Cookie Cutter … Teddy Bears?!

You know how you buy a stamp set JUST for one particular stamp, and then you end up using other stamps in the set, even more than the one image you fell in love with? Yep. I do that all the time. Seriously. The designers of the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set are so smart! I never would have thought of throwing in a teddy bear image, but boy was that a great idea.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Does Teddy Bears

A few months ago a friend of mine had her 8th baby. This friend is the BEST Mom. She does such a great job with her kids and I’m thrilled for her that she has another little boy. But I’m way behind on sending her a card and gift.

This stamp set inspired me to (finally!!) make a card for her. As card makers, we really need an arsenal of cards ready to go, don’t we? We tend to stamp the same cards over and over again. For me, that’s nature. I love anything nature related, from leaves to flowers to trees. I don’t even think to buy stamps that aren’t nature-related. And that’s a problem! Luckily, the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set has come to my rescue.

Baby Card using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Simple Design using Washi Tape

I am on a quest to use my washi tape. I’m great at hoarding it and less great at actually using it. This design helped me use it. And I love how it came out! It’s still a baby card, but it’s not pastel or babyish, which is nice and different.

If you don’t have washi tape, you can follow the same design and use fancy paper.

To make the card, I used the splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge. (Gorgeous Grunge is a staple stamp set in my stamp room. It’s like flour in my kitchen – you always need it on hand!) I used Sahara Sand ink because it’s light in color, I stamped off onto scrap paper, and then lightly stamped the splatter images onto my card.

When it was covered, I added the washi tape, some gold metallic thread (gotta love metallic thread) and placed the sweet little teddy bear on top.

Baby Card using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Bear Ears

I used the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder punch to punch out the teddy bear. The problem is that there is no room for ears with the punch. I therefore stamped ears on scrap paper. I positioned the ears behind the bear and adhered them. I then fussy cut them out and all was good.

The sentiment came from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, also another staple in my stamp room. I got that stamp set when it first came out YEARS ago and it’s gotten lots of ink throughout the years.

Happy Stamping, my friend. I hope you have a terrific week.

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Cookie-Cutter Christmas, Gorgeous Grunge, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede
Other: Moroccan Suite Washi Tape, Gold Metallic Thread

Foxy Friends is My Top Pick

The other day my daughter asked me what my FAVORITE stamp was from the new catalog. What a question…..I was forced to pick only one, so I chose my absolute favorite. If I could only get one new stamp set from the WHOLE catalog, it would be *drumroll* — Foxy Friends.

I love the Foxy Friends stamp set first and foremost because it’s different. I’ve never stamped foxes before, or any other of the many animals included with the stamp set. Not only is it adorable, but it comes with a product suite. When you can get matching paper and a punch, it is easy to make a spectacular card with less work. I also love the colors in the product suite. Pool Party is one of my standbys and Watermelon Wonder is another favorite.

By the way, would you ever have thought to put the two colors together? Not me! So glad Stampin’ Up! showed us how nicely these colors work by putting them together with the Foxy Friends product suite.

Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Another tool that I used for this card is the new circle framelits. In the catalog, I had a hard time figuring how large the scallops would be. I was so happy once my order arrived and I played with them. The scallops are very small and add a lot to a card, but in a subtle way. Before this set, it was always a challenge when I used a circle in a card since I had no border around it, or a very large circle border. Now I can put a small subtle and adorable border. I will need to order the ovals next….so cute!

Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Have a Happy Friday! Hoping your upcoming weekend brings some extra time to stamp 🙂

Love,
Rina

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Foxy Friends
Paper: Pool Party, Smoky Slate, and A Little Foxy DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake and Smokey Slate
Other: Pool Party Ribbon, Circle Framelits, Fox Builder Punch

Card for Kids

Have I gotten you to try card templates yet????  I did another one today.  This one is the Sweet Sunday Sketch #295.  Here’s my card!

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Do you think I followed the sketch?

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The thing I love about sketches is that they get me thinking in new ways.  I never would have thought to put a line down the card.  But I really like it!  It adds balance and interest.

I also did something fun.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but the little guy is actually watercolored. I used watercolor paper and an aqua painter to make him.  If a card success is defined by your kids trying to steal it, then I’d say this one turned out okay . . .

Stamp Set: You’re Sublime (139309)
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Cherry On Top (138443), Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Garden Green (for the spots), Wild Wasabi (body), Soft Sky (eyes)
Misc: Aqua Painter

Have a wonderful day, friends.
Best,Rina

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