Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Avery Elle and Ellen Hutson: G'Day Mate

United We Flourish

Hello there!!  Today I have a fun post to share with you!  Avery Elle has teamed up with our friends at Ellen Hutson for a collaboration stamp and die set called G'Day Mate as part of their United We Flourish Campaign.  

Below is a little bit more about Ellen Hutson's United We Flourish program:

Last November we began celebrating our 10th anniversary with the theme United We Flourish. And what does United We Flourish mean? It means that our company would not be here without the amazing companies we work with, the designers who create stunning projects showcasing the wonderful products being created AND you, our fabulous customers! YOU are such a vital part of our creative community - you inspire & encourage us! Your response to United We Flourish was overwhelming and heart-warming. We heard repeatedly from you that you appreciate how our little company works together with the other manufacturers we carry to bring you their products and education showing how to use those products. To thank you for your constant support and encouragement, we have partnered with some of our friends to offer exclusive limited edition stamp & die sets!!! These sets will be available for a limited time (most likely 3-6 months) after each release, depending on how quickly you snap them up. The theme of these stamps sets are uplifting and fun.

We are thrilled to present the second one to you... G’Day Mate Avery Elle exclusively for Ellen Hutson LLC.

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This stamp set, G'day Mate, is so unique with its critters from Australia.  I just had to ink up the adorable kangaroo and its joey!  Images were colored with Copics and die cut.  Next, I went about creating my scene using the Picket Fence Elle-ments from Avery Elle.  It's very hard to see in my photo but the sky has sponged clouds in the background.  To frame my entire scene, I used the Double Pierced Rectangles Elle-ments.

If you would like to see more inspiration using this set, make sure to head over to the CLASSroom blog at Ellen Hutson!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Reverse Confetti / Black, White, and Color

The Challenge

Hello!  I have a CAS card to share today using some Reverse Confetti!  When I saw this weeks The Challenge over on Always Playing with Paper, I KNEW I had to play along!  Black/White/Color is one of my favorite challenges!

To create my CAS card, I started by stamping the striped scallop border stamp, from Elemental Stripes, repeatedly across a trimmed white panel.  After adding a strip of Midnight cardstock to the bottom, a stamped and die cut butterfly, from Butterfly Dreams, was added pulling the wings up for dimension.  As a last detail, some coordinating enamel dots were added.

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Here's The Challenge graphic if you want to play along too!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

My Favorite Things / Guest Designer


Hello!  I'm super excited (really I am ecstatic!!!) to be joining My Favorite Things as a Guest Designer on the MFT blog this month!  This past release was just amazing.....in fact, they just keep getting better and better!  

I'm shaking things up to celebrate!!  I was thrilled to see lots of products to create Shaker cards this release so naturally, I wanted to create one!  

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I started by doing a watercolor background using various colors of Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Broken China, and Worn Lipstick. After letting this panel dry, it was die cut using the stitched rectangle in Blueprints 13. To soften this panel and make my balloon shaker stand out, I layered a piece of vellum.

Next, I went about creating a fun shaker element for this panel. Using the new Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics, I die cut the center of the balloon into the watercolor panel. I layered the Balloon Window (which was partially blended with Distress Oxide Ink) over the cutout (and vellum) to create my shaker element.
I added a partially blended Celebrate Die-namics over the balloon shaker. The balloon was embellished with streamers and a string die cuts from this set. A few die-cut glitter stars were added and to finish, my panel was adhered over some Sparkling Clear Confetti to fill the shaker!
Thanks so much for sharing a part of your day with me!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flora & Fauna / Vellum Layering


Hello crafty friends!  I am here with some inspiration using one of the new Flora & Fauna stamp sets, Butterfly Jar Set.  I have 2 cards to share both using different techniques!


First, I wanted to show off these beautiful butterflies by white heat embossing the largest butterfly onto some vellum.  I trimmed the vellum panel and layered over a piece of striped pattern paper.  The vellum softens the pattern paper and really makes the butterflies stand out!  For a sentiment, I white heat embossed 'just because' onto thin strips of black cardstock and adhered over the centers of the butterflies with foam adhesive.


My second card uses a more involved technique.  I've stamped many of the smaller butterflies across an entire watercolor panel with versamark and then white heat embossed.  I love emboss resist and it's a great technique with watercolor!  I've used Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Broken China.  These colors were brushed across the panel in strips with a wide brush.  After the panel was dry, I again layered some vellum to soften.  The vellum was pre-stamped in black Staz-On with 'go flourish' from Butterfly Jar Set.  One single butterfly was stamped onto colored cardstock and trimmed out.  One strip of black cardstock was added below the sentiment and the butterfly was adhered to the right.  The entire panel was adhered but only in the center so I could pull up the edges for a fun look.  To finish, I added a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Thanks so much for sharing a part of your day with me!

Avery Elle / Aloha


Hello!  I am sharing a card that can be seen over on the Avery Elle blog today using Aloha.
Aloha!  This stamp set may be little but it's fantastic!  It has just the right images and smaller bold sentiments to go along with it!  

I started my card with a panel of cardstock that I generously blended Broken China Distress Ink Oxide, spritzed with water droplets and blotted dry with a paper towel.  Once dry, I randomly stamped 'aloha' in Versafine Onyx Black Ink for a bold look.  My focal images were black heat embossed and watercolored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I adhered the images over some gold thread spirals with foam adhesive.  This panel was adhered over a white on white panel using the Waves Elle-ments.  I just love that even though it's done in white, it looks like waves in the background!


Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Reverse Confetti / SFYTT


Hello!  I am here sharing a card using the current SFYTT (Sketch For You to Try) over at the Reverse Confetti blog.  Check out the SFYTT post......HERE for all the details!

I needed a baby card and the papers in Pattern Play are perfect!  I paired several of the patterns up with this month's SFYTT.  I created my focal piece by using one of the frames from All Framed Up Confetti Cuts.  Behind the frame on the panel, I sponged some Reverse Confetti Piggy Bank ink over the Leaf Lattice Stencil.  Adding in the adorable panda from Miso Happy along with a sentiment from Simply Sentiments, finished my card.


Now the best part is.......there is always a winner every month!  Here are the details:

The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store and claim the title of ‘Fetti Fave. The winner of SFYTT will be posted on the Reverse Confetti blog on the 30th of each month.
Check out the SFYTT post......HERE.

So let's see your Reverse Confetti creations this month.....you still have time to get it done!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh / New Release Blog Hop!

Fly a Kite 

Hello!  We are starting Day 2 of the Pretty Pink Posh blog hop celebrating the new July release!  A fun summer release that is sure to be a hit!

I've used the darling Fly a Kite stamp to create a dreamy sky scene.  I decided to show that this set doesn't just have to be colored.  I've stamped the solid kites with Catherine Pooler inks and die cut.  All the other images were die cut without using the outline stamps.  I've created my scene over a rectangle that was stenciled with clouds (kind of hard to see here).  This panel was then added to a white top folding notecard with foam adhesive.

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My next card uses the new Smile Shaker Die to create a shaker card using the new Mermaid Mix sequins.  I started with a panel of watercolor paper with Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean and added the Smile Shaker Die to the center and backed with clear cardstock for my shaker.  I then added the Mermaid Mix sequins and covered with my watercolor panel.  I love how simple this was to create!


There are a total of 4--$25 gift certificates up for grabs for the hop - 2 for each day of the hop. Winners will be picked randomly from comments left along the hop - so make sure and leave lots of love along the way as you hop along! All comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on July 18, 2017 - and winners will be announced on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog after that.

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