Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oh Happy Day with Mama Elephant

I have a love/hate relationship with dies that coordinate with stamp sets.  On the one hand, don't they make our lives easier?  Our cards look so crisp and professional, and die-cut images give so much dimension.  On the other hand, every stamp purchase has to be considered carefully because of the cost of the coordinating dies.  Of course, I couldn't possibly get a new stamp set without those coordinating dies.  And when a company goes back and adds to dies to previously released stamps sets - I'm in real trouble.

Mama Elephant did that to me recently with a soft release.  They released three die sets to go with older stamp sets and I had TWO of those stamps sets.  Plus, I had never purchased dies from a few months ago that go with their Panda set.  Their dies aren't cheap - because they have a die for virtually everything in the set.  So I placed a big order, but it was all coordinating die sets! Long story short - you'll be seeing some Mama Elephant on my blog for awhile because it's hard enough to justify the cost of a stamp set, let alone the cost of the dies too!!  Here's the first...

Oh Happy Day

Just one of their charming pandas and a little sparkle on his balloon!!  It definitely makes me happy!

Oh Happy Day close

  • Stamps: Mama Elephant Pandamonium, Bountiful Blessings
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana
  • Ink: Memento Black and Copics
  • Accessories: Mama Elephant Pandamonium dies, Femme Frames die, Landscape Trio dies, Pretty Pink Posh sequins

17 comments:

Gibmiss said...

Hi Kim
Fabulous card....
Hugs Sylvie xx

KimCreate said...

Just adorable! This panda die looks worth the price!

Michelle said...

A beautiful card ..... and just look at all of those lovely die cuts!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Really sweet Kim!

Lisa said...

Kim this is darling! I adore the thin aqua border and that sweet panda. Keep em comin'!!

Bobby said...

So cute, Kim. I love all the layers and scallops.

KayM said...

Well this is just plain adorable! I love all the white! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with your ME purchases, as I just received a large order from them too!

Viv said...

So gorgeous Kim, I love Mama elephant stuff too.Look forward to seeing the cards you make with them all now :) Viv xx

cm said...

Well, the dazzling creations you share with us make your purchases wonderfully priceless! Beautiful card, packed with a whole bunch of fun! I hear you about the crafting purchase decisions; hoping for a lottery win *grin*
~c

Alanna said...

This is so cute. I can't wait to see what else you create with ME stamps and dies.

Happy Dance said...

I know exactly what you mean. I picked up the dies for Up and Away and have yet to use them...next card...Your card, however, is very cool. Love all the dies done in white, they really make that little panda and balloon pop! Love this! Bev

Anita in France said...

Had a smile reading your post, Kim ... I have the same dilemma! Your little panda's so cute ... the touches of colour in the balloon, border and sequins are gorgeous against all the yummy white! Anita :)

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a sweet card Kim. Love the stitched edge pieces... that little panda is so cute!

Lindsey said...

Absolutely adorable!

Hello From Texas said...

First, love the card and the wonderful layout. Your purchase is well worth the cost.

Second, at least your use the the dies; can't tell you how many times I use my Mama E dies then end up fussy cutting the stamped image in the end. **sigh**

Again, wonderful card as always. I'm off to check out a few others.

TFS
Carole

Tammy Hershberger said...

CUTE! LOVE all the stitching on the background dies!

Deepti said...

Oh this is terrific, love the touch of aqua !