Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Choo Choo Colour Challenge

Hi all,

welcome back for this weeks first installment. Yep don't forget to check back in Friday PM when I post my guest design team card for Makeesha Byl's next challenge. But right now lets get on to today. Keesh's challenge this week was a colour challenge here the coloiur palette:

With my Miss 5 at (pre) school this year her potential to attend birthday parties is expanding and so I am working on building up a stash of birthday cards - so I hopefully won't be rushing at the last minute trying to throw something together - or gasp ;) buying one! So expect lots of birthdays till the christmas card push begins anyway lol!

So birthday card + boy somehow came together to this end (the idea somehow popped into my head as I was cuddling Mr 2 pre bed)

And the inside finished off to match the front.

I started by cutting an A frame Kraft base, then matted that with Real Red and Whisper White, polka dot embossed but turned to the debossed side. Next I cut a square Kraft panel and four squares - two Red and two Basic Grey - to layer over it. Now comes the stamping ;) - using Versamark I stamped my Choo Choo engine on Real Red, Basic Grey and Kraft and then embossed with white. Using the 1 3/8" circle punch I punched out an engine from each, slightly changing the engine placement on each. For the final panel it was either put a number (but I don't have the Big Shot alphabet dies - (yet) or a birthday sentiment. The good thing about using the sentiment was that it means I can use it for a 4 or 5 or even 6 year old - keeps my options open! So I stamped and embossed the sentiment, then as the finishing touch for that I added a row of piercing above and below. All the circles were then adhered onto a square, mounted up on dimensionals. The square Kraft panel was then mounted up on dimensionals over a strip of Real Red polka dot ribbon (turned plain side up) - and thats it. Well except for finishing the inside.

I have to admit to being happy with how this turned out - clean, stylish, great for a boy with some texture from the (de)bossing and shine from the heat embossing. It's nice when an idea comes together :) !

Thanks so much for visiting :) Don't forget to pop back later this week.


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Choo Choo (R), A Little Birthday Cheer
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Grey
Ink: Versamark, Basic Grey
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1 3/8" circle punch, white embossing powder, Real Red stitched polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Mat pack and piercing tool, Dimensionals, Double sided tape


  1. This is so adorable my son would love this card.


  2. That is so sweet Kim! I love your creation! A boy card to boot! Well done on your submission.

  3. Love it, Kim. The embossing, the debossing, the circles, the squares, the ribbon - it's all great!!!

  4. soooooooo adorable! the embossed train in the circles is FABULOUS!

  5. I love this choo choo Kim! All the textures make this a really interesting card! I love that you've used the debossed polkadots, and embossed your shiny trains.
    Congrats on your guest designer-ship (is that a word? lol) and I can't wait til Friday to see what you come up with :)

    Lee x

  6. I love this card Kim, it is a great card for a little boy, I really love how you have put the trains in the circles and how you have very cleverly made each circle a bit different with different angles on the train, but by keeping the theme by embossing them. I love love love this card.
    love Sally x

  7. A wonderful boys card Kim, so many fun elements. Well done and I look forward to your card as guest designer.

  8. So fun Kim! Those trains look so great embossed in white! Thanks so much for playing. Love Keesh x

  9. Oh wow - I'm a sucker for trains, so I totally love this card! Great use of the colours! :D



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