Mama Elephant – Just Wanted to Say…

Hi there! I’m back with another card from the bundle of Mama Elephant Stackable Cutie cards I made. This one was super quick to come together but it’s so adorable! I just love it!

To make this card I took some Perfectly Plaid Lawn Fawn paper and die cut it with a stitched rectangle. Then I cut the My Favorite Things Rectangle Peek-a-boo Window from that. Using the window as a guide I inked a pink shadow with my blending buddy brush, and then popped my frame and elephant up with foam tape.

Using my MISTI I stamped a speech bubble above the elephant with the same ink I used for the background. I also stamped part of a sentiment from the Trinity Stamps Hello Senti-mini set and popped it up with a foam strip. Next, I stamped the hello from the same set on the inside of the card in a light blue dye ink.

For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to the eyes, white gel pen accents and a scattering of clay hearts around.

A simple, super sweet card perfect for someone in my life!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant – Stackable Cuties

Hello everyone! I’m still making cards to send to friends and family for a little break in the day. I hope it’s making them smile and as fun for them as it is for me to make and send. I recently pulled out my Mama Elephant Stackable Cuties to play with and made a couple of cards with them.

When I get an inkling like this, I usually stamp and color a bunch of images and make cards afterward. Here is the first one.

To make this card, I die cut the My Favorite Things Arched Window (the next to the largest) from a white cardstock panel that measures 4×5.25. I took the window it cuts out and used my Newton’s Nook clouds stencil to ink up some sky using my Trinity Stamps blending buddy brush and a blue dye ink. Then I die cut a second arch, inked it up with green and die cut it with my grass die from the Newton’s Nook land borders dies. I adhered these together, added my critters and glued it to my card front.

Using my MISTI, I added a couple of appropriate speech bubbles from the same stamp set and then popped my frame up around the scene with foam tape.

I finished this card off with glossy accents on the noses, kitty’s fish and puppy’s bone. Then I scattered some Your Next Stamp gumdrops across the design. Very last, I added black glaze pen to the eyes and white gel pen accents to the images.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant – You’re Tops in My Book

Thanks so much for stopping by again today! Still having fun digging through my stamps and today I rediscovered some Mama Elephant gems I picked up last summer. I wasn’t sure about the colors of this card when everything was separate but once I put it all together, I think it plays very nicely and turned out great!

I started this process by laying my stamps over my grid window die cut to see if things would fit how I wanted. When it did, I stamped my images from Book Worm, colored them and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Next I took an A2 size panel and inked it randomly with tumbled glass, peacock feathers and blueprint sketch distress oxide inks. I spritzed it with water and let it dry before running it through my die cut machine with the grid window die. Using the frame as a guide I glued the square pieces directly to my card base and then popped the frame up with foam tape. I love the dimension this gives. It’s such a cool look.

Next, I adhered my images with a combination of liquid glue and foam tape so they laid nice and flat across the window openings. Then I stamped my sentiment from Good Reads and cut it out by hand. This is adhered the same as the other images.

Finally, I moved on to finishing touches. I added black glaze pen to the eyes, glossy accents to the glasses and some book spines and white gel pen to all the images. Lastly, I added some clay hearts from Honey Bee Stamps in a few various places. I think this adds just a little accent of love and I really like what it does for the overall design.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Newton’s Nook – Hop Into Spring Pop-up Fun

Hello everyone! I’m up on the Newton’s Nook blog today sharing this really fun interactive card featuring the newly released Hop Into Spring bunnies and a guest appearance by a little duckie from Newton’s Rain Boots too! (To create the interactive portion of this card, I used the Mama Elephant Wiper Surprise die set.)

Here’s a peek at the card folded up tight like it’s coming out of the envelope. I just love these sweet images. This time I stamped them in a gray copic-friendly ink for a different, softer look. I kind of like it for a change of pace.

And here it is opened up, with that sweet bunny wishing you a “Hoppy Easter!” Who is that I see peeking in from the left…that sweet duck from Newton’s Rain Boots along with his flower friends from the same set covering the ground.

I used the land borders dies to cut my grassy front panel and the dirt layer too. Then I used the clouds stencil to ink my cloudy sky. I was able to grab the sun from the new sky scene builder so everything is nice and sunshiny bright too!

And then when you pull the card open to reveal the wiper surprise, you get a cute speech bubble wishing you a “Hoppy Easter!” It’s just too fun. I’ve been playing with it endlessly.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant Stackable Cuties Cards

To be honest, I’ve had these guys in my stash since around Mother’s Day and have been so obsessed with the little agenda critters, I hadn’t used them yet. (Face-palm!) They are so adorable and fun to color! I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. Today I’m sharing a couple of quick and simple cards.

Here’s how I did them both:

  • Stamped, colored and die cut critters.
  • Layered patterned paper, frame and white cardstock on the card base.
  • Using the critter for a guide I colored a little gray copic shadow under it and stamped the sentiment. Then popped the critter up with foam squares.
  • To finish them off, I scattered Nuvo Crystal Drops in coordinating colors across the front.

They are just so cuddly and cute! I can’t wait to make more cards with lots of them stacked up! I feel like this design would be fun to make a whole set of cards to give as a gift too.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant Little Agenda Panda Cards

Today is the last day to enter the Mama Elephant top card challenge and I happened to have a whole bundle of pandas sitting on my desk last night so I made a couple more cards to enter.

This first one uses the hillside cover with different distress inks on each hill. I added pandas galore, stamped a few speech bubbles from stackable cuties and scattered color matching sequins throughout.

Pandas are my absolute all-time favorite animal so I just had to have this set and have been chomping at the bit to play with it!

The next card uses some more pandas from the same set but for a birthday card this time.

For this one I blended distress inks on a panel and sprayed it with water. I stacked 3 of the happy birthday die cuts together and glued it on, popping pandas up with foam squares all about. I finished it off with Nuvo crystal drops in coordinating colors all over.

Let’s be real, I was singing “Everybody was kung-fu fighting…hi-ya!” the entire time I made this card. And giggling…I couldn’t resist. Boy cards can be hard to make but I think this one would work great for that!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant Panda Thank You Card

We’re chugging along through the week. Thanks for taking a moment to stop in an see what I’m up to. Today it’s a fun distress ink Mama Elephant card featuring the new hilly thanks die and panda stamps. It’s bright and fun and I love how much is going on all over it.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Blended distress inks on a cardstock panel – picked raspberries and salty ocean – and spritz with water.
  • Die cut hilly thanks from the distress ink panel and also from black craft foam. Then glued the thanks hill cardstock and foam together so the bottom part of the card pops up.
  • Glued top and bottom panels to the card front fitting the letters and their negative spaces together.
  • Stamped and die cut pandas and lanterns. Color lanterns yellow – I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers but anything works for this teeny amount of coloring.
  • Adhered these images to the card front with liquid glue.
  • For finishing touches I drew a line connecting the lanterns together, added glossy accents to them for that great shiny look and glued a scattering of confetti bits on the bottom part of the card.

I love the dimension and shadow the black foam gives the hill and letters. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make such a big impact on the card’s design.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant Hello Friend Monkey Card

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by to see this adorable Mama Elephant card using the hello friend die and little agenda monkeys.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Ink blended distress inks on the back panel – crack pistacchio, scattered straw and spun sugar – and spritzed with water.
  • Die cut the grid window backdrop 4 times from white cardstock and glued them together, then adhered it to the ink blended background.
  • Die cut the hello friend sentiment from gray cardstock and glued it on.
  • Next I glued my monkeys all over. Some are popped up and some are glued inside the grid for more dimension and interest.
  • To finish the card off, I added a scattering of Nuvo Crystal Drops in morning dew and sweet lilac.

Such a sweet card, sure to make you smile! These monkeys are so much fun. Even If I use the same general layout, the cards always come out so different. It’s great!

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Mama Elephant Hilly Hello Card

Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by to check out this adorable Mama Elephant hilly hello thinking of you card. I had an itch to color some Mama Elephant little agenda monkeys earlier this week and when my new Mama Elephant order came in the mail I thought this new die would be perfect to use with them.

Here’s how I did it.

  • Die cut the hilly hello from a piece of white cardstock, ink blended it with cracked pistachio distress ink and spritzed it with water.
  • Attached that to a card base and used a cloud stencil to add a few clouds to the sky with salty ocean distress ink.
  • I stamped the monkeys with Versafine vintage sepia ink on Bristol smooth cardstock and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Then die cut them all out and attached them to the card with tape runner.
  • Last I stamped the sentiment from Avery Elle’s simply said hugs and added some clay hearts from Honey Bee stamps.

I love how you can pair so many brands together and come up with a totally cohesive, adorable card like this. These monkeys have a special place in my heart and I love this soft, simple card.

As always, I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a great day!

Mama Elephant Party Animal Wiper Surprise Card

I’ve been itching to try one of these cards since Mother’s Day when my family surprised me with a huge Mama Elephant haul! I was totally overwhelmed. It was fantastic and I’ve been having so much fun with all of it.

If you’re interested in the basics of the wiper surprise click here to go to the Mama Elephant You Tube page for a tutorial. Otherwise here are the basics on how I created this adorable birthday card.

  • I stamped, colored and die cut all the critters and bigger accessories from the Party Animals stamp set.
  • Cut two panels from the main die in the wiper surprise set. Using a Simon Says Stamp cloud stencil I blended cracked pistachio distress ink on the back panel for a sky effect. Then covered the other panel with mowed lawn distress ink and die cut with a Lawn Fawn grassy border die cut.
  • Following the video, I assembled the basics of the card and wiper mechanism first and then embellished with the critters.
  • Since I used a combination of liquid glue and tape runner, I let it sit for a minute so the glue could dry. To finish it off I added white gel pen accents throughout the images and glossy accents to all the noses, candle flames, stars on the hats and both balloons.
  • The next morning when the glossy accents were dry, I stamped a stacked sentiment on the right side to complete this fun birthday card.

Look at that little chickie popping up when you pull the sides. It’s just to die for! I love this so much, I keep playing with it over and over again.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!