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 www.facebook.com/AveryElle ) 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!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday celebration!

Hi there!

I'm so thrilled to be part of the Neat and Tangled team, and especially when they are celebrating this milestone birthday. I was thrilled to be able to meet Danielle for dinner on our way down to Virginia Beach a few days ago. I wish either of us had remembered to snap a photo! But she is the sweetest and kindest person, and I am so lucky to be working for her.  Happy 5th birthday, Neat and Tangled!

For this birthday month, things aren't running in their usual way. The new sets are available for purchase right now instead of at the end of the week! And the regular design team has the month off to make room for special guests in a week-long blog hop. For more details, check out the NT blog this morning - click!

GIVEAWAY: I do have a 15$ gift certificate to give away on my blog! Leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday August 13th 11:59 EST and I will pick a winner.

I illustrated a set that worked with our birthday theme, called Wild Ones.

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday!

I couldn't help but pair the images in Wild Ones with the new hand-lettered Hooray. All of the products released this month work so well together!

I did some simple ink-blending at the top of the folded card, and allowed the color to fade to nothing before grounding the images with a kraft-colored hill.

Neat and Tangled 5th birthday!

When I added the critters and the big HOORAY die-cut, I blended them into the background by coloring the outline around them blue wherever they would be sitting on the blue-inked card-base.

I hope you like it! The giraffe and the monkey make me smile so big!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Orange you glad party (for Lawn Fawn)

Hi there!

Every year when my older kiddos come home from camp, I try to have a surprise waiting for them.  This is their 3 year as sleep-away campers, and I love baking and decorating a little something to show how much we missed them.

Their first year, I welcomed them home with a watermelon party.

Their second year, it was an owl theme.

This year, we got a little punny with an ORANGE YOU GLAD! themed-party.

Orange you glad party (for Lawn Fawn)

I used Lawn Fawn products to create all of the paperie for this party, including the backdrop, which was a breeze to make!

To set the theme, I used alphabet stamps to create a party sign:

Orange you glad party (for Lawn Fawn)

From there, everything on the table supported the orange theme. There were orange colored and flavored gummies and candies that I popped into little store-bought treat boxes (I had those leftover from last fall!)

Orange you glad party (for Lawn Fawn)


I sliced up a few oranges and slid them into milk bottles for an extra pop of color. The striped straws only needed some die-cut leaves to carry the orange theme!

Orange you glad party (for Lawn Fawn)

I found these perfect little orange slice pouches at Michaels on liquidation for a dollar each. So good, right? I created a little tag, colored the centers orange and added another leaf.

Orange you glad party (for Lawn Fawn)


The cake was my labor of love for the week. I followed this recipe from The Cake Blog and it was delicious. My parents and in-laws especially loved it. My kids said: so good, but next time something with chocolate, ok? ha.

Orange you glad party (for Lawn Fawn)

I created a simple, but effective cake topper using a circle die and a set of leaf dies. I hand-cut a brown stem, and added some accents using a brown copic marker.

Hop on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to see how I used the negative circle and leaf die-cuts to create a sponged orange backdrop. As I was setting up, my sister asked where I got the perfect orange wrapping paper - woot! She thought it was store-bought and it took under 30 minutes to pull together.

Thanks for stopping by!

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