I believe there may be something in the water at church. Every other woman there is pregnant! It is kind of fun for me, since I am past the child bearing stage of my life. I get to hold all the little ones and cuddle them and then hand them back to their mommies when they cry. Life is good! Because of all the babies on their way, I needed a few baby cards. I needed both a girl and boy card so you get to see my variations on a theme. While picking out the paper for these cards I was once again reminded of one of the reasons I LOVE Stampin' Up! The colors are so easy to combine! For the boy card, I started out with a 4-1/2" square card base in Bashful Blue. I layered a 4-1/4 " square of patterned paper from the Cutie Pie collection on top of that and added a partial circle cut from the same packet on top of that. I added some faux stitching with my piercing tool and the white gel pen. Using the hole guide from the crafter's kit with the piercing tool is essential if you want nice even holes that aren't gaping craters! If you just turn it a slight bit as you work your way around the curves, the straight guide works great on the circles. I didn't have any celery ribbon so I used some white taffeta and colored it with my celery marker. SO easy! For the focal image I stamped the baby buggy from Fun and Fast Notes with basic black onto whisper white cardstock. I actually stamped it twice and cut out one buggy topper and mounted it over the other one to give it some depth. I colored it in with my Stampin' Up! markers and used the chalks to add some yellow around the image....not sure if you can see it in the picture, but it really softens it up. I mounted the image onto a piece of celery cardstock and stuck it onto the card with dimensionals. Because I had cut the image away from the words before I mounted this stamp set, it was easy to stamp them separately. I added the words at the bottom with black ink.
The girly card is the same basic idea, just with different colors. The patterned paper I used on this one is actually from a retired Stampin' Up! collection called Slumber party. If you have it use it! Right? I did have pink taffeta ribbon for this one but....can you tell the difference from the markered ribbon?
I hope they like the cards....now I just need some gifts!
On another note, I am honored to be the featured Stampin' Up! artist on Andrea Wolford's blog starting on March 3rd! Be sure to check out her blog here. She does amazing work and is very sharing with her wonderful ideas.