Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Little Pony for a Sweet Grandaughter

My little granddaughter, Cedar, turns 3 on Friday! She has grown into a real character who reminds me of her mom, my daughter Kristen. She loves to dress up. She loves animals, especially the newly hatched chicks. Her mom calls her the "Chick Whisperer"! She has an active imagination and from one day to the next, you're never sure who she is imagining herself to be. Currently, she won't answer unless you address her as either Princess Cinderella Monster or Princess Cinderella Bunny Monster!
And she has an extensive collection of My Little Ponies. She loves to take care of them and put them to bed and cart them around in bags, backpacks, purses or whatever else she can find to carry things in.

On the weekend, we shopped for her birthday present and packed it up ready to mail. I wanted to make a card for her and I was keen to make a My Little Pony card. It would have to be punch art, since we have no pony stamps. I looked online, thinking I'd find a ton of them...and to my surprise, there were only a couple and I wasn't thrilled with either of them. So that meant I had to come up with a design by myself. I really wanted to use the Owl Builder Punch one more time before it retires at the end of May. It's one punch a lot of people are going to mourn the passing of, I'm sure. It was a good bet, though, because I've seen so many animals created using this punch. But I needed something else to make the flowing mane and tail. That's when I came across the Fox Builder Punch. the fox tail would work beautifully for that purpose! And I needed to make the uniquely shaped legs, so I put together something with a combination of the Word Window Punch (retired) and the Bow Builder Punch.

All in all, I was very pleased with the outcome. Here's a closer look:

  • Let's start with the head. The head is the Owl Builder body with the feet and ears trimmed off. The ears come from the head from the Fox Builder punch glued behind and trimmed to fit. The neck is the vest from the Owl Punch. The eyes are punched from the Owl Builder Punch for the large and middle pieces ( Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant), but they are both punched on the edge of the paper so that one side is a bit flat for a more oval shape. The smallest black piece was too small from the Owl Punch so I used the Cookie Cutter Punch for that one.
  • The body is another Owl head trimmed of feet and ears and turned upside down and glued over the vest "neck". The three visible legs are punched using the retired Word Window punch (some tools you just never get rid of) and the "tail" from the Bow Builder Punch with the flag end trimmed off and some of the top tab, then glued to the bottom of each leg.
  • The mane and tail are created, as I said, by punching out a fox tail from the Fox Builder Punch, in each of three colours, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant, and then layering them so that only a sliver of the Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum would show. Then they were applied using Glue Dots, and Clear Wink of Stella was applied to the Wisteria Wonder layer.
  • Some hand drawn details using the Project Life Journaling Pens, and the pony is complete. Since purple and pink are Cedar's favourite colours, I used some DSP from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper as a background. The sentiment is from the new Birthday Delivery stamp set* from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue.
*New product from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

There are still amazing bargains to be had among the retiring products, including stamp sets, framelits and thinlits, paper and embellishments! I've already stocked up on so much! You can't really afford to miss out on this - 50% off is really too good to be true!  Succulent Framelit Dies, for example, are 50% off! Check out the links below to see what there is:

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
Window Word Punch
Window Word Punch

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