Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Baby Pull Toys is a fun and whimsical stamp set that is of course great for all baby cards. Do you remember the excitement when a little one finally starts walking? Soon after that they discover the fun of pull toys. Fisher-Price sure came up with a bunch of cute ones including the iconic telephone. My card was inspired by the Mini Catalog itself.
Baby Pull Toys Card
It wasn’t until I inked up this stamp set that I truly fell in love with it. The bold line images are just beautiful when you stamp and colour them. There is an elephant, a giraffe and a lion all riding on a pull toy. The sentiments are also adorable. Besides “it’s a boy” and “it’s a girl” there are “little baby, BIG LOVE”, “LOVE just got REAL” and “For the little one who TUGS on our heart strings”.
The twine on the front of this card is not merely decorative. When you pull the bow, the accordian fold pops open to reveal more cute pull toys.
A Few Measurements to Help
The thick basic white card base is standard 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ scored and folded at 4 1/4″. Next is the striped paper from Snail Mail which is 4″ by 5 1/4″. The Balmy Blue mat is 2 3/4″ square and the all important white accordion fold piece is 2 1/2″ by 7 1/2″ scored at 2 1/2″ and 5″. The animals were coloured with Blends. I used a dard Real Red blend to draw a “string” hooking the pull toys together to form a sort of train. The Balmy Blue hearts were made using the dies from Many Hearts dies.
I thought it would be a good idea to plan a fun event before I leave for Holland. It’s becoming a big of a tradition to do an online event when I am back home in quarantine. To overcome the logistics of having to get everything shipped in time, I thought I would switch up the way things are done. Rather than buying a ticket, you now only have to purchase anything online from me for a minimum of $40. I will mail you the extra bits to complete your cards. Make sure that you have the Assorted Memories & More cards and envelopes. You will need three of the large cards to craft along with me. This little step greatly saves me on shipping costs and lets me offer a fun event for a very low cost. Here is the video.
The date for this event in Friday May 27 at 7pm EST. You will get a virtual Bingo card and your Zoom link after you have placed your online order. Deadline to register is May 12.
Excitement is Building
Tomorrow morning is my COVID test, Sunday I drive to my parents for one last visit and then on Monday evening I fly to the Netherlands to be reunited with Gerard! Almost all of my stamping tasks are done, just waiting for the ribbon to finish my virtual coffee and a card kits and then I can relax! I have the cards ready for my YouTube live video tomorrow to show what I did with my Sand & Sea Parcel in the Post. Thanks so much for joining me today. Have a super day!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. I’m taking a break from fall cards and sharing with you a beautiful Birds and Branches Baby Card. My talented team member Alison Reid made this card for me as well. What a blessing it is to have stamping family. That is really what happens when you have such a great team. I am so thankful for my team!
Birds & Branches Baby Card
I want to tell you a secret. Did you know that I used to have a love/hate affair with dies? Little dies especially infuriated me because they were easy to lose but more significantly, they skittered around on the magnetic platform and also didn’t stay put on the regular platform.
Meet the new magnetic plate! What a dream!! You can actually save time and cut out many dies at the same time with no skittering. No washi tape needed for insurance to keep them in place. What a game changer.
This pretty baby card uses four different dies and you can cut them all out at once. I love the colour palette of petal pink, crumb cake, soft suede and balmy blue. Add a touch of early espresso for the bird and the branches and you have a stunning card.
More Birds & Branches
If you want to see some more cards created with the Birds & Branches bundle, you can check out this blog post from a few months ago.
I fell in love with Stampin’Up! because they make it so easy to make beautiful things. Everything coordinates! No need to search for the right colour ribbon or patterned paper. Petal pink is the colour of the ink, the cardstock and the ribbon. The result? A stunning card. Nothing is “off”. It feels just right and that is wonderful when you are making something. It minimizes the frustration and maximizes the joy. See the product list below for all the great things used on this card.
If you live in Canada, you can shop online with me no matter where you live! I love that so much, especially during COVID. Deliveries to your door means not having to wear a mask. It’s the little things that can bring great joy.
Thanks again for joining me today. This week I only blogged twice as Wednesday was an “Oma” day. I realize that time with my family is precious and sometimes stamping and blogging has to take a back seat. I know you understand! Did you know that if you place an order with me, if you join my team or my training group OR Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper, you get a free monthly pdf? Here is a sneak peek of the October pdf. There are lots of great fall projects in there. Happy stamping and have a super day.
Hello stampers. Do you like colouring? Do you hate colouring? Beautiful Blends are the answer. If you love colouring then you will love it even more when you colour with Blends. Do you hate colouring? You just might be very pleasantly surprised if you try the Blends. How do I know this? I think I have now had around 50 Blends club members as well as people at my coffee and a card classes say that they hated colouring until they tried the Blends. That just makes me so happy. Did you know that when I was in grade 2 I won second prize in a colouring contest run by the Guelph Daily Mercury? I was so happy! My prize was a dozen tulip bulbs and this was a kids colouring contest. How silly is that? Anyways, even with that legacy, colouring can still stress me out sometimes especially if it is a really detailed line image stamp. But Blends are different. Try out a few and you will see what I mean. I would like to show you two cards we made at our last Blends Club. Both of them are using stamp sets that will soon retire, so if you love them, be sure to add them to your collection before they are gone and sell for an astronomical price on Ebay.
Now doesn’t this card just make you smile? Two by Two is great for baby cards but also for birthday cards or get well cards for kids. It is also perfect for colouring therapy. I used flirty flamingo, balmy blue, soft suede, smoky slate, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, basic black, real red, crumb cake, old olive and pool party to colour this card. I think it is a winner. I used the stamparatus to make sure my sentiment was a beautiful, deep black.
Bubbles and Bubbly just recently made its way to my house. This bathtub looks a lot like mine, and with a saying like that, don’t you think The Pampered Stamper needed to own this set? I thought so too and just in time too since it is retiring at the end of May. I layered vellum over top of the pool party circles to soften it up a bit but you could also use our sequins for a fun look. I am sure there are not too many rich razzleberry bathtubs in the world but I like the funky look of it.
Thanks so much for stopping by and get ready for six more Blends colours coming in the new annual catalog: so saffron, gray granite, pretty peacock, seaside spray, rococo rose and purple posy. Have a super day.
Hello stampers! Sorry for my long absence. Today I want to talk to you about our beautiful new bunny stamp called Sweet Little Something. It is the same style of artwork as Baby Bear but it is a little bit cheaper as the sayings are a smaller font. Sweet Little Something has 10 photopolymer stamps and costs $26 while Baby Bear has 12 and costs $32. Both are three step stamps. This may have been a turn-off for some people because it can be a bit tricky to line them up perfectly even though they are photopolymer stamps. With the new Stamparatus coming soon this is no longer an issue. I used the Stamparatus to make my cards and I love it so much!! You can make multiple cards in a fraction of the time with no errors. If the image turns out too light or patchy, you just ink up again and the Stamparatus guarantees that it will line up perfectly. Here is a link to a video on how the Stamparatus works. If you have not pre-ordered one in December you will have to wait until the new catalog goes live on June 1. It will retail for $65.
Besides the Stamparatus, another trick with three step stamping is to start with the smallest, most detailed image first. You want to stamp that one in your darkest colour. The second stamp should be the one with a little more detail and a medium coloured ink. The third stamp should be your broad background image that fills in the rest of the colour and this should be your lightest coloured ink. Here is a graphic to make it more clear.
I’m not sure what happened to the middle bunny, he is a little mottled, I must not have cleaned him properly before stamping, but you get the idea. It can be difficult to distinguish between the two detailed stamps, so my trick is to remember that the first one to be stamped has two clear eyes. I also found that I had to trim my stamps between the legs and under the arms to prevent lines or blotching. It hasn’t seemed to damage the stamp and you can see in the third image that I could trim a little closer, there is a bit of a line that I don’t want to be there.
Here are some sample swatches that I made. This is another great idea to do since you will forget which colours you used and have to do a lot of guessing and recreating to find that combination back. You will notice that one of the swatches is left blank. Yup, I forgot what I used on that one and it is one of my favourites!! Go figure.
You can also see that I definitely had inky fingers while doing this! I am quite in love with this little guy, and yes, I refer to the bunny as “him” since he reminds me of my grandson Leo. Did you know that there is a classic children’s book called Leo the Lop? It is all about a bunny just like this one. Here are the cards I have made with this adorable stamp set.
I know that Corduroy was a bear, but that must have inspired me to use the corduroy ribbon for the rabbit. Combined with the True Gentleman paper it really looks nice. Here is a close-up of the Sweet Little Something bunny:
As much as I love this masculine rabbit, she is also adorable in powder pink. I used the embossing folders from the Petal Palette suite to add some texture to these simple cards.
For this card I used powder pink as the third and final colour along with soft suede and chocolate chip. I inked up the Petal Pair embossing folder with powder pink before running it through the Big Shot.
Using this year’s in colours reminded me that I had an unopened stash of premade bitty bows. It’s a little big for her, but it reminded me of those huge bows little girls used to have in their hair in the 1930’s and 40’s. So while we are on the subject of in colours, why not use tranquil tide as well?
For once I don’t have a video to share with you. My trusted videographer, Rachel is being a nanny this week, so she is not home!! I hope you enjoyed the different versions of my lop-eared bunny as well as the simple tips and tricks to make stamping with him easier. Have a super day!!