Let The Cute Begin (And The Rain to End)

Stampin up baby cute
The weather in Wisconsin has been incredibly stormy which translated to losing my internet service mid-way through this post yesterday.  Let's just say, it wasn't a happy face moment for me.  No, I hadn't saved a word of it.

This lovely precipitation culminated in flash flooding this a.m. but now seems to be clearing.  Thankfully, my virtual world is up and running as of just a short while ago. 

We just learned that our friends are expecting their second son in November.  This prompted me to grab my Big on Spring set (Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog, expires June 30) which offers this chunky sentiment . . . perfect for expectant OR new parents.  Frankly, I love cutting out the little onesie and stacking it on Stampin' Dimensionals.  TIP:  Soft Sky Textured card stock looks almost like fabric for the onesie.  Slick.

I inked "cute" in Basic Black and stamped it on Whisper White.  The stamp was inked again in Basic Black and stamped on Soft Sky.  The small phrases "let the" and "begin" were snipped out of the Soft Sky card stock and adhered slightly askew to mirror the letters of "cute."  The heart is from the same stamp and was stamped in Real Red.  TIP:  For the heart and small areas, I just use a Basic Black marker to keep my ink use to a minimum (vs. inking a larger area of the stamp).  Using my paper snips, I carefully cropped that wee heart out and married it back up with the onesie.  The onesie was also cut with the paper snips and propped up on dimensionals.  It was inked and stamped on Soft Sky Textured card stock.

A template and paper piercer laid the foundation for Faux Stitching border.  TIP:  Remember connect the dots?  That's all the talent you will need with a White Signo Pen and "stitching" from pierce to pierce (on Real Red card stock, in this case).  TIP:  A Slit Punch creates nifty holders for the main sentiment.  Two black brads seemed to balance things out.  The bottom mat is Soft Sky.

The card base is a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4" square (scored and folded on the side), with a layer of Blue Bayou polka dot paper (Spring Break Designer Series) on top.  The last detail is a quick bow with Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon.

The colors (Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Real Red) are from this week's Splitcoast Color Challenge (CC169).  For a wonderful source of inspiration, check out my right side bar for all the daily Splitcoast Challenges.

Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Big on Spring (Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini)
Paper:  Spring Break, Real Real, Soft Sky Textured, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black
Cool Tools:  Crafter's Tool Kit (Anywhere Hole Punch, Paper Piercer, Template), Slit Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Black Brads, White Signo Pen


  1. I love these colors. You use them together a lot and I am always drawn to them. Great card.

  2. Marie Donnelly

    Mary, what can I say? Yet another great card! Love it!

  3. Grace Lange-Way

    I absolutely love this card. The piece of red background paper just made everything snap! Don’t know how you keep coming up with these great ideas but keep it up! LOL

  4. love it!! i think i really want this set…i’ve been on the fence for a while…but shoot, it looks so great!! love it all!!

  5. colleen kramer

    Oh I really like this. So perfect for parents who are newly expectant! Like the way you changed up the little parts of the sentiment. Time for me to go dig out my slit punch again…
    Glad the weather is looking better for you, too. We had some wicked weather here in Kansas, too (softball size hail to tornado warnings). We, like you and many others will be glad to see this weather pattern settle down.

  6. I wondered what happened to you yesterday. Today I thought my camera died and probably had the same feeling you did yesterday. Luckily, you’re up & running and my camera is fine. Whew!

    I love how you used the slit punch as a little holder. Cute idea! The slit punch is a must have for anyone! It’s just too easy and cute.

    Have a good rest of the weekend.

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