Hey there, it’s my day over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a card that’s sure to put a happy smile on anyone’s face!  I am IN LOVE with the new Rainbows dies and stamp set – what a genius creation!  The dies are so versatile.  I’ve created a shaped card and used Copics to colour and inlay the rainbow pieces. I’ve managed to create an almost water-coloured effect too using the brand new Clear Shimmer Spray.  Once I coloured each piece I gave it a good spray and then dabbed off the excess.  The effect is so pretty.


I used the Celebrate word die from the new Dotted Frame Elle-ments to create a dimensional sentiment by using double sided foam sheet and adhering the pink card before running it through the Gemini Jnr.  I added a coat of glossy accents too.


Rainbows Elle-ments

Dotted Frame Elle-ments

Clear Shimmer Spray



Avery Elle … Legendary

Hey there! I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a card using the fun Legendary stamp set and co-ordinating dies from the brand new Summer release. I am always wracking my brains for ideas for cards for the boys and thought a Kraken-themed set would be ideal!

I started with a pool-coloured card base and then die cut a front panel using the Grand Photo Mat Elle-ments in white and aqua.  I popped the frame part onto the card front using foam tape then sank the inner panel into the card and adhered it with the new Liquid Glue (I love this as it gives you a little “wiggle time” before it sets firmly into place)  I added a little blue ink around the edges of the clouds then popped them into place with foam tape for a little dimension.

Next I stamped and die cut the Kraken, cake and pirate ship images from the set and coloured them with Copics.    I used the two wave sections that I had cut in aqua card from the Grand Photo Mat die and adhered everything to make it look like the beast from the deep was coming up out of the ocean grabbing the cake and ship and dragging them back down to the murky depths!!!  I think this would make a great slider card – must work on that idea!!

To finish I stamped the sentiment onto the banner die that also comes in the Grand Photo Mat die set and added some green glitter glue to the tentacles.

I’ve created a short video showing how this card came together if you’d like to see in a bit more detail.


Legendary Clear Stamps

Legendary Elle-ments

Grand Photo Mat Elle-ments

New Moon Dye Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by xxx


Avery Elle Summer 2019 Release Blog Hop



Hey AVERY ELLE fans – the BIG BLOG HOP DAY has arrived and I’m SOOOO excited to be able to bring you some fun cards showcasing some of the new designs available now in the store.  The brand new SUMMER 2019 RELEASE is spectacular and I think you’re going to LOVE all the fab new products we have to share.  I’m a little proud today as I’m sharing one of two new sets I’ve designed and yes, you guessed it – it’s SHARKS!  Well, a shark and a Manta ray to be precise!  The Celeb-RAY-tion set is illustrated to match perfectly with my first shark themed set, Hello Chum and even uses the same font on the sentiments so you can mix and match to your hearts content! I’ve also used a couple of the new die designs which I absolutely LOVE.

Ps.  Make sure you scroll right to the bottom for details on how to win some goodies for yourself!


The first card uses the cute manta rays from Celeb-RAY-tion and the gorgeous new Dotted Frame Die. I also used the Coral Reef dies to create a quick and simple but effective underwater scene for the rays.  I die cut the Dotted Frame once in aqua and then in white.  I wanted to blend some inks onto the white panel from the centre to make it appear more watery.  I used Distress oxides then added splatters of another of our amazing new products, the Clear Shimmer Spray.  You can see how this gives a beautiful pearly shimmer to the card – it’s so pretty in real life.  I stamped, die cut and coloured the rays and assembled the card using foam tape and our brand new Liquid Adhesive. Lastly I added some Snowball Droplets from Ellen Hutson.  They make the perfect bubbles!!


The second card is so fun – he wobbles!  I added a wee video below so you can see him in his shimmery, googly-eyed, wobbly glory!  I die cut the waves for the background in aqua cardstock using the brilliant new Summer Scene dies.  Then I stamped and die cut the shark from Celeb-RAY-tion and coloured him with Copics before adding a Mini Action Wobble to him (available at Ellen Hutson).  I gave him a festive, birthday look with a hat and a cake and added some seaweed and more of the Snowball Droplets before finishing off with another good spritz of the Clear Shimmer Spray.



Celeb-RAYtion Clear Stamps

Celeb-RAY-tion Elle-ments

Dotted Frame Elle-ments

Summer Scene Elle-ments

Coral Reef Elle-ments

Clear Shimmer Spray

Liquid Adhesive

Snowball Droplets (Ellen Hutson)

Action Wobblers (Ellen Hutson)


Your next stop on the hop is my fabulous friend Heather Campbell.  If you want to go back to the start then the full list is below.

To celebrate our Summer 2019 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a stamp set of their choice to 3 winners.  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 and 4 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, May 26th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, May 27th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.  You can check them all out here
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, or all 4 of the following to increase your chances:
  1. Comment here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow / Tweet us on Twitter (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow / Share us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) .
  4. Follow / Comment on Instagram (we are https://www.instagram.com/averyellestamps/).

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


Avery Elle… You’ve Got This

Hey there, I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a card featuring a fabulous little set called You’ve Got This.   It has a gorgeous feature sentiment that also has a two-layered accompanying die and then lots of great encouraging extra sentiments for lots of different (and difficult) occasions.



I started with a white card base and blended some Lemon Grass and Sea Glass inks to give a little colour to the background.  I then took some aqua coloured cardstock and made a panel using the Embellished Heart die to make an aperture.  I wrapped some Midnight Twine around the panel then popped it on the card front using foam tape.


I finished off the card by die-cutting the two layers of the sentiment in black and white card and adhered it across the heart aperture.


You’e Got This Clear Stamps

You’ve Got This Elle-ments

Embellished Heart Elle-ments

White Embossing Powder

Midnight Twine




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.

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.





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