SAF Free Exclusive: Filled With Joy!

Hello there! Today I’m joining Papertrey Ink as we begin kicking off Stamp-a-faire 2014, (which is taking place TOMORROW!!!!) You can read more about it HERE.Filled-With-Joy-webviewThe design team is showcasing the new Filled With Joy Stamp-a-faire exclusive set.PTI~SAF Exclusive Set: Filled With JoyFor my card, I started by stamping my leaves. Then I stamped, trimmed & popped up the flowers. I got lucky and was able to use my 3/4″ & 1/2″ little circle punches for the flower centers. To finish it off I popped the whole panel on top of some Hibiscus Burst striped paper. I just think that this set is so pretty. I love how you can mix the large word “joy” with several different sentiments.PTI~SAF Exclusive Set: Filled With JoyCheck out what the rest of the team did with this beautiful new set. Thanks for looking!
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley

Mama Elephant~Sentimental Borders

Hi there! Today I’m back again with Mama Elephant as we highlight the new Sentimental Borders stamp set.Mama Elephant~Sentimental BordersI used one of the border stamps to create my background and then used the Inline Letter dies to die cut my sentiment. I popped it up over an ink blended card base.
Mama Elephant~Sentimental BordersSome of you might have already seen this video of my family participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge(quite entertaining ofcourse), but I thought it was fitting to share here today, considering that Mama Elephant nominated me to do it. This is a wonderful cause to raise awareness about ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is such a terrible disease that desparately needs attention and support. If you are interested in learning more, please go to the ALS website and consider making a donation.

Check out the Mama Elephant blog to see more projects using the new Sentimental Borders stamp set. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mama Elephant~Carnival Toppers

Hi there! Today I’m back again with Mama Elephant as we highlight the new Carnival Toppers stamp set and coordinating dies.Mama Elephant~Carnival ToppersI used the Cupcake Toppers dies to create this cute banner sticking out of my cupcake. The tiny little sentiment is from the Remember December stamp set.
Mama Elephant~Carnival ToppersAnd because I’m always looking for an occasion to make cupcakes…these cute little toppers happened.
Mama Elephant~Carnival ToppersThese are mini cupcakes and the little critters from the Carnival cupcakes are super mini as well.
Mama Elephant~Carnival ToppersCheck out the Mama Elephant blog to see more of this cute new stamp set. If you were here, I’d give you a cupcake, but since your not, I’ll have one in your honor;)

Mama Elephant~Carnival Cupcakes

Hello there! Today I’m joining Mama Elephant as we highlight the new Carnival Cupcakes stamp set & coordinating dies.Mama Elephant~Carnival CupcakesI used the stamps and dies from both the Carnival Cupcakes & Carnival Toppers to create this fun little birthday scene. These adorable little critters with the party hats & balloons just make you smile, don’t they?
Mama Elephant~Carnival CupcakesCheck out the Mama Elephant blog to see more projects using this fun new stamp set. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mama Elephant~August Stampede

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Release Design Team blog hop!
Mama Elephant~August Stampede
I used the new Sentimental Borders stamp set to create my text background behind the Polaroid die cut. Then I popped up that adorable bear from Carnival Cupcakes set and added the party hat & balloon from Carnival Toppers. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from XOXO set. Such fun stamps & dies that can so easily be combined.
Mama Elephant~Sentimental Borders
Our newest release is now live and available for purchase in the store!

To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new stamps released! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the blog on the last Stamp Highlights day. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win!Just leave a separate comment for each!

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Emily Leiphart | Ashley Marcu

PTI~August Release in Review

Hi there! Today I’m back with my final projects from the August release. She’s a doozie of a release, eh? Let’s just dive right in, okey dokey? First up is a card that uses three new stamp set: Along Came a Spider, Keep It Simple: Halloween & Haunted Borders. These are really fun & festive stamps for Halloween time. My favorite part of Halloween…snack sized Junior Mints. My least favorite part of Halloween…eating too many snack sized Junior Mints.PTI~Along Came a SpiderThis next set is a super gorgeous one: Autumn Adornments. No matter what your skill level is, this card will make you look like so classy & sophisticated. That’s what I’m telling myself anyways.PTI~Autumn Adornments
This next card uses a really cute new set called Tick Tock. I adore this cuckoo clock image.PTI~Tick TockIsn’t it so cute how the shutters open and the bird sits on the ledge, just waiting to pop out and scare the tar out of you every hour on the hour? I added a little Copic shading to the birds body.
PTI~Tick TockNext up is the Keep It Simple: Thanksgiving stamp set. I stamped the stripes using the Background Basics: Super Stripes set and added some ink blended die cut leaves. I even got a comment from hubby on this one. He said, “Oh, that’s a nice one. It looks a little Canadian.” Anything with a maple leaf on it is Canadian to him I guess.
PTI~Keep It Simple: ThanksgivingAnd this last one is features the new Phrase Play #7 set. Hard to believe there’s been seven of these Phrase Play sets already. It’s also hard to believe that I’m coming up on a year with PTI. It’s also hard to believe how filthy my house is right now, too, but that’s another story for another day.
PTI~Phrase Play #7I was able to use the Phrase Play die with the new Monthly Moments August journal papers.
PTI~Phrase Play #7Make sure and check out what the rest of the team created with the new release. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley

PTI~Introducing Superstition

Hi there! I’m back again for another group post with Papertrey Ink. Today we are showcasing the new “cat” themed sets & coordinating dies.PTI~Introducing SuperstitionMy first card uses the new Superstition & Full Moon stamp sets. I stamped my moon with Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise & a bit of Orange Zest to give it some dimension. Then I die cut a window with my circle dies and popped the black cat silhouette as if it were looking out at the moon. When I was growing up, I had a black cat named October. She was exactly like this cat and exactly like how you’d think a black would be. She would hide under the bed and wait patiently to attack your feet at night.PTI~Introducing SuperstitionFor my next card, I use another one of the Superstition dies and did some partial die cutting to keep the cat silhouette image intact with the pattern paper.PTI~Introducing SuperstitionThis sentiment makes me laugh because it’s so true.
PTI~Introducing SuperstitionI couldn’t leave you without a picture of our cat, Bella. She gets more love than she desires. Her expression tells it all. That’s a doll skirt around her neck, ha ha! Poor thing.UntitledShe doesn’t even fight it anymore. She just goes the entire day with a princess necklace on and doesn’t even care. I guess we’ve worn her right down, lol. Check out the what the rest of the team create with these fun “cat” themed set. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley

Introducing Fancy That

Hi there! Today I’m back again with Papertrey Ink for our second group post featuring the new Fancy That stamp set. This is a gorgeous set with the most beautiful medallion images.PTI~Fancy ThatFor my first card I used one of the medallion images and stamped it repeatedly to create a clear embossed design. Then I blended in some color using two inks for each medallion, lighter on the outside and darker on the inside. The sentiment was white embossed on vellum. I used a scallop border die on the vellum to create the scallop edge.PTI~Fancy ThatThis next card was super simple. I just stamped one large medallion image with Memento ink and then Copic colored the rest.
PTI~Fancy ThatSuch a fun image to color. I stamped the medallion again so that I could trim out the center flower image and pop it up.
PTI~Fancy ThatI wanted to show you a close up of my glossy accents. I added a teeny tiny yellow gemstone to the center of the flower.PTI~Fancy ThatCheck out the what the rest of the team create with this beautiful new set. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley

Monthly Moments: August

Hi everyone! First of all, I wanted to thank you so much for all your sweet comments about my first Make It Monday video. Your kind words mean so very much to me. Today I’m back again with Papertrey Ink as we showcase the August Monthly Moments collection.PTI~Monthly Moments: AugustThis month’s collection did not disappoint. My favorite is the Spiral Notebook die. I just love that you can use it with the fun pattern papers that come in the journal pad as well as the coordinating August word die. I paired it with the Birthday Classics: September stamp set to create an August birthday card.
PTI~Monthly Moments: AugustCheck out what the rest of the team has created using the new Monthly Moments: August collection:
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Make It Monday: Coloring Embossing Paste

This is a very special day, folks! I am so excited to share my very first Make It Monday video for Papertrey Ink with you. It is such an honor for me to make one of these videos…really a dream come true.
PTI~Make It MondayI used Papertrey ink refills to color my embossing paste as well as creating my own stencils from various dies. For this one I used the Mighty Bloom cover plate die.
PTI~Make It MondayBeing able to create your own stencils with dies gives you endless possibilities.
PTI~Make It MondayFor this card I used the Polka Dot Parade Uppercase Alphabet dies to create my stencil.
PTI~Make It MondayHere’s my video….squeeeeel! I’m so excited to finally share a Make It Monday video.
Head over to the Papertrey Ink blog for more information about playing along with the challenge. You could win a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink. Don’t miss out! I’d love to see what you come up with! Thanks so much for stopping by!