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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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She’s So Lovely | Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight

By on May 18, 2018

Mama Elephant She's So Lovely

Hello friends! Today’s card highlights Mama Elephant She’s So Lovely. It’s hard to choose but this could possible be my favorite set from this release. I have a 9 year old daughter and this set just speaks to the momma in me.

First, I stamped all the images onto white card stock with Copic-friendly black ink and colored all the images with Copic markers. I added some details with white gel pen to increase the cute. I die cut out the images with their coordinating dies and set them aside to work on my background.


Mama Elephant She's So Lovely


Mama Elephant She's So Lovely

Next, I die cut a piece of watercolor paper with the largest die from the Basic Rectangles Creative Cuts which cuts out a rectangle that perfectly covers an A2 size card. I masked stripes off with some painter’s tape and ink blended the stripes with Distress Ink in Tattered Rose. I normally ink blend with Bristol Smooth paper but wanted to try the watercolor paper and I have to say I love the texture it added. I will definitely be doing it again. I carefully peeled off the tape and my background was finished.

Mama Elephant She's So Lovely

After the background was completely dry, I heat embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder. I then adhere the images onto the background with foam tape for dimension. I finished the card off with rose gold heart confetti by Pretty Pink Posh.

That’s my card! I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Mama Elephant She's So Lovely

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Donut Treats | Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight

By on May 17, 2018
Mama Elephant Donut Treats

Hello there! Today’s card features Donut Treats from Mama Elephant’s May release. I just love this set so much I used it in my previous post as well!

Today I used all the images from the stamp set and it’s coordinating dies. My favorite thing that Mama Elephant does are these dies that cut out little slits for you to tuck things into it. They did this with Page Huggers and their Dim Sum stamp sets! (Two of my favorites as well.) This set has a die that cuts out a slit in the box so you can tuck one of the images into the donut box! How cute is that!

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

Okay, enough enabling, let’s start the card. First, I stamped out all the images on white card stock with Copic-friendly ink. I colored all the images with Copic markers and die cut them with their coordinating dies. For the box, I white heat emboss the image onto craft card stock and die cut it with it’s coordinating die as well.

Next, I proceeded with some ink blending on the background. I used Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon and blended it into Spun Sugar but it doesn’t show up in my photos enough. Boo. I splashed some water for interested and set it aside to dry.

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

I then decided to live dangerously because I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the background to completely dry and stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink on the top corner. I carefully covered just that area with silver embossing powder and melted it until it was smooth. Luckily it worked out for me but I definitely do not recommend this method. Next time, I will heat set the entire thing to ensure it is dry.

I popped my stamped and colored images onto foam tape and adhere them all into a fun scene onto my inked background. The entire thing was then adhered to an A2 card base. I finished the card with some sparkling confetti mix from Pretty Pink Posh and my card is completed.

I hope you like my card and as always, thank you for stopping by!

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Mama Elephant | May Release Stampede

By on May 15, 2018

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Design Team blog hop!

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

Thi here, and I’m so excited to be part of this month’s release with Mama Elephant! Talk about cuteness overload! Somehow I was able to harness my excitement and make something cute to share today!

Today’s card features the new Donut Treats stamp set. Who does love donuts and adorable mice? This set has both!

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

When I saw donuts, I knew I wanted to make a sprinkles shaker card! I used real sprinkles and coordinated my entire design around the colors of sprinkles I had to keep it cohesive.

First, I stamped the images with Copic-Friendly ink and colored them with Copic markers. I added some white sprinkles with a white gel pen on top of my donut images to give it a little more interest and more cute! I then die cut them with coordinating dies and put them aside to work on my background.

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

For the background, I blended Distress inks in a random pattern in the same color palette. I splashed it with some water to get those magically bubbles you get when you do this to Distress Ink.  I then die cut the background with Park Avenue Creative Cuts frame die. I lined up the inside piece onto a A2 card back and heat emboss a little surprise message toward the bottom of the card using one of the sentiments that comes with Donut Treats.

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

For the frame, I stamped a sentiment from SCRIPTY BDAY with white Stazon ink onto the acetate. I adhered the acetate to the frame and put on two layers of foam tape before adhering it to the background. I already placed a mound of the sprinkles onto the card so I can just pop the frame on top and the shaker part is finished!

I finished the card but arranging my colored images on the front of the card and adhered them with some tape runner and the card is completed.

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy crafting!

Mama Elephant Donut Treats

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: «
» 3. Follow/tweet us on Twitter: «
» 4. Follow/tweet us on Instagram: «

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

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

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


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Pretty Pink Posh May Release Blog Hop

By on May 10, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh May 2018 Blog Hop

Hello, crafty friends! Thank you for hopping along with Pretty Pink Posh today and don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a the blog hop giveaway. More on this later!

Today’s card featured Playful Puppies, Get Well Soon Scripty Die and Gold Metallic Jewels from this month’s new release.

First, I started by stamping out the puppies with Versamark Sepia ink and watercoloring with Zig Brush markers. I then die cut them all out with coordinating dies.

For the background, I used a mini ink blender and blended Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks and splashed water on as well as splattered with more Tumble Glass. I was going for a lot of interest in this sky today.

While that dried, I diecut some Bristol smooth card stock with the stitched notes die. I diecut the inside piece with a straight stitch border die to create grass. I taped the pieces together then I masked off the top and ink blended the bottom with Old Paper and Crushed Olive Distress Ink to make grass. I then popped up the border with foam tape and adhered everything on an A2 card base.

I also popped the puppies onto foam tape for dimensions and added the card. I finished off these puppies with a few gold metallic jewels as their name tags. Just a little touch but I think it has the most adorable impact!

For my sentiment, I used the new Get Well Soon scripty die and die cut it 3 times on white card stock and once on gold glitter card stock. I stacked them up and glued them together with strong liquid glue. I love the dimension on this so much!

I finished the card with some Sunny Days sequin mix and this is my card! I hope you like it!


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 5/14/2018. 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:

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Jennifer McGuire
Justine Hovey
Kay Miller
Jeanne Jachna
Laura Bassen
Lexa Levana
Cathy Zielske
Eloise Blue
Shannon McComb
Lea Lawson
Thi Lam – You are here
Amy Yang  

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Little Monkey Agenda | Mama Elephant

By on May 4, 2018

Mama Elephant Little Agenda MonkeysHello crafty friends! Today I played with these cute little monkeys from Mama Elephant Little Monkey Agenda along with the amazing grid die that works perfectly with all their Little Agenda images.

First, I stamped out the images onto Copic-friendly card stock with Memento ink. I then colored everything with Copic markers. At this point, I wished I wasn’t so cheap and strung for the coordinating dies, but alas, I did not. I fussy cut each of these little guys and it wasn’t too bad!

Next, I die cut the grid out of some Lawn Fawn pattern paper. I popped up the frame with some foam tape and adhered it onto a top folding A2 card base made of 110 lb card stock.

I adhered each of the little monkeys into the grids with foam tape and finished off the card with a few sparkling clear confetti.

That is all from me today. I hope you enjoyed my project and that I inspired you to create something today! Happy Crafting!

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