Mama Elephant-Merci

This is my second post today. For the Simon Says Stamp Better Together Release Hop, please scroll down.
Hello there! I’m back again with Mama Elephant highlighting the beautiful Merci stamp set. Seriously, this is such a drop dead gorgeous sentiment set. I just love it so much.
Mama Elephant-MerciI didn’t want to try and compete with this beautiful handwritten font, so I just kept it really simple and did a little multi-colored “smooshing” using some distress inks on watercolor cardstock. I popped the front panel up on Fog cardstock and added a silk ribbon bow to finish it off.
Mama Elephant-MerciMake sure and check out the Mama Elephant blog to see more with this awesome new sentiment set.

In other news….have you heard about the newest Online Card Class, Clean & Simple Cardmaking 4, starting on Monday?
CS4_sneakHere’s a little bit about the class:

Ever try a technique that ended up feeling just too complicated to use on a card (or worse multiple cards)? We’ve all been there! Happily, Online Card Classes is ready to help us take on that challenge with a little technique know-how!

Online Card Class instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, and Julie Ebersole are here Clean & Simple Card Making 4: Techniques Made Simple  In this all-video class, they’ll be sharing ideas for embossing, die cutting, and more… all with a Clean & Simple twist that will make the techniques more approachable and useable than ever. And guess what? I’m one of the guest artists in this class! How fun is that?

And now, one of you has the opportunity to attend Clean & Simple 4 for free! That’s right—I get to give away one spot in this fantastic class. Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 25th to be eligible! Class starts on Monday, January 26, 2015. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

190 thoughts on “Mama Elephant-Merci

  1. Love your card – so vibrant!
    Congrats on your guest artist role in the new class! It looks like the class is going to be another good one. No surprise there! Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot.

  2. I am loving your simple water color panels, letting the message pop. Do you dry yr panels, or “let God do it?” I would love to win a spot in the online card class. They are always great.

  3. Love the card today. I can’t wait for the Online Card Class to start and I’m so happy to hear that you are part of it.

  4. I love, love, love these classes and learn so much. Can’t wait for it to start. I would be thrilled to win a class spot. Thank you for a chance.

  5. Wow! What a beautifully simple card. I love how the scripted sentiment pops out against your smooshed background! Will have to try that technique.

  6. It would be wonderful to win a spot in this class! I’ve taken them before & always learn so much! Thanks for the opportunity! Good luck everyone!

  7. Stunning smooshing@! My smooshing never looks this good, I guess it’s my color choices! Thank you for giving away a place in this class – I’ve been wanted to take one of these classes for the longest time. Happy New Year!

  8. This card is delightful. Love how you just ‘smoosh’ a little and it all looks great! Also, an extra treat for you to be a guest artist on the Clean and Simple #4 – looking forward to the class and also your sharing.

  9. You certainly prove that simple is beautiful with this wonderful card…That might be a signal that Clean and Simple #4 is also Beautiful #4! Thanks for the chance to win a free spot…

  10. Not only is that sentiment wonderful, but you are a whiz at that “smooshing”! Gorgeous! Congrats on being a teacher in the OCC!

  11. Lovely card — really showcases the beautiful handwritten sentiment — I love the ME sentiments like this! Can’t wait for the next OCC, too — thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I signed up for class as soon as it was announced and can’t wait for Monday. For those who have never taken one of the Online Card Classes, they are awesome and you will come away with some cards you’ll be proud of and techniques you’ll use often!

    Laura, I love the watercolor background and the bold sentiment!

  13. Laura: You have become a favorite of mine. I love your originality and fun designs and really like to watch (and listen to) your videos. Your perky personality comes through and, by the way, I love the occasional inclusion of the kids! They make me smile. Maybe they could have an encore presentation on Valentine’s Day, Ground Hog Day or Any Other Day? LOL I must admit that I have used your cards on more than one occasion as a template for mine. Lookin’ forward to your participation in the class!

  14. Laura, I just found you, and love your style! The framed watercolor is a new idea..thanks for the chance to win the class. I’d be so happy!

  15. Agreed that the sentiment is just too pretty to have things cluttered around. Love how you did the card and that lovely thin ribbon bow adds to the elegance. Would love to win a spot in the class. Thanks for the chance.

  16. What I wouldn’t give to have a tiny fraction of your talent. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to copy something you’ve done and nothing ever comes close to your’s.

  17. I loooooove your card Laura! The watercolour background is so effective and that sentiment! I would love to do the new online card class, so thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  18. Awesome card, Laura – I am just getting the hang of “smooshing”, so this will be a fun card to try! The sentiment stamped so crisply, too…wow 😊

  19. Wonderful creation Laura and yes you were right to keep it simple and let the font stand out ! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win a spot in the on line class!

  20. Your cards are always colorful with the right balance of white space. You are my favorite clean and simple paper artist! Loved your Craftsy class and would love a spot in this class! Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Well, you are just the best smoosher ever! Thanks for a chance for a spot in the class…would love to take this one!

  22. The soft watercolouring is just lovely with that wonderful bold (and French!) sentiment, Laura … gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win a spot on the new OCC … they’re always amazing! Anita in France 🙂

  23. Adorable watercolor background and a beautiful sentiment!
    And I would really love to win a spot in the upcoming class! Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. I can see you “smooshing” distress ink to create that gorgeous background! I can’t wait for this class to begin…I’d love to win my seat…thanks for a chance!

  25. I really need to make about a million thank you cards (ok, I might be slightly exaggerating, lol) I love this one that you have done. so simple and yet so beautiful. I cant wait for the new class to start. I have taken so many classes, but get so much out of each class. and I love being able to talk with other card makers too. thanks so much for all you do!

  26. Oh my. I’m loving this new release and have quite a few of the products winging their way over the Atlantic as I type this. I didn’t know about the new class and I’d love to win a place. I’ve heard great things about the classes but as it would take up a large piece of my craft budget I have yet to do one.
    Love n hugs
    Hazel xxx

  27. Beautiful card! Beautiful sentiment! Thank you for sharing!
    I love the online card classes and would love to take this one!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. I am definitely not a watercolor crafter but this pretty card makes me want to try it again!! thanks for sharing.

  29. Love your watercolor card!

    And I’d love to take that class – it definitely looks like my kind of cardmaking (or what I’d like my cardmaking to be like, ha!). Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. That is such a pretty card!! The watercolor looks so beautiful and a lovely font with the sentiment! I would love to win a spot in the class – as would everyone else who has left a comment 🙂

  31. Gorgeous card, Laura. This class is just what I need right now, card making has become a bit too overwhelming, so many wonderful techniques, so little time. Lots of fun to be had during this awesome class. Cheers!

  32. Your card is gorgeous, I love that watercolor background. That is such a great
    stamp set.

    Thank you for the chance to win a spot in the clean and simple class.

  33. love your watercolored background! Such a pretty font and the background set it off perfectly. Thanks for the chance at what sounds like a really fun class.

  34. What a beautiful card! Love the watercolor corners idea! Would love to win a spot in the next class! So enjoy your blog!!

  35. Laura, thanks so much for the giveaway! Would love to win a spot in this class, I’m so in love with all the water coloring techniques in the world of card making:)

  36. Smooshing never looked so stunning, Laura! A gorgeous background that truly lets the lovely sentiment play center stage. This online card class sounds fabulous. Crossing my fingers…

  37. Your watercolor background is the perfect way to highlight that gorgeous stamp! I love the colors you used.

  38. Your cards are always so amazing! And I REALLY would love to win a spot in this class. Otherwise, I have to sit this one out.

  39. I love these online card classes. They are always so fun. Lucky girl, Laura, you get to be in the middle of it all.

  40. I would love love 💘 to win a spot in this class. I really need to learn some techniques! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. I love your watercolor card Laura! The sentiment just pops off the card. I would love to win a spot in this next online card class – thanks for the chance!

  42. The Clean and Simple classes are my favorite! Loved your Craftsy class too. Thanks for the chance to win. God bless.

  43. Merci, I love your smoothing, Laura! Congrats on being a guest artist and would be thrilled to win a spot in this class. Kristina and Jennifer always do an awesome job with their classes.

  44. Great effect from the smooshing. I love the contrast between the crisp stamping of the sentiment and the soft edges of the background.

  45. I just found your site today, and your cards are delightful. I need some inspiration thru these dark, cold winter days, and with you as a guest designer, I’m POSITIVE the winter doldrums will vanish quickly. I’d LOVE to win the gift of this online class!

  46. Your cards are always amazing. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

    I would love to win a spot in the class. Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. You are right, the sentiment stamp is gorgeous! Thanks for offering the chance to win a spot in Jennifer’s class.

  48. Laura I love your work! Your cards are always so clean and very vibrant. They are always so colorful and striking! No surprise you are a guest artist for the class! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Love the contrast of the soft watercoloring with the bold sentiment. Sounds like a great class- could use some help with techniques!

  50. Oh I would be thrilled to be able to attend this awesome class taught by such amazing women:) Thanks for the chance!

  51. Beautiful card! The sentiment is so crisp on the watercolor paper. I’m obviously using the wrong ink cause I never get this result! I’d love a spot in the class. Every OCC I’ve participated in has been outstanding!

  52. Gorgeous card, Laura! Your sentiment really pops against the water colored background! I’m so excited that you will be teaching class again…see you there 🙂

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