Monday, June 17, 2019

Just Because

The first card in my CAS with Patterned Paper challenge. I used some stickers from my stash, as well as an ivory cardstock base and a little bit of simple stripe patterned paper. I like how it turned out, and it will be great for mailing, as there isn't a ton of dimension.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Chatty Sunday: Mini Challenges

I thought I'd pop in for a quick chat today about a mini challenge I'll be sharing tomorrow. The idea popped into my mind after reading a crafty forum thread (debate, really) on whether clean-and-simple cards can be made using patterned paper. Some said "sure, as long as it's a tiny strip of modern design". Others argued that the pattern would make a card too busy to be called clean-and-simple.

So, I thought I'd take it as a challenge and try to share 5 cards next week that are all clean and simple, but that use patterned paper. I think I was successful, but we'll see how you all feel.

Speaking of challenges, I've got a few new personal challenges planned. Here's a quick breakdown of what I'd like to do. If you have a preference as to what you would like to see first, chime in below.

1- Technique Challenge
I don't often venture into trying complicated techniques, and I would like to give a go to some of the tools and supplies I've got in my stash (alcohol inks, for example). This is probably going to be the most challenging thing for me, as I stick with what I already know and love.

2- Die-cut Challenge
I have a lot of great dies that don't always get featured on cards. This challenge would help me focus on how to stretch my dies and use them in card designs and layouts. I've got a few of my go-to favorites that I always reach for, but it would be a good idea to make use of some of the die sets that are sitting in the back of the storage box.

3- Words into Cards Challenge
I came across a random word prompt generator that helps writers come up with some creative idea and I think it would be fabulous to use this as a card inspiration. The words that are chosen are a combination of nouns, adjectives and verbs. It would work a little bit like my 100 words challenge, but without being so overwhelming.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, June 14, 2019

Remember to Play

A playful little dolphin heart to usher in the weekend, today. I'm looking forward to a weekend full of creative play and daring challenges.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Birthday Hugs

There's something about a gray/pink/yellow palette that I'm really crushing on lately. I really ought to play around with it more - especially when paired with a super cute birthday bear.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Deepest Thanks

I don't know that I'd be brave enough to go deep-sea diving myself, but I certainly enjoy watching under-the-sea videos and movies. A bit of ink-blending and an unusual background shape really helped achieve that dream underwater feel.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

No place like cone

Summer Vibes with a penguin eating ice-cream. Is there nothing more giggle-worthy? How about the sentiment?!

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, June 10, 2019

Flower Wishes

I'm still not overly confident in my watercolor painting, but I loved this gorgeous watercolor flower from a patterned paper collection. So, I fussy-cut it and added to a simple card with lots of embellishment.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Small Blog Tweaks

Now that we're half-way through 2019 and things have settled to a more natural pace, I wanted to make a chatty post and share a few of my plans for the rest of the year (and hopefully onward). I'm hoping that these changes will make both sharing and creating a little easier. As I like the idea of regular sharing, this kind of schedule should help me stay on track a little better.

The first is a posting schedule:
- Cards/projects shared daily Monday through Friday, with minimal text.
- Saturday and Sunday are my days off, with occasional chatty posts shared on Sundays.
- Once per month, I will be doing a recap post of the previous month.
- Once per season, I will be taking a whole week off to catch up or take a creative break.

I'm hoping that this new schedule will help me stay active on my blog and on Instagram without feeling overwhelmed. As it takes significant time to create, photograph, edit and schedule all the posts, I've found it really difficult to do this daily and still produce quality content. If I have a bad week where I'm sick or where there's a ton of events happening, it becomes extremely stressful to try and keep up the pace.

The second thing I wanted to share is that I will try to do a destash giveaway or two in the near future.

While I don't want this to be a giveaway blog, I do have a few stamps and supplies that could use a new loving home, and I would love to pass them on to someone who will truly enjoy them. I thought about selling them at a discount, but I don't have enough free time to be a seller and it seemed like an extra layer of stressful little tasks to ensure the exchange goes smoothly. So, I'd rather just do a giveaway when I can afford to ship off some goodies.

Lastly, I will be working on some personal mini-challenges again to keep things interesting.

I have a notebook full of ideas, themes, sketches and palettes and I want to turn it into cards. I would like to work my way through it - and have it help me work through a few other secret projects I've got going on.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, June 7, 2019

Bits & Pieces: Happy Fox

It has been a long week, and I'm so ready for the weekend! I'm sharing a simple card today, using some bits and pieces that were floating around my desk. I'm excited to get crafty again this weekend. It feels like there's never quite enough time to make a whole bunch of cards during the week.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Blue Flower Note

I'm sharing a card with a touch of elegance and sophistication. I love the ephemera flower - the blue with dark gray makes for a very interesting palette. I kept this card very simple, with the main focus on the flower and the sentiment.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Smile!

I'm sharing a quick project today that I'm entering in an Instagram challenge. The challenge is summer-themed, and I just had to use this fabulous shark from Avery Elle's Sea-Prise set. I added a fun die sentiment and a smattering of stars and dots to tie the scene together.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Bits n' Pieces: Love You Typewriter

I put together some bits and pieces of ephemera from my stash and made a unique love card. I really like how it turned out.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, June 3, 2019

Unicorn Thank You

A little unicorn thank you today - I've been working on cards all weekend and can't wait to share my creations!

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sweet Bunny

Playing around with some ephemera and colored bits that were on my desk.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Bowtiful

I'm not too sure about this card, but it has a lot of dimension and some fun colors. I'll have to play around with that idea again.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hello Sloth

It's Friday! I wanted to share a friendly sloth today with a birch branch and a dash of rainbow colors.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ice Cream Fun

On a summer kick again today, and I thought I'd share a fun little ice-cream card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Beachy Sunshine

It's time for more work today - though I'd much rather be at the beach. I thought Id add a simple little scene and embellish with a black doily and some enamel dots.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Birthday Cats

Dipping into my stash of Doodlebug pop stickers and adding a few more birthday cards to my collection. I do love these two cute kittens, I think they make for a fab "from us" card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, May 27, 2019

Sunset Thanks

As today is a holiday, I thought I'd share this simple and striking card. I think the message resonates with the day.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Hello Butterfly

I've been playing a little more with watercolor lately, working on a few backgrounds that I hope to later add to cards. Not all of them have been successful, but practice makes perfect, right?

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Hello Books!

Getting back into the swing of things with a digital stamp today. I used a soft pastel palette and some fun doodlebug paper to bring everything together. I think it turned out pretty cute.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, May 10, 2019

Floral Thanks

Today seems like a flower kind of day. It could be that Mother's Day is just around the corner, or maybe I'm just falling in love with my stash flowers and flower stamps lately. Whatever it is, I give in and look forward to many floral cards in the future.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happy Fathers' Day Frog Prince

I just couldn't resist a fun fathers' day card with a frog and some fun geometric paper. I've had this patterned paper in my stash for ages and kept meaning to use it. I think it worked out pretty great on this card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Best wishes

Back to simplicity today with a sticker, some washi and a sentiment. Sometime life gets really busy and it's nice to have a few simple cards on hand. And when they use up some stash goodies? Even more rewarding!

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

My Superhero

We all have that superhero guy in our lives that deserves to be celebrated, and what a better way than with a fun and simple little card?! I had a lot of fun with this card, choosing the perfect paper and colors. I really like how the primary colors worked and pulled that heroic look together.


Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, May 6, 2019

A cup of warmth

One of my dear friends is down with the flu, so I thought I'd send a little cheer-me-up card with a cute teacup sticker and some well-wishes. I kept it really simple and flat so it's quick to mail and (hopefully) even quicker to reach her and make her smile.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dainty Congrats

I don't really make vintage cards, but there's something about that soft and dainty look that I just can't resist. So, I thought I'd try with this sweet little cup and some pretty patterned paper. I really like the sage green and the bright pop of pink with cream as a palette and plan to use it again. I'm also digging this textured cardstock from Bazzill. It's not heavy enough to use as a base, but it's really fun as a layering piece.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, April 29, 2019

Coffee Love

Good days definitely start with coffee -especially Mondays when it's time to get back to the grind. I'm not a fan of Mondays, but I am always happy to sip my morning cup of coffee.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Birthday Chick

I never seem to run out of a need for birthday cards - and my card stash has been running dangerously low. So, I thought I'd knock out a birthday card and make use of a starry embossing folder. Quick and simple, but a festive little creation.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Watercolor Cup

Since I did 3 seasons already, I wanted to round things off with a summer card - except, I wasn't really feeling the summer/beach mood. So, I did the next best thing and made a watercolor card. It is entirely too messy and my watercoloring needs heck of a lot more practice, but it's a finished card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, April 26, 2019

Autumn Thanks

I think we're catching another theme here, as we had spring, winter and now we're onto an autumn card. I have no particular reason for making an autumn card, aside from spying a cure paper and some leaf puffy stickers I really wanted to use. Making use of my stash does keep me happy!

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Alpaca Fun

This fluffy alpaca from Lawn Fawn has been sitting in my colored images stash since winter, and I really wanted to use him on a card along with the fun sentiment. Yes, it's another winter creation, but the fun palette could work for other seasons too.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rainy Day

I'm not much of a fan of spring (the pollen makes me miserable every year), but I do like spring scenes on cards. There's something so fun and cheerful about bright colors that never fails to elevate my mood. So, I thought I'd make a fun little rainy scene with Hello Bluebird stamps and some inkblending over a stencil.

I especially enjoyed blending with Stormy Sky distress ink. Even though it's a more de-saturated color, I really love the tone and I'm definitely using it again soon.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wonky Librarian

In the spirit of jumping out of my comfort zone, here is another little card that has a unique element - handmade drawing/sketch. I've got a wacky-but-wonderful librarian friend who loves to wear funky hats and headbands. She's had a rough couple of weeks, so I wanted to send her a little encouragement note.

I found the funny headband in a stamp set by Mama Elephant, but it didn't have the face/hair that fit my friend's character. So, I drew in my own and embellished using a sticker and some enamel dots.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, April 22, 2019

Simply Succulent

There are a lot of techniques out there I really want to try, but I rarely seem to find the time and the patience to do so. But the only way to grow is to keep pushing boundaries and wiggling out of that familiar comfort zone.

For today's card, I tried a no-line coloring technique using my Copics and some colored pencils for fine detail. I kept the card very clean and simple otherwise and added just a few bubbles for some extra sparkle.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Oh Snap!

I know, I know. We're nowhere near Christmas, but I really wanted to play with some of my winter stamps. Though winter holiday season is still far away, I do occasionally like to test out a few ideas or prototypes throughout the year to (hopefully) make my holiday projects quicker.

So, today's quick share is a simple little card where I play with a layout and some patterned paper.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hello Chameleon

It's Friday again! Keeping things very simple today with a cute chameleon card and some color splatters. I've been trying to mix and match some clean and simple designs with more elaborate ones. It's fun to change things up now and again.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Adore Layers

For today's card, I thought I'd try something different again. This card has no stamping and no coloring - only die-cuts, some washi and a few enamel dots. It turned out really different, but I will have to play with this concept again in the future.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Loved Hug

I wanted to play with some die shapes today, so I made a little scene with a bird and a bunny from my colored images stash. I also used some alphabet stickers - which I really ought to use more often on cards.


Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Super News

When I was a kid, my brother and I used to get up early every Saturday morning to watch super hero cartoons. It's one of my fondest memories, so I tried to capture that nostalgic feeling in a slightly-vintage kind of card featuring a newspaper print. I opted for sepia colors and made a subtle citiscape background for the superhero to stand against.

I think it turned out pretty fun and it's going to make a superhero-loving guy happy.


Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, April 15, 2019

Rainbow Hello

Happy Monday, everyone! I thought I would start this week with a bright and colorful project - something to contrast the blanket of snow that fell just last week.

I've had this idea bouncing around my head for a few days, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I really like the cheerful sentiments and the matching rainbow pattern stripes.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, April 5, 2019

Brave Viking

I couldn't resist coloring this Viking one more time. I used bright colors and paired him with the awesome dragon paper from my Echo Park. There's something about dragons and adventure that makes by mind brim with ideas - it must be all the fantasy books I've read over the years.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sunny Day

Today is not a sunny day, so a bright and sunny card is just what the doctor ordered. Once again, I played with some watercolor and the sweet girl from Rainy Day to make an abstract scene.

I used some yellow ink for my sentiment and I think it ties perfectly with the card base and the girl's coat.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Bits & Pieces: Be Mine

A quick share today - just playing with bits and pieces of things on my desk. I did enjoy using velum on this card. It's an embossed velum that has fun silver or gold elements. Combined with a fun patterned paper and an embossed sentiment, I think it turned out pretty fun.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Sweet Friends

Continuing on with a clean-and-simple look, I made this quick card with a bit of ink blending and a fun costume for the two kids.

Some days, a quick and simple card is just about all I can manage - but it's lovely when it comes together in a way that makes me smile.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, April 1, 2019

Colorful Hello

In contrast to yesterday's quiet rainy card, today's creation is bright and colorful. I thought a cute chameleon would fit perfectly with this bright background. I added a white-embossed sentiment and a few sparkly enamel dots to set the scene.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Rainy Day

It is a bright and sunshine-y day here today, but I really wanted to play with the adorable Rainy Day stamp set from Hello Bluebird. I created a really simple little scene using some watercolors. I've been desperately needing watercolor practice, and this was a great card for that.

I practiced layering colors and mixing a few colors to get a more desaturated/darker look. I think it turned out pretty fantastic!

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Beachy Thank You

Sometimes, I just want to make a really simple practice card - no more than 10 minutes and using an idea that has been brewing in my brain for some time. I don't always share these quick cards, as they sometimes feel kind of amateurish and way too simple.

But I don't like the idea of curating my cards to the point of only sharing the most amazing. Sometimes less-than-amazing will inspire someone far more and maybe even make them feel more confident in their own abilities and progress.

So, I'm sharing this simple card today, and hopefully sharing a few more practice cards down the road.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, March 22, 2019

Cookie Tag

I wanted to play with the Lawn Fawn cookies stamp again, but this time I thought I'd pull out some supplies that I don't often use - tag dies and ribbon.

I paired the tag with a fun patterned paper from doodlebug. It turned out so fun!

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hello Spring!

Happy Spring everyone! Since it's now officially spring in my corner of the world, I thought I would make a spring-inspired card.

I used the sweet bunny from Mama Elephant and some strips of patterned paper from my scraps stash. I should really find more ideas to use my scraps stash like this. I really like how this card turned out!

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Pink Hugs

In contrast to yesterday's masculine card, today's card is very pink and feminine. I may save it as a Mother's Day creation.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~