Mama Elephant~Bountiful Blessings

Hi there! Today I’m up on the Mama Elephant blog highlighting the new Bountiful Blessings stamp set. This is such a pretty stamp set with gorgeous, scrolly sentiments and cute little flower images.
Mama Elephant~Bountiful BlessingsI framed one of the sentiments by masking it off with a post-it note and stamping several of the tiny little flower images to form a sort of wreath border. I used several of the Mama Elephant pigment inks.
Mama Elephant~Bountiful BlessingsHere’s a little video to show you how I made it:
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Paper Smooches~June Blog Hop

It’s Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches July/August release with you!  FIVE new stamps and EIGHT new dies are releasing soon.  Our new stamps and dies will release at midnight (eastern time) on June 30.  (12:01am on July 1st EST) You will find our new releases HERE.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…we are offering up a prize! 

The prize – a $25. gift code to choose what you like at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)
  • Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, June 29th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on Monday, June 30th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop

(which means that you have up to three extra chances to win on each blog)
I used the new Halloween Icons dies for my project…I know, I know…we’re in the middle of summer. It was strange for me to make such a fall-ish card in 90 degree temps., but the show must go on, right?

Paper Smooches~Halloween IconsI layered up each of the die cuts to give them some thickness and for the background I spritzed an inked up acrylic block with some water and smooshed it onto watercolor cardstock. This gave me just the right amount of spookiness for my spider and my neon “Boo!”
Paper Smooches~Halloween IconsThanks so much for hopping by!

Mama Elephant and Operation Write Home Blog Hop

OWHME blog hop graphicToday I’m joining Mama Elephant & Operation Write Home for a fabulous blog hop. If you are following the hop, then you should have arrived here from the lovely Kathy Racoosin’s blog.

We’re so excited to be partnering this summer with Operation Write Home - they are a nonprofit that sends beautiful handmade cards to our service members so that they can write home to their families. Isn’t that just the best? There’s no Hallmark store in the desert, so this is a pretty important gift we can give them as crafters!

Our “In My heart” set was inspired by the mission of OWH; we know that many of those serving overseas have little kiddos at home that they write to. So we designed cute little kids and sentiments to express just how much those little folks are missed! The drawings are done in such a way that they can be adapted to different ethnicities too, making this a really flexible set. We’ll be donating 20% of the proceeds of the stamp sets sold on our retail site from now until July 31st - we really want to help them fundraise for all their efforts!

We also know you’ll want to join in on the mission to serve the troops – be sure you visit the OWH website and read all the guidelines carefully….you’ll learn about why glitter is dangerous to send, so leave the stickles behind when making cards for heroes! Lots more information is available on their Welcome page – tons of questions are answered there! And they have a fun YouTube show each weekday with project info, tutorials, and more – check it out HERE.

Here’s another look at the outstanding new In My Heart stamp set. I am completely in love with it and even more so now when I think about how it can encourage our troops through OWH’s mission.

IN MY HEARTI wanted to create a more patriotic card for the hop, so here’s what I came up with:
Mama Elephant~In My HeartI used the new Starburst Cover die for my starry background. Before I die cut the background, I blended in some Salty Ocean for a gradient night sky. Then I used the Landscape trio dies for the hill. For the tiny flag, I used a printable found here and scaled it down by 50% and then glued it onto a chopped off toothpick.
Mama Elephant~In My HeartYou’re next stop on the hop is the talented Ashley Marcu. Here is the complete blog hop list:

Thanks so much for hopping by!


Mama Elephant~My Sunshine

Hi there friends! I’m back again with Mama Elephant highlighting the new My Sunshine stamp set. This fabulous new set has not only great sentiment choices but this fun sunray image that is so easily combined with other sets.Mama Elephant~My SunshineThis time I embossed the sunrays in clear and then blended in some gradient sunset colors. I did a bit of partial die cutting on the little girl from the In My Heart stamp set. Putting the cutting plates over everything but her feet kept her attached to the popped up card front. The sentiment is also from My Sunshine.
Mama Elephant~My SunshineMake sure and check out what the rest of the team created with this cool new set over on the Mama Elephant blog. Thanks so much for stopping by. Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend♥

Mama Elephant~Bloomsies

Hi there! Today I’m back with Mama Elephant as we highlight the gorgeous new Bloomsies stamp set. This fun set is full of images that allow you to create your own custom blooms as well as fun sentiments that fit perfectly inside an adorable banner image.Mama Elephant~BloomsiesI decided to shake things up and make a gift box instead of a card.
Mama Elephant~BloomsiesHere’s a little to show you how I made it:

It’s quite possible that my video didn’t help you understand jack squat! If so, you can always go HERE for a great tutorial on making mini fork pom-poms. Here are some reference sizes for the boxes: ME boxPTI box

Make sure and check out the Mama Elephant blog to see more of the Bloomsies stamp set. Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Elephant~In My Heart

Hello there! Today I’m joining Mama Elephant as we begin highlighting the new June release. Today we are featuring the most adorable stamp set I think I’ve ever seen, In My Heart.Mama Elephant~My HeartI used the new My Sunshine stamp set for the sun-rays and the sentiment, and then I used My Heart for the boy and Pandamonium for the balloon.
Mama Elephant~My HeartI honestly don’t know if it’s because I have kids or what, but these little cute little kid images just melt my heart.
Mama Elephant~My HeartFor this one I did a bit of masking to cluster the girls in front of the balloons. I used the Up and Away stamp set for the balloons and Everyday Greetings for the sentiment.
Mama Elephant~My HeartIf you think you can handle some more of this cuteness, then head over to the Mama Elephant blog to see more inspiration with this new set. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mama Elephant~June Stampede

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Release Design Team blog hop!
Our newest release is now live and available for purchase in the store.

Mama Elephant~My SunshineI used two new stamp sets on my card. For the sunrays and sentiment I used the new My Sunshine stamp set, and for the adorable little girl and butterfly I used the My Heart stamp set and coordinating dies. I absolutely love this month’s release. The polka dotted sunrays, the awesome font combinations and the most adorable images in the history of ever.
Mama Elephant~My Sunshine

GIVEAWAY ALERT! 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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READY TO STAMPEDE? The next stop is …Emily Leiphart
Here is the full blog hop order:
Mama Elephant
Sandy Allnock
Emily Leiphart
Pamela Ho
Joni Andaya
Nichol Magouirk
Elena Roussakis
Thanks so much for hopping by!

PTI~June Release in Review

Hello there! Today I’m sharing the rest of my June release projects for Papertrey Ink. I don’t know how the designers do it, but they continue to create such amazing designs over and over again.PTI~Phrase Play #5My first card features the new Phrase Play #5 stamp set and coordinating die. I created a shaker card and used the new Ombre Builder stamp set for the background.
PTI~Phrase Play #5This next card features the new Friendly Flowers stamp set. Absolutely stunning flower images and font combinations for the sentiments….love!
PTI~Friendly FlowersI created a frame using the Stitched Rectangles dies for my sentiment, which is from the Thank You Kindly stamp set.
PTI~Friendly FlowersNext up is the Birthday Classics: July stamp set. I created some fireworks with the string images from the new No Strings Attached stamp set.
PTI~Birthday Classics: JulyI apologize to all my dog loving friends, but here’s yet another kitty card. Just can’t stop with this adorable tabby.
PTI~Cat's MeowI used the Wet Paint Cuts for the sentiment paired with the “you” from the Wet Paint III stamp set.
PTI~Cat's MeowAnd for my final project, a wedding wishes tag using the new Topiary Trio stamp set and dies as well as Keep It Simple: Wedding.
PTI~Topiary TrioI used some soft stone striped pattern paper for my tag. I just love the classy look of these pretty topiaries.
PTI~Topiary TrioCheck out what the rest of the team has created for their release in review projects:
Nichole • Betsy • Dawn • Heather • Melissa • Laurie • Maile • Erin • Danielle • Ashley
Thanks so much for stopping by!

SSS~July Card Kit

This is my second post for today. For my PTI Bowl of Sunshine post scroll down.
Hello! Today I have the great pleasure to be joining Simon Says Stamp as they release their fabulous new July Card Kit. She’s a good one!July-2014-Card-KitI fell in love with the stamp set included in the kit called Sending Happy Thoughts. Look at those adorable envelopes and fun handwritten sentiment.
SSS~July Card KitI used just the stamp set for my card as well as well as some Bazzill Taffy cardstock, which is also included in the kit.
SSS~July Card KitHere’s a quick, and I mean quick, little video to show you how I created it. There’s also a special, and quite entertaining special guest in there, too!

Check out the Simon Says Stamp blog to see more of the July Card Kit. Thanks so much for stopping by!