Peek-a-boo Thanks!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today with my first post as a design team member. I pulled out those fabulous Avery Elle peek-a-boo pals again and paired them with the awesome cool beans set for this adorable thank you card.

To make it I stamped, colored and die cut my my panda from the original Avery Elle Peek-a-boo Pals set and the coffee cup, sleeve and beans from Avery Elle Cool Beans. Then I die cut the Avery Elle Quilted Frame from gray cardstock and, using that for a guide, inked spun sugar distress ink in the center of my card front. I popped the frame up with foam tape and adhered my cup and panda to that. Using my MISTI I stamped the steam in light gray ink and then my sentiment in black over that.

For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to the panda’s eyes and nose, glossy accents to the coffee beans and white gel pen accents throughout the images.

Last but not least, I added some adorable sweethearts clay hearts from Honey Bee Stamps on the coffee cup and throughout the background. Super cute and easily customizable by changing the critter and sentiment to match whoever your recipient is.

I don’t know if pandas like coffee, but in another life I must have been a panda, and I love coffee so we’ll go with that. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle – Peek-a-boo Balloon

Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your holiday was wonderful and you’re recovering from all the excitement! Ours was wonderful and after a few days of cleaning up things are getting back to normal. I was finally able to jump in the craft room and play with some new Avery Elle stamps that I received a few weeks ago. I’m totally crushing on their newest Valentine release!

Today I’ve pulled out my favorite – Peek-a-boo pals – again and paired one with the new Peek-a-boo Balloon for a great birthday shaker card.

I actually started this card by ink blending my background with distress inks – scattered straw, picked raspberry and salty ocean. Then spritzed it with water and set it aside to dry. Next, I stamped, colored and die cut my images from Peek-a-boo Pals and Peek-a-boo balloon. I glued the clouds to the inked panel and started on my shaker.

For that part, I die cut my Plus Frame twice and sandwiched acetate in-between. I scattered some shaker bits to the center of my inked panel, added foam tape to the frame and stuck it down. Then I glued my balloon and monkey to the acetate. For the sentiment I took some vellum and stamped my sentiment in black ink. I cut flags on the ends and sent it through my Xyron sticker maker so no adhesive showed through and stuck it down.

For finishing touches on this super fun card, I added black glaze pen to the eyes, glossy accents to the nose and balloon scallops and finished with Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on one stripe of the balloon.

I love the bright, cheery colors of this card and those peek-a-boo pals will always have my heart. They are so sweet and fun to play with. I love that Avery Elle has started creating things for us to pair them with like this awesome balloon!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Peek-a-boo Pals Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and are all ready for Christmas! I’ve been super busy with family holiday stuff but finally managed some time in the craft room to make a couple of last minute projects.

Today I’m sharing another Christmas tag. I loved the star-shaped tag I did before so I decided to try a heart. I love how it turned out!

I used the Lawn Fawn scalloped hearts and inside out stitched hearts paired with Avery Elle polar peek-a-boo pals stamps.

I die cut the scalloped heart from blue cardstock and then the inside out stitched heart 3 times from white. One went on the back with the recipient’s name and the other 2 got ink blended and glued to the front. Then I stamped, colored and die cut my pals and adhered them as well.

For finishing touches I used black glaze pen to the eyes and small noses and white gel pen accents throughout. Then I added glossy accents to the deer hooves and nose and penguin’s beak. I added Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to the antlers, hats and scarves and Stickles to the pompoms on the hats.

The last thing I did was punch a hole and thread some baker’s twine through it.

Super cute and I loved using non-traditional colors for a Christmas tag.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

12 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 7

Thanks for stopping by today! We’re all the way to day 7 of our series and I’m really excited about today’s tags. I bought this Flora and Fauna stamp set at least a month ago, hoping to have a chance to use it. These tags were the perfect excuse!

Do you ever have leftover from another project laying around that you don’t want to waste? I hate that and it usually drives me nuts until I find a use for it. Today’s tags started with that. Those white panels were the centers of the frames from Day 5! Pair them with these great Flora and Fauna stamps and we have adorable, easy to mass produce tags!

I used my Misti to stamp the pieces one at a time so it went really fast. I saved the Fa La La for last because I knew I wanted to heat emboss it in gold. After that was done, I die cut the base and glued them all together, adding black twine to the top.

I made 10 of these tags in about 20 minutes total, which is pretty quick for me. You could save even more time if you didn’t heat emboss and just used another color of ink too! I will be honest, I contemplated adding Stickles to all of the berries but I held back…this time. πŸ™‚

Don’t forget there are prizes to be won. Comment each day on here, on my Instagram post for the day and then head to Caffeinated Craftiness and do the same for her. Four comments per day gives you a shot at any one of four prizes!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

12 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 5

Hello! Today I’m so excited to share my very first shaker tags! I’ve been wanting to make something like this for quite a while and everything just came together in my head perfectly. I’m so happy with how they turned out!

The supplies I used today were all Avery Elle. I started by die cutting the Shaker Tags and then blended distress inks on the panels. Then I die cut the frames 4 times for each tag and glued them together. I die cut an additional frame from white cardstock and the base again from acetate for my window and glued those together.

I set the stacked tags aside to dry while I colored my images from Polar Playtime. I love these little guys so much! I planned out the placement and stamped my sentiments before adding all the shaker bits to the inside and sealing it all up.

I just love how these turned out! The coordinating colors are so much fun and I also love the non-traditional color palette that just kind of happened by accident. Sometimes things just work out.

Don’t forget there are prizes to be won. Comment each day on here, on my Instagram post for the day and then head to Caffeinated Craftiness and do the same for her. Four comments per day gives you a shot at any one of four prizes!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

12 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 1

Over the next 12 days, my friend Shanna over at Caffeinated Craftiness, and I are going to share different Christmas tag ideas with you. We’re hoping to inspire you to spice up your gift wrapping this year. Be sure to check out both blogs and leave comments for a chance to win at the end of our 12 days.

Shanna and I are giving away 2 prizes each. A gift certificate for $15 to Newton’s Nook, $15 to Trinity Stamps and we’ve both created loaded envelopes with handmade goodies from us! We will each choose an Instagram commenter and a blog commenter. That’s a chance at 1 of 4 prizes! Comment each day because you never know which day will be the lucky one.

First up today I’m using stamps and dies from Avery Elle. I love this company and can’t get enough of everything they release! Today we’re using Snow Tags, Polar Peek-a-boo Pals and Christmas Magic. But keep in mind that these ideas are meant to inspire you to dig in your stash and see what you have to use.

I made two sets of tags to show you different ideas with the same set of stamps.

This first set is to die for! I love them so much! I distress inked a giant panel, stamped and heat embossed the snow tag image and die cut them. Then I stamped, colored and die cut my polar peek-a-boo pals and glued them down. I also die cut a second set of the snow tags and heat embossed to and from on them, then glued the two together. To add a little pizzazz I used a rivet setter and riveted the holes before adding some striped baker’s twine from my stash. Here’s a look at the backs too.

Next I’m going to show you the exact same tags but with a simpler twist. This might help if you have tons to make and don’t have time for the ink blending and so much coloring.

With this set of tags I have two that are stamped in colored ink on white cardstock and three that are heat embossed on solid cardstock. They all have the same cute snowman from Christmas Magic on them and different sentiments from the Snow Tags set. Same idea, much easier to mass produce. And here’s a look at the back of these as well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed day 1 of our 12 Days of Christmas Tags adventure! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle – Let it Snow

Thanks for stopping by! I’m having so much fun using bright, non-traditional colors these days, I thought I’d make one more. Today I’m using some new stamps and dies I recently received – Avery Elle Snow Fun stamps and dies and the Let It Snow dies.

Here’s the simple card recipe:

  • Blend cracked pistachio, scattered straw and spun sugar distress inks on a panel. Spritz with water to distress the ink and make it look like snow falling.
  • Die cut Let it Snow backdrop, snow mound and words.
  • Stamp, color and die cut images from Snow Fun.
  • Glue inked panel to a card base, then pop up snowy panel, snow mound, snowmen and birds with foam squares. Glue words inside the arch directly to the inked panel.
  • To finish it off, add glossy accents to the snowman and bird noses, white gel pen accents throughout and Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to the snow mound they are standing on and the die cut words.

Here’s a close up of all that glitter you get from the Wink of Stella pen. I love adding it all over my cards!

And those shiny little noses are just too cute! I really do love the little extra the white gel pen gives these images too. It’s so bright and cheerful!

Thanks for sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

The Stamping Village Holiday Seals Card – Avery Elle

Hello there. I finally took a moment to get my Stamping Village Holiday Seals stamp set out to play with. I knew I wanted to color the Avery Elle cute moose first off so I stamped him right away. The other one I wanted to try was the Lawn Fawn deer. Stay tuned, he’s coming up tomorrow!

In case you don’t know, The Stamping Village is a collective group of stamp companies who come together to release special stamp sets and all of the proceeds are donated to The Dreaming Zebra Foundation which gets art supplies to needy children.

This card came together quickly and was inspired by the YouTube hop The Stamping Village did to showcase these stamps being used on various projects. I cut the Avery Elle ray backdrop die from white cardstock and matted the back with foam tape. I stamped, colored and cut out my moose seal and placed it behind the opening. It fits perfectly!

For finishing touches, I added glossy accents to the lights in his antlers and the ring around the circle’s edge. Then I scatter Nuvo Crystal Drops across the card front for added interest and a splash of color.

Seriously, that’s it. This card is finished. It would be an awesome design to make if you were sending out large amounts of cards. It came together quickly and you could easily change up your colors however you wanted. It would even be fun to add additional sentiment strips below the circle for an added message.

Stop by tomorrow for another simple card using one more holiday seal. I hope to make at least one card with each of these stamps this year.

Thanks for sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle Scary Shaker

Thanks for stopping by again. Recently I had a coworker ask for some interactive Halloween cards for her grandkids. They are ranging in age and I thought a shaker card would be perfect for the littlest. Then I came across this awesome burst die from Avery Elle and immediately wanted to try the peek-a-boo scary pals with it!

I went with the burst shape and decided to make a square card. The final card size is 4.25×4.25 so it still mails in a standard A2 size envelope.

To make this card I splattered pearl and gold watercolor on a black panel, then die cut the burst die and the largest circle from the set out of the middle. Next, I adhered acetate to the back of the window and added three layers of foam around the edge for the shaker pocket. I took the circle that came out of the burst center and glued it down to the card front. Then scooped sequins, glitter, pearls and bubbles to the center and secured the window over the top. I had already chosen my scary pals so I stamped, colored, die cut and then glued them down. Last I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment on gold paper and glued it to the front. Finishing touches were just adding black glaze pen to the eyes and white gel pen accents to the monsters.

I love shaker cards! They are so fun to shake around and also just fun to look at. I’ve said it a million times but the peek-a-boo pals are one of my all-time favorite lines of stamps. They are so different, versatile and fun! I hope this kiddo enjoys their Halloween card.

I appreciate you sharing you time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Avery Elle Cocoa Stand

Let’s start this week off right…with cocoa and a cute bear to run the stand!

Today’s card features Avery Elle’s Cocoa Stand, some fun ink blending and lots of sparkle!

Here’s how I did it:

  • Blend salty ocean and blueprint sketch distress inks on a 4.25×5.5 inch panel. Spritz with water and then also splatter with pearl watercolor.
  • Die cut a white border with Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border and splatter with pearl watercolor too.
  • Stamp, color and die cut images from Avery Elle’s Cocoa Stand.
  • Heat emboss stand sentiment on the top with white embossing powder.
  • Glue background panel and “snow” border to card front.Β 
  • All of the images are popped then up with foam squares.
  • Last, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Avery Elle’s Christmas Kids in silver embossing powder.
  • Finishing touches are Wink of Stella Glitter Brush pen on the mug and presents and glossy accents on the lights, Christmas tree base and the bear’s nose.

Here’s a closer look at the details. It’s so fun and whimsical! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!