Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Love You A Latte {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in today with a card featuring Avery Elle's new Cool Beans stamp set.  Although the winter holidays are upon us, I am switching gears a bit and made a card suitable for Valentine's Day or really anytime you want to send some warm (caffeinated) hugs.

I stamped and die cut the cup from the Cool Beans stamp set.  I love that the cup can be made into a shaker element!

The "hugs" die is included with the Wonky Squares Elle-ments. I die cut the word several times from white card stock, stacked them together, and adhered the word die cut from black card stock on top.

It would be so fun to include a gift card inside to the recipient's favorite coffee shop to treat him or her to a latte or favorite coffee beverage!

That's all for me today! Thanks (a latte) for stopping by!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Waffle Flower V-Day 2018 Blog Hop!

Hello friends and welcome to Waffle Flower Craft's Valentine's Day Release Blog Hop!  

I am so excited to be participating today!!  You should have arrived from Yainea's blog.  Stop by the Waffle Flower blog for the full list. 

I have three cards to share with you today.  First up is a card featuring the Little Baker's stamp set and die.  I stamped, colored and die cut a bunch of the yummy-looking chocolate chip cookies and arranged them on a platter that I created using the Lacy Squares die

For even more texture and detail in the background, I paired the Lacy Layers 2 die with the Patched Layers die on a panel of white card stock before adhering everything to a kraft note card.

Next is a card using the Stitched Love stamp set and coordinating die.  I loved building these sweet pear images.  For a little more interest, I added a bit of orange ink to the bottom and side of the pears.

I arranged the happy couple inside card stock cut with the Embroidery Hoop die.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink and added a twine bow at the top of the hoop for a finishing touch.

The last card is a punny Valentine shaker card using the Make a Fish stamp set and Make a Fish die. I cut the shaker window using the Flower Circles Inverted Die

I have had so much fun building and embellishing schools of these beautiful fishes.  I added to the sentiment with the Bowtiful stamp set.  I added the hearts to the pink card stock using the small heart stamp from the new Forever stamp set.


To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners. Leave comments on my blog and along the hop by 11:59pm ET on 12/10/17 for your chances to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 12/12/17.

To celebrate the new release, all orders over $25 placed by 11:59pm ET on 12/10/17 with code VDAY2018 will receive a free Forever Stamp Set. The stamp set needs to be in your cart for the promo code to work. Limited 1 per customer; While Supplies last.

Your next stop on the hop is Therese

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Creating Shaped Cards with Dies {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am up on the Avery Elle blog today with a sweet card to share with you featuring the new Windmill stamp set along with the Large Pierced Scallops Dies.  A linked list of all the Avery Elle products used in my card is at the end of the post. 

The Large Pierced Scalloped dies are wonderful as a layer on a rectangle A-2 card, but I used the largest rectangle die to create a shaped card base.  To create the shaped card base, I started with a top fold A-2 card.  Next I positioned the largest die on over the card base so that the top fold would not be cut by the die.  I ran the card and die through the die cut machine and created the shaped card base.

Next, I create the front of the card by cutting a panel of white card stock and a panel of green card stock with the largest scalloped die.  With  an ink brush, I created the soft yellow background and I used the Dotted Borders Elle-ments die to create the slopes in the hills.

Finally, I stamped the images from the Windmill stamp set onto white card stock and colored them in using Copic Markers. I die cut the images and adhered them to the card front before adhering the card front to the scalloped card base. 

I love this little scene- with all the flowers and bugs, it's like a breath of spring as the weather is turning colder!

Thanks for stopping by!


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!