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~

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sleepy Musings

It's a sleepy Tueaday today, so I wanted to share a sleepy card featuring the ever-so-amazing Birdie Brown sheep and a happy moon.

For this card, I played around with making my own starry sky. It turned out ok, even if some of my glittery stars are a bit chunky. I used soufflé Sakura pens - which are really cool, but they initially go on clear and get bright and awesome as they dry. Clear pens make it hard to draw delicate thin lines.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, March 18, 2019

We belong together

I generally make only A2 cards - both because it's a canvas size I'm comfortable with and also because I only have A2-sized envelopes. But sometimes it's fun to switch things up a little and try a different size.

This card is a square card that's 4.25x4.25. I think I can modify an envelope to work with this card size. If not, I do have a few cute paper goodie bags that would fit.

The cute stamps are from Lawn Fawn and I think it makes for a cute little love notecard.


Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Rainy Day

After a busy (but relaxing!) family vacation, I'm back to sharing some projects!

For today's card, I used the Rainy Day Stamp from Hello Bluebird. I've had my eye on Hello Bluebird stamps pretty much since they launched. But since I've been on a spending freeze, I never got a chance to get any.

Since March is my birthday month and I had received a generous gift card, I did treat myself to a small crafty order that included a few Hello Bluebird stamps. I was drawn to this lovely rainy day set both for the images and the sentiments - they're just so fun and sweet!.

I kept my card very simple by pairing copic-colored images with a striped patterned paper and some gray cardstock. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sheep Birthday

I needed just one more birthday card this week, so a cute sheep to the rescue! I used a palette of browns, blues and yellows. I also used a patterned paper at an angle - it gave an interesting layout that I really ought to play with some more in the future.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Rawr Dino

I had to play with the adorable dino just one more time - especially since I did not get a chance to use the awesome sentiment from this set on my last card. I made use of a tag here - something I should try a little more often.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

One on a Chameleon

Another sweet Lawn Fawn critter - this time a chameleon. I had a ton of ideas for this tiny stamp set, but I went with something pretty simple this time around. I think it turned out pretty fun and I enjoyed using a more lime-green than I usually gravitate toward in my green tones.


Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Monday, February 25, 2019

Love Sheep

I'm still working my way through the lovely Birdie Brown sheep set, and I thought I'd switch gears a little and make a love-inspired card. The sheep with the cute heart just made me think it would make for a fun Valentine.

I know we're past Valentine's day already, but the world could always use a little more love...

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Dino Cookie

When I was young, I thought it would be incredibly fun to have an unusual pet - such as a pocket dinosaur. A living, breathing dinosaur - only so tiny it would fit in my pocket. I remembered this recently and thought I would illustrate it on a card.

So, here is my pocket dinosaur stealing a cookie ('cause that's what pocket dinosaurs do).

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sheep Thanks

One more quick share with Birdie Brown sheep. Aside from birthday cards, I think thank you cards are one of the card types I always need more of. I paired the fun little scene I created with a chunky scripty thanks. I think they go together great.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time to Seal-abrate

I have a couple of birthdays coming up at the end of the month, so I've been playing with birthday card designs. Today's card features Avery Elle's Seal-Abrate stamp set. This set features a punny sentiment which I've stamped on the inside of the card. I think it's a pretty fun design and makes for a playful birthday card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Slumber Thanks

Day two of a Birdie Brown marathon, and I thought I'd go in a different direction with today's card. I went for a night scene with a fun starry sky and a slumber sheep jumping over a fence. I think it turned out pretty cute and pushed me to work with a palette I might not have thought of at first.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, February 18, 2019

Thinking of Ewe

If you've read my blog for a while, you know I absolutely love Birdie Brown's whimsical art. I have quite a few of the sets and (surprisingly!) a lot of them have been sitting in my stash, uninked. So, I've decided to try and make good use of one Birdie Brown stamp set every month and make a few cute cards.

For today's card, I'm using the Ewe Are The Best stamp set. It features the most adorable fluffy sheep and some background elements. I kept my card very simple and clean, and finished with a few sparkly sequins.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Magical Wish

After an unintended break, I'm back to sharing a few card creations. The last couple of weeks have been a challenge - between work, health and general tiredness, I haven't had much time to get creative. And while I'm a big supporter of showing up to create regardless of whether I'm inspired or not, I felt on the brink of a creative burnout of sorts.

I think I've been pushing myself really hard to make dozens of ideas into reality, and that just does not work out well. So, I took a step back, gave myself a break and I plan to take things a little more slowly in the months to come.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Brave

Another fun Viking card. This time, I used a slightly different palette with some purples and browns. I think it turned out really great, and I was so thrilled to have the perfect matching paper from Sunny Studios.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Pastel Hello

I'm in a spring mood today, so I thought I'd make something super cute. I used Mama Elephant's Pretend Play stamp set and hello die, along with a Blueprint die from My Favorite Things. I'm really digging this comic strip look and I think it works just perfectly for today's card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Viking Day

I could not resist another viking card, as I really had fun coloring and adding texture. This time around, I paired the viking with a water-colored background. Watercolor is both a most wonderful and a most frustrating medium to work with. I'm learning to embrace it and create some fun effects.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Monday, February 4, 2019

Bring more coffee

It's Monday, and I need more coffee -- something I catch myself saying every Monday. I thought I'd whip up a quick card using a to-go cup stamp and a snarky sentiment strip from Tim Holtz. Both of them were a part of Simon Says Stamp card kits, so I'm glad to be making good use of them. And, of course, to tie everything together, I added some gold sparkle.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, February 3, 2019

I Vike You

It's time to get some Valentine's ready, and I thought I'd start with this super fun Viking stamp from Birdie Brown. I really enjoyed coloring the Viking - from choosing the colors to getting the textures just right. I'm very happy with how the fur overcoat turned. I brought in some colored pencils to my Copic coloring to get the texture just right.

I kept the rest of the card very simple, adding a sentiment and a blended background. I used a few distress oxide inks for the blending and a hexagon die to make my mask. It's a pretty simple card, but I really like how it turned out.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Happy Pix

And I'm back in my comfort zone with a sweet little card featuring the adorable Pix the bunny from Mama Elephant. I really like this playful "happy" die and I think it matches perfectly with a candy stripe and stitched scallops. A bit of gold cord and a few enamel dots tie everything together perfectly.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, February 1, 2019

Rose of Thanks

I'm definitely pushing outside my comfort zone again, this time with a chic floral card. I used a layering stamp set from Altenew that intimidates me a little, but I do like the colors I chose for the layers. I think it turned out pretty and I like the color palette on this card.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~