It’s Written in the *Stars* Shaker Card

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I love using my Gansai Tambi watercolours now! I think I have so many card fronts made up already, that I cannot wait to use! This was one of them, and I created a ‘galaxy’ background using some dark blues and purples. I just knew I had to use my Avery Elle Written in the Stars stamp set.

Here is a quick video of how the card was made:



I used the mama elephant stitched border die cut to cut my galaxy background down to the card front size, and I used the mama elephant scalloped border die to cut down black cardstock for behind the galaxy. I then used one star die cut to cut out multiple star holes which would be my ‘windows’ of my shaker. This took some time since I only had the one! I used clear acetate to close up the starry windows, and glued that onto the back of the card, and added foam tape to create a space for all of my sequins. Once my blue, silver and black sequins were on my acetate I placed the black cardstock carefully on top. I didn’t put it on straight (of course), so I had to take if off, and I am glad that happened, because I was able to add some silver glitter tape on the spaces that would be see through from the stars. This made my stars stand out wayy more. I was smart this time, and placed the sequins on the black cardstock and glitter tape, and placed my galaxy card front down onto the black cardstock.

For my sentiment I used the same black cardstock, and cut it into a stitched oval with the avery elle sweet scallops set, and stamped my sentiment using versamark ink. I poured some silver ranger embossing powder overtop and made sure I swept away any little bits that were not supposed to be there, since once this was heat set, it would be very noticeable. Once it was heat set, it still wasn’t shiny enough for me so I added some glossy accents, which I struggled to get out of the container. (If anyone has any tips on this stuff, please share). This definately added some shine, and I glued down the sentiment piece to the bottom left corder of my card.

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I used up all my little recycled bits of stars and used some foam tape to have them popping out a bit from the front.

I just love how this card turned out, and how I thought outside the box with the shaker window, and didn’t use my standard round or square shaker window.

Thank you for visiting me today, and check back soon for more ideas and inspiration.

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Aud Sentiments Challenge #162

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I am super excited to announce that I am a new Design Team member for the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog! This is a great place for card makers to come to take part in bi-weekly challenges and a chance to win some great prizes! Check out the blog if you haven’t already!


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This challenge is for the men in our lives, sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps. The stamp I am using from Bugaboo stamps is called Puppy Pile and it is oh so cute! My sentiment is from My Favorite Things stamp set called I knead you.


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There are a lot of ‘firsts’ in this card challenge for me. This is my first time designing for another blog. It is also my first time using a Digital stamp or ‘digi stamp’. I was surprised how easy it was to produce a cute card front with this technique, and I know this will be opening up a whole new world for me in stamping.

If you are new to Digital stamps as well you may watch this video below where I have gone through my actions to unzip and manipulate the stamp in Microsoft Word.

To use a digi stamp, you download it from the store and use it as you will in a photo program or in microsoft word. It is so easy to manipulate and expand or shrink and the quality never gets distorted. With my puppy pile image, I used microsoft word to shrink the image so that it would fit on the card front and be the center of attention on my 4.25 x 5.5 inch card front. I printed off the digi stamp onto some 80 lb card stock and used a die cut frame to cut out a rectangle with a stitched border. The frame I used is from Mama Elephant and the set is the basic set. I also cut out a banner from the same set which I would stamp my sentiment on.

The card itself is grey, with a grey striped patterned paper. The card is a top folding card measuring 11 x 4.25 inches and scored halfway at 5.5 inches.

To colour in the pile of puppies, I used my Spectrum Noir markers. (BG4, BG2, BG1, IG10, IG8, IG6, IG4, IG2, IG1, OR3, OR2, DR2 and DR4). I also used a few Hobby Colour markers for the flowers and the doggy bone (Vanilla, Cream, Ivory, linen, pearly blue and sky blue). For the grass I used Distress Ink in mowed lawn, and the blue surrounding the dogs is also distress ink in tumbled glass.

I created a mask by printing off two of the pile of puppies, and cut around the ‘mask layer’ and using micropore tape to tape it down temporarily. I then blended the colours, starting from the inside and working my way out.

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Once the puppies were coloured I used some foam tape to attatch the white card front to my card. and some tombow liquid glue to attach my banner.

That was it, and I hope you enjoy my card! Thank you for visiting.

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Be sure to visit the Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog to look at the other design team members creations using Bugaboo stamps!

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Single Layer Stamped Watercolour Card

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This is the final project for the My Favorite Things Camp Create! They have been so great this summer at keeping us crafters crafting through the summer. I don’t want to think that summer is almost at an end, but I can feel it, as the temperature is starting to cool down outside. But as summer comes to a close, that also means that autumn is on its way! I love a cool breeze, and the changing colours of the leaves. I can’t wait to make some more fall cards!

Back to summertime, and this card. The stamp set is the My Favorite Things I Knead you, and Cool Cats. I used a watercolour panel that I die cut with a stitched border. I stamped my images in Memento black die ink. I then used my Gansai watercolours to colour them in!

Don’t ask me how to watercolour, I am kind of just winging it right now. I blot my image a lot, because I don’t want my ink to run, and that also makes the colour look a lot more pastel like, which adds a soft summer element to my card.


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To watch the sped up version of how I made my card check out this video on youtube. Be sure to subscribe to see when I post a new video!


These two look just like my two kitties!

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Here is my final card, which is a single layer of stamping, and then glued down onto a 4.25 x 11 inch card base which is folded halfway at 5.5 inches.


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Shadow Stamping

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Thanks for visiting my page again to check out my next creation for the Camp Create challenge over at the My Favorite Things blog. Today I am creating a shadow behind my stamped image by using a lighter colour ink.

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To cut my white piece, I used the Mama Elephant basic set stitched edge die cut, and the black cardstock was cut with the scalloped border die cut.

I decided to use Mama Elephant Super Duo stamp set, and put the city skyline along the bottom of my card and the big comic book explosion stamp as my main focus. The colours I used are from Studio Calico, called the colour theory dye inks. With these Inks I find I need to stamp them more than once to get a good image, so I used my MISTI to stamp perfectly every time.

The explosion stamp colours are Pink Lemonade which was stamped first, and then I moved the stamp slightly to create a little shadow behind. The second colour is Flamingo. I decided that the shadow should really be all the way around, so i moved the stamp again and stamped pink lemonade underneath.

For the city skyline I stamped in Clean Slate first, and moved slightly and then stamped over top with inky black. I moved the stamp to repeat the process for the other side of the card.

My sentiment is also from the same stamp set and I stamped this in Clean slate as well.

The white card front was then glued down onto the black scalloped edge piece, and then they were both glued onto the card base.

I thought the card needed a little bit of sparkle to it, so I stamped a few stars with some embossing ink, and heat embossed Wow Platinum silver embossing powder.

Lastly I added some sequins to finish off the card.

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You can also watch my video to see how I created this card. My cat Zoe even makes an appearance on the video!


Dry embossing to create a Fall scene

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This is a beautiful fall card created for the My Favorite Things Camp Create challenge. I had never thought to use my dies with my embossing mat to create an outline instead of completely cutting them out. It definitely takes the challenge away from having to cut them out, colour or stamp, and then glue them back down. This may be a new technique that I will be using much more in the future.

So to start, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Using my sponge blender and my distress inks, I blended Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo together to create a  background to look like tree bark, or fall leaves. I always start off the page and work my way into the middle in small circular motions.

Once that was complete, I took the birch tree dies from the Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods set and placed them on my card overtop of the embossing mat. If you use a Cuttlebug, be sure you have plate A, plate B, embossing mat, and plate B, with your project between the mat and the top plate B. This allowed the outline of the birch trees to show on my project, but not cut directly through.

Using my MISTI, I placed the Lawn fawn birch tree stamps in place and then picked them up with the door and inked them up with Memento black ink.

Next, I wanted little critters to be popping up on the front of my scene, so I stamped the fox, squirrel, acorn, log and bird house onto white cardstock with the same memento black ink. I used my coordinating die cuts to easily cut out the critters. I decided to keep the colours the same as the background, so I used the same inks to blend onto my critters.

To colour the log I used the blending tool to blend Walnut stain, and Vintage photo together. For the smaller critters I stamped some ink onto an acrylic blog and added some water and mixed it up. Using a small watercolour brush, I coloured in the smaller critters. I was careful not to add too much water to make my black ink run.

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All that is left is to arrange my card how I like it, stamp my sentiment from Simon Says stamp birthday flowers, and add some fall coloured sequins!

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Here is a video of how I made the card if videos are more your thing. This was my first video, so don’t judge it too harshly! I am hoping to improve with the next one!

Thank you for checking out my card! See you again for the next one!

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Magical card with Remarkable Resist

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Hi again! Welcome back to Camp Create where I am constantly challenged to try different techniques. This one is really fun, because heat embossing is the most satisfying, and now when you use distress inks over top it just makes the technique that much more satisfying.

I stamped the little clouds from the Magical Unicorns stamp set using ranger embossing ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then blended three distress inks to create an ombre effect. I also stamped the rainbow, castle and sun with embossing ink and heat embossed that as well with clear ink.

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I did the same technique to colour the little pieces by blending colours over top. This was definitely a lot faster than colouring! I stamped my sentiment using Memento black ink. Anywhere that the embossed cloud is under the black ink does appear to be a little distorted.. I hope it doesn’t rub off!

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This is the final card! Thanks for stopping by!




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.

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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.

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Magical Unicorns shaker card

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



Pink Monochromatic Birthday Card

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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.

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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!






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