Tuesday, April 11, 2017

(SCS) Play Hard

This is the final and my personal favorite card for the Fun & Games theme from August 2016. When I think of fun and games, the first thing that pops into my head is video games. As a child (and later a teen), I spent *many* hours glued to the TV, trying to finish one more level or beat just one more boss. I still love playing video games - and I'm still just as passionate about it as I was as a child.

I wanted to illustrate this passion and joy, so I grabbed my Copics to create a unique background. I layered several shades together to create a fiery backdrop that lets the controller shine.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, April 9, 2017

(SCS) Pika-choose you!

One of the things that my DT term over at Splitcoast Stampers did was to push me outside of my comfort zone. So, here's a card featuring a Pikachu that I drew and watercolored myself, and a punny sentiment spelled out from Elle's Alpha's (from Avery Elle).

It's not perfect, of course, but I'm still pretty proud of how it turned out.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, April 7, 2017

(SCS) March On!


This fun card uses the Birdie Brown Strike Up The Band stamp set. Aside from the Game theme, this card was also in a word challenge PLAY. I used the 4 letters as my palette inspiration, with the following:
P- Purple
L- Lime
A- Aqua
Y- Yellow

I think it's created a fun and fresh palette with a lot of great contrast.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

(SCS) Golfin' Time

We have several golf enthusiasts in the family, so I was absolutely thrilled to find the Golfing Tom stamp. It illustrates perfectly the kind of fun and game my relatives have with golf.

I really wanted Tom to be the focal element on the card, so I opted to just add him straight onto a card base with some foam tape. A simple sentiment and few fun enamel dots, and voilĂ ! A masculine birthday card with no fuss. :)

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, April 3, 2017

(SCS) You're a Winner

Continuing on with the Fun & Games theme, I used Simon Says Stamp's All Boy (retired) for another masculine card -- this time for congratulations. I paired the stamp with a fun Kaisercraft patterned paper and tried to repeat the elements (circles, stars) for an interesting layout.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, April 1, 2017

(SCS) Boy Defined

In August 2016, the Splitcoast DT theme was Fun & Games - and my mind immediately went to kids having fun.

With kids, fun often equals messy, and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's All Boy (retired) just sums it up perfectly. I used the sneakers from the stamp set and I colored them to look very muddy, like they've been well-loved and well-used - as is the case with all boy shoes.

A few fun enamel dots finish the design for this fun masculine card. I think it would be a great funny baby card for a new mom expecting a baby boy.

Thanks for reading!
Elle

Saturday, March 11, 2017

SK Sea & Cats: Final Quad

As I will be going on a lovely family vacation for the next couple of weeks, I thought I would post the remainder of the cards for the Sea & Cats kit.

 Just a fun 'n simple little creation featuring a white queen cat and her bowl of goodies.

Another monster-ific unbelievable birthday with Lawn Fawn's sweet Nessie.
Birthday duo of yellow-orange kittens with a doily and a bright birthday sentiment.
Last (but not least), a "from all of us" type of card featuring lots of kitties.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Some Odd Girl: March Challenge

It's monthly challenge time over at Some Odd Girl, and this month we're playing with things that POP! The theme for March is anything goes, with the added challenge to pop it up. Head on over to the Some Odd Girl Blog to check out some amazing creations from the design team - and don't forget to participate with your own creation!

For my entry, I used the new Gangsta Bunny digi. Have you guys seen this digi? I cracked up the first time I saw it. Just the idea of a gangsta bunny makes me giggle, and Kristy did an amazing job drawing him up. I just knew I had to use him on a card - especially with Easter coming.

I colored him in softer/pastel tones and added him to my card on an action wobbler (as my little helper, here, is demonstrating). This makes the card even more hilarious, as I imagine The Bunz break-dancing as he raps...

I hope you'll join us for this month's challenge!
~Elle~

Sunday, February 26, 2017

SK Sea & Cats: Sandy Kraken Birthday





This is probably one of my favorite cards in the Sea & Cats Stash kit. There's just something about a wide stripe that makes my heart happy - and even more so when it's paired with a sparkly kraken and a whimsical birthday greeting.

For this card, I used the Mini Stitched Scalloped Rectangles dies from My Favorite Things. I purchased this set of dies during a Black Friday sale, and I'm so glad I did. I love how sweet the scallops look and how well the different sizes layer together. I can see myself using this die a lot (along with the mini rectangles), which I got at the same time.

The scallops added a "cute" touch that fits so well with the adorable Lawn Fawn designs. That's something I find myself looking for often, I think. If a stamp is edgy, I aim for an edgy die or layout. Something as sweet as Lawn Fawn calls for sweet detail like scallops.

To finish my card off, I added a few enamel shapes, echoing the aqua background on the small rectangle and the pink blush on the kraken's face.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, February 24, 2017

SK Sea & Cats: Kitten Birthday Duo

Today's card is a break from the nautical and a splash into the wonderful world of cats. A kitten celebration seems perfectly fitting for a birthday, and a neutral teal-inspired palette keeps it fitting for both guys and gals.

I colored one kitty into a Siamese and another into a taupe-brown with a hint of white. One of my dear childhood friends had two cats just like these, and it was fun trying to figure out the best way to make them recognizable. I softened the background and gave it a little focus with some distress ink blending. And, lastly, a trio of enamels added a bit more visual interest.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~