Monday, August 21, 2017

Lawn Fawn August inspiration week

Hi there!

I fudged up a bit yesterday and forgot to schedule my Lawn Fawn inspiration week post. We were driving home from VA beach, where our family has enjoyed sun and sand and ocean water. Man, I could retire there. I wish it were closer than a 12 hour car ride away!

I'll share my projects from yesterday and today in this one post.  Today, we're showing off the new  Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop die. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it.


I used it with another new die, Shut The Front Door. I added a few pumpkins to the stoop, and when you open up the door...


You find this little guy waiting with a fresh pie. He is from the new Forest Feast set, and the pie is from Holiday Party Animal.

Since I'm intent on woodgrain-ing all the things, I couldn't help but try and add that great texture to a trio of tiny boxes:


You can see, from the box at the top, that the woodgrain doesn't quite line up (that is, you have to run the cover-plate through a few times to get the whole box to have the woodgrain look.) But I did get better at it after that first one. I think they look so sweet.

That takes care of today's projects! From yesterday, I should have posted to show you this set of easy pumpkin tags:

lawn fawn august inspiration week

I used the new Fall Tiny Tags, and layered the pumpkins. The black layer is whole - I didn't run it through the die-cutter with the face. I did that only on the top orange layer, so that the face didn't look hollow. I like the depth that it gives.

Also on the Lawn Fawn blog yesterday, this box was featured:

Lawn Fawn sneak peek week

It features images from Costume Party onto the new Gift Box. It's such a great size! I love that I could create a whole scene on the outside of the box.

Lawn Fawn sneak peek week

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lawn Fawn august inspiration week: candy corn

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. I'm not a huge fan of candy corn (read: that stuff is disgusting) but the new candy corn add-on set is seriously cute.

Lawn Fawn august inspiration week

It's a mini set, and designed to fit into the previously-released How You Bean set.

I went with a classic candy corn/halloween black+white color scheme.

Lawn Fawn august inspiration week

I stamped the big candy corn image directly into the jar, and then stamped and hand-cut another layer of them that I staggered slightly so that the jar would look more full. A few extras I layered on top of those, and added some faces to them. Poor little guy on top! Do you think his buddy on the bottom is more sympathetic, or relieved to have escaped a nibble?


Check out the LF blog this morning for even more design team projects - click!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lawn Fawn August inspiration week

Hi there!

It's time for this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. Their new release is so much fun! I don't know how they manage to wow after all this time, but I get so giddy when I open up my new Lawn Fawn boxes.

Today, we're showing off Costume Party. I posted this card to my blog last month for the sneak peeks, but Kelly Marie recreated it in a video on the LF blog this morning. Click over to see a step-by-step. I love these unicorns!

Lawn Fawn 2017 fall/winter sneak peek week

Any set that can be used for the halloween, but also year-round is a winner in my mind!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pinkfresh Studio design team line-up and Escape the Ordinary blog hop

Hi there!

I'm so happy to be able to announce that I will be joining the Pinkfresh Studio team. I love their designs, especially how innovative and whimsical they are.

I created 2 cards to show you today. The first one uses my favorite set of their current release, Forest Friends. This set alone convinced me to say yes when Kinnari asked me to join their team!

Pinkfresh Studio design team

I used the matching die to create the layered scene, and stamped each image into its pre-designed spot.  I also stamped the images separately, and used scissors to cut them out, to give even more dimension.

Pinkfresh Studio design team

To finish off, I used copic markers to add greenery and tree branch definition. The little mushrooms that I added beside the sentiment come from another set, called Unicorn Dreams.

Pinkfresh Studio design team

I used Unicorn Dreams to create my 2nd card:

I love how big this unicorn is! She covers the entire card-front, making figuring out a design so much easier.

For a different look, I wiped off the ink on all of the florals inside the unicorn's body and kept her simpler. That allowed me to add the sentiment medallion right on top of the unicorn without it looking too busy.

I stamped and die-cut all kinds of florals included in the set and set them at her feet.

Now, onto the fun part! There is a huge GIVEAWAY happening!  Leave a comment on each of blogs along the hop for a chance to win the entire Escape the Ordinary collection:

and another winner will claim the entire set of stamps and dies, valued at over 100$:

I hope you like my projects! Here is a complete list of today's blog hop participants:

2. Elena Roussakis (you are here!)


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Avery Elle blog hop!

Hi there!

I'm joining the rest of the AE team for our new release blog hop! I've been doing monthly features as part of the team, but from now on, I'll be joining the rest of the team for the new release blog hops.

I used the new Shaker Tags dies, along with Brring on the Joy (I freaking love these penguins!) to create these non-shaker layered tags:

Avery Elle new release blog hop!

I used the Falling Snow die on the bottom layer, and then used foam tape (so much foam tape) so that they would look good and layered.

Avery Elle new release blog hop!

I love their different poses!

Avery Elle new release blog hop!

To celebrate our Fall 2017 Release Blog Hop, Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner.  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, August 13th to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, August 14th .  All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now.
To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:

  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through email (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
Here's a full list of the blog hop participants for today:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday day 3

Hi there!

I'm back with another Wild Ones card, to celebrate Neat and Tangled's 5th birthday.

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday!

I wanted to use the little snake, since he has been neglected until now! I stamped the monkey and added a few balloons to his bunch, and gave the shy snake a little party hat.

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday!

I punched up the party theme with a bright, rainbow-striped background patterned paper.

I hope you like it!  There's still time to enter my giveaway!

Leave me a comment on any of this week's Wild Ones blog posts for a chance to win a 15$ gift certificate to the Neat and Tangled store. You have between now and Sunday, August 13th at 11:59pm EST to enter.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday celebration day 2

Hi there!

While I'm not taking part of the official blog hop list over at Neat and Tangled, I couldn't help but create a few cards using my new set, Wild Ones.

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday!

I did some ink blending on the background piece, and flicked white ink onto the surface, before framing out the scene and adding the critters.

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday!

I love the giraffe looking up at the little bird! I nestled the bird onto the monkey's balloon, and placed the presents onto the giraffe's back.

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday!

I finished off the birthday parade with the little turtle. He comes with cake! I used the Celebrate die-cut and drew on a hashtag sign to accompany the Party Animal sentiment that comes with this set.

I hope you like it!

GIVEAWAY: I have a 15$ gift certificate to the Neat and Tangled store to give away! Leave me a comment on this post (and, yesterday's post too to increase your chances!) between now and Sunday, August 13th at 11:59 PM EST, and I'll pick a winner.

For now, check out the Neat and Tangled blog this morning - click!