Claritystamps, Mama Elephant

Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge

Hello… I loved making these cards inspired by day seven of Martin’s Mayhem Christmas challenge… winter sunset. Think they are my faves so far as they were so different for me.

I made one large panel and cut it into two thinner panels to make 2 long thin cards.

I started by stamping the fabulous snowmen from Mama Elephant and then stamped it onto scrap and cut it out and taped it in place before then adding lots and lots of ink. I used lots of different colours and just kept blending and blending until I was happy with it. Then I splattered with white gesso and some shimmer ink to create a snowy sky. Admittedly I might have gone OTT but loved it.

I then coloured in the snowmen accessories and carrot noses using promarkers.

Then I cut it into two panels, one slimmer than the other and then matt and layered them onto white. I then created one cardblank from black and the other from Starry Sky. For the wider one I embossed in white the sentiment from Claritystamps directly onto the sky. The other I added a sentiment to the side of the cardblank.

So I absolutely loved this and absolutely wouldn’t have thought of this colour scheme if it hadn’t been for Martin’s inspiration.

Happy crafting!


Alpaca Pals, Badass Chick, Darcy, Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant, Promarkers, Letraset, Scalloped tag topper, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, Washi tape

Heart embellishments

Another swap with hearts! This time I had to make six embellishments for the recipient to use either in a journal or on a card etc.

Here is what I made…

Clockwise from top left…

1. a ribbon and muslin combo with a stamped and gilded heart and a little gem.

2. Canvas stamp with inky collage.

3. Collage paper onto pink card with washi tape and a stamped heart and stamped sentiment.

4. Twinchie with patterned paper and a plastic tape with stamped and embossed glossy hearts.

5. A tag with stamping and collage elements.

6. Little card with stamped and coloured cat and balloon image.

Love how they all came out.

Entering these into the anything but a card challenge at Simon says stamp challenge blog

Happy crafting!


Mama Elephant

Cats and … more cats postcard

It’s been a while since I’ve joined in with the Postcard Art swap just because I’ve had so much going on… but this month I’m back in the gang and the theme was Cats or Dogs.I went for cats for my postcard though and used my Cats meow Mama Elephant stamps. I just adore these clustered group big stamps (I’ve got the dog and snowman one too!)I stamped it and masked it and added a few more kitties to the back of the crowd including one with a sign saying hi! Then I watercoloured them using a mix of distress inks.The distress inks I used I had pressed onto my glass mat and then sprayed water onto it and smoothed another piece of water colour card onto it to create the background…. a great way of keeping the colours the same!I then added the meow words on the background and edged the panel. The top panel I trimmed down a bit so it would be smaller than the base to show the inky background and edged that too.Once I had adhered it I then added glossy accents to some elements like the sign, the heart, the monacle. This gives them a raised and glossy finish.Love how this came out and how cute these kitties are!Happy crafting!Catherine

Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant

Cat Inchies

I made my inchies for this month’s swap at UK stampers forum and use the Mama Elephant Cats Miaow stamps to create the focal image and then had fun colouring them with pencils.

Aren’t they the cutest kittens?

Love how they each have a personality and how the colouring shows up under the layer of embossing.

Hopefully the recipient like them too!

Happy crafting!


Mama Elephant, Watercolour paint

Snowman two for one

Today I have two cards made using one stamp… the So many Snowman stamp from mama Elephant. This is a fabulous stamp… just like the dog and cat one I also own. Love it!

I took my inspiration from this card that Kristina Werner posted last year. Although clearly I’m nowhere near as skilled or as practised as she is.

I used watercolour to colour both the sky and the Snowman elements and then heat embossed the sentiment and chopped it into three pieces… one for on a longer card and two as panels on the standard card.

I finished both off with a white sharpie paint pen to add snow and some highlights to my little snowmen… so so cute!

I’m enjoying making Christmas cards now… good job as it’s nearly December… so be prepared there are more to come!

Happy crafting!


fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant

All creatures great and small inchies


So all the swaps for last month’s Artist Trading Coins swap should have arrived with their new owners now so I can share the twinchies I made to go with the swaps as little thank yous to those who joined in.

I decided to make a few different sets this time rather than them all being the same…

I made eight using the Dogs Woof stamp I used for my coins for the swap.

I kept them really simple … a background made from brayering fresco finish paints and then heat embossed the image. I then added a little bit of colour using the coral fresco finish paint and embossed the sentiment on to card coloured with the same paint.

Next I did a similar job with the Cats Meow stamp … but used different colours for the background and then added both pink for the ears of the Cats and blue for the accessories.

I then embossed the meow onto cardstock I had coloured with the Orchid pink paint.

So that’s 17 twinchies made for the group!

And I had to make a few more… as I was a few short… so I used Panda Party stamp and fussy cut them out on to the distress oxide background.

And a couple had to do without as I ran out again but also ran out of time… ooops! Sorry gang!

Happy crafting!


Inchies and Twinchies, Mama Elephant, Promarkers, Letraset

Clean and simple inchies

I fancied a change of pace for the inchies I was making for this month’s UK stampers swap and wanted a clean and simple look. I had a little hunt through the stamps and thought the mama elephant dogs woof and cat meouw sets with the individual animals would be perfect.

So I cut some mount board into 1inch squares and then stamped all the images onto them using Memento. I don’t often use memento ink but knew I wanted to use promarkers and it’s the best ink for them.

Then each little cutie got a base colour of ivory.

I am not the most proficient colouring person with alcohol markers but I’ve learnt that for me adding a base layer is a good start. Then adding layers on top and returning to this colour helps to blend the colours.

What helps, or actually may hinder, is that these are super tiny images so they don’t need much work in terms of many colours but I still wanted to achieve a blended look and some shading…

Which on some I managed but not so much on others!

Still I was super happy with these.

Finished with a simple edge using a warm grey colour.

Cute images and a real change of pace for me from the mixed media stuff I’ve been sharing.

Happy crafting!


Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Mama Elephant

All creatures… artist trading coins

So another month has started and all the coins from last month have been sent on their way to their new owners … And it really was amazing to have such fabulous artwork shared. And yesterday I announced to the group the theme for October…

All creatures great and small.

I figured there were lots of humans in last month’s swap so it was time balance it out and give the rest of the creatures a chance.

And what did I go for… well I went for a simple look and used the Dogs Woof stamp from Mama Elephant.

I painted the card with Baltic Blue Paperartsy fresco finish paint and then stamp and embossed with white detail powder the image. I had to do it twice to get three coins cut.

Then I used Paperartsy paints to add colour to the Dogs.

I made sure I then cleaned all the embossing off the images and added a little bit of shading with some pencils. I heat embossed the woof sentiment three times for each coin and then added those to the coins.

Really cute stamp and a really simple set of coins to make.

Happy crafting!


Mama Elephant, Stitched framelits

Happy birthday KJ

So one of the princess’ best friends had a birthday party yesterday for her birthday that is actually tomorrow… and here is the card I made inspired by her lovely dog Lottie…

I had to use the Dogs Woof stamp and stamped it a few times before trimming it down and colouring with ink and a water brush.

I then stamped one of the single images and diecut and mounted this … and then inside the same image.

Hope KJ likes her Lottie inspired card. And here is a pic of the lovely Lottie dog!

Happy crafting!


Howlstooth & Scaringbone, Mama Elephant

More woof and meow

I have some cards I made using the fab Mama Elephant stamps … this time the cats came out to play too.

I stamped the full image and coloured them with promarkers and then die cut the image using two different dies.

This gave me two different card toppers. I created the cards using bright Daffodil Delight cardstock and some scraps of papers. I like the bold look of using the promarkers… it creates a very different look to the watercolour.

For the Dogs I used watercolour pencils to colour them and again chose some scraps of paper and then some Crushed Curry cardstock for the bases.

So two different looks for these super cute stamped images and different from yesterday’s tag too. And love using part of the big image rather than just leaving it as it is… makes the set even more versatile.

Happy crafting!