Ombre Distress Ink Blending

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This is a super fun card I created for the Camp Create session at My Favorite Things. The challenge was to create an ombre card by using inks, or watercolours or whatever you had on hand. I used some pink and purple shades of Distress Inks to create my background on a scalloped border white piece of cardstock.

Distress Ink ombre


I die cut in the center of the card using a heart shaped die from Avery Elle, and glued a piece of clear acetate to fit behind. Next I added foam tape to the back of the card and surrounding the heart to be sure it was completely surrounded (so my little sequins cannot come flying out). I then attached my card base which is 8.5 x 5.5 inches folded in half at 4.25 inches.

For the front of the card I used the My Favorite Things Magical Unicorns stamp set. This is such a fun and cute set! I stamped all the images in Memento black ink, and die cut them all out and coloured them using Spectrum Noir markers.

All of my finished, coloured images were glued down onto the card front using tombow liquid glue, and then I stamped my sentiment using Memento black ink.

Magical unicorns shaker card

Magical Unicorns shaker card

Thanks for visiting and checking out how I made this card today!!



Pink Monochromatic Birthday Card

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Pink monochromatic birthday

I am back from the pool time to post a quick birthday card! This card was made for the My Favorite Things Camp Create challenge to create a monochromatic card. I seem to own a lot of pink papers, so I went with pink!

The birthday stamp sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp birthday celebration, while the pink heart paper and cardstock is from the Simon Says Stamp February card kit.

I die cut my paper with Mama Elephant scalloped border from the Basics set. I glued this onto my pink cardstock, which was already cut down to 5.5 x 8.5 inches and scored in the middle at 4.25 inches. The oval scallop border and stitched oval circle come from Avery Elle sweet scallops dies. The ink I chose is from Studio Calico called flamingo.

I used foam tape for the sentiment and make it pop off the card a little bit more, and added some embellishments.

Here is the final card.

Monochromatic Pink Birthday


Summer Fun

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Hey friends! I can’t believe how quickly August crept up on us! I have been trying to enjoy my summer here and soak up as much sun as possible before the season changes. That is why, sadly I have not had much time for card making! If it wasn’t for those My Favorite Things challenges this summer, I don’t know if I would have done any crafting at all. Wait, who am I kidding, it is kind of an obsession of mine lately.

It has almost been a year, that I decided to scrapbook all of my memories that I had been making over the last few years. I had around 500 photos printed, and all of my souvenirs were all organized so I could just go page by page through my memories and glue them down. Well, as my creativity started growing, now each page takes so much time! I add fun shapes, embellishments, stamps and die cutting to give my scrapbook page some fun!

But once I started my scrapbooking last fall, I just dropped it and moved onto cardmaking. It has been a furious 8 months of card making, but I still have those 500 or so pictures I need to do something with. So along with my goal of soaking up as much sun as I can, I am going to be chipping away at my scrapbook. Slowly but surely. I am not going to put it on the back burner this time. It will be my little (or rather large) side project.

I will definitely still be making cards, so don’t think you have lost me forever! Believe me, once the cold weather comes, I will be right back inside sitting at my craft desk! Part of me wishes it would come sooner! (Then I wouldn’t feel so guilty about missing a beautiful sunny day and crafting indoors).

Be back soon! (Hopefully)

-Elle Kay

Creating a Background

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This is the LAST card from Camp Create Bootcamp. Here we were challenged to create a background using stamps. I created a galaxy background using some Avery Elle stamps, and some Distress Inks.




I think this is a gorgeous card! After stamping the stars and constellations in Distress Embossing Ink, I sprinkled some Ranger Silver embossing powder over top, shaking off the excess. I heat set the powder until it became shiny and beautiful. You can begin using Distress Inks right away over top of an embossed image. I blended all my galaxy colours, and spritzed some water over top to react with the ink.

The sentiment is from the same Avery Elle stamp set, and I used a black Memento ink on white card stock to make my sentiment “POP”.

Thanks for stopping by today! I will be taking a little break to relax after this tough and challenging week at Camp Create bootcamp! It was a great week, and I learned how to do so many new things! Thanks to My Favorite Things for constantly challenging, and showing us new techniques!






Magnificent Masking for the Camp Create challenge

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Another busy week here at what seems like a cardmaking bootcamp! Today’s assignment was to create a card using a masking technique. I did not have any masking paper, but I just simply stamped two images, and cut one out to temporarily tape over top of my image. The purpose of doing masking is to create a background for your main image.


(If you are viewing this image on a mobile phone… sorry I am having difficulties with this image)

To start out this card I die cut out a stitched border and stamped my two cute kitties from My Favorite Things BB Cool Cats stamp set. I created a mask, and covered up the kitties while I used Distress Inks to blend a scene behind them. I used Distress Ink colours Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Grass. Once I was happy with my background, I removed my top mask and coloured my kitty image. To colour I used Spectrum Noir markers.  Lastly, I die cut a Thank you sentiment and glued the sentiment, the front panel, and a cute polka dot paper and glued that onto my card front.


Thanks for seeing my card today, and stay tuned for my last card in the Camp Create challenge week!

Inlaid Die Cutting

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Hello there! Welcome to my most recent camp create challenge project. This challenge was to create a card by doing some inlaid die cutting. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant at first, but it means that your card remains flat, and when you die cut a shape, or word, you also die cut from your card front and place your piece in the negative space. Here is a picture of what I did and what I am trying to explain, which I don’t think made any sense.




As you can see in the above picture, the window is completely flat onto my card base. This technique would definitely be helpful to keep your cards flat, since mine tend to grow and grow with many foam layers! I have a timelapse video of how I made the card, I hope this helps you visualize how it was done.

Some noteable products that were used for this card, are the My Favorite Things BB Cool Cats and BB I Knead you stamp sets. From My Favorite Things also the Classic Window die cut was used.

Here is the finished card! Thanks for stopping by, and check out some of my other cards, or stay tuned for more cards created for the Camp Create challenge!


Coloring on Kraft – Camp Create 2 MFT Challenge

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Here we are again with a new Camp Create challenge from My Favorite Things! These challenges are definitely keeping me from losing my creative streak this summer, and are helping to keep me experimenting and trying new things. Today’s challenge was to color. It didn’t have to be on kraft paper, but that was what I did anyways. I had previously tried to stay away from colouring on kraft paper, because the colours don’t usually come out how you expect them to, but I like how my colours turned out this time! I definitely experimented a bit before I committed to colours.

To make this card, I cut my standard size card stock in half length wise to create a top folding card (11″x 4.25″). I folded my card in half at 5.25″. I cut a plaid patterned paper from Lawn Fawns paper kits to 4.25″x 5.25″ to cover my card front. I then used another piece of kraft paper and die cut it to have a stitched border around it. I used the My Favorite Things Cool Cats stamp set to create my images and for my sentiment. My markers are Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. Of course the card was finished off with some matching sequins!

Thank you for stopping by to check out my challenge project. I will be back hopefully with 3 more projects for the Camp Create challenges!


DIY Minc Foil with Free Printable!

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Hello again! I have been busy creating my own printables to be able to really have fun with my Heidi Swapp Minc. I was going to be creating some beautiful pieces for our bedroom on a black background in a black frame, but my print store does not print on black paper. I really wanted the gold foil to really stand out with the black. Unfortunately, after I transferred my foil to the white card stock, wherever there was no printing, I thought it looked too bright white.

What I did instead was take the left over foil and put black behind the words to be sure you could read it. I Like how it turned out, but I don’t LOVE it. You cannot really appreciate what it looks like because of the glare from the ceiling light, but it looks pretty flashy! I will definately be experimenting with different ways to do this, including using watercolour paints behind the gold foiled lettering.

If you love yourself some Romeo and Juliet you will recognize this quote, and it is perfect for a bedroom! If you would like to try out this wall art printable, that download the PDF and print it out! If you have a laser printer you can go ahead and apply foil to the letters and see how you like it, or leave it as is! Its one of my favourite quotes of all time, and I love that now I have a beautiful way to share it, and show it off in my home.


Goodnight 2

Download the free printable by clicking the link below! Thanks for visiting, and keep checking back for more inspiration and free printables!

Goodnight Free Printable

Foil Edges without a Minc

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Here is a DIY on how to use gold foil if you do not have anything to heat transfer the foil with. I do own a Minc machine, but because I do not have a laser printer I can’t easily make projects without some pre-planning. So this was a spur-of-the-moment card.

My white card front is 4.25 by 5.5 inches.

I used a glue runner (which is from the dollar store) and did each side at a time. I placed my gold foil shiny side up over top of the glue and pressed it down firmly while running my bone folder over top to really press that foil into the glue. Then I pulled my foil away from my paper and the gold foil stayed attached to the glue. I did this for all four sides, and even went over some sections that needed a bit more foil.

I then stamped an image of a flower onto watercolor paper with Ranger embossing ink and heat embossed it in Ranger gold embossing powder.

Once this was heat set, I saturated the watercolor paper. To watercolor, I used ranger ink re fillers and I added one small drop of each color to the acrylic block. I mixed a few drops of water to get my desired shade and started around the outside of the flower, working in to create a look of light to dark. In the center of the flower I used a different color. This was then left to dry for a little bit before I cut out the flower (to get rid of some of that bleeding color on the outside of the flower).

One my watercolor flower was dry, I cut the flower out. I decided to use a pretty watercolor background and decided how my layout would look. I used a “Hello” stamp and stamped it onto my upper left portion of the card using Memento Black Ink. I didn’t like how this looked so I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder over top. This still did not give me what I was looking for. I decided adding glossy accents to the Hello sentiment would make it “pop”! Once I used foam tape to tape down my flower, I also used foam tape to tape my watercolor paper to my gold trimmed card base. I then added some sequins and glossy accents. I was having a little trouble getting the glossy accents flowing near the end of the video, and I had to use a needle to clear the tip.

The card was left to dry, and here is my end result!


This card was made for the My Favorite Things Foil challenge.


DIY Foil Printables using the MINC!

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I finally bought my Hiedi Swapp Minc Machine and I am so excited to play with it for a whole bunch of new things! I had my eye on it for a few reasons, one being to make cards, and the other to make pretty wall art!

I searched pinterest and found some printables that I knew would be perfect. In pinterest simply type in DIY printables or wall art etc and there are so many cute options! My next step will be learning how to make my own!

First things first, you have to take your printable to a copy center if you do not have a laser printer. I do not have a laser printer so I took my printable to a local print shop to print out a bunch of copies.

Once home, I chose the colour of foil to was going to use on these pretty words, and prepared the foil to cover the entire page.



The pretty foil side goes up over the printable, and is sandwiched in the clear plastic carrier sheet.

I heat up my Minc to a 3 setting, and send it through the machine.

VOILA! A beautiful printable for a wall emerges! And to think how easy this was to make! I am going to run out of wall space in my house!

I am so excited about these! If anyone wants one of these done just let me know! So much fun!

Thanks for stopping by!!


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