Category Archives: Avocado Arts

watercolor butterflies

I’ve been doing a little computer housekeeping this past week. We had ordered a new computer as our other one was ancient and giving last dying gasps. I thought we’d better replace it and back up the files before I lost everything. Last Friday and Saturday I ended up with lots of time on my hands to purge out some of the files. An electrical storm early Friday morning woke us up and fried out phone and internet lines. No internet kept me from uploading and also getting distracted and made it the perfect time to do a digital clean up.

With all this file organizing, I ended up finding a few card designs that I had never shared. Here’s one using Avocado Arts stamps and a watercolor type stamping technique.

To create the background on this card, I started off with watercolor paper and sponged it with lots of ink. When misted with water the distress ink blends beautifully. After creating the background, I stamped the butterflies onto the damp paper to make them subtly blend into the paper.

The crisper stamped images are stamped after the image is very dry. I like to heat set it a bit with a heat gun to make very sure when I want that final image to make a crisp impression.

Now that my new computer is here, I’ve been busy getting it set up and everything installed. I’m excited to have internet again and once I get caught up, I’ll be back with some new designs.

Happy creating!

simply saturday…simply hope

Sometimes simple is all you need. Stamps, ink, paper and one tiny embellishment.

One of my favorite stamp sets from Avocado Arts is the My Wish for You set. It’s a charity set so proceeds from this set are donated by Avocado Arts. It’s a win-win set…you get but you also give.

I’ve paired up the simply beautiful hope/butterfly image with a pretty in pink chevron background. It’s made by stamping a chevron border repeatedly in two different ink colors. I admit that pairing up the two different pinks, one warm the other cool, makes for an unlikely pairing but somehow, it works. I think that by stamping in the pinks, this would make a great card for someone with breast cancer. The sad truth is that it seems these days we all know at least one woman who is currently battling this disease.

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Have a simply wonderful weekend!

all good things…

Well all good things must come to an end. I’ve been so honored to be part of the Avocado Arts Design Team since their beginning over a year ago. It’s been, well, wonderful. I love their stamps, the design team, the people that make up the company. It’s one of the rare teams where we’ve shared friendships, laughs, prayers and tears. And that’s what makes it oh so hard to say goodbye.

So why am I saying goodbye? Priorities. They are important things. It’s so hard to balance them in any life and over the past while, I’ve been a little overwhelmed. OK. A lot.  I’m hoping with a few less deadlines on my plate to find some more time for my family and myself. Simplifying is a good thing.

Today’s card is another masculine design. It would be easy to change it up with some lighter colors to make it a girl card. I’m seriously loving this tree stamp. The leaves look just like word bubbles. You could totally cut them out and use them that way on a design. Fun! Today I’ve stamped sentiments into the “leaf bunches”. They are stamped on some text patterned paper and then sponged with Crushed Olive Distress Ink to get that lovely green.

Well…with this card brings my last blog share with the Avocado Arts team.

Here’s some of those very talented ladies with some more inspiring projects using this set…

While today brings the  last day for me on the team, Kimberly Crawford is also stepping down today as well. Best wishes to you Kimberly!
Lastly, June 1st means it’s Avocado Arts first  anniversary. Congrats to AA! It’s been so exciting to watch you grow this past year and many thanks for allowing me to be a very small part of it. I have been so honored to be part of the team.
Make sure you stop by Avocado Arts today for lots of exciting news and a celebration!

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Happy June!

for the man

With four boys and my man in the house, my daughter and I can be seriously outnumbered. I’m surprised with the number ratio around here that I don’t’ create more masculine card designs but perhaps that is why I mostly design in a more feminine style. Things need balancing out.

Be that as it may, today’s card design is definitely for the guys. It plays up on the popular mustache trend for a simple and stylish design. No ruffles and do-dads for my manly men. 😉

These fun stamps are from the latest Avocado Arts stamp set, Let’s Catch Up. It’s a fun summertime set that you’ll love but it’s also a really get set to create with for the men in your life.

Quick Tip: vary the mustache colors for make it visually more interesting.

Today some of the Avocado Arts Design Team are sharing their designs using this same set. I always love their creative approaches so stop by and check them out for some added inspiration…

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Happy stamping!

a still life

One of the joys of crafting is taking something and putting it together in a fun and unique way. The joy of making it your own.

I especially love doing this with stamp sets. Seeing how they can be put together in a myriad of different ways. I love the Avocado Arts stamp sets for this as they all combine so well. Today I’m sharing a card that features the latest stamp set, Stamps and Smiles with a little sneak peek at the new upcoming June stamp set.

If you’re familiar with this set can you find the peek? Well, I’ll make it easy for you and just tell you. I’ve made a vase out of the sweet little fishbowl from the upcoming set and the sentiment on the tag is also from June’s set. I can’t wait till I can show you the other designs I’ve created with it as it’s a wonderful new set.

I’ve always loved still life paintings and did some paper piecing to put this little window scene together. Adding layers of stamping and embellishments helps give it dimension.

Being the 15th of the month, it’s the day when the ENTIRE Pit Crew posts sneak peeks so please join us for lots of great stamping inspiration and more views at the upcoming set…

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Happy stamping!

Sunny Congrats

Seriously. I just may be going a little dotty…

It’s the first of the month and happy first day of May! April showers bring May flowers and so I have lots of dotty little flowers to share with you today. They are stamped using the new Avocado Arts stamp set, Thoughts and Smiles to create a very fun and happy card. The flowers come as a border stamp so that I didn’t have to stamp them all separately. Each flower center is a little dot of Liquid Pearls. Make sure you allow it to dry well before die cutting.

Some of the Avocado Arts Design Team have a little inspiration to share with you today. These girls never fail to inspire me so take a peek…

Happy May Day!

simple & sunny

Have you ever stamped on Kraft? One of the reasons I love it so much is that it is a mid-tone color. You can add white or dark to it, and both look lovely.

Today’s card features the latest Avocado Arts stamp set, Thoughts and Smiles. This is a sweet and cheery set, perfect for this time or year. The flowers are stamped and then colored in with watercolor pencils. Yes, these pencils color really well and you only have to add water if you want to. Super flexible. I like that.

I’ve also added in some white highlights to make the design pop. A white gel pen makes adding a wavy hand-drawn border easy and groups of three white dots around the flowers fill in the design.

Some of the Avocado Arts Design Team have a little inspiration to share with you today. These girls never fail to inspire me so take a peek…

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Happy stamping!