Momeveryone! I’m all done being pregnant and having a baby, plus I just got back from Stampin’ Up! Convention, so I’m fired up, ready to stamp, and ready to blog. Speaking of babies, I took this little cutie with me to Convention, and he was an absolute angel.
Easiest baby ever (knock on a wood block!).
At Convention, SU! revealed several new products (over which I drooled, and
Moma lot of you will, too). One of the new products is called “Undefined”. In the main kit ($19.95 US), you get wood blocks, rubber, mounting foam, 2 carving tools (one for carving out large pieces, the other for detailed carving), an Island Indigo marker, detailed instructions, templates, and postcards.
(If you can’t see the video demonstrating Undefined, try this link.)
I wasn’t quite sure about the kit when they first announced it, because, hey — what in the world would I carve? That’s why I’m with Stampin’ Up! They make great designs, and all I have to do is stamp them on my projects. But then I decided to give it a try, and while I stood in line, I had an *aha* moment.
My almost-3-year-old daughter, Buttercup, inherited her mother’s obsessive personality and has been obsessed with kitties for quite some time. For several months, every day, “Mommy, will you draw a red kitty?” (also obsessed with the color red). I’ve drawn hundreds, possibly thousands, of red kitties, and maybe I’m just a weensy bit tired of DRAWING BLASTED KITTIES.
Oh, Undefined, how I love you.
I decided to carve a kitty stamp for Buttercup. By the way, use a thimble, kids. Those tools are sharp, and I’m not saying I stabbed myself, bled all over the rubber, and had to request a Band-Aid [which they had on-hand, since I’m not the first to bludgeon my thumb], but I’m not saying I didn’t. In addition to the thimble, I recommend that you don’t choose an intricate design, such as a kitty face with kitty whiskers and a kitty tail (which I accidentally cut off — poor kitty). At least for your first shot at it.
I’m pretty proud of the way the stamp turned out. It isn’t perfect, but I had a total “I made this!” moment when I was finished with it (it took 15 minutes, BTW). I could make a better version when my kit arrives in the mail this week (um, YEAH, I ordered this), but I don’t think so — I like it as it is.
Don’t tell Buttercup I stole her stamp.
The first card I made with my Undefined Calico Fatz stamp:
I couldn’t wait to show you my handiwork, so I grabbed the latest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and whipped up a quick card. I did give poor kitty a tail using my Real Red marker. The sentiment (appropriate for Minerva, especially the “much” part) is from the Yippee-Skippee! set, which was, as Shelli called it, a party favor for everyone in attendance at Convention. Yippee-Skippee, indeed.
Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, and Real Red cardstock; Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (all new designs for 2013-2014!)
Ink: Real Red, Basic Gray
Stamps: Undefined, Yippee-Skippee!
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, 3/16″ corner rounder
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Epic Day Washi Tape, Real Red Stampin’ Write marker
Make sure to visit my Stampin’ Up! store to get your Undefined kit. Prepare to dye!