Avery Elle Summer Release Blog Hop

It’s that exciting time again – a brand new Summer Release from Avery Elle Stamps!  I am so happy when the new goodies are finally available and we can start sharing all the fun projects we’ve been working on.  I have designed 2 new stamp sets and coordinating Elle-ments in this release and am thrilled to be showcasing them today in this amazing blog hop.  You should have jumped here from my fabulous friend Karolyn Loncon’s blog but if you want to start at the beginning (and you really should) then go HERE to the Avery Elle Blog.
Right, so onto my creations!  The first of the two sets I’ve designed this time is called Floral Bouquet.  It has a bunch of flowers as a large single stamp and then other elements such as leaves and buds so you can create your own display!  I’ve made 2 cards each time pairing the flowers with one of the amazing new frame dies from the release (going to the very top of my “must-have” die list by the way).  On the first card the images are stamped in New Moon Dye ink and then coloured with Copics  and finished with a coating of Spectrum Noir shimmer.
Floral Bouquet 2
The flowers on this second card were stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in white.  I used Kuretake Tambi Gansai water colours this time and used a blue card base to complement the images.
Floral Bouquet 1

Avery Elle / Jamie
Karolyn Loncon
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Maska Vanacker 

To celebrate our Summer 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, May 14th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, May 15th .  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 )
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Simon Says … Add a little texture.



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

Thank you for joining us for the All Creatures Great And Small Challenge and we hope you will all join us again this week too.

This week the challenge is


We are showcasing our very own SIMON SAYS STAMP EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS this week. You don’t have to use them to join in but if you have some 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


When I thought of texture I was immediately drawn towards my embossing pastes and stencils.  Then I thought I’d go and dig about in my stash and came across some jars of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) that I’ve had sitting about for YEARS.  I haven’t really played with it in forever and I even found I had a jar of white UTEE that I’d never even opened!!  I took my Simon Says Stamp Large Tag dies and cut one from thick coaster board.  I used Versamark and gave it a good coat of ink and then poured on my first layer of white UTEE.  I heat embossed it and then repeated it 4 more times.  I wanted to “impress” my image into the UTEE so I took the Summer Garden stamp set and inked up one of the flowers and leaf images with Simon Says Stamp Mint dye ink.  I then heated the UTEE again so it was liquid and then carefully (but quickly) stamped the images on it in one go.  You then have to leave the stamps in place while the embossing enamel cools and then you can carefully peel them away. This technique isn’t the easiest to do as you need to be quite quick with your stamp block to get a deep impression – the UTEE starts to cool down quite quickly!  I love the finished look you get – I think I’ll be playing a bit more with my enamels in the future!  Incidentally, you can achieve the very same effect with normal embossing powder – you just need to add few more layers!

Texture SSS

For the rest of the card I created a white A2 card base from Neenah white card and cut a panel from Simon Says Stamp Mint cardstock.  I splattered the card with some Mister Huey Calico Shine to try to mute the colour down a bit.  It was still a bit vibrant for the effect I was after so I cut a piece of vellum and tore one edge to reveal the card stock underneath.  This softened the Mint colour  so it didn’t overpower the focal point of the card.  I finished with some enamel dots from My Mind’s Eye 🙂


So now it’s YOUR turn, Happy Crafting
You have until Wed  8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in
No backlinking allowed, Only 5 new creations will be eligible in the prize draw




Sketched Blooms

Hello again.  I’m back today with one more card before the Clearly Besotted February 2015 release goes live tonight at 10pm BST.  Today I’m featuring the amazing Sketched Blooms stamp set and it is beautiful.  I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it and knew it was screaming to be watercoloured.  This time I went with distress ink rather than water colour paints.  I used Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry (I think they’re probably my two most used distress colours), dabbed them onto a craft sheet and then spritzed the ink with water.  I stamped two large and one small flower in Versamark onto Tim Holtz water colour paper and then heat embossed them in white before die cutting them.  I then coloured the flowers in quite loosley to give a pretty, delicate tint.  I repeated this for the leaves using Peeled Paint distress ink.  For my card base I wanted to have more than just a plain base so to echo the softness of the flowers I cut a panel out of an A2 Neenah white card base and “joined” the front of the card back together with a panel of thick vellum.  By anchoring the flower cluster over the gap the card is given back it’s strength and so doesn’t collapse.

sketched blooms


I stamped the Hello sentiment also from the set (LOVE that font) in Fog pigment ink from Avery Elle (such a gorgeous shade of grey).  To finish the card I added a few splatters of Mister Huey Calico Shine and a few wee sequins (because … sequins).

Thanks for visiting – I really hope you’ve enjoyed this release and I can’t wait to see the cards around blogland once they start shipping.  Don’t forget to check out Steph and the rest of the design team for lots more inspiration.



Find Vodka and party!!

Hello again – this is my second post today – scroll down for my Clearly Besotted sneak peek card!!

I’ve been playing with more gorgeous Avery Elle goodies – I love that sentiment from Berry Good – seems like a good philosophy in life!  I am also in love with the Dotted Borders dies – an essential in anyone’s craft supply arsenal!


Dotted borders

I started by stamping and white embossing the lemon from Berry Good and then used water colours to paint it.  Once it was dry I embossed the sentiment in gold.  On the white panel I blended some Squeezed Lemonade distress ink and then added a few splatters of gold Heidi Swapp spray.  I added a little bundle of gold thread under the lemon die cut and then added it to the front of the panel.  I cut a piece of Avery Elle Daisy cardstock and die cut the edge with the zig zag border die.  I wrapped some more of the gold thread around the yellow panel and popped it up on the white panel with foam adhesive.  I mounted the panel onto a Mint To Be card base and finished it off with a few gold sparkle Doodlebug sprinkles.

Don’t forget to check out the Avery Elle blog every day for lots of inspiration from the amazing design team.


Avery Elle – Just a Note

Greetings!  I’m over on the Avery Elle Blog today with a card featuring the fabulous Just a Note dies.  They can be used standalone as a cute little gift card holder or added to a card as a little pocket for a hidden note or gift.

Just a note 2 Just a note

I die cut the smallest tag from the Gift Tags die collection and stamped a secret “Bonjour” to tuck inside the flap of the Just a Note die.  You could hide all kinds of little messages in there – I love it!  The Avery Elle Design Team shares new ideas and inspiration on the Avery Elle blog every day so make sure you keep popping back for some amazing projects – those girls ROCK!!


Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit Revealed!


It’s the 14th so that means reveal day for the latest Simon Says Stamp Card Kit – woo-hoo!  I squealed when I opened the box with this one – the colours are so warm and cozy – perfect to go with the fabulous “coffee and tea” themed stamp set and embellishments.  The papers are just gorgeous and there’s even a super little cup die in there – love it!

September card kit

I made a card inspired by the colours from the papers and used the card in the kit with the die.  There’s some sweet little sequins in there too – I just love it ALL!

Now these kits are notorious for selling out so if you want it, then go get it before it’s gone!!

Have a great Sunday where ever you are.  I’m going off with some friends for a family bike trek/picnic over in Delamere Forest – such a pretty part of the world and only half an hour from us!


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Summer



Hello!  It’s Wednesday which means a fab new challenge over at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge blog.  The theme of this week’s challenge is SUMMER and we’re showcasing Simon’s Exclusive products.


I can’t wait to see how you interpret this challenge – there are so many options available to you – stamps, paper, embossing folders, stencils… the list is endless!  Lets make Summer last as long as possible!!

For my card this week I grabbed one of my favourite stamp sets Ice Cream Dreams designed by Kristina Werner for by Simon Says Stamp.  I have been dying to play with this set – the images are just gorgeous.  I stamped 3 popsicles and coloured them using Copics and finished them off with a nice thick coat of glossy accents!


summer close

Don’t forget that every week Simon Says Stamp offer one lucky random papercrafter a $50 gift voucher for playing along!


For lots of fabulous inspiration from the design team and all the challenge details please visit the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.

Happy crafting!!!




It’s the small things in life that mean the most.

Just popping with a quick post this morning to share a card I whipped up yesterday evening.  When I came home from work there was a small padded envelope on my desk and the label said it was from Simon Says Stamp.  Now, I shop there a fair bit but I knew I wasn’t waiting for an order – how curious!!  When I opened it there was a letter and a die set (Partial Cut Flowers) from their new release, Pure Sunshine and a lovely letter telling me to feel free to play with them and share anything I made on my blog!!  I know my friend Michelle (the Card Grotto) received a gift too and probably MANY others around the world.  I know it’s marketing and its a great way to promote their product BUT – they never promoted they were doing it, they just sent them out and now lots of crafters have had their day lifted and a smile put on their faces because of a gesture by a company that  frankly, is successful enough without needing to do that!!  I am so impressed!  I loved shopping with SSS anyway (despite the sometimes long wait for delivery)  but this has shown me what a great company they really are and whoever is behind this marketing stroke of genius needs a pay rise!!!

Anyway, I thought “the children don’t need to be fed RIGHT away – lets see what this little die set does”!!.  And here is the (very quick) card I made.  Thank you so much Simon Says Stamp peeps – you are AWESOME!

partial flowers SSSI used my other new set (from Simon Says Stamp as it happens) Sketchy Letters by Mama Elephant (LOVE).  Don’t look too closely – the letters aren’t lined up quite as I’d have liked but I was in a rush!!!!).

Right, better get on with what I’m supposed to be doing – just wanted to share a little story about good customer care when all too often we complain about the exact opposite!!!!

ETA: The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is “Die Crazy” – need to link this baby up then don’t I?!