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~