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Cat-Ful of Thanks with Mama Elephant

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Catful of Thanks (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant)

It’s been a while since my last update, during which I have moved house and job. I am currently fighting with my ISP to actually provide me with a decent internet connection so am having to make do with 4G on my phone. It’s really like being back in the dark ages! 🙂

I wanted to say thank you to my neighbour in the flat I’ve just moved out of. She loves cats so what better way to say this than with a Lawn Fawn scripty thanks and the Mama Elephant Page Hugger cats? I love how this turned out, despite it probably being one of the most dull cards I’ve made in terms of colour!

I started out with a top folding A6 kraft cardstock card base and inked on some Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the MFT English Brick stencil. I left the bottom quarter of the background free of stencilling so that I could blend in some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ground my cats.

I die cut the speech bubble from some Neenah Solar White using the Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble die along with the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks from some black cardstock. I stamped the ‘JUST A LITTLE’ sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Better Together set in Versafine Onyx Black Ink into the middle of the speech bubble and adhered the black thanks die cut just underneath. I added a little bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink to the bottom for some emphasis and I covered the thanks sentiment with Glossy Accents before setting aside to dry.

Next comes the cats! I’m not really a cat person so I had to Google different fur colours of cats in preparation of this card. I stamped out the cat from the Page Hugger set six times and coloured them with a variety of Copic markers. My neighbour used to have a cat called Foster so I had to include the black and white combo somewhere! I added some black Enamel Accents for the eyes and noses and some white gel pen for some dotty cheeks before die cutting them with the coordinating dies.

Catful of Thanks (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant)

To build the card, I adhered the speech bubble directly to the cardbase, centred at the top. For the cats I used a bit of foam tape to pop them up, arranging them as if they are standing on each others’ shoulders. I really love that the dies cut out their hands – it makes cards like this really easy!

Puuuurfect (haha) card for my neighbour of nearly four years!

Showcasing… Series: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

This post will be the first in my Showcasing… Series where I will take one of the stamp sets I own, find some of the amazing cards other makers have created using the set and then create a set of cards of my own. The first set I would like to Showcase is the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland set. Even if it is only April, I have to start early on my Christmas stash! I fell in love with this set after seeing some of the truly amazing cards created using the stamps, especially with the sillouette birch trees and deer. One of the first ever dies I purchased was the Memory Box Deer Trio and this set made me remember old times! This is an older set by Mama Elephant (SHC), released back in October 2013 I think, and has coordinating dies available (SHC).

The first card I found was this one from Nicole Spohr (blog post and video). I love the stark white embossing against the inked background – it gives a wonderful effect! I loved this one so much that I recreated this card with a few minor changes. I choose two colour variations, one using Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, the other using Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. I mounted them on black card and used white heat embossing on black sentiment banners.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

Another card using this stamp set was created by Yaneia (blog post, video tutorial). I love how she wasn’t restricted by the traditional colours on her cards and got some gorgeous results with some pretty cheap watercolour paints.

To recreate this card in my own way I used three different colours from my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours after I had heat embossed and masked my background. It took me a couple of layers to get the colour intensity I was looking for. I then used two different Lawn Fawn inks to stamp and clear heat emboss my sentiment in the bottom corner.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

A great start to my Christmas card stash, I think!

Happy Easter with Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle

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Happy Easter (Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn)

Happy Easter Sunday! I don’t make many Easter cards but I did manage one this year. I hope the recipient as already received this otherwise it will ruin the surprise. Using a combination of products from Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle, this bright Easter card will hopefully put a smile on my friend’s face when she opens the envelope.

Happy Easter (Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn)

I started with stamping out the background using the Fab Flowers stamp set from Lawn Fawn with some of the new ink cubes from the last release. I used Sunflower, Carrot and Celery Stick with the largest rose layering stamp, filling the background in a random pattern. I made several backgrounds that I will share in future cards in exactly the same way – so easy to mass produce!

I stamped out the bunny from the Mama Elephant Page Huggers set a couple of times (one with glasses and one without) along with a handful of carrots and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Wonders set with some MFT Black Hybrid ink. I coloured them in with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I made up the sentiment from the Plan on It: Holidays stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I popped them up on some foam tape, attached them to the background panel and mounted it on a white A2 card base. I finished with a little Spectrum Noir Sparkle and some Glossy Accents for the glasses.

Happy Easter (Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn)

A cute, bright Easter card!

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.