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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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Mama Elephant | June Stampede

By on June 15, 2018
 

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Design Team blog hop!

Our newest release is now live and available for purchase in the store!



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Hello crafty friends! So excited to tell you that I will be guest designing for Mama Elephant for another month! It’s been a dream come true and this release did not disappoint! I want to share this project I made with a few of the new goodies. Let’s get started!

I made this adorable box card using the new 3D Pop Up Card Creative Cut featuring the new Dandelion Wishes stamp set! This is my first time making a box card. I have always been super intimidated about making one but this die makes it unbelievable easy and perfect!

First, I die cut the box on colored cardstock twice and set it aside. I decided it would be easiest to adhere everything while it was still flat. I die cut the inside pieces with Bristol smooth cardstock so I can do some ink blending. I blended Distress Ink in Twisted Citron and Crushed Olive on the outer edges and faded to white in the middle for all the panels. I sent this aside to start on my images.

Next, I stamped out images from Dandelion Wishes and colored with alcohol markers. I decided to go with cool colors on this projects and stuck with yellows, greens and blues. I even had a little fun and creative liberty on my mushrooms. I don’t think you’ll ever find mushrooms in these colors in real life…which is a shame if you ask me! 🙂

Next, I put the box card together with strong score tape and adhered all the images to the box. The grass and the fence also came with the 3D Pop Up Card Creative Cut and worked perfectly with Dandelion Wishes.

That is it from me. Please enjoy all the inspiration from the other amazing designers on this blop hop. The Mama Elephant June release is too cute for words!

Also, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some prizes! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 
To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is picking 3 winners to win their choice of stamp set! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. You have up to 4 chances to qualify to win!


» 1. Leave a comment on this blog post «
» 2. Like/share us on Facebook: facebook.com/mamaelephant «
» 3. Follow/tweet us on Twitter: twitter.com/heymamaelephant «
» 4. Follow/tweet us on Instagram: instagram.com/mamaelephant «

 
Each action qualifies for one entry, max 4 entries per stampeder please!


Now let’s get on with the Stampede with our designers!

June’s Special Guest Designer: Keeway Tsao
Nichol Spohr | Amy Yang | Pamela Ho
June’s Special Guest Designer: Thi Lam
Vera Rhuhay | Laura Bassen |

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Pretty Pink Posh June Release Blog Hop

By on June 14, 2018

Hi crafty friends! I hope you’re enjoying the blog hop so far. This release has the cutest products and the inspiration is always amazing!

Today I made a card featuring Pretty Pink Posh School Friends. It’s kind of funny to be making this card on my kids’ last week of school but I couldn’t resist these sweet images.

The Process

First, I colored all the images with Copic markers. I then die cut out the images with their coordinating dies.

Then, I die cut the Scalloped Frames dies onto Bristol smooth card stock paper to make a chalkboard out if it. I decided to go with a vintage green to give it a softer look. I used Distress Inks for the chalk board and the frame. The chalk board is Distress Ink in Twisted Citron and the edges are Mowed Lawn to give it a little dimension with a slight gradient. The board is Distress Ink Gathered Twigs. I kept it darker around the outside and lighter inside for the same gradient look.

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder to look like it was written in chalk. I finished the card by popping all the images with foam tape to add a little interest to a relatively simple card.

And that’s my finish card. I hope you like it!

Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win some great prizes!

The Prizes

  • There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (two winners each day). Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PDT on 6/19/2018. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.
  • Spend over $60 and receive a not-yet-released Congrats Script die with purchase. Details below.

Thank you for stopping by and continue to hop along for amazing inspiration from the talented designers:

Blog Hop Participants:

 

Pretty Pink Posh blog 
Yoonsun Hur
Ardyth Percy- Robb
Rachel Alvarado
Gemma C.
Keeway Tsao
Heather Hoffman
Thi Lam
Angelica Conrad
Mindy Baxter
Amy Yang 

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May Designer Series – Mama Elephant

By on June 4, 2018

Hello everybody! Thi here and I am so honored and excited to be sharing with you this Designer Series project featuring She’s So Lovely and Pocket Envie Creative Cuts.

Today I will be making a window card to showcase the cute Pocket Evie. I started by stamping out these adorable little girls from She’s So Lovely on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. After I finished coloring, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Next, I die cut a frame with the scallop die from Femme Frames Creative Cuts out of white card stock. I then cut a window in this piece with the Basic Rectangles Creative Cuts. I made a A2 top-folding card based and used the same rectangle die and cut a window in the card base.

Then, I cut the envelope from Pocket Envie Creative Cuts out of some colored card stock. The card stock that I used has two different colors on either side. I cut the Dainty Bow Creative Cuts in the same card stock but used the other side for contrast. Then, I cut out the little note card from Pocket Envie Creative Cuts and heat embossed the “Celebrating You” sentiment from She’s So Lovely. I even left space to write a note since the envelope with be taking up most of the space inside the card.

Now it’s time to assemble the card! I popped the frame I made up with foam tape and carefully align it to the opening on the card base. The dimension added with the foam tape here is important since it gives the dainty bow some room inside the frame. This allows you to put the completed card in an envelope and the bow won’t completely get crushed.

I then used the frame I cut out as a guide to adhere the envelope in the center of the card. I then glued the 3 little girls onto the front of the card and finished off with some hearts from the new Lots of Hearts Creative Cuts.

That’s it from me. I hope you like my project and that I inspired you . Thank you for stopping by!

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Trinity Stamp Debut Blog Hop

By on May 31, 2018

Hello, crafty friends! Today I am so excited to be part of a blog hop to celebrate a new stamp company, Trinity Stamps. A very special crafty friend of mine is an illustrator for them. Please check out their first release! Lots of adorable goodies already coming out from this new company.

Today’s card I made features their Coffee with Character stamp set. This is a LARGE set you guys. It’s 6×8 filled with fun mix and match coffee characters. I was overwhelmed by too many ideas because there was too much cuteness.

I started off by stamping some images with Copic-friendly ink onto some white cardstock and colored the images with Copic markers.

Then, I fussy cut the images since I did a little customization by adding handles to the mugs before stamping. Next time, I’m going to stamp them as is so I can use my coordinating dies to cut them out.

I then used a frame die and took out the negative spaces and ink blended with Distress ink in rainbow colors. I adhered those pieces to an A2 card base with foam tape for dimension. I then added all the colored images onto the card with more foam tape.

Next, I went on to work on the sentiment. I used the Caffeinated Sentiments and created my own sentiment by mixing and matching all the little words that come with it. You can come up with so many ideas but I’m not super creative so I decided on “thinking of brew” which is super cute and makes me smile! I heat embossed the sentiment in silver and adhered it to the card with foam tape.

Lastly, I finished the card with some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear confetti and my card is finished!

To celebrate the launch of Trinity Stamps, there are some amazing giveaways up for grabs! Be sure to visit each blog & leave a comment to be entered to win some amazing prizes. For every comment you leave, you get a chance to win: a $50 gift card to the Trinity Stamps store, $20 gift card to Thermoweb, $25 Ellen Hutson Gift Card, $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card and a $25 gift card to WOW Embossing.

The winners will be posted on the Trinity Stamps blog on June 5th.

Here is the line up for today’s blog hop:

Trinity Stamps
Amy Tsuruta
Carly Minner
Jo Ann Danchik 
Jodi Collins
Kelly Latevola
Lisa Cisneros
Shanna Slater
Taniesa Vlasak
Thi Lam (this is me!)

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Oh Happy Day | Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight

By on May 22, 2018

mama elephant oh happy day

Hello my friends! Today’s card highlights Oh Happy Day from Mama Elephant’s May release. I tried something new and did the off set shadow stamping for the first time! There were definitely a few lessons learned but it turned out cute! I’m definitely going to try this again.

First, I stamped Party Animals on Bristol smooth card stock because I decided I will be taking my Zigs out to play for this card. I colored the critters with Zig markers and fussy cut these sweet images because I did not get the coordinating dies. I chose to use these little guys because once I saw the “Time to pop the bubbly” sentiment, I knew I wanted to use these specific fun images with them.

Next, I used the outside frame die from Cloud Nine Creative Cuts to die cut the background. I used my Misti and stamped Oh Happy Day with Versafine Vintage Sepia. I then cleaned off the stamp and moved the card base over ever so slighty and stamped it again with Versamark clear ink. I covered the entire thing with clear embossing powder and heated it until it was smooth and melted.

This is where the magic happens. I ink blended the background with Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio. By doing this, the area where I offset stamped in Versamark leaves a white offset shadow behind the dark stamped sentiment. I cannot stress how much I love this look and will be doing it again!

I then popped the Party Animal images with foam tape and arranged them on my card. I added the small sentiment by stamping it in Versamark onto colored cardstock and covered it with white embossing powder and heat set it until it was smooth and melted. I cut it down and popped it onto the card with more foam tape.

I finished the card with Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear jewels because they look like champagne bubbles!

That’s my card. I hope you like it and thank you so much for stopping by! Happy crafting, friends!

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Animal Parade | Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight

By on May 21, 2018

Mama Elephant Animal Parade

Hi again! Today’s card features Mama Elephant Animal Parade! I made a birthday card using a few critters and the fun wavy sentiment from this set.

First, I stamped all the images with Copic-friendly ink onto white heavy-weight card stock. I then colored with my Copic markers. I heat embossed the “Happy Birthday” sentiment onto the adorable flag that the bear is holding. I die cut everything with coordinating dies and set aside to work on my background.

Mama Elephant Animal Parade

For the background, I used the largest rectangle from Basic Rectangles Creative Cuts (it perfectly covers an A2 card front) to die cut a background piece I can ink blend on for the background. I blended Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar keeping it darker at the bottom and gradually lighter on top.

mama elephant animal parade

Then, I used the On the Hills Creative Cuts to die cut the  clouds and the curved ground onto white card stock. I popped these pieces up with foam tape and adhered it to my ink blended background.

Next, I arranged the animal parade with more foam tape onto the background. I finished the card with some Pretty Pink Posh iridescent star confetti.

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope I inspired you to make something today!

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