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Monkeyin’ Around With Watercolors | Mama Elephant

By on July 10, 2018
Mama Elephant Monkey Agenda

For today’s card I decided to try something new. I have been obsessively watching watercoloring videos by Kristina Werner and decided to finally stop watching and give it a try. It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted but I think it’s still cute!

I started by stamping the Mama Elephant Swinging Borders with Versamark ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder onto Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I had to stamp it twice to get a good impression but because of how bumpy the watercolor paper was, I think it could be better if I stamped it a third time.

After the powder was melted, smooth and shiny, I taped the watercolor paper onto a board and started to watercolor. Today I busted out the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor set. Today I only used 3 colors (No. 57, No. 50 and No.51) and did not mix them. I watered down my background and just added color here and there until I liked it. I let it completely dry once and did a second coat for some more vibrant colors and dimensions (I don’t know the formal term for this. Haha).

While the background dried, I stamped the sweet Monkey Agenda images with Versafine in Vintage Sepia and colored them with Zig markers just to complete the watercolor feel. I wasn’t really confortable using my Gansai Tambi paint on such small images…maybe next time!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant Sunday sentiments using the same Versafine Vintage Sepia. I used my mini Misti since I’ve worked so hard on that background to this point, I didn’t want to risk messing it up now! I wish I stamped it again because I didn’t realize how the bumpy paper wouldn’t give me a clear impression. (Any tips on this from my readers would be greatly appreciated!)

Finally, I finished my card with some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear confetti mix.

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June Designer Series | Mama Elephant

By on July 3, 2018

Mama Elephant Designer Series

Hello, crafty friend! Thi here and today I am sharing my pop-up card using the newly released Dandelion Wishes. I absolutely love this stamp set and decided to do a dreamy cloud card as my last project for June as a guest designer. Thank you so much for all the love. It’s been a dream come true! But enough of the mushy, let’s get started on this card.

First, I stamped my images on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. I cut the images out with their coordinating dies and set them aside to work on the background and lots of die cutting.

Next, I ink blended an A2 card front and the inside of my card with Distress Inks. I wanted to keep the card cohesive inside and out. I splashed some water droplets and added splatters with coordinating Distress Inks. I then set this aside to completely dry since I will be embossing and stamping on it later.

Then, I whipped out my trusty die cutting machine and the On the Hills Creative Cuts to make some clouds in white card stock and vellum. For the inside, I wanted one continuous piece so I used the partial die cutting technique I’ve been seeing a lot of and the same cloud die from On the Hills Creative Cuts to cut a small piece that’s slightly smaller than the card since this is my pop-up piece. Tip: Cutting this piece a little smaller (about 1/8 of an inch smaller on each side) makes the card fold much nicer. You can see what I mean in the next image.

I used the Pop-Up Trio Creative Cuts and cut out two pop-up tabs on the fold of the inner piece since I wanted two of my images to pop up. At this point, I stamped my inside sentiment from Dandelion Wishes onto this piece with Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I adhered a vellum cloud behind the fold and adhere the entire piece on the inside of the card. I added my two colored images with some wet glue and moved on to the front of the card while the glue dries.

Now that the ink blended piece is dry, I heat embossed the “Make a Wish” sentiment from Scripty Bday (which coordinates perfectly with Dandelion Wishes) with silver embossing powder. I used a tape runner to adhere the clouds and popped up the critters with foam tape for dimension.

Lastly, I finished the card with the small dandelion stamps in two purple inks. I still felt it needed a little more interest, so I die cut Lots of Stars Creative Cuts on some white glitter paper and that was all it needed. I adhere the stars with some glue and my card is completed.

Pop-up cards are pretty simple but has a fun element of surprise for the recipient! I hope I inspired you to try making a pop-up card today!

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Lawnfawnatics #31 | Flowers

By on July 1, 2018

I made a last minute entry to Lawnfawnatics #31: Flowers, Floral and Foliage! It was actually pretty involved but turned out to look very simple. Let’s begin!

Lawnfawntatics 31

First, I colored the three cuties from Easter Party and fussy cut then since I do not have the coordinating dies that are available. I set this assigned and did a ton of die cutting.

I have been die cutting a lot lately so I used a lot of my scraps to make this card. First, I diecut the Little Flowers dies on color card stock. I then die cut the Cloud Border die on vellum and white glitter paper (even though it does not show up on my photo). I then cut the grass board on more colored cardstock.

Next, to add some dimension, I ink blended on all my die cutt pieces with coordinating colors that are slightly darker than the colored card stock to give it depth. I love how this turned out.

I then heat emboss a sentiment from Simply Sentiments onto the grass and finally I am ready to assemble.

I cut a piece of patterned paper from Watercolor Wishes down to A2 size. I adhered the clouds and grass on with a tape runner. I popped the three cuties on with foam tape then I lastly filled in the voids by adhering the flowers on with wet glue. I adhere the entire panel on an A2 card base and my birthday card is done!

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Dandelion Wishes: Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 27, 2018

Mama Elephant Dandelion Wishes

Hi there! Today’s project is a stamp highlight for Mama Elephant’s newly released Dandelion Wishes. This set is too, too cute! That little mouse gets me every time!

Let’s get started! I first stamped all the images onto white card stock and colored with Copic markers. I diecut with coordinate dies and set it aside to work on my background.

I started with a piece of Bristol smooth paper cut down to A2 size. I blended the background with Distress Inks with a ink blending tool. I die cut the Madison Avenue Creative Cuts frame with coordinating colored cardstock. Once the ink blended background was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I adhere the frame and all the colored images with foam tape for dimension. I lastly finished the card with sparkling clear confetti and my card is finished.

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Creativity is Contagious: Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 25, 2018

Mama Elephant Creative is Contagious

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

I love that Mama Elephant made a stamp out of this quote by Albert Einstein. Today’s card highlights the new Creativity is Contagious stamp. It’s such a fitting quote for the crafting world as well!

I decided to keep the design simple but making a shaker for a little pow. So let’s begin!

First, I used my Misti since I knew from the sheer size of this stamp, I would want to double stamp to make sure I get good coverage. I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Next, I did some emboss-resist and blended Distress Ink in Abandon Coral, Fossilized Amber and Peacock Feathers on top of it.

I die cut two rectangles from Basic Rectangles Creative Cuts with white glitter paper to make a fun, sparkly frame.

Then I cut thin strips of foam tape and tripled it up since the jewels I will be using will need more room than sequins to move around.

I filled my shaker with Pretty Pink Posh clear jewels and put my frame on top and my card is finished. I think I wasn’t able to take a good enough photo to show how simple yet impactful this design is.

I hope you were inspired to pass on some creativity today. Thank you for stopping by!

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Garden Frame Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 22, 2018

Mama Elephant Garden Frame

Today’s project features Mama Elephant Garden Frame. This is a beautiful set and so different from what I usually do. I’m not very confident with flowers and really wanted to do these beautiful and delicate images justice.

First, I stamped everything onto heavy weight white card stock with a Copic-friendly ink. I looked up tiger lilies online and decided to go with the traditional pink and white variety. I colored everything with Copic markers then die cut with the coordinating dies and set the images aside to work on some ink blending.

The die cuts out a frame with an opening in the middle. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” sentiments from the stamp set with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I did some emboss-resist and inkblended with Distress Ink in Faded Jeans for a muted navy color. I cut down this to be around the same size as the frame.

I prepared an A2 card by die cutting a piece of pattern paper using the Basic Rectangles Creative Cut in the largest rectangle which is A2 size. I adhered this to my card base with tape runner. Then, I adhered the ink blended sentiment onto the card base with more tape runner. Lastly, I popped up the Garden Frame I colored earlier with foam tape for dimension.

I finished the card with some droplets and this relatively simple card packs a pretty good punch because of the beautiful ME images from Garden Frame.

I hope you liked my card today and thank you so much for stopping by!


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Fly Away Friends Stamp Set | Pretty Pink Posh Sale

By on June 21, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh Fly Away FriendsHello, crafty friends! Today’s project features the Pretty Pink Posh Fly Away Friends stamp set. I love hot air balloon images! I can still feel the excitement I had when this stamp set was released last year. I decided to make a fun shaker card today, so let’s begin!

First, I stamped the largest balloon and the two critters from the stamp set. These are the only images I used because I wanted the shaker elements to stand out and since my shaker today will be two white clouds, I had to keep it pretty simple not to overshadow this feature. I colored everything with Copic markers and fussy cut them (coordinating dies are available if you would rather not fussy cut, but I actually find it therapeutic). I set this aside to work on my background and shaker.

For the background, I used the Stitched Notes Dies to create the stitched rectangle. I used the Rainy Days coordinating dies for the clouds that will be my shaker windows. I position and die cut the clouds before I started ink blending Distress Inks in Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserved and Dusty Concord. I couldn’t decide on my purples. Haha. I started with the dark colors, then lights and faded into white on top. Once this was completely dry, I stamped the sentiments in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I assembled my shaker with doubled up foam tape and filled the clouds with Pretty Pink Posh sequins: Iridescent Mini Star Confetti¼” Iridescent Star ConfettiSparkling Clear Confetti Mix and 3mm Sparkling Clear Sequins. I chose to fill them with a lot of fun clear and iridescent confetti and sequins to give the clouds shine!

I adhered the shaker onto a A2 top folding card base then adhered my stamped images. I finished with a few sequins that I used in the shaker and the card is done!

If you like the card I made today, Pretty Pink Posh is having a sale on this stamp set and it’s coordinating dies today!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope I inspired you to make something today!


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Good Reads Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 20, 2018

Mama Elephant Good ReadsToday’s stamp highlight features Good Reads stamps! I used them today with Book Worms and the new Bookmark It Creative Cuts. I’m pretty sure these three were designed for each other because they work so perfectly together.

Let’s begin! First, I stamped out images from Book Worms. I love this set! Next I die cut the largest bookmark from Bookmark It onto some Bristol Smooth card stock since I plan to do some ink blending. I actually die cut 4 of them so I can back the 2 bookmarks I’m making to give it a clean and finished look.

After everything was die cut, I ink blended one in cool tones: blue, green and yellow and the other in warm tones: coral and orange. For the cool tones, I used Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade. For the warm tones, I used Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Abandon Coral and Dried Marigold. I couldn’t decide to do a cool or warm bookmark, so I went with one of each!

Let’s start with the cool tone bookmark first! I used the speech bubble die that comes with Bookmark It Creative Cuts and die cut onto white card stock. I stamped the Good Reads sentiment on it and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I then adhered all the images on with a tape runner to keep it flat so that it can actually be used as a bookmark.

For the warm tone bookmark, I heat emboss the Good Reads sentiment directly onto the bookmark in white embossing power. I also adhered my cute images with a tape runner to keep it flat.

For both bookmarks, I heat emboss the “THIS BOOK BELONGS TO” sentiment from Good Reads on the other white bookmark die cuts I cut out earlier for the back. I adhered the backs to the fronts of the book mark and strung a ribbon in a coordinating color through each of the bookmark. It doesn’t show up in photos, which is a bummer, but I also added glossy accents to all the glasses! I wish you could see this because it’s so cute! Well, this completes the bookmarks!

I hope you like today’s projects and as always, thank you for stopping by!




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Book Worm Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 18, 2018

Mama Elephant Book Worms

Hello, crafty friends! Today I want to share a project I made with the newly released, Mama Elephant Book Worm stamp set!  Being an avid reader myself (I am a book junkie), I was so excited to see that Mama Elephant made this set! I have so many ideas with this – expect to see a few more projects in the future! Let’s begin on today’s card!

First, I stamped out all the adorable images onto cardstock with Copic-friendly ink. I colored everything with Copic markers. I stamped a few images from the previously released, Me and My Dragon to finish a scene I had in mind. I had an idea that my little friends here would be reading about a great dragon adventure! After I finished coloring, I die cut everything with coordinating dies. While I had my Cuttlebug out, I also die cut the thought bubble from the Speech Trio Creative Cuts out of white card stock and put that aside for later.

Next, I moved on to some ink blending for a background for my card. I cut some masking paper and masked off what would be the sky off and ink blended below with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn to make a grassy hill. I used the negative from my masking paper to cover the grass and ink blended the sky with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Broken China.

After the background dried completely, I heat emboss a sentiment from Book Worm with white embossing powder onto the grass.

I finished this relatively easy card by adhere my speech bubble first with a tape runner. Then I added all the critters on by popping them up with foam squares. A few Pretty Pink Posh confetti mix, some glossy accents on the puppy’s glasses and my card is finished!

I love how it looks like the little critters from Book Worm are reading a story about a boy flying his pet dragon! It just cracks me up!

I hope you liked my card today and thank you for stopping by!


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