Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunny Studio Stamps: Birthday Fishes

Hello everybody! Today I'm sharing birthday card using Sunny Studio Stamps Oceans Of Joy stamp set and its coordinating dies. I just love how this set is filled with nine adorable sea creatures, in addition to stamps that will help you create wonderful scenes.


For the card front, I used Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers on die-cut smooth Bristol cardstock. After I was done blending, I added small splatters of water using a paint brush. Next, I die-cut two trimmed vellum paper using one of the dies from the Stitched Scallop set to create waves. I distressed the die-cut clear vellum paper using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.


I stamped the images from Oceans Of Joy stamp set, and cut them out with coordinating dies. To create the look of depth, I added the fish and turtle in between the layers of the die-cut vellum waves that was wrapped around the back of the card front, and taped to keep it in place.


Then, I arranged and adhered the balloons to the card front. I used my Copic liner to draw lines from the balloon to the whale. I made it look like the string was wrapped around him to make it fun and whimsical. To finish, I stamped the punny sentiment "Birthday Fishes". How cute is that whale?!

I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh: I Will Always Remember Your Kindness

Hello there! I have a summery card to share with you today. This card was inspired by the flowers that are blooming in my garden. It's such a beautiful time of the year. I used a mixture of different Pretty Pink Posh stamp sets to make this card; it's a great way to get the most out of your stamps.


For the front images, I used daisies and leaves from Bold Blooms, the stems from Build A Bloom, and some adorable bees from Bee Friends. I stamped them with Black Versafine ink on smooth Bristol cardstock and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  


I trimmed Bristol cardstock for the card front. Then, I distressed it using Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks. I also added some splatters of Worn Lipstick that was diluted with water using my brush. Once dried, I stamped the sentiment, "I will always remember your kindness" from Thoughtful Greetings set. Love this sweet sentiment!


I die-cut the frame using the Scallop Frames dies and added two layers of foam tape, adhering it to the card front. Then, I added the colored images and adhered some with double sided tape and others with foam tape to give it a layered and dimensional look. To finish, of course I added my favorite 6mm Ballerina Pink sequins.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Hugs, Amy






Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mama Elephant: Summer Release Stampede

Hello, hello! Welcome to a very special Summer Release Stampede! We are thrilled to bring you this splashin' release of 6 new stamp sets and 7 Creative Cuts dies!



The new release is live and available purchase at our store www.mamaelephant.com as well as at many of our retail partners around the world!

For 2 days only, a brand new straight slider set with any purchase over $60 is yours!


Today, I'm sharing a diorama/box card featuring the new Mermaid Kisses stamp set and the coordinating creative cuts.  The set contains three beautiful mermaids, lots of lovable sea critters and great scene building images, perfect for creating magical and dreamy underwater scenes.


All the images were stamped on smooth white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. They were then cut with coordinating dies. I added details on the mermaids with Sakura Gelly Roll pens.



Just in case you're interested in making this project, I've included the card making process below.


  1. Trim two smooth Bristol cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5". This will be the front and the back of the box. Score lines at 1 2/8 and 7 2/8. Die cut one of the cardstocks in the center with the largest frame die from Peek A Frame creative cuts. This is to create a window for the box. Once completed, it will look like a mini fish tank. Ink blend the areas that will be visible from the front using Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet, and Peacock Feathers. Splatter water with a paint brush. 
  2. Trim two acetates to 6"x 5". I used heat resistant acetates to heat emboss the sentiment to the front of the acetate. The second acetate is used inside the middle of the box to make the images look like they're floating/swimming.
  3. Trim Bristol cardstock to 7" x 2" and score lines at 4/8" and 6.4/8". Die cut the cardstock with the wavy border die from Landscape Trio Creative Cuts. Distress it with Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.
  4. Trim 2 cardstock to 7"x 2/8". Score lines at 4/8"and 6.4/8". These two thin panels will go inside the box to hold the acetate. Ink it with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, to blend in with the box.
  5. Attach the red hair mermaid and some fish to the back panel.
  6. Adhere the acetate on top of the two thin strip panels. One on the top and the other in the bottom. Then adhere that to the back panel and add the mermaid with yellow hair, jelly fish and the green fish. 
  7. Adhere the rest of the images to the sea floor panel then attach the folded flap to the back panel. Make sure to create distance from the acetate and not pressed against the front either.
  8. Heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set to the second acetate. Then adhere it to the back of the front panel to cover the window. 
  9. To finish, adhere the front panel to the back panel. 
Couple of other notes that might help you:
  • This card folds flat to 7.2/8" X 5"
  • It fits comfortably in an envelope that is 8.2/8" x 5.6/8" 

 I hope you enjoyed today's post.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Hugs, Amy :)


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!

Since this is a special release, we've got to bring in some super special people to join our Design Team, right? I can't think of a more stellar line-up than this right here!

Anna Kossakovskaya
Pamela Ho
Laura Bassen
Nichol Spohr
Melania Deasy
Jennifer McGuire

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunny Studio Stamps: Happy 4th of July

Hello everybody! I'm here today with a card using the Stars and Stripes stamp set from Sunny Studio Stamps. I used this set to make a Fourth of July card, but you can also use some of the images and sentiments for birthday cards as well as cards for the super heroes in your life. I just love the versatility of this set.


To begin, I knew I wanted to do some easy coloring with Zig Real Color Brush Markers, so I stamped the images on watercolor paper with Black Versafine ink. Then, I applied clear embossing powder over it, and set it with a heat gun. This helped me color inside the lines, and it also added a nice raised (and shiny) texture to the outlines of the images. I tried to capture that in the photo below.


Before adhering the images to the card front, I stamped the sentiment that is included in the set. To add interest and dimension to the card, I used foam tape behind the images (some with one layer and others with two) to adhere them to the card front. To finish, I added some stars sequins.

I hope you like today's card. This design can be used with just about any stamp set. It's really simple to do, and tons of fun to make!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Have a fabulous Wednesday!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh: Get Well Soon

Hello friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I'm happy to announce I will be joining the amazing Pretty Pink Posh design team again. I'm so thankful to sweet Paulina (owner of PPP) for this great opportunity. To celebrate, I made a card using some of my favorite PPP products to share with you today. My card features Woodland CrittersRainy Days stamps sets and Stitched Notes dies.



I love cute critter images with clothes, it gives them such a fun and whimsical look.  So, whenever I can, I like to dress up my stamped critter images. For the bear and the bunny, I drew simple lines with the copic liner to create T-shirts for them...and that's it. Don't they look so cute? I think this is a great way to get more out of your stamps. All the stamped images on the card were colored with Copic markers and cut out.


To create my front panel, I trimmed smooth Bristol cardstock to a A2 size, and distressed the background with Distress inks. Using the blending tool, I added Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn on the bottom working my way up with Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Chipped Saphire and Wilted Violet.

Then, I die-cut that panel with with the frame die from Stitched Notes set. It added beautiful stitched detailing to the panel.

To create more interest to the card, I also die-cut clouds using the cloud dies from Rainy Days Dies set.


The sentiment, "Get Well Soon" is from Rainy Days set and I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

After adhering all the images to the front panel, I added some pretty sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish my card.


***Giveaway***
There's a great giveaway in the honor of the new team on Pretty Pink Posh blog and on instagram. Don't forget to visit and enter for your chance to win. Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh: You're My Favorite

Hello crafty friends! I'm so excited to share with you a card I made using lots of wonderful Pretty Pink Posh products.


To create the background panel, I used an acetate stencil I made using a cloud like border die from Stitched Borders 2 and added clouds with Distress inks. Then, I die-cut trimmed cardstock with the wavy scallop border die from Scallop Borders to create the ground panel for the pandas to sit on. I added Distress Inks there too. On the ground panel, I heat embossed the sentiment "You're My Favorite" from the Friends Forever stamp set. For the frame, I die-cut white cardstock using the larger Scallop Frame.

Here comes the fun part. I mirror stamped (here's a link to a mirror stamping video tutorial by Jennifer Mcquire ) the adorable bear from Woodland Critters so I could create a couple facing each other and holding hands. Awwww, right? Then, I took it one step further and decided to make them into pandas (see picture below). I used a Momento black marker to draw in the lines, and colored in the bears using Copic markers: 100, N8, N6, and N4. I also used W1 and W00 in the white areas.


To added more interest the the card, I used flowers and leaves from Build A Bloom and Bold Blooms stamp sets. Luckily, I had a whole bunch of them stamped and cut for times like this. I colored them with Copic markers.


I also added hearts that I die-cut using the dies from Bee Friends set. I colored them with Copics and added Stickles for shine.


I hope you like today's card. I had so much fun playing with Pretty Pink Posh products and getting creative. I hope I have inspired you to create some cute little pandas.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Purple Onion Designs: The Sky's the Limit wobble card

Hello there! I have a fun interactive card to share with you today. I made a wobble card using a rubberstamp, T Bird Bear in Airplane from Purple Onion Designs. This stamp is part of my favorite collection, Happy Trails designed by Stacey Yacula. 


To make my card front, I added a circle masking paper (to create the moon) to a diecut frame Bristol cardstock. Then, I distressed it with shades of blue Distress Inks. Next, I splattered slightly diluted Copic OpagueWhite Pigment using a paint brush (tapping the handle). 


Once the background was completely dried, I stamped the sentiment from Journey Sentiment Set using Versamark ink, added white embossing power and set it with a heat gun.  Then, I adhered the die-cut stars. I used Lots Of Stars Creative Cuts from Mama Elephant to make my stars.


I stamped the super cute, T Bird Bear in Airplane  on smooth white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I also added some gray copics to the moon and then white Wink of Stella for shine. I think it also helps to give it a glowing look.

I love making interactive cards so I made the image wobble. I made a simple wobbler using craft wire and tape.

I hope you enjoyed the post. Make sure to check out the awesome new collection, if you haven't yet from Purple Onion Designs, and visit the blog for awesome inspirations.

There are 2 new collections from Stacey Yacula. The first is the Happy Trails collection which consists of 33 adorable travel and vacation related stamps.  A few of the stamps are grouped together in this collection and sold as sets.  The second collection is a mini collection of 4 reading related stamps called Once Upon A Time
You can purchase both complete collections for a limited time at a discounted price of a little more than 30% off!  The entire Happy Trails collection is $120.00 and Once Upon A Time is $15.00.  This special runs until Sunday, June 11th.  You can purchase the entire Happy Trails here and Once Upon A Time here.
In addition, there are two separate coordinating sentiment sets.  The Great News Sentiment Set works nicely with the Once Upon A Time collection.  The Journey Sentiment Set can be used with the Happy Trails collection.  These sets are versatile enough to use with all types of images as well.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today! Have a wonderful day!