Thursday, August 22, 2019

Avery Elle - Fall 2019 Release Blog Hop

Hello everybody!  Thank you for hopping along to my blog for the Avery Elle Stamps big new release blog hop!  Be sure you read/scroll all the way through my post today to read the GIVEAWAY information and to find the list of designers to hop along with next.

I have TWO cards to share with you today, this first one features Snow Fun one of the new stamp sets from the release and my first official Christmas card of the season!

To make this card I die cut an A2 panel from red and white gingham patterned cardstock.  I adhered this to a 110lb white cardstock base - nice and sturdy!   I then die cut a smaller panel of white cardstock.  I masked off the edges then used Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks to ink blend the background.  I also stamped some of the snowflakes from the stamp set using Salty Ocean but I stamped it off once or twice first for lighter 2nd and 3rd generation stamps.

The sentiment was stamped.  This smaller panel was backed with white craft foam and applied to the gingham panel.

On Copic friendly paper the images were stamped with black Memento ink.   They were coloured with Copic markers then die cut, backed with dimensional foam tape and applied to the scene.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen.

The finishing touch was to apply the pale blue and white snowflakes with a little Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue.  I also used a little Stickles in 'Crystal' to add some sparkle to the snowmen and a tiny dot of it into the centre of each stamped snowflake.

Below you'll see that I had extra images and so I decide to adorn the inside of the card for a surprise but still leave plenty of room for a personal message.

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My second card for this release is something really different for me since I didn't have to stamp or die cut a single thing!  This card was constructed entirely of paper from the new The Holiday Collection 6x6 inch Paper Pack together with the Holiday Ephemera Pack which is basically a fun collection of die cuts that are already coloured and stamped up for your immediate use.  With this you can create endless projects including cards and gift tags!

To construct this card I merely chose the elements I needed to build a scene from the Ephemera Pack and I laid them out on my craft table to find the right arrangement.  I then chose a background from the Holiday Collection and trimmed it to size leaving plenty of that design for a future project.

From this point it was merely a matter of building the scene behind and within the red stitched and scalloped frame using a combination of glue and single and double layers of foam tape so that the card became highly dimensional.

Once done I applied the scene to a red card base and embellished with a few sparkling clear sequins for that essential Christmas twinkle.

Buy these two items and you'll be whizzing through your Christmas card making list like a pro!

Thank you for coming by to see what I made for this exciting new release.  Please scroll down to hop to the next designer on the list.

Nicky x

Avery Elle  
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu
Elena Roussakis
Nicky Meek (you are here)!

To celebrate our Fall 2019 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a stamp set of their choice to 3 winners.  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 and 4 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, August 25th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 26th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.  You can check them all out here
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, or all 4 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment here on the Avery Elle Blog
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Charlie & Chip - Purple Onion Designs

My latest card for Purple Onion Designs uses those cuties Charlie and Chip as illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

This slimline card has dimensions of 8 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches.  I also created a panel of the same size but masked off the edges and then began stamping and colouring.  I stamped the background using The Perfect Spot.  I also stamped Beach Grass and the smaller sister stamp Beach Grass (small).

Using some further masking and keeping the original mask still in place I ink blended all the different areas from tree, to sky to grass using Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Lucky Clover and Tumbled Glass.  The masks were removed and I used Prismacolor Pencils to colour the tree trunk and flowers and shaded in and around the grasses - just for a different look.

Charlie and Chip were stamped with Memento Ink and coloured with Copic Markers and points were highlighted before fussy cutting the images, backing them with foam tape and applying them to the scene.

The sentiment was stamped from the Essential Thoughts Sentiment Set and the panel applied to the card base.

The final touch was using Liquid Pearls in Ruby Red to dot in the appearance of Poppies in the distant field.

I'll be back soon with another project happy crafting!

Nicky x

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Grand Photo Die with Pool Party - Avery Elle

Hell!  I have a new card for Avery Elle today that uses the Grand Photo Die and I also used one of the stamped images and a sentiment from Pool Party.

To make this card I die cut a 110lb white cardstock panel using the Grand Photo Die.   I took all the individual pieces and ink blended them using Distress Oxides in Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass.

I chose the sentiment from Pool Party because I just adore it and because it nicely fit the banner.  I flexed it onto my acrylic stamping block so that it would mimic the wave of the banner.

I reassembled the Grand Photo die cut and adhered everything together on the back and applied the panel to the white cardstock base.

On Copic friendly paper I stamped the image from Pool Party using Memento black ink and coloured it with toning Copic colours.  I die cut the image with the coordinating dies and then added a coat of glossy accents to the unicorn inflatable and the girl's sunglasses and once dry it was backed with craft foam and applied to the scene.

I used Nuvo drops and sparkling clear sequins to embellish the scene and then this simple card was finished.

Many thanks for coming by to read today.  See you next time!

Nicky x

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Field Mice and Strawberry Jam - Hello Bluebird Stamps

I'm back with a new card for Hello Bluebird Stamps where I've combined two of their newer stamp sets Field Mice and Strawberry Jam.  Also used in this project is the Grassy Knoll die and both the Gallery Frame #2 and Gallery Frame #1 die (underneath).

I ink blended a panel of white cardstock using Distress Oxide Ink in Spun Sugar, softly creating a focal point.  To this I adhered a white die cut of the Gallery Frame #1 die.  Next, I ink blended a panel of cardstock using Distress Ink in Lucky Clover and I die cut with the Grassy Knoll die to create the grass edge which I trimmed to size and added to the panel with a little dimensional foam tape behind it.  I then die cut more white cardstock with the Gallery Frame #2 die and I backed this with foam tape and layered it over the other frame.

On Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped my images from Field Mice and Strawberry Jam using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.  These images were watercolour painted using Kuretake Zigs in Oatmeal, Beige, Light Pink, Yellow and  Turquoise Green.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen and then the images were die cut.

I figured out where the sentiment from Strawberry Jam would fit perfectly and stamped the sentiment.  I backed the images with foam tape and applied them to the scene.

The panel was attached to a 110lb white cardstock base and I used Nuvo Drops to embellish the scene.

Thank you for stopping by to read about this sweet and joyful summer scene.   I'll be back before you know it with a new card!  Happy crafting!

Nicky x

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Willa & Chloe - Purple Onion Designs

I have a sweet little card to share with you today using cute little Willa and Chloe as illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

I used a stencil in my collection and Distress Ink in Ice Spruce to create the background and then applied this panel to the card base.  I die cut a simple stitched frame by Lawn Fawn using a pale gray cardstock, backed it with dimensional foam tape and applied it.  I set this aside for a few minutes.

I stamped the bunnies with Memento Ink in black and used the following Copics to colour them:-

E40, E42, E43 and E71
R00, R20 and R02
BG0000, BG10 and G00

I fussy cut the bunnies, backed them with foam tape and applied them to the background.

The sentiment is from the Sweet Occasions Sentiment Set and I stamped it onto a die cut sentiment strip in the same gray as the frame, backed it with foam and adhered underneath the bunnies.

I wanted to keep this card super CAS and simply finished the card by highlighting a few points with a white gel pen and adding a few sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.

Happy crafting!

Nicky x

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hippos On Holiday - Hello Bluebird Stamps.

Hello, I have shadow box pop-up card for you today using Hippos On Holiday from Hello Bluebird Stamps.

I'm not going to teach you how to make a shadowbox pop-up card, I would simply direct you to this superb video tutorial by Jennifer McGuire which will walk you through all the steps.  Don't be intimidated ... you can do this!

So basically you're going to make the basic shadow box pop-up card form as per Jennifer's specifications and  then for my card i decided I was going to make a fun ocean scene with the cuties from Hippos on Holiday.   First of all I die cut the rectangular opening in the front panel and then I die cut the wave image from Basic Borders Die twice and ink blended using Distress Oxide in Peacock Feathers.  I also used a sun ray stencil and used Spun Sugar Distress Oxide to decorate the inside background of the card.

I stamped my hippo images onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil.   I watercolour painted everything using Kuretake Zigs in Mid Gray, Light Gray, Light Pink, Yellow and Orange.  All images were die cut and then certain points given some highlights with a white gel pen.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento 'Teal' to a sentiment strip from the Stitched Tag Builder Die.

I then assembled the card bit by bit as per the video instructions and using acetate to 'float' images in 'mid air' such as the diving Hippo.  I embellished the card with flat cup Sparkling Clear Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.

I used 110lb cardstock for my shadowbox and it is very very sturdy and stands up easily as seen in the next image but of course it also folds down to an A2 size for mailing.

Plenty of room on the back to write your personal message to the recipient!  This was such a fun project, thank you for coming by to read today.

Nicky x

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Having Fun Mixing Hello Bluebird Stamps!

Made this card purely for the fun of it and for the love of Hello Bluebird Stamps.  This card combines bunny images and puddles and splashes from several Hello Bluebird stamp sets.  I just appreciate the fact that Hello Bluebird thoughtfully scales their stamps so that you can do this and in turn this creates endless possibilities.

For your reference I've used bunny images from Elephant Friends and Moose and Friends and puddle images and splashes from Puddle Play, Elephant Friends and Rainy Day.  The sentiment is from Puddle Play also.

To create the card I first ink blended a panel of white cardstock using Distress Inks in Iced Spruce and Tumbled Glass .... I just might have a favourite new colour combination in these two!!!  I did a little ink splashing to distress the blending.   I die cut white cardstock with the Gallery Frame 2 Die and backed this with foam tape and applied it over my coloured panel.  The sentiment was stamped using Memento Ink in Fog in the upper portion.

I also stamped the water puddles and splashes with the same Memento Ink as well as some little hearts from Puddle Play that I did in a slightly darker grey shade of ink.

On Bristol Smooth cardstock and using Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee I stamped the bunny images and watercolour painted them using the following:-  Kuretake Zigs in Oatmeal and Mid Gray and Tombow ABTs in 800 and 761.  Points were highlighted with a white gel pen.

The bunnies were backed with a little foam tape and applied to the scene.

I stuck the panel to a 100lb white cardstock base and then uses a few tiny sparkling clear sequins to complete my project.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back with something new before you know it!

Nicky x