Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Red and Blue Choo Choo

Hi there,

It feels like time is flying, probably cause we have been so busy lately. Last weekends big event was a combined birthday party for the kids, my little Miss is now officially Miss 5, we celebrated a little early for our little Mr, he will hit the big 2 this coming Friday. When I get the chance I will post his birthday card – I’m figuring it might have been my last chance to use a cute animal. The birthday chatter ties in well for todays card, as it is a birthday card for a little boy turning 3 this week. For my starting point I used Makeesha’s weekly challenge – this week a really nice sketch.

I also knew I wanted to use the Choo Choo set. I wanted to use just the engine as the focal image but I also had the idea of making some background paper for the main image by stamping the train carriages. I decided to stick with a simple but effective boy combo of Real Red, Brilliant Blue and Whisper White.

I started with a 4’6 (approx 12 cm) square base in Real Red, then added a layer of crimped Brilliant Blue. Leaving a bit of a border so you see the crimping I cut a Red mat and layered that with Whisper White on which I had stamped the engine and other two big carriages across in two staggered rows. At the very bottom I rolled the train track wheel in Brilliant Blue. To finish that panel I added three blue buttons threaded with Red cardstock. For the main image panel I first stamped the engine in red on the white panel. Then I stamped a second, first inking in versamark so I could clear emboss it. The embossed engine was trimmed out and mounted using dimensionals above the first. A strip of crimped B. Blue laid over Red separates the engine from the sentiment. All of that was mounted on a piece of crimped B.Blue. I had to restrain myself from using ribbon (chant to myself - its for a boy, its for a boy) but the crimping does add some nice texture. So overall simple but nice.

Hope you like it and thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Choo Choo, Right on Track, A Little Bit of Birthday Cheer
Cardstock: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Versamark
Accessories: Crimper, Clear embossing powder, Enchanted Evening Blue buttons (PaperTrey Inc), dimensionals, double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive


  1. I NEED to buy a crimper now! I love the blue buttons too, adorable.

    Lee x

  2. Very cute card Kim. Love the bright colours, and the images you've used. Great for a 3 y/o birthday.


  3. Great little boy card Kim! Love your colours images and buttons! My son would have loved it when he was 2- he would probably still like it now!!


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