Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rocky Shores Die 3 Ways

Hi  Everyone! In every Avery Elle release there is normally one stamp set or die set that catches me by surprise. At first, it may not stand out as a favorite but over time, creating cards it becomes my stand by, go to product. In the latest release that die set is Rocky Shores

Today, I used the die to create a fun grassy field for these two friends. Rocky Shores made a quick and simple hill for these friends to stand on.

I die cut and colored the animals from Wood You? and Hedgehugs. The sentiment is from Simply Said Hugs.



I also used Rocky Shores ito create two completely different looks HERE and HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Avery Elle: Swans

Hi Everyone! Swans is an adorable small set from Avery Elle. I have to admit that I LOVE these small sets. They are so much fun!

To create my card I stamped and die cut the largest swan with the cute couple and colored it with Copics. I did the same thing with the small heart and added a little Glossy Accents. The background was created with Distress Stain and then I added the stamped sentiment and lots of sequins. 


The background paper is some adorable Crate Paper that I had in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Avery Elle: Wood You?

Hi Everyone! The cute stamps just keep coming, don't they? 

This one is Wood You? by Avery Elle. 

This card started with the beaver. His expression is the best. Next, I decided to use the chopped down tree in the set for a little (okay BIG) pencil. I LOVE birch trees so I knew I wanted to color the tree and stump a little different with the unique bark found on birch trees. 


I finished the card by cutting out a mat using Double Pierced Rectangle Dies and inking the forest floor with Distress Ink. The twine is one of my favorites, Aquamarine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Avery Elle: Hedgehugs

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm featuring the adorable Hedgehugs by Avery Elle. I also used this post on the release blog hop (a few posts back) if you'd like double the inspiration. ;)

I created this scene by stamping the hedgehog and balloon bunch from Hedgehugs. Next I stamped and die cut the small heart and another string from the balloon bunch. With a little creative cutting and gluing, I had a small heart balloon. 

I love creating with this set and I think you will to. I can't wait to see what you create. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Avery Elle: Hang in There


Hi Everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! 

Today I'm featuring the stamps and dies called Hang in There by Avery Elle. I decided to have the cute dog in the set flying in a hot air balloon. The balloon was created with three die cut circles and the adorable basket from the set.



I drew the hot air balloon strings and added the stamped sentiment to finish the card.

I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Avery Elle: Love Puffin

Today I created a card featuring Love Puffin stamps and dies. I started by creating the fun blended background with Distress Paints. I love how these paints blend and dry quickly. They are even perfect to stamp on. Fun, right?


Next, I stamped, die cut and colored the puffins. The scenery was created using die cut pieces from Rocky Shores.  Finally, the entire panel was cut using Finished Frames


Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Avery Elle Blog Hop!


Hi Everyone! Today is an exciting day! I LOVE the new Avery Elle stamps and dies and am super excited to share them with you!

Today, I get to share my first card of this release. I started this card with some of the adorable images from Hedgehugs. Heather Campbell, who designed this set, knocked it out of the park. Her illustration style is amazing!


I built the scene with Rocky Shores Dies (it makes a great mossy hill, don't you think?) and Tree Die. The banner was created from Hanging Banners. I just trimmed it down a little bit to fit the tree.


This hop is full of inspiration. Check out the others in the hop below and all the release details.


To celebrate our Winter 2016 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  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, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, November 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 14th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:


  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)

Right at Home: Christmas Foliage

Hi Crafters! Today I'm sharing a great set from Right at Home's Christmas collection. Christmas Foliage is a great set with so many iconic holiday images and perfect sentiments.


I started this card by creating a background with several stamps from the set. What I love about this set is that you can keep it simple with the images (like I did) or you can colored them to your hearts content. Next, I embossed the sentiment in white on black card stock and popped it behind a die cut window.


This was such a fun card to create! I can't wait to see what you create with this set!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Avery Elle: Kitsch Christmas & Retro Ornaments

Hi Everyone! Today I'm featuring Kitsch Christmas and Retro Ornaments from Avery Elle.

To start my kitsch card I took some time (okay, a lot of time) on Pinterest looking at all of the amazing inspiration. I found a few wreaths that I LOVED and was inspired to make a colorful, sparkly wreath from washi tape!


After I created my wreath, I stamped and colored a few images from the set and added them to my wreath. I finished the card with a sentiment. I love how it turned out!

For my second card I had the best time coloring these amazing ornaments from Retro Oraments. I used Copics to colored them in and then added lots of Wink of Stella so they shine and sparkle. 


Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Avery Elle: Holiday Spirits

Today I combined two fun sets from Avery Elle, Holiday Spirits and Elf-tacular.


I stamped and die cut the two main images, then carefully trimmed the Elf's packages from her hand so I could replace them with the rum bottle. The ombre bottle was inspired by a bottle I found on Pinterest. I love that I can pull inspiration from Pinterest for anything. ;)

I heat embossed the sentiment and added a hill to the background to add a little interest to the card.


 This elf is ready for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Right at Home: Fall Leaves

 Today I'm featuring the beautiful stamp sets Fall Leaves and Grateful Heart. There is such an amazing variety of leaf prints in Fall Leaves. I images are the perfect size for a focal image or to create a custom background.


In my card today, I heat embossed several of the leaf images and then blended in the colors that are currently in my back yard. I embossed the sentiment from Grateful heart (my favorite Right at Home stamp set) and finished the card off with some washi tape and twine.


These two stamp sets work so well together. I can't wait to send out this card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Avery Elle and Chibitronics

Avery Elle and Chibitronics are pairing up for a fun collaboration today.  Chibitronics has products that we can use to easily illuminate our  cards, paper crafts, textiles, and more.  They are so cool!  Be sure to check out their website for videos, tutorials, examples and templates.

We are giving away one Chibitronics STEM Starter Kit as well.   Just comment on this post or one of the design team members posts by Midnight, PST October 9th to be entered to win.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  Winner will be announced on the Avery Elle blog on Monday, October 10th.

Let's get to the hop shall we? The Avery Elle and Chibitronics design teams have some amazing projects to share with you so be sure to check them out at the following links.

Avery Elle / Jamie
Karolyn Loncon- GO HERE NEXT
Caryn Davies
Heather Campbell
Yainea
Melania Deasy
Katie Gehring 
Amy Kolling 
Ashley Marcu (me!)
Maska Vanacker 
Chibitronics Blog 

Chibitronics is SO cool! To create my card I started with lots of fun Avery Elle products! I stamped and colored Caroling Critters first. Then blending the sky with Distress Ink using the Falling Snow die to cut out sky (that will later light up!). Next I stamped the sentiment from the Comfort and Joy stamp set.



Once the front of the card was complete I was ready to work on the lights behind them!



To set up my lights I placed the battery behind the "bright" word of the sentiment, then placed the three lights in a row on the horizon of the scene. This will make the whole sky glow! TIP: I didn't want the animals to glow so I placed black cardstock behind them to block the light. TIP 2: I put a piece of copy paper behind my die cut hole to hind any copper tape and to diffuse the light. 


Finally, it was time to put it all together and light up the card! The lights are amazing! The glow is super cool! 



Enjoy the rest of the hop! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Avery Elle Merriest

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm featuring Merriest by Avery Elle. This set is one of those that I will be going back to time and time again because of the amazing year round sentiments that you can build with it. 

I couldn't help but add a few more sets from the latest release to build my card. The reindeers are from North Pole Pals and the string of lights is from Retro Ornaments.


The sentiment was embossed with Ranger Gold Embossing Powder. This stuff is magic I tell ya. I may emboss with gold forever. 

The reindeer and lights were colored with Copics and the background was blended with a few different Distress Inks. 


Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Right at Home Thank You

The colors of fall are here. I love bringing in bright reds, oranges and yellows from outside in to my cards. Right at Home has a amazing flower stamp set called Find the Beauty. The flowers and sentiments are perfect. I can't wait to stamp it again and again.


For my card today I stamped several of the flowers from the set using my Misti and pigment ink to get very vibrant colors. I die cut a circle from the middle and placed a Distressed stained panel behind it.


The sentiment was embossed on a small black circle and placed in the middle. Sequins finished the card. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stamptember with Avery Elle!

Stamptember has been so much fun over at Simon Says Stamp! Today I get to help introduce the collaboration set with Avery Elle. This set has awesome fonts and great sentiments.


I embossed the snowflakes from the set in white and then layered distress ink over each of them, carefully blending the colors where they touched. A little blending goes a long way.


I finished the card by stamping the sentiment, adding raindrops and sequins and adding patterned paper from The Neutral Collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Get your Avery Elle Stamptember set before they sell out!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Pinecones and Puppies

I love creating for Christmas. I also love starting early so I have a nice stash of cards when I start sending them out in November. It will be here before I know it!

Today I created with Avery Elle's Pinecone stamp set. I stamped it three times to create the pine needles, single pinecone and pinecone with bow. I used Distress Ink to color them all and then layered them together. 


The tag was cut from the Postage Stamp Die set and I finished off the card with Pretty Pink Posh sequins. This card could easily be mass produced. ;)

Next, I created a card using the absolutely adorable Happy Howlidays stamp set. I took a little more time with this card....my husband claims it took me 3 hours...I don't think so. :) Anyways, I stamped the puppy and colored him once. That is the one with the blue scarf. 


Then I stamped it again twice and trimmed off the head and scarf tail. I colored and fussy cut the pieces and then creatively taped them all back together. Sweet little friend for the original, don't you think!?

The frame was die cut from the Postage Stamp Die set and the hill was cut from Dotted Borders.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Avery Elle Chalet

Hi Everyone! Today I'm featuring Chalet from Avery Elle! This set takes me back to when I was a young teenager and LOVED to paint Christmas houses. 


When I first got this set, I stamped and colored several houses and decorated them. It was so fun to customize the houses with windows, doors, garland and lights! I selected two of those house for this card and placed them on a hill I created using the Pierced Circle Dies and Dotted Border Dies. The tree, snowflakes and sentiment finished the card.



Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Elf-tacular and Polar Pals

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

Today I'm creating with a few of the amazing Avery Elle stamps that were recently released. I adore all of these sweet images.

My first card uses the new Elf-tacular stamp set and dies. I stamped the girl, bear and presents and colored them with Copics. The background is blended with Distress ink and the scalloped roof was die cut from Happy Home dies. I trimmed off the bottom of the die to show off the scallops. 


Next, I created this card with the same Happy Home dies but this time placed Santa and his favorite reindeer on top. :) The stamps are all from Polar Pals. The night sky was created using Distress stain. I love Distress stain. The card was finished with Avery Elle's Midnight twine.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Avery Elle Fall Release Blog Hop



Welcome to the Avery Elle Fall release blog hop! This release is UNbelievable. Today I'm sharing a card featuring Caroling Critters with coordinating dies. This set is a show stopper. :)


To create the card I stamped, die cut and colored a few of the animal images from the set. Next, I did a partical die cut from Pierced Circles. The background was created with Distress Inks and a splatter of white water color. I finished the card off by stamping the music notes and sentiment.

There are so many more cards to see and a prize to win! Check it out... 


Ashley Marcu (me!)

To celebrate our Fall 2016 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  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, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, August 14th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 15th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:


  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Tough Guy

Hi Everyone! I'm wrapping up this release with Tough Guy (psst...new holiday stamps are coming soon!) 

I started my card by stamping, coloring and die cutting the image. Then I created a background by masking random angles with masking tape and adding color with Distress Ink, then splashing water.


I know I've enjoyed every single one of my stamps from this quarter's release....I just can't wait to share new stamps and projects with you soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tombow USA and Avery Elle Blog Hop!

Hello! Welcome to the Tombow USA and Avery Elle Blog Hop! Hopefully you arrived here from Maska's blog. If not, you can start the hop over on the Avery Elle Blog
Today I'm featuring That Bites from Avery Elle and Fluorescent Colored Pencils from Tombow USA.


This card was inspired loosely by Finding Dory. Did you see it? 

To create the card I stamped and die cut one of the fish from That Bites. I colored them all with the Tombow USA Fluorescent Colored Pencils, watercolored the background and heat embossed the fun sentiment.



This hop is filled with great products, inspiration and of coarse a super sweet prize... Here are the details...
PRIZES! Comment on all the blogs in this hop your chance to win an awesome prize! One lucky winner will get BOTH a $50 Gift certificate from Avery Elle and $50 worth of Tombow Adhesives! We will announce the Winner on August 1st via our Social Media!
Use the Rafflecopter to get up to 43 chances to win!



Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Reef

Today I'm sharing the Reef stamps and dies from Avery Elle along with the Coral Reef dies. This is the perfect beach set and I had such a fun time inking and coloring all of the elements to make my scene.


I picked coordinating inks and dies on the shells to make them soft and blended. I couldn't help but splatter water on my Distress Ink background to tie in to the theme.

The sentiment pops in black and finishes the card with the perfect saying.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Avery Elle & Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop!

Hi! It's Day 2 of the Pretty Pink Posh and Avery Elle Blog Hop! You should be coming from the super talented Nichol Spohr Magouirk's blog.



I love when two companies team up to combine their amazing products! There is so much inspiration! 

Their are 2 $25 Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates and 2 $25 Avery Elle gift certificates up for grabs. Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. (Comments must be left by July 24, 2016. Winners will be announced on the PPP and Avery Elle blogs) 

Today I combined Avery Elle's Flamingos with the awesome Scallop Circle Dies. I used the larger die for this card. 



Next up I used the smaller die from Scallop Circle Dies and combined it with Konnichiwa from Avery Elle.




I also added my favorite sentiment set Big Greetings.

You are almost done with the hop! Next up is....

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Butterflies

Hey! It's Thursday! That means I have a new card up over on the Avery Elle blog! This week I'm featuring the Butterflies stamp set


I stamped the large butterfly with my Mini Misti, colored it with Copics and added a few white highlights. I created a polka dot background with some Distress Stain. I finished the card with a pierced circle and some twine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wild Birthday

Today I get so share Avery Elle's Wild Birthday! These animals...adorable. 


I colored the animals, layered the hill from Dotted Border Dies and added the super fun banner. 


I love that you can add details to these animals. The party hats totally make the card, right?


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Band Camp

Band Camp! I loved making this card. The images in Avery Elle's Band Camp are so fun to color. I started by just by stamping and coloring all of the images. 


This band is rockin' it all the way through sunset. Because that's what you do at band camp, right? 


Stamps & Dies Used:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Scoop & More

Ice cream trucks are the best. Do you love them? I know my kids do. I wish the truck that drove around our neighborhood was as cute as the one from The Scoop. ;)


I had such a fun time decorating and coloring this truck and I LOVE the way the die cuts out the window of the truck. Clever, right?

It's so hard to choose a favorite from the Avery Elle release but mine might have to be That Bites. I mean, these fish...they are so cute, mean, ugly and adorable all at the same time. I can't wait to make more cards with them!


Stamps & Dies Used: