Monday, 14 September 2020

Mama Elephant 8th Anniversary Release! Toasty Friends

 Hello wonderful crafty friends!  I'm so excited to share these projects for Mama Elephants 8th Anniversary release!!  Mama Elephant kindly sent me some goodies to play with and create some projects for you to get you all excited and inspired for all the newness coming on 15th September (release is available at 12am EST)!

My first project(s) are a card and tag using Toasty Friends(*) stamp set.  

How cute are these little critters huddled up around the fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows?!  I can't cope with the cuteness and those heart thought bubbles?  I just had to put as many as I could on the card!  

The soft ink blending on the background was achieved by using Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock (so easy and soft to blend on) along with Distress Oxides in Victorian Velvet and Weathered Wood with some soft blending brushes.  To add extra interest I splattered on some gold paint from my 36 pan Gansai Tambi watercolour pallet.

The images were stamped on copic friendly card with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The images were colored in Copic Markers.  I used a lot of colours and I have listed them all on this colour map:

The A2 card base is made from Simon Says Stamp 'Fog' card stock.  I trimmed the scene card panel to 5" by 3 3/4"" so that I had a nice 1/4" border around the edge,  This helped to frame my scene.

For the tag I used Mama Elephant Framed Tags Madison Avenue Creative Cuts with a left over piece of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I used the bunny and heart thought bubbles again from the Toasty Friends(*) stamp set.  I also used a sentiment from the new Mixed Holiday Greetings(*)  stamp set.  To finish the tag off I added a small piece of silver thread and a crisp white satin bow.  

If you would like to see a more in-depth video of the making of these projects be sure to check out the video below:
Here is a list of the rest of all the products used:
- Toasty Friends stamps & dies - Mama Elephant (*) 
- Mixed Holiday Greetings - Mama Elephant (*) 
- Framed Tags Madison Avenue CC - Mama Elephant 
- Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock 
- Fog cardstock - Simon Says Stamp 
- Distress Oxide - Victorian Velvet 
- Distress Oxide - Weathered Wood 
- Gold Paint - Gansai Tambi 36 pan watercolour set 
- Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black 
- Versafine Onyx Black Ink 
- Copic Cardstock - Make it Blend (Marker Geek) 
- Copic Markers 
* Fireplace - E79, E77, E74, E71, E70, E19, YR27, YR24, Y15 Y11, E13, W8, W6, W4, W3, E29, E27, E23 
* Dog - E27, E25, E23, R20, C3, C1, C00 
* Bunny - E44, E43. E42, E41, RV52, R89, R85, R83 
* Lamb - W4, W1, W0, E44, E43, E42, R20 
* Thought Bubbles - C3, C1, C00, R89, R83, R83 
* Stockings & Rug - C3, C1, C00, R89, R85, R83, YG67 YG63, YG61 
- Foam Tape - Scotch 3M 
- Liquid Adhesive - Scotch Quick Dry
The Mama Elephant release will be available to purchase on 15th September at 12am EST.

Elaine xxx

Disclaimer:  Some items in  this blog post have been gifted for design team purposes.  Items which have been gifted are identified with an (*).  All other items in the creation of these projects was purchased by me.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Interactive Pop Up Box Card for Halloween featuring Hello Bluebird stamps

 Hello crafty friends!  I'm back today with another interactive card for Halloween!

For this card I cut out all the pieces for the card using black cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Pop Up die.  I cut 2 of the large panels which creates the box shape when adhered together with the flaps and 3 struts.  This card is fairly simple so I only needed 3 struts to create the scene.

For the grassy elements which adhere directly to the struts I used Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock in black from the 'Autumn' pack.  I used a Mama Elephant grassy border die (I used one of the dies in the new Slim Window Dressing die set).  These grassy sparkly panels measured just ever so slightly shorter than 3.25" so that they fit nicely inside the box.  The box won't fold up nicely if the grassy panels are cut to exactly the same length as the struts.

For the panels around the edge (on the inside of the card) I used the dies in the Scalloped Box Pop Up die set to cut the rectangles from Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I inked on some clouds in Wilted Violet Distress Ink with the Mini Cloud stencil from My Favorite Things.  I splattered on some black paint splatters to add to the spookiness of the card.

My images were taken from the Spooky Spellers stamp set by Hello Bluebird.  The images were stamped on to copic friendly cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used my copic markers to colour the images and a colour map is included here:

For the bat I added a small strip of acetate to the back to help him look like he was flying inside the card.  I used 1/8" double sided adhesive to help me get in less of a mess for this step.

I glued down all the cloudy panels to the inside flaps, adhered all the sparkly grassy borders and secured the bat (trimming off any excess acetate).  

For the sentiment I heat embossed in gold a 'Happy Halloween' sentiment from the Spooktacular Friends stamps set by My Favorite Things on to a scrap of black cardstock.  I trimmed it in to a thin strip and placed this on the front flap with double sided adhesive.

On the outside of the card I used some patterned paper from Spooky Boo 6x6 paper pad from Pebbles.  I love this dark grey design with black embossed bats.  I cut all the squares/rectangles needed and secured them with liquid adhesive ensuring an even border all the way around.  

For the very back of the card I placed a piece of white cardstock so that I have somewhere to write a message.  This measured 3 7/8" x 2 7/8".

Click below to watch the YouTube video:

Here is a list of the supplies used in this card:

Spooky Spellers stamps - Hello Bluebird
Spooky Spellers dies - Hello Bluebird
Scalloped Box Card Pop Up - Lawn Fawn
Spooktacular Friends stamps - MFT
Black Cardstock - Creative Expressions 220gsm
Sparkle Cardstock - Lawn Fawn (Autumn)
Grassy Border Die - Mama Elephant
8” Guillotine Trimmer - Tonic/Tim Holtz
Bristol Smooth Card - Strathmore
Mini Cloud stencil - MFT
Wilted Violet - Distress Ink
Black Paint Pan - Gansai Tambi Watercolour 36 set
¼” score tape (double sided adhesive)
1/4” score tape Strong Acetate (I used some old packaging)
Bone Folder - Lawn Fawn
Mini Misti Stamping Tool - My Sweet Petunia
Gold Embossing Powder - Papermania
Heat Tool - Papermania
Embossing Buddy - EK Success
Spooky Boo - Pebbles/American Crafts
Liquid Adhesive - Quick Dry Scotch Adhesive

I hope to see again soon with card #4 in my Halloween 2020 card series!


Saturday, 22 August 2020

Card 2 - Halloween Series 2020

 Hey crafty friends!

Today I'm very excited to finally be bringing you the second card in my Halloween series for 2020!  Today's card features some Hello Bluebird goodies:  Happy Haunters stamps and Boo To You die.  

I used the Sunny Studio Stamps Sliding Window die to create the interactive element and also went a bit extra and added a shaker panel.  

The front of the card was created using my Distress Oxides in Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry.  I love a pink tone on tone cloudy sky!  I couldn't resist picking up the new Rolling Clouds stencil by My Favorite Things this month.  Love it!

I coloured the images with copics, a full colour map is featured below in case you want to know any of the colour combinations I used.

There are a lot of steps in this card but I think it is totally worth it.  I created a video (below) if you would like to see all the steps.  These photographs will help you to see what measurements I used if you want to create the same.

The smaller piece of card stock (as pictured below) sits behind the larger panel and is secured by using 1/4" score tape along the flap created at the bottom of the window flap.

Sliding window measurements (front panel & pull tab)

Shaker panel dimensions
Shaker panel dimensions

For the shaker panel that sits behind the sliding window panel I cut this slightly smaller so that the pull tab can still be pinched and pulled.  A sentiment was stamped on the panel in the bottom third.  Small strips of foam tape were applied all around the edge and shaker pieces put in the well. Acetate cut to the same size as the card panel was adhered to the foam tape to securely house the shaker items.  

For the pull tab I used my crop a dile and an eyelet to create a tulle pull.  I added a small bow to hid the thread I used to tie the tulle.  

Sliding Window die - Sunny Studio Stamps
Rolling Clouds stencil - My Favorite Things
Halloween Party - Hello Bluebird
Boo To You die - Hello Bluebird
Spun Sugar - Distress Oxide
Picked Raspberry - Distress Oxide
Picked Raspberry- Distress Ink
Black Soot - Distress Ink
Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set 36 - 20 Black
Copic Markers (see colour map)
1/8” double sided adhesive
1/4” double sided adhesive
Foam Tape - 3M scotch
Black Glaze Gelly Roll Pen - Sakura
Clear Sparkle Pen - Spectrum Noir
Glossy Accents
Crop-a-dile - We Are Memory Keepers
Eyelet - We Are Memory Keepers
Embossing Buddy - EK Success
Black Tulle - my stash
Sequins/confetti - my stash
Liquid Adhesive - Scotch
300gsm White Card
190gsm Black Card

Be sure to come back soon for card number 3!!

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Card 1 - Halloween Card Series 2020

 BOO - Pretty Pink Posh stamps & dies

Hello and welcome back!  I'm thrilled to be doing another Halloween card making series on my YouTube and blog this year!  My last was one back in 2018...its flown by!  I've linked to the playlist for 2018 down sure to check it out!

For today's card I'm using the amazing BOO stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh.  I adore all the stamps in this style (LOVE, BABY & JOY) and I was excited I could finally get to use the BOO version.

Before stamping all the images on to copic friendly cardstock I planned out the background on a piece of white copy paper.  I wanted to make sure I was happy with the placement before inking on to my speciality card which is more expensive!
Once happy with my 'cheat sheet' I stamped all of the stand alone images in the set on to copic friendly card stock using my mini misti and my Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the images with copic markers.  A colour map is provided below.  The panel was then trimmed to 4"x5.25".  

For the BOO letters I placed a piece of black card into my Misti, treated it with an anti-static powder tool and then inked up the stamp with Versafine ink.  I coated the card with clear embossing powder and then heat set until the images.  The letters were then cut out with the co-ordinating dies.

I cut another set of BOO letters and used liquid adhesive to secure them together to give extra dimension on the card. 

My card base measured 4.25"x5.5" and the coloured image panel was secured to it using liquid adhesive.  I used liquid to adhere the BOO letters ensuring they were straight with a T-square ruler.  

To pull the card together I added a bright orange sentiment by colouring a piece of white card stock orange using the same copic colours as the pumpkins on the background.  The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and coated with clear embossing powder, then trimmed down to a small strip.  This was again secured with liquid adhesive.

For a full 'how to' tutorial, please see the video below:

Copic Colour Map

Full supplies list:

BOO stamps & co ordinating dies - Pretty Pink Posh
Copic Markers
Anti static powder tool
Mini misti stamp platform - My Sweet Petunia
Clear embossing powder
Heat tool
Tuxedo Black ink - Memento
Pumpkin ink cube - Taylored Expressions
Lilac - Memento
Onyx Black ink - Versafine
Black Card stock
Copic friendly card stock
Big Shot die cutting machine
Liquid adhesive
Tim Holtz guillotine trimmer

2018 Halloween Series - click here

Thank you so much for stopping by!  See you next time! x0x0

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Mama Elephant Little Ghost Agenda Halloween Card

Hey crafters!  
Today I'm sharing (I've already shared on Instagram!) on my blog and YouTube channel this adorable Halloween card using the Little Ghost Agenda stamps by Mama Elephant.

For the main panel of the card I used a medium weight piece of raspberry cardstock and cut it slightly larger than an A2 size.  I used Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot to build up colour around the edges of the cardstock to create a gradient from darker on the outside to lighter at the centre of the card.  
I added some black and white splatters to add interest and texture to the cardstock.  Once the panel was dry I used the Mama Elephant Star Grid Cover Plate on the ink blended card.
I raided my patterned paper stash and picked out a number of pretty papers which I thought matched my colour pallet and cut out some stars using the same Star Grid Cover Plate.

Before adhering my ink blended panel to a black A2 sized cardbase I trimmed down the edges along the stitched frame using my guillotine trimmer.  

The panel was adhered to the card base using liquid adhesive and the decorative patterned paper stars were also adhered.
I stamped the ghost images in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured them with the following markers:

B01, B00, BG0000, 0, RV10

C10, C7, C5 (hat)
YR27, YR15, Y15, YR02, YG65, E15 (pumpkin)
RV19, RV17, RV13 (lollipop)
E44, E43, E57, E55, E53 (broomstick)
E44, E43, E57, E55, E53 (sweet)

I heat embossed the 'happy Halloween to you' stamp from Pretty Pink Posh 'BOO' stamp set on to black cardstock with white embossing powder.  I trimmed it with my guillotine and adhered it to the front of the card with double sided tape.  

The ghosts were adhered with liquid adhesive along with some ebony jewels scattered around too.

Click below to watch the YouTube video

Here are all the supplies used for this card:
Little Ghost Agenda stamps (Mama Elephant)
Star Grid Cover Plate die (Mama Elephant)
BOO stamps (Pretty Pink Posh)
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot
Copic Markers (colours listed above)
Copic Opaque White
Raspberry Cardstock
Copic friendly cardstock (Marker Geek)
Assortment of patterned papers
Black Cardstock (Creative Expressions)
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Super Fine White Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Liquid adhesive (Gina K Connect glue)
Guillotine (Tonic)
Ebony Jewels (Lucy's Little Things)
Clear Sparkle Pen (Spectrum Noir)

I hope you enjoyed this card!  I have lots more Halloween cards planned so stay tuned and be sure to follow me so you don't miss any projects :)
Have a good day and thank you for joining me! xxx

Disclaimer: all of the supplies used in the making of this card were purchased by myself.  

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Lawn Fawn 'Fun with Food' Lawnfawnatics Challenge #80

Hey Crafters!  Today I'm sharing a super cute food and Christmas themed card tutorial which I have recreated from the Lawnfawnatics challenge #80.  I was super excited to be a featured Fawnatic and I really hope you like the tutorial and corresponding information.

I have owned the 'Sprinked with Joy' stamp and die set and the 'Milk & Cookies' set for a couple of years now and never made a card with them.  I just couldn't think up an idea or design that I loved.  Then I saw the 'Holiday Helpers' set and just knew they were the addition I needed to pull together a cute card.  The 'Baked with Love' set just finished this card off but I only used the mixer....I ran out of room 😂.  Next time I'll create a slimline version so I can fit more images on!

- Sprinkled with Joy (Lawn Fawn)
- Milk & Cookies (Lawn Fawn)
- Baked with Love (Lawn Fawn)
- Holiday Helpers (Lawn Fawn)
- Quilted Background Cover Plate (Lawn Fawn)

- Copic Markers 
  ~ Pinks - R85, R83, R81
  ~ Cool Greys - C5, C3, C1, C00
  ~ Warm Greys - W3, W1, W0
  ~ Warm Browns - E44, E43, E42
  ~ Skin Tones - E13, E11, E00, E000, RV21
  ~ Browns (hair) - E79, E77, E74, E71 / E29, E27, E25, E23
  ~ Golds - YR24, Y38, Y15, Y11

- Distress Oxide
  ~ Spun Sugar
  ~ Picked Raspberry

- Distress Ink
  ~ Antique Linen
  ~ Vintage Photo 

- Copic Cardstock (Marker Geek)
- White Heavyweight cardstock (Hobby Craft)
- Woodgrain Cardstock 'White' (Lawn Fawn) 
- Jet Black Ink (Lawn Fawn)
- Brads (Woodware)
- Crystal Glaze (Nuvo by Tonic)
- Embossing Buddy (
- Mini Misti (My Sweet Petunia)
- Guillotine Trimmer (Tonic)
- Big Shot Die Cutting Machine

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Spooky Halloween! Slim Card Little Mummy Agenda Halloween Card

Welcome to a super fun and cute Halloween card tutorial!  I absolutely love making Halloween cards and think its a great chance to explore vibrant and colours.  For this card I used Mama Elephant Little Mummy Agenda stamps along with the slim card basics dies from Mama Elephant.  A full list of supplies can be found towards the end of the post.

I created lots of grassy layers for my cute Mummy's to stand in and I think it just looks adorable!  

The finished card measures 8.5" x 3.5", heres a diagram to help....

The distress inks I used for this card were:
Tumbled Glass
Peacock Feathers
Blueprint Sketch
Chipped Sapphire
Black Soot

Check out the video for a full tutorial on this card...there were quite a few steps but I think it was worth it!

Supplies List

Mama Elephant Little Mummy Agenda Stamps
Mama Elephant Slim Card Basics
Mama Elephant Galactic Cover Plate Die
Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die
Pretty Pink Posh Boo Stamp

Distress Inks:
Tumbled Glass
Peacock Feahers
Blueprint Sketch
Chipped Sapphire
Black Soot

Copic Markers:
Mummy's - C00, C1, C3
Skin - E17, E15, E13 / E13, E11, E00
Pumpkin Basket: YR27, YR24, E17, Y38

Gina K Connect Glue
T4TD Blending Brush
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
My Sweet Petunia Mini Stamp Platform
Heavy Weight White Cardstock (300gsm)
Black Cardstock (250gsm)


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