Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Fuzzy Puppy Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Puppies are the best. They're so fuzzy and sweet. All of that darling puppy goodness is captured perfectly in Avery Elle's new Dog-Gone clear stamp set.

Sometimes, colored images can look a bit flat, but there's a very simple technique that you can use to add a little texture and dimension to stamped images colored with Copic markers.

First, stamp and color your images as usual.  If there are any parts of the image that you don't want to texturize, leave that area uncolored. (See the dog collar and tag in the bottom left image below. )

Next, grab a terry cloth towel and Copic Colorless Blending Solution and add a few drops a small area of the towel. 

Press the towel on the colored images and the blending solution will lift the ink leaving behind the texture of the towel.

Super fun and simple too! Now here are all these fuzzy cuties on a card.

I used a cloud stencil and the Dotted Borders Elle-ments die to create a little background for the puppy party. I added some of the accessories and smaller images from the stamp set to round out the scene.  


I hope you'll give this technique a shot next time you'd like to add some faux fur texture to your colored images.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Summer of Stamping Celebration

Hello friends!
Avery Elle has teamed up with Ellen Hutson on a special collaboration set to celebrate this Summer of Stamping. Each week, we are hoping to spread a little crafty sunshine with a month of new releases and a whole lotta’ fun! Without further ado, Welcome to Camp Wanna Stamp hosted by Avery Elle's Peek-a-boo Pals!

The Peek-a-Boo Pals- Camp Wanna Stamp is available at the Ellen Hutson store both as a clear stamp set and as a stamp and die comboYou should have arrived here from Kelly Griglione's blog

For my card, I create a dusky canoe ride for the bear and bunny.  I blended a background of Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Peacock Feathers. My color combo was inspired by the Summer of Stamping graphic above. 

I stamped and colored the images using Copic markers. I die cut the images using the coordinating dies, and before adhering them to the background, I spattered the background with a bit of water and white paint. 

I adhered the images to the card, stamped the sentiment and some of the bugs with black ink. I used a white gel pen to color in the bug wings and to intensify some of the ink spatters. 

You can't have a bog hop and celebration without prizes and one random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Saturday, July 25th at 11:59pm PDT. The winner will be notified by email.

Be sure to check out all the inspiration on today's hop: 

Katie Gehring- you are here!

Your next stop is Sandy Allnock

Good luck and happy hopping! 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Camping Critters Slimline Card + VIDEO {Avery Elle}


I am on the Avery Elle blog and You Tube channel this week with a video to share with you featuring the adorable Camping Critters clear stamps on a Slimline card. Slimline cards are very popular right now. Trying something a little different using supplies that you already have adds just a little extra jolt of joy into the creative process.

Slimline cards also give you all that glorious space to fill. The Camping Critters needed a background befitting of the great outdoors.

There are lots of different size variations on Slimline cards, but my favorite is 3 5/8 x 8 1/2. Using those dimensions, I can trim a sheet of watercolor card stock into equal thirds with only a tiny strip of leftover scrap paper. 

Slimline panels will fit into the regular-size MISTI and the finished cards pair with #10 business sized envelopes. Take a peek at my video to see how it all came together.


I hope this video helps demystify the Slimline card, and you'll give it a try for a future project! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Stay Cool {Avery Elle}

Hello friends

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring a couple of cool characters from the Stay Cool Clear Stamps set. This set is fantastic for all the cool cats, bunnies, dogs and bears in your life and the sentiments are perfect for so many occasions.

I stamped the bear and dog images onto white card stock and colored them with Copic Markers. I die cut the images along with the "Stay Cool" speech bubble. I needed a cool background befitting of these characters, so I layered a piece of ombre paper from The Spring Collection Paper Pad behind a die-cut background created with the Waves Elle-ments die.

I adhered the images to the background. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto a tag created with the Party Tags Elle-ments. I added some of the stars from the set as a finishing touch before adhering the completed panel to an A2 notecard.


Thanks for stopping by, party animals! I hope you have a cool week! 


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Avery Elle Summer 2020 Blog Hop

Hello friends! 

I am so excited for Avery Elle's Summer 2020 Release! There's a fun blog hop full of inspiration and a giveaway too! 

I am sharing a couple of cards featuring the new Peek-A-Boo Boat stamp set. I LOVE a Peek-A-Boo set and I wanted to give these nautical pals some space to catch waves, so I created a slimline card which gave me space for the speed boat to pull the inner tube.  

I trimmed a panel of water color card stock to 3 5/8 x 8 1/2. I used Distress Ink to blend a sky and water background. I stamped, colored and die cut the images and adhered them to the card attaching the inner tube to the boat with a piece of cherry hemp twine. 

I added some of the jumping fish and water droplets as a finishing touch and stamped the sentiment in the top right corner of the card. 

For my next card, I tried a fun Z-fold technique which would reveal a surprise scene. 

I stamped, colored and die cut the images and set them aside. To make the Z-fold card, I ink blended a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 panel of watercolor card stock and scored it at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4. I folded along the score lines to make a Z-shape. 

I positioned the hammerhead shark in the center of the top panel so that it would hide the whale in the inner tube. I trimmed the sentiment and stamped it on the top panel and added another sentiment to the inner tube. I connected the two vessels with twine. 

 I love how this sweet scene reveals itself with this fun interactive design. 

All of the new products are available or purchase now in the Avery Elle store.
To celebrate our Summer 2020 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a stamp set of their choice to 3 winners.  To enter to win just comment on this post and on the posts of the Avery Elle Design Team participating in today's hop.  

Avery Elle  Caryn DaviesHeather CampbellYaineaMelania DeasyKatie Gehring - you are here :)Amy Kolling Ashley MarcuElena Roussakis

There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited. You can check out more options to win on the Avery Elle Blog. You have until midnight Sunday, June 21st 2020 to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Tuesday, June 23rd . 

Thanks for stopping by! Good luck!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dino-mite Day {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Stopping in today to share a card featuring the adorable and fierce dinosaurs from Avery Elle's Rawr Clear Stamp set.

These dino pals are ready to celebrate, so I set the scene using Avery Elle's Leafy Frame Elle-ments die. I die cut the frame twice, once from green card stock and the second time from patterned paper. I inverted the green card stock frame before glueing the layers together for some added interest and dimension.

I stamped and colored the dinosaurs and party hats with Copic Markers and die cut them with the coordinating Elle-ments dies. I adhered the die cut frame and dinos to a panel of watercolor card stock blended with a bit of Distress Oxide ink around the edges.

For the sentiment, I borrowed the frame from the Peek-A-Boo Jungle stamp set. I stamped the banner and sentiment on black card stock with Versamark ink before heat embossing with white embossing
powder. I die cut the banner and added it to the card.


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a dino-mite day! 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Peek-A-Boo Fair Double Feature {Avery Elle}

Hi friends,

Katie here with a Double Feature video for Avery Elle! Two cards using the Peek-A-Boo Fair stamp set.  This set makes an adorable backdrop for the Peek-A-Boo pals. I just couldn't decide between bumper cars and ferris wheel, so I bought the extra ride ticket and made two cards!

I really love the "I miss bumping into you" sentiment paired with the bumper car images. I know many of us miss bumping into our special friends right now.

The dragon from the Peek-A-Boo Scary Pals joined the unicorn for a fun day at the fair. The dragon looks so festive in a party hat while the unicorn snacks on cotton candy.

I hope you will take a peek at my video to see how the cards came together!