Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: So Many Snowmen

 Hello friends! Today Mama Elephant is highlighting the adorable new set So Many Snowmen.

To begin, I stamped the large image of the snowmen on an A2 size smooth white cardstock. I colored it with Copic markers. 

I masked the snowmen (just the top portion) and blended Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks for the sky. I added water and white acylic paint splatters. 

I stamped the sentiment from Puffy Holiday Greetings with Versamark ink and heat set white embossing powder. 

To finish, I added accents with white Gelly Roll pen. I also used Stickles Star Dust on the sky and the snowmen for shine and sparkle. Great way to add interest without dimension. This card is flat for easy mailing.

Visit Mamaelephant Blog for more inspiration using this super cute So Many Snowmen stamp set. Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Mama Elephant October 2017 Stampede

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Design Team blog hop!

Our newest release is now live and available for purchase in the store!


I have two projects to share with you today for the blog hop. My first project features one of my new favorite critter stamp set, Whimsical Winter and the coordinating CC along with On The Hills CC.

I colored the images with Copic markers and added accents with a white Gelly Roll pen. For the background panel, I inked an A2 size Bristol panel with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and Tattered Rose Distress Ink. After, I splattered white acrylic paint onto the panel and the images with a paint brush to create a snowy look.

For the front panel, I trimmed acetate to 4. 1/4" x to 6.".  I made it little longer than A2 size so that the extra 1/2" could be adhered to the back of the background panel. To hide that and to create space for the sentiment and message, I added a card base behind it. The sentiment stamped inside the card is from the new set, Peaceful Wishes (see photo below).

On the front panel, I adhered die-cut pieces of the hills and clouds using On the Hills Creative Cuts. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Inks on the top of the snowy hills to add some color. I love that the hills and cloud dies included in On The Hills CC die-cuts a perfect size for a vertical A2 size panel.

For the second project, I added fun surprise elements inside the card. I used the new Inside Pop Celebrations CC for an interactive 3D design that's perfect for adding little images. The card also features the Me And My Yeti, Sentiments From A Yeti and Holly's Snowflakes stamp sets. 

I colored the images with Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating CC. I die-cut the box, the hills inside, and the balloons using the Inside Pop Celebrations CC.

 I inked the front panel with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks, and added splatters of water and white dots for a textured look. Once it dried, I loosely stamped the snowflakes from Holly Snowflakes with white pigment ink. Then, I applied white embossing powder and heat set it. For the sentiment and the banner, I used Sentiments From A Yeti. The banner was die cut with Yeti Banner CC.

Are you ready to see the hidden elements inside the card?

When you open the card, the box with the small images, and the Yeti will pop-up. So fun, right? You can't see it in the picture well, but I also added the snowflakes from Holly's Snowflakes again, I stamped them along the edges of the inside of the card. 

How amazing is the new Inside Pop Celebrations CC?  It's so fun and unique, definitely a must have!

ME stamps:

ME Creative Cuts:

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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» 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 amazing designers!

Laura Bassen *  Nichol Spohr * Amy Yang

Melania Deasy * Anna Kossakovskaya * Vera Rhuhay * Pamela Ho

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh: Happy Thanksgiving

Hello everyone! Today I have a fun Thanksgiving shaker card to share with you. It features the adorable Giving Thanks stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh. 

I colored the images with Copic markers and cut them out with the Giving Thanks coordinating dies.
I inked the front and the background panels with Antique Linen and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides. I added splatters of water to the front panel and diluted Walnut Stain Distress Oxides to the background panel for some texture.

I stamped the sentiment that's included in the Giving Thanks stamp set with Walnut Stain Distress Oxides. I used the Scallop Ovals to create my shaker window. For the sequins I used 4mm Autumn Harvest Mix

If you enjoy making handmade Thanksgiving cards, this set is a must have!  Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Hugs, Amy 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mama Elephant Designer Series: FBA- Santa, Elf, Snow, Deer

Hello everyone! Amy here with a Designer Series project featuring the Favor Bag Accessories, Santa-Elf and Snow-Deer Creative Cuts.

To begin, I trimmed four Bristol papers to A2 size panels. I inked each panel with just one color. Going clockwise in the photo above, I used Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violets, Picked Raspberry, and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks. To create a snowy background on the panels, I splattered diluted (with water) Copic Opaque White Ink with a paint brush.

I stamped the sentiment "Season's Greetings" from Christmas Scene with Versamark Ink, applied gold embossing powder and set it with a heat tool. Through this process I learned that embossing powders don't stick to white splatters very well, so going forward I'm going to stamp the sentiment first, cover it with the stamp (so that the the splatters won't get on it), and then add the splatters.

To make the adorable characters for the cards and the gift bags, I die-cut the FBA Santa Elf and Snow-Deer with white and colored cardstocks. I inked the edges of the die-cuts with Distress Inks to create some dimension. I added rosy cheeks with pink chalk that I applied with a Q-tip.  I assembled them as shown in the photos.

To add interest to the cards, I used a Snow Marker that I puffed up with a heat tool on the Santa Claus clothes. I added a small gold bell on the Elf's hat, mini Christmas lights (bought at my local craft store) around the reindeer antlers, and a bow that I made using All Prettied Up Creative Cuts on the snowman.

The next four projects are Holiday gift bags I made with the Favor Bag Creative Cuts and FBA Santa Elf and Snow-Deer Creative Cuts. Like the cards, I die-cut the Favor bags with Bristol paper, inked the backgrounds with Distress Inks and added white splatters.

For each bag, I die-cut white cardstock using the snowflake die from Snow Flurries Creative Cuts. I applied Wink Of Stella to add sparkle. I also die-cut white cardstock using the Mini Tags Creative Cuts. I stamped the tags with different Holiday sentiments from Mini Messages with dye inks. To finish, I added a snowflake and a tag to a twine and tied it around each bag.

Mama Elephant Supplies used:
Santa Elf and Snow-Deer Creative Cuts
Christmas Scene stamp set
All Prettied Up Creative Cuts
Favor Bag Creative Cuts
Snow Flurries Creative Cuts
Mini Tags Creative Cuts
Mini Messages

Thank you so much for joining me today! Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh

Hello and welcome! Today I have a sweet Holiday card to share with you. It features the new Angel Friends stamp set and Stacked Edges1 dies from Pretty Pink Posh.

Pretty Pink Posh products used:
Angel Friends: for the images
 coordinating dies: to die-cut the images
Stacked Edges1: stitched scallop background
Stitched Notes: front stitched rectangle panel
Marshmallow Confetti Mix: embellishment 

I colored all the images with Copic markers and cut them with the coordinating dies. I added glitter glue for shine and sparkle on the wings and the star. I die-cut Bristol paper with the Stitched Notes dies for the stitched rectangle. I die-cut the rectangle panel with the stitched scallop from Stacked Edges1 set as shown. I distressed the die-cut scallops in alternating colors with Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. I taped the pieces back together to a rectangle panel and mounted it on top of a light blue panel. To finished, I adhered the images to the card front with dimensional foam tape. I adhered the blue panel to the top folding white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today! I wish you all a wonderful week!
Happy cardmaking!!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: Holly's Snowflakes

Hello and Welcome!
Today, Mama Elephant Design Team is highlighting Holly's Snowflakes stamp set. This set features a beautiful array of intricate snowflakes that will be perfect for your Holiday projects. 

I made a shaker card using the adorable A Cookie Christmas set to create my scene and used Holly's Snowflakes for a snowy background.

To begin, I colored the images with Copic markers and cut them out with coordinating dies. I added  Wink of Stella for sparkle and Glossy accents for shine and dimension on some of the images.

For the background panel, I die-cut Bristol cardstock to an A2 size panel and inked it with Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Milled Lavender, and Peacock Feathers. Once dried, I applied anti-static powder, stamped the snow flakes with Versamark ink and used white embossing powder that was set with a heat tool. 

To create my window, I trimmed white cardstock to an A2 size panel and die-cut it with the frame from Lafayette creative cuts. I then trimmed heat resistent acetate little larger than the window and stamped the sentiment "Merry Christmas" from Sentiments From A Yeti with Versamark ink and applied silver embossing powder that was set with a heat tool. Prior to stamping, I applied generous amount of anti-static powder. Next, I adhered the acetate to the back of the window panel.

To finish, I mounted the window panel to the background panel with two layers of foam adhesive after adding some sequins. Then, I adhered the colored images to the card front.

ME products used:

Thank you for stopping by today. Make sure to visit by Mama Elephant blog for more inspiration from the Design Team.

MFT: Happy Birthday From All Of Us

Hello, everyone! I'm here today with my last post as a guest designer for My Favorite Things. Today, I have a fun farm themed birthday tunnel card to share with you. It features the new and adorable Animal Farm stamp set, along with the A2 Rectangle Stax Set 1 and 2 Die-namics.

To begin, I stamped all the images with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on smooth white cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. I cut them out with their coordinating dies. Please Note: I stamped the apples to the trees and the sign before coloring. I also used a white Gelly Roll Pen to add accents here and there.

I love creating scenes with dimension, and MFT came out with the perfect dies this month for making this tunnel card. To create my panels, I die-cut 4 Bristol cardstocks using the largest die from A2 Rectangle Stax Set 1 Die-namics. Then, I used the 3 smaller rectangle die that I gathered together to die-cut three of those rectangles as shown in the picture above. I used the rectangles from A2 Rectangle Stax Set 1 and 2 Die-namics. Here are the sizes: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 (set 1), 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 (set 2) , 2 7/8 x 4 1/8 (set 1), 2 3/16 x 3 7/16 (set 2)

Using the Grassy Hills Die-namics, I die-cut four Bristol cardstocks to the width of 5 3/8. The height of the grass went from taller in the back to shorter towards the front. I inked the card panels with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides, and inked the grass with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. I flicked some water to add texture to both. I then stamped the sentiment using black Versafine ink on the top panel.

To assemble the card, I adhered the inked solid panel to a top folding card base, and added the tallest grass on top. Then, I attached each layer to make a tunnel as shown in the above pictures with mounting tape. When I was finished assembling, it had three layers of mounting tape. Luckily, even with the thickness of the card, it still fit into an A2 size envelope comfortably .

To complete the scene and add more interest, I die-cut white cardstock using the Animal Farm Fence. I inked it with Antique Linen Distress Ink for some color. Then, I adhered it to the card front. Lastly, I arranged my scene and adhered all the images to the card.

This tunnel card design can be used with lots of MFT stamp sets to make fun scenes with dimensions. I know I'll be making more of these; I just love the way they look! I hope I have inspired you to give it a try!

That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed my post. Thank you to the MFT team for having me as a guest designer this month!