It’s an Avery Elle Christmas!

I’m over the moon to share this set of Avery Elle Christmas cards with you today. I got so excited when I came up with the design that I immediately stamped three sets, knowing that I couldn’t decide on just one color scheme.

I stamped, colored and die cut the images from Christmas Magic, cut the Chevron Mat for each card and set them all aside to create the backgrounds.

The first two cards have distress inked backgrounds – peacock feathers and mowed lawn to match the elements of the colored images. The third is red glitter paper from my stash.

Then I started layering the pieces together. The teal and red cards have the mat adhered directly to the card front while the green one is popped up with foam tape.

The images for the first two cards are adhered directly to the card front and on the last one they are popped up with foam squares. Each card is essentially the same design with little differences here and there. Each one is also finished off with a combination of glossy accents, Nuvo crystal drops and Stickles on different elements of each card.

I made a point to use all of the sentiments from the stamp set; since there were three, I thought it was perfect!

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Avery Elle Monster Bash

Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by! I can’t get enough of these new Scary Pals from Avery Elle! They are too fun and so versatile. Today’s card has a really fun metallic watercolor background and the monsters are watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers too.

Here’s how I did it:

  • I stamped, colored and die cut the monsters and accessories and set them aside.
  • Blended black soot distress ink on a white panel and spritzed it with water. Then flicked gold and silver watercolors all over the background for a night sky/galaxy look.
  • Die cut the Avery Elle plus frame and popped it up on the black panel with foam tape.
  • Next I adhered all my monsters and accessories with foam tape as well.
  • For the balloons I glued twine to the back before popping them up and then pulled the string tight down to the purple monster so it can look like she’s holding the balloons.

So much cuteness and that metallic splatter really shimmers in the light. I love how this card turned out! Don’t you?

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Spellbinders Small Die of the Month – June 2019

Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by. A few months ago I signed up for the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month Club and have been having so much fun with each one I’ve gotten. It’s a steal of a deal and always fun to get new things to play with! I was so excited for the June release as soon as I saw the sneak peeks. I finally took some time to play with it this weekend and these are the cards I made.

This first design has 4 layers of dies. It feels kind of Moroccan or Indian and I love it! I embossed a black panel and added a strip of the rose gold paper to the left. I heat embossed the sentiment and popped it up with a foam strip. To finish it off I added gems to the middle of the dies and a couple above the sentiment strip.

This style has 3 layers to it. I embossed a gray panel and attached the stacked die cuts. Then die cut the hugs sentiment from black and vellum and glued it down. Last I attached the heat embossed part of the sentiment and finished it off with gems to the middle of the die cuts.

This last style also has 3 layers. I embossed a white panel and attached it to the card front with a strip of green cardstock to the left. Then added the stacked die cuts to that. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops symmetrically on the dies and scattered them on the background as well. The sentiment is heat embossed and popped up, and hugs is die cut from the same green as the strip.

All of the sentiments for these cards came from the Avery Elle Simply Said Hugs set. I love the versatility of this set and use it quite often.

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The Rabbit Hole Designs Pretty in Peonies Thank You Card

Hello again! It’s a flowery kind of day, don’t you think. I’m not typically into flowers but this Pretty in Peony set is just beautiful and I love playing with them. The Rabbit Hole Designs has such a great variety of sets. Be sure to stop by and see what else they have while you’re picking up this beauty!

Here’s how I made it:

  • Stamped and heat embossed flowers and leaves with gold embossing powder.
  • Watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.
  • Stamped my sentiment, scattered some gold jewels about and added washi tape to the edge of the watercolor panel.
  • Mounted the watercolor panel on black cardstock and glued that to a kraft card base.
  • I also stamped the largest peony on the back flap of my envelope in brown ink for a little extra pretty when the recipient opens the envelope.

I just love watercolor flowers! Don’t you? The color variation looks like real flower petals.

Here is the stamp set I used:

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Mama Elephant Hilly Hello Card

Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by to check out this adorable Mama Elephant hilly hello thinking of you card. I had an itch to color some Mama Elephant little agenda monkeys earlier this week and when my new Mama Elephant order came in the mail I thought this new die would be perfect to use with them.

Here’s how I did it.

  • Die cut the hilly hello from a piece of white cardstock, ink blended it with cracked pistachio distress ink and spritzed it with water.
  • Attached that to a card base and used a cloud stencil to add a few clouds to the sky with salty ocean distress ink.
  • I stamped the monkeys with Versafine vintage sepia ink on Bristol smooth cardstock and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Then die cut them all out and attached them to the card with tape runner.
  • Last I stamped the sentiment from Avery Elle’s simply said hugs and added some clay hearts from Honey Bee stamps.

I love how you can pair so many brands together and come up with a totally cohesive, adorable card like this. These monkeys have a special place in my heart and I love this soft, simple card.

As always, I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a great day!

Avery Elle Cards Featuring Rainbows

Today I’ve got two simple but vibrant cards featuring the new Avery Elle Rainbows stamp set from the recent release. I absolutely love this set and was fortunate to win their release week giveaway and got to choose it as my prize. It was the one thing I didn’t order ahead of time that I really wanted.

These cards are basically created the same way so I’ll go through it just once. Here’s how I did them:

  • Stamped and heat embossed rainbow and hearts or rain drops (depending on which card) with white embossing powder.
  • Stamped and heat embossed sentiment with black embossing powder.
  • Both rainbows are colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush pen for the watercolor look. I want to mention that I always use Bristol Smooth Cardstock for these markers. It works perfect for blending and can withstand the water.
  • The rainbow panels were trimmed down to 3.75×5 and adhered to a black cardstock panel measuring 4×5.25.
  • Next I glued a piece of black craft foam that was just smaller than the black cardstock and this whole thing was glued to Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow or Perfectly Plaid paper measuring 4.25×5.5.
  • Last the whole thing was adhered to a card base and set side to dry because I used liquid glue with the craft foam layer.

I love the look of these cards. They are sure to make the recipient smile with the bright watercolor vibe. This Avery Elle set is perfect and I can’t wait to get the coordinating dies to make shaped cards too!

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Avery Elle Peek-a-Boo Scary Pals Card

I’m back and so excited that I had a chance to start playing with the new Avery Elle release!!! For this card I used the Peek-a-Boo Scary Pals stamps and coordinating dies and also the new Peek-a-Boo car stamps and coordinating dies.

To make this card I…

  • Stamped the images, colored them with copic markers and die cut them all out.
  • Blended distress inks on a white panel and small kraft strip and spritzed with water.
  • Trimmed the blue and kraft panels down so I had room to stamp the sentiment underneath and glued them to the card base.
  • Glued down my car, scary pal and accessories and then drew in the balloon strings.
  • Stamped my sentiment on the bottom portion of the card and it’s finished.

I love these monsters so much! It was hard to pick one for this card. I can’t wait to use them all! I hope you enjoyed this card and feel inspired to try something creative.

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Avery Elle Peek-a-Boo Pals Card

As I was impatiently waiting for the mail to bring my order from the most recent Avery Elle release I decided it would be so fun to get some Avery Elle stamps and dies out that I already have!

Today I’m using the original Peek-a-Boo Pals stamps and coordinating dies and the circle frames dies as well.

I started by blending peacock feathers and cracked pistachio distress inks on a piece of cardstock, spritzed with water and set aside to dry. Then stamped the critters I wanted to use, colored them with copics and die cut them out. Next, I trimmed down a piece of white cardstock to 4×5.25 and die cut the circle frames from that. I added foam tape to the back of that panel and centered it on the distress inked background. Last I added my peek-a-boo critters with foam tape and stamped a little sentiment from the set on the front. I adhered the whole thing to a side fold card base and it’s ready to go!

I love having cards like these on hand that are versatile and can have a sentiment added to the inside later to match the occasion I’m giving it for.

I love these critters and can’t wait to try this idea with the new scary pals. Stay tuned and I’ll share something fun with those really soon.

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Distress Ink Emboss Resist Cards

Hi there and thanks for stopping by! Today I’m going to share a simple and very impactful technique – distress ink resist. You can use this with any stamps you have, heat embossing supplies and distress inks.

With a large background stamp, like I’ve chosen, or any individual image you choose, stamp with an embossing ink such as VersaMark. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat set. I almost always use white for this but you can use colored powder if you choose.

Next, choose your distress inks and blend them right over the top of your embossing. Once it’s blended how you want, take a clean cloth or paper towel and buff off any ink that’s sitting in top of the embossing. Now you have this fabulous background that on its own is beautiful!

With these two, I trimmed them down to 4×5.25 and glued them to a black card base.

For the green/blue one, I die cut the hugs sentiment from the Avery Elle Simply Said Hugs 4 times from white cardstock and glued them together. Then I glued that to a vellum die cut of the shadow that comes in that same set. I adhered that to the card front. Next, I stamp and heat embossed the other sentiments from the same set, trimmed them into thin strips and popped them up with foam squares.

For the rainbow card, I die cut the Lawn Fawn scripty thanks sentiment 4 times from a teal cardstock and glued them all together. After adhering that to the card front, I stamped and heat embossed the small sentiment underneath from the Avery Elle Peek-a-boo Pals stamp set and popped it up with foam squares.

To finish both of these cards off I scattered sequins randomly from the bottom left to the top right corner.

I hope you’ll give this technique a try. I know you’ll love it!

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

I love creating and I love sharing what I create with those around me. I go through phases of spamming my Facebook and Instagram accounts with my creative process and end result projects. In doing so lately I thought, maybe I should focus my audience to people who actually want to see these things instead of my unassuming and innocent friends and family.

Since you’ve made it this far, I assume you’re interested in seeing fun paper creations and maybe even find some inspiration. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to leave me comments and let me know what you like and what you don’t. Constructive criticism is fabulous and appreciated as I find my way along this journey.

I’d like to start by sharing some cards I’ve made in the past that stuck out to me as a favorite or specific success.

Here I’ve used the Lawn Fawn peek-a-boo backdrop die on both cards which gives you four fun windows to play with. For the top card I used distress inks to blend a water background and spritzed it with water give the cool distressed look. Then I added critters, a diver and the submarine from the Lawn Fawn  You Are Sublime stamp set. It turned out so cute, I loved it! The bottom card showcases Lawn Fawn’s Really Rainbow paper and an Avery Elle stamp set called Peek-a-Boo Pals. I colored all of the stamped images in these two card with copic markers.

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Next I am really excited to share a shadow box card features a spattering of Lawn Fawn dies. The only stamping on this card is the sentiment. I was so excited how it turned out. I love it so much!

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Here is the front giving the recipient a little clue about the fun in-store when they open it. I love this little crab and palm tree. But once they open it…

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there is this amazing shadow box filled with a whole ocean/beach scene! Love from the crabs all around and a little whale peeking in to say hello too! This card was so much fun to make.

This last card is my latest pièce de résistance. It was a card for my grandma’s birthday. I spent over a week planning it out in my head and most of a day stamping, coloring and assembling it.

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It features Honey Bee Stamps Busy Bees stamp set and dies, along with the Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banners stamps and dies for the sentiment and finally some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew. This is a shadow box card that squishes flat to fit in an envelope and then pops open when you pull it out. If you look carefully, two of the bees inside are mounted on clear acetate strips and move from side-to-side when you pull on the tabs of the card. It looks like they are buzzing around the flowers. I love the dimension of this card and how well the colors came together.

This is just a small sample of some cards I have made in the past few months and was excited to share. I can’t wait to share more with you and have some fun themes planned over the next few months. I hope you come back to see what I’m up to.

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