Saturday, May 23, 2009



I have two cards today that were made with four different challenges in mind. They are both shape cards (and pocket cards) which I love to make. If I had time all my cards would be shaped. I think they are so much fun to make and give. Hopefully, they really make the recipient feel special because they aren't your ordinary card.

First up is the Caardvarks shape up challenge. Their design team has some really cool samples. If you like shaped cards check them out. Both cards fit this one (duh).

This first card is also for the All That Scraps Blog challenge to use the faux metal technique. The handle on my little sand pail is made using this technique. Though you can't see it very well, I embossed seashells on the handle. I also used a couple of their adorable digital stamps stamps for this project. I made my own template for the pail and shovel by finding pics on the internet and making them the size I wanted (~5"). I cut out the center with the scalloped oval nestabilities and put some acetate behind it. On the shovel, I sponged the sea and sky and tore some paper and inked the edges for the sand.

The second card is for Dare U to Digi challenge which was "one for the boys". And Dustin Pike's Blog candy/card for a cause. Dustin is asking that you make a card for Post Pals, an organization that has people send cards to brighten a sick child's day. What a great cause.

I used one of Dustin's super cute digital images for this card.
Again, I used an internet image of a pool to make a template and paper pieced the pool. The image was colored with prisma pencils and gamsol two times and the top half was popped up so that it would look like he was floating.

I know it is a dragon and not a dinosaur but close enough K?

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!
Thank you for your service and we miss you uncle Bud!

Card Stuff
Pail & Shovel
Stamps - All That Scraps
Paper - Inque Boutique, Cabana
Ink - Versamark, various blues
Etc., - Darice flowers, brads, MS branch punch, silver embossing powder, copics, SU reinkers

Swimming Dragon
Stamp - Dustin Pike, floating dragon
Paper - The Digi Chick, Kidstuff
Etc., - brad, prisma pencils, gamsol


LuAnn said...

SUPER creative cards Kim!!! I love the sand bucket and pail card!! I may have to lift this idea! I'm wondering just how close you are to me as I am just outside of Pittsburgh :)

SmilynStef said...

Oh my goodness ... how adorable are those cards ... I love the surprise interactive design with the sentiment and photos on the shovel and tucked in the pool water.

Sandra said...

Hi Kim...two fantastic cards,love the second one,great take on our theme this week,thanks for joining us at DU2DS,
Take care
San x

Carrie Gaskin said...

Oh My GOSH! I love these - they are just amazing and super creative.

Lucy Abrams said...

WOW. Amazing pair of cards. Thanks so much for sharing at Caardvarks- what perfect challenge cards :)

lauren bergold said...

these are both just SOOOOOOOO ♥fabulous♥!!! i think i maybe love the beach bucket very best of all... having the shovel be the "pull out" and the little girl stamped on there...and sooooo beautifully colored in...WOW!

Diana said...

so darling

Daniela Dobson said...

These are so fun and adorable!!!!!!

Larissa said...

Great cards! I never do shaped cards, but I really should try it! Noth these cards look perfect! Love the swimming pool.
Thanks for joining us at DU2DS!

~Lori Roop said...

I'm lovin' both of them!! Too cute! TFP!

Barb said...

These are awesome! That shovel and pail card... I have no words! Genius, me thinks :)

Judy Rozema said...

Wow! Totally adorable!!! LOVE both of the uber creative ideas!!

Linda Anderson said...

Oh my goodness girlfriend, these two cards are outrageously adorable!!!!!!! You must bring them to stamp camp to show off!!!!


Caroline said...

Fantastic cards I love shaped cards and yours are great
thank you for joining our "dare" this week
Caroline x

Gloria Dojlido said...

Love these shaped cards...fabulous work.

Ellibelle said...

Just gorgeous.

Michelle said...

Just love your cards Kim, the pool is a great idea and I love your bucket and spade. Thanks for coming out to play with us at DU2DS this week.
x Michelle

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! These shaped card are totally amazing! I especially love the sand bucket card. Its just unbelieveable. I am so impressed. I am looking forward to getting to know you better and seeing more of your amazing work on the Shabby Chicks Blog Roll.

Anonymous said...

Wow, these are just amazing! I love the design of the bucket and pail where you can see through the window!

ND Stamper Spot said...

Love that shovel and pail card. I'd love to get your template for this one.

Amy said...

where do u come up with these ADORABLE IDEAS?! i would LOVE LOVE LOVE the templates for em! or even directions! :) the bucket and shovel one is my FAVORITE!! sooo cute! no wonder you're on design teams!