Monday, March 11, 2013

Rock-A-Bye Baby

Have you ever stopped to think how twisted most of our well-known fairy tales, songs and lullabies are?  Really!  Cruelty, murder and mayhem are the norm.  Snow White escaped from the huntsman, who was instructed by the evil queen to cut her heart out.  She lived for a time under the protection of 7 strange little men, until the evil queen caught up with her and poisoned her into a coma.  Nightmarish!

How about lullabies?  Rock-a-bye baby was a common lullaby in my growing up and mothering years, but just listen to the lyrics:

Rock-a-bye, baby  - Is someone trying to get rid of this infant??

In the tree tops -       Why is the baby in the tree tops?  This would NOT earn the approval of the National                                                                                                                            
                                 Safety Council
When the wind blows -   Are we talking gentle breeze or gale force winds?

The cradle will rock. -     Phew!  Just a gentle breeze!  Or is it?

When the bough breaks - Oops! I think we are leaving the baby out in the storm

The cradle will fall,    - Yep!  The laws of gravity coming in to play here.  Hard to believe they didn't
                                    anticipate this when hanging the cradle in the tree tops.                                                      
And down will come baby - ummm.......        
 Cradle and all!  -  Unless this cradle is made of reinforced bubble wrap, that baby  is toast!       

Do you mean to tell me that you think I'm going to close my eyes when you sing that song? 

Well, thankfully, Stampin' Up has no such images or sentiments among it's collection of baby stamps and sentiments!  I created this card to send to my niece on the birth of her third child, a little girl.

It's a little bit of punch art, crafting a baby buggy using the 2 1/2" Circle punch, the 3/4" Circle punch and the Ticket Duo punch.  As well, I used the Adorning Accents Edgelits.  The colour palette is from The Paper Players Challenge #136:

These are lovely together, and I added Crumb Cake as a neutral.  I think my favourite part is the little fork bow in the Striped Organdy ribbon.  Fork bows are so adorable and I'm going to have to do a video tutorial on how to make them, I think.

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (w115370; c127802)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686). Very Vanilla (101650), Regal Rose (105130), Pool Party (122924) and Lucky Limeade (122926) card stock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pad in Lucky Limeade (126984)
Accessories: Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399);  3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon in Old Olive (129291);   3/16"  Neutrals Brads (119736)
Tools:  Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335); Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (119277); 2 1/2" Circle punch (120906); 3/4" Circle punch (119873); Ticket Duo Builder punch (126883); Adorning Accents Edgelits (125595), table fork


  1. Your little baby buggy is adorable. I love the little peek of the doily blanket. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

  2. Adorable card! And your critique of fairy tales and nursery rhymes has me cracking up, especially since Rock a Bye Baby (or Rock-a-Bybee, as my DGD says) is my granddaughter's favorite song to sing right now! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!


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