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6.18.2015

Birthday Wishes Card Featuring Mama Elephant Fair Feathers

Hello crafty friends!

I'm popping in to share a birthday card using the Mama Elephant Fair Feathers set. My mother-in-law asked me to make a birthday card for one of her friends. Since she didn't give me any specification, I decided to make something simple and really just play with Mama Elephant colors. I think they're such pretty colors.


I started the card by die-cutting a white panel using the Finished Frames Dies from Avery Elle. Then, I used post-it notes to mask all the sides where the little diagonal slits are. I, then stamped the solid feather in various Mama Elephant pigment inks all over the panel.

For the top layer, I die-cut a sheet of vellum using the same die as my background panel. Then the sentiment was stamped and black heat embossed. Next, the ink bottle was stamped into another sheet of cardstock & masked. I, then stamped the outlined feather right on top of my masked ink bottle. The inside was stamped with two different colors using two separate stamps that was included in the set. The feather image was fussy cut and adhered next to the sentiment. The card was finished off with some clear Wink of Stella glitter on the quill pen and with a gray baker's twine on top.

This card was super easy to make. I love how the background turned out. And, I hope my mother-in-law's friend will like it. :)

That is all for me today. I'm off to finish packing for my camping trip this weekend. We're leaving in a few hours so I better get off the computer. :) Thank you for stopping in and wishing you all a wonderful & safe weekend!

6.15.2015

Birthday Card Set Featuring Mama Elephant Make A Wish

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Over here was raining almost all weekend. We did see the sun a little bit late afternoon on Sunday. Even though it was raining and yucky out, it was nice to stay in and get some crafting done. :)

I wanted to make a set of birthday cards to give to my sister-in-law as part of her birthday gift. Since I haven't play with Mama Elephant Make A Wish set in a long time, I decided to pull it out and play with it. I also decided to pair this set with Mama Elephant Trifecta set. I thought this set would give a nice geometric background to the bold birthday sentiment.


I started the card by stamping the outlined triangles from Trifecta using Mama Elephant Moonlight Pigment ink. Then I randomly went in and filled with different triangles in Mama Elephant Bubblegum, Pacific Blue, Orangeade, and Lemongrass inks. After the inks on the panel dried a bit, I ran it through my die-cut machine using the largest die from Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables.


Next, I stamped the large sentiment from Make A Wish and black heat embossed. The embossing didn't come out as bold and puffy as I wanted and it also have tiny little gaps in the letters like the photo above. I'm not sure why it's like that but, I'm guessing that either I didn't apply enough embossing powder or it could be that my VersaMark ink pad is running low. If anyone of you know or ran into similar problem, do let me know! Since I didn't want to throw away my perfectly stamped background, I decided to add another layer of embossing by re-stamping the sentiment and black heat embossing again. This time around, the sentiment finally have that black glossy finish look that I wanted. Also, all the gaps in the letters were covered or filled in by embossing the second time around. Yay! :)


Don't the embossing look so much better now? I finished the card off by adhering the panel to a A2 card base and scattering some sparkling clear sequins on the background panel.

I love how this set turned out! It's exactly how I visualized it! And I'm so glad I was able to solved my own problem. It would be such a waste if I had thrown away a perfectly stamped background. So glad I didn't! I really think my sister-in-law will absolutely love this card set as she always buys my cards and gives me praises for my work. And, I hope you enjoy today's set of birthday cards too! Wishing you all a wonderful week!

6.11.2015

Friendship Card Featuring Newton's Nook Versatile Vases

Update: This entry won the Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge "Inky Paws Favorites" title! :)


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Hello crafty friends!

Today I have a friendship card using the Newton's Nook Versatile Vases set. I wanted to make a friendship card for a dear friend. She's been so wonderful in helping me with a lot of things. I pulled out this set because of the friendship sentiments. And, also because it's been a while since this set saw any ink, so it was really fun to take it out and play with it. The color came from Newton's Nook current Inky Paws color challenge - coral, peach, and mint. I think it's such a lovely color combo, don't you?


This card took me awhile to decide where to place the image and sentiment. So, after playing around with the layouts a bit, I finally have an idea of how I wanted it to look. I die-cut the cream card base using Mama Elephant Femme Frames. The mint cardstock was die-cut using the stitched rectangle die included in the Femme Frames set and the coral cardstock was die-cut using Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle stackable. I also die-cut a couple of circles using 2 sizes of pierced circle die-cuts from the Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Creative Cuts set. The cream circle was dry embossed with a polka dot embossing folder for a subtle texture.

I created my sentiment panel by first die-cutting a stitched rectangle, then I went back and die-cut again about 1/2" away from the 1st stitched line. Since the sentiment came stacked with some words on top and some on the bottom, I decided to cut the stamp in half. I really don't like to cut my stamps, but I think it saves me the trouble of having to do some selective stamping. I first stamped the first row that says "so glad I" and then stamped the second row that says, "picked you" next to it.


My flower pot and flowers were colored with Copics and fussy cut. I also cut a few "loose" flowers and curled them up using the round end of a pen to add some dimension. Then the "loose" flowers was adhered on top of some of the other flowers. The card was finished off with a black twine on top.

I absolutely love how this card turned out, even though it took me a little longer to figure out the layout. It was worth it! I hope you enjoy seeing this simple card today. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!

6.08.2015

Masculine Birthday Card Featuring Lawn Fawn Year Five

Hello everyone!

I'm here to share a masculine birthday card I made for my brother-in-law. His birthday isn't for another couple of weeks, but I wanted to get it ready so I don't have to rush myself later on.

I adore this little otter from the Lawn Fawn Year Five set and think he's the perfect critter to use for masculine cards. I also love the punny sentiment included in this set! My brother-n-law would totally get a kick out of it! Lawn Fawn really did a fantastic job designing this tiny set!


I started my card by stamping the otter and present onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Since I haven't got the coordinating die, I fussy cut the images out. Then I colored in the images using Copic Markers. Those pieces were put in a little bowl on my desk because I tend to lose them. Haha! Here's a funny story: When I was die-cutting the circles, somehow, I lost the little present that the otter is holding. I cannot find it for the life of me! Lol! I think I spent 5 minutes or maybe even 10 minutes looking for the little present image. I got all frustrated! Then, my husband walked past my craft room and he circled back and asked me what I was doing under the table. I told him I lost the little present box. He looked down and pointed to my right sleeve and said, "you mean that?" I looked at my sleeve and there it was. The present box! It somehow attached itself to my sweater sleeve near my wrist. Haha!


The circles was die-cut in SSS Sea Glass and SSS Island Blue cardstocks. I created the waves using Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Border die. I also die-cut some tiny clouds from the Avery Elle Finished Frames dies set for the scene. Everything was assembled to the main circle panel and then the circle panel was adhered to the card base. I finished the card by stamping my sentiment in black ink and tying a red twine to the side.

I actually sketched out this design in my head on Saturday night while I waited in the car for my husband to get our videos from Family Video. I'm quite happy and love how it came out! Even though the design is very simple, I still very much love it!

That is all for me today! Thanks for stopping by and hope you all had a great start for the week!

6.04.2015

Birthday Card Featuring Avery Elle Bonjour

Hello!

Today I have a birthday card to share. This birthday card was inspired by the talented Yuki from Handmade By Yuki. I adore her cards and have always wanted to case something of hers. So when I received the Bonjour set by Avery Elle yesterday from a recent give-away, I decided to take the opportunity to ink this set and CAS(E) one of Yuki's adorable cards. I love the colors she used for her macarons cards and wanted to use the same colors for mine. I thought the color combo looks so pretty together!

This card is going to be given to my sister-in-law because her birthday is coming up and she absolutely loves macarons. She actually makes really good macarons too! So, I hope this card will be just as sweet as the ones she make! ;)


I started off by stamping my macarons and fussy cut them out. I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling die, Stitched Hillside Borders die, and Stitched Scallop Borders die to create my focal panel. The cardstock behind my macarons is SSS fog gray and is the only color that was not part of Yuki's color combo. I decided to add this color to help define the plate. After die-cutting all my focal panel pieces, I stamped the sentiment that is included in the set using VersaFine Black pigment ink onto my "white plate." For my card base, I did some tone-on-tone stamping using the border stamp that was also included in the set. To finish off my card, I wrapped a gray twine around my card front twice and tied it into a bow.

Beside the fussy cutting on the macarons, this card was relatively fast to make. The background stamping didn't take that long either. I hope you enjoy today's card and don't forget to swing by Yuki's blog to check out her sweet macarons card set and her other amazing cards! Thanks for stopping in!

6.01.2015

Welcome Baby Card Featuring Mama Elephant Nursery Deco

Hello crafty friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. Yesterday, my brother and his family came in town to visit so we spent the day hanging out, cooking good food, playing a few family games, and enjoying the outdoor. Although, it was a bit windy and cold, we still had a good time.

This card that I have for you today was made for them. They will be welcoming their little girl in just a few weeks. She'll be joining her brother and her 4 super active boy cousins, which I am anxious to see how they'll do with her. I do hope we'll have another girl soon to join her. I'm super excited to meet the little pumpkin and can't wait to spoil her! :)


For this card, I was inspired to use the baby nursery room colors. I thought it'll be fun to use those colors with Mama Elephant Nursery Deco set. All the nursery d├ęcor items are colored with copics. I added glossy accents to both frames. For the smaller frame, I stamped the little footprints in Mama Elephant Piggy Bank before adding the glossy accents. I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Border die to create my shelf. And because I didn't have any decent pink patterned papers, I decided to use a pink washi tape for the bottom part. The last thing I did on this card was stamping the sentiment, which I wished I would've black heat embossed. It's not as dark as I wanted it to be, but it's still readable.

That is all for me! I hope you like seeing today's card! Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week!