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



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.



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!!


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


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.


Peek-a-Boo Pets Clear Stamps

Peek-a-Boo Pets Elle-ments

Market Stand Clear Stamps

Market Stand Elle-ments

Silver Fox Pigment Ink


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!

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.


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
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!




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!!


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


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


Avery Elle … Simple Sentiments

Hey, I’m on the Avery Elle Blog today with a card showing a way to use the Simple Sentiments stamp set.  I decided to use the “Thank You” related sentiments in the set together to create a tone on tone background for a subtle way to include a sentiment without the need for a strip or open space.

I started with a bright green piece of card and stamped the sentiments in Celery pigment ink to cover the panel.  I then used a piece of Celery striped paper from the Jewel Paper Pad and adhered it to the lower section and then die cut it using Double Pierced Rectangles to create the mat.  I added some silver sparkle washi tape along the join.

I used the Wonky Scalloped Circle Frame for more interest in the background and then stamped and coloured (using Zig Clean Colour Markers) the Floral Bouquet image before die cutting and adding to the card front.  To finish I added some glitter to the flower centres.


Simple Sentiments Stamp Set

Floral Bouquet Stamp Set

Floral Bouquet Elle-ments

Wonky Circle Frame

Celery Pigment Ink

Jewel Paper Pad Collection

Dotted Rectangle Elle-ments


Watercolouring with Zig Clean Colour Markers and the Mondo Holly stamp set from Ellen Hutson

Hey there, I’ve managed to grab some time to crack on with a few more Christmas cards and my most recent purchase is the stunning Mondo Holly set from the Essentials By Ellen range from Ellen Hutson.  I just LOVE Julie Ebersole‘s designs and have built up a few of her sets in my collection now.  I couldn’t wait to get my inky paws on this one.  I even managed to create a video to go along with it!  I ended up just adding some festive music as I have a stinking cold right now and my voice would just be TOO ANNOYING!!

I started with a stone coloured card base and stamped the Wood Plank background stamp from MFT (not Woodgrain as I called it in the video – oops) using Desert Sand ink from Memento.  I also stamped the Holly image in the same ink onto some Arches water colour card so I could go for a kind of no-line water colour effect.  I used Zig Clean Colour markers and a water brush to add the colour and when it was die cut I used a glue pen to add highlights of frost with Ranger Rock Candy Distress glitter.



I used the Desert Sand ink again with a blending tool around the edge of the image to mute down the brightness of the white water colour paper I used and I think this gives a nice vintage touch to the over all style of the design.  I added a die cut circle, also with a blended edge under the holly to help it pop off the wood grain background a little.

To finish I stamped the sentiment using Avery Elle Truffle dye ink and added some rustic twine around the top for that cozy, festive touch!



All supplies are linked below using affiliate links at no cost to you.  I couldn’t find the Wood Plank stamp in the store so I have linked to another fabulous woodgrain background stamp from The Stamp Market.


Thanks so much for stopping by x