Avery Elle … Toucan Party

Hello,  here with a couple of cards I’ve made using the gorgeous Toucan Party Clear Stamps and dies from Avery Elle.  This is such a cool set to play with and is perfect for all kinds of occasions.

I stamped all the images out using New Moon dye ink (I stamped extras of the foliage images so I’d have enough for the two cards) and coloured them all with Copics before die-cutting them.

I used an orange card base and cut a mat using the Pierced Mats Elle-ments.  I layered my images using foam adhesive and finished by adding a good coating of Diamond Glaze (my favourite new/old thing to do!)

The second card uses a technique to get even more from your dies – by creating a stencil!  I made a stencil (using the Chevron Mat die) from card but you could easily use acetate so you can re-use it again and again.  I taped the stencil down over a piece of green card (die cut using the Double Pierced Rectangles Elle-ments) and then used a spatula to spread the texture paste onto the card.


Once this had dried I added my coloured images and finished it off with a sentiment from the Banner Bits stamp set and die collection.

Supplies Used:

Toucan Party Clear Stamps

Toucan Party Elle-ments

Chevron Mat Elle-ments

Pierced Mat Elle-ments

Banner Bits Clear Stamps

Banner Bits Elle-ments

Double Pierced Rectangles

New Moon Dye Ink


Get Cracking On Christmas

Christmas is my favourite occasion to create cards for – by a long shot.  I LOVE it – I love everything about the festive season.  That’s why I was a bit disappointed with myself for only managing to make 14 cards to send out this year rather than the usual 100 or so I make each year.  I’m not sure what happened – I guess I just ran out of time!  Anyhoo, I was perusing Instagram and saw that three of my crafting chums, Jenn Shurkus, Chari Moss and Cheiron Brandon had decided to challenge each other to create a Christmas card every month for the next 12 months (I’ve missed January obviously) so that they have a chance to build up some cards before the big panic in November!  I thought this was exactly what I needed to give me the inspiration to get going early so I’ve jumped on the train and am joining in too!  So every THIRD THURSDAY of the month we’ll be sharing some festive inspiration – just what we all need I think!


I have so many Christmas stamps that I’ve never had a chance to use so this is great for getting them dusted off and given some love!  Here’s what I’ve come up with this month.  All stamps and dies are from Concord and 9th.  I loved their holiday release last year but this is the first time I’ve used any of it!


Supplies used:

Magnolia Wreath Stamp Set

Magnolia Wreath Die Collection

Season of Cheer Dies

Plaid Background Stamp


Avery Elle … Spring Bouquet

Hello Avery Elle fans!   I’m SO EXCITED to be up on the Avery Elle Blog today sharing a couple of cards I’ve created using the Spring Bouquet clear stamps and dies.  I know I’m probably biased because it’s a set I designed but I LOVE playing with it!  It particularly lends itself (as do all our other floral sets) to our brand new Liquid Watercolours.  These come in 10 delicious colours and here I’ve used a few of my favourites (Cherry, Fizz and Mimosa).

Both cards use the same main supplies and are just variations of each other.  Both start off as blank 41/4″ x 51/2″ white cards with Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks (on the pink version) and Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink blended on the orange one.

I used the brand new Polka Plate die but added a twist by using two of the circle dies from the Burst Elle-ments to die cut an aperture and circle frame.  I pieced the “frame” which I cut from another piece of white card into the negative space and adhered the die cut to the card front.

I stamped all the flower elements onto water colour cardstock using Versamark ink then heat embossed them using Avery Elle fine white embossing powder.  My preferred method for watercolouring heat embossed images is to cover the area with clean water to saturate the paper then pick up the colour and drop it onto the wetted paper.  This allows the paint to flow freely and naturally but you can also fiddle with it to get it looking exactly how you want it.   For the pink lilies I used Cherry Liquid Watercolour and for the orange lilies I used a combination of Mimosa, Fizz and Cherry.  They mix beautifully and a tiny amount really does go a long way.


Spring Bouquet Clear Stamps

Spring Bouquet Elle-ments

Polka Plate Elle-ments

Burst Elle-ments

Liquid Water Color Cherry

Liquid Water Colour Fizz

Liquid Water Color Mimosa

Fog Dye Ink

Pure White Embossing Powder


Avery Elle Spring 2018 Release Blog Hop

 Hello there!  Today is the day the much anticipated Spring 2018 Release from Avery Elle is available to purchase.  The release was so well received when it was revealed at Creativation last month and I have been DYING to be able to share some of the projects I’ve been creating.  Oh and you should’ve arrived here from the Avery Elle Blog but if you’re lost and want to go back to the start all the links and instructions can be found below:

I’m featuring a fabulous new sentiment set called Loads of Wishes.   It combines 2 gorgeous fonts and offers all the sentiments you need for the most commonly created cards.  On both my samples I’ve used Happy Birthday (I have a LOT of them coming up so needed to stock up).

 My first sample uses a STUNNING new stamp set called Hand Drawn Florals (fun fact – Jamie’s 15 year old daughter actually designed this set – I’m concerned for my competition!!!).  It’s such a fun set to colour and I can see this one being VERY popular!

I stamped the images using Avery Elle Fog Dye Ink (alcohol marker-friendly) and coloured them in an aqua tone using Copics.  I decided to fussy cut the flowers rather than using the co-ordinating elle-ments on this occasion although I did use them them to cut out the little bud images.  I added little droplets of diamond glaze (you could also use Glossy Accents) to the centres of the flowers – I love how it looks like dew!




To create the frame I used another brand new product, Pierced Mat Elle-ments (together with our popular Double Pierced Rectangles Elle-ments).  These are so versatile – you can create frames, mats, apertures etc.  I love them!

Supplies used:

I created another card and this time paired it with some of our older products that i thought needed some love!  I stamped some of the images from our Butterflies stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed them using Avery Elle Fine Pure White Embossing Powder.  I coloured them with Zig Clean Colour Markers and gave them a slight “aura” using a great marker to make them just pop a little.  I created the mat using a combination of Pierced Rectangles and Dotted Borders Elle-ments.

Supplies used:

Phew – that was a long post!!  If you’re still with me – THANK YOU!  Now you need to pop along to my wonderful friend and teamie, Heather to see what delights she has in store using the new release.  Happy Hopping!!


Avery Elle / Jamie
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Elena Roussakis

To celebrate our Spring 2018 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, February 11th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, February 12th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
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Avery Elle … Lava You

Hello there!   Here today sharing a card using the punny Lava You stamp set from Avery Elle.   I had so much fun creating this shaker card – I love the lift adding the Glossy Accents gives to the look.

I started with a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card and blended a small area behind where the window will be on the panel using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I then die-cut a panel using the three connected dies from the Wonky Squares set to create a frame.  I made a shaker window with the frame by adhering an acetate panel being the aperture of the frame and adding foam tape all the way around being careful to leave no gaps!  I sprinkled some sequins inside and then carefully placed the window panel over the top.

I stamped and coloured the cute volcano image from the set using Avery Elle dye ink (my favourite ever ink for colouring with Copics) and finished off with some Glossy Accents.  The last thing was to stamp the sentiment below the shaker window and it’s a wrap!!

Supplies used:

Lava You Clear Stamps

Lava You Elle-ments

Wonky Squares Elle-ments

New Moon Dye Ink


MFT Sketch Challenge #369

Hey!  It’s a LOOONNNG time since I participated in a challenge so when I was hanging out with my buddy Karolyn in her gorgeous craft room last week I decided I’d take advantage of the chance to rummage through her vast MFT Stamps inventory!!  It’s like an Aladin’s cave for any MFT fan such as myself!  Anyhoo, I thought I’d play along with the current sketch challenge and get hubby’s Valentine’s card out of the way while I was at it (instead of the usual last minute job I always end up doing)!

Here’s the sketch …

And here’s my take!  I used the Staggered Hearts Stencil and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink to create a small inked area on the base card and then used Wonky Stitched Rectangles and cut a panel from vellum.  I cut the heart using the Shaker Window Heart die from black card I found in Karolyn’sscarp drawer!!  I have no idea what she embossed it with though – and forgot to ask!!!



Staggered Hearts Stencil

Shaker Window Heart Die

BG Marble Background Stamp

From The Heart Stamp Set

Black and White Striped Paper Pack

Stitched Circle Scallop Frames


Whist I was at it I couldn’t resist playing with the cute Meant To Bee stamp set!  I have a daughter who is OBSESSED with bees so I had her mind when I was making this one!!


Meant To Bee Stamp Set

Meant to Bee Die-Namics

Black and White Striped Paper Pad

Stitched Hexagon Stax


Avery Elle … Love Is In The Air

Hey there!  This is an exciting week for many reasons – one is I get to share a card using the amazing Love Is In The Air stamp set and two – IT’S CHA THIS WEEKEND!!!  If you’re going to be there, please stop by the Avery Elle Booth and say hi to us!!

So onto the card.  I covered my card in a watercolour effect paper and stamped and die cut the banners from Balloons and Banners.  I wanted the card to feel quite informal so I only loosely coloured the flags with Copics.  I used my MISTI to stamp a graduated colour onto the largest of the solid heart stamps using pigment inks and then finished with the sentiment stamped in the middle.

Supplies Used:

Love Is In The Air Clear Stamps

Love Is In The Air Elle-ments

Balloons and Banners Clear Stamps

Balloons and Banners Elle-ments

Daisy Pigment Ink

Fizz Pigment Ink

Cherry Pigment Ink


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

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

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


It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Avery Elle so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!


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!!!
Supplies used: