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!)
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.
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
It’s no secret that I love the hedgehog stamps; in fact, this little guy was my very first hedgehog! It’s easy to understand why I fell in love with them, isn’t it?! The Friday Mash Up this week was to create a design using Real Red, Coastal Cabana (I had to substitute Soft Sky) and Crumb Cake (look carefully at the basket for my Crumb Cake usage). I used my blender pen to tone down the Real Red so that I didn’t have a hedgehog with a sunburn! The strip of Soft Sky was my most challenging element — after trying 3 different embossing folders and not liking any of them, I decided to stamp a background. I chose one of the small stamps from Hearts a Flutter and stamped Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky CS to create a muted background. The Mash Up was to include hearts and an arrow along with the colors given above. You may have to use your imagination, but the black and white element under the hedgehog resembles an arrow in my mind! 🙂
STAMPIN UP PAPER: Real Red, Soft Sky, Sale-a-bration 2013 DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White
STAMPS: Hearts a Flutter and the adorable hedgehog (does anybody know the name of this stamp? I bought it on EBay last year and have no idea it’s official name)
INK: Soft Sky, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Versamark, Basic Black
SUPPLIES: Blender pen, black embossing powder, candy dots, Embosslits Fashionable Hearts, Polka-Dot EF, paper piercer, Essentials paper piercing pack, paper piercing mat, dimensionals, Floral Frame die
I viewed a video on Stamping School that showed how to use Crystal Effects with tissue paper. I was eager to try the technique to create a snowy scene; so, I quickly reached for my holiday hedgehogs –they always make me smile!
STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Holiday Hedgehogs, Woodgrain background stamp
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK & PAPER: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Old Olive, used white tissue paper
EMBELLISHMENTS & SUPPLIES: Cherry Cobbler polka dot ribbon, Cherry Cobbler medium button, Cherry Cobbler bakers twine, Crystal Effects, clear embossing powder
Polka Dot EF, Darice snow EF, Martha Stewart branch punch
ADHESIVES: Red Line tape, Dimensionals, double sided tape, 2 large glue dots
INK: Versamark, Staz-on Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake