Friday, July 21, 2017

Aloha from the Tropics {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

Happy Friday!  I am up on the Avery Elle blog today with a tropical card to share with you featuring lots of leafy goodness from the Tropics stamp set.  The Tropics stamp set is one of my very favorites from this summer release.  Two step stamping is such a quick and fun way to get striking images with very little effort. A supply list of all the Avery Elle products I used on my card is linked below. 


I started with a white A2 note card and used an ink brush to blend a soft yellow inky background. Next I stamped and die cut all the images.  The pineapple and hibiscus flowers are from the Aloha stamp set and I colored those images in with Copic Markers.

I arranged all the elements and adhered them to the card.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink and affixed a few clear droplets as a finishing touch.  

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Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle team!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Introducing The Season {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends,

Today I have a fun card to share featuring a new stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts called The Seasons.

The Seasons isn't your typical holiday scene.  With it, you can build an enchanting under the seas adventure featuring Santa as a King Triton-esque Merman.



There are treasures chests full of gifts and kelp/coral that you can decorate with pearls or other baubles and jewels.  Even the fishies are decked out in festive holiday attire!  The set also includes some awesome sentiments including one from you "Sea-cret Santa!"

The Seasons Stamp set, along with the rest of Waffle Flower's new release, will be available to purchase on Thursday, July 20th at the Waffle Flower store.

That's all for me today, but I will be back tomorrow with a few more cards to share.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Monday, July 17, 2017

Introducing Hooray and Cutaway Alpha Dies {Waffle Flower Crafts}

Hello friends, 

I am so excited for Waffle Flower Craft's new release and I have a couple projects to share with you today featuring the Cutaway Alpha dies and the Hooray stamp set. 

First up, a card with the Cutaway Alpha dies.  I am such a fan of the Cutaway Alpha stamp set, so these dies are every bit as awesome as the stamps and so versatile.  


I used the dies to spell out my sentiment, holding them in place with washi tape as I ran them through my die cut machine.  I removed the letters and then mounted the panel on top of a piece of card stock that I had inked up with Distress Oxide Inks. I adhered the panel with foam tape and added a few star shaped sequins as a finishing touch.

Next up, I have a card featuring the Hooray stamp set illustrated by Helen Dardik.  This stamp set is fabulous for getting in some coloring practice.


For this card, I stamped nearly all the images from the stamp set onto a panel of white card stock with a Copic friendly ink. I colored everything in with Copic markers. I cut the edge of the panel with the Lacy Layers 5x7 dies.  The sentiment is also stamped and heat embossed on the smallest rectangle from the 5x7 stamp set.

I hope you are as excited as I am about these new products.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Waffle Flower Crafts store on Thursday, July 20th!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, July 14, 2017

Aloha and Mahalo {Avery Elle}

Hello crafty peeps!  

Happy Friday to you!  I'm sharing a fun card today with you today featuring Avery Elle's Aloha stamp set with a few leaves from the Tropics stamp set thrown in for good measure.  A list of all my Avery Elle supplies can be found below. 

First I stamped and die cut the coconut and flower from the Aloha stamp set onto card stock using New Moon dye ink. I colored the images with Copic markers. 


Next, I stamped and die cut the leaf images from the Tropics stamp set using Avery Elle's pigment ink. I arranged the images and adhered them to a panel of white woodgrain card stock.


After adhering all the elements, I stamped the sentiment onto a white banner cut with the Pierced Banner Layers die and tucked it behind my image cluster.  A few clear sequins finish off the card. 

Supplies:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  For more creative ideas and inspiration, be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for more projects from the Avery Elle team. 

Take care!
Katie


Friday, July 7, 2017

Modern Alpha Hi {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I hope you had a great holiday!  I took some extra time off around the forth which meant this week flew by, and it's Friday already!  I also had a long overdue Crafty Saturday outing with my best crafty girlfriends, and I made a ton of cards that I am so excited to share with you over the next several weeks!!!

First up is a card featuring Avery Elle's Modern Alpha stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments die, which is also being featured on the Avery Elle blog today.


I made this card by blending several shades of Distress Oxide ink onto a white notecard.  I spritzed the card with water to lift the ink.  Next I die cut a panel of white card stock with the Modern Alpha dies- they come arranged just like this right out of the package.  


I adhered the die cut panel to the card and stamped the H and I outline images through the die cut layer onto the note card using black ink.  As a final touch, I adhered a strip of black card stock to the bottom of the note card. 

Well, that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle team.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, June 30, 2017

You Make the World A Better Place {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the new Sentimental Too stamp set.  Links to my Avery Elle supplies are included at the bottom of this post. 

 I was inspired by one of the sentiments included in the Sentimental Too set... the notion of making the world a better place so I pulled out an older Avery Elle stamp set called Joy to the World and used the globe stand to create a decorative globe.


I decorated the globe with flowers and leaves from the Fabulous Florals stamp set before stamping you on a diagonal across the globe.  I adhered the globe to the stand with some foam tape.

The background was created by die cutting coral card stock with the Horizontal Stripes Elle-ments die and adhering it to a lighter coral note card. A few clear droplets add a finishing touch.

Supplies

That's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more ideas and inspiration from the Avery Elle team.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, June 23, 2017

Best Dad {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card I made using the new Mom and Dad stamp set and the Diagonal Stripes Elle-ments die.  Product links are below. 


I love this stamp set because while it's perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day, the sentiments aren't limited to those holidays.  You can pull out this stamp set any time you want to show some parental appreciation.  The girls gave Jason this card for Father's Day (because timing), but it would also make a great card just because. 


To make the card, I die cut the Diagonal Stripes Elle-ments die from navy card stock and backed it with a lighter shade of blue.  I added a white rectangle of card stock as the background for my sentiment.  The Mom and Dad stamp set also features a coordinating die and I used that die set to cut out "dad" and the banner shape.  Looking back, I could have added some yellow stars or other embellishments to jazz it up and bit.  Luckily, my recipient prefers simple, so I'm off the hook! 

Supplies:

That's all for me today, but please be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, June 16, 2017

Beside the Sea {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

This is my second post of the day.  If you came here in search of the CardMaker Magazine and Prickley Pear blog hop, just scroll down. :)

I am popping in today to share a sweet summertime card featuring Avery Elle's Beside the Sea stamp set and dies.  A list of the Avery Elle stamps and dies used on my project is included below.


I built a little beach scene using the darling beach huts as the focal point.  I colored them in with sorbet tones of Copic markers.  The yellow sky and coral note card really compliment the summer vibe of the card.



Supplies:

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team!

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

CardMaker Magazine + Prickley Pear Blog Hop!




Hello friends, 

I am so excited to be participating today in a blog hop with the Cardmaker Magazine blog team featuring Prickley Pear stamps.  You should have arrived here today from the Cardmaker Magazine blog.

For my card, I stamped and cut out the lovely Petunia stamp three times and arranged them in a cluster.  I stamped the sentiment, Let Your Faith Be Bigger, onto a panel of white card stock that I trimmed at an angle before adhering it to a black note card. 



I adhered the floral cluster to the note card with foam tape and affixed a few clear droplets onto the card as a finishing touch.



Giveaway!

You can't have a hop without prizes, and Prickley Pear is hosting a giveaway on their blog of a $20 gift certificate to their online store. Visit their blog for all the details on how to enter. 

Your next stop is the amazing Heather Bolli!  

Happy hopping and good luck!
Katie

Friday, June 9, 2017

Shut the Front Door {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

Just popping in today to share a card that I have up on the Avery Elle design blog.  Between last week and this week, my cards have been like a mini parade of homes, and I love it!  Perhaps I missed my calling?

This week's card was inspired in part by John Mellencamp and Young House Love.  John Mellencamp because of the song- Pink Houses and Young House Love because John and Sherry are renovating a beach house and the color they selected for the exterior is Millennial Pink.  Millennial Pink was also the color of my grandparents home in Columbus, Ohio.  Grandma was a woman before her time.

Ok, I know, enough chatting, here's my Millennial Pink House card:



I paired one of my favorite saying's from Avery Elle's No Way stamp set with the Happy Home Elle-ments die to create a literal visual representation of the sentiment. To create the siding on the house, I trimmed a panel of card stock into 1/2" strips, inked the bottom edge and adhered the strips to the front of the house starting from the bottom up.  The strips did make stamping the sentiment a little trick, but I used a Misti to get the best impression I could, and then I filled in the gaps with a black pen.


The door is an interactive element too.  I placed the door die onto my house panel and ran it through my big shot machine.  Because of the layers of card stock, the die didn't cut through completely, but I was able to use my scissors to cut the one side and the top of the door leaving the other side of the door intact to act as a hinge.  Behind the door I stamped "It's Your Birthday" from the No Way stamp set and the little balloon is from the Birthday Bus stamp set.  All of my Avery Elle supplies are linked below. 

Avery Elle Supplies:


Well that's all for me today, but be sure to swing by the Avery Elle design blog for more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Welcome Home Hello {Avery Elle}

Hello, hello friends, 

Happy Fri-YAY!  Well, it's the start of summer around here and the kids are finally finished with school.  We've been spending lots of time outdoors, and while they are jumping on the trampoline or riding their bikes up and down the driveway, I've been scheming about the color of our house. (Sounds expensive, right?  Don't tell my hubby!)

I do love our house- it's a white two story colonial with black shutters and four pillars across the front, but my heart belongs to pale yellow houses with aqua accents.



So pretty, right?  And then there's this one:



As I dream and scheme about someday refacing our home with shades of sunny yellow and pale aqua, I can play with Avery Elle's new Welcome Home stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments die. I put together a little card with these dreamy colors that I am sharing on the Avery Elle design blog today. 


I stamped and die cut the pieces of the house onto card stock.  I used plain gray card stock for the roof and the steps and white card stock for the other elements so that I could color them in with Copic markers. 


I added some detail to the roof with a white gel pen and adhered all the large pieces to the yellow note card.  I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the happy mail envelope and little letter as a finishing touch.

Supplies: 

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team! 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, May 26, 2017

Wonderful Day Floral Bouquet Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am excited to be on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card that I made with the absolutely stunning Floral Bouquet stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments die. 


I stamped the image twice onto white Copic friendly paper and colored the blooms and leaves with Copic markers.  I arranged the florals along the right edge of my notecard and trimmed off the excess. 


I stamped the sentiment with black ink before adhering the florals to the card.  I popped up the top floral cluster with a bit of foam tape.  For a finishing touch, I adhered a few clear droplets with glossy accents.

Supplies: 
Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the design team!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a Wonderful Day!
Katie


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Avery Elle Summer 2017 Blog Hop!


Hello, hello friends, 

So excited for today to share with you my very first project using Avery Elle's Summer 2017 release! It's one that's definitely cool for the summer!  

I used the Cool Treats stamp set to do a little "no line" coloring with Copic Markers.  What you do is stamp your images with a light ink- here I used Distress Ink Antique Linen and when you color the image with your markers, the outline of the stamp disappears like magic! 


Once everything was colored in, I stamped the faces onto the cool treats with brown ink and with a Copic friendly pen, I drew the detail back onto the ice cream cone. 


I die cut the finished panel with the Pierced Rectangle die and stamped the sentiment onto a die cut from the Pierced Banner Layers Elle-ments dies

To celebrate the Summer 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, February 12th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, May 15.  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.  
Here's a list of Avery Elle design team members participating in today's hop: 
Avery Elle / Jamie
Karolyn Loncon 
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Yainea
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Maska Vanacker 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Good luck!
Katie

Friday, May 5, 2017

This Calls for Mimosas {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card I made with the Mimosas stamp set.  A list of the Avery Elle products I used on my card is below.

This is my second blog post today.  If you are looking for the Reverse Confetti Birthday Bash Blog hop, click here.

I stamped and heat embossed the Mimosa glasses and sentiment in gold onto white cardstock cut with the Scalloped Pierced Banner Elle-ments die. I used a Versamark marker inside the glasses and brushed on Perfect Pearls in gold. 


I crafted the background by stamping the beautiful floral image onto a panel of watercolor card stock repeatedly. I was planning to do some "no line" watercoloring, but decided that I liked the monochromatic effect of just the line image.  

Supplies:

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Countdown to Confetti Birthday Blog Hop {Reverse Confetti + CardMaker Magazine}


Hello friends, 

I am so excited to be helping Reverse Confetti kick off their 4th Birthday Bash with a Blog Hop featuring the Reverse Confetti and CardMaker Magazine teams.  All of the details about the birthday celebrations can be found on the Reverse Confetti blog

You should have arrived here from the lovely Kat Benjamin's blog, but if you just happened upon this post, the entire hop list is available at the Reverse Confetti blog or the CardMaker Magazine blog

My card today features one of the stamp sets and Confetti Cuts from the upcoming release.  It's called Miso Happy and it's super darling. 


I started with a panel of Ranger Distress Watercolor card stock and added a wash of watercolor pigment using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once that was dry, I followed up with a bit of spatter ink from Studio Calico in Custard. 


I stamped and die cut the pandas, bamboo and bowls of soup coloring them in with Copic Markers.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black card stock and adhered all the elements to the watercolored panel before adhering the completed panel to a green note card. 

Well, you've got lots of places to visit today, so I won't hold you up.  Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Melissa Bickford

Happy hopping! 
Katie

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Mother's Day {Avery Elle}

Hello friends!

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card that I made with the Mother's Day stamp set.  A list of links to my Avery Elle supplies is below.


I stamped the flowers repeatedly on a panel of watercolor card stock and I colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. 


To soften the look, I added a layer of vellum on top of the stamped and watercolored panel.  I hid the adhesive behind the rectangle that I die cut with the Wonky Stitches Elle-ments die.  A bit of Hemp twine in Midnight Black adds a finishing touch.

Supplies:

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for more inspiration from the Design Team! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, April 21, 2017

Watercolor Birthday Balloons {Avery Elle}

Note: This is my second blog post today. If you are looking for the Lil' Inker blog hop, just scroll down!
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Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the Time to Party stamp set.  Since I have already made a few cards using the awesome birthday cake image (check out here and here), I decided to turn my attention to the fun birthday balloons stamp.


I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Next I did some watercoloring with Distress Ink cubes. 


I die cut the edge of the watercolor panel with the Scalloped die included in the Dotted Border Elle-ments stamp set.  I drew the balloon strings with a black fine tip pen and ruler, added a couple clear sequins and attached the panel to a coral note card with foam tape. 


Supplies

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

CardMaker Magazine and Lil' Inker Designs Blog Hop!



Hello friends, 

Today, the Card Maker Magazine Blog Gals are teaming up with the Lil' Inker Design Team for a fun blog hop featuring loads of inspiration using Lil' Inker Designs awesome stamps and ingenious dies.  You should have arrived here from Chrissy Larson's blog.  The full list will be available on the CardMaker blog in case you need to catch a link or start from the beginning. :) 

Teacher Appreciation day falls this year on May 2 and I am determined not to be scrambling the night before on cards and gifts.  My daughter's teachers deserve better!  So for my project, I chose to work with Teacher Talk stamp set, the Teacher word die, and the Stitched Mats Rectangle dies

I stamped the apple images onto a panel of white card stock in shades of red, pink, yellow and green and added in details like seeds, hearts and words with black ink.  Once the stamping was complete, I die cut the panel with the largest Stitched Mat rectangle die.  The stitched mat adds so much interest to the simple rectangle shape, and I love that Lil' Inker was the first to offer this innovative design.  


I die cut "teacher" from bright pink card stock and stamped the sentiment just below the die cut word onto a rectangle which was die cut with one of the smaller Stitched Rectangles Mats dies. 


I added just a few clear sequins to the card and I'm going to call this one complete!  I'll make a few more of these and I will be all set for Teacher Appreciation Day! 



Giveaway! 

Lil’ Inker Designs is hosting a giveaway of a $35 gift certificate to their online store. Just leave a comment to be entered to win.  More details are available on the Lil' Inker Designs blog

Your next stop is Jessica Frost-Ballas! 

Thanks for stopping by and good luck! 
Katie

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Shaker Card {Avery Elle}

Hello friends, 

I am on the Avery Elle blog today sharing a card featuring the Scalloped Pierced Rectangles Die along with the Time to Party stamp set and coordinating Elle-ments dies.  Links to all my Avery Elle supplies are below. 

The Scalloped Pierced Rectangles dies make the most awesome frames with amazing detail.  I used the dies to create a shaker card that I will give to my youngest daughter for her birthday is a few months.  Double digits y'all! 



I die cut a panel of aqua card stock with the die and created a shaker window using acetate and foam tape.  I filled the window with sequins and carefully attached it to a white note card. 

On top of the acetate window, I added a frame cut with the Scalloped Pierced Rectangle dies from white card stock.  I stamped the cake image from Time to Party onto watercolor card stock.  I added a light wash of watercolors with my Zig Clean Color brush markers, die cut the image and adhered it to the card. 



Supplies:

Well that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Monday, April 10, 2017

My Creative Space {CardMaker Magazine Blog}

Hello friends,

I am on the CardMaker Magazine blog today sharing some pictures of my craft room.  I've got loads of pictures over there, but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek.


A few months ago, I made a big move and brought my craft room downstairs from a spare bedroom to a room that is located just off the kitchen.  I love my new space, as I am around my family more, but it was tricky figuring out how to fit all my existing stuff into a room that features a wall-long fireplace hearth and lacks a closet. 

I am planning to do a video of my new space in the coming weeks just as soon as I can get over a rather persistent case of laryngitis. :)

I hope you will stop by the CardMaker Magazine blog to take a look.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Friday, April 7, 2017

Love You a Bushel and a Peck {Avery Elle}

Hello friends,

I am on the Avery Elle blog today with a card featuring the Fruit Stand stamp set.


I stamped the images onto Bristol paper and colored them with Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I also used the Picket Fence Elle-ment dies to help create a little scene.  The sky was created by blending Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass. 


I just love that little puppy peeking out of the basket- it reminds me of our little Roxy pup!  I showed the card to my younger daughter and although she thought it was "very nice," she didn't know what the sentiment meant.  I tried to explain it to her, but I think I need to need to show her this video and maybe even the whole Guys and Dolls musical!

Supplies:

Well, that's all for me today, but be sure to stop by the Avery Elle blog for even more inspiration from the Avery Elle design team.

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Thursday, April 6, 2017

CardMaker Magazine Blog- Celebrate and Decorate

Hello friends, 

I am on the CardMaker blog sharing a trio of Spring Animal Gift bags featuring Paper Smooches dies. 


I hope you will pop by and check out my post for more details! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge with Waffle Flower Crafts!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to be working with Ellen Hutson this month for the Mix it Up Challenge featuring Waffle Flower Crafts! 


For my card, I combined Waffle Flower's Happy Day stamp set along with Ellen Hutson's Swing N Slide Designer Dies and Warm Fuzzies stamp set to create a fun slider card.  A list of supplies that I have used on my card is linked below. 


I created the background by inking up a panel of white card stock with Distress Oxide Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint.  I die cut the long straight slider track towards the bottom corner of the panel.  I stamped, colored and die cut the bear and floral images from the Happy Day stamp set and added them to the background along with some green card stock cut with the Chunky Grass die.


I created the slider element by adhering some foam tape to the wheels of the bike and attaching a penny to the other side of the track. To help camouflage the track, I added another piece of card stock cut with the chunky grass die in front of the track.

Well that's all for me today!  Head on over to the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom for more details on the challenge and to link up your entry! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Katie

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