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A Hidden Birthday Wish

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

I'll start by saying that I've been struggling with today's project all week.  I don't know if it's because my Mojo got lost, or I was distracted, or I was just tired from the 4th of July weekend.  In any event, a very simple design became a large pile of hosed up cardstock.  But FINALLY last night it all came together.


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This cute little cat comes from the Long Fellows Level 2 Hostess stamp set and he's playing among foliage from the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set.  If you pull his tail (and now that I think of it, that's really NOT something you want to do with a cat) you'll find a hidden birthday wish (provided by the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set).


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It's not hard to make one of these pull out sliders.  In fact, it's pretty easy!  The trick is making sure you put something in place to make the sliding stop.  I've included some photos of how that works.  Note the small piece of cardstock placed across the end of the slider to keep it from coming out of the slot and the Stampin' Dimensionals that keep the tab from disappearing into the slot.  The slot is cut out with a craft knife and is a little more than 1/8" taller than the width of the slider and a little more than 1/8" wide.  


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I learned how to make this type of slider at a demonstrator training event a few months ago and I've been itching to incorporate it into one of my card designs.  When I saw the Long Fellows stamp set I knew that I had found it! Note that if you have a wider slider that you may want to consider using the Word Window punch to create the slot for the slider.


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The inside of the Pear Pizzazz card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I used an Early Espresso marker to ink my cat image and stamped the forward half of the cat on the lower left corner of the cardstock.  Then I stamped the image again on a piece of Post-It Note in the area where the repositionable adhesive is located on the back of the Post-it Note.  I cut out the Post-It Note cat and then placed it over the cat stamped on the Whisper White cardstock.  Then I stamped the foliage using Wild Wasabi ink.  


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The same process was used to stamp the cat on the lower left front of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  However, to continue the whimsical theme of the card, I flipped the envelope over and stamped the back half of the cat on the lower right area of the back of the envelope.  Kind of like those T-shirts where you see the front of the design on the front of the t-shirt and the back of the design on the back of the t-shirt.  


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So you may be wondering what my problem was with this card?  Well, it was the colors!  I wanted something unusual and kind of funky to go with the whimsical drawing of the cat.  I sure did give my new Color Coach a work out trying to make a decision.  I have to admit I'm pretty tickled with how it all turned out, though.  I think that's the best part about Stampin' Up!'s Color Renovation.  I get to move outside my comfort zone of "regular" color combinations and create new ones!  I'm looking forward to the challenge!


Stamps:  Long Fellows, Pocket Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Basic Black, Wild Wasabi; Many Marvelous Markers:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Craft Knife, Mat Pack (Self-Healing Mat), Pencil, Post-It Note; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


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Holly / InkPaperStamps

Okay, this is just too cute!!!!

Peggy Rosche Outen

adorable...thanks for sharing the details.


Brilliant!!! Love the technique and colors! So darn clever!!

LeeAnn Greff

Wow! Are you ever clever?!!!
I love the interactive card & the back & front envelope idea is fabulous!
What a wonderful, creative artist you are!

Linda Henry

Very cute and clever!


Oh my gosh, I love how you wrapped that cute little cat around the envelope!

Lisa N

Very cute.


Wow, Mickey, that is so cute!!

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