02.04.2019

Avery Elle … Journey

Hey there, I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog  with a pretty pastel card using the fabulous Journey stamp set and dies.   I’ve paired it with an awesome new coverplate die called Quilted Frame.  I love the way it looks with a little white pigment ink blended around the aperture – it gives the scene a pretty, whimsical feel.

I used the Quilted Frame die to cut the base panel from aqua cardstock and then with a blending brush and Avery Elle White Pigment ink I added a soft halo effect around the aperture.  I stamped and die cut the main car image and trees from the stamp set and coloured them with Copics before adding some clear shimmer here and there.

Once I assembled the pieces in place with foam tape I stamped the sentiment on a curve and added “Just Married” to the number plate.  Love how this set can be used for so many occasions just by changing the the sentiments that are included.
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31.03.2019

5 years of Avery Elle

5 years ago I shared my first post as a design team member for Avery Elle Stamps.  I can’t quite believe it’s been that long and so today I’m sharing a post to say “THANK YOU” to Jamie for having such faith and trust in me and to the rest of the team for being just so damn awesome!

I thought I’d share that first card again – I still love that set although it’s now retired.  It was one of the first sets I bought, along with Bonjour (the macarons set).  My photography skills have certainly improved a little in that time I think!!

 

Joining the Avery Elle team has not only given me so many opportunities (that I don’t think I would have had without it) but has brought so many new friends in to my life too.  Even though I didn’t know the first thing about designing stamps, I thought it would be something I’d like to try.  Without the encouragement from both Jamie and my fellow teamie, friend and talented illustrator Heather Campbell it would’ve probably ended right there – as a thought.  I’ve now illustrated 24 stamp sets and even a couple of die collections!  I still can’t believe it!

One of the things that has brought me so much joy has been getting the chance to attend Creativation (formerly CHA) for the past 4 shows.  Being in the UK and most of my fellow crafting idols being in the US, I never thought I’d get to meet so many of them in person.  It’s been such a thrill to work in the Avery Elle booth with Jamie, Heather Campbell, Karolyn Loncon, Katie Ghering and Amy Kolling.  I don’t think I laugh as hard anywhere else as I do when I’m with these exceptional ladies.  Not to mention all the other fabulous people from the crafting world – and it’s an incredible world to be part of.

Here’s a few pics of some of those happy times.

 

 

Look at us in those fabulous pinnies!  I just love these girls with all my heart.

It’s been an incredible journey and I truly hope I can stay a part of it for many years to come.  Long Live Avery Elle.

 

 

 

11.03.2019

Heffy Friends Blog Hop

 

Hey there!  I’m so excited to be part of the Heffy Friends Blog Hop.  You should have hopped here from the gorgeous blog of Caly Person but if you want to go back to the start the list is at the bottom of the post.

I’m a big fan of the lovely Lesley Oman who owns and runs Heffy Doodle Stamps – she’s a doll and her products are so fun and original! Today I am playing with the Gnome Matter What stamp set – those wee guys are so cute.  I created a scene using some retired Avery Elle dies as I didn’t have what I wanted in my Heffy Doodle stash!  The images are stamped and the coloured with Copics and then fussy cut.  Don’t you just love that sentiment?!

 

The winner (chosen at random) who leaves a comment on each stop on the hop will receive a £50 voucher to the Heffy Doodle store. Winners will be announced on Monday, March 18, 2019 on the Heffy Doodle Blog.

 

Hope you’re enjoying the inspiration.  Your next stop is the fabulous Ashley Cornell.  Have fun!

Heffy Doodle

Nina-Marie Trampani

Justine Hovey

Ardyth Percy-Robb

Caly Person

Caryn Davies (me!!)

Ashley Cornell

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Angelica Conrad

Laurel Beard

 

08.03.2019

Avery Elle … Orchid

Hey there Avery Elle fans. I’m here today with a card featuring the new Orchid stamp set along with some of my all-time favourite Avery Elle products.  I also wanted to see how the new Gemini Foil Press machine worked with the cover dies we have available and the result is stunning.  I have a little video to share showing how I created this card.  (Sincere apologies for the lack of voiceover – I have tonsilitis at the moment so was unable to record a video narration.  If anyone has any questions I’d be happy to answer them in the comments).

I started with some Ranger watercolour cardstock and used the Polka Plate cover die with gold foil in the foil press machine.  In the video you will see I made a sort of template using vellum to make sure the card is placed in the correct position.  I stole that top tip from Julie Ebersole!!  Once it was pressed with the foil I created a water coloured background over it using Avery Elle water colours in Cherry and Sugar Plum and set it aside to dry.

 

Meanwhile I stamped the Orchid images onto some more water colour card using Versamark and heat embossed them in gold embossing powder.  I coloured them using the water colours (Cherry for the petals, Celery for the leaves and Sea Glass for the pot) and then die cut them.

 

To diffuse the colours a little on the background piece I added a small panel of vellum then adhered the die cut pieces and finished with some iridescent sequins and a gold embossed happy birthday sentiment from the set.

 

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21.02.2019

Get Cracking On Christmas 2019 – February

 

Hey!  So as we all enjoyed our Christmas through the year series in 2018 Jenn Shurkus and the gang (Chari Moss, Libby Hickson, Cheiron Brandon and ME) have decided to keep it going through 2019.  I missed the January edition but have managed to get one done this month!  If you’re the type that when it gets to November/December you say, “shoot, I should’ve started my holiday cards MONTHS ago”, then this is the place for you.  We each try to post a holiday card on the third Thursday of every month.  We don’t always manage it but we do try!!!

I’ve used a variety of different products/brands on this card.  I sometimes forget that I can do that, lol!!!  I started with a background using the Wood Plank stamp from My Favourite Things with Avery Elle Kraft pigment ink.  I die cut an Oval Burst Frame from Avery Elle from white cardstock and blended a little Kraft ink around the centre just to give it a little more of a vintage look.

 

I stamped one of the deers from Avery Elle’s Kitsch Christmas (now retired, sniff) along with the Santa hat from Avery Elle’s Dear Santa set and coloured them with Copics.  The holly leaves are from the Sunny Studio Christmas Trimmings stamp set.  Once everything was stamped and die cut I assembled it all onto an A2 card base.

Happy Holidays!!

Supplies:

MFT Wood Plank Background Stamp

Avery Elle Oval Burst Elle-ments

Avery Elle Kitsch Christmas (retired)

Avery Elle Dear Santa Stamp Set

Sunny Studios Christmas Trimmings Stamp Set

Avery Elle Kraft Pigment Ink

18.02.2019

Avery Elle … Peek A Boo Pets

I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog with a look at the fantastic Peek-a-Boo Pets stamp set along with the equally wonderful Market Stand set – both from the current Spring release.

Oh my gosh – to say these stamp sets are a match made in Heaven would be an understatement.  Those critters are just screaming to be put inside that booth!  And who wouldn’t want to give that piggy the biggest squeeze ever??!!

I started with an A2 card base and lightly blended some Tumbled Glass Oxide ink with a little Silver Fox Pigment ink onto the background.  I added a few splatters of water and a little white paint and set it aside to dry.

Meanwhile I stamped all my images and coloured them with Copics before die cutting everything out.  I used one of the hearts in the Market Stand set to decorate the booth – so cute!

To finish I added all my elements with foam tape and added glossy accents here and there for some extra texture.

Supplies:

Peek-a-Boo Pets Clear Stamps

Peek-a-Boo Pets Elle-ments

Market Stand Clear Stamps

Market Stand Elle-ments

Silver Fox Pigment Ink

12.02.2019

Avery Elle … All of Us

Hey there Avery Elle fans, I’m on the Avery Elle Blog today with a fun card with a masculine touch using the wonderfully cute new ALL OF US stamp set and dies.  I have also used another fabulous new die set from the current release called Arrow Mat which comes with this awesome frame and a small panel to co-ordinate.

 

I started with a grey card base and die cut the Arrow Frame die from white cardstock.  I used foam tape to pop this onto the card front.  I stamped the row of cats image twice and coloured them with Copics then snipped the two rows in half so I could stack them and have them fit onto an A2 portrait card.  So versatile!

 

To finish I stamped and die cut one of the signs and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto it.  I think this set is great for all occasions – masculine and feminine – can’t wait to play with it some more!
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07.02.2019

Avery Elle Spring 2019 Release Blog Hop

 

Hey there Avery Elle fans!  Welcome to the next stop on the fabulous Spring 2019 Release blog hop.  I hope you are as excited as I am by all the fabulous new products which were all showcased at Creativation in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago.  I am so privileged to attend this great event and the reception this new release got there was pho-nomenal (giggle)!!  What’s so funny you ask?  Well one of the new sets I have designed for this release is based on one of my most favourite cuisines – Vietnamese and namely Pho (pronounced phuh).  We are lucky to have a few restaurants in my city (Liverpool, UK) where I can get my Pho-fix so it didn’t take long for me to be inspired to create a stamp set in it’s honour may I introduce PHONOMENAL!

I’m sharing a few cards using this set and some other amazing new dies that are also being released now.  By changing up the colours you can create masculine or feminine cards for many occasions by using some of the punny sentiments that are included.

 

 

 

 

Just as a tip if you want to slip the different food items into the bowl then just use a scalpel to slice along the edge of the bowl.  Then you can tuck the different images inside.

 

This one features a gorgeous new Ray die – so many uses!  This card was actually one of the Make ‘n Takes at Creativation!

 

And another new amazing die set – Arrow Mat Elle-ments.

Supplies:

Phonomenal Clear Stamps

Phonomenal Elle-ments

Ray Elle-ments

Arrow Mat Elle-ments

Double Pierced Rectangle Elle-ments

Pierced Borders Elle-ments

Banner Bits Elle-ments

Banner Bits Clear Stamps

 

So there you have it from me.  The next stop on the hop is the talented (and super sweet) Heather Campbell.  The full hop list is below just in case you’ve gotten lost along the way!  We have an AMAZING guest designer joining us too – the one an only Besty Veldman!!!

Avery Elle
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Yainea
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Elena Roussakis
Nicky Meek
Betsy Veldman

 

To celebrate our Spring 2019 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 10th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, February 11th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team’s posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends – make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek. Have a great day!

 

 

28.01.2019

Avery Elle … Some Bunny

Hey there, I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a cute little card using the gorgeous Some Bunny stamp set.

To start I used a pink card base and die cut a panel using Wonky Stitches and the large frame from Wonky Circle Frames.  I laid the elements out so I would know where I wanted to blend my ink and then used a blending brush to add some soft colour (Magenta and Orchid pigment ink) to the centre of where I planned to put my Wonky Circle Frame die cut.

I stamped the bunny and balloon in Fog dye ink and then blended Sea Glass ink into the balloon and added a tiny bit of grey to the bunny using  Copic markers (C0 and C2 and R81).  I used a heart from the Some Bunny dies and adhered it onto the balloon then assembled my card using foam tape for the bunny and balloon.

To give the card a little more texture I used Unicorn White paint from Hero Arts and splattered it over the card front.  I added some Diamond Glaze to the heart and finished it all off with a cute little pom pom on the bunny’s tail!!

Supplies:

Some Bunny Clear Stamps

Some Bunny Elle-ments

Wonky Stiches

Wonky Circle Frames

Magenta Pigment Ink

Orchid Pigment Ink

Sea Glass Pigment Ink

Fog Dye Ink

20.12.2018

Get Cracking – for the last time!

Hey there.  It’s time to share the last “Get Cracking On Christmas” card of this year.  It’s been fun playing along with my fellow crafters Jenn Shurkus, Chari Moss, Cheiron Brandon and Libby Hickson.  Whilst I haven’t had time to join in every month, it has been so helpful to keep me from ending up with that last minute rush in December!

For my card this month I have been playing with diffent supplies from different companies and combined them in a fusion of rustic goodness!  I started with a stone coloured card base and stamped the Wood Plank background stamp from My Favourite Things in Desert Sand ink.  In the corner I stamped one of the Corner Sentiments: Christmas stamps from Avery Elle in Truffle dye ink (also Avery Elle).  For the main feature of my card I used the Poinsettia and Pine stamp set from Altenew.  I stamped the element s in Versa fine Clair ink in Acorn and then coloured with Zig Clean Colour markers.  I gave everything a frosty look using White Puff Twinkle embossing powder from Wow.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you all xxx