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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 
  • 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!

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Avery Elle Penguin Wreath

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’m super excited to share this card today. It was inspired by a Trinity Stamps Design Team Member Jenn Bena. Her Youtube video is here in case you want to check it out. ❤

I had this cute little penguin sitting on my desk from a previous craft session just waiting for inspiration to hit. As soon as I saw that video it made me think of the smaller images the awesome Avery Elle sets have in them and if I paired a few together I could make a cool Christmas wreath. Voila! Here it is and I love it!

The general gist is to die cut the quilted frame and pop it up, ink the inner circle and glue it down. Then stamp, color and die cut smaller images from lots of sets (Christmas Magic, Cocoa Stand, Polar Playtime) and layer them around the outside of the oval creating a wreath around our adorable penguin. Then I added a bunch of fun finishing touches like glossy accents, Stickles and Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. I also stamped and popped up a sentiment at the bottom which is totally glitterfied!

Do you love it? I totally do! I wish pictures really did it justice…but they don’t. All the shiny and glittery cuteness is just perfect!

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Avery Elle Penguin Friends

Hello again! I’m still playing with the new Avery Elle Polar Playtime stamp set. It’s adorable and has so many possibilities. Today I’m sharing a Christmas card with a more non-traditional color palette. I hope you like it!

These little penguins look like best buddies sharing candy canes and gifts. I love it! I used the Avery Elle quilted frame die, popping the outside frame up with foam tape and inking the center piece with shaded lilac distress ink and stamping snowflakes in the stamp ink but gluing it directly to the card front. I stamped, colored and die cut my penguins and popped them up with foam squares. My sentiment banner is inked on the edged to go with the inner oval and is also popped up. Then I scattered clear and purple gems throughout the design. I also added sprinkled sugar Stickles to the hats, Glossy Accents to the beaks and Wink of Stella glitter brush to the gift bow and sentiment banner.

Here’s a closer look at these cute penguins! I love them and can’t wait to make more cards and treat bags with them. I am also really loving the awesome Avery Elle backdrop/frame dies. They are so beautiful and versatile!

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Avery Elle Polar Playtime Slider Card

Welcome back! I’ve been slowly getting bits and pieces from the new Avery Elle holiday release and I finally got a chance to play with the Polar Playtime set. As soon as I saw the set I knew I wanted to make a slider card with it. That sled was just asking for it! 🙂

Here’s how I made it:

  • Stamped, colored and die cut my images from Polar Playtime.
  • I stamped the sky from Starry Scene on the card front.
  • Using my images for reference I die cut a stitched hill and then cut the slider track from that.
  • I inked the top of the hill with distress ink to set it apart from the background and popped it up with double layer foam tape leaving room for my slider penny to slide freely. If you’re not sure how to make a slider card here’s a video to show you.
  • I added my images to the background and popped my sled on the slider penny.
  • Last I used my Misti to stamp my sentiment on the bottom left in the same ink I used for the sky.
  • For finishing touches I used white gel pen on all of the images, glossy accents on the penguin beak and bear nose, and Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on the top of the snow hill and the snow caps on the mountains.

Here’s a closer look at the cuteness! This set is a fabulous addition to the Avery Elle collection and I can’t wait to use the other images on cards coming up soon!

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2019 Oregon State Fair Card Entries

So, a few weeks back I decided to do a thing and entered 14 of my recent cards into the Oregon State Fair Creative Living Competition. It was totally on a whim and I had zero expectations but thought it would be fun.

To my astonishment and surprise, I ribboned 10 out of the 14 cards.

Let’s start with the third place (white) ribbons.

From left, The Rabbit Hole Designs Caffeinated Narwhal was entered in the “card with movement” category, below that using Spellbinders dies went into “die cuts,” Inky from The Rabbit Hole Designs was entered in “coloring with alcohol inks” and the Avery Elle Christmas Magic card was entered in “Christmas.”

For the second place (red) ribbons we have…

The Lawn Fawn Costume Party card was entered into “Halloween,” and the Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in the “thank you/thinking of you” division.

And for the first place (blue) ribbons… Drum roll please…

Ta-da!!! The Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in “Halloween,” The Rabbit Hole Designs Pretty in Peony was in “thank you/thinking of you,” Newton’s Nook Scuba Newton was in the “birthday” division and finally The Rabbit Hole Designs Mermaid Hair was in the “coloring with alcohol inks” division.

I’m still flabbergasted and honored to have been recognized so many times over and in so many different categories. This was a really fun experience and plan to do it again next year.

Have you ever entered anything into your state fair? I think it would be fun to try my hand at other crafts and see how they do too.

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