Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rocking Hello


 Today's stamp features Mama Elephant's Rock and Paws stamp set. Like last time, I used a teal background - though this time I just blended in some distress inks to a half-circle part. To punch up the contrast, I added a couple of black stars and a black enamel heart. I think it really brought the scene together.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Back in action: Yeti Thanks

Today's CAS card features Birdie Brown's Beast Friends stamp set, along with a sentiment from Mama Elephant's Many Thanks. I kept the card super simple, so the emphasis was on the cheerful palette and the adorable yeti. The yeti was colored with Copics and fussy-cut, then added to the card with foam tape.

This past month has been a rough month - not because anything bad happened (thankfully, everyone is very happy and healthy), but because we've been busy jumping into the last of summer adventures before school started again. It's been a lovely adventure, but one that left me a bit too scattered to find the time to photograph and share cards I've created.

Thankfully, I have had a morsel of down-time in which I could create. But sharing is a whole different beast (no pun intended!). I'm going to try to work in advance and share a creation every day. I can't promise I'll be able to find the time to write a long blog post, but there will be something fun to see every day.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, August 3, 2017

LF- Winter Sloth

Yes, it's only August, but I've already got Christmas on the brain!

Ever since I decided to make cards instead of just buying them, Christmas cards have become a bit of an ordeal. I've got quite a few to make (one for each family member and close friend), but I cannot seem to quite bring myself to make all the cards the same and do them assembly-style. And it's funny, because before I got into card-making, I loved getting those big card boxes and giving everyone the same card with a personalized message. But when it comes to making a batch of cards, it's like my creative brain just shuts off - or worse, gets antsy.

At the same time, making a whole bunch of personalized cards gets very long - and kind of expensive. I don't always have all the winter stamps to suit everyone's favorite icon, or if I do have it, it's already been used. Plus, people's interests change throughout the year. Someone who used to love polar bears has suddenly grown to love penguins and I can see myself scrambling to add this new interest to their card.

So, I might take it a little easier this year. Maybe just make some fun cards that are "me" and then just pick out the right person they're perfect for. I've got both traditional and unconventional stamps that I'm excited/inspired to use, and I plan to just have fun with it.

For today's card, I pulled out the adorable Hang In There sloth from Lawn Fawn. I paired it with Lawn Fawn's Baaah Humbug (winter hat and sentiment), and set everything against a pretty winter snowflake paper. I kept the rest of the card very clean and simple, with a white cardstock and a couple of dies.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Keeping it Simple: Full Heart

As you might know, I like to challenge myself to make something different. For today's card, I decided to try and make something without using any coloring - no Copics, no watercolors, no pencils. Just a simple 2-color palette and some interesting die-cut pieces.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Many Thanks stamp set, and it's certainly a unique way to say thank you. I paired it with a die-cut heart and made a panel with WPlus9's Sunshine Layers die. I popped up a few pieces on foam tape and adhered the rest flat. I set everything against a simple polka-dot patterned paper and a light pink card base.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, July 20, 2017

ST: Sending Joy

I mentioned recently that I really enjoy finding little treasures in my stash that I had forgotten about and thinking up ways to use them. I thought it might be a good challenge and some good fun to start a new feature on my blog called Stash Treasures. This will not only be a great creative exercise, but it will also help keep me focused on the supplies I've got instead of thinking about what new things I need to buy.

For today's card, I pulled out an ephemera pack from Fancy Pants' Oh Deer line. I remember getting the ephemera pack because it had two adorable deer that I wanted to use on gift packaging. I never did end up using the deer and the ephemera just sat there in a little jar.

I grabbed the "joy" word from the pack and paired it with a Simon Says Stamp Sending die. I added some warm polka-dot paper and hung a couple ornaments to the side that were echoed in sparkly enamel dots. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SCS: Arthurian Legends

And here is the last of the SCS September 2016 theme I'll be sharing.

I love the myths and legends centered around King Arthur. I love the stories so much that I took 2 classes in college about King Arthur (and aced both of them). So, it's only natural that I would want to feature something Arthurian for the literally challenge.

Sir Galahad was just the perfect stamp to use, and I paired him with a sticker from Tim Holtz. I think I can use this card as a great masculine congratulations or birthday card. :)

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Retro-ish Thanks

Lately, one of my favorite things has been going through my crafty stash and digging up things I've had for ages, but never used. Like, for example, this patterned paper pad. I absolutely had to have that paper pad when I started out on my card-making journey, and then I just never ended up using it because I couldn't find the right stamps to use with it.

Happy Go Lucky has a retro feel, and (at the time) I owned no retro stamps. Everything that I could think to pair up with it felt too cutesy or too modern or too bold. So, off went the paper into "long term storage" where it sat until I got bit by the re-organizing bug.

I pulled the paper out recently, and I paired it with Hero Arts' Spring Hello stamp. Although the stamp is not obviously retro, the calligraphy made me think of shabby chic - and it just clicked together with the retro paper.

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Friday, July 14, 2017

SCS: Love of Mythology

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Athena (retired)

Continuing on with the SCS theme of literature...

Ever since I was really young, I've had a tremendous interest and passion for mythology. I started reading when I was very young (I could read by myself when I was 3) and some of the first books my mom bought me were encyclopedias of Greek and Roman mythology. I fell in love with the stories and continued to read about mythology from then on.

For this card, I used a stamp of Athena - goddess of wisdom, courage, justice and art. I set her against a patterned paper that had hand-written text on it. I kept everything clean and simple - to echo the ancient Greek architecture that featured a lot of pristine white.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

AE: Christmas Joy

Yes, it's July and I've already got Christmas on my mind... But in my defense, when you're making hand-made gifts and cards, you really need to start working early. I'm still pinning down exactly what artful and crafty things I want to make this year, so I thought a wintry card might get me in the Christmas mood.

I just adore the cat from Avery Elle's Dear Santa stamp set! She has a lovely retro kind of feel, while still looking perfectly elegant and serene. She reminds me of Aristocats - one of my favorite childhood movies. So, it's a perfect mix of nostalgic and warm fuzzy feelings.

I paired the cat with some bits and bobs of paper from my stash. Blues went great with silver and gray, so that's the color scheme I chose.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, July 10, 2017

RC: Thank You Bear


Have I mentioned that I love Reverse Confetti's Bearing Gifts stamp? There's something so fun about a big old bear in a tiny car, carrying a bundle of gifts... And it lends itself to so many occasions! He could be delivering Christmas gifts or sending birthday gifts, or even taking home a bundle of happy that someone else gifted him. Change the color palette and add a few accessories, and presto - you've got another occasion this bear could visit. The versatility of the set is a great thing, and a big reason why I'm happy to have this stamp in my stash.

For today's card, I chose to go with "thank you". I thought I'd try something a little different and used my Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders die to make a front panel for the bear. A few lavender hearts tie in the color scheme.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~