Monday, September 26, 2011

One Picture, Lots of Inspiration

Have you seen the inspiration photo for the latest Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge??  Well, here it is:

As soon as I saw it, I had so many things that came to mind:
*the color scheme - green and pink
*the ruffles
*the tag hanging from the arm
*the offset focus of the entire image

But the thing that hit me first was, it's a picture of a onesie and babies wear onesies so why not do a "baby" sized card?  Instead of doing a regular 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card, I scaled it down a little to create a 3-1/2" x 4-7/8" card.  And once I finished one, I decided it needed to be a set!

So that inspiration picture brought about these cards -

(the color is a little off in this one, I can't figure out why, but the pictures below are truer.)

I used the same double sided pattern paper (SU! Melon Mambo) for all of the cards.  It might be really hard to tell, but the lighter pink is text and the darker pink is polka dots. The cute animals are all from the Paper Smooches Chubby Chums set and they are all stamped in Stampin' Up!'s Lucky Limeade.  Each card has its own envelope with a simple image to jazz it up using a cloud from Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooters set as a "frame" to write the recipients name.
For the owl, I added some Honeydew twine from the Twinery and placed it like he was sitting on the twine.  I stamped the owl three times and layered him so his feathers had some dimension to them. 

I stamped the owl three times and layered him so his feathers had some dimension to them.  I adhered the top of his head flat on each layer and add some dimensional to the bottom part so just the bottoms stuck out. 

For the cow, I wanted to do some ruffles so I used my tiny attacher to hold the ribbon ruffles in place before adhering the ribbon down.  For the envelope, I made sure to unink his arms when I stamped the cow.  The I inked only the arms to make it look as if he was holding up the cloud.  The arms were a little short, so I used a Lucky Limeade marker to connect them to the body.

I love how cute this little dog is.  Since i went with the hello tag as the sentiment, I thought it would be cute if he were waving.  To do this, I made sure to unink his right paw when I stamped him the first time.  After cleaning him really well, I inked up only his right arm and stamped it so it looked like he was waving.  I did a similar technique with the envelope so he was holding the cloud.  That dog always makes me smile.

I wanted to do some more ruffles for the cat and thought it would be cute to put it off of the edge of the card.  I wanted to do something a little different with the sentiment so I embossed it with white embossing powder.  For the envelope, I did some more creative inking trying to get the effect that he's pawing at it, cautiously, attempting to play with it.

The last image from the set was the little chick.  And I feel obligated to use the accompanying  sentiment for it.  I started by cutting the patterned paper into a starburst pattern altering the front and back of the pages.  I tied some ribbon around the left side.  Then I decided to create a little window in the lower right to frame the sentiment.

I had lots of fun making this set of cards.  Here are the challenges they'll be entered in - 




  1. what a fun set of cards with matching envelopes. So fun!

  2. Absolutely adorable!!!!! I LOVE your submission at the SPARKS challenge!

  3. Love all your envelopes and how you created a place for names to be written. What a great set of cards as well.

  4. Seriously CUTE! Love the colors and the size.

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  6. Such a fun card set! Love how you made the critters hold the cloud on the envelopes =) Thank you so much for joining us at Young Crafters Unite!

  7. What a cute set of cards!!!!Thanks for playing along with us at Wee Memories

  8. Wow! Check out those cool and vibrant cards! I love each one. Thanks for playing along with us this month at YCU!