Friday, October 24, 2014

custom carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Hey there!

We're back for another day of Mama Elephant stamp highlights, and we're showing off the new Boutique Borders.

I couldn't help but pair the striped image strip with my cutie carolers:

custom carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}


Remember I told you that it would be easy to customize the look of the carolers?  The ones on either side have been tampered with. hee.

custom carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I used the ones in blue for these tags, and you can see the difference in the photo above.  All it takes is a little careful inking. Wipe off the ink below the skirt (or shirt in the boy's case) before stamping down once, and then ink only part of the legs and match it up. I love that it's so easy to do with clear stamps!

custom carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}


When you are die-cutting the smaller carolers, you'll want to make sure to not cut it all the way through in one pass. Use the partial die-cut technique to send it through and cut each end separately.

custom carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Once I stamped and die-cut the carolers, I popped them up onto a tag base - I love this shape, with its scalloped border. I swiped the scallops with a brown marker to make them pop, and did the same to the edges of the sentiment banner with a blue marker. It adds interest and polish to the final tag with hardly any effort at all.

custom carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

The sentiment is from bloomsies, and fits perfectly onto the banner found in the tags a lot set.

I hope you like what I've created! In case you missed it, I also turned the "daddy" caroler into a spitting image of my own hubby, hee hee - click!

♥.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

merry and bright {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Hi there, and welcome back to another day of Mama Elephant stamp highlights. We're showing off the hand-lettered, big-lettered Christmas sentiment set, Peace on Earth.

It is beautiful, and steals the show on every project:

merry and bright {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I made another giant tag, because I love them so much. Everyone is getting a giant tag for Christmas this year. I used the new scalloped border to create an all-over fringe on the tag base. If you look closely, you can see that the scallops work their way down the tag, but up from the bottom as well. I hid a strip of patterned paper into the space where they would meet. I wanted the outside edges to have a clean, straight look.

merry and bright {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I stamped and fussy-cut the giant sentiment, so that it would pop right off the tag.

I hope you like it!

There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog this morning - click!

♥.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

of penguins and carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

This is my second post of the day. If you're looking for lawn fawn gingerbread tags, scroll down or click *here.*

It's time for Mama Elephant stamp highlights! We're showing off 2 sets today, arctic penguins and jolly & merry. The sets were meant to work together, with images in the one and sentiments in the other.

I made 2 cards for you today. First off, a sweet little lonely penguin.

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The ice blocks in the set are really small, and I wanted to have a huge one that would fill the entire card width. Some selective inking and voila!

Here's an idea of what I did, although I didn't end up using this for my final card:


If you stamp the penguin first, and then build the bigger ice-block around him it works so much better. You don't need the lines to join up over the masked penguin.

I hope the picture makes sense to you! It's really easy to customize almost any stamp this way.

penguins & carolers {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Once I had him on his larger ice block, I used the partial die-cutting technique to cut them out together, and set him adrift on the ocean. Two different copic markers are all it took to make a sea and sky, and I used a white gel pen to doodle in some waves.

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The sentiment is from jolly & merry, and so cute!

Speaking of jolly & merry, I just love the larger script words found in that set:

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I created a giant tag shaped card, and used the starburst cover as a backdrop to my scene.  The alpine carolers are holding a string of Christmas lights.

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Aren't they cute? A lot of masking and inking to get the entire tag covered in a night sky color, with a yellow glow for the sparkling lights.

I heat-embossed "merry" and let it spill up onto the images. It's nice and thin, so it doesn't overwhelm the carolers.

I hope you like both projects! There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog today!

♥.

gingerbread tags {lawn fawn's october inspiration week}

Hi there! It's another day of lawn fawn inspiration:

gingerbread tags {lawn fawn's october inspiration week}

I don't know about you, but I'm getting lazy. If a set doesn't come with matching dies, I don't use it as much.

gingerbread tags {lawn fawn's october inspiration week}

Thank goodness there are now dies for Sweet Christmas. I have been wanting to make gingerbread house tags for such a long time, but never wanted to hand-cut them all.

gingerbread tags {lawn fawn's october inspiration week}


If you wanted to make them yourself, you can get 10 tags out of 1 sheet of kraft cardstock. That's pretty awesome.  I watercolored in some red after having heat-embossed them all, but they looked just as cute without that splash of color.

I went the extra set of adding a second house to the back, so that they can be used for folded tags, or teeny tiny little cards.  I like having options.

gingerbread tags {lawn fawn's october inspiration week}
Hope you like it! There's more to see on the lawn fawn blog this morning - click.

I'll be back in a few hours with new Mama Elephant projects - see you soon!

♥.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

skating with joy {lawn fawn october inspiration week}

Welcome back to another day of lawn fawn's october inspiration week! We're all skating around with winter penguin and the scripty joy die.

I combined both on the same card for you today:

skating with joy {lawn fawn october inspiration week}


I did some fancy die-cutting, so that the scripty joy could have a longer tail end that connects with the penguin's skates. It's all one piece, people! And it wasn't that hard to do. I've been bitten by the partial die-cut bug. If you want a great lesson, check out Pamela's video *here.*

skating with joy {lawn fawn october inspiration week}

What I did: I die-cut "joy" first, but stopped the die-cutting right after the "y." I didn't follow through to the end. Then, I drew pencil lines of where I wanted the script to go, and stamped the penguin right there at the end. The fussy part was die-cutting the penguin. I sent it through the machine a few times, at different angles, to cut everything but around his left skate. Whatever the machine couldn't get to, I cut out with scissors.

When the entire thing was cut out, I propped it up on foam squares. You know, to show off my careful work to the full! And, for added drama, I placed it all onto a siren-red backdrop.

I hope you like it!  Check out what the other design team members made using winter penguin and the scripty joy die - click!

♥.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

peace and joy wreath {lawn fawn october inspiration week}

Hi there! and welcome back to another day of lawn fawn inspiration. Today, we're showing off new alphabets! Finley's ABCs and Violet's ABCs.

Here's what I created:

peace and joy wreath {lawn fawn october inspiration week}


I put the Violet's letters into the frame from Sweater Weather. They fit perfectly! And I love the fancy "and" included in this alphabet set. So pretty.

peace and joy wreath {lawn fawn october inspiration week}

I stamped an entire wreath using Deck the Hall branches onto the card base. Then, I stamped out half a wreath onto a separate piece of cardstock and cut it out using the partial die-cut technique. That way, I got all of the nice die-cut edges without the bulk of layering individual branches.

I hope you like it!

♥.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

lawn fawn october inspiration week: a sweatered moose.

Hi there! It's time to kick off lawn fawn's october inspiration week! You can enter their big giveaway *here.*

Today, the design team is showing off critters in the arctic.

lawn fawn october inspiration week: a sweatered moose.

I couldn't help but draw him a little sweater, and doodle the same pattern onto his hat.

A little tip, when you are masking more than 1 thing, like I did here with both the hat and the cardinal. Think about your stamping order. Here, I stamped the hat onto a piece of white cardstock, masked it and then stamped the moose. I knew where I wanted the cardinal to rest, though, so I wiped off some of the ink from the moose's left antler before stamping down. The only thing that isn't seamless is the fact that you can see the moose's back through the cardinal's feet (feet? gah.)

I wanted this card to feel as warm as possible, so I used a falling snow stencil and some embossing paste around the focal image, and roughed up the edges of the patterned paper. The texture created lends that cozy feel I was after.

I hope you like it!

♥.