Thursday, October 31, 2013

Avery Elle November Blog Hop

Hello!!  It's Avery Elle Blog Hop day and we're continuing the party that started last month with the new October/November release:)  I happen to be using the new stamp and coordinating die set, Cheers!  With the holiday season just around the corner (yup!), these stamps couldn't have arrived at a better time!  


My mama taught me that you never arrive to a party empty handed:)  But just because you have a store-bought gift, it doesn't mean you can't put your own personal touch on it.  I used these stamps and dies to dress up a bottle of wine with a quickie chalkboard wine tag and matching wine glass charms!  

The wine charms are just stamped pieces of scraps that I cut into rings with 2 circle dies.  I love how that stamp looks in white on all that colorful card stock.  Not only did I use up some scraps (yay!), but I created a fun and useful party favor.  Gotta love that:)  

Now it's time for you to hop on over to the next stop in the blog hop!  This is one of my favorite Avery Elle releases and I'm just loving what my teamies are doing:)  Go check them out!  
 Chunyuan Wu Yainea (our fabby guest designer)
Nina Yang
Heather Campbell
JJ Bolton (you are here:)

And don't forget that Avery Elle is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to one random winner!  To enter to win just comment on this post.  There is no purchase necessary and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  This giveaway is void where prohibited.  You can also do options 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances of winning. You have until midnight Sunday, November 3rd to enter.  The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle Blog on Monday, November 4th.  

To enter to win you can do 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or all 6 of the following to increase your chances:
  1. Comment on any of the design team's posts and/or here on the Avery Elle Blog
  2. Follow us on Twitter and tweet the contest (we are @averyellestamps )
  3. Follow us on Facebook (we are ) and share us with your friends - make sure they tell us you sent them.
  4. Follow us on Pinterest
  5. Become a blog follower through Feedly or Blog Lovin' (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already follow us)
  6. Join our Flickr group (comment on the Avery Elle blog if you already belong)
Mahalo and Aloha,

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mama Elephant & Studio Calico Blog Hop

Happy Monday everyone!!!  To celebrate the release of the first Studio Calico kit with an exclusive clear stamp set designed by none other than Mama Elephant, we're having a blog hop!  For my card, I used those wonderful ME stamps and paired them with some fun SC paper and star pins:)

The frame is from one of the great SC papers in the Cuppa kit.  The house, sentiment, and teeny snowflake stamps are all from the exclusive ME set.!!!  

And guess what?  There's a giveaway going on at this hop!  Click on over to the Mama Elephant site for all the details and to get the blog hop list! 

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Studio Calico + Mama Elephant = FUN

Did you know that one of the new Studio Calico kits has an exclusive Mama Elephant-designed stamp set?  Click on over to the Studio Calico blog and you'll see the kits and stamps in action:)  The lovely Emily Leiphart is also sharing two fabulous cards and a video to boot!  Get over there:)

Big thanks to Studio Calico for asking us Mama Elephant gals to play along!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Avery Elle: Laurels

Well helloooo!  I'm back with my weekly Avery Elle fix:)  Today, I'm working with a set that you've already seen me use called Laurels!  I have to admit it's pretty hard to put this one down.  Plus, it has matching dies!  I use a bunch of everyday cards, and this set is perfect for that purpose.  

First I stamped the background in gold and pink.  The 2-step flowers in this set are so fun to stamp!  For the sentiment, I used one of the Fill in the Blank Word Dies.  It just so happens that the Texture Tiles: Be Cute stamps fit just right over the "LOVE" die:)  I put a little bit of vellum behind the letters to make the sentiment stand out a bit more but still let the background stamping peek through.  (P.S.  My pics seem so strange lately.  Checking my settings and trying to figure out a better place to take pics.  In the mean time, I apologize for the wonkiness:)

Thanks for your visit and for all your happy comments:)  They really make my day!  And don't forget to visit Heather who also has a project today!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: Toy Shop

Hey peeps!  It is the last day of the Mama Elephant October release highlights and hasn't it been fun?  The last set to highlight is the holiday set, Toy Shop

There are so many elements in this set that it will definitely go WAY beyond the holidays!  That said, I just couldn't resist putting together a holiday card with the Santa from Cozy Christmas.  Santa is checking his list, so I hope you were good this year!  (P.S.  The "list" is just a piece of copy paper that I trimmed and curled up with a pencil)  I love how all the toys look stamped in white on kraft!  All the toy stamps are from the Toy Shop set except for the bear who is from Nursery Deco.

Definitely go visit the other DT blogs to see the fun projects with Toy Shop!   
Mama Elephant/Kryssi
Jenn Biederman
Laura Bassen
Pearl Lui-Chan
JJ Bolton (you are here)

Thanks for all the visits this week!  And if you're looking for more Mama Elephant fixes during the month, stay tuned!  We're mixing it up a bit to spread the fun out over the whole month:) 

Mahalo and Aloha,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: Merry Greetings

Hey guys!  It's the fourth day of the Mama Elephant October release highlights and today we're working with the new set, Merry Greetings!  Like I've said before, you can always count on Mama Elephant for awesome sentiments!  This set is quickly becoming my go-to holiday sentiment set:)  

So I took out the tree from Cozy Christmas again, but this time I used my copics on it.  It's so easy to color which is good because I still haven't really gotten the hang of coloring:)  

For the sentiment, I used the stitched rectangle die to cut a custom-sized frame.  This is easily done with any large dies.  I die cut a rectangle first and then stamped the sentiment into one of the corners.  (The picture below is a different card, but you get the idea;)  After stamping, position the die over the sentiment and put it back through the die cut machine. 

I finished off the card with enamel dots and that was it!  (Don't those dots look like red hot candies?)  

Join us tomorrow for the last of the stamp highlights, and check in  today with all the gals to see what they've done with Merry Greetings:

Mahalo and Aloha,

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: Remember December

Hello there!  It's the third day of the Mama Elephant October release highlights and today we're working with the new set, Remember December!  This one is geared for the scrapbookers, but don't overlook how they can be used for cards!

I love the scripty font that Kryssi and Angela chose for this set, so I knew I wanted to use them on my card.  (The bold "Christmas" sentiment is from last year's set Believe in Magic)

In the background, I created a quick and easy bokeh look by first blending blue and yellow inks across the front of the card then using sponge daubers to create the bokeh "dots".  So easy and festive, no?

The stamp highlights will continue tomorrow, but today please be sure to visit these gals to see what they've done with this awesome set:

Mahalo and Aloha,

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: Cozy Christmas

Hi guys!  It's the second day of the Mama Elephant October release highlights today we're working with the new holiday set, Cozy Christmas!  How cute are these stamps? 

You'll see me use the other stamps in this set later;), but today I went straight for the tree!  Whenever I see stamps with 6 or 7 elements that can be easily paper-pieced, I think rainbow (natch)!  Lately I've been drawn to holiday cards in unconventional colors.  I would say rainbow is not the norm for Christmas;)  The awesome sentiment is the Merry Greetings set (seriously that set goes with all your holiday stamps!).  

Thanks for checking in today!  The stamp highlights will start back up on Monday, but today please be sure to visit these gals to see what they've done with this cute set:

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Avery Elle: Build a Banner

Hey everyone!  Got a little card today using the new Avery Elle set Build a Banner!  Banners are so versatile and this set is even more so because it's customizable (you know I love that:)  Here's a peek at the set and here's a little tip.  On the Avery product page for this stamp, there is a examples picture that shows you how all the pieces work together.  Print it out and store it with your stamps!  Now for my card...

This set was screaming to be done chalkboard-style, so here's my go at it!  Instead of a single banner, I went with the continuous loop.  I thought the idea of a continuous banner went well with the sentiment:)  For a little color, I stamped and die cut some flowers and leaves from the new set Laurels.  It turned out so sweet!

I just love the look of the handwritten font on the banner.  To make the sentiment pop a bit, I highlighted parts of it with a white gel pen.  That little detail makes it stand out more from the banner itself.  I have a friend who is going through a bit of a hard time and I hope this card cheers her up a bit!

Huge thanks for stopping in!  I always appreciate your visits and lovely comments!  Heather also has a project today, so please go give her a visit!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mama Elephant Stampede: Celebrating one big year!!!

Hello, hello, hello!  It's Mama Elephant Stampede time!  And it's not just any old stampede;)  This is the first year anniversary stampede!!!  What does that mean?  Two days of stampeding with a really awesome bunch with lots and lots of new product.  (When you see who's participating, you will flip!)  All of the new goodies are already available on the store  so you can stampede and shop at the same time;)   For this month's stampede, I'm working with the new set Merry Greetings which features all kinds of lovely holiday sayings with a bit of Kryssi's handwritten words mixed in!  

So my project turned out to be the card of Christmas past, lol!  Past Christmas stamp sets, that is;)  I took some stamps from the older sets, Believe in Magic and Polar Pals, and put them together with Merry Greetings to create a cheery and snowy holiday card!  I started by die cutting a panel using the new Stitched Rectangle die (one of two dies included in the Femme Frames set).  I inked up the background to create a clear winter sky and used a white pen for the snow detail. 

The sentiment is great alone, but I immediately thought about how great it would look with the bold Christmas sentiment from Believe in Magic.  Doesn't the red sentiment look great in the new ink?  The ink is Cherry for those taking notes;)  Speaking of new ink, the striped background was done in Mojito with stripes from Basic Borders.  I love how that little stripe detail balances the green from the snowman's hat.  It's the little things:)  Don't you love it when multiple sets play well together?  

That's it for me today!   Technically, I'm last in the stampede line up for Day 1 (just after the lovely and talented Ms. Amy Kolling), but for those of you who just popped in, start here at the Mama Elephant blog!  

To celebrate the new release, there are a number of special things going on.  First off, the sale and freebies:
  • Use code BIRTHDAY for 10% off your entire purchase (valid 10/15 - 10/16 EST only). 
  • You will receive a FREE Party Kit stamp set with $100 purchase (after discount 10/15 - 11/14 EST only or while supplies last)
  • You will receive a FREE Party Kit stamp set and matching Party Kit die set with $150 purchase (after discount 10/15 - 11/14 EST only or while supplies last)

There's also an awesome giveaway (actually giveaways!) planned too!  Mama Elephant is giving away a $10 gift certificate on every stop of the Stampede!  On top of that, there is one grand prize $50 gift certificate that will be awarded to one lucky winner!  (Winner will be chosen at random from all the blogs, so be sure you visit each Stampeder;)  You have 4 chances to win (leave a separate comment for each):

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  And remember, tomorrow is Day 2 of the stampede and after that we start the stamp highlights so you can get to know each set better!  

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Avery Elle: Texture Tiles - Be Cute

Hey everyone!  I have a card today using the mini set Texture Tiles: Be Cute (designed by my bud, Nina Yang;)  This one of those sneaky sets that may not be the center of attention, but can be used in lots of subtle ways.  

Today I used the solid background polka dot stamp to create a framed background for a Christmas card.  I stamped the background in gold (Delicata is my go-to gold ink pad).  Then I stamped and die cut (wheee!!!!) "mistletoe" and a bow using stamps and dies from the new set Laurels.  I added a couple pearls for the mistletoe berries too:)  The lovely "Merry Christmas" sentiment is from Winter Wreath (love that font). 

Thank you so, so much for stopping by!  Heather is also sharing a project today, so go check her out!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Reverse Confetti October Blog Hop

Hey there!  Today I'm having fun with the folks over at REVERSE CONFETTI!  Every 8th of the month, the Confetti Crew hops and sometimes they even invite a few friends;)  Last month Reverse Confetti got us ready for fall and Halloween with their new release!   Today I'm using stamps from their Halloween sets, Spooky Cuties and Spooky Sentiments!    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I was so happy to play with these stamps:)  

My first card is a little bit spooky with the cat and rickety fence silhouette.  Fun to do a colorful Halloween card for a change:)  The colors are kind of crazy, but I like the thought of a storm brewing on All Hallow's Eve!

My second card is a quick mini card that I made with scraps of card stock.  I don't get to see my little nieces on Halloween, so this little card will go in their goodie bags.  If an auntie can't spoil you, who can?;)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget that Reverse Confetti hops the 8th of EVERY MONTH!  The hop started over on the Reverse Confetti blog, and you should have made your way here from Savannah’s blog. Next on the hop is Val!  If you get lost along the way, never fear, you can find the hop order and list of all the participating designers over on the Reverse Confetti blog:)

If you would like a chance to win your own Reverse Confetti goodies, just leave a comment on each stop along the way for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate! Comments are open until Thursday, October 10th at 2pm CST, and the winner will be announced on the Week in Reverse post on the 11th over on the Reverse Confetti blog!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Monday, October 7, 2013

Craft Room is a go!

Hi everyone!  Just a little something different on the blog today.  I wanted to share with you the first room in the new house that is totally ready to go!  The craft room/office, of course!  This room serves as my home office when I work from home, so it was high on my list of spaces to get done.  When putting the room together, my main goal was to make it quick and easy for me to find everything.  I tried to bundle supplies/tools by type and by how much I use them.  To keep the visual clutter down, everything is white and the plastic drawers are lined with white paper as well. 

Below is the view from the doorway.  I love that this room is on the main level of the house and I'm not cut off from everything going on in the house.  As you can see, I didn't spend a lot of money putting together this room.    I prefer to spend my money on the craft supplies themselves!  Most of the items are Ikea, Target, yard sales, or going-out-of-business sales.  

My favorite items in this pic are the 2 large metal cabinets that I use as a base for my craft surface (a hollow core door, btw).  They are pattern cabinets (the kind you see in a fabric store) and my dad got several of these cabinets for practically nothing years ago from a fabric store going out of business.   I have more in the garage;)  One day I'll get them powder-coated a fun color, but for now, white contact paper will do.  They are awesome because the drawers are large and pull all the way out.  The bookcase in the corner is just an inexpensive Ikea model.  I use it to hold DVD baskets with my clear stamps.  Each stamp set is in an Avery Elle storage pocket (with the matching die if there is one).  That cabinet also stores my impression plates and embossing folders in the plastic drawers.  Now to the craft table...

I recently got my two inkpad holders from Organize More and I highly recommend them!  I was lucky to get them on sale but I have to admit, they're worth the full retail price:) The cubbies are even big enough to hold my reinkers.  Here's what's below the table...

In the cabinets below the craft table, I use the left cabinet for "tools" and the right cabinet for "supplies".  On the "tools" side (drawers above), the top drawer stores my Big Shot, cutting pads, and my dies that do not have a matching stamp set.  The second drawer holds pencils, pens, label makers, punches, etc.  

On the "supplies" side, the top drawer contains washi, enamel dots, gems, string/twine, baking-related stuff, and other random embellies.  The next drawer has yarn, ribbon, cork, and note pads that I used to make gifts.  For small bits, I use old spaghetti jars.


To the right of the craft table is this upright lateral file that I got from a friend's office that was moving and selling all the old furniture.  Best $5 I ever spent!  Again, contact paper was used to dress it up a bit.  On top of this filing cabinet, I have my copics and filing boxes of various papers and stamps.   This cabinet is mostly office stuff but I have one drawer for card stock and one drawer with all my Silhouette supplies.    


I really baby my cardstock because I hate wasted paper.  The hanging files keep the card stock from getting bent or scratched and keeps it organized by color.  Because the filing cabinet is metal, I also use it to store a few of my long dies and my big ole roll of foam tape (from Staples) with magnets.  In the past, I stored more of my dies this way, but I lost a few and that was not acceptable!  

The wall to the left of the door is where I have my desk and computer.  I use my laptop mostly but the Big Mac is waiting for a permanent home.  Once I get another desk, he will move to the rec room for the kids to use.  The desk, chair, lamp, and tall bookcase are all from Ikea.  The bookcase is where I keep my wood stamps in cookie jars.  I also keep random stuff that I don't use often like paint daubers, ink spots, glitter, gems, etc., in the plastic drawers.  In the lower part of the bookcase behind the doors, I keep my sewing machine, thread, and fabric.  

Along the window wall, I keep some low plastic drawers for scrap paper and that's where I keep my paper cutter and scoreboard.  That's also where I keep my little TV that plays girly DVDs only (no cable in here).

That's about it!  The best part of the room is the fact that I still have empty drawers!  I purged a bunch during the move and I hope to clear out even more items in the next few months.  I hope you had a little fun peeking behind the scenes;)   Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful week!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mama Elephant: Party Kit!!!

Hi y'all!  (yes, I did say y'all, lol!)  Mama Elephant is celebrating their first birthday with a special offer set called Party Kit!  This fun stamp set is FREE with a $100 purchase (after discount 10/15-11/14 EST only while supplies last).  And there's even a coordinating Party Kit die set that is FREE with a $150 purchase (after discount 10/15-11/14 EST only while supplies last).  Here's a look at the set and dies in use:)

Go check out the Mama Elephant blog for details and links to more Party Kit projects!  And stay tuned for the rest of the month!  There are so many wonderful things coming:)

Mahalo and Aloha,

Avery Elle: Thankful

Good morning folks!  Just a quickie post today with a card using the new Avery Elle set Thankful!  This mini set is all about the oversized acorn!  

I decided to go with a more natural, organic look for this card and here's what I ended up with.  I used the large wreath stamp from the new Winter Wreath set as a background.  The wreath stamp is actually not that wide, I just used a mask to stamp a wider image.  For a little bit of definition, I lightly colored over the leaves and the acorn cap with a Copic.  Lastly, I used a banner stamp from the new set Build A Banner.  This is a good way to use a banner stamp when your sentiment is slightly larger than the banner:)

I'm so happy to be working with this set because this is definitely how I've been feeling lately!  Even with the day-to-day craziness in my life, I'm feeling very thankful for family, friends, my home, and even my job;)  Hope you all are feeling it too!

Thank you so, so much for stopping by!  Heather also has a project today, so be sure to go visit her blog!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mama Elephant News!

Just stopping in with a little news:)

And stay tuned to the Mama Elephant blog!  There's more than new DT members being debuted;)

Mahalo and Aloha,