Monday, October 28, 2013

Mama Elephant & Studio Calico Cinnamon Spice Add-On Kit

Hello! I'm so excited to share that Mama Elephant has an exclusive stamp set in this month's Studio Calico Card add-on kit, Cinnamon Spice. Plus there's a giveaway on the Mama Elephant blog today, so be sure to stop by the ME blog to get all the details and to participate.

I'm already a Studio Calico Project Life subscriber so getting an extra kit this month to play with and to make cards with was such a treat! I love how the paper pad has perfect designs for holiday card making and my favorite of course is the Mama Elephant exclusive stamp set for the Studio Calico Cinnamon Spice November Card Add-On Kit.

"All is Calm, All is Bright" card: I started with the kraft card base from the kit. I stamped the Mama Elephant row of decorated houses onto the kraft paper for a subtle look. Then I used the white gel pen from the Mama Elephant white marker set to add snow trim to the houses. I really wanted to contrast a sparkly "all is bright" with a tone on tone "all is calm" neighborhood, so I sprinkled a bunch of gold, copper, silver, and clear peach sequins and adhered them to the card base. Now, I love sequins on cards, but they're not always great to send in the mail because they can pop off. So I decided to create a "window" to the card as a protective layer above the sequins using clear acetate.

I really love the Studio Calico white washed brick pattern paper because it reminds me of snow but has just enough texture appearance to make it a faint background. So I used this pattern paper to sandwich the acetate so that the calm and bright village can show through.



"Joy to You and Me" card: For my second card, I also used the kraft card base that came in the kit. I stamped the Mama Elephant sentiment circle and then used a craft knife to cut a window out. I then stamped and embossed the wreathe image from the Studio Calico Cuppa Card Kit stamp set. I love the black sparkle embossing powder from Ranger! I then drew strings for the ornaments to suspend from and added the Studio Calico bows. To finish the front of the card, I stamped a bunch of snowflakes and stars from the Studio Calico exclusive Mama Elephant Cinnamon Spice stamp set and added a few black stars that came with the kit. Lastly, I stamped the circle sentiment on the inside of the card matching up to the window.



Here's a closer look at the card when it's folded flush. The stamped sentiment peeks through perfectly like a dimensional ornament. This is also a better view of the black sparkle embossing powder -- I love the sharp black shimmer!


Be sure to check out the Mama Elephant blog for your chance at the giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by!
- KRAFTY pearl

25 comments:

  1. Two awesome awesome cards Pearl!! Love the sequin shaker element of the first one especially!!

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  2. These are super cute! I love those bows!

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  3. Love you cards. They are so cute. Great design idea with the faux brick as a backdrop for the row of houses.

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  4. Gorgeous cards, I especially love the first, your sequin placement is perfect, there's so much motion there.

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  5. Sweet cards. Love you're ideas. Thank you

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  6. Wonderful cards! Love them both, but my fav is the 2nd one. Hope it's ok if I "lift" it!

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  7. My goodness both these cards are so clever. Those sequins really make that card POP! But the die cut and using the coffee ring as an ornament are pure genius.

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  8. very cute cards! using elements differently is ingenious! thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. Beautiful ideas! Love that black sparkle embossing powder. :-)

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  10. What a great idea to do the cut away window! You ladies make it all so easy! Now to win so I can use this fantastic Mama Elephant stamp set too!!!

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  11. I love all of the elements you used on your cards!

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  12. OH MY!!!!!!! amazing!! your first card is so incredible!! i love that sequin and house window you created with the acetate!! and the white brick paper totally makes it feel vintage-y!! and your second card is amazing!! love the ornament cut out!!!!! soooo cool!!

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  14. So cute. I always love, and keep meaning to try, an acetate strip. It is just an awesome look.

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  15. Some really cute cards. I need to hurry up and figure out the design of my Christmas cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  16. This is a (virtual hug) as per ME's request! You all have stepped up and brought us wonderful cards for the anniversary and now for this release! Thank you so much for all of your work! You are appreciated!

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  17. Cute cards - love the sequins and bows.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  18. Fantastic cards. Adore the sequins "snow".

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  19. That is some awesome sequin placement!

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  20. Great cards ~ looks like an awesome kit!

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  21. Love the cards..but the 1st one is soooo pretty...love the scenary...!!!

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