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MAMA ELEPHANT Holiday Bitties | Stamp Highlights

By on October 16, 2018

Today we are highlighting Mama Elephant Holiday Bitties from the October release. Let’s get started!

I actually was very drawn to the sweater image from this set and ended up only using that one image. I didn’t even realize this until I was done. There are a ton of cute images to use and I have a ton of ideas! Stay tune for more on from this set from me.

I was instantly inspired to pair the sweater with some pattern paper to do a little paper piecing to get a Fair Isle sweater look. I made three different sweaters by using different pattern paper. I then die cut out the 3 large tags from the new Scallop Tags Trio Creative Cuts out of kraft paper.

I was in a die cutting mood and also made three Dainty Bows using the same pattern paper I used to make the sweaters. I die cut a panel with Sew Fancy Creative Cuts because the stitches and sweaters just felt like they should go together to me. I then adhered the tags onto my base with a tape runner. I adhered the sweaters with pop dots (because I had them out from a previous project but foam tape will also work just fine) and glued the bows on with strong, wet glue.

For my sentiment, I used the new Holiday Messages stamp set. I found “warm winter hugs” to be a perfect little sentiment for a card that had a lot going on already.

There you have it! I highly dimensional card that really packs a punch but it as relatively easy to do! Thank you for stopping by! Visit the Mama Elephant blog for more inspiration from the amazing design team!


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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:

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


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 (Further details can be found on the Simon Says Stamp challenge page.)


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 (Further details can be found on the Simon Says Stamp challenge page.)

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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