The Freaks' theme this month is Animal Antics and I can't wait to see what the Freaks have created because we have so many great animal stamps! If you just landed here from the very talented Debbie's blog, Debbie Henderson Designs, welcome! There are seven of us on this hop, so there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy.
I was reeeeallly tempted to use the animal-theme stamps from the upcoming Jul-Dec Mini Catalog (squeeee!), but I want to save them for my 12 days of Christmas in July that starts later this week. 😁 🎄 💓 So, I'm focusing on two stamp sets from the annual catty; Nature's Beauty and Pampered Pets (in this household also known as spoiled-rotten brats, lol).
Up first is Nature's Beauty. I wanted to keep the color scheme a muted wintery gray to coordinate with the absolutely stunning Peaceful Place Specialty DSP coming August 3rd in the Jul-Dec Mini. Hey, I never said I wasn't going to use products from the new mini, just not the animal stamps, hee-hee!
The rabbit image was perfect for this because it wasn't too large and fit in front of the silver-tipped evergreens. He was colored with Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends, with a tiny bit of Flirty Flamingo inside its ear. The greeting is also from the new catalog in a set called Peaceful Deer (which you will be seeing more of in the 12 Days.....) A couple strips of Silver Foil Specialty paper, a swirl of silver Simply Elegant Trim, and some Silver Epoxy Essentials completed the card.
My second card just makes me smile all over my face! I adore that kitty image in Pampered Pets, but I wanted to use it on a holiday card. What to do, what to do? Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder & Die to the rescue! Isn't that embossed die cut just the most beautimous thing ever?!
I added some Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, and Polished Pink to the die cut with Blending Brushes and Sponge Daubers. The stitched rectangle with the image is also in the Merriest Frames bundle, and a Polished Pink 2-1/8" x 2-7/8" mat fits perfectly behind it. After stamping the feline in Basic Gray, I stamped again on a sticky note to cut a mask. Then I added Polished Pink behind her with a Blending Brush. The greeting, stamped in Basic Gray, is from Merriest Moments which is part of the bundle with the embossing folder & dies.
I HAD to add something shiny, of course, and the Artistry Blooms adhesive-backed sequins did it perfectly. And see that tiny bow on her royal highness' neck? That's a narrow strip of the Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon held on with a tiny dot of Shimmery Crystal Effects.
That's all the goodies I have to share today. Up next is the amazing Bree, at Craft-somnia Momma.