Wish Big, Baby Zebra

Wish Big, Baby Zebra - Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies and A Dozen Thoughts - Kid birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

I made this card for my daughter’s birthday twin. His mom (S) and I met when they were two months old, and our now three-year-olds are still in a playgroup together and even take a music class together. This past spring, my friend and I were pregnant again at the same time. I was due three weeks before she was, and I joked with her early in our pregnancies that it would be hilarious if we had birthday twins again. As we sat next to each other at her baby shower two weeks before her due date and eight days after mine, both having huge contractions, I told her she wasn’t allowed to have her baby before I did. Wouldn’t you know it? When I checked in at the hospital five days later, I checked Facebook and email and found out that she’d had her baby that morning. She was six floors above us at the same hospital. I told my husband, “Alright, we have eight hours to get this baby out.” Three hours later, S and I had a second set of birthday twins! We even got to introduce the babies the next morning in the hospital.

That story has nothing to do with this card, but any time I think of the story, I have to tell it because I can’t get over how improbable it is. I mean, the number of things that had to happen with just the right timing boggles my mind. How would you even calculate the statistics on that?

Anyway. The card. I love how the strip of Basic Black cardstock (embossed with the Chevron folder, though you can’t tell by the picture, and I didn’t upload the picture to make sure the detail was visible before Buttercup gave the card to her friend) hangs off the card on either side. That was actually not on purpose. I pulled some Real Red cardstock out of its file folder, thinking it was 4-1/4″ x 11″ — normal card size — but it was only 4″ wide. I kept it that way, because I liked it.

I hope you have a great Saturday! We’re taking the kids to the pumpkin patch again after naptime, and then our Broncos play Nevada on the Smurf Turf tonight. Go Broncos!

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Supplies used:

Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: So Saffron, StazOn Black
Stamps: Zoo Babies, A Dozen Thoughts
Tools/Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Modern Label punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Lovely Romance failure and an Amazing card

Amazing Lovely Romance

I’m currently reading the Jon Acuff book Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. It’s the punching fear in the face that I am having the most trouble with, but I’m going to give it a shot right now. I’m going to show you one of my failures.

It all started when I saw the preview of the new annual catalog. (I should stop calling it new since it’s already been out for a couple months, but I had a baby mid-May, and the catalog came out June 1st, then we were in Texas, then SLC for Convention… so it’s still new to me, since I didn’t get to start using the new stuff in earnest until about two weeks ago, and whoa, this is a long parenthetical. As my daughter says, “Okay, I will stop doing that.”) I saw the Lovely Romance stamp set and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and make the thing that one of the stamps is obviously meant for.

Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. I saw this stamp and flipped back and forth through the catalog several times wondering why there was no example of Cinderella’s carriage using this stamp. Probably copyrights.

So I tried it this weekend, convinced that what was in my head would come out on paper, and it would be the most amazing thing of all things in the history of everything.

Cinderella Draft 1

It wasn’t.

Grr.

I got really excited when I saw that the wheels from the bike in Cycle Celebration were the perfect size for the carriage. What I forgot to account for was my lack of skills in making my vision materialize in front of me. Do you like my lopsided hand-drawn thingies that connect the sitting area of the coach to the wheels? Haha, it is too early for me to google what things are called.

Anyway, I’m calling this draft #1. After flitting around the interwebs for a while this weekend, I know the main problem is that my carriage has only two wheels. So draft #2 will have four wheels. I will keep you updated on my progress. See, I have a daughter with a princess name (Buttercup), and while the original Buttercup’s not a Disney princess, she’s one of the most awesome princesses ever. So my Buttercup’s scrapbook must have lots of princessy things. Plus I’m holding out hope that Disney will buy The Princess Bride so someone will someday make the Buttercup wedding dress (hey, they bought Leia, so it’s not that far-fetched), and I can insist like a good mother that Buttercup wear that dress from the Disney gift shop because I said so.

I played along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge for both cards (I made the almost-carriage card first), since I clearly cannot enter my almost-carriage card in a challenge.

PPA167

Amazing Lovely Romance card detail

Okay, back to the Amazing card. Mmm, look at that Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon. I finally got this last week, and oh, it’s wonderful. And the pearls — my favorite thing about the rhinestones and pearls is that they both come with individual jewels as well as long strips. So I didn’t have to individually place all of those pearls, since that would never have happened. I just used the strips, curved them into place, and DONE. I love it when a card element is really easy and looks really hard.

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

Amazing Card:
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding
Stamps: Lovely Romance
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Deco Labels Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi glue

Almost-Carriage Card:
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write marker
Stamps: Lovely Romance, A Dozen Thoughts, Cycle Celebration
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, Artisan Label punch, 1″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: In Color Boutique Details, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Neutrals Candy Dots, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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