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. 
  • 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!

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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

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.

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

Avery Elle Picture Frame Snowman

Thanks for stopping by again today. I’ve got a super fun Christmas card featuring Avery Elle’s photo mat dies and the Christmas Magic stamp set. It’s got lots of dimension and texture which makes it that much more fun! I hope you like it!

Quick card recipe:

  • I started by die cutting the picture frame from white card stock and then separated the elements so I could ink them. I used Evergreen Bough Distress Ink for the grass hill and Salty Ocean for the sky. Then for the snow mound I used a fun snow pen. You just color the wet ink on the paper, use a heat tool and it puffs up like snow. It’s so awesome!
  • I stamped my snowman and holly, colored and die cut them.
  • Next I cut my plaid panel and adhered it to the card front. To be honest it was a happy accident that a scrap I had was about 1/2 inch too narrow for my card so I got creative. I pulled some washi tape from my stash and put it down on the left side. I love this pop of red on the card. It ties things together nicely.
  • Now for assembly…I adhered the actual picture frame down and then glued the inside down like a puzzle.
  • I stamped my sentiment on a speech bubble from the photo mat set and popped it and my snowman up with foam squares.
  • For finishing touches I decided to add the snow pen to the pom pom of the snowman’s hat and Stickles to the holly berries and snowman’s heart.

Here’s a closer look at the snow and glitter. I didn’t used to add details like this to my cards but I can’t believe how much something so simple and fun adds to the overall look. It’s amazing and I just love doing it!

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

Avery Elle Christmas Kids Card

I am so stinking excited for the newest Avery Elle release! It is amazing and I fully plan to grow my stash each chance I get. First off though, I had to have the Christmas Kids stamps and dies and barely got in the house before I was opening my package! They are so adorable!

Don’t you seriously love them? And that little girl in front with her hot cocoa? She’s the best! This card was really simple. I blended scattered straw distress ink on the card front, darkest at the bottom to light at the top. Then added stick-it adhesive to white cardstock and craft foam; die cut the Plus Frame from it and glued it down. I used my Misti and stamped my sentiment. Next, I stamped, colored and die cut my kiddos, added foam tape to the back and glued them down too. For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the bird’s beak, kiddos glasses and the mug; and also used my Wink of Stella glitter brush on the snow and star.

Here’s a closer look of that glossy shine and glitter shimmer. I love it all! This card is so simple but absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to make a collection of these with different color schemes.

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

Avery Elle Rainbow Fishes

Happy Friday everyone!!! Thanks for stopping by to check out this fun rainbow fish card featuring Avery Elle That Bites stamp set. I ordered from the new holiday release last week and was impatiently waiting for it to arrive so I pulled out some of my favorites to play with in the mean time.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Ink blended my background, spritzed it with water, die cut a water border from the top and set it aside.
  • I stamped, colored and die cut my fish and then glued them down in rainbow order.
  • Then I stamped my sentiment and popped the whole panel up with foam tape.
  • For finishing touches I added some fun sequins and gems as bubbles.

Super simple idea but I love all of the dimension and color this card holds! Sure to make the recipient smile with all those toothy fish looking at them when they pull it out of the envelope.

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

Avery Elle Polar Peek-a-Boo Pals Card Set

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by again. I’m still trying to get ahead on my Christmas card making whenever the fancy strikes me and today I’m here to share a set of fun cards I made with the Avery Elle Polar Peek-a-boo Pals and Wonky Frames dies.

I love all of the Peek-a-boo Pals sets Avery Elle has come out with! They are such a fun and different want to create critters doing fun things on cards. Today’s card have them peeking out of picture frames hanging on the walls. Sooo cute! Here’s how I made them:

  • Stamped a wood grain background on an A2 panel and distress inked it for variegated brown tones.
  • Die cut the wonky frames from white, red and green.
  • I took the centers of the white ones and distress inked them, spritzed them with water and heat embossed the snowflakes from the set.
  • I stamped, colored and die cut all of the critters from the set and prepared to assemble my cards.
  • I glued the wood panel to the card base then the outer and inner portion of the white frame down to that.
  • Now I layered the colored frames to the white ones and the critters to the centers for an added layer of dimension. Then finished those up with the piece that makes it look like it’s hanging with the bow tie.
  • For finishing touches on these cards I added glossy accents to beaks, noses, and lights; black glaze gel pen to eyes; and Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to all of the frames.

Here’s a closer look at a couple of the cards. Those little accents add so much interest. I love it!

Have you started making Christmas cards yet? Leave a comment below and let me know.

As always, thank you for sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!