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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!

Thank you for stopping by!


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Yappy Woofmas! | Mama Elephant September Stampede

By on September 17, 2018

Hello and welcome to the Mama Elephant #celebrating6years Anniversary Release Stampede! The wait is finally over and I am so excited to share with you my project I made today for the big celebration. Stop by the Mama Elephant online store to see and purchase the entire release! Read until the end for amazing sales and giveaways.

Today’s card I made features Yappy Woofmas! I am totally a dog person so I was super excited to see Mama Elephant came out with a Christmas dog stamp set!

I stamped the images from the Yappy Woofmas stamp set onto Bristol smooth card stock. I colored everything with Zig markers. I didn’t really have a color palette in mind when I started. I just looked up cute puppies on Google and tried different coloring techniques to get a variety of dogs. It was so fun to see the results! After I finished coloring, I die cut everything with coordinating dies.

For the background, I kept it simple and used the new Fancy Door Frame creative cuts. It cuts out a perfect A2 background when you use the entire thing, but the door and the frame can be separated. The door opens and shuts as well but I didn’t utilize this feature today…but I will soon enough! I adhered the frame and door to an A2 cardbase and my background is done!

I adhered the images on with foam tape for dimension and added a few jewels onto the wreath for some fun shine.

For the inside of my card, I built a little scene with more adorable images from Yappy Woofmas. I inked up a little background with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide then adhere the images with my tape runner. Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the new and beautiful Scripty Xmas sentiment stamps. I found this sentiment to be a perfect fit with the door in the front.

That’s it for my card. Here’s a quick recap of all the Mama Elephant supplies that I used:

Please keep reading to learn more about all the great promotions and giveaways Mama Elephant has for their huge 6th anniversary celebration. Also, check out the list of amazing designers and continue hopping along below!

 
 
From 9/15 – 9/17
10% off entire store! No code required!
 
From 9/15 – 9/30
Spend $100* – receive 1 free ‘Color Me Letters’ 4×6 stamp set.
Spend $150* – receive 1 free ‘Color Me Letters’ 4×6 stamp set and ‘Hilly THANKS’ dies.
Spend $200* – receive 1 free ‘Color Me Letters’ 4×6 stamp set, ‘Hilly THANKS’ dies, and ‘Hilly HELLO’ dies.
 
Please read all the fine print carefully! 🙂

*Subtotal amount must be met before any shipping fees/tax/customs.
Free item(s) valid only a single order/transaction.
Limit one of each free offer per order.
Orders cannot be combined. New orders only.
Limit one free offer per customer/order.
We reserve the right to cancel/modify orders.
Free offer valid 9/15-9/30 or while supplies last!
 
To celebrate this mega anniversary release, we are giving away of ten $25 ME gift certificates throughout the 3 day stampede! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the last day of Stamp Highlights. 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/comment on Instagram: instagram.com/mamaelephant «
 
Each action qualifies for one entry, max 4 entries per stampeder please!
 
Joining us on this wild ride of a stampede are our favorite crafty designer friends! Please visit them to see what they did with the new goodies!
 
And that’s a wrap to the 3 day mega stampede! Make sure you checked out Day 1 and DAY 2! Thanks all for joining us! The celebration continues all month long!

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Pretty Pink Posh September Release

By on September 14, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh September 2018 Blog Hop

Pretty Pink Posh September 2018 Release

Hello, crafty friends! Thank you for hopping along with us! Are you enjoying what you’re seeing?! I’m certainly am! This fall release from Pretty Pink Posh is amazing! I really couldn’t pick a favorite from the lot, but I decided to start with the sweet images from Pumpkin Patch Critter Friends because I’m just a critters girl. I love me some adorable critters and these are  perfect for the upcoming fall.

I started my card by stamping out the images I wanted to use with Versamark Vintage Sepia ink onto Bristol smooth cardstock. I knew I was going to color with Zigs today. Lately, I’ve been really feeling my Zigs. I just love the way it blends on Bristol paper but it’s also very quick to blend. Real life has been very busy with the new school year, so I love how fast I can color with Zigs.

Any who, I then die cut everything with their coordinating dies and set them aside for later.

I cut an A2 size background also out of Bristol smooth paper and ink blended from the bottom up with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers. I added more pressure in the bottom and faded up to white. I then flicked on some Peacock Feathers splatters onto of my blending and my background is done.

After the background was completely dry, I used Versamark ink and heat emboss the sentiment that comes with this stamp set in gold embossing powder.

I adhered all my critters onto the card with foam tape and finished with some beautiful gold jewels and my card is finished.

Again, this card is relatively simple but really packs a punch w/ the beautiful images and jewels!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope I inspired you to make some fun fall cards soon!

Giveaway

Don’t forget! 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 PST on 9/18/2018. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

Hop along with all the amazing designers today and don’t forget to leave comments for more chances to win in the giveaway:

Pretty Pink Posh blog
Yana Smakula
Alix Davis
Jeanne Jachna
Crystal Thompson
Mindy Eggen
Joni Andaya
Caly Person
Melody Rupple
Lexa Levana
Thi Lam <– You are here –>
Suzy Plantamura


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Get Carried Away | Mama Elephant GD Call

By on August 6, 2018

Hello, crafty friends! I made today’s card for Mama Elephant’s first ever guest designer calls for their 6th anniversary Stampede in September. This is so exciting and since they are one of my favorite stamp companies, I just had to play along!

Today’s card features Mama Elephant Carried Away stamp set. I love the giant balloon in this set! I stamped all my images with Memento ink onto white card stock. I colored them with Copic markers then fussy cut them because I do not have coordinating dies for this set. If you hate to fussy cut, you’re in luck! Coordinating dies are available and I linked them below.

It was time to work on my background. So I splurged and used a Michael’s coupon and bought two colors of Distress Oxide inks. This will be my first time using them. I took a trusty ol’ Mini Ink Blender and blended the two colors onto Bristol paper. I heard you can use regular paper with this but today I didn’t have time to test this. Bristol it is! After that, I splashed with water then added splatters in the same Distress Oxide for interest.

While the background is drying, I die cut the cloud from the Mama Elephant Landscape Creative Cuts into white card stock. I blended more Distress Oxide at the edge of my cloud to make it stand out more. I left this aside to work on the sentiment.

I prepped my blended background with an anti-static tool and stamped the sentiment onto it with Versamark and covered it all with white embossing powder. I took my heat gun to the sentiment until it was melted and smooth.

Time for my favorite part – card assembly! I popped the cloud onto the background with foam tape. I then did the same with the two giant balloons. I added the kids onto the cloud with a tape runner. I did the same with the little bear. I then took a pen and drew in my string for my balloon since I didn’t have coordinating dies, I improvised! Lastly, I covered both balloons with Wink of Stella and my card is complete.

I hope you liked my card today. Thank you for stopping by!

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