I’m back today to share the newest CAS-ual Fridays Challenge – which is to create a clean and simple design using a template for a shaped card! What a blast I had with this one, and I know you will, too!!
This week’s very generous (and a sweet friend of mine whom I miss desperately) sponsor is Paper Smooches – the brilliant brain child of Kim Hughes!! Not only does Ms. Kim design some of the cutest stamps on the face of the earth, but she’s also one of the most talented card designers that I know. She’s well known for her fun and cute shaped cards, and she was generous enough to share her Paper Smooches card templates with the Girl Fridays for this week’s challenge – thanks, Kim!! If you want to play along, and you need a fun shape, you really need to check out the options at Paper Smooches. You can find them all HERE. So fun! Paper Smooches is also offering up a prize for the newest T.G.I.F. winner – you’ll have to pop into the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog to find out what it is, but it’s a goodie, for sure!
I chose to work with the Flower Pot card template, but I “reworked” it a bit. I love to look at a shape and ask myself “what else could this be?” I turned it and tilted it, and decided it could totally work as a bird house! Right?!
I traced the template onto some kraft cardstock (although I’ve cut some of the other templates out with my Silhouette and they work like a dream!), trimmed off the top “rim”, turned it upside down, and made the fold of the card at the top instead of on the side. I then used the separate flower pot rim as the roof of the bird house – I scalloped one edge just for fun. I embossed the card base with a woodgrain impression plate, and punched a hole for the birdhouse with a circle punch, adding a scalloped circle around the birdhouse entrance.
Can’t have a birdhouse without a bird, right?! So I got out my fave-a-lave Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies and paper pieced the bird from the set. How stinkin’ cute is he?! The sentiment is also from the Birthday Buddies set.
STAMPS: PAPER SMOOCHES (Birthday Buddies)
INK: A MUSE STUDIO (French Roast Pigment Ink)
PAPER: PAPERTREY INK (Kraft, Hawaiian Shores and Orange Zest CS)
ACCESSORIES: PAPER SMOOCHES (Flower Pot Card Template), SPELLBINDERS (Scalloped Circle Nestabilities), EK SUCCESS (Circle and Embossed Scallop Punches), PAPERTREY INK (Distressed Polka Dots DP, Hawaiian Shores Twill and Wood Grain Impression Plate), MICHAEL’S (Pom Pom and Googlie Eyes), STAMPIN’ UP! (Stampin’ Dimensionals)
I so hope you’ll play along with us this week – we’d love to see what you come up with!! We also have a Girl Friday Temp here this week to give you some additional inspiration – Leigh Ann Baird is super sweet and uber talented, so please be sure and check out her project, as well as the projects of the other Girl Fridays, at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog.
That’s it for me today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some “rejected” crafty goodness to share with you, so I hope you’ll pop in and share my rejection with me! LOL Thanks for stopping by!