It’s a Good Day to Be Happy (Mama Elephant)

by Kylie

Hi Everyone,

Don’t you love it when you come across a stamp set, or sets, which just seems to offer soooo many different possibilities? I do! The Mama Elephant stamp sets I have seem to be providing me with so many ideas that I almost don’t know where to start. Every time I sit down to create my mind spins with all the possibilities. I managed to settle myself down to finally create a card to share. Yay! And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t say that I have a few ideas about how to change this card up in the future.

I was playing with the Up and Away set by Mama Elephant as I thought they would make a perfect birthday card to fulfil the requirements of their August challenge – Watercolouring and Birthdays (in which I am entering this card). As I was stamping out the balloons it hit me that they almost looked like balls in a ball pit…and from there I had no choice but to make a ball pit. I pictured children playing in a ball pit on their birthday. So cute! And from there a simple card was born. I watercoloured all the elements with Distress Markers and assembled them all together. In this case, I decided against masking the design (I tested it out) – I wanted it to have lots of texture like a real ball pit would. After watercolouring the children I added little smiley faces as I’m sure they would have been having lots of fun. lol

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Here’s my card…

It's a Good Day to be Happy Materials used: Stamps - in My Heart, Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Distress Markers; and Sugardot Stickers: Everyday Vintage (Prima).

It’s a Good Day to be Happy
Materials used: Stamps – in My Heart, Up and Away (Mama Elephant); Distress Markers; and Sugardot Stickers: Everyday Vintage (Prima).

And my other ideas would be to have other critters playing in the ball pit too. I like the idea of stamping out a sentiment which says “Bazinga” (a The Big Bang Theory reference – this scene makes me laugh a lot!) or “It’s Your Birthday, have a ball!”…something like that.

Thanks for visiting today!

Happy Stamping!

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Lorraine Marasigan 27 August, 2014 - 2:17 am

I just about jumped out of my chair when I saw this!!! So clever. So full of joy! Thank you for joining us at Mama Elephant & Me:)

Kylie 27 August, 2014 - 6:48 pm

Thank you so much, Lorraine! How very kind of you! 🙂

Mariclaudi Benitez 16 August, 2014 - 11:01 pm


Kylie 17 August, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Thank you!

Anita in France 13 August, 2014 - 3:36 pm

What a genius idea, Kylie … your ball pit just bounced out of the gallery at me … knew what it was straight away! So clever, and so beautifully executed … captures the fun so brilliantly! Anita 🙂

Kylie 13 August, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Thanks Anita! I’m so thrilled it was obvious as to what it was. I was a little concerned. lol Thanks for stopping by today and leaving a comment. It is very much appreciated. 🙂

Therese 10 August, 2014 - 4:15 pm

How wonderful and such a clever idea, love love love it! So glad you could join us at Mama Elephant & Me!

Kylie 10 August, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Thanks so much, Therese! Was fun to play along. 🙂

Michelle Bala 8 August, 2014 - 4:33 am

Completely awesome!!!

Kylie 8 August, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Thanks so much, Michelle! 🙂

c 8 August, 2014 - 1:27 am

Hahahhahha…I love this card! During one of our trips to Edmonton, I went with my niece and nephew to a couple of birthday parties (holy smokes, but they’re a far cry from what I recall birthday parties being!). One was held in a bouncy castle themed place (bouncy castle, bouncy train, bouncy everything); the other in a gymnastics gym. In the latter, there was a huge pit, filled with foam balls – and despite the lure of trampolines, and balance beams, and bars, guess where all the kids wound up? Yep – adrift in the sea of balls! Your card here captures exactly the delight of those kids (my niece looks like your little girl; my nephew like the light browned hair little dude), goofing amidst the balls. LOVE this to the max! I’ll borrow from Bev, who borrowed from Geri ~ “winner, winner, chicken dinner!” I’m having a ‘ball’ just gazing, admiring and giggling at the sheer ingeniousness of this! You’re incredible, dear friend. In-cred-i-ble!!!!

Kylie 8 August, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Oh I hear you, C! My niece and nephews have, and attend, far more elaborate parties than I had/went to when I was their age. 🙂 I am so thrilled you were able to see where I was going with this design and that it reminded you of your previous littlies. 🙂 Thank you SO much for your sweet words. It made my day to wake up and read them. Thank you!! hugs!

Elle L. 8 August, 2014 - 12:14 am

You are so creative, Kylie! I never would have even thought for a minute to turn the balloons into a ball pit, but I absolutely love,, love, LOVE the concept! It’s unique, creative and (most importantly) fun!

Be super proud of this card. It’s amazing! 🙂

Kylie 8 August, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Elle, thanks! Means so much coming from you!! 🙂 I’m loving this card more and more. 🙂

Bev 7 August, 2014 - 11:59 pm

BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, and BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!! (my pinkie got tired, or I’d add more exclamation points). As soon as you said “ball pit” I knew exactly where you were going with this amazing card, and I wondered why I’d never thought of this. Fantastic idea, and beautifully done! Those little ones look like they’re having a “ball!!!” Oh my gosh…you’ve always made smashing cards, but this one moves into my top 3 of yours. LOVE this! Crazy Good! Bev

Kylie 8 August, 2014 - 10:38 pm

We cannot have your pinkie getting tired as you’ll need it for your own crafting. 🙂 Bev, your enthusiasm is amazing and I am so thankful for it. I can so relate to your comment of why didn’t you think of that…I do it all the time. Thank you sooooo very much, Bev! biggest of hugs to you. 🙂

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