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Mama Elephant and me challenge: Paper Piecing + thank you

For my Lawnscaping Challenge post, please go here!



Howdy ho guys! It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for another Mama Elephant and me challenge! Last month’s watercoloring theme was a hit! Be sure to check out all the creations! This month’s challenge is all about paper piecing! I LOVE to paper piece! Initially I thought about paper piecing some critters or little people, but I wanted to go a different route and create a night scene, so I hope I pulled it off ok.


I LOVE THIS DIE! I LOVE IT!! It’s gorgeous, high quality, detailed and well. Just fab! Plus, part of my honeymoon was in NYC so this was a no brainer for me!!! I die cut it with a couple of different pieces of patterned paper and staggered them along the bottom of the card and popped the top panel up with some double sided tape. Before adhering them down, I created a “messy” night sky with my kuretake gansai watercolors.


As a finishing touch, I added this speech bubble from this stamp set and a strip of washi across the top! Be sure to head on over to the Mama Elephant and me challenge blog and check out the rest of the the AMAZING design team samples! When I saw their work, I was a tad bit jealous! It’s awesome…


  • Your entry must use at least one Mama Elephant stamp and be based on the challenge/inspiration source provided
  • Your entry must link back to the challenge post along with the graphic image
  • Winner gets featured here and a stamp set of choice
  • Deadline is September 28th (my birthday, lol)

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Lawnscaping Challenge: ONE LAYER sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Hi there everyone! Today is my second post of the day. There will be one more in about an hour! I KNOW I KNOW! Busy day at the blog today! It’s Lawnscaping Challenge time! WOO HOO! I love LAWN FAWN, and I love this challenge! Lawn Fawn just had their mega release so I can’t wait to play with all of my new goodies! (Ellen Hutson is having a one day sale today only, 15% off your entire order using code: LaborDay14 – Perfect time to get some Lawn Fawn at discount: CLICK HERE)

I did want to reach out for an oldie for this challenge though! So my new goodies had to wait! The challenge this week is ONE LAYER! Don’t be scared. One layer is actually fun and requires less supplies and is easy to mass produce unless you do a lot of masking and what not! Let’s take a look at what I created, with Christmas in mind of course. My favorite season of the year!

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Now you will have the song PA RA PA PA PUM in your mind because that is the name of the stamp set I used today, lol! I stamped them all onto my card base, colored them in with my alcohol markers, did a little ink flicking, rounded the corners  and voila, done! Take a close look at the puffs of smoke. Thats the Wink of Luna marker in silver! :) And the multi colored ink sentiment? WPLUS9 inks rock!

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As I mentioned before, we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp (who just released their stamptember2014 release TODAY, click HERE to shop). The winner will receive $25 gift certificate to their online store!

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So I hope you will play along with us! You have until September 10th to get your entires in!!!!! :) Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping blog to check out the rest of the design team projects!


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Simon Says Stamp Stamptember release with coupon code


Simon Says Stamp has done it again! Another release! This one is the Stamptember 2014 release filled with stamps, dies, MORE inks, sequins and stencils!!! Yup!  Head HERE to check out the entire release. And use code PARTY to receive a free SSS balloon die set with your order!!!! But hurry, the code will only work for the first 50 orders of the day… Here are a few of my favorites! There are a ton more so be sure  to click HERE to see the entire release. I was able to get a hold of that adorable Halloween stamp set early and have a card to share, but I was having camera malfunctions. I’ll post that later on!!!! Today I will have a total of 3 posts (ACK, I know)……. So stay tuned. But for now, enjoy shopping!

SHRINK PLASTIC is so stinkin’ cool! VIDEO


Oh MMMM GEEEEE! I don’t know how I didn’t know about this product! I stumbled across one of the kits at my local scrapbooking store and immediately bought it. I was intrigued beyond words! Allow me to introduce shrink plastic. Shrinky Dinks… Whatever you want to call them. This project kit is especially made with crafters in mind as it comes with a CD full of at least 200 images for you to print onto the specialty plastic paper that comes in the kit. No coloring required! It’s totally and completely coolness! I know, I know… Let me back up! HERE are all the project kits that are available right now ( I have linked to other sources which are more inexpensive below). What comes in the kit is: CD, Shrink Plastic Sheets, Samples sheets of clip art, directions… Now this kit is designed especially to be used with your printer. There are other shrink plastics on the market that are not and I will talk about that in another video. Yes, I said video because I have one to share with you today!  You can watch it right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD!

Here is one of the items I made using nothing but the shrink plastic and images from the disk that came in the kit! THIS is the kit I purchased for myself. I liked it because it had friends for all seasons, hence the name. I’ve got Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter covered to name a few… This could be an ornament for my Christmas tree.. A fun tag…. A pin….


And a few other shrink plastic items I made in the video! Love these!! These could be special gift tags, go on the front of a card, door hangars, pins, etc….


And here is a sneak of how you can use your clear stamps to create shrink plastic items! These were made by experimenting using the shrink plastic and Lawn Fawn… I got better and figured out some tips along the way so I will share this idea with you in another video….


That’s all for now! Have an awesome day!

Some fun news and a textury card


Did you see this post? ACK! Yup! I am officially a Reverse Confetti Design Team member! I am part of the Confetti Crew! I am so totally and utterly stoked! In honor of this exciting news, let me share with you my first project as an official DT member.

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Nothing like a gorgeous a fun stamp set, some crackle embossing paste and distress ink to make a bright textured card.

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Winnie & Walter Share the Love rainbow style


I just had to play along with Winnie and Walter this week! They are having a Share the Love celebration all week long and I am playing along with their rainbow challenge. They are collaborating with Simon Says Stamp this week so in order to play along, you’ve got to use something from both companies! No problem. I’ve got tons from both! I used several different Winnie & Walter sets, the Simon Says Stamp THANKS die and loads of Wow Embossing powders….. ALL the supplies I used are linked below to multiple sources so be sure to check it out….

See the stars/flash? THIS embossing powder is the bomb! Period. It is awesome! I also used THIS embossing powder as a underlying shadow for the Thanks….


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Paint Fusion with Sheena

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Hi there! I’m here with another post for Crafters Companion! Sheena has this Paint Fusion line, which is amazing! Today I’m using THIS STAMP SET. Now i kept this simple. With the set, you get practice sheets and instructional sheets and tips on how to paint with this set. Today, I just used Distress Inks. (Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon). I made sure that I touched a wet brush to all of the stamped images so they all would have the watercolored look. The “HEART” sentiment was made with my die cutting machine. Let’s talk about that embossed background. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS EMBOSSING FOLDER! It’s called Snowfall and it is fantastic! Sheena has an entire line of Festive Embossing folders worth taking a look at.

Be sure to head on over to Crafters Companion and check out their new products!

Frap bottle cuteness from Wplus9


Milk and cookies! And those adorable milk jars! ACK! Such cuteness! I have a collection of the Starbucks Frap bottles that I keep in the house. Some I have used as decoration, others I use as cute serving drinks for guests…. So when I saw this set from Wplus9, it was a no brainer! I was getting it. (ALL supplies are linked at the end of this post to multiple sources)…

This is a very simple card and very easy to mass produce.  I simple stamped the frap bottle, made a masked, and then stamped two more…. The cookies were stamped and die cut… The straws were selectively stamped (I put a piece of torn post it over the lid before stamping) and then I flicked on some Black soot distress ink to create the droplets of water onto her gorgeous oatmeal cardstock. Oh, and if you look closely, I put a small layer of embossing paste inside the frap bottles!


This set is adorable! No doubt about it. Thanks for popping by today! What do you have on the agenda? So far today I have cleaned floors, done laundry and showered. Yea, real glamorous! I need to get out of the house!

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Christmas in August with Lawn Fawn


So yes, I was in the Christmas spirit today so I took some time out of the day for myself and created this for the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting edge blog hop. This card actually took me a long time to make believe it or not, lol! But I had fun. First I stamped the images from several different Lawn Fawn stamps and colored them! Some images were then die cut while the rest were fussy cut! See the stitched panel background? That is from this Lawn Fawn set that will be available for purchase on the 28th of this month, just 3 more days! This release is amazing! I  die cut the Christmas tree from this set. I did some creative masking and decided to add some stripes to the background using this stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  I added some liquid applique to the gingerbread peeps.  And of course, I would so totally love to have that color fireplace in my house!


As I mentioned before, I am going to play along and join in on the fun over at the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge blog hop! You have until tonight to play along! If you need incentive other than fun and inspiration, there are about a bajillion prizes that can be won also.


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Watercoloring flowers


I recently upgraded to the 36 count Gansai Watercolors. NOM NOM NOM! That is all I have to say….. I love the pearlescent white and the two shades of gold and the extra colors I get in between! They do offer a 12 count and a 24 count as well for a lesser price. I wanted to color some flowers! I don’t have a good flower stamp set except for this one, which is absolutely amazing, but unfortunately not available any more. The store closed its doors! But I just had to use it anyways. It’s fantastic! It’s by Deasy Designs. I thought after she closed down the clear stamp side of the business she kept the digital side open, but I can’t find it anywhere. If you are interested in the digital format of this stamp set, let me know and I’ll contact her for more information.

Back to the watercoloring, the colors just blend together flawlessly! After I colored the flowers and allowed to dry, I went in and create a sky… So easy to do, and actually quite relaxing. Watercoloring is far more forgiving than alcohol marker coloring (Spectrum Noir, Copics)…. And if you look closely, the flowers have sparkle to it. That’s because I used the pearlescent white watercolor over the top! The sentiment was heat set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder, the EP that goes with EVERYTHING! LOL.


So there you have it! I am practicing at watercoloring as much as I can. I love it and want to get better at it! I have some amazing friends that are so talented so they are my muses!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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