Tuesday, August 19, 2014

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Hi there! the Mama Elephant team is showing off the carnival cupcakes companion set, carnival toppers.  You can't really have one without the other, they work so well together. And look! I'm finally featuring the cupcakes.

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

The bunny is having a party! I stamped the bigger bunny from carnival cupcakes, masked him and stamped the cupcake so it looks like it sits in behind him a bit.

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Then, I masked the cupcake and stamped the lolli stick from carnival toppers, and fit the smaller bunny into the scalloped topper. SO CUTE.

I used the tiny dot image as confetti, and stamped it in rainbow colors all around.

I stamped the balloon and then hand-drew the balloon string so it looks like the bigger bunny is holding on.

Aside: I took the pictures at different times, can you tell? After taking the full card picture, I decided I didn't like that I could still see the bunny's head outline under the party hat so I paper-pieced the image and took some close-ups. 

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I love this sentiment.

I hope you like what I've created! There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog today!

Monday, August 18, 2014

carnival cupcakes {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I think you really liked this month's Mama Elephant release! I loved reading all of the comments on my post and on the ME instagram pictures - so fun!

Today, we're highlighting the new set, carnival cupcakes.

carnival cupcakes {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Once again, I've left out the cupcakes and used the lion image. If you could see me rolling my eyes right now... here's the thing: when you are trying to get ready for a 2 week vacation, and dreaming of dipping your toes in the sand and hearing the roar of waves breaking... you might just look at the lion image already clinging to the stamp block and think it would be a great idea to use him again.

I actually really love this card, and thought it would be cute to make a set like this, but with a different animal on each card.... too bad time ran out.  Wouldn't that be cute, though? A card full of bears or bunnies?  I still have plans to stamp those :)

carnival cupcakes {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I stamped the lion on a piece of cardstock, the same size as the card-base (I hate it when copic coloring shows through, so this is how I usually do things) and colored all of the lions identically.  I then used a smoky, light blue marker to color all of the area around and between lions.  It makes it look more like a print that way, which I love.  I sponged all of the edges in a soft brown ink and then popped up a hello greeting (from everyday greetings) to add a touch of interest and texture.  The hello bubble is covered in glossy accents.

I hope you like it!  There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog today - click!

Also, there is a card coming tomorrow that really does feature the cupcakes! ha.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mama Elephant August Stampede!

It's time for the Mama Elephant August Stampede!The new release is live and available for purchase in the store.

Just a quick note from me before we get all excited and I forget to say: I'm doing a half-release with Mama Elephant this month, so you will only see my face pop up for half of the stamp highlight days, while our family enjoys a few weeks of sun and sand in Virginia.

And now, what was I saying before? oh yeah, STAMPEDE:

I used the new set Carnival Cupcakes - it is the cutest thing ever, and designed by one of my favorite illustrators, Torico.  I have a few Birdie Brown digital stamps that I purchased through her Etsy store, when that was still in existence.  Seriously, she is amazing. I had the pleasure of working with another of her new stamp sets, while I was guesting for MFT this month.

I decided to pair the lion from Carnival Cupcakes with the ball image from Nursery Deco. He screamed circus to me - so I made it happen:

word up {mama elephant august stampede}

I masked the lion to be able to balance him onto the ball, and stuck a cupcake topper flag behind him (but here, it's a circus flag) so he could casually greet you... and he's a party lion, with his birthday hat. just because :) The stripes on the card base were painted on with the chisel tip of a red copic marker. I love that they are imperfect.

word up {mama elephant august stampede}

I hope you like him as much as I do! This stamp set is so versatile, and it goes beyond all the cute things you can do with cupcakes!  

As always, there's a giveaway!  To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new stamp sets released.  Winners will be chosen at random from the Stampeding blogs and will be announced on the last day of the stamp highlights. You have 3 chances to win, just leave a separate comment for each:
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Now get to stampeding!  Here's the complete list:

Mama Elephant ♥ Emily Ashley 
Nichol Elena Geralyn Pamela Laura ♥ Torico 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

geek is chic {mft guest designing}

This is my last post for MFT, a look back at some of my favorite products just released.

Before I show you what I made, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the MFT team and to all of you who visited my blog this past week while I guested with them. You've all made this such a fun experience!  I've been overwhelmed by the encouraging words left on my project posts and the kindness of the MFT staff (particularly Erica - you are a gem!)

On to today's project.  I went a little quirky with this one...

geek is chic {MFT guest designing}

Whenever I design for a company, I like to lay out everything I own made by that particular company. With all of the dies and stamps spread over my craft area (read: kitchen table) I couldn't help but pick up the new geek is chic glasses die-namics and then look at the circle die found in the new blueprints 18 die-namics set and think of creating a little face.

geek is chic {MFT guest designing}

I die-cut the circle twice, both out of white cardstock, and free-handed a hairline out of one circle. I colored them using copic markers and die-cut the glasses out of black cardstock.  The little dots for the eyes are tag holes, from the new tag talk die-namics set.  Fun, huh? Actually, my favorite part are the glassy lenses: I filled the inside of the frames with glossy accents before setting the eyeballs inside :)

I adhered the striped cover up die-namic to the card base (in black, naturally... black and white stripes are oh-so-chic) but cut away one of the stripes to make room for the fun sentiment.

I don't know if you can tell, but I swiped a light blue marker inside each of the framed areas, between black stripes. I felt like it added a little extra depth to the whole thing.

And that's all for me! It's been grand, MFT - thank you so much for having me on as your August guest designer!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

happy haunting mini card set {MFT release day}

Hi there!

It's MFT's new release day! As you read this, everything you need for halloween projects and more is available in the MFT store.

I love making things ahead of time. It doesn't happen often, but it makes me feel like I've got life under control :)  I made a little halloween card set for my little 4 year old Maia to dole out to her preschool friends come Halloween.

happy haunting mini card set {MFT guest designing}

First off, the finished package.  I couldn't just give them to Maia, all willy-nilly in a plastic bag.  I grabbed a clear card box (from Simon Says Stamp) and cut it down to my desired height (which is code for I can't remember how high the box is and I am writing up this post from our beach house in Virginia where there isn't a way to go back and check.) I then die-cut a spider web cover-up die-namics but didn't cut it all the way. The rest of the strip travels under and around the box to create a closure.

happy haunting mini card set {MFT guest designing}

Inside, a collection of orange polka dotted envelopes, cut with the new envelope die from the you've got mail die-namics.

happy haunting mini card set {MFT guest designing}

When she hands them out to her friends, this is what they'll see:

happy haunting mini card set {MFT guest designing}

I closed the envelopes with a strip of washi tape each, and a dangling spider to pull on...

happy haunting mini card set {MFT guest designing}

Yank the spider out for some halloween fun:

happy haunting mini card set {MFT guest designing}


I used the centerpieces spooky window die-namics for the dangling spider and the spooky scene die-namics for the big "boo" punchline.

I hope you like what I've created and happy shopping!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

batty about you {MFT guest designing}

Welcome to another day of MFT's august release countdown!  Only a few more days until the brand new goodies are available in their store at 10pm on August 12th.

batty about you {MFT guest designing}

I mixed a slew of new product together to create this one card: batty about you stamp set and matching die-namics, the small checkerboard stencil, the trick or treat die-namics, and the tag talk die-namics.

First off, I covered the background with the batty about you sentiment, keeping it a little random looking. More spooky that way, no?  Then, I used their new checkerboard stencil on an oval die-cut.  I stenciled in some orange ink, then moved the stencil over and sponged on more ink in a slightly darker orange. I'm in love with this stencil!

Does the bat-girl look a bit different to you?  I couldn't resist doodling some extra hair, although she looks super cute without bangs too. I love how we can customize stamps to look a little different!  The star on her shirt is from another new set, geek is chic. I achieved the polka dots on her shirt by way of a colorless copic blender.

batty about you {MFT guest designing}

The tag was the perfect size to ground our little bat-girl.  I die-cut the boo sentiment into the tag, colored it in the same purple as her star and placed it back into the tag.

I hope you like what I've created! Visit the MFT blog for a list of participating blogs today!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Going to the beach blog hop and free digi!

If you follow me on instagram, or even on the blog, you know that I've developed a little love for doodling.  On the side, I've started to learn adobe illustrator so that I could have nice, stamp-like perfect images of my drawings.

Since our family is getting ready for the beach, I drew a beach girl and asked some of my favorite crafty friends to help me show her off:

Elena ♥ DeasyLauraDana  ♥ IwonaMiriamJocelynAudreyCheironVeronicaJingle

Life is good!

Learning illustrator... and a free digi stamp for you!

Once I decided on her size and printed her out, I paired her with some beachy lawn fawn stamps, and got to coloring.

Learning illustrator... and a free digi stamp for you!

I love her princess-leia buns and the strawberries on her suit!

And, just to show what else you could do with a digi stamp, I printed off a larger version and decided to test her out as a blond:

Learning illustrator... and a free digi stamp for you!

A little more of a pop-art feel to this one! I paired her with the scripty hello die from lawn fawn and sponged purple ink to cover the background. Tip: print her out a 2nd time on thin computer paper, cut her out and paint the back of her head with a 2-way glue pen. When the adhesive dries, you have a mask to use for this kind of treatment.

Learning illustrator... and a free digi stamp for you!

It's hard to tell, but the purple panel is popped up on foam squares - even the little bits inside the scripty die-cut letters.

I hope you like her! Since I'm just growing my skills, I'm offering her as a free digi.

You can download the JPEG or the PNG versions.

Follow the links to whichever format suits you, then right click and save it to your computer.

If you decide to download and use her, will you leave me a comment?  If even a handful of you like the idea, I'd love to offer a just-for-fun digi here and there.

Special thanks to Deasy for formatting the file for me into the download-friendly versions!