birthday | handmade card | interactive card

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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friendship cards | handmade card | interactive card | Valentine's Day

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!

Mama Elephant Products I Used:

I hope you love this card as much as I do. Thank you 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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christmas card | handmade card | holiday | interactive card | shaker card

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

By on November 15, 2018

pretty pink posh penguins

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

Pretty Pink Posh blog
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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Autumn Greetings Shaker Card | Pretty Pink Posh

By on October 26, 2018

Hello, friends! I was in a shaker card mood so I made this autumn greeting card with products from the Pretty Pink Posh September release. I started by stamping out the images from Pumpkin Patch Critters, coloring them with Copic markers and die cutting them out with coordinating dies. I set this aside to start on my background and shaker component.

I die cut the Thanks Leaf Shaker Die out of glitter card stock. I decided to cut on the “thanks” today but technically I could have left it. (I had a different design in my head originally but ended up aborting. This completed card could have kept the “thanks” word in the original die cut.) I die cut the Thanks Leaf Shaker die out of patter paper and inlaid my leaf into it. I put some acetate in the back and build up the entire panel with foam tape where I filled my shaker with gold and star confetti by Pretty Pink Posh. I adhere the card base and the base is done.

For the sentiment, I heat emboss it with gold embossing powder onto white card stock. I cut this down and added a little ink blending to the bottom just so it was so starch white. I then adhere the sentiment strip directly onto the card base and adhered my critters onto the card with foam tape. That’s it! My card is complete.

I hope I was able to inspire you today. As always, thank you for stopping by!

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Halloween/Spooky | Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

By on October 24, 2018

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Hello friends! Today I created a card for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. This week’s theme is “Halloween/Spooky”! I used a few Lawn Fawn products to make my Halloween theme shaker card!

For today’s card I used Lawn Fawn Monster Mash and Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Stars Stackable dies to make a spooky shaker card.

I colored my images with Zig markers then fussy cut them since I did not have the coordinating dies. I set this aside to assemble my shaker components.

I inked up two panels with Distress Inks in shades of purple for one and shades of orange for the other. I then splattered some paint and let it dry. While it was drying, I diecut a piece of grass from black card stock using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die.

After my panels dried, I die cut the largest start from Outside in Stitched Stars Stackable. I put a piece of acetate behind it and built up a well using foam tape to hold my shaker bits. I filled the well with clear confetti and black mini star confetti and covered the back with the orange ink-blended panel. I then adhered the grass and stamped images onto the shaker card with a tape runner.

I finished up with a few white gel pen accents and my shaker is complete!

I hope you like my card and 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 SimonSaysStamp.com. (Further details can be found on the Simon Says Stamp challenge page.)

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Products I Used:

Lawn Fawn Monster Mash stamp set
Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Stars Stackable die
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix

Simon Says Stamp

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christmas card | handmade card | holiday | interactive card | pop-up card

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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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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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!



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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!


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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!

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

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Reindeer Friends Giftcard Holder | Pretty Pink Posh

By on December 18, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh handmade card

Hi friends! I hope you’re all have a wonderful December! It’s the week before Christmas so if you’re anything like me, you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet! I will be sharing a few handmade gift card holder Christmas cards this week that I made because I procrastinated (big time!) but thought if I made a card it still adds that personal touch and shows I thought about the gift recipient.

When it came to inspiration this week, you will noticed that I designed my cards around the gift card. When I picked up the gift cards, I made a mental note of what holiday stamps/dies/paper I have so I can make them match and be part of the design. This is super fun and actually pretty easy because a lot of these gift cards these days have amazing designs to work with!

When I saw this red and teal Target gift card, I knew I wanted to do a red & teal card. I thought about Rudolph’s red nose and decided to use Pretty Pink Posh’s Reindeer Friends and a few other fun products from Pretty Pink Posh.

Supplies

  • Reindeer Friends stamps
  • Scallop Frame dies
  • Pocket Border die
  • Stitched Notes die set
  • Copic Markers

I stamped 3 reindeers and a Santa hat from Reindeer Friends stamp set and colored with Copic markers. I die cut the large scallop frame die from the Scallop Frame die set in a teal cardstock. The white piece was die cut using the large rectangle from the Stitched Notes die set. I actually should have recut it and inlay it into the scallop border. You can the stitching in the white piece of my finished card. However I didn’t want to waste another piece of white cardstock and decided it didn’t bother me that much.

I used the pocket border die on vellum paper to make a pocket to hold the gift card. The vellum adds an element to hold the card but the design of the gift card still comes through. I adhered the scallop pocket to an A2 size red cardstock backing that I later adhere to an A2 cardbase. After putting the pocket together, I adhered the 3 reindeer friends and the card is done!

Stayed tune for a few more this week!

 

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