This stamp set makes me happy…it’s Little Critters (Whipper Snapper) by Anna Wight.  I have a major soft spot for cute animal stamps.  Elephants are my favourite so it was only natural to reach for this cute little guy (or girl) when making my card today.

I’m trying to use up some scraps of paper that are too cute to toss.  I have lots of not-so-cute scraps too and have given loads of them away to a co-worker’s daughters but it’s hard to purge as much as you need to. (major project some day – I’ll have to enlist a friend (you reading this Karen?) to help me toss the outdated stuff and stuff that just isn’t my style)

So, my first scrappy card of the week (I’ll be making at least 3) is this little guy:

I’m using some K&Co paper from two different paper pads – they are similar pads though so don’t pat me on the back too much.  One’s a mat stack and one is paper so the thickness on the papers is a little different.

I matted the entire front of the card base with the same cardstock.  I think it’s a nice look and it adds a lot of depth to the card.  I ran the front panel through my Pixie and distressed the edges and sponged some Vintage Photo ink all around the panel. (I’ve had my Vintage Photo ink pretty much since I started stamping…)

My image was watercoloured using SU ink and an aquapainter and I glued the sentiment to the front of the image – not really sure why but after trying it all over the card I decided that’s where it needs to live (I made this card “on the fly” so I didn’t have a pre-planned layout)

A couple of custom dew drops finish off the card – I was going to try to incorporate ribbon but it just didn’t happen (my ribbon collection isn’t the greatest.  I have ribbon but it never seems to match anything I make.)

I’m going to try to use kraft cardstock as the base for all the scrap cards I make this week – and I’ll also use the same stamp set.  That way I only have to focus on layout as I’ve already grouped together sets of patterns from my scrap stash that coordinate enough to use on the same card.

See you tomorrow!