Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pile It On and...Relax!

This week at Pile It On, our Challenge theme is Kick Back and Relax, perfect for these lazy summer days.

For this fun Boy card, I used the Circle Flip-its Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die and some papers from a pre-glittered, Kraft-core Recollections cardstock pad.

I used one of the pre-colored images from LOTV's Take it Easy Die Cut Sheet. I totally feel like I'm cheating since I didn't color it myself, but I did add the green with Copics.

I added empty stitching to the border with my sewing machine, but I hand-stitched the border around the image. I distressed the card edges and sentiment piece with Vintage Photo TH distress ink.

For the flip-side, I used Iced Tea w/ Lemon by TLC Creations (altho I've only ever used it for lemonade!) I colorized the image brown in PhotoShop, then colored it with Copics.

Making these flowers with plastic straws was as much fun as it looks! I can't find a tutorial, but basically you fringe-cut a plastic drinking straw to form a flower. That's it! To make layers, just snip the straw so that you can curl it to fit into the larger hole.

  1. Charisma Cardz: Recycle [plastic-straw flowers]
  2. Crafts and Me Challenge #92: Stitching, Real or Faux
  3. Gingerloft Challenge #44: Fancy Folds
  4. Hotshot Crafts: Distress Inks
  5. Paperminutes #225: Shabby Chic/Vintage
  6. Paper Pretties: Try A New Technique [plastic-straw flowers]
  7. Sisterhood of Crafters: Let's Hear It For The Boys
  8. Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 116: Masculine Birthday Card [although this isn't specifically a Birthday card, I do plan to use it for my BIL's Bday]
Update: Woot woot, this was a prize winner for Charisma Cardz's Recycle Challenge!

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  1. This is a Gorgeous card, I like the sweet image, the design the papers and the stitching.
    Kevin xx

  2. OMG seeing your gorgeous card reminded me that I have this stamp--love it and your layout is fabulous

  3. What a cute little boy card! I really like the flip card design. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

  4. Hey CG, Love the card, those little guys are too dang cute. I just want to pinch a cheek.

  5. WOW! What an adorable card! Love that cute image! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'

  6. Very cute card!! So fun to use the "Relax" sentiment on a bday card!!! Great flowers! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge!

  7. This is gorgeous thanks so much for sharing over @ Gingerloft this week
    Elaine DT

  8. I'm loving those flowers!

    Thank you for joining us at Charisma this week! x

  9. this is soooo stinkin cute!! I love it ! Thank you for playing with speedy fox and friends this week!

  10. so stunning.your design is fab and i love your colours and image.
    thanks for joining in my stitching challenge at Crafts and Me :D

    xx coops xx

  11. This is such a fabulous card - I love the papers and your image worked out perfectly with that style of card. Gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with The Sisterhood of Crafters for our Let's Hear It For The Boys Challenge!


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