Hey, just popping in to let you know that Ellen Hutson LLC are having a fantastic Black Friday sale so make sure you take a look and maybe pick yourself a few bargains.  They have 2 categories Clearance  and Gratitude.  Off to fill my basket!!!




Avery Elle … Embellished Heart Die

Hey there! This week on the Aver Elle blog we’re featuring the gorgeous   Embellished Heart Die.  I love when I can get more bang for my buck so this die is a great investment as it can give you a multitude of looks.  The die cuts an embellished aperture from your material leaving the “positive” heart die cut.  Simple to create to totally different cards with no waste!

I started by die cutting a piece of self adhesive wood veneer paper.  (you can pick something similar up at Ellen Hutson HERE).  This gave me the negative part with the aperture and detailed border and also a heart from the centre.  I used similar supplies for both cards so whipping them up didn’t take very long at all.

For the first card I started with an A2 card base and carefully centred the die cut wood veneer to the front.  From the card I created last week using the Three Hearts Die (HERE) I had the white hearts left over so used a couple of them on these cards (tip – always keep your die cuts – you never know when they’ll come in handy).  I lightly brushed some Orchid pigment ink around the smaller heart to let it pop off the card a little  – it’s subtle but it adds a lot of texture.  To bring the elements together I bunched some gold thread and held it down with some adhesive and popped the inked heart die cut onto it with foam tape.  I created the sentiment using the new Simple Sentiments stamp set, heat embossed with white powder and then die cut using one of the co-ordinating dies.  I added a few tiny black gems to tie the black sentiment in.

For the second card I used the Embellished Heart die again and die cut it from a white panel off-centre.  I popped this onto a white A2 card using foam tape and then adhered the wood veneer heart into the space and trimmed off the overhanging edge.  I grabbed another of my leftover hearts from my last card, the same gold thread and another white embossed sentiment and finished off this time with some gold Stickles around the edge of the heart to accent the thread.

Get Cracking On Christmas November 2018



Yes, it’s the 3rd Thursday of the month which means it’s time to Get Cracking On Christmas #getcrackingonchristmas.  You can read all about the inspiration behind this challenge HERE but it’s really just a fun idea designed to get us making our holiday cards in plenty of time so we’re not rushing at the last minute.  Make sure to pop over and visit my fellow crafters joining in Jenn Shurkus, Cheiron Brandon and Chari Moss

This month I have been playing with the new release from Avery Elle and thought these wee cacti from the Stuck on You set would look very smart dressed up for the holiday season.  I knew straight away that the Santa hat from the Dear Santa stamp set would fit these wee guys perfectly.  I stamped and die cut some sprigs of holly from the same set too and grabbed a sentiment from the Quirky Christmas stamp set from last month’s Avery Elle release.  I kept it simple with a strip of striped paper from MFT and a thin strip of red glitter Washi tape.  Some glitter glue dotted here and there and the card is done!




Whilst I had my Dear Santa set out I was inspired to create another card.  I love the Strands die from Ellen Hutson so started with this and created a panel for the front of the card and adhered some glitter paper behind it  for some mega bling.  I stamped the Plaid background from Concord & 9th onto a white card base using Strawberry pigment ink from Avery Elle.  I stamped, coloured and die cut the cat from the Dear Santa set and added her to the card from and finished it off with a sentiment from the Vintage Ornaments set.

Thanks for stopping by xxx



Avery Elle … Three Hearts Die

Hey there,  I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today sharing a clean and simple card featuring the gorgeous new Three Hearts Die.  This die, like the previously released Three Stars die has so many uses and not just for Valentines day either.  I selected three of the striped papers from the Sorbet Collection paper pack and used a great sentiment (LOVE the font) from the new Some Bunny stamp set.

I die cut a white panel using the three hearts die and adhered the different patterned papers behind each aperture ensuring the stripes are angled in different directions.  I stamped the sentiment in Fog Dye ink and finished off by wrapping some white twine around the panel and popping it using foam tape onto a white card base.


Three Hearts Die

Some Bunny Stamp Set

Sorbet Collection Paper Pack

Fog Dye Ink

Thanks for stopping by x


Avery Elle Winter 2018 Release Blog Hop

Hey there!  I’m so excited to tell you that the Avery Elle Winter 2018 release is now live!  There’s so much fun in this release and there’s something for everyone – hop along for lots of inspiration and all the details on the new products.  You should’ve landed here from the Avery Elle Blog but a full list of hoppers is below if you want to start at the beginning.

For my card I’m sharing a design using the fabulous And Then sentiment set along with a new die called Tons of Hearts.I created a piece of background paper using  Avery Elle Cherry Liquid Watercolour.  I then used the Tons of Hearts die to create a panel and adhered the watercolour piece behind it.  I wrapped some twine around the bottom of the panel and stamped the “I Choose You Sentiment” from And Then in Magenta Pigment ink in the centre of the panel.  To finish I added a small blob of glossy accents to the tiny heart in the centre of the “O”

The next stop on the hop is the fabulous Heather Campbell.
Avery Elle
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Elena Roussakis
Nicky Meek 
To celebrate our Winter 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, Novebmer 11th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 12th .  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!


Get Cracking On Christmas October 2018



Hey there, finally getting a chance to play along with this month’s Get Cracking On Christmas Challenge.  In case you’re new to the idea, it was dreamed up by my crafty pals Jenn Shurkus, Chari Moss and Cheiron Brandon as a way to save the last minute rush of making Christmas cards.  Throughout the year we’ve been sharing a Christmas card idea every third Thursday of the month and this time I’ve gathered some scrummy supplies and made not one but 2 cards!


Both start with a red card base onto which I stamped the Plaid Background Stamp from Concord and 9th in black ink.  I love Buffalo plaid so this is one of my favourite combos and I’ve used it before HERE.  On the first card I die cut some foliage pieces using the Tim Holtz Holiday Greens dies and the took the sentiment dies from the Season of Cheer collection from Concord and 9th.which I die cut from wood-effect paper from Seven Hills Crafts.  I bundled the die cuts together and added them to the card with a glue dot and finished it off with rustic twine bow and a touch of Distress Stickles here and there.


The second card uses some dies from Avery Elle and Newtons Nook.  I used Wonky Frames in both the Square and Circle designs and created my frames.  I backed the square frame with glitter paper and adhered it to the card base.  The bow was created using the new Wonky 3D Bow dies from Avery Elle and the stag head is from Splendid Stags by Newtons Nook.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Quirky Christmas from Avery Elle in white to finish.

Thanks for stopping by.


Avery Elle … Quirky Christmas

Hey there, I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today  with a collection of cards I created using a fun set that I designed for Avery Elle called Quirky Christmas.  This set of 4 cards were whipped up in no time using just a few supplies and go to show that you can create very different looks using just one stamp set and some essential dies.  Each card starts with a 4 bar sized white base with a simple, festive colour palette and a few enamel dot embellishments to finish.  I gathered a few fabulous Avery Elle dies, Cherry Pigment Ink and New Moon Dye Ink.  I picked a fresh, green card stock from my stash to complement the red for a traditional Christmas feel.  However, ANY colour scheme would work equally well!

I laid all five of the tree stamps from the set onto my MISTI stamping tool and inked them all up together using Cherry pigment ink.  I stamped 3 times to get a good, even coverage.  I then ran them through my Gemini Junior die cutting machine and die cut them all at one – what a time saver! The supplies for each card are listed under the photos.

Quirky Christmas Stamp Set

Quirky Christmas Elle-ments

Cherry Pigment Ink

New Moon Dye Ink

Focal Point Stripes Elle-ments

Quirky Christmas Stamp Set

Quirky Christmas Elle-ments

Cherry Pigment Ink

New Moon Dye Ink

Wonky Circles Frames Elle-ments

Quirky Christmas Stamp Set

Quirky Christmas Elle-ments

Cherry Pigment Ink

New Moon Dye Ink

Wonky Squares Frames Elle-ments

Quirky Christmas Stamp Set

Quirky Christmas Elle-ments

Cherry Pigment Ink

New Moon Dye Ink

Wonky 3D Bow Elle-ments

And here’s a look at all 4 cards together.  I plan to create sets like these in different colours for my holiday cards this year – I might actually get a few sent out too!!!

 Thanks so much for stopping by x


Hello –  I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a card created with the Peaceful Pines stamps and dies.  This is a great set for whipping up a simple yet elegant card in no time at all which is what we all need at this time of year!

I stared with a 4-bar sized card base in red and used the rectangle die from Focal Point Stripes to cut an aperture on the front.  I glued a white piece of card behind this and then stamped the pine branches in Jungle pigment ink.

Next I die cut the word Merry 3 times from the piece of card I cut from the card base, stacked them up and spritzed them with a little shimmer spray.

To finish I dug out my red and gold Stickles glitter glue and ran a gold edge around the window (totally stolen from Julie Ebersole!!) and some red dots to the berries.


Peaceful Pines Stamp Set

Peaceful Pines Elle-ments

Focal Point Stripes Elle-ments 



Avery Elle … Corner Sentiments: Holliday

Hey there, I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today sharing a card and video showcasing the fabulous Corner Sentiments: Holiday stamp set.  I’ve paired it with a previously released set Holiday Bouquet.

Here’s a short video showing how this design came together:

I started with a white card base and die cut a frame in green using the Wonky Scalloped Frames die set.

Next I stamped the sentiment in the frame and stamped, coloured and die cut the images from Holiday Bouquet.
I added a wee bit of sparkle using Avery Elle Coarse Glitter to the berries and then assembled my coloured images onto the card front.

Avery Elle … Grateful

Hey there, here with a card I created using the gorgeous new Grateful stamp set and co-ordinating dies from Avery Elle.  This is only a small set (3×4 “) but it certainly packs a punch and you can create so may different looks.  I stamped the oak leaves a few times with Avery Elle Truffle dye ink so I could use some warm, fall colours from my Copics collection.  By using a brown ink rather than a black or grey, it helps to give an overall Autumnal tone to the colour scheme.

I stamped and die cut the little acorns and added some little dots of colour which adds a bit more texture than just colouring a solid blend.
For the card base I opted for a stone colour, again to bring in some warmth and then die cut a panel using my all time favourite Avery Elle background die, Horizontal Stripes Elle-ments from white card.  If you haven’t added this die to your collection yet then you must – it is SO useful.

To bring everything together I arranged the leaves into a kind of swag or wreath on the front of the panel and then stamped the “thankful” sentiment from the set (SO happy that this sentiment has a co-ordinating die) and die cut it and finished off with a small banner with the “for you” stamped on to it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.