Today’s Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is IC345 ~ Sugar Chic Baby , an adorable little Etsy shop. I chose these cute little Felt Hair Clips as my inspiration for my Puppy Birthday Card. I was drawn to these hair clips because they reminded me of a blanket stitched jacket my daughter had when she was younger. When she was in kindergarten, she fell in love with this cute little red polar fleece jacket with black blanket stitching around the edges and a plaid puppy applique with matching plaid buttons. It was a darling little jacket, but $85, so there was no way I was going to buy it for her! She begged for that jacket, even asked Santa for it, so I decided to copy it. It was not hard to make, cost me about $15 and I finished it in one evening. She wore that jacket for 4 winters! It was a little long when I made it and I cuffed the sleeves, so as she grew, I just unrolled them. Not a bad return on my investment!
For my card, I started with a Gable Green card base and added a patterned paper background from an old DCWV Summer Mat Stack. I used the Stampin’ Up! Circle Punch in Whisper White and the Wide Oval Punch in Chocolate Chip to make the puppy. I trimmed the shapes to match the inspiration puppy and used a Creamy Caramel Marker for the faux stitching. I added a black brad for the nose and small googly eyes. I stamped the PSX sentiment in Island Indigo and matted with a scrap of blue cardstock cut with a Nestabilities Deckle Rectangle die. I had to lengthen the die cut to fit my sentiment, which is pretty easy to do with the tan embossing mat. On the first pass, I slid the embossing mat under one end of the die, between the die and the paper, and ran it through my Big Shot. I removed the embossing pad and repositioned the die on the uncut end, adjusting for the needed length. I then moved the embossing mat to the other end, again positioning it between the die and the paper so it did not cut off the end I just cut and ran it through the Big Shot again. Easy Peasy to adjust the die cut to whatever length you need!