Thursday, December 11, 2014

runway inspired challenge #73

I recently picked up a bad habit, where I make a card for a challenge, forget to blog about it, and then remember right after the collection has closed.  Well, its time for me to break the habit.  Here's a card I made for the Runway Inspired Challenge.

The card was inspired by this dress.

The color palette reminded me so much of the 80s.  What a wonderful time.  I used the colors and striped pattern for my card, which was given to my aunt for her 67th birthday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Avery Elle Red and Goldie, Avery Elle Fabulous Florals
Dies: Avery Elle Fabulous Florals Elle-ments; MFT By the Numbers Die-Namics
Other: Patterned vellum

Monday, December 1, 2014

mama elephant december challenge: valentine's day cards

This is 1 of 2 posts for today.  For my Avery Elle challenge post, please click here.

Happy December!  I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday.  Its been a whirlwind of travel and family time for me, and I'm happy that I got to squeeze in some time at the craft table.  

Its time for another Mama Elephant and Me Challenge.  For this month, our theme is Valentine's Day cards.  

Here's what I made:

I used the Type It stamp set and coordinating die set to make this card.  I just love the dies that are in this set. For my card, I die cut lots and lots of xoxo's, and glued them on my card base to make a fun background.

Then I stamped and die cut the typewriter and typing paper.  I used a cute sheet of ombre pink patterned paper for the little sheet of typing paper.  I cut a slit in the typewriter and slipped the "love you." sheet right in.  Adhered everything together with some foam tape, and boom, one Valentine's Day card is done and we're just into December!

I hope you check out the Mama Elephant and Me challenge blog and see the stunning cards that our challenge team has made.  May it inspire you to join the fun and make some Valentine's Day cards.  

Here are the guidelines for playing along:
  • Your entry must use at least one Mama Elephant stamp
  • Your entry must be based on the challenge/inspiration source (Valentine's day)
  • Your entry must link back to the Mama Elephant and Me post along with the graphic image
  • Winner gets featured on the Mama Elephant and Me blog and receives a stamp set of their choice
  • Deadline is December 28th
  • Link up your entries using the Inlinkz on the bottom of the Mama Elephant and Me blog
  • Have fun and stamp, stamp, stamp!!!

AEI♥U December Challenge: Inlaid Die Cuts

This is 2 of 2 posts for today.  For my Mama Elephant challenge post, please click here.

Its time for another challenge at the AEI♥U, and I think you're going to love this month's theme:

Yes, inlaid die cuts!  Its on trend, it fun, and the technique takes die cutting to a whole other level.  My non-crafty friends have seen some of my cards, and pretty much anything that involves inlaid die cutting results in the "how did you do that?!" reaction.  I just love it.  Here's what I made:

I used the Avery Elle Weather It clear stamp set along with its coordinating Weather It Elle-ments die set.  First I die cut the umbrellas on the card base two times, in the position that I wanted them to be on the card.  Then I stamped and watercolored the die cuts.  Added the little hearts where the umbrellas intersected for a cute touch.  I also heat embossed the sentiment on some scraps of black card stock and cut them into banners.

Then my favorite part.  Putting the die cuts back into the negative space on the card base.  I love this part because it reminds me of putting a puzzle together.  I know I sound like a total dork, but I find piecing everything back together incredibly rewarding:)

And there you have it!  I hope you check out the AEI♥U Challenge blog.  My fellow challenge team members have created some beautiful cards using the inlaid die cutting technique, and they are sure to inspire you.  And get this...TWO winners will be chosen to receive a $25 Avery Elle gift certificate.  Can't beat that!  

I hope you join the fun at AEI♥U.  Please make sure to check out the AEI♥U Challenge blog for all the rules and guidelines of this month's challenge.  Looking forward to seeing your creations!