Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SEI Spotlight: Laughter

Hi thereI was over at the SEI blog yesterday sharing a wedding inspired layout. Head on over to the SEI blog and see how it all came together.

Materials used: SEI Mia Bella, Think of Me, Field Notes, Promise Me; tissue paper, sequins

Here's a closer look at some of the details:

Make sure you stop by the SEI blog for all the details and to see what the rest of the design team has been creating!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mama Elephant Highlight: Today Was

Today will be a great day! And you can bet on it with the Mama Elephant Today Was stamp set. It's perfect for everyday journaling or Project Life pages, but it's also perfect for card making!

I used the Today Was chevron frame to create a glitter pocket. The pocket consists of a Hambly overlay and an old dictionary page with glitter and sequins in between. I then created a tag with the sentiment "smiling's my favorite" and layered some gold heart confetti to finish off the card.

Materials used: Mama Elephant Today Was stamp set, Memento Inks, Hambly overlay, glitter, sequins, confetti

Here's a closer look at the glitter pocket. I love the layered look created by the pocket and various colored glitter.

Make sure you head on over to the Mama Elephant blog for more inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mama Elephant Highlight: Hello

Hello, hello! Do I have a Hello for you! I'm happy to share with you Mama Elephant's Hello stamp set. All puns intended. :)

Look at these prefect speech bubbles to say hello. I love the beautiful penmanship and how you can change pretty much include whatever you want to say in the open area. I made a card with spring in mind to say "hello" and "how you doin'"?

Materials used: Mama Elephant Hello, SEI Think of Me puff stickers, Hambly overlay

Speech bubbles with interchangeable sentiments or write your own! A real must have set:

Make sure you have a look at the rest of the Design Team's projects on the Mama Elephant blog!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pay It Forward: Lucky Gals

Happy St. Patty's Day! Here to announce the randomly selected Pay It Forward: Lucky March Madness commenter. I know I said I'd pick just one random commenter, but I looked at my stash again and I think I can certainly spare another package. So I randomly picked 2 commenters instead:

Randomly selected commenter #1 -- Miriam Prantner

Randomly selected commenter #2 -- Tammy B.

Miriam and Tammy, please contact me via email (lower left side bar) with your email address, mailing address, and blog address. I will be shipping out roughly 14 items to each of you.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to tell me about their stamp supplies storage system! And thank you Miriam and Tammy B. for taking some supplies off my hands. All I ask in return is that the randomly selected commenters enjoy the supplies, give them a new home, and make something incredible with them to brighten someone else's day.

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Mama Elephant Highlight: Papa Love

Happy Sunday! Although, it's only March and Father's Day seem months away. But it'll be here before you know it! Mama Elephant's Papa Love is perfect for those special guys in your life, husband, father, grandfathers, and brothers.

Can doilies be masculine or be used to create a masculine card? I'm so into the Knot & Bow gold doily that I had to try. It seemed like a perfect challenge. A mustache trio + gold doily for my dad. I incorporated the gold doily in an abstract way so it'd appear like a king's crown and cloak. How'd it turn out?

Materials used: Mama Elephant Papa Love stamp set, Memento Inks, Knot & Bow doily

Don't forget to see what the rest of the Mama Elephant Design Team created!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mama Elephant Highlight: Lovely Mums

Good morning! Hope you're having a lovely Saturday. Today, Mum's the word with Mama Elephant's Lovely Mums set. I created a card with some ombre stamping on the solid bloom. I find ColorBox Cat's Eye Queue Inks have been easiest to handle and achieve the soft ombre results. I then added a label-like strip, cradled the flower with a gold doily from Knot & Bow, and finished it off by stamping "Mum" in a similar pink, and sprinkled some sequins. Mother's Day is right around the corner and I'm looking forward to handing this card to my mum.

Materials used: Mama Elephant Lovely Mums stamp set, Memento Tuxedo Black InkColorBox Cat's Eye Queue Inks; Knot & Bow doily, sequins

What beautiful flowers for beautiful ladies in your life!

Make sure you check out the Mama Elephant blog to see what the rest of the DT created!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Friday, March 15, 2013

Mama Elephant March Stampede

Welcome to the Mama Elephant March Design Team blog hop! The March release is now live and available for purchase in the Mama Elephant store.

To celebrate the new release, Mama Elephant is giving away 3 gift certificates worth $20.00 each to 3 lucky people! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 18th.

Here's how to qualify to win (leave a separate comment for each):
  1. Leave a comment on this blog post
  2. Become a follower of the Mama Elephant blog
  3. Like/share Mama Elephant on Facebook
  4. Follow/tweet about Mama Elephant on Twitter
For my Mama Elephant March Stampede project, I created a layout documenting my work desk on Valentine's Day. My husband sends me the loveliest floral arrangements every year. In our effort to reduce waste, he sent potted blooms the last two Valentine's Days. I love this photo because it shows last year's orchids which bloomed again along with this year's overflowing kalanchoe and ivy arrangement. Today Was and Lovely Mums is the perfect combination to highlight this photo.

Materials used: Mama Elephant Today Was and Lovely Mums stamp sets, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, ColorBox Cat's Eye Queue Inks

Here's a closer look at the stamped details:

This is one of my favorite images in the stamp set -- "Today Was" label is perfect for everyday scrapbooking!

I love the cute ampersand which is perfect as an embellishment or visually connecting words. The chevron frame is also awesome for journaling.

Finally, from Lovely Mums flower as an ombre embellishment.

I keep saying this, but seriously, these stamps are perfect for all of your scrapbooking and card-making needs. Happy stamping!

Your next jump is the talented Alice Wertz - http://aliceslittlewonderland.blogspot.com/!
Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pay It Forward: March Lucky Goodness

Hi there! At the beginning of the year, I read several Facebook and blog posts about random acts of kindness to "pay it forward." My initial thought was that I'd love to participate as someone paying it forward.

Welp, with spring near, and Zen in mind, paying it forward starts now. I'd like to start living a simpler life with less "things" and more space. I started clearing out my craft supplies collection first, since that seems to take up the most space (next to my overflowing closet). I've accumulated so much unused or lightly used supplies that I don't see myself using in the near future, so instead of boxing it all away into storage, I'd like to pay it forward.

Here's what I'm thinking: Tell me how you store your stamp supplies by commenting on this post.  Feel free to even share a link to a blog post about your stamp storage solution in your comment so that I may learn from you.

Here's how it'll work: I will randomly select a commenter on St. Patty's Day (March 17th, noon ET), and post the name of the randomly selected commenter on my blog. The randomly selected commenter will need to email me their name and shipping address. I will put together a package of at least seven brand new and lightly used supply items ranging from clear stamps to embellishments and ship it out via USPS. Because I love connecting with folks all over the world, I'd be more than happy to ship internationally too. So this is open to anyone in the world with a physical mailing address. Shipping is on me!

The package received by the randomly selected commenter will contain at least seven items. The photo below is only a representation of the goodies in my "pay it forward" stash and may not include the items shown here.

What else? All I ask in return is that the randomly selected commenter enjoy the supplies, give them a new home, and make something incredible with them to brighten someone else's day. And of course, I thank them for helping me towards clutter-free living.

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spotlight on SEI: You. Me. Oui. Spring Card

Hi! While we had a bit of snow dumped in the north east just the other day, the warm temperatures immediately after are a sure sign that spring is right around the corner. I shared a card on the SEI blog the other day inspired by spring.

Light, airy, crisp, and spots of bright colors, using SEI puff stickers and label stickers, plus a cute sentiment from one of my favorite Mama Elephant sets, Smitten. Check out the SEI blog for more details.

Material used: SEI Think of Me puff stickers, Field Notes stickers; Mama Elephant Smitten

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

Friday, March 1, 2013

Mama Elephant Sketch Challenge!

Hi there! I'm excited to share a Mama Elephant Sketch Challenge. For all details, visit the Mama Elephant blog now!

Here's a preview of the sketch:

And here's my take on the challenge:

Materials used: Mama Elephant Smitten and Modern Borders

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl