Friday, March 9, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Best Days Blog Hop and Give Away!



Hi all :-) I was so thrilled to be asked to take part in this Simon Says Stamp Best Days Blog Hop!! Woo Hoo!! :-) Thanks Heidi, Susan, and all at Simon HQ XXX 

You should have arrived here from the lovely and super talented Sarah J. Moerman, if not then you may need to go to the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Blog 

CLICK HERE or on the pic to see the whole new release!!



I made 3 cards to share today, this is a long post so you might like to go and grab a coffee before scrolling down ;-) 

I was so lucky to find these adorable Sweet Elephants and Blooming Wave Dies in my parcel.


I cut the elephants out of Fog Grey Card Stock and Cotton Candy for the baby's ear.  I love how the  Blooming Wave die created a flower garden  and I simply coloured them with copic markers and added a few dots of glitter and iridescent jewels.

I added a white felt cloud and silver heat embossed the sentiment.


and I finished the inside 


Next up is a Birthday Card using the same Sweet Elephants and Blooming Wave Dies. This time I added a Big Balloon and used the flowers to pop on the paper randomly. 


For the sky I used a cloud mask and sprayed using a Copic Air Brush.


and I finished the inside 


For my next card I used a lovely 'Even More Spring Flowers Stamp Set'  and Coordinating Dies .

I recently saw a Tim Holtz video where he used Alcohol Inks and then stamped with Grey Archival Ink over the top and then used a cloth to remove the colour, it gives a beautiful ghost like effect and I really wanted to try it!  I used a flower from the set and a text stamp to create this effect. 



I then used a Swirls and Dots Stencil and Blending Solution to add some more interest, isn't it pretty! 


As it is Mothers Day this Sunday in the UK I made this card for my Mum ❤️ Love and miss her such a lot XX 

I white heat embossed the flowers and coloured them with Abandoned Coral and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks.


I used a Simon Stitched Oval Die Set to create the frame and popped some vellum into the aperture. 


and I finished the inside 


Thanks for looking!

The lovely Heidi and team Simon are giving away a $25 gift certificate at every stop! How awesome is that!!  All  you need to do is leave a comment and you will be included in the draw!!
 Good Luck! :-)

If you make any creations using products from this release please upload them into the Best Days  Gallery on the  Simon Says Stamp Blog.



There are galleries for all of the releases and card kits, so if you have any to link please go ahead and add them! 


Winners will be chosen over the weekend from the Blog Hop bloggers' comment sections and announced on the Simon Says Stamp store blog on Wednesday. 






Simon Says Stamp Sweet Elephants Die Set
Simon Says Stamp Sweet Elephants Die Set
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Simon Says Stamp Blooming Wave Die
Simon Says Stamp Blooming Wave Die
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Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers
Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers
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Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers Die Set
Simon Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers Die Set
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Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
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Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies
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Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
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Simon Says Stamp #120 White Card stock
Simon Says Stamp #120 White Card stock
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Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
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Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
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Best Creation Big Squares 3D Adhesive
Best Creation Big Squares 3D Adhesive
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Simon's Exclusive Fog Grey Card Stock
Simon's Exclusive Fog Grey Card Stock
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Ranger Craft Mat
Ranger Craft Mat
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Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies
Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Swirls and Dots Stencil
Simon Says Stamp Swirls and Dots Stencil
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
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Abandoned Coral Distress Ink
Abandoned Coral Distress Ink
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Mowed Lawn Distress Ink Pad
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink Pad
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Simon Says Stamp Stitched Ovals Die Set
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Ovals Die Set
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Shadow Grey Archival Ink Pad
Shadow Grey Archival Ink Pad
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Tim Holtz Yupo Paper
Tim Holtz Yupo Paper
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Tim Holtz Key West Alcohol Ink Set
Tim Holtz Key West Alcohol Ink Set
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Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Glimmer Card Stock
Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Glimmer Card Stock
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Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing Stamp and Die Set
Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing Stamp and Die Set
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Hope you all have a great week :-)
Happy Crafting
Luv Lols x x x

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Shanna said...

I love all of these wonderful ideas!

Lisa A creations said...

I'm loving those sweet elephants! My favorites from the whole release!

Linda Kunsman said...

wow what a gorgeous variety of cards Lols!! The alcohol ink background came out wonderfully (I just posted some alcohol ink play recently) and I adore those elephants!

craftjunkiesc said...

lovely cards. Loving the new baby card ideas.

Kelsey Thomas said...

Love your cards!

Laura Pyle said...

The INSIDES!!!!! Your cards are just amazing ... inside and out!

Paula Desmarais said...

Your cards are awesome! I just love this sweet elephant!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

love your samples - the little elephants are just adorable:)

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh my!!! Love your beautiful and sweet cards!!!

Mindy Eggen Design said...

awwwww! those elephants are so cute and the way you used the flower die is awesome!! very creative and inspiring!

D Golly said...

What pretty cards. Thanks for sharing.

Jackie S said...

Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing your amazing creations.

CinnamonSally said...

Wow your cards are all so beautiful Lorraine. Love the cute elephants with the spotty ears and also love how you used the alcohol inks sooooo pretty.

Carol Doggett said...

The elephants are darling but your alcohol ink background (and card) is just stunning! My favorite!!

Mirella said...

Absolutely beautiful cards, and all the ones with the little elephants are to die for! I am in love!

Terribly Great said...

Adorable cards!!! Thank you for sharing!!

Danielle Dietz said...

Sweet cards. Love the alcohol ink card. Beautiful color combo!

Angela Lunn said...

Simply lovely!

Jackie Parkins said...

Wow! Your cards are gorgeous! My favorite is the Mother's Day card, the alcohol ink background is stunning and the flowers coordinate with it perfectly.

Maggi Minneman said...

Loving those elephants. Great ideas.

Cyn Reynoso said...

Beautiful cards! Love the technique on the first card!

Sabrina said...

Lovely cards and I just love those elephants!!

Susan Wareham said...

WOW you were a busy crafter, all projects are just wonderful

Sherri Little said...

I love the matching insides of your cards!

ljcasselman said...

These are so cute and sweet!

Purple Princess said...

Love those elephants!!

Kim Hector said...

That alcohol ink background is awesome! So much color. These cards are beautiful!

Cynthia Cole said...

Your cards are all beautiful!

Petunia's Tails said...

Beautiful card! My favorite from the blog hop. Thank you for sharing!

TheSunshineCrafter Kelly Butler said...

Wow.. ur cards are fantastic! Great job! Love those elephants!

Nicki Wong said...

Wow, wow, wow! So many adorable cards.

Joy Meadows said...

Your cards are over the top gorgeous! Love the cute elephant cards and your alcohol ink background one is just so beautiful.

Jen said...

So many fun layers and textures on your cards. Lovely!

Unknown said...

Great Cards!

Heather M said...

I'm loving those sweet elephants! One of my favorites from the release! Great selection of cards!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous cards Lorraine, so colourful and sweet with fab designs

gr karin

Kilcha Goos said...

Adore those baby elephant dies! The inside of the first card would make a great gift for any mother-to-be using a "thank you" sentiment instead of the cute "congratulations" you used. Filing your card away for future inspiration!

Annette Gordon said...

What a lot of cards! And they are all so very pretty. I love how you used the one flower die for a walk way on the first card. So creative! And it is adorable!

abhoneyab said...

Adorable cards! Thank you for the inspiration!

Karen H said...

All your cards are fabulous! The Sweet Elephants are one of my faves in the Best Day release.

ßeulah ßee said...

Ahhh, who doesn't love a baby elephant!! Great collection of cards, LOLS.

Rubeena I. said...

Wonderful cards!

Cacia said...

The technique you used for the Mother's Day card is fascinating, and the elephants are just too cute! Love the detail you used on their ears.

Cards by Maaike said...

beautiful cards

Cyndi Morris said...

Beautiful, sweet cards. I just can't get enough of those Picture Book Elephants.,

M DelValle said...

Amazing cards!! Very creative!

Cindy Thick said...

Your cards are beautiful. Really love the elephant cards.

Sherry Butcher said...

Love the Elephants and the colors so cute. thanks for sharing.

Cassie said...

Gorgeous cards, Lorraine! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Jan Schul said...

Those elephant cards are the sweetest things I've ever seen! Thank you!!!

Jeanne Beam said...

Great cards. The elephants cards are so cute and the Mother’s Day card was amazing. Thanks for sharing ....

Wendalyn said...

I love your cards they are very beautiful...

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Awesome projects!

Isabelle Baudin said...

Your cards are beautiful ! I specially love the first one, it's just adorable....

Claire Barrette said...

Love all these cards.

mtscrapgal said...

Terrific cards. I'm loving the Sweet Elephants.Beautiful Mother's day card too.

Barbara said...

Beautiful cards with great details.

Sandy M said...

The inside of your mother's card is pretty enough for the front of a card and so quick to make. All of your cards are beautiful.

Debbie Scassera said...

All the cards are beautiful. They make me feel like Spring is coming.

Sam B said...

The first card with the elephant and the flower garden is just adorable; one of my favs of the whole hop. But the Mother's Day card you made and that alcohol ink background is just over the top. I have to try that; gorgeous gorgeous card!!! TFS!!

Marcie Lovett said...

Great cards! Who would have thought the elephant could be so versatile?

sotama14 said...

Love your cards with the elephant..they are super cute !!

Mimi M said...

Great cards! I now want to make some cute kid's cards using an elephant die I own. And I'm definitely going to try the alcohol ink tq!

Becky S. said...

Those elephants are proving to be my favorites of the release- Your baby card is so sweet and precious. I love it.

Retta Lutte said...

The colors in your cards are amazing! Just stunning!!!

Betty Keefe said...

darling little elephant scenes and beautiful flower card!

Billie A said...

Your cards are beautiful. I love the look of all of them and awesome products.

Cathy Morris said...

Love all your cards, especially the Mothers Day card with Alcohol inks! Thanks for the inspiration.

jeannieob said...

Your cards are so beautiful!!

Gail said...

Beautiful work on all your cards but I fell in love with the elephant creations - nice job!

Diane said...

All your cards are beautiful, but I love the cards where used the elephant de, so cute.

Memories by Manda said...

All of your cards are really sweet! Love those elephants.

Sue D said...

Sweet elephant cards and pretty floral. I like the felt cloud.

Craftyhugs said...

Gorgeous cards. Loving your embossed flowers background and thise colours are so vibrant. Just yummy

Teri Smith said...

Oh, your alcohol ink card is fabulous!! Such beautiful colours. I must say, I love the elephant die. You've made the sweetest cards with it.

phlower said...

Beautiful cards! Love the two elephant cards, especially the lovely floral inlay on the first card. The technique on your third card is so unique and lovely. Really impressed how finished the insides of your cards, too.

Lady said...

Your elephant cards are so adorable. I liked the alcohol ink background on the Even More Spring Flowers Stamp Set and Die. I especially like how you white embossed the flowers before you colored them. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

MJ said...

All your cards are really lovely but the first alcohol card with the flowers ... WOW so so beautiful! TFS

Renate Harrison said...

The elephants are my favorite and is on my wish list. These are such cute cards, thanks for sharing!

Kathy Johnson said...

Great cards! I love the background on the flowers and the baby cards are great!

Janet D. said...

Love ALL of your card designs, amazing work!

Angela R said...

Beautiful! Love the background color on the cards and I need to get the elephant die!

Angela Rice

Meghan Kennihan said...

Absolutely darling!!!!

Jill D. said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

F. Andre said...

Your designs are just precious, I love how you've used these awesome products.

Miriam Prantner said...

Those little elephants are so cute! I really love how you combined them with the floral wave.

Stef Perry said...

Your elephant cards are so delightful with the charming scenes you created both inside and outside the cards! So, so cute! And the card for your Mother is so sweet and not doubt will be cherished by her!

Cindy C. said...

Super adorable, super sweet cards!!

Rita Swanger said...

I just love the elephant cards.

Nox said...

Those are such beautiful cards! I love the various versions of the elephant!

Suzan D. said...

The elephant cards are super cute. The alcohol ink background is beautiful.

Debra Rumpza said...

Perfect cards! I really love a touch of felt!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Loving your cards, Lols! Those air brushed clouds...fabulous! Love the large balloon die with the ellie as well- super sweet! Thanks for the inspiration! Love the new release.

chris said...


love the cards they are super cute!

janlesiak said...

Beautiful cards

Viki Banaszak said...

OMG!!!! What brilliant cards! So pretty.

Karen Campbell said...

Your elephant cards are just so darling. All your cards are great, but the elephant cards I love. Thank you for sharing

Amy C. said...

Beautiful variety of cards with these fabulous new releases!

Amy C. said...

Beautiful variety of cards with these fabulous new releases!

Teresa Doyle said...

WOW Lorraine, you've been having FUN! Your cards are extremely well done, I love that your inside of all of your cards are as lovely as the fronts. I definitely need to get on the Alcohol ink bandwagon myself, as this is a gorgeous technique. Beautifully done.

Cathy Lillie said...

Lovely cards! Your cards are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside! Thanks for sharing your work.

Jennifer said...

Such cute elephants!!! Love the designs and the way you used the flowers

Beverly Perdue said...

Awesome cards! I love the little elephant and the bold flowers.

Gwen said...

The elephant birthday card and mother's day cards are spectacular!

Tracey Magner said...

Hi, Love your cards, the elephants are so adorable and I just loved that background on the Mothers Day card, that was stunning and the overall card is just as stunning, awesome job. Thanks.

Linda M said...

All of your cards are gorgeous—inside and outside!

Peggy M said...

Very cute! Thank you for sharing!

charlsie smith said...

Oh i just love the elephants. Thank you

Cathy said...

Thank you for showing the inside of your cards. They are beautiful. I loved the idea to make the inside as beautiful as the outside. Thanks for sharing. Rancat6@verizon.net

Cheriese said...

Cute elephants!!

Ann Kulseth said...

Gorgeous cards ... fabulous inspiration from the new SSS release.

Diane K said...

I love how you showed us how versatile this little elephant stamp is. Your backgrounds are simply stunning. TFS. :)

Lori said...

Very creative and inspiring cards!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

These are absolutely beautiful!

Lindsey F said...

You are a prolific card maker. Hard to choose which card is a favorite. Happy Mother’s Day.

aquablues said...

Beautiful cards. Love all the soft colors.

Melissa Watson said...

Love the elephant cards! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing!

Camille O'Donnell said...

The elephant cards steal my heart and give me ideas for how to do my baby journal x

M Strach said...

Fabulous cards! Wonderful design, colours...

Sandra H said...

Totally stunning x

Tanja said...

super pretty cards!

KatherineS said...

Beautiful cards Lorraine, I just about squealed with delight when I saw those adorable elephants! I love the alcohol ink background you created, too -- what a cool technique! I need to dig out my archival inks and give that a try!

Tina Nelson said...

Both card are beautiful. I especially like the Mother's Day card.

Isabel Z said...

I LOVE blog hops because they inspire me to create and I love seeing how all the amazing artists are using the Simon Says products

Theresa said...

love the elephants...

M Samuelson said...

I too saw that TH idea on the grey archival ink but sadly my results were not nearly as fabulous as yours, stunning card I am sure your mum will love it.

Christa said...

Love the elephant cards! And the Mother's Day card is beautiful!

Tami B said...

Your elephant baby card is so sweet & I love that you did the inside too. That's always a big plus in my book.

Denise Gutshall said...

Your card is GORGEOUS! The background is stunning -- thanks for sharing the alcohol ink technique, I can't wait to try it!

Beth Truex said...

Love the elephant cards!

ChristinaLabbe@aol.com said...

The elephants on the flower path is sooo sweet! Beautiful cards all, I especially love seeing the mother's day card...your colour choices are yummy.

Allison aka Mom 2 China Girls said...

Gorgeous!!

CrafteA said...

All your cards are beautiful!

Karthikha said...

Wow! Super sweet and darling cards!! Love them!

Cynthia Hess said...

Very sweet cards! Thank you for sharing your gift...

Anja M. said...

Lovely cards. I really like that one for Mothers day.

Patty said...

Wow!! All of your cards are just amazing!! I too saw that ghosting video and can't wait to try it..yours turn out just beautiful!!

Nana Griffin said...

My favorite is the elephant with the balloon. Great ideas.

Nancy said...

So many amazing cards! They are all beautiful!

Shatiel said...

loved the card with the ghosting technique from Tim :D really delicate and bright!

Dona Green said...

First time I have been to your blog and I am glad I found it. I love your style, the soft colors, and that you share completed cards inside and out. These are all fantastic! TFS

Stacy said...

Those are some cute elephant scenes! (also love those stitched flower stamps - gorgeous!)

Annette Reed said...

Forgot to ask: what is the cloud mask that you used? It looks great and I need something to make a great sky because I really struggle with that.

Annette Reed said...

Sorry but evidently my first comment didn't save. Your cards are fantastic! I love that sky. The elephant is adorable and your Mother's Day card is lovely.

Debby Prutzman said...

The elephant die can be used for many different cards. Thank you for your hard work. The alcohol inks are my next challenge.

Julie Bodenheimer said...

A lot of great ideas...thanks for the inspiration!!

Nathalie Paquette said...

Beautiful cards ! These elephant dies are sooo cute.

Amber Lindsey said...

I absolutely love what you did with the die cuts in the first card. Super cute!

Lindar C said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the Yupo card, I am going to give this a try.

Mary Gillmarten said...

Lorraine, you are so creative! I have gone through the hop in order and you are the first to use the wavy dies at all and to use them as a field of green and to use the wreath of flowers and a field of flowers -- really beautiful and creative! And I absolutely adore your artsy Loft, I just have to say! I like what you did with the alcohol inks too -- I first used them a gazillion years ago when we "made" them using Stampin' Up reinker and rubbing alcohol and shiny card stock, I'm so thrilled they're back in "style" and SO MUCH easier to use now!

Mary Holshouser said...

Your cards with the elephants are
so sweet. Love the pastel colors.
Any mom will be thrilled to get
that card. Beautiful.
thanks for sharing.
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Gayle Bartholomew said...

Those little elephants want to come live at my house I think. All your creations are great, thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

Love the sweet little elephants!

Marjorie DUMONTIER said...

Oh my ! You’ve such a sweet set of cards !
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Sandy said...

These turned out great! I love how you decorate the insides of your cards as well. The little elephants are just adorable. Thank you for sharing.

kelli horger said...

Love all these gorgeous cards!!! Amazing

Keely Jones said...

Great cards! Love the elephants!

Marie B. said...

These cards are really lovely! The yellow and orange Mother’s Day card is really striking. 😀

Paula H. said...

Your elephant cards are the sweetest, inside and out, and your coral/dandelion alcohol ink background is gorgeous!

Lee said...

Love your cards!!

Debbie B said...

WoW! You made a lot of fantastic cards! Love that little elephant die and the inlaid flowers! Your alcohol ink background came out beautiful and your Happy Mother's Days card is gorgeous! Fantastic release with such a nice variety of products! Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiration!

Maureen Reiss said...

Really Fabulous cards!!

Amy M. said...

Beautiful card! I love the alcohol ink technique and can’t wait to try it out.

Laurie B. said...

Beautiful cards, love the background and design of the Mother's Day card

SabineV said...

Very pretty cards. That elephant is adorable and I love the background you made!

Gayle said...

Love the elephant die and your cards.....I could have used the elephant a few months ago for my elephant themed baby shower...sweet!

Natalie Winterstein said...

Soooooooooo cute! Love your cards!

Denise Ward said...

Blog Hops are WONDERFUL!! Not only do I get to see terrific (& inspiring) ways to use the new release products, but I am introduced to new designers. I don't recall being on your page before, but I will certainly return now that I've seen the great cards you make!! :)

Elizabeth Garcia said...

Love all those little elephants.

Stefanie White said...

Wow, fantastic cards!

Karenajo said...

Super cards - especially love the one using the pretty alcohol ink background. Thanks for sharing !

byAnnette said...

Like the floral card!
Pretty colors

Down Home said...

Beautiful cards!!! love the colors

Dar said...

What a beautiful assortment of cards! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Lynnie said...

OK! .......I'm totally gonna start decorating the insides of my cards more!!! XXOO

CORNISH said...

Wonderful cards. It is great to see the dies used for a variety of occasions.

ReNae Allen said...

Your cards are so beautiful and well-made!
I was especially taken with those beautiful clouds!
And I love that you decorated the inside of your cards...You have inspired me!

Dana M said...

Adorable elephant cards! Those little guys are so sweet. The floral card is amazing - the background is just stunning.

Tammy H said...

Your cards are amazing. Love the designs.

Loly Borda said...

Your elephant cards are as cute as can be! So adorable! All of your cards are fabulous! TFS

Beadster said...

So sweet enjoyed these cards

Tami said...

Wow beautiful cards!! Love the alcohol Ink background on the last card!

Laraine R said...

Fabulous release! Love the elephants!

lulyg said...

love the alcohol ink techniques! What great ideas!

Yasmine said...

Gorgeous cards and amazing release! I love how you used the Sweet Elephants and Blooming Wave Dies in my cards.Thanks for the inspiration.

Crystal said...

I love your Mother's Day card. You mum will love it. Send her wishes from all of us!

shy324 said...

What sweet cards and I love the back grounds!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the colors and details! beautiful cards!

Janice said...

Great backgrounds, you always make such lovely cards.

Kathie Zimmerman said...

so precious! thank you for sharing your creativity!

Henriëtte said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous, what a great cards did you make. First all of the cards with the lovely elephant and then as final the ghost stamping with my favorite stamp from this release, the Ever More Spring Flowers Stamp set.
Thanks for these great examples.

blaze said...

Oh, my! Such beautiful cards!

michiganderintexas said...

partial ink in corners, very nice effect

StarSpry said...

Your cards are gorgeous! I love how you finished the insides as well :)

Marianne said...

Sweet cards

Sandy Alex Yavor said...

Your cards are wonderful. Love the elephant.

ciny m said...

love your elephants!

Jackie said...

Those elephants are so sweet and I like what you did with them in both your cards. I love how you combined them wìth the blooming wave die to create a garden. Not something I would have thought to do with the two but I love it! You're the second one this week I've seen do the ghost stamping with alcohol inks. It's an awesome technique wìth stunning results. I'm going to have to give it a try

Lynne in NI said...

Awwww a pink eared elephant! Does it get any cuter!! :)

happyscrap said...

Lovely Mother’s Day card!

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