Monday, March 18, 2013

Fun with textures and patterns

Hi everyone!

I'm here to help give a shout about a new challenge running over at Creative Card Crew.  The challenge theme this fortnight is 'masculine'.  We would love to see your card for a male of any age!  For this challenge we are being sponsored by the wonderful Scrapping Center who is offering one lucky random winner a gift certificate to go shopping at their store - what fun!

For my DT card, I decided it was high time to get a card ready for my hubby's cousin and his wife who are due very soon with twin boys.  How cool!  She is going to be one busy momma though as she also has an almost two year old who is just as much a trouble maker as our two year old little imp (who just had stitches removed from her forehead today, after a fall off the craft table chair).

Babies love texture and patterns, which was my inspiration for this card.  Also Jennie is not the cute and frilly type, so I was trying to avoid going that route again.

I had a little blooper with the first brad on the bottom, which I actually did last.  The baby who I was holding kicked my arm as I was piercing the hole.  I didn't notice until after it was put on the card base.  Hopefully it's not too noticeable!  I dry embossed the background with my MS score board again, just doing straight lines this time instead of the lattice I used previously and swiped my Tea Dye distress ink pad over it so it could be seen better.  It reminds me a bit of a worn fence this time.  I used my Sew Easy for the first time on the green polka dot panel.  Love it!  I also tried a new technique with the background of the image.  Just randomly dotted with different shades of my yellow Copics.  Easy to do, and I like the textured effect it has.

The image is called Twin Boys from Pink Gem Designs.  The sentiment is continued on the inside, and was something that Google found for me (I completely forgot to mark the location) that I printed off my computer.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and I think my last sample from them.  Will have to order some more soon!  The samples they send with your order are fab.

I made the inside layout to match the outside, minus the ribbon and stitching.  The congrats sentiment and the two sets of baby feet were stamped in distress inks.  I swiped the edges of the sentiment panels through the distress inks as well.

Hope I've offered some inspiration for your male card!  I can't wait to see your masculine creations this fortnight.  Have a great Tuesday!

Love to Scrap challenge #2 - Emboss it!  (x2, 3/31/13) entry #1
Sentimental Sundays - Anything goes (x3, 3/24/13) entry #1
Creative Creations - Letter 'B': blue, boys (x3, 3/31/13) entry #1
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes (unlimited, 3/20/13)
Gingerloft - The color green (unlimited,  3/24/13)
Bearly Mine - Anything goes (x2, 3/25/13) entry #1
Crafty Ribbons - One for the boys (unlimited, 3/27/13)
Sandy's Crafty Creations - Shades of green (unlimited, 3/31/13)

Size:  5 x 7
Paper:  DCWV, basic cardstock, Xpress It
Image:  Twin Boys from Pink Gem Designs
Stamps:  Congratulations and baby's feet from Stampabilities
Ink:  Black Soot, Broken China, Tea Dye and Peeled Paint distress ink; Copics 
Dies:  Spellbinders Grand Grand Ovals and Large Circles Nestabilities
Cheery Lynn Dies:  *gasp*!!!  I just realized I made a card without my CL dies.  The horror!


  1. This is TOO sweet, and fabulous design you did with the background and love the yellow behind the peas,very creative, thanks for sharing and have a great day...

  2. Love! Great design and elements on this! Thanks for sharing your talent with us in the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog's second challenge - Emboss It!
    Leslie, DT

  3. Cute card. Love the colors and image. Thanks for joining us at loves to scrap.

  4. Wow, what a delightful card! Thanks for explaining all the techniques you used. The Copics dotting must have taken forever. I'm glad you joined us at Love to Scrap! challenge blog.

  5. Card is sweet and cute for 2 little boys. Love the sentiment and the backgrounis perfect. Thanks for playing at Love to Scrap!!!!

  6. Adorably cute!! The copic dotting technique looks like a starry night and the image is SO cute. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

  7. SO cute! Love the image - Thanks for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges with out 'B' challenge - remember you can enter up to three times! Good Luck and hope to see you again soon :) x

  8. such an adorable card!Thanks for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges this week and hope to see more of your creations soon. Anita x

  9. Adorable little image and card! Love the colors and your dotting technique! Thanks for sharing for my March Shades of Green challenge at Sandy's Crafty Creations!
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

  10. Gorgeous card for the Mum to Be. love the twin babies and fab layout. Thanks for joining the challenge at Gingerloft this fortnight and hope to see you again soon.

  11. A gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at Creative Creations Challenges this week

    hugs Shelly

  12. As cute as two peas in a pod, thanks for playing with us at Gingerloft, blessings Hilde

  13. Too cute!! Thanks for playing along with the challenge at Love to Scrap!!


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