This Little Piggy Loves You

Last week I sat down with a friend to make some Valentines. It was such a pleasant evening together, and it underscored why I love to craft. It’s a great solitary activity, but it’s just as enjoyable to share it with someone else. You get caught up on one another’s lives, you share some ideas, and you take home something useful! Perfect.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy Valentine

  • Stamps: This LIttle Piggy, Heart Happiness
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Memento Black, Pear Pizazz, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party
  • Accessories:  Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scattered Sequins Dynamic TIEF, Calypso Coral 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon, Stampin’ Blends, Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy Valentine

I used the scattered heart image from Heart Happiness with Pink Pirouette ink on the inside of the card. I’ll just write over those soft hearts when I send this Valentine.

Do you have the Stitched Shape Framelits? I find myself reaching for them over and over again. There are graduated sizes of circles, ovals and squares, and the stitching lines that frame the inside of each shape create such a clean, finished look.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy Valentine

I’m gaining some confidence with Stampin’ Blends. I don’t have to THINK quite so hard when I approach a new image. I’m just letting it happen. I made a few of these, and each pig is different.

They’re in the mail already – have you sent your Valentines yet?

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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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