Mama Elephant’s 3rd Anniversary Stampede

Hey there and welcome to Mama Elephant’s 3rd Anniversary Stampede! The new release is live and available for purchase in the shop right now.


If you’ve been hopping along with us already, you’ll have arrived here via the super talented Nichol Magouirk’s blog. If you’re just now joining us or encounter any problems just head on back to the start of the hop over at Mama Elephant.

Reindeer Games

Now for my card! I was sent this super cute Reindeer Games set to play with and I just have to say that this set is so much fun! There’s a set of matching die cuts that go with the stamps too.

Here’s what I came up with!

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

I had an idea to make a simple one layer card and take advantage of all those cute deer + other fun elements. So I started out by printing the message on watercolor paper, then popping a whole herd of deer on my MISTI like so:

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

Aren’t they just too cute? This is a card that you could easily make a ton of and not get bored.

I filled in the open areas with some of the other little elements in the set. (The birds! AH!)

Next I watercolored all over with watercolors, blending some together here and there. This is the kinda card you can really relax and have fun with — just listen to Christmas carols and watercolor away! (By the way, if you are looking for a portable watercolor set that has really vibrant colors, this is the one for you! I recently took it on a trip and I just can’t say enough good things about it. Love that it comes with mixing trays, too.)

Then it was time to really jazz it up with some gold. Because I just can’t seem to make a Christmas card without gold or silver — or both! So, enter the finetec watercolor set.

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

These metallic watercolors are so pretty and shimmery. Here’s a closeup so you can see it better.

Merry Christmas, My Deer by Lisa Spangler

Then I layered it to a white base card — and that was that! One Christmas card done and ready to pop in the mail.


To celebrate this release, Mama Elephant is having a 3 day sale from October 15 through October 17 with discount code HAPPYTHREE for 10% off your entire purchase!


Mama Elephant is having a fantastic promotion through October 31, 2015.

Get a free MINI MESSAGES 4×6 stamp set FREE for purchases over $100 — OR — get both the MINI MESSAGES 4×6 stamp set and the MINI TAGS creative cuts die set FREE for purchases over $150 (after discount applied, subtotal before tax/s&h, limit one free offer per customer/order).


Mama Elephant is also giving away three $25 gift certificates throughout all 3 days of the Stampede. To qualify to win, just leave a comment on this blog post. Winners will be selected and announced on the Mama Elephant blog on Monday, October 19th.

Hop On

Your next stop on the hop is Elena Roussakis’ blog. I can’t wait to see what she’s made!

Thanks so much for joining me today, and happy third anniversary to Kryssi, Angela and the whole Mama Elephant gang! YEAH!!!!! Here’s to many (many!) more! xo


128 Replies to “Mama Elephant’s 3rd Anniversary Stampede”

  1. Your reindeer look like they have been having fun.

  2. Nice card…easy technique, if I had gotten the reindeer set i could dp something similar! Maybe I will win a set!

  3. Cute card. I’m in love with that reindeer set and thanks for showing a picture of the Finetech water colors. I’d seen them talked about before but didn’t know anything about them.

  4. Wow, this is such a fun card. Love it a lot.

  5. Such a beautiful card. Thanks for the suggestions on the watercolors too!

  6. Your card is so beautiful. Now I feel like doing some water coloring.

  7. Gorgeous. Thanks for your tips and suggestions.

  8. I love this vibrant card! The painting on the reindeer is so unexpected, but it works! So fun!

  9. i love the little reindeer – so many ways to use that stamp set. Great inspiration! Love this blog hop.

  10. Such a fun release! Your card with all the sweet deer images is adorable!

  11. Jessica Martell says:

    Omg this is such a cute card! I love it!!

  12. great card design and coloring

  13. Linda S. in NE says:

    Thanks for showcasing the set of reindeer stamps, Lisa. I was able to purchase a set at my local scrapbook store just today. Too cute.

  14. Cutest card ever…Colors are amazing :)

  15. Lydine Arriola says:

    Love it! Love that you made your own patterned paper with those cute reindeers!!!

  16. Neat card. Love the water coloring and design.

  17. Holly Saveur says:


  18. Great card, Lisa! I’d never have thought of doing this, but the reindeer look so cute scattered about. And I love the gold addition!

  19. Great card! Love these cute reindeer! Wonderfully colored, love the touches of gold! Just added those gold paints to my wish list!

  20. I love it, I love it, I love it!! So FUN and cute and festive! Those metallic watercolours seem like a lot of fun, too! :D

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