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.

Magical castle

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.

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.


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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.


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

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