Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh May Release Blog Hop


Hello crafty friends! I’m so excited to be a guest this month for Pretty Pink Posh Design Team. Today we’re celebrating the May release at with a blog hop and fun giveaway. There are 3 days of hops, and 3 $30 gift certificates up for grabs. So make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment along the way. All comments must be left by by 11:59 pm PST on 5/22/22 and winners are announced on the PPP blog. 

This release is full of tons of crafty fun and pretty spring florals. The card I’m sharing, uses the sweet Spring Flowers and Crafty Sentiments  sets. I began by stamping all of the pretty flowers onto bright white Neenah cardstock. I colored everything with copic markers and cut our using the coordinating dies. Next, I used an older die set to cut out the little blocks called Mini Storybook Die, and it created the perfect little place to arrange the Spring Floral images.

I inkblended a small panel of cardstock to place under the cut outs, then adhered the flowers into the openings. Some I glued down flat, and some I popped up with foam dots. I decided to add a few little bees from an older set called Bee Friends, and they really made the difference. I used one of the wonderful sentiments from the Crafty Sentiments set under the flowers, then layered the panel on top of some pretty patterned paper.  

This little card came together relatively quickly but it packs a punch! I think these florals are so cute and can be combined easily with many of the flower images from other PPP sets. Make sure to visit the Pretty Pink Posh Blog  to see the inspiration from the entire Design Team and Guests, and to participate in the different hops for your chance to win. 

BLOG HOP DAY 2 (May 17)
Davina Cantrell (you are here) 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh March Release Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends! I’m very excited to be participating with the incredible Pretty Pink Posh design team this month, as a guest designer. This release is available now and full of the cutest spring and Easter themed stamp and die sets, as well as several generous giveaways. I’ve created quite a few projects with them, but for todays blog hop, I would like to share a fun gold embossed shaker card with you. 

For this inky beauty, I stamped and heat embossed the grand image from Easter Wreath, along with many of the smaller images, then I colored them with Zig Real Brush markers. After using the coordinating dies to cut out my images, I adhered a circle of acetate behind the wreath. I mounted it upon an inkblended background that I splattered with white and gold ink. I added a heaping teaspoon of spring colored clay confetti to the center before securing firmly with foam tape. I used a patterned paper layer to ground the scene, then created a row of images along the bottom. To finish this off, I stamped the sentiment from the set into a straight line, then heat embossed with more gold. I really love how bold this turned out. 

And now for the juicy details of the blog hop! There will be 3 $25 gift certificates awarded, one winner each day. Winners will be chosen randomly along the blog hops, so make sure you leave a comment at each stop. Comments must be left by 11:59 pm est on 3/20/2022  and the winners will be announced on the PPP blog. 

Thank you so much for stopping by, Your next stop along the blog hop is Elaine 
Pretty Pink Posh blog 
Mona Toth
Rebecca Keppel
Davina Cantrell ( you are here)
Elaine Wakeling
Dana Kirby
Jeanne Jachna

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Mama Elephant Designer Series- Celebration Hamsters Center Window card

Hello crafty friends! I’m very excited to share this next project with you. Sadly, it is my last project as a guest designer for the incredible Mama Elephant team, so I wanted to make something with Pop! I created a nice big Center Window Card using the cute images from Celebration Hamsters and the new larger B2B Slimline CC die set. I have made cards like this before, using a specific die set, but they were much smaller. So since I was familiar with the workings of the pieces, I was able to create this with just a few dies and my paper trimmer. 

I started by cutting the bases for this card. Using the two largest frames from the B2B Slimline CC I cut 3 pieces of cardstock. For the outer layer, I used the largest die and some colored cardstock. For the inner portion, I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock with the 2nd die.  I measured, scored, and folded each piece in half  the long ways. Using one of the smaller white panels, carefully trim 1.5 inches from each side, then score at about 1/3 inch from each new side. The center portion should now be about 4 inches with the fold in the middle. I used the 3rd largest circle die from Circle Combo CC die set to remove the center portion for the “window”. 

It is easiest to color the inside before attaching the window. Whether you choose to add patterned paper or inkblend the 2 white panels, now is the time to do that.  I added glitter cardstock cut with a grassy border to look like the hay inside a hamster cage.  I did add that over and under my window. It takes fiddling, and created tons of bulk. If you are planning on mailing a card like this, I would recommend not adding extra thick glitter cardstock haha. 

Once your background in finished, measure your window for placement. With the tabs folded and creased in, turn window right side facing into the crease of the base, and lightly mark with a pencil where the edge is. It should be approximately at the 2 inch point. Then, face the window forward and adhere with double sided scor tape, making sure the fold line is at the pencil mark. The center of the window should not extend beyond the edges of the base when closed. I also added two layers inside of the window to attach images to. I used a remnant scrap piece of white cardstock that I trimmed 1/2 inch tall long strip. I did the measurements in the same way I did the window. Fold in half, measured 1.5 inches, score, and trim after 1/3 inch. I did this on both sides of the center fold. I made another that is 3/4 inch long. I covered mine with more glittery cardstock (after attaching) but you could use one long piece of colored cardstock (instead of using plain white card and covering) with a decorative edge, instead of layering all the paper like I did. As I mentioned before it was a little too bulky. 

Once all of my layers were adhered, I stamped and colored images from Celebration Hamsters and Little Hamster Agenda. I added the images throughout my scene and used some strips of acetate to give a floating appearance. I adhered my decorative center into the larger folded panel, then decorated the front. I layered some pretty papers and created a golden sentiment using the Wishes Enclosed stamps and dies and gold embossing powders. I added one more little hamster and finished it off with a few sparkling sequins.

If you made it this far, I thank you very much! I really enjoyed engineering this explosion of a party, and I hope you give it a try yourself. Thank you again,


Sunday, February 20, 2022

Mana Elephant Stamp Highlight: Yay A Party

 Today is the last day of the Mama Elephant Stamp Highlights, and we are showcasing the Yay A Party set. I created a large boxcard for all of these adorable bunnies. I started by using the Slim Scenescape Builder to die cut the boxcard and the decorative striped paper. I put the box together using double stick scor tape. I added the 3 rounded inserts and a whole row of die cut balloons from the Slim Scenescape Rainbow Add On set. I inked the edges with matching distress oxide ink and gave each balloon a glittery curly tail from themed on set. 

 Next, I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers before cutting out with the coordinating dies.  I highlighted with small white dots, then adhered each image to the inserts, making sure they were all visible. 

I finished this off by adding a sentiment across the front. I stamped a sentiment from wishes enclosed using yellow ink, the cut out with the coordinating die. I cut the word apart very carefully and glued it in a straight line. Then I stamped a sentiment from the  Yay A Party  set onto some white cardstock, along with a few images from the set, and applied it to the back. 

This turned out super cute, and didn’t take any longer than a regular card. I hope you enjoy this card, but make sure to head over to the Mama Elephant Blog to see all the great projects from The Whole team. Thank you for stopping by, Davina 

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: Celebration Hamsters

 Hello crafty friends! Today Mama Elephant  is highlighting the super cute stamps and creative cuts Celebration Hamsters. I really love the cute hamster and the all the little party poses! I can’t pick a favorite image, they are all so great. I really enjoy that they match the small images from Little Hamster Agenda too. I really wanted to make a large slimline card for these cuties, so I would have plenty of room for very image and a large sentiment. 

I started by cutting an aqua panel using the new B2B Slimline CC dies. I like that little bit of extra space these dies give you. They perfectly divide a standard 8.5 x 11 card into 3 equal sized pieces. That means I had plenty of room for these cute critters to fit on my scene. I made a glittery scalloped panel using the Slim Card Basics CC, and then a third panel from Bristol Smooth Cardstock using the the 2nd largest B2B slimline CC. I inked that panel with bright pink ink and gave a few splatters with glittery perfect pearls and white ink. 

I stamped and colored all of the images using copic markers before cutting out with the coordinating dies. I arranged all of my images onto the scene leaving a few inches in the white bottom space for my sentiment. I stamped a lovely sentiment from Wishes Enclosed and adhered it to the open area. I decided I wanted a few little extra embellishments, so I stamped and colored the stars that are included in the set and glued them down around my images. 

This entire release is amazing, and is so fun to create with. I hope you enjoy this card and get inspired to get crafty this weekend. Don’t forget to drop by the Mama Elephant Blog  to see all the wonderful cards from the entire team. Thank you for stopping by, Davina  

Friday, February 18, 2022

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlights: Wishes Enclosed

 Hello crafty friends! The Mama Elephant new release Stamp Highlights continue with Wishes Enclosed. This fun sentiment set is my favorite set of the release. Which is odd because I never love sentiments so much. It matches the super cute Christmas set Everything Nice, which I also fell in love with. I used these great sentiments on almost every card sample I created for this release. 

This bold shaker card uses all the small sentiments in addition to a large one. I created a patterned paper by lining up 3 sentiments, and stamping it every 3/4 of an inch down a piece of bright Neenah cardstock. Once I made it down the panel I alternated the sentiments and staggered them a little differently before repeating the process. Once it was done I pulled out some of the dies from the last release and got to work.

 Using the B2B rectangle CC dies, I used the 3 largest to cut an aqua, white glitter, and my printed panel. I adhered them all together and set aside. Using the Circle Combo CC dies, I cut two scallops from pink cardstock. I inked the edges of one a little darker, then adhered it to the unlinked one. Next I cut two yellow circles using the coordinating stitched die. I used the next size down to cut the center from one of those yellow circles. I backed it with vellum and skinny foam strips along the edge before layering it onto the first circle. I had made a little pile of paper confetti using the confetti die from the Party Scene Cover CC, then adhered it over the pink scalloped circle I made. 

I stamped HBTY using a Wishes Enclosed sentiment in Aqua ink, and die cut it with the coordinating die. I glued it to the center of the shaker and surrounded it with 3 adorable hamsters from the Little Hamster Agenda stamp set. I couldn’t love this more and will have a hard time giving it away haha. I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I do. Don’t forget to head over to the Mama Elephant Blog to see the inspiration from all the Design Team. Thank you for stopping by, 


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Mama Elephant Stamp Highlight: Little Hamster Agenda

 Hello crafty friends! Mama Elephant is beginning  the stamp highlights for the February release, and today we get to focus on Little Hamster Agenda stamps and creative cuts. The Little Agenda series by Mama Elephant is one of my favorites. All the cute images in different poses, with so many wonderful accessories, make them perfect for any occasion. They are truly some of my favorite things to create with. This adorable Hamster addition does not disappoint. 

The mesh shaker card I made combines two new items. The amazing new Word Cover- HBTY  creative cuts and the  Little Hamster Agenda stamps and dies. I cut the Word Cover plate from bright white cardstock and backed the panel with white mesh (tulle) using double stick tape. On an A2 sized card base I alternated strips of colored cardstock to corner the entire front. I added many lose small glittery stars that I made using the small star confetti die included with the Party Scene Cover- Creative Cut and white glitter cardstock remnants. Then I carefully adhered the die cut panel on top. I put the reserved center pieces in their places and moved the stars around a little so I could see some in each letter. 

Finally, I stamped a few little hamsters that looked like they were celebrating, and colored them with copic markers. I die cut them, then added small white dot highlights. I arranged the images around the word panel, and voila! 

I think this little card was relatively simple and easy, but packs a huge punch with the stripes and shakeable stars! I hope you give one of these “mail friendly” mesh shakers a chance on day. Don’t forget to head over to the Mama Elephant Blog to see all the great inspiration. Thank you for stopping by,