Friday, February 1, 2013

Chugging by... -- SNSDC90

This week, the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge is quite easy.  We're to make a Valentine's Day or Love card/project.  Easy Peasy!!  We have a sweet little 3 year old boy in our lives (our grandson) who loves trains.  So I thought this Cocoa's Train digi would be perfect for him.

I used an older Sweet Stop Sketch (SSS160) for the design of the card front.  My husband had the idea to use some type of 3D hearts as smoke billows so when I found these open buttons I thought they would fill the bill.  I adhered them with SU's Crystal Effects.  I also put some Crystal Effects on Cocoa's nose.  I generated the sentiment on my computer and cut it out in a banner shape.  I used a square punch to give me the points on the end.

I paper pieced Cocoa's train using two different patterned papers from a collection I've had in my stash for quite awhile.  I bought this paper pack with Jack, our grandson, in mind.  Actually, except for the cow catcher, it's just both sides of the same sheet of paper.  I used buttons from my stash for the wheels.  Cocoa is colored with Copics and his head and paw are popped up over the train.

If you're a regular reader, you know I *love* fancy folds.  When I saw this pop-up card on Darlene's blog during a recent surfing trip, I couldn't wait to give it a try.  Darlene show's two versions, a simple pop up and this more advanced one.  Her directions are easy to follow and the "advanced" version was still pretty easy to do.

For the 3 hearts on the left side, I printed out a Cocoa's Heart the size I wanted them to be and hand cut a template.  I then printed out 2 sentiments from the Valentine's Day Greeting set and generated my own sentiment for the center heart in Word.  I used the template to trace around the sentiments and hand cut them.  I taped them to red cardstock and then cut the mats.  I used another greeting from the set for the "Happy Valentine's Day" and popped it up on the background. Cocoa's Heart is on the 4th pop-up.  Strips from the patterned paper carry the train theme through to the inside of the card.  I left a small spot to write a short greeting from Papaw & I.

Cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections, Georgia Pacific, Copic
Patterned Paper:  Echo Park (Little Boy)
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Cocoa's Heart, Valentine's Day Greeting, Cocoa's Train)
Copics:  0, 100, C0, E01, N0, N1, N3, N5, N7, N9, R02, R27
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders (Deckled Rectangles Large & Small, Petite Ovals Large and Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large & Small), blue buttons - stash, heart buttons (Dress it Up -Valentine Collection - Love Potion), baker's twine (The Twinery - Maraschino), SU Square Punch, CM Fine Black Pen

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash #87 - Valentine's Day, Hearts, Red, Love
Going Gray with ScrapCreations - Valentine's Day
WordArt Wednesday #65 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge (PWC243) - Square Card
Really Reasonable Ribbon #64- Valentine's with Ribbon/Trim
Spark Your Creativity Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
V's Sweet Challenge #8 - Love Theme

I hope you'll play along in this week's challenge.  Thanks for stopping by to visit today.


Cynthia said...

Wow, this is fabulous, Stephanie. Love the primary color combo and fun pop up design.

Karen Letchworth said...

This card is darling, Stephanie. I love the image you've used, and all the pop-ups on the inside are SO much fun. He is going to LOVE it, and I hope that they tuck it into his scrapbook to cherish in the years ahead. It was certainly a labor of love.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Word Art Wednesday

LoveBeingWright said...

I know Jack is gonna love this Card! Its train-erific! I love the pop up on the inside and buttons for wheels too! I'm glad Papaw had some ideas for the card, Papaw & Ian are great for that! we love y'all! ttyl.

Lori said...

I love this card! The fancy folds, pop ups, paper piecing, coloring, paper choices...everything. LOL!

Debbie said...

What a great card for your grandson!!! I love that DP, especially the plaid train!! And the pop-up inside is so fun!!

ScrappySandie said...

Hi Stephanie! Wow! This is TOO adorable! Love the DP's and your paper-piecing! And the inside is just as amazing as the front! So glad you decided to share your creation with us at Shopping Our Stash!

Unknown said...

First prize! what a great job on that card. It is just so cute.
Thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday; we love seeing your wonderful art work and appreciate you taking time to join our challenge.
Carole Robb Bisson
The Blessing of the LORD be Upon You!

Beth said...

Steph this is so cute and adorable I love how you popped the hearts and I love that mouse image of Korin's.

Judy said...

Oh this is just too cute! Super coloring, and I love the way the card opens up..what an eye catcher.


debby4000 said...

This is brilliant and so cute, I love the paper pieced train.

Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp challenge.


Alica said...

super cute! Love the paper pieced train and the little hearts too!
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Hugs, Alica ;)

Jo Ann said...

Such a cute pop-up card. Love all the elements you added. Great work! Thanks for blessing us with your artwork this week at Word Art Wednesday. Hugs always!


Patricia Hays said...

Steph, this card is absolutely darling, and I know you put a lot of love into making it! The plaid and the pop-ups are terrific. I bet your grandson will be thrilled to receive this!

Vicki said...

Cute, cute, cute! I love that little mouse and have a few of the digital stamps. The open heart buttons are darling.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

so adorable! I LOVE the trains and so would my son! Thanks so much for joining us at V's Sweet Ideas Challenge!

gRiSeL™ said...

Wow! What an adorable card! You have so many little details--very creative!!! Thanks for playing along with us at V's Sweet Ideas!


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