Happy Anniversary Mama Elephant!

Hi! Guess what? Mama Elephant is turning TWO and we’re having a 3-day stampede with lotsa good stuff for YOU! Just check it out:


If you’ve been hopping along with us already, you’ll have arrived here via the amazing Laura Basson’s blog. (I can’t wait to see what she’s made!) If you encounter a broken link or you are just joining us you can head on back to Mama Elephant. Now, on with my card!

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

See that cute little penguin? Well he’s part of the new Arctic Friends set! Mama Elephant sent me the set + the matching dies — thanks Mama E! I had a blast — an arctic blast — making this card:

Mama Elephant Arctic Friends by Lisa Spangler

It was super easy to make, thanks to those matching dies! I just stamped everything with black ink and then watercolored it with Mister Huey’s watercolors. Then I die cut everything out, all at once.

Die cut all at once!

Sometimes I forget that you can cut everything out all at once like this, and then I feel like an idiot for running little things through the machine one at a time, ha! But this time I remembered. :)

It might be a little hard to see, but I added touches of clear wink of stella on the icebergs, the mistletoe, and the Santa hat. Love how it adds that little something without being too much.

wink of stella on ice!

Next I positioned everything on the card to see how it would go. But I didn’t adhere anything just yet. I started with the mistletoe, positioning it in the center, then I adhered it in place and sewed it with silver metallic thread and tied a bow, like so!


After that I grabbed my clear wink of stella pen and made a little blizzard all around the penguins. Doesn’t it look cool on kraft paper?

Next I added the penguins and the hat. (Love that hat!)

After those were all in place I stamped the little dashes to make it look like the hat was flying through the air. I’ll admit that I was giggling the whole time I was stamping this. :)

So cute!

I finished off the card front with a little polka dot red washi. Just because I happened to have it on my desk from holding the dies in place when I did the cutting. I’d never have thought of it otherwise — too funny right?

Then it was on to the inside! I had an extra iceberg and a present that I couldn’t let go to waste:

I love Mama Elephant!

I stamped the sentiment from this ME/Operation Write Home set in black, added some wink of stella snowflakes, and that was that!

Happy Anniversary Cream Puffs

Before I wrap up the post I just wanted to wish Kryssi, Angela, and everyone at Mama Elephant a very happy anniversary — with these strawberry nutella cream puffs :)

Yum :)

That’s actually Kryssi holding the cream puffs. :)

You see, this photo was taken back in January at CHA when we all got to hang out and have lunch together.

So. Good.

So. Much. Fun.

Oh yes.

But even better was sharing them with such awesome people. So, happy anniversary again! Love you guys. And many many more! xo


Mama Elephant has so much fun going on for you as part of the celebration:

  • ME is giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede, 9 winners total.
  • Exclusive prize giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, 3 winners total. (Check them out by following the links.)
  • Winners will be chosen and announced by us Monday, October 20th on the ME blog.

Good luck!

On With the Stampede

So, on with the stampede! Skate on over to Lorraine Marasigan’s blog for your next stop. I just know she has something awesome!


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Send a little joy :)

Hey all! Hope you’re having a great weekend!  What are you up to? Me? I’m working on MORE cards for the Studio Calico Send Joy class that I’m teaching. The class is all about making Christmas cards for everyone on your list. Whether you need to make 100 cards or just 10, we’ve got ya covered.

Here’s the stamp set that comes free with the class — while supplies last!Send Joy stamps :)


I think this stamp set is pretty awesome. And it’s not just for Christmas cards, either. Check out this quick little number I made for my sis — she just interviewed for a new position and she got it, yah! So happy for her.

Studio Calico Send Joy non-Christmas card by Lisa Spangler


Send Joy -- all year long!

This was super easy to do! I just stamped the solid tree several times on printer paper (copy paper) with various colors of Color Theory ink, including new glass slipper and flamingo (see list below), then I stamped the details over top in gold. (Love this gold so much.) I wanted to stamp it on printer paper so that I could easily crease it and fold it. Then I sewed it in place with gold metallic thread. Wish the sun was out so you could see how much it sparkles. But I kinda like these rainy day pics, too.

You can sign up for the Send Joy class now through October 31st — hope to see ya there. And please join me in congratulating my sis! xo


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WCMD #2: More acrylic paint :)

Hey again! Here’s another card I made today with my pen & ink fir stamp. :)

Add pops of acrylic paint on cardstock by Lisa Spangler

This one is super clean and simple. I just stamped the fir with white pigment ink on a black 4-bar notecard from Paper Source, then used red acrylic paint to add the berries. Super easy! Love how the red pops against the black. This is something you just can’t do with ink.

Add pops of acrylic paint on cardstock by Lisa Spangler

Oh and the red clothespin? I found it in the dollar spot yesterday at Target. :) And! Those are Hero Arts smooth gemstones. I’ve had them in my stash for a while now, but have been on a big kick with them lately.

I made some more cards today, too! But I ran out of sunlight, so I’ll have to photo them tomorrow. Wait until ya see. xo


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WCMD #1: Playing with acrylic paint!

Hey hey! Did you make any cards for World Cardmaking Day? I made a bunch! I’ve had these ideas kicking around in my brain for months now and finally (!) had a chance to sit down and plan, yay!

Stamping on acrylic paint background by Lisa Spangler

For this first batch of cards, I broke out my Studio Calico Color Theory acrylic paint. Love this stuff, the colors are so vibrant and it dries like a dream. I don’t have a green (yet!) so I rolled my own with something blue and sunny day.


Once that was dry I used a sponge to add some white paint — I think it looks like frosty snow. Then when that was dry I stamped my fir with black ink and colored it with pencils. (If you want to read more about the story behind the fir check out this post. I drew it while staying at a cozy cabin in Quebec. It’s just so unreal using a stamp that I drew. And such an honor, too.)

acrylic painted layers!

I painted on some white polka dots, then painted over them with red. Adding the white layer first really helps make them POP!

Acrylic paint rocks by Lisa Spangler

Then I tied the tag to a card, splatted it with silver added a message from this set (love that font and well the whole set — bottlebrush trees yay!) and that was that!

Back in a bit with another card made with my fir. :)

Happy WCMD!


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Studio Calico Classroom: Send Joy!

Hey hey, guess what? I’m going to be teaching a Christmas card class over at Studio Calico! Cannot wait.

All of the lessons will be available for download starting November 1st, so you’ll have plenty of time

to make cards for everyone on your list. There will be some awesome contributors joining me, too!

Whether you make cards for 10 or 100, we’ve got ya covered!


Here’s another look at some of those peeks :)

 send joy!

Now for some special offers from Studio Calico! :)


Have you tried the Studio Calico Color Theory inks yet? I love these inks! They are water based dye inks and you

can use them for so many techniques, like misting them with water and stamping, or even

using them as watercolors. They are so pretty — I’ve listed some of my faves in the supplies below (mint hint!).

That’s not all!



I’ve listed some supplies that I used in the cards above, plus some that I really (really!) love. :)

Hope I’ll see you in class! Regristration is now open and goes until October 31. xo

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