Seriously, how cute are these sheep? They crack me up! And the card base die? So FUN!!!
You may have noticed that I have been branching out and stretching myself creatively. As I recover from my trauma last fall and work to find my new normal I find myself confronted many times a day with things that give me pause, frighten me a little or sometimes stop me dead in my tracks to overcome to move or speak. Every day gets better. I am very fortunate to be surrounded with caring supportive people who strive to make me feel safe and appreciated. But I still have to pump gas, go to the store, and get in and out of my car and by the end of the day I find myself overwhelmed by it all. That’s when it’s most important to do something that makes me happy. And not a ho-hum kind of happy…I’m talking a truly joyful kind of happy. And I am finding that kind of happy with whimsical stamps and bright colors!
Now, the card…there’s SO much going on here! But the colors are fabulous together and the black and white balances all of that color out nicely. Isn’t the ribbon awesome? I’ve been practicing my bow making abilities lately!
I’m skipping the card dimensions today as this card is created using a set of dies so we don’t need to know the dimensions…we just need our Big Shot!
- The die is the Sizzix Scallop Card with Banners and Greetings Drop-Ins. I know, a mouthful! It has three main pieces. The first is the card base which created a nice scallop edge on the front and rounded corners on the back. BUT…I ran the die through my Big Shot to create the card base and then flipped the die around and created the scallop on the back side as well.
- The next piece in the die set is the pierced scallop layering piece. It fits perfectly over the card base, leaving a nice edge visible all around.
- The third piece cuts out the interior of the pierced scallop layer. It’s also the piece where you would add in a “drop-in” sentiment. It’s hard to explain, I’ll post another card using it later, I didn’t use a drop in here. The only reason I bring it up is that this die does not cut a complete rectangle so I simply used my paper trimmer to finish cutting the rectangle out.
- These sweet sheep are from the sheep2stamp stamp set by The Stamps of Life. They have coordinating dies and TWO additional coordinating stamps sets! (which are currently in the mail to me as we speak!)
- The set includes little stamps to add tufts of wool to the body of the sheep! I was hesitant to add the tufts but love how they turned out!!
- It’s hard to tell here but there is a die included that die cuts the sheep heads out so they can be popped up on their bodies. I had them popped up but having them popped up bothered me…their eyes seemed to follow me so I just layered them flat instead, lol. I love the idea, perhaps a different ink choice would help!
- What the rhinestone??? Once I discovered that a rhinestone fit perfectly in the holes in the scallop layer, there was no stopping me!
- I used the pierced scallop layering piece on the inside of the card too and just added a layer of white card stock to give me a nice place for my message…and you can really see the holes that I so nicely filled with rhinestones on the front 🙂
Sandy Mathis, one of my favorite card makers and member of The Paper Players Design Team, was the inspiration for today’s card:
I think I met her challenge!!
I would love to hear what you think! Thank you so much for stopping by!
Card Stock: Powdered Sugar & Ocean by The Stamps of Life
Pattern Paper: Thank You Collection by The Stamps of Life
Ink: Tuxedo Black by Memento Ink
Stamps: sheep2stamp by The Stamps of Life
Dies: Scallop Card Drop Ins by Sizzix; Stitched Circles Dies and sheep2stamp Die Set by The Stamps of Life; Envelope Line Die (Retired) by Stampin’ Up!
Tools: MISTI; Paper Trimmer
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestone Jewels by Stampin’ Up!; Black & White Checked Ribbon by The Stamps of Life
Other – Envelope – Stampin’ Up!