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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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Everything is S’more Fun with You

By on May 14, 2017


lawn fawn love you s'more handmade card
Lawn Fawn Love You S’more Handmade Card

I Made S’more Cards!

Yup, here’s another card I made using Lawn Fawn stamps. I just love their stamp sets so much! This one isn’t any exception. I got this set from a month ago. I was going on a camping trip with the kids for spring break and when I saw this, I know I had to have it (like every Lawn Fawn stamp set I come across, really, but who’s counting?)

I definitely knew that I was going to make a scene for this stamp set! I ended up coloring everything and was disappointed that I couldn’t arrange them to fit onto an A2 card. If I knew, I would have started out with a 5×7 card base!

But I am more than happy with how this came out. Do you love it as much as I do?

S’more About How I Put This Together

I started with some Bristol smooth paper and blended Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber in the middle in a circular motion to get a sunset/fire glow from the campfire. I think blended Spun Sugar from the bottom of the card and around the circle I just blended. From there, I blended Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky up on top to make it darker. I love how it turned out! I heatset the entire thing and used Versamark ink to stamp starts and the cute sentiment into the sky. I covered it all in white embossing powder and melted it all with my heat gun.

lawn fawn love you s'more handmade card

I stamped everything in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers. The twins and logs I stamped with Memento Dew Drops. The trees are stamped in New Sprout and the logs and sticks are stamped in Desert Sand.

I die cut a piece of light green cardstock to make a grassy hill side for all the critters to sit and toast their marshmallows on. I adhered everything with foam tape to give it a fun dimensional look.

S’more Surprises Inside

Inside the card, I decided to add one final surprise. I used my Mama Elephant pop-up die on a piece of 65 lb. white card stock. After the last card, I found if I tried to make it lighter on the inside, the card will close better and not appear too thick. I was a little worried it would be too flimsy but it turned out exactly like I wanted to. I put in an adorable s’mores image with a winky face inside and stamped the sentiment, “Let’s Toast” with a little red heart to finish off the card. I admit, it doesn’t exactly match the outside, but I got carried away by all the cuteness!

lawn fawn love you s'more handmade card

I hope you like this card as much as I do. If you do, come back for s’more!

Okay, done w/ the puns.

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Penguins in Paradise Pop-up Card

By on May 2, 2017
Penguins in Paradise Handmade Card
My first pop-up card featuring MFT Penguins in Paradise

First Pop-up Card!

Hi friends! Today’s card is my first pop-up card. I got these cute little Mama Elephant dies from my crafty friend for my birthday last month. It’s tiny and looks like nothing but man, are they great dies! I love the satisfying feeling of a clean cut from dies. We decided to do a pop-up card challenge and this is my entry.

MFT Penguin in Paradise Handmade Card
The scene turned out super cute!

I used My Favorite Thing’s Penguins in Paradise stamp set to create the scene. I love these little penguins! They’re just adorable. I colored them with Copic markers, paper pierced the inner tube, swim shorts and beach towel with patterned paper. Paper piercing is so fun! I loved it at the end when it all came together. The beach towel is definitely my favorite.

handmade pop-up card
I love how paper piecing the beach towel turned out!

Next, I created two card bases out of Bristol Smooth paper. I knew I would be using Distressed Inks for the background and I am most successful with ink blending on Bristol paper. The reason I cut two is that one piece will be the card back the second will be used to create the pop-up piece. For that piece, I use my Cuttlebug to cute one edge to look like a hill. This is my sandy background for what will eventually become a beach scene. I blended Distressed Ink in Gathered Twigs to get the perfect sand color. (Oh! Before I did this, I stamped a sentiment in Versamark ink and added white embossing powder before I heat embossed it. I wanted the sentiment to show up after I blended in the Distressed Ink.) I then blended Broken China Distressed Ink on the other cardbase for a soft sky background.

handmade pop-up card
The front of the card – I kept it super simple since the inside was so involved.

Now the exciting part, assembly time! I used my Cuttlebug again but this time, I used the Mama Elephant Pop-up Trio Creative Cuts to cut out two pop-up tabs for two of the 4 penguins I colored. After I popped the tabs out, I glued the sand panel to the card base. I then glued the penguins to the tabs. I finished the scene by adhering the trees and the penguin laying down on the beach towel to the background.

For the front of the card, I kept things simple since it was already so involved in the inside. I used some pattern paper and adhere the last penguin holding the cocktail with the “Cheers” sentiment to the front of the card. I added some white dotted lines to frame the entire thing for a more finished look. Ta-da! It’s completed!

I hope you love this card as much as I do. This was definitely one of my favorites to create!

Supplies I Used:

handmade pop-up card
Side view of how the pop-up mechanism looks.

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