Thursday, July 7, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #10–Shaped Cards!

CFC10 - Shaped Cards
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!!

Paper Smooches Sponsor Button
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!

CFC10 - Happy Bird-Day
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)
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!



Romaine said...

How cute is that polka dotted bird!?

Anonymous said...

Karolyn, this is so cute!! Love your color scheme too :)

Erin Smetak said...

What a cool card! I love how your brain works!!!! Flower pot into a bird house!! Who'd have thunk?!
Well, I will be participating this week, as I have a LATE anniversary card for Kevin! LOL! Thanks for the out of the box inspiration!!!!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Fabulous! I love how you took this shape in a different direction!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a perfect shaped card. Love the cute bird. :o)

Karen B. said...

Your card is perfect-o! Makes me wish I would have spent some time reworking mine into something different than intended. And, now I totally need that other stamp set with the bird!

Michele Gross said...

So stinkin cute! I think all birds should be polka dotted :) Love the googlie eyes and his little pompom is delightful :)

Laura Davis said...

LOVE this card!

GrammySue's Creations said...

This is too cute--love the bird.

Stephanie said...

This is so cute! I love the colors you used, and what a clever idea to turn it into a bird house! Love it!

Marlena M. said...

I love it! That bird has such character! ;)

Vicky Hayes said...

What a great idea to turn your flower pot into a bird house! Love your wacky polka dotty bird too!

Jenny said...

I love how you've turned it into a birdhouse :)
Fab card :)
Jenny x

lynn said...

i've never used "stinking cute" before, but, now i have to! love this!

Kendra said...

I love your little polka dot bird!

Dana said...

When you first posted this to our group site I RAN over to paper smooches to see where the birdhouse/feeder template was! *chuckle* It took me a few to figure out your clever idea and realize it was actually the flowerpot! LOVE.

Alberta said...

Great use of the template and great paper piecing. Too cute!

Julie Day said...

Love your birthday bird house! That little guy is too ca-ute ;)