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I'm just finishing cleaning up from yesterday afternoon's final meeting of the SASS Stamp Club for the 2011-2012 cycle.  We made a couple of scrapbook pages, a wedding card, and an adorable love note; I'll be sharing those projects with you very soon.  The great news is that lots of the girls will be signing up for the 2012-2013 cycle of the SASS Stamp Club; I can't wait to begin working with them again in August.  If you live in the East Central Florida area on Florida's Space Coast, I'd love to have you join us!  Just click on the EMail Mickey button near the upper right sidebar of this blog page for more information.

Today's post is the final  card in a group of cards I was commissioned to make by my husband's sister-in-law.  She asked for some unique cards for her teen grandchildren and knew that she wanted the cards to be extra special:  16th birthday cards for her twin granddaughter and grandson, a young teen birthday card for her granddaughter, a high school graduation card for her grandson, a middle school graduation card for her granddaughter.  In addition, she asked for a baby shower card for a party with a "girly safari" theme for her nephew's new baby.

I did some surfing in the blog-o-sphere and found a baby carriage card made by Linda "Holstein" at SplitCoast Stampers.  I thought that this might be a good place to start.  I typed in "baby animals" in my web browser and found a couple of truly adorable digital downloads that I purchased and placed into my My Digital Studio/Components/Backgrounds/Designer Series Paper folder.  I added the baby animals to photo boxes placed on a blank page, printed them out on glossy photo paper, and then cut them out to place them on the card.  What do you think?

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This card begins with a card base of Chocolate Chip cardstock.  A piece of Old Olive cardstock was run through the Big Shot inside the Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, the edges sponged with Old Olive ink, matted with a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock (the edges sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink), and adhered to the card base to create the card front. 

The baby carriage begins with a piece of So Saffron cardstock die cut in the Big Shot using the 3 1/2" circle Originals die then inserted into the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and run through the Big Shot again.  The die cut circle was cut apart into two pieces:  one piece is 1 7/8" wide and the other 1 5/8" wide, then the 1 5/8" wide piece was reduced to 1 3/8" wide.  The edges of both pieces were sponged with So Saffron ink.  A piece of Chantilly Crochet Trim (Retired) was placed along the straight edge of each piece with a piece of Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta ribbon placed along the center of the crochet trim.  The top of the carriage was adhered to the card front using Mini Glue Dots and the bottom of the baby carriage was adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The carriage wheels begin with a piece of So Saffron cardstock punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch and matted with a 1 3/8" circle punched from Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The hub for each wheel begins with a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock punched with the 1" circle punch, the edges sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink, and spokes scored using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  A hole was pierced through the center of the hub and a Very Vanilla Neutrals 5/16" brad (Retired) was inserted with the brad legs set at the back of the hub.  The hub was adhered at the center of the wheel using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The push handle for the carriage was die cut from Pumpkin Pie cardstock using the Big Shot and the Swirls Medium die (non-Stampin' Up!) and the edges sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Two tags were tied to the die cut with Linen Thread.  The tags were stamped using Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and So Saffron inks on Whisper White cardstock, a hole punched at the top of each tag using the 1/16" circle punch, and the tags punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch.  The swirl was adhered to the card front behind the front of the carriage with Mini Glue Dots and the tags were adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The giraffe was slid into the carriage and adhered to the card front using SNAIL.  A head from a second giraffe was cut out and placed over the head of the adhered giraffe using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The monkey head with hands was cut out and adhere to the card front at the top edge of the carriage bottom using two Stampin' Dimensionals stacked on top of each other.  A second monkey head (this time minus the hands) was placed on top of the first monkey head using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The palm frond image from the Tropical Party stamp set (Retired) was stamped across the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink.  The tiger and cheetah images cut out and adhered near the bottom edge of the liner.  A second cheetah head was cut out and placed over the adhered cheetah head using Stamping Dimensionals.  Five more palm fronds were stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Old Olive ink and cut out using Paper Snips.  These palm fronds were adhered along the bottom edge of the liner to create a "jungle" for the cats to peek out from.   

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The palm frond image was stamped a few times at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The zebra image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered over the palm fronds.  A second zebra head was cut out and placed over the adhered zebra with Stampin' Dimensionals.  (You wouldn't do this if you were mailing this card.)

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A monkey was cut out with Paper Snips and added to the back flap of the envelope just for fun.

Of all the cards I made for my husband's sister-in-law, this one has to be my favorite.  It was definitely the one with the most detail cutting, but the results are certainly worth it!  Those animals were just so darn cute to work with!


Stamps:  Tiny Tags, Tropical Party (Retired); Inks:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Linen Thread, Neutrals 5/16" Brads (Retired), Chantilly Crochet Trim (Retired), Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, 1/16" circle punch, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack (Retired), Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impresssions embossing folder, Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, 3 1/2" circle Originals die, My Digital Studio; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Swirls Medium Sizzix die, Pixel Paper Prints baby animals digital downloads, HP Photosmart C6280 All-in-One printer, Glossy photo paper


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Oh my goodness, that is too cute! Those baby animals are adorable. My Digital Studio to the rescue!


These are too cute!!

Diane Simpers

You've outdone yourself again! This is just adorable!


This is one of the cutest projects I have ever seen. WOW! This one will go in the baby's scrapbook for certain!

Tanya Boser

OMG! That is just adorable!!!! I love those little critters and all of your cutting was well worth it :)

Twila Davis

These are too stinkin cute! adorable work, Mickey!


This is a work of art!!! The critters in the cute carriage are adorable and I just love that zebra!!!


What a gorgeous card, and the animals are the cutest! Thanks for sharing this!

Paula aka Scrapshappen

Oh my gosh!! How adorable is this card? Love all the cute critters. You are simply amazing!


OMGosh sooo stinkin' cute ... love it!!

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