Mama Elephant 8th Anniversary Stampede – Day 2


Welcome back to Day 2 of the Mama Elephant Design Team blog hop! We are celebrating 8 years with a fantastic new holiday release along with our amazing friends!

So join us with some free goodies and our annual sale! 

You can shop the newest release which is LIVE in our store now!

That’s not all! To celebrate this special Anniversary release, Mama Elephant is giving away ten $25 gift certificates to our store!!! That is 10 winners!!! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the 3 day Stampede. You have up to 4 chances to qualify to win!

» 1. Leave a comment on this blog post «

» 2. Like/share us on Facebook: «

» 3. Follow/tweet us on Twitter: «
» 4. Follow/leave a comment for us on Instagram: «

(Each action qualifies for one entry, max 4 entries per stampeder please!)

Here are the designers for today. Please make sure to visit each of them and leave some kind words and comments!

Amy Yang »

Megan Quinn »

Jenny Colacicco »

Claudia Cubas »

Laura Bassen »

Kevin Bray »

Kristina Werner »

Mama Elephant »

Thank you and Happy Stampeding!

Here are the cards that I made with a couple new stamp sets!

This first card features the adorable new “Oh, Penguin Tree” stamp and die set. I colored these cuties with Copics and turned it into a shaker card!

Next, I used the Laura Bassen “stripping” technique to create a backdrop for that beautiful scripted “let it snow” sentiment. I love these large greeting stamps!

Here is another penguin card! This time I used the 2 solo birds from the “Oh, Penguin Tree” stamp set. Some quick ink blending, Copic coloring, and heat embossed sentiment pulled this card together.

Finally, I used the snowmen from “Let it Snow” to create this card. I love their long flowing scarves. Makes me look forward to our windy winters here in Minnesota. 😉 I tried some no line coloring with this set!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I am so honored to be part of the stampede that features so many talented card makers and a few of my card making idols! And a HUGE THANK YOU to Mama Elephant for letting me a part of this celebration!

#SpreadJoyNotGerms Blog Hop

Hey y’all!!! I am so excited to share my card for the #spreadjoynotgerms blog hop today! This hop is filled with sooo many talented card makers! You can find the full list here:

There’s also over 20 fantastic companies giving out amazing prizes throughout the hop, make sure to leave a comment on my blog and all the others for the most chances to WIN! Special thanks to Brutus Monroe 😉

Anyways, check out this cheerful birthday card I made for one of my dearest friends, Grant. He was my dorm neighbor, college roommate, and best man in my wedding, Happy 25th, Grant!!


I created the succulent border using the Flutter background stamp from Brutus Monroe. I did some simple watercoloring using Distress Inks to add some soft, yet cheerful color. A two-toned sentiment from Take Flight finished off this card.

This is a super simple card, but that;s what I love- clean and simple. Do you have a preferred style of card making? If so, what? and if not, what styles do you enjoy creating with? Let me know in the comments for a chance to win some prizes!

Up next on the hop is Kirsty!

Full hop list and more details can be found at Catherine Pooler’s blog 

Or over at the Hedgehog Hollow.

Sponsor and Prize List:
Catherine Pooler Designs – $20 Gift Certificate on each of the Brand Ambassadors’ blogs
Hedgehog Hollow – one month free sub to the box with free us shipping
CAS-ual Fridays – Win the new release – over $80 value
Heffy Doodle – £35 voucher for the store
Whimsy Stamps – $15 GC on each of their Creative Team team blogs
Sassy and Crafty Stamps – $35 Gift Certificate
The Ton – $20 Gift Certificate (stamps, dies, ink or sequins)
Ellen Hutson – $35 Gift Certificate
Polka Dot Orchard- $20 Gift Certificate
Ink on 3 – $35 Gift Certificate
Brutus Monroe – $50 GC
STAMPlorations – $25 gift code on the STAMPlorations blog + $10 gift code on each designer blogs.
Unity – two $25 Gift Certificates
Pink and Main – $25 Gift Certificate
Taylored Expressions – $50
Trinity Stamps-$25 Gift Certificate
WOW! Embossing Powder – two gift vouchers 1 x £30 and 1 x $30 that covers the USA, UK and Europe Greeting Farm -$25 Gift Certificate
Miss Ink Stamps -$25 Gift Certificate
Pear Blossom Press -$25 gift certificate
Trinity Stamps -$25 Gift Certificate
Paper Sweeties – $50 Gift Certificate
Xyron – Mega Runner, Refill & 1.5 inch sticker maker, refill
Dress My Craft – $35 gift certificate
Beacon – Product gift bag
Artesprix – Getting Started Kit

Masking with JDC

Hey y’all! I love challenges because they make me use a product/technique that I normally wouldn’t! I have masked many images before, but I am usually just too lazy to do it on cards these days. But for the challenge this week at Jane’s Doodles, masking is the theme and I was reminded how easy it really is! Check it out-


You Are Sweet


I stamped the image from Jane’s Cool stamp set then masked it with masking paper. Some simple ink blending with a couple Distress Inks as well as some splatter added some color behind the image. I stamped three images from Patterns to add some more interest. Then I Copic colored the ice cream image and added a simple stamped sentiment to complete this clean and simple card. Since there is so much white space happening on this card, I added the panel to a kraft card base to give it a little more interest and variation.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you join in on the challenge. We are a 2 week challenge so you have plenty of time to mask something and play along!


Jane’s Doodles LOVE Challenge

Hi everyone! It’s time for challenge #3 at Jane’s Doodles challenge blog. The theme this time around is LOVE. With Valentine’s Day right around the river bend, I made a card for my beautiful wife, Cheryl. Check it out-

Peony JN3

I used Jane’s Doodles Peony stamp set. I stamped, Copic colored, and fussy cut them out before popping them up on some foam tape. Then I added the sentiment using more foam tape(very, very, very tiny strips of foam tape) and some white splatter.

I hope you guys play along with the challenge, you could win a $30 gift certificate to the JD shop!

Thanks for stopping by! – Kevin

Jane’s Doodles Challenge #2: Watercoloring

Hey everyone! I am so excited to show you my card for the second challenge from Jane’s Doodles! If you follow me on Insta- you know that I am on the very first ever design team for the JD challenge blog! Our theme this week is watercoloring! Here’s what I made using the Happy Camper set.


I had so much fun with this set! Even though I am not much of a camper-I am in love with the vintage camper vibes of the stamp set! The watercolor sky intimidated me at first, but I think it turned out nice. Next time I am definitely using watercolor paper, I had some slight pilling where I overworked the paper.

Please play along with us, you could win a $30 gift certificate to the JD store! I would love to see your watercolor masterpieces! The deadline to enter is February 4th! Thanks for stopping by!


Three Room Studio’s December Release

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Hey, everyone!!! If you follow me on the Insta, you know that I am one of the lucky card makers on the 1st ever Three Room Studio design team! The December release is LIVE today!!! Here are 3 cards I made using the 3 new stamp sets!

First up I used the most adorable ski partners in the world from “Welcome Winter” on the clean and simple winter card.


I stamped the image, partially of the page for something a lil different, then colored it in with the beloved Copic markers. Some quick stenciling with a snowflake stencil and Distress Ink added some interest and color to this card. Finally, a white heat embossed sentiment finished it off. This card is my favorite, tell me yours in the comments!

Next up- the rainbow wreathe!


I took elements from “Skate Sleep Repeat” and stamped them in a circular pattern to make a wreathe. Distress Oxides made stamping really easy. I only have a few colors though, so I couldn’t quite make the traditional rainbow, but y’all get the idea, right?!

Lastly, the ever so cozy card using the main image from “Let’s Hygge.”


This set’s sentiments really spoke to me- food, friends, and socks- what else do you need in life?! I stamped and Copic colored the comfy lady sippin’ her coffee and added a soft ink blend towards the top of the card. Then a giant thought bubble filled with this lady’s favorite things acted as the sentiment fro this card.

Thanks for stopping by the ol’ blog today! If you love any of these images as much as I do, get them HERE!

PS- sorry for the unusual photos today, I had to take these pictures at work…don’t tell my boss! 😉



Bitty Bears are Back

This is probably a surprise to most of you, but my stamp collection is not very large. I have about 1 shoe box full of stamp sets, including background stamps and coordinating dies. What I am getting at is that I only buy what I really love! So when these Bitty Bears came out last year(?) I knew I needed them! I use them every once in a while, but when I do- I always end up loving the result! Check out the latest card made with my favorite little critters-


This card is super clean and simple, but that’s what I love! I stamped out 4 bears and colored them with my Copics, my fav is the polar bear! Then I stamped a sentiment and popped up the panel on a gray card base. That was it! Simple, right!

I used the MFT WSC as inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and heave a great day!

Sketchy Rose

Hey, card making friends! Florals seem to always be trending within the card making industry. But, I am never drawn to buy many flowery images. However, my lovely friend Diane sent me this set from Altenew and I love it! So maybe I should buy some more florals and see what I can do with them?! Check it out-


I first heat embossed the rose and the stem onto a vellum panel. Then I did some watercoloring on the back of the panel. Since vellum is translucent, you can see the watercolor from the front. I adhered it to a white card base then added a sentiment (from the same stamp set) with some foam squares.

I used the colors from this weeks CTD challenge as inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!!


Let’s Get Lit

Hey, everyone! I have a super clean and simple card to share today! It’s almost one layer, but I just couldn’t pull that off.


I started by doing some light stenciling with a wave stencil from Neat & Tangled and Distress Ink. Then I stamped and heat embossed some drinks and the large sentiment from CZ Design.  Then a subsentiment finished it off.


I hope you like this card and play along with the Snarky Sisters’ challenge!



Hi, makers! I have a Halloween card to share today! Earlier I said I was only going to make one Halloween card this year, but when I saw the challenge them over at Newton’s Nook, I had to play along!


I used the the bear from Sweater Weather for this Halloween card. A stencil and Distress Ink completely the background. And a couple letter dies made up the sentiment. This is a pretty simple card but it packs quite the Halloween punch!


Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!