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MAMA ELEPHANT Stampede | October Release

By on October 15, 2018
 

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Design Team blog hop! Today I’m sharing two cards I made with the new Mama Elephant Bright Lights stamp set.

For my first card, I heat embossed the string lights with white embossing powder then ink blended a soft, light blue background. I then stamped the light bulbs with red dye ink and fussy cut them so I can pop them up for dimension.

Next, I die cut some Bristol paper with Cloud Nine Creative Cuts and Framed Tags – Union Square Creative Cuts to create an interesting frame. I ink blended with Distress Ink in Candy Apple and Spun Sugar. Then, I splatter paint onto it for even more interest. I finished the cover by heat embossing the sentiment after the panel was completely dry.

I adhere the entire think on with foam tape and this card is finished!

For my next card, I heat embossed the string lights in silver and then the oblong bulbs in gold. I had that Christmas song, “Silver and Gold” stuck in my head and decided I wanted to make an non-traditional Christmas card. After I finished embossing, I ink blended in purples and pinks to get a elegant background.

For my sentiment, I die cut Oh Joy Halo Script from last month’s release in glitter paper and the halo in vellum. Next, I took a sentiment from Bright Lights and heat embossed in silver onto black paper. If I was to do this again, I would use a dark purple…but I didn’t have any, so black it is!

I adhered that onto my card and it’s complete!

So there you have it. Two relatively easy Christmas cards – two completely different looks and both equally fun and adorable!

Don’t forget to leave a message for a chance to win some amazing prizes! Keep hopping along with our amazing designers. You will find the list at the end of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

The entire October release is now live and available for purchase in the store: www.mamaelephant.com

 
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!

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Each action qualifies for one entry, max 4 entries per stampeder please!
Now let’s get on with the Stampede with our designers!

Keeway Tsao | Laura Bassen | Nichol Spohr | Thi Lam | Amy Yang | Vera Rhuhay

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Anything But A Card | Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

By on October 10, 2018

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Hello friends! Today I created a card for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. This week’s theme is “Anything But a Card”! They are featuring My Favorite Things products and I haven’t used the cute supplies I have for a while, so I decided to make this today.

I made these two book markers today using My Favorite Things Tall Tag Duo Die-Namics die cut and My Favorite Things BB Our Story clear stamps. I have three little bookworms at home so when I saw this stamp set, I knew it had to be a part of my collection.

To make these book marks, I die cut the Tall Tags, stamped and heat embossed the books then ink blended my background. Next, I stamped the images and colored them with Zig markers. I used Glue Dots to directly glue these onto the book marks. I normally add a lot of dimensions on my projects, but for a book mark, it needs to be as flat as you can to be functional. After that, I tied on some ribbon and twine on the top and my book marks are completed.

I gave one each to my boy/girl 9 year old twins and they loved them. I hope you loved them as much as my kids did! Haha.

I had a lot of fun making these and I hope I inspired you to join in the fun at Simon Says Stamp this week! As with any challenge, there’s an amazing prize up for grabs! The generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher to shop at SimonSaysStamp.com. (Further details can be found on the Simon Says Stamp challenge page.)

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Products I Used:

My Favorite Things Tall Tag Duo Die-Namics
My Favorite Things BB Our Story
Distress Ink Worn Lipstick
Distress Ink Dried Marigold
Distress Ink Antique Linen
Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
Distress Ink Cracked Pistachio
My Favorite Things Lemon Drop dye ink
Simon Says Stamp White Embossing Powder

Simon Says Stamp

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Pretty Pink Posh | Halloween Theme Week

By on October 4, 2018

Hello crafty friends! Today’s card I made using a bunch of fun Halloween goodies from Pretty Pink Posh for our Halloween Theme Week! I just love these sweet images and the colors are very different from my usual soft colors and pastels – but I just LOVE this card. Maybe because it’s unique to my usual…or maybe because I love Halloween. Either case, if you like it as much as I do, I will show you how I made it!

First, I stamped all the images I decided to use with Copic-Friendly Memento Tuxedo Black onto white card stock. I colored everything with Copic markers. After I finished coloring, I die cut the images with coordinating dies and set aside to word on my background.

I love to ink blend so I knew I was going to make an ink blended background. I was going to do my usual and just have orange fade into white. But I don’t know. Today I was inspired to step outside of my comfort and just play with colors. I was so glad I did! I blended Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple,  Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire for my background. I love that the dried marigold was dramatically lighter than the rest of the colors making it look like it’s glowing. I splattered water then splattered paint and set this aside to dry.

While my background was drying, I die cut the smaller of the two Window Frames dies out of vellum paper to make a translucent moon for my background. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Now it was time to assemble my card! I adhered the vellum “moon” on first with strong tape at the bottom of the moon since I knew my critters would cover this up. I also added a few dots of wet glue to the back of the sentiment to hide the adhesive. I then arranged the critters from Halloween Pals on with foam tape. I used glue dots for Halloween Friends’ bats and spider straight on the card. I added a few gold jewels and my card is finished!

Pretty Pink Posh Products Used:

Halloween Pals
Halloween Pals Coordinating Dies
Halloween Friends
Halloween Friends Coordinating Dies
Window Frames Dies
Metallic Gold Jewels

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HO HO HO: Santa’s Sleigh | Mama Elephant Designer Series

By on October 3, 2018

Hello, friends! Today for my Mama Elephant’s Designer Series project, I made a pop up card using the newly released Santa’s Sleigh stamp set with the Inside Arch Creative Cuts. I had so much fun making this card, you guys. I can’t wait to make more of these fun, interactive beauties. Let’s get started!

First, I colored my images with Copic markers and diecut them with coordinating dies. (For the sign, I used a sentiment from an older stamp set, Mini Messages, and masked off the heart to stamp only the word “Santa”.)

After I finished coloring and diecutting out the Santa’s Sleigh images, I worked on my background by diecutting the large scalloped frame from Framed Tags – Chelsea Creative Cuts. I masked off the edges to keep them white and used a mini blending tool to blend Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass. I then splashed some water and lifted it up for a dream, snowy background. I wanted it to be even more snowy, so I flicked on some white opaque paint. After the background completely dried, I stamped the “HO HO HO” using the Color Me Letters stamp set with Versamark and white embossing powder.

Next, I took out some navy card stock and die cut the Inside Arch Creative cut. I also cut a piece of 10.5 x 4 for the inside of my card. I cut it a little bit smaller than the card based because I find this makes it sit better inside the card. I adhered the inside arch into the card using strong score tape. I then added the reindeers and sleigh onto the arch and the inside of my card is complete. It was really easy to do and had such a fun impact when you open the card!

Now I finished up the card by adhering my background with foam tape onto a piece of card stock I made red by ink blending Distress Ink Candy Apple around the edges. I felt a little color would help it pop more. I added this entire piece to an A2 card base. I then adhered the remaining images with foam tape for dimension and my card could be finished at this point. But I added a little details with a white Gel pen and glossy accents for Santa’s glasses and Rudolph’s nose just to increase the cuteness factor (if that’s possible) and my card is complete. I hope you like my project today and that I inspired you to make your own pop-up card!

Mama Elephant Products Used:

Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set
Santa’s Sleigh Creative Cuts
Inside Arch Creative Cuts
Color Me Letters Stamp Set
Mini Messages Stamp Set
Framed Tags – Chelsea Creative Cuts

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Lets Get Ready For Christmas | Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

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Hello friends! Today I created a card for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. This week’s theme is “Let’s Get Ready For Christmas”! I decided to make a simple and elegant Christmas card today with Mama Elephant products that I haven’t had a chance to play with yet.

Let’s get started! I first cut out of piece of Bristol smooth card stock to A2 size and stamped and embossed my sentiment with gold embossing powder. I then ink blended the bottom of the panel with Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I then stamped the tree and the stocking from Mama Elephant O’ Tiny Tree in Versamark ink in Vintage Sepia. I colored everything with my trusty Zigs.

I have been inspired by Nichol Spohr for quite some time now and have been wanting to do this thin border inlay technique she has shown several times. I finally got a chance to do it and I’m hooked. I might do this to all of my cards! It adds such a subtle detail but gives the card a very finished look. Basically, I love it! Thanks, Nichol, for the inspiration!

I took the thin frame from Mama Elephant Dotted Details and die cut it out of glittery gold card stock. I then used the same die to cut out the same piece out of the card front I just finished. I adhered everything with wet glue onto a A2 card back. Then, I inlay the gold glittery frame into my card front and my card is finished!

I hope you like my card and I inspired you to join into the fun at Simon Says Stamp this week! As with any challenge, there’s an amazing prize up for grabs! The generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher to shop at SimonSaysStamp.com. (Further details can be found on the Simon Says Stamp challenge page.)

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Products I Used:

Mama Elephant O’ Tiny Tree
Mama Elephant Merry Greetings
Mama Elephant Dotted Details Creative Cuts
Distress Ink Antique Linen
WOW Gold Embossing Powder

Simon Says Stamp

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MAMA ELEPHANT Joy Ornaments | Stamp Highlights

By on September 26, 2018

Welcome back for another Mama Elephant stamp highlight – today’s card features Joy Ornaments from the September 2018 Anniversary release! This stamp set has beautiful, fun and large ornament images that you can play around with. For today’s card. I paired it with a few little friends from Little Elf Agenda to add a whimsical feel to my card.

I started by stamping out J-O-Y from the Joy Ornaments stamp set and a few elves from Little Elf Agenda. I whipped out the Copics again for this card. It’s been a while and I wanted to get a good blend to make the letters and ornament look 3D and I feel it’s easier for me to do this with Copics. I stamped all my images onto Neenah white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After I finished coloring, I used coordinating dies to cut them out.

I then cut down a piece of Bristol smooth card stock to A2 size to ink blend a background. I used Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch from the outside blending towards the middle to keep a highlighted area since I will be adhering all my images in the middle. This create a spotlight affect for those images. I splashed on some water and lifted it up for a fun and dreamy look.

After my background was dry, I stamped the ornament string and the “to you and me” sentiment” onto it with Versamark. I heat embossed everything with silver embossing powder.

To assembly my card, I lined up all the images and popped them up with foam tape for dimension. I love this sweet and simple card that has such an impact with the bold red ornaments!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed reading about today’s card.

Mama Elephant Products Used:
Joy Ornaments
Joy Ornaments Creative Cuts
Little Elf Agenda
Little Elf Agenda Creative Cuts

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MAMA ELEPHANT Little Snowman Agenda | Stamp Highlights

By on September 24, 2018

Hello friends! I am sharing a card today that I made using the new Little Snowman Agenda stamps from Mama Elephant. My favorite thing to do whenever Mama Elephant releases a little agenda set is to look at each individual image to see what they’re up to. It always brings a smile to my face! This set was no exception. So cute and who doesn’t love a bunch of little snowman.

I decided to pair them with the Grid Window Creative Cuts in my card today. At first, I felt like I’ve done this too much but when things work, they just do. I decided not to fight it and paired them together and I am so happy I did!

I went for a little bit of an unconventional look by using a sea foam green and pale pink as my “Christmas colors”. What I got at the end was a soft, different Christmas card that I absolutely love.

All my images are colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in green shadow, tea rose, brick beige, flesh color and gray tint for the shading of the snowmen. I die cut them all with coordinating dies then set them aside to work on the Grid Window background.

I found some coordinating colored card stock and cut the grid window from it. I also cut another grid window out of fun foam to add to the back for dimension. For the background, I lined up a piece of Bristol smooth card stock and used a pencil to mark the top and bottoms of the little windows. I blended Distress Ink Sugar sugar to have way down each window into white.

To finish the card, I popped up each snowman in a window with foam tape and my card in finished. Because I did not have room for a sentiment in the front, I added “May all your Christmases be white” from the Merry Greetings stamp set. I found this to match perfectly with all the little snowmen.

That’s it from me. Thank you for stopping by!

MAMA ELEPHANT Products Used:

Little Snowman Agenda
Little Snowman Agenda Creative Cuts
Grid Window Creative Cuts
Merry Greetings Sentiments


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MAMA ELEPHANT Cool Penguins | Stamp Highlights

By on September 21, 2018

Hi again! Today I am sharing a card that highlights Mama Elephant Cool Penguins stamps set. These are the cutest images by the fabulous Aida Zamora. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with these when I saw them!

I started by coloring my images very soft colors. I was inspired by Aida’s original works since she always does a very soft watercoloring that is perfect for nurseries. After I finished coloring, I die cut everything out with coordinating dies.

For my background, I kept it simple since I used so many colors for my background. I used some pattern paper and cut it down to A2 size. I arranged my images on top of the background temporarily and stamped the funny sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed in silver embossing powder until smooth and melted.

I used Madison Avenue Creative Cut to cut out a glittery border for my scene out. I try to add a little shine whenever I can! I wasn’t able to photograph it but that frame is amazingly sparkly.

After arranging my scene, I felt the top was a little bit bare. I decided to add the party banners from Swinging Borders and colored it to match to the top of the card. This was exactly the touch I was looking for.

To finish my card, I added a few images straight onto the background with some glue and popped some of the images in front onto foam tape for dimension. Lastly, I put the frame on with some foam tape and my card is complete – a penguin gift wrapping party!

I hope you enjoyed my card and thank you for stopping by!

Mama Elephant Products Used:

Cool Penguin
Cool Penguin Creative Cuts
Swinging Borders
Madison Avenue Creative Cuts

 

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MAMA ELEPHANT Oh Kitty Tree | Stamp Highlights

By on September 19, 2018

Hello! Today’s Mama Elephant stamp highlights featured the amazing Oh Kitty Tree! I will admit that I am a dog person but this large tree of cats has my heart. I can’t even pick my favorite kitty from the lot!

Because it’s a large image, there is a lot to color. For those of you who love to color, this is the stamp set for you. I had a lot of fun getting creative with coloring different kinds of cats. I recommend going on google and looking up “cat colors” for some inspiration. There’s actually quite a bit of variation in their coloring so it was a ton of fun to be creative.

I usually start my cards by coloring images, but for this particular card, I made the background first. I have been making a lot of blue cards lately and I already had it in my head that this would be a warm tone card. I don’t know if it’s all that “Christmas-y” but I went with Distress Inks in Candy Apple, Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold for my background and I love it! I then used the new Galactic Cover Creative Cuts to create a quick, fun and finished background. I adhered my background to a top folding A2 card base and moved on to color a ton of cats!

Now that my background is completed, I’m ready for a coloring marathon! I pulled up images of cats on Google and picked out warm browns and grays and colored away. I love how this turned out. I had a little space, so I decided to pull a few birds from Trim the Tree and having them decorating the tree with additional ornaments. I even threw in a little Easter egg in my card to celebrate Mama Elephant’s 6 years anniversary. Do you see it?

I used the coordinate die to cut out fun foam to mount my tree and give it nice even dimension. I used some strong liquid glue on the smaller images and mounted them on to my card as well.

For the sentiment, I used the Oh Joy Halo Script Creative Cuts and die cut it onto gold glitter paper and fun foam. I adhered this onto the card with some strong glue and my card is complete!

I hope you love this card as much as I do. Thank you for stopping by!

Mama Elephant Supplies Used:
Oh Kitty Tree
Oh Kitty Tree Creative Cuts
Galactic Cover Creative Cuts
Trim the Tree
Trim the Tree Creative Cuts
Oh Joy Halo Script Creative Cuts


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PRETTY PINK POSH Cuddly Cats Shaker Card

By on September 18, 2018

Hello crafty friends! Today I have a fun shaker card for you highlighting Cuddly Cats from the Pretty Pink Posh September release. These are some sweet images for those cat lovers out there! I thought it was only fair to feature some cats since my last card/post was all about the pups!

Let’s get started. I stamped out these sweet images onto Bristol smooth card stock and stamped them with Versafine in Vintage Sepia. I have just really been feeling the soft results using this ink instead of a black. I also been in love with my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers because of how easily and quickly they blend. (Full disclosure: I work full time and craft at night and the Zigs have been helping me adjust to my new DT schedule working for two brands.) After I finished coloring, I die cut out the images with their coordinating dies.

I cut a piece of plaid paper into A2 size (4.25 x 5.5) and covered up an A2 card base with it. I then die cut Stitched Pieces die onto white cardstock. I aligned it pretty close to the top to leave room for a sentiment at the bottom. I also die cut the two sides with the Scallop Borders die to give it a finished look. At this point, you want to stamp the sentiment on when it’s nice and flat. I made this mistake too many times and it won’t be my last. 🙂

Now it’s time to build a shaker. I put some acetate on the back of the white Stitched Pieces I just die cut. I then built up two layers of foam tape around each window and the frame. I then filled the windows with the 3m sparkling clear sequins and mini iridescent stars. I then flipped my card base and adhered it on top of the white piece very slowly and carefully to ensure everything is aligned.

Now that the stressful part is completed, I popped my colored images on with foam tape for extra dimension and my card is complete!

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