Thursday, January 23, 2014

Babies are a Blessing . . .

Yesterday I worked on a creation with a couple of challenges in mind and love how it came together!  We have a neighbor couple expecting their first child so I'll be saving this card for the baby shower in March.

 My THEME BASIS comes from the Monday Greeting Card Challenge at The Outlawz site.


AND, my DESIGN THEME comes from the Papercrafter's Corner - Monday Magazine #37 Challenge using this image for inspiration.

Papercrafting Inspiration: Magazine Mondays - Week Thirty-Seven Inspiration Piece (image)

I was inspired by the BOOK format and since I have a Heartfelt Creations Bible stamp that I've never used (probably 2 years old) ... it was time to blow the dust off of it and get it inky!!!
I stamped the image twice ... once on white paper and again on Graphic45 'An ABC Primer' design paper - One Two, Buckle My Shoe.  I cut the 'inside pages' from the design paper and layered it over the top of the black/white stamped image.

My childhood/baby images came from an older Crafty Secrets booklet called 'Joys of Life'.  Unfortunately, this booklet is out of print but they have a variety of other wonderful Baby/Children images, etc. that you could use in the same manner.  You can visit the Crafty Secrets Crafty Vintage Girl store to find what would work best for your project.

TWO for ONE!
The images of the baby on top of the gifts & the gifts under the ABC blocks was actually ONE image.  I simply fussy cut to separate it into two images
because it was too tall for my card.
By doing that, the lower portion of the boxes was not square at the top (white with blue dots box) because it was under the pink plaid box.
I simply put a dab of glue on either corner and tucked it up under the ABC blocks image.  Problem solved!  LOL!

I've also popped up the yellow ducky and the baby on presents image for a little added dimension.  Once I had it adhered into place I realized I should have added some ribbon, or fibers or 'something' to the left side for balance.
Hence the curvy row of  pink & blue flowers, LOL!

A few added challenges:
Creative Craft Challenge - New
(Bible Stamp & Spellbinder die set ... OLD but NEW to my use.)
Flourishes #255 - In with the New
Digi Darla's #98 - Alphabet Challenge
Addicted to Stamps - Flowers
Diva's By Design - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - All About the Words
Paper Pretties - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

I hope you've enjoyed my little creation and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  I will answer as best I can and as quickly as I can.  You can always email me also ... my contact email is in the sidebar.

Stay Safe, Stay Happy and as always . . .

Papers:  White cs, Graphic45 dp, DCWV Nana's Nursery dp,
Stamps/Ink:  StampCraft 'Newborn Hands' #440D29, Fiskars Precious Baby Quotes, Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Fiskars swivel craft knife. Darice flowers, Stampendous diamond dots, Spellbinder 'Play Time' #S4-261(never used before and over a year old), pop dots, Pentel Gold Metallic Brush


Glenda Brooks said...

This is so very sweet. I'm realizing I don't have anything to work if I needed to do something for a baby. Your creation is just adorable and I love all the colors you incorporated!

Diane said...

Adorable and so dang CUTE!!! Loved all the pretty details, the fussy cutting, flowers...well, love it all....did I mention it is CUTE!!!! Good luck on the challenge...great take on it!!

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Absolutely adorable! Love everything about it. Just the inspiration I need to make cards for the two babies on the way.

Barbara Thompson said...

Darlene this is absolutely wonderful!! I love all the inspiration and how it came together!!

Jean said...

This is just amazing! Love all the details! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Darlene, This is really lovely. I am still smiling. Thank you for posting this outstanding . project with us. Remember you can enter 5 pieces of art each week which gives you five chances to win one of our very sweet prizes.
Carole Robb Bisson,
Word Art Wednesday

Judith said...

Aw - so cute - I just love this whole design, what fabulous detail - thank you for playing along at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week hugs judith x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Darlene, your card is enchanting! Lovely layout and your sentiment is perfect for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge this week. Good luck! Hugs, Wends ~ Fab 'n' Funky DT

Karen Letchworth said...

This is just adorable, Darlene. Your cards and creations are always SO incredibly sweet, and I thank you so much for sharing with us. Have a blessed week!
Word Art Wednesday

Melanie said...

A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "New” challenge & good luck in the draw…
Hope to see you again in our next challenge.

(DT Creative Craft Challenges)

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

What a fabulous creation. From the colours to the images, from the layout to the embellishments, everything comes together so well. Thanks for joining us this week over at Digi Darla's. Good luck in the draw.

Lisa D., DT

Ciska said...

Love the baby book theme, great idea! Lovely bright colours too. Thank you for playing along with us @ Fab 'n Funky :)

Katie Sims said...

Absolutely precious images! I am so glad you could play along with us this week at Flourishes for our Timeless Tuesday Challenge! :)