SUO #109 Bring on the Cake with Holiday Hedgehogs

For those of you who follow my blog, it’s no secret that I love the adorable hedgehog stamps.  A couple of weeks ago my good friend, Jodi McKinney of Life In Between, showed up at my studio with a surprise package for me – what could it be?!  I pulled the tissue paper out of the bag and discovered … my very own hedgehog!  He’s now residing in my display window with a front row seat to watch the antics of my living, breathing front yard groundhog “friends.”  (BTW:  did you know our infamous Punxy Phil became the mascot for Groundhog’ Day, because he is the U.S. animal bearing the closest resemblance to the hedgehog; the hedgehog is actually the original weather forecaster!)

2014.10 hedgehog from Jodi
I wanted to let Jodi know how much I appreciated having my own personal hedgehog, so, I naturally had to make her an appropriate hedgehog thank you card! I chose this retired Holiday Hedgehog stamp and simply used my SU Early Espresso marker to ink the hedgehogs, without the candy cane. I filled in the hands and feet, where necessary, with the fine tip point of the marker and then fussy cut each of the hedgehogs.
hedgehog candy cane
My background is simply a few pieces of Lullaby DSP matted with Coastal Cabana and mounted onto Hello Honey, then run through the Tiny Triangles EF for texture. With the hedgehog’s hands outstretched, I felt they should be holding something – the heart from the owl punch worked beautifully. The tiny scallop circles with the Coastal Cabana rhinestones were as a result of an “uh-oh” glue spot on the ribbon. I quite like the way they add a sparkly finishing touch to this card.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Holiday Hedgehogs, Bring on the Cake
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Medium Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Lullaby DSP
ACCESSORIES: Owl punch, Itty Bitty Scallop punch, rhinestones, Tiny Triangles EF, Big Shot, Soft Suede ribbon, Large Oval punch, oval die, blender pen, glue dots, dimensionals


PP 209 Bring on the Cake with a Punch Art Bear

What is it about teddy bears that makes them just SO adorable?!  Teddy bears seem to span the ages — I don’t think a person ever gets too old to enjoy a teddy bear, do you?!   This week’s Paper Players’ challenge is to design a child’s CAS birthday card.  After browsing through my stamps and not coming up with anything I wanted to use, I decided a punch art card was in order.   After all, what child doesn’t delight in a teddy bear?!  So I grabbed my circle and oval punches and started punching  — a few minutes later, I had this little cub peeking in to say “Happy Birthday!”  CAS cards are always a challenge for me; but, I found this DSP to work perfectly for a card with minimal layers.  This particular DSP has exactly 4” between like-colored stripes; so, I aligned the paper in my paper trimmer in such a way that the Melon Mambo lines served as my outside edges which allowed the DSP to blend perfectly with the base of the card when it was assembled.  Now for the ultimate question, do bears have tails?  If so, what would you do to add a tail to this bear; I’d love to hear your answers!

2014.08.21 PP209

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S):   Bring on the Cake


STAMPIN UP INK:    Crumb Cake,  Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette


STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:    Melon Mambo, Whisper White,  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sweet Taffy DSP


ACCESSORIES:    Punches: 2 x 1-3/8 Oval (body and bottom of face), 1-3/4 Circle (head), 1” Circle (ears), ¾” Circle (paws), Itty Bitty Circle punch (nose), Boho Flower and Itty Bitty Scallop Circle (Hair Ribbon), rhinestone, candy dots, Melon Mambo  polka dot ribbon, wiggly eyes, sponges