CASEing the Piggy

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If I didn’t have it already, I’ll tell you what would be on my list:  This Little Piggy.
Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

This piggy makes me happy! Today’s card is a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) of the talented Rachel Tessman. I loved her design, and made just a couple of small changes to her creation.

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

Coloring the Piggy was a learning experience for me – and in a good way. I was certain I wanted to use Whisper White card stock, but I haven’t had good experience using the Aquapainter with either ink or the Coloring Pencils on large images on Whisper White card stock. I was looking for another option and thought I’d try sponging. This first pig got a little sunburned, but the second one has a lovely, pale complexion:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

I used Powder Pink to sponge, and the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker to add shadows.

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

This is the first card I made using the Aquapainter and ink. You can’t see the distortion of the paper, but it’s there. I also wasn’t successful in getting even coverage:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

A Post It note creates the perfect mask for sponging, because it sticks in place and the paper is thin. I stamped the Piggy and trimmed him out of the center:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

I suppose I could have been really tricky and used the insides for the Soft Sky sponging, but it wouldn’t have had any “stick”. I stamped the Piggy again and cut out around the image so I could sponge in the sky:

Maui Stamper This Little Piggy Stampin' Up!

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It’s RemARKably Foxy around here {wink}

Welcome to the new Sunday RemARKable Blog Tour!  I hope you’ll enjoy our new day – third Sunday of the month, still 2pm HST (8pm EST – we won’t go into the business about when and how that changes.  I just use world clocks on my phone to keep track!)

RemARKable Blog Tour

This month I’m sharing a project I did for a dear friend who is expecting a baby boy in August.  I started by making her a card:

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends

I used a lot of different products, but the foundation is the Foxy Friends stamp set, the Fox Builder punch, and the A Little Foxy DSP stack.  You could spend DAYS (ask me how I know) playing with all of the variations of the stamps and punch.  And I kept it to a simple color palette – if I had started experimenting there I would still be stamping!!

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends

I cut an oval in the DSP and added a bit of background.  The Duet Builder punch gave me a frame for my sentiment, and the little toadstools from the Foxy Friends set were the perfect accent.

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends

  • Stamps:  Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners, retired sentiment
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Fox Builder Punch, Duet Banner punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

The next step was to create some Thank You notes for the new Mama.  I used our Note Card sets – the cards are cut and scored and come with envelopes – and created three designs.  The grayscale images in the DSP stack are perfect when you’re working with this much color!

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

I had a lot of fun playing with the tilted heads on these little guys.  Some of these poor critters may need a chiropractor.

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

It’s a tough call, but I think the raccoon might be my favorite.  We don’t have any of these critters on Maui, but I have lots of raccoon memories from my mainland days.  Some are fond, and some are not so fond (trying to defeat a very determined raccoon intent on dumping our trash at 1am).

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

I can’t imagine this sweet face digging in my trash!

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

The third and final member of the the Thank You Trio is this little stinker.  Each card uses an identical layout, but has slight color and DSP variations.

Maui Stamper Foxy Friends Thank You

The punch has plenty of little shapes and pieces – enough to keep a creative mind at work for a long time.

Take a visit along the RemARKable tour – Heather Mathieson is next and she always has great ideas!  Thanks for stopping by today.

RemARKable Blog Tour Next Blog

Nancy Amato 

Melissa Bolinger 

Tamra Davis

Arden Dougan 

Tracie Langley

Deb Lehigh

Anne Matasci 

Heather Mathieson 

Audra Monk

Maria Pane

Michele Reynolds 

Pam Staples

Janet Wakeland 

Mary Jo Price-Wililams

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