Thursday, November 8, 2018

Avery Elle Winter 2018 Release Blog Hop!


Hello friends!

Welcome to Avery Elle's Winter 2018 Release Blog Hop!  Today I will be sharing with you a pair of cards that I made using the Embellished Heart Elle-Ments die. 


These cards were so simple to make.  First I die cut the Embellish Heart Elle-Ments die slightly off the edge of an A2-size card panel. Next, I cut strips of card stock to go behind the heart shapes.  The skinny stripe strips are 1/4" wide and the wider stripe strips are 1/2" wide. 


I adhered the card stock strips to an A2 white notecard and trimmed off any excess.  I attached the heart die cut panel using foam tape.  For the sentiment, I die cut the words from black card stock and covered the letters with Glossy Accents before adhering them to the card.  As a finishing touch, I added some clear sequins.  

I love the scallop detail on the Embellished Heart die, and this card would be so simple to replicate for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday.  I bent up the scallop border on one of my cards so you can see the difference even that small step makes in the look of the die.  All items are available for purchase in the Avery Elle shop right now!

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To celebrate our Winter 2018 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter just comment on any of the design team's posts and/or on the Avery Elle Blog:




You have until midnight Sunday, November 11 to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 12.  

Good luck and Happy Hopping! 
Katie

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Oodles of Avery Elle Holiday Inspiration!

Hello friends,

I am a bit behind in sharing some of my latest Avery Elle projects here on my blog, so I am going to stuff this post FULL of cards and ideas. Hope you don't mind. ;)

First up is a card I am sharing today on the Avery Elle blog featuring the Christmas Magic stamp set. I love the adorable snowman and unicorn and had so much fun creating a glittery backdrop for their winter adventures. I blended a piece of water color card stock with Distress Oxide ink and spattered it with water to lift the ink in spots.  I used a white gel pen to make some of the dots larger and more defined.



I stamped the images from the Christmas Magic stamp set and colored them with Copic markers.  I die cut the images using the coordinating Christmas Magic Elle-ments die.  I die cut the sentiment from glitter card stock and the snow drift from glitter fun foam.  Finally, I adhered the images to the card, popping up the snowman and unicorn with some foam tape.


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For my next card, I have a trick to share with you on how I add dimension behind even the most intricate share dies.


I wanted to add some dimension to the outside layer of the Let It Snow Elle-ments die, but all those snowflake openings would be challenging to work around with straight strips of foam tape. The solution comes from that staple of kid crafting- Fun Foam! Adhesive backed foam sheets can be found in the kid's activities area of craft stores or online.



I die cut the Let It Snow Elle-ments dies from a piece of pink adhesive-backed fun foam.  I used some Mono Liquid Glue to adhere the glitter die cut to the non-adhesive side of the fun foam.  Using liquid glue allowed me to shift and alight the die cuts so that they stacked and aligned perfectly.



I created the scene inside the snow globe using the adorable critters and sentiment from Merry Little Christmas.  I blended an inky background with Distress Oxide inks and stamped the sentiment with black ink. I removed the adhesive backing and affixed the foam backed frame to the note card.  Inside the frame, I added the mouse, deer, gift on top of the glittery oval die-cut and snow flakes from the Let It Snow Elle-ments die. The pink fun foam also adds a pretty pink accent when viewing the card from an angle.



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Next is a card using the Polar Peek a Boo Pals stamp set and the Three Stars Elle-ments die.  The Polar Peek-A-Boo Pals set is just adorable!!  It features animals that are in their element in the colder wintery months, and it's among my favorite from the Fall Release!

I stamped and colored the animals using Copic markers and created a glitter shaker background for the Pals. I die cut the Three Star Elle-ments die from a panel of white card stock and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  Behind each star, I blended Distress Oxide ink in red, yellow and green and added a pinch of glitter before sealing up the shaker with acetate and foam tape. I tucked each of the Polar Peek-A-Boo Pals inside each star and adhered a few flat star sequins as a finishing touch.


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Finally I have a video to share with you today featuring the Merry Merry clear stamp set and the Gift Box Card Holder Elle-ments die.  With a teen and tween in the house, gift cards (and just plain cash) are a popular item on our family's wish list. 


The Merry Merry stamp set and Gift Box Card Holder die make it easy to create a fun and festive way to package and present gift cards.  I die cut the Gift Box outer box and insert from red glitter card stock and used the Wonky Square Frames and Wonky 3D Bow to trim the box to look like Santa's suit. 


I hope you'll take a peek at the video to see how it came together! Don't forget to like and subscribe to Avery Elle's You Tube channel


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Whoa!  That was a lot and brings me to the end of my Avery Elle Holiday projects.  I'll be back next week with a fun card using some of Avery Elle's new Valentine's Day stamps and dies.  I can't wait to share! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Katie

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Snow Tags {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a fun idea for a holiday card using the new Snow Tags stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments dies. Like the name suggests, Snow Tags is fantastic for making tags, but they work equally well on cards! 


First I stamped the snowflake tags onto white card stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed the images using Avery Elle's Rose Gold Embossing Powder.  I die cut the tags using the coordinating Elle-ments dies and cut out the center using a 1.25" circle punch. In the center of each snowflake, I added two of the Polar Peek-a-Boo Pals- colored with Copic Markers and die cut with the coordinating Elle-ments dies.


For the card background, I blended three shades of Distress Oxides (Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, and Spun Sugar) onto a panel of watercolor card stock.  I spattered some water onto the blended panel to lift the ink and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with Rose Gold Embossing ink.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Avery Elle Fall + Winter 2018 Blog Hop!



Hello friends!

Welcome to Avery Elle's Fall and Winter 2018 Release Party and blog hop!! I am so excited about the latest round of stamps and dies debuting this month!  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here, and I can't wait to share more ideas with you in the coming weeks!!! 

Today, I am sharing a card featuring the new Fireside stamp set. 


I stamped the fireplace, wreath and garland and colored in the images with Copic markers. I adhered the images to a gray notecard and framed the images with the Postage Stamp Elle-ments die.


Next I decorated the fireplace by glueing small sequins to the garland and wreath. I stamped and die cut the stockings.  I covered them with glue and sprinkled them with coarse glitter. 



My final step was to stamp the sentiment in black in beneath the fireplace hearth. I love this cozy little scene. 


All the new stamps and dies are available in the Avery Elle shop now! 


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Now you can't have a Blog Hop without a prize and to celebrate the Fall and Winter 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 and the posts of the other designers participating in today's hop. 



You have until midnight Sunday, August 12 to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 13.  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now!!
Happy Hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Big Birthday Shaker Card + Video {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Katie here with a card and a video to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Big Birthday Clear Stamps and the Focal Point Stripes Elle-ments die.


I used wire snips to separate the inner stripes of the Focal Point Stripes die from the outer rectangle and die cut a card panel using the stripes portion of the die to create a shaker window.  I stamped the sentiment at the top of the card and added lots of Avery Elle's Coarse Glitter and other shiny things to the shaker pocket.

A few yellow sequins transformed the stripes into birthday candles and a bit of Hemp Twine adds a finishing touch.


I hope you'll take a peek at my video to see how it all came together.   Don't forget to subscribe to Avery Elle's You Tube channel!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Blooming Thank You Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in with a card and technique to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Blooming stamp set.  The Blooming stamp set features a beautiful and versatile floral frame that can be customized any way you like from the colors to the sentiment inside the frame.

For my card today, I thought I would share with you an easy technique for adding details to watercolor images using colored pencils.  I love the look of watercolors on stamped images, but being a novice, sometimes I find it a bit challenging to get the brush or the paint to create the effect I want- especially when it comes to adding details to small images!  Colored pencils are a great solution and allow me to add fine details while still blending beautifully with a watercolor base.


My first step, since I am attemping a "no line" watercolor look, is to stamp the image using a light ink that is compatible with a water color technique.  Here I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen.


Next I added a wash of watercolor to the frame using Avery Elle's Liquid Watercolors in Cherry, Fizz, Mimosa, Lemon Grass and Celery.  I started with the greenery before moving to the florals.  Be sure to allow time for the watercolors to dry before switching colors - especially on adjoining images, otherwise the colors will bleed together.

Once the paint has dried completely, I added some details and shading using Prismacolor pencils.  I am still learning, so I focused mainly on the centers of the flowers, shading beneath the petals, and adding veins to the flowers and leaves.  I colored over the pencil lines with a colorless blender pencil to soften some of the lines and blend out the shading.


To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Avery Elle's  Rich Gold Embossing Powder.  I die cut the frame and adhered it to a card base that I covered with the Chevron Mat Elle-ments die cut. A few flat sequins add a finishing touch. 

 
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I hope you'll consider giving this technique a try next time you watercolor! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sending Happy Fuchsia Thoughts {Avery Elle}

Katie - Fuchsia Stamps

Hello friends,

Katie here to share a card featuring the beautiful Fuchsia stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments dies.  Fuchsias are among my favorite summer flowers, and I thought I would try my hand at a little no-line watercoloring.


I stamped the two of the floral clusters onto a panel of watercolor cardstock with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I watercolored the images using Avery Elle's liquid watercolors and then added some shading and detail using Prismacolor colored pencils.

I die-cut the images using the coordinating Elle-ments dies and arranged them onto a white card stock panel cut with the Hatch Mat Elle-ments die.


I stamped the sentiment at an angle with gray ink and added some clear flat sequins as a finishing touch.

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I really love how these flowers look with the soft watercolors and the colored pencil details.  
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Katie

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sweetest Birthday Wishes {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I have the sweetest birthday card to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Sweetest stamp set!


First I inked a panel of watercolor card stock and spritzed it with water.  Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from Sweetest stamp set in black ink and framed it with the Oval Burst Elle-ments die.


I stamped the two ice cream cone images onto white card stock, colored them with Copic markers, stamped the adorable expressions onto the ice cream, and die cut them with coordinating Sweetest Elle-ments dies. I adhered the cones to the card and added a few clear sequins as a finishing touch. 

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Thanks for stopping by!
Katie


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Peek-A-Boo Pals Birthday Shaker Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in today to share a colorful birthday shaker card to share with you today featuring Avery Elle's Peek-A-Boo Pals stamp set and the Focal Point Stripes Elle-ments die.


First I die cut the Focal Points Stripe die from watercolor card stock.  I removed each strip and added color using Distress Oxide inks.  I spritzed the inked stripes with water and allowed them to dry. Next I stamped the sentiments from Peek-A-Boo Pals onto two of the stripes.  The stripes coordinate perfectly with the sentiments in Peek-A-Boo Pals.


I assembled the shaker element, adding some Avery Elle Coarse Glitter and clear star sequins before sealing it closed with foam tape.  I stamped the elephant and panda from Peek-A-Boo pals and colored them with Copic markers.  I nested the animals along to bottom edge of the shaker window and adhered their paws to the card with foam tape.

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Be sure to check out the Avery Elle blog this week for even more inspiration featuring the Peek-A-Boo Pals stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Floating Wishes {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend!  I wanted to stop in today to share a card using Avery Elle's new Floating Wishes stamp set.  I love these floaty, scripty sentiments and the shaped balloon images are super sweet. The sentiments have you covered with everything from hello to thanks and big celebrations!


I used the 'celebrate' sentiment in place of a balloon string and adhered the heart balloon to the top.  I added a couple more balloons to a blended ink background and finished the card with a few pink and yellow sequins.


Well that's it for me today, but be sure to float by the Avery Elle Design blog this week for even more inspiration using the Floating Wishes stamp set. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Heartfelt Magnolia Thanks {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in today to share a card featuring the gorgeous new Magnolia stamp set.  We are lucky to have a well-established Magnolia tree in our front garden and I always eagerly anticipate its bloom each spring.  With the Magnolia stamp set, it can be spring anytime!    ````


For my card, I blended Distress Oxide ink (Tattered Rose) onto a panel of watercolor card stock. I spattered water onto the blended panel to lift some of the ink.  Next I die cut adhered the largest Wonky Scalloped Frame. 


For the flowers, I stamped them with Versafine Black Onyx ink onto watercolor card stock and heat embossed the images using Avery Elle's clear fine detail embossing Powder. I colored the blooms using Avery Elle's liquid watercolors in Cherry and Mint to Be.  I die cut the flowers using the coordinating Magnolia Elle-ments dies, stamped the sentiment in black ink and adhered the flowers to the card- the larger bloom was adhered to the card using foam tape for some added dimension.  As a finishing touch, I added a few clear gems. 

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Be sure to stop check out this week's posts on the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration using the Magnolia clear stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Katie

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Avery Elle Summer 2018 Blog Hop!


Hello friends!

Welcome to Avery Elle's Summer 2018 Release Party and blog hop!! I am so excited about the latest round of stamps and dies debuting this month, and I can't wait to share more ideas with you in the coming weeks. For now, I am just mad for the Mod stamp set. I have two takes to share with you today- one is tidy and the other is a totally tubular.


For the tidy Mod card, I stamped the solid triangles onto a panel of white card stock.  A precision stamping tool- like the MISTI- comes in handy if you want to nestle the shapes tightly together. I stamped the lines with black ink and added the sentiment in the center.  I trimmed the panel just slightly, matted it with black card stock and adhered it to a note card. 


For the 80's inspired card, I just played with all the different shapes and patterns. I repeated the black diagonal lines in each corner of the panel to give a sense of symmetry and I stuck with a palette of reds/pinks, aquas and yellow.  I love how you can get a dramatically different effect using the same simple stamp set. 


I trimmed down the panel, matted it on black card stock and adhered it to a note card.  

Now you can't have a Blog Hop without a prize and to celebrate our Summer 2018 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 and the posts of the other designers participating in today's hop. 




You have until midnight Sunday, May 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, May 14th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now!!

Happy Hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

Monday, April 30, 2018

Waterbrush Watercolors {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

Just popping in to share a technique using Avery Elle's new liquid watercolors along with the Loved and Admired stamp set. I just can't stop using the liquid watercolors.  I love the liquid formula- no more messy muddy paint pans- these watercolors are ready to go right out of the bottle! The liquid formula also lends itself to some easy techniques- like adding color directly to the barrel of a waterbrush.  Watercoloring doesn't get much easier than that.  A list of supplies and links are below. 


First, I stamped and heat embossed the wreath image onto a panel of watercolor card stock using Avery Elle's Rose Gold embossing powder.

To watercolor the wreath image, I added drops of Avery Elle's Liquid Watercolors in Mint to Be and Cherry to the chambers of two waterbrushes.  Using the waterbrushes, I easily added watercolor pigments to the wreath image.   If the color is too pale, you can add more drops of the watercolor pigment to the barrel.  If the mixed color is too intense, add a little more water to the chamber.  Once you are finished with the watercolor in the waterbrush, just rinse out the chamber and the brush to switch colors or go back to plain water.




I die cut the wreath and stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed it with more Rose Gold embossing powder.  I die cut the bottom of the white card stock panel with the scallop Dotter Border Elle-ments die before adhering the panel to a mint card base.

I have a quick video on Avery Elle's You Tube channel to show you this technique in action and how my card came together.  I hope you'll check it out!






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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!
Katie

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Party Pals {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in today with a fun card featuring the Party Pals stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments die.  For your convenience, below you can find a list of all the Avery Elle supplies I used on my card.

For my card, I invited ALL the Party Pals to the soirĂ©e, so first I stamped all the animals, colored them in with Copic markers and die cut them using the Party Pals Elle-ments dies.  I love all these adorable animals and couldn't decide which ones to use, so they all made the scene.


Next I prepared the background.  I blended Distress Oxide ink (Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber) onto a panel of watercolor card stock.  I added some spritzes and spatters and die cut the stars from the Cityscapes Elle-ments set onto the inked background. I also die cut a piece of green cardstock using the Picket Fences Elle-ments die to create the grass. 

Finally, I arranged all the stamped images and adhered them to the card.  I stamped "make a" above the "WISH" balloons to finish out the sentiment. 


That's all for me today, but I hope that you'll think of these Party Pals to help you celebrate your next big occasion!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Loads of Wishes {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I have a card to share today featuring just one of the greetings from the Loads of Wishes stamp set.  Loads of Wishes is filled with so many sentiments for every occasion!  The set features beautiful styling and fonts that take the guess-work out of designing the perfect sentiment.


For my card, I paired Loads of Wishes with the new Hand Drawn Florals stamp set.  I stamped the floral images with Versafine ink and heat embossed them with Avery Elle's Clear Embossing powder.  I colored the images with Copic markers and arranged them on a panel of patterned paper from the Sorbet Collection patterned paper pad.

I heat embossed the "hello" sentiment with Avery Elle's white embossing powder onto a strip of black card stock and adhered it to the panel.  I attached the completed panel to a black note card and added a few clear gems as a finishing touch.

Supplies

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, March 23, 2018

Watercolor Blog Hog!

Hello friends!  TGIF!!!  

We are so excited to be hopping along with our friends at Ellen Hutson today.  We are featuring projects using our NEW Liquid Watercolors and are SO excited to show them off in action.  Avery Elle's liquid watercolors come in 10 gorgeous shades that can be used on their own or easily mixed together to create custom colors.  For an intense shade use the watercolors straight out of the bottle.  If you want lighter shades, just add various amounts of water to get the color you desire.  The possibilities are endless.  Be sure to check out all of the details of the hop as well as how to be entered to win one of TWO FULL SETS of our Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors over on the Ellen Hutson Classroom Blog.  

Let's get to the hop shall we?  

I used the Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors to create the under the sea background.  I sprayed the background watercolor paper with water and added drops of the liquid watercolors (Aquamarine, Sea Glass, and Mint to Be) directly to the wet paper.  I was able to swirl and blend the colors by just tilting and rotating the paper. I let the panel dry and repeated the process to create additional depth- no brushes required! 

I stamped images from the Bubbles and Mermaids stamp sets onto white paper and colored them with Copic Markers.  Does this scene remind you of a famous Little Mermaid? 

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. A few clear gems add a finishing touch. 

Supplies:
Liquid Watercolors (Mint to Be, Aquamarine, Sea Glass)

That's all for me today! I hope you are inspired to make these awesome watercolors "A Part of Your World!"

You are off to Carly Tee Minner next.

A full list of the hop participants is below.


Thanks for stopping by!
Katie