Designer Series with Mama Elephant, Friend Indeed

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hello! It's Nicole Gavaldon here with another designer series blog post featuring the sweet stamp set, Friend Indeed. I just love all of the Mama Elephant sentiment stamp sets because you can use them in so many different ways; and, with so many different stamp sets, too. What I love the most about this set is the large hand scripted 'friend' stamp. I think it's so pretty and I can image stamping this in so many different colors but on todays project I'm simply stamping it in black ink because of all the different colors going on the background. I thought it would be cute to make the sentiment the focal point of this card and so I thought taking a smaller image from the set, Sunday Stroll, would work out perfectly--and I was right! 
Lately, I haven't been able to make a card without reaching for my distress inks to do some wild and free watercoloring, and while making this card I used the distress ink colors, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, and Spiced Marmalade--on some Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock (my fav) and then die cute that out using a stitched rectangle die, and also used my favorite ME dies--the Femme Frames die set. I really can't get enough of that set I think it adds so much to my cards!
To finish the card off I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins, in the colors, Metallic Gold, Sparkling clear, and Pink Blush. I just love how all of the colors came together and I can't wait to make more cards and projects with this great set, Friend Indeed.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Video Blog Hop with Laura Sterckx from Making Cards is Fun

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thank you so much for stopping by! I was approached by the very talented, Laura Sterckx, from the Making Cards is Fun blog, and she asked me to join in on a fun video blog hop! It feels like it's been so long since I made an actual video for my own Youtube channel and I'm pretty excited that I got a chance to do it. You may be wondering why Laura has gathered a group of crafty gals together for a video hop and the answer is because she's hit a major milestone on her Youtube channel and has reached a total of 7000 followers! This is the reason why she decided on putting together a great big video blog hop. 
In this video I'm using a variety of Mama Elephant products as well as some Lawn Fawn Products, too. Feel free to watch the video (show below) for a details description of the products used while creating this card. 

Laura, is also offering a chance to win lots of prizes and even a coupon code from Ellen Hutson. Feel free to click the following link for more information on winning prizes and for the full list of videos on the hop! Good luck and I hope you enjoy my video and all of the other videos on this hop! 

Happy crafting and thank you for stopping by! 

Stamp Highlight, Mama Elephant, Blessed

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Today the Mama Elephant blog and design team are creating our samples using the stamp set, Blessed. You may have already seen this set because I used it for the Stampede blog hop, but it's fun to revisit this set and create something new with it! This time around I used the "Lucky" scripty sentiment along with the, "I feel so" and "to know you" phrases to create one custom sentiment. I also used the stamp set, Tandem Extras--because the images in that set are too cute and I just love using them.

All of my cards have been created with a watercolor background these days and this card was no exception. I went to my trust Tim Holtz distress inks and chose two simple colors to create this grassy background. It was so much fun to create this with this set and I hope you will love it as much as I do.  To view more DT samples feel free to head over to the ME blog by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Highlight, Mama Elephant, Tandem Extras

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Welcome back to another day of the Mama Elephant Stamp highlights! This set coordinates perfectly with the stamp set, Tandem Ride. With this set, Tandem Extras, you can create such adorable cards and I just love the handwritten calligraphy sentiments and the adorable little banners, flowers, and additional critters. What is so great about this set is that you can also coordinate it with other ME stamp sets, too!

With this card I wanted the critter to look like he was flying around on her little balloon--so cute! I also wanted it to look whimsical so I choose to create the watercolor background in three bright colors and added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to get it a little extra something. There are so many amazing DT samples over at the Mama Elephant blog, click here, to view them and get lots of inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamp Highlight, Mama Elephant--Tandem Ride

Friday, July 17, 2015

Welcome to another Mama Elephant Designer Series! Today the design team an I are using the new (and adorable) stamp set, Tandem Ride, to create our samples. I just love how this set comes with lots and lots of adorable critter images and elements to create such adorable scenes on your projects. They've also released a set filled with lots of coordinating extras and beautiful calligraphy sentiments--much like the one shown in the image above, click the following link to view that set, Tandem Extras.

I also choose to use the Femme Frames die once again, but I just can't help using it--when I'm making ME cards it's one of the first things that I reach for. I just love it! I also decided to do some more watercoloring for the panel in the background. I only used two distress ink colors and I think the results came out just great. I think this set is just the cutest! If you'd like to take a look at the other DT samples feel free to click, here, and view them!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

July Mama Elephant Stampede, Blessed

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Release Design Team blog hop!

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

All of the ME releases are simply adorable, right? Well this July collection of stamps is no exception. Today I've created a card using the new sentiment set, Blessed. I just adore this set because it can be used in so many different ways, from sending comforting card to a just because card. Endless possibilities! I paired this new set, Blessed, with the stamp set, Charmed from last months release. Blessed, is a set that you'll need for your stamp collection the cursive fonts are so pretty and the coordinating sentiments in this set will make for some really beautiful cards.

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: «
» 3. Follow/tweet us on Twitter: «
» 4. Follow/tweet us on Instagram: «

Each action qualifies for one entry, max 4 entries per stampeder please!

Now let's get on with the Stampede with our amazing designers!

Melania, Vera, NicholLaura, Pamela, Elena

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Video--How to Make A Fun Wedding Card

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hooray! I have another video for you. In today's video I'm using the new stamp sets, Owens ABC's and Happy Wedding, to create this wedding card. I wanted to this card to be full of fun colors so I used a watercoloring technique, and also pulled out some of the new Lawn Fawn Ink colors, and some Copic markers for this project. 

Owens ABC's is an amazing stamp set that can be used in so many different ways--it's one of those 'sky's the limit' kind of stamp sets. Which is perfect for us crafters when we want sets that can be used in multiple ways and for many occasions. As mentioned in the video above I spoke about how it would be so fun to create a card with the critters holding letters from, Owens' ABC's, to create a custom sentiment--even in different colors using the new Lawn Fawn inks. Kelly mentioned in the intro video for this set that you could also use these letters to create projects with monograms--how fun would that be?!

I hope you've enjoyed this card and video don't forget to come back to the Lawn Fawn Youtube channel again on the 30th of this month--I'll be creating another video! Thank you so much for stopping by and feel free to ask any questions in the comments! <3

Celebrating with Creative Chick, Jenn Shurkus's 10th Blogiversary

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I'm super excited to be apart of the, Jenn Shurkus's, 10th blogiversary. Jenn has been someone that I've see in the crafting world ever since I started using clear stamps, and she's still such a vital part of sharing this craft with so many other people and spreading it with so much passion and joy! What we (crafters) were asked to do for this celebration was to use one of her cards as inspiration for the cards we're creating today (CASE)--how fun is that?!

I chose this card (here) and at first glance I knew that this would be the card I'd use as my inspiration. I just love the way that Jenn uses watercolor and I created something similar but slightly different. I used some Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock, some distress ink (my fav), a Lawn Fawn stamp set, Party Animal, and some of their, Sweetheart Lawn Trimmings. The watercolored panel was die cut using the Femme Frames die by Mama Elephant, and I used a few Copic markers.

So, for the fun and prizes, Jenn, is going to have special guests' creating cards on their blogs every Tuesday this month, and there will be chances for you to win lots of prizes from the sponsors shown above! Click here to visit her blog and learn how you can win some rad prizes! The winners will be announced on her blog August 7th and 8th. Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

So Many Thanks

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hello everyone! Today I'm super excited to share the card I created using the new stamp set, Charmed. This stamp set is packed with so many whimsical images and coordinating sentiments--this is one of those stamp sets that makes card making so easy because of how great each of the images work together and the sentiment variety means you can use this stamp set to create so many different types of cards and projects. 

I always love using the watercolor technique when using Mama Elephant stamps--that technique always go so nicely with any of their images. I used light yellow cardstock for the card base an the scalloped panel, and used a variety of pastel Copic colors. This little sleeping fox is so adorable! 

I always love thinking of different ways to use my stamps, and I thought that the wreath in this set would be perfect for creating Thanksgiving, and Christmas cards, too. All you'd have to do is color the wreath in according to the holiday you'd use it for and maybe even add a Santa hat to the fox or owl. How cute would that be?! 

I hope you enjoyed this card and thank you so much for stopping by! 
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