Monday, February 29, 2016

Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear....and a Whole Lot of Sweetness

I recently visited a nice little LSS not to far form where I live.
I do most of my crazy shopping on line...and the truth is...after decades of creating with paper and stamps...I no longer feel the need to go to the "big" name craft stores..
I have my favorite web sites
and ...I am dedicated to them.

I am also all about supporting small business owners....
whether it be a small business on line...or a small business right here in my own town.
So taking a ride to this little scrap shop was something I have been wanting to do since it opened
not long ago.

I found lots of nice things in that shop that day...
and this stamp set from Mama Elephant was the one stamp.die duo that I bought
I did buy oodles and oodles of paper....of course! 
Me? Buying oodles of Paper?

This stamp set is just so sweet...
the images are sweet...
the sentiments are even sweeter.
and...while I succumbed to the sweetness overload...
I got carried away making cards with the stamps and dies.
and....the images and the sentiments make them perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

I paired the stamps from the set with some Kiwi Lane templates..
for a change of pace...and to bring some new lines to my cards...
I like to work with Kiwi Lane templates every so often.
I Binge on them every once in a while.
Because, as I mentioned...they bring more to a card that a straight line
or a die cut shape.
But the big attraction for me is....
that I find that I REALLY use a 6x6 pad of paper almost to completion...
and I LOVE the fact that when working with Kiwi lane...
you NEED to be bold...
and a paper pattern risk taker.
It's not unusual when using KL to mix 3-4 coordinating paper patterns and colors  on one card. works!

So these are the cards that I created with the Mama Elephant stamp and die duo
and some Kiwi Lane templates
I grabbed a pad of 6x6 form my stash that had colors and prints that felt happy...
But..I never paid attention to "who" makes the pad..
So.. you won't find that info in the supply last below.

Alrighty it's time to take a look at these cuties..
the heart-touching sentiments..
They are all, the epitome of sweet...

I was only going to post 2 of each of the stamps that I used...
but there all so cute...
and I wanted to show you how the mixing of multiple different paper patterns 
from the same pad  
(There's one more image in the set..also very sweet....I haven't inked it up....yet) we go....
Mama, Papa and Baby Bear

Oh..I almost forgot to tell you something...
I DID NOT want to color...and I DIDN'T want a traditional looking bear (i.e. brown)
and so I stamped the bear images out on bright, happy card stock colors
Listen up people...
This may be a new trend for me..
You heard it here first 
THIS is one of my fave things to do..
and I have a strong suspicion that I will be doing this often...
Stamp and image on colored card stock
and working it into the color palette of the card.
And.does a sentiment get any sweeter and send out more love than this

Look at those cute little tails on their chubby little butts.
And look!
They're holding hands!
...and the little bay bear is looking up at the mama bear.
I am on sweetness overload.
Hearts are floating out of my eyeballs as I look at this...

And if that wasn't enough sweetness....look at that teeny tiny little heart...

This paper makes this card masculine....
How do you like the Papa and Baby in red?
I didn't use a die for the sentiment banners...they're so easy to cut by hand...
I'm so glad that the banner trend is still going strong..
I LOVE them for sentiments on card fronts.

Love on the outside of the card...and love on the side...

Another masculine card...
Look at the smooth lines and layering 
Thanks Kiwi lane!

Uber sweet
Uber cute.
This one also has  I love You inside with the heart

Time for hearts come flying out of my eyeballs again...
Look at these 2!
Mama and Baby sharing a......BEAR HUG
(Alas...the image that portray the name of the stamp set....BEAR HUGS)


This one also has I Love You inside...with that tiny little heart....
Sweetness overload!!

So what do you think?
I say Yes!
Sweetness galore!
and...I have a feeling that this may be my first Mama Elephant stamp set...
But it definitely won't be my last!

Card Loving friends: All of these cuties are available now in the Bellissima card Shop HERE.
LOCAL FRIENDS...If you plan on picking up your card purchase...don't forget to use coupon code LOCALPICKUP at that shipping charges won't be applied.

Card making friends: You'll fin a simple and basic supply list below. You already know the I won't include that info

Thanks for visiting....
Now it's time to give someone that you love a big bear hug! 

Supply list:
Paper: SU and PTI card stock....(print unknown..sorry)
Ink: SU
Other: Kiwi Lane Templates, SU Candy Dots

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