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MAMA ELEPHANT Stackable Cuties | Stamp Highlight

By on January 22, 2019

Hello! I’m back today with a card highlighting Mama Elephant Stackable Cuties. These little guys really live up to their names! I had a hard time trying to figure out which 4 of them I wanted to use on my design today.

I started by stamping out the images with Copic-friendly ink so that I could color them with Copic markers. After I finished coloring, I die cut them with Stacked Cuties Creative Cuts.

I went through my stash and decided to pair my colored cuties with the Framed Tags – Chelsea Creative Cuts frame and window for a clean and simple look. I die cut the largest panel and the four window dies onto some teal paper for my background. I also decided on adding the Hello Friend Script Creative Cuts to the bottom to balance my card out as well as serve as the main sentiment.

After all the parts were done. I assembled my card by popping the background teal panel onto the base with a generous amount of foam tape. Next, I also adhered my cuties into each window with foam tape so that it sat at the same level as the background. Lastly, I glued on the Hello Friend Script under the window and I felt something was still missing. I decided to stamp out two of the speech bubble sentiments with black ink and fussy cut these and glued them on with wet glue as well and this finished my card so nicely!

That’s it for today’s card. As always, thank you for stopping by!

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MAMA ELEPHANT Piggie Creative Cuts | Instagram Hop

By on January 21, 2019

I made today’s card for MAMA ELEPHANT’S 1st Instagram Hop but decided to write up a quick blog post just to show you all how I made this card. Make sure you head over to Instagram and hop along for a chance to win a great prize!

I was excited to do this hop and take out some of the products I haven’t had a chance to play with yet. I really wanted to make a card for the upcoming Lunar New Year. This year is the year of the Pig and when I got this Piggie Creative Cut a few months ago, I knew I was going to use it this way!

The first thing I did was die cut all the pieces for the little piggie onto light pink cardstock. Then, I inked up the sides with Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick for dimension and interest. I inked it up more at the checks to have blush on my piggie. I then die cut the eyes out of black cardstock and glued all the pieces together.

Next, I decided to work on my sentiment. I took a few stamps from Lunar Extras to create a large sentiment. I heat embossed this with white embossing powder onto red cardstock. This will be like a red envelope, in Vietnamese it’s called a ‘li xi’, the pig is holding to pass on good fortune. I decided to also stamp out the large chinese character for “Luck” onto red card stock to use later as part of my design.

I die cut a panel out of kraft card stock for a base. I used both Woodgrain Cover Creative Cut and the scallop die from Framed Tags – Waverly Creative Cut to create a beautiful and interesting backdrop for my sweet little piggie.

I assembled my card by gluing all the pieces together and onto the woodgrain panel. I felt it looked a little bare and decided to color the lantern from Lion Dance and add it to my card. This was the finishing touch I needed!

So I found this Starbucks giftcard with a pig on it and was obsessed with the idea of sending it to my sister who lives in Colorado. So I decided to create a pocket for the inside of my card using the Inside Pop Creative Cuts. This was very simple to do for such a fun surprise inside your card! You just cut out the die twice and glue the tabs together. Then you adhere it to the card and it’s ready. I also decided to dress it up with the little pig from Lunar Animals.

That’s it for my card today! Don’t forget to visit the hop on Instagram!

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LAWN FAWN Sweet Friends | Valentine’s Day Swap

By on January 19, 2019

I am participating in a Valentine’s Day swap from a Facebook group I am a member of. I thought it would be fun to make something and share it with a fellow Lawn Fawn fan.

I decided to use Sweet Friends stamp set since I haven’t had a chance to since I got it for my birthday last year.

As usual, I stamped and colored my images with Copics and die cut with coordinating dies. I then pulled up a few fun Lawn Fawn dies and created a background out of them.

It was a fairly simple card with a lot of impact due to the beautiful Lawn Fawn dies. A list of products I used are below. Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my creation with you!

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MAMA ELEPHANT Friendship Sentiments | Stamp Highlights

By on January 18, 2019

Hello again, crafty friends! Today I am sharing a “Girl Power” card highlighting Friendship Sentiments from Mama Elephant’s January release. This is a great set of very unique and sweet sentiments for those besties in your life. I was drawn to this one and decided to pair it with the girls from She’s So Lovely that Mama Elephant released a few months ago.

To start, I stamped all the images with Copic-friendly ink and colored with Copic markers. After I finished coloring, I cut out the images with She’s So Lovely Creative Cuts and put them aside to work on my background

For today’s background, I decided to play with my watercolors. I chose colors that coordinated with the way I colored each of the girls and just did some really simple swipes of color and water until I liked the results. I then splatter on what I had left and let my background dry.

This was the perfect time to stamp my sentiment and prep my images. I prepared some black card stock and heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. While my background was drying, I prepped the girls and the sentiment with some foam tape to add dimension to my card.

I adhered a few clear confetti on to my card and it’s finished! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Don’t forget to visit Mama Elephant’s blog to see the amazing inspiration from the rest of the design team.

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MAMA ELEPHANT Flying With Friends | Stamp Highlight

By on January 17, 2019

Hello, crafty friends! Today I am sharing another card I made with images from Mama Elephant Flying With Friends.

First, I colored my images with Copic markers and die cut with their coordinating dies.

Next, I die cut an A2 size piece of Kraft paper with the oldie but goodie Mama Elephant Columbus Circle die. I wanted to keep the design simple but still interesting and this die is the answer to all that!


Then, I ink blended a background in Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold. I put this behind my craft piece and my background is finished.

Lastly, I popped up my background panel onto an A2 card back, adhere my critters with foam tape, splattered some white paint for more interest, adhered a few sequins and my card is finished!

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the Mama Elephant blog and the other designers to see more amazing inspiration!

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MAMA ELEPHANT Stampede| January Release: Flying Friends

By on January 15, 2019

Thank you for visiting today for Mama Elephant’s January release Designer Blog Hop! The first release of the year from Mama Elephant definitely started things right! So much cuteness, you guys. I can’t wait to show you everything that I made! But let’s start with this card featuring Mama Elephant Flying Friends stamp set paired with the Cloudy Day Cover Creative Cuts cover plate die.

I stamped all my images out and colored with Copic markers. I then die cut with coordinating dies and set my images aside for later.
Next, I die cut the Cloudy Day Cover Creative Cuts out of Bristol Smooth paper. I did a little masking to ink blend each of my clouds in different Distress Ink colors to coordinate the way I colored my balloons: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Dried Marigold.
This new die has a very unique look where there’s a thin cut out behind the cuts where you can tuck things behind the clouds. I decided to back it with some gold glitter paper and this might have been my best decision in 2019 so far. Haha. It looks amazing in person. I wish I was a better photographer so I can show you how beautiful this is!
Before I put the card together, I remembered to stamp my sentiment which is always a small victory each time I make a card! I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder to match the gold glitter paper.
Lastly, I adhered all the images onto my card based with a tape runner keeping this card relatively flat since I already had plans to mail it to a special friend. I thought the card still could use a little something, so I added the star confetti and my card is complete!
I hope you like my card and that you have a good time checking out all the new goodies and the beautiful inspiration from the talented design team! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the prizes below!
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!

Keeway Tsao | Laura Bassen | Nichol Spohr

Thi Lam | Amy Yang | Vera Rhuhay

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HELLO SWEETUMS | Prehistoric Playmates

By on January 13, 2019

Today I am showcasing a card I made with Hello Sweetums Prehistoric Playmates. How cute are these little dinosaurs! I am always looking for something that I can use to make cards for all the boys in my life and this set is perfect. I stamped out all the images with Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers. I then cut they out with coordinating dies and set it aside.

Next I inked up a panel of Bristol smooth cardstock with Distress Oxides. This was going to be the sky for my prehistoric scene! I cut down a strip of kraft cardstock to create a ground for my scene and my background is complete.

I arranged and adhered all my images onto my background with a mix of tape runner and foam tape to create some dimension. I then put the entire thing in my Misti and stamped the sentiment and heat embossed with white embossing powder. (You can do this before you assemble the card and skip the Misti, but I always forget to stamp my sentiment at the optimal time!)

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PRETTY PINK POSH |Crocus Flowers Love Card

By on January 12, 2019

Hey there, crafty friends! Today I am sharing this floral card I made using Pretty Pink Posh Crocus Flowers from the January 2019 Release. If you know me, you know I’m not that comfortable with floral images, but I love the way they look and PPP has some of the prettiest images around!

I didn’t know what a crocus was, so I looked it up on Pinterest and it looks like the purpler variety was the most common. Again, if you knew me, purple is my favorite color so it was a match made in heaven! I began by coloring the crocus flowers with Copic markers and die cut them with their coordinating dies.

For the background, I actually watercolored a background before hand in purple, blues and pinks. I’m no where a pro at watercoloring so I always think these messy watercolor backgrounds will be the way to go, but I always end up messing with it too much in an attempt to control what I should not control. Haha. So my colors blended way more than I wanted, which means it’s basically just purple but I think it’s still cute enough to use. I’ll get them at the next one! 🙂

I arranged and adhere the flowers onto my base and of course forgot to stamp the sentiment. I put the panel into my Misti and stamped a sentiment from Encouraging Words stamp set. Thank goodness for the Misti! I popped this entire panel onto a A2 card base with strong tape runner. To finish the card, I added a few Pretty Pink Posh jewels and my card is complete!

Thank you for stopping by!

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PRETTY PINK POSH Blog Hop |Cupcake Critters

By on January 9, 2019

Hello, crafty friends! If you just came from Mayra’s Designs, then you’re at the right blog! (Isn’t Mayra amazing? I am obsessed with her coloring!)


I haven’t made anything in a while and starting up again with the adorable Pretty Pink Posh January release was exactly what I needed to get going again! Today I made a card featuring the new Pretty Pink Posh Cupcake Critters. If you know me, then you know I cannot resist a cute critter stamp set and that’s exactly what happened to me here!

I started by stamping out my critters onto white cardstock with Copic-friendly ink. I colored everything in Copic markers. (I feel a little out of practice here and will be coloring in Copics for a while to get my groove back.) After I finished coloring, I die cut all my images with their coordinating dies.

Next, I started to work on my background. I played with some Distress Oxide that I got for Christmas. My favorite color combination at the moment is Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Antique Linen. After I finished blending, I splashed some water to lift up some fun dots and splattered some paint.

I used an oldie but goodie Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Star Die and cut out an opening with the largest star. I then stamped the sentiment on with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. (I was so proud of myself that I remembered to stamp the sentiment at this point and not after I assembled everything!)

To finish my card, I asked a few jewels from the newly release Party Mix jewel mix -such beautiful colors! And that’s it! My card is finished!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Pretty Pink Posh is giving away $25 gift certificates to NINE people who comment during the blog hop. Plus, we are giving away a not-yet-released set for qualifying purchases, while supplies last! Visit Pretty Pink Posh to see the entire release!

Up next on the hop, please visit the extremely talented Yoonsun Hur. I am a HUGE fan of her work! Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

If you get lost on the way, here is today’s fabulous line up:

January 9

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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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