One Card, Two Occasions – Birth or Christening.

Birth Christening copy

My mojo feels like it’s on its way home again, Yay! –  so I thought I’d do something which was gentle and simple and not send it running to the hills before it got inside, sat down and had a coffee, –  so I stamped a card for either a new baby or a Christening – but with a slight twist.  Instead of using the typical blue or pink colours I decided that I’d drag green into the mix, kicking and screaming, and put it to work.

Obviously for a little girlall those pinks, lilacs, lavenders and rosy colours give that away, the ‘dress’ on the card is totally stamped using Cardio stamps and five colours of Memento inks, and using a three generation stamp technique.  The bows and ribbons on the shoulders of the dress are hand drawn,  and the butterflies holding the dress up are hand stamped.  Tiny dots of glue from a glue pen, right into the centre of each flower and a few shakes of glitter dust gave the dress a little twinkle and some texture.

Birth Christening 2

I blended ‘Lettuce’ from an Adirondack ink pad around the edge of the white card (Neenah card in ‘solar white’, by the way) using a duster brush and my blending mat.  The border around the white card is hand drawn using a black micro pen.

The sage(ish) green polka dot layer is card by Anna Marie, and one which I love.

I have a selection of different card stocks from this wonderful crafty lady and I can heartily recommend it.  It’s heavy weight, but not so heavy that it drags your base card down, and it comes in an excellent range of colours.

I added a green ribbon bow – in (roughly) inch wide satin ribbon, and finally – added an insert of pale pink, to contrast with the green.

Ta dahhhh!  Card made.

Birth Christening copy

I’m quite pleased with this one.  I’m not really much of a stamper (despite my huuuuge selection of stamps and my addiction to buying the darn things)  but I will admit to having a very big soft spot to Cardio Stamps and their Crystal Clear Pegs.  ….  If you haven’t tried them I can recommend them.  Give them chance, because they’re a different way of stamping than using a rocker block or an acrylic block.  Play with them and give yourself time to get used to using those pegs.  Once you have I bet you’ll fall in love with them and wish all stamps were made the same way.

Have a truly fabulous rest of your day!

Cobs siggy sml

 

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10 thoughts on “One Card, Two Occasions – Birth or Christening.

  1. I love the color you chose for the card! I know several women who love the color green and if they had a baby this would be the perfect color card. I like the pinks in it for the ‘girl’ but love the green even more b/c it’s not the default ‘pink girl baby’ card, along with the subtle things you’ve done to the edges it’s very snazzy.

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    • Hello LemonD! Thrilled that you like the card. It was quite a simple make, the hardest part was something you can’t even see – and that was the design for the shape of the dress itself! I thought it would be a simple five minute doodle and then straight onto stamping. Two hours later …. and the rest is history. What’s that saying? The best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry?! Ohhh I should have that on the door of my craft room. [sigh]

      Oh! I’m loving the blog posts (obviously not loving your blood, sweat and tears turmoil) – the planning and frustration comes over really well and it’s really got me gripped. I (cross my heart) haven’t stopped trying to come up with a solution. I’ve even mentioned it to both a relative and a friend and got them trying to come up with something too. This really is a puzzle – but like you, I’m certain there’s an answer to this one. We’re just not seeing it. It’s going to be SO obvious when one of us suddenly has that lightbulb moment and we’ll all be wondering why we didn’t think of it in the first place.
      Sending love, as always ~ Cobs.x

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      • See! It’s the ‘simple’ things that become so complex. I actually thought when you were talking about stamps you had a stamp outline for the dress.
        I’ve have another round of ‘samples’ done, I’ll post soon. Not sure how I like them yet, though.

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        • I had to make a ‘pattern’ for the dress through which I stamped. Firstly I tried stamping the dress free hand, but I realised that I needed to define the edges of the dress in order to ensure that the dress showed up properly – otherwise it was just a bundle of flowers going crazy over the page. So I cut dress hole after dress hole in bits of copy paper until I could see that I had the perfect neckline, length, sleeves, and the worst bit was the under arms. [sigh]

          Each of the flowers you see (and the leaves and little garlands of ivy) are all stamped individually. Each flower. Each leaf. Everything. They’re all individual little stamps.

          OoooooOOOOoo – more samples. 😀 Can’t wait! xxx

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  2. This card is lovely! I have been sitting here just staring at it the last few minutes trying to pin one or two things that make me love it, but I can’t. As always it everything that you have done that make it amazing! I love your attention to the details!

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    • Hello Stacey! Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Thank you so much for coming to see the card. I’m thrilled to bits that you like it. Thank you also for your fabulous words.

      I’ve been reading your blog – the coupon shopping! Ohhhhh I love that you do that. I’ve watched some TV shows on (cable TV here in the UK) about those super dooper couponing shopping trips that some gals in the USA do and wish I could be that organised! I’m so envious of how they brave the big shops and get a gazillion (ok, maybe half a dozen) shopping trolleys/carts filled with groceries for just a few dollars.

      I don’t think our stores here in the UK would let folks do that sort of couponing – but I can’t say that for sure because we don’t seem to have that sort of coupon give-away here. We get ‘money off’ coupons, but not so many and they’re generally not quite so generous. (But I wish they were!)

      Keep up the good work with the coupons. I found your post really inspiring! (Yes, seriously).
      Lots of love and squishy stuff ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Beverley, glad you like the card! I love the green too. Funny thing about that bow – I started out making a traditional tied bow, and it looked too squeezed (pinched), and so untidy that I changed it to just a tied piece of ribbon. But that didn’t look right. I changed the ribbon to a finer one and had it running down the side. Nope, looked even more wrong than the last two! I began to think that perhaps I should leave it without a bow – but my longing to team that green ribbon was so strong that in the end I made the bow you see simply because it was the exact shaped bow that a friend had on one of her maternity dresses, a navy and white summer dress with the bow under her bosom, but above her bump, and I loved the dress simply because of that bow. Once I’d made that shaped bow and tried it on the card it ‘felt’ right so I went with it.

      Great to see you here. Hope you’re keeping well. ~ Cobs.

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