-brations.  We usually have just the one at the beginning of the year, so this is all new to you and me. 

If you are new to Sale-a-bration, what happens is that when you spend £45, you get to choose a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  You can shop in multiples of £45 and choose an item each time, or for £90 there are level 2 products.  It has to be a round figure, so if you have £44.99 you just need 1p more and you qualify for a free product).

How to shop and get a FREE stamp set

If you are a shopper, or maybe get a group of crafting friends together to place a larger order, when your order reaches £275+ you will get a FREE stamp set on top of your Stampin' Rewards (a product order of £275 gives you 12% of your order value to shop some more, £400 = 14%, £525 or more 16%).

If you are a regular shopper, why not join Stampin' Up! as there is a fantastic joining offer for you. You simply choose £130 of products and pay £99 for them.  But, as it's Sale-a-bration, you can also choose a FREE bundle from the mini catalogue (click here to see what bundle you can get for free).

{for some FAQs on how being a demo works, click here}

Any questions, just drop me a line.  I'm off now to see if I can get a suitcase down without damaging any body parts or squashing a feline or house bunny.

Happy crafting & thank you for your support



Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Get Creative Cardmaking : Tasteful Touches

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.  It's been a lovely few weeks, hot sun but now I am glad of some rain as the garden plants sure need it.  It's getting close to Genny heading off for her year abroad - there has been a lot to do and I think (haha) that we have finally got on top of what needs to be done, chasing funding, thanking Lincoln uni for their help as well as it's been a bit tricky in some cases as she starts in August where UK universities are September/October! Anyway, onwards....

It's time to get the supplies out and get creative.  Here is a lovely card for you with the instructions on how to create it below.  I hope you like it.


  • Cinnamon Cider cardstock: 8 1/2” x 5 ½”
  • Basic White cardstock x 2 : 4” x 2 ½”  /  3 ½” x 2 ½”    
  • 2 pieces of DSP trimmed to: ½” x 5 ½”          


  1. Fold the Cinnamon Cider 8 ½” x 5 ½” card stock in half and crease to create your card base.
  2. Using Versamark ink, stamp the Forever Fern leaf image randomly over your card front.
  3. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, adhere 3 DSP strips across the card front.
  4. Ink phrase and stamp onto Whisper White. Die-cut using Tasteful Labels die.
  5. Ink leaf image from Forever Fern stamp set, first using Bumblebee ink and then brushing Cinnamon Cider ink lightly on top of some sections of the stamp.
  6. Die-cut inked leaf image using Forever Flourishing die.
  7. Adhere phrase and die-cut leaf to card front using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Create Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon bow and attach to card front using Mini Glue Dot.
  9. Add three Elegant Faceted Gems to complete card.
For your convenience, the products used to create the card can be found by clicking <here>.

Happy crafting & thank you for your support