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Animal Crackers

Stampin up animal crackers mojo monday

It's time for my contribution to this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Design (MOJO73).  I have been anxious to try out Stampin' Up!'s new Animal Crackers stamp set and this sweet little giraffe was a delightful fit, as long as I flipped the sketch 45 degrees.  All the line images in this set stamp very cleanly and the sentiments are absolutely charming (see all images below).

My spotted friend is the epitome of Sale-A-Bration style.  I combined three patterns of Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper and Certainly Celery and So Saffron Ribbon, all available exclusively as Sale-A-Bration free products (earned with every $50 spent on Stampin' Up! products).  For full details on the Sale-A-Bration promotion, CLICK HERE!

The giraffe was inked in Basic Gray and his spots, horns and star were dolled up using Stampin' Up!'s Markers in Bashful Blue, Certain Celery and So Saffron.  TIP:  To remove the sentiment, which is part of the giraffe stamp, I wet a small piece of paper towel with Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394) and carefully removed the ink from just the sentiment.  TIP:  For added pizzazz, I used a Sakura gel pen for a touch of shine and texture on each of these colored areas.  Very splashy in real life.

Continuing my multi-color theme, I accented the bottom corner with three coordinating brads.  The Horizontal Slot Punch hollowed out the opening for the ribbon to pop through.  TIP:  To make the slot wide enough for the 5/8" ribbon, punch once and carefully line up again just a tad right or left to punch again for a wider opening.

I layered the two colors of ribbon on top of each other (just for fun) and popped in a star brad from Stampin' Up!'s Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware.  I adhered the main image with Stampin' Dimensionals to Bashful Blue card stock followed by a So Saffron Delicate Dots pattern.  

Using the Large Star Punch, I created the Certainly Celery Star.  TIP:  The Punches Plus Classy Brass Template has a coordinating star piercing template.  With a needle, I easily added the star-shaped paper piercing detail.  The Star Punch (small) was applied to another Delicate Dots pattern (Bashful Blue) and adhered to the larger star with a Stampin' Dimensional.

TIP:  To ink up just the sentiment of the giraffe stamp ("reach for the stars"), I grabbed a Basic Gray Marker and colored only the sentiment area.  It was stamped on Bashful Blue card stock and tucked in on the side.  I doodled a bit with the same marker to define the border.

The Whisper White card base is 4.25 x 5.5, scored at the top.  It's topped with a pretty stripe from Delicate Dots matted on So Saffron card stock.


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Stamp Set:  Animal Crackers (113395)
Paper:  Delicate Dots (114674, Sale-A-Bration), Bashful Blue (105120), So Saffron (105118), Certainly Celery (105125)
Ink:  Basic Gray (109120), Stampin' Up Markers:  Basic Gray (109126, Assorted Neutrals), Bashful Blue (105111), So Saffron (105114), Certainly Celery (105106)
Cool Tools:  Large Star Punch (110710), Star Punch (109045), Horizontal Slot Punch (105089), Punches Plus Classy Brass Template (109539)
The Perfect Touch:  So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (114618, Sale-A-Bration Ribbon Bundle), Certainly Celery Poly-Twill Ribbon (114618, Sale-A-Bration Ribbon Bundle), Hodgepodge Hardware Star Brad (111325, Styled Silver), Soft Subtles Brads (106954), Rich Regals Brads (106953), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Sakura Gel Pen (non-SU)
Other:  Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394)

Animal crackers

23 thoughts on “Animal Crackers”

  1. Adorable!

    I love the spots on this guy… he is the cutest and I LOVE his big head. I feel a trade comin’ on soon. 🙂

  2. Hi Mary! I always look at this set as I thumb through my catalogue…I love this card~it’s just too cute! I’d love to see what you can do with the other stamps in this set! Whatta’ think?! Kim2

  3. This is one of the most adorable cards I’ve ever seen! All of the details you added to this are amazing and inspiration. Fabulous job with the sketch challenge!

    I have a tip for you! I use Scotch tape to cover up a sentiment when I am inking up a stamp but don’t want the sentiment. Remember to take the tape off before you stamp – yes, I have stamped with the tape on! You can reuse that piece of Scotch tape to cover up the image when you want to ink up just the sentiment.

    Hope that helps you as your blog inspires me.


    Hi Krystal:

    Thank you for all your sweet sentiments. Zowie and double Zowie on the scotch tape idea. I’m going to give that a try!!! Thanks for sharing.



  4. I love it! I have the Wild About You set, and it has a giraffe also. Maybe I can adapt it. thanks for the idea, and for displaying some of the new sets.Nancy E

  5. Cute Cute Cute! I saw your card featured on another blog [I forget which one] as one of their favorite’s for the week. I was excited for you when I saw it!

  6. This is awfully cute!!! Love how the SAB papers and ribbons look combined with the Animal Crackers set!

    My box of new stuff is supposed to get here on Wednesday… I am just bursting at the seams!


  7. I was not sure about this set but now that I see it in use, it is on my list to get! Love it! I almost used that paper instead!!! Don’t you love the textured paper!


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