Birthday Fun with Mama Elephant!

Hey everyone!
Happy Wednesday!!  We are finally getting some cooler weather here in Montreal, which is such a relief!  I'm not a fan of heat, but I was thankful that the humidity stayed away for most of it.  Now it's rain, which is always refreshing :)

For my birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to buy myself a little gift...some goodies from Mama Elephant that I've had my eyes on for quite awhile.    Believe was hard only picking a few!  I have a whole entire wish list for Mama Elephant, but I had a budget to stick to so only a few things made it into my basket.  But since receiving them, I haven't been able to stop playing!  They haven't even made it to a proper storage place yet because I'm always grabbing for them!  That's how you know you love something :)

Of course, that pile of things-I-can't-stop-reaching-for has gotten pretty large...but oh well!  
See!!  So incredibly adorable!  Since the challenge over at Mama Elephant right now is watercolor birthday, and I'm addicted to watercolor, I decided to join in!  The background is actually a watercolor piece that I did quite awhile ago and never found a proper home for it, but it was too pretty to throw out.  It was a test piece really.  I was trying to do a fun background where you apply paint to an embossing folder, mist it a few times and then press your watercolor paper onto it.  The paint should transfer to your paper and leave the embossing pattern empty.  Well, I learned that too small of a pattern doesn't really work.  This piece, I was trying to use the Swiss Dots folder...but those dots are just too small and all the paint smooshed into them.  There were just a few that showed up in one of the corners and if you look really really hard, you can see them in the upper left corner under the vellum.

But like I said, even without the pattern, the colors looked so pretty that I couldn't throw it out.  But it worked perfect for this card!

One of my fun birthday goodies was the adorable In My Heart stamp set from Mama Elephant.  Love these little cuties!  And it has all the perfect "miss you" sentiments on it, which is something I was telling Matthew a little while ago that I really needed.  I've colored the cute little girls in with my ShinHan markers and then trimmed them all out.

And see all those stitched hills?  Yup!  My second little gift, the Landscape Trio!  I used the fun cloud die to make little shrub mounds in the background.  Looks pretty cool to me :)

The balloons are stamped from the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine set.  I had do to a little watercoloring on them to get the shading to blend properly, because trying to wipe off some color and stamp it just wasn't working very well for me.  I added a black border around them and glued some strings so the little girl could be holding big bundles of balloons.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's The Big, The Bold & The Happy.  It was supposed to be more of a silver color, but I picked the wrong embossing powder the first time, so had to go over it again with the right one and I think that muted down the color a bit.  But it still looks awesome :)

A few little flowers and turtles, and some glitter to the balloons and the card was done!  So cute and so fun!

Hope you made it through all those rambling details :) 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Card Mania #53-Birthday Party
    Little Tangles #42-Happy Birthday
    Mama Elephant & Me-Watercolor + Birthday
    Paper Shelter #169-Punches/Dies
    Winnie & Walter-Join in to Win
    Work it Wednesday-Blue

Thanks for stopping by! <3


  1. Your card is absolutely the cutest!! So glad you could join us at Mama Elephant & Me!

  2. Your card is so cute and the use of clouds as shrubs so clever. Happy belated bday!

  3. What a gorgeous card, you have created a great scene. Thanks for playing along with the Little Tangles challenge.

  4. This is really cute! I love your images and how you have popped everything up to make it look 3D! So much fun! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania! :)

    Pamellia GDT

  5. What a cute card… such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. Thanks for joining us at Love to Create. Neva

  6. Sweet card. Beautiful scene. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter.


  7. Such a pretty card - I love the dies cuts and the cute little girlies! - thank you for playing at TPS this week hugs Judith x

  8. Very lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.