Alpine Carolers with Kathy Racoosin!


Hello Friends, How are you today? I am so excited to be a guest on the Mama Elephant Blog today. To mark the occasion I wanted to created something a little bit out of the box.... possibly a "box" of sorts. I am in love with this holiday set called, "Alpine Carolers" matter of fact I love it so much I did a video working with this set previously. (You can see the video here and the full post here.

TODAY I wanted to show you that you can use this set all winter...not just during the holidays. 


The people are just perfect for any wintery Birthday or special gift all season long and can stand along on a tag for that special someone. The sentiment in the set "from our family to yours" works on about anything.


To create this quick gift bag or box I cut a regular piece of car stock in half horizontally and die cut or punch a hole towards the center.


Stamp the background with some complimentary ink.


Stamp the person that the gift is for in white ink on a strip of vellum and heat set. Add your white accents & tape a piece of acetate behind the window. Sew the back and front together along with the vellum. Fill with gold coins or candy. (gold coins are from Costco)

A big thanks to Mama Elephant for letting me be a guest with them today. 
Have a great weekend. 

Hugs, Kathy



Hi Everyone! We are wrapping up Stamp Highlights with Block Party Letters today! We love this alpha set which gives you that extra dimension to add color, texture or keep it as line art!

Let's see how these letters POP out of their projects!

Chill out! Elena created a fun little scene, pairing the block party letters with a whole party of penguins! We think it's so cute, especially with the addition of the glossy balloon!

Pamela created a simple farewell card by making her own sentiment with the block letters. We love the way she coloured the shadows of those letters!

Nichol created a fun text-style tag using the Block Party letters for a repeating sentiment and pairing it with a phrase and images from Alpine Carolers.

Laura used the Alpine Carolers set along with the Block Party Letters to create a fun holiday teacher card.



Today we are highlighting Season's Greetings! Another set beautiful set collaborated with Pauline Ibarra! Gorgeous calligraphy, what more can I say?

Ashley curved her sentiment to match the lines of the border die cut! What a perfect modern card!

This is the perfect Christmas card to be sent out from a new couple! The background for the sentiment is perfectly distressed for a snowy effect!

Elegant snowflakes stamped in white and gold pigment inks on kraft cardstock give a classy feel to this seasonal greeting card. Nichol embossed the bold greeting in gold embossing powder to make it pop.

Laura combined the Cozy Christmas stamp set with Season's Greeting to create a cute Holiday scene. 

Geralyn created a beautiful one-layered card using Season's Greetings. She stamped the snowflakes using a variety of Mama Elephant's lovely pigment inks - Ocean, Rainwater, Winter, Pacific Blue, and Stargazer. The different shades of blue give the card a cool, wintry vibe that's perfect for this season.

Elena created an amazing shaker card by cutting into our Femme Frames rectangle with the new instagram die. We love how she used sequins and glitter for snow, which works perfectly with the Season's Greetingshttp://mamaelephant.com/products/seasons-greetings sentiment!



Welcome back everyone! Today we are highlighting the collaboration stamp set with Elena Roussakis, Alpine Carolers! This sweet family arrived just in time for caroling season! Time to tap your feet and feel the music in this set! 

Let's see what the Design Team did with these sweet images!

Elena shows off what this stamp set is all about! The carolers all hold hands, and the fantastic quote from "Elf" is given center stage. We love the choice of colors and patterns on her card!

We love how Ashley made these two carolers the center of attention by using bold traditional colors and mounting them on a tag!

Geralyn created a chorus of carolers with Alpine Carolers and connected them out using the partial diecutting technique. She colored them in using watercolor pencil crayons and chose a sentiment from Season's Greetings. We love how she added sequins for a touch of sparkle. 

Laura used one of the Borderlines Trio dies to create a curtain so her carolers would look like they were performing on a stage.

Nichol created a colorful background with Distress Inks to really highlight the darling images from Alpine Carolers.

Pamela made a card using the partial die-cutting technique. We love how she used them for a birthday card instead!



Today we are highlighting Boutique Borders. It's another essential border set to make those fantastic backgrounds, borders and patterns. It is also a great addition to our Basic Borders set.

Elena created the cutest tag trio! She used the stripes from Boutique Borders and paired them with the adorable Alpine Carolers. We love how, with some selective inking, she totally customized the height of the mom and dad images!

Ashley created a cozy plaid background which matches perfectly with her Block Party Letters sentiment!

Nichol created her own "patterned paper" by stamping a plaid pattern on white cardstock using non-traditional colors. She toned down the design by layering a die cut vellum piece over the top and adding stamped and embossed imaged from Season's Greetings and Peace On Earth to the vellum.

boutique borders

Laura stamped the stripes using several of the fabulous new ink colors and then added a partially die cut window to frame her sentiment. She also used the new Happy Everything stamp set with the coordinating Happy Script word die.

Here's a video to show you how she created her card.