Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi! I just adore THIS stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and had to make a card in honor of turkey day...
Nothing fancy. I just stamped the turkey image and colored it in with some Copic Markers. I did a little partial embossing on the panel along with a stamped sentiment from the same set. I finished it off with a little twine and scalloped border. I attached it to a Hero Arts Note Card. Quick and easy...
Oh, a quick tip....white enamel accents works great on the bones of the turkey legs. ;)

I hope you have a blessed day. I'm thankful for you! Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tips on Creating Card Sets/ Multiple Cards

Hello! I'm a BIG fan of creating card sets. You already have all of the supplies out, so why not make a bunch of cards at once!? Today I have five cards to share using THIS adorable stamp set along with some helpful tips on creating multiple cards...
Background stamps, note cards, and inks all by Hero Arts
TIP #1- Keep it simple
These cards measures 3.5 x 4.75 in size. Working on a smaller canvas is a time saver. I also knew I wanted to keep the card clean and simple, keeping the emphasis on the animals. 

TIP #2- Use the same formula
All of these cards have the same formula....stamped background pieces, a few embellishments and a border sentiment/critter strip. Creating an assembly line of each part makes creating multiple cards easier. 

TIP #3- It's all in the details
Adding some glossy accents to the critter's eyes, adding sequins, adding some Wink of Stella for some shine really helps pull all the cards together and make each one unique and special. 

TIP #4- Same Medium
I used THESE watercolors to color in all the critters. Heat embossing the image really helps the watercolor stay inside the lines. Keeping the same coloring medium on all cards made it so easy because the supplies were already out. 

TIP #5- Something Fun and Unexpected
I chose to do partial die-cutting to help the critters stand out even more. I used some clear adhesive behind them to make it seem as if their popping off the card! 

I don't know about you but I'm lucky to use a stamp set twice before it goes away in a pile and I may never use it again. Creating card sets from one stamp set really helps me get some good use out of my stamps! 

I hope you give these tips a try the next time you make multiple cards. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quick Teacher/Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a quick Thanksgiving gift idea that would be perfect for a teacher or hostess at your Thanksgiving dinner...
I bought a pack of chocolate bars and wrapped each one with some fun Doodlebug fall patterned papers. I used THIS die set to cut out the scalloped and stitched pieces. They are the perfect width to wrap around the candy bar!

You can find this project over on the Little Tangles Blog because the new challenge is all about giving thanks and THIS stamp is perfect for that....
You can play along in the challenge too! Click HERE for more info.

Here are the supplies I used... (Not pictured- White embossing powder, VersaMark ink and adhesive)
That tag die is from Hero Arts. I love it! Oh, I also wanted to mention that I used some woodgrain washi tape to hold everything together on the back of the wrapped candy bar. 

Like I said before, these gifts took me no time to make. I made two for Aiden's speech therapists and it took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish. The dies really make it easy! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mama Elephant Week Wrap Up

I hope you're enjoying all the cards I've shared using Mama Elephant's cute stamps! If you missed any of the previous days, you can find them here:


I loved THIS stamp set so much that I made three cards with it! The stamp set is now sold out but I still wanted to share my cards with you...
I think this first card is my favorite because it reminds me of my two year old son...
I colored the image using Copic markers and used the coordinating dies to cut him out. I used THIS die to create the yellow star bursts behind him. I heat embossed the sentiment in white on some Doodlebug Patterned Paper and added a few black star epoxy shapes. I applied some glossy accents to his mask for some extra shine...
My next card uses the same color scheme but this time I stamped THIS background using THIS ink. I used THIS die to cut out a few buildings and added glossy accents to some of the windows for some shine. I stamped a brush stroke stamp from THIS set in silver underneath the image to give the illusion of flying...
I colored some star wood veener shapes with my Copic Markers and added a few epoxy dots to finish off my card.
A sweet friend of mine is battling breast cancer and I wanted to make her a card...
I created the background by applying Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and added some pearlized water drops for some texture. I die-cut the starburst image and layered some yellow paper behind it that the sentiment was stamped on. I die-cut the skyline scene and stamped the city image behind it. I added some yellow marker to the window to resemble lights.
Another fun element to all the cards is they have Action Wobblers underneath each super hero. Click HERE to see a quick video of them in action.  

It's hard to photograph, but I heat embossed the same brushstroke stamp as above in THIS glitter embossing powder to give the illusion of her flying too...

I hope you've enjoyed this week of projects using Mama Elephant stamps. I appreciate your comments and support. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Color Combo Challenge

A new challenge was just announced over on the Little Tangles Blog. I just love this color combo and created this CAS card using it...
I die-cut some kraft and teal cardstock using THIS die set...a favorite of mine! I inked up the sentiment and  lightbulb image from THIS set and heat embossed them in white and orange.

A closer look...

Like I mentioned, I wanted to keep it clean and simple, which is a struggle for me sometimes because I don't know when to walk away. LOL 

Make sure to go HERE and enter your card with this color scheme for your chance to win a Neat and Tangled stamp set of your choice! Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back tomorrow to wrap up Mama Elephant week...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mama Elephant week continues...

Welcome back to Day Four of Mama Elephant Week. Today's card features THIS set...the same set I used for yesterday's card. I wanted to keep it simple and do a quick card....
I just love when stamp sets have smaller images. I decided to take the small cluster of stars in the set and stamp them repeatedly in Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks to create a background. When I got to the area that I knew I wanted the sentiment to go, I stamped it in black ink and continued to stamp stars around it. I finished off the card with some silver string and added glitter to certain stars with the Wink of Stella.

A closer look...
There you have it...a quick and easy card to reproduce. I can see this in a variety of colors.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day! 

P.S. The winners from THIS giveaway are amy and Mary-Anne V. Congrats ladies! I emailed you. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mama Elephant Week-Day Three

Hi and welcome back to Mama Elephant week.  I used THIS stamp set for today's card...
This card was so fun to create....and quick! I started by making a pattern out of one of THESE ink cubes. I simply pressed the neon pink ink cube on to my paper repeatedly in a row, not taking much care to keep it straight because I wanted an artsy look. I LOVE the texture it gives..looks like fabric. I stamped the beautiful sentiment using THIS ink in the center and embellished with some wood stars that I applied Black Enamel Accents to. I also dug out some of my old striped photo corners and adhered them to all four corners before attaching the piece to a black note card.

A closer look...
I hope you're enjoying these Mama Elephant projects. What is your favorite? 

Be back soon...