Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Pit Crew Review

Whew!  This month flew by!!  I know there were some amazing projects by our Pit Crew, so let's review!

There you have it!  Pure eye candy.  Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sassy Chick with Amanda

I have loved every minute playing with Sassy Chick!  Between the clever sentiments and darling icons, this set is perfect for spring!

I love making small Easter baskets and filling them with fun treats.  I die cut this basket using this file and decorated the sides with grass and bright flowers.  I stamped a happy sun and adhered it to a little straw.

Each side of the basket is covered with grassy hills.  I stamped a bunch of bright flowers and made a border along the front of the basket.  I wish my flower beds looked this good in real life!

Almost every year we get new chicks here on the farm and they are such funny little creatures.  I layered some grass and used the tulip blossom as an eggshell.  One little chick thought he would try to fly and got a little turned around!

I couldn't resist putting this cute little chick in a pair of bright red boots.  I made the puddle by scribbling circles with a watercolor pencil and then going over the circles with a water brush.  Super easy!

Happy Spring!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sassy Chick with Heather P.

Hi, everyone! Heather P. here with three projects featuring the new Sassy Chick stamp set.  I don't know about you, but I am *so glad* spring is finally here! :)

To create my first card, I repeat stamped my favorite flower in the set in gray ink onto a white card base.  I then die cut the sentiment on gray card stock, and backed it with yellow card stock before adhering it to the card front with pop dots.  To finish up, I embellished with some coral enamel dots.

For my next card, I started by creating a mini mint card base.  I then stamped the two grassy hill images with two shades of turquoise, and trimmed them out.  I love how the images can be used as grass, or as in this case, ocean waves! :) Next, I stamped the sun image in versamark onto yellow and orange card stock, then heat embossed with white powder.  I fussy cut the suns, and popped up some of the orange rays onto the yellow sun before adhering it to the card front.  I then stamped the sentiment in gray ink, and secured the waves to the card front (the solid wave was adhered to the card, and the striped wave was attached with pop dots).  To finish up, I stamped two clouds with gray ink, cut them out and adhered them with pop dots.

For my last project today, I created a fun tag using one of the butterfly images, as well as the stitched broken egg/tulip stamp.  First, I cut the tag pieces from striped patterned paper, as well as mint, yellow and white card stock.  I then stamped the butterfly image in gray onto the white layer before assembling the tag base.  Next, I die cut the hi, adhered it to the tag with pop dots, and covered it with glitter.  I stamped the egg/tulip image with coral ink, trimmed it out and attached it to the tag.  To finish up, I cut a little leaf shape, curled the edge with a bone folder, and secured it to the tag before embellishing with coral twine and white enamel dots.

Well, that wraps it up for me today, but be sure to come back soon for more Avocado Arts inspiration! :)

-Heather P.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sassy Chick with Teri

Hello again, Avocado Arts fans!
Teri here, and I'm geeked to bring you three more projects made with Avocado Arts' Sassy Chick stamp set!

Gosh, what a fun set for Spring-themed projects!

Being from the Northwest and experiencing lots of rainy days as of late, I've been in the mood for sunshine. So, of course, the set's sun stamp played a big role on my first card.

I paired the sun with a sentiment from the stamp set, as well as a couple clouds stamped with Avocado Arts' Sunshine and Smiles stamp set. 

The sun stamp came out again for my second card.

This time I used a butterfly from the Sassy Chick stamp set, as well as sentiment from the Sunshine and Smiles stamp set.

I used one of the set's flower stamps on my last card.

I got the shadow look for the flowers by stamping the flower upside down. I inked it up and then stamped three times without ever reinking the stamp. Once I did all the shadows, I flipped the stamp over and stamped the flower design on top with black ink.
The process looked a bit like this.

I finished my card off by once again pulling out the Sunshine & Smiles stamp set (which just works so well with Sassy Chick) and stamping a phrase on a tag.

And that's all I have for you this time. 
I'll see you again soon!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sassy Chick with Annette

It is the 18th already and I am here with you again to share this awesome release for March: Sassy Chick. First of all how totally cute is it? I adore it.
Now for a little sunshine in color. 
I love mixing up the colors and I am just gearing up for Spring.
I am so ready for it. 
Here we go again with bright colors.
I warned you. Hope you have your sunglasses on.
How cute are these little Chicks..
On this next card I also used Sew Nice.
Well there you go.. I hope you are now ready for Spring.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Hope you have a wonderful and crafty day.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Seriously SASSY Chick With Pinky

Hi again AA friends! It's Pinky today with 3 very SASSY cards
using the brand new Sassy Chick Stamp Set!
I really wanted to be colorful this time because the stamp set
inspired me to wish for spring so I bought  anew paper pad
and got crazy with it!

How adorbs are these rubber boot stamps? I mean BEYOND precious!
 EVERYTHING about this set makes me giggle inside and makes my heart smile. 
 I happen to raise chickens so the spring chicken sentiment with 
chicken tracks just grabbed my face and kissed it!!!
I had these itty bitty flowers I wanted them to hold because they are so fun. 
 For the last card I wanted to change it up and I put a piece of 
acrylic in the middle- can you see the stems I stamped inside the card?
 I just love the floral feel all around. 
So out of all the stamps in this set, which one draws you in the most??
I am totally curious! 

I hope you enjoyed my projects today!
Share the love-Tell your friends how much you love Avocado Arts.

Until next time- Keep on creating.

Friday, March 14, 2014

We are sponsoring a CHALLENGE with TIME OUT Challenges!

We are VERY EXCITED to be sponsoring a challenge with TIME OUT Challenges!  They are a challenge blog for anyone that likes to take some precious TIME OUT and craft.  

Here are just a few cards that were created by Nonni using the new stamp set "Sassy Chick":

She also created this very sweet card using heat embossing, gel pens and Copics.  
To see more about this card, click here.

These cards make me the colors and techniques!  
Make sure and visit the TIME OUT Challenge blog to find out more details 
and to participate :)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sassy Chick with Heather H.

Good morning! Heather here from Houses Built of Cards - super excited to be sharing over here at Avocado Arts again today! This month's stamp set is such a darling and perfect set for spring...which I know many of us would love to have come soon!!!

Here is my first card:

I started off with a die cut tag, then stamped the rolling hills, flower and stem, butterfly and trail, and sentiment onto it. Layered some pattern paper from an MME 6x6 paper pad, a doily, and some white cardstock I ran through my Cuttlebug all behind it, then tied some ribbon and twine on the tag and tucked a few enamel dots on to finish it off.

Next up I played with some embossing paste:

For this one I started with a soft yellow cardstock, and used a stencil and some embossing paste to create a background. I stamped my cute little chick and sentiment onto a die cut frame, colored it with Copics, then added Glossy Accents to the glasses. I drew a line of Copics around the outside of my frame, and covered it with Stickles for a bit more sparkle. Finished off by rounding off a couple of corners, then added some jute twine tied in a bow at the bottom.

Finally - I just had to play with that sunshine!

For this card, I stamped the sunshine on pattern paper, then fussy cut it out. I added an angled panel over my pattern paper (from a Crate Paper 6x6 paper pad), then attached the sun with foam adhesive. I fussy cut out a flower from a little scrap of my pattern paper, then tied a bow with hemp twine and attached my flower over that. Finished off with a bit of bling on the sun to tie it all together.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Guest Designer Wendy Sue Anderson

Well, hello friends!  I’m Wendy Sue Anderson and I am so excited to be joining all of you today, here on the Avacado Arts blog as a guest designer!  Before I share my projects I’d love to introduce myself to you.  I live in a little mountain valley in Utah with my husband and four awesome kids – we love the small-town atmosphere and love being within a few minutes of lakes, mountains, resorts, and so many beautiful places!  I have been working in the scrapbooking/paper-crafting industry for a long time (about 14 years) and I am so blessed to continue to have opportunities to share my love of all things paper!  I’d love to invite you to visit me at my home on the internet – my blog Just Me…and My Little World

And now, on to the fun stuff!  I received the Sassy Chick Stamp set and I had so much fun creating a few projects to share with you. 
My first card features the Sunshine, clouds, and sentiment.

One of my favorite techniques is stamping an image onto patterned paper and embossing with white powder.  I just love how it makes the shape pop, yet allows it to remain soft and subtle at the same time.

These small images stamped so crisp and clean – I loved how the little stitching lines were each so well defined when they were embossed!
The next card I made features the flower and grass border images and another little sentiment:

I stamped the flowers onto a little strip of patterned paper.  My first inclination was to stamp the flowers in various colors, but ultimately I ended up stamping the flowers in gray and adding a colored brad to the center of each one. 
Can you see where I used the grass border stamp?  I didn’t use it as grass as all!  Instead, I used it to create the little detail at the top of the stamped flower strip.
To complete my card, I stamped the sentiment onto a different piece of paper, trimmed it into a little flag shape and added it with foam adhesive.

For my final card, I just had to use those fun little chicks!

I stamped the chicks and the puddle (with a few extra splashes) with black ink and colored them with copic markers.  I’m not a very artsy gal, so this is the extent of my “coloring” abilities.  They are simple, but I thought they really popped on the white cardstock.  Do they appear to be jumping in the puddle?  I hope so – that’s what I was aiming for. ;)

I punched out the image and added it to a card base, half covered with washi tape.  Finally, I stamped the “sassy chick” sentiment repeatedly onto the other half of the card base and added a few colored dots to tie it all together.

Thanks so much for letting me visit you here on the blog – I had a blast working with this stamp set and I’ll be watching the blog and galleries on the web to see what YOU are creating too!  Happy Spring! J