12.04.2018

Little Bear Agenda with Vera

Hi Everyone! It's Vera and I'm happy to be here sharing a card today that features the Little Bear Agenda and Inside Pop - Box of Fun - Creative Cuts.

I started by stamping the Little Bear Agenda on Bristol paper, colored with Copics marker and die cutting them all with their coordinating dies - Little Bear Agenda - Creative Cuts.

The front of the card was created by die cutting the big scallop frame from  Framed Tags - Waverly - Creative Cuts on white cardstock and inked with  Distress Inks. I painted the circles cut from the Circular Grid - Creative cuts with watercolor pan set. Then I placed the Little Bear Agenda on it with foam tape.  All supplies that I used are shown in this picture below. 

Here is the front of my card with the sentiment "you are the sweetest" from Sweetest Greeting set.

And when you open up the card - pop up surprise of little bears ??


That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed my card! 
Thank you so much for stopping by!
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Little Bear Agenda stamp
XOXO stamp

12.03.2018

Sending Hugs with Keeway

 
Hey there! It's Keeway on the blog today and I'm excited to share with you a few cards I created with the new Sending Hugs stamp set using alcohol inks and heat embossing techniques. I have really admired alcohol ink art, and even recently took a course with one of my personal admirations, Jessica Young. However, as much as I admired looking at these paintings, it never quite fit my own cardmaking style because I have always strived for more clean and smooth looks. But I'm stubborn, and I figure it was time to do some experimenting and see what I can do! 

 
I blew through a full pack of yupo paper rather quickly, and of the 10 sheets, only 3 of them made it onto my cards today (the rest went straight into the trash). The first one here achieved the softer look that I really wanted, and here I only used Eggplant alcohol ink, gold mixative, and lots of ink blending solution. I simply tilted the paper around to help move the inks, and used a paint brush with adding in the gold mixatives. The goal was to avoid harsh lines, so I did not blow on it. When it was somewhat dry, I even gave it a little gold splatter at the end like how I usually do my ink blended cards!  
If you've worked with alcohol ink before, you may also notice that the inks dry with a little stickiness and sometimes you might accidentally ruin it by reactivating the inks. So, to prevent that I sprayed it with Kamar Varnish to seal it and set it aside to dry, before coming back to heat emboss the sentiment. The Sending Hugs was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed in gold. It's really crucial here to make sure your heat gun is hot, so that you can melt the embossing powder as fast as you can, because the yupo paper will warp if you're not quick! Mine did warp, but it was minimal enough that after I mounted onto a card base, and laid it under some heavy flat books, it worked out. 

 
This next one used the same alcohol ink colors, but as you can tell it is a completely different look! There was a little more gold mixatives used here, and some stronger textured lines. That happens when some parts are starting to dry while others are still bleeding out. Although it was the texture I was trying to avoid, this specific one came out rather cool, so I kept it and heat embossed the sentiment right on top of it. 

 
The background however is definitely busier than the first, so I think I could have opted to use a darker gold like antique gold to bring out the words a little better. But nevertheless, it was still a very artsy and dramatic look! 

 
I tried other colors too. Here I used a turoquise alcohol ink, gold mixatives, and my R20 and R21 copic marker refills. Funny enough, I believe the grainy textures came out because I didn't shake my gold mixative bottle well enough. But I saw it as a happy accident as it adds a lot of definition to the background and I rather liked it! 

 
These bold, beautiful handlettered sentiments are perfect candidates to use on unique backgrounds, and I can definitely see any of the large sentiment sets illustrated Paola Jane Esteron make easy, amazing cards!

11.30.2018

Hogs & Kisses with Thi

Mama Elephant Hogs and Kisses Gift Card Holder Birthday Card 
Hello, friends! Thi here and today I want to show you how to make this birthday card featuring Hogs and Kisses that also holds a gift card! My kids get invited to a lot of birthday parties so I always have backup gift cards just in case I forget to buy a gift. I love these kind of cards because it adds a personal touch to a not-so-personal gift. To begin, I started by stamping out the images from Hogs and Kisses onto white card stock with Copic-friendly ink and colored all the images with Copic markers. I then die cut them with coordinating dies and put them aside to work on my interactive background. 

 
  
Next, I die cut the new Woodgrain Cover Creative Cuts into kraft card stock for my base panel. I love the instant interest this Cover plate ads to my cards! I then die cut the smaller scallop frame and gift card lift flap from Framed Tags-Waverly Creative Cuts onto Bristol smooth paper and ink blended the bottom with Distress Ink Abandon Carol and faded into white. After the ink has dried, I stamped the sentiment from Scripty Bday onto the lift flap. To assemble the card, I lined up the ink blended piece on top of my Woodgrain Cover background as a guide so that I can use the little gift card insert die that comes with Framed Tags-Waverly Creative Cuts to hold my gift card in place. After the die cut was completed, I assembled my card by adhering the Woodgrain Cover panel onto a top-folding A2 card base with strong tape runner. I backed up the small scalloped framed with foam tape to give my gift card some wiggle room and adhered it directly on top of the Woodgrain Cover base. 

 
I popped up my little piggies with some foam tape, and my card is completed! I found a Lucille's gift card I could use to demonstrate the gift card holder and didn't realize how ironically funny it is with my little piggies until after I took the photo - poor little piggies! There you have it - a sweet little birthday card ready to give to a special friend! Thank you for stopping by and hopefully I inspired you to make something today! Mama Elephant Products Used:

11.29.2018

Little Bear Agenda with Amy

Hello! Amy here with a fun designer series project featuring the super cute Little Bear Agenda set.


To begin, I Copic colored the bears that I stamped with brown ink and cut them out with the Little Bear Agenda Creative Cuts.



To make the A2 sized front panel, I ink blended the bottom and added splatters of ink (diluted with water) using Distress Oxides. Once they dried, I stamped the sentiment from Sending Hugs using Distress Oxides as well. 


The box in the front was made using the box die from All Prettied Up Creative Cuts. I added the bears inside the box and adhered it to the card front along with the two bears on the outside of the box as shown.


For a fun surprise inside the card, I used the dies from the Inside Pop Box Of Fun Creative Cuts. Before adding the die-cut pieces, I added splatters of Distress Oxide (diluted with water) to match the front panel. 


To finish, I assembled and adhered the pop-up box inside the card and added the bears as shown. The bears with the balloons are attached to a piece of acetate to make them look like they are floating.


That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed my project, and thank you so much for stopping by!

11.28.2018

Heart In Bloom with Laura

Hi there! Laura here and today I have a fun project to share featuring the Heart in Bloom set.

Mama Elephant-Heart in Bloom 
To begin I embossed the large heart image from Heart in Bloom in clear and blended distress inks for the color. 

Mama Elephant-Heart in Bloom 
I created a shaker card by using the Heart in Bloom-Creative Cuts to die cut a window opening, backing it with acetate and filling with sequins & confetti. 

Mama Elephant-Heart in Bloom 
For some fun on the inside of the card I used the Inside Pop-Box of Fun-Creative Cuts

Mama Elephant-Inside Pop-Box of Fun-Creative Cuts 
I added a sweet image from the Little Bear Agenda set to pop up inside the box. 

Mama Elephant-Inside Pop-Box of Fun-Creative Cuts 
Wouldn't this be the cutest little wedding or engagement card? Wishing YOU love & laughter today! Thanks so much for stopping by!