Friday, December 8, 2017

LF - Rainbow Birthday

Lawn Fawn - Elphie Selfie stamp,  Lawn Fawn - Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6

In the frenzy of making Christmas/Winter cards, sometimes it's nice to just take a break and make a bright rainbow birthday card. Of course, we're so close to Christmas and my cards are still not done (or in some cases started!), so I can't afford to make a complicated card.

And so, here's a simple CAS birthday.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Crafty Goals/Resolutions and Over the Moon

MFT - Happy Haunting, Dear Lizzy - Stargazer 6x6 patterned paper

This year, I did not shop the crafty Black Friday sales. I'm sure there were some fabulous deals, but there just wasn't anything I absolutely had to have. A part of it is that it was a really busy time for me at work and home. But a bigger part is that I'm trying to bring my supplies under control.

It was around this time last year that I went on a shopping freeze (of sorts) in hopes of making strides in using up supplies. Sadly, I think I still ended up bringing in more things than I've used up. Though I've seen a big change in how much restraint I have with making orders, I have had very very very little time to create and I don't think I've given crafting the kind of effort I was hoping to.

So, my BIG resolution for 2018 is to CREATE.
- I'm going to try to use up a lot of the consumables like stickers, patterned paper and embellishments without immediately replacing them.
- I'm going to use different coloring mediums (like colored pencils and watercolor) more often, to balance out all the Copic coloring I normally do.
- I'm going to make a card every day of 2018 -- that's 365 cards to make!
- I'm going to blog regularly, though not necessarily every day.
- I'm going to do daily writing exercises (journaling or creative writing) in addition to practicing modern calligraphy.
- And (most importantly!) I'm going to enjoy the process.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happiness is Homemade

It's the beginning of the busy season for me, which means I need a lot more time to work, bake, wrap and decorate and that leaves me with a lot less time to make art. I still plan to make cards, of course, but once Thanksgiving feast is done, I'm probably jumping straight into Christmas cards and Christmas card gift sets.

I always oscillate between wanting to make gorgeous and unique complex cards for each individual person and making life easier by going in the simple mass production route. I have not decided what I'm doing this year yet, but I'll try to blog my attempts whenever I find a free moment.

In the meantime, I've been playing with the idea of quick and easy cards using things that are already on my desk - such as the die-cuts, embellishment packs and ephemera for a few paper pads I've yet to put away. I think it's fun to try something different and make a card without the usual stamping and Copic coloring.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Monday, November 13, 2017

MFT: One of a Kind

I recently purchased a few Distress Oxide inks in my favorite colors (Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves), so I thought I would try them out. They've been touted by crafters left and right, and often made to sound superior to the regular distress inks.

So far, I'm not really in love with them. The coverage is okay, but the colors are different from the regular distress inks and they make my hands inky and messy. I don't like messy fingers, especially when they rub off onto the card and it's a CAS card that's supposed to be white...

I did purchase the black Oxide ink too, and I'll give a try to making some galaxy backgrounds -maybe I'll have better luck with that. Or I may invest in some rubber gloves to use while I work with the inks.

Onto the card! I made a rainbow background and used Birdie Brown's Magical Unicorns stamp for the cute unicorn and sentiment. I added just a few enamel dots and adhered the panel onto bright pink cardstock.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Autumn Hello

Although it's autumn, it's mighty cold here lately and it feels far more like winter. So, I thought I'd share some of my autumnal creations while I'm still inspired by the changing leaves (and before I move to the flurry of winter-themed projects).

Today's card features the Rustic Sugar Clove with Coffee stamp from C.C. Designs. I just lovedCloves design, with the fun hat and winter accoutrements. I chose a cooler palette for Clove, pairing blues with warm browns.

I happened to find the perfect papers to match my coloring from Pink & Main's Pumpkin Spice 6x6. With a bit of die-cutting, I had a fun and interesting background scene. As a last touch, I added a die-cut sentiment and 3 glittery enamel dots.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

LF: Boy Congrats

Today's card features an older set from Lawn Fawn called Home Sweet Home. It's a retired set that was released in 2013, but it's been sitting in my stash for ages - just waiting to be used. I decided to pair it with a newer set (Elphie Selfie) because it had a fun little bird stamp that fit the card idea perfectly.

I went for a baby boy card, as I seem to have very few of those in my stash. I added a bit of texture with a dot stencil and blue ink, and embellished with 3 glittery enamel dots.

Today's card was inspired by the Lawn Fanatics challenge:
Their challenge runs until November 19th and it's a great way to dust of your old Lawn Fawn favorites.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

CAS- Layered Love


Today's card is a clean-n-simple creation featuring dies and layers.

I've really loved the CAS layered style I've seen a couple of crafters use, but it's always eluded me. My own attempts felt clumsy and off - and it was a source of major frustration. I thought a part of it might be that I don't scrapbook. So things like layouts don't necessarily come naturally to me. Or maybe the problem was that I didn't have the right supplies.

But after much trial and error, I've come to the conclusion that it's simply a case of trying to shove my own preferences and work flow into someone else's visual. I mean, don't get me wrong.. I still appreciate the lovely creations those crafters share. But short of copying their cards exactly, I will never achieve the same results. So, I might as well do my own take on the style, right?

Today's card is the result. Lots of layers and elements, but a simple design. And I love it!

Thanks for reading.
~Elle~

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Halloween Boxes

What else goes bump in the night? Trick-or-treaters!

Every year, I dress up the candy we give out for Halloween. We don't get too many kids, really - only about 30 or so - which means I can make all kinds of cute treat boxes, bags and decorations.

Last year, I made 2x2x2 boxes that fit a mini candy bar or a little bag of M&Ms. They feature fun Halloween paper (that I buy, but never use the rest of the year), some twine and charms made with a retired Halloween die and cardstock.

I got the instructions for the box from Sam (Pootles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBwm81fgok8
She is a SU demonstrator and does absolutely lovely boxes, treat bags and more. I do enjoy watching her videos and always feel inspired to make a special box or two.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Friday, October 20, 2017

Monster-ific

This card uses a free digital stamp from Useless Trinkets: https://uselesstrinkets.wordpress.com/freebies/

I colored the adorable toothy monster with grays and added some green dots. It reminded me of a mossy rock monster, though I didn't add enough texture to make his skin seem like a rock. I colored his belly yellow and gave him a bright purple patch of hair. I used the palette as my inspiration with the patterned paper and layering die colors.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spooky Pun'kin

Halloween isn't always scary. There's the cute side of Halloween - especially when the tiniest trick-or-treaters EVER ring the doorbell. I love seeing their costumes!

I used an adorable bunny in a pumpkin stamp from Lawn Fawn and paired him from a cute SU pumpkin paper. I die-cut a circle in the bottom right corner and added the bunny and sentiment on some foam squares.

Thanks for reading!
~Elle~