Avery Elle … Balloons and Banners

Happy New Year!! 

Hope you and yours have had the best holiday season ever so far.  I still feel very festive and am excited by what 2018 will bring.  I wish you all the very best for the coming year.

Today I’m sharing a card and a wee video of how to make a simple shaker card using the gorgeous Balloons and Banners stamps and co-ordinating Elle-ments.  I love the font in this set, I think it really lends itself to a fun style of birthday card and what could be more fun than balloons?


Supplies used:

Balloons and Banners Clear Stamps

Balloons and Banners Elle-ments

Wonky Stitches Elle-ments

Raspberry Hemp Twine

Fog Dye Ink


Advent Calendar Extravaganza 2017

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I’m sharing a card created with a stamp set I actually designed for today’s sponsor, Avery Elle.  The Holiday Bouquet set features poinsettia images which a simple to colour but give a nice big POP to a card!  The scalloped frame is also from Avery Elle as is the sentiment (which happens to be from another set of mine!!).

Supplies used:

Holiday Bouquet Clear Stamps

Holiday Bouquet Elle-ments

Retro Ornaments Clear Stamps

Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments


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Avery Elle … Otterly Fantastic

Hello there, I’m here with a festive twist on the fabulously fun Otterly Fantastic stamp set.  As with every year, I find it hard to see past the upcoming holidays so I like to challenge myself to turn sets that aren’t aimed at the festive season into fun Christmas-themed creations.

By picking a few little elements from other previously released holiday sets you can turn any stamp set into a Christmas one!

Here I’ve picked out the Santa hat, bell and holly images from the Dear Santa stamp set and the sentiment and string of lights from the Retro Ornaments set.  And there it is – two very festive looking otters!!!
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Avery Elle … Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments

Hello, today I’m sharing a card featuring the new Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments.  This collection of dies has so many uses but I particularly love how you can create a perfect frame for your 41/4x 5 1/2″ cards as well as a smaller frame.  I’m really into neutral colour schemes at the moment (maybe the time of year) so used a very natural palette for my card today.

I used Avery Elle Truffle Dye Ink for all my stamping and added some colour using Copics.  There are a couple of little dots in this set so I added some polka dots to the roof of my windmill – now I want to cover everything in polka dots!!!

I curved the sentiment on my MISTI so that it would follow the line in the banner and then used foam tape to give everything a wee bit of dimension.

Supplies used:

Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments

Windmill Clear Stamps

Windmill Elle-ments

Picket Fence Elle-ments

Truffle Dye Ink


Avery Elle … Modern Caligraphy

Hey Avery Elle fans!  I’m here today sharing a card using some of the fun new products from our brand new Winter release.    The new Modern Calligraphy alphabet set is a delight – so easy to line up!  The little flowers and other elements in the set are great for dressing it up  too – I love it.

 I started by putting some patterned paper onto my card front and then die cut a frame 4 times using some of the dies from the new Large Pierced Scallops elle-ments.  I stacked them up to give the frame a bit more dimension and then stamped the word “hey” using the Modern Calligraphy alphabet.  From that set I also stamped and die cut some of the flower images to dress the frame up a wee bit more.  The “congrats” is taken from the Balloons and Banners stamp set from the release.  To finish I added some little sequins and a added touch of shimmer to the flowers.

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Thanks so much for stopping by xxx


25 Days of Christmas Tags … Day 18 … Avery Elle


I am delighted to once again be participating a fun, annual Christmas event hosted by Tracey McNeely over on her amazing blog In My Creative Opinion.  This year I thought it would be fun to create a wine bottle tag as what better gift to receive than the gift of booze!!!  Of course you can substitute the wine for any other bottled gift but for me, wine will do it every time!!!

Supplies used:

Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet Clear Stamps

Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet Elle-ments

Avery Elle Sip Sip Hooray Elle-ments


Avery Elle Winter Release 2017 Blog Hop

 It’s release day over at Avery Elle so that means a designer blog hop (starting at the Avery Elle Blog) to showcase all the fabulous new products available right now over in the Avery Elle store!

This release is full of fun stamps and awesome die collections so there’s sure to be something for everyone!  Today I’m, featuring a sweet little set I designed called Windmill.  I had so much fun coming up with this set and I hope you like it as much as I do!!!


I decided a long time ago that this would be a perfect set to use with a paper-piecing technique.  I used my favourite paper pad of all time, the Everyday Collection and created a kind of patchwork effect using all the little scraps I’ve been holding onto forever!!  I stamped out the images I wanted to include onto different patterns and then die cut them using the co-ordinating dies.  A GREAT die collection that partners with this stamp set perfectly is the Picket Fence die set.  I used the grassy border, picket fence and cloud dies to create my little countryside scene.  The path is from the Cityscape collection from the last release.

The sails of the windmill actually turn thanks to a wee brad (crikey – haven’t used one of those in a while!!).


Supplies used:

Windmill Stamp Set

Windmill Elle-ments

Wonky Stitches Elle-ments

Everyday Paper Collection

Cityscape Elle-ments

Picket Fence Elle-ments

New Moon Dye Ink

Truffle Dye Ink


Your next stop on the hop is the gorgeous Heather Campbell – make sure to leave her some love on your way!!

Avery Elle / Jamie
Caryn Davies – You’re HERE
Heather Campbell
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Elena Roussakis

To celebrate our Winter 2017 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, November 12th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 13th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
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  1. Comment on any of the design team’s posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
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Avery Elle … Flamingo Bells

Hi there.  This week on the Avery Elle Blog we’re featuring a cute holiday set that’s a bit out of the norm!  It’s Christmas but with a tropical twist.  I decided to create a little tag using the Shaker Tags Elle-ments (please ignore the fact I took the photo before I added the ribbon to the top of the tag – doh!).

I blended Distress Oxide inks (Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Peacock Feathers) to create a sunset backdrop and then die cut the large tag shape from it and stamped the palm tree scene stamp.

After adding some shimmer using Spica Pens I die cut the frame from white using both the tag dies.  I layered this using foam tape over the base tag and finished by adding the sentiment and a festive little flamingo!


Hey there Avery Elle Fans, I’m here with a card using the Frosty Friends stamp set (designed by me!).

My usual take on a snowy themed card would be to reach for the pale blues and aqua shades to give a classic icy feel to the image.  This time however, given the vintage style of the set I thought I’d try to recreate a more old-fashioned look, like an old sepia photo.

I’ve also made a little video showing how this card card came together using a partial die-cutting technique which is lots of fun!


Avery Elle STAMPtember Exclusive MERRY MISTLETOE

Hey there!  Popping in with a quick post to share this one layer card using the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp/Avery Elle STAMPtember exclusive set, Merry Mistletoe.  I love the style of this set with it’s large main image (great for this kind of card) and fabulous sentiments.  I have recently been experimenting with Prismacolour pencils (thanks to my sweet friend Debby Hughes) so thought I’d opt for those today.  I’m still a novice but I do find them so addictive!  I coloured the image on Tonal Gray cardstock and then as a final “hurrah” coated the whole lot in shimmer spray!!  The final card is gorgeous and sparkly but I don’t think that comes over all that well!!


This set is only available while stocks last so if you want it for those quick yet striking holiday cards I’d grab it while you can!!

Thanks for stopping by!