Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mama Elephant Stackable Cuties

Today Toni is sharing an adorable Christmas card using everyday stamps and dies. I love trying to stretch my supplies to create cards for multiple occasions! Thanks Toni for the inspiration!


Hello, friends! I have a fun holiday card for you using the non-holiday Mama Elephant Stackable Cuties set.  The cuteness is killing me!

I started the card by stamping and masking the various critters. There are so many to choose from including pets, woodland critters and more exotic ones. I think my fav is the koala--they're so fuzzy and adorable!

Now before I started coloring I lightly penciled in the string of lights then used a Copic Multiliner 0.3 over it.

So now insert lots and lots of Copic coloring.  LOTS.

The finishing touches include a sentiment from the Mama Elephant Puffy Holiday Greetings set stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. I also added a couple of (Lawn Fawn) hats adhered with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Star adhered with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Feel free to check out my other creations on my blog, Frankie Helps Craft.  See you soon!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hey Chick!

Toni, from Frankie Helps Craft is back! She's sharing this adorable card, perfect for Spring!


Hi, everyone! Today's card is full of fuzzy cuteness featuring the Mama Elephant Little Chickie Agenda set and Mama Elephant Jar Shaker!  I didn't use the jar as an interactive shaker but instead left it flat with a layer of acetate behind to give the illusion of eggs being poured out.

So cute!  I masked one of the ME Little Chickie Agenda eggs multiple times and colored the resulting jumble of eggs with Copics in keeping with the look of the Lawn Fawn Spiffy Speckles paper.  The other chicks are colored with the same Copics.  I think my favorite chick is the one who's falling out of the jar and out of his shell at the same time. How about you?

The background consists of the MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil sponged with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers. The grass consists of Doodlebug Green Grass washi and a Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillsides Die layer on top.  This has been sponged with Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron. The diecut grass made it really easy to nestle the chickies while the washi grass adds an extra layer without bulk.

The sentiment is from MFT The Whole Herd set stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The sentiment is so perfect for this, right?!

Feel free to stop by my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, to check out my other creations. See you soon!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Love Monkey, Reveal Wheel Card

Toni from Frankie Helps Craft is back this week with a cute interactive card using the Reveal Wheel die from Lawn Fawn!


Hi, lovelies! Are you ready for some monkey, monkey, monkey fun!  Let's go!

I was looking at the MFT Happy Birthday Circle Frame and it occurred to me that it might just be used with the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel dies. It totally can be! Check that out! The Sunny Studio Love Monkey set now have the perfect platform for their hijinks.

So, I cut out the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel pieces using designer paper, including the green. I sponged a stencil over that using Distress Oxide Shabby Shutters. Now there's a subtle jungle pattern that's interesting but not cluttered. I completed the rest of the reveal wheel using Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Sentiments and a heart from the monkey set using Versafine Onyx Black and Distress Oxide Candied Apple

TIP: I love the Lawn Fawn video showing how to use this set--so helpful.

Next I colored up the Sunny Studio Love Monkey images using the below Copics, using colors to coordinate with the designer paper. I glued down the MFT Happy Birthday Circle Frame using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. The monkeys are adhered with that and Scotch foam tape. Did you notice how the vine perfectly fits the frame die? I'm telling you--these were meant to play together!

If you'd like to see more of my creations, feel free to stop by my blog, Frankie Helps Craft. Have a great rest of your week!

Below is a video from Lawn Fawn introducing the Reveal Wheel Die and how to assemble it.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Lucky Dog from MFT Stamps

Toni's back again with this cute card for all the dog lovers! Isn't this so fun?


Ack! This card makes me smile!!!  I have a coworker who is an Anglophile so how could I not have corgis on her card?

I started the card by stamping the MFT Lucky Dog corgis randomly on the Strathmore Bristol Smooth card front using Versafine Onyx Black. I then watercolored them with Zig Markers and a Zig Watercolor Detail Brush.

I used Catherine Pooler Aquatini to stamp the Mama Elephant Stackable Cuties speech bubble sentiments. I also sponged Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers and a touch of Evergreen Bough on the MFT Fringed Scallop Border to make it matchy matchy.  Don't you love how the aqua green and russet colors go together?

My final touches included adding a layer of Wink of Stella Clear to the MFT Fringed Scallop Border before adhering it to the card front with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I also printed out the "concorgilations" sentiment on my printer and die cut it with an MFT Essential Speech Bubbles die.  It's mounted on Scotch Foam Tape. The corgi eyes are dotted with Ranger Black Enamel Accents.

I know:  killer cute!  Check out my other creations on my blog, Frankie Helps Craft.  Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tweet Friends from MFT Stamps

Let's welcome Toni back again! She's sharing this wonderful card with us today.  Don't you love the colors?


Hi, everyone! The weather is starting to warm up and I'm all about the coming spring. How about you?

This card uses a bunch of leftovers; don't you love it when you use up stuff that's been lying around (and now can justify getting more stuff!)? I knew I wanted to use the MFT Tweet Friends set paired with the MFT Big Hugs die. I happened to have a leftover of that made with patterned paper glued on top of black foam.

TIP: Ranger Glossy Accents works well with foam.

The card front was made with a Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock panel colored with Brushos and a die cut panel glued on top using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I then die cut the lot and adhered it to the card base. There's a lot going on in this card and the white border helps the focus.

I colored up the birds using the below Copics, inspired by the colors of the flowers. Don't you love how one bird is serenading the other? And how cute is the bird perched on the G! Finishing touches include adding a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sequins and a banner sentiment stamped in a coordinating ink.

If you'd like to see my other creations, feel free to stop by my blog, Frankie Helps Craft.  Have a great day!

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Altenew Layered Dahlia Stencil Set

Toni's sharing on the blog again today! I love these stunning cards she created with the Layered Dahlia Stencil set from Altenew!


Hi, everyone!  I have a bonus post for you this week. We all need sympathy cards in our stash (and unfortunately I had run out recently) so I worked up a couple for the future, as well as a happier card.

All of the cards use the Altenew Layered Dahlia Stencil A and Altenew Layered Dahlia Stencil B in different ways for different results. 

With the first card I used the Copic Airbrush with V09, V15, YG63 and B93. I didn't bother masking as the airbrush allows quite a bit of control (not that I had any in some spots--need to practice!). I love the soft effect.  The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed with Ranger silver embossing powder on vellum.

For the second card, I masked the two Altenew Stencils on the Strathmore Bristol card front and used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color. I just colored with the stencils still on the paper--didn't trace or anything. I love the brighter colors here so used a fab sentiment from the MFT More Essential Sentiments set, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.

With this last card, I masked the flowers, the leaves and background while I sponged with Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass, Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick, and Mustard Seed. Gorgeous. And softly colored enough that I could stamp the Mama Elephant Wishing You sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black and be assured that it would stand out. If you look closely, you can see where I added a few drops of Ranger Glossy Accents as raindrops on the petals.

Do you have a favorite? We'd love to hear what it is!  You can check out my other creations on my blog, Frankie Helps Crafts.  Have a great weekend!

Links to Supplies Listed Below:
Copic V09, V15, YG63, B93
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers (assorted colors)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Coffee Cup Gift Holders from Honey Bee Stamps

Hello crafty friends!  We'd like to welcome Toni, from Frankie Helps Craft, to the blog again!  She'll be sharing some cute Coffee themed projects today.  Thanks Toni for the fun inspiration!


Hi, all!  I hope you're having a good day. I bet it would be better with some coffee! You could even be nice enough to give some away but only after you've had your own, of course. :)

I had such a great time making up these Honey Bee Coffee Cup Gift Holders! They came together very quickly so I was able to try all sorts of fun things!

I used papers from the Doodlebug Designs Cream and Sugar collection for both.

The sentiment on the left is one of the hearts from the Lawn Fawn Candy Hearts die. I love these so!

With the one on the right, my first, I used the Lawn Fawn Polka Hearts Portrait die to impress the front of the holder. The Altenew Coffee Talk sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

Now can you see how the this works?  The body of the holder is cut from a single piece of cardstock.

TIP: I used 140lb, 110lb, and 80lb in the examples here; I preferred the 100lb with 80lb my second choice.

The sleeve is a separate die as is the lid if you choose to cut one, like I did with the mixed media version below.

For this holder, I used a variety of inks to color up the lid (Distress Ink Candied Apple, Distress Oxide Barn Door and Chipped Sapphire). I sponged and spattered the body with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso.  I love that spattering with water creates even more shades of color. I cut the sleeve using one of my Gelli prints.

Oh! The sentiments!  Both are Altenew Coffee Talk.  The lid sentiment is stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger Gold Super Fine Embossing Powder, my fav!  The sleeve sentiment was stamped using Versafine Onyx Black.

Feel free to stop by my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, to check out my other creations. Have a great day!

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