December 15, 2011

December Anything Goes Challenge by Elizabeth

Guest Team Member Elizabath submitted this project for the December Anything Goes challenge.  She said:

I’m really enjoying this challenge because it leaves me so free to choose whatever I want to make. This time I’ve chosen to make an 8”x8” birthday card with matching bookmark for my brother, Dougie, but I've treated it as I would a scrapbook page, cutting out and piecing together the papers to create a background.
The design paper, chosen for its vintage country-style in earthy tones, is taken from a Simple Stories 6x6 paper pad, Generations. I’ve highlighted the number seven, Dougie’s birthday.
The background of the stamped topper was created using a brayer ... the stamps used are from Clarity Stamps, stag & fir trees and Tim Holtz, birds in flight ... and matted on to gold pearlescent card ... the same card used to make the bookmark.
The design for the pocket is the result of a suggestion from my husband ... a man of many talents. You can see from this shot that there is a little pleat on the side giving plenty of room to neatly hold the bookmark. Dougie loves our beautiful Scottish countryside, having been a farmer for much of his adult life, hence the topper. Unfortunately, due to ill health, he's now retired and so doesn't get out into the hills as much as he would like. I'm hoping he will enjoy this little reminder as much as I enjoyed making it for him. And, just in case he hasn't got the message to 'live, laugh and love' it's repeated front, inside and back - some things are worth repeating.

Thanks for looking,

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  1. What lovely papers and fantastic card & gift. That is such a great idea. Cards intimidate me. Crazy huh? Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Great papers for a masculine card. It should make for a lovely gift!

  3. This is so manly! And what a great idea to make the matching book marks and how you attached them. I'm sure your brother will love it.

  4. Gorgeous card and bookmarks! Love the addition of the red brads.

  5. I like how you matched the bookmark with the cards, very nice!