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Monday, August 28, 2017

Champagne anyone?

Are you familiar with the This Little Piggy Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! 2017/2018 Annual Catalogue?  It's the featured stamp set for this week's What Will You Stamp? Challenge and as a member of the Design Team I was tasked with designing a project using at least one image from that set.

As I sat and looked at the stamp set I had lots of different ideas, but to be honest I was a little concerned that they might be too similar to something that other members of the Design Team might have come up with.  I was looking for something a bit different, and then my eyes fixed on that self-satisfied smile on the face of the flying pig and this idea just popped into my head.

I started by using my Stampin Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card, folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create the card base.  Then using pieces of Stampin' Sponge I coloured the card front by sponging a layer of Marina Mist ink, then Dapper Denim, Perfect Plum and finally Night of Navy ink.  I added some 'stars' to the night sky by flicking the tip of a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush over the surface and set it aside to dry.

Next I needed to create the pig and for that I took another piece of Very Vanilla Card and sponged it with Powder Pink and then Blushing Bride ink.  I stamped the flying pig image on top of the sponging using Crumb Cake ink and cut the whole image out with Paper Snips. 

The next stage was to stamp the top part of the flying pig image (with the wings) twice onto a scrap of Shimmery White Card using Crumb Cake ink.  With my Paper Snips I cut both wings together from one image, and just the front wing from the second image.  As I was preparing to layer the white wings onto the pig image I decided that it would be easier if I started by cutting the back wing off the original pink image, then I could use Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the pair of white wings to the back of the pig.  The single front wing was then attached to the front of the pig image on top of the pink wing.  This gave a really nice layered effect.

Now I needed the sleigh, cut using my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform with dies from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits.  The complete sleigh shape was cut from some of the new Champagne Foil Sheet (available from September 1st), and the filigree body from a piece of the Wood Textures 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I attached the filigree piece to the sleigh base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). 

Also in the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits is a die that cuts the shape of a fir tree so I used the Big Shot and Magnetic Platform to cut two of them from Always Artichoke Card.   With the main parts of the design complete I was ready to start putting the project together.

First I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the sleigh to the card base.  Then I wrapped some Linen Thread around the pig's body and tied the ends together to create the 'reins'.  I used Mini Glue Dots to secure the thread on the back of the pig and by the seat of the sleigh.  I could then attach the pig to the front of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Now that the two main pieces were in place I could see what space I had left on the card.  I attached the two die-cut trees in the bottom right corner with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) then cut off the excess with Paper Snips.

It was time to stamp the two parts of the sentiment onto narrow strips of Very Vanilla Card using Night of Navy ink, and then cut a V at the end of each one with Paper Snips before adding them to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Now I had to go looking for something suitable for the inside of the card and I found exactly what I was looking for in the new Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set (also available from September 1st), it was a sentiment that said "May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with joy".  I stamped the sentiment onto a layer of Very Vanilla Card with Night of Navy ink and then fixed the layer to the inside of the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).

For the envelope I decided to keep it really simple with the image of the sitting pig from the This Little Piggy Stamp Set stamped in the bottom right corner on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope using Crumb Cake ink.

I was almost done, but there was one last touch needed to the front of the card. 

I used a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker from the Brights Collection to colour in the pig's snout, then covered the snout with some glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen and set it aside to dry for a couple of hours.  When I went back my pig had a nose to rival Rudolph, no wonder she looks smug!

Ok, I admit this in not your usual Christmas type card, but not everyone wants, deserves or needs a card like all the others.  I wonder who'll end up with this one?


My sneak peek from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue is the gorgeous Champagne Foil Sheet.  It's such a pretty colour and compliments the other foil colours beautifully.  It's a little hard to photograph but hopefully you can see the lovely soft colour that seems to have a hint of pink.


I mentioned that my project was designed for the Design Team gallery for this week's What Will You Stamp? Challenge WWYS131 -This Little Piggy, and you can see the projects created by the rest of the Design Team over on the What Will You Stamp? Challenge blog.

If you have the This Little Piggy Stamp Set we'd love to see what you can make with it.  Just create a new project (i.e. not previously posted onto a blog or social media), and upload it to the challenge gallery.  Each week one person is randomly chosen to be our winner and will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer on the challenge in two weeks.  It might be you!

So that's it for me for now, I'll have another new project for you tomorrow featuring more sneak peeks from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  I do hope you'll be able to join me.



Impossible to look at your card this morning, without a little chuckle, Tracy! Your sense of humour is really showing! Bet you'll have fun trying to come up with just the right recipient for this one! Very well executed too, I must say!! and your night skies are always the best!! TFS

Posted by geraldine homenchuk on August 28, 2017 at 09:26 AM #

Thank you Geraldine. I'm sure I'll find the right person for this card, eventually.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on August 28, 2017 at 09:30 AM #

This is an absolutely gorgeous and outstanding card!!! I love it and I'm having a hard time deciding who will receive such a card for christmas. Thank's for your inspiration,Susanne

Posted by Susanne Kohn on August 30, 2017 at 07:52 AM #

Thank you Susanne

Posted by Tracy Elsom on August 30, 2017 at 08:11 AM #

Too cute for words Tracy. I love his snout! Such a fun card with a fab background too.

Posted by Lou on August 31, 2017 at 03:53 AM #

Thank you Lou, I had fun making this one.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on August 31, 2017 at 06:37 AM #

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