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One of the great things about being a Mom is that you may be lucky enough to become a grandmother. I have to tell you that being a grandmother is AWESOME! My husband and I have 6 grandchildren and each one is very special to us. We see most of our grandchildren often; however, one of our grandsons, Aiden, lives in Ohio and we aren't able to see him as often as we'd like. Aiden recently celebrated his 7th birthday. Here's a card very similar to the one that I made for Aiden.
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The card base was stamped with the "sprinkles" image in Tempting Turquoise on the upper half and a piece of polka dot paper from the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper covers the lower half. Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon was wrapped around the card front and knotted on the right side. The Chocolate ice cream scoop image was inked with Close to Cocoa and then the squiggles image with Chocolate Chip; both pieces "kissed" and then the scoops image was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. The same process was used for the Vanilla and Strawberry scoops (Very Vanilla Craft ink kissed with Barely Banana ink and Pretty in Pink kissed with Pixie Pink). The cones image was inked with Creamy Caramel and the edges of the image "rock and roll"ed in Close to Cocoa ink then stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. Finally, the cherry image was inked with Real Red and Glorious Green markers and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock. All of these images were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered to a piece of Certainly Celery with the sentiment stamped in Chocolate Chip and matted to Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron cardstock. The Chocolate and Strawberry scoops were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals, all the rest with SNAIL. A drop of Crystal Effects was placed on each cherry to give it some shine. The focal point was adhered to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The process for stamping the ice cream scoops is different for the envelope. A scoop was stamped onto a Post-It Note near the top of the paper (where the repositionable adhesive is located on the back of the note). The scoop image was cut out. This image will be used as a "mask" to create the triple decker cone. Stamp the top scoop first and place the mask on top of the scoop. Stamp the second scoop with the top of the scoop image overlapping the bottom of the first image slightly (on the mask). Press down firmly on the scoop stamp to ensure that you don't leave a space between the ink and the bottom of the mask. Then move the mask to the second scoop and repeat the process with the third scoop. To stamp the cone, place the mask on the third scoop and then stamp the cone with the top of the cone overlapping the bottom of the scoop slightly. Finally, remove the mask and stamp the cherry on the top scoop.
When I saw these stamps, I just had to have them. For some reason, I struggle with designing cards for children and felt that I would be able to create some fun cards for kids. I also saw some possibilities for scrapbook pages with Summer and party themes. However, I should be honest and admit that the biggest reason really had nothing to do with children: I just LOVE ice cream! It's my favorite food group.
Stamps: Sweet Scoops; Inks: Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla Craft; Many Marvelous Markers: Real Red, Glorious Green; Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Island Oasis; Embellishments: Pumpkin Pie 1/2" Striped grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Crystal Effects; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope, Post-It-Note