Friday, April 18, 2014

April Release with Annette Allen...

Hello Crafty Avocado Arts Fans..
I always look forward to the 18th of the month so I can share the new release with you.


It is that time of the year that we show a little something extra to celebrate our Mother's.
With this new Avocado Arts Stamp set: A Mother's Love you are all set.
This set is full of beauty and special sentiments for all.




I just had to mix the sets and add this fun pattern from Avocado Arts: When & Where



How fun is this set? I love these patterns and the note pad is perfect.
Both of these sets are a MUST HAVE!
I hope that I have inspired you today.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Mother's Love W/ Pinky


Hey there AA friends, 
It's Pinky today with another post filled with Avocado Arts goodness.

This new "A Mother's Love" stamp set got me in the mood to try
some alcohol ink resist stamping techniques. I actually cover acrylic with 
alcohol ink. Set it up to dry, then stamp my image with a water based ink,
 and wipe away revealing a clear image. 


I used this on two of my cards this month. 
I have an mother-in-law and wanted her to have a special card too. 
This stamp set was perfect for all my card making needs...

Isn't this set amazing?


And my third card I went frilly and soft with that 
"Mother's are like buttons" stamp, which I love so much because 
I am a seamstress- so it's perfect. 



Every card was incredible to make, and I feel like the recipients 
will feel very loved. 
I hope you enjoyed my inspiration today.
Until next time- Keep on creating!




Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Release with Heather H.



Good morning! Heather here from Houses Built of Cards - to share a few cards with you using the new April stamp sets! First up - I have a couple using this set - full of so many amazing options for the beautiful women in your life! With Mother's Day right around the corner - this is the perfect time to make use of these:


For this first card, I heat embossed the flower on vellum with some pink Zing embossing powder, then heat embossed the sentiment in black. Tucked some fun pattern paper by Crate paper behind it, then added that adorable bird paper clip with a bit of jute twine tied on it. Finished off with some pink cardstock that I embossed with my Cuttlebug for some texture, and a generous sprinkling of bling!


Next up, I decided to stamp one of the flowers on some pattern paper from Crate paper. I also added a jewel bling to the center of the flower, stamped my sentiment, mounted it on a mat of cork paper, then added two colors of jute twine tied around it. Mounted it with foam adhesive on my pattern paper.


And next up, I made a card with this new set - LOVE it so much! I can think of so many fun things to make with this:


For this, I stamped the triangle border several times with Versafine black ink on watercolor paper, then colored over it with watercolor paint. I used my paintbrush to flick some additional paint over the card, then stamped a sentiment from Wishes and Kind Thoughts (see below) and watercolored over it as well. I also added some Glossy Accents to a few selected triangles for some interest, before mounting it on some blue cardstock.



Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Guest Designer Laurel Beard



Hi there! I was pleased as punch when Ashley contacted me about guest designing. I have been a long time admirer of Avocado Arts. They have such cute stamp sets with adorable images. They stamp perfectly! AND, they have digital die cuts? Yup???? I had no idea! Digital die cuts that work with an array of machines... Perfecto!! A little bit about me.... I was born, raised and still live in Florida.... I am married to a pilot but am afraid of heights.... I have two precious kids that are such miracles.... I like breakfast for dinner, bacon NOT sausage, and I love Coke Zero (Pepsi, plgh)....... I got into crafting by accident. A friend of mine had some weird contraption sitting on her dining room table. I asked what it was and she told me a cuttlebug. After laughing at the name, I asked what it did. Then she starting talking about stamps. I thought she was nuts. I'm like, I just get liberty stamps because they are forever stamps and the rates don't change, because surely she was talking about postage stamps... HAHAHA! I started searching the web, bought a few inks and stamps and then never looked back..... I LOVE techniques with distress inks and gelatos and just recently, I discovered the world of embossings pastes! You can find me on my blog (www.laurelbeard.org) or over on my youtube channel (www.youtube.com/laurelscrafts)......

I had the pleasure of working with two adorable stamp sets today... A Mother's Love and When and Where (insert links). The first project I created is with A Mother's Love. I decided to watercolor the flowers by coloring the stamps with distress markers and then stamp them to a card base! I misted some Mister Huey's in Dewey onto the background and then adhered the panel to a card base! I love the sentiments in this set and how you can build custom sentiments.




The next card showcases a lot of technique and uses When and Where (insert link)... I stamped the triangle border onto a card base and colored in a few of the triangles with markers... I took two pieces of glitter tape and adhered them onto the center of the card!   I then took the journaling card stamp and stamped it onto watercolor card stock in versafine onyx black ink and heat set it in clear embossing powder... The Who/What/Where was stamped in versamark and heat set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Just delicious.... See the background? That was created with Faber Castell gelatos.... Love those babies.... And as a finishing touch, I popped up the arrow with some foam dimension and colored it in with a Faber Castell Big Brush pen....




And finally, I created this tag for my daughter using A Mother's Love (insert link)..... I die cut the tag twice and adhered them together showing just a little bit of the pink. Look closely at the pink base because I stamped the chevron image from When and Where (insert link) in white.......   The flowers were softly colored with distress markers and stamped onto the tag.... The sentiment was stamped with Audrey Blue Simon Says Stamp ink.. See? I love all the sentiment builders in that set...




I've had so much fun playing with these sets..... Very versatile.... The sky is the limit!!! :) Oh and during April, they are offering FREE SHIPPING! AND, if that's not enough, if you spend $30, they throw in a free stamp set valued at 16.99. Not bad eeeh? Thanks again so much for having me... I'll see you again soon.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Mother's Love and When & Where with Jo


Happy Wednesday everyone! Jo here to share my projects using the NEW April Release:



I decided to go real simple with my cards. First one up is using When & Where:


I knew from the start that I wanted to make some kind of border with the arrow. I did two rows and placed a strip of gold striped washi tape. Instead of using black ink, I used navy and colored random arrows with my Copics. I layered some heart acetate die cuts to soften up the look of the card.

Card two features both sets, A Mother's Love and When & Where:



Again I went with a navy ink color, as well as the cardstock used to mat the image. I just love the flowers in this set, along with the words imbedded in the stems. I created a shadow by using a different hue of blue and stamped the same image off to the side for the effect. I wanted to mimic some of the "petals" flowing in the wind, so I used the small heart in the Avocado Type stamp set. The chevron border is from the When & Where set. It doesn't quite fit across the A2 card but it stamps seamlessly when stamped side by side. For the final detail, I used silver flat back pearls in sizes small & large.

Last card, using A Mother's Love:


I love this sentiment! I pulled out all my white toned buttons and started gluing them down. Navy ink used again and I added some faux stitching around the card. Of course how could you not place a teeny tiny button on the "o" in buttons =)

Those are my cards, thank you so much for taking the time to take a look. I hope you enjoy these sets as much as I do.

See you soon!
Jo

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Release with Amy


Hey All, it's Amy here with a couple cards using the April Avocado Arts release



and



First up is a combo of the 2 new sets:

cardstock:  neenah  paper:  amy tangerine sketchbook  stamps:  avocado arts a mother's love/when & where ink:  memento tuxedo, paper source picante embossing powder

I absolutely love that bloom and the word strength.   I stamped the journal card in Memento Tuxedo and heat embossed the bloom with Paper Source Picante Embossing Powder.

Next up is a sentiment from A Mother's Love:

paper:  crate paper party day  stamps:  avocado arts a mother's love  ink:  hero arts hero hues black  other:  denim patch, misc buttons, may arts twine

I've been having fun stamping on non-traditional supplies.  This is actually a denim patch that I found in my stash.  I used Hero Arts Hero Hues in black.

My last card combines old and new:

cardstock:  papertrey ink, neenah stamps:  avocado arts when & where/stuck on you! ink:  memento tuxedo, impress fresh ink pool/red currant  other:  freckled fawn washi

I stamped the journal card in Impress Pool.  The bicycle and sentiment are from



Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Mother's Love and When & Where with Tenia Nelson

Hey Y'all!!!!
Hope all is well. Tenia here showing y'all what I did with the Avocado Arts A Mother's Love and When and Where sets!! What fun sets I tell ya!!





Here is Card One.......CHECK IT!!!!



Card Two......


and last but not least card three...



Make sure that y'all check out what the other awesome ladies created!!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!
-t