Tag Archives: Avery Elle

Storage solutions for dies

IMG_20150215_154731I am so happy to be able to start crafting more regularly. My thumb is finally on the mend,and it is easier for me to create posts. I have also been posting some projects on Instagra and I have been able to see the amazing projects of my crafty friends.

First up, is a magnetic sheet storage solution for my metal dies.  I found some thin magnetic sheets from Staples. It comes with 4 sheets for around $10.49. The nice thing is that you can trim them to fit your storage pockets and dies. I trimmed mine with my Fiskars trimmer.      http://m.staples.com/touch/product.html#386943

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AFTER

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I am so happy with the results. I can arrange my dies the way I need them and they cling well so I can see what I have.

I am using the Avery Elle storage pockets and I have a Brother labeler to label my dies.

http://www.amazon.com/Avery-Elle-Storage-Pockets-25-Pack/dp/B00H266BEE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424034950&sr=8-1&keywords=avery+elle+stamp+pockets

 

I love a great adaptable storage solution. Hope it helps you out! Leave any questions or comments below.

Thanks for stopping by,

LISA

Sparkly doggie birthday card

8.2014doggiebdayI wanted to practice some watercolor techniques so I stamped this cute doggie a bunch of times on Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored them in with distress markers. I used a ruler and a pencil to make equal lines and then just erased the lines after I stamped the dogs. I didn’t want them to be perfectly straight but I just wanted them to be in a general line.

 

I cut out the stars with my Sizzix dies from sparkly Recollections paper.  I stamped the sentiment with an Avery elle stamp set. I embossed it with Wow! metallic platinum sparkle powder.

You can’t help but smile at these party-ready pooches!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Heart Die Cut Birthday Card–Avery Elle Challenge

8.2014everyellebdaycloseupI’m back!  Whew. It has been a busy couple of weeks. We went to the OBX with my in-laws and then as soon as we got home it was our son’s 17th birthday and then my mother came to visit for a week.  It has been a whirlwind of plans, celebrations, and visiting.  It has been wonderful, but it has kept me away from my crafting!  I have enjoyed seeing all the creations on Instagram, but I was itching to create my own things!

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I am getting back into the groove with an Avery Elle Challenge. I love the Cake and Candles stamp set I have and wanted to use it with their die cut challenge.

I had the idea of the hearts as a design on my notecard at first.  I am in love with all things chevron right now and had this paper from a sale pack of Recollections paper from Michael’s. I had not plan where I was going and once I put the hearts on the notecard I was stuck.  I decided to keep it simple, but sparkly!  I embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder and took a Elmer’s Silver Paint Marker to make the silver dots on the front of the card.

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I had some leftover peach Bazzill cardstock that I layered behind my sentiment (also on Bazzill cardstock) and popped it up with foam dots for added dimension. It is a simple card but incorporates a few different techniques.

Hope you enjoyed!  As always I love to hear your comments.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

More kitty birthday wishes….spots and dots SSS challenge

7.2014kittybannerinsta   I couldn’t resist another attempt at the cute Penny Black kitty stamp. I don’t have a supplies picture this time but I did use a Paper Source note card ( from Michael’s), We R Memory Keepers washi tape ( from Costco), twine ( from the garden section at Walmart), and the birthday sentiment is from the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp set. The sentiment was stamped on the circle I punched out for my previous card. I added some glossy accents and some Wink of Stella to the kitty’s party hat. I used  Hero arts soft granite and tide pool shadow inks for the sentiment.

I used my Cricut for the “best wishes”. This card was easy to create and it would be easy to replicate.

I am joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge…Spots and Dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

Glittery Star Birthday card….make your own STICKER!

7.2014glitterstarI had started this card last week, but once I had the glittery stars I wasn’t sure where to take it.  I wanted to highlight them, but the card just looked too plain.  I definitely am on the side of  more clean and simple designs naturally, but even my simple eye knew it needed something.

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Let’s start with the stars though!  I decided to make my own stickers with double-sided sticky sheets from Jo-Ann Fabrics. You could use any double-sided sticky sheets you  have. Those were just what I could find easily. I die cut the stars using my Sizzix Framelitsr Die Cuts. ( I forgot to include those in my supply picture!).  I positioned them on sticky sheet so that I could also find a use for the negative space created by the star cut outs.  I  haven’t decided what I want to do with this negative space yet though. Once I stuck my stars down on my card base, I added some Martha Stewart fine glitter to the shapes. I only took off the release paper on one of the stars at a time so that the colors would not get trapped into the other stars, although that could be a cute look too! I used the release paper and a bone folder to press the glitter into the star shapes. That way the glitter does not keep flaking off the card. I had seen Jennifer  McGuire do this and I can attest it works great!

20140708_151625I liked the dark navy cardstock ( I used a piece from the Recollections cardstock packs that go on sale for like $3.33 for a pack). I embossed some small dots on the bottom with my Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I added some flourishes and stars with the Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink and someWow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder .  The star and flourishes are part of the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp Set that I used for the sentiment inside.

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I had various bling from my Recollections collection and embossed the sentiment from the same Avery Elle stamp set with Recollections White sparkle embossing powder.

The metal tag I had lying in my stash for years!  I found some stickers that I got free in the mail from a scrapbook club that sent them out and added blue swiss dot ribbon, and some bakers twine to jazz it up.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge—Start from Scratch!

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If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lisa

 

 

Color Challenge Birthday Card

7.2014chevroncolor challengeI created a Color Throwdown Challenge card. This was the pallette:

swatch+299 (1)I decided to use my Pale Tomato Hero Arts ink pad for the strawberry slush, Broken China Distress Ink for the Tempting Turquoise, and the flowers for the Very Vanilla.

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I took my chevron stencil and used round spongers to  blot and blend the ink onto my cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker over the colored chevron for some sparkle.

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I added some Recollections and Making Memories paper flowers for a corner accent and brought in more of the red color with Doodlebug acrylic letter tiles. They spell out “luv”.

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The card looked a little too simple and so I added some silver foil paper from the Michael’s Recollection brand. If you don’t have silver foil paper, you could easily use plain paper and use silver embossing powder to create those strips of paper. I used my Xyron and some Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the silver strips, and I preferred the Xyron strips. The Tombow didn’t work as good for this application in my opinion.

I stamped a happy birthday sentiment with my Avery Elle Cake and Candles stamp set onto some scrap vellum I had in my stash. I cut the banner shape and used glue dots to dug the sentiment banner under the flowers.

I used my Cropadile 1/2″ corner chomper to round the corners. I like the way the banner stands out a bit, and this pale red color and the turquoise offset each other nicely.

This one had me stumped at first, so I enjoyed the color combination since I wanted to use it for something other than a patriotic theme. I  have a glitter chevron  that I rejected for this challenge that I think I will finish up and post soon.

Thanks Color Throwdown for the inspiration!

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Thanks for visiting!

–Lisa

 

Sand Dollar Card–SSS White Wednesday Challenge

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I was intrigued by this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I really enjoyed this challenge. Using ALL white was definitely a challenge. I am a fan of color, so trying to come up with something that was more monochromatic but still made a statement got my crafty wheels turning.

I originally was going to do all die cut flourishes, but didn’t like the look of it, so I dug in my Quickutz stash (LOVE that my Big Shot machine cuts out my Quickutz dies by the way!) and found this cute sand dollar.  You could add some shading if you wanted to, but I wanted as white as possible for this card. I die cut a  bunch and used my Xyron Mini X,  and Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere them to a basic Michael’s notecard. Before I adhered them, I embossed them with Recollections White Tinsel embossing powder. It gives a great sparkle but ends up clear. I spaced the sand dollars around the notecard until I found a configuration I liked. I had some hanging off the card, so I just trimmed them with my trusty Xacto blade when the glue was dry. I couldn’t resist adding some bling with clear diamond-like embellishments (also from Michael’s).

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I used the Avery Elle Cake and Candles Stamp Set for my sentiment, but you could easily make this any kind of sentiment. I stamped with Versamark on some vellum and embossed with Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder. I used my powder bag on the vellum before I embossed so that no embossing powder stuck.

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You can see how sparkly these cute little sand dollars are in the light. The embossing powder gives it a great sandy texture as well.

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I love thinking outside my creative box. I never would have thought to use all white.  I think I might try some more monochromatic schemes in the future.

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