Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wishes Celebration….and a Black Lab…..

Last week, my friend Jan – Mom to the twins I carry on about all the time – told me she wanted to buy a birthday card for a friend of hers.  Her friend bought one of the female lab pups that Jan had bred several years ago.  Emma.  That’s the dog.  To be honest, I’m not sure of the human’s name – I know I’ve heard it, but….I’m a lot better at fur-people names, apparently!

So, I sent Jan a couple of pictures of cards I have in my stash – to see if any of them were what she was looking for.  This is the one she liked for her friend (click the picture if you want to see how to make to this version!):

Pink and Black Celebrate FMS 195 Outside 1 watemarked

But!  She wanted a dog instead of the flower (which, incidently, is fussy cut from the new Timeless Elegance DSP!).  Easy enough, I thought.  Except I didn’t have a dog stamp – well, I have a paw print stamp, which I ended up using.  But that wouldn’t do.  So, I went out to the keeper of all wisdom and knowledge in search of my quarry.  Google.  And found exactly what I needed!  How ’bout them apples?!?!

We decided to stick with the black and pink theme, and Jan tells me her friend is girly-girl-ish and bling’s the thing.  So that’s the direction I went!  Take a look-see:

Celebrate Lab Outside 1 watermarked

This card is made in almost exactly the same manner as the original and it, too, was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #197!  You can head over to see this sketch and all the past sketches they’ve done.  Kind of a cool source of inspiration! 🙂

Pink and Black Celebrate FMS 195 Sketch

I started by going into my stack of Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP and pulling out some Basic Black striped paper, and some white polka dots and stripes.  I SNAILd a piece of the Basic Black to my Pink Pirouette card base.  Then I sponged a piece of the white polka dot Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP with Pink Pirouette.  This is really cool paper – you get the fun designs, in any color that you want! While I had my sponge out, I also sponged a small square of striped white paper in the pink.  Unlike the original card, I didn’t want to use black on my top square – because I was going to put a black dog on it! 🙂

Celebrate Lab Outside 2 watermarked

I cut mats for all the top elements from a piece of Dazzzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and edged all of them with my Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker.  The banner is, obviously (well, at least from the first pictures – this one looks like plain ole black paper – sorry!), more of the Basic Black Color Me Irresistible, banner-ized with the Banner Triple Punch.  I SNAILd all the elements to their respective Dazzling mats.

With all my pieces and parts ready to go, I assembled the card.  The polka dot piece is popped onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The banner is SNAILd, as is the pink striped square.  Well, sort of.  The LEFT side of the square is SNAILd and the RIGHT side has some Diemensionals under it – to account for the different thicknesses underneath.

At that point, I worked on my sentiment.  It’s one of the new Expressions Natural Elements, smooshed into my Pink Pirouette ink pad, then deepened up (color-wise) with my Blushing Bride marker.  Then I smooshed it in the Versamark pad, sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss powder and heat embossed it.  That’s like one of my favorite things to do! 🙂  Look how sparkly it is!!

Celebrate Lab celebrate closeup watermarked

I adhered the wooden, sparkly word to the card front with some Multi-purpose Liquid Glue (remember to be stingy with this stuff – it’s really strong and you don’t need a lot or want it oozing out everywhere!).

Finally, it was time to make my Black Lab.  I heat embossed him with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then I fussy cut him out.  And I am really tickled with how he looks, popped onto the card with Dimensionals!  I gave him (I suppose technically it might be a “her”!) a tiny tiny bow – using a piece of narrow white and silver ribbon I had from before I started with Stampin’ Up!  Can I just tell you how persnickety such a tiny bow was??  Especially for someone who is bow-challenged!  But I got it, and I stuck it on her little black neck with a dab of the Liquid Glue.

Celebrate Lab closeup watermarked

Awww.  Is she not just so darned cute?!?  Love the head tilt – classic lab move!

In deference to the bling-factor-request, I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  And I also stuck on one of the upcoming Iced Rhinestone Embellishments (coming soon in the 2015 Holiday Catalog).

And that was it for the front of the card!

Celebrate Lab Outside 3 watermarked

I built the inside liner using the birthday sentiment from Watercolor Wishes, stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink, on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  Then I used my paw print stamp – again not a Stampin’ Up! product, sorry! – and ran a line of paw prints up the side of the liner, in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  And one in Pink Pirouette!  I kind of wish the pink one was up just a smidge, but…hey!  It’s hand-crafted.  Want perfect?  Head to the grocery store and the Hallmark shelves!  I’m just going to pretend that’s how I wanted it in the first place! 😉

Celebrate Lab inside watermarked

I stuck a few random hearts in – punched with my Itty Bitty Heart punch (from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack) out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Each heart is edged with my Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker and adhered with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

And then….I pulled the entire card front off my Pink Pirouette card base, cause it was upside down and backwards!  I’m talking completely catty-wompuss.   Totally borked.  Thank goodness I was able to take a deep breath and ever-so-slowly-and-carefully remove the card front from the base. I cut and scored another base, SNAILd the liner in place, stamped the back with my Creatively Yours stamp in Smoky Slate……

Et Voila!  One glittery, girly, bling-i-fied, canine-themed birthday card! 🙂

I added some paw prints to a Whisper White Envelope and had what I hope will be a fun card for Jan to give to her friend to celebrate her birthday!

Celebrate Lab Card and Envelope watermarked

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Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you on Sunday!



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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:

Pink Pirouette Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (Card Base – Scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Color Me Irresistible DSP: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (Pink Pirouette sponged polka dot card front); 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (Black Striped Mat); 1 7/8″ x 4″ (Black Banner); 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ (pink art square)

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (mat for Pink Pirouette card front); 2″ x 4″ (mat for banner); 2″ x 2″ (mat for pink art square);

Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner); black lab cut out

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6 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Wishes Celebration….and a Black Lab…..

  1. So cute Mary! Love your little puppy image, awesome that you found it by google searching! And too funny about your first try with the backwards card base…done that a few times myself! 🙂

    • I might marry Google!! Unless Amazon Prime made me a better offer (it would no doubt include free 2-day shipping!). It’s a very cute stamp – that’s captured the lab’s lab-ness perfectly! Thanks, Amy!

  2. Patricia

    Darling card, Mary! When you said ” Google was your friend” for the dog image, did you mean you found copyright free art and printed up the graphic yourself? Thanks.

  3. Thanks Patricia!! No – I meant I found a cute wood mounted stamp. Guess I was clear as mud! Sorry about that! 😧

  4. Lynn Gauthier

    Awwwww…I just adore your card with the cute little puppy dog. Love the colors and the bling-bling!!! That’s what my Great Niece calls it – not just one bling; but, two!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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