Friday, April 29, 2016

Avery Elle–Shark Week, anyone?!


Hello friends!!


It’s Friday – phew!!  LOL  It’s been a super busy week around these parts, and it promises to stay busy for just a bit longer.  But I wanted to pop in today to share a super fun project that I creating using the new Hello Chum Stamp Set and coordinating dies from Avery Elle.  Check it OUT!






How freakin’ fun is this?!!  I created something similar to this for the Avery Elle CHA booth in January – it was a make & take that we provided for anyone coming into the booth.  It’s as easy as it comes to create, and I think would be so fun to hand out at your Shark Week party or a shark themed birthday party – at least that’s what I had in mind when I created it.  If you don’t know someone who makes those amazing cookies – created by my extremely talented friend, Terri from Fresh Cut Flours (she does custom orders, friends, and they’re the best sugar cookie you’ll EVER eat!), then you could fill these treat bags with gold fish crackers, or Swedish Fish candy!! I mean, COME ON!!  Fun, right?!!  Here’s how I created them!


  1. Die cut the bag topper from some Aquamarine Card Stock using the Treat Topper Elle-Ment.  Fold it in half on the scored lines, and perfect the crease with a Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Stamp the waves from the Hello Chum Stamp Set onto the front of the bag topper using Aquamarine and Pure White Pigment Ink.  I stamped the Aquamarine first, and then the Pure White just offset from the first stamped image to give the appearance of sea spray.
  3. Stamp the sentiments from the Hello Chum Stamp Set onto each bag topper using VersaMark and heat emboss with red embossing powder.
  4. Stamp the shark images from the Hello Chum Stamp Set onto Fog Card Stock using the Fog Dye Ink.  Use the coordinating Hello Chum Elle-Ments to die cut the sharks.  Fill the teeth and eyes of the sharks with a white gel pen.  Adhere the sharks to the bag toppers with foam squares.
  5. I added a bit of white shred in the bottom of each treat bag, again to give the illusion of sea spray as the sharks pop out of the ocean (anyone else think of the scene from “Jaws” when Richard Dreyfuss says “We’re going to need a bigger boat!”?), along with a cookie, and then attached the BACK of the bag topper to the filled bag with a Tiny Attacher (or a mini stapler).  I adhered the FRONT of the treat topper to  the bag with some strong double sided tape.  This way, the adhesive doesn’t show on the front, and you have a really sturdy treat bag!
  6. Finally, I tied a bow to the treat topper using the new Cherry Hemp Twine!  This stuff is AMAZING!!!  It has great body, to hold a perfectly tied bow, and the white is a WHITE white – not that dull, dirty white that other brands have.  That white white makes me happy!


There you have it, friends!!  I think this would make a super fun party favor, for any creative occasion that you can think of!  The possibilities are ENDLESS!!  I’ve listed the products that I used below!  Please click on through to the Avery Elle Design Blog for more delicious inspiration!


That’s it for me today, friends!  I’m headed back to my happy place to get some more deadlines knocked out, and might even take in a movie with a friend tomorrow – if I get all my work done!  I hope you all have some fun plans in store for your day and weekend!  Life’s too short to not have fun plans!  Thanks so much for stopping by today – I’m sure happy that you did!




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Favorite Things–Classic Hello






Today’s project features the Fly By Friends Stamp Set and dies from My Favorite Things.  When I saw this stamp set, I immediately thought of that classic bee image with like a crown or a laurel surrounding it.  So I set out to create that same classic image with the bee from Fly By Friends.  Here’s how I created my project:


  1. Trim an A2, vertical top-folding card base from Black Licorice Card StockScore at 5.5”, fold in half and perfect crease with a Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Die cut an image panel from Sweet Tooth Card Stock using the Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX Die-NamicsStamp the laurel image from the So Much Love Stamp Set and the sentiment from the Fly By Friends Stamp Set using VersaMark Ink, and heat emboss with Gold Detail Embossing Powder.
  3. Stamp the bee image from the Fly By Friends Stamp Set onto Black Licorice Card Stock using VersaMark Ink, and heat emboss it with Gold Detail Embossing Powder.  Die cut the image out using the coordinating Fly By Friends Die-Namics.
  4. Adhere the bee to the image panel with foam tape.
  5. Adhere the image panel to the card base with foam tape.


I plan to create a whole set of these cards with different sentiments and give them away as a gift.  This came together really quickly and is perfect for mass producing!  I’ve listed the products that I used below.


That’s it for me today, friends!  I’ll be hanging out in my craft room all day today!!  I hope you have some awesome plans in store for your day!  Thanks for spending part of your day here with me.  I’ll be back on Friday with more crafty fun!


Monday, April 25, 2016

My Favorite Things–Creative Construction with Blueprints–Strips, Tags and Flags


Hello there!!




I’m popping in today to share a project that I created for the My Favorite Things Creative Construction with Blueprints Challenge!  This month, we were challenged to use strips, tags and flags from the Blueprints Collection.  Here’s what I came up with!




I think you all know how much I love the My Favorite Things Blueprint Collections!  I mean, they have every die that you can imagine in them – they’re super versatile, and I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t create a card without them.  This particular challenge was super easy for me.  Here’s what we were challenged with:


I’m sure you can relate - you’ve created a beautiful background or set an impressive scene but are stumbling on the placement of your sentiment. We have the solution. Our extensive collection of Blueprints includes a wide variety of sentiment strips, tags, and flags that will provide a humble home for showcasing your sentiment in style.


Here’s how I created my project:


  1. Trim an A2, top folding card base from Sweet Tooth Card Stock.  Score it at 4.25”, fold in half and perfect the crease with a Teflon Bone Folder.
  2. Trim an A2 panel from Sweet Tooth Card Stock and die cut it with the pierced rectangle die contained in the Blueprints 21 Die-Namics Set.  Adhere it to the card base with foam tape.
  3. Trim another A2 panel from Smooth White Card Stock, and stamp the Roses All Over Background with VersaMark Ink.  Heat emboss it with White Detail Embossing Powder.
  4. Use the angled panel die from the Blueprints 15 Die-Namics Set to die cut the embossed panel.
  5. Apply a light blend of Abandoned Coral and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to highlight the flowers and give the appearance of leaves.  Adhere the inked panel to the pierced rectangle with foam tape.
  6. Die cut the pierced strip from Sweet Tooth Card Stock using the pierced strip contained in the Blueprints 3 Die-Namics SetStamp the sentiment from the Kind Thanks Stamp Set using VersaMark, and heat emboss it with coral embossing powder (I had this in my stash).  Adhere the sentiment strip to the card with foam tape.
  7. Adhere Sparkling Clear Sequins to the card with liquid adhesive.


There you have it!!  I am in love with how this turned out!  And I have to admit that using the sentiment strip maximizes that beautiful background!!  Please click on through to the My Favorite Things Blog to be linked up to the gorgeous creations that my sweet teammates have created for your inspiration.  I’ve listed all of the products that I used below.


That’s it for me today, friends!  I had a very successful garage sale with my bestie last Saturday – made enough to buy some more goodies!  Woot!  LOL  I’ll be holed up in my craft room for the next several days in anticipation of the next wave of visitors!!  Lots to do!!  Thanks so much for stopping by today – I sure do appreciate you!!


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