Birthday Wishes – Mondo Peony in Avery Elle liquid watercolour

Hey there.  Just popping to share a card I made using the gorgeous Mondo Peony stamp set from Ellen Hutson.  I just LOVE this stamp – it’s a dream to water colour.  I used Avery Elle Liquid Watercolours in Fizz and Cherry which gave me a gorgeous blend of pinks and oranges – I LOVE them.

I stamped the flower onto watercolour paper using versamark ink then heat embossed it in Avery Elle Rich Gold fine embossing powder.  Once I coloured the flower and let it dry I finished off with a die cut sentiment from the Avery Elle A Tag For All Die set.  I added a few Doodlebug Gold Sparkle Sprinkles to add some bling!



Mondo Peony Stamp Set Ellen Hutson

Avery Elle Gold Embossing Powder

Avery Elle Liquid Water colors Cherry and Fizz

Versamark Ink

Avery Elle A Tag For All Dies

Doodlebug Sprinkles


Thanks for stopping by x


Avery Elle … Critter Crew

Hey, I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a colourful card featuring the fun Critter Crew stamp set and co ordinating dies.  I just love these wee guys Heather has created and love to see where they’re going to pop up next.  For my card I created a background using Distress Oxide inks splattered with gold spray and adhered a Polka Plate die cut over the top to break up the background a little.

Next I stamped the Critter Crew twice and fussy cut around the front “layer” so I could have them popped up to give a bit more dimension to the scene.   I coloured them all with Copics and for some bling I added Avery Elle glitter to their hats!

For some added sparkle I die cut the Star Frame using gold glitter adhesive paper and placed it onto the card before popping the Critters on top.  To finish I stamped the sentiment in (from Toucan Party) in gold embossing powder and added it to the front of the card.

Supplies used  (from Avery Elle):

Critter Crew Clear Stamps 

Critter Crew Elle-ments

Polka Plate Elle-ments

Star Frame Elle-ments

Toucan Party Clear Stamps

New Moon Dye Ink

Coarse Glitter

Supplies used: (from Ellen Hutson)

Distress Oxide Inks

Gold Glitter Paper


Ellen Hutson Pinsights Challenge – Pantone Attitude Colour Palette

I recently made my first purchase from Ellen Hutson.com and boy are their products amazing!  I picked up a few sets and most of the Catherine Pooler Inks – can’t wait to get stuck into them!  I got to playing and noticed the current Pinsights Challenge – how could you not be inspired by that colour palette?

Anyhoo, here’s what I made.  The first card was created by blending Distress Oxide Inks on Tim Holtz watercolour paper then spritzing with water and some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame colour shine.  I then overlaid the panel with the MFT Sun Ray stencil and applied white gesso over it.  While that was drying I stamped the image from Mermaid Tail in vermark onto vellum and heat embossed it with Gold Tinsel embossing powder from Ranger.  I chose the sentiment from Avery Elle’s Mermaid stamp set anf heat embossed it in gold Avery Elle embossing powder.  I assembled everything onto the card adding some gold thread and a few rainbow sequins here and there.  Sweet huh?


Mermaid Tale – Essentials By Ellen

Mermaid Tail Dies

Mermaids – Avery Elle

Sun Ray Stencil – MFT


Distress Oxide Inks

Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder – Ranger

Gold Lame Colour Shine Spray – Heidi Swapp

My second card uses the stunning Mondo Peony stamp set from the Essentials By Ellen line.  I stamped the large image in gold embossing powder the used Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers to add loose areas of colour randomly across the image.  I then sprayed it quite heavily waith water and blended it until I was happy.  It did go in the bin at one point because it looked a hot mess!  I grabbed it out again though and played with it some more and actually was quite happy in the end!!  I added a good spray of shimmer mist to it before fussy cutting it out and putting it on a 4 bar sized card. To finish I added a strip of gold and die cut the happy from Avery Elle’s Sentimental Too dies and the birthday from the co-ordinating stamp set.


Mondo Peony Stamp Set – Essentials By Ellen

Sentimental Too Dies – Avery Elle

Sentimental Too Stamp Set – Avery Elle

Gold Embossing Powder – Avery Elle

Zig Clean Colour Markers



Thanks for stopping by xxx



Ellen Hutson/Avery Elle Watercolor Mini Blog Hop

Hello!  We are so excited to be hopping along with our friends at Ellen Hutson today.  We are featuring projects using our NEW Liquid Watercolors and are SO excited to show them off in action.  Avery Elle’s liquid watercolors come in 10 gorgeous shades that can be used on their own or easily mixed together to create custom colors.  For an intense shade use the watercolors straight out of the bottle.  If you want lighter shades, just add various amounts of water to get the color you desire.  The possibilities are endless.  Be sure to check out all of the details of the hop as well as how to be entered to win one of TWO FULL SETS of our Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors over on the Ellen Hutson Classroom Blog.


So let’s carry on with the hop.  You should have arrived here from the amazing world of Julie Ebersole (major fangirl here).  If you’re lost and want to get back to the start, the list is all the way down at the bottom of this post!

I have been having SO much fun with these watercolours since I got them and just love their versatility.  If, like me you’ve jumped on the latest alcohol ink trend then I you may be interested to know that a lot of similar, but more subtle results can be achieved with these water colours.  Grab a cuppa and watch this short video to see what I mean 🙂

I have a few cards here showing how I used the panels I created in the video:


Avery Elle Water Colours Cherry and Sugar Plum

Horizontal Stripes Die,

 Mom and Dad Clear Stamp Set

Star Frame Die


Avery Elle Water Colours Aquamarine and Celery

Mom and Dad Clear Stamps

Gold sequin mix

Avery Elle Gold Embossing Powder



Splash Stamp Set

Splash Dies

Liquid Watercolour Aquamarine

Critter Crew Stamp set

Aquamarine Twine

White Embossing Powder


After I filmed the video, my Ellen Hutson order came with some AMAZING stamps and dies I’ve been dying to get my paws on!  Couldn’t help but make an extra couple of cards – after all I had loads of the water colour panels left!


Avery Elle Watercolours Celery and Aquamarine

Avery Elle Fog Dye Ink

Ellen Hutson Mermaid’s Tail Stamp Set

Ellen Hutson Mermaid’s Tail Dies

Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Shimmer Spray

Essentails By Ellen 40lb vellum

Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder



Avery Elle Watercolours Celery

Avery Elle Pigment inks: Lemon Grass, Celery, Conch Shell, Mimosa, Ocean Mist, Sea Glass, Mint To Be

Ellen Hutson Wasabi Stamp Set

Ellen Hutson Wasabi Dies

Ellen Hutson Wasabi Accessories


Are you still with me, lol?  You now need to hop along to the amazing Lisa Spangler to see what delights she has in store…


A full list of the hop participants can be found below.

Avery Elle

Julie Ebersole

Caryn Davies <<<me>>>

Lisa Spangler

Heather Campbell

Emily Midgett


Melania Deasy

Carissa Wiley

Katie Gehring

Amy Kolling

Carly Tee Minner

Ashley Marcu

Elena Roussakis

Laurel Beard

Sandy Allnock



Avery Elle … SPLASH

Hey there,I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today starting off a week of inspiration featuring the Splash clear stamp set and co-ordinating Elle-ments.  Lately I’ve been having a LOT of fun with the new Avery Elle Liquid Watercolours (look out for a video coming very soon) and have created a perfect backdrop for my chilled out bathing beauties!

I used a thin Yupo paper (picked it up on Amazon) and spritzed it with a fine spray of water before adding Aquamarine liquid watercolour onto it with a paintbrush.  I wasn’t too careful or precise as I wanted the background to have some movement and appear more … watery!  The paper was put aside to dry naturally which does take a bit of time so it’s a good idea to create a few background panels in advance so you have them on hand and ready when you want to put a card together!
I stamped a couple of ladies and their floaties of choice onto Neenah white cardstock and coloured them with Copics and then die cut them.  I glued the dried watercoloured panel onto a white A2 card front (landscape orientation) and then added the ladies and a few clear droplets here and there.  I finished of by cutting a strip of aquamarine coloured card and white heat embossed the Birthday Wishes sentiment from the Critter Crew set and tied it off with some Aquamarine twine.

Avery Elle … Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments

Hello, today I’m sharing a card featuring the new Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments.  This collection of dies has so many uses but I particularly love how you can create a perfect frame for your 41/4x 5 1/2″ cards as well as a smaller frame.  I’m really into neutral colour schemes at the moment (maybe the time of year) so used a very natural palette for my card today.

I used Avery Elle Truffle Dye Ink for all my stamping and added some colour using Copics.  There are a couple of little dots in this set so I added some polka dots to the roof of my windmill – now I want to cover everything in polka dots!!!

I curved the sentiment on my MISTI so that it would follow the line in the banner and then used foam tape to give everything a wee bit of dimension.

Supplies used:

Large Pierced Scallops Elle-ments

Windmill Clear Stamps

Windmill Elle-ments

Picket Fence Elle-ments

Truffle Dye Ink


Avery Elle Winter Release 2017 Blog Hop

 It’s release day over at Avery Elle so that means a designer blog hop (starting at the Avery Elle Blog) to showcase all the fabulous new products available right now over in the Avery Elle store!

This release is full of fun stamps and awesome die collections so there’s sure to be something for everyone!  Today I’m, featuring a sweet little set I designed called Windmill.  I had so much fun coming up with this set and I hope you like it as much as I do!!!


I decided a long time ago that this would be a perfect set to use with a paper-piecing technique.  I used my favourite paper pad of all time, the Everyday Collection and created a kind of patchwork effect using all the little scraps I’ve been holding onto forever!!  I stamped out the images I wanted to include onto different patterns and then die cut them using the co-ordinating dies.  A GREAT die collection that partners with this stamp set perfectly is the Picket Fence die set.  I used the grassy border, picket fence and cloud dies to create my little countryside scene.  The path is from the Cityscape collection from the last release.

The sails of the windmill actually turn thanks to a wee brad (crikey – haven’t used one of those in a while!!).


Supplies used:

Windmill Stamp Set

Windmill Elle-ments

Wonky Stitches Elle-ments

Everyday Paper Collection

Cityscape Elle-ments

Picket Fence Elle-ments

New Moon Dye Ink

Truffle Dye Ink


Your next stop on the hop is the gorgeous Heather Campbell – make sure to leave her some love on your way!!

Avery Elle / Jamie
Caryn Davies – You’re HERE
Heather Campbell
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Elena Roussakis

To celebrate our Winter 2017 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, November 12th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 13th .  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)

Avery Elle … Winder Woodland Wonders

Hi, it’s Caryn here kicking off a week of Winter Woodland Wonders inspiration!  This set is packed full of cute festive critters and makes scene-building a breeze!

I started with a cream card base and cut a panel using the larges of the Double Pierced Rectangles Elle-ments.  I blended my background using Distress Oxide inks and then splattered a little shimmer spray on it for some subtle texture.

I stamped the robin, polar bear and trees in New Moon Dye Ink and coloured with Copics and added a few details here and there with Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard.  Finally I stamped the sentiment in black and popped my die cut pieces onto the card using foam tape.


Winter Woodland Wonders Stamp Set

Winter Woodland Wonders Elle-ments

Double Pierced Rectangles

New Moon Dye Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by, make sure you pop in to the Avery Elle Blog every day to check out the rest of the design teams amazing creations.


Avery Elle … Aloha and Modern Alpha

Hey there!  It’s Monday so I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a couple of cards using some fun Summer release designs to get you in the mood for the impending holiday season!  On both cards today I used different elements from various sets just highlighting how well they all work together!!  Both cards use the same bright, tropical colour palette and similar combination of images but both look completely different in the end result.  The images are coloured with Copics with touches of Glossy Accents and Nuvo Drops for extra dimension.

Don’t know about you but I could really go a nice cocktail right now (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?)



Tropics Clear Stamps

Tropics Elle-ments

Aloha Clear Stamps

Aloha Elle-ments

Star Frame Elle-ments

New Moon Dye Ink

Modern Alpha

Thanks for stopping by.

Simon Says … Embossing with WOW!


Hi all and welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Thank you for joining us for the last week’s challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


This week we are showcasing products from WOW!  You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.

As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


For my card today I used the gorgeous Hero Arts Glorious Petal stencil and combined it with Distress Oxide Inks and clear embossing over the top.  I started by brushing Cracked Pistachio over the centre area and brought in some Worn Lipstick just around the outside edge.  With the stencil still in place I pressed some Versamark ink over the top.  I removed the stencil and sprinkled the card with Wow Clear Gloss embossing powder and heated it.  For the panel across the top I die cut a strip of white card with the largest of the scallop edge dies from Simon Says Stamp.  I then used Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink again  to stamp the Happy and Everything from Sentimental Too from Avery Elle.  To finish I added a few drops of Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Emboss WOW 1 copy

Emboss WOW

So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #ssswchallenge to your challenge entry uploads so we can see them on there too.
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in