She Believed She Could
Hi, Stamping Friends! I have a super quick and easy card for you today. I know we all want to “WOW!” our friends and family with amazing handmade cards. I love sending cards with lots of embellishments, die-cuts, techniques, and more. My friends say, “Did you make that?” (At least it wasn’t, “Did you make that?”)
Sometimes, though, life is busy and we don’t have time to create a card unless it takes five minutes. That was me tonight. After a lovely 90 minute phone call with a much loved family member, I still had to cut a little more paper for class and create something for this blog post. Stampin’ Up!® to the rescue!
I love that Stampin’ Up!® has products and stamp sets for novice, casual, and advanced stampers. This one is definitely a good one for beginners, but also for casual stampers. (And, let’s be honest, even advanced stampers need a quick and easy card at times.)
I fell in love with the This Little Piggy Stamp Set the first time I saw it. You probably know I grew up on a farm (I’ve certainly mentioned it more than a few times!), but we didn’t raise pigs. I think my family may have had pigs when I was very young, but mostly, we had Polled Hereford Cattle (those are the brown and white beef cattle; the “polled” part means they are bred to be hornless) and apples. My brothers and I did have a pig once, though. I can’t remember where he came from, but we fed and nurtured him until he grew old enough to sell. I don’t know what happened to him, but his name was Pork Chops, so that’s a pretty good clue. I try not to think about it.
I used the Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes, and stamped the pig and clouds in Jet Black StāzOn Ink on the front of the note card. I colored the pig with Watercolor Pencils, then blended with a Blender Pen. And, trust me on this, it looks a lot more blended in person than in the photo. Honestly, it’s much better in person. I usually use Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock when I’m working with Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens, but I wanted to use the note cards and envelopes for this, because these are less intimidating for new stampers. And even though when you add up all the cost of this card is may seem a little high for #simplestamping, all the products are staples that you can use over and over for your projects. Every craft room should have Blender Pens, Stāzon Ink, Clear Wink of Stella, and something to watercolor with – Stampin’ Write Markers, Ink Pads, or Watercolor Pencils.
The rest of the sentiment, “…so she did” is stamped (with a few more clouds) on the inside of the card.
This needed some bling, so I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the clouds and wings. I think Stella even showed up for the photo, although not very obviously. She’s usually too shy to be seen in photos. What a silly wallflower, don’t you think? She sparkles in person, but hides in photos. She needs to believe in herself.
I love this card, mostly because of the sentiment. We’ve had at least two stamp sets with this sentiment over the years I’ve been a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator, and I have them both – and will probably keep them always. This is one of my favorite sentiments, because confidence and believing in yourself are so important. And because the sentiment in the This Little Piggy Stamp Set is in all capital letters, you can mask off the “s” and make it for a guy. Because guys need confidence too! Believing you can do something is more than half the battle in getting there, don’t you think?
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!