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

Cutest Zoo Baby Ever

Cutest Zoo Baby Ever


I don’t think I can ever give this card to anyone. It would be dishonest, wouldn’t it? I can’t tell someone else that their baby is the cutest baby ever when I know for a fact that my two children are the cutest babies ever. Just like you know that your children/nieces/nephews are the cutest babies ever.


But it’s a cute card anyway, and I think I can convert it to be part of a scrapbook page. That’s the thing I love about cards — any card front can be turned into a scrapbook page. If you do divided scrapbooking (is it called that?), pop something similar into one of your pockets. Or just incorporate it into a bigger design — make it an element of the page.

Or I suppose I can give the card away and pretend that I mean it. Haha.

I did this card for the sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Crew. It was a fun sketch to work with!



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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Modern Medley and Birthday Basics designer series paper
Ink: Gumball Green, StazOn black
Stamps: Label Love, Zoo Babies
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Artisan Label punch, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pearl Basic Jewels, In Color Dahlias, Stampin’ Dimensionals

zoo babies


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p.s. I know my blog is hard to read, with the weird way the text wraps around the pictures and the lack of division between the body and the sidebars. It’s on my list of things to fix on the blog, but I haven’t had time yet. Bear with me, please!

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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