Saturday, November 18, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hello friends, 

We are getting closer to the holidays and things are definitely taking a festive turn around here.  The kids have written their Christmas wish lists and my favorite radio station made the switch to all holiday music!    

Tracey McNealy's 25 Days of Christmas Tags is a fabulous way to jump start my holiday crafting and I have a pair of fun shaker tags to share today featuring products from Avery Elle.

I stamped the sentiment and a few snowflakes onto the back panel of the shaker tags before filling with clear sequins and assembling them.  I stamped and colored the Snowmen images with Copic Markers and tied a bit of Midnight Hemp Twine at the top of each tag to finish them off. 

I think these tags turned out pretty cute and I can't wait to attach them to some special gifts this holiday season. 


For more information about the 25 Days of Christmas Tags, check out Tracey's blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Modern Calligraphy Place Cards {Avery Elle}

Hello crafty friends!  

I am up on the Avery Elle blog this week with a simple project to share with you today featuring the Modern Calligraphy stamp set.  I love to add a little handmade touch to my celebrations- whatever the occasion! Last weekend was the semi-annual creative retreat with my crafty friends, so I crafted some place cards to decorate our tables. 

First, I used the Large Pierced Scallop Rectangles to die cut the paper. Next, I stamped each letter of my friends' names with black ink.  It may look tricky, but the letters flow together wonderfully.  I was really pleased with the look- just like hand-lettered calligraphy! If your placement is off just a bit, you can use a black pigment ink pen to connect the letters. 

I stamped and die cut the flower, coloring it in with Copic markers before adhering it to the place card with foam tape. I punched a small hole in each place card and tied it to the burlap leaf with some twine.  I found the burlap leaves at my local Hobby Lobby.

I've included a list of the Avery Elle supplies that I used to create these place cards below.  


I hope you'll consider adding a little handmade touch to your next celebration or event!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Avery Elle Winter 2017 Blog Hop!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to be sharing my first project of Avery Elle's Winter 2017 Release with you today! Balloons and Banners is a fantastic set by itself and it's versatile enough to bring the party to any stamp set.

I combined the large balloon image and sentiment from Balloons and Banners with the adorable otter from the Otterly Fantastic stamp set and BAM! Instant birthday party!

The clouds stamped in the background are from the new Love is in the Air stamp set.


To celebrate our Winter 2017 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You have until midnight Sunday, November 12th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 13th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.

Below is a list of the design team member's participating in today's hop:

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

VIDEO- Distress Oxide Background featuring Flamingo Bells {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am up on the Avery Elle blog and You Tube Channel this week with a video sharing how I used Distress Oxide Inks and Avery Elle's Flamingo Bells stamp set to create a tropical evening holiday scene. A list of Avery Elle products with links can be found at the end of my post.

Flamingo Bells is such a great stamp set.  It's so different from the images that you usually associate with the holidays like snowmen, snowflakes, and sledding, but for many parts of the world, Christmas has a decidedly more festive and tropical feel.

I was also so excited about the sentiments in this set. I have been wanting a "Mele Kalikimaka" sentiment for a really long time, so I was thrilled that it was included in Flamingo Bells.  If you've seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, I am sure you've heard the song too, but just in case, you can listen to the Bing Crosby version here. It's one of my favorites!

I hope you'll take a peek at the video to see how it all came together!  
Thanks so much for stopping by!



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Festive Wreath No Line Watercoloring {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am over on the Avery Elle blog today sharing one of my favorite techniques- No Line Watercoloring- featuring the Festive Wreath stamp set and the coordinating Festive Wreath Elle-ments die.

The "no line" technique name is a bit misleading because there are lines, but the trick to any "no line" technique is using the right color of ink to stamp your lines.  You want to use a very light color ink so that when additional colors are added, the lines disappear or take on the pigment that you are adding to the image.  For this technique, I like to use Antique Linen Distress Ink, but other light inks can work too such as light pinks or light grays. 

I stamped the images from the stamp set in Antique Linen Distress Ink and then I began to watercolor using other shades of Distress Ink.  I smooshed the ink cubes onto an acrylic block and spritzed the ink with water to create an ink wash.  Using a fine point paintbrush, I began adding color to the stamped images.

The most important pieces of advice I can share with this technique is to allow layers of watercolor ink to dry completely before going back over the same area with more ink to deepen the color or to color in an adjacent area.  If two wet areas touch, the ink colors will bleed and blend together and that may not me the look you want. 

A paper towel to blot us extra water and a heat gun can help speed things along if you are impatiently waiting for your images to dry.  Once everything is colored in, you can add detail back to you images using a fine tip pen.  On the finished card, I used a gray pen to add some detail to the bow and the eye to the cardinal. I used a white gel pen to add some highlights to the ornaments and the bird's wing.

I adhered the wreath to a card base I made using the A Tag for All Elle-ments die.   I stamped the sentiment with black ink and popped up the stars, candy canes, bow, and bird with foam tape.  I adhered some clear sequins to the wreath and added a sweet scalloped border using the Dotted Borders Elle-ments die to the bottom of the card.  I finished off the card with some Midnight Hemp Twine tied into a bow.

I hope this inspires you to try a little "no line" coloring on your next paper crafting adventure!  Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Peace Love and Joy (Right at Home)

Hello friends, 

I am so excited to be guest designing this month with Right at Home stamps to celebrate their latest holiday release!

I have two projects to share with you in the coming weeks and my first card is below. 

I created a wintery landscape by blending a watercolor panel with Distress Inks.  I sprayed water onto the panel to lift the link and give it the look of millions of stars in the sky.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Peace Love and Joy stamp set with silver embossing powder.  The trees are actually the leaf veins from the Cozy Cardinal stamp set.

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Right at Home blog for more inspiration using these and the rest of their newest release!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Welcome Home Halloween House {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

It's Welcome Home Seasons Week on the Avery Elle blog!  I am sharing this Halloween House created with the Welcome Home Seasons stamp set.  I adore the original Welcome Home stamp set.  It's so fun to play architect and home designers with stamps and paper.  Now that October is here, I thought I ought to decorate the house for the upcoming Halloween holiday!

I used a combination of images from the Welcome Home and the Welcome Home Seasons stamp sets to create the house.  I love how the yellow door and windows pop against the gray house.   The ghost and cobwebs are adorably spooky- not scary- which is how I like my Halloween!

Adding some detail to the roof line with a white gel pen really brought out the decorative accents on the roof. I colored the potted plants with violet Copic markers and hung a wreath on the front door as a finishing touch.


Now I am definitely in the spirit to decorate my own house for Halloween.  Don't forget to check out the Avery Elle blog this week for even more inspiration featuring the Welcome Home Seasons stamp set!

Thanks for popping in!