Category Archives: Avery Elle

All Aboard the Birthday Bus!

My blog is officially a year old! I’m still learning my way around and am pretty basic but it’s definitely not as intimidating as it was.

Now, on to the fun stuff…I’ve got a really cute card to share today.

Party BusThis fun image comes from Avery Elle (I love Avery Elle).  These cute little critters are heading to Long Island, NY all the way from “Birthdayville” to wish my BFF Valarie a very happy birthday.

I created the background (Strathmore Bristol Smooth) using an ink blending tool with Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks then spritzed with water. Then I added some stamped confetti using the same ink colors but stamping off once before stamping onto the image. The image was colored with Copic markers. Thanks for stopping by – hope you’ll come back again soon.

Products used: (cardstock) MFT Smooth White, Strathmore Bristol Smooth, (stamps) Avery Elle: Birthday Bus, Papertrey Ink: Confetti Toss (ink) MFT Black Licorice, Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick (misc. ) Copics, Avery Elle Dies: Wonky Stitches, Birthday Bus, ink blending tool,  foam tape

This Week’s Challenge Cards

I’m back with a few more challenge cards for the week. First up is this adorable valentine card I made for a friend.

Andrea Valentine 2017

I used MFT’s Adorable Elephants (emphasis on adorable) stamps and coordinating dienamics. The stenciled background was made by diecutting a background piece but then using it as a stencil. In this case I used MFT’s Hugs & Kisses Cover-up Dienamic to create a background of little x’s and o’s.  I colored the elephant cuties with Copic markers and popped some up with foam tape on little oval shadows. I used this week’s MFT sketch (MFTWSC317) as inspiration for the layout.

I combined this week’s Color Throwdown with two challenges from SCS to create this cute card:

Happy Hellp Australian Critters

I masked some of the little critters from Avery Elle’s Band Camp set to create this parade of animals. Normally, I would have colored them more vibrantly but I was trying to stick to the pastel colors of the color challenge. I colored the image with Copic markers and popped up the panel using craft foam. Used a Swiss Dot stencil to create a soft background. Here are the challenges I incorporated into this card:

  1. Teapot Tuesday called uplifting music, music notes, etc. These little critters sure look like they’re putting out some sweet sounds.
  2. SCS Ways to Use It challenge this week called for a nod to Australian friends down under.  Surely you;d find kangaroos and crocodiles in Australia although I doubt they’d be as nice as these cuties here.
  3. Soft pastel colors were the colors for Color Throwdown’s challenge #427. It was a challenge for me to do soft coloring using pastel colors – I’m usually all about the bold, bright hues.

My last card for today uses the stinkin cute yet’s from MFT’s Beast Friends. I colored the images with Copic markers then cut them out using the coordinating dienamics. For the background I used an ink blending tool with dye ink (Blueberry, Tropical Teal, Spearmint) and added a few water droplets. The panel was cut using MFT’s Stitched Basic Edges Dienamics. I cut an additional edge in Tropical Teal cardstock to add a thin border. The sentiment is from MFT’s Cozy Greetings stamp set and was embossed with ZING! embossing powder (Charcoal opaque).

Yeti Friends

I was able to combine three more challenges for this card:

  1. SCS Friday Free For All challenge called for cuddly/snuggly things. Now normally I’d think a Yeti or Abominable Snowman might be mean or try to bite – am I right? Definitely not so snuggly. BUT these little guys, on the other hand, are totally cuddly and snuggly. They sure look cozy with a scarf and hot cocoa.
  2. The second challenge I incorporated was SCS Mix-Ability challenge which was Brr Make it Frosty. Yeti’s are typically found in the snowy regions, aren’t they? And, they must be chilly; afterall, he’s wearing a scarf.
  3. Lastly, I used the color combination from MFT’s Color Challenge which is Gravel Gray, Blueberry, Spearmint, and Tropical Teal.

Thanks for looking!

Cheers to You

Cheers to you

Hi there! Today I have a card that I made using Avery Elle’s “The Man” stamp set and matching dies. Specifically, I used the beverage bottle that I made into beer bottles. I needed a masculine birthday card but this card could easily be adjusted for a teen boy (or girl) by adjusting the colors to make soda bottles.  The sentiment is from the “Celebrate Big” stamp set (retired) by My Favorite Things but it can easily be changed to fit the occasion.

I started out by stamping a row of bottles on a strip of MFT Smooth White cardstock. It’s a two-step process to stamp the bottles…first, I stamped the outline of the bottle using MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink, then I used a combination of Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry and More Mustard ink to get different colors (or types) of beer.  I then stamped and die cut a few more bottles and adhered them (with foam dimensionals) in between the previously stamped bottles.  The white panel was then matted on MFT Steel Gray cardstock.

To create the background I sponged Crushed Curry and More Mustard ink onto watercolor paper then flicked water right over it to create the spots. I think it turned out kind of neat…looks like the beer in the bottles, doesn’t it? The sentiment was stamped using MFT Black Licorice hybrid ink then I matted the background panel onto Steel Gray cardstock and adhered it to a white card base. To finish it I just adhered the strip of bottles. I will definitely be making a few more of these to keep on hand.

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!