Winter Wonderland with Nichol!

Hello everyone!
I'm back today with another first look at some brand new Mama Elephant Creative Cuts dies, Winter Wonderland. Winter Wonderland is one of my most favorite Mama Elephant stamp sets and I'm beyond thrilled that they have released the coordinating dies for the two cute deer and antlers in the set!
One of my favorite things about this stamp set (and now the dies) is that depending on the greeting you use, it doesn't have to be a holiday-themed card! You could just as easily create a woodland-themed card or mix and match the elements with other stamp sets for a one-of-a-kind design. Those birch trees go with almost anything!

For my card today, I created a Christmas card using one of my favorite color combinations for the holiday season, white on white with silver (or gray).


To create the snowy forest scene, I first die cut the large A2 size stitched rectangle Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die from smooth white cardstock. Then using a couple of shades of gray ink and utilizing both first and second generation stamping, I created a "forest" of trees. The second generation of stamping gives the illusion of depth which is an especially nice effect when stamping trees.
I die cut another A2 stitched rectangle from vellum using the Peek A Frame Creative Cuts die and secured it over the stamped trees. I stamped the greeting and small circle "snowflakes" from Winter Wonderland on the vellum using Versasmark Ink, adding silver embossing powder to the greeting and white embossing powder to the "snowflakes" before heat setting.

I die cut a couple of "snow drifts" using the Landscape Trio Creative Cuts dies and layered them over the bottom portion of the card using foam adhesive under each layer. Ribbon wrapped around the top snow drift layer adds a subtle bit of dimensional embellishment to the card.
I stamped both deer from Winter Wonderland with a dark gray ink and die cut them using the coordinating Winter Wonderland Creative Cuts dies. Then I tucked the deer "into" the snow drifts.
I finished the card with a scattering of clear white and silver sequins.


See this card from start to finish below or watch HERE on youtube:

 Thanks for stopping by today!


Peek a Frame with Ashley!

Hi! Ashley here today sharing a card with the new Peek a Frame dies! I love layering and these dies are the perfect set to do just that!

I created my card with the three largest dies from the set. You'll notice in the smallest die, that I cut two pieces of cardstock and then used the Landscape Trio to create a sweet landscape. All the stitching is so trendy and matches perfectly!

Next, I stamped, die cut and colored the sheep from Carnival Cupcakes and added a sentiment with the die cut banner from Sweet Havana.

I love the unique details in the frames included in Peek a Frame and how it works so effortlessly with all the other ME dies and stamps! 

Peek a Frames with Pamela!



Hello there! This is Pamela here with a project using Peek a Frame creative cuts that are released today! I used the smaller stitched frame die as well as the window die in my project today. I first die cut a window frame. You may have noticed that you can die cut 6 windows at a time. After cutting the complete cut, I went back and trimmed 2 windows for 4 windows.

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I drew some guidelines onto my stitched die cut and masked off little squares for my window. For the first window, I stamped the bunny from Carnival Cupcakes. I then masked off the bunny and blended a blue onto the cardstock for my background.

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Repeating those same steps, I did the same for the lion, bear and sheep for the rest of the 3 squares.
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Here is the complete card finished off with a sentiment from We Click.

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Thank you for stopping by!


September Release Reveal!

Hey guys, popping in this evening for the official reveal of September's soft release. It's not small by any means, even without our usual offering of stamps. Don't worry, we'll be making up for that big time next month!

First I'd like to thank our phenomenal Design Team for holding down the fort earlier this week. They are definitely way, way better than I am with the First Looks posts! And now onto the reveal! Remember, everything you see here will be available for purchase on www.mamaelephant.com in just under two hours.

First up is Peek a Frame, count them, there are four separate highly versatile, highly trendy essential dies to add to your collection. The largest stitched frame die is 4.25 x 5.5", it will cover the entire front of your A2 card. Yes! The next one is a postage style frame that will work as a stylish little mat. The third rounded rectangle comes in at 3x4", which is also great for pocket scrapbooking or if you do Project Life. And the last one die, the window panel looking one is my favorite. It will cut on 3 sides and score on the last long side, allowing you to flap it open and close like a door. So excited to see what you all do with that!

Next up is Tags a Lot, another bargain set of Creative Cuts dies. Count them, 8 dies in one set! These are not your ordinary dies. The largest tag can act as a card base or just a mega tag for your gifts! It's super fun to see a mega tag, lol! Then there's 3 smaller tags, you've got your standard stitched one and 2 smaller ones which are really just too darn cute. My favorite is the one with the scallop sides, it adds such a cute little touch! The last smallest die is just trendy, it's got stitching on the bottom edge, looks really neat! We'v also included three different tag finishers, a standard circle or the fold overs.  And we were able to fit a wavy edge banner for good measure. Any way you look at it, this is a must, must, MUST have!

 The next set of Creative Cuts we're revealing are coordinating dies for our previously released sets. We gets a lot of emails asking when oh when will there be coordinating dies for your much loved stamps? It makes us chuckle as we tease you with "soon" ;)

These are most of our holiday/Winter/Christmas ones...

Coordinating Cuts for Believe in Magic

Coordinating cuts for Cozy Christmas

 Coordinating cuts for Cup of Wishes

Coordinating cuts for Polar Pals

Coordinating cuts for Winter Wonderland

Inspiration from our Design Team continues bright and early tomorrow. And continue to stay tuned for our birthday announcements, see you! :)

First Look with Elena - Believe in Magic

 This is a FIRST LOOK post. New products shown here will be available for purchase later TONIGHT at 12:00AM EST.

Hi! Elena here, with a pair of projects to show off the new Mama Elephant dies for Believe in Magic. I have loved this set since it was released last year, and now I love it even more! The dies will be available for purchase as of September 15th.

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My first card features a snowglobe-santa-baby. hee. I love that he's wearing Christmas pjs, and a Santa hat (borrowed from Santa himself, from the Cozy Christmas set.) I stamped the little boy, masked him, and swirled a light blue ink all around. Keeping the mask on, I used white embossing paste and a snowfall stencil to create the snowglobe blizzard.

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Once the inside of the snowglobe was all set, I grabbed some candy-cane striped patterned paper and used the globe's die to create an opening through which to peek my santa-baby.  On the back of the patterned paper, I taped down some clear packaging (ok, really just a piece of a ziploc sandwich bag. i'm so fancy.) and propped it all up onto a white card base.

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The base of the snowglobe was adhered to the front of the card, as was the cozy greeting.

My second project uses the Believe in Magic stamp set and die set in a more straightforward way:

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I love everything about this tag.  The night sky, the dark reindeer (that requires no cutting, thank you new dies) and the twinkle of stars overhead.

I colored the sky with dark blue and black copic markers, and then used the colorless blender to remove dots of color. I also used a white gel pen to add brighter dots of stars.

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I stamped the reindeer in black and colored the die-cut outline to match the sky.  I then used a wink of stella glitter pen to make him stand out a bit more.  Before placing the reindeer onto the globe, I brushed on a thin layer of glossy accents.  It shines in real life!

I hope you like both of my projects today, and thank for stopping by!