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Monkeyin’ Around With Watercolors | Mama Elephant

By on July 10, 2018
Mama Elephant Monkey Agenda

For today’s card I decided to try something new. I have been obsessively watching watercoloring videos by Kristina Werner and decided to finally stop watching and give it a try. It didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted but I think it’s still cute!

I started by stamping the Mama Elephant Swinging Borders with Versamark ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder onto Tim Holtz watercolor paper. I had to stamp it twice to get a good impression but because of how bumpy the watercolor paper was, I think it could be better if I stamped it a third time.

After the powder was melted, smooth and shiny, I taped the watercolor paper onto a board and started to watercolor. Today I busted out the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor set. Today I only used 3 colors (No. 57, No. 50 and No.51) and did not mix them. I watered down my background and just added color here and there until I liked it. I let it completely dry once and did a second coat for some more vibrant colors and dimensions (I don’t know the formal term for this. Haha).

While the background dried, I stamped the sweet Monkey Agenda images with Versafine in Vintage Sepia and colored them with Zig markers just to complete the watercolor feel. I wasn’t really confortable using my Gansai Tambi paint on such small images…maybe next time!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from Mama Elephant Sunday sentiments using the same Versafine Vintage Sepia. I used my mini Misti since I’ve worked so hard on that background to this point, I didn’t want to risk messing it up now! I wish I stamped it again because I didn’t realize how the bumpy paper wouldn’t give me a clear impression. (Any tips on this from my readers would be greatly appreciated!)

Finally, I finished my card with some Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear confetti mix.

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June Designer Series | Mama Elephant

By on July 3, 2018

Mama Elephant Designer Series

Hello, crafty friend! Thi here and today I am sharing my pop-up card using the newly released Dandelion Wishes. I absolutely love this stamp set and decided to do a dreamy cloud card as my last project for June as a guest designer. Thank you so much for all the love. It’s been a dream come true! But enough of the mushy, let’s get started on this card.

First, I stamped my images on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. I cut the images out with their coordinating dies and set them aside to work on the background and lots of die cutting.

Next, I ink blended an A2 card front and the inside of my card with Distress Inks. I wanted to keep the card cohesive inside and out. I splashed some water droplets and added splatters with coordinating Distress Inks. I then set this aside to completely dry since I will be embossing and stamping on it later.

Then, I whipped out my trusty die cutting machine and the On the Hills Creative Cuts to make some clouds in white card stock and vellum. For the inside, I wanted one continuous piece so I used the partial die cutting technique I’ve been seeing a lot of and the same cloud die from On the Hills Creative Cuts to cut a small piece that’s slightly smaller than the card since this is my pop-up piece. Tip: Cutting this piece a little smaller (about 1/8 of an inch smaller on each side) makes the card fold much nicer. You can see what I mean in the next image.

I used the Pop-Up Trio Creative Cuts and cut out two pop-up tabs on the fold of the inner piece since I wanted two of my images to pop up. At this point, I stamped my inside sentiment from Dandelion Wishes onto this piece with Versamark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I adhered a vellum cloud behind the fold and adhere the entire piece on the inside of the card. I added my two colored images with some wet glue and moved on to the front of the card while the glue dries.

Now that the ink blended piece is dry, I heat embossed the “Make a Wish” sentiment from Scripty Bday (which coordinates perfectly with Dandelion Wishes) with silver embossing powder. I used a tape runner to adhere the clouds and popped up the critters with foam tape for dimension.

Lastly, I finished the card with the small dandelion stamps in two purple inks. I still felt it needed a little more interest, so I die cut Lots of Stars Creative Cuts on some white glitter paper and that was all it needed. I adhere the stars with some glue and my card is completed.

Pop-up cards are pretty simple but has a fun element of surprise for the recipient! I hope I inspired you to try making a pop-up card today!

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Dandelion Wishes: Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 27, 2018

Mama Elephant Dandelion Wishes

Hi there! Today’s project is a stamp highlight for Mama Elephant’s newly released Dandelion Wishes. This set is too, too cute! That little mouse gets me every time!

Let’s get started! I first stamped all the images onto white card stock and colored with Copic markers. I diecut with coordinate dies and set it aside to work on my background.

I started with a piece of Bristol smooth paper cut down to A2 size. I blended the background with Distress Inks with a ink blending tool. I die cut the Madison Avenue Creative Cuts frame with coordinating colored cardstock. Once the ink blended background was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I adhere the frame and all the colored images with foam tape for dimension. I lastly finished the card with sparkling clear confetti and my card is finished.

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Creativity is Contagious: Stamp Highlight | Mama Elephant

By on June 25, 2018

Mama Elephant Creative is Contagious

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

I love that Mama Elephant made a stamp out of this quote by Albert Einstein. Today’s card highlights the new Creativity is Contagious stamp. It’s such a fitting quote for the crafting world as well!

I decided to keep the design simple but making a shaker for a little pow. So let’s begin!

First, I used my Misti since I knew from the sheer size of this stamp, I would want to double stamp to make sure I get good coverage. I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Next, I did some emboss-resist and blended Distress Ink in Abandon Coral, Fossilized Amber and Peacock Feathers on top of it.

I die cut two rectangles from Basic Rectangles Creative Cuts with white glitter paper to make a fun, sparkly frame.

Then I cut thin strips of foam tape and tripled it up since the jewels I will be using will need more room than sequins to move around.

I filled my shaker with Pretty Pink Posh clear jewels and put my frame on top and my card is finished. I think I wasn’t able to take a good enough photo to show how simple yet impactful this design is.

I hope you were inspired to pass on some creativity today. Thank you for stopping by!

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Fly Away Friends Stamp Set | Pretty Pink Posh Sale

By on June 21, 2018

Pretty Pink Posh Fly Away FriendsHello, crafty friends! Today’s project features the Pretty Pink Posh Fly Away Friends stamp set. I love hot air balloon images! I can still feel the excitement I had when this stamp set was released last year. I decided to make a fun shaker card today, so let’s begin!

First, I stamped the largest balloon and the two critters from the stamp set. These are the only images I used because I wanted the shaker elements to stand out and since my shaker today will be two white clouds, I had to keep it pretty simple not to overshadow this feature. I colored everything with Copic markers and fussy cut them (coordinating dies are available if you would rather not fussy cut, but I actually find it therapeutic). I set this aside to work on my background and shaker.

For the background, I used the Stitched Notes Dies to create the stitched rectangle. I used the Rainy Days coordinating dies for the clouds that will be my shaker windows. I position and die cut the clouds before I started ink blending Distress Inks in Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserved and Dusty Concord. I couldn’t decide on my purples. Haha. I started with the dark colors, then lights and faded into white on top. Once this was completely dry, I stamped the sentiments in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I assembled my shaker with doubled up foam tape and filled the clouds with Pretty Pink Posh sequins: Iridescent Mini Star Confetti¼” Iridescent Star ConfettiSparkling Clear Confetti Mix and 3mm Sparkling Clear Sequins. I chose to fill them with a lot of fun clear and iridescent confetti and sequins to give the clouds shine!

I adhered the shaker onto a A2 top folding card base then adhered my stamped images. I finished with a few sequins that I used in the shaker and the card is done!

If you like the card I made today, Pretty Pink Posh is having a sale on this stamp set and it’s coordinating dies today!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope I inspired you to make something today!

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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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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!

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Dancing Queen | LDRS Creative

By on April 30, 2018

LDRS Creative Dancing Queen handmade card by Lemon Tea Crafts
Hi there, crafty friends!

Another Monday and I was dragging until I got home and got this sweet package from LDRS Creative! Inside were a bunch of goodies but what I was most interested in trying was their new hybrid inks. I’ve been exclusively a Distress Ink kinda girl, but I wanted to try something new and these inks did not disappoint!

I started my card by trimming down a piece of Bristol smooth card stock to 4.25 x 5.5 for an A2 card. I used a mini ink blender and blended Lipstick Jungle and Pink Tutu. The blend was amazing. I decided to splash it with some water to see what happens…nothing! Haha. Lesson #1. Hybrid inks do not lift with water. Next I watered down some on my stamp block for some splatters…Lesson #2. Hybrid ink splatters! BUT it doesn’t have the same consistency as a dye ink. It’s hard to explain. It’s sticky and thicker. But it worked beautifully.

LDRS Creative Dancing Queen handmade card by Lemon Tea Crafts

Time to color! I stamped out the ballerina onto some 110 lb. card stock and colored with alcohol markers. I went with classic pick for her to match the background. I fussy cut her out with scissor and was super careful not to amputate her skinny little legs! That wouldn’t have been cute. I put some foam tape behind her and set her aside. We aren’t ready to mount her quite yet!

First, I need to emboss the sentiment on the inked background. I inked up the sentiment with LDRS watermark ink and used silver embossing powder to get a soft sentiment look to match all the soft pinks on the card.

I adhered the ballerina onto the base and the entire thing onto a top-folding A2 card with a tape runner. To finish it off, I added beautiful Pretty Pink Posh sequins and voila! We are done!

Thank you for stopping by! Below you will find affiliate links to all the goodies I used. As always, thank you for your support!


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