Sunday, February 1, 2015

AEI♥U Challenge #21–Masking!


Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  GO HAWKS!!  ‘Nuff said.  LOL  Moving on . . . .  I’m back today to share the next AEI♥U Challenge which is:

Challenge 21

Masking!!  This is such a FUN technique that is super easy and packs a whole lotta “Wow” every single time!!  I had a ton of fun with it.

Challenge 21 -  Masking

Can you see where I did the masking?  I tried to keep it as simple as possible, in an effort to demonstrate the masking technique.  So basically I stamped the water onto my card base, stamped the same image a second time onto some masking paper and trimmed it out with my scissors, covered the previously stamped water with the mask, and then stamped the mountains.  So it looks like the mountains are behind the water.  Right?!  I did the same thing with the cloud and the sun.  I stamped the cloud first, then stamped it again on some masking paper and trimmed it out with my scissors, covered the previously stamped cloud with the mask, and then stamped the sun.  Easy peasy!!  I used Happy Camper stamps to create this sweet little scene, including the sentiment on the banner.  The banner was created using Build-A-Banner Stamps and Elle-Ments.  The front frame was created using Finished Frames Elle-Ments, and the opening was die cut using the Circle Tag Elle-Ment.

We’d love for you to play along with us!  Please click on through to the AEI♥U Challenge Blog to see what my sweet teammates have whipped up to inspire you all.  There, you’ll also find the Rules and Regulations of the Challenge, as well as the linky tool to link up YOUR take on the Challenge.  We’d love for you to play along with us!! You have until Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:01 AM to play!  Two lucky winners will receive a $25 Avery Elle Gift Certificate – so I have no idea what you’re waiting for!!  Now git!  LOL

That’s it for me today, friends!  I’ll be screaming at the television in a few short hours and stuffing my pie hole with Buffalo Chicken Wings and Chili.  I hope you have some lovely plans in store for your day!  I’ll be back soon – after my house guests leave!  LOL  GO HAWKS!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Avery Elle DT–Berry Good!

Hello my loves!!

It’s Friday – the Friday before the Super Bowl!!  Woohoo!!  We are, of course, Seahawks fans!!  I have a house full of guests arriving, and we’ll have a big ole’ party at our house on Sunday!!  It’s going to be a riot!!  Needless to say I have a million details to take care of today, and I’m headed to the airport to pick up my sister and brother-in-law.  But I wanted to pop in quickly to share a couple of projects that I created for the Avery Elle Winter Release.  These two projects feature the Berry Good Stamp Set and coordinating Berry Good Elle-Ments.

1-30-15 Berry Good

My first project was super easy to create.  Here are the steps that I took:

  • I stamped the pear image from the Berry Good Stamp Set onto some Pure White CS.  I then stamped it again onto some masking paper, and trimmed it close to the lines.
  • I laid the mask on top of the first image, and stamped again somewhat tilted to the left and offset to give the appearance that there are two pears there.
  • I then stamped the sentiment in the middle of the larger pear and colored the entire image with Copic Markers.
  • I trimmed out an A2, top fold card base from Maple Wood Grain CS.
  • I die cut the front white panel using the Dotted Elle-Ments.
  • I die cut the frame using the frame die included in the You’re Invited Elle-Ments.
  • I wrapped some green jute around the white panel and tied it into a bow.
  • I adhered the white panel and the trimmed frame to the card base with foam tape.
  • I fussy cut the pears and adhered those to the frame with foam tape.
  • Lastly, I attached some sequins to the card base with liquid glue.

I really need to work on my coloring, but other than that, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!  LOL

1-30-15 Berry Good 2

This second project was inspired by the same Faux Ceramic Tile technique that I learned from Julie Ebersole in the current Online Card Class that I’m taking – Clean & Simple 4: Techniques.  This class has been a blast, with a ton of great ideas for bumping up your projects with fun and simple techniques.  I deviated a bit from Julie’s technique.  I stamped the cherry image from the Berry Good Stamp Set in VersaMark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Then I watercolored the cherries and leaf with some distress inks.  and then embossed the the outside of the image using the cherry die from the Berry Good Elle-Ments. I also did a bit of stamp surgery on the sentiment – it comes stacked, and I just snipped it apart so that it would stamp in one line.  I’m having a blast in this class!!

That’s it for me today, friends!  I’m off to the airport (no doubt it’ll be a zoo) and then have a busy weekend of fun events, including the big Super Bowl party on Sunday!!  Woohoo!!  I’ll be back on Sunday with the next AEI♥U Challenge!  Until then, GO HAWKS!!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Online Card Class–CAS4: Techniques Day 1 Homework

Well, hello!!

I really shouldn’t be popping in today because I’m uber busy getting my house ready for guests that arrive tomorrow, and a little Super Bowl Party that we’re throwing on Sunday.  But watching all of the videos for the current Online Card Class: CAS4 – Techniques made it IMPOSSIBLE for me not to play along!  OH EM GEE – the techniques that are being shared in this class are phenomenal!  I only had time today to try one of the techniques, so I decided to try my hand at Julie Ebersole’s that she shared on Day 1.

CAS4 Day 1 Tile Technique

Okay, not gonna lie – this technique was SO MUCH FUN!!  Julie called it Faux Ceramic Tile.  I am blown away with how much like a ceramic tile this really looks!  I’ve listed the products that I used below.  There’s still time to sign up for this class, and you can take it at any time!  You can find the details HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’m off to the grocery store and then back to finish getting the house ready.  I’m hoping to have a little bit of time to try another technique, but I’m not holding my breath on that one.  We’ll see how much I get done!  Have a great day!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winner–Online Card Class–CAS4: Techniques!

Hola chicas!

Popping in briefly to announce the winner of the spot in the next Online Card Class – Clean & Simple 4: Techniques!!  According to, the winner is:

Class Spot Random Number
Random Comment Class Spot

Congratulations, Lori!!  I’ll email you with the details of obtaining your spot in the class!!  If you didn’t win, there’s still time to sign up!  Class starts on Monday, January 26, but the great thing about these classes is that you can take them at any time – and have lifetime access to the class once you’ve registered!  You can get more information HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  I’m off to crop with my sweet peeps – hope you have a great rest of your weekend!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Avery Elle–Bee Mine

Hello sweet friends!!

Popping in quickly to share another project that I created for the Avery Elle Winter Release.  This one features the new stamp set called Bee Mine, and the coordinating Bee Mine Elle-Ments.

1-23-15 Bee Mine

It’s Valentine season, people!!  And I love Valentine season!!  I especially love  making fun little gifties for friends.  I think this would be a “sweet” gift for a teacher, too!  Here’s a photo of the inside of the tag:

1-23-15 Bee Mine Inside

So, this was super easy to create!  Here’s the simple how-to’s:

  • Trim a piece of Pure White CS to 3” x 6” and score at 3”.  Fold in half.
  • Place the Bee Mine bee hive die so that a small portion of the top of the beehive extends beyond the top edge of the folded cardstock.  Die cut the bee hive.
  • Stamp the bee hive from the Bee Mine stamp set onto another piece of Pure White CS, and die cut using the bee hive die.
  • Color the bee hive with alcohol markers.
  • Using a small hole punch, punch a hole at the top of the folded bee hive; loop some black crochet cord through the hole.
  • Adhere the colored bee hive to the folded bee hive using foam tape.
  • Stamp the bee hive image a third time, this time onto some Raspberry CS.  Trim out the heart, flip it over and adhere it to the front of the bee hive with foam tape.
  • To personalize the inside of the tag, stamp the “To:” and “From:” using Elle’s Alpha stamp set.

Voila!  You have a cute little tag to attach to a sweet jar of honey-filled candies!!  Easy peasy, and sure to make someone fall in love with you! *wink*

Please click on through to the Avery Elle Design Team Blog to see what Katie Gehring is sharing today!  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

That’s it for me today, friends!  I’ll be spending tomorrow cropping with some funny chicas – can’t wait!  I hope you have some fun weekend plans, too!  Thanks so much for stopping by – I love it when you do!

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