Monday, August 22, 2011

Thanks Bunches


I enjoy crafty time the most when (in no particular ordrer):
1. Everyone else is still sleeping, including the dog, and the house is unbelievably quiet. I talk to myself in my head and things seem to come together.
2. I have a female companion where I can bounce ideas off of, enjoy bridge mix and have adult conversations.
3. My two boys are extremely interested in making a card and I can see their thought process, actually, hear their thought processes as they talk aloud as to what they like and do not like.

The above card was created when #1 was in effect. I used the sketch from Page Maps and the inspiration photo from Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge. Don't blink. Yes, this is my attempt at shabby chic/vintage. I enjoyed adding details such as crochet lace and red rhinestones and coloring with my markers.



The below two cards where created by my boys when #3 was in effect. It was a fun time. They made cards for their Grandma and Bumpa. Perfect for the Simon Says Summer Holiday Children's Challenge. Each of them insisted on taking their own photograph for their cards, please excuse the quality. Cole (age seven) chose to make a card featuring a monster truck after seeing some "tire track" stamps. Chase (age four) asked Grandma what her favorite color was and proceeded to color in the bats with pink.



Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) PTI

Patterned Paper: (Restoration Collection) Crate Paper
Stamps: (Falling for You, Vegtastic) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Chestnut Roan Chalk) Colorbox
Fiber: (Crochet Lace, Linen Burlap String) May Arts
Embellishments: (Red Rhinestones) Michaels, (Silver Rhinestones) Basic Grey
Other: (Markers) Copic

The Monster Truck card features You're the Man from Practicing Creativity Designs and Grunge from Skipping Stones Design.


The Batty in Love card features Falling for You from Paper Smooches, Garden Wishes and Grunge from Skipping Stones Design

43 comments:

Virginia L. said...

I SO love your interpretation of the PM photo!! Just perfect in every way! LOVE your boys' photo and cards! They take after their Mama's talent so fabulously!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

love, love, love..... you can do shabby when you put your mind to it, but sorry, I think the boys will my vote today. Love that you included their supply list :) Now get ready for the repeat "did my card win, did my card get any comments", repeat, repeat, repeat.

Aimes said...

I love it when you do Shabby! Mainly because you still put your own spin on it which I love!!! Super duper twine treatment :)
So sweet that you shared your boys' creations with us too! They definitely have the crafty genes of their mother ;D
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Emily Leiphart said...

Karen, your card is gorgeous!! Beautiful colours and piecing. I love that you went CAS shabby chic which was my interpretation of the photo, too. Such a cute photo of your boys' with their cards. I love the stamps they used and the collage effect of their cards. Adorable!

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Wow beautiful creation dear. Luv ur boys creations too.

Julie E said...

All good :>) Great to see you trying something new - I have no doubt you will be a master at any style!
Fun cards from the boys too!

Brandi said...

What a great shabby/chic card! Your little boys are so cute!

Chunyuan said...

Gorgeous card, Karen. You do shabby chic so well too. Your boys are cute. Love their creation too.

Heather Innusa said...

HOW ABSOLUETLY CUTE!!!!! Thanks for the 411 on the Simon Says Stamp Kids Challenge! My son almost lost his mind when I told his LF picked him for Fawny Flickr Friday!! Your boys' are amazing!!! I love those tire tracks!! Too cool! It's also so cute that they wanted to take their own pics - boys!

Your card is SO SO SO cool!!! I love the colors/patterns! Wonderful and very fun!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Fabulous shabby chic card, Karen! The papers, layering, lace, and twine really bring a vintage feel to the design!! It's beautiful! And your boys' cards turned out FANTASTIC!!! They are two extremely creative little dudes!! And so cool that they like to get artsy with you!!!!

Jen W. said...

Love the CAS shabbiness! An awesome combo! And your boys' cards are gorgeous! :)

BabyBokChoy said...

Another great post! Not only do you share a wonderful card, but your boys' creations are such fun as well :)

Be(e) said...

Gorgeous card, karen!! And apparently your talent has transferred to the boys! They are the cutest, and so are their cards!! :)

Lindsay said...

Super fabulous card Karen! I LOVE that acorn all done up like that! Your boys are too cute! Love their creations!

Kelly said...

great cards! Love how the boys are inspired, one visually and the other by Grandma's color. Who doesn't love pink bats!! CUTE!

Annette said...

your card is so cute...so sweet your boys are joining in on the fun...Thanks for sharing..

Nancy said...

What a FUN post, Karen. Your card is lovely! Such a great vintage feel! Your little helpers are quite cute too! Thanks for sharing!

Courtney K said...

love your take on shabby/vintage - the lace is the perfect touch.

Alice Wertz said...

i have such trouble coming up something for this month's challenge at PS. love your take on it. so pretty! and your boys are so talented! adorable cards and love that they enjoy making cards with you!

Lynn said...

I love your card Karen, but seriously what I love most is the picture of your boys and the cards they made! So, so sweet!

Valerie said...

So shabby, yet still so Karen! Love it :)
Your boy's cards are fantastic - what adorable little guys!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a fabulous card--love the vintage feel! I have to say that your two little ones did a super amazing job on their cards! LOOOOOOVE their coloring and choice of stamps:) FUN! SOOO Cute:)

Andrea M said...

GORGEOUS card!!! Everyone in the household may be asleep but your incredibly crafty mind sure isn't!!! WOW! Such a fun mix of colors and DP!!! ANd your boys… so ADORABLE!!! Look at them get their craft on!!!

Amy said...

Love that image paired with that DP!!! So pretty but I really like the pics of your sweet boys! Boys always love their mommies!!

Trinh said...

Such a beautiful take on the Page Maps & Paper Smooches challenges! I think you could do any style well, Karen!

And your boys are so cute with their fantastic cards! Love that they wanted to take pics of their own cards. I have a photo of Elisia taking a pic of one of her creations.

lisa arana said...

amazing card!!! I love the little bit of crochet lace and the fabulous papers. wonderful card.

Christina said...

Such a darling spin on shabby, my friend. Love the way you tucked the sentiment next to the twine. Sweet colors, too!

Your boys look like they had a blast making their cards! Such a cute photo of them!

yyam said...

Love your shabby chic card! Looks fabulous! :)

And your awesome style seems to have rubbed off on your boys...:)

*Alison* said...

Okay.. LOVE the shabby chic card.. and using paper smooches stamps is a perfect touch.. love the colors too :)
Look at your cute kids.. looks like they had fun too :) You are such a sweet mom to let them play too.. :)
HUGS

artfuldelight said...

I always look forward to your story in the beginning of your posts, always creative. Your card is awesome and your boys did a fabulous job. Chase looks just like mama. :-) Very handsome boys.

Sharli said...

Karen,
Beautiful card - the acorn is darling and the rhinestones are a sweet surprise! I love the work your boys did, too - they definitely got the creative gene!

Hugs!

~Tammy~ said...

You have a pair of handsome dudes!!! You have a pair of artistic dudes!!! I love your card and you should try going outside your comfort zone more often!!! Love the crochet lace and the paper with the stamps you worked with today! :-)

Pauline said...

Love your shabby chic card, it's beautiful. And it looks like your boys have inherited your talent for crafting too!

Marlena M. said...

Karen, this is wonderful! I love the perfectly straight layers and centerpiece.

Such sweet boys, what a blessing to have them in stride, crafting also. They did wonderful work. ;)

Dana said...

Those cards are so cute!! I can't to have quality craft time with my little ones! Well, my 5-yr-old guy likes to make "cards" whether they're on paper or chalk drawings on concrete!
Love your card, too! That bit of lace is the perfect touch!

lynn said...

love you style of shabby, karen! what sweet faces! cool cards, boys!

Jenny said...

You've captured the photo brilliantly Karen, love the crochet piece. I'm finding it tricky this one ...perhaps I'm being to literal!
Loely cards made by your boys and they look so pleased to show them off :)
Jenny x

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous card! I love the design and the paper piecing.

jen said...

when I see this it's hard for me to believe that shabby isn't your thing...
LOVE the boys cards!!! they did a fabulous job- pink bats are my fave too- and that monster truck with tread is so cool! :D

Isha said...

I love your shabby vintage card...Thanks for the inspiration Karen.

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous cards Cole and Chase ,, I love the images you used ,, the monster truck is fab and the pink bats are very cute :-)
Love the photo of you both with your artwork too :-)

Please add another link to this post because both boys deserve a chance to win in the prize draw !! :-)

Your card is gorgeous too Karen ,, so simple and stylish ,, beautiful ! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Children's Challenge :-)
luv
Lols x x x

donna mikasa said...

Love your card--shabby chic cute! And your sons' cards are awesome! They totally have mom's crafty genes!

Michellem said...

So nice to see happy boys with their cards!!