In My Heart with Operation Write Home's Sandy Allnock!

I'm Sandy Allnock and am so excited to be guesting over here on the blog....it's been such fun celebrating these brand new fundraiser stamps - In My Heart, as you probably know by now, generates income for the charity, Operation Write Home, until July 31st! As the Founder and Executive Director of the organization, I couldn't be more grateful for the support from our friends at Mama Elephant; and I know our deployed service members are so happy to have yet more generous people helping with the cause! If you've not been to the Operation Write Home website, please do check it out - the Welcome page is the best place for new folks to get questions answered, and OWHtv is a great place for video-friendly folks to learn as well! There are lots of free resources available, including tutorials, sketches, and so much more. I'm sharing a sweet little card today with the In My Heart set, and though you might expect a red, white, and blue card - we make all kinds of themed cards at OWH. Our most-requested theme is missing you cards - so I created one that could be sent home to kiddos. I made it slightly shorter than an A2 card since I wanted it to feel like a wide scene; our cards need to fit into A2 envelopes, and this one will! In my little scene, the grass is popped above the Copic-colored scene, and I also popped some little clouds in the sky. Sandy Allnock Asian In My Heart

I colored the little kiddos to look potentially Asian or Hispanic - since the card could be selected by an ethnic service member sending it to their kiddos at home. 

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This stamp set is great for both groups of kids as well as using the children one at a time - as evidenced by all the wonderful cards on the Stamp Highlight post and the Stampede a few weeks ago! It seems like everyone loved the cards by looking through the comments on them all...so if you missed those posts, be sure to check out all the crafty goodness. Please do join us over at Operation Write Home.....we'll see you there as we serve our heroes!



Index Card CC with Pamela!

Good morning everyone! This is Pamela back with another Designer Series here and this month, ME is releasing a few coordinating Creative Cuts as well as a standalone die set. I worked with the Index Card creative cuts today. These are dies that everyone should have in their stash and I'm sure I'll be using them very often. For my card, I'm using the large stitched rectangle as well as the brackets to frame my focal point.

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 I used ink and blended the colours of her skirt. This is a good way to get a perfect gradient especially since I don't have enough copic markers to make a seamless blend.

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Ta da! Perfect gradient... all the time! DS - Index - 03 

 I used the sentiment from My Sunshine and stamped it right beside the little girl. To tie the "sunshine" theme with the card, I blended some orange and yellow onto the card base so they will peak through the brackets' negatives.

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I'll be back next week for another Designer Series! Thanks for stopping by!


Soiree stamps and cuts with Elena!

Hi, it's Elena!

I'm showing you a birthday card I made with the Soiree stamp set and new coordinating dies.


I am supposed to be showing off the dies, but I had too much fun stamping those banners!  I stamped four rows of the banner image, and colored them in different pink and blue shades, adding little dot and stripe accents with a white gel pen.

I then stamped "make a wish" repeatedly to look like a cake (!) and die-cut the cake stand and little banner topper.  Having the banner topper die-cut saved me from having to mask anything and I love how it looks popped up on foam adhesives.


I colored the cake topper banner to match the bigger banners, did you notice? I'm easily impressed, and hoping you are too...

A coat of glossy accents on the topper and the cake stand gives the card a special something extra.

I hope you like it! I can see making this card in a ton of different colors and keeping them on hand for last minute birthday needs :)



Index Card CC with Nichol Magouirk (and a video!)

Hello there! Nichol here today with a new card showcasing the brand new ME Index Card Creative Cuts Dies. This fantastic new die set features a smaller version of the popular ME Femme Frames stitched rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies as well as the addition of some great punctution dies and a speech bubble! 

To create my card I first colored in the large floral stamp from the ME Water Blooms Stamp Set with Distress Markers, spritzed them with water a couple of times using a Mini Mister and stamped the image on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. I set the paper aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the card. 


I die cut some vellum using the scalloped rectangle ME Index Card Creative Cuts die and stamped three greeting phrases from the ME Many Thanks Stamp Set using Versamark Ink and heat embossing the greetings with gold embossing powder.


I die cut the ampersand from some woodgrain paper and cut it again several times from smooth white cardstock. I glued them one on top of another ending with the woodgrain ampersand. I adhered the faux "chipboard" piece to the vellum as shown.

I die cut the watercolor paper using the stitched rectangle ME Index Card Creative Cuts die and glued the vellum over the watercolor design. I adhered the piece to a 4x5.5" card base using foam adhesive and finished the card with heart confetti die cut using the ME Confetti Creative Cuts die.


Want to see this card being created step-by-step? Please check out the video tutorial below:

Thanks for hanging out with me here on the Mama Elephant blog today! Have a great rest of your week!


July's Soft Release

Hi Everyone! It's Angela here with a card to share with you today to jump start our soft release this month! I dedicate this card to my husband who travels fairly often for business. My little interns always manage to let me know how much they wish their daddy was here.

I used the Geotagged Creative Cuts to die cut mini luggages and the shape of the United States for the background. I then paired it up with the little girl with her hands over her heart from the In My Heart stamp set and stamped the sentiment "wish you were here" from the Geotagged Stamp Set.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!  I also want to remind you that there is still time to purchase the In My Heart Stamp set in our store to have 20% of the proceeds go to the efforts of Operation Write Home. 

Thanks for stopping by and remember to come back tomorrow as we start our Designer Series with our Design Team!