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~

Saturday, July 8, 2017

SCS: Art of Writing

Another fun card from the SCS September DT - Literally.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to see a museum exhibition that centered around books and writing. It featured early printing presses, ink making tools and displayed several old manuscripts. One of my favorite parts was an old practice book where the owner was practicing calligraphy that had ink splotches and sketches in the margins. It looked so playful and was in such contrast with the rest of the manuscripts.

I have to confess that the main reason why I bought the Music Hall stamp was the inky sketch of a Victorian lady. Ink being associated with writing and books made me think it was a perfect stamp to use for this month's theme.

I challenged myself to add a touch of mixed media flair, so I blended some distress ink across the panel. A sticker sentiment finished the card off perfectly. :)

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SCS: Get Lost in a Book

Today, I'm sharing another card from my stint in the Splitcoast Stampers design team.

I am a HUGE bookworm - a voracious reader that on average goes through at least 2 books every week. I read a variety of genres and book types (depending on my mood). I was super excited to see a literary theme for September 2016, and just knew I had to do something special.

My first thought was to make a card based on my favorite book. But I can't possibly pick a favorite book! Too many choices... So, I made a card based on my favorite book series -- Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

If you haven't experienced Discworld, I can't recommend it enough! It's equal parts hilarious as it is thought-provoking. It features an unforgettable cast and a universe that seems truly alive. And you need it in your life. Go out, buy any book in the series and prepare yourself to fall in love. You'll thank me later. ;)

My card features Discworld itself, a flat world that sits on top of 4 elephants that are standing on a giant turtle that's swimming through the starry universe.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

CCD: Shell-o

It's summer in my corner of the world, though it's a bit of a funny summer. We've had days with perfectly pleasant warm temperature, and then cool days where it felt more like crisp late autumn. We still had a chance to splash around the pool (or lake!) and that's what inspired this summer-themed card.

Today's card features Roberto's Rascals Beachies stamp from C.C. Designs. Roberto's is my favorite stamp line from C.C. Designs and Beachies does not disappoint. I paired this cute stamp with some summer stripes and an orange card base.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, July 3, 2017

RC - You Lift Me Up

Today's card features Reverse Confetti's Lift Me Up stamp set. Like a couple other Reverse Confetti stamps I own, I was drawn to the whimsical and unique art style. I used bright color to color in the giraffes and paired them with a colorful-yet-subtle patterned paper from Pinkfresh Studio. A few enamel dots round out the color palette.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, June 30, 2017

LF: Sloth Smile

I couldn't resist playing with Lawn Fawn's Hang In There stamp set some more, so I gave scene building another try. For this adorable sloth, I made a little topiary by stamping leaves (both first and second generation stamping), and then lightly went over it with the blending tool. This gave me a very soft, dreamy look, which went great with the little smiling critter. I used the Smile sentiment from Into The Woods (an oldie, but a goodie) to bring in some pinky red to go with the reddish undertones of the branch.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

YNS: DT Dare!


It's time for another Designer Dare! Your Next Stamp gave us a challenge to make something with the theme "Just For You" - a theme that's both wildly open to interpretation and focused enough to get those creative gears going. My first thought when I saw the theme was the upcoming Father's Day and making a special gift for dad.
Dads can wear many hats - from hard-working providers to strong "rock" protectors to goofy fun-loving best friends - and each dad is a little bit different than the next. Some dads love sports, others would rather spend their time looking through a telescope or playing a video game match. But regardless of their interests, virtually all dads always need one BIG thing -- Time. Every Dad (and Mom!) I know wishes they had more time for something. So, in our family, we've made a tradition that the best gift we can give to someone on their special day is plenty of TIME to do what they feel like doing.

This is where today's project comes in - it's a coupon book meant to give Dad some time to enjoy his favorite activities. It could be a night out with the boys, or a "no chores" break for one day. With the coupons and help from his family, Dad is guaranteed to find some time to do the things he loves.

To decorate the coupon book, I used the brand new Waddles - Bring on the BBQ stamp set. I loved Waddles for this project, in particular, because there's a big variety of Waddles stamps in the YNS store that can be used to personalize each coupon. You can find a winter-loving Waddles, a baker Waddles or even a relaxing-on-the-beach Waddles. With just a few sets, you can have an entire adventure's worth of fun activities.

This project is a great project to do with children. Your little ones can help you come up with coupon ideas, decorate the cover or even help write descriptions. It's a great way to get them involved in creating something special for dad without breaking the bank.

Head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to see more takes on this fun challenge.

Thanks for reading,
~Elle~

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bits 'N Pieces: Kraken Birthday

It's time to make another Bits 'N Pieces card! This is where I take some ready-made elements from my stash and put them together on a card. For today's card, I'm using the kraken from Lawn Fawn's Lovable Legends.

I adhered the kraken to a scalloped rectangle die-cut and added a skinny birthday sentiment. It looked a bit like a label, so I played with the idea of having it go on a notebook. In the end, I placed it onto a striped pattern paper. To make the space at the top look less empty, I added a banner and a heart. Looking at it now, it looks a bit like a page bookmark, so I'm happy with the design.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, June 10, 2017

YNS- New Release Blog Hop!



This post is a part of the Your Next Stamp June blog hop, where we're sharing fun and adorable projects to inspire you into summer and beyond. You can play along with us by hopping along! The more blogs you visit and comment on, the greater your chances of winning a 25$ gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store.

If you've taken a look at the Your Next Stamp store, you know that there's an abundance of my favorite type of stamp: cute - whether it's adorable critters you can't help but cuddle or boys and girls embarking on adventures, there's so many adorable bits and pieces to choose from. And then there's my all-time favorite gumdrops... I use enamel dots on virtually every card I make, and Your Next Stamp gumdrops are by far a favorite.

For my blog-hop project, I've created a bright and cheery masculine birthday card.
I played with primary colors - yellow, red and blue, and paired it with the simple sentiment and my favorite gumdrops! A little bit of masking and some creative trimming gave my card a fun edge that draws the eye to the sentiment.

The Handyman stamp is a fantastic set for any guy (or girl!) that loves tools, home improvement and fixing the many household objects we need on a daily basis. One of my favorite things about this set is that it has all the basic tools and you can choose whether you want to make them super cute by adding a smiley face or leave them plain. This adds so much more versatility, since you don't have to worry about selectively masking parts of the stamp if you don't want your tools to smile.

You can find the Handyman stamp right here. And remember, if you're quick, you can grab 20% off your entire purchase with this code:


Ready to keep hopping?



Friday, June 9, 2017

YNS: June Release!

I was fortunate enough to be asked to guest design for Your Next Stamp again this month. I had so much fun during my last design spot that I just jumped at the occasion! June's release features a lot of fantastic stamps, themed for fathers, 4th of July and summer splash fun. For my card, I decided to use Splish Splash Fun - which has an adorable kitten and her toad friend playing in a pond.
I used my favorite summer template - bright blues, warms yellow and a touch of red. I echoed my palette through some patterned paper, a sunny card base and polkadot ribbon. As a decorative touch, I added a few of the sparkly gumdrops in the corner.
You can grab these awesome goodies and more from the new release over at the Your Next Stamp store. And to celebrate this new release, there's even a special discount code that works on your entire order. How awesome is that?!



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

You Rock! with Mama Elephant

Mama Elephant's Rock and Paws stamp set was one of those sets that I thought was cute, but I passed on it right at release. I already had a couple of band-camp stamps, and I didn't think I needed yet another musical critter group. But the more I saw it pop up, the more I loved it until it finally made it to the top of my wishlist and I'm glad I got it!

My first idea for this set was to pair it with a watercolor background. I chose a bright teal in my PH Martin's Hydrus watercolor set and did an absolutely simple background. I actually used several layers of color, but I think I blended them out a little too much. I added a few splatters once the background was dry.

I colored the critters with very light, pastel colors. I think this helped them pop off the page.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, June 5, 2017

Hellloo... with Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn's Hang In There was a recently-released stamp set that I just could not resist. I love the sweetness of the images and the sentiments, and the lower price was a great bonus. I took the time to stamp out and color several variations of the sloth - I played with different shades, and that was a great coloring practice.

For this card, I went with brighter colors, and I echoed those bright tones in the colors I chose for my patterned paper and cardstock. I paired the striped blue paper with a textured pink cardstock and used scallops to add a fun feminine touch.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Traveling Thanks

I originally got the Reverse Confetti Bearing Gifts stamp set just before Christmas - with the intention to make some "thank you" cards for the overwhelming abundance of gifts we received throughout the season. But, as it often happens, the holiday prep took too much work and those thank you cards never happened. Of course, I'm taking it as a lesson-learned moment and plan on making my thank you cards over the summer instead -- much less pressure and a chance to carry the holiday cheer throughout the whole year.

With today's card, I thought I'd practice making a scene card. I'm not as masterful at scenes like my friend Kylie is, but I wanted to tailor this card in particular for friends and family that live far away from us. To play on the idea of long-distance, I brought in a map patterned paper and a French sentiment. I think it added a great personal touch.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Deep Hello!

As you may have noticed, I have not shared any crafty updates since mid-April. A part of it was that life and work have been very hectic (as it happens!) and another part is that I've been trying to focus on creating - rather than blogging or organizing. The good news is that I've now got a lovely little stash of cards to share and blog about. The not-so-good news is that I'm still in a mega-busy mode at work for a few weeks that will make my updates sporadic... But something's better than nothing, so I'll be sharing my creations as often as I can.

For today's card, I've used Avery Elle's That Bites stamp set. It's a smaller and more affordable set featuring fish with chompers - something that makes them very whimsical and masculine. For my palette, I went with a combination of orange, yellow and blue. This created a nice contrast, while still invoking the water/nautical theme.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

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~

Thursday, February 23, 2017

SK Sea & Cats: Bigfoot Birthday


It wouldn't be a birthday card without a monster-ific creation featuring Bigfoot! Since I'm planning this card to be a part of a small birthday set, I kept it very simple with minimal layering and embellishments. That way, I can recreate the same design with another stamp or two, and have a cohesive-looking birthday gift set.

Though I chose boy colors with aqua/teal and grey, the scallops add a softer touch. A palette change to pinks/purples would work with this design just as well. The enamel star could be replaced with a heart or a bow to make the card feel more feminine.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SK Sea & Cats: Bubble Birthday


Card 3 in my Sea and Cats Stash Kit features yet another adorable Lawn Fawn squid, along with a sentiment from PTI's Birthday II mini stamps.

I kept this card a little more on the masculine side - as it feels like it would be fitting for a boy birthday card. So, a palette of green with some sparkly enamel dots as bubbles worked perfectly for what I had in mind.

Being a boy card, I kept it very simple beyond that, adding just a sentiment and a small circle to ground the images.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SK Sea & Cats: Squid Thanks


 The second card in the Sea and Cats stash kit features an adorable giant squid and tiny boat from Lawn Fawn's Lovable Legends stamp set, along with WPlus9's Dockside (retired) sentiment. I also used a navy polkadot paper and die-cut a stitched rectangle out of a white cardstock panel for my scene. If I was making this card again, I would probably cut another panel to make the sea and sky look different - but I'd already adhered everything together when I thought of it.

This card is very simple and easy to put together. I like how the rope "thanks" matches the nautical theme of the squid and boat. As a last touch, I added a pink anchor to the end of the "T" to tie in the pink cheeks on the squid.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, February 20, 2017

SK Sea & Cats: Nautical Retirement


 The first card in my Sea and Cats Stash Kit share is a retirement card, using the WPlus9 Dockside stamp set (now retired). I was inspired by the nautical patterned paper that featured some classic colors  (navy and aqua) along with coral, pink and taupe. The softer colors made the palette feel neutral, which was just perfect for the retirement card I wanted to make.

I used some Lawn Fawn inks along with a couple of enamel dots as an embellishment.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mermake a wish


Today's card features a digi stamp from The Greeting Farm. This particular stamp was offered as a freebie in one of their newsletters a little while back, and I've been meaning to color it and use it on a card for ages now.

For my coloring, I tried something new and combined Copics with my Prismacolor pencils to add an extra touch of texture. I like how it turned out, and how it added a bit of extra depth to the image - particularly the hair. I'll have to experiment with this combination method again. I've seen a couple of artists use it in YT videos with absolutely brilliant results.

A bit of ribbon, enamel shapes and a pretty mint background - and that's all there was to it.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, February 10, 2017

Some Odd Girl: Valentine's Blog Hop!


Welcome to my stop on the Some Odd Girl Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Ria’s blog but if you just stopped by then head back to the beginning to get started so you don’t miss any stops.
Whenever I think of love, my mind always goes back to old vintage photographs of happy couples. I like the warmth of the tones and how it seems to capture a moment in time. So, I decided to make a vintage photograph featuring the Grands couple. I used my Warm Greys Copic marker - and it was an interesting challenge to make sure there was enough contrast to make all the details stand out. I also brushed the images lightly with a blending tool using Gathered Twigs distress ink. I used Gathered Twigs along with Pumice Stone on the background, too. A bit of gold glam on the "Love" die cut and a couple hearts tie everything together.

Be sure to check in and comment on each blog, including this one, to be the most eligible. Since we’re spreading the love so hardcore, everyone gets 14% off at the Some Odd Girl shop using code SOGLove! But, we'll also be choosing 2 lucky winners from those of you who comment on every blog, each receiving a $14 spending spree in our shop. 
Here’s our hop list...
Elle * You are here
Alexis

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~