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MAMA ELEPHANT Designer Series | Hogs and Kisses

By on November 30, 2018

Hello, friends! Thi here and today I want to show you how to make this birthday card featuring Hogs and Kisses that also holds a gift card! My kids get invited to a lot of birthday parties so I always have backup gift cards just in case I forget to buy a gift. I love these kind of cards because it adds a personal touch to a not-so-personal gift.

To begin, I started by stamping out the images from Hogs and Kisses onto white card stock with Copic-friendly ink and colored all the images with Copic markers. I then die cut them with coordinating dies and put them aside to work on my interactive background.

Next, I die cut the new Woodgrain Cover Creative Cuts into kraft card stock for my base panel. I love the instant interest this Cover plate ads to my cards! I then die cut the smaller scallop frame and gift card lift flap from Framed Tags-Waverly Creative Cuts onto Bristol smooth paper and ink blended the bottom with Distress Ink Abandon Carol and faded into white. After the ink has dried, I stamped the sentiment from Scripty Bday onto the lift flap.

To assemble the card, I lined up the ink blended piece on top of my Woodgrain Cover background as a guide so that I can use the little gift card insert die that comes with Framed Tags-Waverly Creative Cuts to hold my gift card in place. After the die cut was completed, I assembled my card by adhering the Woodgrain Cover panel onto a top-folding A2 card base with strong tape runner. I backed up the small scalloped framed with foam tape to give my gift card some wiggle room and adhered it directly on top of the Woodgrain Cover base.

I popped up my little piggies with some foam tape, and my card is completed! I found a Lucille’s gift card I could use to demonstrate the gift card holder and didn’t realize how ironically funny it is with my little piggies until after I took the photo – poor little piggies!

There you have it – a sweet little birthday card ready to give to a special friend! Thank you for stopping by and hopefully I inspired you to make something today!

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MAMA ELEPHANT Hogs and Kisses | Stamp Highlight

By on November 26, 2018

Hello, friends! Today’s card I made highlights the adorable Hogs and Kisses from Mama Elephant’s November release. How sweet are these little piggies?!

I started by die cutting the large frame from Frame Tags – Waverly Creative Cuts (Also from this release), masked off the border and ink blended with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass. I was heavy handed on top and faded down into white. My favorite technique! After the Distress Ink was dry, I stamped and embossed the sweet sentiment, “SMOOCHES! Love you pig time” So cute and punny!

Next I colored my images with Copic markers and die cut them with coordinating dies. I popped these little guys on with foam tape for dimension and my card is complete!

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Thanks it from me today! Thank you for letting me send some inspiration over to you! Hogs and Kisses from me!

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By on November 22, 2018

Hello, crafty friends! Today’s card features these beautiful Poinsettias images from the latest release! Pretty Pink Posh has been coming out with amazing florals lately and this one is no exception. Perfect for the season, I made a Christmas card by pairing it with the gorgeous Season’s Greetings  Script die!

First, I cut a piece of watercolor paper to A2 size and played around with a wash of color in green and ivories using my Gansai Tambi watercolors. I splatter on some coordinating green and my background is basically done. I left this to dry to work on my coloring.

I stamped the poinsettia images with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I water colored these flowers with Zig markers in two colors – Wine Red for the flowers and Mid Green for the leaves. I used my water brush to move the color around and create the gradients and shadows. I then splattered on coordinating paint on top of my flower. I feel it adds interest and hides any imperfections you think you might have. Lol.

Next, I die cut everything with coordinating dies. Since I had my die cutter out, I also die cut “Season’s Greetings” out of gold glitter paper.

Now, it was time to assemble my card. I popped all 3 flowers with foam tape and arranged them onto my card. I trimmed off anything that was hanging over the A2 card. I then tucked the leaves on and adhered them directly onto the background with strong glue. Next, I glued on the Season’s Greeting sentiment to the top of my card. The entire panel was then adhered to an A2 top-folding card base with foam tape and my card is compete!

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MAMA ELEPHANT Sending Hugs | Stamp Highlight

By on November 21, 2018

Hello there! Today’s card highlights Mama Elephant Sending Hugs stamp set. I paid it with the Flip Slider Creative Cuts from a previous release and the Little Bear Agenda from this month’s release! Cuteness overload!

I started by stamping out my bears with Versafine Antique Sepia and coloring with Zig markers. I cut with coordinating dies and set these little guys aside. Then, I die cut the large frame from Framed Tags – Chelsea, mask out the border and ink blended with Distress Ink in Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold. After this piece was completely dried, I stamped the large and beautiful, “Sending Hugs” sentiment onto my panel with Versamark ink. I heated embossed with white embossing powder until everything was smooth and melted.

Now it was time to put my flip slider together. I die cut everything in white card stock. I ink blended the four large rectangles with the same coordinating Distress Inks I used for the background. I added Tattered Rose to coordinate with the 3 colors I originally blended with. Then I used the Lots of Letters stamps to spell out PULL on the end of the tab. I put the entire thing together and glued the bears I colored on each square.

That’s it and I have a fun interactive card for you!

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

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MAMA ELEPHANT Heart in Bloom | Stamp Highlight

By on November 20, 2018

Today we are highlighting Mama Elephant Heart in Bloom from the current release. How gorgeous is this large image? I’m more of a critter gal than flowers but I love the unique heart shape of this large stamp and decided to highlight it on my project today.

I stamped the large heart with Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I then positioned the sentiment and did the same embossing technique. Then, I took one a few Zig markers in purples and blues and colored with them and a water pen.

I used the coordinating die to die cut the image and a piece of fun foam which I mounted my colored image on.

Then I die cut the new Woodgrain Cover Creative Cuts as well as the thin frame from Dotted Details Creative Cuts to create my background. I finished my card with a few clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh and my card is finished.

I hope you liked my card! Thanks for stopping by!


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MAMA ELEPHANT Little Bear Agenda | Stamp Highlight

By on November 19, 2018

Hello, crafty friends! Today I made a fun project to highlight Mama Elephant Little Bear Agenda stamp set. When I saw these bears, I instantly thought, “Goldilocks and the three bears”. I don’t know why that came to mind but it did and I was determined to make a project to illustrate the story. Lol.

I also really wanted to play with the Mini Milk Box 3D Creative Cuts from a few releases ago and this was the perfect project. I decided to build the house that Goldilock intruded on and the bears were coming home as she was eating their porridge…with a fork. Okay, so it isn’t perfect but it’s close enough! 🙂

I started by making the house. I die cut all the pieces I need and put my house together. I will not go into the details of how to do this. Jennifer McGuire has a great video where she shows you how to build the house here. (It starts at time marker 18:15).

After the house was built, I colored my images with Zig Markers and die cut out with coordinating dies. I adhered them onto my mini milk box and my project is done! You can fill this u with little treats inside and give them out as gifts!

I hope you like you project and thank you for stopping by!


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MAMA ELEPHANT Stampede | November Release

By on November 15, 2018
Mama Elephant Stampede - Little Bear Agenda
The newest Mama Elephant release is now live and available for purchase in the store! Today I made a card highlighting the new and super adorable Little Bears Agenda stamp set and Circle Grid Creative Cuts. I kept it very simple to highlight both of these super cute new items!
I started by die cutting some red card stock with the Circle Grid Creative Cuts. I love these perfect little circles! The die cuts out an A2-sized panel with a stitched border and 12 equal-sized circles. I mounted the back of the panel with foam tape and adhered it to a top-folding A2 card base.
Next, I stamped and colored 12 adorable little bears from Little Bears Agenda stamp set. I only used 3 Zig markers (beige, wine red and pink carmine), and a water brush to color these little guys. After I was finished, I die cut with coordinating dies and added some white gel pen details.
I arranged the images into each circle and popped them up with foam tape as well. I added just a few sequins here and there to add a little peeks of shine to my card design and my card is finished!
Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway! Also, check out what the other uber talented designers made by following the links below!
Have an amazing day!
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!

Thi Lam | Amy Yang | Vera RhuhayKeeway Tsao | Laura Bassen | Nichol Spohr

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PRETTY PINK POSH Blog Hop | Penguin Pals + Ornament Shaker Die

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Hello crafty friends! Thank you for joining us today on the Pretty Pink Posh September release blog hop! If you just came from the amazing Yoonsun Hur blog, you are at the right place!

Today my card features a few goodies from the newest release! I started by stamping out Penguin Pals onto Bristol paper and colored them with Zig markers. I went the whimsical route and made some blue penguins today. (I wanted it to coordinate with the beautiful Winter Days confetti mix that is also new with this release.) After I finished coloring, I die cut them all with their coordinating dies.

I then cut a piece of Bristol smooth card stock to A2 size. I ink blended with Distress Inks in Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass. After it dried, I used the new Ornament Shaker die to cut out it’s outline. I then cut out another Ornament Shaker die out of light blue card stock and inlayed it into the cutout of the ink blended panel. I glued a piece of sturdy acetate behind these pieces to create my shaker window. I doubled up some foam tape and built up my well and filled it with Winter Days confetti mix. I slowly and carefully adhered the A2 card base to the panel and my shaker is finished.

I adhered the little penguins to the card with foam tape and my card is finished!

Pretty Pink Posh Products I Used:

Penguin Pals stamp set
Penguin Pals coordinating dies
Winter Days confetti mix
Ornament Shaker die

Don’t forget to comment to enter the giveaway! 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 11/20/2018. Winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

Today’s Blog Hop Lineup

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Amy Yang
Alix Davis
Jeanne Jachna
Kay Miller
Angelica Conrad
Melody Rupple
Mindy Baxter
Yoonsun Hur
Thi Lam <– You are here –>
Heather Hoffman
Nichol Spohr
Kelly Latevola

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25 Days of Christmas Tags 2018 | Pretty Pink Posh

By on November 12, 2018

Hi everybody! Today I am participating in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags put together by the amazing Tracey McNeely. Please check out her blog for more information about this event!

Today I will be representing Pretty Pink Posh using only 1 small stamp set and one die set from the new release. I want to show that you can make beautiful things without having to spend a lot of money!

I started by stamping out Caroling Critters with Versafine Antique Sepia and coloring with Zig Markers. I fussy cut all the critters out to get 3 separate images instead of one large one. I will be making 3 tags out of these 3 images.

I then die cut 3 of the ornaments from Stitched Ornaments die out of Bristol paper then ink blended with Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick. I started from the top of the ornament and faded into white. Next, I die cut the tops in silver glitter paper and glued them on the ornament with wet glue.

For the sentiments, I heat emboss the sentiments that come with Caroling Critters in silver embossing powder.

To finish the card, I adhered my critters onto the ornaments with foam tape and my tags are done and ready to be attached to some fun gifts!

Thank you for stopping by! Don’t forget to visit Tracey’s blog to see more fun projects for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags!


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Mama Elephant Designer Series | Let’s Go Caroling

By on November 5, 2018

Hello! Thi here and today for my designer’s series project I am pairing Let’s Go Caroling stamp set with Falala Script and Fancy Door Frame Creative Cuts. Once I saw this stamp set, I knew I had to put them in front of the Fancy Door Frame as if they were caroling in front of somebody’s house!

Let’s begin! I first masked off the frame of my door and ink blended the door only in Distress Ink Candy Apple and Fired Brick. I then used a brick stencil and Distress Ink Iced Spruce for my brick house wall! I continued my ink blending frenzy by cutting a small ‘sidewalk or front porch’ for my critters to stand on using Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Broken China. I heat embossed my favorite sentiment on the ‘ground’. This sentiment reminds me of the movie Elf, one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies!

I put my background together by gluing the door directly onto the brick wall background then I popped the sidewalk/ground up with foam tape.

I colored my images from Let’s Go Caroling stamp set with Copic markers and die cut them with coordinating dies. I also die cut Falala Script Creative cuts 3 times. I ink blended one in the same color of the ground to keep it cohesive. I stacked them up and glued them together for dimension. I adhered this directly onto my card with wet glue.

Lastly, I arranged my three critters and adhered them to my card with foam tape. I finished my card by stamping little music notes from Let’s Go Carolling onto my card and it’s finished!

I hope you like my project today and thank you for stopping by!

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