I love animals, but I’m not immediately drawn to stamp sets that feature animals – pandas, penguins, frogs, goats and zebras are really cute, but I have to warm myself up to them before I’m ready to create projects with them. I also love nature, but I prefer to enjoy it from an air conditioned room with a really big window. That’s just me. All that said, I created a super-fun card with lots of donkeys an a birthday theme that I’m excited to share with you today. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Darling Donkeys. Darling Donkeys is one of the stamp sets you can earn in January and February when you spend $50. The donkeys in the set are certainly darling and perfect for anyone who loves these hee-hawing animals. There are four small sentiments in the set a three donkeys: one is resting, one is presenting a flower and one is kicking up its heels. Here’s a look at this Darling Donkeys Sale-a-Bration stamp set: They really are adorable, aren’t they? I chose to play with the heel-kicking donkey for the birthday card I made today. “It’s your birthday!” didn’t tie in enough with the donkey, so I reached for “Kick up your heels” from the Zany Zebras stamp set to complete my sentiment: The sentiment (a combination of both of these sets) and the scalloped Blackberry Bliss panel behind it are punched with the Double Oval Punch. Love this thing! Here’s a look:
- Subtle Donkeys. Rather that simply focus on one donkey on my card, I chose to stamp the heel-kicking donkey over and over on the 3″ x 4-1/4″ background of Granny Apple Green ombré paper. The subtle donkeys create a fun pattern that doesn’t need to be colored or cut out. Love that! Here’s a closer look: Here’s a fun tip for randomly stamping on a background with one image – start by stamping directly in the middle of the paper and the stamp around that. That helps you to avoid “backing yourself into a corner” in the middle of your card – the image can always hang off the edge of a panel, but you can’t always fit another in the middle. I hope that makes sense.
- Oh So Ombre. My card combines two patterns from the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper (and two of the four colors in the pack). Here’s a look at the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper, another Sale-a-Bration product that can be earned with a $50 purchase: If you are placing an online order today, you’ll notice that the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper is not included as an orderable option. From what I can tell, Stampin’ Up! has a shipment of Oh So Ombre paper coming to the warehouse this week. Go ahead and pick something else for now. When the paper is restocked, you can place another order to earn it then. ♥
Stamp Sets: Darling Donkeys, Zany Zebras Papers: Oh So Ombre, Blackberry Bliss, Thick Basic White Inks: Granny Apple Green, Blackberry Bliss Accessories: Double Oval Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Today’s project has no connection to the person and legacy we honor today, but … it’s worth a mention. Today we observe Martin Luther King Jr Day in the United States. The day celebrates Dr. King’s birthday and honors Dr. King’s tireless work for civil rights. While he is most known for his platform against racial segregation on public transportation and his fight for racial equality, Dr. King was also an advocate for the poor and worked to end poverty for all people. The Martin Luther King Jr Center is here in Atlanta – if you ever make it to Atlanta, it’s an eye-opening and heart-warming center that you should check out.
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