Monday, January 25, 2010

Enjoy the ride

This card is for the January Papertrey Ink blog hop. This month's challenge was to create a card that is the "total package" - that is, not just decorating the outside, but also thinking about the inside (and even the back of the card!)
I really wanted to show the little birdie riding the bike, but if you're familiar with the stamp, you'll know that he usually faces the other way. One of the benefits of clear stamps is the ability to see where you're stamping. So I inked up each bit separately (feet, beak, tail) and stamped them where I wanted them. Thus the little guy is facing the right way!

And I'm sure you're asking - where on earth did she get thread for those buttons - it matches the cardstock PERFECTLY! Well folks, hold on to your hat. That's because it IS carstock! I sliced very thin strips with scissors, and threaded it through the buttons. Cool beans, huh?

For the background, I wanted the look of patterned paper stripes, but with some texture. So I cut strips of cardstock, added a length of ribbon, stamped the dotted flourish (from Holiday Button Bits) and also scored a line below the sentiment.

Here's a look at the inside - I think I spent more working on the inside than on the outside!
Using buttons on the inside would have added too much bulk, so I used paper instead! For the bike, I punched two circles from Ocean Tides and stamped with the star (from Tree Trimming Trio), then edged them in Ocean Tides ink to give the edges some definition. To give the idea that the bike is moving, I stamped the dotted flourish from Holiday Button Bits, also in Ocean Tides.

Even more stripes carry the front of the card to the inside. The larger bird has a paper circle body, I embossed it using a CB embossing folder. I also added a wing (also with stripes, keeping with the theme.)


Finally, even the back of the card got some love. Rather than my usual "handmade by" stamp, I used another of the Everyday Button Bits sentiments, "Sending smiles across the miles" and the same star. Sorry it's hard to see, click on the photo for a larger image.

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Holiday Button Bits, Tree Trimming Trio (PTI)
Paper: Ocean Tides, Berry Bliss (PTI), Confetti White (SU)
Ink:
Ocean Tides, Berry Bliss (PTI)
Accessories: Berry Bliss ribbon, Ocean Tides buttons (PTI), 3/4", 1" circle punch (SU), Large rectangle Nesties (Spellbinders), Snowflakes embossing folder, CB (Provocraft), pink button (Making Memories)

37 comments:

ashjoy said...

Very sweet card!

Ingrid Danvers said...

Jessica, your card is beautiful. Love the stamps and color combo you used on this card. Thanks for sharing!

Chelle said...

looks great - love the colors!

Karin said...

Crazy cute!

Diane Jaquay said...

So cute, a chicken riding a bike, very creative ;)

Serendipity said...

Love how you have the little chick on top of the bike - cute!!

Deanna said...

Brilliant and adorable!

Terri E. said...

Love the chick riding the bike. Way to rock the blog hop this month.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Melissa said...

Fun! I love the fresh colors!

Rhonda said...

I love the bird on the bike!

Rosanne said...

Fun! Love the chick on the bicycle!

Heather P. said...

This is super cute! Love the colors you used, and the way you used the button bits set to create movement for the bike!

Sue Lelli said...

CUTE! Great color combo, too!!!

lynn said...

adorable!-pretty colors!

Frogwoman said...

Very cute!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Great card start to finish!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a fun card inside & out! Love how you perched the bird atop the bicycle! How fun is that?!

BethieJ said...

Oh this is so CUTE!! Happy 1st Hop!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Lovely total package!

Lori said...

So cute!!! Such a neat idea to have the chick on the bike!!

Babies- Beth said...

I can't believe how you got that bird to go the other way, lol!! I lvoe it!!

Sharron said...

So Cute! Great choice of colors and such fun to have the chick on the bicycle--very clever!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh how cute! Look at that bird riding a bike! LOL

Kim said...

LOL! That's cute!

IamDerby said...

OMG this is sooooo CUTE! genius with the bird!

Lea L. said...

So cute! I love how you've used those cute button bits stamps!! Great job with the blog hop challenge!

♥Lea

Leanne said...

I'm not always a fan of buttons, but I LOVE it! You'll have to teach me the paper string thing. It's so purdy...

Lisa said...

what a sweet & fun card!!

Lisa H. said...

too cute! and clever!

Cammie said...

Great colors! That little chickie riding the bike makes me smile--very clever. Thanks for the inspiration!

resmith said...

What a super cute card!

Liz said...

I love that you made the chick go the other way!

Mary said...

Oh...love that chickie on the bike, what a great idea. Beautiful colors and I can't wait to try out "threading" my cards with cardstock!

Janelle said...

Lots to love here! Very clever, first of all, to put the birdie on the bike, but ingenious to ink him "in pieces" to have him facing the correct way! Love the colors you used, too. Did you say this was your first blog hop? Way to go!

care_bear said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...That is adorable! I want that chickadee stamp!

Aimes said...

I'm hopping a little later than normal! Your project is fabulous! I love the colour combo - so striking!
x

Kerry said...

This is SUCH a fabulous card. All the details are amazing! I learned a lot reading this. Thank you for sharing!