Carnival Toppers with Elena

Hi there, Elena here with a quick and easy carnival toppers card set. When paired with carnival cupcakes and their matching dies, it's a snap to create a gift set, or just a slew of birthday cards to have on hand for last minute parties.

I'm so sorry I didn't take extra pictures, but I was literally out the door to hand-deliver these as a birthday present to a friend.

Some tips for you, as you mix and match for a gift set:

keep to a color scheme: I kept mine loose but still cohesive in pinks, light blues, and browns. 
keep the same design on each card: a cupcake, its topper, a bit of twine, some confetti dots and sprinkles, the same sentiment and a swipe of white ink along the bottom. 
package it pretty: I put these into a clear card box and finished it off with a gorgeous ribbon. 

I hope you like it!


Carnival Cupcakes with Geralyn

Hi everyone! Geralyn here today, sharing a festive layout I made documenting my nephew's 3rd birthday. I had lots of fun with Mama Elephant's new Polaroid Fun Creative Cuts as well as the adorable August stamp sets. Though the stamp sets are awesome for cards, I wanted to show you how versatile they can be for scrapbooking as well!

I started by using the Polaroid Fun Creative Cuts to make four patterned paper frames for my layout. I used two frames for photographs and decided two frames would be for embellishments.

For the top frame, I added a large gold foil number 3 and a few strips of washi tape. I thought it would be cute to add some of the animals from Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers to the corner of the frame. The rabbit was fitting since my nephew was born in the year of the rabbit, and I had to add the little chick as his friend :) It was really easy to cut them out with the coordinating Cupcakes and Toppers Creative Cuts. I colored the animals and party hats in with watercolors and adhered them with foam adhesive for some added dimension.

For the bottom frame, I added another strip of washi tape and used the Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers stamps and coordinating dies again to include a little cupcake. I also pulled out Mama Elephant's Make a Wish stamp set because the stamps were perfect for this layout. I love that handlettered 'make a wish' stamp and the stars added a touch of whimsy.

And there you go! A simple and clean birthday layout thanks to the cutest stamp sets. It was quite simple to put this together too since I had used the Polaroid Fun Creative Cuts to create the grid design. Thanks for stopping by!

Also, remember the Mama Elephant September Challenge starts today!


Carnival Cupcakes with Pamela!

Hello everyone! I'm working with one of the cutest stamp set that was just released in August and every time I look at the stamps, it's just cuteness overload :D I started off with a die cut rectangle using the Index Card CC. The sentiment was first heat embossed onto the panel and then blended with a mixture of orange, dark yellow and light yellow on top.

  Aug DS-Carnival Cupcakes 

 I created my bunny on a cupcake by stamping and carefully masking certain areas. The image was coloured with copics with some stickles on the cupcake as icing. This was then carefully cut out using the coordinating dies with the partial die-cutting technique.

  Aug DS-Carnival Cupcakes 

 And here you go! The cutest birthday card ever made and coincidentally, this card will be going to a little girl who was born in the year of the rabbit!

  Aug DS-Carnival Cupcakes


Sentimental Borders with Emily!

It's Emily here today, and I'm showcasing the Sentimental Borders stamp set. I stamped it with Versamark ink on an angle on watercolor cardstock die cut from Index Card Creative Cuts.

After heat embossing it with a faded edge, I watercolored over it with Gansai watercolor paints.

On the scalloped card base, which was die cut from Femme Frames Creative Cuts, I used the heart and triangle borders from Embellished Tag Creative Cuts to create my own stencil for embossing paste backgrounds. Femme Frames and Embellished Tag are also sold together in the Basic Set, along with Dainty Bow and Bold Banner.

I knew that the twin recipients of these cards were celebrating their third birthday with cupcakes so I added the yummy cupcakes and adorable animals from Carnival Cupcakes (+ Creative Cuts).

To finish, I embellished the embossing paste corners with gorgeous sequins.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Rewind with Nichol

Hi there! Nichol here today with a Designer Series card showcasing the brand new Rewind Stamp Set. Sometimes a simple design can pack a big punch simply with the colors you use and the layout of the card. The black stamped and embossed borders along each side of the watercolored design make the colors really pop showing off the resisted stamping.


I stamped three images from the Rewind Stamp Set on watercolor paper with Versamark Ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder before applying four colors of Distress Ink over the design (I used Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks). The embossed areas resist the ink. I dropped water all over the design using a paintbrush. The Distress Inks wick away creating a great distressed watercolored background.

Once the background is completely dry, take a dry rag or paper towel to the embossed areas and gently wipe away any ink that may have pooled on the embossing. The embossing will be much more vibrant.
I stamped two borders from the Basic Borders Stamp Set on black cardstock using Versamark Ink and heat embossed each with black embossing powder for tone-on-tone borders.
A scattering of sequins completes the design.


Want to view the card creation process? Check out the video below or click HERE to view it on YouTube.

 Thanks for hanging out with me today!