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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!


» 1. Leave a comment on this blog post «
» 2. Like/share us on Facebook: facebook.com/mamaelephant «
» 3. Follow/tweet us on Twitter: twitter.com/heymamaelephant «
» 4. Follow/tweet us on Instagram: instagram.com/mamaelephant «

 
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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Christmas Friends Gift Card Holder | Pretty Pink Posh

By on December 20, 2017

handmade Christmas gift holder cardHello! Today’s gift card holder card features Christmas Friends stamps by Pretty Pink Posh. I love these cute little guys and I love that I can just change up how I color their clothes to make them fit any card design. The card is designed to match the traditional colors found in the Target gift card I picked up.

Supplies

  • Christmas Friends stamp set
  • Winter Wonderland stamp set
  • Scallop Frame die set
  • Stitched Notes die set
  • Lawn Fawn Knit Picky pattern paper

I saw this knit gift card at Target and knew what paper I would be pairing it with but I didn’t know which stamp set I was going to use until I got home. I decided this time to use the smaller frame die that came with Pretty Pink Posh scallop frame die and cut out the green and white knit paper with it and inlay it this time (learned from my mistake with the last card). I’m going to use it’s reverse for another card that I did not show that’s very similar to this one. No waste!

I stamped my two cute friends from Christmas Friends and colored them with Copic markers to coordinate with the patterned paper and gift card.

I used foam tape to create a little space where I can tuck the card between the 3 images. More on this later.

I finished with the Happy Winter sentiment from Winter Wonderland stamp set and stamped it onto a tag I die cut from the Stitched Notes die set with green dye ink. I put that on foam tape as well for the top of the card so that I could tuck the gift card between the sentiment piece and the 2 Christmas friends. Unfortunately it wasn’t as secure as I wanted and kept sliding out the sides so I remedied that with a little glue dots behind the gift card. Problem solved!

I really liked the finish results of this card and I hope you do too! Thanks for stopping by!

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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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Pretty Pink Posh Diamond Dies

By on July 14, 2017

Hi friends! I’m so happy everybody liked my card for yesterday’s blog hop post!

Today’s card has a lot of oldies but goodies! What I’m featuring is the new Stitched Diamond dies that I used to make the kite for my shaker card! I used the two smaller dies together to cut out a diamond frame for my shaker. I blended Distress Ink in Twisted Citron to make a background for the shaker and filled it with PPP Peridot Mist, Sparkling Clear sequins and Star Confetti and the shaker element is done.

I then used Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick and Dried Marigold for the background. I also blended a smaller piece of Bristol Smooth paper with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and die cut out a border using PPP Stitched Borders 2 Dies to created a piece to ground my critters. I stamped the Pretty Pink
Posh Woodland Critters with Versamark Black Onyx then watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush.
Now the fun part – time to assemble the card! I started off by stamping the “Sending happy thoughts your way” sentiment from the Pretty Pink Posh Thoughtful Greetings stamp set with versamark ink then heat embossing it with white embossing powder. I mounted the border piece on the bottom with foam tape. I then arranged my critters on the bottom with more foam tape. I adhered the diamond shaker in the top right corner. To make it look like a kite, I used a piece of green baker’s twine and glued it to the back of my shaker as well as behind the bear’s hand to look like he’s holding it! How cute is that? I then finished the card with a few Sparking Clear sequins and mounted the panel to a top folding A2 card base! Voila!
Remember, to enter to win a chance at a $25 gift certificate from Pretty Pink Posh, simply comment on the blog post from the amazing designers listed below or comment on my blog post from yesterday’s blog hop here.
Here’s today’s awesome line up. Comment on their blogs for additional chances to win:
I hope you like my card! And thanks for stopping by!

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Feel Better Soon – Blissful Butterflies

By on June 23, 2017
Pretty Pink Post Blissful Butterflies
Pretty Pink Posh – Blissful Butterflies shaker card

Get Well Soon – Shaker Card

I received this gorgeous custom sequin mix from Pretty Pink Posh recently and new I had to use them. Seriously, friends. The photo doesn’t do this mix justice. I can’t stop looking at how beautiful and sparkly it is! So I designed this card purely around PPP Friendship Mix. If you love it as much as I do, I recommend picking it up. The site says this is a limited edition so I’m not sure how long it will be around for.

Since the mix is primarily pink, I decided to bring in a little peach to the card so I made the background by blending in Distress Ink Dried Marigold on the bottom and Distress Ink Spun Sugar on top. I think this is my favorite combo. I did the same with a little more of a heavy hand for inside the shaker and kept it more peach for more contrast with the sequin mix.

The butterflies were colored with Copic Markers and the circle die cut is PPP Exclusive Scallop Circles die. The sentiment came from Thoughtful Greetings stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I do!

 

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Mermaid For You Spinning Wheel Card

By on May 10, 2017
lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card
Spinning Wheel Card featuring Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You

First Spinning Wheel Card

I watched a YouTube video tutorial of how to make a spinning wheel card from Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel and decided I really wanted to make one! It just looks so fun to do! Well let me tell you, she is a very skilled crafter because she makes it look SO much easier than it was. It wasn’t difficult as much as there was a lot more engineering and foresight needed. I had to cute the hole out twice because my first one was too close to the edge! But the end results was completely worth it!

lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card

The Process

This is a lengthy process so I recommend watching Sandy Allnock’s tutorial video on how to make a spinning wheel card. I will only be describing my specific design.

I created the background by blending Distress Ink in Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. I added some water droplets and lifted some of the ink to make it look like bubbles in water.

lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card

I colored and cute out a mermaid, merman (Who loves Zoolander like I do?!), a narwhal (my favorite sea creature), a rock, seaweed and coral. Everything was stamped in Memento ink – I used Memento dew drops for the coral and seaweed.

The mer-people, narwhal and rock were colored with Copic colors.

lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card

I then assembled the card using the tutorial from Sandy Allnock and the rest is history! Please enjoy the video I made of the card in action below:

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and thank you for stopping by!

-Thi

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