Paper Smooches projects & Mask-erade winner

Hello there! Just sharing a few Paper Smooches projects today. This first card features the new Frame 4 die that will be available on June 1st. I also used the Love word die and die cut it onto some double-sided foam and coated it with Microfine Antique Silver glitter.Paper Smooches-Frame 4 die, Love Word Die, Spiritual SamplerThis next card features the File Folder die. For the sentiment, I stitched on the Thanks word die.
Paper Smooches-File Folder, Thanks word dieNext up is the cutie patootie My Peeps stamps & coordinating dies. I did a little partial die cutting to keep the penguin intact with the white panel and then added a party banner, party hat & balloon from Luminous Spring and sentiment from Word Salad.
Paper Smooches-My Peeps stamps & dies, Luminous Spring, Word SaladAnd this last card uses the Happy Birthday word die. First I created the rainbow striped background using post-it tape for masking and ink blending. Then I die cut the Happy Birthday word die cut right into the rainbow stripes and layered it up to give it thickness and pop out from the card.
Paper Smooches-Happy Birthday word dieI will be showing some fun ways to used this awesome masking technique in the upcoming Mask-erade class, starting tomorrow….woot! Speaking of which, I have three winners to announce from my Mask-erade class giveaway
Congrats to…beaumama, marloumac & beej. I will be emailing you!

One last thing before I go….
flag_arlingtoncem052401_s630x419On this Memorial Day….we pause and give thanks.
MemorialDay“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
-President Harry S. Truman
il_570xN.392802592_8twsThank you so much for stopping by!

My-Scrap.Ru Blog Feature

Hello! Today I have the honor of being a guest on the Russian papercrafting blog My-Scrap.Ru.
SSS-Lovely SpringI’m also sharing this card as part of a challenge on their blog. The challenge is to use ink smooshing in some way. You all know how much I love ink smooshing. I used the Lovely Spring stamp set with coordinating Lovely Day dies by Simon Says Stamp. I only used two Distress ink colors for my smooshing, Salty Ocean & Picked Raspberry, but the combination they make when smooshed is just heavenly.
SSS-Lovely SpringYou can see the full interview and challenge over on the My-Scrap.Ru blog. Feel free to play along! I’d love to see what you smoosh:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mama Elephant-Bella Letters

Hi there! I’m back with Mama Elephant highlighting the new Bella Letters stamp set. I love alphabet sets. I think they are so fun for personalizing cards as well as creating your own custom sentiment.Mama Elephant-Bella LettersSo here’s the thing. In the beginning it looked to me like this cute little puppy was tired and exhausted so I added a funny sentiment to go with him. Then I showed it to my hubby, and he was like, “Um, I hate to break it to ya, hot stuff, but he’s not tired. He’s ready to play.” So there you have it. Clearly I understand bear & monkey nonverbal communication better than puppies. I don’t know how I missed that one…ha ha. Maybe I was just looking for a reason to put this saying on a card. I just relate to it so much, don’t you?
Mama Elephant-Bella LettersI snapped a quick pic to show you my high-falutin’ way of keeping my letters straight. I used some post-it tape. Check out the Mama Elephant blog to see more fun projects using the new Bella Letters stamp set. Thanks for looking!

Mama Elephant-Small Talk

Hello there! I’m back with Mama Elephant highlighting the new Small Talk stamp set.Mama Elephant-Small TalkFor my first card I combined the Woodland Gifts critters with the cute Small Talk set. That bear…he cracks me up every time with his stone face. He’s actually a “softy” but you wouldn’t know it just by lookin’ at him:) I masked the critters so the bunny could perch on the mushroom and I added a hilly ground with my multiliner pen and then masked it as well so I could add some subtle background ink blending. I have no good reason for adding the heart garland at the top. Not sure what compelled me to do that other than sneaking in a rainbow, lol.
Mama Elephant-Small TalkMy next card combines Photo Bomb with Small Talk.
Mama Elephant-Small TalkOk, I might have gotten a little bit carried away with the Small Talk word bubbles here, but this card would really make somebody smile, don’t you think? I don’t normally like to overkill on things, especially word bubbles, hearts, enamel dots, sequins, etc. I usually go with a less is more approach. Clearly I threw that out the window on this one, but oh well, it’s ok once in a while to just go with what makes you smile, even if it is overkill, right? That’s my story anyways.
Mama Elephant-Small TalkCheck out the Mama Elephant blog to see what the rest of the team created with this fun new Small Talk stamp set.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mask-erade class giveaway!

MSK_infopage_logomaskeradeMasking is one of the most magical techniques in crafting—there’s nothing like peeling away a mask to reveal a cool design! And now Online Card Classes has created an entire class dedicated to this amazing technique: it’s time to unmask our creativity with Mask-erade! Oh, and guess what? I’m one of the instructors!

I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful class, and I want to share it with one of you! So it’s time for a giveaway! Just leave a comment on this post by May 24, 2015 to be eligible for free registration to Mask-erade. Class begins Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and I’ll announce the winners on May 25, 2015. Can’t wait to see you in class!

If you’d rather not wait to see if you win, you can register for class now! If you win a free spot, your registration fees will be refunded or you can gift them to a friend.

Mama Elephant-Playful Pups

Hi there! Today I’m joining Mama Elephant as we begin highlighting the new May release sets. This card features the new Playful Pups stamp set.Mama Elephant-Playful PupsHow adorable are these pups? I couldn’t decide with puppy to use, so I just used almost all of them. I grouped them together using post-it notes as masks. While the masks were still on I used my mini ink blender to add subtle shading to the ground & sky with Rainwater & Mojito pigment inks and one of the Borderline trio dies to create the mask for the arch. Then I colored the pups with Copics. Oh my gosh, their expressions and personalities just crack me up!Mama Elephant-Playful PupsCheck out the Mama Elephant blog to see what the rest of the team has created with this adorable new Playful Pups set.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mama Elephant-May Stampede

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

I used the new Small Talk & Woodland Gifts stamp sets on my card. How cute are these woodland critters that Elena designed? That bear just cracks me up with his stone face expression. I put the “yay” sentiment from Small Talk above him. It’s almost sarcastic the way he’s saying, “Yay” and his face is like, “Are you done, yet?” ha ha ha….there’s always a story in my head about what these critters are thinking.
Mama Elephant-Small TalkI used a bunch of masking to group the animals & balloons and then colored them in with Copics. I also used my ink blenders to add subtle color to the sky & grass and drew the ground with a Multiliner pen.

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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!

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

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