Sunday, August 30, 2009

Baby Girl Card

If you read my earlier post, you know that I don't scrapbook. I also don't make baby cards. I just never have had the need for one for some reason - until now. A few weeks ago, I posted some samples of baby announcements that I am making for a friend at work and his wife who are expecting a baby girl next month. As luck would have it, two of my favorite challenge blogs have baby themes this week, so what better time to get a card made for them too. By the way, they chose an announcement style and I am working on those now. I will post one of the final versions soon.
I am submitting this card for the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - New Beginnings
Stampin' for the Weekend - Babies
Stamp Something - Animal Somethings

The image I chose for this card is In a Nutshell by Penny Black. I wanted to use an image that I don't see very often. I wasn't sure if this little hedgie was supposed to be a baby or not, but it looks like a baby image to me so that's what I went with. The sentiment is from a vellum sheet that I have had since my son was a baby. I think I bought it for those scrapbooks I never got around to. It has several baby quotes and sentiments on it.

I also tried something for the first time on this card - hand-stitching. If you saw my post a few days ago, you know my sewing machine and I don't get along, but I do like the look of stitching on cards, so I decided to try using some embroidery floss and stitching by hand. It was a bit time-consuming, but I really like the way it turned out. I used a zig zag stitch around the outside of the card and a straight stitch around the image and sentiment.

Image: In a Nutshell (Penny Black); preprinted vellum sentiment
Paper: Pink and green cardstock (Bazzill); DP - Baby Girl Flowers (Heidi Grace Designs)
Tools: Square, scalloped square, rectangle, scalloped rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Embellishments: Ribbon, flowers, button, pearls, pink floss
Techniques: Prismacolor pencil blended with mineral spirits; hand-stitching
Finished card size: A7 (5" x 7")


Emily said...

Awwww, this is really cute Judy! I can't believe you sewed on this card by hand! Amazing!

Juls said...

just gorgeous!! Love the sentiment! and the stitching detail is fab!!

LOUISE said...

Such a sweet card Judt, love the BP image. Louise x

Jessie said...

Just adorable!

Michele said...

Such a pretty card. Love the image you've used and the colours also. Hugs Michele x

Janice W. said...

This card is super cute!! Excellent hand stitching!! I thought it was machine stitched.

crafty amy said...

Wow that hand stitching must have taken agaes all the way round the edge like that but as you say it looks brilliant so was well worth it :D I am sure this little cute image is a baby and I love him. The colour combo and layout you have choosen are gorgeous too.
Thank you for joining us at stampin' for the weekend and good luck.

X Amy X

a portland granny said...

That card is a work of art! I noticed the stitching right away. Looks great. I also noticed I must hae "slept" through your last 3-4 posts!! Each is great. I really like your scrapbooking start. I have a niece with an "only" and she has a scrapbook for each year of school with everything memoriable in it. I think its a great idea. Wish I had had more time to do something like that...but too many kids!! (But, my grandchildren all have their own scrapbooks that I have worked on since they were born!)

I love the little piggy card. The cardstock is great and all goes together so well, as I am sure it was intended to do, but I do love coordinating papers!

Donna said...

A really sweet card Judy, love the pb image and your layout and color choices. The gingham ribbon is a lovely touch along the top.And the stitching looks fabulous. I too have bought some of the embroidery thread for hand stitching, problem is it's too time consuming for me, but you did a fabulous job on it. Thank you for joining us again this week at Stampin' for the Weekend.
Donna xx

Vanja said...

Beautiful card, Judy! Fabulous paper and ribbon. The image is adorable.
Thank you for joining us at SFTW this week and good luck! :)

Susan said...

Very adorable!

Glitter Monkey said...

Great card - love the sentiment. Thanks for joining in with us on Cute Card Thursday. Lol Lynn ♥

Nancy said...

Wonderful baby card, Judy:O) Love the adorable PB image, and the sentiment is lovely. Beautiful paper and the ribbon is so cute. Great job on all the stitching.
Thank you for joining us at SFTW this week, good luck!

CraftyC said...

Totally gorgeous card Judy, all blends so well in is so very sweet. Thanks for taking part in this weeks SFTW

Vicki said...

This is lovely Judy, beautiful colour combo, love the gingham ribbon, goes so well the pp, lovely sentiment too. Thanks for joining us again for this weeks SFTW challenge, good luck xx vicki xx

Shelly said...

Gorgeous card, I love Penny Black stamps! The colours you chose look great together and super stitching! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something, Shelly xx

Kimmi said...

For someone who does not do baby cards, you've done a fabulous job here! Love the image and the sentiment is spot on. Love the stitching and the pink chequered ribbon is fab!

Thank you for playing along with us over at Stampin for the Weekend. We hope you had fun and that you come back again soon to join in with more challenges. Good Luck!

Kimmi x

craftypagan said...

Fabulous card! I love the cutie pb image and the colours you've chosen! The stitching was well worth the effort! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something and hope to see you again for tomorrows new challenge! Rowena-SS dt