Mama Elephant 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop

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Today I’m happy to be a part of the Mama Elephant 5th Anniversary Blog Hop! If you’ve arrived here from Nichol’s blog, hello and welcome! This is Day 3 of the 3-Day Stampede! (Find Day 1 and Day 2, respectively!)

I loved working with these new products! Mama Elephant was the very first set I ever bought and used Copic markers with (all the way back in the Spring!) And I have two posts (one here and one here) featuring my favorite stamp set, Party Animals! I’ve got a video to share of this card building process. Check it out and then check out all the details for the Hop!

In the video I’m sharing today, I created a watercolor background for my Yeti, but I ended up using the one I created off camera. I am so new to watercolors and have a lot to learn. (But oh, it is a fun trial and error!)

Enjoy my tutorial and be sure to read further down for all the details on the blog hop giveaway!

To celebrate this mega anniversary release, up for grabs are three $25 gift certificate to the ME store! That’s a total of 9 winners for the 3-day Stampede! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the last day of Stamp Highlights. You have up to 4 chances to qualify to win!

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Each action qualifies for one entry, max 4 entries per stampeder please!

We have so many amazing guest designers joining for for this Stampede. We are blessed with some amazing friends in the industry, so we are spreading the stampede into 3 days. 3 days of awesomeness! Here are today’s blog hop designers, make sure you ‘stampede’ your way through all of them and check out what they created with the newest products! See links to all the supplies I used below!




Cathy ZielskeMama Elephant 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop

108 Comments on “Mama Elephant 5-Year Anniversary Blog Hop”

  1. #8
    Kimberly O.

    I love Mama Elephant stamps! Some of my stamping friends aren’t “into” the cutesie stamps, but I love them. 🙂 And.. it’s all about ME right?! LOL

  2. #9

    Love your video tutorial. I love both of the backgrounds. Great job on your card. Thank you for sharing.

  3. #13
    Colleen Howell

    Precious love all the colors in the background, the yeti set is my favorite of the whole release. And the pun sentiment is just so cute!

  4. #18
    Deborah Kaye

    Great card and I really like how your background turned out. I enjoyed your video also. It was fun. 🙂

  5. #20
    bev p

    I love Kristina…she gives me hope that I can learn to do it! Isn’t it just so fun to play with colors this way? Why try to create shading in teeny tiny little spots when you can splodge paint down and let it blend? Cracking up about the embossing powder, too! I still struggle with it. I just had an idea this morning, dying to try it, only messed up half today! I have learned to always do multiples when embossing, and honestly, 50% messed up is a huge improvement. Thanks for your very entertaining video and a beautiful background.

  6. #26
    Annet M

    You are the sole cause of my new stamp habit… my bank account does not thank you. However, I am all into the cutesie animals, no apologies necessary.

    However, I also FULLY disagree when you say in the video “I am not Creative”. You are VERY creative in many different ways and have such a creative eye. I think self-deprecating is funny but I also think that you need to own your creativity. Have you read Big Magic by Liz Gilbert? You really must. It’ll stop you from saying you aren’t creative.

    I wore a handmade dress yesterday and had so many compliments. And each time I full on said “Thanks, I made this” and did a little sashay or twirl. I owned the fact that I made the dress and it was extra fun to get lots of compliments. You should too!

  7. #28
    Elizabeth Knehans

    Both of your backgrounds were awesome! Loved the card design and the color scheme. You are really growing as a card maker!

  8. #30

    Love your videos Cathy! I started stamping 30+ years ago and put it all away after I started scrapbooking (well ok maybe after I had kids). You inspired me to start again this summer. I’ve been slowly learning all the new techniques and getting all the new tools that make it so much easier. I am learning all the new coloring just like you. Thank you for the inspiration and no fear to learn a new way to do things!

  9. #38

    Your card is lovely ! For me, watercolor is still a difficult technique, even if I watched a lot of videos too (It looks like we have the same “teachers”). I don’t feel confortable enough to use my background for my cards….. Yeti – LOL !

    I had to create my own transparent grid for my Misti as the one I ordered from SSS was cut completely crooked. There is a PDF on My Sweet Petunia’s website.

  10. #41

    The blending and bleeding of the watercolors combined with the colors you chose really makes the background look like magical monster fur! It’s such a fun card.

  11. #44
    Christy Q

    Great card, Cathy. Thank you for sharing the technique with us. I still struggle with trying to figure out how to get a watercolor background so I appreciated your video. I think you are very creative and thank you for sharing with us.

  12. #46
    Martha Berry

    Your background is beautiful! Watercolor is new for me, too and I would be very pleased if mine turned out as nicely as yours. The Yeti is a treasure-he just seems so friendly:)

  13. #48
    Mary Holshouser

    The little yetti is darling.
    Who would have thought
    a monster could be cute.
    thanks for sharing a fun card.

  14. #50
    Theresa Grdina

    This is so darn cute….and I just want to add: I am LOVING your card-making adventures!!! Keep it up! Pretty soon the pros will be following you!!! lol!!!

  15. #60
    scrapper al

    What a fun card! I love Mama Elephant. My LSS started carrying them earlier this year and I’ve already bought my third set.

  16. #62
    Beverly Perdue

    Love the colors you used in the watercolored background. The yeti holding the trees is so adorable.

  17. #66
    Trina P.

    Beautiful watercolour background, especially for someone new to watercolouring. Love the colours.

  18. #69
    Monique C.

    Love how you made this card, it is too cute! Love the background and colors too! Thanks for sharing!

  19. #75
    Deepa Lakshman

    Both your backgrounds turned out great. I love the pink there. I need to sit with my watercolors and get into the learning.

  20. #76
    Franka M.

    Your background is just stunning. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

  21. #90
    Deneen Cook

    Cathy I love this so much and have loved watching you are you explore card making techniques. Way to go!

  22. #96

    Adorable card and I love it that its hugging the trees. Your background is very pretty. I do like the pink.

  23. #99
    Jackie Price

    What a gorgeous background you created for this big, fun loving yeti. The colours are so rich! This yeti stamp set is adorable!

  24. #102
    Angie Hall

    I think your background turned out very well-both versions. Cute card. Love that punny sentiment.

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