Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mint Love

In contrast to yesterday's pink creation, today's girly card is all about mint. I paired the adorable unicorn from The Greeting Farm with a pretty sparkle patterned paper and a die-cut panel. I found the perfect sticker in my sticker stash for the sentiment and a few sequins just rounded everything off perfectly.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pink Rock

Today, I'm sharing another fun and girly card - though with a palette swap, this could easily be a boy card. I love the little rocking critters from Mama Elephant and I'm happy to use them on another card. The sentiment from Paper Smooches fits just perfectly, doesn't it?

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Monday, November 5, 2018

Bird Prayers

I really liked this little bird sticker I found in my sticker stash, and wanted to use her on a really simple card. I think it turned out fun, maybe a bit winter-like, even.

Thanks for taking a look.
~Elle~

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Peachy Note

I'm still a little obsessed with stickers and that yellow-to-peach gradient, so I thought I would put them together on a fun not-a-summer card. I really like how it turned out and how happy the palette is. It reminds me of a paper pad I bought ages ago that had this lovely palette and some office elements (like pushpins and paper clips).

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sending Love

I've got quite a few stamps that are in my collection because they came in an awesome kit. But I find that I haven't been using them enough - outside a few kit cards, that is - and I want to change that. So, I'll be adding a few interesting new challenges in the weeks to come to help me stretch my kit supplies and make some fun new creations. Be on the lookout!

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Friday, November 2, 2018

Purple Hugs

For today's card, I decided to play around with creating an artistic background. I have a watercolor texture stamp and a splatter stamp that work really great together. I can use my dye inks and have absolute control over how the background looks - yet still keep that messy artistic look.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Coffee Hugs

Today is one of those days where coffee and warm hugs are definitely needed. So, I thought I'd share another fun card that uses a sticker and a stamped sentiment. I used a die frame and I really like the effect. I think I might need to do a die highlight for my card trio next.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

LDRS Creative Halloween Party Blog Hop


Hello everyone!

Welcome to the first edition of the HALLOWEEN PARTY BLOG HOP by LDRS Creative!

The design team has prepared some WICKED inspiration using the latest seasonal products in store, including them in super-duper fun tutorials at each stop. 

We are so EXCITED to celebrate this special day with you all, that we have decided to offer a 31% DISCOUNT on all Halloween and Fall products in store (*excluding bundles, using code Wicked31, valid until October 31st, MIDNIGHT EST).
 

And because there is no party without PRIZES....Who would like to win surprise grab bag of LDRS Creative products worth at least $30? We will draw 3 winners throughout the day (Oct. 31st, EST) on our Facebook group, so make sure to join it HERE.

I started my project by grabbing some of the wonderful goodies from the Halloween section - Winnie Dracula stamp and Build-a-card Spooky Hat die. I knew I wanted to color sweet Winnie in all her vampire glory, and Spooky Hat happens to have a "spooky" word die that would make the perfect sentiment for my card.

But then, I also added a bit of a surprise die - Tree Line Border Die from the new winter release. This die is a great coordinating die that goes with a tree line stamp set. With a little bit of stretching and creativity, the tree line border die made a perfectly SPOOKY and ghoulish dripping blood panel.


Isn't this card so much fun?! I accented the dripping panel with some enamel dots and added a batty patterned paper from Wicked 6x6 paper pad. Don't you just love when things fit together so perfectly?


Make sure to hop around, leave a comment at each stop, and answer the mysterious questions (haha!) on the first stop. 

Here's the list and keep hoping:

And remember to use that discount code before it turns into a pumpkin at MIDNIGHT! ;-)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Sticker Trio Challenge - Thanks

Simon Says Stamp - Sketched Flowers

The third and final card features one of the main reasons why I love and still keep stickers in my stash - a chance to try out a completely different style or theme without having to buy a ton of new supplies and learn a ton of new techniques.

For example, I have a few pinned "style" images that I adore the look of. It's got a vintage warmth to it and it combines cream, white, craft and natural things like twigs, leaves and butterflies. I'm not sure exactly how to classify it, but I know I wouldn't be able to pull off that look with my current collection of super cute stamps and dies.

Grabbing a sticker set that features that style would allow me to experiment with the look and the ideas without investing into a permanent supply (like a stamp). If I grow out of a style or find it too frustrating to work with, I can just pass the stickers on to someone who will enjoy them.

~Elle~

Monday, October 29, 2018

Sticker Trio Challenge: Sloth Dreams


Lawn Fawn - Hang in there

For the second card in this challenge, I used a sticker the same way as I normally use stickers -- to add a quick sentiment. As much as I adore sentiment stamps, sometimes it's just not practical to buy an entire stamp set for a sentiment I might need for just one specific card. This is where a sticker pack really comes in handy -- I get the sentiment I need in the style I like, but at a fraction of the cost.

This use of stickers might not be very impressive, but I'm always happy when I discover I have a sticker for that. Not to mention, I can always use the stickers in mixed media, my planner, my journal or even tucked in the envelope as a fun gift.

I paired today's sticker with the cute sloth from Lawn Fawn. I think the sticker fits the image perfectly.

~Elle~

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sticker Trio Challenge: Doodle-Halloween


I have a lot of stickers in my crafty stash. Some came in card kits, others I bought because I just could not resist - and a small smattering of them came as free gifts with crafty orders. I think stickers are super fun and I often go through them for inspiration (much as I do with my patterned paper). But using stickers on cards is a little more challenging.

So, as I'm still pushing out of this comfort zone, I decided to make a sticker challenge where I try out a few different things and make use of my sticker stash. I would like to use them all on stunning creations, of course, but I'd like to see what kind of use I enjoy the most.

For the first card, I went all out and used the stickers in the same ways I would use stamps -- to create a little scene. I added the witchy girl sticker onto a piece of white cardstock and then fussy-cut around it. This gave me the same look I get when I stamp, color and fussy-cut an image.

It was a bit labor-intensive to create, but I'm very pleased with the card. I added some die-cut stars and enamel dots as embellishment, then pulled out a sticker sentiment to finish everything off.

~Elle~

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Bigfoot Hello!

Lawn Fawn - Lovable Legends

After so many flower cards in a row, I just had to do something a little more boy-like. I decided on a fun hello card, featuring the Bigfoot stamp from Lawn Fawn's Lovable Legends.

I paired my little scene with a fun chevron paper from a camping paper pad collection. I think it worked out great and I like how all the different elements play together.

Thank you for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, October 26, 2018

Stamp Trio Challenge: Lotus Birthday

Waffle Flower - Lotus stamp

For the final card in my Stamp Trio challenge, I decided to make something a bit clean-and-simple. I combined the elements from the first two cards, using a grab and aqua palette, along with some dotted vellum to tie the background to the images.

I really enjoyed this challenge and by limiting my coloring to an unusual palette, I ended up with 3 very lovely creations. I may push myself to do something like this with all of my floral stamps (and I've got a bunch of them...).

Thank you for taking a look.
~Elle~

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Stamp Trio Challenge: Lotus Thoughts

Waffle Flower - Lotus stamp

For the second card in the challenge, I decided to use some patterned paper I've had in my stash for ages. I liked the small splatters in the pattern - they reminded me of a night sky. But the soft desaturated blue palette worked very well for the soft coloring I had on the lotus.

I embossed a sentiment in vanilla embossing powder. As it's softer than white and a warmer tone, I think  it worked much better than plain white (which would have had too much contrast).

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Stamp Trio Challenge: Lotus Thanks

Waffle Flower - Lotus stamp

I've been enjoying my trio series so much that I decided to give it another try- this time, using one stamp on 3 different cards. The stamp I chose to use has been in my stash since 2015. I absolutely fell in love with the design, but - as it goes with flower stamps - I felt kind of intimidated to use it.

As I've been working to step outside my comfort zone, I jumped straight in and stamped several of the lotus images to color with my Copics. I chose softer, less saturated palettes and took some time to add extra depth and shading.

For the first card, I blended a water background using some blue dye ink. I thought it contrasted great with the soft flowers, but still gave me a chance to stamp a greeting in soft gray. I kept the embellishments to a minimum, adding just a few clear droplets. I think it turned out wonderful.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pinky Birthday


I'm working on my card stash again, and noticed that I was still in dire need of some birthday card. I thought I would start with a girl card - and that, of course, had to feature bright balloons, pink, stars and unicorns. I used the unicorn from The Greeting Farm and I think she turned out super sweet.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, October 22, 2018

Bits & Pieces: Happy Fall!


It's time for another bits-n-pieces card!

I couldn't bear to cover up this lovely sunflower paper from Doodlebug too much, so I opted for a simple strip of cardstock to use for my sentiment and imagery. I used a couple of Lawn Fawn stamps, as well as doodlebug stickers and some stray ephemera from my ephemera box. I think it turned out pretty fun.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dolphin Yay


Ever have one of those crafty days when it feels like nothing goes right? Yep, me too. I messed up stamping, coloring, adhering things crooked, finding mysterious stains on the white cardstock and even poking my finger with the super-sharp tip of scissors. At one point, I got so frustrated that I was just about ready to throw in the towel.

But I thought I'd give it just one more try and make something extremely quick and simple. And this is the card I came up with. It's not perfect, it's not the most amazing thing I ever made. But it is complete and error-free. So, I'll take it.

Thanks for taking a look.
~Elle~

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Palette Trio Challenge: Grey, Mint, Yellow, Pink, White


The last card for the palette challenge is decidedly the most complicated - with white, grey, mint, yellow and pink, it has the biggest number of colors. However, it's still very CAS thanks to my not-so-secret weapon: patterned paper.

The patterned paper I used is from Pinkfresh Studio, and it is a veritable piece of art. All the layered colors and the splatters are already on the paper, so all I have to do is trim the paper to fit my card base and layer over sentiments and ephemera.

This is one of the quickest cards I made, as I simply added an ephemera butterfly from my stash and a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. A couple enamel dots, and voila! Stunning card is done.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Friday, October 19, 2018

Palette Trio Challenge: White, Blue and Aqua


For day two of the palette challenge, I'm going with a slightly more limited palette -- only 3 colors: white, blue and aqua.

This particular palette is often seen on boy cards or underwater cards, but I think it can be very feminine when paired with the right image. I chose to keep this card really simple and added some interest with Nuvo Jewel drops and die-cut stars. I think it turned out lovely.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Palette Trio Challenge: White, Gold, Tan and Grey


As promised, here I am with another challenge trio - a palette challenge! As one of those people who loves color palettes (I've got a massive palette Pinterest board), I could make palette-inspired cards for days! So the first challenge was to try and narrow down my palettes to just 3 choices.

For my first card, I opted for what I think of a "wedding" palette: white, gold, tan and dark grey. I might use this palette on a wedding card or an anniversary card. Of course, I needed to push myself a little further and make this into a decidedly not-a-wedding-at-all card.

I used a couple products that are new to me that have been sitting in my craft room for ages - a gold foil washi tape and a shimmery gold pigment ink. I think they both worked really well and I'll have to include them on more cards in the future.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Appreciated



I've been going through my stamp stash and pulling out different stamps I want to use. There's a lot of stamps I want to use and a lot of them that I absolutely adore. I'm thinking of starting a little series where I go over some of my favorites and why they're my favorites, but I don't know how entertaining that would be to read.

For today's card, I whipped up something really simple and autumnal. It think it turned out sweet.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bits & Pieces: Thinking of You

Lawn Fawn - Into the Woods

Today, I'm sharing another bits-n-pieces card where I use different treasures from my stash and make something fun with them. While looking for a sticker, I came across some puffy stickers from Pink Paisley that were in a card kit a few years ago. I thought it would be fun to use the speech bubble sticker and pair it with an old Lawn Fawn stamp set.

I kept the rest of the card super simple, adding a touch of color with a sponge dauber and three little enamel dots.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Monday, October 15, 2018

Concept Trio Challenge: Seasons - Winter

My Favorite Things - Ski-sons Greetings

The last of my concept trio challenge cards is a winter card featuring the adorable skiing bear from My Favorite Things.

I decided to go in a more detailed direction with this card, and added a few layers. I made good use of my Blueprint dies from MFT, as well as added some pretty paper and ribbon. I really like the palette of warm gray, purple, blue and pink for winter cards. I think it's perfectly suitable, but a little unexpected.

This card has inspired me to go with my next trio challenge -- a palette challenge. Expect to see some new cards for that challenge in the next couple of days!

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Concept Trio Challenge: Seasons - Autumn

Mama Elephant - Pix's Favorites

Continuing on with the seasonal concept challenge, today I'm tackling autumn. As autumn is my absolute favorite season, I felt a lot of pressure to come up with just the perfect card. Of course, trying to come up with a perfect card is pretty much impossible - so I decided to just take a couple of simple ideas and run with it.

One of those ideas was to stamp my sentiment in color. I usually just stick to black or brown for sentiments, but I think a bit of color in a sentiment can really make a difference. I opted for a teal and a yellow - both colors that I pulled from the Doodlebug paper I chose for the card.

I think I'm going to have to use color for my sentiments more, as I absolutely love how it turned out.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Concept Trio Challenge: Seasons - Summer

Lawn Fawn - Here's The Scoop , Simon Says Stamp - Ice Cream Dream, Mama Elephant - Friend die

A while ago, I ran a mini-challenge for myself where I would create 3 cards using the same concept or idea. I really enjoyed this challenge, so I thought I would bring it back periodically and share some card creations that fit into a mini theme.

For the first challenge, I'm going with a seasonal theme. Today's card is a simple summer card, with adorable ice-cream and light color palette. I added some ink blending to the bottom of the friend die cut to help it stand out and used a tiny heart enamel shape for the dot over the i.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Friday, October 5, 2018

Peachy Smile

Avery Elle - Woodland Wonders

Of course, I couldn't stop at just one card - I had to create another fun encouragement card using warm tones. I opted for my favorite yellow/peach/pink palette that ruled over my summer creations.

I think it turned out fun, and the loopy die-cut sentiment fit just perfectly.

Thank you for reading!
~Elle~ 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Minty Smile

Avery Elle - Woodland Wonders

I love creating encouragement cards. Not only are they full of fun and brightness, but they really do bring an unexpected smile to the recipient's face. 

For today's card, I used a little cut-apart from Pinkfresh Studio and a couple of sweet critters from Avery Elle's Woodland Wonders (hint: you will see many cards with this stamp in the near future). I went for cool, minty tones for a fantasy bunny and owl, and set them against a fun patterned paper.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~ 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Under Your Spell

Reverse Confetti - Best Witches stamp

I've hit a little bit of a busy spell lately (pun not intended, but made me giggle nonetheless) and I took a brief break from card-making. We've also had quite a few gloomy rainy days. I love gloomy, rainy days, but they make taking pictures in natural light really difficult. My posting might still be a little sporadic over the next couple of weeks, but I'll try to squeeze in some card shares.

Today's card is a cute little Witchy Halloween creation featuring a witch and her cauldron from Reverse Confetti. I kept the card very simple, pairing the stamped an colored images with a sparkly background featuring bokeh lights and swirly snowflakes (yes, we do get snow on Halloween in my corner of the world sometime).

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Hello Beautiful

Simon Says Stamp - Hello Beautiful stamp, Fresh Daisies die

Today's card is a departure from my usual style, as I wanted to use some ephemera and die-cuts that have been sitting in my stash for far too long. I also wanted to play around with an interesting patterned paper and with the idea of a very subtle sentiment that looks to be a part of the background image.

I think it turned out really interesting.
~Elle~

Friday, September 28, 2018

Princess Birthday

Pretty Pink Posh - Trick or Treating Friends

In my post a couple of days ago, I mentioned how versatile this trick-or-treating stamp set would be for cards other than Halloween. So, I decided to use one of girls and color her as a lovely and sweet princess.

I also pulled out an embossing folder to create a textured background for my focal panel. I don't use my embossing folders very often, but I think they can add a lot of interest to a card -- especially when I want that tone-on-tone look.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bonjour Bunnies

Mama Elephant - Pix's Favorites

Today's a very busy day, but I couldn't resist putting together this quick and simple little card.

I hope you're having a wonderful day!
~Elle~

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Halloween Friends

Pretty Pink Posh - Trick or Treat Friends

For today's card, I thought I'd use a fun little set I got last year, but never inked up. I really like how versatile this set is - for both Halloween cards and other occasions.

I used my go-to Halloween colors -- purple, green and black/grey. I also sprinkled a whole bunch of fun sequins across the page.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Birthday Ellie

Lawn Fawn - Elphie Selfie stamp

We've got a birthday party to head to this weekend, and I noticed that my birthday card stash has gone dangerously low. Of course, I had to quickly fix that and make a few extra birthday cards.

For today's card, I opted for a cute little elephant and a fun confetti background. I just love finding the perfect patterned paper in my stash!

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Monday, September 24, 2018

Pumpkin Kitten

Studio Katia - Meowy Halloween stamp

Straight out of summer and into Halloween! I just couldn't resist playing with the adorable witchy kitty from Studio Katia one more time. I wanted to color her differently, so I colored her to look like a magical pumpkin kitty.

For the background, I played a little with my watercolors and practiced some watercolor blending and splattering.

Thanks for taking a look.
~Elle~

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Goodbye Summer

Simon Says Stamp - Funny Food stamp, Ice Cream Dream stamp

As it's officially fall now, I thought I would make one last summer card. It would be a fun card to send out as a way to recap our summer and just to say a quick hello.

I used some bits and pieces I had in my embellishment stash, as well as cute summery images from Simon Says Stamp and a sticker from Tim Holtz's Chit Chat sticker pad. I think it turned out pretty cute.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Coffee Break

Simon Says Stamp - Coffee And Tea stamp, Echo Park - Sentiment Words die, Simon Says Stamp dye inkpads in Mint and Goldenlocks

Today, I'm sharing a fairly simple card that I made to go with a coffee gift card. I wanted to keep the card pretty simple, while playing around with some masking techniques. I used a finger dauber and some post-it tape to blend some random geometric shapes.

I used Simon Says Stamp's dye inks to create the blended areas and I was really surprised at how smooth of a blend I got. I think I'll have to blend with dye inks some more in the future, especially since the process felt much less messy than blending with oxide inks has been for me.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pix's Autumn


I couldn't resist playing with Pix's Favorites stamp set again - this time, creating a simple little autumn scene card. It's finally getting cooler in my corner of the universe, and that always puts me in the mood to create autumn cards.

I went for a really simple scene, using some Distress Oxide blending for the background, along with textured grass. I really like how it turned out.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bits & Pieces: Hello Owl

Avery Elle - Woodland Wonders

For today's card, I played around with bits and pieces that were laying around on my desk. I tried the CAS layering style again, adding a few die-cuts and enamel dots to the simple scene.

Thank you for reading.
~Elle~

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pix's Purple Thanks

Mama Elephant - Pix's Favorites, Many Thanks

Today's card is a pretty clean and simple card, but I'm happy how it turned out. I started by creating my front panel by layering some white cardstock onto a piece of starry patterned paper. I used a curved edge die to make an interesting  border and I adhered the panel to a light purple card base.

Next, I stamped out the sweet bunny and tree trunk from Mama Elephant's Pix's Favorites stamp set onto some Copic-friendly paper. After coloring and fussy-cutting, I added them to the front panel, using liquid adhesive.

I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant's Many Thanks onto a banner die-cut and adhered it to the front. I used liquid glue for that as well, since I wanted to keep this card relatively flat (and easy to mail.

As a last touch, I used Tonic's Nuvo Jewel drops to create a little trail of bubbles. Since jewel drops are translucent, it turned out just perfect!

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~