Grumpy Gator

Wow! July is winding down already! Between family coming to town and us going out of town for Convention, it really flew by quickly. And we’d just arrived home from a road trip (with the kids!) to Texas at the end of June, so we are all traveled out. The hubs and I have agreed that we are staying put for a while. Mainly because I’m tired of sweating and would like to hibernate for the rest of the summer.

I sat at my desk last night, thinking I wanted to make something playful using a stamp I’ve never used before. I attended a great presentation at Stampin’ Up! Convention that reminded me that I should be more playful in general. I’m playful when I’m with my kids and often with my husband (we are quite a silly household), but when I’m alone I’m not usually as playful.

I found the “Bah Hum Bug” stamp from Very Merry Tags (I think this set will be used a lot this year, at least by me) and thought maybe I could make something playful with it. I considered Santa, but I just made a Santa card, so I wanted something different. Hmm… I’ll probably go back and make a similar card using Santa, because that could be a lot of fun. Anyway, I scanned through my stamp cases and found this guy:

Grumpy Gator says "Bah Hum Bug"Ha! Isn’t he great? He’s from the Zoo Babies stamp set, which is typically used for baby cards and kid cards. So I love that I found an unexpected use for him. The word bubble is from the Designer Typeset Alphabet photopolymer stamp set — excellent set for making quick cards or adding quick embellishments, and the price is fantastic — $13.95 for 57 stamps!

Both of the patterned papers are from the Season of Style DSP. I went with the polka dots because, well, they’re fun, and this card was about being playful. I’m seriously lamenting the fact that I don’t have a tiny Santa Claus hat stamp, and my printer is out of ink, so I couldn’t print one out from My Digital Studio. He would be adorable in one.

This was my first time to use the Squares Collection framelits. Oh my word, so much easier, and my image is perfectly centered.

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Old Olive Stampin’ Write marker
Stamps: Designer Typeset Alphabet, Very Merry Tags, Zoo Babies
Tools: Big Shot, Squares Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Cherry Cobbler Chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Author: Sarah