Friday, July 20, 2018

Humming Thanks


Hummingbirds seem to be the trend lately, so I thought I'd jump in with a simple humming bird card using Lawn Fawn's Gleeful Gardens stamp set. I really enjoyed coloring the bird, using some blue and pink tones. I also added a whole bunch of enamel dots in bright colors to finish off the simple card.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Thursday, July 19, 2018

So Clever


In contrast to yesterday's summer card, I went with a more autumnal look today. Autumn is my favorite season, even if it only feels like it lasts a week or two some years. For today's card, I used Lawn Fawn's Mom + Me stamp set and some stitched dies. I drew the branch for the owls by hand, just to add a bit of a scene/grounding to the images.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CCD- Margarita Sue


Nothing says summer like sitting in a lounging chair with your favorite fruity drink. For today's card, I used Margarita Time stamp that I colored in my currently-obsessed-with shades of pink, orange and yellow. Since I planned to add a strip of rainbow paper to the background, I made sure to add a touch of blue and green to the colored image.

Thanks for taking a peek!
~Elle~

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Peek-a-boo Ice Cream

Today, I'm sharing the second card I mentioned that features a square peek-a-boo window die and some delicious treats. I used the iconic delicious ice cream from Lawn Fawn's Here's The Scoop and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Ice Cream Dream. I kept the rest of the card very simple and chose a neutral pattern for the ice-creams.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Bonjour

For today's card, I went a bit more complicated than usual and made a scene card featuring Lawn Fawn's Gleeful Gardens stamp set. I layered lots of elements from the stamp set - alternating between flat adhesive and foam tape to add some interesting dimension. I used the Stitched Journaling Card die for my front panel, and added a rainbow pattern in the back.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ice-cream Trio

Yes, we're right back to ice-cream - and mainly because I just happened to have a few extra colored bits laying around my crafty desk. I actually made two cards, but I'll share the second one on a different day. For this card, I enjoyed adding little square panels as the frozen treats background, and I used an interesting yellow patterned paper as a backdrop - as yellow is a very "summer" color in my mind.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Yellow Fairy Fly

C.C. Designs - Sweet November Fairwee Emaline (retired)

And now, for something different... I really wanted to make a fairy card, and I pulled out a lovely set of little fairies from C.C. Designs (they're retired, unfortunately). I decided to try my hand at the layered style again, so I added some white foliage and tiny butterflies. The background is a yellow and white stripe, so I kept that monochromatic look with the die-cuts and the front panel (which was water-colored). I think this monochromatic sort of look really helps the fairy stand out -- which is good, as I kept her coloring very simple and low-contrast.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sweet & Cool

For today's card, I was playing some more with Simon's Ice Cream Dream set, as well as adding bits of dimension. I paired the images with a piece of striped patterned paper and added a few enamel dots to tie everything together.

Thanks for taking a look. :)
~Elle~

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Summer Picnic

Another favorite summer activity for me is barbecue. We grill often during the summer months - both because it's delicious and because it keeps the power bills down (running AC can get costly) - and there's something so iconic about eating freshly made BBQ picnic-style. For this card, I used Lawn Fawn's Let's BBQ stamp set, along with a milkshake from Here's The Scoop.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer Treat Trio

More icy-cold treats today in another summer card! Again, I used Lawn Fawn's Here's The Scoop, along with the Simon Says Stamp Ice Cream Dream set. I decided to go with an aperture opening for this card and add some bright oranges and summer reds to the background.

Thanks for reading!!
~Elle~

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bits & Pieces: Country Hello

Today's creation is another bits-n-pieces card, where I grab various supplies from my stash in an effort to use them up. For this card, I used a sticker from Pebbles that features a lovely bouquet of wildflowers in a tin can. I love the country charm of the sticker, so I added a starry paper and a doily to enhance the theme.

I finished the card off with a die-cut hello sentiment and a few enamel dots.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Monday, July 9, 2018

Strawberry Cool

It's a hot summer this year in my corner of the world, and we're surviving on icy-cold ice cream treats. Of course, I wanted to celebrate the season (and the treats!) with a card or two. For today's card, I went with strawberry pink tones and images from Lawn Fawn's Here's The Scoop stamp set.

And, yes, you do spy that pink-to-yellow ombré on the ice-pop. I'm still so drawn to that palette and I have to stop myself from using it on every card...

Thanks for taking a look! :)
~Elle~

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Pin-Up Birthday

Today's card adds a bit of retro/pin-up motif to my card stash. I really like the birthday sentiment with its art-deco font, and I had to dig through my stash to find a perfect image to go along with it. I liked the cheeky pin-up look of this nurse from The Greeting Farm, so I just had to color her in and add her to the card.

I kept the rest of the card very simple, using a red polkadot patterned paper and some enamel dots to finish everything off.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Otter and Love

You guessed it! I just couldn't resist another little otter card. This time around, I combined two different papers from two different paper lines - and I think they fit together pretty well. I added some red hearts for contrast and embossed the sentiment.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, July 6, 2018

Curious Green

I don't use green very often- particularly this medium shade of green. I guess it's partly because I haven't made too many flower cards lately. I thought it's about time to try to use up some of those green tones sitting in my stash, so I made a quick card with a curious little raccoon.

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Thursday, July 5, 2018

BP: Cat & Donuts

One of the most fun challenges I give myself is to blindly reach for things in my bits and pieces box and see how I can use them together. Case in point- today I pulled out a cat, some donuts and a doily. I wasn't sure how to use them together, but I found this scrabble paper that had a similar tone, and everything suddenly just fell into place as I recalled one of my friend's cats. This was a humongous monster of a cat whose biggest pleasure in life was licking sprinkles off donuts while no one was looking.

So, this card is for you, Binky. May you find trays upon trays of sprinkled donut goodies in kitty heaven.

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Red and Blue Celebrate

Sometimes, I really enjoy just playing around with different bits and pieces on my desk and layering them together in fun was. That's how today's layout came to be, and with my chosen palette, it turned into a little bit of a patriotic card.

As today is Independence Day in the US, I thought it would be appropriate to share.

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Love You Cupid

This adorable cupid somehow snuck into my "use now" pile, so I just had to make a card with him. I paired him with a sentiment from an ephemera pack and a die-cut heart. A vellum panel helped soften the transition between the white front and the black card base.

~Elle~

Monday, July 2, 2018

Otterly Adore

On a CAS kick again, I made another sweet card with Otterly Love You. This time, it's a mom and her otter pup, and I think this would make a sweet baby card or maybe even a Mothers' Day card. I liked the combination of teal, white and soft brown. I think it feels summery and fresh.

~Elle~

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CAS: Love You

One of my favorite things about Pinkfresh Studio paper pads is that they have so many interesting designs that make it breezy to create quick cards. Take today's creation, for example... I just added some letter stickers, a die-cut you and a little heart - but it looks like I spent ages on the card. In that sense, it almost feels a little like cheating, but I love the end result so much that I just had to share the card.

Thanks for taking a look.
~Elle~

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Suns(hi)ne

It just wouldn't be a unicorn card if I didn't try for a pink creation. With the scalloped border and plentiful hearts, this turned into a very girly and cute little card.

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Friday, June 29, 2018

Pink and Blue Day

Today's card is yet another card that was a bit challenging to photograph as it features very soft and subtle colors. Adding a simple doily gave this card a precious felling and I think it would be perfect for a baby card. I'll have to play around with these elements again.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Coffee and You

Good mornings begin with coffee. Great mornings begin with coffee and your favorite people. So, to celebrate some of my favorite people, I created a quick and quirky coffee card. With the bright yellow and dark brown tones, I think the palette is so cheerful and happy.

Thanks for taking a look.
~Elle~

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Otterly Lost

For today's card, I pulled out the Otterly Love You stamp set yet again, and tried to make a little scene card. I liked how the added sea panel turned out - especially layered over the little swimming fish.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Not Alone

Playing with the London Mouse stamp set again, I thought I'd try something that was inspired by London fashion and go for a black & white striped background. to this, I added a bright pop of color and layered the cute elements from the stamp. Overall, I think it turned out pretty spiffy.

Thanks for taking a look.
~Elle~

Monday, June 25, 2018

Keep Swimming!

It's sweltering around here lately, and it's that time of year I'm both grateful for AC and wishing I could take a long and leisurely swim in a pool. I channeled that swimming energy into today's card and made a simple encouragement creation. I used a nautical paper to help the center panel pop and added some enamel dots for embellishment.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Curious Day

I found a vellum panel I'd cut out for a card that never quite made it onto a card, so I decided to use it for today's creation. One of the challenging parts of using vellum on cards is adhering them, so I had to use a design that covered at least a part of the front panel. I chose a simple rectangle and added a scalloped element to the bottom. Overall it's a bit different from what I was thinking originally, but I do like the layered aspect.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Robot Birthday: Take Two

As I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to make a couple of robot birthday cards, and today I'm sharing card #2. Since I switched up my palette, this card has a totally different feeling, but I do think it's still nice and festive. I used a scalloped border die to add an extra punch of color, and I had fun stacking up gears in one corner.

I didn't go for a traditional birthday greeting with this card, as it could also double for a general congratulations card to celebrate an achievement.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, June 22, 2018

Robot Birthday

I have a never-ending need for boy and male birthday cards, it seems, so I decided to make a couple of fun cards featuring robots. I used a smaller set from Lawn Fawn that matched the paper I wanted to use perfectly. I kept the card very simple, with just a few enamel dots as embellishment.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bits and Pieces: Succulent Thanks

For today's card, I decided to use some bits and pieces that have been sitting on my desk - mainly a set of cardstock stickers and a die-cut thanks. I like using stickers when I need a quick-and-easy kind of card - especially when it's a kids' card and the stickers are bright and cheerful. But today, I decided to use a more subtle palette and a classic theme.

I started by choosing the two stickers I wanted to layer, then I looked through my paper stash and found a couple of patterned paper that matched it pretty well. I finished the card with a few enamel dots in the corner.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

No otter like you

Playing with otters again today, with a fun layered card. I pulled a few dies to create waves and a central panel. Adding a velum layer to tuck the otter behind was a really fun idea and I plan to play around with it again on a future card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pink Summer

I wanted to create another fun summer card with the VW bus, so I decided to pull out my Distress Oxide inks and make a yellow-to-pink gradient background. This gradient is most definitely "summer" for me, and it seems to be a trendy throwback to the 80s and 90s.

I opted for no sentiment on this card, as I didn't want to obscure the gradient too much. I also added some very sparkly iridescent sequins that really make the card shine.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~



Monday, June 18, 2018

Curious Thanks

This card was really hard to photograph, as there are parts of it that are very subtle - such as the little heart border and the sentiment. Nonetheless, it turned out sweet and I'm happy with the overall feeling of the card.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fathers' Day

As Fathers' Day is tomorrow, I thought I'd share a card to commemorate the occasion. I used a combination of creamy birch tones and some light blue and gray for a palette that's relaxing and homey.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sunshine and Rainbows

I've been reorganizing my stamps (again), and I came across this fun stamp from Paper Smooches. I got this set back in September of 2014 and somehow I'd never gotten around to inking it up - which, of course, is something that needs to be remedied immediately.

I paired the unicorn with a fun hexagon patterned paper and a few enamel dots.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Aloha Summer!

There's something so iconic about the VW bus and palm trees - they just whisper "summer", and I couldn't resist making a mini scene to celebrate the season. I opted for minty cool tones, along with a few brighter colors to play up the contrast.

For the background, I dug into my scraps folder and found several bits of patterned paper that worked just wonderfully together.

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Otterly In Love

Today's card features the adorable Otterly Love You stamp set from Birdie Brown. One of my favorite things about this set is how playful the otters look, and - of course - how fun the punny sentiments are.

I paired the adorable otter with some fun paper from Doodlebug I found in my stash. I think they work together so great.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Monday, June 11, 2018

Pirate Girl

Of course, I couldn't leave the Yo Ho Ho stamp set without at least one girl card - the stamp set does feature an adorable girl pirate and her kitty look-out. For this card, I paired a scalloped border and a dotted patterned paper that featured green and purple colors. Green and purple combination always feels like a fairy to me, but I think it works out very nicely for a girl Pirate as well.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Sunday, June 10, 2018

BP: Summer Sunshine

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

I had some fun summer stickers and labels in my stash that just begged to be used. I paired them with a dotted patterned paper and a retired die I've definitely under-used. For the sentiment, I added a shiny puffy sticker "happy" and a sticker label on which I wrote "summer". A sprinkling of enamel dots ties everything together neatly.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Corky Birthday

You guessed it! I still can't resist using the adorable Yo Ho Ho stamp set from Neat & Tangled to make bright and cheery cards. This time around, I added a bit of extra texture with a piece of thin cork and a few bright enamel dots.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Friday, June 8, 2018

Here for you

London Mouse was one of those stamp sets that I absolutely fell in love with and just had to get right away. Once I got it, however, I became quickly overwhelmed with all the ideas I wanted to do. It's been a while since then (the stamp has retired, after all), but my brain is still brimming with possibilities. So, to get over that initial hurdle, I decided to just play and make a very simple little card.

Thanks for taking a look.
~Elle~

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Good Luck Bear

In stark contrast to yesterday's summer theme, I pulled out the Ski-sons Greetings stamp set to make a simple encouragement card. I paired the image with a retired sentiment set from My Favorite Things and a subtle gingham paper.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hello Summer

I wanted to play with the summer theme again, so I pulled out another stamp that came in a kit along with some Doodlebug Sprinkles enamel shapes. As the stamp featured a blocky "hello", I colored it in with my Copics, giving it a bit more dimension. I added a striped patterned strip and a piece of vellum for a bit of extra interest.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ahoy Seas

Another cute pirate card today, this time featuring a lovely Carta Bella paper with colorful waves. I paired the pirate with a cute puppy and added a few enamel dots to tie everything together.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, June 4, 2018

Coffee Thanks

I recently pulled out my Memento Luxe pigment inks that I got a few years ago now. I figured they must be dried out by now, and I intended to throw them out. To my delight, I found them to be in a working condition. I guess I stored them just right, so now there's a few colorful pigment inks I can play around with - and that's great, because nothing beats pigment inks when it comes to detailed sentiments.

So, after stamping and clear-embossing the sentiment, I dug through my bits and pieces and found a coffee stamp I'd colored some time ago. I paired it with some masculine paper and a dark card base.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Greatest Treasure

Today's card features Neat and Tangled's Yo Ho Ho stamp set again. I had a lot of fun coloring the cute images in this set, and I keep reaching for pirate and nautical papers to pair them with. For the background, I went with the Echo Park's pirate paper once again (they just pair together perfectly!).

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Summer State

It's June and that officially makes it summer in my mind. Even though we've had the scorching heat for a couple of weeks now, it just doesn't feel like summer until June rolls around. So, I wanted to celebrate with a quick summer-themed card.

Summer cards always make me feel a little ambivalent. On one hand, I love the imagery and iconic summer things. The bright colors are fun, and who can say no to popsicles and swimsuits?! But on the other hand, "happy summer" just doesn't feel like the kind of card I'd send out.

Still... in the interest of expanding my horizons and stretching out those creative muscles, I'm going to make an effort to create a few cards to celebrate the seasons. Not an overabundance of them, maybe, but a few might be nice to have around.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, June 1, 2018

Coffee makes it possible

It's Friday (yay!), and I'm still on my coffee kick from yesterday. For today's card, I pulled out the Coffee and Tea stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. This stamp was part of a card kit that I absolutely adore, and I've had fun coloring the different cups and accessories. I paired the cup with a simple polka-dot paper and a strip of glittery gold cardstock for a bit of extra shine.

Thanks for taking a look!
~Elle~

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Be Coffee

It's Thursday today, but it feels like a Monday - in that I feel very "meh" and need a cup of coffee or two to get me through the day. Of course, I had to take advantage of my coffee-craving mood and I whipped up a quick card using Simon Says Stamp's Choose Happy stamp set. I paired it with a fun patterned paper from Doodlebug and a to-go coffee cup puffy sticker.

The coffee sentiment is one of the reasons why I bought this set, but it also includes several other fun and encouraging sentiments. I think I'll make use of it again in the future.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~