If you know me personally, you know that I love elephants.  I have no idea why I like them so much but I’ve collected them since I was 8-9 years old.  I actually gave up collecting them around the time I got married as they were taking over my house.  This wasn’t a big problem before Rich and I lived together but when we got married I decided that MY stuff shouldn’t be the theme in every room.  I did give away lots of my “dust collectors” but kept anything that had great sentimental value.

Unfortunately, I tend to want every stamp that features an elephant.  I don’t buy every one I see but I am drawn to them and, consequently, own too many elephant stamps – not a practical choice if you sell cards.

I am learning to be more selective when purchasing elephant stamps but this set by Hero Arts could not be passed up:

I bought this back in early January but only inked up one of the stamps this weekend.  I am going to keep the set out on my desk in hopes that I make a few more cards to get my money’s worth out of the set. (not literally)

Here’s the card I made using this set. (anniversary card):

Again, I’m happy that I used some “neglected” items in my stash – a piece of patterned paper I bought about 4 months ago, some retired SU ribbon, and a piece of metal hardware (the ribbon is tied to it – I tend to hoard the metal stuff).  It’s a relatively simple card but it took me ages to decide where to put the ribbon and the “Love” sentiment. 

I inked this one up to give it a little more pop.  The inked edges of the red cardstock (Riding Hood Red by SU – I just got this colour) help the mat stand out more as portions of the edge would have blended with the red blocks in the background paper if the ink hadn’t created a visual line between the two reds.  The patterned paper is double sided – the back is solid green.  To get an exact colour match for the mat on the sentiment I flipped the paper over and used an oval of green instead of using cardstock from my stash that would have been a different shade of green.

My label nestabilities were used to cut the image and the mat for the image.  I find this die set to be well worth the money.  I flipped the mat like I did on the waterbottle treat I made a couple of weeks ago.  It just changes things up a little.  There are several different labels sets available to buy but I only bought the one I thought I’d get the most use of.  I’m sure it’s nice to own every set but how many different shapes do you really need? 

Back tomorrow with a boy birthday card. 

Supplies used: Elephants by Hero Arts, sixthavenue union square PP by American Arts, riding hood red and baja breeze cardstock by SU, nestabilities, cuttlebug, aquapainter, blue bayou stitched ribbon, metal hardware by We R Memory Keepers, brad by Making Memories, paper piercer, mat pack, oval punches.