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Paper Smooches: August Blog Hop!

It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW  Paper Smooches  September release with you!  FOUR  new  stamps and EIGHT  new  dies will be available to purchase on September 1st.. You will find our new releases  HERE .   To add extra fun to our blog hop...we are offering up a prize!  The prize - a  $25 . gift code to choose what you like at the  PS online store . Here are the details: FOUR  winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the  PS Blog  to win the $25. prize. Just leave a comment on any of the design team blogs listed below or the PS blog for your chance to win!  (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your changes)  Deadline: You have until midnight MT on Sunday, August 31st to leave a comment.  Please check the  Paper Smooches blog  on Monday, September 1st to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.   Ashley Marcu  (me!) Betsy Veldman Emily Leiphart E

Mama Elephant: Designer Series {Carnival Toppers}

Hi! Ashley here with a card featuring the new stamp set Carnival Toppers !   The whole card started with the super fun sentiment. I noticed that it fit perfectly inside the new Polariod Fun Creative Cuts! I love when dies work out like that! After I die cut the large polariod in white and light grey I stamped the sentiment, blending Bubblegum  & Lollipop  pigment inks to create an ombre look.  I added a cupcake from  Carnival Cupcakes  to compliment the sentiment. I stamped the frosting in Sunshine ink , the star with  Lollipop  and the cupcake base with Winter  and then added them to the top and bottom of my sentiment. It's fun to take a break from paper piecing and coloring every once in awhile. I love the look that you can achieve with just inks. The Mama Elephant colors are so vibrant! My centerpiece was then added to some patterned paper and finished off with a few enamel dots and string. Thanks for joining me today!

Neat & Tangled: Create a Gift

Little Tangles has a new challenge up! This one is all about creating a gift. There are so many ideas over on the blog make sure it check it out HERE . For my gift, I created a card that holds a gift card on the front. To create my gift card pocket I backed a Crate Paper chipboard frame with white cardstock. The sentiment from Neat & Tangled Kindness Matters  was stamped on the inside of the frame and then I adhered it to my card. I embellished around the sentiment with a sticker from Crate Paper's new collection Notes & Things and a arrow clip from Freckled Fawn. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll join the challenge!

Bella Blvd: Thankful

Note: It's a double post day! Check out my Mama Elephant card HERE . It's hard to believe that crisp cool days are around the corner but I LOVE fall and I LOVE the new autumn collection from Bella Blvd (available in September) Hello Autumn. I created this card, inspired by the Pinterest picture HERE, with a journaling card cut from patterned paper. The leaves are Paper Smooches Large Leaves . I've really been inspired by the light pink mixed in all of the collection lately so I popped in a pink leaf and I think it adds a fun balance. The wood grain paper is another favorite from this collection. :) For more details and to see my other Pinterest inspired card check out the Bella post HERE. Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Elephant: Sentiment Borders

Note: It's a double post day! Check out my Bella Blvd card HERE . Great background sets are a stampers best friend. They may seem boring in the package but Sentimental Borders from Mama Elephant packs a punch. Normally when I first get a stamp set I stamp it a few times on scratch paper just to get the feel of the images. This card IS my test run. It just came out perfect the first time. LOVE that it's SO easy. So I stamped the birthday Sentimental Borders background several times. As you can see, it all lines up easily without much effort. Then I stamped and die cut my sentiment from Bloomsies  and the cupcake from Carnival Cupcakes  with matching dies . I think this is my favorite cupcake yet! The top of the cupcake and bow were lightly colored with Prisma pencils. Oh, I used all ME inks too ( Smoke , Winter , Orangeade , Blush , and Bubblegum ).  Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Elephant: Rock with Me

I'm back with another card featuring the new Mama Elephant stamp set Rewind .  I paper pieced the super hip cassette tape with papers from the new Notes & Things Crate Paper collection then added it to a tag and journaling card. My favorite trick these days is trimming those larger journaling cards down to A2 card size. I think they give a brilliant, quick and fun background that is a little more interesting than patterned paper.  The sentiment was stamped in grey off to the side to match the angle of the cassette tape. I love all the different sentiments in this set!  If you'd like to see another Rewind card, check out the card I created for the blog hop HERE .

Mama Elephant: Carnival Cupcakes

Carnival Cupcakes is being featured over on the Mama Elephant blog today. This is such a fun and unique cupcake set! I used this set A LOT this month. For this card I made a sweet treat using the stamps and coordinating dies and rested it on a sentiment from Bountiful Blessings . Isn't that tiny bunny adorable?  Be sure to check out the ME blog for more inspiration!

Mama Elephant August Stampede!

Welcome to the Mama Elephant Release Design Team blog hop! I used the new Rewind set to make my card. I paper pieced it with some super hip colors (because this set is soooo cool!) and stamped the "rock" sentiment below it. The "let's" part of the sentiment is stamped on the new Polaroid Fun Creative Cuts die that I promise you will need because I can't seem to put it down. The whole release is super fun so be sure to hop around and then shop, shop, shop! :) Our newest release is now live and available for purchase in the store! To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away one of each of the new stamps released! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the blog on the last Stamp Highlights day. You have up to 3 chances to qualify to win! Just leave a separate comment for each! » Leave a comment on this blog post « » Like/share us on Facebook:

Big News! Mama Elephant!

Did you hear the news? I'm honored to be joining the Mama Elephant Design Team! Sometimes an opportunity comes along and it completely and totally works. Because I love the product (I have since they started), I love working with their products and I LOVE them, I'm super excited to have been offered a chance to design for them. So I'd like to say hello to new, exciting opportunities with one of the top companies in the industry!!! (Can you tell I'm excited?!?!) This card was created using the Hello Script creative cuts, the hashtag from the new Index Card . I die cut the hello from patterned paper from the new Crate Paper Notes & Things  and backed it with black card stock. The hashtag/pound sign was cut from the same black cardstock and mounted on the front of the card. The Bella Blvd washi tape was folded in half and stapled on to the card. I thought it would be fun to visit a few of my past cards using ME stamps...  Mama Elephant: Origami

Bella Blvd: A to Z Cards

Back to school time is so exciting, right? I love getting my kids ready. When I first got the Tiny Tots collection the Flashcard papers caught my eye right away. I had to make a card set for my young kids! I started by upcycling a box I had around the house. I added a few papers (Toy Chest), chipboard letters (Amorie White) and stickers (Tiny Tots Trinkets, Red Chevron Tape) to the top of the box. I could have die cut an actual playing card box out of card stock but the large square box will work better for the tiny hands playing with it at my house. ;) There are three sheets of patterned paper that make up the Flashcard A to Z and 1-10 set (Flashcards A-L, Flashcards M-X, Flashcards YZ123). I cut them apart, then rounded the corners. My kids are pretty good with patterned paper (yep, they are BIG time crafters) so I didn't feel like I had to reinforce the paper but you can easily laminate or back these cards with card stock if you needed to. ;) These cards wi

Paper Smooches: You Are...

Paper Smooches has some of the coolest dies. The word dies are big time favorites of mine. Especially THESE ones. I love when I can combine dies, mix them with stamps and rearrange them again and again for different looks. On this card I die cut my sentiment and place each word on a banner. I cut the stripes and then die cut them all a little differently. Look closely and you can see the Dots & Dashes die on each banner. I adhered each banner on the stitching side so they stick out from the card a little bit.  On my next card I just used the "you are" from the Kudos Dies and then added a stamped word from Charmed Cat .  The cat was stamped with Feline Friends . Isn't he perfect perched up there on the sentiment. I love those cat stamps!  I also used the SAME sentiment dies in THIS guy card. Love. Those. Dies. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Crate Paper: Back to School

Getting ready to start the school year is a great time to organize and freshen up desk accessories at home. I decided to make a new pencil jar for my son's desk using the Boy's Rule collection. I started with a blue Ball jar and painted the inside with a creamy white paint to match the neutrals in Boy's Rule. Tip: When painting do several thin layers and let them dry really well between coats.  I mixed and matched a few Boy's Rule embellishments that added a fun pop of color, with words that will encourage him as he works. The embellishments were adhered together and then attached to the jar with a paper clip. Next up, I couldn't help but make a coordinating collage. I focused on bright colors with lots of textures and interesting and inspiring things to look at. I mounted the collage on card stock, just like a card, to stand up on his desk. If your space allows for it this would also make great wall art placed in a simple frame. Th