Monday, August 24, 2015

"Reel Nice" Fishing Birthday Card

I love to join in the From the Heart Stamps: I {heart} Sketches Challenges. Not only do I get some great card designs from the sketches, I also receive $1 in store credit just for entering! There are some great snowman sets right now that only cost $1, so it's the equivalent of receiving a free digi stamp set just for playing along. You can also save up the store credits to purchase some of the other sets. Most sets are in the $3.50 price range for an image and several sentiments. Very affordable.
So the first thing I had to do was to decide which digi set to use for this challenge. I wanted to make a masculine birthday card, so I went with "Fishing Birdbrain." The image and the sentiment are both included in this digi stamp set, along with some other cute sentiments. I used my Silhouette Design Studio software to size the image and sentiment for my 5x7 inch card. I like to make a 5x7 inch rectangle on my digital mat and play around with the shapes I want to use to make sure everything will fit well in the card space. Once I had the sizing how I liked it, I printed the image and sentiment onto pearlescent white card stock and used my Spellbinders scalloped circles to cut out the image and my Spellbinders rectangles to cut out the sentiment. I die cut the mat for the inside sentiment with Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. Then I used metallic markers to color the orange parts of the bird and the light green parts of the fish. I like the look of the metallic color on the pearlescent card stock.
I had some fishing/ocean papers I used for the other circles (die cut with Spellbinders Circles and Spellbinders Splendid Circles) and black card stock for the ship's wheel (cut with Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder set). I die cut everything with my Cuttlebug machine using a metal shim. I stamped "Hope your day is..." with a stamp I special ordered from Close to My Heart Stamps. I wanted a stamp with that phrase on it (so versatile!), and jumped at the chance to order one a few years back. I have used it on so many different cards over the years! I had some anchor washi tape I've been wanting to use, so I taped that down on the Kraft card first. I tied knots in some twine for the "sailor's rope" on the left side of the card because it seemed to need a little something to balance it all out. Then I assembled everything with glue tape (all 3 circle elements), micro glue dots (rope), and foam squares (captain's wheel).
Here you can see the captain's wheel with its embossing a little better.
This is a close up of the pearlescent paper and metallic markers.
Here's the inside of the card. The anchor die is from the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Lattice Swirl die set. I used some baker's twine to add a little interest to it.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
From the Heart Stamps I {heart} Sketches Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner: ATG
Creative Moments: ATG
Inspiration Destination:ATG
Moo-Mania & More: Embellishments
Stampavie and More: Sports
Word Art Wednesday: ATG
Wonderful Wednesdays: ATG
DL Art Thankful Thursday Challenge: Birthday
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge: ATG
Crafty Girls Creations: ATG
Sassy Studio Designs: For the Boys
Seize the Birthday: Anything that Flies
Art By Miran: ATG
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards: Use a Sentiment
Crafts 4 Eternity: Summer
Crafting With Friends: ATG
Cut It Up: Use a die cut and something old school (I used some Spellbinders dies I've had for years, washi tape I've been meaning to use since I bought it 2 years ago and some papers that have been in my paper drawers for an age! So glad to use these items!)
Digitally Sweet: Celebrations
Fussy and Fancy: birthday
Lunagirl Moonbeams: August-Animals
Morgan's Art World: Summertime
QKR Stampede: use a die cut
Simply Create Too: ATG
Simply Papercraft: ATG
Sister Act Card Challenge: ATG
Di's Digi Design Challenge: Ribbon, lace or twine (I used twine inside and out on this card)
Colour Your World With Lacy Sunshine: ATG
Glitter n Sparkle: Birthday
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: ATG
Robyn's Fetish: Use a Digi
We Love 2 Create: Anything Creative
Ooh La La Creations: One for the boys
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog: ATG
Use Your Stuff: ATG with something from your stash (I used papers and twine I'd had forever!)
Not Just Cards: ATG
Melonheadz Friends Challenge: hand-colored image
Love to Scrap: ATG
Incy Wincy Designs: birthday
Artistic Inspiration: ATG
Crafting From the Heart: ATG
Craft Your Passion: ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: use patterned paper
Cute as a Button: ATG
Silhouette Challenge Blog: ATG
Colouring in Scrapland: Things with Wings
Paper Sweeties: Inspiration Board
Verve Stamps blog
Scrapbook Blessings Club


  1. Carrie.. Well done!! I love the fishing theme and all the amazing elements you've added to complete you card!! Well done! Love how you finished the inside as well. Something I need to work on doing!! Thanks for joining us at FTH.

  2. I love the textures you have used on your card. The rope, the embossing and the pearly paper

  3. Fab card! Thank you very much for linking to Moo Mania & More!

  4. Great project...thanks for joining in our challenge..
     {aNNie Lacy Sunshine DT member}

  5. Very cute card! I really enjoyed reading your blog post about how you created it. Lots of good tips in there!

    Thanks for joining us for our Old School challenge at Cut it Up!


  6. he! he! What a sweetie your little Birdbrain is! GOrgeous colours and design and such a fun sentiment too. Thank you so much for joining us this week at QKR Stampede.

  7. Very cute! Thanks for playing along at Crafty Girls Corner's ATG challenge. Lisa DT

  8. Great card! The knotted twine is really cool. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

  9. So cute! Great work. Thanks for sharing it in my Animals challenge at! ~ Karen

  10. Fun card, thanks for sharing at Artistic Inspirations!

  11. Cute Birthday card!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Welcome again and Good Luck!Gr.Kaija DT-member

  12. I love the from the heart stamps too, though I haven't used any in a while. Great image choice and I love your play on words! Thanks for joining us at OohLaLa, Jx

  13. Super cute card - love the knotted twine!! Thanks for joining us at Ooh La La!!

  14. A fun card indeed. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, in our 197th challenge.
    Blessings and Hugs, Carole

  15. What a great masculine card! The twine is a super added touch! Thanks for linking up with the girls and I over at Seize the Birthday!

  16. Fun masculine card! Thanks for joining us for DTBST at Sassy Studio Designs!

  17. Love the idea of the knotted rope! Super cute card. Thanks for playing along with us over at Art Impressions.

  18. So cute. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Crafty Girls Creations. Sue DT xx

  19. Carrie fun and great masculine card
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  20. Fun card. Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT Morgan's ArtWorld

  21. Beautiful work!!!! Thanks!!!!
    Cristina - DT for Love to Scrap

  22. Thanks for joining us at Digitally Sweet Challenges this month.

  23. Cute as can be! Love the sparkle. What a fun card! So good to see it in our QKR Challenge this week!

  24. Stunning card love your beautiful work and colours used. Thanks so much for entering our 'USE A SENTIMENT' challenge and please enter again next challenge..
    ♥ aNNie
    {Chocolate Coffee and Cards DT Member}

  25. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap, good luck!!! Amy DT

  26. Such an fantastic birthday card and sentiment is perfect!
    Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

  27. So cute. Love the image. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday.

  28. Well done on all the work and the finished card. It's wonderful. Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet!

  29. So cute! I love humorous cards and this fits the bill perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Kraftin' Kimmie's Wonderful Wednesday Challenge!

  30. Great card, so fun. Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede. Karal DT

  31. Hi Carrie - this is a fun card for a fishing enthusiast! Love the details of the ship's wheel and knotted "rope". Thanks for playing along at Incy Wincy Designs this week.
    Helen x (DT)

  32. Fun. Love your take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

  33. Your card is very nice
    Thank you for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's!
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    Fiki DT member

  34. me again
    Thank you for joining us at Cute as button !
    Good Luck and hope to see you again.
    Fiki DT member

  35. HA! I LOVE this fun card! The punny sentiment is awesome, and so is the layout! Thank you for joining us at Paper Sweeties! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  36. Cute Card Thanxx For Playing With Us This Week At Robyn's Fetish Good Luck
    Sherry @ Robyn's Fetish DT

  37. Super cute masculine card!! So happy you joined us for the August challenge at Paper Sweeties :)

  38. Sweet card! Thanks for sharing at Cute as a Button!

  39. I don't think I have seen metallic markers...I bet it looks so cool in person! And all of the themed elements makes your card so special!

  40. What a fabulous card! The image is so cute:) Thanks for joining our challenge at CC & CC. We hope to see you again!
    ~ Bonnie DT

  41. Lovely card thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations. Louise DT x

  42. very sweet card and that bird is cute. thank you for joining us over the FFFC and good luck, Theresa DT xx

  43. This one is super cute, Carrie!
    Thanks again for joining us at Scrapbook Blessings Club! :o)

  44. Such a cute card! That sentiment makes me smile!

  45. What a fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. HUgsxx

  46. Cute card. Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Moments.

  47. Cute card, thanks for sharing in Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge
    Hope to see you in September's challenge too, Donna ☺

  48. Very nautical, looks great!
    Thanks for joining us over at lil patch of crafty friends.
    Erica DT

  49. Cute card. Love the image and the bright colours. Thanks for joining us for our Beachy Keen Challenge at Morgan's ArtWorld.