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Mama Elephant and Me Challenge 2: Watercoloring and Birthdays



HOORAY INDEED! It’s time for another Mama Elephant and Me Challenge!!! This month’s theme is all about watercoloring and birthdays! Watercoloring is HOT HOT HOT right now, and who doesn’t need birthday cards so this is PERFECTO! I am using THIS STAMP SET by Mama. I love it. I love the large sentiments, the gorgeous font…. It’s fab! The little penguin is from THIS STAMP SET! He was watercolored as well as given a sparkly coat with some Wink of Stella goodness. The sentiment was heat embossed with this Liquid Platinum embossing powder, which seems to go with EVERYTHING I kid you not. (All the supplies are linked below to various sources). I used these watercolors to create the background, but you can use any watercolors you have in your stash!

To create the white border, I masked off the edges with some painters tape… Any kind of masking tape will work, or washi tape even….


The deets of the challenge:

  • You can play as many times as you would like, but you MUST use Mama Elephant products.
  • The winner will receive a stamp set of your choice!
  • You have until August 28th to play along.  Thats loads of time to submit, submit, submit.
  • Go HERE for all the details, the Design Team inspirational projects and the Inlinkz linkup.



watercoloring and birthdays



All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH = Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp,   AZ =Amazon).


Goodies used:

Red Lipped Portrait Smooches!


So I love, I mean LOVE this stencil by the Crafter’s Workshop!   It’s fantastic and by the looks of this card, you see how much has to be done to create something fantastic (at least fantastic in my opinion, lol)….. I simply applied some Pumice Stone Distress Ink over the top of the stencil, Festive Berries distress ink over the lips and adhered it down to a black card base. Added a little glossy accents to the lips and voila! SMOOCHES! I made this card for the sweet Ellen Hutson. :)


Thanks for popping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with the next Mama Elephant and me challenge!!! See you then!

All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH =Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp, AZ =Amazon, CC = Crafters Companion).


Iron Craft Challenge Inspired using Mama Elephant

Hi there everyone! I have been following Iron Craft for some time now. I love her interviews and challenge so I decided to jump right in and play along! In summary, you have 5 Inspiration photos based on on her most 5 recent interviews… You can use all of them, one of them or a combination of them…  I chose to work with Challenge Inspiration #3, Muses for Iwona. Debby Hughes was a popular muse for many, so this is the challenge inspiration photo I took inspo from:


How gorgeous is that!! Here is my take, keeping the layout the same.


I used a couple of Mama Elephant stamps here to create this card and used Distress Markers for the watercoloring. All supplies are linked below to multiple sources for you.


I plan on participating again in this Iron Craft challenge because all 5 of the inspiration photos are just, well, inspiring, lol!

All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH = Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp, AZ =Amazon).


Video: Watercoloring with Peerless Watercolors



Today’s card features watercoloring with Peerless watercolors. I have all the supplies listed below to multiple sources. I love watercoloring. It’s freeing. Not as fussy and precise as alcohol coloring. I love the Art Kure line by Crafter’s Companion. It’s awesome.   I did some heat embossing prior to the watercoloring…  The sentiment is from another Crafter’s Companion Set, Friends and Family.  Here’s a close up:



You can watch the video here or over on my youtube channel in HD! (warning, my camera cut off right when I watercolored in the flowers, sorry…..) It’s the camera’s fault, lol!


All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH = Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp,   AZ =Amazon).

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Video: Scrap Die Cutting


Howdy ho peeps! Happy Tuesday to you all! Today I’ve got a video to share with you all showcasing how to make this pretty simple card! This is a GREAT way to use up your scraps! I keep a large tub of all scraps (patterned paper, card stock, etc) and this technique helps use some of them up.


In the video, I mention that I kept the die inserts in place (h, l, l, o). That doesn’t bother me one bit. If that bothers you at all and you want to pop up your die with dimension like I did here, you can simply die cut your cut out several times and layer them on top of each other to create the dimension, but I suck at that and I don’t mind this look! It shows off more of the pattern. But it is a personal preference I say!

You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD! Whatever floats your boat!


All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH = Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp,   AZ = Amazon).

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Online Deal and Steals: Best Retailers I’ve found on the web



I’ve decided to create a page to let you all know about the amazing online retailers I have found that offer great deals on shipping and product and ones that I personally recommend!!! It will always be linked at the top of my blog.  I’ve searched high and low for the best prices and service out there and here are the companies that made the final cut. Click on the pictures and/or links to be taken to their websites. These are not stamp company websites. These are website were a variety of items/supplies can be purchased.

DISCLAIMER: I am affiliated with most of these stores, which means if you click on the link (or picture) and use it when you shop, I receive a small percentage. I am not listing any companies I do not shop at personally. I am not listing these companies to make money. I just thought it would be useful to share the companies I like because I searched high and low for online retailers that offer good shipping rates for one, and good pricing on their products for two and excellent customer service for three.
  • Ellen Hutson is a wonderful online retailer who has a large variety of crafty items from stamps to dies to stencils to supplies… From a personal experience, she values feedback and delivers personal attention to all customers.  From my experience, they ship within 2 business days. They also take requests into consideration so if there is something you are looking for, let them know.





  • BlueMoon Scrapbooking has a wide array of products for cardmakers and scrapbookers! They also offer free shipping on all USA orders of $50 or more. For international orders, they offer discounted rates for orders of $75 or more. It has been my experience that they ship within 2 days.




  • Butterfly Reflections is a small online store whose focus is to keep current (new) products in stock at a lower price. It has been my experience that she ships within 24 hours. Also, if there is something that you are looking for that she doesn’t carry in the store, let her know. She might be able to get it for you. She also offers FREE shipping on all USA orders over $60.



  • Dick Blick is a great place to shop for all your artsy needs at extremely discounted prices! They offer free domestic shipping on orders over $99 and also offers International shipping rate options.




  • Simon Says Stamp has the most inventory of the online stores for the most part.  They often include coupons with shipped orders and many times, a coupon can be found on the home page. It has been my experience they ship within 5 business days.


Clean and Simple Masking Card


Another very clean and simple card to share with you today! I’m catching up on cards I made a while ago and never posted in case you are wondering, lol!!!! This card used some masking.. I masked around the edges to create the white border… I also masked off the star from THIS Lawn Fawn Die set in the middle… And the hello in the middle? I can’t remember what set that came from, he he he! It’s been a long time since I made this… I used two color distress inks. When they blended together, they made that gorgeous purple color. :) All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH = Ellen Hutson, BM = BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp – AZ = Amazon). I did want to quickly point out that Blue Moon Scrapbooking offers FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50…

That’s all for today! Short and sweet I tell ya! I’ll be back tomorrow~ You can’t get rid of me can you…

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Unscramble this


Hi there! I hope everyone is having a good weekend! I have a super fun birthday card to share today using this fun stamp set by Lil’ Inkers. I love it. Unscramble. A puzzle. So fun….. :) – They also have this cute little peek-a-boo die that goes perfectly with this card! All supplies are linked below to multiple sources…. :)


Goodies used:

Simple Garden Bouquet


Alright folks! It doesn’t get much easier than this! One stamp, some distress markers, card stock, dimensional tape and done! :) This might be the shortest post from me, like ever! Supplies listed below from numerous sources….

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An IHello


So today I have somewhat of an artsy fartsy card to share with you all using THIS DIE CUT (I’ve linked to several different sources below) from My Favorite Things. This set is fab. It has a coordinating stamp set, but I didn’t have it at the time I made this card (I do now)… I used lots of distress inks and did some water flicking here and there and came up with this… Very unlike my usual style, but hey….. It’s still cool!

NOTE: My supply list below will list to multiple sources where items can be found. It will be like this going forward until I revamp by website and switch over to a hosting website, ack.. I know! (EH = Ellen Hutson, SSS = Simon Says Stamp, BM= Blue Moon Scrapbooking, MFT = My Favorite Things, AM= Amazon). Refer to my previous post to check out the online retailers I have found and recommend.

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