Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Boy In Town!!

Hi Peeps!

So what do you think of my new blog banner?  It's a new kit done by Zoe Pearn and I got it at Sweet Shoppe Designs.  Amazing digital kits, and really cute blog wear, for sure!!  I like to change things up every now and then, so this popped up at the perfect time!

On to much cuter things than blog banners.  Every other month, I get a box full of amazing goodies from Julie Foote, the owner of ABC Toys & Crafts.  Let me tell  you that the boxes I've received over the past few months have been unbelievably full to the brim with some of the cutest and most fun products I've ever worked with.  If you're familiar with my blog, you know I struggle with the "vintage" or "shabby chic" look.  I love looking at it, drooling over it, admiring it - but simply cannot get comfortable with recreating that look for myself.  It mostly has to do with the smudgy edges of things, the distressing, and the non-linear shape of things.  Just can't do it and be happy with the end result.  So this month's box had a Crafty Secrets set inside called "Baby Boy."  Even though I struggle with most things vintage, I decided that I didn't necessarily have to create a vintage card with a vintage image.  Do I?!!  Nope, I don't!  So here's what I did.

First, of all there are so many cute images in this clear set.  My mind was swimming with ideas, but I ultimately decided to use the little paper boy baby as my main image.  I stamped him on white cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I colored him with my Copics - just wanted his cute little pink body to be a subtle pop, so I used the lightest red - R0000.  I outlined him in the lightest blue (B0000) and gave his little feet a shadow using my Lyra colored pencils and Gamsol.  Easy peasy!

I stamped the little wood pull toy image on the ric rac strip (created using my EK Success Zig Zag border punch).  To create the little ric rac circle frame around the main image, I used my Scalloped Circle Nestabilities and Inverted Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, layering one inside the other, and running it through my Cuttlebug all at once (I usually use a bit of repositionable tape to keep them in place), and that look of ric rac is what resulted.  Isn't it too fun?!!  A little bit of ribbon, a cute little button, and some last minute stitching on my Janome Sew Mini, and I have myself a darling little baby boy card that I think any new mom would be thrilled to pieces with.  Might just have to hang on to this one for my new grandbaby in May!  Hehehe


STAMPS:  Baby Boy (Crafty Secrets)
INK:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
PAPER:  Baby Boy DP (Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby), Bashful Blue CS (SU), White CS (Neenah)
ACCESSORIES:  Bashful Blue Ribbon (SU), Bashful Blue Button (SU), Zig Zag Border Punch (EK Success), Glue Dots, 3-D Dimensional Squares (EK Success), Janome Sew Mini, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Inverted Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Scrapper's Floss (Karen Foster), Copics, Lyra Colored Pencils, Gamsol

That's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by - it means so much to me that you do.


Gina said...

Cute! I love that ric rac look on your card. very sweet!

Craftin' in the Rain said...

I love your blog banner, I will have to check the place out, thanks! and your baby boy card is so cute, I love it!

Terri said...

Love your new blog banner...super cuteness~ Amazing card too...looks familiar for some reason, lol.

How is the reno coming...are they done yet?

Erin Smetak said...

Oh, Karolyn! This card is fabulous!!!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Fantastic. This is an adorable card!!

Gwen said...

Hi Karolyn! Love the new blog look! Your card is super cute too!! looking forward to Friday!! :)

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

I love the new banner! And the card is so sweet.

Justine said...

What a sweet image. Love what you have done with it Chicca