1.09.2014

A Bittersweet Change...

Hey friends, we have a bittersweet announcement today. Our design team member Pearl Lui-Chan recently became a new mommy this past November to a gorgeous baby girl. Some of you may know that Pearl is not only our designer, but she's also one of my best friends in real life. She has supported Mama Elephant way before we were even Mama Elephant. She was the initial spark that ignited this hobby for me and have always, always, ALWAYS been one of my biggest supporters. Her friendship, enthusiasm, and talent just cannot be measured up in mere words. While I am sad to tell you that Pearl has decided to step down from the team, I am extremely happy for her and her new role as "mommy". So, please join me in congratulating my dear friend Pearl and wish her the very best!

To top off our bittersweet announcement, I'd like to introduce you to our newest member who will be filling Pearl's shoes. Please give a warm welcome to Elena Roussakis!



I asked Elena to whip up a quick bio so you can get to know her better!

I'm 30-something (but really 29 all the time), married to my kindergarten sweetheart for almost 11 years, and stay-at-home mom to 3 young kids. Before I knew anything about stamping, I had a monogram stamp made up so I could hand-stamp the fronts of 200 wedding programs.  I vowed I'd never do that again!  But some years later, a sweet friend introduced me to stamping and a few basic techniques during my eldest's daughter's naptimes. The love affair has grown since then.  Apart from making cards, my favorite thing to stamp and craft is party decor - any little touches to make those special days extra memorable.

We have been big fans of Elena's work since the very beginning! How shall we describe it? Fun, thoughtful, detailed, and a touch of whimsy? I especially love how she playfully stages all her finishing projects. I should take a lesson from her, she sure works the whole nine yards with everything she creates!

Here are some of my favorite ER + ME projects!

hello & good day

wish you were here


all tricks, no treats!

holiday tags in a hurry


Awesome, right? I am so looking forward to what Elena will create for us on a regular basis... starting tomorrow! We don't have a release scheduled this month, but we will have a challenge up tomorrow. See you back here!

28 comments:

  1. There couldn't be a more perfect fit! Congratulations, Elena!

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  2. Love Elena's work, a perfect choice for the team!

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  3. Will miss Pearl's work..Congrats to Elena! Love her super fun and creative style!

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  4. Congratulations to both Pearl and Elena!!

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  5. Congratulations to Pearl and Elena, will miss u and ur work Pearl!!!

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  6. Congratulations to Pearl and will miss her projects. And congratulations to Elena!

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  7. So excited for Elena!!!! and really Pearl too, being a Mommy is wonderful (especially when you get sleep)!

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  8. Congrats to Pearl ..being a mommy may be challenging but its the best job ever! A huge welcome to Elena...love her work.

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  9. Elena will undoubtedly be a treasured DT...sorry to see Pearl go but she IS doing the most important job in the world now.

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  10. Congrats to you Elena! Can't wait to see more of your work. And congrats to Pearl, I am sure you are busy being an amazing momma!

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  11. Congratulations on your new little girl Pearl and happy to have Elena on board!

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  12. Welcome love your cards and those tags are just to cute I look forward to see more projects from you

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  13. Yeah Elena! You will be a great addition to this team!! Your projects are always so good. :)

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  14. Elena rocks and Mama Elephant rocks so this is a perfect combination. Wishing Pearl all the best with her new buddle of joy.

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  15. welcome great new artist, and congrats new mommy!!!

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  16. Sorry hit enter too fast. I am a huge elena fan and can't wait to see what she creates with ME!!

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  17. Congrats to Elena and all the best for Pearl!

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  18. Elena + ME = a match made in stampy heaven! So thrilled to see her added to this group of talented ladies. Good luck with you new little one, Pearl :)

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  19. Love all the stuff Elena does too. You can really see how many people just love what she does by all the love here ;) I cannot wait to see what she brings to the design team. I am also excited for a challenge as I received some ME stamps/dies yesterday!!

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  20. Elena is a wonderful addition to your team. I just love her style.

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  21. Congrats! You will be wonderful!!!

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  22. Welcome Elena! Lovin' your style!

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  23. I adore Elena's work...can't wait to see her here regularly! Sending my best to Pearl...she'll certainly be missed but what a beautiful adventure she is starting.

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