Thursday, November 27, 2014

by the fire {25 days of Christmas tags guest post}

Hi there! I'm joining some of the lawn fawn girls for Tracey's 25 days of Christmas tags bonanza. (Because, 25 days of anything can clearly be labelled a bonanza.)



I grabbed lawn fawn stamps, and mama elephant dies and got to creating another gigantic tag:

by the fire...25 days of Christmas tags guest post


I have loved Cozy Christmas for so long - it's still a classic Christmas set, in my opinion. To limit the number of smiley faces, I opted for the woodsier fire from Love You S'more.

by the fire...25 days of Christmas tags guest post

I didn't bother masking anything; I stamped the stockings and note to santa separately and snipped them out.  Because figuring out how to stamp and mask everything perfectly was making my head hurt.

by the fire...25 days of Christmas tags guest post


Plus, I love the hint of texture you get from glueing the stockings onto the fireplace. It's subtle, but makes a handmade tag a little more special.

I hope you like it!

Tracey's tag bonanza comes complete with prizes from amazing companies like:

lawn fawn ♥ paper smooches ♥ neat and tangled ♥ cas-ual fridays ♥ clearly besotted ♥ reverse confetti

She's allowing me to choose a winner from commenters on this blog post! So, leave me a comment by the end of the day today and when I wake up tomorrow morning, I'll randomly pick a name to forward to Tracey. That person will be included in the prize draw that she will be doing tomorrow.

Good luck!

♥.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gingerbread party! {with lawn fawn and montreal confections}

Gingerbread is one of those holiday sweet staples, like eggnog and candy canes. And the holidays are always full of excuses to throw parties! So get ready, you are invited to check out our sweet holiday gingerbread spread:

gingerbread party!

I'm always so excited to get to work with Marlyn (of Montreal Confections.) Her cakes and cookies make any paper decorations I craft look so much better.

And I create these monthly parties for Lawn Fawn, using their stamps and dies.

gingerbread party!

Can you see the sparkle in the background?  We hung cheap, white garland in back of the table to frame the cake. If you were looking for a holiday photobooth idea, add a few extra garlands and I think it would be perfect!  The tablecloth is actually wrapping paper, and purchased at Target (they have the most amazing patterns this year!)

gingerbread party!

Marlyn made this amazing gingerbread house cake! She's right - who wants to actually eat a dry, cookie gingerbread house? But a cake in the shape of? Oh, yes. It was delicious.

gingerbread party!

With spritz cookies for roof shingles, and red and green candy accents, it was perfect.

gingerbread party!


She created a how-to video on her youtube channel - click to watch it!

gingerbread party!


I created these gingerbread drink labels, with straws to match the little swirled lollipop that he is holding.  Just for a different look, I used a copic pen to draw in some icing at the top of his head. I love him with icing hair!

gingerbread party!

Of course, the bottles were filled with chocolate milk. I mean, if the kids are gonna get sugared up, you may as well do it right. ha. And, it matches the gingerbread brown color better.

gingerbread party!

I found these swirly lollipops at our local dollarstore - they were the inspiration for the entire party! In all of the decorations, the gingerbread man is holding a similar lollipop. I love cookies and candy for cupcake toppers!  It's like candyland up in here!

The cupcake wrappers were so simple, but add to the gingerbread feel, I cut them out of kraft paper, sponged the edges in brown ink and added scallops with a white gel pen.

gingerbread party!

I made dessert labels for each of the table elements.  I used the partial die-cut technique to cut the gingerbread house and the banner together, and attached a second gingerbread house die-cut to the back to it would stand up.  They match perfectly with Marlyn's house cookies:

gingerbread party!

These cookies are so cute, with their sparkling snow accents! Marlyn has a video for these as well as the cupcakes you saw earlier - click!

The video will also show you how to turn these cookies into a sweet parting gift.

gingerbread party!


I created some elements to add to the packaged cookie:

gingerbread party!

Easy and cute! I hope you've enjoyed our gingerbread party, and thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Monday, November 24, 2014

so happy together

Good Monday morning! I made a little something to show you using Mama Elephant's Happy Everything.  I put it together with a pair of pandas for a cutesy card that makes me happy just to look at it:

so happy together.

I started out by stamping the pandas and used the partial die-cutting technique to keep them joined together.

I then used the matching happy script die and cut it 4 times: twice out of aqua cardstock, once in black, and another time into the circle die-cut that would back the pandas.

so happy together.

I adhered the two aqua layers together for extra thickness, and then glued them onto the black layer, positioning it to look like a shadow.  I then heat-embossed the rest of the sentiment onto vellum and attached the banners in the loops of the big letters.  I love the look!

I hope you like what I created! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Friday, November 21, 2014

cool day {MFT stamps}

I just love these MFT polar bears so much that I had to sneak in a couple of cards for you today!

cool day {mft stamps}

I love anything Torico designs, but I really couldn't say no to these bears.  Aren't they adorable?

cool day {mft stamps}

I started out with an off-white card base, and layered a stripes cover-up in white over-top.  I cut a starry night stitched circle and layered images from the set in front of it. You know, he's just nonchalantly drinking his hot chocolate while drifting on a block of ice in the north pole. haha.

cool day {mft stamps}


I am teaching a card class next weekend, so I needed to challenge myself to create a card that, with all of the pieces cut, could be stamped and re-created by stamping newbies. I hope they will enjoy paper-piecing his little scarf and hat! The Mama Elephant sentiment works perfectly on top of the polka dotted background.

I hope you like them!

♥.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Hi! Today, the Mama Elephant design team is blitzing you with stamp inspiration for both Balloon Letters and Balloon Et Cetera.

Let's get this thing started:

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}


I couldn't help but pull out my Alpine Carolers! I stamped and masked the couple and the balloon letters and (copic) airbrushed a sky background.  I added some snow and twinkling flakes in the background and glossed up the letters.  They are balloons, after all!

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I am in love with these glossy balloon letters.

Also glossy, the heart balloon:

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I reached beyond Christmas to Valentine's day for this one.  I borrowed the little envelope from Pandamonium, the dotted trail from No Peeking, and curved the Cross My Heart sentiment to fit around the trail.

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

The cloud borders on either side frame out whole thing.

Lastly, I made a huge baby tag:

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I stamped all of the animal-shaped balloons, masking and clustering them together. I added some extra shading to the solid images and then used scissors to cut them all out.

balloons! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I added some blue ink to the huge tag shape and used a white gel pen to add the polka dots.  I can't wait to add this to a gift! I have a few girls in mind who will be getting larger and more rounded bellies soon - hee hee!

I hope you like them! Check out the ME blog for more balloon fun - click!

♥.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

cross my heart {mama elephant stamp highlights}

Hi there, and welcome back to another day of Mama Elephant stamp highlights!

Cross my Heart is a beautiful sentiment set, full of heartfelt greetings to express love.  It's not just for couples! I can see myself reaching for this set again and again, on cards for my kids and other family members too.

cross my heart {mama elephant stamp highlights}


Today's card veers from my usual cutesy, colored style. It's a quicker card than I'm used to putting together, but around this time of year time is running a bit short!  I inked up a stamp block (this round wavy one from lawn fawn) with worn lipstick distress ink and then spritzed it with water before stamping down on my paper. Then, I sprayed the paper with water again and let the ink do its thing.  I spattered a tiny bit of extra ink on for good measure.

After that 5 minutes of fun, I let the paper dry overnight (under a pile of books when the ink wasn't sopping wet anymore) and then came back to it the next morning.

cross my heart {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I heat embossed the sentiment in white (borrowing an extra "to" from one sentiment to make it work with the big scripted "love you").  I added a punch of aqua with the heart-shaped balloon, heat-embossing that with a zing embossing powder.  I love the color, but I have to admit that the zing powders are not my favorites.  They aren't as smooth as the WOW brand, in my opinion.

I added dotted lines for the balloon trail and assembled my card. I hope you like it!

Check out the ME blog this morning for more inspiration - click!

♥.

Monday, November 17, 2014

purrfect! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

hi there!  It's the first day of Mama Elephant stamp highlights, and we're showing off the purrrrfect kitty set, purrfect pair.

purrfect! {mama elephant stamp highlights}


I stamped the feline duo sipping from the same bottle of milk - too cute, eh?  I love it.  I colored around them with a yellow copic marker. Behind the focal image, I created a frame using the smaller elements found in the set: the paw print and fish bone.  I added doodly circles in between so it wouldn't look too cluttered.

If you're familiar with ME dies, you know they don't carry these rectangle sizes.  I customized my own shapes by using the femmes frames - send them through the die-cutter a few times and voila! smaller mats.

purrfect! {mama elephant stamp highlights}

I hope you like it! Check out the ME blog this morning for even more kitty inspiration - click!

♥.