May 15, 2011

PDCC #81 & CAS-ual Fridays #2


Do not adjust your screen, friends.  You are in the right place, and yes, I have done fun and cute.  Shocking, I know!  It's definitely not a style I turn to often, but I thought it would be perfect for a couple of challenges.  

First is the color combo at The Play Date Cafe, for which I chose to use PTI's Plum Pudding, Simply Chartreuse, and Soft Stone.  I combined it with the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays to use buttons and twine (two embellishments which pretty much epitomize fun and cute, wouldn't you say?).



I've wanted to try a twine frame for a while since seeing cards by Cristina HERE and Jenny HERE.  I also thought it would be the perfect time to break out this cute little turtle from DeNami, since they are sponsoring the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays this week.

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the turtle and stamped it 3 times onto Soft Stone cardstock.  Drawing a grid lightly in pencil first helped me to space them evenly.  Then I added the sentiment "Smile", also from DeNami, to the bottom corner and highlighted it with a green gem.  The turtles were colored with Copics, and I added some "grass" to ground them.

To make the frame, I put a thin line of fabric glue around the edge of the Soft Stone panel and laid the twine down in it, wrapping it around the panel 3 times.  I added Plum Pudding buttons to the corners, with a fun little star button in the bottom corner to highlight the sentiment.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Plum Pudding, Soft Stone)
Stamps:  DeNami Design (Turtle, Heartfelt Greetings Petit Fours)
Ink:  Inkadinkadoo (Black), Copic markers
Tools:  Spellbinders (square die)
Accessories:  The Twinery (Lilac twine), Papertrey Ink (buttons), Queen & Co. (rhinestone)

Hope this one makes you smile!  I'm off to help hubby with the mountain of grading, ugh.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great one!

34 comments:

Karen B. said...

This is just absolutely adorable! And I'd have to say a very clever use of buttons and twine as well!

Jean Martin said...

OMGosh! This is suuuuper suuuuuper cute Christina! I love it when you use stuff in new innovative ways. That frame is such a cool idea! :) You're always great with purple.

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, it totally makes me smile, Christina! Just too sweet! And I LOVE the way you've used twine and buttons to frame your center panel! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Diane Jaquay said...

This is downright ADORABLE!! The turtles are the cutest, and I LOVE that frame!!

...:::Paulina:::... said...

Oh, I just love this, Christina! The colors are delish and that twine frame is DARLING! Also, LOOOOVE that you broke our your DeNami stamps for this one. Off to post it to the DeNami FB page! :)

Virginia L. said...

AW... what a CUTE and CLEVER design, Christina! This sure makes me smile---BIG!! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays. I also love your entry from last week :) Hope to see your fabulous work again!

Laurie said...

Ok! That button and twine frame is ADORABLE! I love it! And you know I bought that turtle because of you! I need to go make something right now! LOL! Super cute Christina! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!

Michele Gross said...

Just adorable! In case you didn't know, I'm sorta partial to DeNami Design so seeing this darling little turtle pop up on my screen totally made me smile :D Super cute design and love your twiney frame! Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Cristina said...

Aw. How sweet is this? And I can relate about not usually doing cute, but you pulled it off brilliantly! And seriously, is there anyone better at using purple on cards than you? Thanks for the shout-out, too! Good luck with the grading. :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I tried to combine these two and it didn't work, fun to see your success.

xiumaiyuki said...

I am smiling!! This card is so adorable. Once again you made purple look fabulous.... And the framed twine is clever!!

Marisa said...

You are like me, not too many cutesy cards. You aced this one, though - it's adorable. Love the smiling turtle and the twine frame is great.

Lindsay said...

Oh this is too cute Christina! I looove that twine frame! Great idea, and those turtles are adorable!

Dana said...

AHHHHH! This made me coo upon opening it Christina! Your clever twine frame really makes this card stand out, and the Denami turtle is so darn cute! I love coming here. So glad you played along with CAS-ual Fridays!

Wendy said...

OH MY! I love turtles, and I love Purple... so I LOVE your card. Fabulous!!!

Ginny said...

I have a huge SMILE on my face! This card is adorable!! I love the entire design, the cute little turtles (AND the grass!) and how you incorporated the sentiment. The star button is such a great touch. I might have to try this frame..hmmm.

Ginny said...

oops...forgot to tell you "thanks" for your sweet comments, Christina. They ALSO bring a huge smile to my face.

Jen W. said...

Super sweet! Love the frame and those cute buttons. :)

Tui Nathan said...

Love it .... yes, I so agree - twine + buttons = *Cute* ...

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

How cute are those sweet turtles?! Darling! Love the baker's twine treatment and the star button - delish!! Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays! Hope to see more of your beautiful work again!

kasia c. said...

And you do it well too! This is so super cute. I absolutely adore your twine frame. Genius!

Patrice said...

just love that frame!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

This is too stinkin' cute! Love the color and what a great idea with twine. Love it. Hugs.

Andrea Ewen said...

Sweet CAS design, Christina! Love how vibrant the colors are and how creative are you that you made the frame with twine! What a fabulous accent! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Super cute card Christina. Love the cute turtles, the colors... and how you used the twine and buttons. :o)

Ruby said...

Oh this is just ADORABLE! I love the little images and that fab twine frame, lovely!!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Not only have you done "cute", but you did it extremely well, Christina! Thanks for showing us your 'cute' side at The Cafe.

Julie Day said...

SA-weet! LOVE the twine border with the buttons at the corners and that turtle image is too stinkin' cute! :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Andrea M said...

CAS and oh-so-cute!!! LOVE the purple and green together! LOVE the twist on the frame by using the buttons!!! Have to remember that one for sure! Wonderful job GF!!!

Jay Gee said...

I just love how you have made the frame with twine and buttons. Gorgeous card and colours.

Jaclyn Miller said...

Such a cute and sweet little card! I simply adore what you've done with the twine and buttons. Thanks so much for playing along at The Play Date Cafe and at CAS-ual Fridays!

Ayana Posadas said...

Ahh! This cars is just so, so, so, so, so, sooooo CUTE!!!! :)

Laura Davis said...

This is soooo CUTE!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Jen Carter said...

So cute! Love your twine frame!

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