Friday, November 21, 2014

cool day {MFT stamps}

I just love these MFT polar bears so much that I had to sneak in a couple of cards for you today!

cool day {mft stamps}

I love anything Torico designs, but I really couldn't say no to these bears.  Aren't they adorable?

cool day {mft stamps}

I started out with an off-white card base, and layered a stripes cover-up in white over-top.  I cut a starry night stitched circle and layered images from the set in front of it. You know, he's just nonchalantly drinking his hot chocolate while drifting on a block of ice in the north pole. haha.

cool day {mft stamps}


I am teaching a card class next weekend, so I needed to challenge myself to create a card that, with all of the pieces cut, could be stamped and re-created by stamping newbies. I hope they will enjoy paper-piecing his little scarf and hat! The Mama Elephant sentiment works perfectly on top of the polka dotted background.

I hope you like them!

♥.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Hi! Today, the Mama Elephant design team is blitzing you with stamp inspiration for both Balloon Letters and Balloon Et Cetera.

Let's get this thing started:

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}


I couldn't help but pull out my Alpine Carolers! I stamped and masked the couple and the balloon letters and (copic) airbrushed a sky background.  I added some snow and twinkling flakes in the background and glossed up the letters.  They are balloons, after all!

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I am in love with these glossy balloon letters.

Also glossy, the heart balloon:

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I reached beyond Christmas to Valentine's day for this one.  I borrowed the little envelope from Pandamonium, the dotted trail from No Peeking, and curved the Cross My Heart sentiment to fit around the trail.

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

The cloud borders on either side frame out whole thing.

Lastly, I made a huge baby tag:

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I stamped all of the animal-shaped balloons, masking and clustering them together. I added some extra shading to the solid images and then used scissors to cut them all out.

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I added some blue ink to the huge tag shape and used a white gel pen to add the polka dots.  I can't wait to add this to a gift! I have a few girls in mind who will be getting larger and more rounded bellies soon - hee hee!

I hope you like them! Check out the ME blog for more balloon fun - click!

♥.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

cross my heart {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Hi there, and welcome back to another day of Mama Elephant stamp highlights!

Cross my Heart is a beautiful sentiment set, full of heartfelt greetings to express love.  It's not just for couples! I can see myself reaching for this set again and again, on cards for my kids and other family members too.

cross my heart {mama elephant stamp highlights}


Today's card veers from my usual cutesy, colored style. It's a quicker card than I'm used to putting together, but around this time of year time is running a bit short!  I inked up a stamp block (this round wavy one from lawn fawn) with worn lipstick distress ink and then spritzed it with water before stamping down on my paper. Then, I sprayed the paper with water again and let the ink do its thing.  I spattered a tiny bit of extra ink on for good measure.

After that 5 minutes of fun, I let the paper dry overnight (under a pile of books when the ink wasn't sopping wet anymore) and then came back to it the next morning.

cross my heart {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I heat embossed the sentiment in white (borrowing an extra "to" from one sentiment to make it work with the big scripted "love you").  I added a punch of aqua with the heart-shaped balloon, heat-embossing that with a zing embossing powder.  I love the color, but I have to admit that the zing powders are not my favorites.  They aren't as smooth as the WOW brand, in my opinion.

I added dotted lines for the balloon trail and assembled my card. I hope you like it!

Check out the ME blog this morning for more inspiration - click!

♥.

Monday, November 17, 2014

purrfect! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

hi there!  It's the first day of Mama Elephant stamp highlights, and we're showing off the purrrrfect kitty set, purrfect pair.

purrfect! {mama elephant stamp highlights}


I stamped the feline duo sipping from the same bottle of milk - too cute, eh?  I love it.  I colored around them with a yellow copic marker. Behind the focal image, I created a frame using the smaller elements found in the set: the paw print and fish bone.  I added doodly circles in between so it wouldn't look too cluttered.

If you're familiar with ME dies, you know they don't carry these rectangle sizes.  I customized my own shapes by using the femmes frames - send them through the die-cutter a few times and voila! smaller mats.

purrfect! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I hope you like it! Check out the ME blog this morning for even more kitty inspiration - click!

♥.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mama Elephant November Stampede!

Hey there! Welcome to the Mama Elephant November Stampede Design Team blog hop!

All of the new goodies are available for purchase in the store - click!

I just love the new set, Purrfect Pair - these kitties are so cute and the sentiments are just lovely and heartfelt.

mama elephant november stampede!


I stamped a little pasta-loving date scene - doesn't it look like they are just slurping up those noodles?  It reminds me of Lady and the Tramp...only with cats!  The sentiment could be used with so many other sets, and the fonts are amazing.

mama elephant november stampede!

I love all of the tiny elements in the set. I stamped the floating hearts, gave the girly kitty a bow and made a custom paw print background.

I hope you like it!

As usual, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new sets released! The winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs participating in the Stampede.  They will be announced on the ME blog on the last of the Stamp Highlight days.  You have up to 3 chances to qualify for a win!  Leave a separate comment for each:

♥ comment on this blog post
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It's time to hop along to the other designers' blogs:


♥.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

christmas pjs for everyone!

Let's call this Christmas pyjamas part deux.

I showed you my illustration of a little girl holding milk and gingerbread in striped candy cane pyjamas (click!) and I'm just as proud of the little "spin-off" images I created.

I illustrated a trio of kids in matching Christmas footed pjs... because that's what we had going on for real last Christmas and I loved it so much. All 6 year old boys should still walk around in footed pyjamas, that's my opinion, because the tiny bums look extra cute in them.

christmas pjs for everyone!


I colored them to match and can't wait to attach these to special presents for my kids. Too bad I only know how to color one type of skin color and I made their hair a touch ginger.  They won't suffer these details, I'm pretty sure.

christmas pjs for everyone!


This is the one I'd already shown off. Let's call her Sofia. Gingerbread in one hand and milk in the other. That's the way to spend the holidays...

christmas pjs for everyone!


I love my boy version. I'm slowly getting the hang of this illustrating thing. Once I had the girl all done, I just played with the hair and gave him some ears and voila!

christmas pjs for everyone!


My littlest boo-boo would probably drop her milk to the ground, so I drew her holding the world's largest gingerbread cookie. Maia already asked when I would be baking this for her. I pretended not to hear her. That is a totally kosher mom thing to do, right?

ps, whenever I post original illustrations, I feel a tiny knot in my stomach, because these are my babies.  you know? so thank you for your encouraging comments! I have miles to go in developing my skills and artistic talent, but it's nice to know you think they're cute.

♥.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

yeti or not... it's a-coming!

Are you yeti for this? haha.

It's lawn fawn's holiday inspiration week, and it's jam-packed with all kinds of amazing holiday ideas for you!


I hope you're in the mood for something a little kooky:

yeti or not, it's coming!

I saw an illustrated print that featured two yetis holding a banner that read "yeti or not" and I had to recreate it with all of the layering and interest that you can't get from a flat illustration.

My kids thought it was a riot.  I live to make them giggle at my cards.

By my count, this card comprises of

2 yetis wearing

2 pairs of earmuffs,

3 alphas (1 die set and 2 stamped ones,)

3 snowdrifts (one with trees and 2 barren snow wildernesses,) and exactly

5 stamped snowflakes.

yeti or not, it's coming!

And there you have it.  I hope you like it!

There's more to see on the lawn fawn blog today - click!

♥.